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     Ace Attorney 
  • In Cup of Tea Edgeworth tries to set a romantic mood with a candlelight and wine dinner. Phoenix ends up drinking too much wine and is too drunk to get physically aroused.
  • The fan-made case The Broken Turnabout:
    • Phoenix's influence over Vera Misham's trial, combined with his personal stake in the outcome, ultimately resulted in the verdict being overturned on the basis that Phoenix couldn't be trusted to remain impartial. This in turn necessitated a retrial that was completely free of Phoenix's influence; the usual trial system is used, Klavier and the judge are replaced by Franziska and the judge's brother, respectively, and the defense are forbidden from using any of the evidence Phoenix gathered in his investigation.
    • The series's familiar pattern of exonerating clients by finding out who the true culprit was is turned on its head. With subtle prompting from Phoenix, Apollo points out that, as defense attorneys, he and Athena are not obligated to prove anyone's guilt, just to prove that their clients are innocent of whatever crimes the prosecution accuses them of.
    • Franziska's case is treated as a lot weaker when it's shown to rest solely on the testimony of a person who has very good reason to lie, with no definitive evidence that backs it up. As Apollo points out, he could come up with any explanation for what happened, and as long as it didn't contradict any of the case's evidence, it would be just as valid as Franziska's.
    • After the trial, Phoenix admits to Franziska that yes, he was bitter over getting screwed out of his attorney's badge. Franziska also tells him that, while she disapproved of his actions regarding Vera's first trial, she did see some merit in introducing jury trials.

     The Adventure Zone 
  • The fanfic Dinner for Two deconstructs the popular "Taako forgives Lucretia thanks to Lup" fanfic idea in The Adventure Zone fandom. In it, Lup's plan to get her brother to forgive her best friend by forcefield and magic chains only ends with both sides of the party worse off than before, Kravitz downright hating her at the end. The message being if you forcefully try to get two people to rekindle their relationship after everything that has happened before, with no other reason than something you want, and then not telling the two parties involved, it's only going to end in disaster.
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     Ah! My Goddess 
  • As shown in The Vain Rose's Garden, open relationships take a lot of work on everyone's part to function. Not only do both parties have to trust each other, but they also have to deal with possible jealousy from their partner sleeping with someone else. A recurring worry for Keiichi is whether he'll ruin things with jealousy if one of his girlfriends sleeps with someone else. When Urd and Keiichi engage in partner swapping with Skuld and her boyfriend, they all sit down together afterwards and discuss things to make sure they don't accidentally ruin their relationships.
    • Furthermore, because such relationships are frowned upon (and often illegal), Keiichi and the goddesses have to take great care to make sure other mortals don't find out.
    • Later chapters show that Skuld is having trouble coming to terms with her bout of partner swapping. Even though she agreed at the time and talked about things afterwards, she still feels inferior to her older sister and worries her boyfriend will prefer Urd to her.
  • The Grave in the Corner. Keiichi may have wished for Belldandy to stay with him forever, but at the end of the day, he was still mortal.

    Arrowverse 
  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse):
    • Slade and Shado's romantic relationship is a result of this, according to Oliver. The two of them were the only two adults on a death trap of an island, trying to protect, raise, and train three traumatized kids and a baby on their own, and only able to rely on each other for comfort and help. Considering the amount of stress they were both under, it would've been more surprising if they hadn't gotten attached to one another. It's because of this that Oliver refuses to take inspiration from them for his own love life; while he recognizes his adoptive parents genuinely loved each other, the circumstances that led to it aren't something he should replicate.
    • Oliver is absolutely hopeless at love. Prior to Lian Yu, the only experience he had was a one-month fling with McKenna Hall, his parents' still patchy marriage, and rom-coms. After Lian Yu, on top of all the trauma, the closest example he had to a healthy relationship was the aforementioned Slade and Shado. His siblings were no help either, as Barry was still confused and hung-up on his feelings for Iris (who is literally the only person he's ever been interested in), while Kara was too obsessed with raising Kal-El to care about any romance. Finally, his only prospective love interest during that time was Nyssa al Ghul, who is emotionally repressed and even more inexperienced than he is due to being raised by the League. Compounding all that together, it's no wonder he's Twice Shy with Laurel.
    • The Justice League is constantly strained with their duties because they have only four people on the team — hardly ideal for protecting the world. Even then, they can't add members nilly-willy, and even when they do, they stop at seven because adding anymore will screw up the team dynamics.
    • Having a public base is just giving your enemies a place to target, which is why Oliver hates the Hall of Justice.
    • Just because someone has had a crush on you for years does not mean you are in any way obligated to return their affections, as Laurel shows Tommy. Likewise, flaunting your mutual attraction with someone else in front of them will just alienate that person from you. Oliver and Laurel do exactly that to Tommy several times (albeit, unintentionally), and it costs them his friendship.
  • Vigilantes' Dawn:
    • The Lances' divorce. Even without the angst of indirectly causing one of her daughters' "deaths", one could hardly expect Dinah Lance to be willing to deal with Quentin's alcoholism while in the midst of dealing with her own grief.
    • One of the epigraphs note that vigilantes that lack powers often have to make unsavory deals for the sake of the greater good.

     Attack On Titan 
  • In Losing Control, it's suggested Annie has amnesia after she apparently doesn't remember anything when Levi interrogates her. Hange quickly points out that's not how amnesia works; she'd instead have loss of self-awareness or defective short-term memory, not a complete memory loss.

     Avatar: The Last Airbender 
  • In How I Became Yours, as Azula is regaining her lightning bending powers, Mai takes the opportunity to throw a knife into her chest, which nearly kills her. This averts Talking Is a Free Action and shows that mundane weapons, even ones as seemingly unimpressive as knives, are a threat against benders.
  • The Stalking Zuko Series:
    • Aang is majorly distrusted by the Fire Nation, not because he's their historical enemy or because of propaganda. No, they distrust him because he and the Ocean Spirit slaughtered countless Fire Nation soldiers, many of who had family. (An argument can be made that the Ocean Spirit was the one that did the killing, but it's unlikely that the Fire Nation will know or care about this factor.)
    • When Aang spares Ozai, the rest of the Gaang realize that, without his bending, Ozai's still a threat, and his followers are plotting a coup. On the other hand, it's revealed that no one actually likes Ozai, with his supporters mainly being those who benefited from having him in power, and once Zuko finds evidence that proves that Ozai killed people himself, he's disqualified from succession and the movement loses steam.
    • When Zuko is hit by lightning, he had to see a real doctor and was comatose for a few days and bedridden for a week afterwards.
    • In the prequel Jet's Troubling Obsession, when Zuko tries to show Jin the view of Ba Sing Se, she lacks the fitness and strength that most of the Avatar cast has and had to be assisted by Zuko to get on the roof; this was supposed to compare the cast to normal people.
  • Chapter four of The Fun and Perky Warrior's Wolf Tail is nicknamed "the one where the universe objects to Azula's badass power plays" by the author. Namely, her Establishing Character Moment from canon, in which she orders her crew to port the ship despite the danger of low tide, comes back to bite her when low tide actually comes and strands her Royal Procession ship in the bay.
  • In No Other Future, which takes place in the Another Brother verse (an AU in which Zuko is Happily Adopted by Hakoda and raised in the Southern Water Tribe), Kana gently points to the girl who's crushing on him he never will be a good husband and father. As he can't help but fall asleep for the whole duration of arctic winter, he's basically useless for several months, and any children he would sire might inherit his problem.
  • In Reluctant Hero, Zuko is not happy to learn he's the Avatar, as it means he's now his birth-nation's greatest enemy. When the Northern Water Tribe decides to abduct him to help him fulfill his destiny, he takes it bad, and aggravating this is the fact he's separated from his uncle. He spends the first part of his sojourn trying to escape and his later breakdown isn't seen as surprising by Yugoda.
    Yugoda: He was taken from his family and all he knew, was told he has to save the world, and had to deal with that old goat Pakku on top of it all. I'm surprised he didn't break like this sooner.
    • After hearing his teachers agree it may be best to wipe Zuko's memories from the Fire Nation clean, the teen immediately loses trust in them and becomes even more desperate to flee. He ends up entering the Avatar state and destroying a good chunk of the Northern Water Tribe city due to this and the fact he was sick to be away from his family and shoehorned on a position of savior he never wanted to begin with.
    • The Pohuai stronghold's Fire commandant decided to destroy the mountain shrines near only because an Avatar built them without taking the time to ask why exactly shrines were here. The mountain is soon overrun by jiangshi and the resident Fire garrison has to contain the mess. When the crisis is peacefully resolved, the new commandant immediately orders the shrines' restoration.
      • Sokka has to work with the Fire soldiers to resolve the crisis because a) he's more informed on the situation, b) zombies are everyone's problem and c) Katara will not leave the mountain alive if the undead are not stopped. He's not happy about it but still fulfills his duty.
    • Empires and colonies need workers to run properly, so the Fire soldiers do their best to ensure the Earth Kingdom locals are safe and comfortable enough to be productive. They also are watching for rare talents such as spiritual awareness, which is too precious and useful to waste the user on a farm: after seeing Sokka speak to a great spirit, the garrison immediately takes him in custody and sends a message to the Fire Sages to secure an apprenticeship.
  • Towards The Sun:
    • The only reason that Azula was able to take position as Fire Lord was due to Ozai changing the law to make 14 the minimum age to become Fire Lord. Neither Azula nor Zuko would be considered legal adults in the rest of the Fire Nation had they not made themselves Fire Lord. They are both considered too young to be ruling without a regent. In fact, the Fire Sages try to make a deal with Iroh to become Zuko's regent or take the throne so an actual adult is ruling the country instead of a child working himself to death.
    • Those Fire Nation ships Aang took out while channeling the Ocean Spirit in Season 1? This story confirms that he killed over a thousand soldiers doing so.
    Aang: I know I kind of… broke a few of your ships. At the North Pole.
    Zuko (thinking): Sent over a thousand people into graves of steel and salt, yes.
    • An entire war isn't won simply because you beat the enemy's leader. It takes Zuko all but literally spelling it out for Aang to understand that the Fire Nation only started withdrawing troops and ending the war because Zuko declared a ceasefire and ordered them back, not because he beat Ozai.
      • So far as anyone is concerned, the Fire Nation won the war. The Water Tribes are a non-factor, the Air Nomads are functionally extinct, and the Fire Nation controls more of the Earth Kingdom's territory than the Earth Kingdom does. And no, Zuko isn't going to give up the Fire Nation colonies simply because Aang asked.
    • While Ozai was stopped from burning down all of the Earth Kingdom, he still wiped out a considerable amount of farmland. As it was just before the harvest, the nation is now facing a serious famine.
    • With Kuei going missing and not telling anyone where he went as he went Walking the Earth, many people believed that he was eaten by his bear once his bear got hungry. A Sheltered Aristocrat that never had to fend for himself or his pet is very likely to be dead.
    • A bunch of politically inexperienced teens have to draw a peace treaty on behalf of their nations during a peace conference with the Fire Nation. A lack of communication and understanding on both sides leads said politically inexperienced teens to completely botch any peace in the short and long term.
    • Zuko is furious when he finds out that Iroh had been secretly running a White Lotus cell under his nose on the Wani. Had Iroh been caught, Zuko and the entire crew of the Wani would have been executed as accomplices regardless of their lack of involvement.
    • During Zuko's Agni Kai against Iroh, many of the palace staff notice that he didn't firebend at all and wonder if the Avatar Depowered him. While Aang didn't, the lack of public knowledge of how energybending works makes the unpopular Avatar a convenient scapegoat and boogeyman.

     The Legend Of Korra 
  • Repairs, Retrofits and Upgrades:
    • Asami is in a world of pain over her father's death, and finally starting a relationship with Korra and going on a vacation won't fix that.
    • Kuvira may have given up, but her army is still massive and will uphold her former ideals even if she won't. It seems Suyin's belief they were a Keystone Army of unwilling conscripts was inaccurate. They're also entrenched throughout the territory and fortresses which resisted the Fire Nation for a century, and won't be beaten easily.
    • The Colossus was an engineering and logistical nightmare which worked partly due to dumb luck, and used so much metal, acquiring enough material to build a new one isn't possible.
  • The Avatar's Mistress: (NSFW fic)
    • Asami admits to Korra that after she enabled Varrick to effectively steal Future Industries, her board of directors almost kicked her out of the company, since the incident destroyed their faith in her and suggested that she wasn't experienced enough to lead a multi-billion yuan corporate entity.
    • Zaheer is revealed to have been quietly executed while in captivity, after he was discovered practicing Jinora's Astral Projection technique. Given the potential uses for this technique, and the fact that he's a dangerous criminal responsible for the near-destruction of the Earth Kingdom, no-one wanted to take any chances with him.
  • The Saga of Avatar Korra:
    • Korra's first use of firebending is a frightening one. Because she's a toddler at the time, she sets her parents' home on fire by accident.
    • The Earth Queen's tyrannical rule in this continuity is more brutal, resulting in many refugees fleeing and seeking asylum in other nations. However, Unalaq mentions that taking in the amount of refugees that are flooding out is putting a strain on the economies in the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, resulting in pushing a request for the Fire Nation's assistance in the matter.
    • Despite being in their "care" for the past 14 or so years, Korra still rebels against the Red Lotus and wishes to leave the compound much like she did in canon. Despite being quieter and calmer than her canon counterpart, Korra is still restless from being trained and isolated from the rest of the world and wishes to get started on being the Avatar ASAP.
    • When Bolin talks to Mako about the idea of dating Korra later on, Mako quickly shoots down the idea and states that if she ended up living with them, Korra would essentially be like their sister. Trying to instigate a relationship with her would most likely end bad considering that they all live together. He also notes how difficult it was for the brothers to earn a living by themselves and adding another person would make it more difficult if Korra wasn't going to work.
    • Mako panics about Bolin being in danger after he is arrested; Asami naturally assumes that Bolin is a lot younger than Mako and is surprised when Mako says differently.
    • Despite bonding with Asami, Bolin, and Mako during her time in Republic City, Korra is still conflicted between her loyalties to them and the Red Lotus. Years of being given a warped view of the world are hard to erase, but Korra is starting to question this perspective from what Asami has been teaching her.
    • Mako and Bolin are still working under Shady Shin when they meet Korra, so they aren't as afraid of breaking the law like they are in canon. So when Mako decides to torture some information about the Red Lotus's whereabouts to find and rescue Korra from a spy acting as a monk on Air Temple Island, Asami watches this play out in horror and it ends up damaging his relationship with her, despite Mako's good intentions.
      • Furthermore, Mako is questioned by the police afterwards but no charges are pressed.
      • This strained relationship carries on in the beginning of Book 2. Asami is still freaked out over the incident.
    • Korra's reunion with her parents is more bittersweet than outright joyful, since they are complete strangers to her and vise-versa. However, they all still work on getting to know one another and bond.
    • By the end of Book 1, the Red Lotus has been all but wiped out by Korra, Senna and Tonraq reunite with her, and Tenzin is ready to start Korra's airbending training. Happy ending? Not so much. Everyone is still pretty traumatized by what they went through in the book's climax and get counseling in the beginning on Book 2, though it isn't that successful, since the realm of psychology is still new at that point (Republic City is essentially based on a combination of steampunk and the Roaring Twenties, after all). Asami's father, Hiroshi, distrusts benders even more since Asami got caught up in the fighting and nearly died. And anti-bending hatred in general is much worse than canon at this point, since the terrorists that attacked the city were mostly bender-based.
    • Plenty of changes from canon occur off-screen, such as Lin reconciling with her sister earlier on as well as her relationship with Kya. One diverging point is all it takes to reboot the entire universe, after all.
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     Axis Powers Hetalia 
  • In Parting Sentiments, a Recursive Fanfiction sequel to the infamous Financial Crisis Gang-Rape comic, England apologizes to America some years after the incident. His apology is genuine and sincere, he fully owns up to his actions and admits that he was wrong... but America still rejects it anyway, making it abundantly clear that he absolutely refuses to ever forgive England for what he did and it's not something he'll ever just "get over". Easily Forgiven does not apply when you not only betray the one person that trusted and loved you the most, but also physically and emotionally hurt them on the deepest level imaginable and really have no reasonable justification for having committed such an act in the first place, nor when the apology has a self-serving reason behind it either.
  • The fanfic HetaMulan, is a NyoAmerica fic where she keeps her true gender a secret, only for it to be revealed. It turns into a nightmare for Amelia, as most of the countries in the world start to treat her differently. Some of the countries start being overly-polite around her while others start to mistrust her thanks to the fact that she kept such a big secret from them. And others, mainly North Korea, the Middle Eastern countries, and Russia start to act more hostile to her, even dropping threats! As she notes early on, this, along with many other reasons, is why she passed herself off as a male.

