In the episode "Model Kombat" of Workaholics, Blake and Adam are about to fight. Adam throws ashes into Blake's face, blinding him, but Blake prepares to fight anyway, in a Shout-Out to Bloodsport, complete with flashback from wise advice from a blind man. Of course, Blake misses Adam by a mile and hits Jillian in the face, giving her a nosebleed.
The Hogan Family: In tandem with Hilarity Ensues in the Season 2 episode "Leave It To Willie" – the episode where Willie steals his father's car to go joyriding with his buddy, causes a hit-and-run accident and keeps mum as Valerie lays into David about the accident. The Hilarity had come in when Willie envisions – in an Imagine Spot – his "happily ever after"/problem solved in 30 minutes ending, thinking that just by simply telling the truth he would be absolved. The trope at hand comes in at the end, when Willie does come clean … only for Valerie to really get angry with him and ground him from going to a long-anticipated party; but even worse, Val lets on that it will be a very long time before she will be able to trust him again.
Happens with an attempted Race for Your Love on Happy Endings-in "Boys II Menorah" Dave and Jane rush to the airport because Alex is there due to buying into a false airport ticket which was actually an invitation to a set-up Grand Romantic Gesture dinner. When they get there, they're parked illegally, as often happens with this trope. Security tells them to move Dave's truck, and Dave, in classic romantic lead coolness tosses him the keys, saying 'Keep it.' The guard quickly tosses him back the keys despite Dave saying its for love. He and Jane try to rush past security anyway and get tackled and tazed, respectively.
The second season finale, "The Reichenbach Fall" is practically a reality check for the series. First, Sherlock assumes Moriarty is going away for good after being arrested but overlooks how a criminal genius would have no trouble intimidating the jury to let him be found not guilty.
When Moriarty makes it appear as if Sherlock has been setting up all these crimes so he can "solve" them and look like a genius, Sherlock's jerk behavior over the entire series ends up helping the scheme out. A reporter he ran down as a joke gets revenge by printing the story as fact and Sherlock discovers that when you insult police on a constant basis as being complete idiots, you're not going to get much support from them. Indeed, many of the cops are more than ready to believe Sherlock did this rather than being that smart.
The Chief Superintendent was under the impression Sherlock only helped on a few minor cases. When Lestrade confesses that Sherlock aided in nearly thirty and was given total access to sensitive data, his boss is outraged and orders Sherlock arrested.
Sherlock faces off against Moriarty on how the man came up with a super-hacking code and intends to use it in order to prove his innocence. Moriarty just laughs that there is no code, he just bribed people to open up bank vaults at the right moment and is disappointed Sherlock didn't see that.
When Sherlock returns from his apparent death in season three, it takes him a while to understand that John is not annoyed but truly furious his friend put him through the pain of his "death" and is not ready to forgive Sherlock.
Watson is fond of using his Army ID badge to get in and out of buildings but in "The Sign of Three," a guard notes that Watson was discharged from the Army years ago and the badge is no longer valid.
In "His Last Vow," Sherlock realizes that there's no way Magnusson has a computer database of his blackmail info but keeps it in his head and kills him. He doesn't get off scot-free for it as MI-6 decides to send him on a suicide mission as punishment. At least until Moriarty shows up.
In the famous Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The City at the Edge of Forever" Kirk and Spock travel back in time to Depression-era New York in order to avert a disastrous event that changed history, but they don't know what it is, fortunately for them, the information is stored on their tricorders. Their tricorders are damaged and Spock works to fix them, but he quickly finds it almost impossible. No matter how smart Spock is, the tricorder is centuries ahead of the most cutting-edge technology avalible at the time, and he's been trained to use highly advanced tools in a time where getting a pound of pure gold or platinum for your amateur electronics project is a simple matter- he's like a modern day electrical engineer trying to repair a tablet with the contents of a medieval blacksmith's forge. He's reduced to working with consumer-grade electrical goods such as lightbulbs and radio sets, and can only get a few seconds of functionality out of the tricorder after weeks of work. Also, in order to buy those materials he and Kirk need to work menial odd jobs and live in a homeless shelter, and in order to fit in they steal clothes off a clothesline...where they are promptly confronted by a police officer.
The episode "Balance of Terror", a Whole Plot Reference to submarine movie The Enemy Below, opens with the wedding of a never-before seen character, which is broken up when the Romulans attack. Throughout the episode we keep cutting back to him, until he's killed in the fight, leaving his fiance distraught, and the whole crew mourning the death of a man whose last day alive started as the happiest of his life, indicating that, even if the audience don't see it, those disposable crew members are still people, and their deaths are still mourned.
It didn't come up much, but even in the utopia of The Federation, there was clearly some tension between the various races that made it up, partially due to racism, and partially due to Values Dissonance as to what constitutes acceptable behavior between such different species. For instance in "Journey To Babel", the Tellarite ambassador harasses Sarek and even tries to pick a fight with him over a coming vote, which is extremely rude from a Vulcan or Human perspective, but perfectly normal to a Tellarite.
Also, while people had become more civilised over the intervening centuries, Human nature was still essentially the same in the future of Star Trek, and people were still capable of animosity and hatred. In the episode "Errand of Mercy", Kirk is ashamed to admit that, although he knew how terrible it would be and intellectually didn't want it, he was raring to go into open war with the Klingons, and was briefly enraged when Sufficiently Advanced Aliens called the Organians forced a truce on them.
In another episode "Valiant", Nog and Jake Sisko stumble across a ship of elite Starfleet cadets called "Red Squad" deep behind Dominion lines who were on a training mission when all the instructors were killed, leaving the ship in the command of the senior cadet. They decide to gather information on a new Dominion warship, and after discovering a weakness, try to destroy it. Unfortunately, the "captain" is cracking under the stress and is using drugs to deal with it, and his crew have developed an almost cultish loyalty. When they get ready for the attack, the ship is shown going to battle stations, including a rousing speech from the captain with dramatic music. Their ship is destroyed and they all die within five minutes, because inexperienced college-aged rookies led by a stoned demagogue are not the kind of people who can bring down a massive battle cruiser.
A major story arc in Star Trek: Enterprise was the formation of The Federation out of a coalition between Vulcan, United Earth, the Tellarites and Andorians. It showed very clearly how difficult that would actually be to do in Real Life: firstly due to the fact that the three alien powers had been essentially in a state of perpetual Space Cold War for as long as anyone could remember; secondly, the humans (who were the major driving force) had a serious credibility problem as the "new kids" on the galactic stage; and third, due to their century-long affiliation with Vulcan, the rest of the galaxy initially saw Earth as a Puppet State to Vulcan, which had been acting like jerks to the rest of the galaxy like it was going out of style for centuries.
Star Trek as a whole had a tendency to eatablish alien cultures based around a single trait, and create main characters that embodied them: Spock as the epitome of Vulcan emotionless logic, Worf as an honorable Klingon, Quark as a greedy Ferengi, Deanna Troi as a compassionate empathetic Betazoid, etc. Then, they would introduce characters that were the exact opposite of the stereotypes, for instance, a lot of Vulcans were shown to be smug, prejudiced and arrogant; many Klingons were cowards and bullies; Rom and Nog were terrible businessmen but great engineers with good hearts; and Lwaxanna Troi was a man-chasing Christmas Cake and a bit of a drama queen. Real life cultures are not totally homogenous, and even in societies built around a single ideal, some people either won't measure up or will chose not to follow that ideal, we shouldn't expect aliens to be stereotypes any more than we would expect people to be.
A pretty depressing example appears on The George Lopez Show: Carmen's promiscuous ex-boyfriend starts a rumor about her being a whore, and everyone starts picking on her, to the point where Carmen gets into a fight with a former friend. George and Angie get the ex-boyfriend to admit to the guidance counselor that he started the rumor, and gets the girls who were bullying her suspended. By the end of the episode...she is still being bullied, and she has to be pulled out of school. The lesson is that even getting the people who start and spread a rumor to back off doesn't make it go away, and bullying can get so bad, that people have to run from the situation.
A sketch on Saturday Night Live was a send-up of High School Musical as Troy (Zac Efron) has to break it to a new class of the high school that if you try breaking out into song in college, not only will no one join in but people will treat you like a lunatic.
Likewise, some skits would have Norm McDonald placed in Evita or West Side Story and baffled at people suddenly breaking into song. "What the hell was that?"
In the third season, Wesley abducts Connor after being tricked into believing that Angel will try to kill him, which results in Connor being stolen from Wesley and then lost in a hell dimension. Angel is understandably miffed, but Lorne gives him a heartwarming speech on the importance of forgiveness. Angel meets with Wesley, and after making it clear that he understands that Wesley wasn't intentionally trying to hurt him, that Angel hasn't turned into his evil-side as Wesley feared he would, that he's himself and in control of his actions, he then tries to murder him, shouting about how he will never forgive Wesley for taking his son away. No, a big speech isn't going to make Angel's anger magically go away and allow him to instantly forgive Wesley, and it takes much longer before Angel actually can find it in himself to move past what happened and work with Wesley again.
