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19th Jun '16 2:45:47 PM WhatArtThee
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''Avoid clichés [[HypocriticalHumor like the plague]].''

A cliché is a [[StockPhrases phrase]], {{motif}}, {{trope}}, or other element within an artistic work that has become common enough to be seen as predictable, tired, overused, and generally unfavorable. Such items tend to break WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by calling attention to the lack of creativity on the part of the creator.

This is ''very'' subjective and dependent on the consumer's culture and knowledge level: Some American buying their very first issue of a Japanese {{manga}} might find it new and exciting, but in the home country of Japan, the same manga may be considered old and tired. A person playing their first RolePlayingGame might not realize the MysteriousWaif is far from original. Even then, just through PopculturalOsmosis or a sort of "sixth sense", people not familiar with the cliché might be able to spot it as such.

In spite of the negative stigma, many clichés are fully accepted by the audience so long as they are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]. Even then, it doesn't change the fact that it's present; just because a detective comments on how bad mystery novels have [[TheButlerDidIt the butler revealed as the murderer]] doesn't change the fact that, well, TheButlerDidIt. As Creator/TerryPratchett said,

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''Avoid clichés [[HypocriticalHumor like the plague]].''

A cliché is a [[StockPhrases phrase]], {{motif}}, {{trope}}, or other element within an artistic work that has become common enough to be seen as predictable, tired, overused, and generally unfavorable. Such items tend to break WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by calling attention to the lack of creativity on the an expected part of the creator.

a work.

This is ''very'' subjective and dependent on the consumer's culture and knowledge level: Some American buying their very first issue of a Japanese {{manga}} might find it new and exciting, unique, but in the home country of Japan, the same manga may not be considered old and tired. unique. A person playing their first RolePlayingGame might not realize the MysteriousWaif is far from original. Even then, just through PopculturalOsmosis or a sort of "sixth sense", people not familiar with the cliché might be able to spot it as such.

In spite of the negative stigma, many clichés are fully accepted by the audience so long audience, for the same reason as something [[StrictlyFormula formulaic]] works: ''because'' of its familiarity. The sheer number of {{Police Procedural}}s, {{Medical Drama}}s, and {{Romance Novel}}s with summaries that are practically interchangeable exist because people like them anyway, as they are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]. Even then, it doesn't change ignore the fact that it's present; just because a detective comments cliches and instead focus on how bad mystery novels have [[TheButlerDidIt the butler revealed great stories and characters. A lot of ExecutiveMeddling aims to make a work more cliché simply as the murderer]] doesn't change the fact that, well, TheButlerDidIt. a way of appealing to broader audiences.
As Creator/TerryPratchett said,



Even without LampshadeHanging, the LowestCommonDenominator will still lap up works considered heavily cliché for the same reason as something [[StrictlyFormula formulaic]] works: ''because'' of its familiarity. Many people seek brainless entertainment as its own reward and introducing elements requiring deep thought usually just alienates the average person. The sheer number of {{Police Procedural}}s, {{Medical Drama}}s, and {{Romance Novel}}s with summaries that are practically interchangeable exist because people buy them anyway. A lot of ExecutiveMeddling aims to make a work more cliché simply as a way of appealing to broader audiences.

The term cliché is also sometimes used to refer to a verbal {{meme}}. This usage is almost exclusively reserved for old folk sayings. Expressions such as "the early bird gets the worm" and "raining cats and dogs" are examples. Of course, just like internet memes, cliches [[PlayingWithATrope mutate]] over time and iterations. One person [[PopularSayingBut might say]] "The early bird gets the worm, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} but who wants worms]]?" or "It's raining cats and [[SublimeRhyme frogs]]!" This makes the use of the cliché funnier and more interesting.

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Even without LampshadeHanging, the LowestCommonDenominator will still lap up works considered heavily cliché for the same reason as something [[StrictlyFormula formulaic]] works: ''because'' of its familiarity. Many people seek brainless entertainment as its own reward and introducing elements requiring deep thought usually just alienates the average person. The sheer number of {{Police Procedural}}s, {{Medical Drama}}s, and {{Romance Novel}}s with summaries that are practically interchangeable exist because people buy them anyway. A lot of ExecutiveMeddling aims to make a work more cliché simply as a way of appealing to broader audiences.

The term cliché is also sometimes used to refer to a verbal {{meme}}. This usage is almost exclusively reserved for old folk sayings. Expressions such as "the early bird gets the worm" and "raining cats and dogs" are examples. Of course, just like internet memes, cliches [[PlayingWithATrope mutate]] over time and iterations. One person [[PopularSayingBut might say]] "The early bird gets the worm, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} but who wants worms]]?" or "It's raining cats and [[SublimeRhyme frogs]]!" This makes the use of the cliché funnier and more interesting.
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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny -- Quantity or quality of imitators make the work they're based on age badly.
2nd Apr '16 12:24:23 AM hoodie
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->'''Gilbert:''' The old roads and dusty highways have been traversed too often. Their charm has been worn away by plodding feet, and they have lost that element of novelty or surprise which is so essential for romance.\\
-- ''Creator/OscarWilde'' - The Critic As Artist

4th Nov '15 5:13:00 AM SetsunasaNiWa
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The name cliché dates back to older printing presses. When each letter had to be individually set, a common phrase would often be cast as a single block piece called a cliché (after the sound it made; the blocks were also called {{stereotype}}s, [[CaptainObvious which itself ended up picking up a new meaning over time]]). Such ease of use ended up with authors over-utilizing them to save on costs. The term came to mean the readily available phrase itself before broadening to include any overused element.

