->'''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.
-->-- ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS3TVM2Thunderstorm "Thunderstorm"]] (on ImYourWorstNightmare)

TropesAreTools, but some have aged better than others.

Over the course of time, a trope may be overused, misused, opposed, [[TropeBreaker made obsolete]], [[DeaderThanDisco out of fashion]], {{subverted|Trope}} on many notable occasions, or just end up being [[PetPeeveTrope 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, [[TheUntwist people will assume]] it's a RedHerring.

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 TimeMarchesOn index.

'''Notes:'''
# Just because a trope is discredited does not necessarily mean it is not TruthInTelevision, or that it's necessarily a ForgottenTrope.
# This is not bad writing because the writing itself is bad, but because the writer doesn't know its audience. After all, [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]].
# Just because a trope is not TruthInTelevision does not necessarily mean it is discredited.
# Just because a trope is used a lot does not necessarily make it discredited. (Take a glance at OverdosedTropes, many of which are still popular and thriving, if you need any further proof of this.)
# A trope can be considered [[ValuesDissonance discredited in some parts of the world, but not in others]], due to differing intellectual and moral committments between cultures. For instance, StayInTheKitchen is offensive to the sensibilities of modern Western liberals, but raises far fewer eyebrows in African and Asian countries, and some variant on such was widely-held throughout most of history even in the West.

OmnipresentTropes are immune to being discredited, mostly because those tropes are too natural to the medium of storytelling to ever be considered tired cliches. UndeadHorseTrope describes tropes that have been subverted and parodied dozens of times, but aren't ''quite'' discredited.

See also:
* CyclicTrope, which displays tropes that after a period of disuse become relevant again. Note that in most cases, later uses of said tropes tend to be more subdued and/or carrying some degree of self-awareness about the tropes' more outdated aspects.
* DeadHorseTrope, where subversions or parodies outnumber straight use in recent works.
* EvolvingTrope: As mentioned above, many a discredited trope have regained use through transformations. In some cases, these tropes end up changing beyond recognition.
* ForgottenTrope, 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.

Compare DiscreditedMeme.

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* ADayInHerApron: These days, women are just as likely to go out and work as men are...not to mention the UnfortunateImplications towards both sexes: namely, that men are incompetent morons, and that women are "better suited" to housework and child-rearing by nature.
* ADegreeInUseless: So many young people have gone to college that job markets are saturated (and the needs of job markets change ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-system-rigged-a-guide-grads/ quickly]]''). So ''no'' major is guaranteed meaningful work. This is being seen all across the board, not ''just'' in humanities fields.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: This is ''not'' how the majority of drug dealers operate in RealLife - primarily because most who are not TheMentallyDisturbed beyond common sense and reason or amped up on their own product want to do two things: make a profit and avoid arrests/investigation. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_mC6EZ8Jpk Aggressive sales tactics aimed at kids]] would fail on both counts. Most RealLife 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. This trope was much more plausible before the War on Drugs heated up in the '70s and (especially) the '80s, when (ironically) drug dealers were more discreet and police and the general public were not as savvy about them, sometimes believing that they peddled drugs [[ForTheEvulz for no other reason than that they were just plain evil]].
* AliensAreBastards: The depiction of aliens as mindless beasts or imperialist bastards has generally fallen out of use in favor of more civilized beings who can discuss the finer points of philosophy and provide a convenient canvas for the writer to paint his or her message onto.
* AlliterativeName: It's been taken to the point of parody. It still sometimes works though, especially in erotic media where AlwaysVSexy is a plus and it's a good way to invoke Creator/MarilynMonroe. Some people in Generation Y view alliterative names as "porn star names" and do everything they can to avoid them.
* AllJewsAreCheapskates: Considered an offensive anti-Semitic stereotype now, especially due to its usage in anti-Semitic propaganda.
* AllJustADream: Too often abused as a DeusExMachina / {{Stock Epileptic Tree|s}}.
* AllGaysArePedophiles: [[OnceAcceptableTargets Formerly a widespread stereotype]] -- and a major reason homosexuality has been demonized for so long -- ''NO ONE'' with any credibility believes this anymore, to say nothing of the [[UnfortunateImplications homophobic overtones]].
* AllWomenAreDomsAllMenAreSubs: ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' famously portrays a BDSM relationship between a Dominant man and a submissive woman. Considering ''Fifty Shades'' is now probably the most well-known fictional portrayal of BDSM ''ever'', it's safe to say that no one takes this trope seriously anymore.
* AllWomenArePrudes: Since sexual attitudes have become more relaxed, nobody plays this straight.
* AppointmentTelevision: In this day and age of [=DVRs=], [=TiVo=], On Demand, web-based streaming services like Creator/{{Netflix}}, or buying whole seasons on UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} or UsefulNotes/BluRay, people can watch their favorite TV shows pretty much any time they want to. They are no longer at the mercy of the networks' schedules, and missing an episode is no longer TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. (Incidentally, this has also done away with networks euphemistically dubbing repeats "Another chance to see".)
* AnalProbing: Still survives in some comedic settings or jokes, but the concept of TheGrays or LittleGreenMen 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 FridgeHorror of being a rape joke, unless you are using the subversion of someone actively seeking it.
* AuthenticationByNewspaper: Has become discredited nowadays with the power of Photoshop and computers.
* AwardBaitSong: Has been slowly vanishing since its peak in TheNineties. Revised rules in the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s have also ensured that [[TropeBreaker they're no longer award bait]].
* AxesAtSchool: Only in Western Animation aimed at children, due to relatively recent, highly publicized school shootings like Columbine and Sandy Hook making it a taboo subject for children in the eyes of parents.
* BarbaricBully: 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 ValuesDissonance, and the fact that British society sees physical bullying as a major topical issue ([[ValuesDissonance if not as much as cyberbullying]]).
* BasementDweller: The economic hard times of [[TheOughts the late 2000s]] and [[TheNewTens the early 2010s]], and multiple factors such as high home prices, low wages, and dearth of open jobs in many countries, have left a steadily increasing amount of young adults with little choice but to live with their parents. [[ValuesDissonance In addition, there are also countries and cultures where it's]] ''[[ValuesDissonance normal]]'' (even expected) for young adults ([[DoubleStandard women in particular]]) to live with their parents until marriage, and sometimes even beyond.
* BewitchedAmphibians: Currently, this has become a partially discredited and when faced with the stereotype, magic-users are more likely to irritably explain that turning people into frogs is impractical with so many other spells at hand. However, they're still quite likely to do it if it becomes convenient.
* TheBermudaTriangle: No matter what anyone wants to say about RealLife ships and planes that have disappeared in the region, aliens, Cthulhu, dimensional portals, Atlantis, etc. are '''NOT''' behind any of it. The incidence of RealLife disappearances in the area is no higher than any other part of the ocean that has similar size, weather, and maritime traffic. Indeed, for the amount of traffic in the area, it's one of the safest waterways in the world. (possibly ''the'' safest if you go by 2014 measurements)
* BeautifulAllAlong: Dead in the water nowadays, but still used on rare occasions.
* BedsheetGhost: A hopelessly outdated cliche of a ghost appearance that is very difficult to play straight now.
* BigNo: Considered a source of {{Narm}} and camp instead of drama nowadays, but a good actor can sometimes pull it off. The same applies to BigWhy.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: It's been so relentlessly mocked and lampshaded that it's almost impossible for viewers to take such deaths seriously anymore. If it does happen, it will be a random, no-name extra who just happened to be black, while the named characters will usually have PlotArmor until later in the story. It's also got traits of ForgottenTrope, as the specific reasons why this trope arose (explained on it's page) have steadily disappeared due to SocietyMarchesOn.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: The line is virtually stock dialogue now; as a trope it is at the very least discredited, since it's only used for laughs (or period flavor) these days.
* BlackHelicopter: [[AttackDrone Drones]] have made them obsolete and are more believable.
* BlowingSmokeRings: Given smoking's well-known health risks, it is.
* BondageIsBad: While conservative and religious elements are still fighting a rearguard action, more than half of gen-Xers and the vast majority of millennials have either participated in these sort of activities or feel that as long as it involves consenting adults it's nobody else's business. Whatever the merits of the ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' franchise may or may not be[[note]] The franchise's depiction of BDSM is seriously flawed but it has still accelerated mainstream acceptance of the subculture[[/note]], alternative sexual practices are now widely known and accepted by the general public.
* BookBurning: Made obsolete as of the 1990s-2000s with the advent of [[TechMarchesOn multiple methods of duplicating and spreading information electronically]]. Forced deletion of information, conspiracies to limit its release, [[{{Demonization}} slandering those who release information]] and questioning their motives/veracity with AstroTurf, [[BannedInChina banning by region]], arrests and threats to those who release information, and other methods of censorship and suppression are far more common (and even [[StreisandEffect those have limited success]]).
* BoldInflation: In comic books. In the past, the editor will indicate to the letterer that he wants certain random words bolded, on the assumption that a reader will become bored by plain black text without any change to spice it up, but this has faded away.
* {{Bouncer}}: The classic image of the trope, a large, overweight meathead is steadily becoming this as more and more places are hiring women and average-sized men, as the former can deal with drunk and aggressive women far more easily and with far fewer opportunities for lawsuits, while the latter group helps foster a friendlier, less hostile atmosphere, as well as being far less likely to attract the attention of aggressive men intent on proving their machismo. Bouncers who do fit the "violent scumbag" stereotype will quickly find themselves unable to find employment at well-managed or upstanding establishments, as owners and heads of security from other establishments do talk, and if word gets around that you're a bad hire who causes many a headache for your employers, "you'll never work in this town again" may very well become the reality for you if there aren't any places that are so dysfunctional, seedy, or otherwise undesirable to work for that they'll hire you just because they keep hemorrhaging staff.
* {{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. Ironically, now it's most commonly used for its original purpose; making "all ages" edits of content that can be made publically-available or shown on a theater screen or [=YouTube=], while anyone who wants the real thing can just go online.
* BrainFever: A ForgottenTrope, of an "illness" that existed before [[ScienceMarchesOn better understanding of the human brain]] and [[TechnologyMarchesOn better imaging of the human brain.]] There are infections of the brain (encephalitis, meningitis, rabies), and there are psychological and physiological conditions (post-traumatic stress disorder, catatonic states, panic attacks) but all have different causes, different symptoms, and far different outcomes.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Due to the rather blatant character attributes the headgear usually implies and orthodontic technology having improved significantly since the nineties, this is now more or less dead- possibly also due to the fact that so many kids spend at least some of their adolescence wearing some kind of brace these days. It's rare to see such headgear now except for the sake of a one-off gag.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: Intellectual characters are no longer portrayed as antagonistic (and much less as out-and-out evil) in modern works, while brute force is less regarded as a positive aspect.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Is TruthInTelevision and does happen on a quite regular basis, but many means of doing so in fiction have been very discredited (hypnosis, drugs/a drug as sole means). Realistic portrayals focus on MoreThanMindControl, torture and other forms of UsefulNotes/{{abuse}}, StockholmSyndrome, and the DirtySocialTricks, as that is how ''actual'' brainwashing is accomplished. However, it is still used in some plots concerning ChurchOfHappyology. Still perfectly valid if accomplished through magic in a universe where magic explicitly exists.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: While a hallmark of the ClassicalMovieVampire, it's fallen out of favor in modern times, as vampires are now far too hip and sexy to waste time skulking outside windows.
