Reality Ensues / Web Original


  • The New Adventures of Captain S has the hero constantly beating up enemies inside the world of video games. When he punches someone in the real world, he instead hurts his fist.
  • This Cracked article lists a number of humorous hypothetical examples, imagining what sort of films fictional characters would watch.
  • Building Code Violations For The Love Shack
  • The Prolecto series, at Episode Two and later, falls into this, and at first balances hilarity with reality, but moves towards non-humorous reality later on. For instance, at the end of the first one, they decide to start converting everyone! At the beginning of the second one... They're in prison for, amongst other things, public nudity!
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Near the beginning of Act II, Dr. Horrible gloats about his unstoppable plan to commit a heist using his Freeze Ray. Cue Gilligan Cut and a bruised Dr. Horrible explaining how he needs to be careful about what he says on his blog because both Captain Hammer and the LAPD watch it.
  • The entire premise of the Smosh videos, "If X Were Real".
  • We're Alive: Angel attempts to use a broken zip line to repel down from the roof of the collapsing Tower, barehanded. The result is he tears up his hands, lands next to the remains of a tanker truck filled with burning diesel fuel, and is left barely clinging to life but slowly dying from his injuries. It's made very clear his injuries would have killed him if Scratch hadn't given him a terminal case of lead poisoning first.
  • Sonny Gets Mad Scienced; a Genre Savvy geek gets kidnapped by a mad scientist for use in horrible experiments that have killed — or worse — every one of his predecessors. He's going to use his trope knowledge to break free and save the day before the experiment, right? ... Right?
  • Orion's Arm defies Rock Beats Laser by depicting the technologically superior foe (as opposed to Insufficiently Advanced Aliens) as fundamentally unbeatable by the lower one barring severe extenuating circumstances, going into great detail about the trope and why it simply can't work.
  • This picture shows what would really happen if you really ran into gold rings at high speed.
  • This image of the 260 kilometer long (for perspective, the Death Star was only 160km in diameter) Star Destroyer Freudian Nightmare. The attached report is Deconstructive Parody calling out all the issues that would come from it, including that scaling up the bridge would leave a three kilometer tall weak point, that it would take days to get from one end to the other, necessitating that the crew set up camps at their stations, which has its own problems, and the logistical difficulty of sending supplies and communication.
  • Worm
    • A member of the ABB tries to use a sword to intimidate and fight Skitter, who controls a giant swarm of insects. No prizes for guessing what happens next.
    • Glory Girl tends to use extreme force in dealing with thugs. The results are not pretty, and it's strongly implied that she would have gotten into trouble a long time ago if not for Panacea putting her victims back together.
    • Speaking of Panacea, driving herself to heal others day-in, day-out due to her own Samaritan Syndrome has had bad effects on her own psyche, and by the time the story proper starts she's already past the point of burnout.
    • The story in general has a healthy respect for conventional weapons and quite a few named characters that lack Super Toughness are wounded or even killed by them.
    • While there is no shortage of genuinely malicious characters, a fair number of problems are also caused by people being, well, people, in all their ass-covering, fearful, me-first, selfish "glory".
    • When getting superpowers involves a Traumatic Superpower Awakening, demographics are skewed towards females (more than in traditional superhero media) or the disaffected and the resultant capes are screwed up in the head. The majority go villain, and even among the heroes there are many skewed towards Anti-Hero.
    • When just about everyone with powers has issues, daily life is far more dangerous than it would be in standard real life.
    • The heroes aren't a team of vigilantes a la the Justice League; they work for the United States government.
    • Attacks from the Endbringers aren't simply shrugged off and rebuilt, but usually result in whole regions being abandoned. After every attack, maps have to be redrawn, casualties typically exceed the four digit range and countless more are left homeless. Just one of the Endbringers was able to reduce Japan to a third-world nation. With their current rate of attrition, humanity will be extinct in just a few decades.
    • As Taylor finds out, the heroes are stuck with the need to uphold their reputations as heroes, meaning that they're not allowed to use attacks or tactics that make them look less than heroic... which leads to their losing battles that they could have easily won if they'd been allowed to use all their attacks.
