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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) 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.


  • Early on in the series, Mashiro tells the story of a manga artist whose editor had rejected every manuscript the artist had submitted, until one day, he actually shredded the latest manuscript, an act that drove the manga artist to work even harder and finally succeed. Takagi remarks that nowadays, the artist could have sued the editor for destroying his manuscript.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Likewise, 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. They fare somewhat better in college due to having more free time.
  • 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 backlash, and this makes it more difficult for Azuki to get the lead role, since people think Mashiro might be favoring her. Fukuda rightly calls out the angry fans during an interview, but that action ultimately does little good.


  • Adon Corbowitz acts as though Talking Is a Free Action, but whenever he gets to rambling about how he's about to use a technique that was passed down in his family for generations, his opponents take the opportunity to attack him because he's letting his guard down.
  • When Guts chooses to leave the Band of the Hawks, Griffith enters a state of what appears to be Tranquil Fury and demands that he and Guts fight. Guts easily overpowers Griffith with just one swing of his sword — no matter how skilled Griffith is, Guts has been fighting in many battles and has improved greatly over the years, while Griffith had been focusing more on strategy and tactics. And Griffith was in a state of emotional duress and mental fragility, compared to Guts who remained calm and focused.
  • A humorous example occurs after Guts and Casca consummate their relationship, when Casca hops onto her horse and experiences a sharp pain in her lower regions. She's quit naturally sore after having intercourse for the first time.
  • When the Band of the Hawk rescues Griffith from imprisonment, he has been tortured for a year. His muscles have atrophied and his jailor gleefully admits that he also cut the tendons in Griffith's wrists and ankles. They initially deny it, but Wyald displays the extent of Griffith's injuries and tells them that there's no way he could possibly recover from this, and that his becoming their general again is a joke.
  • Guts losing his right eye leaves him with no field of vision on his right side and an affected depth perception. He has learned to use his hearing to compensate.
  • Guts being Covered in Scars means his body cannot easily sweat out a fever like an unblemished body does.
  • Casca falls off the ship and Guts reaches out with his prosthetic arm to grab her — and she promptly slips because the hand is fake and Guts has no actual grip or ability to move his fingers. He even lampshades this later on, having almost forgotten that his prosthetic hand doesn't work like a real one because it has a built-in magnet, which allows him to actually hold his BFS during battle. And he actually has genuine control over it while possessed by his Enemy Within.
  • Casca regains her memories, and shows that she has retained her years of combat. But she has still repressed memories of everything from the point of finding the emaciated Griffith onward, including The Eclipse. If her thoughts end up straying in that direction, she ends up suffering from severe panic attacks and screams in terror.

  • 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.

    Hunter x Hunter 
  • While Gon and Killua have enough stamina to run for 70 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 Hisoka who forces the boys to learn Nen. 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 Gon and Killua 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.
  • If a fight between a superpowered Nen user and a Badass Normal with absolutely no superpowers were to happen, you'll expect the former to win in a Curb-Stomp Battle. This happens many times throughout Hunter x Hunter especially during the Yorknew arc where the Phantom Troupe ended up curb-stomping the mafia every time they get into a fight.
  • There are several times where our heroes simply aren't strong enough to defeat or even challenge the villains. Rather than suddenly powering up to ridiculous levels and pulling out a victory, there isn't really anything they can do about said power gap, so they're forced to accomplish their goals by other means.
  • Just because Gon's The Hero doesn't mean he always fights the Big Bad of a story arc; he's still young, which means that in terms of power and skill he's sometimes completely outclassed, and more often than not a much stronger character will face the main villain instead while Gon faces an antagonist closer to his level.
  • Neo-Green Life, an isolationist nation introduced in the Chimera Ant arc, examines how difficult and dangerous an "all natural" society would be in the modern world. NGL permits no technology newer than agriculture, meaning visitors must discard everything from synthetic clothing items to necessities like eyeglasses, tooth fillings, and medical implants at the border crossing or face execution. The checkpoint (conveniently located just outside of NGL's actual borders) must employ highly advanced technology like MRI and ultrasound in order to effectively enforce this policy. NGL citizens would likely do what they could to protect themselves on the micro scale (e.g. treating a family member's disease or fending off a wild animal), but problems on the macro scale (e.g. an epidemic or an out-of-control invasive species) are, according to NGL's philosophy, "nature taking its course" and are probably impossible for the government to address anyway. The country's low tech level also means information moves extremely slowly within NGL (the internet is used at the aforementioned checkpoint for international relations, but only handwritten correspondence is permitted within NGL proper), which allows the Chimera Ant infestation to get out of hand before international aid can be summoned. It's eventually revealed that the country's founder and ruler simply wanted to ruin people's lives.
  • Twelve years of using a Murder Is the Best Solution mentality does not go away easily. Even after Killua decided not to kill anymore, he mentions how tough it is for him to not automatically kill an enemy of his.
  • In the beginning of the series, Gon wasn't a very skilled fighter and didn't immediately learn how to hold his own against older and stronger opponents like most Shonen heroes do. He often had to rely on quick thinking alone to survive.
  • Killua and Pouf got into a fight in order for the latter to kill Komugi so that an amnesic Meruem wouldn't get his memories of her back. During the middle of the fight, it was made clear if Pouf were to continue the fight, he would have ended up dead. So, instead of trying to continue the fight, Pouf decided to flee in order to find an alternate solution to not have Meruem remember Komugi.
  • Upon being subjected to the explosion of the Miniature Rose Netero kept inside himself, Meruem seems to recover relatively well thanks to the healing given to him by Youpi and Pouf. Unfortunately for him, one of the reasons nuclear devices are so deadly is radiation- Meruem dies from radiation poisoning not long after he returns to the palace, not realizing the deadliness of it. This also causes the deaths of Youpi, Pouf, and Komugi by proxy, as they all have prolonged contact with the king and are thus contaminated as well.

