If there is one thing that I don’t understand, it’s why people automatically claim that clichés are bad. Yes, there are bad cases of it. Especially when you watch another isekai video game anime and see where all the tropes are going without any creativity behind it all. It’s all about the execution. There are some reasons why clichés exist. They are a part of an established formula that works and captures the audiences’ mind. It all starts with something new and innovative that really blows the audiences’ mind followed by people copying the idea to the point where a certain story element becomes common place. Thus, a cliché/trope is born. Still, like I said before, a cliché isn’t bad. I mean, I am about to tell you my favorite one, right? Yeah, I finally got to that. Introduction paragraphs are tough.
It’s such a small thing, but my favorite cliché is the group comes back together toward the end of movies or a tv series. Sometimes it’s at the very end, sometimes it’s when the group finally confronts the final villain together. I’m not sure if that makes sense to normal people. The best way I can explain it is after going through a huge ordeal and has that whole “adventure continues” feel to it. Whether or not the thing continues doesn’t matter, it’s the fact that heroes are continuing that matters. Or it can be used differently. Especially in the case of an origin story. In that case, that’s when the hero group finally joins together to realize what each person can do together. Now that is a cliché as old as time, but I love it to death. It doesn’t matter where it comes from either. It can be anime, movie, a tv show, a book, or whatever media out there that does something like this, I will always like to see my main hero group join together.
I feel like I can talk about my favorite examples of this for ages, but I’m going to try to not to. The easiest example that I can think of is at the end of the Avengers movie when all of the heroes stand together to confront Loki. No, not the famous rotation show, the one where Loki said he wanted that drink now. Then there is that fun sequence from the movie A Man from Uncle(I love this movie)when the main three people are finally given their code name and the camera pans on them in a certain direction (like they didn’t want to). Focusing more on anime, the best sequence that can fully encapsulate this is at the end of the badly named Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (good movie though). After the end credits, there is a scene where section 9 is sitting outside in full gear watching sakura blossoms. Then, the major gets the call that section 9 has been approved, so they roll out. Equally awesome and hilarious at the same time and even more powerful since Section 9 was separated for most of the movie. For my last example, there are the final moments of Samurai 7. Knowing that not many of them are going to come out alive, all seven of them fight to save the village. It was so full of awesome and sadness at the same time, which is why it was so powerful.
So no, after all this, I don’t think that clichés are inherently bad. I also don’t think that it’s clear black and white either, it’s a spectrum scale of grey. This is why I don’t understand those characters that go “that’s so cliché” like it’s a bad thing. (Thinking of that one character from Your Lie in April). Just because a show goes a typical or corny route, doesn’t mean that it’s doing it in a bad way. As long as the show commits to doing clichés and executes them well, then it doesn’t matter if the show isn’t original. As an anime fan, I know that I’ve seen many shows that have done similar tropes, arcs, plots, and character types, but I liked all of them anyway because there was something special about them. For my final thoughts, don’t lie to me and say that you don’t have a favorite cliché. I bet everyone has one. If you don’t, that’s okay too I suppose.
So what’s your favorite cliché?