Reality Ensues: Fan Fic

Reality Ensues in fanfiction. See also Deconstruction Fic.

Ace Attorney
  • In Cup of Tea Edgeworth tries to set a romantic mood with a candlelight and wine dinner. Phoenix ends up drinking too much wine and is too drunk to get physically aroused.

Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • In How I Became Yours, as Azula is regaining her lightning bending powers, Mai takes the opportunity to throw a knife into her chest, which nearly kills her. This averts Talking Is a Free Action and shows that mundane weapons, even ones as seemingly unimpressive as knives, are a threat against benders.
  • The Stalking Zuko Series:
    • Aang is majorly distrusted by the Fire Nation, not because he's their historical enemy or because of propaganda. No, they distrust him because he and the Ocean Spirit slaughtered countless Fire Nation soldiers, many of who had family. (An argument can be made that the Ocean Spirit was the one that did the killing, but it's unlikely that the Fire Nation will know or care about this factor.)
    • Aang's sparing of Ozai put Zuko's legitimacy as Fire Lord into question and loses him the respect of his comrades, seeing they all told him to kill Ozai and he put his beliefs over the good of the world.
    • When Zuko is hit by lightning, he had to see a real doctor and was comatose for a few days and bedridden for a week afterwards.
    • In the prequel Jet's Troubling Obsession, when Zuko tries to show Jin the view of Ba Sing Se, she lacks the fitness and strength that most of the Avatar cast has and had to be assisted by Zuko to get on the roof; this was supposed to compare the cast to normal people.


Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Cross Over
  • The Dark Knight Saga/Harry Potter Fusion Fic Harry Potter and the Dark Knight deconstructs a certain Harry Potter Fandom-Specific Plot:
    The Joker seemed satisfied, "NOW!" he clapped his hands together. "Where's ole little Griphook?"
    The tiny goblin stepped forward reluctantly, not pleased at all that "Harry" had remembered him.
  • When Harry Potter winds up in the Star Wars galaxy in Havoc Side of the Force, he doesn't understand a word of (almost) any language used, and becomes a smuggler to support himself as he has no knowledge, money, or identification that could help him. Later, Harry tries firing spells at a pirate ship attacking his ship, and he misses horribly until R2-D2 helps him since in space, he has no way of judging relative velocity, size, or distance.
  • During the Halloween spell in The Hell-er-Nator: Chaos Machine, things are far more serious than the actual Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode. The titular Terminator, pirates, and others cause easily dozens of murders, rapes, and arsons. Children are forced to become soldiers or die horribly. And while the police are doing what they can, there's so much chaos, a detective remarks that soon they'll be down to half a car and a dog for each crisis (then notes that they don't even have enough manpower for that).
  • In Here be Dragons the protagonist's mostly civilian crew tries to play Big Damn Heroes against an enemy powerful enough to capture two Jedi... and swiftly get their arses kicked, needing The Cavalry to save them in turn.
  • When the Scoobies need to get rid of Alcatha and pieces of the Judge in A Hunter's Tale, they take Left's suggestion and encase them in cement and dump them in the ocean after drawing holy symbols on the containers.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, when Dark Magical Girl Fate received a whipping from her mother for not doing her job well enough, she had some visible wounds on her body, but wasn't too badly injured. In Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight, that same event combined with the way she was pushing herself hard without getting enough sleep, which was the same way she pushed herself in canon, caused severe internal injuries that would have killed her if her Familiar Arf hadn't managed to get help in time.
  • Mare Genius: Pinkie tries to surprise combat-trained Agatha with a Party Cannon and gets exactly the kind of counterattacking Reflexive Response you would expect from someone seeing what appears to be a weapon pointed at them.
  • Mass Effect Human Revolution:
    • Singularity doesn't just make people float around haplessly. Here, victims get sucked in and turned into Ludicrous Gibs.
    • Chapter 36. No matter how strong your Healing Factor you will still go down after getting hit in the head enough times.
    • Chapter 41. Wreav may be Bio Augmented up the wazoo but he still will fall when multiple squads and a Wanzer empty their weapons into him. And infantry-scale attacks, even from the second strongest known human biotic, aren't going to do anything to a building rated against nuclear strikes.
  • Subverted in Mikami Vs. the Cybermen. After eight days straight of writing, he mentions how surprised he is that he hasn't run out of ink. Double Subverted right afterwards, when he dies of thirst.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Stargate story New Guard, Xander has a lot of trouble figuring out his new powers after being turned into Superman and the Stargate team has just as much trouble testing them. While testing his speed, Xander first destroyed his shoes and a treadmill, then couldn't use a treadmill for military machines due to not being heavy enough. Finally when he did free running on a track, his clothes were destroyed and he couldn't go full speed without creating a sonic boom.
  • Played with, though also straight, in the 1983: Doomsday Stories, which has Austria hoping against hope that Hungary survived Doomsday. She doesn't. Though it doesn't stop her from looking after him even after death.
  • No Chance For Fate is built on reality ensuing on the common tropes of the Fuku Fic as well as on the source material of both series.
  • In The Queen Who Fell To Earth this is something Harry is quite aware of as time passes, as everything the dragons can offer (new power sources, among other things) has the potential of offsetting the world's balance of power.
  • In A Spark of Genius, Leviathan aka Xander uses his portal technology to blast Hawkgirl with arctic water. Xander's banter is cut short when he realizes she's entering the first stages of hypothermia and he quickly teleports her to the Watch Tower's med-bay.
  • Thinking In Little Green Boxes - a strange man shows up at the front gate of a school asking to see a little boy that doesn't know him. Hagrid goes straight to jail. Later subverted when he becomes a Magic Avenger.
  • When Tony Stark stops all production of weapons by his company and switches to electronic devices (such as computers and phones) in A Third Path to the Future, thousands of employees are laid off (and hired by competitors) as their skills aren't compatible. Though Emma Frost does note that while Stark's former employees do resent him, it's far less than expected.
  • In White Devil of the Moon, Nanoha realizes that Princess Serenity could have caused a diplomatic incident if she came to harm in any of her trips to Earth, and when she fell in love with Endymion, he might have turned out to have been an unscrupulous individual seeking the throne.
  • Superwomen Of Eva Treacherous Web: Doctor Ritsuko Akagi, augmented with the powers of Spider-Man, decides that her first action with these powers will be to assassinate Gendo Ikari, and thus attacks him on his house in the middle of the night. While other stories in the Superwomen of Eva series have had Gendo as the Big Bad (and struggling to deal with the superwomen), this time he's unaware of (and thus unprepared to encounter) a superhuman fully intent on killing him, and thus ends up very, very dead, very, very easily. Everything that happens to Ritsuko afterwards is a possible example of this, in the fact that killing Gendo does not automatically makes things better for anybody.
  • Christian Grey Vs Pepper Potts is written based on the premise of how situations from Fifty Shades of Grey would have gone if a woman aware of abuse and healthy BDSM was in Ana's place. Among them:
    • Pepper Potts is not impressed by Grey's attempts to stalk her or mail her a BDSM contract without her consent. She ends up appealing to Black Widow and Hawkeye for protection, to put an end to the stalking.
    • When She-Hulk is told about Christian trying to rope Pepper into said contract, the first thing she says is that such contracts aren't legally binding. When Christian mails her a copy of Tess of the d'Ubervilles and compares him to Alec and her to Tess, she notes that Alec was a horrible person and using him and Tess as a literary couple is not a good way to compare a real life relationship. When she wakes up in a hotel room after getting drunk and finds that Christian removed her clothes and won't tell her where they are, she freaks out and runs out of the hotel, telling Black Widow (who was searching for her outside) "Thank God. I think my client is a creeper."
    • Jane is appalled, instead of turned on, when Christian tries to finger her at his family's charity event.
    • On the flipside, while She-Hulk thinks that Christian is a sleezebag and very much supports Pepper filing charges against him, she still takes his case against Hawkeye and Black Widow because them attacking him in defense of Pepper, while understandable, was still illegal. This is followed by She-Hulk having to drop the case because Christian starts trying to force her into a romantic relationship with her, which makes business arrangements between then unethical.
    • The fact that Christian Grey (a rich, perverted, idiotic lunatic) manages to escape the detection of every superhero and secret agent out to get him is because he's a rich, perverted, idiotic lunatic (and so has an entirely different mindset that the typical looking-to-Take Over the World super villain), and they are approaching the problem from the wrong direction. They discover this shortly before he manages to nearly attack (with intention to kill) the Black Widow (who is almost to term with her and Hawkeye's child, subverting the expected use of Pregnant Badass (she doesn't single-handedly kicks his ass, but is able to buy time for the Big Damn Heroes).
  • In Who Loves Thee Best, Itachi Uchiha leaves the Uchiha village with everyone slaughterednote  and spends eight years searching the lands to break the curse on his only and closest friend Masataka who is cursed to an eternal sleep unless he's kissed by someone who loves him a la Sleeping Beauty. When Itachi finally returns to the village to lift Masataka's curse, he finds that Masataka's hair and nails have grown to ridiculous lengths. His body and muscles wasted away due to starvation and lack of use because there was no one to care for a comatose person with the implication that Masataka stayed alive due to the curse.
  • In the A Certain Magical Index/Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover Walpurgisnaught, Touma picks up one of Homura's guns and uses it. Since he had never handled a gun before, the noise hurts his ears and the recoil hurts his arm.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Anita Blake story The Devil in the Details, Buffy Summers points out to Anita Blake that the U.S. is not a land of feudal lords and that this is not the Middle Ages. The so-called "master of the city" has absolutely no legal authority at all'', and that when he uses his thugs to force people to come to him, he's guilty of ordering kidnapping. Similarly, she points out that the US Constitution legally allows anyone to live anywhere, and the Master of the City has no authority to forbid anyone from living where they want. And when he orders Anita to bring Buffy to his presence, Buffy calls the cops and has Anita Blake arrested.
  • In In Stark Contrast, Xander uses a wrist mounted railgun he made in an attempt to stake Spike and Drusilla. While he dusts Spike, Drusilla survives and Buffy (who was using Drusilla as a hostage/human shield) gets a hole in her collar bone from over-penetration.
  • From the Italian remake of Battle Fantasia Project:
    • the Nightmare Factory has a large number of hideouts exposed due the simple fact they double as legally registered factories, thus, once The Masquerade is lifted, the authorities notice their name and not only start raiding at the first excuse but accidentally leak their position to the Sailor Senshi in the process of confirming to each other their position (Sailor Venus' day job happens to be in the police);
    • Minako's Dark and Troubled Past has left a deep scar in her subconscious;
    • Mimete's car had a bomb inside, put there by Sailor Venus to try and destroy the Death Busters early and detonated when she ran off a cliff due sabotage from her colleagues;
    • Tuxedo Kamen is up to his antics because he knows that engaging directly the much more powerful monsters would end with him dead, and thus is reduced to hit-and-run tactics and acting so crazy the enemy gets stunned while Sailor Moon attacks them;
    • Homura Akemi is absolutely pathetic in using rifles, and her choice of weapons isn't the best. Also, she has no idea that old and worn guns aren't safe, and one of her aquisitions nearly got the chief of the police fired for losing a large number of confiscated guns;
    • Japanese police is wary of the Magical Girls because they happen to look like punks (the exceptions being the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, where Minako serves and whose chief is more tolerant, and that of Mitakihara, whose chief is the father of a blue-haired magical girl).
  • From the Babylon 5/Star Trek crossover Shielded Under the Raptor's Wings:
    • Before the intervention of the Federation, the Klingon and the Romulans, Earth Alliance managed to devastate the Minbari merchant fleet. It not only slowed down the Minbari advance, but caused such damage to their ability to support their military outside their territory that the Battle of the Line was their last chance to win the war, as they cannot repeat the attempt anymore. Also, they couldn't pull out the ground forces fighting on Cyrus, that remained stuck there;
    • On the opposite side, the Federation, Klingon and Romulan war effort is hampered by the fact the story is set right after Praxis, with the Klingon economy in shambles and supported only by large chunks of the Federation merchant navy, that is thus unable to adequately support the fleet deployed on the other side of the galaxy while the Romulans are still recovering from a recent civil war and their own economic crisis. Also, as of chapter 6 their effort is even more hampered by an antimatter shortage (the Romulans suffer less as they still have in service a number of fusion-powered ships, but singularity-powered ships are still in development and thus their best ships are antimatter-powered), and the only ones who can supply enough antimatter to prosecute the war are the Centauri;
    • The Minbari actions didn't earn them any simpathy among the Younger Races, and now their aura of invincibility has been shattered some of them have joined the war on the other side;
    • Minbari tank designs get heavily criticized for the choice of armouring it with a material excellent against energy weapons but extremely vulnerable to kinetic penetrators (a choice that could be justified in space, as using kinetic weapons in space is extremely difficult due the extreme range and speeds involved, but is suicidal on the ground where the shorter range and lower speeds make kinetic weapon the best choice), the main gun being extremely powerful but fixed forward and thus unable to target anything on the sides, and the presence of radiator fins that not only are even more vulnerable than the rest of the tank but also make them much larger, and thus hamper their movements if they get caught into urban areas or similarly cramped spaces. The only one that gets a pass is the Windsword Assault, by virtue of featuring a superior composite armour (making it a Lightning Bruiser capable of surviving hits that would have destroyed any EarthForce tank) that covers the radiator fins and having been cobbled together at the start of the war from technologies being developed specifically to correct the aforementioned flaws (thus being still excessively large and with a fixed forward guns), with prototypes that correct said flaws being under testing;
    • Many Minbari are under the impression that War Is Glorious, and are implied to believe that a Minbari army surrounded, outnumbered and outgunned could defeat any enemy by simply charging out. The Minbari army on Cyrus does just that, and is slaughetered in a way that proves that War Is Hell. Interestingly, the soldiers who charged knew it, but they did it anyway because if they did anything else they would have been branded as cowards and the lesson they had learned would have been swept under the rug.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover story Not In Kansas, Kara's sex addiction is treated as a real and serious problem rather than a dream come true for men.
  • Ship of the Line: The Death Star: When the Death Star suddenly appears over Earth, it causes minor earthquakes over a large portion of the world due to having roughly the same mass as the moon and being far closer.