    Big Hero 6 
  • I'm Not Giving Up On You has Hiro captured by his amnesic brother, Tadashi after unmasking him on the island. When Tadashi falls asleep next to Hiro inside of his cell, Hiro steals the keys to the cell, snags his helmet, and sneaks outside to contact the team and let them know that he's okay. Problem is, Tadashi gets out and intercepts the call, destroying the helmet. When Hiro asks in shock how he got out, Tadashi responds that he had a spare key on him, just in case.
  • I'll Try to Picture Me Without You But I Can't has Tadashi averting You Have to Believe Me! by reporting Youkai's fabrication of microbots as squatting, illegal robot assembly and copyright violation - since the microbots are Hiro's invention. He still doesn't get anywhere with his complaint because the Police Department is already busy with the bot-fighting circles and the request is pushed back for being not urgent enough.
  • Young Blood takes a typical plotline where Hiro is killed in the fire instead of Tadashi, but has Hiro surviving. Even with this revelation, Hiro mentions that Tadashi isn't completely better, proving that even knowing a loved one wasn't dead like you thought isn't enough to deal with psychological damage.
    • Tadashi is a legal adult, so Aunt Cass can't force him to take therapy.
    • After being rescued, Hiro has to be taken to the hospital, since he was getting amateur treatment under captivity. He has to go through extensive physical therapy for the electrical damage to his arm.
    • When talking to Callaghan at the end of the story, Hiro mentions that faking his death meant that Callaghan was declared legally dead, and his money was seized as a result. He also notes that Callaghan didn't seem to have a plan for afterwards, when he got his revenge. Hiro also points out that if Callaghan wanted the microbots that badly, he could have just asked, but also adds that the whole debacle would have been traced back to him much quicker. On a related note, Hiro has to be declared legally alive himself.
    • Despite not holding a grudge against Callaghan for kidnapping him and keeping him in a drug-induced coma, Hiro still hates the man for essentially destroying Tadashi emotionally in the ordeal and giving him trust issues.
    • There Are No Therapists is averted, Hiro mentions having to go to one to deal with the trauma, and it is implied that Tadashi is dealing with heavy emotional baggage as well.
  • Compassion has Tadashi trying to build Baymax in Aunt Cass's home. He blows the power fuse. Since he is building the robot without the equipment automatically provided by the college as he is not a student yet, Tadashi is struggling with funds and proper equipment.
    • Since Hiro is approximately 5 or 6 in this continuity, that means that the Hamada brothers lost their parents recently. Tadashi and Aunt Cass naturally are still pained by the loss, Tadashi especially, since he is older and has a better idea of death than Hiro does at the moment.
  • In Eibetsu, Hiro is forced to drop out of his classes for being stuck in the hospital because he was horrendously sick and couldn't give the homework back.
    • When Tadashi learns one of Hiro's teachers slapped him hard enough to leave bruises, he gets a recorder, confront the teacher to make him confess then reminds the jerk the school policy forbids the staff to harm students, meaning the dude's career is toast.
  • In the first chapter of BH6 One Shots and Drabbles, Fred suggests that Hiro kiss Karmi to embarrass her into stop accusing him of having a crush on her. Instead of it going according to Fred's plan, Karmi naturally - and angrily - slaps Hiro for kissing her without consent and threatens to do more harm if he tries again. Wasabi lampshades the consequences of relying on comic books to solve real world problems, as relying on comics did nothing to help them against High Voltage in the end.
  • Unlike the film, Breathe shows Hiro going through a more intense depression that spirals into Drowning My Sorrows and taking drugs to numb the pain.
    • There Are No Therapists is averted, but it doesn't mean Hiro instantly gets better. Because he doesn't want to get help, he can't benefit from counseling at all.
  • Shock demonstrates that just because someone thought to be dead comes back, it doesn't lessen the grief that their loved ones have gone through when said person reunites with them. In fact, it makes the pain they suffered All for Nothing. Or in Hiro's case, go into shock and suffer from panic attacks at the mere mention of Tadashi's name.
    • There Are No Therapists is averted and deconstructed. The reason Aunt Cass didn't sign Hiro up for therapy after Tadashi supposedly died was because she was too busy keeping the cafe running to do much other than check on Hiro periodically and make sure he was fed. She feels guilty about not trying simpler solutions such as hiring more workers or having the counselor come to them since Hiro had been holing himself in his room.
    • The Nerd Gang admits that they all dealt with Tadashi's apparent death differently or weren't able to get counseling due to multitasking their work, school time and crime fighting well. In Go Go's case, she becomes more aggressive after learning that Tadashi was alive.
    • Hiro admits that aside from grief, he felt angry and hurt over Tadashi's Senseless Sacrifice in the movie, citing that his brother essentially chose to run into a burning building to save a man he knew for only a few years at best over Hiro. Not to mention, he ended up looking like a hypocrite by being reckless and not thinking clearly, something Tadashi had always reprimanded Hiro for.

    The Black Cauldron 
  • The Green Glade: When the heroes are attacked by some of the Horned King's remaining soldiers, Taran is given a longsword by two unexpected rescuers. Unfortunately, the boy has no real experience with swordsmanship, for the only sword he has ever used made him ridiculously invincible due to being magical. He needs all of his strength to defend himself against his more experienced opponent, and he's eventually knocked down, needing one of his rescuers — obviously a seasoned warrior — to rescue him from a fatal strike.
  • Hope for the Heartless: Months after the ending of the movie, Taran is revealed to have dreamed nearly every night his final confrontation with the Horned King as well as the lich's horrifying death. Without opening up about this to anyone, he has against his better knowledge come to doubt the righteousness of his actions back then as well as regret that he ever wanted to be a warrior or didn't sacrifice himself before Gurgi could beat him to it.

     Bleach 
  • Not Quite As Planned: Ichigo sees that Byakuya and Komamura are guarding Rukia's cell. His plan to get past them? Immediately go into Super Mode and drop both of them before they know what's going on because challenging them to a fight to make it fair isn't an option when he's marked as an invader on enemy soil.
    • A couple chapters later, Aizen's habit of No Selling his opponent's attacks instead of dodging or blocking them nearly gets him killed, because as the author's note points out, if you do that sooner or later you're going to run into someone who can get past your defenses. In this case, it's Orihime, who in Aizen's own words tramples over the rules of spiritual combat.
    • Ichigo becoming an Arrancar has serious consequences even when he's in his still-living body. Both Isshin and Karin notice the dramatic and ominous change in his spiritual energy. Isshin, being plugged into the spiritual scene, mostly gets annoyed at Urahara. Karin is flat-out terrified.
  • A Protector's Pride Tia's 3 Fraccion all get shot in the back of the head while arguing by Ishida.
  • In a fic actually called Reality Ensues, Unohana learns the hard way that she doesn't get to just die peacefully in a Heroic Sacrifice, especially since Ichigo and the others have so many ways to cheat death and nobody with half a brain would let her stay dead since they need her to help against the Wandenreich.
  • In To Protect is to Defend, after Masaki's death, Isshin decides to start training the ten-year-old Ichigo to learn how to protect the family and to get Ichigo out of his depression over his mother. Since Ichigo dropped all his martial arts lessons, his injuries attract the attention and suspicion of the school nurses who document all his visits. The school nearly reports Isshin for child abuse, which only is prevented by Ryuuken, as the head of the hospital, intercepting the report. When Ryuuken breaks it to him, Isshin is horrified.
  • Harribel's protectiveness is noted in White to actually be stunting the growth of her future fraccion as they're getting no combat experience with her always fighting for them.
  • In Game and Bleach, once Ichigo becomes the Gamer, people quickly notice that he's learning new skills far faster than should be possible. Uryu passes off Ichigo learning the basics of being a Quincy in a couple hours as him being a prodigy, but when Ichigo masters every kata Tatsuki knows after only seeing them once, she starts ranting about how what he's doing is literally impossible. Ichigo hadn't trained in five years and was only a purple belt at the time but were they in a formal setting, he'd have just earned a black belt.
    • Others aren't exempt either. After Ichigo is dragged to Hueco Mundo, Yoruichi notices while training Tatsuki that the girl is mumbling to herself while tapping the air. She demands an explanation before they continue, citing that if she's to train Tatsuki properly, she needs to know how the girl's powers work.
    • When Ichigo is dragged to Hueco Mundo, Urahara says he can find him, but it will take an unknown amount of time as he's searching an entire dimension for one person with no real starting point.

     Bridge To Terabithia 
  • In A Life Rescued, the writer addresses many of the clichés found in Bridge to Terabithia Fanon:
    • Jess is a Peggy Sue who goes back in time to relive the fatal day, choosing to save Leslie. It turns out that he really has a mental illness, that the time travel is part of his delusions, and he requires extensive therapy, including three weeks in a psych facility. This was done to avert the even worse implications of an actual Peggy Sue, which would have involved a thirty-year-old in an eleven-year-old's body getting romantic with an actual eleven-year-old.
    • Jess is able to save Leslie's life, but they are both hospitalized, requiring physical therapy for Jess and incurring medical bills for his impoverished family.
      • Leslie's parents pay off Jess' medical bills in gratitude for saving their daughter, but the way they handled the situation offends Jess' father, to the extent that he initially forbids Jess to have anything to do with Leslie and her family.
    • Jess and Leslie fall in love at a young age, but due to said young age, Jess is uncomfortable even with Leslie's innocent physical desires (no more than some hugging and kissing). Additionally, Judy is concerned that the young couple's affection will lead them to become sexually active at an early age. Moreover, both Jess and Leslie have to deal with problems in their relationship, including jealousy; since, in love or not, they are still preteens, and later teenagers, with a (lack of) maturity appropriate to their ages. Finally, when Jess and Leslie are ready to become more physically affectionate once puberty sets in, they have to be careful not to go too far. Even then, Jess and Leslie still argue over how far is too far, with Jess, due to his conservative Catholic upbringing (in the fic, at least), being more reticent when it comes to issues of physical intimacy.
    • Some bullies lure Leslie into an ambush. Leslie is able to fight them off and Jess and their OC friend Tom leave their classes, to get a teacher and to aid Leslie, respectively. Tom's Big Damn Heroes moment catches Leslie off guard and he gets a black eye for his troubles. Leslie is nearly expelled for an apparently unprovoked attack, until she reluctantly discloses evidence that suggests the bullies intended some kind of sexual assault. All three are suspended from school: Leslie for fighting, and Tom and Jess for leaving class without permission. Additionally, regardless of their justifications, Jess and Leslie's parents both give additional punishments.
    • Some new neighbors move in, including a group of Innocent Fanservice Girls who have no problems with nudity and being very physically affectionate with boys (the way Leslie is sometimes portrayed in other fics). The affectionate nature of one of the girls causes trouble between Jess and Leslie (see above regarding jealousy), and the girls' nudism tempts thirteen-year-old Tom, who surreptitiously observes and photographs them. Worst of all, their behavior stems from the fact that they are being molested and subjected to child pornography by their father, who gets one of them pregnant, driving her to suicide.
    • Grace, an OC friend, has a crush on Jess who, being happy with Leslie, avoids Grace. Their other OC friend, Barbara, tells Jess off for being stupid and pressures him to spend more time with Grace as her friend. Jess and Grace find themselves in a situation where they kiss, freaking both of them out and jeopardizing their friendship. Additionally, upon finding out whose idea this was, Grace blames Barbara, jeopardizing their friendship as well.
    • In the backstory, Bill and Judy went a little too far, sexually, when they were thirteen, and got pregnant. Judy found out that, no, she couldn't marry Bill at such a young age, and that the two of them ended up being separated for a few years before getting back together.
    • In the sequel fic, Bowing Out Gracefully, after graduating from high school, both Leslie and Jess go off to pursue their dreams. Jess' artistic talent, which is canon, leads to art school and a promising career in art. Meanwhile, in the first fic, Leslie discovered a talent for acting, which is realistically developed (given that the story takes place over four years); she is able to pursue this dream after graduating high school. Their respective dreams, however, pull the two in different directions and they break up. Pursuing his artistic career, Jess, having been cured by Leslie of his puritanical attitudes toward sexuality, pursues a meaningless sexual relationship with an OC and has a one-night stand with Grace. Meanwhile, Leslie's life deteriorates as she follows the path of many a young adult celebrity, and she abandons her acting career. Eventually, Jess and Leslie get back together.
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     Brightburn 
  • In the Brightburn fic A Monsters Nature:
    • Regardless of how powerful Brandon is, he is still a teenage boy who makes teenage errors, such as having difficulty coming up with a plan that would warn others not to hurt Caitlyn that wouldn't basically give away that there’s someone ‘Brightburn’ cares about.
    • When Brandon is being held captive in a coma, although Project B2 couldn’t find anything capable of killing him, he did become emaciated as he obviously wasn’t getting any sustenance in that state, although it was noted that he was starving far slower than a human would have in his state.
    • While nuclear bombs can’t kill Brandon, he still needed to take a detour to get the radiation ‘cleaned off’ so that he wouldn’t contaminate Caitlyn once he went to rescue her.
  • In certain crossover pics, (usually involving Superman or other similarly powered heroes), Brandon gets curb stomped when he fights them. The kid only has had his power for a short time, whereas Superman for example, is Strong and Skilled.

