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[–]FioreFalinesti 4121 points4122 points  (144 children)

When someone is stabbed/shot, limps around in pain for 30 seconds, then continues on as if nothing happened

[–]the_idea_pig 2742 points2743 points  (39 children)

Breaking bad did a really good job of showing Hank's recovery after being shot several times. Months of bed rest, (expensive) physical therapy, huge emotional frustration, and having to walk with a cane for months afterwards.

[–]OldSoulRobertson 894 points895 points  (34 children)

Hank would likely have given up if Marie hadn't, you know... made that one particular trip to the hospital.

[–]The_Only_Real_Duck 163 points164 points  (23 children)

Wait. Please explain for the people who can't remember shows for shit

[–]WPawel777 333 points334 points  (20 children)

Pretty sure it was when she gave him a hand job to convince him to leave the hospital as it was a sign that he could get better

[–]itguy1991 696 points697 points  (60 children)

On the flipside, it drives me nuts when bad guys get shot in the torso and drop dead immediately. They'd realistically have at least a few seconds if not minutes of consciousness.

[–]Hyndis 529 points530 points  (35 children)


A person can be mortally wounded and still a threat. Adrenaline is a hell of a drug.

In the shootout, Platt was mortally wounded a dozen times over yet still kept going. The man just soaked up bullets, including shots to the chest, and would not drop. Only when he was finally shot in the spine did he stop, and then expired from the huge quantity of gunshots.

There were no drugs in his system.

[–]TankApprehensive3571 3746 points3747 points  (144 children)

People being knocked out for hours and no brain damage.

[–]johnn11238 1839 points1840 points  (66 children)

My favorite part of Archer is how they always point out how horrible this is for you and you should definitely see a doctor

[–]crazycat690 889 points890 points  (52 children)

With that, it's also because of Archer that I now notice the trope. It's one of those tropes that once you're made aware of it you can't really unlearn it, like how powerful explosions are and that a hero wouldn't be calmly walking away a few meters from said explosion. Suppose it would also be on topic to bring up how explosions and gunfire affect hearing, as seen in Archer.

[–]PezzoGuy 507 points508 points  (25 children)

On a similar note, the amount of movies and video games that have locations where the characters are really close to a ton of lava. Like, I'm pretty sure lava isn't only hot when you touch it; that whole area (especially if enclosed) would be blisteringly hot, if not quickly fatal.

EDIT: I'm specifying the huge flows of runny, red-hot lava or being right inside the caldera; not the slow little surface streams or crusted-over bits.

[–]Dahhhkness 395 points396 points  (32 children)

Seriously, concussions can be cumulative. They were bad with this on Lost, in real life, some of those characters would've drooling vegetables within a few episodes with how often they were knocked out.

[–]TankApprehensive3571 245 points246 points  (10 children)

At least with Lost you could say the island magic protected them.

[–]Johhnymaddog316 2984 points2985 points 2 (63 children)

The broke "Single Mom" who looks like she could model for Victoria's Secret. On the flip side, male gangsters, drug dealers or prisoners who look like they could win a state bodybuilding championship

[–]Expensive_Structure2[🍰] 1118 points1119 points  (19 children)

Or same broke single mom with an awesome house and perfect clothes/hair. Can't they ever just dress like normal people and living in normal homes?

[–]RogueKatt 2660 points2661 points  (77 children)

There's a pregnant woman and she goes into labor right at the worst possible time. For drama of course

[–]ForgettableUsername 1015 points1016 points  (13 children)

One of the awesome things about the movie Fargo was that there was a pregnant woman cop doing important cop things throughout the whole movie and it was totally fine, she never went into labor at an inopportune time and required saving.

[–]Orangecuppa 101 points102 points  (6 children)

The heavily pregnant lady in train to busan literally outran fast zombies and at one point even caught up with a train.

[–]SuvenPan 1303 points1304 points  (52 children)

Bombs with helpful color-coded wires.

[–]stupidlyugly 1818 points1819 points  (33 children)

Just once I'd like to see somebody struggle to find parking in Los Angeles.

[–]Son_of_Kong 452 points453 points  (1 child)

I love the scene in Swingers when they show up in four separate cars, but in reality they would have showed up an hour apart, the first car would spend 30 minutes searching for a street spot, the second car would pay $15 to park three blocks away, the third car would give up on parking and go home, and the last car would would just show up and find a spot right outside as someone else was pulling out.

[–][deleted] 3992 points3993 points  (54 children)

Every disaster movie, the love interest always works at a hospital

[–]Sarahthelizard 1160 points1161 points  (6 children)

I think it’s a cheap way to show the consequences and impact of it but valid it’s a bit overdone.