* BritishRoyalGuards: 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 [[SubvertedTrope voluntary movement]] on the guard's part is observed, side-stepping more commonplace expectations.
* BrokenRecord: Due to the advent of [[TechMarchesOn [=CDs=], MP3s, and the like]], which have largely supplanted [[WhatAreRecords actual records]], this is now something of a dead metaphor.
* ButLiquorIsQuicker: Usually parodied nowadays, and is quickly entering DeadHorseTrope territory due to increased awareness of date rape.
* BuryYourGays: Due to the bloodbath of queer characters in the 2015-2016 televison season (particularity Lexa on ''Series/The100'') has led to a significant number of LBGT (and ally) fans to call on writers to reject any future usage of this trope.
* ButNotTooWhite: Becoming increasingly less common in visual media, thanks to tanned skin no longer being the ''de facto'' beauty standard that it once was, being overtaken by heavy make-up between women. Many new sex symbols in TheNewTens, like Creator/RobertPattinson, Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, Creator/ZooeyDeschanel and Creator/ChristinaHendricks, have been fair-skinned celebrities.
* TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse: Based on a myth about analog land lines (see the trope page), plus it's not that scary or unusual anymore with the [[TechMarchesOn omnipresence of cell phones]].
* CapturedByCannibals: Because of its racist implications, the trope has been completely abandoned.
* CareerVersusFamily: Working moms are quite common, especially as the cost of raising children to adulthood increases.
* CareerVersusMan: It is entirely possible to have both; these days, a woman is not expected to give up her career when she gets married.
* CatScare: Moving towards becoming this, but its shows up done straight time and time again.
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: On its way to being this as it now seen as part of the "once common but no longer generally required" subtrope of HollywoodDressCode, since many real Catholic schools have changed their uniforms to unisex khakis and polo shirts, especially as more schools realize that what looks pure and innocent on a 9 year old takes on a different context (whether intentional or not is irrelevant) when worn by a 17 year old after the "summer growth spurt."
* CatchYourDeathOfCold: Better understanding of viruses, the human immune system and disease vectors have largely overcome this old wives tale in Western media, though it's still alive and well in Japanese and possibly other East Asian media.
* CementShoes: It's much more efficient (from both a filming and story perspective, not to mention economical) 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.
* ChainedToARailway: Was possibly considered a banal cliche as early as the early 1900s--by the time this was first done in film for 1913 comedy ''Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life'', it was ''already'' a subject for parody. The only reason people even remember the trope [[DeadHorseTrope is because how often it was parodied in the first place.]]
* CharityMotivationSong: On its way to becoming this. While it was a popular trope in the 80's, it became ripe for parody almost as soon as it became popular, and its become much more difficult to use seriously as a result.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: The 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris (mainly the November 13th ones, although the ''Charlie Hebdo'' attack in January had an effect too) have made this [[TooSoon too offensive for most works]], though it was already on the way out due to being increasingly outdated (France has one of the biggest modern militaries, so one could hardly call the country cowardly anymore).
* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: Modern children's cereals are made with much more of an eye towards nutrition, thanks to backlash regarding marketing junk food to kids during the late 90s and early 00s.
* TheChosenOne: Has largely fallen out of favor due to how overused and cliche it is.
* ChristmasCake: Along with its Western variant, the OldMaid, it's not quite [[ForgottenTrope 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.
* ChuckingChalk: A discredited trope in Real Life, at least in Western education systems. A teacher throwing things at his pupils is likely to find himself out of a job in short order.
* CircumcisionAngst: This trope has been in decline in recent years, likely as American circumcision rates are also in decline. If anything, an inverse trope is starting to appear, where men from cultures that do circumcise suddenly find themselves in cultures that don't, and receive the requisite stares from their peers.
* CodeName: Has started going out of fashion, as evidenced by the fact that ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames, but its still remains popular in SpyFiction.
* CollisionDamage: Considered an outdated video game cliche, with many modern platforms discarding it.
* CommercialBreakCliffhanger: Considered an overused and tired cliche in the live action game and reality show genres.
* ComicallyCrossEyed: In Real Life, strabismus is a serious condition, and therefore poking fun at cross-eyed people is no longer considered politically correct nowadays. It only survives in the occasional cartoon and comic strip.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: While rolling 24-hour news makes this plausible for major events it's generally seen as lazy plotting.
* CoinOnAStringTrick: This hasn't worked on any machine that accepts coins since the 1980s. Modern vending machines and arcade games come with either devices that cut strings or one-way ratchets, both of which are designed to prevent this very thing from happening.
* ComputerEqualsMonitor: While all in one [=PCs=] and Macs do exist, it's generally considered silly to treat the computer monitor and the computer itself as one and the same in contemporary works.
* ConsummationCounterfeit: It is now known that many women ''don't'' bleed during TheirFirstTime. Also, virginity is not, at least in most of Western society, seen as a prerequisite for marriage. Still alive and well in places where the truth about the hymen is not known and/or where a high value is placed on a bride's virginity.
* CreditCardPlot: Pretty much discredited for adult characters unless they're idiots; much more common with teenage and pre-teen characters. In general, the trope is that the credit card is given for emergencies only, only for one of the characters to regard a closeout sale at the mall as an emergency.
* CreepyCrossdresser: With much wider awareness and acceptance of trans issues amongst audiences, playing this trope straight is likely to get the creator of the work lambasted to all hell for their lack of sensitivity and understanding about this activity.
* CureYourGays: [[SocietyMarchesOn Now that it's understood]] that "conversion therapy" and other attempts to "cure" non-heterosexual orientations are ''at best'' worthless and useless and fraudulent and at worst dangerous to life and health, playing this straight is [[ValuesDissonance seen as backward]] and [[UnfortunateImplications offensive]]. Doesn't stop some religious groups from continuing to try it, though.
* CutAndPasteNote: 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 ''Series/{{CSI}}''s will admonish the culprit as an amateur and get damning evidence off the note.
* CutPhoneLines: Largely discredited in any story set after the widespread adoption of cell/mobile phones and [=VoIP=]. Has largely been replaced by CellPhonesAreUseless in modern works.
* CuteSportsClubManager: Discredited in western works, but not elsewhere.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: Nobody takes them seriously anymore, so any use of those names comes of as laughable instead of cool.
* DarkestAfrica: In many modern stories, quite a bit of finagling or [[HandWave handwaving]] is required to get the "traditional" level of isolation, bringing it into discredited trope territory.
* DastardlyWhiplash: A [[CardCarryingVillain cardboard stereotype]], [[ObviouslyEvil clear-cut villain]] used in vaudeville and stage melodramas [[note]] but, [[DeadUnicornTrope contrary to popular belief]], ''not'' in silent film, where the only significant use was in ''The Perils of Pauline'', and even that example [[UnbuiltTrope is quite different from later parodies.]][[/note]] that got so ridiculously overused, that it became impossible to take seriously, and thus became extremely ripe for parody in cartoons. As such, this trope has almost never been played straight since, and when it does occasionally pop up, it's used as fodder for a quick villain gag or for sheer camp value (e.g. Dick Dastardly from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', Snidely Whiplash from ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', Oil Can Harry from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'')--in fact, the reason people even remember this trope is often ''because'' [[DeadHorseTrope of how often the cliche has been parodied.]]
* DeadPetSketch: Except in parodies, and even then, not taken seriously.
* DeclarativeFinger: 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.
* DepravedBisexual: Like the AllGaysArePedophiles trope listed above, suggesting that someone is prone to sociopathy due to their sexual preferences looks very dubious to modern audiences. These days it's more likely to be PlayedForLaughs by using the AnythingThatMoves trope but even that is falling out of favour due to the implications that bisexuals are lust crazed idiots with no self control.
* DishDash: There's a discredited variation of it--when someone is showing off their skills at keeping dishes balanced atop spinning sticks. It used to be popular in Variety Show TV, this is rarely seen in modern TV (anything after the 1970s).
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Despite [[UndeadHorseTrope still lingering today]], companies have ultimately realized that the war against piracy is a [[HopelessWar 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 UndeadHorseTrope due to ValuesDissonance.
* DinnerWithTheBoss: Discredited around TheSeventies to TheEighties in the UnitedStates and the UK. 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.
* DiplomaticImpunity: Due to several TruthInTelevision incidents that led to RippedFromTheHeadlines, most countries, after around TheNineties, [[SocietyMarchesOn created ways of at least removing severely criminal or dangerous diplomatic staff.]]
* DirtyCommunists: After the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, caricaturing and exaggerating the evils of or portraying the Soviet Union as doing their actions ForTheEvulz, instead of expediency or misguided idealism, fell to the wayside.
* DirtyForeigner: Seen as xenophobic now, and is most often used today in subversion, as a quick and easy way to tell that a character has a prejudice against another group, and that character is usually painted in a negative light.
* {{Disaster Movie}}s involving airplanes - since ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' came out, no-one could possibly take one seriously. [[Film/{{United 93}} Unless it was based on a true story]]. One contemporary airplane disaster movie tried to play itself straight for the first part of its production process - then someone realized there were [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane snakes on the plane...]]
* DiseasedName: There was once a whole genre of jokes/UrbanLegends wherein a FunnyForeigner, [[UsefulNotes/{{Appalachia}} hillbilly]] or black person would punch above their presumed intellectual weight and give their child a name like Eczema. For many obvious reasons, this would ''never'' fly in contemporary society.
* DivorceAssetsConflict: 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 RealLife post TheNineties, and therefore much less realistic without some explanation as to why there was no prenup.
* DivorceRequiresDeath: In Western society, at least, it doesn't.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat:
** 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.
* DramaticPause: The {{Sting}} variation of it is no longer taken seriously, although subtle variations can still be effective.
* DramaticSlip: It can happen, but this is nowhere near as prevalent in real life as it is in media. It's also largely seen as a cheap way to introduce a plot point or create drama.
* DrFeelgood: 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.
* DriverOfABlackCab: This is heading for discredited status in modern times, as London has one of the highest ratios of ethnic minorities to white people in the whole country and it's much easier to be prejudiced against an abstract concept than against people you've actually met.
* DrowningMySorrows: You won't find this in any modern bar or tavern. It's against modern ABC laws.
* DrunkenMontage: Except when it's PlayedForLaughs.
* DumbDinos: This trope is generally associated with older works and is becoming increasingly rare after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_renaissance the Dinosaur Renaissance]] revamped the popular image of dinosaurs, but it does still occasionally pop up every now and again. These days, however, it's far more likely to be PlayedForLaughs as opposed to serious fiction.