When the gang finds out that Knox is responsible for Fred's death. Angel starts a speech to Knox about how they're the good guys and they don't kill, and in the middle of it Wesley shoots Knox dead. He has principles, but they don't extend all the way to showing mercy to the guy who killed the woman he loved.
In a fairly dark version, Spike and Angel are both resigned to the fact that they will go to hell when they're eventually killed- no matter how much good they do, and no matter how sorry they are, they're irreversibly tainted by their centuries of evil.
Lindsey has a big showdown planned with the eponymous hero, only to be outraged when he's shot and killed by sidekick Lorne. "Goodnight, folks."
Bitten shows what really happens when people from the supernatural world date normal people: One has his girlfriend kidnapped at the end of the season, while the main character finds her ex-boyfriend's ripped-off head on her bed.
Because Clay never told Elena why he bit her, she spent most of the season hating him.
Elena fought with Malcolm, and got severely beaten by him. Only a last-minute trick saved her from certain death.
Breaking Bad has so many, to the point that it could be considered a Deconstruction of the escapistAnti-Hero/Villain Protagonist character. This is particularly true in "Ozymandias" where the consequences of every single one of Walter White's decisions and sins over the five seasons of the show come home all at once.
Nacho Varga seems to think all criminals understand how it works. Like, thinking that street crooks aren't dumb enough to incriminate themselves, or thinking that an assassination on a drug kingpin like Tuco won't draw in Salamancas like flies (as Mike warns him). The truth is there is a bunch of idiotic or aggressive crooks who won't take the reasonable course of action.
"Cobbler:" Jimmy is proud of himself getting the two detectives to believe his ridiculous story about the Squat Cobbler, and he seems not to understand how reckless he actually was. His actions could get him disbarred and sent to jail. He then brags to Kim about what he did, seemingly ignoring the fact that lawyers are ethically, morally, and legally obligated to report what he did. By keeping quiet she becomes complicit in his actions. We're starting to see Jimmy transform into Saul, but at this point, he does not yet fully have a grasp of how the Amoral Attorney thing is supposed to work.
"Amarillo:" As Jimmy finds out, no matter how successful and legitimate your tactics are (advertising is perfectly legal), going behind your boss's back to do them is not going to be good for your job prospects.
Midway through season 2, a demon is hyped throughout the two-part episode as being so strong, that no weapon forged could defeat him. He is blown apart in one shot by an anti-tank missile. Guess the standards of "weapon forged" has improved in the past six hundred years.
With Buffy gone at the start of season 3, the Scoobies manage to slay some vampires, but in the most awkward, realistic way possible. When one runs away, Oz hurls a stake at it... and it bounces off a gravestone and lands pathetically on the ground a few feet away.
In the season 3 premiere, the Monster of the Week knocks The Chick down and does a speech about how his realm is inescapable. Then the girl gets up and pushes him off the edge.
Season 3 episode "Homecoming": Buffy repeatedly uses the Dramatic Gun Cock for emphasis. This comes back to bite her when she runs out of ammo quickly.
Season 3: Before Wesley was assigned to be Buffy and Faith's Watcher, his only encounters with vampires were brief and, in his own words, "under controlled circumstances," arrogantly declaring himself to be capable in the field. Needless to say, when he gets in a real fight later on, he turns out to be completely useless and Giles has to save him.
Season 3 finale: The Mayor completes his plan to ascend and become a full demon (almost every demon seen on the show is actually some flavor of low-powered half-demon or another). This also removes the immortality that he had benefited from previously, which leads to the Reality: The heroes, knowing how big and strong he will become, bait him into a trap where they have laid a considerable amount of high explosives to blow him to giblets.
Season 4 episode "A New Man": Meddlesome chaos sorcerer Ethan Rayne is once again thwarted, but gloats that he'll just walk away as usual, since, as a human, he's out of the Slayer's jurisdiction. Then Buffy's new boyfriend from a (para-)military organization calls some MPs and has him arrested.
When Joyce gets ill in season 5, Buffy seeks to prove that there is some supernatural cause behind it. There isn't and it gets worse.
Season 5 finale: Buffy approaches The Dragon atop a tower. He gears up for a fight, and she just knocks him off the tower.
From the same episode, when the Big Badstops to gloat during the final fight, on a construction site, Xander manages to send her through a wall with a wrecking ball.
Season 6, "Flooded". Being a superhero does not make Buffy any less vulnerable to typical homeowner problems, such as a pipe bursting in the basement. Nor does being a superhero provide her with any viable income to pay for home repairs, and having a construction foreman for a friend (Xander) doesn't entirely resolve the issue of costs.
Season 6 episode "Seeing Red": The villain's plot is thwarted, the heroes have their denouement with the talking about their feelings, and Tara is shot dead by a stray bullet when the villain comes back with a gun.
Season 7, "Empty Places." The Scoobies and Potential Slayers lose confidence in Buffy's leadership and mutiny against her, forcing her out of the house and appointing Faith as leader in her place on the logic that as the only other full-fledged Slayer, Faith is the most qualified for the job. The very next episode shows what happens when one give a leadership position to someone who has absolutely no experience: Faith's first plan leads herself and several Potentials into a Death Trap involving a bomb and several Turok-Han vampires, with the survivors only being saved by Buffy's Big Damn Heroes moment.
In one episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon is called to a small claims traffic court for running a red light. He concocts an elaborate defense based around the fact that he can't confront his accuser- a camera. Naturally the judge refuses to allow his Courtroom Antics (being a main character doesn't get you a huge trial for a trivial case in the real world), and he is locked up in contempt for insulting the judge to his face.
One time Sheldon once insulted his boss with his smug attitude, and he gets fired for it.
Sheldon and Leonard's apartment is robbed, Sheldon collects evidence and expects a CSI team to arrive, while the single responding officer simply makes a list of the stolen items and gives them a police report for their insurance company. Breaking and entering and the theft of home electronics aren't high priorities for the police forces of major American cities.
Penny's car finally broke down, after years of Sheldon telling her to pay attention to her "check engine" light, which was portrayed as just a joke. This is what happens when car maintenance is ignored.
Leonard, Sheldon and Howard come up with an idea for a new guidance system and try to patent it through the university. They are stunned to learn that Cal Tech will retain 75% of the ownership, they can't patent it themselves because under their contracts the university owns their ideas, and since Howard technically works for NASA he isn't entitled to anything. These are all fairly standard policies that companies and educational institutions have for patentable ideas their employees come up with.
Doug races to Carol's engagement party to tell her that he loves her, only to have her scream at him to leave her alone and for her fiance to punch him.
Two years later, Mark dashes to the train station to plead his love to the departing Susan, only to have her leave anyway. Not just because she doesn't reciprocate, but also because it's literally at the last minute before she leaves.
"The Train Job". After aborting a hired theft, Mal offers the employer his down payment back, no harm no foul.
Crow: Keep the money. Use it to buy a funeral. It doesn't matter where you go or how far you fly. I will hunt you down, and the last thing you see will be my blade!
Mal: Darn. *kicks him into an engine*
He then proceeds to get another mook, who is... much more reasonable. But the crime boss hunts him down anyway.
In "The Message", Wash tries to lose a pursuing ship by flying into a canyon:
Wash: They're not behind us anymore!
(Looks up and sees that the other ship simply flew over)
Wash: I didn't think of that...
In another episode someone takes a crewmember hostage and starts making demands. Malcolm just shoots him.
In a follow-up comic, the guy turns out to be alive but blinded in the eye where the bullet hit. He concocts a plan to capture and kill the crew of the Serenity. This time, Mal finishes the job.
Moesha has the title character's hopes of becoming a journalist hitting reality big time:
In one episode, meeting a seemingly homeless and illiterate kid, Moesha writes a story about him that's picked up the newspaper, getting big attention. At which point, the kid reveals he's a pathological liar just seeking attention. Moesha tells the paper's editor, who slams her for not doing research to make sure of the kid's claims before writing this piece. When Moesha tells him she'll do better next time, the editor is amazed she believes she's ever going to write again, telling Moesha he has to print a retraction and she needs to learn real journalism skills before she can be a reporter.
Later in the series, Moesha gets a job as an intern at BET Magazine and learns Maya Angelou is coming by earlier than expected for an interview. Rather than relay the message, Moesha interviews the poet herself in a gushing style. While her boss admires her writing, he bluntly tells Moesha that that she had not authority to do this. It turns out there was a list of reader questions for Angelou that Moesha knew nothing about and her boss now has to pay for a reporter to fly to New York for a new interview. He points out that it didn't matter what an "exclusive" Moesha had, she had no business to do this interview on her own and fires her.
Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger has the rangers fight monsters in their shared delusions. When the villains begin to escape into reality, however, the Akibarangers lose their powers when they get see their real selves flailing about where they stood before morphing.
The first episode of the series has the team fighting against a group of Putties. They get the asses kicked because, even though at least three of them are trained in martial arts, none of them have any actual fighting experience.
