Want to write a romantic comedy? It's easy! Start with a man who is an architect, a woman who writes for a magazine, add in a funny best friend and an unlikely dilemma and you've got cinematic gold. You can cast any man into the leading role, but make sure your female lead is gorgeous. You can hide her beauty in the beginning by putting her in glasses and an ugly sweater. (That totally hides beauty.) To flesh out your script, use as many of these RomCom tropes as you can.

20 - The over-confident, alpha-male, swagger man.

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This man exists only in RomComs. He's sure of one thing: that he is irresistible to women. And he is, until he meets this one girl...

19 - Even the hardest, coldest, most one-dimensional woman will soften with the love of a good man.

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It's hard for movie writers to create real female characters. Females are either desperate for marriage only, or successful working women only, or someone's wife or mother. Only. Working women are hard-ass, cold, and have given up on love.

18 - The whimsical girl leads the average Joe on wild adventures.

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Sometimes a female character doesn't fit the mold. No, she's not like a real person, she just fits a different mold. The one of crazy, whimsical girl. She's not conventional. She wears scarves with sun dresses. She does yoga and can drink shots and maybe skydives and actually likes spiders and she uses candles and incense and her apartment is pretty messy and she's either a vegetarian or isn't afraid to eat wings and burgers on a date and SURPRISE she can play poker or pool like a man!

17 - The love of a good woman is all he ever needed.

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Every bad boy or loser just needs the love of a good woman. It's transformative. Suddenly, they throw out their bad boy, loser ways. Underneath all of that was this intelligent, sensitive guy who is totally able to ace the exams or hold down a job.

16 - Any good leading character has to have a gay best friend.

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How nice for gay people to always have a role as side kick to straight people. They're comic relief, character foils, a safe friend who poses no competition for the love interest. The gay community must be super grateful for their onscreen representation and inclusion. (Hey, it could be worse. They could be the black guy in a horror movie.)

15 - The beautiful woman has a makeover to reveal that underneath the glasses, she is a beautiful woman.

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RomCom characters can't see flawless glowing skin, a beautiful figure, sparkling eyes, or a gorgeous smile if the person is also wearing glasses and has messy hair. Luckily, there's the makeover trope to save the day! All these beautiful women in glasses take off their glasses. OMG! That movie star is gorgeous!

14 - People love snowball fights!

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When was the last time you and some other adults had a snowball fight? Oh, never? That's because getting hit with a flying ball of compacted snow and ice hurts like hell. But people in RomComs just love it.

13 - Characters in a RomCom love having plot driven moments in the pouring rain.

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Sometimes a couple might simply run through the rain to find shelter, laughing along the way, only to find, once they're safely in a dry spot, that they had so much fun running out of the rain together, maybe, just maybe, they're in love. But usually they spend serious time in the rain. It's where arguments come to a head; first kisses happen; characters make declarations of undying love.

12 - "Oh yeah? Maybe I acted like such a jerk because I'm in love with you!"

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RomCom characters love to reveal their true feelings while yelling in an argument. Have you ever been so angry with someone that you're screaming at one another? Has that ever been the time to declare your love?

11 - Only in romantic comedies is the line between love and hate so fine.

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Plot: Two people meet. They hate each other. Maybe one is serious and the other a free spirit. Or one is an environmental activist and the other a corporate lawyer for the big bad development company. They keep running into each other and they really, really hate each other. Until, one day, they don't. It's actually been love all along!

10 - But we can't be in love because I'm rich and you're the help.

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Any good RomCom has to have conflict that the characters must overcome to finally be together. What's better than some good old fashioned class disparity? Falling for the help is a classic plot line. See also: carpenter/maid who actually has some remarkable hidden talent, and hooker with a heart of gold.

9 - The bet. In RomComs people are always using other people as objects of bets.

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In real life, if we ever found out that a group of people had placed a bet involving the manipulation of the feelings and life of another person, we'd hate those people. But in a movie, we forgive them and fall in love with them anyway. Hey, it's all good. She got the makeover and it turned out she was pretty all along!

8 - JUST KISS HER ALREADY!

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The kiss between the main characters is the bait that keeps us watching. Before we get our prize, which will likely happen when it rains, we first must endure many near-kiss moments. Long looks never happen in real life, but we love them in a good RomCom.

7 - Oh! It's been you all along!

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The best friend who's been by your side through it all and yet, you never noticed that he was everything you ever wanted. The girl next door was just your friend, you never noticed that she was perfect for you in every way. Sometimes the friends realize it at the same time. Sometimes, one is hopelessly in love with the second, and the second has no idea.

6 - The big, embarrassing gesture.

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Maybe it's a boom box held overhead. Perhaps a series of notecards revealing the undying love that can never be realized. But it's best when it's done with song and dance.

5 - Airport traffic, long corridors, crowds, and security are no match for true love.

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The airport chase is a classic RomCom trope. He almost let her get away before realizing he could never live with himself if he didn't tell her. Luckily, it's pretty easy to catch up to and find a person in a crowded airport.

4- She's endearingly clumsy.

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Sure she's gorgeous, funny, successful, but don't worry. She's so clumsy! She's not intimidating because she has cream cheese on her face or she always drops things or she can never find her sunglasses. And, leading men, you get to catch her every time she trips. There is a variation of this trope where the leading man is the clumsy one. See: Ben Stiller.

3 - The classic meet cute.

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They both reach for the same pair of gloves. Their eyes meet. The rest is 98 minutes of mishap, misunderstanding, and love. This can also be accomplished by spilling a drink on someone, literally bumping into one another, or any scenario that involves the clumsiness of the female lead.

2 - The city is like another character.

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Many RomComs involve a specific place. The characters move through their misadventures and misunderstandings around the landmarks of a great city.

1 - So many details can be glossed over with a great montage.

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Is there a makeover? Cue girls shopping, laughing, tossing clothes out of dressing rooms, chairs spinning in hair salon to reveal the new look montage. Did the couple fall in love in one whirlwind day? Cue the ice skating, laughing over chili dogs, snowball fight, catching a baseball game, running out of the rain montage. For all their cliches and tired tropes, we still love a good romantic comedy. It's OK that none of it mirrors real life. It's escapism at it's best.