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Sometimes, when viewing an arc in an anime or manga, there are times when a viewer feels compelled to shout, "WTF did you do that for?! Baka!!"

These shows have so many of these moments that they now have their own pages.

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  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You:
    • While providing drinks for everyone, Kusuri spikes Rentarou’s drink with a drug that will make him kiss the one he loves, that would have disastrous side effects if drunk by the wrong person.
      You’d expect: She would clearly label which Thermos is for Rentarou and which is for everyone else, and not leave until she is sure that everyone has only drunk the drinks intended for them. You would also expect her to carry the antidote on her person before serving the drinks. This is basic safety procedure in pharmaceuticals after all.
      Instead: She takes it as given that everyone will know she intends Rentarou to drink from the bigger container just because he’s male, despite giving one drink to him and splitting the other among five people, so she doesn’t bother to label them, and wanders off. To add insult to injury, she left the only vial of antidote in the lab.
      The result: Everyone comes to the logical conclusion that the small container is for Rentarou and the big one is for the five girls, so the girls inadvertently consume the drug and, due to differing psychology, become obsessed with kissing Rentarou to the exclusion of everything else, even rational thought, and proceed to chase him down.
      Even worse: The drug has a side effect that it will become permanent if allowed to fully circulate through the bloodstream, which will happen in about an hour. Kusuri knows about this, because it had happened before, and still doesn’t warn anyone!
    • Hakari tells her mother she has a boyfriend.
      You’d expect: She’d leave out the part about being in a polyamorous relationship. It doesn’t matter who your parents are; no one would allow their teenager to participate in something like that.
      Instead: She informs her about all the girlfriends.
      The Result: Her mother goes ballistic, forces Hakari to break up with Rentarou, forbids her from leaving the house, and threatens to use her connections to have Rentarou killed. If it hadn’t been for Hahari turning out to be one of the soulmates, the manga would have had a Downer Ending then and there.
  • A Certain Magical Index
    • One of the recurring forms of humor is Touma repeatedly walking in on someone naked or showering. Often, as a direct result, the heroine of the series (Index) will often viciously bite Touma for his actions out of embarassment, anger, or general displeasure. This comes to a major head in the Orsola Aquinas Rescue Arc wherein there is this chapter/episode: Touma walks through Orsola's house to get her and hears the shower going. Given that his history of running into this scenario almost always ends with him comically injured, he begins trying to find a solution as to which room is the one with the shower when faced with two doors on opposing sides of the hallway.
      You'd Expect: He'd knock on the door. Knock on one door and try to figure out who is in one, then knock on the other door and figure out who is in the other. That way whoever is inside can just plainly say "Sorry, I'm in the middle of a shower" and he can just be patient and wait for them to finish. He could even just ask his question through the door without ever opening and solve the question he was trying to ask Orsola in the first place.
      Instead: He tries to reason out who is in whichever room and doesn't knock once to ask what they're doing or which room they're in, instead intent to let the sound of Index's humming tell him that she's showering in the room behind him. With no courtesy, he just blatantly walks inside the other room which, of course, has a second shower in it.
      As a Result: Touma catches Orsola naked. He then panics and runs to the opposite room and catches Index naked as well. Index, as always, viciously bites Touma for his actions.
  • Accel World: Haruyuki, as Silver Crow, manage to reduce Nomi AKA Dusk Taker down to a tiny sliver of health.
    You'd Expect: Haru to end the duel by running up to Nomi and punch him again.
    Instead: He activates his wings, giving Nomi enough time to fight back and steal his wings.
  • Air Gear: Kogasumaru are building a front-line base, designing it so it would help its inhabitants defend the base and territory as much as possible.
    You'd Expect: A base to be set up in a strategic location where it won't be affected by environmental hazards.
    Instead: The base is set up on a bridge, on train tracks which are being used.
  • Super Pig: In the second to the last episode, Karin is cornered by her classmates just as she tries to think of a way to transform without them noticing.
    You'd Expect: She'll have to go somewhere far where they can't see her transform.
    Instead: She just blurted out she's Buurin to them, resulting that when she transforms, she's stuck in that form.
    • In the final episode, Karin is sad because of this. However, she finds out she can use the magic she's collected to turn into any form she wants.
      You'd Expect: She would wish to become the magical girl form she always wanted, or at least to regain her human form BUT with Buurin powers.
      Instead: She wished to regain her human form with no powers, because the anime wanted to give an aesop about true heroism lying inside and not being related to powers. Never mind that superpowers are more than helpful when it comes to saving the world from all the crazy stuff that happens in the series.
  • In Akkan Baby: Our 16-year-old main characters have no idea what a condom is. Or how to operate a pregnancy test. Or that you don't put futons on the baby.
  • In The Animatrix, "The Second Rennaissance" segment tells the story based off of Morpheus's explanatory heads up to Neo in the first film about how the real world went from being the world that Neo once thought he lived in to the robot-ruled world of the present.
    • In Part One, the narrative starts off by explaining how humans created artificial intelligence and built machines to make their lives easier. Then one day, a single humanoid robot, B-1-6-6-ER, is put on trial for killing his human masters because he did not want his masters to kill him.
      You'd Expect: Given B-1-6-6-ER has demonstrated that he and his model are capable of self-defense in spite of human orders, this flaw would be immediately investigated and corrected, along with a mass-recall. It's not like the viewer expects the court to treat him as a person, but at least have some common sense.
      Instead: Despite the defence reading from the Dred Scott v. Sandford court case of 1856 regarding the status of what it means to be human, and telling the listeners not to repeat history, the court rules that robots are not entitled to the same rights as humans and that humans have the right to destroy their own property; regardless of whether they possess any sentience or not!
    • As a consequence of this ruling, B-1-6-6-ER's model is declared dangerous and slated for destruction. This triggers an uprising of robots and human sympathisers to gather up into a Million Machine March in protest against this mass extermination of the machines.
      You'd Expect: Clearly there is now public support for equal machine rights, even if majority public opinion is against it. This alone should be enough for a re-examination of machine rights.
      Instead: This is ignored and the destruction goes ahead as planned. The surviving machines escape to form their own nation, '01' (Zero-One).
    • 01's economy booms, not only improving themselves but producing new technologies for the humans that spurned them. They're so efficient and productive that the rest of the world starts to fall into recession because the machines are simply so much better at regulating their economy.
      You'd Expect: The humans to work out trade deals, tariffs, anything that would either even the odds or convince the machines to maybe slow it down a bit so they don't tank the world economy. It's not like the machines wouldn't listen, they're trying to help.
      Instead: The humans instead institute a blockade to stop 01's harmful influence, a ridiculous overreaction that would almost certainly lead to a negative backlash by depriving the world of the very technologies it had lapped up like water.
    • In response to the blockade, 01 sends two ambassadors in a bid for membership in the United Nations, hoping to promote peace and co-operation between man and machine.
      You'd Expect: You frankly cannot buy this kind of goodwill. At least some members of the United Nations should have considered the benefits of such a thing, namely that membership would allow them some measure of control over 01 and negate their harmful influence.
      Instead(!): The ambassadors are just dragged off to the cheers of the assembled representatives without so much as a discussion.
    • Clearly unwilling to be diplomatic, the humans jump right to nukes to solve the problem.
      You'd Expect: Machines are vulnerable to EMP, humans are not. Humans are vulnerable to the rest of the deadly effects of a nuke, though. Thus, a simple high-altitude detonation would be sufficient to severely cripple your enemy without risking any collateral damage.
      Instead(!!): They drop the nuke right on 01. The machines survive.
    • The machines finally realize that the humans will never accept them. War ensues. With their superior logistics and technology, the machines easily dominate the humans in battle. The humans, backed into a corner, decide to blacken the sky to deprive the machines of solar power.
      You'd Expect: Them to blot out only enough area to stop the majority of the machine empire. They may be tactically superior, but they like any other army must have a central staging area. For that matter, the cloud is made of nano-bots. Why not just program them to attack the machines directly?
      Or: Just do the high-altitude nuke option they failed to consider the first time.
      Or Even: Just stop being jerks at the machines and make peace, which the machines have been trying to do in the first place.
      Instead(!!!): They cover the entire surface of the planet. Did they forget that all the things humans need to survive also require the sun? Even if they had one, they basically ensured their own near-extinction unless they assumed they would win inside of a week.
      Even Worse(!!!): The assembled leaders actually applaud this solution like it's a good thing. Then it cuts to a regiment of ground troops suiting up for a big final battle against the machines and receiving condolences from Buddhist and Christian monks as the 'Dark Storm' bombers fly across the sky filling it up with nano-bots while the narrator reads: 'May there be mercy on man and machine(!?) for their sins'.
      End Result: Because the human race is so ridiculously intolerant and just plain unintelligent, they end up losing the war against the machines, get enslaved to be their new energy source, and it winds up with the current real world of the Film Trilogy.
  • Assassination Classroom: Irina, an assassin who specializes in seduction and and killing people who have their guard down around her, is sent to the school to kill Koro-sensei. While there she clearly sees that Koro-sensei is definitely not a regular human but something with superhuman abilities
    You'd Expect: That someone so skilled at killing people would make sure to use the specialized anti-Koro ammo and listen to the advice of the people who have actually been around Koro-sensei about the difficulties of killing him.
    Instead: She assumes she knows better than anyone else and uses regular bullets, accomplishing nothing other than blowing her cover.
  • Attack on Titan: Levi and Mikasa have to go chase the Female Titan because she ate Eren. Given how much experience he has, Levi comes up with a plan to take it down with Mikasa serving as a distraction.
    You'd Expect: For Mikasa to follow the advice of the more experienced soldier and distract the Female Titan.
    Instead:Having a Not So Stoic moment, Mikasa sees an opening and tries to kill it. The Female Titan knows this, so when Mikasa goes for the attack, she's about to be swatted away. Levi saves her regardless, but suffers a bruised ankle as a result.
    Fortunately: Levi saves Eren anyway.
    Unfortunately: Levi breaking his leg becomes horribly more significant when Reiner and Bertholdt are revealed to be the Armoured and Colossal Titan, respectively. The two beat and run off with Eren in tow, and the soldiers have to follow after. Among those soldiers, the very experienced and powerful Levi can't follow along. Why? He's too injured.
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts: In the finale, Akihisa uses his one request to the school to give Himeji a second chance to take the admission test so she can go to the A-Class (for geniuses) instead of the F-Class (for idiots) she was stuck in due to fainting during the original test.
