5 of the Most Overused Action Movie Cliches You Probably Didn’t Even Realize Were Cliches

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2. The Badass Masked Killer Who is Revealed to be a Woman

Hot Girl on Motorcycle

Oh look, it’s a really dangerous looking killer! Wearing a mask! (Or a helmet, if the killer happens to be on a motorcycle.) We can’t see the killer’s face, but we assume it’s a guy due to the fact that the killer does their job with expert precision/deadliness, cause what dainty lass could do such evil things? But then the killer whips off their helmets to reveal — GASP! It’s a girl! A hot, smoking hot girl, at that. Of course, if you had eyes, you would have known this before the supposed big reveal. Unless, that is, you’ve never seen a woman in your life and can’t tell the difference between a man and a woman’s bodies. Here’s a hint: chicks have more curves and moves WAY differently than guys. This cliche almost always never works on me, but that won’t stop filmmakers from thinking they’re clever and re-using it over and over anyway.

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  • ErickKwon

    If I can suggest one more: We Both Brought Guns To A Gunfight, But–The Bad Guy Who Throws Away His Gun and Decides to Go Mano-a-mano

    Recent examples: “The Raid”, “The Man From Nowhere”, “The Expendables 2″.

    You’re the bad guy whose crimes range from harvesting human organs to butchering cops, but when facing possibly the most dangerous and capable good guy, you decide, “No, shooting you would be too fast and not enough fun. Or maybe despite the horrible things I’ve done in this movie already, I have a tweaked out sense of honor that demands we fight like men, so let me put away this loaded and locked gun and give you a chance to kick my ass.” Now, I’m not going to grudge a movie for fitting in another kickass fight scene, but this gambit almost always goes south for the bad guy. Even if the bad guy wins, it’s not an easy win and he can expect at a bloody nose and maybe a broken finger or two. Even for henchmen, there’s gotta be easier ways to get your cardio in for the day.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I believe Van Damme ran out of bullets and it was Stallone who decides to go mano-a-mano. But I get your point. I actually don’t mind tis because like running from explosives, this kind of enhances the movie.

      • ErickKwon

        Ah, damn, stand corrected. And you’re right, I can’t begrudge it because in the case of “Man… Nowhere” and “The Raid”, it did lead to probably those movies’ best fights.

  • http://reeltalkonline.org/ Candice Frederick

    ahaha. love it.

  • Debo4735

    The badasss killer from Man from Nowhere really had to test his skills against this uber bad ass killer everyone thought was just a pawn shop broker, and that led to the best knife fight I’ve ever seen in a movie.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    GREAT LIST!!! Now lets get a Cabin in the Woods style actioner where they play with all the cliches and make them fun again!!