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  • In Aladdin: Aladdin becomes extremely worried when he's told that he will become the next sultan. The only reason he's gotten this far is because of a wish, and worries what would happen if anyone learns he's not a real prince, including losing Jasmine. Not to mention the fact that he's never actually had any royal training and would have no idea what to do.
  • In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Rourke, a fit muscular man, punches the King, an extremely old man, in his gut. Hard. The King dies of internal bleeding a short time later.
  • In the beginning of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Uncle Scrooge finds an ancient temple filled with gold and jewels. To the kid's surprise, he reveals that he's not going to keep them, he's going to donate them to museums, ("That doesn't sound like our Unca Scrooge.") because the tax break for doing so is more valuable to him than simply hoarding artifacts in his money bin. ("That does!")
  • The Fox and the Hound: Although The Power of Friendship initially seems to be the main theme of the film, the two main characters (a hound dog and a fox) still end up as enemies and almost kill each other, if it weren't for an epic moment at the end.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
    • Quasimodo's attraction to Esmeralda ends up being unrequited. Because even though she has it in her to accept him as a friend and a good person in spite of his less than attractive physical features, he is not the one she loves romantically.
    • When Quasimodo's face is revealed as Not a Mask, it seems like all is good anyway... until inevitably, a guard who is less accepting of physical deformity comes along and decides to play the bully, after which the crowd mercilessly tortures and humiliates him. Considering how the movie takes place in a time where mockery of deformities was very common, this was pretty much bound to happen.
    • Even though Esmeralda is saved from the stake by Quasimodo she does not get off scot-free. In the film she nearly dies from smoke inhalation and in the stage adaptations, she does die.
    • Frollo's death. Turns out standing on a very narrow perch while swinging a sword around does not do wonders for one's physical health, especially when you have already chipped that perch with said sword.
  • In The Little Mermaid, the instant Ariel first becomes human, she's struggling to breathe underwater and would've been in real danger of drowning had Ursula not been quick to seal her in an airtight bubble, and Sebastian and Flounder have to help her reach the surface as quickly as they can.
  • The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea has a few:
    • Speaking to animals can be interpreted as strange. Just ask Melody.
    • Melody not remembering the locket even after seeing her name on it makes sense, since she was only an infant the last time she saw it.
    • Ariel making the choice of keeping Melody ignorant of her heritage resulted in catastrophic consequences. Since Melody was never made aware that Morgana is a threat, Morgana is easily able to manipulate Melody into helping her. When Melody confronts her mother about what she's learned, Ariel's refusal to tell Melody the truth causes Melody to distrust her, which only makes the situation worse.
  • Lilo & Stitch:
    • Dr. Jumba partially destroys Lilo and Nani's house while hunting Stitch during a scene that is 100% comedy. The ramifications, however, are the farthest thing from funny: seeing her house burning, the social services agent Bubbles decides Nani is an unfit guardian and takes Lilo away, to be placed in a foster home. It gets subverted in the end, as the Grand Councilwoman declares that Lilo's family cannot be separated, which Bubbles had to comply to, though that puts his job and reputation as a social worker at stake.
    • Before that, we also see Nani losing her job as having serious consequences. Bubbles was willing to overlook the antics that went on with his previous visit, he's sympathetic to the sisters' plight, and he knows Nani is trying to be a good guardian for her little sister. However, as he points out, if Nani wants to keep custody of Lilo, she can not be without a source of income.
    • Stitch has amazing Super Strength packed into that little body of his. The downside? A complete inability to swim due to how dense his muscle fibers are as a result.
  • The Princess and the Frog:
    • A rare Played for Laughs example occurs when the trumpet-playing alligator Louis remembers jumping on a ship trying to join the Jazz band playing on its deck: All humans panicked and opened fire.
    • At the beginning of the movie, Tiana works hard and scrapes together every penny she has until she has enough for the building for her restaurant...only to learn someone else outbid her. The men who she intended to buy it from are insultingly dismissive of her when they give her the news because she's an African American woman in a time period when neither were thought suited for moving up in the world. Some fans theorize that they were straight up lying to her because they never expected to actually get the money.
    • Tiana's hard working determination to make the money she needs resulted in her spending the rest of her life working, and having no time for socialization. Thus when Naveen tries to dance with her, she reveals she never learned how to dance.
  • In Frozen:
  • Beauty and the Beast deconstructs the fairy tale's plot point of Belle falling in love with the Beast after he forces her father to hand her over. Instead, Belle deeply resents the Beast for forcing herself and her father in such a position, and refuses to interact with him. She doesn't warm up to him until he shows genuine kindness to her.
    • It's further deconstructed in the sense of showing how isolation can mess with someone's mental stability. In so many fairy tales, the member of royalty (usually a princess) locked away from everyone else still has perfect social skills. The Beast actually likes Belle from the very beginning, but has forgotten how to act like a normal person.
    • Unlike most Disney films, all the animals act like real animals and do not understand Belle's words, though it doesn't stop her from trying to talk to them. Her horse also abandons her father when they get attacked by wolves.
  • The Lion King:
    • Simba finds out the hard way what happens when he ignores his father's warnings and enters territory belonging to hyenas, who both have no qualms about killing a lion cub and have nothing to lose and everything to gain from seeing the heir to the throne of their enemy's kingdom dead. Would Hurt a Child is a reality when the assailant(s) will benefit from seeing said child killed.
    • Also, being king means you have to take care of certain responsibilities. If you don't, you're going to run into all kinds of trouble. Scar gets despised by both the lions and the hyenas for neglecting those responsibilities, letting the Pridelands become a wasteland. As Mufasa tells Simba, "There's more to being King than getting your way all the time."
    • One of the main reasons that Scar ends up in such trouble is that he allows the hyenas to run wild, both to solidify their loyalty and to prevent any of the lions rising up against him. This only lasts as long as there's food, though. By the time Simba returns, everyone is on the brink of starvation, the hyenas are openly discussing revolt, and the remaining lions treat Scar with contempt. Scar's final attempt to blame the hyenas for everything proves to be the last straw, getting Scar torn to pieces by a hyena mob.
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride:
    • Simba's conflict with Kiara and his emotional instability is exactly what happens when a kid watches his father die, he thinks he is responsible and runs away, as the emotional and mental trauma persists well into adulthood, if not for life.
    • Kovu being mistrusted is a natural response when a defector from a known enemy tries to get into the pride by saving a royal family member. Nobody thinks it's a coincidence. And even if this wasn't an Outsider scheme, a stranger does not get the red carpet treatment until it can be proven the stranger is being genuine.
    • The plot goes disastrously wrong when Zira chooses Kovu to be an assassin. Kovu is obviously against the plot, does not want to be king, already has an emotional attachment to Kiara, and no effective way to ensure he would stay loyal. In just a few hours, Kovu completely abandons the mission, tries to confess to Kiara on multiple opportunities about the plot, and leads to Vitani beginning to turn on Zira.
    • When Zira congratulates Kovu during a surprise Outsider attack, Simba immediately thinks this was a planned ambush. Just because Kovu knew this wasn't his fault doesn't mean that Simba won't.
    • Kovu getting banished makes sense from Simba's point of view, since he doesn't know what the audience does. While Simba's voice does suggest he's being vindictive, attempted assassination of a king should have gotten Kovu the death penalty, and it was already known that Kovu came from an enemy pack. If anything, Simba banishing Kovu was being merciful.
    • After Zira threatens the recently-reformed Vitani, the other lionesses on her side immediately side with Simba after hearing her threat. Some followers can be loyal to a leader, but only if it's one who treats their family with respect.
  • Big Hero 6:
    • What happens (in the teaser) when Hiro tries to shove the squishy, pear-shaped Baymax (who is essentially a hugging robot) into a suit of armor. After a few seconds of looking heroic in it, all the armor promptly pops off.
    • Precocious as he is, Hiro still has the psyche of a boy of his age. When he manages to disarm Yokai and realizes he's Callahan, who not only stole his invention but callously dismissed Tadashi's death as his own mistake he gets a Heroic BSoD from sheer anger and wastes no time trying to brutally kill him by sending Baymax berserk and siccing it on him, disregarding that he's been rendered pretty much harmless by then.
    • When the team faced Yokai for the first time, they were completely unprepared due to the fact they had no actual combat experience and only had minimal practice time to adjust to their Powered Armor. They ended up causing more harm to their own teammates than to the villain.
    • The video clip of Tadashi shows that it took dozens of attempts just to get Baymax to start up right, with him having to repeatedly work out the various kinks that kept popping up each time. Almost any engineering student can attest to how much Truth in Television that is.
  • Zootopia:
    • Judy leaps at the opportunity to catch Duke Weaselton and prove she has what it takes to be a real cop. While she catches Duke and brings him in, Judy gets in a lot of trouble with Chief Bogo because she abandoned her post, endangered the citizens of Little Rodentia, and recklessly threw herself in pursuit with no weapon, no backup, and no plan.
