I personally try to stay away from tropes. I think that they are too static a way to describe something. I don't want to call a part in my story a "Chekhov's Gun", I just want to call it a part of my story. Tropes seem like pretty stiff and unimaginative categorizations, in my opinion; something people use to sound like they know more than they actually do. What about you guys? What do you think about tropes?