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    DuckTales (2017) 
  • Throughout the series, characters repeatedly attempt to use cheap disguises, funny voices, and Blatant Lies to get themselves out of trouble. While a skilled liar like Goldie O'Gilt or Magica deSpell can pull it off, when others try it only the hopelessly naive (like Downy McDuck) and hopelessly stupid (like Mark Beaks) ever fall for it.
  • In "Woo-oo!" Dewey tries to get through a laser death trap by dancing around the beams. Far from avoiding them, his awkward dance moves cause him to hit every single one and he only survives because Donald was close to the fire-spitters that the beams activated and was blocking the flames from getting to Dewey anyway. Worse, he's dancing with his eyes closed and so can't even tell if he's hitting the beams or not.
  • In "The Great Dime Chase!", Scrooge has to stop Louie from diving into the money bin as he's not prepared for it - if his muscles weren't properly strong enough to handle it, all he'd get is a smashed noggin.
  • In "The House of the Lucky Gander!" Scrooge is lost in a maze-like hotel/casino, with the proprietor repeatedly pressuring him to book a room (despite Scrooge's utter contempt for the place). Finally, Scrooge agrees to check in, and the proprietor shows him to the desk. Scrooge points out that a hotel check-in has to be adjacent to the exit, and makes a run for the door.
  • "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!":
    • A flashback in the 60s shows Scrooge and Mrs. Beakley on an island filled with traps, one was where the only way to progress any further was to wade through a pool full of piranhas. Flash forward to present day where Scrooge and Webby are now on the island, and without a steady food source for years, the piranhas have all died. Scrooge complained that having to wade through a pool of dead piranhas was even worse than when they were alive.
    • In the same episode, Black Heron tries breaking her fall by grabbing the ledge with her metal arm. Her body just breaks off from the arm and keeps falling, to an uncertain doom. Although "Moonvasion!" revealed she survived the fall.
  • In "Who is Gizmoduck!", even though Fenton manages to survive the blast from a processor, he doesn't get out of that situation unscathed. After making it back to shore, he collapses and wakes up in the hospital with a full-body cast.
  • "The Ballad of Duke Baloney!" shows that while on a business trip to South Africa, Scrooge came across a young shoe shiner named Duke Baloney who was very much like him in that he had dreams of being rich as using this gig as his start. Hoping to replicate his own origin story, Scrooge decides to give the boy an American dime in order to inspire him on the same path he took. Instead of being inspired, the boy is furious that Scrooge gave him a small fee that is both well below his price and in a foreign denomination, making it useless and believes that Scrooge is trying to shortchange him. When Scrooge tries explaining that a symbolic gesture meant to encourage self-reliance, like the kind that made him the richest duck in the world. Duke simply became more outraged that he's fabulously rich, but still won't pay full price.
  • "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!" shows that while Scrooge acts pretty youthful for his age, there are still moments that remind everyone how old he actually is, like when his back gives out during the battle with the plant. Heck, hunching over like that when you don't have to for long periods (as Scrooge did as part of the act) really does strain your back, even if you're not as old as Scrooge.
  • "The 87 Cent Solution!": While the triplets are baffled about the richest billionaire in the world going batty over losing eighty-seven cents from his money bin, Scrooge tells them it's not the amount but that somebody has managed to break into his ultra-secure vault without him noticing.
  • In "Nothing Can Stop Della Duck!":
    • Della has finally escaped the moon and is reunited with her sons. However, having missed out on ten years of their lives, she is ill-prepared for being a mother and the triplets are equally ill-prepared to have a mom. At the end of the episode, Scrooge tells the four of them that it's going to take time for all of them to adjust.
    • Having spent a decade in the moon, Della isn't used to Earth's gravity. She even tries leaping from the front of Scrooge's manor to the door, and falls flat on her face.
      Della: Dumb Earth gravity...
    • Della tries to defeat the Gilded Man of El Dorado the same way she did in the past (by climbing inside it to tear up its insides), only to find that as an adult she can no longer fit inside.
  • "The Dangerous Chemistry of Gandra Dee!": Gandra insists being a freelance scientist working only for the sake of science and not answering to wealthy businesspeople. It turns out this philosophy doesn't pay well and she has to work with a CEO to get the funds she needs, even if that CEO happens to be Mark Beaks.
  • "The Duck Knight Returns!": Scrooge, who hasn't seen a movie since 1938, and Dewey, who's a hyperactive preteen, are making a Darkwing Duck reboot film. Considering that: A) Scrooge is out-of-touch with modern movie tropes (one of his demands is the hopelessly cliché "mustache-twirling villain") and his movie studio makes low-budget office safety videos, B) Children Dewey's age perceptions of the quality of a Hollywood blockbuster tend to focus on spectacle and not nuances such as pacing and plot structure(all his suggestions are a bunch of random shit that makes no sense), and C) The director not only knows very little about the franchise he's rebooting, but doesn't even give the original Darkwing Jim Starling so much as a Remake Cameo and makes the film needlessly dark and gritty—the film was doomed from the start. This all leads to a ton of Troubled Production along with Jim Starling going insane, attempting to murder his replacement, blowing up the set and becoming Negaduck. With no set, no equipment and no useable footage from an already over-budget project, the film is promptly cancelled.
  • In "Whatever Happened to Donald Duck!":
    • Donald attempts to make a transmission from the moon to warn his family about the incoming invasion. However, the reception is so bad that Scrooge can't make out anything in Donald's call.
    • Also, Donald's pent up rage sends him into a berserker fit and he attacks Lunaris with the same technique that downed Bouncer Beagle ... And gets thoroughly beaten once Lunaris is over the initial shock and regains his bearings. Lunaris is a trained fighter and army commander, way more formidable than a common criminal.
    • Dewey and Webby attempt to mail themselves to Donald. As the mail carrier lifts up the box, the bottom opens under the kids' weight and they find themselves sitting on the ground. Also, Dewey forgot to tape the bottom of the box.
    • Dewey and Webby try to break into Neighbor Jones' apartment office. Upon catching them and learning Donald is Dewey's uncle, Jones locks the two of them in a closet and... calls their nearest available parental figure to come pick them up.
