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When fan discussions about Fridge Logic circulate, certain content creators pick up on that and offer a more realistic alternative.

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  • This parody of Animaniacs shows what would happen if the Warners jumped out of the tower in real life. They'd fall to their deaths.
  • ASDF Movie: In the second episode, a bear named Desmond is briefly seen, wondering out loud how he got on the moon. In the seventh episode, we see him again. He's dead. No food on the moon, you know.
    • In the fourth episode, aliens attack. A onlooker heroically yells, "Throw! The! CHEESE!" He throws a ton of cheese... and it all just bounces off the spaceship.
  • Bowser's Master Plan applies this trope to a number of Bowser's actions and those of his minions.
    • The Koopalings' tactics in Super Mario World fail with lethal consequences. Iggy falls into a pool of lava while trying to balance on a balloon, Roy hits the floor and breaks his neck after trying to dive onto Mario headfirst, while Wendy gets stuck in a pipe and suffocates.
    • The reason Mario is able to destroy Bowser's castles just by jumping on them in the overworld? Bowser's minions built all eight of them in the space of a month, with cheap materials.
    • After hearing that Mario is approaching one of his airships, Bowser orders the crew to aim their cannons and flamethrowers inward and fire randomly, in the hope of catching Mario in the crossfire. All this does is make the airship destroy itself.
  • In Camp Camp, Max and co. manage to successfully hijack the bus and escape from David and Gwen, only to be caught shortly thereafter when they crash the bus because none of them actually know how to drive.
  • Ultimately what usually decides the winner of most fights in Death Battle.
    • Batman vs. Spiderman demonstrates why being a Badass Normal doesn't really work if your opponent is comprehensively superhuman, can nullify your greatest asset and is just as crafty and clever as you are. Likewise, Black Panther vs. Batman also demonstrates that if your opponent is just as much of a strategic genius and has a Nigh Invulnerable super suit that you're not prepared for, you'd be in for a losing battle.
      • Similarly, the Master Chief vs. Doomguy video shows why being what amounts to a Badass Normal One-Man Army doesn't really work if your opponent is comprehensively superhuman, isn't Unskilled, but Strong in comparison to the enemies you fight, has fought much more experienced, skilled and/or tougher enemies, can nullify your greatest asset, and has much more experience in combat.
      • In a similar vein, Dante wins his match by nullifying Bayonetta's two greatest assets: 1: Quicksilver cancels out Witch Time, and 2: Wicked Weaves are just demons that Dante eats for breakfast.
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    • In Blanka vs. Pikachu, after the two spend some time brawling conventionally, Blanka takes advantage of his superior size and simply grabs Pikachu and bites his head off.
    • Goku vs. Superman does a lot to deconstruct the idea of a reckless, at times stupid Blood Knight with the destructive power to level everything for miles around. Goku challenges Superman to a fight, to which Superman politely declines. When Goku attacks him anyway, an astounded Superman says "You're Insane!" Their resulting fight goes through repeated Serial Escalation as Goku goes through his Super Saiyan forms, with Superman matching him blow for blow, until the Earth explodes due to the backlash of their most powerful attacks.
      • The second match ups the ante as Goku decides to haul out his Super Saiyan God form for their rematch. Superman? Decides enough's enough and tanks Goku's God Kamehameha, grabs him by the neck and uses both heat and x-ray vision to disintegrate his brain. In the afterlife, King Kai essentially tells Goku there's no way you can beat a character like Superman, getting the Saiyan to finally stand down.
    • Using up all your energy in a flashy, powerful attack might look cool, but it'll backfire horribly if your opponent manages to survive it. Ryu, Tifa Lockhart, Ichigo, and Cloud all learned this the hard way. While Naruto also used one, Ichigo was in no shape to survive it.
    • Red, as a Pokémon trainer, has always relied on his Pokémon to fight, a rule enforced by the rules of Pokémon battling / game mechanics. Tai, however, has been involved in fights before such as when he got into a fist-fight with his friend Matt while in the Digital World. While Tai doesn't have actual fighting training, he's still got more experience and is more willing to use it on Red, quickly disabling him.
      • The above issue helped secure the win for the Digimon team. Since Charizard relies on Red to come up with a strategy, he's quickly overwhelmed when his trainer can't give him any assistance.
    • Having a Super Mode is great... unless it only last a few minutes and is tied to external resources. Also, even if it makes you physically invulnerable, if it doesn't protect your mind from being wiped completely by an extremely powerful psychic, it's useless too. Shadow loses to Vegeta and Mewtwo for these two reasons..
