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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spies in Disguise:
    • While Bloodless Carnage is still used, Walter gets visible bruises on his body after some rough action scenes.
    • Lance attempts to knock out Kimura the same way he did when he was human, only to find that a pigeon wing doesn't have as much of an impact as a human hand.
    Lance: I miss my hands...
    • Lance initially assumes that taking out the one drone Killian had would foil his plan... except he already figured Lance would do so and made hundreds more. A villain motivated by Revenge is going to have a lot of time on his hands, and plenty of targets, so why would he just use that one drone?
    • When Walter and Lance defeat the Big Bad, they are ecstatic to finally get their jobs back, only for both of them to end up terminated for treason among other crimes. Subverted in that they actually do get rehired shortly afterward, although Walter leads the duo now; it's implied that their initial firing was just for theatrics to establish their cover stories.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • During the bridge fight scene, the first thing the Furious Five do 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 so the Furious Five are left with no choice but to fight.
    • 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.
  • 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. In addition, though this part is not as funny, the NYPD is called and are forced to tranquilize the animals.note 
    • 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 with her immense weight, being the heaviest of the four, with her friends plummeting down with her.
  • 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, and him being rejected causes the start of his Face–Heel Turn.
    • 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.
  • 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, and the only reason she doesn't is because Shrek drank the Happily Ever After potion, and she falls unconscious when she starts transforming.
    • 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, so Fairy Godmother tries to force her to accept Charming with a Love Potion.

  • 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 they grudgingly did so 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 very unimpressed with AVL, since getting tasered and being spirited away to a secret base is not a good first impression, and he is scathingly hostile to anyone who isn't Lucy, since even if she's the one who 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, and the gang gets arrested without him.
    • 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, not just from the remaining singers, but the invading bear gang.
    • 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.

    Warner Bros. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
    • The movie is shown to take place in a world where all the previous Batman incarnations, live-action and animated, happened. This trope then gets slapped onto this notion during the Gala, where Barbara Gordon points out that, while Batman has been doing a great job protecting Gotham City, it's still the most crime-ridden city in the world since Batman was never able to permanently bring them in.
    • 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. In fact, this is exactly what Joker wanted too, as he proceeds to team up with the criminals inside.
  • 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 his future self Rex Dangervest, who turns out to be the true Big Bad, and causing Ourmamageddon.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost
    • The movie kicks off with Mystery Inc. accidentally catching an innocent man. Because of this, they are forced into retirement after being banned from continuing their business.
    • Also, since Fred and Velma were not around when Scooby, Shaggy, and Daphne were trying to catch the 13 ghosts, they have no idea about what has actually been going on. Velma, in particular, is reluctant to believe that the 13 ghosts are actually real.
    • The series being Left Hanging is lampshaded in-universe. It turns out that after an encounter with one of the 13 ghosts scared Scooby way too bad, they just flat out called off the ghost hunt and pitched Vincent Van Ghouls' crystal ball into the garbage. Mystery Inc has brushed with genuine supernatural elements and legitimate moral peril once or twice, but even they're going to have a hard limit to the kind of danger they can tolerate.
  • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island:
    • The catalyst of Mystery Inc. splitting up was the gang getting really tired of the constant "Scooby-Doo" Hoax mysteries they deal with in previous series. In fact, when the gang gets back together to help Daphne's television show, Daphne is constantly disappointed that every mystery they solved ends in one.
    • After the climax, the heroes acknowledge that, without any proof (Fred's camera having fallen into some quicksand), no one will believe them about their encounter with the supernatural.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies:
    • Doubles as Reality Subtext for the show itself, but the film deconstructs and discusses the Designated Hero status of the Teen Titans. They realize that constantly goofing off and not actually doing much superhero work has resulted in them not being seen as true heroes. This is what drives the Titans, especially Robin, to go to Hollywood to make a movie about themselves and prove their worth. Not even Slade thought they were worth his time when they cross paths. It's not until they show genuine heroics that everyone (Slade included) starts to take them more seriously.
    • In the show proper, 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.
      • The Titans (sans Robin) causing their usual shenanigans throughout the Warner Bros. studio 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. Though this was most likely invoked, as it turns out "Jade" was a crossdressing Slade.
    • The movie also paints the Butt-Monkey trope in a more realistic light. Robin, like in the show, gets repeatedly mocked. However, unlike in the show, he takes it pretty hard and is pretty insecure as a result, especially since everyone (excluding the other Titans) are treating him as this throughout the movie. This is also part of the reason why Slade succeeds in mind manipulating him, whether to bring his guard down so he can escape or take control of him in the climax, even though Robin knew what he was doing. Specifically, when everyone in the theater sans his friends laughs at him for thinking he's anywhere near as important as a utility belt, he runs out of the theater embarrassed and in tears. Despite his status in the superhero world, he's also still a teenager who just wants some recognition.
    • When the Titans talk about their terrible fates had they not become a team, Cyborg mentions that he could've become a professional football player. Before the others can point out that such a thing actually sounds like a good deal, Cyborg talks out the less glamorous side of it. Namely, the serious injuries, going broke, and having to compete on a reality dance show.
    • The Titans time travel to prevent superhero origin stories from occurring, thinking that they will be the only superheroes around to have a movie. However, when they succeed and travel back to the present, they find the world in ruins and supervillains running amok. Realizing that with no heroes, the world has become a horrific wasteland, villains can do any heinous crime they want, and no more movies from being made, they go back to restore those origin stories.

