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    Attack On Titan 
  • When Wall Maria fell, the refugees were forced to evacuate into Wall Rose. This meant extra mouths to feed and soon there wasn't enough food to go around. Even worse, when they tried to plant food, nothing grew. So to thin out the numbers, a few people were drafted into helping to fight the Titans, Armin's grandfather among them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice doesn't always play out the way the person wanted to. Those who take this route often find out at the last moment that they don't want to die or that their last moments will be horrifying and messy.
  • Even though mankind is facing extinction at the hands of man-eating monsters, everyone doesn't magically forget their interpersonal conflicts.
  • Titan biology is affected by this. The Colossal Titan is so huge that it moves very slowly. The Armored Titan plating insulates it and it can make the Titan overheat if not removed. Rod Reiss's Titan is so large that it cannot support its own weight and can't walk, only by crawling on its stomach.
  • During the first arc on Wall Rose, Eren gives a Rousing Speech to his unit that they can take the Titans if they just stick together, even joking they can get a kill count going. No sooner then they go into action, near all of them are decimated. Sure they trained for this, but training doesn't equal actual experience on the battlefield and the Titans turn out to be more unpredictable then they realize.
  • A harsh truth the regiment realize in a war: That you'll have to leave behind your friends to either save yourself and/or continue your mission. And only when the latter is completed can you grieve for the fallen.
  • The battle between Eren and Annie shows what happens when a fight with two giant monsters occur in a densely populated area. The fight only lasts a few minutes but there are over a hundred casualties caught in the crossfire.
  • People who you actively tried to murder will not come to your aid when you are crying and begging for them to save you, as Bertolt found out the hard way.
  • The swords that the military uses are very sharp but are realistically very brittle. Each soldier carries at least 6 pairs at any given time because the swords are prone to break or become dull with each swing.
  • What happens when two nations spew a century worth of propaganda at each other? You naturally have the other assuming they're the bad guy and are "full of demons", only to discover a harsh truth when visiting the other side. Reiner realized this upon going to the Walls and finding the people there weren't any different then his homeland. When he finally returned home he was full of Survivor Guilt and self-loathing for what he had to do and the people he had to betray.
    • This is likewise showcased when Gabi ends up in Marley after the below event and constantly keeps this mindframe despite the fact that years have long since past from the whole propaganda her nation told her and nearly no one behaves like she keeps claiming. At one point, she meets the girl Sasha had saved from a Titan years prior (Which Gabi killed during the airship escape btw) and, while talking, the girl reveals her mother was killed by a Titan. Gabi keeps trying to justify the death was the result of her nation's actions. But the girl shoots back 1) They had no knowledge of what Gabi keeps going on about. For all they knew at the time, they were the last humans left and Titans were just mindless monstrous beings and 2) Her mother did nothing against Gabi's home to deserve such a fate. Needless to say Gabi has no argument when told of this.
  • Trying to take on an entire airship of enemy soldiers by yourself will at best result in you killing a few soldiers before being overwhelmed by the sheer number of the enemy, as Gabi found out. The latter is quickly captured and beaten and would have been thrown off the ship to their death for killing the enemy's comrades if not for Jean stopping them.
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    Bleach 
  • In the first chapter, Ichigo spots Rukia coming into his house through his bedroom window. Even though she's not there to hurt him, he quickly attacks her, thinking she's a thief.
  • When trying to deal with a Hollow attacking his family, Ichigo tries to help... and ends up getting smacked aside for his trouble. Although experienced in dealing with ghosts and street fights, he's never had to actually fight a spirit before and doesn't really have any special power. What's worse, his jumping-in causes Rukia to get injured as well.
  • Initially after Ichigo uses his powers to save his family from the Hollow attacking them, he wanted nothing more to do with Soul Reaping and refuses when Rukia tries to have him continue in her stead while she regains her powers. He only relents when he sees a child spirit in danger and even then is reluctant to do the job until the incident with Grand Fisher, which gives him a much more personal reason to keep going. Ichigo is, after all, just a teenage boy who wants to live his own life; putting himself at risk on a regular basis doesn't appeal to him.
  • When fighting against Hollow Sora (the corrupted spirit of Orihime's brother) Ichigo has a clean shot at his neck. But ultimately hesitates and get smacked aside for his trouble. This was someone he somewhat knew in lifenote  and, still being new to being a Soul Reaper, he's not prepared to deal with such encounters, especially when he's never killed someone before (the Hollow from the first chapter doesn't count because Ichigo thought it was just a monster; it was in the Hollow Sora battle that he learned that Hollows were once human souls).
  • After a televised event with Don Kanonji in which Ichigo, Rukia and some of his friends are caught on camera (the former two trying to stop a Hollow), the gym teacher has them brought to the principal for apparently delinquent conduct. Subverted when the principal doesn't really care. Paraphrased: "They didn't do anything lewd, so it wasn't a big deal."
  • Uryū challenges Ichigo to prove Quincys are better than Soul Reapers. Ichigo accepts, until he finds out Uryū plans to use Hollow bait and make it into a Hollow hunting contest. Even Ichigo realizes how stupid an idea this is, and sure enough, the bait ends up attracting more Hollows than Uryū was expecting, putting a lot of people, including Orihime, Tatsuki, Chad, and Ichigo's younger sister, Karen, in danger.
  • When Rukia runs away and is attacked by Byakuya and Renji, who wish to bring her back to Soul Society, Ichigo comes to the rescue and is quickly beaten down. Even with his Heroic Second Wind against Renji, Byakuya takes him out with ease. After all, the two are experienced Soul Reapers while Ichigo has just barely even started in his stint as one.
  • While Ichigo is training with Kisuke, Yoruichi (in cat form at the time) trains Chad and Orihime in their newfound powers. They do so in an abandoned building but an explosion from their power forces the two to quickly leave the area since it likely will attract attention.
  • After Ichigo defeats one of the gate guards, said guard is about to let him through... only for the group to instantly run into a Captain, Gin Ichimaru, who quickly knocks them back and punishes said guard. After all, the guard isn't supposed to let threats into the place he's guarding, personal code of honor be damned.
  • Most of the Soul Society residents are comprised of mixed families since not all souls that depart from the living world are reunited with their loved ones in such a big place, especially when many of the members die at different times. Considering that some family relationships can be utterly toxic and abusive (for example, the Inoue family before Sora ran away with Orihime), this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
  • After managing to break into the Soul Society, Ichigo and Ganju are beset by troops of Soul Reapers. They manage to grab one, Hanatarō and try to use him as a hostage... only for the troop they encounter to not care because he isn't part of their squad and they consider him weak — the fourth and eleventh divisions do not get along.
  • Renji defies orders to go confront Ichigo. He ends up losing and is locked up for insubordination for this, and only avoids being executed for his actions because the situation is too severe to just kill off someone as strong as him.
  • After Aizen is believed to have been killed, his lieutenant Momo instantly suspects Gin since he was acting shady around him previously. However, in trying to attack him, Gin's lieutenant Kira defends him and the fight ends up broken up by Captain Hitsugaya who has both of them detained for attacking each other. Unruly conduct is not allowed in military organizations, and you can't attack someone without proof.
  • While high-school student Chad is able to defeat a few low-level Soul Reapers, he's utterly outclassed, beaten and captured when he tries to fight a captain, especially one of the strongest Captains.
  • When the order for Rukia's execution to be sped up comes out of the blue, most of the Soul Reapers find the order a bit suspicious and start to question if something weird is going on. This ends up clashing with those who staunchly keep following it, resulting in in-fighting in the Gotei 13 ranks.
  • In Rukia's flashback, we see that Kaien, a former subordinate of the squad Rukia was in, had tried to fight and kill a Hollow who had possessed and taken over the body of his wife. Rukia wanted to jump in and help but their captain, Ukitake, claims This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself. This doesn't give Kaien any sort of edge, though; the Hollow proves too powerful to kill right away, and ultimately ends up taking over Kaien's body forcing Rukia to Mercy Kill him.
  • Years of devotion only to be shattered when said person abandons you will of course build up resentment as Yoruichi finds out when she confronts her former bodyguard, Sui Feng.
  • Despite Renji and Ichigo gaining the power of Bankai, it's not a power-up that instantly helps them gain victory, since they're still learning to wield it. Both end up facing Byakuya, a person who's long-since mastered it and has more experience. Renji has his Bankai broken in his first use with it (later in the story, it's revealed that due to this, it was likewise severely weakened in power as well). When Ichigo uses his in his final fight with the captain, the super speed initially gives him an advantage, but it puts a strain on his body; he doesn't even notice he's slowing down until Byakuya points it out and instantly capitalizes on the flaw. Ichigo would've nearly been killed if his Inner Hollow hadn't intervened.
  • During the Arrancar arc, the Soul Reapers who are stationed in the living world have a limiter put on them so as not to cause much damage to the town. This becomes a problem when facing a few invading low-level Arrancar who go all out against them and the most they can do is defend themselves until the order is given to release their limiters to be able to fight effectively.
  • Ichigo and Grimmjow have their epic showdown, Ichigo wins, and gets Orihime back. All's well, except he forgot he's still in enemy territory and is quickly jumped by Nnoitra, who waited for the battle to be over to make his move as Ichigo would be too worn-out and injured to put up a fight.
  • During the Winter War, Sui Feng reveals her Bankai to be a ballistic missile. While it is a very powerful ability, she nonetheless hates it because she's a ninja and it's not exactly useful for stealth.
  • Ikkaku is stationed at a pillar meant to keep the living world and fake town the Gotei 13 created for the war separate while the fight is going on. However, due to not wanting the other squads to know he has a Bankai (out of fear of being bumped a rank and being assigned to a different squad — he likes working under Captain Kenpachi specifically), he doesn't give it his all against the Arrancar that attacks the pillar and ends up defeated. His friend and former squad-mate Iba, who'd left the eleventh division to become a lieutenant in the seventh, gives him a verbal lashing for letting his pride get in the way of his duty.
  • Harribel's Fraccion are able to combine their powers to create a powerful beast called Ayon, who proceeds to utterly trash nearly all the lieutenants who try and stop him. However, when it gets killed by Head Captain Yamamoto, the three Fraccion try to jump him in revenge. Without much movement, Yamamoto lights them ablaze instantly. The three might be strong, but Yamaoto is the World's Strongest Man for a reason.
  • When the Visored join in the war, none of them are happy to be fighting with the Soul Reapers as they were unjustly set to be executed in the past by said group for the Hollowfication condition unwillingly put on them and have been living in exile. Strictly telling them they're just doing it because they hate Aizen more. Indeed by the end of the arc, only several of them rejoin the Gotei 13; the others are still quite bitter and opt to stay in the living world.
  • Hachi and Sui Feng end up facing off against Baraggan, an Espada that can rot anything he touches. After several attacks fail to affect him, Hachi lets his arm get hit by the power then rips it off and teleports it into Baraggan's body, who, ironically enough, isn't immune to his own power.
  • The Visored's Hollow Masks run on a time limit and can only stay active by training to improve that limit. Due to this, the Visored's usage of their masks are presented as fairly realistic as one could expect: they only equip them if they are confident they cannot overpower their foe naturally, or if they need the extra boost to clear away enemies quicker. They also make sure to remove their masks after they use them, allowing them to save their time and even potentially regain lost time as well. Most of them, with the exception of Mashiro, also had to train to improve their time with their masks, and thus tend to rely on their naturally skilled powers as Soul Reapers to compensate.
  • When Mashiro takes on Wonderweiss, she's indeed powerful enough to knock him around. However Kensei warns her of her mask limit and tries to get her to break off. She refuses, somewhat arrogantly claiming she can hold her mask power longer than the other Visored. When she goes in for another major strike, the time limit for her mask power indeed disengages allowing Wonderwiess to land a devastating blow on her and forcing Kensei to bail her out. Overconfidence leads to failure yet again.
  • In addition to the previous point, Mashiro's lack of training in regards to controlling her Hollow Mask means that the ability is unrefined and thus not stable. Comparatively, the other Visords all train and regulate their usage of their masks, helping them stay consistent in battle as a result. Likewise when Ichigo runs out to fight Grimmjow a second time, he does so believing his Hollow Mask will give him enough power to win easily. Instead the mask breaks before he can finish the fight and ends up getting pounded by Grimmjow afterwards.
  • During the Hueco Mundo arc, Ichigo tries to save his power as much as possible so that if he fights any of the Espada he can be at full power. While a smart move, he ends up running into Dordoni, a former Espada himself, who quickly proves too much for him to handle with just his Shikai alone. Despite this, Ichigo still refuses to go all out to win. As a result, Dordoni begins attacking Nel to goad Ichigo into using his full power, while pointing out that Ichigo saving his power might be a smart move on paper, it only works if he is fighting an enemy that actually is weak enough to fall for it, something unlikely when you are storming the enemies base.
  • Ichigo thinks he can take on Ulquiorra upon finding out he's only #4 within the Espada ranks, reasoning he's weaker. Ulquiorra quickly proves him wrong by going to this Resurecccion and practically curb-stomping him.
  • All the Soul Reapers and Visored finally go to confront Aizen together. Hiyori is provoked into a blind rage by one of Aizen's taunts and rushes at him, before being quickly bisected by Gin, whom she had forgotten was there. Anger is no excuse for tunnel vision, especially against two powerful foes.
  • When Tosen uses his new Hollow powers and regains his sight, he's so wrapped up in being able to see that doesn't notice Shuhei sneaking up on him until he lands the killing blow. Shuhei even lampshades the irony of how the old Tosen would've easily been able to counter such a move due to a lifetime of using his super senses to compensate for his blindness. Sensory overload is a real-life condition.
  • Gin's entire motivation was to get revenge on Aizen for apparently stealing a part of Rangiku's soul when they were children. Instead of sharing this with her or others, he hides it, waiting until Aizen is dropping his guard to use his Bankai's powers to try and kill him. However, he does so when Aizen is in the peak of his power, with a nearly unkillable source of power backing him up. Instead of Gin succeeding, he ends up dying, and ironically enough, making Aizen stronger. He dies as a traitor as well, since nobody knew what he was doing, and Rangiku is never made aware of the situation.
  • When the Vandenreich invade the Soul Society the first time and depart, they claim they'll be back in a certain number of days to finish them off. The Soul Reapers think that'll give them time to prepare against them... only for the Vandenreich to attack earlier then they claimed. They're villains, since when do they need to be honest? It's likewise a pragmatic move as well, to catch them unaware so they can hardly counter back.
  • Kenpachi has a major love for fighting, but due to wanting his battles to last longer, he subconsciously limits himself in battle and thus can't really use his power to its fullest. The acting Captain-Commander decides that this self-limitation cannot be allowed in a time of desperate war, and so orders him trained to be rid of this handicap.
  • Yammy reveals that he's in truth the 0th Espada, and thus the strongest of them all because of his immense spiritual pressence... at least on paper. In reality all his resurreccion does is make him bigger and more grotesque when he gets mad, without any of the extra bells or whistles of the powers the other Espada possess. All that releasing his power does is make him a bigger target against enemies who capitalize on exploiting weaknesses and striking with speed, as a result Yammy is defeated so soundly by Byakuya and Kenpachi, two Lightning Bruisers, that neither the anime or the manga show the fight.