When Rita plans to give the Dragonzord to her then Evil Green Ranger, Squat has doubts that the Dragonzord still works because it hasn't been used in 10,000 years.
When the Shogunzords are discovered by the villains in Season 3, their next step is to steal a Ninjazord and kidnap Ninjor because the Zords are utterly outdated and, being primarily magic in nature, the villains have neither the knowledge to upgrade them or the resources to power them on their own.
One of the Key & Peele Halloween specials has a sketch where a detective pursues a crazed serial killer into a Hall of Mirrors. Despite the use of the usual Hollywood cliches, the detective is able to find and shoot the real killer rather easily. The humor comes from the killer trying to keep up the charade by pretending the detective only shot a reflection, despite the fact that he is now seriously injured and visibly in pain.
In an Unbuilt Trope of the show's premise, when Ian and Barbara in the first episode get inside the TARDIS they think it is some sort of trick. When they find the Doctor's grandaughter Susan in there with him they think he has been deluding her and is keeping her prisoner.
The third story "The Edge of Destruction" shows how scary and dangerous it can be living in an alien ship that is apparently alive, is broken and which the Doctor doesn't entirely understand how to work, which is usually Played for Laughs. A minor fault on the console almost destroys the TARDIS by throwing it back through time towards the creation of a galaxy and the TARDIS's attempts to warn the crew leave them confused and scared something else is inside the ship.
In "Last of the Time Lords", the Doctor talks one minor character out of shooting the villain, then he gives a speech about how there are better ways to do things than kill people. While he's giving the speech, another minor character picks up the gun and shoots the villain anyway. Talking Is Not A Free Action, and not everyone is as pacifist as the Doctor.
"Midnight", which savages the Doctor's usual blustering Bavarian Fire Drill approach to a crisis. Instead of managing to get the people's trust, they view him with suspicion and think him very arrogant. It's all part of the Monster of the Week's plan.
Played with in "Amy's Choice", when the Dream Lord trapped the Doctor, Amy and Rory in two different and dangerous worlds, claiming that one was a dream and the other was reality. (They were both dreams)
Dream Lord: Now then, the prognosis is this. If you die in the dream, you wake up in reality. Healthy recovery in next to no time. Ask me what happens if you die in reality? Rory: What happens? Dream Lord: You die, stupid. That's why it's called reality.
In "Planet of the Ood", the Doctor's psychic paper fails — not because, as had previously happened, the person in question had resistance to it, but because they bothered to run a background check on the suspicious people who weren't on the guest list at the earliest possible opportunity and discovered their credentials were entirely fabricated. It gets him into the complex, but doesn't do much more good than that before he and Donna are outed as frauds.
In Teen Wolf, Stiles always gets up to some serious shenanigans like stealing police property and kidnapping one of his fellow students... which then causes his dad, the town Sheriff, to lose his job. And Scott always misses out on school due to being a werewolf... which causes him to have terrible grades and risk being held back a year.
In Torchwood, Tosh and Ianto find themselves confronted by three hooded, scythe-wielding men who spout fire and brimstone, then ominously start walking towards them as the music swells. They gun them down without a pause.
Ianto: There we are then.
Torchwood: Miracle Day uses this as its premise: Having everlasting life in the real world creates horrific problems.
It also appears to deal with the problem of someone who has been immortal for nearly 2000 years suddenly becoming mortal and having an immune system that has never had to fight any common illness. Subverted in that his sickness turns out to be due to poison, and he doesn't get sick.
"Something Borrowed": Rhys grabs a chainsaw to take on the Monster of the Week... and while he's busy sounding badass, it jams, stalls, or runs out of gas (it's not immediately clear which) — chainsaws may look cool, but this is one of the reasons they're actually really awful weapons.
This happens in Jericho in the episode "Termination for Cause" when Jake and Russell were arguing what to do with Goetz, then Stanley drove up and shot Goetz in the head for killing Bonnie
The pilot for True Blood goes for this one. Girl saves cute vampire boy from crooks, cute vampire boy shows interest, girl is alone in car park... and gets the crap kicked out of her by the crooks, who ambush her.
The series as a whole happens to be one giant deconstruction of the vampire/human romance cliche. It doesn't result in a fairy tale ending or even a happy relationship. The series goes into great detail the complications that follows being involved with a vampire and how dysfunctional it can be. In the end the main female in question ends up with a regular human instead.
Cameron does this all the time. She makes it a routine habit to simply and bluntly execute anyone who poses a threat to the Connors, refuses to let loose ends remain untied, and generally acts in what can best be described as the most brutally logical manner possible.
Derek's death. He gets in a gunfight with a terminator at close range and no advance warning. And just to really drive the point home, the camera then follows the terminator, effectively making it little more than a background incident. Which, in this world, it kind of is.
FBI agent Ellison finally tracks down Cromartie and has more or less concluded that the target is some sort of combat machine. He even goes out of his way to secure an FBI Hostage Rescue Team for the assault. Unfortunately, anti-tank weapons are not included in the standard team loadout, and thus it goes exactly the way of every other police versus Terminator fight in the universe. For added horror, we don't even see the fight, just the brutalized bodies of the HRT as they're thrown into the apartment swimming pool after their conventional weapons apparently fail to deter something with no vital organs.
At the end of the first season of Arrow, Detective Lance reveals to his superiors that he has been working with the title vigilante and assures them the hero can be trusted. He's promptly suspended and relieved of his badge and gun. In season two he is demoted to patrol officer and when he reveals to a superior that he is still in contact with the vigilante he is promptly arrested.
Also in the climax of the first season is the villain being defeated and exposed and his doomsday device being deactivated. Then he reveals that he simply made a backup, and activates it.
The season 2 episode Birds of Prey does this to The Worf Effect/Took a Level in Badass. In their first fight, Helena beats the Black Canary and throws her out of a window. In their second fight where Black Canary decides not to hold back... Helena gets her ass kicked and is in a choke hold in about 10 seconds flat. Remember, kids, fighting skill means little against a trained assassin who let you win!
In the third season in response to Sara being murdered Laurel makes use of her self-defense lessons and attempts to become a vigilante. She attacks a known domestic abuser, and promptly gets overpowered, beaten up and hospitalized for her trouble.
Heroes – Subverted: Near-invulnerable superpowered serial killer Sylar, who's been by far the most powerful character on the show for a whole volume, is dropped mid-monologue by a sudden knife in his weak point from a man he turned his back on... and just gets back up again, because he'd used his new shapeshifting powers to move his weak point.
Played straight during the eclipse, when all "specials" lose their power. Not only is Claire suddenly sick with a common disease (her immune system never had to fight germs before), but Sylar (a watch repairman) and Elle (a teenage girl) find themselves completely outclassed by HRG who has special training and a sniper rifle.
The pilot episode of Bones has one where Brennan confronts the killer, who is dousing a room with evidence in gasoline. When Brennan says she can't let him destroy evidence, he pulls out a lighter and does the whole "try and stop me and we both burn" thing. Brennan immediately whips out her revolver and shoots him in the leg. And in even more ensuing reality, she is promptly arrested for it. By Booth. And later fails to get a gun-carrying permit, because of this incident.
"Guerrillas in the Mist". The bad guy has a weapon that's a Metal Storm with the Serial Numbers Filed Off. In The Teaser, it actually vaporizes three men. Horatio tracks the baddies down at the airport and comes riding in in his Hummer, which the bad guy destroys. Caine gets out of the burning car and takes aim at just outside of point-blank range. A staredown ensues.
A gang member attempts to attack someone outside of a courthouse with a rocket launcher. He takes up position inside of a modern art piece, which has a small enclosed interior. Its a good position to shoot from... if you did not have to worry about the back-blast. When the CSI team finds him, he's still at his firing position and is now a smoldering corpse.
A member of a Western Terrorist organization tries to pull off a We Are EverywhereHannibal Lecture to Caine, thinking he's got the upper hand... only for Caine to point out that the events of the episode have turned everybody that the terrorist is connected to into a person of interest, as is normal for an investigation into a major potential threat to national security. The closing montage of the episode is a barrage of arrests that makes the terrorist eat his words.
A suspect tries to bait Horatio into asking for a Motive Rant when he is arrested, but Horatio will have none of that nonsense.
Suspect: Don't you want to know why?
Horatio: You just killed four innocent people, you're evil, you enjoy death; I hope you enjoy your own.
Sarah impersonates her clone Beth, including doing her job as a Toronto police detective. She initially manages to fake her way through it thanks to everyone believing Beth is traumatized by a recent civilian shooting, but the deeper she gets the more the facade starts to crack, to the point where she has to have 'Beth' quit her job.
Sarah's daughter Kira isn't fooled by her clone Alison's impersonation of Sarah for even a moment. Alison has to tell her the truth.
Blake's 7 gives us a single ship —admittedly the most advanced in the galaxy— crewed by approximately seven people —admittedly very talented— trying to bring down a gigantic evil bureaucracy (The Federation). They manage to survive for four years, then reality catches up.
