My fav cliche:
Handgun kung fu. Equilibrium
didn't do it first. For me personally, Point Blank Assassin
did it first, and awesomely. The fight between Shinji and Cleaver Boy made me a fan for life.
Heroes/villains who never go away. Comic books, in other words. #1 reason why I hate all American comic books. Why bother reading when you know no one, not even the 3rd-rate-villain, is ever in danger? No, seriously.
And when one of them do die, it's a ****ing major event. And you think, "Gee there goes the element of surprise. Why do I still want to read it, now?"
I thought it'd be funny to have a movie or book/comic/whatever where the henchmen (although they look the same) aren't pawns, and any given one can kill the main character as easily as vice versa. That's realism for ya.
QFT. Replace "funny" with "how it's done."
Here's my list (I know that some of these were mentioned earlier.)
The fish out of water story. Especially when its done with a good script.
Time travel/ Dimensional travel.
The strong-willed and intelligent female character.
The partners or team that have to work together to save the day despite the fact that they hate each other.
Yay you should read my 2 comics.
Yeah, the final fight cliche is cool, but I also like the whole cliche of a "big bad" in general. I mean, it works a lot of the time, what with the Emperor in SW, or a villain like the Joker. There can be shades of gray in many characters, but every so often it's good to have a character who IS pure evil.
Yes, despite all the "Your villain should be complex/3D/have reasons/etc" in the "How To Make A Villain" thread, there's just something archetypal about Big Evils. I liked TPM in that he's the Big Evil but he works completely
under the radar.
And the one there they are playing a racing and they are pressing all the buttons like mad and you Only see the car turn left.
LOL, it's REALLY embarassing when the actors are young guys or even kids, y'know, ppl who logically should know they're looking like 'tards doing that. At that point I have zero respect for them as characters and as actors, as in "LOLMG you ****heads ain't gamers."