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, a guard 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 adaptations, 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:
    • King Agnarr and Queen Iduna kept 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 Hans is a master manipulator. Hans could be seen as a deconstruction 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.
    • Elsa refuses to let Hans and Anna marry right away no matter how infatuated they are, for the seeming reason that A) this is the 19th century, when marriages among royals were usually in the interest of politics rather than love, B) marriage wouldn't come for at least five to six months, and C) as Elsa is the ruler, Anna needs her permission to get married. Now, obviously Elsa is greatly concerned about Anna, but realistically, she would be in a position to cut Anna from the line of succession (a good real-life exploration of what happens if one doesn't ask for permission is what happened to the sisters of Lady Jane Grey). Likewise, in the Tie-In Novel A Frozen Heart, Hans didn't realize that his father would scold him and Anna for the Fourth Date Marriage they quickly agreed to, especially because of the international politics involved.
    • 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!
    • Kristoff lampshades this trope when he finds out that Anna got engaged to a man she just met, pointing out how spending time with him will only lead to her realizing things like that her fiance has bad habits she hates, like eating his own boogers (which he claims all men donote ).
    • Kristoff is also quick to doubt that the idea of simply talking to a person will resolve all of their issues with instant success, i.e.: Anna's plan.
  • 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.
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride:
    • Simba's conflict with Kiara and his emotional instability is exactly what happens when a kid watches his father die, he thinks he is responsible and runs away, as the emotional and mental trauma persists well into adulthood, if not for life.
    • Kovu being mistrusted is a natural response when a defector from a known enemy tries to get into the pride by saving a royal family member. Nobody thinks it's a coincidence. And even if this wasn't an Outsider scheme, a stranger does not get the red carpet treatment until it can be proven the stranger is being genuine.
    • The plot goes disastrously wrong when Zira chooses Kovu, someone who is obviously against the plot, does not want power, and already has an emotional attachment to Kiara and no effective way to ensure he would stay loyal, to be an assassin. In just a few hours, Kovu completely abandons the mission, tries to confess to Kiara on multiple opportunities about the plot, and leads to Vitani beginning to turn on Zira.
    • When Zira congratulates Kovu, Simba immediately thinks this was a planned ambush. Just because Kovu knew this wasn't his fault doesn't mean that Simba won't.
    • Kovu getting banished makes sense from Simba's point of view, since he doesn't know what the audience does. While Simba's voice does suggest he's being vindictive, attempted assassination of a king should have gotten Kovu the death penalty, and it was already known that Kovu came from an enemy pack. If anything, Simba banishing Kovu was being merciful.
    • After Zira threatens the recently-reformed Vitani, the other lionesses on her side immediately side with Simba after hearing her threat. Some followers can be loyal to a leader, but only if it's one who treats its family with respect.
  • 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 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 turn.
    • While it turns out that Mayor Leo 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. Even if he had an understandable reason for what he did, he still broke the law on a scale that simply couldn't be ignored.
    • On her first day at work, when assigned to parking duty, Judy resolves to prove she can excel at any task by writing 200 parking tickets before noon. To this end, she is extremely strict in parking enforcement, often handing out the ticket the very second that the meter expires. Not surprisingly, after just one day of this she is hated by everyone.
    • Chief Bogo doesn't care that Judy was the best of her class. Having good grades isn't the same as real-world experience.
  • 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.
  • Mulan: Although Shang did realize how noble Mulan was (and also sparing her life) for battling alongside the army to defeat the Huns and protect her crippled father, he ends up not trusting Mulan after the war. While Mulan did have good intentions, this doesn’t change the fact that she not only deceived Shang and the army about her true gender and identity since the day they met, but Mulan also brought dishonor to the Chinese Army and violated the law. Lying and deceiving people (even though you had a very good reason to) will cause people to deem you as untrustworthy.

