15 Common Entertainment Tropes that Really Need to Die Already

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Mean Girls

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While they tend to have bad reputations, tropes are pretty much an unavoidable part of writing. It's individual writing talents and creative thinking that create unique scenarios in the films, shows, and books we love, regardless of how common the tropes they use are.

But just because some of these can be used for good, it doesn't mean they all can. There are plenty of terrible tropes out there, ranging from simply bland and uninteresting to outright offensive, demeaning, or ignorant. You'd think that concepts like this wouldn't have such staying power in modern entertainment. But many of them still persist today, despite outcry from viewers who are sick of them. So here's a list of 15 well-known tropes that need to leave entertainment for good.