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Reality Ensues: Animated Films
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Lord Shen manages to pull one off against the heroes by subverting No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup.
  • 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!"
    • 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.
    • Mr. Incredible's interrupting Syndrome's Hannibal Lecture (and stopping his attempted getaway) by taking a pot-shot at him with a thrown car.
  • 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, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Princess and the Frog has the trumpet playing alligator, Louis, when he remembers jumping on a ship trying to join the Jazz band playing on its deck: All humans panicked and open fire.
  • 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!

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