What are the most clichéd twists in the plot

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from French: cliché; in printer language that is cliché (German: cliche) a printing block; the proof produced with it is referred to as Copy designated

In common usage today, it is called cliche - a metaphor borrowed from printer language - a formerly innovative idea, a phrase or a stylistic device that is now outdated, worn or overused. It is an element of collective knowledge of symbols and styles that represents something cognitively, linguistically, acoustically or visually template-like and, in the worst case, is reflexively superimposed on what is designated without being considered in detail and therefore often takes on the character of prejudice. Clichés are related to stereotypes (in the film, for example, national stereotypes, gender role clichés or generic-narrative standard formulas). Clichéd formulas - from equipment details, dialogues to turns of the plot, typified secondary characters to formula-like stagings such as the generation of tension - are used primarily in the ready-made film, relying on tried and tested stylistic devices to enable dramatic effects. Such strategies, however, quickly become transparent and then appear boring and tiring, the intended effect remains - and the reception sees the text as imitation, as over-fulfilling the genre characteristics or even as a camp-like parody (which, however, was not intended at all). Examples of the deliberately exaggerated use of clichés, which draw their occasions for laughter precisely from the recognizability of the cliché, are comedies such as Mel Brooks ‘(Young Frankenstein, 1974) or David Zuckers (The Naked Gun 2½, 1991, or Top Secret!, 1984).

Literature: Salis, Christian Georg: The bad guy gets up again ... and other Hollywood movie stereotypes. Marburg: Schüren 2006. - Ebert, Roger: The bigger little book of Hollywood clichés. A greatly expanded and much improved compendium of movie clichés, stereotypes, obligatory scenes, Hackneyed formulas, shopworn conventions, and outdated archetypes. London: Virgin 1999. Shaheen, Jack G .: Reel bad Arabs. How Hollywood vilifies a people. New York [...]: Olive Branch Press 2001. - Lema ‑ Hincapié, Andrés: Carlos Saura's Carmen: Hybridity and the Inescapable Cliche. In: Critical Studies 24, 2005, pp. 151-165.

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