    My Little Pony 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rainbow Rocks:
    • This trope kicks off one of the main plots of the film. 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. Even though the Rainbooms hang out with Sunset, try to give her another chance, and are sympathetic to her plight, they're mostly doing it out of necessity, and they don't fully trust the former bully. It takes 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 from the Dazzlings 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.
  • 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."
  • Sunset's Backstage Pass: Pinkie Pie knocks over a churro stand, sending herself and Sunset Shimmer tumbling end over end, covered in cinnamon. Typical slapstick antics? Nope; the security guard kicks the two of them out of the festival for causing trouble.

  • 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.
  • The Angry Birds Movie 2: Despite finally gaining the other birds' acceptance at the end of the first movie, Red still struggles with loneliness and abandonment issues, and is determined to keep being their hero so they won't reject him again. Lifelong issues such as Red's don't simply disappear overnight.
  • The Angry Birds Movie: Red was right all along and the one who united the birds to retrieve the eggs, however his plan didn't go any further than getting in the castle, without an actual way to get the eggs back to the island. So, while it earns him the admiration and respect of the other birds, particularly the children that hatched thanks to him, it's Mighty Eagle, who brought the eggs to safety and was already the hero of the town, that gets the statue. Noticeably, however, Exact Words ensue on the statue and Red still gets to be the only other individual bird depicted there, although in an undignified pose.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Chicken Run: Sorry Fowler, but the RAF doesn't allow chickens to pilot an aircraft - Fowler was in the RAF, but he was a mascot. Amusingly, he had thought this too obvious to mention, and the confusion comes from other characters not spotting it.
    • In the climax, Ginger attempts to cut the line Mrs. Tweedy's holding onto so the Crate can fully fly and leave the farm. However, the line is made out of Christmas lights and Ginger's first attempt is with a pair of sewing scissors (small enough for a chicken to use, no less), so there isn't enough force to actually get through the wires. It's only when Ginger tricks Mrs. Tweedy into cutting the line herself with an axe does she see any success.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Regular Show: The Movie, despite managing to fix the timeline and keeping Ross from creating the time machine, the events still transpire as occured: the principal has Past!Ross fired and arrested for tampering with plutonium to make the machine and Past!Mordecai and Rigby are expelled for blowing up the science wing.
  • 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 some 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 gasp.
    • Miles's untied 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. Later, 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 than likely will 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 when they found out 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 run away as his version had done. 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 came into being a Spider-Man with only a few days practice, while Kingpin has years of experience on him. Heck, the only reason Kingpin killed the original Spider-Man of Miles' universe was due to him being pinned under debris after the accelerator exploded. Miles insists on fighting him anyway to help Peter B. get home and, 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.
  • 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.
  • Almost all the deaths in The Transformers: The Movie, but especially Starscream's. Spending years trying to overthrow Megatron and seemingly finally succeeding while he has a more powerful form won't end well.
  • 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 last name, you son of a bitch!"


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