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    Attack On Titan 
  • When Wall Maria fell, the refugees were forced to evacuate into Wall Rose. This meant extra mouths to feed and soon there wasn't enough food to go around. Even worse, when they tried to plant food, nothing grew. So to thin out the numbers, a few people were drafted into helping to fight the Titans, Armin's grandfather among them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice doesn't always play out the way the person wanted to. Those who take this route often find out at the last moment that they don't want to die or that their last moments will be horrifying and messy.
  • Even though mankind is facing extinction at the hands of man-eating monsters, everyone doesn't magically forget their interpersonal conflicts.
  • Titan biology is affected by this. The Colossal Titan is so huge that it moves very slowly. The Armored Titan plating insulates it and it can make the Titan overheat if not removed. Rod Reiss's Titan is so large that it cannot support its own weight and can't walk, only by crawling on its stomach.
  • During the first arc on Wall Rose, Eren gives a Rousing Speech to his unit that they can take the Titans if they just stick together, even joking they can get a kill count going. No sooner then they go into action, near all of them are decimated. Sure they trained for this, but training doesn't equal actual experience on the battlefield and the Titans turn out to be more unpredictable then they realize.
  • A harsh truth the regiment realize in a war: That you'll have to leave behind your friends to either save yourself and/or continue your mission. And only when the latter is completed can you grieve for the fallen.
  • Unstoppable Rage can very easily be stopped if your opponent is stronger and/or more skilled than you, and all the righteous anger in the world means nothing against a superior fighter. Eren stands no chance against the Female Titan because her fighting skill easily trumps his wild beast-like swings, and when facing off against The Armored Titan, his punches do nothing against the latter's armor. Only by actually relying on strategy, tempering his fury and his fighting skills does he become a force to be feared. The next time they clash Eren completely dominates Reiner in combat, and the next time after that he kicks his ass even faster.
  • The battle between Eren and Annie shows what happens when a fight with two giant monsters occur in a densely populated area. The fight only lasts a few minutes but there are over a hundred casualties caught in the crossfire.
  • People who you actively tried to murder will not come to your aid when you are crying and begging for them to save you, as Bertolt found out the hard way.
  • The swords that the military uses are very sharp but are realistically very brittle. Each soldier carries at least 6 pairs at any given time because the swords are prone to break or become dull with each swing.
  • What happens when two nations spew a century worth of propaganda at each other? You naturally have the other assuming they're the bad guy and are "full of demons", only to discover a harsh truth when visiting the other side. Reiner realized this upon going to the Walls and finding the people there weren't any different then his homeland. When he finally returned home he was full of Survivor Guilt and self-loathing for what he had to do and the people he had to betray.
    • This is likewise showcased when Gabi ends up in Marley after the below event and constantly keeps this mindframe despite the fact that years have long since passed from the whole propaganda her nation told her and nearly no one behaves like she keeps claiming. At one point, she meets the girl, Sasha, who had saved her from a Titan years prior (which Gabi killed during the airship escape) and, while talking, the girl reveals her mother was killed by a Titan. Gabi keeps trying to justify that the death was the result of her nation's actions. But the girl shoots back that 1) They had no knowledge of what Gabi keeps going on about. For all they knew at the time, they were the last humans left and Titans were just mindless monstrous beings and 2) Her mother did nothing against Gabi's home to deserve such a fate. Needless to say, Gabi has no argument when told of this.
  • Trying to take on an entire airship of enemy soldiers by yourself will at best result in you killing a few soldiers before being overwhelmed by the sheer number of the enemy, as Gabi found out. The latter is quickly captured and beaten and would have been thrown off the ship to their death for killing the enemy's comrades if not for Jean stopping them.

     Bakuman 
  • Early on in the series, Mashiro tells the story of a manga artist whose editor had rejected every manuscript the artist had submitted, until one day, he actually shredded the latest manuscript, an act that drove the manga artist to work even harder and finally succeed. Takagi remarks that nowadays, the artist could have sued the editor for destroying his manuscript.
  • After dramatically ripping up their drafts of Money and Intelligence and throwing them into a river, Mashiro and Takagi run away lest they be caught for littering.
  • After Kosugi does a Get A Hold Of Yourself Man punch to Nanamine when he essentially gives up on manga following losing to the main characters, Nanamine threatens to report Kosugi for assault and cause him to lose his job. Subverted when Nanamine doesn't go through with it, though, thinking it would make him more of a laughingstock than he already is.
  • Likewise, after Takagi punches Ishizawa for insulting Mashiro, he gets suspended.
  • Mashiro and Takagi aim to get published and have their manga adapted into an anime before turning 18. They manage to get published while still in high school through hard work and determination in true shonen manga fashion, but after months spent working too hard and neglecting his health, Mashiro collapses and has to be hospitalized. And a few months later, despite their best efforts, their first serialized manga gets cancelled. They fare somewhat better in college due to having more free time.
  • Toward the end, once Mashiro and Azuki's relationship comes to light, very few people are happy to hear about it, there is a large In-Universe backlash, and this makes it more difficult for Azuki to get the lead role, since people think Mashiro might be favoring her. Fukuda rightly calls out the angry fans during an interview, but that action ultimately does little good.

     Berserk 
  • Adon Corbowitz acts as though Talking Is a Free Action, but whenever he gets to rambling about how he's about to use a technique that was passed down in his family for generations, his opponents take the opportunity to attack him because he's letting his guard down.
  • When Guts chooses to leave the Band of the Hawks, Griffith enters a state of what appears to be Tranquil Fury and demands that he and Guts fight. Guts easily overpowers Griffith with just one swing of his sword — no matter how skilled Griffith is, Guts has been fighting in many battles and has improved greatly over the years, while Griffith had been focusing more on strategy and tactics. And Griffith was in a state of emotional duress and mental fragility, compared to Guts who remained calm and focused.
  • A humorous example occurs after Guts and Casca consummate their relationship, when Casca hops onto her horse and experiences a sharp pain in her lower regions. She's quit naturally sore after having intercourse for the first time.
  • When the Band of the Hawk rescues Griffith from imprisonment, he has been tortured for a year. His muscles have atrophied and his jailer gleefully admits that he also cut the tendons in Griffith's wrists and ankles. They initially deny it, but Wyald displays the extent of Griffith's injuries and tells them that there's no way he could possibly recover from this, and that his becoming their general again is a joke.
  • Guts losing his right eye leaves him with no field of vision on his right side and an affected depth perception. He has learned to use his hearing to compensate.
  • Guts being Covered in Scars means his body cannot easily sweat out a fever like an unblemished body does.
  • Casca falls off the ship and Guts reaches out with his prosthetic arm to grab her — and she promptly slips because the hand is fake and Guts has no actual grip or ability to move his fingers. He even lampshades this later on, having almost forgotten that his prosthetic hand doesn't work like a real one because it has a built-in magnet, which allows him to actually hold his BFS during battle. And he actually has genuine control over it while possessed by his Enemy Within.
  • Casca regains her memories, and shows that she has retained her years of combat. But she has still repressed memories of everything from the point of finding the emaciated Griffith onward, including The Eclipse. If her thoughts end up straying in that direction, she ends up suffering from severe panic attacks and screams in terror.

    Bokurano 
  • When two Humongous Mecha fight in a crowded city, there is extensive collateral damage, and it's estimated that thousands of people die in some of Zearth's battles.
  • Similarly, while the pilots have saved the world every time they defeat a monster, many people blame them for the damage and hate them. When Junji Karita pretends to be a Zearth pilot on live TV, a security guard shoots him dead, having gotten a gun from a victims' support group.
  • Related to the above, Katari has a fairly flimsy plan to "prove" that he is Zearth's pilot by having the robot do a "victory dance," (assuming that the real pilots would play along), most of Japan doesn't know the truth, and so takes his story at face value. While the protagonists were trying to put out their own story, the fact that Aiko "Anko" Tokosumi is the daughter of their main newscaster means that their story would be less believable.
  • Chizuru "Chizu" Honda initially considers planning a Murder-Suicide against the teacher who was responsible for having her gang-raped, until she realizes that she's pregnant. When she becomes Zearth's pilot, which will result in her and her baby dying anyway, she uses Zearth's lasers to kill the men who raped her, and only spares her teacher because she'd have to kill her sister, too. When people try to stop her, and even consider threatening her, she points out that she has nothing left to lose, and so can't be reasoned with.
  • Kana Ushiro and her father both have a surprisingly philosophical perspective on death. The latter asked his students to think about how their loved ones would react to their death, while the former believes that everyone's the star of their own story, and knows that many young people die every day. When Kana's chosen as the pilot, her father's heartbroken at the realization that his daughter will soon die, and Kana herself has an emotional breakdown in her final moments.
  • When pushed far enough over the edge, some of the pilots may stop caring whether their world lives or dies, much less whether its continued existence is worth sacrificing another universe. Fortunately for the protagonists, the same goes for their enemies.
  • In the anime, a recurring subplot involves studying Zearth in order to unlock its secrets. Not only is reverse-engineering a piece of incomprehensibly advanced technology an enticing prospect, but as you might expect, the various government officials and scientists are much more interested in making discoveries that would revolutionize the energy industry than saving the children's lives.

    Hunter x Hunter 
  • While Gon and Killua have enough stamina to run for 70 kilometers without stopping, fast enough to kill people without them noticing, and strong enough to force open a door weighing a ton, they are still 12 year olds with no formal training (except Killua being trained to be an assassin), so when they get to the Heaven's Arena, they force their way past the first layer of foes just to be stopped cold by Hisoka who forces the boys to learn Nen. It's only after months of training with a variety of mentors that they actually become proficient at Nen, as it is a martial art and a rather complex one at that.
  • The reason Gon and Killua compete in the Heaven's Arena in the first place is to raise money. As soon as they get enough and Gon settles a grudge, they leave, giving up a lucrative life competing.
  • If a fight between a superpowered Nen user and a Badass Normal with absolutely no superpowers were to happen, you'll expect the former to win in a Curb-Stomp Battle. This happens many times throughout Hunter x Hunter, especially during the Yorknew arc where the Phantom Troupe ended up curb-stomping the mafia every time they get into a fight.
  • There are several times where our heroes simply aren't strong enough to defeat or even challenge the villains. Rather than suddenly powering up to ridiculous levels and pulling out a victory, there isn't really anything they can do about said power gap, so they're forced to accomplish their goals by other means.
  • Just because Gon's The Hero doesn't mean he always fights the Big Bad of a story arc; he's still young, which means that in terms of power and skill he's sometimes completely outclassed, and more often than not a much stronger character will face the main villain instead while Gon faces an antagonist closer to his level.
  • Neo-Green Life, an isolationist nation introduced in the Chimera Ant arc, examines how difficult and dangerous an "all natural" society would be in the modern world. NGL permits no technology newer than agriculture, meaning visitors must discard everything from synthetic clothing items to necessities like eyeglasses, tooth fillings, and medical implants at the border crossing or face execution. The checkpoint (conveniently located just outside of NGL's actual borders) must employ highly advanced technology like MRI and ultrasound in order to effectively enforce this policy. NGL citizens would likely do what they could to protect themselves on the micro scale (e.g. treating a family member's disease or fending off a wild animal), but problems on the macro scale (e.g. an epidemic or an out-of-control invasive species) are, according to NGL's philosophy, "nature taking its course" and are probably impossible for the government to address anyway. The country's low tech level also means information moves extremely slowly within NGL (the internet is used at the aforementioned checkpoint for international relations, but only handwritten correspondence is permitted within NGL proper), which allows the Chimera Ant infestation to get out of hand before international aid can be summoned. It's eventually revealed that the country's founder and ruler simply wanted to ruin people's lives.
  • Twelve years of using a Murder Is the Best Solution mentality does not go away easily. Even after Killua decided not to kill anymore, he mentions how tough it is for him to not automatically kill an enemy of his.
  • In the beginning of the series, Gon wasn't a very skilled fighter and didn't immediately learn how to hold his own against older and stronger opponents like most Shonen heroes do. He often had to rely on quick thinking alone to survive.
  • Killua and Pouf got into a fight in order for the latter to kill Komugi so that an amnesic Meruem wouldn't get his memories of her back. During the middle of the fight, it was made clear if Pouf were to continue the fight, he would have ended up dead. So, instead of trying to continue the fight, Pouf decided to flee in order to find an alternate solution to not have Meruem remember Komugi.
  • Upon being subjected to the explosion of the Miniature Rose Netero kept inside himself, Meruem seems to recover relatively well thanks to the healing given to him by Youpi and Pouf. Unfortunately for him, one of the reasons nuclear devices are so deadly is radiation- Meruem dies from radiation poisoning not long after he returns to the palace, not realizing the deadliness of it. This also causes the deaths of Youpi, Pouf, and Komugi by proxy, as they all have prolonged contact with the king and are thus contaminated as well.
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    Kaguya-sama: Love is War 
In general, Kaguya-sama thrives on deconstructing or outright mocking common tropes in romance manga, while giving anyone who applies them to real life a harsh reality check.
  • Kaguya and Shirogane constantly dancing around their feelings is amusing at first, but it's quickly shown that it's ultimately pointless and that both would be far better off just telling each other how they feel in earnest. Shirogane in particular spends far more time working himself to exhaustion on a daily basis than he needs to. By the time he finally mans up and confesses his love, he only has a few months before he leaves to study abroad anyway, further establishing what a waste of time his war of love with Kaguya was. That's also partially why Kaguya wants to go to America, she desperately wants to make up for lost time.
  • Ishigami's plan to win over Tsubame is essentially to get such a good score on the final exams that everyone notices how intelligent he is, leading into her getting interested in his powerful mind. After weeks of genuine studying and hellish coaching from Kaguya, he finishes twenty places higher than he did on his last exam (which genuinely is impressive for him)...but he still failed, and he's nowhere on the roster for top scores. Remember, this is a boy who wasn't accustomed to studying because he just didn't feel like doing it. This is the best he could do in such a short amount of time.
  • Were you expecting the series to end with Kaguya and Shirogane (pretty much inevitably) getting together? Nope. Kaguya still has a bunch of issues to sort out with her family that impedes her relationship with Shirogane, and she has to keep the fact that she's dating him a secret since they'd never approve of her dating a commoner. Also, as soon as their love war seems to have been resolved, a new one begins brewing between Ishigami and Iino.
  • After turning down Tsubame's offer for sex, Ishigami trips and almost falls down a flight of stairs. While Iino breaks his fall, she breaks her arm doing so. And she doesn't shrug it off the next day either, she spends several weeks afterwards wearing a cast.
  • Ishigami points out that while The Peeping Tom is a common trope in manga, it's both extremely creepy and illegal. Indeed, when the scene cuts back to Shirogane and his friends, they were actually planning on watching the girls emerge from the baths with wet hair.
  • Tsubame rejecting Ishigami's Love Confession. Just because a girl cares deeply about a boy doesn't mean she has feelings for him. Ishigami ultimately accepts that he can't control how Tsubame feels no matter how much he wants to be with her, and puts it to rest.
    • Also, Tsubame had little say about what she wanted from the relationship. So the moment she gets an opportunity for an out from an unwanted relationship (from her perspective), she takes it.
  • Iino demonstrates that I Want My Beloved to Be Happy is a harder mentality to adopt than it's often depicted. While she feels horrible about it afterwards, her initial reaction when she learns that Tsubame rejected her crush Ishigami's confession is joy.

    Konosuba 
  • Crippling Overspecialization is a good way to not get people to want to team up with you, and a good way to make normal combat encounters a nightmare for everyone else involved. All of the protagonists save Kazuma basically specialize in one element/role alone and thus are useless outside of it, and no adventurer party in their town wants them in their ranks for the following reasons.
    • Being a Goddess, Aqua's skills are all good at fighting undead and demons, and outright useless against everything else, to the point where her strongest physical skills can't hurt a simple frog. This means in battle, Aqua is dead weight.
    • Megumin focuses solely on using Explosion magic, which means she has no other magical skills at all despite having the stats for other ones, and is only useful for a single moment in battle. Combined with the fact that Explosion is too strong for her to use more than once a day and her extreme enthusiasm for using it in spite of it stopping her from moving afterwards, she becomes The Load quickly after firing her one shot and forces Kazuma to have to hold her back in battle, since she has little to no discretion in choosing targets.
    • Darkness is a Crusader, which are known for good combat and tanking skills, but Darkness only focuses on the tanking side of said class due to her masochism and desire to protect people, meaning she is incredibly durable, and literally can't hit anything, making her only good at being a wall. She cannot contribute to any fight unless she's serving as a distraction.
  • Darkness is a Crusader, which are known in-universe to be really good to have in a party, yet nobody wants to team up with her. Kazuma realizes why; her open masochism creeps people out. In reality, nobody wants to team up with people they don't feel comfortable with, especially someone like Darkness who is not shy about her masochism.
  • After learning the Steal skill, Kazuma uses it on Chris as part of a "Stealing Duel" of sorts. He wins by stealing her underwear. The next time Kazuma runs into the group, he tells them about his success of learning the skill and demonstrates it, causing him to accidentally steal Megumin's underwear. This, along with Chris telling the group how he beat her in public, causes a small reputation to form around him that he is actually a pervert who steals woman's underwear for his own gain and beats up women for fun, and it ends up being used against him in court because, even if Played for Laughs, it still is seen as immoral by those around him.