  • In the first movie, Ichigo dumps his body on the ground so that he can fight a Hollow. Some well-meaning person saw the lifeless body on the ground and called an ambulance. When he comes back he finds his body surrounded by paramedics and rubberneckers, and when he gets back into his body he has to overpower the paramedics to get away, because he was legally dead for god-knows-how-long and they really wanted to take him to the hospital to make sure he's okay.
  • In a filler episode, Ikakku is asked to train a kendo team so that they can defeat some jerkasses. As per shonen tradition, he employs Training from Hell... on a bunch of normal students who are definitely not Made of Iron, with no means of healing. By the time of the match, all of them are so injured that only one of them can compete.
  • When Aizen reveals his true colors and master plan, Ichigo and Renji try to stop him to protect Rukia. But the former had just came off a fight with Byakuya and still heavily injured and Renji himself likewise recovering after Byakuya beat him in their fight earlier. So when they try to attack together, Aizen doesn't have to do much to defeat them. This was likewise the case with Komamura who tried to jump Aizen with a sneak attack, but due to his fight with Kenpanchi earlier, is not strong enough to do any good though Aizen at least has to put some effort in taking out his Bankai.

    Bokurano 
  • When two Humongous Mecha fight in a crowded city, there is extensive collateral damage, and it's estimated that thousands of people die in some of Zearth's battles.
  • Similarly, while the pilots have saved the world every time they defeat a monster, many people blame them for the damage and hate them. When Junji Karita pretends to be a Zearth pilot on live TV, a security guard shoots him dead, having gotten a gun from a victims' support group.
  • Related to the above, Katari has a fairly flimsy plan to "prove" that he is Zearth's pilot by having the robot do a "victory dance," (assuming that the real pilots would play along), most of Japan doesn't know the truth, and so takes his story at face value. While the protagonists were trying to put out their own story, the fact that Aiko "Anko" Tokosumi is the daughter of their main newscaster means that their story would be less believable.
  • Chizuru "Chizu" Honda initially considers planning a Murder-Suicide against the teacher who was responsible for having her gang-raped, until she realizes that she's pregnant. When she becomes Zearth's pilot, which will result in her and her baby dying anyway, she uses Zearth's lasers to kill the men who raped her, and only spares her teacher because she'd have to kill her sister, too. When people try to stop her, and even consider threatening her, she points out that she has nothing left to lose, and so can't be reasoned with.
  • Kana Ushiro and her father both have a surprisingly philosophical perspective on death. The latter asked his students to think about how their loved ones would react to their death, while the former believes that everyone's the star of their own story, and knows that many young people die every day. When Kana's chosen as the pilot, her father's heartbroken at the realization that his daughter will soon die, and Kana herself has an emotional breakdown in her final moments.
  • When pushed far enough over the edge, some of the pilots may stop caring whether their world lives or dies, much less whether its continued existence is worth sacrificing another universe. Fortunately for the protagonists, the same goes for their enemies.
  • In the anime, a recurring subplot involves studying Zearth in order to unlock its secrets. Not only is reverse-engineering a piece of incomprehensibly advanced technology an enticing prospect, but as you might expect, the various government officials and scientists are much more interested in making discoveries that would revolutionize the energy industry than saving the children's lives.

    Dragon Ball 
  • When Goku gets injured in his fight with Vegeta, there are no Senzu beans available. He recovers at an impressive speed considering his injuries, but he spends a month recovering in the hospital before there are more Senzu beans. Played up even more in a filler arc during this, where Goku escapes the hospital and attempts to resume his training but because he hasn't properly recovered yet winds up injuring himself even more and immediately gets re-hospitalized.
  • Chi-Chi being more concerned for Gohan than Goku after the latter's battle with Vegeta can also count: while it inexcusable for Chi-Chi to ignore Goku, she was right to be more concerned for Gohan; this is due to Goku being a grown adult and trained, whereas Gohan is only a 5-year-old boy who doesn't have as much experience as his father does in fighting.
  • Videl, fresh from learning how to harness her Ki and fly, is forced to sit a mission out when she's unable to see while flying due to traveling at high speeds without any form of eye protection.
  • Considering how strong the Z-Fighters are, any mundane task is difficult. Naturally, because of Goku's Super Strength, even the lightest tap could send somebody hundreds flying of feet into the air... which was the case when Goku playfully slapped Chi-Chi on the back and sent her flying out of the house, crashing through a tree and into a rock. It's a good thing she's Made of Iron and only suffered a few bruises and cuts. While normally this isn't an issue (Goku does in fact know his own strength and can easily control it), that's in his normal form. Depending on the dub, Goku says that he hasn't, after being in space for over a year, readjusted to Earth's gravity yet.
  • No matter how powerful you become, you can still succumb to illnesses: in the future timeline, Goku dies of a heart virus, and even in the main timeline where he's able to get treatment for it, he's still laid flat for over ten days.
  • Sometimes, you have to know when it's time to give up and live to fight another day. It doesn't matter how determined you are to win; if your opponent outclasses you in every way, willpower and determination alone can only take you so far and will ultimately mean nothing. Frieza learns this the hard way when his complete inability to give up, accept defeat, and swallow his pride not only leads to his downfall on Namek, but also his death. And when he's resurrected, that complete inability to give up leads to a second death and the complete collapse of his empire.
    • Also, attacking at full force will tire you out fast. After Frieza reached his full power and was at least close to on-par with Super Saiyan Goku, he burned through his energy so quickly that he wasn't even a challenge to Goku after only a few minutes of fighting this way.
  • Cell announcing that he will essentially destroy the world if nobody can defeat him at the Cell Games in 10 days on worldwide television gets exactly the sort of reaction you would expect: the entire world is thrown into chaos as all of humanity panics in terror at the fact that the world is gonna end in 10 days: thousands of people try to evacuate from cities worldwide and the world's Army is immediately sent to try and destroy Cell, only for Cell to destroy all of them without breaking a sweat; of course, this was the sort of reaction Cell was hoping for!
  • Majin Buu takes what Cell done Up to Eleven: by the time he turned into Super Buu, he wiped out 80% of humanity and those who survived live in fear and in ruined cities; also, there's the rise of serial killers like Van Zant who use the opportunity to murder their fellow man because, "it's the end of the world, so I can do whatever I want!"
  • When Majin Buu, now Super Buu, shows up on the lookout demanding to face the fighter he was promised, Piccolo warned everyone to not provoke him in any way because they would surely die. Chi-Chi walks up to him and slaps him for killing Gohan; he kills her without a second thought. Lesson is: you can get angry at anyone who doesn't appear dangerous and/or won't attack you if you do, but if you willingly attack someone who obviously looks dangerous and won't hesitate to attack you (and would even be considered deadly to mess with), things won't end well for you.
  • While he may have been The Load for most of the fight, Gohan being afraid for his life and too scared to do anything for much of the battle against Nappa is a spot-on portrayal of how any 5- or 6-year-old would react if they were suddenly thrown into a life or death battle, and the Training from Hell that Piccolo put him through ultimately did little to mentally prepare him for it; Krillin even brings this up in Gohan's defense when an angered Piccolo attempts to berate him.
  • Gohan gets weaker by the time of the Buu Saga because he failed to keep up with his training, just as real-life athletes can get out of shape when they stop training: it gets worse by the time of Resurrection 'F' where he can't even keep up basic Super Saiyan, leading to Piccolo temporarily dying at Frieza's hands; after that, he begs Piccolo to train him and tells Goku to train Pan when she gets older.
  • In Resurrection 'F' and Dragon Ball Super, Whis informs Vegeta that part of the reason he hasn't been able to surpass Goku, despite all the Training from Hell he goes through, is because he trains too hard and doesn't let his body get proper rest.
  • In the original series: it doesn't matter if your skills are just as good as your opponent's, if you're a child and he's an adult and more experienced he has the advantage: Goku found out in his first Tenkaichi, when, in the final exchange, Jackie Chun played him like a fiddle to get him in a mutual flying kick, in which the longer legs of the adult Jackie Chun guaranteed a stronger and deeper kick than those of the still child Goku.
    • In the same arc Goku developed a technique where he spins like a top with enough force to repel his opponent, Namu; Goku almost wins, but became too dizzy and collapsed.
  • The TV special Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks is built around this trope:
    • One of the supposed safe haven towns left on Earth has an amusement park that is constantly open and considering how loud amusement parks are it doesn't take long for the Androids to find and destroy it along with all of its inhabitants.
    • When Android 18 goes clothes shopping and after she finishes raiding the store of all the clothes she wanted with the "consent" of the store owner and employees, Android 17 destroys the store and employees inside of it. What, did you actually think they would let them live? Remember, they're programmed to hate all humans, no exceptions.
    • You want to be the badass lone wolf and take on the enemy with the hope of pulling out a miracle or dying in a significant blaze of glory? Get real. Have a genuine strategy or damn well know you are definitely strong enough to win or things will end very badly. Gohan learned that the hard way. And ultimately him going out in a blaze of glory only made the difficulty of defeating Androids even more improbable for Trunks and it led to Trunks having to go back in time in a last resort to save his world. And that act also unwittingly made things even worse. Although, his little trip to the past made him so much stronger that he was able to kill the Androids.
    • Trunks' attempts at bum-rushing the Androids on his own only results in him getting his ass kicked so bad he ends up in the hospital for days in critical condition.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, jilted superstar Barry Khan attempts to blackmail Gohan by getting an actress to kiss him, making it look like Gohan was cheating on Videl, who is now Gohan's wife. When offered the evidence, Videl tears the photos of the incident in half and calls Barry out on how petty he is for doing something like this, believing the words of her husband over someone who has been obviously antagonistic to the both of them.
  • In the finale of Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta's plan to defeat Buu is to have the people of earth willingly give Goku their energy for a Spirit Bomb by telling them to raise their hands. Everyone who isn't a member of the main cast thinks that the weird voice is a dream at best; in fact, the first person who tries it is terrified when his energy is drained and suspects that it's actually a demon. When Goku is metaphorically given the microphone, people who were friends with him in the past recognize him and willingly give him their energy... but it still isn't enough; only when Mr. Satan, who is well known by the public, tells them to give up their energy do they listen.
  • When Vegeta tells Mr. Satan to ask the people to give more energy for the Spirit Bomb, which would kill them, Mr. Satan can't do it. He can't bring himself to betray the people's trust, especially since he's harboring immense guilt from pretending to have beaten Cell seven years ago, calling himself a "shameless fake."
  • Future Trunks wastes no time killing his enemies as soon as possible, not wanting any epic fights: he immediately slays Freiza and King Cold; he immediately destroys Cell as a fetus to stop him from being born in this timeline. Back in his timeline, he kills every villain in one episode without hesitation; he even calls Vegeta out for not killing Cell when he had the opportunity.
  • One can say that Chi-Chi's overprotective attitude towards Gohan constantly putting his life on the line to fight dangerous monsters (minus the whole Skewed Priorities & Insane Troll Logic) is a realistic portrayal of how real life parents were to act if their children were constantly put in dangerous situations that can result in their children getting seriously injured, or worse, killed.
    • In the start of the Frieza Saga, Gohan proudly announces that he wants to go to Namek to bring Piccolo back to life. While Chi-Chi was portrayed in the wrong for this, her reaction comes off as understandable. Given Piccolo's history of being the demon king back in Dragon Ball and the fact that Gohan was kidnapped by said demon king (and Chi-Chi hadn't seen her son for a whole year), there's no way Chi-Chi would be okay with Gohan leaving her sight after that.
  • Mr. Satan's reaction to Videl's death in the Buu Arc can count (before he was aware of the Dragon Balls): he's totally heartbroken and acts shocked when the other characters act so nonchalant about it.
  • Beerus' constant abuse of his status as a God of Destruction (destroying things that annoy him rather than what would be bad for the universe) ends up putting his universe second-to-last in terms of mortal levels; having an insane majin run loose killing anything that moved followed by a few decades of a genocidal megalomaniac empire ended up leaving only 27 inhabited planets in the universe: the only universe worst off than him is one literally populated by amoral psychopaths. It got bad enough that Zeno wanted to destroy his universe outright if not for Goku's suggestion at the tournament: as shown by the four other Gods of destruction with "acceptable" mortal levels, destroying things willy nilly (or even just evil planets) won't cut it; you have to only destroy what is necessary and that takes a lot of research and understanding the mortals under you.
  • Gohan being socially awkward in the Saiyaman Saga also counts as this trope: when he acts awkward and superhero-like in his Saiyaman costume towards other people, almost everybody (except for Goten) looks at him strangely, cringes for him, and/or mocks his costume and poses.
  • At school, Gohan asks to be excused to go to the restroom so he can fight crime as Saiyaman: due to him being gone for a long period of time, his teacher and classmates mock him for being in the restroom for too long.
  • During his time at school, Gohan is forced to play Baseball despite his own desire not to. Despite not being as powerful as he was before, Gohan is still one of the strongest beings on the planet, and so he takes a baseball to the face and suffers no damage. Unsurprisingly, his classmates are confused and startled by how casual Gohan was during it.
  • After the announcement of the Tournament of Power, everyone naturally is pissed off at Universe 7 (and especially Goku) for suggesting it in the first place and most of them focus on trying to defeat Universe 7. Goku's nonchalant attitude and Blood Knight tendencies only made things worse.
  • As Piccolo rightly pointed out, Gohan's letting down his guard as well his sadistic and Smug Super tendencies when he grows more powerful ends in it backfiring on him. The first thing Piccolo does to Gohan after he regains his Ultimate form is to train that out of him.
  • Android 17 attacked a fighter right during her Transformation Sequence. Of course, he and 18 know better than to let someone finish their transformation.
  • Out of all the characters, Chi-Chi is one of the few who doesn’t seem to like nor trust Piccolo too easily. Seems "bitchy", but considering how Piccolo almost killed Goku (and in fact later did), kidnapped her son for a year, and was partially responsible (along with Vegeta) for Gohan getting seriously injured and (almost) killed in the Saiyan Saga, Chi-Chi had pretty good reasons to not like the guy and was rightfully afraid of him (although this is later subverted in the Buu Arc when she forgives him).
  • Krillin was killed by a demon right in front of the tournament announcer. Naturally, the poor guy is terrified when Krillin shows up for the next tournament without any explanation.
  • Demon King Piccolo took over the world and started a reign of terror. His son/reincarnation, also named Piccolo, can never enter a tournament under his real name.
  • Likewise, when Fat Buu, having had a Heel–Face Turn makes it out of the arc alive, they have to use a wish to wipe the memories of the normal inhabitants of Earth. Mr. Satan's friend and turning over a new leaf or not, Fat Buu wiped out and ate cities, Super Buu wiped out every human that wasn't on the lookout, and Kid Buu went on a planet-destroying spree. While said wish is unrealistic, what’s realistic is that there would be no way Fat Buu would be forgiven by the townspeople otherwise.
  • While Gotenks was one of the strongest fighters when he was first introduced, because he is the Fusion Dance of the spoiled Trunks, and naive Goten, his immaturity stops him from actually ever achieving anything meaningful. For example, after training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, the two decide to spend time creating Awesome, but Impractical attacks over spending the remaining amount of time left to train, resulting in many of their attacks doing nothing to Super Buu. They even hold Super Saiyan Three back to act heroic, which causes things to get worse because they didn't account for Piccolo having a Godzilla Threshold: destroy the doorway leading back, trapping them inside.