* DumbAndDrummer: With ''quite a few'' very intellectual drummers existing in RealLife, the rise of Drum And Bass, dubstep, and some ''very'' technically complex forms of HeavyMetal, all of which require musical skill and competency and some degree of intelligence - alongside the trope becoming a DiscreditedMeme to some degree from simple overuse - it's become a cliche. Subverting it with having the stupidity be ObfuscatingStupidity or temporary due to AlcoholInducedIdiocy 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.
* DyingDream: Too often abused as a DeusExMachina or SuddenDownerEnding.
* EarthAllAlong: The "Shaggy God Story" variant of this (where the end of a story turns out to be a variant, science fiction or otherwise, of the beginning of Genesis from the Bible, complete with Adam and Eve or identical characters) became such an overused cliche in science fiction stories as early as the 1960's, that it became impossible to take it seriously.
* ElvisLives: As of 2015, Elvis would be eighty years old. If he's not dead, it's likely he will be soon. You're more likely to see this used straight with someone more recently deceased like Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur or Stevie Ray Vaughan among many others.
* EscortMission: Originally a stock video game challenge, they've all but disappeared in the 2010's and onwards, thanks to creators realizing that players find them [[FakeDifficulty infuriating]] rather than fun. Generally the only way you'll see something like this in a game post-2010 is in more experimental/narrative-based games, where the focus is less on challenging the player and more on making the player ''care'' about the character being escorted (see ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' or ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'').
* EmbarrassingTattoo: This is slowly becoming a Discredited Trope for four reasons: It's becoming increasingly easy and reliable to remove tattoos or come up with cover-up designs, Tattoos are considerably more mainstream than they were in the past, leading people to become savvy and avoid this trope, large tattoos are expensive and require multiple sessions to complete; and no self-respecting tattoo parlor will serve anyone who is clearly under the influence of drugs or alcohol[[note]]Besides consent issues, drunk people bleed more[[/note]], or teenagers without a parent present.
* EpilepticFlashingLights: Older video games often employed flashing screen effects because color-cycling demands so little processing power; since [[TechnologyMarchesOn advances in graphics technology]] have discredited this excuse, toning down flashing lights or patterns that could trigger seizures has become one of the few alterations routinely made to classic games in official emulated rereleases such as on the Virtual Console.
* ErmineCapeEffect: With royalty becoming less distant these days, this is largely becoming discredited, save for nations that still have absolute monarchies.
* [[ValleyGirl Essex Girl]]: We are in the age of ''Series/TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' but the trope itself is pretty much discredited nowadays. The [[FunWithAcronyms WIGWAG]](''Wig''an ''Wa''lkden Girl, alternately ''Wig''an ''Wa''rrington Girl) [a slightly higher social demographic, as Wigan and Walkden are fairly affluent neighborhoods] - [[SocietyMarchesOn the older trope is now gone]]; it only survives in ''Series/TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' due to the legacy of the GrandfatherClause. The trope itself in general isn't obsolete, but the Essex version is. Audience reactions on this are mixed, to say the least.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi: This is slowly becoming a discredited trope, because it's gotten so that the platypus has become too popular to be considered "obscure" anymore. When a show is supposed to start including a "weird animal" in its cast, expect it to be a platypus.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: If the massive numbers of parodies (such as cars exploding after the slightest dent, or things that couldn't possibly explode such as bicycles or trees blowing up in a collision) and {{Lampshade Hanging}}s in recent years is any indication, this is on its way to being this, especially after ''Series/MythBusters'' [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters debunked it]]. However, there are still plenty of people who believe this trope is true, leading to well-meaning bystanders pulling accident victims out of cars and [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs causing further harm]].
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: It's been rapidly becoming this since at least the mid-nineties, and is rarely played straight anymore.
* EverybodySmokes: The global smoking rate (as measured by admitted daily smokers) as of TheNewTens 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, and more recently the emergence of electronic cigs. Some populations (and some nations/regions/cities) have larger percentages of smokers, but the trope is ''entirely'' discredited anywhere outside of those specific exceptions since TheNineties.
* ExcitedShowTitle: Fell out of favor from overuse.
* ExpressLaneLimit: These days, the advent of self-checkout lanes in supermarkets has pushed this towards becoming a discredited trope. Customers can now judge, based on how many items they are purchasing, whether it's less effort to wait in line for an employee to ring them up, or to simply do it themselves. Alternatively, the lanes are designated as "basket only", placing a limit on volume of purchases rather than quantity.
* ExtremeSportExcusePlot: After the extreme sports fad of the '90s and early 2000s died out, this stopped being able to draw in large audiences. Not to mention many of said sports could just be watched on actual sports channels, without all the filler. Sports-based plots now need other aspects to attract viewers.
* FaceOnAMilkCarton: At this point, it has been parodied countless times and has entered the collective subconscious to the point that while people may not have actually seen an actual one in their lifetime, they still recognize it. In real life, it has been replaced by the Amber Alert system.
* FairyCompanion: Overused to the point of being considered a cliche in video games.
* FairyGodmother: This is rarely used seriously in modern stories, often seen as a trite character archetype or a DeusExMachina, usually associated with the most archaic parts of Fairy Tales (even though this trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink a lot more recent than most of those stories]], and in fact very rare in fairy tales collected by folklorists; most Cinderella variants have her aided by her dead mother, or, in such variants as Catskin and Cap o' Rushes, by nothing but her own wits and some advice). [[UndeadHorseTrope It's still often used,]] simply because it's just so useful that writers can't resist it, although they often disguise the fairy godmother as something else and play it for comedy.
* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Because of recent attitudes about gender profiling, use of this trope can lead to a writer [[TheUnfairSex looking sexist]] or [[ValuesDissonance old-fashioned]]. Not helping is historical evidence and news reports about women committing deeds that are just as bad as men (or in some cases, [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale even worse]]), discrediting the trope further.
* {{Fireballs}}: While use by popular lucadors such as El Mega Triple Campeón de Wrestling/{{AAA}} Mesías helped them retain popularity in the Latin American and Caribbean regions, this stunt became shunned in most regions where it was once common thanks to an infamous botch during a Wrestling/HulkHogan Wrestling/UltimateWarrior match at ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Halloween Havok'' where instead of hitting Warrior, Hogan burnt his own eyebrows and mustache. And while Mesías play a part in keeping them alive elsewhere, his competent use of fireballs in the United States still got Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX cancelled by Creator/{{MTV}}.
* FlashbackStares: Outside of comedies this is rarely used purely because it looks so silly, breaking any dramatic tension.
* FloatingPlatforms: Floating platforms are quickly becoming this in video games. Game developers are now opting for ways to make them seem more realistic to preserve immersion, such as attaching them to the surrounding terrain or making up excuses (see: {{Flight}}) as to why they're just hovering there.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Nowadays the use of this depiction is usually meant as satire. The exceptions almost invariably treat the depiction as a simple visual short-hand.
* FlushingToiletScreamingShower: Becoming one because [[TechnologyMarchesOn newer buildings are designed with this trope in mind]] so it's harder to pull off.
* FollowThatCar: These days unless you find a taxi driver who's always wanted to do this you're likely to be refused outright as few drivers want to risk themselves, their jobs or their cars on something of such questionable safety and legality and this had bled through into modern works.
* FootPopping: Somewhat discredited nowadays, and mostly crops up in parody (though the alert viewer will still sometimes see it played straight, mainly in romantic comedies), as often a man will do this to [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide emphasize his effeminate side]], or both people [[RuleOfFunny will do it at once]].
* ForeignLookingFont: 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."
* FrankensteinsMonster: The "standard" appearance of the monster, usually consisting of a square head, greenish skin, enormous proportions, a scarred [[ScaryStitches or stitched]] forehead, and bolts (actually electrodes) on either side of the neck. (To contrast, the most monstrous features of the novel's creature were his [[UncannyValley proportions and his jaundiced, soulless eyes]].) The type of monster seen in [[Film/Frankenstein1931 the 1931 film adaptation]] is no longer taken as a serious depiction of the monster now.
* FreeTheFrogs: A cliché that just doesn't work anymore, since the frogs (and other animals for dissection) always come pre-killed. And even if they weren't, teachers are required to provide alternatives to students who don't want to dissect and are gradually phasing out dissection for the exact reason this trope arose; a lot of people are really squicked out by doing it. Actually, most schools don't do dissections anymore, and those that still do often use virtual replicas.
* FridgeRun: Becoming this with the rise of on-demand tv and digital recording services, meaning you can watch these at your leisure later and skip the ad breaks.
* FunnyAnimal: The trope is still active in other ways, but the classic form of it, used with rubberhose cartoon characters like WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat and WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, has fallen to the wayside in mainstream works, usually being seen as an old fashioned cartoon style or solely as kids fodder. The trope is [[GrandfatherClause still used with revivals of classic series like]] WesternAnimation/BugsBunny or homages to those kind of cartoons, but rarely anywhere else. And in comic books, where it was once one of the headlining genres, it is almost completely dead.
* FunnyForeigner: It's pretty hard to play this one straight, because of its racist and/or xenophobic undertones.
* GayAesop: Discredited in western media, since gay characters are now relatively prevalent (compared to previous decades).
* TheGenerationGap has pretty much become this, with Baby Boomers and 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 ''Series/ModernFamily'' and ''TwoAndAHalfMen'' 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. Actually, since the 1980s, it has been relegated mostly to parody, although even ''that'' is becoming [[DeadHorseTrope old hat]].
* GhostButler: In yesteryear, this was a standard feature of horror films -- to show just how spooky the HauntedHouse was. It was used to the point where you are more likely to see it parodied than used straight.
* GirlsHaveCooties: 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.
* GISSyndrome: Always mocked, PlayedForLaughs, or derided as lazy. Some webcomics like ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/TwistedKaijuTheater'', or ''Webcomic/AlienLovesPredator'' can get away with it, but only because of the GrandfatherClause and simple practicality issues.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Due to [[ValuesDissonance modern-day attitudes]] towards relationships, it's harder to take seriously anymore. If it ''is'' used, expect AnAesop as well. The mainstreaming of nerd culture such as ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has rendered it [[NerdsAreSexy more or less obsolete]], as there's no longer anything especially remarkable about a self-proclaimed "nerd" having a fulfilling love life.
* GoingByTheMatchbook: When was the last time you saw someone lighting a cigarette, cigar, joint, or bong with a match, anyway, let alone a handy clue-ready matchbook? A modern writer can still use this trope with a little imagination, though; a branded lighter would be the obvious choice, but pens or business cards could work, too.
* GoodHurtsEvil: An [[OlderThanPrint old]] and discredited trope, with some exceptions. It's largely been absorbed by the SmiteEvil trope. It's an interesting cultural study; people no longer think that Good, itself, is invincible, but used correctly it can really kick ass! If it is used in modern works, it's usually in ones centered squarely on the Idealistic side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, or where the baddies ARE shadows/darkness and thus are WeakenedByTheLight. It's often utilized alongside OnlyThePureOfHeart.
