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  • As much as growing your conscience back after years of it being gone is portrayed as good in the Gravity Falls and Steven Universe Crossover fic A Triangle in the Stars, the mental pain of processing it all again can be tough to bear, and if you've done horrible things while lacking it, well...
    • Similarly, trauma, especially deep-seated, doesn't just disappear after it's seemingly fixed. Neither do habits when told they're wrong. It's played painfully well, particularly in Chapter Thirty-Four in the case of the latter. Steven, not used to this, doesn't take it well and briefly thinks Bill snapped back.
    • Weather doesn't actually occur simultaneously in every single area. It could be brutally storming in one place, and lightly raining or even sunny a few blocks away. Ford is nonetheless amazed by this in Chapter Forty-One.
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    • Depression often lurks beneath the personality and isn't always noticeable, and often builds up before exploding. Just ask Bill. His suicidal breakdown in Chapter Forty-Four wasn't out of the blue. It was built up over time, until he couldn't take it anymore. It's also really, really hard to watch and it's when Steven fully realizes just how deep his pain really went.
    • It takes time for trust to be gained or regained, as exemplified in Chapters Forty-Six and Forty-Seven with Connie and Wendy. And later with Stan and Ford.
    • Certain unburied secrets can seriously hurt trust. And some people may be desperate to get the truth, even going so far as going behind the secret keeper's back. Pearl starts exemplifying this in Chapter Thirty-Eight.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy/Harry Potter Fusion Fic Harry Potter and the Dark Knight deconstructs a certain Harry Potter Fandom-Specific Plot:
    The Joker seemed satisfied, "NOW!" he clapped his hands together. "Where's ole little Griphook?"
    The tiny goblin stepped forward reluctantly, not pleased at all that "Harry" had remembered him.
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  • When Harry Potter winds up in the Star Wars galaxy in Havoc Side of the Force, he doesn't understand a word of (almost) any language used, and becomes a smuggler to support himself as he has no knowledge, money, or identification that could help him. Later, Harry tries firing spells at a pirate ship attacking his ship, and he misses horribly until R2-D2 helps him since in space, he has no way of judging relative velocity, size, or distance.
  • During the Halloween spell in The Hell-er-Nator: Chaos Machine, things are far more serious than the actual Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode. The titular Terminator, pirates, and others cause easily dozens of murders, rapes, and arsons. Children are forced to become soldiers or die horribly. And while the police are doing what they can, there's so much chaos, a detective remarks that soon they'll be down to half a car and a dog for each crisis (then notes that they don't even have enough manpower for that).
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  • In Here be Dragons the protagonist's mostly civilian crew tries to play Big Damn Heroes against an enemy powerful enough to capture two Jedi... and swiftly get their arses kicked, needing The Cavalry to save them in turn.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, when Dark Magical Girl Fate received a whipping from her mother for not doing her job well enough, she had some visible wounds on her body, but wasn't too badly injured. In Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight, that same event combined with the way she was pushing herself hard without getting enough sleep, which was the same way she pushed herself in canon, caused severe internal injuries that would have killed her if her Familiar Arf hadn't managed to get help in time.
  • Mare Genius: Pinkie tries to surprise combat-trained Agatha with a Party Cannon and gets exactly the kind of counterattacking Reflexive Response you would expect from someone seeing what appears to be a weapon pointed at them.
  • Mass Effect Human Revolution:
    • Singularity doesn't just make people float around haplessly. Here, victims get sucked in and turned into Ludicrous Gibs.
    • Chapter 36. No matter how strong your Healing Factor you will still go down after getting hit in the head enough times.
    • Chapter 41. Wreav may be Bio Augmented up the wazoo but he still will fall when multiple squads and a Wanzer empty their weapons into him. And infantry-scale attacks, even from the second strongest known human biotic, aren't going to do anything to a building rated against nuclear strikes.
  • Subverted in Mikami Vs. the Cybermen. After eight days straight of writing, he mentions how surprised he is that he hasn't run out of ink. Double Subverted right afterwards, when he dies of thirst.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Stargate story New Guard, Xander has a lot of trouble figuring out his new powers after being turned into Superman and the Stargate team has just as much trouble testing them. While testing his speed, Xander first destroyed his shoes and a treadmill, then couldn't use a treadmill for military machines due to not being heavy enough. Finally when he did free running on a track, his clothes were destroyed and he couldn't go full speed without creating a sonic boom.
    • Becoming a comic book character also causes problems as DC Comics isn't terribly happy that someone is infringing on their trademark. Though they do ease up upon seeing that for all intents and purposes, Xander is Superman.
    • The political ramifications of not only having an honest to god superhero appear, but also proof of alien life are both massive and far-reaching, with every politician involved scrambling to deal with it.
    • In the Bad Future Ethan Rayne came from, the Slayers and Watchers Council tried to fight the Goa'uld with medieval weaponry the same way they fight demons and vampires. According to Ethan, they didn't even slow the invading armies down.
  • Played with, though also straight, in the 1983: Doomsday Stories, which has Austria hoping against hope that Hungary survived Doomsday. She doesn't. Though it doesn't stop her from looking after him even after death.
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, the heroes use digistruction tech from Pandora to produce not only huge starships but also massive cloning machinery in an extremely short timeframe. They end up with billions of clones...and are promptly held up by provisioning delays that come with arranging such a large force.
  • In The Queen Who Fell To Earth this is something Harry is quite aware of as time passes, as everything the dragons can offer (new power sources, among other things) has the potential of offsetting the world's balance of power.
  • In A Spark of Genius, Leviathan aka Xander uses his portal technology to blast Hawkgirl with arctic water. Xander's banter is cut short when he realizes she's entering the first stages of hypothermia and he quickly teleports her to the Watch Tower's med-bay.
    • Later, Xander's attempt to disarm a suicide bomber at Super Speed result in him accidentally tearing the man's arm off.
  • Thinking In Little Green Boxes:
    • A strange man shows up at the front gate of a school asking to see a little boy that doesn't know him. Hagrid goes straight to jail. Later subverted when he becomes a Magic Avenger.
    • Here, The Masquerade actually hurts the Wizarding World more than it helps them, primarily for two reasons:
      • First, their lack of contact with non-wizards has left them heavily out of touch with the times, ranging from the minor (Fudge has to have a helicopter explained to him) to the far more severe (they have no idea what mutants are, and none of the British wizards recognize Captain Britain).
      • And second, there's absolutely no reason to keep it up when the Marvel Universe as a whole has seen far weirder shit. As a result, no one really pays attention to the wizards unless they do something like attempting to unlawfully imprison a minor. When Harry breaks the masquerade by broadcasting the Wizard Cup live, people are far more interested in betting on the outcome.
  • When Tony Stark stops all production of weapons by his company and switches to electronic devices (such as computers and phones) in A Third Path to the Future, thousands of employees are laid off (and hired by competitors) as their skills aren't compatible. Though Emma Frost does note that while Stark's former employees do resent him, it's far less than expected.
  • In White Devil of the Moon, Nanoha realizes that Princess Serenity could have caused a diplomatic incident if she came to harm in any of her trips to Earth, and when she fell in love with Endymion, he might have turned out to have been an unscrupulous individual seeking the throne.
    • The main conflict early on is that Luna and the Senshi are trying to contact the reincarnation of Princess Serenity AKA Nanoha. However, not only is Nanoha currently recovering from the injuries she sustained in the timeskip between A's and StrikerS, but Luna doesn't bother explaining exactly why she needs to talk with Nanoha, due to being used to having the necessary authority with no questions asked. Thus, Fate just assumes that it's just unwanted trouble for Nanoha and brushes her off.
      • A few wrong assumptions later, Luna believes that Fate is some sort of "Dark Senshi" that's brainwashed Princess Serenity and sends Tuxedo Kamen and Mars and Jupiter on separate attempts to defeat Fate. The former attempt leaves Tuxedo Kamen too injured to help the Senshi against a new threat, and Nanoha runs into the latter attempt and attempts to drive them off herself. As Venus points out after that attempt, what they attempted to do was essentially a backstreet mugging and even if what Luna believed was true, to Nanoha it looked like they were two strangers attacking her close friend. Later, it's pointed out they all could be charged with assault on an officer of the law, but they manage to avoid punishment thanks to the TSAB allowing community service like they did with Fate and the Wolkenritter before.
    • Precia manages to revive her daughter and decides to try settling down in a normal, quiet life on Earth with her (or at least as normal as being a fugitive from the TSAB would allow). However, after several days an officer shows up at her doorstep...to remind her that truancy laws require that Alicia needs to receive a basic education. Precia manages to get off with a warning since she only recently moved in, but admits that the officer had a point and it would be best if Alicia was enrolled in school.
    • Nanoha is overall very detached from her previous incarnation, especially after the realization above. As a consequence, she practically no chemistry with Mamoru despite having lingering feelings from their past incarnations' romance. Their only date goes horribly since Mamoru set everything up based on what Serenity would like rather than what Nanoha would like, and addressing her as Serenity when she was talking about how much she despised her previous life's actions only drives them further apart. Finally, she ends up with Fate in the end, and their relationship was already as such that their friends were betting on ''when'' it would happen rather than if for years, making Mamoru realize he had no chance when he learns of it.
    • In the end, Nanoha decides to Abdicate the Throne and not become Queen of the Moon Kingdom. Her detachment from her previous life aside, the Moon Kingdom has been a dead civilization for years, known only a couple of researchers before the story, and Nanoha is a combat instructor with no prior experience with being a ruler, save for memories from what she deems as an inadequate successor. Luna does not take it well.
  • Christian Grey Vs Pepper Potts is written based on the premise of how situations from Fifty Shades of Grey would have gone if a woman aware of abuse and healthy BDSM was in Ana's place. Among them:
    • Pepper Potts is not impressed by Grey's attempts to stalk her or mail her a BDSM contract without her consent. She ends up appealing to Black Widow and Hawkeye for protection, to put an end to the stalking.
    • When She-Hulk is told about Christian trying to rope Pepper into said contract, the first thing she says is that such contracts aren't legally binding. When Christian mails her a copy of Tess of the d'Ubervilles and compares him to Alec and her to Tess, she notes that Alec was a horrible person and using him and Tess as a literary couple is not a good way to compare a real life relationship. When she wakes up in a hotel room after getting drunk and finds that Christian removed her clothes and won't tell her where they are, she freaks out and runs out of the hotel, telling Black Widow (who was searching for her outside) "Thank God. I think my client is a creeper."
    • Jane is appalled, instead of turned on, when Christian tries to finger her at his family's charity event.
    • On the flipside, while She-Hulk thinks that Christian is a sleezebag and very much supports Pepper filing charges against him, she still takes his case against Hawkeye and Black Widow because them attacking him in defense of Pepper, while understandable, was still illegal. This is followed by She-Hulk having to drop the case because Christian starts trying to force her into a romantic relationship with her, which makes business arrangements between them unethical.
    • The main reason that Christian Grey (a rich, perverted, idiotic lunatic) manages to escape the detection of every superhero and secret agent out to get him is because he's a rich, perverted, idiotic lunatic (and so has an entirely different mindset than the typical looking-to-Take Over the World super villain), and they are approaching the problem from the wrong direction. They discover this shortly before he manages to nearly attack (with intention to kill) the Black Widow (who is almost to term with her and Hawkeye's child, subverting the expected use of Pregnant Badass (she doesn't single-handedly kicks his ass, but is able to buy time for the Big Damn Heroes).
  • The Miraculous Adventures Of Dan Kuso has several cases.
    • Not every Miraculous Ladybug villain does enough damage to Warren than using the Ladybug cure, as the villain in the 1st chapter demonstrates. Similarly, since Ladybug removed the band-aid covering his scab to cleanse the Akuma, he’s left complaining against her the next day.
    • When Dan and Drago wash up on shore, they have passed out from hunger and dehydration due to being on a raft for a few days.
    • Normally, When Hawk Moth talks with his Akuma, it happens in private or in battle, where it seems normal. Not so here, where the victim just comes across as insane to characters who are Locked Out of the Loop, like Dan and Masquerade.
    • When Masquerade uses a flagpole to block the doors, this ends up attracting the attention of the staff.
    • Unlike the show, the Mayor’s childish demands do not intimidate Masquerade, who just proceeds to try and murder him to make him comply.
    • Unlike the show, the Akumatised victim’s object is noted to be indestructible, requiring it be dislodged through other means.
    • The Big Bad manages to accomplish most of his plan by using time travel to ensure things turn out how he intends to. He also evades suspicion since his last encounter with the Brawlers was as The Dragon for a Filler Villain during the middle of a war, meaning that Dan doesn’t recognise him when The Reveal comes around.