      • A moment after that, Judy gets fired for insubordination because despite her wanting to do a noble deed, she still was willing to violate Chief Bogo's rules to do so. Subverted as Bogo gives Judy 2 days to do find the missing guy.
    • Judy has some prejudice against foxes due to her upbringing, but she still tries to stay open-minded. While she does learn how to be friends with Nick (a fox conman), she still possesses some anti-fox prejudice. This even comes back to bite her in the tail when she gives a press conference on the state of her investigation, and says something Innocently Insensitive about predators. In real life, deeply ingrained prejudice doesn't just go away overnight, even if you're actively trying to treat people fairly and if you learn how to become friends with somebody from the group you're prejudiced against.
    • During the subway car fight, Judy sees that they are heading toward an oncoming train but also notices a switch track lever just ahead of them. She insists that Nick speed up and manages to knock off the last sheep onto the lever. This allows them to avoid colliding with the train... then the subway car promptly derails because it was going way too fast over a turn.
    • While it turns out that Mayor Leo Lionheart ultimately has nothing to do with the Big Bad's plot, he still ends up going to jail for kidnapping and imprisoning the affected predators, and withholding information about a public health threat from the police. Even if he had an understandable reason for what he did, Lionheart still broke the law on a scale that simply couldn't be ignored.
    • On her first day at work, when assigned to parking duty, Judy resolves to prove she can excel at any task by writing 200 parking tickets before noon. To this end, she is extremely strict in parking enforcement, often handing out the ticket the very second that the meter expires. Not surprisingly, after just one day of this, she is hated by everyone.
    • Chief Bogo doesn't care that Judy was the best of her class. Having good grades isn't the same as real-world experience.
  • Moana wants to sail beyond the island she's always known. However, her first attempt to travel beyond the island's barrier reef ends badly as her lack of sailing experience nearly gets her killed. Part of the film deals with having the demigod Maui give her proper sailing training.
    • Even though Moana shows shades of a Rebellious Princess by wanting to have the freedom to explore the ocean, she acknowledges that as the only child of her parents she will inherit the chiefdom from them and cannot simply abandon her duties for her own personal gain. Instead, she takes off sailing only when she knows that it needs to be done to restore the Heart of Te Fiti and save the island from starvation.
    • When Maui successfully reclaims his hook from Tamatoa, Maui discovers that a thousand years without it have left him woefully out of practice and that he has lost control over his shapeshifting. Unfortunately, he discovers this just as he was preparing to fight Tamatoa who proceeds to mop the wall with him while delivering a Break Them by Talking section in his song "Shiny". This leads to Maui developing a case of Psychosomatic Superpower Outage.
    • Tamatoa ends up being knocked backwards onto his shell by a geyser. Since he’s got a load of heavy treasure on his back, he can’t get back up and is still like that in The Stinger.
  • Mulan: Although Shang did realize how noble Mulan was (and also sparing her life) for battling alongside the army to defeat the Huns and protect her crippled father, he ends up not trusting Mulan after it is revealed that she was really a woman disguised as a man. While Mulan did have good intentions, this doesn’t change the fact that she not only deceived Shang and the army about her true gender and identity since the day they met, but Mulan also brought dishonor to the Chinese Army and violated the law. Lying and deceiving people (even though you had a very good reason to) will cause people to deem you as untrustworthy.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet:
    • Vanellope meeting the Disney Princesses. As they try to figure out if she really is a princess, they start listing what happened in their own films. Vanellope becomes increasingly worried and concerned about the princesses' sanity and well-being, even suggesting calling the cops on something like that.
    • As Ralph falls from a skyscraper, J.P. Spamley tries to save him by driving his flying car underneath him so that he can land in it. Due to his weight and the speed of the fall, Ralph just crashes through the car.
  • In Recess: School's Out:
    • The Big Bad is the former principal of Third Street Elementary who unilaterally banned recess in 1968. He was overruled and fired by the superintendent within days of enacting this policy because it vastly overreached his authority to implement, and he'd created a mass outcry among parents. He later became the Secretary of Education, but was fired once again after trying to get rid of recess nation-wide.
    • The same Big Bad's plan is to create eternal winter on the United States by moving the moon so if there's no summer vacation at all, students will spend more time studying and thus raise their averages, and people will love this so much that he will be made President. The heroes tell him that what would really happen is that 1) vacation periods would be provided to students anyway, regardless of what kind of weather befalls America and 2) that stunt with the moon would bring an apocalyptic ice age, which would probably make studying of any kind useless. The Big Bad at least has the decency to think it over for a second before saying that he could at least try anyway.
    • TJ and Principal Prickly attempt to invoke Dressing as the Enemy to sneak into the Big Bad's lab. The guards guarding the hallway aren't fooled for a second, instantly realizing that, rather than two of their co-workers, they're a 10 year old kid and middle-aged man, forcing them to run.
  • In Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Doofenshmirtz-2 managed to take over his dimension's Tri-State Area because he lost his favorite childhood toy when he was little. Doofenshmirtz-1 gave Doof-2 his since he never lost his, causing him to become a good guy. When he goes back to his dimension in the end, he quickly finds out that he was not Easily Forgiven and is quickly arrested. Having a change of heart does not excuse the fact that he ruled the Tri-State Area with an iron thumb, attempted to do the same to the first Tri-State Area, and almost attacked Phineas, a young boy. Doof-2 himself lampshaded this:
    Doof-2: (as he is being arrested) My crimes against humanity completely slipped my mind.
  • Cinderella: Throughout the movie, Cinderella has managed to stay positive & have a positive attitude despite the toxic environment she lived in. When her stepsisters destroy the dress that the mice made for Cinderella (and said dress belonged to Cinderella’s late mother), Cinderella goes outside and starts crying and she finally loses hope. Just goes to show that the most optimistic people WILL have their breaking point and will start to lose faith once their last button is pushed.
  • The Jungle Book: In the climax, Mowgli says to Shere Khan that he doesn't scare him and that he won't run from him. When Shere Khan pounces at Mowgli, the man-cub begins to flinch, because he's still a little boy facing down a tiger.
    • Also in the movie's final battle, Baloo attempts to protect Mowgli from Shere Khan. He ends up getting horribly mauled and nearly killed because he's a fat, out of shape, laid-back bear who has no fighting experience at all.

    Pixar 
  • Up:
    • Young Carl, determined to impress Ellie, attempts to walk across an old wooden beam in a decrepit house to retrieve his balloon. He takes a single step. The rotted beam promptly breaks.
    • The reason Russell is collecting badges is that he hopes his deadbeat father would finally show up at his final Wilderness Explorer ceremony. His father still never showed up. But we are treated to a heartwarming scene between Russell and Carl, who became a father figure to him.
    • Early on, when Carl hits the man who knocked over his mailbox in the head with his cane, the man is seriously injured and bleeding, and Carl gets into legal trouble.
  • The Incredibles:
    • Invoked when Helen explains to her children that the mercenaries on Nomanisan Island are the kind who won't care what age their targets are.
    • "NO CAPES!": At one point Mr. Incredible is talking with Edna Mode, a superhero costume designer about getting a new costume. Edna responds with the above when he asks for a cape, citing 5 different incidents when supers were killed when their capes snagged on, or got caught in, something or other. And at the end of the movie, this fate befalls Syndrome and leads him to his Turbine Blender death.
    • Mr. Incredible saves a suicidal man... who promptly sues him for the injuries he caused the man in the rescue. He stops a runaway train... and is sued for damages to said train. Holding superheroes responsible for the collateral damage they inadvertently cause is the reason they disappear. The Good Samaritan Laws that exist today to specifically prevent such suits was not enacted during the film's timeframe, leaving superheroes wide open for such lawsuits.
    • Mr. Incredible's interrupting Syndrome's We Will Meet Again by taking a pot-shot at him with a thrown car, which sends him into a Turbine Blender. Mr. Incredible has just gone through a prolonged fight with the villain's henchmen and giant invulnerable robot where most of his family was in mortal danger, and Syndrome crossed the final line by going to the Parr family's home and holding his youngest child hostage. No parent would let the attacker of their family just walk away like that.
      • This is actually the third aversion of Talking Is a Free Action. The first time is during an old story Frozone tells Mr. Incredible about a villain who had Frozone at gunpoint and started monologuing (we don't hear the end, but it's heavily implied that Frozone took advantage of the opening). The second time is during Mr. Incredible's first encounter with Syndrome (less successful than the final time mentioned above, but A for effort).
    • Syndrome trying to be a superhero when in reality he's merely a shady inventor who specializes in constructing fancy gadgets. It goes horribly wrong because while he does know how to use the weapons he has, his nerves get the better of him the moment something doesn't go according to plan, like when his robot "opponent" (see below) recognizes him as a genuine threat and takes out the failsafe shutdown.
