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  • In Amazing Fantasy, Disney tried to lobby Congress to further extend its copyright protections over characters like Spider-Man... while the world was teetering on the edge of collapse from the rise of Quirks. Naturally, Disney got ignored in favor of more pressing matters, which let Disney's properties go into the public domain. The House of Mouse has gone on a crusade against people using the image of characters they once owned ever since by making it cultural faux pas.
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  • In Code: Pony Evolution, Twilight Sparkle thinks it's more important not to be late than to avoid death. Even though if any of the ponies die on Earth, X.A.N.A wins.
  • Invoked in Shades of Twilight, the sequel to the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic/Mass Effect crossover, Mass Effect The Equestrian Equation, when everyone who is involved in leading The Herd dismisses Rarity's insistence that they need to set up Equestrian tailoring as more of her fashionista frippery. Rarity eventually takes matters into her own hooves by pointing out, as part of a live broadcast interview, that non-Equestrians don't have the social training they do, and so any pony who insists on going "furclad" is giving anyone behind her (or him) a real eyeful of their most private parts whenever they move their tail. When Twilight Sparkle privately tries to point out that they weren't embarrassed by this when they didn't know it, Rarity points out it's better they be embarrassed and take steps to rectify it now, then ignore it and end up getting a reputation as primitive beasts who can't even understand modesty later.
    • As if to hammer the point home, an Equestrian worker suffers only minor injuries despite being caught in a fuel pipe explosion that should have charred him to ashes because he was wearing one of Rarity's work uniforms, thanks to the combination of her fashion designer wizardry and space age materials.
  • In No Gods, Only Guns, Gaige decides that the best time to start working on SCIENCE! and robotics is while she's in the middle of a giant battle with a bunch of geth.
  • Defied on Xander's suggestion in Time and Again when he explains to Harry Potter that if any Task seems beyond him in the Triwizard Tournament, he should simply concede as his goal is survival, not winning. Harry admits he's right and is embarrassed by once taking Wood's advice to "Get the snitch or die trying" seriously given that Quidditch is only a game.
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  • In Twice Chosen, when Alpha mentions that he's disabled the Tributes' trackers since they found the ship, Glimmer is annoyed people will assume the Tributes died "off-screen" in a cave-in, which Foxface finds astounding considering they're in an alien starship.
  • In A Man of Iron, what is Tywin Lannister's reaction to a flying knight who shoots magical laser beams bursting through the ceiling and threatening the lord of the castle? Annoyance that said knight is wearing Lannister colors without his permission.
    • Tony's reaction to Jon saving him from Ivan Vanko is to point out that the armor Jon is wearing isn't one which he (Tony) made.
  • In Fates Collide, when Crescent Rose gets damaged during Ruby Rose's sparring match with Cu Chulainn, she attempts to repair it, ignoring him even though the fight wasn't paused. He calls her out on it.
  • Petunia Dursley of Child of the Storm is horrified by the fact that her neighbors think she's scum, never mind the fact that she earned that contempt by abusing a child.
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  • In Brilliant Lights Will Cease To Burn, Izuku is scared of not finishing his homework or running his errands while several dozen cops are pointing their guns at him.
    "There's no time to waste. Izuku has homework. He has school tomorrow. He has so many errands to run. He doesn't have time to get arrested."
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Lexi Luthor is more concerned with finishing her essay on Danganronpa than her classwork or that a giant robot is rampaging in the cafeteria.
  • With Pearl and Ruby Glowing: Shan Yu discovers the hard way that it's not the best idea to pause the confrontation with the person who's currently kidnapping/freeing your slave to correct his Malapropism.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail plays this for drama. When Chloe's classmates learn that Ash is the Alola Champion, they immediately pressure her to challenge him, setting into motion a chain of events that culminate in her running away from home and boarding the Infinity Train. A few days later, Goh visits the school and informs them that she ran away... only for the news to get completely glossed over as they clamor to see the video of the fight. Yeardley gleefully mocks the fact that she made a rookie mistake, and it takes Goh calling them out for helping to drive her away before they pay any attention to the news of her disappearance... even if just to deny any responsibility.