    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.
    • Hol Horse's attempt to threaten normal people with his stand fail, since they are not stand users and cannot see it, preventing them from realizing they are in danger and making him look silly.
    • When fighting N'Doul, Kakyoin is ambushed by his stand and gouged in the eyes by Geb. Only 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 the OVA, Jotaro ends up being unable to defend himself precisely because he stopped his own heart: Star Platinum is too busy reanimating Jotaro's heart to attack DIO or stopping his decapitation attempt.
      • 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 wound that Vanilla Ice deals to Iggy kills him within a handfull of seconds. Ice is, at this point, a superhuman vampire with a Story-Breaker Power of a stand, but he doesn't even need to use it when a single kick breaks Iggy's ribs and probably does god knows what kind of damage to his insides. A vampire who can casually lift of a building versus a normally sized and proportioned Boston Terrier is as quick, brutal and painful as you'd think it would be.
    • 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.
    • Similar to Josuke's Crazy Diamond, Giorno's Golden Experience can heal injuries by creating life and cover the wounds with it to turn it into healthy tissue to fix the damage. But only if the injured is still alive enough to do so. Otherwise all Giorno is healing is a dead body.

  • 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.

  • 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 protagonists 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. 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 instance, when Kazuma is asked if 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 actually 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.
  • 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.
  • When everyone in the guild gets a small fortune for helping slay an infamous monster, they all quit adventuring for awhile. Just about all of them are Only in It for the Money, and see no reason to risk their lives if they have money to sit on. Not only does this lead to a backlog of uncompleted quests, but also a massive increase in the local monster population, since nobody is hunting them.
  • This enormous windfall also leads to unforeseen trouble with their kingdom's version of the IRS. Axel's adventurers had been exempt from taxes due to their low incomes, but once word gets out about all the gold they have, collections agents are quickly sent to get back taxes from everyone.
  • 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 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 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.
  • At one point, Aqua tries to get back at Kazuma by refusing to let him back in the mansion. Once Kazuma realizes he can't get in, he calls the cops on her, since he's the one who owns the house.
  • Monsters don't drop gold after being killed and must be brought to town where the valuable parts of the creature can be harvested and sold. Part of the reason nobody wanted to group up with Megumin is because her explosions leave nothing behind, denying the party of their earning.

    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 vinegar. Despite what fiction would have you believe, over 90% of wine is meant to be drunk within five years of bottling, and all wine is meant to be drunk within fifty.
  • 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.

  • One of the main reasons the Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze was so deadly; due to his speed, he made speech NOT a free action.
  • Unlike in most stories where a person past their prime is still capable of physically fighting well, Hiruzen is shown to be struggling during his fight against Orochimaru and the reanimated Hashirama and Tobirama, even with the help of Monkey King Enma. Not only that, but his chakra levels are also much lower than when he was at his prime, so using his more powerful Jutsu's cost too much to be worth using. This forces Hiruzen to use a suicide technique just to have a chance to take the three down.
  • 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.
  • Kid Hero is given this treatment with the first major story arc. The Demon Brothers are out of the three students' league, and while Kakashi is able to make short work of them, he realizes the mission is far more dangerous than Tazuna let on. When Team 7 encounters Zabuza, reality sets in for the three students who quickly realize how scary a trained enemy ninja would be to fight against. Not only is Zabuza a well trained fighter, but he's intelligent and crafty, so when he manages to outsmart Kakashi and trap him, Naruto and Sasuke are the only ones who can stop him. Both of them are immobilized with fear at first, and nothing they throw at Zabuza works because he's simply too skilled to be easily defeated by a pair of weak children. Even when Naruto and Sasuke make a creative plan that frees Kakashi, they sit back and let Kakashi finish the fight because they're still children up against an adult, one who they have no chance of winning against.
  • 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 and shunned Naruto throughout most of his life won't erase Naruto's own hatred for and frustration at 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 permanently crippled) the legendary Madara Uchiha during his battle with Hashirama? Was it an epic ninjutsu clash? Nope; a stab through the back after he dropped his guard.
    • Similarly, after he was revived, Madara managed to become fully human, but 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. Also, the fact she was as strong as she was meant she saw everyone not named Naruto and Sasuke as Not Worth Killing. Both Sakura and Kakashi then proceed to play important roles in Naruto and Sasuke sealing her because she arrogantly thought they could do nothing to her.
  • Just because Sasuke ultimately is saved from his inner darkness and becomes a good guy doesn’t magically give him a clean record considering that he has committed some high level crimes. The anime shows that after the end of the Fourth World War, he had to spend time in prison and it took the combined efforts of the Sixth Hokage and Naruto to convince people that he’s reformed and doesn’t belong in prison. But even with this, not everyone will automatically forgive him, as the Fourth Raikage states that even though he trusts the Hokage’s decision, Sasuke has to earn his trust and forgiveness.
  • In the epilogue of the story, it's revealed Tenten opened up the weapon store she had mentioned wanting to. She's promptly miserable because it turns out opening a weapon store during an age of peace will mean business isn't exactly booming.
  • 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 she 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.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion 
  • The opening battle of Neon Genesis Evangelion is the most likely scenario of someone with no experience whatsoever Falling into the Cockpit of a Humongous Mecha. Shinji's shuttled to fight Sachiel, takes one step forward and falls flat on his face before getting completely wrecked. The only reason he's still alive afterwards is because Unit-01 went berserk to protect him. This doesn't go away after one battle either. Shinji's crash course in piloting doesn't help him against Shamshel as they've only had time to teach him how to shoot the useless rifles. When that fails, he panics, gets tossed around like a rag doll and only wins through sheer luck.
  • Powerful Super Robots like the Eva Units use a tremendous amount of power and need to be plugged into an external power source at all times or else they'll only have 1-5 minutes of operation before they shut down. It's only by devouring the S2 Engine of an Angel that Unit-01 gains unlimited energy and becomes potentially autonomous, at which point it's placed on full lockdown because having a self-sustaining giant cyborg that Nerv can't control is far too risky.
  • On that note, trying to use a mecha you barely understand how to pilot against the organization that built it is a really bad idea. Shinji attempts to use Eva-01 to trash NERV after Gendo activates the Dummy System in his Eva and the rampaging Eva nearly kills Touji. Gendo simply orders the bridge staff to increase the LCL pressure in the entry plug, knocking Shinji unconscious while leaving Eva-01 unharmed.
    • Gendo's also on the receiving end of this one episode later. With Shinji's pilot status revoked after he attacks Nerv HQ, and the other Evas taken out by Zeruel, the only choice left is to activate the Dummy System in Eva-01 again. But the soul of Yui, Shinji's mother, resides in Eva-01 and she has not forgotten how activating the System deeply disturbed her son. Gendo can only watch in frustration as Eva-01 forcibly rejects the Dummy System and shuts down, refusing to reactivate at all until Shinji returns and asserts himself as pilot.
  • Your typical mecha battle collateral damage ends up having actual consequences as early as episode 3, when Toji's introduced being pissed off at Shinji because Toji's sister was injured and hospitalized as a result of the battle against Sachiel.
  • Another consequence is that no, not every giant monster the heroes fight is going to vanish in a convenient explosion. Ramiel's corpse takes weeks, if not months, to clear and is still visible several episodes after its death.
  • The End of Evangelion reveals that an organization built entirely around fighting giant monsters doesn't stand much of a chance when the JSDF storm their headquarters.
    • For that matter, Upgrade Vs Prototype Fights tend to end badly for the prototype. The same goes for if you only have one mech up against an army of mass produced machines. Asuka finds this out the hard way. Her Unit 02, despite being a cooler designed mech than the mass-produced Evangelions, has vastly inferior weaponry, no regeneration, no means of recovering power, and cannot fly. After a short battle, they tear her apart.
  • Being utterly horrible to someone one minute and trying to hit on them the next does not endear you to them. Asuka's attempts at trying to flirt with Shinji only drive him away from her.

