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16th Mar '17 3:46:06 PM EDP
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** In an early episode, Chiko befriends a young girl ([[spoiler: actually TheMole]]) who claims to be the daughter of a guard who works at the museum Chiko's friends plan on robbing. [[spoiler: Even though this turns out to be a lie]], the point is raised that the guard might lose his job if the heist goes off as planned. Despite what shows like ''Franchise/{{Lupin III}}'' and ''Manga/CatsEye'' may tell you, robberies targeted at {{Asshole Victim}}s or rich people who can afford the loss still might harm innocent people.

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** In an early episode, Chiko befriends a young girl ([[spoiler: actually TheMole]]) who claims to be the daughter of a guard who works at the museum Chiko's friends plan on robbing. [[spoiler: Even though this turns out to be a lie]], the point is raised that the guard might lose his job if the heist goes off as planned. Despite what shows like ''Franchise/{{Lupin III}}'' and ''Manga/CatsEye'' may tell you, robberies targeted at {{Asshole Victim}}s or rich people who can afford the loss still might harm innocent people.people (something ''Cat's Eye'' actually addressed once).
13th Mar '17 11:06:30 AM Monolaf317
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** In an episode, Gumshoe talks on his phone... while ''driving''. Guess what happens?
7th Mar '17 7:00:36 PM TheWanderer
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* In ''{{Manga/Trigun}}'', shows despite [[TechnicalPacifist Vash's]] [[BadassPacifist badass]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills aiming skills]], he still has to be careful when he shoot his opponents so [[OnlyAFleshWound they won't bleed out]].

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* In ''{{Manga/Trigun}}'', ''{{Manga/Trigun}}'':
** The series
shows that despite [[TechnicalPacifist Vash's]] [[BadassPacifist badass]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills aiming skills]], he still has to be careful when he shoot his opponents so [[OnlyAFleshWound they won't bleed out]]. out]].
** It also shows that the only reason Vash survives being a TechnicalPacifist in a world where ''everyone'' is TriggerHappy is because he's not human. Despite being functionally immortal with a HealingFactor, Vash's entire upper body [[CoveredInScars is a mishmash of scars]] and missing parts. If he were human, his insistence on pacifism in the face of such aggression would have gotten him killed very quickly.
1st Mar '17 6:33:51 AM WillBGood
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** For much of the manga Shouko seems perfectly unharmed by the vicious bullying she received in the past due to being deaf. She [[EasilyForgiven befriends her former bully]] quickly and seems very happy for the most part. [[spoiler:It's later shown the bullying effected her [[StepfordSmiler more than she let on]], to the point where she [[DrivenToSuicide wanted to die]].]]

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** For much of the manga Shouko seems perfectly unharmed by the vicious bullying she received in the past due to being deaf. She [[EasilyForgiven befriends her former bully]] quickly and seems very happy for the most part. [[spoiler:It's later shown the bullying effected affected her [[StepfordSmiler more than she let on]], to the point where she [[DrivenToSuicide wanted to die]].]]
1st Mar '17 5:49:11 AM WillBGood
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** Greenback Jane be the best forger in the whole wide world, capable of creating bills that are completely untraceable, but if being driven to make the perfect fake bills turn into a waste of time and money (and patience), it's obvious his contractor will eventually call the whole project to be AwesomeButImpractical and have her killed.

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** Greenback Jane may be the best forger in the whole wide world, capable of creating bills that are completely untraceable, but if being driven to make the perfect fake bills turn into a waste of time and money (and patience), it's obvious his the contractor will eventually call the whole project to be AwesomeButImpractical and have her killed.



* In the second-to-the-last episode, Yasako contacts her old friend Mayumi, hoping to get answers about a Nexus point she found that could be helpful, and also reconnect after they grew apart. Surely the sweet, [[AllLovingHero All-Loving Heroin]] can get back together, right? Wrong. Mayumi points out that when she discovered the information, Yasako wouldn't believe her and did nothing while she was being teased in school, and Mayumi isn't entirely wrong for blaming her for being bullied. Not only that, she points out it's easy to start over in a new city and become a likable person to your new friends who don't know about you, [[WhatYouAreInTheDark but your old friends won't instantly forget and forgive you]]. This is the only time we see her in the series, with the clear implication that she has no desire to forgive Yasako for her mistakes. Sometimes friends just can't work things out.