Dragon Ball

  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Goku prioritizes his food first, followed by his friends, followed by the friends he considers "emergency foods", and then his son.
    • When Chichi was injured Goku's first question to her is where the food is - she'd called that one of their meals was ready. Then he asks about what happened to her and her dad. When she finally points out Gohan was just kidnapped, Goku complains he'll be late for the meal.
    • Bulma is outraged that Krillin destroyed the remote she created not because it means Cell can absorb 18 but because it took her twenty hours to make. Later when Vegeta agrees to let Cell absorb 18, Bulma is delighted that she won her bet on who would screw things up.

Harry Potter

  • When the dragons break free and go on a rampage in When the First Task Went Wrong, several Slytherin students are more interested in blaming Harry than running for their lives. They die when one of the mortally injured dragons falls out of the sky on top of them.
  • Played with in Hitting the Tomes when the Gryffindor quidditch team, several of Harry's housemates, and McGonnagall all think Harry has his priorities all wrong when he quits the team because it's his OWL year and he needs to study. Though the real reason is he needs time to study for his GSCEs.
  • In Harry Potter: Master of Malicious Compliance, Harry fully admits that his priorities are messed up given that his desire to make people who cause him problems suffer nearly eclipses his sense of self-preservation. As a child, Harry refused to climb out a school window during a fire because he knew that instead staying in the room he was locked in for detention would get the responsible teacher fired.
  • Ginny Weasley And The Half Blood Prince:
    • Ginny doesn't appreciate Cho trying to get back together with Harry in the middle of a siege, and makes sure to sabotage the attempt.
    • Ginny also lampshades the fact that Ron and Hermione having their First Kiss in the middle of said siege—due to a comment Ron made regarding house elves, no less—is bizarre.

Haruhi Suzumiya

  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, the Computer Society President finds it strange that Haruhi's biggest priority on Kyon's first "encounter" with Yamane (which ended with an attempt to kill Tsuruya followed by Kyon dangling Yamane outside a window in the third floor) is Kyon's record, and preventing it getting back to Kyon's mother.

The Legend of Zelda

  • The End of All Things: When Zach and Midna inadvertently get caught in the gullet of a giant Deku Baba, Midna is more focused on the string of insults Zach just launched at her than the prospect of being eaten alive.

The Loud House

  • Requiem for a Loud features an extremely rare Played for Drama example; Lincoln is diagnosed with brain tumors and will die within the next two weeks, but the reactions that his friends and family have to this are what he considers to be the most devastating.

Love Hina

  • An Alternate Keitaro Urashima: Granny Hina's top priority no matter what is to come up with all manner of ways to excuse the often-inexcusable behavior of the girls at her dorm. It's to the extent that when Motoko gets herself arrested for trying to challenge Keitaro to a duel, Hina is more concerned with defending her than the fact that Motoko threatened her grandson with a deadly weapon in public.

Magi

Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Peter Parker's Field Trip (Of course it's to Stark Industries): Tony seems surprised how little Peter's punishment would have been.
    Tony: ...hey, out of curiosity... what is the punishment for forging Tony Stark's signature around here?
    Peter: Two weeks of in school suspension, ineligibility for all future field trips, handwritten notes to all of my classmates and teachers apologizing for my lies, and um, no more leaving early.
    Tony: That's it? Well, I'm sure that feels like a lot when you're a kid. I was thinking jail time. Of course, I've seen prisons nicer than this place, so... potato, potato.