  • In the Teen Titans fic Consequence of Misunderstandings, Starfire attacks Raven (who left the team five years prior) while the latter is on a date. Afterwards, not only does the Titans' reputation take a major blow, but the entire situation becomes an interstellar incident since Starfire is Empress of Tamaran. Batman lectures them after hearing "all the details about that debacle from various media sources. And from the Department of Justice. And the State Department, the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and the leaders of the Armed Forces." Furthermore, Starfire ordering three battlecruisers into Sol's heliosphere without informing the Justice League or the Armed Forces is treated as an act of war. She's given twenty-four hours to get them out of the system or they'll be destroyed and she'll be deported from the planet and barred from ever returning.
  • In Don't Poke the Golden Goose, almost everyone at the Daily Planet is fully aware that Clark Kent is Superman. They just don't let anyone else know since if Clark's life became too hard, he might well just leave and they'd be out both a superhero and a skilled reporter.

Death Note

The Familiar of Zero
  • Present but downplayed in Jus Primae Noctis, and even played for laughs, most notably when Saito notes that anyone who thinks spending the night with four beautiful girls in his room is a good thing has obviously never done it. There's a lot of arguing, competitiveness, and jealousy between the girls.
  • Zulu Squad No Tsukaima:

  • Forward:
    • River faces off against a rival pirate crew's Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy. The battle begins with them sizing each other up, and with the martial artist declaring River as a Worthy Opponent, who might be able to truly test his skills, and he rushes at her with his bo staff. River shoots him twice in the head. Then she demands chocolate.
    • Later on, River is facing a group of vengeful pirates. She's on the ground, and they're in their ship. She starts running for cover behind some boulders where they can't shoot her, only to get hit by the backwash of their engines and get thrown into said boulders, breaking her legs and back.


Girls und Panzer
  • Boys Und Sensha-do has "simunitions" for the tanks in tankery, as the author believes tankery is otherwise dangerous enough. Despite this, Miho ends up being seriously hurt when she accidentally gets hit in the chest by a shell, and would have lost her legs if the tank had accidentally rolled over her.
  • Some fanfics run off the plotline that winning the tournament is not necessarily enough on its own to prevent Oarai from being shut down, such as in "Girls Und Panzer: New Fields of Battle". Flip Side of the Coin has an alternative take - Oarai remains open, but Anzio gets shut down instead.

  • Frequently Played With in Hunting The Unicornlots of tropes show up naturally, but everyone who actively tries to invoke a trope will end up just failing at best, or running into consequences at worst. Most notable is Blaine's past attempt to invoke Sex Equals Love, which... didn't work. Another case is where Blaine hits his head during a kidnapping and the Easy Amnesia/Tap on the Head tropes are very much averted. Namely, that the normally-sensible Blaine devolves into asking Kurt the same questions every few minutes, becomes terrified of falling asleep, and has headaches that he futilely tries to explain as strange-colored wind. He later tries to reason with his kidnapper, and ends up watching him try to strangle Kurt.