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* In the second-to-the-last episode, Yasako contacts her old friend Mayumi, hoping to get answers about a Nexus point she found that could be helpful, and also reconnect after they grew apart. Surely the sweet, [[AllLovingHero All-Loving Heroin]] Heroine]] can get back together, right? Wrong. Mayumi points out that when she discovered the information, Yasako wouldn't believe her and did nothing while she was being teased in school, and Mayumi isn't entirely wrong for blaming her for being bullied. Not only that, she points out it's easy to start over in a new city and become a likable person to your new friends who don't know about you, [[WhatYouAreInTheDark but your old friends won't instantly forget and forgive you]]. This is the only time we see her in the series, with the clear implication that she has no desire to forgive Yasako for her mistakes. Sometimes friends just can't work things out.
28th Feb '17 8:38:48 PM Valiona
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** Sora is infuriated that the previous king of Imanity would bet a resource as valuable as the library away without at least copying down the information. In response, Steph points out that it wasn't practical to do so, and Sora realizes after a moment that Elkia, being highly similar to fifteenth century Europe, doesn't have the ability to mass-produce books or many people who can read or write.
26th Feb '17 7:26:32 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Greenback Jane be the best forger in the whole wide world, capable of creating bills that are completely untraceable, but if being driven to make the perfect fake bills turn into a waste of time and money (and patience), it's obvious his contractor will eventually call the whole project to be AwesomeButImpractical and have her killed.
21st Feb '17 9:33:22 AM MasterHero
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* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': Standing up to your abuser doesn't immediately end the abuse. Even though [[BadassAdorable Kirin Toudou]] decides she wants nothing to do with her EvilUncle, he still attempts to control her and only stops when [[StudentCouncilPresident Claudia Enfield]] threatens to destroy his career by revealing his abuse of Kirin to the [[MegaCorp Integrated Enterprise Foundation]].
18th Feb '17 6:02:08 PM Emperor_Oshron
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** In an early episode, Lelouch calls for the support of a group of terrorists/freedom fighters to fight back against Britannia. His first time trying that, against an inept commander, it worked well. The second time was against an enemy that actually knew what they were doing. Sure enough, Lelouch's untrained and undisciplined allies lost their heads and tried to surrender at the first sign of trouble.

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** In an early episode, Lelouch calls for the support of a group of terrorists/freedom fighters to fight back against Britannia. His first time trying that, against an inept commander, it worked well. The second time was against an enemy that actually knew what they were doing. Sure enough, Lelouch's untrained and undisciplined allies lost their heads and tried to surrender at the first sign of trouble. RealityEnsues for ''them'', too, as Cornelia immediately orders them to be executed on the spot as terrorists, because from her perspective, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters they are]].


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*** Furthermore, the Britannian soldiers--as enforcers of an authoritarian absolute monarchy--fully intended to murder Lelouch right then and there despite him being 1) a civilian and 2) a fellow Britannian in order to complete the cover-up that was the Shinjuku ghetto massacre. If Lelouch hadn't gotten his Geass power right then, it would've been game over for him.
18th Feb '17 4:47:03 PM MsZephy7
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[[folder:Sword Art Online]]
''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': the main themes are that any [[IKnowMortalKombat strengths gained in the VRMMOs]] doesn't really translate into the real world, as Kirito finds out; virtual reality isn't as real as 'real' reality so the relevant corollary's that you can't use game logic or meta-logic to get by in a VRMMO; and in Aincrad, [[AllDeathsFinal death is final, meaning that anyone who dies will die for real]] so problems are solved by negotiation, planning, foresight, and flexibility, not hitting things until they submit.
* The initial arc ends with a duel between Kirito and the avatar of Kayaba, with Kirito's LoveInterest Asuna TakingTheBullet for an attack that would have killed him and dying in his arms. After she dies, he picks up her fallen sword and stands to attack Kayaba, so RoaringRampageOfRevenge right? He then proceeds to swing his sword vaguely in Kayaba's direction, not even looking at him, mentally broken and incapable of continuing the fight in a meaningful fashion.
