Hey, not sure if this been done before, but I figured it'd be a cool game where we post cliches we can think up of. (and hopefully reach a number...like say #100?) Note, that some cliches don't have to be bad. It's just simply a list of things that have occured over and over again. I'll start! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (1) In a story about an assassin, the assassin must have a dark angsty past and spend the book/series doing a lot of soul-searching. (2) If the hero is an orphan, then he/she lives in a terrible orphanage or with horrible caretakers. (3) If the hero has to deal with parental abandonment, it's usually the dad's fault. (4) If the story is set during the Napoleonic Wars, then it's a gaurentee that it's naval and the protagonist is a young British man who can't seem to get a woman. If he does score one, the woman leaves or dies later on. (5) In horror, the ghost is usually Asian. God forbids we have a Caucasian, Black, or Hispanic ghost walking around. (6) When aliens attack Earth, it's usually either New York City or London. When was the last time you saw an alien movie where it was Paris or Moscow under attack? (and the movie centered around that city.) (7) If a movie is set during the American Revolution, then it's probably a romance, no doubt from the perspective of a young Colonial man. The British, however, are just plain nasty and one-dimensional. Never do you hear a British soldier give the characters his side of the whole thing besides a curt "You are rebel pigs!!" (8) If there's a movie about WWII, it's gonna be revolving around Hitler and Europe/Russia. I'd love to see a WWII movie about the British duking it out with Rommell. (9) When you have a scene of chaos, there's almost always a little crying child in the streets that someone yanks away from the line of fire just in time. (10) Movies about disabled person (at least the ones I've seen) either had the disabled be a psychopathic killer or have the whole movie be about how they won't let the disability stop them. (11) This is a forumula for most action/adventure. Guy finds problem, travels to different country, bangs female companion, shoot a bunch of bad guys, and solves the problem (finds an artifact). (12) When the heroes incapacitate a mini-boss that's been a thorn on their side for quite some time, the heroes (being good guys) almost always tie the person up thinking that this time, the person will learn. (13) There's always that rich family that has a portly, rude son that shows his distain for the protagonist. (14) In almost every crime movie or natural disaster movie, that little kid in the hospital will NEVER get hurt. (15) In almost every crime show, at least one of the protagonists has a dark past that's explored in a future episode. (16) In almost every crime/police or medical show, there's the jerk boss who apparently lacks basic human empathy. (House being a funny inversion of it) (17) In almost every crime/police show, when they have a scene about a single mother and her kid (usually an infant), my heart freezes as I expect the absolute worse to happen to them. Same if there was a kitten or puppy. (18) In ghost documentaries/movies, the protagonists are almost always a young American family living in the suburbs of one of the New England states. (19) Ghosts are either here because they need help or because they wish to torment the living. They are never here because they wished to be here. (20) In mob movies, the characters are Italians. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well, that's 20 I can think up of for now. Your turn!