  • Kyouya Mitsurugi is another person from the real world who Aqua had passed on to the fantasy setting. Unlike Kazuma, Kyouya decided to become a Stock Light-Novel Hero, meaning that while he is both better equipped and better at fighting than Kazuma, Kazuma is able to beat him when he is challenged to a duel, simply because Kazuma is a Combat Pragmatist who is Genre Savvy enough to realize how predictable Kyouya would be to deal with. In addition to that, Kyouya's Nice Guy attitude gives way to a Secretly Selfish attitude, as it turns out acting the part of the cliché genre hero causes him to believe that he's The Hero of the setting, he considers himself to be the only possible option for the role, and that anyone who even raises the slightest protest against him is obviously a villain. Upon realizing the ranks of Kazuma's teammates, Kyouya tries to bribe them with equipment and gold to ditch Kazuma and join his group without a hint of tact or shame since he thinks he's doing them a favor. When Kazuma rightfully protests to a rival adventurer trying to buy out his entire team, Kyouya challenges him to an blatantly lopsided duel and decides of his own accord that Aqua is the prize. The girls all quickly make it clear they don't like him because of this, as he comes across as a borderline Jerkass who hides behind his heroic attitude.
  • Related to the above, when Kazuma does end up going on trial for being deemed an ally of the Demon King, a lot of his previously funny actions end up being used as evidence against him, such as him selling Mitsurugi's sword after beating him, the aforementioned panty stealing moments, and others like causing collateral damage against Verdia and the Destroyer. As funny as they are on a meta level, Kazuma still committed acts that are considered either illegal, morally wrong, or just in general not productive to society. All of them are still considered wrong because they had lasting effects on people around him. Notably Kazuma doesn't even try to defend himself against those, he mainly takes issue with being labeled an ally of the Demon King, because he still did do the things accused of him.
  • Also relating to the trial itself, a magical Lie Detector is just as unreliable as a real-world lie detector test. Since it operates on Exact Words, it is unreliable since it cannot include factors that, while correct, are not accurate to what the intent is. For instance, when Kazuma is asked if he is an acquaintance of the Demon King or his Generals, his denial is detected as a lie, but this is because of Wiz, who was forced to become a General of the Demon King despite not actually working for him. During the trial itself, he then states he is not an ally or agent of the Demon King, which does not cause it to be set off because Kazuma is actually trying to overthrow the Demon King. The judge of the trial even points out it is unreliable and that it is not enough to warrant Kazuma being in jail, and moves to end the trial but is stopped by outside factors.
  • The judge re-imprisoning Kazuma when Lord Alderp intervened. As Kazuma noted, the feudal system means lords are immensely powerful to ruin people's lives for crossing them. The judge would have been on the chopping block if he didn't acquiesce to the Lord's demands.
  • Because so many adventurers start in Axel, most of the low level monsters surrounding the city have been hunted to near extinction, and the nearby dungeon completely ransacked. Early in season 2, when it's discovered that there is an undiscovered secret passage in said dungeon, Kazuma has to essentially bribe Luna (head receptionist at the guild) to get to explore it first because with how cleared-out the dungeon is, it would be raided quickly by more capable groups who would then take the reward themselves.
  • When everyone in the guild gets a small fortune for helping slay an infamous monster, they all quit adventuring for awhile. Just about all of them are Only in It for the Money, and see no reason to risk their lives if they have money to sit on. Not only does this lead to a backlog of uncompleted quests, but also a massive increase in the local monster population, since nobody is hunting them. Which is good for questing and grinding.
  • This enormous windfall also leads to unforeseen trouble with their kingdom's version of the IRS. Axel's adventurers had been previously exempt from taxes due to their low incomes, but once word gets out about all the gold they have, collections agents are quickly sent to get back taxes from everyone.
  • The heroes beat Verdia and saved the town, but in doing so caused so much collateral damage that the reward is basically taken away right as they get it. Sure they saved the town, but essentially flooding a town is going to cause massive amounts of structural damage, and someone has to pay for it. A similar event happens with the Destroyer, but on a worse scale because Kazuma had Wiz randomly teleport the Destroyer's attack somewhere else, and that location was on a noble's land.
  • Megumin's reckless use of Explosion magic often bites the group hard. For example, after Kazuma's trial, he's forced to help kill a bunch of giant frogs that appeared outside Axel, because Megumin's Explosion magic (that she used to create a distraction to try and get Kazuma out of jail before the trial) caused the hibernating frogs to wake up early. This meant that many adventurers were not ready to fight them in the winter and thus created a problem for the town.
  • Aqua's time as a Goddess was marked with her lazily trying to get people to be reincarnated in the fantasy world to defeat the Demon King, so she could get back to lazing around and snacking. However, she only cared about meeting a quota to maintain her job, meaning she couldn't be bothered to actually do much beyond tell them what happened to them, what their options were (reincarnate in the old world or start over in a new one) and that they get a cheat item. She left them to decide and what item they'd bring, pressuring them to make their choice quickly. The result is many reincarnated people requested cheat items that ran out of control and end up causing damage to the new world because she had no regulations or care to make sure things go smoothly. Several times, the group runs into problems she created by her poor handling of her former job.
  • At one point, Aqua tries to get back at Kazuma by refusing to let him back in the mansion. Once Kazuma realizes he can't get in, he calls the cops on her, since he's the one who owns the house.
  • Monsters don't drop gold after being killed and must be brought back to town where the valuable parts of the creature can be harvested and sold. Part of the reason nobody wanted to group up with Megumin is because her explosions leave nothing behind, denying the party of their earnings.
  • Aqua getting kicked out of the Axis Cult town, as she purified their hot springs to water, as Hans poisoned them in retaliation of the town's treatment towards the tourists. The hot springs was the town's major source of income, which will make the town residents understandably angry now that most of the town lost their livelihood due to Aqua.
  • In a rare positive example, Yunyun brings Kazuma a letter about how the Crimson Demon's village has fallen. When they travel there, it turns out the village is fine and the Devil King's army attacking is being slaughtered in a giant light show of magic. Turns out an entire village full of very powerful wizards won't fall that easily.
  • Kazuma tries to fight the Demon King's general Sylvia, and she overpowers him easily. Sylvia didn't come off as too threatening when fighting the Crimson Demons but as she demonstrates she is not defenseless.

    Lupin III 
  • Lupin III (Red Jacket): In one episode, Lupin steals a 200-year-old bottle of wine commissioned by Napoleon. When the gang opens it and has a sip, they find it's turned to vinegar. Despite what fiction would have you believe, over 90% of wine is meant to be drunk within five years of bottling, and all wine is meant to be drunk within fifty.
  • Lupin III: The Italian Adventure: When Zenigata captures Lupin in one episode, he discovers that he is unable to take him back to Japan: Lupin has a death sentence waiting for him in Japan, and Italy has a constitutional ban on death penalty and its laws forbid the extradition of prisoners to countries where they'd face or even just risk execution.
  • Lupin III Part 5: One of the show's major themes is deconstructing how Lupin's classic methods hold up in the age of the internet and social media. While it was relatively easy for Lupin to evade the authorities or pull off complex impersonations back in The '60s, it's now much harder for him to disappear or fly under the radar when everyone on the planet has access to smartphones and digital cameras.

    Naruto 
  • Unlike in most stories where a person past their prime is still capable of physically fighting well, Hiruzen is shown to be struggling during his fight against Orochimaru and the reanimated Hashirama and Tobirama, even with the help of Monkey King Enma. Not only that, but his chakra levels are also much lower than when he was at his prime, so using his more powerful Jutsu's cost too much to be worth using. This forces Hiruzen to use a suicide technique just to have a chance to take the three down.
  • D-rank Ninja missions are full of Mundane Utility and things that normal people could probably do (like rescuing a cat or picking berries) because there's isn't always going to be esponiage-filled missions to other countries especially since there's a tenuous peace at the time of the story, even Ninja still need to pay the bills. After becoming a full-fledged Genin, Naruto is at first disheartened, and then eventually furious at all the struggles he put into becoming a Ninja basically just bumped him up to a odd-jobs janitor. When he vents to Kakashi, Kakashi points out how stupid an idea it would be to give teenage trainees life-threatening missions right out the gate, especially one as dysfunctional as Team 7. The fact that when they DO push Kakashi into letting them take a higher ranked mission it results in them running into very lethal Class S and Class A ninja (Zabuza and Haku) and almost all dying just proves Kakashi's point.
  • Konan prepares to give a rant on how Naruto is the bridge of peace near the end of a battle (albeit after essentially being defeated herself); Tobi doesn't even let her finish her sentence.
  • A relatively subtle example shows up with Sakura and Naruto's contrasting shortcomings early on: Sakura gets good grades in class, and is the only one able to actually answer the seemingly impossible questions in the first stage of the Chunin Exam, and loves to look down on Naruto, the "dead-last" in their grade; but in the Forest of Death, Sakura's lesser combat ability proves a problem when Naruto and Sasuke are incapacitated. Similarly, while Naruto's very good at fighting despite being Book Dumb, some of the things he failed to learn in the academy come back to haunt him in his training; he regrets not paying more attention in class when trying to learn how to focus his chakra for his Rasengan training.
  • Early in the series, Naruto is poisoned in battle: the poison is spreading slowly from his hand and Sakura surmises that the best course would be to use a surgical incision to drain the poisoned blood. Since the team would have to go back to the village and abandon their mission to do that properly, Naruto violently stabs his hand with a kunai to quickly drain the blood (and also as a dramatic gesture in a vow to never again be paralyzed with fear like he was during the fight)... and then goes into a panic attack when Kakashi points out that he's probably gonna bleed to death from a wound like that; fortunately, the tailed beast within him easily healed the wound.
  • Kid Hero is given this treatment with the first major story arc. The Demon Brothers are out of the three students' league, and while Kakashi is able to make short work of them, he realizes the mission is far more dangerous than Tazuna let on. When Team 7 encounters Zabuza, reality sets in for the three students who quickly realize how scary a trained enemy ninja would be to fight against. Not only is Zabuza a well trained fighter, but he's intelligent and crafty, so when he manages to outsmart Kakashi and trap him, Naruto and Sasuke are the only ones who can stop him. Both of them are immobilized with fear at first, and nothing they throw at Zabuza works because he's simply too skilled to be easily defeated by a pair of weak children. Even when Naruto and Sasuke make a creative plan that frees Kakashi, they sit back and let Kakashi finish the fight because they're still children up against an adult, one who they have no chance of winning against.
  • Kabuto mentions that he has a lot of failures in building an army of undead soldiers using Edo Tensei since most of the bodies are buried in unmarked graves and the bodies' condition render him unable to identifiy them.
  • Post-Pain Arc, Naruto has been running himself ragged with him unable to talk to his adopted "grandmother" Tsunade due to her coma in the ensuing invasion: he learns Sasuke has become a criminal and attacked a fellow Jinchuriki for Akatsuki; his friends, even Sakura, whom Naruto knows is still in love with Sasuke, have given up on bringing Sasuke back to Konoha; and when he's told there will be war on top of everything... he can't take it anymore and passes out. A realistic depiction of a Determinator when pushed to the limit, especially when he seems less likely than ever to accomplish the goal he'd been working towards for three years.
  • As Dark Naruto showed, one good acknowledgment from the village that hated and shunned Naruto throughout most of his life won't erase Naruto's own hatred for and frustration at his village away, as Dark Naruto very rightly pointed out that the villagers will be back to fearing or hating him again if he managed to screw up even a little. Also, his acceptance of his hatred was the only way to move on in his life, rather than trying to vainly 'destroy' it.
  • What killed (or permanently crippled) the legendary Madara Uchiha during his battle with Hashirama? Was it an epic ninjutsu clash? Nope; a stab through the back after he dropped his guard.
    • Similarly, after he was revived, Madara managed to become fully human, but while this gave him full autonomy over his Rinnegan and made him a deity in power, a stab to the back from Zetsu injures him once more, allowing the Greater-Scope Villain to reincarnate from his body.
  • To a lesser extent, Naruto and Sasuke become increasingly exhausted over the course of the series' Final Battle, and while they come at each other with their strongest techniques, causing massive devastation, by the end, they're using relatively basic jutsus until they pool the last of their energy into one final clash.
  • Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, the Greater-Scope Villain, is easily the most powerful character in the series. Because she is so strong and never encountered an opponent she couldn't crush with overwhelming force, she never had to train or bother with even basic tactics and strategy. When she fights Team 7, who are all very experienced and quite strong themselves, her lack of planning and foresight ultimately allows them to seal her away. Also, the fact she was as strong as she was meant she saw everyone not named Naruto and Sasuke as Not Worth Killing. Both Sakura and Kakashi then proceed to play important roles in Naruto and Sasuke sealing her because she arrogantly thought they could do nothing to her.
  • Anime-only example. Just because Sasuke ultimately is saved from his inner darkness and becomes a good guy doesn’t magically give him a clean record considering that he has committed some high level crimes. The anime shows that after the end of the Fourth World War, he had to spend time in prison and it took the combined efforts of the Sixth Hokage and Naruto to convince people that he’s reformed and doesn’t belong in prison. But even with this, not everyone will automatically forgive him, as the Fourth Raikage states that even though he trusts the Hokage’s decision, Sasuke has to earn his trust and forgiveness.
  • In the epilogue of the story, it's revealed Tenten opened up the weapon store she had mentioned wanting to. She's promptly miserable because it turns out opening a weapon store during an age of peace will mean business isn't exactly booming.
  • The Last: Naruto the Movie, a canonical Interquel between the last two chapters of the manga, revealed that Naruto does not completely understand the concept of romantic love, thinking that Hinata's love for him was like his love of ramen. When you consider the fact that Naruto never had the unconditional affection that most people had with their families due to being both an orphan and the village pariah for most of his childhood, it actually makes a lot of sense. Naruto would be starved for any sort of affection, and would have a hard time differentiating them and takes a great amount of time, love and patience to heal; luckily, Hinata has that in spades for Naruto.
  • In one of the Shippuden endings, Naruto uses Konohamaru's scarf to pull him while fighting, instead of ignoring it.
  • Sasuke not being around to see Sarada is given a good amount of realism on Sarada's part. While she loves her parents, Sarada is upset that she can't see her father like everyone else can, and so she asks about her father to learn more. Not being told much makes her upset more because nobody wants to inform her WHY her dad isn't around. This eventually leads her to think she has a different mother than Sakura because Sakura seems to lack information about Sasuke, plus Sakura seems to evade the question and also causes her to momentarily hate her father because the first time they meet after years, and she is almost ignored by him. It takes both of them talking to her about how insensitive they were to her about the issue, with help from Naruto, for her to be happy about her parents again.
  • Anko has become fat by the time of Boruto. This is because she always had a very unhealthy diet (the snacks she was shown eating in her debut in the Chunin Exam arc added up to more than quadruple the healthy daily calorie intake for a woman of her height and build), and it was only her extremely active lifestyle as a ninja that made it possible to burn all of those calories and remain in good shape. In peacetime, she's no longer anywhere near as active but apparently hasn't cut back at all on her excessive eating.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion 
  • The opening battle of Neon Genesis Evangelion is the most likely scenario of someone with no experience whatsoever Falling into the Cockpit of a Humongous Mecha. Shinji's shuttled to fight Sachiel, takes one step forward and falls flat on his face before getting completely wrecked. The only reason he's still alive afterwards is because Unit-01 went berserk to protect him. This doesn't go away after one battle either. Shinji's crash course in piloting doesn't help him against Shamshel as they've only had time to teach him how to shoot the useless rifles. When that fails, he panics, gets tossed around like a rag doll and only wins through sheer luck.
  • Powerful Super Robots like the Eva Units use a tremendous amount of power and need to be plugged into an external power source at all times or else they'll only have 1-5 minutes of operation before they shut down. It's only by devouring the S2 Engine of an Angel that Unit-01 gains unlimited energy and becomes potentially autonomous, at which point it's placed on full lockdown because having a self-sustaining giant cyborg that Nerv can't control is far too risky.
  • On that note, trying to use a mecha you barely understand how to pilot against the organization that built it is a really bad idea. Shinji attempts to use Eva-01 to trash NERV after Gendo activates the Dummy System in his Eva and the rampaging Eva nearly kills Touji. Gendo simply orders the bridge staff to increase the LCL pressure in the entry plug, knocking Shinji unconscious while leaving Eva-01 unharmed.
    • Gendo's also on the receiving end of this one episode later. Using an untested, barely functional prototype autopilot to replace your very valuable indispensible pilots with actual brains is a terrible idea. Doing so when the robot is an Empathic Weapon that has a history of independent thought is even worse. Gendo was repeatedly warned in the prior episode that the Dummy Plug system was only barely functional, and sure enough EVA-01 rejects it in episode 19 at the worst possible time.
  • Your typical mecha battle collateral damage ends up having actual consequences as early as episode 3, when Toji's introduced being pissed off at Shinji because Toji's sister was injured and hospitalized as a result of the battle against Sachiel.
  • Another consequence is that no, not every giant monster the heroes fight is going to vanish in a convenient explosion. Ramiel's corpse takes weeks, if not months, to clear and is still visible several episodes after its death.
  • The End of Evangelion reveals that an organization built entirely around fighting giant monsters doesn't stand much of a chance when the JSDF storm their headquarters.
    • For that matter, Upgrade Vs Prototype Fights tend to end badly for the prototype. The same goes for if you only have one mech up against an army of mass produced machines. Asuka finds this out the hard way. Her Unit 02, despite being a cooler designed mech than the mass-produced Evangelions, has vastly inferior weaponry, no regeneration, no means of recovering power, and cannot fly. After a short battle, they tear her apart.
  • Being utterly horrible to someone one minute and trying to hit on them the next does not endear you to them. Asuka's attempts at trying to flirt with Shinji only drive him away from her.
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    Pretty Cure 
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure: Nagisa and Honoka have to hold hands to use their Finishing Move, which eventually leads to one of the villains to start attacking them to keep them from joining hands.
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star: As Mai and Saki are learning how to use their powers, in particular how to leap, they are both terrorified as they find themselves leaping across the entire city.
