Top 10 Worst Fantasy ClichesAragorn98 Fantasy is my absolute favorite genre of fiction, but these cliches in it bother me quite a bit. If you're writing a fantasy novel or screenplay or whatever, I'd suggest you avoid these cliches or better yet try something new and different with them.
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I hate those cliche romance scenes. I mean, if the world is ending, why do you care more about romance than defeating the villain? - RaccoonCartoon
This includes 'instant love' and love triangles. Most young adult fantasies involve at least one element of romance in them. If a love story plays no real part in your actual story and is only there for the sake of including romance, it'll appear contrived and unrealistic. - Aragorn98
It's either too modern, too weird or too wordy. If you're going to use modern dialogue, use it with caution. If you're going to use weird dialogue, have it make sense. And if you're going to use wordy dialogue, don't have it be too long or filled with purple prose. - Aragorn98
Why do they want to destroy the world? Do they have any reason or motivation for their evil plots? Complex, believable villains are very important for fantasies. If you're gonna write a good villain then make him real. Hitler and Stalin both thought they were doing the right thing. Try having your villain think he's doing the right thing too. Give him real motives and good traits. - Aragorn98
You need a motivation besides "I wanna rule the world muhahaa! " - EliHbk
When I say stereotypical characters I mean predictible and recurrent character types and traits. A few examples would be the chosen one, the wise old mentor, the feisty weapon-wielding woman and the orphan whose long-lost parents were actually royalty, making him/her heir to the throne.
Now I'm not saying you have to avoid those types of characters. If you find yourself swaying into stereotypical territory, you don't necessarily need to scrap or change characters entirely. Instead, think about what makes them truly unique, original, interesting and vital to the story. What makes them a character only you can write? - Aragorn98
Because so much traditional fantasy deals with the conflict between good and evil, both readers and writers often fall into the trap of seeing heroes as purely good and 'villains' as purely evil. The fact that you're writing fantasy, not realistic fiction, does not mean your characters don't have to be realistic. They absolutely do-and to be truly realistic, they shouldn't be oversimplified.
"The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both light and dark inside of us."-J. K. Rowling - Aragorn98
Powerful magic objects have a rich history in fantasy fiction. While these kinds of objects provide a great magical plot point and help drive the story along, the truth is that by now they're nothing new.
If you wanna avoid this cliche then have your characters' journeys, quests and actions be the main focus of the story. That way, even if a magical object is included as an important element in your story, it'll be secondary to what really engaged the readers: the characters. - Aragorn98
Many fantasies often use this type of setting and it's so overused that I don't even bother going to medieval fantasy conventions anymore. At least come up with something more creative and don't reuse the same setting for every fantasy story you write. - Aragorn98
Do the industrial/medieval mix like fable - EliHbk
Staying on the same world is gonna get boring after a while. Fantasy should be about being creative with your imagination. If you really are that creative then you can come up with different worlds to explore instead of just having the entire story take place on only one. - Aragorn98
I don't really get this one, though. Do you mean different planets? I don't think they'll find a portal to another world anytime soon... - RaccoonCartoon
The races in most fantasies I've witnessed are elves, dwarves, dragons, fairies and many other creatures derived from different mythologies. It's okay to include them sometimes but why not come up with your own race? We hardly ever see any tall insect-like creatures or one-eyed mollusk-like humanoids. Why not add something more imaginative and original instead of ripping off Tolkien's races? - Aragorn98
Purple saiyans vs gecko dwarves - EliHbk
Okay, here's my opinion on this one. They can end it on a happy note, but it's still not like they're immortal now. Somehow you need to not make it a cliffhanger, but not make it an ''immortal ending''. - RaccoonCartoon
This one's not too bad but it's a little lazy. If you're really gonna create your own world then you should also think about creating your own distinct language instead of deriving a real one. - Aragorn98
It's sort of weird how they're usually set in some kind of other universe, but they still have British accents. - RaccoonCartoon
boring - EliHbk
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