* The SAO incident was scandalous to the point that Argus goes bankrupt and sells off its assets to another company; likewise, news of Nobuyuki Sugou's experiments are leaked and results in RECT Progress Inc. collapsing due to the lawsuits and poor publicity from said news, and sells their assets to another company.
** Kikuoka implies that had the authorities not intervened, the SAO incident would have blown up into an even more massive scandal and that the survivors would be constantly hounded by the media. Which would plausibly happen if something like the show happened in real life.
** At the end of the [=ALFheim=] Online arc, it's revealed that the VRMMO market was basically annihilated after ''two'' high-profile controversies where innocent people were used for experiments or to satisfy someone's god-complex, which is indeed what would happen if thousands of people died in two years in one MMO because they weren't allowed to leave, and twenty people were kept in their comas and used for brain experiements in the other. If it weren't for Kayaba giving Kirito a data seed to create new worlds, the market would have completely died.
** In the Aincrad arc, Nishida, who worked on Sword Art Online, notes that he's in no hurry to leave Aincrad, because since he's in a technical occupation, his skills are completely outdated after two years trapped inside. Similarly, once they leave Aincrad, the survivors are behind in various ways (when Kirito's sister notes that he was a good student, he says that was before he went into SAO), and so apply to a special school for survivors, which the government establishes in part as a means of monitoring them for antisocial tendencies.
** During his LastVillainStand against Kirito, Sugou smugly brushes off Kirito's insistence that he's lost, stating that countless organizations would take an interest in his work and thus shelter him from the law. When Kirito overpowers him in real life and leaves him to the mercy of the cops, he's proven wrong: not only is Sugou arrested and incarcerated for his crimes, but his actions result in RECT Inc. getting hit with a ''massive'' public scandal that forces Asuna's father, who [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter put Sugou in charge of the company's research institute in the first place]], to step down as CEO in shame.
* Shino's situation as a MinorLivingAlone is far from ideal. She has trouble making ends meet, to the point at which she, despite being unwilling to sell Hecate (a weapon in GGO that is very powerful and of great personal significance to her), has to admit that it would go a long way toward paying her expenses. Several unscrupulous classmates take advantage of her to host parties at her apartment. Worst of all, [[spoiler:Shino gets targeted by a serial killer because she lives alone and is a vulnerable target]].

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[[folder:Sword Art Online]]
''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'':
[[folder:Naruto]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** One of
the main themes are that any [[IKnowMortalKombat strengths gained in reasons [[TheAce Minato Namikaze]] was so deadly; due to his speed he made speech NOT a free action.
** [[LadyOfWar Konan]] prepares to give a rant on how Naruto is
the VRMMOs]] bridge of peace near the end of a battle (albeit after essentially being defeated herself). Tobi doesn't really translate even let her finish her sentence.
** A relatively subtle example shows up with Sakura and Naruto's contrasting shortcomings early on. Sakura gets good grades in class, and is the only one able to ''actually'' answer the seemingly impossible questions in the first stage of the Chunin Exam, and ends up looking down on Naruto, last in his grade. But in the Forest of Death, Sakura's lesser combat ability proves a problem when Naruto and Sasuke are incapacitated. Similarly, while Naruto's very good at fighting despite being BookDumb, some of the things he failed to learn in the academy come back to haunt him in his training; he regrets not paying more attention in class when trying to learn how to focus his chakra for his Rasengan training.
** Early in the series, Naruto is poisoned in battle. The poison is spreading slowly from his hand and Sakura surmises that the best course to take would be to use a surgical incision to drain the poisoned blood. Since the team would have to go back to the village and abandon their mission to do that properly Naruto violently [[CuttingTheKnot stabs]] [[CrazyAwesome his hand]] with a kunai to quickly drain the blood (and also as a dramatic gesture in a vow to never again be paralyzed with fear like he was during the fight)... [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and then goes
into the real world, as Kirito finds out; virtual reality isn't as real as 'real' reality so the relevant corollary's a panic attack when Kakashi points out that you he's probably gonna bleed to death from a wound like that]]. Fortunately the tailed beast within him easily healed the wound.
