These 10 clichés in movies are always so effective (part 1)

Whether it be your favorite movie, your favorite series or the book you never leave, chances are it has elements that you can find in many other cultural works. These regularly recurring elements are called patterns, tropes or clichés depending on the amount of meat left to gnaw on it. In a romantic comedy, the two main characters kissing is a motive, since it seems impossible that they do not kiss. On the other hand, the fact that they kiss in the pouring rain is more of a cliché, because it’s a much more specific element taken up in far too many films and mocked many times. Today, the American Youtuber Laura Crone asked her community to share with her some of their favorite shots, the ones they still love seeing in movies, and here are a few for you:

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Personally, I will always stand up and cheer for a character who’s been fueled by anger or pain and learns they can be even more powerful when they run on love or joy. Deeper magic from before the dawn of time. Oldie but a bestie. Cheesecake. Gimme that shit.

July 24, 2022

Personally, I always have affection for a character who is filled with hate and anger and learns that he can become even more powerful with love and joy. Powerful magic from the depths of time. A classic. Give me that shit.


The one scientist/expert—that NO ONE listens to—at the beginning of the disaster movie. Love the calm-before-the-storm vibe in general.

July 27, 2022

The only scientist/Expert that NO ONE listens to at the start of a disaster movie. And more generally, the moments of calm before the storm.


I love a good “I know you’re in there somewhere” fight, when a character who’s been brainwashed or gone berserk or is generally out of control and wreaking havoc gets brought back by an expression of unconditional love -R

July 26, 2022

I love the good old “I know you’re out there somewhere” fights, when a character has been brainwashed or gone berserk or out of control and starts to break everything and comes back to himself through love.


I’m a sucker for an inexperienced, terrified newcomer approached in the middle of a conflict or disaster by an experienced crusty old character who says something to the effect of “everyone else is gone, just you and me now, keep going man.”

July 25, 2022

I love it when a newcomer, an apprentice is introduced in the middle of a conflict/disaster without understanding anything by an old character who tells him “Everyone is gone. It’s just you and me now. Go on. before, man.”


When a character has to give up their weapons to get in somewhere and they start pulling out a ridiculous amount of weapons. „I said all weapons“ and then they take out even more weapons, before finally after a stern look, they pull out a tiny knife from their boot or something.

July 25, 2022

When a character needs to drop their weapons and they drop a ridiculously large amount of weapons. “I said ALL your weapons” until he puts a tiny little knife hidden in his boot or something.


Also love the triple-cross, where a character who was “bad” became “good” but then seems to be joining the baddies again and everyone is upset and sad about it because they are have a plausible motive, and then it turns out they were still working for the goodies all along.

August 4, 2022

I also like triple-cross characters, when a character who was bad becomes good but seems to join the bad guys again and everyone goes crazy about it, but he was actually still working for the good guys all along.


When they’re doing a heist and they describe how they’re going to do the heist in voice over AT THE SAME TIME that they are doing the heist

July 25, 2022

When they do a heist and explain their plan WHILE they do their heist

Following up on that. When the heist plan that they montage or explained fails but the next layer of the plan is the one that was meant to succeed.

July 25, 2022

And also when their heist plan/explanation fails at one point but the next layer of the plan is the one that was supposed to succeed


one protagonist goes through an obstacle with an array of flashy moves and as they finish their acrobatics exhausted and out of breath, the other protagonist crosses the same obstacle with ease like all they had to do was turn the doorknob

July 26, 2022

When one protagonist goes all the way over an obstacle with visually impressive movements and winds up gasping for air, then the other protagonist traverses the same obstacle with unnerving ease, as if they had just turned a doorknob.


I love it when people cough blood into a handkerchief and you know that the tuberculosis plot is ON.

July 25, 2022

I love it when people cough blood into a handkerchief you know the tb storyline started


They expect us to escape at street level but no, we’re heading for the ROOF, baby

July 26, 2022

They expect us to escape to street level, but we gon’ go THROUGH THE ROOF, baby


I too enjoy this trope

July 25, 2022

When you’re a dark old man on the road to revenge and you meet an orphan

Do you also have cliché scenes that are pure Proust madeleines? Tell us about them and we’ll add them in our next episode! If these shots interest you, know that popular culture has also hit the Vikings hard. We debunk several shots about them in our article here.

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