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The reappearance of the title character's nephew Wally: while it is, after all, remotely possible that the militants might have taken pity on a victim of brain injury and kept him alive for the decade Wally was in captivity, his treatment by the Army on returning Stateside is harder to believe. Simply put, they simply checked him over, told him his symptoms and cut him loose back in Westview to fend for himself.
Not only that but the Army apparently found some remains, declared them to be Wally's, and had him buried. First of all, the Army (or any branch of the armed services) doesn't declare anyone dead until they are damned sure they have identifiable remains. Second, remains of fallen soldiers are now identified by DNA testing (which is why there will likely never be an Unknown Soldier from Iraq or Afghanistan). So this thing is being sloppily handled from beginning to end.
The general indifference to his return was particularly jarring, especially considering he was a POW for ten years. Most soldiers returning home under those circumstances could expect lots of public fanfare, interviews, and photo opportunities with various high-ranking politicians. Wally gets a short check up at Walter Reed before being immediately drop-kicked to the curb.
Going back a few years, it's mind-bending that Lisa, a lawyer no less, never sued her doctor for malpractice for all the critical mistakes she made in her care - both addressed in the strip and otherwise. In one case the doctor even told them they made a major mistake in her care, Lisa realised that she's lost months of valuable time in her treatment, and now her cancer was terminal because of the mistake. The doctor then called the person who got Lisa's results by mistake to tell them they were healthy and not dying of cancer - ANOTHER case of malpractice. Basically, everyone involved in Lisa's treatment was an idiot. The real irony being that the original "Lisa has cancer" storyline won Batiuk an award for his accuracy in depicting cancer treatment.
And then there's the February 2011 strips involving Summer blowing out her knee during a state tournament basketball game. First of all, this is being told to Les after the fact as apparently no one thought to contact Les to tell him his daughter was in the hospital. Then we're told that the Lady Scapegoats actually forfeited the game in order to go be with Summer at the hospital. And Bull lets them without apparent protest. Words cannot express how stupid this is to anyone who knows anything about sports to someone who doesn't. Suffice it to say, in real life, Summer's reaction would be less "That is so sweet, you guys" and more "WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO THAT FOR!?!"
And then the implausibility ticks over into the impossible when Central Catholic, the Lady Scapegoats' opponents actually refused to accept the forfeit and insisted on finishing the game. Central Catholic would not be allowed to do that. They'd be forced to accept the forfeit so the tournament could stay on schedule, which is usually a tight schedule as most state tournaments are held at a neutral site that the tournament only rents for a few days. Naturally, the Scapegoats lost.
That itself is an example of the over-riding Wall Banger of the strange transition of the strip from a comical look at high school to an ultra-depressing soap opera. Things like the school mascot being a Scapegoat, or even the main characters having names like "Funky Winkerbean", "Les Moore", and "Harry Dinkle" just don't fit with the now somber tone.
As if we need to see just how much more implausible we can get, the Westview School Board just canceled athletics in the middle of the season due to a lack of money because the school levy failed. Never mind that school budgets are set the spring before, or that the levy failure would affect next year's budgets, or unilaterally cancelling athletics would screw up every other school's schedule. Not to mention that it appears that the marching band gets to survive the chopping block. Let's just go with Batiuk has absolutely no concept of how anything involving schools actually works.
October 2013 has a storyline that reinforces it more. A school bully, having spotted another student taking pills, slams his fist into that student's lunch, and loudly demands she hand over the pills. In the middle of the cafeteria, while half the school is having lunch. The author seems unaware that school lunch periods have at least two or three teachers watching the room, making this perhaps the single stupidest way for anyone to have ever tried to acquire drugs. The student is caught—but only because another student had filmed it on his phone. Not because he pulled the single least subtle mugging in the history of schools, in front of hundreds of witnesses including adults. And all on the logic of, "She took a pill once! I must have it!" The only logical explanation is that the bully was already high as a kite to think any part of this was a good idea.
And then we have the much-ballyooed 2012 prom storyline "featuring" two gay students who attended the prom together. "Featuring" is in quotes because not only did the gay couple in question only show up in three strips in the entire arc (none of which were at the actual prom) but they were never even named. The boys were less characters and more living Mac Guffins.
The World War IIextended flashback arc: It starts with the Foregone Conclusion that Edna (Gran) ends up married to Bill O'Malley - rendering the Love Triangle between her, O'Malley and Nazi P.O.W. Lt. Kiesl more about Juliette's paternity than anything else. Then we have to deal with the snowballing implausibilities that make the story go, starting with the OSS tapping a naive, untrained USO singer to spy on the Nazi POWs, continuing with O'Malley beating up a British superior officer for calling Edna a Nazi-loving whore (which was what it looked like because the Americans never told the Brits what Edna was doing), to a 10-year Time Skip to when Edna and Kiesl reunite and become lovers in earnest (and later become engaged) only for Edna's boss, the base commander whom Edna now worked for as a civilian, letting Kiesl and Edna know that Bill was still alive (in a move worthy of Iago). The lack of drama got so bad that Brooke McEldowney threw in a flashback-within-the-flashback to establish that Edna and Bill had more than unspoken attraction between them and to try and show that Edna wasn't being needlessly melodramatic over Bill's still being alive. The resolution which details what happened after Juliette was conceived, which tried the patience of even the most loyal of the strip's fans, devoted a week's worth of strips to Gran's marriage to O'Malley, Gran's vague comments about how for reasons she couldn't fathom, she was disliked and that it was entirely possible it was wrong of her to treat Juliette as harshly as she did merely because a previously-unknown son died.