The series 16 And Pregnant deals heavily with this, as the young mothers-to-be face the reality of their decisions. Turns out that babies doNOT, in fact, make everything better.
In the Miami Vice episode "Glades", The Dragon is holding a shotgun to a little girl's head as Sonny Crockett approaches with this pistol drawn and aimed. The Dragon begins threatening to shoot the girl if he's not let go, saying "If I so much as twitch, she's go—" BLAM Sonny shoots him right between the eyes, with the Post-Mortem One-Liner, "Maybe you won't twitch."
The whole series pretty much placed this concept on the previous Police Procedural shows where the heroes Always Got Their Man, very few people got hurt, and the protagonist cops seemed to be super-weapons against crime. Except for a (relatively) small number of episodes, every victory was Pyrrhic at best, many times they didn't got the bad guy, and sometimes the Big Bad of the episode managed to swindle a Karma Houdini act by bargaining an informant deal with higher-ups in law enforcement. Overall the message was that, in the War On Drugs, there was no "Decapitated Army" to speak about—the drug runners and criminal capos arrested, no matter how nasty they were, in the great scheme of things were just cogs in the machine; same as the cops that fought them.
In the first episode of Battlestar Galactica's second season, Starbuck tries to shoot Sharon for being a Cylon, and then Starbuck and Helo have a tense confrontation where Helo convinces her not to shoot Sharon because Sharon is pregnant and different from the other Cylons. Just in time to hear the engine noise as Sharon high-tails it out of there in Starbuck's stolen Raider - because when your baby's life is at stake, you're not going to stand around and wait to see if the crazy lady with the gun changes her mind.
Raylan has been cautioned about killing people after the first episode because he has earned a reputation for it, which doesn't make the police look good, and besides, every time he kills someone it involves more paperwork for him and his boss. As a result there are many situations where he could kill somebody but can't because of his position, so has to find more intelligent ways around it.
In a later episode, Loretta really wants to kill Mags, but Raylan (who is behind her), points out that the police are in the room next to her and they will arrest her if she does it (even though the killing is justified by her - and the audience's - standards).
In season 3 Raylan has gotten used to bullying the local criminals for information because none of them want the trouble he can bring on them and it would be utter stupidity to kill a US Marshall. However, he does this one too many times with Limehouse who points out that Raylan is alone in a remote mountain community where everyone is utterly loyal to Limehouse. Raylan could shoot Limehouse but then he will be shot down himself by the dozen armed men surrounding them. They can then make his body disappear without a trace and with all the enemies Raylan has, they probably will not be even the main suspects in his disappearance.
Raylan is usually portrayed as Made of Iron but it takes him weeks to recover from a gunshot wound and when he returns to duty the act of drawing and firing his gun causes him a lot of pain and completely throws his aim off.
This is also invoked in fist-fights. In an early episode, he's drinking at a bar and picks a fight with a couple of local jerks. He refused to back down, despite being drunk and outnumbered, and proceeds to get beaten to a pulp until the bartender comes out and breaks it up. He later admits he was asking for a beating.
"When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong" skits are all about this.
The segments featuring what it would be like if movies took place in real life, as seen on a version of Pretty Woman where Richard Gere's character throws out Julia Roberts' character after having sex with her and not listening to a word she said when she tells him about how she became a prostitute.
The Saturday Night Live "Hero Song" features Andy Samberg as a businessman singing about how he's distressed by crime in the city and donning a superhero cape and mask to clean up the streets. Until he finds a Distressed Damsel played by Amy Adams being menaced by a mook played by Jason Sudeikis. In mid-line, the singing hero takes a punch to the face, at which point the mook proceeds to beat the hero. Brutally.For over a minute.
Also during season 3, the team's new offensive coordinator bragged that his system was so efficient, it could be successful with an orangutan at quarterback. Then when the team plays in the championship without star quarterback Alex Moran and most of the usual starters, the offense fails to score a single touchdown.
In one episode Mac and Charlie attempt to fake their deaths by blowing up a car. Their attempts to do it by invoking various action movie tropes result mostly in the duo injuring themselves. Later it turns out that their attempt to fake their demises failed miserably and that no one but Frank thought they were dead.
In "Mac Day" Mac's Crazy Awesome badass cousin, "Country Mac", is established throughout the episode to be a seriously tough guy. Which makes it quite a surprise when he gets anticlimactically killed by crashing his motorcycle. It turns out that even if you are really tough, it's still a bad idea to drive a motor vehicle unsafely while not wearing any sort of protection.
"The Gang Broke Dee" is basically an episode dedicated to deconstructing the Butt Monkey trope by showing just how depressed and mentally ill someone would become from receiving constant abuse at the hands of their supposed friends. It opens with Dee having to get therapy because she's having suicidal thoughts after being repeatedly told how worthless and ugly she is.
A short commercial parody (of Snuggle brand fabric softener) on MTV's The State features a woman discussing how her fabric softener has improved the quality of her laundry. Then when she sees a plush bear extolling the virtues of the product, she promptly begins screaming and beats the unnatural thing to death.
In the fourth season of Modern Family, Haley gets arrested for (accidentally) injuring a cop and resisting arrest while fleeing a party following a police raid. She has to appear before a college disciplinary board—and is expelled six weeks into her freshman year, with the proviso that she can reapply next year (conveniently allowing the show to bring her back into the Dunphy house and resume her Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry with Alex).
No matter how rich and well-connected, Chalky White is still a black criminal in 1920s America. So when he kills a white man, it causes a commotion in town and he gets arrested and charged with murder - despite the fact that the "victim" was a Klansman that had just tried to kill Chalky, and that he and his pals had murdered four other black men in the attempt to get at him.
The 77-year old Commodore feels rejuvenated after surviving an illness and misses no opportunity to show off his newfound strength. Not so much later, he suffers a stroke.
In the second season, one main character tries to rob other main character of his position of power and then to murder him. This character later realizes that this was bad and offers to make things right in the finale. In a very divisivesubversion of Plot Armor, the other character murders him in retaliation rather than pardoning him, just like he would have done with any other character.
A character who is not an expert shooter shoots another one in the head with a small caliber gun. The other character survives, forcing his shooter to Mercy Kill him.
Nucky's hand still hurts a year and a half after having been shot through it, and despite the fact that it looks completely healed. Likewise, Clifford Lathrop has to walk with a cane permanently after having been shot in one foot. Eddie also uses a cane a year after surviving a shot to the gut in extremis and it is clear that it is still very painful. A punch to the gut by other character makes him vomit his entire stomach content at once.
A bomb explodes just far enough for Nucky to survive it. Nevertheless, days later he still suffers from the resultant tinnitus and concussion, and the effects only worsen when he refuses to take meds to treat it.
Being an Axe Crazy crime boss can be seen as an asset in the gangland crime world but it also means that your allies will turn on you as soon as they get a better offer and a are no longer afraid of you.
Despite common fan belief, Richard Harrow does not make one kill per bullet fired when he takes on Rosetti's gang in "Margate Sands". Being a determined war veteran, he is still ridiculously good compared to the drunk and demoralized untrained thugs he takes on by surprise, but there are several cases where he only manages to injure a mook and the same guy comes back to fight him later.
In the penultimate episode of Pushing Daisies, Ned and Chuck hide in the trunk of a car and have a conversation at normal volume as the driver drives along a quiet road with the stereo off. They seem to be getting away with it until the driver pulls over, opens the trunk and tells them it wasn't a good idea.
Criminal Minds does this to Intoxication Ensues. Reid is kidnapped by a man with three personalities. After the first two torture him, the third drugs him to help with the pain... but said drug is heroin-based, and Reid becomes addicted. He has to struggle to get clean and later episodes mention that he still goes to support meetings. Also, he is several times shown emphatically refusing painkillers despite being in great pain, which many recovered narcotics addicts do to avoid a relapse.
In another episode, the UnSub suffers from a delusion that he is infested by insects, and believes there is a government conspiracy to silence him. He finds a girlfriend who also suffers from psychosomatic itching and she quickly accepts his delusions as fact. When he's caught, JJ tries to explain to her that the guy was crazy and killed several people, but the girlfriend refuses to listen. In Real Life, delsuional people don't just "snap out of it" when they're told the truth.
In a more humorous example, an episode begins with a sexual harassment seminar based entirely on Morgan and Garcia's banter. If you have co-workers calling each other "babygirl" for years on end, sooner or later HR takes notice.
One UnSub, as a result of a brain injury as a teenager, Feels No Pain. When the BAU corners him, he rushes towards them and gets shot, stands back up, laughs about how it didn't hurt and gets shot again, this time fatally. Being immune to pain does not equal invincible.
Reid's gunshot wound to the leg is not Just A Flesh Wound, but leaves him in crutches and out of the field for almost the entire season. Near the end of the season he lies to Hotch that he was cleared for active duty when in fact he was not. Rather than rubber stamping him so he can return to duty as soon as possible like the authority figure in a typical Police Procedural, Hotch refuses to let him leave Quantico.