    • Penumbra points out to Lunaris that their people, for the most part, have never seen combat and aren't adequately prepared for the invasion. Sure enough, despite the training they have and Lunaris' attempts to stoke their bloodlust, the Lunarians have no effective experience using firearms or expressing hatred. A room full of armed Lunarians end up thrashed by Donald who wasn't even trying to fight back at the time, just trying to get a Moon critter off of him.
    • Jones explaining to the kids that "anger management isn't free" and is appropriately furious that Donald hasn't paid him for services rendered.
    • Between the houseboat being destroyed and being wrangled on several of Scrooge's trips, Donald hasn't had time to sort out the fact that he has changed addresses. A lot of mail has piled up due to this, including bills.
  • In general, Flintheart Glomgold's Corrupt Corporate Executive ways don't fly or work out that well for him. Everyone knows how shady he is, no one truly likes him and are even happy when he goes missing and is replaced by someone actually competent.
  • In "The Golden Armory of Cornelius Coot!", the kids discover some mine carts and believe they are going to have a Roller Coaster Mine. However, they quickly get stuck in the first valley, without enough speed to climb the following rise.
  • "Timephoon!":
    • Louie risked putting his family, as well as the space-time-continuum, at risk because of him using Scrooge's time machine to make a quick buck. At the end of this, no one is happy, but they decide to forgive him...except for Della, who, despite her Pushover Parent status, angrily calls him out, saying that apologizing isn't going to make up for what he did, and grounds him, which even spreads to the next episode. Moral: When you make a mistake this big, apologizing is not going to make up for it at all.
    • Huey's findings of caveducks after his experience with Bubba are rejected by the Junior Woodchucks, because a caveman who can understand modern language, eat chili cheese dogs, skateboard, play a keytar, and ride on a dinosaur is naturally ridiculous.
  • "Glomtales!":
    • With his obsessive nature and wasteful spending on things like booby traps and his schemes, Glomgold could never actually win his bet with Scrooge, and is forced to go begging his fellow villains for help just before the deadline.
    • Glomgold realizes too late that signing a partnership contract with Louie using his alias instead of his real name renders his share null and void, especially as he didn't read the fine print. Thus, everything gets forfeited to Louie.
    • Also, the Rogues Gallery here consists of two confirmed billionaire CEOS, a crime boss and her army of sons, a ruthless, singing pirate, and a ruthless witch with access to the souls of the damned. None of them can be considered poor to be able to keep up with the likes of Scrooge McDuck. Combined, their wealth actually is more than enough to be considered richer than Scrooge's.
    • The Legion of Doom members try to make declarations of hatred all at the same time, and end up just drowning each other out.
    • Glomgold — in a rare case of him not having an overly detailed plan — lacks any sort of coherent idea here beyond "our family destroys his family", which leaves the group completely rudderless by the end and forces them to each look out for only themselves. They also don't have any battle strategy that would capitalize on the matched skills Glomgold considered so important, so the final confrontation boils down to most of the villains just focusing on their greatest enemy, Scrooge, while Mark Beaks cringes in terror at having to fight Launchpad because his counterpart, Gyro, isn't present.
      Louie: What was your scheme, here, exactly? Just show up and fight?
      Ma Beagle: Of course not! I'm sure Flintheart had a perfectly good... (Realizing the truth, she lets out a heavy sigh)
    • The rest of the villains end up having their fortunes taken by Flintheart and then Louie. But being villains, they simply steal their money back and run away. Especially considering the Beagles are criminals and Don Karnage is a pirate.
    • The episode, rather than ending with Louie doing the right thing and signing the company over to Scrooge no questions asked, ends with Louie contemplating what to do with his newfound wealth and power in front of a worried Scrooge and Della. Louie is proud to admit he's the Evil Triplet who sees all the angles, and as far as he's concerned, he EARNED this win. Louie's behavior, good or bad, isn't going to change overnight, especially when his dream is right in front of him.
  • "The Richest Duck in the World!":
    • The episode continues from "Timephoon!"'s angle. In the previous episode, "GlomTales!", Louie is able to scam Glomgold out of his company and holding Scrooge's company. Instead of signing it back, he immediately uses it to try and live up the good life. Instead, he learns the hard way that having all of that money and actual businesses is not easy at all and many of his actions have harsh consequences. It's only when he eats a helpful serving of Humble Pie does Louie return everything to Scrooge.
    • During the episode, Scrooge's — and by extension, Louie's — assistant Owlson gets fed up and decides she's going to quit because she can't take the antics of Duckburg's billionaires. However, she's a professional and puts in her two week's notice to help train her replacement.
    • Scrooge decides to go back to how he started by opening a shoe shining business. The problem is that he set up shop in Duckburg, where the majority are barefoot, meaning he gets little to no business.
  • "Moonvasion!":
    • As noted by Gyro, the invasion was well planned, which means that Lunaris gathered any intel for weapons that would instantly screw them and destroyed Scrooge's doomsday weapons first. Any military worth its salt will cripple their opponent's ability to retaliate with extreme force first chance they get.
    • Between Lunaris' Crazy-Prepared analysis of Scrooge and his allies, as well as his fleet of rockets, the family's attempts to recruit allies from Egypt and Ithaquack are thwarted by Moonlander attacks.
    • Penumbra mentioned back in "Whatever Happened to Donald Duck?" that most of the Moonlander militia have never seen combat. That comes into play here as once the soldiers start going up against those who actually know how to fight they are decidedly on the losing end. They still hold the upper hand because of their invasion catching everyone off guard and keeping the heroes separated so they can't form a united defense but that's almost the only reason why they are winning.

    Gravity Falls 
  • Immediately after Wendy has a nasty break up with Robbie in "Boyz Crazy", Dipper asks her if she wanted to go bowling with him and Stan. At this, Wendy chews him out for asking her out right after the break-up and asks why guys can't just leave her alone. When your friend just went through something as major as a breakup, it should not be treated as a victorious moment for you.
  • The show also shows that the Precocious Crush trope just doesn't work out, with Wendy kindly turning Dipper down after hearing his Anguished Declaration of Love in "Into the Bunker.
