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->'''[[ParrotPetPosition Parrot:]]''' Squawk! Aye-aye, Cap'n!\\
'''Black Jack''': Don't you just love clichés?
-->--[[{{Series/Charmed}} "Charrrmed!"]] (actual title)

You are watching something like ''Film/StarshipTroopers 2: Hero of the Federation'' and it strikes you that you have heard every single line of this somewhere else. Every trope is presented without irony or [[LampshadeHanging acknowledgment]]. ''All'' the situations and setups are clipped out of another story and pasted in as-is.

You are in a Cliché Storm. Do not worry. The pain will soon pass. A bug will soon scrag the [[EnsignNewbie inept Lieutenant]]. Security will soon come to the perimeter. [[YouShallNotPass The line will soon be held]]. It will be over, soon.

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.

See also ASpaceMarineIsYou, a specific form of a Cliché Storm; see also DeconstructorFleet, for works that take all the cliches and play them realistically. Compare StrictlyFormula, {{Reconstruction}}. Compare and contrast {{Troperiffic}}, which is a more fun version of this trope, although the lines between the two are blurry and kind of subjective.

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 the similarity to countless older stories. 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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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''. The franchise itself relies heavily on pandering, and every character is an {{Otaku}}'s wet dream. It has three lolis - all of different classes - but the clichés don't end there. Like most harems, every female character is one that you've likely seen before. TropesAreNotBad, however, and some characters ''do'' receive development that shy them away from the cliché, or at least give them a FreudianExcuse.
* ''{{Bakugan}}'': The first episode alone displays rather obvious parallels with ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}, {{Beyblade}}'' and ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', among others things.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'', which is a mix of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', and ''{{Trigun}}''.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', which has a very formulaic pattern of fighting, a very predictable power progression for the major characters, and has been guilty of about every shonen cliche you can name. Sadly, the earlier episodes were a bit more diverse.
* ''DaiNoDaiBouken'' is a shonen manga series done as though it were a ''DragonQuest'' game. Thus it does not just use cliches, it beats them down, makes friends with them, and then watches in amazement as they come out of nowhere and tell it to go on without them. It's part of its charm.
* Every character, visual element, and plot device in ''ElementalGelade'' feels lifted from some better series.
* ''GaoGaiGar'' plays every single trope of the SuperRobot genre as straight as an arrow. However, since this series was a deliberate Reconstruction of that genre in response to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', it's purely intentional. [[{{Badass}} And awesome]].
* See also ''{{Gekiganger 3}}'' from ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'' which is even more of an example. Practically every attack and character is lifted from some famous SuperRobot series, mostly ''MazingerZ'' (for robot design and attacks) and ''GetterRobo'' (the characters and everything else).
* ''GhostStories'' demonstrates quite a few cliches from horror works.
* The ''GuardianHearts'' OVA series manages to cram in each and every cliché of anime FanService and the UnwantedHarem. To the seasoned viewer, viewing it for the first time feels like seeing it the second time.
* ''GuiltyCrown'' makes use of a staggering number of cliches.
* This is the whole point of ''JinkiExtend'', at least the anime.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' does this on purpose as part of an AffectionateParody of {{Dating Sim}}s in an episode where the cast gets [[TrappedInTVLand trapped in an old game console]] and has to play out the game to its completion (Mahiro, cast as the PlayerCharacter, has to find a girlfriend by the end of the school year) if they want to get back to the real world. Pretty much every single Dating Sim trope is either used (like MeetCute) or at least paid lip service (Mahiro's mother warning him that if he doesn't pick a girl soon, [[GayOption his best friend might confess instead]]).
* This is the ''point'' of ''KujibikiUnbalance.'' In fact, many examples of ShowWithinAShow are full of clichés, possibly so that they seem "more fictional" than the show they're part of.
* ''TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'' is full of clichéd plots — sometimes due to a RealityWarper who loves genre fiction, or Koizumi arranging the clichéd plot before Haruhi's subconscious gets a chance. They go to an [[ClosedCircle uninhabited island and someone is murdered]], go skiing and get [[SnowedIn snowed in]], get harassed by a student council that wants to shut the club down, and go on a treasure hunt where they actually find treasure, et cetera.
** The first episode is also a cliché storm, but it's a [[ShowWithinAShow movie made by the main characters]].
** It should be noted that Melancholy actually does Cliché Storm well by playing with it... Which they do mainly by playing it straight... [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's complicated]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' showcases every stock element common to the Franchise/{{Gundam}} franchise. It tends to dance on the line between this and TropesAreNotBad.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is often accused of being one, especially in it's early days. In particular, the characters of Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura were sometimes summed up as "The Hero, The Rival and The Love Interest". As the series went on it began taking certain cliches in directions a lot of readers found interesting, though problems unrelated to the cliches began to develop as well.
* ''RecordOfLodossWar'' in a {{troperrific}} way. According to some sources it's based on a D&D campaign the writers played.
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' appears to be a study in how to cram in as many cliches in a show as possible and still come up with something oddly compelling.
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches''. It's still quite enjoyable though, if you just don't think too hard about what happens.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' [[BeyondTheImpossible likes breaking the laws of physics and its own setting]] [[SerialEscalation in increasingly awesome ways.]]
* The dream RPGEpisode at the start of ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'' parodies every HeroicFantasy trope in 20 deeply confusing minutes.
-->''[[{{Retirony}} "I was going to go back to my hometown and get married!!"]]''
* ''VisionOfEscaflowne'' shows that [[TropesAreNotBad despite playing nearly every single anime trope to the tee]], Cliché storms can ''really'' work. It's a very beloved series in the Americas, Korea, and parts of Europe (though Italy [[AmericansHateTingle hates Hitomi]]). Despite being seen negatively in Japan, [[CriticalDissonance it obviously inspired a lot of people who did like it]].
* The manga ''Manga/{{Otomen}}'' is an intentional example of this. Being an overall parody of shojo manga and a satire of Japanese gender roles, the author has pretty much stated that she goes out of her way to do every shojo manga cliche in the book.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' comics, which continue the story after both series end, reuse a good number of the best one-liners and comebacks from the TV episodes. They're meant to invoke familiarity, but the problem is that they end up doing them way too often. After the nth MeaningfulEcho, you start to wonder if the writers can come up with any new witty dialogue.
* Well Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash from ComicBook/SuperYoungTeam briefly notes that "they thought of everything! No cliche left unturned!" when he sees his team's new headquarters in ''Final Crisis Aftermath: DANCE''. The series itself doesn't exemplify the trope, however, nor does the team.
* Creator/RobLiefeld's infamous ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' featured a team whose only [[BadassNormal non-powered member]] was also its leader, several Wolverine [[CaptainErsatz rip-offs]] including a ProudWarriorRaceGuy, characters layered in [[TooManyBelts pouches]] and [[ShouldersOfDoom shoulderpads]], [[DarkAgeOfSupernames names]] like "Darcangel" and "Badrock," gun-toting [[NinetiesAntiHero anti-heroes]] with religious-sounding names (the hot new character when the book debuted was Marvel's gun-toting antihero Bishop -- Youngblood gives us Chapel, Cross, and Prophet), and buxom women in [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy outfits]]. And they had "Home" and [[WestCoastTeam "Away"]] teams.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[InUniverse In-universe]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': [[MoralityDial Evil Jack]] has nary an original bone in his body. Given the BetterThanABareBulb nature of the fic, this is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with no mercy by the heroes.
* Parodied in ''[[http://auroramoon.com/pallet/fic30.html A Generic Fanfic]]'', which "makes fun of all the generic and cliched plot devices that are often used in Shippy" ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fan fiction. It includes CharacterDerailment, grammar errors, and GratuitousJapanese.
* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/6878/A-Perfectly-Ordinary-Day-in-Ponyville A Perfectly Ordinary Day in Ponyville]] is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic that sees Twilight Sparkle [[OhNoNotAgain being largely unfazed]] by a number of [[FandomSpecificPlot cliched pony fanfiction plots]] hitting her at once: Twilight [[AGodAmI turning into an alicorn]], [[LongingForFictionLand a human getting teleported to Equestria]], [[HurtComfortFic Rainbow Dash getting severely injured]] and [[RonTheDeathEater Celestia turning evil]]. Which is HilariousInHindsight, since as of now Rainbow Dash has been seriously injured TWICE now, Princess Celestia has been revealed to be able to use evil magic, and Twilight actually HAS [[spoiler: become an alicorn]]... ''all in the canon of the show itself!''
