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->''"Nature cannot be fooled."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/RichardFeynman'''

Somebody thought they were protected by the power of narrative convention. Then reality ensued.

By definition, fiction is unrealistic. But most readers don't ask those stories be completely like reality. As long as things are kept [[MagicAIsMagicA internally consistent]], the audience is [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief willing to go along with just about anything an author can create]]... [[RefugeInAudacity no matter how irresponsible, immoral, or unhinged their more likeable and sympathetic characters might be acting by the standards of]] RealLife. For that reason, a creator can sometimes ignore or HandWave consequences of the real world in their stories. This trope, though, is about what happens when a creator chooses not to ignore said consequences, and even factors them in as part of the plot or events.

This can sometimes be seen on the hard end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, though it isn't necessarily so since realism, despite what many claim, is not the same as cynicism. There are many realistic stories that run on optimism.

Generally, this trope is not used in order to make fiction completely and entirely mirror mundane everyday life...except when it is. This is also surprisingly often used as a ComedyTrope. Contrast FantasyAllAlong, when reality ensues and immediately afterwards ''fantasy'' kicks in again (occasionally undoing the damage done by the "reality" moment).

Not to be confused with HilarityEnsues, although when done right, the two can and will overlap.

Note that, when we say "reality", we mean reality as in RealLife. We have "X happens" and "Y happens as a consequence of X"; the Y must not involve the fantastic in-story aspects of the work's own universe. For realistic consequences of unrealistic superpowers, see LogicalWeakness.

This is related to {{Deconstruction}} and DeconstructiveParody, but this is temporary, and is mainly used for comedy. The ChunkySalsaRule runs on it. Characters who use this to their advantage almost invariably are GenreSavvy. A WrongGenreSavvy character has chances to be hit hard by an Ensuing Reality. Violates NoOntologicalInertia when things do not automatically change because one thing comes to an end. See also TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs.


'''Warning: As this trope frequently occurs at the climax of a work, spoilers are likely to be unmarked. Caution advised.'''
* RealityEnsues/AnimeAndManga
* RealityEnsues/ComicBooks
* RealityEnsues/FanFic
* RealityEnsues/AnimatedFilms
* RealityEnsues/{{Literature}}
* RealityEnsues/LiveActionFilms
* RealityEnsues/LiveActionTV
* RealityEnsues/TabletopGames
* RealityEnsues/VideoGames
* RealityEnsues/{{Webcomics}}
* RealityEnsues/WebOriginal
* RealityEnsues/WesternAnimation


* Sprite's "Obey Your Thirst" campaign in TheNineties was a series of commercials based around subverting and mocking the tropes of advertising by invoking this trope.
** One of the most famous was the "Grant Hill Drinks Sprite" series of ads, which parodied CerealInducedSuperpowers. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AdRVjOETjY one of them]], a kid spots NBA player Grant Hill drinking Sprite, and thinks Sprite will make him a basketball player... which he quickly disproves by drinking Sprite and then attempting a slam dunk, failing, and falling on his ass.
--->'''Announcer:''' If you want to make it to the NBA... practice. If you want a refreshing drink, obey your thirst. Sprite.
** [[http://www.metacafe.com/watch/47179/sprite_and_its_meaning/ Another one]] has a group of kids talking about Hill's athletic prowess and offering various hypotheses for it (his [[MadeInCountryX Brazilian rubber]] sneakers, his lightweight shorts, his [[BaldOfAwesome shaved head]]) before one mentions that he drinks Sprite... only to say that he's merely not thirsty anymore after drinking it.
** Similarly, a bunch of young guys drive around in a convertible in slow motion, bouncing the car on its wheels to look cool. The car stops, one guy leaps out out of the car and goes to dramatically chug back his Sprite. When he turns the cap, the bottle ''explodes and covers him in soft-drink'' -- because all that bouncing shook it up. He does not look cool while shrieking and dripping wet.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-aFQtiPzFk An even harsher one]] had a visibly preteen boy thinking that drinking Sprite would transform him into a [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]]. He then [[BullyingADragon challenged]] Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s Wrestling/{{Sting}} to a match -- and was promptly [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown battered from pillar to post]] as his parents just stood by and laughed.