    • Speaking of which, before Wendy turns him down, she stated that she always knew about Dipper’s crush on her, mainly from hearing Dipper say things about her under his breath.
  • In "Gideon Rises", Lil' Gideon has taken control of the Mystery Shack and forced out the Pines family. They can just hang at Soos' grandma's place until they get it back, right? It doesn't work that way. Soos' grandmother can't afford to take in the family, especially since both Stan's and Soos' income came from the Mystery Shack. Stan realizes this and decides to just send the Twins back to their parents.
  • In the beginning of "Into the Bunker", Stan is shown rebuilding the Mystery Shack after the zombie attack. However, since he is rebuilding with insurance money, he has to answer questions with a representative, and since no sane person would say zombies, he is forced to bribe the representative to believe his dumb story about a woodpecker.
  • In the episode "Sock Opera", Bill Cipher, having managed to trick a sleep-deprived Dipper into making a deal that will allow Bill to possess his body, immediately begins abusing his body for fun: he slaps himself across the face, throws himself down a flight of stairs, and slams his arms several times in a kitchen drawer - leaving several forks embedded in it. All very effective demonstrations of villainy, but it comes back to bite Bill when the time comes for his fight with Mabel, in which the self-inflicted injuries and sleep deprivation allow Mabel, who's not injured, well-rested, and alert from her Mabel-Juice, to get the upper hand very easily.
  • During "Not What He Seems", after Stan gets arrested, the twins are immediately taken by the agents, with the intent of taking them to Child Protective Services.
  • At the end of "The Stanchurian Candidate", even though Stan received a majority of the votes to become mayor, he is still disqualified due to his extensive criminal record.
  • The last episode sees the Northwest family rendered broke after Weirdmageddon... for about ten seconds, until Preston liquidates some of his real estate. This is why old-money families rarely go bankrupt in real life.

    The Lion Guard 
  • "Never Judge a Hyena By its Spots": It is unrealistic for a race or species to be Always Chaotic Evil. Jasiri has to teach Kion that not every hyena is bad like the ones that are in Janja's clan or allied with Scar.
  • "The Rise of Makuu":
    • Makuu ends up winning the mashindano against the leader, Pua. Though Pua is older and has more experience with being a leader than Makuu, the downsides of that include being in not fit enough shape to fight back after getting overwhelmed.
    • Makuu then demonstrates the downside of a Klingon Promotion: being a better fighter than Pua doesn't make him a better leader.
  • "Bunga the Wise": Bunga suggests to an ostrich who is afraid of hyenas that she should bury her head in the ground to avoid seeing them. She is in great discomfort when she does this for real, and when the rest of the Guard help her pull her head out she complains how hard it is to breathe underground. As Beshte and Ono point out, ostriches don't really stick their heads in the ground, and this is why.
  • "Can't Wait to be Queen": Simba's difficulty in elephantese is justified as he is a lion and the fact that he did not have enough time to practice before Aminifu's funeral.
  • "The Kupatana Celebration": Reirei and her family are confident that they can get away with everything in the Pride Lands because of the fact it's Kupatana (a time where animals act in peace with each other to celebrate the Circle of Life, including to strangers), as long as they use "jackal style". When they attack the guests at the celebration and cause havoc, the Guard no longer fall for their manipulations.
  • "The Search For Utamu": Fuli ends up exhausting herself when she doesn't get any rest after running back and forth rescuing animals. Sure, cheetahs are the fastest land mammals, but even they need rest sometimes. (In fact, cheetahs have terrible stamina; their incredible speed is only useful in quick bursts.)
  • "Follow That Hippo": Thurston says that if the Pride Lands is a safe place where herbivores can graze in peace, then how come they have to live in fear of the hyenas every day?
  • "The Mbali Fields Migration": Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Ono and Beshte panic when Muhimu prepares to give birth to a zebra foal. The fear that the five have is justified since they are still children and have no experience with childbirth situations.
  • "Too Many Termites":
    • The Lion Guard banishes some hyenas into the Outlands by having Kion use the Roar on them, only to learn they were in fact aardwolves and have to go to bring them back, as the termites in the Pride Lands began to overpopulate without the aardwolves preying on them. Unfortunately, the aardwolves (shy and timid creatures just like in real life) have become terrified of the Guard and believe they're out to get them, not knowing the Guard made a mistake in antagonizing them. Only when one of the aardwolves, Mjomba, learns of the mistake and explains it to them do the others actually listen.
    • The aforementioned termite overpopulation is a pretty realistic scenario of what happens when an ecosystem is devoid of predators. Without predators, the prey would breed uncontrollably.
  • "Janja's New Crew": Nne and Tano get tired of following Janja's lead due to their repeated failures in previous episodes.
  • "The Trouble With Galagos": The Lion Guard discovers Badili is being bullied by another leopard Mapigano, so they drive away Mapigano themselves. But after they leave, Mapigano comes back and bullies Badili out of his turf again. The Guard realizes Mapigano is picking on Badili for being too timid to fight, so they have to teach Badili on how to stand up for himself.
  • "Lions of the Outlands": Just like how he learned from Jasiri that not all hyenas are automatically bad, Kion finds out the hard way that not all lions are automatically good when he meets Zira and her pride.
  • "Savannah Summit":
    • Even though Makuu has caused trouble for Kion and other animals in the savannah, he still is present at the Savannah Summit as it is an important meeting for authority figures rather than close friends.
    • Makuu has to face the consequences of his misdeeds, which caused the other Pridelanders to become distrustful of him, reformed or not.
  • "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie":
    • Even though Makuu had reformed, there are still a few villainous crocs in the float like Kiburi, who question his authority.
    • Just because you have a change of heart doesn't mean your flaws aren't going to immediately go away. Even after becoming a reasonable leader, Makuu still can be rude and condescending.
    • Due to the unforgiving circumstances by the dry season, Makuu is willing to put his Proud Warrior Race Guy views aside and take an acceptable minimum of water if it means his float's survival. He also becomes furious at Kiburi for attempting to take the other animals' watering holes and brushes off his complaints about how little water they have, having to tell him how bad their situation is.