    Pretty Cure 
  • Smile Pretty Cure!/Glitter Force:
    • In #30, 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.
    • In #35, 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, being the stupidest of the Cures, 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 #42, the Apple Akanbe shoots a giant energy ball at some of the Midorikawa kids, which bounces Cure March into the sky. While she is fast at running, that doesn't make her fast at falling.
  • Dokidoki! Pretty Cure/Glitter Force Doki Doki: In #30 Aguri/Natalie learns the hard way that Cure/Glitter Ace's five-minute limit knows no Hope Spot. Bad timing.
  • Go! Princess Pretty Cure: In #22 Towa is rescued from her being Twilight, and her brother is seemingly deceased. In #22, she suffers nightmares about Twilight, and wants nothing to do with the violin. Very realistic shell shock over being evil against your will.
    • In #23, Towa says that she can't depend on anyone and must live by herself... before she realizes that she is walking on the road holding up a lot of traffic! The cop gives her a traffic book complicated by her standards. She decides to get a house and asks for a castle, before she is asked "what's your budget?". So she goes somewhere to work because she has no money. She is asked how old she is and being a child, she is unemployable. Princess of Hope Kingdom or not, you're just one of us - a mere human on Earth.
  • Kirakira Precure A La Mode:
    • #6: While Itsuki Myoudouin wasn't a Cure until after the Unsettling Gender Reveal, Akira Kenjou however, was. Not even when Akira turns into Cure Chocolat right in front of her does Ichika quickly deduce Akira is female, and only at the end when Ichika's dad points it out does she indeed learn that she is female. While all Cures until then were in fact female, this doesn't guarantee that everyone in-universe will assume someone is female simply because they're a Cure, as the next season will teach us.
  • Hugtto! Pretty Cure:
  • Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure:
    • #13 reveals that Lala is Book Dumb to the point of being amazed by Earthlings being able to do double digit calculations and various jobs by themselves dispite also being The Spock of the group. Having your entire race have over reliance on AI to do everything doesn't really give any incentive to study and learn things themselves. 17 episodes later, Aiwarn exploits the fact that Lala's home planet is a Terminally Dependent Society by corrupting their Mother AI and causing it to go crazy, and it works. With the exception of Lala (who's spent time on a planet that isn't as high-tech), Samanians rely on hoverboards too much to a point they cannot run.

    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. However, it should be noted that Usagi is physically, mentally, and biologically 14-15 years old, while Chibi Usa is chronologically 900 years old and from the future.

    Slam Dunk 
  • Despite his potential and confidence, Sakuragi's lack of experience manifests itself often during games. A notable example is when he attempts to display his shooting ability during the Toyotama game after a week of hard practice, only for the ball to go over the entire backboard and land in the stands. He later attempts it again, ignoring that the Toyotama players are surrounding him and are in easy position to block it.
    • During the Shoyo game, he performs a massive dunk that invigorates the crowd, but still incurs a foul (his fifth, which causes him to foul out) since he had knocked down a Shoyo player in the process.
    • He challenges Rukawa to a one-on-one during a practice for nationals, and it's clear that he gets decisively beaten by the much more experienced freshman even though it was offscreen. However, Rukawa alleviates this slightly by stating that Sakuragi made him go all out.
  • The manga ends with Shohoku losking in the third round of Nationals, as even though they took down the reigning champs, the amount of effort they expended to do so and the loss of Sakuragi causes them to be beaten badly in the next round.
    • No one is more affected by this than Akagi, who loses his offer to play for Japan's top college team. However, he does have the book smarts to transition into college normally.
  • Much like in real life, while athletes can and do persevere through injuries and exhaustion while playing, the injuries do take noticeable tolls.
    • When Rukawa receives a swollen left eye in the Toyotama game, his lack of sight in that eye limits his depth perception and makes it difficult to catch passes and shoot. Alleviated somewhat due to having advanced muscle memory when it comes to shooting (as he had taken millions of shots in the past), but it doesn't always work.
    • While Sakuragi plays in the remainder of the Sannoh game despite receiving a crippling back injury late into it, he's no longer able to play in future games during the tournament, and has to go through months of rehabilitation before he can get back on the court.
    • Mitsui's lack of stamina due to not playing for two years almost always becomes a factor in Shohoku's close games.
    • Rukawa's scoring tear in the final minutes of the first half in the Kainan game allows Shohoku to catch back up to Kainan, but also leaves him too exhausted to finish the game in the second half, causing him to blame himself for Kainan winning the game.
  • Shorter basketball players are shown to have many strengths, but their height almost always becomes an issue at some point, especially for Shohoku's starting point guard Miyagi, who almost always struggles when paired against taller point guards.
  • Leaving Japan to go to America is not only just a greater challenge in terms of basketball, but it's also an immense challenge to adapt culturally, as players must learn English and cope with potentially debilitating temptations.