When the BAU are hunting an UnSub in Vegas, they realise that he will be at a high-stakes poker tournament which requires a significant buy-in. Hotch contacts the Department of Justice and asks them to advance him the money and gets turned down flat, since the federal government isn't in the business of handing over hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money so FBI agents can gamble.
"A place at the table" is a deconstruction of Easily Forgiven. Five years after Haley's death, her father still blames and very much hates Hotch for it (even though it wasn't his fault), and when it looks like the two men will bond over Haley's son, whom Hotch did save, the father tells Hotch that he will hate him until his Alzheimer's makes him forget Haley.
The first UnSub to get away scot-free in the show is likely the most disgusting of all, a pedophilic serial killer appearing in "Into the Woods". He isn't particularly bright or strong (in fact, he has a worsening limp) but he has no relations and knows how to live off the land, so all he needs to evade capture is to shave off and avoid law enforcement until he's back in the wilderness. And since he has been identified already, the BAU's work is done, and they depart without catching him. We never learn if he ever gets arrested.
Similarly to the first Criminal Minds example above, The Mentalist does this to Mushroom Samba. Jane accidentally ingests some hallucinogenic tea... that is also incredibly poisonous and leaves him in convulsions on the floor, and would have been fatal had he not been immediately rushed to the hospital to get his stomach pumped. He doesn't have "fun" hallucinations either - he sees things like his True Companions betraying him and an aged-up version of his dead daughter, as you would expect from a troubled man.
In the pilot episode of John Doe, the protagonist is able to quickly amass a fortune by betting progressively larger sums on horse races, since, with his perfect knowledge of statistics he can accurately predict the winner of each race. Then he loses all but $2 when a horse he bets on turns it's ankle and falls, since not even the most accurate statistical models can foresee random accidents.
An episode of Frasier deconstructs one of the famous scenes from parent show Cheers, when Frasier and a female co-worker have a blazing row similar to that between Sam and Diane. Except in this case when Frasier says "Are you as turned on as I am?" he gets a horrified "NO!" and a sexual harassment charge.
Another has Frasier take Roz's advice to be more impulsive, and ends the episode booking the same flight as a woman he'd been flirting with at the airport. The next episode starts with her asking why he was going there, him explaining, and her getting a seat change.
Burn Notice does this all the time. Gas tanks don't explode when shot (unless one specifically sets them up to), police can't just be ignored and being a spy leaves you with a lot of very angry enemies.
Especially being a spy without the protection of some sort of agency. As soon as Michael says Screw This, I'm Outta Here! to Management, Management shows him what the world is like for a burned spy without the Organization keeping bad people away.
In all the gruesome details, beheading a man on the block with a single stroke of huge sword is shown to be not that simple - because the executioner is weak, hesitant and inexperienced, it takes him several hits, and he has to snap the still holding head free with his foot.
A Lannister soldier spears Ned Stark in the leg during his duel with Jaime Lannister. Rather than being treated as "just a flesh wound," Ned wakes up an indeterminate amount of time later, feverish and unable to move, later requiring a cane to get around.
A more amusing case happens in "Valar Morghulis". Tywin waits atop his white destrier to enter the Iron Throne room to be proclaimed Savior of the City and officially take his place as Hand of the King. It's a grand majestic scene... and then the warhorse drops a gigantic turd on the floor.
Tyrion's verbal, and sometimes physical, abuse of Joffrey is often met by cheers from the audience. Tyrion is able to get away with it because of his high position. Said abuse ultimately makes him the perfect candidate to be the scapegoat for Joffrey's death.
Syrio takes out several guards with a wooden sword in his last stand by exploiting gaps in their armor. Against their leader wearing full plate, he never had a chance.
Daenerys' dragons are are instrumental to her military campaign, but they start acting out as time goes on. It's not just her enemies getting burned. Come peacetime, Drogon attacks livestock and kills an innocent little girl, for which Daenerys has to pay restitution. Then she has to chain up her dragons because they're causing too much destruction.
Also, Daenerys' liberation of the slaves in Essos comes with some downsides. A lot of them don't know what to do with their freedom and were dependent on their masters for work, food, and shelter. The standard of living has fallen so low that one ex-slave asks Daenerys to allow him to sell himself back to his former master.
Being able to win a throne doesn't mean you're qualified to sit on it. Just ask Robert Baratheon.
Varys has Tyrion smuggled out of the country in a box. Upon their arrival, Varys discovers to his chagrin that because it took so long, Tyrion is delirious from hunger and thirst and has soiled himself several times.
Just because your opponent is bigger and stronger than you - even if he's the most feared man in Westeros - doesn't mean you can't beat him. But it means you have to be fast, skilled, and in control of yourself. You can't get cocky or let your emotions distract you. Just ask Oberyn Martell. Oh, wait, you can't. Because he got cocky and emotional. Then he got dead.
Sam was a nerdy, cowardly wimp. He finds his courage and gets two lucky kills in. Unfortunately, two lucky kills don't make you a true warrior, and he gets the shit kicked out of him when he tries to stop Night's Watchmen from raping Gilly. Fortunately for her, Ghost came to the rescue.
The Sand Snakes are easily held off by Jaime Lannister and Bronn. Skilled or not, three teenage girls are going to have a tough time taking two experienced and equally skilled swordsmen head on. If not for Jaime missing his good hand they likely wouldn't have lasted even that long. Fighting in plain sight in the middle of a nobleman's garden is also a good way to have the guards show up in record time.
Stannis's march on Winterfell is made of this. He can't stay at the Wall because the Night's Watch has nowhere near enough supplies for an army, so he's forced to assault Winterfell. In winter. This goes about as well as you'd expect, with the added hardship of the Boltons raiding and destroying his supply lines. In desperation and thanks to Melisandre's influence, Stannis agrees to sacrifice his only daughter Shireen by burning her to death, in the hopes that the Lord of Light sends a thaw. Well, one does come...and Stannis awakens to find that Melisandre has fled, half his men have deserted, not wanting to follow a man who would perform such horrific acts, and his guilt-wreaked wife has hanged herself. When the final battle comes at last, it becomes a Curb-Stomp Battle with Stannis's army being annihilated by the Bolton cavalry.
A Trial by Combat is not decided by who is innocent or guilty, but by who is the better and craftier fighter.
The Following: Sociopathic Serial Killer Joe Carroll sets up a cult of similarly-disturbed individuals, with himself as the leader and messianic figure, to hear his teachings and do his bidding. However, because it's composed almost entirely of murderous sociopaths, the cult collapses on itself very quickly. Only a handful of Carrollists have enough sanity to hold everyone together, let alone direct them toward any kind of focused activity. Really, if it weren't for the fact that the cult has Carroll's innocent wife and son as hostages, all the FBI would really need to do to is sit back and watch them fall apart.
Averted in the second season with Carroll's new cult. He molds a fairly benign religious cult into a new legion of murderous anti-religious extremists without the cult imploding. Reality ultimately ensues again twice, first when Lily Gray's mercenaries kill most of the untrained, inadequately armed cult and then in the season finale when the remaining cultists face off against a night vision equipped SWAT team in a blacked out church.
The Goldbergs has Barry often attempting to recreate the plots of movies of the 1980's only to find out how such antics play in real life.
In "Barry Goldberg's Day Off," Barry tries to emulate Ferris Bueller's Day Off by playing hookey from school and having fun. He and his friends are hassled by security at an art museum, pelted with food by fans at a baseball game, his dad's car is stolen and never brought back and his mother easily finds out about what he's been doing and grounds him.
How I Met Your Mother: Lily, who works as a public elementary school teacher, buys a lot of expensive clothing, especially when she is upset about something. Because of this, she's maxed out credit cards and is in a ton of debt, which caused trouble for her and Marshall when they want to buy a house.
Season 2 gives us another example. On a sudden flight of fancy, Lily abandons her loving-yet-staid fiancée and her friends to go to a art course in San Francisco and open her horizons. And then she actually gets to San Francisco, and promptly realizes that she's broken up- in the absolute cruellest way possible- with the love of her life, and alienated her friends. She spends her time away lonely, bitter, and afraid that she's ruined everything for herself. It reads like a deconstruction of Eat, Pray, Love, in that Lily's old life was not 'holding her back' but providing her with love, happiness and stability.
And when Lily finally returns to New York, her friends are not happy that she left them so suddenly, and struggle to trust her again.
In the final episode, Lily wanted the rest of the gang to always be there for "the big moments" but the inevitable truth is that they did end up drifting apart over the years and have a hard time getting everyone together due to work, children and other personal matters.
In an episode of House Wilson informs a patient that he had earlier misdiagnosed terminal cancer that he won't die after all. Wilson is then shocked that instead of said patient being happy, he becomes furious since he has already quit his job and sold his house to finance a dream trip and now he has no means to get it all back. Later he sues Wilson for malpractice.
