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27th Apr '16 9:56:54 AM WhatArtThee
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Remember, this is [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]]; many a Cliché Storm is also a [[GuiltyPleasures guilty pleasure]], or even, dare we say it, [[{{Troperiffic}} exactly what the audience wants in the first place]]. You can see from some examples that people often ''intentionally'' create as big a Cliché storm as possible... and then start having fun with all of the Clichés. Oftentimes, they may not start around deconstructing or playing with the cliches as so much play it for laughs. It's very common in an AffectionateParody - most of the times, they start poking fun at these Cliches. Very often, something may be intended as an homage, and it may be wise to look at them as such.

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Remember, this is [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]]; many a Cliché Storm is also a [[GuiltyPleasures guilty pleasure]], or even, dare we say it, [[{{Troperiffic}} exactly what happen to be good in quality for the audience wants in same reasons that StrictlyFormula series can be, ''because'' of it's familiarity. People don't have to pay attention to the first place]]. shape of the story, and instead focus on what's inside. You can see from some examples that people often ''intentionally'' create as big a Cliché storm as possible... and then start having fun with all of the Clichés. Oftentimes, they may not start around deconstructing or playing with the cliches as so much play it for laughs. It's very common in an AffectionateParody - most of the times, they start poking fun at these Cliches. Very often, something may be intended as an homage, and it may be wise to look at them as such.



An important thing to note is that, as we enter the 21st century, the sheer number of works created makes it nearly impossible to write something "original". Also, our ability to securely store books and films in libraries makes it easy to access old works. That can make the newer material ''appear'' to be cliché storms, simply because we could see [[FollowTheLeader the similarity to countless older stories]]. Or, conversely, it can [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny make a groundbreaking older work seem like a cliché storm due to its many imitators]]. With all that, Cliché Storm is about to become one of the most heard of tropes in the near-future. This is why we warn you that TVTropesWillRuinYourLife.

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An important thing to note is that, as we enter the 21st century, the sheer number of works created makes it nearly impossible to write something "original". Also, our ability to securely store books and films in libraries makes it easy to access old works. That can make the newer material ''appear'' to be cliché storms, simply because we could see [[FollowTheLeader the similarity to countless older stories]]. Or, conversely, it can [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny make a groundbreaking older work seem like a cliché storm due to its many imitators]]. With all that, Cliché Storm is about to become one of the most heard of tropes in the near-future. This is why we warn you that TVTropesWillRuinYourLife.
20th Apr '16 7:35:42 AM Berrenta
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* The Introduction Arc of ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' feels like this. It features an OriginalCharacter with a preference [[IWorkAlone for working by himself]] that is the LastOfHisKind through genocide and seeks {{revenge}} against the killer. His partner is a [[RichBitch haughty]] rich girl with a fangirl crush on Soul. The formerís CharacterDevelopment revolves around him [[YouAreNotAlone learning to trust others again]] through the PowerOfFriendship. Thankfully, it's just a starting point and [[ItGetsBetter doesn't last long]].
* Parodied in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fic ''[[FanFic/WhenInDoubtObliviate When in Doubt, Obliviate]]'' when Snape took exception to several standard cliches during a teacher's meeting.

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* The Introduction Arc of ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' feels like this. It features an OriginalCharacter with a preference [[IWorkAlone for working by himself]] that is the LastOfHisKind through genocide and seeks {{revenge}} against the killer. His partner is a [[RichBitch haughty]] rich girl with a fangirl crush on Soul. The formerís CharacterDevelopment revolves around him [[YouAreNotAlone learning to trust others again]] through the PowerOfFriendship. Thankfully, it's just a starting point and [[ItGetsBetter [[SlowPacedBeginning doesn't last long]].
* Parodied in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fic ''[[FanFic/WhenInDoubtObliviate When in Doubt, Obliviate]]'' ''FanFic/WhenInDoubtObliviate'' when Snape took exception to several standard cliches during a teacher's meeting.
16th Apr '16 6:39:00 PM Berrenta
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** In fact, it hits up more tropes than expected, particularly during the middle section, which unfortunately bores the GenreSavvy person who knows exactly what the main character's going to decide to do, and just wants him to GetOnWithItAlready.

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** In fact, it hits up more tropes than expected, particularly during the middle section, which unfortunately bores the GenreSavvy person who knows exactly what the main character's going to decide to do, and just wants him to GetOnWithItAlready.get on with it.
12th Apr '16 7:19:28 PM Kid
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* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' show that this trope isn't always bad. ''Avatar'' is even ''self-aware'' of its cliches (Calling the MineralMacGuffin "{{Unobtanium}}") and Cameron has said "It's just ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' [[RecycledInSpace In Space]]". They became very high-grossing films and were well-liked by critics, [[JustHereForGodzilla even despite how many people only saw it to see the pretty technical aspects]] and SceneryPorn.