Harry Potter
  • The Boy Who Died shows the consequences of making little Harry Potter a famous figure, icon of the Light, and the enemy of dark wizards everywhere before he even knows how to talk let alone protect himself.
  • In Changes Dumbeldore's excuse of "I know what's best" doesn't cut it in a court of law and when his history of child neglect comes to light he is stripped from his position as a school headmaster.
  • Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness:
    • Let's face it—those kids never really stood a chance of doing anything but keeping the Death Eaters busy while Harry dealt with Voldemort. Teenagers against adults who have spent the better parts of their lives learning to use magic designed to inflict pain, suffering, and death? The D.A. is lucky they lasted as long as they did.
    • From 1997 through 1998, Wizarding Britain was taken over by a far right terrorist group focused on cleansing the magical society of Muggle Borns and impure bloodlines. In A Peccatis, even a decade after they were stopped, is it really a surprise that Muggle Borns have left the Wizarding world or are refusing to send their children to Hogwarts for fear the insanity will start all over again?
  • In Harry Potter & the Azkaban Parody Harry's former friends demand (not "ask", demand) his forgiveness for wrongfully imprisoning him in Azkaban and then confine him to school and their presence. Not to mention burning all of his possessions, and killing Hedwig right in front of him would leave good memories of them. Harry isn't real inclined to forgive them no matter how much they demand it, and plans to sue them all for the damages they've done.
  • Harry Potter: Junior Inquisitor:
    • When Amelia Bones finds one of her aurors (Tonks) sneaking into a restricted area on Dumbledore's orders, she fires Tonks on the spot. "Leader of the Light" or not, aurors aren't allowed to take orders from anyone outside the chain of command.
    • Harry learns that his Firebolt was destroyed beyond repair while being checked for curses and the professors covered it up by buying a new one with his money. It's noted by Susan and Amelia Bones that it'd take longer for the manufacturer to repair it or build a new one than the amount of time the teacher's allegedly took to fully strip it down, check it for curses, and rebuild it.
    • When most of the professors and several members of the Order of the Phoenix help Dumbledore drug the Hogwarts students with potions to make them accept anything they see or are told, along with imprisoning anyone who escapes their dosing, every professor who helped (and every Order member) is arrested on the spot. According to Madam Marchbanks, Hogwarts will be closed at least temporarily given that almost the entirety of it's staff is going to be fired.
  • In Harry Potter and the Something Something the most perfect girl ever appears in Voldemort's lair offering him a shot at redemption. Voldemort is entranced by her pretty eyes... the Sue ends up dead like all the others that keep bothering Voldemort but he kept her pretty eyes to play with.
  • If Thems The Rules shows regardless of Harry raising Tom Riddle in better circumstances and giving him an ideal childhood, Tom Riddle is still a sociopath.
  • In Lord of Caer Azkaban Harry sends in his elite team of soldiers to take out Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Harry doesn't participate in the battle himself because he knows that, as an untrained student, he'll just get in their way.
  • A Necessary Gift shows that even if you defeat the Big Bad that doesn't mean everything gets magically better or his followers (and the prejudiced ideology he espoused that allowed him to gain power in the first place) will go away. In fact things get worse because the only one who could control the bad guys is no longer around...
  • In No Curiosity the child abuse Harry Potter receives leads to psychological problems and Harry becomes an Extreme Doormat.
  • When Harry remembers Griphook from his first visit to Gringott's in Nymphadora's Beau, the goblin neither remembers nor cares about some child he escorted four years prior.
  • In the one-shot Potter's Bride, after Gabrielle marries Harry because he saved her life, she finds it's not a fairy tale romance after all. She's a small child who no longer lives with her family, is stuck in a country where she doesn't speak the language, and lives with a boy she barely knows.
  • As mentioned in an author's note in the AU Raised By Darkness concerning why Sirius Black isn't immediately released from Azkaban; because although Minister Fudge has grown a backbone in this fic and "is being nice to Harry and the Dementors he has no evidence to suggest Sirius Black is innocent and he still wouldn't believe Harry who is close friends with the man."
  • In Where is Hermione?, Hermione runs away to New Zealand after the Final Battle and lives with her parents. Harry spends eight years trying to find her before eventually giving up, so when she shows up at his house eleven years after the Final Battle to tell Harry he has a daughter, Harry wants nothing to do with Hermione. In fact, he's moved on and gotten married to Gabrielle Delacour.
  • In Wish Carefully it turns that the Light lost to the Death Eaters on purpose, and because they exiled all Light supporters and muggleborn they have no economy or people to lord over and Dark wizards tend to be the very bottom or very top of society. Their society is slowly dying off due to frequent inbreeding and social mores preventing large families.
  • You're on my side? shows what happens when leaving little Harry Potter with so-called guardians who hate him and don't care if he lives or dies.

  • In Brainbent, Eridan tried to intentionally invoke something he saw in a prison movie- specifically, the idea that if you end up in prison, you should make an example of anyone who tries to fuck with you so everyone else will respect you. Not only did it not work, it actually did the exact opposite of what he wanted: nobody respects him because they're all afraid of him, so instead of becoming admired and respected, he just got alienated even more, to the point that nobody wanted to talk to him, even people who were the closest thing he had to real friends

Kim Possible

The Lord of the Rings

Love Hina
  • In An Alternate Keitaro Urashima Keitaro refuses to run the Hinata Inn since, not only are several of the girls violent and don't want him there, he's got his own life to live and can't devote that kind of time to running the dorm. When Granny Hina tries to play the childhood promise card, Keitaro points out that you can hardly expect someone to stick by a promise they made when they were five and to a girl he barely even remembers. Meanwhile, Naru's and Motoko's chronic violence comes back to bite them both; Naru is treated as a pariah after several students see her punch out Keitaro while he's talking to Mutsumi, and Motoko is arrested for assault with a deadly weapon when she attacks Keitaro with her katana.
    • Haruka's treatments of various workers and customers in her tea shop (such as having Sakura work overtime or deliberately spilling tea on a customer) gets her sued in a case that her lawyer admitted was stacked against her. After refusing her lawyer's suggestion to settle, she unsurprisingly loses the lawsuit and has to shut her tea shop down.
  • Contract Labor
    • When Keitaro asks his trainers why he's being trained to shoot three targets at a time he's told no matter how good he is, if he's facing more than four enemies with guns at once, he'll probably "suffer a fatal dose of lead poisoning" before he can shoot them all.
    • One of the mercenaries on Seta's dig is left temporarily near deaf from firing his rifle inside a cave.
  • For His Own Sake:
    • Kaolla Su decides to "cheer up" the guests at an inn by chasing them with exploding Mecha-tamas. Dozens are injured, the inn is nearly destroyed, and Kaolla is arrested as a terrorist. Not mention she puts a serious strain on her home country's own reputation.
    • Naru's Hair-Trigger Temper gets her into some very hot water when she punches a man that she assumed was making creepy passes at a woman. The man and woman are revealed to be a married couple and on top of that, he's revealed to be the career adviser at Tokyo University that Naru had an appointment with, meaning Naru essentially put her academic future and job prospects in jeopardy.
  • In Love Hina: Like It Could Have Been, when the girls angrily declare that they'd never let a man be their manager, Keitaro leaves, having compromised with his parents (and thus not being forced to live at the Hinata Sou). Later Kitsune is told to either pay her rent by the end of the month or find a new place to live, and both Motoko and Naru are smart enough to rein in their hatred of men so carpenters can fix the damage Su's inventions have caused.

Lyrical Nanoha

  • In Oneesama, Shizuru giving a Skinship Grope to Natsuki is treated as sexual harassment by Miss Maria, who says Shizuru could be expelled if she felt it necessary. Thankfully, she's also a Reasonable Authority Figure, and decides on a punishment that forces Shizuru to humble herself and approach Natsuki as herself, rather than her persona as top Coral.
  • In Perfection Is Overrated, a handgun is significantly less powerful than most of the Himes' Elements or Childs, but it still has enough power to kill someone. Shizune, whose special ability made those of the Himes useless finds this out the hard way.

Marvel Universe
  • In Mission Report Impossible, Quill has terrible spelling since he was kidnapped when he was nine then raised by space hillbillies while Rocket can barely write because he's basically a scientifically modified racoon (he can however read eight different languages).