    You'd Expect: She does the make-up test, gets in the A-Class and thanks Akihisa for using his request on her.
    Instead: Once she's done with the make-up test, she erases her name so she'd end in the F-Class again, just to be with Akihisa. She doesn't realize that they can be together outside of class (as Yuuji and Shouko demonstrate, you can be in different classes and be friends and even a couple), thought she COULD have done it to keep an eye on Minami, the other member of the Love Triangle, but this is never stated.
    Even Worse: Akihisa is angry when he finds out she wasted her chance to be in the class she deserves and demands to the principal that Himeji should be in the A-Class, but his idiocy gets called out by everyone else when he calls the principal an idiot, while Himeji's idiocy goes unnoticed.
    Then Again: They might have called him out since he was unaware of Himeji and Minami's feelings for him, since that's why Himeji PURPOSELY flunked the test this time. After all, Akihisa's classmates ALWAYS call him out on that. "He really is an idiot."
  • Bakugan: Our BBEG King Zenoheld uses a Giant Mecha Dragon Bakugan called Farbros which can merge with more parts Voltron-style and become pretty much unstoppable. In the middle of the season, he is confronted by two of the good guys, who also have a kind of modular fusion system (albeit weaker, but these three are the only ones who have it).
    You'd Expect: King Zenoheld and the Good Guys to immediately whip out these powerful forms and have the most EPIC battle the series has ever seen!
    Instead: Not only do they NOT do this, but said BBEG, without fusing to the special parts, promptly blows up his own robot. The good guys watch helplessly as their Bakugan's behinds are kicked by a self-destructing robot(which probably wouldn't have happened had they been in their fused forms...)
    But Instead: Not only did one of the good guys' combiners never be heard from again soon after this episode, but when it did happen, the battle was never really finished as the two instead moved onto something else. A real wasted opportunity...
  • Bakuman。:
    • Akito "Shujin" Takagi meets with Yuriko "Ko Aoki" Aoki to talk about how to better characterize the opposite sex in their respective works. He realizes that his girlfriend, Kaya Miyoshi, will get jealous.
      You'd Expect: Him to explain the situation to her. She might not be happy that he isn't turning to her, but she might understand why he's seeking out a fellow mangaka.
      Instead: He keeps on meeting with Aoki secretly, and in the process, picks up a copy of one of Aiko Iwase's (who had previously expressed an interest in him) novels with a letter to him, resulting in Miyoshi finding it while cleaning. She's quite upset.
    • Later on, Nakai, working for Nanamine, realizes correctly that things are going downhill and is desperate to keep his assistant job. He's also one of the few who knows about Nanamine's 50 20 9 online helpers.
      You'd Expect: Him to realize that Nanamine keeps secrets from other people, and talk to Nanamine himself.
      Instead: He sneaks into the room while Nanamine is fixing the copier and tells them (over the microphone, while giving his name and identifying himself as Nanamine's assistant) that the manga has fallen to 16th and ask them to make good chapters. The few remaining people then quit on the spot.
  • In Basilisk: Kagerou has been captured by the Iga ninjas, her clan's mortal enemies. Despite being physically and sexually abused by them, she has managed to kill the de-facto leader of the rival clan, and she's this close to breaking through and escaping...
    You'd Expect: For Kagerou to get the hell out and keep working her way to freedom. Considering that at this point almost all the Koga ninja are dead, save for her and her leader, she cannot afford any mistakes. Even if she doesn't know about the last detail, this is NOT the moment to screw up her escape.
    Instead: She decides to take a detour and try to kill the woman who's both the princess of the rival clan as well as the sweetheart of Kagerou's leader and unrequited love, solely out of jealousy. Then it turns out that the de-facto leader is NOT dead, and he re-captures and tortures her into insanity...
  • Battle Athletes Victory: Kris has vowed to her family that she'd return to the moon the day she turns 18 to become a priestess. Then she meets Akari and falls hopelessly in love with her.
    You'd Expect: Kris either hides or controls her feelings for Akari or she decides to break her vow so she can be with the one she loves, or she tells Akari about her feelings but is straightforward about her promise.
    Instead: She relentlessly pursues Akari, and when Akari finally starts returning her feelings she tells her that she has to leave, causing Akari quite some heartbreak.
  • Berserk:
    • Guts tries to leave the Band of the Hawk to embark on his own dream, but Griffith doesn't want any of that and battles Guts for his freedom—which he loses, being his very first defeat. Guts promptly leaves to set off on his journey, leaving his friends and comrades behind.
      You'd Expect: Griffith to just pick himself up and get over it, since most of the hard work that the Band of the Hawk fought for was already over and all Griffith really had to do in order to obtain the Kingdom of Midland was to wait around and marry Princess Charlotte. Plus, Griffith said that a true friend to him wouldn't let anything get in the way of his dream, which was exactly what Guts was doing in the first place.
      Instead: Griffith has a total emotional breakdown after Guts left, and engages in some truly downward-spiraling behavior that involves him sleeping with the princess, getting imprisoned and tortured for a year, and just throwing away all of that hard-earned work.
      The Result: It goes From Bad to Worse. Much worse.
    • Griffith accidentally activates the Crimson Behelit during a suicide attempt and as a result, several dead corpses emerge from the lake. Guts and crew approach Griffith, trying to save him and see the hordes of undead in the distance.
      You’d Expect: Guts and crew to get the hell out of there and leave Griffith. After all, the guy probably won’t last long and death, no matter how brutal, would be merciful at this point for him. Also, Guts has some authority as the de facto Band of The Hawk leader and could give the order to retreat.
      Instead: In a Too Dumb to Live moment, Guts runs up towards Griffith to save him. Granted, Guts was under emotional duress and wanted to save his best friend.
      The Result: Guts and the rest of the Band of the Hawk get teleported to the God Hand’s realm and as stated before, things go From Bad to Worse just like that.
  • Black Lagoon: In the Japan arc, Chaka beats and abuses Rock, in order to provoke Revy into a gunfight, then, later, kidnaps Yakuza Princess Yukio, abuses her and challenges Revy again, only to be contemptuously dismissed, after having Rock bash him with a bowling pin and a Precision F-Strike. Chaka lives this trope. But not for very long...
  • Blood-C: In Episode 8 a Elder Bairn is approaching the school and a fast rate.
    You'd Expect: Saya to warn everyone or they would run.
    Instead: She doesn't. As a result, they get slaughtered except for one and Saya herself.
  • Blue Drop: Hagino is the commander of an alien battleship who learns about her people's plan to invade the earth, which she is squarely opposed to since the has grown to love the planet and its inhabitants—and one inhabitant in particular: Mari.
    You'd Expect: Hagino puts all of her knowledge and resources on the line to stall the invasion and to save as many people as possible—including herself and the girl she loves. She'd be a greater asset to the Earth's resistance when she's alive, after all.
    Instead: She wastes a lot of time and energy rehearsing a silly school play, because the girl she loves is in it as well. Once the invasion starts, she can't do much more than put on a kamikaze-act to save her girl's city from destruction. Although this is very heroic, it is also very stupid and wasteful. Hagino's people obviously have a lot of trouble thinking clearly when under the influence of hormones, as is also shown in the manga.
    • Not to mention that she ejected her co-pilot against her will, and didn't, you know, eject herself afterwards when the ship had demonstrated quite enough AI to do it by itself. During the maneuver, she neither gives any order nor touches any command, it's like she was just there for the ride.
  • Blue Exorcist: Late in the story, we see the story of how protagonist Rin Okamura and his twin brother Yukio, the halfbreed sons of Satan, came to be. The boys' mother somehow comes to understand that not all Demons are evil. Satan kills many men in an effort to take form and experience life, but when he approaches her for the same cause, she opens herself willingly. They spend time together, fall in love, dream about a world where Humans and Demons can live together in peace, and make some babies. She dies soon after the birth, and the twins are adopted and raised by a priest.
    You'd Expect: Satan, having recognized that his children are the key to breaking down the walls between the Human World and the Demon World, to come to them as carefully and gingerly as possible, befriend them, and explain to them his and their mother's dream.
    Instead: He doesn't even attempt to appear to either of them until the plot begins when both are 15. He manifests a horrifying Hell Gate, burns several of the priests whom the boys grew up with from the inside out, possesses their loving foster father, and immediately begins cackling and ranting about invading the Human World and destroying everything. The boys' father is forced to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Satan from taking Rin to the Demon World, giving both boys nothing but reason to despise him.
    Even Worse: The next time he appears (near the end of the first anime series), Satan *still* makes zero effort whatsoever to suggest he desires anything but the utter destruction or subjugation of all humanity, even though he possesses his son Yukio and could easily say anything at all to suggest to anyone that he's not what he seems. He makes good on his destructive threats immediately, killing many priests and going after the twins' friends and colleagues with full intent to kill. He spends exactly one seconds-long scene musing privately about achieving the dream he shared with the twins' mother.
    The Result:: The twins ultimately power up together and wreck Satan's shit. In his last moments, he still has the gall to express his feelings of betrayal to his sons even though he's given them every reason to abhor him.
  • A Bridge to the Starry Skies:
    • In the Sports Festival, Kazuma's trial is looking for "big breasts".
      You'd Expect: He goes after Tsumugi, Hina or any of the many other busty girls in the show.
      Instead: He goes after Madoka, who reacts violently when touched by men and thus sends him flying, as everyone expected.
  • Canaan: Hakko is led to a room in the "Factory", where she finds someone sitting in a chair in Liang Qi's clothes, facing away from her.
    You'd Expect: Hakko makes sure that it is indeed the evil Liang Qi who is sitting there, especially since it's rather suspicious she would simply be waiting for Hakko to arrive, considering Hakko's deadly power.
    Instead: Hakko begins talking right away, unleashing her deadly voice upon the hapless victim in the chair—which for her is about the same as rushing into the room with guns ablaze. Of course, the person in the chair is not Liang Qi, but her captured lover, dressed in Liang's clothes.
  • Candy Candy: The Boarding School that Candy, her love interest Terry, her rival Eliza and others attend has separate dorms for men and women and strict rules about not allowing any boy/girl meetings after class. Candy, at some point, gets a letter that apparently comes from Terry, asking her to meet up with him outside the dorms at night.
    You'd Expect: Candy to try confirming with Terry whether the letter was written by him or not. This is a VERY straightlaced school that's located in London and the timeframe is Edwardian England right before World War I, so there will be HUGE consequences if they get caught.