  • Smile Pretty Cure!/Glitter Force:
    • In #30, the Cures had to fight a Super Akanbe underwater. Sunny tries to use Sunny Fire, only for it to get extinguished. Then Peace decides to use Peace Thunder... only for everyone to get electric shocked because, well, water is a good electricity conductor.
    • In #35, Cure Happy is turned into a Humongous Mecha with her teammates inside the cockpit. Because she's an otaku, Cure Sunny and March put Cure Peace into the pilot's seat - she's the big fan, she should know these things! Instead, being the stupidest of the Cures, she has no idea how to pilot it. Cure March and Sunny's attempts to pilot also fails. The one to get it to work? Cure Beauty, who was given the pilot's manual by Peace early on.
    • In #42, the Apple Akanbe shoots a giant energy ball at some of the Midorikawa kids, which bounces Cure March into the sky. While she is fast at running, that doesn't make her fast at falling.
  • Dokidoki! Pretty Cure/Glitter Force Doki Doki: In #30 Aguri/Natalie learns the hard way that Cure/Glitter Ace's five-minute limit knows no Hope Spot. Bad timing.
  • HappinessCharge Pretty Cure!: Iona/Cure Fortune's anger towards Hime/Cure Princess from the first half is this. While she does have every right to be upset over her older sister being captured by Phantom, what happened to Axia, where he and the rest of the Phantom Empire came from, was an accident. And Iona's decision to never forgive Hime for a genuine accident ends up causing a rift between the two. It took Phantom wiping the floor with her (along with telling her an Awful Truth behind Cure Tenser's capture) to convince her to let go of her anger and forgive her when she comes to the rescue and sacrifices the Pre Cards she collected so she can restore her powers.
  • Go! Princess Pretty Cure: In #22 Towa is rescued from her being Twilight, and her brother is seemingly deceased. In #22, she suffers nightmares about Twilight, and wants nothing to do with the violin. Very realistic shell shock over being evil against your will.
    • In #23, Towa says that she can't depend on anyone and must live by herself... before she realizes that she is walking on the road holding up a lot of traffic! The cop gives her a traffic book complicated by her standards. She decides to get a house and asks for a castle, before she is asked "what's your budget?". So she goes somewhere to work because she has no money. She is asked how old she is and being a child, she is unemployable. Princess of Hope Kingdom or not, you're just one of us - a mere human on Earth.
  • Kirakira Precure A La Mode:
    • #6: While Itsuki Myoudouin wasn't a Cure until after the Unsettling Gender Reveal, Akira Kenjou however, was. Not even when Akira turns into Cure Chocolat right in front of her does Ichika quickly deduce Akira is female, and only at the end when Ichika's dad points it out does she indeed learn that she is female. While all Cures until then were in fact female, this doesn't guarantee that everyone in-universe will assume someone is female simply because they're a Cure, as the next season will teach us.
    • #7 ends with the Cures opening a bakery to bring Pekorin’s friends back. As the next episode shows, not only are they way in over their heads with making preparations, but they’ve painted a target on their backs for the enemy to steal kira-kiraru.
  • Hugtto! Pretty Cure:
  • Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure:
    • #13 reveals that Lala is Book Dumb to the point of being amazed by Earthlings being able to do double digit calculations and various jobs by themselves dispite also being The Spock of the group. Having your entire race have over reliance on AI to do everything doesn't really give any incentive to study and learn things themselves. 17 episodes later, Aiwarn exploits the fact that Lala's home planet is a Terminally Dependent Society by corrupting their Mother AI and causing it to go crazy, and it works. With the exception of Lala (who's spent time on a planet that isn't as high-tech), Samanians rely on hoverboards too much to a point they cannot run.
  • Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure:
    • After explaining who she is in #20, the recently born nature spirit Asumi tries to bring Latte to a safe place. She then tries to fly off from the balcony of Nodoka's house... Only for gravity to kick in as she immediately fell to the ground, forgetting that she needed the Wind Element Bottle in order to actually fly.
    • #21 has Nodoka bringing Asumi to her house once again and this time, she's asking her parents if Asumi can stay with them for a while. While Nodoka's parents are okay with it, their initial reaction is to begin asking several questions about how long Asumi will be staying, what her situation is and if her family know where she is. Nodoka has to quickly come up with a cover story that accounts for these details in order to assuage their worries.

    Sailor Moon 
  • A note to Usagi Tsukino: when you're sentenced to Standing in the Hall as much as you're implied to have been, your grades will suffer. Didn't Haruna Sakurada point that out to you that time you got a 30 on your test?
    • Also, being the queen of a Utopia and the savior of the world doesn't help a whit if you're Book Dumb and lazy; far in the future, Usagi still writes using hiragana (when most kids would be learning how to write kanji in elementary school).
  • Usagi's panicking in battle in the first episode is pretty much what would happen if you throw a teenage girl into life or death fights.
  • The Ballet Episode has this in no short supply. The clumsiest among the Sailor Soldiers decides to try doing ballet? She has difficulty even doing the basics. The others are also beginners (except maybe for Makoto), and despite Makoto's prior experience as a figure skater, she falls on Minako as soon as Yamagishi taps her shoulder while checking her posture. Only Ami seems to be doing perfectly OK, and yet even she reacts rather visibly to Rei accidentally kicking Yamagishi in the gut during the grand battements. Yamagishi unsurprisingly goes for Fish Eye after seeing his graceful dancing, and when Kiriko, who appears to be in some sort of relationship with Yamagishi, catches wind of it she doesn't take it well at first. Later, Yamagishi reveals to Fish Eye that he had Kiriko in mind for the lead role all this time, simply because he wanted her to have an opportunity to improve herself. Needless to say, Fish Eye blows his disguise in a fit of rage and would've killed him had Sailor Moon not shown up. Oh, and the role Yamagishi ultimately gave to Usagi? She got to play the moon.
  • Minako is one long list of examples of this trope:
    • She fought alone for about a year before joining the others. That means she's the most experienced and combat savvy... But she was already showing signs of PTSD even before the final battle of her story saw her killing her love interest by her hands.
    • Being The Leader of the Inner Senshi and having to set an example, she hides her troubles from them. While Artemis knows due having been there the whole time (to the point he's the main reason Mina still can hold it together) and it's hinted Usagi caught on, the others apparently see her as too great to be an example (during the Dream Arc of the manga, for example, when everybody was Brought Down to Normal by Nehellenia's curse they assumed Minako had recovered her powers while they were distracted or even resisted the curse) and start taking the Outers (as experienced as Minako if not more, and not as perfect) as role models, making things even worse and having no idea why Minako suddenly started shouting at them for it and called herself useless, and only then start realizing there's something hidden under her mask.
      • To make things worse, hiding her problems meant Minako couldn't start healing. In the manga, she only starts healing in the Time Skip between the Dream and Stars arc after her mask shattered during the Dream arc, and in the anime, she starts when she admits her problems to Usagi right before the Grand Finale.
    • Minako is a skilled martial artist, and in her solo series she often just beat the crap out of the Monster of the Week... But in the main series she very rarely does that, as many youma having ranged abilities taught her the value of fighting from range. For comparison, Makoto, a less experienced martial artist, in the anime does try and engage the Monster of the Week in hand-to-hand from time to time, and is regularly by said ranged attacks.
      • In the anime Sailor Venus sticks to her first attack, the Crescent Beam, far longer than the others, as her martial arts experience taught her that the less flashy attacks can be far more effective and she had over a year to master it. On the other hand in the Super S season she phases it out in favor of the much more powerful Venus Love and Beauty Shock, as by that time the lesser power of the Crescent Beam couldn't be compensated by her skill anymore.
    • In Codename: Sailor V we see her first encounter with Artemis, a talking male cat... Who reveals he can talk by walking on her in the shower. She reflexively react as if a man barged on her, then wonders what the hell is happening with a talking cat, and when Artemis comes back she checks if he has a speaker on him before accepting that he's an actual talking cat.
    • In the main series Minako is Married to the Job... But that's after a year of fighting. When Artemis first sprung on her she had superpowers when she was in 7th grade she outright refused until her first youma attacked her for entirely unrelated reasons, and even after that she often considered retiring from being Sailor V for months, and actually went through with it once (though she changed her mind due another youma attack). Of course a lazy middle schooler wouldn't be too happy, especially as Artemis made very clear she had great duties she never volunteered for, and it takes a while for her tendency to put said duty over her pleasure to emerge... And a major trauma for said tendency to cement itself.
  • Similar to Minako, when Usagi, an 8th grade girl, was told that she was destined to be Sailor Moon of course she wasn't going to be either happy or cooperative with taking a major life role that involves major responsibility that easily. In the anime it even extended to the first part of the R season, as she just didn't want to be Sailor Moon anymore until it became clear the alternative was letting her friends die.
  • While it doesn't excuse her Bratty Half-Pint tendencies, it makes sense as to why Chibiusa would resent Usagi for being selfish and irresponsible. Chibiusa was forced to grow up fast at her age, so it must have rubbed her the wrong way to see her mother (who is many years older than her) act like an immature goofball. However, it should be noted that Usagi is physically, mentally, and biologically 14-15 years old, while Chibiusa is chronologically 900 years old and from the future.
  • In one episode from R, it is shown that Grandpa Hino's sexual harassment of the female visitors to the Hikawa Shrine has gotten him into trouble, as no more visitors would even bother coming to the place.

    Slam Dunk 
  • Despite his potential and confidence, Sakuragi's lack of experience manifests itself often during games. A notable example is when he attempts to display his shooting ability during the Toyotama game after a week of hard practice, only for the ball to go over the entire backboard and land in the stands. He later attempts it again, ignoring that the Toyotama players are surrounding him and are in easy position to block it.
    • During the Shoyo game, he performs a massive dunk that invigorates the crowd, but still incurs a foul (his fifth, which causes him to foul out) since he had knocked down a Shoyo player in the process.
    • He challenges Rukawa to a one-on-one during a practice for nationals, and it's clear that he gets decisively beaten by the much more experienced freshman even though it was offscreen. However, Rukawa alleviates this slightly by stating that Sakuragi made him go all out.
  • The manga ends with Shohoku losking in the third round of Nationals, as even though they took down the reigning champs, the amount of effort they expended to do so and the loss of Sakuragi causes them to be beaten badly in the next round.
    • No one is more affected by this than Akagi, who loses his offer to play for Japan's top college team. However, he does have the book smarts to transition into college normally.
  • Much like in real life, while athletes can and do persevere through injuries and exhaustion while playing, the injuries do take noticeable tolls.
    • When Rukawa receives a swollen left eye in the Toyotama game, his lack of sight in that eye limits his depth perception and makes it difficult to catch passes and shoot. Alleviated somewhat due to having advanced muscle memory when it comes to shooting (as he had taken millions of shots in the past), but it doesn't always work.
    • While Sakuragi plays in the remainder of the Sannoh game despite receiving a crippling back injury late into it, he's no longer able to play in future games during the tournament, and has to go through months of rehabilitation before he can get back on the court.
    • Mitsui's lack of stamina due to not playing for two years almost always becomes a factor in Shohoku's close games.
    • Rukawa's scoring tear in the final minutes of the first half in the Kainan game allows Shohoku to catch back up to Kainan, but also leaves him too exhausted to finish the game in the second half, causing him to blame himself for Kainan winning the game.
  • Shorter basketball players are shown to have many strengths, but their height almost always becomes an issue at some point, especially for Shohoku's starting point guard Miyagi, who almost always struggles when paired against taller point guards.
  • Leaving Japan to go to America is not only just a greater challenge in terms of basketball, but it's also an immense challenge to adapt culturally, as players must learn English and cope with potentially debilitating temptations.

    World Trigger 
  • In general, World Trigger takes a more realistic approach to shonen battle tropes, resulting in many deconstructions or lampshade hangings on how some tropes don't work.
    • Determination cannot make up the lack of strength, skill or luck in a fight; just ask Tachikawa.
    • Talking to enemies in battles is just asking to get killed, unless your aim is to waste the enemies' time.
    • Most combats are done in trion bodies because injuries to the real bodies in the battlefield are fatal: when Osamu takes three bullet-sized stabs on his abdomen, arm and leg, he almost dies due to blood loss; in other shows, this level of injury would be minor.
    • When Osamu is banking on the result of his intensive training to win his team match (he is the weakest link in the team), his team gets defeated horribly instead: Osamu has to learn the hard way that hard work takes years to bear fruit and rival characters also train hard so catching up is almost impossible for someone with no talent; Osamu is told to spend more of his time to develop strategies and learn support skills with instead.
  • Military and defense organizations in the series takes a no-nonsense approach in general.
    • Being a Blood Knight in a professional army is fine as long as you follow orders; Enedora was executed for leaving his designation position to seek unnecessary fights.
    • A combatant who cannot kill cannot participate in missions in the enemy's home field: Hatohara and her team got pulled off the expedition mission despite her team winning the ticket fair and square. However, they can still be used for defense missions, because in the home field, every combatant can be deployed.
    • Torture is useless for information gathering because the victim can just make up lies; even with a living lie detector, it's useless if the victim is stubborn enough to stay mute.
    • An S-ranked agent with black trigger that's capable of decimating everything to dust is not deployable in most defensive situations due to the potential collateral damage: negative public relations impact from the said collateral damage can cut into the army's funding.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 
  • In the KC Grand Prix anime filler arc of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Arc Villain Siegfried's plan is to be as Obviously Evil as possible so that his younger brother slips under the radar. Part of it is making it blatantly obvious that he's hacked into Kaibacorp's computers. However, his endgame turns out to be using an illegal card to both create an unfair advantage against Yugi and simultaneously unleash a devastating virus on Kaibacorp's servers. Yugi manages to destroy the illegal card, which stops the virus, but Siegfried is content in the fact that his virus has already destroyed most of Kaibacorp's data...until Kaiba reveals that he just restored the destroyed data from a backup server.
    • During the Battle City semifinals, Jonouchi/Joey is set to duel Rishid/Odion atop the Kaibacorp blimp. Because they’re at least several thousand feet in the air and high winds are frequent, not only can Jonouchi barely keep his balance at first, he almost loses his cards. Though, this is more a Played for Laughs example, since nobody else has this issue during the tournament.
  • Duels Decide Everything is a constant staple of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, whether the episode's conflict is over a girl's affections or the season's Big Bad wanting to destroy and/or take over the world. So in Season 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, when a dangerous cult leader (Saiou) starts brainwashing students en masse as part of a plan to destroy the world, Judai naturally goes and challenges him to a duel. Said villain refuses the challenge, because his Evil Plan doesn't require them to duel and he's already seen how skilled Judai is. Judai is left at a complete loss. The only reason they end up dueling at all is because outside circumstances unexpectedly force the villain into doing so.
    • During the last season, Cronos tries to prevent his beloved students from graduating because he'll miss them too much, while he does learn his lesson in the end he tells Judai that he still won't be able to graduate. Not because he's the teachers favourite student or anything, but because while he was the schools best 'duelist' he was also one of its worst 'students' and had completed so little coursework in all of the classes he slept through that he doesn't have enough credits to graduate. Duel academy might be a school for card games, but it was still a 'school', and students who don't do the work, no matter how talented, don't get to pass.
    • The Season 1 two-parter "King of the Copycats" features Ra Yellow student Dimitri, who has a habit of using decks and duel strategies replicated from well-known duelists. The fundamental flaw in this tactic is shown during a duel with Syrus, where he uses the same deck and strategy employed by Crowler when he duelled Jaden in the first episode; Syrus, who witnessed that duel, knows exactly what Dimitri is going to do, and uses a fitting counter-strategy to handily defeat him. Copying the strategies of others can easily backfire on you if your opponent also knows of those strategies (which wouldn't be that uncommon, considering Dimitri copies duelists whose cards and styles are known by many).
    • The third season is Darker and Edgier sees Judai taken over by a Super-Powered Evil Side and causes the deaths of massess of innocent people. When he's freed, since the fusion cards that form the basis of his strategies remind him of the misery he caused to create the Super Fusion card (which he in fact used to beat one of his friends a duel where the loser dies), the trauma keeps him from playing those cards. Downplayed since he does overcome before facing Yubel after the duel spirits point he has no chance of winning he doesn't give his all.
    • Judai is a kind and forgiving person, and Yubel was a prized card a child, but during the duel he thinks about how much villainy Yubel has committed over the season, and its one of the few times we see him angry.
    • In the fourth season, Judai isn't enjoying duels like he used to. When Asuka points this out, Judai thinks about how so many duels had lives at stake, which took all the fun out of it for him.
  • The fact that the protagonists use essentially motorcycles to play Duel Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is rarely accounted for except for the dueling mechanics. At one point however during a climatic duel between Yusei and Dark Signer Kiryu, Kiryu summons his Earthbound Immortal and attacks Yusei with it. Once the dust settles, Yusei has fallen off his D-Wheel and been impaled by a part of his D-Wheel, because going as fast as he was when suddenly attacked like he was naturally causes him to be halted completely.
    • Previous series where duels had real monsters didn't depict attacks from them as that dangerous. This is not the case with the Earthbound Immortals. In Yusei's duel with Kiryu, it's made very clear that if the monster's attack actually hit him, he would have died. When Rua faces one he has to run away from its attack because its giant hand would have smashed him along the ground he was standing on. Even Rua's life points weren't depleted it's clear the monster's attack would have still killed him.
  • Despite the Affectionate Parody and Lighter and Softer nature of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS it manages a few as well.
    • Firstly despite Goha Corp's Control Freak nature, they don't want to crush Rush Duels For the Evulz. Instead they are justifybly alarmed about a major hole in their security and data breach that let Yuga install them in the first place.
    • Despite being Played for Laughs, Rook does suffer for his Big Eater tendencies, having to run off to the bathroom after contantly eating.
