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- 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.
- The fan-made case The Broken Turnabout:
- Phoenix's influence over Vera Misham's trial, combined with his huge personal stake in the outcome, ultimately resulted in the verdict being overturned on the basis that Phoenix couldn't be trusted to remain impartial. This in turn necessitated a retrial that was completely free of Phoenix's influence; the usual trial system is used, Klavier and the judge are replaced by Franziska and the judge's brother, respectively, and the defense are forbidden from using any of the evidence Phoenix gathered in his investigation.
- The series's familiar pattern of exonerating clients by finding out who the true culprit was is turned on its head. With subtle prompting from Phoenix, Apollo points out that, as defense attorneys, he and Athena are not obligated to prove anyone's guilt, just to prove that their clients are innocent of whatever crimes the prosecution accuses them of.
- Franziska's case is treated as a lot weaker when it's shown to rest solely on the testimony of a person who has very good reason to lie, with no definitive evidence that backs it up. As Apollo points out, he could come up with any explanation for what happened, and as long as it didn't contradict any of the case's evidence, it would be just as valid as Franziska's.
- After the trial, Phoenix admits to Franziska that yes, he was bitter over getting screwed out of his attorney's badge. Franziska also tells him that, while she disapproved of his actions regarding Vera's first trial, she did see some merit in introducing jury trials.
Ah! My Goddess
- As shown in The Vain Rose's Garden, open relationships take a lot of work on everyone's part to function. Not only do both parties have to trust each other, but they also have to deal with possible jealousy from their partner sleeping with someone else. A recurring worry for Keiichi is whether he'll ruin things with jealousy if one of his girlfriends sleeps with someone else. When Urd and Keiichi engage in partner swapping with Skuld and her boyfriend, they all sit down together afterwards and discuss things to make sure they don't accidentally ruin their relationships.
- The Grave in the Corner. Keiichi may have wished for Belldandy to stay with him forever, but at the end of the day, he was still mortal.
Attack On Titan
Attack on Titan
Avatar: The Last Airbender
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.)
- When Aang spares Ozai, the rest of the Gaang realize that, without his bending, Ozai's still a threat, and his followers are plotting a coup. On the other hand, it's revealed that no one actually likes Ozai, with his supporters mainly being those who benefited from having him in power, and once Zuko finds evidence that proves that Ozai killed people himself, he's disqualified from succession and the movement loses steam.
- 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.
- Chapter four of The Fun and Perky Warrior's Wolf Tail is nicknamed "the one where the universe objects to Azula's badass power plays" by the author. Namely, her Establishing Character Moment from canon, in which she orders her crew to port the ship despite the danger of low tide, comes back to bite her when low tide actually comes and strands her Royal Procession ship in the bay.
- In No Other Future, which takes place in the Another Brother verse (an Au in which Zuko is Happily Adopted by Hakoda and raised in the Southern Water Tribe), Kana gently points to the girl who's crushing on him he never will be a good husband and father. As he can't help but fall asleep for the whole duration of arctic winter, he's basically useless for several months, and any children he would sire might inherit his problem.
- In Reluctant Hero, Zuko is not happy to learn he's the Avatar, as it means he's now his birth-nation's greatest enemy. When the Northern Water Tribe decides to abduct him to help him fulfill his destiny, he takes it bad, and aggravating this is the fact he's separated from his uncle. He spends the first part of his sojourn trying to escape and his later breakdown isn't seen as surprising by Yugoda.
Yugoda: He was taken from his family and all he knew, was told he has to save the world, and had to deal with that old goat Paku on top of it all. I'm surprised he didn't break like this sooner.
The Legend Of Korra
The Legend of Korra
- Repairs, Retrofits and Upgrades:
- Asami is in a world of pain over her father's death, and finally starting a relationship with Korra and going on a vacation won't fix that.
- Kuvira may have given up, but her army is still massive and will uphold her former ideals even if she won't. It seems Suyin's belief they were a Keystone Army of unwilling conscripts was inaccurate. They're also entrenched throughout the territory and fortresses which resisted the Fire Nation for a century, and won't be beaten easily.
- The Colossus was an engineering and logistical nightmare which worked partly due to dumb luck, and used so much metal, acquiring enough material to build a new one isn't possible.
- The Avatar's Mistress: (NSFW fic)
- Asami admits to Korra that after she enabled Varrick to effectively steal Future Industries, her board of directors almost kicked her out of the company, since the incident destroyed their faith in her and suggested that she wasn't experienced enough to lead a multi-billion yuan corporate entity.
- Zaheer is revealed to have been quietly executed while in captivity, after he was discovered practicing Jinora's Astral Projection technique. Given the potential uses for this technique, and the fact that he's a dangerous criminal responsible for the near-destruction of the Earth Kingdom, no-one wanted to take any chances with him.
- Not Quite As Planned: Ichigo sees that Byakuya and Komamura are guarding Rukia's cell. His plan to get past them? Immediately go into Super Mode and drop both of them before they know what's going on because challenging them to a fight to make it fair isn't an option when he's marked as an invader on enemy soil.
- A Protector's Pride Tia's 3 Fraccion all get shot in the back of the head while arguing by Ishida.
- In a fic actually called Reality Ensues, Unohana learns the hard way that she doesn't get to just die peacefully in a Heroic Sacrifice, especially since Ichigo and the others have so many ways to cheat death and nobody with half a brain would let her stay dead since they need her to help against the Wandenreich.
- In To Protect is to Defend, after Masaki's death, Isshin decides to start training the ten-year old Ichigo to learn how to protect the family and to get Ichigo out of his depression over his mother. Since Ichigo dropped all his martial arts lessons, his injuries attract the attention and suspicion of the school nurses who document all his visits. The school nearly reports Isshin for child abuse, which only is prevented by Ryuuken, as the head of the hospital, intercepting the report. When Ryuuken breaks it to him, Isshin is horrified.
- Harribel's protectiveness is noted in White to actually be stunting the growth of her future fraccion as they're getting no combat experience with her always fighting for them.
Bridge To Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia
- In A Life Rescued, the writer addresses many of the clichés found in Bridge to Terabithia Fanon:
- Jess is a Peggy Sue who goes back in time to relive the fatal day, choosing to save Leslie. It turns out that he really has a mental illness, that the time travel is part of his delusions, and he requires extensive therapy, including three weeks in a psych facility. This was done to avert the even worse implications of an actual Peggy Sue, which would have involved a thirty-year-old in an eleven-year-old's body getting romantic with an actual eleven-year-old.
- Jess is able to save Leslie's life, but they are both hospitalized, requiring physical therapy for Jess and incurring medical bills for his impoverished family.
- Leslie's parents pay off Jess' medical bills in gratitude for saving their daughter, but the way they handled the situation offends Jess' father, to the extent that he initially forbids Jess to have anything to do with Leslie and her family.
- Jess and Leslie fall in love at a young age, but due to said young age, Jess is uncomfortable even with Leslie's innocent physical desires (no more than some hugging and kissing). Additionally, Judy is concerned that the young couple's affection will lead them to become sexually active at an early age. Moreover, both Jess and Leslie have to deal with problems in their relationship, including jealousy; since, in love or not, they are still preteens, and later teenagers, with a (lack of) maturity appropriate to their ages. Finally, when Jess and Leslie are ready to become more physically affectionate once puberty sets in, they have to be careful not to go too far. Even then, Jess and Leslie still argue over how far is too far, with Jess, due to his conservative Catholic upbringing (in the fic, at least), being more reticent when it comes to issues of physical intimacy.
- Some bullies lure Leslie into an ambush. Leslie is able to fight them off and Jess and their OC friend Tom leave their classes, to get a teacher and to aid Leslie, respectively. Tom's Big Damn Heroes moment catches Leslie off guard and he gets a black eye for his troubles. Leslie is nearly expelled for an apparently unprovoked attack, until she reluctantly discloses evidence that suggests the bullies intended some kind of sexual assault. All three are suspended from school: Leslie for fighting, and Tom and Jess for leaving class without permission. Additionally, regardless of their justifications, Jess and Leslie's parents both give additional punishments.
- Some new neighbors move in, including a group of Innocent Fanservice Girls who have no problems with nudity and being very physically affectionate with boys (the way Leslie is sometime portrayed in other fics). The affectionate nature of one of the girls causes trouble between Jess and Leslie (see above regarding jealousy), and the girls' nudism tempts thirteen-year-old Tom, who surreptitiously observes and photographs them. Worst of all, their behavior stems from the fact that they are being molested and subjected to child pornography by their father, who gets one of them pregnant, driving her to suicide.
- Grace, an OC friend, has a crush on Jess who, being happy with Leslie, avoids Grace. Their other OC friend, Barbara, tells Jess off for being stupid and pressures him to spend more time with Grace as her friend. Jess and Grace find themselves in a situation where they kiss, freaking both of them out and jeopardizing their friendship. Additionally, upon finding out whose idea this was, Grace blames Barbara, jeopardizing their friendship as well.
- In the backstory, Bill and Judy went a little too far, sexually, when they were thirteen, and got pregnant. Judy found out that, no, she couldn't marry Bill at such a young age, and that the two of them ended up being separated for a few years before getting back together.
- In the sequel fic, Bowing Out Gracefully, after graduating from high school, both Leslie and Jess go off to pursue their dreams. Jess' artistic talent, which is canon, leads to art school and a promising career in art. Meanwhile, in the first fic, Leslie discovered a talent for acting, which is realistically developed (given that the story takes place over four years); she is able to pursue this dream after graduating high school. Their respective dreams, however, pull the two in different directions and they break up. Pursuing his artistic career, Jess, having been cured by Leslie of his puritanical attitudes toward sexuality, pursues a meaningless sexual relationship with an OC and has a one-night stand with Grace. Meanwhile, Leslie's life deteriorates as she follows the path of many a young adult celebrity, and she abandons her acting career. Eventually, Jess and Leslie get back together.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- D'hoffryn reveals in The Last Ones Left that the words "I Wish" aren't necessary for him or his minions to use their magic. Wish is an English word and he's been around for thousands of years before English even existed. All he needs is someone to express dissatisfaction and regret, which he uses when the dying Scoobies express their last regrets.
- In The Pride of Sunnydale, Xander's roar is a very powerful weapon but has serious limitations. First, using it a second time against a group of vampires proved to be useless as they were still deaf. Second, he can't use it with allies nearby, especially in enclosed spaces, as they'll be hit by his attack as well.
- Buffy nearly dies in Builders after being shot with a powerful tranquilizernote , which is why Xander and Giles were watching her until she woke up.
- When Buffy tries to prove her Super Strength by bending rebar in Working for the Weekend, Joyce bends it back (albeit with some effort) and tells her that rebar is meant to bend so that's not as impressive as Buffy thinks. Joyce does believe her when Buffy twists it into a pretzel however.
- Buffy's stint at an asylum is actually shown to be better for her as the alternative to claiming temporary insanity due to a bad drug reaction was a mandatory five year prison sentence for arson.
- Done horrifically in Death and Life when the Scoobies forgetting to dig up Buffy's coffin before resurrecting her causes her to suffocate before she can reach the surface.
- What Goes Up has a much darker aftermath for the Halloween episode. Xander and various others firing into the air for a variety of reasons results in numerous injuries and deaths throughout the town in a tragic aversion of Stray Shots Strike Nothing.
- Amy's mother Catherine in Faith the Vampire Slayer attempts a Grand Theft Me on Faith and fails miserably. Since Faith if a Lightning Bruiser and Catherine didn't have the element of surprise, instead of a new body, Catherine just gets a broken wrist and Impaled Palm for her trouble.
- Several of the Scoobie end up requiring therapy in Xendra from the various horrors they've witnessed/experienced while fighting the supernatural. For example, Buffy needs help getting over both her death and having to kill Angel while Xander needs therapy after nearly being raped as Xendra.
- After being separated from Xander, Xena is amazed by the technology around her but still figures things out without much trouble, such as roughly understanding how to drive a car by paying attention to Giles' driving. Likewise, she's well traveled enough to understand that the things she sees are likely technology rather than magic.
- After a threesome involving a bed covered in marshmallow filling, Faith needs two hours to get herself clean the following morning while Xander and Willow end up using magic to clean everything up so they don't have to replace all their furniture.
- In Hurt Me, Buffy and Xander enter into a BDSM relationship but still fumble things from time to time as neither has any experience with it or even experience with a serious relationship.
Command And Conquer Tiberium Wars
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
- In Tiberium Wars, reality doesn't so much ensue as it ambushes you in an alley, beats you over the head with a lead pipe, and then rifles through your pockets for more characters to viciously and mercilessly kill. The most noble and heroic death (Lieutenant Wallace's Last Stand against the oncoming Nod army) ends up being subverted.
- In More than just a Man Lelouch is turned into a vampire by C.C. but by her own admission, it takes far more than a bite and a few minutes for someone to change completely. She estimates Lelouch will need an entire year to change, longer if he doesn't intake the massive amounts of nutrients he needs for such a drastic change.
- Many of a vampire's traditional powers are either false or misleading. Transformation and flight are impossible as a vampire's powers beyond superhuman physical abilities (like Super Strength and Super Speed) are all mental in origin. They can make someone think they turned into a flock of bats, but they can't actually do it.
- Most vampire weaknesses either have a scientific explanation or are odd quirks of specific vampires. Vulnerability to sunlight is due to increased night-vision and an increased sensitivity to ultraviolet light. Garlic is simply unpleasant to their Super Senses. Things like counting every grain of rice that's thrown at them or undoing every knot they see are just habits of some vampires with OCD. And the weakness to holy symbols was a prank by Dracula. Saltwater however weakens vampires for reasons even C.C. doesn't understand.
- When Lelouch geasses Jeremiah to "shoot him in such a way it couldn't be self-inflicted" in Dauntless, the resulting injury nearly kills Lelouch and leaves him hospitalized for weeks.
- Knightmare Frames aren't the be all end all for military vehicles in Armed Resistance as shown when several fighter jets utterly curb stomp Lelouch and his squad due to being far far faster than any Knightmare.
- Likewise in Code Geass: Lelouch of Britannia, tanks and artillery can be useful against Knightmares if the latter's maneuverability is negated, like say firing from outside their targeting range.
Lelouch: "Anything which can kill a sixty-ton tank can certainly harm an eight-ton Knightmare."
- After destroying Cornelia's base and killing Darlton in Code Geass: Redo of the Rebellion, Lelouch gives her a Bond One-Liner as a final taunt before he escapes. Unfortunately for him, that snapped Cornelia out of her shock and let her focus on hunting him down. If not for C.C.'s interference, she would have killed him.
- The fic starts out with Zero Requiem ending in flames. As it turns out, not even Zero's planning can overrule so many long-running problems and conflicts on Earth or even basic human nature.
- Zero's success causes many Britannians to pull their children out of school and transfer them to the homeland. According to Milly, Ashford Academy is down to less than a hundred students and will likely have to close due to a lack of funds. No one wants to live an an area that has not only active, but successful terrorists.
- My Mirror, Sword and Shield:
- Honorary Britanians being the hated minority group that they are, suffer high rates of sexual assault in the military. The reason Suzaku was able to avoid this was because he won Emperor Lelouch's favor.
- Despite Lelouch’s secret plans helping Nunnally during the early years of her rule, it still her took six years to enact most of the reforms and for the world governments to stabilize.
- In Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, Euphemia eventually figures out that Suzaku has Death Seeker tendencies. Her reaction? Arrange for him to see a psychiatrist.
- In Code Geass Colorless Memories Zero runs into this in Chapter Eight when trying to recruit the main character Rai into the Black Knights, which C.C Lamp Shades. People don't just join your cause without having a reason to beyond vague proclamations, debates and discussions (Lelouch had been feeling Rai out in earlier chapters for his views and feeling in regards to Area 11 and Britannia).
Lelouch: He understands the current situation of Area 11, he knows that what the Britannian Military is doing is wrong and he has the power to fight back, so why won't he…
C.C: Because he has no reason to do so; people don't do things without a purpose. Well, unless you use Geass on them, which is another possibility for you to use.
- While Lelouch and Milly designed prototype Knightmares in The Black Emperor, they realize the Lancelot far outstrips their machines due to Britannia being able to pour far more money and more scientists into R&D.
- When Milly and Kallen gain their own Geasses, they need time to figure out what they do and how to properly utilize them. Milly tries to demonstrate hers by inducing a small amount of lust in Kallen, only to accidentally spike it so high the girl falls to her knees.
- Just because someone's willing to share, doesn't automatically mean a Love Triangle is painlessly resolved. While Milly doesn't mind sharing Lelouch with Shirley, the latter girl isn't willing to share so she has no chance with Lelouch as he and Milly had been a couple for years at that point.
- Causing a landslide at Narita without massive civilian casualties is shown to be much more complicated than just using less power or evacuating the town. Nina's simulation shows that if they use less power so they don't damage the town, the landslide will be too small and too slow to take out Cornelia's forces. Likewise, evacuating the town without tipping off Cornelia is nigh impossible. Fortunately, Euphemia is on their side and brings up to Cornelia that the JLF might turn their artillery on the town and take them hostage, thus causing Cornelia to order an evacuation shortly before the operation begins.
- As much as growing your conscience back after years of it being gone is portrayed as good in Gravity Falls and Steven Universe Crossover fic A Triangle in the Stars, the mental pain of processing it all again can be tough to bear, and if you've done horrible things while lacking it, well...
- Similarly, trauma, especially deep-seated, doesn't just disappear after it's seemingly fixed. Neither do habits when told they're wrong. It's played painfully well, particularly in Chapter Thirty-Four in the case of the latter. Steven, not used to this, doesn't take it well and briefly thinks Bill snapped back.
- 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 a Death Battle fic Ezra Vs Zoro, Zoro from One Piece enters a Death Battle against Ezra from Fairy Tail. For a moment, it seems that Zoro and Erza are rather equal in swordplay, though Zoro's poor sense of direction allows Erza to ambush him. Then Erza summons 200 swords and it quickly becomes apparent that Zoro picked a horrible choice to engage a sword fight with. Of course, this fic was written before the actual episode, which made it clear that Erza simply doesn't have the firepower to actually put Zoro down.
- 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.
- Becoming a comic book character also causes problems as DC Comics isn't terribly happy that someone is infringing on their trademark. Though they do ease up upon seeing that for all intents and purposes, Xander is Superman.
- The political ramifications of not only having an honest to god superhero appear, but also proof of alien life are both massive and far-reaching, with every politician involved scrambling to deal with it.
- In the Bad Future Ethan Rayne came from, the Slayers and Watchers Council tried to fight the Goa'uld with medieval weaponry the same way they fight demons and vampires. According to Ethan, they didn't even slow the invading armies down.