    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 situations due to the potential collateral damage: negative public relations impact from the said collateral damage can cut into the army's funding.

  • 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. He ends up getting in a car accident as a result.
    • 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 The 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.
    • Ser Veresta is damaged at the climax of the Gryps Final, and Ayato pulls his backup sword lux. His opponent, Team Lancelot leader Ernest Fairclough, promptly drops his own Orga Lux and draws his own backup weapon, hoping for a climactic sword duel with a man he sees as Worthy Opponent. Instead, he snafus his own team's defensive teamwork and all of Ayato's teammates promptly gang up on him, since it's a five-on-five match in which breaking the leader's badge wins it—which Claudia promptly does. Should've just challenged him to a regular duel, Ernie.
  • 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.
  • Azur Lane: Early in the second episode, it is revealed that Enterprise has been continuously fighting, never getting anything beyond emergency repairs done. During the battle later in that same episode, her equipment completely fails her when she needs it most, requiring HMS Belfast to step in and save The Grey Ghost.
  • 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.
    • The series examines the lasting effect of constant bullying through the Black Bulls - most of the Bulls, including Yami, spent their whole lives being looked down on by family or peers and faced a never-ending stream of verbal abuse, leaving them with deep-seated self-esteem issues. The reason they're so loyal to Captain Yami, each other, and the Wizard King Julius is that they are often the first people to show them actual kindness and interest. Even Asta, Determinator that he is still finds himself in a Heroic BSoD after suffering a massive injury when all the years of bullying catch up to him.
  • 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.
    • Revy isn't shy about shooting enemies who talk too much either, as demonstrated with an arrogant blowhard of a neo-Nazi who just couldn't stop talking about his Hand Cannon.
  • 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.
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard (V Series):
    • It turns out that contrary to Shinemon's expectations that running a shop is a lot harder than it looks. Esuka was able to make several points in which Shinemon and other others failed in which includes:
      • At first some of the costumers don't take him serious as manager since he's still in high school and Esuka even stated that most costumers came because they were returning costumers.
      • As it turns out luck and Contrived Coincidence sometimes doesn't truly exist since it turns out the person who bought the tuna from them was actualy Esuka's butler in disguise.
      • While they did manage to make a fun event, they weren't able to make profit from it since they are all too young to understand how the business side of a store works.
    • What happens when you leave a grieving Child Prodigy with a fat inheritance and a lot of means, but absolutely no supervision or emotional support? Their mental state makes a downwards spiral, they become reckless and potentially suicidal, loose their ability to think clearly, and think they're entitled to do whatever they want. That's what happens with Tatsuya.
    • After the 10 year time-skip, Kanzaki, Ryotaro and Ryuzu don't recognise Shinemon because he has changed too much and they haven't kept in touch.
    • Chrono doesn't recall the events from ten years ago because he was too young at the time. What little he does remember only Makes Sense In Context, and Chrono doesn't have any. Not to mention, it took an external factor for him to remember that tiny bit, rather than recall it on him own.
    • Everyone who's actually aware of what happened when he was younger try to keep their distance from Chrono out of fear it will just stir up bad memories for him. Instead, with no real idea what happened to his father and his aunt constantly busy working, he's left alone most of the time, and when factoring in his lack of social skills, it causes everyone at school to mistake him for a potential bully, isolating him even further. By time Chrono and Shin actually face each other, Chrono is nearly in tears wondering how Shin knew his father and why no one has told him anything.
    • After actual units managed to be summoned to Earth, Shin, Esuka, and the others all decided it be better that Chrono not come in contact with Vanguard so nothing happens to him. However, all this does is leave them to be blindsided when a Mysterious Benefactor leaves him a Gear Chronicle deck, and he ends up meeting Shin when he attempts to sell it only for Kamui to convince him to play against Shin.
    • Mikuru started her own business in the make-up industry which she dreamt since she was a child... but she's in the red and doesn't have the time to spend with Chrono.
    • Chrono is aware of his aunt's financial situation, which is why he's trying to make money and live on his own. You can't hide that stuff from the one keeping house. Chrono's desire to live on his own itself is a result of his constantly being left alone.
    • Chrono loses his first fight. Why? Because he's a newbie against a professional player, and he no longer has Plot Armor.
  • 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)
  • Cowboy Bebop: The episode "Speak Like a Child" revolves around Jet and Spike trying to find a Betamax player to view the contents of a tape that was randomly delivered to Faye. At one point they find one in an enthusiast's collection... and at the first sign of it not working 100% reliably, Spike attempts Percussive Maintenance and just ends up destroying the player outright with a single kick. He claims "my ship works better when I kick it", but whether or not that's actually true, his Cool Starship is at least big and strong enough to take that sort of abuse - a tape player that's only about the size of his foot and is designed to sit in one place and play videotapes isn't.
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl:
    • Being a Deconstruction of the Cute Monster Girl trope this comes up a lot, especially in regards to the physiology of each species that other works of the genre usually overlook. Mermaids like Mero must avoid chlorinated water, as trying to breath in it would be like inhaling bleach fumes and make her horribly sick. Miia, being part snake, has an aversion to cold temperatures due to her cold-blood metabolism. Manako the cyclops has horrible depth perception (you need two eyes for that) and so on.
    • When Kimihito pretends to be Papi's host family so she won't get in trouble for being outside unaccompanied, the officer asks him to provide the paper work, since his word alone in not enough to go on. If Ms. Smith hadn't conveniently shown up with the papers, they would've gotten in even more trouble.
    • Centorea's enormous Gag Boobs are just as inconvenient as they would be for a woman in real life, as they throw off her balance and coordination when doing things like running or fighting. She cannot easily solve this problem by getting a bra either, since finding one in her size is almost impossible, let alone one that doesn't near immediately snap.
    • While Extraspecies have largely been accepted into human society, there is still a clear bias towards more attractive and human looking species. Predator liminals with dangerous capabilities have it extra rough, since they're both scarier than other extraspecies and more likely to cause injuries on accident.