     Buffy The Vampire Slayer 
  • D'hoffryn reveals in The Last Ones Left that the words "I Wish" aren't necessary for him or his minions to use their magic. Wish is an English word and he's been around for thousands of years before English even existed. All he needs is someone to express dissatisfaction and regret, which he uses when the dying Scoobies express their last regrets.
  • In The Pride of Sunnydale, Xander's roar is a very powerful weapon but has serious limitations. First, using it a second time against a group of vampires proved to be useless as they were still deaf. Second, he can't use it with allies nearby, especially in enclosed spaces, as they'll be hit by his attack as well.
  • Buffy nearly dies in Builders after being shot with a powerful tranquilizernote , which is why Xander and Giles were watching her until she woke up.
  • When Buffy tries to prove her Super Strength by bending rebar in Working for the Weekend, Joyce bends it back (albeit with some effort) and tells her that rebar is meant to bend so that's not as impressive as Buffy thinks. Joyce does believe her when Buffy twists it into a pretzel however.
    • Buffy's stint at an asylum is actually shown to be better for her as the alternative to claiming temporary insanity due to a bad drug reaction was a mandatory five year prison sentence for arson.
  • Done horrifically in Death and Life when the Scoobies forgetting to dig up Buffy's coffin before resurrecting her causes her to suffocate before she can reach the surface.
  • What Goes Up has a much darker aftermath for the Halloween episode. Xander and various others firing into the air for a variety of reasons results in numerous injuries and deaths throughout the town in a tragic aversion of Stray Shots Strike Nothing.
  • Amy's mother Catherine in Faith the Vampire Slayer attempts a Grand Theft Me on Faith and fails miserably. Since Faith is a Lightning Bruiser and Catherine didn't have the element of surprise, instead of a new body, Catherine just gets a broken wrist and Impaled Palm for her trouble.
  • Several of the Scoobies end up requiring therapy in Xendra from the various horrors they've witnessed/experienced while fighting the supernatural. For example, Buffy needs help getting over both her death and having to kill Angel while Xander needs therapy after nearly being raped as Xendra.
    • After being separated from Xander, Xena is amazed by the technology around her but still figures things out without much trouble, such as roughly understanding how to drive a car by paying attention to Giles' driving. Likewise, she's well traveled enough to understand that the things she sees are likely technology rather than magic.
    • After a threesome involving a bed covered in marshmallow filling, Faith needs two hours to get herself clean the following morning while Xander and Willow end up using magic to clean everything up so they don't have to replace all their furniture.
  • In Hurt Me, Buffy and Xander enter into a BDSM relationship but still fumble things from time to time as neither has any experience with it or even experience with a serious relationship.
  • In a snippet in Variations On a Scene, Dawn hits Xander with a taser after learning he kidnapped her on Buffy's orders. Unlike canon where she safely guides the car to a stop, Xander's spasming muscles cause him to slam on the accelerator, causing the car to crash and kill them both.
  • In Wood It Work, the main characters gain Super Strength from drinking Re'em blood but their weight remains unchanged. When moving engine blocks around, they overbalance and fall over since they're preteens and weigh less than the engine blocks.

    Calvin and Hobbes 
  • In the Calvin and Hobbes: The Series Thanksgiving Episode "Calvin, Hobbes, and the Pilgrims", Calvin becomes disgusted at the tradition of eating turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner, so he, Hobbes, and Socrates go back in time to take the pilgrims' supply of turkeys and replacing them with modern foods such as ice cream and chips. When they go back to the present, they find out from a history book that the pilgrims didn't know how to reproduce the weird foods that haven't been invented yet and many of them died in vain while trying to search for more. They were then introduced to duck by the Native Americans, which is why duck is now the main course for Thanksgiving dinner.

     Carrie 

     Cinderella 
  • In the oneshot Ex Tenebris, Lux, Cinderella's happily ever after is only the start of her recovery. Years of abuse aren't so easily washed away, even with wealth and a happy family.

     Command And Conquer Tiberium Wars 

     Code Geass 
  • In More than just a Man Lelouch is turned into a vampire by C.C. but by her own admission, it takes far more than a bite and a few minutes for someone to change completely. She estimates Lelouch will need an entire year to change, longer if he doesn't intake the massive amounts of nutrients he needs for such a drastic change.
    • Many of a vampire's traditional powers are either false or misleading. Transformation and flight are impossible as a vampire's powers beyond superhuman physical abilities (like Super Strength and Super Speed) are all mental in origin. They can make someone think they turned into a flock of bats, but they can't actually do it.
    • Most vampire weaknesses either have a scientific explanation or are odd quirks of specific vampires. Vulnerability to sunlight is due to increased night-vision and an increased sensitivity to ultraviolet light. Garlic is simply unpleasant to their Super Senses. Things like counting every grain of rice that's thrown at them or undoing every knot they see are just habits of some vampires with OCD. And the weakness to holy symbols was a prank by Dracula. Saltwater however weakens vampires for reasons even C.C. doesn't understand.
  • When Lelouch geasses Jeremiah to "shoot him in such a way it couldn't be self-inflicted" in Dauntless, the resulting injury nearly kills Lelouch and leaves him hospitalized for weeks.
  • Knightmare Frames aren't the be all end all for military vehicles in Armed Resistance as shown when several fighter jets utterly curb stomp Lelouch and his squad due to being far far faster than any Knightmare.
  • Likewise in Code Geass: Lelouch of Britannia, tanks and artillery can be useful against Knightmares if the latter's maneuverability is negated, like say firing from outside their targeting range.
    Lelouch: "Anything which can kill a sixty-ton tank can certainly harm an eight-ton Knightmare."
  • Code Geass: Redo of the Rebellion
    • After destroying Cornelia's base and killing Darlton, Lelouch gives her a Bond One-Liner as a final taunt before he escapes. Unfortunately for him, that snapped Cornelia out of her shock and let her focus on hunting him down. If not for C.C.'s interference, she would have killed him.
    • The fic starts out with Zero Requiem ending in flames. As it turns out, not even Zero's planning can overrule so many long-running problems and conflicts on Earth or even basic human nature.
    • Zero's success causes many Britannians to pull their children out of school and transfer them to the homeland. According to Milly, Ashford Academy is down to less than a hundred students and will likely have to close due to a lack of funds. No one wants to live an an area that has not only active, but successful terrorists. A few chapters later, the Academy has no students left at all.
      • Zero's success has also emboldened the Japanese people to stand against Britannians. However, they don't just act against ones actively oppressing them, but any Britannians they find. One student's family had to sell their restaurant so they could afford to leave Area 11 after a group of Japanese trashed their business so thoroughly that no one is willing to eat there any more.
    • Lelouch's status as a Triple Shifter is starting to eat into his social life and make him less effective as Zero. When he yells at C.C. for turning off his alarm and making him oversleep, she counters that he's been getting an average of three hours of sleep nightly for several weeks and he's clearly showing signs of sleep deprivation. After showing up hours late to help balance the Ashford's budget, his friends tell Lelouch to not make promises if he doesn't plan on keeping them. Afterwards, C.C. warns Lelouch that despite his hopes, he'll have to fully commit to one of his personas.
  • My Mirror, Sword and Shield:
    • Honorary Britanians being the hated minority group that they are, suffer high rates of sexual assault in the military. The reason Suzaku was able to avoid this was because he won Emperor Lelouch's favor.
    • Despite Lelouch’s secret plans helping Nunnally during the early years of her rule, it still her took six years to enact most of the reforms and for the world governments to stabilize.
  • In Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, Euphemia eventually figures out that Suzaku has Death Seeker tendencies. Her reaction? Arrange for him to see a psychiatrist.
  • In Code Geass Colorless Memories Zero runs into this in Chapter Eight when trying to recruit the main character Rai into the Black Knights, which C.C Lamp Shades. People don't just join your cause without having a reason to beyond vague proclamations, debates and discussions (Lelouch had been feeling Rai out in earlier chapters for his views and feeling in regards to Area 11 and Britannia).
    Lelouch: He understands the current situation of Area 11, he knows that what the Britannian Military is doing is wrong and he has the power to fight back, so why won't he…
    C.C: Because he has no reason to do so; people don't do things without a purpose. Well, unless you use Geass on them, which is another possibility for you to use.
  • The Black Emperor
    • While Lelouch and Milly designed prototype Knightmares, they realize the Lancelot far outstrips their machines due to Britannia being able to pour far more money and more scientists into R&D.
    • When Milly and Kallen gain their own Geasses, they need time to figure out what they do and how to properly utilize them: Milly tries to demonstrate hers by inducing a small amount of lust in Kallen, only to accidentally spike it so high the girl falls to her knees.
    • Just because someone's willing to share, doesn't automatically mean a Love Triangle is painlessly resolved; while Milly doesn't mind sharing Lelouch with Shirley, the latter girl isn't willing to share so she has no chance with Lelouch as he and Milly had been a couple for years at that point.
    • After causing the death of Prince Clovis like in canon, Lelouch broadcasting the Shinjuku Massacre causes a PR nightmare for Britannia: not only is the Purist Faction discredited, riots break out in other Areas, and the state funeral ends with the former viceroy disowned by the Emperor.
    • Causing a landslide at Narita without massive civilian casualties is shown to be much more complicated than just using less power or evacuating the town: Nina's simulation shows that if they use less power so they don't damage the town, the landslide will be too small and too slow to take out Cornelia's forces. Likewise, evacuating the town without tipping off Cornelia is nigh impossible; fortunately, Euphemia is on their side and brings up to Cornelia that the JLF might turn their artillery on the town and take them hostage, thus causing Cornelia to order an evacuation shortly before the operation begins.
  • At the Hands of Betrayal has Lelouch not just lie down and prepare to die when betrayed by the Black Knights, instead he surrenders with Lulu then being put on a trial that Schneizel oversees. He more or less points out (with Schneizel himself saying it out loud) that he couldn't have used his Geass to enslave the Black Knights since they could still disobey him. While Lelouch's fate is left open, the Black Knights' leadership is shown after the trial to have doubts over arresting Zero over the words of and shaky evidence from a Britannian prince, with Tamaki noting how odd it was for them to turn on him so easily.
  • Darwin
    • A group of Britannian soldiers jury rig a bunch of explosives to get into the sealed command center of their base when their commanding officer locks himself in during an attack. Since the explosives in question are not breaching charges, and thus not shaped to focus the blast in one direction, most of the explosion's energy goes right back down the corridor and kills them all.
    • After Suzaku is shot in the hand and knee with hollow point rounds, even when fully healed he's left barely able to walk without a cane and his hand experiences random spasms due to nerve damage.
    • Kallen might be one of the greatest Knightmare pilots ever and in possession of one of the only Eighth Generation frames in existence, but after a couple rounds sparring against her, the former Glaston Knights quickly start picking her apart. Superior skill and gear isn't necessarily a match for a group of opponents who are trained to work together.
    • Some time after Japan joins the E.U., Zero goes to war with the various factions controlling Africa to bring the continent back under European control. After Zero's resounding initial success, the head of the E.U. tries to find a way to sabotage or discredit him out of fear of being replaced by a popular (and effective) war hero.
    • Officially new political parties in the E.U. can be started by anyone if they feel the current parties don't suit them. Unofficially, high level politicians in the established parties do everything they can, including sending armed thugs to political meetings, to prevent a new party from potentially destabilizing their power base.
  • In Screw You Fate, I'm Going Home, Lelouch has spent thousands of years in a "Groundhog Day" Loop that is apparently impossible to break even when he manages a Golden Ending. As a result, he's lost all of his morals, has little to no feelings for his former loved ones, and is completely apathetic toward the conflict with Britannia. It's implied Lelouch is clinically depressed from both losing his loved ones countless times and knowing nothing he does actually changes things.
  • In A Cold Calculus:
    • When the idea of making Suzaku Euphie's personal knight is brought up, Euphie dismisses it for several reasons. She'd be taking an Ace Pilot and his Super Prototype away from the front lines where he could be doing more good for the empire, destroying any and all political capital she has with the deeply xenophobic Britannian nobility, and turning him from someone the Japanese can look at and think "Man, if I put in the effort, I could be like that guy" into someone the Japanese would look at and think "That guy's a special seed, nobody could be like him". It's noted that the only person who could get away with such a move is the Emperor himself because he's the emperor of a totalitarian regime and if you don't like what he does, there's the execution block.
    • In Chapter 23, the author's notes point out how unrealistically fast Knightmare technology developed in the canon series and reveals that in the fic, the Brittanian military forces stick with good old proven 5th generation Sutherlands slowly being supplanted by Gloucesters, with prototype 7th generation Gareths and Vincents only coming in at the very end.

     Danny Phantom 
  • The fanfic Real Life is based around this trope, it basically retells the story of the show but each chapter takes a particular premise from the show and has it play out more realistically.
  • Danny Phantom Lost Episodes Series
    • This story shows the sad truth that not every bully is a good person deep down or is willing to change. Dash in the cartoon has two Pet the Dog moments from the series present. However, those moments are only when he learns that Danny is Danny Phantom, and the episodes "Pirate Radio" and "Micro-Management" show Dash turning on Danny the first chance he gets. In this story, the only reason he goes to Danny and his friends for help is that all of his friends abandoned him and he has no one else to turn to, and he still disrespects them. Danny and his friends reluctantly agree to help him, but only if he makes a deal to stop bullying them. To stop his bad luck they try to turn him nice, but not only does Dash have a problem being nice, it's clear that the only reason Dash is trying to be nice is to get rid of his bad luck. At no point in the story is Dash ever shown to enjoy being nice or grow as a person. At the end of the story, when it looks like he did turn nice, he goes back on his deal with Danny and his friends, using the excuse that it was a cursed item that caused his bad luck and not karma so he wasted time being nice for no reason. It's implied that he's just using that as an excuse and would have broken the deal, anyway. Dash is just a horrible person who enjoys being a horrible person.
  • Danny Phantom Stranded
    • Because Danny and Star were lost at sea, the captain was sued by the student's outraged parents for putting their children in danger in the first place.
    • Despite bonding in the last story, Danny and Star still don't trust each other because they went back to their group of friends and still have some differences. Even after they kiss, it doesn't magically make the time they spent disliking one another go away.
    • As Danny points out, in 10 years no one will care that Star was popular in high school. Not her husband or kids or working buddies. And while Dash doesn't bother trying to have a life after Senior year, Paulina is going to either remain the same shallow doll she is now or get forced to find a job when her parents wise up, while Danny wants to be an astronaut, Sam will probably join some environmental organization and Tucker will probably end up going to MIT like he's always dreamed.
    • Star, in gratitude to Danny, threatens to have her father sue Casper High for turning a blind eye to the harassment students receive from Dash and the A-Listers, something that could very well happen in real life.
    • Star's former friends attempt to bully her and treat her like a loser after she leaves the group, but with the teachers no longer favoring them and Star being the one who threatens to sue the school, the teachers give them detention every time they catch them
    • Danny and Star may have become friends, but Sam and Tucker are having a hard time getting use to it, since while Danny and Star have bonded during their previous adventures, Sam and Tucker have not seen her nice side and only know her being mean to them and Danny, so it's hard for them to accept that she has changed.
    • Stella always had a strained relationship with Jonathan and Star after she left them to be with another man in Paris. While Jonathan, to his credit, tried not to get in the way of Stella having a relationship with Star and Star does want her mother to love her, Jonathan is still angry at Stella for cheating on him and Star resents her for leaving her and her father to be with another men and his daughter. They both reach there breaking point in this story. For Star, she was sick of her mother favoring her step family over her and how thoughtless and selfish she is. After thinking Danny left because of their insensitive comments, Star finally calls her out on being a bad mother and leaves, saying she hates her. Later with Star missing and Jonathan seeing that Stella was unwilling to admit her fault, he decide to terminate Stella's visitation rights as a result of her selfish, irresponsible actions. Stella is a thoughtless and selfish person and it was only a matter of time before Jonathan and Star would have enough of her and want her out of there lives.
    • Even though Stella rightfully apologizes for what happened, Star notes that it doesn't make the years of abandonment and insensitivity go away. But at the very least, it's the right path to being forgiven.
  • Resurrected Memories
    • Paulina is in love with Danny but even though he had a crush on her in season 1, Danny saw first hand how cruel and shallow she really is with Paulina making it clear to Danny that she considered him a loser and treated him like garbage. Now that Paulina wants him, he wants nothing to do with her because he now knows that her only interest in him is because he a popular superhero and he moved on from his old crush.

