History RealityEnsues / ComicBooks

16th Sep '17 1:55:06 AM smeg_head
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** Many writers ignore this, but Logan's healing factor doesn't protect him from pain; one story showed that Logan feels phantom pains for months after especially bad injuries, but plays it down around others. Another story had him mention the agony of growing new flesh and nerve endings and the constant ache of his adamantium-laced skeleton, and that he's tried everything from acupuncture to alien painkillers to help manage his chronic pain. While thinking this he's preparing to blow himself to get inside a military base ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]), and we see him working himself up for the pain of what's to come.
8th Sep '17 6:06:34 PM cybertoy0
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** Typically, whenever someone ''other'' than Scrooge tries their hand at the "Swim around in money" thing, they just hit their heads and fall unconscious, if they're lucky. Coins are very hard, after all. The in-universe explanation for how Scrooge can do it to no ill effect is that he's been diving around in money for so long that his body has just adjusted to it. ("I'll admit, it's a trick!" Scrooge once stated). Granted, this talent has limits. When Scrooge tries it on a giant chest full of silver coins pulled from a sunken shipwreck, he hurts himself because the coins, after centuries in a high-pressure environment, have fused into one solid chunk.
28th Aug '17 12:22:23 PM WillBGood
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** An issue of ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'' had Franchise/{{Batman}} [[CaptainErsatz clone]] Nighthawk break his ankle trying to pull off a DynamicEntry by jumping off a building to attack some mooks. The same issue deconstructs the concept of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits by showing how badly a group of people (ComicBook/TheDefenders), inexperienced at superheroing, with the exception of one, perform during their first outing as superheroes.

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** An issue of ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'' had Franchise/{{Batman}} [[CaptainErsatz clone]] Nighthawk break his ankle trying to pull off a DynamicEntry by jumping off a building to attack some mooks. The same issue deconstructs the concept of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits by showing how badly a group of people (ComicBook/TheDefenders), inexperienced at superheroing, superheroing with the exception of one, perform during their first outing as superheroes.
27th Aug '17 2:33:29 AM Doug86
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** Not that Batman is immune to this when it comes to Superman. During "A Death In The Family", he tries to punch Superman without the use of Kryptonite. Superman has to roll with the punch to keep Bruce's arm from being broken, and even then his hand is left aching from the effort because he decided to punch a man who treats nuclear explosions as a non-threat. During "Hush", with the Kryptonite ring, he still risks breaking his hand and notes he can't give Superman more than a few slugs, because the kevlar in his gloves only provide so much protection against punching an invincible man.
* In an issue of ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers World]]'', [[BruceLeeClone Shang-Chi]] draws strength from the tales of three warriors from Chinese history: A monk who fought off a squad of his emperor's warriors, a lawman who managed to defeat the assassin who poisoned him, and a peasant girl who single-handedly defended her village from a group of bandits. Despite the inspirational nature of the stories, Shang-Chi later notes that they all come with very unfortunate epilogues: [[DeathByDespair The monk died of a broken heart after realizing he'd been betrayed by the emperor]], the lawman defeated his attacker but succumbed to the poison while in a hospital bed, and the peasant girl was murdered after the bandits returned and attacked her while she slept.

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** Not that Batman is immune to this when it comes to Superman. During "A Death In The in the Family", he tries to punch Superman without the use of Kryptonite. Superman has to roll with the punch to keep Bruce's arm from being broken, and even then his hand is left aching from the effort because he decided to punch a man who treats nuclear explosions as a non-threat. During "Hush", with the Kryptonite ring, he still risks breaking his hand and notes he can't give Superman more than a few slugs, because the kevlar in his gloves only provide so much protection against punching an invincible man.
* In an issue of ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers World]]'', [[BruceLeeClone Shang-Chi]] draws strength from the tales of three warriors from Chinese history: A monk who fought off a squad of his emperor's warriors, a lawman who managed to defeat the assassin who poisoned him, and a peasant girl who single-handedly defended her village from a group of bandits. Despite the inspirational nature of the stories, Shang-Chi later notes that they all come with very unfortunate epilogues: [[DeathByDespair The monk died of a broken heart after realizing he'd been betrayed by the emperor]], the lawman defeated his attacker but succumbed to the poison while in a hospital bed, and the peasant girl was murdered after the bandits returned and attacked her while she slept.