    • Centorea believes she will be able to dispatch a slime that shows up in the house, since they are always The Goomba in RPGs. Only for her sword to pass harmlessly through its liquid body and do nothing.
    • Miia is unable to get a job at a small store, not because she is unqualified but because she is simply too long to fit in it.
  • 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.
  • Despite Doctor Slump being a Gag Series, this trope does take place from time to time, Downplayed, if need be, due to Rule of Funny.
    • Senbei uses his mechine everywhere he goes in the chapter "Mr. Handy". A month later, this dependence causes him to neglect his personal hygiene so that he smells bad, as well as neglecting his exercise to the point of him being so plump that Arale rolls him around like a ball.
    • In a chapter later on, Senbei dreams of himself and Midori going on a date after picking her up, and he has a Catapult Nightmare reaction every time the Dream Sequence doesn't go his way, followed by him acting on it. While it starts out reasonable enough (freshening up and dressing up to make himself more presentable in the Dream Sequence), it soon spirals out of control (yelling at other characters who "ruined his date" during the Dream Sequence), culminating in him jerking awake one more time and charging into the local police station to beat up the cops for his dream date gone wrong (the cops stop them with poop-on-sticks in the dream), which gets him landed in jail.
    Senbei: Um, might I use the restroom?
    Gyaos: *in bruises* QUIET!!
    • Due to the well-established reputation of Tsuruten's willingness to grope beautiful, even if married, women, Midori understandably keeps her guard up when he visits the Norimaki residence and Senbei's sympathy towards him, when he complains of some Amusing Injury he suffers at her hands, is limited.
    Tsuruten: Your wife has sprained my fingers...
    Senbei: I'm sure you deserved it.
    • Donning a Santa Claus costume with a bag of items doesn't automatically mean a free pass into someone else's house, which Senbei finds out to his cost, as he's treated like a random burglar. It's even worse for a martial artist who does this, as said martial artist breaks down locked doors and knocks out anyone who, woken up by the commotion, goes to investigate the source of the noise, earning the ire of nearly everyone in Penguin Village, who converges the next day to beat up "Santa".
    • Because of Toriyama's track record of cheating his way into winning the very tournament he hosted in the past, Senbei is suspicious of any tournament Toriyama hosts and has to be reassured that he won't pull the same stunt again before joining a tournament in earnest.
    • On the other side of the spectrum, the first tournament Toriyama holds (which he eventually cheats his way into winning anyway) nearly didn't happen because the villagers considered the winning price too minuscule ($25 initially; he bumped it up to $30). Drawing from this, he ensures that his future tournaments would offer much more sizable rewards to entice potential participants.note 
    • Even the best sharpshooter is rendered powerless if the opponent is Immune to Bullets or said sharpshooter has used up all of the available ammunition and has nothing else for backup plan.
      • The bank robber who lures Arale and Gatchan, both of whom are Nigh Invulnerable, into his hideout, ends up running away from them in terror, especially after Gatchan devours his gun.
      • When Tsukutsun is up against a man packing guns early in the "Who's the Strongest in the World?" tournament, Tsukutsun can only dodge his opponent's shots. The table turns once he manages to dodge all of them and readies himself to fight back, however, and his opponent is reduced to publicly giving up and admitting defeat, especially after Tsukutsun shows off his martial arts skill by smashing a nearby tree trunk.
    • Bad customer services can cause your business flow to dwindle, which happens to The Pot under Akane's management, if Tori-Bot's experience there during his visit to Penguin Village a decade in the future is any indication.note 
    Akane: I'm getting no customers lately.
    Tori-Bot: *thinking to himself* I think I know why...
    • As Taro and Arale find out when they go to get their respective driver's license, the qualifying standards for a driver's license are absurdly lax.note  While this ensures that just about everyone who applies gets to pass, which Taro remarks on, it also makes the possibility that someone who gets the license Drives Like Crazy very real — in Arale's case, her taking her family out for a ride ends with Car Meets House.
    Taro: That's what I was afraid of.
    • Charmy's obsession in reducing crime rate causes him to arrest almost everyone in Penguin Village for minor or non-existent "crimes". By the time the crime rate reaches his desired level, Penguin Village is nearly a Ghost Town while its prison within the local police station is massively overcrowded.
    • No matter how much of a Badass Biker you are, there's only so much distance you can travel while steering/riding nonstop before your vehicle of choice gives out on you due to it running out of fuel. This happens to Charmy when Arale chases him while he spends a whole night riding on his motorcycle nonstop in his attempt to get away from hernote , and again to Biker Boy late in the Grand Prix near the end of the race, forcing Biker Boy to go to the nearest gas station to fuel up, resulting in him losing out on his chance at winning the race.
    • At the scavanger hunt section in the bike Grand Prix, Kibalt is tasked with finding panties of a beautiful girl. He asks a beautiful girl at a bus stop to give him her panties — too bad for him no girl in her right mind would give her own panties to a random stranger making that request out of the blue in broad daylight; in his case, she reacts to his demand by conking him on the head with a nearby bus stop signpost.
    Kibalt: Yow yow yow! That hurt!
    • As the result of the motorbike Tsuruten assembles being Awesome, but Impracticalnote  and time contraint prevents Tsuruten from inventing another motorbike in time for Tsukutsun to use for the bike Grand Prix, Tsukutsun has to enter the biker race with a bicycle. While he's able to qualify for the race, being a Badass Normal that he is, it doesn't come easy for him: He has to pedal as fast as he can just to stand a chance (and, even then, he's the tenth qualified participant for the top ten speedracers), almost always lags behind the other racers despite him pedaling as fast as he can, and spends every moment throughout the race catching a breath when he's not pedaling.
  • 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.
    • A more specific (and humorous) example crops up when he attempts to make ramen noodles. Turns out that when you make noodles out of flour produced from harvesting wild grain, the result is not going to be very close to modern ramen. The villagers like it just fine, though.
  • 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.
    • Fairy Tail's Destructive Savior trait is usually played for comedy, but they do have some realistic consequences usually for said trope. In most cases, the heroes involved with said mission have to give up the reward or refuse it because the amount of damage they caused has the requestor outright refuse to pay them, or the reward is needed to cover the damage they did. In the most extreme cases, the Magic Council steps in and fines the guild because what the Mages did was to extreme in damage that the guild has to face some consequences for doing so. Lucy finds out that being a Fairy Tail member is not as wealthy as she would of thought because of these factors.