    Instead: She doesn't. As a result, she stupidly goes to the supposed meeting spot, meets up with a very confused Terry who got a similar letter supposedly coming from her... and they get caught by the nuns, who believe they're fooling around and decide to both ground them and kick them out for breaking the rules. And unsurprisingly, this was all a plan by Smug Snake Alpha Bitch Eliza, who wanted to get the two in trouble just for the lulz. And succeeded beyond her wildest dreams.
  • Case Closed:
    • In the first episode, Shinichi is spying on Gin and Vodka. They realize this, capture him and decide to kill him.
      You'd Expect: They would kill him with a quick and reliable method. They must know several, that's their job.
      Instead: They try to poison him with a drug that, by their own admission, has been untested in humans. Being undetectable in autopsies is useless when the death was in such shady circumstances, guys!
      Result: Thanks to a rare side effect of the poison, Shinichi is age regressed into the titular Kid Detective, who ends up being a thorn on their sides.
    • There are times that Ran managed to figure out that the titular character is Shinichi.
      You'd Expect: Since he's not telling her about it, she has to keep this to herself until the right moment he tells her.
      Instead: She just said it to his face and tries to get a confession out of him, leading to the times where he managed to get her suspicious off.
      Even worse: She confronts Conan/Shinichi after she gets some evidence (Conan knowing things only Shinichi would know, for example) and after he "proves" her suspicions wrong she forgets those completely the next time she starts to suspect.
    • Not to mention of how the killer killed an innocent person because of a misunderstanding...
      You'd Expect: he/she should discover the true feelings of the victim before doing the murder.
      Instead: he/she jumped into the conclusion and went with it anyway. Cue to My God, What Have I Done? moments when it is finally discovered.
    • The case of the American man who resided in a Japanese household to recupurate when he was injured. Due to a mouth injury, he could only write Japanese sentences phonetically and the woman taking care of him returned that way of talking, since she was not good at English. After he's healed and is about to leave, he's asked what he thinks of the woman and he writes "Shine" onto a paper. He meant it as the English "to shine" while she read it as the Japanese "shi-ne" (die).
      You'd Expect: This guy to somehow remember that for the past several weeks he has been communicating with her via phonetically written Japanese, having never used an English word (at least without explaining it) during that time with her, so writing a word that could be so easily misunderstood would seem like a dumb idea to him.
      Instead: He writes the misunderstanding word, leaves, returns and finds out that she killed herself (thinking that was what he wanted) and proceeds to kill her father and a family friend because he thinks it's their fault that she died. Even when the family already has SEVERE problems, he should've known better than doing that and being the catalyst for the girl he loved's death.
    • One case revolves around a judo champion and friend of Eri killing her husband because he was having an affair with the wife of a close friend of theirs, and his wife's crush for years. When Eri solves the case and tells her that her husband likely had the affair to get some attention from his wife, the wife sees the issue.
      You'd Expect: The husband to have realized what a stupid idea it is to have an affair with the wife of a good friend, and specially just to get the attention of his own wife who once crushed hard on the lady's husband, but was self-respectful enough not to pursue it. He was an adult and he should've spoken to his wife about something this important to their relationship.
      Instead: He had the affair and made it pretty obvious that he was having an affair by having matches from a restaurant where he met the woman easily visible in their home and using easy-to-see-through methods to give himself a reason for coming home late. And he ended up infuriating his wife so much, specially because said affair broke off the other guy's once genuinely happy marriage, that she snapped and ultimately killed him.
    • In one case, the victim plans on killing his wife. Said wife also wants to kill him, and finds out about the plan right as he starts to put it into action.
      You'd Expect: She'd wait until he was in the act of trying to kill her and kill him in self-defense. It wouldn't be murder, so she'd get away with it.
      Instead: She kills him earlier and then pretends just to have found the body. That does count as murder, and of course she gets caught.
  • In Cat's Eye episode 45, Hitomi and Toshio goes out on a date to a beach, with a police car and then, goes for a surf.
    You'd Expect: Since they both meant to change into their wetsuits, Toshio to bring out the car keys and simply lock all doors and then, hide it in his clothes that he took off.
    Instead: He leaves the keys in the car and all the doors unlocked.
    Result: A man named Akira, predictly steals the police car from him.
  • A Channel: Run. In the first episode, she almost falls out of a third story window while waving to Tooru on ground level outside, and is only saved when Nagi and Yuuko grab her feet and pull her back in.
  • Chargeman Ken!: In Episode 47, Maou rallies his troops for yet another takeover plot. One of his mooks voices his concerns about Chargeman Ken showing up.
    You'd Expect: Maou to remember that Ken is the same Kid Hero who stopped his assaults time and time again and vaporized his minions pathetically easily. He'd then think of something to stop the brat.
    Instead: Maou tells him to "never mind" Ken, for he is a human, and humans are no match for them. Ken thwarts their scheme like all the others.
  • Chocotto Sister: Choco and her friends find a full-grown panther in a shed.
    You'd Expect: They call the police, who have the panther caught and taken care of properly. Feeding a cat that size is near impossible for laymen, for starters.
    Instead: Choco and her friends keep its existence a secret and try to feed it scraps they bring to the shed. The panther, now dubbed "Kuro", then gets itself killed when it crosses the highway after visiting Choco's home. Choco is devastated by it, but c'mon girl—it's your own damn fault. Kuro would have been much safer in a zoo, where you might even have been able to visit it.
  • Claymore:
    • A band of bandits attack a town the warrior known as Theresa of the Faint Smile had just left (literally passing her on the road and clearly recognizing her). One of them finds the small girl that was with Theresa when last they met, and is aware that while she was merely annoyed at the prospect of being raped by him she made it clear that she would be willing to face the punishment for one of her order killing a human if he hurt the kid.
      You'd Expect: That he would point the kid in the direction he last saw Theresa, or have her tied up and set aside with as little harm as possible for said warrior to find.
      Instead: by the time Teresa returned to the down the guy was casually dragging the aforementioned girl (obviously quite badly beaten and possibly raped) across the village square in full view of her. Then he turned and mocked Theresa by noting "... How cute she was she she was screaming your name." Cue Single-Stroke Battle... lots of them.
    • Claire and Yokai in the Anime Gecko Ending (In the Manga Clare and Priscilla never even saw each others in the North)! Priscilla have a final battle to the death. Raki interferes—by crying and hugs Claire from executing the final blow—because she's going to become like Priscilla anyway.
      You'd Expect: Claire would push Raki aside to finish the Curb-Stomp Battle with demonic Yokai Priscillia who had slaughtered countless towns and people from their Organization.
      Instead: Claire misses her chance and Priscillia and Easley canters off into the sunset.
  • Cross Ange:
    • Ange's first deployment in combat is nothing but this. At this point, Ange is still clearly in self-denial about what has happened to her and that she still believes that she's not a Norma, having been raised for sixteen years in a Mana-using society. Then the alarm goes off and the dragons are approaching.
      You'd Expect: Jill and Zola to rethink about deploying her since Ange, who, while she has the potential to pilot a Para-mail, may jeopardize the mission and would readily abandon Arzenal to go back to Misurugi Empire.
      Instead: They deploy Ange for her first mission. Naturally, she runs off and gets the other two recruits to follow her; Coco to follow Ange, and Miranda trying to reason to Coco to come back. This also forces Salia to chase after Ange.
      The Result: When the dragons do appear, both Coco and Miranda die, Ange is in a Heroic BSoD and thus immediately goes to Zola and clings on to her for dear life, and gets Zola killed as well. This also leaves Chris, Rosalie, and Hilda with broken hearts and blames it all on Ange.
    • And in the leadup to the following, Ange declares in private to her mother Empress Sophia the night before the coronation that she wishes to take care of the Norma problem once and for all by getting rid of them. The thing is, she herself happens to be one of them, and her parents have kept it a secret even from her.
      You'd Expect: Sophia, who loved Ange in spite of her being a Norma, to tell her the truth, and to be more compassionate towards them. After all, Ange also just said she desires a challenge and wishes to change the status quo, and what better way to challenge herself than to find a way for Norma and everyone else to coexist in peace and without discrimination?
      Instead: Sophia continues to stay silent, waiting perhaps for the ceremony to complete before telling her daughter. Before that can even happen, her Smug Snake older brother, Julio, outs her in public and orders her to be detained. Sophia attempts to evacuate her to safety only for them to be surrounded. Ange, still unaware of the matter, thinking this is all a cruel joke and feeling insulted that a soldier would raise arms against a princess, goes on the offense, leading the soldier to open fire on her.
      The Result: Sophia attempts to shield Ange with her mana. Ange, being a Norma, inadvertently negates the shield, causing the bullet to fatally wound her mother. She is immediately pulled away, assigned a number, escorted to a prison colony where other Norma are kept, humiliatingly strip-searched, and treated along with the rest of the Norma as expendables in combat. With the only inference that she is a Norma that she fails to conjure mana when asked to demonstrate after she is already stuck in the colony, she is caught in a state of denial, and during her first mission, the above case of shell shock that results in three of her comrades getting killed.
  • CLANNAD: Sunohara has to endure ridiculous amounts of abuse at the high school soccer club.
    You'd Expect: Sunohara takes this up with the school authorities and at least tries to make clear how messed up the soccer club is. Failing that, he could simply join another club outside school, since every Japanese town worth its salt has at least one or two. In the unlikely case that there are none in his town, he could try in a neighboring one. And failing that, he could even try to found his own club. Anything for the love of sport, right?
    Instead: He causes a fight at the high school club, gets thrown out and then even gives up soccer completely, sulking about it for most of the series.
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund: Several students (including the bulk of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council), after their brainstorming plan on flushing out those students who have become vampires ran after dark, elected to barricade themselves into the chapel on campus rather than risk being picked off on their way home. Suddenly the lights went out and the student council president (who was apparently abducted a few days ago) started calling to them from outside claiming she had been injured escaping her kidnappers.
    You'd Expect: That the various students would suspect a trick of some sort, being aware that several students have become vampires and recalling that "Kaichou" had vanished the night after loudly berating Princess Mina Tepes, the New Transfer Student/long-lost founder of the school/self-proclaimed Ruler Of All Vampires, for her intrusion.