    • Syndrome programs a combat robot with learning capabilities that can locate and target specific threats, and also crafts a remote for him to control it, all specifically to be a Paper Tiger he can "fight" against. The Omnidroid recognizes the remote he uses—complete with the off switch—as a threat and moves to take Syndrome out.
    • When Dash fights one of the villain's Mooks, he hits the guy with a flurry of punches... that do almost nothing, since, Super Speed or not, he's a ten-year-old hitting a full-grown man.note 
    • Dash vs the Velocipods, with all of it's Family Unfriendly Deaths, is a reality check to High Speed Battles. The first Velocipod gets into a fistfight with Dash as his vehicle is still moving, succeeds in sending Dash flying off the vehicle, and then flies into a cliff for his trouble since he was too distracted to see it coming at him. The second Velocipod slices through a palm tree, causing it to come down on the third guy behind him, and then his crippled momentum causes him to crash anyway. The fourth Velocipod does some fancy evasive maneuvers to dodge some rock formations, and runs into them anyway. The last two try the clever ploy of trapping Dash between them in a narrow cave... or rather, the sixth one did, and his uninformed comrade crashed into him when Dash went underwater.
    • After Syndrome's acts of terrorism became known to the public, government officials freeze all of his private assets, crippling virtually all of his resources.
    • While it was satisfying to watch Bob throw his Mean Boss Huph through several walls, the former gets fired instantly for his act. Even after Rick cleaned up Bob's mess and made sure he didn't get sued or arrested, the latter still didn't get his job back due to workplace violence being a ground for immediate termination everywhere.
    • Huph not getting called out for his callousness may also count. This is due to the fact that no company in the world, in real life, would permit employees to engage in fights with muggers or criminals directly, barring there being no other choice, as not only is there the threat of legal liability, but the very legitimate fear of harm to the employee, fellow employees, customers or the company itself. The only exception being specially-trained security guards who not only know how to deal with such a situation, but have signed legally binding contracts that, under most circumstances, exempt their employers from legal liability in the event that injury or death occurs from the normal duties of the job (although Huph should have at least called the police).
    • Even when you're living rubber and capable of shapeshifting, Helen still can't override how aging and diet affects the size of her butt. Likewise, Bob is visibly paunchy despite his strength and overall toughness.
    • One of the downsides of Super Strength is that when you want to do a little weight training, normal gym equipment just doesn't cut it. Bob has to sneak into a nearby rail yard to use train cars as weights.
    • Violet may be able to turn invisible, but her clothes can't. At least not until she gets her super suit.
  • Incredibles 2:
    • At the start of the movie Bob & Helen are berated by the police for failing to stop the Underminer, and are told that the bank he destroyed and the money he stole were insured while the damage they caused to the city won't be as easy to deal with.
    • After spending years as the family breadwinner and living in his superhero past instead of in the present, Bob is terribly, terribly unsuited to life as a stay-at-home dad. Caring for a normal baby is tiring enough, but caring for Jack-Jack, who won the Superpower Lottery and has Power Incontinence? Good luck. That's not even going into Barrier Warrior Emo Teen Violet and Super Speed Keet Dash. He does gets the hang of it eventually though thanks to his family, Lucius, and Edna.
    • Despite the family's heroic efforts at the end of the first film, the law against supers operating in public doesn't just get reversed like that, sadly. However it did spawn a movement to have the ban reconsidered.
      • As well, when they choose someone to show that the ban should be reconsidered, they choose Elastigirl over someone like Frozone or Mr. Incredible as their destructive antics were part of the reason it was implemented in the first place!
    • Elastigirl's first act for the movement was stopping a runaway train. Like in many other moments like this, she unhooks the engine from the rest of the train and stops it. After she stops it, however, the engine came back, almost bumping the other side off the rail.
    • Violet learns that her crush, Tony, does not remember her thanks to Bob. it was unintentional on his part, but Violet is furious, because she just got the courage to finally ask him out on a date, only for him to completely forget about her due to him accidentally catching her in her supersuit. The result is Violet unsuccessfully trying to destroy her supersuit out of rage.
      • Also, Tony was shocked at seeing her as a Super at first, but also felt regretful that he just ran away instead of at least trying to talk to her about it.
    • The end of the prior movie involved Syndrome's aircraft being brought down on the Parrs' house. They start this one living in a hotel room with what they could salvage from the wreckage.
  • Brave:
    • Merida abuses a loophole so that she can get out of an arranged marriage. Not only does this cause a massive argument with Queen Elinor (leading to Merida's bow getting burnt and her running away), the resulting humiliation to sons of the various clan lords royally pisses the clan lords off, and almost causes a civil war to break out. In short, the Loophole Abuse made everything go From Bad to Worse.
    • Merida the skilled archer shoots at the bear Mor'du and hits him... to little or no effect. Annoying Arrows is a reality when the bow is light enough to be drawn by an average-sized teenage girl, however strong she may be, and the target is an unbelievably massive bear.
    • This movie gives a realistic portrayal of the repercussions of parents trying to mold their older children into being what the parents want to be. That is, Merida is understandably resentful towards her mother for forcing her to be a prim and proper lady.
  • Ratatouille:
    • After everything seems set for a Happily Ever After, it gets derailed into more of a Bittersweet Ending. Despite everyone's efforts to revive Gusteau's, it's shut down for good when the Health Inspector is eventually freed from the closet he was tied up in, who is entirely unmoved by the fact that the rats cooking food in the kitchen are perfectly sanitary. Rats in a restaurant, in any context, are a massive health code violation. Remy, Linguini, and Colette do bounce back and open up another restaurant (with a strong hint that it's financed by food critic Anton Ego), keeping it from falling into a full Downer Ending.
    • Related to the above is that Anton Ego's positive review of Gusteau's, in light of the rat infestation, causes him to lose both his credibility and job.
    • Linguini reveals his secret to the kitchen, only to have everyone, even the waiter and Colette, all walk out due to feeling betrayed. Linguini spent the whole film appearing like a hidden gem in the rough to the kitchen, magnificently rising to the occasion after Colette teaches him the ropes... just to reveal that he has no talent and is relying on an animal to cook of all things. Only Colette (the only one he was really emotionally connected to) chooses to come back.
    • Linguini and Colette's Falling-in-Love Montage is rudely interrupted when Remy falls off Linguini's head, and is abruptly faced with the very real danger of being a rat in the middle of the street.
  • Monsters University
    • Towards the climax of the film, Mike and Sulley are about to be kicked out of Monsters University for failing to meet the academic standards of the school. But then, they perform a feat of scaring wizardry the likes of which the entire monster world has never seen before, one that was thought to have been impossible. Impressive as it might have been, they still get expelled. The most Mike and Sulley get for all their trouble is a pat on the back and a "good luck" from Dean Hardscrabble.
    • At first, Sulley impresses all the teachers with his natural scaring ability. But because he didn't spend any time studying, when he is properly evaluated, he finds that a single great roar can't account for every child.
      Prof. Knight: One scary face does not a scarer make, Mr. Sullivan.
    • Also, Mike clearly has passion and knowledge for Scaring, but he lacked natural talent and physical ability, meaning that he is incapable of being scary by himself since children find him too cute-looking.
    • A more lighthearted version in the end of the movie as well: The pair do get to work at Monsters Inc... as mail clerks, because they don't have the qualifications to immediately be scarers. However, as the years go by, they work their way up to becoming the top team in the company through hard work and determination like many people do.
    • Likewise while Mike doesn't get to be a scarer like he wished, his hard studies do make him an asset to those that have the necessary appearance. So what does he do? Become a coach, first to his fraternity to help them through the scare games which ultimately allows his frat mates to join the scare program in the following semester and eventually become scarers later in life and eventually Sulley's main assistant when they're hired for the main floor.
  • Coco:
    • Even though Miguel is a plucky, street-smart Kid Hero, he needs a lot of help from the adults in order to make it out of the Land of the Dead. In fact, part of his Character Development is realizing that, while his older family members are flawed individuals, he shouldn't reject their legitimate help.
    • Imelda has spent the majority of her life and all of her afterlife believing that Héctor abandoned her and left her to raise their daughter on her own. Even when she finds out that he eventually regretted it and actually tried to come home but was murdered before he could do so, she doesn't forgive him immediately. Several decades' worth of resentment and anger can't simply disappear overnight, and Héctor still left her and Coco in the first place. In the epilogue, however, which takes place a year later, she is shown to have reconciled with him and they have rekindled their romance. She did eventually forgive him, but she needed time in order to do so.
    • Héctor gives a realistic response when asked if fame was worth leaving their family behind. They genuinely regretted leaving and they never got over their homesickness.
    • Dante attempts to save Miguel after Ernesto throws the boy off a roof but due to Dante's smaller size, he isn't strong enough to halt the fall. Pepita, who is much larger than both of them, is the one who ends up saving Miguel.