Edda's 2012 pregnancy scare: she reacted to the thought of possibly being pregnant (apparently after getting "carried away" and having sex with Amos without protection. Once.) by first driving from New York City to Vermont to talk to her mother, then the both of them immediately flying to Vienna (a spur of the moment flight that would've been prohibitively expensive) to talk with her grandparents. Apparently phones don't exist in the 9CL world. And neither do pregnancy tests, since Edda didn't even "anoint the stick" until long after she'd returned from Vienna. Ditto actually telling Amos about it. Only one character (Seth) calls Edda on her flightiness.
And that is followed up by a seeming reconciliation between Amos and Edda, upon her return to New York. Up until that night, when Edda awakes, spots the engagement ring in Amos' clothing, and runs away again. Amos comes to find her back at Seth's place, and before he can finish his first sentence ("I'd like to ask you some...") SHE RAN OFF AGAIN. We, the readers, are supposed to cheer for a couple to get together when the mere mention of marriage is enough to trigger a Fight-Or-Flight response in one of them? With STILL no explanation as to why Edda had such a strong reaction. Later, Amos manages to (literally) pin her down and pop the question (She said yes). Still no explanation as to why she ran from the man she supposedly loves three times. Though, several readers who've had experience dealing with such artistic types say such batshit reactions are far from unexpected from such personalities.
The event that defined Anthony as For Better or for Worse's Creator's Pet: the 'going-after'. After saving Elizabeth from her attacker, Anthony instantly squashes any good karma he might have earned by claiming he 'never had anything to fight for before now!' Problem was, he was married to Therese, and they had an infant daughter. Things rapidly decline from there: rather than take the shaken Liz to the police station or even back home, he drives her to the park and begs her to 'wait for [him]'. When she insists that she doesn't want to be a homewrecker, he wails "I have no hoooome!" Then he proceeds to outline just why his marriage is suffering, blatantly admitting that he tried to snare Therese in a baby trap and acting as if it's entirely her fault for not wanting to Stay in the Kitchen. He promised that if they had a child, he'd look after it while she went back to work, and was upset that she actually held him to that promise.
An earlier Wall Banger occured around the time of Farley's death. The entire incident happened because a four-year-old April was left completely unattended, free to slip out of the backyard. However, an earlier strip established that April could open the (very simple) latch to the gate... by having Elly watch her do it from the window. Despite knowing that April could open the door on her own, she made no attempt to fix the problem by, say... replacing the latch with an actual lock? Yet April is the one blamed for everything that followed...
For all the complaints regarding For Better or For Worse in its later years, one big Wall Banger came back in 1989 when Mike and Lizzie were still kids and Elly takes away their TV privileges for two weeks - for saying a couple of swear words. What makes this Wall Banger territory is how Elly immediately blames the TV for giving them such foul mouths - when she and John have been seen swearing in earlier strips, sometimes within earshot of the kids! Even today, with many readers now adults, this looks like an extreme punishment that makes Elly look like a Puritanical dictator and a hypocrite.
In fact, let's just throw Elly's entire parenting history in here, especially if she should ever talk about her experiences as a parent. Elly's impression of her own capacity as a parent is a case study in the Dunning-Kruger effect.
Before that, a series of strips in which a father does everything in his power to prevent his (adult) daughter from joining the military. Armed-forces members went berserk, with cause — the recruiting officer was a Strawman Political.
In Peanuts, Charlie Brown finds new ways to become a goat for his baseball team but in a mid-60s series, it goes a bit far. With his team somehow ahead by one run and three outs away from a championship title, he loads the bases with no outs. Not that big a problem, but then he gets called for TWO CONSECUTIVE BALKS!! Keeping in mind, this is an eight-year old who got this treatment and that would be traumatizing enough for a little leaguer to quit playing for good. So, what does the team do? Do they call out the umpire for screwing them out of the championship? No! They promptly give Charlie Brown the cap and glove shower.
Another one happens on the next day's strip. Charlie Brown shouts that he doesn't want to be reminded that he cost his team the championship...only for Lucy to call him a blockhead anyway.
A Sunday strip has Violet chasing Charlie Brown, threatening to beat him up for no apparent reason! Charlie Brown stops her, telling her there's enough violence in the world and that there are other ways to solve problems. Violet then hits him anyway because, "He was beginning to make sense." Yeah, that's a very good reason, Violet!
The Garfield comic posted on April 24th certainly didn't match the cheerfulness of the Easter holiday. Jon took making fun of Garfield's weight to a new low. As Jon serves Garfield's lunch, he calls out to him by shouting "SOOOO-EEY! Pig! Pig! Pig! Pig!" and it looks like he's smiling as he says it. And he seems to have a smug grin on his face the whole time as Garfield eats. It's just a comic, and Garfield shoving his food dish in Jon's face at the end was satisfying, but man. You get the feeling Jon only adopted Garfield so he'd have somebody constantly around to feel superior toward.
The Luann strips for 9/28/12 and 9/29/12: After Tiffany has an Abhorrent Admirer chased off by Gentle Giant Ox, the next two strips have Crystal pretty much ask the question "Would the greaseball have come after you if you had been wearing less revealing clothes?" Really? Slut-shaming in a 2012 comic - one that is ostensibly about and aimed at girls?
The designated villainy of Alpha Bitch Tiffany as a whole. Evans (and his co-writer daughter) have seemingly stopped trying to develop Luann's character in favor of vilifying Tiff. The July 2013 acting camp arc is the nadir of this: Tiff won't stop coming on to Quill (who is explicitly with Luann) and when Quill finally tells her to step off, it's in the middle of a rehearsal. And no one chastises Quill on his inappropriate behavior. A humanizing moment - Tiff in tears after Quill's rejection - is cut short by Tiff being offered a modeling job (can't have any emotional complexity in our antagonist!). Then we find out Tiffany - who already is an actress/model with an established resume - only got into the camp (over Luann, of course) because someone bought her way in via a large donation. More than a few readers are openly sympathizing with Tiffany because Evans & Evans seem so determined to make the readers hate her.
