Reality Ensues / Animated Films

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    Disney 
  • In the beginning of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Uncle Scrooge finds an ancient temple filled with gold and jewels. To the kid's surprise, he reveals that he's not going to keep them, he's going to donate them to museums, ("That doesn't sound like our Unca Scrooge.") because the tax break for doing so is more valuable to him than simply hoarding artifacts in his money bin. ("That does!")
  • 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.
  • In The Little Mermaid, the instant Ariel first becomes human, she's struggling to breathe underwater and would've been in real danger of drowning had Ursula not been quick to seal her in an airtight bubble, and Sebastian and Flounder have to help her reach the surface as quickly as they can.
  • The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea has a few:
    • Speaking to animals can be interpreted as strange. Just ask Melody.
    • Melody not remembering the locket even after seeing her name on it makes sense, since she was only an infant the last time she saw it.
    • Ariel making the choice of keeping Melody ignorant of her heritage resulted in catastrophic consequences. Melody even called Ariel out on this, but forgives Ariel at the end when her impulsive decision to give Morgana the Trident nearly dooms Atlantica. Moral of the movie: Keeping secrets from those you care about can cause the person being lied to not to trust them again. It also makes things worse.
  • 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. It gets subverted in the end, as the Grand Councilwoman declares that Lilo's family cannot be separated, which Bubbles had to comply to, though that puts his job and reputation as a social worker at stake.
    • 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.
    • Stitch has amazing Super Strength packed into that little body of his. Downside? Complete inability to swim due to how dense his muscle fibers are as a result.
  • 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 opened fire. It didn't go well.
    • At the beginning of the movie, Tiana works hard and scrapes together every penny 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 an African American woman in a time period when neither were thought suited for moving up in the world. Some fans theorize that they were straight up lying to her, because they never expected to actually get the money.
    • Tiana's hard working determination to make the money she needs resulted in her spending the rest of her life working, and having no time for socialization. Thus when Naveen tries to dance with her, she reveals she never learned how to dance.
  • In Frozen:
  • Beauty and the Beast deconstructs the fairy tale's plot point of Belle 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 normal person.
    • Unlike most Disney films, all the animals act like real animals and do not understand Belle's words, though it doesn't stop her from trying to talk to them. Her horse also abandons her father when they get attacked by wolves.
  • The Lion King:
    • Simba finds out the hard way what happens when he ignores his father's warnings and enters territory belonging to hyenas, who both have no qualms about killing a lion cub 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 hyenas have everything to gain from seeing said child killed.
    • Also, being king means you have to take care of certain responsibilities. If you don't, you're going to run into all kinds of trouble. Scar gets despised by both the lions and the hyenas for neglecting those responsibilities, letting the Pridelands become a wasteland. As Mufasa tells Simba, "There's more to being King than getting your way all the time."
    • One of the main reasons that Scar ends up in such trouble is allowing the hyenas to run wild, both to solidify their loyalty and to prevent any of the lions rising up against him. This only lasts as long as there's food, though. By the time Simba returns, everyone is on the brink of starvation, the hyenas are openly discussing revolt, and the remaining lions treat Scar with contempt. Scar's final attempt to blame the hyenas for everything proves to be the last straw, getting Scar torn to pieces by a hyena mob.
  • Big Hero 6:
    • What happens (in the teaser) when Hiro tries to shove the squishy, pear-shaped Baymax (who is essentially a hugging robot) into a suit of armor. After a few seconds of looking heroic in it, all the armor promptly pops off.
    • Precocious as he is, Hiro still has the psyche of a boy of his age. When he manages to disarm Yokai and realizes he's Callahan, who not only stole his invention but was also responsible for Tadashi's death he gets a Heroic B.S.O.D. from sheer anger and wastes no time trying to brutally kill him by sending Baymax berserk and siccing it on him, disregarding that he's been rendered pretty much harmless by then.
    • 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 shows that it took dozens of attempts just to get Baymax to start up right, with him having to repeatedly work out the various kinks that kept popping up each time. Almost any engineering student can attest to how much Truth in Television that is.
  • Zootopia:
    • Judy leaps at the opportunity to catch a thief and prove she has what it takes to be a real cop. While she does catch him and bring him in, Judy gets in a lot of trouble with Chief Bogo because she abandoned her post, endangered the citizens of Little Rodentia, and recklessly threw herself in pursuit with no weapon, no backup, and no plan.