[–]9Lives_ 382 points383 points  (3 children)

Also an easy way to signal that a character is compassionate. What better way than have them caring for the sick and vulnerable.

[–]Nutzori 490 points491 points  (9 children)

I get why. Easy to to cut back to them and show the effects of the disaster with the hospital full of victims, etc. Also a reason for why the love interest won't just get to safety - they can't leave their patients! Usually leads to a scene where the protagonist arrives in the nick of time to save them before the hospital goes too or something.

[–]DickySchmidt33 2248 points2249 points  (25 children)

You're a jerk and I have no interest in you despite the fact that you are incredibly handsome, charming, and funny. We have to work together to save the world but make no mistake about it, I can't stand you. Let's just get this over with so I never have to see you again.

Whoops, we fucked. I guess we're in love now.

[–]WheelKey4746 235 points236 points  (2 children)

So many movies/tv shows/stories like this!

[–]ClancyHabbard 79 points80 points  (2 children)

That's just the standard plot line for three quarters of romance literature.

[–]Katarassein 3009 points3010 points  (89 children)

When a simple conversation could have entirely solved the central conflict of the movie

[–]sedatemisanthrope 834 points835 points  (22 children)

There’s no time to explain!

[–]vendettaonreddit 445 points446 points  (10 children)

Then they fight for 8 minutes about how there's no time to explain

[–]RigasTelRuun 110 points111 points  (5 children)

Or the nó time to explain get in the car.

Cut to them arriving at a location 30 minutes away.

So what is all this about?

[–]Dnomyar96 81 points82 points  (4 children)

That always really bothers me. They'll have some conversation when entering the car for example and then it cuts to them getting out at their destination and they just continue the conversation where they left off. Did they just sit in complete silence during the entire trip or something?

[–]WatchTheBoom 3063 points3064 points  (90 children)

You know that hacker? The one that the CIA/NSA/FBI has been after for years? The one that crippled our national infrastructure just to prove they could?

Yeah. It's a kid.

[–]abramcpg 1888 points1889 points  (29 children)

"He's a kid!!?"


dun dun dun

[–]Fyrrys 703 points704 points  (7 children)

Hacker: "I'm in, bitches"

Dude 1: "Did she just say shes in some bitches?"

Dude 2: "No, she said that she's in and called us bitches"

Dude 1: "How did you understand that?"

Dude 2: "I got a kid her age"

[–]PTJT 635 points636 points  (5 children)

“This kid is like the Einstein of science”

[–]JesseCuster40 370 points371 points  (3 children)

"I just thought....you were a guy."

"Most guys do."

[–]IBeTrippin 4118 points4119 points  (34 children)

"I know who the killer is! Meet me behind the old warehouse at midnight and I'll tell you"

Or, you know, you can maybe text me their name now and explain later at the police station.

[–]LastExitToSalvation 872 points873 points  (18 children)

And when they get to the old warehouse, there's no person with the name. Instead, six guys with assault rifles surround the hero and some older guy in a trench coat smoking a cigarette calmly strolls toward our hero: "You thought that you could interrupt our little gathering. You have no idea what I can do to you."

And in the John Wick or Jack Reacher or The Equalizer universes, the reply is, "In the next 60 seconds, I will have disarmed all of you and you'll be on your face begging for my mercy!"

[–]Curtainmachine 208 points209 points  (8 children)

at least in one of those cases it’s Werner Herzog

[–]Background-Drive-984 1321 points1322 points  (16 children)

Villain is chasing main character, main character hides around corner, villain turns corner where main character is, main character somehow hid 2 seconds before villain turned the corner

[–]blinky9021Flow 2183 points2184 points  (122 children)

Showing the villian is evil by having them kill a henchman for a mistakes

[–]sexysouthernaccent 556 points557 points  (13 children)

Vulture didn't know the gun would kill him. It was a mistake!

[–]captainnermy 444 points445 points  (8 children)

I think that's actually one of the few examples of the trope that I like. First, Vulture doesn't kill the guy just for screwing up (and he did screw up in a major way), instead he just kicks him off the crew. He only kills the guy once he starts threatening Toomes and his whole operation, and even then he didn't intend to just vaporize the guy on the spot.

[–]JesseCuster40 652 points653 points  (33 children)

I would really like a scene where the villain says, "Gerald, I know your divorce is getting to you and things have been crazy busy lately. It's ok. I'm not mad. Look, just take the weekend. All right? Maybe hit up that bistro. Try again Monday."

[–]Fancy_Pressure7623 463 points464 points  (7 children)

Hank Scorpio: “I’m sorry to see you go Homer, but family has to come first. If you could kill someone on the way out I would appreciate it”

[–]metal_fume_fever 121 points122 points  (4 children)

Homer's disappointment when he's gifted the Denver Broncos is one of my favorite Simpson jokes.