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* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' show that this trope isn't always bad. ''Avatar'' is even ''self-aware'' of its cliches (Calling (calling the MineralMacGuffin "{{Unobtanium}}") and Cameron has said "It's just ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' [[RecycledInSpace In Space]]". They became very high-grossing films and were well-liked by critics, [[JustHereForGodzilla even despite how many people only saw it to see the pretty technical aspects]] and SceneryPorn.
12th Apr '16 5:52:32 PM rjd1922
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* The first ''AtelierIris'' game, and maybe the second one, work on this level as well -- yeah, it plays a lot of common RPG adventure tropes completely straight, but they're used so ''well'' and the tone of the games is fundamentally so bright and optimistic [[{{Troperiffic}} that the audience ends up loving the product anyway]].
* ''BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean''. You have Kalas, a teenage orphaned AntiHero out to avenge his family who was killed by TheEmpire. He meets up with Xelha, a MysteriousWaif who is trying to stop said empire from acquiring the five [[ArtifactOfDoom End Magnus]]. About a third the game is like that, then it turns out that ''[[PlayingThePlayer nothing is as it seems]]''.
%%* ''BeyondTheBeyond'', one of Camelot Software's first non-''ShiningForce'' [=RPGs=].

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* The first ''AtelierIris'' ''VideoGame/AtelierIris'' game, and maybe the second one, work on this level as well -- yeah, it plays a lot of common RPG adventure tropes completely straight, but they're used so ''well'' and the tone of the games is fundamentally so bright and optimistic [[{{Troperiffic}} that the audience ends up loving the product anyway]].
* ''BatenKaitos: ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean''. You have Kalas, a teenage orphaned AntiHero out to avenge his family who was killed by TheEmpire. He meets up with Xelha, a MysteriousWaif who is trying to stop said empire from acquiring the five [[ArtifactOfDoom End Magnus]]. About a third the game is like that, then it turns out that ''[[PlayingThePlayer nothing is as it seems]]''.
%%* ''BeyondTheBeyond'', ''VideoGame/BeyondTheBeyond'', one of Camelot Software's first non-''ShiningForce'' [=RPGs=].non-''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' [=RPGs=].
* Creator/BioWare games in general run somewhat afoul of the fact that they've used [[http://toroz.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/orig_320200_1_1257581825.png the same basic plot elements]] since ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
** Most people remember recent [=BioWare=] games for the characters, less so than the plots, due to the actual villain being obviously BlackAndWhiteMorality.



%%* Expect this a lot with games done by Creator/BlizzardEntertainment, though many consider it part of their appeal, or [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory they just don't care.]]



* ''{{Darksiders}}'' mainlines on {{Grimdark}} tropes: set AfterTheEnd, featuring a stoic {{Badass}} on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, fighting against the LegionsOfHell, and so on and so forth. General consensus is that it ''works''.

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* ''{{Darksiders}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' mainlines on {{Grimdark}} tropes: set AfterTheEnd, featuring a stoic {{Badass}} on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, fighting against the LegionsOfHell, and so on and so forth. General consensus is that it ''works''.



* ''EternalSonata'' seems to teeter between this and {{Troperiffic}}, with varying opinions as to which side it leans more heavily towards. It has many elements of the traditional JRPG, but it's intentional.

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* ''EternalSonata'' ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' seems to teeter between this and {{Troperiffic}}, with varying opinions as to which side it leans more heavily towards. It has many elements of the traditional JRPG, but it's intentional.



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', while it plays character tropes uniquely, its main story is deliberately one giant ClicheStorm for the entire series as a whole, due to the game being a MilestoneCelebration. It's divided into three story arcs that, in themselves, are largely based on previous stock FE plots: the Plegia arc is Path of Radiance (up to the ArcVillain Gangrel having the ''exact'' same title as Ashnard), the Valm arc is Mystery of the Emblem or the second half of Geneology (TinTyrant leading a major millitary power starts trying to conquer the world) and the final arc is the standard "EvilSorceror tries to resurrect a dark dragon" plot from the very first game. [[BrokenBase Whether or not this worked is a heavy matter of debate.]]

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', while it plays character tropes uniquely, its main story is deliberately one giant ClicheStorm for the entire series as a whole, due to the game being a MilestoneCelebration. It's divided into three story arcs that, in themselves, are largely based on previous stock FE plots: the Plegia arc is Path of Radiance (up to the ArcVillain Gangrel having the ''exact'' same title as Ashnard), the Valm arc is Mystery of the Emblem or the second half of Geneology (TinTyrant leading a major millitary power starts trying to conquer the world) and the final arc is the standard "EvilSorceror "EvilSorcerer tries to resurrect a dark dragon" plot from the very first game. [[BrokenBase Whether or not this worked is a heavy matter of debate.]]