    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 and leads him to his Turbine Blender death.
    • 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 
    • Dash vs the Velocipods, with all of it's Family Unfriendly Deaths, is a reality check to High Speed Battles. The first Velocipod gets into a fistfight with Dash as his vehicle is still moving, succeeds in sending Dash flying, and flies into a cliff for his trouble. The second Velocipod slices through a palm tree, causing it to come down on the third guy behind him, and then his crippled momentum causes him to crash anyway. The fourth Velocipod does some fancy evasive maneuvers to dodge some rock formations, and runs into them anyway. The last two try the clever ploy of trapping Dash between them in a narrow cave... or rather, the sixth one did, and his uninformed comrade crashed into him when Dash went underwater.
    • 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 Bob throw his Mean Boss Huph through several walls, the former gets fired instantly for his act. Even after Rick cleaned up Bob's mess and made sure he didn't get sued or arrested, the latter still didn't get his job back due to workplace violence being a ground for immediate 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).
    • Even when living rubber and capable of shapeshifting, Helen still can't override how aging and diet affects the size of her butt. Likewise, Bob is visibly paunchy despite his strength and overall toughness.
    • Bob and Helen have both gained weight in their years of marriage in ways they don't appreciate. Helen is shown lamenting the size of her butt and when Mr. Incredible dons his old uniform we see that when he stretches overhead his belly paunch is exposed.
  • Incredibles 2:
    • After spending years as the family breadwinner and living in his superhero past instead of in the present, Bob is terribly, terribly suited to life as a stay-at-home dad. Caring for a normal baby is tiring enough, but caring for Jack-Jack, who won the Superpower Lottery and has Power Incontinence? Good luck. That's not even going into Barrier Warrior Emo Teen Violet and Super Speed Keet Dash.
    • Despite the family's heroic efforts at the end of the first film, the law against supers operating in public doesn't just get reversed like that, sadly. However it did spawn a movement to have the ban reconsidered.
    • A scene shows Violet attempting to dispose of her supersuit. This implies that just because she (along with her family) saved the world, doesn't mean she is going to quickly accept the fact that she's no ordinary teenager.
  • 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 go From Bad to 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.
    • This movie gives a realistic portrayal of the repercussions of parents trying to mold their older children into being what they (the parents) want to be. Merida is understandabally resentful towards her mother for this.
  • 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.
  • Monsters University
    • Towards the climax of the film, Mike and Sulley are both expelled from Monsters University. But then, they perform a feat of scaring wizardry the likes of which the entire monster world has never seen before. Impressive as it might have been, they still get expelled. The most Mike and Sulley get for all their trouble is a pat on the back and a "good luck" from Dean Hardscrabble.
    • 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.
  • Coco:
    • Even though Miguel is a plucky, street-smart Kid Hero, he needs a lot of help from the adults in order to make it out of the Land of the Dead. In fact, part of his Character Development is realizing that, while his older family members are flawed individuals, he shoudn't reject their legitimate help.
    • Imelda has spent the majority of her life and all of her afterlife believing that Héctor abandoned her and left her to raise their daughter on her own. Even when she finds out that he eventually regretted it and actually tried to come home but was murdered before he could do so, she doesn't forgive him immediately. Several decades' worth of resentment and anger can't simply disappear overnight, and Héctor still left her and Coco in the first place. In the epilogue, however, which takes place a year later, she is shown to have reconciled with him and they have rekindled their romance. She did eventually forgive him, but she needed time in order to do so.

    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
    • In general, the fact that the main character is practically running around naked gets more attention than it does in the books. People either cringe at his actions or look at him like he’s crazy.
    • When George and Harold try to catch Captain Underpants via his cape with a crane, it rips.
    • Mr. Krupp preparing a dramatic reveal of the security cam footage he caught of the two pranksters results in him getting confused and delayed by how to get his TV to display the footage.
    • 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 favor, because Captain Underpants doesn't actually have any superpowers. That is, until the Captain gets his superpowers.

     Illumination 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Despicable Me
    • After stealing the moon, Gru attempts to race to see the girls' ballet recital. By the time he arrived, he is completely late with the janitor putting the chairs away.
  • Despicable Me 2
    • Gru quits villainy to become a jelly businessman. However, he is not successful overnight and the first batch of jelly tastes horrible.
    • Gru is recruited by the AVL to catch a villain but no one (except for Lucy) wants to work with Gru due to previous criminal history.
  • Despicable Me 3
    • Gru has spent most of his life in villainy. Dru has not. While Dru is an enthusiastic amateur, his attempts to help Gru steal the diamond from Bratt only hinder Gru.
    • Despite delivering a performance that earns a standing ovation, the Minions are still arrested because they trespassed on a film studio.

