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Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales. Similar to archetype and cliché but not necessarily pejorative.

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What is the point of the Red Thread/Tape around evidence or newspaper clippings?

I have seen in a lot-lot of movies that the person who searches for a crime or another person creates a web of red tape or wire around the newspapers and evidence he acquires. I never guessed its ...
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Is there a specific name for a character that is a sacrificial "example"?

I was wondering if there is a title/role in movies, specifically horror or Sci-fi movies, for characters that are cast specifically to die as a way of being an example. This could be as a way to show ...
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Why are films where the bad guy "wins" at the end so rare?

It seems that there is a rarity in films where the bad guy wins at the film's conclusion ("bad guys" being defined by the culture of the movie makers). By "win" I mean the good guy(s) have been ...
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What exactly is an Anti-Hero?

In the trailer of "The Foreigner", is Jackie Chan considered to be an anti-hero? My friend said that an anti-hero does not care about anything and would kill innocent people. Anti-heroes are only in ...
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Besides iCarly, has there ever been an (official) adult sequel to a kids' series?

Previously I asked What's the term for some sequel where we see the characters in the original but much older? where an answer is Character Aged with the Actor but in the examples I've mentioned ...
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Who was the oldest actor to play a teenager?

There's a common trope in Hollywood where teenagers are played by adult actors. But which TV show or movie set the absolute record in terms of the age difference between the role and the actor? To ...
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What's the purpose of people shouting "Hello" into the phone several times after they've clearly been disconnected?

This is usually done with a landline phone. The character calls someone or someone is calling him, they talk for a while and then for any reason the other person hangs up earlier than the character ...
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Why do criminals always leave the front door ajar so cops can easily detect something is wrong?

Why does it seem like in every cop based TV drama (CSI, Law and Order, etc.) that whenever something bad has happened that the front door is always left open or slightly ajar? Do criminals not ...
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Is there a specific "convenient parking" trope?

Is there a name for the trope where the characters in a car always just so happen to get a spot exactly in front of whatever location they're driving to? It's certainly the norm in movies, and I'm ...
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What movie or TV show had the first instance of heroes walking in slow motion?

There's a trope of heroes walking towards the camera in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder. What was the first movie where this kind of shot was used?
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What is the name of this "backup plan of last resort" trope?

You know the old trope of how the person has a "backup plan of last resort" where in case of the person going missing or turning up dead, they have info that will be released. How many scenes have we ...
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What's the term for some sequel where we see the characters in the original but much older?

What's the term for a sequel of a film, film series, or TV series where some of the same characters from the original are in the sequel, but they're older by 5+ years? Usually you get the same cast ...
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If a gun has made an appearance, has it ever gone unused? [closed]

There is a trope called Chekhov's Gun that states once someone or something has made an appearance, it must become integral to the story. Another way to think of this is, if a gun makes an appearance,...
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Cases where voice actor reprises role in live-action adaptation [closed]

Aside from anime and the examples listed below, what instances have there been of voice actors reprising their roles in live-action adaptations? (For anime, see this post.) Patton Oswalt voices ...
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