     The DCU 
  • In Coincidence And Misunderstandings, Starfire attacks Raven (who left the team five years prior) while the latter is on a date. Afterwards, not only does the Titans' reputation take a major blow, but the entire situation becomes an interstellar incident since Starfire is Empress of Tamaran. Batman lectures them after hearing "all the details about that debacle from various media sources. And from the Department of Justice. And the State Department, the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and the leaders of the Armed Forces." Furthermore, Starfire ordering three battlecruisers into Sol's heliosphere without informing the Justice League or the Armed Forces is treated as an act of war. She's given twenty-four hours to get them out of the system or they'll be destroyed and she'll be deported from the planet and barred from ever returning.
  • In Don't Poke the Golden Goose, almost everyone at the Daily Planet is fully aware that Clark Kent is Superman. They just don't let anyone else know since if Clark's life became too hard, he might well just leave and they'd be out both a superhero and a skilled reporter.
  • In More Pressing Matters, the first chapter follows the typical "Dick Grayson is put into Juvie" plotline on the grounds that all foster homes are filled up. When Bruce wins custody, does he look shocked over the potential trauma that Dick went through, but do nothing? Does he let the social worker, Dr. Cunningham, get away with her crimes like most Dick Grayson origin stories tend to do? No. Not only did he contact his lawyers to ensure that Dick be removed ASAP, but he also contacted the Attorney General, since Bruce also serves as a member of the directors for Child Services Welfare. And instead of letting Cunningham insult and belittle Dick for his background, Bruce comes very close to hitting her and quietly tells her to shut up. When she protests Dick leaving, Bruce reveals he got a court order demanding the boy's release.
    Bruce Wayne: As of this moment, the Attorney General's office is investigating why the civil rights of an innocent child were violated through false imprisonment. Your (Dr. Cunningham) incarcerating Richard here, alongside violent juvenile offenders is not only disgraceful...it's illegal.
    • He also implies to the Chancellor that he will face charges as well for letting Dr. Cunningham incarcerate Dick as well as other innocent children, ending the first chapter with Cunningham receiving a court summons, facing charges for her actions. It could also be seen as a Take That! to the common Fandom-Specific Plot that is used regarding Robin's origins.
    • For the next several weeks, Dick suffers from PTSD and has nightmares taking the form of his dead parents blaming him for their deaths, forcing Bruce to hire a child psychologist to help. He even suffers a panic attack on Easter when the Easter eggs created by Alfred remind him of his parents. Bruce also tries setting up a schedule to further help Dick get more sleep, but the way he set it up was similar to a military regiment, which Leslie calls him out on with a quick What the Hell, Hero? Bruce may be the World's Greatest Detective, but he doesn't know much about children. He adjusts the schedule accordingly, albeit begrudgingly.
      • Reality also ensues once again when Dick discovers that Bruce is also Batman. He is understandably hurt and angry that his legal guardian is (in his mind) ignoring him for the sake of crimefighting and runs away to hunt down Zucco himself. Furthermore, he also wonders if Bruce let his parents die in his effort to go after Zucco. When he confronts the man, Zucco begins to suffer a heart attack from the Curb-Stomp Battle, but Dick doesn't believe it in his anger. He also blurts out Bruce's name when the man arrives by accident, as he is not trained as Robin at this point and still acts a little careless.
  • A similar fanfic, Little Boy Lost, follows the Juvie story. Dick befriends some Juvie inmates who help him escape, but witnesses the death of one of his new friends, threatened by Zucco's underlings in the Center grabs the attention of a child molester who kidnaps him later on, and mishears a conversation where he believes that Fingers is just using him to take down Zucco.
  • Father deconstructs Bruce's frequent absences during the first month that Dick stays there. When he finally talks to Dick and apologizes for the absences, saying that he wishes to be a good parent to Dick, he is not Easily Forgiven. Over the course of the month, he never talked to Dick and even prevented him from running away a few times, which were basically the only interactions and failed to make a good impression on Dick.
    • Dick's rant at Bruce in the end clarifies the problems in Bruce's half-assed parenting:
    Dick: Now you care about me? What gives? You were perfectly fine to leave me here in this huge house where I'm afraid to touch anything in case I broke it earlier. What, did the reporters finally figure out that I don't want to be here and now you're trying to make me stay? Well guess what, I don't want to. You're not my dad. You made that clear when you took me in. (Dick starts crying) I'm not a puppy that will just sit there and wait until you decide whether or not you want me. I just want to go home.
  • The case against Lex Luthor in the fic Lex Luthor Triumphant falls apart despite how sure the prosecution was that they had a strong case against him. It turns out that evidence acquired through a vigilante (in this case, Cyborg) who did not submit his work to any officials or subject it to peer review is not acceptable for court, one of their witnesses admits to being unreliable thanks to his mental problems, and Batman's plotting against his teammates combined with all the resources needed to be Batman ends up backfiring on the prosecution. The cherry on top being Wonder Woman, in a rage at Luthor's acquittal, forcing the Lasso of Truth on Lex Luthor who proceeds to work around its magic and pass. Diana's actions end up being PR suicide with even her teammates chewing her out.
  • Total Stranger in the Dark deconstructs Bruce's sudden appearance in Barry Allen's home. Unlike the Justice League trailer, where Barry is simply suspicious but still gives Bruce a chance to explain himself, Barry automatically calls the police to report an intruder. He doesn't even believe that Bruce is who he says he is, and when attacked, quickly overpowers him with his superspeed. Badass Normal means nothing to a metahuman.
  • Forgotten Bonds is a deconstruction of the cliche plot of Slade abducting Robin to become his apprentice. For starters, Robin doesn't want to be around the man and frequently fights back against him, but is utterly crushed by Slade each time.
    • Being a crimefighter since the age of seven does little good for your psyche if your mentor is an emotionally distant man.
    • Wintergreen finally steps in when Slade goes too far and insists on a gentler approach towards Robin. Slade initially ignores him until threatened, since Wintergreen's patience has essentially run out by this point.
    • Pet the Dog is deconstructed. Robin initially feels touched when he finds that his stuff from the Titan's Tower was brought along with him, but Slade's brash behavior makes him paranoid and further lack of decency makes him distrustful.
      • After Slade decides to adjust Robin's training and discipline actions, Robin has a panic attack from utter shock. It isn't until Slade apologizes for his previous actions that Robin starts calming down and begins to trust the man a little.
    • Secret Test of Character is also deconstructed; Robin still isn't sure if Slade has changed his ways or not and decides to test the man by setting a bomb to explode. Slade nearly fails the test and is shocked that Robin felt the need to do that in the first place. He promises Robin that he will never raise a hand or lie to him after spanking him.
    • A homemade bomb will do nothing in a secluded area with thick walls. Cyborg's blaster is stronger than that and easily breaks in.
    • Unlike most fics where Robin easily decides to toss away Thou Shall Not Kill, he is adamant against even holding a gun. Even after everything, he still refuses to let go of that rule.
    • The sequel shows this popping up as well, since the Titans are still wary of Slade adopting Robin and don't really trust him. The first story also has them all thinking that Robin is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome (the author observes the symptoms of it and confirms that Robin is NOT suffering from this, as Slade's previous behavior would have never accomplished anything).
    • According to the author, Robin looks to be about 14 rather than an older teenager and so, he tends to act immaturely as well at times.
    • Cyborg is the only Titan who refuses to give Slade a chance after everything that's happened in the previous story, and his relationship with Robin crumbles.
  • Political Realities does this to the scenario of a superhero (in this case Huntress) just killing a murderous supervillain who isn't a Villain with Good Publicity like the Joker (with a crossbow) when she has a sure shot at him and being arrested for it:
    • First off, while Batman follows Thou Shalt Not Kill to the point of even sparing a monster like the Joker, Huntress doesn't. Batman insisting on binding himself to it no matter how impractical doesn't mean everybody he knows will and so not take out a target like the Joker when they can.
    • When Commissioner Gordon expects that the case against Helena (Huntress) will be open-and-shut, he's given a step-by-step account by the Distract Attorney on how that won't happen. Gordon gets told Helena already has a legal fund with thousands of dollars donated to it, lawyers would pay to be her defense, the best prosecutors are bailing out instead of risking career suicide by prosecuting the woman who finally killed the Joker (which leaves the worse prosecutors as opposition), the trial would happen in Gotham so the judge would have a significant possibility of having suffered at the hands of the Joker or know somebody who had which would make him itch for an excuse to dismiss the case, the jurors also might have a significant possibility of having suffered at the Joker's hands, and that Gordon's own policemen could have suffered at the Joker's hands (never mind all the cops that the Clown Prince has killed over the years), leading to one or more of them tampering with evidence to make sure Helena is acquitted. Gordon gets told by the D.A. that they are, as he puts it, going to save Gotham from a "needless and public waste of time and money." Gordon then accuses him of trying to avoid a media circus and making a future political animal out of Helena. Regardless, Gordon hears she has already been released.
  • Loxare Hinder uses this when Superman tries to arrest Red Hood for being a murderous vigilante:
    • So Superman is supposed to be The Cape while Red Hood is nothing but a villain. Problem is, they fight in Bludhaven, the Hood's playground. Bludhaven's children know the Hood extremely well, because he's always nice to them and always finds time for their problems, meaning he basically cemented himself as a Cool Big Bro to the underage community. So when Superman started beating Red Hood, the kids didn't see a Hero stopping a criminal, they saw some mean stranger hurting their beloved brother substitute.
    • Superman was quite rough with Red Hood, laying a brutal beatdown on him. This and Hood being only in his twenties meant he caught a lot of flak for assaulting a mundane young man who could have died from his injuries.
    • In the second part, Stephanie manages to peacefully interact with Jason since she's not currently affiliated with the Batclan, and he ends up trusting her enough to ask her to housesit his flat while he's busy out-town. When he comes back to discover she invited Cassandra (the current Batgirl), he calls Stephanie on letting someone else access his flat without his agreement, orders both girls to leave and states he doesn't trust Stephanie anymore.
  • Penance, much like Political Realities, shows another way that the Joker would have been dealt with. It boils down the question: What if the Joker finally killed Batman? into a final solution. He is never let out of Arkham again for his crime, and paid a visit by the Spectre who is implied to be Batman, who alters his mind with the powers given to make the Joker harmless and to ensure that he doesn't hurt anyone ever again. The Joker got what he wanted, but he's unable to commit any more atrocities, even if he wants to and has no control over his body anymore. It also serves to reconstruct Batman's Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, by proving that there truly are such things as being killed, if the punishment is right.
  • In Average Joe, Arkham's status as a Cardboard Prison is explained as a lack of funding. Despite a substantial security budget, most of it gets spent on repairs when a villain breaks out, which, combined with the ridiculous number of security cameras means they don't have funds to pay for enough security guards. Arkham can only afford to pay security guards 45 thousand dollars annually, which most see as nowhere near enough to guard criminally insane supervillains, leaving the asylum constantly shortstaffed.
  • Batman spending most of his time with the Justice League in A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action Please leads to both a rise in crime in Gotham and several imitators pretending to be Batman. When he returns to Gotham to foil one of Joker's plans, he comes across Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown imitating him and Robin respectively.
  • New Tamaran:
    • The people of Earth have been looking into deep space for decades, so they're well aware not just of extraterrestrial life but of interstellar conquerors. As a result, Earth's militaries are well-prepared for the event of an alien invasion.
    • After his daughter was crippled, Commissioner Gordon has become much harsher on criminals, to the point of shooting to kill and personally performing executions.
    • Wonder Girl, like her parents, is a soldier, and thus doesn’t have a No Killing rule.
    • After returning to Earth, the surviving Justice League members are so exhausted, physically and mentally, from intergalactic war that they retire from hero work.
    • Likewise, many Titans have to retire or semi-retire to raise their children. Thankfully, new young heroes take their place.

     Death Note 

     Disney Princesses 
  • Occurs frequently in the DisneyPrincess 'Old and Graceful', depicting what the princesses went through in their adulthood and old age.
    • As Snow White married at only fourteen, she cannot have live births for several years. And because she is small and skinny, her children are fairly brittle. After Prince Charming wins a battle, he dies of an infected wound, leaving a frail teenage boy as the new king.
    • During the French Revolution, peasants from Belle's town try to convince the revolutionaries that the Beast is not as bad as the French king, which results in some of the townsfolk being killed for their views. When Belle and the Beast escape France, the Beast is recognized, arrested and executed while Belle barely escapes with her life.
    • Due to most people in that time and place not believing in mermaids, people presume Eric is mad. On another note, it is hinted that because of Ariel changing form her body and mind are not as stable as humans', leaving her insane.
    • When Elsa has an argument and blocks Arendelle off from the world by freezing the sea, resulting in low supplies and starving people, they revolt, forcing Elsa to watch as Anna is given the ducking stool so that the queen will lift the frost.
    • The sequel to 'Old and Graceful' isn't much better.
      • Melody goes to Atlantica to permanently be a mermaid. Because they age at a slower rate than humans, Melody doesn't notice the passage of time. As a result, before she knows it, her little brother is grown up, then an old man on a future visit. To make things worse, Melody has missed her parents' passing.
      • While things do get better for her, Alice is locked away in a mental asylum at a young age and later forced to marry a boring old man, causing her to long for Wonderland again, as insane as it was.
      • On a lighter version of this trope, it is suggested the reason why Peter Pan was slightly obsessed with Wendy is because he was going through puberty. But since Neverland doesn't stop ageing, only slow it down, he discards the Lost Boys back in the human world decades after they left, while their memories of Neverland fade in time and makes Wendy promise that her granddaughter will look after him when he becomes a man.
      • Lilo finally lets Stitch return to space, but he is lost during a peaceful mission and sucked into a black hole when Lilo is still a young woman, living the next fifty years without him.

     Dragon Ball 
  • In A Jealous Wish (written well before Episode of Bardock) a thirteen-year old Goku wishes his father back to life. Said father is an incredibly strong warrior who exterminated planets for a living and was so fearsome that he had to swear to not do it again to come back to life (on pain of dying immediately if he even tried again), has seen in a vision that Goku will grow up to defeat intergalactic tyrant Frieza, and has zero knowledge of Earth's customs. It's a miracle there's only one casualty so far...
    • Bardock's musings reveals that, once upon a time, one of Bardock's squadmates decided to take alien drugs to get high, and, knowing just how sturdy Saiyan bodies were, he didn't read the labels. He died fast, as the first drug contained an ingredient that was just that toxic to Saiyan bodies. This also led to Bardock's utter terror of incompetents doctors and the one casualty, as a well-meaning doctor managed to pass himself as incompetent while trying to cure Goku and Bardock threw him through a wall to protect his son and do the world a favour.
      • The same musings also reveal a piece of intelligence in Frieza's army: they colour-code their drugs and make sure every soldier knows the code specifically to avoid this kind of incidents.
    • Bardock is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and told Goku's friends as little as he could. Bulma has Goku kidnapped to protect him from someone she thinks is a jerk who is only interested in torturing his own son and using him to murder someone named Frieza.
    • Speaking about the kidnapping... Bardock can fly faster than sound, has an incredibly acute sense of smell, and is smart enough to learn as much as he can about Earth's society, including that we send our children to communal schools. Upon losing track of Bulma's mercs due to their aircraft going through populated airspace, he goes after their families and successfully takes hostage the daughter of one of them faster than they could deliver Goku to Bulma.
  • This trope is all over the place in A Simple Wish (which is a parody of "It’s a Wonderful Life") Chi-Chi accidentally makes a wish out of anger on Christmas Eve that she wasn't born due to her frustration with Goku, Gohan and Goten not being home to celebrate and being worried sick about them. While said wish is unrealistic, what's realistic are the repercussions of how the world is like without Chi-Chi:
    • Goku is still alive, but he has no idea who Chi-Chi is. Chi-Chi tries to befriend him and tries to remind him of their sons, but he has no memories of her, thus making things awkward for them and Goku thinking she's crazy. They do become friends later, at least.
    • When Chi-Chi meets Piccolo, she still thinks he's a good guy due to his friendship with Gohan and Goku, but since Gohan was never born, Piccolo was still evil. When Chi-Chi tries to talk to him, Piccolo fires a ki-blast at her, almost killing her until Goku saves her the last minute. Goku even calls her out on trying to talk to him, and that she was basically making a death wish.
    • Goku is NOT friends with Piccolo, still can't stand him, and sees him as a monster. Even after they teamed up against Raditz, Piccolo was overjoyed when he finally killed Goku (and Raditz).
    • Since Gohan was never born, Goku ended up dying 3 times since Gohan wasn’t alive to help him in his battles.
    • When Bulma meets Chi-chi and Chi-Chi talks about her family that she “can’t find (really they aren’t born),” it makes Bulma suspicious since Chi-Chi keeps making “excuses” and makes her think that Chi-Chi is an unfit mother.
    • Since Goten wasn't born, Trunks is an angry, rude kid in general due to his father’s death, has no friends, and has nobody to play with since Goten was never born and was Trunks’ Only Friend. All Trunks does is train all day to ease his frustrations.
    • A Played for Laughs scene: When Chi-Chi wakes up one day and sees that Goku left, she gets angry with him for not saying goodbye…until she remembers that since she made the wish, the two aren’t married. Also, she was a guest at Goku’s house and he could go and come as he pleases.
    • When Goku sneaks up on Chi-Chi while she’s taking a bath, she gets angry and freaks out. Since they are not married, her reaction was completely justified.
    • When Chi-Chi goes to look for the Ox-King, runs into a few people where the castle used to be, she tells them that she’s his daughter. They respond and say she’s crazy and that he never had a daughter due to the Ox King and her mother both getting sick and dying. The people attempt to take Chi-Chi to an asylum since they think she’s mentally unstable.
    • Chi-Chi ends up crying, feeling depressed, and regretting her wish. It gets all this (and some nagging from Fortuneteller Baba) to get Chi-Chi to realize that her wish was extremely selfish and careless. Thankfully, Chi-Chi gets to collect the dragon balls, unwishes the wish, and gets her happy ending.