    • After Coil gives a wealth of information (including real names, addresses and so on) about Empire Eighty-Eight to the media, social services take Purity's baby daughter into care while Purity is at work. So what happens when a super villain finds out that the media knows everything about her and her daughter was taken from her? She snaps, rallies her team and starts blasting the shit out of everything she can until Tattletale helps her get her baby back.
    • New Wave deliberately go without masks out of a belief that they can bring accountability to supers. In the backstory, this resulted in one of their members getting murdered in her civilian identity. The culprit was quickly made an example of, but it still killed the movement from expanding beyond the two founding families.
    • Cauldron tests its formulas on dying people from various worlds. Sure, they saved those people's lives in the process, but they also changed their bodies permanently, stole their memories and left them with no real sense of self. By the end of the story, the Cauldron-made are pissed at their creators, and come after them with a vengeance.
    • What happens when a decades-old international conspiracy that involves the heads of America's cape-related organisations is revealed to not only exist, but to have also sold powers and tested said powers on human subjects? Not only are the repercussions enormous, the Protectorate has to be carefully rebuilt and a number of capes walk away from it, especially those made by Cauldron.
    • The type of villains seen in the serial range from groups with an agenda, like Empire Eighty-Eight (superpowered white supremacists), to ordinary gangs that include parahumans, like the ABB (an Asians-only gang consisting of unpowered foot soldiers and only three parahumans), to people trying to take over the world (or parts of it), like Coil (who runs his organisation like an offshoot of the military), to minor groups who are just minding their own business and doing occasional jobs, like Faultline's Crew and the Undersiders (at least initially), to... superpowered drug dealers and general scum of the earth, like the Merchants (who absolutely nobody takes seriously, and who only rose to a position of power through sheer luck).
    • Skitter proves to be a very useful minion of Coil's, and works to get her part of the city up and running as best as she can in very little time and in a very efficient manner. But her demand for Coil to free Dinah essentially forces him to pick her or Dinah, and as useful as she is, Dinah is just too damn important to lose- so therefore Coil double-crosses Skitter and does his best to kill her.
  • Played for Laughs with one of 1d4chan's home brewed Space Marine chapters, The Reasonable Marines. They act like normal soldiers focusing on stealth and efficiency, trying to avoid combat unless needed, and actually trying to be diplomatic with aliens instead of shooting them on sight. The joke is they are the only sane group in a universe filled with nothing but Rule of Cool and Crazy Awesome lunatics.
  • The gif image Martial Arts v.s. Modern Arts. If you do those martial arts moves in front of a gunman as an Intimidation Demonstration, you're just going to get shot.
  • In the What If? entry "Spent Fuel Pool" Randall Munroe explores the physics-based answer to how safe it is to swim in a nuclear reactor's spent fuel pool. Because water is a good insulator against radioactivity it's pretty safe if you stay away from the casks. He then poses the question to a friend who works at a research reactor.
    Randall's friend: In our reactor? You’d die pretty quickly, before reaching the water, from gunshot wounds.
  • The story of the first owners of SCP-1958. All but too excited to have a bus that can travel in space, they set off to colonize the stars...neglecting the fact that it still goes at the same speed of a regular bus, and their destination was light years away. They realized it when, after two months of travel with the crew dwindled and nearly starved to death, they realized they barely made it to the Moon.
    • One of the general themes of SCP is pointing out the horrific consequences of characters and plot devices with fantastic abilities, powers, or properties. A good example is SCP 871, self-replicating cakes: every 24-hours, for every such cake either still around or recently eaten by a human, another instance will appear; if a cake is destroyed by any means other than a human eating it, another one will appear immediately. Limitless free cake! Sound great, right? Except that there's no way to ever decrease the number of cakes. If the number of cakes ever increases to an amount where they replicate faster than humanity can eat them, all life on Earth will quickly be extinguished.
    • SCP-1470. A telepathic spider that was only in Foundation captivity for four months. The reason? That's how long spiders of his species live. The spider has been classified as "Neutralized" because it died of natural causes.
    • SCP-572 is a katana with a memetic effect that makes anyone holding it think they have Implausible Fencing Powers. They actually don't, and the katana itself is cheap and impractical, but the idea gets to their head and causes them to severely injure themselves trying to invoke Rule of Cool.