  • In Who Loves Thee Best, Itachi Uchiha leaves the Uchiha village with everyone slaughterednote  and spends eight years searching the lands to break the curse on his only and closest friend Masataka who is cursed to an eternal sleep unless he's kissed by someone who loves him a la Sleeping Beauty. When Itachi finally returns to the village to lift Masataka's curse, he finds that Masataka's hair and nails have grown to ridiculous lengths. His body and muscles wasted away due to starvation and lack of use because there was no one to care for a comatose person with the implication that Masataka stayed alive due to the curse.
  • In the A Certain Magical Index/Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover Walpurgisnaught, Touma picks up one of Homura's guns and uses it. Since he had never handled a gun before, the noise hurts his ears and the recoil hurts his arm.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Anita Blake story The Devil in the Details, Buffy Summers points out to Anita Blake that the U.S. is not a land of feudal lords and that this is not the Middle Ages. The so-called "master of the city" has absolutely no legal authority at all, and that when he uses his thugs to force people to come to him, he's guilty of ordering kidnapping. Similarly, she points out that the US Constitution legally allows anyone to live anywhere, and the Master of the City has no authority to forbid anyone from living where they want. And when he orders Anita to bring Buffy to his presence, Buffy calls the cops and has Anita Blake arrested.
  • In In Stark Contrast, Xander uses a wrist mounted railgun he made in an attempt to stake Spike and Drusilla. While he dusts Spike, Drusilla survives and Buffy (who was using Drusilla as a hostage/human shield) gets a hole in her collar bone from over-penetration.
  • From the Italian remake of Battle Fantasia Project:
    • The Nightmare Factory has a large number of hideouts exposed due to the simple fact that they double as legally registered factories, thus, once The Masquerade is lifted, the authorities notice their name and not only start raiding them at the first excuse but accidentally leak their position to the Sailor Senshi in the process of confirming to each other their position (Sailor Venus' day job happens to be in the police);
    • Minako's Dark and Troubled Past has left a deep scar in her subconscious;
    • Mimete's car had a bomb inside, put there by Sailor Venus to try and destroy the Death Busters early and detonated when she ran off a cliff due sabotage from her colleagues;
    • Tuxedo Kamen is up to his antics because he knows that engaging directly the much more powerful monsters would end with him dead, and thus is reduced to hit-and-run tactics and acting so crazy the enemy gets stunned while Sailor Moon attacks them;
    • Homura Akemi is absolutely pathetic in using rifles, and her choice of weapons isn't the best. Also, she has no idea that old and worn guns aren't safe, and one of her aquisitions nearly got the chief of the police fired for losing a large number of confiscated guns;
    • Japanese police is wary of the Magical Girls because they happen to look like punks (the exceptions being the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, where Minako serves and whose chief is more tolerant, and that of Mitakihara, whose chief is the father of a blue-haired magical girl).
  • From the Babylon 5/Star Trek crossover Shielded Under the Raptor's Wings:
    • Before the intervention of the Federation, the Klingon and the Romulans, Earth Alliance managed to devastate the Minbari merchant fleet. It not only slowed down the Minbari advance, but caused such damage to their ability to support their military outside their territory that the Battle of the Line was their last chance to win the war, as they cannot repeat the attempt anymore. Also, they couldn't pull out the ground forces fighting on Cyrus, that remained stuck there;
    • On the opposite side, the Federation, Klingon and Romulan war effort is hampered by the fact the story is set right after Praxis, with the Klingon economy in shambles and supported only by large chunks of the Federation merchant navy, that is thus unable to adequately support the fleet deployed on the other side of the galaxy while the Romulans are still recovering from a recent civil war and their own economic crisis. Also, as of chapter 6 their effort is even more hampered by an antimatter shortage (the Romulans suffer less as they still have in service a number of fusion-powered ships, but singularity-powered ships are still in development and thus their best ships are antimatter-powered), and the only ones who can supply enough antimatter to prosecute the war are the Centauri;
    • The Minbari actions didn't earn them any sympathy among the Younger Races, and now their aura of invincibility has been shattered some of them have joined the war on the other side;
    • Minbari tank designs get heavily criticized for the choice of armouring it with a material excellent against energy weapons but extremely vulnerable to kinetic penetrators (a choice that could be justified in space, as using kinetic weapons in space is extremely difficult due the extreme range and speeds involved, but is suicidal on the ground where the shorter range and lower speeds make kinetic weapon the best choice), the main gun being extremely powerful but fixed forward and thus unable to target anything on the sides, and the presence of radiator fins that not only are even more vulnerable than the rest of the tank but also make them much larger, and thus hamper their movements if they get caught into urban areas or similarly cramped spaces. The only one that gets a pass is the Windsword Assault Tank, by virtue of featuring a superior composite armour (making it a Lightning Bruiser capable of surviving hits that would have destroyed any EarthForce tank) that covers the radiator fins and having been cobbled together at the start of the war from technologies being developed specifically to correct the aforementioned flaws (thus being still excessively large and with a fixed forward guns), with prototypes that correct said flaws being under testing;
    • Minbari artillery only uses field guns, has low numbers and only uses antimatter shells. The low numbers of guns allow EarthForce to shoot down the shells in the air, and the large calibers and use of antimatter shells mean they cannot support their forces close. EarthForce artillery, more primitive but including both mortars and field guns and having a wider choice of shells (fragmentation-HE, saboted KE slugs, nukes, gas, and others) is consistently shown as superior.
    • Many Minbari are under the impression that War Is Glorious, and are implied to believe that a Minbari army surrounded, outnumbered and outgunned could defeat any enemy by simply charging out. The Minbari army on Cyrus does just that, and is slaughtered in a way that proves that War Is Hell. Interestingly, the soldiers who charged knew it, but they did it anyway because if they did anything else they would have been branded as cowards and the lesson they had learned would have been swept under the rug.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover story Not In Kansas, Kara's sex addiction is treated as a real and serious problem rather than a dream come true for men.
    • Trying to use Kara's "weakness" to magic (really, she's just not immune to it) against her never works out well for those who try. Since casting a spell of any real power requires speaking magic words, Kara's Super Speed and Eye Beams put a quick end to anyone attempting to cast a spell on her.
  • Ship of the Line: The Death Star: When the Death Star suddenly appears over Earth, it causes minor earthquakes over a large portion of the world due to having roughly the same mass as the moon and being far closer.
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Iron Man: Ferris;
  • After being unwinged and having their winging blocked in Sekirei? Is that some new species of little sister?, most Sekirei feel no attraction (besides possibly physical) to their former Ashikabi. While they may not necessarily dislike their former Ashikabi, they're no longer head-over-heels in love with them. In fact, only two pairs are shown to still be in love with each other: Chiho and Uzume along with Minato and Musubi.
  • The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor:
    • Naruto's female soldiers (sequel to the above story) wear the exact same kind of armor as the men. Naruto wanted to give their armor breasts but realized that doing so would deflect the force of blows directly into their breast bone, the exact opposite of what it should do.
    • Uplifting their new subjects and using Goa'uld healing technology on them as well causes the Celestial Empire to see a massive population boom. Eventually the population outstrips their ability to support them, causing them to institute a voluntary euthenasia program for Jaffa too old to fight as the majority of Jaffa abhor retirement, at least until their technology improves and they can support an even higher population.
    • A higher standard of living and new rulers declaring their laws won't change belief systems held in place for centuries overnight. Naruto and Xanna spend years trying to get seperate factions of misogynists and misandrists to accept gender equality before they find a solution.
    • The Tollan end up subverted by the fact the Celestial Empire is extremely sexually liberal and no matter what the Tollan government tries, the younger generation is still going to be drawn by a brand new culture, particularly when no-strings sex is commonplace.
    • When Naruto and Xanna arrive on Earth, thousands eagerly convert to worshiping Naruto as unlike every religion's god(s), Naruto is obviously present and has no problem healing everyone in a hospital because he can.
    • While Naruto and Xanna's super soldiers do wear Power Armor that greatly enhances their speed, strength, and reflexes, they also have to have several cybernetic upgrades to use said armor. Anyone who isn't of Sekirei descent needs to have all four limbs replaced with prosthetics and everyone needs to have nanobots to reinforce their skeleton, otherwise the sheer power of their armor would crush their bodies. Likewise, since all Power Armor has to be custom made to perfectly fit each individual, it requires special machinery to put on or take off.
    • Many nations and religions are opposed to the empire, either due to being slowly usurped by the empire or the fact their leaders look like demons who encourage things many religions consider taboo, and do what they can to rebel or resist. This all fails terribly. Multiple assassination attempts fail because, above all, Naruto and Xanna are literally immortal and no baseline human will ever be able to kill them with modern weaponry such as handguns or knives. No amount of training or faith is going to give a human being the ability to kill someone who can heal any injury and warp reality with a thought.
      • One of the reasons for the many failed attempts is the fact that many believe Naruto and Xanna to be demonic/Satan in some form. Their attempts to use methods from mythology such as silver weapons fail because they don't actually provide extra protection or damage against them. As Naruto muses in his head, it's just a shiny metal.
    • The Wraith are a dangerous threat in canon partially due to the protagonists being largely cut off from reinforcements back on Earth. But against a galaxy spanning empire, they're a cakewalk. Even worse, because they're a telepathic species with insect origins, they automatically submit to any telepath stronger than them, such as Naruto and Xanna. Naruto and Xanna are so disappointed that instead of leading the war, they send their Warmaster Setsuna to make an example of the Wraith.
    • After a successful attack on a Goa'uld throne world leaves hundreds of Goa'uld dead, the human slaves rise against them and slaughter every Goa'uld and Jaffa on the planet. Without ships to fight them with, the Goa'uld's superior technology is nearly worthless as they're outnumbered over two thousand to one.
    • When Naruto turns Xanna mortal for a day, she quickly learns how bothersome her Rapunzel Hair is when it's subject to things like tangling and having to be physically dried. She eventually has Akitsu cut most of her hair off to avoid the hassle.
    • At one point, the pope announces his intention to visit the Celestial Empire's holdings on Earth. When he contacts Naruto and Xanna about his visit, they are initially why he's bothering them rather than going through their department of travel. While the pope is a very important man on Earth, they're aliens (not to mention gods) running a galaxy spanning empire that isn't big on religion. To them, one human is the same as any other.
  • While flying in Stone in Love, the Scoobies learn that it's much easier to hear someone talking in front of them unless they're wearing radios. As a result, their in flight conversations consist of saying their piece then falling behind the next speaker so they can hear their response.
    • Just because Willow has feelings for Xander doesn't mean he's obligated to return them. Giles even remarks that it's likely a psychological condition that occurs when two people know each other for a significant portion of their life before puberty: one or both of them ends up completely incapable of seeing the other in a romantic sense.
  • In Wizard Runemaster, Onyxa's minions don't follow Mook Chivalry so when a raid group engages one, the rest come running and slaughter most of the group. While a few get away wounded, it's also noted that they're unlikely to get past the many black drakes and whelps outside the lair.
    • Minions in general will swarm any group they encounter. When Harry's group attacks Stratholme and are spotted by a Shade, it's shout draws half the city upon them.
  • When captured by CT and his Insurrectionists in I Against I, Me Against You, Rarity tries the same trick she used against the diamond dogs in A Dog and Pony Show. It doesn't end well for Captain Eberle. Turns out attempting to intentionally annoy your captor isn't such a good idea when said captor is a delusional psychopath.
  • Happens rather often in I Have Vacation Days?, which is rather interesting given its status as a love letter of sorts to action anime, Roosterteeth, and Team Four Star. Turns out that dropping a normal human into a new world transformed into a vampire lord notorious in his source material for being a bloodthirsty monster with an already existing stock of familiars will drive him crazy and make him lose his sense of self for a while.
    • Equestria on the surface looks like an idyllic paradise where everybody largely gets along save for disagreements quickly resolved. Then the Night Shift organization is introduced. A clandestine organization that answer to no one but Princess Luna, doesn't officially exist, and is dismissed by even Princess Celestia as conspiracy theory. Its agents live among the people in plain sight, are the absolute elite of Equestria's military forces, and are above the law, allowing them to complete their missions by any means necessary, which primarily consist of monitoring and eliminating enemies of the state both domestic and foreign. Said agents are all trained assassins and torturers recruited from all walks of life, and those who learn of the organization's existence without being on a very short list of approved people are swiftly silenced. They've influenced entire political climates via covert assassinations to protect Equestria's interests.
    • The most recent chapter hits hard with this trope. Turns out that being the student of the ruler, a national hero, one of the foremost authorities on spellcraft, and a member of the royal family does not grant immunity from the law. As Twilight discovered the hard way when she was tried and exiled for her prolific practice of necromancy. As Facet himself stated, Twilight may be a benevolent hero, but her known history of using violence and intimidation to get her way has caused those outside her inner circle to rightly fear her. Facet himself calls her a ticking time bomb at best.
  • When Cameron sits on Xander's lap shortly after they start dating in Strangely Literal, she nearly crushes his legs since her android body weighs a few hundred pounds. She compensates by putting almost all her weight on her legs. She still forgets her strength and/or weight a few times throughout the story.