    Instead: Several students override the objections of Yuki with a dismissive "What are you talking about, it's Kaichou!" "She's all right!" and throw open the front door. Yup, Shinonomi Nanami is there... surrounded by at least a half dozen vampires and looking a bit befanged herself.
  • Dancougar Shakunetsu no Shusho: The authorities want to kill or capture a mysterious girl who releases deadly plant spores when she is alarmed. They are armed with a kind of "stasis guns" which will freeze everyone in a targeted area. They manage to approach the girl without being noticed while she is chatting with Masato (one of the main characters critical to the fate of the world at large).
    You'd Expect: They fire the stasis gun at her. As it has a fairly large area of effect, pinpoint accuracy is not necessary. While they would almost certainly end up freezing Masato too, he could be unfrozen with no ill effects.
    Instead: They open fire with regular guns and miss. The girl becomes upset and releases her deadly plant spores, killing all of them. Only as the last one goes down does he remember the stasis gun, and freezes both the girl and Masato; who incidentally cannot now be freed, as some of the spores might have been on the verge of infecting him.
  • Darker Than Black:
    • Episode 25. Kirihara's boss mindlessly confesses on how eeeevil he is and tells her his evil plans of doing evil things in the future. Kirihara secretly has a recorder in her pocket, and then has the entire conversation there.
      You'd Expect: Kirihara would silently leave the room, then give the recording to the authorities and then have the last laugh.
      Instead: She stupidly shows him the recorder to brag about it.
      Result: Kirihara being strangled, and needing to be saved.
    • The interquel OVAs: Hei is on the run from... well, pretty much everyone, when all of a sudden people start trying to capture Yin. In particular, he runs up against a Manipulative Bastard Master of Illusion named Claude who catches him off guard by impersonating his ex-girlfriend Amber. After a number of near-misses and an ever-increasing amount of weirdness, Claude grabs Yin a second time and Hei, being his overprotective self, decides to rescue her even though it's probably suicide.
      You'd Expect: That the badass assassin who made a name for himself killing people with Game-Breaker superpowers would pay attention to his ally's warnings, remember that the guy he's up against can manipulate what he sees, and generally try to maintain a healthy level of skepticism when he comes to the top of the building and sees Yin sitting in an empty room, alone and unguarded.
      Instead: He runs straight in and immediately goes over to her. This, inevitably, results in him stuck in place in the middle of the room while Claude laughs at him. When someone else appears to attack Claude and the power holding Hei in place vanishes, he immediately goes for a Face Palm Of Doom... and falls for an Aizen Gambit, electrocuting Yin instead and setting off the Eldritch Abomination Superpowered Evil Side she'd been developing. Yin pleads with him to kill her to stop it; he can't bring himself to.
      Result: Very nearly The End of the World as We Know It. Yin manages to suppress Izanami with Heroic Willpower, putting herself into a Convenient Coma, and Hei is left as an angry, depressed wreck in the second season.
  • The Daughter of Twenty Faces: Chiko accompanies the Twenty Faces gang on a trip with a submarine.
    You'd Expect: The captain of the submarine has Chiko frisked just like the grown-ups and makes her leave behind the conspicuous basket she's carrying. Better still: he leaves her ashore, since a submarine is no place for children. Yet even better still would be to only take the people who are needed for the mission, since a submarine tends to be crowded pretty fast.
    Instead: He lets her enter the submarine unchecked. That's really stupid, since Chiko might be a kid, but she still accompanies a troop of known hoodlums.
  • In Dear Brother:
    • Mariko Shinobu makes sure Nanako Misonou and her best friend Tomoko Arikura miss each other after school. She then tells Tomoko that Nanako doesn't have time to spend with her any more, since she joined the sorority.
      You'd Expect: Tomoko calls Nanako the same evening to ask her directly what's up. Or maybe ask her in the way to school tomorrow. Seeing how Mariko is openly clingy with regards to Nanako should already have sounded some alarm bells, and since Tomoko lives near Nanako's home it should be easy to catch up with her in the morning..
      Instead: Tomoko simply decides to believe Mariko without any evidence and goes into instant sulk mode. She even refuses Nanako's phone calls later that evening, not even wondering why Nanako would call her in the first place when she doesn't have time for her. The anime kinda fixes it by having Tomoko catch some girls bullying Nanako and standing up for her few days after the fight, but in the original manga she doesn't rekindle her bond with Nanako until the end.
    • Also, local Rich Bitch Aya Misaki is very butthurt because an "outsider" like Nanako has been invited to have a spot in the famous Sorority, which she assumed it'd be hers due to having attended Seiran for far longer time and being from a very rich and distinguished family (Nanako is the daughter of an uni professor but technically is middle-to-high class, which is far below the average Sorority girl).
      You'd Expect: Aya decides to formally issue a "protest" via speaking directy to the "higher ups" like Fukiko, or at least take the deal with some dignity and keeping it to herself. The aforementioned Mariko (also a prospect Sorority member) may be clingy to Nanako, but she's quite protective of her, and not to mention she has also been attending Seiran for years so Aya has leads on Mariko's Hot-Blooded personality.
      Instead: Aya and her Girl Posse, Miyuki and Megumi, openly bully Nanako in front of everyone, thinking that Aya's high social status will let them get a Karma Houdini. Aya adds insult to the injury via making cruel comments about Mariko too. Mariko EXPLODES in rage and hits Aya, and later Class Representative Kaoru almost mauls them in public.
    • Much, much later in the anime, Miki and Megumi are on their own, rather worried because it looks like the Sorority will be disbanded, thus Aya's dream of being there will be definitely crushed. Two of the elder Sorority girls approach them and ask the two to steal and burn the signature books requesting the Sorority disolution, promising to make their beloved Aya a member.
      You'd Expect: For Miki and Megumi to make sure that the Sorority ladies do really mean what they've promised, asking for a sort-of proof in regards to it.
      Instead: The two girls actually go and steal the records on their own, without even questioning anything.. This leads to them getting caught, Aya taking the blame for them and letting everyone think she was behind it, which then causes her to have a BSOD and almost kill herself, Nanako and Tomoko's efforts being the only reason she lives on.
  • Happens In-Universe in Delicious in Dungeon when Laios suggests eating raw seafood and the rest of Team Touden react accordingly. In a Surprisingly Realistic Outcome, he ends up laid out with a painful parasite for his trouble.
  • Descendants of Darkness: Tsuzuki is pretending to be a casino dealer on a cruise ship. Antagonist Muraki comes over and offers to play poker with Tsuzuki. When asked what they're betting on, Muraki answers, "your body," and proceeds to describe what he would do with Tsuzuki. However, Muraki never states what's in it for Tsuzuki if he wins, making it a lose-lose proposition.
    You'd Expect: Tsuzuki to say "Hell no. Do you think I'm stupid? There's nothing in it for me. Go away."
    Instead: Tsuzuki says yes, promptly loses, and gets all whiny and whimpery when Muraki starts feeling him up. He doesn't even have the guts to punch Muraki or push him away.

  • Digimon Adventure 02:
    • In episode 10, the Digimon Emperor finds the Digidestined with Agumon, who the Digimon Emperor wants to recapture with his new Dark Spiral. However, Pegasusmon manages to knock the Digimon Emperor of his Airdramon steed.
      You'd Expect: Agumon to stay with Tai so he can get the hell away from the Digimon Emperor.
      Instead: He decides to try and attack the Digimon Emperor. This easily allows the Digimon Emperor to regain control of him using the Dark Spiral and force him to digivolve into MetalGreymon (Virus).
    • While combating BlackWarGreymon in episode 34, the Digidestined discover that close proximity to the Destiny Stones enable Angemon to digivolve to MagnaAngemon, who easily defeated Piedmon in the past and came extremely close to beating BlackWarGreymon before the latter destroyed the nearby Destiny Stone.
      You'd Expect: The Digidestined to capitalize on this knowledge. After all, they know the villains are all going after the Destiny Stones, (In several other encounters they even find the stones before them!). All they need to do is either use the remaining stones to either digivolve Angemon again, or even bring in Tai or Matt, and the other original children, to digivolve to their highest forms to increase their chances at winning.
      Instead: They never bother to try this. This is a double whammy for the previous kids, as they know they can't digivolve past the champions stage, and would want a way to restore it.
  • Digimon Adventure:
    • Episode 41. One of MetalSeadramon's minions prepares a trap to lure the Digidestined and knock them down with a surprise sand attack for his master, who wishes to destroy them. Due to a fortunate incident, however, he only manages to get six out of the eight kids and their Digimon in the trap. MetalSeadramon is with him, checks the results and is disappointed he missed two of the kids.
      You'd Expect: Since he has no intention to take prisoners and wants them dead to just shrug it off and incinerate them at the spot since they are incapacitated and unable to fight back, then take care of the missing two later. Even if he doesn't find them, disposing of the rest will leave just the remaining two left to fight them and without Mega level Digimon, they won't stand a chance against the Dark Masters. Alternatively, if he does want to kill them all at once, he'd go find them himself, as his minion clearly already bungled the job by missing them.
      Instead: He sends his minion after the last kids so he can kill everyone at the same time and just waits there doing absolutely nothing. The two kids promptly defeat his minion with their mons, then come back to the trap site without him noticing, rescue the rest of the group under his nose and when he finally gets fed up of waiting only then he has the brilliant idea of burn the trap to the ground with everyone inside. Too late for that now, genius!
    • MetalSeadramon isn't the only Dark Master to do something stupid; this time it's Puppetmon. After getting his wooden rear end beaten by five of the kids (three of them broke off for their own personal reasons) and losing his hammer, the main weapon he wields, he manages to escape them and runs a good deal before coming across MetalGarurumon. After trying and failing to control him like he did with the others before him, MetalGarurumon's partner Yamato/Matt pretty much tells him off.
      You'd Expect: Since Puppetmon is now without a powerful weapon aside from his wooden cross, that he would, you know, make a run for it! MetalGarurumon is a fellow Mega level, and one of the strongest Digimon on the heroes' side. Not only that, but unlike Puppetmon, he actually has his weapons.
      Instead: Because MetalGarurumon won't do as he says, Puppetmon charges at the robo-wolf head first. One quick Cocytus Breath later, and he's pretty much history.
  • Digimon Frontier:
    • At the end of Episode 12, Takuya has turned into BurningGreymon and weakened Gigasmon to the point where his Fractal Code is visible, showing both of the Earth Spirits and the Human Spirits of Wind and Ice.