** Sprite's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esKm3lDtB40 "Sun Fizz" ad,]] in which a stereotypical juice ad plays out with mother and children getting excited over Sun Fizz. A cartoon Sun Fizz mascot jumps out of the carton and rattles off his part of the spiel... prompting the entire family to run screaming in terror from the cartoon sun that should not be. Who gives chase.
** A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfOgYIOho44 fake advertisement]] for a soft drink called Jooky ("the party in a can!") advertised it with images of people surfing, playing volleyball, and having fun on the beach, all to a faux-Caribbean jingle... before cutting back to show a pair of slackers watching the ad and popping open their cans of Jooky, all while a snowstorm rages outside. One of them accidentally breaks the tab off the can and is unable to open it. Alternately, "mine's busted" could be taken to mean "I'm still here freezing my rear end off in the frozen north".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpReQprVjag A depressing NSPCC ad]] had a man [[AmusingInjuries beating a cartoon kid]] for a while before throwing the kid down the stairs as we pan to see a genuinely unconscious kid on the floor and the caption "Real children don't bounce back".
* A Dr. Pepper TV ad had two men moving a pinball machine down the stairs. A snapping noise is heard, and one of the guys is shown in pain. A doctor with a can of Dr. Pepper comes near the guy, complete with a Dubstep song. The guy seems happy until he resumes being hurt and is then shown about to let go of the machine, which would make the machine crash into the wall.
* Reitman's had an ad campaign in the late 00's that showed just how impractical the clothing worn on the runway by fashion models is for everyday situations. The fashion models ranged from oblivious to the mayhem they were causing to being the ButtMonkey of whatever scene was going on to [[BreakTheHaughty being stuck up before being forced to endure humiliation for her impractical clothing choice]]. In all three cases, HilarityEnsues.
* A British NHS advert that ran in the late 2000s featured a crowd of people watching in awe as a Batman-esque superhero scaled a building scaffold dramatically and acrobatically to retrieve a lost balloon. When the hero reached the top, he slipped off of the pole on which is was precariously balanced and fell the entire height of the building. The audience is then treated to an unpleasant shot of the actually ordinary man, twitching blankly on the concrete floor as the narrator speaks the words "Too much alcohol makes you feel invincible when you're most vulnerable". It was an effective advert.
* A recent advertisement by British phone and internet provider BT features Creator/RyanReynolds demonstrating the range of a BT router's wifi by hanging off a helicopter's skids as it flies up while holding a tablet. As soon as the helicopter takes off, Reynolds begins screaming in terror and begging the pilot to land, who just obliviously asks him if he has wifi.
* A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6apo1xlkXk commercial]] for Big M (an Australian brand of flavoured milk) has a man walking along with a carton in his hand when he sees a piano roll out of a moving van and down the street, heading directly towards an old woman struggling to walk her dog. The man puts down his chocolate Big M and [[LeParkour runs after it]], jumping onto a passing garbage truck and then a motorbike to get between the woman and the piano. But when he turns and puts his arms out to stop the piano - it doesn't stop, taking him, the woman and, after a moment, the dog (pulled by its lead) with it. Cue the slogan: "Think Big! But not too big."
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-nGAajmvSc this Conforama advertisement]], a dad in one building watches a man in another fancily shake up a wine for his love. He tries the same for his family...[[EpicFail with a bottle of soda.]]
* Played for laughs in this [[https://vimeo.com/28837044 Geico commercial]] which showed real-life consequences of the Jack Be Nimble nursery rhyme. Jack knocks over the candlestick, setting his pants and his apartment on fire.
* There was a series of PSA comic strips displayed in the Warsaw subway, warning about the potentially life-ruining consequences of stupid bravado. One of the ads depicted a stereotypical movie {{ninja}} who runs across a rooftop, leaps down into a hay cart... and the last panel shows him in a wheelchair.

* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}''
** In a [[http://www.madcoversite.com/mad307backprintid.jpg spoof]] of Literature/HanselAndGretel, the witch is cackling to herself as she builds a gingerbread house to ensnare and covers it with various candies and sweets to entice any little boys and girls who might pass her way. When Hansel and Gretel arrive sometime later...
-->'''Gretel''': Egad, Hansel. Look at the size of that ant-hill!!\\
'''Hansel''': Listen, Gretel... do you hear someone ''screaming?''
** A particularly savage example involved ''ComicStrip/BringingUpFather'', a very old-school {{newspaper comic|s}} from the early 1900s about a [[AcceptableTargets Wacky Irish Immigrant]], Jiggs. Think ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' or ''The Katzenjammer Kids''. He is constantly [[DomesticAbuse abused]] by his wife, which is played for [[ValuesDissonance laughs]] in the original strip. In a rather dramatic ArtShift, the parody [[http://therainer.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html begins]] [[http://pics.livejournal.com/dr_hermes/pic/000e3gaw/s640x480 like this]] and ends like this: showing Jiggs [[http://tinyurl.com/6k46y6 in a pool of his own blood]] as his vicious wife looms in the doorway, rolling pin in hand. This ran in ''Mad'' #17, [[TheFifties 1954]].
-->'''Jiggs''': That's right! Have a good laugh while my wife beats me up! [[YouBastard Laugh like you have all these years!]]\\
'''Maggs''': You '''WORM!''' My dog is dead and it's all your fault!\\
'''Jiggs''': Nobody getting beatings like me can survive... in this [[LampshadeHanging serious atmosphere!]]
** Articles parodying cliche scenes in movies include a scene in which a mobster decides that [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim it is, in fact, easier just to shoot Lance and his girlfriend]]. While the way the scene played out in movies lasts most of two pages, this is resolved in ''two panels''.
** Mad had a regular feature for a while called "Reel vs. Real" in which it regularly parodied whichever popular movies were in theaters or being released for home viewing at the time by taking their basic premise and showing how it would play out in real life. For instance, whereas in the [movie] "reel" world exposing some turtles in the sewers to radioactive ooze gave us the sentient anthropomorphic TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, the ooze is shown giving those turtles cancer and turning them into non-sentient mutant animal freaks with weird stuff growing out of their shells in the "real" world.
** The ending to their satire of ''Film/DoubleJeopardy'' did this by way of subverting WrongfulAccusationInsurance.
** In a contrast between a movie cowboy and a real life one, the movie cowboy is hailed as a hero for defeating his rival in a fistfight, while the real life one is knocked out in one blow, wins by ambushing his rival at a later date, and is lynched for murder.
** Another comic has an inexperienced race driver enter a 24-hour race in an old piece of junk of a car. Everyone laughs at him, but the plucky [[UnderdogsNeverLose underdog]] takes chances none of the other drivers dare, pushes his car to the limit, wins the crowd over with his death-defying driving... and finishes dead last, because his car is a piece of junk.
** In a parody of the airlines' safety instructions, Mad shows panels of what people would actually do in those situations- panicking, making mistakes and not following the directions. In one example, two people frantically grab oxygen masks, strangling the man seated between them, and in another, a swarm of people rush to the emergency exit.

* This trope is bread and water for song parodies.
* Swedish songwriter Lars Winnerbäck tells us what really happened to some of Creator/AstridLindgren's characters in his "Balladen om Konsekvenser" (The Ballad of Consequences). Literature/PippiLongstocking is in jail for assaulting a police officer, illegally possessing a wild animal and receiving stolen property. Rasmus is a homeless alcoholic, [[Literature/RonjaTheRobbersDaughter Ronja]] is screaming her head off in a mental hospital, and [[BigBad Kato]] from ''Mio My Mio'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking runs a mindless commercial TV channel]].
* The song "Scalp" by Atmosphere features the narrator describing his night. He goes to the bar and meets his friend Sonny, who offers to pay him for retrieving a package from a tattoo parlor. One expects the protagonist to follow through with his task, possibly finding something surprising in the package along the way, but instead he is killed in a car crash immediately after leaving the bar. Which is what happens when you actually drink $50 worth of alcohol and then drive at night.