- 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.
- In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, the heroes use digistruction tech from Pandora to produce not only huge starships but also massive cloning machinery in an extremely short timeframe. They end up with billions of clones...and are promptly held up by provisioning delays that come with arranging such a large force.
- 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.
- Later, Xander's attempt to disarm a suicide bomber at Super Speed result in him accidentally tearing the man's arm off.
- 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.
- 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 main reason 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 than 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 to the simple fact that they double as legally registered factories, thus, once The Masquerade is lifted, the authorities notice their name and not only start raiding them 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 sympathy 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 Tank, 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;
- Minbari artillery only uses field guns, has low numbers and only uses antimatter shells. The low numbers of guns allow EarthForce to shoot down the shells in the air, and the large calibers and use of antimatter shells mean they cannot support their forces close. EarthForce artillery, more primitive but including both mortars and field guns and having a wider choice of shells (fragmentation-HE, saboted KE slugs, nukes, gas, and others) is consistently shown as superior.
- 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.
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Iron Man: Ferris;
- In Chapter 3, Eamon is surprised to find that XCOM starts with six-man squads, not four like in the game. His internal chiding asks him whether he thought they would move on a grid, too.
- XCOM also has multiple Skyrangers, much like in Stardust.
- HYDRA tries attacking XCOM's satellite on the launchpad.
- Naruto's female soldiers in The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor wear the exact same kind of armor as the men. Naruto wanted to give their armor breasts but realized that doing so would deflect the force of blows directly into their breast bone, the exact opposite of what it should do.
- The Replicators (as in ALL of them) are defeated in a matter of minutes by Kocho when she uses her Technopath powers to override their primary function of "Replicate" to "Obey". This is made even easier by the fact the Replicators didn't have an overriding will controlling them.
- The Tollan end up subverted by the fact the Celestial Empire is extremely sexually liberal and no matter what the Tollan government tries, the younger generation is still going to be drawn by a brand new culture, particularly when no-strings sex is commonplace.
- When Naruto arrives on Earth, thousands eagerly convert to worshiping Naruto as unlike every religion's god(s), Naruto is obviously present and has no problem healing everyone in a hospital because he can.
- While Naruto and Xanna's super soldiers do wear Power Armor that greatly enhances their speed, strength, and reflexes, they also have to have several cybernetic upgrades to use said armor. Anyone who isn't of Sekirei descent needs to have all four limbs replaced with prosthetics and everyone needs to have nanobots to reinforce their skeleton, otherwise the sheer power of their armor would crush their bodies. Likewise, since all Power Armor has to be custom made to perfectly fit each individual, it requires special machinery to put on or take off.
- The Wraith are an impressive threat in canon partially due to the protagonists being largely cut off from reinforcements back on Earth. But against a galaxy spanning empire, they're a cakewalk. Even worse, because they're a telepathic species with insect origins, they automatically submit to any telepath stronger than them, such as Naruto and Xanna. Naruto and Xanna are so disappointed that instead of leading the war, they send their Warmaster Setsuna to make an example of the Wraith.
- While flying in Stone in Love, the Scoobies learn that it's much easier to hear someone talking in front of them unless they're wearing radios. As a result, their in flight conversations consist of saying their piece then falling behind the next speaker so they can hear their response.
- In Wizard Runemaster, Onyxa's minions don't follow Mook Chivalry so when a raid group engages one, the rest come running and slaughter most of the group. While a few get away wounded, it's also noted that they're unlikely to get past the many black drakes and whelps outside the lair.
- Minions in general will swarm any group they encounter. When Harry's group attacks Stratholme and are spotted by a Shade, it's shout draws half the city upon them.
- When captured by CT and his Insurrectionists in I Against I, Me Against You, Rarity tries the same trick she used against the diamond dogs in A Dog and Pony Show. It doesn't end well for Captain Eberle. Turns out attempting to intentionally annoy your captor isn't such a good idea when said captor is a delusional psychopath.
- Happens rather often in I Have Vacation Days?, which is rather interesting given its status as a love letter of sorts to action anime, Roosterteeth, and Team Four Star. Turns out that dropping a normal human into a new world transformed into a vampire lord notorious in his source material for being a bloodthirsty monster with an already existing stock of familiars will drive him crazy and make him lose his sense of self for a while.
- Equestria on the surface looks like an idyllic paradise where everybody largely gets along save for disagreements quickly resolved. Then the Night Shift organization is introduced. A clandestine organization that answer to no one but Princess Luna, doesn't officially exist, and is dismissed by even Princess Celestia as conspiracy theory. Its agents live among the people in plain sight, are the absolute elite of Equestria's military forces, and are above the law, allowing them to complete their missions by any means necessary, which primarily consist of monitoring and eliminating enemies of the state both domestic and foreign. Said agents are all trained assassins and torturers recruited from all walks of life, and those who learn of the organization's existence without being on a very short list of approved people are swiftly silenced. They've influenced entire political climates via covert assassinations to protect Equestria's interests.
- The most recent chapter hits hard with this trope. Turns out that being the student of the ruler, a national hero, one of the foremost authorities on spellcraft, and a member of the royal family does not grant immunity from the law. As Twilight discovered the hard way when she was tried and exiled for her prolific practice of necromancy. As Facet himself stated, Twilight may be a benevolent hero, but her known history of using violence and intimidation to get her way has caused those outside her inner circle to rightly fear her. Facet himself calls her a ticking time bomb at best.
- When Cameron sits on Xander's lap shortly after they start dating in Strangely Literal, she nearly crushes his legs since her android body weighs a few hundred pounds. She compensates by putting almost all her weight on her legs. She still forgets her strength and/or weight a few times throughout the story.
- Happens all the time in the Ranma ˝/Sailor Moon crossover No Chance For Fate, especially with the parts played for laughs. Victims of the youma do feel the psychological effects, Kuno's harassing of Akane ends up in her snapping and beating him within an inch of his life, leading to the police investigating and cracking down hard on both the Kuno siblings for all the shit they pulled and the Furinkan staff for covering it up (Sasuke escapes only because he's the one who actually tried to do something, and is desperately trying to understand why the Kuno siblings grew up as they did), Happosai is shown as the monster he is who reduced Soun to an emotional wreck and made Genma in the Jerkass he is, the Sailor Soldiers in the original timeline were dismal rulers, and so on.
- Venus Flash:
- The story is set in the Sailor Moon manga universe, showing what Minako was up to between her voyage to China and her debut in the main series. As a consequence of what happened in China, namely killing her true love and finding out she, the Goddess of Love, will always choose duty over love, she's not in her best psychological form, and is outright a Jerk with a Heart of Gold until she recovers.
- Cutey Honey comes from the manga version. After destroying Panther Claw, the personal losses she had suffered in the fight almost drove her to suicide, and she still blocked out her own memories and turned herself back into a child, as she just couldn't go on anymore.
- The story is narrated by Minako, an extremely energetic Genius Ditz. The narration is somewhat confusionary, and sometimes interrupted by Minako answering a question posed by her friends.
- Sailor Venus has stumbled on the Dark Kingdom's plans more than once, even trying to intervene in Sailor Moon's debut fight and only failing because the Dark Kingdom's youma found her first.
- Before the start of the story, Sailor Venus has destroyed a whole branch of the Dark Kingdom. As a consequence, Beryl has sent out multiple powerful youma specifically to kill her, with a group including four heavy hitters and and weaker one that can suppress her powers.
- In their first fight, Sailor Venus and Beryl's hit-youma Manegin are evenly matched in terms of strength... But Manegin has powerful claws, and Venus is nearly killed when she charges her directly. On the other hand, Sailor Venus is an experienced combatant practicing martial arts and Manegin has no such skills, and after that claw strike Venus holds the advantage.
- Cutey Honey is a Combat Pragmatist, and her abilities come from her being an android and having the Airborne Element Fixing Device, that rearranges the atoms in the air and those of her own body to change her form. She's just as terrifying as you can expect.
- Panther Claw's Mooks are armed with Luger and Nambu Type pistols and Thompson submachine guns. The handgun choices is criticized because the Lugers have a small magazine and are just too flimsy for modern military rounds and the Nambu fire an underpowered round that is out of mass production.
- The Floating Castle becomes a massive case of Reality Ensues for the residents of Aincrad after the castle is summoned to Halkagenia by Louise as suddenly, they're no longer in a videogame but the real world. Monsters no longer stay in their designated floors, avoid safe zones, or use set attack patterns. Getting hurt means actual injuries that can take weeks to heal (assuming you don't die before receiving medical attention) and death means someone has to take care of the resulting corpse. Lastly, the players no longer have inventories to hold all their supplies and shops are limited to what's actually present, which results in the players quickly running low on supplies.
- When Naruto takes too long to pick up some weapons he commissioned from a blacksmith in Naruto: The Gamer Files, said blacksmith sells them off to recoup his losses. Apparently not even having your life turn into a videogame allows you to Take Your Time.
- In Ten Costumes Cordelia Never Wore, Supergirl Cordelia points out all the flaws with the Scoobies' plan to blow up the Judge using a rocket launcher. Namely, Buffy is trying to hit a man-sized target in a crowded mall with a weapon designed to kill tanks. Even if she hits him, she's likely to kill several people from both the explosion and the shrapnel. Furthermore, her friends are standing right behind her and would get fried by the back blast.
- When Kirche sends her familiar to capture Louis so she could talk to him in An Acolyte of Zero, Louise responds to the salamander attacking her familiar by cutting its throat.
- In The Passing of the Shades of Black, the Men in Black have stopped their old practice of immediately putting new agents in the field to learn under a senior agent because it caused endless problems during J's early days. Now all agents sit through six months of training before possibly being made field agents. The ones who don't make the cut for field agent end up in one of numerous support positions.
- Months after being kidnapped by slavers and escaping in Deal with a Devil, Harry Potter and Sally-Anne Perks still have nightmares about them. It's even worse for Sally-Anne since Harry escaped himself whereas she was rescued and afterwards a bunch of wizards showed up and erased the memories of all the other children captured. Since Sally-Anne doesn't know they were Ministry workers maintaining the Statute of Secrecy, she spends months fearing they'll suddenly find her and erase her memories too. As a result, she's developed a severe anxiety disorder.
- Kyosuke recognizes Sayaka as a magical girl almost immediately when she makes her debut in Justice Society of Japan, due to the fact fact that she not only ducked out of a concert right before all the superhero stuff went down, but she's not even wearing a mask.
- In Cycles Upon Cycles, Liara T'soni develops PTSD after seeing her entire archaeological team die. Furthermore, she's a scientist and archaeologist, not a soldier; as a result, she stays out of the fighting.
- When a person with superhuman strength and a person with average physicality that is not prepared to fight or escape from the superhuman in any way whatsoever (and said superhuman wants to kill badly) meet, the result is a Curb-Stomp Battle on the superhuman's favor. This is what happens to Gendo Ikari on Superwomen Of Eva Treacherous Web. Another dose of reality occurs in the fact that killing Gendo does not makes anybody's lives easier-Shinji (who is a "Well Done, Son!" Guy) ends in a very severe depression and SEELE gets even more freedom to screw everybody over (because the Gambit Pileup between their plans and Gendo's was one of the things holding them back).
- In How I Learned to Love the Wild Horse, WOOHP is fully aware of the activities of the Nerima Wrecking Crew and as such believes them to be either a group of supervillains or possibly a terrorist organization from the massive amounts of property damage they're responsible for.
- Wardes fiddling with the Staff of Destruction in Emperor of Zero in an attempt to understand how it works sets the weapon off. As a result, he's badly burned from the backblast and the airship he was on is heavily damaged and forced to land.
- Shortly after gaining superpowers and landing in the DC universe in The Plagiarist, Xander gets mugged. Does he take the mugger down with his new powers? Nope. He simply hands over his money as said mugger already has a gun to his back. However, Xander accidentally clones him while handing over his money and said clone knocks the mugger unconscious.
- In When Harry met Wednesday, Rufus Scrimgeour flat out tells Dumbledore that the only reason he isn't being arrested for withholding information on Voldemort's horcurxes for years is because Scrimgeour can't trust the Ministry to destroy them. But he assures Dumbledore he will be facing criminal charges for it once the war is over.
- After his first actual mission in Star Wars Episode I: The Familiar of Zero, Guiche is left traumatized when a Dragon Knight slaughters almost all of his men. Even after waking up back at base, he suffers flashbacks from it and repeats a Survival Mantra over and over until the healer knocks him out.
- In I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For after Harry accidentally reawakens Magic (which had previously only been accessible as the Force), Palpatine takes to practicing every skill his spies have heard of Harry using. Unfortunately for him, apparating without much knowledge of how to do it results in him losing a chunk of his leg.
- Harry's incredibly distinctive ship with it's Gryffindor paint job becomes a massive liability after a 100 million credit bounty is put on his head. One of Harry's contacts outright states that quite literally every bounty hunter, criminal organization, and two-bit thug is gunning for him now and he's flying around in one of the most easily recognized ships in the galaxy. As a result, Harry's forced to temporarily abandon it in the middle of nowhere and use a different, more inconspicuous ship.
- In First Knight, Xander makes clear that the poison in the lobster does not have a Magic Antidote when the group goes back in time to a fancy dinner where everyone dies. As a result, he can't cure the alternate Xander and Faith they run in to as antidotes have to be calculated based on weight and metabolism. Xander carries his own antidote dosage to that particular poison in case of emergencies but he has no idea how to calculate for a Slayer.
- While taking a break from his videogame of a life to play a Star Trek version, Xander learns the hard way in Per-Verse that being a pirate has a lot of downsides. No one trusts him enough to sell him quality parts, trustworthy crewmates are impossible to find, and the ones who do want to join up tend to be the scum of the universe.
- For some time in Itachi, Is That A Baby?, Harry Potter has trouble adjusting to his new vision after replacing one of his implanted Byakugan with a Sharingan. Before he simply had 360 degree x-ray vision and could perfectly for roughly two miles; now he still has that (though half the range) in one eye and another that sees a few seconds into the future. For the first couple months, he has to keep one eye shot just to keep from walking into things.
- After a group of freshly graduated aurors kill several foreign would-be terrorists at the Quidditch World Cup, some politicians try to make a fuss about it, only to back down when it's pointed out they'd have to go on the record as stating that it's acceptable to attack civilians at an international sporting event.
- When Ryoga attacks Ranma in the middle of the night in The Demon's Contract, Nabiki calls the police about a burglar who broke into her home.
- After the fleet sent to retake Area 11/Japan fails in Six Paths of Rebellion, Schneizel agrees to a ceasefire between Britannia and Japan because their success has inspired rebellions in almost every conquered Area. Between that and the still ongoing war with the EU, Britannia simply doesn't have the resources at the moment to reconquer Japan.
- After Japan is freed, there's some initial hostility between the Japanese and former Britannians still living there due to years of oppression.
- After the Time Skip, Suzaku hasn't been made a Knight of Rounds since he got the title in canon for capturing Zero, something he failed to do here.
- In Chapter 10 from Under Wing, Hibari Minoru is forcefully restrained by his fellow police officers when he strongly reacts to a kid who could be his missing nephew kidnapped when he was two-years-old. His friend has to break to him that even if the kid really is Hibari Takeru, he was too young when he was abducted to remember his family and a emotionally upset grown man barging into the room would only scare him.
- When Harry first apparates in Magic of the Force, he splinches himself and a magical accident reversal squad has to sort him out. Later when he apparates to a galaxy far, far away, he doesn't land anywhere close to civilization and spends weeks searching before he actually finds other people.
- When Motoko and Naru try to force Shirou/Keitaro to bathe in a bucket in Promises of a Wandering Hero, he institutes a weekly schedule on usage of the hot springs. Their attempts to stop him fail as he's not an Extreme Doormat like canon Keitaro and responds to their demands of what gives him the right to do so by pointing out he's both the manager and owner of the dorm. If they don't like the rules, they can find somewhere else to live.
- In My Copy, one of Xander's clone minions/lovers has to break into a building reinforced with the same kind of armor as that used on tanks. She notes that the eggheads who thought that up clearly didn't realize that tanks are susceptible to repeated strikes to the same area and an immobile target such as a building simply makes hitting spot easier. She blows a hole in the building by rigging a large truck to fire a score of RPGs at it.
- In Influenced Out of Normality, Buffy tries to become Homecoming Queen to get back at Cordelia who forgot to tell her it was picture day (despite what Buffy things, Cordelia honestly forgot). She fails miserably as her three days of campaigning was nowhere near enough to overcome Cordelia knowing most of the students for years. Furthermore, because Buffy doesn't really interact with anyone but the Scoobies, most students simply think of her as that weird girl who burned down the gym at her last school.
- In Anything Goes Game Changer it's shown that Matsu's computers use up a lot of electricity as she has five high end computer running twenty-four seven in her room. Not only does this increase the electrical bill for the Izumo Inn but because the electricity for her room is spliced off the water heater, it's also increasing the strain on the heater. Lastly, because both the splicing and the fake wall hiding Matsu's room were done by an amateur, a competent electrician or carpenter can spot them right away. Luckily for everyone involved, said handyman is Ranma Saotome and he's willing to fix the shoddy workmanship.
- In How It Happens, Reborn picks Harry over Lambo as Tsuna's Lightning Guardian because a teenager is much more able to protect himself than a five-year-old boy. Also, Harry has a pleasant disposition which doesn't grate as much as Lambo's pushy and bratty behaviour.
- In Dragon Knight fights aren't long drawn-out affairs nor do the fighters have a Dirt Forcefield. When Xander fights six different men (one at a time) aiming to ambush him, each fight is over in seconds and by the end he's basically covered head to toe in blood.
- Mass Foundations
- Redemption in the Stars:
- After their defeat at the hands of the Courier, Blue Suns amped up their security forces, overwhelming him, Liara, and Feron at the abandoned mining facility. The sudden turn of events forced the Courier to flee, leaving Liara and Feron behind.
- When the Courier took a Blue Suns Centurion from a scouting group hostage, his demands were rejected as the other Blue Suns call him out on his wanton killing of their peers and attempt to distract him long enough for backup to arrive. He ultimately sees through it and points out that he'll just kill the reinforcements. It worked.
- All The World's a Stage:
- The Lone Wanderer is easily able to bulldoze through several her fights thanks to her Power Armor, most notably against Tira when she makes a misstep. When you're someone who's small and lithe as well as wielding a ringblade from late-Renaissance going up against a person who's in large-frame armor and wielding high-tech weaponry, you're going to get curb-stomped soon if not immediately.
