Post Reply Most annoying overused character tropes in comics?
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Posted 11/30/17 , edited 3/6/18
What character trope do you hate the most in American comics?

For me, its how it seems that every other character needs to be a genius of some sorts, even if they never act like it or do anything that would otherwise indicate them to be one. The term "genius" gets tossed around so much in comics that its lost all meaning for me. If I'm not able tell that a character is a genius by how they're written without having to be blatantly told it, then why even bother? It just undermines the significance of characters for whom their intellect is a key attribute, like Batman or Lex Luthor. Its like comic writers don't understand that its possible for someone to be smart without being a genius.
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Posted 1/17/18 , edited 1/18/18
Why do superheroes need tragic or life altering motivations to be heroes? How many soldiers enlisted for reasons such as these as opposed to some sense of patriotic duty? Where are there heroes who just upright altruistic citizens who just wanna help and save people? Is the only motivation to be a hero is dad parents or bad guys messed with you and you discovered/invented the power to make a difference?
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Posted 2/19/18 , edited 2/19/18
why do heros need stupid looking costumes? For that reason alone I loathe superheros
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Posted 2/26/18 , edited 2/26/18
If you want really weird tropes, try chinese novels.
If you do, anime/manga/comic tropes will look pretty normal
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28 / M / Earth
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Posted 3/8/18 , edited 3/8/18
Skintight outfits on EVERYONE. Probably done because it's easy to reproduce.
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Posted 3/10/18 , edited 3/11/18
Every super-couple has to break-up/separate/divorce (or get widowed). It seems a standard in the industry. None will ever stay happy. Hawkeye/Mockingbird, Peter/MJ, Reed/Sue, Clark/Lois, Barry/Iris, Vision/Scarlet Witch ... even Elongated Man and his wife got the treatment. Makes me believe that most comic writers are lonely bitter divorcees dishing out huge alimony/child support payments each month.
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Posted 3/11/18 , edited 3/11/18
Orphan Superheroes.
Sure, the protagonist losing his family does make for a convincing motivation, but
DO THEY HAVE TO DO THAT FOR (almost) EVERY SINGLE SUPERHERO?
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Posted 3/14/18 , edited 3/14/18
Do reboots and retcons count?
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Posted 4/23/18 , edited 4/23/18
It annoys me how few comics deal with the behaviour of their characters, hero or villain, with anything approaching moral complexity.

Sure, sure, Batman doesn't kill. But he still terrorises the local community by tearing through the streets in the dead of night and leaving a trail of half dead goons in his wake. The guy's got enough money to fund a one man war on crime but not enough to lobby politicians to pursue policies that make peoples' lives better and decrease the kind of desperation that fuels lawlessness in the streets.
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