    • As a general rule, if an SCP has the ability to transform other things/beings, it won't ignore the aspects of the transformation that would ordinarily be solved with a Hand Wave, leading to a lot of entries that invoke Transformation Horror.
    • When investigating SCP-2407, they investigated someone for unusual behavior, which was then revealed to be a "non-anomalous mental disorder". Turns out with all that they investigate, they're gonna encounter some false positives.
    • An organization devoted to containing Eldritch Abominations and keeping the public unaware of them will have to do horrible things to do so. A prominent example: they "acquire" death-row inmates for the dangerous work, and those who survive are generally killed at the end of the month, unless they're needed alive or can't be killed for some reason (often because something worse happened).
  • Darwin's Soldiers has quite a few examples:
    • If you do massive damage to a top secret military base in the process of saving it from a terrorist assault, you will suffer severe consequences.
    • Dr. Branston was shot in the leg and later dies from his injury.
      • Same for Hicks and some unnamed sniper.
    • Air vents are cramped and using them as passageways will make a lot of noise.
      • Air vents in a top secret military base will be too small for someone to fit through.
    • Being made of solid metal grants Nigh-Invulnerability...and a total inability to swim due to your increased density.
    • The Berserker will end up with convictions for assault and/or spend time in the hospital.
    • Throwing someone through a window will severely injure or kill them.
    • Interspecies Romance will never result in children.
    • Sergeant Larry Masters eventually dies of lung cancer bought on by his habit of smoking.
    • Siberys shows what happens if you quickly cobble together a vaccine/drug and use it without proper testing and/or followup. The vaccine he took works as intended but he dies from the complications several years later.
    • Chris MacLean shows what the stress of being responsible for someone's death as well as keeping a deep secret for decades can do. He becomes an alcoholic and later dies in an alcohol related accident.
  • This take on the Jeff the Killer creepypasta shows about how well a teenager with grievous recently self-inflicted facial injuries like massive incisions to the face and burned eyelids would fare as a killer. He fails to kill his last two intended victims, and his wounds become severely infected, resulting in sepsis and death.
  • The Protectors of the Plot Continuum have a room dedicated to making this happen to Sue-perpowered and ill-thought-out OC's. Drank twenty-two bottles of rum in a short span? The Reality Room gives realistic effects on the body. A military recruit with a disdain for authority? Drill Sergeant Nasty is only the beginning. Sue made passionate love shortly after a severe flogging? Hoo boy.
  • Mario Kart 8 is Great starts with the Mario and friends getting ready to race underwater. However, as soon as the green light flashes, they have already drowned and their bodies are shown floating on the surface.
  • Despite the more outlandish aspects of We Are All Pokémon Trainers, realism can indeed rear its ugly head:
    • The PEFE Founders took down the corrupt corporation Pokéfutures Inc., who also happened to be the lynchpin of Angela's economy. This resulted in the Angelan economy going into freefall, and had the Founders not took the deal to take all their assets they would've ended up in prison.
    • Raise loads of sapient beings for use in competition and basically rejecting the rest for one or two perfect mons? Be prepared for a lot of issues regarding self-worth.
    • Verax may have done a Heel–Face Turn, but that doesn't mean the J-Team members who he's tried to kill before are going to like having him around.
    • Daisy and Pentigan got together due to their adventures fighting Glitch Pokémon, but once that was over, they found that apart from a shared horrific experience they didn't really have anything else in common and broke up.
    • The J-Team causing property damage to the places they stayed at caused many hotels to ban them from staying there.
    • Psychological issues take time to fix and may never fully go away.
    • During the Hoenn arc Tagg decides to have his mons destroy a perfectly legal Neo-Magma machine to stop them from destroying a beach and is forced to retreat by them calling the cops as that's vandalism.
  • The Onion: Romantic Comedy Behavior Gets Real Life Man Arrested
  • This Pete Holmes sketch has shown Popeye eating his Spinach only to get stomach problems from expired spinach.
  • In the Bart Baker parody of "Animals", Adam Levine begins pouring blood over his stalkee. The stalkee immediately smacks him, wondering what drugs he's on that would make him think being covered in blood would make someone sexually aroused, before breaking up with him.