* GottaCatchEmAll: In 3D platformers, the Collect-a-Thon format completely fell out of favor in the early 2000s due to how over saturated and cliche it became. It often got overused in lazily designed platformer games, particularly licensed ones, helping send the trend to an early grave. Even the Mario games, which kicked off the trend in the first place with VideoGame/SuperMario64, have moved on to more standard platforming as of Super Mario 3D World. Yooka Laylee is the last holdout of it, but only gets away with it because it's a [[GenreThrowback nostalgic tribute to those kind of games.]]
* GratuitousAnimalSidekick: This became such an overused cliche in feature animation like Disney and its imitators (especially in the 90's) and kids cartoons of the 70s and 80s, and such an obvious way of pandering to kids and hocking toys, that it's considered impossible to take seriously now. It's quite rare to find examples of it in contemporary works and it's very rarely used in mainstream films now (there are exceptions like ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', but the sidekick in question only had a very small role and [[GrandfatherClause gets a pass due to it being an ode to an old Disney tradition]]).
* GreedyJew: After being used as a justification for the Holocaust.
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* HappilyEverAfter: Varies between being considered a discredited trope and an UndeadHorseTrope. It is frequently subject to parody, and frequently avoided in favor of a TwistEnding.
* HauntedHouse: This is somewhat discredited nowadays, with parodies, {{Abandoned Hospital}}s, and {{amusement park|OfDoom}} [[CircusOfFear attractions]] being similarly popular to the straight portrayals. It's also an enduring trope, however, with stories of haunted houses going back at least to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haunted_house ancient Romans]], making it OlderThanFeudalism.
* HassleFreeHotwire: On the way to being this, as more and more cars either incorporate a necessary processor into the key itself, or require the key fob to be present before they'll start.
* HeartSymbol: Subversions, deconstructions and parodies are far more common than playing it straight these days.
* HighSchoolRocks: 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 ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' and ''Series/MySoCalledLife'', not to mention movies like ''Film/{{Superbad}}'' and (to a lesser extent) ''Film/DazedAndConfused'', have subverted it into oblivion, it's almost impossible to take this trope seriously anymore. ''Series/WaterlooRoad'' is the show that made it become this way.
* HighTimesFuture: This is somewhere between being discredited and a ForgottenTrope these days, what with DrugsAreBad having been {{enforced|Trope}} in recent years.
* HisAndHers: Almost never played straight nowadays.
* HenpeckedHusband: As Many DomesticAbuse cases start to have more gender neutrality be added to them, this type of relationship is seen as either unrealistic or [[UnfortunateImplications horrifying]]. Still occasionally crops up in sitcoms, but rarely elsewhere. Not discredited in anime and manga due to ValuesDissonance.
* HillbillyHorrors: Has fallen out of favor due to the UnfortunateImplications surrounding it, with some comparing it to Blackface in terms of being an unfounded stereotype used to make people living in cities and the suburbs feel better about themselves. In recent years many people in Appalachia and the Deep South have retaken the slurs "redneck" and "hillbilly" and the like and worn them as badges of honor, and indeed many people in West Virginia and Kentucky regard these terms as falling under NWordPrivileges, but still, it's best to proceed with caution and be aware of who and where one is writing about.
* HollowEarth: The straight form of it used in old science fiction stories (such as ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'') has been [[ScienceMarchesOn scientifically discredited for centuries]] and is never used in serious science fiction anymore. Variations of it survive, such as the DysonSphere, but only in a purely fictional context.
* HollywoodThin: On its way to becoming this, thanks to increasing backlash against media that pressures women and men to be as thin/buff as possible. Hollywood in particular is facing anger over its perceived encouragement of unhealthy lifestyles that revolve around being the size of twig. Ironically its deliberate opposite, RealWomenHaveCurves, may not be far behind it, as it's also receiving backlash for promoting the unhealthy ideas that people who are thin are somehow inferior to those who aren't.
* HummerDinger: Quickly becoming this, as the one two punch of the late [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]] gas crisis and the [[TheNewTens 2010s]] economic crisis hit the SUV market hard, even in the United States. Even the TropeNamer Hummer brand was shut down in 2009.
* HystericalWoman: Not only a DoubleStandard; a tired cliché.
* IBrokeANail: This is mostly discredited nowadays. MostWritersAreMale, with short-clipped nails that rarely if ever get broken. As a result, it took a long time for women to get across that broken nails hurt, and that is usually why they're crying. When nails break, they tend to take a bit of skin with them... a bit of skin that has a cluster of nerves within. Then there's bleeding and the risk of infection so while it's not life-threatening, it's still a legit nuisance. Nowadays, it's used more as a joke than anything.
* ICanExplain: The line is rarely played straight nowadays. And considered the number of times its been parodied/subverted, it's well on its way to be a DeadHorseTrope. As such, a common subversion is for the character in question to deliver this line... then resignedly admit that no, actually they can't explain it.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Hardly ever played straight anymore.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Discredited in slash fiction due to a specific use of it (i.e. "We're Not Gay We Just Love Each Other") being perceived as having homophobic undertones.
* ILoveNuclearPower: A combination of being one of the most cliche ways of getting superpowers along with knowledge of the horrifying effects of nuclear radiation in real life becoming more commonplace is sending this trope packing. It has largely been replaced by GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke.
* ImYourWorstNightmare: Such a cliche stock phrase that [[DeadHorseTrope parodies far outnumber straight uses]].
* InAWorld: The film trailer blurb immortalized by the late Creator/DonLaFontaine is heading in this direction.
* InnocentInnuendo: These days, audience reactions tend not to be "whoa, are they doing it?", but "okay, what's ''really'' going on?"
* IncriminatingIndifference: This trope has been around on television so long that these days the subversion is at least as common as the trope: the "non emotional" person at the scene makes for an excellent red herring for the first half hour of a crime procedural, but is rarely the true killer because that would be too easy. You can expect the truly guilty person to have had the wetworks on full blast, just as expected, if only to throw off suspicion.
* InheritanceMurder: Now becoming this; its rare to find a murder mystery where the inheritor actually turns out to be the murderer, although it's very common nowadays to find it at least [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the inheritor being a prime suspect who turns out to be innocent.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Studies have shown that people with mental illness are more likely to be the ''victims'' of violence, not the perpetrators. Writers are also leaning towards more interesting motives for violence, as simply declaring that the villain is crazy can come off as lazy writing. Still lingering a bit in the horror genre, but largely only due to the GrandfatherClause or homages to earlier works that used this trope.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Now tends to be viewed as the adult "grooming" the child for sex, [[MistakenForPedophile even if that's not the case]].
* InventionPretension: Likely to be discredited now (at least in works set in the present day), since two minutes on TheOtherWiki is usually sufficient to debunk such a claim.
* IrisOut: An old movie and cartoon tool that became so cliche that variations and parodies were inevitable, and it is never played straight in contemporary media.
* IsThereADoctorInTheHouse: Now, someone would just ask someone to call EmergencyServices. Especially since, due to CripplingOverspecialization, 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. Even a proper medical doctor tends not to bring his drugs and instruments when going out to dinner; if someone had a heart attack, they couldn't do more than administer CPR, which ordinary folks can do with training.
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Still applicable in a few very rare instances (tornadoes, total loss of power), but most people in those circumstances are probably more ''OhCrap'' than "it's too quiet..."
* IWantSong: In WesternAnimation, at least. Disney and its competitors [[StrictlyFormula milked the Broadway musical cartoon formula for all it was worth]] in the late 80's and 90's, with some of these films having song numbers like these shoehorned into them for the sake of having them (i.e. ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' and ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''), which resulted in this trope becoming a red flag that the audience was about to watch yet ''another'' cliche musical story, and thus keep them from engaging with the characters or events--even as early as the mid 90s, Creator/{{Pixar}} had the foresight to realize the trope was heading in this direction, so their first films and everything after, such as ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', intentionally avoided having the characters sing their motivations, or even sing at all, in order to distinguish it from those films. To put it in perspective, Toy Story was released in the same year as Disney's latest big feature ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''--both did well at the box office, but ''Toy Story'' was lauded as a revolution in not only its CGI technique but for it's non-standard storytelling, while Pocahontas was critically chided for falling back on this trope and other tired musical cartoon formulas. By the time companies like Creator/DreamworksAnimation began moving on from (and in the case of ''Film/{{Shrek}}'', even [[TakeThat outright mocking]]) this kind of storytelling in the early 2000's, the trope has completely fallen out of favor in mainstream feature animation. Only in recent years, with enough nostalgia for the era precedent, have works like ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' been able to non-ironically use it--but even then, it's only under the fact that these films are [[GrandfatherClause intentional homages]] to the Disney films of that time, so the trope and its accompanying genre at unlikely to become prominent again in the feature animation market.
* {{Japandering}}: In the Internet age, it's all too easy for these sort of ads to be leaked onto Website/YouTube or other sites. Some even go [[MemeticMutation viral.]]
* JiveTurkey: Thankfully, this is now discredited in real life. Unfortunately, it proves to be quite the resilient UndeadHorseTrope and is still actively used in sitcoms and kid shows.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Now that we're in the age of salarymen, Japanese sex dolls (as mentioned by Justin Lee Collins) and Japanese supermodels like Leah Dizon, this trope is ''very'' much now no longer able to be played straight. British magazine ''Take A Break'' treated it as TheNewRockAndRoll, but they were TwoDecadesBehind - the kawaii fad is [[DeaderThanDisco known for its flaws more than anything else and is a joke nowadays]].
* KarmicRape: Only in a select ''very'' few situations is this not thoroughly discredited (e.g. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a BlackComedy, pedophiles), and even ''there'' it carries severe ValuesDissonance. It is also more common in manga and anime than western works, due to cultural differences.
* KidSidekick: While very popular during the Golden and Silver Age of Comics, nowadays it's rarely used because the kid sidekick has a tendency to become both TheScrappy and TheLoad. There's also the desire nowadays to avoid [[UnfortunateImplications the implied moral]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that it's alright to put kids in mortal danger]]. In grandfathered cases like {{ComicBook/Robin}} or ComicBook/BuckyBarnes, the trope is either justified by having the kid putting themselves on the streets and the older hero is their mentor/guardian keeping them from getting badly hurt, or deconstructed by having the kid be a ruthless ChildSoldier completely unlike the flashy TagalongKid expected. Also worth noting is that the premiere of Spider-Man in the 60s popularized the concept of the kid being their own independent superhero, thanks to Stan Lee's hatred of kid sidekicks, and a number of former sidekicks like [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]] and Bucky Barnes have since become adults and taken the title of their former mentor.
* KillerGorilla: The trope fell out of favor around the 90's, when [[ScienceMarchesOn new information came to light]] that gorillas ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and orangutans]]) are [[GentleGiant usually benign, gentle creatures in the wild]], as opposed to their staple depiction as belligerent, pugnacious beasts. The sign that it was pretty much done for was when Disney's ''Tarzan'' adaptation changed the fictional [[FrazettaMan Mangani]] of [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} the original novels]] to gorillas to reflect how science has marched on. Unfortunately, its counterpart trope, ManiacMonkeys, is still very much TruthInTelevision, especially after a nasty incident where a pet chimp gnawed the face off of his owner.