** Post-Pain Arc, Naruto has been running himself ragged with him unable to talk to his adopted "grandmother" Tsunade due to her coma in the ensuing invasion. He learns Sasuke has become a criminal and attacked a fellow Jinchuriki ''for'' Akatsuki. He learns that his friends, even Sakura, have given up on bringing Sasuke back to Konoha. Then when he's told there will be ''War'' on top of everything... he
can't use game logic or meta-logic to get by in a VRMMO; take it anymore and in Aincrad, [[AllDeathsFinal death is final, meaning that anyone who dies will die passes out. A realistic depiction of a {{Determinator}} when pushed to the limit, especially when he seems less likely than ever to accomplish the goal he'd been working towards for real]] so problems are solved by negotiation, planning, foresight, three years.
** What killed (or crippled him for the rest of his life) [[spoiler:the legendary Madara Uchiha during his battle with Hashirama]]? An epic ninjutsu clash? Nope... a stab through the back.
*** Similarly, [[spoiler: After he was revived, Madara managed to become fully human, while this gave him full autonomy over his Rinnegan
and flexibility, not hitting things made him a deity in power, a stab to the back from Zetsu injures him once more, allowing the GreaterScopeVillain to reincarnate from his body.]]
*** To a lesser extent, Naruto and Sasuke become increasingly exhausted over the course of the final battle, and while they come at each other with their strongest techniques, causing massive devastation, by the end, they're using relatively basic jutsus
until they submit.
*
pool the last of their energy into one final clash.
**
The initial arc ends with a duel Last: Naruto the Movie, an interquel between Kirito and the avatar of Kayaba, with Kirito's LoveInterest Asuna TakingTheBullet for an attack that would have killed him and dying in his arms. After she dies, he picks up her fallen sword and stands to attack Kayaba, so RoaringRampageOfRevenge right? He then proceeds to swing his sword vaguely in Kayaba's direction, not even looking at him, mentally broken and incapable of continuing the fight in a meaningful fashion.
* The SAO incident was scandalous to the point that Argus goes bankrupt and sells off its assets to another company; likewise, news of Nobuyuki Sugou's experiments are leaked and results in RECT Progress Inc. collapsing due to the lawsuits and poor publicity from said news, and sells their assets to another company.
** Kikuoka implies that had the authorities not intervened, the SAO incident would have blown up into an even more massive scandal and that the survivors would be constantly hounded by the media. Which would plausibly happen if something like the show happened in real life.
** At the end
last two chapters of the [=ALFheim=] Online arc, manga where it's revealed that Naruto does not completely understand the VRMMO market concept of romantic love, thinking that Hinata's love for him was basically annihilated after ''two'' high-profile controversies where innocent like his love of ramen. When you consider the fact that Naruto never had the unconditional affection that most people were used had with the their families due to being both an orphan and the village pariah for experiments or to satisfy someone's god-complex, which is indeed what most of his childhood, it actually makes a lot of sense. Naruto would happen if thousands be starved for any sort of people died in two years in one MMO because they weren't allowed to leave, affection, and twenty people were kept in their comas and used for brain experiements in the other. If it weren't for Kayaba giving Kirito a data seed to create new worlds, the market would have completely died.
a hard time differentiating them and takes a great amount of time, love and patience to heal. Luckliy, Hinata has that in spades for Naruto.
** In the Aincrad arc, Nishida, who worked on Sword Art Online, notes that he's in no hurry to leave Aincrad, because since he's in a technical occupation, his skills are completely outdated after two years trapped inside. Similarly, once they leave Aincrad, the survivors are behind in various ways (when Kirito's sister notes that he was a good student, he says that was before he went into SAO), and so apply to a special school for survivors, which the government establishes in part as a means of monitoring them for antisocial tendencies.
