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  • In the Self-Insert Fic Aberration (Naruto) Occidental Otaku Rae trips into a portal and is transported to Konoha. Does she conveniently learn cool jutsu, gain a bloodline or take a level in badass? Nope. She is stuck homeless in a world alone with nothing but her clothes on her back, will never see her family and friends again and is unable to learn any jutsu because she's from another world and doesn't have chakra. While she does find her place in Konoha, she remains a normal civilian woman and cannot compete with a ninja.
  • Blood Is Thicker Than Bone:
    • Naruto has enough of Sasuke's attitude and after he gets coldly brushed off decides to forget about trying to be a friend with him. When Sasuke has left to join Orochimaru, Naruto points out all the things he's done and sees no reason why he should go after him.
    • Naruto finds himself having to fight Orochimaru and winds up with a broken wrist and beaten by him rather easily. Even though he has the Nine-Tails and Shikotsumyaku Kekkai Genkai, he's still just a Genin who's been training for a year going against one of the most powerful ninjas in the world.
  • Chapter 7 of Blossom in a Cage of Bones showcases that even Bandits who are often regarded as the bottom of threats, even in a world filled with mythical beasts and mountain destroying moves, can be a threat to villages and towns, especially if they band up together in large numbers under a strong leader.
  • Naruto isn't magically immune to the psychic backlash of dispelling too many Shadow Clones in Danzo's Team and is actually shown to have had an aneurysm the first time he used it. The only reason he survived is due to his Healing Factor. As a result, Danzo forbids Naruto from using more than a given amount at a time.
  • At one point in Demon's Dirty Dreams, Hana's first boyfriend had covered his bed in rose petals and lit scented candles to set a romantic mood. Instead her superhuman sense of smell caused her to sneeze constantly.
  • A minor example in Destiny is a Hazy Thing has Itachi and Kisame delayed from reaching Konoha because their habit of traveling in all weather made Itachi sick.
    • Likewise, weeks after the invasion the village is still wrecked, hundreds are missing and presumed dead, and the medics are so overworked that anyone with medical training (including vets) are being called in to deal with the massive casualties.
    • Long before either example, Anko uses this to explain why she doesn't want her students to "come at her with the intent to kill." All it'd take is a minor mistake on anyone's part for someone to be crippled or killed.
    • Rather than serving simply as an excuse for Genin to run high level missions, the invasion is likely going to be the catalyst for the Fourth Shinobi War.
  • Ebisu in A Drop Of Poison dislikes Naruto, but he's professional enough to nonetheless train Naruto to the best of his ability. It also helps that the Hokage gave him an ultimatum that if Ebisu is to teach Konohamaru's team, he'll have to train another team first and get at least two of them to Chunin within two years.
  • Escape From The Hokage's Hat
    • The Sasuke retrieval mission was a success, although Naruto lost his right arm (worry not, as it grew back). Sasuke, however, is charged with treason and locked up in ANBU prison with his ninja status (his chakra network is also shut down) revoked without any chance to regain it or any parole. Made worse due to attacking Naruto, a fellow Leaf nin, and placing the others on the mission in danger. Naruto himself doesn't dispute the punishment.
    • The elders try to have Naruto banished from the village, but the reasons are more political than petty. Instead of caving into demands, Tsunade rejects the proposal and seeks out retribution about the elders, and uses their "idea" as an excuse to leave the village to help Naruto rehabilitate from not only his injuries, but damaged motor functions as a result of additional seals placed on him over the years.
      • Related to the sealing above, most of the guilty parties are automatically arrested, jailed and fined (the rest were dead due to the Uchiha massacre and Sound Invasion) upon Tsuande and Jiraya's discovery of these additional seals.
    • Also a Take That!: Naruto DID suffer from physical assaults from villagers, but the Third Hokage quickly had the guilty parties killed afterwards, instead of letting them off scott-free. On the other hand, this lead to Naruto's attackers (ninja, mostly) to be more clever with their attacks, resulting in placing limiting seals on him over time.
      • Likewise, the more civilian attackers shift gears, mainly by blacklisting him from their stores, or giving him spoiled and low quality equipment and supplies (Naruto's distinctive orange outfit was given out of the hope it would get him killed in a stealth mission).
    • After years of dealing with Sakura (who'd commit Domestic Abuse on him at any time or call him an idiot or a perv), 13 year old Naruto has the notion that ALL women will beat him for anything even something out of his control leading to a rather OOC (read: quiet) Naruto on a trip with Tsunade, Shizune and Hinata and a case of accidental Covert Pervert. Tsunade sits him down and tells him "No. Sakura just had issues. We are not going to beat you for something as stupid as that."
    • When word comes out that Kakashi focused on training Sasuke more than Sakura and Naruto, he is ostracized by many ninja for his actions. And the worst part? He doesn't even UNDERSTAND why they were mad, even when Sakura and Jiraya called him out on it. It takes Ten-Ten spelling it out more clearly for the message to sink in.
    • Shikamaru assumes Naruto and Hinata will become a couple not because everyone knows how Hinata feels about Naruto, but because Tsunade is about to take a self depreciating Shrinking Violet and an abused Attention Whore desperate for a real friend into isolation. Naturally both will make the other a Living Emotional Crutch and become a couple from there.
    • The Third Hokage's law regarding all discussions of the Nine-Tails forbidden with any members who are in the dark has repercussions. Ino and Choji demand to know WHY the village hates Naruto, and because no one is allowed to talk about it, they both believe that Naruto is simply hated just for being a troublemaker.
  • Like with Escape From The Hokage's Hat, some fics with a successful Sasuke Retrieval Mission have Sasuke severely punished for attempting to defect to Orochimaru, a known criminal of Konoha, on his own volition.
  • Eroninja:
    • Naruto and his lovers learn the hard way that Shadow Clones can't be used for sex. After all, sex is a physically demanding (and often high impact) activity and Shadow Clones dispel if they take any damage.
    • Rin and Kin both learn that just because Kiri's civil war is over and the new Mizukage has not one but two kekkei genkai doesn't mean the prejudice against such has dissolved or that everyone's happy with the new regime.
    • Possession Implies Mastery is averted with the Temptation's Touch jutsu. Even though Kanji deciphered the scroll that contained it and utilized it for several years, he still doesn't know everything about it so when further changes to Naruto's chakra occurs, Naruto and his lovers have to spend several months trying to figure out both what changed and why.
    • Naruto's false humble beginningsnote  has caused resentment in other actual underdogs like Rock Lee. Even though he knows Naruto didn't have anything to do with it, Lee feels like people were manipulated into rooting for an apparent underdog who actually had the deck stacked in his favor.
    • World peace is ludicrously difficult to achieve even if everyone arguably wants it. Old grudges need to be settled in a way that doesn't perpetuate the Cycle of Revenge, large alliances make other nations nervous, and many just see the alliance as a way to strengthen themselves for the inevitable next war.
    • Konan's plan to rebrand the Akatsuki as a neutral police force meets with heavy resistance from everyone but Naruto's group as no one believes she's sincere and they're all aware that a large group of S Rank ninja can basically do whatever they want. Some consider them more dangerous than the previous Akatsuki since they have less defined goals and are willing to move in larger groups than just a single pair.
  • First Try:
    • When Konohamaru attempts to attack Sarutobi, Naruto (who's currently suffering from PTSD) nearly kills him on instinct. The only thing saving him from getting a kunai through his skull was Sarutobi grabbing Naruto's wrist in time.
    • Sasuke finds himself at the end of this, when he has to disguise himself as a laborer. Ninjas often disguise themselves as laborers and servants to be Beneath Notice and Sasuke doesn't know how to because he thought it was beneath him. This causes him to get left more behind as Naruto is already proven to be better than him and Sakura is slowly closing the gap.
  • While learning Tree Walking in Leftovers, Sakura quickly learns why Genin should run instead of walking up the tree. Even with her feet stuck to the tree, gravity is still pulling her to the ground, resulting in Sakura hanging from a tree by her feet and needing Naruto to help her down. Also functions as a Take That! to every Naruto story that insists walking up trees is better than running while learning.
  • In Made in the Shade, when Naruto tells his classmates that how he graduated is classified, they promptly drop the subject instead of continuing to pester him. All of them know that T&I won't care that they're children if they go snooping where they shouldn't.
  • Naruto:Asunder:
    • Offscreen Inertia is fully in play when Naruto and Hinata leave the village for training. They come back a week later and Konoha is in ruins courtesy of the Akatsuki.
    • Tsunade snaps at Jiraiya saying that since Naruto came back (from the 3 year training trip), he's been in fights with S-class nin after S-class nin. Jiraiya says it will make him stronger. Tsunade says he's more likely to die. Guess who was right.
  • In Reaching for a Dream, Danzo sends Sai to test Naruto's and Sakura's abilities. Naruto quickly kills the unknown ninja attacking him and Sakura.
  • In The Scorned Son, the Wave mission is a failure because teamwork or not, three ninja barely out of the academy don't really have a chance against a Jounin that's trying to kill them for real. The end result: Kakashi is dead and Kiba nearly kills himself keeping Sakura and Naruto alive long enough to find help.
  • Team 8:
    • Naruto is given weights to attach to his limbs to help him grow stronger. He decides to pile as many as he can onto him in an attempt to get stronger even faster...only to be weighed down by all of the added weight. He is taken aside and told to adjust the weights gradually, otherwise he would just hurt himself.
      • Similarly, Hinata tries using the weights while in an exhausted state and collapses in exhaustion. Naruto tells her that she will just damage her muscles if she overexerts herself.
    • Naruto warns Lee not to pursue Sakura's affections because she is not a good person. Unlike other stories where Lee would have disregarded Naruto, he takes the latter seriously and laments that such a pretty girl is so mean.
    • On that note, Sakura's Tsundere attitude towards nearly everyone alienated her from the others. It turns out that being mean to everyone and only being nice to your Love Interest doesn't endear you to anyone and no one wants anything to do with her. She learns people's perception of her when she overhears Naruto warning Lee not to pursue her because she's a horrible person. Sakura Took a Level in Kindness afterward mending bridges with Ino and vowing to be a better person.
    • Sasuke taunts Naruto by calling Hinata weak in an attempt to throw him off before their match in the preliminary round. Instead of being shaken by the taunt, it only pisses Naruto off, who proceeds to knock Sasuke out within the first five seconds of the fight. This also alienates Sasuke from the others, such as Sakura, who thought that he went way too far.
    • The Third Hokage may have survived the Invasion, but he has lost an arm in the process. He has no choice but to step down. Tsunade points out that regrowing his arm would potentially kill him, since it requires a lot of energy, something the Third doesn't have much of anymore.
    • Hinata, a relative underdog, still loses to her more experienced cousin, Neji. The Determinator is also deconstructed and seen as suicidal if one refuses to give up a futile conflict.
    • Unlike Naruto and Hinata, who could spend many hours training together without anyone caring, Shino isn't as lucky and Can't Catch Up, since he has clan duties and a family at home waiting for him.
    • Anyone Can Die, even main characters like Kurenai. Plot Armor does not exist.
  • In The Eyes Have It when Sakura gains a Kumo-nin pen pal, the Hokage warns her that her superiors will be reviewing her correspondence and she might have to rewrite each letter several times before they're satisfied they don't contain any classified or sensitive material.
    • People with different bloodline abilities breeding does not result in a new more powerful bloodline. Most of the time, it results in random mutations that range from a slightly different version of one of them to stillbirth.
  • In Three Pawns Talking Is a Free Action is averted. When Neji has had enough of his fight with Naruto he launches into a tirade claiming he's sick of Naruto and his Nindo, saying he'll finish him with a move that surpasses The 64 Trigrams. Or he would've had Naruto not slammed his head into him while he was monologuing and then finished him off.
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox has a lot of these in both its main story and Gaiden chapters:
    • Ino demonstrates during her fights with Kin and Sakura, and gets demonstrated on her during her fight with Aoi, that having long hair can be a liability in a fight because it gives the opponent something to grab so as to restrain you. Also during her fight with Kin, Ino shows that the Groin Attack, which sees frequent use by different people throughout the story, is just as painfully effective on women as it is on men; Kin finds this out first-hand with Ino's "grab and twist" technique.
    • Combat by Champion gets a rude awakening when Sasuke leads the good guys in a charge to rescue the captive Naruto, who's been held in the custody of the gang leader Mizuki and his goons. While the others fight Mizuki's mooks, Sasuke takes Mizuki one-on-one and is actually winning...only for one of Mizuki's mooks to grab a gun and threaten to shoot Sasuke if he continues, allowing Mizuki to get back the upper hand and beat on Sasuke while mocking him about how This Is Reality. If not for Kushina's Big Damn Heroes moment right then, Sasuke would be dead right there.
    • Gaara finds himself and his family members locked inside a mausoleum with the doors chained shut from the outside. Naturally, he finds the weakest spot on the oak door and decides to punch a hole through it...but while he does succeed, he also ends up with splinters and cuts along the entire length of his arm, requiring a hospital visit afterward.
    • Kimimaro's gang confronts and shoots Kushina in the shoulder. They eventually get driven off after some resistance, but immediately after the adrenaline rush wears off, Kushina passes out from the pain and blood-loss caused by the gunshot and has to be carried to the hospital.
    • On finding out that Gengetsu's alcoholic ways have caused him to severely neglect his family's well-being and almost led to Suigetsu's death at the hands of the Spiral Reaper, Kushina slugs Gengetsu and then proceeds to give him a beat-down while calling him out for his behavior...problem is, she's doing this in front of two cops, who very nearly arrest her for assault ("nearly" because Gengetsu's wife Ryuzetsu intervenes on Kushina's behalf and Gengetsu himself opts not to press charges).
    • The story shows some rather realistic consequences that the police can expect to face if too many serious criminal incidents take place in their jurisdiction. After LOVE breaks Matsuri and Yagura out of police custody Tsume finds herself being summoned to a tribunal with the commissioner of police and the National Security Ministry to answer for the various attacks Konoha Town has endured under her watch as the local police chief, and she's also criticized during that meeting for relying too frequently on help from Naruto, a civilian and one of the Kyuushingai, to handle several of those kinds of incidents.
    • It doesn't matter how loyal your lackeys or servants are to you, if you mistreat them or betray their trust too severely or too often, they will eventually turn on you. Kira finds this out the hard way when he threatens bodily harm to any of his servants who try to interfere with his savagery of Fuu and when it comes out that he was prepared to disavow Akatsuki even before Yahiko found out his true identity.
    • The eleventh Gaiden has this happen in minor character Sagi's back-story, when he lost his virginity to a fellow student during their final year of high school. By his account, it was an incredibly awkward affair because neither of them had a clue as to what to do, since neither of them got The Talk from their respective parents; and even after that tiny bit of experience, he's still nervous about having sex with the 15-years-older divorcee Guren.
    • In the thirty-third Gaiden, after nearly stabbing another student in Konoha Town's local park because the other student insulted her looks, Sana gloats that she'll simply turn on her charms to make the police believe her version of events...only to shut up mighty fast when Naruto coolly points out that the cops will be reviewing the footage from the park's security camera system to verify her claims.
    • The thirty-fifth Gaiden starts with Yukata and Nigai having a battle for the right to lead the Tiger Dragon gang after Chi's arrest at the end of the main story's Endgame arc. Problem is, Yukata finds out too late that Nigai's packing a switchblade after he's stabbed her with it; as Nigai himself points out, he never said their duel was going to be bare-handed.
    • During the forty-second and forty-third Gaidens, minor character Ruka gets blackmailed by Sana into doing what the latter wants or else be exposed for having a part-time job (to help ease her family's financial stress), which is against the school rules. Following a private conversation with Naruto, Ruka decides to take a third option and cop to Danzo about what's going on...and at the end, she's still going to face disciplinary action because, while Danzo admires her willingness to come clean, she's still broken the school's regulations and can't be given a pass just because of her special circumstances.
  • In canon Naruto Naruto grew up isolated with few adult figures in his life and hated by many resulting in a boy desperate for affection. While in canon Naruto turned out fine, in a more realistic situation, he would be a target for abusive or toxic relationship which happens in the Hopeless Wanderer. Sasuke gains Naruto's trust, undermines his faith in authority figures by pointing out their frequent neglect, isolates him from any attentive peers and eventually convinces him to leave Konoha with him, painting himself as Naruto's truest friend.
    • A similar situation occurs in the very mature fic, Duality, Naruto starved for attention develops a transformation technique that can completely change his body preventing detection from even Chakra sensors. Once he sees that girls tend to get more attention then boys he begins transforming to a girl, when boys give more attention when allowed to do touch or feel her body, he allows them to. It eventually spirals into Naruto becoming a gender-fluid individual whose expertise is seduction techniques and has been trained to be a prostitute by some only known as "him".
  • I Am NOT Going Through Puberty Again!:
    • Unlike in many Peggy Sue fanworks, the characters don't bother to avoid tampering with the timeline (and in fact purposefully do so for kicks). The events happened over twenty years ago so the details are blurry to them.
    • Naruto and Sasuke both try to have sex with their wives but fail because they're stuck in twelve year old bodies.
  • In Chapter 8 of The Fourth Apprentice, Sakura is harshly reprimanded and the assassination mission she was on is deemed a failure due to her approach; instead of luring the target out so she could kill him, she instead entered the room and fought him. A Ninja would never fight and challenge an opponent head on and would instead look for a way so to assassinate him. Even though the target dies in the end, a ninja from another village was the one who killed him thus making the mission assigned to the Leaf a failure as they weren't the ones who did it.
  • Blackkat's Reverse:
    • Kakashi's reaction when he sees Kurama hugging Naruto is to rip the kid away from the unknown and possibly unstable shinobi and he flatly refuses to considerate Kurama's claims of being Naruto's uncle until the Hokage has been informed.
    • Treating a kid like an outcast does not endear you to them: when Kurama abducts him, Naruto eagerly accepts to stay with the first person who showed care for him. This logic later applies to the rest of the jinchuriki they ended up meeting and taking with them. When you're abused and ostracized for most of your life, and the first person to show you any real kindness offers you a chance at a better life, of course you'd rather put in all your chips with him rather than stick around with people who have caused you so much pain. Even Yugito, who canonically was loyal to Kumo, defected because she hasn't earned the adoration of Kumo yet and was still treated as a weapon instead of a person.
    • While they are hunting for Kurama and Naruto, Shisui idly declares it would be a good occasion for Kakashi to bond with his sensei's son. Kakashi snarkily retorts that traumatizing Naruto by hurting or killing Kurama - his only blood relative - in front of him then dragging him back to a village that shunned him would be a GREAT first impression.
  • Chiaroscuro (Naruto)
    • Orochimaru doesn't consider the occasion that someone might get into Sasuke's way during curse mark delivery. It doesn't turn out well for either side.
    • Neji's tendency to gloat bites him in the ass during the Chunin Exam finals because while he's talking, Sakura is busy preparing. When he manages to power through an auditory genjutsu that severely upsets his balance, Sakura sets off a genjutsu she prepared that acts like a combination flashbang and strobe light, making Neji collapse while puking his guts out.
  • Naruto in The Chosen of the Shinigami has spent the first thirteen years of his life in a coma while the Kyuubi's chakra was used to both power Konoha's defenses and empower its shinobi. As a result, not only does he have No Social Skills, he doesn't understand things like stairs, trees, colors, or even eating.
  • In Failure Naruto's ability to make many Shadow Clones is used by the Mist Rebellion as a communications system. Unfortunately for him, this means Naruto isn't just on the front lines for all intents and purposes, but is in every battle. While he makes dozens of friends, he also has to see said friends die or get horribly maimed. He ends up horribly traumatized and with identity issues from mourning people he's never actually met.
  • When Naruto and a few others go missing-nin in The Pride, the powers in Konoha decide against pursuing him to the ends of the earth for the simple reason that Naruto is, at worst, tied for World's Strongest Man. Konoha simply doesn't have the manpower to further antagonize someone that powerful who's not acting against them or joining their enemies.
    • Just because every ninja village came together to stop Madara doesn't mean the tensions and grudges between them disappeared. Without a greater threat to unite them, relations between the villages break down and within a few years of Kaguya's defeat, another war begins.
    • Naruto later has to establish himself as a world power because he's so strong. The various nations know another war is coming and none of them are willing to leave such a powerful wildcard alone where he might become an enemy.
  • Having been sealed away as an infant, Naruto becomes completely loyal to the Nine-Tails in She Who Dwells in Eternity as she is literally the only person he's known his entire life.
    • After Kyuubi/Kurama and Naruto save Konoha by defeating Shukakku, Sarutobi initially plans to offer them a place in Konoha's ranks or make them leave the village as they can't afford non-affiliated fighters of their power within the village. But when he learns Kurama is the Kyuubi, he refuses to let them leave because bijuu are major war assets. Unfortunately for him and the council, they picked a fight with a vastly more powerful enemy in an enclosed space with no cover. Naruto and Kurama are the only ones to leave the room alive.
  • Of The River And The Sea: Being a Child Soldier outright fucks you up. Zabuza is definitely not neurotypical, and Ryuishi decided to destroy Kiri after witnessing the other trainees' murder, being flung into war as cannon fodder at seven years-old and coming back home to find her mother dead because of a brawl between shinobi whose participants weren't punished.
    • Ryuishi suffers from PTSD and trauma caused by her Self-Insert status: Orochimaru had to create psychiatric therapy to make her semi functional and she still needs medication. When Kisame decides to confiscate it because he thinks it's drugs keeping her compliant... the results aren't pretty.
    • When she tries to befriend Gaara, the kid starts mistrusting her because a stranger giving you free candy in the street is generally bad news. She assures him she means well by taking him to a public place where they are surrounded by people able to interfere if she tries anything wrong.
      • When he learns his beloved aneue is actually a missing-nin who burned her birth village before running away to create a world-wide economic empire and associate with a known criminal to found another ninja village, Gaara is understandably shaken and decides to take some time away from Ryuishi, wanting to be sure she didn't try to manipulate him.
    • When Chiyo learns some nice candy lady from a travelling caravan managed to befriend Gaara - Suna's Living Weapon and the Kazekage's youngest child - she immediately tells Raza to give the kid a reason to not turn against the Hidden Sand or the boy's loyalty will entirely lie with some outsider. However, she also knows Raza will never have his son's love after commanding his murder and instead pushes for letting him know his siblings better.
  • When fourteen retired shinobi try to assassinate Naruto in Naruto: The Game of Life, all of them have terrible stats despite being much higher level due to being over a decade out of practice.
    • As a jinchuuriki, Naruto is considered a military asset and trying to keep him weak is seen as sabotaging a military asset, which is a capital offense, earning the offenders life in prison.
    • In addition, trying to spread slander about someone will have its consequences, especially if said person has a close relationship with someone who has a powerful political seating, as the reason why the fourteen shibobi were even retired to begin with is because as Hokage, Sarutobi forced them to a few years prior to send a message to those who wrongly believe that Naruto is the Nine Tails.
  • Danzo in War of the Biju, on top of the body modifications he had in canon, has even more Hashirama DNA grafted into him (to the point that it makes almost 90% of his body), and a Rinnegan transplant. So, when he fights Sasuke, he should crush him like a bug, right? And indeed, the fight goes his way...at first. Then Sasuke gains the upper hand. Because, as Sasuke himself points out, no amount of body modifications is going to change the fact that Danzo is in his seventies and can't compete with somebody almost as strong who is in his prime. On top of that, Danzo isn't the original wielder of those Bloodline Limits, so he can't use them as good as the people who were born with them, and drain his power very quickly, contributing to Danzo getting exhausted even quicker.
  • Unlike most fictional portrayals of Albinos, in The Ghost and the Crow, Tobirama suffers from eye problems like extreme photo sensitivity and sunburns severely when he spends anytime in the sun and is socially ostracized by his mostly brunet and tanned clan for his appearance. Due to the medieval landscape of the Warring Clans Era, this forced Tobirama to be nocturnal for most of his childhood.
  • The banishment of Uzumaki Naruto tears apart the idea of the Council banishing Naruto due to the failure regarding the Sasuke Retrieval Mission in the most ridiculous manner.
    • Civil council already agreed on the decision with the approval of Tsunade's two advisers? The Damiyo's representative who is actually Yamato in disguise pretty much tells them towards the end of the chapter that they don't have that kind of power and disbands them, since they are trying to punish a genin for something stupid and suspects it will get worse if it isn't nipped in the bud. The representative of the Daimyo also informs the disbanded council that Konoha isn't a democracy, but a dictatorship. Therefore, they were attempting to abuse power they never really had in the first place and made it clear to Tsunade and the Clan heads that they were idiotic and way over their heads.
    • Naruto being mistreated by civilians and shop-owners? Tsunade orders the ANBU to track down the guilty parties when she hears of this and kick them out of the village with revoked licenses. When criticized for the decision, Tsunade declares she will not let civilians think they can abuse any ninja under her command.
    • The civilian council getting berserk over criticisms against Sasuke and deny that he is a traitor? Gai breaks it to them in a condescending way that Sasuke broke the law and used a jutsu meant for assassination against a comrade. In his own words, using assassination jutsu on a fellow ally is a criminal offense.
    • People keep on calling Naruto a demon? The ninja within the meeting keep killing them for breaking the law, even after it was pointed out that referring to Naruto as such in front of others in the know-how isn't exactly breaking the law. The remaining civilians shut up when it finally hits them that they are Tempting Fate with killers in the room.
      • Those who kill anyone that refer to Naruto as a demon are fined for the damages. Though it is a relatively small amount, much to the dismay of the civilian council.
    • Danzo's ROOT plans are also torn apart, especially when Tsunade informs him that private militia of any kind is illegal, as well as the kinds of experiments he was performing, since they aren't covered in Clan Laws.
    • It is revealed that Naruto told his friends about the Nine-Tails. Someone protests that he broke the law and is promptly silenced.
    • When the council informs others of the banishment plan, every ninja head withdraws their shinobi from active duty out of the concern and irritation that civilians believe that they could punish a ninja just for failing a mission.
    • Danzo tries to hold a civilian hostage, but none of the shinobi rise to the bait, considering the man's life not valuable to them due to his actions and status.
  • For My Brother has Hinata, Sasuke, and Naruto becoming pretty strong early on in canon, to the point where Sasuke learns Amateratsu while fighting Haku and Naruto utilizes the Kyubi's power without being overwhelmed. However, Adaptational Badass ends up frightening people and doubt over their overall mental health. Sasuke and Naruto are immediately dragged to T&I as soon as they return from the Wave mission for psychological evaluation, as they violently tore apart roughly 100 of Gato's men when they threatened Hinata.
    • Because Hinata is his first ever friend, and from a time when he was emotionally unstable, even after he learns she didn't really die, Sasuke can't help but be overprotective of her out of fear he'll lose her again.
  • In the fanfiction Sugar Plums the setting is the Land of Water and the village hidden in the mist, but unlike a lot of other fictions that make it seem like no one there cares for each other, the desperate situation brought about by the bloodline genocides and its severe isolation from the other nations actually pulls people together to work with each other, not against each other. The civilians of Kirigakure work hard to stay out of the way of shinobi and do weekly potlucks in times of hardship to make sure that everyone got fed. Merchants and people in power created systems to entice more aggressive agricultural practices because they could no longer import food because otherwise there would be mass famine. Orphanages work and search for children that would otherwise live on the streets and raise them in relative safety until age eight so they are at least semi educated and fed before they're sent to the ninja academy. Shinobi are trained in quantity over quality fashion because of the lack of blood limits meaning they rely more, not less on teamwork and getting attached is encouraged for the program. The only people who are truly alone are the crippled who are not taken in by orphanages or villages because they can't work for the community, but they band together on their own. Everyone is trying their hardest to pull through and survive, otherwise the country would have collapsed onto itself long ago.
  • Many Naruto fanfics that cover the Chunin Exams have Sasuke disqualified when he's late to his match against Gaara, particularly those with other kage than just the Hokage and Kazekage attending, usually due to one of the aforementioned kage both complaining about favoritism and citing that tardiness is deadly both on missions and in war.
  • In The Darkest Light, when the matron of Naruto's orphanage realizes she's going to be executed for functionally kicking him out, she sends her family into hiding so they won't be punished as well. After being arrested, the matron proudly walks to her execution until she realizes that her family was captured as well. Random civilians have no chance of eluding dedicated trackers, especially with only a few hours headstart and while carrying all their belongings.
  • In Sanitize, healing jutsu don't prevent infection as they simply speed the body's natural healing process. If someone heals a wound without first sanitizing it, they can die of infection anyway.
  • Sucker Bet
    • Jiraiya and Kakashi’s teaching methods towards Naruto are drastically deconstructed. Both have trickster mentor teaching styles, a habit of either telling Naruto that he needs to figure things out himself, or disregarding him when he doesn’t understand what’s being taught. Naruto later points out that it's circular reasoning and doesn’t aid him in learning. Also, neither are good at altering their explanations so that Naruto can understand them, especially given his background of being ostracized. Finally, on an unconscious level, both are unintentionally comparing Naruto to his parents, despite him knowing nothing about them.
    • Jiraiya’s exclusive harping on using the Nine-Tails' power in particular ends up causing Naruto’s individual skills to stagnate and discourages him, making the boy doubt his natural skills and self worth and believing his worth to only be thanks to the Nine-Tales. It gets so bad that he’s Driven to Suicide in the first chapter. (Thankfully, Gamakichi finds him in time to save his life). Naruto and Tsunade on multiple occasions afterward point out that without any real parental figures in his life, how exactly is Naruto supposed to recognize certain things due to his lack of social skills? In fact, Naruto points out that the toads had much better success in training him because they actually listen to him and have a more hands-on approach, rather than talking down to him.
    • Speaking of the Kyuubi, while Jiraiya knows about the Jinchuuriki, not being one himself means he doesn't know about the specifics of how they're able to access the beasts' power and function, (the biju are technically top secret war deterrents after all). As a result he mistakenly assumes that other Jinchuuriki can easily draw upon their power, which is how he attempted to train Naruto. Tsunade points out that in her own research, that the relationship is actually more symbiotic, (As explained by B and Gyuki in canon, Naruto needed to come to terms with Kurama if he wants to use the beast's powers). This resulted in Naruto's growth being stunted.
    • Kakashi meanwhile, fails largely in terms of favoring one student over his other two, (given how far Sasuke had advanced under his tutelage rather than Sakura and Naruto), not addressing their individual needs and issues, and also not being adaptable in teaching when his students don’t immediately understand him. Given these factors, Tsunade ultimately dissolves team 7 as it was, coming to the conclusion that the team was a train wreck waiting to happen due to massive personality contrasts at least, and that Sarutobi took the easy way out in regards to Naruto.
    • The toads and later Naruto give Jiraiya a massive calling out over his neglect in Naruto’s teachings and upbringing given he was the boy's godfather. They point out that he could have easily contacted Naruto or at least told him of his heritage far earlier than he actually learned of them, and if he couldn't, then he should have made arrangements for somebody else to do so.
    • Fukasaku also takes the time to correct a lot of Naruto‘s lack of social skills and self awareness before he trains him further and reveals his parentage to him. The elder toad makes it clear to him that the neglect and abuse done to him by the villagers and his teammates was never acceptable, its alright to be angry so long as it doesn’t cloud one’s judgement, and encourages Naruto to hold people accountable for their actions, (especially Sasuke). He fully informs him of the Hokage’s more realistic duties as well. In short they help regulate and balance the boy’s idealism, rather than suppress or destroy it, give him a much-needed sense of confidence, and help him distinguish between positive and toxic relationships.
    • The toads, working in tandem with Tsunade, refuse to reveal Naruto's survival to Jiraiya and Kakashi right away until after they've trained him for the time skip. They realize that given Naruto's tendency to be too forgiving, it will only result in his teachers perpetuating the neglectful cycle, and they need to realize how serious their treatment of him was.
    • The toads’ chosen one prophecy is also handed more realistically. While the toads do believe in it and that Naruto is the one it refers to, Fukasaku refuses to divulge it to Naruto right away, as he correctly realizes that all it would do is place added stress onto the boy, and that Naruto foremost is a person, not a tool to fulfill it. When an outside party reveals it anyway, Fukasaku makes sure to take the time to discuss it with Naruto and calm him down, making it clear that he has a choice in adhering to it or not.
    • Easily Forgiven is not applicable. Naruto calls out his teachers and the villagers for their treatment of him, knowing his heritage and never telling him. When the older generation offer to tell him about his parents he refuses, pointing out that he’s not going to be used to relieve their guilt.
    • Naruto also rebuffs Jiraiya’s multiple attempts at penance, and is quite bitter towards him, correctly pointing out that Jiraiya has never truly been honest with him, or been hypocritical in raising Nagato and two other students but putting him on the back burner. Naruto has an easier time with Kakashi though, as the man outright admits to his mistakes and backs off, showing respect, but Naruto doesn't see him as his teacher anymore. He also accepts that Sasuke made his own choices and must face the ramifications.
    • Tsunade points out that Jiraiya’s Bunny-Ears Lawyer eccentricities don’t give confidence to those under his leadership if they’re unfamiliar with him like she is, or easily impressionable like Naruto was as a child. As a result, several of Jiraiya’s assigned troops openly disrespect him when they don’t see results, or interpret his activities as being wasteful or non- conductive towards missions.
    • Shortly after the time skip begins, Tsunade immediately orders the village’s forces to get in shape and prepare for war. Unlike in canon, where they were largely caught off guard and fighting reactive battles against the Akatsuki, she refuses to let themselves get caught unawares, and has them utilize the two years to bring them up to fighting shape. As a result, several tough battles in canon go by much easier.
    • Tobi finds out the hard way that regardless of his phasing ability, Sharingan, or Mokuton, he can still be taken out if he’s off guard and his opponent isn’t interested in messing around. Naruto speed blitzes him and simultaneously impales and shreds him with a Kyuubi-powered Rasengan, killing him.
    • Sakura’s different feelings for Sasuke and treatment of Naruto are deconstructed. She gets a brutal dressing down from Tsunade for the former, pointing that she was willing to give up everything for what was essentially a completely unjustified crush and unfairly putting all of the weight and projecting her insecurities onto Naruto. In regards to the latter, Sakura is caught completely flat-footed when Naruto stops taking her Tsundere crap and fights back. Tsunade orders the girl to attend counseling before she can be considered fit for duty and interact with her and fellow shinobi.
    • When Team 7 attempts to reclaim Sasuke, Sakura takes advantage of the fact that Sharinagan or not, Sasuke needs to breathe, and quickly renders him unconscious with a knockout gas when he gets close enough to attack her. Naruto also refuses to either defend Sasuke or use his standing with Tsunade to ease his sentence, and the Uchiha ends up imprisoned and chakra sealed, with a potential execution in the future.
    • Naruto gently rejects Hinata’s affections when its’ pointed out to him that she loves him. Due to his background growing up, and his newfound character development, he says he needs time before he can understand, never mind commit to any relationship. However, he still cares for her as a friend and is open to the idea when he figures things out. Similarly, Naruto has to review all of this connections, as prior, most were born out of his loneliness growing up, rather than being genuine.
    • Sarutobi never dealt with Danzo in canon. Tsunade however, comes to a compromise with him. She realizes that she will need all assets for the battles in the future, and allows him to train Naruto under close supervision. She does, however, let Danzo know that she's well aware of his covert activities, and that if Naruto ever starts spouting or acting on any of his Root ideology, he (Danzo) will be executed immediately.
    • During a meeting with the clan heads and prominent civilians, Tsunade calls out the civilians for their treatment of Naruto, saying that they don't have a right to be experts on ninja affairs when it suits their needs. In addition, not only does she lift the ban about talking about Naruto's Jinchuuriki status, she also warns those in the meeting that she will not tolerate the spread of any misinformation about Naruto by threatening execution.
  • God of Illusion, Host of the Devil's Arm deconstructs the idea of The Unfavorite. While Naruto's parents paid far less attention to him than his sister, it was because she was seen as a needy child - when in reality, she was a spoiled brat that loved to take credit for things Naruto did/blame him for things he didn't do - while he was seen as unusually independent and quiet - a combined result of his sister's neediness, tendency to scapegoat him and lack of friends.
    • When an accident with the seals around their home mangles Naruto's arm, Minato and Kushina don't find out for hours because they were out of the house and the alert Minato got was the sealing equivalent of a check engine light; something might be wrong and he'll need to spend hours looking over it. By the time they return home, they find a barely conscious Naruto outside in the cold, bleeding profusely.
    • Naruto developed a genjutsu that essentially allowed him to be ignored by others to the point where no one caught in the jutsu would even think about him. Because neither of his parents knew about this, it makes them look a lot worse to the likes of Tsunade, who considers them to be even worse parents than expected.
    • Naruto's sister might have successfully isolated him from other peers to the extent of giving him the same reputation that he had at the start of canon, albeit a false one but she is still a child and ends up exposing herself as the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing that she truly is when she refers to a drawing she claimed to made as Naruto's. This ends up opening a whole can of worms and exposing not only herself for her actions, but also the behavior of her peers who went out of their way to bully and scapegoat Naruto under her encouragement. And because Kushina and Minato had always taken her side of the story over Naruto's...
  • The civilian members of the council in A Political Perspective have no authority at all over shinobi, even though they believe otherwise. It causes something of a political headache when they try to order Kakashi to pass Team 7 (because of Sasuke) and the team legitimately passes, as it reinforces their beliefs that they can order around Konoha ninja.
    • As Naruto guessed, there is a standing order for him to be killed if the Kyuubi ever takes over completely. Though it will revive in a few years, it's still better than the alternative.
    • That Naruto knows Sarutobi is withholding information on his parentage causes Naruto to lose trust in the man, especially since the requirement for Naruto to learn said parentage is a rather vague "proving he can be trusted with the information".
    • Sasuke isn't actually foolish enough to believe he can fight an older more experienced ninja on his own. Claiming he was going to was actually his way to motivate Naruto and Sakura to face said enemy with him, because he thought it was one of Kakashi's tests.
    • Sakura is worried that her parents will try to pull her from the shinobi program if they learn about the Rugged Scar over her eye she received during training. When the two find out, they're actually very understanding, despite being civilians. They confess to Sakura and her teammates that they'd debated for days whether or not to let Sakura enroll in the academy since they knew becoming a ninja involves a mandatory five years of service. Since the scar hasn't damaged her vision at all, they can accept it after a brief period of shock.
  • In Uzumaki and Uchiha, Sasuke explains to Naruto that contrary to popular belief, the Uchiha clan library doesn't contain rare and powerful jutsu since every Uchiha can memorize every Jutsu they've ever seen. The library is actually filled with clan records, genealogy charts, ancestral journals, and books on just about everything under the sun.
  • Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto
    • After Kurenai abandons her team to deal with Yakumo, they refuse to take her back and are outraged when she tries to convince their new sensei to turn them over to her, regardless of how sincere she is in her apology. Asuma lampshades that in order to earn someone's forgiveness, they first have to want to forgive you.
    • Naruto might be sneaky about his various crimes but both the Hokage and council know far more about his misdeeds than he realizes. He's cunning but they've been ninja decades longer than he's been alive.
    • The Council is actually not trying to keep Naruto weak, citing that the very idea of keeping a jinchuuriki weak makes as little sense as keeping a sword dulled and chipped.
    • After Kiba's suicide, Naruto advises Hinata to let go of her anger at her teammate, citing that holding onto it is unhealthy. When Hinata retorts that Naruto hasn't let go of his anger, he replies that's why he knows how unhealthy it is.
    • Naruto and Kyuubi note that while all of the Konoha 12 either have ideal abilities for cheating on a written exam or teammates who can pass on the information, the Chunin Exam proctors will notice each one because they're hardly subtle to fellow ninja. They're simply being ignored due to politics.
    • Kushina trained her triplets with the sole goal of killing Naruto to free him from the Nine Tails' graspnote . Because her children have dedicated their entire lives to Naruto's death, they struggle to keep from attacking whenever he's nearby, regardless of the consequences.
  • In most fics, Hinata stalking Naruto is considered harmless and rather sweet and mostly swept under the rug. Naruto the REAL Fifth Hokage, however, has Naruto seriously creeped out when he found out that Hinata had been stalking him.
  • When Iruka finds out that Naruto has been hiding his abilities from everyone like a "true" ninja should in The Art and Science, he berates his student and explains that he should hide his abilities from enemies and potential enemies, not his teachers; They need to know what Naruto is fully capable of so that they can properly evaluate him and help him reach his full potential.
  • Am I worthy to love you?
    • When Sakura snaps and hits Naruto for what he did during the Sasuke Retrieval Mission note , Naruto not only snaps back, but also harshly rebukes her for her action as he explained that he had no choice BUT to use force in order to bring Sasuke back, as he refuses to listen to reason.
    • In addition, Sakura’s history of abusing Naruto and her fan girl traits have caught up to her, as she became a pariah among the Konoha 11 since they rightly see such behavior as disgusting.
    • When informed that Sasuke escaped prison note , Tsunade immediately requests to have his information to be placed in the bingo books and has him classified as an S-Rank Criminal. In addition, she sends out hunter nins and gives them permission to kill him.
    • In addition, the fic mentions that Sasuke’s reputation started to plummet after the Retrieval Mission, especially among Konoha’s shinobi population, as they were appalled by his willingness to join Orochimaru, a known traitor who invaded their home and indirectly killed the Third Hokage.
  • Legend of the Blind Ninja
    • When informed that the matron of the orphanage assaulted and blinded Naruto, Hiruzen immediately has her executed.
    • When Iruka learns about how a few Academy teachers plan on hindering Naruto's education, he immediately reported it to Hiruzen, which resulted in said teachers being fired.
    • While Naruto may be able to skip classes on account of being an orphan who knows the Shadow Clone Jutsu, his friends (Shikamaru, Choji, and Hinata) don’t have such luxury.
    • Naruto himself acknowledges during the Wave Mission that Team 7 is no match for Zabuza, as they’re recently graduated Genin with no real life experiences while he’s been in the game for over a decade. He also acknowledges that the fact that he and Sasuke managed to free Kakashi from the Water Prison Jutsu was based on luck and believed that they won’t be able to do it again.
      • He would later show similar sentiments when he and Hinata run into Kisame and Itachi, though here he created a diversion and the pair attempted to flee and find Jiraiya, a Shinobi who could actually compete against them due to having more experience and a better battle prowess.
    • While he ultimately forgives him for not being involved in his development, Naruto did not take the news that Jiraiya is his godfather well.
    • Kurotsuchi reveals Naruto's lineage to the general public in chapter 10. However, the thing is, not only is this information classified, but she is also not in the small group of people who knew about it and is a foreigner by Konoha standards. So, a punishment has to be carried out. But, Naruto notes that while executing her is tempting, such an act is unlikely to happen due to her being the granddaughter of Onoki, the sitting Tsuchikage. A notes that Onoki would declare war on Konoha if she is. Chapter 13 reveals that Hiruzen simply had her locked up.
    • As Hiruzen notes in chapter 10, Naruto has issues trusting the Konoha villagers due to being harassed by them throughout his life.
  • Because I Love You
    • Unlike in canon, when Naruto learns about Sasuke's assault and kidnapping of Killer B, he accepts the decision of making him an international criminal and went as far as to make a compromise with A in regards to the handling of Sasuke's trial and punishment in the event he's captured alive.
    • Sakura's obsession with Sasuke is treated very seriously. When realizing that she won't listen to reason when he explained what Sasuke did is wrong, Naruto had her go through therapy with a Yamanaka under the recommendation of the Cat ANBU.
    • When deciding on who will lead the Shinobi's Alliance, Naruto declines the position, citing that his lack of leadership skills makes him unsuitable for such a task, especially since his ascension to Hokage was very very recent.
  • In Our Idiot, when Naruto learns that Jiraiya is his godfather, he gets angry towards him, since from his point of view, Jiraiya willingly abandoned him and didn't care about how he was mistreated by most of the villagers.
  • In The Talk After Graduating, after learning about Naruto's negative opinions about Sasuke and Sakura, Hiruzen decided to put him in Team Kurenai with Hinata and Shino, since if Naruto is put in Team Kakashi with Sasuke and Sakura, the team would be dysfunctional.
  • The Honoured Guest
    • Jiraiya here takes his status as Naruto's godfather more seriously than in canon, as he's been regularly contacting the boy and has been training him whenever he's in town since he (Naruto) was 5. Not only that, but Jiraiya also puts in the effort of treating Naruto as a human being and as the Kyūbi’s prisoner instead of the beast itself.
    • When Sasuke tried to attack Naruto, Naruto chose to fight back out of self-defence. While admitting it’s lenient all things considered, Kakashi punishes Sasuke in the following chapter by restricting him to do D-Rank missions only and excluding him from any form of promotion for the foreseeable future since he tried to assault a fellow Konoha nin, who also happens to be his superior in terms of rank.
  • The Hat Hangs Heavy:
    • The civilian council and Jiraiya understandingly express concern over Danzō nominating Naruto to be the Fifth Hokage, with Jiraiya and two civilians saying that his Jinchuriki status notwithstanding, Naruto is both too young and inexperienced for the position.
    • Because Tsunade isn't cured of her hemophobia before returning to Konoha, she freezes up during her operation on Rock Lee when a cut opens up. As a result, Rock Lee dies.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • The fic’s premise is a result of this. Unlike in canon, when Jiraiya learns about Naruto becoming an orphan and the new Kyūbi Jinchūriki, he takes his status as the boy's godfather very seriously, knowing that he won't be accepted and loved by most of Konoha and will be isolated if word about his status as the Jinchūriki of the Kyūbi gets out.
    • Unlike how it's done in canon, if a person wants an eye transplant, then they need actual medical professionals in order for the process to be done safely.
    • In the manga, the fact that only 33% of Academy graduates pass the True Genin Test is used to show that being a ninja is serious business. This fic, however, explores a consequence of this unaddressed in canon: the fact that, if less than half of the graduates pass the test, that means that the Academy is doing a very poor job training them, and more than half of its budget and resources are being wasted training kids that will never become ninjas. That's why one of the first things the Fifth Hokage does is to change the Academy Curriculum and increases its standards so every Academy graduate passes the True Test and becomes a Genin.
    • When Kiri and Konoha began forming an alliance, Rasa, as the leader of Konoha’s biggest ally by that point, didn't simply sit back and allowed it happen, since as it turns out, there is some bad blood between Kiri and Suna that hasn’t been settled. As a result, the finalized version of the alliance is one where everyone involved is happy, instead of just Kiri and Konoha, and it takes months to sort out the finer details of the treaty.
    • In Chapter 89, Kakashi addresses that even a great ninja might not be the best person suited to lead a team. Minato was so skilled that he could solo entire groups of enemies, but his students couldn't do that. Adding to that, he sent them to do dangerous missions on their own without being prepared, while Kakashi and Obito had loads of personal issues that disrupted the team's dynamic. Kakashi acknowledges that Minato not noticing these details ultimately caused their team to fall apart, and resolves to be a better teacher to his own team so that doesn't happen to them.
    • This fic averts the There Are No Therapists trope, as unlike in canon, Tsunade consults an actual therapist in order to overcome her hemophobia and to help her move on from the deaths of Nawaki and Dan.
    • During the Kage Summit, Rasa points out that several of the jinchuriki who were captured by Akatsuki left their villages, due to being treated as living weapons with little incentive to stay loyal. This left them as easier prey for Akatsuki as they couldn't be easily tracked or protected.
    • Not even a Manipulative Bastard like Orochimaru is able to keep his followers loyal forever if they see his true colors, like Hebiko did, and she managed to drag a large group of Otogakure ninjas who share similar sentiments with her.
  • When Nagato transplanted his Rinnegan into Naruto's body in Konoha's Rikudo Sennin, the process was revealed to not have been perfect as neither he nor Konan had any proper knowledge on eye transplant and surgery. As a result, Hiruzen had a professional to make sure that Naruto’s body has adjusted to the transplant properly when he have caught wind of the act. In addition, he had Hiashi look after Naruto since he feared that foreign powers would try to kidnap him considering that he has the same eyes that belonged to the Sage of Six Paths. Because of politics, the Uchiha Clan weren't a suitable candidate and Hiruzen didn't trust Danzo to look after Naruto.
  • Naruto Myoushuuno Fuuin:
    • Sarutobi allowing Naruto to live on his own without any minders when he was young results in the boy disappearing for months without anyone the wiser.
    • The Chunin Exams are filled with infiltrators and Konoha has to play a delicate balancing act on how many they weed out or expose. Not only can said infiltrators be replaced by more they don't know about, weeding out too many or too few could result in their enemies severely overestimating or underestimating Konoha's spy division, both of which can be dangerous.
    • Withholding all knowledge of Naruto's parentage causes the boy, who grew up in the red light district, to assume he's the son of a whore and one of her clients.
  • Similar to Son of the Sannin, Dauntless recognizes that the current system used by Konoha's Ninja Academy does not produce high quality shinobi, which is especially hindering towards those who aren’t a part of ninja Clan with Hiden Jutsu or some legacy. As such, Hiruzen implements a system where every graduating Genin is battlefield ready and is able to serve some purpose on the field or is able to contribute to the shinobi population.
  • It's mentioned in Rise of Uzumaki that each of the various countries have their own currency. When Naruto returns from his training trip, his wallet is full of several different currencies and he notes he'll have to hit the exchange office later as most of it is no good in the Fire Country.
  • The Last Prayer:
    • After Kurenai drunkenly attacks Naruto due to a number of factors (only one or two of which involved him), the boy refuses to keep helping her with Hinata even after she apologizes. When she tries to guilt him over how much their sessions have helped Hinata's confidence, Naruto basically tells her that it's too bad for Hinata but it's really not his problem and Kurenai should've thought of that before she assaulted him.
    • As the son of the current and longest reigning Hokage, Asuma is very politically important and ends up facing the possibility of getting married to the Daimyo's daughter to foster better relations between Konoha and the Land of Fire's government, rather than being allowed to continue his relationship with Kurenai.
      • While Asuma doesn't marry the Daimyo's daughter, his extremely impersonal treatment of Kurenai during the princess's visit causes her to break things off with him, even if she knows why he did so.
    • Even though Rasa is Spared by the Adaptation, the invasion still occurs as he had willingly allied with Orochimaru to destroy Konoha to insure Suna's prosperity.
    • Multiple factions want Naruto to join them but have all realized that he's too physically powerful, and potentially politically important, to force so they have to find a way to coerce him into willingly defecting from Konoha.
    • Though Haku and Kabuto genuinely love each other, the fact they're on opposite sides of the invasion drives them apart. While Orochimaru would welcome Naruto and Haku with open arms, Naruto refuses to defect from Konoha and Haku refuses to consider turning against Naruto.
    • After the invasion's beaten, Naruto learns from Jiraiya that they're both facing charges for treason. While Naruto's shocked and horrified, Jiraiya calmly notes they did knowingly conceal evidence of a significant threat to the village. Fortunately, Naruto's let off with a slap on the wristnote .
  • In Minimum Requirement, a pair of Ninjas assigned to babysit an infant Naruto sign him up for the Ninja Academy after seeing that it doesn't have a minimum age requirement to hopefully get out of babysitting him without disappointing the Hokage and/or getting into trouble. Naturally, they do get in trouble and they, alongside the Academy Instructor who allowed it, are reassigned to permanent latrine duty. While what they did wasn't against the law, it was a violation of common freakin' sense.
  • In No Way In Hell, Sasuke manages to figure out that Naruto is the son of the 4th Hokage (though he's in denial about it). When he asks a room full of people if Naruto looks like the 4th Hokage, the many people there manage to connect the dots due to the Strong Family Resemblance. Sasuke naturally gets in trouble for outing an S-rank secret.
  • After Tenzou replaces Kakashi as Team 7's Jounin Instructor in Sage of the Leaf, he tries to teach with gentleness and support. While this works wonders with Naruto, it doesn't work so well with Sasuke and Sakura. After seeing how the latter two failed to understand that they weren't ready for the Chunin Exams (something Naruto actually foresaw, ironically enough), Tenzou is forced to give up on the gentle method and has to transform into a Stern Teacher to properly instruct his other two students.
  • Shadow Play:
    • The Self-Insert (who's inhabiting Shikamaru's body) gets a nasty reminder that ninja are mercenaries first and foremost. His team is hired by a noble to escort his daughter to the capital where she'll be sold off to the daimyo as a concubine. Said daughter is obviously upset by the idea and is in love with one of her father's guards. When the guard and his friends try to rescue her, Team 10 is ordered to kill the guards by their client and backed up by Asuma, who thinks it'd be a good way to get their first human kills.
    • The nobleman's daughter later kills herself shortly after she's brought to the capital, and Team 10 is forced to leave quickly so the whole affair can be covered up. Shikamaru snarks about how obvious such an event was, especially since the daughter had witnessed her lover's death mere hours ago.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion 
  • Neon Metathesis Evangelion:
    • The Values Dissonance between Japanese and European/Western society is not ignored, and Asuka hits this hard. Frequently, and this affects her relationship with everyone and everything around her.
    • What exactly happens when the The Stations of the Canon are swapped around? Short answer: Good and bad things. Good example: Toji survives the Bardiel attack and still a Pilot to help out. Bad example: Shinji suffering from Arael's assault instead of Asuka and having less success against the Angels compared to canon.
    • When presented with the nude sync test, all of the pilots outright refuse to participate, citing that they're being publicly shamed for functionally no reason, especially as the plug suits were already designed to be optimal for synchronizing with the Evas. Ritsuko's attempt to force the issue makes things worse, such as bringing up Toji's little sister's medical treatment being contingent on his cooperation. Everyone present, both pilots and technicians, are disgusted with Ritsuko basically threatening to kill a little girl because a group of teenagers refuse to get naked for her.
  • Better Luck Next Time takes the Peggy Sue concept of Shinji going back in time and has it tragically crushed to pieces. Because Shinji never bothered trying to remain consistent with his original personality (smartmouthing Gendo, having a high sync ratio with the EVA, reaching out to Rei and Asuka, turning NERV employees against Gendo, etc.), Gendo quickly puts two and two together that Shinji was from the future and easily tears apart his plans, imprisons Shinji and Asuka (who is drugged and used for blackmail just in case), replaces Rei with a clone, and kills Misato, Kaji, and Kaworu. As Gendo essentially puts it, acting as a Peggy Sue doesn't really work "outside of a children's manga".
  • Mobile Fighter Evangelion has a few moments of this in an otherwise Crazy Is Cool world:
    • What happens when the world is informed of a closer truth to what happened in Antarctica along with the existence of the Angels 14 years prior to the story's beginning? Apocalyptic cults obsessed with the Angels are formed and fanatics attempt to subvert the efforts of the Pilots in their goal to destroy the Angels. One attempt included sabotaging the cable keeping Kaworu from falling into the lava in Mount Asama.
    • So, what exactly does Gendo do regarding the Jet Alone project? Does he sabotage their efforts? Nope. He just hires the Pilots of the Jet Alone fighters when they prove their worth in the demonstration, recruiting them into the Angel War without letting them run loose.
    • Shinji and Gendo may have a more positive relationship compared to canon, but Gendo's role as Commander of NERV prevents him from spending much time with his son. But at least they can converse on the phone.
    • After Yui's absorption into Unit 01, Gendo resorts to drinking and working to deal with the grief, neglecting Shinji as a result. He tries to balance being a father and working, but is unable to do so single-handedly, and so, he sends Shinji to live with his aunt and uncle when he was six. As Crazy Is Cool he may be, Gendo can't do it all.
    • Gendo Ikari is an Adaptational Badass, Magnificent Bastard, Adaptational Nice Guy and people actually believe In-Universe that he's Crazy Is Cool. Doesn't save him one bit once the proof of the various bad things he did for the sake of keeping humanity safe come to light, and one of the biggest reasons the story ends with a Bittersweet Ending is because he's sentenced to exile by the United Nations.
  • Going Another Way has this happen throughout to deconstruct certain aspects of the original canon. It's got it's own page.
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    OK KO! Let's Be Heroes 
  • Unlike the episode of "Let's Get Shadowy", where Foxtail simply has a comical Big "WHAT?!" reaction upon hearing K.O. tell her that Professor Venomous is his father, Father-Son Bonding she stops K.O. from leaving P.O.I.N.T. academy and (gently) demands answers. Cue K.O. informing her and Elodie clarifying that Laserblast is alive and became Professor Venomous and Foxtail undergoing a slight Heroic BSoD upon hearing that her former teammate was alive all along and realizes that she was mad at Mr. Gar/El Bow for nothing.
    • In a heartbreaking twist, K.O. doesn't simply let the revelation slide and truly resents that his own father abandoned him and his mother and became a villain.