  • The Z-fighters versus Nappa firmly sets in a message not often seen in shonen manga; in any fight, there is simply a level of raw power that no amount of skill, tactics, training or spirit can overcome. It doesn't matter how much training you do or how strong your heart is, if you are a normal human fighting someone who can crush a battleship with his bare hands, you are going to lose.
  • On the other hand of the above, the heroes are not able to defeat Nappa until Goku arrives, but they do manage to hold out. Even if Nappa is stronger than them, they still are trained martial artists with various abilities to use. They don't win, but they do manage to pressure him a few times thanks to him not taking them seriously, or Nappa just not being smart enough to see through their attacks.

    Goblin Slayer 
  • The Greenhorn Team decides to rush off on a mission to defeat a horde of goblins and rescue the women they capture. Said team does so without bothering to make any preparations or researching the goblins' tactics. They're cut down in minutes, barring Priestess, due to Goblin Slayer's intervention.
    • When Wizard gets stabbed, Priestess uses one of her miracles to heal the girl. Being a complete newbie, her healing only closes the wound and does nothing to fix the internal injuries the blade caused. It also has no effect on the poison the blade was coated in.
    • Warrior pulls a classic Leeroy Jenkins and attempts to cut down a horde of goblins using a longsword. He gets a knife through the leg, his wild swinging prevents Fighter from being able to support him properly, and Warrior ends up losing his blade after hitting it on the cave ceiling, and is swiftly cut down.
  • Part of the reason Goblin Slayer is so good at killing goblins is that he takes ample time to prepare for fighting them and leaves nothing to chance. If he finds himself faces something unexpected, though (such as a new type of goblin or a non-goblin foe), he'll get the crap kicked out of him until he gets his strength back. Even then, he's usually beaten to all hell and needs time to recover.
  • The series shows why it's a bad idea to try and spare a member of an Always Chaotic Evil race - they might exploit that mercy and become even worse. A female adventurer spared a goblin child after slaughtering his nest, only to be brained with a rock by said child when her back was turned. Said goblin child would go on to become the Goblin Lord that attacked Cow Girl's farm. Not helping is that this act of mercy taught the Goblin Lord that begging for your life and feigning that you've learned your lesson can be an easy way to exploit someone like said female adventurer, and it's only because Priestess has become Genre Savvy to not trust Goblins that she doesn't fall for it.
  • The series doesn't shy away from pointing out the realistic effects magic would have when applied to combat, mostly by using defensive spells as weapons or using a spell in a way that's Not the Intended Use. Goblin Slayer frequently has his allies use their magic in strange but lethally effective ways that their casters wouldn't think to use because his Combat Pragmatist mindset means anything is on the table.
    • The Protection spell creates a barrier. So creating one right in front of someone and then another right behind them will trap them in between two walls. If created close enough, the walls will start to crush the person. You can also funnel the enemy into a single space, use Protection to block that way out, and use something like fire or water to finish them.
    • The Purify Liquid spell means that if cast on a living target, the caster could cause them to essentially be poisoned from the water in their body being "purified". Priestess gets a dream visit from her patron goddess for killing someone this way, who gives her a What the Hell, Hero? speech followed by a warning that if she doesn't knock it off with the creatively violent misapplication of her benevolent gifts, Priestess will lose access to her miracles entirely. Like many Clerics or Paladins in Dungeons & Dragons can attest to, your patron deity might be somewhat flexible with their tenants or oaths, but if you abuse those loopholes, they will eventually punish you for doing so.
  • Goblin Slayer gets a Heroic Second Wind during the fight with the Goblin Champion, and gets up and proceeds to cripplingly injure the Goblin Champion. However, he is barely able to stand while doing so, only kills a single Goblin during his charge thanks to it being surprised he was alive, nearly dies as a result of his injuries, and it takes all his will power to even stand and injure the Champion, not kill it. After, Goblin Slayer manages to heal, but alongside Priestess, is forced to sit out for a day or two, and the others all give him crap for getting back into the fight despite being still injured. Just because Goblin Slayer did manage to get back up and fight doesn't mean he magically kills the Champion; it only gave them a chance to survive and fight another day.
  • Armor is not useless. The Warrior's lack of it leaves him vulnerable to the counterattack of a goblin he impaled, leaving him with a serious leg injury. Another party seen later on were wiped out because their fighter was knocked out by a sling due to not wearing a helmet. Several times in the series, it's made clear the only reason Goblin Slayer or his party survives an intense encounter is because they had armor on, meaning that while they still get badly hurt, they survive thanks to that extra protection.
  • The Rhea Thief gets expelled from Guild because of his Ninja Looting habit catching up with him. As Guild Girl points out, not only did he have better quality gear than most Adventurers with the same level and status, but it was well documented by his old party that he was doing financially well while the rest of them were nearly broke from a loss of loot. Due to this, when he applied for a Promotion and this evidence was discovered, he was expelled. In an environment where people put their lives on the line for pay, Ninja Looting is unacceptable behavior and damages the goodwill many have, alongside making the perception of Rhea's as only obsessed with loot even worse.
  • When Goblin Slayer goes to the guild to ask for help stopping the Goblin army that is going to attack Cow Girl's farm, none of the adventurers save his close friends agree to help. Morally, it would be right to help. But putting their lives on the line for a single person is asking much when they would get no compensation for damages or injury. It's only after a reward is finally offered that people accept, though many of the people there admit they would have helped anyway; the promise of a reward simply gave those unsure an incentive to do so. They are essentially mercenaries after all, to which Goblin Slayer begrudgingly concedes the point.

    Jo Jo's Bizarre Adventure 
  • Stands are incredible psychic projections of people with especially strong willpower that manifest with a wide variety of effects and powers. Stand Users, however, are still entirely normal people, save the rare abilities like the Ripple that directly augment their bodies. This makes it a viable and frequent tactic to aim for the Stand User first instead of getting into long, drawn-out Stand-to-Stand battles. And while it is implied that awakening to a stand makes someone more durable to damage and quicker to heal, common guns and bladed weapons are still extremely scary unless a Stand has the reflexes to catch them like Jotaro's Star Platinum, can heal the wounds like Josuke's Crazy Diamond or can change the user's body to dodge around bullets and knives like Jolyne's Stone Free, since having more endurance and negligible healing factor can't exactly do anything for a knife to the heart or a bullet to the skull.
  • Battle Tendency:
    • Having been born naturally with the Ripple, Joseph is very skilled at using it in combat, but at the same time is overall weak because he never trained to use it. While he manages to beat lesser Vampires with strategy alone, when he later fights Santana, he is more or less unable to do anything against him and it requires help from others to turn the fight around. Thus when he later goes up against the much stronger Wamuu, he is unable to do much besides a single strong hit, and it's after this he ends up finally going and gaining training to better control the Ripple. At the same time, he only gets around two months of training, meaning that while he is much better at fighting than before, he is still outclassed in power by every other Ripple user by a good margin.
    • While the Sorting Algorithm of Evil may have turned vampires into Mooks when the Pillar Men arrived, Ripple users still have only a limited amount of stamina which means they can't go One-Man Army on a large group of them.
  • Stardust Crusaders:
    • During the fight against Tower of Grey, the protagonists devise a plan to deal with the enemy Stand, eventually deducing that Avdol cannot use his Stand because its powers would cause the airplane to explode, and Jotaro cannot use his since it could damage the fuselage and cause the plane to crash, leaving Kakyoin the only person who can fight against Tower of Grey since his stand would cause the least amount of damage in this situation.
    • Polnareff's victory against Ebony Devil gets him into trouble with the local police because after defeating Ebony Devil, the stand user was killed as a result. Due to being found in his room with severe injuries, with a dead man found in a bathroom stall in the same hotel, he is arrested for the event. Thankfully Joseph and the Speedwagon Foundation bail him out.
    • During the fight against Empress, which has latched herself onto Joseph Joestar's arm, she kills a surgeon trying to remove her: when a nurse sees this, she thinks Joseph has killed him and calls the police, and now Joseph Joestar is wanted for murder.
    • Out of the Stardust Crusaders team, Joseph is the only person to have experience flying a plane, but he's only ever piloted a propeller-based plane and has had little experience; naturally, this results in them crashing twice.
    • When fighting N'Doul, Kakyoin is ambushed by his stand and gouged in the eyes by Geb. Just a Flesh Wound is averted, as Kakyoin is temporarily blinded by this and has to sit out until just before the climax, and he only recovers any eyesight at all due to having the Speedwagon Foundation's medics on hand, who are some of the best in the world.
    • During the final fight, Jotaro fakes his own death by having Star Platinum stop his own heart to the point that DIO can't even hear a noise from him; DIO decides to confirm that he is truly dead by decapitating him, although this is a trap set up by Jotaro to land a hit on him.
      • In that same fight, Star Platinum manages to punch Dio hard enough to fracture his skull: while he is an immortal vampire, getting a blow to the head like that still disorients Dio so badly that he can't even stand, making him feel physically sick for the first time in a century.
    • The fight with DIO in general has a lot of realism. Does the team, after all of their hardships, journeys and growth have a valiant and equal battle on the same footing as DIO? Nope, DIO, who has a Story-Breaker Power of The World, as well as Vampirism making him a superhuman, means that the second the sun goes down and DIO can leave his mansion, he tracks down and runs roughshod over the heroes, killing two of them with zero risk to himself. The final battle has Jotaro having to constantly mind game DIO to keep him on edge and prevent him from landing serious hard hits because if he tried to approach the vampire in anything slightly resembling an equal fight, he wouldn't stand a chance.
  • Diamond Is Unbreakable:
    • Early on, Josuke's Crazy Diamond is shown that it can put things back into their "natural" state, with "natural" being something he chooses, like healing wounds or reducing things to their base components. One thing that it explicitly can't do, however, is revive the dead, since as fantastic and strong as Crazy Diamond's "Fix" ability is, it can only fix physical things, not restore a departed soul.
    • Keicho Nijimura uses the Stand Arrow carelessly to give Stand powers to just about anyone he comes across, causing trouble across Morioh: eventually, one of the very people he empowered kills him and takes the arrow for himself. Okuyasu even admits he had it coming.
    • Josuke, Okuyasu and Shigechi find an abandoned lottery ticket and try to cash it in; however, the endorsement on the back is none of theirs. They only barely avoid being arrested for fraud by Josuke using Crazy Diamond to remove some of the ink on the endorsement; later, Josuke's mother freezes the account the payout was deposited into since a teenager with as much money as his share was is rather absurd.
    • Being assaulted by a stand called Cheap Trick, Rohan calls Koichi to get his help since he doesn't really like anyone else but him. When Koichi arrives and finds Rohan acting strangely due to Cheap Trick activating by having someone see the other person's back, instead of blindly accepting his words, he gets annoyed and leaves, citing that his experiences with Rohan have made him distrustful of him. Given that Rohan was willing to essentially Mind Rape him with his Stand and had shown himself to be a bit of a jerk, Koichi's reaction is completely reasonable. It's only later when he sees Rohan acting strangely in public that he realizes something is off and helps him.
    • Kira attempts to do a Kill and Replace with Kosaku Kawajiri, but because he took the face and identity of a random person, he ends up making mistakes that allow Kosaku's son Hayato to figure out his Dad has been replaced. For example, he has to change shoe sizes because Kosaku's shoes don't fit his feet, and he ends up eating food that Kosaku originally hated without realizing it. The only reason Shinobu doesn't realize it is because she's so surprised by his change in attitude and actions that she falls in love with him, thinking he's turned over a new leaf of some kind. All the inconsistencies Hayato notices motivate him to trail Kira, thus leading to his eventual defeat.
    • During the final fight against Kira, Josuke runs into a house to find cover and Kira continues to attack him outside, eventually causing extensive damage to the house; by the time the gang has Kira cornered, paramedics and firefighters have arrived, responding to reports by neighbors of explosions near said house.
    • No matter how strong the Stand is, the Stand user is just a human. Kira dies by having his head run over by an ambulance.
      • The gang later admits that it was for the best, since no court would ever (or for that matter, have the power to) convict Kira. Doing him in then and there would only implicate them in murder.
  • Vento Aureo:
    • Stealing a car in the countryside is much harder than it would be in the city. Not only would the owner notice it was missing far quicker, there is no traffic to blend into and nowhere to hide. Meaning it would be very easy for the police to find the protagonists.
    • As Doppio shows us, using anything like a phone, from toys to ice cream to frogs, is going to net some unwanted attention. Making the ringing sound yourself won't make it any better. Granted, it was to get in touch with Diavolo, since his actual phone got destroyed, but still.

  • Stone Ocean:
    • Once Pucci obtains Made in Heaven, time starts accelerating more and more for everyone except himself and the most basic life forms. This is shown with corpses instantly rotting the instant they die, people rioting to grab non-perishable food, salarymen struggling to keep up deadlines, and eventually rooms becoming dusty faster than they can be cleaned and even clothes rotting leaving everyone naked.
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    Konosuba 
  • Crippling Overspecialization is a good way to not get people to want to team up with you, and a good way to make normal combat encounters a nightmare for everyone else involved. All of the heroes save Kazuma basically specialize in one element/role alone and thus are useless outside of it.
    • Being a Goddess, Aqua's skills are all good at fighting undead and demons, and outright useless against everything else, to the point where her strongest physical skills can't hurt a simple frog. This means in battle, Aqua is dead weight usually and tends to reap the rewards without trying.
    • Megumin focuses solely on using Explosion magic, which means she has no other magical skills at all despite having the stats for other ones, and is only useful for a single moment in battle. Combined with the fact that Explosion is too strong for her to use well, she becomes The Load quickly and forces Kazuma to have to hold her back in battle.
    • Darkness is a Crusader, which are known for good combat and tanking skills, but Darkness only focuses on the tanking side of said class, meaning she is incredibly durable, and can't hit anything, making her only good at being a wall.
  • Darkness is a Crusader, which are known to be really good to have in a party, yet nobody wants to team up with her. Kazuma realizes why; her masochism creeps people out. In reality nobody wants to team up with people they don't feel comfortable with, especially someone like Darkness who is not shy about her masochism.
  • After learning the Steal skill, Kazuma uses it on Chris as part of a "Stealing Duel" of sorts. He wins by stealing her underwear. The next time Kazuma runs into the group, he tells them about his success of learning the skill and demonstrates it, causing him to accidentally steal Megumin's underwear. This, along with Chris telling the group how he beat her in public, causes a small reputation to form around him that he is actually a pervert who steals woman's underwear for his own gain, and it ends up being used against him in court because, even if Played for Laughs, it still is seen as immoral by those around him.
  • Related to the above, when Kazuma does end up going on trial for being deemed an ally of the Demon King, a lot of his previously thought funny actions end up being used as evidence against him, such as him selling Mitsurugi's sword after beating him, the aforementioned panty stealing moments, and others like causing collateral damage against Verdia and the Destroyer. As funny as they are on a meta level, Kazuma still committed acts that are considered either illegal, morally wrong, or just in general not productive to society, and so while funny, are still considered wrong because they had lasting effects on people around him. Notably Kazuma doesn't even try to defend himself against those, he mainly takes issue with being labeled an ally of the Demon King, because he still did do the things accused of him.
