- Draco is suddenly a ~misunderstood and sensitive~ soul, often with a tragic past and/or an abusive background. The realization of who Draco "really is" is the catalyst for Draco to be invited to join the Light/Order of the Phoenix/Dumbledore's Army and/or for Ron, Hermione and Harry to befriend him.
- Draco's eyes are now "silver" rather than their canon gray.
- Draco is part veela, or entirely a male veela.
The Lord of the Rings
- Legolas is revealed to have a dark secret of a tragic past that is revealed to the other Walkers during the question to destroy the one ring.
- Legolas gets hurt and then has to hide his injuries from the group because he doesn't want to delay the mission.
- Reid is revealed to have a dark/tragic past (noticing a pattern here?) that is revealed to the team through a case.
- Reid's dad resurfaces, and Reid or other gets to tell him off in epic fashion.
That's me. Does anyone else have some favorite fanfic cliches?