- The Doctor's and the Lone Wanderer's attempt at convincing Patroklos to see the error of his ways only irritates him further, especially when the Wanderer brings up Pyrrha. It ends up with them being kicked out of Patroklos' tent. While he has an epiphany thanks to Pyrrha, it's unknown whether or not it would be effective in the long run.
- A New Day:
- C-Sec discovered a good part about Eric when he arrived in the Mass Effect universe. How did they find out? By looking at his ID card. Because of his circumstances, it was implied he was under surveillance, though we don't get much beyond that. After Eric got his credentials, C-Sec brought him in to question him. When they found out he was clean, they let him go.
- Redemption in the Stars:
- As shown in A Horse for the Force, if you try to change your planet's hat in a drastic way, such as from Proud Warrior Race Guy to Actual Pacifist, you're going to make a lot of enemies. Even those who don't want to be a Psycho for Hire like the Death Watch was are proud of their heritage and see attempts to change their way of life as spitting on their traditions.
- Biochemical barriers are very much a factor in Ranma's life as well. He couldn't train with a race known for their grappling because the planet's atmosphere had too high a sulfur content and the entire race is too claustrophobic to spend time in a spacesuit offworld. Likewise, while humans can breed with several near-human species, Shaak-Ti informs him that the two of them can't have children together as Togrutans can't breed with other species.
- Stabler's tendency to act like a Cowboy Cop comes back to bite him in Father Goose and the Black Knight when he and Benson interrogate Xander under suspicion he's responsible for some mutilated young women. They find out afterwards that Xander's office has high quality security cameras when they're sent pictures of Stabler clearly assaulting him with a warning not to try it again or charges will be pressed. Furthermore, as Benson and Stabler are on a temporary assignment to Cleveland, their superior and the ADA aren't willing to cover for their illegal actions taken on a gut feeling. When Stabler brings up that they could arrest Xander for possession of a concealed weapon due to the fact his cane breaks off to a sharpened point, the ADA responds that she could but isn't willing to prosecute a crippled man for having a sharpened stick.
- Black Sky: When Xanxus meets his wife, he immediately falls head over heels for her. Problem is, she likes and cares for him, but she's not in love with him. So Xanxus needs to court her while they work through the buttload of issues created by him rushing to be frozen for six years, their children getting to know him as their father and discovering Dorea's world. They do communicate quite well but they still have falling-outs.
- When Dumbledore announces Voldemort's return, everyone disbelieve him because he refuses to give any proof of it. Great political figure or not, You Have to Believe Me is not a viable strategy in real life.
- When he tries to contact Dorea Black, he basically harasses her steward to make her go back to Hogwarts, forgetting that a) she was abducted on school grounds and feels it would be unsafe to return, b) she's married and newlywed students generally drop out. Lupin ends up calling Rita Skeeter to make him stop by exposing his harassing on the newspaper.
- When he finally manages to talk with Dorea, she's furious because he outright kidnapped her in the Ministry, treats her with a familiarity he didn't earn - being her senior and lacking the slightest acquaintance with her beyond "headmaster-student" - and keeps her from doing much more pressing duties such as tending to her newborn twins.
- In The Bloody Ashikabi, when Ivy Potter gets almost raped, her father James flips the shit out and announces he will go to the DMLE and ensure the rapists end up in Azkaban for what's left of their lifetimes. And no, Dumbledore, trying to placate him by deducting points and giving detentions isn't going to work.
- The Beast That I Am shows that not only are the city inhabitants aware of the girls of the Hinata Inn, but the police very much want Keitaro to keep a tighter leash on them to keep them from running around, breaking several laws. Also, after Shinobu's rampage as "a large green ogre", the Hinata Inn is declared a crime scene and the residents can't enter large parts of it until the investigation is over.
- In Coincidence And 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.
- In More Pressing Matters, the first chapter follows the typical "Dick Grayson is put into Juvie plotline" on the grounds that all foster homes are filled up. When Bruce wins custody, does he look shocked over the potential trauma that Dick went through, but do nothing? Does he let the social worker, Dr. Cunningham, get away with her crimes like most Dick Grayson origin stories tend to do? No. Not only did he contact his lawyers to ensure that Dick be removed ASAP, but he also contacted the Attorney General, since Bruce also serves as a member of the directors for Child Services Welfare. And instead of letting Cunningham insult and belittle Dick for his background, Bruce comes very close to hitting her and quietly tells her to shut up. When she protests Dick leaving, Bruce reveals he got a court order demanding the boy's release.
Bruce Wayne: As of this moment, the Attorney General's office is investigating why the civil rights of an innocent child were violated through false imprisonment. Your (Dr. Cunningham) incarcerating Richard here, alongside violent juvenile offenders is not only disgraceful...it's illegal.
- He also implies to the Chancellor that he will face charges as well for letting Dr. Cunningham incarcerate Dick as well as other innocent children, ending the first chapter with Cunningham receiving a court summons, facing charges for her actions. It could also be seen as a Take That! to the common Fandom-Specific Plot that is used regarding Robin's origins.
- For the next several weeks, Dick suffers from PTSD and has nightmares taking the form of his dead parents blaming him for their deaths, forcing Bruce to hire a child psychologist to help. He even suffers a panic attack on Easter when the Easter eggs created by Alfred remind him of his parents. Bruce also tries setting up a schedule to further help Dick get more sleep, but the way he set it up was similar to a military regiment, which Leslie calls him out on with a quick What the Hell, Hero? Bruce may be the World's Greatest Detective, but he doesn't know much about children. He adjusts the schedule accordingly, albeit begrudgingly.
- Reality also ensues once again when Dick discovers that Bruce is also Batman. He is understandably hurt and angry that his legal guardian is (in his mind) ignoring him for the sake of crimefighting and runs away to hunt down Zucco himself. Furthermore, he also wonders if Bruce let his parents die in his effort to go after Zucco. When he confronts the man, Zucco begins to suffer a heart attack from the Curb-Stomp Battle, but Dick doesn't believe it in his anger. He also blurts out Bruce's name when the man arrives by accident, as he is not trained as Robin at this point and still acts a little careless.
- A similar fanfic, Little Boy Lost, follows the Juvie story. Dick befriends some Juvie inmates who help him escape, but witnesses the death of one of his new friends, threatened by Zucco's underlings in the Center grabs the attention of a child molester who kidnaps him later on, and mishears a conversation where he believes that Fingers is just using him to take down Zucco.
- Were it not for Batman pulling a Big Damn Heroes, Dick might have still been in the clutches of his kidnapper and his brother. After all of this, Dick contemplates jumping off a building before Batman talks him out of it. He is brought to Wayne Manor and is happy for the next two days...until Child Services forces Bruce to relinquish Dick back to the Detention Center. Circumstances or not, Bruce didn't have official custody.
- However, Bruce does go to the Center the next day and confronts Cunnigham, the Center's official, over not letting Dick's godfather, Mr. Haly, have official custody over the boy and even throwing him into Juvie in the first place. By the way she reacts, it's implied that Bruce intends to investigate the Detention Center for wrongly placing Dick there to begin with, especially right after his parents' deaths.
- When Cunnigham attempts to override Bruce's demand for custody, Lucius Fox reminds her that the papers presented to her were signed by a judge, forcing her to relinquish, at least until the custody court decides officially. Reality ensues even further when Cunnigham is unable to best Bruce, due to his wealth and lawyers. The judge, while only allowing Mr. Haly visitation privileges, assures him it is not out of cruelty.
- Dick's friend, Fingers' backstory reveals he had a younger brother that was killed in a hit-and-run by Zucco's men...except that it was the wrong address. Not only was it all for nothing, but it shows how criminals end up making mistakes that hurt unintended targets.
- Father deconstructs Bruce's frequent absences during the first month that Dick stays there. When he finally talks to Dick and apologizes for the absences, saying that he wishes to be a good parent to Dick, he is not Easily Forgiven. Over the course of the month, he never talked to Dick and even prevented him from running away a few times, which were basically the only interactions and failed to make a good impression on Dick.
Dick: Now you care about me? What gives? You were perfectly fine to leave me here in this huge house where I'm afraid to touch anything in case I broke it earlier. What, did the reporters finally figure out that I don't want to be here and now you're trying to make me stay? Well guess what, I don't want to. You're not my dad. You made that clear when you took me in. (Dick starts crying) I'm not a puppy that will just sit there and wait until you decide whether or not you want me. I just want to go home.
- Dick's rant at Bruce in the end clarifies the problems in Bruce's half-assed parenting:
- 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.
- 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 A Cure for Love the Kira Taskforce and L's successors are furious with L when it comes to light that L has been having an affair with his main suspect.
- In Fever Dreams L and Light get sick from staying out in the rain for an extended period of time. Later Souichiro gets mad at Light for "corrupting" the investigation.
- 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 Point Of Succession L's attempt at creating a romantic atmosphere by covering his bed with M&Ms results in Light getting melted M&Ms in awkward places.
- 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.
- In A Jealous Wish (written well before Episode of Bardock) a thirteen-year old Goku wishes his father back to life. Said father is an incredibly strong warrior who exterminated planets for a living and was so fearsome that he had to swear to not do it again to come back to life (on pain of dying immediately if he even tried again), has seen in a vision that Goku will grow up to defeat intergalactic tyrant Frieza, and has zero knowledge of Earth's customs. It's a miracle there's only one casualty so far...
- Bardock's musings reveals that, once upon a time, one of Bardock's squadmates decided to take alien drugs to get high, and, knowing just how sturdy Saiyan bodies were, he didn't read the labels. He died fast, as the first drug contained an ingredient that was just that toxic to Saiyan bodies. This also led to Bardock's utter terror of incompetents doctors and the one casualty, as a well-meaning doctor managed to pass himself as incompetent while trying to cure Goku and Bardock threw him through a wall to protect his son and do the world a favour.
- The same musings also reveal a piece of intelligence in Frieza's army: they colour-code their drugs and make sure every soldier knows the code specifically to avoid this kind of incidents.
- Bardock is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and told Goku's friends as little as he could. Bulma has Goku kidnapped to protect him from someone she thinks is a jerk who is only interested in torturing his own son and using him to murder someone named Frieza.
- Speaking about the kidnapping... Bardock can fly faster than sound, has an incredibly acute sense of smell, and is smart enough to learn as much as he can about Earth's society, including that we send our children to communal schools. Upon losing track of Bulma's mercs due to their aircraft going through populated airspace, he goes after their families and successfully takes hostage the daughter of one of them faster than they could deliver Goku to Bulma.
- Bardock's musings reveals that, once upon a time, one of Bardock's squadmates decided to take alien drugs to get high, and, knowing just how sturdy Saiyan bodies were, he didn't read the labels. He died fast, as the first drug contained an ingredient that was just that toxic to Saiyan bodies. This also led to Bardock's utter terror of incompetents doctors and the one casualty, as a well-meaning doctor managed to pass himself as incompetent while trying to cure Goku and Bardock threw him through a wall to protect his son and do the world a favour.
The Familiar Of Zero
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.
- In Soldier of Zero, Guiche breaks up with Montmorency after the love potion incident as he simply can't trust someone who was willing to brainwash him into loving her. He's also deeply disturbed by the idea that if he'd been drugged, he would have raped her eventually.
- While initially the other students found Louise's infatuation with Guiche under the love potion's effects more amusing than anything, they realize there's nothing funny about the situation after Louise nearly rapes him.
- Zulu Squad No Tsukaima:
- Initially averted in the early arcs, as the OC, in spite of being an elite mook from Spec Ops: The Line, still has to deal with the usual shenanigans of the anime's Harem Genre.
- When the soldiers of the 33rd reverse engineer their modern weapons to help the outnumbered Tristainian military against the war with the Reconquista, the new untested guns, while initially effective at the start of the battle, start to misfire and cause the Tristainians to get overwhelmed.
Firefly / Serenity
- 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.
- Frozen Hearts:
- Hans and Heins have a harder time pretending to be a profession than most fictional characters. When pretending to be ice harvesters, they end up making some amateur mistakes, one of which results in an accident that almost gets Heins killed and is decidedly not Played for Laughs.
- Helena's father, an alcoholic former castle guard, steps up to try to defend his daughter from a man trying to take advantage of her, returning to his old self in the process. He promptly gets fatally stabbed, not noticing the man's knife until it's too late.
- Secret Passages is a fanfic that covers the five years prior to Elsa's coronation, as well as the events of the movie from Elsa's perspective.
- After Elsa accidentally hurt Anna as a kid, their parents separated them and reduced her contact with other people in the castle, Anna included. As the author's notes in one chapter mention, there is no way that Elsa or Anna would be putting up with this situation with no questions asked. By eight years later, when the sisters are both teenagers, they both resent this living situation, and they both rebel against their parents as much as possible.
- As a teenage girl, it's pretty natural that Elsa would come to hate being confined to her room, and lectured for things that aren't her fault. One scene has her venting her rage by throwing icicles and breaking a window in her room. Even though Elsa's trying to bottle her emotions, that still doesn't stop her from occasionally showing fits of anger.
- Even though Elsa does her best to hide her powers around Anna, she's not 100% perfect at doing so and there are several occasions where Anna comes very close to finding out about Elsa's powers (such as the temperature in the room dropping when Elsa gets upset, or puddles left behind by her ice).
- Agdar and Idun decide to keep Anna in the dark about Elsa's powers. As a result, Anna gets mad when her parents or Elsa refuse to even just tell her what is wrong with Elsa.
- In the movie, Elsa refuses to let Anna get engaged to Hans, saying "You can't marry a man you just met!" Here, two other scenes exist where Elsa explains to Anna in more detail why her ideas of fairy tale romance don't work at all: the suitor may be bossy, disagreeable, abusive, and may want to do things that aren't good for the rest of Arendelle; likewise, letting Anna marry a prince from another kingdom would mean declaring Arendelle subordinate to that kingdom.
- The work also suggests Elsa sees Arranged Marriage as hypocritical, since the process involves marrying someone she's never met, and yet she's not allowed to leave the castle.
- Elsa's isolation from most human contact, aside from Anna, their parents, and trusted servants, also renders her very socially inept. This is especially clear when Anna has a nightmare and Elsa has no idea how to comfort her or calm her down.
- Between "Let It Go" and when Anna shows up, Elsa finds that in her flight from the castle, she didn't consider that she'd need food to survive on her own. At one point, she leaves her Ice Palace and attempts to scour around for food. But with no hunting experience, and no way of knowing what sorts of berries are poisonous and which ones aren't, she has no success.
Fullmetal Alchemist / Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
- In At Gates Edge, Alphonse has orphaned for years due to the absence of his father, deaths of his mother and brother. He tries to sell his home to get away from the bad memories but can't sell it because it's Hohenheim's property and Al doesn't own it until Hohenheim either gives it to him or is confirmed dead. He is currently fighting the bank to get the property in his name.
- In The Cripple Arc, Edward is trapped in an abusive relationship. As much as Edward wants to leave, no one in 1920s-era London is willing to hire a disabled man with no connections or job history.
- In Heat, Marta climbs into Ed's sleeping bag at night because they're in the desert and as a reptile chimera, she's coldblooded.
Girls Und Panzer
Girls und Panzer
- Boys Und Senshado 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 Unicorn—lots 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.
- 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 Disciplinary Action, Harry and Ron get in serious trouble at work when someone overhears Ron confessing to Confounding a muggle and Harry not doing anything about it. Ron's fired and possibly facing prison time while Harry's suspended pending an investigation into just how much he's covered up for Ron. After a furious lecture from their boss, Harry agrees with her it's for the best if they're to keep their vow of ending the policy of connections being more important than competence.
- 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 no 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 its staff is going to be fired.
- In Harry Potter and the Puppet of Time a wizard once, through several legal loopholes, became heir to all of the Hogwarts founders and over two thirds of the Wizengamot. Those in power naturally refused to give up control of magical Britain to this one man and a few centuries later, the story is still told as a rather funny joke.
- 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 Them's the Rules shows regardless of Harry raising Tom Riddle in better circumstances and giving him an ideal childhood, Tom Riddle is still a sociopath.
- Like Hell He Will shows how Harry's male classmates would react to the idea of him having a harem of all the girls in school. Hint: it doesn't end well — for Harry, that is.
- 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.
- The same writer uses this trope in One Misfired Spell Later. In this fic, Harry, who has fled to France due to problems in England, has caught the eye of Fleur, who sees him as the perfect mate for her. Too bad he's already dating Hermione. Fleur's initial attempt to solve this problem Joketsuzoku-style quite predictably enrages Harry. Latter, Fleur and Hermione make peace, agreeing that they can both share Harry. Too bad they didn't consult him about this; instead of being happy at the idea of living "every teenage boy's fantasy", Harry is upset that the two girls made such an important decision about such a personal aspect of his life without considering his feelings. Their later attempts at seducing him, such as conveniently arranging it so the three of them just ''have'' to share a bed, contribute to the final conflict, which results in an alienated Harry rejecting both Hermione and Fleur, and running off with Sirius to Gibraltar.
- 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.
- Similarly, Playmate has a version where Harry has to move to France because, after saving her life, Gabrielle impetuously gives him a bonding kiss. It turns out that Harry is Not Happy about this, because his life choices, such as whom he can marry, have been taken away from him, and he cannot be more than forty feet away from Gabrielle until they trust each other enough for the bond to solidify. Because Gabrielle bonded an unwilling Harry, this will never happen. Even being away from the Dursleys is not enough to comfort Harry, because he only had to spend a limited amount of time there, and would have been free of them in a few more years anyway. Now, he is trapped for life in a foreign country, bound to a child. Meanwhile, being a little girl, Gabrielle had no idea of the magnitude of what she was doing; she naively believed that the bonding kiss would simply give her a playmate. The bond never stabilizes, and Harry and Gabrielle end up using it to commit mutual suicide a few years later.
- A number of fics, most notably Hermione's Pity Party, Overheard Conversation, and chapter 14 of Realizations, show that Hermione really has no idea how to write a proper essay, and that exceeding the length indicated by the professors would actually result in lower, not higher grades.
- 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 Too Late, the Potters are revealed to have faked their deaths to train their other son to defeat Voldemort. Upon returning to the world at large, they learn that due to being declared dead, they have no money and no way to even gain employment as they're still legally dead.
- 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, Harry decides to spare his people a war and surrenders Wizarding England to the Death Eaters while he and the rest of the Light's supporters go into exile. The large loss of the population (and skilled workers) decimates the economy and due to the purebloods' close relations, inbreeding is rampant and their population is slowly dying out, and Voldemort just becomes more and more unhinged as time goes on.