  • Also relating to the trial itself, a magical Lie Detector is just as unreliable as a real-world Lie Detector test. Since it operates on Exact Words, it is unreliable since it cannot include factors that, while correct, are not accurate to what the intent is. For example; when Kazuma is asked he is an acquaintance of the Demon King or his Generals, his denial is detected as a lie, but this is because of Wiz, who was forced to become a General of the Demon King despite not at all working for him. During the trial itself, he then states he is not an ally or agent of the Demon King, which does not cause it to be set off because Kazuma is actually trying to overthrow the Demon King. The judge of the trial even points out it is unreliable and that it is not enough to warrant Kazuma being in jail, and moves to end the trial but is stopped by outside factors.
  • Kyouya Mitsurugi is another person from the real world who Aqua had passed on to the fantasy setting. Unlike Kazuma, Kyouya decided to become a Stock Light-Novel Hero, meaning that while he is better at fighting than Kazuma, Kazuma is able to beat him when he is challenged to a duel, simply because Kazuma is a Combat Pragmatist who is Genre Savvy enough to realize how predictable Kyouya would be to deal with. In addition to that, Kyouya's Nice Guy attitude gives way to a Secretly Selfish attitude, as it turns out acting the part of the cliché genre hero means that a selfish expectation formed from his belief that he was The Hero of the setting. The girls all quickly make it clear they don't like him because of this, as he comes across as a borderline Jerkass who hides behind his heroic attitude.
  • After everyone in the adventurer's guild receives their share of the massive bounty for slaying a hydra, they all stop adventuring since they no longer need to risk their lives in pursuit of fortune. This causes the local monster population to skyrocket since there is nobody hunting them.
  • Because so many adventurers start in Axel most of the low level monsters surrounding the city have been hunted to near extinction, and the nearby dungeon completely ransacked. Early in season 2, when it's discovered that there was a secret passage in said dungeon, Kazuma has to essentially bribe Luna (head receptionist at the guild) to get to explore it first because with how cleared out the dungeon is, it would be raided quickly by more capable groups who would then take the reward themselves.
  • The heroes beat Verdia and saved the town, but in doing so caused so much collateral damage that the reward is basically taken away right as they get it. Sure they saved the town, but essentially flooding a town is going to cause massive amounts of structural damage, and someone has to pay for it. A similar event happens with the Destroyer, but on a worse scale because Kazuma had Wiz teleport the Destroyers attack somewhere else, and that location was another nobles land.
  • Megumin's reckless use of Explosion magic often bites the group hard. For example; after Kazuma's trial, he's forced to help kill a bunch of giant frogs that appeared outside Axel because Megumin's Explosion magic (that she used to create a distraction to try and get Kazuma to get out of jail before the trial) caused the hibernating frogs to wake up early. This meant that many adventurers were not ready to fight them in the winter and thus created a problem for the town.
  • Aqua's time as a Goddess was marked with her lazily trying to get people to be reincarnated in the fantasy world to defeat the Demon King. However she only cares about meeting a quota to maintain her job, meaning she can't be bothered to actually do much beyond tell them what will happen and that they get a cheat item. The result is many reincarnated people request cheat items that that run out of control and end up causing damage to the world because she has no regulations or care to make sure things go smoothly. Several times the group runs into problems she created by her poor handling of her job.

    Lupin III 
  • Lupin III (Red Jacket)
    • In one episode, Lupin steals a 200-year-old bottle of wine commissioned by Napoleon. When the gang opens it and has a sip, they find it's turned to vinegarnote .
  • Lupin III: The Italian Adventure
    • When Zenigata captures Lupin in one episode, he discovers that he is unable to take him back to Japan, as Italian law forbids the extradition of prisoners to countries where they face the death penalty.
  • Lupin III Part 5
    • One of the show's major themes is deconstructing how Lupin's classic methods hold up in the age of the internet and social media. While it was relatively easy for Lupin to evade the authorities or pull off complex impersonations back in The '60s, it's now much harder for him to disappear or fly under the radar when everyone on the planet has access to smartphones and digital cameras.

    Naruto 
  • One of the main reasons the Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze was so deadly; due to his speed, he made speech NOT a free action.
  • Konan prepares to give a rant on how Naruto is the bridge of peace near the end of a battle (albeit after essentially being defeated herself); Tobi doesn't even let her finish her sentence.
  • If Iruka didn't help Naruto against Mizuki, Naruto would have become even much worse than Gaara or Sasuke, with none of the slight restraint those two possess. It was only by befriending Iruka, then Team 7, then Konoha 12, that Naruto became The Hero that he is now.
  • A relatively subtle example shows up with Sakura and Naruto's contrasting shortcomings early on: Sakura gets good grades in class, and is the only one able to actually answer the seemingly impossible questions in the first stage of the Chunin Exam, and loves to look down on Naruto, the "dead-last" in their grade; but in the Forest of Death, Sakura's lesser combat ability proves a problem when Naruto and Sasuke are incapacitated. Similarly, while Naruto's very good at fighting despite being Book Dumb, some of the things he failed to learn in the academy come back to haunt him in his training; he regrets not paying more attention in class when trying to learn how to focus his chakra for his Rasengan training.
  • Early in the series, Naruto is poisoned in battle: the poison is spreading slowly from his hand and Sakura surmises that the best course would be to use a surgical incision to drain the poisoned blood. Since the team would have to go back to the village and abandon their mission to do that properly, Naruto violently stabs his hand with a kunai to quickly drain the blood (and also as a dramatic gesture in a vow to never again be paralyzed with fear like he was during the fight)... and then goes into a panic attack when Kakashi points out that he's probably gonna bleed to death from a wound like that; fortunately, the tailed beast within him easily healed the wound.
  • Post-Pain Arc, Naruto has been running himself ragged with him unable to talk to his adopted "grandmother" Tsunade due to her coma in the ensuing invasion: he learns Sasuke has become a criminal and attacked a fellow Jinchuriki for Akatsuki, his friends, even Sakura, whom Naruto knows is still in love with Sasuke, have given up on bringing Sasuke back to Konoha, and when he's told there will be War on top of everything... he can't take it anymore and passes out. A realistic depiction of a Determinator when pushed to the limit, especially when he seems less likely than ever to accomplish the goal he'd been working towards for three years.
  • As Dark Naruto showed, one good acknowledgment from the village that hated Naruto and shunned throughout most of his life won't erase Naruto's own hatred and frustration on his village away, as Dark Naruto very rightly pointed out that the villagers will be back to fearing or hating him again if he managed to screw up even a little. Also, his acceptance of his hatred was the only way to move on in his life, rather than trying to vainly 'destroy' it.
  • What killed (or crippled him for the rest of his life) the legendary Madara Uchiha during his battle with Hashirama? An epic ninjutsu clash? Nope; a stab through the back.
    • Similarly, after he was revived, Madara managed to become fully human, while this gave him full autonomy over his Rinnegan and made him a deity in power, a stab to the back from Zetsu injures him once more, allowing the Greater-Scope Villain to reincarnate from his body.
  • To a lesser extent, Naruto and Sasuke become increasingly exhausted over the course of the series' Final Battle, and while they come at each other with their strongest techniques, causing massive devastation, by the end, they're using relatively basic jutsus until they pool the last of their energy into one final clash.
  • Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, the Greater-Scope Villain, is easily the most powerful character in the series. Because she is so strong and never encountered an opponent she couldn't crush with overwhelming force, she never had to train or bother with even basic tactics and strategy. When she fights Team 7, who are all very experienced and quite strong themselves, her lack of planning and foresight ultimately allows them to seal her away.
  • The Last: Naruto the Movie, a canonical Interquel between the last two chapters of the manga, revealed that Naruto does not completely understand the concept of romantic love, thinking that Hinata's love for him was like his love of ramen. When you consider the fact that Naruto never had the unconditional affection that most people had with their families due to being both an orphan and the village pariah for most of his childhood, it actually makes a lot of sense. Naruto would be starved for any sort of affection, and would have a hard time differentiating them and takes a great amount of time, love and patience to heal; luckily, Hinata has that in spades for Naruto.
  • In one of the Shippuden endings, Naruto uses Konohamaru's scarf to pull him while fighting, instead of ignoring it.
  • Sasuke not being around to see Sarada is given a good amount of realism on Sarada's part. While she loves her parents, Sarada is upset that she can't see her father like everyone else can, and so she asks about her father to learn more. Not being told much makes her upset more because nobody wants to inform her WHY her dad isn't around. This eventually leads her to think she has a different mother than Sakura because Sakura seems to lack information about Sasuke, plus Sakura seems to evade the question and also causes her to momentarily hate her father because the first time they meet after years, and she is almost ignored by him. It takes both of them talking to her about how insensitive they were to her about the issue, with help from Naruto, for her to be happy about her parents again.
  • Anko has become fat by the time of Boruto. This is because always had a very unhealthy diet (the snacks she was shown eating in her debut in the Chunin Exam arc added up to more than quadruple the healthy daily calorie intake for a woman of her height and build), and it was only her extremely active lifestyle as a ninja that made it possible to burn all of those calories and remain in good shape. In peacetime, she's no longer anywhere near as active but apparently hasn't cut back at all on her excessive eating.

    One Piece 
  • Upon Usopp's debut arc, he has a reputation of being a compulsive liar. In particular, Usopp has a habit of warning the town that pirates are invading every morning as a sort of alarm clock for the townspeople. When the real pirates started showing up, Usopp tried to warn the village, but nobody within the town believed him because of his reputation, and the fact that he and the person he was accusing couldn't stand each other.
  • Zoro's deceased rival Kuina was skilled enough to defeat adults in her dojo, but how did she die? She dies offscreen after falling down a flight of stairs; a completely anti-climatic death but still lethal nonetheless.
    • Her fate in the 4Kids dub was that she was crippled by friends of a man she had defeated earlier: being good in the dojo doesn't necessarily mean good in actual fights, especially when outnumbered and unprepared; also, it shows how The Power of Friendship isn't always a good thing.
  • Zoro suffers from grave injuries that put his life in danger — as usual; but, unlike the other times where he has an Unexplained Recovery and the injuries are usually never mentioned again, one arc later Zoro tries fighting and his wounds cause him to be temporarily paralyzed. Then two arcs later, even after resting and being treated (by Perona, believe it or not), his wounds re-open when he tries to fight and move, resulting in him getting his ass kicked by Apes: he muscles through them some (small) time later — after they copied his skills and called out the toughest one of them.
  • Luffy manages to defeat Crocodile by knocking him out, then launching him into the air of Alabasta. That doesn't stop the battle, though. Due to the fog of war, hardly anybody besides the Straw Hat Pirates notice, and Vivi's anguished shouting that there's nothing left to fight for literally go unheard over the sounds of the battle. It's only when it starts to rain — which is what everyone was fighting over in the first place — that anyone can tell that the battle is over.
  • After being defeated by Crocodile for the second time, Luffy rushes to confront him again, only to pass out from blood loss a few minutes later.
  • Luffy put everything he had in defeating Lucci to the point where he couldn't move afterwards: unlike the other arcs before, however, Luffy and his crew are still in danger despite all the most powerful fighters being defeated and the marines nearly kill Luffy became he is too weak to move when they aim their cannons at him.
  • Characters having to fight through grievous injuries is also brought up in the Arlong arc, where Zoro is at a disadvantage in his fight against Hachi due to a massive chest wound inflicted on him by Mihawk that was very amateurishly patched up: though he does eventually win the fight, Hachi attempts to attack Sanji later on and almost succeeds in taking him out, only for his wounds to open up again at the last second, taking him out of the fight before he can do anything.
  • Luffy himself once tried fighting a man who could produce and attack with deadly corrosive poison: seeing as how only Mooks had been poisoned by Magellan (the man in question) at this point, the audience and Luffy himself thought he stood a chance from the moment Luffy launches a Jet Bazooka that actually DROPS the hulking Magellan... but no; touching him with that attack and many more poisons launched at him nearly kills Luffy within just 2 measly episodes of starting the fight.
  • At Marineford, Luffy is willing to give his life to save his brother; too bad for him that he is one of the weaker fighters in the war on top of the injuries he gained from going to Impel Down; he is mercilessly knocked around by the marines and the Warlords.
    Kizaru: You have to have more than just courage. Willpower alone means nothing without strength. Strawhat, without enough strength, you cannot save anyone no matter how hard you try.
    • Likewise during said arc, Luffy is forced to square off against Mihawk. a master swordsman who had beaten Zoro at the beginning of Luffy's journey. Luffy's set to use his Gum Gum Bazooka move against him...and instantly get his arms cut off. Or rather, that would have happened if the foresight didn't hit him before he launched the move to which he quickly redirects it into the ground. Mihawk even praises him for that wise decision.
  • Giants Dorry and Broggy had been fighting for almost 100 years with their weapons and fists: it turns out that, after 100+ years, even with constant maintenance, weapons will eventually break; this was a rather joyful use of this trope, however, as everyone had thought Dorry had been killed.
  • Similarly, the fate of the Going Merry: since entering the Grand Line, the Straw Hats' ship has taken numerous hits, such as the mast being torn off, enemy fire, and outright sabotage; every time, the Straw Hats patch it back up. However, when they reach Water-7 and have the Merry checked out by actual shipwrights, the assessment is that the ship is beyond repair and will break apart at any moment, since the keel (the spine of the ship) is cracked, and it's impossible to repair it. As Zoro pointed out, while adversity makes people stronger, an object will just wear down until it breaks: after Enies Lobby, the ship does just that.
  • At the start of the Fishman Island Arc, Sanji (who had spent the last two years on an island full of only Gonk transvestites) suffers a nosebleed every time he sees a genuine woman: while this is comedic in every other anime (and every other time in this one too), the frequency and severity of the nosebleeds caused near-fatal hemorrhaging at one point, requiring some immediate blood transfusions; furthermore, Sanji has a particular blood-type and while fishman and humans have the same blood, a law forbade the transfusions due to the long history. A more minute example occurred at the end of the arc when Jimbe offered to give blood to Luffy, who saved the day: when pointed out about the law, he reminds the people he is still a pirate.
  • The Straw Hats stopping Luffy from mentioning Kin'emon. Of course, the Minks were nearly all killed by one of their enemies, who brutally tortured and poisoned them even when the Minks had no clue about Raizo, and even trying to help him find Raizo. It will be natural that the Minks will hate the Samurais with a passion. Or that's what they want you to think. Both of the leaders were loyal retainers of the Samurai's bosses, and they in fact hid Raizo from Jack so that he doesn't get to kill Raizo. In fact, this leads to another layer of Reality Ensues, once the Minks find out about the Straw Hats' connections to the Samurais of Wano, they are hailed as heroes of Zou and the Straw Hats befriend the Minks even more quickly.
  • After being pushed in his conflict with the Minks, Jack the Drought attempts to attack the Minks' home, the giant elephant Zunisha: since he was attacking something big enough to have a sustainable ecosystem with little more than cannons, it hardly had an effect. The only reason it almost worked is because Zunisha was sentenced to not fight, even in self-defense, unless commanded; once the order is given, Zunisha takes out Jack's entire fleet in a single attack.