** During his LastVillainStand against Kirito, Sugou smugly brushes off Kirito's insistence that he's lost, stating that countless organizations would take an interest in his work and thus shelter him from the law. When Kirito overpowers him in real life and leaves him to the mercy
one of the cops, he's proven wrong: not only is Sugou arrested and incarcerated for his crimes, but his actions result in RECT Inc. getting hit with a ''massive'' public scandal that forces Asuna's father, who [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter put Sugou in charge ''Shippuden'' endings, Naruto uses Konohamaru's scarf to pull him while fighting, instead of the company's research institute in the first place]], to step down as CEO in shame.
* Shino's situation as a MinorLivingAlone is far from ideal. She has trouble making ends meet, to the point at which she, despite being unwilling to sell Hecate (a weapon in GGO that is very powerful and of great personal significance to her), has to admit that it would go a long way toward paying her expenses. Several unscrupulous classmates take advantage of her to host parties at her apartment. Worst of all, [[spoiler:Shino gets targeted by a serial killer because she lives alone and is a vulnerable target]].
ignoring it.



[[folder:One Piece]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Upon Usopp's debut arc he has a reputation of being a compulsive liar by warning the town that pirates are invading but reveal that it was all a practical joke. When the real pirates started showing up he tried to warn them but nobody within the town believed him because of his reputation.
** Zoro's deceased rival Kuina was skilled enough to defeat adults in her dojo, but how did she die? [[DeathByFallingOver She dies offscreen after falling]] [[StaircaseTumble down a flight of stairs.]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHer A completely anti-climatic death]] but still lethal nonetheless.
*** Her fate in the 4Kids dub was that she was crippled by friends of a man she had defeated earlier. Being good in the dojo doesn't necessarily mean good in actual fights, especially when outnumbered and unprepared. It also shows how ThePowerOfFriendship isn't always a good thing.
** Zoro suffers from grave injuries that put his life in danger -- as usual. But, unlike the other times where he has an UnexplainedRecovery and the injuries are usually never mentioned again, one arc later Zoro tries fighting and his wounds cause him to be temporarily paralyzed. And then two arcs later, even after resting and being treated (by Perona, believe it or not), his wounds re-open when he tries to fight and move, resulting in him getting his ass kicked by Apes. He muscles through them some (small) time later -- ''after'' they copied his skills ''and'' called out the toughest one of them.
** After being defeated by Crocodile for the second time, Luffy rushes to confront him again only to pass out from blood loss a few minutes later. He does recover, more-or-less, after a few minutes of sleep.
** Luffy put everything he had in defeating Lucci to the point where he couldn't move afterwards. Unlike the other arcs before, however, Luffy and his crew are still in danger despite all the most powerful fighters being defeated and the marines nearly kill Luffy became he is too weak to move when they aim their cannons at him.
** Characters having to fight through grievous injuries is also brought up in the Arlong arc, where Zoro is at a disadvantage in his fight against Hachi due to a massive chest wound inflicted on him by Mihawk that was very amateurishly patched up. Through he does eventually win the fight, Hachi attempts to attack Sanji later on and almost succeeds in taking him out, only for his wounds to open up again at the last second, taking him out of the fight before he can do anything.
** [[TheHero Luffy himself]] once tried fighting a man who could produce and attack with deadly corrosive poison. Seeing as how only Mooks had been poisoned by Magellan (the man in question) at this point, the audience and Luffy himself thought he stood a chance from the moment Luffy launches a Jet Bazooka that actually DROPS the hulking Magellan... but no. Touching him with that attack and many more poisons launched at him nearly kills Luffy within just 2 measly episodes of starting the fight.
** At Marineford, Luffy is willing to give his life to save his brother. Too bad for him that he is one of the weaker fighters in the war on top of the injuries he gained from going to Impel Down. He is mercilessly knocked around by the marines and the Warlords.
--->'''Kizaru:''' You have to have more than just courage. Willpower alone means nothing without strength. Strawhat, without enough strength, you cannot save anyone no matter how hard you try.
** Giants Dorry and Broggy had been fighting for almost 100 years with their weapons and fists: it turns out that, after 100+ years, even with constant maintenance, weapons ''will'' eventually break. This was a rather joyful use of this trope, however, as everyone had thought Dorry had been killed.