Miraculous Ladybug

  • In the Miraculous Ladybug AU To Hench or Not to Hench, where Chat Noir has been fighting alone for years, Marinette is so set on having that internship at Gabriel she ends up accepting to work as Hawk Moth's henchwoman in exchange. At least she used the situation to turn it into a paid internship (plus lavish pay as a henchwoman)...
  • Leave For Mendeleiev:
    • As Chat Noir, Adrien is so focused on scoring a Relationship Upgrade with his 'Destined Partner' Ladybug that he tends to prioritize flirting with her over actually fighting the akuma. When she finds out that he caused the akuma Copycat by falsely claiming that the two of them were dating, then lied to her and made her think she was responsible, she promptly calls him out... and he's still more concerned about convincing her that they're meant to be than anything else. And he never apologizes for that incident.
    • When they witness Chloe cornering Marinette, Adrien is more concerned about Aurore wanting to intervene than he is about the bullying itself. As he explains to the incredulous Aurore, Marinette is used to being bullied, so she can handle it... but Chloe isn't used to being called out on her bad behavior, and he's worried doing so could attract an akuma. The notion that Marinette's emotional distress could draw in an akuma doesn't occur to him, and seeing firsthand how faulty his priorities are effectively kills Aurore's crush on him for good.
    • Later, when Ladybug lets him know that there's a chance they'll be getting a third teammate, Chat's more immediately concerned by the fact she knows something he doesn't. He's so fixated on the idea that he should know whatever secrets she's privy to that he attempts to blackmail Plagg into telling him. And when he actually meets her first chosen partner, he's immediately overcome with jealousy and seething over that rather than focusing on more important matters... like the fact he just lost his ring.
  • LadyBugOut:
    • The whole plot gets kicked off by Alya posting the photo she took of Ladybug and Chat Noir Kissing Under the Influence of Oblivio's mind-whammy on her Ladyblog, effectively deciding that 'a juicy scoop' is more important than proving herself trustworthy to Ladybug, who'd asked her not to put it online. She also feels that sticking to her guns is more important than her relationships with Marinette and most of her classmates, who aren't too thrilled with her decision.
    • After learning that Marinette's helping Ladybug maintain her new blog, Adrien invites himself over to the bakery and awkwardly tries pressing her for information, wanting to know if Ladybug ever talks about him (or Chat Noir). He also reveals that he's still prioritizing Lila's feelings over the rest of the class, and doesn't understand why that annoys Marinette even after she spells it out for him.
    • Ms. Bustier goes for a double whammy. Not only does she believe that it's better to coddle the bullies in her classroom and force her better-behaved students to 'set a good example' by quietly enduring the abuse, but when she finally does decide to address the growing unrest in her class? She puts that over the safety of all of Paris by trying to pressure Marinette into deleting Ladybug's blog behind the superheroine's back. Never mind all the valuable resources it provides, it's caused some of her students to get angry with each other, and she can't have that—!
  • The One to Make It Stay:
    • Alya's zeal for 'major scoops' and love of 'LadyNoir' leads her to film the Obliviated Chat Noir's Love Confession, then trim and cut the footage to make it look like Ladybug reciprocated rather than gently turning him down. She then posts the resulting video on her Ladyblog, and when Ladybug confronts her about it, dismisses her anger. So what if she just massively invaded their privacy and is openly lying about what happened while claiming to be the best source of Ladybug-related news around? Surely Ladybug's just overreacting, right...?
      • This catches up to her further after she accidentally skips out on babysitting duty, forcing Nora to miss an important match. Alya attempts to defend herself by blurting out that she was trying to help her friends with boy troubles; Nora isn't impressed. Neither is her mother, who points out that she's also been neglecting her studies and letting her grades drop.
        Marlena: When you haven't been running off on dates with Nino or trying to set up your friends, you've been running off into danger, trying to capture footage for your blog. At first, I thought that maybe it was just difficulty adjusting to life in Paris, but speaking to your teachers at school and your friends' parents, I realized that couldn't be the case. No, the problem is that you've picked up so many things to do that it's compromised your ability to prioritize.
