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Why are there so many commonly used tropes in comic book stories? The tragic origin story, we fixed things because of time travel, it wasn’t me, it was my evil gender swapped clone, and so on and so on. It’s not that these plot points aren’t cool and interesting. They are, or can be if done right. But when you have hundreds of comic books coming out a year and you spread those characters and teams over a few decades worth of storylines, it’s easy to see the same plot device used time and time again.
They’re awesome when they work, tolerable when you see them coming and cringeworthy when they flop. On this episode of My Big Fat Pull List, we’re going to examine just a few of the good, the bad and the Commonly Overused Tropes In Comics!
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— What is a Trope? A common or overused theme or device.
— Resident Evil films https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil_(film_series)
— The Flash http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Flash_(Barry_Allen)
— Reverse Flash http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Reverse-Flash
— Batman http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Batman_(Bruce_Wayne)
— Ra’s Al Ghul http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Ra%27s_al_Ghul
— Wolverine http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/James_Howlett_(Earth-616)
— Sabretooth http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Victor_Creed_(Earth-616)
— Chris Claremont https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Claremont
— X-Men Forever https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men_Forever
— Abomination http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Emil_Blonsky_(Earth-616)
— Incredible Hulk http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Bruce_Banner_(Earth-616)
— Joe Fixit http://www.incrediblehulkonline.com/greyhulk.html
— Back To The Future comic series http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_(IDW_Publishing)
— All New X-Men https://www.marvel.com/comics/series/16449/all-new_x-men_2012_-_present
— Battle Of The Atom http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_the_Atom
— X-Men Blue https://www.marvel.com/comics/series/23018/x-men_blue_2017_-_present
— Extermination http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Extermination_Vol_1
— Doctor Manhattan http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Jonathan_Osterman_(Watchmen)
— Superman http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Superman_(Clark_Kent)
— The Sentry http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Robert_Reynolds_(Earth-616)
— The Joker http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Joker
— Secret Wars http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Secret_Wars_(2015)
— Old Man Logan http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Old_Man_Logan
— Miles Morales Spider-Man https://www.marvel.com/characters/spider-man-miles-morales
— Secret Empire http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Secret_Empire_(Event)
— Booster Gold http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Michael_Jon_Carter_(New_Earth)
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— What are YOUR thoughts on Heroes and Villains having the same power sets? We Want To Know!
— What are YOUR thoughts on using time travel to solve problems in comic books? Tell us now!
— What are YOUR thoughts on overly powered characters? Share YOUR Thoughts With Us!
— What are YOUR thoughts on characters who have a “no kill” policy? Let Us Know!
— What are YOUR thoughts on major comic events not having lasting consequences? Tell Us Now!
— Have YOU cosplayed as Maggott? Sound Off Here!
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Blessed with an overactive imagination, Nick spent his early years absorbing as much pop culture as possible. From comic books to television, films, sci-fi, fantasy, horror – if it was great storytelling, he assimilated it! His fascination with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel Comics X-Men drove him to become an avid reader of all literature and a devoted comic collector at the age of eleven! Even though Nick enjoyed most comic book related material, his deep passion for all things “mutant” led to his alter ego being formed, the Uncanny Mister X! In recent years, Nick has co-founded his own comic book company, Archlight Comics, a film company, Archlight Studios, and has become a skilled podcaster and podcast editor. Mister X has taken all of Nick’s talents and found an outlet for his mad ramblings… the My Big Fat Pull List podcast!
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Just a common man, working hard with his hands, Jacob Petri has always had an eclectic taste in the world of pop culture. As a child, Jacob read comics, watched Saturday morning cartoons, enjoyed televised sports entertainment, played video games and collected trading cards and action figures. As an adult, he took his love of over the top theatrics and parlayed that into a mediocre Pro-Wrestling career, as he believed Pro-Wrestling was the closest he could get to live action comic books.
As Pistol Danger, he’s used his knowledge and skill both in the ring and on the internet, navigating video games during Let’s Plays and dishing out advice about the wrestling business. Needing to conquer new forms of entertainment, Pistol Danger has turned to podcasting, hoping to educate people on the finer points of geek culture, from comic books to films and everything in between.
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Born with the ambition to one day be a professional football player and then join the military, Sean Murphy was always drawn towards hero based cartoons such as G.I. Joe and the X-Men. Sadly, those dreams were crushed after a terrible accident while playing street football. Sean learned that he was born with missing bones in his feet and his doctors informed him that he wouldn’t be able to play pro football let alone join the military. Missing out on being the hero he wanted to be, Sean turned towards the heroes he knew and loved… comic book superheroes!
As his teenage years turned to adulthood, Sean found a deep love for pop culture. Taking part in role-playing games, cosplaying as his favorite characters at conventions, Sean even worked at a comic book shop for over a decade. His need to absorb geek culture and fun facts earned him the nickname Smurphy. A fun-loving and sometimes socially clueless podcaster, Smurphy is eager to pass on all he knows and then some.
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