    • 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 of 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 fully bulletproof.
    • Kiritsugu is a Weak, but Skilled Combat Pragmatist with years of experience 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 specialized Magus Killer, not a general fighter. By contrast, Kotomine is a skilled fighter 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 to end with Kiritsugu "winning" by virtue of recovering quicker than Kotomine.
    • 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.
  • Food Wars!:
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Similarly, the machines that make up GaoGaiGar were developed using data reverse-engineered from an extraterrestrial Black Box, with the original designs being made by a race with psychic abilities that human beings don't have, and thus are all but guaranteed to have been intended to be partially controlled by said psychic abilities (just as, say, a keyboard made by humans for humans is typically intended to be operated by human fingers). Thus, the GGG machines instead needed to be designed to be remote-controlled by an external operator during the Final Fusion docking procedure since GaoGar's pilot can't control them mentally, and have to be manually piloted or have an A.I. control them if this isn't possible. Conversely, a pilot that actually does have the aforementioned psychic abilities can perform Final Fusion without needing an operator.
    • While the actual workings of the Dividing Driver are purely fantastical (it warps space in an area to create an impromptu battlefield for GaoGaiGar), the reason for its existence is purely this trope - a humongous mecha duking it out with similarly-sized monstrosities in the middle of a city would cause an insane amount of property damage, and a group dedicated to protecting the people would want to avoid 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 on its own 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 - even that which is upwards of half a century out of date in our world - reigns supreme on the battlefield.
  • For all that it's a gag-series that regularly breaks the fourth wall and plays a lot of its antics for comedy (when the arc isn't a more serious one, at least), Gintama actually had this happen at one point, but in a very unusual way. At one point, Gintoki and his allies face off against the Shinsengumi in a series of gaming challenges for a chance to win a highly-sought-after video-game console; one of the challenges sees Kondo and Katsura facing off in a dating simulator which proves to be rather difficult to win, since the in-game girl is...temperamental. The object of the challenge is to try and seduce the girl before the other player can do so, and Kondo attempts to accomplish this by using his cursor to click on the girl's boob at rapid-speed, which in effect has his game-avatar feeling her up...and because the contact is being done in a public place and without the girl's consent, his game-avatar ends up being arrested. Honestly, you'd think that Kondo, the Shinsengumi commander, would know not to do something that could result in prison time, either in a video-game or real life (then again, the fact that he's a Stalker with a Crush toward Shinpachi's sister Tae is always Played for Laughs).
  • 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.
    • Laura has No Social Skills due to having been trained in a strict military academy from a young age, and blunders through most of her attempts to show affection towards Ichika after falling for him.
  • If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die
    • Every time Eripiyo takes on more side jobs in addition to her main one, she ends up drained and completely out of energy.
    • In Episode 10 of the anime, while having a cold, Eripiyo ends up tearing up her throat while in one of her usual shouting bouts. It happens repeatedly when she tries talking before it fully heals.
  • 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.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Ishigami's plan to win over Tsubame is essentially to get such a good score on the final exams that everyone notices how intelligent he is, leading into her getting interested in his powerful mind. After weeks of genuine studying and hellish coaching from Kaguya, he finishes twenty places higher than he did on his last exam (which genuinely is impressive for him)... but he still failed, and he's nowhere on the roster for top scores. Remember, this is a boy who wasn't accustomed to studying because he just didn't feel like doing it. This is the best he could do in such a short amount of time.
    • Were you expecting the series to end with Kaguya and Shirogane (pretty much inevitably) getting together? Nope. Kaguya still has a bunch of issues to sort out with her family that impedes her relationship with Shirogane, and she has to keep the fact that she's dating him a secret since they'd never approve of her dating a commoner. Also, as soon as their love war seems to have been resolved, a new one begins brewing between Ishigami and Iino.
    • After turning down Tsubame's offer for sex, Ishigami trips and almost falls down a flight of stairs. While Iino breaks his fall, she breaks her arm doing so. And she doesn't shrug it off the next day either, she spends several weeks afterwards wearing a cast.
  • Hime from Kanojo ni Naritai Kimi to Boku is friends with a trans girl named Akira. When Akira gets bullied for wearing the girl's uniform, Hime tries to make her feel better by wearing the male uniform to school. She causes trouble because, unlike Akira, she isn't trans and it's considered crossdressing by school regulations.
  • In Kekko Kamen, the Sadist Teachers at Sparta Academy often brag that nobody would care if a student died due the high suicide rate at their school. In the Grand Finale is revealed that the police and the Ministry of Education have in fact started wondering why Japan's supposed best school has such a high suicide rate among students, and that Kekko Kamen has actually been investigating for them the whole time and just got a decree to shut down the school after providing evidence of the teachers' utter insanity.
  • 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 of 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 Reines, was 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 to take over. It also meant that he was forced to take care of the family's 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 while training can make one better, it is very difficult and nearly impossible to outright beat a system where "older is better" is the core fundamental rule. At the same time, Waver's more modern look at the world means he can see things that the older, more traditional factions cannot because they are stuck in their old ways.
    • 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 during it, and is haunted by the loss of his Servant Rider. As a result, he's developed a few Trauma Buttons: he is unable to look at Gray's face because her Identical Grandson appearance to Artoria reminds him of his failure in the war, whenever he is asked about his time in it, he often ignores the conversation because he is fairly sensitive about what happened, and whenever something reminds him of it, like reading about Gilgamesh, he zones out for similar reasons.