     Ed, Edd, n Eddy 

     The Familiar Of Zero 
  • Present but downplayed in Jus Primae Noctis, and even played for laughs, most notably when Saito notes that anyone who thinks spending the night with four beautiful girls in his room is a good thing has obviously never done it. There's a lot of arguing, competitiveness, and jealousy between the girls.
  • In Soldier of Zero, Guiche breaks up with Montmorency after the love potion incident as he simply can't trust someone who was willing to brainwash him into loving her. He's also deeply disturbed by the idea that if he'd been drugged, he would have raped her eventually.
    • While initially the other students found Louise's infatuation with Guiche under the love potion's effects more amusing than anything, they realize there's nothing funny about the situation after Louise nearly rapes him.
  • Zulu Squad No Tsukaima:
  • Enslaved could be renamed "Reality Falls Down on The Familiar of Zero, Hard":
    • Saito's reaction when he's suddenly abducted from his sworld and basically Made a Slave is utter horror and panic, leading to a very tearful breakdown. It doesn't help that the staff encourages him to move on from his previous life and become an Extreme Doormat to not displease his new master. He would like nothing more than come home but the "other world" aspect is a bit of a fumble, and trying to flee would be difficult for a modern-day teen without any practical experience.
    • Louise is painfully aware of the fact she made Saito a huge wrong but tries to assuage her guilt by promising she would buy him everything he needs. Derflinger calls her out on this, accusing her of only wanting to show off her new familiar, and tells her she would let Saito go if she really wants to help him. She does.
    • After Saito's enrollment in a mercenary unit, Derflinger reminds him a mercenary needs war to make money: they are sell-swords after all.
    • When he realizes the Holy Gandalfr - basically a saint or angel for the Church of Brimir - just fell on his lap, the Black Lord Albrecht immediately seizes the opportunity to kill his father and gain the throne by pretexting "the Founder wills it, look, He sent His Shield as a sign". Of course, this causes quite the political and religious stir...
  • Because the love potion incident happens earlier and plays out differently in Maid of Honour, Louise ends up spending a couple weeks enamored with Siesta. Said "fraternization" sees Siesta dismissed and though Louise tries to make things right by hiring Siesta as a personal maid, the older girl remains worried that Louise will try to seduce her again.
    • During the usual duel with Guiche, the crowd of students quickly become disturbed when instead of a fight, they witness a young woman being beaten by metal golems.
      • The aftermath of said duel brings up a point most Familiar of Zero stories ignore: Familiars are legally extensions of their masters. Not only does this make said masters responsible for their familiars but attacking a familiar is legally the same as attacking their master. And unfortunately for Guiche, Louise may be an Inept Mage but she's also the daughter of one of the most important noble families in the country.
    • Siesta used to be a fan of bodice-rippers but ever since the incident where Louise basically tried to rape her, she's sworn them off entirely, now being distinctly uncomfortable with the idea of an aggressive suitor.
  • In The Steep Path Ahead, Louise is a fan of pulling I Surrender, Suckers, which quickly results in her opponents refusing to accept her surrender, even when it's completely genuine. One of the mercenaries goes into a rant about how she violated one of the few rules everyone abides by and has proven herself untrustworthy.

    Fate/Stay Night 

     Fillmore 
  • In the second chapter of Influential, Ingrid ends up at a Halloween party being thrown by Fillmore's girlfriend Shelby and when she goes looking for her partner, finds him being beaten by Shelby. After Ingrid decks the other girl and she and Fillmore make it outside, she asks why he wasn't defending himself; Fillmore very angrily and bitterly reminds her that he's black and Shelby's white so he actively couldn't fight back without risking being relabeled as a violent thug.
    • Fillmore also isn't happy that Ingrid showed up at the party since she and Shelby don't get along at all and Ingrid could have gotten hurt fighting Shelby. And he's furious that Shelby threatened Ingrid and would have been even before he caught Shelby with another guy because Ingrid is his partner and best friend.

     Fire Emblem 
  • A Brighter Dark deconstructs Fire Emblem Fates as a darker more serious retelling, without the presence of Anankos or the Invisible Kingdom of Valla.
    • Corrin was kidnapped at a very young age and all her life has known her loving Nohrian siblings. So when she's counter-kidnapped, she finds the Hosidans' assertions of being her "real family" offensive, doesn't remember her mother at all, and the choice between the two is no choice at all.
    • Sakura's two retainers try to defend her and Mozu from over a dozen attackers. They put up a good fight but end up dead none the less.
    • Ryoma makes several audacious decrees in order to face the Nohrian invasion, sure that everyone recognizes the threat. This backfires on him when it pisses off the numerous Shoguns who secede.
    • Hinoka is killed completely off screen with no warning. Showing that even the most important people can die anti-climatically with little fanfare.
    • Scarlet decides to fight to the death rather than surrender to Corrin after her Mystical Plague strikes Cheve. Her rebel forces, a small untrained militia of townsfolk armed with makeshift weapons, supported by a handful of Hoshidan soldiers last around 12 minutes against the fully trained and equipped Nohrian army.

     Firefly / Serenity 
  • Forward:
    • River faces off against a rival pirate crew's Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy. The battle begins with them sizing each other up, and with the martial artist declaring River as a Worthy Opponent, who might be able to truly test his skills, and he rushes at her with his bo staff. River shoots him twice in the head. Then she demands chocolate.
    • Later on, River is facing a group of vengeful pirates. She's on the ground, and they're in their ship. She starts running for cover behind some boulders where they can't shoot her, only to get hit by the backwash of their engines and get thrown into said boulders, breaking her legs and back.

     Frozen 
  • Frozen Hearts:
  • Secret Passages is a fanfic that covers the five years prior to Elsa's coronation, as well as the events of the movie from Elsa's perspective.
    • After Elsa accidentally hurt Anna as a kid, their parents separated them and reduced her contact with other people in the castle, Anna included. As the author's notes in one chapter mention, there is no way that Elsa or Anna would be putting up with this situation with no questions asked. By eight years later, when the sisters are both teenagers, they both resent this living situation, and they both rebel against their parents as much as possible.
    • As a teenage girl, it's pretty natural that Elsa would come to hate being confined to her room, and lectured for things that aren't her fault. One scene has her venting her rage by throwing icicles and breaking a window in her room. Even though Elsa's trying to bottle her emotions, that still doesn't stop her from occasionally showing fits of anger.
    • Even though Elsa does her best to hide her powers around Anna, she's not 100% perfect at doing so and there are several occasions where Anna comes very close to finding out about Elsa's powers (such as the temperature in the room dropping when Elsa gets upset, or puddles left behind by her ice).
    • Agdar and Idun decide to keep Anna in the dark about Elsa's powers. As a result, Anna gets mad when her parents or Elsa refuse to even just tell her what is wrong with Elsa.
    • In the movie, Elsa refuses to let Anna get engaged to Hans, saying "You can't marry a man you just met!" Here, two other scenes exist where Elsa explains to Anna in more detail why her ideas of fairy tale romance don't work at all: the suitor may be bossy, disagreeable, abusive, and may want to do things that aren't good for the rest of Arendelle; likewise, letting Anna marry a prince from another kingdom would mean declaring Arendelle subordinate to that kingdom.
    • The work also suggests Elsa sees Arranged Marriage as hypocritical since the process involves marrying someone she's never met, and yet she's not allowed to leave the castle.
    • Elsa's isolation from most human contact, aside from Anna, their parents, and trusted servants, also renders her very socially inept. This is especially clear when Anna has a nightmare and Elsa has no idea how to comfort her or calm her down.
    • Between "Let It Go" and when Anna shows up, Elsa finds that in her flight from the castle, she didn't consider that she'd need food to survive on her own. At one point, she leaves her Ice Palace and attempts to scour around for food. But with no hunting experience and no way of knowing what sorts of berries are poisonous and which ones aren't, she has no success.
  • A Marriage Of Convenience: In this fanfic, after Elsa was revealed to be a sorceress, this didn't bode well for many in and out of Arendelle, as her subjects thought of her as a monster, while her kingdom's allies sever or downgrade their trading ties, leaving it nearly bankrupt and vulnerable to an invasion by a powerful country or a rebellion from within. The only option left for Elsa was to marry someone of equal footing, but most refused, except for King Westergaard, who forcibly orders her to marry his youngest son Hans in exchange for economic and military aid, which forces Arendelle to become a vassal state to the Southern Isles. Anna, Kristoff and Elsa do not like this arrangement, as this offer came from the father of the man who tried to kill them, but then they would need his aid to save their kingdom.
  • The Alphabet Story:
    • Anna admits that she thinks Elsa's attraction to women is weird and that she doesn't think it's healthy, but if her sister is happy then that's what matters. Anna's less-than-perfect reaction makes sense for an Ambiguously Christian woman in the 1840s.
    • Having a taboo Secret Relationship puts a heavy amount of stress on both Elsa and Kyra. Even wih Kyra getting a Beard, it's clear that their relationship can't work out.
    • Even though she's queen, Elsa alone can't just make same-gender relationships legal in Arendelle. That's too major a change for her. All she can do is support changing the law. Elsa also realizes that such relationships won't be accepted in her lifetime.
  • A Frozen Headache revolves around this. The writer didn't like how the film ignored Elsa's potential head injury, so the fanfic has Elsa dealing with and recovering from a concussion.
  • At the end of the film, Anna freezes into solid ice and gets hit by a steel sword. She doesn't even crack. In Kingdom Of Isolation, Anna's not so sturdy. She shatters into pieces, sending Elsa into Sanity Slippage.
  • By the Hands of the People:
    • Fear towards Elsa's powers is a major factor towards Arendelle revolting against her.
    • Not all assassinations are clean. Elsa is killed upon impact, but Anna isn't. The muskets missed her vital regions. Even the second attempt at a kill fails because the bayonet doesn't hit deep enough.

     Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood 
  • In At Gates Edge, Alphonse has orphaned for years due to the absence of his father, deaths of his mother and brother. He tries to sell his home to get away from the bad memories but can't sell it because it's Hohenheim's property and Al doesn't own it until Hohenheim either gives it to him or is confirmed dead. He is currently fighting the bank to get the property in his name.
  • In The Cripple Arc, Edward is trapped in an abusive relationship. As much as Edward wants to leave, no one in 1920s-era London is willing to hire a disabled man with no connections or job history.
  • In Heat, Marta climbs into Ed's sleeping bag at night because they're in the desert and as a reptile chimera, she's coldblooded.

    Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There 
  • In the fanfic Here We Go Again! has the U.S. armed forces help the Japanese instead of just the Japanese going into the alternate world like how it was in the original story.
    • Rory. She's shown as exactly how creepy and/or terrifying a demigoddess who looks like a little girl and gets "excited" at the thought of battle would be. At best, to the Tankers, she's an annoyance. To Emerson and several others, she's a major threat.
    • The Hakone shootout in Chapter 22 is omitted. Why? Because the political shit storm that would occur between Russia, China, and America makes the whole thing stupid.
    • Though Tank Goodness is certainly in effect, the author makes the effort to show that these awesome war machines are still, you know, machines requiring constant maintenance and logistics to function properly. Even if they are fighting an enemy without anti-tank weaponry, the tanks can still suffer from a Combat Breakdown, weapon jams, get stuck in the mud, or run out of ammunition during protracted battles. And, when operating without proper support like Here We Go Again does, there's always the very real possibility of being overrun by a massive enemy Zerg Rush, which almost happens to Cry Sum Moar and Here We Go Again during the siege of Italica.

     Girls Und Panzer 
  • Boys und Sensha-do! has "simunitions" for the tanks in tankery, as the author believes tankery is otherwise dangerous enough. Despite this, Miho ends up being seriously hurt when she accidentally gets hit in the chest by a shell, and would have lost her legs if the tank had accidentally rolled over her.
  • Some fanfics run off the plotline that winning the tournament is not necessarily enough on its own to prevent Oarai from being shut down, such as in "Girls Und Panzer: New Fields of Battle". Flip Side of the Coin has an alternative take - Oarai remains open, but Anzio gets shut down instead.

     Glee 
  • Frequently Played With in Hunting the Unicornlots of tropes show up naturally, but everyone who actively tries to invoke a trope will end up just failing at best, or running into consequences at worst. Most notable is Blaine's past attempt to invoke Sex Equals Love, which... didn't work. Another case is where Blaine hits his head during a kidnapping and the Easy Amnesia/Tap on the Head tropes are very much averted. Namely, that the normally-sensible Blaine devolves into asking Kurt the same questions every few minutes, becomes terrified of falling asleep, and has headaches that he futilely tries to explain as strange-colored wind. He later tries to reason with his kidnapper, and ends up watching him try to strangle Kurt.

     Gravity Falls 
  • As several fan fics-such as An Outsider's Look at the Pines and Anyway, I've Been There-show, one does not go through what the Pines twins went through with out a few marks.
  • In the very aptly titled Reality Ensues, Dipper decides to stay in Gravity Falls as Ford's apprentice while Mabel returns to California alone. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to mention any of this to the twins' parents. Needless to say, they are not too happy at the idea of letting their young, just-turned-thirteen-year-old son living with someone who is a virtual stranger (before that point, both parents didn't know about Ford's existence, and still thought that Grunkle Stan was 'Stanford' Pines), and apprenticing in a field that could potentially endanger their son's life when he hasn't even completed high school yet. The parents are, as a whole, angry at Stan for lying to them for years, angry at Ford for purposefully putting Dipper in danger and completely disregarding Mabel's feelings, and angry at Dipper for going behind their backs and staying behind without even consulting them first.
  • In contrast with the above, Three Can Keep A Secret shows Dipper being allowed to stay in Gravity Falls and be Ford's apprentice, but that this is only possible because his parents are neglectful and distant towards their son and heavily favor Mabel, leaving them unbothered by his departure. It also implies that this is the reason Dipper is so unfazed by the idea of moving away from home at 12 and is the root of some of the twins' personality traits. In addition, this fic gives Weirdmageddon a significant body count of both humans and anomalies killed in Bill's sadistic revelry and depicts the survivors as being varying degrees of mentally traumatized.