* What Music/WeirdAlYankovic does with this trope in ''Trapped in the Drive Thru'' [[http://blip.tv/doogtoons/weird-al-yankovic-trapped-in-the-drive-thru-3579861 needs to be seen to be fully appreciated]].
* WillSmith had a hit song in the 80s with "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson." ("[[OneHitKill One punch, that's all it took]] (oooh), [[CurbStompBattle He hit me in my ribs and my insides shook.]]")
** "Rocky" by the Music/TheLonelyIsland uses a suspiciously similar premise, but cranks it up in the most ridiculous way possible.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hMU0qWc-ks "It's Just A Movie, Stupid"]] by {{Music/Psychostick}}.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyQlgvFCCMo "Action Movie Hero Boy"]] by Music/LemonDemon is a double subversion: the music video doesn't show the idiot kid playing with explosives blowing to bits because that would be a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath and only leaves him with cartoony AmusingInjuries. However the idiot kid hasn't learned his lesson by the end and [[KillEmAll blows everyone up]] in a GoryDiscretionShot.
* In "Women Lose Weight" by Morcheeba, guest rapper Slick Rick tells us he's going to kill his wife because she gained weight after he married her (as well as what a shame it is in general that women do this), then actually goes through with it by running her off the road. Reality ensues in the last verse when he's charged with her murder and realises that while it is important for a woman to remain desirable to her husband, her failure to do so does NOT justify murder.
* Music/{{Skrillex}}'s ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJVmu6yttiw Bangarang]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJVmu6yttiw music video]] ([[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xowdrn_skrillex-bangarang-official-music-video_music Alternate link for German users]]) features three cunning little boys robbing an ice-cream truck of its stock, complete with an obese, cartoonish ice-cream man. The plan goes wrong and they end up seriously injuring the man to escape. (He was going to use a stick to beat one, but there was no way they could see that.) When they grow up and become professional thieves, the one who accidentally cut off the ice-cream man's hand gives some of his loot to the guy by way of compensation.
* Occurs in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnnHprUGKF0 Big Bad John]]" by Jimmy Dean. While John is a very strong man, strong enough to hold up a timber to save his fellow miners, he can't hold it up long enough for them to come back and save him.
* Aaron Carter's "Aaron's Party" is about... well take a guess. At the end, his parents come home and he gets grounded.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzSAO8op0ow music]] video for the song Baby I'm Sorry by the {{K-Pop}} boyband MYNAME applies this rather brutally. At first, things look fairly standard, with a bunch of teenage boys beating up a group of thugs with full on ThePowerOfFriendship implications, token coward member aside. Then, two of them get involved in organized crime, and when a group member is killed on an assassination job, an attempt at a RoaringRampageOfRevenge goes horribly wrong. As it turns out, friendship, righteous anger and a coward finally finding the strength to fight aren't much good against guns and tougher, more experienced opponents. In the end, all our protagonists die horribly and painfully, one even crying for his mother as he goes.
* Many traditional murder ballads end with justice being served. Most notably in Tom Dooley (where the song's subject is hanged for his crimes) and Knoxville Girl (where the protagonist serves a life sentence for murder).
* The ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' Christmas song "Under the Mistletoe" shows how Ash, who is a ten-year-old boy, would probably respond to an overt romantic advance from Misty -- by running away screaming.
* [[http://youtu.be/cmb8_KsrNSQ Fefe Dobson's]] "Stuttering" music video is about her preparing to confront her cheating boyfriend in a seedy motel after the other woman has stepped out. She even puts on the other woman's jacket while she waits for him to come out of the shower. [[spoiler:Turns out it's not her boyfriend, and Fefe immediately leaves, embarassed. The video goes to some weird places from there, but it's an interesting twist on [[YourCheatingHeart the usual cliche]].]]
