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Nearly every Robot Chicken episode has at least one instance of a cartoon's characters coming face to face with a problem that would be faced by ordinary people, and having no idea of what to do.

  • One sketch is about is about Mario and Luigi heading to Vice City (due to a closed bridge) and getting a pimped-out ride. They do several SMB things that don't work out the way you see them: Mario hits his head on the blocks trying to get coins from a supposed question block; Luigi stomps a kid's pet turtle to death thinking it's a koopa, so a cop tries to arrest them; Mario and Luigi pick up some random woman (implied to be a hooker) thinking she's "Princess [Peach]", so some guy (implied to be a pimp) fires at Mario; when Luigi inquires about mushrooms to heal Mario, the "princess" takes them to a shady drug dealer who gives Mario a different kind of mushroom, which makes Mario run over several people since he's now seeing humans as coins.
    • Another Mario sketch has a twofer. Mario and Luigi collect so many coins that they are able to buy a mansion, and are able to use the coins to bribe Birdo and even bribe Bowser out of Peach. Eventually, the coins run out, the mansion is foreclosed, and Mario, Luigi, and Peach are reduced to poverty.
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    • Yet another skit had Mario finally meeting Princess Peach's parents. While they're expected to be snobbish about their daughter marrying a commoner, Mario's own behavior—smelling like a sewer due to traveling through pipes, stealing a coin he found in their couch, talking about disgusting things while at dinner and his firepower transformation accidentally destroying their castle—would turn anybody off, no matter how much in love their daughter is with him.
  • G.I. Joe is recruited by the US government to train forces in Afghanistan in counter-terrorism tactics. It turns out that their cartoonish anti-Cobra tactics (intentionally using A-Team Firing, only for a suicide bomber to be completely undeterred and blow them up, and attempts to pull Dressing as the Enemy gets them slaughtered by their own side) are completely useless in real-world combat and all of the Joes are quickly massacred. On the other hand, a group of SEALs, using their real-world training, is successfully able to defeat Cobra with just bullets.
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  • In one sketch, a woman wants her husband to ravish her like Captain Jack Sparrow. She asks him to be realistic... and he proceeds to (in his smarmiest Jack Sparrow voice) romantically talk about the disgustingly bad hygiene practices that pirates in the time of the Black Pearl would commit. Needless to say, the wife finds herself extremely turned off soon after.
    "Captain Jack": I've been brushing my teeth with rum and brine for close to 20 years my little siren. Pay it no mind.
  • In a Revenge of the Nerds sketch, the Nerds get hit with this trope TWICE. First, they're sent to prison for their antics, which include spying on the Pi Delta Pis with hidden cameras (illegal surveillance and invasion of privacy), pouring liquid heat in the Alpha Betas' jockstraps (apparently assault), and Lewis stealing Stan's costume to have sex with Betty (identity theft and rape). Then Gilbert reaches out to some of the other inmates and teaches them that learning is fun... but that turns out to be a fantasy and the Nerds all get their asses kicked anyway since they're in a prison filled with dozens of other, more violent criminals, with one inmate tearing Lewis's head off with his bare hands.
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  • A skit parodying Back at the Barnyard lampshades the oddities of the farm animals (i.e. Bessie pointing out that male cows don't have udders and Otis telling Abby that cows don't have blonde hair). When Otis points out that a cow cannot walk on two legs because of the weight, all of the cows' legs break and they cry out in pain.
    Otis: Fantasy looks pretty good now, huh, you judgmental bitches?!
  • In one episode, the nerd has a dream and starts entering various shows on The CW. When he's on Arrow, he attempts to non-fatally wound a couple of mooks. He accidentally kills the first two by shooting them in the eye while trying to shoot them in the leg because he's never used a bow and arrow before, and finally succeeds in hitting the third in the leg... and severs the guy's femoral artery, causing him to go into shock and die from blood loss very quickly. Turns out that in real life arrows don't have pinpoint accuracy, and that Only a Flesh Wound is usually a load of crap. The trope is also lampshaded and called out in the conversation he has with Green Arrow before trying to shoot the mooks.
    Green Arrow: We need to take out those guards if we're going to rescue Felicity!
    Nerd: Cool! So is this season 1 where you kill every motherf***cker with a pulse, or season 2 or 3 where you just give people crippling injuries that will make every day of the rest of their lives a Hell on Earth?