* ''Fanfic/InThisWorldAndTheNext'' boasts [[CardCarryingVillain generically!evil!]][[RonTheDeathEater Ron]], [[{{Chickification}} submissive!damsel!Hermione]], [[PeggySue "fix the books" time travel]], [[FantasticRacism pureblood supremacy]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain as the Ultimate Evil™]] and the Ancient and Noble House of Potter complete with marriage law. All in the first two chapters. As [[http://szaleniec1000.livejournal.com/62000.html one review]] put it:
-->I'm guessing that later in the story, Harry will be framed and sent to Azkaban, allowing his hitherto unknown twin who's the actual Boy Who Lived to take his place, get adopted by Snape and become Head Boy, upon which he hooks up with Hermione (who turns out to be really a pureblood) at the annual Yule Ball and they have lots of rampant sex in the Head Boy and Girl's private quarters, and meanwhile Draco discovers that he's part-Veela and hooks up with an American exchange student who's a newly discovered species of super-witch with an anachronistic taste in clothes and music, and they go off and fight the resurrected Salazar Slytherin together.[[note]]None of this actually does happen, but it wouldn't have been a surprise.[[/note]]
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''. Let's see... The villain is an ObviouslyEvil wizard who lives in a [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment dark castle in the dimension of darkness]]. His minions are a TerribleTrio consisting of a shallow VainSorceress, a [[EvilGenius schemer]], and [[TheBrute a brute]], none of whom possess any redeeming or positive qualities. On the other [[InsistentTerminology hoof]], we have a realm of good where the unicorns live happily without any personal conflict between each other, are ruled by a wise king and protected by a group of SuperSentai[=/=]MagicalGirl-inspired good guys, whose leader has a fairy sidekick, defeats monsters with ''Franchise/SailorMoon''-based moves and has to learn to believe in himself.
* drconichero's Soul Chess is full of them. What's worse is that it's intentional (the only time it isn't is the character design for the expy of Jeremiah "Motherfucking Loyalty" Gottwald).
* Parodied in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fic ''When in Doubt, Obliviate'' when Snape took exception to several standard cliches during a teacher's meeting.
-->'''Snape''': "I'm not going to start off irrationally hating Potter because of his parents even if he did make a pained face and cover his eyes the minute he saw me."\\
'''Dumbledore''': "That's certainly big of you, Severus. I feel inspired already."\\
'''Snape''': "After that doesn't happen, I'm not going to be forced to spend time with him in my classes and as the head of his house and start to see a new side of him. Particularly as I'm not going to find out that he was abused or neglected or had some other tragic problem growing up other than his mother's death..."\\
'''Dumbledore''': "...What won't happen then?"\\
'''Snape''': "I'm certainly not going to see a side of him that I hadn't before and see some of myself or any random relatives of his that aren't his father in him. I'm not going to be drawn to his modesty, intelligence, kindness, or any other virtue you can think of."\\
'''Dumbledore''': "Well, now I think you're just limiting yourself. Would it really be so bad if that did happen?"\\
'''Snape''': "It doesn't really matter if it would or would not be since it ''won't''. And finally, I will most certainly not become his favorite teacher and or his mentor. I simply will not do it and this will not become an inspirational story. It will not."
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega''. Entire movie in a nutshell: Male falls in love with female. Male realizes he can't be with female because their love is forbidden due to them being different. Male and female get captured, wake up in a new location, and have to find their way home. Then throw in a bunch of kiddie humor during their adventure. Male and female finally arrive home, but the female dies. [[DisneyDeath Oh wait, she didn't actually die]]. Male and female, despite their differences, fall in love, and live HappilyEverAfter. The end. '''''AND''''' there's a direct-to-video sequel where they have 3 children.
* ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' movies often fall prey to this especially when they're ferociously trying to subvert it in the name of GirlsNeedRoleModels.
** ''Barbies and the Three Musketeers'' manages to fall prey to this ''and'' attempt to make them role models for girls. Unfortunately, it flops (even more) when they replace the swords (and ''muskets'') with batons and fluffy, uniformed kittens.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}''. In an incredibly bad way. Considering how it has gone down in history with the worst opening weekend for a wide-release movie in history...
** One comment on a Mogulus stream channel chat summed it up thusly: "[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife It's like they got their script from TV Tropes]]!"
** For those unfamiliar with the film, a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses beautiful princess]] [[StarCrossedLovers falls in love with]] TheHero, who has to unite their FeudingFamilies and fight the EvilChancellor. All that, just gleaned from the trailer.
*** It's even worse when you add in the annoying sidekick, who is just [[TheLoad so useless]] until the end when he "saves" the hero, except he gets attacked by some flying frog things as a result...
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'': [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/Epic-animated-2013 In the words of reviewer Matt Zoller Seitz]]:
-->"There's a protagonist grieving over [[MissingMom her mother's recent death]], and [[GeniusDitz a brilliant but scatterbrained]] [[BumblingDad father who loves his child but isn't the strong parental figure she desperately needs]]. There's a hidden world akin to Alice's Wonderland that the inquisitive heroine explores. There are beleaguered good guys that she joins in a war against bad guys that represent chaos and decay; their leader is a funny despot with a European accent. There's a mythology that will be fulfilled when good guys take a fragile pod on a journey toward a prophesied end. There's a young warrior with whom the heroine forms a flirtatious friendship. There's a tough older warrior who mentors the younger warrior. There are comic sidekicks, and a beautiful forest queen who utters platitudes about the cycles of life [[spoiler:and then dies]]."
* Surely [[VideoGameMoviesSuck part of the reason]] for the catastrophic bomb dive of ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' was that, outside of the UncannyValley CG characters, the writers seem to have simply taken the [[TheLifestream Gaia theory]] philosophy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and mined the rest of the script straight from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
-->''"All right, Deep EYES, this is a [[BugWar bug hunt]]! You heard the man and you know the drill... lock'n'load, move out, and StayFrosty!"''
* The animated ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' was one big fat cliché from start to finish.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' has a lot of clichés par the course for your standard action blockbuster, including TheEveryman who rises to become TheHero; the GenericDoomsdayVillain who wants to destroy the world; the ActionGirlfriend with a {{Jerkass}} RomanticFalseLead who's also Franchise/{{Batman}}; the old MentorArchetype who's the only one with any faith in TheHero; etc. [[spoiler:In a clever PlotTwist, the third act [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] the clichéd storyline by revealing it's all being played out in the imagination of an eight-year-old boy trying to cope with his ControlFreak father who won't let him play with LEGO the way he wants]].
* Creator/{{Pixar}} seems to be falling victim to this trope.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is often regarded as this, considering it stars [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses a rebellious princess]] (all too common in Disney films) and struggled a bit to distinguish itself from previous movies such as ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. To its credit, though, it did take a more subversive take on the worn formula it operated on.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' is considered to be the first of these. It's easy to imagine a little counter in the corner dinging whenever you see a Pixar cliché. Stranger in a community or group? Check. Brooding moment from a side character? Check. Wacky sidekick who forms a comedic duo with the main character? Check. Said group full of wacky members with their own quirks? Check. All of the development threatens to go downhill when something happens to separate or alienate the stranger? Check. They all decide they like this new stranger and want him back in the group? Check. The stranger decides that s/he really is a member of the group? Check.
** One of the major complaints about the sequel is the fact that the ClicheStorm element is taken to nigh painful extremes. The clichés were even ''more'' evident in ''Cars 2'' because they were using action-movie clichés too, more notable than simple Pixar clichés.
** The SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'', which is ''not'' made by Pixar, is just the typical "underdog overcomes the odds and wins in the end" story, except the characters are planes and cars.
* The movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' is a compilation of every trope common to kids movies in the 2000s, especially [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation Dreamworks]] movies. A LastOfHisKind Blue Bird played by JesseEisenberg whose acting and voice are a MichaelCera stand-in. This Blue Bird [[AcrophobicBird doesn't know]] [[HowDoIShotWeb how to fly]] and is [[{{Adorkable}} awkward and nerdy]] and tries to woo a HotBlooded ActionGirl also LastOfHerKind [[RecycledInSpace bird]] played by Creator/AnneHathaway. A [[IWasQuiteALooker vain]], [[SmugSnake egocentric]], and FauxAffablyEvil bird played by an actor who is not but sounds suspiciously like TimCurry. A HappilyMarried HenpeckedHusband [[TheMentor Mentor]] Toucan played by GeorgeLopez. An OddCouple romance followed by a DieOrFly learning how to fly JustInTime (with the help of the PowerOfLove) scene are both bound to happen.
* The infamous ''Main/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' has an ''insane'' list of clichés found in kids' movies (''especially'' Disney ones). Talking animal characters, a bad character with incompetent henchmen, a girl with an [[WickedStepmother evil stepfamily]], LoveAtFirstSight, Disneyfication gone mad, and more clichés are there to show its notoriety. Go to the article to see the full list of clichés.
* Every Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon sequel that ever went straight to DVD. Although, some ''have'' thought that ''Cinderella III'' was somewhat deconstructive, and it also lampshaded several tropes played in the original fairy tale (e.g., the king asking why the prince is so in love with someone over their choice in footwear, characters seemingly being very suspicious about choice of love).
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Self-aware in ''AFewGoodMen'', where Tom Cruise's character has a throwaway conversation with the local newsstand vendor involving each of them trying to wryly out-cliche the other.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''{{Titanic}}'' 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 ''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.
* ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'': A group of Marines, one about to get married, one trying to gain citizenship, one two days from retirement, one with a baby on the way, one a fresh faced rookie, one struggling to cope, and one who lost his brother, use the power of teamwork and MoreDakka to defend the United States from an AlienInvasion.