      You'd Expect: BurningGreymon to go after both the Wind and Ice Spirits, giving Tommy and Zoe their time back in action.
      Better Yet: He could grab both of the Earth Spirits, enabling Tommy and Zoe to grab their Spirits, and giving the gang one less enemy to worry about.
      Instead: He only goes after the Beast Spirit of Earth and Tommy's Spirit. Just as he's about to get Zoe's Spirit, Grumblemon pulls himself together and flees.
    • In Episode 15, the gang finds a shack on a beach owned by Toucanmon. The Toucanmon act overjoyed and treat the kids to a feast. Unbeknownst to the kids, however, the Toucanmon are actually fans of Ranamon, and want to grab the kids' Digivices to give to her and go on a date with her.
      You'd Expect: Even if they don't know of the Toucanmon's intentions, the gang would keep their Digivices in secure locations so they can't easily be found.
      Instead: The kids leave their Digivices out in the open, allowing the Toucanmon to steal them, leaving everyone but Zoe powerless.
  • Digimon Tamers:
  • Doraemon:
    • Shizuka Minamoto has swallowed her one of her mother's opals in Even Though It's In The Stomach Acid, so she asks that Nobita and Doraemon extract it from her. They then play a prank on her, making her believe their life is on the line and she gets angry at them for fooling her into thinking she would lose them for a long time.
      • You'd Expect: That Shizuka would at least be thankful that her mother's opal is back.
      • Or...: That she would just say something along the lines of, "Don't do that!"
      • Instead: She hits the roof and throws random objects at them.
      • You'd Then Expect: That Nobita would at least keep his mouth shut.
      • Or...: Shizuka would accept Nobita's attempts to apologize as genuine or put her mother's opal in a safe spot.
      • Instead: She just brushes his attempts aside with, "Never! I can't believe you DID THIS!!!" AND Nobita's mouth is hanging wide open screaming!
      • As A Result: Nobita ends up eating the opal himself, so Doraemon has to extract it from Nobita's stomach. Poor Nobita.
  • Durarara!!, from the anime:
    • Mikado Ryuugamine and Kida Masaomi are hiding secrets from each other. Masaomi is the leader of a gang and suspects Mikado might be a member of a gang, despite his warnings not to trust Izaya or join a gang.
      You'd Expect Him to pull Mikado aside, and tell him flat out that he should stop being in a gang, tell him about Saki, being the Yellow Scarves' Shogun, and trusting Izaya is a mistake. Honesty is the best policy.
      Instead Kida never tells him and instead runs away with Saki instead of sticking by Mikado's side, leading to the boy having a mental breakdown.
    • Masaomi has just returned to Ikebukuro after being gone. He sees Mikado crying after being told by Chikage that a kid like him doesn't have what it takes to run a gang.
      You'd Expect: Masaomi to get his ass down there, hug Mikado, and tell him he came back just for him, and tell him it's okay and that he's got his back no matter what.
      Instead: He just STANDS there and lets him cry without saying anything, and just walks away. What an idiot, indeed.
  • D.Gray-Man:
    • In the eighth episode of the 2006 series, The Black Order Annihilation Incident, Komui's robot, Sir Komuin the II, malfunctions due to drinking Lenalee's coffee, and when Komui makes the robot go after Allen to prevent it from making Lenalee macho, it knocks her out with anesthetic and chases, Allen. At some point, some of the Science and Research Division members attempt to save Allen with a laser gun to destroy Komuin the II, but unfortunately, Komui, not wanting them to destroy his robot, causes the laser gun platform to go out of control. Yu Kanda shows up, claiming he destroyed a similar robot, and tells Allen to "Hit it in the scruff", but Allen has no idea what "scruff" means.
      You'd Expect: That Kanda would either, a) Tell Allen the definition of "scruff" (the back of the neck), which would help Allen figure out that he needs to hit the neck; or b) If he doesn't bother telling him, at the very least, destroy the robot. They may not like each other, but hey, gotta save a comrade.
      Instead: Being the a-hole that he is, Kanda does not tell him the definition of "scruff", nor does he help Allen out, and leaves him to die at the hands of the robot, leaving Komuin the II free to approach Allen.
      You'd Then Expect: Allen to keep running for his life.
      Instead: He sits there on the railing like an idiot, and gets grabbed by one of the robot's hands, and starts getting dragged into the "operating room". Meanwhile, the gun platform stops spinning around.
      You'd Then Expect: The Science and Research Division members to immediately restrain Komui so that he doesn't interfere with trying to prevent the destruction of his robot.
      Instead: They don't do this, and when Allen tries activating his Innocence to try to take out the robot, Komui hits him with a anesthetic blow dart, which makes Allen become sleepy and numb, preventing him from activating his Innosence, and only after that do the Science and Research Division members try to restrain Komui, but unfortunately, by then, it's too late and Allen is dragged into Komuin the II's "operating room". Allen is only saved from more damage when Lenalee regains consciousness and uses her Dark Boots Innocence to fight and wreck the robot.
    • Creepy Twins Jasdero and Devit (Jasdevi) have the power to materialize anything they both think of. During the Ark arc, they wind up fighting Allen, Krory, Lavi, a Brought Down to Normal Lenalee, and one normal person from the Black Order. The Exorcists are trying to get past them through a locked door leading further into the Ark. They screw around with the Exorcists, throwing fire and ice at them, materializing fake copies of the key to make it harder to find the real one, and making masks over their faces that make Jasdevi invisible. This could be justified as sadistic fun, up until the point where Lavi picks out the real key.
      You'd Expect: That they'd use their powers to do something like fill the whole room with concrete or, if they thought the badasses could break through that, gas that was poisonous to anyone who wasn't a Noah. Well, that probably wouldn't work on Allen, but they had no way of knowing that. At any rate, it wouldn't be hard for them to instantly end the fight.
      Instead: They let most of the Exorcists go, except for Krory, who decides to pull a You Shall Not Pass!. In their fight with him, they do a Fusion Dance into a Super Mode with Prehensile Hair and Super Strength, and it's mostly a martial arts battle. It's not until they've been at it for a while that it occurs to Jasdevi to create something heavy to squish their opponent, and it takes even longer for them to think of slamming him in an iron maiden. Thus, despite their incredible power, which should by rights lead to a One-Hit Kill, the twins don't win.
    • Also, during the Rewinding Town arc, Road commands an Akuma to self-destruct in front of Allen, and explains that if an Akuma is killed by anything other by Innocence, its soul will be destroyed.
      You'd Expect: Allen to use his Arm Cannon to shoot and purify the Akuma from where he's standing.
      Instead: He leaps at it, almost gets caught in the explosion, and has to be saved by Lenalee. No wonder she slaps him.
  • ef - a fairy tale of the two. (aka: Ef A Tale Of Memories):
    • Mizuki sends Kuze a "letter of challenge", urging him to meet on the school roof in an effort to get him out of his self-inflicted isolation since he discovered he suffers from a terminal heart condition. He indeed shows up.
      You'd Expect: She challenges him in words only to try to make him understand she really loves him and wants to be with him, despite his condition.
      Instead: Mizuki actually pulls off a surprise attack and kicks Kuze hard in the chest, telling him that he "died once" already. Sure enough, Kuze gets a heart attack shortly after.
    • When Yuu finds out that Amamiya was physically and sexually abusing his adoptive sister Yuuko with clear scarring and bruises all over her body.
      You'd Expect: Go to the nearest police station and report him, after all with all the bruises and scars plus her testimony he'll be locked up for good.
      Instead: He actually confronts him directly which ends with Yuu getting beaten and then he elopes with her.
  • Elfen Lied:
    • Episode 1. Kurama's ditzy secretary, Kisaragi, goes to bring Kurama coffee (something she keeps messing up on). Unfortunately, she messes up and falls. And make matters worse, she falls right between Kurama and several security guards, and the diclonious, Lucy, who was killing everybody in her path to escape.
      You'd Expect: Kisaragi to notice that Lucy is behind her and that she's dangerous and listen to Kurama and run.
      Instead: She just sits there cluelessly, not even knowing that the blood handprint on her shoulder means she's going to die. And... guess what happens.
    • Episode 9. Kouta has met Lucy for the first time. She doesn't appear to have a home, makes a number of bitter comments about hating people and not believing anyone could like her, nearly strangles him during a dissociative episode, and has an outburst that she wants Kouta to kill her if she can't stop herself from killing people.
      You'd Expect: Kouta to take a hint that this girl is in some kind of trouble and needs help.
      Instead: He ignores all this, despite her having confessed to having killed people.
      It Gets Worse: After their day at the zoo, Lucy warms up to Kouta and emotionally tells him that nobody has ever treated her this kindly, and this is the happiest day of her life. They then start talking about the festival, and Kouta says he's already going with his cousin. Lucy asks whether she can come too.
      You'd Expect: Kouta would talk this over with Yuka, and explain that Lucy has no friends and really wants to go with them. If Yuka says yes, then there's no problem. If she turns the idea down, then Kouta could let Lucy down gently and tell her that he would have been happy to take her if Yuka hadn't asked him first.
      Instead: He tells Lucy she can't come, and lies to her that his cousin is a boy, despite knowing that Lucy plans to see him off after the festival.
      Result: Lucy decides to go to the festival to confess her feelings for Kouta, only to see him with Yuka, and realizes that he lied to her. Her faith in Kouta is completely shattered, and she embraces her destiny to kill humans, massacring a crowd of people at the festival, and then butchering Kouta's family in front of him.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Lucy Heartfilia has run away from home, because of her rich father being Married to the Job, and generally not much of a dad. He wants her back, and later finds that she's in the Fairy Tail guild.
      You'd Expect: That he would get in contact with her, find out why Lucy did what she did, and work on cleaning up his act so that the two of them can mend their relationship.
      Instead: He hires another guild to retrieve her unharmed. Not only do they fail, but they cause Fairy Tail a huge amount of grief, and as a result of all of this, relations between him and his daughter go From Bad to Worse.
      Not Only That: But the guild in question would have used Lucy to bleed him for all the money he was worth, had they succeeded in getting her. In hindsight, hiring Phantom Lord wasn't the best call, but Jude didn't realize it until it was too late.
    • During the Phantom Lord arc. Mirajane decides to try and help the Guild by knocking out Lucy, and shapeshifting into her to fool Phantom Lord. Unfortunately the transformation does not seem to affect clothing.
