Reality Ensues: Web Original

  • The New Adventures of Captain S has the hero constantly beating up enemies inside the world of videogames. When he punches someone in the real world he 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
  • How It Should Have Ended frequently combines this with Fridge Logic and/or Cutting the Knot in derailing various movies and such. A few examples include The Empire Strikes Back where Vader could have caught Luke with the force rather than doing nothing when Luke jumped off the catwalk, and the Twilight parody, where Bella gets vamped at the end of the first movie.
    • In their "2012" segment, they have John Cusack's character explain the whole plot as his escape plan, showing how many coincidences would be needed to get them that far, let alone a lack of reality. In the end, they just drowned without even making it to the airport.
    • In one of their "Lego Movie" segments, it is demonstrated that Easily Forgiven doesn't really come into play for President Business, when he's convinced by Emmet to stop his evil plans. After all, it still doesn't negate the fact that he ruined a lot of people's lives in the process and is therefore thrown into prison by a lot of angry people for what he did.
  • 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.
  • In this Pokémon Rusty video, Rusty challenges some Team Rocket goons to a fight. Team Rocket just shoots Rusty's Pokemon.
  • Dorkly's Anime Things That Would Get You In Trouble In Real Life
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • ASDF Movie: In the second episode, a bear named Desmond is briefly seen, wondering how he got on the moon. In the seventh episode, we see him again. He's dead. No air on the moon, you know.
    • In the fourth episode, aliens attack. A onlooker heroically yells, "Throw! The! CHEESE!" He throws a ton of cheese... and it all just bounces off the spaceship.
  • 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 lightyears 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 the Keter-class SCP 871... self-replicating cakes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
  • Darwins 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.
  • Quackerjack attempts to do a Sadistic Choice in episode 6 of Ducktalez with a pair of gondolas as a reference to The Dark Knight. However, the criminals blow up the gondola with the civilians 3 seconds in.
  • 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.
  • RWBY:
    • Pyrrha, being too shy to confess her feelings, simply cultivates a friendship with the object of her affections, hoping he'll someday ask her out. He does not, and her feelings remain unrequited until she actually mans up (in a manner of speaking) and tells him about them.
    • Jaune forges academic transcripts and cheats his way into an elite military school, in a shonen-worthy attempt to become a hero. And were it not for Pyrrha's intervention, he would have died on the first day of basic training, since the first test involves being launched into the sky without parachutes, and he didn't have a landing strategy. Though he does improve greatly in terms of combat skill over time, and shows good leadership, he never quite reaches the level of his peers, who trained for far longer than he has. Nora teasingly implies that he's the weak link of the team in the tgird volume.
    • Ruby's impulsive, scatterbrained approach to battle nearly gets her killed by one of Weiss's attacks, and nearly again later on by a Deathstalker.
    • Blake's Heroic BSODs over her traumatic past as a White Fang terrorist occasionally get so bad that her teammates have to remind her to eat and sleep.
    • Some mooks do not survive when the heroes knock them off the train inside a tunnel full of Grimm. Similarly, when the Mini-Mecha used against Team RWBY early in the season is deployed on top of the train, one well-placed strike is enough to knock it onto the tracks and velocity destroys it.
    • When one of the Big Bad's plans goes awry, killing many mooks in the process, the villains are not able to handwave it by saying We Have Reserves. As in any real life army, the soldiers left alive afterwards seriously consider defecting.
    • Ironwood grows frustrated and distrustful of Ozpin (the Wise, Cryptic Mentor Who Refuses To Tell Him The Whole Story), leading him to betray Ozpin politically and take matters into his own hands.
    • Ozpin, acting like a typical fantasy teacher, allows the freshman Team RWBY to send themselves on a mission outside their skill level so they can pursue the villains they've been chasing for most of the season. Not only do they get worn out and exhausted on the mission itself, when they actually find the villains the team is outmatched by their older, more experienced enemies. They fail to stop the villains from enacting a terrorist attack, the backlash of which results in Ozpin's political disgrace.
  • In RWBY: The Abridged Series, the title character Ruby goes up against Roman’s ordinary thugs armed with superior strength, speed and a scythe that’s also a gun. In the original show, she just knocks them out. Here, Ruby ends up accidentally killing Roman’s thugs in the ensuing fight and didn’t even realize they were dead until being told afterwards.