    One Piece 
  • In Marie D. Suesse and the Mystery New Pirate Age! the eponymous character ends up in quite a bit of trouble, looking exactly like the Queen of the Pirates and lacking any significant combat abilities.
  • In Our Mrs. Monkey, the crew first try to hide that Nami and Luffy are having sex from Chopper then awkwardly try to give him The Talk. Once he realizes what they're talking about, Chopper irritably reminds them that he's a doctor; he already knows all about sex.
  • This Bites! shows how fragile an ordinary human would be in a World of Badass like One Piece. Nami's Megaton Punch that most would just shrug off knocks Cross out for several minutes. Fortunately, he later gets vitamins that make him far tougher but he's still only about Mook level physically.
    • Becoming a shipgirl gives Merry a chance to heal from her life threatening injuries, but now she's a little girl with life threatening injuries.
    • Cross has begun forgetting details of the manga since it's been over half a year since he read any of them.
  • Unlike canon, Sanji and Gin part on rather poor terms in Supernova (One Piece) as regardless of his intentions, Gin still nearly got the Baratie stolen by Don Krieg and put a gun to Zeff's head.
    • Despite learning the basics of Rokushiki, Zoro does as poorly against Mihawk as he does in canon as the difference in skill in power is far too great. Mihawk also easily No Sells Luffy's attack since, powerful logia or not, Luffy is still a rookie attacking a New World veteran.
  • In Twelve Red Lines, Lisa uses mind control paintings because she cannot punch her enemies into submission, being a tiny twelve years-old.
    • Jones' self-esteem and depression problems doesn't vanish after meeting the Straw Hat pirates, and they have to reassure her she's their friend and a treasured crewmate.
    • Luffy is forced to realize Grand Line is dangerous when Jones is critically hurt while protecting Vivi. It makes him reluctant to accept Lisa in his crew, since she's twelve years old and not very physically fit, meaning she would be quite vulnerable in a fight.
  • Watashitachi Wa Roger Kaizoku Desu We Still Stand Proud:
    • Shanks and Buggy are both deeply traumatized from both their time as Roger Pirates and the few years afterwards. Not only were they dragged into a war at ten years old, they were abandoned in the New World by their comrades after Roger died, leaving them to fend for themselves against all the various enemies Roger made. In the end, Buggy has been left deeply paranoid and comes across as cowardly out of a refusal to punch above a certain weight class, while Shanks hasn't been fully sober in twenty years.
    • The above combined with the fact the other former Roger Pirates hid that Roger had a son has left both Shanks and Buggy extremely bitter towards their former crew. Buggy more so than Shanks as he was locked in Impel Down for months without anyone even trying to help him but they all rallied to save Ace, whom most of them had never met.
    • Every actual doctor is outraged by Ivankov's usage of his Devil Fruit, citing that he has one of the Devil Fruits with the most possible medical uses but mostly uses it to give people unwanted sex changes and gender dysphoria. Furthermore, his "miracle cure" is more likely to kill a person than not as he has no medical training and is simply injecting a person with a mass of hormones with no idea of what he's actually doing.