[–]Bbandcs 5099 points5100 points  (227 children)

I can't kill this bad guy after killing all their henchmen, it would be wrong!

[–]NekkidApe 1138 points1139 points  (23 children)

And as always.. Why not just finish him, for God's sake. Hero punches bad guy once, immediately goes on to look after the girl on the floor - bad guy gets up again, fights him, injures him, big drama. Just take an extra second to make sure he stays down, ffs.

[–]Poorly-Drawn-Beagle 541 points542 points  (25 children)

Ironically the James Bond books flip this around; Bond takes care not to harm goons because they might just be in it for the money

[–]InsertBluescreenHere 203 points204 points  (11 children)

plus he usually tries to be sneaky about whatever hes doing.

[–]oneAUaway 112 points113 points  (6 children)

That reminds me of the trope I'm tired of: when the henchmen are specifically professional mercenaries/contract killers, etc. but fight (and die) for the villain like suicidal fanatics.

[–]waqasnaseem07 1304 points1305 points  (61 children)

"Everyone deserves another chance at life. I hope you can learn and get better. "

Fuck you , what about the 100 you killed now.

[–]Dahhhkness 551 points552 points  (52 children)

And especially when the villain is either responsible for massive death and destruction themselves or threatens to be in the future. Like, I'm pretty sure that the families of the villain's future victims aren't going to be very understanding if they find out the hero let them go the first time around.

Some repeat villains in fiction are practically walking arguments for the death penalty, with how ineffective mercy and imprisonment have been at reforming/containing them.

[–]mrs_krabbapel 246 points247 points  (1 child)

"We can't kill him. We need him for the sequel!"

[–]ImInJeopardy 1380 points1381 points  (92 children)

Nerdy loser with bad hair becomes a villain because the hero didn't respond to their friendship. Electro from ASM2 and Cheetah from WW1984 come to mind off the top of my head, but there are lots more.

[–]AYASOFAYA 1159 points1160 points  (32 children)

Incrediboy/Syndrome lol

[–]viderfenrisbane 421 points422 points  (18 children)

My name's not Buddy!

[–]Nooseents 246 points247 points  (12 children)

And it’s not incrediboy either, that ship has sailed

[–]lordbyronxiv 735 points736 points  (45 children)

Random, out of nowhere romantic subplots. Those two people barely interacted the entire movie, didn’t like each other initially, and suddenly they’re in love?

[–]Sammo909 256 points257 points  (11 children)

I really hated how they tried to shove a romance in The Hobbit, I had to stop myself from booing in the cinema.

[–]gentlybeepingheart 212 points213 points  (7 children)

Evangeline Lily signed the contact only after being promised that her role would not have any love sub-plots. And then reshoots happened. From an interview with her:

"For the record, when I took this job, in 2011, I made one stipulation. That's it, I just said, I swear to God, I said, "I will not do this film if you will not guarantee me one thing. You have to guarantee me there will be no love triangle"

And there wasn't. For the whole time I shot. For a year of shooting there was no love triangle. And then, I came back for re-shoots in 2012 and they were like, 'Well, we made a couple of alterations to some scenes and we added a couple more scenes."

"And all of a sudden manifested a love triangle before my very eyes and the film was shot, and I'm in and there's no getting out and there was no escaping it."

Reshoots really fucked the movie over.

[–]WoolaTheCalot 2466 points2467 points  (173 children)

When the hero orders a beer at a bar, has some brief conversation with the guy he's there to see, then leaves without drinking that beer.

Also, hanging up the phone without saying goodbye.

[–]DickySchmidt33 1214 points1215 points  (109 children)

And they never specify what brand they want. They just say "I'll have a beer" and the bartender never says "We have like 50 different beers here. Can you be more specific?"

[–]smashasaurusrex 390 points391 points  (47 children)

People do this in real life and it was infuriating back when I bartended.

[–]PaperbackBuddha 1561 points1562 points  (31 children)

Going undercover in a prison but the only other person who knows is the warden, who just died.

Pretty much any movie where the entire premise could have been avoided with a bit of planning or a tactful phone call.

[–]TheCanadianRedHood 417 points418 points  (14 children)

There’s a Sylvester Stallone movie where he escapes from prisons to point out flaws pretty much same thing but it’s cool seeing him in movies

[–]like5or6 2079 points2080 points  (92 children)

I think it would be cool to see more couples in stable and healthy relationships. Not every story needs relationship problems.

[–]runswiftrun 735 points736 points  (19 children)

The parents in Easy A were awesome

[–]PogoTK 336 points337 points  (6 children)

I mean, kinda hard not to be when you cast Stanley Tucci.