Any Peggy Sue fic (usually Harry Potter or Naruto) where the main character refuses to change the timeline because it'd make their knowledge of the future useless. If you're going back in time to "make things better", you have to actually change something!
The Naruto fanfic A Different Path. It's an interesting twist on the Naruto story, Where Hizashi was born first, Hiashi was sacrificed during the Kumo kidnapping attempt, and his children are sealed. Also, Naruto and Sasuke become friends at a younger age, though they're not teamed up. It's Naruto/Hinata/Shikamaru teaming. Neji... well, he's still a Jerkass. The first 11 chapters are well-written including Hinata's 'death' and ressurrection, resulting in her Cage Bird Seal activating and sealing her Byakugan. However, once they return to Konoha, the Elders want to reseal Hinata for the sheer Hell of it. Naruto is allowed into a private meeting, and exploiting the irrationality and love of a 12 year old, pretty much kidnaps him into the 'family' via the Caged Bird Seal. But what worse, and I quote from a review:
Nemrut: Ok, when Naruto received the Cursed Seal, a bold move if I may say so, and Hizashi was called to the hokage I expected a major dressing down. I expected the third to be furious beyond belief that he actually had the balls to place the cursed seal on a shinobi who was not part of his clan, that he practically exploited the irrationality and love of a twelve year old to trick him into servitude. That he would give Hizashi three days to take that seal from Naruto before he and the ANBU would take down the Hyuuga compound and kill every single one of them if he didn't.
Instead we got this weak, now he has a family, crap. I am sorry, but you do realize that Naruto has a family in the same manner that a slave is a member of the family he/she serves right?
Common Naruto fanfic wallbangers
Naruto being beaten within an inch of his life on a regular basis. Sandaime does nothing or is too late and is intimidated by the civilian council for reasons never explained.
Naruto Obfuscating Stupidity in fear of the villagers doing something worst besides vandalism, theft and attempted murder.
Also, Naruto refuses to defend himself.
Hiruzen refusing to tell Naruto about his parents in fear for his safety.
Even worse, sometimes his parents actually requested he did this.
Hinata passing out because Naruto talked to her or worst was simply mentioned. Naruto logically thinkssomething wrong with that. Everybody else (himself included) writes him off as too dumb to recognize that, her fainting has to do with her crush on him. In worst cases Hinata, herself gets fed up with and gives up because she Cannot Spit It Out.
Then it's CONSTANTLY lampshaded when she doesn't/or is trying not to faint or stutter.
Naruto being banished and Sasuke being set free because the Hokage is a glorified paper pusher.
Putting the blame solely on Orochimaru's cursed seal, (which was sealed according to Sasuke's willpower). While completely ignoring Itachi involvement.
Not to mention the girls sometimes being up to twenty of them and there's no development or characteristics. You could find more character out of a block of cement than you could the girls in Harem fics as they are only basically there for Naruto to fuck them.
Civilian Council are a bunch of Morons, whose only purpose is to fuck over Naruto at any opportunity and get away with it.
99% of time Sakura's mother is leading the council as if to justify bashing Sakura.
Whenever Kushina and Minato survive the sealing of the Kyuubi, they tend to also have a daughter who is beloved by all while Naruto is STILL scorned and/or ignored, even by his own parents in favor of her.
Or when they are dead, she tends to be shipped off to the next of kin and full knowledge of their parents, while Naruto gets the shaft.
Neji is Naruhina fics and unlike in Rock Lee Springtime Of Youth, where he is jealous and trying stop Hinata from being heartbroken. He becomes the living embodiment of Die for Our Ship. Always interfering in Naruto and Hinata's relationship, resisting the urge to beat Naruto to a pulp because the latter was simply being affectionate to the girl. It doesn't help that everybody usually knows about Hinata's crush.
Itachi being portrayed as a good guy, while bashing Sasuke in the same breath.
Itachi caring more about Naruto than Sasuke. Case in point: he'll train Naruto and ignore Sasuke.
Naruto calls Tsunade, Baa-chan. Violence ensues, ignoring the fact that she's clearly has had no problem with the nickname.
Mizuki being Obviously Evil to the extent that Naruto realizes he's a jerk. This is a man who was portrayed as being both very friendly and a Reasonable Authority Figure in canon on top of fooling everyone (possibly for years) but in fanon he'll be as obvious as setting all of Naruto's supplies on fire right in front of him.
Naruto's trademark orange jumpsuit being traded in for "proper" ninja clothing and people telling him he makes himself a walking target in his trademark orange. Nevermind that most other ninjas wear greens, purples, reds, and the like without one work being said about them.
Even worse because it's usually stated that they're "shinobi" clothes and "civilian" clothes.
The label Strong and Smart Naruto in the some descriptions. Not stronger/smarter Naruto, just strong/smart because, Canon! Naruto is still weak and can't hurt a fly.
In the Harry Potter fanfic Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness the speed at which the Hogwarts students involved in Dumbledore's Army mature and suddenly become total adults makes no sense. First off they manage to develop solid, professional military discipline and how to run a military-style training program with no help from outsiders or a society with anything vaguely resembling a military force. While you would have Muggle-borns in Hogwarts none of them would have anything remotely resembling the experience necessary to train the DA into being prepared soldiers as quickly as they did especially since the bulk of military training revolves around breaking down the moral objections to killing and building up the necessary suppressed yet controlled rage to kill people. Also the speech out of one student's mouth for joining the DA to fight Voldemort sounds like they swallowed a polysci textbook and puked it back up, certainly not something most teenagers would come up with especially in a school that doesn't even teach political science and the history class is explicitly stated to be really boring.