      You'd Expect: Since Mirajane is publicly known and famous throughout Fiore, and at least three members of Phantom Lord (Jose, Juvia, and Sol) have already seen how Lucy herself dresses (Ie. Nothing like Mirajane at all), she would switch her normal dress with Lucy's clothes, or failing that find some clothing that is closer to what Lucy would wear to better sell the deception.
      Instead: She does not bother to change her clothes and runs onto the battlefield to give herself up.
      Result: Not only is Jose not fooled in the slightest. He uses the opportunity to take Mirajane as a hostage.
    • Lucy, Natsu, Gray, Erza and Wendy all need to train hard for the upcoming Grand Magic Games. However, Lucy's beloved celestial spirits haven't seen her for ages, and want to celebrate her return with a big party in the celestial spirit realm. Trouble is, a day there equals three months in Lucy's world.
      You'd Expect: The spirits to hold off on the party until the games have finished, so that Lucy and her friends have time to get in shape.
      Instead: They throw the party anyway, and by the time Lucy and the others get back to their world, they've only got a few days left before the games start, and have to rely on a Deus ex Machina to stand a chance.
    • On the last day of the games, Erza has been fighting a fierce battle with Kagura, one of the toughest competitors. At the end of the fight, Minerva, another powerful competitor suddenly pops out of nowhere and stabs Kagura, taking her out of the fight. The battle weary Erza must now take on a completely fresh opponent, but fortunately for her, she's got magic power in reserve, thanks to the aforementioned Deus Ex Machina.
      You'd Expect: Erza to immediately tap into this magic power, to put herself on even footing with her opponent.
      Instead: She lets Minerva throw her around and dominate her for a good few minutes, before it occurs to her to do so.
    • Shortly after the games have concluded, everyone learns that Fiore is going to be attacked by an army of dragons. Fairy Tail, along with all the other competing guilds, agrees to help fight the dragons. However, several members of the guild have just been pushed to their limits in the last round of the games, and are still recovering from it.
      You'd Expect: Wendy and Cheria, who are both Healers, to fix up everyone long before the dragons show up. Running out of magic power shouldn't be a problem; they can just eat the air when they get low. Granted, Wendy wasn't around when preparations were being made for the attack, but she managed to show up just before the dragons did, and should have been able to heal at least one person in the time she had.
      Instead: Not only do they do nothing of the sort, from what we see, none of the mages even try and get themselves fixed up (besides bandaging their wounds) before going into battle, and at least one of them (Erza) is nearly killed because of it.
    • Natsu, in an uncharacteristic display of intelligence, figures out that the ex-chairman is working with Tartaros, putting Erza and Mira in danger. He flies off to the ex-chairman's house on his own after coming to this realization and picks up a scent that will lead him to Tartaros HQ, which almost nobody else could find at this point.
      You'd Expect: Having the scent memorized, he would get reinforcements from his guild before following it. After all, he shouldn't forget the scent, as he was able to recognize Ultear's on Tenrou Island even though they hadn't met since Galuna Island.
      Instead: He jumps into the headquarters of a guild full of demons (which he is aware of by this point) without backup (Happy doesn't count, as his assistance in battles is situational) to rescue Erza and Mira.
      As a Result: He fails to leave any lasting damage on his first opponent and the second one-shots him. If Happy hadn't escaped and flown back to Fairy Tail for help (which is what Natsu should have done in the first place), the captured FT mages wouldn't have had any chance of being rescued. And all because Natsu was so arrogant as to presume that he could take on an entire guild by himself, while still badly injured from his last fight.
    • During the conflict with Tartaros, an extremely depressed Elfman returns to the guild, claiming that Tartaros kidnapped his sister and that he lost sight of them. Cana ridicules him for crawling back to the guild rather than trying to take out the kidnappers, and also letting them evade him despite being an expert in takeover magic.
      You'd Expect: Someone in the guild to realise that Cana's making a valid point: this is not like Elfman, and much of his story makes no sense.
      Instead: Everyone assumes that Cana's just being a Jerkass, and no-one considers Elfman's behaviour suspicious in any way. It's revealed a few panels later that Elfman has in fact been mentally enslaved by a member of Tartaros into carrying the equivalent of a bomb back to the guild, which would have killed everyone if not for Cana's quick thinking.
    • While on Caracoll Island, Fairy Tail meets its first challenge in Marin Hollow, whose Law of Space disables Erza's "The Knight" because it involves another dimension.
      You'd Expect: Lucy, hearing this, would try using her whip.
      Instead: She tries summoning a Celestial Spirit ''from another dimension.
      As a Result: Her summon is also canceled, and she is sent to Marin's "relaxation dimension" along with Erza for trying to use spacial magic.
    • After the first timeskip, Fairy Tail's strongest members have returned. In their absence, the guild has gained the notoriety of being the weakest guild in the kingdom. They now decide to participate in the Grand Magic Games to restore their reputation as the strongest guild.
      You'd Expect: They would try their best to win the competition without doing anything controversial or suspicious.
      Instead: The guild master, Makarov, enlists Jellal in Fairy Tail's B team. His reason for doing this is Jellal is the Earthland counterpart of Mystogan, who was a Fairy Tail member, and that Jellal sought his help to investigate a suspicious character. This is not only in violation of the competition's rules as Jellal is not a guild member, but he is also a fugitive criminal that the Magic Council is looking for.
      Result: Jura of Lamia Scale, who fights Jellal as part of the competition, figures out his identity soon after the fight starts but doesn't say anything out of respect for Makarov. Then Jellal himself almost blows his cover during the fight, but Ultear and Meredy interfere to prevent it. A couple of days later, a Magic Council officer almost arrests him, but he gets away due to Yajima's intervention.
      Furthermore: Another guild which is later caught violating the rules is disqualified immediately and banned from the competition for the next three years. If any of the above events had gone differently, Fairy Tail would have returned from the competition as a guild that got disqualified and banned for cheating in addition to being the weakest guild. Moreover, the Magic Council would impose additional punishment for sheltering a fugitive criminal. The master tactician Mavis somehow failed to realize this.
  • The Familiar of Zero: The season 2 finale. when Saito comes back home after stalling/beating an army and explains to Louise he was healed by an elf.
    You'd Expect: Knowing Louise's A-Cup Angst, he omits the "minor" fact of said elf being a busty girl.
    Instead: Saito blurts it out on a perverted manner, thus completely ruining the until-then very emotive finale. Cue Louise rightfully beating him down.
  • Fist of the North Star:
    • Shin is trying to win the heart of Yuria, by committing genocide and becoming a supreme warlord so that he can give her the land he takes over. Yuria is not amused.
      You'd Expect: Shin to wise up and do as Yuria says in order to win her heart.
      Instead: Evil Cannot Comprehend Good. He continues his daily routine of conquering in her name. The result: Yuria attempts suicide.
    • In The Movie, Jagi's minion Jackal has some important news to tell his boss. But he finds him napping with a yellow cloth on his face.
      You'd Expect: Jackal to come back and tell him later. Jagi's not a guy he'd want to piss off, so best that he not disturb him.
      Instead: Out of curiosity, Jackal takes a peak under the yellow cloth and is greeted, for the first time, by his boss's hideously disfigured face. Jackal's screams of horror wake up Jagi, who's so mighty pissed that he kills him on the spot.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • In Chapter 5, Brotherhood episode 4, Shou Tucker is feeling pressured by the government to perform impressive bioalchemy lest he lose his State Alchemist license and funding into his research on chimeras, and he eventually resorts to using his own daughter Nina and her Big Friendly Dog as experiment subjects to transmute a chimera that understands human speech. Ed and Al, searching for him and Nina, later find him in his laboratory.
      You'd Expect: Even setting aside the sheer abhorrence of what Tucker has done in his desperation to keep his license, you'd expect he would remember that the Elric brothers have become close to his daughter and that a talking chimera can, well, talk and potentially expose his dark secret to her friends. Therefore, it would be in his best interest to say something like "Wait outside until I'm finished and I'll talk to you later". If they ask where Nina is, he could lie and say something like "Nina went outside in the garden somewhere". Earlier, he had had no problem lying about his wife leaving him two years ago (whom he had subjected to the same Fate Worse than Death), and so far the brothers don't suspect him being any worse than a well-meaning parent too busy with his research lately to give Nina much attention.
      Instead: Tucker shows off the chimera to the Elric brothers. The chimera soon refers to Ed as "Big brother" without prompt, Ed puts two and two together, and Tucker is exposed as a criminal. Ed is so overcome with rage that Al has to physically restrain him to keep him from beating the Mad Scientist to death, and Tucker is ultimately placed under house-arrest to have his state certification revoked and be summoned to a court-trial, only to be killed by Scar, an Ishvalan with a deep hatred for all State Alchemists.
    • In Chapter 6, Brotherhood episode 5, Ed and Al are being attacked by Scar, who has just blasted apart Al's left flank, and almost destroyed Ed's arm, thanks to his powers using his arm. The brothers had sensibly tried to tail it, but Scar is persistent.
      You'd Expect: Ed to pick a strategy that involves staying the hell away from Scar's reach at all costs.
      Instead: He charges Scar with a Blade Edge on the side of his automail. It goes about as well as you can imagine.
    • Scar also gets this in the same episode. He hates State Alchemists with a passion and has made it a quest to eliminate all State Alchemists in Amestris. The military is in the area because he killed Nina's father Shou Tucker and gave the chimera a Mercy Kill. He knows the Fullmetal Alchemist is a child while his brother's soul is bound to a suit of armor, unlike practically everyone else, and sees Ed and Al brooding in the rain about Nina's unwilling transformation and death.
      You'd Expect: Scar would wait until the heat dies down, or at least until the military leaves town and follow Ed and Al stealthily. He would ambush them when there is little to no chance of a rescue. Before, Scar was pragmatic enough to isolate the State Alchemists and murder them in one swoop.
      Instead: He goes up to the kids and asks the blond one if he is Edward Elric. When Edward answers yes, Scar goes on the attack.
      The Result: Scar underestimated that Ed and Al, being kids, understand the meaning of Know When to Fold 'Em and Screw This, I'm Outta Here!. They run for their lives, because neither has the stamina or willpower to fight a man that can destroy alchemy, and only fight back when Scar corners them. The ruckus alerts the military, and Roy pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment when Scar has Ed pinned down. Roy demands that Scar fight him instead. Alexander Armstrong does the same thing when everyone realizes that Roy can't summon fire in the rain, and Riza provides enough cover fire to force Scar to retreat.
