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Reality Ensues: Animated Films
  • My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
  • Kung Fu Panda
    • During the bridge fight scene, the first thing the Furious Five does is cut the bridge while Tai Lung is on it. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
    • Tai Lung's best attack is a nerve strike, which Po is totally immune to thanks to his body fat.
    • When Po learns Tai Lung has escaped, he immediately runs away. He tells Shifu that even though he loves kung fu, he knows he is outmatched against such a dangerous opponent.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
    • Po thinks he can use kung fu to make his ordinary straw hat into a "disc of destruction" to cut the chains holding the Furious Five from half a mile away. He ends up looking like an idiot.
    • Po tries to heroically tell Lord Shen about how he's going to rescue the Furious Five and stop him, only to show that Shen can't hear a word of it thanks to Po being so far away.
    • The heroes believe that Shen only has one cannon but he has a fleet's worth.
    • Master Thundering Rhino's "horn defense" is said to be impervious to any technique. Unfortunately, a cannonball propelled by an explosion is not a kung-fu technique.
  • Up
    • Young Carl, determined to impress Ellie, attempts to walk across a wooden beam to retrieve his balloon. He takes a single step. The beam promptly breaks.
    • The reason Russell is collecting badges is that he hopes his deadbeat father would finally show up at his final Wilderness Explorer ceremony. His father still never showed up. But we are treated to a heartwarming scene between Russell and Carl, who became a father figure to him.
    • Early on, when Carl hits the man who knocked over his mailbox in the head with his cane, the man is seriously injured and bleeding, and Carl gets into legal trouble.
  • The Incredibles
    • Invoked when Elasti-girl explains to her children that the bad guys they're facing are not like the ones on TV, and that they Would Hurt a Child if given a chance.
    • "NO CAPES!"
      • To explain: At one point Mr Incredible is talking with Edna Mode, a superhero costume designer about getting a new costume. Edna responds with the above when he asks for a cape, pointing out that a number of superheroes were killed when their capes snagged on, or got caught in, something or other. And at the end of the movie, this fate befalls Syndrome.
    • Mr. Incredible saves a suicidal man, who promptly sues him for the injuries he caused. He stops a runaway train, and is sued for damages. Holding superheroes responsible for the collateral damage they inadvertantly cause is the reason they disappear. (This one is Hollywood Law though, in real life there are laws specifically preventing such suits.)
    • Mr. Incredible's interrupting Syndrome's We Will Meet Again by taking a pot-shot at him with a thrown car.
    • Syndrome trying to be a superhero with just fancy gadgets. It goes horribly wrong because while he does know how to use the weapons he has, his nerves get the better of him the moment something doesn't go according to plan, namely his robot "opponent" recognizes him as a genuine threat and takes out the failsafe shutdown.
  • Brave
    • Merida abuses a loophole so that she can get out of an arranged marriage. Not only does this cause a massive argument with Queen Elinor (leading to Merida's bow getting burnt and her running away), the humiliation of sons of the various clan lords royally pisses the clan lords off, and almost causes a war. In short, the Loophole Abuse made everything worse.
    • Merida the skilled archer shoots at the bear Mor'du and hits him... to little or no effect. Annoying Arrows is a reality when the bow is light enough to be drawn by an average-sized teenage girl, however strong she may be, and the target is an unbelievably massive bear.
  • In the animated film Wizards, good wizard Avatar confronts his Evil Twin Blackwolf. At first everything seems to set up for a Wizard's Duel. Then Avatar, who up to this point has been a pacifist, suddenly pulls a gun and shoots Blackwolf dead, adding "I'm glad you changed your name, you son of a bitch!"
  • Ratatouille
    • After everything seems set for a Happily Ever After, it gets derailed into more of a Bittersweet Ending. Despite everyone's efforts to revive Gusteau's, it's shut down for good when the Health Inspector is entirely unmoved by the fact that the rats in the kitchen are perfectly sanitary and are cooking the food. Remy, Linguini, and Colette do bounce back and open up another restaurant, though, keeping it from falling into a full Downer Ending.
    • Linguini reveals his secret to the kitchen, only to have everyone, even the waiter and his girlfriend, all walk out due to feeling betrayed, with only the latter (the only one he was really emotionally connected to) choosing to come back.
    • Linguini and Colette's Falling in Love Montage is rudely interrupted when Remy falls off Linguini's head, and is abruptly faced with the very real danger of being a rat in the middle of the street.
  • In Megamind, Tighten/Hal initially thought that his powers would be able to impress Roxanne and that saving her would be enough to make Roxanne fall in love with him. But when he finds out that real women don't work like that, he doesn't take it well.
  • In Monsters University, Mike and Sulley are both expelled from the school. But then they perform a feat the likes of which the school has never seen. The result? They still get expelled.
    • At first, Sulley impresses all the teachers with his natural scaring ability. But because he didn't spend any time studying, when he is properly evaluated, he finds that a single great roar can't account for every child.
    • Also, Mike clearly has passion and knowledge for Scaring, but he lacked a certain spark and finds himself expelled alongside Sulley from the Scaring School.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, as the spy car is falling with our heroes inside, the car freezes just inches from the ground because it ran out of gas. Just as the scene starts to fade out, Kate mentions it doesn't work like that and the car suddenly smashes against the ground.
  • In Superman vs. the Elite, Manchester Black issued a referendum to all superheroes on Earth that, after he and his team kill Superman, they'll not hesitate to kill anyone who tries to bring them to "justice." Reality ensues when Black and the Elite are seemingly massacred by a morally-unrestrained Superman, who is effectively elevated to the status of a Physical God when he isn't devoting just as much effort to protecting the lives of others while trying to nonlethally neutralize his enemies.