  • Happens all the time in the Ranma ½/Sailor Moon crossover No Chance For Fate, especially with the parts played for laughs. Victims of the youma do feel the psychological effects, Kuno's harassing of Akane ends up in her snapping and beating him within an inch of his life, leading to the police investigating and cracking down hard on both the Kuno siblings for all the shit they pulled and the Furinkan staff for covering it up (Sasuke escapes only because he's the one who actually tried to do something, and is desperately trying to understand why the Kuno siblings grew up as they did), Happosai is shown as the monster he is who reduced Soun to an emotional wreck and made Genma in the Jerkass he is, the Sailor Soldiers in the original timeline were dismal rulers, and so on.
  • Venus Flash:
    • The story is set in the Sailor Moon manga universe, showing what Minako was up to between her voyage to China and her debut in the main series. As a consequence of what happened in China, namely killing her true love and finding out she, the Goddess of Love, will always choose duty over love, she's not in her best psychological form, and is outright a Jerk with a Heart of Gold until she recovers.
    • Cutey Honey comes from the manga version. After destroying Panther Claw, the personal losses she had suffered in the fight almost drove her to suicide, and she still blocked out her own memories and turned herself back into a child, as she just couldn't go on anymore.
    • The story is narrated by Minako, an extremely energetic Genius Ditz. The narration is somewhat confusionary, and sometimes interrupted by Minako answering a question posed by her friends.
    • Sailor Venus has stumbled on the Dark Kingdom's plans more than once, even trying to intervene in Sailor Moon's debut fight and only failing because the Dark Kingdom's youma found her first.
    • Before the start of the story, Sailor Venus has destroyed a whole branch of the Dark Kingdom. As a consequence, Beryl has sent out multiple powerful youma specifically to kill her, with a group including four heavy hitters and and weaker one that can suppress her powers.
    • In their first fight, Sailor Venus and Beryl's hit-youma Manegin are evenly matched in terms of strength... But Manegin has powerful claws, and Venus is nearly killed when she charges her directly. On the other hand, Sailor Venus is an experienced combatant practicing martial arts and Manegin has no such skills, and after that claw strike Venus holds the advantage.
    • Cutey Honey is a Combat Pragmatist, and her abilities come from her being an android and having the Airborne Element Fixing Device, that rearranges the atoms in the air and those of her own body to change her form. She's just as terrifying as you can expect.
    • Panther Claw's Mooks are armed with Luger and Nambu Type pistols and Thompson submachine guns. The handgun choices is criticized because the Lugers have a small magazine and are just too flimsy for modern military rounds and the Nambu fire an underpowered round that is out of mass production.
  • The Floating Castle becomes a massive case of Reality Ensues for the residents of Aincrad after the castle is summoned to Halkagenia by Louise as suddenly, they're no longer in a videogame but the real world. Monsters no longer stay in their designated floors, avoid safe zones, or use set attack patterns. Getting hurt means actual injuries that can take weeks to heal (assuming you don't die before receiving medical attention) and death means someone has to take care of the resulting corpse. Lastly, the players no longer have inventories to hold all their supplies and shops are limited to what's actually present, which results in the players quickly running low on supplies.
  • When Naruto takes too long to pick up some weapons he commissioned from a blacksmith in Naruto: The Gamer Files, said blacksmith sells them off to recoup his losses. Apparently not even having your life turn into a videogame allows you to Take Your Time.
  • In Ten Costumes Cordelia Never Wore, Supergirl Cordelia points out all the flaws with the Scoobies' plan to blow up the Judge using a rocket launcher. Namely, Buffy is trying to hit a man-sized target in a crowded mall with a weapon designed to kill tanks. Even if she hits him, she's likely to kill several people from both the explosion and the shrapnel. Furthermore, her friends are standing right behind her and would get fried by the back blast.
  • When Kirche sends her familiar to capture Louis so she could talk to him in An Acolyte of Zero, Louise responds to the salamander attacking her familiar by cutting its throat.
  • In The Passing of the Shades of Black, the Men in Black have stopped their old practice of immediately putting new agents in the field to learn under a senior agent because it caused endless problems during J's early days. Now all agents sit through six months of training before possibly being made field agents. The ones who don't make the cut for field agent end up in one of numerous support positions.
  • Months after being kidnapped by slavers and escaping in Deal with a Devil, Harry Potter and Sally-Anne Perks still have nightmares about them. It's even worse for Sally-Anne since Harry escaped himself whereas she was rescued and afterwards a bunch of wizards showed up and erased the memories of all the other children captured. Since Sally-Anne doesn't know they were Ministry workers maintaining the Statute of Secrecy, she spends months fearing they'll suddenly find her and erase her memories too. As a result, she's developed a severe anxiety disorder.
  • Kyosuke recognizes Sayaka as a magical girl almost immediately when she makes her debut in Justice Society of Japan, due to the fact fact that she not only ducked out of a concert right before all the superhero stuff went down, but she's not even wearing a mask.
  • In Cycles Upon Cycles, Liara T'soni develops PTSD after seeing her entire archaeological team die. Furthermore, she's a scientist and archaeologist, not a soldier; as a result, she stays out of the fighting.
  • When a person with superhuman strength and a person with average physicality that is not prepared to fight or escape from the superhuman in any way whatsoever (and said superhuman wants to kill badly) meet, the result is a Curb-Stomp Battle on the superhuman's favor. This is what happens to Gendo Ikari on Superwomen Of Eva Treacherous Web. Another dose of reality occurs in the fact that killing Gendo does not makes anybody's lives easier-Shinji (who is a "Well Done, Son!" Guy) ends in a very severe depression and SEELE gets even more freedom to screw everybody over (because the Gambit Pileup between their plans and Gendo's was one of the things holding them back).
  • In How I Learned to Love the Wild Horse, WOOHP is fully aware of the activities of the Nerima Wrecking Crew and as such believes them to be either a group of supervillains or possibly a terrorist organization from the massive amounts of property damage they're responsible for.
  • Wardes fiddling with the Staff of Destruction in Emperor of Zero in an attempt to understand how it works sets the weapon off. As a result, he's badly burned from the backblast and the airship he was on is heavily damaged and forced to land.
  • Shortly after gaining superpowers and landing in the DC universe in The Plagiarist, Xander gets mugged. Does he take the mugger down with his new powers? Nope. He simply hands over his money as said mugger already has a gun to his back. However, Xander accidentally clones him while handing over his money and said clone knocks the mugger unconscious.
  • In When Harry met Wednesday, Rufus Scrimgeour flat out tells Dumbledore that the only reason he isn't being arrested for withholding information on Voldemort's horcurxes for years is because Scrimgeour can't trust the Ministry to destroy them. But he assures Dumbledore he will be facing criminal charges for it once the war is over.
    • Dumbledore's tendency to withhold information in general bites him in the ass on several occasions. When two students with Death Eater ties (one who actually IS a Death Eater) are killed, an official tries to paint it as the fault of Professor Tofty (who replaced Dumbledore as Headmaster), saying that Dumbledore would have known to watch them closely. Rather than feeling chastised, Tofty is outraged that Dumbledore knew students had connections to Death Eaters and didn't inform him.
      • When Dumbledore and some Order members go after a Horcrux, Dumbledore not telling them about the door that requires a blood sacrifice costs Emmeline Vance her life because Tonks has to wait several minutes for Dumbledore to come and open the door while Vance is badly injured.
      • Eventually Dumbledore's actions cause Moody to disband the Order of the Phoenix and tell those with usable skills to work for the Ministry and the rest to stay home and sit things out.
  • After his first actual mission in Star Wars Episode I: The Familiar of Zero, Guiche is left traumatized when a Dragon Knight slaughters almost all of his men. Even after waking up back at base, he suffers flashbacks from it and repeats a Survival Mantra over and over until the healer knocks him out.
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For:
    • Shortly after Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order, she's almost captured by a group of bounty hunters. There's a standing bounty on all Jedi, especially ones like Ahsoka who've been particularly problematic for the Seperatists, and she has none of the resources she once enjoyed as a Jedi. It's only the fact Harry's sitting a couple seats down that saves her life, though her entering that particular bar is implied to be the will of the Force.
    • After Harry accidentally reawakens Magic (which had previously only been accessible as the Force), Palpatine takes to practicing every skill his spies have heard of Harry using. Unfortunately for him, apparating without much knowledge of how to do it results in him losing a chunk of his leg.
    • Harry's incredibly distinctive ship with it's Gryffindor paint job becomes a massive liability after a 100 million credit bounty is put on his head. One of Harry's contacts outright states that quite literally every bounty hunter, criminal organization, and two-bit thug is gunning for him now and he's flying around in one of the most easily recognized ships in the galaxy. As a result, Harry's forced to temporarily abandon it in the middle of nowhere and use a different, more inconspicuous ship.
    • Harry's insanely large bounty (which balloons to half a billion) causes gang wars among various criminal organizations wanting to claim it, with Palpatine noting it's a minor miracle the Hutts haven't yet declared war on the Black Sun.
  • In First Knight, Xander makes clear that the poison in the lobster does not have a Magic Antidote when the group goes back in time to a fancy dinner where everyone dies. As a result, he can't cure the alternate Xander and Faith they run in to as antidotes have to be calculated based on weight and metabolism. Xander carries his own antidote dosage to that particular poison in case of emergencies but he has no idea how to calculate for a Slayer.
  • While taking a break from his videogame of a life to play a Star Trek version, Xander learns the hard way in Per-Verse that being a pirate has a lot of downsides. No one trusts him enough to sell him quality parts, trustworthy crewmates are impossible to find, and the ones who do want to join up tend to be the scum of the universe.
  • For some time in Itachi, Is That A Baby?, Harry Potter has trouble adjusting to his new vision after replacing one of his implanted Byakugan with a Sharingan. Before he simply had 360 degree x-ray vision and could perfectly for roughly two miles; now he still has that (though half the range) in one eye and another that sees a few seconds into the future. For the first couple months, he has to keep one eye shut just to keep from walking into things.
    • After a group of freshly graduated aurors kill several foreign would-be terrorists at the Quidditch World Cup, some politicians try to make a fuss about it, only to back down when it's pointed out they'd have to go on the record as stating that it's acceptable to attack civilians at an international sporting event.
    • Fleur's furious rant after coming second place in a Task, despite nearly dying several times while trying to save time, comes to an end when her flames consume so much oxygen around her that she passes out.
  • When Ryoga attacks Ranma in the middle of the night in The Demon's Contract, Nabiki calls the police about a burglar who broke into her home.
  • After the fleet sent to retake Area 11/Japan fails in Six Paths of Rebellion, Schneizel agrees to a ceasefire between Britannia and Japan because their success has inspired rebellions in almost every conquered Area. Between that and the still ongoing war with the EU, Britannia simply doesn't have the resources at the moment to reconquer Japan.
    • In canon, V.V. manages to kidnap Nunally due to her being alone, blind, and stuck in a wheelchair. Here, when he goes to kidnap Nunally, he finds a teenager in great physical condition backed up by her Ninja Maid, both of whom know of him and his plans, while he's stuck in a 10 year old body. Even without their superpowers, V.V. didn't have a prayer of even escaping, let alone succeeding.
    • After Japan is freed, there's some initial hostility between the Japanese and former Britannians still living there due to years of oppression.
    • After the Time Skip, Suzaku hasn't been made a Knight of Rounds since he got the title in canon for capturing Zero, something he failed to do here. Also, once it was leaked that Suzaku intended to "Free Japan" by ruling it as the Knight of One, he's reviled throughout Japan as one of the worst traitors in the nation's history.
  • In Chapter 10 from Under Wing, Hibari Minoru is forcefully restrained by his fellow police officers when he strongly reacts to a kid who could be his missing nephew kidnapped when he was two-years-old. His friend has to break to him that even if the kid really is Hibari Takeru, he was too young when he was abducted to remember his family and a emotionally upset grown man barging into the room would only scare him.
  • When Harry first apparates in Magic of the Force, he splinches himself and a magical accident reversal squad has to sort him out. Later when he apparates to a galaxy far, far away, he doesn't land anywhere close to civilization and spends weeks searching before he actually finds other people.
  • When Motoko and Naru try to force Shirou/Keitaro to bathe in a bucket in Promises of a Wandering Hero, he institutes a weekly schedule on usage of the hot springs. Their attempts to stop him fail as he's not an Extreme Doormat like canon Keitaro and responds to their demands of what gives him the right to do so by pointing out he's both the manager and owner of the dorm. If they don't like the rules, they can find somewhere else to live.
    • Even though she knows he did it to protect her, Sarah is still terrified of Shirou after he killed her zombiefied mother in front of her.
  • In My Copy, one of Xander's clone minions/lovers has to break into a building reinforced with the same kind of armor as that used on tanks. She notes that the eggheads who thought that up clearly didn't realize that tanks are susceptible to repeated strikes to the same area and an immobile target such as a building simply makes hitting spot easier. She blows a hole in the building by rigging a large truck to fire a score of RPGs at it.