    • In addition, while Jack is a fishman monster with a one billion berry bounty and powerful enough that it's warranted, he's still a Devil Fruit user. When Jack's ship sank, he sunk to the bottom of the ocean, unable to move. Even though he can breathe underwater, being trapped with no way out means he'll eventually die.
  • In a flashback after Marineford arc, we see that a young Luffy was very inexperienced with his stretching powers. Sure his now rubber body could take blunt blows to an extent. But he couldn't do much offensively, often, quite humorously, ricocheting his punch off the ground and right back into his face. It took years of practice till he was able to finally punch straight on ahead as he could by the time he was a young adult.
  • One-Man Army or not, there was no way Luffy and Nami were going defeat Big Mom's Pirates after defeating Cracker during the Whole Cake Island arc. Especially since they had just came off a grueling 10 hour fight against said person and Luffy suffering a beatdown from Sanji (who was trying to drive the two away to protect them). By the time her family came to confront them, Luffy was running on fumes, injured and likely exhausted. He puts up an admirable front with Nami providing support where she could, but ultimately there were too many to fight. Soon the heavy hitters and Devil Fruit users joined the fray and manage to overwhelm the two, leading to their capture.
  • While Perospero manages to create a new arm using his Devil Fruit powers after losing it in an explosion, he didn't treat the actual wound. After several hours of ignoring it to pursue the Straw Hats, he's forced to get medical attention due to his worsening condition.
  • St. Charloss, an utterly despicable World Noble, believes he can get away with anything without fear of retaliation because the Marine Admirals will protect him. Unfortunately for Charloss, he ran afoul of Luffy, who doesn't care about a law against attacking a World Noble. All Luffy saw was his friends being hurt by some spoiled brat that needed a good punch to the face, and Luffy delivered. As of the Reverie Arc, Charloss still didn't learn his lesson, as he tried to abduct Princess Shirahoshi and make her his wife, only to get brained by Donquixote Mjosgard, who as a fellow World Noble, also has complete legal impunity, even for the crime of attacking another World Noble. Being such a jerk will have reprecussions eventually, especially if someone doesn't care about the law.

    Pokémon 
  • Team Rocket tries to attack Ash while he battled students of an elite training school, only to be immediately chased off by the far more skilled and numerous students; as they lampshade, what's the point in playing fair against some Pokémon thieves?
  • One episode featured a Nurse Joy who was afraid of water Pokemon but still worked with them using various gear to avoid touching them: she's put into a position where she must work without the gear and succeeds; Misty congratulates her on conquering her fear... only for Joy to say that she's still afraid of them, and probably will be for life, but she won't let her fears stop her from performing her duties.
    • Which is somewhat ironic since the same thing had previously occurred to Misty herself with Ash's Caterpie: while she had learned to be less contemptuous towards it, when Ash asked that she show her affection, she was unwilling, since she was still terrified of bugs.
  • Ash's rivalry with Gary is built up throughout the first season: instead of having their much-awaited match in the Indigo League like Ash wanted, Gary is eliminated in the first round; being the main character's rival doesn't mean he's going to make it to the end, or that there aren't other competitors capable of beating him.
    • Likewise Richie, whom defeats Ash, ends up losing in the next round and the finale of the ending ceremony has three completely unrelated characters taking the championship. A realistic take on how sporting competitions go. Just because this story follows particular characters, doesn't mean they'll always win it completely.
  • As James learns the hard way in "The Misty Mermaid", Weezing, a living gas bag, is not the kind of Pokémon you'd want to bring to an underwater fight. What do things filled with gas do? They float!
  • During the three-part Hearthome Tag Battle arc, it's revealed that Paul is borderline obsessed with forcing his Chimchar to activate its Super Mode, which he's seen it do exactly once before: to do so, he's not only putting Chimmy through Training from Hell and leaving it too exhausted to properly fight, but also sending it up against a Zangoose, the species it fears the most. Does it go Super Saiyan? Nope. Instead, it's paralyzed with fear, and the battle is only salvaged by Ash taking control after Paul gives up on it.
  • During Sun and Moon episode 21, Ash manages to get a collapsed elderly Stoutland to a Pokemon Center; everything will be fine, right? Wrong: it dies of natural causes after being released back into the wild, leaving the Litten that looked up to it dealing with the Five Stages of Grief for the rest of that episode.
  • For as much as Ash gets mocked for them, his constant league losses are way more realistic than the fanbase's expectations of him scoring wins. Qualifying into a regional league is already very difficult, making a deep run such as Ash consistently does even more so. Actually winning is beyond extraordinary, and even for the winners, there is always someone better in the form of the Elite Four and the Champion.
    • When Ash's league results are actually brought up by other characters in the series, it's usually to draw attention to how good a trainer Ash is. Consistently placing as high as Ash does at national tournaments is exceptional, even if he's not as well known as the winners.
  • Even if a Pokémon knows a move, that doesn't mean that they've mastered it. It takes time and effort for a Pokémon to learn any new technique, and if they try to use it in battle before they've worked at it, they're usually unsuccessful. This has been showcased time and time again with a number of different Pokémon in a number of different ways.
  • The Electric Tale of Pikachu mentions a few times that Pokémon trainers like Ash only get a single year off school for their journey before they have to go back, a stark contrast to many adaptations which state that they're legal adults at eleven.
    • Ash, Brock, and Misty are also shown to occasionally have to work part-time jobs in whatever town they're currently in to build up travel funds again when their cash starts getting low.
  • Go West Young Meowth: The episode explores Meowth's origins in which he tried to win the heart of a female Meowth, but she turns her nose up at him. So he tried to impress her by learning to talk and walk like a human...which she likewise rejected only now with the added bonus of seeing him as a freak. Years later, he finds out said Meowth was abandoned and taken in by the gang he was once in. He tries to win her love by fighting the Persian leader. He wins...and does not get the girl since the leader did take her in and shelter her after all, so she remains loyal to him. Okay, good enough reasoning which Meowth was willing to accept except she had to pile on top of that by claiming she still saw him as a freak. Just...ouch. Proof that some people just aren't worth such devotion and trouble.
  • In the early episodes of the Hoenn Arc, May starts off being a new trainer. But because she has little to no experience in training, she starts off struggling to tell her Pokémon how to do simple moves. She does get the hang of it later, though.
  • During the Indigo Tournament arc, Ash is shown not really taking his training as seriously as he should, often time getting sidetracked. While he does win his first few matches, most were usually somewhat luck based. However, it eventually catches up to him when his Charizard remains disobedient when he's forced to use it as a last resort and ends up getting him disqualified when Charizard falls asleep on the field since it doesn't see Richie's Pikachu as a worthy challenge. When Ash is moping in private about his loss, Brock is one to remind him that he has no one to blame but himself for slacking off and relying too much on luck to see him through. The words seem to have stuck as, after this arc, Ash puts more effort into becoming a better trainer.
  • In the episode "Wake Up Snorlax" in the Indigo season, Team Rocket attempts to use attached cables from their hot-air balloon to lift a heavy Snorlax that is blocking the way. All this does is cause the machine to break from Snorlax's immense weight and for Meowth (alone) to blast off again.
  • Ash doesn't always get along with his companions he travels with in the beginning of his journeys. It makes sense since it's been less than a week that Ash knows these new travelers. He's still getting to know them, so arguing amongst them would be natural.
  • Just because you gained a new Mega Evolution doesn't mean you'll be able to fight on equal footing with someone who's been specifically fighting against said Mega Evolutions. Especially if that person has a crapton of experience fighting with that Mega Evolution to the point that their Pokémon understands which direction said trainer means when he's using coordinates in degrees! The battle in the Kalos league between a fresh Mega Charizard Y and a seasoned Mega Charizard X was a Curb-Stomp Battle in the X's favor.
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    Sailor Moon 
  • A note to Usagi Tsukino: when you're sentenced to Standing in the Hall as much as you're implied to have been, your grades will suffer; didn't Haruna Sakurada point that out to you that time you got a 30 on your test?
    • Also, being the queen of a Utopia and the savior of the world doesn't help a whit if you're Book Dumb and lazy; far in the future, Usagi still writes using hiragana (when most kids would be learning how to write kanji in elementary school).
  • Usagi's panicking in battle in the first episode is pretty much what would happen if you throw a teenage girl into life or death fights.
  • The Ballet Episode has this in no short supply. The clumsiest among the Sailor Soldiers decides to try doing ballet? She has difficulty even doing the basics. The others are also beginners (except maybe for Makoto), and despite Makoto's prior experience as a figure skater, she falls on Minako as soon as Yamagishi taps her shoulder while checking her posture. Only Ami seems to be doing perfectly OK, and yet even she reacts rather visibly to Rei accidentally kicking Yamagishi in the gut during the grand battements. Yamagishi unsurprisingly goes for Fish Eye after seeing his graceful dancing, and when Kiriko, who appears to be in some sort of relationship with Yamagishi, catches wind of it she doesn't take it well at first. Later, Yamagishi reveals to Fish Eye that he had Kiriko in mind for the lead role all this time, simply because he wanted her to have an opportunity to improve herself. Needless to say, Fish Eye blows his disguise in a fit of rage and would've killed him had Sailor Moon not shown up. Oh, and the role Yamagishi ultimately gave to Usagi? She got to play the moon.
  • Minako is one long list of examples of this trope:
    • She fought alone for about a year before joining the others. That means she's the most experienced and combat savvy... But she was already showing signs of PTSD even before the final battle of her story saw her killing her love interest by her hands.
    • Being The Leader of the Inner Senshi and having to set an example, she hides her troubles from them. While Artemis knows due having been there the whole time (to the point he's the main reason Mina still can hold it together) and it's hinted Usagi caught on, the others apparently see her as too great to be an example (during the Dream Arc of the manga, for example, when everybody was Brought Down to Normal by Nehellenia's curse they assumed Minako had recovered her powers while they were distracted or even resisted the curse) and start taking the Outers (as experienced as Minako if not more, and not as perfect) as role models, making things even worse and having no idea why Minako suddenly started shouting at them for it and called herself useless, and only then start realizing there's something hidden under her mask.
      • To make things worse, hiding her problems meant Minako couldn't start healing. In the manga, she only starts healing in the Time Skip between the Dream and Stars arc after her mask shattered during the Dream arc, and in the anime she starts when she admits her problems to Usagi right before the Grand Finale.
  • Usagi, an 8th grade girl, is told that she is destined to be Sailor Moon. Given how she is only a middle schooler, of course she isn’t going to be either happy or cooperative with taking a major life role that involves major responsibility that easily.
  • While it doesn’t excuse her Bratty Half-Pint tendencies, it makes sense as to why Chibi Usa would resent Usagi for being selfish & irresponsible. Chibi Usa was forced to grow up fast at her age, so it must have rubbed her the wrong way to see her mother (who is many years older than her) act like an immature goofball.

    Sword Art Online 
The main themes of Sword Art Online are that any strengths gained in the VRMMOs doesn't really translate into the real world, as Kirito finds out; virtual reality isn't as real as 'real' reality so the relevant corollaries that you can't use game logic or meta-logic to get by in a VRMMO; and in Aincrad, death is final, meaning that anyone who dies will die for real so problems are solved by negotiation, planning, foresight, and flexibility, not hitting things until they submit.
  • The initial arc ends with a duel between Kirito and the avatar of Kayaba, with Kirito's Love Interest Asuna Taking the Bullet for an attack that would have killed him and dying in his arms. After she dies, he picks up her fallen sword and stands to attack Kayaba, so Roaring Rampage of Revenge right? He then proceeds to swing his sword vaguely in Kayaba's direction, not even looking at him, mentally broken and incapable of continuing the fight in a meaningful fashion.
  • The SAO incident was scandalous to the point that Argus goes bankrupt and sells off its assets to another company; likewise, news of Nobuyuki Sugou's experiments are leaked and results in RECT Progress Inc. collapsing due to the lawsuits and poor publicity from said news, selling their assets to another company themselves.
    • Kikuoka implies that had the authorities not intervened, the SAO incident would have blown up into an even more massive scandal and that the survivors would be constantly hounded by the media. Which would plausibly happen if something like the show happened in real life.
    • At the end of the ALFheim Online arc, it's revealed that the VRMMO market was basically annihilated after two high-profile controversies where innocent people were used for experiments or to satisfy someone's god-complex, which is indeed what would happen if thousands of people died in two years in one MMO because they weren't allowed to leave, and twenty people were kept in their comas and used for brain experiements in the other. If it weren't for Kayaba giving Kirito a data seed to create new worlds, the market would have completely died.
    • In the Aincrad arc, Nishida, who worked on Sword Art Online, notes that he's in no hurry to leave Aincrad, because since he's in a technical occupation, his skills are completely outdated after two years trapped inside. Similarly, once they leave Aincrad, the survivors are behind in various ways (when Kirito's sister notes that he was a good student, he says that was before he went into SAO), and so apply to a special school for survivors, which the government establishes in part as a means of monitoring them for antisocial tendencies.
    • During his Last Villain Stand against Kirito, Sugou smugly brushes off Kirito's insistence that he's lost, stating that countless organizations would take an interest in his work and thus shelter him from the law. When Kirito overpowers him in real life and leaves him to the mercy of the cops, he's proven wrong: not only is he arrested and incarcerated for his crimes, but his actions result in RECT Inc. getting hit with a massive public scandal that forces Asuna's father, who put Sugou in charge of the company's research institute in the first place, to step down as CEO in shame.
  • Shino's situation as a Minor Living Alone is far from ideal. She has trouble making ends meet, to the point at which she, despite being unwilling to sell Hecate (a weapon in GGO that is very powerful and of great personal significance to her), has to admit that it would go a long way toward paying her expenses. Several unscrupulous classmates take advantage of her to host parties at her apartment. Worst of all, Shino gets targeted by a serial killer because she lives alone and is a vulnerable target.
  • While Kirito is an accomplished warrior in virtual reality, he's also accustomed to the systems reducing if not eliminating the sense of pain. When he gets cut with a knife in the fight with Sugou in real life, and with a machete while facing the goblin leader in the Underworld (which doesn't have the system in place), he's left helpless from the extreme pain that he isn't used to feeling.
  • When Kirito and Eugeo intervene to save their pages, Ronie and Tiese, from Raios and Humbert, their attacks result in Humbert losing a hand and Raios losing his life. As a result, Kirito and Eugeo are expelled from the academy and handed over to the Integrity Knights, the world's authorities.
  • When Quinella and Cardinal fight, eventually, the two reach the point in which they're unable to use Sacred Arts against each other, and must instead fight with a sword and a staff, respectively. This would seem like a fair fight, but since Cardinal is currently in the body of a child and Quinella has an adult's body, Cardinal's forced to flee from a fight she can't possibly win.

    Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 
  • M's portable shield, made of starship plating, might be able to stop a wide variety of ordinance, but since the whole things was meant to be carried in compacted form and then deployed when used, it's still composed of multiple sections of starship plating, and the hinges that link each piece to each other serve as weak points. One of PM 4's hired muscle learns this the hard way when team SHINC specifically targets these joints and hinges with their PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle, when one of them eventually fails and the residual kinetic force from the 14.5mm round causes a section of the shield to fly off and strike him right in the face for an instant kill.