Also, this is the fic series where on TWO OCCASIONS rape victims comforted by sexualised acts initiated by men. It's a throwaway line in DAYD itself, where, just after her rape is avenged - without consulting her, and ignoring her fears about her family - by the men, Lavender is found having sex with her boyfriend. The one shot More Realer is worse: In DAYD's sequel, Sluagh, Hermione spends about 5 chapters being tortured and raped, described in graphic detail, finally setting herself on fire to escape (she got better). In the one-shot, Ron basically forces himself on her, and she accepts this, because up to that point, he'd been patient about her request not to have sex. She's flinching away, but he just keeps massaging her shoulders, applying sensual kisses, and all sorts of things, all without her consent. Ugh!
Let's take another look at that "vengence". Neville calls in Ernie, Sean, Terry, and Michael. Notice who's absent: any women at all. Not even Ginny, his own lieutenant (or, if you're going by canon, the one actually in charge). When they actually barge in on Crabbe and Goyle (because of course only ugly people are rapists), Lavender is hardly mentioned by name. The boys simply take turns showing off their muscles (literally!) and taunting the duo being punished. The rape seems less an avenged act and more a justification. How much more trivializing can you get?
Oh, and let's not forget Hannah. Not only does Thanfiction claim she only looked a bit plump in the books because of the school robes, and she's actually supermodel thin; but he makes her psychotically crazy, attempting to kill Neville because she thinks he's dating Ginny. This is before her first date with Neville.
AND ANOTHER THING: Snape. Having agreed to kill Dumbledore because someone would need to keep the students safe when Voldemort took over in Half-Blood Prince, in DAYD, he attempts to murder multiple students, and tortures them and others to the extent that someone tries to mercy kill one of his victims. Completely Missing the Point, and derailing his entire character arc.
Chapter 10 is especially bad. Colin Creevey was splinched after he apperated with his brother. In canon, Ron passed out seconds after losing some of his skin. Colin loses a hand and not only does he cover the wound with duct tape, he is able to contact the Army and hide the wound from everyone. And instead of getting help, they decide to do a blood transfusion. Death Eaters come to the place that they are hiding, at the house of a Muggle friend of the Creeveys, who they leave to die instead of a Sidealong Apperition. And then Neville berates him right after he recovers.
Hell, even Thanfiction seems to have realized the beratement went too far - when Neville leaves the room afterwards, Arthur Weasley slams him against a wall and tries to unmask him as a Death Eater.
One side-shot ramps up Neville's Black Hole Sue status to the zenith. How? Ginny confesses her love for him, makes out with him, and declares that the only reasons she's marrying Harry are because she knows he loves Hannah and she doesn't want to look bad in the papers.
The DAYD-verse is just full of Wallbangers.
In response to Pluto's "demotion" many fanfics featuring Sailor Pluto were made. Among other oddities, they often featured Sailor Moon firing Sailor Pluto because she wasn't a planet. A moon... firing a dwarf planet... for not being a planet. Yeah... Besides this, many, many Senshi didn't represent planets at all. Pallas, Juno and Vesta didn't even represent dwarf planets; the Starlights are implied to represent moons; Galaxia and Cosmos represent far larger structures then planets; and, well, Chibi Moon. It's implied every astral body can have a Senshi, so why would its label matter?
The infamous ZeldaSelf-Insert FicMy Inner Life has a scene where Jenna and Link sit down in a tavern after a long journey through a desert. Fine, right? It is, until you realize that Jen is about 6 or 7 months pregnant with her second child, and shouldn't be going through a desert full of dragons anyway. The worst part is that she gets completely drunk off of Griffin Spice Ale while pregnant and doesn't give an Octorok's fart. And neither does Link. Or anyone else in the tavern.
While the main story of the late Trek Wars: The Furry Conflict was very good, the Captain's Log at the end of Episode One has to qualify for this: "Peace between the Federation and Empire has been established. For today. But the furry conflict is only beginning." WHAM!
The series Hogwarts Exposed has Wallbangers that are not only contrived and stupid, but also extremely disgusting and disturbing. One nasty example is in the third chapter of Hogwarts Underexposed, when Jamie has been rescued from an extremely horrific abduction and torture session (the results of which are described in almost loving detailby the author). Given all of that, it's quite understandable that Jamie feels uncomfortable being physically affectionate with her steady boyfriend and holding to her nudist lifestyle. And then she's visited by her friend Amanda, who instantly begins to lecture Jamie about how wrong it is that she doesn't want to run around naked and have sex after having been tortured and (implied) raped. She also guilts Jamie by going on about how it's unfair to the boyfriend that she isn't putting out. Oh, and even worse? Amanda herself had been knocked out and nearly raped and had clearly been terrified by the event! And yet she doesn't understand that Jamie needs more than a few days to recover from what happened to her? What? Of course, that's about par for the author's understanding of the mind of a rape victim. An earlier story had a shy eleven year old girl nearly be raped by her father and immediately respond by taking up nudism, losing all previous insecurities she had with being naked in front of others.
The sequel(yes, it exists) takes it to the next level with a new first-year at Hogwarts who's Jamie's sister or something like that. On the train ride to Hogwarts, she and Jamie are sharing the cabin with a new first-year and then, for some reason, they wind up stripping themselves while on the ride. This makes the girl uncomfortable. Jamie and her first-year sister then proceed to essentially bully the girl, lecturing her about how society shoves the "wear clothes" practice down your throat and how it bullies everyone into adhering to it. During said lecture, whenever the girl tries to speak up Jamie and her sister proceed to talk her down into silence while continuing their drivel-laden lecture. But there's good new to all this: After reading that shite, this troper was able to watch On Deadly Ground with a new appreciation for just how bad Author Tracts can go...