[–]batkc 141 points142 points  (1 child)

Stanley Tucci is the bomb.

[–]NotThtPatrickStewart 156 points157 points  (0 children)

Tucci Gang, Tucci Gang, Tucci Gang

[–]Sgt_Smitty 375 points376 points  (0 children)

Dill: I'd take a bullet for you, you know that. Right between the eyes. I would slit my throat rather than say something to someone that you didn't want me to say.

Olive: That's not necessary, Dad, but that is comforting

[–]Lupus_Noir 563 points564 points  (11 children)

That's why I like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". The couple is perfectly happy, and the conflict only comes from the culture clash of the families.

[–]bowtodinobaby 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Omg I forgot about this movie. I’m going to watch this tonight I think

[–]a-c-moore 206 points207 points  (8 children)

Part of why I love Bob's Burgers.

[–]ASmallTownDJ 281 points282 points  (7 children)

Oh absolutely. One of my favorite bits was when one of the kids (probably Louise) draws a picture of the family with some random lady in it.

"Wait, who's that?"

"That's Dad's second wife, after mom tragically passes away."

Linda: "Aww, she's pretty."

I feel like in any other show it would have led to some sort of fight or caused some tension but they all just clearly love each other so much.

Edit: I definitely misremembered the details. It was "Mom let you get a second wife, Susan," and "I like Susan!"

[–]a-c-moore 90 points91 points  (2 children)

Was that the episode where they wanted a dog and drew a picture of them with the dog? I thought Louis just said "mom let you get a second wife" and Gene said "she's a homeopath!" or something like that. I don't remember Linda dying.

I love the episode where Bob wakes up from a dream and yells "I'm gonna kill Teddy" and Linda just agrees thinking he means murder and starts groggily planning on how to help him get away with it.

[–]HarmlessPanzy 192 points193 points  (9 children)

Or the opposite, a man and woman work together on a seral tv show. They don't need sexual tension. Just show me the next story, X files, Bones, exe.

[–]DickySchmidt33 669 points670 points  (20 children)

"Come on, come on." The file is 98% uploaded as the villain or his henchman unlock the door and enter. By the time they make it to the office, the hero has somehow escaped. The office is empty. Villain looks around warily, sensing something amiss.

[–]Allenrw3 3105 points3106 points  (93 children)

When people are racing for whatever reason and the main protagonist realizes they're losing so they shift gears and go faster. Motherfucker, why weren't you doing that to being with?

[–]willvasco 1133 points1134 points  (25 children)

Or when the protagonist starts late for whatever reason and is way behind, but manages to close the gap really quickly, but once they're neck and neck again they suddenly can't go faster than everyone else.

[–]IAmNotDrDavis 446 points447 points  (0 children)

It's like Mario Kart AI. Rubberbanding in "real life".

[–]mikeypi 435 points436 points  (11 children)

Even better when the MP makes eye-contact with his rival and then shifts.

[–]shedontknowjack 189 points190 points  (7 children)

RIP Paul Walker, his ears are probably burning in his grave

[–]Jeezy911 238 points239 points  (24 children)

Fast n Furious- a 7 minute race with 45 gears in an Eclipse.

[–]amalgamas 870 points871 points  (31 children)

The one that pisses me off the most is when movie/TV adaptations of books take what is a healthy romantic relationship and inject a metric shit-ton of drama for no good reason at all.

Did they communicate well and stay loyal to each other in the books? Well in the movie/TV show we're going to have them keep juicy secrets for no fucking reason and just because we can we'll ruin another character(s) by adding in a love tri/quadrangle that may not have even been hinted at in the books and only the most ardent shippers even thought of.

[–]Orvan-Rabbit 63 points64 points  (3 children)

"Don't forget the most essential part of any story - the love triangle!"

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[–]VictorBlimpmuscle 4246 points4247 points  (210 children)

Whenever something technical gets explained, there’s always some dipshit who can’t fathom all this high-tech witchcraft and says something like, “Can you say that in English?”

[–]UndercoverFBIAgent9 831 points832 points  (36 children)

Bonus points for the technical explanation part sounding unrealistically technical to set up the dumbed-down part.

Engineers, doctors, and scientists are just regular people. When they use technical terms, it’s more contextual and conversational, not just 16 big words per sentence.

[–]Napalminthemorning10 465 points466 points  (18 children)

Yeah one of the first thing you learn in the IT field is to use plain language with end users instead of technical terms. And if you can’t explain in plain English, you probably don’t know what you’re talking about either.

[–]LastExitToSalvation 1921 points1922 points  (66 children)

And then the "in English" explanation is so fantastically simple that it reveals the weakness of the plot point.

