Does someone actually slide down the wall while crying?
Look, I watch a little TV. I understand that certain tropes will show up once or twice.
But there are so many strangely specific tropes that I’ve just seen on too many TV shows. Here are just a few that always bug me!
People who tear fluids out of their arms in the hospital:
Bonus points if you wake up in an unknown place and tear out the infusion first. THERE’S A REASON, PEOPLE! The stress that gives me !!
Characters slide down the wall and cry:
I’ve cried many times in my life, and none of these times have I slipped down a wall. If you do, good for you, but … that just doesn’t feel realistic to me.
Female characters who go to bed or wake up with makeup and hair:
Can someone say “Unrealistic Expectations” ???? They don’t even want to know what I look like when I wake up.
Affected characters cut their own long hair to indicate an emotional change:
Always done on a whim. Maybe stop and think about it for a moment? ALSO it usually looks good, which in turn inspires me to cut my long hair myself to indicate an emotional change and then live with regret for the rest of my years (okay, maybe months).
Characters who break a piggy bank to get the money out:
There’s a hole in the ground for a reason !! Why would you break something so cute and sentimental ?!
The characters stack their heads on top of each other in a door:
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I feel like this has been happening all along on Disney Channel. It’s just so cheesy, I can’t. I also have this strange fear that someone will slam the door and all heads will fall off.
People who splash water on their faces because of emotional distress:
Or, in a similar case, lean over to use the sink or open the medicine cabinet just for a ghost to appear in the mirror:
It also happens in non-supernatural shows !! Like maybe a character killed someone and they start hallucinating them in the mirror, but then they look back and they’re gone. It’s terrifying every time and I hate it.
Someone who says “knock” instead of actually knocking when entering a room:
That annoys me so. They usually do it when they’re already in the room!
Pregnancy tests are thrown openly in the trash:
If you were trying to hide the fact that you were pregnant, wouldn’t you (not literally) wrap this shit in toilet paper and hide it?!? SMH.
Teen characters reach for something or refuse to have breakfast at all when an entire exhibition is on:
Bonus points if there is far more food than would be appropriate for the number of people. Do you feed an army The garbage!
Characters who interrupt weddings while the priest says, “Speak now or keep your peace forever”:
I don’t think most weddings actually have this phrase and honestly it would be messed up if they did. Why invite people to suspend the wedding? That practically encourages people to show up just to do so!
Or the bride runs away or the groom stands up at the altar:
That’s … pretty awful to do? At least have your fiancé sit down – don’t just run out the door in your wedding dress.
People who don’t say goodbye when they hang up:
This is so frustrating to me. If I did this in real life, the person would immediately call me back and say, “Were you separated?” “Bye” is a word!
Characters who have plenty of time to have coffee before school:
We see far too many scenes of children and teenagers outside of school when the reality is realistic enough that 90% of their waking hours are spent in school and off the curriculum. Do these kids sleep at all?!? Do you wake up at 4 a.m. every morning? Don’t even make me start with kids who are captains of every club, school president, valedictorian, go to Yale, hang out with friends every night AND find time to solve puzzles or whatever. Look at you, Riverdale.
A character who CLEARLY cries on the phone while the other person somehow doesn’t notice:
They are just always so obvious that they cry !! How does the other character not notice?
A character who answers the phone at his former lover’s house and makes the current lover suspect that they are sleeping together:
Why does the person always call during the only time the person they are worried about is hanging out with their boyfriend? Seems to be VERY unfortunate luck except it happens on every show.
And the final phone trope: a character who leaves a message he didn’t want and then tries to delete it, especially if that message confesses his love:
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To be honest, I don’t mind if the character gets the message in the end. But otherwise it’s just torture! I’m still mad that Zoey never got Chase’s message that he loved her on Zoey 101. So much unnecessary stress and excitement!
A character who pretends to bring bad news before breaking into a smile and revealing it’s good:
Let’s face it: this is a tail movement.
Teen Characters Who Have Lots of Time to Talk Between Classes:
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We had three minutes between classes when I was in high school. In today’s teen dramas, kids get busy between classes while I didn’t even have time to pee.
A character who kisses another to wake them up:
I understand it’s a fairy tale. But it’s outdated and creepy.
A character’s laughter quickly turns into tears:
I think that just creates a lot of work for the actor.
And finally, a shy figure that comes out of its shell and reveals a previously unknown singing ability:
Bonus points if you used to say something like: “I only sing in the shower!” or if this scene helps them win a man for themselves. If only we all shower singers were secretly so talented.
That’s all of me for now! Which TV tropes always make you angry? Let me know in the comments!
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