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Calvin and Hobbes

  • In Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    • Tug tackles Hobbes in the same manner as Hobbes himself usually does to Calvin. Lampshaded:
      Calvin: Ah. He's reenacted our wonderful 'Welcome Home' Ritual.
    • Also, Socrates is named after one of the most famous philosophers of all time.

Cardcaptor Sakura

  • In Shadow of the Dragon, Himiko Satome, Tomoeda's district attorney, is mentioned to have built her entire career around prosecuting sexual predators, while her own son, Ryujin, is a Serial Rapist as a result of putting up with Himiko's constant abuse.


  • Wolverines, Wendigos and Winchesters:
    • Reverend Stryker fanatically believes he's on a divine mission to purge mutants from Earth's surface, with the Lord sending him an angel to bless his crusade. Except that the "angel" is a demon who gleefully manipulates him to destroy innocent lifes.
    • Anti-mutant sentiment becomes this when Xavier speculates that mutants are a natural offshot of humanity, created to protect it from supernatural threats rather than destroy it.
  • The Man with No Name involves the Serenity crew being hired to find an alien, a job they often bemoan as being idiotic. Their new passenger is the Doctor. Yeah.
  • In the first chapter/world of The Conversion Bureau: Worlds Where It Wouldn't Work, the Pokémon defeat Equestria through The Power of Friendship.
  • In Black Sky, a Dumbledore obsessed by Trelawney's prophecy is the artesan to his own fall, in the purest Greek-tragedy style: the "Dark Lord" spoken about in the prophecy is actually him — as his influence smothered the Wizarding World — and he's murdered by the sworn brother to the girl he believed to be the Child of Prophecy but was unable to control and started to see as a danger to eliminate, meaning he dies for the greater good — the Wizarding World's and the girl's.
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  • Clash of the Elements: Bowser, the one who once had the Star Spirits imprisoned in cards, is actually the one to free them in Part 2 from Cackletta's spell.
  • In The Institute Saga, Juggernaut of all people ends up being the one to bring Xavier's vision of mutants and ordinary humans living and working together into reality.
  • Nightmare in Arkham (Batman, A Nightmare on Elm Street ). As Batman noted, the Springwood citizens had done the one thing Batman had sworn he would never do: they killed a person who probably deserved it more than anyone he had ever encountered and it had supposedly led to the same results as the ones that forbade Batman from going to such extreme measures: the creation of an even greater evil.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Izuku gets his powers when he's bitten by a spider and has to be saved by Bakugou. Compare this to the original My Hero Academia, where he eats All Might's hair to obtain One For All after trying to save Bakugou.
  • In The dragons shall dance, the whole realm believes Rhaenyra Targaryen bore only bastards from her first marriage except for her firstborn Aeron, who's silver-haired and violet-eyed as his mother's Velaryon husband... and his great-uncle Daemon, who took Rhaenyra's maidenhood one month before her wedding. Daemon finds very funny the fact no one is suspecting Aeron to be his.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom Western Animation, TV Series, and Comic Books.): Danny was reluctant to try out the dating service and was originally planning to quit at the beginning, only to continue and ends up having the most success with the girls he dates. On the other hand, Tucker was the one who wanted to try it out and convinced Danny to do it to and yet he ends up being the one with the worst dates.
  • In The Vampire of Steel, Zol-Am, whose power stems from the Sun thanks to his Kryptonian physiology, is turned into a vampire, a creature who is harmed by sunlight.
  • Code Geass: Paladins of Voltron: Rivalz flirts with Nyma when he first meets her, unaware that Milly is finally starting to return his affections.


  • baby wonder has Dick bitterly reflecting that Bruce's crusade to ensure no kid would ever have to lose their parents again ultimately left his infant son fatherless.
  • The Next Best Thing to Normal: Harley Quinn and the Joker were Batman's main enemies. Harley and the Joker's son Jason admires Batman and literally wants to be him when he grows up.
  • At the beginning of Hellsister Trilogy, Clark Kent and Lois Lane get married. Clark makes sure that his cousin catches Lois' bouquet, meaning he hopes she gets married next. She does, but she falls in love with a jerkass whom Clark can hardly stand.
  • A Force of Four: Stepping out of Superman's shadow and becoming the world's greatest hero was Power Girl's long-held wish. She was not happy when it came true, though, because the price was her beloved cousin's life.
  • Kara of Rokyn: After over fifteen years struggling to become a respected super-hero and fit among Earth people, Kara realizes that isn't what she wanted at all, and she can only feel at home living like a normal woman among her kin in Rokyn.
  • In The Unfantastic Adventures of Bizarro No. 1, Bizarro believes all of his ideas have been badly ripped off by Earth people, when it's the other way around.
  • Supergirl (2015) fanfic my youth is yours: Lena helped Lex build the Lexosuit in the hopes that giving humans powers equivalent to Kryptonians would mean Kara would never have to become a hero and put herself in danger. Lex of course kept the suit for himself to try to kill Kryptonians.