* LastMinuteReprieve: Mostly subverted and rarely played straight now.
* LateForSchool: Discredited in Anime and Manga due to overuse; current Japanese "How to Become a Shoujo Manga-ka" books specifically advise against using this trope, and more recent manga even lampshade how much of a cliche it is.
* LaughTrack: Most modern-day sitcoms prefer going for the laugh trackless approach (as [[TropeCodifier codified]] by ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' in America), as it's considered poor form to [[ViewersAreMorons tell the audience what to laugh at]] [[ShowDontTell instead of letting them find things funny naturally]]. Though many modern-day sitcoms still use laugh tracks via {{studio audience}}s (notably ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and Chuck Lorre's sitcoms in general), they often face complaints from viewers who find more obnoxious than funny, not to mention that the 3-camera setup is now seen with derision. The use of sound effects to "stand in" for the laughs was popular in the 2000s, but it has fallen into disuse as well.
* {{Leprechaun}}: Only in Ireland itself though, not in America or elsewhere.
* LittleDidIKnow: Since it's basically a way to invoke foreshadowing without any actual foreshadowing, its become discredited.
* LittleGreenMen: TheGrays have made them obsolete.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Usually ends with finding out the object isn't really the right person for you after all, nowadays.
* LoversLedge: It's becoming this as Art Deco buildings are replaced by Glass Towers with no ledges and windows that don't open.
* LovePotion: Generally recognized as a form of DateRape if marriage/sexual contact results from its use.
* {{Macekre}}: This has become discredited as syndicated television has [[DeaderThanDisco lost its luster]] following [[TechnologyMarchesOn the rise of cable]] and on-demand streaming. Likewise, companies that were prominent for heavy anime edits in the 1970s-2000s have either closed their doors or left the industry while anime distributors who produce faithful dubs, even for children's television, have taken their place.
* MachoDisasterExpedition: The inherent sexism against both genders when using this trope - namely, that men are incompetent sexist morons, and that [[StayInTheKitchen a woman is naturally better at keeping house, even if it's in the wilderness]] - have made using this trope [[UnfortunateImplications uncomfortable]].
* MadScientist: Not as a whole, but the classic beaker/Jacob's Ladder/operating table configuration of the archetype is never played straight in contemporary works. Its usually used for camp and humor instead.
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: A trope limited to historical settings nowadays, as DaddyDNATest [[TropeBreaker has rendered it irrelvant]]. (Unless the potential father is one of a pair of identical twins or clones, or testing is impossible for some reason.)
* MagicalGirl: [[GenreKiller Discredited as a genre by the success]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. The only classical-style Magical Girl series being created today are in older franchises protected by the GrandfatherClause (''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', ''Franchise/PrettyCure''); new series almost have to be significantly DarkerAndEdgier, blend the genre with something else, or both (such as ''Anime/KillLaKill'').
* ManInABikini: It is still [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]], but one use of it is discredited: It is no longer [[PlayedForLaughs used as a source of comedy nowadays]], except for TeenIdol shows like ''Series/HannahMontana'' and ''Series/{{iCarly}}''. Main usage is for {{Very Special Episode}}s or to promote AnAesop on tolerating crossdressers.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Discredited in the "They're invading, and they want our women!" sense, but not in the more general "non-humanoid character attracted to a girl" sense.
* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Not played straight except in some romantic comedies, and even in those cases it's considered by most to be a tired cliche.
* {{Mascot}}: Mascots were almost mandatory in the early days of advertising on radio and television, but are far less common today, probably because of the growing sophistication (or cynicism if you prefer) of the audience coupled with the perception that they are, really, rather silly. Outside of advertising aimed at children and/or breakfast foods, a Mascot in a modern commercial is as likely to be [[SubvertedTrope a subversion as not]]. An exception would be Japan, where everything has a cute mascot nowadays.
* MascotWithAttitude: Started with [[FollowTheLeader copycats]] of the TropeCodifier, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog. Between Sonic's own [[DorkAge decline in popularity]] during the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn era, and the number of mediocre to terrible examples souring peoples opinion of this trope (most infamously ''VideoGame/AwesomePossum'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'', with ''Bubsy 3D'' considered [[Horrible/VideoGames one of the worst]]), the trope's death solidified rather easily. While Sonic regained some of his popularity in the early 2000's this trope never truly revived and at the moment Sonic is the only prominent example of this trope still around, due to him [[GrandfatherClause being the template for it in the first place.]]
* MasterComputer: Largely discredited today due to the growth of networks and multiply redundant systems; and, maybe, due to the fall of the Soviet Union, that simply loved centralizing everything. However, the software industry called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is built around integrating all of a business or university's accounting and management software and automatically generating reports for the executives. So instead of being one physical computer, the Master Computer is now one or more entire data centers.
* MattressTagGag: Discredited since the 1960's, but still used for cheap throwaway gags on occasion.
* MayanDoomsday: 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.
* MegaMealChallenge: While the odd restaurant still does this, fiction doesn't portray it at all anymore. This is due to a large number of supposed "winners" of these types of contests having friends that work at the restaurants comp their meals, despite failing the challenges. Not to mention, the idea is seen these days as rather gluttonous and aside from a few RefugeInAudacity establishments, such as The Heart Attack Grill. With the health-conscious focus on food since the TurnOfTheMillennium, most eateries don't want to suggest their dishes are ''that'' unhealthy.
* MedleyOverture: With theatre orchestras getting smaller, and audiences and directors more impatient for shows to start, full-scale overtures have been relegated mostly to revivals of classic shows and throwbacks set in the 1920s or 1930s.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Outdated and untrue these days, with the advent of stay-at-home dads.
* MillenniumBug: The year 2000 passed long ago; needless to say, the apocalypse didn't happen. Back in the late 90s, this was often used as a semi-plausible doomsday cause in fiction, at least for anyone that either didn't know how computers work or [[LuddWasRight was looking for an excuse to bash them]]. Nowadays, it's only ever brought up to mock people for being so stupid as to get in a panic over the thing, like other attempts to predict the apocalypse.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: An artifact of stage acting ([[TropesAreNotBad with the intent that granny in the back row could see what was going on]]), generally deprecated amongst modern actors.
* MonsterCloset: In first-person shooters. Present in shooters in mid 1990s to early 2000s but mainly replaced by offscreen or onscreen spawning.
* MoneySpider: Discredited to the point that reviewers occasionally bash game developers for making monsters drop money.
* MsRedInk: These days, women are likely to know at least the bare minimum of personal finance, and many have their own money to spend instead of relying on a husband or boyfriend.
* MurderSimulators: The theory that video games cause anyone who plays them to become a psychopath was once popular amongst MoralGuardians, but has been proven (by time, if nothing else) to be patently untrue. The generation that grew up with video games is now having children of their own, and the few games made to stimulate people into killing anyone they didn't like (such as ''VideoGame/EthnicCleansing'') outright bombed. The only game that really fit the definition of a "murder simulator" was ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'', and gamers mocked it for being [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy pointlessly dark and violent]]. It's fair to say that any media that still tries to paint video games with this trope will be outright ignored.
* MysteriousAntarctica: As time goes on, of course, ScienceMarchesOn, and the more fantastical versions of this trope are just as discredited as the presence of civilizations on the very definitely inhospitable Mars and Venus as portrayed in many an early PlanetaryRomance.
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* NaiveEverygirl: This character is mostly discredited on Western TV nowadays but were popular before 1990s; only the most idealistic shows on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism have one nowadays. But in film and "young adult" fiction, she is inescapable and they are frequent protagonists of [[ShoujoDemographic Shoujo]] stories written by women.
* NapoleonDelusion: Because after a certain point in time, delusional people wouldn't know who Napoleon is unless they were history buffs/history majors.[[note]]This is ''not'' the case in Europe as the Napoleonic Wars were one of the pivotal events of relatively recent European history and nearly all students will study some aspect of them during normal schooling.[[/note]] Also, in RealLife, AGodAmI 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.
* TheNativesAreRestless: 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.
* NaziGrandpa: Since most of the RealLife examples of this trope are, at their youngest, in their late eighties and at their oldest centenarians, it's soon to become this.
* NaziHunter: Becoming this nowadays, as anyone who served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII gets too long in the tooth to be anything other than a NaziGrandpa. And the generation that would have been old enough to be movers and shakers in the Nazi party would now be centenarians. Finally, the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar dramatically expanded the choice of stock villains. However, there are ''Neo-Nazi'' hunters in RealLife, who are dedicated to making life Hell for anyone they suspect of being a Neo-Nazi or sympathizer.
* NinetiesAntiHero: While there are plenty of dark Superhero comics, the typical costume and characterization tropes in the 90s are considered laughable instead of cool, with several of the original characters either being {{retool}}ed, or PutOnABus. Except in VideoGames, a medium where it seems to work better than comic books.
* NoMoreForMe: As one of those "old-fashioned" comedy gags, it's rarely played straight nowadays. It may be a throwback to the time of Prohibition, when poorly-synthesized bathtub gin could cause brain damage and blindness.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Still largely used and accepted in animation, comics and video games, but discredited in live action media.
* NotLikeOtherGirls: Not only seen as an overused cliché, but as the trope page points out, both male and female versions come off as sexist or awkward if done poorly. Also, overlapping with SamusIsAGirl above, girls doing tomboyish things is no longer seen as subversive or unusual. If you see it nowadays, it will likely be a subversion or used to depict the character saying it as a jerk.
* OfficerOHara: There are still Irish-American cops in entertainment, but they tend to be [[ShownTheirWork less stereotypical]]. The whimsy and the just-off-the-boat accent tend to only be used straight in HistoricalFiction these days.
* OneBulletAtATime: Subjective; was originally a technical limitation, but can still be enforced for gameplay reasons (e.g. prevent some forms of SpamAttack).
* OpenHeartDentistry: Most doctors these days (with a few exceptions) are ''quite'' specialized and almost ''never'' do anything outside of their specialties.
* OpenMindedParent: [[SocietyMarchesOn Shifting attitudes towards many issues]] and the fact the TeensAreMonsters trope has fell into disuse have made this more of a rule rather than an exception (to the point of replacing the BumblingDad as the most popular "father figure"). The presence of an overtly-tolerant parent is now more often than not [[ParodiedTrope spoofed]] by showing them being totally oblivious to their kids' unrealistically dangerous/unusual actions or attitudes.
* OpeningNarration: During the TitleSequence, this usually gave the premise of the series. Today, writers prefer [[ShowDontTell not to waste time explaining the basics every week]] (especially given the existence of shorter running times --about 45 minutes per hour-- and that many shows are sourced from well-known works). It's still played straight in some MedicalDrama or PoliceProcedural series, occasionally in sci-fi, and also used in some comedies (''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''...).
* OpeningScroll: Today, the general stance is that you should just ShowDontTell. May occasionally pop up as an homage to one of the [[Franchise/StarWars most famous examples]] (and even ''that'' was an homage).