    • More seriously, the one-of-a-kind nature of Sevens Road Magician is called into question during Yuga's duel with Roa, Whether or not it is an illegal card. It turns out not to be, as the creator, Otis/Hologram Man is a Goha employee.

    Misc 
  • Some Futanari focused series (both hentai and non-hentai) such as Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa actually call attention to the difficulty of a girl having male genitals (and functional ones at that). This can range from having a more... extreme sex drive, having to avoid clothing that's tight-fitting and/or too short to not commit indecent exposure (and also for basic comfort), having a troubled romantic life since quite a few individuals aren't comfortable with dating or sleeping with a lady who has boy parts, and suffering from alienation thanks to having such a body.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male is a common trope used in comedic anime/manga, like Love Hina, The Familiar of Zero, and Girls Bravo, to name a few. However, there are some examples where the actual consequences of such behavior are shown. In Itsudatte My Santa!, for example, Mai and Santa have an encounter very common in the trope—she accuses him of being a pervert, even though he isn't, and physically strikes him. This results in security officers dragging her away.
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really Really Really Really Really Love You: When the girls join Iku's baseball team, Hahari reminds them that, while she, Kurumi and Mei can join in during practise, they can't actually play in the match, since they aren't high school students. Hahari and Mei are both adults, while Kurumi is a middle schooler.
  • In the anime adaption of Ace Attorney:
    • In the games, Mimi Miney can wipe her tears with her hat; in Episode 17, it doesn't survive all the twisting and pulling.
    • Max does his "throwing cards" animation, twice, in the detention center. The cards just smack against the glass.
    • Acro's little birds don't follow him into the courtroom.
    • In an episode, Gumshoe talks on his phone... while driving. He ends up getting in a car accident as a result.
    • Matt Engarde did not bring A Glass of Chianti anywhere he goes from the detention center to the court.
    • Franziska is taken completely out of commission the day she is shot, and when she turns up for her Big Damn Heroes moment the next day she looks a bit shaky and her arm is in a sling.
    • A bonus chapter in Volume 3 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney showed what would happen if Franziska whipped someone harshly in real life. The poor man would be killed, (well, almost.), and Franziska would be in legal trouble. Note that it's one of the few times she actually cries!
  • Aki Sora: The titular sibling duo's incestuous affair is given the standard ecchi/hentai treatment ... until they get caught, and real-world consequences hit them abruptly and hard.
  • In Ascendance of a Bookworm the protagonist doesn't reincarnate as anyone special since there aren't really many nobles or royals she could be born as given random chance. Instead, she's just a dirty peasant girl with no opportunities. Emphasis on dirty: The medieval period was quite disgusting from a modern person's perspective with no good personal hygiene or sewer system.
  • Assassination Classroom:
    • Karma learns the hard way that confidence is no substitute for studying when he tanks at math during the first semester finals. Koro-sensei makes sure to point it out so he'll learn from it.
    • In the Assassination Island arc, the three assassins Takaoka hired are assassins, but they're professional assassins with reputations to uphold and don't share in their employer's sadism. Thus, they don't really want to be responsible for killing an entire class of middle school students. So, when the plan calls for poisoning half the class in order to blackmail the other half, rather than use the deadly virus that Takaoka had no intention of handing over the antidote for, they use a different virus that only looks deadly but will eventually wear off.
    • During the final arc, the mountains where the classes have been held is protected by an elite squad of the world's best soldiers. However, they are not familiar with the territory, and are not as well-trained in stealth and coordination. After all, Class E has been honing their skills and teamwork for a year and know the mountains enough that Karasuma-sensei says they could operate "in there blindfolded". As such, they quickly dispatch most of the soldiers in the mountains with little effort, leaving only their leader, Craig Houjou, left, and even then Class 3-E defeats him by frustrating his attempts to prepare himself, culminating in a Nagisa/Karma combo of a clap stunner and a chokehold.
    • What happens when the public discovers Asano Sr. has segregated all the under-performing students to a run-down school building off the main campus, and actually encouraged other students and faculty to bully them? National public outrage that got so intense that the school board is forced to fire the disgraced Asano Sr., abolish the messed-up system, and surrender the property rights of the Class E building in order to save face and keep Kunugigaoka Academy open.
  • The Asterisk War:
    • Despite the superhuman feats the Genestella can do, it doesn't mean there are no side effects: Julis cries out in pain when Silas' mooks slash her leg, and Domestic Abuse still hurts the mind even if it can't harm the body. And the police will still arrest them for causing public disturbances or attacking Muggles (although this can get taken too far, as Genestella are sometimes imprisoned for using lethal force in self-defense).
    • Kouichirou Toudou learns the hard way that when the IEF discovers your attempts to cover up exculpatory evidence in your own brother's misdeeds and using your niece as a pawn in your plans, it will come back to haunt you.
    • In the Phoenix Festa semifinals, Julis takes on a Galahadsworth student who materializes classical The High Middle Ages heavy cavalry gear. This includes a suit of plate armor that covers his badge and regenerates when destroyed, making it impossible for her to hit the badge with a fireball and win the match. Turns out, however, that the armor also traps heat, so she just keeps shooting fire at him until he falls off his horse from heat exhaustion.
    • Ser Veresta is damaged at the climax of the Gryps Final, and Ayato pulls his backup sword lux. His opponent, Team Lancelot leader Ernest Fairclough, promptly drops his own Orga Lux and draws his own backup weapon, hoping for a climactic sword duel with a man he sees as Worthy Opponent. Instead, he snafus his own team's defensive teamwork and all of Ayato's teammates promptly gang up on him, since it's a five-on-five match in which breaking the leader's badge wins it—which Claudia promptly does. Should've just challenged him to a regular duel, Ernie.
  • In Azumanga Daioh, Osaka, of all people, pulls this when she wonders what Chiyo would do if she was kidnapped. Chiyo suggests that Tadakichi-san could come to her rescue, and Osaka mimes shooting him. This leads to this exchange:
    Chiyo: So what should I do?
    Osaka: If this was a TV show, you'd use your genius brain to think up somethin'... and fight back against incredible odds...
    Osaka: ... and get killed.
  • Azur Lane: Early in the second episode, it is revealed that Enterprise has been continuously fighting, never getting anything beyond emergency repairs done. During the battle later in that same episode, her equipment completely fails her when she needs it most, requiring HMS Belfast to step in and save The Grey Ghost.
  • In Black Cat, Train is falling off a building and Rinslet jumps off to catch him, ending when Rinslet comes to a sudden stop at the end of the rope — and actually does tendon damage to her arm. Turns out inertia matters after all...
  • Baki the Grappler. While the entire series hinges on outlandish breaks from reality, one single character decides to train hard to be able to land supersonic punches and kicks. When he manages to do so he ends up breaking both feet and flaying his own arm down to the bone, as human bodies are clearly not built to withstand supersonic motions and impacts.
  • Battle Club is a Deconstructive Parody of Hard Work Hardly Works martial arts manga where a beginning student can defeat martial arts masters with years of training after Training from Hell. While the main character Mokichi Saitou is shown to have become stronger to the point where common thugs could no longer bully him, he still hasn’t moved past the basics.
    • No matter how strong he’s gotten, he has no experience taking on weapon users, so he freaked out when his opponent pulled out a knife.
    • During the high school tournament, Mokichi decides to show off his superior strength compared to his opponent by taking his attacks and come out unharmed... Until he's informed his opponent is about to win on points.
  • Black Clover:
    • At one point Asta and Noelle find a Mimic monster (a treasure chest with legs, like you'd see in an RPG) and crack it open, hoping to see some wonderful treasure. Instead, they find it stuffed to the brim with the monster's internal organs, because even though it's a walking treasure chest, it still needs those to live.
    • It doesn't matter how much of a Charles Atlas Superpower you have or even whether you have Heroic Willpower, getting stabbed in the chest will take you down.
    • During Asta's battle with Vetto in the Seabed Temple Arc, Vetto curb stomps Asta whilst listing the logical reasons why Asta hasn't a hope in the world of defeating him, those reasons being his poor attack range, general disadvantage against those who can magically enhance their physical ability, and his refusal to concede even when completely outmatched.
    • The series examines the lasting effect of constant bullying through the Black Bulls - most of the Bulls, including Yami, spent their whole lives being looked down on by family or peers and faced a never-ending stream of verbal abuse, leaving them with deep-seated self-esteem issues. The reason they're so loyal to Captain Yami, each other, and the Wizard King Julius is that they are often the first people to show them actual kindness and interest. Even Asta, Determinator that he is still finds himself in a Heroic BSoD after suffering a massive injury when all the years of bullying catch up to him.
    • Returning from the Forest of Witches after escaping for many years won't exactly give you leniency. Vanessa finds this out the hard way when her mother, the Witch Queen, tells her that leaving the forest was always pointless.
    • While Dominante's plan to search for the Witch Queen may be successful, her plans to have Asta, Finral, Fanzell, Noelle and Mariella enter the forest undetected is derailed right from the start. The six enter the Forest of Witches using her invisibility cloaks, but the boys' cloak gets pulled off by a tree branch. This immediately catches the attention of the Security Golems, and the mages have no choice but to enter the Queen's manor by force.
    • With Julius turned into a thirteen-year old and losing most of his magic power, he's lost his influence on monarchist nobles whose priorities lie in wealth and power.
    • Since Asta is a peasant with the power of a devil and the real perpetrator has died, the Magic Parliament decides to hold Asta accountable for the elves' reincarnation. They're not going to try the Magic Knights because of the Clover Kingdom's need for its military force against the growing Spade Kingdom.
    • Liebe is a devil who was knocked around all his life in the underworld, later lived a peaceful life with Licita, and then got sealed in a grimoire, leaving him with no real fighting experience. Asta, on the other hand, has learned to read ki, has great physical strength from his training, and become a skilled swordsman thanks to fighting with powerful swordsmen. With his ki reading, he begins to easily evade Liebe's attacks with the giant anti-magic swords even when one-armed, eventually gaining the upper hand in their fight.
  • Black Lagoon usually runs on the Rule of Cool and no mistake, but can just as often play this trope as well. The Power of Love isn't going to help redeem someone who's terminally messed up from a bad childhood, and no matter how much of a badass you are in combat pissing off a mob boss who can just hire someone to shoot you while your back is turned is a bad idea, as Hansel and Gretel found out. In the Roberta's Blood Trail OVA Roberta falls afoul of this as well when she attempts to ambush a U.S. Special Forces unit, and despite familiar terrain, having set up traps beforehand and being an Implacable Woman against the regular-calibre gangsters is permanently crippled in the process.
    • Revy isn't shy about shooting enemies who talk too much either, as demonstrated with an arrogant blowhard of a neo-Nazi who just couldn't stop talking about his Hand Cannon.
    • As experienced of a gunfighter Revy is, she has no formal training. While she's able to plow through rank-and-file thugs and gangsters with no difficulty, when faced with those who do have formal training like the Gray Foxes or Hotel Moscow (being composed of ex-Soviet Airborne Troops), she loses easily.
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront:
    • In Episode 5, Brody and Hummer punch a giant machine hard enough to stop it within its tracks. However, thanks to Newton's Third Law, the duo get pushed back with the same amount of force they used to stop the machine, and they are sent careening across the city.
    • In Episode 3 of Season 2, Chain enters a drinking contest with someone, and wins with little difficulty. She's shown to have several empty shot glasses sitting by her after her victory. The Stinger of the episode shows the aftermath of that drinking contest: She's hunched over her toilet early in the morning, puking her guts out.
  • Btooom!: This shows brings out a few things that may seem useful, only to point out its flaws in execution.
    • Even if you're a black belt in judo, or any martial arts in that matter, it will help very little in a survival game with dangerous weapons. Someone quickly learned this the hard way, getting a knife to the throat while he was talking.
    • Grabbing a knife won't automatically give you an advantage, especially if your opponent is someone trained and experienced enough to predict your movement. When Sakamoto went to grab the knife to take on Miyamoto, he quickly disarms him before he could even use it, knowing he would go after it.
    • Suffering trauma after trauma will really affect someone. This happened to Tairo who ended up snapping after being left alone without support by Sakamoto when he went to go save Himiko.
  • Bubuki Buranki: Yes, even a series about magic alien robots can have some basis in reality.
    • Kogane never really forgives Shuusaku after the truth behind her father's death comes out; because even if he didn't kill him, Kogane points out he still played a role in his death. She has hated Shuusaku for years and isn't simply gonna stop hating him overnight. Even if they are able to work together for a common goal, she never acts friendly towards him.
    • Reoko forgets her deeds as dictator of Tokyo but the populace doesn't. Some protesters occasionally vandalize the medical facility she is held at as a form to express their displeasure.
  • Captain Tsubasa: Kojiro Hyuga leaves the Toho Academy without warning to do some training on his own in Okinawa, missing out the practices before the Nationals, resulting in Coach Kitazume suspending him and leaving the team without one of their key players. He only relents for the finals because the rest of the team beg him to let him play again, and after seeing that his training did improve his shooting skills.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Meiling is strong enough to smash some park penguins with her fists, but it left her hands terribly injured doing so.
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard (V Series):
    • It turns out that contrary to Shinemon's expectations that running a shop is a lot harder than it looks. Esuka was able to make several points in which Shinemon and other others failed in which includes:
      • At first some of the costumers don't take him serious as manager since he's still in high school and Esuka even stated that most costumers came because they were returning costumers.
      • As it turns out luck and Contrived Coincidence sometimes doesn't truly exist since it turns out the person who bought the tuna from them was actualy Esuka's butler in disguise.
      • While they did manage to make a fun event, they weren't able to make profit from it since they are all too young to understand how the business side of a store works.
    • What happens when you leave a grieving Child Prodigy with a fat inheritance and a lot of means, but absolutely no supervision or emotional support? Their mental state makes a downwards spiral, they become reckless and potentially suicidal, loose their ability to think clearly, and think they're entitled to do whatever they want. That's what happens with Tatsuya.
    • After the 10 year time-skip, Kanzaki, Ryotaro and Ryuzu don't recognise Shinemon because he has changed too much and they haven't kept in touch.
    • Chrono doesn't recall the events from ten years ago because he was too young at the time. What little he does remember only Makes Sense In Context, and Chrono doesn't have any. Not to mention, it took an external factor for him to remember that tiny bit, rather than recall it on him own.
    • Everyone who's actually aware of what happened when he was younger try to keep their distance from Chrono out of fear it will just stir up bad memories for him. Instead, with no real idea what happened to his father and his aunt constantly busy working, he's left alone most of the time, and when factoring in his lack of social skills, it causes everyone at school to mistake him for a potential bully, isolating him even further. By time Chrono and Shin actually face each other, Chrono is nearly in tears wondering how Shin knew his father and why no one has told him anything.
    • After actual units managed to be summoned to Earth, Shin, Esuka, and the others all decided it be better that Chrono not come in contact with Vanguard so nothing happens to him. However, all this does is leave them to be blindsided when a Mysterious Benefactor leaves him a Gear Chronicle deck, and he ends up meeting Shin when he attempts to sell it only for Kamui to convince him to play against Shin.
    • Mikuru started her own business in the make-up industry which she dreamt since she was a child... but she's in the red and doesn't have the time to spend with Chrono.
    • Chrono is aware of his aunt's financial situation, which is why he's trying to make money and live on his own. You can't hide that stuff from the one keeping house. Chrono's desire to live on his own itself is a result of his constantly being left alone.
    • Chrono loses his first fight. Why? Because he's a newbie against a professional player, and he no longer has Plot Armor.
  • Carnival Phantasm: When the contestants of the Holy Grail War get randomly selected cars, Lancer first celebrates because he got an awesome dragster. When the race starts his dragster takes off at incredible speed... until it reaches a curve in the racecourse.
    Lancer: My GaeBol car is awesome! The speed is just incredible!
    Rin: Hey Archer. Did you know? Dragsters... can't turn. (Lancer crashes)
  • Citrus: While many fictional Japanese high schools are fairly lax about the dress code, the same cannot be said for Aihara Academy. Yuzu stands out like a sore thumb when she refuses to wear the uniform properly, among myriad other violations of the dress code, and the Student Council isn't interested in her excuses.
    • The entire series realistically portrays a growing romance between two teenage stepsistersnote , and all the dramatic angst that comes with it, all the way to a happy ending.
  • Cowboy Bebop: The episode "Speak Like a Child" revolves around Jet and Spike trying to find a Betamax player to view the contents of a tape that was randomly delivered to Faye. At one point they find one in an enthusiast's collection... and at the first sign of it not working 100% reliably, Spike attempts Percussive Maintenance and just ends up destroying the player outright with a single kick. He claims "my ship works better when I kick it", but whether or not that's actually true, his Cool Starship is at least big and strong enough to take that sort of abuse — a tape player that's only about the size of his foot and is designed to sit in one place and play videotapes isn't.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, Team Touden journey back down into the titular dungeon to save Falin who has been eaten by a dragon. So, as is hinted at the start of the series, they find her in its stomach, alive and none the worse for wear, right? Wrong. She's dead and digested down to just bones. Fortunately the dungeon works on rules of Only Mostly Dead and she is resurrected. However, Square-Cube Law is in effect, they can't fix the flesh of a skeleton that has no flesh to begin with, this forces them to use the dragon's corpse (with unintended consequences) to provide flesh and organs.
  • Den-noh Coil: The protagonist's little sister Kyoko is exactly as helpful as you'd imagine a six-year-old girl would be: she occasionally stumbles on a good idea or finds something out of sheer luck, but she's an obnoxious, unhelpful brat who shouts poop jokes and gets lost; after the first trip into old E-Spaces, Yuko and her friend Fumie never bring her along again.
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has reality slap the faces of the main characters, most of which come from a fantasy world into modern day Japan. Examples include:
    • Running full speed and catching a person, no matter how strong you are, is going to hurt a ton due to the force of a person landing in another person's arm. Emi does this to save Chiho and while she does manage to catch her, she ends up nearly breaking her legs from the impact.