    • Likewise, Makuu is able to defeat Kiburi without getting overwhelmed during the mashindano because he's still in shape, unlike Pua.
  • "The Ukumbusho Tradition":
    • Makini is tasked in painting the mark of peace on the elephants. However, since Ukumbusho is also about lions and Kion is the only one of the Guard who is an actual lion, she also has to paint the rest of the Guard to look like lions. She ends up using a lot of yellow paint that she doesn't have any left when she has to put the mark on the rest of the elephants.
    • The above example results in Makini having to look for a substitute for the yellow paint, and she goes with yellow pollen. Said pollen ends up attracting a swarm of bees, which sends the elephants into a panicked stampede due to having a fear of bees.
  • "The Bite of Kenge": The hyenas employ Kenge the monitor lizard to paralyze the Lion Guard with his venomous bite. This works...except on Bunga, because he's a honey badger and immune to venom.
  • "Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas": The animals save for Timon, Pumbaa and Bunga are unfamiliar with Christmas. Justified due to the Pride Lands and Outlands being far away from human civilization.
  • "The Little Guy": Hodari tries to get the Pridelander crocodiles to give him a chance in joining their float despite his small size and being a gecko, by singing an upbeat song about it. Does this inspire Makuu into letting him join his float? Nope! He just laughs at him, explains to him that it's not the "crocodile way" and tells him to leave if he knows what's good for him. He only allows Hodari to join his float after helping him fight off Kiburi, seeing that the little lizard has enough courage and intellect to be worthy.
  • "The Wisdom of Kongwe":
    • Fuli and Makini accidentally push Kongwe into a ravine, which flips her onto her back. But instead of Flipping Helpless like most other cartoon turtles and tortoises, Kongwe just rights herself like a real chelonian would.
    • At one point, Kongwe stops to observe a tree with exposed roots, which falls down when Makini touches it. While Fuli manages to push Makini out of the way in time, Kongwe remains unharmed even as she didn't move since she was at a good distance away from the tree.
      Fuli: You got lucky.
      Kongwe: Not luck. Observation. But also, I did get lucky. (eats leaves from fallen tree) When a big tree falls, many eat its leaves.
      Fuli: Or many get crushed.
      Kongwe: If I hadn't gotten you to stop and look at the tree, perhaps we would have all been crushed.
    • Makini attempts to drive away Makucha by imitating Rafiki's kung fu moves, using her broken staff as a nunchaku, but the leopard remains unfazed and simply bats her away. It didn't help that Makini is still learning under Rafiki's lessons.
  • "Undercover Kinyonga": Kinyonga succeeds in getting past Scar's minions and reaching his volcano to overhear his plan by using her camouflage. Yet, with all her abilities she's unable to keep her shadow hidden, which alerts Shupavu to her presence.
  • "The Underground Adventure": When Kuchimba offers to help the gang find their way out of the tunnels, Zuri wonders how is he able to since, as a golden mole, he doesn't even have eyes. An unamused Kuchimba then explains that he still has other senses to help him navigate, like his ability to feel vibrations.
  • Scar's plan to unite everyone under his banner, while a smart idea as it means the Lion Guard has to fight a unified force, also comes with the equally difficult problem of infighting, and him very frequently having to settle debates between them in order to keep them in line.
  • Not every fellow member of your kind is going to automatically agree with your supremacist views, especially not if they have virtues. Isn't that right, Zira, Janja, Ushari, and Kiburi?
  • In "Pride Landers Unite", it is revealed that Simba is keeping Scar's return a secret and has ordered Kion to keep quiet about it, in order to prevent a panic. When Scar reveals himself in "The Fall of Mizimu Grove", Simba takes the blame by stating that he ordered Kion to keep Scar's return secret. The herds are horrified and disgusted that the king kept such a dangerous threat away from the citizens, and many of the herds are on the verge of leaving, as they believe that they are no longer safe in the Pride Lands.
  • "Battle For the Pride Lands":
    • This episode is a clear reminder that it's smoke you have to worry about more than fire—the fire trapped the hyenas and the Lion Guard, but the smoke got more intense, which means they were not going to last any longer if their oxygen runs out.
    • Ono flying into the smoke, along with being in it for too long really damages his vision, which ends his role as the Keenest of Sight.
    • Until Kion sees Rafiki, he keeps hitting his wound with his paw. The wound is still bleeding and raw, and its likely blood is dripping into his eye.
  • "The Accidental Avalanche": The snow monkeys are scared of giant eagles. As a result, when Anga first meets them, they throw snow at her because they think she will attack them, and despite how much she tries to prove it to them, they still are scared of her because she is their natural predator. When Anga attempts to save the snow monkeys using her talons, one of the monkeys predictably panics anyway and nearly gets them all killed as a result. It isn't until she successfully saves them that they finally acknowledge her as a friend.
  • "Dragon Island": When Lumba-Lumba gets stranded on a beach, Bunga attempts to drag her back into the water, only for Lumba-Lumba to strongly object, explaining that dragging her along the hot sand would really hurt her (dolphins have very sensitive skin).
  • "Long Live The Queen": In this episode, it is revealed that Queen Janna is dying of old age, and that the Night Pride is aware that her age was catching up to her. When she actually does die though, they all immediately start crying profusely, and they still weep like this for the rest of the day. It doesn't matter if they know she dies of old age and in peace, watching a family member die at all, even peacefully, is going to cause temporary emotional trauma.

     The Proud Family 
  • In the episode "EZ Jackster," Penny is used as a pawn by the new boy Mega at her school to infect the whole world with Mega's music-sharing website. Everybody ends up using the website to download music illegally. This results in Penny being under arrest and record sales going down drastically. The local record store also goes out of business, and the manager ends up firing Penny and Dijonay as a result for their actions.