* ''Film/BigAssSpider:'' A secret government experiment accidentally creates a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin really big alien-hybrid spider]], which proceeds to go on a rampage in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Fortunately, the film is intentionally humorous.
* ''Film/DantesPeak''. Protagonist lost his spouse in the same disaster many years ago and is still hung up about it? Check. Jaded superior who insists that they need proof only for him to be, of course, wrong, and subsequently die a KarmicDeath? Check. Most annoying character who refused to come down from the mountain and thus endangered the lives of the others dies? Check. Dog survives? Check. Big final blow-you-out-of-your-seat special effects sequence? Check. TokenRomance? Check... And yet, for all that, it still manages to be good.
* In a SoBadItsGood way, both ''Darktown Strutters'' and ''Order of the Black Eagle''. These movies aren't related at all, they just fit together when run matinee style due to using exactly half of all available tropes ever created prior to the 80s. The combination effect induces what can only be described as an effect similar to a caffeine rush without the coffee.
* ''Film/{{Daylight}}''; it's every disaster movie since 1972.
* ''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.
* Cheap Creator/SylvesterStallone vehicle ''[[XtremeKoolLetterz D-TOX]]''. Stallone plays a cop who, after punching a CymbalBangingMonkey, finds out his wife has been killed by his nemesis. He develops a drink problem and is sent to a remote, snowy rehab place. People get killed off one by one. And who's doing the killing? Why, the [[spoiler:EvilBrit]]! As you'd expect from a film populated by alcoholics, you get an {{Anvilicious}} message:
-->"Booze may be a slow-burner, but it's still suicide."
* ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', TheMovie. It's easy to imagine little "DING!" noises and a counter display ratcheting up as each cliché goes by. The film makes for an impressive [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0145.html drinking game]].
* ''Film/TheExpendables'', but that's precisely the point.
** 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.
** The sequel was even worse, which admittedly made it even more enjoyable. The best example was when [[SacrificialLamb Billy "The Kid" Timmons]], [[TooHappyToLive the young guy who's hopelessly in love]], [[FatalFamilyPhoto showed Barney Ross a picture of his girlfriend]], and told him he wanted to [[{{Retirony}} quit but would finish the month]]. ''Every single person watching knew exactly what his fate was''. [[spoiler: And the movie delivers, on time and as expected, with just about the most [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice wonderfully over-the-top death scene possible.]]]]
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' is chock-full of every action movie cliche most people have ever seen. If you want an explanation, look no further than Christopher Orr's review of the movie, in which he decides to just let it speak for itself by providing 40 of the lines that sum up the entire plot and all of the typical one-liners and plot points it has. It's really a shame though, considering it had some great actors who did the best they could with the material they were given. Then again, for fans of the movie, this could be exactly what they liked about it.
* Ryuhei Kitamura isn't a terrifically subtle director, to say the least. He is, however, terrifically entertaining, which might explain why he was picked to direct ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars''.
* Those that dislike ''Film/GreenLantern'' consider it to be this; those that do enjoy it, however, consider it to be a decent film that's very [[TropesAreNotBad campy and doesn't take itself too seriously.]]
* Subverted in almost every possible way throughout ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', a film in which almost everything you expect in a World War II action film turns out exactly the opposite of what you'd expect.
** Unlike ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''... aside from the Normandy Beach scene, which broke some serious new ground in that genre.
* Many Creator/QuentinTarantino movies are like this, but ''Film/KillBill'' is the poster child. [[TropesAreNotBad And you will love]] [[RefugeInAudacity every last second.]]
* Part of the premise of ''Film/LastActionHero''.
* The AmyAdams flick ''LeapYear'' is not so much a film as it is the feeding every RomCom and {{Oireland}} cliche imaginable into a blender and making the audience drink the result.
* Renny Harlin's ''The Legend of Hercules'' is a perfect storm of AncientGrome clichés, including scenes blatantly ripping off ''Film/ThreeHundred'', ''Film/{{Gladiator}}, and ""Film/ClashOfTheTitans''.
* Parodied in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'' with this exchange:
-->'''Gen. Morters:''' Where's the microfilm, Mike?
-->'''Mike [=McCracken=]:''' I don't know, I gave it to York. I thought she was one of your men.
-->'''Gen. Morters:''' Act in haste, repent in leisure.
-->'''Mike [=McCracken=]:''' But he who hesitates is lost.
-->'''Gen. Morters:''' Never judge a book by its cover.
-->'''Mike [=McCracken=]:''' What you see is what you get.
-->'''Gen. Morters:''' Loose lips, sink ships...
-->'''Mike [=McCracken=]:''' [[Music/TheBeatles Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing or fighting, my friend.]]
-->''[Gen. Morters, cornered, looks to Mr. Jigsaw]''
-->''[Mr. Jigsaw consults Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, shakes his head]''
-->'''Gen. Morters:''' Sorry Mike, no good.
* ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' has Brendan Fraser delivering cliché one-liners every few seconds.
--> "I really hate mummies!"
--> "Time to go!"
--> "Here we go again!"
* It's nearly impossible to find a review of [[TheFilmOfTheBook the film version of]] ''TheMortalInstruments'' that ''doesn't'' point out how similar it is to earlier properties. Most commonly cited were ''HarryPotter'', ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', and ''StarWars''.
* ''NationalLampoonsSeniorTrip'' is the bad/lazy version of this as the entire [[RagtagBunchofMisfits class]] is just one big checklist of student cliches from the HighSchoolHustler leader to TheStoner sidekick(s) to the SchoolgirlLesbians with special emphasis on [[BigFun Miosky,]] who's trying everything in his power to be the next John Belushi, plus [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero "date a blonde Jap."]] The ''only'' saving graces to this film is Matt Frewer as their [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter teacher,]] [[LiloandStitch Kevin]] [[TheKidsInTheHall McDonald]] playing an AxCrazy Star Trek fan out to kill them and [[TaraStrong Carla]] [[CatchPhrase asking guys if they "want to screw."]]
* A common remark—for good or ill—seems to be that ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' is made up out of other SF movies in general.
** A notorious sci-fi cliche was [[spoiler:aliens coming to Earth to steal our water. Though at least the alien is turning it into energy instead.]]
* ''Film/PacificRim'' once again shows us that TropesAreTools. The film manages to work with an absolute Cliché Storm of a plot that almost ''anyone'' who has seen a Kaiju movie can see coming from a mile away... but manages to make it work because Creator/GuillermoDelToro intended it as a Homage.
* ''MST3K''-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 ''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.
* ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' contains so many cliches from every zombie, sci-fi and buddy action film in the past ten years before release that it is near impossible to find something original in the film.
* Discussed in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' as the setup for an action punchline:
-->'''The Operative''': "Nothing here is what it seems. He's ''not'' [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits the plucky hero]]; the Alliance isn't [[TheEmpire some evil Empire]]; this is ''not'' the grand arena--"
-->'''Inara''': "--and that's not incense."
-->''BOOM!''
** 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.
* ''{{Sleepover}}''. It ''is'' a preteen chick flick comedy, but this is ridiculous. It doesn't help that most of the actresses are fresh out of Barbizon and don't even realize how many {{Dead Horse Trope}}s they're playing straight.
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'': Everything Hazard says is made of this, from the "roll call" when he activates his troops to his combat banter. The best bit is when he gives a hilariously cliché-ridden speech to his "soldiers", in which he actually contradicts himself by the end.
--> "Soldiers, no poor sap ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by being all that he can be. Damn the torpedoes, or give me death! Eternal vigilance is the price of duty. And, to the victors go the spoils. So remember: you are the best of the best of the few and the proud. So ask not what your country can do for you, only regret that you have but one life to live!"
* Creator/RogerEbert's review of ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' was [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19941028/REVIEWS/410280308/1023 one long checklist of the cliches involved.]]
* The three ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' movies. These movies are all about irony, producers claim. [[ParodyRetcon Whether or not that works for you is your call.]] The first and third are intentional satire, the second is closer to this, with some heavy-handed satire.
* The portions we hear of the speech the Federation President gives at Khitomer in ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' are a political/diplomatic speech cliché storm.
* ''Film/StarWars'' was intentionally written as a checklist of HighFantasy clichés given clichéd - although [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome absolutely gorgeous]] - SpaceOpera window dressing. In this case, the frisson between the two genres (as well as the {{Spectacle}}) [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste is entirely the point]].
* ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi'' has a terribly huge number of action movie clichés, even (perhaps especially) ones which contradict the canon and tone of the ''StreetFighter'' series.
** So did [[Film/StreetFighter the original movie]], but unlike ''Legend of Chun Li'', [[SoBadItsGood it didn't suck as hard]].
* The 2007 hard sci-fi epic ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' borrows heavily from both ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and ''TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'', along with a host of other influences in the serious science fiction family of movies. The movie works though, mostly because you don't see its type very often anymore.
* Limit of Love: ''{{Umizaru}}''. Up until the last 10 minutes, you can easily predict not only every single "unexpected twist" but every single line the characters are about to say. Even if we count that last moment where [[spoiler: the ship sinks with the protagonist still on board]], the ending is still the same. Just goes to prove it, you can only make so many movies about a sinking ship.
* ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut''. Most of the Cliches used ''in'' that movie were the ones Irwin Allen himself have been credited with creating. (It's eerily similar to the 1972 film adaptation of ''ThePoseidonAdventure'', complete with an elderly woman fleeing for an escape dying of a heart attack and the majority of the people who stayed behind [[KillEmAll dying]].)
* The complete filmography of action movie directors Creator/RolandEmmerich, Creator/MichaelBay, and Creator/StephenSommers, but [[TropesAreNotBad that's not to say they aren't entertaining]].
** Sommers in particular [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this. In his commentary for ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', he notes that if you have a jungle full of ruins, you ''have'' to have shrunken heads.
** He also claims that movie rules require a pointed gun to make sufficient rattling noises - about the level created by a large garbage bag full of cans is a good starting point.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'''s ''Film/DirtyDancing'' parody spoofed not just the movie, put pointed out the cliche used in the scene they were spoofing in each panel; a display of {{Lampshading}} that would have done TVTropes proud.
* Referenced in ''CasinoRoyale1967'' where retired spy/country gentleman Sir James Bond (David Niven) [[RefusalOfTheCall turns down]] the entreaties of the secret service heads of the superpowers, telling them "If I may interrupt this flow of cliche, it is now that time of day that I set apart for [playing] Debussy."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Grahame Coats of ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' is a walking Cliché Storm; to converse with him is to be buffeted by lines you've heard so often that they're not even language anymore, just meaningless noises. For his own part, Coats revels in cliches, finding them far more valuable and expressive than original thinking ever could be; this fits somewhat with the "corporate executive" to Coats' CorruptCorporateExecutive, because in conversation as in business, he'd rather go with the tried-and-true than take a real risk.
* Played with in {{George R R Martin}}'s story ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire The Hedge Knight]]''. It begins with every possible cliched circumstance around a knight joining a tournament. Then every single element of the story is revealed to actually be something else.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', intentionally, as it was an experiment in making something grand out of the most shopworn fantasy elements. Most DavidEddings works have a certain familiarity about them.
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel''. Elijah Baley notes that popular culture on Earth includes many stories that follow the same basic template, none of which even vaguely accord to the reality Earthpeople face in the Robot Novels.
-->The popular book-film romances, to be sure, had their stock Outer World characters: the visiting tycoon, choleric and eccentric; the beautiful heiress, invariably smitten by the Earthman’s charms and drowning disdain in love; the arrogant Spacer rival, wicked and forever beaten.
* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by ''Literature/CodexAlera''. Yes, it is a story about a FarmBoy who becomes a sword-wielding badass, learns the magic system, gets a hot girlfriend, saves the world from an AlwaysChaoticEvil nonhuman menace, and is [[spoiler:secretly the incredibly magically powerful heir to the throne]]. But it ''isn't.'' Perhaps this is due to the CoolVsAwesome. Or the unique magic system. Or the fact that all the races have been replaced by completely different and awesome things. Or that the main character is the DefiedTrope of the MartyStu. Or maybe because it was written by JimButcher.
* ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'' reads like a deliberate attempt on the part of Guy Gavriel Kay to see how many high fantasy clichés can possibly be strung together in 1,000 pages of text. Considering his motive for writing it was because he'd just been helping Christopher Tolkien edit The Silmarillion and he needed to get Middle-Earth out of his system, this was probably ''very'' deliberate.
* One of the most common criticisms of The''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.
** One of main reasons [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie]] was worse was that it took anything vaguely original from the book and replaced it with {{Narm}}ful clichés. For example, in the movie, Saphira goes from being a small dragon hatchling to a fully-grown dragon in a matter of moments. How? She flies up into some stormy clouds. The book actually has her physically growing, over the course of a few months, without the use of magic clouds.
* ''InTheHallOfTheDragonKing'' by Stephen Lawhead fits this to a T. Peasant boy who becomes heir to the throne? Check. Old, wise mentor figure? Check. SupportingLeader? Check. Completely evil, slightly insane villain who wants to take over the world? Check. EvilPrince? Check. Liberal use of both the IdiotBall and VillainBall? Check. Despite all that, [[TropesAreNotBad it's still a rather well written book]].
* ''Literature/JimSpringmanAndTheRealmOfGlory'' has a [[ShowWithinAShow book within a book]] that purports to be about 'A unique fantasy world of hope and fear, good and evil, beauty and barbarity', where 'A teenager armed only with a magic sword and a stout heart takes up this impossible quest'. The (fictional) book is filled with cliches.
* From the evil twin and the stereotyped characters to the boy drama, I think it's fair to apply this term to the ''MaximumRide'' series.
* The ''SwordOfTruth'' series. Everything from a common man of [[LukeIAmYourFather mysterious lineage]], to a [[TheObiWan wise old wizard]] with robes and white hair, to a character that was turned into a small, fanatical creature when deprived of the artifact that was precious to him.
* Nicely [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and then subverted in the Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms series by Creator/MercedesLackey. Here, the "cliché storm" is almost literal: a metaphysical force called The Tradition which gathers around significant events and people, directing magical energy to flow in [[{{Archetype}} archetypal]] directions and following certain tropes that have been set down through folklore and that consequently reinforce themselves by inspiring even ''more'' folklore! Characters throughout the series find themselves guided by, opposed by, and sometimes rebelling against The Tradition -- a witty metaphor for the writing process itself!
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Awkward, clumsy girl moves to new school and is instantly adored by all? ''Check''. New girl falling in love with the hottest (cough) guy in school? ''Check''. Hot boy falls in love with new girl? ''Check''. Girl is so in love she will do anything for her true love? ''Check''. And that's just the beginning...
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is a long running book series, so some entries in the franchise end up as these.
** The Original Series is a pretty standard example of the hero's journey. Mentor discovers chosen one, teaches them, then dies. Chosen one becomes king and defeats the great evil that threatens the world after uniting the warring factions.
** The fourth and final installment of the [[Literature/WarriorCatsPrequelSuperEditions Prequel Super Editions]], ''Tallstar's Revenge''. The concept: Back when one of the most peaceful leaders in the history of the Clans was a young warrior, he left his Clan to seek revenge for the death of his father. The author also mentioned that he had a touching bromance. If you've been reading TV Tropes for any amount of time, you can probably guess exactly what happens, because you've seen it all before. [[spoiler:Tallstar leaves his Clan and is rescued by a friendly tom named Jake that helps him on his quest. They bond over their journey, and Jake eventually becomes like a conscience to him, telling him that vengeance is not the answer. Then Tallstar finds out the ''real'' reason his father died, and understands that friendship, not revenge is what he truly seeks. And then he returns and proves his loyalty to his Clan.]] [[TropesAreNotBad This is not a bad thing.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheATeam'' is an example of an effectively ''fun'' Cliché Storm. You know the show's basic formula after an episode or two, but the characters make the plots entertaining.
** ''The characters?'' You must not have been paying attention to the copious amounts of [[MadeOfExplodium explosions]] and ATeamFiring!
* The ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Chick Flick" parodies all the typical slasher movie cliches when a demon releases psycho killers from horror movies and sends them after the sisters. Since their powers don't work on the killers, the sisters have to follow the typical cliches. And there's a nice little shout out to ''Psycho''.
--->'''Piper:''' "I'm being stalked by psycho killers and I hide in the shower?"
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' has an episode when Rory is moving into her college dorm and another student has lost a bet between him and his girlfriend and must only speak in cliches. A cliché storm follows.
%% * This is the premise of ''{{Glee}}''.
%% This is a ZeroContextExample.
* Alton Brown's commentary in ''IronChefAmerica'' have been this from the start. The Chairman's conversations with the challenger have turned into this.
* ''LegendOfTheSeeker'' is a fantasy cliche ''hurricane''. However, many of its fans cite this as [[{{Troperrific}} why they love the show so much]].
* In the season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', the team writes a speech for a politician that is intentionally made up of nothing but political speech clichés. The public eats it up.
** Granted, it was a small country with a one-party democracy, so the public wasn't yet disillusioned with political cliches, and the team took advantage.
* [[McLeaned Col. Blake]] of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' attempted to give a RousingSpeech in "Crisis" but ended up giving the speech version of this trope. {{Lampshaded}} by Trapper:
--> '''Trapper:''' Welcome to the Henry Blake Cliche Festival.
* ''Series/TheMusketeers'' was praised by [[TheDitz Barry Shitpeas]] in ''Creator/CharlieBrooker's [[Series/{{Screenwipe}} Weekly Wipe]]'' for being this:
-->'''Barry''': Wot I like was, because it had all the things you expect, like a bit where [[ClosetShuffle someone hides from a husband]], and a bit where a [[WellDoneSonGuy young bloke earns the respect of a slightly older bloke]], and a bit where someone's [[BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon framed for murder because someone's picked up a knife and put a fingerprint on it]], and a bit where one of the main characters is going to die, and you're like "[[OurHeroIsDead oh my god, one of the main characters is going to die!]]", but then the person who was going to kill them [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt gets shot]], and it pulls focus and it's [[HeroicBystander someone surprising who saved them]] - because it had all of that stuff, you already know. You didn't have to waste time figuring out what it is or what you thought about it, or who these people were. You could just sort of look at it while your mind went into screensaver mode? [[InsaneTrollLogic And that proves it's good drama.]]
