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Word/Phrase Clichés
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
Doing stupid things is my way of making my life interesting.
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Movie Clichés
A dying person's last words will always be coherent and significant.
A fight will always end up in water, if any is available nearby.
Any "Permission Denied" error has an override function.
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Euphemisms for Stupid People
Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together..
He fell out of the Stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down
Elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
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Evil Overlord Clichés
Evil Overlord's wicked but beautiful daughter tip:Do not fall in love with hero.
Evil Overlord should never utter the sentence "Before I kill you, you should know…"..
Legion of Doom Troop tip: Make sure that your headgear allows for a useful field of vision.
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TV Sitcom Clichés
Character is given some authority and it goes to his head.
Character mistakenly thinks spouse is cheating.
In sports and other contests, girls beat boys in competition.
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Science Fiction Clichés
Overused plots:
1.) A human male becomes pregnant.
2.) Earth is threatened by an asteroid, and a space mission is mounted to save the planet
3.) The rightful monarch or long-lost heir is restored to the throne
Overused settings:
1.) Alien races who differ from us only in skin color and/or facial features.
2.) Bad guys who miss everything they shoot at
3.) Entire cities whose buildings use the same architectural design
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Detective Novel Clichés
Arab terrorists.
The psycho sidekick who does all the dirty work that the virtuous P.I. won't.
Serial killers.
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Horror Movie Clichés
Unlimited ammo - You’re not John Woo, so start counting the bullets. Only He has this right!
If you are a counselor, avoid picking on shy kids, they do get revenge.
If you have sex in the woods, you will die in the woods!
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Martial Arts / Kung Fu Clichés
Cop - Putting a siren on top of your unmarked beater car, showing people your badge, yelling "freeze", firing and THEN yelling "freeze".
Improvised Weapon Master - Fighting people with chairs / tables / ladders / garbage can lids / fire hoses.
Ninja - Wearing black pajamas, moving stealty-like, pole-vaulting up to a roof, throwing ninja stars, squinting a lot.
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News Clichés
Vow (Like "The Mayor vows to get tough on crime")
Something Went Horribly (Or Terribly) Wrong
It’s Not Known (or It’s Not Clear)
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Comic Book Clichés
The Strong Guy: All teams must have a Strong Guy. Made famous, obviously, by Peter David
Final Speech: Dying characters are allowed/obligated to give a final speech. Maybe they have 'em written in advance by professional speech writers.
Back from the Dead: Character comes back from the dead. Cross-Reference with See The Body.
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Political Clichés
Finally, I'd like to thank my wife and family who have stood by me every step of the way.
He won't back down to the special interest groups.
He's willing to stand up to the Washington bureaucrats.
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Music Clichés
Everyone in a rock band has a drug/drinking problem.
It doesn't matter how bad you play, as long as you look cool playing your guitar.
Rap artists give shout-outs to various locations.
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Role Playing Game Clichés
A brave hero incites a revolution by foiling a single well-attended public execution.
A brave hero steals from the rich and gives to the poor.
Ancient Flying Castle. Generic final dungeon.
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Sports Clichés
Defense wins championships.
Don't think out there. React.
He's a franchise player.
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Death Euphemisms
Playing harp duets with Hoffa.
Gone to a better place.
Dirt Nap Hotel.
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