Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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  1. gchance

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    It was predetermined. They were waiting for <event> to happen, and once it did, they'd rendezvous at a certain place. Someone was waiting for the call to "bring the boys" as it were.
     
  2. gchance

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    Oh, for sure. Why the hell do they hang out with Screech? Why is Mr. Furley going to the zoo with the Three's Company friends? Who is willing to put up with Urkel EVERY DAY. Or Skippy, just tell him he isn't welcome.
     
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  3. Rob Helmerichs

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    Sheldon Cooper is an interesting example. In the early days of the show, you could see why the others hung out with him...despite his flaws, he had redeeming qualities. But as the show "evolved," his character hardened into an irredeemable jerk, and it became quite out-of-character for his "friends" to be his friends...it was pure habit (for the show and its writers, not for the characters).
     
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  4. sharkster

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    While I've grown to hate the character, I would love to see a psychiatrist or psychologist, having watched the show in its entirety, explain the diagnoses (and, yes, I do believe there is more than one diagnosis) of this character. He's clearly a narcissist, among the other diagnoses. While he's a very high IQ genius, in some areas he seems very ignorant. I don't mean just ignorant to pop culture stuff. Add to that he is emotionally and mentally a 7 year old child.
     
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    But his mom had him tested.

    --Carlos V.
     
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  6. cheesesteak

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    Typewritten suicide notes.
     
  7. JYoung

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    Camera is positioned inside a room and tight on the door. A main character opens the door (with the camera still tight on them), looks around and says, "Oh my God!".

    Fade to black.
     
  8. getbak

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    Bonus points if we hear a gunshot after the fade to black.

    Extra bonus points if it's the season finale.
     
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    Only allowed if it is followed by: "It's full of stars!"
     
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  10. randian

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    One really annoying trope: characters get into trouble because they are unutterably stupid.

    For example, you find a dead body. Naturally, you do the smart thing: you pick up the murder weapon, leaving your fingerprints on it, then drop it. Rather than just walking out you grab door frames and other objects to make sure you leave even more fingerprints behind. You make yourself look even guiltier by tampering with the crime scene. Then you run away surreptitiously as if you're guilty and are witnessed doing so.

    Other examples: giving yourself away during a sting by repeating coded phrases or displaying conspicuously nervous and fidgety behavior. Beating up bad guys but not taking their weapons to use on other bad guys. And my all-time favorite, not disclosing important facts to other characters.
     
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  11. Steveknj

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    For awhile most modern "hip" comedies had the "sidekick" male character be a late 20 something (or early 30 something) who's slightly overweight, and has one of those beards that look like they haven't shaved in a few days, but not really a full beard, because that was hip. Think someone like Zack Galafanakis. And for some reason they always managed to get attractive girls (which wouldn't always happen in real life), but that seemed to have changed as the full unkempt beard is more in vogue.
     
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    Not necessarily a 'plot' trope, but I think it is a trope. When a singer is wearing an ear monitor, and they suddenly rip it out of their ear to go rogue. While of course maybe at some point and time one has gone bad, but I can't believe it happens as many times as they rip it out.
     
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    Person or persons are in the middle of a room. All of a sudden an adversary seemingly miraculously transports into the room surprising them but there's no way in the world that person could have entered that room without being noticed.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Walking Dead does a variation on this all. The. Time.

    I call them Stealth Zombies.
     
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    Steveknj

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    I'll spoil this trope since it's from the current episode of The Neighborhood:

    This was a typical trope where a married couple goes to "couples therapy" and it makes their marriage worse, while the skeptical couple goes and it makes theirs seemingly better, ultimately both couples realize they don't need couples therapy and their marriages are fine.
     
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    sharkster

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    One thing I've seen a zillion times, probably mostly on sitcoms, when two people need to talk 'privately', so they walk 4 or 5 feet away from the rest of the people in the room and talk in a normal tone/volume, as if those other people cannot hear them. Of course they can!
     
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    Donbadabon

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    Cops are searching a room for evidence. And the room is pitch black. Instead of turning on the lights, they just use their flashlights to search.
     
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    DevdogAZ

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    There was a spoof on this in Bless the Harts a couple weeks ago. Three characters in the cab of a pickup truck, and the two passengers were talking about the driver, disbelieving what she was saying. This goes on for most of the episode. Then at the end of the episode, the driver says, "I heard everything you said. We were in a small truck cab. Do you not understand how sound works?!?"
     
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    Howie

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    They forgot to get a warrant.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Maybe they're afraid if they turn on the lights, they'll contaminate the crime scene...
     
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