    • Having a Healing Factor is great, but it's useless if it can be heavily taxed. This is what costs Deathstroke, Wolverine, Majin Buu, the Hulk, Vergil, Carnage, and Bane their battles. While Deadpool, Doomsday, and Venom also had healing factors, theirs were measurably stronger than Deathstroke's, the Hulk's, and Bane's, allowing them to overwhelm their opponents.
    • Scrooge's wooden Cane Fu is utterly useless against Shovel Knight, a knight in very tough metal armour. He bounces on the armored knight three times, failing to deal any damage, and gets a brutal beatdown for his trouble. Scrooge is far more successful once he gets a hold of Shovel Knight's own weapon.
    • Twilight Sparkle always needs her friends and/or a MacGuffin to overpower her show's villains when it comes to magic. She's denied both here, and when fighting she never has any more strategy than simply teleporting around, shielding herself, and blasting the enemy until it goes away. Combine both and Raven is far more successful against Twilight.
    • Starscream's Null Ray may disable any electronics it hits, but it's completely useless against completely organic beings like Rainbow Dash. Starscream's combat record is also piss-poor, meaning that he is quickly overwhelmed by the much faster Dashie.
    • "Leon S. Kennedy vs. Frank West" essentially pits an experienced, highly-trained government agent versus a guy with several improvised weapons but lacks proper training. This is one of the reasons why the former wins.
    • David vs. Goliath can be easily invoked on Humongous Mecha as well. This is what costs the Power Rangers two battles in Death Battle and one in DBX as while the Megazord, Thunder Megazord and Tigerzord tower over Voltron, the Burning Gundam and Gundam Epyon, the latter three have the speed, ingenuity and just the right weaponry to overwhelm the Zords and turn them into scrap. This also allows Zero to destroy Metal Overlord.
    • Dan Hibiki has never canonically won a duel. This is one of the reasons why Hercule wins.
      • Another major deciding factor: Hercule is a Joke Character in Dragon Ball, yes. But he's still the world's strongest completely normal human in a cast where the next strongest character is at the very least an Empowered Badass Normal. Compared to Dan, who's a joke in his own world where most fighters are still mildly rooted in realistic power, Hercule in a stand-up fight would completely overwhelm Dan. Hercules' willingness to cheat when things get dire was just for overkill's sake.
    • One of the major reasons behind the outcome of "Smokey Bear vs. McGruff the Crime Dog". McGruff may be a human-sized anthropomorphic bloodhound, but trying to wrestle an 800-pound black bear does not end well for him. His blows are easily shrugged off by Smokey, and when he manages to pin Smokey down, Smokey easily uses his superior strength to turn the situation around and pin him down instead.
    • As Sweet Tooth found out the hard way, being slightly stronger and more durable than the average human won't protect you from toxic gas and suffocation. Oh, and leaving the safety of your powerful mecha to "personally" kill your opponent, because they talk you into doing it no less, probably isn't a good idea.
    • With no proper method of seeing Lucy's invisible vectors (before she shifts them to higher frequency), Carnage is unable to see where the attacks are coming from and receives lots of damage while having a tough time trying to hit Lucy. This is shown pretty well when he angrily complains about why he can't hit her.
    • Just because you can disable someone's mind and soul doesn't mean their body will stop cold without some kind of restraint in place. When that body is flying as fast, and is as durable, as Master Roshi's, you do not want to be in its path if you can avoid it. Jiraiya failed to account for that, and that mistake cost him his life.
    • A reality-warping gauntlet is great...unless it only works in its home universe. Just ask Thanos.
    • In "Goro vs. Machamp", after the latter defeats the former, Machamp poses for the camera... only to pass out shortly after. Victor or not, Machamp suffered some pretty nasty wounds during the fight, namely burns from Goro's dragon fire (which activated his Guts ability and helped nail a win, but still...) and having his lower-left arm torn off.
  • Dorkly Originals:
    • The whole point of Anime Things That Would Get You In Trouble In Real Life.
    • When the Warrior opens a portal from Hell to the middle of Tristram in How Diablo Destroyed Tristram so he can get some potions, skeletons immediately start pouring out and killing everyone while opening more portals with scrolls that the Warrior dropped. In his defense, his inventory was full.
    • Red Wastes a Masterball shows why it's not a good idea to give your one-of-a-kind Master Ball, which your company spent years making and sunk millions into, to a little kid. He'll probably just it use on the first Pokémon he sees, which is exactly what Red does.
    • In Luke Won't Forgive Anakin, Anakin is shown to be not so Easily Forgiven by Luke or Leia for the atrocities he committed when he was Darth Vader. Like, at all...