    • Another segment of the same sketch also has the nerd take the place of The Flash in the 2014 series, where he responds to a robbery in progress at a bank. He ends up taking a wrong turn, then only getting there after the robbers have killed everyone and left, since even though he has super speed, he has no idea how to navigate through the fictional Central City.
  • One episode subverts Joker Immunity by having the trope namer, The Joker, actually get executed for his numerous murders.
  • The Smurfs:
    • One short has Gargamel put on trial for attempted genocide.
    • Another has him finally capturing the Smurfs and eating them. However, since he didn't take into account how sentient beings would taste and in all likelihood he either ate them raw or at the very least undercooked, one bite turns him off of eating them anymore, so he dumps them in the garbage and orders Chinese food instead.
    • Yet a third one, in a parody of the Hunger Games, starts with an apparent gypsy moth infestation, which destroys every Smurf berry in a 50 mile radius. As pointed out by Farmer Smurf, the village is a medieval farming community with no access to any form of pesticide and who made the choice to subsist on a single staple food crop and for whatever reason not turning a portion of the crop into preserves to ride out any shortage, as Sassette points out after the Smurfs win the Hunger Games.
  • In a Sailor Moon sketch, the Monster of the Week gets a Raging Stiffie after Serena transforms into her Fanservice-y outfit. He's embarrassed when he notices and tells Serena he doesn't feel like fighting anymore before retreating.
  • One Speed Racer sketch shows what would really happen to Spritle and Chim Chim as a result of stowing away in the Mach 5: when the trunk is opened, it's shown that they were turned to mush after another racer repeatedly rammed the back of the Mach 5.
  • In The A-Team parody "The B Team", The B Team is locked in a garage and attempt an A-Team Montage with power tools to construct a vehicle to escape. They all die of carbon monoxide poisoning due to the confined space.
  • In a Dexter's Laboratory skit "Dexter Goes to College", Dexter tries to apply to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but is denied due to having no extracurricular activities. Turns out, it isn't just about grades for college; if you don't have any extracurricular courses, you cannot apply, since they also want to see how social you are.
    • The trope also comes into play when after being rejected, Dexter takes revenge on MIT by shrinking the campus and putting it into a bottle. It is not a good idea to piss off an actual supergenius.
    • Ironically, the original series touched on this too with his father trying to get him to take sports for this exact reason.
  • One sketch features Vic Mackey accidentally swapping universes with The Thing and teaming up with the rest of the Fantastic Four, who just assume he's Ben after being cured of his condition. When they head out to fight Dr. Doom, Mr. Fantastic apprehends him and Vic just shoots Doom in the head while he's monologuing because he was resisting arrest. We also have a realistic approach to Invisible Woman's namesake power: much like Sandy Cheeks as Miss Appear, she's hit by a car immediately upon turning invisible and instantly dies from the collision, only for the driver to unknowingly drag her invisible corpse when he pulls out.
  • Similar to one Family Guy example, one Home Alone sketch depicts Kevin McCallister's traps backfiring on him: he accidentally causes a house fire with the heated wire he put on a doorknob, is knocked down the stairs by a bucket on a rope and gets shards of broken glass in his face when he lands, melts his hands to his face in his iconic expression from the first movie when he touches the superheated doorknob, stabs his foot on a spike he put on the basement stairs and is ultimately done in by a clothing iron that he hid in the ceiling falling on his head. He also thought he was safe and went to sleep after setting them up, waking up in a panic from the fire alarm.note  Definitely a more realistic take on an eight-year-old's judgment than the movie.
    • Another sketch had Kevin and the protagonists of Halloween (2018) swapping enemies. Laurie has no problem trapping and killing Harry and Marv, who are both scared shitless, while Michael No-Sells all of Kevin's traps and ends the sketch holding him by the neck.
  • In an Alvin and the Chipmunks sketch, Alvin seemingly collapses and dies on stage, only to be fine for the next show. Turns out Dave has several boxes worth of spare chipmunks in the back of his truck. When confronted about this during a press conference, Dave points out that they're chipmunks meaning that they only live a few years under the best of circumstances and have no human rights such as having death certificates or getting autopsies.
    • Another skit has fledgling musician Dave initially contemplating dumping the trio due to their "regular", average-pitched voices being mediocre, until helium is pumped into their recording booth, which gives them their signature sound but then kills them due to there being too much without any fresh air left to breathe.