Fire Emblem

Gravity Falls

  • GF Serendipity: Prior to the point when this fic diverges from canon, Stan and Ford's High School Principal thought Ford would become a millionaire and the best Stan could accomplish was being the one to scrape barnacles off a taffy shop by the boardwalk. Nowadays Stan is a millionaire and Ford lives in a ruined cabin and wears rags. The irony is bigger because Stan's fortune started when he helped Fiddleford McGucket sell an invention Ford dismissed as a waste of time.

Harry Potter

  • Harry Potter notes in For Love of Magic that Grindewald did more for equality among magicals in a few years than Dumbledore did his whole life. Of course, he accomplished that by killing most of the old pureblood families in Europe to steal their artifacts and knowledge.
  • In Come Together, Dark Wizard Grindelwald was a blood-purist looking down on muggles and wizards associating with them. Not only his biggest opponent is the half-blood Tom Riddle, he's killed by the very unmagical Peggy Carte, by a gun - the muggle weapon by reference.
  • Despite his powerful magic and his epic battle with Harry, what ultimately kills Voldemort in Wind Shear is being stabbed with an ordinary knife by Bellatrix, the woman who'd have been his most ardent supporter in another timeline.

Jackie Chan Adventures

  • The Ultimate Evil
    • While Valerie is trying to locate Bai Tza while wearing a black dress and court shoes, she remembers how she used to shout at movie heroines who wore ridiculous outfits in the heat of battle. She also ends up battling Bai Tza while wearing that same outfit.
    • Shendu tells his love interest Valerie that when he wanted to father a legacy nine centuries ago, he wanted a human as his mate because any offspring he'd gain through another demon or some other supernatural being could become powerful enough to surpass him. The sequel introduces Shendu's future son Drago who was birthed by Valerie after she and Shendu were bound as Others. Despite being a Half-Human Hybrid, he has an innate balance of light and dark chi that makes him able to bond with his uncles and aunts' chis without being overwhelmed by them. He also has in sights to challenge Shendu's goddess mother Tiamat over her divine place on Earth.

My Hero Academia

  • In the original series, All Might's Secret Identity, Toshinori Yagi, is a closely guarded secret known only to U.A.'s staff and Izuku, his successor. In Juxtapose, Izuku remains the only one out of his circle of friends who is Locked Out of the Loop despite Toshinori's desire to name Izuku his successor in the future.
  • In Hammerverse, Izuku is an outright genius when it comes to analyzing Quirks and made his own seemingly useless Quirk into a versatile weapon. He fails the U.A. entrance exam despite getting the highest practical score in history because he didn't analyze his own Quirk enough and left himself too mentally exhausted to pass the written exam.
  • Conversations with a Cryptid:
    • Izuku and Inko are led to believe that Hisashi Midoriya may be an alias for the man who married Inko, which made Inko terrified of confronting him because that would mean their marriage is null and void and the Midoriyas would be left destitute. Ironically, All For One used his actual name for the marriage.
    • Of all the people to kidnap his child Izuku, All For One had not prepared for it to be someone completely unrelated to him or the criminal underworld.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • A Brief History of Equestria: Princess Platinum spends her whole life trying to break the power of the nobility, and eventually kills herself to ensure there will be no more monarchy ever again. Then, decades or centuries down the line Princess Celestia and Princess Luna come along and Equestria becomes a Diarchism.
  • In The Irony Of Applejack, the irony is that Applejack, the Element of Honesty, is actually a Changeling.
  • Loved and Lost:
    • Jewelius helped Chrysalis sneak past Shining Armor's magic barrier by showing her the entrance of the crystal caverns. Later on, the fugitive heroes escape from Canterlot by using those same caverns, and this seems to never cross Jewelius' mind.
    • Jewelius tries to have Celestia hanged and remembered forever with hatred. However, she dispels the animosity Canterlot's ponies direct towards her by giving them and Twilight a highly remorseful and apologetic final speech and submitting to being hanged without resistance. Even if Luna hadn't saved her, Jewelius would have made her a martyr by executing her despite the objections of Twilight and Canterlot's citizens. Celestia's admission of guilt ensured that even if she had died, she wouldn't have been remembered with hatred anymore.
    • After betraying the Changelings, Jewelius treats them as if they're just savage beasts, even calling Chrysalis a "despicable animal" in the 11th chapter. They end up killing him like a pack of hungry animals would.
  • My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic:
    • The author wrote this story partly because he thinks ''FiM'' is too girly, childish, and does not appeal to boys that much. His story contains effeminate characters with girlish interests, fairies, songs from children's shows like Strawberry Shortcake and Barney & Friends, and fights with choreography that's inspired by Sailor Moon.
    • Also ironic is how Titan, a character portrayed as a spiteful villain who hates friendship and happiness, shares multiple personality traits with the author himself.
  • In City of Guilds Twilight Sparkle, who has a purple dragon assistant, becomes the assistant of Niv Mizzet a purple dragon.
  • In Chrono Reflect, Standard Fluttershy is jealous of her brother Zephyr Breeze, saying how everyone just goes on and on about him, how he's so smart and so talented. This is the exact opposite of what we get in the show; Zephyr's canon counterpart feels like he's stuck in her shadow, leading to him feeling insecure.