    • Judy has some prejudice against predators and foxes due to her upbringing, but she still tries to stay open-minded. While she does learn how to be friends with Nick (a fox conman), she still possesses some anti-fox prejudice, which kinda bites her in the tail during the press conference. In real life, deeply ingrained prejudice doesn't just go away overnight, even if you're actively trying to treat people fairly and if you learn how to become friends with somebody from the group you're prejudiced against.
    • During the subway car fight, Judy sees that they are heading toward an oncoming train but also notices a switch track lever just ahead of them. She insists that Nick speed up and manages to knock off the last sheep onto the lever. This allows them to avoid colliding with the train... then the subway car promptly derails because it was going way too fast over a too-sharp turn.
    • While it turns out that Mayor Lionheart ultimately has nothing to do with the Big Bad's plot, he still ends up in jail for falsely imprisoning the affected predators and withholding information about a public health threat from the police.
  • Moana wants to sail beyond the island she's always known. However, her first attempt to travel beyond the island's barrier reef ends badly as her lack of sailing experience nearly gets her killed. Part of the film deals with having the demigod Maui give her proper sailing training.
    • Even though Moana shows shades of a Rebellious Princess by wanting to have the freedom to explore the ocean, she acknowledges that as the only child of her parents she will inherit the chiefdom from them and cannot simply abandon her duties for her own personal gain. Instead, she takes off sailing only when she knows that it needs to be done to restore the Heart of Te Fiti and save the island from starvation.
    • When Maui successfully reclaims his hook from Tamatoa, Maui discovers that a thousand years without it have left him woefully out of practice and that he has lost control over his shapeshifting. Unfortunately, he discovers this just as he was preparing to fight Tamatoa who proceeds to mop the wall with him while delivering a Break Them by Talking section in his song "Shiny". This leads to Maui developing a case of Psychosomatic Superpower Outage.

    Pixar 
  • 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 Helen explains to her children that the mercenaries on Nomanisan Island are the kind who won't care what age their targets are.
    • "NO CAPES!": 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, citing 5 different incidents when supers 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, as in real life, Good Samaritan Laws exist that specifically prevent such suits.)
    • Mr. Incredible's interrupting Syndrome's We Will Meet Again by taking a pot-shot at him with a thrown car, which sends him into a Turbine Blender.
      • This is actually the third aversion of Talking Is a Free Action. The first time is during a story Frozone tells Mr. Incredible (we don't hear the end, but its heavily implied that Frozone took advantage of the opening). The second time is during Mr. Incredible's first encounter with Syndrome (less successful than the final time mentioned above, but A for effort).
    • Syndrome trying to be a superhero when in reality he's merely a shady inventor who specializes in constructing 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.
    • Syndrome programs a combat robot with learning capabilities that can locate and target specific threats, and also crafts a remote for him to control it, all specifically to be a Paper Tiger he can "fight" against. The Omnidroid recognizes the remote he uses—complete with the off switch—as a threat and moves to take Syndrome out.
    • When Dash fights one of the villain's Mooks, he hits the guy with a flurry of punches... that do almost nothing, since super-speed or not, he's a ten-year-old hitting a full-grown man.note 
    • After Syndrome's acts of terrorism is known to public, the government officials froze all his assets, crippling virtually his entire resources.
    • While it was satisfying to watch Mr. Incredible throw his jerkass boss Mr. Huph through several walls, the former gets fired instantly for his act. Even when Agent Rick cleaned up his mess, Mr. Incredible still isn't let off the hook for his actions due to workplace violation immediately guaranteeing termination.
    • Huph not getting called out for his callousness may also count. This is due to the fact that no company in the world, in real life, would permit employees to engage in fights with muggers or criminals directly, barring there being no other choice, as not only the threat of legal liability, but the very legitimate fear of harm to the employee, fellow employees, customers or the company itself. The only exception being specially trained security guards who not only know how to deal with such a situation, but have signed legally binding contracts that, under most circumstances, exempt their employers from legal liability in the event that injury or death occurs from the normal duties of the job (although Huph should have at least called the police).
  • 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.
  • 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 cooking the food in the kitchen are perfectly sanitary. Remy, Linguini, and Colette do bounce back and open up another restaurant (with a strong hint that it's financed by food critic Anton Ego), 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 Monsters University, Mike and Sulley are both expelled from Monsters University. But then, they perform a feat of scaring wizardry the likes of which the school has never seen. They still get expelled. The most they get for all their trouble is a pat on the back and a "good luck" from the dean.
    • 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.
