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For amusement I wondered if anybody else have noticed any annoying clichés in their viewing experiences?

For example

Baths always spill onto the floor when the taps are left on -despite the fact that baths have had overflows for donkey's years.

Car doors (in older films with manual lock cars) are always unlocked.

that type of thing

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In any post-apocalyptic drama a supermarket car park has to have a least one trolley lying on its side and in hospitals a couple of patient trollies askew in a corridor.

In adverts, dipping a 'soldier' in a soft boiled egg has to cause the yolk to run down the side.

Anyone telephoning a business invariably opens the conversation with, 'Hello is that xxxxxxxxxxx?' even though basic business practice dictates that staff would answer a call with 'Hello xxxxxxxxxx, how can I help?' or something of the kind. And yes, I know it's exposition but it's still rather clumsy.

Soap opera characters always work within about 50 yards of where they live.

Soap opera weddings HAVE to be interrupted in some way shape or form.
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Hitting someone over the head with a glass bottle always causes the bottle to break. This would never happen in real life.

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marsey wrote:Hitting someone over the head with a glass bottle always causes the bottle to break. This would never happen in real life.
On a similar note, a single stab wound or gun shot wound is always not only fatal but INSTANTANEOUSLY so (unless a few poetic or noble final words are required in which case death occurs immediately on completion of said words.)

Also worthy of mention is death after receiving even the lightest of glancing blows from a car.
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A nightmare will always end with the sufferer sitting bolt upright in bed, often artfully daubed with sweat.

The phrase "It ends. Right here, right now". It's got to the stage where I cringe every time it's spoken.

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Mickey wrote:The phrase "It ends. Right here, right now". It's got to the stage where I cringe every time it's spoken.
Oh, now that is one that never struck me before.

But only after spending/losing/wasting some time on tvtropes did I realize exactly how many clichés there really are and how far they reach.

You might as well have asked if there is anyone who has NOT noticed any annoying clichés! :o
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In seaside scenes the tide is more often in, beside the picturesque sea front (Flipside, H2G2, Darling Buds). Can't blame them really.
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Controller 2957 wrote:In adverts, dipping a 'soldier' in a soft boiled egg has to cause the yolk to run down the side.
But that really does happen in real life.

I have dippy egg and soldiers every Saturday night, so I should know. :-D

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Marcus Berkmann once pointed out that there's a kind of thriller in which the lead female character is always referred to as "the girl" - usually through tight lips and tense jaws.

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Let's get the hell out of here.

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On local news, shots of a family member sat on a sofa leafing through a photo album.

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If a character crudely bugs a room with cheap cassette player and a battered C90, the resulting playback will sound like it was mastered by Giles Martin at Abbey Road.

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Similar to the above, blurry CCTV footage can easily be 'enhanced' with some magical computer wizardry to easily look like HD footage.

And camcorders not only look as good as HD film, but all have a blinking red dot and the letters 'REC' in the corner.

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When someone runs across the road, usually chased, there will always be cars approaching from left and right for the person to dodge around.

Comments like, "call an Ambulance!", "get the crash trolley" etc, always has someone hesitate which necessitates the aggressive shout of "NOW!"

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Just seeing the Shreddies cereal advert

..and the 'old ladies are really quite active, and with it' has been done to death too

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"S/he's faaaaaaaaaaaamily" (EastEnders only)

"Can you try and talk some sense into xxxxxxxxx?!" (Come to think about it, that's pretty must exclusive to EastEnders, too...)
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Simon36 wrote:On local news, shots of a family member sat on a sofa leafing through a photo album.
Also staring wistfully into the middle distance/though a window into the garden are other loving polished cliché...
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The definitive guide to these cliches is probably "The Killjoy's Book of the Cinema" by John H Irving (Virgin Books, 1985).

Irving includes the following: People always switch on their TV/Radio as a news item about them is broadcast (and switch it off immediately afterwards); a skull always faces the camera when discovered; impregnable fortresses never are; anyone killed in an avalanche/landslide will die with one hand sticking out of the rubble; men with financial or relationship problems will inevitably stop shaving until their luck changes; men in fights, wherever they are punched/kicked will have a trickle of blood from the corner of their mouth; villains in big budget spy movies don't kill the hero but keep them alive to watch the master plan unfold; anyone rifling through a drawer for secret documents always hears someone coming but has ample time to tidy everything away before the door opens and the light is switched on; fire extinguishers are never used to put out fires. Great fun.

