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"I can't believe they did that!" - Tropes you want smashed.
February 5, 2017
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Let's have a little fun here, folks. Authors, readers, you name it.

Name the "super" trope you dislike most, and why.

Is it the secret identity? The villainous laugh? Maybe the ultra-patritotic hero? The teenaged sidekick?

Get it off your chest here! Again, have fun with it. There's no need to get angry or defensive. The world has enough of that.

February 17, 2017
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The Evil Twin....

There have been some fun exceptions, but, really....

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February 25, 2017
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For me the most absurd one is always (Blank)woman or (Insertsuperhero)girl. Now obviously a lot of GREAT characters and stories have emerged from this trope (and from the cliche ones you mention above), recent iterations of Batgirl, She-Hulk and Spider-Woman being just a few of the examples. But it speaks to a certain Silver and Bronze Age creative laziness that the best a bunch of predominantly male comics creators could come up with when it came time to dream up some female crimefighters and world savers was a literal opposite-gendered version of their most popular existing heroes.

March 21, 2017
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I wouldn't mind them if they were original concepts (X-girl not being a carbon copy of X-boy). Make the heroine say basically, "I just liked the name he had so I took it for my own! So what if he can fly and I breathe acid. It's my name!"

As to the evil twin? Nope. I am in agreement. That one should go. I have seen it handled well with a neat twist (see our own Cheyanne Young's 'City of Legends' series, for example) but most people don't put the right kind of thought into it, and the result is "Look at me! I'm Bob's evil twin and I eat babies!" or some such.

July 29, 2017
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There are so many to pick from. I never understood the "just wants to be normal" type of heroes, which I think is one that's trying too hard to be real, gritty, and angsty. Boo hoo, poor me, I can fly. If it's explored right, where the world actually makes mention of the downsides, that's a different story. Thing is, most comics don't include that in the world a whole lot, outside of Wolverine complaining about a little pain after pulling himself back together from a plane crash.

Come to think of it, it's been kind of a problem I've seen in a few things. Seems like since the 90s or so, there's been this meta among various things to look deeper into the ideas of stuff like horror movies and superheroes. Some things do this well, but a lot of people just see this kind of exploration and think a shallow dive or retreading old ground is enough to make them fit the new trend. If you're going to have a "I wish I was normal" hero, there better be a pretty good explanation why they want to be normal.

Another trope to go after: Steven Ulysses Perhero. If you're using that, it better be some sort of cheesy throwback. It can be done well there, but that's not a trope for an attempt at serious stuff.

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