    Onward (2020) 
  • Brother's Intuition features a bunch of realistic events ensuing on the Lightfoot family.
    • Since Ian has always been a responsible kid, both Laurel and Barley are deeply concerned when he starts coming home late and ignoring his phone, with Laurel ultimately grounding her younger son.
    • Since Ian has always been a bad liar, Barley has picked up a sense for when he's lying that Ian's newfound (and worrisome) lying skills can't completely fool.
    • Though Barley is worried about Ian's strange behavior, he listens to his mother's warnings not to press his younger brother. However, when he stumbles across Ian trying to cover a bruise with their mother's foundation and his brother claims it's just from a fall on the bus, Barley decides that he's going to Ian's school to find out what's going on.
    • While the movie's ending had Ian's classmates thinking his magic is cool, not everyone agrees with them and those who fear magic and don't want things to change direct their anger at Ian.
    • Ian may be able to hold his own with his brother in a play fight but that doesn't mean he won't have trouble with fighting others, especially when he's outnumbered.
    • Ian's bullies have no fear of roughing him up since A) Ian is a skinny kid who doesn't have a ton of physical fighting skills and B) he's deliberately avoiding using magic to defend himself since he wants to prove magic is a good thing, not a weapon. However, when Barley shows up and threatens them with Ian's staff, the bullies quickly loses courage because not only is Barley a lot more physically intimidating but given that he's in full protective brother mode, the bullies are quick to assume he'll blast them and run off.
    • Ian has a breakdown over Barley's rescue apparently proving the bullies' claims that he can't do anything without magic or his brother right; just because the events of the movie gave him confidence, it doesn't change the fact the Ian has spent a while with confidence issues, which don't go away easily.
    • Since Barley got video footage of Ian's bullies beating him, Bronco is able to prosecute them with relative ease.
  • Magic Always Has Consequences likewise shows a realistic possible post-movie scenario, centered around Ian's magic getting him kidnapped
    • While Ian is more confident, he's still an introvert and all the attention, both positive and negative, he's getting after the epic quest isn't appreciated. Even the extroverted Barley doesn't appreciate those who don't see him as a person.
    • When a shoulder grab by Barley results in Ian gasping in pain, Barley shoots down Ian's claim that it's from playing baseball since he knows Ian hates baseball and insists on helping Ian patch himself up.
    • While Ian coming home late isn't a cause for immediate panic here as he sometimes forgets to call, by the time 8:00, 4 hours after school lets out, rolls around, both Laurel and Barley are worried and on edge, especially with the media firestorm surrounding Ian and magic, and Laurel calls Bronco, who sends over squad cars to help search.
    • When Ian went to his science teacher about a classmate assaulting him, she went to the principal, who saw that it would no longer be a problem.
    • Getting pushed and locked inside a van and being outnumbered and out-sized means that Ian is quickly Bound and Gagged by his kidnappers and with no watch or light and a mess of adrenaline in his system, Ian quickly loses track of time.
    • CAM, Creatures Against Magic, center their anger on Ian, the first person to start using magic again and have no issue whatsoever threatening and torturing him to try to get their way.
    • Searching Willowdale College doesn't go well for several reasons. 1) It's closed so there was no one on-campus to see if anyone snuck on-grounds. 2) It's enormous, meaning it's going to take a long time to search everywhere. 3) Just because the kidnappers used the college's stationary, it's not a sign that they're hiding at the college as the businesses of Willowdale are encouraged to use the stationary for promotional reasons, meaning that pretty much every business has some of the stationary. And indeed, even after 4 days of searching, Ian is still missing and Barley and Laurel finding his kidnappers was pure luck.
    • After 4 days of being bound, denied food and water, put through a hot-box treatment and savagely beaten, Ian is too weak to move even after he's untied and certainly isn't lucid enough to speak. It's only instinct that allows him to catch and use his staff when Barley throws it to him and the act of casting the spell knocks him out completely.
    • Due to the severity of his injuries, Ian is in enough pain to still be shaking even while unconscious and remains unconscious for a full day and in the hospital for a week. And even after he wakes up, it takes a while before he realizes he's safe and a good while after that before he's recovered enough to talk period let alone about what happened to him and he still breaks down while relating it.
    • The story ends on a realistic bittersweet note. While Ian will never be the same person he was before his kidnapping and his recovery continues long after he leaves the hospital, Barley will be there every step of the way and so will Laurel and Bronco.

