Top 10 Absurd Clichés In Action Movies

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6. Flesh wounds never killed anyone

Just like in real life, being shot by a villain in an action movie will always result in “flesh wounds”, the bullet will never actually hit major arteries – if they do hit – and the protagonist’s wounds will heal at a superhuman rate. In essence, the scene where the protagonist is hit by a bullet is just an excuse to do the “It’s only a flesh wound” line, with the mandatory teeth gritting when the beautiful but inexperienced female character cleans the injury.

7. That wimpy backstabbing coward

Whether or not you can trust a secondary character who is initially on the side of the protagonist depends on his chest size and bravery. If he’s wimpy and cowardly, then you can be certain that the character is also a traitor and will wait until the last moment to betray the hero and sell him out to the bad guys. I mean, there’s no way a courageous, pumped man would ever double cross you.

8. Nationality issues

Probably because 99% of action movies are Hollywood productions, the protagonist is always, but always American. Even if his nationality is not American, his behavior, accent and mentality are. At the opposite pole, the antagonist – who is usually a diabolic genius – has to be Russian, English or Asian. For some reason, they are rarely Canadian or French, but that’s Hollywood for you.

9. Retirement plans kill!

In action movies, it’s always bad luck to tell your partner about your retirement plans and it’s even worse to show him a picture of the idyllic summer home where you plan to spend your twilight years. If you do, then getting killed right afterwards is guaranteed and you become the prerogative and reason of the protagonist to hunt down the ones responsible. On a side note, this scene was used so many times that most comedy series have at least one episode that parodies the notion.

10. Oh, that catchphrase!

Whenever the hero – in some cases also the villain – has a trademark catchphrase, you can be certain the directors plan to build a franchise around the story. Catchphrases like “Why so serious?”, “I’ll be back”, etc. have the role of making the character distinct and the film more memorable. At the same time, they hold clues to the personality traits and overall mentality of the protagonist/antagonist.

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