** At the start of the Fishman Island Arc, Sanji (Who had spent the last two years on an island full of only {{Gonk}} transvestites) suffers a nosebleed every time he sees a genuine woman. While this is comedic in every other anime (and every other time in this one too), the frequency and severity of the nosebleeds caused near-fatal hemorrhaging at one point, requiring some immediate blood transfusions. Furthermore, Sanji has a particular blood-type and while fishman and humans have the same blood, a law forbade the transfusions due to the long history. A more minute example occurred at the end of the arc when Jimbe offered to give blood to Luffy, who saved the day. When pointed out about the law, he reminds the people he is still a pirate.
** After being pushed in his conflict with the Minks, Jack the Drought attempts to attack the Minks' home, the giant elephant Zunisha. Since he was attacking something big enough to have a ''sustainable ecosystem'' with little more than cannons, it hardly had an effect. The only reason it almost worked is because Zunisha was sentenced to not fight, even in self-defense, unless commanded. Once the order is given, Zunisha takes out Jack's entire fleet in a single attack.
*** And while Jack is a fishman monster with a one billion berry bounty and powerful enough that it's warranted, he's still a Devil Fruit user. When Jack's ship sank, he sunk to the bottom of the ocean, unable to move. Even though he can breathe underwater, being trapped with no way out means he'll eventually die.
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[[folder:Sword Art Online]]
''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': the main themes are that any [[IKnowMortalKombat strengths gained in the VRMMOs]] doesn't really translate into the real world, as Kirito finds out; virtual reality isn't as real as 'real' reality so the relevant corollary's that you can't use game logic or meta-logic to get by in a VRMMO; and in Aincrad, [[AllDeathsFinal death is final, meaning that anyone who dies will die for real]] so problems are solved by negotiation, planning, foresight, and flexibility, not hitting things until they submit.
* The initial arc ends with a duel between Kirito and the avatar of Kayaba, with Kirito's LoveInterest Asuna TakingTheBullet for an attack that would have killed him and dying in his arms. After she dies, he picks up her fallen sword and stands to attack Kayaba, so RoaringRampageOfRevenge right? He then proceeds to swing his sword vaguely in Kayaba's direction, not even looking at him, mentally broken and incapable of continuing the fight in a meaningful fashion.
* The SAO incident was scandalous to the point that Argus goes bankrupt and sells off its assets to another company; likewise, news of Nobuyuki Sugou's experiments are leaked and results in RECT Progress Inc. collapsing due to the lawsuits and poor publicity from said news, and sells their assets to another company.
** Kikuoka implies that had the authorities not intervened, the SAO incident would have blown up into an even more massive scandal and that the survivors would be constantly hounded by the media. Which would plausibly happen if something like the show happened in real life.
** At the end of the [=ALFheim=] Online arc, it's revealed that the VRMMO market was basically annihilated after ''two'' high-profile controversies where innocent people were used for experiments or to satisfy someone's god-complex, which is indeed what would happen if thousands of people died in two years in one MMO because they weren't allowed to leave, and twenty people were kept in their comas and used for brain experiements in the other. If it weren't for Kayaba giving Kirito a data seed to create new worlds, the market would have completely died.
** In the Aincrad arc, Nishida, who worked on Sword Art Online, notes that he's in no hurry to leave Aincrad, because since he's in a technical occupation, his skills are completely outdated after two years trapped inside. Similarly, once they leave Aincrad, the survivors are behind in various ways (when Kirito's sister notes that he was a good student, he says that was before he went into SAO), and so apply to a special school for survivors, which the government establishes in part as a means of monitoring them for antisocial tendencies.
** During his LastVillainStand against Kirito, Sugou smugly brushes off Kirito's insistence that he's lost, stating that countless organizations would take an interest in his work and thus shelter him from the law. When Kirito overpowers him in real life and leaves him to the mercy of the cops, he's proven wrong: not only is Sugou arrested and incarcerated for his crimes, but his actions result in RECT Inc. getting hit with a ''massive'' public scandal that forces Asuna's father, who [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter put Sugou in charge of the company's research institute in the first place]], to step down as CEO in shame.
