Top 10 Common Cartoon Cliches

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The Top Ten

1 Bad Guys Always Lose

Seriously, sometimes movies let the bad guy win but this is to much these bad guys have thing that are 10 times better then them. But then boom the good guys win, how does this even work? Seriously I hate this.

Um, this isn't really a cliche. It's just kind of how stories work. The interesting part of the movie is finding out WHY the good guys win, how it happens, and if they loose anyone in the process.

I know that the good guy is SUPPOSED to win, however sometimes the bad guy will lose so much that he will be a complete failure. (Hint Doofinshmirtz and Perry)

I mean the bad guys need to to have glory at least SOMETIMES.

It's weird how "The Fairly Oddparents" can demonstrate this cliche so easily. That...and all the others listed. - naFrovivuS

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2 The Good Guy Never Gets Hurt

I hate this so much! It also sends an untrue message that if you are a good person, nothing bad will happen to you.

Ahh, I hate this cliche. - WoolenArale

One word: Pokemon - FluffyBanana

3 Characters Impersonating Other Actors or Characters

This has Johny Bravo written all over it! Laugh out loud - NerdyPweeps

4 Satire & Cultural References

They're actually pretty funny.

South Park, The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, Etc.

5 Cat and Mouse Chases

Example: Tom and Jerry, Wile E Coyote and The Road Runner. - egnomac

6 The Damsel in Distress

This one seriously, it's so boring. Come up with something new.

Especially in some of the old cartoons were the female character is kidnapped and it's the job of the hero to save them, for example: Olive Oyl from Popeye, Sweet Polly Purebread from Underdog and Minnie Mouse in the Mickey Mouse cartoons. - egnomac

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7 Villains with Dumb Henchmen

It doesn't even make sense to hire incompetents!

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8 Good Guys vs. Bad Guys

Yeah, characters need to be round, not flat with one stereotypical trait.

There is nothing which grinds my gears more than a good guys vs. bad guys plot. Such plots are black and white, portraying the main characters like they are perfect and their enemies like they are completely evil. Despite what many people want to think, real life is nothing like this! People in real life start wars because they want to protect their own interests, not because they feel like they have a moral obligation to get rid of the "bad guys". Although real-life people we label as "bad guys" tend to be terribly mislead or brainwashed, it is still extremely naïve to say that they are purely evil. Also, it is possible to make an action genre without a good guys vs. bad guys plot. This can be done by depicting both sides of a conflict neutrally.

I agree so much with the one below! Like in Pokémon I liked Team Rocket more than Ash and his friends because Team Rocket had more personality, they dared be rude, silly and they never gave up even though they kept failing. It was more motivational than Ash's journey of becoming a Pokémon master It felt sad when most of all sad, awkward and dumb things happened to Team Rocket just because they are supposed to be the bad guys. We need a grey cartoon(this sounds more boring than what it is)!

9 Innocent Characters Who Immediately Become Targets for Abuse

Yeah. Mickey Mouse in the 2013 series, for example, doesn't deserve any of the abuse he goes through

Hate this one! Stop with this, it's just sad.

I can list several from Total Drama.
Gwen, Harold, Owen, Trent, Courtney, Mike, Zoey, Cameron, Jay, Mickey, Geoff, Noah, Dave, Sky, B, Dawn, Brick, Sam, Tyler...mostly Gwen. - TheAwesomeBrosVotes

10 Characters Wearing the Same Clothes Everyday

I am aware this saves time for the animators. Instead of having to come up with a lot of character sheets references wearing all the different clothes they just need one(or a lot fewer) but it would be nice to see what different characters' style of clothing would be! That's also a way to learn to know a character. Like in Sailor Moon, the characters wear different clothes, and damn do I love me some good Sailor Moon fashion.

It was funny when the characters in The Amazing World of Gumball made fun of this cliche in their own show

Agreed, one of the worst! Seriously, doesn't it stink? And I'm bored seeing this! Example: Mickey Mouse, from 19's to this day. His shorts must stink by now.

Every animated show from the early years to the present! Dipper Pines is this cliché trope! - DynastiSugarPop

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The Contenders

11 Traps and Weapons Backfiring on the Bad Guys

This. Happen. So. Many. TIMES! I hate this, what WOULD be cool to see is the traps and weapons ACTUALLY WORK!

Poor Team Rocket...

12 Overuse of Surrealism
13 Character has only four fingers

The Loud House is a perfect example! - DynastiSugarPop

I know it makes it easier to animate but it's very ugly :(

14 Angry Mobs

You see these all the time in cartoons, with regular civilians carrying torches and pitchforks against the main character

Of course! They always try to kill someone over the littlest things!

15 Characters Walling Off the Edge and Not Falling Down Immediately V 1 Comment
16 Talking Dogs

Johnny Test, Snoopy, Paw Patrol, 101 Dalmatians, Jake from Adventure Time, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Toy Story (with reason), Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show is a chihuahua, The Fairly Odd Parents recently got a dog, Pound Puppies.

17 Getting Hit by an Anvil and Not Dying

Tom and Jerry and Oggy and the Cockroaches - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

18 The Dumbass Dad and the Mom Too Good for Him

That should be number 1! because it s very sexist - Iamcool

Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin, Hugh Neutron, Goofy, Billy's Dad from Billy & Mandy, the list goes on!

19 Villains with an "Evil Laugh"

Just imagine a villain with a really cute laugh

Some laughs are good but sometimes, it needs to stop. - WoolenArale

20 That Dumb Character

To be honest I love Cosmo and Patrick Star as they were before. SpongeBob was good until season 4 came. Pranks a lot was the last awesome episode of SpongeBob. Rip

Examples: Cosmo, Patrick Star, Stimpy etc.

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