Mass Effect
  • In Renegade Reinterpretations humans do NOT magically Advance Swiftly. As such, when the Batarians come visiting, they get Curb Stomped over and over again and only Zerg Rushing enables them to desperately throw lives for time in the hope of being able to turn the tide someday. After they do so, the cultural scars of the generations-long war means that mankind does not magically become receptive to further alien contact.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum:
    • Canon!Twilight goes off on a rant about how utterly impractical it would be to just relocate all of Equestria onto the planet Earth. Not only would it take massive amounts of magical energy to transport a decently sized landmass across another dimension, enough that Twilight says that it's outright impossible, but, as she herself puts it, "several trillion tons of continent does not make for a gentle impact on another world." To make a long rant short, let's just say there's a lot of catastrophic events in both universes that the appearance of Equestria really should have caused.
    • The Starvation Side Story explores what would happen if the barrier caused a massive displacement of people and a large part of the world being left unable to produce food. Simple foodstuffs have become luxuries, and people are willing to risk their lives fighting in the war to get food rations.
    • The Calm Before the Storm Side Story illustrates the consequences of what would happen to a country if it had a sudden, and very enormous population boom, during wartime no less. It turns out that TCB!Equestria is suffering from food shortages, rapid industrialization that is ruining the environment, and does not have enough space or the adequate infrastructure to support all the newfoals that came in. And a prolonged war with innumerable casualties is bound to completely destroy the fabric and the general morale of society, so much so that in the end only terror and fanaticism can hold it together. And barely that is enough.
  • The Equestrian Civil Service Series is all about this. In a realm of gods, monsters, heroes, epic adventures (and Royal Brats), there still needs to be somepony to run things behind the scenes, leaving the eternally Beleaguered Bureaucrats to deal with everything from imminent disaster to the fallout of a visiting celebrity to a castle covered in custard.
  • The Finger Trap has Twilight Sparkle appear on humanity-occupied earth, and go to the first house she can see to ask for directions. Instead of a person who sympathizes with her and wants to be friends, the main character is the one contacted... who distracts her long enough to call Animal Control.
  • The Night Of Days (in which American Airborne troops and German defenders are teleported from Normandy into Equestria by a reincarnation of Nightmare Moon) has her luring scattered German soldiers to her castle ruins, where she then tries to manipulate them and gradually take them over, in order to make them fight for her and put her on the Equestrian throne. The German commanding officer is... not amused. He nods at first, but then he pulls out his sidearm and nonchalantly guns her down, injuring her severely. Then he declares that the soldiers under his command would be serving no one but "Führer and Vaterland" and leads them on a campaign to colonise Equestrian territory for Nazi Germany. (Word of God says that he wanted to avert exactly what another fanfic he once read did; having the Germans comply with Nightmare Moon without as much as a question. He said he disliked it exactly because it would have been completely unrealistic.)
  • Just like in Ace Attorney, Octavia has evidence in Vinyl and Octavia Duel Destiny which she has taken from the scene of the crime and is about to use to prove Vinyl's innocence, only to be told that it's inadmissible and is barred from practicing law as a result.
  • The Writing On The Wall features this when the eponymous writing is deciphered, revealing the true nature of the Ancient Tomb that Daring Do had been exploring. Why Daring Do and the workers had gotten sick when the building had been abandoned for thousands of years, as well as the strange construction of the building and the various defenses constructed around it is explained in a single stroke. Unfortunately for the characters involved, The Reveal turns the story into a Horror story, as the disease is not one caused by any sort of pathogen, or indeed anything a pony would understand.
  • The Lunaverse:
    • Pinkie Pie the hyperactive Genki Girl party animal is exactly as annoying as you might expect such a character to be in reality.
    • In At the Grand Galloping Gala, Princess Luna explains in great detail to Trixie why she can't just up and throw around her royal authority to get rid of the Deadly Decadent Court, at least not if she wants to avoid becoming a dictator.
  • In The Demesne Of The Reluctant Twilight Sparkle, as Badass as Rainbow Dash and Applejack are, they can't singlehoofedly fight off a group of anonymous looters who both outnumber and get the jump on them.
  • Long Road To Friendship
    • The fic, as a whole, deals with Sunset Shimmer's reformation from an Alpha Bitch to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, while making her life a living hell for it. Despite honestly wanting to change, Sunset is constantly distrusted, is assigned months of detention for her actions, and suffers a Catapult Nightmare literally every time she goes to sleep because of her inability to move on. However, it also shows Twilight Sparkle's human counterpart bonding quickly with the new Sunset, because Human Twilight has only ever seen Sunset's good side.
    • Later chapters also show how randomly moving from one dimension to another has a lot of unforeseen consequences. When Sunset first arrives in the human world, she has to struggle to learn how to walk, and come to grips with every creature looking vastly different. Also, Sunset comes over with no money, no family, no friends, no public records, no official identification of any kind, no stable income, and few practical skills since the human world doesn't have any magic. She ends up having to live in an abandoned factory and mooch off of boyfriends in high school just to survive, hoping that no one finds out.