  • In Influenced Out of Normality, Buffy tries to become Homecoming Queen to get back at Cordelia who forgot to tell her it was picture day (despite what Buffy thinks, Cordelia honestly forgot). She fails miserably as her three days of campaigning was nowhere near enough to overcome Cordelia knowing most of the students for years. Furthermore, because Buffy doesn't really interact with anyone but the Scoobies, most students simply think of her as that weird girl who burned down the gym at her last school.
  • In Anything Goes Game Changer it's shown that Matsu's computers use up a lot of electricity as she has five high end computer running twenty-four seven in her room. Not only does this increase the electrical bill for the Izumo Inn but because the electricity for her room is spliced off the water heater, it's also increasing the strain on the heater. Lastly, because both the splicing and the fake wall hiding Matsu's room were done by an amateur, a competent electrician or carpenter can spot them right away. Luckily for everyone involved, said handyman is Ranma Saotome and he's willing to fix the shoddy workmanship.
    • When Kasumi finally realizes Dr. Tofu has the hots for her, she's creeped out as not only does she not like men that much older than her (she's 19 and he's roughly 30), but she also remembers him as her childhood doctor.
  • In How It Happens, Reborn picks Harry over Lambo as Tsuna's Lightning Guardian because a teenager is much more able to protect himself than a five-year-old boy. Also, Harry has a pleasant disposition which doesn't grate as much as Lambo's pushy and bratty behaviour.
  • In Dragon Knight fights aren't long drawn-out affairs nor do the fighters have a Dirt Forcefield. When Xander fights six different men (one at a time) aiming to ambush him, each fight is over in seconds and by the end he's basically covered head to toe in blood.
    • A young dragon like Xander is rather vulnerable on the ground because they aren't very maneuverable and they can only turn their neck enough for their fire breath to hit roughly 200 degrees around them, leaving 160 degrees they can't attack. On separate occasions, Xander is chased off by a pack of wolves and kicked repeatedly by a heard of donkeys while stuck on the ground. Furthermore, flying requires either a hill large enough that he can flap his wings without them hitting the ground or running into the wind so he can jump.
    • While he tries to be a Front Line General, Xander is usually stuck dealing with logistics and issuing orders to his men, leaving them to do the fighting.
    • After returning to Earth with his family, Xander's wife and son (along with Anya) have to get full medical check-ups and immunizations along with cover identities due to being from a different world.
    • As badass as his dragon form is, Xander knows full well he's no match for military vehicles, which are faster, tougher, and hit harder from a greater range.
    • When negotiating/blackmailing/threatening the US Army over Adam, Giles calmly explains that despite the threat to destroy California, that's something that will only occur if the official he's meeting attempts anything against him. If they don't agree to the Scoobies terms, Giles will simply return to his hotel room to review their requests and come back to negotiate some more as necessary. Actual violence is a last resort.
  • Mass Foundations
    • Redemption in the Stars:
      • After their defeat at the hands of the Courier, Blue Suns amped up their security forces, overwhelming him, Liara, and Feron at the abandoned mining facility. The sudden turn of events forced the Courier to flee, leaving Liara and Feron behind.
      • When the Courier took a Blue Suns Centurion from a scouting group hostage, his demands were rejected as the other Blue Suns call him out on his wanton killing of their peers and attempt to distract him long enough for backup to arrive. He ultimately sees through it and points out that he'll just kill the reinforcements. It worked.
    • A New Day:
      • C-Sec discovered a good part about Eric when he arrived in the Mass Effect universe. How did they find out? By looking at his ID card. Because of his circumstances, it was implied he was under surveillance, though we don't get much beyond that. After Eric got his credentials, C-Sec brought him in to question him. When they found out he was clean, they let him go.
  • As shown in A Horse for the Force, if you try to change your planet's hat in a drastic way, such as from Proud Warrior Race Guy to Actual Pacifist, you're going to make a lot of enemies. Even those who don't want to be a Psycho for Hire like the Death Watch was are proud of their heritage and see attempts to change their way of life as spitting on their traditions. Later chapters show the "New Mandalorians" were never a majority but simply the largest faction (roughly a third); once another faction appeared that appealed to the remaining Mandalorians, they quickly realized they'd be removed from power one way or another.
    • Biochemical barriers are very much a factor in Ranma's life as well. He couldn't train with a race known for their grappling because the planet's atmosphere had too high a sulfur content and the entire race is too claustrophobic to spend time in a spacesuit offworld. Likewise, while humans can breed with several near-human species, Shaak-Ti informs him that the two of them can't have children together as Togrutans can't breed with other species.
    • A Duros gangster tries to fight Bo-Katan with a lightsaber after injecting himself with a load of combat drugs. He loses almost instantly as she's a highly trained Mandalorian while he's a drug addict flailing around randomly.
  • Stabler's tendency to act like a Cowboy Cop comes back to bite him in Father Goose and the Black Knight when he and Benson interrogate Xander under suspicion he's responsible for some mutilated young women. They find out afterwards that Xander's office has high quality security cameras when they're sent pictures of Stabler clearly assaulting him with a warning not to try it again or charges will be pressed. Furthermore, as Benson and Stabler are on a temporary assignment to Cleveland, their superior and the ADA aren't willing to cover for their illegal actions taken on a gut feeling. When Stabler brings up that they could arrest Xander for possession of a concealed weapon due to the fact his cane breaks off to a sharpened point, the ADA responds that she could but isn't willing to prosecute a crippled man for having a sharpened stick.
  • Black Sky: When Xanxus meets his wife, he immediately falls head over heels for her. Problem is, she likes and cares for him, but she's not in love with him. So Xanxus needs to court her while they work through the buttload of issues created by him rushing to be frozen for six years, their children getting to know him as their father and discovering Dorea's world. They do communicate quite well but they still have falling-outs.
    • When Dumbledore announces Voldemort's return, everyone disbelieve him because he refuses to give any proof of it. Great political figure or not, You Have to Believe Me! is not a viable strategy in real life.
    • When he tries to contact Dorea Black, he basically harasses her steward to make her go back to Hogwarts, forgetting that a) she was abducted on school grounds and feels it would be unsafe to return, b) she's married and newlywed students generally drop out. Lupin ends up calling Rita Skeeter to make him stop by exposing his harassing on the newspaper.
      • When he finally manages to talk with Dorea, she's furious because he outright kidnapped her in the Ministry, treats her with a familiarity he didn't earn - being her senior and lacking the slightest acquaintance with her beyond "headmaster-student" - and keeps her from doing much more pressing duties such as tending to her newborn twins.
  • In The Bloody Ashikabi, when Ivy Potter gets almost raped, her father James flips the shit out and announces he will go to the DMLE and ensure the rapists end up in Azkaban for what's left of their lifetimes. And no, Dumbledore, trying to placate him by deducting points and giving detentions isn't going to work. More darkly, this also pokes at the inconsistency of the low numbers in Hogwarts, revealing this is not the first time Dumbledore has ignored Purebloods raping Muggles or Half-Bloods - he justifies this by revealing the Wizarding World is on its last legs and every child born helps up its possibilities of survival, and he personally couldn't care any less whether the child came as a result of rape or not as long as everyone ends up Light.
  • The Beast That I Am shows that not only are the city inhabitants aware of the girls of the Hinata Inn, but the police very much want Keitaro to keep a tighter leash on them to keep them from running around, breaking several laws. Also, after Shinobu's rampage as "a large green ogre", the Hinata Inn is declared a crime scene and the residents can't enter large parts of it until the investigation is over.
  • In The Widow and the Wizard, Hagrid uses his canon strategy of breaking the door and entering Natasha's house at midnight before asking to see Harry. Natasha threatens to shoot him and says he can come back at daylight if he wants to see the kid so badly.
    • Harry is quite annoyed rather than excited to learn the truth about his origins. He's fine with his adoptive mother and if he's so important to the Wizarding World, why was he left with the Dursleys and no one cared to check on his health and suitability to attend Hogwarts? He ends up running away with Natasha because he's not interested to learn magic away from her and returning to a magical place would be kind of stupid if Voldemort isn't dead.
  • In Avenger Goddess, a Super Soldier's Healing Factor works so fast that it occasionally has its drawbacks, like broken bones knitting themselves back together in the wrong place and then having to be broken again so that they can be reset properly, as seen when Schmidt suffers this during the fight in Wakanda.
  • Regardless of your intentions, if you shoot a spell at someone (even a nonlethal one) who's just been in a fight to the death like Dumbledore does in Dealing With The Aftermath, they will react violently. Dumbledore firing a disarming spell at Bernardo after he and Xander had just killed several Death Eaters causes Xander to shoot him multiple times with a shotgun.
  • In The Little Stark, after Ariel (The Little Mermaid) is adopted by Tony Stark (Marvel Cinematic Universe), there are a few examples of this;
    • While Ariel and other mermaids can talk to fish, only a few are depicted as being sentient enough to talk back to the mermaids in turn, such as Flounder and Sebastian.
    • While the mermaids were shown to have no trouble communicating with humans in the films (once the issue of Ariel’s ‘stolen’ voice was resolved), here Ariel has to learn how to talk to Tony and Pepper after she’s taken in (the language of the mer-people is described as a mixture of Danish with other languages), and Triton has to cast a spell with the trident to facilitate later communication between Ariel’s sea and land families.
  • Despite having two additional witnesses to support his claim that someone in a kabuki mask was using his stolen microbot technology, Hiro is still unable to convince the police officer in Empathy, since A) It is still an unbelievable claim and B) The officer recognized Hiro and Riley as the two kids arrested a few months ago, making them untrustworthy.
    • Earlier, when Riley wakes up inside her head and meets her emotions, she automatically screams in fright.
    • What the fanfic shows that the movie didn't was Hiro going through trial and error with his microbot idea. He doesn't come up with the neurotransmitter until Riley suggests it, unable to control all of the microbots at once with a regular controller used for Bot-fighting.
    • After an embarrassing first introduction at the start of the story (i.e. meeting Hiro in a jail cell and knowing he was responsible for Riley being in a cell too), Riley's father is hesitant to allow Hiro to see his daughter. Thankfully, Riley's mom is more reasonable and convinces her husband to give the boy a chance.
    • When Oh tries to help Hiro by working on the neural-transmitter, he calibrates it with a Boov's parameters in mind, which are very different from human physiology. When Riley tries to wear it, she's shocked into unconsciousness.
    • Riley struggles with her new powers, since there is no one with similar abilities. She is worried that the others think she is crazy when she tries explaining her new empathetic abilities and thankful when Fred steps in to her defense.
    • After Tadashi dies in the fire, the next chapter shows how the others are dealing with it. Honey Lemon can't sleep because she keeps having nightmares, Gogo blames herself for what happened, Hiro isolates himself from everyone, and Riley suffers from a Heroic BSoD from the overload of emotions she felt during that tragic moment. The Andersons are concerned with paying for therapy, but Fred covers it for them.
    • When Hiro is reluctant to let Riley join them in the fight against Yokai, Riley and Tip are pissed. Tip sides with Riley and admits that the only reason she was hanging out with the others was because Riley was there and both storm off. Everyone makes up afterwards, this time letting Riley and Tip aide in the final battle.
    • The fire takes longer to destroy the building, but Tadashi is still in the building when the explosion happens.
    • Oh becomes inspired to fight after watching the others take on Yokai and the Gorg. He headbutts Smek, but immediately reels in pain from the blow. He lampshades what a horrible move it is to use.
    • In the final chapter, Agent Dicker and General Monger point out that the Supers Ban just allowed supervillains to run rampant (since criminals wouldn't be bothered about breaking another law), and is only nominally recognized anymore. And they couldn't even get Metro Man to follow it at all in the first place.
    • The trend of this trope continues into the sequel, which right off the bat shows that even after getting closure on Tadashi's death, Honey Lemon is still in mourning and tries to keep herself occupied.
    • When Mirage is assigned to retrieve the Monster team, Lucy angrily accuses the assignment of being a glorified delivery mission just because of Mirage's former alignment with Syndrome.
    • Hiro and Fred's dad suspect that the AVL is onto the secret identities of Big Hero 9. In the next scene, following Agent Dicker, it turns out it is not the case and that they are still working on it. While Paper-Thin Disguise might be in place, the organization doesn't really have much information to go by to determine the ids of the new crimefighters of San Fransokyo. Not to mention, they have other concerns of more importance to deal with, so a new group of superheroes would most likely be low on AVL's priority list. Also, because they're a government agency, with a fixed budget, they're limited by poor equipment and a shortage of competent personnel compared to their workload.
    • Mirage's parents died because when Excelsior and Dr. Nefario's battle caused damage to the pier they were on, her mother wanted to run, but her father stood his ground, sure that Excelsior would save them. He wasn't able to do so.