  • Painfully enforced in Toy Story with the four words on Buzz Lightyear's box, "NOT A FLYING TOY". Buzz constantly tries to fly throughout the film (since he initially believes he's a real Space Ranger), but constantly falls out of the air like a brick unless he can manage to glide. Even then, he can't do it for long and it entirely depends on him climbing something first.
  • In Toy Story 2 Jessie reveals that she was abandoned in a box for years by her original owner, Emily. While in the end she ends up happy with Andy, she still has some issues. By Toy Story 3, she has a panic attack when she thinks Andy was about to throw her away, claiming it to be like Emily all over again. Then in Toy Story of Terror!, she's revealed to be downright claustrophobic, freaking out if she's trapped in a box.
  • Cars:
    • Lightning forces his truck driver, Mack, to drive him to his next race non-stop through the night despite Mack complaining about drowsiness, though Lightning claims he'll keep talking to him through the trip. Next scene, Lightning himself falls asleep and Mack keeps nodding off and nearly does fall asleep en route thanks to some punk Hot Rodders. He's only snapped awake when one of them sneezes. Mack himself even lampshade how dangerous driving while drowsy is.
    • After Lightning accidentally falls out of Mack's trailer, he tries desperately to catch up to him. The thing is, he's on a highway with other similar looking trailer trucks at night (as highways tend to have a lot of shipping trucks at that time), plus Lightning's "headlights" are just stickers. He eventually thinks he sees Mack and catches up to him... and it's someone else entirely. Since he also didn't bother learning the route to his destination, Lightning takes the wrong exit and gets lost.
    • When Lightning is forced to re-pave the road he accidentally destroyed while zooming around Radiator Springs as community service. He tries to speed up the job to get it out of the way quicker so he can legally leave the town. However, the tar machine is only effective when done slowly, so his first attempt is a mess not even fit to ride on. After his race with Doc, he now has to remove all the jagged asphalt and re-do the road correctly, making him stay in the town for even longer than if he just did the job right in the first place.
    • Speaking of said race, Doc makes a deal with Lightning that if he can beat him in a race, he'll dismiss the community service. Lightning thinks it'll be easy enough to beat an older car. However when Lightning shoots out from the starting line, Doc... doesn't do anything and only drives at a normal pace while having Mater come with him. Why? Well, he knows there's a hard curve on the track and, after seeing Lightning's racing style and "I'm the fastest" attitude, predicts he'll turn into it full speed. The result has Lightning skidding off the track and right into a cactus patch, since he does not know how to turn on dirt properly. Later in the movie Doc shows Lightning a way to turn into it without going too wide which Lightning later uses in his race later on.
    • Radiator Springs was a nice little town back in it's heyday but that was at a time when roads that followed the landscape were commonly used, because it was cheaper and easier to build. When the nearest highway was constructed to lessen travel time, it was away from the town (since modern road development creates more direct routes) and ultimately caused a lot of businesses to shut down due to lack of traffic flow, with only a handful of residents left surviving on the business from travelers lost enough to end up in Radiator Springs. It's only thanks to Lightning's endorsement that it thrives again as a tourist spot at the end of the movie.
    • While Chick Hicks, Lightning's rival, did win the Piston Cup, he did so through blatantly dirty means by causing The King to spin out once he's near the finish line to catch up to Lightning, who then abandons his lead to help the King. Thus when Chick goes to his award ceremony, he's booed off stage by the stadium's crowd and likewise loses his big endorsement deal with Dinoco since they don't want to be associated with a poor sportsman like him. Lightning, meanwhile, is respected for his selfless deed and is the one who is considered for said endorsement.
  • Cars 2:
    • During the race in Tokyo. Mater acts as Lightning's coach during his run, but he's also acting as a spy on the lookout for the Lemons and in contact with Holly and Finn. As multi-tasking in any context is difficult, he ends up getting his communications crossed while trying to give Lightning advice. Needless to say it ends up confusing Lightning on the track and ultimately leads to his loss.
    • The Lemons manage to capture Finn, Holly and Mater and were smart enough to remove their ammunition when they tied them to their trap. However Mater, after getting over his Heroic BSoD, finds that the rotation of his machine gun still cause friction against his ropes and uses them to free himself.
    • In the climax, Finn goes after Zündapp who runs to his henchboat. The henchboat tries to use a magnet to pull Finn away from Zündapp, so Finn uses that to his advantage by dropping the mines from his tires. Since they're metal too, they're pulled into the magnet and a second later, boom.
  • Cars 3
    • As the film shows, Technology Marches On and soon more upgraded race cars start hitting the track in an analogy of younger athletes. It doesn't take long for them to soon replace Lightning's fellow racers and Lightning himself being outclassed against some of them, least of all a rookie called Jackson Storm. In the end while he does try to continue racing, he comes to accept that he's getting old and can't keep pace with the newer generation. However, in a similar vein to the Monsters University example above, he can however help share his skills which he ultimately does in Cruz, his trainer turned protegee whom he lets take his place in the climax of the movie. And ultimately becomes her coach.
    • Lightning's crash in the middle of a race comes about because he loses focus while trying to push himself to catch up to Jackson. When you're going at high speeds like that, a moment's hesitation is all that's needed to send you flying off the track.
    • Jackson seems like a formidable racer but only because he uses his simulator to plan out the best way to navigate through the courses ahead of time and training himself to adjust his speed to push himself to the front to do so. None of this prepares Jackson for being able to improvise and adapt to changing conditions. So when Cruz actually starts catching up to him with her more unorthodox methods taught from Lightning (who himself uses Doc's moves), he can't adapt properly to prevent her from doing so, and ultimately has to resort to trash talking and trying to ram her off the course to keep his lead which ends up failing him.
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    DreamWorks 
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • During the bridge fight scene, the first thing the Furious Five does is cut the bridge while Tai Lung is on it, sending him plummeting into a valley. They know how insanely dangerous Tai Lung is, and it's far better to outright negate his martial prowess by killing him with the environment. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
    • Tai Lung's best attack is a nerve strike, which Po is totally immune to thanks to his body fat.
    • When Po learns Tai Lung has escaped and that Shifu states that Po will fight him, he immediately runs away without any hesitation. He tells Shifu that even though he loves kung fu, he knows he is hopelessly outmatched against such a dangerous opponent. Indeed, Po's eventual victory against Tai Lung comes almost entirely from switching Tai Lung's focus from "fight the new Dragon Warrior" to "get the Dragon Scroll", which works since Tai Lung has been obsessing over said Scroll for twenty years. While Po kept the Scroll out of Tai Lung's reach for as long as possible, he focused on constantly hitting Tai Lung in the head and generally wearing him down. And even then, in the few seconds that an already weakened Tai Lung fully focused on him were the seconds that Tai Lung nearly killed him.
    • In Po's battle against Tai Lung, Po attempts to trick Tai Lung into playing a memory game with the Scroll by having it hidden under one pot and getting them mixed up with many other pots. All Tai Lung does is waste no time knocking over the pots to find the Scroll. In serious battles like this, villains usually don't care to play childish games.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2:
    • Po thinks he can use kung fu to make his ordinary straw hat into a "disc of destruction" to cut the chains holding the Furious Five from half a mile away. He ends up looking like an idiot.
    • Po also tries to heroically tell Lord Shen about how he's going to rescue the Furious Five and stop him, only to show that Shen can't hear a word of it thanks to Po being so far away.
    • The heroes believe that Shen only has one cannon, but they learn the hard way he has a whole fleet's worth of guns and is in a position to make more. He has aspirations to conquer all of China, and had been preparing for this long before Po and the Furious Five showed up.
    • Master Thundering Rhino's "horn defense" is said to be impervious to any technique. Unfortunately, a cannonball propelled by an explosion is not a kung-fu technique, and Master Rhino is killed since he tried to take a cannonball to the face.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3:
    • Calling Your Attacks does not actually make them more powerful, as Mantis finds out the hard way.
    • Kai is a powerful and infamous warrior who was locked away hundreds of years ago... which means the vast majority of China has forgotten who he was (asides from Master Oogway who was alive at the time), since only historians or really devoted civilians bother to study events that happened centuries ago.
    • Defeating Kai doesn't just magically fix the destroyed Jade Palace, as it's still being rebuilt by the end of the movie.
  • In Megamind, Titan/Hal initially thought that his powers would be able to impress Roxanne and that saving her would be enough to make Roxanne fall in love with him. But when he finds out that real women don't work like that, he doesn't take it well.
    • In addition, Megamind expects giving Metroman's powers to Hal will lead to him becoming equally selfless and heroic... not so. Because not everyone can be trusted with that kind of power especially if they're lacking in any kind of maturity.