  • Parody artist Jon Cozart, aka Paint, takes the Happily Ever After endings of Disney films and, in his "After Ever After" series, shows what might happen if they were set in the real world instead of the fairy tale world. For example, Ariel's beloved ocean ecosystem is destroyed by pollution and overfishing, and Cinderella is thrown in an insane asylum after telling the prince about her adventures inside a pumpkin.
  • A lot of Scientficially Accurate cartoons (mildly NSFW).
    • They point out that if Team Rocket is so obsessed about rare pokemon, they should just sell their talking cat. They also enter into Deconstruction, when pointing out that a 10-year-old Walking the Earth is less the tale of a boy becoming a master and more about a homeless runaway engaging in magical cockfights.
    • The real reason the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are dangerous to fight isn't because of their ninja skills: it's the fact that they're walking petri dishes of infectious diseases, stemming from living in a sewer, being trained by a rat (a carrier species for Bubonic Plague, among other diseases), and turtles themselves being carriers of Salmonella. Also, they wouldn't be able to talk, since turtles don't have vocal cords.
  • Whateley Universe: As multiple characters (namely Fey, Imperious and Majestic) find out, even if you are the avatar of a god, queen or other powerful figure, that means precisely nothing in the modern world, where you are a citizen like everyone else, subject to the same rules and laws. As a result, should you try to operate on your own terms, things will not go well for you. Fey specifically finds that while defending yourself is fine, there's a limit on how far you can go before you cross the line from defense to assault, and if you cross that line, it may well have serious consequences.
    • A Single Fold starts with Folder getting called over to Security because they've found out who attacked him a while ago. Most of the security personnel are happy that they've got the evidence needed to get the bully punished; Folder is not, because he knows that the bully will just come after him again later for revenge, even though Folder didn't report it or tell Security anything.
    • No matter how powerful someone is, power comes at a cost, as Fey and Tennyo find out: in the former's case, her power comes from ley lines, which are powered by nature, so all the fights she's got into resulted in her unknowingly pulling more Essence from the ley lines than was sustainable, killing off forests and animals in nearby areas. As a result, she's had to keep a close eye on what spells she uses to make sure she doesn't kill anything else. In the latter's case, her power has severely irradiated places she's battled in without her knowing it, so she now wears a bracelet with a device attached that can detect radiation levels.
    • In one of Team Kimba's simulated missions, they have to cross a room full of magma. Since everyone on the team can either fly or be carried by a flier, Tennyo suggests that they just fly over the magma to the other side. Phase then bluntly points out that even though they're high above the magma, the air is so hot that it'd kill them all, including Lancer (whose PK field would let the super-hot air in), Tennyo (who is almost invincible), and Shroud (who doesn't even have a living body). As a result, they have to use magic to safely cross.
      • During the boss fight, Tennyo accidentally blows up the villain's teleporter. The group use magic to escape, but later, when Tennyo calls herself out for destroying the teleporter, Phase points out that they needed to use magic anyway because for all they knew, the teleporter could have been set to teleport them into the magma.
    • Murphy can teleport, and does it quite a lot in Even Murphy Has Loopholes. Problem is, teleporting takes a lot of energy, and she does it so much in the early parts of the story that it causes her to drastically lose weight. By the end of the story, even though she starts eating more, it only takes one emergency to send her into total cellular starvation.
    • While being the avatar of a Fae Queen may sound awesome, as the Kodiak explains, Fae Queens were cold, heartless and malicious, and having one in her head was slowly making Fey become arrogant, self-righteous and cruel, to the point that it takes said Queen finally dying and a pep talk from the Kodiak for Fey to be able to realize just how bad Aunghadhail's influence was on her.
    • A lot of mutants, most notably Energizers, are forced to eat more than normal because of their mutations. Not only is this not something they have any control over, there's multiple scenes when an Energizer (normally Tennyo) draws attention to themself because of how much they're eating. It's also caused problems for people who can't get enough food when they need it, or can't afford it- for example, in their backstory, while Jericho's family were happy to shelter Diamondback as she changed into her snake form, they couldn't afford to feed her as much as she needed for over a month, especially since she became unable to eat vegetables.
