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Seen It a Million Times
Saving Christmas is just that common.

"This is like that episode of... well, everything."
Malcolm after scheduling a Two-Timer Date, Malcolm in the Middle

"I got the idea from every movie ever made."
Lisa, after (thinking that she was) pulling a Batman Gambit, The Simpsons, "The Book Job"

Hey, You Know That Thing Where the one guy does the thing to the other guy, and then that stuff happens? Yeah, that one! Man, that one's great! I can't believe we don't have this one already! I'd better suggest it.

For example, The Girl gets Prince Charming and lives Happy Ever After: The lead character in the story is female, and the main love interest is a Prince of some sort. Seen in "Cinderella", "Snow White", Sailor Moon (sorta), etc. The lead female may or not be a princess herself. She is just as likely to be firmly planted in the lower caste.

Also seen a million times is Save the Princess: The lead hero, usually male, rescues The Princess against all odds and overcomes the evil kidnapper. Seen in Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Resident Evil 4 (President's daughter = princess), Chrono Trigger (though it's just part of the main plot), Kingdom Hearts, etc. You just know that if there's a princess in a video game, you will probably have to save her at some point.

Another is "Rivals Joining Forces": The main good guy, and a previous main bad guy, are suddenly faced with a new, overwhelmingly powerful threat that aims to destroy them both. So what do they do? They join forces! Seen in Dragon Ball Z, Sonic the Hedgehog, etc.

Many tropes fall into the category of "Seen It a Million Times" which, in itself, is part of what makes them tropes to begin with. With Seen It a Million Times, in particular, the trope in question has become so predictable that the viewer pretty much already knows how the plot will go upon seeing a few key elements of the tropes.

Ironically, if you've Seen It a Million Times, you may actually struggle to think of examples, because you've stopped noticing it; it's just what happens.

Compare Dead Horse Trope, Discredited Trope, No Trope Is Too Common, Seen It All, & Seinfeld Is Unfunny. Contrast People Sit on Chairs, Not a Trope, & Too Rare to Trope.

Not to be confused with Saw "Star Wars" Twenty-Seven Times.
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