Fantasy Cliche-o-meter for Writers

A WARNING: Don't take this "cliche-o-meter" TOO seriously. After all, many stories that contain almost every cliche are very popular books.

Furthermore, your writing style, if it's good enough, can make up for a somewhat cliche plot. This test is mainly to be used if you've thought of a fantasy plot and are wondering how cliche it is. So, with this in mind, go ahead!

Created by: Anonymous
1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
Male
Female
3. The hero is:
A farmhand orphan
A farmhand orphan of mysterious parentage
A farmhand orphan of mysterious parentage who lives with his uncle (and possibly aunt)
Something else entirely
4. If the hero lives with his uncle, is the uncle killed?
Yes
No
5. Is there a tavern brawl?
Yes
No
6. Does the hero have a wise sage for a mentor?
Yes, and he has a white beard
Yes, and he has a white beard AND a staff
Yes, and he has a white beard AND a staff AND GETS KILLED.
No
7. Is the heroine escaping an arranged marriage?
Yes
No
8. Is the villain really the hero's father/brother/other close family member?
Yes
For a while it looks like he is, but it turns out that he isn't.
No
9. Is the hero raised by magical folk, wild animals or a wise old hermit?
Yes
No
10. Is there a quest for a magical item that will destroy the world if the villain gets his hands on it?
Yes
No
Yes, but there's a twist.
11. Does the hero fall in love with some sort of immortal being (such as an elf)?
Yes, and she gives up her immortality for him.
They fall in love, but don't end up together.
No
12. Is the villain after a magical artifact that the hero owns?
Yes
No
13. Is the villain after a secret that only the hero knows?
Yes
No
14. The hero is a commoner who falls in love with a princess.
Yes
No
15. The hero turns out to be heir to the throne.
Yes
No
Sort of...there's a twist involved.
16. The hero finds out that the thing he's been questing for has been in his possession all along.
Yes
No
17. The heroes are helped by one of the evil overlord's relatives.
Yes
No
18. There is a race of warrior women.
Yes
Yes, and their leader falls in love with the hero.
No
19. The evil overlord wears flowing black or red robes.
Yes
No
20. The villain wears a mask.
Yes
No
21. The villain gives monologues and/or likes to cackle wickedly.
Yes
No
22. Is extremely arrogant and honestly believes he can't make a mistake.
Yes
No
23. Someone has a cute, (probably) unintentionally annoying little creature for a pet/sidekick.
Yes
Yes, and it does something heroic
Yes, and if the heroic sacrifice kills it, it comes back to life
No
24. The hero is sent to a school to learn how to master his powers.
Yes
No
25. An UN-cliche: Is the hero an ordinary human and goes through the entire story without gaining any magical powers whatsoever?
Yes
No
26. Everyone who the hero finds annoying OR who is a personal rival to the hero...
Turns out to have been evil all along
Ends up selling out to the bad guys
Neither
27. Are the evil minions stupid and easy to trick?
Yes
No
28. When the evil overlord is killed...
His fortess crumbles
His army falls dead
Both
Neither
29. Mead-drinking, Norse-like barbarians?
Yes
No
30. The villain is in love with the hero's love interest.
Yes
No
31. Does anyone have an evil twin?
Yes
No
32. The evil overlord is referred to as You Know Who, Him, That Guy, He Whose Name We Do Not Speak Here, etc.
Yes
No
33. Humans from our world find and go into a magical world to defeat the evil in that world.
Yes
No
34. Are there Dragon Riders (rider & dragon partners who can communicate with telepathy?)
Yes
No
Yes, but they're all evil
35. The villain is fond of killing his own men for tiny mistakes.
Yes
No
36. The hero wields a magic sword.
Yes
No
37. The elves and dwarves are suspiciously like Tolkien's. (Be honest!)
Yes
Only a very little
No
38. Another UN-cliche: There are no dwarves or elves (or dwarves or elves under different names.)
There aren't any elves or dwarves
There are
39. The villain is hideously deformed.
Yes
Yes, in the face
No
40. The hero is (just about) the best swordsman in the land.
Yes
No
41. UN-cliche: Is the hero middle-aged or older? (Doesn't count if he's non-human.)
Yes, he is middle-aged or older
No, he's not
He's a teenager
42. The heroine is sarcastic, tomboyish, and/or hates wearing dresses.
Yes
No
Yes..and she loves horses
43. "Cool", cynical, skeptical anti-heroes that wear black and make snarky comments...AND are angsty, emo, and brooding because of a tragic past.
Yes
No
44. UN-cliche: Is the hero's main weapon something OTHER THAN a sword?
Yes
No
45. Are there vampires and/or werewolves?
Yes
Yes, and they're the kind who don't want to harm humans
No
46. What about these romantic cliches?
Love at first sight
Lots of bickering and arguing
Neither
47. UN-cliche again: Is your main character a parent? (No, I don't mean 'apparent'. A parent...yes, as in a father or mother.)
Yes
No
They're not a parent yet, but they're already married, and they don't become a widower/widow during the story.
48. The hero and heroine are perfectly handsome/beautiful.
The hero but not the heroine
The heroine but not the hero
Both
Neither
49. Someone yells, "NOOOOOO!"
Yes
Nooooooooo!;)
They whisper it
50. Because you evidently believe that "Good is boring", you go to great lengths to make your hero as unheroic as possible, with the result that he ends up so unsympathetic that no reader can like him.
Er...yeah
No

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