Tropes and Cliche’s some compendiums

Even though most cliche’s rise from truth and most tropes rise from what has worked before, writers wishing to produce original fiction should avoid them – or at least use them fully informed.

Here are some interent guides to cliche’s and tropes:

From the Statemaster Encyclopedia: List of Stereotypical Characters in Drama

And the grnadmaster, wiki-styled TV Tropes (which also applies to written literature).

Literature Tropes [TV tropes originating from books]

Literary Tropes [Tropes having to do with writing books]

WARNING: TV Tropes can be very addictive. Don’t start in unless you have some time to kill.