* The swedish SCA-performed song "Hjältekvädet" ("The hero song") is about the noble "King Kaspian" riding into battle with his men, only to get killed by a stray arrow, because those things happen on the battlefield. Then the song writer realizes he's being paid for this and quickly retcons in a goose flying past and taking the arrow instead. Then King Kaspian gets crushed by a panicking horse (retconned; it fell in love with a passing elk), stabbed from behind by a common soldier (retconned; he was carrying a sack of potatoes for no explainable reason and it blocked the attack), and cut down by the enemy commander (retconned; he just wins). In the end, the writer complains about having to sacrifice his artistic integrity for money, and says that real kings bleed just as well as ordinary people.
* A ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' version of "Jingle Bells" has Rainbow Dash bragging about "[[DrivesLikeCrazy mach speed sleigh rides]]." When she tries to find someone to ride with her, the entire town of Ponyville hides out of fear of what a crash at that speed would do to them. Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Applejack end up taking one with her, but quite unwillingly.
* Music/NinjaSexParty's "Cool Patrol" has the titular patrol advise a kid who's getting picked on by bullies to do an inspirational dance. When the kid tries the dance on the bullies, they still beat him up.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* In ''Literature/TheBible'', Moses sees an overseer whipping a Jew and is overcome with rage, killing him. Rather than [[BigDamnHeroes immediately viewing him as an ally and savior,]] this makes the other Jews view him as a dangerous murderer -- the next day, when he confronts one of the Jews about fighting with some other Jew, he asks if Moses is going to kill him, too.
** Another example: the Pharaoh let the Israelites go after the 10th plague killed his son. However, once the people are gone, Pharaoh and other officials realized that they just let go all their workers and now they're economically screwed.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* There is a more-positive-than-usual example in a ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' comic strip. Some Vikings are returning to their ship after what is obviously a pillaging raid, as we can see a burning settlement in the distance and a captive woman being carried over one Viking's shoulder. The crew's dog is very happy to see them and is wagging its tail enthusiastically. Cartoonist Gary Larson admitted that many people didn't understand the strip, and asked him what the punchline was. He later explained that the point was that [[MoralityPet as long as you're nice to it]], your dog won't [[AnimalsHateHim hate you]] and will happily greet you when you come home, no matter "how big a jerk you are."
* In one ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip, the crocs decide to kill Zebra in a manner inspired by Popeye the Sailor. While one of them sings the theme song, the other one pops open a can of spinach, swallows the whole thing in one gulp--and chokes to death.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Plenty of rather egregious injuries occur to pro wrestlers, both acute and long-term. It's a reminder of the reality when you are working 300-plus days a year being dropped on your back and head and the amount of conditioning needed to sustain that kind of schedule. Unfortunately, the next reality that ensues tends to be drug addiction, early death, and severe domestic issues.
* Any time a member of the audience jumps the barricade and tries to enter the ring, unless it is a plant in the audience that was scripted to do so, they will be apprehended by security and blacklisted from attending future events. Not to mention, they might get a firsthand lesson as to why attacking someone who looks like a bodybuilder, that knows how to throw their weight around (literally), and is now really pissed off at you, is a very stupid idea.
* In Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs spent a long time trying to get his manager, Lacey, to reciprocate his love. His efforts finally paid off, but when Lacey told him she loved him, in his own words, "I felt nothing". Realising that in reality, love doesn't instantly fix you or make you a better person, Jimmy hit his DespairEventHorizon, and started the Age of the Fall shortly afterwards.
* WWE went about {{deconstructi|on}}ng all their "supernatural" gimmicks in 2014. Wrestling/TheUndertaker's aura of being a mythical god of death took a huge hit when he lost to Wrestling/BrockLesnar at WrestleMania XXX, especially since Lesnar and Wrestling/PaulHeyman have made WorkedShoot references to Undertaker's mortality amidst their constant boasting about it for CheapHeat.
* Undertaker's [[UnrelatedBrothers brother]] Wrestling/{{Kane}}, who, while billed as the Devil's Favorite Demon, seems to go back and forth between being a demon of hate and a corporate stooge at the whims of Wrestling/TheAuthority, both of whom can still be beaten into irrelevancy by any top-level {{face}} act. He's lost all presence of actually being a [[WrestlingMonster monster threat]] even compared to his debut as Kane in 1997, and thus comes across more like a lumbering big man with a mask-reliant SplitPersonality than anything else.