    Ouran High School Host Club 
  • In It's a Wonderfully Splendid Magnificent Life, while Tamaki is viewing his life if he'd never left France, what finally convinces him to keep things the way they are is seeing him and his mother living in poverty, with him struggling to pay her expenses. What really makes this a Reality Ensues moment is that being together as mother and son does not make up for this for either of them, in stark contrast to many works that would indicate that being together as a family is most important.
  • I Think We'll Be Okay:
    • Kosuke Nakahara, the protagonist of the story, begins as an immature junk food addict so lazy that her first scene is her collapsing after walking fifteen steps in PE. At first it is Played for Laughs, but there are consequences for being so unmotivated for anything. Lack of participation means she's basically failing PE and she misses out on potential college scholarships because she couldn't be bothered to re-write the essays. Her parents are incredibly concerned for her future, especially when she's about to become an independent adult. Her lack of effort into her and her boyfriend's relationship makes him feel like he's pulling all the weight, and although it is delayed due to her parents' deaths, he eventually breaks up with her because of it.
    • Having to step up as the sole caretaker of her two younger siblings is incredibly difficult for Kosuke. Children are not perfect little angels, and although Kosuke loves them to death, she has to deal with their fussiness and tantrums. Kosuke already has to take care of the house and their financial problems, but she also has to keep an eye on them at all times. Her plans of going to college are cancelled because of it, and the best-paying job she can get is a cashier at a local store. Until the children are at least old enough to not need constant care, Kosuke will be unable to get a degree for a higher-paying job, which will only hurt their frozen income more.

    The Owl House 
  • In Home, Eda and the rest of Luz's friends from the Boiling Isles decide to try and get Luz back from the human world by disguising themselves as humans and tricking Luz's mother Camilia into letting her daughter transfer to Hexside. Despite their best efforts, however, Luz's friends know next to nothing about the human world and their attempts at masquerading themselves are comical at best; Camilia wasn't fooled for a second (though she doesn't learn she was dealing with witches until the end of her P.O.V chapter), but decided to play along because she saw how much Luz cared for these people.
  • The biological and cultural differences between humans and witches, usually just jokes, take central stage in Not Human (Or anything remotely similar) repeatably catching characters off guard. This ranges from human callouses (which the use of magic means rarely form for witches) to the mentioned 'baby fangs' of Gus (witches have sharper fangs than humans do at maturity they use to threaten others with and thus rarely show their teeth).
  • In Locked Out
    • Amity gets stuck in the human world with Luz. Having no experience with how the human world operates, Amity almost immediately walks into traffic and would've been hit by a car if Luz didn't pull her out of the way at the last second.
    • As part of her need to give herself a cover story in the human world Amity gets her siblings to help create a faux-disownment by her parents using illusion magic to affect their voices. Amity requests they do this, Luz knows this, and the twins know that it isn't real. All of them are still shaken for the required ruse to a point Luz is angry at the twins for what they said as part of the disguise, Amity is still genuinely hurt, and the twins feel like garbage for ever having to pretend to mean such things in the first place.
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    Percy Jackson And the Olympians 
  • In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians fanfic Broken Bow, the main character, Armani, points out why the Hunters of Artemis have a perfect record beating the demigods of Camp Half-Blood in Capture the Flag - the Hunters are all immortal and typically have centuries of experience in battle, are often tracking monsters through forests and at night (Capture the Flag usually takes place around nighttime in a forest by the camp), they have the blessing of Artemis making them stronger and faster, and they play to their strengths by focusing on slipping through the lines of the campers and capturing their flag as fast as possible. And as he also points out, this is their only viable strategy most of the time, since the campers often greatly outnumber the Hunters, and a direct contest would likely end with them losing.
  • The Varangian Guard:
    • Asgard doesn't even bother with training or protecting their demigod scions, only caring about that when they die in a blaze of glory and ascend to Valhalla. As a result, several of them were so desperate to survive they joined other pantheons.
    • Letting a Norse demigod being assimilated by a Greek camp triggers a political and juridisctional minefield — Asgard is blatantly unhappy to lose a soul to another pantheon's poaching, while Olympus doesn't want to relinquish a potential asset.
    • Since the gods really enjoy their affairs with mortals, it results in a lot of demigod children. Frey needs a bit of time to make his research when his son is prophetised to play an important role in Asgard's fate, as he doesn't know which one is the candidate.

    Persona 
  • In P4: Rise After, Yu and Rise have to keep their relationship secret, because of Rise's status as an Idol Singer, which means that if word gets out of their relationship, Rise will face likely career-ending backlash from her agency and the public.
  • Similarly in One Year, Rise points out to the other girls that anything that even looked like she was in a relationship with Yu could quickly spread across the internet and ruin her career. This is one reason why she realizes a relationship with Yu was never meant to be, but she still can't help but feel jealous of Yukiko, as well as guilty for flirting with Yu while he had a girlfriend the entire time.
  • In Persona 4 itself, it's mentioned that Children Are Innocent, and thus cannot have Shadow selves. Dappled Sun on Changing Leaves reminds everyone that children are actually more perceptive than adults give them credit for, and are very likely to have their own personal issues that they hide from the world. So what would happen if Nanako and all of her unresolved issues with her father get thrown into the TV World? The Heaven dungeon is replaced by a dungeon full of Nanako's fantasies of being raised by the Investigation Team, Shadow Nanako reveals her other self to be a Stepford Smiler who resents Dojima for never being around, and the situation inevitably boils over into another Shadow boss fight.
  • As pointed out in Crimson AU Akira is a teenager who was reluctant to become the leader of the Phantom Thieves even if he believes in what they are doing. As a teenager, he doesn't have much experience and while some of his plans and moves work out, such as getting burner phones, they are far from foolproof and they might not work nearly as well as he would hope.
    • Being the leader of the Phantom Thieves is extremely stressful which causes Akira issues with how to handle relationships both within the team and outside it.
    • When people try to figure out who the Phantom Thieves are, they start with the people who openly challenged Kamoshida.
    • Regardless of understanding Mishima's reasons, it doesn't change the fact that Mishima destroyed Akira's chances of having a normal school life by leaking his record online. As a result, Akira isn't likely to be willing to forgive something like that anytime soon.
    • Madarame's exploitation and abuse has left Yusuke clinically malnourished (tell signs include his unnatural paleness and being well underweight according to Dr. Takemi). Moderate (and sometimes even just mild) physical exertion easily fatigues him, and when he was confronted by the team about Madarame, Yusuke spontaneously passed out after becoming physically defensive about their questions.
    • When Akira impulsively decides to bring Yusuke (who is more or less a normal teenager and just suffered a major shock and emotional stress due to Madarame rigging things to have him expelled from Kosei) to the Metaverse with the rest of the thieves, the latter promptly freaks out at the sudden change and monster presence and runs away where he's then captured by some guards.
  • This trope appears several times in the Hours Verse series.
    • Even though Akechi fails to kill Okumura, the conspiracy still has him killed via poison. Turns out that a conspiracy that powerful has more than one way to kill someone, especially with his change of heart making him an even bigger liability to them.
    • After completing the Casino palace, Ann finds out that her entire class had figured out that she, Akira and Ryuji are members of the Phantom Thieves. This was due to them seeing Akira keeping Morgana with him, making lockpicks in class and him suddenly missing school after the leader of the Phantom Thieves committed suicide.
    • After the beatings from the cops Akira is bedridden for a few weeks and also has panic attacks.
    • Despite him having good intentions, Akira is very distrustful of Yu when he approaches him due to his connections with the government, outright fleeing after he says that he is a member of the Shadow Operatives and asking him to come with him.
    • No matter how reformed Akechi is, he still abused the Metaverse to commit fraud and murder, and Mitsuru arrests him in order to ensure nobody else follows his lead.
    • Despite knowing that Igor is genuinely good, Akira is scared of him due to everything that Yaldabaoth put him through while he impersonated him.
  • In canon Persona 5, everyone other than Kamoshida survives the revelation of his sexual misconduct politically and economically unscathed. In Persona 5: Rebellion, Principal Kobayakawa is arrested for knowing about his misdeeds and covering them up, Shujin is facing a government investigation, and the teachers are afraid they might be fired or arrested.
  • In the The Phantom Thieves of New Game+, Akira, after numerous loops of dealing with rumors about him being a dangerous criminal, despises Mishima for leaking his criminal record under Kamoshida orders. However, in the spinoff The Immortal Dragon Guard and the Queen of the Togo Kingdom, his friends, while not forgetting what he has done, have slowly accepted Mishima to their group, with Futaba even starting to date him. In their eyes (especially without knowing that Akira has lived multiple years before), Akira is holding an unreasonable amount of animosity towards Mishima, even more than he deserves for his past actions.
  • For Real explores the consequences of the other Phantom Thieves' reaction to learning about Ren and Kawakami's relationship. In particular, Ann, who not only suffered abuse from Kamoshida but also witnessed her best friend Shiho try to kill herself after the teacher raped her, is disgusted and furious when she finds out, feeling that Ren had betrayed them by getting together with Sadayo and even suspecting that she is using him. It is only after Ryuji to have Ann overhear Ren and Sadayo's conversation (in particular about Sadayo trying to have Ren understand Ann's distrust of her and Ren considering quitting the Phantom Thieves to avoid making Ann uncomfortable) that she chooses to apologize to Ren for her outburst and try to understand her leader's relationship.
  • In Of Deals and Traumatic Conversations, when releasing a life raft for his teammates, Ryuji suffered blast burn from the explosion of Shido's palace, which persisted when returning to the real world, unlike in the game where he escapes unscratched. He needed medical attention from the paramedic, with Makoto coming to keep him company and providing a cover story.
  • Persona 5 New Game Plus, Joker's Second Chance applies this trope to the ending of the canon game. Due to how having a criminal record is Serious Business in Japan, it was impossible for Ren Amamiya to return to society or even live with his parents again. After two years, he felt he was left with one last act of rebellion... with surprising results.
    • Even though Ren gave Shiho the push she needed to get out of being raped by Kamoshida during the titular do-over, she came so close that anything that reminds her of what almost happened slams her Trauma Button hard.
  • When the Masks Come Off shows the negative side of Dr. Maruki's "treatment" for Sumire's grief over Kasumi's death by making her believe that she is Kasumi. Sumire's parents are deeply unnerved by their surviving daughter's change in personality, Sumire's grandmother suspects that Maruki is scamming them, and one of Kasumi and Sumire's classmates from middle school shows disgust at Sumire for impersonating her sister.
  • Red and Green in Blue:
    • The Amagi Inn falls on hard times after a guest is murdered, and many people cancel their holiday reservations due to the fog. As a result, it goes out of business midway through Yukiko's third year of high school.
    • Close friends can still grow apart over time, as half of the Investigation Team is no longer living in Inaba, and the other half is too busy to see each other regularly. Chie and Yukiko are the exceptions, but since they mainly see each other at work, that affects their friendship.
    • While Rise is a talented Idol Singer, the public eventually gets tired of her, and her agency cuts her loose, like with other idols.