  • In "Crouching Trudy, Hidden Penny" the kids training at the Karate school led by movie actor Jack Stone are promised that they will earn a black belt in one day. Penny wants to transfer to that program because her friends are doing it, but her mother Trudy is suspicious of it being a scam. As a result, she refuses to allow Penny to join the program and makes her stay at her present karate school. In the end, Trudy was correct with her choice; Jack Stone is an actor who did fake-fighting for his movies, which is very different from actual karate. As a result, this "training" doesn't make his students black belts, and in the tournament they end up getting hilariously curb-stomped by Penny and her fellow karate classmates (despite them being red belts) because they actually took the time to learn and practice their skills. Moral of the episode: people don't become pros at something overnight, constant practicing is what gets you to be a pro at them, and taking shortcuts only leads to failure. It's also lampshaded by Zoey during the competition:
    Lacienega: How did they get so good? I mean, we're dressed better than they are.
    Zoey: Maybe it's because they studied and we took pictures.
  • The episode "Culture Shock", Penny stays with a Muslim family as part of her essay about different cultures. During the episode, their house is vandalized with racist graffiti. The vandals never get caught because the family was out at a restaurant during the time and they were no witnesses to the vandalism, thus ending the episode on a bittersweet note.
  • A Played for Laughs example is in the episode "Wedding Bell Blues," when Suga Mama signs up for a quick weight loss program with Dr. Payne in preparation for her wedding with Clarence. Suga Mama does end up losing the weight. But after the failed wedding, she takes a small bite of the wedding cake, only to instantly gain back the weight she lost, as being on crash diets and exercise plans usually backfire on you (your metabolism comes to a halt) in the long run.
  • In "Tween Town," Penny makes a wish to Jackass Genie Al Roker that the adults would disappear out of frustration of getting grounded for lying about attending a teen nightclub. The tweens are having a blast without the adults, but in the long run they face the repercussions of their absent parents, as some of them have to take the jobs of adults and have to deal with taxes.
  • In the episode "Adventures in Bebe Sitting," Dijonay, Lacienega, Zoey, and the Chang Triplets are at the "3rd Story" concert (they bought their tickets from the Gross Sisters). They proceed to show the security guard the tickets, only for him to tell the trio they are fake, and as a result, the trio are shortly thrown out of the concert. Seconds later, the Chang Triplets are also thrown out for having fake tickets as well.
  • The episode “I Had a Dream” is a realistic portrayal of segregation laws for black people in the 1960s (although it was All Just a Dream). Penny learned that Lacienega, Sticky, and Dijonay no longer hang out with Zoey because she’s white. Later in the episode, Penny befriends Zoey and they both sit next to each other in class to protest against the segregation along with the other kids in the class. This angers Mr. Andrew and he calls the police, which results in an angry mob showing up to the school.
  • In the episode “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” Wizard Kelly rigs the Teen Idol votes in favor of Lacienega over Agatha. This is because the former is prettier than the latter, despite the latter having more talent. It may seem shallow, but this is how the music business works. With musicians, his/her appearance is usually the eradicating factor that brings the artistic charisma to equilibrium. If said musician doesn’t fit the standards of beauty, he/she is less likely to be successful in the music industry. Sad, but true.
  • Normally Penny, her friends, and the other students at Penny's middle school would always cave into the Gross Sisters' bullying. However, in the episode "Enter The Bullies", the consequences of their bullying is portrayed realistically. Penny gets so scared of the Gross sisters, which leads to her skipping school and later getting caught by her parents for doing so. She even goes to the principal to report them.
  • In the episode "It Takes a Thief," Trudy, Oscar, and Suga Mama take a trip to the zoo with the twins. When Oscar comes across an elephant he met as a kid, he tells a story on how he and his friends (as kids) constantly bullied the elephant by spraying it with water with their water guns. Suga Mama warns Oscar by telling the latter that elephants never forget note . Cut back to the present and the elephant instantly recognizes Oscar, and fills its trunk with lots of water. Take a good guess at what happens next.
  • In the episode “Twins to Tweens,” Penny wishes that Bebe & Cece were old enough to care for themselves. The twins magically age into teenagers. When Penny tries to explain her wish to her parents, they don’t believe her. They become scared & demand to know what happened to their infants; that is until the teenaged-twins show their parents & grandmother their birthmarks.

  • An episode of Aladdin: The Series featured Iago gaining Genie's powers trying to avert Reed Richards Is Useless by giving Agrabah two rivers and making everyone rich. This leads to flooding and Ridiculous Future Inflation.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long
    • Done humorously in one episode when one-shot villain Yan-Yan whips out a complex and acrobatic kung fu move she says to have learned at the Shaolin monastery, but she ends up telegraphing her attack to Fu Dog and exposing herself to a simple but very powerful punch.
    • Another ep had Jake pulling a prank on the World Dragon Council so they will temporarily suspend his powers due to the stress of his 24/7 job along with having to get through school and basically just wanting some time to be a normal kid. His little sister, Haley, who is still in training, is more than happy to take over, thinking it'll be a cakewalk. She barely gets halfway through the week before she's a bundle of nerves. When Grandpa Long finds out what Jake has actually done after he gets kidnapped by the Dark Dragon's minions, he starts to go on a tirade about how foolish the action was only for Haley to call both him and her teacher, Sun Park, out proclaiming they have no idea what Jake had to sacrifice to protect the magical world.
    • On a similar note, in the episode "Family Business", Jake plays a trick on Haley that messes with her powers, inadvertently allowing her to be captured by the villains of the episode. But after being rescued, Haley admits that she'd regained control of her powers within a few moments and had actually been too overwhelmed by the situation to fight back. Haley may be a child prodigy at using her dragon powers, but she's still a little kid and very inexperienced at being a hero. She's naturally not going to be able to handle herself in a sudden crisis like her older, more experienced brother would have.
    • This is also the Oracle Twins personalities: One can only foresee good things, the other bad. You'd think the good future twin would be all smiles and sunshine, and the other would be doom and gloom, but it's actually the other way around. As they note, having all of life's pleasant surprises ruined would leave one jaded and sour, whilst being bombarded with visions of worse-case scenarios tends to force one to cherish every ray of sunshine.
  • Big City Greens:
    • "Tilly's Goat": Despite heroically saving the dog show judge's dog from being crushed, Melissa doesn't win the dog show (because she's a goat, and had been doing terribly for the entire contest). The judge adds that with all the damage Cricket caused trying to sabotage the competition, the kids are lucky she's not calling the police.