* Wrestling/TheAscension from {{Wrestling/WWE NXT}}, initially a Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness {{expy}} {{tag team}}, began their transition into a Wrestling/LegionOfDoom expy instead by openly denying any supernatural ties of their own in a WWE.com article interview shortly after winning the NXT tag team titles. They also abandoned the OminousLatinChanting theme for a heavy rock piece by CFO$, and the lighting for their entrance doesn't imitate Undertaker's quite as much as it used to. It hasn't made them any less fearsome or dominant, however, and they've actually turned ''up'' the occult symbolism in their attire since then. The result is they're clearly acknowledged as human, but one would be forgiven for thinking they draw motivation from some kind of twisted [[TheIlluminati Illuminati]] ritual—especially after seeing their Titantron entrance video on the main roster.
* When Wrestling/CMPunk went of on his infamous "Pipe Bomb" WorkedShoot, his microphone was cut off after he started mocking the entire company on camera. It was announced immediately after that he had been suspended indefinitely, which is what would happen if any other professional athlete did something so brazen.
* During a period of being savvy, Wrestling/SamoaJoe would just move out of the way when he saw his opponents going up to the top rope for high-risk moves. Not much you can do about it when your opponent is all the way across the ring.
* At one point during the Authority angle, [[Wrestling/TheBigShow Big Show]] gets fired by Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] for not playing ball. He ends up suing them for unfair dismissal, and Trips and Steph are forced by the board of directors to bring him back in order to prevent a lawsuit.
* On one occasion, Stephanie was arrested for battery after physically assaulting [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Brie Bella]], who had quit in protest and was attending as a member of the audience.

* Many routine professional wrestling moves such as the power bomb, suplex and even DDT have proven to have very nasty effects when used in Shoot Fighting and MixedMartialArts, though they show up rarely rather than routine and almost always as counters than as offensive moves. Conversely, popular moves such as [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin the stunner]] and [[Wrestling/TheGreatMuta the various bridging submission holds]], while doable, [[AwesomeButImpractical tend to get shrugged off]]. The most popular pro wrestling move in combat sports is the plain old ankle lock. [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique The ankle lock is a dangerous move that gets on and off bans]], rather than the infamous pile driver (which tends to fall under "only as a counter")
* This often happens when a champion from a past era makes a comeback in boxing or MMA and returns to the ring to challenge the new champion or highly ranked contender. These bouts are almost inevitably promoted as a battle between the ages, with the champ from the past talking about how much better the fighters from their era was, and how they'll be too smart or too tough for the young guy. Fans, maybe despite themselves, start to believe in the hype and want to see a storybook performance from their old favorite, so they cheer the old guy on. Then the fighters get in the ring and it seldom ends well for the old champion. Sometimes, it's downright tragic.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* This is rare, but some themed rides may successfully be able to invoke this trope.
* Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a mine train roller coaster located at four of the Ride/DisneyThemeParks. The theme of the ride is that you're traveling on a possessed mine train through an old mine from the 1850s. One thing that sets the Disneyland Paris version of the ride apart from the others is that the trains are painted to look weathered from years of neglect, while the other versions use trains that look shiny and brand-new.

* ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' is all over this trope. Not only does it show the considerably more realistic consequences of fairy tales (particularly in regards to FourthDateMarriage and ParentalAbandonment), it also shows just how dangerous some fairy tale characters can be in a more realistic setting. When a giant comes down from the beanstalk, the audience goes "hey, cool!" at first, until she starts actually stepping on people. It's ''not'' played for laughs whatsoever. However, this only applies for Act II. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Act I is frequently used for school productions]], as it's a fairly straightforward mash-up of recognisable fairy-tales that ends with a musical number celebrating how all the heroes have had their dreams come true and now they're going to live HappilyEverAfter... [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle and then Act II opens]], and everyone is faced with the fallout of their decisions.
* This trope is often taken as the reason for Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'s ambiguous reluctance to kill Claudius -- in reality (and contrary to the Elizabethan revenge dramas that were popular at the time), most people simply wouldn't be able to live up to the command to put a knife in another person's back.
* ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' takes place in a town where a drought has caused a terrible water shortage. A corporation controls the public toilets and forces people to pay to use them to control water consumption with harsh laws ensuring the townspeople comply. The poor people of the town eventually rise up and overthrow the corporation, changing the law to allow people to use the toilet for free… only for the remaining water supply to quickly be used up and causing most of the population to die from thirst.
* In ''Film/{{Aladdin}}'', the side character Prince Achmed is never heard from again after being attacked and humiliated by Princess Jasmine's tiger. When the same thing happens in the parody musical ''Theatre/TwistedTheUntoldStoryOfARoyalVizier'', he ends his kingdom's trade alliance with the princess's and declares war in response, and is openly baffled that she seemed to expect that such an assault on the prince of a sovereign nation would have no political consequences.
** Aladdin's antics in escaping the guards at the beginning also takes a slightly different turn [[AmusingInjuries than in the film]]:
-->'''Captain''': Today things got a little out of hand, and a lot of good people are dead. [...] The sword-swallower slit his throat from the inside when the thief's pet monkey ripped the sword right out of it... Do you know the guy who sleeps on the bed of nails?\\
'''Ja'far''': Yes!\\
'''Captain''': A fat guard fell on him. Now he's dead. Then, when we fell from the window and into the cart of manure...Kabal snapped his neck on impact...two more choked on shit... [[IronicEcho All this, for a loaf of bread.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Despite passionate pleas, Masayuki in ''VisualNovel/AProfile'' is ultimately completely unable to make Miou's parents reconcile. As he says to Miou, it's not like a kid like him can do much to convince adults of anything serious like that. On the other hand, it's not completely without results in that it made her father approve of him, whereas until then he was judging Masayuki as the street punk he used to be.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' can be argued to be this. While the conflict between mystery and fantasy is an important aspect of the series, the real conflict is between mystery/fantasy and ''reality''. This can be easily be seen in Ep 2 with the [[LockedRoomMystery locked chapel]] where the real trick is[[spoiler: the simplest one, namely that Rosa lied (in accordance to Yasu's script) and it was never locked at all]]. It can also be seen in Episode 7 when [[spoiler: the adults find the gold and instead of showing a series of mystery/fantasy scenes, we are instead shown what would happen in this type of family in such a situation: a lot of shootings and deaths]].
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Characters who commit crimes not related to the murder being investigated (altering crime scenes, forging evidence, wiretapping, interfering with investigations, attacking police officers, etc) will be shown in the detention center later, showing that they do serve time for what they did. On the other hand, it seems darned near impossible to actually get anyone in trouble for perjury. ''Dual Destinies'' plays with this, the judge using threats of conviction for perjury to motivate witnesses to start telling the truth.
** Also, the fact that Phoenix in the second game [[spoiler:defends a murderer is reminiscent of many real attorneys who have to defend murderers who are actually guilty (of course, unlike most attorneys, Phoenix has to be blackmailed into it).]]
** What happens when you spend years exposing the hypocrisy and corruption of the justice system? According to ''Dual Destinies'', the result is that people don't trust law enforcement and prosecutors, which, because no one seems to care about guilt or innocence anymore, results in ''blatant and flagrant'' abuse of the law by both prosecutors and defense attorneys. NiceJobBreakingItHero!
*** Speaking of the above, it goes on for about seven years. When the Chief Prosecutor decides to have a cleanup, he ends up having to fire around half of the prosecutors in the office, leaving them a bit short-handed in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]''.
** Since this series relies quite a bit on eyewitness testimony, laws regarding testimonies get invoked from time to time. A few witnesses get threatened with perjury for lying too often, and it hurts their credibility in the Judge's eyes. Also, the Judge once dismissed evidence because of hearsay; in his words, "something that you heard from someone else isn't evidence."
*** Related to this, Phoenix himself used hearsay later on in the case, only for the Judge to attempt to throw it out. The problem? Earlier on, the prosecutor forced the Judge to accept the previous hearsay testimony, which Nick threw in both of their faces! [[{{Touche}} The Judge allows him to continue.]]