      Prof. Knight: One scary face does not a scarer make, Mr. Sullivan.
    • Also, Mike clearly has passion and knowledge for Scaring, but he lacked natural talent and physical ability, meaning that he is incapable of being scary by himself since children find him too cute-looking.
    • A more lighthearted version in the end of the movie as well: The pair do get to work at Monsters Inc...as janitors, because they don't have the qualifications to immediately be scarers. However, as the years go by, they work their way up to becoming the top team in the company through hard work and determination like many people do.

    Dreamworks 
  • 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. Indeed, his eventual victory against Tai Lung comes almost entirely from switching his focus on something else while he pummeled his head. And even then, the few seconds an already weakened Tai Lung fully focused on him were the seconds Tai Lung nearly killed him.
  • 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 they learn the hard way he has a whole 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.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3:
    • Calling Your Attacks does not actually make them more powerful, as Mantis finds out the hard way.
    • The Big Bad is a powerful and infamous warrior who was locked away hundreds of years ago. Which means everyone's forgotten who he was.
    • Defeating the Big Bad doesn't just magically fix the destroyed Jade Palace, as it's still being rebuilt by the end of the movie.
  • In Megamind, Titan/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 addition, Megamind expects giving Metroman's powers to Hal will lead to him becoming equally selfless and heroic... not so. Because not everyone can be trusted with that kind of power especially if they're lacking in any kind of maturity.
    • Years of acting as The Cape with no time to define himself as anything else has left Metroman feeling unfulfilled, and years of doing the same thing over and over again with Megamind have left him feeling incredibly bored with life. Essentially he suffers the superhero equivalent of a mid-life crisis.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Contrary to what Hiccup thought, the murderous conqueror trying to kill the protagonists is not just misunderstood. No justification for his massacre of the tribe chiefs appears out of thin air; nor is the physical and emotional suffering of his many victims ever whitewashed. For a kids' movie, it's pretty brutal.
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
    • Professor Poopypants uses his size-altering ray gun to grow Melvin Sneedley's Turbo-Toilet 2000 to the size of a building. It immediately runs out of fuel.
    • Also, during the Flip-O-Rama segment, Harold ends up flipping the pages too hard and rips one.
    • Captain Underpants goes out to battle the Turbo-Toilet 2000. The end result is a Curb-Stomp Battle in the Turbo-Toilet 2000's favour. That is, until Captain Underpants gets his superpowers.

    My Little Pony: Equestria Girls 
  • Equestria Girls:
    • After Twilight first goes through the portal, she transforms from a four-legged pony to a two-legged human. Her instincts at trying to run like a horse are met with bizarre looks. Also, she nearly falls over several times while trying to figure out how to walk on two feet instead of four hooves. She continues to have small nods to horse-like behavior throughout the movie, including trying to kick backwards like a horse when she wants to kick a vending machine after being unable to figure out how it works. Sunset Shimmer even uses this against Twilight by recording her bizarre behavior with a smartphone and posting it online to humiliate her.
    • In the library, Twilight looks bizarrely out-of-place, because she doesn't know how to use a computer. At first, she thinks it's some kind of magic, and resorts to pounding the keyboard with her fists. It also creates a bunch of loud noise that annoys the other students.
  • Rainbow Rocks:
    • Sunset Shimmer, despite her reforming at the end of the previous film, is still hated by the rest of Canterlot High School for years of being an Alpha Bitch, and for trying to brainwash the student body. And even though the Humane Five willingly hang out with Sunset, try to give her another chance, and are sympathetic to her plight, they're mostly doing it because Princess Twilight asked them to, and they don't fully trust the former bully. It takes nearly the entire film for Sunset to even start to earn approval from CHS, and that's only after she'd gone through constant verbal abuse and became one of the key factors in saving everybody from becoming a Siren Hate Plague feast.
    • When Twilight arrives, she and the Humane Five attempt to stop the Dazzlings by clasping hands and shouting "Friendship is magic!" Nothing happens.
  • Friendship Games:
    • All of Human Twilight's observations about magic don't prepare her for actually encountering it. While her intentions are pure, Twilight toying with forces she doesn't understand gives her no idea about how to stop them once they go out of control. It even puts students of both Canterlot High and Crystal Prep in danger during the motocross event.