    • "Backflip Bill": When Bill does his gymnastics floor routine, it looks quite impressive until he messes up the landing at the end. And despite everybody applauding his performance, he gets sixth place. He also mentions at the end that now that he fulfilled his childhood dream he's going to retire from gymnastics due to his body being sore since he only restarted gymnastics recently and his body isn't as flexible as it was.
    • "Gramma's License": Despite Gramma successfully obtaining her driver's license, her license has several restrictions on it due to her poor eyesight and her age.
    • "Bear Trapped": Cricket brings his bear friend Daisy to live in the sewers, and overflows the tunnel (with him in it) in order to get Officer Keys and the animal control officers away from her. Immediately after, Cricket suffers a very nasty fever, due to his exposure to sewer water.
    • "Coffee Quest": Chip Whistler, having tracked Cricket and Gloria to the latter's apartment, loudly threatens them to come out. This results in one of Gloria's neighbors yelling at him to shut up (and throwing a boot at him), since it's the middle of the night, and he has work in the morning.
    • "Valentine's Dance": Cricket finally embraces his feelings for Gabriella, and announces that he's ready to accept their "love"... only for Gabriella to turn him down, stating that she only wanted to dance, and doesn't "love" him (she doesn't even know his name). She also points out that he's been acting weird all evening (mostly by running away from her). Just because someone asks you to dance with them doesn't mean they're in love with you, and repeatedly running away and/or acting strange whenever they try to talk to you will most likely erase what little interest they had in you to begin with.
  • Big Hero 6: The Series:
    • The cast are just Ordinary College Students. Becoming superheroes is too intimidating for them. After the adrenaline rush of the film's ending runs out, everyone but Fred agrees that being a superhero is a bad idea. It's unrealistic and they're unprepared for the stress. It isn't until later that they agree on it.
    • Fred convinces most of the gang to try patrolling early on... and no crime happens. The closest thing to action was when they stopped a man driving his pregnant wife to the hospital. Not every city is going to be crime-infested, after all.
    • In "Big Roommates", Globby stands in the middle of a road for an extended period of time, causing him to get hit by a bus.
    • In "Food Fight", Baymax strokes Mochi the cat during one scene. Since Baymax is basically a walking balloon, he accidentally creates a static charge that causes the poor cat's fur to stand on end.
    • "Mr. Sparkles Loses His Sparkle" has this pop up twice in the Cold Opening:
      • The team gets an alert about a burning building. It takes a while for them to find their costumes and get properly changed.
      • They do make it to the building... about an hour later, when the fire department already took care of it.
    • In "Mini-Max", Callaghan makes an appearance, revealing that he's had some time to reflect on his actions while in prison, feeling genuinely remorseful for his actions in the movie that lead to Tadashi's death. Hiro, however, is still not ready to forgive him just yet, even though he knows Tadashi would want him to. He does hope that he can one day though.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
    • In the episode "Super Nova", Mira Nova becomes addicted to ghosting through energy. It's treated like a drug addiction. Unlike most Very Special Episodes, Mira doesn't kick the addiction easily. Her father gives her a lecture about how she'll be tempted every day of her life. The episode also shows Mira going through withdrawal and crashing.
    • In another episode, Buzz saves a carnivorous alien worm's hatchling and returns it to its mother, then turns his back and very nearly gets eaten. After he gets away the wildlife researcher he was with chews him out on thinking Androcles' Lion would be in effect on a creature that's more stomach than brain, an animal's still an animal.
  • In one episode of DuckTales (1987), Huey, Dewie, and Louie discover a way to make more money by using a duplication machine invented by Gyro. The boys eventually found out the hard way that the duplicated money caused an inflation to the economy to the point that even the cheapest items cost millions of dollars.
  • In The Emperor's New School episode "Unfit to Print", Kuzco attempts to land a rocket on the Sun, and his Kuzco's Doodles segment for the episode depicts him surviving with no problems and dancing with a giant sun woman. Malina then takes over and changes it to Malina's Doodles, where she depicts Kuzco turning to ash immediately upon entering its exosphere.
  • Gargoyles:
    • The eponymous heroes always have to explain to their human allies that they can't actually fly; they can only glide, meaning there are often situations where their wings are of no use, like falling into pits and having to climb out.
    • In one episode, Broadway accidentally shoots Elisa. You'd think she'd be fully recovered by the next episode, but she spends the next episode on crutches (she's fully recovered in the episode after that after the Gargoyles move into the clock tower above the police station she works on). It truly drives home how dangerous guns can be.
  • In the Gummi Bears episode "Road to Ursalia", Gruffi and Cubbi find an ancient library in the abandoned city of Ursalia. However, every book they open immediately crumbles to dust, as would any paper object left unattended for centuries would.
  • In one short from House of Mouse, Ludwig von Drake demonstrates his latest invention: a "Money Increaser" that prints out dollar bills. He soon gets arrested for counterfeiting.
  • Kim Possible:
    • There are repeated subversions of Offscreen Villain Dark Matter, showing all the things that a world full of supervillains would need, like expos advertising the latest Doomsday Devices and Death Traps, magazines for aspiring supervillains, and even Hench Co, for all your henchman needs. Drakken, perpetual failure that he is, is constantly strapped for cash and when he can't just get Shego to steal things for him he struggles to get basic supplies; at one point he had to resort to a time-shared lair.
    • In the "Fearless Ferret" episode, Ron takes the mantle of the retired TV superhero (voiced by Adam West himself). Not only was Kim not fooled and saw Ron through his disguise, but Ron wasn't trained to fight crime or put any effort to act differently at all. And even if Ron did, Kim knows Ron from childhood, and it wouldn't made any difference.
    • In one episode, Ron pleads with two kidnapped scientists how to stop a group of rampaging robots. One of them explained that they're both astrophysicists and don't know anything about robotics. It's pretty jarring when almost every scientist prior is an Omnidisciplinary Scientist. A funnier example similar to that happens in another episode, when Jim and Tim asked their dad if he can fix their TV (Who's a rocket scientist) Mr. Dr. Possible said he can send it to orbit, but doubts it will work.