** In the second game, Edgeworth cuts off Wendy Oldbag's rambling with "I object to the witness's talkativeness." This is actually a legitimate objection, which the Judge sustains.
** Interpol agent Shi Long Lang, Edgeworth's rival in ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations]]'' openly despises prosecutors after one of them tampered with evidence submitted by his father, destroying the Lang clan's reputation in the process. Working with Edgeworth throughout the investgations doesn't change his beliefs about prosecutors by the end of it, though he does at least acknowledge Edgeworth as a WorthyOpponent.
** Near the end of the above game, it's discovered that Lang [[spoiler: has been unknowingly harbouring a major criminal within his team of subordinates. Who he later takes a bullet for and insists on arresting himself]]. These actions are seen as him [[spoiler: aiding and abetting a known criminal]], and by the time of the next game, Lang is revealed to have lost control of his old team of investigators as a result.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''
** It takes a lot the standard character archetypes in eroge/harem games and shows how ''living'' as an archetype is not all fun and games, by exploring what made them that way. FragileFlower Hanako seems like she needs protection and a shoulder to cry on, but in reality [[spoiler: she resents her friends for treating her like she can't handle herself.]], {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Rin [[spoiler:is distressed by how she can't express her feelings to others]], ProperLady Lilly shoulders all the responsibilities of herself and others [[spoiler:because she's done so since she was a child]], PluckyGirl Emi throws herself into her racing with aplomb [[spoiler:to try and connect with [[DaddysGirl her dead father]]]], and hyper-intense ClassRepresentative Shizune [[spoiler:is just [[WellDoneSonGuy trying to please]] [[AbusiveParents her father]]]]. It also shows that treating the girls like character archetypes ends badly for all involved, but treating them as actual ''people'' instead can help them somewhat.
** One ending of Lily's route. She's on her way to the airport and Hisao wants to [[RaceForYourLove race for his love]], taking a cab and running through the large airport, looking for her. When he sees her just ahead, Hisao wants to call out for her, but his running has overstrained his heart and his arhythmia causes him to pretty much have a heart attack then and there, fainting. [[spoiler: He survives, is being treated in a hospital and Lily is by his side, having noticed him and decided to not go to Scotland.]]
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' shows that playing TheCasanova and trying to balance the affection of multiple girls is stressful for the girls in question and dangerous for you. It can even end in [[spoiler:one of them stabbing you.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', if you pursue Shuu's route, Hiyoko becomes quite the LoveMartyr for him, getting hit with sign after sign that Shuu is really ''really'' dangerous but refusing to acknowledge them. [[spoiler: And if you make it all the way to the end of his route, you are rewarded with Shuu dismembering you and fleeing the school with your severed head.]]
* Archer of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' spent most of his adult life fighting in one war or another in order to [[spoiler:save as many lives as possible]], a motivation he never revealed. As it turns out nobody trusts a stranger who apparently seeks wars without any stated motivation or reward. Eventually he's framed for war crimes and, due to his involvement in so many wars, has nobody to defend him.
* ''VisualNovel/HarvestDecember'' has a few instances:
** It's a recurring theme for the main cast as they live in a town with very harsh winters and heavy snowfall. They remind themselves quite often of the dangers of potentially freezing to death if they stay outdoors too long.
** Early on, Yuki Towada, who would like to remind the hero that MyBiologicalClockIsTicking takes on a job babysitting a neighbor's infant daughter. After one week of sleepless nights and other inconveniences, she slows down a bit.
** The hero, Masaki Konno, has two women fighting over him and the stress is beginning to wear him down. Sounds like a comedic example, right? Wrong. After his UnwantedHarem doubles in size, including the return of an ex-girlfriend who wants to resume the relationship, all of the stress gives him a nasty case of gastritis.
** During the finale, after Masaki [[spoiler:has had his right arm nearly ripped off by a wolf, the pain sinks in after the adrenaline of the fight wears off and it nearly causes him to pass out.]]
* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' frequently features a drug called Soropil, an InstantSedation which has only one major side effect if the recipient overdoses - EasyAmnesia. Naturally, creating a very fast-working sedative that is completely safe made its inventors ''very'' rich.