Every film includes tropes. Sometimes, tropes are a welcome fit within a story to help it move forward. Then there’s the opposite: movies using tropes to be lazy, and applying them as crucial plot devices that cheapens the cinematic experience.

Tropes are especially parasitic in queer cinema or when movies involves queer characters. There are so many tropes that revolve around queerness that deserve to get the ax, but let’s focus on five that are used so often they practically leap off the screen and smack you in the face.

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