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Socrates: Ya know, Calvin, that line has been used so many times now, it's not even mildly threatening anymore. Andy: Yeah, it actually just took all the drama out. It's like having 555 for a phone number.
Tropes Are Tools, but some have aged better than others.
Over the course of time, a trope may be overused, misused, opposed, made obsolete, subverted on many notable occasions, or just end up being widely disliked. Eventually, a trope may reach the point where it becomes one which nobody should dare use seriously and only belongs in parody, satire, homage or pastiche. Often, if one of these is used straight, people will assume it's a Red Herring.
In some cases, a trope may be discredited due to changes in our knowledge of history or science. Use of the trope in fiction may change to reflect this. See the Time Marches On index.
Omnipresent Tropes are immune to being discredited, mostly because those tropes are too natural to the medium of storytelling to ever be considered tired cliches. Undead Horse Trope describes tropes that have been subverted and parodied dozens of times, but aren't quite discredited.
Dead Horse Trope, where subversions or parodies outnumber straight use in recent works.
Forgotten Trope, which describes tropes that aren't used in recent works at all; they may have been considered Discredited Tropes years ago, or just fell from use for other reasons.
The Aggressive Drug Dealer: This is not how the majority of drug dealers operate in Real Life - primarily because most who are not The Mentally Disturbed beyond common sense and reason or amped up on their own product want to do two things: make a profit and avoid arrests/investigation. Aggressive sales tactics aimed at kids would fail on both counts. Most Real Life dealers are well aware they are selling a highly illegal product and have some degree of discretion in doing so, and usually their customers are already sold on the product, since introductions usually happen between peers. The person most likely to give someone their first dose of a drug is not an aggressive "do it or else" dealer - it's a friend.
Alliterative Name: A trope popularized by Stan Lee so that he could remember all these characters he co-created. It's been taken to the point of parody.
Anal Probing: Still survives in some comedic settings or jokes, but the concept of The Grays or Little Green Men or other space aliens engaging in this has become so discredited that the only way to use it is parody or a subversion. It also has the Fridge Horror of being a rape joke, unless you are using the subversion of someone actively seeking it.
Barbaric Bully: Heightened school security in the post-Columbine era means that beating a kid up in a crowded school hallway usually comes with consequences. Not to mention that the advent of cyberbullying and the recent rash of bully-related suicides proves that a good deal of bullying is psychological rather than physical (and that psychological bullying can be just as harmful as physical bullying). It is not discredited in British works due to Values Dissonance, and the fact that British society sees physical bullying as a major topical issue.
Basement-Dweller: The economic hard times of the 2010s have convinced a steadily increasing amount of young people to live with their parents, though this is still mainly due to financial desperation.
The Bermuda Triangle: No matter what anyone wants to say about Real Life ships and planes that have disappeared in the region, aliens, Cthulhu, dimensional portals, Atlantis, etc. are NOT behind any of it. The incidence of Real Life disappearances in the area is no higher or lower than any other part of the ocean that has similar size, weather, and maritime traffic.
Bedsheet Ghost: A hopelessly outdated cliche of a ghost appearance that is very difficult to play straight now.
Bowdlerize: The ability to release the uncensored version of almost anything via the internet/via DVD deleted scenes/via other means has made serious attempts to do this (outside of children's media and very religious/conservative locales) almost laughable, as everyone who wants to can easily find the "real" version.
British Royal Guards: Never used for anything other than comedic effect, but nowadays the once common gags involving a guard's effort to remain still under immense pressure have been replaced with ones where voluntary movement on the guard's part is observed, side-stepping more commonplace expectations.
Cement Shoes: It's much more efficient (from both a filming and story perspective) to have the crooks just shoot the guy or bash his head in and go on their way. The victim being suddenly shot also has more shock value.
Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs: Modern children's cereals are made with much more of an eye towards nutrition, thanks to backlash regarding marketing junk food to kids.
The Chosen One: Has largely fallen out of favor due to how overused and cliche it is.
Christmas Cake: Along with its Western variant, the Old Maid, it's not quite gone from consciousness, but it is on its way out, thanks to changing attitudes about the role of women in society, and increased education for girls.
Cut-and-Paste Note: In modern fiction, due to the prevalence of more convenient and harder to trace forms of anonymous communication. If used in any sort of forensic drama, you can bet the CSIs will admonish the culprit as an amateur and get damning evidence off the note.
Cut Phone Lines: Largely discredited in any story set after the widespread adoption of cell/mobile phones.
Declarative Finger: Often used by the authors to imply that the character doing so is just trying to come across as profound, which in turn is used to imply that the character is actually saying something NON-profound.