    • In the Whateley 'verse, having a Kid Sidekick has been outlawed for decades. Why? Because when you send a kid into battle against super villains, they more often than not get maimed or killed.
    • Some mutants have a DFA ("Deadly Force pre-Authorized") put on their official ID card by the MCO, meaning that they can be killed by any law enforcement officer for the most minor crimes. There have been a few attempts by various persons to have the DFA removed, but all of them are stuck in the court systems under miles of red tape. However, when it's brought to the attention of various powerful persons that the MCO has been putting DFAs on the cards of minors with no criminal records without due process, the entire MCO offices in two cities (as well as other agents from around the US) get arrested for civil rights violations and conspiring to murder children.
    • Mutants who develop their powers and immediately go out to try to play superhero tend to be complete disasters: they have no idea what they're doing, and as a result sometimes end up accidentally causing considerable amounts of property damage, along with occasionally accidentally killing or maiming both the supervillains they're fighting and the innocent bystanders.
    • Reach has Rubber Man powers, but what he doesn't have (at least at first) is super strength- so sure, he can make his arm 15 feet long, but when he does, it's so floppy it's completely useless.
    • By the time of the second generation, the Knights of Purity have been taken out of existence- but not by vengeful mutants or government action. Instead, they got sued into bankruptcy after fucking with the wrong company. After all the crimes they committed, it was only a matter of time- once the first lawsuits were won, the precedent gave every other victim what they needed to start getting their own revenge.
  • A Quora poster here gives a lengthy answer on what would happen if someone tried being Batman in real life. To nobody's surprise, it ends with the would-be vigilante getting shot and arrested.
    • An answer on Yahoo Answers had a similar concept - wherein someone explains that in real life, a Tsundere who acts all "Tsuntsun" to people would mostly just be seen as a total dick by most people, given the Silent Treatment to get them out of their lives, and would pretty much be a shut-in because nobody would ever want to speak to someone who acts so aloof towards everyone.
  • Noob: La Quête Légendaire: Gaea spent the previous installment Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions creating a shortage of raw materials in the Coalition by purchasing them all herself, then resold them at inflated prices. That made many players owe her in-game currency, and enabled her to pressure the leader of the Coalition top guild into giving her his place. Problem: she was never popular in the Coalition and got the currency necessary for inducing the shortage via being a Con Woman and The Scrooge for four years, so her new subordinates quickly found plenty of reasons to throw her into a cell.
  • CollegeHumor:
    • Realistic Fighting Game has two characters Ryan and Greg engaging in a somewhat awkward Wimp Fight in a bar instead of fights similar to the likes of Street Fighter and BlazBlue. Ryan "wins" by shoving Greg in the back and he hits he one of the tables headfirst. Unfortunately for him, he is arrested since that action has damaged Greg severely.
    • This video highlights how the various things a player could do in some first-person shooter video games would get them court-martialed in real life.
  • DRYVRS shows precisely what the kind of Dysfunctional Family situation Kevin McCallister would do to a kid - he grows up to be resentful towards his entire extended family, in particular his own mother.
  • This fan written fight between Johnny Cage vs John Cena shows that no matter how strong and awesome you are in real life, you can never take on many strong characters from fiction or other realities, due to the fact they can do lots of things impossible in standard real life. As this is what happened with John Cena, who can't kick out at all after he died.
    • To get the idea, WWE, while awesome, is pure entertainment and harms are often treated with care if done. On the other hand, Mortal Kombat is literally the exact opposite and death is literally a common sight. Bring a WWE wrestler against a Kombatant and the wrestler would wind up crying trying to beat the Kombatant and die in the end just because he never kills.
      • The writer even agrees to a comment that Mokap has a chance to defeat Chuck Norris in real life, with one fact that he is physically stronger than Chuck Norris.
  • A whole bunch of odd ones in Rooster Teeth's Ten Little Roosters:
    • By episode three of the series, the main characters quickly go into panic mode and lock themselves away in hiding places with the idea of doing the more sensible thing and just waiting for the cleaning lady to show up in the morning, open the door and let them go home. The bravado of teaming up and overwhelming the murderer is cut short with two of the cast - Michael Jones and Gavin Free - dead.
