To be honest I don’t know how new this is but I’ve noticed it increasingly often. This post was inspired by, of all things, the new Settlers 7 game trailer. It also starred in a fairly recent episode of The Bill.
The set up is that a male VS female bet/dare/competition has been started, the scenario plays out and it looks as if the male side is going to win but then the female side unexpectadly pulls off a coup, usually by doing something smart or cunning that the male side wouldn’t consider and wins at the last moment.
Apart from the whole sexism aspect (Intelligent women VS not-so-bright men) what annoys me the most about this particular cliche is that as soon as it appears on screen you know the female side is going to win, therefore ruining any actual suspense or interest that may be built up by proceedings.
Is this a real cliche or just a product of my fevered imagination?