    • If Pokemon Evolutions Were Realistic pretty much shows what Pokemon evolution would be like in real life.
    • In A New Hope, the architect of the Death Star defends the size and design of the Death Star's exhaust port, claiming that the enormous size of the Death Star, along with the fact that it managed to blow up an entire planet with a giant laser, means that there needs to a lot of ventilation. He also pointed out that the exhaust point's purpose is to expel gas, not suck it in.
    • If Videogame Weapons Actually Worked has Link's sword instantly chopping off Ganon's right arm, Mario setting two koopas on fire with fireballs, Sonic jumping on top of Metal Sonic only for nothing to happen and then gets sliced in half by Metal Sonic's blades, the Bomberman getting seriously injured as a result of one of his bombs going off near him, and Mega Man's leaf shield having absolutely no effect on Dr. Wily since Mega Man's weapon consists of... well, leaves.
    • In Less Tragic Superhero Origins the Wayne parents survive their mugging because the second Joe Chill appears, he's swarmed by men in suits. As Thomas Wayne points out, there's no way that the richest man in the city is going to go anywhere, let alone down a place notoriously called crime alley, with his wife and son without a full security detail following him at all times.

  • This is rampant in every episode of Dr. Havoc's Diary, being a Deconstructive Parody of the superhero/supervillain genre (among some other things too). Examples include:
    • Episode 8 shows that a revealing costume, no matter how sexy it looks, is completely and totally inappropriate for crime fighting. And that it hurts your body like hell.
    • As revealed in Episode 12, children are too physically, mentally, and emotionally immature to be superheroes.
    • Firing a gun without a Hollywood Silencer inside of nuclear submarine, as Episode 17 showcased, will grant you a high-pitched, ear-shattering ringing noise. You're lucky if you don't go completely deaf after that.
    • Lighthearted examples also exist in this show as well; for instance, in Episode 23, Brock eagerly tells his clone "son" to hop onto his back for a ride. His clone does... and promptly crushes Brock with his adult weight. They settle for Holding Hands instead.
    • Because he's in a secret bunker 20 feet underground, Dr. Havoc can't properly acquire wi-fi.
  • Quackerjack attempts to do a Sadistic Choice in episode 6 of Ducktalez with a pair of gondolas as a reference to The Dark Knight. However, the criminals blow up the gondola with the civilians 3 seconds in.
  • At the end of the Eddsworld episode "Saloonatics", Edd tries to have an inspirational moment by drinking from his wild west ancestor's bottle of cola. It then cuts to him vomiting into a toilet with a baffled Tom asking why he'd drink from a 100 year old bottle of cola.
    • Humorously subverted in the episode "Moving Targets". When the boys are accidentally dropped from a plane, Tord falls on one half of a wooden plank that is situated on a barrel. Edd, Tom and Matt fall on the other side and Tord eyes them nervously, obviously worrying that the plank is going to work like a seesaw and fling him into the air. It instead snaps in half like it would in real life and Tord breathes a sigh of relief. Then a hippopotamus randomly falls on top of him.
  • The Gmod Idiot Box
    • Episode 12: Max Payne had the unfortunate, but realistic luck of A. getting a shattered pelvis for landing on his side awkwardly, and B. overdosing on pills, in the same skit.
    • In the same episode, Heavy finds himself in the world of Minecraft and promptly tries to break up a tree with his bare fists... and ends up breaking his fingers.
  • This animation made by Terminal Montage and researched by Gnoggin posits a scenario in which one of every species of Pokémon (barring Olympus Mons) partakes in a Battle Royale, taking the data provided by the Pokédex at face value:
    • Machamp allegedly possesses mastery of every martial art there is, can throw 1,000 punches in two seconds, and each punch can send its target hurdling past the horizon (that's at least three miles to the average person). With all that, it wastes no time clearing out a good chunk of the competition.
    • Wailord is about 48 feet long and weighs 877 pounds. Since Writers Cannot Do Math, measuring the volume and density of those statistics reveals that it should be lighter than air. The result is that it basically floats up like big blimp, carrying several others with it.
    • Electivire supposedly packs enough electrical energy to power a big city for a year. Even low-balling the definition of "big city", that's equivalent to a small lightning storm. What's more, firing off that tremendous power is enough to attract a real lightning storm, taking out a lot of Water and Flying Types.
    • Slurpuff is said to have a sense of smell 100 million times stronger than that of a human, which equates to 600 trillion scent receptors. The unbearable stink given off by Muk and Garbodor is enough to make the poor thing keel over on the spot.