* ''PerfectDisaster''. A short {{Mockumentary}}-styled {{Documentary}} series that focuses on horrible natural disasters -- ice storm, fire storm, but the most notable is the cliché storm. While the narrator and various experts explain the science behind the phenomenons (sometimes in cut-away scenes), each episode tells a fictional story about how the citizens and the local government of a given town/city would react to them. The set-up of these stories borrows everything from clichéd disaster movies -- mediocre (but decent enough for a TV series) effects, overused character archetypes and interactions, even the ''camera angles'' can be guessed if you are savvy enough. While this may undermine the intended realism for some viewers, [[TropesAreNotBad others enjoy it]].
* ''PrisonBreak'' -- Okay, maybe it's not quite a ''storm'', but just too many of the characters are overly familiar -- the ominous, shade-wearing government guys, the oblivious warden, the brutish guard captain, the aged Mafia guy with an Italian name, the sweet-yet-daring female leads...[[TropesAreNotBad doesn't have to mean it's a bad show]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' developed its own array of cliches which could be reliably trotted out whenever they were short an interesting script. Holodeck malfunctions, transporter malfunctions, TheMainCharactersDoEverything, PlanetOfHats aliens, attack scenes where the camera is shaken around while [[ExplosiveInstrumentation consoles explode]], and usually at least one character who is trying to sort out their relationship with humanity. Of note is the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Our Man Bashir", which is mostly an AffectionateParody of early Franchise/JamesBond movies, which manages both a holodeck malfunction ''and'' a transporter malfunction, which can only be sorted out by main character Julian Bashir entering the holodeck to save the rest of the crew!
* The characters on ''Series/StargateSG1'', as the quote below from "Urgo" indicates, would occasionally indulge in volleys of cliches. O'Neill in particular had a tendency to refer to the Goa'uld as having "very clichéd" behavior, and the last scene in the series is of the characters [[HurricaneOfAphorisms reciting various proverbs and cliches]].
--->''"The probe indicates a sustainable atmosphere. Temperature 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Barometric pressure is normal."\\
"No obvious signs of civilization."\\
"[=P4X-884=] looks like an untouched paradise, sir."\\
"Appearances may be deceiving."\\
"One man's ceiling is another man's floor."\\
"A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell."\\
[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Never run with... scissors?"]]''
** In the very last episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', at the end, the team use a large amount of cliches to describe what they've learned from their experiences. "Beggars can't be choosers. Better late than never. Look before you leap." "The best things in life are free."
--->'''Vala:''' Let me guess, beauty is only skin deep?
--->'''Daniel:''' Silence is golden.
--->'''Cam:''' Jack of all trades, master of none.
--->'''Sam:''' Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
*** Then Vala says "Life is too short", a statement repeated throughout the episode (and Daniel and Vala's [[spoiler: time-erased relationship]]) but supposedly forgotten when the ResetButton was hit. Suggesting, interestingly, that somehow Vala remembers what happened.
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Monster Movie". Every classic horror movie cliche you can think of -- because the bad guy, a shapeshifter, is deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoking]] them. The entire episode is an AffectionateParody of the old Universal monster movies, [[HomageShot right down to the way it's shot.]]
* ''TJHooker'' is very guilty of being this for cop shows. Every storyline, you've seen before. All of the character types and stereotypes are here. The villains tend to have no characterization, largely being inhumane monsters. The show is such a Cliché Storm, that you might think you're watching a parody of cop shows rather than the real deal.
* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', when Bartlet debated his StrawmanPolitical opponent Robert Ritchie, we hear a snippet of one of Ritchie's responses that goes like this:
-->...and the partisan bickering. Now, I want people to work together in this great country. And that's what I did in Florida, I brought people together, and that's what I'll do as your president: end the logjam, end the gridlock, and bring Republicans together with Democrats, 'cause Americans are tired of partisan politics. ''([[ViewersAreMorons Applause]])''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "The Unnatural".
--->'''Scully:''' Mulder, this is a needle in a haystack. These poor souls have been dead for 50 years. Let them rest in peace. Let sleeping dogs lie.
--->'''Mulder:''' Well, I won't sit idly by as you hurl cliches at me. Preparation is the father of inspiration.
--->'''Scully:''' Necessity is the mother of invention.
--->'''Mulder:''' The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
--->'''Scully:''' Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die.
--->'''Mulder:''' I scream, you scream, we all scream for non-fat tofutti rice dreamsicles. ''(grabs Scully's dreamsicle and eats it)''
** ''The Post-Modern Prometheus'' in ''Series/TheXFiles'' is one giant, spiral-sliced, and deliciously smoked ham.
* Every single Mexican and Brazilian soap opera is this in spades. You always have the poor girl, who gets beloved with the rich guy, who also falls in love but has a scheduled marriage with another woman (which usually is only interested in his money only), the CorruptCorporateExecutive who is the good guy's rival and wants to get his fortune (and sometimes teams up with the evil woman to do so) and so on and so on.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/TheBeatles' song "I Will". Still a pretty song, though.
* BradPaisley's "[[http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/brad-paisley-lyrics/then-lyrics.html Then]]". Could there be a more cliché chorus line than "And now you're my whole life / Now you're my whole world / And I just can't believe the way I feel about you, girl"?
* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "My Best Was Never Good Enough" is a deliberate parody.
* Music/CarrieUnderwood's "See You Again" is four minutes of "you're dead, but I'm not sad" clichés that have been done a million times. It also sounds like all the "sad" songs you always hear on movie soundtracks (it was written for one of the ''[[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Chronicles of Narnia]]'' films).
* Every line of Cascada's "Every Time We Touch."
* CelineDion's albums are a veritable clichefest. Her first seven albums (not counting her Christmas Album) feature no fewer than 27 songs with the word love in the title. That's about 1/5th of the songs she recorded. She outdid herself on "The Colour of My Love" where half of the songs (and the title of the album) feature the word love.
** Toto are pretty similar; about half their songs follow the formula of 'I love you very much .' It got so bad, they named one song (admittedly a good one) ''99''. On their second album.
* Nearly anything written by Diane Warren, including Céline Dion's "Because You Loved Me". Count how many times she used the phrase "in this moment" in Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".
* "The Radio Is Broken" by Music/FrankZappa is basically just Frank and Roy Estrada reading a laundry list of [[TropesInSpace 1950's, Sci-Fi, Space Movie clichés]], and it is hilarious.
* The charity single "Just Stand Up!" Justified in that the song was written so that sales could go to the cause (''Just Stand Up For Cancer'') and for inspirational purposes, and therefore wasn't intended to be original.
* KellyClarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", as ToddInTheShadows points out in his review of the song.
* The entire discography of Music/{{KISS}}... who are still kind awesome in a guilty-pleasure sort of way.
* The reaction many had to Music/LinkinPark's Meteora, mainly because the lyrics are all about the narrator and how everyone else is wrong.
* Music/MichaelJackson could fall into this.
** His last large-scale video, "You Rock My World", is a rehash of elements from his ''Bad''/''Dangerous''-era videos: 1930s/'40s gangster motif ("Smooth Criminal"), Jackson having to prove he's tough ("Bad" -- the phrase "You ain't nothin'" appears in both), celebrity appearances ("Liberian Girl", "Remember the Time", etc.), and Jackson pursuing a sexy girl ("The Way You Make Me Feel").
** It has a tearjerker reputation, but "Gone Too Soon" is really just a list of tired similes ("Like a perfect flower/That is just beyond your reach/Gone too soon").
* RhapsodyOfFire lyrics, with fantasy clichés.
* Almost eveything ever released by Music/RonnieJamesDio... although, to be honest, rocking like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RR1mGsUvYI this]] when you're around 70 is still pretty damned awesome.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7baAX6a6pM "He has songs of/ Wildebeests and angels/ He has soared/ on the wings of a deeee-mon!!!..."]]
* Most of ''Music/TenaciousD'''s songs are made of Cliché Storms. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that that makes them any less awesome...]]
* Thompson Square's "[[http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/thompsonsquare/ifididnthaveyou.html If I Didn't Have You]]" is stuffed with clichés: "Sometimes, sunshine gets lost in the rain", "I couldn't live without you, baby, I wouldn't want to", "You are my heart, every breath I breathe…" etc. Even worse, they already used "every breath I breathe" only two singles prior on "I Got You".
* ''Music/VanHalen'''s song "Why Can't This Be Love":
--> Only time will tell/ if we stand the test of time
* The careers of many pop-punk bands -- most notably ScreechingWeasel, The Riverdales, that sort of thing -- could be called this, due to their fanboyish emulation of The Ramones. [[TropesAreTools This doesn't mean it's not still awesome]]. In some cases, pop punk bands do get really generic and cliched in a ''bad'' way.
