Is there a definition, or a set of categories that describe situations in tv shows, movies, etc.


When the protagonist is a social underdog and his love interest is that of the "unreachable popular girl" persona who is dating the jock- the antagonist. It seems to happen in many scenes throughout many movies, that the protagonist interacts with the antagonist in a way that shows the protagonist is in fact, suave, down-to-earth, and funny - while the antagonist becomes embarrassed, or looks like a fool in front of his girlfriend.

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    The protagonist is shown in a good light while the jock antagonist looks bad in front of the girl? I think the technical term for that is "wishful thinking".
    – David Pugh
    May 27, 2015 at 6:07

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It could be a "cliché", or perhaps the word you're after is "trope"...

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations.

TV Tropes.com has a large index of common tropes used in TV, film, literature and other areas...

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