    • After defeating its natural prey, Muk goes on to wipe out Sunflora, Cacturne, and Shiinotic with zero effort. Being such an absurdly toxic Walking Wasteland gives it a Touch of Death against Grass Types.
    • In order to instantly freeze the moisture in the air like Glalie can, you'd need to conjure a wind chill of -879°F, spelling instant death to organic matter.
    • Apparently, Igglybuff's body is so bouncy, it can't stop itself from bouncing once it starts. If that's true, one single bounce effectively seals the poor thing's fate; it'd be only a matter of time until it's bounced out the atmosphere.
    • Chestnaut's Spiky Shield might be able resist any explosive, but it cannot defend against everything, such as Blastoise's steel-cutting water jets.
    • Charizard's flames are said to melt any material, which means that Scissors Cuts Rock in any given situation.
    • Decidueye's ability to nock and fire its arrow quills in 1/10th of a second is impressive, but meets its match by Samurott's ability to draw its seamitars within the blink of an eye. Both feats are eclipsed by Infernape, whose agility and quickness are said to have no equal. Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors means nothing at such insane levels of skill.
    • Tyranitar is said to be completely impervious to attack; even Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs courtesy of Machamp (who, in addition to the aforementioned feats of strength, can bisect the mountains Tyranitar easily throws in a single punch) fails to leave a scratch. Thing is, all that resilience doesn't translate to anchoring; one reapplication of force reduces the monster to A Twinkle in the Sky.
    • Arcanine is able to convey such majesty in a single bark, everyone who hears it is compelled to grovel before it. This is what spells the end of Machamp's rampage.
    • Gardevoir's ability to create black holes is another decimating force in the battlefield... until Dusclops, said to have body just as hollow and all-devouring as a black hole, consumes and fuses with them, leaving Gardevoir hoist by its own petard.
    • A twofold example: Magcargo's body heat of 18,000°F, despite being nearly twice as hot as the sun, doesn't result in the searing "Instant Death" Radius you'd think it would due to the laws of thermodynamics. Pokéballs, which operate by converting energy to mass and vice versa, should logically emit a small shockwave when they release a Pokémon. This otherwise harmless shockwave paired with Magcargo's heat results in a Fantastic Nuke that reduces the battle to a few survivors: Gengar (by hiding in shadows), Alakazam (able to sense danger and teleport to safety), Dusknoir (able to retreat to Another Dimension), Dugtrio (able to burrow underground at the speed of light), Camerupt (which has the same temperature internally), Mr. Mime (by creating a Barrier of vibrated air molecules), Metagross (smart and fast enough to seek refuge), and Bronzog (heavy and heatproof enough to resist the blast).
    • Of course, several other Pokémon have defensive measures that ultimately fall short against the blast. Cloyster's shell might protect it, but like Tyranitar, has no means of anchoring itself to the ground, sending it flying. Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat can give Magcargo a taste of its own medicine, but doesn't prevent damage to the user.
    • Now that the endgame has begun, all the remaining Psychic Types gang up on Camerupt, understandably not about to let anything like that happen again. However, that leaves them wide open to attack from the remaining Ghost Types.
    • Alakazam tries to escape and outlast the carnage, but it failed to account for one last Pokémon: at the battle's beginning, Magikarp fled from Machamp's initial onslaught by leaping away. Since it's able to crest mountains In a Single Bound, it comes down with 400 Gs of force. For comparison, it takes at least 60 Gs of force to kill a human, giving the perennial Joke Character enough lethality to clinch the match...
    • ...At least, until a Ditto takes out Magikarp using the exact same tactic. Given that it can shape-shift into any Pokémon, it logically can also access all their outrageous powers and resistances.
    • Thankfully, this was all a simulation run by Professor Oak, who's now starting to realize that having Kid Heroes gather data for him might not produce the most reliable results.
    • In the direct sequel, "Legendary and Mythical Pokémon Battle Royale", given the absurd powers of the many, many, Legendary and Mythical Pokemon that were in the franchise as of Generation VII, the simulation ends with the Pokemon world completely ravaged by the climax, and a Reality-Breaking Paradox with Multiple Endings. Given that Dialgia and Palkia govern the forces of time and space, respectively, their defeats at the hands of Ultra Necrozma would cause the complete distortion of reality, where Schrödinger's Cat decided who won before the system crashed.
    • In "Baby Pokémon Battle Royale", the entire simulation is the Baby Pokémon's imagination during playtime. Not only are the Baby Pokémon unable to do a whole lot of damage thanks to many of their Pokédex entries pointing out how ineffective they are at battling, yet, but even if they WERE, no sane Day Care owner would let other people's infant Pokemon actually fight to the death. So, they have to imagine the entire Battle Royale.