* The story of the Mannheim Steamroller album and [=TV=] special ''The Christmas Angel: A Family Story'' seems built from a list of Christmas and/or winter fantasy cliches: [[Theatre/TheNutcracker living toys]] (a cat, a teddy bear, a [[WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman snowman]], and a [[Theatre/BabesInToyland toy soldier]]); a [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas monster who hates the holiday]], wrecks the town square and steals the eponymous angel (which represents the spirit of the season) from the top of its Christmas tree to ruin everything; [[Literature/TheSnowQueen a trip by the heroine and toys to the icy north to confront him]]; and a happy ending wherein the villain is reformed by the power of goodness.
* The lyrics Cosmos' ([[DarkReprise and Chaos']]) themes in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' might as well have been a long list of cliched fantasy phrases run through a computer algorithm and edited by a non-native English Speaker. [[TropesAreNotBad The songs are still catchy]], though they owe far more to the [[CrowningMusicofAwesome kickass score]] and excellent performance than the written content.
* In the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta ''Theater/{{Iolanthe}}'', the song "If You Go In You're Sure To Win" is made up of clichés. The first verse and chorus go
-->'''Lord Mountarat:''' If you go in You're sure to win--
-->Yours will be the charming maidie:
-->Be your law The ancient saw, "Faint heart never won fair lady!"
-->'''All:''' Never, never, never, Faint heart never won fair lady!
-->Every journey has an end--
-->When at the worst affairs will mend--
-->Dark the dawn when day is nigh--
-->Hustle your horse and don't say die!
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Official ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' publications intentionally play to every fantasy cliche imaginable with the understanding that if a DM doesn't like the standard way of doing things, s/he can always change it for his/her campaign.
* MagicTheGathering set ''Innistrad'' is this for Gothic horror. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=230786 Zombies]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222189 werewolves]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221211 vampires]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221214 ghosts]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=227075 curses]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=230788 mad]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226749 scientists]] and their [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222913 stitched-together,]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=230780 Frankenstein's-Monster-esque creations]], all present and accounted for. Even [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221209 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]] put in an appearance! (It should be clarified that [[InvokedTrope this is the point]]; ''Innistrad'' was developed top-down as a flavorful horror-themed block.)
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Most of the ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' series. The characters include a LoveFreak, a catgirl on a water blob, a RollerbladeGood demon girl, a CuteWitch, a [[TheStoic stoic]] [[AnIcePerson Russian ice girl]], a [[AnimeChineseGirl female Chinese android]] with BoobsOfSteel, mikos with BoobsOfSteel, a GunsAkimbo {{Ojou}}, a female AxCrazy [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Woobie]], you name it.
* 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=].
* ''VideoGame/BlackSigil'' is every late-80s/early-90s JRPG cliché rolled into one really slow DS game. It also suffers from the "one [[RandomEncounters random fight]] every three steps" syndrome that plagued a lot [=RPGs=] of the era.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. It invokes so many anime and fighting game clichés (and subverts, inverts or averts just as many), every character is a walking case of {{Troperiffic}}[[BuffySpeak ness]].
* ''Videogame/BlueDragon''. WordOfGod says making the game TropeOverdosed with every single JRPG trope was intentional as well.
* ''{{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''.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'', which played everything so very straight that it ''actually included'' the line "AsYouKnow" without irony or LampshadeHanging. The designers admitted that Isaac's suit was inspired by the [[Film/{{Aliens}} Power Loader]], to which one imagines the world replied "Yeah, we know."
* ''VideoGame/DisasterDayOfCrisis'' plays every single DisasterMovie-Cliche known to mankind painfully straight. And somehow, it [[NarmCharm still works.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Granted, the game ''does'' have quite a few original things, but when one looks at the setting...with few exceptions...it's practically every Tolkienian-inspired [[HeroicFantasy Medieval Fantasy]] plus a few things, minus a few things. Forest-dwelling elves who are big on Archery and hunting? Check. Subterranean Mountain-dwelling dwarves with a fondness for alcohol and crafting? Check. Mage towers? Check. Humans who speak with British accents? Check. Obvious influence from the British Isles or Western Europe? Check. Mages wound up destroying the world and creating Darkspawn? Check. Dwarven warriors? Check. FantasticRacism? ...eh, mark it but not fully played out. [[RealIsBrown Green and brown-stained landscapes?]] Check. Evil dragons that are just giant animals in terms of intelligence? Check. Last in the line of kings? Check.
** The game's even ''self-aware''! The human origin story is ''loaded'' with Cliches...yet during the story, when you kill giant rats, your other party member says "Giant rats? That's like the start of every bad adventure tale my grandfather used to tell!"
* ''DragoneersAria''. It's an RPG that consists of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII chasing a psychopath around the world]] as he [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV destroys the world's elemental MacGuffins]]. The battle system is also very stale.
* ''VideoGame/EnchantedArms'' plays every trope, every cliche, and every stock phrase so straight, you could lock it in a temperature-regulated room in France as the International Standard for Straightness. Okay, it does have the Pizza Golem. With pepperoni, bacon and sausage. That's fairly original.
* ''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.
* Done intentionally in ''VideoGame/FableI'', which essentially was a [[TheHerosJourney Hero's Journey]] simulator.
* ''VideoGame/TheFeebleFiles'' is kinda cross between genuine cliché storm and parody of it.
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series is split between Cliché Storm games and games which avert it: games one, two, three, six, eight, eleven and twelve fall under this (one and six being identical in how they do it!), whereas four, five, seven, nine and ten don't. (Worth noting that eleven and twelve are remakes). To be fair, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Archanea]]'' wasn't [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny as cliche in their day as they seem now]] - consider Archanea helped establish the genre it's a part of; compare ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'', which were about a decade and a half after Archanea.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'' was, backstory and setting aside, this to Fire Emblem games. However, about halfway through the game, they start playing with the Fire Emblem tropes, such as having the princess (instead of being a plot figure) don {{armor|IsUseless}} and become full out playable. ''Radiant Dawn'' meanwhile goes into full-on DeconstructorFleet.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', while it plays character tropes uniquely, falls into this with the main conflict which is mostly BlackAndWhiteMorality, LightIsGood, and DarkIsEvil. This in itself was looked at unfavorably by some, as according to WordOfGod, Shouzou Kaga, the man who created the series, wanted to, at some point, tell a story that sheds a more sympathetic (or at least complex) light on the antagonistic Earth Dragons from the Akaneia series (which ''Awakening'' is a distant sequel to). Given that he had left Intelligent Systems after the release of ''Thracia 776'', such a story probably won't be coming anytime soon.
* The plot of Champion Mode in ''Fight Night Champion'' is essentially an amalgamation of every single boxing movie cliché in existence: brutish undefeated rival? Check. Crooked Don King-esque promoter? Check. Friendly rival brother that turns bitter only for the two to eventually reconcile? Check. SatelliteLoveInterest? Check...
* ''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.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': half the speeches by either the Master Chief or the Sergeant fall into this category. That being said, many of the Sergeant's little speeches are also played up to have humorous lines.
* ''VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDeadOverkill'' by far, and completely intentionally.
* ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'' falls into the category, most likely as a stylistic choice. Having the good guys really wrestle between helping the average Panauan and serving the Agency? Resolving the [[ExcusePlot "plot"]] with something more sensible than the vile oppressive evil ''slimy toad'' of a dictator pulling a nuclear threat along an international struggle over a huge oil field that was there all along? Come on now, it'd just distract you from the ridiculous car chases and the [[ImpressivePyrotechnics 80's style]] [[MadeOfExplodium gasoline explosions.]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' does this for ''StarWars''. Obsidian did their utmost to subvert this in the sequel.
* ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' works sort of like the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' in this respect. A MysteriousInformant shows up to tell the FarmBoy that he is [[HeroicLineage the descendant of a legendary hero]] and must help [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire fight the Empire]] to gain strength for the inevitable [[SealedEvilInACan awakening of the demons]]. He goes off to fulfill his destiny, overjoyed to be saving the world. By the end of the game, he's found out that [[spoiler:a) he isn't related to Alexander, b) the demons [[WrittenByTheWinners aren't]], and c) Zawu was an agent for the Kingdom, whose up-and-coming [[MagnificentBastard General Castor]] was PlayingBothSides]]. Even [[spoiler:''the intro text scroll'']] was a lie.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. When it first came out, many fans couldn't stop comparing it to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. [[FollowTheLeader There is a good reason for this]]. It didn't help that the few "original" elements were downplayed. One of the "big revelations" ([[spoiler:one of the members of your group has been mass murdering anybody that comes in contact with The [[{{Reincarnation}} Reincarnated]] [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]] for hundreds of years]]) was just flat out ignored immediately afterwards without even so much as a chiding.
** The game actually [[PlayingWithATrope played around with]] the usual fantasy game cliches, deliberately invoking them before throwing in a twist that would turn them on their head.
* ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' is like this for most of the game, with chapters made up of incredibly cliched characters and plots. Then you unlock another chapter that starts like this but turns into a {{deconstruction}}.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is this in game form, although that's the point -- it's like ''playing'' a SpaceOpera to the hilt.