    Pokemon 
  • In Innocence, Misty confessed her feelings to Ash in the backstory. This nearly broke their relationship apart as Ash, being a ten-year old Chaste Hero, had no idea how to respond.
  • Cilan in Identity Crisis who along with his brothers, turns out to be a part of the Shadow Triad and The Mole, is torn between the people he genuinely became friends with or his brothers and his organization. Does he pick a side and affirm his loyalty to them? Nope. His wavering loyalty costs him his relationships on both sides as his brothers no longer trust him as he's not truly committed to their cause and his friends are angry that he wasn't really their friend and initially intended to backstab them.
  • In Like No One Ever Was, one of Pikachu's Thunderbolts ends up getting Ash hospitalized and possibly permanently ending his trainer career with Ash suffering from major internal damage and brain injuries. Apparently even before that fateful Thunderbolt, Pikachu's friendly shocking of Ash has slowly deteriorated his muscles, meaning his journey would have been coming to an end anyways. Pikachu is horrified when he learns of this.
  • Poké Wars has several examples, including: being too close to a Magmar will cause you to burst into flame just from the superheated air, Elemental Powers are very destructive and lethal forces, multiple hotspots of 18,000F heat will cause terrible environmental damage, Olympus Mons fighting will result in severe and permanent environmental damage, and mass panics can be just as dangerous as the disaster itself.
  • In The Sun Soul, a(n insane) bug catcher pulls out a knife that was stabbed into his leg. Blood starts gushing out immediately, since the blade had sliced the femoral artery. The only thing that stopped him from dying from blood loss was the Weedle got to him first.
  • A New Chance Series:
    • Larvitar uses a rock smash on Rico. Yes, a Pokemon can take that hit with only the risk of being knocked out. When Rico gets hit in the chest, it causes severe damage to his internal organs, and had Rico not been wearing armor, he would have died.
    • Latios kills Rico while he is being transported to a hospital by Officer Jenny. Even if Rico was an Asshole Victim, it is something a police officer cannot ignore, and since Ash is Latios' trainer, he could have gotten in serious trouble... had Skailyn not ordered her Froslass servant to alter Jenny's memories.
    • Bianca (the one from Pokémon Heroes) decides to become a Pokemon coordinator, using her newly caught Smeargle in her first Contest. Unfortunately, a Pokemon gathered from the wild lacks the skill and strength to make a vivid performance, thus her first tryout falls flat. Mr. Contessa, however, assures Bianca that she can easily get better.
  • Pokedex, a fanfic version of the Pokédex with expanded information, explains why you only get Starter Pokémon from Professors in game: they are extinct in the wild. So few trainers use them because they are nearly extinct.
    • Kicking Puppy Pokémon is a thing, but kicking the Rock-type Rockruff is equally painful to the kicker.
  • Happens quite a bit in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, partly because the new timeline is a good deal more realistic than the older one. It even has its own page. The author has several other fanfics that continue this trend in a variety of ways.
    • Despite being literally about a God Llama and a living embodiment of Darker and Edgier played to a parody having an edit war like two Wiki writers, The (Edit) War for Ash’s Freedom to not be Betrayed has this occur several times in the oneshot. The most prominent one however, comes at the Author's own Author Appeal: the Ash who comes out of the Edit War is in a relationship with Misty, May, Dawn, Iris, and Serena as a result of it, but he explicitly points out that such a relationship is not only frowned upon, but often illegal.
      • A secondary one occurs when a group of fans come out and harass Ash for always losing leagues, and declares they could do better. This follows with a battle in which the three are curbstomped by Unfeazant, while they themselves use 'top-tier' Pokemon like Scizor and Starmie. Just because Ash has never won a major league doesn't mean he isn't a capable trainer.
      • Additional ones include the fact that plenty of attempts to bend canon around to Darkern's liking fails because of the characters behaving in-character for themselves, such as Delia's protective nature and Ash's positivity.
      • Death by Gyarados swarm or ground-type swarm for an attempt at a tragic backstory doesn't magically forget type advantages just for convenience of the plot.
      • While at the end Darkern makes everyone Bisexual, Arceus is quite correct in pointing out that doesn't really mean anything. Being able to be attracted to someone doesn't mean they will be attracted to them.
    • From the same guy Clash of the Ketchums shows an Ash who is fluent in three languages: the Pokemon equivalent of Japanese, Unovan, and Kalosian, as opposed to the 'everyone speaks the same language' concept that the show vaguely floats around. After all regions as far apart as Kanto and Unova should not speak the same language natively. It also suggests that issues with the Unovan language contributed a bit to Ash's lower performance in Unova due to having to spend more brain power translating the language than his native tongue or Kalosian, which he would have already some familiarity with due to having known Serena in the past. The fic also notes that Ash, like any sports player who enters a tournament and gets decently far in it, does make a significant paycheck.
    • The same author wrote I have HOW many Pokemon!?, in which Ash finds out that he has many more Pokémon than he assumed he did. Turns out, the Pokémon he knew about were mating with other Pokémon at Professor Oak's lab, since they still felt the fundamental urge to breed. Even if their trainer doesn't.
    • Shudo cross Modern Ash: The Trainer who Questions Humanity uses the above ideas of Ash being good at language comprehension (and regions far apart having different languages) and the idea that Ash's Pokemon breed when he isn't around, while also taking a good long look at some of the ideas the original showrunner had for the series when applied to later parts of the series and fanon ideas.
      • The ability to understand his Pokemon as hinted in the XY Series has limits: Ash notes that while he can tell broad meanings, he struggles with specifics. Ash can pick up when they say something is red for example, but not the difference between shades of red. N compares it to the difference between comprehension and understanding, with N being able to do the latter and Ash only the former.
      • While the legacy in canon of multiple defeats by Paul were usually limited to when Paul was around or the immediate aftermath of large defeats in canon, here even after Ash beat him in the League Paul still bothers Ash on a fundamental level.
      • While Ash is not bothered by him not having raving fans even when May or Dawn do for their contest careers, he is bothered by Paul having them for much of the same reasons as Paul still bothering him.
      • The tendency for Ash's Fire-types to have a Dark and Troubled Past tied to an abusive trainer (or nearly one in the case of Cyndaquil) tied to a lot of the evil, jerkish, and apathetic people he meets, has left Ash slowly suffering a decay in appreciation for much of humanity. However when Ash has this pointed out to him by Pikachu in blunt terms, the realization still bothered Ash.
      • With the starting age of trainers in this story being moved up to fifteen, Trainers are let off the leash and get up to a lot of sexual situations. Even Ash is not immune to hormonal needs, though it took him more time to do so due to his original series ability to annoy people and reservations of hearing a lot of people brush off consequences to the other involved.
      • Those consequences being a lot of single mothers and full siblings and marriage being immensely rare, to the point that Ash asked a lot of questions to May simply on the fact she was one of the few people he ever met who grew up with married parents. Ash also specifically takes precautions to prevent himself from impregnating his sexual partners due to his issues with other guys his age not really caring if they knock a girl up and Ash being well aware of the issues his mother had as a single mother.
      • Due to the Shudo take on the Pokemon universe having a lot of failures, Ash is approached by both May's parents and Dawn's mother to travel with them specifically to help them through their early part of their journeys so they could find their way safer. Ash himself basically got through the rough points early on into his skilled abilities and placement in post Shudo seasons on the back of not only his canon growing to those positions, but the fact he was used to having to push through rough patches on what skills he does have, thanks to school where his skill with learning languages as mentioned above helped him through other classes with lower grades.
      • In this Canon Ash has a Friends with Benefits situation with Misty, May, and Dawn, with all four of them free to sleep with others (Misty and May with other guys, Dawn and Ash with other girls and guys. However all of four of them recognize that it would not take much for Ash x Misty, Ash x May, or Ash x Dawn to become an official relationship (For once the author doesn't fully insinuate at full on Marry Them All, only go so far as saying that being friends who sleep with one another with Ash and two of the girls in the same area created a 'sensation Ash couldn't really tell was positive or negative'), but the hurdle that does exist is a simple issue of life style: Ash having trouble staying in one place for too long, and Misty, May, and Dawn are not being up for constantly moving.
    • A second take on the above idea, Shudo cross Modern Ash: The Professor Who Observes his Charges, adds a few more.
    • From the third one Shudo cross Modern Ash: The League Refocused
      • The Crapsack World of the Shudo concept is mentioned to have been accidentally created (instead of always being that way, as even Professor Oak had once thought): originally many people with the potential to be trainers were missed, up to 50% of the possible people with skills for working with Pokemon. In trying to remedy the issue, they unintentionally made it so open that many people would try and be trainers, and fail, with many crashing and burning into the Shudo light novel 'useless adults'. Even when this problem is pointed out, trying to fix it is difficult because it has been in place so long the world had adapted to this problem and making it change again and re-adapt would be 'arduous'.
    • While an admitted silly fic he wrote as stress relief, there are a few more in That Twerp is Trouble.
      • While Ash is a Chaste Hero at the start before the fic's sillyness gets out of its way to remove the trope, Ash is not unaware of what sex is and several mechanics of it. That includes the fact he should not be able to have for nearly as long as he does.
      • Because the fic also follows some Shudo rules and thus a lot of boys leave home trying to become trainers and fail, those who don't are considered attractive. That includes quote and quote 'geeks', who have the additional benefit of having stable and successful employment. Despite this, it is also pointed out that people don't hold off sex because the 'right' person isn't around, and Unexpected Virgin is not common.
      • Despite being her parental substitute, Professor Oak has no problem with his grown granddaughter having a sexual partner and bluntly tells Ash it is her business, not his and that he will not care unless he does something really horrible to her. He does note however that her brother would likely have a different attitude towards it.
      • Like the Harry Potter example Like Hell He Will, many of the men in Pallet Town are not amused by Ash sleeping with most of the women in Pallet Town, and thus cockblocking them, and try and attack him for it. However unlike Harry Potter in that example Ash has an powerful yet adorable electric rodent on his shoulder, who blasted them away for attempting to attack his trainer.
      • Per Shudo's world building, Pallet Town/Masara Town was named after the best trainer to ever come from it. What happens when Ash surpasses his record? It gets renamed after him after a referendum to do so.
      • Per the author's own admission, this story was a much sillier fic than usual, constantly Lampshade Hanging all of the oddities and had as a final scene Delia screaming at the reveal she was going to have a lot of Grandchildren at 35. Naturally, the entire story of Ash coming home and being dragged into sex with every women and girl in Pallet Town he seems to meet who isn't her or married is just a dream brought upon by her worrying about Ash ever giving her grandchildren, and it ends with a Catapult Nightmare.
    • Concept Piece: Ash Ketchum the Recovered Revenge Junkie.
      • The premise of the story is set up much like a Dark Fic or Revenge Fic: Pallet Town basically took all of their children and tried to create 'perfect' Pokemon masters and discarded all of the ones that didn't meet their standards. Ash was one of the discarded ones, and left Pallet Town at age 10 secretly to prove them wrong and get his revenge. This drive to do this, the center of many such fics...also made him very unpleasant to be around. He started like a worse version of his canon self (and not himself In Name Only) that none of his Pokemon particularly liked. They could see his good side sure, but it took time until being out of the toxic environment he was in to calm down and become a more pleasant person that Pikachu could bond with properly. However Pikachu is well aware that re-exposure to Pallet Town could reverse the progress made or really scar Ash if he is defeated by the children who were deemed 'perfect', yet at the same time it may be the only way Ash could ever get closure.
      • Even with more education in Pokemon, Ash does not know everything. He specifically needs to take notes about Pokemon he is unfamiliar with, and can only gleam their names from Pokémon Speak.
      • It takes far longer to travel an entire region on foot than canon generally has it. Ash is specifically eleven in fic with half the badges he needs, and it's clear that is not a atypical time.
      • Per the Shudo light novels, adulthood begins at the age of 10. This early dismissal from home means that children don't learn all the skills they need, among them how to be a parent. This in turn continues the problems the early departure from home creates in a nasty cycle.
      • In part to get the capital he needs to live on his own, Ash does a Karmic Thief on a Team Rocket base. It's a fairly complicated process, far more complicated and thought out than simply having a hole blasted in the base by a Hyper Beam and taking everything he wants.
      • From said robbery comes a large group of Pokemon: which Ash has to let out one at a time and see if they want to stay with him for being in an unfamiliar land. Despite that genuine issue, most of the Pokemon don't want to deal with humans again, with Team Rocket or otherwise.
    • To be a Bug Catcher is My (new) Destiny:
      • Just because Ash knew that the Viridian Forest was large didn't mean he was quite aware of how large large was while walking through it.
      • Ash is just as fond of catching Pokemon in this fanfic as he is in canon, but like anyone he doesn't always enjoy doing it under duress. He notably has a lot less enjoyment out of capturing Pokemon because he has to than when he wants to.
      • Pokemon die in freak weather events, same as humans or real life animals.
  • Challenger:
    • Pokémon that are abused sometimes become so vicious they have to be put down, much like abused animals in real life.
    • New techniques aren't something learned out of the blue but require practice and training to both learn and master. Ash's Charmander knows Dragon Rush and Dragon Dance as egg moves but takes months to utilize them properly, partially due to not being a dragon type himself. Likewise, for some time his Pichu/Pikachu's Volt Tackle was more of a Thundershock and Tackle combined than the incredibly powerful attack it should be.
    • After his Pikachu is nearly killed by a Weavile, Ash is told that it will take several months of healing and therapy before it's capable of battling again.
    • Unlike in the games, Team Rocket admins have incredibly strong Pokémon and have no compunctions about outright murdering anyone who gets in their way.
    • When Ash has to fight the top ten students at Pokémon Tech, he beats them all and outright curb-stomps most of them because they all only worked on theory and had little to no practical experience. Several of them don't even try to have their Pokémon dodge attacks as they're too used to simply trading attacks in the simulator.
    • A Rhydon's attempt to use Earthquake aboard a ship fails as the wooden planks don't transfer energy as easily as the ground and it's weight causes it to break through the deck.
    • Because of all the requirements for Mega Evolution (only certain Pokémon can do it, it requires they hold the proper Mega Stone, the Trainer has to have a keystone, and it requires a strong bond between Pokémon and Trainer), it's very poorly understood even in Kalos where it was first discovered.
    • Upon learning he's fought and beaten Team Rocket multiple times, Professor Oak and Delila don't congratulate Ash but scold him for confronting hardened criminals instead of leaving it to the police.
    • In a World… where even Ridiculously Cute Critters can throw around thunderbolts, breathe fire, and break boulders, threatening a Pokémon trainer with a weapon is a very bad idea if his Pokémon aren't currently in their balls. When Samurai wakes Ash up with a katana to his neck, Ash's Sandile Sobek rips the sword out of his hands and bites it in half.
    • Just because someone has had their pokemon longer doesn't mean it's stronger. A man illegally mining in Mt. Moon loses easily to Ash and company because he's not a trainer by trade and only has a single barely trained Drilbur.
    • When Ash finds a Mega Stone among the illegally mined fossils and stones, he isn't allowed to keep it since it's legally theft. Though Lysandre and Steven assure Ash he'll be rewarded for turning it in.
    • Some pokémon take time to adapt to places significantly different than their natural environments. For example, Silver's Drilbur and Golbat are cave dwelling pokémon and are uncomfortable in bright light as a result.
    • Newly evolved pokémon aren't always ready to battle from the get-go. Bug types need several hours for their exoskeleton to harden and some pokémon have such radically different shapes upon evolving (such as Kakuna into Beedrill) that they need time learning how to move again.
    • After Ash interferes with their operations several times, the Team Rocket officers decide to have him eliminated.
  • A Professor and a Student asks the question of 'how would a well-adjusted adult view Ash's years of trainer development and philosophies', with a realistic mixture of respect, concern, and bafflement.
    • In reflecting on Tobias' Sinnoh League win using Legendary Pokémon, Professor Kukui reflects that, although there's nothing in the rules that forbids it, use of Legendary Pokémon in the League is frowned upon, since 1) the Gym challenges and League championship are meant to be a test of a trainer's strategy, not simply his ability to plow through with an unbeatable Pokémon; and 2) the League championships are seen as a means for educating future trainers in good strategy. Since Tobias was able to win by virtue of having two Legendary Pokémon regardless of his strategy, his win stands, but the videos of the Sinnoh championship are taken out of circulation, since they have no educational value to up-and-coming trainers.
  • Traveler:
    • If a Pokémon is badly injured just before evolving, the sudden growth and overall body change can worsen their condition. Thus, Pokémon that evolve during battle need physicals to make sure they're alright.
    • Modified potions and burn heals are used to heal Ash after a particularly brutal fight against Team Rocket but his rapid healing uses so much energy he's exhausted for a few days afterwards.
    • Pokémon cloned from fossils have to be given enhanced immune systems so they can cope with the vastly different viruses and bacteria compared to when they lived.
    • After challenging Moltres atop Mt. Ember, Ash has breathing problems for a while from all the smoke and gases he inhaled.
    • After a while, growing stronger becomes much more difficult for trainers. Either they have to devote months to nothing but training or they have to find a more experienced trainer willing to teach them.
    • Due to how powerful it is, Mega Evolution is kept a closely guarded secret by the various Pokémon Leagues to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Naturally, keeping it secret also massively slows down any research done into the subject.
    • Unlike canon, Pokémon attacks don't cause Amusing Injuries. Instead they're extremely dangerous and potentially fatal depending on the attack used and the Pokémon who used it. Even less obviously dangerous ones like water gun can cause serious injury since they hit with similar power to a fire hose.
  • Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey:
    • In second grade, Julia was abused by a teacher named Hester Amoretto, because the latter genuinely thought that she was being a bad kid whose parents didn't discipline her properly, believing that autism isn't a thing. It reached it's peak when Amorreto blamed her for four Pokemon attacking other students, then started beating her up and choking her right in front of Police Officer Falkner and a few of his co-workers. This instantly gets her arrested for child abuse/endangerment and use of excessive force. She also got fired from the school (partially to ward off the bad publicity they were getting due to her actions) and was sued by Julia's parents, who successfully won the case against her. Afterwards, even with Amoretto no longer being at the school, Julia's parents no longer trusted them to watch over their daughter (especially since the school wasn't doing anything to help Julia before Amoretto's arrest), so they transferred her to a school that does a much better job of treating autistic kids.
    • This fan fic deals with a lot of traveling-related issues that are rarely touched upon in Pokemon works. Namely, the downsides of having kids go off on their own, lack of food and access to personal hygiene, fears of being attacked by wild Pokemon while sleeping out in the wilderness, and going to the bathroom in the woods without toilet paper.
    • At one point, Julia catches a red Gyarados. A regular Gyarados would be troublesome enough, but the red Gyarados has been forcibly evolved against its will, was captured by Team Rocket and experimented on, is scared of Pokemon battles, and developed some form of PTSD because of it. Julia showers Geraldine with love and care, hoping it'd help her with her issues, but Geraldine not only has vivid nightmares that cause her to use her attacks willy-nilly, and during one particular incident, Geraldine goes into Berserker Rage and nearly decimates Mahogany Town. As painful as it is for Julia, she comes to realize that simply giving her love and care won't magically heal her, and that she needs professional help. In the end, she gives Geraldine up to a Pokemon Rehabitilation Facility that can give Geraldine the therapy and support that Julia herself can't give her. According to the authoress, the entire Geraldine arc is based on a real life incident where she was forced to give up a beloved pet cat because she and her family weren't equipped to handle her many health issues.
    • Pokemon can die in this story due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. In chapter 54, Julia's Snubbull, Saoirse, dies from a heart defect that nobody knew about until it was too late.
    • In the fourth bonus chapter, Beta Bitch Lakeisha cyberbullies her little sister, Merlin, by recording a video of one of her meltdowns without her knowledge or consent, and then texts it to her friends because she believes that it will show them how "horrible" having an autistic sibling is and hopes that it will spread around the school so everybody can bully her. It backfires badly on her, as her friends are completed disgusted with Lakeisha for violating Merlin's privacy like that. Then Cindy (who's mom happens to be autistic herself) tells the social studies teacher Mrs. Cabanos and the principal Mr. Lindbeck about the video, and in turn, Mr. Lindbeck contacts Lakeisha’s parents and tells them what happened. This gets Lakeisha into serious trouble at school and at home; she gets three days of detention, is grounded for a month, gets her phone confiscated indefinitely (since it's the tool she used to cyberbully Merlin with in the first place), and can't walk/bike to and from school by herself so her parents can guarantee school is the only place she's going to during her punishment. Lakeisha's friends also end their friendships with her, as this was the last straw for her behavior ever since she started hanging out with the Alpha Bitch Kirsten, the rest of the student body also turns on her when what she did to her sister spreads around the school, and she loses the trust and respect of her family. Mr. Lindbeck even tells Lakeisha the only reason why she isn't getting an even worse punishment for her actions is because she had the decency to not post the video on the internet.
  • When Pikachu shocked Ash upon meeting him in Legend, the powerful electrical attack maimed the boy and could have killed him had Oak's Alakazam not stopped it and sent Ash to the hospital. The only thing keeping Ash from dying, or at least permanent nerve damage, was an experimental treatment. As a result, Oak refuses to let Ash have Pikachu as a starter and instead arranges for a colleague to send an alternative.
  • The Road to be a Pokemon Master:
    • In the games, and to a lesser extent the anime, a ten year old can take down a criminal organizations without much effort. Not so much here. By consistently taking down Team Rocket's operations, Ash manages to gain a very powerful enemy with lots of resources and little morals ready to make his life a living hell:
      • After Ash makes a name of himself by taking down several Rocket members and disrupting their operations, Giovanni does some research on Ash, and more importantly, on his friends and family. When Ash and Giovanni finally meet, the latter threatens to harm Ash's loved ones (especially his mother) if he continues getting in Team Rocket's way. And boy, does Giovanni carry out those threats.
      • Ash, Gary and Serena steal some Team Rocket uniforms in order to infiltrate the Rocket-occupied Silph co. At first it seems that the deception worked, until Proton reveals they knew about them from the very beginning. Because, uniform or not, Ash, Gary and Serena still are and look like eleven year olds, and the youngest Rocket grunts are at the very least in their late teens.
      • On top of Pokemon, Rocket grunts also carry guns, and they aren't afraid to use them.
    • Unlike the anime, Ash does gets older as the fanfic goes by. By the start of Hoenn, he's 13 (close to 14) and thus entering puberty. And puberty means that he starts to notice all the pretty girls around him, which causes him no small amount of distress since he's afraid that his lust for other girls might make him cheat on Serena. This makes Ash understand why Brock is so girl-crazy, and no longer finds his overly romantic antics amusing, now that he experienced it firsthand.
  • In Pokémon Reborn, the titular critters are directly used to attack people. A Chandelure burns a woman's soul out of existence, and a Garchomp kills another woman with one move.
    • Amaria is very depressed, and Titania only dated her because she was afraid that Amaria would kill herself if she didn't. When Amaria finds out that Titania never loved her, she jumps off a waterfall. Worse, while Amaria survives, she wakes up with amnesia, having forgotten the last few days. Titania doesn't take it well.
    • The game makes no bones about the fact that Pokémon are weapons of mass destruction. Using the PULSE machines, which can power up even weak Pokémon, Team Meteor lays waste to parts of cities, causing earthquakes and massive damage to both people and buildings. A single Tangrowth makes vines and trees grow everywhere, including through the roads.
    • Corey's story shows what happens if you take away someone's reason to live: either he's exposed as a Meteor Admin and his daughter runs away because she's horrified by his actions, or he's not exposed and his daughter runs away because she's sick of his controlling nature. Either way, having lost the only thing keeping him alive, he throws himself off a bridge. The result is not pretty.
      • Worse, one of the people in the crowd who found the body is another Gym Leader... who's 12. The poor girl has a breakdown from the sight.
    • During Team Meteor's attempt to use a PULSE Camerupt to make Pyrous Mountain erupt, Cal pulls a Heel–Face Turn and saves the day by destroying the PULSE before it fires up. Unfortunately for him, he does this after it's revealed that he was working for Team Meteor and he was forced to throw Kiki's Medicham into a pit of lava, so he's remembered not as a hero but as a coward who betrayed both his friends and Team Meteor. By the time you meet him again, he's been forced to work as a third party, unable to reveal that he sabotaged the PULSE when he installed it. Solaris even lampshades this:
    Solaris: Do you think such a reckless act redeems you? On the contrary, it condemns you.
    • When you storm Yureyu HQ to free your friends, two Grunts threaten to cut Shelly's throat if you get closer. As later pointed out by Charlotte, you can easily make someone lose control simply by making them believe that they don't have any: after telling the Grunts that she didn't care if they killed Shelly and just walking up to the panel and unlocking the gate, the Grunts were left with no idea of what to do, giving Charlotte an opening to rescue Shelly.
    • Team Meteor hooks an Abra up to a PULSE machine to see if they can amplify its teleportation powers enough to get them where they want to go. But as it turns out, the Abra doesn't want to play along, leading to it randomly teleporting things that it wasn't meant to teleport. Worse, they can't turn it off because as soon as they try, it just teleports them away from the machine.
    • Team Meteor's attacks are designed to drive people out of the places they attack. Given that they don't care about killing innocents, they kill and hurt a lot of people. But while some of the Grunts are OK with that, others aren't, especially when it comes to the people they care about. Unfortunately for Eclipse, Sirius does not take desertion well.
    • Blake extorts the Ruby Ring away from the player and flees up the peak of Ametrine Mountain. At the top, once the player beats him, Shelly suggests that since Blake lost, he has to give the player the ring... only for Blake to refuse and mock her. Not only is he an enemy, but he's an enemy with no respect for the rules- why the hell would he play along?
  • The one-shot Tobias Is Arrested, Yo takes a sledgehammer to the "Tobias' Pokémon League win is invalidated because he uses Legendaries" Fandom-Specific Plot. As Tobias himself points out, if it really were illegal to use Legendaries in the League, then he would've been informed of that long before he won, and several people (including the Gym Leaders who gave him his badges) would be in trouble for letting him do it.
  • crack, break, shatter is a Death Fic oneshot where Bede dies in a raid battle because raids against Gigantamax Pokemon are very dangerous. As a result of Bede's death, calls to ban raid battles begin.
  • This Sword and Shield fan animation demonstrates why making an easily distracted puppy undergo a massive growth spurt would be a bad idea: it unintentionally causes wanton destruction and death while trying to catch a Cramorant that wandered into the stadium.
  • Pokemon: Shadow of Time;
    • Based on the premise that Ash was 'allowed' to 'grow up' rather than the anime keeping him at a fixed age, when the fic opens Ash is bored out of his mind at the Pokémon school, as he is not comfortable staying in one place long-term and feels as though he's covered virtually everything Professor Kukui has to teach him already, even if he appreciates the other students as friends and enjoyed the chance to take a break.
    • A man is nearly deafened when he fires a loud gun in an enclosed space.
    • Ash nearly drowns because he was acting as though he still has the endurance he built up during his journey in the future.
    • When Annabel's Natu summons Ash and Misty for a rescue mission, the Natu pulls Misty toward Ash in such a way that Ash ends up face-first in Misty's breasts. Rather than deal out some Unprovoked Pervert Payback to Ash, Misty realizes exactly who's to blame and directs her anger at Natu and Annabel.
    • Ash comes to realize that, just because people are traveling together doesn't necessarily make them friends. Specifically, having watched a Psychic type Pokémon commit suicide after trying to read Ash's mind, Annabel concludes Ash would make a good human shield against psychics who might mean her harm.
  • The Spectre Trilogy:
    • Before Carla starts her journey, she’s advised to get a haircut as it’s dangerous to have very long hair out in the wild.
    • Sending almost all her money to her sister leaves Carla with little to spend on medical supplies – which causes major problems when Tess gets poisoned.
    • Since she’s unfamiliar with some of the species on her team, Carla has to look them up on a database in order to learn about them.
    • Wild pokémon that keep causing trouble for trainers are dealt with by licensed hunters.
    • When sabotaging Team Scythe during the blackout in Mauville City, Carla tries pulling her hood up to disguise herself – and then realises that won’t hide her face completely and she’ll be in real trouble if she’s recognised. She’s forced to use her scarf to hide the lower half of her face.
    • Carla loses weight from the constant travelling.
    • Aspiring trainers don’t actually need parental permission to become a trainer or obtain a licence. Naturally, some people are unhappy with that and are actively trying to change it.
    • Since several trainers on the blacklist are teenagers, there are rules in place to protect them. Unfortunately, said trainers are on the blacklist for a reason and aren’t willing to come along quietly when hunters come for them.
    • When a pokémon gets poisoned, the problem can be fixed easily but when a human gets poisoned it's an entirely different matter.
    • Trainers have to be able to actually take care of the pokémon on their teams. Tally reluctantly decides to give her Wailmer away, because she knows she won't be able to look after him properly once he evolves. She's very upset by her decision and worries that Boing hates her.