     Harry Potter 
  • In Almost a Squib, Snape's Last Request to Harry is for him to take his memory-filled tear just like in canon. Unlike in canon however, Harry feels he is under no such obligation to grant (and takes glee in refusing) the request of the man who has been verbally abusing him for several years (him killing Dumbledore, though unaware it was a Mercy Kill, was probably a major factor, too).
  • And the Unethical Binding Contract:
    • After an eleven year old Harry is entered into the Triwizard Tournament, almost no one thinks he's a liar or cheat... as he only has two months of magical education and doesn't have a prayer of surviving, let alone winning.
    • Several students try to help Harry but he lacks the fundamental knowledge to make their tips useful.
    • Rita Skeeter has to tone down from her usual sensationalism because writing such stories about an eleven year old would turn her readers against her.
    • Draco's taunts and insults are greatly toned down from canon as even he's uncomfortable with trying to bully someone who might die before the school year's over.
  • The short story The Boy Who Died shows the consequences of making little Harry Potter a famous figure, icon of the Light, and the enemy of dark wizards everywhere before he even knows how to talk, let alone protect himself... and then widely distributing photos of his appearance to the Wizarding World. A former Death Eater, knowing the young boy's appearance and what his famous scar looks like, happens to spot Harry on the boy's first day of school and just shoots him in the head with a pistol and drives off.
  • In Changes Dumbeldore's excuse of "I know what's best" doesn't cut it in a court of law and when his history of child neglect comes to light he is stripped from his position as a school headmaster.
  • Potters Stand United is a story that deconstructs the notion of a Wrong-Boy-Who-Lived by playing the dynamic between the Potter family as realistically as possible in a situation where one of their twin sons was the Boy-Who-Lived.
    • First off, James and Lily were incapacitated by Voldemort the night of his attack, so they were not awake to witness Voldemort's destruction. When Lily and James figure out what's happened (to a degree), they decide to keep the information that one of their sons may have defeated Voldemort a secret, so as to not draw massive attention towards them, and the only reason people find out about Voldemort's supposed destruction at the hands of Gary (The Wrong-Boy-Who Lived in question) is through the machinations of Dumbledore.
    • When the news of Voldemort's destruction at the hands of one of their sons does becomes public, they don't become Abusive Parents (as they typically do in stories like this) and show favoritism towards the famous son, they treat both of the twins equally and with as much love as they possibly can. Not to mention that the Potter twins themselves love each other very much instead of being bitter rivals.
  • In Disciplinary Action, Harry and Ron get in serious trouble at work when someone overhears Ron confessing to Confounding a muggle and Harry not doing anything about it. Ron's fired and possibly facing prison time while Harry's suspended pending an investigation into just how much he's covered up for Ron in the past. After a furious lecture from their boss, Harry agrees with her it's for the best if they're to keep their vow of ending the policy of connections being more important than competence.
  • The Parselmouth of Gryffindor very nearly turns this into a Karmic Death for Hermione. She's usually a Crazy Awesome Rules Lawyer who has achieved such things as running the country through carefully-worded letters and turning note Voldemort into a silver monkey who cannot hurt anyone. But when she butts heads with the protections layered by Voldemort on his Horcruxes, and thinks she can get through them with a few seconds' basic Loophole Abuse… turns out she can't, because Voldemort closed that loophole before it even was one, and it's a wonder she manages to come Back from the Dead afterwards.
  • Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness:
    • Let's face it—those kids never really stood a chance of doing anything but keeping the Death Eaters busy while Harry dealt with Voldemort. Teenagers against adults who have spent the better parts of their lives learning to use magic designed to inflict pain, suffering, and death? The D.A. is lucky they lasted as long as they did.
    • From 1997 through 1998, Wizarding Britain was taken over by a far right terrorist group focused on cleansing the magical society of Muggle Borns and impure bloodlines. In A Peccatis, even a decade after they were stopped, is it really a surprise that Muggle Borns have left the Wizarding world in droves or are refusing to send their children to Hogwarts for fear the insanity will start all over again? In fact, so many wizards have been killed or left the community that they can no longer maintain the infrastructure, and between that and Muggle technology rapidly catching up, the Ministry has actually decided to do a vote on purposely breaking the masquerade.
  • In Harry Potter & the Azkaban Parody Harry's former friends demand (not "ask", demand) his forgiveness for wrongfully imprisoning him in Azkaban and then confining him to school and their presence. Not to mention burning all of his possessions, and killing Hedwig right in front of him. Any one of which would leave no good memories of them, let along all of them. Harry isn't real inclined to forgive them no matter how much they demand it, and plans to sue them all for the damages they've done to him.
    • Harry's former friends continually try getting him to forgive them to the point where Hermione (and a reluctant Ron) barge into the boy's dormitory in Gryffindor Tower where Harry was trying to rest and attempt to force him to forgive them. All it does it make Harry want the lawsuit proceedings to happen faster.
    • Dumbledore reveals the reason why he allowed Harry to be arrested despite all evidence pointing to the contrary: A prophecy was made where Voldemort would have been defeated if Harry went through "one year, three months, two weeks, four days, seven hours, thirteen minutes and twenty-two seconds" of suffering. The Ministry, Harry, and Harry's lawyer are outright baffled by this being treated seriously, with the lawyer pointing out that the information could have meant Harry could have suffered from literally anything else or that whatever was foretold might have already happened, especially when Harry drops a not so subtle hint that Dumbledore had been screwing with his life for years beforehand. After this, Harry abruptly leaves the questioning pissed off with the reason given.
    • Harry makes references to other fanfiction authors and reviewers throughout the story and the others wonder what the hell he is talking about.
    • Luna agrees that Hermione and Ron deserve punishment for their actions, but states that Ginny doesn't deserve the same treatment and suggests Harry forgive her... as long as Ginny asks for it. With this advice, Ginny apologizes and simply asks to be forgiven, which Harry does to her relief and joy.
      • On that note, Ginny is savvy enough early on to realize that continuously hounding Harry for forgiveness would have the opposite effect, and while in the middle of calling Ron out for hounding Harry, she makes it clear that she thinks the best way to earn forgiveness is to leave Harry alone. This is what allows Harry to forgive Ginny, as mentioned previously.
    • In the beginning of the story, Dumbledore quickly passed a law that specifically stated that Harry had to complete his education at Hogwarts instead of getting away from his former friends and allies like Harry actually wants to. Not even halfway through the story, Harry's lawyer reveals that he brought this up to the Wizengamot, and it was unaminously agreed that the law was unethical and manages to have it made void, which means Harry is able to leave Hogwarts on his own free will.
  • Harry Potter: Junior Inquisitor:
    • When Amelia Bones finds one of her Aurors (Tonks) sneaking into a restricted area on Dumbledore's orders, she fires Tonks on the spot. "Leader of the Light" or not, Aurors aren't allowed to take orders from anyone outside the chain of command.
    • Harry learns that his Firebolt was destroyed beyond repair while being checked for curses and the professors covered it up by buying a new one with his money. It's noted by Susan and Amelia Bones that it'd take longer for the manufacturer to actually repair it or build a new one than the amount of time the teacher's allegedly took to fully strip it down, check it for curses, and rebuild it.
    • When most of the professors and several members of the Order of the Phoenix help Dumbledore drug the Hogwarts students with potions to make them accept anything they see or are told, along with imprisoning anyone who escapes their dosing, every professor who helped (and every Order member) is arrested on the spot. According to Madam Marchbanks, Hogwarts will be closed at least temporarily given that almost the entirety of its staff is going to be fired.
    • Since Harry was drugged much more than any other student in order to reset him to the way he was the previous year, his memories are irretrievable and even watching other people's memories of the past few months can't truly replace them since he has no emotional connection to them. Notably, Harry can't rekindle his budding romance with Padma Patil due to no longer having feelings for her. However, there is some hope of recovering his memories after being hit by a Crutiatous Curse by Snape, which had the side effect of weakening the Memory Charms used on him.
  • In Harry Potter and the Puppet of Time a wizard once, through several legal loopholes, became heir to all of the Hogwarts founders and over two thirds of the Wizengamot simultaneously. Those in power naturally refused to give up control of magical Britain to this one man and a few centuries later, the story is still told as a rather funny joke.
  • In Harry Potter and the Something Something the most perfect girl ever appears in Voldemort's lair offering him a shot at redemption. Voldemort is entranced by her pretty eyes... the Sue ends up dead like all the others that keep bothering Voldemort but he kept her pretty eyes to play with.
  • If Them's the Rules shows regardless of Harry raising Tom Riddle in better circumstances and giving him an ideal childhood, Tom Riddle is still a sociopath.
  • Like Hell He Will shows how Harry's male classmates would react to the idea of him having a harem of all the girls in school. Hint: it doesn't end well — for Harry, that is.
  • In Lord of Caer Azkaban Harry sends in his elite team of soldiers to take out Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Harry doesn't participate in the battle himself because he knows that, as an untrained student, he'll just get in their way.
  • A Necessary Gift shows that even if you defeat the Big Bad that doesn't mean everything gets magically better or his followers (and the prejudiced ideology he espoused for decades that allowed him to gain power in the first place) will go away. In fact things get worse because the only one who could control the bad guys is no longer around...
  • In No Curiosity the child abuse Harry Potter receives leads to psychological problems and Harry becomes an Extreme Doormat.
  • When Harry remembers Griphook from his first visit to Gringott's in Nymphadora's Beau, the goblin neither remembers nor cares about some child he escorted four years prior.
  • The same writer uses this trope in One Misfired Spell Later. In this fic, Harry, who has fled to France due to problems in England, has caught the eye of Fleur, who sees him as the perfect mate for her. Too bad he's already dating Hermione. Fleur's initial attempt to solve this problem Joketsuzoku-style quite predictably enrages Harry. Later, Fleur and Hermione make peace, agreeing that they can both share Harry. It's too bad they didn't consult him about this; instead of being happy at the idea of living "every teenage boy's fantasy", Harry is upset that the two girls made such an important decision about such a personal aspect of his life without considering his feelings. Their later attempts at seducing him, such as conveniently arranging it so the three of them just ''have'' to share a bed, contribute to the final conflict, which results in an alienated Harry rejecting both Hermione and Fleur, and running off with Sirius to Gibraltar.
  • In the one-shot Potter's Bride, after Gabrielle marries Harry because he saved her life, she finds it's not a fairy tale romance after all. She's a small child who no longer lives with her family, is stuck in a country where she doesn't speak the language, and lives with a boy she barely knows.
  • Similarly, Playmate has a version where Harry has to move to France because, after saving her life, Gabrielle impetuously gives him a bonding kiss. It turns out that Harry is not happy about this, because all of his life choices (such as whom he can marry) have been taken away from him, and he cannot be more than forty feet away from Gabrielle until they trust each other enough for the bond to solidify. Because Gabrielle bonded an unwilling Harry, this will never happen. Even being away from the Dursleys is not enough to comfort Harry, because he only had to spend a limited amount of time there, and would have been free of them in a few more years anyway. Now, he is trapped for life in a foreign country, bound to a small child. Meanwhile, being a little girl, Gabrielle had no idea of the magnitude of what she was doing; she naively believed that the bonding kiss would simply give her a playmate. The bond never stabilizes, and Harry and Gabrielle end up using it to commit mutual suicide a few years later.
  • A number of fics, most notably Hermione's Pity Party, Overheard Conversation, and chapter 14 of Realizations, show that Hermione really has no idea how to write a proper essay, and that exceeding the length indicated by the professors for assignments would actually result in lower, not higher grades.
  • As mentioned in an author's note in the AU Raised By Darkness concerning why Sirius Black isn't immediately released from Azkaban; because although Minister Fudge has grown a backbone in this fic and is being nice to Harry and the Dementors, he has no real evidence to suggest Sirius Black is innocent. He also still wouldn't believe Harry even if he provided evidence, as Harry is close friends with the imprisoned man and cannot be trusted to be impartial.
  • In Too Late, the Potters are revealed to have faked their deaths to train their other son to defeat Voldemort. Upon returning to the world at large, they learn that due to being declared dead, they have no money and no way to even gain lawful employment as they're still legally dead.
  • In Where is Hermione?, Hermione runs away to New Zealand after the Final Battle and lives with her parents. Harry spends eight years trying to find her before eventually giving up, so when she shows up at his house eleven years after the Final Battle to tell Harry he has a daughter, Harry wants nothing to do with Hermione. In fact, he's since moved on after his search failed and gotten married to Gabrielle Delacour. When Hermione tries to use the fact that she "waited for him", he angrily retorts that he waited for her for eight years; she's the one who deliberately stayed away without ever telling him where she disappeared to.
  • In Wish Carefully, Harry decides to spare his people a war and surrenders Wizarding England to the Death Eaters while he and the rest of the Light's supporters go into exile. The large loss of the population (and skilled workers) decimates the economy and due to the Purebloods' close relations, inbreeding is rampant and their population is slowly dying out, and Voldemort just becomes more and more unhinged as time goes on.
  • Alexandra Quick: As Alexandra finds out, being the protagonist doesn't make you immune to the rules, and even if you broke the rules and endangered people for the right reasons, that doesn't mean you don't have to suffer the consequences. Dean Grimm even tells her that she's had to actively step in and defend Alexandra's right to remain at Charmbridge, and by the end of Stars Above, Alexandra's gone too far and gets expelled.
  • When three Ravenclaw girls bully Luna in When is it a Contract by stealing her homework and possessions, two are expelled with the third arrested. Sabotaging someone's education or stealing personal possessions aren't waived off as "children being children", especially when said possessions (Luna's brooch and another student's earrings) are extremely valuable.
  • In The Lion's Pride, when Scrimgeour talks to Harry on Christmas and Harry declares he "hasn't forgotten" while showing the scars on his hand, Scrimgeour has no idea what Harry's raised fist is supposed to mean. The cold winter air along with how tightly Harry's fist is clenched makes the scars basically invisible.
    • Also, Harry's remark of Scrimgeour being "just like Crouch" doesn't mean the same to Scrimgeour as it does to Harry. Harry's talking about Crouch throwing the innocent Sirius in Azkaban without a trial. Scrimgeour, who has no idea about Sirius being innocent or not getting a trial, thinks Harry's talking about Crouch's motions that (among other things) allowed Aurors to kill Death Eaters instead of capturing them, something that prevented numerous deaths among the Auror corps.
  • Because Lupin agonizes for so long over whether he should introduce himself to Harry in For Love Of Magic, when he finally does, Harry treats him as an acquaintance at best and a friend of Sirius' at worst. Knowing a friend of his parents would be nice to talk to, but Lupin clearly must not value them that much if he never once contacted Harry when he was young, and then spent nearly a year between meeting Harry and mentioning his past relationship with James.
    • Krum's plan to deal with his dragon (in this story, all of them are Hungarian Horntails) by blinding it results in his death when he gets too close to the thrashing creature.
    • Tonks breaks up with Harry after learning he's been accidentally brainwashing her with the same magic that he used to improve his sex life. While she does try to continue their relationship, she simply can't stay with someone who she can't trust, especially as there's no way for her to know he's doing it.
    • Harry's desire to simply be left out of politics and not deal with Voldemort... involves a lot of politics. Whether he likes it or not, he's both an international icon and extremely wealthy on top of being nobility. Altogether, he has to play the political game if he actually wants to be left alone because no one will allow him to simply sit on the sidelines.
    • A potion that makes sex more enjoyable and severely increases "discharge" also tends to leave the users too tired to continue more than once. Even Harry, who has a ridiculous amount of stamina, notes that a single orgasm makes him feel like he "just went six rounds with Fleur at her randiest". Also, overuse of the potion can lead to dehydration.
    • A common Fanon trope in Harry Potter fics is mocked and torn apart. When Harry starts performing a ritual that would increase the size of his magical core, he is interrupted and told the ritual wouldn't work... because there is no such thing as a magical core. Every wizard has the potential to perform great magic, what really matters is application and practice. When Harry questions why people assume magical cores exist, one theory is that it sounds impressive and is an ego-booster. Also functions as a Take That! to those same stories.
    • To Ginny's horror, being close to The Hero, even tangentially, can make you and your family a target. Because Harry doesn't have anyone he cares about (or family of those he cares about) that don't live on his island Spellhaven, Voldemort kidnaps the Weasleys after hearing a rumor that Ginny is his latest concubine.
      • As Voldemort learns, rumors are not a good source of information and taking hostages only works if your opponent cares about their survival. Likewise, if your enemy knows negotiations won't be held in good faith, they won't agree to your any of your terms. When Voldemort demands Harry come alone or the Weasleys will die, Harry not only has his girls hiding nearby, even as he arrives at the meeting point he's already determining the best way to tell Ginny her family is dead.
    • When Voldemort attacks London with a force of Inferi and Giants, the Statute of Secrecy is completely obliterated and no matter how much the International Confederation of Wizards tries, there's simply no putting a lid on the situation. Not only are there easily tens of thousands of witnesses, but many of them have posted photos and videos online, causing millions of more witnesses by the end of the night.
  • Sirius in Patron spent so much time as a dog in Azkaban that not only does he use its lesser emotional state as some sort of drug, but he also tends to reflexively turn into it much more often than he needs to. Also, Remus is not a fan of Muggle Werewolf comedy movies since they make light of his condition.
  • The entire premise of Realism: Breaking Cliches is to deconstruct various Fandom Specific Plots and show what'd really happen. For example, Harry runs away from the Dursleys and is immediately caught by Voldemort who'd known where the boy lived for years.
  • In What Was Your Plan?, Harry confronts Dumbledore for being a manipulative evil genius who'd been controlling every aspect of Harry's life up to that point and learns the very fatal flaw in his logic: a manipulative evil genius would foresee such a situation and have already planned for it. After triggering the Imperius that was already on Harry, Dumbledore sends him off to his death against Voldemort.
  • While viewing a memory of an event over 1,500 years ago in Dodging Prison and Stealing Witches, Hermione explains to her friends that it's a memory of a memory of a memory etc. solely due to language barriers. 1,500 years ago, nothing resembling modern English existed. Every hundred years someone has to view the memory, translate it into the modern vernacular, and make a copy of their memory of doing so. As a result, the memory has several people lined up along the walls reading translations of what's being spoken in the memory.
  • In Chapter 3 of Don't Be a Dobby Downer, a fic in which Harry transfers from Hogwarts to Beauxbatons, Dumbledore finds out about Harry's decision. Instead of freaking out and trying to drag Harry back to Hogwarts, overriding the decision of Harry and his legal guardians (the Dursleys approved of the transfer to get rid of the boy) and causing an international incident, Dumbledore reacts sensibly. He realizes that Beauxbatons is a good school, with Madame Maxine a capable headmistress, and that trying to drag Harry back would not only alienate Harry but cost unnecessary political capital. Instead, Dumbledore arranges for Remus Lupin to be hired at Beauxbatons to keep an eye on Harry, an objective that is readily disclosed to Madame Maxine.
  • Sort the Dragon"
    • An older student starts yelling at Harry for the ruckus caused from getting his centaur friend Suze into a compartment on the train and promptly gets kicked in the chest by said centaur. Much like horses, centaurs can't easily look behind them so coming up behind one and shouting is a good way to get a reflexive hoof to the chest.
    • While Hermione finds Suze to be delightful company, she's still eager to get off the Hogwarts Express, citing that even if Suze's only half horse, spending eight hours in closed quarters has made the smell rather unbearable.
  • At the start of Hitting the Tomes, Dudley tries to have Harry do his homework, only for Harry to realize that four years of exclusively magical education means he doesn't understand said math homework. Cue Dudley tutoring Harry in trigonometry.
    • Unlike canon, Harry never really forgives Ron and Hermione for basically abandoning him over the summer because Dumbledore told them to, especially because they preface every attempted apology with "But Dumbledore said".
  • In Harry Potter Kidnapped, Harry decides to run away from the Dursley's home at seven-years-old. When Dumbledore accidentally runs into him when he's fifteen, the Headmaster outright abducts him, forcefully cuts him off from his Muggle friends and refuses to let him go outside Hogwarts. He only manages to make Harry despise him, motivating Harry to rat out the Order of the Phoenix to the Ministry of Magic and arrange a transfer to Beauxbatons. The teen also says Dumbledore could have made Harry interested in the Wizarding World if he had taken the slow road and spent time with the boy to explain magic enough to make Harry curious, instead of shoving it down his throat. Choices are important, and after placing a kid in an abusive home and depriving him of the freedom to join the Wizarding World or not, Dumbledore ensured Harry would never do anything to please Dumbledore out of sheer spite.
    • In the epilogue, Voldemort is defeated... but not by Harry. Rather, he is defeated by three different people, all of whom were born at the same time around the end of July with skills that Voldemort didn't have, all of them were marked by battle, and each fought three times prior that day. The prophecy never specified the year or place that the Chosen One would be born, simply those four things. McGonagall is pissed when she overhears this revelation and calls Dumbledore out for not telling anyone what his motives for kidnapping Harry actually were in the first place, or relaying the prophecy to any allies so they could look for similar people that fit the category outlined by that prophecy. A dying Dumbledore realizes in horror that he had put Harry though all of that misery for nothing.
  • When Vernon plans on teaching Harry his place in the summer after his fifth year by beating him up, snapping his wand, and killing Hedwig in Are You Bloody Insane?... does Harry cower in fear while this occurs? Is he forced to do an impossible list of chores under the threat of a beating while no help arrives? No, Harry overhears Vernon coming up the stairs, sends Hedwig away with a letter to the Order requesting help and holds his uncle at wand-point until they arrive.
  • When a ten year old Harry steals a police car in It All Started When Harry Stole a Police Car, the officers don't run after it to stop him but rather put out an APB about the stolen patrol car, causing Harry to be caught in a matter of minutes.
  • Brutal Harry
    • In the prologue, Vernon is arrested and sentenced to prison for thirty years after his abuse of Harry escalated to the point where Vernon beat up the nine-year-old Harry with a three-iron golf club and the kid ended up in the hospital. Afterwards, most of the staff at the primary school Harry went to also got fired by the school board because they turned a blind eye to what was happening to Harry, and the Headmaster is also imprisoned when it's revealed that he took bribes from Vernon to never report the obvious abuse to child services.
    • After the troll attack, Hermione's parents immediately yank her out of Hogwarts. Turns out that no sane parents would ever allow their child anywhere near an institution that allowed such a life-threatening event to occur. Also, they're reasonable enough to hire Andromeda Tonks as a home-schooling tutor for Hermione to ensure she continues her magical education to control her powers and avoid accidental magic incidents.
    • After reflecting on the troll incident over the winter, McGonagall realizes two things: that invoking her Stern Teacher trait by punishing Harry was the equivalent of her telling him he should've just let Hermione be killed just to uphold the school rules, and that she did not take her students' individual backgrounds into account before doing so. She makes an effort to be more reasonable after this so that all her students will actually turn to her for help rather than be afraid of her when they have issues and not speak up.
    • Harry does not trust adults at all, as most have either manipulated (Dumbledore) or bullied and abused (the Dursleys and Snape) him for his whole life. He goes into complete shock when McGonagall actually apologizes to him, and later, goes into an Unstoppable Rage when Dumbledore admits he was responsible for his childhood at the Dursleys. Even among the other children he has No Social Skills, is always on guard, and views connections with others purely in terms of threat assessment. Also, none of his issues are overcome entirely in a set amount of time. Rather, it takes years before he's able to accept the concept of people wanting to help or care about him.
    • As mentioned, Harry initially attacks Dumbledore in retribution for his placement at the Dursleys. He gets curbstomped and restrained easily. Though the boy is more powerful than his canon portrayal, Harry’s attacking in a blind rage and not thinking clearly, and even if that wasn't the case, Dumbledore is a veteran of a war, innumerable duels, and has nearly a century's worth of magical experience over him, while also wielding the Elder Wand.
    • Dumbledore's age and the heavy workload from his three different time-consuming jobs (being not just the Headmaster of Hogwarts, but also the Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards and the Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot) have rendered him significantly out of touch and inattentive when it comes to several of his judgments, motivations, and actions, especially in regards to the children and staff under his guard and employ, respectively. Moreover, his tendency to make decisions based solely on the long term has caused him to not take other people's immediate needs and feelings into consideration. It's also deconstructed in that it allows certain individuals to feel as though they can get away with their actions without fear of any truly effective reprisal (i.e., Snape's blatant favoritism of the Slytherins and all-around unprofessional behavior, the bullies antagonizing other kids, etc). When he later resigns and appoints McGonagall as the Headmistress, she is able to effectively reform the school and bring a stop to the many problems going on, as she is able to put her full focus and attention to the job.
    • Related to the above, upon hearing the full scope of Harry's upbringing with the Dursleys, Dumbledore is legitimately horrified. He does make an attempt to apologize to Harry... only for a furious Harry to throw it back in his face, making it clear that he will never forgive or trust the Headmaster for what he was put through. Not only that, but Harry also calls out Dumbledore for being a hypocrite in apologizing for causing Harry's own abuse, yet still enabling the exact same environment to occur in Hogwarts via corrupt bullies and staff. Easily Forgiven doesn't apply when the person responsible for the abuse you were put through doesn't own up to it in actions or words, nor give a justifiable explanation as to why it happened, especially when it could have easily been avoided. The sequel reveals that Harry still hasn't forgiven the man, and likely never will.
    • After making one too many insensitive remarks, Snape is warned by McGonagall that his Jerkass behavior towards Harry due to his grudge against James Potter and unprofessional behavior towards the non-Slytherins will no longer be tolerated. She puts him on probation until he gets his act together, and informs him that he will be fired if he keeps it up. When she becomes Headmistress later on, she makes good on her threat and also blacklists him from ever teaching again, with her reasoning being that regardless of his assets, Snape's attitude isn't one that is suited for the profession. She later implies that the only reason she won't let Harry kill him for his complicity in the deaths of Lily and James is to avoid murder charges for Harry.
    • Dumbledore reveals the prophecy, as well as Voldemort's past to McGonagall to explain his actions with regards to Harry. She immediately calls him out on this, pointing out that there was no way Harry could possibly learn the "power of love" in such an abusive and love-starved environment and adds that they're damn lucky they didn't end up with another Dark Lord in the making on their hands, since Harry's background very closely resembles that of Voldemort's.
    • Additionally, McGonagall immediately reveals the truth of the prophecy and its circumstances to Harry once she hears about it (around Harry's second year). She realizes right away that keeping the boy in the dark did much more harm than good, and due to the fact that Harry has matured extremely quickly thanks to his background, doesn't want him to snap upon having another potential betrayal. As a result, she becomes one of the very few authority figures that Harry will trust.
    • When Harry's name is placed in the Goblet of Fire, McGonagall immediately believes him when he claims his innocence. She also protects him from accusations from the other schools and informs them of the obvious foul play that's involved and attempts to find a solution to the issue. In spite of this, Harry still gets drawn into a trap with Voldemort's resurrection, but points for trying on her part.
    • When Voldemort is resurrected in the fourth year, Harry decimates him and his Death Eaters with guns and other Muggle weaponry. It turns out that the Wizarding Society's Medieval Stasis (especially for Voldemort's biased factions), means that they have nearly no idea how to deal with modern day tactics and combat. Harry also generally uses pure Combat Pragmatist policies in confrontations, because he knows he's usually outnumbered and comparatively inexperienced in magic. For example, more than once he's able to subdue an opponent by stealing their wands or holding a concealed blade to their throat before they can even draw to attack.
    • Draco Malfoy has primarily been an entitled bully via throwing around his father's name and relying on Snape's favoritism and Dumbledore's inattentiveness to get ahead, and thus assuming he's naturally the best in everything. Between Harry curb stomping him a few times (without magic on top of that) and McGonagall bringing the hammer down and reforming the school after she becomes Headmistress, he not only loses his connections, but is ultimately forced to undergo the realization that his individual skills are pathetic by comparison to actual hard-working students (particularly Muggleborns) due to this over-reliance on prestige and his House. By the sequel, he's undergone a great deal of Character Development and made a full Heel–Face Turn on many of his prejudiced views, being counted amongst the allies of the heroes.
  • The Perils of Monologuing averts Talking Is a Free Action in the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. While Harry is giving his canonical explanation for why the Elder Wand won't work for Voldemort, Voldemort summons several knives to stab Harry from behind.
  • Weasley Girl defies both Freudian Excuse and Talking Is a Free Action at the same time in the second to last chapter in the story when Hagrid cuts off Snape's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Harry when it devolves to Snape essentially complaining about his childhood.
    Hagrid: Cuttin' yeh some slack here, cause yer sick, an' yeh've bin with You-Know-Who, an workin' against 'im, mighty brave o' yeh an' all that, yer a true hero, but GROW UP! Yeh had a rotten life? Well, guess what, other people had rotten lives too, an' they don't go around sneerin' at everyone! NOW SHUT UP AN' EAT YER RUDDY EGGS!
    • What led to Snape's rant was Harry attempting to apologize for misjudging the man. Snape, being Snape, doesn't buy it.
  • Faery Heroes does this a lot for a Peggy Sue fic.
    • The first chapter reveals that the Muggle World found out about the Wizardry World after a failed assassination attempt on the Royal Family and Prime Minister. Wizards barely know anything about Muggle technology, particularly weapons. Grenades can kill as easily as any curse in a public area.
    • Time travelling can't work if one currently exists in the timeline. The Faery Queen, Lillith, has to send Harry, Hermione, and Luna's souls in a different timeline, since their bodies aren't like a faery's.
    • Hermione comes out to her mother as bisexual. They are in the 1990s, so Mrs. Granger has a hard time processing this and neither of them are on speaking terms for a while until Harry steps in.
      • Before Hermione comes out to her mom, the conversation is about Hermione's mom's confusion at the Relationship Upgrade she had with Harry when her last letter in that timeline gave no such hints (they weren't dating in the 4th book) and at the intimacy they both demonstrated to each other (Hermione and Harry had been together with Luna for several years in their original timeline as adults).
    • This Peggy Sue fic actually subverts the typical "punishing the villains before they do anything" cliche at first, several chapters in. Harry quickly realizes that the Ron in the new timeline hasn't done anything to warrant punishment to the extreme that he, Hermione, and Luna did... until he looks through Ron's memories and learns that Dumbledore convinced him to try keeping Harry dumb in exchange for joining the Chudley Cannons after graduation during the summer after their first year. Even after this revelation, Harry decides to let the bad luck curse he cast on Ron wear off and hope that he changes for the better. He doesn't.
      • Harry also has to remind himself that the Ginny in the new timeline is not the same one who harassed him and his lovers in his old timeline, though is still disturbed at her obsession with him. It isn't until Ginny admits at the end of the story that she knew that her mom tried getting Love Potions into Harry on Valentine's Day through chocolates and then have him break up with Hermione and Luna when Harry, Hermione, and Luna decided to invoke Laser-Guided Karma on her.
    • Madame Pomfrey starts giving Harry nutrition potions to get his body more healthy. However, years of abuse and hunger mean that even if the growth spurt is significant, Harry will never grow to his full height.
    • Harry, Hermione and Luna's style of taking down Voldemort's forces is to steal their wealth, cutting off resources instead of taking them head on.
      • While on a heist, they remember that they are in a different timeline, which means that there are things they forget to take into account, such as an old Rookwood that never existed in their timeline or that genders will be different among peers, like Daphne Greengrass becoming David Greengrass.
    • Ron and Malfoy are stripped of their prefect badges by McGonagall and Slughorn due to their abuse of power by Christmas break. It is mentioned earlier that Harry was originally the choice, but Dumbledore convinced McGonagall to give the position to Ron until the other prefects petition for him to be removed.
    • Despite being one of the bad guys in the fic, even Dumbledore finds Snape to be immature and a horrible teacher. Not to mention, being Headmaster of a massive and prestigious academy is exhausting and stressful, so he constantly eats Calming-Drought laced lemon drops to keep from losing his cool a lot.
    • It is revealed that in the old timeline, the Ministry never went through reform. They are a bunch of illogical idiots, along with the rest of the Wizarding World, after all, and don't realize when something is a problem even if it is pointed out to them.
    • After performing a ritual that increases their magical cores, Harry, Luna and Hermione realize that they struggle with performing spells with the increased power, usually overpowering them by accident. They also miscalculate the ritual since it was designated for two people, not three, meaning that Harry performs it twice and has a magical core nine times its original size. This power-up doesn't extend to all of their known spells, though, Harry thinks the spells most affected are the ones they use the most.
  • Unsurprisingly, some neighbors from Privet Drive do notice how messed up the Dursleys are and don't buy the "St. Brutus" discipline school lie in Whatever Happened to Harry Potter, since it sounded so fake to begin with. Many of the neighbors refused to associate with the Dursleys due to how nasty they were. One is horrified when they see bars on the window to Harry's room and wants to contact Child Services. The only reason why he didn't is because Mrs. Figg reassured him that Harry wasn't there for the summer (which was technically true, but that was only because Ron and the twins bailed him out three days after he was locked up in the first place).
  • In Harry by Proxy, Dumbledore's decision to send Hagrid introduce the Wizarding World to Harry is criticized by Snape, who points Hagrid is highly visible and not qualified for escorting muggle-raised students in the alley. McGonagall agrees and volunteers herself as the escort since she has the benefit of experience, and since she's also not a huge half-giant.
  • Messing with Fate gives us Fate meeting Harry upon his death and giving him the chance to go back in time and do everything all over again in the hopes of defeating Voldemort... and Harry refusing to do everything over (including the Dursleys, Malfoy, Chamber of Secrets), especially since Fate says that all she can do is send back his soul (i.e. no knowledge, power-ups, or anything that could make his life easier in the process).
  • In Variations of a Scene, when it comes out that Umbridge had Ron whipped for having dungbombs in his pocket, Fudge has her arrested with plans to throw her under the bus in an attempt to save his career. As a Slave to PR, he simply can't ignore news articles stating one of his underlings has permanently scarred a pureblood.
  • When Charlus Potter gets Harry to agree to taking the Defense Against the Dark Arts post in Wind Shear, Harry's surprised that Charlus doesn't simply talk to Dumbledore and get him the job. Instead, he gets Harry an appointment with the Hiring Board to apply for the job. Dumbledore may have final say, but Hogwarts is a very prestigious school with many many applicants and thus the man simply doesn't have the time to interview everyone.
    • Voldemort's recruitment quickly dries up when it becomes apparent to his men that not only are they being actively hunted but that Voldemort will callously disregard them on the battlefield, leading to even more deaths.
  • Despite being war heroes, both Harry and Ron in The Favour had to go through the three years of auror training and are generally treated like all the other rookies, such as dealing with passed out drunks rather than high profile cases.
  • Wait, What? is a crack fic that tears apart The Wrong Boy Who Lived through it's very nature alone. No, Dumbledore. No sane parent would ever consider giving up one of their kids just because you said so and that they weren't the Boy Who Lived, despite all evidence pointing to Harry. As he tries to convince Lily to give Harry up (he reasoned that Harry was obviously the "dark twin" simply because Voldemort's curse rebounded and left him the lightning bolt scar and that his twin, William, was the "good" twin because there was no markings left on him from the attack), Lily doesn't take kindly to the idiotic plan and proceeds to strangle Dumbledore with her hair right as James comes home from work, telling him that Dumbledore had a brilliant idea for what to do with their infant sons.
  • All chapters of Wizards are stupid showcase the consequences of the lack of common sense a lot of wizards and witches seem to have. A few examples...
    • In Incest is bad, the Purebloods' (in this case, Lucius Malfoy) obsession with keeping their bloodline pure by inbreeding results in a hideously deformed baby.
    • In Who's Left?, Draco's overreliance on his father's influence instead of actually working for influence himself doesn't help him when Voldemort eventually wins, killing most if not all of the Muggles, Muggleborn, Half-Bloods in the United Kingdom. Since Draco doesn't have any real skills, he's delegated to do menial tasks such as shoveling Hippogriff shit.
    • In He can walk!, Dumbledore seems to have forgotten that most children can walk, or at least crawl, by their first birthday. So when he leaves Harry on the Dursley's doorstep unattended, Harry leaves the basket to find out what happened to his "Ma-Ma" and "Da-Da" and is promptly hit by a car when he gets onto the street.
  • A Year Too Soon
    • While Slytherin's portrait does provide the entrance points to the Chamber of Secrets, he notes that the castle has been renovated multiple times since he died so he can't be sure if they're still accessible.
    • Rather than just grumble about Lockhart's atrocious "teaching" methods, Harry and his friends send a petition to Dumbledore to have the man fired. Unfortunately, Lockhart is aware of his review in advance and changes his teaching style for the day to keep his job.
    • When Lucius Malfoy's plan to get rid of Voldemort's diary fails and the Chamber of Secrets is reopened, he realize he's stuck in a no-win situation since he can neither offer his help nor withdraw his son from Hogwarts without having to ask a lot of uncomfortable questions.
  • In Second Chance, a new choice, after returning to his 16 year old self after being killed by Voldemort, Snape cuts all ties with Lucius Malfoy and the rest of his Death Eater friends, rejects pureblood supremacy, and tries to rebuild his friendship with Lily. Lily is overjoyed... and then grows extremely suspicious. Because even if Snape is doing what she wanted, nobody changes their views so radically overnight, and she's aware she lives in a world where the Imperius Curse and the Polyjuice Potion are very much a thing. Snape has to tell her the truth as for why he changed so much.
  • In Sometimes the Only Winning Move is not to Play, Harry gets a copy of Salazaar Slytherin's memoirs but can't read them at all as they were written over a thousand years ago in a language Harry calls the "bastard love child of German and French".
  • Petrification Proliferation features a long string of Realistic Consequences Ensuing in the aftermath of Harry's battle in the Chamber of Secrets. In no particular order:
    • Dumbledore's reaction to hearing a Basilisk was involved is to put the school on total lockdown and call the Ministry for evacuation. This in turn leads to Amelia Bones calling a full on red alert and sending absolutely every Auror and hit Wizard the Ministry can spare to the school. This is because the basilisk attack on Hogwarts is considered more dangerous than dropping an H-bomb, and would have led to the collapse of British magical society if it wasn't killed.
    • Harry, Ron and Ginny all end up being questioned for the events that led up to the Chamber and what occurred within it. Ginny ends up suspended for her actions while Brainwashed and Crazy, and it's clear that this is only because she wasn't in control of herself.
    • The students' pets all have to be left behind during the evacuation since the first priority is getting students and staff out safely. During the rescue of said animals after the initial evacuation, Pettigrew is discovered, leading to the Weasleys being investigated for possibly harboring a fugitive and murderer.
    • During their investigation, the Aurors aren't happy about the way the Dursleys treated Harry, Harry having to face off against a Voldemort-possessed Quirrell or any of Dumbledore's manipulative actions... but they have to prioritize dealing with the basilisk and Voldemort's horcruxes first. They're simply far more pressing than Harry's mistreatment. When there is time to deal with these issues, Vernon and Petunia are convicted of child abuse and lose custody of Dudley and their reputations.
    • Harry's suspicions that Lucius is behind the diary aren't enough to get him arrested; they are, however, enough to get him investigated, in the form of Harry's memories of the day of the Arthur/Lucius fight in Diagon Alley being extracted and examined.
    • Percy loses a great deal of McGonagall's respect for focusing on trying to control his twin brothers while ignoring Ginny's increasingly poor state; this ultimately costs him his Prefect status and consideration for being a Head Boy candidate.
    • While Sirius is released from Azkaban after Peter's survival is discovered, it still takes a great deal of paperwork and he's still a bit messed up from all the years he was locked up. He's also freaked out by the basilisk situation even though he's only hearing about it once it's over.
    • Calming Draughts don't completely remove Hermione's distress about exams and school; they just tone it down enough that she can talk about it without breaking down.
    • While the Grangers are talked out of removing Hermione from Hogwarts, they're still distressed that A) the whole "rash of petrifications" situation even happened at all and B) they were never informed about it while the incident was ongoing.
    • Since purebloods who only care about themselves and pride themselves on being strong are the primary taxpayers in the magical world, universal health care isn't even a pipe dream.
    • Ginny is suffering from mixed emotions because even though she knows now that "Tom" was a terrible and manipulative person, he still was nice to her.
    • Once he realizes that the Dursleys abused Harry, Dumbledore discards the use of Blood Wards entirely and resolves to be content that Sirius will do everything in his power to safeguard his godson.
    • The discovery of the nest of giant carnivorous spiders in the Forest is not received well at all as it's a massive hazard to the students.
    • The only reason Lucius doesn't end up in prison for life once it's proven that he is responsible for the basilisk being unleashed is because he didn't know that the monster was a basilisk... and as it stands, he's still getting a good long prison sentence for accidentally causing the incident. Narcissa is not happy that through her husband's actions, a basilisk was unleashed at their son's school and she agrees to turn on him in exchange for a clean and swift divorce.
    • The Room of Lost Things hasn't been cleaned in (at minimum) a thousand years so all the spare Unspeakables that can be found are required to find anything in it.
    • Amelia is only dealing with the paperwork about items confiscated from students because there's literally no one else who can handle it; everyone's too busy with the fallout.
    • Crabbe and Goyle are fined for their possession of Dark Arts items but Harry's Invisibility Cloak is returned to him, because there's no legal grounds for denying it, and especially since it's a family inheritance.
    • Following her public divorce from Lucius, Narcissa and Draco are in disgrace and forced to reach out to lighter-aligned families, including Sirius as the Head of the House of Black, to have any hope of recovering their former reputations and keeping their influence; despite this desperation, they make no secret that they don't plan to change their politics. Sirius in turn lets her back into the Black family but makes Draco earn it; however, he refuses to dictate Draco's future marriage and lets him pursue Pansy, even offering to prevent her father from interfering. For his part, Draco greatly resents Harry now being above him in Sirius' esteem and thinks poorly of the other boy's behavior and beliefs.
    • The Ravenclaw Diadem is a priceless magical artifact, so when professionals are in charge of retrieving and containing it, it's put under a security system instead of being destroyed. Even with all the sustained effort by the Ministry to find them, not all the horcruxes are found at by the story's end and this leaves everyone uneasy.
  • Reactions to the Legend: Sirius and Remus react very badly to hearing about Harry's past (the plots of Books 1 and 2 as well as Harry's pre-Book 1 life), with Remus being so driven to drink he actively runs out of calming potion and both of them pulling all the stops in pranking the people responsible for Harry's more dangerous experiences. Papa Wolf pranksters equal bad times for anyone involved in harming their charge.
    • Harry, for his part, appreciates the protectiveness for the most part but due to spending most of his life with adults who were either abusive or useless to varying degrees, he doesn't really understand the entirety of the matter and finds certain reactions annoying and unnecessary. Especially the ones that result being grounded for things that happened years ago.

