History RealityEnsues / ComicBooks

10th Dec '17 1:44:34 PM DrPopo
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** Their confrontation with ComicBook/ThePunisher has this on both sides. At the end of the day they still are just teenagers and get easy intimidated by [[TheDreaded Frank's reputation]], so they just try to flee. But once he has them cornered, Molly takes him down with a single punch, because at the end of the day he is still only human and she has SuperStrength.


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* Just like with Deathstroke above, Creator/ChristopherPriest plans to do this a lot to ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague''. The first issue of his run alone takes this approach to Batman's WolverinePublicity - having multiple solo adventures and leading Justice League, [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmericaRebirth JLA]] and [[ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth Gotham Knights]] has left him exhausted and seriously sleep deprived, which results in him making mistakes that put people at risk.
* In ''ComicBook/DastardlyAndMuttley'' real world is being transformed into the one of a cartoon. ToonPhysics are treated as BodyHorror and behavior out of a ZanyCartoon causes total chaos and panic [[spoiler: especially after the president of the United States gets affected]].
5th Dec '17 1:08:02 AM Maljen
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** Geoffrey St. John is put on trial for his role in enabling Ixis Naugus' rise to power in Acorn and how he apparently was aiding him for years. He's found guilty... only for King Naugus to use his royal authority (and an article of Acorn law) to pardon Geoffrey. There's no way that Naugus WOULDN'T use his newfound position as Acorn's king to keep his loyal servant out of prison. Earlier during Naugus' takeover, Sonic learns that Acorn's council doesn't appreciate Sonic disrespecting their authority no matter what villain is attacking.
27th Nov '17 6:06:46 PM WKennedy334
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman by his very nature avoids most of these tropes, but his official authority is often an open question. ''Comicbook/TheManOfSteel'' averts this by having the mayor of Metropolis (as fallout from a challenge to his authority by Lex Luthor) commission Superman directly as a special deputy, which at least gives Superman jurisdiction within Metropolis city limits.

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Franchise/{{Superman}}: The main character by his very nature avoids most of these tropes, but his official authority is often an open question. question.
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''Comicbook/TheManOfSteel'' averts this by having the mayor of Metropolis (as fallout from a challenge to his authority by Lex Luthor) commission Superman directly as a special deputy, which at least gives Superman jurisdiction within Metropolis city limits.
30th Oct '17 12:42:35 PM EDP
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*** Similarly, ''dealing'' with a murderous sociopath like Valker can result in death if he doesn't need you or you aren't his boss. He has a soft spot for those who work directly under him (as long as they don't slack off, as the card trick incident shows), but everyone else is liable to get maimed or killed for little reason or [[ForTheEvulz none at all]].


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** In the final issue, a defeated Topin taunts repeatedly Rat-Man that if he doesn't kill him he'll be back... After having nearly destroyed the world, [[spoiler:having kidnapped Rat-Man's daughter]] and being exposed as the reason why Rat-Man never [[spoiler:contacted her or her mother]]. Rat-Man [[ThouShaltNotKill usually has a no-kill rule]], but for once [[PapaWolf Rat-Man is more than willing to violate it]].
*** The reason Rat-Man doesn't kill Topin is that [[spoiler:[[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Valker kills him first]]]] in revenge for everything that Topin had done to his family. Turns out that [[BullyingTheDragon tormenting and trying to murder the only child of a murderous sociopath and kidnapping said sociopath's granddaughter is a bad idea]]... And, [[HeroKiller being an expert of killing superpowered opponents]], [[spoiler:Valker [[SimpleYetAwesome simply stomps on his head]] [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown while he's still down and weak from the beating Rat-Man gave him]]]], as he's nowhere near stupid enough to give a superpowered opponent the chance to recover.
29th Oct '17 9:07:14 AM comicwriter
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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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* In the ''ComicBook/StarTrekDCComics'' storyline "Who Killed Captain Kirk?", William Bearclaw is exposed as a racist [[FantasticRacism Fantastic 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.
8th Oct '17 6:24:34 PM Lanes17B
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* A one-shot story from ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comic features Bart, Milouse, Martin, and Ralphie wanting to go to an R-rate movie, but the ticket seller said he could only sell them tickets to a cheesy kids movie. Bart accepts, and he and the rest sneak into the R-rated movie and continue to do so for sometime, and everything goes well until Milhouse revealed their scam. Soon, every kid starts buying a ticket to a kiddie film and then sneak into an R-rated one. As a result, mushy kids movies have suddenly become incredibly profitable, and studious react by halting production on films with mature content and crank out the cutesy stuff like there's no tomorrow.
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.
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