  • A CatDog sketch has a veterinarian declaring that Dog must be put down after developing arthritis. When Cat objects, the vet states that Cat should have expected this since dogs have shorter lifespans than cats.
  • A sketch for Voltron has its vehicular counterpart undergo a lengthy sequence with its 15 individual vehicles. Unlike the anime, the cast doesn't have the Transformation Is a Free Action trope while a Robeast attacks a nearby space station. By the time they finish, especially after messing up and starting again, the team arrives at the station too late. On an unrelated note, the leader of the station is Driven to Suicide after seeing that it's not even the original Voltron.
  • A sketch for Up has Carl lift off in his house, only for the house's weight to cause the balloon strings to break and fall back to earth.
  • The "Cheese League" skit has an intro for a super-spy team of mice apparently at war with a faction of evil mice, GI Joe style, only for the whole team to be promptly massacred by a small (and entirely mundane) cat.
  • In one sketch, Garfield is revealed to have Type 2 diabetes from years of eating large amounts of Italian food. Liz even calls Jon out for being so incredibly irresponsible as to enable Garfield's eating habits, and when she says they have to amputate all of Garfield's feet, Jon refuses to pay the exorbitant cost for the procedure, saying that's almost as much as a used car and that he isn't going to spend that much money on a cat as old as Garfield. So Jon has Garfield put to sleep. There's also the implication that Jon might have lost his mind, since he buys another cat, names it Garfield 2, and after giving it a choice between plain cat food or spaghetti, he gives the cat the spaghetti even when after it starts obviously eyeing the regular cat food.
  • The A Bug's Life sketch is about Flik's sleep being interrupted by the life of a mayfly and his wife. Three hours. After both mayflies die, Flik has a sigh of relief until a mayfly egg hatches.
  • In a Dora the Explorer sketch, Papi points out that monkeys are cute, they become a huge problem when they become big, which is why Boots had to be killed for what he did to Abuela.
  • The Clifford the Big Red Dog sketch has Clifford destroy a house and power lines and kill people due to its huge size.
  • In the Cheerios sketch, the BuzzBee accidentally stinging the boy results in his death, similar to how a real-life honeybee will die if it stings something.
  • After President Bush wakes up from a dream about being a Jedi he uses force persuasion to get an aide to get him a taco, which the aide does. Bush isn't actually a Jedi, but when the President of the United States of America orders you to go get him a taco, you get the man a taco.
  • The Bob the Builder sketch shows that Bob's methods of sentient equipment are not something a union would like.
  • The Handy Manny sketch, where Handy Manny is caught to be deported, shows that "Yes we can" is not the only answer to Bob the Builder's "Can we fix it?" shtick, especially when it comes to a political issue.
  • The Muppet Babies sketch has Kermit fall into a glass table and bleed to death in a game of King Kong. Being a small kid will make you more likely to die of injuries an adult is more likely to survive.
  • The last line in the Dinosaur Train sketch sums it up: "Maybe dinos built a railroad across this land, but there's no way they could steer with those tiny hands!"
  • A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sketch has Shredder's face burn from a pizza launched at him and he suffers a quick death because metal (which his armor and mask are made of) is a heat and electricity conductor.
    • In another TMNT sketch, Splinter dismisses the Turtles' dibs on April's "cloaca".
      Splinter: You are turtles! April is human! Your genitalia are not compatible!
    • The "Senior Mutant Ninja Turtles" skit has Michelangelo deciding to hop on a skateboard Leonardo found as he gets up from his wheelchair, takes one step on it...and promptly suffers a fall that launches his body 360 degrees in the air and hits his head on said wheelchair which winds up killing him as the next scene shows his funeral. Falls at any age can cause serious injuries, but for an elderly person, especially one that awful, it can be fatal.
  • One sketch involves a couple of kids playing a video game. One says he's thirsty, so the other shouts "Hey! Kool-Aid!"
    Kid 1: ...Give it a second.
    Kid 2: Yeah... Your imagination is a piss-poor solution to my thirst, and the kitchen is literally ten feet away. So... [gets up and goes to the kitchen]
    Kid 1: You're just like my dad, Kool-Aid! You never show up!
  • The DC Comics Specials enjoy invoking this:
    • In one of the first special's sketches, a quartet of ice-based villains each make a Dynamic Entry by breaking through the walls of the museum they seek to rob. After the fourth one pulls this off, the entire museum collapses, since there are no longer any load-bearing walls intact.