Digital Piracy Is Evil: Despite still lingering today, companies have ultimately realized that the war against piracy is a lost cause, and have taken incentive to work around it instead. More recently they have been pushing a new bill (s.978, Protect IP, SOPA) to put an end to piracy forever, although all attempts so far have failed. Although in the United Kingdom, the Digital Economy Bill keeps this as an Undead Horse Trope due to Values Dissonance.
Dinner with the Boss: Discredited around The Seventies to The Eighties in the United States. Most if not all work-related/work networking parties/meetings/similar, anywhere in the world, are at restaurants, bars, or other public event locations, or held at the house of the boss/senior staff rather than rank-and-file employees. In Europe and Japan (as well as Latin America and most of Asia) this was how things were all along for the most part.
Divorce Assets Conflict: Still occasionally happens, but with most couples (especially those where large amounts of wealth are involved on one or both sides) having legally binding prenuptial agreements, far less likely to happen in Real Life post The Nineties, and therefore much less realistic without some explanation as to why there was no prenup.
You see this every day, so it's not really a plot device.
There's also the common variant of the trope, "Does this make my butt look big?". Because of evolving beauty standards in the 21st century, the implication that a woman has a big butt is a lot less likely to be considered an insult than it once was.
Dr. Feelgood: They still exist, but are far more discreet because, due to legal crackdowns and the like, blatant and open ones often find themselves arrested, stripped of medical licensing, sued, or all of the above.
Dumb and Drummer: With quite a few very intellectual drummers existing in Real Life, the rise of Drum And Bass, dubstep, and some very technically complex forms of Heavy Metal, all of which require musical skill and competency and some degree of intelligence - alongside the trope becoming a Discredited Meme to some degree from simple overuse - it's become a cliche. Subverting it with having the stupidity be Obfuscating Stupidity or temporary due to Alcohol-Induced Idiocy or a manic episode or the like is far more believable, especially if the band you're depicting is supposed to be expert-level musicians.
Essex Girl: We are in the age of The Only Way Is Essex but the trope itself is pretty much discredited nowadays. The WIGWAG(Wigan Walkden Girl, alternately Wigan Warrington Girl) [a slightly higher social demographic, as Wigan and Walkden are fairly affluent neighborhoods] - the older trope is now gone; it only survives in The Only Way Is Essex due to the legacy of the Grandfather Clause. The trope itself in general isn't obsolete, but the Essex version is. Audience reactions on this are mixed, to say the least.
Everybody Smokes: The global smoking rate (as measured by admitted daily smokers) as of The New Tens rests around 25 to 30 percent, with a far lower percentage (around 19 to 25 percent) in most Western First World nations, due to aggressive education campaigns about the dangers of tobacco, stricter regulation of its use and sale and promotion, and free or low-cost quitting assistance for smokers. Some populations (and some nations/regions/cities) have larger percentages of smokers, but the trope is entirely discredited anywhere outside of those specific exceptions after The Nineties.
Flashback Stares: Outside of comedies this is rarely used purely because it looks so silly, breaking any dramatic tension.
Foreign-Looking Font: Quite a few of them are seen as racist. Chop Suey, Lithos and Neuland all are seen as racist or racialized, for example, especially when used in certain contexts or to make something seem "exotic."
The Generation Gap has pretty much become this, with Generations X and Y becoming parents and today's children growing up in an unusually similar cultural landscape to the one their parents grew up in. Fortunately, recent shows like Modern Family and Two and a Half Men have realized this, and thus, the trope has been gradually phased out of television and movies during the past decade-and-a-half or so. Today, it's relegated mostly to parody, although even that is becoming old hat.
Girls Have Cooties: Unless you are aiming at a VERY young audience, using this trope will make you a laughingstock, and even when shown is generally to teach a moral about how is not true at all.
The mainstreaming of nerd culture such as The Big Bang Theory has rendered it more or less obsolete, as there's no longer anything especially remarkable about a self-proclaimed "nerd" having a fulfilling love life.
High School Rocks: Despite being a popular trope beginning in the 70s, and continuing on into the 90s (particularly in kid shows), is rarely played straight anymore. Now that shows like Freaks and Geeks and My So-Called Life, not to mention movies like Superbad and (to a lesser extent) Dazed and Confused, have subverted it into oblivion, it's almost impossible to take this trope seriously anymore. Waterloo Road is the show that made it become this way.
Henpecked Husband: As Many Domestic Abuse cases start to have more gender neutrality be added to them, this type of relationship is seen as either unrealistic or horrifying. Many sitcoms still use them, however, as do animé, manga and similar.
Innocent Innuendo: These days, audience reactions tend not to be "whoa, are they doing it?", but "okay, what's really going on?"
Instant Death Bullet: Unless it's a headshot (and not even then sometimes) or the heart and one or both lungs are hit at the same time. People have survived being shot multiple times, even in vital locations, with immediate and proper medical care, especially as emergency care and trauma surgery have developed over time, and even most gunshot deaths (unless they involve the aforementioned head or heart+lung combination) aren't "instant."