- Alexandra Quick: As Alexandra finds out, being the protagonist doesn't make you immune to the rules, and even if you broke the rules and endangered people for the right reasons, that doesn't mean you don't have to suffer the consequences. Dean Grimm even tells her that she's had to actively step in and defend Alexandra's right to remain at Charmbridge, and by the end of Stars Above, Alexandra's gone too far and gets expelled.
- When three Ravenclaw girls bully Luna in When is it a Contract by stealing her homework and possessions, two are expelled with the third arrested. Sabotaging someone's education or stealing personal possessions aren't waived off as "children being children", especially when said possessions (Luna's brooch and another student's earrings) are extremely valuable.
- In The Lion's Pride, when Scrimgeour talks to Harry on Christmas and Harry declares he "hasn't forgotten" while showing the scars on his hand, Scrimgeour has no idea what Harry's raised fist is supposed to mean. The cold winter air along with how tightly Harry's fist is clenched makes the scars basically invisible.
- Also, Harry's remark of Scrimgeour being "just like Crouch" doesn't mean the same to Scrimgeour as it does to Harry. Harry's talking about Crouch throwing the innocent Sirius in Azkaban without a trial. Scrimgeour, who has no idea about Sirius being innocent or not getting a trial, thinks Harry's talking about Crouch's motions that (among other things) allowed Aurors to kill Death Eaters instead of capturing them, something that prevented numerous deaths among the Auror corps.
- Because Lupin agonizes for so long over whether he should introduce himself to Harry in For Love Of Magic, when he finally does, Harry treats him as an acquaintance at best and a friend of Sirius' at worst. Knowing a friend of his parents would be nice to talk to but Lupin clearly must not value them that much if he never once contacted Harry and then spent nearly a year between meeting Harry and mentioning his past relationship with James.
- Krum's plan to deal with his dragon (in this story, all of them are Hungarian Horntails) by blinding it results in his death when he gets too close to the thrashing creature.
- Tonks breaks up with Harry after learning he's been accidentally brainwashing her with the same magic that he used to improve his sex life. While she does try to continue their relationship, she simply can't stay with someone who she can't trust, especially as there's no way for her to know he's doing it.
- Harry's desire to simply be left out of politics and not deal with Voldemort... involves a lot of politics. Whether he likes it or not, he's both an international icon and extremely wealthy on top of being nobility. All together, he has to play the political game if he actually wants to be left alone because no one will allow him to simply sit on the sidelines.
- Sirius in Patron spent so much time as a dog in Azkaban that not only does he use it's lesser emotional state as some sort of drug, but he also tends to reflexively turn into it much more often than he needs to be. Also, Remus is not a fan of Muggle Werewolf comedy movies.
- In Princess of the Blacks Jen's dragon-hide duster doesn't function as an Armor of Invincibility as such things are illegal for civilians to own; it's just a very nice coat.
- Hagrid's brother, who even in canon doesn't want to be in England, breaks free and attacks the school, resulting in Hagrid's arrest.
- Fred and George's "mayhem" protest of Dumbledore's sacking results in their expulsion.
- Regardless of his fighting against Voldemort and his forces, Dumbledore is still considered a criminal, especially since he ran when confronted rather than try to explain things.
- Despite what Dumbledore thinks, the permanently locked room in the Department of Mysteries is not filled with the Power of Love which is being studied by the Unspeakables. It's a safe room for conducting particularly dangerous experiments.
- The Potters may be fairly wealthy, but replacing their destroyed home is still highly expensive, especially given all the spellwork that has to go into it.
- When the Ministry tries to plant an Auror on the Prime Minister's staff for security purposes, the magical world's total ignorance of all things Muggle comes back to bite them - their man is fired within a week for being totally unqualified for his cover position, being unable to even work a phone.
- The entire premise of Realism: Breaking Cliches is to deconstruct various Fandom Specific Plots and show what'd really happen. For example, Harry runs away from the Dursleys and is immediately caught by Voldemort who'd known where the boy lived for years.
- In What Was Your Plan?, Harry confronts Dumbledore for being a manipulative evil genius who'd been controlling every aspect of Harry's life up to that point and learns the very fatal flaw in his logic: a manipulative evil genius would foresee such a situation and have already planned for it. After triggering the Imperius that was already on Harry, Dumbledore sends him off to his death against Voldemort.
- While viewing a memory of an event over 1,500 years ago in Dodging Prison and Stealing Witches, Hermione explains to her friends that it's a memory of a memory of a memory etc. due to language barriers. 1,500 years ago, nothing resembling modern English existed. Every hundred years someone has to view the memory, translate it into the modern vernacular, and make a copy of their memory of doing so. As a result, the memory has several people lined up along the walls reading translations of what's being spoken in the memory.
- In chapter 3 of Don't Be a Dobby Downer, a fic in which Harry transfers from Hogwarts to Beauxbatons, Dumbledore finds out about Harry's decision. Instead of freaking out and trying to drag Harry back to Hogwarts, overriding the decision of Harry and his legal guardians (the Dursleys approved of the transfer to get rid of the boy) and causing an international incident, Dumbledore reacts sensibly. He realizes that Beauxbatons is a good school, with Madame Maxine a capable headmistress, and that trying to drag Harry back would not only alienate Harry but cost unnecessary political capital. Instead, Dumbledore arranges for Remus Lupin to be hired at Beauxbatons to keep an eye on Harry, an objective that is readily disclosed to Madame Maxine.
- In Sort the Dragon an older student starts yelling at Harry for the ruckus caused from getting his centaur friend Suze into a compartment on the train and promptly gets kicked in the chest by said centaur. Much like horses, centaurs can't easily look behind them so coming up behind one and shouting is a good way to get a hoof to the chest.
- At the start of Hitting the Tomes, Dudley tries to have Harry do his homework, only for Harry to realize that four years of exclusively magical education means he doesn't understand said homework. Cue Dudley tutoring Harry in trigonometry.
- Unlike canon, Harry never really forgives Ron and Hermione for basically abandoning him over the summer because Dumbledore told them to, especially because they preface every attempted apology with "But Dumbledore said".
- In Harry Potter Kidnapped, Harry decides to run away from the Dursleys's home at seven-years-old. When Dumbledore accidentally runs into him when he's fifteen, the Headmaster outright abducts him, forcefully cuts him from his Muggle friends and refuses to let him go outside Hogwarts. He only manages to make Harry despise him, rat the Order of the Phoenix at the Ministery and arrange a transfer to Beauxbatons. The teen also says Dumbledore could have made Harry interested in the Wizarding World if he had taken the slow road and spent time with the boy to explain magic enough to make Harry curious, instead of shoving it down his throat. Choices are important, and after placing a kid in an abusive home and depriving him of the freedom to join the Wizarding World or not, Dumbledore ensured Harry would never do anything to please him.
- In the epilogue, Voldemort is defeated... but not by Harry, rather, he is defeated by three different people at the same time born at the end of July with skills that Voldemort didn't have, was marked by in battle, and fought three times prior that day. The prophesy never specified the year or place that the Chosen One would be born, simply those four things. McGonagall is pissed when she overhears this revelation and calls Dumbledore out for not telling anyone what his motives for kidnapping Harry were in the first place, or relaying the prophesy to any allies for similar people that fit the category. A dying Dumbledore realizes in horror that he had put Harry though all of that misery for nothing.
- When Vernon plans on teaching Harry his place in the summer after his fifth year by beating him up, snapping his wand, and killing Hedwig in Are You Bloody Insane?...does Harry cower in fear while this occurs? Is he forced to do an impossible list of chores under the threat of a beating while no help arrives? No, Harry overhears Vernon coming up the stairs, sends Hedwig away with a letter to the Order requesting help and holds his uncle at wand-point.
- He points out that Vernon is forgetting about the Order of the Phoenix, who is expecting 3 letters a week and would automatically sense something off if no letter was sent. Harry has also gone through several years of Character Development, and would be more frustrated and vengeful than afraid of the Dursleys, so the idea of him taking abuse lying down is laughable.
- Vernon attempts to attack Harry despite what he was just told...and ends up Stunned. Learning that underage magic could be used in life-threatening situations can make it easier for people to stand up to their abusers. When Mad-Eye and Tonks arrive, Mad-Eye is less than amused that Vernon would still try mistreating Harry after the Order threatened him.
- After that little incident, Harry sends Hedwig away, takes his meals away from the Dursleys and hides his most valuable possessions, certain that Vernon would try again.
- When a ten year old Harry steals a police car in It All Started When Harry Stole a Police Car, the officers don't run after it to stop him but rather put out an APB about the stolen patrol car, causing Harry to be caught in a matter of minutes.
- 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.
- Cultstuck has Tavros run into a nasty case of this when he's trying to escape through the tunnels: even when he finds Karkat and thus has someone to guide him, the tunnels have lots of cracks and uneven surfaces, so while Karkat by himself can easily move through them, they suddenly become a lot harder to get through when he's pushing a guy in a wheelchair. It gets worse when Karkat is poisoned and their path to the Dark Hive leads them down a long flight of stairs.
- At one point in the story, Karkat fights a threshecutioner, and this trope occurs in both a good way and a bad way: The good way is that while the threshecutioner is bigger and stronger than Karkat, Karkat's done far more training than him, so he can easily hold his own- in fact, he's better. The bad way is that while Karkat's been taught to fight, he's never been in a fight for real, so when he draws blood, he's shocked and horrified and it nearly gets him killed.
- 0k shows that while the main twelve may be big fish in the small pond that was Alternia, the Fleet is a whole different matter: No, a mutant isn't going to be allowed to join the Fleet, he'll be culled; no, an heiress with no exceptional fighting abilities won't be able to beat a much older and more experienced troll; no, someone with Sollux's powers won't escape being helmed; no, the Fleet isn't going to tolerate a stoner who's barely lucid, so it's not long before Gamzee's dead; no, someone as demanding and attention-seeking as Vriska won't be tolerated for long when nobody around her likes her or is willing to put up with her, so she gets killed soon enough; and yes, someone whose blood colour and rank is high enough really can get away with murder, so if you want to put a stop to it, you're going to have to be very damn careful.
- Ambience A Fleet Symphony:
- In chapter 31, Sanford explains at length to the ship girls about how trying to uplift the Chicago poor by just having the rich give money away won't work.
- In chapter 34, it's mentioned that staying underground without sunlight means Vitamin D supplements are needed.
- In chapter 42, once Shiranui loses the element of surprise, Kongou clearly has the upper hand. In a fair fight, a destroyer can't beat a battleship, righteous anger or no.
- In chapter 47, though she makes a valiant attempt, Yuudachi gets killed after being double-teamed by HMS Swordfish and Javelin.
- In chapter 61, Damon tells Kongou that putting all of her heart into doing something won't help make it good if she doesn't actually know how to do it right.
- In chapter 119, Kitakami recalls that she had been warned against returning to the Boise CCPL post because the ship girls' slowed aging might have led to inconvenient questions.
- Ambience: Platoon (Moebius Four): Contingency Summer tells us that the rest of the world, not realising how big the threat really is, is getting nervous about Japan's rearmament to fight the Abyssals.
- The Greatest Generation:
"I don't understand, why people would distrust us for trying to capture an Abyssal?" Inazuma asked, "Aren't we all on the same side, nanodesu?"
- Just because everyone's fighting a war against the common enemy that is the Abyssals doesn't mean that all past hatreds and grudges magically vanish. Zuikaku is the most obvious kanmusu with objections to Yvonne's actions, but far from the only one.
- This is reiterated in Chapter 5. The Akatsuki sisters are made painfully aware that modern geopolitics aren't as simple as they'd thought.
- In chapter 6 the narration notes that Japan, being as resource-starved as it is, can't make good use of refugee labour the way Australia or other more bountiful nations can.
- Putting The Men First sounds noble in theory. But if public expectation and perception expects you to send your subordinates out to Hold the Line, even if doing so is a Senseless Sacrifice of a Suicide Mission, then refusing to do so will get you politically crucified.
- In chapter 9, it's noted that the severe losses the US took have changed the geopolitical situation. Getting the World War II fleet back would swing things back in their favour, but failing to do so would only worsen their image further. And that's why they're suppressing the failure of the programme.
- Given that he lacks both Dave's toughness (and newly gained skills) or Mindy's years of training and armory, when Marty joins the all-out brawl in Trip Like I Do, he ends up badly beaten and in a coma due to confronting a tougher, more experienced opponent.
- Dave shows that Unskilled, but Strong doesn't help against someone who's both skilled and in good shape. At the start of his training, Mindy easily kicked his ass whenever they fought. After he Took a Level in Badass, Dave finds the (massive) guy who beat Marty into a coma and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown before finally killing him.
- Mindy ends up badly injured against an untrained thug due to him getting the drop on her.
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
- In Cellar Secrets, this happens in the case of Ryuuko being a Wild Child and the rehabilitation. For one, her age does play a factor, as the older she is, the less they can reclaim, along with the fact that she'll improve as time goes on but she'll still remain stunted. Likewise, she's is terrified of almost everything and knows enough speech to state a few things, but still has to learn how to use syntaxes. Said rehabilitation would be a long and ongoing one; at the beginning of the story, she stayed in an institution for awhile before getting to come home.
- Concerning a Drifter has this in a few ways, as what happened to Ryuuko had gotten her pregnant four times by rape, as her captors likely didn't give her birth control, left her mentally ill and severely traumatized to the extent that she can no longer care for herself (this could happen), and the fact that Satsuki is deeply affected. Likewise, while the perpetrator and many others were sentenced, things don't go back to normal, as Ryuuko still lives in a mental hospital and doesn't return to her normal self, along with Satsuki not feeling satisfied.
- In Zen and the Art of Ass Whooping Hirotaka finds out that having a black belt is not a guarantee of winning against an opponent who is equally skilled in a different martial art. Especially when said opponent is a foot taller, weighs twice as much as you do, and knows a few barfighting tricks that they're not afraid to use.
- Commander Argus uses this in his KP series of fics. For instance, during Kim and Ron's senior year, a new principal is in charge of their school, who is just as averse to their missions taking them out of school as a Real Life school administrator would. Additionally, You Are Grounded does not contain an exception for missions.
- Bleeding Through:
- When Drakken and Shego attack Kim's high school, causing massive damage, the superintendent concludes that Kim and Ron's presence puts a massive bull's eye on the school and expels them. This, in turn, results in reality ensuing for the superintendent: First of all, Kim's parents sue him; second, when monsters attack the town, he belatedly realizes that, thanks to his actions, Kim and Ron are no longer there to defend everyone.
- Also discussed in terms of just how the Go Team's powers actually work, since each one shreds the laws of physics into confetti. What's more, exposure to a radioactive meteor should really result in cancer instead of superpowers, let alone such radically-different superpowers in such closely-related subjects.
- There's also the matter of Rufus' intelligence, which is explained as being due to him being Ron's familiar. Also, it's pointed out that the reason he doesn't speak full sentences is due to the fact that, as a rodent, he doesn't have the necessary vocal organs.
- At The Centerfold Of The Storm
- At the start of the story, much of the world is still recovering from the Lorwardian invasion, with many towns and cities still in the clean up phase.
- While Dr. Director gave Shego a full pardon of her past crimes as thanks for helping to save the Earth, there are still many criminal organizations, corrupt officials and Banana Republics that felt no need to honor such, meaning she had to spend the year between the end of the series and the story effectively cleaning house. And even then, there are still countries where she's effectively Persona Non Grata.
- One of the major themes is a Deconstruction of the Harmless Villains. It's explained that they simply had reservations about killing a minor. When it becomes apparent that Kim has grown up, they stop holding back. It is also discussed how an organization like Henchco. could function without Global Justice or other law enforcement agencies cracking down.
The Lord Of The Rings
The Lord of the Rings
- The Game of the Gods is thirty-three instances of this. Morgoth fashions Mary Sue after Mary Sue; Varda carefully imposes reality and lets their own impossibility do them in. Reality Ends Sues?
- Don't Panic is all about this. A young woman falls into Middle-Earth...but she doesn't know any more Sindarin than your average Tolkien nerd, is not initially believed by everyone when she tells them she's from the far future, and she is not sent on the Quest, because why would they include a young woman totally unused to their world, with no weapons skills whatsoever?
The Loud House
The Loud House
- The fanfics by Orange Ratchet (especially Leni Loud The Genius?) do this in perhaps one of the most hilarious ways possible. In the show, Lincoln is known for being a Fourth-Wall Observer by notifying the audience of what he or his sisters do. In the stories, Lincoln continues to do it, but this time, everybody else actually notices it... and it freaks them out a bit in that what they're seeing is basically Lincoln talking to himself (or "talking to the wall" as the sisters put it).
- Syngenesophobia, on the other hand, features a far more serious example:
- In the show, it's a common Running Gag for Lincoln to get beaten up by his sisters, which leaves him nothing more than Amusing Injuries. In Syngenesophobia, however, Lincoln sustains injuries from a beating that are anything but amusing...
- The end result is all the girls getting called out by their parents and peers, thus becoming outcasts.
- After Ronnie-Anne beats Lynn up, out of avenging Lincoln. She ended up suspended for it, good intentions or not, school fights are not allowed.
- Requiem For A Loud has Lucy and the twins getting suspicious of the odd behaviors that everybody else in the family are displaying.note Just because they're young kids doesn't mean they won't notice anything out of the ordinary.
- Shattered Innocence: In this dark retelling of "No Such Luck", Mr. and Mrs. Loud are taken to be questioned, and receive life sentences after the authorities learned that they had locked Lincoln outside of the house, which gave the Royal Woods Stalker all the time to kidnap and murder him. The sisters are also made outcasts for their part.
- Velvet Fist (Act I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII'') stars a Leni who, upon being unmedicated, decides to go on a revenge scheme against all who wronged her. However A: her schemes do not go 100% correctly with unforseen consequences left and right, and B: She realizes during it that some of the parties she wanted to get revenge on were not as wrong as she assumed at first and so toned down her revenge schemes against them, unlike in many such fics where the guilty stay just as guilty as assumed. Also even with her best efforts to hide her changes from them, her siblings do pick up on how she is acting off.
- 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.
- Granny Hina's attempts to manipulate Keitaro into becoming manager cause massive rifts in their family. Turns out his parents don't appreciate how she lied either.
- Haruka's tendency to punish her workers and abuse customers she dislikes lead to her getting sued and losing the teahouse.
- Su has to get a part-time job to pay for some food she ate at the bakery that was meant for some customers, costing them clients. And even after she pays it off the bakery and other food stores post signs warning about her tendency to steal food.
- After coasting by without paying her rent for several months, Kitsune has to pay it all back or get evicted.
