The heroes and the villains are engaged in mortal combat. One of the good guys has one of the bad guys at his mercy, unarmed. He points at his gun at the mook and...the protagonist suddenly leaps between his gun and the mook, and goes on that age-old tirade about "being better than them". Which would work if it wasn't for the fact that the villains are almost always xenophobic, genocidal complete monsters when this happens. It's attempting to make the hero look like they have upstanding morality, but instead it just makes the protagonist look incredibly naive and deluded. If the protagonist was merely trying to keep them alive because they'd be more useful to the heroes alive as prisoners, that'd at least make sense. Another one that really grinds my gears is the "failed treasure hunt" story; a group of friends go look for a lost treasure or something, they find the treasure and...at the end of the movie, lose it some manner; the stupider the manner, the worse. I'm willing to cut stories like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade some slack in that regard since it was less about acquiring the Holy Grail and more about preventing the nazis from getting it, but when they just lose it for no other reason than to return to status quo and show how the characters have changed over the course of the story? Feels more like a slap in the face. I've been watching Talespin and it's actually downright painful to watch because there's a lot of stories like this; at least at one episode, I just fast forwarded to the end because it spent about five whole minutes just to rub the complete failure of the characters in the viewer's face. I'm sure there's a few more clichés I hate, but at least those two actually make me scream profanities at the TV screen.