I've noticed by reading comments on a lot of webcomics that when it comes to writing, people are overly concerned about clichés and making their characters extremely unique and original.
While, yes, it is good to try to write a unique and original story - it is also a grievous limitation to try to avoid clichés at all costs. In fact, it's impossible. You're not going to write a completely original story. You can't.
Now, I'm no writing guru, but I do know that being worried about this is a beginning writer's mistake. I know it because I was there once, too.
You can write an excellent story using nothing but clichés and stereotypes. It IS possible. I mean, have you ever thought about how many stereotypes are in Shakespeare? And I hear he's considered to be pretty good In fact, Shakespeare never wrote an original play. All of them were based off of other stories from other writers before him. It was how he handled these preconceived ideas that was so br