- Naru punching Keitaro nearly gets her kicked out of their cram school, and she becomes a social pariah.
- After being warned several times, Motoko attempts to challenge Keitaro to a duel... and gets arrested and charged with attempted assault with a deadly weapon. Her fangirls get arrested as accessories. This leads to her expulsion from the Kendo Club.
- Ryuichi lost his job after Ogi revealed how he'd stalked Keitaro and Miyabi.
- After the fiasco with Keitaro, Shinobu starts reevaluating her relationship with the other girls and comes to the conclusion they've just been treating her as an Extreme Doormat.
- Kyoshiro and Nanami (Keitaro and Kanako's parents) refuse to even consider letting Kanako drop out of school for over a year to go on a world tour with Granny Hina.
- In Ancestor, (Kei)Taro Urashima developed a healing technique using Ki to stimulate a body's natural healing ability (he describes it as miracle grow) which can even be used to re-attach severed limbs. So when a particularly clumsy novice kept losing a finger or two trying to learn swordsmanship, the cells connecting his finger to his hand started rotting due to being several decades older than the rest of his body. In order to save his life, the healers had to amputate his arm.
- 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.
- Motoko is banned from carrying deadly weapons (such as her katana) on her person in the dorm as it's a safety issue regardless of how skilled she is.
- Likewise violence, except in self-defense, is not allowed at the dorm. Keitaro further states that any self-defense has to be proportional. Pushing someone off you is okay; punching someone out is not.
- For His Own Sake:
- The story begins with Keitaro leaving the Hinata Inn after three years of acting as manager to a group of girls that appear to look for any reason to attack him. He also breaks up with Naru, viewing their relationship as unhealthy, warped, and one-sided.
- Motoko is disgusted when Kanako reveals she has feelings for Keitaro right after learning they are siblings. Kanako quickly explains that they aren't really related, but Motoko doesn't buy the justification.
- Because Seta is unequipped with dealing with his daughter, Sarah, he is forced to ship her off to a strict boarding school. The headmaster chides him for his poor parenting when he reveals why he is doing this.
- Unlike Naru, Sarah, Su and Motoko at first, for the latter; Kitsune and Shinobu are able to realize their mistakes and sever ties with the rest of the Hina girls. Kitsune, while greedy, does acknowledge her part in Keitaro leaving because she isn't violent or unreasonable like Naru and Motoko are. Shinobu, while never taking part in the violence, is still chewed out by Keitaro because she never did anything to help him despite being more reasonable than the others and took Naru or Motoko's word for any accusations against him every time without learning from those experiences.
- 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. On top of that, he's revealed to be the career adviser at Tokyo University that Naru had an appointment with, meaning Naru put her academic future and job prospects in jeopardy because she made one very hasty, foolish assumption.
- 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.
- The Merry Killers shows what someone of Naru's strength could do if she punched someone other than Keitaro: her punch turns his head into a fine mist. Though in this story, she's a contract killer so it's fully intentional.
- Game Theory (Fan Fic) frequently does this with Talking Is a Free Action from as early as the first chapter. The whole cast is loaded with Combat Pragmatists, Crazy-Prepared and good at the Xanatos Speed Chess, which means that any character who gives a foe a breather (such as, well, by talking) will get his ass whooped. The fic also continuously shows that something believed to be Crazy Enough to Work... won't, precisely because of the "crazy" part (either you can't convince people to assist on the plan because of its risk or it creates too little an advantage to be bankable in the greater scheme of things).
- How Roid's Plan Could have Backfired Horribly is a series of one-shots making horrible fun of Roid's master plan by showing how things could have backfired on him, starting with the canon scene where Roid declares Windermere the heirs of Protoculture being interrupted by a Zentraedi Main Fleet wiping out the planet in the odd chance he was right faster than they could use the Song of the Wind to brainwash them (and also being prepared to deal with it).
- 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.
- 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).
- In My Grandson's Odd Family Peter Quill returns to Earth. When one of his cousins, obviously disbelieving him, asks him to correctly recall an event from thirty years prior, Peter fails, since, as it was unmemorable at the time and happened when he was a small child, he doesn't remember.
- In The Amazing Spider-Man fics Extra Legs to Stand On and Ocelli, after the Lizard incident Peter is questioned by the police when they remember that he tried to warn them about Curt Connors which pushes him into the media spotlight. There's a jurisdictional fight between the NYPD, the CIA, Homeland Security, the NSA and SHIELD due to the Lizard's actions counting as domestic terrorism.
- In The Hotline the high-school aged Peter Parker develops a deep-seated fear of the police due to the frequent Police Brutality he faces as Spider-Man. The Mayor of New York and the NYPD try to boost their terrible reputation and distract people from their Police Brutality by working with the increasingly popular Spider-Man and rescind their arrest warrant on him. Which doesn't work as Spider-Man doesn't trust them and many cops would rather see Spidey arrested or dead regardless of public opinion or orders by their higher ups.
- In Children's Crusade when Kate Bishop refuses to stop superheroing when caught by the Avengers, they stop her...by calling her father and have her monitored by the reformed SHIELD. Which bites them in the ass as other young heroes such Spider-Man, Speed and Jonas Vision now refuse to have anything to do with the Avengers in fear that they will come after them and their families if they refuse to stop.
- The Spanish fic Consecuencias shows what would happen if all superpowered individuals of Earth were killed, just like the Friends of Humanity would like:
- Without people like The Fantastic Four or Doctor Strange stopping them, alien and extradimensional enemies like Galactus and Dormammu have more or less free reign to do what they want with Earth.
- When some members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, that had saved Earth from an alien invasion, reveal they are from Earth, an anti-super zealot kills some of them. This not only made the rest abandon Earth forever but shows the reality that some people are utherly unable to accept that they were wrong with their convictions even when the consecuences of them only cause unnecesary suffering.
- Life In Reverse shows Loki forced to consult a shrink when SHIELD establishes he's emotionally volatile and as such a liability on missions.
- The Avengers's reaction to Thor range from coldness to outright hostility, as someone they care about - Loki - is upset and frightened by the prospect of his arrival on Earth. Also, smashing windows is not a good way to prove you're not threatening someone.
- Removed from Asgard and Thor's shadow, Loki discovers - with not a small amount of surprise - that not everyone holds Thor as a paragon and living embodiment of greatness. It starts with Clint outright dismissing the appeal of wielding Mjolnir, as he doesn't see a way to fit this power with his skillset. Than you have the Avengers being cold with Thor and worrying about Loki: they may have heard about Thor, but they know Loki and quite like him, which means they are not going to abandon the trickster for his brother when the latter shows himself.
- In the very first chapter, Coulson introduces himself as SHIELD's contact to Loki by taking an appointment with his landlady and the god tartly remarks SHIELD should have used the civilized approach first: kidnapping attempts kinda send the wrong message, and Loki shows a good amount of mistrust towards the organization even after being accepted as an agent.
- The Avengers's reaction to Thor range from coldness to outright hostility, as someone they care about - Loki - is upset and frightened by the prospect of his arrival on Earth. Also, smashing windows is not a good way to prove you're not threatening someone.
- The fanfic What They Wouldnt Do shows off how Matt Murdock's double life as Daredevil greatly affects all aspects of his life, especially his love life.
- The TV series never established what the consequences if Matt is outed as Daredevil in public would be. So one scene has Matt explain to Foggy why, for example, he doesn't want Sarah Corrigan telling his name to anyone, and having to threaten her physically to do so: if the NYPD learns that Matt is Daredevil, he'll likely get arrested, charged, and disbarred, and then thrown in jail along with many of the crooks he's taken down, meaning he'd likely risk being killed in retaliation pretty quickly. Foggy would likely be disbarred too since there's no way the police wouldn't think he was oblivious to Matt's activities. Claire and Karen would likely be investigated to no end. And Sarah works at a shady company that used to be run by Wilson Fisk, so any slip-up there means a whole platitude of violent crooks being sent after them.
- It's established that Karen has become somewhat paranoid after killing James Wesley. Her face turns pale when she finds a photo of Wesley's body in Sarah's purse and she later mentions keeping tabs on the police investigation into his death.
- After being initially blackmailed by Wesley, Sarah tried to go to the police, unaware that there were crooked cops on Fisk's payroll. The desk officer warned her not to come back lest she wanted to get herself killed. Even after Fisk is arrested, Sarah still doesn't trust the police because there's no way to know if the FBI sweep missed a few corrupt cops. Turns out some of the crooked cops are still working for the guys who run Fisk's former shell companies.
- The fanfic Murdock & Knight sees Matt have a rivalry with a new character, 15th precinct detective Riley Knight (similar to but no relation to Misty Knight) during the period after Fisk's arrest. At the start, Riley is shown to be disillusioned with the "Welcome to the 15th Precinct, the Pride of Hell's Kitchen" banner at the front desk in light of practically half the 15th precinct's cops being found to be in Fisk's pockets (she's also one of the cops who got shot by the sniper that shot Detective Blake). Early on, Matt is hesitant to trust Riley, as he's pretty sure that some of the bent cops in Fisk's pockets covered their tracks and minimized their involvement. It's also mentioned that one of the corrupt cops was the precinct's very lenient Captain, who has now been replaced by a strict no-nonsense guy with no tolerance for cops like Riley who disobey orders or step out of line.
- The oneshot Every Single One of Us provides an extension of the final scene in season 2, when Matt confesses his secret identity to Karen. While Karen's more forgiving than Foggy, she's quick to point out that a lot of the strain Matt's double identity had on his relationship with Foggy stems from the way events in his double life caused him to miss work or be late for important meetings (like during the Castle trial) without calling ahead. While Karen merely thought Matt was hung overnote Foggy had to fear that his best friend had gotten hurt or killed.
- A different take on Karen's reaction, Better - Now depicts Karen having a mixed reaction, something that's not exactly a reaction of love but not one of anger, deconstructing The Reveal Prompts Romance.
- Most takes on how Karen discloses to Matt that she killed James Wesley have to work around this, especially those that take place after the events of season 2. During Frank Castle's trial, there was a scene where Karen was at Matt's apartment discussing whether or not Frank's deadly methods of vigilantism were acceptable, and Matt gave Karen the impression that he thought killing people was absolutely wrong. Karen is surprised that Matt finds it okay that she killed Wesley, and he has to clarify that he doesn't think badly of her for it because she felt guilt and remorse over her actions, not to mention that Wesley had forced her hand; this compared to Frank Castle, whose decision to kill people wasn't because he had no other choice, but because he didn’t care about that choice or the consequences that came from it.
- All I want is someone to believe - this take on Matt telling Karen his identity was based on two things, according to the author: one was interviews where Charlie Cox mentioned just how lost and guilty Matt feels in light of Elektra's death. But the author also points out that quite a lot of stuff happens to Matt and Karen individually after they've stopped talking to each other, so neither of them knows just what the other has been going through. Karen, in particular, in the span of the last four episodes 1) got shot at in Reyes' office, 2) got shot at in her apartment, 3) witnessed Frank Castle kill two of the Blacksmith's men at the diner in brutal fashion, 4) got held at gunpoint by Colonel Schoonover, then witnessed Frank kill Schoonover despite Karen begging him to spare him and turn him over to the police, and 5) got kidnapped by the Hand, witnessed them kill one of the hostages on the bus, and got a gun pointed at her head for talking to Turk Barrett. As a result, in this fic, Karen is mentioned to not be sleeping well, jumps at every unexpected sound, and what rest she does manage to get is punctuated by nightmares. During the conversation, she hears audible cracks and finds herself scampering into the conference room, showing that Karen has developed PTSD in light of everything that's happened.
- So You Want to Be an Artist:
- It didn't take much effort for Karen to figure out Matt was Daredevil. Her suspicions about the true causes of his injuries caused her to notice a correspondence between Daredevil sightings and Matt's absences and injuries. However, since (like most people) the idea of a blind guy being a vigilante is pretty hard to believe, she tried to think of other rational explanations...until the Hand kidnapped her. When Matt rescued the hostages and checked if she was okay, she knew it was him because she recognized the familiar shape of his jawline. Additionally, it turns out that the head injuries Matt sustains at night slipped into his daily work, with Karen having to go back in and correct his mistakes.
- While Foggy may never have thought highly of Elektra, he is genuinely sorry when Matt informs him that she died.
- Matt's sense of smell isn't always perfect. For instance, when Karen shows up at Matt's apartment to rope him into sculpting, she brings along a bottle of tequila to get Matt in the mood, but Matt thinks it's a bottle of whiskey until she uncaps it.
- The work deconstructs Vanessa Marianna's relationship to Wilson Fisk. Fisk sent her overseas to stash her away before he got caught, but while on her own, she realized that she'd deceived herself thinking Fisk had good intentions. When Vanessa tried to leave Fisk, he threatened her family.
- The knowledge that so many gifted people have ties to Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz leads Matt to remark to Foggy that he's distrustful of Jeri Hogarth.
- Love Me, or Leave Me, or Rip Me Apart: In his new job at HC&B, Foggy is scheduled to defend a child psychologist on trial for possession of child pornography, but who is also believed to have molested a number of boys. Thing is, it turns out Matt is one of those this guy molested. The knowledge that Matt was among those infuriates everyone in Foggy's circle and they all give him a piece of their mind: Brett, Karen, and even Marci Stahl give him profanity-laden tirades. Matt does eventually decide to testify, and while the guy walks with a hung jury, Matt's courage gets other victims to speak up (unfortunately, the guy hangs himself in jail before he can stand trial on these new charges).
- Marci Stahl Is Better Than You:
Foggy Nelson: What did you do to Karen?Marci Stahl: I didn’t do anything.Foggy Nelson: If by nothing, you mean something to make her hate you.Marci Stahl: Fine. Is asking if she slept with you something?Foggy Nelson: I don’t often find myself giving advice about appropriate social interaction. It’s novel. In the future, you might not want to ask employees you barely know about their sexual history. Well, not just employees. Pretty much all people.Marci Stahl: All boring people. Did you seriously not sleep with her? Because I can’t figure out why else she’d hate me.Foggy Nelson: Okay, not sure where to start with this one: One, your concept of female relationships is disturbingly limited. Two, no, we didn’t sleep together. And three, not everyone likes to discuss their sexual conquests the way you do. I’m not saying you’re wrong to like it, just that you’re wrong if you expect random co-workers to like it.
- Marci may have escaped disbarment by informing on her colleagues, but her association with Landman & Zack, and Wilson Fisk in turn, means no law firms are interested in hiring her, forcing her to get a job as a contract attorney at Nelson & Murdock as a stopgap until she can find better employment.
- "Friends" Rent Control doesn't apply. Without her job, Marci has to move to an apartment in Queens since Manhattan's rent prices are beyond what she can afford.
- Marci oh-so-innocently asks Karen if she's slept with Foggy or Matt. Karen takes offense, while Foggy has to set her straight that not everyone likes to talk openly about their sex lives:
Matt Murdock: Did you really not know it was me? Foggy said you figured it out.Marci Stahl: [snorts] I’m just going to give you a tip here, Matt: when you climb through a woman’s window in the middle of the night, she kind of assumes that you plan to kill her horribly. She doesn’t stop to think, "oh, which of my acquaintances could this be?"Matt Murdock: I thought you would see the suit.Marci Stahl: In the dark? No, dumbass. And besides, I was a little preoccupied by my impending death.
- After Marci seemingly figures out Matt's secret and tries to confront Foggy about it, Matt decides to pay Marci a visit as Daredevil by sneaking in through her apartment window. She pepper-sprays him in self-defense, and the stench is strong enough that Matt vomits and Marci herself is left gagging. This exchange afterwards:
- In For a Penny, which takes place alongside season 1, is a partial AU work based on one viewer who pointed out that Matt and Foggy had to be deeply in debt paying rent for their office space and apartments, utility bills, paying Karen's wages as well as their own, food and other basics, that $3000 worth of half-broken office equipment that Karen got at the auction. It basically goes that while Matt and Karen were off on their own crusades against Fisk, Foggy was busy trying to keep Nelson & Murdock financially afloat.
- Because Matt attended Columbia on a scholarship, he didn't have to take out student loans, unlike Foggy. By virtue of Matt's disability and his savings from his accident and his father's final match against Creel, he didn't need to take a part-time job, while Foggy had to work for a cleaning company on weekends and sometimes in the evenings to help pay his loans. This ended up being the reason Foggy graduated cum laude and Matt graduated summa cum laude.
- Foggy's barhopping trip with Karen isn't just because she doesn't want to go home, but because he can't go home either due to police activity at his apartment.
- Debt catches up to Foggy and he gets an eviction notice from his landlord. Wesley's paycheck for the Healy case is enough for them to finally start paying Karen her salary, and Foggy hopes, enough time for him to find a new apartment. Unfortunately, Fisk bombs Hell's Kitchen just days later and Foggy gets injured, and the resulting hospital bills deplete his bank account. He's forced to pack his things in a storage unit and budget his remaining money to cover the unit, his phone bills, and food.
- Now evicted, Foggy ends up having to sleep in the office, occasionally staying with Marci Stahl or Elena Cardenas, and eventually with Brett Mahoney after Elena is killed. The reason he shows up in time when Fisk's thugs jump Karen is because he was on his way to stay with Elena.
- When Foggy finds out about Matt being the Devil of Hell's Kitchen and having heightened senses, he realizes that Matt had to have known when Foggy hadn't showered, or was constantly hungry and tired. Matt admits that he did notice those changes in Foggy's behavior, but attributed them to the stress of their work on Fisk.
- What ultimately digs Nelson & Murdock out of the hole is a combination of factors: using Hoffman to expose Fisk, Matt deciding to use a significant chunk of his remaining savings towards the firm's accounts, Karen transferring the money from her Union Allied settlement for the same, and Brett's mother as executrix of Elena's estate distributing Elena's money to the firm. While this gets them clients, Matt also agrees to set aside some of his objections and defend some not-so-innocent clients for the sake of financial security.