    Power Rangers 
  • Played for Laughs in Power Rangers Cosmic Defenders, where Jiro throwing 4 Cosmo Spheres to 4 different people does NOT result in all of them catching the right one, which given the circumstances, has a one-in-four chance of succeeding.
  • Power Rangers RPM Re Geared: When you have a powerful weapon that looks like a toy and you have to keep on you, don’t be surprised when a kid mistakes it for a real toy and take it, as Ricky learns the hard way.
  • Power Rangers Take Flight: For the first half of the series, the Rangers are operating the Megazord and other equipment with zero facilities or support organisations. As such, not only does their greatest defence against giant monsters become non-functional after a while, but a few weapons that were reliant on their Zords become inaccessible.
    • When offered the opportunity to relocate to a space station, most of the Rangers decline. While the opportunity may be once in a lifetime, they still have jobs that are required to pay the bills and would arouse suspicion if they suddenly left.
    • Even after the villains have been arrested, redeemed or killed, the empire they represent is still out there and the retirement of the current team necessitates replacements be recruited.
    • With Luke leaving for a space mission and Chris and Casey eloping to Egypt, Maggie and Pete are unable to continue paying for their Big Fancy House, requiring that they move out elsewhere.
  • Power Rangers Wing Force: After Mark is given custody of his younger sister while still in college, he notably struggles to handle his ongoing studies on a low income while looking after a young and precocious child.
    • Carrie gives Algrin a lecture on how he should stand up for himself instead of living as a servant to the woman who destroyed his planet. While he takes it to heart, he interprets it as “you should seize power for yourself and BECOME the conqueror”. Just because you teach An Aesop, doesn’t mean everyone will take it in the same way.
    • Unlike most canon series, the constant monster attacks destroy the city’s buildings, necessitating evacuations and a military response coming into town to deal with the situation. Even after most of the worst crisis’ have passed, people still move away for their own safety.
    • In the epilogue, after the city has been rebuilt, it looks incredibly different to what it did before. Of course a reconstruction wouldn’t use the exact same architect. People have schedules.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • let me see the light in your eyes: The tests set up by the scientists pit one superpowered subject against a crowd of subjects picked at random, none of whom have any powers. They're intended to end with the wholesale slaughter of the non-powered subjects, but as Roman proves, someone smart enough and resourceful enough can manage to outwit the person intending to kill them, even if they don't have powers to protect them.
    • Roman becomes known to the scientists by outsmarting and killing every superpowered subject they throw at him, even though he has no powers himself. Eventually, the head of the project decides that he's outlived his usefulness and refuses to make him a superpowered subject because anyone that smart, determined and rebellious will only cause trouble for them. From there, Roman keeps surviving tests he's meant to die in, so eventually the scientists just decide to have him shot instead, and he only survives with the help of outside interference.
    • As it turns out, using devices that were built on the fly and weren't tested because of time constraints isn't the best indicator of future success: the countermeasure turns out to be an on/off switch, not something that enables the kind of fine control that's needed.
      • Using half-tested experimental sedatives doesn't work well, either: the first time, Seth wakes up in the middle of surgery and freaks out. The second time, Seth wakes up before they can alter his mind and manages to kill his captors and escape.
    • The countermeasure also destroys nearby electronic devices, so Seth uses it to take out the microphones so he and the others can talk privately. After the second time, however, the scientists catch on and decide that the trio have become too dangerous to leave together, and set plans in motion to have the three of them rendered harmless.
    • The sequel, pray for rain: The scientists drug AJ so she'll do what they want before her first test. However, to get to the arena, she has to climb down a long ladder. With the drugs clouding her mind, she can't hold onto the rungs and ends up falling and breaking her ankle.
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    Psychonauts 
  • Later, Traitor: There are laws that limit certain ways that psychic technology can be used. The Young Minds Protection Act in particular was designed to keep anyone from using Psi Portals on children, current Psi Portals built in with a safeguard so that they can't be used on anyone under 18.

    Ranma 1/ 2 
  • In every fanfic written by MZephyr that has Akane find out that P-Chan and Ryoga are one and the same, Akane will be angry and disappointed with not just Ryoga for abusing his curse, but with Ranma and her father for knowing about it and letting it happen. Ranma gets a bit more leniency due to having a skewed sense of honor that stopped him from telling Akane outright, and because he at least tried to hint about it to her, but Soun gets no such treatment, seeing as he essentially allowed someone to molest and perv on his daughter. Special mention goes to The Wanderer's Gift - even though years have passed, and even after Ryouga sends her a cask of water from Spring of Drowned Man, Akane still refuses to forgive him, although she does acknowledge that he has matured.
  • Childhood's End:
    • Ranma and Akane's typical behaviour - arguing and fighting despite being in love with one another - is, at the age of 18, considered immature by Nabiki and Kasumi. Nabiki points out that two teenagers in Ranma and Akane's position would be expected to argue with their parents whilst being romantic in private, while Kasumi points out that an initial fear of physical intimacy is natural, but not to the extent that Akane's taken it.
    • Later on in the fic, Ranma and Akane evict their fathers after becoming the legal owners of the Tendo residence. With Soun gone, they quickly find themselves without a source of income.
      • Related to the above, Akane and Ranma discover that their fathers used a forbidden spell to ensure the obedience of the couple when they were children. The priest who originally told Genma this is horrified since it was used to ensure obedience in slaves in the past. A side effect from using the spell prevented Ranma and Akane from maturing mentally or emotionally, which is pointed out could prevent grandchildren. After removing the spell, Akane admits she doesn't think she'll be able to completely forgive her father for this. Because of Genma's horrible parenting, it is implied that Ranma absolutely REFUSES to even consider that option.
  • Same Time Next Year:
    • The Tendos do not react well to learning about Ranma's Hilariously Abusive Childhood. Akane only agrees to be engaged to Ranma if Genma is not permitted to live at the Tendo residence, Kasumi threatens to move out with Mrs Tendo's shrine if Genma stays, and even Nabiki is contemptuous towards the man. The fact that Genma tries to justfy his behaviour on the basis that it made Ranma into a top-class martial artist doesn't help matters. Soun ultimately caves to his daughters' demands when he learns their reasons not just for the sake of the betrothal, but also because he now sees Genma as little better than Happosai and doubts his deceased wife would be happy with Genma's parenting techniques either.
    • As in canon, Ranma and Akane both refuse the engagement at first despite being in a Childhood Friend Romance when they find out about it. Ranma points out to Akane that while he definitely cares about her as more than just a friend, he's not ready to be engaged or married at the age of 16, and he (rightly) doubts she's any different. They ultimately make a compromise with Soun; they'll accept the betrothal, but they won't have to marry until they both finish school, a condition Soun accepts because he's unnerved at the thought of his daughter having sex.
  • The Silent Horse:
    • After Akane saves Ranma from being gang-raped while in his female form, it makes him more willing to acknowledge her skill as a martial artist, but it doesn't completely destroy the sexist outlook Ranma acquired while travelling with Genma; teachings acquired over a long period of time aren't just forgotten or unlearned after one contradictory experience.
    • Related to the above, even after seeing that Ranma is not like the members of the Hentai Horde, Akane's experiences with them make her very reluctant to get closer to Ranma in a romantic sense, even after they become friends.
  • Sharing Thoughts has Ukyo reminding Ranma that his father stole her family's okonomiyaki cart to try and guilt-trip him into not breaking things off with her. Ranma points out that after she helped destroy Nodoka's home while fighting with Kodachi and Shampoo, and used explosives in the Tendo Dojo while trying to prevent Ranma and Akane's wedding, she's arguably done far more damage than the cart was ever worth.
  • Waking Up is pretty much this trope suddenly being applied to the entire universe, in addition to the obviously supernatural stuff (chi blasts, Jusenkyo curses, Mousse's Hidden Weapons style, etc) disappearing:
    • Ranma finds himself unable to do his usual wall-walk on the way to school without concentrating heavily on maintaining his balance. When he gets to a chain-link fence, he falls off almost immediately and injures his ankle.
    • Kodachi and Ukyo learn the hard way that a rhythmic gymnastics ribbon and a gigantic cooking spatula do not make good weapons in the real world: the ribbon just flaps ineffectually against its target, and when Ukyo tries to bludgeon Akane with her spatula, it gets slowed down by air resistance to the point that she can barely swing it.
    • After Mousse's glasses get knocked off, he's still able to see and fight with Ranma, as his vision only becomes somewhat blurry rather than completely nonexistent.
    • In general, Ranma struggles to adapt to his superhuman athletic abilities becoming impossible to use as a result of the new, more realistic physics of the universe. During a sparring match with Akane, Ranma attempts to use the Kachuu Tenshin Amiguriken, but not only is he unable to punch nearly as fast as he once could, he subsequently throws himself out of rhythm, and eats both of Akane's fists as a result.
  • In Adamantine Mist, it is revealed that the people of Nerima have been apathetic to the violent antics of the Nerima Wrecking Crew because their targets were themselves martial artists, who could take it. Targeting Kasumi, a non-combatant who is popular with most of Nerima, however, brings the wrath of the citizenry and authorities down on Cologne, Shampoo, the Kunos, and Ukyou. Specifically:
    • Ucchan's and the Nekohanten find themselves losing customers and suppliers, and face eviction and loss of their licenses.
    • The Kunos are able to live their lavish lifestyle despite being completely crazy only because they are supported by a rich and powerful uncle. Once said uncle's business interests and standing are jeopardized by his wards, he consequently has the Kunos removed from the area. At this point, the Kunos — in particular, Kodachi — learn the hard way that Nerima does not have a monopoly on talented martial artists.
    • Being a three-hundred-year-old elder from a village without modern technology causes Cologne to underestimate the usefulness of technology in monitoring and tracking their movements until it is too late.
    • Finally, when Cologne and Shampoo are ready to make their move, the citizens of Nerima form human shields to protect Kasumi. Cologne immediately recognizes that, although she and Shampoo could defeat them, cutting down so many Japanese civilians would be considered an act of war by Japan, forcing the PLA to land on the Amazons with both feet. Ultimately, she has no choice but to give up and go home.
  • Togetherness has Akane get put into a coma due to a lucky blow from Kuno shortly before Ranma received his curse, which makes the trope come down hard on Furinkan High:
    • The police and board of education both investigate the school following the incident, resulting in Kuno getting arrested and expected to receive a psychiatric evaluation, and the members of the Hentai Horde all getting suspensions, detention for the rest of the term and two years probation.
    • The investigations also lead to Principal Kuno's three-year absence getting discovered; he gets fired and has an arrest warrant issued against him for child abandonment, since both Tatewaki and Kodachi are minors. The vice principal also gets the sack for not telling anyone about Principal Kuno's absence, and for not stopping the Hentai Horde's attacks on Akane.
  • In Ranma Saotome, Chi Master, Akane's training suffered after her mother's death. By the time Ranma arrived, her father was only teaching her one day a week, if he felt like it. As a result, there are some serious problems with her martial arts skills. She puts too much strength behind her blows, her form is sloppy, she hasn't properly adapted to her body's growth, and her fighting uses a lot of unnecessary movement. The only reason she keeps winning against the Hentai Horde is because she has a lot of natural talent and Kuno keeps throwing his fights with her.
  • Unfair Warning takes a bat to a Fandom-Specific Plot of Akane winning Ranma by beating up the rest of his Unwanted Harem with a new powerup, as well as to a lot of Akane's flaws in general.
    • Upon being given the warning that her first impulse as to what to do with the Battle Dogi is wrong, Akane instead decides to go with her second impulse... namely, beating up Ranma's other would-be girlfriends in order to intimidate them into staying away, something she's never done in canon only because she knows they outclass her and won't let her smack them around like Ranma does.
    • Despite Akane's threats, none of the three girls she challenges are willing to back down, since they all have both their martial artist's pride and a genuine love of Ranma.
    • Shampoo actively tries to refuse Akane's challenge at first, pointing out that treating Ranma's heart as something to wager so casually is beneath somebody who loves him. It's only after Akane deliberately pushes Shampoo's Berserk Button that Shampoo finally agrees to fight.
    • With all three girls, Akane's notorious temper causes her to lose control... which, since she's currently much stronger than normal, allows her to act on her violent impulses and cause massive damage to her foes. Shampoo is the luckiest, because Akane beats her first and just leaves her bruised and with broken bones. Akane then goes on to slice open Ukyo's face to leave her with permanent scarring, and literally stomps on Kodachi's back until she breaks the Kuno girl's spine.
    • When Ranma learns about what happened to the girls, he is horrified, since not only does he dislike hurting girls if he can avoid it, this is incredibly brutal treatment being directed at people he knows and, in his own way, cares about. Learning that it was Akane who did this, and that she did so of her own volition, appalls him to the point he falls almost completely out of love with Akane, since she just committed some truly unforgivable crimes.
    • When Nabiki questions Ranma about why he took Akane's beatdown of the girls so badly, he points out that, despite what the name of his style implies, it does have a code of honor, and that mutilating adversaries before leaving them to die is too extreme even for him to just blithely accept.
      • Similarly, when Cologne reveals that she learned from Shampoo that Akane tried to use a technique called "The Camel's Two Humps" during their match, Ranma is appalled; that move deliberately tries to break the opponent's spine, and is intended for serious life-or-death matches.
    • Despite Ranma's revulsion at Akane's misdeeds, however, it's shown that he does still hold a small candle for her—he was, after all, in love with her from afar for the longest time, and that doesn't just vanish even after a display as horrible as this.
    • Akane literally sees no difference between what she did to the girls and her usual treatment of Ranma when he makes her angry. Because this behavior had always been handwaved and accepted by her family before, her reaction to Ranma's rage and his desire to remove the Battle Dogi that facilitated this behavior is to view herself as a wrongfully treated victim and declare that she'll never forgive Ranma for taking her power-up from her.
    • Naturally, Principle Kuno expels Akane without hesitation from Furinkan High when he learns about Alkane crippling his daughter. The only thing that stops him from pressing charges is Kodachi intervening on Akane's behalf, which she only does because Ranma asked her. And even then, Ranma notes he's unsure of how comfortable he actually feels asking for this kind of mercy on Akane's behalf considering what she did.
    • When Kodachi arranges for Akane to receive a place at Saint Hebereke's, because the students don't know the "how" of the situation, they are actually quite welcoming to Akane for getting rid of Kodachi, who was far from the most popular of students. This makes Akane feel very uncomfortable, especially because she doubts the sentiment will remain if the whole story comes out.
    • It turns out that Soun and Genma have an actual reason for insisting on the Saotome/Tendo marriage; both demand what they feel is the appropriate respect for their contributions in the ongoing development of Anything Goes, and the wedding of their children was the only way they felt they could get what they want. By extension, this causes them to refuse to give up on the marriage pact and try to push Ranma to forgive Akane and get back together with her... something that her victims refuse to countenance, causing them to agree to work together to oppose Soun & Genma's schemes.
    • To try and help Akane win Ranma's heart back, Genma actually calls in his wife, Nodoka, hoping that she can tame the tomboy Tendo. Although Nodoka's sense of honor means that she feels obligated to support her husband's wishes, she is still deeply unsettled when she meets Kodachi (currently de-aged into a small child) and learns that Akane was the one who broke her back.
  • The Bitter End takes the idea of Ranma and Akane finally getting their acts together and becoming married and drives it to the ground. After the honeymoon phase wears off, they're both back to their bickering behavior, and it gradually devolves into domestic abuse from Akane towards Ranma.
  • Heated Storm Yields a Wild Horse's Heart has enough examples to warrant its own page.
  • Duty of Care sees the cast having to transfer to a school that isn't quite as tolerant of weirdness as Furinkan is, so of course, the trope ensues:
    • First of all, there are the circumstances leading to the transfer: Principal Kuno's antics have finally made Furinkan High's grounds unfit, and lessons won't be taken there until the buildings are repaired and the place decontaminated. That also got him committed.
    • Akane breaking someone's arm just for asking her out without even touching or threatening her got her called to the principal, and she only gets away with a warning because the principal realizes she has a past of being sexually assaulted and she shows proper remorse and accepts counseling once she realizes he didn't have bad intentions and she overreacted.
      • Akane broke the boy's arm with a strike she pulled, making clear what happens when someone with Super Strength hits someone who doesn't have Super Toughness.
      • Upon learning of the Hentai Horde from Kasumi, Principal Saito is appalled and wastes no time to assure Akane something like that would never be tolerated there, not because he thinks Akane can't defend herself but because she shouldn't have had to.
    • Ranma's bad experiences with the staff at Furinkan made him deeply distrustful of teachers. He's also made to wear a school uniform as a student is expected to during school hours.
    • Ranma's grades aren't really good, as it would be expected due to his often broken schooling in the past. The principal, of course, hopes to correct that but has to deal with Genma's misogynism as he believes that, once Ranma inherits the Tendo Dojo, the administration should fall on his wife, and only manages to get past that by taking advantage of Ranma's competitive streak.
    • After seeing them interact once, Principal Saito realizes that the only thing keeping Ranma and Akane from admitting their feelings is their parents' pressure.
    • As soon as she attacks Akane, Ukyo gets in trouble with the school staff. Also, her giant spatula is identified as a weapon, and thus confiscated and handed over to the police, and she gets informed that none of the engagements have any legal standings-and that in fact Ranma can't marry anyone as he's too young (marriage age in Japan is 16 for women and 18 for men).
    • As soon as Panthyose Taro shows up in his cursed form, the principal thinks he's hallucinating-and decides to find out as much as he can about Jusenkyo curses to try and contain such incidents.
    • When Ryoga arrives at Nerima High he's treated as a trespasser, and his usual habit of asking for directions by grabbing people gets him threatened with a call to the police when he does so with principal Saito. Who, upon seeing him turn into a piglet and Akane treating said piglet as a pet, informs her immediately, with obvious results, before deciding to also inform Akane's counselor of it and make sure the students are prepared to the madness.
    • When Kodachi starts her usual antics at Nerima High, the police get called and cart her away.
    • When Ranma and Akane beat Kuno up they get away with ease because it was a clear case of self-defense and they have multiple witnesses and are in fact told to report all of Kuno's harassment of them. Kuno, on the other hand, is carted off by the police as he's clearly insane and admitted his intention to kill Ranma, even if they and the principal expect his uncle's lawyers to get him out.
    • Nabiki's antics, while far less damaging than everyone else, get her called to the principal as soon as he realizes where the indecent pictures of Akane and girl!Ranma Kuno had with him came from.

    Redwall 
  • What Lies Beyond the Walls:
    • Characters tend to die a lot during the huge-scale battles, no matter how important they may or may not seem. While some die heroically or stay Defiant to the End, others are killed very abruptly and/or ignominiously.
    • Going to sleep alone at night while you're stuck in the middle of a Crapsack World is not a good idea. Broddigan Quarles does just that in the first chapter, and a Wicked Weasel ends up slashing his throat in his sleep and stealing his food and weapons.
    • Although they won the battle, the Long Patrol suffered too many casualties during the Battle of Blackheart's Fortress. Why? Urthquake thought their best course of action was to charge into the fortress through the front gate without much of a plan.
    • A squirrel kills Plaskin by striking the weasel in the head and splitting his scalp in half. His sword ends up getting stuck inside his skull, giving Razzik enough time to kill him as he tries to jerk it back out.
    • Morrvin decides to participate in a farting contest in chapter 19 after he ate a huge feast, along with several dried plums. He ends up shitting himself.
    • Although Tearmann has a few guard towers, there are no walls, giant fences, or any other barriers around the community. This makes it very easy for the Red Sand tribe to sneak into Tearmann at night and massacre dozens of innocent beasts.