    • Years of acting as The Cape with no time to define himself as anything else has left Metroman feeling unfulfilled, and years of doing the same thing over and over again with Megamind have left him feeling incredibly bored with life. Essentially he suffers the superhero equivalent of a mid-life crisis. By the time Megamind and Roxanne come to ask him for help, he refuses because he's perfectly happy with being retired from superheroics.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Contrary to what Hiccup thought, the murderous conqueror trying to kill the protagonists is not just misunderstood. No justification for his massacre of the tribe chiefs appears out of thin air; nor is the physical and emotional suffering of his many victims ever whitewashed. For a kids' movie, it's pretty brutal.
    • In the sequel, despite the defeat of said murderous conqueror, his army continues his work, with his warlords taking over the dragon-catching business. It turns out they're not a Keystone Army after all.
      • Also, constantly freeing captured dragons and taking them back to your island will eventually result in said island being overpopulated with dragons. And the larger dragons will at some point get into a "bull in a china shop" situation.
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
    • In general, the fact that the main character is practically running around naked gets more attention than it does in the books. People either cringe at his actions or look at him like he’s crazy.
    • When George and Harold try to catch Captain Underpants via his cape with a crane, it rips.
    • Mr. Krupp preparing a dramatic reveal of the security cam footage he caught of the two pranksters results in him getting confused and delayed by how to get his TV to display the footage.
    • Professor Poopypants uses his size-altering ray gun to grow Melvin Sneedley's Turbo-Toilet 2000 to the size of a building. It immediately runs out of fuel because an increase in size also means an increase in fuel consumption.
    • Also, during the Flip-O-Rama segment, Harold ends up flipping the pages too hard and rips one.
    • Captain Underpants goes out to battle the Turbo-Toilet 2000. The end result is a Curb-Stomp Battle in the Turbo-Toilet 2000's favor, because Captain Underpants doesn't actually have any superpowers. That is, until the Captain actually gets his superpowers.
    • Mr. Krupp's frequent "blackouts" when the Captain Underpants persona takes over, leaving him coming to in a different place and in his underwear, cause him to become greatly unnerved, and ultimately fearing for his mental health. When George and Harold seemingly erase Captain Underpants, Krupp suffers a major freak out over once again finding himself in a strange place wearing nothing but his underwear.
  • In Shrek 2, the fairy tale creatures attempt to break Shrek, Puss and Donkey out of prison. Pinocchio attempts to do a "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop when he is being lowered down. Unfortunately, he ends up getting tangled in the strings, forcing Gingy to intervene.
    • Harold's attempts to convince Fiona to leave Shrek only end up hurting her feelings and making her decide to instead cut off ties with her parents and return to the swamp with Shrek.
    • Attempting to put Fiona and Charming together ends up failing miserably as Fiona is in love with someone else and no longer cares about the conventional storybook ending. She only wants the man she loves.
  • Played for Laughs in Madagascar. Gloria, Melman, and Alex enter the subway to find Marty. As soon as the trio step foot on the train, all the humans scream and take off running.
    • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: When Gloria steps on the glass ceiling at the casino (when she wants to declare herself as the leader), she breaks the glass ceiling with her immense weight, with her friends plummeting down with her.

    Illumination 
  • Minions: At his coronation, Bob gives a long speech in Minionese and expects the crowd to congratulate him. However, nobody in- or out-of-universe has any clue what he's saying, asides from his fellow Minions.
  • In Sing:
    • Johnny tries to drive across the city for an exhibition performance and attempts to drive back to the harbor where his dad and his gang are making a robbery. He, unfortunately, gets stuck in traffic.
    • The reason for the backed up traffic? A car accident that was earlier caused accidentally by Johnny due to his reckless driving to make it to the exhibition performance.
    • Buster tried to create a makeshift fish tank reinforced with nothing but fragile plate glass windows. The whole tank shatters and nearly drowns everyone when too much weight is applied.
    • Throughout the film, the theater is shown to be in bad condition despite Buster's attempts. After the water tank breaks and floods the place, the entire theater collapses.
    • Buster and Mike were so sure that the singing competition was a surefire way to economically improve their respective situations, that they did not put much thought into what might happen if they were not successful. As a result, Buster's theater collapses from lack of maintenance after the flood, and the bank repossesses the ruins. Mike, however, has to constantly look over his shoulder after scamming the bear gang.
    • When Rosita tells a potential babysitter she has 25 kids, the sitter immediately hangs up on her.
  • Despicable Me
    • After stealing the moon, Gru attempts to race to see the girls' ballet recital. By the time he arrived, he is completely late with the janitor putting the chairs away.
  • Despicable Me 2
    • Gru quits villainy to become a jelly businessman. However, he is not successful overnight and the first batch of jelly tastes horrible since no one at the Gru base has any idea what they're doing yet.
    • Gru is "recruited" by the AVL to catch a villain, but it was done grudgingly since they kept losing their own agents and were getting desperate. They essentially have to kidnap Gru since they can't trust him (a former villain with a long criminal record) to even want to do hero work willingly. No one (except for Lucy) wants to personally work with Gru due to his previous criminal history. Gru himself is basically unimpressed by getting tasered and brought to a secret base, and is scathingly hostile to anyone who isn't Lucy, since even if she tasered him in the first place, she's actually trying to be nice to him and his Minions.
  • Despicable Me 3
    • Gru has spent most of his life in villainy. Dru has not. While Dru is an enthusiastic amateur, his attempts to help Gru steal the diamond from Bratt only hinder Gru.
    • Despite delivering a performance that earns a standing ovation, the Minions are still arrested because they trespassed on a film studio.
    • While Lucy is a Friend to All Children, she has never been a mother. Part of the film deals with her learning about proper parenting.

    Warner Bros. 
  • The Iron Giant: An early scene shows a film demonstrating the duck and cover method that's supposed to protect people from the shockwave and resultant shrapnel in the outer region of a nuclear attack. At the climax, Mansley orders the military to launch a nuclear strike on the Giant. When General Rogard points out the Giant is currently yards away from them in the middle of the town, Mansley tells him they can duck and cover in the nearby fallout shelter, leading to this:
    Rogard: There's no way to survive this, you idiot!!!
    Mansley: You mean, we're all going t-
    Rogard: To die, Mansley. For our country.
  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie:
    • The girls are born with basic intelligence, but are socially naive, especially when it comes to using their powers responsibly, which leads to them destroying the town in a game of tag. The rampant destruction leads everyone to ostracize the girls and it takes stopping Mojo Jojo (after having been tricked into helping his evil plan), to earn their acceptance and find their calling using their powers to fight evil.
      • The police arresting the Professor was not only justified, but realistic. Considering how he not only was the one who created the Powerpuff Girls, but the girls were minors and he is a grown man who probably could have taught the girls to only use their superpowers for emergencies only and not for playing childish games like tag.
    • Mojo Jojo's evil plan is to turn several monkeys and apes into super geniuses like him so they can take over Townsville, which nearly succeeds. But then Mojo makes the mistake of declaring he will be ruler, causing his army of equally super-intelligent primates to challenge his authority and fight for power.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, as the spy car is falling with our heroes inside, the car freezes just inches from the ground because it ran out of gas. Just as the scene starts to fade out, Kate mentions it doesn't work like that and the car suddenly smashes against the ground.
  • In Superman vs. the Elite, Manchester Black issued a referendum to all superheroes on Earth that, after he and his team kill Superman, they'll not hesitate to kill anyone who tries to bring them to "justice." Reality ensues when Black and the Elite are seemingly massacred by a morally-unrestrained Superman, who is effectively elevated to the status of a Physical God when he isn't devoting just as much effort to protecting the lives of others while trying to non-lethally neutralize his enemies.
    • During the final confrontation, Superman performs a mini-lobotomy on Black with his Eye Beams, removing his Psychic Powers. Supes then calmly walks over and bitch-slaps him a few times, with Black collapsing to his knees afterwards. It turns out that Black is useless without his powers.
    • During the battle on the moon, when Superman creates a tornado (long story short, The Elite's Living Ship created an atmosphere on the moon), The Hat flies up, figuring that as a magic user, he's got the best shot (fun fact: magic is one of the few forces that can affect Supes). He prepares an incantation...and starts gagging. As Black realizes, at the speed the vortex is spinning, it's creating a vacuum.
      Black: His body might not be taking any hits, but his lungs just collapsed from the vacuum!
  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox — and the original Comic Book version, perhaps — Barry Allen's attempt to replicate the accident that turned him into The Flash on purpose instead ends up leaving him with third-degree burns across his entire body. Zigzagged in that the second time, it works.
  • The LEGO Movie
    • A Played for Laughs example. When President Business' forces attack Cloud Cuckoo Land, Shaq tries to fight off the flying armored vehicles with a basketball launched from a trebuchet.
    Shaq: Y'all ready for this? (basketball bounces harmlessly off the attacking ship, directing their attention towards him) Oh no, they were ready for that!
  • Storks:
    • The wolves can form several things together but it works as well as expected when they try to become a submarine or an airplane.