    • Mirage was not let off easy for her actions as Syndrome's lieutenant. She is still viewed as untrustworthy even years later, and even now as an agent of the AVL she still has a tracking device on her at all times, which is also an inhibitor designed to paralyze her if she's viewed as stepping out of line.
    • The team can't carry their costumes around everywhere, especially since they're bulkier than the more spandex-like suits the Parrs wear. The reason that only Fred and Violet could respond to the attack on KreiTech was the simple fact that by chance, Fred was the only one near where the spare costumes were kept.
    • Like in a certain movie, the Size Shifter device that Doctor Cockroach made for Susan works by contracting the empty space in her molecules. This, however, does not actually change her mass, so she is much denser than a normal person at 5 feet. While this makes her Immune to Bullets and gives her Super Strength, furniture that hasn't been reinforced will collapse if she tries to use it, and she can't wear heels.
    • As Honey doesn't have any superpowers, punching people in fights does manage to hurt her hands in the process.
    • Even if the jerks they took out started it by trying to smash Susan over the head with a beer bottle, the police still want to talk with the girls after the bar fight. Even then, it's noted that it was extreme luck on their part they the police never asked for IDs and noticed that Violet was underage for being at a club.
    • People did die in Titan's reign of terror over Metro City, and it's implied that Margo's biological parents were among them. Those deaths are also why Bob is furious at Metro Man for faking his death — while Megamind was the one to give Titan his powers, he only did that to fill the void Metro Man left behind. And when Titan started his rampage, Metro Man, instead of intervening immediately, stood and watched, forcing Megamind to deal with Titan himself.
    • Metro Man's decision may have allowed Megamind to reform and fulfill his potential as a hero, but it was still an extremely selfish and irresponsible decision that led to the deaths of dozens, potentially hundreds of people. Several of his friends, especially Mr. Incredible, are disappointed in him when they find out what he did. Even Megamind, the one who "benefited" the most from this, is implied to be unhappy with Wayne's choice even though he's come to accept it.
    • Big Hero 9 have good tech and some decent skills, but they're still rookie heroes. Thus when they first go up against the much more experienced villains of the Syndicate, they get curbstomped.
    • When Abigail finds out about her father's crimes, she's horrifed, and ultimately decides to cut ties with him. Despite the fact that everything he did was to save her life, he still commited several crimes, including Tadashi's murder, the attempt murders of Big Hero 9 (several of whom are children), and what could be best described as treason against humanity.
  • In The Difference One Man Can Make, Alliser Thorne is shot down by Lord Commander Jeor Mormont when he counsels for war with the Norfolk. The Night's Watch is less than a thousand men strong with bad equipment while the Norfolk is around twenty thousand at least with brand-new steel weapons and a leader actively using witchcraft to cull the enemy. No matter how much you squint, it would be a slaughter for the Watch.
    • When Ned Stark learns the new King-Beyond-the-Wall focuses on making his people strong and more civilized, he waits to see if it would lead to an invasion. Otherwise, a more prosperous Free Folk means less raiding and pillaging in the North, which benefits everyone.
    • Stannis flat-out condemns his royal brother's desire to add the Norfolk to the Seven Kingdoms as foolish. No lord or landed knight would accept to leave their warm castles to go beyond the Wall, fighting bloodthirsty barbarians only because their king is bored. Also, as Jon Arryn points it, where are they supposed to find the money for the campaign since the realm in already indebted?
    • As the Norfolk start to trade with the Seven Kingdoms, their main exportation is really cheap, really abundant foodstuffs. The Reach's economy plummets because they cannot sell as much as they used to the smallfolk.
  • For a theoretical first chapter of a odd crossover, Code Geass: Ashikabi of the Amour Oneshot has a fair bit of this.
    • As Sekirei in their home series have bird motif, the oneshot runs with it. The two Sekirei who appear have a number of bird like traits, including the way they look at things and their bone structures are less dense than the mammalian humans. They also have warmer body temperatures than humans, like birds.
    • Their human-like appearance is mentioned to be as a result of their evolution, a third path betwen Mammal and Bird like ancestors. Lelouch mentally notes that this is not possible as mammals diverged from reptiles long before birds evolved, but does admit that alien species likely evolved differently.
    • The fact they look human enough, but have some differences to them, is enough to bother Lelouch a bit when he noticed it per the uncanny valley.
    • Nunnally's canonically enhanced hearing is noted to make it so Lelouch is unable to sleep with people in their residence, lest she hear it clearly. This also presumably extends to masturbation.
    • Minato Sahashi, while smart, was not recognized as such because of his issues with handling test stress and thus his ronin status. Thus he was beneath notice of Britannia's crackdown on Japanese Intellectuals.
  • Harry Potter of Baker Street has Harry being sent to live with his cousin, Sherlock Holmes at the age of four. Naturally, Sherlock knows nothing about being a parent and John has to remind him that Harry will replicate the older man's behavior.
    • There Are No Therapists is averted, John insists that Harry be taken to a child therapist to deal with the psychological damage left behind by the Dursleys.
    • Mycroft gets a marriage certificate for Sherlock and John. As a result, John is forced to keep his affairs with other women a secret and for brief periods of time.
    • The only reason Sherlock and John are able to see Magical Britain is because of the talismans they are required to wear, since Sherlock is not a descendant of wizards.
  • Child of the Storm takes the "Harry is really related to a superhero/god/etc. Wish Fulfillment fic" cliche and deconstructs it.
    • Harry is the son of Thor when he was briefly incarnated as James Potter? Harry's first reaction (after absolute bafflement) is to angrily demand of his father where the hell he was for the 12 years since Voldemort attacked and he was left with the Dursleys. The answer? His memory was wiped of his life as James by Odin because he went literally mad with grief and rage and there was a genuine danger that he would destroy all of Britain... and probably the rest of the planet too.
    • Loki having a Heel–Face Turn and serving as an Avenger? A significant chunk of the public still despises him for his actions back in The Avengers, which Loki accepts, even sort of masochistically encourages (at the very least, he does his best to ensure that what he did isn't white-washed in favour of his heroic deeds as an Avenger).
    • Thor regaining his memories from his human incarnation? He is pissed at Dumbledore for placing Harry with the Dursleys. This is also a case of Reality Ensues, as Dumbledore was left with few or no good options, with most all the potential totally trustworthy guardians having to recuse themselves because their lives are too dangerous for them to safely raise a small child who'd be the target of every surviving Death Eater. Additionally, Dumbledore didn't find out how bad the Dursleys were thanks to outside telepathic interference with those, like Mrs Figg, who were supposed to watching out for Harry by Sinister, who wanted Harry isolated to study him.
    • Snape being a secret-agent but still a prick to Harry? Thor makes it clear that while he is sincerely thankful for Snape protecting Harry in the past, that doesn't excuse the behaviour he has demonstrated towards his son, and it is not something he will look past in the future.
    • As Harry finds out, playing Bully Hunter by violent means ends up not actually helping anyone, especially since he doesn't bother to inform his targets why he's doing it. In fact, it arguably makes things work.
    • Draco in Leather Pants does not apply in this fic and is mocked relentlessly. Draco himself has a Heel Realisation - albeit one assisted by a mental passenger and adviser that goes by the name 'Ariel' - and while he and Harry get on moderately well, he notes in the sequel that Harry doesn't exactly trust him.
    • Turns out that pausing for a Bond One-Liner doesn't actually work when you don't have Rule of Cool on your side - even if you are James Bond. Against someone who knows what they're doing, if you get the drop on someone and fail to use it, they'll just take you down instead, especially if they're an incredibly experienced and ruthless Super Soldier assassin.
    • As Harry discovers the hard way, going into Unstoppable Rage when you're a Glass Cannon is a really bad idea if you're up against an opponent who's less powerful, but more skilled, and has a Healing Factor to tank your hits. Unless you're disciplined enough to channel your anger, you'll just trade in all of your advantages for vulnerabilities, vulnerabilities that someone Weak, but Skilled can take advantage of.
    • If HYDRA steals most of a dozen tons or more of Vibranium from Wakanda, use most of it on their colossal Helicarrier, and store it in their base in London (well, sort of in London), a base which is destroyed in a brutal battle that causes significant property damage to central London, then the British government is going to claim the Vibranium as reparations. They are definitely not going to give the Vibranium back to Wakanda just because the newly crowned T'Challa asks nicely and they feel bad for him because HYDRA murdered his dad. If nothing else, it would be politically impossible in the then-current climate. Therefore, T'Challa has to take what he's offered (the unworked Vibranium). And as Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black bluntly points out, T'Challa doesn't really have any leverage to change matters, either: Wakanda's isolationist history means that it doesn't have much diplomatic or economic clout, and its military is a very long way away, so they can't force the issue. They're even out-matched on the sympathy vote — T'Chaka was killed by Zemo in the HYDRA raid for the Vibranium, as were a few guards and miners, but Britain had a battle that made the Battle of New York look like a drunken pub brawl, with hundreds dead, and that months after one of HYDRA's allies slaughtered almost all of MI6, and a significant chunk of MI13. As T'Challa notes to his bodyguard, not only is Wisdom right, but if the Wakandans tried to push the matter, they'd look worse than vultures — vultures usually have the decency to wait until a wounded creature is dead.
    • The Red Room launches a swift campaign that involves, among other things, telepathically coercing the various governments of those nations that used to be part of the USSR/Russian Empire/generally Russia's sphere of influence, especially those that turned West after the Berlin Wall fell and joined the EU and NATO, to pivot back towards Russia. Is Volodya, the fic's Putin Expy, with many of the same ambitions, which broadly include all of the above, pleased? Is he hell - he's furious. Why? Because he knows that the response by the rest of the world to the Red Room making Russia an expansionist global superpower again will be instantaneous and uncompromising and not something Russia can survive, undoing all his work overnight. Plus, to make matters worse, the Red Room are using a brainwashed Harry a.k.a. the Red Son, to do it, which is just calculated to enrage the Avengers and Asgard, who will hit back hard. He's executed for his trouble, but he's ultimately proved right.
    • The bad guys are defeated and The Hero (Harry) is, physically, safe and well once more? Yeah, it's not that simple. When bad stuff happens to you, you don't just shake it off - there's usually a little thing called PTSD. It takes months before Harry is anywhere near where he was, and even then it requires lots of therapy, kindness, sympathy, and patience, plus a gentle What the Hell, Hero? speech or two where appropriate, before they can return to more-or-less normal. Even then, they won't be the same, and there will be moments of backsliding.
    • Brainwash someone (specifically, Harry) into being a Living Weapon? Doesn't matter how much raw power they have - someone who's equally or even somewhat less powerful can still beat them, or at least hold their own, with skill and creativity, as those are features most brainwashed weapons will lack.
      • This especially applies with psychic powers - if someone has no real will of their own, then they are at a severe disadvantage in psychic combat.
  • Stallion of the Line:
    • Not long after stealing Buggy's ship, the Straw Hats have to replace it as it's far too large for such a small crew to sail effectively, especially in stormy weather.
    • Sanji's Chivalrous Pervert status is fine when dealing with crew members and allies but when he attacks Zoro for attacking Hina (a female Marine Captain), the rest of the crew knocks him out and Luffy intends to "train" such behavior out of him.
    • Whenever Nami tries to give orders to the crew, Luffy is quick to remind her that she has no authority over the crew outside of navigation. He emphatically rejects her demands that no one get into a fight on Jaya, citing both her lack of authority and that it's a stupid promise for them to make.
    • Rather than rely on a single Log Pose strapped to Nami's wrist, the Straw Hats make sure to get a few and keep on bolted in front of the ship's wheel.
    • Log Poses don't stay locked onto a single island's magnetic field forever until you visit it. If someone manages to somehow bypass the island theirs is set for, eventually the Log Pose will lock onto a closer island's magnetic field. The Straw Hats use an Eternal Log Pose for Alabasta along with their regular one to bypass Little Garden and find an island with a town to treat Vivi's poisoning.
  • In a spin-off of Walking in Shadows, Harry Potter's twin the Boy-Who-Lived is a Jerkass but he demonizes Harry because the alternative is admitting/realizing their parents abandoned one of their own children for rather petty reasons and they might one day abandon him too. Likewise, his taking credit for Harry's feats are shown to be caused by him misunderstanding a situation rather than maliciously lying, such as running into the Chamber of Secrets after the basilisk is killed and imitating a rooster's crow while keeping his eyes covered. So far as he knows, he killed the basilisk and never even noticed Harry a ways away.
    • In the main story, Sirius Black considers becoming a superhero, only to reconsider when Xander points out all the research one has to do first, such as reading up on other superheroes, supervillains, and a city's general history to make sure you don't accidentally attack the wrong people.
  • The A Song of Metal and Marvels series has quite a few examples:
    • As Rhodey points out to Jon, castles are giant money-sucking pits. Harrenhal is said to be cursed because it's too big to be properly cared for, and Highwatch - Iron Pointe's previous denomination - was abandoned when the gold mine ran dry because it would have been wasting money on a useless fort.