    • Putting down whatever age you think fits doesn't quite work as well when you want to work longer hours at a job. Maou puts his age as seventeen and is only allowed to work part-time as a result while Emi puts her age as eighteen and is able to work a better job since legally a older person will be seen as more fitting for the job and hours.
    • Pulling a knife on your sworn enemy might work in a fantasy world, but doing it in modern day Japan will earn you a trip to the Police station, as Emi found out. Also, trying to attack someone doesn't mean nobody else who is around will just ignore it, as later on when attacked by Sariel, Emi is concerned since she can't fight back at the moment, only for the clerk at the store behind her to rush to her aid and force him off.
    • Doors aren't easy to just plow through as Emi finds out when she is unable to break down Maou and Alciel's and ends up hurting herself in the process. Later Sariel tries to attack Emi at a convenience store by trying to run through the glass door but instead smacks into it.
    • Later in the story, Emi is kidnapped by Gabriel and taken back to Ente Isla, forcing the heroes to return there to rescue here. Chiho wants to go but the heroes make her stay behind. As she realizes shortly after, while she wants to help save Emi, she's just a normal girl with no powers at all, going to a magical world like Ente Isla would make her The Load for everyone involved. Just because she wants to help doesn't mean she has the power to do so.
  • Digimon Adventure 02 has learning when to forgive as a more subtle theme — while Ken is Easily Forgiven by Davis after his Heel–Face Turn, most of the others take a while to come around. Cody in particular doesn't allow himself to be casual with Ken until the beginning of the World Tour arc.
    • Even though Patamon was reborn, TK still has nightmares of the day Angemon sacrificed himself in battle early in Digimon Adventure and takes a somewhat extreme stance towards the topic of abusing the powers of darkness that sometimes scares Cody.
    • The sequel in general is Lighter and Softer than the first series, and the team's managed to actively avoid killing real Digimon. So in the Daemon arc, when they are forced to kill his cohorts in the real world (where it's implied Digimon can't cross the gate to be reborn in the Digital World), Yolei and Cody have a breakdown over what is essentially murder. Cody in particular is likely shaken by this because his late father was a police officer — sometimes you have to kill in order to save innocent lives.
  • Despite Doctor Slump being a Gag Series, this trope does take place from time to time, Downplayed, if need be, due to Rule of Funny.
    • Senbei uses his mechine everywhere he goes in the chapter "Mr. Handy". A month later, this dependence causes him to neglect his personal hygiene so that he smells bad, as well as neglecting his exercise to the point of him being so plump that Arale rolls him around like a ball.
    • In a chapter later on, Senbei dreams of himself and Midori going on a date after picking her up, and he has a Catapult Nightmare reaction every time the Dream Sequence doesn't go his way, followed by him acting on it. While it starts out reasonable enough (freshening up and dressing up to make himself more presentable in the Dream Sequence), it soon spirals out of control (yelling at other characters who "ruined his date" during the Dream Sequence), culminating in him jerking awake one more time and charging into the local police station to beat up the cops for his dream date gone wrong (the cops stop them with poop-on-sticks in the dream), which gets him landed in jail.
    Senbei: Um, might I use the restroom?
    Gyaos: *in bruises* QUIET!!
    • Due to the well-established reputation of Tsuruten's willingness to grope beautiful, even if married, women, Midori understandably keeps her guard up when he visits the Norimaki residence and Senbei's sympathy towards him, when he complains of some Amusing Injury he suffers at her hands, is limited.
    Tsuruten: Your wife has sprained my fingers...
    Senbei: I'm sure you deserved it.
    • Donning a Santa Claus costume with a bag of items doesn't automatically mean a free pass into someone else's house, which Senbei finds out to his cost, as he's treated like a random burglar. It's even worse for a martial artist who does this, as said martial artist breaks down locked doors and knocks out anyone who, woken up by the commotion, goes to investigate the source of the noise, earning the ire of nearly everyone in Penguin Village, who converges the next day to beat up "Santa".
    • Because of Toriyama's track record of cheating his way into winning the very tournament he hosted in the past, Senbei is suspicious of any tournament Toriyama hosts and has to be reassured that he won't pull the same stunt again before joining a tournament in earnest.
    • On the other side of the spectrum, the first tournament Toriyama holds (which he eventually cheats his way into winning anyway) nearly didn't happen because the villagers considered the winning price too minuscule ($25 initially; he bumped it up to $30). Drawing from this, he ensures that his future tournaments would offer much more sizable rewards to entice potential participants.note 
    • Even the best sharpshooter is rendered powerless if the opponent is Immune to Bullets or said sharpshooter has used up all of the available ammunition and has nothing else for backup plan.
      • The bank robber who lures Arale and Gatchan, both of whom are Nigh-Invulnerable, into his hideout, ends up running away from them in terror, especially after Gatchan devours his gun.
      • When Tsukutsun is up against a man packing guns early in the "Who's the Strongest in the World?" tournament, Tsukutsun can only dodge his opponent's shots. The table turns once he manages to dodge all of them and readies himself to fight back, however, and his opponent is reduced to publicly giving up and admitting defeat, especially after Tsukutsun shows off his martial arts skill by smashing a nearby tree trunk.
    • Bad customer services can cause your business flow to dwindle, which happens to The Pot under Akane's management, if Tori-Bot's experience there during his visit to Penguin Village a decade in the future is any indication.note 
    Akane: I'm getting no customers lately.
    Tori-Bot: *thinking to himself* I think I know why...
    • As Taro and Arale find out when they go to get their respective driver's license, the qualifying standards for a driver's license are absurdly lax.note  While this ensures that just about everyone who applies gets to pass, which Taro remarks on, it also makes the possibility that someone who gets the license Drives Like Crazy very real — in Arale's case, her taking her family out for a ride ends with Car Meets House.
    Taro: That's what I was afraid of.
    • Charmy's obsession in reducing crime rate causes him to arrest almost everyone in Penguin Village for minor or non-existent "crimes". By the time the crime rate reaches his desired level, Penguin Village is nearly a Ghost Town while its prison within the local police station is massively overcrowded.
    • No matter how much of a Badass Biker you are, there's only so much distance you can travel while steering/riding nonstop before your vehicle of choice gives out on you due to it running out of fuel. This happens to Charmy when Arale chases him while he spends a whole night riding on his motorcycle nonstop in his attempt to get away from hernote , and again to Biker Boy late in the Grand Prix near the end of the race, forcing Biker Boy to go to the nearest gas station to fuel up, resulting in him losing out on his chance at winning the race.
    • At the scavanger hunt section in the bike Grand Prix, Kibalt is tasked with finding panties of a beautiful girl. He asks a beautiful girl at a bus stop to give him her panties — too bad for him no girl in her right mind would give her own panties to a random stranger making that request out of the blue in broad daylight; in his case, she reacts to his demand by conking him on the head with a nearby bus stop signpost.
    Kibalt: Yow yow yow! That hurt!
    • As the result of the motorbike Tsuruten assembles being Awesome, but Impracticalnote  and time contraint prevents Tsuruten from inventing another motorbike in time for Tsukutsun to use for the bike Grand Prix, Tsukutsun has to enter the biker race with a bicycle. While he's able to qualify for the race, being a Badass Normal that he is, it doesn't come easy for him: He has to pedal as fast as he can just to stand a chance (and, even then, he's the tenth qualified participant for the top ten speedracers), almost always lags behind the other racers despite him pedaling as fast as he can, and spends every moment throughout the race catching a breath when he's not pedaling.
  • Dr. Stone
    • Being a series that focuses heavily on the "science" part of Science Fiction, the story has a ton of these moments to show how Senku's rise to science won't be so easy even with him having all the necessary information. He's still burdened by things like lack of materials, lack of manpower, and lack of skill.
    • A more specific (and humorous) example crops up when he attempts to make ramen noodles. Turns out that when you make noodles out of flour produced from harvesting wild grain, the result is not going to be very close to modern ramen. The villagers like it just fine, though.
  • Elfen Lied:
    • Played for Laughs when Kouta has a fever and needs water. The childish Nyu wants to help him, and to his surprise despite her previously only saying Nyu, she does manage to say "water". Kouta then asks her to get water. Nyu goes off to get water, turns the house upside down, and brings back a shoe. Just because Nyu learned how to say "water" didn't mean she actually knew what water was. Luckily for Kouta, Nyu's childishness didn't mean she was stupid per say, as she understood that Yuka knew what water was and got her to bring some.
    • In a case of something being played more seriously, when Nana sees Nyu, she attacks her because of what Nyu's other personality Lucy did to her. Right in front of Kouta and Yuka, who know nothing about Lucy and assume Nana was attacking an innocent person.
    • Since Nana grew up without any preparation for the outside world, she proves she doesn't understand a lot of it in hilarious ways. For example, she uses money her father gave her as firewood because she didn't understand its value. She later makes an attempt at cutting vegetables. Having never done something like that before in her life, she does a lousy job.
    • In the anime, when Kouta remembers that Lucy killed his father and younger sister, she is Easily Forgiven. This is not the case in the manga, where his first reaction is that he has to kill Lucy to avenge his family.
    • Even after being healed by Lucy's vectors around the end of the manga, Kouta still had to be admitted to the hospital.
  • In Failed Princesses, both Fujishiro and Kurokawa get in trouble for putting on makeup, which is against the rules of many Japanese high schools, and when the teacher who's disciplining them insults Kurokawa, Fujishiro loses her temper and whacks him with her school bag. While the teacher isn't badly hurt, an act of violence against a teacher is taken very seriously, and Fujishiro ends up being suspended for a week.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Lucy has the largest breasts of any recurring female character, and believes that Buxom Is Better: during a "Freaky Friday" Flip where Gray and Lucy swap bodies, Gray notes that Lucy seems to be suffering chronic back pain, a common side effect of having large breasts.
    • Lucy also seems to believe that All Men Are Perverts: when she's put into a role where she has to distract someone with her body, whether she's enthusiastic about it or reluctant about it, she thinks that showing her breasts will be enough. This line of thinking fails every time she tries it to the point that it's become a Running Gag: Natsu and Gray, in particular, have seen Lucy naked so many times that they don't even flinch.
    • The first time Natsu barges into Lucy's house, he catches her in the shower: Lucy goes into Pervert Revenge Mode, trying to hit Natsu with a flying kick... and Natsu blocks the kick, saying her combat technique sucks.
    • Fairy Tail's Destructive Savior trait is usually played for comedy, but they do have some realistic consequences usually for said trope. In most cases, the heroes involved with said mission have to give up the reward or refuse it because the amount of damage they caused has the requestor outright refuse to pay them, or the reward is needed to cover the damage they did. In the most extreme cases, the Magic Council steps in and fines the guild because what the Mages did was to extreme in damage that the guild has to face some consequences for doing so. Lucy finds out that being a Fairy Tail member is not as wealthy as she would of thought because of these factors.
    • Being stuck in a time void for seven years will cause you to immensely fall behind everyone outside of it in terms of power: the effects are shown when protagonists and antagonists alike who were little more than pests to Fairy Tail's strongest members before start fighting evenly with (and even overwhelming) them after the Time Skip.
    • In the prequel manga, Fairy Tail Zero, when Fairy Tail is cornered by the dark guild Blue Skull, Mavis creates a giant illusionary wolf to fool them into backing off. Blue Skull's master, Geoffrey, who has been a guild master a hell of a lot longer than Mavis, isn't fooled by the illusion in the slightest; he orders his men to attack, and Fairy Tail is given little choice but to retreat.
      • Adding onto that note, the titular guild is only composed of 4 members at this point, including Mavis herself.note  Despite how strong they are, all 4 of them combined stand absolutely no chance fighting against a guild master, and they know it. In the end, they're forced to use underhanded tactics and trickery to even detain him.
  • Fate/Zero:
    • Early on, Lancer causes Saber a wound that won't heal until either Lancer dies or the spear that caused it is destroyed-so Kiritsugu, as Saber's Master, immediately goes after Lancer and his Master Kayneth. To his credit, Kayneth anticipates this... But he also anticipates Kiritsugu to try and fight his way past the defenses of his base at the top of a hotel, as a proper Magus like himself would have done. Being a mercenary specialized in taking out Mages and quite a poor Magus, Kiritsugu instead just blows up the entire hotel, and Kayneth only survives due one of his Mystic Codes just happening to provide a defense against this.
      • Later Kayneth, crippled in his second battle with Kiritsugu, kills the supervisor with a customized Webley mk. 4 revolver to try and frame Kiritsugu, the only contender who actually used firearms. As Kiritsugu uses completely different weapons, nobody buys it.
    • During the epic final battle between Kotomine and Kiritsugu, Kotomine has a kevlar protected priest robe that allows him to No-Sell Kiritsugu's primary weapon. However, once he turns his back on what he assumed to be a dead Kiritsugu, he gets hit by a rain of bullets from Kiritsugu, one of which grazes the side of his head and causes blood to spill down his face and cover an eye, blinding him in said eye for the rest of the fight. He also attempts to deflect a bullet from Kiritsugu's Contender, but because of the unique nature of the round, as soon as it makes contact with him, the bullet easily breaks through his robe and goes right through his arm, causing his arm to nearly explode and him to be unable to use it for the rest of the fight either. The point becomes clear; kevlar, even in a world of magic, is not fully bulletproof.
    • Kiritsugu is a Weak, but Skilled Combat Pragmatist with years of experience killing rogue Mages. When faced with an enemy, in the form of Kotomine, who doesn't rely on magic but instead martial skills, he is on the defensive because he's a specialized Magus Killer, not a general fighter. By contrast, Kotomine is a skilled fighter who fought against similar opponents using martial skills. It takes Kiritsugu using a bunch of his resources to fight evenly with him, and the fight doesn't even end with a clear victor, as outside factors cause it to end with Kiritsugu "winning" by virtue of recovering quicker than Kotomine.
    • In other situations where a character gets choked, they end up fine afterwards if they aren't outright killed. Here, however, Aoi gets strangled by Kariya in a moment of madness, but he doesn't kill her. When she appears in the epilogue, it's revealed that this caused brain damage that made her unable to walk and recall memories properly. She promptly dies only a short time after the series ends due to this.
    • Ryuunosuke and Caster gleefully murder lots of innocent people. While Mage Society doesn't care about the deaths of innocent people, it in fact allows for anything as long as it doesn't threaten the Masquerade. Which is exactly what the duo's murderers are doing, which makes them a target for the other Masters who are promised extra Command Seals taken from dead masters in the previous Holy Grail Wars if they kill the pair. Needless to say, Ryuuonosuke is the first Master to die.
  • Food Wars!:
    • During a Stagirie week, Soma and Hisako end up interning at the same restaurant together. When Soma questions if Hisako has any experience serving people, she claims she has done simulation training and can take care of herself. However once the lunch rush comes in, she completely finds herself overwhelmed. Quickly realizing simulation and the real deal are two different things. Soma practically breezes through it since his meal of the day restaurant prepared him for serving crowds on the quick. Ultimately Hisako swallows her pride and follows Soma's lead in order to keep pace.
    • Alice, Ryou and Hisako try to break Erina out of her own mansion to get her away from her abusive father. However, once they actually escape, they realize that they never thought about where she would stay. Alice and Ryou can't help since they're also living at the place Erina is trying to escape from, Hisako's home is frequently visited by the Nakiris, she's too sheltered to live on her own and having someone stick with her would draw their attention, and it's started raining, so camping out for the night is out of the question. If it weren't for them ending up near the Polaris dorm, Erina would have had to go back.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula: Hayato Kazami is hoping for an easy win in his debut at the US Grand Prix and he initially leads the race in a short amount of time. But then he learns that he gets a 60-second penalty for false-starting, so he pushes Asurada to its limits to make up for his penalty. And then Asurada’s engine blows up and he is forced to retire in the race.
  • For a show about Humongous Combining Mecha powered by courage, there's quite a few situations when realism rears its head in GaoGaiGar.
    • No matter how super-powered a cyborg Guy Shishioh is, he still has a limited power source - in the second episode he almost dies just from running out of power in his first on-screen fight. He's only able to avoid the issue later on because of the almost-magical abilities of the G-Stone to grant him more power by literally converting it from his boundless courage. Even with that, his Hyper Mode is still limited to three minutes, because it uses a separate power source (the linked cylinders on the sides of his head).
    • The individual machines that make up the combined GaoGaiGar itself are shown to be heavily damaged after the first fight just from the act of combining, much less the damage sustained during said fight. Also, about a dozen episodes later, the Gutsy Geoid Guard has to develop a new weapon for it, the Goldion Hammer, to act as its Finishing Move, because GaoGaiGar initially only fighting with its fists means that its old finishing move, Hell & Heaven, is putting so much strain on the machine and on Guy's cybernetics that it's likely to fall apart and kill him if he keeps using it like that.
    • Similarly, the machines that make up GaoGaiGar were developed using data reverse-engineered from an extraterrestrial Black Box, with the original designs being made by a race with psychic abilities that human beings don't have, and thus are all but guaranteed to have been intended to be partially controlled by said psychic abilities (just as, say, a keyboard made by humans for humans is typically intended to be operated by human fingers). Thus, the GGG machines instead needed to be designed to be remote-controlled by an external operator during the Final Fusion docking procedure since GaoGar's pilot can't control them mentally, and have to be manually piloted or have an A.I. control them if this isn't possible. Conversely, a pilot that actually does have the aforementioned psychic abilities can perform Final Fusion without needing an operator.
    • While the actual workings of the Dividing Driver are purely fantastical (it warps space in an area to create an impromptu battlefield for GaoGaiGar), the reason for its existence is purely this trope - a humongous mecha duking it out with similarly-sized monstrosities in the middle of a city would cause an insane amount of property damage, and a group dedicated to protecting the people would want to avoid that.