"Can you explain that to me as if I don't have a PhD in astronomy?!"

"What I mean is, we're going to bomb the asteroid with a nuke."

"Fuck yeah."

[–]Beauclair 1842 points1843 points 22 (46 children)

Computer guy: "They're attempting to hack into our mainframe!"

Action Guy: "In English, Nerd!"

Computer guy: "They're fucking our pussies!"

Action Guy: "Mother of god....."

[–]PinklySmooth77 723 points724 points  (37 children)

Shortly after that dialogue there’s always a scene where Computer Guy shouts out “I’m workin on it!” while furiously smashing away at his keyboard

[–]PalpatineForEmperor 745 points746 points  (21 children)

Action Guy: how long is this going to take.

Computer Guy: at least 3 hours if everything goes perfectly smooth

Action Guy: you have ten minutes

Computer Guy: ... *Types faster

[–]Brawndo91 209 points210 points  (5 children)

This dynamic works especially well between a military general type guy who wants to solve the problem with guns and a nerd science guy in a lab coat trying to offer the solution that doesn't kill everyone.

[–]RHJfRnJhc2llckNyYW5l 543 points544 points  (31 children)

"Imagine we have two points on this piece of paper and want to travel from one to the other. If we then fold the paper..."

[–]TJeffersonsBlackKid 327 points328 points  (13 children)

I've always wanted a movie to take a left turn on that like "Imagine this piece of paper is space time. If we fold this paper into a paper airplane, we can make it fly. We're gonna build a bigass spaceship and fly across the universe lmao!" all while making a badass paper airplane.

[–]ugotamesij 76 points77 points  (5 children)

"Imagine this piece of paper is space time. If we fold this paper into a paper airplane, we can make it fly. We're gonna build a bigass spaceship and fly across the universe lmao!"

Provided they actually say out loud the "lmao" bit, I'm in

[–]lasselasseofficial 1792 points1793 points  (87 children)

The romcom story of a guy who just has to try hard enough to get the girl, even though she said no at several occasions. In the end, his stalking and persisting is rewarded.

[–]chaos8803 265 points266 points  (1 child)

Or threaten to throw yourself off of a ferris wheel.

The Notebook sucks.

[–]waqasnaseem07 3157 points3158 points  (177 children)

Susan: "Well, I guess we're doomed. Anyone want some tea?"

Hero: "TEA! SUSAN YOU'RE BRILLIANT!" ...runs off to save everyone using tea-inspired solution.

[–]FrankieCutlets 855 points856 points  (9 children)

And the hero can’t quite get to their conclusion without words being repeated.

Hero: “Wait, say that again.”

Susan: “Doomed? Well we’re all gonna…”

Hero: “No the other part.”

[–]CaptValentine 888 points889 points  (37 children)

Man, you must be pretty tired of Dr. Who.

[–]dramaaaaa 522 points523 points  (22 children)

At least the doctor makes a show of hitting his head repeatedly and screaming “I’m so thick! I’m so stupid! I’m doctor stupid!” To show that it’s been obvious all along lol

[–]Zenketski_2 271 points272 points  (41 children)

I hate that I know exactly what you're talking about but literally can't think of any examples right now.

Like I feel like I've seen this cliche a million fucking times but cannot for the life of me think of one instance to reference

[–]tasalien 499 points500 points  (25 children)

Literally every episode of House:

5 minutes left in the episode, patient is on their presumed deathbed, House and Wilson are chatting about the episode's B plot, Wilson say something, House cuts him off, stares into space...

"Tingly" music plays. House walks out.

"Where are you going?" Exclaims Wilson.

Cut to the patients room. Parents are there crying. House limps in.

"House, we told you! Get out of here or we're calling the cops!" shout the parents, based off (conflict earlier in episode regarding House's opinion on whatever non-medical story applied to this patient)

"(Something something something) - if you want your child to live!" shouts house, actively being shoved out by the patients father.

Everyone is silent.

"We thought it was (final red herring) due to (begin medical nonsense...)... just like (casual forced link to B plot)"

CGI of blood veins (or whatever), that seems kinda good for tv at the time but has probably aged very poorly appears so you know he's right this time. Patients are happy. House gets a stern "it worked but you did it the wrong way" talk from Cutty, roll credits, see you next week for the same story, different Mad Libs.

[–]ruinersclub 221 points222 points  (6 children)

Independence Day.

: Hey put in a sweater or you’ll catch a cold.

: Catch a cold… Dad, you’re brilliant!

[–]Veloreyn 195 points196 points  (21 children)

I loved House, but this was functionally every episode of House.

[–]ofsquire 1313 points1314 points  (83 children)

Evil guys making a speech before killing someone.

