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However many fantasy books I read, I will never get tired of the "child with special powers grows up to fulfill X destiny" trope.

Also, ancient prophecies about the chosen one. As long as the chosen one isn't actually referred to in the book as The Chosen One, because that would be too cheesy.

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To even speak the name of the villian... He Who Shall Not be Named..  is to give him power
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The young, clever thief who pull Our Hero/Heroes/Heroine out of jams with his brains and shady skills. (Jimmy the Hand springs to mind)
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foureyed wrote:
The young, clever thief who pull Our Hero/Heroes/Heroine out of jams with his brains and shady skills. (Jimmy the Hand springs to mind)

Foyreyed you took the words right out of my mind.  The one you don't think would be able to do it because they are the poor one that noone thought could do anything.  And Jimmy the Hand is on the top of that list.  Awesome character...

 

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The innocent farm boy winning the heart of the princess.
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Magic implements for the hero/heroine that have negative effects to go with the positive effects (Swords, spears, staffs, a Magic 8 Ball, etc), ala Stormbringer from Elric.

 

 

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I will never get tired of the crazy old wizard who always has something wise to say that only later you realize what it was he meant.
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I forgot to add the mother of fantasy cliches- the epic war between good and evil, during which the fate of the whole world hangs in balance.
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Raven_Lunatic wrote:
I forgot to add the mother of fantasy cliches- the epic war between good and evil, during which the fate of the whole world hangs in balance.

Bingo! You know, this cliche doesn't bother me unless it's so thinly veiled to be obvious in the first few pages. If it's intermeshed in a compelling and intricate storyline, then I'm okay with it...

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For some reason I never get tired of having a "berserker" in a party of heroes. Watching one go nuts and wipe the floor with bad guys is always fun for me. I know this is a little shallow, it's kinda like watching "Roadhouse" w/ Patrick Swayze, you know it's just gratuitous violence but it's still fun!

 

 

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Bradinator1 wrote:

For some reason I never get tired of having a "berserker" in a party of heroes. Watching one go nuts and wipe the floor with bad guys is always fun for me. I know this is a little shallow, it's kinda like watching "Roadhouse" w/ Patrick Swayze, you know it's just gratuitous violence but it's still fun!


Brad:

The term "berserker" has a very menacing sound to it, which I've always loved. There's a lot of power and intensity in that word. If an axe-wielding wildman was called a "spaz," for example, it would change the entire ambiance of the storyline.

 

"....surrounded by dozens of bloodthirsty goblins, the spaz re-adjusted his pocket protector, took a deep blast from his inhaler, and unsheathed his switchblade comb..."

 

See? Not as cool...     :smileywink: 

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the smallest member is the bravest

the wizard is the funny one, due to really being somewhere else in the mind

the dwarf is always grumpy

 

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TiggerBear wrote:

the smallest member is the bravest

the wizard is the funny one, due to really being somewhere else in the mind

the dwarf is always grumpy

 


 Sounds like my in-laws...

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TiggerBear wrote:

the dwarf is always grumpy

 


..Except when he's Sleepy or Dopey.

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