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Old 01-05-2017, 04:34 PM
enalzi enalzi is offline
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Originally Posted by Bryan Ekers View Post
Hero's sidekick: "[Hero], don't kill [defeated bad guy]! You'll be just as bad as he is!"

Hero goes ahead and kills bad guy, suffers no lasting psychological damage or loss of moral center.

Also sort of on Firefly:
Mal: Sure. It would be humiliating. Having to lie there while the better man refuses to spill your blood. Mercy is the mark of a great man.
Mal: Guess I'm just a good man.
Mal: Well, I'm all right.

Originally Posted by Dallas Jones View Post

And all the wires in the bomb are the same color when the bomb squad opens it up.
Did it on Family Guy. I think this might be the most subverted trope.

Originally Posted by ftg View Post
I'd like to see a sitcom that has as a running gag sitcom-trope subversions. E.g.,

Early in the episode the low end worker tells the boss his mom is coming to town and he's been telling her that he's really the boss. Could the boss switch positions with him when his mother visits? The boss agrees.

When the mom shows up the boss says: "You're kid's been lying to you the whole time, he's just the janitor." and walks away.

Throw something like that in every now and then. Hopefully this would force the writers to never, ever, reuse one of these hackneyed old plots for real.

If the show is successful, it would raise audience awareness of this nonsense and other shows would stop reusing this stuff.
This is another one that I can't imagine being a trope. Any examples of this one?