The sister, Emily, and the first year, Kim, wind up as Slytherins together. Because of one incident (Kim having to run to the bathroom naked, first thing in the morning, to take a leak), Emily convinces her that she'll have to pretend to be a nudist while in the dorm, which means that the shy Kim is essentially bullied into marching around naked in front of her dorm mates, several of whom are rude and spiteful towards her. Oh, and the entire reason for this charade? Because Kim is trying to hide the fact that she wears Powerpuff Girl underpants. Because clearly there isn't an easier solution than that!
And that's to say nothing of the author's depravity, clearly not seeing how disgusting it is that he's putting underage girls through this sort of lifestyle, whether it be their Nymphomaniac lifestyle or whatever. Anyone who pointed this out he insulted and derided as "intolerant."
Neville indecently assaulting Hermione in Chapter 12.
Undocumented Features sidestory "Justice and Mercy" could qualify for inclusion from the get-go, with a scene shoving Kei and Eiko through the Chickification wringer. But what truly kills it comes later. One of the main characters sees a group of orphans beating up another orphan. His response? Go into giant-robot mode and kill their ringleader. This isn't hyperbole - he explicitly thinks to himself that the kid will not survive impact after being kicked into the sky! Sure, the kid was a bastard, but does that justify murder?Our hero, ladies and gentlemen. Doubling the damage: the orphans being abused are Yakko, Wakko and Dot under slightly different names. This is played dead straight.
Harry says Tony told him it's good not to make the other guy hate oneself, because it's bad business, and thus makes nice with Snape. After Harry overrides the limits on his armor to defeat the troll, and is harmed by it, Tony comes in, blames Dumbledore for it (incorrectly), and when Dumbledore tries Legilimency on him (as a second resort, when Tony refuses to have a quiet conversation in his office instead of in the Great Hall during a meal), threatens to rip his brain out and calls him a "coward". He further clarifies that if Dumbledore tried it on Harry, he would tear the Hogwarts to pieces. Because destroying the premier magical education facility in the British Isles is a good way to deal with one corrupt headmaster. What was that about not making people hate him?
Early in the fic, Harry says the term "Muggle" is condescending. Keep in mind he's been in the Wizarding world a matter of hours. He suggests using something more egalitarian, like "Normal" or "Mundane", after pointing out that Wizards are abnormal.
Later on in the fic, during a custody hearing (that itself required a number of contrived circumstances), Harry threatens to bring down the wrath of god on the Ministry. Specifically, Thor. In other words, he threatens government officials with bodily harm because they made a decision he didn't agree with. That's the sort of thing Voldemort would do and canonically has done, but Harry's supposed to be the good guy.
Throughout the fic, Harry and Marvel characters seem to have carte blanche to be jerks to Harry Potter ones, even when they're wrong. (The fic goes out of its way to make HP characters "wrong", outright ignoring its own canon in some circumstances.) Apparently it's only "bad business" to needlessly antagonize people part of the time.
Forward Momentum was doing so well right up until The Two Ivans, when Unfortunate Implications came into play. To wit, Ivan specifically does not want to marry two woman who have both proposed to him and are perfectly okay with polygamy. He does, however, want to secretly marry another woman and run away before the first two find out. He is forced to marry all three. And not in the P. G. Wodehouse hilarious misunderstanding fashion either; the first two find out, show up, and negotiate their positions in the marriage with the third, without any input from Ivan, backed by Imperial pressure, right in front of him. Pressure from both Emperors. While Ivan was in the wrong on a lot of points, that doesn't make it okay to force him into what's basically a Shotgun Wedding. If it seems like some sort of just punishment to you, try reversing the genders and imagine two men adding themselves to a marriage with the consent of only the man involved. Basically, you might want to skip that story, since it seems more about torturing Ivan than anything else.
Fallout: Equestria: After Lilpip starts dating Homage, there comes a point where Homage starts making reference to their sex lives while in character as DJ Pon3, embarrassing her terribly. And then Calamity, Velvet, and Xenith join in the fun. Lilpip does not even consider asking any of them to stop, only doing the same in revenge, which she never gets around to. This is especially egregious if you recall that she had no problems calling out Velvet for hitting on her to make Calamity jealous when she had to have known of Lilpip's crush. Operation Jealousy? Bad enough for an immediate call-out. Her partner and friends and the occasional random person knowingly trampling all over Lilpip's boundaries with regards to her sex life? Embarrassment, but no real protest. Just a harmless joke, the fic seems to be saying. Now if Lilpip was dating a stallion who did the same thing...
The circumstances that lead to and follow Thaurruin's death in the Beyond the War of the Ring trilogy, by Sonic Sculpture.
First, she is ordered by Ungoliant to capture the High King Telperion alive. But the first problem comes when Ungoliant doesn't even attempt to make sure that Thaurruin, a freaking dragon, doesn't kill him prematurely apart from telling her not to take unnecessary risks. She also sends Thaurruin alone, without any backup at all, to capture Telperion, who is a very skilled warrior and has a reforged Narsil in his possession.
And then she gets killed in the cruelest way possible: She gets temporarily blinded by sunlight reflected from Telperion's shield, permanently blinded by Telperion shooting crossbow bolts at her eyes, and then tricked into thinking that Telperion was running away (Telperion actually threw his shield to make it sound like he was running), and then is killed when she accidentally runs into Telperion's blade.
And then what happens? Ungoliant shows up, grabs Telperion, yells at him for killing Thaurruin, but doesn't capture him, since she had already captured Telperion's sister and nephew beforehand, rendering Thaurruin's death not only stupid and cruel, but pointless. In short, They Wasted A Perfectly Good Character due to said character, despite having been established as an intelligent, competent, and insightful villain, suddenly becoming an idiot right before her death.