    • When magic starts popping up at random, Sunset Shimmer writes in her magic diary to Princess Twilight for advice. Sunset never gets an answer. When she complains about this to her friends, Applejack and Rarity point out that, as one of the leaders of Equestria, Princess Twilight is probably extremely busy with a lot of her own problems, so they can't expect her to come to the Human World at the drop of a hat whenever some random emergency pops up. This means that Sunset and her friends have to figure things out on their own, which they do eventually.
    • Several people at Canterlot High mistake Human Twilight for her pony counterpart from another world, referring to her by name the first time she visits the school. Human Twilight is understandably freaked out, especially when she finds out that the Humane Five and Sunset know that her dog's name is Spike.
    • While Human Twilight excels in the academic portion of the Friendship Games, she's a complete liability in the athletic portion, as is to be expected from someone who had never competed in any kind of athletic competition before. It's only through the goodhearted help of Applejack that Twilight manages to hit an archery target; had Applejack not helped her, Canterlot High would have won the event completely uncontested.
    • When Principal Cinch threatens to bring her accusations of cheating to the school board, it's pointed out that since the basis of her claims is "they used magic," it's unlikely she'd be taken seriously.
  • Legend of Everfree:
    • Human Twilight is still traumatized by the events of Friendship Games, having recurring nightmares about Midnight Sparkle. And when magic starts popping up again, Twilight desperately tries to deny it since she's so worried about repeating her mistake.
    • Flash Sentry sees Human Twilight as a Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest for Princess Twilight, who has not contacted him since Rainbow Rocks. However, while Human Twilight looks and sounds like Princess Twilight, she's a different person with different experiences and interests. All of his attempts to interact with her the same way he did with Princess Twilight don't work, and repeatedly helping her doesn't make her attracted to him. That said, realizing all of this helps Flash see that he needs to move on.
    • Pinkie Pie decorates her floating paper lantern with marshmallows. As soon as she lets go of it, it plummets like a rock.
  • Magical Movie Night
    • "Dance Magic":
      • The events of the last film caused a lot of damage to Camp Everfree, and even though the hastily set up fundraiser was successful to get the funds to pay the debts to Filthy Rich, they weren't enough for the necessary repairs to fix all of the damage caused by Gaea Everfree's rampage. This is why the Humane Seven try out for the dance video competition in the first place; it'll get more than enough money for the repairs.
      • The Crystal Prep students mention during the beginning of the short that Cinch was removed from her position as principal and replaced with the much more compassionate Cadance after the events of Friendship Games. Putting the students of two schools in mortal danger from reckless disregard for their safety because she wanted to win an inter-school rivalry game made Cinch's students quickly turn against her. Also, even if the school board wasn't told about the whole "nearly destroyed the world with dark magic" thing, Cinch still blackmailed one of her students with a threat of losing the chance to get into a promising study program. Cinch also knew that same student was being bullied, and not only doing nothing to stop it, but actively encouraged it. Small wonder Cinch lost her job.
      • Despite Cinch no longer being the Crystal Prep principal, her bad influence still resides within the students, as the Shadowbolts quickly fall into their overcompetitive behavior for the dance video contest, even resorting to stealing their opponents' idea. While removing Cinch was a very important first step into changing Crystal Prep for the better, old habits really do die hard.
    • "Movie Magic":
      • The seven girls get Mistaken for Special Guests by a stagehand and are forcefully put into Power Ponies costumes and escorted to a set, with the stagehand hearing no arguments to the contrary they're not actors. The director immediately notices that the girls are obviously not the actors he asked for, and fires the stagehand for incompetence.
      • Rainbow Dash attempts to chase down a thief with her Super Speed, but since she doesn't know the area, she quickly gets lost.
      • In spite of Juniper's excuses and apologies, Canter Zoom is still furious and hurt that his own niece attempted to sabotage his movie's production, even endangering one of the actors. Ultimately, while he doesn't press charges against Juniper because she's family, he no longer trusts her being around the studio, and has her escorted away by security.
    • "Mirror Magic": Just like Twilight, Starlight Glimmer struggles while learning how to walk on two feet. Also, Sunset Shimmer, when she returns to Equestria, has trouble standing on four hooves because she's been a human for so long. She even forgets that she can use unicorn magic instead of her hooves to pick things up.

    Other 
  • 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!"
  • Played for Laughs in The LEGO Movie. When President Business' forces attack Cloud Cuckoo Land, Shaq tries to fight off the flying armoured vehicles with a basketball launched from a trebuchet.
    Shaq: Y'all ready for this? (basketball bounces harmlessly off the attacking ship) Oh no, they were ready for that!
  • 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 non-lethally 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.