     Homestuck 
  • In Brainbent, Eridan tried to intentionally invoke something he saw in a prison movie- specifically, the idea that if you end up in prison, you should make an example of anyone who tries to fuck with you so everyone else will respect you. Not only did it not work, it actually did the exact opposite of what he wanted: nobody respects him because they're all afraid of him, so instead of becoming admired and respected, he just got alienated even more, to the point that nobody wanted to talk to him, even people who were the closest thing he had to real friends.
  • Cultstuck has Tavros run into a nasty case of this when he's trying to escape through the tunnels: even when he finds Karkat and thus has someone to guide him, the tunnels have lots of cracks and uneven surfaces, so while Karkat by himself can easily move through them, they suddenly become a lot harder to get through when he's pushing a guy in a wheelchair. It gets worse when Karkat is poisoned and their path to the Dark Hive leads them down a long flight of stairs.
    • At one point in the story, Karkat fights a threshecutioner, and this trope occurs in both a good way and a bad way: The good way is that while the threshecutioner is bigger and stronger than Karkat, Karkat's done far more training than him, so he can easily hold his own- in fact, he's better. The bad way is that while Karkat's been taught to fight, he's never been in a fight for real, so when he draws blood, he's shocked and horrified and it nearly gets him killed.
  • 0k shows that while the main twelve may be big fish in the small pond that was Alternia, the Fleet is a whole different matter: No, a mutant isn't going to be allowed to join the Fleet, he'll be culled; no, an heiress with no exceptional fighting abilities won't be able to beat a much older and more experienced troll; no, someone with Sollux's powers won't escape being helmed; no, the Fleet isn't going to tolerate a stoner who's barely lucid, so it's not long before Gamzee's dead; no, someone as demanding and attention-seeking as Vriska won't be tolerated for long when nobody around her likes her or is willing to put up with her, so she gets killed soon enough; and yes, someone whose blood colour and rank is high enough really can get away with murder, so if you want to put a stop to it, you're going to have to be very damn careful.