** Career criminal and major enemy of Plutonian Max Damage resolves to turn over a new leaf after witnessing first hand the Plutonian's rampage in Sky City. He even goes as far as to torch his wealth and gadgets since it's all in his words ''blood money.'' Unfortunately Max not only being a notorious crook for so long but also keeping his pseudonym, appearance, and even sidekick from his life of crime doesn't help to make him more trustworthy in the eyes of not just the public but already established heroes as well. It's not until it [[spoiler: looks like he chased Plutonian away from Coalville]] that he starts to become really accepted by the public. {{Heel Face Turn}}s flew more smoothly in the Silver Age comics (Hawkeye and Black Widow being key examples), but not anymore after Reality Ensues.

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** Career criminal and major enemy of Plutonian Max Damage resolves to turn over a new leaf after witnessing first hand firsthand the Plutonian's rampage in Sky City. He even goes as far as to torch his wealth and gadgets since it's all in his words ''blood money.'' Unfortunately Max not only being a notorious crook for so long but also keeping his pseudonym, appearance, and even sidekick from his life of crime doesn't help to make him more trustworthy in the eyes of not just the public but already established heroes as well. It's not until it [[spoiler: looks like he chased Plutonian away from Coalville]] that he starts to become really accepted by the public. {{Heel Face Turn}}s flew more smoothly in the Silver Age comics (Hawkeye and Black Widow being key examples), but not anymore after Reality Ensues.



* In general, TrickArrow-using characters like Hawkeye and Comicbook/GreenArrow tend to rely on ArtisticLicensePhysics, since in the real world, many of the trick arrows in comics would have issues with weight, balance and aerodynamics. In the ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' arc where Connor Hawke joins the team, he attempts to use some of his father's old trick arrows, only to miss many of his shots while complaining about how no sane archer could actually fire them.

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* In general, TrickArrow-using characters like Hawkeye and Comicbook/GreenArrow tend to rely on ArtisticLicensePhysics, since in the real world, many of the trick arrows in comics would have issues with weight, balance and aerodynamics. In the ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' arc where Connor Hawke joins the team, he attempts to use some of his father's old trick arrows, only to miss many of his shots while complaining about how no sane archer could actually fire them. them.



* In [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] comics set before the Flash gained a full connection with the Speedforce, he struggled with a bunch of [[LogicalWeakness realistic weaknesses]] caused by his superspeed. His upper limit was about the speed of sound as any faster would tear his body apart, he had to eat ''constantly'' (his body now required massive amounts of calories to fuel his enhanced metabolism), and his uniform had to be made of special low friction materials to keep it from being incinerated by his vibrations (and required frequent repairs or replacements). When Flash finally forged a full connection with the Speedforce, he gained all the RequiredSecondaryPowers he needed to make his superspeed completely useful rather than AwesomeButImpractical.

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* In [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] comics set before the Flash gained a full connection with the Speedforce, Speed Force, he struggled with a bunch of [[LogicalWeakness realistic weaknesses]] caused by his superspeed. His upper limit was about the speed of sound as any faster would tear his body apart, he had to eat ''constantly'' (his body now required massive amounts of calories to fuel his enhanced metabolism), and his uniform had to be made of special low friction materials to keep it from being incinerated by his vibrations (and required frequent repairs or replacements). When Flash finally forged a full connection with the Speedforce, he gained all the RequiredSecondaryPowers he needed to make his superspeed completely useful rather than AwesomeButImpractical.



** In the first issue of ''All-New, All-Different Avengers'', Sam has to buy some girl scout cookies, with one seller being black and the other being white. He realizes picking the black kid over the white kid or vice versa would be a PR nightmare, and ends up [[TakeAThirdOption defusing the situation by tricking the girls into doing a photo op with Iron Man instead]]. He later says that everything he does is heavily scrutinized and viewed as a racial issue by the press and social media, something that often happens to high profile people of color in real life.

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** In the first issue of ''All-New, All-Different Avengers'', Sam has to buy some girl scout Girl Scout cookies, with one seller being black and the other being white. He realizes picking the black kid over the white kid or vice versa would be a PR nightmare, and ends up [[TakeAThirdOption defusing the situation by tricking the girls into doing a photo op with Iron Man instead]]. He later says that everything he does is heavily scrutinized and viewed as a racial issue by the press and social media, something that often happens to high profile people of color in real life.



** Sabrina ignoring her aunts' warnings and using her magic however she pleases is usually treated lightly in [[ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch her source series]]. Normally there's no lasting consequences and she simply gets a minor punishment, if any at all. Here it causes a ZombieApocalypse and her Aunts respond by [[spoiler: turning into horrific monsters and banishing her to purgatory while taking her mouth away so she couldn't plead with them.]] Moreover, it's revealed that her reckless use of magic summons [[spoiler:''Cthulhu''.]]