    • The first episode shows Mamoru being delivered via giant robot lion about eight years prior to the series proper, and not much longer it's shown that said giant robot lion has been in the possession of the Gutsy Geoid Guard, but it never activated on its own until Mamoru started interacting with it. Since Mamoru's adoptive parents are kept out of the loop for security reasons, they spend a good chunk of the series not knowing why the giant lion has shown up again and worrying it might be coming to take Mamoru back.
    • In the last episode of FINAL, Genesic GaoGaiGar taxes Palparepa's Healing Factor so much it becomes useless.
  • Gate might as well be renamed Reality Ensues: The Animation. So many times in fiction, there's something of a "Technology is inferior to magic," theme — look at how many anime have super-advanced technology fall to "Spirits," or people with guns falling to a single man with a sword. Here? Modern technology — even that which is upwards of half a century out of date in our world — reigns supreme on the battlefield.
  • Gakuen Babysitters:
    • While the children are adorable, it's shown that dealing with them can be gross. Even Ryuuichi admits that as much as he loves the kids, sometimes he doesn't like dealing with all the snot, urine and poop that comes along with caring for them.
    • The children can get excited or upset very easily and can become very loud and disruptive, despite their caretakers' attempts to calm them down. Especially in a public area like the school's hallways.
    • The parents are shown to be loving with their respective children but they still have work obligations that cause them to spend long times away from them. Kirin's mother Yayoi doesn't like leaving Kirin for her drama club and sometimes breaks promises to her to come home sooner.
    • Due to being an actor and being away for long periods of time, Kousuke's young children are distant with him and have difficult differentiating between his roles and him as their father, even calling him "Kou-kun" for some time. When Umi showed them a thriller movie where Kousuke played a kidnapper, Kazuma became scared of Kousuke. Later on, when Kousuke played a bad guy in a children's show, the twins genuinely thought their father was brainwashed.
    • Kotaro helped make medicine for a sick Ryuuichi with all the determination he's got and was shocked to discover that the medicine didn't instantly cure his brother's cold.
  • GEAR Fighter Dendoh has a few ones:
    • Ginga and Hokuto, Dendoh's pilots, are grade school students, and this has consequences:
      • Dendoh basically kidnaps them to be his pilots during the initial Galfer assault. As they didn't even know that Super Robots were real until that moment, they have no idea how to pilot it... And when they're told how via radio, they try to use it to run away. After all, they're children and have to be tricked into fighting it.
      • After being utterly thrashed and almost killed in the second encounter with Altair and his own mech Ogre, Ginga is so traumatized he has trouble even walking, let alone piloting a giant robot.
      • When Ginga and Hokuto have a falling out they behave with all the maturity you'd expect from two grade schoolers... That is none at all.
      • At one point Hokuto gets Brainwashed and Crazy, and he and Ginga get in a fistfight. Being grade schoolers, they start forcing each other to make funny faces.
    • Vega, one of the two people GEAR had trained to pilot Dendoh before the mech made his opinion known, is actually Hokuto's mother. Not only she's worried sick knowing exactly what her only son is up to, she constantly risks exposing herself to Hokuto by saying something one of her identities isn't supposed to know.
    • Earth's only working defense against a powerful space empire is a single Humongous Mech and a few advanced weapons built with alien technology. The only reason Earth doesn't fall in the second episode is that the invaders find out they have reasons to hold back and send their forces piecemeal, and when they go all-out with depleted forces they still almost win through sheer numbers. Worse, the initial invasion force was actually a minuscule part of their military, and when the Galfa bring about their entire military everyone knows that, Dendoh or not Dendoh, they will die in seconds unless they take out the Galfa Emperor, thus deactivating all Galfa, before the bulk of their forces get into weapon race.
    • The Galfa know Dendoh is a powerful opponent, but still needs to be piloted and they saw who the pilots are during two early fights. They send out scouts to track down the pilots and deal with them without Dendoh, and the only reason they fail is that, being robots, their identification protocols use chemical composition, number of "optical devices" (the eyes), and size to narrow down the list and they're flooded with false positives.
    • A battle involving a Humongous Mech is bound to cause heavy collateral damage. As Earth knew the Galfa were coming and they would concentrate their battles in a certain area because their main goal was there, the local construction code was updated to account for that and buildings built in the meantime are tough enough to resist, limiting the damage.
      • That said, schools built to code still maintain Galfa Emergency Evacuation Drills: the buildings may be supposed to survive a Galfa attack, but nobody wants to gamble the lives of children on that.
  • For all that it's a gag-series that regularly breaks the fourth wall and plays a lot of its antics for comedy (when the arc isn't a more serious one, at least), Gintama actually had this happen at one point, but in a very unusual way. At one point, Gintoki and his allies face off against the Shinsengumi in a series of gaming challenges for a chance to win a highly-sought-after video-game console; one of the challenges sees Kondo and Katsura facing off in a dating simulator which proves to be rather difficult to win, since the in-game girl is...temperamental. The object of the challenge is to try and seduce the girl before the other player can do so, and Kondo attempts to accomplish this by using his cursor to click on the girl's boob at rapid-speed, which in effect has his game-avatar feeling her up...and because the contact is being done in a public place and without the girl's consent, his game-avatar ends up being arrested. Honestly, you'd think that Kondo, the Shinsengumi commander, would know not to do something that could result in prison time, either in a video-game or real life (then again, the fact that he's a Stalker with a Crush toward Shinpachi's sister Tae is always Played for Laughs).
  • Girls und Panzer: The school ships are awesome, but are also realistically expensive to maintain, which is why Ooarai is in danger of being shut down.
    • Early on, most of the Ooarai Sensha-do club decorate their tanks: it helps to differentiate them, but it also removes the stealth advantage that their original looks had; after their first match, where this is used against them, they wash off the paint.
  • In Goddess Creation System Xiaxi is sent on a mission to make a young nobleman fall in love with her. Thanks to her disorientation putting her in a terrible position right from the start, she decides to go for the appeal of the interesting commoner girl telling the truth to power, only to get an amused response that they've heard such a thing a dozen times before. She gets beaten to death as a result, forcing her to start over. Dickhead noblemen who kill their subjects on a whim aren't going to be impressed by a plain maid girl yelling at them out of nowhere.
  • The Dai-Gurren brigade of Gurren Lagann are a bunch of immature, action happy meathead types who spent most of their lives living underground. Not surprisingly, this makes them piss-poor choices to run the post-Lordgenome government. When we meet them after the Time Skip, they're doing a predictably mediocre job of it.
  • Midway through Gyo, an army of marine life infected by a parasite that builds an exoskeleton around them fueled by their decaying gases makes their way to the Japanese shores, spearheaded by a behemoth of a whale...which collapses as soon as it exits water, thanks to the exoskeleton's spindly legs being unable to support its weight without any buoyancy from water.
  • The boxing manga Ganbare Genki has multiple instances:
    • Genki's father Hideki wasn't exactly a successful boxer... So while it's the only thing he actually knows how to do he's poor and homeless, and has trouble getting new fights.
    • His wife dying in childbirth is directly blamed to the above: while at the time he did have a home he couldn't feed his wife well, and many characters in-universe believe she just didn't have the energy to survive the effort.
    • Genki's maternal grandparents have little patience for Hideki, and try to take Genki from him because they don't think he can provide to a child, only for a grieving Hideki to almost kidnap his own newborn son. By the time the grandparents find them again Hideki had the time to think things through and actually agrees, and the only reason Genki doesn't go to live with them is that he refuses and they don't want to force him.
    • Genki gets in a few boxing tournaments for children. Genki is extremely talented and trains as close as he can to a professional, while his opponents are trained for points as you'd expect from children. Genki always wins.
      • While Genki is extremely talented, in the end he's just a child with about a year of training, and some of the other children can actually match his skills. What they can't match are his power, and being children the moment they realize the kind of opponent they're fighting they start crying and try to run.
      • As we said above, Genki trains as close to a pro as he can... And that includes dieting. He almost loses his first tournament because he's too hungry to stand, and is father calls him out on the sheer stupidity of it once he realizes what he did - especially as he had already told him not to, because children have to worry about growing up, not weight classes.
    • While Hideki ultimately gets a match he has to go down two weight classes, from lightweight (maximum weight being 135 pounds) to featherweight (maximum weight being 126). On one hand this means he has a much greater power than his opponent... But on the other hand his stamina, already poor due his relatively old age is drained, and his otherwise outmatched opponent almost wins by taking advantage of this.
    • Thanks to his experience and greater power Hideki wins a few matches, and decides to challenge the rising star of the category Seki Kenji. Not only he loses, he has to be hospitalized due head injuries.
      • There's also the way the fight goes: Seki wins the first round by effectively dancing around his fists, as Hideki, being older and someone who should fight two weight classes above him, is simply too slow to get someone quite agile for their class; on the other hand Seki, on his coach's prompting, goes in for the knock out and slows down just enough to be hit, and Hideki's superior punching power completely reverses the course of the match until his poor stamina makes him slip and gives Seki a chance to recover and catch him with a brutal Cross Counter. Seki however fails to knock him down, as Hideki is after all someone from two weight classes higher; by the third round Seki has Hideki's measure, and is able to land multiple headshots, and even punch him out of the ring, giving Hideki serious head injuries, and while Hideki tries to fight through them and climbs back on the ring, scaring Seki in the process, at that point he just drops and the referee stops the match. Once Hideki is brought to the hospital the doctor flat-out states that Hideki could die, and orders him to stay at complete rest.
      • Hideki sneaks out of the hospital to take Genki to the amusement park as he had promised him before the match. During the visit he sits down on a bench to rest... And because he walked around with a concussion and brain damage when he was supposed to stay at absolute rest. He dies before he can gather the strength to go back to the hospital.
    • Seki shows up to the hospital room where Hideki's body is being kept before being brought to the mortuary, acting with the utmost contempt and daring Genki to hit him if he has any problem with him. Hideki's coach and gym mates are pissed and can barely keep themselves from assaulting him, and Genki starts punching him. To Seki's credit, that was the whole point, as he felt he had to atone for killing Hideki and thought that letting Genki bust his face would be the best way to do so... And even tells Genki to continue hitting him when he catches on and stops, only relenting when Genki demands he becomes the world champion as his atonement.
    • At the funeral Genki's grandparents don't even put up the pretense of having liked Hideki or boxing, with the grandfather outright admitting he blames him and having been a boxer for his daughter's death. As the other attendees are boxers (including various champions), the trainers at Hideki's gym, sports journalists, and Genki, they get no sympathy, and Genki runs away when he's told he'll have to go live with his grandparents and give up his father's name.
    • In the end Genki is found, and has to go to live with his grandparents, as they're the only family he has left, though they have relented on the name change and let him keep his father's. Genki also still plans to become a boxer... And on this his grandparents won't relent: they always made very clear they blame Hideki's boxing career for both their daughter's and his own deaths, and they don't want Genki to get himself killed this way.
    • Genki's grandparents are rather wealthy, and in virtue of that they demanded to the mayor of their hometown to keep boxing and anything related out of the city limits so it won't tempt Genki... And one day they found around town posters advertising a boxing event in the nearby city: they may be wealthy, but they're just two citizens among many.
    • At one point the school bullies decide to give Genki a lesson and beat him up, but the moment they stomp on his father's boxing gloves he snaps and beats them all up. When the bullies' parents go to Genki's grandparents to demand he's disciplined the two at first are apologetic and can't believe what happened... Then Genki shows up with torn clothes and his father's gloves, and Genki's grandfather immediately dismisses the visitors by telling them he'll pay for the hospital expenses and to talk with the school for any disciplinary action, as at this point it's clear that yes, Genki beat them up, but he was also defending himself.
    • After an initial outburst about Genki's continued love for boxing, his grandfather comes around and starts documenting himself on boxing and suggests he invites over the bullies so they can all get closure and become friends. As he explains to his wife he hasn't suddenly changed his mind about boxing, he just realized that continued opposition will only antagonize Genki and, being still ten, he has all the time in the world to grow out of it, so he'll just indulge him and give him alternate interests in the form of friends.
      • The latter part fails miserably, as the bullies are both intimidated by the terrifying beating they suffered and the grandparents' wealth, so they find excuses to not show up.
      • Two kids brother and younger sister do show up, but they were already friendly with Genki to begin with, and they too are intimidated at the sight of the house. And Genki's grandmother manages to intimidate the brother when, upon learning their mother is a strip dancer, tries to just give his sister some money as charity.
    • The following day Genki goes at the strip club to meet his friends - and the first adult he tries to ask anything just tries to chase the 10 years old child out of the strip club.
    • During the timeskip, Genki trained without any supervision. While this is enough to take out the average bully, when he faces Iyama Takeru, who, in addition to being larger and a year older is just as talented and trains at a proper boxing gym, he's overwhelmed and can only put in a good punch.
    • After the fight with Iyama, Genki goes home wearing a Sun Wukong mask to hide his battered face from his grandparents. It takes his grandfather approximately one second from the moment Genki refused to take it off to guess he was trying to hide something rather than joking.
    • When Seki has to defend his title for the ninth time, Genki would want to watch the fight on TV but knows his grandparents wouldn't let him... So Yamatani, one of his friends from the local boxing gym, comes up with an excuse involving Genki receiving an award. Genki is quick to point out they'll find out sooner or later... And indeed, when Genki goes home after the fight his grandparents already know, and they're furious for being lied to.
    • Back when he was a pro, Mishima relied a lot on skills and reading an opponent's pattern, and had completely memorized Seki's thanks to them having been acquaintances for a long time. Knowing that, and holding a grudge as Yuko Ashikawa had broken up with him to date Mishima, Seki completely abandons his usual tactics in favor of just rushing in and busting his face in, completely throwing him off and making short work of him.
      • After the devastating defeat at Seki's hands, Mishima quits and becomes a Yakuza enforcer, and a rather infamous one at that, with an irezumi tattoo over his whole back. After a while he comes back to his senses and decides to quit being a criminal... But the irezumi keeps him from going back to boxing or finding another respectable job, and he descends into alcoholism and self-hating, especially as he can't marry his girlfriend Yuko.
    • In a fit of anger, Yamatani beats up two Yakuzas and proclaims his name and that he's just become a professional flyweight. The next day the two Yakuzas and the rest of their gang, eight in total including a former light heavyweight, show up at the gym he trains at to demand compensation or they'll break his hands, and given their boxer massively outweights him, the coach and the other (amateur) boxer at the gym they can't stop them.
      • Mishima, as a lightweight, isn't anywhere as outweighed, and his superior skills allow him to defeat the Yakuza boxer... But since he's still outweighed it takes him multiple hits, and being drunk on top of everything he's also hit once and almost defeated by that single hit. The only reason he's not beaten by the Yakuzas ganging up on him is that he has the sense of showing his infamous irezumi, scaring the other Yakuzas into staying the hell away from him.
      • After beating up the boxer Yakuza, Mishima takes out the rest of the gang as they try to run... And is arrested and is convicted for excess of self defense. To his credit, Mishima knew perfectly what would happen, and turned himself in so as to take all blame and keep peace.
  • In the anime/manga version of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, King Andragos believed that his mighty army could overpower any enemy with little thought or care of strategy or tactics, even ignoring the advice of one of his generals. This came to cost him dearly during the Battle of Atropene when he faced off an enemy who skillfully utilized the environment and surroundings (as well as employing a traitor within Andragos's ranks) to trap and kill a huge portion of his soldiers.
  • Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia explores the ramifications of Reiri engaging in a sexual relationship with her 17-year old brother, Kizuna.
    • She has to keep it a secret because she's 10 years older than he is, plus, she's his Parental Substitute in the absence of their mother. Further compounded by the fact that she's his commanding officer, making the affair a major breach of protocol. If their surperiors ever found out about it, Reiri would likely be stripped of her rank and Kizuna would just as likely face expulsion from Ataraxia. So Reiri begins using her authority to order Kizuna to take days off so they can meet off base, to have sex without fear of being caught in the act.
    • Kizuna also admits that, of all the girls in his harem, his sister is the one he has the strongest attraction to. By volume 13, he regularly has sex with her on a daily basis, promoting their mother to note that her first grandchild would likely be thier offspring. Nayuta's eventually proven correct when Reiri finally becomes pregnant with Kizuna's unborn child.
  • I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying: No matter how good a doujinshi artist is, they're still doing amateur work. Unlike Miki, who primarily works as a detective, Mayotama can't earn a living off of selling doujinshi; his switch to Shounen is Truth in Television, as amateur artists will go pro since that's where the money's at.
  • Infinite Stratos:
    • Poor Ichika becomes reality's bitch when he gets the Byakushiki. Instead of becoming an all-powerful badass like any other self-respecting light novel protagonist, Ichika loses almost every fight he takes part in because he has no experience or talent piloting an IS. In the rare case he wins, it will be either through sheer luck, outside help or by the skin of his teeth. Even after getting more competent, he still needs help from more experienced fighters.
    • Laura has No Social Skills due to having been trained in a strict military academy from a young age, and blunders through most of her attempts to show affection towards Ichika after falling for him.
  • If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die
    • Every time Eripiyo takes on more side jobs in addition to her main one, she ends up drained and completely out of energy.
    • In Episode 10 of the anime, while having a cold, Eripiyo ends up tearing up her throat while in one of her usual shouting bouts. It happens repeatedly when she tries talking before it fully heals.
  • One of the plot points in Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stone is that reality struck during really a violent soccer match, which was suspended half-way through by the officials after it becomes clear that one team is playing just for the sake of hurting the members of the other. This is something that never happened before, even when it was obvious that the rival team was purposefully making the match as violent as possible. Although to be fair, this was so bad that one player attacks the referee, and it was supposed to be a civil friendly-match between Japan and America, so it was a particularly horrific example, even by series standards. In-universe, it was so bad and left such a large stain on Japan's image in soccer, that it resulted in the Japanese government initiating a nationwide soccer ban.