%%* ''GrandiaII'', ''LuminousArc'', and ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' are, like, ''the'' threesome of cliché storms, being built around identical framing devices and having largely the same plot twists.
* ''GuildWars'' is particularly guilty of this, [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory though it doesn't get much attention. ]]The storyline in all four campaigns is pretty cliched itself, but if you listen to the dialog you'd think you were listening to a dictionary of cliche things to say. From the motivational speeches you quite often get ("We are the light that will shatter the coming darkness"), to the supposedly dramatic twists in the storyline ("But something tells me if they see for themselves what the White Mantle really do with the Chosen, they'll have a change of heart about their masters"). Although there are some subversions. (Varesh Ossa is actually TheDragon rather than a pawn of Abaddon, despite being Chosen, it's heavily implied ''any'' of the Chosen could have done what the player character does, the player character [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unintentionally screw over Elona in time for Guild Wars 2]]) Nightfall in particular has the most Cliché Storm story out of all of them...despite the subversions.

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%%* ''GrandiaII'', ''LuminousArc'', ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'', ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'', and ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' are, like, ''the'' threesome of cliché storms, being built around identical framing devices and having largely the same plot twists.
* ''GuildWars'' ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' is particularly guilty of this, [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory though it doesn't get much attention. ]]The storyline in all four campaigns is pretty cliched itself, but if you listen to the dialog you'd think you were listening to a dictionary of cliche things to say. From the motivational speeches you quite often get ("We are the light that will shatter the coming darkness"), to the supposedly dramatic twists in the storyline ("But something tells me if they see for themselves what the White Mantle really do with the Chosen, they'll have a change of heart about their masters"). Although there are some subversions. (Varesh Ossa is actually TheDragon rather than a pawn of Abaddon, despite being Chosen, it's heavily implied ''any'' of the Chosen could have done what the player character does, the player character [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unintentionally screw over Elona in time for Guild Wars 2]]) Nightfall in particular has the most Cliché Storm story out of all of them...despite the subversions.



* ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' unashamedly tries to place the VillainProtagonist under as many grimdark and "edgy" cliches as humanly possible... [[NarmCharm And succeeds with flying colors]].



** Also the whole point of the aptly-named ''{{Nostalgia}}''.

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** Also the whole point of the aptly-named ''{{Nostalgia}}''.''VideoGame/{{Nostalgia}}''.



** E-102 Gamma's own story was deliberately [[LeftHanging left unfinished]] in favor of a different character in the Archie Comic adaptation of Sonic Adventure, specifically because the writers quipped that his story was "something you've seen a hundred times if you're a devotie to samurai movies".

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** E-102 Gamma's own story was deliberately [[LeftHanging left unfinished]] in favor of a different character in the [[ComibBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Comic adaptation adaptation]] of Sonic Adventure, ''Sonic Adventure'', specifically because the writers quipped that his story was "something you've seen a hundred times if you're a devotie to samurai movies". movies".
* Subverted and played straight with ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''. The plot is a brutally critical {{Deconstruction}} of military tactical shooters but a common criticism of the gameplay is it is unapologetically generic and bland (possibly for reasons of DoNotDoThisCoolThing).



* Creator/BioWare games in general run somewhat afoul of the fact that they've used [[http://toroz.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/orig_320200_1_1257581825.png the same basic plot elements]] since ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
** Most people remember recent Bioware games for the characters, less so than the plots, due to the actual villain being obviously BlackAndWhiteMorality.
%%* Expect this a lot with games done by {{Blizzard Entertainment}}, though many consider it part of their appeal, or [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory they just don't care.]]
* Subverted and played straight with ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''. The plot is a brutally critical {{Deconstruction}} of military tactical shooters but a common criticism of the gameplay is it is unapologetically generic and bland (possibly for reasons of DoNotDoThisCoolThing).
* ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' unashamedly tries to place the VillainProtagonist under as many grimdark and "edgy" cliches as humanly possible... [[NarmCharm And succeeds with flying colors]].



* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'s first few episodes hit a lot of familiar anime tropes from the get-go, primarily in the classroom and character areas. This is probably why there are a few people who don't enjoy it. There's a [[{{Moe}} cute]], [[GenkiGirl optimistic]] [[ImprobableAge fifteen-year-old]] ActionGirl who [[JumpedAtTheCall dreams of being a hero]]. There's a [[MysteriousWoman mysterious]] {{Ninja}}, [[WomanInBlack clad in black]], who [[{{Bookworm}} likes to read]] and initially shies away from the protagonist's attempt at befriending her. There's a [[EntitledBastard wealthy, arrogant]] IceQueen who [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold isn't as cruel as she seems]]. There's a HotBlooded CoolBigSis who [[BloodKnight enjoys punching evil in the face]]. Oh, and a horde of mindless, ugly creatures preying upon humankind. It doesn't help that the four protagonists are [[PublicDomainCharacter explicitly based off]] fairytale characters.

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* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'s first few episodes hit a lot of familiar anime tropes from the get-go, primarily in the classroom and character areas. This is probably why there are a few people who don't enjoy it. There's a [[{{Moe}} cute]], [[GenkiGirl optimistic]] [[ImprobableAge fifteen-year-old]] ActionGirl who [[JumpedAtTheCall dreams of being a hero]]. There's a [[MysteriousWoman mysterious]] {{Ninja}}, [[WomanInBlack clad in black]], who [[{{Bookworm}} likes to read]] and initially shies away from the protagonist's attempt at befriending her. There's a [[EntitledBastard wealthy, arrogant]] IceQueen who [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold isn't as cruel as she seems]]. There's a HotBlooded CoolBigSis who [[BloodKnight enjoys punching evil in the face]]. Oh, and a horde of mindless, ugly creatures preying upon humankind. It doesn't help that the four protagonists are [[PublicDomainCharacter explicitly based off]] fairytale fairy tale characters.
8th Apr '16 8:21:42 AM GlassRain
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' -- it's the only way to summon the Running Gag.
2nd Apr '16 9:02:23 AM erazor0707
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* The Introduction Arc of ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' feels like this. It features an OriginalCharacter with a preference [[IWorkAlone for working by himself]] that is the LastOfHisKind through genocide and seeks {{revenge}} against the killer. His partner is a [[RichBitch haughty]] rich girl with a fangirl crush on Soul. The formerís CharacterDevelopment revolves around him [[YouAreNotAlone learning to trust others again]] through the PowerOfFriendship. Thankfully, it's just a starting point and [[ItGetsBetter doesn't last long]].
29th Mar '16 11:37:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** Within the Movie considered on its own, The Alliance ''is'' an evil empire, Mal ''is'' the plucky (anti-)hero, and the rest of the movie goes as you would expect, albeit with enough emotional twists and turns to engage the audience. But, as Joss Whedon has pointed out, the Operative is kind of right. While the Alliance is antagonistic to the main characters, said characters are thieves, mercenaries, and smugglers. The Alliance is largely beneficial and benevolent--yes, they have done some truly despicable things, but then so have all governments ever. How much of this comes across in the film itself is debatable, since time for these subtleties is somewhat limited. As for Mal as 'the plucky hero'--even in the series, Mal is far from the hero archetype, and for the film Whedon pushed him even further towards the darker, non-heroic side so he could undergo some sort of arc of development during the film. Mal may not lack for pluck, but--for example--he shoots three unarmed men during the course of the film, one of whom appears to be surrendering.
*** The Operative is GenreSavvy to wear full body armor. He is ''not'' a moron.
29th Mar '16 11:36:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-featured fantasy film ''Film/{{Quest of the Delta Knights}}'' has the BigBad saying things like: "I grow weary of your antics, beggar man!" Ironically, and with no explanation whatever, both the BigBad and the old man were played by David Warner.
** The movie was a thinly-veiled attempt to do ''Franchise/StarWars'' in a fantasy setting long before ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'' made it cool, and that's how they linked the Darth Vader and Obi-Wan characters. It's not ''much'' of an explanation, but it does seem ''slightly'' less random when you realize that.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-featured fantasy film ''Film/{{Quest of the Delta Knights}}'' has the BigBad saying things like: "I grow weary of your antics, beggar man!" Ironically, and with no explanation whatever, both the BigBad and the old man were played by David Warner.
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Warner. The movie was a thinly-veiled attempt to do ''Franchise/StarWars'' in a fantasy setting long before ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'' made it cool, and that's how they linked the Darth Vader and Obi-Wan characters. It's not ''much'' of an explanation, but it does seem ''slightly'' less random when you realize that.
29th Mar '16 11:22:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/{{Deathlands}}'': A cocktail of every sci-fi movie you've ever seen, thrown together on a budget equal to the price of a bus ticket.

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* ''Literature/{{Deathlands}}'': ''Film/{{Deathlands}}'': A cocktail of every sci-fi movie you've ever seen, thrown together on a budget equal to the price of a bus ticket.
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