      • This is turned around when it's noted that, even once the gold mine ran dry, Highwatch would have still been useful, as it could warn Lannisport if a hostile fleet was approaching. Like the Ironborn fleet that destroyed the Lannisters fleet while it was still in port at the start of the Rebellion.
    • When Tyrion verbally savages Thorne to protect Sam from his meanness, Jeor Mormont realizes Sam is protected as long as Tyrion is at the Wall, and the dwarf leaving means Thorne will make an example of the youth to reassert his authority. He solves the problem by arranging Sam's departure with the Lannister as a squire.
    • Ned Stark rightfully worries about the Iron Man giving people a hero to follow, as he's attacking powerful people and a copycat could ignite a Civil War by killing or getting killed by the wrong person.
    • Gregor Clegane's assault against Iron Pointe is a heavy blow for Tywin's credibility, since it showed he wasn't able to control his own bannerman. Now Iron Pointe asks for answers and he's forced to make amends, because no one wants to come home and find his wife raped by the neighbour in spite of the lord's commands.
    • Ned's prolonged stay in the Black Cells, along with the lack of food, weakens him and only through a sustained supply of hearty food and exercise does he begin to get back on his feet. The lack of support from Stannis while he was in the cells also makes him bitter for the man, which does not bode well for Stannis.
    • When Tyrion lays eyes on "Sansa" when he arrives in King's Landing, he flat-out believes her an impostor, since the supposed Lady Stark is just too different from the girl he remembers meeting at Winterfell. Also, a fake dressed and coached to act as the lady is far more possible than a true resurrection, which everyone will conclude after Sansa's very public demise, and the Starks too, meaning they won't budge about wanting Lannister blood. Actually, they might be even more enraged after learning how Joffrey is parading "Sansa Stark" around with him, seeing it as mocking their daughter's memory — in fact, when the Lannisters send a raven to the Starks, suggesting a trade between Jaime and Sansa, Ned and Catelyn immediately dismiss it as an attempt to drive the Starks apart.
  • The Indominus Rex in Imprint is stated to be fully grown in only three years. Given that she'll be bigger than the T-Rex, who took over a decade to grow, there's a lot of concern about how healthy that rate of growth is. Said growth rate also results in her eating massive amounts of food (at three months, she eats more than twice her body weight daily).
    • Despite having the raptor pack's respect as their alpha, they once tried to attack Owen when they were five months old, which led to him never being able to enter their pen again. When Claire asks about how she can show respect to Sarah the Indominus (as Owen insists training animals is all about mutual respect), Owen tells her to always remember that Sarah can easily kill her the moment she decides to, much like his raptors.
    • Because the Indominus imprinted on Claire, she's too busy looking after the hybrid to do her job as the Operations Manager and someone else has to be hired to fill in until Sarah is big enough to have her own paddock.
    • After JARVIS blocks the hidden cameras in Claire's apartment, Hoskins and Dr. Wu push for more interaction between the Indominus and Owen's raptors rather than try to install new cameras.
  • In the third chapter of Harry Potter and the Endless Nights, Harry (who was taken in by the Hellsing Organization and raised as both Walter's grandson and successor as vampire hunter) was captured by Aurors while on his first solo mission. The Ministry justifies this, claiming that due to the "circumstances" (Hellsing is a Muggle organization), they thought sending Aurors was necessary in order to reintroduce Harry to the Wizarding World. Harry points out that they could have just send him his Hogwarts letter instead of chasing him like a criminal. Minster Fudge finds himself speechless and embarrassed.
    • Due to the mentioned abduction, 12-year-old Integra is very reluctant to take the words of Dumbledore at face value, not to mention depriving her of her butler. She relents only on the condition that no other attempts are to be made like that again, and that Harry's personal magical tutor accompany him to Hogwarts as well.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku's Kryptonian Super Strength manifested when he was just four years old. While this sounds awesome on paper (because Quirks tend to manifest themselves around this time), he doesn't learn how to moderate his strength until he gets into a brawl with his pugnacious best friend, Katsuki Bakugou, who was trying to bully another kid for taking the last cupcake. While trying to imitate All Might, Izuku accidentally throws Katsuki through a concrete wall, nearly killing him and leaving him grievously scarred.
    • Izuku's has never been physically challenged because of the aforementioned Super Strength, resulting in his Geek Physique. This means that he gets tossed around like a ragdoll when pitted against other people with Super Strength or super-powerful weaponry, even if he isn't actually getting hurt because of his Nigh-Invulnerability.
  • Harry Potter and the Lack of Lamb Sauce has Gordon Ramsay suggest postponing all future visits to Hogsmeade after the incident with Katie Bell in 6th year, since there is the risk of the students being in danger outside of the castle. Naturally, his decision is considered controversial by both teachers and the students, who look forward to going to the village. Dumbledore concedes that Ramsay is right, as the staff was put in charge of the students' safety and must be able to do that. After the ban is put into place, Ramsay goes from being a favorite teacher (because of his patient attitude towards students in Potions compared to Snape) to being treated coldly by the majority of the student body, with exceptions such as Hermione, who still treats him with the same respect as she did before. Even Harry finds it hard to like the man that much for taking away Hogsmeade visits, even if Ramsay meant well by his actions.
    • No matter how sympathetic her reasoningnote , when it's revealed Arjuna cheated during the Magic Chef competition, she's kicked out of the competition and receives no sympathy from the vast majority of the school. Though some of it is a combination of Tall Poppy Syndrome and the fact her reason for cheating had simple solutions many felt she should have seennote .
    • As it turned out, despite being a very talented Potioneer and cook, Ramsay isn't a Badass Teacher when it comes to fighting, as Harry discovers. Unlike other teachers in Hogwarts, who all seem to be master duellists, Ramsay really is just a talented potioneer, attitude and likeable traits be damned.
  • The Wedding Crashers is made of this trope, since its entire premise revolves around comparatively normal people (in this case the Winchester brothers and Cas) interacting with the cast of Twilight.
    • All the vampires at the wedding think that they're complimenting the brothers when they mention their unique scents and potential as vampires. In reality, this only pisses Sam and Dean off, as it makes them feel like juicy steaks in a butcher's shop (and in Sam’s case, brings up some bad memories).
    • Imprinting is in no way presented as romantic. Jacob and Sam putting so much attention on their mates meant that they neglected their duties as alphas (leading the other wolves to look up to Embry as a leader), and Claire (the two-year-old that Quil imprinted on) is utterly repulsed by the fact that a grown man is lusting after her.
    • All of the clothes and jewelry the Twilight cast finds beautiful are labeled tacky and stripperiffic here.
      • On a related note, the highly revealing clothing that the vampires wear at the wedding disturbs Sam and Dean, since, for many of them, immortality began when they were under 18.
    • During the climax, Bella loudly declares that she doesn't have a problem with vampires eating humans. The epilogue reveals that her father (who heard the whole thing) chose to disown her afterwards.
      • Speaking of which, Jacob mentions early on in the fic that a few of the non-vegetarian vamps ate some humans on the way to the wedding. While this would normally be a non-issue in the Twilight books, Castiel coldly informs the guests during the climax that, even though those people were strangers, they still had their own lives outside of their encounter with the vamps, and their loved ones are most likely worried about what happened to them. In short, it was murder no matter what excuses they use.
  • In A Ghost of a Titan, even though Danny turning them intangible prevented any injuries after Robin's disk exploded, both Danny and Raven are left blind and deaf for several seconds from the explosion regardless.
  • Deadly Nightshade explores a bit what would happen if a young criminal learned his bio-dad is filthy rich:
    • Harry immediately shoots Harley down when she asks him if he's happy at the prospect to inherit millions, because not only Harry is illegitimate, he's a villain. No self-respecting businessman is going to want someone of direspectable repute as heir.
    • Being a billionaire, Bruce Wayne probably had many paternity scares since a Gold Digger would enjoy pulling The Pregnancy Trap on him. He's ready to care for Harry, but immediately agrees to a second DNA test to establish the kid really is his.
  • Amazing Fantasy explores a bunch of tropes indicative of My Hero Academia, Spider-Man, and superhero comics in general.
    • A frequent complaint in the fandom is, "If Izuku wanted to become a Hero so badly, why didn't he train his mind and body like Batman?" Izuku has thought about doing this, but he's a wimpy, nerdy kid with his own hobbies. It would be unrealistic for him to drop everything and start vigorously training his body like some comic book character when he knew deep down that being a Badass Normal wasn't practical in the long-term on his Earth. He also had no clear goal or guide to get him there, as no one wanted to help a Quirkless kid. As anyone who starts a diet or intense physical training can attest, it's not easy to start it, much less go through with it, without help.
    • It isn't healthy to try and sleep off a venomous spider bite. Bakugou immediately rushes Izuku to the hospital after watching him collapse. He very nearly died and went into a short coma even after getting medical treatment.
    • Peter's constant absences got him fired from his job as a science teacher at Midtown High and later got him fired from Horizon Labs.
    • In the comics, Aunt May was depicted as fairly old and was prone to fainting fits due to her bad health. It should come to nobody’s surprise that she has died of old age when Peter is 47.
    • Due to Peter saving the city numerous times and all his other heroic acts, the people of New York began to realize he wasn’t the menace J. Jonah Jameson was trying to cast him as. And because nobody was buying his paper anymore or believing his sensationalism, Jonah was forced to ease up on his hatred to save the Daily Bugle.
    • Despite his action-packed lifestyle, Peter is still a 47-year-old who subsists off junk food like burgers and instant ramen because it's all he can afford given his budget and time constraints. As a result, Peter has gotten a bit of a belly.
  • The Institute Saga: When Israel accepts New Krypton's offer to move all of their cities to Venus, the space they leave behind is filled with fertile land. As predicted by one character, the surrounding countries that once supported Palestine (which has laid claim to the former Israel) soon invade to take control of the now incredibly important land.
  • Captains Crash:
    • The Wonderbolts try-outs have no species restriction on entry, because pegasi aren't the only potential flyers on Equus. In practice, the only non-pegasi who've ever gotten onto the team have been griffons and the rare self-levitation-capable unicorn, but they're not inherently opposed to technology — but Equestrian tech hasn't produced anything like Launchpad's steam-powered Curtiss JN-4.
    • After hearing Launchpad's explanation as to why he always crashes, Spitfire tells him that she can't take him as a Wonderbolts member, because whilst it's true that there are ghoulish individuals who do attend Wonderbolts shows in hopes of seeing nasty accidents, she loathes them and she's not going to feed their appetites. So, unless Launchpad trains himself out of the "crashing on purpose" mentality, she can't make a place for him on the team.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters does this with a lot:
    • The story is not shy about showing that War Is Hell, leaving the Guardians and the Rebellion with heavy emotional scars from the fighting. Also, unlike the Bloodless Carnage of the show, it's made perfectly clear that people on both sides have died.
    • There's no such thing as Black and White Morality in war, with the story making it clear fairly quickly that there are good and bad people on both sides.
    • Phobos' Bad Boss tendencies end up turning his entire court against him. Even those not actively plotting against him are still distancing themselves, focusing as much on protecting the commoners from his cruelty as they are on fighting the Rebellion.
    • As Viscount Servantis reveals in Chapter 13, during her reign Queen Weira did something unheard of — she gave some commoners, some village chiefs and mayors, rule over the others. It wasn't an overly complicated idea; just give the commoners an authority of their own in order to make them feel empowered and take some responsibilities from the nobles, an intermediary between them and the smallfolk. Servantis even admits that it wasn't that bad an idea in principle, but then goes on to explain that suddenly being given all that power corrupted some of the selected leaders, leading to them staging a small revolution and killing some nobles before being put down. Afterwards, the smallfolk blamed the nobles just for defending themselves, which only heightened tensions more.
    • After fleeing from her calling out, Elyon has to stop several times on her way back to the capital, both from the simple fact that she only recently developed her flying abilities and has some trouble maintaining control, as well as having only a vague idea of where she has to go.
    • Phobos agrees to let Elyon see her imprisoned adoptive parents in part because he's confident that he can just put a spell on them so they say whatever he wants them to.
    • Jade encounters a soldier she attacked when sneaking into Torus Finley, and the PTSD from it, and well as injuries that weren't treated as well as she thought, have left him a shell of his former self.
  • Earth's Alien History:
    • The Klingons' focus on martial skills over anything else and a refusal to accept equal allies leaves them falling further and further behind the rapid developments of the Terran Treaty Organization and the other blocs. Their attempt to counter this is to basically just increase military buildup even more, to the exclusion of all else, which only results in crippling every other portion of their culture and cause extreme tensions among their social classes.
    • When the Enterprise away teams from the Prime and Mirror Universes switch places, the totally different worldviews of their respective realities mean that everyone almost immediately picks up on what's happened.