Is There a Doctor in the House?: Now, someone would just ask someone to call Emergency Services. Especially since, due to Crippling Overspecialization, a doctor present might not even be able to help in any meaningful way (e.g. a psychiatrist or a dentist won't likely be able to do any more for someone having a heart attack or who just got hurt in an accident than a non-doctor would)
It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Still applicable in a few very rare instances (tornadoes, total loss of power), but most people in those circumstances are probably more Oh, Crap than "it's too quiet..."
"I Want" Song: This became discredited for a while after Disney and its competitors milked the Broadway musical cartoon formula for all it was worth — the makers of Toy Story even intentionally avoided this, in order to distinguish it from those films. That said, there's enough nostalgia left for it now to allow it to return in recent films like The Princess and the Frog, but it's nowhere near as prevalent as it was in the past.
Karmic Rape: Only in a select very few situations is this not thoroughly discredited (e.g. Adolf Hitler in a Black Comedy, pedophiles), and even there it carries severe Values Dissonance. It is also more common in manga and anime than western works, due to cultural differences.
Leprechaun: Only in Ireland itself though, not in America or elsewhere.
Leave the bottle!: You won't find this in any modern bar or tavern. It's against modern ABC laws.
Mayan Doomsday: December 21, 2012 is in the past now, and suffice to say, the world and civilization in general remain intact. It's hard to imagine any new works taking this trope seriously with that in mind.
Monster Closet: In first-person shooters. Present in shooters in mid 1990s to early 2000s but mainly replaced by offscreen or onscreen spawning.
Murder Simulators: The theory that video games cause anyone who plays them to become a psychopath has been proven (by time, if nothing else) to be patently untrue. Anti-gaming also took a few huge blows in The New Tens, with the Supreme Court declaring that video games are protected free speech in the United States, and many anti-gaming politicians leaving office in Australia, along with the establishment of an R18+ rating in that country. Couple that with the generation that grew up with video games now having children of their own, and it's fair to say that any media that still tries to paint video games with this trope will be met with eye-rolling and mockery.
Napoleon Delusion: Because after a certain point in time, delusional people wouldn't know who Napoleon is unless they were history buffs/history majors. Also, in Real Life, A God Am I and the belief that one is seriously connected to, harassed/persecuted by, or actually is a celebrity or the President of the United States are more common delusions, as is the possibly-not-delusional belief (depending on the person and their activities - there have actually been real cases of said harassment/persecution) that one is being harassed/persecuted by authorities, a conspiracy, or the like.
The Natives Are Restless: This isn't the age of colonialism anymore. It still pops up in fantasy and science fiction settings where colonialism can exist, but even then, it's more likely to be used for humour.
On the other hand, Previously On still hasn't disappeared, even though it has been made less necessary by such new technologies as DVDs, YouTube, and Ti Vo (it is still useful when the previous action took place maybe ten or twenty episodes ago).
One of the more notable instances of it being used in 2014 is the opening narration of Forever: Dr. Henry Morgan explains to the viewer the premise (200 years ago he started reviving naked in a body of water after being killed) and then hangs a lampshade on it "And now you know as much about this as I do."
Phone-Trace Race: Still used on occasion by very dense Hollywood hacks, but with caller ID, the popularity of shows like 24 which have mostly ditched this trope, and a general paranoia about Google and Facebook tracking your every move, writers nowadays tend to err on the side of the FBI/NSA/CIA being too good at tracking your every move.
Prolonged Prologue: Often seen in fantasy novels. They give a lot of backstory on a world that the reader hasn't read enough of to care about yet. Most publishers say Show, Don't Tell and let the reader learn about the world through the eyes of the characters.
Quicksand Sucks: Except in video games. Some terrain does do this in Real Life - the squickiest example is liquid manure, but snow in an avalanche and grain (as in a grain bin) are also notorious for "swallowing up" and killing people who unfortunately fall onto it. You actually have far more of a chance surviving quicksand than either liquid manure, an avalanche, or grain - because both of the latter are far easier to sink into beyond the point of saving oneself.
Rape and Switch: The Unfortunate Implications of the trope (e.g. either that gay people can be made straight via rape, OR that LGBTQ people "recruit" by sexual abuse and rape, or in some cases both), as well as greater understanding have made this trope very discredited and disfavored in most works made after The New Tens. The only place it remains is (usually less well-written) Fan Fic, where the "victim falls for rapist" variant of it will make appearances.
Rape Portrayed as Redemption: Absolutely discredited (and many of its past depictions have tied into the trope directly above, which really has not made them age well). The only way this could be played with any kind of sensitivity toward the victims of rape or in anything but the darkest of Black Comedy is a variant with the rapist seeing rape as the "rock bottom moment" of his life and being Driven to Suicide or becoming The Atoner or something similar.