  • The Last Prayer: The scientists running "The Monster Study" refused to switch the Hot and Cold groups because their son Atsui was in the Hot group and they couldn't bear to ruin his confidence (never mind their daughter Samui was in the Cold group). After the study was defeunded, Atsui struggled as a shinobi due to his overinflated ego while Samui excelled due to her drive to succeed.
  • In The Eyes Have It, Sakura has to give up any romantic plans for Sasuke after developing a doujutsu as they're almost never compatible. Her doctor describes the usual results as being between horrific and deadly. In the sequel, Sasuke is interested in Sakura because of her doujutsu.
  • Lampshaded in I Am NOT Going Through Puberty Again! when the narration points out that a scholar of literature could have written an entire essay on the irony of Kakashi being annoyed that his only original technique was copied by his own student.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • HERZ:
    • In chapter 2 Misato notes how ironic is they are using the MP-Evas as instruments of salvation when they were created to be their destruction’s tools.
    • In that same chapter Asuka ponders about her life’s several ironies: she had missed terribly her mother, but her mother had been always there and she had been unable to find her, open up and feel her love because Kyoko’s death had driven her to shut her heart; and she owed her family and her current happiness to two women she hardly considered as friends.
      Asuka leaned into the kiss. She had lost much and suffered terribly, but from the ashes, she had risen anew. She had also gained so much. Things she had not dared to hope for in the past, a past that seemed like a lifetime ago. The irony of it all. Owing so much to two women she hardly considered as friends.
  • In chapter 11 of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Asuka feels distraught because she almost killed Keiko accidentally. She bitterly remembers having frequently lost her patience with Shinji when he was depressed due to being forced to kill Kaworu, and notes the irony.
  • In chapter 10 of Once More with Feeling Shinji finds ironic that Touji and Kensuke cannot stand Asuka and mock her fanclub... when they'll spend more time with her than any of her fans.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • Asuka and Shinji got together due to miscommunication, the very same thing that kept them from getting together in canon.
    • Misato had been a Shipper on Deck for Shinji and Asuka since day one, but they viewed her as the greatest threat to their relationship.
    • Part of the reason that Rei starts off so hostile to Kaworu is due to their opposing natures from being the hosts of Lilith and Adam's souls. A flashback later on reveals that the entire reason both Adam and Lilith ended up on Earth is because Lilith was in love with Adam and subconsciously followed him.
  • The Second Try: Asuka spent most of her time demanding to be treated as an adult when she was thirteen. Now she's an adult woman stuck in the body of her past self and forced to behave as she used to... and she realizes her behaviour was childish.


  • Pokémon Master: Feeling hurt and depressed, Misty wants to hug her evolved Starmie in order to lessen her pain... but she can't touch her sharp-edged Pokemon without hurting herself. Misty dejectedly notes the irony.