    • Also on the subject of the Mirror Universe, the Terran Empire's very nature turns out to bite it in several ways — its institutionalized Might Makes Right attitude encouraging backstabbing means that their entire command structure is inherently unstable, and despite the technological boost from the time-and-reality displaced Defiant, it's behind TeTO in a few ways because of its refusal to incorporate alien technologies.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton:
    • As Tucker is learning the hard way and refuses to admit, the reason he is getting so many bad dates is because of his misleading profile page. The girls going on a date are expecting a different guy and when they meet Tucker, they get mad, yell at him or just leave without giving him a chance. Even those who give him a chance are turned off by his overconfident attitude and lame come ons. In contrast Danny is much more successful because of his honest profile page and the fact that he is being nice and polite to the girls he goes out with.
    • In Codename: Kids Next Door, it's implied that the Teens and Kids were/are in a secret war and Cree Lincoln's hatred for kids was normal in her cartoon. However when she went on a date with someone outside of her setting and a teen superhero to boot, who saw her beating on kids, he was utterly disgusted and left her. Most people who see someone attacking kids will be disgusted and want nothing to do with you. Even Tucker, who, desperate as he is to find a date, was completely appalled when he learned about Cree being a child hater, that he didn't hesitate to stand her up on their blind date.
    • Meg Griffin's obsessive, stalkerish behavior is often played for dark laughs. Here, she ends up banned from the dating site, and put under house arrest.
    • Whenever Dash intrudes on Danny's dates to harass him or steal his dates, to his shock the girls end up disliking him and choose Danny over him. In school, he is a popular jock who has an easy time getting girls while Danny is lower on the Popularity Food Chain. However, most girls would not like someone intruding on their dates, or being rude to their date while hitting on them.
    • While Danny was on a date with Katie Kaboom at a fancy restaurant, Dash, Paulina, and Star come to harass Danny and Katie. Thankfully before a fight can break out, security comes to check on the situation and after Katie says that they were being harassed by them, the security guard throws them out. In school Dash, Paulina, and Star are favored by the teachers and can get away with this behavior, in public however, harassing someone will get you thrown out of a place.
    • When Dash found out Danny was going on a blind date, he tries to rally everyone into making fun of him, but when the beautiful Felicia show how much she like him and kisses in front of everyone, all the teens join the dating service.
    • In the world of Animaniacs, Katie's transformations might be seen as a regular occurrence of a world that is Played for Laughs. For a character like Danny Fenton, who comes from a cartoon that is slightly more grounded in reality, it's terrifying.
    • Danny also didn't consider that his excessive "pampering" of Katie during their date could have been misinterpreted as romantic gestures until it was too late and Katie became infatuated with him as a result.
    • Even though he finds her gorgeous, Danny is upset when Felicia kissed him without consent just to annoy Dash. Fortunately, she apologizes and he forgives her quickly.
    • Since Danny, Tucker and Jazz witnessed what actually happened, they call out Mindy's parents for not paying attention to their daughter as she was put in danger.
    • It was only a matter of time before someone was physically harmed during one of Katie's temper tantrums.
    • When Danny meets Daria, her stern, blunt nature proves to be really,really, off-putting and frustrating. Danny is insulted when Daria basically confesses she was forced into a blind date, and storms off. Daria, however, acknowledges she was wrong and apologizes.
    • In chapter 53 "Spippets Part 2", Danny and Jen go on a date at a local basket ball game and have an encounter with Dash, who is angry since he can't get any tickets and stoops to trying to steal Danny's. After they give him the slip, a security guard shows up and Dash lies and tells him that Danny was the one who stole his tickets. However, this guard actually witnessed the entire bullying encounter and knows Dash is lying, and later takes him away for punishment, thus making Dash miss out on the game, as well as his date. Normally Dash gets away with bullying Danny, but threatening someone and trying to steal from them in a public place will eventually be noticed.
    • Bonus chapter 56 reveals that after two seasons of Total Drama Island, Danny sues the show for their abusive treatment of Gwen and the other campers, resulting with Chris and Chef being fired and replaced.
    • The sequel TMDDF: Danny and Kara has Kara threaten to inform her cousin Clark, since the Daily Planet is a recognizable news source, that Casper High turns a blind eye to bullying for the sake of Dash's football skills. Negative press like this would likely put him and the rest of the faculty in trouble, so Lancer agrees to stop favoring Dash and give him detention.
    • The spin-off After Many Dates: Danny and Kim, it's shown that the events of Ralph Breaks the Internet were undone as Vanellope's leaving Sugar Rush for Slaughter Race got the attention of the game's programmers, thinking it's the work of hackers, and her IP owners, who never approved of her appearance and sued the developer, forcing her to return home.
  • Remnant Inferis: DOOM goes the extra mile to do this thanks to being a Deconstruction Crossover.
    • Demons are able to take over humans, but humans are able to resist them thanks to having souls. The Grimm, by contrast, are The Soulless, making them free real estate for any demon that comes across them.
    • The Grimm operate on Bloodless Carnage and simply fade away after they're killed, and these are the enemies that Huntsman and Huntresses (as well as those in-training) are used to fighting. Demons, however, don't fade away and leave a bloody mess everywhere when they're killed. Needless to say, fighting them is far more traumatizing than Grimm, and all of team RWBY have gone through Break the Cutie moments because of this. Ruby in particular is struggling to maintain her upbeat attitude and is starting to lose it.
    • VEGA, thanks to being a highly advanced A.I., can only connect to wireless devices within Vale when outside the Slayer's Praetor suit, as connecting to internal systems would require using an icecap for a cooling system. This is something that they don't have immediate access to, nor do they have the time to set up.
    • Being a Bully Hunter may come off as righteous on paper, but when your methods of dealing with the bullies send them to the ER with several broken bones and limbs, people are less inclined to like you than the actual bullies.
    • Unlike canon, Velvet is shown to be more disgruntled with not just the bullying team CRDL does to her, but her teammates who didn't help her with it.
    • The Slayer's attitude was something that he could easily get away with back on Mars since he was all alone in his quest to stop the Slaves of Doom. The only other people on the Mars facility were Samuel Hayden (which was a case of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork on his side) and VEGA (who is a Benevolent A.I. that can't get angry or impatient with him). Here, he has actual people that he needs to rely on, and his default personality (aka being a massive jackass) makes people distrustful and intolerant of him. The only reason Ozpin's staff puts up with him at all is because he's Remnant's best chance at stopping Hell.
    • Since Jaune is new to combat, his hands lack any callouses on them. The Slayer is easily able to tell that he's a novice compared to his peers because of this.
    • Jaune and the other students are still teenagers and they're now being trained to fight an enemy far beyond the threat that the Grimm posed, not to mention that he was never expecting things to escalate to such a level and just wanted to go to Beacon so he could become the hero his family never thought he could be. When VEGA returns to the Slayer when he and team RWBY get trapped in Hell and he leaves Jaune and Coco with the responsibility of safeguarding the Fall Maiden from the forces of Hell, he starts cracking from the pressure of the responsibility handed to him and confesses that he doesn't belong at Beacon.
  • Izu-Ju, a My Hero Academia and Ben 10 crossover, has this.
    • The entrance exam points for U.A isn't utterly strict in how you pass. 30 points may be the general point for passing, but if you score well enough on the written exam you can get in with 25 points. In reverse if you don't do well on the written exam you need to earn more points in the practical to get in, which is where a lot of applicants trip up.
    • You will fail the entrance exam if you hurt a fellow applicant, even unintentionally, and don't express remorse for it.
    • Aizawa won't do the quirk assessment test in the rain, and can forget that he could just use a gym instead.
    • Having an Omnitrix means that Izuku is still a scrawny weakling like he was in the early parts of canon, as the Omnitrix does not require him to have fitness. Those around him offer the point that he should work on that at some point. This isn't a complaint just aimed at him, as other students like Jiro also need to work on their physical training at this point in the story.
    • All Might doesn't need a teaching degree due to the specific stuff he's teaching not being part of a core curriculum: however the other teachers do require teaching degrees for subjects like math and english.
    • Many pro heroes are given honorary degrees as rewards for their heroisms, and All Might is in fact several times over a doctor. However it is a hero custom to not go around calling yourself a doctor unless you earn the degree in school, such as 'Doctor Present Mic'.
    • All Might has told the staff of U.A about All for One, mostly because they would panic if he didn't assure them that a villain who could injure him that badly was dead (Fans know that All for One isn't dead, but All Might doesn't know it.)
  • The Sailor Moon/Sword Art Online fic The Moon's Flash Princess has a few:
    • No matter how skilled Kirito is as a gamer or that being in Sword Art Online and of the same level served as an equalizer in power, Kunzite nearly kills him in their first fight simply because he was more skilled as a swordsman and more experienced. The same happens when he fights Klein, who only survives due another example of this trope: Kirito sees Kunzite was looking the other way and beheads him from behind.
    • After coming out of the game, Asuna and her army have awakened magic and possess the ability to use Sword Skills in the real world... but their bodies have atrophied from being immobile for two years (even if magic and technology slowed the atrophy down) and aren't used to actually use magic, severely limiting them.
    • The Sailor Senshi are experienced fighters, but aren't anywhere due their best due the sheer stress of fighting the Dark Kingdom for years without Asuna (here Serenity's reincarnation) to allow them to strike back. In particular, Venus is on the verge of a mental collapse from the combined stress of fighting and leading the battle and was about to summon potentially dangerous allies to Tokyo before Asuna entered the frame, and Jadeite and Zoisite being killed by Asuna's warriors after years of her failing to nail even one of the Shitennou started making her feel useless.
    • Without the spark coming from being the reincarnation of Princess Serenity, Usagi did not get together with Mamoru, who actually has a fiancée. He and Asuna also refuse to even consider being more than friends, as not only Mamoru is engaged but Asuna is friends with said fiancee and considers herself married to Kirito in everything but the law.
  • Fate: Gamer Night:
    • Shirou's gamer status along with a blessing from Lilith functionally turns him into a Sex God but it also leaves his lovers feeling extremely insecure that they're unable to satisfy him.
      • Their insecurity is further compounded by Shirou being a much better fighter than either of them and improving far faster than they can, leaving Saeko and Taiga worrying that they won't be able to stand by his side as warriors or as women.
    • Even though both of Shirou's girlfriends are fine with sharing him with each other, they still can't go on dates as he's barely a teenager and the younger of them is nearly a decade his senior.
  • The High School DXD/The Dresden Files crossover Beyond the Outer Gate Lies...:
    • When he appears in Japan, Harry is someone that does not exist from the point of view of the locals. He has to do a lot of paperwork in order to register as a Japanese citizen - and even more when he decides to become emancipated instead of entering the foster system.
    • Being emancipated means he has to find a job in order to pay for food and the bills. He ends up turning to the one job he has skills for - private investigator.
    • When he becomes deaged, the scars he has acquired over the years do not fade, giving him a rugged look that people think comes from a not-so-legal lifestyle.
    • The differences in culture cause some trouble for Harry. For example, when he is asked if he is a 'yankee', Harry (who has lived in Chicago most of his life) answers yes - not knowing that he was actually asked if he was a 'yankii'', giving him a bad reputation.
    • Lacking knowledge of the actual Masquerade, when he learns that Sona Sitri and her companions are devils he almost starts a fight with them, thinking them to be closer to the demons from his world. When he learns the truth, he apologizes and begins to work with them.
    • Being mentally in his forties, Harry holds a more adult look of the world compared to his fellow Kuoh Academy students, causing several minor mishaps. It also causes him to be very reluctant to pursue a relationship with the girls that are interested in him.
      • Related to this is that, unlike Issei, for Harry the idea of being in a relationship with several girls at the same time is something else he is reluctant to do, after years of being either alone or in monogamous relationships.
    • Rias is clearly interested in Issei, but he is still mentally scarred from the incident with Raynare, who led him on before trying to kill him, and is unable to read the signs. Dresden, who understands Issei's situation, advises Rias to straight out declare her feelings, which does work.
  • Despite playing fast and loose with reality in order to justify all the cartoon characters living together, Toons nonetheless plays this with Invader Zim's backstory:
    • Since Zim's a Large Ham with a Paper-Thin Disguise, the only reason he could stay undetected in his home series was because of the stupidity of the humans on his universe's Earth. When he moved to the Toons' city, the citizens there immediately realised he was an alien just by looking at him. However, since there are already a number of strange species and characters living in the city (including other aliens), Zim's presence doesn't raise any suspicion and he only wears his disguise out of choice.
    • While Zim doesn't need to actively hide his identity, he still has to be very careful about what schemes he tries to pull off: his Ax-Crazy nature has resulted in him being monitored by the Plumbers, S.H.I.E.L.D, and the MIB due to their experience in dealing with paranormal activity, and due to his penchant for mass destruction, The Avengers and Justice League are also keeping tabs on him as they would any other super villain.
  • Halloween Unspectacular: Starting with the fifth edition, E350 opens each year by doing a big musical number in his house. However, the ninth edition shows that his neighbors have been less than thrilled with this, and he finds himself facing eviction due to noise complaints.