- Starting Over From the Middle
Foggy Nelson: You need to leave now.Frank Castle: Good to see you again, counselor. You know I don’t blame you for the trial. From what I hear, we both ended up better off.Foggy Nelson: [to Matt] I know he’s been babysitting you, but I will not be here while he is. He’s not my client anymore. He is an escaped convict. You have one minute before I call the police.Frank Castle: Karen declared me dead. No one’s looking for me.Foggy Nelson: Oh really. Because unless Karen’s forging death certificates for the coroner now, the State of New York considers you alive and a fugitive. So leave. Now.[Frank grabbed his jacket and the pack of supplies he’d brought over]Frank Castle: I was just on my way out. Karen’s got the overnight shift anyway. Don’t play cards with her, though. She cheats.Karen Page: Frank—Frank Castle: I’ll be in touch. [Matt made to chase after him, but on his way to the door, Foggy planted his hand firmly in his chest. Figuring he’d be able to get in touch with Frank at a later date, and not wanting to imperil his fragile relationship with Foggy, he stopped and addressed the situation in his apartment]Matt Murdock: I’m sorry, Foggy. I didn’t know he’d be here.Foggy Nelson: Matt, are you trying to be the death of me? You’re out patrolling already, you’re letting the Punisher hang out at your place, and your girlfriend is playing...I don’t know what she’s playing, some trick taking game, against him. For chocolates, apparently. And winning.Karen Page: It’s two handed euchre, and yes, I was winning. He’s not, well, I won’t say he’s not dangerous, but he’s not killing anyone—Foggy Nelson: Lately.Karen Page: Lately, but he wouldn’t hurt any of us.Foggy Nelson: That’s not the point! Do you know how much trouble we could all be in, knowing where he is, not turning him in?!Matt Murdock: You don’t know where he is anymore! If it makes you feel better, you can call the police and tell them you saw him here.Foggy Nelson: Damnit, Murdock, why do you have to be so reasonable and make this so difficult? And put on some damn clothes!
- When Foggy visits Matt's apartment and finds Matt and Karen on the roof talking to Frank Castle, he threatens Frank into leaving by reminding Matt, Karen and the audience that Frank is still a fugitive so Matt and Karen could be in legal trouble for harboring if the police find out:
- Wilson Fisk's use of threats against Melvin's girlfriend is not an idle one. He has an enforcer put her in the hospital when he finds out about Melvin tailoring Daredevil's outfits.
- Poison and Wine: Ward Meachum may have gone cold turkey towards the end of the series, but two months after the events of the show, he quickly has relapsed into his drug use, to the point that Joy has to stage an intervention by hiring him a rehab specialist and the threat of losing his stake in Rand Enterprises over his head to get him to go along.
- 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. In fact, Paragon and Renegade are replaced by Xenonationalist (letting aliens live on their own and being willing to compromise, while still not trusting them) and Assimilationist (human dominance).
The Most Popular Girls In School
The Most Popular Girls in School
- Deandra winds up with a Balloon Belly and nausea after pigging out on too many greasy fries. It turns out that even a Big Eater like her has her limits. There's also the fact that she was eating out of a trashcan, too.
- Jenna Dapananian ends up getting arrested for her constant drug use; she's pulled over by the Police for possession of drugs, DWI (since she was driving while she was stoned), and possibly for talking on her phone while driving.
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
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.
- In Discord's New Business, Fluttershy finally gets to be a tree. She's promptly bored to tears, as she can't move or interact with her animals in any way. She can't even see it when an animal pees on her roots. She gives up and asks Discord to change her back.
- 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 whole place was a nuclear waste dump left by humans centuries ago, and the ponies were all getting sick from radiation poisoning. In the end, all Daring Do and the others can do is lock the door behind them and warn people to stay out.
- 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.
- 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 them and get the jump on them.
- Twilight eventually learns that suddenly being given complete and total control of her own demesne has far reaching consequences when the nobles of Equestria realize they too not only have complete control over their own demesnes, but can conquer other demesnes at will, putting Equestria on the path to civil war.
- The Triptych Continuum is sometimes summarized as "My Little Pony: Reality Ensues". The events of the first three seasons of the show are followed faithfully, but the consequences and implications of those events are explored and extrapolated in a more realistic manner. Going on missions and being available to go on missions has economic, social, and emotional costs for the Mane Six. Political and PR maneuvering are factors in almost everything the Princesses and other public figures do. The over-the top events and occasional insanity of events and individuals in Ponyville have lasting consequences. The implications that the world is dangerous outside of the settled areas Ponies have managed to establish are expanded upon. And so on.
- As Ponies are smaller than humans, Canadian Geese are much closer in size to Equestrians, which makes them a lot more dangerous in Goosed.
- 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 Fallout: Equestria - Empty Quiver, one of the weapons which Night Strike picks up is a fully-automatic pony-portable sniper rifle, chambered for .50 BMG. The first time she fires it ends about as well as you'd expect.
- In The Elements of Friendship, NightMare Moon succeeding in bringing about The Night That Never Ends causes temperatures to drop, and a lack of food as crops die from a combination of that and lack of sunlight. Meanwhile, the other half of the planet is suffering from Endless Daytime, everything burning and the boiling oceans resulting in megastorms. All told, only a narrow strip of the planet at the day/night border, the Twilight Zone, is habitable, and that quickly starts to be overwhelmed by refugees.
- In canon, the Anon-A-Miss situation was resolved by Sunset Shimmer accepting the Cutie Mark Crusaders' apologies. In Holiday Outrage, the Cutie Mark Crusaders did not get off so easily. Cyberbullying, hacking computers to get embarrassing info on students, and framing an innocent person for all of it earned them the wrath of the entire school once the secret came out, not to mention how disappointed their families were. Sunset outright says that the CMC were harassed even worse than she was when she was underneath suspicion. To wit:
- Principal Celestia suspended them from school for two weeks, gave them six months of detention, and banned them from all unsupervised computer use at CHS. She also forced them to confess and apologize in front of the entire school, the implication being if they hadn't, they would have been outright expelled.
- The police gave Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo juvenile records for their crimes, seeing as how what they'd done constituted harassment. The police also bugged their electronics after their two-month confiscation period ended so they could monitor any future suspicious activity, and they're not taking them off until the CMC turn eighteen.
- The Cutie Mark Crusaders got attacked in the bathroom by some vengeful people. Thanks to Pinkie Pie, they were saved, and the attackers got a week of in-school suspension. Even afterwards, it took until April for CHS to forgive them.
- Sunset took a week and a half for her to forgive the Humane Five for abandoning her, and part of the reason why she decided to forgive them so quickly was they made a heartfelt effort to be forgiven. It also took an entire month for Sunset to even talk to the CMC, despite her feeling bad for how much they were suffering for the consequences of letting jealousy getting the better of them.
- Sunset's friends and CHS, despite forgiveness all around, still feel horrible about turning on Sunset based on practically no evidence, even after an entire year had passed.
- While many fanfics either ignore or play straight the issues of the former Pony in a human body sexual preferneces, ''Sunset Shimmer Lends Pinkie Pie the Wrong Thumb Drive'' points out how different Earth horses are from Equestrian Ponies and how Sunset would not be attracted to them any more than a regular human would be.
- In Equestra Girls the Empowered World, Sunset Shimmer notes that when she came to Earth she had to learn the Latin Alphabet via children's books, seeing as magical ponies and humans likely do not share the same written language, and likely not even the same alphabet.
- Scar Tissue reminds us that having body parts suddenly grow out of you can leave nasty marks even after they get friendship beamed away.
- As the Traintop Battle begins, Trixie comments that the movies never mention the extreme wind that makes even moving on top of a train difficult.
- While fighting Rainbow Dash, Gear Shift reveals his ability to increase his speed. While this gives him the advantage at first, he quickly becomes exhausted. Rainbow notes that he's conditioned like a sprinter while she's conditioned for long distance flying.
- After Cover Story turns out to be a robot just like Trixie and Lightning Dust, Twilight guesses this trope is at play. An organization that kidnaps, brainwashes, and messes with memories as part of their activities would naturally have a low recruitment, too low to actually keep it running, and thus would need to compensate by using their robots to make more members. Masquerade later confirms this was in fact correct.
- The Marionettes are still machines, and as a result need a cooling system to work properly. As a result, they're programmed to search out cold drinks when they're overheating to act as coolant. This is remedied in the Generation 5 Marionettes, and Twilight figures out a way to give Trixie and Lightning Dust an upgrade to accomplish the same thing.
- The events of the season 5 finale happen and Gypsy's connection to the Tree of Harmony means she witnesses all the alternate timelines personally. The Stallions react to the 'Flim Flam Brothers take over the world' timeline as one would expect their organization to finding out two of their androids took over the world in an alternate timeline and nearly destroy them both on the spot before Gypsy saves them.
- In Asylum, asylum!Pinkie Pie's Cutie Mark origin starts the same as it does in the main universe. Pinkie Pie sees the Rainboom and gets so excited she throws her family a party. However, being such a young filly who likely never even used a stove before it doesn't turn out well. Pinkie sets the house on fire and received permanent scars on her flank as a result. This left Pinkie very traumatized to the point where she was eventually sent to a mental hospital.
- As someone from a much earlier time, Princess Luna often is shown befuddled by more modern concepts. For example, in the Princess of Books, the idea of someone being able to write scandalous things about her without the death penalty involved.
- Her Inner Demons sees the Shadowbolts wonder why a wallflower like Sci-Twi would have a Superpowered Evil Side like Midnight Sparkle. Turns out, it's from her classmates treating her with contempt. Being insulted, ignored, blackmailed, and suffering through all kinds of abuse in Crystal Prep gave Sci-Twi plenty of dark thoughts about the people around her, just like any real-life high school student might react.
- In Aftermath of the Games and its sequel Integration, one of the key plot points is that Twilight is raising a filly Starlight Glimmer after plucking her from the past and erasing her older self in the hopes of her turning out better than she originally did. And while she is now in a more loving environment and is on the path to turn out better, she's still showing early warning signs of her older self's sociopathic and fanatical behavior. Thus in keeping with the real world fact that mental disturbance is just as much a result of genetics as it is upbringing.
- In Integration, Human Rainbow Dash at one point kicks a Changeling mobster in the balls when he attempts to kidnap Sci-Twi. He's not only crippled by the pain, but actually requires immediate hospitalization and medical treatment.
- In Self-Insert Fic Aberration Occidental Otaku Rae trips into a portal and is transported in Konoha. Does she conveniently 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 cannot 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.
- Naruto isn't magically immune to the psychic backlash of dispelling too many Kage Bunshin in Danzo's Team and is actually shown to have had an aneurysm the first time he used it. The only reason he survived is due to his Healing Factor. As a result, Danzo forbids Naruto from using more than a given amount at a time.
- At one point in Demon's Dirty Dreams, Hana's first boyfriend had covered his bed in rose petals and lit scented candles to set a romantic mood. Instead her superhuman sense of smell caused her to sneeze constantly.
- 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, a possibility that's hinted at in canon, as it's indicated that Konoha's higher-ranking ninja end up constantly going off on missions so the village doesn't appear weak.
- Ebisu in A Drop of Poison dislikes Naruto, but he's professional enough to nonetheless train Naruto to the best of his ability. It also helps that the Hokage gave him an ultimatum that if Ebisu is to teach Konohamaru's team, he'll have to train another team first and get at least two of them to Chunin within two years.
- 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.
- In Eroninja, Naruto and his lovers learn the hard way that Shadow Clones can't be used for sex. After all, sex is a physically demanding (and often high impact) activity and Shadow Clones dispel if they take any damage.
- Rin and Kin both learn that just because Kiri's civil war is over and the new Mizukage has not one but two kekkei genkai doesn't mean the prejudice against such has dissolved or that everyone's happy with the new regime.
- Possession Implies Mastery is averted with the Temptation's Touch jutsu. Even though Kanji deciphered the scroll that contained it and utilized it for several years, he still doesn't know everything about it so when further changes to Naruto's chakra occurs, Naruto and his lovers have to spend several months trying to figure out both what changed and why.
- Naruto's false humble beginningsnote has caused resentment in other actual underdogs like Rock Lee. Even though he knows Naruto didn't have anything to do with hit, Lee feels like people were manipulated into rooting for an apparent underdog who actually had the deck stacked in his favor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 endear you to anyone and no one wants anything to do with her. She learns people's perception when she overhears Naruto warning Lee not to pursue her because she's a horrible person. Sakura Took a Level in Kindness afterward mending bridges with Ino and vowing to be a better person.
- In The Eyes Have It when Sakura gains a Kumo-nin pen pal, the Hokage warns her that her superiors will be reviewing her correspondence and she might have to rewrite each letter several times before they're satisfied they don't contain any classified or sensitive material.
- 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 monologuing and then finished him off.
- Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox:
- Combat by Champion gets a rude awakening when Sasuke leads the good guys in a charge to rescue the captive Naruto, who's been held in the custody of the gang leader Mizuki and his goons. While the others fight Mizuki's mooks, Sasuke takes Mizuki one-on-one and is actually winning...and then one of Mizuki's mooks grabs a gun and threatens to shoot Sasuke if he continues, allowing Mizuki to get back the upper hand. If not for Kushina's Big Damn Heroes moment right then, Sasuke would be very dead.
- Gaara finds himself and his family members locked inside a mausoleum with the doors chained shut from the outside. Naturally, he finds the weakest spot on the oak door and decides to punch a hole through it...but while he does succeed, he also ends up with splinters and cuts along the entire length of his arm, requiring a hospital visit later.
- Sorry's Not Enough:
- The Easily Forgiven ending is thrown out on its ass. Sakura and Naruto do not buy Sasuke mumbling "sorry" under his breath, and Sakura asks if that's all he has to say. She then rips into him with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, telling him everything that she and Naruto had to put up with over the years trying to bring him back. When Sasuke tries to touch Sakura, she smacks his hand away, yelling at him to never touch her again. He's tried to kill her multiple times already, and she believes he would try to again if he had the chance. Also, being insulted, attacked, and almost murdered will make someone quickly fall out of love with you.
- Sasuke is put on trial for his actions, with many calling for him to be executed. He's not, but his punishment is still severe. Sasuke is sentenced to twenty years house arrest, his Sharingan eyes removed and replaced with normal ones, his chakra is permanently sealed, he's 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 the Uchiha Clan would never again be as powerful as they once were.
- In canon Naruto Naruto grew up isolated with few adult figures in his life and hated by many resulting in a boy desperate for affection. While in canon Naruto turned out fine and in a more realistic situation, he would be a target for abusive or toxic relationship which happens in the Hopeless Wanderer. Sasuke gains Naruto's trust, undermines his faith in authority figures by pointing out their frequent neglect, isolates him from any attentive peers and eventually convinces him to leave Konoha with him, painting himself as Naruto's truest friend.
- A similar situation occurs in the very mature fic, Duality, Naruto starved for attention develops a transformation technique that can completely change his body preventing detection from even Chakra sensors. Once he sees that girls tend to get more attention then boys he begins transforming to a girl, when boys give more attention when allowed to do touch or feel her body, he allows them to. It eventually spirals into Naruto becoming a gender-fluid individual whose expertise is seduction techniques and has been trained to be a prostitute by some only known as "him".
- I Am Not Going Through Puberty Again:
- Unlike in many Peggy Sue fanworks, the characters don't bother to avoid tampering with the timeline (and in fact purposedly do so for kicks). The events happened over twenty years ago so the details are blurry to them.
- Naruto and Sasuke both try to have sex with their wives but fail because they're stuck in twelve year old bodies.
- In Chapter 8 of The Fourth Apprentice, Sakura is harshly reprimanded and the assassination mission she was on is deemed a failure due to her approach, instead of luring the target out so she could kill him, she instead entered the room and fought him. A Ninja would never fight and challenge an opponent head on and would instead look for a way so to assassinate him. Even though the target dies in the end, a ninja from another village was the one who killed him thus making the mission assigned to the Leaf a failure as they weren't the ones who did it.
- Blackkat's Reverse:
- Kakashi's reaction when he sees Kurama hugging Naruto is to rip the kid away from the unknown shinobi and he flatly refuses to considerate Kurama's claims of being Naruto's uncle until the Hokage has been informed.
- Treating a kid like an outcast does not endear you to them: when Kurama abducts him, Naruto eagerly accepts to stay with the first person who showed care for him.
- While they are hunting for Kurama and Naruto, Shisui idly declares it would be a good occasion for Kakashi to bond with his sensei's son. Kakashi snarkily retorts that traumatizing Naruto by hurting or killing Kurama - his only blood relative - in front of him then dragging him back to a village shunning him would be a GREAT first impression.
- Orochimaru doesn't consider the occasion that someone might get into Sasuke's way during curse mark delivery. It doesn't turn out well for either side.
- Neji's tendency to gloat bites him in the ass during the Chunin Exam finals because while he's talking, Sakura is busy preparing. When he manages to power through an auditory genjutsu that severely upsets his balance, Sakura sets off a genjutsu she prepared that acts like a combination flashbang and strobe light, making Neji collapse while puking his guts out.
- Naruto in The Chosen of the Shinigami has spent the first thirteen years of his life in a coma while the Kyuubi's chakra was used to both power Konoha's defenses and empower its shinobi. As a result, not only does he have No Social Skills, he doesn't understand things like stairs, trees, colors, or even eating.
- In Failure Naruto's ability to make many Shadow Clones is used by the Mist Rebellion as a communications system. Unfortunately for him, this means Naruto isn't just on the front lines for all intents and purposes, but is in every battle. While he makes dozens of friends, he also has to see said friends die or get horribly maimed. He ends up horribly traumatized and with identity issues from mourning people he's never actually met.
- When Naruto and a few others go missing-nin in The Pride, the powers in Konoha decide against pursuing him to the ends of the earth for the simple reason that Naruto is, at worst, tied for World's Strongest Man. Konoha simply doesn't have the manpower to further antagonize someone that powerful who's not acting against them or joining their enemies.
- Naruto later has to establish himself as a world power because he's so strong. The various nations know another war is coming and none of them are willing to leave such a powerful wildcard alone where he might become an enemy.
- Having been sealed away as an infant, Naruto becomes completely loyal to the Kyuubi in She Who Dwells in Eternity as she is literally the only person he's known his entire life.
- After Kyuubi/Kurama and Naruto save Konoha by defeating Shukakku, Sarutobi initially plans to offer them a place in Konoha's ranks or make them leave the village as they can't afford non-affiliated fighters of their power within the village. But when he learns Kurama is the Kyuubi, he refuses to let them leave because bijuu are major war assets. Unfortunately for him and the council, they picked a fight with a vastly more powerful enemy in an enclosed space with no cover. Naruto and Kurama are the only ones to leave the room alive.
- Of The River And The Sea: Being a Child Soldier outright fucks you up. Zabuza is definitely not neurotypical, and Ryuishi decided to destroy Kiri after witnessing the other trainees' murder, being flung into war as cannon fodder at seven years-old and coming back home to find her mother dead because of a brawl between shinobi whose participants weren't punished.
- Ryuishi suffers from PTSD and trauma caused by her Self Insert status: Orochimaru had to create psychiatric therapy to make her semi functional and she still needs medication. When Kisame decides to confiscate it because he thinks it's drugs keeping her compliant... the results aren't pretty.