    • In the episode that introduced Dementor, Kim is surprised she didn't hear about his act of villainy in the beginning of the episode (she stumbled upon him whilst tracking Drakken). Wade explains that authorities are investigating... they just thought they didn't need Kim's help.
    • When Kim accidentally gains Hego's Super Strength, she accidentally breaks things and gets dizzy when she spin-drills her way into a villain's lair.
    • In "Ron Millionaire," Ron wins $99 million. Due to him not being used to having such a large amount of money, Ron becomes big-headed and irresponsibly spends the money. This eventually gets him captured by Drakken. Also, due to him spending the money irresponsibly and keeping his money in his pockets instead of putting it in a bank, he ends up losing all the money at the end of the episode.
    • In "Number One", Kim is recruited to help track down a retired scientist who's been kidnapped. The professional agent who's assigned to work with her assumes that he's been kidnapped for the top secret missile-defense system he developed. However, Kim points out that he's long retired and Technology Marches On, so not only would any of his knowledge be outdated, but it's been declassified and can easily be found in a public library. Sure enough, the scientist says the exact same thing when the heroes find him, and what his kidnapper was really after was something else.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series
    • After nearly drowning in the first movie, Stitch tries to stay as far away from large bodies of water as possible. As the episode "Spooky" shows, he still has a fear of it.
    • In "Rufus", the Kim Possible crossover, Kim tries to prevent Lilo coming with her since, one, they're dealing mainly with Drakken, her arch-foe and a dangerous individual. Two, while Lilo may deal with a lot of experiments, she is usually with Stitch who does most of the heavy lifting. And three, this isn't an experiment hunt this time, it's more of an espionage affair to save Stitch.
    • "Morpholomew", the American Dragon: Jake Long crossover. Lilo tries to enter a skating competition to win a prize for her love interest. Thing is she isn't trained in skateboarding and does terribly. She then uses the titular experiment to change into Jake to try again... with the same results.
    • Not all the hunts Lilo and Stitch go through are successful as Gantu does get the leg up on them sometimes. In two cases, Lilo willingly let him take the experiments due to being too much to handle such as "Tank" when the experiment kept getting bigger despite Stitch's attempts to stop it and "Hunkahunka" when the hummingbird-like experiment was causing too much havoc and Lilo figured it was better off away from people.
    • In "Skip", Lilo and Stitch use the experiment to travel forward in time at least twice (which ages Lilo up in both jumps, first as a teenager and again as a young adult). But in doing so they go missing, worrying Nani, Jumba and Pleakley for many years. As well as allowing Gantu to catch the experiments unopposed that, in the second jump, Hämsterviel captured them all and took over Earth.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In the pilot episode "Rollercoaster", Dr. Doofenshmirtz' plan is to cover the entire Tri-State Area in tin foil, and then, using a high-powered magnet, use the tin foil to pull the Earth, reversing its rotation. He activates the magnet, which starts pulling on the tin foil... and instantly rips it all off the buildings it was covering, sending a massive tin foil ball heading his way. The same exact thing happens in "Rollercoaster: The Musical", being the almost exact same plot.
    • In "Candace Loses Her Head", Doofenshmirtz tries Digging to China. For some reason, he forgets about all the magma until it spills out of the hole he made.
    • In "The Beak", Roger Doofenshmirtz, the current mayor of Danville, attempts to pass the blame of Khaka Peu Peu's reign of terror to his brother by making him the new mayor. Just as Heinz gloats over finally ruling over the city, Melanie then lists the jobs he has to do as mayor. There's more to being mayor than getting your way all the time. Also, Heinz has never actually been a ruler before, so he ends up getting confused at how his job actually works and, in the end, ditches it to go back to evil.
      Doofensmirtz: Now, my first order of business is to make all the citizens of Danville bow down-
      Melanie: No, it's not. Here's your schedule and all your missed phone calls. Let's focus.
      Doofenshmirtz: Oh, uh, wow, uh, okay...
      Melanie: And if you hadn't noticed, the city is in the grip of fear and panic caused by an evil super-villain intent on destroying our way of life.
      Doofenshmirtz: What? But—but that's my job!
    • In "Tri-Stone Area", caveman!Doofenshmirtz plans to chase away caveman!Roger by having a mammoth herd to stampede toward him, which is triggered by poking one of the mammoths with a sharp stick so it would panic. When he does it for real, the mammoth instead gets angry and chases after him.
  • In Recess, the school starts a sit-in, in protest of their jungle gym, Old Rusty, about to be torn down. After their parents are called, they instead decide to join in the protest as they have many fond memories of Old Rusty as well, and since several of them actually have some pull, being apart of the PTA, and whatnot. Principal Prickly is forced to relent. Unfortunately, with all the kids and their parents, many of whom, probably weigh two to three times as much as their kids, sitting on the jungle gym, it collapses under the excess weight. When the school gets it replaced, both the kids and the adults admit the new jungle gym, which is massive, really is better.
    • In the season 1 episode "Officer Mikey", Mikey Blumberg really wants to become a safety ranger, even saying that it's his dream. But after his friends go through a lot of effort to help him get into the rangers, he quits because it's too much hard work, and he says that he now has a dream of being a jet pilot. Most kids Mikey's age can't handle that kind of responsibility and have new dreams of what they want all the time; if Mikey's friends had just waited, he would have gotten over it in time without them having to go through all that effort.
    • Another episode involves recess being canceled by the government as a test to see if test scores could go up without recess. The opposite happens, since, without recess, the kids easily become bored and unfocused, to the point where they no longer care about learning anything.
    • "The Trial" involves Randall accusing Spinelli of throwing a rock at him. When Spinelli reveals that she was saving Miss Finster's cat at the time Randall got hit by the rock, Randall is forced to fess up that he himself threw the rock and beaned himself on the head. King Bob loses no time in sentencing him to the swirlie for perjury and for wasting his time.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man:
    • During Tombstone and Spidey's first tête-à-tête confrontation, the crime boss offers Spider-Man a chance to work for him. Spider-Man refuses and calls him out to "finish this". "Very well," sighs Tombstone... and then calls the cops and accuses Spidey of invading his personal space, attacking his guards and threatening him, all of which was actually done by Spider-Man, though he neglects to mention the motivation.