  • 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 prospective 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.
  • Outlaw Star: Gene and Jim dream of making it big, but once they actually get a ship and head into space they find that the Outlaw Star's status as a highly illegal Super Prototype means that it's so expensive to run that it takes all the money they earn and then some just to keep it operational.
  • 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). When Ainz learns of this, he is quite bothered and works to have this changed.
    • 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 was geared for roleplaying rather than combat, so a magic caster of similar level would likely outclass him). Even when Ainz overpowers people in melee combat, he admits to not being that good at it and that he needs to train and get better at it.
    • 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.
    • Unspoken Plan Guarantee is given this effect later in the series. Emperor Jircniv, rightly concerned that Ainz is a threat to humanity, decides to try and form a secret alliance between the major human kingdoms by having them see how powerful Ainz is, that way they all can work together to stop him. So he has a battle planned between his kingdom and the Re-Estize and requests Ainz to demonstrate his power on the opposing army. Ainz promptly kills 70,000 soldiers with a spell that summons monsters to kill an additional 100,000 soldiers. The result is that the other kingdoms are horrified that Jircniv would ally with a monster like Ainz, his own soldiers are terrified of the outcome and question what they can do to even fight such a threat, and the secret alliance doesn't even begin because Ainz promptly takes control of Re-Estize thanks to killing so many of their troops. After this, Jircniv essentially has a mental breakdown due to it falling apart.
    • Its revealed later that despite his magical powers, Ainz lacks knowledge of how magic works in the new world because fundamentally speaking, he's operating under the rules of how YGGDRASSIL played, not the rules of how the world around him does. When he is asked later to teach someone magic, he has to dodge the subject because he doesn't actually understand how magic works in the new world.
    • Its revealed later that Ainz and Nazarick are not the first players from YGGDRASSIL to ever appear in the New World. The first group that did helped usher in prosperity to mankind by saving Humanity from near extinction and were dubbed the Six Gods. By the time the second group of players from YGGDRASSIL arrived however, all but one were dead because once they entered into the New World, Mortality Ensues and they gained the lifespans of their player races, meaning that despite their power, they simply couldn't escape dying of old age.
    • When Foresight ends up running directly into Ainz while exploring Nazarick, and their escape plan fails, the three older members invoke the Power of Friendship and declare they will Hold the Line so one of their party members, Arche, can escape and take the wealth they found so she can help her younger sisters. In spite of this dramatic moment and their attempts to fight with all they have, Ainz simply overpowers the three without any trouble, and has Shalltear track Arche down to finish her off. One of the party members even attempts to invoke being Not So Different, at which point Ainz gets more serious. The entire section hammers in a major part of the series: just because you have True Companions doesn't mean you'll survive.
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers:
    • At the beginning of the series, Adlet steps into a ceremony at Piena and shows up all the combatants with trickery. Despite winning, Adlet is arrested and thrown in jail because he dishonored a ceremonial duel in order to steal the spotlight, a taboo in the city that the people took great offense to. Plus the fact he essentially cheated in what was a Duel Boss he was never part of to begin with means he is seen as a cheater and thus not deserving of honor.
    • After reawakening his memories, Adlet learns Fremy killed his sister when he was younger. Despite Fremy's character development and the romance between the two, Adlet becomes immediately hostile to Fremy for it, since not only did she kill his sister, but a Demon messed with his mind to make him fall for Fremy. No Power of Love can salvage those two revelations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Familiar of Zero's Season 2 finale, a One-Man Army attempts to take on 70,000 soldiers. He ends up dead. It doesn't take, however.
  • 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 novel'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.
    • During the last season when Cronos tries to prevent his beloved students from graduating because he'll miss them too much, while he does learn his lesson in the end he tells Judai that he still won't be able to graduate. Not because he's the teachers favourite student or anything, but because while he was the schools best 'duelist' he was also one of it's worst 'students' and had completed so little coursework in all of the classes he slept through that he doesn't have enough credits to graduate. Duel academy might be a school for card games, but it was still a 'school', and students who don't do the work, no matter how talented don't do the work don't get to pass.
    • The season one two-parter "King of the Copycats" features Ra Yellow student Dimitri, who has a habit of using decks and duel strategies replicated from well-known duellists. The fundamental flaw in this tactic is shown during a duel with Syrus, where he uses the same deck and strategy employed by Crowler when he duelled Jaden in the first episode; Syrus, who witnessed that duel, knows exactly what Dimitri is going to do, and uses a fitting counter-strategy to handily defeat him. Copying the strategies of others can easily backfire on you if your opponent also knows of those strategies (which wouldn't be that uncommon, considering Dimitri copies duellists whose cards and styles are known by many).
  • The fact that the protagonists use essentially motorcycles to play Duel Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is rarely accounted for except for the dueling mechanics. At one point however during a climatic duel between Yusei and Dark Signer Kiryu, Kiryu summons his Earthbound Immortal and attacks Yusei with it. Once the dust settles, Yusei has fallen off his D-Wheel and been impaled by a part of his D-Wheel, because going as fast as he was when suddenly attacked like he was naturally causes him to be halted completely.
  • Baki the Grappler. While the entire series hinges on outlandish breaks from reality, one single character decides to train hard to be able to land supersonic punches and kicks. When he manages to do so he ends up breaking both feet and flaying his own arm down to the bone, as human bodies are clearly not built to withstand supersonic motions and impacts.
  • 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 a 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.
  • 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, partly as a result of his sister lying to him and making herself seem more like a victim. 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.
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
    • Because the world 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 severe problems. In some cases, they actively made the situation even worse.