  • Unlimited:
    • When Izuku spends several hours a day out of the house and comes back with a handful of money, Inko thinks he's doing something illegal like taking or selling drugs, working as an illegal sidekick, or even acting as a villain, especially when Izuku accidentally rips their front door in two. It takes a drug test and another Quirk test to believe that Izuku really has just been exercising and helping people around town.
    • Despite knowing Izuku is functionally invulnerable, the police still have him checked over by paramedics each time he's involved in an incident, such as getting caught in an explosion or being shot by a trio of criminals. Though the police also don't take Izuku being in danger seriously because of the same invulnerability.
      • When Izuku regularly gets into dangerous situations involving criminals, a number of criminals notice the police basically ignoring him and pity Izuku, thinking he's been written off.
    • Police going in and out of the Midoriya apartment regularly gives Izuku a reputation as a particularly nasty delinquent, especially since he's often picked up from school by a squad car.
    • After being caught in an explosion, Izuku is unharmed but deafened for several minutes despite his invulnerability.
    • No one believes Izuku is Quirkless when he tells them, resulting in the boy carrying around a laminated copy of his Quirk test results.
      • Similarly, many believe the so called "Anomalies" are actually just people with exceedingly powerful Quirks, not people with superpowers unrelated to their Quirks.
    • After meeting All For One, Izuku goes to UA for help, only to have a breakdown from the stress of not only having the world's greatest supervillain interested in him, but being outright told that other villains will be after him and his mother as well.
    • When Izuku is finally tried for reckless endangerment, among other things, it quickly becomes apparent that most of the situations he was involved in were due to police negligence from cops allowing Izuku to wander into dangerous situations because it made their jobs easier. The charges are dropped and the entire trial swept under the rug in exchange for Izuku's silence on the matter.
    • After losing his arm to Shigaraki, Bakugo continues exercising while in the hospital, despite doctor's orders not to exert himself while preparing to have a prosthetic arm attached. Eventually Melissa has to explain that regardless of his physical conditioning, the surgery won't succeed if Bakugo goes into it exhausted due to the taxing nature of the procedure.
    • Despite them being monsters, Izuku is still traumatized by being forced to massacre the Deep Sea Kin.
    • When Izuku and Stain fight at supersonic speeds, their steps leave cracks and imprints (and sometimes outright craters) when they land. Also, because they're moving faster than sound, the entire battle is silent from their perspective.
    • Eventually, Izuku becomes powerful enough that his progress can no longer be measured. Monitor mentions the most weight Izuku has been recorded lifting was eight thousand kilograms with one hand and there currently isn't a material dense enough to create a heavier weight for him to lift. Similarly, Izuku is measured as having run 100 meters in just under three nanoseconds, but Monitor admits to not having a fast enough framerate on his camera to actually track Izuku properly.
  • To Be a (Miraculous) Master:
    • One of the elements in the Pokemon games is that the player is always getting jumped on by various challengers wherever they go. The same thing happens to Adrien shortly after starting his journey no thanks to his father's challenge to other competitors, and it stresses him out to no end. Being constantly challenged anywhere has made Adrien on edge and he had to hide away from trainers seeking him out due to him and his team exhausted from the endless battles.
    • Chloe can't bribe her way as easily as she does in the show as Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! doesn't apply here. Pokémon community are rather strict in their rules and regulations meaning that despite being the daughter of the president of the community, she still has to go through the same requirements on her own as everyone does in order to qualify for the Kalos League (travelling throughout the Kalos region to challenge the Gym Leaders, training, etc.) and trying get her way without reason would put her father, the current head of said community, in deep trouble. The one time she did bribe her way to the semi-finals in an unofficial tag-battle tournament, she and Sabrina end up losing due to her own incompetence.
    • Chloe's spoiled and bratty attitude in general is the reason behind her incompetence due to her being used to people doing the work for her.
    • Unlike the games where a lone child protagonist takes down the resident criminal organization without additional consequences, the main protagonists in this story have to take on hero disguises to fight Team Akuma. The author points out that in real life, dangerous organizations would have plenty of powerful resources on hand and would not be afraid to resort to abduction to get their way. Marinette and Adrien disguise themselves to avoid having Team Akuma trace them back to their loved ones and endanger them as a result.
    • Despite Marinette's newly hatched Togepi having the Type-advantage over Jalil's Mienfoo, she doesn't even dent the more skilled and experienced Mienfoo on top of not having high offensive stats.
    • In an attempt to stand out more in her first Showcase, the shy and introverted Juleka dresses her Mime. Jr. in a very gaudy outfit to catch everyone's attention. It works too well and the self-conscious Juleka is unable to handle the attention she's getting, resulting her losing the first round because of the distraction.
  • A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor
  • In Time and Again, Hermione is outraged to be given an "Exceeds Expectations" on an essay regarding the death of Fenrir Greyback and goes to her professor about it, assuming she was marked down for disagreeing with him. After Hermione first demands a regrade then threatens to take it to the Board of Governors, Professor (Ale)Xander Harris laughs at her for thinking that the Board of Governors would care about an essay grade. He further explains that her grade was only because he was feeling generous; Hermione both ignored the maximum length assigned, writing twice as much as allowed, and filled her essay with irrelevant information. Xander also notes Hermione never addressed the opposing side's arguments. Altogether, she's lucky to have gotten a passing grade.
  • Prehistoric Earth:
    • Generally, injured animals do not heal instantaneously - Cirrus and Keehar both spend weeks in the veterinary station recovering from the injuries they sustained.
    • Sharptooth is an incredibly powerful, ferocious apex predator... however, he's not invincible. By the end of "A Nightmare Labrynthine", due to his advanced age and having been in several fights in a few hours, he's worn out both physically and mentally from exhaustion, alllowing the younger, fitter Zira to quickly get the advantage in their fight.
    • Sharptooth is a dangerous opponent not just because of his prodigious power... he's dangerous because of his intelligence and versatility in combat. He's able to adapt his fighting strategies for different opponents; brute strength against Balerion, exploiting weaknesses in the line when attacked by Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion and attempting to use the gulf in experience against Zira.
      • Conversely, the one time he faces an opponent he can't adapt his combat style to fight (Lightning), he's on the defensive for pretty much the entire confrontation.
    • A lot of Phase Three revolves around Drew dealing with the PTSD he has sustained from being trapped in the Cretaceous; the very real thought of being permanently stranded in the past or dying in the K-T event severely taxed him mentally. It shows that the average, undisciplined civilian probably won't come out of a life-or-death situation completely unscathed.
  • The Infinite Loops has several:
    • Hurricane Billy is the logical end result of having someone so monumentally stupid and illogical start looping. At least with someone like Mandy, there would have been some kind of method to whatever madness she cooked up. For Billy, he doesn't need to plan anything — he just acts and whatever he does will inevitably crash the loop.
    • Nigel permanently broke up with Lizzie after his baseline revealed she was a GKND operative who was only dating him to evaluate his loyalty to the KND. As terrible a boyfriend he was, at least his feelings for her were genuine.
    • Nigel waited until Rachel started looping to pursue a relationship with her, knowing it was inevitable with their baseline close friendship. Why? As Abby put it, it's so he wouldn't have to play out 50 First Dates with her.
    • Similar to Nigel above, Cree's crush/pseudo-relationship with Maurice died after she found out that he was a TND spy in baseline.
    • While Awakening in your home universe is disorienting, it's not the worst, as you are in a world you know and there are (most likely) people you are friendly with from that world. However, if you are in a fused loop, it is much harder to adapt as your memories are basically scrambled, you are in an unfamilair world and you have no idea what is going on. Loopers who Awaken this way are prone to a Freakout or an Identity Crisis.
    • Anchors are required to be stable in order to keep their loops running. This does not mean every main character is the Anchor. Squidward, Leah Clearwater and Skips all serve as Anchors despite not being the main character.
    • Similarly to Nigel and Cree, Duncan has lost any kind of feelings for Courtney after the way she treated him in baseline.
  • Husk defies Out of Sight, Out of Mind in A Peaceful Afterlife. He points out that Kira is both a serial killer and a former hitman, kicking him out is not some catch all solution because the next most likely thing is his old boss finding him again. His boss will prioritize clearing out three years of squatters on his turf after getting Kira back, killing thousands or tens of thousands. Husk points out that all those deaths would be indirectly because of the hotel no longer protecting Kira.
    • Kira by this point really does care about the others and is becoming a better person, but his original plans were to just try to get out of hell and he had an attraction to Charlie, only sparing her for pragmatic reasons. But his history as a serial killer means Vaggie does not trust him, and she's openly worried he's dangerous.
  • In The Vigilante Boss And His Failed Retirement Plan when Bakugou is transferred to another middle school that less permissive than Orudera, a lot of his behavior is seen as alarming than heroic. Bakugou's habit of treating his classmates like extras and cannon fodder is treated as delusional behavior. The teachers have no tolerance for his bad language, poor anger management and lack of cooperation with his classmates. Bakugou's classmates are less than impressed with his personality, feeling that he's more likely to threaten them than save them.
    • During the initiation exam, the faculty is initially impressed with Bakugou's high score until it's pointed out that he doesn't have a single rescue point. Every other top scorer always has at least some whether intentionally or accidentally, so for someone to get over 70 points without once helping their fellow examees is a huge red flag.
    • A big part of Yuuei and the reason why they have different Departments is networking, which is important for any industry. Bakugou more or less shoots himself in the foot as word of his Jerkass behavior spreads to the rest of the school. The Support Department gives him their worst service when they got word of how he badmouthed the support equipment they made for him. The Management Department steer clear of him due to his negative image and reputation makes him difficult to sell to the public. Bakugou unwittingly is sabotaging his own career prospects, something he fails to realize until it's pointed out to him because he disregards everyone as extras.
  • A Discordant Note:
    • After Harry teaches a Wildling youth how to be a blacksmith, the young man wants to return to his clan to put his newfound skills to use. Harry points out that not only would he have to find an iron vein to mine, but his clan would have to give up their nomadic lifestyle and settle there for the boy to make much use of his blacksmithing.
    • Initially, the North is relieved that there are fewer Wildling raids occuring, but once they learn someone is gathering the Wildlings under one banner, they become increasingly nervous as the lack of unity amoung the clans was one of the main reasons they could fight off the Wildlings.
    • Harry's kingdom also makes the rest of Westeros nervous because of how unusual he and Luna are. Both are equally disrespectful though in opposite ways and rub people the wrong way. Harry has no interest in gold or political power along with being quite abrasive, while Luna has similar disinterest but is so down to earth and friendly that she tends to unsettle nobles even more than Harry does, having no idea how to deal with royalty that's liable to help out in the kitchens or go swimming in a fountain. As a result, Adrastia is the one others have the easiest time negotiating with as she at least follows the same protocol as the nobility does.
    • Even with Harry, Luna, and Adrastia speeding things along, making a non-nomadic civilization with the Wildlings takes decades. At one point, Harry notes they'll need at least twenty years to turn some old ruins into a proper port city.
    • Lyanna Stark dreams of being a warrior no matter how much her father tries to dissuade her. Adrastia manages to expound upon her that being a warrior isn't about grand adventures and epic duels but fighting and killing until you're eventually killed, and as a femalre warrior, Lyanna would have to fight all the harder to prove herself. Since Lyanna's build means she'll always be a fairly petite woman, she'd at best be half as strong as her male counterparts and she will be defeated rather quickly. If Lyanna's lucky, she'll be told to give up and go home, but more likely, she'll be raped and/or murdered by her opponent.
      • A later chapter notes that most people who volunteer to go to war have no idea how horrible it really is, consisting primarily of long stretches of boredom followed by brief periods of mortal terror. Such volunteers usually quit the moment they're able.
    • Adrastia is a Black Widow and Manipulative Bastard with centuries of experience at manipulating others for her own benefit. However, she still makes mistakes when someone acts in a way she didn't predict, especially if she hasn't been closely observing them. She intended for Pycelle to make Aegon V distrust the Maesters due to his illogical hatred of Harry's kingdom of Angmar, but both Aegon and his son died too soon and Aerys was so easy to manipulate that he took Pycelle's vitriol at face value. Similarly, Adrastia kept Aerys under control during a jousting tournament with regular usage of the Imperius, but when she takes some time off to have some fun with Jaime Lannister, the mad king breaks free long enough to order two of Harry's grandchildren killed.
    • After two of Harry's grandchildren are killed, his kingdom of Angmar goes to war with Westeros. Both sides have logistic troubles marshalling their forces for different reasons. Angmar is informed within mere hours but has no standing army or conscription system so has to ask for volunteers and has trouble moving supplies since wagons are useless in such deep snow, but sleighs are worthless once they're out of the snow. Westeros needs considerably more time to muster their forces, but several factions are unwilling to get involved for one reason or another, often due to wanting to be sure they're on the winning side.
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