Some of them are intrinsically vital to storytelling itself; they're so ubiquitous, you don't even think of them as tropes until they're pointed out to you. Some are Acceptable Breaks From Reality--unrealistic tropes that are intrinsic to the escapist appeal of fiction, and would seriously detract from it if they were Averted. Then you have the ones which are not necessary by any means, but look like the most natural thing in the world--timeless classics which for centuries have driven stories forward, held audience breaths and become legends. You sit through the work expecting them, even looking forward to them; come the Establishing Shot, the first thing you ask yourself is "Where's The Hero?"
Not to be confused with Universal Tropes, which are used in all types of media, but need not be ubiquitous. If a Trope is omnipresent, but only within a specific genre, you may be looking at a Necessary Weasel.
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