    • Lex Luthor brags about the "flawless design" of his Powered Armor... only to get hit in his completely unprotected head multiple times.note 
    • The second special shows just how inconvenient it is for the Legion of Doom to have their headquarters located in a swamp. The commute is terrible, and they are forced to trudge through mud and water, not to mention be wary of gator attacks. When Luthor reveals that the headquarters is actually mobile, they are all deeply irritated that it didn't have to be located in a swamp (especially Scarecrow, whose mostly-burlap costume makes going through the swamp especially uncomfortable).
    • During the battle against Starro, Penguin utilizes a flamethrower umbrella against the gigantic starfish alien. Seconds later, a strong breeze pushes the open umbrella in the opposite direction, incinerating Penguin's own teammates.
    • Double Subverted and overlapping with Bait-and-Switch in the third special: during a parody of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the 60s version of Batman battles the Arkham series versions of The Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and The Penguin. Despite the Darker and Edgier Arkham villains being more dangerous and far less campy than the villains from the 60s series, Batman defeats the first three as easily as he does the villains on his own show, but then Penguin just kills him by spraying him with anthrax.
    • One sketch has the origins of Superman while preparing him to be sent from Krypton to Earth. Even though he was able to be formed into a super strong and intelligent hero, the doomed leaders of Krypton still have no control over his ship's coordination so instead of arriving in America's heartland, he lands square in the middle of the ocean.
  • In one Scooby-Doo sketch, Shaggy and Scooby are trying to escape from Jason. After he kills the former via stabbing him repeatedly through one of the random barrels he was hiding in to play a wild goose chase similarly to a whack-a-mole game, the latter is caught and killed offscreen due to grabbing him by the tail whilst he was doing that goofy scramble hop done in many Hanna-Barbera cartoons before he actually takes off. Both of them failed to realize that they've encountered a sophisticated Serial Killer instead of their usual run-of-the-mill shyster trying to scare them away who isn't fooled for one second by their usual antics.
  • In a parody of Spawn, the titular character challenges Malebolgia to a musical duel and despite playing amazingly, the demons immediately vote for Malebolgia and let him win the challenge despite him being a terrible musician. They vote for Malebolgia for a few reasons: 1) he's their boss, 2) he will torture them if they don't butter up to him, and 3) he's the devil, he has no obligation to play by the rules or take defeat gracefully.
  • Double subverted once when the Black Panther is challenged by The Pink Panther. At first, the Pink Panther gets impaled and beat up, but then turns the tide by beating the Black Panther, then showing him defeating Thanos and saving the Universe. Then it's revealed it's just his Dying Dream and the Black Panther really did easily pummel him.
  • One skit had a meteor colliding with Earth a la Armageddon and NASA decided to send Harrison Ford and Aerosmith into space as astronauts to stop it. However, since Ford is an actor and not a pilot like in the Star Wars films and Aerosmith are only musicians who merely contributed to the Armageddon soundtrack, they lack of training and knowledge to actually be effective and their ship crashes into the meteor, killing them all instantly.
  • In a Star Wars skit, it is shown that Obi-Wan Kenobi using a Jedi Mind Trick to convince a Stormtrooper that C-3PO and R2-D2 were not the droids he was supposed to be in the lookout for only worked because the Stormtrooper was overheating thanks to being dressed in full body armor in the middle of the desert and wasn’t actually listening to a word Obi-Wan was saying, simply repeating him and letting him past because he wanted his job to be over as soon as possible.
  • The Star Wars sketch "Late Night with Zuckuss" parodies Conan O'Brien as the titular alien satirizes both Palpatine and Darth Vader, with the final gag being that, just as the show is ending, the Death Star rises into view in the background and fires its laser directly at the studio, followed by a Technical Difficulties card. Don't really know what Zuckuss was expecting to happen, mocking the tyrannical dictator of the Galactic Empire and his right-hand man, both of whom are perfectly okay with committing genocide, but at least it was a funny final minute or so.
  • A sketch parodying the Busytown books shows what happens in such a busy town (no pun intended): A massive car wreck.
  • Much like 1000 Ways to Die demonstrated before, the Betty Spaghetty sketch in "Molly Lucero in: Your Friend's Boob" shows why it's better to simply wait for rescue if you're in a stalled elevator than attempt to escape; Betty tries to use her elastic powers to get through the doors, only for the elevator to immediately regain power and she ends up decapitated in The Stinger.


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