Quotes: Dead Horse Trope
"The entire crime-writing fraternity yesterday bade a tearful farewell to the last "locked room" mystery at a large banquet held in it's honor. . . . DCI Chymes then gave a glowing eulogy before being interrupted by the shocking news that the 'locked room' concept had been 'murdered' — and in a locked room."
"Who killed Adventure Games? I think it should be pretty clear at this point that Adventure Games committed suicide."
"Back in the 50's the fan-dancers were hot, right? Now you can see gonzo porn on the internet where 80 guys are fuckin' cumming on some chick's face. So you don't really wanna see the girl hiding behind the fuckin' flower fan anymore."
"So... one of Bond’s big clues is a matchbook? What is this, a Mike Hammer movie? I think that was already a hoary cliché before the first time Connery made this movie. This also means the main villain actually prints up matchbooks with his logo on them, and hands them out to his evil underlings."
"The Chronicles of Riddick is a product of another age, and that sealed its doom."
"The show was never afraid to go cartoonishly broad with its nerds, with their flailing arms and nasally voices, colourful too-short pants held up with suspenders, and black-rimmed glasses taped at the bridge of the nose, as they scuttled off to chess club...Like a gritty Christopher Nolan reboot of a whole genus, the 21st century Poindexters of Big Bang Theory and Community are far closer to the twitching robo-savant of Rain Man than the spluttering geeks of old, taking their cue from Michael Cera rather than Mr. Bean."
—Stuart Millard on Saved by the Bell, So Excited, So Scared
"As a spiritual sequel to Angel One, this is a planet of women who are highly sexed and yet completely deadly — I thought we had left this kind of sexist nonsense behind us in The Original Series but here it is"
"When Star Trek: The Next Generation wanted to do a gangster episode or a western episode, it used the holodeck as a narrative short cut. The idea of completely imaginary people in a computer simulation was more plausible than a planet full of human-like aliens that had conveniently arranged their culture around some relic from mankind’s history. You could not get away with something like "A Piece of the Action" or "Patterns of Force" on any of the later Star Trek shows. When the third season of Enterprise attempts to do a “western on an alien planet” in "North Star", the entire show seems to creak under suspension of disbelief."
"Right, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Or maybe, what doesn't kill you is just killing you slowly?...The rebuttal to the cliché is, itself, now a cliché. That's how cliché it is."
"Zombie Apocalypse was old hat. Now it's a dusty, torn-up section of brim that came off an old hat because the rest of the old hat was eaten by a Stegosaurus."
— Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Zero Punctuation review of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
Stories about shops like these are so common they have become a meta-cliché — there are enough tales in which the protagonists are aware such shops are a cliché to fill a decent anthology.