     Lego 
  • The LEGO Movie
    • A Played for Laughs version. When President Business' forces attack Cloud Cuckoo Land, Shaq tries to fight off the flying armoured vehicles with a basketball launched from a trebuchet. note 
    Shaq: Y'all ready for this? (basketball bounces harmlessly off the attacking ship) Oh no, they were ready for that!
  • The Lego Batman Movie
    • Batman's No Seatbelts rule for his Batmobile causes Robin to fly out of his seat and get hurt when riding for the first time.
    • Robin is taught by Batman on how to be stealthy. Robin... does not blend into dark areas, what with his bright colors and glittery cape and all.
    • Using the Phantom Zone Projector to send the Joker to the Phantom Zone causes Batman and Robin to get arrested since, good intentions or not, the Projector is an illegal weapon that was brought into a highly secure prison. Batman also gets briefly called out on using a child to do so.
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie
    • What helps kickstart the plot is Lloyd trying to use the Ultimate Weapon to defeat Garmadon. But the thing is, it is a mystical weapon (to them anyways since it's a laser pointer), so he does not know how to properly use it. Garmadon ends up using this to his advantage by using Meowthra to destroy the other ninjas' mechs.
      • Gets revisited in the climax. When Garmadon tries to use the Elemental weapons to chase Meowthra away... nothing happens. Given that, like Lloyd, he does not know how to use them, and they were for the ninjas specifically, he could do is throw them.
    • Garmadon always fires his former Number-Ones out of a volcano. When he encounters them in the forest, they are obviously not happy to see him again at all, but are absolutely furious about what he did to them. And guess how they plan to destroy him?

    My Little Pony 
  • Equestria Girls (2013):
    • 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:
  • 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 and non-threatening 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 Rainbooms 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 her lantern, 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 over-competitive 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 the prop thief with her Super Speed, but since Rainbow doesn't know the area, she quickly gets lost.
      • After the thief is caught, in spite of their excuses and apologies, Canter Zoom is still furious and hurt that one of his trusted crew members attempted to sabotage his movie's production, even endangering the lives of the actors for what he saw as an extremely flimsy reason. Ultimately, while Canter Zoom doesn't press charges against the thief, he no longer trusts them being around the studio, and the thief is promptly 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.
  • Forgotten Friendship:
    • In the extended version, the restricted section of the Canterlot library has a mechanical book catalog. But since no-one has been down there in a long time, the device has not been properly maintained, causing it to fall apart when Sunset tries to operate it.
    • Pinkie Pie tries running on the beach while wearing swim flippers. She ends up tripping and face-planting in the sand.
    • During her Villain Song, the Big Bad notices Sunset trying to steal the Memory Stone out of their backpack. As soon as they see it, the villain immediately stops singing and grabs for the Stone. Singing isn't a free action.
    • After all of Canterlot High has been made to forget Sunset's Heel–Face Turn thanks to Laser-Guided Amnesia, they believe she's still the same Alpha Bitch she used to be. Sunset resorts to screaming at the top of her lungs that she's not mean, which only makes the other students even more convinced that she's still bad.
    • When Sunset confronts the Big Bad in the parking lot, the villain shouts in frustration that they've already erased everybody's memories of the entire afternoon. Sunset's friends are nearby and overhear everything, which makes them realize Sunset was telling the truth the whole time. Shouting your Evil Plans at the top of your lungs in a public place is a very good way to get caught.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017):
    • When the group attempts to walk across a rope to get to an airship, Pinkie Pie tries to cross it with her usual pronking gait. This causes the rope to shake and she falls off before Twilight catches her with her telekinesis.
    • Rainbow Dash's signature move, the Sonic Rainboom, produces a huge explosion of color in the sky. While she uses it to inspire the air pirates to regain their rebel spirit, Tempest Shadow also sees it, and follows the rainbows right to them.
    • When the Storm King steals the Princesses' magic and gains Weather Manipulation as well, he has to practice using them and doesn't fully understand their true potential. Doubly so because he had no idea who the Princesses actually were and thus no idea what powers he now possesses.
    • In the movie's climax, as the heroes battle the Storm Guard, Spike uses his fire breath to attack some of the guards, with their fur catching fire. One of them falls... and doesn't get back 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!"
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 recognize Takaki when they maybe cross paths the final time onscreen.
  • The Iron Giant: An early scene shows a film demonstrating the duck and cover method that's supposed to protect people from nuclear bomb attacks. At the climax, Mansley orders the military to launch a nuclear strike on the Giant. When General Rogard points out the Giant is currently in the middle of the town, Mansley tells him they can duck and cover in the nearby fallout shelter, leading to this:
    Rogard: There's no way to survive this, you idiot!!!
    Mansley: You mean, we're all going t-
    Rogard: To die, Mansley. For our country.

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