  • In Self-Insert Fic Aberration Occidental Otaku Rae trips into a portal and is transported in Konoha. Does she learn cool jutsu, gain a bloodline or take a level in badass? Nope. She is stuck homeless in a world alone with nothing but her clothes on her back, will never see her family and friends again and is unable to learn any jutsu because she's from another world and doesn't have chakra. While she does find her place in Konoha, she remains a normal civilian woman and can not compete with a ninja.
  • Blood Is Thicker Than Bone:
    • Naruto has enough of Sasuke's attitude and after he gets coldly brushed off decides to forget about trying to be a friend with him. When Sasuke has left to join Orochimaru Naruto points out all the things he's done and sees no reason why he should go after him.
    • Naruto finds himself having to fight Orochimaru and winds up with a broken wrist and beaten by him rather easily. Even though he has The Kyuubi and Shikotsumyaku Kekkai Genkai, he's still just a Genin who's been training for a year going against one of the most powerful ninjas in the world.
  • Chapter 7 of Blossom in a Cage of Bones showcases that even Bandits who are often regarded as the bottom of threats, even in a world filled with mythical beasts and mountain destroying moves, can be a threat to villages and towns, especially if they band up together in large numbers under a strong leader.
  • As Destiny Is A Hazy Thing shows, an invasion that severely weakens two of the five great villages when all villages are in a constant Cold War is liable to set off the next World War.
  • Escape From The Hokages Hat
    • The Sasuke retrieval mission was a success, although Naruto lost his right arm (worry not, for it grew back). Sasuke, however, is charged with treason and locked up in ANBU prison with his ninja status (his chakra network is also shut down) revoked without any chance to regain it or any parole. Made worse due to attacking Naruto, a fellow Leaf nin, and placing the others on the mission in danger. Naruto himself doesn't dispute the punishment.
    • After years of dealing with Sakura (who'd commit Domestic Abuse on him at any time or call him an idiot or a perv), 13 year old Naruto has the notion that ALL women will beat him for anything even something out of his control leading to a rather OOC (read: quiet) Naruto on a trip with Tsunade, Shizune and Hinata and a case of accidental Covert Pervert. Tsunade sits him down and tells him "No. Sakura just had issues. We are not going to beat you for something as stupid that."
    • Shikamaru assumes Naruto and Hinata will become a couple not because everyone knows how Hinata feels about Naruto, but because Tsunade is about to take a self depreciating Shrinking Violet and an abused Attention Whore desperate for a real friend into isolation. Naturally both will make the other a Living Emotional Crutch and become a couple from there.
  • In Eroninja, Naruto and his lovers learn the hard way that Shadow Clones can't be used for sex. After all, sex is physically demanding (and often high impact) activity and Shadow Clones dispel if they take any damage.
  • First Try:
    • When Konohamaru attempts to attack Sarutobi, Naruto (who's currently suffering from PTSD) nearly kills him on instinct. The only thing saving him from getting a kunai through his skull was Sarutobi grabbing Naruto's wrist in time.
    • Sasuke finds himself at the end of this, when he has to disguise himself as a laborer. Ninjas often diguise themselves as laborers and servants to be Beneath Notice and Sasuke doesn't know how to because he thought it was beneath him. This causes him to get left more behind as Naruto is already proven to be better than him and Sakura is slowly closing the gap.
  • While learning Tree Walking in Leftovers, Sakura quickly learns why Genin should run instead of walking up the tree. Even with her feet stuck to the tree, gravity is still pulling her to the ground, resulting in Sakura hanging from a tree by her feet and needing Naruto to help her down. Also functions as a Take That to every Naruto story that insists walking up trees is better than running while learning.
  • In Made in the Shade, when Naruto tells his classmates that how he graduated is classified, they promptly drop the subject instead of continuing to pester him. All of them know that T&I won't care that they're children if they go snooping where they shouldn't.
  • Naruto:Asunder:
    • Offscreen Inertia is fully in play when Naruto and Hinata leave the village for training. They come back a week later and Konoha is in ruins courtesy of the Akatsuki.
    • Tsunade snaps at Jiraiya saying that since Naruto came back (from the 3 year training trip), he's been in fights with S-class nin after S-class nin. Jiraiya says it will make him stronger. Tsunade says he's more likely to die. Guess who was right.
  • In Reaching for a Dream, Danzo sends Sai to test Naruto's and Sakura's abilities. Naruto quickly kills the unknown ninja attacking him and Sakura.
  • In The Scorned Son, the Wave mission is a failure because teamwork or not, three ninja barely out of the academy don't really have a chance against a Jounin that's trying to kill them for real. The end result: Kakashi is dead and Kiba nearly kills himself keeping Sakura and Naruto alive long enough to find help.
  • Sorry's Not Enough:
    • The Easily Forgiven ending is thrown out the door on its ass. Sakura (mostly her) and Naruto do not buy Sasuke mumbling sorry under his breath and Sakura asks if that's all he has to say and rips into him with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech telling him all her and Naruto had to put up with and went through over the years trying to bring him back. When Sasuke tries to touch her she smacks his hand away yelling at him not to ever touch her as he's tried to kill her multiple times already and believes he would try to again if he had the chance, and that being insulted, attacked, and almost murdered does not make a person love you anymore.
    • Sasuke is put on trial for his actions, with many calling for him to be executed. For his crimes he was sentenced to 20 years house arrest, his Sharingan eyes removed and replaced with normal ones and his chakra sealed, stripped of being a ninja, and forbidden from ever leaving Konoha. It's implied if he has good behavior after the twenty years are up that he'll be given the opportunity to start a family but its stated that the Uchiha Clan would never again be as powerful or a factor that they once was.
  • Team 8:
    • Naruto warns Lee not to pursue Sakura's affections because she is not a good person. Unlike other stories where Lee would have disregarded Naruto, he takes the latter seriously and laments that such a pretty girl is so mean.
    • Sakura's Tsundere attitude towards nearly everyone alienated her from the others. It turns out that being mean to everyone and only being nice to your Love Interest doesn't indear you to anyone and no one wants anything to do with her. However she Took A Levelin Kindness afterwards though.
  • In Three Pawns Talking Is a Free Action is averted. When Neji has had enough of his fight with Naruto he launches into a tirade claiming he's sick of Naruto and his Nindo, saying he'll finish him with a move that surpasses The 64 Trigrams. Or he would've had Naruto not slammed his head into him while he was monologing and then finished him off.

One Piece

Ouran High School Host Club
  • In It's a Wonderfully Splendid Magnificent Life, while Tamaki is viewing his life if he'd never left France, what finally convinces him to keep things the way they are is seeing him and his mother living in poverty, with him struggling to pay her expenses. What really makes this a Reality Ensues moment is that being together as mother and son does not make up for this for either of them, in stark contrast to many works that would indicate that being together as a family is most important.

  • In Innocence, Misty confessed her feelings to Ash in the backstory. This nearly broke their relationship apart as Ash, being a ten-year old Chaste Hero, had no idea how to respond.
  • Cilan in Identity Crisis who along with his brothers, turn out to be a part of the Shadow Triad and The Mole is torn between the people he genuinely became friends with or his brothers and his organization. Does he pick a side and affirm his loyalty to them? Nope. His wavering loyalty cost him his relationships on both sides as his brothers no longer trust him as he's not truly committed to their cause and his friends are angry that he wasn't really their friend and initially intended to backstab them.
  • In Like No One Ever Was, one of Pikachu's Thunderbolts ends up getting Ash hospitalized and possibly permanently ending his trainer career with Ash suffering from major internal damage and brain injuries. Apparently even before that fateful Thunderbolt, Pikachu's friendly shocking of Ash has slowly deteriorated his muscles, meaning his journey would have been coming to an end anyways. Pikachu is horrified when he learns of this.
  • Poké Wars has several examples, including: being too close to a Magmar will cause you to burst into flame just from the superheated air, Elemental Powers are very destructive and lethal forces, multiple hotspots of 18,000F heat will cause terrible environmental damage, Olympus Mons fighting will result in severe and permanent environmental damage, and mass panics can be just as dangerous as the disaster itself.
  • In The Sun Soul, a(n insane) bug catcher pulls out a knife that was stabbed into his leg. Blood starts gushing out immediately, since the blade had sliced the femoral artery. The only thing that stopped him from dying from blood loss was the Weedle got to him first.
  • A New Chance Series:
    • Larvitar uses a rock smash on Rico. Yes, a Pokemon can take that hit with only the risk of being knocked out. When Rico gets hit in the chest, it causes severe damage to his internal organs, and had Rico not been wearing armor, he would have died.
    • Latios kills Rico while he is being transported to a hospital by Officer Jenny. Even if Rico was an Asshole Victim, it is something a police officer cannot ignore, and since Ash is Latios' trainer, he could have gotten in serious trouble... had Skailyn not ordered her Froslass servant to alter Jenny's memories.
    • Bianca (the one from Pokemon Heroes) decides to become a Pokemon coordinator, using her newly caught Smeargle in her first Contest. Unfortunately, a Pokemon gathered from the wild lacks the skill and strength to make a vivid performance, thus her first tryout falls flat. Mr. Contessa, however, assures Bianca that she can easily get better.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Ash is tricked by Misty's sisters into agreeing to a battle that involves them using much higher-level Pokémon. Everybody's expecting a Curb-Stomp Battle, and it is... just in the other direction. Why? Well, as Dexter points out, you can't keep a Pokémon inside its pokéball for a long time (read months at a time) and not expect its capabilities to atrophy.
    • It is even pointed out Ash's somewhat fan-disliked habit of leaving his Pokemon at Professor Oak's laboratory actually avoids this because they are able to keep active on their own.