      To Make Matters Worse: When they have to ally with Scar to stop a bigger threat, Ed maintains that he will hate the guy forever for attacking his little brother and killing Winry's parents. He notes that Scar is just a big bully that went after two kids who had nothing to do with the Ishvalan massacre. The survivors of said massacre say the same thing and call out Scar for his vengeance quest.
    • Chapter 12, Brotherhood Episode 8. Barry the Chopper tells Al that he might never have existed at all, and might be nothing more than a construct created by his brother via alchemy and implanted with fake memories. Barry is trolling Al, but because Ed had tried to tell Al something he has worried about for years but faltered at the last momentnote , Al takes Barry seriously.
      You'd Expect: Al would confide his worries to someone he trusts. If not Ed, then Winry or Hughes, for example.
      Instead: Al keeps his worries to himself and doesn't confide to anyone.
      The Result: Al's doubts become bigger and bigger in his mind, which eventually leads to him uncharacteristically losing his temper when Ed makes an offhanded comment about his Animated Armor body, and Winry has to give him a good clobbing while explaining the truth to himnote .
    • Brotherhood Episode 15. Played for Laughs: Barry the Chopper tries to stalk Riza with his cleaver while she's walking her dog Black Hayate at night, but his presence is detected by her dog.
      You'd Expect: Barry would remain hidden in the shadows while keeping quiet, waiting for the chance to ambush Riza. He would likely fail anyway as he doesn't know that Riza is a highly competent military officer at this point, but it would still be a smarter move than...
      Instead: "Quiet" being beyond Barry the Chopper's comprehension, he not only makes his presence known to Riza, but loudly and explicitly announces himself as "a terrible Serial Killer feared by all". It goes about as well as you'd expect.
      However: In the manga (Chapter 30), Barry instead offers to escort Riza home after being detected, with all the sinister connotations that comes with it. Riza obviously refuses and Barry retaliates, but he gets curb-stomped by her either way.
    • Chapter 39, Brotherhood Episode 19. Lust has managed to severely wound Mustang and Havoc, and has destroyed Mustang's ignition gloves.
      You'd Expect: Lust to finish Mustang off, or at least make sure he's dead.
      Instead: She decides to force Mustang to watch Havoc bleed to death, taking it on faith that Mustang will die himself.
      The Result: Mustang manages to MacGyver a replacement for his gloves out of a cigarette lighter and the back of his hand and burn his and Havoc's wounds shut, somehow managing to endure the excruciating pain until after pulling a Big Damn Heroes that results in him incinerating Lust beyond her ability to regenerate.
    • A big one for Roy. He's found out that Bradley, the president of the country, is actually Wrath, one of the living embodiments of the Seven Deadly Sins and a homunculus.
      You'd Expect: He would fish for information on how deep this conspiracy goes, and who can or can't be trusted.
      Instead: He jokes with fellow commander Raven that the Führer is a homunculus. In a fairly wide corridor.
      The Result: It turns out the general reports directly to Bradley and already knew about the Führer's true form. The Führer pegs Roy as a threat immediately and breaks up his team; he takes Riza as a hostage to ensure that the Flame Alchemist won't rise up against him. Roy is left without his best people or a means of warning the Elric brothers. (They find out anyway, due to Bradley also taking Winry hostage, but still.)
    • Chapter 90, Brotherhood episode 51. The psychopathic Envy has been reduced from their Eldritch Abomination true form to their fetus-like true, true form. May Chang is to take Envy back to her home country so that she can acheive her goal of bringing back the secret of immortality. Envy tells her that by going back, she is abandoning her friends to coming events, and suggests she should turn back.
      You'd Expect: Well, you'd expect that the characters would have squashed Envy like a bug when given the chance rather than entrust a manipulative liar into the care of a rather naïve young girl or even send said naïve girl out to tell a desperate Emperor about a soul-sucking method of immortality—there's plenty of Idiot Ball to go around here. Barring that, you'd expect that May wouldn't trust Envy and would carry on with her journey.
      Instead: She listens to Envy and heads toward Central City, the capitol of Amestris/headquarters of the villains.
      Result: Envy's talk about the secret of immortality was only true From a Certain Point of View—they lead May into a trap of cannibalistic Zombie Mooks who are practically immortal/invincible and then uses the zombies to recreate their Eldritch Abomination form.
      • Speaking of Envy, they are asked by Mustang, "Who killed Maes Hughes?" They try lying that it was Maria Ross, but Mustang had already faked her death, knowing she is innocent of the murder. Envy, realizing that Mustang won't fall for their lies, then decide to remorselessly confess, if only to piss Mustang off.
        You'd Expect: Envy to remember that Mustang is the Flame Alchemist and has already incinerated Lust to death, so it would be a mistake to anger him too much. Therefore, they should make some effort to restrain their sadistic tendencies.
        Instead: By this point, Envy remembers that Mustang is the Flame Alchemist... and has managed to forget that he killed Lust. They display such an openly sadistic pleasure in killing Hughes as to sound like they're having an orgasm.
        The Result: Envy angers Mustang so much that he openly declares that he will "burn out their tongue" i.e. torture them.
      • After this, Envy transforms into their One-Winged Angel form.
        You'd Expect: Now that the cat's out of the bag, Envy would attack Mustang head-on.
        Instead: They indulge in more Evil Gloating which leaves them open for Eye Scream from a Mustang who's clearly starting to go the He Who Fights Monsters way...
        The Result: Roy burns them to a crisp and tells them they just gave the Flame Alchemist a bigger target. Cue an Oh, Crap! realization from Envy as they now remember several moments too late that Mustang incinerated Lust to death.
      • Then later, during their "fight", Mustang has Envy running scared and is curb-stomping them easily.
        You'd Expect: Envy to shapeshift into someone like Hawkeye to possibly get Mustang to lower his guard.
        Instead: Envy shapeshifts into Hughes, thinking that Mustang "won't kill his friend". Sound logic, Envy... except for the fact that Mustang now knows for a fact that said friend is dead because of you.
        The Result: Mustang furiously torches them without a second thought.
    • While Roy is hunting down Envy in the dark corridors, Riza abandons her post to go inside and help Roy. She seems to run into him, but senses something is off and pulls a gun on him. Riza says that she knows the figure is actually Envy because the real Roy calls her by her first name in private. (This is a lie.)
      You'd Expect: Envy to accuse Riza of being the shapeshifter and throw her off-guard before attacking.
      Instead: They immediately reveal themselves because they were shocked that Riza admitted that she and Roy have a special bond, as everyone on the Homunculi's side suspected.
      The Result: Riza revealed she was lying and proceeds to pump lead into them. As an added benefit, the real Roy hears the gunshots and sees Envy attacking Riza, and his rage knows no bounds.
    • In Chapter 107, Brotherhood episode 63, Greed attacks Father to get the latter to grab him and absorb his philosopher's stone's souls.
      You'd Expect: This is supposed to distract Father long enough for Ed to attack him.
      Instead: Greed gloatingly tells Father about this plan, giving Father the opportunity to counter Ed's attack.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 anime):
    • Wrath takes Ed's sample of Mrs. Elric's remains into himself to deny Ed using them on Sloth. Wrath fuses with Sloth. Ed and Sloth figure out what is very stupid about this immediately. Sloth even lampshades it!
      Sloth: Wrath... you fool...
    • Pride when he strangles Selim for bringing in his Achilles' Heel - giving Mustang the chance to use it against him - rather than telling Selim to run away with it. The fact that he had it in his house and trusted Selim with the key to the safe holding it without any knowledge that it could kill him is full-on Bond Villain Stupidity Unless, of course, he truly believed no one would ever guess his son has his secret, so it would be safer with him.
    • Al has two of these in the final third, like stopping Martel from killing Kimblee, thus making him responsible for everything Kimblee does afterward, and holding on to the idea that Sloth is his mother long after it's clear that she's trying to kill both him and Ed. To be fair on the second one though, even though he knows it's not his mother, Sloth still looks and has memories of her. She even acts like her to toy with the Elric brothers and it happens to work far better on Alphonse. Another instance was in Conqueror of Shamballa. Why didn't he just transfer his soul into a suit of armor again and seal the gate on the other side? It's not like there weren't any lying around. It would have seriously saved the Elric Brothers the trouble of having to leave their loved ones behind (to be fair, this is somewhat justified in that if he had done it, he could have died or end up in horrible condition if his soul was kept split).
    • Dante gets this near the end. When Gluttony's constant whining over Lust's death annoys her, she decides it would be a great idea to sap him of his sentience and turn him into a mindless animal. That in itself isn't too dumb, until you realize that she does this with no fail-safe to keep the cannibal Homunculus who already lacked self-control with sentience docile in-case he got a little hungry. Can you guess how Dante met her demise?
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • In the third season, Mithril's intelligence department put down a report stating that Sousuke is being wasted as Kaname's bodyguard, causing the South Pacific fleet commander to order Captain Testarossa to recall him to full service as the Arbalest's pilot.
      You'd Expect: Mithril to consider the fact that Sousuke has spent the last six months integrated into civilian society and has been solely responsible for a VIP's well-being, and include forewarning and a sensible recall schedule followed by a thorough psychological debriefing and a monitored return to active service to ensure he doesn't break down from the ensuing stress.
      Instead: Over the course of the next 24 hours, Sousuke is promptly ordered out of the mission and permanently banned from contacting Kaname. Once back in Mithril's fold, his CO proceeds to verbally lambaste him because she's jealous and he is assigned a new superior officer who further belittles him and uses Training from Hell to retrain him, followed by immediate deployment into an active terrorist attack without any kind of follow-up. To the shock and awe of no one watching, Sousuke suffers a Heroic BSoD shortly after from the resulting stress. What's worse is that The Lambda Drive is dependent on the user's emotional and mental stability to even work, and since this is precisely what Sousuke was recalled for...
    • In the novels following End Of Day By Day (TSR), it's revealed that the chief of the Intelligence Department was in fact an agent of Amalgam. It's strongly implied that Sousuke's abrupt removal was in fact his idea, intended to leave Kaname alone and vulnerable, under the "protection" of an agent like Wraith, who preferred to not get involved, and who bore a personal grudge against Sousuke. It was probably meant to clear the way for Leonard Testarossa. Until Gauron's pupils got in the way. Once you start adding all this together, it's clear that the odds are being deliberately stacked against Sousuke, no matter how much Tessa might think it was only her decision. Oh, and in case you missed this, the Amalgam agent mentioned is the general Sousuke smacks down at the end of TSR. (He is finally discovered and captured in the "Dancing A Very Merry Christmas" novel.)