  • 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 second half of Llamas with Hats subverts the series' running jokes and style, having reality come crashing down on the Villain Protagonist:
    • In episode six, Paul gets fed up with Carl's violent outbursts and general obnoxious behavior and leaves while cutting off all contact with him, like any sane person would (and should). For the rest of the series Carl's mental state degrades further and further, no longer being comical and over-the-top, but instead showing that he's genuinely mentally ill and delusional.
    • It then has a brutal deconstruction of the Omnicidal Maniac: once Carl actually does kill everybody, there's nothing left for him to do but wander about talking to himself. One final bit of reality finally breaks Carl and drives him to suicide, as he finds Paul's corpse; with the whole world basically dead, Paul starved to death ages ago.
    • Furthermore, Carl is shown during the last half to procure more and more injuries from the constant acts of violence he engages in, subverting the tendency of previous episodes to gloss over the wounds someone would naturally gain by doing such things. By the time of the final episode he looks as if he's about to drop dead at any moment.
  • This parody of Animaniacs shows what would happen if the Warners jumped out of the tower in real life.
  • Season 13 of Red vs. Blue shows us that even though the Feds and the Rebels have stopped fighting and teamed up against Malcom and his Mercs, their leaders still have trouble working with one another, since you can't really get over years of conflict overnight.
    • Then, during the attack on Armonia, Sharkface attempts to use his wrist-mounted flamethrowers inside a fast-moving monorail with the windows blown out. It acts like you would expect it to.
  • 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 realise 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.
  • Happy Tree Friends: In "Better Off Bread", Superman Expy Splendid attempts to save Giggles from falling to her death by catching her in his arms. He catches her successfully, but the impact breaks her spine, killing her.
  • 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.
  • Noob: La Quete Legendaire: 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.
  • The College Humor video 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.
  • Ultimately what usually decides the winner of most fights in Death Battle.
    • Batman vs. Spiderman demonstrates why being a Badass Normal doesn't really work if your opponent is comprehensively superhuman, can nullify your greatest asset and is just as crafty and clever as you are.
    • In Blanka vs. Pikachu, after the two spend some time brawling conventionally, Blanka takes advantage of his superior size and simply grabs Pikachu and bites his head off.
    • Goku vs. Superman does a lot to deconstruct the idea of a reckless, at times stupid Blood Knight with the destructive power to level everything for miles around. Goku challenges Superman to a fight, to which Superman politely declines. When Goku attacks him anyway, an astounded Superman says "You're Insane!" Their resulting fight goes through repeated Serial Escalation as Goku goes through his Super Saiyan forms, with Superman matching him blow for blow, until the Earth explodes due to the backlash of their most powerful attacks.
    • Using up all your energy in a flashy, powerful attack might look cool, but it'll backfire horribly if your opponent manages to survive it. Ryu and Tifa Lockhart both learned this the hard way.
  • Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls:
    • Raku learns that not All Animals Are Domesticated when a squirrel she hugs bites her.
    • One episode has Koneko trying to get Raku to a vet. She breaks down the vet's door but no one is there. She then remembers it's 3 AM; of course the office would be closed for the night.
    • In the finale Hitoshi delivers a dramatic speech after Raku's death
    Hitoshi: Raku-chan is a trooper. She's a fighter. There's no way she could die of a broken heart. I know deep down inside that Raku-chan will be back. And we'll have our kawaii fun times just like always. I know that. I have faith, Raku-chan will be back someday. Are you with me good pal?
    Koneko: Hitoshi-san... I think you're just in denial.
  • The original Homestar Runner book Where My Hat Is At? ended with Homestar, having finally found his hat, arriving at the Big Game "just in time to score the winning run". Since this is a picture book, it's left open to interpretation whether this means he showed up in time to go up to bat and scored a home run, or if he literally just ran onto the field and into home plate and somehow didn't get thrown out for disrupting the game. When the book was remade as a cartoon ten years later, the Brothers Chaps decided to go with the latter... minus the not-getting-thrown-out part:
    Homestar: Safe!
    Umpire: Uhhhhhh, whaddaya doin'?
    Homestar: I found my hat just in time to score the winning run.
    Umpire: Uh, no, actually it's the bottom of the second, your team's down by 94 points, and you just illegally ran onto the field!
    Homestar: Get this, it was between the milk and the Cold Ones!
    Umpire: Yeah, yeah, you need to head back to the dugout before I toss you out of here, buster!
    Homestar: Man, Mr. Umpire, you sure have a funny way of pronouncing... "Homestar Runner's team wins!"
    Umpire: ...Yeah, you're suspended from the league.