Another predictable cliche is the green (sometimes red/purple) knock-out gas which pours through the air-conditioning vent in prison cells, hotel rooms etc, to knobble the hero. On the topic of air-conditioning, has anyone ever seen an air-con system completely devoid of fans which is large enough and strong enough to accommodate an adult male? Me neither.
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Billy wrote:Similar to the above, blurry CCTV footage can easily be 'enhanced' with some magical computer wizardry to easily look like HD footage.

And camcorders not only look as good as HD film, but all have a blinking red dot and the letters 'REC' in the corner.
As seen on several episodes of The X-Files, where grainy, sub-VHS footage miraculously becomes crystal clear thanks to FBI lab technology.

The camera viewfinder overlay, with framing bars and flashing red REC was a stock item on my old Aston/Ethos discs at the BBC. It was used many times, a bit like rain loops on film which left the actors relatively dry after coming indoors from an overlaid "downpour".
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Cole wrote:When someone runs across the road, usually chased, there will always be cars approaching from left and right for the person to dodge around.
That might happen in real life too these days, what with the terribly busy roads.

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When people are obviously watching a flat screen LCD or plasma display having "lines" superimposed on the picture to show that they are watching TV.

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No one is ever unemployed for long in Soap World. Even the income from being a barmaid or running a small fruit and veg cart is sufficient to buy a small flat, drive a nice car and drink in your local boozer everynight. It's even a little bit strange that no soap storyline has ever tackled 'being on the social' or attempting to live on the £1.50 a day budget that politicians suggest is possible.

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Controller 2957 wrote:
marsey wrote:Hitting someone over the head with a glass bottle always causes the bottle to break. This would never happen in real life.
On a similar note, a single stab wound or gun shot wound is always not only fatal but INSTANTANEOUSLY so (unless a few poetic or noble final words are required in which case death occurs immediately on completion of said words.)
Alternatively, if the narrative demands it, such gunshots will only result in a "flesh wound," or otherwise have little effect on the protagonist.
Also worthy of mention is death after receiving even the lightest of glancing blows from a car.
Ditto.
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Billy wrote:And camcorders not only look as good as HD film, but all have a blinking red dot and the letters 'REC' in the corner.
I've even seen that when the footage is clearly cine film.
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Clive wrote:No one is ever unemployed for long in Soap World. Even the income from being a barmaid or running a small fruit and veg cart is sufficient to buy a small flat, drive a nice car and drink in your local boozer everynight. It's even a little bit strange that no soap storyline has ever tackled 'being on the social' or attempting to live on the £1.50 a day budget that politicians suggest is possible.
Brookside used to cover that issue all the time.
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marsey wrote:Hitting someone over the head with a glass bottle always causes the bottle to break. This would never happen in real life.
I hope that's not the voice of experience?

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Nick Cooper 625 wrote:
Clive wrote:No one is ever unemployed for long in Soap World. Even the income from being a barmaid or running a small fruit and veg cart is sufficient to buy a small flat, drive a nice car and drink in your local boozer everynight. It's even a little bit strange that no soap storyline has ever tackled 'being on the social' or attempting to live on the £1.50 a day budget that politicians suggest is possible.
Brookside used to cover that issue all the time.
Ahh yes of course, I had forgotten about Brookside.

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Nick Cooper 625 wrote: Brookside used to cover that issue all the time.
Then dropped it in favour of bodies under the patio, hot girl-girl action, hot brother-sister action, helicopters crashing into houses besieged by gangsters etc.

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Every other officer in the police station is a complete idiot who doesn't want to rock the boat apart from the lead character, and occasioanlly a young rookie who does the filing.

CCTV footage includes pans, zooms and sometimes even jump-cuts. (Mission Impossible used to be really good for this).

No-one ever fires the useless/villainous office jerk cause they are just too cunning, even though they cause enormous trouble.
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Doom Patrol wrote:
marsey wrote:Hitting someone over the head with a glass bottle always causes the bottle to break. This would never happen in real life.
I hope that's not the voice of experience?

Well, I've hit the bottle, but never the other way around!

It's amazing though just how often bottles are broken over people's heads, even in the most serious of films/dramas. Drop a bottle on the floor, and yes it will break; but considering the bluntness of a skull, you are more likely to break the skull before you would ever shatter the bottle.

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