Admit it: We’re all guilty of hoping our fave TV shows follow those tropes we all know and love. And why? Because they’re our modern-day fairytales, of course! But have you ever thought there may be a few plotlines that get too much airtime? We’ve got a list of seven stereotypes that never seem to die, starting with…
7. Girls Love Bad Boys
Hey, smoldering looks and a leather jacket kind of do it for us, too, but what is it about the bad boy that holds our attention — the time that’s spent trying to figure him out? Or is it the hidden sensitivity that’s hiding underneath, just waiting for the right lady to discover it?
From PROM to Shake It Up!, we’ve seen countless examples of how bad boys totally snag the good girls. (We mean, The Vampire Diaries? Jessie? And that’s just the beginning!)
6. Guys Love Cheerleaders
What is it about a cheerleader that makes guys go gaga? Could it be their athleticism, their shiny hair, their tans? We just know that from Glee to Hellcats to One Tree Hill, no boys (or girls) seem to fall for a lady quicker than when she’s a cheerleader.
5. Girls Next Door Never Know that They’re Beautiful — Even Though They Totally Are
Can we talk about how beautiful girls like Amy from The Secret Life of the American Teenager never know how beautiful they are until a boy tells them? Or worse: until her “cool” friend gives her a makeover a la Mean Girls? We’re not sure where these lovelies get their standards from in that department, but they’re already gor-ge-ous!
4. Bullies are Mean, yet Always Popular
Alison DiLaurentis is the perfect mean girl on Pretty Little Liars — and she can play her friends like fiddles, too! So why is she so popular? Hey, no one said that TV World always made sense! (We mean, really, even in death she’s still the center of attention!)
3. Where Did the Love Go? AKA the Three-Episode Boyfriend
From New Girl to Hannah Montana, why is it that every time a love interest for our main character appears that they never last past three episodes? We find it hard to believe these witty, charming, talented beauties just can’t convince a guy to stick around.
2. Blondes Have More Fun…
…But that’s why they’re secondary characters.
How many shows have had blonde leading ladies lately? Not many! In fact, we’ve seen more brunettes in leading roles than ever before! But it’s BBF — that’s Blonde Best Friend — to the rescue! She’s quirky, she’s always game and that’s totally why she’s a secondary character, ya’ll! (We’re looking at you, Jennette McCurdy, Candice Accola, and Emily Osment!)
1. Just You Wait — You’ll Be a Star!
Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but shows like Victorious, iCarly, So Random, and more certainly give their characters a 100 percent showbiz success rate. We’re rooting for them already, so we revel in their winnings, but when it comes to our real lives? Not so much.
Spill: Which assumptions do you love to loathe about your fave TV shows? What kinda plotlines are your fave?