      • Some people attempt to contact outside help as well, including Lindsay Jones using the newscast "The Know" and Miles Luna hunting down Monty Oum's police signal.
    • During the time stuck inside, the panic quickly makes a few people suffer Sanity Slippage, not knowing when the murderer will come for them while their friends are picked off one by one. Miles snaps the first, thinking he can be The Hero by donning Ruby Rose's outfit and using Weiss Schnee's rapier. Ryan Haywood suffers the worst of it as he's afraid that his Mad King persona really is real.
  • This artist on Deviantart is one of those 'realistic Pokemon' artists that goes the extra mile to explain the biology of certain pokemon:
    • Why does Remoraid (a remora) evolve into Octillary (an octopus)? Juvenile Octillary use mimicry to look like Remoraid, and hang with Mantine and other large Pokemon for protection.
    • Why does Clamperl (a bivalve) evolve into either Huntail or Gorebyss (both fish)? they're actually Shellder the two species kill and hollow out to use as incubators for their eggs.
  • Being a Distressed Dude all the time has warped The Nostalgia Critic's mind a bit, from being upset when Todd isn't a raping "masked intruder", to kidnapping people of his own in Pop Quiz Hotshot, to fearing that every time he wakes up, he has a 50/50 chance of being held captive somewhere.
    • On a smaller scale, some of the skits he and his colleagues do parodying the movie in question veer into Deconstructive parody.
      • Dr Bitch Spasms shows just how annoying a character like Robin Williams' Hunter Adams would be in real life. Sure enough, after the arrogant git hits NC a few times for not agreeing with him, NC shoots him dead. And unlike most of the characters Doug kills in skits, he stays dead.
      • When the obviously crazy Brand X salesman attempts to pitch his products while flailing around like a lunatic, not only is Tamara the store owner not interested, but she threatens to knee him in the balls if he doesn't back off. He doesn't, and she does.
      • Though their "Red Haired Zod" in his and Angry Joe's review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a joke, it does demonstrate how something like this would be a more probable result of simply combining the DNA of Lex Luthor and Zod than Doomsday.
  • This story involving rather short stories of various video games show what would happen if the events happen in reality.
  • In one "Everything Wrong With" episode featuring TMNT, narrator Jeremy mentions that he once tried the Dramatic Necklace Removal trope. It didn't budge and he got kicked in the testicles for it.
  • In the backstory of Magnet Magnus: Reset, The USA bans superheroes, leaving the country defenseless against supervillains.
  • After Lewis Lovhaug and Viga Gadson moved into a house together, the former used this trope to explain why Linkara is no longer staying at an apartment: basically, the tenants got fed up with the constant attacks and his rent got hiked up, forcing him to move into Viga's place.
    • Because Linkara is an ordinary civilian who fights interdimensional threats and possesses one of the most powerful warships in the universe, he has liaison with the government and needs to constantly file reports in order to keep them informed on what he's doing.
  • The short film Collusion. Why is the protagonist being chased by shadowy government agents? Because he's a pedophile.
  • The Rooster Teeth series Immersion is essentially taking video games and applying it to the real world to see if it can actually work. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't, most of the time it's just so they can zap Gavin Free and Michael Jones with tasers and cattle prods.
  • In Duckyworth's review of Mulan 2, he addresses the film's blatant Esoteric Happy Ending (where Mulan gets the 3 princesses out of an Arranged Marriage meant to craft an alliance to improve the forces against a incoming Mongol invasion, and gets away with it in the end) by writing another ending where everything goes to hell:
    The next day, the Emperor is highly disappointed in his three daughters and they get known as disgraces to their family and to their homeland for being partially responsible that the alliance between two kingdoms did NOT go forward, Mulan is stripped of her title of honor for being the one who filled their heads with that 'follow your heart' rubbish which resulted in dooming the union and Mushu pushes around the ghosts of the ancestors before they eventually get tired of his selfish egocentric actions and kick him out - they throw him underneath a moving cart and he was squashed into Chinese roadkill. The day after THAT, with no alliance to stop them, Mongols invade China, kill millions, and in their last breaths, the princesses, comic relief soldiers, Mulan and Shang realize (sic) that the princesses should have taken part in the arranged marriage after all, and their stupid selfish actions doomed China. THE. END.

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