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The name cliché dates back to older printing presses. When each letter had to be individually set, a common phrase would often be cast as a single block piece called a cliché (after the sound it made; the blocks were also called {{stereotype}}s, [[CaptainObvious which itself ended up picking up a new meaning over time]]).time). Such ease of use ended up with authors over-utilizing them to save on costs. The term came to mean the readily available phrase itself before broadening to include any overused element.
20th Jun '15 10:46:43 PM justanid
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* ClicheStorm - When a work has numerous tropes with a definite pattern.
* DiscreditedTrope - Trope becomes a cliché.
* DiscreditedMeme - Meme becomes overused.
* DeadHorseTrope - Period of trope life cycle when nobody uses a trope seriously anymore.
* DeadUnicornTrope - The cliché is never used seriously, but it never was played straight in the first place.
* GrandfatherClause - Normally DiscreditedTrope or DeadHorseTrope can be played straight in a work which was made when the trope was cool.
* NecessaryWeasel - Illogical trope is a building block of a genre.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny - Quantity or quality of imitators make the work they're based on age badly.

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* ClicheStorm - -- When a work has numerous tropes with a definite pattern.
* DiscreditedTrope - -- Trope becomes a cliché.
* DiscreditedMeme - -- Meme becomes overused.
* DeadHorseTrope - -- Period of trope life cycle when nobody uses a trope seriously anymore.
* DeadUnicornTrope - -- The cliché is never used seriously, but it never was played straight in the first place.
* GrandfatherClause - -- Normally DiscreditedTrope or DeadHorseTrope can be played straight in a work which was made when the trope was cool.
* NecessaryWeasel - -- Illogical trope is a building block of a genre.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny - -- Quantity or quality of imitators make the work they're based on age badly.badly.
* StockPhrases -- Cliché lines.



* {{Troperiffic}} - When a work has fun with playing numerous tropes with a definite pattern.


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* {{Troperiffic}} - -- When a work has fun with playing numerous tropes with a definite pattern.


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13th Jun '15 8:02:26 AM justanid
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->'''Taggart:''' Hold up, men! We'll head 'em off at the pass!\\
'''[=Lamarr=]:''' "Head them off at the pass"? I ''hate'' that cliché! [shoots Taggart in the foot]
-->-- ''Film/BlazingSaddles''

14th Apr '15 3:59:06 PM CatcherInTheWry
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31st Mar '15 6:28:31 PM MisterGunpowder
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In spite of the negative stigma, many clichés are fully accepted by the audience so long as they are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]. Even then, it doesn't change the fact that it's present; just because a detective comments on how bad mystery novels have [[TheButlerDidIt the butler revealed as the murderer]] doesn't change the fact that, well, TheButlerDidIt. As Creator/TerryPratchett says,

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In spite of the negative stigma, many clichés are fully accepted by the audience so long as they are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]. Even then, it doesn't change the fact that it's present; just because a detective comments on how bad mystery novels have [[TheButlerDidIt the butler revealed as the murderer]] doesn't change the fact that, well, TheButlerDidIt. As Creator/TerryPratchett says,said,
9th Jan '15 3:05:23 PM Bisected8
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The name cliché dates back to older printing presses. When each letter had to be individually set, a common phrase would often be cast as a single block piece called a cliché (after the sound it made; the official name was a {{stereotype}}, [[CaptainObvious which also ended up picking up a new meaning over time]]). Such ease of use ended up with authors over-utilizing them to save on costs. The term came to mean the readily available phrase itself before broadening to include any overused element.

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The name cliché dates back to older printing presses. When each letter had to be individually set, a common phrase would often be cast as a single block piece called a cliché (after the sound it made; the official name was a {{stereotype}}, blocks were also called {{stereotype}}s, [[CaptainObvious which also itself ended up picking up a new meaning over time]]). Such ease of use ended up with authors over-utilizing them to save on costs. The term came to mean the readily available phrase itself before broadening to include any overused element.
9th Jan '15 3:04:05 PM Bisected8
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The name cliché dates back to older printing presses. When each letter had to be individually set, a common phrase would often be cast as a single block piece called a cliché. Such ease of use ended up with authors over-utilizing them to save on costs. The term came to mean the readily available phrase itself before broadening to include any overused element.

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The name cliché dates back to older printing presses. When each letter had to be individually set, a common phrase would often be cast as a single block piece called a cliché.cliché (after the sound it made; the official name was a {{stereotype}}, [[CaptainObvious which also ended up picking up a new meaning over time]]). Such ease of use ended up with authors over-utilizing them to save on costs. The term came to mean the readily available phrase itself before broadening to include any overused element.
2nd Jan '15 9:06:34 AM LadyJafaria
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The term cliché is also sometimes used to refer to a verbal {{meme}}. This usage is almost exclusively reserved for old folk sayings. Expressions such as "the early bird gets the worm" and "raining cats and dogs" are examples. Of course, just like internet memes, cliches [[PlayingWithATrope mutate]] over time and iterations. One person might say "The early bird gets the worm, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} but who wants worms]]?" or "It's raining cats and [[SublimeRhyme frogs]]!" This makes the use of the cliché funnier and more interesting.

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The term cliché is also sometimes used to refer to a verbal {{meme}}. This usage is almost exclusively reserved for old folk sayings. Expressions such as "the early bird gets the worm" and "raining cats and dogs" are examples. Of course, just like internet memes, cliches [[PlayingWithATrope mutate]] over time and iterations. One person [[PopularSayingBut might say say]] "The early bird gets the worm, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} but who wants worms]]?" or "It's raining cats and [[SublimeRhyme frogs]]!" This makes the use of the cliché funnier and more interesting.
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