Scrubs: Two episodes dealt with JD finding a patient he really liked being diagnosed with cancer and hoping the tests were wrong. At first, this seemed to be the case, but it turned out he was just imagining it and the diagnosis was correct.
In "My Lunch" Doctor Cox kills four patients after giving them organs infected with rabies. Earlier in the episode he made a point to JD that once you start blaming yourself for a patients death, it's the end. Doctor Cox blames himself in particular for the fourth patient who could have survived for some time, and JD tries a Rousing Speech that is a Call Back to the earlier point. Cox simply agrees that he blames himself. Then he walks out.
In Season 8, he's fired for endangering the public due to his gung-ho attitude.
The opening of FlashForward (2009) has everyone in the world simultaneously losing consciousness for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. This results in 20 million deaths and far more injuries due to people blacking out while performing surgeries, skydiving, or simply driving their car.
Grey's Anatomy: After Meredith was found out to be tampering with her husband Derek's clinical trial that she was assisting with, Derek is blacklisted by the FDA and none of the attending surgeons want Meredith to work under them (including Derek) so she has trouble finding another specialty and Derek doubts her abilities as a parent because he's convinced she can't tell right from wrong. The only reason she is able to get her job back is because Richard takes the blame, so no one is able to prove otherwise.
In a later season, Bailey is conducting her research into using disabled HIV injections to restore a patient's immune system. However, her first human trial is interrupted by parents of a "bubble boy" who are too freaked out by "HIV" to allow it. So Bailey goes behind their backs to save the boy. It works, the boy's immune system is restored, but when the parents find out, they are furious that she gambled with their son's life and decide to sue her. Owen tries to convince them that the ends, in this case, justify the means, only for the father to angrily tell Owen that Bailey is lucky that their son survived. Had he not, they wouldn't have stopped until she went to jail. As it is, she should be thankful that they're only going after her medical license. This gets resolved when Stephanie (an intern) takes the blame, claiming to have forgotten to tell Bailey about the parents' refusal. When asked by Bailey, she explains that, if Bailey took the blame, then her research would be shut down and never used. This way, Bailey can continue her research to find a way to save more lives.
In Gekisou Sentai Carranger, Dappu appears before the crew of the garage and asks them to become Carrangers. Their response is... to run and hide from the weird alien thing that suddenly appeared before them.
JAG: In "Brig Break", a group of right-wing militiamen armed with automatic rifles encounters a Sea Stallion helicopter equipped with armor protection and machine guns. The fight lasts about two seconds before the militiamen are forced to retreat into the woods.
Surgical Spirit: A new doctor is hired at the hospital- a new female surgeon, working with a team where there is only one other woman who isn't a nurse or a receptionist. Problem is, she was hired partially because having a black female surgeon looks good and partially because she was qualified… and unfortunately, she isn't quite up to working with the team. As nice as she is and as helpful as she is, a surgeon who can't do the work could kill a patient, so she leaves at the end of the episode.
Blue Heelers was regarded by those on the force as as real as it gets and that included the consequences of certain actions. A murder occurs? Mass door knock of the area where the police are sidelined by witnesses reticent to reveal anything. A car chase goes too fast? The police have to terminate, with serious consequences being shown several times when they don't comply (one officer become a paraplegic and a youth is killed for example.) Any discharge of a firearm? Ethical Standards Department, grief counseling and a mountain of paperwork, and likely media and public reaction as well.
In the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World episode "The Knife", Veronica eventually faces Sir William Gull and Robert Anderson, the two men who were collectively Jack the Ripper, in a Knife Fight. It soon becomes clear that although they were vicious killers, they don't actually know how to fight, and she kicks their asses.
Pretty Little Liars: Alison has pissed off so many people in Rosewood, that when she finally returns from the dead, most people are NOT happy. Even her friends are ambivalent.
When Aria's family finally found out about her and Ezra, no one was happy due to the fact that he was older and her teacher. Her father is still against their relationship.
Nearly all of the girls have had some breakdowns over the situation that they are in, to the point of one of them being institutionalized.
Supernatural: While Sam and Dean have been able to overcame a vast majority of their differences, when Sam learned that Dean put an angel in him without his permission, resulting in Kevin's death, he stayed mad at Dean until the end of the season, when Dean died.
Grimm: When Adalind came back to town for help with her baby after the Royals came after her, the gang helped out, only to not tell her what they really did with her child (they faked a kidnapping by the Resistance). Her past actions resulted in them not being able to trust her.
Teen Wolf: The Alpha twins tried to join Scott's pack after falling out with Deucalion. However, there was no quick forgiveness: Scott and Stiles were unsure whether to trust them, and Lydia broke up with one of them after his part in Boyd's death. Issac was the one who hated them the most, and even tried to murder them at one point to avenge both Boyd and Erica.
Meanwhile, no one has forgiven or trusted Peter.
A similar situation happens on The Vampire Diaries: no one is close with Klaus, and Rebekah is still hated by most after running Elena off the road and turning her into a vampire. Heck, even Damon is in a similar position: while most tolerate him, Caroline still hates him for his past behavior to the point where she violently opposes his relationship with Elena, and has even nearly ended her friendship with the latter twice.
In Martial Law, in the first episode when Sammo came to LA, he was robbed by a Russian taxi scam. When he later arrived at the police station, he was asked why he, a senior officer in hand to hand combat and the top cop of Shanghai, didn't do anything. His reply was that they had three guns aimed at him. Even someone as trained as him would get shot before he could do anything. Instead, he reported them to the police and by the end of the episode, they were arrested and Sammo's things returned to him.
In the episode of Law & Order: SVU, a lesbian dies and her parents sue her partner for custody of their granddaughter. They argue that the stepmother is molesting the girl, and under questioning, the girl seems to corroborate their story. The protagonists discovered that the grandparents were pesuaded to sue by their homophobic lawyer who is trying to prove gays cannot be good parents. They also discover that he coached the girl to lie, and that she was not in fact molested. The detectives close the case and the grandparents drop their suit, but the partner refuses to forgive them or let them see their granddaughter again after being accused of molesting her daughter simply based on her sexual orientation. Being Easily Forgiven is rare in real life.
After Detective Benson helps a nervous elderly woman, a background check reveals she broke out of jail to escape a false charge decades ago. Assuming a new identity she stayed off the radar fearing she'll be discovered and prosecuted. Then promptly is. Old lady or not shes been on the lamb for years. The charges are ultimately dropped but her husband leaves her after realizing shes been lying to him since they met and cost him his chance to have kids.
When Casey Novak breaks the law to help the detectives get the evidence they need to nail a criminal shes immediately in hot water. Not only was the evidence obtained illegally and under false pretenses it would be inadmissible in court if not for the judge. The only reason shes not fired is because of the judge, who still hits her with a serious suspension.
Rachel kisses her ex-boyfriend, and then struggles whether to tell Mike. Donna tells her not to. She eventually tells him, and he walks out on her. After an episode or two, they do get back together, but he admits he's still not over it.
Without Harvey to shield him, Mike's idealism is even less suited for the world of high-stakes corporate finance than it is for high-stakes corporate law.
Louis' antics trying to cover his misbehavior, though funny, end up tipping Mike and Harvey off that he's up to something. They figure it out within minutes, and he quits seconds before Harvey would've questioned and fired him.
Then it turns out that departing from a major law firm under a cloud doesn't do well for your career prospects, especially since he can't have any of his old clients and he refuses to leave New York. Jessica refuses to rehire him because, in her opinion, he constantly screws up.
His secretary is fired for trying to cover his rear.
Despite the subplot barely being mentioned all season, Mike slips up on a minor detail about Harvard that tips Louis off to the fact that he didn't graduate.
Earlier, Louis' Training from Hell reduces talented associate Harold to a quivering mess. The fact that everyone treated him like dirt didn't help.
In Gotham, Bruce begins to train himself to help himself overcome fear. Gordon and Alfred on the other hand see it as unsettling and want Bruce to see a therapist.
In "The Balloonman", the titular villain attacks an experienced cop, as opposed to their first victim, a middle aged banker taken by surprise. The Balloonman promptly gets the crap kicked out of him. If Cranston hadn't become distracted by some paperwork the Balloonman was carrying, the Balloonman's killing spree would have ended right there.
Bruce wanted to help the homeless children in Gotham and offered money and later clothes. Gordon gently pointed out that these children need guardians, not money. Later on in the episode, the children did get new clothes but are still being sent upstate and still are miserable.
People don't just bounce back after a kidnapping. Barbara is traumatized and paranoid after being held captive by Zsasz.
Gordon is repeatedly warned that if he goes against the system, he will not last long in the GCPD. Initially it appears that he is relying on his status as a war hero and his father's reputation, but once his enemies find a viable pretext, he is Reassigned to Antarctica and his supposed allies like Harvey Dent abandon him.
Throughout the series, Jack suffers all sorts of injuries and somehow manages to keep fighting the good fight in spite of it. In the final episode of Day 8, he's accumulated several wounds throughout the course of the season such as a stab wound in the gut and a gunshot in the shoulder and is about to be executed by one of Charles Logan's enforcers. He rouses up enough strength to make an escape attempt and starts fighting the guy off... and his injuries prove too much for him keep up with the man, who simply takes advantage of it to overpower him. It's only through Chloe and President Taylor's literal last-second intervention that he gets saved.