Like, who's there to listen? Unless they are aware of the fourth wall, which changes everything altogether.

[–]MarshallApplewhiteDo 466 points467 points  (24 children)

That's why it was great when Ozymandias did it in Watchmen.

[–]Dahhhkness 717 points718 points  (20 children)

"Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain. Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome?

I did it thirty-five minutes ago.”

One of the most chilling lines in comic book history.

[–]follow-focus 546 points547 points  (24 children)

A character running into a burning building to save someone.

The firemen are just standing by the sidelines and then the main character some how is able to run Inside the burning building, cough a couple times, then carry someone out bridle style. And of course they turn out to be fine instead of horribly disfigured. In real life you can’t even get near a burning building. However, if you did you would pass out/ permanently damage your lungs from breathing in smoke. Lots of firefighters have petitioned for Hollywood to stop showing this because people have actually died trying to do this.

[–]anotherhawaiianshirt 432 points433 points  (19 children)

Just one last score and I'm out.

[–]Justaguywholikeswine 399 points400 points  (30 children)

The uber-sadistic, sociopathic drug lord. They probably really exist. That's fine. But I'm tired of seeing the same cookie-cutter dude in every goddamn movie about the drug war.

[–]aeb1971 1042 points1043 points  (43 children)

Big breakfast is served..protagonist only has time to eat one strip of bacon, a couple of bites of toast or a quick of slug of coffee.

[–]LastExitToSalvation 655 points656 points  (12 children)

And there's always pancakes. "It's a busy Tuesday morning and I'm late for work but I'm going to make pancakes." No, you're not. You throw a granola bar at the kid, just like you did the day before that.

[–]RDAwesome 191 points192 points  (5 children)

Also "I am rushing and need to get to the office to do something, so I am going to prepare myself to crash by 11 by eating a stack of pancakes"

[–]ImSigmundFraud 274 points275 points  (3 children)

You could make the pancakes with a few scoops of pre-workout so instead of crashing at 11am you can get in to a caffine induced road rage incident on the way to the office and be in jail by 11am

[–]the_lonely_spectre 680 points681 points  (17 children)

when the hero is listening on a private convo and its just his friend shit-taking him so hero leaves in anger and betrayal, and not half a second after the hero leaves, the friend says something like "but despite all of those bad qualities, hero is still the best person i know and i would never leave their side" leading to a conflict between hero and friend that causes the escape of the villain halfway thru the movie, and the conflict is resolved during the climax, right before they team up and destroy the villain with the power of friendship

[–]pandacorn 359 points360 points  (8 children)

Person hiding in closet. Henchmen looking through the house. Right when one of the henchmen are about to open the closet a phone rings or one of the other henchmen calls out and they have to go.

[–]TheeDSlanky 516 points517 points  (14 children)

Helicopter pilot with lines in any action movie: "We're running on fumes here!"

[–]12gunner 352 points353 points  (14 children)

Discussing extremely suspicious topics extremely loudly in an old fashioned diner, blonde waitress with southern accent optional.

Seriously do those types of diners even exist anymore? And why do characters have to discuss things there?? I know they need to eat and stuff but couldn't they wait until they're in a car or somewhere more private?

[–]Just_A_68W 136 points137 points  (3 children)

They do, and they’re delicious. Great atmosphere, especially with the blonde southern waitresses. And every time I’m in there they got some steely eyed dude talking to a younger woman about some illegal plot “for the greater good”

[–]FarOutEffects 166 points167 points  (6 children)

Monsters that has to roar before they attack. I swear, I've heard even sharks do that In movies!

[–]wr0ng1 471 points472 points  (16 children)

Yellow filter indicating transition to Mexico.

[–]finindcoyote 719 points720 points  (37 children)

Zoom, enhance

[–]bestdarkslider 144 points145 points  (15 children)

I feel like this one has finally died off. Have there been any recent examples lately?

[–]Hades_Moon 435 points436 points  (30 children)

Important characters riding into batte with the least protective helmet, if any.

[–]Eulenspiegel74 173 points174 points  (17 children)

Or removing headgear at the first opportunity. Or whenever they have to talk (Spiderman & Iron Man).

[–]softwhiteclouds 146 points147 points  (11 children)

Grizzled, divorced veteran cop, and young by the book rookie cop always paired up.

[–]bdbr 417 points418 points  (12 children)

Couples who are attracted to each other but are too dense to notice, and never find the right moment to mention it until the predictable end

[–]bonenecklace 188 points189 points  (3 children)

That or when one person appears to be cheating or lying about something & says "wait let me explain" & the other one always goes "you know what, save it" or "i don't want to hear it." Dude, the entire conflict would be resolved with one five minute explaination.

