What's your least favorite/most hated fantasy/sci fi trope?


Beam me up Scotty!

The world of Sci-fi is vast. Star Trek, Star Wars... Stranger Things. What is possible in the world of science fiction is a hot debate. Many of us think it's all just story set against the backdrop of the galactic. You think that it's all plausible, but... there are inconsistencies! And tired story telling that many fans are ready to call out.

Redditor u/Mecha_G wanted to discuss some indiscrepancies when it comes to the world of Science Fiction.... What's your least favorite/most hated fantasy/sci fi trope?

Live Again! 

Important characters coming back from the dead. It's to the point that if someone dies in most of the sci-fi/fantasy movies or shows, it's almost guaranteed that that character will come back somehow and with new powers or abilities. Sometimes it's cool (Gandalf), but it's just become overused. Just let your characters die and write new interesting ones! foxtrottits

No Zombies! 

I'm sick of zombies, but can't get enough first contact stories - especially if the author can dream up not human aliens. ikeepjumpingaccounts

I mean genuinely trying to imagine realistic alien life is one of the coolest things about science fiction and in movies and TV it's way too often that the writers wuss out and just go with people with rubber masks on. autoposting_system

Don't be basic! 


Man is sent to befriend the natives in order to steal precious material from their sacred land.

Man becomes one of them and helps fight against his own people.

Basically the Pocahontas/Avatar trope. velour_manure

You are not... oh wait you are! 

And there's one elite native fighter who at first disdains the outsider and embarasses him in a fight, maybe a curt declaration of "You are not one of us," but later the outsider uses some unconventional tactics and beats the native in a duel and in humbling him, earns his respect. Then when the Outsider and the Native are facing down the Outsider's original people, the Native sacrifices himself to save the Outsider, and the Outsider hooks up with the Native's sister/fiancé/uncle Steven. garibond1

Don't so Modern... 

Medieval stasis: world was created one day and the next was society living in 'medieval' times, but really it's just a mixture of things that look cool from 400-1400 AD, and of course never things like coffee, tobacco, or gunpowder. Since Day 1 from creation, society has spent 10,000 years with the same furniture and no real advancements or arguably a regression because there are also these ancient structures that couldn't be created with the 'modern' technology.

The worst is when lore is inserted and all this world and history can be created, but never any new inventions to improve society. myles_cassidy

Beyond the Stars... 


Single-biome planets or planets that feel like a small city rather than, you know, a planet.

It's fine in older movies like the original Star Wars trilogy because everything else was so new, but it feels extremely lazy when I see it now. It also makes the universe seem much smaller, which does the exact opposite of what I'm sure the writers are trying to convey. Dtnoip30

Buy better dialogue.... 

"Look at this alien that looks incredibly like a sexy human woman." GauntletKnightKiff

I have made it with a woman. Inform the men. trampabroad

"The boy, sir?"

"You. You lay out my formal shorts." BbbbbbbDUBS177

Who are your Aliens?

I like how they did this in Mass Effect.

Where a group of aliens are talking about what features they find the most attractive on an Asari (incredibly sexy human looking woman) and suddenly realize that they're describing completely different creatures. So basically the Asari look different depending on what race you are. twinfyre

Help me out Jerry! 

I don't know if i would call it a trope but often in sci fi they have to explain how some technology works and can't seem to come up with an organic way so a character just randomly tells another person how it works. someone who clearly should already know this.

This second character's response should always be 'no s**t Jerry why the f**k are you telling me this I work here too' TimeTravelMishap

But it's Star Trek....


I think the "robot/alien/creature working with humans and learning human ways" is starting to get overdone. It worked great in the early years of Star Trek and made for some great writing and insight into ethics and human psychology. It was an organic way to have someone on screen ask why we behave the way that we do, and then make their own funny or misguided attempts to mimic or fit in.

But that trope is making its way into every modern attempt into shows like that and it's just boring now. Star Trek itself is guilty of this. Geryth04


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