Also, in Day 8, he murdered a Russian foreign minister. Understandably enough, the Russians want their own revenge on Jack, and on the final episode of Day 9, having mobilized their entire force against him, they succeed at capturing him.
Mr. Gold, Charming, and Hook each, at different points, try to invoke True Love's Kiss when Belle, Snow and Emma lose their memories. It doesn't work for any of them, and naturally the kiss-ees view it as assault and respond accordingly—Belle screams for help, Snow punches Charming in the face, and Emma knees Hook in the groin.
Just because Emma's The Chosen One doesn't mean she's going to immediately believe that an entire town is cursed by fairy-tale characters, especially since the one claiming this is a ten-year-old boy with an overactive imagination. It takes her all of the first season to come around.
In 30 Rock, Tracy is extremely proud of his tendency to "drop truth bombs"; essentially calling people out on racism, rudeness, or other personal failings (real or perceived). Midway through season one Jack points out that this tendency is why he can't get any work outside of TGS; he can't get through any serious negotiation or arguments without accusing someone else of bigotry, with the result that no one wants to work with him and movie backers blacklist in retribution for him being so rude and blunt to them.
A recurring theme throughout the series is Liz attempting to mimic Murphy Brown, viewing it as the ultimate ideal of feminism, only to have reality come cruelly crashing down on her when it turns out that the real world doesn't function like a female empowerment sitcom from the nineties. Her Establishing Character Moment has her attempting to make a dramatic stand against a man cutting in line at a hot dog stand and expecting to be praised, only to instead make herself look like a weirdo throwing a childish fit over something completely trivial.
In the season 2 finale, Pete shoots the head page in the leg with an arrow to help out Kenneth, whom the page was attempting to restrain to keep him from submitting an important paper. In the first episode of season 3, the incident is brought up and it's revealed that Pete actually got into a lot of trouble for basically assaulting the guy and had to go through two months of anger management and community service to keep his job.
The final episode of Seinfeld is one long invocation of this trope. In it, every single rude, cruel, and illegal thing the cast did through the entire show comes back to bite them in the ass. First they get arrested on charges of criminal indifference after mocking a guy who was being robbed rather than helping him. At their trial they get convicted after a massive landslide of people they've wronged testify against them as well as starting several confrontations in the courtroom. Turns out that being an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist doesn't typically lead to good things in real life.
One Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode has Jake trying to pull a cool action movie stunt by running across car roofs to catch a perp. He promptly injures himself badly and ends up being sent home to heal.
Brooklyn Nine Nine is essentially the story of an immature manchild trying to live out his eighties action movie fantasies. Due to Rule of Funny, half the time it works, while the rest he gets smacked down hard by reality.
Another episode acknowledges the waves of scandals that were hitting the NYPD and police forces around the country at the time, with Holt trying to come up with a PR campaign to counter people's mistrust and dislike of cops. Also, his original idea of a simple poster campaign featuring pictures of Amy meets with a huge public backlash and the posters are vandalised with complaints about stop-and-frisk, racial profiling and unlawful arrests, which are all serious issues within the Real Life NYPD.
One episode revolves around he trial of a jewel thief Jake arrested. The prosecution case is very weak- the one witness is a convicted perjurer and Jake can't find the thief tools. Jake eventually manages to locate the tools and introduce them into evidence on the last day of the trial, but the thief is still acquitted. Even with the tools there still isn't enough evidence for a conviction, and, as the defence lawyer points out, the police finding critical evidence at the eleventh hour when they were losing hard looks very suspicious, and the jury likely suspected that the evidence was planted.
Normally, it doesn't matter how beaten up a hero gets in a Tokusatsu show, as he will be all better in the next episode. Not so in Ultraman Nexus, where Tragic Hero Himeya Jun constantly gets injured when fighting as Ultraman against giant monsters, which causes him to get weaker as the series progresses. Another example of this trope is that certain episodes focus on the victims of monster attacks, who are actually fairly traumatized because of said attack.
In Family Matters, Myra doesn't like the way Steve has changed over time and breaks up with him, thinking he'll do anything to win her back. Except he realizes that he has outgrown the person he used to be and, consequently, outgrown his relationship with Myra. He turns to Laura, who now has feelings for him, and Myra's attempts to get him back only end up alienating him.
All throughout the first season, Barry and his friends have been imprisoning superpowered criminals in their secret prison inside S.T.A.R. Labs, because ordinary jails and prisons are not capable of handling supervillains. Late in the season, they realize that S.T.A.R. Labs is no longer secure and that they have to transfer the supervillains to another prison. When Det. Joe West reaches out to an Assistant District Attorney with whom he is friendly to get help with the transfer, she gets very upset, tells him that holding these people without any kind of hearing is a crime, and that he should stop talking to her about it, since she may have to prosecute him for it. It's a nice touch of reality for a superhero show.
Its clear throughout the first season that Barry is no match for the Reverse-Flash. During the season finale it looks like he might finally stand a chance after he makes a big entrance and prevents him from escaping to his own timeline. The next scene drops the pretense as it turns into a one-sided beat down like every other time they squared off.
Barry gets on the better side of this during a brief appearance on Arrow when he turns up in Nanda Parbat to rescue the team who have been captured by the League of Assassins. The League has legendary reputation earned in over three thousand years of existence, is composed of highly skilled assassins, and have among their ranks some of the deadliest individuals in existence in hand to hand combat. Deadliest human individuals. Barry is a metahuman who can run faster than the speed of sound—fast enough to travel though time—and can literally catch bullets. He disables everyone in the fortress within seconds.
Building off of what happened in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the show's second half of the first season, and the second season, explore the after effects of the film. Primarily, a big government agency can't just suffer a major scandal like the SHIELD/HYDRA infiltration situation without having everyone, regardless of their involvement, coming under scrutiny. Similarly, you can't just dissolve an entire spy organisation the size of SHIELD without the remaining resources now being up for grabs, both by the traitorous HYDRA members and the remaining agents.
Before that, there was the Thor: The Dark World tie-in that explored how the public would react to Norse gods showing up and smashing shit up. They don't react well, to say the least, and anti-Asgardian hate groups sprout up trying to find a way to counter their presence. Ironically, its not too dissimilar to SHIELD's reaction to the first time Thor showed up, resulting in them trying to make WMDs that could take them on if needed.
Skye had feelings for Ward, until she learned that he was really a member of HYDRA. Those feelings disappeared real fast afterward.
Skye is trained by Ward to disarm someone, which she learns to do quickly. When she's forced to use it later, however, she's forced to run from the conflict as, while she can disarm someone, she can't actually use the gun yet, nor would she stand a chance at fighting them without it, or even have the mental capability to shoot someone in the first place as it is.
After May learned from Lorelai that Ward had feelings for Skye, she ended their Friends with Benefits deal immediately.
Ward thought he could make amends with Coulson by giving up information about HYDRA. Coulson pointed out that Ward could never make amends for murdering loyal SHIELD agents and trying to murder his friends, then handed him over to his brother (an influential US senator) as a bargaining chip. Similarly, while its left ambiguous as to if Ward was telling the truth about his brother's abuse, the team themselves firmly no longer believe his claims, as is to be expected after all the time he spent ruthlessly and consummately lying to them. Not only that if you commit multiple murders and acts of terrorism. By you own free will. It doesn't matter if you had tragic childhood , or you feel real bad about it. Like most criminals or terrorist who act of their own choosing, you get punished accordingly and fittingly.
On the flipside, the team's hatred for Ward and unwillingness to even be civil towards him come back to bite them in the ass as he consolidates HYDRA's resources and decides to use them, as revenge, to make Team Coulson's lives as miserable as possible.
Hunter's constant complaining about his ex wife results in this when we meet her. Generally, if you can't stop complaining about her, to the point your co-workers react with annoyance when you bring her up, especially when they know that the ex is both a nice person and not nearly as bitter as you, you end up being the one who looks like the unreasonable ex, resulting in everyone basically taking Bobbi's side.
The show takes great pains to distance itself from the more fantastical elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Matt has the advantage of his enhanced senses in addition to his martial arts training, he utterly averts the Made of Iron Trope and constantly needs to come crawling to Claire Temple to patch him up after several brutal fights. His injuries also take time to heal and have hindered him on multiple occasions.
When Foggy Nelson finds out the truth about Matt, he is naturally pissed off that he was lied to and bitterly questions every facet of their relationship, almost leading to the end of their friendship. Even after they reconcile, he admits that they can never return to the kind of friendship they had before.
The main hook for Season 2 is that even though Matt brought down Wilson Fisk, his high profile actions have now inspired a violent copycat vigilante. Furthermore, removing one player from the Hell's Kitchen organized crime circuit merely paved the way for new gangs like the Dogs of Hell and Kitchen Irish to move in.