      • The winner of the Baby Pokémon Battle Royale is Riolu in a Curb-Stomp Cushion. Pichu's self-inflicted shocks, Elekid's recharging technique, Munchlax's reckless eating habit, Igglybuff's bouncy body, and Tyrouge's Leeroy Jenkins personality were all Fatal Flaws that led to their respective eliminations (Pichu shocking itself unconscious, Elekid's recharging leaving it open to something that can get around its lightning, Munchlax eating too many inedible objects causing it to have a stomach cramp, Igglybuff repeating its elimination from the first Battle Royale, and Tyrogue charging into every fight led to a chain of events that caused him to be eliminated by Cleffa). Riolu is one of, if not the only baby Pokemon that has any real positive Pokédex entries that specify power without drawbacks (being able to climb up and down mountains on a daily basis), and the only Pokemon that could stand up to it is Stone Wall Wynaut by countering every physical attack Riolu threw at it, and not for very long before the power of Riolu gaining from its Aura building up over damage overwhelmed Wynaut.
      • Mime Jr., because its desire to mimic everything it sees, spends most of the battle royale imitating the most powerful threat on the field at the time (Munchlax and Riolu). However, when Riolu sped off towards the battle, Mime Jr., because it lacks the speed advantage, cannot imitate Riolu's charge. It eventually catches up, however, but cannot participate in the double elimination of Elekid and Magby. But the rest of the Baby Pokémon effectively leave Mime Jr. be and allow it to play referee since it is not harming anyone.
  • Happy Tree Friends: In "Better Off Bread", Superman Expy Splendid attempts to save Giggles from falling to her death by catching her in his arms. He catches her successfully, but the impact breaks her spine, killing her.
  • The original Homestar Runner book Where My Hat Is At? ended with Homestar, having finally found his hat, arriving at the Big Game "just in time to score the winning run". Since this is a picture book, it's left open to interpretation whether this means he showed up in time to go up to bat and scored a home run, or if he literally just ran onto the field and into home plate and somehow didn't get thrown out for disrupting the game. When the book was remade as a cartoon ten years later, the Brothers Chaps decided to go with the latter... minus the not-getting-thrown-out part:
    Homestar: Safe!
    Umpire: Uhhhhhh, whaddaya doin'?
    Homestar: I found my hat just in time to score the winning run.
    Umpire: Uh, no, actually it's the bottom of the second, your team's down by 94 points, and you just illegally ran onto the field!
    Homestar: Get this, it was between the milk and the Cold Ones!
    Umpire: Yeah, yeah, you need to head back to the dugout before I toss you out of here, buster!
    Homestar: Man, Mr. Umpire, you sure have a funny way of pronouncing... "Homestar Runner's team wins!"
    Umpire: ...Yeah, you're suspended from the league.
  • How It Should Have Ended frequently combines this with Fridge Logic and/or Cutting the Knot in derailing various movies and such. A few examples include The Empire Strikes Back where Vader could have caught Luke with the force rather than doing nothing when Luke jumped off the catwalk, and the Twilight parody, where Bella gets vamped at the end of the first movie.
    • In their "2012" segment, they have John Cusack's character explain the whole plot as his escape plan, showing how many coincidences would be needed to get them that far, let alone a lack of reality. In the end, they just drowned without even making it to the airport.
    • In one of their "Lego Movie" segments, it is demonstrated that Easily Forgiven doesn't really come into play for President Business, when he's convinced by Emmet to stop his evil plans. After all, it still doesn't negate the fact that he ruined a lot of people's lives in the process and is therefore thrown into prison by a lot of angry people for what he did. Another shows what would have happened if Superman really had been restrained by gum like in the film: when someone like Superman can tear through walls like they're made of tissue paper, a piece of gum isn't going to have any effect even if it is somewhat sticky, and he simply breaks out of it with zero effort and proceeds to trash all of Lord Business' armada.
    • Occurs almost entirely in Jurassic World. Notable examples include:
      • You can't get a 20+ year-old Jeep back into running usable condition just by changing the battery. The Indominus Rex points this out before eating Zach and Gray offscreen.
      • Raptors are really tough to train and control, especially when out of their cages, which in turn leads to the Raptors wiping out all of the strike team (except for Owen) after killing the I-Rex.
      • High heels are impractical for running away from hungry dinosaurs, hence the reason why the T-Rex ate Claire.