* Shino's situation as a MinorLivingAlone is far from ideal. She has trouble making ends meet, to the point at which she, despite being unwilling to sell Hecate (a weapon in GGO that is very powerful and of great personal significance to her), has to admit that it would go a long way toward paying her expenses. Several unscrupulous classmates take advantage of her to host parties at her apartment. Worst of all, [[spoiler:Shino gets targeted by a serial killer because she lives alone and is a vulnerable target]].
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** One of the main reasons [[TheAce Minato Namikaze]] was so deadly; due to his speed he made speech NOT a free action.
** [[LadyOfWar Konan]] prepares to give a rant on how Naruto is the bridge of peace near the end of a battle (albeit after essentially being defeated herself). Tobi doesn't even let her finish her sentence.
** A relatively subtle example shows up with Sakura and Naruto's contrasting shortcomings early on. Sakura gets good grades in class, and is the only one able to ''actually'' answer the seemingly impossible questions in the first stage of the Chunin Exam, and ends up looking down on Naruto, last in his grade. But in the Forest of Death, Sakura's lesser combat ability proves a problem when Naruto and Sasuke are incapacitated. Similarly, while Naruto's very good at fighting despite being BookDumb, some of the things he failed to learn in the academy come back to haunt him in his training; he regrets not paying more attention in class when trying to learn how to focus his chakra for his Rasengan training.
** Early in the series, Naruto is poisoned in battle. The poison is spreading slowly from his hand and Sakura surmises that the best course to take would be to use a surgical incision to drain the poisoned blood. Since the team would have to go back to the village and abandon their mission to do that properly Naruto violently [[CuttingTheKnot stabs]] [[CrazyAwesome his hand]] with a kunai to quickly drain the blood (and also as a dramatic gesture in a vow to never again be paralyzed with fear like he was during the fight)... [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and then goes into a panic attack when Kakashi points out that he's probably gonna bleed to death from a wound like that]]. Fortunately the tailed beast within him easily healed the wound.
** Post-Pain Arc, Naruto has been running himself ragged with him unable to talk to his adopted "grandmother" Tsunade due to her coma in the ensuing invasion. He learns Sasuke has become a criminal and attacked a fellow Jinchuriki ''for'' Akatsuki. He learns that his friends, even Sakura, have given up on bringing Sasuke back to Konoha. Then when he's told there will be ''War'' on top of everything... he can't take it anymore and passes out. A realistic depiction of a {{Determinator}} when pushed to the limit, especially when he seems less likely than ever to accomplish the goal he'd been working towards for three years.
** What killed (or crippled him for the rest of his life) [[spoiler:the legendary Madara Uchiha during his battle with Hashirama]]? An epic ninjutsu clash? Nope... a stab through the back.
*** Similarly, [[spoiler: After he was revived, Madara managed to become fully human, while this gave him full autonomy over his Rinnegan and made him a deity in power, a stab to the back from Zetsu injures him once more, allowing the GreaterScopeVillain to reincarnate from his body.]]
*** To a lesser extent, Naruto and Sasuke become increasingly exhausted over the course of the final battle, and while they come at each other with their strongest techniques, causing massive devastation, by the end, they're using relatively basic jutsus until they pool the last of their energy into one final clash.
** The Last: Naruto the Movie, an interquel between the last two chapters of the manga where it's revealed that Naruto does not completely understand the concept of romantic love, thinking that Hinata's love for him was like his love of ramen. When you consider the fact that Naruto never had the unconditional affection that most people had with the their families due to being both an orphan and the village pariah for most of his childhood, it actually makes a lot of sense. Naruto would be starved for any sort of affection, and would have a hard time differentiating them and takes a great amount of time, love and patience to heal. Luckliy, Hinata has that in spades for Naruto.
** In one of the ''Shippuden'' endings, Naruto uses Konohamaru's scarf to pull him while fighting, instead of ignoring it.



* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Upon Usopp's debut arc he has a reputation of being a compulsive liar by warning the town that pirates are invading but reveal that it was all a practical joke. When the real pirates started showing up he tried to warn them but nobody within the town believed him because of his reputation.