  • Weiss Reacts:
    • Blake is the quietest member of Team RWBY and also the most troubled character in canon. In Weiss Reacts, she is a Large Ham who takes notes from Kamina himself and is absolutely obsessed with the idea of manliness.
    • Weiss claims to hate pranks and antics, but she ends the Antic War with one: specifically, she uses the exact same cheating tactic Yang used on her during the Tournament Arc — throwing an adorable animal at someone to distract them.
    • Yona Arc, a Yoko expy, has absolutely no idea who Yoko Litner is. This is despite the fact her husband is literally Kamina, she's implied to be Yoko's Reincarnation, AND half her colleagues and most of her students are familiar with it and have compared her to Yoko to her face.
  • White Sheep (RWBY):
    • When Jaune buys Yang flowers, Yang freaks out and drags Blake aside for romantic advice. She says there's no one else she can ask—her little sister Ruby certainly won't be helpful. We later find out that Ruby is the only person in their group of friends who has been on a real date.
    • Cinder's original plan for the Vytal Festival was to have one competitor seriously injure another on accident in order to increase negativity and attract Grimm. After she puts that plan on hold, she herself ends up seriously injuring Jaune on accident (when she throws him into the ocean arena, forgetting he can't swim), but the negativity is neutralized when she immediately jumps into the water and saves his life.

The Silmarillion

  • In A Boy, a Girl and a Dog: The Leithian Script, Finrod's loyal soldiers are given one choice: revealing their mission's goal or becoming wolf's dinner. Every single one of them chooses death over betraying Finrod and Beren's identities, until Beren suggests maybe Sauron will release Finrod if he gives himself in. Finrod unthinkingly points out Sauron will never let the King of Nargothrond and the Lord of Dorthonion go, effectively betraying himself and wasting his men's sacrifice.
    Finrod: [with increasing effort] Do you know — what he said to me, when — when we were waiting for the end? He begged me to let him turn himself in — to the foe he'd spent six of the last seven years taunting and thwarting most egregiously, until the bounty on him was as great as Fingon's — to give up his name and submit to what punishment would follow that revelation, because he said no debt could possibly require such a price, and he should give in to save my life, at least.
    Finarfin: What refusal madst thou?
    Finrod: [brittle] Exactly what 'Feiniel said — I mocked him for a naive fool, too young to have learned that the Dark are all liars, not clever enough to realize that what he was thinking of doing would only have made our situation worse. And then — I proceeded to do far worse than that, by pointing out that not only would Sauron not honour his own "offer" and spare my life if he surrendered, that far from setting us free, we would both be interrogated and punished far more savagely, if the Terrible knew it was the Lord of Dorthonion and the King of Nargothrond he had happened to snag in his sweep. [with a narrow, uneven grin] You all see the irony, I'm sure — even my most pacific lady.

Steven Universe

  • Ruby Stars:
    • Lapis fled the Earth to escape the Diamonds' wrath, only to get captured and used by White Diamond's Dragon.
    • Buck, one of the most chill and levelheaded people in Beach City, tells Sadie that if she needs to scream or let out her anger, she should do it.

Sword Art Online

  • SAO: The Eroge:
    • Like in canon, Sachi's insecurity of holding her friends/guild members back are apparent in her conversation with Kirito. After cutting down all the enemies that were conjured from the Floor Trap which killed them in canon and gaining more confidence in herself, it's now her guild that felt they would hold her back.
    • Klein and Eiji becoming good friends/guildmates due to being unlucky about getting a girl, in comparison to the movie where Eiji HATED Klein and the Fuurinkazan guild, blaming them for Yuuna's death, and going out of his way to beat them down until they needed to be hospitalized.