Ranma ˝
  • In every fanfic written by MZephyr that has Akane find out that P-Chan and Ryoga are one and the same, Akane will be angry and disappointed with not just Ryoga for abusing his curse, but with Ranma and her father for knowing about it and letting it happen.

  • What Lies Beyond the Walls:
    • Characters tend to die a lot during the huge-scale battles, no matter how important they may or may not seem. While some die heroically or stay Defiant to the End, others are killed very abruptly and/or ignominiously.
    • Going to sleep alone at night while you're stuck in the middle of a Crapsack World is not a good idea. Broddigan Quarles does just that in the first chapter, and a Wicked Weasel ends up slashing his throat in his sleep and stealing his food and weapons.
    • Although they won the battle, the Long Patrol suffered too many casualties during the Battle of Blackheart's Fortress. Why? Urthquake thought their best course of action was to charge into the fortress through the front gate without much of a plan.
    • A squirrel kills Plaskin by striking the weasel in the head and splitting his scalp in half. His sword ends up getting stuck inside his skull, giving Razzik enough time to kill him as he tries to jerk it back out.
    • Morrvin decides to participate in a farting contest in chapter 19 after he ate a huge feast, along with several dried plums. He ends up shitting himself.
    • Although Tearmann has a few guard towers, there are no walls, giant fences, or any other barriers around the community. This makes it very easy for the Red Sand tribe to sneak into Tearmann at night and massacre dozens of innocent beasts.

Rosario + Vampire
  • What does Issa do when his daughters start defying him in Here In My Arms? He withdraws their tuition from Youkai Academy so they have to come home. Tsukune even laments that for all the power he's gained, he still can't protect them from everything. Averted however when his familiar gives away a gem made from her fire to pay for their tuition.
  • In Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act III, Apoch and Astreal become the girlfriends of Ahakon, and when they realize that Ahakon is developing feelings for Yukari, they start being bitches to her to the extent that they try to kill her in plain sight, earning them a vicious, and karmic, beating from Inner Moka. In the very next chapter, after Yukari refuses to back down, despite Ahakon having explicitly told them that he didn't want them to be mean to Yukari anymore, they get in a fight with Yukari again and are only stopped from killing her by Ahakon throwing her out of the way of the blast, with Ahakon himself only surviving because Luna pulled him out of the way just in time. Immediately afterwards, Ahakon, taking into consideration the fact that they tried to kill Yukari twice out of petty jealousy, as well as himself, along with his own newfound feelings for Yukari and the realization that agreeing to date them both was a mistake and not fair to either, dumps Apoch and Astreal for Yukari right then and there.

  • The Games We Play:
    • Throwing together thousands of unwillingly displaced people from many different walks of life doesn't lead to setting aside of differences and the formation of a new kingdom. Angry, confused and resentful, with those responsible for the displacement far away, those consigned to Menagerie find their anger turning inwards to each other. As a result, at least two faunus characters lost parents not to human racism but to faunus-on-faunus violence.
    • Training from Hell from a young age, even when successful in making the trainees strong, also leaves them traumatised and hating the trainer.

Team Fortress 2
  • Free to Play - it turns out asking for random volunteers to join RED and BLU just because they like the "Meet the [Class]" promotional videos isn't exactly the world's most efficient recruitment method.

  • Imperfect Metamorphosis:
    • The second act begins with (almost all of) the most powerful residents of Gensokyo meeting in order to fight a powerful new threat together, a common Fandom-Specific Plot for Touhou fics. Turns out that a bunch of distrustful, violent megalomaniacs don't make the best alliances, and a combination of differing priorities, politics, and centuries-old grudges cause the union to fall apart before it began, the various factions and sub-factions either leaving or starting their own schemes.
    • Nearly every Alternative Character Interpretation the fandom has come up with gets put through the wringer, some more viciously than others. Rumia has a Super-Powered Evil Side, but not only does it need to be evil enough to justify sealing it (as opposed to being befriended like everyone else), but also needs to be powerful enough that it needed to be sealed in the first place instead of just destroyed. Yukari is a Manipulative Bastard, and not only does no-one trust her, but she's only manipulative because her methods tend not to get everyone's approval. Eirin is a Mad Scientist, and her callous cold-hearted experimentation (and attempted disposal) of a certain character disgusts the other characters, eventually getting even her loyal servant to slightly turn against her. Yuuka is The Dreaded, because she's a serial rapist (another common ACI for her) torturer and mass murderer who does all this for funsies, and the level of power needed to get away with this in a land of super-powered beings means she's so far beyond the other characters its almost funny.
    • Yukari assembles a dysfunctional Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, uniting them against a powerful enemy with massive odds stacked against them. They lose, horribly. Turns out going against a freaking Outer God was not her wisest course of action.
  • Touhou Ibunshu is largely based on how real people would react to things that the canon characters brush off as inconsequential. The incidents - thick mist blocking the sun, Spring Is Late, The Night That Never Ends - are treated as potentially apocalyptic scenarios that the characters race against time to fix before irreversible damage is done to the biosphere. Sakuya's time stop abilities make her almost unstoppable, capable of killing the protagonists in an instant (and she does in the second arc). Flandre's isolation-driven insanity and Mokou's immortality-driven insanity are not quirky or a chance for quick angst, it's terrifyingly tragic and does irreversible damage to their psyche. Instead of being a Drunken Master Suika is just The Alcoholic, being just as useless as most people are when they're drunk. Sanae, much like canon, is taken from the mundane into Gensokyo, a wonderful world full of magic and monsters, and she's utterly terrified and nearly dies several times due to inexperience and ignorance.
  • From the Gensokyo 20XX series, we have this a few times Played for Drama:
    • From 20XXII onwards, we have the fact that an age-regressed Reimu was mentally reconditioned (deconstructing the Fearless Infant and Feel No Pain tropes), which is shown have had terrible effects on her psyche, especially since she is shown to have problems with Self-Harm and had developed mental illness. It's also been noted fully, throughout, that the kind of circumstances the characters went through are something that no child should go through or, for that matter, no child would come out of without some damage. In that vein, innocence did not protect, as it had left the aforementioned age-regressed Reimu with memories she was unable to cope with, also playing a part in her mental illness.
    • From 20XXIII to most of 20XXIV, we have the whole entire nuclear war thing and how it would clash with the Cosy Catastrophe, in that things are far from cosy and, as Threads and When the Wind Blows shown, survival and living is a struggle for the characters. However, they are Genre Savvy and know that, also, in 20XXIII, after the nukes are dropped, Ran finds Chen pinned under a roof beam, as would be expected.
    • Yukari and then Ran's experiences in 20XXII and 20XXIV did do something to their psyche as one would expect for it to and not in good ways, although the former's experiences did worse.