** Zoro's deceased rival Kuina was skilled enough to defeat adults in her dojo, but how did she die? [[DeathByFallingOver She dies offscreen after falling]] [[StaircaseTumble down a flight of stairs.]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHer A completely anti-climatic death]] but still lethal nonetheless.
*** Her fate in the 4Kids dub was that she was crippled by friends of a man she had defeated earlier. Being good in the dojo doesn't necessarily mean good in actual fights, especially when outnumbered and unprepared. It also shows how ThePowerOfFriendship isn't always a good thing.
** Zoro suffers from grave injuries that put his life in danger -- as usual. But, unlike the other times where he has an UnexplainedRecovery and the injuries are usually never mentioned again, one arc later Zoro tries fighting and his wounds cause him to be temporarily paralyzed. And then two arcs later, even after resting and being treated (by Perona, believe it or not), his wounds re-open when he tries to fight and move, resulting in him getting his ass kicked by Apes. He muscles through them some (small) time later -- ''after'' they copied his skills ''and'' called out the toughest one of them.
** After being defeated by Crocodile for the second time, Luffy rushes to confront him again only to pass out from blood loss a few minutes later. He does recover, more-or-less, after a few minutes of sleep.
** Luffy put everything he had in defeating Lucci to the point where he couldn't move afterwards. Unlike the other arcs before, however, Luffy and his crew are still in danger despite all the most powerful fighters being defeated and the marines nearly kill Luffy became he is too weak to move when they aim their cannons at him.
** Characters having to fight through grievous injuries is also brought up in the Arlong arc, where Zoro is at a disadvantage in his fight against Hachi due to a massive chest wound inflicted on him by Mihawk that was very amateurishly patched up. Through he does eventually win the fight, Hachi attempts to attack Sanji later on and almost succeeds in taking him out, only for his wounds to open up again at the last second, taking him out of the fight before he can do anything.
** [[TheHero Luffy himself]] once tried fighting a man who could produce and attack with deadly corrosive poison. Seeing as how only Mooks had been poisoned by Magellan (the man in question) at this point, the audience and Luffy himself thought he stood a chance from the moment Luffy launches a Jet Bazooka that actually DROPS the hulking Magellan... but no. Touching him with that attack and many more poisons launched at him nearly kills Luffy within just 2 measly episodes of starting the fight.
** At Marineford, Luffy is willing to give his life to save his brother. Too bad for him that he is one of the weaker fighters in the war on top of the injuries he gained from going to Impel Down. He is mercilessly knocked around by the marines and the Warlords.
--->'''Kizaru:''' You have to have more than just courage. Willpower alone means nothing without strength. Strawhat, without enough strength, you cannot save anyone no matter how hard you try.
** Giants Dorry and Broggy had been fighting for almost 100 years with their weapons and fists: it turns out that, after 100+ years, even with constant maintenance, weapons ''will'' eventually break. This was a rather joyful use of this trope, however, as everyone had thought Dorry had been killed.
** At the start of the Fishman Island Arc, Sanji (Who had spent the last two years on an island full of only {{Gonk}} transvestites) suffers a nosebleed every time he sees a genuine woman. While this is comedic in every other anime (and every other time in this one too), the frequency and severity of the nosebleeds caused near-fatal hemorrhaging at one point, requiring some immediate blood transfusions. Furthermore, Sanji has a particular blood-type and while fishman and humans have the same blood, a law forbade the transfusions due to the long history. A more minute example occurred at the end of the arc when Jimbe offered to give blood to Luffy, who saved the day. When pointed out about the law, he reminds the people he is still a pirate.
** After being pushed in his conflict with the Minks, Jack the Drought attempts to attack the Minks' home, the giant elephant Zunisha. Since he was attacking something big enough to have a ''sustainable ecosystem'' with little more than cannons, it hardly had an effect. The only reason it almost worked is because Zunisha was sentenced to not fight, even in self-defense, unless commanded. Once the order is given, Zunisha takes out Jack's entire fleet in a single attack.
*** And while Jack is a fishman monster with a one billion berry bounty and powerful enough that it's warranted, he's still a Devil Fruit user. When Jack's ship sank, he sunk to the bottom of the ocean, unable to move. Even though he can breathe underwater, being trapped with no way out means he'll eventually die.
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