    Ren Zha Fan Pai Zi Jiu Xi Tong/Scum Villain 
  • Kindergarten, unlike canon where everyone either ignored or accepted Shen Qingqiu's personality shift to a kinder person and better teacher after his qi deviation. Here where Demonic Possession is a common problem and qi deviation isn't understood, Shen Qingqiu barely manages to dodge getting violently exorcised. Not helping his case when Shen Qingqiu fails the simple test of knowing his fellow Peak Lords' names. note 
  • Imposter Syndrome has Shen Qingqiu finally comes clean to Yue Qingyuan that he's from modern China and the actual Shen Qingqiu is long dead. Yue Qingyan however doesn't believe him due to the fact that the new Shen Qingqiu still had the same preferences, hobbies and personality traits as the old Shen Qingqiu, despite overall being a more friendly person. Yue Qingyuan ends up concluding that Shen Qingqiu must be suffering from a mental illness due to lack of proof of another world and must have suffered permanent amnesia from the Qi deviation. Yue Qingyuan believes the resulting Amnesiac Dissonance from the cruel Shen Qingqiu shaped from his life's hardship and the base kind and gentle personality had the other man rationalize the disconnect away as being entirely different person.
  • Some fanfics such as Mamazun have Yue Qingyuan finally confessing why he never came back to rescue Xiao Jiu from the abusive Qius... and Shen Qingqiu still is pissed off, because Yue Qingyuan prioritized wallowing in his own guilt instead of giving his childhood friend a reasoned explanation and reassuring him that no, he never willingly abandoned him. It does grant Shen Qingqiu some mesure of closure, but the Sect Leader still needs to work on his atonement in order to be truly forgiven.
  • A Pairing Of Souls:
    • Shen Yuan tries to claim Shen Qingqiu's body back by pretending he's the man's twin brother and as such is entitled to it for mourning and burial rites. Luo Binghe immediately mistrusts him since his shizun never once mentioned having a sibling, and discreetly investigates on Shen Yuan's supposed past before relaxing.
    • Shen Yuan openly refuses the opportunity to become a teacher at the Huan Hua Palace, pointing he has no credits whatsoever and Luo Binghe doesn't even know if he likes children or has no ill intent towards them.
    • Luo Binghe's appaling behaviour towards his shizun is heavily deconstructed; trying to drug the man's food, refusing to keep his word or to apologize for past mistakes, outright physically assaulting Shen Qingqiu and later killing someone right in front of the man only contributes to show how unhinged he actually is and lead Shen Yuan to reject him unless he truly repents and improves as a person.
    • A disguise won't work with people extremely familiar with the one trying to stay undercover; Luo Binghe is rather weirded out by the sheer number of quirks that Shen Yuan shares with his shizun before understanding who the man truly is when he helps Luo Binghe with a qi deviation, and Yue Qingyuan was never fooled at all by "Shen Qingqiu" trying to impersonate Shen Jiu.
    • Shen Jiu does not agree with Shen Yuan's decision to rekindle a relationship with a seemingly-repentant Luo Binghe, having seen firsthand how obsessive and unwittingly toxic the half-demon could be and not buying his claims of having turned a new leaf.

    The Rising of the Shield Hero 
  • The Villainess Quits
    • After Malty decides to apologize to everyone she's wronged, to make it less likely someone tries to assassinate her, several people either try to take advantage of her generosity or believe she's merely bribing them and not truly apologetic. She'd been a sadist and low functioning sociopath for her entire life and two weeks of behaving differently isn't going to convince most people.
    • Even though Malty doesn't join Naofumi's party, he's still framed for rape, though the perpetrators use a different victim. Worse, because Malty warned Naofumi not to trust anyone, in a room liable to have eavesdroppers, and his companion was a commoner rather than a princess, Naofumi's companion is actually raped to sell the lie.
    • Malty's public episode of Laughing Mad at Naofumi still being framed for rape despite her best efforts convinces both Naofumi and his alleged victim that she planned the whole thing.
  • Iwatani Naofumi - BitchSlayer
    • Upon learning Malty planned to frame him for a crime that would see him executed, Naofumi comes extremely close to simply killing her. Only Malty's pleading that he wouldn't be killed stops him from strangling her.
    • As Melromarc is a matriarchy, Motoyasu general attitude toward women is considered highly offensive. Such as insisting his female party not fight at all and treating them like cheerleaders rather than adventurers. Only the fact he's a legendary hero spares him any repercussions. Eventually, Malty snaps at him that they joined his party to actually fight and defened Melromarc, with the rest of Motoyasu's party taking her side.
    • Raphtalia's Plot-Relevant Age-Up requires a lot of food. Despite being half Naofumi's size, she eats twice as much as him to fuel her growth.
  • Promotion to Queen: Malty does everything she can to provide for her people, including creating magical structures that are not only stronger than castles, but also provide near unlimited food and water. Her advisor Cromwell lampshades that she's basically destroyed the kingdom's agriculture and housing industries. Every single farmer, carpenter, and stonemason is out of work as a result of Malty's actions. According to reports, there's literally entire warehouses of crops that are being left to rot because no one will buy them when free food is readily available.

    Rosario + Vampire 
  • What does Issa do when his daughters start defying him in Here In My Arms? He withdraws their tuition from Youkai Academy so they have to come home. Tsukune even laments that for all the power he's gained, he still can't protect them from everything. Averted however when his familiar gives away a gem made from her fire to pay for their tuition.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • From Act II onwards, anyone who uses modern weapons, like guns and missiles, is treated as a very serious threat, even to S-Class monsters like vampires. Dark even points out that all Fairy Tale would really need to take on a Dark Lord as powerful as Issa Shuzen is a single nuclear missile, and Mizore points out to Rason that that's exactly why The Masquerade is in place: humans vastly outnumber monsters, and as powerful as monster might and magic is, human technology and weaponry are superior.
    • In Act III, Apoch and Astreal become the girlfriends of Ahakon, and when they realize that Ahakon is developing feelings for Yukari, they start being bitches to her to the extent that they try to kill her in plain sight, earning them a vicious, and karmic, beating from Inner Moka. In the very next chapter, after Yukari refuses to back down, despite Ahakon having explicitly told them that he didn't want them to be mean to Yukari anymore, they get in a fight with Yukari again and are only stopped from killing her by Ahakon throwing her out of the way of the blast, with Ahakon himself only surviving because Luna pulled him out of the way just in time. Immediately afterwards, Ahakon, taking into consideration the fact that they tried to kill Yukari twice out of petty jealousy, as well as himself, along with his own newfound feelings for Yukari and the realization that agreeing to date them both was a mistake and not fair to either, dumps Apoch and Astreal for Yukari right then and there.
    • Arial has spent all of her afterlife, as well as all of Act V and most of Act VI, infatuated with Dark because he turned on his master in a rage after being forced to kill her. It isn't until chapter 27, when the reveal of her Yandere nature toward him leads him to have a nervous breakdown and nearly die, that Arial is finally forced to acknowledge that her purpose is to serve as Dark's guardian angel/mother figure and nothing more... which leads to her declaring that Mizore has no right to Dark and must actually prove herself worthy before she can actually marry her, and eventually dropping that completely and deciding that Felucia would be a better match for him. In chapter 50, after Dark tells her that he'll fly a helicopter next time and "take her for a ride she'll really remember," Arial's Inner Monologue reveals that despite her acceptance that she and Dark will never be involved romantically, her feelings haven't just magically gone away and are still lingering, which helps to explain her ongoing hostility toward Mizore.
  • In He Who Fights Monsters, after they have sex for the first time, a remark by Keito has Tsukune worrying he might have gotten her pregnant. She quickly points out that they're vastly different species and aren't genetically compatible.

    RWBY 
  • The Games We Play (The Gamer/RWBY):
    • Throwing together thousands of unwillingly displaced people from many different walks of life doesn't lead to setting aside of differences and the formation of a new kingdom. Angry, confused and resentful, with those responsible for the displacement far away, those consigned to Menagerie find their anger turning inwards to each other. As a result, at least two faunus characters lost parents not to human racism but to faunus-on-faunus violence.
    • Training from Hell from a young age, even when successful in making the trainees strong, also leaves them traumatised and hating the trainer.
    • "Try Again". So it turns out that the slaughter of hordes of Grimm isn't exactly something that goes unnoticed; nobody might be in a hurry to shed tears over their demise, but the presence of powerful unknown parties makes people nervous, so Mistral has still had lookout machines installed in an attempt to track down the perpetrator.
    • Once Jaune reaches the higher tiers of power, he recognises that against the sheer power high-level Grimm and Huntsmen can bring to bear, 'throw a horde of basic mooks/redshirts with guns into the fray' quickly ceases to be a relevant strategy - at worst, the mooks would spontaneously evaporate.
    • Following from the above, Jaune also is forced to hold back a lot when outside Naraka or in occupied areas because when your basic punches start at building-wrecking, collateral damage would be massive otherwise. He is also clearly said to damage the environment with the strength and speed of his movements.
    • Meeting with someone you haven't seen for decades isn't going to result in some heartfelt reunion. You'd be lucky if you even remember them.
  • Redemption:
    • Being forced to spend a long period of time in the hospital because you've depleted your Aura leads to a major loss of fitness and stamina, as Russel learns the hard way.
    • Some people have Semblances that allow them to turn into rose petals, but with a random partnering system, it's a safe bet that at least some teams will have incompatible Semblances, as is the case with CRDL.
  • Emergence (RWBY) takes place in the "real world", so naturally it's got lots of this going on.
    • A character from fiction appearing in the real world would be initially thought of as a very in-character cosplayer, even by a fan of that series. It takes Ruby doing a Flash Step before the quartet start to suspect she's the real deal.
    • When trying to look for a character from fiction, others' first response is to think the searchers are crazies or pranksters. This trouble pops up again when Team JNPR first show up.
    • The group contacts the folks at Rooster Teeth, attaching video proof of Ruby's powers, hoping they might know how to send the girls home. They reply that even if they believed their story, there is really nothing they can do.
    • Retrieving the other members of Team RWBY from across the globe and forging papers for them costs a lot more money than a group of college students can afford. Fortunately, the folks at Rooster Teeth agree to help fund them. The group also mentions that what they are doing is highly illegal and dangerous, and the people who go on the retrieval missions have to miss a lot of school and work.
    • Joe is painfully aware that though he might have been a soldier, it doesn't qualify him to run a complex retrieval.
    • Once they enter Syria and encounter the war zone, Sam almost has a panic attack, since he's not a trained warrior like Joe and Ruby.
    • Despite Yang's superhuman abilities, she starts to get exhausted from constantly fighting and running from the terrorists and acknowledges that she can't escape Syria without food, supplies, and a vehicle. Ember Celica eventually gets two clips of ammo left, so she switches to regular guns because Earth has no Dust ammo.
    • When various governments learn of Team RWBY and are convinced they are real, they hope to acquire them, seeing their abilities as useful. Contrary to the students' fears of a They Would Cut You Up situation, the agents attempt to meet the girls and talk to them peacefully in hopes of recruiting them. Iverson, the CSIS representative, has a momentary Heroic BSoD when he hears a teenager from his country admit to being afraid that his government would summarily murder an innocent girl For Science!
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    • The girls try to do Halloween shopping at the last minute, and fail to find their intended costumes, so they improvise instead.
  • Service with a Smile: Has its own page.
  • The Self Made Man: Cinder tries to dramatically whisper to Jaune to get Junior while he is serving drinks in a nightclub. He is unable to hear her with loud music, background conversations, and drunk people trying to get him to serve them. She has to show him a message on a scroll for him to understand what she wants.
  • White Sheep (RWBY):
    • Salem wants to be a good mother for her children, but thousands of years of being an absolute ruler and less than a decade of having kids beforehand means that she tends toward There Is No Kill Like Overkill solutions. She has to be talked down from throwing hordes of Grimm at the problem when Jaune leaves, spoils her children rotten, and the first time her daughter asked for some books, she literally stole an entire library. It's even noted that Sapphire has had difficulties growing up and as a result is more cold and cruel, since Salem wasn't expecting Sapphire at all and had no idea how to raise her, with Nicholas being no more help than she was.
    • At one point, Cardin tries to prove Jaune is "Hentacle" by throwing a bucket of holy water on him. All it accomplishes is leaving Jaune soaking wet, for two reasons: First, the Grimm are not depicted as demonic beings at all, so holy water wouldn't affect them, and second, even if it was, the Gods abandoned Remnant long ago, so there would be no reason for their power to work.
    • Adam is a powerful, dangerous opponent who has led the White Fang for years and can fight Jaune in Grimm form on an even level. But against a literal Kaiju like Kevin, he's just a man with a pointy stick.
    • Played for Laughs, but a Mêlée à Trois with over half a dozen sides, not all of whom are antagonistic towards all of the others, quickly leads to people accidentally attacking allies.
    • Ozpin attempts to appeal to The Needs of the Many when telling a group of people to leave their True Companions to die. This is met with resistance and then outright refusal, especially since the only reassurance he offers is a halfhearted "they will be fine".
    • Ozpin uses equivocal statements to convince someone to violate another person's basic human rights, which leads to serious anger and distrust when Ironwood finds out. Especially since Ironwood can face dire consequences for what he did under Ozpin's advice.
    • Revealing the existence of Grimm royalty sparks protests, riots, and cults all across Remnant.
    • While meeting Ironwood, Jaune keeps his left hand on his sword without drawing it. He reveals to Ruby and Weiss afterwards that the true reason his hand never moved is because it froze to the pommel in the negative-thirty-degree weather.
    • Though Ironwood is a Reasonable Authority Figure who'd like nothing more than to release Yang, especially if it means the Grimm will never attack Atlas again, he doesn't have the authority to do so and is stuck dealing with politicians.
    • According to Blake, racism is only part of why the SDC pays their Faunus miners so little. The expense of both shipping Dust and providing security for the mines also lowers their wages.
    • Ozpin is shown as being completely incapable of accepting that Salem has changed after fighting her for literally thousands of years across time, during which her goals have been fairly consistent—wipe out all humans and Faunus. Compared to that, a change of heart for the last twenty-five years is a drop in the bucket, and Ozpin rejecting the possibility that she's changed colors (metaphorically speaking) is at least somewhat understandable.
    • In Chapter 98, it's mentioned that even if peace with the Grimm becomes a reality, it will probably be a few generations before Huntsman Academies either close down or change their focus due to people needing time to actually trust in said peace.
  • In the Kingdom's Service
    • Because she skipped two years of schooling, Ruby tends to struggle academically. While she may be incredibly skilled in combat, she can't answer questions on subjects she never learned. Oobleck points out that the question he asked her in class he knew she probably wouldn't be able to answer because it wouldn't be covered until the following year at her old school.
    • As the most junior of agents in the VSS, Jaune is only brought on missions that are meant to be easy and low risk, and even then only as an observer. That the missions tend to turn into violent brawls is simply a matter of bad luck.
    • Cinder Fall doesn't kill underlings for failure nor does she expect perfect success on every mission, understanding that sometimes circumstances beyond their control interfere. According to Oobleck, she'd actually be suspicious if an underling was too successful, which is why on his first solo task for Cinder, Jaune is set up to be spotted and barely get away, though still succeeding in his task.
    • After being kidnapped and drugged by the VSS, Ruby is kept in the infirmary for a week to wait out any potential withdrawal symptoms from the drugs leaving her body.
  • Jaune's alcoholism in Tending to the Soul doesn't disappear overnight just because he got a pep talk from Glynda and a good cry. Weeks later, Jaune relapses when Sun and Neptune unknowingly offer him a shot of whiskey. Once he does get clean, Jaune suffers from withdrawals, such as an increasingly short temper with a trainee.
    • When Jaune decides to heed Taiyang's advice and go "fight" against what wronged him, he's nearly killed by a pair of beowolfs due to having neither training nor an unlocked Aura on top of being drunk at the time. The narration makes it quite clear that Jaune would have died if not for help arriving when they did.
    • Jaune's treatment is complicated by the massive amount of alcohol in his bloodstream preventing doctors from being able to give him any medications until it's out of his system.
  • While cleaning up from Yang trashing his club in Take a Walk on the Wild Side, Junior spends a couple hours not only contacting repair crews, but getting his various delivery services halted along with having the gas and electricity turned off for parts of the club to prevent problems during repairs.
    • While Junior's fake transcripts for Jaune are flawless, the two of them forgot to take in account that Jaune's father attended Beacon. Naturally, Beacon's staff find it odd a child of a Beacon alumnus would attend Mistral and contact the other school. As a result, Jaune is expelled before even attending initiation.
  • In War for Ruby, Ruby reveals that she almost never wears the cloak her mom gave her because, since she's training to be a Huntress, it's very likely that it'll be destroyed in combat. The cloak she usually wears is a different one, which has plenty of spares.
  • Professor Arc: Student of Vacuo (a Recursive Fanfiction of Professor Arc):
    • After Jaune is critically injured on a mission, the school contacts his family to keep them appraised of his condition. As a result, Jaune's forged transcripts are revealed and Headmistress Haley expels him, though the school is destroyed before his one week grace period is up.
      • While his mother had the best of intentions, Jaune never does forgive her for costing him his dream and nearly ruining his life. Though he does eventually accept her calls, he still hasn't visited his family three years after the fact. When Jaune's older sister, Sapphire, learns part of what he's up to, she's convinced not to tell their family as not only would their mother ruin things for Jaune again, but Jaune himself would sever all ties with his family for good if she did.
    • Due to Neo's stature, many mistake her for a child, such as the hotel she and Jaune were staying at called the police the first night they stayed there.
    • All, or at least most, of Beacon's faculty are fully aware Blake and Ilia are both Faunus and former White Fang. Jaune even lampshades how ridiculous it'd be for them not to know the former given Blake's idea of a disguise is a bow that frequently moves on its own and that she never takes off.
  • In A Rabbit Among Wolves:
    • Ozpin makes it clear to Blake that he knew full well she's a Faunus and an ex-member of the White Fang, especially since she did absolutely nothing to cover her tracks except wear a bow over her ears. Plus, she used her real name to enroll. Coco also points out her disguise is pointless since most people would recognize her family name as most people already know her parents as the founders of the White Fang.
    • Cinder calls Jaune, hoping she can bully him like she did Adam, only for him to put her on hold. Cinder realizes that while she is quite intimidating in person, her silky words aren't going to work on someone who doesn't know who she is, since Cinder only had contact with Adam.
    • Sienna and the Albains gift Jaune's group with an Atlasian Paladin prototype. Real Game Changer right? Except none of them know how to pilot it, and it being a prototype means there was no instruction manual which means its sticking around the base as, in Jaune's words, 'the most expensive, illegal, and criminally hot paperweight.'
    • Ozpin points out they cannot attack the new White Fang directly because their focus on charity and improved public relations makes anyone who opposes them look villainous.
  • In Falling Snow, Weiss is a transgender woman. Neptune decides to do a Crotch-Grab Sex Check on her after hearing rumors that Weiss is trans. Not only is it humiliating, but it hurts Weiss. Neptune's assault also doesn't go unnoticed and he gets pushback for it.
  • In one fic, Summer is initially uncertain if Ruby inherited her silver eyes. Like many babies, Ruby was born with blue eyes.
  • Along Came a Spider: Trifa infiltrates Beacon in order to kidnap Weiss but accidentally enters Team JNPR's room due to bad intel. When she tries to silence Jaune, he takes her out easily since she's a petite woman with little combat training while he's a much larger man trained by Pyrrha and has Aura.
  • Professor Arc
    • Team RWBY try subtly communicating their plans to each other with silent glances so as not to tip off Professor Arc. Since he's standing right in front of them, he notices immediately and thinks to himself how cute it is that they think they're being subtle.
    • Jaune's exploits end up with him being put on TV. Unfortunately, this reveals his deception to his family (who believed he was teaching schoolchildren), and angrily show up at Beacon to try and take him back, fearing he could die or get himself arrested for his fraud.
    • During the Battle of Beacon, many of the students join in the defense of their school. Unfortunately, they end being completely outmatched by the older and more experienced criminals and extremists, especially when Salem's forces join the attack. Ruby herself gets put out of commission early on by Adam's attack. It is only the timely intervention by their more experienced teachers and older soldiers that saves them from certain death.
  • In Mending the Knots, Jaune advertises a quote from Pyrrha Nikos that has her officialy praise his spa, Elysium Oasis, causing business to boom. When his Unknown Rival, Spa Envy, finds out, the manager immediately gets to work on ways to sabotage Jaune, but Azul is having none of that and shuts him down, listing several reasons for why trying to do so just isn't pragmatic:
    • 1) Simply put, it would be a waste of time and resources.
    • 2) The two spas cater to different social classes: Spa Envy to the upper class and Elysium Oasis to the middle and lower class; just because Jaune is gaining customers doesn't mean that Spa Envy is losing them.
    • 3) Elysium Oasis is financed and protected by the biggest gang in Vale, and pissing them off is just not a good idea.
    • 4) Even if they were to go throught with it and succeed, the scandal that would arise should anyone find out would ruin them.
  • Children of Remnant: After Blake and Pyrrha confess their feelings for Jaune, Blake begins stripping so that they can have a threesome and consummate their relationship. In any other story, coitus would ensue and then they'd be in a happy three-way relationship. In this one, Pyrrha and Jaune aren't comfortable with it, and Blake gets about ten seconds away from being a full-fledged rapist before she realizes that she's pressuring them too much.

