Almost every writer asks themselves at least once (hell, if it were just once) if what they are producing has hints of cliches in their writing. I've always wondered what constitutes a cliche for each genre. Fantasy? Psychological thriller? Science Fiction? One man's great idea is another man's great idea is another man's great idea, until they all meet each other and hiss, "Oh crap." So this board is dedicated to creating a list of cliches you hate to see/have come across in your reading/writing? What should we stay away from? This is what this board is about. If you have a good alternative to a cliche, you're welcome to post that as well. I have some of my own: Fantasy cliches - The main character starting out as some lowly type and become someone of great power, the king, the master of whateverness, etc. Make your character the ignored son of a wealthy king, seeking for something he is actually good at. Your main character is guided and trained by some old man with a beard. Just stay away from this. If you must must have some trainer, get a chick, they're less cliche. Or at least cut the beard part, seriously. Naming characters in a strange fashion, using mainly K's, Y's, and apostrophes, just for the heck of it. I know a dwarf will never be named "Bob," but how about something less exotic and more believable? Cistene sounds more realistic than Keny'dle II.