People Share 30 Movie Tropes That Have Been Done To Death

Published 3 years ago

It’s no surprise that movie writers like to exaggerate some things to make their films a little more interesting. However, sometimes they like to go a little too far with the tropes – to the point where it becomes almost unbearable to watch.

A few days ago, one Reddit user asked people to share the movie tropes that they absolutely hate seeing, and the answers will make you realize how ridiculously overdone some of them are. Check out some of the best answers in the gallery below!

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Domestic violence against men = Comedy


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Turning on the TV at the exact moment a relevant news report starts.


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“You have to trust me” or “there’s no time to explain”. In 9 out of 10 cases, there’s definitely time to explain, and the explanation would take less time thay trying to convince the other party to blindly trust you.


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Everyone with Autism is a super genius.


The sexy teacher trope.

I spent two years teaching high school as a young woman fresh out of college. I had many very uncomfortable interactions with male students, who thought it was funny.

TV makes it seem like it’s okay for teenagers to be lusting after their teachers if they’re young and reasonably attractive. It’s a joke, it’s funny. The TV dads hit on their kids teacher, make comments about their dress or their body. It transfers to the real world.

It is never, ever okay to sexually harass someone at their occupation. This include teachers, wait staff, flight stewards….anything.

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Girl: Does something athletic.

Guys: Confused and surprised.

Girl: I have four brothers/my parents wanted a boy.

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if any woman between the ages of 16 and 50 vomit, it means they’re pregnant


Overworked dad who rushes through the kitchen and only grabs a triangle of toast even though his wife prepared a goddamn IHOP-worthy breakfast complete with meat and pancakes and orange juice and coffee.

“i’m late.”

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Prosecutor introduces a “surprise” witness or evidence in a middle of a trial.

You would get disbarred for pulling something like that.


I hate this:

A self-destruct timer gets started by the bad guy with a 5 minute countdown. Half an hour of action later, the good guy shuts off the timer with 1 second left on it. F***ers should have died 25 minutes earlier.

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When the LGBTQ+ character comes out and suddenly being LGBTQ+ is their entire personality and story arch.


A fat girl wants to go out with the attractive man, let’s make her either sexually aggressive or a laughingstock!

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Not exactly a trope, but nobody has a problem finding a parking spot in a movie.


Hey let’s take a popular movie and remake it with a black cast

I want to see black stories, not rehashed white ones.

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If your plot can only be maintained by your characters not having a simple conversation to resolve things, you’re a bad writer and I don’t like you.


Teenagers being ripped beyond belief looking like they’re 26.

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Jumping/being thrown through a window and emerging without any cuts.


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A male or female character love bombing/stalking their love interest into a date or relationship. Like their attention and affection will just wear down the other person until they capitulate.

That stuff isn’t cute or sweet, it is definitely not attractive, and does not make for good cinema.

I’d like to see a movie where the would-be love interest runs the heck away and gets the police involved.


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Character 1: *Explains something in technical language*

Character 2: “Uuuhh, in English?”

Painfully unfunny and overdone.


CPR. I’m an EMT and I get it, you can’t actually have someone do chest compressions coz you’ll cause serious damage to the actors. But trust me, when your heart stops, one or two pushes and ‘CMON MAN, BREATHE!’ don’t do it. Same with shocking a flatline and they jump up with a gasp. You actually can’t shock a flatline, it literally will not work, and ain’t no one jumping up fine after they were DEAD A MINUTE AGO. Even medical programs get this stupid trope sometimes.

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Everyone’s home is spotless & well decorated.


Damn I hate the funny fat best friend or the quirky black guy on the side or the smart Asian kid that has a cameo, like damn marginalised people can be the main characters in stories that aren’t just about their trauma!

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Taking off your glasses and dressing smart is supposed to make you go from a 5 to a 10

oh gee you were hot all along!

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First kiss leads to hot steamy sex leds to the woman covering her chest with sheets and then running to the bathroom wrapped in said sheets. It’s been what, 60? 70 years? even more?… that we get to see sex scenes in movies. If you can’t imagine a creative and realistic way to not show a woman’s breasts or private parts, don’t shoot a sex scene.

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Characters about to kiss for the first time — get interrupted. Every damn time.


When two characters walk into a house or apartment, having just went to a restaurant.

“Wow, that was a great dinner!” “Yeah, I am really stuffed!”

Did they not talk at all in the car???

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Getting shot in the shoulder is practically a lucky break. You can continue fighting!

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Romance for the sake of romance. Man? Woman? LOVE! Nooooo. For f***s sake. Now is not the bleeding time.

As an aside lots of these romances are just downright s**t because there is absolutley NO time put into the relationship, it’s not like movies DON’T put time into relationships, friendship/buddy stories are VERY fleshed out. But because it’s a straight romance, and it’s just expected that they fall in love, no bloody effort goes into it. Leading to hundreds upon hundreds of boring, non fleshed out romance plots that are not organic in the slightest and come out of absolutley nowhere.

Frankly it’s a trope used to hide lazy writing imho.


Having sex and then hopping out of bed and just throwing your clothes on and running to work…

Sex is messy. Clean that sh*t up first.

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Female characters only written to display how they’re a strong feminist female. It’s f***ing cringe. If you want an actual strong female character, then show that through her actions as a person without drawing back to meta s**t. Not everything has to be “wow and she is a FEMALE doing this.” It’s counterintuitive and only disvalues her character.

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