Rainbow Double Dashs Lunaverse. After a very good first set of stories (called a 'season' by the writers), everything went off a cliff in the 'season finale.' A recurring plot arc in the first season was the corruption of Equestria's governing body, the Night Court. Originally, it was portrayed as more or less an even mix of corrupt and honorable ponies, and while more attention was given to one of the corrupt ones (Duke Greengrass, who became something of a favorite on the boards for a time), focus was also given to some of the good ones (like Fancy Pants) who could oppose them. Another arc featured the main character, Trixie, maturing and becoming a better pony; she starts the series as a wannabe corrupt Courtier who manipulates, lies, and uses magic tricks to get what she wants, but she matures and learns the value of friendship over the series. The two arcs were slated to collide in the final story of the season, where Trixie would use the new virtues she had obtained and the power of her friendship to help the good Courtiers, rebuff the corrupt Court, defeat Greengrass and overcome his machinations with the power of friendship, and start a slate of investigations that would take the bad ponies out of play and perhaps into a prison cell. But then things went all wrong:
The corruption of the Court was revealed to be much worse than stated before, with the whole system being essentially unsalvageable and needing to be rebuilt from scratch. This showed a much darker Equestria than ever before in the series, where governmental corruption and misrule was the norm rather than the exception. It also showed Luna as a frankly terrible ruler who allowed things to get so bad.
The corruption then extended to the very top, in which a pony in charge of sending relief money to Ponyville decided not to do so because he hates Trixie Lulamoon and wants her to suffer. This preceded a five chapter Humiliation Conga for Trixie as she continually debased and humiliated herself trying to change his mind, all while the other corrupt Courtiers tried to impede her progress.
Once Trixie finally saved Ponyville, rather than use anything she'd learn over the course of the season, she reverted to who she'd been at the beginning and decided to use lies, manipulation, and (highly illegal) magic tricks to expose the Courtiers rather than any legal method. In doing so, she adopts not only their methods, but also their motivations (arguing, weakly, that her actions are necessary to fight Corona) and became indistinguishable from the ponies she's fighting. At no point does she even try a method such as helping the investigations that were already stated to exist.
And, finally, the story is entirely pointless in the meta sense. RainbowDoubleDash said that he doesn't want any more Court stories, so he's having the Court more or less destroyed here to prevent that. Setting aside the other ways that could be used to take the Court out of play, people could just choose not to write about the Court in season 2. Or, if that won't work, since RainbowDoubleDash controls what is canon and what isn't, he can just make any Court stories non-canon. Thereby solving the problem without ruining all the characters and worldbuilding already done.
The other Wall Banger moment in the Lunaverse comes from Carrot Top Season, in which Applejack is a crazy, paranoid moron who winds up hated by virtually the entire town; Flim and Flam regress into a couple of generic thugs who eventually abduct Apple Bloom, and Carrot Top is more or less confirmed to be genuinely incompetent at farming, having been forced to use up all the bonus money she got for saving the world just to keep her farm afloat.
The Character Derailment of Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, and Applejack in the Lunaverse. Twilight Sparkle is a maniac who willfully leads an Ursa Minor to Ponyville to 'test' Trixie, Applejack is a crazy, paranoid moron, and Rarity lacks any of her selfless generosity. Really, only Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash get off easily.
Chapter 23: Stareway to Derpen, of Lyra's Human 2: Derpy's Human, Fluttershy gets derailed into a total xenophobe who uses The Stare on Karyn after she tosses Angel away, who had in fact, bitten her on the hand. This assault leaves Karyn catatonic and to further top off this mess, the next few lines establish the fact that Fluttershy sees Karyn as a "non-pony" (i.e. a pet).
Mein Schutzengel Il Mio Protettore is an otherwise-decent Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic, but there's one plot point that is incredible irritating. Hungary/Elizaveta has an affair with Roderich/Austria while her husband, Gilbert/Prussia, is away, and discovers that she is pregnant shortly afterwards, meaning that the child could belong to either man. Now, that could have made for an interesting plot, but for three things: 1) Gilbert's reaction to this is completely unrealistic. Not only is he not at all angry that she had an affair with another man one week after he left, but he actually blames himself for it, since he "left her alone". He doesn't seem all that concerned, and immediately accepts the child as his own. 2) It completely derails Roderich, who coldly rejects Elizaveta after he finds out about the pregnancy, ignoring the fact that he is a gentleman in canon and would never do something like that. 3) It's completely pointless. It doesn't change Gilbert and Elizaveta's relationship any, and from that point on it's never even mentioned that the child might not be his — meaning that you could completely cut this part out of the story and not affect it at all. It seems that it only happened in the first place to demonstrate how much better Gilbert is than Roderich.
No Birds, No Bees, a Lucky Star fanfic in which all male humans are dead, and all remaining females are killing and torturing one another just to survive. The premise alone would come across to many as this trope, but if Y: The Last Man is anything to go by, there could be plenty of possible explanations as to why only the male half of humanity died in an instant. But, here we go: During the first chapter, the main characters are attacked by an unknown assailant from a rooftop. Yui shoots her down, and upon finding out she isn't dead, they also discover that their enemy just so happened to be Ayano Minegishi from back in high school. She gets exactly one line in, before her arm spasms, and Konata shoots her in the forehead. It would be understandable enough that they'd kill her right then and there if it was to euthanize her, seeing as no one in her group has any medical skills to speak of. No way they're gonna be able to catch up with each other when she's in such pain as she was in. But no, that wasn't the reason; as Konata narrates, it's because in that kind of world, if you don't trust anyone with your life, you kill them. Yeah, I'm pretty sure given their friendship in the past, she most likely wouldn't have posed anything of a threat to them after realizing who they were. To add to that, Kagami makes no attempt to stop Konata from killing her until after she does so, and then expresses disdain towards her. Konata narrates that she didn't because she knew how resolute she was in her decision, but that's exactly why she should have stepped in, even if she had no chance of stopping her either physically or verbally. With this whole scene alone, you're probably thinking, what's gonna become of Yutaka and Minami if they ever meet with the main characters again, if they're even still alive? Then again, one should wonder why the main characters didn't bother to meet up and enlist with Ayano or any of their other friends in the first place back when it all started. Especially Yutaka, who happens to be Yui's sister and the younger of Konata's cousins, both of whom she lived with and shared an intimate bond with. There is no excuse as to why she shouldn't have been included; it's clear enough that the four main characters were still seeing each other when the shit hit the fan, as well as their homeroom teacher and Konata's adult cousin, so there's no reason why they wouldn't have been able to look for her as well (same with their mothers and sisters, as well as Yutaka's own friends, especially Minami). One has reason to doubt that she was killed between then and when the fic starts either; if she was, then why didn't Konata say anything about that when she described how she and her five remaining friends managed to survive up until now?