  • Firing a weapon without System Assist (thus not generating a Bullet Circle or Bullet Line) leaves players at the mercy of realistic ballistics in the game. This is really the only way a skilled gunfighter in reality could play GGO without putting their real-life skills at risk of atrophy from using the assist. Those that do master weapon use without relying on the assists... well just look at M (an experienced gunfighter in reality) and team KKHC and how effective they are in game.
  • Played straight in a surprising way during the first Squad Jam; while it's true that in the real world, Team Narrows would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for one person to take down, but GGO is NOT the real world, and LLENN is easily able to take down four of them utilizing GGO's own game mechanics (her agility build means she runs far faster than any human could in real life, and corpses are immune to damage, unlike in the real world, which makes them good shields). The two survivors realize this and resign without firing a shot at her.
  • Fuka has much less luck in finding a melee weapon in GGO than Kirito did, with her favored swords, lances, and axes nowhere to be seen so she's forced to purchase firearms like everyone else. She does acquire a trench knife that she uses as a hair clip.
  • Since Squad Jam, like BoB, is a survival match, you don't win by getting the most kills, but by outlasting your opponents. The two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive, but the rule does allow Team T-S to go in and mop up LLENN and Fuka after their climactic fight with Pito, even though their cowardly tactics result in people concluding that they don't deserve to win.

    World Trigger 
  • In general, World Trigger takes a more realistic approach to shonen battle tropes, resulting in many deconstructions or lampshade hangings on how some tropes don't work.
    • Determination cannot make up the lack of strength, skill or luck in a fight; just ask Tachikawa.
    • Talking to enemies in battles is just asking to get killed, unless your aim is to waste the enemies' time.
    • Most combats are done in trion bodies because injuries to the real bodies in the battlefield are fatal: when Osamu takes three bullet-sized stabs on his abdomen, arm and leg, he almost dies due to blood loss; in other shows, this level of injury would be minor.
    • When Osamu is banking on the result of his intensive training to win his team match (he is the weakest link in the team), his team gets defeated horribly instead: Osamu has to learn the hard way that hard work takes years to bear fruit and rival characters also train hard so catching up is almost impossible for someone with no talent; Osamu is told to spend more of his time to develop strategies and learn support skills with instead.
  • Military and defense organizations in the series takes a no-nonsense approach in general.
    • Being a Blood Knight in a professional army is fine as long as you follow orders; Enedora was executed for leaving his designation position to seek unnecessary fights.
    • A combatant who cannot kill cannot participate in missions in the enemy's home field: Hatohara and her team got pulled off the expedition mission despite her team winning the ticket fair and square. However, they can still be used for defense missions, because in the home field, every combatant can be deployed.
    • Torture is useless for information gathering because the victim can just make up lies; even with a living lie detector, it's useless if the victim is stubborn enough to stay mute.
    • An S-ranked agent with black trigger that's capable of decimating everything to dust is not deployable in most defensive situation due to the potential collateral damage: negative public relations impact from the said collateral damage can cut into the army's funding.

    Misc 
  • Some Futanari focused series (both hentai and non-hentai) such as Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa actually call attention to the difficulty of a girl having male genitals (and functional ones at that). This can range from having a more... extreme sex drive, having to avoid clothing that's tight-fitting and/or too short to not commit indecent exposure (and also for basic comfort), having a troubled romantic life since quite a few individuals aren't comfortable with dating or sleeping with a lady who has boy parts, and suffering from alienation thanks to having such a body.
  • In the anime adaption of Ace Attorney:
    • In the games, Mimi Miney can wipe her tears with her hat; in Episode 17, it doesn't survive all the twisting and pulling.
    • Max does his "throwing cards" animation, twice, in the detention center. The cards just smack against the glass.
    • Acro's little birds don't follow him into the courtroom.
    • In an episode, Gumshoe talks on his phone... while driving. Guess what happens?
    • Matt Engarde did not bring A Glass of Chianti anywhere he goes from the detention center to the court.
    • Franziska is taken completely out of commission the day she is shot, and when she turns up for her Big Damn Heroes moment the next day she looks a bit shaky and her arm is in a sling.
  • A bonus chapter in Volume 3 of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney showed what would happen if Franziska whipped someone harshly in real life. The poor man would be killed, (well, almost.), and Franziska would be in legal trouble. Note that it's one of the few times she actually cries!
  • Assassination Classroom
    • Karma learns the hard way that confidence is no substitute for studying when he tanks at math during the first semester finals. Koro-sensei makes sure to point it out so he'll learn from it.
    • In the Assassination Island arc, the three assassins Takaoka hired are assassins, but they're professional assassins with reputations to uphold and don't share in their employer's sadism. Thus, they don't really want to be responsible for killing an entire class of middle school students. So, when the plan calls for poisoning half the class in order to blackmail the other half, rather than use the deadly virus that Takaoka had no intention of handing over the antidote for, they use a different virus that only looks deadly but will eventually wear off.
    • During the final arc, the mountains where the classes have been held is protected by an elite squad of the world's best soldiers. However, they are not familiar with the territory, and are not as well-trained in stealth and coordination. After all, Class E has been honing their skills and teamwork for a year and know the mountains enough that Karasuma-sensei says they could operate "in there blindfolded". As such, they quickly dispatch most of the soldiers in the mountains with little effort, leaving only their leader, Craig Houjou, left, and even then Class 3-E defeats him by frustrating his attempts to prepare himself, culminating in a Nagisa/Karma combo of a clap stunner and a chokehold.
    • What happens when the public discovers Asano Sr. has segregated all the under-performing students to a run-down school building off the main campus, and actually encouraged other students and faculty to bully them? National public outrage that got so intense that the school board is forced to fire the disgraced Asano Sr., abolish the messed-up system, and surrender the property rights of the Class E building in order to save face and keep Kunugigaoka Academy open.
  • The Asterisk War:
    • Despite the superhuman feats the Genestella can do, it doesn't mean there are no side effects: Julis cries out in pain when Silas' mooks slash her leg, and Domestic Abuse still hurts the mind even if it can't harm the body. And the police will still arrest them for causing public disturbances or attacking Muggles (although this can get taken too far, as Genestella are sometimes imprisoned for using lethal force in self-defense).
    • Kouichirou Toudou learns the hard way that when the IEF discovers your attempts to cover up exculpatory evidence in your own brother's misdeeds and using your niece as a pawn in your plans, it will come back to haunt you.
    • In the Phoenix Festa semifinals, Julis takes on a Galahadsworth student who materializes classical High Middle Ages heavy cavalry gear. This includes a suit of plate armor that covers his badge and regenerates when destroyed, making it impossible for her to hit the badge with a fireball and win the match. Turns out, however, that the armor also traps heat, so she just keeps shooting fire at him until he falls off his horse from heat exhaustion.
  • In Azumanga Daioh, Osaka, of all people, pulls this when she wonders what Chiyo would do if she was kidnapped. Chiyo suggests that Tadakichi-san could come to her rescue, and Osaka mimes shooting him. This leads to this exchange:
    Chiyo: So what should I do?
    Osaka: If this was a TV show, you'd use your genius brain to think up somethin'... and fight back against incredible odds...
    Osaka: ... and get killed.
  • Bakuman。
    • After Kosugi does a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! punch to Nanamine when he essentially gives up on manga following losing to the main characters, Nanamine threatens to report Kosugi for assault and cause him to lose his job. Subverted when Nanamine doesn't go through with it, though, thinking it would make him more of a laughingstock than he already is.
    • Played straight earlier on, when after dramatically ripping up their drafts of Money and Intelligence and throwing them into a river, Mashiro and Takagi run away lest they be caught for littering.
    • Also played straight earlier on in which after Takagi punches Ishizawa for insulting Mashiro, he gets suspended.
    • Mashiro and Takagi aim to get published and have their manga adapted into an anime before turning 18. They manage to get published while still in high-school through hard work and determination in true shonen manga fashion, but after months spent working too hard and neglecting his health, Mashiro collapses and has to be hospitalized. And a few months later, despite their best efforts, their first serialized manga gets cancelled.
    • Toward the end, once Mashiro and Azuki's relationship comes to light, very few people are happy to hear about it, there is a large In-Universe Internet Backdraft, and this makes it more difficult for Azuki to get the lead role, since people think Mashiro might be favoring her.
  • Berserk has a few due in large part to how serious and dark the setting is.
    • Adon Corbowitz acts as though Talking Is a Free Action, but every time he starts rambling about how his techniques were passed down for centuries, Guts or Casca takes it as an opportunity to attack him when he's not paying attention.
    • When Guts makes his decision to leave the Band of the Hawks for good, Griffith, in a state of Tranquil Fury, attempts to stop him by fighting him: Guts simply overpowers Griffith and knocks his sword away with one hit; no matter how skilled Griffith is, Guts has been fighting multiple battles under the Hawks and has improved greatly over the years, while also being calm and focused, compared to Griffith who has been fighting much less than Guts has and was in a state of mental fragility.
    • In a funny example, after Guts and Casca decide to consummate their relationship, Casca only several hours later hops onto her horse and experiences pain from sitting on it; naturally having Their First Time leaves her sore afterwards and running off to do physical work like fighting won't exactly feel good either.
    • Guts has only lost his right eye, which still affects his depth perception and leaves him with no field of vision on his right side. Guts has learned to use his hearing to compensate.
    • Since Guts is Covered in Scars, he cannot as easily sweat out a fever like an unblemished body can.
    • As Casca falls off the ship, Guts reaches out with his prosthetic hand to grab her — and she immediately slips because the hand is fake, with Guts having no actual grip or ability to move the fingers. He even lampshades this, having almost forgotten that his prosthetic hand doesn't work like a real hand because it has a built-in magnet, which allowed him to actually hold onto his BFS during battle, and that he actually seems to have genuine control over it like a real hand while possessed by his Enemy Within when wearing the Berserker armor.
    • Said prosthetic hand also makes Guts sink pretty fast when falling into the water himself, since it's made of heavy iron. He still manages to get rescued off-screen, though his recovery shows that his prosthetic arm was removed.
  • In Black Cat, Train is falling off a building and Rinslet jumps off to catch him, ending when Rinslet comes to a sudden stop at the end of the rope — and actually does tendon damage to her arm. Turns out inertia matters after all...
  • Black Clover:
    • At one point Asta and Noelle find a Mimic monster (a treasure chest with legs, like you'd see in an RPG) and crack it open, hoping to see some wonderful treasure. Instead, they find it stuffed to the brim with the monster's internal organs, because even though it's a walking treasure chest, it still needs those to live.
    • It doesn't matter how much of a Charles Atlas Superpower you have or even whether you have Heroic Willpower, getting stabbed in the chest will take you down.
    • During Asta's battle with Vetto in the Seabed Temple Arc, Vetto curb stomps Asta whilst listing the logical reasons why Asta hasn't a hope in the world of defeating him, those reasons being his poor attack range, general disadvantage against those who can magically enhance their physical ability, and his refusal to concede even when completely outmatched.
  • Black Lagoon usually runs on the Rule of Cool and no mistake, but can just as often play this trope as well. The Power of Love isn't going to help redeem someone who's terminally messed up from a bad childhood, and no matter how much of a badass you are in combat pissing off a mob boss who can just hire someone to shoot you while your back is turned is a bad idea, as Hansel and Gretel found out. In the Roberta's Blood Trail OVA Roberta falls afoul of this as well when she attempts to ambush a U.S. Special Forces unit, and despite familiar terrain, having set up traps beforehand and being an Implacable Woman against the regular-calibre gangsters is permanently crippled in the process.
  • Btooom!: This shows brings out a few things that may seem useful, only to point out it's flaws in execution.
    • Even if your a black belt in judo, or any martial arts in that matter, it will help very little in a survival game with dangerous weapons. Someone quickly learned this the hard way, getting a knife to the throat while he was talking.
    • Grabbing a knife won't automatically give you an advantage, especially if your opponent is someone trained and experienced enough to predict your movement. When Sakamoto went to grab the knife to take on Miyamoto, he quickly disarms him before he could even use it, knowing he would go after it.
    • Suffering trauma after trauma will really affect someone. This happened to Tairo who ended up snapping after being left alone without support by Sakamoto when he went to go save Himiko.
  • Bubuki Buranki: Yes, even a series about magic alien robots can have some basis in reality.
    • Kogane never really forgives Shuusaku after the truth behind her father's death comes out; because even if he didn't kill him, Kogane points out he still played a role in his death. She has hated Shuusaku for years and isn't simply gonna stop hating him overnight. Even if they are able to work together for a common goal, she never acts friendly towards him.
    • Reoko forgets her deeds as dictator of Tokyo but the populace doesn't. Some protesters occasionally vandalize the medical facility she is held at as a form to express their displeasure.
  • Captain Tsubasa: Kojiro Hyuga leaves the Toho Academy without warning to do some training on his own in Okinawa, missing out the practices before the Nationals, resulting in Coach Kitazume suspending him and leaving the team without one of their key players. He only relents for the finals because the rest of the team beg him to let him play again, and after seeing that his training did improve his shooting skills.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Meiling is strong enough to smash some park penguins with her fists, but it left her hands terribly injured doing so.
  • Carnival Phantasm: When the contestants of the Holy Grail War get randomly selected cars, Lancer first celebrates because he got an awesome dragster. When the race starts his dragster takes off at incredible speed... until it reaches a curve in the racecourse.
    Lancer: My GaeBol car is awesome! The speed is just incredible!
    Rin: Hey Archer. Did you know? Dragsters... can't turn. (Lancer crashes)
  • Dennou Coil: The protagonist's little sister Kyoko is exactly as helpful as you'd imagine a six-year-old girl would be: she occasionally stumbles on a good idea or finds something out of sheer luck, but she's an obnoxious, unhelpful brat who shouts poop jokes and gets lost; after the first trip into old E-Spaces, Yuko and her friend Fumie never bring her along again.
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has reality slap the faces of the main characters, most of which come from a fantasy world into modern day Japan. Examples include:
    • Running full speed and catching a person, no matter how strong you are, is going to hurt a ton due to the force of a person landing in another person's arm. Emi does this to save Chiho and while she does manage to catch her, she ends up nearly breaking her legs from the impact.
    • Putting down whatever age you think fits doesn't quite work as well when you want to work longer hours at a job. Maou puts his age as seventeen and is only allowed to work part-time as a result while Emi puts her age as eighteen and is able to work a better job since legally a older person will be seen as more fitting for the job and hours.
    • Pulling a knife on your sworn enemy might work in a fantasy world, but doing it in modern day Japan will earn you a trip to the Police station, as Emi found out. Also, trying to attack someone doesn't mean nobody else who is around will just ignore it, as later on when attacked by Sariel, Emi is concerned since she can't fight back at the moment, only for the clerk at the store behind her to rush to her aid and force him off.
    • Doors aren't easy to just plow through as Emi finds out when she is unable to break down Maou and Alciel's and ends up hurting herself in the process. Later Sariel tries to attack Emi at a convenience store by trying to run through the glass door but instead smacks into it.