* OralFixation being used as shorthand for a particularly childish or immature character. This is yet another of Freud's ideas that has since been discredited by modern psychologists, although it was a very well known and widely accepted in its day. It also qualifies as a ForgottenTrope.
* OnceGreenMars: Stories where Mars had a thriving civilization are getting to be this these days due to real-life Martian probing finding little or no archeological evidence. The theorized reasons why Mars isn't thriving like Earth now has a lot to do with its significantly lower gravity being unable to hold in an atmosphere with enough air pressure to keep liquid water from evaporating away, or any ozone layer to protect it from deadly solar radiation; a slow environmental death of natural consequences. However, in the past before space probes, astronomers only had their telescopes and their imaginations pointed at Mars, giving plenty of room to think up entire alien civilizations living on it.
* OvertOperative: An obsolete version of this is the supposedly-inconspicuous [[ConspicuousTrenchcoat trenchcoat, fedora and shades]], which most GenreSavvy modern audiences would describe straight away as "[[SpyFi a spy outfit]]".
* PacManFever: As video game culture has become much more mainstream than it has in the past, the trope has fallen out of favor with media, especially on the internet, as portraying video games as if they never left the 1980's, with 8-bit sprites and stock ArcadeSounds, tends to show just how out of touch the writer is with the medium, especially considering many contemporary games push for strong, borderline live action realism and blockbuster level cinematics. It has largely been replaced by UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 thanks to Moral Guardians.
* The {{Padding}} technique used in British adventure serials (''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/BlakesSeven'' being the two most notorious abusers) of having the hero get captured at the end of one part ({{Cliffhanger}}), spend the next episode escaping and get captured again at the end of ''that'' episode [[DiabolusExMachina by the same people]] ({{Cliffhanger}}). The fact that the mainstream, cliffhanger-laden adventure serial is a dead format, how the age of just shoving an episode out in a week ("so just write some stuff where everyone's running about to fill up minutes, who cares if it's good") is gone forever thanks to the increased complexity of special effects, and the fact that shows like this tend to be aimed at cult audiences who are very sensitive to this kind of plotting mean that this is never done nowadays, and if it does show up it's usually in spoofs.
* ParentalFavoritism: The Biological Vs. Adoption variation of it. It hardly needs mentioning that dozens of [[FairyTale fairy tales]] (notably "Literature/{{Cinderella}}") involve stepchildren mistreated by their parents in favor of their biological children. This is a discredited trope today; more commonly, you have an adopted child who suffers some perceived slight from his stepparent and must be reassured that he is loved just as much as the parent's natural children.
* ParlorGames: Nowadays, it's either used to show how boring or geeky the people playing are, or it's used as an actual PlotDevice.
* PayPhone: As TechnologyMarchesOn and cell phones become increasingly available and affordable, fewer people have a need to use one unless their battery died or something. Increasingly, too, publicly-available telephones are disappearing from places where they normally would be, or are present but no longer functional.
* PieEyed: A long outdated, cliche way of drawing cartoon eyes from the 1920's and 1930's that is considered very tacky to use in contemporary works. The only newer works that use it tend to be nostalgic throwbacks to those old cartoons, or revivals of shows [[GrandfatherClause that used this kind of drawing in the first place]], such as WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse.
* PhoneTraceRace: Still used on occasion by very [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19160_8-scenes-that-prove-hollywood-doesnt-get-technology.html dense Hollywood hacks,]] but with caller ID, the popularity of shows like ''Series/TwentyFour'' which have mostly ditched this trope, and a general paranoia about Website/{{Google}} and Website/{{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.
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: More often parodied (or made fun of) than played straight these days.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: The trope has become increasingly discredited given modern social attitudes regarding discrimination, and in contrast the use of [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain politically-incorrect characters as the bad guys]] is now the rule.
* PolygonCeiling: By TheNewTens, the vast majority of game series that were around during the transition period have either already found their niche in 3D, died out trying, or went back to a 2D gameplay style. Aside from that, gaming developers have realized at this point that some games simply work better in 2D and have stopped trying to make the leap.
* PocketProtector: While it may have worked in the days when guns were extremely underpowered (relatively speaking), these days the life-saved-by-[[MementoMacGuffin sentimental-object]] trope is discredited; it's rare to find a 21st century example that plays it straight. It's important to note that most real-world examples involve ricochets, spent bullets, shrapnel or other low-velocity projectiles. It's a very lucky break when the round is moving slow enough to be stopped by anything so small and thin as what you can fit in a pocket.
* PopGoesTheHuman: Largely discredited, as it was mostly born from an UrbanLegend that eating too much would make a person explode, then evolved to other forms of humans popping from overfilling. However it is still sometimes used in works that are not going for realism, and is a timeless favourite as a ScareEmStraight [[LiesToChildren cautionary tale]] against [[SevenDeadlySins Gluttony]]. Also favored in comedy, for the logical reason that it mixes StuffBlowingUp with VulgarHumor.
* PoorMansPorn: TheInternetIsForPorn, so you don't need to settle for the Victoria's Secret catalog anymore. However, due to ValuesDissonance, this remains alive in British works.
* PornWithPlot: At least in terms of serious live-action porn; creators have realized that people watching porn are generally [[JustHereForGodzilla just looking to enjoy the sex scene]], not spend an hour or two getting attached to characters before anything sexy happens. If porn bothers having a plot nowadays, it will be a bare-minimum ExcusePlot or a goofy porn parody that doesn't take itself seriously, merely aiming to give the audience a chuckle between scenes. Not ''quite'' discredited in hentai or written erotica.
* PornStache: An increasing association of it with porn stars, along with a general decline in popularity, makes it difficult for modern viewers to take such characters seriously.
* PrankCall: This began to die off in the late-1990s when caller ID first began to show up, and the ubiquity of it in every phone from the mid-2000s onward killed it completely. Any attempts at a character in fiction trying this as a prank is usually done to show how behind the times they are.
* PrincessClassic: The trope is still used, but its very rarely used in its straight form or used seriously outside of childrens works.
* ProlongedPrologue: 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 ShowDontTell and let the reader learn about the world through the eyes of the characters.
* ProverbialWisdom: This is often seen as a discredited trope in Western culture: the excessive use of proverbs is considered trite and cliche, typical for elderly people and those who want to seem more thoughtful than they are. Conversely, it is very frequently employed in Eastern culture. In it, proverbs are often cryptic in their meaning and serve as "thought exercises" to make a person think "outside of the box" (Zen [[{{Koan}} koans]] being the best known example).
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: Fortunately becoming this with animal welfare groups (not the AnimalWrongsGroup) making the plight of abandoned and abused animals more well-known, though it may have originated from the ForgottenTrope of the Diabolical Dogcatcher (especially in areas where pet ownership required an official license).
* PowerWalk: It's starting to become this due to SeinfeldIsUnfunny and the difficulty of actually getting a group of people to do this outside of a parade or a military exercise.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: Often seen as homophobic nowadays.
* QuicksandSucks: Except in video games. Some terrain ''does'' do this in RealLife - the {{squick}}iest 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 all three of the latter are ''far'' easier to sink into beyond the point of saving oneself.
* RandomEncounters: Originally required by technical limitations, but rarely seen now consoles have the power to render enemies in the overworld (''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' being a notable exception via the GrandfatherClause).
* RapeAndSwitch: The UnfortunateImplications 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 [[SocietyMarchesOn greater understanding]] have made this trope ''very'' discredited and disfavored in most works made after TheNewTens. The only place it remains is in (usually less well-written) FanFic, where the "victim falls for rapist" variant of it will make appearances.
* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: 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 BlackComedy is a variant with the ''rapist'' seeing rape as the "rock bottom moment" of their life and being DrivenToSuicide or becoming TheAtoner or something similar.
* RatedMForManly: Generally seen as too cheesy, stereotypical, and over-the-top to take seriously anymore. If you see it now, it'll be done as a subversion (the manly characters turning out to actually be [[FakeUltimateHero cowards, wimps or liars]]) or a AffectionateParody (taking the manliness UpToEleven and [[TestosteronePoisoning making it as silly as possible]]). Not ''entirely'' discredited though, as some people would still prefer stereotypically masculine and tough guys because they think it's funny, or because they genuinely preferred them over the more reserved, "weak" men.
* RealWomenHaveCurves: Though once touted as an empowering alternative to HollywoodThin, the trope is now facing quite a bit of backlash for implying that being skinny isn't "real" (meaning that said women had anorexia or "cheated" or "sold out" to be model-quality thin); as multiple writers have pointed out, replacing one beauty standard with another isn't exactly progress. As a result, the trope far less likely to be {{played straight}} than it once was.
* RedAndWhiteComedyPoster: Very common in the TurnOfTheMillennium, but rarely seen in TheNewTens, due to an association with movies that are utter crap.
* RedScare: Formerly a common villain source for BigBad or henchmen villains in the SpyDrama, it's now a DiscreditedTrope since the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, although an even more Eastern revival of sorts is possible (see below). Instead, rogue former Soviet scientists tend to be in vogue in the role of the MadScientist who works for the BigBad, as well as TheMafiya.
* RelationshipRevolvingDoor: While it was once viewed in as a breath of fresh air when [[Series/{{Friends}} the show that made it famous debuted]], [[FollowTheLeader years of this trope's use afterwards]] has caused it to be viewed as one of the ways to ''not'' write a relationship by most new media, being nothing more than a cheap excuse to cause drama when it isn't needed, and often involving characters clutching the IdiotBall, JerkassBall, and ConflictBall, often all at the same time. [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], the single-targeted types of relationships it was once viewed as a breath of fresh air for are now considered ''more'' original (not to mention realistic) than this trope, and are considered one of the better ways to write a relationship.
* RememberTheAlamo: Discredited in works set in the present day or near future.
* RepeatCut: This technique was overused in the late Eighties and early Nineties, when it seemed like everything exploded three times if it exploded at all. [[DeadHorseTrope Now it tends to be used in parodies rather than serious works.]]
* ReturningTheHandkerchief: The prevalence of simple paper tissues in modern society especially Japan, contributes to this trope being discredited these days; if a literal handkerchief does appear in the story, the setup is likely to be parodied or not played entirely straight.
* RevengeOfTheSequel: An overused stock sequel title, especially for horror movies.
* RingAroundTheCollar: The advent of digital animation has rendered this obsolete, used mostly as a tribute to the classics - although, the equivalent is still utilised in 3D animation for digital games - characters are built out of multiple, non-connected models, with things like collars, watches, and the like, being used to hide the seams, akin to traditional 2D.
* RiseOfZitboy: Rarely used outside of parody nowadays.
* RockBottom: Considered trite now, and frequently subverted or parodied in newer works.
* RoboSpeak: As modern computers get better at duplicating and mimicking sounds, including speech and the average person grows more familiar with that technology in his day-to-day life - the public at large seems to be accepting the notion that you could create a robot that doesn't sound like a sedated Darth Vader.
* {{Rotoscoping}}: Derided as a lazy, poor substitute for actual animation by both animators and critics (thanks in part to [[UncannyValley another trope it inevitably invokes]]), it is almost never used in modern hand-drawn animation, let alone without irony. Its more modern equivalent, MotionCapture, is still used in CGI, but often to equal derision and now rarely seen outside of live-action films.