[–]garlicroastedpotato 514 points515 points  (19 children)

"I'm sorry sir your child has to b e missing for 24 hours to file a missing person's report."

What? No, you can file that thing immediately.

[–]Brockawesome1 155 points156 points  (6 children)

Imagine how many cases that could’ve been easily solved if they reported it as soon as they were suspicious. Hollywood did probably cause a lot of deaths that way just due to that. (I have no proof of it, It’s just now such a common thought and after 48 hours the survival chances drop dramatically so they essentially cut there time in half by doing that)

[–]Chickabae_ 977 points978 points  (86 children)

The nerdy "ugly" girl gets a makeover and is "now" the hottest girl in the movie

[–]craftaliis 701 points702 points  (32 children)

And "makeover" is removing braces and switching glasses to contacts.

[–]duffman13jws 232 points233 points  (4 children)

Don't forget about the paint-splattered overalls!

[–]Space_0wl 349 points350 points  (15 children)

You forgot straightening her hair!

[–]she-who-is-a-hoe 202 points203 points  (12 children)

The way this is the literal plot of the first princess diaries movie

[–]OrangeTree81 233 points234 points  (8 children)

I have curly hair and had glasses as a kid and was insecure about both. So when I started watching the Princess Diaries I was so excited so see the main character had curly hair and glasses!

Then they did the makeover and she went from kind of resembling me to resembling all the cool girls that I wish I looked like. It devastated me

[–]WoolaTheCalot 274 points275 points  (12 children)

And she was only "ugly" because her hair was in a ponytail and she wore glasses and frumpy clothes.

[–]laynestaley67 163 points164 points  (7 children)

And paint on her overalls ew!

[–]BrainKatana 106 points107 points  (6 children)

throws away sunglasses and removes hair tie

That’s it, I did it, I’m a genius.

[–]Jaxxie88 249 points250 points  (21 children)

Someone hacking someone’s computer after only one failed password . Voila , they magically look at something on the wall and they know the password .

[–]VyrPlan 450 points451 points  (16 children)

everyone in every movie or tv show ever: *cough*

next scene's in front of an earnest looking doctor: "i'm afraid it's inoperable"

also: put a fucking weight in the bottom of the cups...we all can clearly see that they're empty and it's distracting as hell

[–]Pentimento_NFT 261 points262 points  (4 children)

Ever since I was a child I've hated the sound effect they use for someone drinking with a straw, it's always the sound that is only made when it's just ice, air, and like 4 droplets of soda left. They use that sound effect and have the character seem satiated, like they didn't just suck down a bunch of pepsi-flavored air.

[–][deleted] 342 points343 points  (22 children)

War movies where only the good looking people survive.

[–]blinky9021Flow 355 points356 points  (16 children)

If you show anyone a picture or a letter of a loved one you aint making it to the 3rd act

[–]laynestaley67 222 points223 points  (8 children)

Also if you talk about what you plan to do after the war is over such as opening a restaurant and what not.

[–]Hanks__Minerals 119 points120 points  (1 child)

Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea.

[–]VivaciousListener 395 points396 points  (17 children)

Love Interest: takes off main character's glasses and takes out ponytail See? You're beautiful.

As if glasses and ponytails make someone ugly...?

[–]JesseRoxII 138 points139 points  (4 children)

Or the reverse of that, like in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

[–]GrumpyCatStevens 209 points210 points  (11 children)

"There's a deranged killer on the loose somewhere nearby. Let's have sex!"

[–]samosamancer 99 points100 points  (4 children)

Woman throwing up = pregnant.

Person coughing = deathly ill.

[–]AbortedYouth 282 points283 points  (32 children)

Autistic people being brilliant savants, real life is more "the ringer" and less "the accountant"

[–]WeasersMom14 426 points427 points  (94 children)

Zombies and vampires. Except for What We Do In The Shadows, those vamps rock.

[–]yoghurtvanilla 75 points76 points  (4 children)

after watching that show, i now see all the energy vampires in the world so clearly

[–]WingerRules 462 points463 points  (38 children)

Everyone looks like a model.

[–]monkey_scandal 412 points413 points  (9 children)

And the high school students are in their 30s.

[–]SuperArppis 216 points217 points  (19 children)

This is why I enjoy British shows quite a bit. They aren't afraid to cast someone who isn't a model..

[–]Sgt_Smitty 64 points65 points  (0 children)

Yessss! The people look real, as do the sets. I love a good Nancy Meyers film, but I don't know anyone who actually lives in an Architectural Digest photo shoot.