    • So far as Chat Noir is concerned, protecting Paris isn't nearly as important as making things 'official' with Ladybug. Throughout White Hot Morning, he persistently tries to force her into accepting his feelings, blaming her for the tension that results. This builds into the situation exploding in All The Laughs We Had in the Past — and in the aftermath, Adrien winds up blaming Plagg for 'allowing himself' to be used by Hawkmoth and Feline Fatale to terrorize Paris.
  • In All's Fair in Love and War (And Turnabout's Fair Play), Adrien strikes back at Lila through a 'shocking tell-all interview', revealing to the media that he's been dealing with an obsessive stalker at school. While he doesn't name her outright, his descriptions are enough for all of his classmates to connect the dots, and Lila knows that it's only a matter of time before the public discovers her identity as well. Yet she finds herself fixating on the fact that Alya deleted the 'exclusive interview' she gave her off the Ladyblog.
  • Burning Bridges, Building Confidence:
    • As far as Chat Noir's concerned, getting Ladybug to agree to be his partner romantically is more important than protecting Paris. When the series begins, he's attempting to Blackmail her by sitting on the sidelines during battles, refusing to help unless she 'admits' that she's in love with him. And he's supported in this insanity by Alya, who overhears one of his declarations and is totally on board because she wants LadyNoir to be canon.
      Good ultimatum, Alya thought. She better do it quick, or else they might get her miraculous.
    • After two of their schoolmates get akumatized at once right after an argument with him, Adrien decides that rather than finding a safe place to transform into Chat Noir and join the fight, it's more important to track down Marinette... so he can scold and accuse her of causing it.
    • A stronger parallel gets drawn between Alya and Adrien/Chat Noir when both of them express the same outrage over Ladybug updating her look. Alya because she based her blog's appearance around her original style, and Chat because she didn't consult him about it and it doesn't show off her figure to his satisfaction.
  • In Unsatisfied: Self-Destruct, Alya wakes up and learns she's been hospitalized for three months after being attacked and nearly killed by a criminal who cut her throat open, leaving her unable to speak. When she hears that Hawkmoth was defeated and the Miraculous heroes have retired, she despairs at the fact that no Ladybug means no Ladyblog, and that her dream of capturing Hawkmoth's downfall on tape is effectively impossible.
  • Sins of the Past: When Adrien learns that Lila has been threatening and bullying Marinette ever since her return, and has just framed her for supposedly attacking her, he's far more upset and disappointed that Marinette is still trying to expose her. After all, if Lila gets revealed as a liar, she'll get akumatized again... and to his mind, preventing that is much more important than letting anyone know they're dealing with a manipulative Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. Thus, he accuses Marinette of being a bully, causing things to go even further downhill.
  • Of Patience and Pettiness:
    • Adrien considers it far more important to keep bullies like Lila and Chloe happy by letting them go unchecked than to address the problems they're causing. Marinette's crush on him withers away upon realizing that the feelings of people like her don't matter to him at all — he's keener to scold her for standing up for herself than he is either of them for their misdeeds.
    • Chat doesn't care about protecting Paris nearly as much as he does getting that Relationship Upgrade with Ladybug, prioritizing his flirting and joking around over her protests. He also gets incredibly upset whenever she brings another guy in as backup against akuma.
  • Miracle Queen Aftermath revolves around Chloe's Karma Houdini Warranty running out after the events of the Season 3 finale. Adrien, naturally, feels sorry for her, and believes that Marinette and the rest of their class should do everything they can to help her. Much of the story boils down to them spelling out Chloe's various transgressions against them, only for Adrien to keep stubbornly insisting that they should forgive her anyway, giving more weight to how she feels than to the feelings of everyone she's hurt.
    Adrien: I just... I just want to give her the best chance.
    Ivan: [bitterly] That's nice for Chloe, I guess. But not nice for us.