  • In Fullmetal Alchemist fanfic At Gates Edge, despite Edward being the ghost it's his life that is shaken up by Roy while he acts as a stabilizing influence. Also, Roy notes the irony of someone sexually active like himself falling in love with Edward, who has no body that he can touch. Roy notes how the Universe always gets the last laugh.
  • Dirty Sympathy has Lamiroir threaten Apollo with a gun to get Machi off his murder charge or else. Lamiroir is Apollo's biological mother and she is threatening her biological son for the sake of her surrogate son. Also ironic is that Klavier Gavin, the only prosecutor in Ace Attorney to avert Amoral Attorney plays the trope quite straight here.
  • LXG Tempest Rewrite: The Star Fems are servants of the Oyeresu, allegories for traditionalist interpretations of angels and God from The Bible, who wear stripperiffic spandex and are in an open bisexual group marriage.
  • In chapter 18 and 20 of The Loud House story What is a Person Worth? by That Engineer, Rita and Lynn Sr. explain they don't truly favor the sisters over Lincoln, it's just that they are working hard not to play favorites, causing them to make a lot of questionable decisions like kicking Lincoln out of the house. Meaning that trying not to play favorites with their children has caused them to favor their daughters over Lincoln, and their unintentional abuse of Lincoln can destroy their family.
  • In the Total Drama story, Legacy, Heather is planning to name her baby after her late colleague, whom she couldn't stand when the latter was alive. Heather appreciates the irony of her decision, and comments on it.
  • Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race has this. The Special Edition of Episode 1 has Wily applying for a job at Vick-Tek. In episode 7, Wily tricks Vick-Tek into funding him to make Bass.
  • The Perfect Scry has a moment where Arthur is reading about the prophecy of the Once and Future King.
    When [the King] did show up, he was going to be appalled at how much was expected of him. Unite Albion? If Arthur was in his shoes, the first thing he’d do would be jump in the sea and swim for France as fast as he could. Poor dumb bastard.
  • The whole idea of Kirk/Spock, in that it's the ultimate Ladykiller in Love, and he's in love with a man.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act III chapters 23 and 24, Apoch and Astreal pick a fight with Yukari and try to kill her, insisting that she not take Ahakon away from them. Their attempts to stop Yukari from doing so end up being the very reason that Ahakon breaks up with them in favor of Yukari, as well as the fact that he got caught in the crossfire and would have been killed by the Ezranas if Luna hadn't intervened.
    • In Act VI chapter 20, it's revealed that Ran only fell in love with Ahakon because she was affected by a charming aura around him. The irony and embarrassment of a siren being the one charmed for a change is not lost on Ran.
  • In the One Piece story Nine Minutes, Vivi joins the crew permanently after Luffy kills Crocodile. Before she leaves, her father gives her a devil fruit to protect her. After eating it, Vivi learns it's the Sand-Sand fruit, Crocodile's power.
  • Davina's House Party - Episode 5 ends with Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of Roald Dahl, taking the Trip Around the Great House, part one involving her going into a recreation of the sweets garden from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, including Alexander Burke singing a parody of 'Pure Imagination', the song that plays when Charile and co. go down the river. Only problem is that Roald hated the film version for various reasons, like several heavy rewrites to the script.
  • Enslaved contains a bit of historical irony when Germania (the Halkagenia version of Germany) is taken over in what people come to call the "Lightning War" aka Blitzkrieg.
  • In Robb Returns, Eddard's and Robert's families' Ancestral Weapons are each other's favored weapon, something Robert lampshades when he gets Stormbreaker looked over by Tobho Mott and learns about the Fist.
  • The four are very, very attuned to irony in With Strings Attached and The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World. A good example is in the latter book, when they find themselves under frequent and annoying attack on their first day back on C'hou. Keep in mind that they had been rendered extraordinarily powerful in Strings, so take that into advisement when Ringo (yes, it's The Beatles, or the ex-Beatles, anyway) angrily says, “This is idiotic. One of the things I actually liked about here was we didn't need bodyguards or anythin' like that, and now I'm startin' to think we do!” He dashed his hand across his beard, wiping away leftover water. “It's ridiculous! Us! And yeah, I know how ironic that sounds!”
  • In Reluctant Hero:
  • In Never Had A Friend Like Me, Norman rants about his hatred for fairy godparents to Amanda, the little girl whose life he stumbled into. He initially wanted nothing to do with her, until he realised how shitty her parents were, leading him to use his powers to make her happy and introducing her to the magical world - basically becoming Amanda's magical godfather.
  • Intrepid:
    • In the early chapters, Taylor often thinks Emma, Sophia and Madison must be delighted with bullying her into a coma. At the same time, Emma, Madison and even Sophia are feeling absolutely miserable and guilt-ridden with the result of their actions.
    • As she was being bullied, Taylor wanted an apology and her friend back. When Emma finally apologizes, Taylor finds she can't get her friend back, because even though Emma has stopped being a terrible person, her old self is gone forever.
      Throughout most of the time that the bullying had been going on, I'd told myself that the thing I wanted most in the world was an apology. I'd wanted my friend back. Now I had an apology, and an explanation. But I didn't have my friend back. Even if I'd stayed with Emma, even if I ever actually spent time with her, I still wouldn't have my friend back. Not the friend I'd known, the one that I'd felt so much for. That friend, that person, was gone. Emma may have apologized, but she'd never be the same person. I could never trust her the way that I had trusted her at one point. That was gone forever.


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