    • Building funny extensions onto your house to guide the stork in his delivery is cute and all, but it will break various building safety codes in the process.
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
    • Batman's No Seatbelts rule for his Batmobile causes Robin to fly out of his seat and get hurt when riding for the first time.
    • Robin is taught by Batman on how to be stealthy. Robin... does not blend into dark areas, what with his bright colors and glittery cape and all.
    • Using the Phantom Zone Projector to send the Joker to the Phantom Zone causes Batman and Robin to get arrested since, good intentions or not, the Projector is an illegal weapon that was brought into Arkham Asylum, a highly secure prison. Batman also gets briefly called out on using a child to do so.
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie
    • What helps kickstart the plot is Lloyd trying to use the Ultimate Weapon to defeat Garmadon. But the thing is, it is a mystical weapon (to them anyways since it's a laser pointer), so he does not know how to properly use it. Garmadon ends up using this to his advantage by using Meowthra to destroy the other ninjas' mechs.
      • Gets revisited in the climax. When Garmadon tries to use the Elemental weapons to chase Meowthra away... nothing happens. Given that, similar to Lloyd, he does not know how to use them, and they were for the ninjas specifically, all he could do is throw them. Meowthra promptly eats him. He actually could not use them either way, since they were just symbols and not actual weapons.
    • Garmadon always fires his former Number-Ones out of a volcano. When he encounters them in the forest, they are obviously not happy to see him again at all, but are absolutely furious about what he did to them, and plan on do the same to him.
  • Batman and Green Lantern's first encounter with Superman in Justice League: War does not go over very well. Batman is typically seen being able to best Superman in a fight, but since this is their first encounter, Batman doesn't know about Kryptonite, and Superman's power is near godlike levels, and top of that, having been attacked prior to their encounter, he's already pissed off. He ends up beating the crap out of both Green Lantern and Batman, and the only way Batman is able to stop him is revealing that he knows Superman's true identity.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost
  • Batman and Harley Quinn: Nightwing expresses disappointment that the reformed Harley Quinn is working as a waitress at a restaurant called Superbabes instead of using her psychiatric background to get a more respectable job. She informs him via a pile of rejection letters that she attempted to do just that, but that no one would hire a former super criminal. Her only other choice was to accept offers she'd been given to do porn.
  • Smallfoot: After spending some time in the yeti village (which is located on top of a very high mountain), Percy starts suffering from high altitude sickness, due to the lack of oxygen on such a high peak.
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part:
    • The main theme of the movie is that even the simplest and seemingly non-drastic changes and/or behaviors can lead to major consequences.
    • Lucy was reluctant to believe that the Systarians are not actually evil, which mainly stemmed from the fact that they kidnapped her and her friends, Queen Watevra singing a song claiming that she's Most Definitely Not a Villain, and seemingly brainwash people into wanting to stay. They really just have poor communication skills and thought that acting this way was the only way to get the people of Apocolypseburg to listen.
    • Emmet keeps getting told that he needs to change with the times and toughen up and grow up. Because of this, he was reluctant to believe Lucy when she says she's not brainwashed (the second time) and that the Queen is not as evil as he thinks. This accomplishes with sticking with Rex Dangervest, who turns out to be the true Big Bad, and causing Ourmamageddon.

    My Little Pony 
  • Equestria Girls (2013):
    • After Twilight first goes through the portal, she transforms from a four-legged pony to a two-legged human. Her instincts at trying to run like a horse are met with bizarre looks. Also, she nearly falls over several times while trying to figure out how to walk on two feet instead of four hooves. She continues to have small nods to horse-like behavior throughout the movie, including trying to kick backwards like a horse when she wants to kick a vending machine after being unable to figure out how it works. Sunset Shimmer even uses this against Twilight by recording her bizarre behavior with a smartphone and posting it online to humiliate her.
    • In the library, Twilight looks bizarrely out-of-place, because she doesn't know how to use a computer. At first, she thinks it's some kind of magic, and resorts to pounding the keyboard with her fists. It also creates a bunch of loud noise that annoys the other students.
  • Rainbow Rocks:
    • Sunset Shimmer, despite her reforming at the end of the previous film, is still hated by the rest of Canterlot High School for years of being an Alpha Bitch, and for trying to brainwash the student body. And even though the Rainbooms willingly hang out with Sunset, try to give her another chance, and are sympathetic to her plight, they're mostly doing it because Princess Twilight asked them to, and they don't fully trust the former bully. It takes nearly the entire film for Sunset to even start to earn approval from CHS, and that's only after she'd gone through constant verbal abuse and became the key factor in saving everybody from the Sirens' Hate Plague feast.
    • When Twilight arrives, she and the Rainbooms attempt to stop the Dazzlings by clasping hands and shouting "Friendship is magic!" Nothing happens.
    • After a terrible rap song, Snails performs a Mic Drop. This causes a ton of feedback when it hits the stage, since the microphone was still on. Despite being under the Hate Plague of the Sirens, Principal Celestia has to tell all the other students not to do a mic drop for that very reason.
  • Friendship Games:
    • When magic starts popping up at random, Sunset Shimmer writes in her magic diary to Princess Twilight for advice. Sunset never gets an answer. When she complains about this to her friends, Applejack and Rarity point out that, as one of the leaders of Equestria, Princess Twilight is probably extremely busy with a lot of her own problems, so they can't expect her to come to the Human World at the drop of a hat whenever some random and non-threatening emergency pops up. This means that Sunset and her friends have to figure things out on their own, which they do eventually.
    • Several people at Canterlot High mistake Human Twilight for her pony counterpart from another world, referring to her by name the first time she visits the school. Human Twilight is understandably freaked out, especially when she finds out that the Rainbooms know that her dog's name is Spike.
    • While Human Twilight excels in the academic portion of the Friendship Games, she's a complete liability in the athletic portion, as is to be expected from someone who had never competed in any kind of athletic competition before. It's only through the goodhearted help of Applejack that Twilight manages to hit an archery target; Twilight's athleticism is so bad that had Applejack not helped her, Crystal Prep wouldn't have even been able to start the second leg of the race.
    • When Principal Cinch threatens to bring her accusations of cheating to the school board, it's pointed out by several students that the basis of Cinch's claims is "Canterlot High won because they used magical powers." Cinch realizes that even if it's true, no one's going to believe that.
  • Legend of Everfree:
    • Human Twilight is still traumatized by the events of Friendship Games, having recurring nightmares about her transformation into Midnight Sparkle. And when magic starts popping up again, Twilight desperately tries to deny it since she's so worried about repeating her mistake. When ultimately forced to tap into her magic to battle Gaea, she nearly does turns into Midnight Sparkle again due to her mind still being clouded by fear. It's only due to her friends' encouragement that doesn't happen.
    • Flash Sentry sees Human Twilight as a Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest for Princess Twilight. However, while Human Twilight looks and sounds like Princess Twilight, she's a different person with different experiences and different interests. All of Flash's attempts to interact with her the same way he did with Princess Twilight don't work, and repeatedly helping her doesn't make her attracted to him. That said, realizing all of this helps Flash see that he needs to move on from Princess Twilight.
    • Once the Equestria Girls start manifesting their magic, they have no idea how to use their new powers. Instead of seeing magic as a blessing, they're all worried that they'll activate their powers and cause somebody to get hurt. Rainbow Dash resorts to slow tip-toeing to avoid using Super Speed, and Applejack lightly taps nails into a dock to avoid breaking the whole thing with Super Strength. Pinkie's is especially worrying since she has the power of explosions, and the girls dive for cover when Pinkie throws a box of nails to Applejack, even though that doesn't activate Pinkie's magic.
    • Pinkie Pie decorates her floating paper lantern with marshmallows. As soon as she lets go of her lantern, it plummets like a rock.
  • Magical Movie Night
    • "Dance Magic":
      • The events of the last film caused a lot of damage to Camp Everfree, and even though the hastily set up fundraiser was successful to get the funds to pay the debts to Filthy Rich, they weren't enough for the necessary repairs to fix all of the damage caused by Gaea Everfree's rampage. This is why the Equestria Girls try out for the dance video competition in the first place; it'll get more than enough money for the repairs.
      • The Crystal Prep students mention during the beginning of the short that Cinch was removed from her position as principal and replaced with the much more compassionate Cadance after the events of Friendship Games. Putting the students of two schools in mortal danger from reckless disregard for their safety because she wanted to win an inter-school rivalry game made Cinch's students quickly turn against her. Also, even if the school board wasn't told about the whole "nearly destroyed the world with dark magic" thing, Cinch still blackmailed one of her students with a threat of losing the chance to get into a promising study program so that Crystal Prep would win the Games. Cinch also knew that same student was being bullied by her peers, and not only doing nothing to stop it, but actively encouraged it. Small wonder Cinch lost her job.