    • Also, while Rhino's armored skin protects him from harm, it also prevents his skin from perspiring (He can't sweat), turning his armor into a virtual oven. Thus, during his first fight with Spidey, he has to constantly stop for a drink of water. Spidey ultimately defeats him by luring him away from any water and using the sewer's steam pipes to beat him.
    • When Spider-Man decides to make a picture of himself being heroic to sell to Daily Bugle, it turns out shooting fast-paced action with an amateur camera is very hard, especially when the photographer is a part of the action. Peter blows through a lot of utterly unwatchable pics, before he can produce some half-decent ones, and even then. the editor admonishes him for the sub-par quality and advises him to invest in a better camera.
  • In an episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, a disfigured former actress plans to kidnap Mary Jane and use a device to transfer her mind into Mary Jane's young and beautiful body. Despite Spider-Man's best efforts, she succeeds... but then the device does nothing. Mysterio tells her that what she wanted was scientifically impossible.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil
    • "Stranger Danger" has Star finally meet Queen Eclipsa. Meeting her in the royal garden has shown her that, contrary to what people say, she’s possibly not as evil as she seems. So just as Rhombulus was about to crystallize her again, Star declares a trial to test this theory. At this point, one might expect an immediate cut to a courtroom for this. Not here. As Queen Moon states, sudden events like this need time to be set up. Eclipsa ends up under house arrest for many episodes until "Butterfly Trap".
    • "Butterfly Trap": The verdict in the end, after finding out about a conspiracy over a century in the making.note 
    Box Of Truth: Eclipsa has been found guilty of crimes against Mewmanity. However, the Magic High Commission has also been found guilty of tampering with Mewni's history and omitting the truth from the Butterfly family for generations.
    • One thing that fans have been clamoring for since the show even began: a kiss between Star and Marco. When they finally do in "Booth Buddies", do they get any sort of Relationship Upgrade or anything similar? Nope, they instead freak out, not just because of the boundaries pushed between Princess and Squire, but because Star herself is in a relationship with her ex, Tom. And indeed, this comes back up in "Lake House Fever, Tom's mother, Wrathmelior, finds out and ends up distrusting Star. Something as big as that can't be forgotten.
  • Examples for the Star Wars cartoons can be found on the franchise's own page.
  • In the first episode of The Tick, the hero messes up a jump while Roofhopping and ends up falling down the side of a building, but no worries, as he reassures himself, he'll just bounce off a nearby flagpole and continue on his way. The flagpole immediately breaks under his weight.
  • In the Timon & Pumbaa episode "Alcatraz Mataz", the titular duo get thrown in prison due to being framed for a crime committed by Toucan Dan so they break out, confront Dan, and prove their innocence. They still end up getting arrested again because breaking out of prison is still a crime, as the Vulture Police points out to them.
  • Tangled: The Series does this right out the gate in regards to Rapunzel and Eugeune. Having just gotten her back after eighteen years, the King is understandably very insistent on keeping her close and out of danger, which comes back to bite them on more than one occasion. As for Eugene, even though he was instrumental in saving Rapunzel from Gothel, the fact that one of Corona's most infamous thieves is not only an honored guest of the palace, but also the Princess' lover causes no small amount of resentment and bitterness from many, most notably Cassandra and the Captain.
  • Wander over Yonder
    • In general, Wander's relationship with Hater. Throughout the show, Wander repeatedly acts like Hater is his friend, which is very much false, even to the most naive of viewers. Befriending an enemy is not going to make them magically befriend you, it annoys them even more.
    • In "The Liar", Wander tries to rescue a nest of baby birds and their mother from a volcano. Every time Wander gets close enough to grab the babies, the mother bird attacks him. Do you seriously think a protective mother animal in real life would let her babies be handled by a large, unfamiliar creature?
    • Basically the premise of "The Hero". Brad Starlight learns the hard way that everything that happens in fairy tales does not apply in real life. The main highlight of this trope is when the episode reveals that Draykor being an evil king who kidnapped Princess Demurra to wed her is just made up by Brad: Draykor is a really nice guy and Demurra genuinely loves and willingly wants to marry him. Demurra, meanwhile, gets annoyed with Brad's constant attempts to steal her back, outright saying that life isn't a fairytale.
    • "The Box" as the duo on a quest to deliver a box to its destination with Wander constantly tempted to open it. Eventually, they reach the recipient who tries to impart the lesson of "The Journey Being More Important"... except Silva points out stuff like that goes completely over Wander's head and he's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So they just throw a pair of socks in there to appease him.
    • The season 2 premiere shows what happens when someone neglects their duties for one goal. Peepers reveals that Hater has wasted so much time and energy chasing Wander that his empire has fallen apart from neglect and has been snatched up by other villains, and that he also lost any, if not all, credibility as the "Greatest in the Galaxy". Later, when Hater demands to know why they don't have all of Dominator's weapons, Peepers reminds him that he wastes so much money on things like a hot tub, an arcade, and a food court that they can't afford it.
    • Dominator is essentially what happens when you throw a megalomaniac into wacky space cartoon. Namely being completely all business and wanting nothing more than destruction. She ultimately makes that painfully clear in "My Fair Hatey" to Wander and Hater.
    • In the episode "The Axe" Lord Hater decides he could do better without Commander Peepers and fires him. He actually does better at conquering and manages to gain back the territory he lost to Sourdough in record time, only to realize that he never actually secured the planets and Sourdough could just take them back without a fight.
    • Dominator never conquers planets, only destroys them. She only cares about destruction and has no other interests except destruction. So when she succeeds in destroying every planet in the galaxy, she suffers from an existential crisis because she has nothing else.
    • At the end of the series, Wander once more tries to talk Lord Dominator into being his friend. She ultimately rejects him and flees out into space much to his disappointment. Sylvia comforts him for at least trying but states some people are just too cold-hearted like that.


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