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Favorite Movie Tropes

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Most of us are familiar with the Movie Pet Hates thread but we don't seem to have the opposite side of the coin ... until now. :D

One mine has to be villagers with flaming torches and pitchforks - we always know what to expect will come next!

So, just what are your favorite movie tropes?
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Disaster victim porn.

The personal and/or detailed stories of people going through some sort of huge disaster? Gets me every time. I feel it.
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Smug, mean villains who are about to have their asses kicked (preferrably by Steven Seagal).
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how do you feel about crazy, out of control villains in the same situation?
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Lammetje wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 1:14 pm Smug, mean villains who are about to have their asses kicked (preferrably by Steven Seagal).
Oh man, I love a clever, fiendish villain. It's funny you mention Steven Seagal, in this respect, because I absolutely loved Under Siege 2 as a kid just because it had two great villains in Eric Bogosian and Everett McGill.
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xianjiro wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 8:05 pm how do you feel about crazy, out of control villains in the same situation?
I guess that works too. Ideally though the villain is just a huge asshole who attacks first. :)
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Speaking of Seagal, I have a fondness for the way in which his character is introduced in Under Siege. Not the specific first scene that we see him in, but how he seems* to be just a cook but then is eventually revealed to be basically a one-man army. The old "eh, he's just some nobody...but wait, no, he was an Army Ranger AND a Navy Seal AND an Ace-of-Aces in the Air Force and singlehandedly killed 749357 Russians and we didn't catch on, oh shit we're fucked" trope. I'm sure it's been done in lots of action films but I can't think of any other examples off the top of my head.


*if you haven't seen the movie and/or don't know who Seagal is; I guess SPOILERS if anybody cares.
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That reminds me of, shall we call it, the Grey Trope? Child of a "crack whore" and her abusive bf/pimp, Harvard drop out, grows up to be a billionaire and run a huge corporation , earns about $100000/hr, pilot ... that's all I found in a cursory search online, but I seem to recall he volunteered extensively (at an orphanage?), and, well, we know what he liked to do in his spare time. So, how to sum it up - the character overcomes severe adversity to be super successful (so why didn't you?).

At least with Bond villains they are usually super-obsessed with their vision - they don't have time to dabble in finance, philanthropy, or "mind games" unless its related to their master plan.

I mean really, who has time to be Pope, President, and fur seal pup defender - all in the same day?
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I've no idea where to put this, but I've actually just run across this on iCM: "ok for kids, too simple for adults – not in my book"

I thought everything was in his book...
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