    • Later in the story, Emi is kidnapped by Gabriel and taken back to Ente Isla, forcing the heroes to return there to rescue here. Chiho wants to go but the heroes make her stay behind. As she realizes shortly after, while she wants to help save Emi, she's just a normal girl with no powers at all, going to a magical world like Ente Isla would make her The Load for everyone involved. Just because she wants to help doesn't mean she has the power to do so.
  • Digimon Adventure 02 has learning when to forgive as a more subtle theme — while Ken is Easily Forgiven by Davis after his Heel–Face Turn, most of the others take a while to come around. Cody in particular doesn't allow himself to be casual with Ken until the beginning of the World Tour arc.
    • Even though Patamon was reborn, TK still has nightmares of the day Angemon sacrificed himself in battle early in Digimon Adventure and takes a somewhat extreme stance towards the topic of abusing the powers of darkness that sometimes scares Cody.
    • The sequel in general is Lighter and Softer than the first series, and the team's managed to actively avoid killing real Digimon. So in the Daemon arc, when they are forced to kill his cohorts in the real world (where it's implied Digimon can't cross the gate to be reborn in the Digital World), Yolei and Cody have a breakdown over what is essentially murder. Cody in particular is likely shaken by this because his late father was a police officer — sometimes you have to kill in order to save innocent lives.
  • Dr. Stone
    • Being a series that focuses heavily on the "science" part of Science Fiction, the story has a ton of these moments to show how Senku's rise to science won't be so easy even with him having all the necessary information. He's still burdened by things like lack of materials, lack of manpower, and lack of skill.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Lucy has the largest breasts of any recurring female character, and believes that Buxom Is Better: during a "Freaky Friday" Flip where Gray and Lucy swap bodies, Gray notes that Lucy seems to be suffering chronic back pain, a common side effect of having large breasts.
    • Lucy also seems to believe that All Men Are Perverts: when she's put into a role where she has to distract someone with her body, whether she's enthusiastic about it or reluctant about it, she thinks that showing her breasts will be enough. This line of thinking fails every time she tries it to the point that it's become a Running Gag: Natsu and Gray, in particular, have seen Lucy naked so many times that they don't even flinch.
    • The first time Natsu barges into Lucy's house, he catches her in the shower: Lucy goes into Pervert Revenge Mode, trying to hit Natsu with a flying kick... and Natsu blocks the kick, saying her combat technique sucks.
    • Being stuck in a time void for seven years will cause you to immensely fall behind everyone outside of it in terms of power: the effects are shown when protagonists and antagonists alike who were little more than pests to Fairy Tail's strongest members before start fighting evenly with (and even overwhelming) them after the Time Skip.
  • Fate/Zero:
    • During the epic final battle between Kotomine and Kiritsugu, Kotomine has a kevlar protected priest robe that allows him to No-Sell Kiritsugu's primary weapon. However, once he turns his back on what he assumed to be a dead Kiritsugu, he gets hit by a rain of bullets from Kiritsugu, one of which grazes the side of his head and causes blood to spill down his face and cover an eye, blinding him in said eye for the rest of the fight. He also attempts to deflect a bullet from Kiritsugu's Contender, but because the unique nature of the round, as soon as it makes contact with him, the bullet easily breaks through his robe and goes right through his arm, causing his arm to nearly explode and him to be unable to use it for the rest of the fight either. The point becomes clear; kevlar, even in a world of magic, is not full proof.
    • Kiritsugu is a Weak, but Skilled Combat Pragmatist with years killing rogue Mages. When faced with an enemy, in the form of Kotomine, who doesn't rely on magic but instead martial skills, he is on the defensive because he's a Magus Killer, not a fighter. By contrast, Kotomine is a skilled fight who fought against similar opponents using martial skills. It takes Kiritsugu using a bunch of his resources to fight evenly with him, and the fight doesn't even end with a clear victor, as outside factors cause it end in Kiritsugu "winning" by virtue of recovering quicker than he is.
    • In other situations where a character gets choked, they end up fine afterwards if they aren't outright killed. Here, however, Aoi gets strangled by Kariya in a moment of madness, but he doesn't kill her. When she appears in the epilogue, it's revealed that this caused brain damage that made her unable to walk and recall memories properly. She promptly dies only a short time after the series ends due to this.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula: Hayato Kazami is hoping for an easy win in his debut at the US Grand Prix and he initially leads the race in a short amount of time. But then he learns that he gets a 60-second penalty for false-starting, so he pushes Asurada to its limits to make up for his penalty. And then Asurada’s engine blows up and he is forced to retire in the race.
  • For a show about Humongous Combining Mecha powered by courage, there's quite a few situations when realism rears its head in GaoGaiGar.
    • No matter how super-powered a cyborg Guy Shishioh is, he still has a limited power source - in the second episode he almost dies just from running out of power in his first on-screen fight. He's only able to avoid the issue later on because of the almost-magical abilities of the G-Stone to grant him more power by literally converting it from his boundless courage. Even with that, his Hyper Mode is still limited to three minutes, because it uses a separate power source (the linked cylinders on the sides of his head).
    • The individual machines that make up the combined GaoGaiGar itself are shown to be heavily damaged after the first fight just from the act of combining, much less the damage sustained during said fight. Also, about a dozen episodes later, the Gutsy Geoid Guard has to develop a new weapon for it, the Goldion Hammer, to act as its Finishing Move, because GaoGaiGar initially only fighting with its fists means that its old finishing move, Hell & Heaven, is putting so much strain on the machine and on Guy's cybernetics that it's likely to fall apart and kill him if he keeps using it like that.
    • The first episode shows Mamoru being delivered via giant robot lion about eight years prior to the series proper, and not much longer it's shown that said giant robot lion has been in the possession of the Gutsy Geoid Guard, but it never activated until Mamoru started interacting with it. Since Mamoru's adoptive parents are kept out of the loop for security reasons, they spend a good chunk of the series not knowing why the giant lion has shown up again and worrying it might be coming to take Mamoru back.
    • In the last episode of FINAL, Genesic GaoGaiGar taxes Palparepa's Healing Factor so much it becomes useless.
  • Gate might as well be renamed Reality Ensues: The Animation. So many times in fiction, there's something of a "Technology is inferior to magic," theme- look at how many anime have super-advanced technology fall to "Spirits," or people with guns falling to a single man with a sword. Here? Modern technology reigns supreme on the battlefield.
  • Girls und Panzer: The school ships are awesome, but are also realistically expensive to maintain, which is why Ooarai is in danger of being shut down.
    • Early on, most of the Ooarai Sensha-do club decorate their tanks: it helps to differentiate them, but it also removes the stealth advantage that their original looks had; after their first match, where this is used against them, they wash off the paint.
  • Gokushufudou: While chatting with his middle-aged housewife friends at the gym, Tatsu accidentally follows them into the women's changing rooms. Rather than enter Pervert Revenge Mode, they all understand it was an accident and wave off his apologies.
  • The Dai-Gurren brigade of Gurren Lagann are a bunch of immature, action happy meathead types who spent most of their lives living underground. Not surprisingly, this makes them piss-poor choices to run the post-Lordgenome government. When we meet them after the Time Skip, they're doing a predictably mediocre job of it.
  • I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying: No matter how good a doujinshi artist is, they're still doing amateur-work. Unlike Miki, who primarily works as a detective, Mayotama can't earn a living off of selling doujinshi; his switch to Shounen is Truth in Television, as amateur artists will go pro since that's where the money's at.
  • Infinite Stratos: Poor Ichika becomes reality's bitch when he gets the Byakushiki. Instead of becoming an all-powerful badass like any other self-respecting light novel protagonist, Ichika loses almost every fight he takes part in because he has no experience or talent piloting an IS. In the rare case he wins, it will be either through sheer luck, outside help or by the skin of his teeth. Even after getting more competent, he still needs help from more experienced fighters.
    • Having been trained at a strict military academy from a young age Laura has No Social Skills, and blunders through most of her attempts to show her affection towards Ichika after falling for him.
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?:
    • Being an adventurer is played with surprising levels of realism. Being an adventurer is dangerous and many die with lofty ideas of becoming famous. Some charge in unprepared and die after getting lost, some go in and go well past what they can handle and die to stronger monsters, and just as many are taken advantage of by less savory adventurers and get killed or left to die. Being an adventurer means having to accept the possibility of dying and nobody being there to see you or save you. Thus, many join Familias to avoid this, and to have support, having a group of dedicated adventurers is better than having one.
    • Leveling up is not easy and many adventurers spend their whole lives trying to get past level 1, because the process of doing so involves fighting and improving, which isn't easy when the Dungeon is such a threat that many die before they even start to reach a point where they could level up. Bell leveling as much as he does ends up causing him trouble with some people later because it's unnatural for someone to improve so drastically that quickly, and so they pick a fight with him out of jealousy.
    • Being lucky in combat only works for a while before luck runs out, fighting requires skill just as much as luck. Bell has mainly been getting by thanks to being fairly lucky, on top of being able to increase his stats at a absurd rate and getting better equipment, but eventually he decides to train with Aiz in order to learn how to fight properly. As strong as Bell has become, he lacks real combat training, so he tends to be reckless and overwhelm his enemies with his natural speed. In order to become a better adventurer, he needs to actually learn how to really fight and not just be faster or luckier than his enemy.
  • Kinnikuman: In the Seven Devil's Arc, Kinnikuman is forced to fight multiple death matches against the Devil Choujin and has to beat all of them within several days or Meat will die: even though Choujin are established to have faster healing rates than normal people, having virtually no rest between each fight wears Kin down quickly. After his fights with Stecase King and Black Hole, Kin can barely stand and the other Justice Choujin have to fill in so he can heal: even after beating Atlantis, Kin is knocked out by Mongolman so he can rest properly because he lost a lot of blood; even if you are superhuman, your body will self-destruct if not allowed to recover.
    • The sequel series Kinnikuman Nisei shows why the heroes if the original show had to step down: they're old and can't keep it up anymore; doing power moves is explicitly stated to have done a number on Kin's body.
    • Checkmate of Nisei was trained to Feel No Pain. The upside is that he can fight without being distracted by blows and hits, and even dislocates a knee to escape a hold with no issue. The downside, as always with the trope, is that he can't tell when he's reached his limit.
  • Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Being a semi-sequel to Fate/Zero, there are some realistic consequences from that story presented in here.
    • Kayneth and Sola's sudden deaths in the 4th Holy Grail War caused a power vacuum in his family because there was nobody who was in a good position to take over his role. The only person who could, his niece, is not old enough nor skilled enough to be able to take lead, and so she forces Waver Velvet to be adopted into the family until she is old enough. It also meant that he was forced to take care of the families financial issues from the fallout. The other major Mage houses also don't like that a commoner Mage is now heading one of the most influential families, and thus he becomes the target of various groups to either dispose of, or outright kill.
    • Although Waver has gotten stronger since the 4th Grail War, he isn't all that good of a Magus because he lacks the innate benefits a long running Mage family would have. In stark contrast to his views before the Grail War, he admits that there simply is no way to overcome someone being naturally skilled in something.
    • While Waver had the happiest ending of all the Masters in the Grail War, he still saw a lot of horrific things and nearly died several times and is haunted by the loss of his Servant Rider. As a result, he is unable to look at Gray's face because her Identical Grandson appearance to Artoria reminds him of his failure in the war, and whenever is asked about his time in it, he often ignores the conversation because it was a traumatic event.
  • Love Hina: During the manga's Christmas Special, Motoko is groped by a chikan on a train and proceeds to beat him to a bloody pulp; for once in the series, Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male is averted and Motoko finds herself in hot water with the cops.
  • Love Live! Sunshine!!: Unlike the protagonists from the original series, whose school was in the middle of Tokyo, the girls of Aqours live in a rural fishing town, meaning even with their rising popularity, people are reluctant to go attend their school when it's located in such an out-of-the-way area; this culminates in them failing to reach the necessary number of perspective students, meaning Uranohoshi will end up shutting down and merging with another school.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
    • Lucoa's extremely skimpy swimwear gets her dragged away for overexposure twice in episode 7, and in the second DVD special, her "Dragon Milk Cow" cosplay even gets her arrested for indecent exposure.
    • Elma ends up getting banned from an all-you-can-eat buffet in her spin-off because of her inhuman eating habits.
  • My Wife is the Student Council President:
    • The anime is straightforward about what would happen if a pair of horny teens moved in together without adult supervision. Izumi doesn't shy away from the prospect of having sex with Ui, since she's made it clear that she consents and she's just as horny as he is. The only reason they haven't done it yet is because their friends and neighbors won't let them.
    • Ui and Rin are shown to be just as curious about sex as Izumi is, rather than standoffish about the subject. It even serves as a key aspect of Rin's character development, because she's a part of the school's disciplinary committee. She eventually admits that she only joined to dispel the rumors being spread around school about her. But— Rin also tells Izumi that doesn't mean she'll hesitate to use her sex appeal to get closer to him.
  • Overlord (2012): An odd case since "reality" is not our world but one where magic exists, but Ainz still finds out that despite the numerous similarities to the VR MMORPG he was in, he's no longer in the game.
    • Adventurers are not called upon to do everything from gathering herbs to repelling armies to saving the world like any self-respecting RPG character, but instead are a kind of non-centralized paramilitary force who take out monsters attacking villages if the army can't do it, and as a result, tend to be viewed with suspicion as mercenaries by some (and the government, having little interest in heavily-armed combat veterans they don't control, makes sure to keep it that way).
    • Ainz' warrior persona is seen as Unskilled, but Strong by more competent warriors, since as a lich (or out of VR), he has no experience with melee combat. The main reason he's successful is that his level is about 3 times as high as the new world's legendary heroes, meaning his physical strength and agility are similarly overpowering for normal people (even Ainz' magic skill were geared for roleplaying rather than combat, so a magic caster of similar level would likely outclass him).
    • An innkeeper preemptively states that you can't just barge into people's rooms. Something obvious to normal members of society, a deeply-ingrained and hard-to-control instinct for RPG players for who Kleptomaniac Hero is a way of life.
    • Medieval Stasis is explained by the fact that magic allows for Boring, but Practical spells such as accelerating harvests and removing the need to let fields rest for a year.
    • Back in YGGDRASSIL, Ainz Aool Gown was one of the top-ranked guilds and had never been defeated (the best attempt involved 1500 invaders and they only made it a little past halfway through guild headquarters)... in no small part due to their unabashed reliance on cash items, some of the more hardline players pouring a third of their income into improving the guild.
      • Existing cash shop items survive in the new world, and they completely break the otherwise well-established Magic A Is Magic A in the setting. Even someone who's seen them used before had no idea what they'll do this time, since only Ainz (the character) understands them. On the other hand, they're now irreplaceable, and he has to use them very sparingly.
    • Most spellcasters treat summoned creatures the way most RPG players do - that is, disposably. But if you treat a summoned army with dignity and respect while valuing the skills they have to offer, they might respect you when it wears off. Do this for a downtrodden but intelligent class like goblins, and they'll remember it. So when you summon a second army later, you don't get the same goblins - you get the best of the best, answering the summons of a revered figurehead, highly motivated to fight for them.
