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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 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 lighting, 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 fusion 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 universe 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. 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 canon. 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.
    • Also from that chapter, 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 this trope. Reality ensues hard on the common tropes of the Fuku Fic as well as on the source material of both series. Too many to list here. However, despite or maybe because of this, the story reads well.
  • 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 so far 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.
  • The fanfiction Christian Grey Vs Pepper Potts was written based on the premise of how situations from Fifty Shades of Grey would have gone if an actual independent woman 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.
  • 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 in Who Loves Thee Best. 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 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, the fact Starfire ordered 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
  • In All You Need Is Love Naomi points out how L's whole setup is not practical for any situation other than the Kira case and overall looks ridiculous.
  • A Charmed Life:
    • Light imagined that when he'd moved in with Ryuk in the Shinigami Realm that he would make a clean break with his old life but soon discovers that making the Shinigami realm habitable is actually a lot of work and he has to make frequent trips back to the human world for groceries and supplies.
    • Also lampshaded when Light decides that he and L are Better As Frenemies seeing as a mutual desire to see each other dead is not a good foundation for a lasting and loving relationship.
    • The police sue L for the illegal and unethical way in which he handled the Kira case—namely his stalking and harassment of a teenage boy.
  • In Fever Dreams L and Light get sick from staying out in the rain for an extended period of time.
  • Misa is insane, stalks Light, is totally obsessed with him, and promises she will kill anyone who comes between them. In the AU Kira, Sweetheart when Misa discovers that her obsession is already involved with someone, she grabs a knife, and during the fight that follows Light gets stabbed in the hand and is essentially incapacitated by the pain. L makes him leave the knife in his hand to keep him from bleeding out.
  • L's Proof is a big Take That against fanfic clichés involving L's morally ambiguous investigation, focusing on the police officers reactions to the various ways L would "prove" that Light is Kira such as calling Light "Kira" when he's half-asleep or when chaining him to the bed and having his way with him.
    Aizawa: I think Light would have admitted to being Santa Claus at that moment. That really doesn't prove anything. Except that you're a pervert.
    Matsuda: And a rapist. Did you hear Light-kun at the start? He was saying no!
    L: Unconventional methods are sometimes necessary to get a confession.
    Aizawa: Except we don't have any evidence pointing to Light being Kira, aside from your personal opinion.
  • In Lies On Yamamoto the oblivious school friend gets into a debate with Light Yagami on how Kira Didn't Think This Through:
    Yamamoto: Kira or no Kira crime is never going to disappear. People have always been afraid of dying. That hasn't stopped them before—it's not going to stop them now. Criminals are just gonna get smarter about it, that's all.
    Light: But the crime rate...
    Yamamoto: Hasn't improved. Kira has only monopolized murder. You pointed that out to me yourself, remember?
    Light: Oh... right.
    Yamamoto: If you think about it, there's plenty of ways to exploit the Kira situation. What if you want to get rid of your enemies fast? Just frame them for murder and get their name and photo on the six o'clock news...
  • In Markings Of The Mind Teen Genius Light Yagami is placed in solitary confinement for fifty days... and goes stark raving mad.
  • In Ragnarok when L sends Mello and Matt to spy on Light. Since they are in the middle of Tokyo, Light notices the blonde kid spying on him almost immediately.
  • This happens in Seigikan when L tries to invoke Sex Equals Love when his partner is a Sociopathic Serial Killer, attempting to persuade Light to come back to headquarters to confess "so we can prove that you're Kira":
    Light: "Tell me, why on Earth would I want to do that?"
    L: "You need to absolve and pay for your crimes so we can be together."
    Light: I couldn't help it. I laughed even more. For a second I thought I would wake everyone in the house.
  • Shadow Of The Valley suggests that bad things happen after the fall of Kira and our plucky heroine has just eliminated the only force that was maintaining order in the world.
  • As demonstrated in Spira Mirabilis Light's desk trap involving an electric current that would ignite a plastic bag of gasoline is not a good idea and the way he has it set up it would blow up even quicker in real life. (By quicker we mean immediately. Gasoline melts plastic).
  • A Story of Stupid shows what would happen if someone recognized Light while he was out manipulating Naomi Misora. Also Sayu overheard her brother shouting at the television:
    Sayu: Why is he screaming to the TV about justice? […] Wow. My brother's on crack.
  • In To Feel Alive Light misses the Lind L. Tailor broadcast entirely because the overworked honors student crashes in the middle of the afternoon. This is due to not drinking any coffee after he'd been awake for all the previous night attending cram school, killing criminals, and talking to Ryuk.
  • The Crack Fic Unexpected illustrates the dangers inherent in dramatic potato chip eating.

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.

  • 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, found here 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 Girls und Panzer fanfics run off the plotline that winning the tournament is not necessarily enough on its own to prevent Oarai from being shut down, as seen in fics such as "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.
  • In Harry Potter & the Azkaban Parody surprisingly when 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 Harry isn't real inclined to forgive them no matter how much they demand it.
  • 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 psychos is no longer around...
  • In No Curiosity the child abuse Harry Potter receives leads to psychological problems and Harry becomes an Extreme Doormat.
  • 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 Wish Carefully it turns that the Light lost to them 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.

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 kinda 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 finally, 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 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.

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 has Canon!Twilight go 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 also 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 pretty much, and people are willing to risk their lives fighting in the war to get food rations.
    • The Calm Before the Storm Side Story also 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. Not to mention, 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 even 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 Hokage's 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.
  • When Konohamaru attempts to attack Sarutobi in First Try, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.
    • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Despite being a skilled fighter, when Syaoran is jumped on his way back from the library in Shatterheart he gets his ass handed to him as 4 armed thugs to one unarmed man without backup are terrible odds.
    • Speaking of Syaoran's fighting skills, he 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.

  • 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.

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