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
  • Hilariously in Never Gonna Learn My Lesson, Kurogane, Fai, Sakura and Syaoran aren't allowed to participate in the Piffle Firefly Race because they don't have any secondary education and have to pass an equivalency exam. And despite studying for a week, neither Fai nor Kurogane actually passed the test as they barely skimmed the surface of the topics they had to study and they succeeded due to Syaoran bribing the test administrator.
  • Shatterheart:
    • Despite being a skilled fighter, when Syaoran is jumped on his way back from the library he gets his ass handed to him as 4 armed thugs to one unarmed man without backup are terrible odds. He's also noted to have a slower reaction time than his clone due to years of imprisonment atrophying his skills and not having the actual training.
    • When Syaoran and Kurogane suffer severe injuries such as Syaoran getting his knee shattered and Kurogane cutting off his own arm they spend months recovering from the injuries.
    • When Kurogane gets a concussion after having a roof fall on top of him he has most of his memories in tact, but doesn't remember the short amount of time that lead to his concussion as in most real cases of amnesia.

  • The basis for a number of fics on Twispitefic:
    • Spendthrift has Alice making a very large purchase at a fashion boutique. The cashier not only isn't surprised by the amount of money Alice is willing to spend, but he insists on seeing Alice's ID before ringing up the purchase to make sure she hasn't stolen her parents' credit card.
    • Conversed in Tough Love. Charlie points out to Bella that while Carlisle does earn slightly more than $190,000 a year, even that wouldn't be enough to pay for the Cullens' lavish lifestyle, which includes, among other expenses, supercars and designer gowns for a junior prom.
    • Class A Felony and Trustworthy both take place after Jacob forcefully kisses Bella, and in both of them, Charlie is furious at Jacob for sexually assaulting his daughter.
    • Conversed twice in Of Sense and Sunlight:
      • One of the vampires in Victoria's newborn army points out that if there really are days where vampires can safely walk in sunlight, they wouldn't be able to use them to launch a surprise attack on the Cullens, since the far older vampire clan would almost certainly know about, and be prepared for attacks on these days.
      • The same vampire then points out that they are all almost certainly screwed thanks to the rest of the newborns sinking a ferry and draining everyone onboard: law enforcement would almost certainly investigate such an event, and they're not going to believe that animals or fish were responsible for the deaths, since their teeth are very different from those of humans/vampires.
    • Resisting Devotion has Quill tell Claire about how he's imprinted onto her. She is disgusted that he's been lusting after her since she was a toddler, and their friendship is well and truly over, to the point that Claire plans to get a restraining order against Quill.
      • There's also a possible in-universe version of the trope. In theory, a werewolf that imprints is supposed to be whatever the imprintee needs them to be, but in practice, the werewolf and imprintee end up together every single time. Quill fully expects this to be the case with him and Claire, only to learn that Claire is gay, so no chance of a romantic relationship there.
    • Small Victory, when Bella finds out Edward sabotaged her truck, she's furious and demands he fixes it. Edward refuses, claiming he's trying to protect her so Bella runs to her father who threatens Edward at gun point and Bella breaks up with him.

  • In canon Worm, many characters curse Tinkers for seemingly always having the solution to their opponents at hand. In A Cloudy Path, we see the other perspective: Building superscience toys requires time and gathering material, and things go poorly when one enters the field before being ready.

Young Justice
  • In episode Misplaced, all the grown-ups were sent to one dimension and kids were sent to another. In With This Ring version of the episode "Displaced", the Orange Lantern Self-Insert, Paul finds out the hard way that what happens to all the adults flying planes, driving cars, operating delicate machinery, performing operations. In a small town like Happy Harbor, most of kids in car crashes survived and were easily rescued by Superboy with minimal injuries. In a big city like Gotham, Paul find crashed cars with dead and dying children and fires breaking out with no firefighters to stop them. Paul even makes a speech beseeching the Justice League to focus find the perpetrators due how bad things were getting.
    Paul: Tell Batman to imagine a world where in every hospital, every clinic, every doctor's surgery... Doctors: gone. Surgeons: gone. Anaesthetists: gone. Critical care nurses: gone. Any child who was undergoing surgery when the separation occurred is most likely already dead. Most children who were in critical care wards will be dying without the constant attention they need. Small babies were being bathed when their parents disappeared stand a good chance of drowning. And good as autopilots are I don't know how long we've got until planes start falling out of the sky with no pilots. Major roads are covered in crashed cars, the injured and the dead and there aren't enough of us to help. I will be astonished if we keep the death toll to a mere five figures -most of whom will be children- and I will shout the praises of any deity who feels like chipping in, we cannot afford- We can't afford to pay any unessential attention to secondary objectives. Please pass that on.
    • The final death toll rose to be eight hundred thousand children dead and with it having massive effects on the international community.
    • It also dives into a topic not talked about in story disasters: the clean-up. Orange Lantern spent five days cleaning up the bodies of the children killed in plane crashes due to either autopilot failure or the plane flat out disappearing.

  • Braid of the Limbo Clone Squad. When he was facing his demise he was plucked from his universe by a mischief god and given his choice of powers. His choice: the natural laws of his Earth will always rule him. How does this count as a power? Well, the universe he was thrown into is an anime universe, meaning that the only reason the heroes haven't died is that the universe's laws seem to want to protect them. Which means he can see through the flimsy disguises that most people use and has no problem just killing the fuckers when they're not powered up with a simple sniper shot to the head.