** That and the writers show an awareness to all the cliches and play with them constantly. The writing is also so strong, that it never feels cliche or unoriginal. The game always feels nice and fresh.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' on the other hand, is much [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]], [[DeconstructorFleet deconstructive]], and subversive than the first game.
** There's also a summary (on this very wiki no doubt) of this series that points out that each of the ''Mass Effect'' games correspond to one time period in sci-fi writing- ''1'' is the 1980s', ''2'' is the 1990's, and ''3'' is the 2000's. This can't be anything but intentional.
** Also in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', we hear snippets from ''Blasto VI: Partners In Crime'', which is every [[BuddyCopShow Buddy Cop]] movie cliche, complete with a CowboyCop with a ByTheBookCop, an irritable DaChief, and a DiplomaticImpunity villain. The CowboyCop is a [[ThirdPersonPerson Hanar]], the ByTheBookCop is an [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Elcor]], DaChief is a [[VaderBreath Volus]], and the villain is a [[YouNoTakeCandle Vorcha.]] It's every bit as stupid and hilarious as it sounds.
* Likewise, ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''. A somewhat unusual development by the team that brought you the {{Deconstructor Fleet}}s ''PlanescapeTorment'' and ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', it seems almost like an experiment in how many cliches (from DoomedHometown to GottaCatchThemAll to [[spoiler:KillEmAll]]) could be crammed into a fantasy {{RPG}} given enough attention to detail, characterization, and dialogue. The expansion pack, Mask of the Betrayer, was much more like their previous games and many reviewers wondered how the two games came from one developer.
** It's worth pointing out that most every aspect of the game that ''wasn't''' cliche was lifted from Planescape Torment and rearranged with no regard as to why it originally worked - [[spoiler: the BigBad leads an army of shadows, the tiefling thief that crushes on the hero, the githyanki/githzeri feud underpinning the whole thing, the githzeri party member and the magic sword powered by will (despite will being a measurable value in Third Edition), the not-so-nice party member betraying right before the end, etc]]
* Try this ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'' drinking game. Take a shot for any SpaceMarines cliche lifted from ''Aliens'', ''Warhammer 40000'', Vietnam War movies like ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', and previous Id Software shooters. Only those MadeOfIron will still be conscious by the beginning of the third level. Seriously, the trope page for ASpaceMarineIsYou reads like the design document for the game.
* Dr Nefarious from ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank''. PlayedForLaughs.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' is full of this. This is most likely because EVERYTHING that happens in the game is a tribute to old SpaghettiWestern movies.
** ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'' is even more like this, to the point where it forgets to have a coherent plot in order to recycle as many SpaghettiWestern tropes as possible. All the set-pieces are there; [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly blowing up a bridge in a warzone]], [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore infiltrating the enemy banditos' camp to take their bounties]], but it happens solely for the sake of happening.
* ''VideoGame/RedSteel'' is one of the most shameless examples of a Cliché Storm ever seen.
* Every single thing about ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy'', down to every line of dialogue.
* ''TheSaboteur'' seems to have been made intentionally with every UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 cliche in mind.
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction''. The first 50 minutes of the game are pretty unique -- the female lead doesn't want to save the world as most RPG heroes want, but rather destroy it. By the next town she's already saving people and leaning towards the cliche-ism. More clichéd characters appear and more clichéd events happened, culminating in a finale that has more or less every finale cliché in the book, including LukeIAmYourFather, PowerOfFriendship, PowerOfLove, EvilCannotComprehendGood so on so forth.
* Creator/ZapDramatic[='=]s ''Sir Basil Pike Public School'' contains quite a few elements of the standard school drama (the BigGame, the school dance, disguising yourself as another person to humiliate someone, etc.).
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. The game is a fairly standard turn-based JRPG with your typical plucky kid heroes, [[LargeHam hammy]], one-dimensional {{Card Carrying Villain}}s, a "race around the world to collect the [[MacGuffin magic crystals]] before the bad guys" plot, and a very BlackAndWhiteMorality set-up. However, coming just in the wake of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and [[FollowTheLeader a fleet of imitators]] which mostly tried to emulate Final Fantasy VII by being [[DarkerAndEdgier filled with dark tones and angst]], it came across as a breath of fresh air rather than overdone. So much so that it became a {{Reconstruction}} of the JRPG form. It is widely regarded today as a CultClassic.
** ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'', may well have beaten ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' to the decision to stop trailing after ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''... though really, in ''Grandia'''s case it feels more like the writer just wanted to have fun rather than having a specific intention of being different. The hero's a mischievous young lad, who runs away from home chasing the legacy of his dead father to become an adventurer, carrying his OrphansPlotTrinket (the Spirit Stone), fights the evil empire... and it is awesome in very much the same way as VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia's lack of fear for the use of cliché lead it to be.
** Also the whole point of the aptly-named ''{{Nostalgia}}''.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' should have had a counter that clicked every time they recycled a cliché from ''Franchise/StarTrek, Franchise/FinalFantasy,'' and every other console RPG. Maria even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it during one in-town dialogue.
** Bonus points go to the twist that [[spoiler:the world of ''Star Ocean'' is a video game -- even the 4D beings who play it probably thought "This game really ''is'' pretty cliche isn't it?"]]
* [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/495903 Super PSTW Action RPG]] is this for video game [=RPGs=].
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' (especially ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'') is built on this it's not even funny, starting with a [[AscendedFanboy mecha otaku turned giant robot pilot]], a ''German {{Samurai}}'' with his CharClone HeterosexualLifePartner as [[MemeticMutation real men who ride each other]], TheStoic gambler and his ManicPixieDreamGirl partner, guy with ridiculous NoSenseOfDirection with one of the ElementalPowers on his tows AND two talking cats, a ridiculously busty [[ArtificialHuman android girl]]... and so on. Really, and it's still ''awesome''.
* The first 10 hours or so of nearly every single ''[[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales]]'' game. Then it hits you that the game [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle is supposed to end now but]] [[DiscOneFinalDungeon you're still on Disc 1]]. Cue WhamEpisode. And therein lies ''why'' they have a fanbase. The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' series are great at [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] and [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], so, for fans of the series, part of the fun is waiting to see just how many cliches they are going to utterly demolish by turning them on their heads, or exposing the downright nasty sides of them. (Sadly, most people only seem to play the first two hours and then say "The plot is a Cliché Storm." The entire ''series'' is built on a big Cliché Storm.)
* It's hard to take any of the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' stories seriously.
* And likewise, ''VideoGame/TotalOverdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico'' did this for the Mexican action movies.
* Likewise, ''TrueCrime: Streets of L.A.'' intentionally reproduced the 1980s action flick in video game form.
* ''Unearthed: Trail on Ibn Battuta'' is already TheMockbuster to the ''VideoGame/Uncharted'' series, but it's also an hilariously bad cliche storm in just about every other sense too. You've got a guy who acts suspiciously like a mixture of Nathan Drake, Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. A TempleOfDoom in an ominous middle eastern desert location that's never named, complete with boulders to dodge, swinging blades crossing the room in predictable patterns and a bunch of collectathon gameplay of the simplest order. There's a generic bald tough guy acting as the villain with a horde of identical henchman mercenaries, a driving sequence in town involving dodging the police and awful controls, a level set on the rooftops, a 'ToBeContinued' screen and even an extra mode involving your characters fighting off a zombie horde like something out of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' or ''VideoGame/NaziZombies''. It's literally as standard as an action game gets, to the point even the characters lampshade some of the similarities and cliches.
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'' takes this trope and runs with it, using and exaggerating the majority of tropes found in a SaturdayMorningCartoon, being unapologetically ridiculous and silly the entire time. Despite this, the story does manage to pull off legitimate twists here and there.
* 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.]]
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* ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn''. ObviouslyEvil GenericDoomsdayVillain? Check. An EnsembleCast mirroring the Mane Six? Check. Villain tries to convince the heroes that he's changed, only to be hatching another plot. Check.
* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} hits a lot of familiar anime tropes from the get-go, primarily in the classroom and character areas. This is probably why people either LoveItOrHateIt. [[note]]To clarify: 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.[[/note]] It doesn't help that the four protagonists are [[PublicDomainCharacter explicitly based off]] fairytale characters.
** As of the episode "Jaunedice Part 2", it seems it may be aiming for a subversion in the vein of the ''[[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales]]'' series... Only time will tell.
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* ''Webcomic/TheBlackBloodAlliance''[[note]]Although there's only one-and-a-half issues released at present, so this may be a JustifiedTrope.[[/note]]
* Done deliberately and for laughs in Jango's EvilGloating [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0276.html here]] in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''.
* The GM's story in ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings''.
* Parodied on ''Hiro'' with [[http://drunkduck.com/hiro/index.php?p=414050 Lo, the Cliche King]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' act 6, [[spoiler:John]] calls ''Film/ConAir'' one.
* Webcomic/MitadakeSaga, like the original game, glorifies itself on Anime tropes quite often.