  • Episode 26 of If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device finally sees some of the zany antics of the Inquisition and Leman Russ catching up to them. While Kairos Fateweaver hitting an Inquisitor's Berserk Button and being thoroughly pummeled in an earlier episode was initially played for laughs, she is implied only to have been able to pull it off because Kairos was taken completely by surprise by the audacity of the attack and didn't have time to respond. It turns out he hasn't forgotten that particular encounter... and a single blind-drunk human Inquisitor versus a Greater Daemon in an even fight ends about how you'd expect.
    • More generally, this can apply to the entirety of the Inquisition Army. They experience enormous early success in the Warp, but ultimately aren't doing much more than harassing the local demons and performing random hit-and-runs. When they finally anger the inhabitants enough for said Chaos forces to form an army and hunt the Inquisition forces down, it goes very poorly for the humans.
  • The second half of Llamas with Hats subverts the series' running jokes and style, having reality come crashing down on the Villain Protagonist:
    • In episode six, Paul gets fed up with Carl's violent outbursts and general obnoxious behavior and leaves while cutting off all contact with him, like any sane person would. For the rest of the series Carl's mental state degrades further and further, no longer being comical and over-the-top, but instead showing that he's genuinely mentally ill and delusional.
    • It then has a deconstruction of the Omnicidal Maniac: once Carl actually does kill everybody, there's nothing left for him to do but wander about talking to himself. One final bit of reality finally breaks Carl and drives him to suicide, as he finds Paul's corpse; with the whole world basically dead, Paul starved to death ages ago.
    • Furthermore, Carl is shown during the last half to procure more and more injuries from the constant acts of violence he engages in, subverting the tendency of previous episodes to gloss over the wounds someone would naturally gain by doing such things. By the time of the final episode he looks as if he's about to drop dead at any moment.
  • A lot of Scientificially Accurate cartoons (mildly NSFW).
  • Many Pete Holmes sketches revolve around this:
    • Popeye eating Spinach results in him getting stomach problems due to eating a whole can of precooked spinach in a way that Olive describes as "like a garbage disposal", without even chewing, and because the spinach was expired.
    • Not only is Garfield morbidly obese due to all the food he eats, the only reason he was speaking to Jon is because Jon is delusional and in need of psychiatric help.
  • This web animation parodies the Gundam Jack that kicks off Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny by showing the major flaw: Aeul's attempt to gun down two guards several meters away/above/behind him by Dual Wielding machine pistols fails, because of inaccuracy and not looking at his targets, and gets shot while bragging. Sting and Stellar are shot too, with Stellar (who's brainwashing has left her almost incapable of acknowledging that other people exist) being distracted by a puppy.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: Season 5 is rifle with this, with the writers having come out of Dr. Havoc's Diary. Moments include:
    • In Episode 72, Rachel using a trashbag to carry her luggage ends badly because trashbags tend to rip when they carry too much weight.
    • Mackenzie is the only one with any modeling experience, so it makes sense that she is the best one at runway walks and gets elected team captain in Episode 74.
    • Trisha's incapacity to bend her arms (90s doll joke, don't ask) makes it hard to use cellphones due to not being able to put her phone on her ear in Episode 75.
    • Near the end of episode 76, the team learns that they can legally drink in France, since the drinking age is 16, leading everybody to binge drink during a party, which Mackenzie avoids because she is aware this might affect their performance in the following day negatively. She is painfully right when the entire team, sick and hungover, causes damage after damage—in the Promo Modeling, where Trisha 2 and Matthew puke when they show a car off on a spinning platform while Cameron has drunkenly made an enormous back tattoo that takes points out of her in the Swimsuit competition.
    • Episode 80: Contrary to popular belief, crying intensely does not make a person look more pretty or dramatic, especially if it takes place at an inappropriate timing (i.e. a photoshoot).
    • Episode 81: Sorry Brittnay, but not being armed with any weapons and having just come out of Force Feeding will not have you Curb-Stomp Battle Team France just like you did with The Expendables back in Episode 67.
    • In the Season 5 finale, Rachel never got a chance to actually practice walking on the runway without her glasses, so it leads to predictable results. Plus, the prospect of modeling in general turns out to be quite stressful for the non-experienced, and thus of course they want to go back to school instead.
    Trisha: I think I have an ulcer. I just want to go home.
  • While it's not clear if it canon or just fan theory yet, if it's true that Arthur of Mystery Skulls Animated got possessed because he was (not unreasonably) terrified of the supernatural creatures the group faced but never said anything, that would be a double whammy: Poor Communication Kills can be literal in real life and when the monsters are real, so's the danger.