      • Despite Cinch no longer being the Crystal Prep principal, her bad influence still resides within the students, as the Shadowbolts quickly fall into their over-competitive behavior for the dance video contest, even resorting to stealing their opponents' idea. While removing Cinch was a very important first step into changing Crystal Prep for the better, old habits really do die hard.
    • "Movie Magic":
      • The seven girls get Mistaken for Special Guests by a stagehand and are forcefully put into Power Ponies costumes and escorted to a set, with the stagehand hearing no arguments to the contrary they're not actors. The director immediately notices that the girls are obviously not the actors he asked for, and fires the stagehand for incompetence.
      • Rainbow Dash attempts to chase down the prop thief with her Super Speed, but since Rainbow doesn't know the area, she quickly gets lost.
      • After the thief is caught, in spite of their excuses and apologies, Canter Zoom is still furious and hurt that one of his trusted crew members attempted to sabotage his movie's production, even endangering the lives of the actors for what he saw as an extremely flimsy reason. Ultimately, while Canter Zoom doesn't press charges against the thief, he no longer trusts them being around the studio, and the thief is promptly escorted away by security.
    • "Mirror Magic":
      • Just like Twilight, Starlight Glimmer struggles while learning how to walk on two feet. Also, Sunset Shimmer, when she returns to Equestria, has trouble standing on four hooves because she's been a human for so long. She even forgets that she can use unicorn magic instead of her hooves to pick things up.
  • Forgotten Friendship:
    • In the extended version, the restricted section of the Canterlot library has a mechanical book catalog. But since no-one has been down there in a long time, the device has not been properly maintained, causing it to fall apart when Sunset tries to operate it.
    • Pinkie Pie tries running on the beach while wearing swim flippers. She ends up tripping and face-planting in the sand.
    • During her Villain Song, the Big Bad notices Sunset trying to steal the Memory Stone out of their backpack. As soon as they see it, the villain immediately stops singing and grabs for the Stone. Singing isn't a free action.
    • After all of Canterlot High has been made to forget Sunset's Heel–Face Turn thanks to Laser-Guided Amnesia, they believe she's still the same Alpha Bitch she used to be. Sunset resorts to screaming at the top of her lungs that she's not mean, which only makes the other students even more convinced that she's still bad.
    • When Sunset confronts the Big Bad in the parking lot, the villain shouts in frustration that they've already erased everybody's memories of the entire afternoon. Sunset's friends are nearby and overhear everything, which makes them realize Sunset was telling the truth the whole time. Shouting your Evil Plans at the top of your lungs in a public place is a very good way to get caught.
  • Rollercoaster of Friendship:
    • When Fluttershy briefly goes missing after being transported to a White Void Room by Vignette Valencia, Applejack is the only one to show any concern. The other Equestria Girls point out that the Equestrialand theme park can hold fifty thousand people. Even though it's not what happened, it's more logical to assume that Fluttershy just got lost or went off to see another attraction on her own instead of thinking that magic is involved.
    • Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle apply the laws of physics to a ring toss game in an attempt to beat it and win a prize. Turns out it's not that easy, and they repeatedly lose. Knowing how the game is rigged doesn't stop it from being rigged.
    • Discussed with Vignette Valencia's plan. Even though the White Void Room the girls get sent to is just a room in the park, the Equestria Girls still have to stop Vignette from transporting anyone else in there. The room only has so much space, and if too many people get sent in at once? "Squish city."
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017):
    • When the group attempts to walk across a rope to get to an airship, Pinkie Pie tries to cross it with her usual pronking gait. This causes the rope to shake and she falls off before Twilight catches her with her telekinesis.
    • Rainbow Dash's signature move, the Sonic Rainboom, produces a huge explosion of color in the sky. While she uses it to inspire the air pirates to regain their rebel spirit, Tempest Shadow also sees it, and follows the rainbows right to them.
    • When the Storm King steals the Princesses' magic and gains Weather Manipulation as well, he has to practice using them and doesn't fully understand their true potential. Doubly so because he had no idea who the Princesses actually were and thus no idea what powers he now possesses.
    • In the movie's climax, as the heroes battle the Storm Guard, Spike uses his fire breath to attack some of the guards, with their fur catching fire. One of them falls... and doesn't get back up.

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  • Main character Rodney kicks off the Dance Party Ending of Robots by giving his dad an instrument so he can fulfill his lifelong dream of being a musician. Having spent his whole life as a dishwasher to support his family (and it being years since he's touched an instrument), Herb's playing does not sound good. At all. He does catch his stride a few moments later (Can't exactly forget riding a bike can you?) and the local band steps in to help him out.
  • Rio: When Blu (who has been told of a "dating service" with another bird) attempts to kiss Jewel, she immediately brushes him off and angrily states that they just met.
  • Ferdinand:
    • No matter how tamed and non-aggressive a bull is, bringing them to a public event is never a wise decision, as something is bound to set them off. Juan explains this as the reason why Ferdinand can't come with them to the flower festival. Predictably enough, when Ferd comes to the festival on his own, he panics and runs amok after being stung by a bee.
    • Men in general, but especially large men, are seen as threats or a danger by most people. Only those who know them well are typically excepted from this norm while others have even been known to complain about feeling threatened simply by being in the same room as a man. Ferdinand, who represents this erroneous stereotype, is immediately type cast as a violent brute because of his immense size.
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  • In the animated film Wizards, good wizard Avatar confronts his Evil Twin Blackwolf. At first everything seems to set up for a Wizard's Duel. Then Avatar, who up to this point has been a pacifist, suddenly pulls a gun and shoots Blackwolf dead, adding "I'm glad you changed your name, you son of a bitch!"
  • A heartbreaking example in The Land Before Time: The Great Long-Neck Migration. The viewers would expect Littlefoot to instantly accept Bron and have a happy, loving reunion with him upon learning that he was his father. Alas, he was hurt and upset that he was never there for him his entire life and that he never knew where he was or if he was even alive. What's more, Bron ends up having to seriously explain himself in order for Littlefoot to forgive him.
  • Chicken Run. Sorry Fowler, the RAF doesn't allow chickens to pilot aircraft. Amusingly he had thought this too obvious to mention, and the confusion comes from other characters not spotting it.
  • Starship Troopers: Invasion: Hand-to-hand combat with the bugs is a very stupid idea. Even if you somehow manage to beat down that one, there's still hundreds of them right behind it.
  • An example that is Played for Laughs in The Book of Life. Joaquin asks why Chakal doesn't pick on someone his own size.
    Citizen: 'Cause no one's that big, man!
  • Ratchet & Clank: At the end of the movie Qwark attempts to arrest Dr. Nefarious... before handing authority over to Ratchet. Seeing as he's betrayed the Galactic Rangers to join Chairman Drek, he is in no position of authority to arrest suspects.
    • After they escaped from the Deplanetizer as it begins to crash into orbit there's a heartwarming scene as Ratchet convinces Qwark to try and atone for his betrayal... until Clank interrupts with a very important statement. Because of how they escaped, they should've suffered from severe motion sickness from the change in inertia of teleporting from a space station crashing into a planet to a space ship. Ratchet and Qwark begin to blow him off... before immediately spewing onto the ground.
    • In a cross-media example, Captain Qwark is not Easily Forgiven due to his Face–Heel Turn, and while the ending of the movie shows that he was slapped with a demotion to Private and had to personally apologize on a tour to the entire galaxy, the tie-in game opens with Qwark in prison.
  • In Kubo and the Two Strings, Kubo's mother suffers a blow to the head at the start of the movie, hard enough to draw blood. Flash forward to the present, and this has caused serious medical problems, as she now spends most of every day catatonic. Even when she's conscious, she suffers from tremors, and has large holes in her memory.
  • ParaNorman does this a bunch, as part of its general goal of showing what zombie/witch movie cliches would actually be like in the real world:
    • According to your town's folklore, centuries ago, an evil witch cursed your town and all its inhabitants. What does that mean for Blithe Hollow nowadays? Not much except for local businesses capitalizing on the legend of the witch's curse for tourism and merchandising.
    • Rigor mortis is a thing, so when you're a twelve-year-old boy trying to pry a heavy book out of the hands of an overweight man's corpse, it's not going to be easy.
    • Mitch might be a Dumb Jock, but the reason he's popular is because he's actually nice. Alvin, in comparison, is a friendless loser who gets no respect from anyone because actually being The Bully means no one will want to be friends with you. Even his victims think he's pathetic.
    • During the school play, every single parent in the audience is filming their child with a video camera.
    • Thanks to modern technology, a massive numbers disadvantage, and the zombies being Fish out of Water, the slow-moving, unarmed and physically frail undead only pose a threat to the townsfolk when the living are 1) children and unprepared to deal with it 2) panicking, or 3) making incredibly irrational decisions (i.e. that guy at the vending machine.) In fact, through most of the climax, it's the terrified and outnumbered zombies who are fleeing from the massive hordes of bloodthirsty and vicious townspeople.