    • During the battle on the moon, when Superman creates a tornado (long story short, The Elite's Living Ship created an atmosphere on the moon), The Hat flies up, figuring that as a magic user, he's got the best shot (fun fact: magic is one of the few forces that can affect Supes). He prepares an incantation...and starts gagging. As Black realizes, at the speed the vortex is spinning, it's creating a vacuum.
      Black: His body might not be taking any hits, but his lungs just collapsed from the vacuum!
  • 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. The viewers would expect Littlefoot to instantly accept Bron and have a happy, loving reunion with him upon learning that he was his father. Alas, he was hurt and upset that he was never there for him his entire life and that he never knew where he was or if he was even alive. What's more, Bron ends up having to seriously explain himself in order for Littlefoot to forgive him.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Minions: At his coronation, Bob gives a long speech in Minionese and expects the crowd to congratulate him. However, nobody in- or out-of-universe has any clue what he's saying.
  • Ratchet & Clank: At the end of the movie Qwark attempts to arrest Dr Nefarious... before handing authority over to Ratchet. Seeing as he's betrayed the Galactic Rangers to join Chairman Drek, he is in no position of authority to arrest suspects.
    • After they escaped from the Deplanetizer as it begins to crash into orbit there's a heartwarming scene as Ratchet convinces Qwark to try and atone for his betrayal... until Clank interrupts with a very important statement. Because of how they escaped, they should've suffered from severe motion sickness from the change in inertia of teleporting from a space station crashing into a planet to a space ship. Ratchet and Qwark begin to blow him off... before immediately spewing onto the ground.
    • In a cross-media example, Captain Qwark is not Easily Forgiven due to his Face–Heel Turn, and while the ending of the movie shows that he was slapped with a demotion to Private and had to personally apologize on a tour to the entire galaxy the tie-in game opens with Qwark in prison.
  • In Kubo and the Two Strings, Kubo's mother suffers a blow to the head at the start of the movie, hard enough to draw blood. Flash forward to the present, and this has caused serious medical problems, as she now spends most of every day catatonic. Even when she's conscious, she suffers from tremors, and has large holes in her memory.
  • Storks:
    • The wolves can form several things together but it works as well as expected when they try to become a submarine or an airplane.
    • Building funny extensions onto your house to guide the stork in his delivery is cute and all, but it will break various building safety codes in the process.
  • In Sing:
    • Johnny tries to drive across the city for an exhibition performance and attempts to drive back to the harbor where his dad and his gang are making a robbery. He unfortunately gets stuck in traffic.
    • The reason for the backed up traffic? A car accident that was earlier caused accidentally by Johnny due to his reckless driving to make it to the exhibition performance.
    • Buster tried to create a makeshift fish tank reinforced with nothing but fragile plate glass windows. The whole tank shatters and nearly drowns everyone when too much weight is applied.
    • Throughout the film, the theater is shown to be in bad condition despite Buster's attempts. After the water tank breaks and floods the place, the entire theater collapses.
    • Buster and Mike were so sure that the singing competition was a surefire way to economically improve their respective situations, that they did not put much thought into what might happen if they were not successful. As a result, Buster's theater collapses from lack of maintenance after the flood, and the bank repossesses the ruins. Mike however, has to constantly look over his shoulder after scamming the bear gang.
  • In The LEGO Batman Movie, Robin's bright yellow cape that glitters isn't going to help when trying to be stealthy.
  • By the end of the first An American Tail, Fievel and his family are reunited, the bad cats are defeated, and everything seems great. However, by the second movie, Fievel Goes West, while Fievel's family are still together, they find that living in a cramped space in New York while having limited access to food and being under threat of attack from the many cats still in the city isn't all that great.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls Movie, an Origins Episode for the titular girls, the girls are born with basic intelligence, but are socially naive, especially when it comes to using their powers responsibly, which leads to them destroying the town in a game of tag. The rampant destruction leads everyone to ostracize the girls and it takes stopping Mojo Jojo (after having been tricked into helping his evil plan), to earn their acceptance and find their calling using their powers to fight evil.
  • 5 Centimeters per Second: Long Distance Relationships have to be worked at if they are to survive. Takaki and Akari's communication with each other slows and eventually dies out, and the relationship unravels; by the time they are adults, although Takaki has been nursing the feelings for years, his inability to properly convey this means Akari has not. In fact, she has gotten engaged to another man and doesn't even recognise Takaki when they maybe cross paths the final time onscreen.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

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