  • Neko Sugar Girls:
    • Raku learns that not All Animals Are Domesticated when a squirrel she hugs bites her.
    • One episode has Koneko trying to get Raku to a vet. She breaks down the vet's door but no one is there. She then remembers it's 3 AM; of course the office would be closed for the night.
    • In the finale Hitoshi delivers a dramatic speech after Raku's death
    Hitoshi: Raku-chan is a trooper. She's a fighter. There's no way she could die of a broken heart. I know deep down inside that Raku-chan will be back. And we'll have our kawaii fun times just like always. I know that. I have faith, Raku-chan will be back someday. Are you with me good pal?
    Koneko: Hitoshi-san... I think you're just in denial.
  • Nomad of Nowhere:
    • In Episode 2, contrary to what Barty hoped, magic cannot solve your problems (or at least, the Nomad's magic cannot.) In the case of bringing the Mill's wheel to life, it made things worse by destroying the homes of Bliss Hill.
    • Episode 3 follows up on this when the Nomad saves Bliss Hill from a bounty hunter and the townsfolk thank him, yet at the end of the episode, the sheriff asks him to leave again and never return. The reason? The Nomad's the only one who can do magic, and and if word got out, it would immediately attract even more bounty hunters to Bliss Hill. So, while they're grateful, they can't harbor a wanted man of the Nomad's caliber.
  • Pokémon Rusty, a Deconstructive Parody of the Pokémon franchise, shows entirely why sending a ten-year-old out into the world all by himself with little to no knowledge about how to take care of his things, Pokemon or not, is a horrible idea.
    • One episode in particular feature Rusty challenging some Team Rocket goons to a fight. One of the goons just shoots Rusty's Pokemon.
  • Several examples from Red vs. Blue:
    • Between seasons 5 and 6, the Blood Gulch Red and Blue teams were transferred to different bases. Sarge was labeled AWOL for refusing to follow the order to leave Blood Gulch, making Grif the new CO of the team. Incidentally, when we next see Grif and Simmons, they are about to be executed by firing squad for selling the Red Team's ammo to the Blue Team, AKA treason. The Lethally Stupid Caboose, meanwhile, was put in the brig and tied up by his next CO to keep him from hurting anyone else. While the Blood Gulch teams were allowed to do whatever they want on their own, their antics don't really endear them to more formal militaries.
    • Another moment in season 6 takes a bat to Hollywood Hacking, with Simmons summarizing the complicated process of actual hacking while Grif rattles off classic hacking tropes like "try hacking the mainframe" (it isn't a mainframe system) or "try uploading a laughing skull virus into the mainframe" (like that's going to help spoof a randomly-generated 2056-bit encryption key).
    • The Meta has added several nonstandard upgrades to its armor, from invisibility, to camouflage, to the Bubble Shield, and so on. Having them makes it formidable, but each of those upgrades requires a power source, one that his suit of armor can't reliably provide. In battle, the Meta can only use them for a limited amount of time, and some like the Temporal Distortion Unit run out of power after a single use.
      • The Meta may be insanely powerful and durable, but it's still a human with basic necessities. When Tucker stabs it with his sword and the Reds hook it to a Warthog and drop it off a cliff into an icy lake, the puncture wounds from the stab allow water to enter the suit, causing the Meta to drown as its armor was too heavy to allow it to swim.
    • Season 13 shows us that even though the Feds and the Rebels have stopped fighting and teamed up against Charon Industries, their leaders still have trouble working with one another, since you can't really get over years of conflict overnight.
      • Then, during the attack on Armonia, Sharkface attempts to use his wrist-mounted flamethrowers inside a fast-moving monorail with the windows blown out. It acts like you would expect it to, and the wind blows the fire back into his face.
      • Felix learns the hard way that Conservation of Ninjutsu doesn't work when they fight the Blood Gulch Crew on their own. They might have bested the Blood Gulch Crew individually, but once the latter works as a team, the former is quickly overwhelmed.
    • In-between Season 13 and 15 (roughly 10 months In-Universe), after the UNSC are made aware of Chorus's existence, they move to take their colony back, and they'll use force if they deem it necessary, even setting up a blockade during the time-skip.
    • To celebrate defeating Hargrove, Tucker activated the Temple of Procreation, an alien artifact designed to send the planet's inhabitants into a sexual frenzy to rebuild a dwindling population. Consequently, this has made Lavernius "Bow Chicka Wow Wow" Tucker the father of numerous illegitimate offspring, and their mothers are suing him for child support.