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** Sabrina ignoring her aunts' warnings and using her magic however she pleases is usually treated lightly in [[ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch her source series]]. Normally there's there are no lasting consequences and she simply gets a minor punishment, if any at all. Here it causes a ZombieApocalypse and her Aunts respond by [[spoiler: turning into horrific monsters and banishing her to purgatory while taking her mouth away so she couldn't plead with them.]] Moreover, it's revealed that her reckless use of magic summons [[spoiler:''Cthulhu''.]] ]]



** Elisabeth Gay's descent into madness is all about this: spending months with your fiancee, then getting him arrested and finding out he's the King of Terror ''by accident'' took a heavy toll on her psyche, and finding out he was about to dump her like all her previous boyfriends pushed her over the edge.

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** Elisabeth Gay's descent into madness is all about this: spending months with your fiancee, fiancée, then getting him arrested and finding out he's the King of Terror ''by accident'' took a heavy toll on her psyche, and finding out he was about to dump her like all her previous boyfriends pushed her over the edge.



** One of European comics has Mickey face an Imp that is pretty blatant {{Expy}} of [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyztplk]]. The entire story is told by Mickey to his therapist - since Mickey is an everyman in this story, not a superhero, the experience leaved him traumatized and terrified of Imp's return.

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** One of European comics has Mickey face an Imp that is pretty blatant {{Expy}} of [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyztplk]]. The entire story is told by Mickey to his therapist - since Mickey is an everyman in this story, not a superhero, the experience leaved him traumatized and terrified of Imp's return.



* {{ComicBook/AtomicRobo}}'s bread and butter. Take a pulp action trope, apply some reality, then sit back and watch.
* ''{{ComingBook/The Walking Dead}}'' breathes this trope:

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* {{ComicBook/AtomicRobo}}'s ComicBook/AtomicRobo's bread and butter. Take a pulp action trope, apply some reality, then sit back and watch.
* ''{{ComingBook/The Walking Dead}}'' ''ComingBook/TheWalkingDead'' breathes this trope:



* During the Comics/{{Superman}} "Sacrifice" arc, the brainwashed Superman attacked Batman without warning, believing him to be Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}. In a straight up fight, without any prep time, the BadassNormal Batman didn't land any hits and was barely left alive. The only thing that saved his life was that Superman slammed him near the computers, allowing him to activate the Watchtower's security measures and temporarily distract Superman. It was only by the intervention of Wonder Woman that allowed Batman to survive.

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* During the Comics/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} "Sacrifice" arc, the brainwashed Superman attacked Batman without warning, believing him to be Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}. In a straight up fight, without any prep time, the BadassNormal Batman didn't land any hits and was barely left alive. The only thing that saved his life was that Superman slammed him near the computers, allowing him to activate the Watchtower's security measures and temporarily distract Superman. It was only by the intervention of Wonder Woman that allowed Batman to survive.



* In ScoobyApocalypse, a psionic monster tries to make a giant monster body out of all of the mutated demon-creatures in the area. The construct collapses the moment it tries to stand up, Velma noting that it has no skeletal structure to help support it.

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* In ScoobyApocalypse, ''ComicBook/ScoobyApocalypse'', a psionic monster tries to make a giant monster body out of all of the mutated demon-creatures in the area. The construct collapses the moment it tries to stand up, Velma noting that it has no skeletal structure to help support it.
10th Aug '17 2:00:37 AM KnightMysterio
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* In ScoobyApocalypse, a psionic monster tries to make a giant monster body out of all of the mutated demon-creatures in the area. The construct collapses the moment it tries to stand up, Velma noting that it has no skeletal structure to help support it.
6th Aug '17 1:29:40 PM MisterCPC
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** During one early issue of David Micheline and Todd [=McFarlane's=] run, Spider-Man is visiting Kansas and meets a local man named Wes who has minor super speed powers. While he's used them occasionally to help with minor natural disturbances, Wes has mainly just tried to live a normal, everyday life with his family and not get into any sort of superheroics. Late in the story Spidey's battling a villain with PoweredArmor which is putting him at a notable disadvantage; he notices Wes in the crowd of onlookers and shouts out for his help. Wes considers it for a moment... but he instead freezes on the spot, terrified at the thought of what could happen, especially if some of the other crowdgoers recognize him, which would ruin any sort of normalcy for him and his family. Even if someone received superpowers, that doesn't automatically mean that they would [[RefusalOfTheCall jump at the call]], especially if they have zero experience fighting dangerous supervillains out to kill and have something hi-stakes to lose like their family's safety.