- When she tries to befriend Gaara, the kid starts mistrusting her because a stranger giving you free candy in the street is generally bad news. She assures him she means well by taking him to a public place where they are surrounded by people able to interfere if she tries anything wrong.
- When he learns his beloved aneue is actually a missing-nin who burned her birth village before running away to create a world-wide economic empire and associate with a known criminal to found another ninja village, Gaara is understandably shaken and decides to take some time away from Ryuishi, wanting to be sure she didn't try to manipulate him.
- When Chiyo learns some nice candy lady from a travelling caravan managed to befriend Gaara - Suna's Living Weapon and the Kazekage's youngest child - she immediately tells Raza to give the kid a reason to not turn against the Hidden Sand or the boy's loyalty will entirely lie with some outsider. However, she also knows Raza will never have his son's love after commanding his murder and instead pushes for letting him know his siblings better.
- When fourteen retired shinobi try to assassinate Naruto in Naruto: The Game of Life, all of them have terrible stats despite being much higher level due to being over a decade out of practice.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
- In Our Mrs. Monkey, the crew first try to hide that Nami and Luffy are having sex from Chopper then awkwardly try to give him The Talk. Once he realizes what they're talking about, Chopper irritably reminds them that he's a doctor; he already knows all about sex.
- This Bites! shows how fragile an ordinary human would be in a World of Badass like One Piece. Nami's Megaton Punch that most would just shrug off knocks Cross out for several minutes. Fortunately, he later gets vitamins that make him far tougher but he's still only about Mook level physically.
- Becoming a shipgirl gives Merry a chance to heal from her life threatening injuries, but now she's a little girl with life threatening injuries.
- Unlike canon, Sanji and Gin part on rather poor terms in Supernova as regardless of his intentions, he still nearly got the Baratie stolen by Don Krieg and put a gun to Zeff's head.
- Despite learning the basics of Rokushiki, Zoro does as poorly against Mihawk as he does in canon as the difference in skill in power is far too great. Mihawk also easily No Sells Luffy's attack since, powerful logia or not, Luffy is still a rookie attacking a New World veteran.
- In Twelve Red Lines, Lisa uses mind control paintings because she cannot punch her enemies into submission, being a tiny twelve years-old.
- Jones' self-esteem and depression problems doesn't vanish after meeting the Strawhats pirates, and they have to reassure her she's their friend and a treasured crewmate.
- Luffy is forced to realize Grand Line is dangerous when Jones is critically hurt while protecting Vivi. It makes him reluctant to accept Lisa in his crew, since she's twelve years old and not very physically fit, meaning she would be quite vulnerable in a fight.
Ouran High School Host Club
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 P4: Rise After, Yu and Rise have to keep their relationship secret, because of Rise's status as an Idol Singer, which means that if word gets out of their relationship, Rise will face likely career-ending backlash from her agency and the public.
- Similarly in One Year, Rise points out to the other girls that anything that even looked like she was in a relationship with Yu could quickly spread across the internet and ruin her career. This is one reason why she realizes a relationship with Yu was never meant to be, but she still can't help but feel jealous of Yukiko, as well as guilty for flirting with Yu while he had a girlfriend the entire time.
- In Persona 4 itself, it's mentioned that Children Are Innocent, and thus cannot have Shadow selves. Dappled Sun on Changing Leaves reminds everyone that children are actually more perceptive than adults give them credit for, and are very likely to have their own personal issues that they hide from the world. So what would happen if Nanako and all of her unresolved issues with her father get thrown into the TV World? The Heaven dungeon is replaced by a dungeon full of Nanako's fantasies of being raised by the Investigation Team, Shadow Nanako reveals her other self to be a Stepford Smiler who resents Dojima for never being around, and the situation inevitably boils over into another Shadow boss fight.
- 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, turns 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 costs 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 Pokémon 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.
- Happens quite a bit in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, partly because the new timeline is a good deal more realistic than the older one. It even has its own page
- Pokedex, a fanfic version of the Pokedex with expanded information, explains why you only get Starter Pokemon from Professors in game: they are extinct in the wild. So few trainers use them because they are nearly extinct.
- In I have HOW many Pokemon!?, Ash finds out that he has many more Pokémon than he assumed he did. Turns out, the Pokémon he knew about were mating with other Pokémon at Professor Oak's lab, since they still felt the fundamental urge to breed.
- Despite being literally about a God Llama and a living embodiment of Darker and Edgier played to a parody having an edit war like two Wiki writers, The Edit War for Ash's Freedom to not be Betrayed has this occur several times in the oneshot. The most prominent one however, comes at the Author's own Author Appeal: the Ash who comes out of the Edit War is in a relationship with Misty, May, Dawn, Iris, and Serena as a result of it, but he explicitly points out that such a relationship is not only frowned upon, but often illegal.
- Pokémon that are abused sometimes become so vicious they have to be put down, much like abused animals in real life.
- New techniques aren't something learned out of the blue but require practice and training to both learn and master. Ash's Charmander knows Dragon Rush and Dragon Dance as egg moves but takes months to utilize them properly, partially due to not being a dragon type himself. Likewise, for some time his Pichu/Pikachu's Volt Tackle was more of a Thundershock and Tackle combined than the incredibly powerful attack it should be.
- After his Pikachu is nearly killed by a Weavile, Ash is told that it will take several months of healing and therapy before it's capable of battling again.
- Unlike in the games, Team Rocket admins have incredibly strong Pokémon and have no compunctions about outright murdering anyone who gets in their way.
- When Ash has to fight the top ten students at Pokémon Tech, he beats them all and outright curb-stomps most of them because they all only worked on theory and had little to no practical experience. Several of them don't even try to have their Pokémon dodge attacks as they're too used to simply trading attacks in the simulator.
- A Rhydon's attempt to use Earthquake aboard a ship fails as the wooden planks don't transfer energy as easily as the ground and it's weight causes it to break through the deck.
- Because of all the requirements for Mega Evolution (only certain Pokémon can do it, it requires they hold the proper Mega Stone, the Trainer has to have a keystone, and it requires a strong bond between Pokémon and Trainer), it's very poorly understood even in Kalos where it was first discovered.
- Upon learning he's fought and beaten Team Rocket multiple times, Professor Oak and Delila don't congratulate Ash but scold him for confronting hardened criminals instead of leaving it to the police.
- In a World... where even Ridiculously Cute Critters can throw around thunderbolts, breathe fire, and break boulders, threatening a Pokémon trainer with a weapon is a very bad idea if his Pokémon aren't currently in their balls. When Samurai wakes Ash up with a katana to his neck, Ash's Sandile Sobek rips the sword out of his hands and bites it in half.
- let me see the light in your eyes: The tests set up by the scientists pit one superpowered subject against a crowd of subjects picked at random, none of whom have any powers. They're intended to end with the wholesale slaughter of the non-powered subjects, but as Roman proves, someone smart enough and resourceful enough can manage to outwit the person intending to kill them, even if they don't have powers to protect them.
- Roman becomes known to the scientists by outsmarting and killing every superpowered subject they throw at him, even though he has no powers himself. Eventually, the head of the project decides that he's outlived his usefulness and refuses to make him a superpowered subject because anyone that smart, determined and rebellious will only cause trouble for them. From there, Roman keeps surviving tests he's meant to die in, so eventually the scientists just decide to have him shot instead, and he only survives with the help of outside interference.
- As it turns out, using devices that were built on the fly and weren't tested because of time constraints isn't the best indicator of future success: the countermeasure turns out to be an on/off switch, not something that enables the kind of fine control that's needed.
- Using half-tested experimental sedatives doesn't work well, either: the first time, Seth wakes up in the middle of surgery and freaks out. The second time, Seth wakes up before they can alter his mind and manages to kill his captors and escape.
- The countermeasure also destroys nearby electronic devices, so Seth uses it to take out the microphones so he and the others can talk privately. After the second time, however, the scientists catch on and decide that the trio have become too dangerous to leave together, and set plans in motion to have the three of them rendered harmless.
- The sequel, pray for rain: The scientists drug AJ so she'll do what they want before her first test. However, to get to the arena, she has to climb down a long ladder. With the drugs clouding her mind, she can't hold onto the rungs and ends up falling and breaking her ankle.
Ranma 1/ 2
- 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.
- Childhood's End:
- Ranma and Akane's typical behaviour - arguing and fighting despite being in love with one another - is, at the age of 18, considered immature by Nabiki and Kasumi. Nabiki in particular points out that two teenagers in Ranma and Akane's position would be more likely to argue with their parents whilst being romantic in private, while Kasumi points out that an initial fear of physical intimacy is natural, but not to the extent that Akane's taken it.
- Later on in the fic, Ranma and Akane evict their fathers after becoming the legal owners of the Tendo residence. With Soun gone, they quickly find themselves without a source of income.
- Waking Up is pretty much this trope suddenly being applied to the entire universe, in addition to the obviously supernatural stuff (chi blasts, Jusenkyo curses, Mousse's Hidden Weapons style, etc) disappearing:
- Ranma finds himself unable to do his usual wall-walk on the way to school without concentrating heavily on maintaining his balance. When he gets to a chain-link fence, he falls off almost immediately and injures his ankle.
- Kodachi and Ukyo learn the hard way that a rhythmic gymnastics ribbon and a gigantic cooking spatula do not make good weapons in the real world: the ribbon just flaps ineffectually against its target, and when Ukyo tries to bludgeon Akane with her spatula, it gets slowed down by air resistance to the point that she can barely swing it.
- After Mousse's glasses get knocked off, he's still able to see and fight with Ranma, as his vision only becomes somewhat blurry rather than completely nonexistent.
- In general, Ranma struggles to adapt to his superhuman athletic abilities becoming impossible to use as a result of the new, more realistic physics of the universe. During a sparring match with Akane, Ranma attempts to use the Kachuu Tenshin Amiguriken, but not only is he unable to punch nearly as fast as he once could, he subsequently throws himself out of rhythm, and eats both of Akane's fists as a result.
- In Adamantine Mist, it is revealed that the people of Nerima have been apathetic to the violent antics of the Nerima Wrecking Crew because their targets were themselves martial artists, who could take it. Targeting Kasumi, a non-combatant, however, brings the wrath of the citizenry and authorities down on Cologne, Shampoo, the Kunos, and Ukyou. Specifically:
- Ucchan's and the Nekohanten find themselves losing customers and suppliers, and face eviction and loss of their licenses.
- The Kunos are supported by a rich and powerful uncle, whose standing is jeopardized, and who consequently has the Kunos removed from the area. At this point, the Kunos — in particular, Kodachi — learn the hard way that Nerima does not have a monopoly on talented martial artists.
- Being a three-hundred-year-old elder from a village without modern technology causes Cologne to underestimate the usefulness of technology in monitoring and tracking their movements until it is too late.
- Finally, when Cologne and Shampoo are ready to make their move, the citizens of Nerima form human shields to protect Kasumi. Cologne immediately recognizes that, although she and Shampoo could defeat them, cutting down so many Japanese civilians would be considered an act of war by Japan, forcing the PLA to land on the Amazons with both feet. Ultimately, she has no choice but to give up and go home.
- In Ranma Saotome, Chi Master, Akane's training suffered after her mother's death. By the time Ranma arrived, her father was only teaching her one day a week, if he felt like it. As a result, there are some serious problems with her martial arts skills. She puts too much strength behind her blows, her form is sloppy, she hasn't properly adapted to her body's growth, and her fighting uses a lot of unnecessary movement. The only reason she keeps winning against the Hentai Horde is because she has a lot of natural talent and Kuno keeps throwing his fights with her.
- Unfair Warning takes a bat to a Fandom-Specific Plot of Akane winning Ranma by beating up the rest of his Unwanted Harem with a new powerup. Akane doesn't just beat them, her anger issues get the better of her, and so she brutalizes them and leaves them on the pavement for the passersby to find, and all three end up hospitalized. This only gains her the ire of pretty much everyone who isn't Ryoga, especially Ranma, who doesn't condone beating up people who have no chance against you. Not only that, by beating up Kodachi, the rich principal's daughter, she gets expelled from Furinkan High and the Tendos are nearly faced with legal action for it.
- 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 To Vampire
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.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
- From Act II onwards, anyone who uses modern weapons, like guns and missiles, is treated as a very serious threat. Dark even points out that all Fairy Tale would really need to take on a Dark Lord as powerful as Issa Shuzen is said to be is a single nuclear missile, with Mizore explaining to Rason that as powerful as monster might and magic is, human technology and weapons is superior.
- In 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.
- "Try Again". So it turns out that the slaughter of hordes of Grimm isn't exactly something that goes unnoticed; nobody might be in a hurry to shed tears over their demise, but the presence of powerful unknown parties makes people nervous, so Mistral has still had lookout machines installed in an attempt to track down the perpetrator.
- Once Jaune reaches the higher tiers of power, he recognises that against the sheer power high-level Grimm and Huntsmen can bring to bear, 'throw a horde of basic mooks/redshirts with guns into the fray' quickly ceases to be a relevant strategy - at worst, the mooks would spontaneously evaporate.
- Following from the above, Jaune also is forced to hold back a lot when outside Naraka or in occupied areas because when your basic punches start at building-wrecking, collateral damage would be massive otherwise. He is also clearly said to damage the environment with the strength and speed of his movements.
- Meeting with someone you haven't seen for decades isn't going to result in some heartfelt reunion. You'd be lucky if you even remember them.
- Being forced to spend a long period of time in the hospital because you've depleted your Aura leads to a major loss of fitness and stamina, as Russel learns the hard way.
- Some people have Semblances that allow them to turn into rose petals, but with a random partnering system, it's a safe bet that at least some teams will have incompatible Semblances, as is the case with CRDL.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog
- Over the course of the story, Zolph suffers several injuries, and said injuries sometimes put him out of commission for times ranging from days to months depending on how severe the injury in question is. The more severe examples of these injuries include getting pinned to a wall, getting his arm cut off, having a hand dug into his chest and having his heart squeezed on.
- Valkoran trooper Will Helms' treatment by his own peers in regards to his inability to stay dead. If they haven't known him long or do not know of his inability, they are shocked by both his death and resurrection (especially if done an accident). If they've known him long enough and are on generally good terms with him, they are desensitized to his deaths and sometimes have him take the bait for things that would kill anyone else permanently. On the other hand, people like Masochus will kill him over and over again for their own amusement. By the time of Episode II, Helms has learned to abuse this trait to his own advantage, but still finds getting killed annoying.
- Episode I: Chapter 2 - Zolph tries to take on Maesterus, who had just came close to killing Luke Skywalker after cutting off his prosthetic hand. However, as Luke is the Jedi academy's headmaster and Zolph is only simple knight, Zolph doesn't fare any better against Maesterus - in fact, he fares worse, as while Luke is able to bounce back and curb-stomp Maesterus back, Zolph gets nailed to a wall.
- Episode I: Chapter 10
- Zolph and Gahmah Raan engage each other in an evenly matched duel that lasts 10 minutes in-universe. It ends with both of them fatigued, and hampers Zolph in two ways. Not only did the duel get every Valkoran personnel on Kratzar's attention, it puts Zolph at a disadvantage when he runs into Maesterus.
- When Zolph loses his right arm to Maesterus, Zolph tries to invoke being a Handicapped Badass and fights back in spite of losing his sword arm. Maesterus knocks the lightsaber out of Zolph's hand with little effort and destroys it.
- Episode I: Chapter 11 - a few members of the Galactic Alliance's Red Shirt Army have their first encounter with a Forceless Archfiend, Hydrojus. After Hydrojus demonstrates its ability to kill people by crushing them with their own insides or making them burst, the surviving Red Shirts of that mission are traumatized and ordered on leave for at least a month.
- Episode I: Chapter 12 - Similar to his mission on Kratzar, Zolph disguises himself as a Valkoran Trooper, but carries his lightsaber in case he runs into a Force-sensitive Sensor Character like Maesterus or Dynn Manthis. He thinks he can work around the blatant giveaway by claiming it's a battlefield trophy, but not only can the sensor characters tell who he is, Admiral Gravlek is easily able to out him as a Jedi because Valkoran army procedure prohibits battlefield trophies and was having the rest of the ship's crew play dumb to lure Zolph into a trap. (Gahmah Raan was easily able to out him in Chapter 10 as well, and unlike Gravlek's case, it was the exact same lightsaber he saw a chapter earlier and Gahmah just took the time to annoy Zolph into fully exposing himself).
- Episode I: Chapter 13-14 - Being only 18 years old, losing close friends and loved ones finally takes its toll on Zolph's psyche, especially when he's forced to Mercy Kill his girlfriend, Dynn Manthis, due to unusually horrific circumstances. In Episode II, this culminates in him not only experiencing some horrifying (and potentially lethal) PTSD episodes in places strong with the Dark Side of the Force (such as the cave on Dagobah), but also temporarily becoming a Death Seeker. Zolph goes through some psychotherapy (and is prohibited from taking missions as a personal distraction) in response to this and it helps out his mental health significantly, but no amount of therapy is going to make one's PTSD just go away. Even when the end of Episode II provides a slight glimmer of hope that Dynn may or may not be Back from the Dead but way out of reach, Zolph acknowledges that he may still be affected by her death for the rest of his life.
- Episode II: Chapter 5-6 - Zolph knows Machinus is a droid, so he decides to take the practical approach and try to have him disabled with an EMP grenade next time they meet. However, since Machinus is both a droid that used to be a living being and one of the Valkoran Empire's biggest technological geniuses, he already knows about the weaknesses of technology in general and is equipped with electroshock absorbers to counter such methods.
- Episode II: Chapter 7
- Just because the Kur'Ada Equalisits have turned on the Valkoran Empire doesn't mean they're suddenly going to be friends with the Galactic Alliance and Jedi Order, especially since the Kur'Ada have a historical vendetta with Force users. This is emphasized by them destroying an Alliance ship during the Battle of Kashyyyk.
- Zolph and Hiriss may miss Dynn Manthis, but some others in the Alliance who didn't know her as well only know her as an enemy or a traitor, unaware of the fact that she was playing the role of a deep cover double agent.
- Replacement Goldfish characters aren't supposed to be substitutes. When Zolph points out that he sees a lot of Dynn in Hiriss (her cousin), Hiriss has set to him straight and point out that using her to fill in the void Dynn left isn't psychologically healthy for him.
- Episode II: Chapter 8 - The Battle of Alpheridies is very one-sided in the Valkoran Empire's favor. The Valkoran forces, an army of normal people that mostly use blasters and commanded by a Force user with years of training vs. the Kur'Ada Equalists, a clan of space ninjas that use swords most of the time and haven't been learning to use the Force long enough in preparation. Likewise, training in the ways of the Force when you're not as naturally attuned to it as would-be-Jedi can be very difficult, and the lower-ranking warriors only get experience with it enough to help them see without their optics.