* TheRunaway: The CircusBrat variant of it, since circuses are much more niche now than they have been in the past and are much more regulated now.
* SaidBookism: In these days, it's often considered redundant, and generally considered a very obvious hallmark of amateur or inexperienced writers.
* SamusIsAGirl: Overused and now the revelation that a girl can be as strong and badass as men is no longer subversive.
* SantaClaus 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 classic trope related to him straight now (unless you're telling one of the old stories, which get a pass due to [[GrandfatherClause Grandfather]] [[{{Pun}} Claus]]e, or telling a story for very young children--and even stories for the latter tend to give wry twists on the tales these days). Even then, the character still runs into UndeadHorseTrope territory--Santa is just so iconic and so firmly rooted into the public consciousness by sheer inertia, that people can't help but keep using him for stories, even if it means poking fun at or rationalizing the cliches and impossible feats surrounding the character.
* SandInMyEyes: Nowadays it's just as likely to be used to evoke pity for the character's inability to express his emotions honestly as it is to portray them as strong and stoic. That's assuming it's not being outright mocked.
* SassyBlackWoman: This characterisation is fast becoming cliched and is seen as lazy writing by many viewers who want to see minority characters given as much depth, individuality and nuance as white characters are permitted. When the first trailer for ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' made Patty Tolan appear to be one of these (The character in the film proper was far more nuanced, the trailer had only cherry picked her loudest moments,) people were not pleased.
* SaturdayMorningCartoon: Was already on a steady downfall thanks to the creations of dedicated networks like ''Creator/CartoonNetwork'', but the practice of running brand-new episodes of cartoons on prime time and the rise of video on demand systems like ''Creator/{{Netflix}}'' ended up putting the final nail in the coffin for this format.
* TheSavageIndian: Still pops up sometimes but has mostly been replaced by the NobleSavage and the MagicalNativeAmerican.
* SaveOurStudents: Done so often as OscarBait that it became an intolerable cliche, coupled with an infamous episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' that mocked and deconstructed the concept so thoroughly that nobody was able to take it seriously anymore without a torrent of people saying "How do I reach deez keeds?".
* SchoolIsForLosers: It has become less prominent nowadays as modern evidence shows that people with higher levels of education have better quality of life, most notably during economic downturns. Also the "drop-out tycoon" rarely shows up anymore, as only extremely intelligent and able people can dodge regular education (at least) and become successful (as lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''). Furthermore, many jobs that just needed a high school diploma in the 1980s (never mind the 1950s) now require college degrees as a result of CripplingOverspecialization.
* ScoobyDooHoax: After being abused by the original ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' and other Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons, this is ''never'' played straight anywhere now. Even more recent incarnations of the cartoon make a point out of subverting, playing with, mocking, or outright deconstructing this trope.
* TheScream: Almost universally PlayedForLaughs nowadays. In modern media, a BigNo is preferred, or, if the media's classification allows for it, an AtomicFBomb or ClusterFBomb.
* [[ScreamerPrank Screamers]] have received two major blows over the Internet's history. Initially, when flash movies and games were still the norm, there were no clear distinctions between screamers and legitimate pages, creating a minefield for fearful site goers; this meant less traffic for sites like [=FunnyJunk=] and [=WinterWorld=]. Later, with [[Website/YouTube the advent of video over flash files]], viewers were able to scroll to the end of the video to see if any suspicions were confirmed, removing all suspense and [[TropeBreaker defeating the purpose of screamers]]. [[EvolvingTrope They have since been replaced by]] [[BaitAndSwitch the trap video]], which puts the scare at the ''beginning'' of the video, and aims not to make individuals jump, but [[{{Troll}} to cause outrage within specific audiences]]. Furthermore, they've also been overshadowed by {{Rickroll}}s as the Internet's prank of choice.
* ScreenShake: Shaking the screen in live-action media is almost discredited thanks to the fact that it's [[SpecialEffectsFailure ugly and not believable.]] Nowadays, live action sets can be put on a platform that shakes the entire thing, giving a renewed sense of realism to falling on your arse. However, this technique remains popular in animation and video games. If the controller supports vibration-feedback, expect it to shake too.
* SelfAbuse: A horribly outdated idea based on old wives tales and religious beliefs that largely died out after the sexual revolution of TheSeventies. In fact, a lot of evidence [[ScienceMarchesOn nowadays]] flipped this trope on it's head; masturbation can actually ''improve'' mental and physical health.
* The idea of SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll 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 60s, 70s and 80s (Music/JimiHendrix, [[Music/MotleyCrue Nikki Sixx]], Music/OzzyOsbourne, etc.). However, other factors include the extensive anti-drug campaigning of the 80s, the AIDS scare mostly rendering the concept of "Free Love" obsolete, and the Grunge movement of the early 90s 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.
** On the other hand, [[ElectronicDanceMusic EDM and related festival culture]] is fairly open about it, as are some sections of HipHop and rap, outlaw country, and underground music of various sorts. Japanese VisualKei keeps things more secretive, but SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll is still a frequent trope there if you look beyond the "official," and alcohol abuse and smoking are quite open there.
* SexEqualsLove: Because most people have realized it doesn't in quite a few cases. Also carries ''very'' UnfortunateImplications regarding forced sex/sexual assault/rape.
* ShotgunWedding: 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.
* ShrinkRay: Due to ScienceMarchesOn, this is now limited to more-or-less humorous works.
* ShoeShineMister: On its way to being discredited in first world countries. While shoe shine stands still exist today, they're not mainstream anymore and very rarely appear in contemporary media, usually being delegated to period piece works at best.
* SlowLoadingInternetImage: A victim of TechnologyMarchesOn; most internet connections these days are more than capable of handling adequately-sized images. A more modern equivalent is slow or choppy video buffering, which is still very much an issue for most.
* {{Slurpasaur}}: Nowadays, even low budget movies have the ability to make monsters using either CGI or animatronics. This means real animals don't have to substitute.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Rarely shows up anymore except as parody.
* SmokingIsCool: [[ValuesDissonance Changing attitudes]] towards smoking have deemed these tropes in bad taste, if not [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing outright dangerous]] [[ThinkOfTheChildren for the impressionable]]. Modern examples that play these straight are met with fierce criticism.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: Similar to the SmokingIsCool trope, [[SocietyMarchesOn attitudes have changed]] about the effects of smoking, and studies have shown that smoking has the opposite effect of making one look more glamorous.
* SpiesInAVan: While the trope as a whole isn't discredited, one specific use of it is; it's no longer used as a serious situation ([[PoliceProcedural except in police documentaries]] such as ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'', ''Series/RoadWars'' etc.). Not only have things like drones and wire taps made this an obsolete and less believable method of spying, but the image of a pair of sinister, well-trained spies crouching in a beat-up van tends to be [[NightmareRetardant really goofy]]. When it does appear in serious works, it will likely be used for brief comic relief and nothing more. Still used in comedic stories, since there you're probably not meant to take the spies seriously anyways.
* StandardFantasySetting: Though there are several LongRunners that will continue to [[CashCowFranchise print money]] from it until the apocalypse, new fantasy games and novels can't get away with playing "[[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] 'n [[SquishyWizard Wizards]] in MedievalStasis" straight anymore.
* StandardHeroReward: Now widely seen as [[UnfortunateImplications sexist against women]], for having a woman be an "object" to be rewarded. If you play this straight outside of HistoricalFiction or one of the grandfathered-in examples (and even those sometimes), you can expect very harsh criticism.
* StandardHumanSpaceship: As time has gone by, [[RealityEnsues it has become ecame painfully apparent that the space program is unlikely to be significantly influenced by aesthetic sensibility.]] The two primary reasons for this are conservation of launch mass [[BoringButPractical preventing spacecraft from bearing any components that serve form over function]], and the fact that once you break out of atmosphere, just about any shape would do as long as thrusters are aligned correctly (Naturally, a SpacePlane would still require an aerodynamic shape). Thus, as understanding of what it actually takes to get into space became more commonplace, the rocket ship gradually became discredited due to {{Zeerust}} and is now usually found solely in parodies or homages to classic sci-fi.
* StandingInTheHall: Parodied in some Japanese works still; but not used in RealLife as much. In western countries, similar variants aren't used due to kids taking it as an opportunity to wander around the halls.
* StarTrekMovieCurse: Not taken seriously anymore after the lackluster reception of the 10th film, ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', and the massive success of the 11th film, the 2009 reboot ''Film/StarTrek''.
* SternNun: 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 TheSeventies, 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.)
* TheStoner: The typical [[StonersAreFunny depiction of marijuana users]] as [[TheDitz bumbling]] [[CloudCuckooLander burnouts]] has been phased out in favor of portraying them as perfectly normal people, [[EruditeStoner even having above-average intelligence]], although still [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny rather forgetful]].
* StrangerDanger: Aesops about the inherent dangers of talking to strangers were huge in the late 1980s and early 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. It briefly gained new life regarding meeting strangers online, but is unlikely to ever reach the same hysteria it created before.
* StupidestThingIveEverHeard: On TheInternet, it's become so overused that it's turning into the ImYourWorstNightmare of insults.
* SubliminalSeduction: The initial claims have [[http://www.snopes.com/business/hidden/popcorn.asp long since been discredited]]. Later, better-documented studies have revealed that there ''is'' a slight psychological effect, but the results are so minimal that existing preferences will completely overwhelm it.
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: 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 PoliticallyIncorrectVillain even if you don't wish to have done so.
* SuchAPhony: A staple of sitcoms from the eighties to the nineties, but constant reuse has robbed the joke of its sting. You can still see it on contemporary shows, but the better written ones try to avoid or play with it.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: In these melting-pot days it is on the way to being discredited.
* SuicideNotMurder: Something of a discredited trope nowadays, as most life insurance companies will pay out for suicides, though sometimes not as much as with a murder, or after a 1-2 year cooling off period, so to speak, or to frame the person(s) they feel are responsible for the circumstances that drove them to suicide.
* SupermarketSkit: Its use fell off after the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it has only rarely been spotted since then. {{Parody commercial}}s sometimes recreate it, but it hasn't been used straight in decades.
* SuperCouple: Now on its way to becoming discredited as audiences eventually tired of seeing their favourite supercouples getting married for the ''fourth'' time and were GenreSavvy enough to know that as long as both characters of a pairing remained on the show, then any break up would not be permanent. The rise of internet messageboards in the 1990s provided an outlet for fans of alternative pairings. These pairings [[FanPreferredCouple often become more popular than]] the show's OfficialCouple, resulting in a lot of ShipToShipCombat. Soap writers today usually prefer to use this to their advantage and even those pairings that were once thought untouchable (even the aforementioned Luke and Laura) are not immune from this. One area where the trope is still going strong, however, is with same-sex couples, as they tend to automatically get showered with attention simply due to their ground-breaking nature.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Become so strongly associated with the NinetiesAntiHero, that it fell out of favor right alongside it.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Time was when every other superhero had a cape. These days, capes are considered to be impractical, and even dangerous (see the fate of Dollar Bill in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy2YhxXn7NY Edna Mode's speech about cape-related mishaps]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''). You'll still see capes on plenty of DC heroes such as the Superman family and the Bat family, but mostly because of the GrandfatherClause. Aside from Doctor Strange, the Vision, Thor and the supervillains Magneto and Dr. Doom, Marvel has very few characters who wear capes.