    • Despite having a fancy high-tech suit and being an excellent fighter, one can still starve to death if you can't move or are unable to get out of said suit. Temple, the Big Bad of Season 15, exploits this in his quest to kill all of the Freelancers. Furthermore, after Locus manages to free Wash and Carolina, the latter are not ready to jump right back into action; they now suffer from starvation, dehydration, muscular atrophy, and bouts of hallucinations after spending several days frozen in place.
    • In "The Shisno Paradox", various problems occur when the Reds and Blues get their hands on Time Travel machines. When Grif attempts to teach the Ancient Italians how to make pizza, but given that he looks weird, talks a foreign language, and one of the ingredients (tomatoes) hasn't been discovered yet, this doesn't work. Sarge tries to create a team made up of history's best fighters, but runs into problems when talking to people who don't speak English. Furthermore, bringing Alexander the Great to the present kills him because Alex's ancient immune system can't handle modern germs.
      • In a non-time travel related case of Reality Ensues, Jax's terrible handling of the movie production causes the executives to cut off all of his funding.
  • In Puffin Forest, this is the main reason why Ben's Table wind up turning off Traveler. It proved too down-to-earth for a sci-fi space exploration game, and for a table who are used to escapist High Fantasy gaming. Spaceships are prohibitively expensive in the game — an entry-level freighter can set you back 150 million dollars, and most people can only afford shares in a ship. Moreover, character creation is vastly different: instead of simply choosing from a list of options, players have to roll life events that determine their backstory and abilities, resulting in the noble being a half-deaf exile (his family was murdered, he entered the military under a fake name, he was made deaf in one ear from cannon fire and he was kidnapped by pirates and only recently escaped) and the scientist being a disgraced outcast (he was kicked out of university for plagiarizing someone else's work and was stranded on an alien planet for years).
  • In one of the bonus videos to Reverse Jurassic Park, a swarm of Meganeura break out of their enclosure in Mr. Robustus' latest theme-park, Carboniferous Park. Rather than going on a rampage and attack the visitors at the park, the Meganeura prove to be as harmless as modern-day dragonflies. Dr. Altus points out that due to the Carboniferous having significantly higher concentrations of oxygen compared to the Cretaceous, the Meganeura are having trouble adjusting to the atmosphere outside their dome and are too disoriented to journey far from the park.
  • In RWBY Chibi, Weiss attempts to get back at Ruby for a water bucket prank by doing the same thing, but this time freezing the water before Ruby gets in position for the bucket to fall. Ruby's instantly knocked out, horrifying Yang and Blake, the former of whom expresses concern that Ruby might be concussed.
    • In a sketch parodying How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Roman Torchwick gets a superdose of non-descript winter holiday spirit, and his heart grows three sizes. But just as he's apologizing to team RWBY, he clutches his chest in pain. As he's taken away in an ambulance, Ruby comments that having your heart suddenly grow three sizes isn't very good for your health.
  • Sexualobster's parody of Dragon Ball Z, which shows Goku needing to see a proctologist and getting Vegeta, who makes it clear he's going to violate Goku. The trope takes effect in the sequel, where Vegeta's abuse of his position sees him facing a lawsuit.
  • Share My Story
    • Clara cheats on and dumps her boyfriend for this cool popular ladykiller named Brandon, who only wants her to spite said boyfriend. She learns the hard way that the kind of person who is willing to date a girl with a known boyfriend is unlikely to stay faithful to her.
    • After being cheated on by Brandon, Clara attempts to get back together with her ex-boyfriend with a text. While the protagonist does feel some sympathy for her and did miss her for a while, he still can't forgive her for betraying him and blocks her number as a result. When you cheat on someone, it is HIGHLY unlikely that he will forgive or trust you again.
  • At the end of Shepard's Mind, after being imprisoned in a dark void by the G-man, Shepard finds he still has the chocolate bar he picked up earlier in the series. He opens it, takes a bite...and immediately realizes how awful it tastes after he'd been soaked in alien blood and swimming through sewage throughout his adventure.
    Shepard: That was maybe not a good thing to put in my mouth.
  • Mario Kart 8 is Great starts with Mario and friends getting ready to race underwater. However, as soon as the green light flashes, they have already drowned and their bodies are shown floating on the surface.
  • The video Too Cute: Pokémon is a mock-documentary that shows baby Pokémon being raised in a house. The Charmanders end up setting the house on fire.
  • The AOK video Very Off Parents: Summer Vacation had Timmy Turner wish that it would be summer forever. His fairy godparents later have to explain to him that the consequences of his wish include the Earth being perpetually torrid, the polar ice caps melting because of climate change and massive droughts resulting in people fighting each other for the last remaining water.


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