    How to Train Your Dragon 
  • Hiccup's detoxification in Persephone is a grueling experience even though he comes out better for it. And just like real-life alcoholics, extremely stressful events like being disowned by his father cause him to relapse.
  • A Thing of Vikings revolves around the geopolitical consequences of a small viking village in the 1040's suddenly learning how to tame and ride dragons.
    • When Snotlout and his friends go a-viking, they succeed in capturing several cows and sheep... which are dead by the time they reach Berk. Turns out, when livestock is carried through the air in a cold winter night by a flying apex predator, it'll be a race to see what kills it faster-fright or hypothermia.
    • During the diplomatic trip to Norway Toothless becomes interested in a horse (an animal he's never seen before) and of course the horse runs away in terror.
    • Weeks aboard a ship during viking times does not necessarily leave room for bathing.
    • A small Norse tribe has tamed dragons!... and now everyone either wants dragons for themselves... or is scared of being conquered by dragon-riders!
    • In a pre-gunpowder world a ground based army is no match for one reinforced with dragon riders.
    • Stoick insists that they would have tried to free Heather's parents if she had just told them, but Heather puts in a rather convincing argument as to why she finds that unbelievable.
      Heather: Uh huh. That's easy to say, chief, but it's one thing for you to be so happy about freeing thralls when all you have to do is saw off some collars and dish out some boiled mutton! It's another thing for me to believe that you'd be willing to invade Vedrarfjord on my say-so! How would you know that I wasn't leading you into a trap!? How would I know that you wouldn't try to make me into a double agent? That would just get my parents killed!
    • When Hiccup creates a new tail-fin that allows Toothless to fly on his own, it robs Toothless of most of his agility because it can only copy what the other fin does- thus limiting the manoeuvres he can pull off- and Toothless is required to adjust his flight method to accommodate the absence of Hiccup's weight on his back.
    • In Chapters 65-68, Hiccup, Astrid, Wulfild and their allies are forced to flee on foot for three days to avoid assassins. Unable to change out his prosthetic leg during that time, by the time they are given safe passage on Viggo's ship his stump is severely blistered and in pain from where it had rubbed against his prosthetic. For several days after Hiccup is forced to use a crutch to get around while his stump heals.
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