  • The plot of Interspecies Reviewers can ultimately be traced back to reality asserting itself In a World... where Cute Monster Girls make up a significant fraction of the world's population:
    • Horny Devils have been around forever and can interbreed with just about anyone. Consequently, pretty much the entire world can claim some level of succubus ancestry. The very first regulated brothels were created to let succubi spread their draining out non-fatally between enough clients - other races soon started using their mixed heritage to get certified just so they could run a sex establishment legally.
    • Minotaur females have breasts so big they almost double the girl's weight on their own. To be able to carry this weight without difficulty they are exceptionally muscular.
    • Any reasonably attractive humanoid race is going to have people way into them, so of course The Oldest Profession is rampant. Brothels for every theme and taste have sprung up. The government has taken steps to destigmatize, support, and certify these business — not only out of welfare concerns, but also because of the insane amount of taxable revenue.
    • Because there are so many, there's a lot of competition between brothels to get people in the door and into beds. When a couple of schmucks writing a column reviewing various races in bed suddenly get popular, the various proprietors are all over this new marketing vector.
    • Upon visiting a "Villain Experience" brothel (essentially a BDSM dungeon), Nice Guy Crim tries his best for the role but ends up so freaked out his "victim" breaks character to comfort him. It's not unheard of for rookie doms to be shaken by trying to enjoy punishing someone, and a professional sub would absolutely pick up on this and put the brakes on.
    • Horny Devils make mediocre prostitutes. They might be skilled, and there's one in every size and shape, but they still drain their clients and most people aren't keen on the prolonged physical and sexual fatigue. In particular Lilim - low-level sex demons who work in packs and just don't know when to quit - get an absolute drubbing in their reviews because three weeks of paralyzing chronic fatigue just isn't worth it.
    • Prostitution may be destigmatized and largely unproblematic, but this isn't exactly a Free Love Fantasy either. Public indecency laws are still a thing, and pretty much all succu-girl activity is strictly limited to the red-light district. Brothels cannot advertize their trade outside it and girls who leave have to cover up like everyone else, as you'd expect.
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?:
    • Being an adventurer is played with surprising levels of realism. Being an adventurer is dangerous and many die with lofty ideas of becoming famous. Some charge in unprepared and die after getting lost, some go in and go well past what they can handle and die to stronger monsters, and just as many are taken advantage of by less savory adventurers and get killed or left to die. Being an adventurer means having to accept the possibility of dying and nobody being there to see you or save you. Thus, many join Familias to avoid this, and to have support, having a group of dedicated adventurers is better than having one.
    • Leveling up is not easy and many adventurers spend their whole lives trying to get past level 1, because the process of doing so involves fighting and improving, which isn't easy when the Dungeon is such a threat that many die before they even start to reach a point where they could level up. Bell leveling as much as he does ends up causing him trouble with some people later because it's unnatural for someone to improve so drastically that quickly, and so they pick a fight with him out of jealousy.
    • Being lucky in combat only works for a while before luck runs out, fighting requires skill just as much as luck. Bell has mainly been getting by thanks to being fairly lucky, on top of being able to increase his stats at a absurd rate and getting better equipment, but eventually he decides to train with Aiz in order to learn how to fight properly. As strong as Bell has become, he lacks real combat training, so he tends to be reckless and overwhelm his enemies with his natural speed. In order to become a better adventurer, he needs to actually learn how to really fight and not just be faster or luckier than his enemy.
  • Hime from Kanojo ni Naritai Kimi to Boku is friends with a trans girl named Akira. When Akira gets bullied for wearing the girl's uniform, Hime tries to make her feel better by wearing the male uniform to school. She causes trouble because, unlike Akira, she isn't trans and it's considered crossdressing by school regulations.
  • In Kekko Kamen, the Sadist Teachers at Sparta Academy often brag that nobody would care if a student died due the high suicide rate at their school. In the Grand Finale is revealed that the police and the Ministry of Education have in fact started wondering why Japan's supposed best school has such a high suicide rate among students, and that Kekko Kamen has actually been investigating for them the whole time and just got a decree to shut down the school after providing evidence of the teachers' utter insanity.
  • Kinnikuman: In the Seven Devil's Arc, Kinnikuman is forced to fight multiple death matches against the Devil Choujin and has to beat all of them within several days or Meat will die: even though Choujin are established to have faster healing rates than normal people, having virtually no rest between each fight wears Kin down quickly. After his fights with Stecase King and Black Hole, Kin can barely stand and the other Justice Choujin have to fill in so he can heal: even after beating Atlantis, Kin is knocked out by Mongolman so he can rest properly because he lost a lot of blood; even if you are superhuman, your body will self-destruct if not allowed to recover.
    • The sequel series Kinnikuman Nisei shows why the heroes of the original show had to step down: they're old and can't keep it up anymore; doing power moves is explicitly stated to have done a number on Kin's body.
    • Checkmate of Nisei was trained to Feel No Pain. The upside is that he can fight without being distracted by blows and hits, and even dislocates a knee to escape a hold with no issue. The downside, as always with the trope, is that he can't tell when he's reached his limit.
  • Count Cliff Foschurose of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear takes his administration of the city of Crimonia deathly seriously, acting like a proper noble with unbreakable morals and ensuring his constituents are prosperous, happy, and safe. Due to technological limitations and the weaknesses of the Feudal System, a massive and horrific corruption scandal escapes his attention for months to years until the protagonist Yuna brings it to his attention after a chance encounter. As much authority and political will as he has, he's still only just one man.
  • Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Being a semi-sequel to Fate/Zero, there are some realistic consequences from that story presented in here.
    • Kayneth and Sola's sudden deaths in the 4th Holy Grail War caused a power vacuum in his family because there was nobody who was in a good position to take over his role. The only person who could, his niece Reines, was not old enough nor skilled enough to be able to take lead, and so she forces Waver Velvet to be adopted into the family until she is old enough to take over. It also meant that he was forced to take care of the family's financial issues from the fallout. The other major Mage houses also don't like that a commoner Mage is now heading one of the most influential families, and thus he becomes the target of various groups to either dispose of, or outright kill.
    • Although Waver has gotten stronger since the 4th Grail War, he isn't all that good of a Magus because he lacks the innate benefits a long-running Mage family would have. In stark contrast to his views before the Grail War, he admits that while training can make one better, it is very difficult and nearly impossible to outright beat a system where "older is better" is the core fundamental rule. At the same time, Waver's more modern look at the world means he can see things that the older, more traditional factions cannot because they are stuck in their old ways.
    • While Waver had the happiest ending of all the Masters in the Grail War, he still saw a lot of horrific things and nearly died several times during it, and is haunted by the loss of his Servant Rider. As a result, he's developed a few Trauma Buttons: he is unable to look at Gray's face because her Identical Grandson appearance to Artoria reminds him of his failure in the war, whenever he is asked about his time in it, he often ignores the conversation because he is fairly sensitive about what happened, and whenever something reminds him of it, like reading about Gilgamesh, he zones out for similar reasons.
  • Love Hina: During the manga's Christmas Special, Motoko is groped by a chikan on a train and proceeds to beat him to a bloody pulp; for once in the series, Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male is averted and Motoko finds herself in hot water with the cops.
  • Love Live! Sunshine!!: Unlike the protagonists from the original series, whose school was in the middle of Tokyo, the girls of Aqours live in a rural fishing town, meaning even with their rising popularity, people are reluctant to go attend their school when it's located in such an out-of-the-way area; this culminates in them failing to reach the necessary number of prospective students, meaning Uranohoshi will end up shutting down and merging with another school.
  • Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club: As showcased in episode 11, being school idols doesn't mean that they would receive an easier pass by the school council to host their events, as they still had to complete the documents in their proposal application to get a permit to host the festival even if one of the idols is the Secret Identity of their Student Council President, something that the girls lampshade later on after their initial proposal were rejected.
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, being a Deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre, shows the myriad ways in which being a magical girl can royally suck:
    • Firstly, there's the war against the Didas, a race of murderous Eldritch Abominations that make the collective militaries of the world look like a militia of amateurs. The magical girls are the only ones capable of dealing with this threat, and during the war, most of them are still in middle school. Because they are officially members of their respective nations' armies, this makes them all state-sanctioned Child Soldiers. The titular heroine, Asuka, had to deal with the atrocities of the war at a tender age, in addition to the Didas killing her parents and many of her friends among the magical girls' ranks dying horrifically in the war. After the war is finally ended, Asuka is so traumatized and shell-shocked by the experience that when a new magical threat arises, she refuses to re-enlist for fear of her new friends in school being placed in harm's way.
    • There is also the fact that even though the war is over, the presence of magical items in the post-war world has led to not only the creation of a Black Market for mystical wares, but the creation of "illegal" magical girls by criminal organizations - a major problem, considering each magical girl is a potential Person of Mass Destruction.
    • It's not just the magical girls that have to deal with psychological problems, either. Two of Asuka's friends, Sayako and Nozomi, end up undergoing extremely traumatic ordeals. Sayako was present at a mass shooting by eastern European terrorists, and while Asuka saves her, she continues to struggle with flashbacks and panic attacks as a result. Nozomi, meanwhile, is kidnapped by an illegal magical girl and subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture by a pair of Russian mercenaries. She is also rescued, but her mental trauma is so severe that the only way to guarantee she would lead any semblance of a normal life was to magically remove a week's worth of memories.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
    • Lucoa's extremely skimpy swimwear gets her dragged away for overexposure twice in episode 7, and in the second DVD special, her "Dragon Milk Cow" cosplay even gets her arrested for indecent exposure.
    • Elma ends up getting banned from an all-you-can-eat buffet in her spin-off because of her inhuman eating habits.
    • Koboyashi realizes she is late for work and Tohru gives her a ride. Riding on a dragon proves to a mistake because Koboyashi is on top of a giant creature with nothing to hold her down.
  • Monster Musume:
    • Being a Deconstruction of the Cute Monster Girl trope this comes up a lot, especially in regards to the physiology of each species that other works of the genre usually overlook. Mermaids like Mero must avoid chlorinated water, as trying to breath in it would be like inhaling bleach fumes and make her horribly sick. Miia, being part snake, has an aversion to cold temperatures due to her cold-blood metabolism. Manako the cyclops has horrible depth perception (you need two eyes for that) and so on.
      • Mero and Mia's weaknessness lead to a hilarious outcome when the two of them, and Centorea, both try to race in a pool at a gym. Everyone expects Mero to win initially given she is part fish, but Mia uses her tail as a giant spring to even the odds. Instead they both fail to reach the end because the pool is too cold for Mia and its chlorinated water spots Mero dead in her tracks. So Centorea wins, and the owner of the gym notes she has to change the pool so its safe for lamia and mermaids.
    • When Kimihito pretends to be Papi's host family so she won't get in trouble for being outside unaccompanied, the officer asks him to provide the paper work, since his word alone in not enough to go on. If Ms. Smith hadn't conveniently shown up with the papers, they would've gotten in even more trouble.
    • Centorea's enormous Gag Boobs are just as inconvenient as they would be for a woman in real life, as they throw off her balance and coordination when doing things like running or fighting. She cannot easily solve this problem by getting a bra either, since finding one in her size is almost impossible, let alone one that doesn't near immediately snap.
    • While Extraspecies have largely been accepted into human society, there is still a clear bias towards more attractive and human looking species. Predator liminals with dangerous capabilities have it extra rough, since they're both scarier than other extraspecies and more likely to cause injuries on accident.
    • Centorea believes she will be able to dispatch a slime that shows up in the house, since they are always The Goomba in RPGs. Only for her sword to pass harmlessly through its liquid body and do nothing.
    • Miia is unable to get a job at a small store, not because she is unqualified but because she is simply too long to fit in it.
    • After a tough day at the gym, the main charaters decides to treat themselves. As they do it's noted that they gained back all the calories they burned. This is something that happens in real life to people who try to reward themselves with food after excersising.
  • My Wife is the Student Council President:
    • The anime is straightforward about what would happen if a pair of horny teens moved in together without adult supervision. Izumi doesn't shy away from the prospect of having sex with Ui, since she's made it clear that she consents and she's just as horny as he is. The only reason they haven't done it yet is because their friends and neighbors won't let them.
    • Ui and Rin are shown to be just as curious about sex as Izumi is, rather than standoffish about the subject. It even serves as a key aspect of Rin's character development, because she's a part of the school's disciplinary committee. She eventually admits that she only joined to dispel the rumors being spread around school about her. But Rin also tells Izumi that doesn't mean she'll hesitate to use her sex appeal to get closer to him.
  • Outlaw Star: Gene and Jim dream of making it big, but once they actually get a ship and head into space they find that the Outlaw Star's status as a highly illegal Super Prototype means that it's so expensive to run that it takes all the money they earn and then some just to keep it operational.
    • Gene in episode enters an all women fighting tournament to prevent a three time champion from winning. His disguise surprisingly works, but his strategy for winning, provoking his opponent and running until she tires herself out, ends badly since he's not used to fighting in a confined space and she easily catches and knocks him out.
  • Overlord (2012):
    • Adventurers are not called upon to do everything from gathering herbs to repelling armies to saving the world like any self-respecting RPG character, but instead are a kind of non-centralized paramilitary force who take out monsters attacking villages if the army can't do it, and as a result, tend to be viewed with suspicion as mercenaries by some (and the government, having little interest in heavily-armed combat veterans they don't control, makes sure to keep it that way). When Ainz learns of this, he is quite bothered that the concept of Adventurers he's seen from fiction is more selfish then he expected and works to have this changed.
    • An innkeeper preemptively states that you can't just barge into people's rooms. Something obvious to normal members of society, a deeply-ingrained and hard-to-control instinct for RPG players for who Kleptomaniac Hero is a way of life.
    • Unspoken Plan Guarantee is given this effect later in the series. Emperor Jircniv, rightly concerned that Ainz is a threat to humanity, decides to try and form a secret alliance between the major human kingdoms by having them see how powerful Ainz is, that way they all can work together to stop him. So he has a battle planned between his kingdom and the Re-Estize and requests Ainz to demonstrate his power on the opposing army. Ainz promptly kills 70,000 soldiers with a spell, the purpose of which is to summon monsters to kill an additional 100,000 soldiers. The result is that the other kingdoms are horrified that Jircniv would ally with a monster like Ainz and request that kind of massacre unprovoked, his own soldiers are terrified of the outcome and question what they can do to even fight such a threat, and the secret alliance doesn't even begin because Ainz promptly takes control of Re-Estize thanks to killing so many of their troops and seizing advantage of the resulting fear and chaos. After this, Jircniv essentially has a mental breakdown due to the plan falling apart so disastrously.
    • It's revealed later that despite his magical powers, Ainz lacks knowledge of how magic works in the new world because fundamentally speaking, he's operating under the rules of how YGGDRASSIL played, not the rules of how the world around him does. When he casts a spell, he's selecting one from a menu that only he can see, with no need for him to do any of the rituals that a new world spellcaster would need to do. When he is asked later to teach someone magic, he has to dodge the subject because he doesn't actually understand how magic works in the new world.
    • It's eventually shown that Ainz and Nazarick are not the first players from YGGDRASSIL to ever appear in the New World. The first group that did helped usher in prosperity to mankind by saving Humanity from near extinction and were dubbed the Six Gods. By the time the second group of players from YGGDRASSIL arrived however, all but one were dead because once they entered into the New World, Mortality Ensues and while they gained the lifespans of their player races, they simply couldn't escape dying of old age despite of their power.
    • When Foresight ends up running directly into Ainz while exploring Nazarick, and their escape plan fails, the three older members invoke the Power of Friendship and declare they will Hold the Line so one of their party members, Arche, can escape and take the wealth they found so she can help her younger sisters. In spite of this dramatic moment and their attempts to fight with all they have, Ainz simply overpowers the three without any trouble, and has Shalltear track Arche down to finish her off. One of the party members even attempts to invoke being Not So Different, at which point Ainz gets more serious and kills them faster. The entire section hammers in a major part of the series; just because you have True Companions doesn't mean you'll survive.
    • The Holy Kingdom hasn't forgotten the Re-Estize Kingdom's lack of aid during the whole Jaldabaoth incident. Now, the transports carrying supplies and food for them has been stolen by Philip, a Re-Estize noble, will definitely cause them to sever all ties to their former allies for good.
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets shows how Hard Work Hardly Works when you try to do more than you're capable of. As a child, Yotsuba wanted to stand out from her sisters, and tried to do so by being the better student. When the others started catching up to her on that area, she took to sports clubs and found she could excel at them with ease, but focused too much on them and left no room for her studies. As a result, her grades suffered for it and she was expelled from their school.
  • Re:CREATORS: The whole plot. Some specific examples:
    • Most of the people who meet the Created assume they are simply cosplayers at first, at least until they start doing otherworldly things like flying or casting spells.
    • Getting a person suffering from psychological trauma and a guilty conscience to talk about their problems and secrets is nigh impossible. Even to those they care about and have close relationships or even if lives are at stake because of them withholding knowledge. That person might attempt to say something, but lose their nerve or leave out important (or what they view as incriminating) details even if they do say anything.
    • Mamika gets hit with this hard when she realizes that her blasts actually caused Selesia pain as well as massive amounts of collateral damage. Turns out her story shied away from the devastating consequences her powers should have had in reality.
    • Character quirks like Mamika's tendency to misspell someone's name or Rui Kanoya's childish bouts get annoying very quickly to the people around them when they become real.
    • Meteora explains that when a fictional character is appears in the real world, their traits and abilities are subjected to the real world's natural laws, because the world is trying to make sense of characters whose powers and abilities can defy logic and reality. If so many fictional characters appear at once, all sense of stability and normality will be lost, causing the end of every world.
