20 Awful, Tired Tropes (and the Movies That Totally Pulled Them Off)

20 Awful, Tired Tropes (and the Movies That Totally Pulled Them Off)

To cut a long story short, tropes are ways to cut a long story short, as in the phrase “to cut a long story short.” They’re visual, narrative, or structural cues used to transmit precise information by shorter, commonly-known means. Take for example one of our favorite trope-discussing meta movies: Funny Games. Early on, the camera focuses on a knife falling on the ground — Chekhov's knife, if you will, and we know you will. The movie does this because, at least unconsciously, viewers know that focusing on a random object at the beginning indicates the object will be used later on. Of course, in Funny Games the knife isn’t actually used, which makes it a subverted trope. This is not what we’re discussing today, but you get it. Yeah, you do. Look at you, grinning while saying “hell yeah! Random Funny Games references!” We know, we know.

Anyway, at least in fiction, and for better or worse, tropes tend to work. In real life, you can have someone spending decades giving off every single trope for slimy corruption and a giggling grandpa surrounded by chirping birds like a friggin’ Disney princess – and it’ll still be the former who will get to be president twice because the Controlled Opposition Party will do nothing after their purely symbolic hearings. Real life does not follow tropes. Instead, real life laughs chaotically in the face of their order-providing narrative function. Or come to think of it, perhaps real life is one big Michael Haneke movie. In any case, and just like singing, sentient animals in old-timey Disney movies, some tropes have managed to work wonderfully. In this Pictofact, we discuss awful, trite,  and tired tropes that have been nevertheless pulled off in awesome ways, whether by the movies that invented them or by later ones that made great use of them. To cut a long story short, cutting a long story short can do wonders – Chekhov's trope, if you will.

Mexican Standoff

Tired Tropes (And The Movies That Pulled Them Off) Face/Off(1997) MEXICAN STANDOFF You know a trope has gotten lame when friggin' Transformers movies reference it. But Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino have given us quality standoffs, and Face/Off (John Woo's best American actioner) is an entire movie made up of those. CRACKED.COM

Getting Caught Was The Plan

Tired Tropes (And The Movies That Pulled Them Off) GETTING CAUGHT WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG This was already tiring when Star Trek Into Darkness and Skyfall did it. In The Avengers it was kinda- sorta interesting, but nothing really compares to the Joker being captured as part of his overall plan (which he totally doesn't have, pinky swear). The Dark Knight (2008) CRACKED.COM


Tired Tropes (And The Movies That Pulled Them Off) The Sixth Sense (1999) DEAD ALL ALONG This quickly became a joke, but it packed quite a punch in The Sixth Sense-and since it wasn't just a gimmick but the final payoff of a well constructed, complex story, it still does. CRACKED.COM

Evil Children

Tired Tropes (And The Movies That Pulled Them Off) Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) EVIL CHILDREN This Spanish horror movie did wonders with this trope that won't die. It's campy '70s horror, but it keeps getting better and better until the ending. CRACKED.COM

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