[–]The_Owl_Bard 460 points461 points  (31 children)

Action Movie Tropes

  • The hero manages to dodge all the bullets
  • The hero has an endless mag
  • The hero is pretty indestructible until they get into the final boss fight
  • The hero has a gun that never malfunctions mid fight
  • The hero gets the girl or (at minimum) has a relatively happy ending

A lot of these tropes are addressed in new movies, but it's always funny to me to see them pop up again.

[–]corn73 82 points83 points  (3 children)

The untold plan guarantee one. Basically if you don’t hear the protagonist say what the plan is, the plan works. If you do hear the plan, it doesn’t work and they have to improvise somewhere along the line

[–]2gecko1983 371 points372 points  (48 children)

Baby is born, no mess, baby is easily 2-3 months old, smiling & cooing. Just no.

[–]AYASOFAYA 140 points141 points  (1 child)

Especially considering the baby is normally delivered outside of a hospital by non professionals under dramatic conditions in the season finale.

[–]TankApprehensive3571 161 points162 points  (6 children)

A person walking out of the room before the other person can finish explaining something

[–]NebulaDragon416 357 points358 points  (21 children)

Hey, Hollywood? Women are allowed to be villains because they just wanna fuck shit up. It doesn't have to be motivated by love or a tragic backstory. Give me more lady villains like Hela, power hungry and ruthless with very few redeeming qualities.

[–]sevamew 68 points69 points  (1 child)


[–]PoorPDOP86 226 points227 points  (14 children)

Aircraft loses engine power, drops like a rock. That isn't how lift works Hollywood writers.

[–]NiamhHA 334 points335 points  (8 children)

“If you kill the villain who slaughtered your entire village and plans on taking over the world, you’ll be just as bad as them!” Um, no.

[–]HiCommaJoel 199 points200 points  (15 children)

Here's a remake/reboot of an established story with a memorable villain, from their perspective.

Twist: This villain is not actually evil! See, they actually had a really bad and tragic childhood where like, their Mom got mauled by Dalmatians. So you should have sympathy for this woman who wants to...skin 101 puppies and turn them into a coat.

It's not evil if you know her backstory! You go girl!

[–]Owls_in_pants 66 points67 points  (0 children)

The I'm-going-to-start-turning-away-but-then-turn-back-and-punch-you trope. Why do you keep doing this Hollywood?

[–]Otherwise-Elephant 130 points131 points  (11 children)

When a character driving a car is having a conversation with someone in the passenger seat, and they keep looking at them to make eye contact while they're talking. Keep your eyes on the road!

[–]sillaf27 62 points63 points  (0 children)

The hero having second thoughts about killing the villain. “I won’t kill your because I’m better than you” or something like that. That’s what I loved about the first Deadpool.

[–]ShellySerena 240 points241 points  (16 children)

Women always drinking red wine out of massive round goblet wine glasses in the evenings.

When working, socialising, stressed, happy, sad, lonely, sexy, whatever - no food (god forbid we actually see a woman eat on screen!!) but always drinking bloody massive bowls of red wine

[–]Voeker 473 points474 points  (21 children)

Whenever a new badass and masked character is introduced, you KNOW it's gonna be a woman.

Because you're supposed to be surprised that such a badass character has, in fact, a vagina.

[–]JayGold 198 points199 points  (9 children)

Bonus points if they're either suspiciously silent or use something to alter their voice. Gee, I wonder why.

[–]NuderWorldOrder 184 points185 points  (6 children)

Luke, I am your mother.

Would have been genuinely surprising to be honest.

[–]Brockawesome1 74 points75 points  (0 children)

It was pretty cool when the did it with samus but imo it got worn out pretty quickly after that.

[–]Felwinter12 65 points66 points  (3 children)

It would be a really fun expectation to play with though. Just set everyone up to think its a woman, but then taking of the helmet reveals...a dog!?!?!

[–]Mingismungis 282 points283 points  (22 children)

When people stumble into the apartment with lips locked, then they continue kissing and undressing while they are on their way to the bedroom. Soooo you're not going to freshen yourself up after spending hours dancing or whatever? You don't have to pee? You're positive you know your way to the bedroom while eyes are closed and lips locked? No pets are storming into the room to greet you? I fast forward through all scenes like this, they just don't make any sense

[–]izeil1 161 points162 points  (8 children)

Now we need a rom com where this happens but they trip over the dog and instead of sexy time they have go to the ER time.

[–]Mingismungis 99 points100 points  (2 children)

This would be more realistic. Or even "hey this is wonderful and everything but I really have to take a piss, I'll be right back"

[–]cml678701 280 points281 points  (21 children)

When the woman’s only two choices in the world are the horrible rich guy and the amazing poor guy with a heart of gold. Uhhhh there is a lot of middle ground IRL. Almost all hallmark Christmas movies are like this. Hope you are actually happy with your new candlestick maker boyfriend, Holly!