    • The government was aware of the presence of the Created as well as accept their existence since none of them were making any attempt to hide their presence, and everybody has a cellphone and can either take a video, picture, or call the authorities. All the government could manage to do was change some reports and rely on reporters' already existing belief that nobody in their right mind would believe that fictional characters are appearing in the real world.
    • Aliceteria's creator went to the police for protection, but they refused to believe that an anime character was threatening him until she broke into the police station in full armor on flying horseback and grabbed him. After that, the authorities started taking the situation a lot more seriously.
    • After Aliceteria's kidnapping of her Creator from police custody, the government believed that other Creators must be brought in for protection. They instantly decide to find Yuuya's creator and bring him in as a precaution, should Yuuya come looking for him with the intent to do harm.
    • Due to the nature of Japan's constitution, the government had to create an entirely new crisis management committee to even begin addressing the Created and the crisis they present. And they only use the JSDF because of the appearance of Gigas Makina and the potential danger it holds.
    • And that committee immediately charges Meteora for all the material she stole from the JSDF warehousesnote  to fight the Military Uniform Princess in #1, in addition to the damages they've caused.
    • The government ends up getting involved, but they end up siding with the heroes as opposed to doing the usual "treat them like the enemy" thing and even bring up that if they tried to cover up the incidents as a conspiracy that people would find out and they'd lose trust in them.
    • Getting creators from various different mediums and genres to work together is a lot more difficult than it is on paper. This is made especially obvious when Matsumara and Masaaki argue with Yuuya's creator, because they feel obligated to not let the people who hired them down. Meanwhile Yuuya's creator points out that mangaka like him don't work for a salary and thus his and Chika's creative process is completely different since their main priority is to not disappoint their fans rather than some boss.
    • Creating a character whole-cloth that can easily defeat established canon characters isn't going to sit well with the audience. Altair's fans couldn't accept Sirius suddenly being able to go toe-to-toe with her, and she died as a result. Sota had to invoke Magane to get the fans to accept Creation Setsuna.
  • Redo of Healer
    • In order to draw Keyaru out, the local Corrupt Church kidnapped his entire village (or at least the ones still alive after Renard's blind murder spree), took them all hostage to a crowded stadium under the excuse that they're all "possessed", and the lead priest tries to frame him as the "evil demon" that's entirely at fault for what's happening while Keyaru is trying to rescue them. Unfortunately for the priest and his henchmen, the surrounding crowd is not nearly stupid enough to believe any of the crap he's spouting since they can clearly see what's really happening in broad daylight, let alone Keyaru outright spelling out the actual situation to everyone. For bonus points, this leads to the exact opposite in what the church wanted since what happened afterwards (the hostages dying from preemptive poisoning so they couldn't be saved regardless of the outcome and their supposedly dead princess revealing herself to be alive) led to the rightfully pissed off townsfolk starting a revolt and killing the priest and his henchmen once they realized just how little the higher-ups in the capital actually value them as individuals.
    • King Proum's Godhood Seeker rampage either drove out or killed all his ministers, tax collectors, and governors, and wiping out all his army as a result of the knights dying when he lost his evil miasma powers, the archers and mages taken down in self-defense, resulting in leaving the country a total wreck after his downfall, with all his neighboring countries holding a righteous grudge. Keyaru and "Flare" had to use the power and influence of their "champions of humanity" status to keep everything stable until Ellen, working feverishly for ten days, could cobble together an interim government so Keyaru could then fly off to Iblis and help her secure her reign, not to mention hunt down Bullett, who still has the Philosopher's stone and could be up to even more nastiness.
    • So the great tyrant is dead, and his villainy was stopped, there will be dancing in the streets, with all bygones being bygones, right? WRONG! His victims are going to want payback against those who happily oppressed them. The oppressors are going to insist they did nothing wrong and will try to put someone sympathetic to them back on the throne, and if they don't get it are more than happy to resort to assassinations and guerrilla warfare, especially since that's how they got their demon king on the throne in the first place. Keyaru, being well aware of this, has to spend a great deal of effort making Iblis' throne stable before he can go chasing after Bullett and the stolen Philosopher's stone, to keep it from winding up in Proum's rotten undead hands.
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers:
    • At the beginning of the series, Adlet steps into a ceremony at Piena and shows up all the combatants with trickery, all to prove himself as being worthy of being seen as one of the Braves. Despite winning, Adlet is arrested and thrown in jail because he dishonored a ceremonial duel in order to steal the spotlight, a taboo in the city that the people took great offense to. Plus the fact he essentially cheated in what was a Duel Boss he was never part of to begin with means he is seen as a cheater and thus not deserving of honor.
    • After reawakening his memories, Adlet learns Fremy killed his sister when he was younger. Despite Fremy's character development and the romance between the two, Adlet becomes immediately hostile to Fremy for it, since not only did she kill his sister, but a Demon messed with his mind to make him fall for Fremy. No Power of Love can salvage those two revelations.
  • In The Royal Tutor, Prince Leonhard hates studying and tutors with a passion from a young age, either running away from them or actively chasing the tutors away from the palace; is it any wonder that he can barely count using his fingers?
  • The baseball episode of Samurai Champloo has Mugen trying to utilize Martial Arts and Crafts by combining pitching with his Break Dance Battler style. It fails miserably when he doesn't pitch anything near the batter, and after the batter gets to walk Mugen decides to just pitch normally.
  • In the anime version of School-Live!, Taromaru is a cute dog that led the girls to Miki. He must be a smart and reliable Team Pet, right? No, since Taromaru behaves realistically like any other curious and restless dog that has been cooped up in a terrifyingly dangerous safe zone with little opportunity to wear himself out with exercise. In fact, his mischief leads to him running off in the middle of the night and is the indirect cause of Kurumi getting bitten by the zombie Megu-nii.
  • Skeleton Soldier Couldn't Protect the Dungeon: The skeleton soldier and a rogue set up shop in a low-level dungeon, killing assassination targets that the rogue brings to him. The nearest city soon sends a band of high-level adventurers to find out what is causing trouble.
  • Slam Dunk: Shohoku is placed on a tough bracket for the Nationals, forcing them to play against Sannoh High, the strongest team in Japan, as early as the second round. While they manage to (barely) win by a single point, the resulting exhaustion from that game (as well as Sakuragi's back injury) ultimately results in Shohoku being eliminated in the third round.
  • So, I Can't Play H!: Once Ryousuke learns he possess the legendary sword, Gram, he lets it go to his head and believes it makes him invincible. So he decides to storm Galdrblog's tower, despite having no combat experience and almost no understanding of magic, like a typical shonen hero. Instead of a flawless badass victory, he nearly gets Quele and himself killed, and only survives thanks to Lisara saving them. The next episode has him suffer an extreme bout of PTSD, as a result.
  • Spice and Wolf: While having a shape-shifting giant wolf as a companion sounds like an easy solution to a problem, word will inevitably catch on fast to any travelers who'll hear about it. As a result, Lawrence's carefully built reputation and contacts collapse around him, least of all for working with a presumed demon.
  • In the Street Fighter games, Vega's claw acted as an extension of his fist and only gave him more range in his attacks. In Street Fighter II V his claw enables him to wound, stab, and impale Ken until he's in danger of bleeding out. Even though Ken defeats Vega, the injuries he took leave him barely able to move.
  • Strike Witches occasionally goes to lengths to depict realistic reactions and consequences to a world at a point in time where they would have been fighting one another are forced to set aside their differences to push back an Alien Invasion.
    • The only concrete, guaranteed defense against the Neuroi are teenaged witches with special devices on their legs, based on real-world fighting vehicles (typically airplanes, though tank-based versions are also shown), which amplify their magic abilities to allow them to fight. As such, the old guard tend to look down on witches because of how they've made tanks, artillery, planes and the like completely obsolete, and both seasons of the main anime end with a focus on some group or another within the military trying to replace witches with another technology entirely.
    • That the only line of defense against the Neuroi are young girls is also brought up on occasion. There's one manga centered around the African front, specifically the testing of the Strike Witches equivalent of the Tiger heavy tank, where its test pilot asks one of the mechanics, a former tank commander himself, how she's supposed to feel about risking her life in battle and crying that she doesn't want to die. The mechanic — who found himself asked the same questions by another witch years earlier, only to discover he still doesn't have a proper answer — is so saddened that young girls are the ones who have to fight and die to save humanity, rather than actual soldiers like himself, that he ends up taking over the Tiger prototype himself and self-destructing it next to a heavily-armored Neuroi in an attempted Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Logistics are also shown to be very important, particularly in the Brave Witches anime. The loss of a simple warehouse hurts them because of the lost materials, especially food. The expense of repairing their striker units is also brought up several times, especially in relation to Nippa, whose terrible luck sees her either shot down or taken out by simple malfunctions in almost every battle she partakes in. The same happens to Kanno in the opening of another episode - while her power allows her to focus her magical shields around her fist to simply punch through Neuroi, it doesn't do anything to prevent the debris from smashing up that Neuroi from clogging the intakes of her striker units.
  • In Tenchi Muyo! episode 4, Ryoko and Ayeka's emerging rivalry ends up wrecking the old fashioned hot springs resort the group came to and its treated as a silly gag. Come episode 9, the gang returns to the resort to find it still a complete disaster. Seeing as the owner is an elderly woman, she forces the others sans Sasami and Washu to fix their own mess, seeing as only a few months have passed since then.
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil:
    • Unlike other harem series that enforce Innocent Cohabitation between teens, The Testament of Sister New Devil doesn't. Basara tries to resist the advances of the girls living with him, until he finally gives in to the temptation. By the end of the light novel's final volume, he's impregnated all 8 of them; including his cousin Mio and his elder second cousinnote , Chisato.
    • Both the light novel and its anime adaptation handles Chisato's affair with Basara realistically. She's a registered school nurse in an incestuous relationship with one of her students, so she has to keep it a secret from the rest of the faculty, or risk tarnishing her reputation and likely losing her job. Likewise, despite Basara's initial reluctance, it isn't long before he becomes attracted to Chisato and consents to the affair. In the OVAs, they only go as far as makeout sessions and foreplay, whereas scans from the light novels explicitly show them having sex.
  • Two examples from Tiger Mask:
    • One Tiger's Cave wrestler who didn't want to pay half his earnings decided to wrestle under a different mask. Tiger's Cave agents recognized him immediately from his build and distinctive Tiger's Cave style, and sent wrestlers that only hit him in the head until he threw himself under a train. During his stint as an underground wrestler, Tiger Mask doesn't bother to change his mask precisely because of that.
      • In general the Charlie Brown from Outta Town tends to fail easily in this franchise for the very reasons explained above, plus the early issues at maintaining the new persona getting everyone suspicious. The only times it works is due Refuge in Audacity throwing everyone off: during the Maskmen World Championship nobody would have expected that such a big name as Giant Baba would have donned a full-body costume just to enter a masked wrestler tournament late, so the trick works long enough (and Tiger Mask still figures him out because he wasn't accustomed to this persona yet and left a few hints), and when Tiger Mask enters Tiger's Cave underground fighting ring the booker and the bouncers thought it was a joke and sent him on the ring, at which point their own rules prevented them to check until he was defeated even after it became clear he was the real deal (Mister X, having experience with Tiger Mask, worked it out as soon as he recovered from the surprise, but he was already on the ring).
    • Tiger Mask religiously maintains his real identity secret. Thus when someone with the same build and style pretends to be him and wrestles as a heel he can't have anyone as a witness he was somewhere else at the time, as nobody can be sure which one is the impostor. He even admits that he'd have needed someone to know his real identity when he sees that another masked wrestler has told his family and thus he'd never get caught in such a scheme.
    • At the end of the manga Tiger Mask has defeated Tiger's Cave and is effectively the world's strongest wrestler. How does he die? He's ran over by a car.
  • In several anime, a character who's a Big Eater will suffer no consequences from eating as much as they can, save for a Balloon Belly for a scene or two. In Uma Musume, Special Week continuously indulges in as much food as she wants, and ends up losing a race because all the food she's been scarfing down caused her to put on enough weight that someone else was able to outrun her.
  • ViVid Strike!:
    • Go on bullies, torture a girl who is losing her grandfather to illness, destroy her family heirloom and phone and then laugh about what you've done. Oh, the girl is an incredibly skilled and fairly strong athlete? What could possibly go wrong?
    • The aftermath of the above incident is also shown to have resulted in scenarios that would not be too far off from real life. Namely, the parents' bullies pressing charges against the Berlinetta family for assault, which was settled out of court, with the condition that Rinne transfer to a different school. Also, the brother of one of the bullies decides to take matters into his own hands and try to exact revenge on Rinne, partly as a result of his sister lying to him and making herself seem more like a victim. The incident itself made into the news as the Berlinettas are a well-known family.
  • Way of the House Husband: While chatting with his middle-aged housewife friends at the gym, Tatsu accidentally follows them into the women's changing rooms. Rather than enter Pervert Revenge Mode, they all understand it was an accident and wave off his apologies.
  • Yosuga no Sora: Once twins Haruka and Sora become lovers, they start spending more time together at school and other public places. Nao and Kozue take notice of this as the sudden closeness between the twins is new and off-putting to them and they warn Haruka not to be so close to his sister like that as people are already talking about it.
  • Your Lie in April:
    • While the series pulls the Amusing Injuries card on Kousei with what feels to some viewers like uncomfortable frequency, Saki beating Kousei hard enough to make him bleed is instead treated with the full gravity that child abuse would get realistically.
    • Kaori is an Ill Girl with a degenerative terminal illness. Late in the story, a high-risk surgery becomes available, offering a glimmer of hope. As this is a romance where she is the love interest and has made The Promise to play again with Kousei, you'd think everything would work out in the end. Instead, plot armour doesn't apply and she dies of complications, because reality doesn't load the dice even if you have great narrative weight.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice:
    • Victor can pull off programs that are at the very limits of human ability... but he's not immune to aging. In a sport where youth counts, he's thinking about retirement at an age when most young adults have just started their careers.
    • Despite being able to mimic Victor's impressive programs, Yuri is hampered by his tendency to comfort-eat. In most sports anime, that would be a cute quirk... but Yuri isn't a rookie teenager; he's a professional athlete and his food preferences count against him, even though it's fairly mundane rather than obviously unhealthy. In addition to that, as with Victor, time is not on Yuri's side, with retiring at 24 a serious possibility.
    • Yurio is set up as Yuri's big Rival in the first episode. He even has all of the hallmarks of a typical sports anime rival: a Teen Genius, the best skater in the junior division, a connection to the main cast, and even a bit of a temper problem. You think that the story would be about them fighting neck-and-neck against each other... but after Episode 3, they don't meet in competition again until the Rostelecom Cup. Both Yuris have very different paths to follow in their competition season, meaning that they don't see each other often, and Yuri doesn't really see Yurio as a rival at all. Until Episode 8, the most one hears about the other is from the news.
    • What happens when you tell a dog not to eat some food, and the food is right within the dog's reach? The dog in question, Makkachin, will eat it, of course. After all, without a human around to tell them off, there's no way a dog could overcome their instincts that easily. There's also a very good chance that the food will make the dog sick...
    • J.J. is a great skater and is seen as a favorite to win the Grand Prix Finals, but he's also only nineteen with a lot of expectations placed upon him, which pressures him to the point that he has an anxiety attack in Episode 11. It happens at the last minute and almost seems to come out of out of nowhere since he looked quite confident before starting his performance, but anxiety attacks occurring out of nowhere is actually realistic, and happens very often. Seeing an exaggerated version of his situation and how he views the other skaters is also not uncommon during an anxiety attack.
    • In the finale of Season 1, Yuri tries to invoke a But Now I Must Go on Victor so that the latter can return to skating. This actually prompts Victor to break down in tears and accuse Yuri of being so selfish.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
    • Yusuke sacrificing himself to save the kid at the start of the series was a heroic action that ended up allowing him the chance to be brought back to life. However, one single good act does not make people instantly feel better about you or like you, and when he visits his own wake, he finds that only a small handful of people actually care about his death, namely his childhood friend Keiko, his mother, his rival Kuwabara, and his school's principal Takanaka. Several students only attend because they have to, and two of his professors even mock him.
    • Right before the start of the Dark Tournament arc, Yusuke decides to do some last minute training with Genkai in preparation for the tournament. When the day rolls around for them to meet up and head over, Yusuke arrives looking ready for the tournament, only to promptly fall asleep from overtaxing himself during training, and spends the start of the arc, all the way to the final fight of the first match, asleep because of this. The other team members comment how silly it was for him to overwork himself that hard, and their team nearly ends up being eliminated since if he had not woken up, their team would of been short a member and thus could not of fought the last remaining member of their opponents team.
    • During the climactic final battle of the Dark Tournament arc, Toguro reasons if he kills one of Yusuke's friends, it'll create a Traumatic Superpower Awakening for Yusuke. He ends up being right after he seemingly kills Kuwabara. An arc later, Yusuke, unable to defeat Shinobu Sensui, thinks that if he dies fighting Sensui, Kuwabara, Hiei, and Kurama will also have a similar awakening that will give them the edge to defeat him. When Yusuke does die, all three do indeed awaken some form of a power-up and attack Sensui. They all promptly are defeated anyway, because the simple fact is he is leagues stronger than them anyway; a simple power-up from The Power of Friendship won't just automatically make you stronger than a prepared enemy.
    • In the final arc, the strongest fighters don't all meet in the final rounds of the tournament. Instead they fight throughout the tournament, such as Yusuke fighting Yomi and Hiei fighting Mokuro before the quarter finals. The winners of these epic battles generally end up so exhausted that they lose the next match, causing a relative no-name to win the tournament.


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