My Hero Academia

  • Played With in Deku? I think he's some pro... during the League's debut. While Shigaraki is specifically targeting Izuku as a 'side quest', that doesn't factor into All Might's decision to prioritize saving him. No, he's purely driven by his own biases there: Midoriya is Quirkless, and in All Might's mind, that naturally translates to being completely helpless. He also completely dismisses the threat that the League poses to all of the other students, and has to be forcibly reminded that yes, villains are perfectly capable of hurting children, Quirked or not.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, The Equinus Republic demonstrates this by placing great priority not on the starving population, or the increase in aggressive monster raids, but in the action of banishing all of its political critics to Tartarus, the Pit of Monsters. The Lemony Narrator shows off her own Skewed Priorities by justifying their actions by stating that they couldn't allow the critics to stay, or they would lower national pride. And then what would become of all the money they poured into the Equestrian Games?
    • Loose Change then points out that if the money on the games was wasted, it might as well been used for something stupid, like feeding the starving population.
    • It seems like this trope seems to fit the Equinus Republic in general, as they spent weeks debating the simple creation of a road before throwing out the case all together, while approving the abolishment of penalties for homicidal evisceration in less than an hour.
  • In Ultra Fast Pony, Princess Celestia only seems to care about tea. When Twilight Sparkle saves the world from the destruction in the opening two-parter, Celestia punishes her for missing a tea party while she was saving the world. When the malicious Reality Warper Discord begins wreaking havoc, Celestia only cares that Discord stole her teacups. In Celestia's mind, a fire destroying a major city is less important than Princess Luna holding a tea party without inviting her.
  • This is exploited by Prince Jewelius in Loved and Lost, an extended retelling of "A Canterlot Wedding". After Twilight Sparkle has stopped the Changelings with the shrinking spell Jewelius showed her, the latter's assistant Vivian leads the wedding guests and some royal guards to the wedding hall right as Princess Celestia tells Twilight as per canon that the latter has a real wedding to put together. At that point, Jewelius calls all the other heroes but Twilight out of their canon mistakesnote  and brings up the collateral damages those mistakes caused everypony in Canterlot. This — combined with the heroes' failure to defend themselves against Jewelius' aggressive accusations, and the failed escape attempt Celestia initiates right after Jewelius has publicly promised to rectify their mistakes — convinces everypony that the heroes are irresponsible fools who care more about the wedding than everypony's safety, allowing Jewelius to seize the throne and turn the public (and later Twilight as well) against the heroes.
    • After the disgraced heroes and the entire Changeling army have escaped from Jewelius' clutches, the public is afraid of a new Changeling invasion. Jewelius refuses to do absolutely anything to prepare against the Changelings (who, especially Queen Chrysalis, have a score to settle with him) before he's finished with the heroes, even though the public — as well as Twilight — acknowledges that the Changelings are more of a threat than the heroes they're starting to forgive. Not only does Jewelius' immature behavior lead to Twilight and Canterlot's citizens realizing what he truly is, but he's left completely helpless once the heroes have defeated his army and cornered him in the climax, allowing the Changelings to swoop in and eat him as revenge.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 7 of the sequel Diplomat at Large, during the fight with the Storm King, Pharynx breaks a horn off his helmet. The Storm King's biggest concern is that now it doesn't look right, and how long it's going to take to get it fixed.
  • Parodied in A Dance On The Mats. The Rainbooms consider going to class as less important than helping Rainbow deal with her feelings toward Anon. It even takes precedent over their discovery that their friendship magic can give them healing powers.
    Pinkie Pie: "So, like, we're just kinda putting the fact that we have magic mumbo-jumbo healing powers on the back burner? What if it can cure cancer...? No? Yeah, you're right, boys come first."

Naruto

  • In Nothing but Trouble, Naruto correctly predicts that his fiance Anko would be more freaked out that he's been married before than the fact that he's really the Kyuubi and Naruto's been dead for years. Though her reasoning does make an odd bit of sense: she barely knew Naruto but she's fully aware that she's rather crazy and is worried that Naruto/Kyuubi will divorce her if he wasn't willing to work things out with his previous wives (Naruto/Kyuubi quickly reassures her that he did work things out with them; he just outlived them).
  • Some of the lower ranked shinobi in Kyubed: Shinobi's Revenge on Naruto give Naruto (and later his team) a lot of flak for the fact that despite his perfect stealth, he's much less impressive in a straight fight. Only the higher-ups realize that being able to fight is less useful than getting the job done without getting caught. So while his classmates will talk smack, the entirety of Team 7 is recruited into ANBU after their first Chuunin Exam.