    • Aiz's saving of Carne Village involves him essentially adopting the village into being part of his domain. Overtime the village prospers thanks to his intervention, with the villagers learning to defend themselves and them even having a small Goblin horde who takes up the rule as guards and protectors of the people. As a side effect however, the village becomes a frequent target of other factions, because instead of being a small, random village, its now essentially a military outpost with strategic value. It was only attacked early on because it was in a good spot to bring out Gazef. The fact that Aiz visits the village and has some of his underlings there doesn't help it either.
  • The baseball episode of Samurai Champloo has Mugen trying to utilize Martial Arts and Crafts by combining pitching with his Break Dance Battler style. It fails miserably when he doesn't pitch anything near the batter, and after the batter gets to walk Mugen decides to just pitch normally.
  • Shokugeki no Soma:
    • During a Stagirie week, Soma and Hisako end up interning at the same restaurant together. When Soma questions if Hisako has any experience serving people, she claims she has done simulation training and can take care of herself. However once the lunch rush comes in, she completely finds herself overwhelmed. Quickly realizing simulation and the real deal are two different things. Soma practically breezes through it since his meal of the day restaurant prepared him for serving crowds on the quick. Ultimately Hisako swallows her pride and follows Soma's lead in order to keep pace.
    • Alice, Ryou and Hisako try to break Erina out of her own mansion to get her away from her abusive father. However, once they actually escape, they realize that they never thought about where she would stay. Alice and Ryou can't help since they're also living at the place Erina is trying to escape from, Hisako's home is frequently visited by the Nakiris, she's too sheltered to live on her own and having someone stick with her would draw their attention, and it's started raining, so camping out for the night is out of the question. If it weren't for them ending up near the Polaris dorm, Erina would have had to go back.
  • Skeleton Soldier Couldn't Protect the Dungeon: The skeleton soldier and a rogue set up shop in a low-level dungeon, killing assassination targets that the rogue brings to him. The nearest city soon sends a band of high-level adventurers to find out what is causing trouble.
  • Strike Witches occasionally goes to lengths to depict realistic reactions and consequences to a world at a point in time where they would have been fighting one another are forced to set aside their differences to push back an Alien Invasion.
    • The only concrete, guaranteed defense against the Neuroi are teenaged witches with special devices on their legs, based on real-world fighting vehicles (typically airplanes, though tank-based versions are also shown), which amplify their magic abilities to allow them to fight. As such, the old guard tend to look down on witches because of how they've made tanks, artillery, planes and the like completely obsolete, and both seasons of the main anime end with a focus on some group or another within the military trying to replace witches with another technology entirely.
    • That the only line of defense against the Neuroi are young girls is also brought up on occasion. There's one manga centered around the African front, specifically the testing of the Strike Witches equivalent of the Tiger heavy tank, where its test pilot asks one of the mechanics, a former tank commander himself, how she's supposed to feel about risking her life in battle and crying that she doesn't want to die. The mechanic — who found himself asked the same questions by another witch years earlier, only to discover he still doesn't have a proper answer — is so saddened that young girls are the ones who have to fight and die to save humanity, rather than actual soldiers like himself, that he ends up taking over the Tiger prototype himself and self-destructing it next to a heavily-armored Neuroi in an attempted Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Logistics are also shown to be very important, particularly in the Brave Witches anime. The loss of a simple warehouse hurts them because of the lost materials, especially food. The expense of repairing their striker units is also brought up several times, especially in relation to Nippa, whose terrible luck sees her either shot down or taken out by simple malfunctions in almost every battle she partakes in. The same happens to Kanno in the opening of another episode - while her power allows her to focus her magical shields around her fist to simply punch through Neuroi, it doesn't do anything to prevent the debris from smashing up that Neuroi from clogging the intakes of her striker units.
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil:
    • Unlike other harem series that enforce Innocent Cohabitation between teens, The Testament of Sister New Devil doesn't. Basara tries to resist the advances of the girls living with him, until he finally gives in to the temptation. By the end of the light hovel's final volume, he's impregnated all 8 of them; including his cousin Mio and his elder second cousinnote , Chisato.
    • Both the light novel and its anime adaptation handles Chisato's affair with Basara realistically. She's a registered school nurse in an incestuous relationship with one of her students, so she has to keep it a secret from the rest of the faculty, or risk tarnishing her reputation and likely losing her job. Likewise, despite Basara's initial reluctance, it isn't long before he becomes attracted to Chisato and consents to the affair. In the OVAs, they only go as far as makeout sessions and foreplay, whereas scans from the light novels explicitly show them having sex.
  • Two examples from Tiger Mask:
    • One Tiger's Cave wrestler who didn't want to pay half his earnings decided to wrestle under a different mask. Tiger's Cave agents recognized him immediately from his build and distinctive Tiger's Cave style, and sent wrestlers that only hit him in the head until he threw himself under a train.
    • At the end of the manga Tiger Mask has defeated Tiger's Cave and is effectively the world's strongest wrestler. How does he die? He's ran over by a car.
  • In The Royal Tutor, Prince Leonhard hates studying and tutors with a passion from a young age, either running away from them or actively chasing the tutors away from the palace; is it any wonder that he can barely count using his fingers?
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male is a common trope used in comedic anime/manga, like Love Hina, The Familiar of Zero, and Girls Bravo, to name a few. However, there are some examples where the actual consequences of such behavior are shown. In Itsudatte My Santa!, for example, Mai and Santa have an encounter very common in the trope—she accuses him of being a pervert, even though he isn't, and physically strikes him. This results in security officers dragging her away.
  • In the KC Grand Prix anime filler arc of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Arc Villain Siegfried's plan is to be as Obviously Evil as possible so that his younger brother slips under the radar. Part of it is making it blatantly obvious that he's hacked into Kaibacorp's computers. However, his endgame turns out to be using an illegal card to both create an unfair advantage against Yugi and simultaneously unleash a devastating virus on Kaibacorp's servers. Yugi manages to destroy the illegal card, which stops the virus, but Siegfried is content in the fact that his virus has already destroyed most of Kaibacorp's data...until Kaiba reveals that he just restored the destroyed data from a backup server.
  • Duels Decide Everything is a constant staple of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, whether the episode's conflict is over a girl's affections or the season's Big Bad wanting to destroy and/or take over the world. So in Season 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, when a dangerous cult leader (Saiou) starts brainwashing students en masse as part of a plan to destroy the world, Judai naturally goes and challenges him to a duel. Said villain refuses the challenge, because his Evil Plan doesn't require them to duel and he's already seen how skilled Judai is. Judai is left at a complete loss. The only reason they end up dueling at all is because outside circumstances unexpectedly force the villain into doing so.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice:
    • Victor can pull off programs that are at the very limits of human ability... but he's not immune to aging. In a sport where youth counts, he's thinking about retirement at an age when most young adults have just started their careers.
    • Despite being able to mimic Victor's impressive programs, Yuri is hampered by his tendency to comfort-eat. In most sports anime, that would be a cute quirk... but Yuri isn't a rookie teenager; he's a professional athlete and his food preferences count against him, even though it's fairly mundane rather than obviously unhealthy. In addition to that, as with Victor, time is not on Yuri's side, with retiring at 24 a serious possibility.
    • Yurio is set up as Yuri's big Rival in the first episode. He even has all of the hallmarks of a typical sports anime rival: a Teen Genius, the best skater in the junior division, a connection to the main cast, and even a bit of a temper problem. You think that the story would be about them fighting neck-and-neck against each other... but after Episode 3, they don't meet in competition again until the Rostelecom Cup. Both Yuris have very different paths to follow in their competition season, meaning that they don't see each other often, and Yuri doesn't really see Yurio as a rival at all. Until Episode 8, the most one hears about the other is from the news.
    • What happens when you tell a dog not to eat some food, and the food is right within the dog's reach? The dog in question, Makkachin, will eat it, of course. After all, without a human around to tell them off, there's no way a dog could overcome their instincts that easily. There's also a very good chance that the food will make the dog sick...
    • J.J. is a great skater and is seen as a favorite to win the Grand Prix Finals, but he's also only nineteen with a lot of expectations placed upon him, which pressures him to the point that he has an anxiety attack in Episode 11. It happens at the last minute and almost seems to come out of out of nowhere since he looked quite confident before starting his performance, but anxiety attacks occurring out of nowhere is actually realistic, and happens very often. Seeing an exaggerated version of his situation and how he views the other skaters is also not uncommon during an anxiety attack.
    • In the finale of Season 1, Yuri tries to invoke a But Now I Must Go on Victor so that the latter can return to skating. This actually prompts Victor to break down in tears and accuse Yuri of being so selfish.
  • One of the plot points in Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stone is that reality struck during really violent soccer match, which was suspended half-way through by the officials after it becomes clear that one team is playing just for the sake of hurting the members of the other. This is something that never happened before, even when it was obvious that the rival team was purposefully making the match as violent as possible. Although to be fair, this was so bad that one player attacks the referee, and it was supposed to be a civil friendly-match between Japan and America, so it was a particularly horrific example, even by series standards. In-universe, it was so bad and left such a large stain on Japan's image in soccer, that it resulted in the Japanese government initiating a nationwide soccer ban.
  • Gundam Build Divers, despite being set in a VR World involving Gunpla has a load of this trope.
    • One of the big problems plaguing the Gunpla Battle Nexus Online game is the advent of Break Decals, illegal modifications that make your Gunpla stronger in game. Many Divers become Mass-Divers because they're either tempted with the idea of having more power despite being so lower ranked or so demoralized by their lack of skill they take it to boost themselves up. Even worse, the administrators are terribly lax in their ability to curb them, forcing actual players to stop them themselves.
    • Despite being a video game, the Mobile Suits run on a lot of reality — Riku, holding his friends Yukio and Sarah in the hands of his Gundam 00 Diver, accidentally dumps them during a roll; another friend, Momoka, drops like a stone because her rental suit, a Kapool, has no flying capabilities when she first launches; and a villain is temporarily stopped when his MS is clogged up with sand in a desert area.
  • In one episode of Smile Pretty Cure!, Cure Happy is turned into a Humongous Mecha with her teammates inside the cockpit. Because she's an otaku, Cure Sunny and March put Cure Peace into the pilot's seat - she's the big fan, she should know these things! Instead, she has no idea how to pilot it. Cure March and Sunny's attempts to pilot also fails. The one to get it to work? Cure Beauty, who was given the pilot's manual by Peace early on.
    • In another episode of Smile, the Cures had to fight a Super Akanbe underwater. Sunny tries to use Sunny Fire, only for it to get extinguished. Then Peace decides to use Peace Thunder... only for everyone to get electric shocked because, well, water is a good electricity conductor.
  • ViVid Strike!:
    • Go on bullies, torture a girl who is losing her grandfather to illness, destroy her family heirloom and phone and then laugh about what you've done. Oh, the girl is an incredibly skilled and fairly strong athlete? What could possibly go wrong?
    • The aftermath of the above incident is also shown to have resulted in scenarios that would not be too far off from real life. Namely, the parents' bullies pressing charges against the Berlinetta family for assault, which was settled out of court, with the condition that Rinne transfer to a different school. Also, the brother of one of the bullies decides to take matters into his own hands and try to exact revenge on Rinne. The incident itself made into the news as the Berlinettas are a well-known family.
  • In the anime version of School-Live!, Taromaru is a cute dog that led the girls to Miki. He must be a smart and reliable Team Pet, right? No, since Taromaru behaves realistically like any other curious and restless dog that has been cooped up in a terrifyingly dangerous safe zone with little opportunity to wear himself out with exercise. In fact, his mischief leads to him running off in the middle of the night and is the indirect cause of Kurumi getting bitten by the zombie Megu-nii.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, Team Touden journey back down into the titular dungeon to save Falin who has been eaten by a dragon. So, as is hinted at the start of the series, they find her in its stomach, alive and none the worse for wear, right? Wrong. She's dead and digested down to just bones. Fortunately the dungeon works on rules of Only Mostly Dead and she is resurrected. However, Square-Cube Law is in effect, they can't fix the flesh of a skeleton that has no flesh to begin with, this forces them to use the dragon's corpse (with unintended consequences) to provide flesh and organs.
  • In the Street Fighter games, Vega's claw acted as an extension of his fist and only gave him more range in his attacks. In Street Fighter II V his claw enables him to wound, stab, and impale Ken until he's in danger of bleeding out.
  • In Goddess Creation System Xiaxi is sent on a mission to make a young nobleman fall in love with her. Thanks to her disorientation putting her in a terrible position right from the start, she decides to go for the appeal of the interesting commoner girl telling the truth to power, only to get an amused response that they've heard such a thing a dozen times before. She gets beaten to death as a result, forcing her to start over. Dickhead noblemen who kill their subjects on a whim aren't going to be impressed by a plain maid girl yelling at them out of nowhere.
  • Slam Dunk: Shohoku is placed on a tough bracket for the Nationals, forcing them to play against Sannoh High, the strongest team in Japan, as early as the second round. While they manage to (barely) win by a single point, the resulting exhaustion from that game (as well as Sakuragi's back injury) ultimately results in Shohoku being eliminated in the third round.
  • Battle Club is a Deconstructive Parody of Hard Work Hardly Works martial arts manga where a beginning student can defeat martial arts masters with years of training after Training from Hell. While the main character Mokichi Saitou is shown to have become stronger to the point where common thugs could no longer bully him, he still hasn’t moved past the basics.
    • No matter how strong he’s gotten, he has no experience taking on weapon users, so he freaked out when his opponent pulled out a knife.
  • While Gon and Killua in Hunter × Hunter have enough stamina to run for 7 kilometers without stopping, fast enough to kill people without them noticing, and strong enough to force open a door weighing a ton, they are still 12 year olds with no formal training (except Killua being trained to be an assassin), so when they get to the Heaven's Arena, they force their way past the first layer of foes just to be stopped cold by people who force them to learn Nen. Even after getting last-second training in Nen, they still struggle with their fights and only manage by exploiting their cheating opponents. It's only after months of training with a variety of mentors that they actually become proficient at Nen, as it is a martial art and a rather complex one at that.
    • The reason they compete in the Heaven's Arena in the first place is to raise money. As soon as they get enough and Gon settles a grudge, they leave, giving up a lucrative life competing.
  • Because the world of The Rising of the Shield Hero greatly resembles various MMORPGs that three of the Four Heroes have played before they became Trapped in Another World, they treat their duty as heroes like a game, swooping in to defeat powerful monsters and righting societal ills before disappearing as quickly as they appeared as they move onto the next task. Unfortunately, this means that they don't stick around to deal with the consequences of their actions, all of which end up causing just as severe, if not more, problems than the original one that was solved. Ren slays a dragon that was terrorizing a nearby village, but because he didn't properly dispose of the body, it eventually rots and resurrects as a plague-causing zombie dragon. Motoyatsu solves another village's famine with a magical seed he discovered in a dungeon, only for the seed to turn out to be a botched alchemical experiment (and was clearly marked as such, albiet in a language Motoyatsu couldn't understand) that causes a killer tree to sprout and terrorize the village. Itsuki deposes the corrupt leader of a neighboring nation, only for the resistance group to end up just as bad as the despot they overthrew.


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