The Superjail! fanfic Extended Stay has a few of its own. First off, in the tenth chapter, we find out that the reason Ultraprison can't just leave after they've refueled is because Mistress is pregnant by Warden. At no point during the fanfic up until that point did we see Mistress exhibit any pregnancy symptoms, leading to the conclusion that it was merely an Ass Pull just so Warden and Mistress would have a reason to stay together. Another thing to bring up is that Ultraprison is supposedly only stopping at Superjail (because it just so happened to be the nearest place to land) for a limited time just to refuel. With that said, Mistress being pregnant would mean that they were apparently staying for about several weeks, two or three months at the most, while they had to fuel up to get home.
Secondly, remember in Chapter 12 when Warden and Mistress were getting married? And remember at the end of that chapter when Mistress (who was eight months pregnant, mind you) suddenly went into labor and Warden had to send Jailbot and NOVA to fetch a doctor? Yeah, here's a good question: how the hell could they have not known that would happen?! How did they overlook the possibility that maybe, just maybe, they would need a doctor on standby in case anything went wrong? And why didn't Jared or Cherice warn their bosses about it? While one could make the argument that it would be okay for Warden and Mistress to overlook that tiny detail (as well as make some mistakes) because they are young lovers who are just about to become parents, it still baffles me.
The initial conflict of the story comes from Rainbow Dash being unable to accept the relationship between her widowed father Blue Streak and Twilight Sparkle (who for some reason is singled out as Dash's best friend). While this is an understandable reaction in itself, the sheer vitriol she directs at both parties, to the extent of impulsively stating out loud to a third party that they shouldn't be happy (this coming after Blue had experienced several years of depression following the death of Dash's mother), is repellent coming from the Element of Loyalty.
The first party to call her out for this behavior? Discord. Dash accuses him of somehow causing the situation despite supposedly having reformed, and after an extended false confession, he acts as though he is morally superior to her not just because of her accusation but because she was the only one of the Mane 6 not to have offered some friendly gesture after his Heel-Face Turn. Never mind the Mind Rape and Sadistic Choice he had put her through, in addition to the other suffering he caused in the eons before he got better.
After all this, it seems like Dash is ready to talk things over with Twilight- but no, Twilight's nowhere to be found and instead Dash ends up going through the same gripes to Pinkie, complete with sudden jarring Ship Tease which borders on a Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
Additionally, while it's mentioned that Twilight was initially unaware of Blue and Dash's being related (and lampshaded how utterly stupid that was of her), it is shown that, prior to Blue telling Dash at the beginning of the story (when the relationship had been going on for at least a month and we later learn they had already made love once), Twilight had not let her friends know she was dating at all, let alone (once Blue had told Twilight) that it was with Dash's father.
In the 1940s, there was a radio sitcom titled "Life With Luigi". This fellow Luigi was a recent immigrant to the US from Italy. Every single time this Luigi character encountered a Latin motto of any sort, he accepted without question the translation given by his local uneducated lout. Not once did it occur to him to ponder, "Gee, those Latin words are suspiciously similar to Italian words with which I am familiar, and they do not mean what he claims." As an Italian, he's probably a Catholic (and a Pre-Vatican II Catholic at that), which should make him more familiar with Latin itself than the average American.
Adventures in Odyssey: The entire sports competition in the episode: "Connie Goes To Camp", first was the archery tournament, the boys win, but it was because Jimmy Barcley distracted Robyn Jacobs ("Hey, Robyn! You've got mud on your new t-shirt!") casing her to flub her shot. Instead of having her try again, or disqualifying Jimmy, everyone just goes through with it, the only thing anyone says is, from the boys' coach is that it was unsportsmanlike. Then there was the canoe competition, where the boys forget to tie their canoe from the dock, while the girls row to the finish. Do they demand a retry? Nope! They just go on to the last activity, an "Egg-In-The-Hat" relay race. (Which makes no sense, how does that even work? The hats are worn upside down? What hat can you wear upside down without it falling off??) The boys and the girls eggs all break, and what happens? "Nobody wins the competition between the boys and the girls!" Ok, you have got to be freaking kidding me, what person would end a game with a tie without a tiebreaker? That just blows my mind.
An earlier episode which introduced "KYDS Radio" had one that wasn't obvious unless you thought about it. So the episode involves a kid who is very interested in radios so he starts the station. During a montage of getting the station started, we hear a kid audition for a disk jockey. The kid has a strangely nasily voice.note But the kid sounds like a usual announcer A little while later when everything is going wrong, the radio kid is saying he left a kid named Benjamin in charge. "I thought Benjamin didn't want to be a disk jockey," Whit says. "He doesn't," Barry, the radio kid, replies. A moment later, we hear Benjamin...and it's the nasily voiced kid from earlier! The very one who wanted to be a disk jockey! It's an obvious continuity error, but it's a little jarring. For shame!