    She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 
  • She-Ra: In The Wake: Even with his Heel–Face Turn and his history as a slave to Horde Prime now public knowledge, everyone still has mixed feelings with Hordak considering the years he spent waging war in Etheria.
    • While Hordak has ended his conquering campaign and the war between Etheria and the Horde has officially ended, keep in mind that a lot of his soldiers were literally raised to be his soldiers. By the time Adora and Catra end their vacation, they run into soldiers from a Horde revival under a new leader.
    • The Horde has been a nigh-unstoppable presence in the universe longer than any living person could remember. With the Horde dead and gone all at once, a lot of people are interested as to who was responsible. This isn't necessarily a good thing, as the fact that Etheria is a non-space faring planet with unique resources, has had two different galactic empires gain an interest in it, had just reappeared from an absence long enough for it to be an object of myth and has been absent from the wider machinations of the universe, Etheria is a sitting duck for any other cosmic threat that takes a passing glance at it.
    • While Horde Prime was genocidal and tyrannical, he was still a force of calm and order for the worlds he has enslaved. With him gone, there are plenty of unsavory individuals and organizations that were biding their time in the shadows for the day when a power vacuum occurs
  • Home (Aragem):
    • Much like real members of a former Cult, not all of the horde clones now stranded on Etheria are willing to give up their zealatious admiration for Horde Prime. In the Enclave, there is a flock of Horde clones who believe that them being severed from the Hive Mind is all a test from Horde Prime, thinking that he is not dead and will return and reward those who are still faithful.
    • While Scorpia intends on paying reparations for the Horde's conquest campaign, it is a very messy quagmire of a politics relying on the finite resources of a single kingdom. It could take years for those reparations to reach Dryl, and even then it might not be enough to Dryl's economy by itself.
  • I Thought I Wanted This: Mermista is still enraged over how the Horde destroyed Salineas and killed hundreds of people while Catra was running it and makes it very clear she will never forgive Catra for that.
    • Micah becomes angered when he learns Angella's death was caused by Catra and nearly attacks her.
    • Catra can't understand why everyone is willing to forgive her after all the awful things she's done.

    A Song of Ice and Fire 
  • The Self-Insert Eddard Baratheon in No Promises does manage to "invent" many, many things that either improve quality of life in Westeros (penicillin and anesthetics for example) or make him a lot of money (lingerie, whiskey, and spyglasses) but he can't create everything, due to either a lack of the required technology or because he simply doesn't know how to.
    • When Robert Baratheon has seemingly gone mad, Eddard has his bodyguard protect Cersei and his little sister so he can don his armor while his secretary guards the door. In the end, it takes Eddard nearly half an hour to do up all the buckles and straps since it's meant for two or more other people to fit a knight into his armor.
    • Robert Baratheon was well known for his alcoholism in canon so when his son "invents" whiskey, the more potent liquor destroys his liver far faster than the wine he'd previously consumed. Eddard even lampshades that he should have known inventing a stronger drink with a raging alcoholic for a father would cause problems.
  • Purple Days takes this trope and combines it with Character Development to drag Joffrey from the Royal Brat trope to The Wise Prince.
  • Let the Galaxy Burn repeatedly shows the idiocy of thinking Helmets Are Hardly Heroic - particularly when every soldier carries a gun capable of blowing your head.
    • Killing someone brutally for no reason is hardly going to make you look good - particularly if you are now surrounded by a lot of people that carry guns and liked the person you just killed or just have enough reason to see you die.
    • With the keeps and cities of the books being upgraded to planets, there are situations that change. For example, Storm's End ends up surrendering to the Tyrells because the planet is a net importer of food, and in spite of the efforts of several smugglers, trying to bring enough food for 800 million people with just a couple of ships is borderline impossible.
    • A rebellion is not going to be defeated just because its main leader was killed - particularly when the other leaders know the enemy is led by someone who will brutally murder your people.
    • Just Following Orders will only go so far, and even less when you are not repentant for your actions. Arthur Dayne is thus under constant threat of being killed by either Northerner or Dornish assassins, the former because of how he helped in the kidnapping and rape of Lyanna Stark, the latter because he killed his own sister while trying to kidnap Eddard Stark's daughter in order to blackmail him.
    • Putting an end to a rebellion with a rushed treaty won't immediately lead to everybody being happy - particularly when the rebels' grievancies aren't addressed by the loyalists, those rebel elements that surrendered before do not receive the same terms and the houses that changed sides are left with no piece of the cake. Also, the loyalists' many divisions prevent them from negotiating as a whole and leads to immediate political infighting that benefits the rebels.
    • When your main officer academies concern themselves more on brainwashing the officers into being completely loyal rather than teach them how to be efficient officers, and the higher echelons of the military taken over by nobles that only have connections, money and their names, the result is a complete mess that only holds itself up because of inertia, numbers and the lack of an enemy that can truly destroy them.
    • Balon Greyjoy thinks that just being Ironborn means his rebellion will be successful. As it turns out, all your good ships and crew mean zilch when you don't warn your potential allies (or worse, you don't treat them as equals) and when you are outnumbered by eighty to one.
    • Ramming Always Works is only true if the rammer can be fast enough to avoid getting destroyed from a distance, and usually if you can ram the enemy then you should get your ship out of the way - ships are expensive, after all.
    • If you are the King and you try to make all your decisions fit prophecies you are either making up or that someone else is feeding you, the people that actually make policy will just think you are crazy and do their thing.
    • The occupation of the Iron Sector, even after the Targaryens and their lackeys have destroyed anything visible the Ironborn could use to fight against them, becomes a bloody quagmire because most of the Targaryen-imposed governors are only interested in draining all the resources and money they can out of their planets, and some of them (like Gregor Clegane) will go out of their way to kill the local people just because. This eventually culminates in the Second Long Night beginning in Westeros in the Iron Sector specifically because Lyn Corbray nuking the rebellious world of Saltcliffe provokes the returning Victarion Greyjoy to raise the dead as wights, forcing Corbray and his forces to hold off the hordes of undead as the planet disintegrates beneath their feet.
    • The Stormlands hate Jon Connington because he is the representative of the Targaryens, who have been piling taxes on them with no excuse, driving hundreds of thousands of people into poverty. Thus, the only ally Connington has in the Stormlands is House Caron - and that's because the current lord is a teenager who is friends with his son and has been pretty much brainwashed into being a Targaryen loyalist. The one-two punch of Stannis leading a coalition of dissident Storm Lords to attack the Loyalists at Fawnton and a Red Priestess summoning Fire Daemons effectively eradicates the Targaryen Loyalists in the Storm Sector.
    • As much as he loves his brother Renly, when it becomes clear he would gleefully see Storm's End destroyed, Stannis decides to launch his plans even if they lead to Renly's death. Renly and Loras eventually come to the realization that pissing off Stannis was a bad idea... DURING the cataclysmic battle of Fawnton.
    • You can't rely solely on prophecy — even if the prophecies are all true, you still need to be able to find out if the signs have happened or not to be able to act properly. One of Rhaegar's last acts was predicated on the assumption that the Starks won't rebel yet because a specific prophecy hasn't come true yet. Rhaegar was right about the Starks not rebelling until the prophecy was fulfilled, but unfortunately for him, it had already come true — in the North, where the Crown's intelligence network was too compromised, non-existent or simply incompetent to be able to find out and tell Rhaegar about the relevant events.
  • In Hell Hath No Fury, Cersei Lannister is livid when she learns her firstborn daughter Lenora was married to Robb Stark just before the start of the Civil War. Tyrion reminds her Lenora is safe with Robb Stark - who holds Honor Before Reason and as such won't exercise his Marital Rape License - and the marriage protects her from being abducted and raped by less gentle factions interested in the princess's ability to bear a claimant to the throne. As for Robb's treachery, being wedded to a traitor is better than being made his whore.
  • The Raven's Plan:
    • Regardless of whatever Jon, Sansa, and Arya do, there are certain events from the old timeline that Ned, Catelyn, and Robb won't take well. That's partly why Bran wanted to just tell the latter three everything upfront and get it over with.
    • Planetos is a fantastic medieval society, so news gets around slowly. This is both a blessing and a curse.
    • The former slaves of Mereen want their freedom, but know that in order to enjoy that freedom, let alone keep it, they need someone to run the city effectively. This partially why they spared Hizdahr during the uprising; while their impromptu leader Daario can handle the military, Hizdahr can handle the actual day-to-day ruling.
    • The Northern Lords start to forgive Jaime for his murder of Aerys after they all realize exactly what kind of catastrophe he averted with his betrayal. All his many other crimes? Not so much. They are willing to work with him, but they expect nothing less than a full punishment for his crimes when the war is over, Heel–Face Turn or not.
    • As well-deserved the brutal punishment Edmure heaped on the Freys was, the people closest to him are still severely disturbed by it because it is extremely reminiscent of a young Tywin Lannister and his actions against the Reynes and Tarbecks. Considering that Tywin currently has a 0% Approval Rating and made his house so hated that even his siblings turned on him for the sake of survival, he's just about the last person Edmure's loved ones want him to resemble.
    • Euron kills all of the crew on his ship that Remembers before engaging a Yi-Ti ship that happens to be nearby. The rival crew Remembers and promptly kill him.
    • Robert's attempts to be a better king go unheeded and unacknowledged by the other kingdoms, partially because they've already declared for Jon and partially because his failure to rule for over a decade is what landed them in the current situation in the first place. Essentially, they don't care about his change in character because they can't trust him to stay the course, something they all desperately need considering that the Second Long Night will be upon them soon.
    • Robin Arryn might be free of Lysa's poison, but that doesn't change the fact that he's a child nowhere close to his majority whose education has been neglected thanks to his mother's smothering. He might officially be the Lord Paramount of the Vale, but the actual power is currently in the hands of his new Parental Substitute and regent, Bronze Yohn Royce.
  • Bequeathed from Pale Estates:
    • Trying to be a better king doesn't automatically make you a better king or helps the state of your reign. Robert may be taking more of a role in the day-to-day ruling of Westeros, but his lack of interest until now means he is woefully inexperienced for it and can oftentimes do more harm than good.
    • Dressing in expensive clothes, wearing a lot of jewelry and throwing lavish feasts during famine is a good way to alienate smallfolk and to get blamed for current debts of the Crown.
    • As the Faith of the Seven finds out, proclaiming that the only thing that has proven able to fight off The Plague is heresy only ensures people turn your back on you and your teachings.
    • Resurgence of a major religion is not a simple process. The Old Faith is facing resistance from the Faith of the Seven, and there are always people who try to get rich on their reputation.
    • There is no way that the Lannisters can mine the Rock for 8000 years without it running dry or collapsing. In reality, they have legal rights to all metals, gems and minerals in Westerlands, and their bannermen can mine them if they pay appropriate (and big) share.
    • The deaths of Petyr Baelish and Lysa Tully Arryn may have prevented his murder, but that doesn't change the fact that Jon Arryn is an eighty-year old man with a highly stressful job. Thus, his Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome should come as no surprise. For bonus points, his death was by natural causes and initially survivable — had the Maester treating him not induced a stroke by bleeding him out too much.
    • While the Game of Thrones is played like a game of chess, in the end the pieces aren't pieces, but people who are fully capable of making their own choices. Rickard Stark, Hoster Tully, and Tywin Lannister all learned this the hard way with their own children, and for Rickard in particular, it had fatal consequences for him and his children.
  • Chasing Dragons:
    • Oberyn Martell gets hit with this when most of the Dornish nobility don't support his rebellion. And especially when Yronwood and several other houses throw their support to Stannis. Because while his cause of vengeance is something they generally sympathize with, the risk of rebellion and the chance to advance themselves by siding with the king is greater. Also, Lord Yronwood has never forgiven Oberyn for killing his grandfather.
    • Rhaegar after the Battle of Tara never recovers from the head injuries he suffered from Robert, and medicine of the time can't help him. He ends up lying comatose until he finally dies.
    • Wars cost money, not just in waging but in rebuilding afterwards. As such, the Abolitionist Alliance conquering Tyrosh, followed by Myr's eastern marches being razed by Khal Pobo, leaves them heavily strapped for cash. Compounding issues is the eastern slaver cities limiting or outright cutting off trade in protest of their actions; altogether, this leaves Braavos and Myr in dire financial straits for at least a few years until they can settle things.
    • Drogo kills the Qohori magister who sold out the city to him. As Viserys later explains to him, this now means that no one else will betray their homes to him in future campaigns, as he's shown he can't be trusted to let them live.

    Sonic the Hedgehog 
  • In Freedom Dies With Me, it is mentioned that the Elder Masters (think Sega personnel as Physical Gods) choose random people to create and control Sonic-based universes. Anyone can become a so-called Master...which leads to a lot of nutcases seeping through the cracks. One, Delago, drowned Traveller's sister, causing his mental breakdown into War Master and thus resulting in the deaths of many universes. The fact that such beings have their own subtitle (Warmongers, or just Wars for short) implies it happens on a disturbingly common basis.
    • Likewise, Lilac's cocky, impulsive personality gets the better of her multiple times. It leads to her capture, torture and eventual spiral into insanity, becoming War Lilac. Unlike the game proper, her mental state takes a nosedive after the torture, and only gets worse over the course of the story, as the Healing Spring from the game is simply removed.
    • It also mentions what would really happen to an edgy Anti-Hero with an Awesome McCoolname like Traveller; no-one takes him seriously, Magister scarcely believes he even exists, and even Zao gives him no respect. On the opposite side of this, the main reason Traveller names himself so (ignoring his old Master moniker) is that he actually doesn't know who he is due to a loss of identity - he just names himself that because he travels the realms.
  • The author's next major story, A Dragon Without Wings, likewise details some points of reality;

    Star Wars 
  • Wilhuff Tarkin, Hero of the Rebellion:
    • When Tarkin and Ahsoka find circumstantial evidence that Palpatine is a Sith and orchestrated everything right after Order 66, Ahsoka wants to reveal it and take down the newly crowned Emperor... Except Tarkin points out that at this point Palpatine is the Emperor because he successfully discredited the Jedi and made himself look a hero, and while the evidence makes sense to them it wouldn't be enough for the public, and is tainted by coming from Mace Windu anyway. It's better to wait for him to ruin his own reputation and position (as Sith usually do) and orchestrate a larger movement in the meantime.
    • While the discovery turns Tarkin against Palpatine, it doesn't mean he suddenly became good, just that he has standards and good intentions. He's in fact the Token Evil Teammate of the nascent Rebellion, with many, including Ahsoka, working with him out of convenience and the narration referring to him as a high-functioning sociopath.
    • Tarkin's niece Rivoche was raised on Coruscant among the privileged, and so while a good person she doesn't really get the struggles of the Outer Rim until exposed to the fact Tatooine has droughts.
      • Tarkin himself, coming from a more temperate world, struggled with the idea when he led the relief effort, but being more experienced he was able to adapt immediately.
    • Being wealthy is relative to where one lives. Thus the Lars family is considered well-off on Tatooine because they have enough water they could have actual showers if they wanted... But to Rivoche, who comes from the wealthy world of Eriadu and grew up in the galactic capital, they're actually poor.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
  • The story Prodigal Sons involves two alternate versions of Donatello - namely, the ones from 2012 and 2007 - ending up in the 2014 universe.
    • Mikey tells Dee that since Donnie is shortsighted, his brothers had to read books to him until they found glasses that were close to his prescription - which didn't happen until the turtles were around seven. This means that they know almost as much about things like bipolar transistors and charge carriers as he does. This comes as a great shock to Dee (2012 Don) - not only because Mikey of all turtles knows about them, but that he's even listening to what Dee is saying. When he confesses that he's not used to his brothers listening to him, Mikey is deeply saddened.
    • The 2012 and 2007 turtles' treatment of their respective Donatellos is NOT appreciated by the 2014 turtles - so much so that they say Don and Dee are welcome to stay with them even if the portals work.
  • The oneshot The Worst Medicine is an answer to the 2012 episode Monkey Brains. Donnie's brothers still fall about laughing when they find out he was attacked by a lab monkey, but Donnie is deeply upset and hurt by this reaction and Splinter's none too impressed either.
  • In Sacrifice (Ravenshell), Raphael points out how hilariously outclassed the underground mutants would be if they went ahead and tried conquering New York, noting that while their Natural Weapons would win them the first battle against the unprepared humans, the rest of the world would be able to wipe them all out in retaliation. The fact that the mutants had only been sapient and had their new mutant physiologies for only three weeks and they think that Manhattan is the entire world certainly doesn't help.

    Thomas and Friends 
  • In How Else It Could Have Been, in David's fantasy about how the events of the fanfic Brother to Sister would have played out if he'd been on Sodor at the time, Emily is horrified at the harsh punishment he doles out to Donald and Douglas for derailing her. The twin engines may have caused her trouble and derailed her, but that doesn't mean she wants them to get hurt or suffer for what they did.
  • In the Sodor: The True Stories adaptation of "Mike's Whistle", Mike refuses to move after losing his whistle, claiming that without one he is currently a death trap. When one of the passengers scoffs at the thought of a little engine causing much damage, Mike snaps that he may be a little engine, but he's still heavy enough to put anyone he collides with in hospital, if they're lucky.
  • In Thomas and Friends: The Humanized Adventures, Henry is knocked unconscious after the Flying Kipper crash, and also has mild pneumonia. Humans can be, and in this story are, injured in railroad accidents.
    • The cleaner who meddled with the controls of Thomas' engine in the Thomas Comes To Breakfast chapter loses his job.
    • In the Duck and the Diesel Engine arc, Gordon, Henry and James aren't sure who to believe when they hear about the jokes. They've got no reason to believe that Diesel is lying, but they've known Duck longer and he's never done anything like that before.
    • Duck is left in a coma after crashing into the barber shop.

    Tolkien's Legendarium 
  • The Heart Trilogy:
    • When Kathryn decides to return to the Lonely Mountain in Heart of Fire, she tries to sell her property and animals and set out immediately afterwards. Much to her frustration though, Bree's magistrate insists on weighing the value of everything she has at their own pace instead of just buying everything at the lowest price, and it also takes time to find a farmer who'd buy her animals since all the farmers are busy due to the nearing harvest season. Add in the equation a huge storm, and Kathryn is able to begin her journey after being delayed by an entire week.
    • In the 9th chapter of Heart of Ashes, Smaug (under the alias of "Cail Agonn" in his human form) gives King Wilhelm an increasingly threatening "The Reason You Suck" Speech in front of the latter's court. The king is initially intimidated along with everyone else, but then he refuses to take anymore of it and orders a guard to cut out Smaug's tongue. Fortunately Queen Lalemwen refuses to allow blood to be shed in her father's throne room and orders Smaug to be thrown in a dungeon insteadnote , but insulting royalty — especially one as self-absorbed as Wilhelm — in their face is likely to end badly.
  • In the Silmarillion fanfiction ''Unintended'', Aredhel and Maeglin visit Nargothrond before going to Gondolin. After Aredhel and Eol's deaths, this trope hits Maeglin hard - he can't go to Gondolin because only Aredhel knew the way and even if he did manage to find it nobody would believe him if he said he was her son. Additionally, Maeglin blames himself for his mother's death, since it was his idea that they leave Nan Elmoth and Aredhel took a javelin that was meant for him. He's also afraid that his family will blame him for her death as well. The fic's ending is ambiguous, but it is most likely that Maeglin will be given into his grandfather Fingolfin's care.
    • Reasonable Authority Figure Finrod refuses to let Eol take Aredhel and Maeglin from Nargothrond against their will. He's especially protective because they happen to be related to him.
    • Eol resists the guards after they arrest him - which proves to be a bad idea.

    Twilight 
  • In Resisting Devotion, after imprinting on Claire, Quill has been in love with her ever since she was a toddler and waiting 16 years for her to grow up, bonding with her and building her trust during that time so he will be the most important person in her life. He thinks there's no way she'd say no to him, after he's loved her and waited for her for so long. Instead, she's disgusted and horrified when he reveals on her 18th birthday that he's in love with her, and immediately breaks off contact with him after giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 
  • The plot of Being Dead Ain't Easy is set off by a disgruntled former employee making an attempt on Seto Kaiba's life, but Joey takes the bullet for him at the last second and dies. Joey then comes back as a ghost, and makes it his mission in undeath to haunt Kaiba.
    • After several chapters of Joey haunting Kaiba by talking at him and writing on his bathroom mirror, it turns out that Kaiba could see Joey all along, but ignored him. When pressed, Kaiba reveals that refusing to believe in the ghost in front of him wasn't simple denial; he points out that an attempt on his life and someone dying in his lap are both very traumatic incidents, and hallucinations are a known symptom of PTSD. Kaiba only started to believe that Joey wasn't a hallucination when his story is corraborated by others; during a duel, Joey peeks at Yugi's hand and reads his cards out loud before he plays them.
    • Kaiba and Joey end up making a deal with Yami Bakura: Yami Bakura preserves Joey's soul, and in exchange, Kaiba makes him CEO of Kaiba Corp. By the end of the story, not only is Yami Bakura (and his host) unable to run a company, the media suspects him for the attempts on Kaiba's life immediately before handing over the company (even though that wasn't his fault). Yami Bakura angrily returns the company.

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