      • 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, albeit 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.
    • Inversely, because Naofumi does not treat the world like a game and acknowledges this trope applies as much as it did on Earth, his methods of being a hero actually help the people in the long term as well as the short term.
    • Despite the hardship Malty and the king of Altumy put him though, Naofumi manages to gain much more experience in using his abilities as he needed it just to survive the world he was thrusted into, causing him to put more focus in his abilities and find out the inner workings of his spells and what they can do with them. This is opposed to the other heroes who treat the setting like a game and focuses on leveling themselves up rather than understanding how to use their weapons. As such, Naofumi manages to jump much more in levels over time, and proved to be one of the heavy hitters during wave attacks.
    • The Four Heroes are incredibly powerful, and could easily tip the scales in the favor of whoever summoned them. Because of this it was agreed that each kingdom could only summon one, in order to avoid upsetting the balance of power. So when the King summons all four Heroes without anyone else's consent, it causes a political shitstorm that the Queen has to spend the first few arcs putting out, and nearly results in everyone declaring war on them.
    • Malty deceives and manipulates just about everyone in the series, including her own family, all for the sake of being a Manipulative Bastard. This eventually comes back to bite her when all her machinations catch up to her in a way that she can't squirm her way out of. It's so bad that her own parents don't even want anything to do with her. When Malty tries to beg those that she wronged for mercy, no one is willing to help her.
  • In Useless Princesses, both Fujishiro and Kurokawa get in trouble for putting on makeup, which is against the rules of many Japanese high schools, and when the teacher who's disciplining them insults Kurokawa, Fujishiro loses her temper and whacks him with her school bag. While the teacher isn't badly hurt, an act of violence against a teacher is taken very seriously, and Fujishiro ends up being suspended for a week.
  • In the anime/manga version of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, King Andragos believed that his mighty army could overpower any enemy with little thought or care of strategy or tactics, even ignoring the advice of one of his generals. This came to cost him dearly during the Battle of Atropene when he faced off an enemy who skillfully utilized the environment and surroundings (as well as employing a traitor within Andragos's ranks) to trap and kill a huge portion of his soldiers.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
    • Yusuke sacrificing himself to save the kid at the start of the series was a heroic action that ended up allowing him the chance to be brought back to life. However, one single good act does not make people instantly feel better about you or like you, and when he visits his own wake, he finds that only a small handful of people actually care about his death, namely his childhood friend Keiko, his mother, his rival Kuwabara, and his school's principal Takanaka. Several students only attend because they have to, and two of his professors even mock him.
    • Right before the start of the Dark Tournament arc, Yusuke decides to do some last minute training with Genkai in preparation for the tournament. When the day rolls around for them to meet up and head over, Yusuke arrives looking ready for the tournament, only to promptly fall asleep from overtaxing himself during training, and spends the start of the arc, all the way to the final fight of the first match, asleep because of this. The other team members comment how silly it was for him to overwork himself that hard, and their team nearly ends up being eliminated since if he had not woken up, their team would of been short a member and thus could not of fought the last remaining member of their opponents team.
    • During his fight with Elder Toguro, Kuwabara learns Yusuke didn't tell him about Genkai's death, out of a desire to not cause any pain to his friend. After the match, Kuwabara is furious at Yusuke and the team for not telling him, pointing out that while it might of seemed like a noble idea to spare him the pain of losing a teammate, he is their friend and ally, and that he had the right to know about it just as much as everyone else. Yusuke concedes that not telling Kuwabara was selfish of him and apologies since Kuwabara's lack of knowledge allowed Elder Toguro to exploit that in the fight and nearly killed Kuwabara.
    • During the climactic final battle of the Dark Tournament arc, Toguro reasons if he kills one of Yusuke's friends, it'll create a Traumatic Superpower Awakening for Yusuke. He ends up being right after he seemingly kills Kuwabara. An arc later, Yusuke, unable to defeat Shinobu Sensui, thinks that if he dies fighting Sensui, Kuwabara, Hiei, and Kurama will also have a similar awakening that will give them the edge to defeat him. When Yusuke does die, all three do indeed awaken some form of a power-up and attack Sensui. They all promptly are defeated anyway, because the simple fact is he is leagues stronger than them anyway; a simple power-up from The Power of Friendship won't just automatically make you stronger than a prepared enemy.
    • In the final arc, the strongest fighters don't all meet in the final rounds of the tournament. Instead they fight throughout the tournament, such as Yusuke fighting Yomi and Hiei fighting Mokuro before the quarter finals. The winners of these epic battles generally end up so exhausted that they lose the next match, causing a relative no-name to win the tournament.
  • Gakuen Babysitters:
    • While the children are adorable, it's shown that dealing with them can be gross. Even Ryuuichi admits that as much as he loves the kids, sometimes he doesn't like dealing with all the snot, urine and poop that comes along with caring for them.
    • The children can get excited or upset very easily and can become very loud and disruptive, despite their caretakers' attempts to calm them down. Especially in a public area like the school's hallways.
    • The parents are shown to be loving with their respective children but they still have work obligations that cause them to spend long times away from them. Kirin's mother Yayoi doesn't like leaving Kirin for her drama club and sometimes break promises to her to come home sooner.
    • Due to being an actor and being away for long periods of time, Kousuke's young children are distant with him and have difficult differentiating between his roles and him as their father, even calling him "Kou-kun" for some time. When Umi showed them a thriller movie where Kousuke played a kidnapper, Kazuma became scared of Kousuke. Later on, when Kousuke played a bad guy in a children's show, the twins genuinely thought their father was brainwashed.
    • Kotaro helped make medicine for a sick Ryuuichi with all the determination he's got and was shocked to discover that the medicine didn't instantly cure his brother's cold.
  • In Ascendance of a Bookworm the protagonist doesn't reincarnate as anyone special since there aren't really many nobles or royals she could be born as given random chance. Instead, she's just a dirty peasant girl with no opportunities. Emphasis on dirty: The medieval period was quite disgusting from a modern person's perspective with no good personal hygiene or sewer system.


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