Rotoscoping: Derided as a lazy, poor substitute for actual animation by both animators and critics (thanks in part to another trope it inevitably invokes), it is almost never used in modern hand-drawn animation, let alone without irony. It's more modern equivalent, Motion Capture, is still used in CGI, but often to equal derision.
Said Bookism: In these days, it's often considered redundant, and generally considered a very obvious hallmark of amateur or inexperienced writers.
Santa Claus Tropes: Santa has become such a commercial icon of Christmas and as such overexposed via countless Christmas specials and merchandise, that it is pretty much impossible to play any trope related to him straight now, unless you have a really young audience in mind or have no self-respect for yourself as a storyteller.
The idea of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll seems to have more-or-less fallen by the wayside. This is probably due mostly to the vast number of drug-related deaths and rehab stints among various rock musicians in the 60's, 70's and 80's (Jimi Hendrix, Nikki Sixx, Ozzy Osbourne, etc.). However, other factors include the extensive anti-drug campaigning of the 80's, the AIDS scare mostly rendering the concept of "Free Love" obsolete, and the Grunge movement of the early-90's shifting the focus of rock away from glorified sex and drug use. Granted, sex and drugs still exist in the music business. But most of the musicians who engage in such activities, at least in Western mainstream pop and country music, are far more secretive and openly ambivalent towards them than before.
Shotgun Wedding: A combination of greater availability of contraception and a reduced stigma of single motherhood make this trope seem very dated today. If a woman does get pregnant, a couple doesn't have to get married, but the father is expected to provide some form of support.
Standing in the Hall: Parodied in some Japanese works still; but not used in Real Life as much. In western countries, similar variants aren't used due to kids taking it as an opportunity to wander around the halls.
Stern Nun: For one thing, many teachers at modern Catholic schools are laypeople, not nuns. For another thing, after the advent of the Self-Esteem Movement of The Seventies, parents would be all up in arms if a teacher (whether a nun or a layperson) meted out those kinds of punishments. (Nuns also haven't worn those starchy white wimples since the 1970s at the latest, but you'll still occasionally see them, usually for humor.)
Stranger Danger: Aesops about the inherent dangers of talking to strangers were huge in the 1990s, but due to changing attitudes (coupled with the discovery that the majority of abuse comes from people that the victims know personally) it's rarely played straight.
Some of My Best Friends Are X: Because using it is pretty much the equivalent of having the character wear a shirt saying "HEY I'M A BIGOT," along with an added Ku Klux Klan hood and jackboots for flair - you've instantly made him/her a Politically Incorrect Villain even if you don't wish to have done so.
That Reminds Me of a Song: Modern musicals, at least in theatre, are specifically not supposed to play this one straight anymore, though there's still a chance a song of this nature may end up as a Breakaway Pop Hit
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Because unless the scene requires the actor to actually be consuming the food or drink, it's expensive and hard to do multiple takes without spoilage or appearance change. Fake prop food or drink is usually used instead. This is doubly true in the case of alcohol, where drinking can be faked (and most sets generally have rules against consuming on set), and most "alcohol" on film isn't the real thing, but water with food coloring, apple juice, tea, grape juice, soda...
Trojan Gauntlet: In most places, changing sexual mores and Tech Marches On (condoms are no longer behind the counter, self service checkouts) have rendered this trope a thing of the past.
Truck Driver's Gear Change: It's become such a cliche, especially during the second half of the twentieth century, that it's now almost impossible to play it completely straight anymore.
What Are Records?: Most kids are not as clueless about old technology as we think they are. It also helps that records have undergone a recent resurgence in popularity.
Old magic tricks like the Disappearing Box and Saw a Woman in Half are best not done in their straight form these days, as everyone's seen them dozens of times and probably knows how those tricks are done.
Unwinnable by Design: Used to be a staple of the adventure game genre, particularly if Sierra was at the helm. These days, almost no games are cruel enough to still use it as a mechanic.
The Virgin in a White Dress. Nowadays, Western women are free to have sex lives before marriage (although it may be frowned upon in some circles), and free to choose what color dress they wear. It's entirely possible (heck, even likely) that a modern bride wearing a white dress might not be a virgin or might only be a Technical Virgin. And second, third, fourth, etc.-time brides are still allowed to wear white if they choose to. Another reason of why this is discredited is the fact that white lost its connotations of purity and became simply the color associated with marriages, that's why most wedding decorations is either white or in any other very light color such as cream.
Yellow Peril: When played seriously, with no mitigating factors (e.g. being Historical Fiction set in World War II with Imperial Japan as an enemy), this is extremely racist in almost all cases. A portrayal of North Koreamight be able to step close to the trope, but even there, focusing on the race/racial attributes as a large part of the villainy rather than internal genocide and repression is obviously going to come off as racist.