Season 2 in general shows many of Matt's victories from season 1 becoming undone, like the elements involving The Hand.
While Luke Cage may have unbreakable skin, that doesn't protect him from the concussive force of a point-blank shotgun blast to the head. He is knocked out and suffers a fluid buildup in his skull. Worse, medical staff are unable to pierce his skin with a needle, and end up having to go through his eye to drain the fluid.
Luke and Jessica are both super-strong. After realising that they don't have to hold back while having sex because they won't hurt the other, they wind up breaking the bed.
Jessica murdered Luke's wife on Kilgrave's orders. Sure, she was under mind control at the time, but that doesn't stop Luke from being pissed when he finds out.
Catastrophe: Rob and Sharon have lots of casual, spontaneous and unprotected sex. Sharon quickly gets pregnant.
Kaito and Kouta (Kamen Rider Baron and Kamen Rider Gaim respectively) gain rider forms that include weapons like a spear and a sword. Despite their rider forms giving them extra power, they use them rather awkwardly at first, having no combat experience or training yet.
In his first battle with Zangetsu, Kouta is nearly killed. While most riders would just get back up and try again, Kouta's never fought in a battle like that before, and is traumatized as a result.
After losing a battle with Mitsuzane , Takatora sinks into the sea and is found and taken to the hospital by Mitsuzane a few months later. However, the doctor informs Micchy that Takatora's brain has been damaged as a result of a few months without oxygen, and if it hadn't been for Kouta, Takatora would be dead.
After losing his Gridon Rider form, Hideyasu uses the Kurokage Trooper form against the Inago Kaijin to honor the late Hase. While his determination has strengthened over the past few months, it doesn't change the fact that he's not a very good fighter and is using a weaker powerset that he's never had any experience with at all, making the second half of the short battle more in the Inago Kaijin's favor.
The entire premise of the Monty Python's Ron Obvious sketch. Ron attempts stunts such as jumping the English Channel, eating Chichester Cathedral, tunnelling from England to Java, splitting a railway carriage with his nose, and running to Mercury. All go as would actually be expected.
On Sex and the City, Samantha becomes suspicious of boyfriend Richard's behavior—late nights, unexplained absences from work—and his vague explanations. Coupled with the knowledge of his playboy reputation, she becomes convinced that he's cheating on her. So one day, she decides to follow him. TV convention would reveal that he's actually been planning some sort of surprise for her, but instead, she does in fact walk in on him and another woman.
Later, after they reconcile, he cancels dinner plans because of a business meeting. Suspicious, she bursts in on him. . .to find him having a business meeting. But she dumps him anyway, knowing full well that it's only a matter of time before he cheats again, and even if not, she can never trust him again.
Miss Piggy tries to play a prank on a woman by getting Scooter to shove her head into a cake and filming it. Not only does Ms. Applegate notice Miss Piggy very obviously sitting completely dressed in black in her suspicious black car, but Miss Piggy gets arrested for filming her.
Limitless shows the sheer boring prep that goes into FBI investigations and often Brian imagines the adventures being much cooler.
When he confronts a crook on his own, Brian is confident his perfect recall of kung fu movies gives him the advantage. He ends up knocked down in five seconds and realizes it doesn't matter how perfectly you know martial arts moves if you've never had any fight training. When he goes in for some, his trainer lets him know that fighting involves a lot more grounded attacks than flashy kung fu moves.
In a subversion of Hollywood Hacking, Brian notes the reason TV and movies do hacking as montages is because "in real life, hacking is boring."
Z Nation: The Chosen One may be the person to save everyone. However, thanks to Murphy, we now know that chosen doesn't always mean nice...or good. His behavior over the course of season 2 showcases that, starting with him basically causing a nuclear apocalypse.
The Young and the Restless. A woman returns from a trip to find her husband carrying on with another woman. So she breaks into the woman's apartment and trashes the place. . .and gets arrested for breaking and entering, destruction of property, and slapped with a restraining order. Later, in another confrontation with the woman, she puts her in a headlock and gets hit with new charges of physical assault and violation of the restraining order. It turns out being the wronged wife does not give you carte blanche to commit crimes.
Lucas Goodwin believes he's a crusading journalist who will find the evidence to prove Frank Underwood is crooked and bring him down. He takes part in a plan to hack a server farm only to be arrested. He agrees to a plea deal, convinced his fellow reporters will carry on his work to take Frank down. Instead, the two realize there's no way they can fight the Vice-President of the United States who clearly will do anything to keep in power, they have no evidence to use against him and back away, both leaving town and poor Lucas realizes he's stuck where he is.
Also, season 3 is basically a reality check for the series. Frank learns that cheating his way into the White House was one thing but actually being President is another. For one thing, doing whatever you feel like doesn't always go over well with the public, your attitude will annoy the opposing party enough to work against you every step of the way and it's quite likely your own party will feel it's better you not run for re-election as you risk dragging them down. Finally, by the end of the season, Frank learns that treating everyone around you like shit doesn't inspire loyalty.
In Season 4, Frank is shot by Lucas Goodwin in an assassination attempt, to the point of requiring a liver transplant. Rather than a fast recovery, Frank is shown needing the span of months to get back into shape. Even then, he still finds himself out of breath with his doctors telling him that, re-election or not, he can't keep flying all over the country in his condition.
In the Power Rangers Mega Force episode Lion's Alliance, the Rangers arrive at Animarium to ask the Red Lion for help. Some villains find this out and tries to attack the Red Lion, who to note, is nearly thirty-feet tall forty-feet long Zord who is very much self-aware and intelligent, and has all lion-like features like claws and teeth, and the villains attack the Zord while at human size themselves. It ends as well as you'd expect.
Full House. Jesse and Rebecca's wedding is held up when Jesse gets himself arrested that morning and Rebecca is forced to drive to the outskirts of San Francisco to retrieve him. After many more mishaps, the wedding is finally held. . .and the reception ends up being held at the house, because that's what happens when you miss the time frame that you chose for your reception venue.
Danny: (serving champagne and hors d'oeuvres to guests) "Groom was late, we lost the hall"
Murder, She Wrote had a series of episodes where Jessica Fletcher didn't solve the case but instead had other characters investigating the murders that took place. One episode was about a showrunner on a TV show who investigated when a coworker was murdered. She found the clue that breaks the case right open, runs into the murderer... and immediately runs screaming for help since no-one else knows about the clue and she's alone in a room with a murderer.
Blindspot shows that a mysterious package is dropped off in a public place, it will be treated with suspicion. Even if it is a beautiful woman with no memory of anything. As such, Jane is followed around with a detail and lives in a safe house.
Quantico: Simon attacked Ryan during a big argument. As such, he was kicked out of the academy once it was revealed.
Jimmy getting dumped by Lucy when she realizes that he has feelings for Kara, after Kara told her a story that Jimmy told Kara, but not her.
Although Kryptonians are tough enough to survive in a vacuum, they still need to breathe and cannot fly in space, as there is no atmosphere to push against. Any Kryptonian sent into space will float around helplessly until they suffocate or are rescued. Especially jarring considering no other media involving Superman or Supergirl demonstrated this problem before.
In a fight between Sara and Heatwave, like the example above for Bitten, Sara may proficient at fighting, but she was going up against someone who was WAY bigger and stronger than she was. As a result, she struggled and nearly died.
Chronos, a bounty hunter in a high-tech suit of armor and weapons from several centuries in the future, takes on the League of Assassins, a group of ninjas with swords and bow and arrows in 1960. The result: A whole lot of dead Assassins.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A man makes a business proposal to a woman. She turns him down. The next day she receives flowers from him, with a card reading, "No hard feelings". TV/movie convention would present this as a sweet, endearing gesture indicative of a man's love. But does she find it this? No. As she later tells the detectives, the fact that he found out her address without her having told him scared the hell out of her. And with good reason, as the guy is a suspected rapist/murderer.
Judge Rinder is the British Trans Atlantic Equivalent of Judge Judy and, as a result, is about real-life cases being heard in a court. As a result lying to him is a really bad idea. Also, cases will be dismissed due to lack of evidence.
The very first case heard on the show gives a really good reason why the people who enter the court don't speak until the judge comes out - one woman tried to shame her former partner before Rinder came out and was immediately warned that, had it been a real court room, her case wouldn't even be heard and she'd be dismissed immediately.
Engaging in stupid antics because your friends talk you into it and getting hurt as a result? Yeah, you'll win your case... but not all of the money you claimed since you were stupid enough to get talked into the situation.
Related to the above case, Rinder threw one of the two defendants out of court because he kept smirking and joking despite the fact that he nearly killed someone, not realizing these cases are Serious Business.
The pretty woman who appears next to Rinder's bench is Michelle. She's a law clerk. Before any hearings come before Rinder Michelle researches the cases as well as any evidence presented. So when someone had the bright idea to present forged evidence Michelle wasn't fooled and informed Rinder of this fact, who was absolutely furious. That guy lost his claim, by the way.