* SweatDrop: The exaggerated version of this is practically discredited; most shows nowadays use much smaller, more modest sweatdrops instead.
* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss: Since the mid-2000's, the lesbian sweeps kiss seems to be getting increasingly diminishing returns in the ratings. The [=LGBT=] community is no longer desperate for whatever non-negative representation they can get, and critics are no longer impressed by a showrunner's "bravery" by including it. Further, when you can see far more [[{{Twincest}} bizarre]] things on Website/YouTube (to say nothing of [[TheInternetIsForPorn other corners]] [[ShockSite of the Web]]), and far more extreme or daring things on non-network television, the trope is clearly becoming this.
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* TakingTheVeil: The "Immured" variant of it fell aside by the end of the Victorian era.
* TechnicolorScience: On the verge of becoming this thanks to the fact that much of the lab equipment that this trope depends on is either becoming outdated or less important in modern laboratories. Glass test tubes are being replaced by eppendorf centrifuges, plastic wellplates, or other plastic disposable equipment where tests can be done with only microliters of samples and chemicals. Complex glassware apparatus setups that look like MadScientistLaboratory equipment have already gone the way of the dodo. The functions of those apparatus' are now either obsolete or accomplished using miniaturized and simpler equipment.
* TeensAreMonsters: At least, the more "rebellious" teenagers in sitcoms that seem to only exist to make their parents miserable tend to be headed this way. Writers seem to be taking note of how hormones ''don't'' always turn a child into a raging monster who disagrees with their parents over everything, especially if it goes against everything the character has shown before. Additionally, most writers are also beginning to take note of how, instead of viewing them as kids going through a sensitive time in their lives, most viewers would rather [[TheScrappy beat most of these character types over the head with a lead pipe]] more than anything else. That said, [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]], PlayedForLaughs versions of this trope do still pop up from time to time in most media.
* TextParser: Most modern day {{Adventure Game}}s usually either use PointAndClick mechanics, or an ActionBar. Text Parsers are often considered [[YouCantGetYeFlask confusing]], and don't work well on systems that have no keyboards.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: 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 BreakawayPopHit
* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: The online population has reflected real-world gender distributions since 2001 or so.
* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: Domino's Pizza, the chain that started this, had it end up leading to a ton of bad publicity and several multi-million dollar lawsuits against the pizza chain after their drivers ended up causing fatal car crashes. After Domino's was forced to stop using the offer because of one of said lawsuits, the trope fell out of favor in fiction. It didn't help that the trope was endlessly mocked and criticized even before the lawsuits.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Overused to the point of being discredited. You're as likely as not to see it thrown in a sentence just to be funny, even though there is no other reason to emphasize a point this way.
* TimmyInAWell: Parodied to the point of being a DiscreditedTrope by now, maybe even a DeadHorseTrope. Heck, just the classic [[StockPhrases phrase]] is common sarcasm for when someone has no idea what is being non-verbally communicated. [[note]]Incidentally, while Timmy was menaced by many things over the course of ''Series/{{Lassie}}'', confinement at the bottom of a well [[BeamMeUpScotty was never one of them]].[[/note]]
* TinCanTelephone: [[TechnologyMarchesOn Thanks to the internet and mobile phones being cheap enough that even children have them]], this is a sadly disappearing relic.
* {{Tontine}}: These have been banned by international law because it incentivizes the deaths of its participants.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Still pops up occasionally in particularly {{Glurge}} heavy works, but is growing increasingly unpopular and criticized due to the UnfortunateImplications it entails (implies that [[StrawNihilist life in general is somehow terrible and that being good will just get you killed]]) and how [[{{Anvilicious}} laughably heavy-handed]] uses of the trope tend to be.
* TotallyRadical: Constantly changing vernacular in the last two decades has made this too hard to take seriously, not to mention it comes off as [[WereStillRelevantDammit a desperate attempt from older works to seem hip]].
* TouchOfTheMonster: Has fallen out of favor in the mainstream, but it still appears in niche works.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Not discredited as a whole, but a specific variation of it--when a character exhibits an obsession for food that corresponds with a stereotype for his race or culture--is usually not taken seriously unless it is played to lampoon the stereotype.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: Discredited in spy stories, but still used elsewhere.
* TraumaInn: This is quickly becoming discredited, as modern [=RPGs=] are steadily replacing the Trauma Inn with [[HealingCheckpoint automatic healing at save points]]. When an inn actually appears in a game with save point recovery, it's either there for a [[InnSecurity plot event]], or it's just decorative scenery.
* TrojanGauntlet: In most places, changing sexual mores, the advent of HIV/AIDS and TechMarchesOn (condoms are no longer behind the counter, self service checkouts) have rendered this trope a thing of the past.
* TruckDriversGearChange: 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.
* TwoGamersOnACouch: Once an extremely popular format for webcomics, now mocked and derided as lazy, unoriginal, and boring after the internet was glutted with [[FollowTheLeader poor imitations of the good ones]]. A few webcomics that use this are still going strong, but only thanks to the GrandfatherClause and even the [[TropeCodifier codifiers]] of the trope have distanced themselves from it. Note that this applies only to webcomics that use this trope; non-comic examples like ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' seem to have fared much better in the long-term.
* UnwantedGlassesPlot: This has become irrelevant in recent years, due to the wide acceptance of glasses to the point that some people are actually buying Purely Aesthetic Glasses just for the look, the stigma associated with glasses is pretty much gone. And with the increased recognition of glasses fetishism, you're more likely to see someone use their glasses as a selling point when flirting than take them off.
* UnscrewedSaltShaker: The combination of being a total cliché and the harsh effect of ruining someone's entire meal for a cheap laugh means this prank usually doesn't get a very good reception, unless the target is particularly unpopular.
* UnrequitedTragicMaiden: This is starting to become either discredited as romantic portrayals of females become less dependent on the male characters, or a DeconstructedTrope to showcase a point-of-view of it being an unrealistic idea of romantic love.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: As trans awareness has risen this now comes across as blatantly prejudiced and rife with all kinds of UnfortunateImplications. Playing this trope straight will usually get the writer into hot water due to the still dangerous aspects of this trope in RealLife.
* WakeupMakeup: Not taken seriously in live action anymore, but still played straight in animation.
* WashyWatchy: This is a fairly discredited but can still occasionally be seen at laundromats in Real Life. On the other hand, it's a bit of a CoconutEffect in the way that clear-front washing machines are not very common in laundromats as they are usually much newer (and why would a laundromat owner upgrade when their '80s/'90s machines work fine?).
* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: In an age where Photoshop and other digital tools are commonplace in society and people are becoming much more familiar with digital manipulation and its hallmarks, this trope is quite hard to pull off convincingly in contemporary works.
* WhatAreRecords: Most kids are not as clueless about old technology as we think they are. It also helps that vinyl records have undergone a recent resurgence in popularity. And while this trope becomes less often used, [[TechnologicallyBlindElders its reverse tropes]] is becoming more and more popular. With vinyl's PopularityPolynomial and the rise of streaming, kids in the future will likely ask "What are [=CDs=]?" instead.
* WhereTheWhiteWomenAt: This is considered far more acceptable in recent years, the trope only used for satire.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: This was an extremely popular routine during the late '70s and early '80s, being part of the "Blaxploitation" movement that sought to reclaim supposedly negative stereotypes as positives. Nowadays however [[UndeadHorseTrope it's only ever done ironically]], as the influx of less talented comedians using it led to focus on its rather racist undertones and general lack of creativity. It didn't really help that black comedians were pretty much the only people able to pull it off without looking like gigantic racists.
* WhiteMansBurden: Increasingly difficult to play straight without being mocked thanks to its racist overtones.
* WildSamoan: Obvious UnfortunateImplications and SocietyMarchesOn make this discredited now. (This doesn't apply to ProfessionalWrestling, the performance art that time forgot.)
* WithThisRing: A specific variation of it (a woman is washing the dishes without her yellow rubber gloves on, and the wedding ring goes down the drain. Cue panicked call to the plumber.) is no longer taken seriously.
* WomenDrivers: The idea of women being dangerously poor drivers for laughs is now seen as a tired comedic stereotype, and very sexist on top of that. Nowadays, if the trope does show up, the joke is usually about the [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving itself]], rather than the sex of the driver.
* WraparoundBackground: Rarely used in contemporary animation, since it's considered such an obvious (and cheesy) cost cutting trick. The technique is inapplicable to CGI as well, which further cuts off its use in newer works.
* WritersBlockMontage: Seen as a tired cliche, especially ones that involve a typewriter and writers smoking.
* Old magic tricks like the DisappearingBox and SawAWomanInHalf 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.
* In modern chase scenes the FruitCart, SheetOfGlass, and BabyCarriage are only included with at least a wink -- for serious chases [[RedShirt something else that will go splat]] is used.
* UnwinnableByDesign: 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.
* VampiresHateGarlic: Considered a dated, cliche vampire weakness. When it pops up today, its either subverted (in newer works, vampires often demonstrate, contrary to superstition, that they can eat garlic for lunch) or played for laughs (in certain works, a nod is made to the tradition by making one certain vampire allergic to garlic).
* The VirginInAWhiteDress. 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 TechnicalVirgin. 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 new beginnings, including but not limited to marriages, that's why most wedding decorations are either white or in any other very light color such as cream. (Gold/white and silver/white are extremely popular.)
* YellowPeril: When played seriously, with ''no'' mitigating factors (e.g. being HistoricalFiction set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII with UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan as an enemy), this is ''[[UnfortunateImplications extremely racist]]'' in almost all cases. A portrayal of UsefulNotes/NorthKorea ''might'' 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.
* YellowSnow: Considered such a [[VulgarHumor lowbrow, juvenile gag]], that its only used as a bottom of the barrel gag for kids shows at best, and never used in adult comedy.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: While the trope is OlderThanPrint and used in the works of greats like Creator/{{Chaucer}}, it has become a cliche that should be avoided due to overuse. Actually starting an adventure with the words "So, you all meet in an inn..." may be seen as roleplaying's equivalent to "ItWasADarkAndStormyNight..." Thus, a lot of sources advise against using it, and give pointers on how to avoid it. The 3rd Edition Dungeon Master's Guide for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', in a list of ways to bring a party together, dubs this "The Cliche". David Morgan-Mar, of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' and ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' fame, provides a list of [[http://www.dangermouse.net/gurps/reject/tavern.html less overused ways]] to start an adventure, as do the folks at the [[http://diceofdoom.com/blog/2009/02/8-ways-to-start-a-campaign-thats-not-in-a-tavern/ dice of doom blog.]]
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