I'm not entirely sure how to describe it, but I think we live in a time where cliches are expected to be subverted, and that those subversions have become the new cliches. The dark, brooding anti-hero will have a heart of gold or an 'unexpected' sweet side. The demure princess will reveal herself to have an 'unexpectedly' rough or tough personality. The emotional center of the group, who's supposed to keep everyone in high spirits, will have some 'unexpected' severe emotional hangups that need to be addressed. The sexist jerk will be an 'unexpected' sweetheart when they find someone they actually love. The timid person will 'unexpectedly' put themselves on the line when things get the most dangerous. I put the air-quotes around 'unexpected' because these kinds of subversions are, to me, completely expected when I see certain character types. Not sure about you guys, but, to me, subverting cliches is the new cliche. Everywhere I see characters, whether it be in the discussions on this forum, or on tv shows, or in books, cliches are being subverted left and right. That's not a bad thing, but I think that those old cliches are no longer cliches anymore, at least, they aren't the main ones I see. Now, it's all about how this character can show a hidden side to their personality that 'no one' expects. Heck, the most surprised I was was when, and I forgot where I saw this, the asshole character turned out to not have a tragic life that pushed him to this, he was just an ass for the sake of being an ass. I was floored that there was a character that didn't have a deeper meaning to who they were, they were just who they were because they wanted to be. So, what do you guys think? Have the old cliches been replaced by the things that were meant to avoid cliches?