- Masochus is an example of how a Sith Lord would be viewed in a society of mostly rational people. When he was still a Sith, the other Sith exiled him because he was too psychotic and wasteful even by their standards (why the Dark Council didn't execute him as would be expected is a different story). As a commander of the Valkoran Empire (whose other commanders outside Emperor Valkor are Well-Intentioned Extremists at worst), he's hated even worse.
- As for his appearance, he skinned himself down to the bone (making himself look like a lich) with only a few muscles, vital and sensory organs left. Barring the fact that only the Dark Side of the Force is keeping him alive in this condition (and taking even more toll on his sanity), he's turned himself into an invalid that has to use the Force to even move his own body, which makes his movement marionette-like.
- Episode II: Chapter 10 - After blowing the lid open about Grein's former allegiance to the Valkoran Empire, Masochus tries to generate animosity between Zolph and Grein, but it doesn't go as planned. Not only was Grein already planning to tell Zolph she was a former Valkoran agent after the mission to Guaymar and treated it like it was really easy to guess, they've been friends long enough to trust each other regardless of background, Grein hasn't really done anything that would be considered treacherous to Zolph and Zolph's opinion of the Valkoran Empire has mellowed out by that time. When Masochus tries to inject Zolph with a Forceless symbiote in an attempt to trigger his berserk Force-channeling form and make him kill Grein for keeping secrets, Zolph targets Masochus instead since he's already done more to piss Zolph off than Grein has (specifically, grafting the Forceless arm on Dynn) and would have killed him with little effort had the dosage he was injected with been bigger.
- Episode II: Chapter 11 - In a subversion of No Biochemical Barriers, when Gahmah Raan (a Krishari) offers his guests from off planet some tea, Zolph (a human) shows some caution in regards to what he and his team are drinking because the tea was brewed by an alien species that hasn't culturally integrated itself into the galaxy yet and said tea could potentially be toxic to humans and near-humans. It was only confirmed to be safe when Grein (who can use her self-liquefaction ability to filter out toxins) taste-tested it.
- Episode II: Chapter 13
- A weapon that can control gravity is going to need protection from itself. Because the shield got sabotaged before the gravity control ship was sent to Christophsis, it ended up crushing itself under pressure when it greatly increased gravity not long after entering battle. Furthermore, according to its developer, Machinus, not only was the gravity control ship not really supposed to be used as a weapon (it was designed as a support vehicle for use on worlds with unusual gravity), he thinks doing so is incredibly stupid due to the collateral damage it would cause (as demonstrated on Christophsis, it ends up killing some Valkoran fighter pilots too).
- It takes getting stabbed in the torso only once for Zolph to be debilitated in his first duel against Valkor. The other amounts of Cold-Blooded Torture he goes through not long after results in him getting hospitalized for a month at the end of the chapter.
- General Ven Choi may be an excellent swordsman and may have landed a few hits on Valkor, but as a member of the Kel Dor species, being dependent on life-support is a major handicap. When Valkor's close enough to him, he simply rips his respirator mask off of Choi's face, setting him up to die from oxygen poisoning (although that's not what ultimately kills Choi).
- Zolph somehow manages to resist the Force-harvesting power Mortaqa used to kill everyone else (minus Grein and the Valkoran forces) on Christophsis, but rather than breaking down over it, Valkor simply orders her to behead Zolph, albeit slowly by letting her lightscythe burn through his neck.
- Ordering the deaths of a planet's entire civilian population when he has the means to avoid collateral damage - and just for the sake of emotionally tormenting a 19-year old boy - hurts Valkor's public approval by a huge chunk of his own empire, as many in that chunk now know how Ax-Crazy he is if they didn't know before. With the exception of his more fanatically loyal followers, this hurts morale with his own troops for the rest of the Battle of Christophsis (especially with Valkor threatening to eat the family of one of his generals), causes division within the ranks of one battalion and one trooper almost commits suicide out of guilt. As Maesterus bluntly points out to Valkor at the end of the chapter, he's walking on thin ice after that, even if he's a nightmarish Eldritch Abomination that could kill with relative ease.
- Episode II: Chapter 14:
- With the one person confirmed to be immune to her powers put out of commission for a month, Mortaqa has put the Galactic Alliance and the Jedi Order in a stranglehold. This means that the Alliance has lost every battle they encountered her within minutes of starting, and even Luke Skywalker is constantly on the move. The only reason they haven't completely lost yet is that Valkor's toying with them.
- Grein may have survived the annihilation of Christophsis, but that was only because Emilin had just enough willpower to keep Facadma from making her kill Grein. As such, she doesn't risk traveling to Chilades with Zolph, even to save her sister from Facadma's possession.
- The political repercussions of the Christophsis massacre have reached their peak by the end of the chapter, as half of the Valkoran Empire - now under the leadership of Maesterus - has defected from Emperor Valkor, leaving Ockla Prime more vulnerable. Even having Mortaqa/Facadma score Valkoran victories without causing any more civilian casualties has done nothing to win their favor back.
- Episode II: Chapter 15 - The Valkoran Separatists acknowledge that even if they made a Heel–Face Turn and make an Enemy Mine with the Galactic Alliance against Emperor Valkor and the Forceless Collective, they most likely won't be Easily Forgiven, as they're still guilty of war crimes against the Alliance such as piracy and terrorism, some of those under Maesterus's orders (even if Maesterus was trying to wage a soft war to subtly alert the Alliance to the Forceless Collective in the wake of the galaxy still recovering from the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion). As such, the leadership expect to be facing military tribunals and imprisonment, if not execution. In turn, Zolph thinks about negotiating to get them a lighter sentence if not amnesty after the Valkoran War.
- Episode II: Chapter 16 - The design and production problems of the Valkoran Fortress Tanks are detailed in this chapter. Since these things are the size of a capital ship, they take a lot more resources to build than the average land vehicle and because they are built within a planet's atmosphere (and thus the builders have to deal with gravity), it takes longer to build than a capital ship, and as such, there are only less than ten Fortress Tanks finished by the end of the Valkoran War. Also because of their size, they are virtually impossible to transport from planet to planet and their interiors have a self-contained artificial gravity system to keep the crew from being thrown around by the fortress's movements. When Besh Squad hijacks one and uses it to destroy another Fortress Tank defending the Valkoran capital's surface, the five-man squad is only able to rotate it and aim its hyper-velocity gun and decide to destroy the vehicle once they are done rather than use it during the rest of the Ockla Prime campaign, as not only does the vehicle need a large crew to operate and defend, the Valkoran could easily just take it back. This turns out to be a good thing later in the campaign when the Forceless Collective's fleet shows up because with their numbers and willingness to sacrifice themselves, they could easily take better advantage of the tank than the Galactic Alliance could.
- In Food Scandal someone starts tampering the provisions they sell to the Imperial fleet for money. This trope ensues multiple times:
- When a mid-level scientific officer finds out both her immediate superior and the people in provisions blow her off because the tampered container is already scheduled for use, and not using it would cause an enormous bureaucratic nightmare. Plus, the food is going to the Stormtroopers;
- Said officers in turn end up dead when the officer who found out goes above them and, trying to get the report to the captain of the ship, the Executor, ends up passing it to Darth Vader, who quickly realizes they neglected their duty and doesn't take it well.
- The officer, realizing what is going to happen, tries to cover for at least her superior. She quickly learns to never lie to Vader again.
- Being the direct (if accidental) cause of the death of their superior, and for the good of some Stormtroopers, the officer quickly ends in a social ice age thanks to the favourites of the dead officer. In turn they end up in the infirmary because Veers takes her under his wing and tells the Stormtroopers who prevented their poisoning, and a few science officers can't continue harassing someone protected by 40,000 infantrymen.
- Once the tampering is known, the scammers are quickly tracked down due the Imperial military keeping very accurate notes of its suppliers.
- When the ringleader is identified, the scientific officer goads him into a Engineered Public Confession in which he admits he did it partly out of hate to the Stormtroopers. She then gets nearly killed when he reacts badly at being incriminated, and only survives because Veers had her wearing high-level body armour. She still gets heavily injured.
- After the injuries the officer is on forced medical leave when she's summoned by Vader for the final debriefing. Being someone who earned a job on the Executor, the chief medical officer grudgingly releases her for as long as Darth Vader wants her, as she's not yet fit for duty but knows well what would happen should he try and keep her in the infirmary.
- The scammers have tried to cheat The Empire and poison lots of people for money. The trial ends with their public executions, with the civilians cheering at the executions and the Rebels doing nothing to save them.
Team Fortress 2
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.
Total Drama Series
- A common plot involves Chris being on the receiving end of Executive Meddling and being forced to tone down the danger of the challenges. The producers might want more drama, but not at the expense of the contestants safety.
- 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; survival and living is a struggle for the characters. After the nukes are dropped, Ran finds Chen pinned under a roof beam. Likewise, we have Sakuyya and Reiko's death of radiation-caused illnesses.
- 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.
Transformers Film Series
- Several examples from the Black Crayons series:
- In My First Decepticon, Annabelle seems perfectly fine after her encounter with Barricade. Nightmares however shows that said encounter did in fact take a psychological toll on her.
- In A Child's Innocence, Ironhide is almost killed by Sentinel Prime and although Ratchet manages to help him recover a bit, he warns Ironhide that he should not be considering doing anything strenuous. Not too long after Ironhide has to help his fellow Autobots fight Decepticons in Chicago, one of the Decepticons aggravates the weapon specialist's injury from where he was stabbed, and giant alien robot or not, this nearly gets Ironhide killed.
- The opening chapter of Not According to Plan details the aftermath of the Decepticons' attack on Chicago with numerous children orphaned and a large group of people working to rebuild the city.
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
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.
- 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:
Charlie: You've declared yourself to be an adult. Fine. Go out and be an adult. Go to the bank. Clean all your things. Pay your own bills and your own taxes, buy and cook your own food, get yourself to and from school, be responsible for earning your own money. That's what being an adult means. It's not fun—here or in Jacksonville.
- 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.*
- Tough Love:
- Bella is revealed to have flunked her senior year, blown off her part time job, and let her truck fall into disrepair as a result of her four month Heroic B.S.O.D. following her breakup with Edward. She also finds herself facing a large fine for riding a motorcycle without the required licence, with the aforementioned motorcycle facing impoundment.
- The Cullens are shown to be living far beyond their financial means: while Carlisle does earn slightly more than $190,000 a year, it's not enough to pay for the Cullens' lavish lifestyle, which includes high end cars and designer gowns for a junior prom, among other expenses. In addition, Alice's use of her foresight powers to play the stock market has led to the Securities and Exchange Commission investigating the Cullen family for insider trading. The fic's author admitted in her headcanon that the Cullens would eventually have to flee Forks to escape prosecution.
- Charlie is revealed to be perfectly aware of how Edward's been sneaking into Bella's room, and threatens to arrest him for attempted burglary if he tries it again.
- Charlie informs Bella that being an adult means more than just using your age to get your way:
- 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 thanks to the rest of the newborns sinking a ferry and draining everyone onboard, the newborn army is screwed; human law enforcement will almost certainly investigate such an event, and while the humans are physically inferior to the vampires, they have the advantage when it comes to technology and numbers. Riley's claim that the humans will think that animals or fish were responsible is also immediately dismissed, 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.
- The trope applies in-universe as well. In theory, a werewolf that imprints is supposed to be whatever the imprintee needs them to be, but in practice (and canon), the werewolf and imprintee end up together every single time. Quill fully expects this to be the case with him and Claire, but Claire turns out to be gay. Just because the same thing happened to everyone else you know, it isn't guaranteed to happen to you if the possibility of it not happening exists.
- 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 Hospital Rules, a nurse refuses to give Bella a sedative just because Edward says so. Not only is he not the doctor assigned to her, the nurse doubts he's one at all. When he continues to insist, she discreetly calls security.
- Conversed several times in Perceptive Charlie. After Bella tries to cover up the injuries she got from James as her falling down two flights of stairs and out of a hotel window, Charlie immediately figures out that she's lying. He points out that if Bella's story were true, the doctors would have had to deal with lacerations from broken glass and severe impact injuries, as well as wash broken glass out of Bella's hair, and that there would have been forensic evidence that would have put her at the hotel, such as fingerprints on the stairs and dust from the hotel on her clothes. Given Bella's prior actions, he ultimately comes to the conclusion that Edward is a domestic abuser.
- 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.
- This post does an in-depth exploration of how difficult a Tinker!Taylor in general would have it.
- In some fics Taylor and Sophia become friends but when Emma Barnes tries to do the same Taylor rejects her. The reason? Sophia may be a bully and her principal tormentor, but Taylor barely knew her for about a year while Emma was her Childhood Friend and abandoned her long-lived friendship without any explanation, so Taylor finds forgiving her more difficult.
- 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.
- The story also deconstructs the superhero Mentor relationship as seen with Miss Martian and Martian Manhunter. While Miss Martian is a gifted student, having Manhunter as a mentor ends up hindering her as Manhunter is not a good teacher. He ends up overwhelmed by her talent outstretching what's he knows how to teach and ends up screwing the Team over in a critical moment. Unlike canon, the resulting disaster is correctly blamed on his carelessness and he resigns as M'gann's teacher.
- Dana Dearden, a GBS intern, gets a pivotal interview with Orange Lantern post-Displaced where the public is finally given the details of what happened. Despite the huge success of the interview and Dearden being responsible for finding OL's phone number and getting him to agree to an interview in the first place, Dearden is fired because she didn't properly inform OL that the interview was live. OL gave the interview thinking it was one-on-one and it would be edited for later. Being responsible for a pivotal interview doesn't clear reporters of the responsibility of informed consent.
- When Superman decides that he wants to know Superboy, he's not Easily Forgiven. In fact he's called out for his willing neglect of Kon and his decision to get involved when Kon's emotional wounds caused by him healed.
- Bad Idea is a Deconstruction Fic of Fandom-Specific Plot elements that pop up in the Young Justice fandom. The first chapter deals with a group of bullies that attempt to harass Dick Grayson to do their homework...and get beaten up easily in self defense. When Bruce confronts him about this and attempts to remind him of the dangers of fighting in public, Dick points out that as the richest people in Gotham, he and Bruce are capable of creating alibis to justify certain behaviors. And despite fighting in self-defense, Dick still gets suspended. One of the bullies is chewed out by his father for essentially bullying Bruce Wanye's kid and putting the father's business relationship with Wayne Enterprises at risk. Another cliche mentioned in the chapter, Malicious Slander, is deconstructed as well. Turns out, when you spread rumors about a wealthy man and his adopted son being...closer than is expected or allowed, said wealthy man can press charges for slander and even shut down tabloids with his wealth and influence.
- When The Team wishes to become Batman's kids...they are literally Batman's kids and not Bruce Wayne's. As a result, they are relocated to the Batcave instead of the Manor and are told that they cannot be seen in public with Batman that easily because of the risks to his secret identity. Superboy and Zatanna also become uncomfortable with being adopted by Batman because it would essentially make them siblings with their girlfriend/boyfriend. The families also object, especially the Wests and Paula, to the adoptions. Miss Martian and Zatanna need supervision with their power training, and Wally and Artemis end up offending their loving families with the attempt and do not have custody signed over because of this fact. However, Kaldur is able to get away with the attempt because he is a legal adult while Icon is not Rocket's father and can't object. The Team decides to leave when it is clear they are A) Living in an unsanitary environment because of the bats living there and B) Going through an adoption process that puts romantic relationships at risk.
- In Loaded Bones, Ryou constantly staying home and having Yami Bakura-related problems wreaks havoc on his social life and grades, and in the post-series chapter he initially finds work as a barista.
- A major plot point of Zähmen (Tame), is Judy and Nick recovering from the Night Howlers incident in the movie, especially since unlike canon, Nick got dosed for real. Both are shown suffering from nightmares for weeks and Nick has to deal with the after effects.
- Being a con artist with no job history or references means Nick could only get a lousy apartment in Rain Forest District before meeting Judy.
- Judy couldn't take the polygraph test when she was testing to become a police officer as the machine is designed for far larger animals and can't get an accurate read on her heart-rate.
- The plot is kicked off when Nick makes a mistake when switching out the Nighthowler pellets for blueberries as he's never handled a gun before and didn't think to check the chamber.
- As with the game, this novelization of Hyrule Warriors depicts Cia as an absurdly powerful sorceress who has lusted after Link for ages. As soon as she has him at her mercy, she wastes no time in putting him under mind control and forcing him to sleep with her.
- 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.
- The World of Warcraft story Redridge Ruin horribly subverts the idea of a Retired Badass. While she was one of the most skilled and most feared warriors during her prime, the main character has spent the last several years running a tavern and is terribly out of shape. When she hears of Orcs attacking a nearby farm, she runs off to confront them but finds herself tiring out after just a few minutes of running and panting for breath by the time she actually nears their camp.
- The Jackie Chan Adventures story Queen Of Shadows deconstructs You Shall Not Pass at one point — during the fall of the last free human refuge in Kyushu, Toguro attempts to halt Ikazuki's advance in a one-on-one duel. But as Ikazuki points out, this is only holding the General himself, while his forces continue their rampage, whereas otherwise Toguro could be off fighting them all off.
- In The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, the four are quite aware that just because they're insanely powerful doesn't mean they're good at the more mundane aspects of adventuring. In particular, George and Ringo make lousy disguised spies because they're always accidentally revealing things about themselves. And Ringo finds during the incident at Boidan Valley that he's terrible at nonmagical surveillance.
- In Hell Hath No Fury, Cersei Lannister is livid when she learns her firstborn daughter Lenora was married to Robb Stark just before the start of the Civil War. Tyrion reminds her Lenora is safe with Robb Stark - who holds Honor Before Reason and as such won't exerce his Marital Rape License - and the marriage protects her from being abducted and raped by less gentle factions interested in the princess's ability to bear a claimant to the throne. As for Robb's treachery, being wedded to a traitor is better than being made his whore.
- A Brighter Dark deconstructs Fire Emblem Fates as a darker more serious retelling, without the presence of Anankos or the Invisible Kingdom of Valla. Sakura's two retainers try to defend her and Mozu from over a dozen attackers and end up dead.
- Ryoma makes several audacious decrees in order to face the Nohrian invasion, sure that everyone recognizes the threat. This backfires on him when it pisses of the numerous Shoguns who secede.
- Hinoka is killed completely off screen. Showing that even the most important people can die with little fanfare.