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Dead Horse Trope

A Trope which has gone way beyond being a Discredited Trope to where the very act of parodying and/or subverting that trope has itself become a trope.

The progression is generally:

Clever idea → TropeDiscredited TropeDead Horse Trope. → Then, if the downward slide continues, it may end up as a Forgotten Trope.

Named for "Beating a Dead Horse" - an old idiom that describes continuing to do something pointless long after it would be obvious to anybody not mentally handicapped/under the influence of the Sunk Cost Fallacy that said course of action will yield no results and is simply a waste of time.