Magic The Gathering has some fun ones. First, we have that artifacts originally were turned "off" when tapped (turned 90 degrees). Fine. Except that they changed it, and now they specifically rewrote Winter Orb to include the broken "turned off when tapped" factor. Then there's the Humility (all creatures are vanilla 0/1s)/Opalescence (all enchantments are creatures) rules clusterfuck, and both were Standard-legal at the same time. There used to be a card type called Interrupt, associated with damage prevention (Reverse Damage), counterspells (the eponymous card), and mana generation (Dark Ritual). Interrupts were an exception to the FIFO rule. In Fifth Edition, they changed the rule to LIFO, but kept the Interrupt type, until Sixth Edition. By the way, Sixth Edition experimented with the idea of damage on "the stack". This meant that my Shock Troops could do damage, then I could sacrifice them for more damage. And that's to say nothing of the arbitrary times they put reminder text on a card, usually defeating the purpose of giving an ability a name.
Unless he wanted to see Mirrodin again anyway, and the quickest way to do that was not to antagonize the jerk who redesigned his helmet.
Mitos Y Leyendas, a Chilean card game that used to be fairly popular, pitted, as its name says, creatures and heroes from different mythologies against each other, and, of course, the gods occupied the top tiers among each deck. Until the "Heroes" set, made to celebrate the country's bicentennial. Since it was based on the War of the Pacific, there wasn't too much to draw inspiration from, which lead to the wallbanger in question: They used the important historical figures as top tier cards. This, in other games, wouldn't be too bad, but here it brought Badass Normalto idiotic levels. Arturo Prat, a ship captain who performed a (pretty impressive, but still) Last Stand, could stand toe-to-toe against Zeus and Thor, and people who were otherwise colonels and lieutenants could curbstomp manticores and giants. I know it's not exactly bad to be proud of your heritage, but this is Author Appeal in a very bad sense. The company that made the cards folded shortly after, but not without producing the "Trincheras" set, based onWorld War One, which had even bigger problems.
While there are many points of dissension among the Exalted fanbase, it is universally agreed that the crunchy bits of Scroll of Heroes, Scroll of the Monk, and most of the Charms in Dreams of the First Age were abysmally written. For stuff that was actively hated rather than just really bad, however, there was the Locust War chapter in first edition Autochthonians, which was an adventure module written without considering the involvement of player characters (which is dumb enough in a generic game, but this is Exalted - player characters can reshape the world if they try hard enough), relied mainly on the device of "NPC's do things, the players...um...bear witness to their badassery, I guess", and had nonsense like a culture that has never seen an ocean being able to throw down in naval combatwith the premiere oceanic powerin the worldand win.
A good number of changes to the codices for Warhammer 40,000 as written by Matt Ward. Basically, he destroyed 4 editions worth of fluff to make what amounts to a fan fiction the official canon of the series. Besides him is C. S. Goto, an author who writes a fair number of the official novels. Mainly, Goto is hated for his unhealthy fascination with Eldar and use of Artistic License - Physics, while Ward is hated for making his ownUltramarine army the pinnacle of what a Space Marine should strive for. Ward's one saving grace is that he helped rebalance the game mechanics some, but destroyed the storyline in a single massive Fan Wank. Whether it's actually all that bad is highly subjective, but generally falls in the "don't care for it" to "HERESY! *BANG*" range for fan attitudes.
While Ward's list of crimes against sanity are long and numerous, his most recent act of Canon Defilement came in the form of the Iyanden codex. Some of the less wallbanger worthy moments consisted of Iyanden believing the Tyranids are an easily defeatable threat, even when warned repeatedly by Eldrad Ulthran that they can easily crush Iyanden overnight. Mass Character Derailment of Iyanden as a whole, with Ward turning it into a clone of Biel-Tan. Ynnead, one of the most consistently maintained ideas behind the Eldar, being effectively retconned into an urban myth rather than a millenia old gambit by the entire Eldar race. And finally Iyanden being successfully hit by an exterminatus attack (you know, that thing used to blow up planets) which does only minimal damage. Things get dumber from there.
In-universe, about half the Eldar's plans cause anyone with a lick of common sense to seek a brick wall to slam into. Even granted their belief that any other race is impossibly beneath them, their impossibly convoluted schemes are more shocking when they DO work out than when they fail spectacularly. For instance, we have the hook "Our Farseer has fortold that an expedition from this human world will end up waking a dormant Necron tomb world in the outer edge of their system." Common sense plan: "Drop subtle hints and/or blatantly tell the humans that there's something of unimaginable horror on that world, the type of thing that if even LOOKED AT would have the entire Inquisition burning the subsector to the ground and then burning the ground." Typical Eldar plan: "Use psychic powers to invoke mass riots amongst the populace to grind production to a halt. This eventually makes them an easy target for a passing Ork Waaagh, and if the Orks attack they can't be defeated so the humans fall back and dig in to the only world in the system they have left, which is the Necron tomb world... Oops."
Ladies and gentlemen, the Pyrovore. Widely considered to be the worst unit in the history of the game, the Pyrovore sports a downright bizarre set of stats and abilities that leave it suitable for no combat roles whatsoever, leaving many to wonder what the writers were smoking when they made it. At least the model looks cool...
The New World of Darkness has the book Second Sight, which is pretty good as a whole (particularly its Thaumaturgy chapter). Sadly, its presentation of Psychic Powers is terrible. The premise is that psychics are real, but Science Is Wrong and scientific scrutiny makes them harder to use. Not only does this go harshly against the pro-science stance of the rest of the NWOD, but the book sinks so low as to present Uri Geller - a Phony Psychic maligned by the rest of the self-claimed psychics - as a real psychic whose powers were dampened when they exposed him!