    • The movie pulls absolutely no punches whatsoever when it comes to showing how inaccurate Politically Correct History really is. The town's legend about an evil, cackling old crone being brought to justice and then cursing the town out of spite is pure bullshit. The "witch" was an innocent child sentenced to death by Puritan fundamentalists because she was a social outcast and had abilities they didn't understand, i.e., what the townspeople saw as clearly a sign of Devil worship. Any Salem Witch Trial or witchcraft historian will tell you this is exactly what any historical "witchcraft" trials were like.
    • A child being unjustly murdered is going to lash out against the people who wronged her, and being twelve forever means she's never going to mature or realize the consequences of her actions. Conversely, a group of adults who get to spend, say, the next five hundred years thinking about what they did will eventually realize how badly they screwed up.
    • Mob mentality, especially in a small, rural town of close-knit people, is chillingly easy to get swept up in and almost impossible to stop once it's rolling. History has shown that when people think they're in danger from a supernatural threat, they're willing to do terrible things, including killing children just for being different. Again.
    • The townspeople have a hard time reconciling the fact that they burned Town Hall and tried to kill a little boy. Naturally, they're going to bend over backwards trying to justify getting swept up in the mob mentality afterwards.
    • Gay people exist, and just because someone's a member of a discriminated group doesn't mean they can't harbor prejudices of their own.
  • By the end of the first An American Tail, Fievel and his family are reunited, the bad cats are defeated, and everything seems great. However, by the second movie, Fievel Goes West, while Fievel's family are still together, they find that living in a cramped space in New York while having limited access to food and being under threat of attack from the many cats still in the city isn't all that great.
  • 5 Centimeters per Second: Long Distance Relationships have to be worked at if they are to survive. Takaki and Akari's communication with each other slows and eventually dies out, and the relationship unravels; by the time they are adults, although Takaki has been nursing the feelings for years, his inability to properly convey this means Akari has not. In fact, she has gotten engaged to another man and doesn't even recognize Takaki when they maybe cross paths the final time onscreen.
  • Isle of Dogs:
    • During the climax of the movie, Tracy has her student visa nullified after protesting against Kobayashi, and then when Spots fights the robot dog, he loses an eye and a limb, and Atari is severely injured as well.
    • Completely subverting both the Trash Landing and Hollywood Healing tropes, Atari's crash onto Trash Island severely injures his face, head, and leg, and the injuries persist throughout the movie.
    • At the end of the movie, while Kobayashi undergoes a Heel–Face Turn and undoes the Trash Island decree, he's still guilty of a lot of other crimes, so he and his co-conspirators still end up in jail. He offers no complaints, however.
  • In Balto, Balto saved the village children and became a hero. Come Balto II: Wolf Quest and he's still a stray and he's still mocked by some of the other dogs. Being a hero doesn't mean people are going to take in a wolf-dog and it doesn't instantly fix Fantastic Racism.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
    • Miles has some difficulty about actually wanting to stay at Visions, despite his parents wanting him to. To try and get kicked out, he purposely fails a true-false test. The thing is, though, that he got every answer wrong. And, as his teacher states, the only way to get all the answers wrong is if he knew the right answers, because if he was guessing, he would have gotten at least a couple of answers right. She even changes his grade from 0 to 100 to let him know that it's not going to work.
    • When Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider, we are treated to a dramatic scene of the venom changing his DNA. When we cut back, he casually swats the spider off his hand without so much as a single scream.
    • Miles's shoelaces, acting as a Running Gag. Not tying them causes him to trip over the edge of a building when he was trying to test his powers. He remembers to tie them the second time, though.
    • Miles and Peter B. Parker need to travel to Alchemax Labs. Miles states that this will a perfect opportunity to be taught how to websling. Peter B. laughs it off, and we cut to the two on a bus. As Peter B. states, it's easier to ride a bus than to websling all the way there, especially since he just ate at the time.
    • Also at Alchemax, Miles and Peter need to hack a computer to download a failsafe. The Password Is Always "Swordfish" is averted here, and the password as secure as Truth in Television can get. Also, when Miles does access the computer, he sees a bunch of disorganized files. Not having a lot of time, he steals the monitor and the computer. But Peter points out that they don't need the monitor and tosses it aside.
    • Harsh as the Tough Love scene was between the Spiders and Miles when they first meet him, they have a point. Superhero-ing is not something you just jump into head first. Their opponents more then likely will indeed have no qualms with killing and thinking on your feet is mandatory with what they get into. Plus considering many of them started young or are still going through adolescence, they know full well the experience of starting off green.
    • Miles has a huge fondness for his Uncle Aaron. He's terrified after seeing that his own uncle is The Prowler, and furious when he dies at the hands of Kingpin. As in, he ends up trashing his room. What's also to note is that Miles gains PTSD throughout the movie, such as when his universe's Spider-Man dies, the supercollider activating, as mentioned before, his uncle being a supervillain, the list goes on.
    • Doc Ock and Miles, Peter B., and Gwen prepare to face off at the climax. Which also takes place in a reality storm with buildings, landmarks, cars, and such being scattered everywhere. As Doc Ock lunges forward, she is plowed by an oncoming truck. After all, the Spiders had their Spider-Sense to warn them when something was incoming. Doc, however, had no such thing and narrowing her focus on the three resulted in not watching her surroundings.
    • Spider-Ham is a Spider who mainly uses Toon Physics, which basically means he can use different cartoon tropes, such as Anvil on Head and Hyperspace Mallet. While this may be standard in his dimension, which also operates on these types on physics, this is not standard in Miles' dimension, which operates on more realistic physics, so, as Scorpion finds out, Ham is actually one of the most dangerous members on the team.
    • Kingpin had hoped to find a version of his wife and son in one of the other universes to replace the ones that died in his universe. However their deaths only came about because they had found him fighting Spider-Man and ran off in horror that he was a bad guy, dying in the car crash that had followed when Kingpin tried to go after them. In the climax, when he's fighting Miles, a version of them see him doing so and they run away as his version had done. Showing no matter the dimension, another version won't just accept him once they know of his true nature. It was just as the Peter of their universe stated, there was indeed no way to get his family back.
    • In the climax, Miles faces off against Kingpin. But as Peter B. and even Kingpin notes, Miles has only just recently came into being a Spider-Man with only a few days practice at best while Kingpin has years of experience on him. Heck the only reason Kingpin got the kill in on the Spider-Man of Miles' universe was due to him being pinned under debris after the accelerator exploded. Miles insists anyway to help Peter B. get home and indeed in the ensuing fight, Kingpin pretty much dominates most of it. The only reason Miles wins was due to using a creative slight of hand.
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
    • In the show proper, the Titans receive little to no callouts on their Designated Hero status. Here, it's fully deconstructed and discussed. No one sees the Teen Titans as real heroes because of their constant goofing off and relatively low hero work. Not even Slade takes them seriously at first, a complete contrast from how intrigued he was by them in the 2003 series.
      Robin: We're in need of an archnemesis and we think you'll be a great fit.
      Slade: You have got to be kidding me! You guys are jokes. Everyone knows that!
    • Continuing from above, the Titans usually get away with their antics with little to no consequences. Here? Not so much. Case in point, Balloon Man just keeps robbing the people of Jump City while the Titans were playing their song until the Justice League arrives. Later in the film, the Titans (sans Robin) cause their usual shenanigans throughout the Warner Bros. studio lot, despite Jade telling them that they need to behave themselves. This causes Jade to change her mind about making a movie about the whole team to focus only on Robin, the one Titan that didn't cause any trouble. Her true identity, however, indicates that this may have been invoked.
    • What's also to note is Robin's Butt-Monkey status. While he may seem fine in the show, the movie deconstructs it, showing that it's the reason why he's so insecure and actually takes everyone's criticisms seriously. One example being him running out of the Batman Again! premiere in tears after embarrassing himself.context  Slade takes advantage of this a couple of times. The first time saying that archnemeses getting away is what happens in a great superhero movie, causing Robin to zone out. The second time has him use a Dark Reprise of Robin's "My Superhero Movie" song from earlier to get him to look at his mind control movie. He succeeds, even though Robin knew what would happen if he looked.
    • Everyone talks about their fates if Robin was not there to bring them together. Cyborg's fate is being a professional football player.
      Cyborg: Which sounds good, but you're forgetting the concussions, the bad knees, going broke, and having to be on one of those awful dance reality TV shows!
    • The Titans attempt to become the only superheroes by going back in time and preventing all of the others from becoming superheroes in the first place through various methods (preventing Krypton from blowing up so Kal-El doesn't become Superman, shattering Wonder Woman's faith in humanity by using her lasso as a jump rope, convincing the Waynes to not go down Crime Alley so Bruce Wayne doesn't become Batman, etc.). Naturally, when they return to the present, they find the world has become a wasteland, supervillains are running rampant, and no movies are being made. This drives them to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.

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