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** During one early issue of David Micheline Michelinie and Todd [=McFarlane's=] run, Spider-Man is visiting Kansas and meets a local man named Wes who has minor super speed powers. While he's used them occasionally to help with minor natural disturbances, Wes has mainly just tried to live a normal, everyday life with his family and not get into any sort of superheroics. Late in the story Spidey's battling a villain with PoweredArmor which is putting him at a notable disadvantage; he notices Wes in the crowd of onlookers and shouts out for his help. Wes considers it for a moment... but he instead freezes on the spot, terrified at the thought of what could happen, especially if some of the other crowdgoers recognize him, which would ruin any sort of normalcy for him and his family. Even if someone received superpowers, that doesn't automatically mean that they would [[RefusalOfTheCall jump at the call]], especially if they have zero experience fighting dangerous supervillains out to kill and have something hi-stakes to lose like their family's safety.


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** Famously in #12 of ''Amazing Spider-Man'', Peter attempts to fight Doctor Octopus, but [[WorfHadTheFlu he's been infected with a flu virus]] and has zero strength, which leads to [[CurbStompBattle Otto defeating him easily]]. Super strength may be a great power, but not even that can prevent someone from catching a common sickness.
25th Jul '17 4:15:48 PM Mightymoose101
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** This is also used to tragic effect with Cypher's death. During a fight, he tries TakingTheBullet for Rachnee, and winds up dying soon after from the resulting gut shot. Rachnee, who was in the heat of the moment, didn't even notice what he'd done, actually berated him for getting in the way, and only realized he was dead after the fight was over.
19th Jul '17 7:49:00 PM WillBGood
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** Tim's entire arc could be seen as a the more realistic take on the FromNobodyToNightmare trope. Tim is out for vengeance against TheHero and uses his wealth and resources to come up with an elaborate plan to destroy him. However, thanks to his inexperience, he continually makes stupid mistakes, and the Punisher is eventually able to figure out his identity and track him down fairly easily, since a vengeful relative is going to be the prime suspect in a case like this. After all this, the story ends with [[spoiler: the Punisher surprising Tim in his home and casually murdering him without much fanfare. No dramatic final showdown or epic last stand with a grandiose speech. Just Tim having an OhShit reaction and Punisher shooting him in the face.]]

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** Tim's entire arc could be seen as a the more realistic take on the FromNobodyToNightmare trope. Tim is out for vengeance against TheHero and uses his wealth and resources to come up with an elaborate plan to destroy him. However, thanks to his inexperience, he continually makes stupid mistakes, and the Punisher is eventually able to figure out his identity and track him down fairly easily, since a vengeful relative is going to be the prime suspect in a case like this. After all this, the story ends with [[spoiler: the Punisher surprising Tim in his home and casually murdering him without much fanfare. No dramatic final showdown or epic last stand with a grandiose speech. Just Tim having an OhShit OhCrap reaction and Punisher shooting him in the face.]]
12th Jul '17 6:49:06 AM Bluecatcinema
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** The ''Daily Bugle'' has spent years slandering Spidey (and sometimes other heroes), calling him a "menace" despite his heroic deeds, and often accusing him of being responsible for criminal acts (leading to the printing of countless retractions as these claims were ultimately proven wrong). In the 2000s, it was shown that this trend has caused the ''Bugle's'' credibility and circulation to suffer greatly, to the point where the paper was in serious financial trouble. This forced Jameson to create ''Comicbook/ThePulse'', a new section dedicated solely to superhero coverage, and later, resulted in the ''Bugle'' [[ComicBook/BrandNewDay being bought by one of his business rivals]].
3rd Jul '17 9:32:43 PM MagiMecha
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* In the ''ComicBook/StarTrekDCComics'' storyline "Who Killed Captain Kirk?", William Bearclaw is exposed as a racist and, being the last straw, is told by Kirk that he's going to get him transferred to another ship where he won't be trouble for him or others. He attempts to prove his worth by conning a member of a possible suicide mission into swapping with him. He makes it out alive and saves a member of the team in the process... and is chewed out for disobeying a direct order (which was "No, you can't go"). When Kirk fingers him as the culprit to his assassination attempt, no one wants to stand up for him because of his transgressions.
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