One Piece

  • This Bites!:
    • Nami's misery as they leave Alabasta, not because Vivi is forced to come with them after being assigned a bounty, but because they didn't get the solid-gold Crocodile statues from Rain Dinners.
    • When Yasopp finds out that Usopp has become a Straw Hat Pirate from Cross' SBS broadcast, he and Shanks instantly get into a brawl. Yasopp is pissed because Shanks's protégé dragged his son away from his quiet, safe life, Shanks is pissed because Yasopp's Spit Take caused him to waste good booze.

Persona 5

  • Akira is accused of this in The Evil Queen by his Persona Arsene. Akira doesn't want to risk his life in the Metaverse to change Makoto's heart, but was about to get in a fight with Ryuji to keep him from breaking another student's gaming handheld.
    Arsene: THIS is the great cause you will stand and fight for? A child's toy? You would damn the whole school to a year's worth of tyranny, but a single boy’s suffering drives you to heroism?

Rosario + Vampire

  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act III chapter 13, when it's discovered that the ghoul inside Tsukune had infected Kokoa with its essence, which caused her to rape Tsukune against her will, Felucia is more concerned over where having Kokoa rape Tsukune fits in with the ghoul's Evil Plan than anything else. Ahakon even asks her why that's the only detail she can focus on; in Felucia's defense, however, she does admit that it was a stupid question.
    • In Act V chapter 23, with Yokai Academy's festival ruined and several students dead as a result of Tsukune's bloodlust-fuelled rampage, Rin's primary concern is that the fireworks show has been cancelled. Somewhat justified, as Ran explains to the others that she and Rin have seen far worse while explained to Babylon.

RWBY

  • RWBY Recaps: In "The End of the Beginning", Ruby is completely unconcerned about Yang (her sister) losing an arm, and is more worried about whether Roman Torchwick (her enemy) had died from being Swallowed Whole.
  • White Sheep (RWBY):
    • Salem sends Tyrian to take Jaune back home where he'll be safe—but that was a secondary objective. The primary objective was to ask if Jaune was still a virgin and if he had impregnated anyone yet.
      Jaune: Good to see Mom's priorities haven't changed any.
    • Not only is Coral perfectly willing to have sex with Qrow on an active battlefield, but she tries to compromise with her sister Sapphire (who wants to kill Qrow) by telling her she can cut off his right arm: "I don't need his arms."
      Qrow: I need them!
      Coral: [unimpressed]
      Qrow: They're essential. Uh...for cuddling?
      [beat]
      Coral: I changed my mind. Both arms stay.

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Winter Thorns of Highgarden: Willas Tyrell's decision to abduct and marry Lyarra Snow is a humongous scandal amongst the Westerosi nobility, and it's implied House Tyrell's reputation took a serious hit because of it. Mace Tyrell is deeply upset by the fact his eldest son refused to invite him to his wedding. Okay, it showcases his political ineptness, but this is rather sweet.

Total Drama

  • Deconstructed in Monster Chronicles, where despite the fact that a supernatural serial killer has forced Duncan to work for him and the danger he and the other contestants are in, Duncan is more concerned with his bad boy rep and avoiding being seen as good than using his knowledge to expose Cedric to the others. Even Cedric mocked Duncan for how foolish his behavior, and called him a coward for it. Duncan eventually realized he was right and decided stopping Cedric was more important then being seen as a bad boy, even performing a Heel–Face Turn.

X-Men

  • In Mutatis Mutandis by Artemis's Liege, teenagers Rogue, Anole, and Northstar are trapped on the edge of a battlefield during the Marvel Civil War, facing an armed Punisher. Rather than help explain the misunderstanding, Jean-Paul begins texting on his cell phone, not for help, but for entertainment, as a gun is held to his face.


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