* Catch a Mad in Webcomic/{{Narbonic}} not spouting off every ''MadScientist'' cliche ever and you will find a Mad letting the side down. If you can't rant for at least an hour about THOSE FOOLS THAT CALLED ME MAD!, then you are sane and don't belong.
* Done in-story in ''Webcomic/TheNoob'' with the MMORPG ''[=ClicheQuest=]''
* [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2003/10/02/ In universe]] for {{Pibgorn}}.
* An in-universe example was done by Webcomic/RealLifeComics during a dimension-hopping adventure where they wound up in a world where "everything is a Series/{{Sliders}} cliche!". Naturally, this involved their dimension-traveling device fizzling out, a doomsday scenario, joining and fighting a rag-tag resistance group led by a double of someone they knew, getting involved with and solving the world's problems and a last second escape. Well, '''almost''' all their problems.
-->'''Alt Dave''': That's great, but what about the '''''huge freaking asteroid''''' about to hit the planet?!
-->'''Tony''': Sorry, pal! You're on your own!
* Everything in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' that doesn't [[AllThereInTheManual fail to make any sense unless the author explains it]] has been seen before in so many other, better works.
* A ton of webcomics that adopt the attitude of FollowTheLeader, usually of ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', or ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. Those three webcomics alone inspired about half of the webcomics out there, with SturgeonsLaw seeming to be an understatement about their quality and originality.
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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Freeza has "heard these heroic speeches so wearily often, [he's] started counting how many times [he's] heard certain phrases."
-->'''Namekian Warrior:''' Yeah? Well...we're going...to f[[SoundEffectBleep **]]k your face!\\
'''Freeza:''' [laughing] Oh-hohoho! ''Twelve!''
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* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty''. [[ActionGirl Betty]], a secret space cadet, balances [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld protecting the galaxy from evil with being a teenager]]. Together with her [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits goofy sidekicks]] (a [[TheDitz ditzy alien]] and DeadpanSnarker [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot robot]]), Betty fights to stop the evil "genius", [[EvilOverlord Maximus I.Q.]] ([[CatsAreMean a catlike alien]]) and his [[TheStarscream two-faced]] [[TheDragon sidekick]] [[ServileSnarker Minimus P.U.]] There is absolutely NOTHING original about this show. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Aside from her kickass theme song]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is a cliché storm for the superhero genre. OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent in a FreakLabAccident becomes a HalfHumanHybrid and must now WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld and maintain his SecretIdentity while dealing with [[HeroWithBadPublicity bad publicity]]. To help him are his [[TwoGuysAndAGirl best friends]] as he fights a variety of villains with {{Pun}}s, most notably a MagnificentBastard [[VillainWithGoodPublicity With Good Publicity]] who eventually makes [[CloningBlues clones]] [[OppositeSexClone with varying]] [[CloneDegeneration levels of success]]. And, oh yeah, he [[DatingCatwoman dates a ghost hunter]] for a while. This show is ''full'' of cliches, but usually makes it all work somehow, probably because the show had a heavy emphasis on comedy; the writing made it clear that they knew it was all cliched, so at times it could come off as an AffectionateParody of the superhero genre.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Detention}}'' - however, the characters are memorable enough that it's worth checking out.
* Whether intentional or not, ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' feels like an example of this right from the start. There are scenes after scenes and jokes after jokes that one can almost guess the outcome, or ask oneself, "Why have I heard of this before?" At the worst one will emit an inner groan at the overused joke, but also at times one can find it charming.
* The character of [[EvilSorcerer the Archmage]] on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' was a deliberate Cliché Storm -- indeed, his primary weakness is [[BondVillainStupidity his love affair with villain cliches]], which prevents him from utilizing his godlike magical power to the fullest possible extent.
* A lot of what aired on Fox Family before it's buyout by Disney fell under this trope, especially Angela Anaconda and The Kids from Room 402, the former of which was already overshadowed by the far superior Pepper Ann while the later was obscure even while it originally aired.
* The {{LEGO}} HeroFactory mini-series, also called "''Rise of the Rookies''". A great cast with some big names and CGI models with over-detailed textures a good story do not make. It relied so much on recycled formulas and rolled so well on clichés, that it neglected to explain the very driving force behind its plot: [[spoiler:Just ''what'' did Von Nebula want revenge for? Nobody has done ''anything'' to him.]] The first episode included a scene during which the characters tell us just how awesome the main hero is, and that he ''will'' end up saving the day. Just in case you feared that the series would have something interesting and unexpected in store for him (and surprise, surprise, his whole character development was also wrapped up in the same episode).
** Its predecessor ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' started out this way, playing all the tropes very, very straight in the first few years, [[TropesArenotBad although still managing to be enjoyable]]. It's only in the later years that it became more subversive and ascended to {{Troperiffic}}. There's still a chance for HF to do the same.
* The first season of ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiyumi''. This was removed in the second season.
* ''IAmWeasel'' had an episode which parodies almost every cartoon cliché as part of its plot of Weasel and Baboon making a new cartoon show.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. What's worse is that it's starting to ''rehash itself''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' animated series specialized in giving its viewers a sense of familiarity, from plots such as [[PinocchioSyndrome "I wanna be a real boy"]] and [[IncredibleShrinkingMan "shrunken protagonist"]] to "hypnotic hard rock."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeMe'' is this to {{anime}} tropes '''and''' SliceOfLife tropes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': A [[NewTransferStudent new girl adjusting to school]]! [[CrashIntoHello Bumping into]] a cute NiceGuy! Who plays guitar! And is the former boyfriend of a [[AlphaBitch popular girl with a snotty attitude]]! They share a ThirdActMisunderstanding! A school dance! Clique drama! A cheesy pop song (which [[https://twitter.com/dannyimusic/status/333819452212793345 isn't]] even in the movie)! All these high school tropes, and ''more!'' [[spoiler:Subverted by the end, however, when it has a GenreShift]].
* ''PepperAnn'' was this to the SliceOfLife genre, though it was written well enough to get away with it. May also count as SeinfeldIsUnfunny, as it was one of the first mainstream cartoons of that genre.
* The 2010 reboot of ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 Pound Puppies]]''. While not a ''bad'' one, there's nothing really new about it and the plots are fairly predictable.
** Though it's not as bad as some examples. [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s The 1980s version]], however, gave us ''The Legend of Big Paw''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors'' hits almost every fantasy cliché it can reach.
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' can be seen as this from a mile away.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' trots out well-worn clichés by the dozen, but uses the pretext of its planet-wide FantasyKitchenSink and SchizoTech to play GenreRoulette with those it employs. Stock plots from HighFantasy, WoodenShipsAndIronMen, SpaceOpera and {{Western}} all get their turns at bat, often while mashed up with two to three other genres.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThreeDelivery'', the Nicktoon. Think of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', but with food puns and ''more'' clichés.
* The point of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' is to be a Category-5 Cliché Hurricane, especially for RealityTV tropes. PlayedForLaughs.
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* All the reviews for ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' seem to be loaded with glowing, poster-ready clichés:
** [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-princess25-2009nov25,0,6472123.story LA Times]]
** [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20322455,00.html Entertainment Weekly]]
* The fourth installment of ''BunnyKill'' is chock full of various anime clichés, including over the top violence, super modes, ninja jutsu, and [[spoiler:the DisposableWoman]]. WordOfGod states this was intentional.
* Nearly every cliche known to man has shown up at one point or another in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', which probably explains why it is so {{Troperiffic}}.
* A trailer for [[http://youtu.be/WAG9Xn5bJwQ Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever]]. Too bad it's a RealTrailerFakeMovie.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{KA}}'', their only show to put its ExcusePlot front and center, is a conventional heroic journey: royal twins are separated when their kingdom is attacked and their parents killed by evil forces; they and their sidekicks (some wacky, some serious) go through a variety of adventures to be reunited and help defeat the army. Each finds romance along the way, the Twin Brother with a villain's daughter and the Twin Sister with a Tarzan-like forest hero. The pleasure of the show is watching it unfold without intelligible dialogue and with oodles of SceneryPorn and acrobatics.
* Subverted so much in online text-based RP games that it's almost starting to come full-circle. Everyone seems so terrified of making their character a MarySue that they're going to ridiculous heights to make their characters/plots blandly average... even in genres and settings where everyone having some measure of the fantastic is not only forgivable, but ''preferred''. These often end up producing {{Anti Sue}}s that still [[SuetifulAllAlong dominate the spotlight unfairly]] in spite of the total ''lack'' of anything noteworthy of them.
** This is ''especially'' prevalent mostly due to the misuse of the MarySue accusation -- it has evolved from something that was reserved for genuinely annoying characters to simply [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike complaining about characters you don't like]], with several "Mary Sue tests" including stuff that ''really'' isn't Sueish... just stuff the author of the test dislikes and wants to get rid of by calling it one of the CommonMarySueTraits.
* [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Bernard Montgomery's]] [[http://www.remuseum.org.uk/corpshistory/part16/el-alamein-personalmessage.jpg address to the British Eighth Army]] shortly before the battle of El Alamein was filled with cliches, and he was known for being fond of using them in general.
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