    • During the final confrontation, Superman performs a mini-lobotomy on Black with his Eye Beams, removing his Psychic Powers. Supes then calmly walks over and bitch-slaps him a few times, with Black collapsing to his knees afterwards. It turns out that Black is useless without his powers.
  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox — and the original Comic Book version, perhaps — Barry Allen's attempt to replicate the accident that turned him into The Flash on purpose instead ends up leaving him with third-degree burns across his entire body. Zigzagged in that the second time, it works.
  • A heartbreaking example in The Land Before Time: The Great Long-Neck Migration; no, Mr. Littlefoot's long lost father, your son is not going to instantly accept you and have a happy, loving reunion with you upon learning that you're his father. He's going to be hurt and upset that you were never there for him his entire life and that he never knew where you were or if you were even alive. Fortunately, this one is remedied pretty quickly.
  • Chicken Run. Sorry Fowler, the RAF doesn't allow chickens to pilot aircraft. Amusingly he had thought this too obvious to mention, and the confusion comes from other characters not spotting it.
  • Starship Troopers: Invasion: Hand-to-hand combat with the bugs is a very stupid idea. Even if you somehow manage to beat down that one, there's still hundreds of them right behind it.
  • The Fox and the Hound: Although The Power of Friendship initially seems to be the main theme of the film, the two main characters (a hound dog and a fox) still end up as enemies and almost kill each other, if it weren't for an epic moment at the end.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    • Quasimodo's attraction to Esmeralda ends up being unrequited. Because even though she has it in her to accept him as a friend and a good person in spite of his less than attractive physical features, he is not the one she loves romantically.
    • When Quasimodo's face is revealed as Not a Mask, it seems like all is good anyway... until inevitably, someone a bit less accepting of physical deformity comes along and decides to play the bully.
    • Even though Esmeralda is saved from the stake by Quasimodo she does not get off scot-free. In the film she nearly dies from smoke inhalation and in the stage adaptation Der Glockner von Notre Dame, she does die.
    • Frollo's death. Turns out standing on a very narrow perch while swinging a sword around does not do wonders for one's physical health, especially when you have already chipped that perch with a sword.
  • Lilo & Stitch: Dr. Jumba partially destroys Lilo and Nani's house while hunting Stitch during a scene that is 100% comedy. The ramifications, however, are the farthest thing from funny: seeing her house burning, the social services agent Bubbles decides Nani is an unfit guardian and takes Lilo away, to be placed in a foster home.
    • Before that, we also see Nani losing her job as having serious consequences. Bubbles was willing to overlook the antics that went on with his previous visit, but if Nani wants to keep custody of Lilo, she can not be without a source of income.
  • The Princess and the Frog has a rare Played for Laughs example; when the trumpet playing alligator, Louis remembers jumping on a ship trying to join the Jazz band playing on its deck: All humans panicked and open fire. "It didn't go well" is a serious understatement.
    • At the beginning of the movie, Tiana works hard and scrapes together every cent she has until she has enough for the building for her restaurant...only to learn someone else outbid her. And the men who she intended to buy it from are insultingly dismissive of her when they give her the news, because she's black and a woman in a time period when neither were thought suited for moving up in the world.
  • In Frozen, the king and queen keep Elsa and Anna shut up in the castle, in a misguided (albeit well-meant) effort to protect the girls. Elsa ends up being emotionally withdrawn, while Anna is so desperate for affection that she throws herself headfirst into a relationship with a guy she just met, agreeing to marry him a few hours at the most after they start talking. Everyone points out how unsafe a thing that is for her to do, and sure enough, it turns out that Prince Hans was only manipulating her into marrying him so he could get at the throne.
    • The latter situation could be seen as a Reality Ensues of the usual "sing-a-song-fall-in-love" plot that Disney often has; turns out, falling in love and deciding to get married the minute you meet someone is a really stupid decision and not as romantic as it sounds.
    • In the ice palace, Anna tries to win Elsa's support just like a Princess Classic would, by singing an inspiring song about The Power of Friendship and how they can fix everything together. All it achieves is making Elsa even more confused and frightened, resulting in her accidentally wounding Anna. Elsa actually lampshades this.
    Elsa: Anna, please, you'll only make it worse!
  • Beauty and the Beast deconstructs the fairy tale's plot point of Beauty falling in love with the Beast after he forces her father to hand her over. Instead, Belle deeply resents the Beast for forcing herself and her father in such a position, and refuses to interact with him. She doesn't warm up to him until he shows genuine kindness to her.
    • It's further deconstructed in the sense of showing how isolation can mess with someone's mental stability. In so many fairy tales, the member of royalty (usually a princess) locked away from everyone else still has perfect social skills. The Beast actually likes Belle from the very beginning, but has forgotten how to act like a human.
  • In The Lion King, Simba finds out what happens when he ignores his father's warnings and enters territory belonging to enemies who both have no qualms about killing a child and have nothing to lose and everything to gain from seeing the heir to the throne of their enemy's kingdom dead. Would Hurt a Child is a reality when the enemies in question have everything to gain from seeing said child killed.
    • Later on in the film, Simba finds himself getting thrashed by almost every opponent he goes up against, even the hyenas. Turns out that living a life of hedonism and eating nothing but bugs doesn't do anything to improve your fighting skills.
  • An example that is Played for Laughs in The Book Of Life. Joaquin asks why Chakal doesn't pick on someone his own size.
    Citizen: 'Cause no one's that big, man!
  • In Big Hero 6, when the team faced Yokai for the first time, they were completely unprepared due to the fact they had no actual combat experience and only had minimal practice time to adjust to their Powered Armor. They ended up causing more harm to their own teammates than to the villain.
    • The video clip of Tadashi showed that it took him dozens of times just to get Baymax to start up properly and having him repeatedly working on the kinks that kept occurring.

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