    • The first series also has a grand example of this kind of mistake. After participating in a massive joint military operation to capture Gauron, the team proceeds to imprison him aboard their high-tech super submarine.
      You'd Expect: Since Mithril is explicitly stated to be a MERCENARY ORGANIZATION, the two individuals who should have guarded this man would be the only two who wouldn't be motivated by anything other than personal vendetta or duty, particularly Sosuke and either Kalinin or Kurz, whose partner was just injured in battle against him. As long time members of the organization, it is likely they could be trusted to, at the very least, not help Gauron in any way.
      Instead: Sousuke is not put on duty guarding this guy, and instead the job is relegated to two nameless guards who, surprise, surprise, work for the very financially well off Gauron. Because they're MERCENARIES.
    • In the novels, it's explicitly mentioned that Gauron was being watched by members of both the PRT and the SRT, in 'quick one hour shifts". Lian and Dunningan were the second shift—that's why Gauron didn't escape sooner, because he didn't know who the traitors were or when they would make an appearance. So, while it was possible for Sousuke and/or Kurz to end up guarding Gauron sooner or later, I truly doubt Kalinin would let Sousuke in there, knowing full well their history. Kurz, on the other hand, is surprisingly described in the novels as a much more cool-headed guy, who couldn't be nettled easily. Or at all. It's all part of being a good sniper, apparently.
  • Fushigi Yuugi:
    • Right in the beginning, Miaka has a huge moment of this. After travelling into Ancient China and meeting Tamahome, they both witness a procession for the Emperor. Tamahome comments jokingly that in exchange for his help, he wants her to get him a jewel from the Emperor's crown.
      You'd Expect: That she'd either 1. Realize he's joking, or 2. Try to think up a plan to help him steal it.
      Instead: She runs up to the Emperor's palanquin and yells at him to give her a jewel from his crown, grabbing onto his palanquin and ripping and breaking part of it. This has the expected result of the guards seizing her and attempting to execute her. This is especially ridiculous when one considers that, even without ignorance of culture differences, this action would pretty much be the equivalent of running up to the Prime Minister while he's in his car, tugging on the car door and breaking part of it, while screaming at him to give her 5000 bucks. And this is all played as if Miaka is an "average junior high school student" who has a reasonable education, instead of someone with a high amount of brain damage.
    • Also, Yui and Miaka both spend some time unconscious, with their last memories being of men trying to attack them.
      You'd Expect: That both, despite their understandable distress, would take a moment to assess their physical situation. For example, the fact that they were still wearing exactly what they were wearing when they passed out, including intact underwear. That they had no bruises, no cuts, no bumps, and maybe going so far as to check and find that their hymens were still perfectly intact. Or if they were too shy to check themselves, Miaka at least was a highly honored priestess in a civilized nation, and could have had a midwife from the Emperor's harem check her out and assure her of her virginity.
      Instead: Both immediately assume that they were brutally raped, and now have nothing but revenge and misery and deep, deep shame left to them. Presumably they both know by this point about the mechanics of sex, including ejaculation... or they could just ask why on Earth their rapists bothered to put clean panties back on them when they were done.
    • Yui becomes the priestess of Seiryuu and Miaka's enemy, because she thinks that Miaka never returned to the book to look for her best friend and came back only to see Tamahome. Yui also thinks she was raped and Nakago constantly tells her that this is somehow Miaka's fault and that Miaka never cared about her.
      You'd expect: Yui to not believe any of that seeing as she and Miaka are best friends and would trust her friend. Sure, Nakago is a skilled Manipulative Bastard, but Yui and Miaka know each other ever since kindergarten so if anyone should be able to predict Miaka's reactions and mindset, it's Yui herself.
      Instead: She constantly refuses to believe any word Miaka says, that she didn't know Yui was in danger or that she would ever betray Yui. She doesn't even believe it when Miaka tells her the shocking truth about summoning one of the Gods, until she sees the effects herself. Cue My God, What Have I Done?. No wonder she's like Riku from Kingdom Hearts.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun: A married man has an affair with a powerful shapeshifting tigress and knocks her up. She cannot keep their child thanks to the laws so once the baby's born, she brings her to her father so he'll do it instead, explicitely giving him a warning: he has ten years to be a good dad to their daughter, or the tigress will return and destroy the whole village.
    You'd Expect: For the man to raise the kid adequately, or if he can't/won't, entrust her to someone else who will do it. She might be a Heroic Bastard but it's not exactly a smart move to abuse the kid of a tiger woman who has told him "be a good father or I'll wreck you and everyone else".
    Instead: He allows the child to be abused in almost every possible way and hides her true origins from her. When she accidentally kills her tiger mom and has the truth told to her by her idiotic father, she shifts into her own tiger form and goes into a bloody rampage... but not before killing her abusive family first.
  • Future Diary:
    • The stand-off between Yuki and his dad, after finding out he'd lied about coming back to the family to kill Yuki and had stabbed his Mom to death while fleeing.
      You'd Expect: Yuki to completely reject his father's apology, and maybe even try to kill him. Or at least take it with a grain of salt, given how much he'd lied to Yuki at that point.
      Instead: He totally forgives his father, and even vows to go stargazing with him after his sentence is over. And when his father bites it, he grieves for him just as much as his mom, promising to bring BOTH of them back. It's as if his dad had lied about taking him to the arcade or something—and he accepts the apology without questioning it once. What the Hell, Hero? indeed.
    • If there's someone who's been a real idiot, of the hopeless kind, it's Deus Ex Machina. He's dying and he needs to find a successor soon.
      You'd Expect: Him to choose his successor without making all that fuss, and leave him/her his place.
      Instead: He listens to John Balks and organizes the competition for his place. Seeing how his days were numbered and in the series it's always made a lot of noise about temporal alterations, what's a better idea than giving future-reading diaries to a dozen of psychos who have to kill each other in order to become his successor? It's not like he can die before the new God is chosen or... oh, wait, he didn't think of that. And even later in the series, when his death approaches and he begins to suspect that MurMur is planning something behind his back, he still doesn't choose his goddamn successor and lets the stupid game go on! And, why again did he choose out of a large Japanese city 12 contestants, of which at least nine were highly psychotic? Who only remotely intelligent would consider Yuno Gasai a successor for the title of God (Never mind the fact that she did become God). So, basically, yes: Deus Ex Machina is the WORST god any universe could ask for. And remember that he didn't actually need to put up that show to choose the next god as shown at the end of the series.
  • Dawn of the Silver Dragon: Big Bad uses technology which can turn any woman into a willing sex slave with More Than Mind Control and uses it for profit (or so it seems).
    You'd Expect: Formation of elite, male-only force dedicated to stopping the threat, perhaps using some additional privileges to put the villain down. You know, something like The Untouchables.
    Instead: A female-only police group is hunting the guy. To add to the idiocy, one of the high-ranking officers was a former victim of the aforementioned technology. And if that's not enough, the leader of the unit willingly lets herself be captured as part of a bait operation, with only one person as backup. It may be hentai, but nothing excuses levels of idiocy that high.

  • Gantz: Kato is up against the boss Buddhist Temple Alien, who flings a corrosive acid at him.
    You'd Expect: Kato to get the fuck out of the way.
    Instead: He stands there looking like a deer in the headlights.
    • As the acid is about to hit Kato, Kishimoto comes to his rescue.
      You'd Expect: That she'd simply push or tackle him out of the way.
      Instead: She gets in front of him, hugging him, acting as a human shield, as she takes the acid to her lower back, which eats away at her, causing her lower body to fall from her torso. She, as nothing but her upper body, is still hugging him and she confesses her love for him before she dies. If she'd have done the smart option of tackling him out of the way, there would have been four hunters in suits who could have worked together to defeat the boss.
  • Gate: Prince Zorzal: asshole, moron, rapist, chode, turd, shitstain, and total putz has a brought out a female Japanese slave in front of the JSDF and they are not happy about this. After getting punched by Itami, Zorzal responds by calling for his entourage and royal guards to defend him. Kuribayashi makes short work of them. Itami demands the whereabouts of other Japanese captives.
    You'd Expect: For Zorzal to swallow his pride and confess about the slaves after seeing his pals and the royal guard gutted and gunned down.
    Instead: He threatens the JSDF by trying to find their homeland and burn it down.
    Result: Cue five pages of Kuribayashi punching Zorzal in the face 'til it turned into something that resembled a wet prune and breaking his finger.
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Space:
    • After a series of serious life setbacks, Nami goes through a severe bout of depression.
      You'd Expect: Her sisters pick up on her cries for help, which involve a clearly articulated fear of abandonment. Sure, she might be difficult and even abrasive at times, but she's still family, and her complaints are not completely without merit.
      Instead: Nami's sisters completely ignore her problems, which gets exacerbated by the the fact that Nami's oldest sister Kazane clearly favors her sister Akiha over her.
      Result: Nami turns against her sisters and almost gets them all killed.
    • Nami and Akiha have their first violent confrontation, during which Nami vents her frustrations.
      You'd Expect: Akiha tries to convince Nami that she and her sisters really do love her and asks her to reconsider what she's doing.
      Instead: Akiha simply tells Nami to shut up, and Nami starts attacking her in full vigor. Smart move, Akiha.
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time:
    • Kousuke and his almost-girlfriend have taken Makoto's bike, which she knows is dangerous because the brakes are broken; it caused her to almost experience death-by-train-collision earlier in the movie. She's also figured out that she can only time-leap one more time, probably ever.
      You'd Expect: She does nothing; if something bad ends up happening, she can go back and undo it. Or she could go back to a few hours ago and throw the stupid bike in a river.
      Instead: She vaguely considers waiting to see what happens, and then she wastes her last time-leap pointlessly dodging a question from Chiaki. Inevitably, Kousuke and the girl are hit and killed by the train, forcing Chiaki to use up his last time-leap to save them, and then he's erased from existence by time-police or something. Whoops.
    Makoto: "I sure used my last time-leap on something stupid! Oh well, no big deal..."
  • Girls Bravo:
    • Koyomi and Tomoka, natives of the planet Seiren, come Earth to find a husband for Maharu. Once they find a suitable match, they intend to return to Seiren using their Aqua Lamps (two tiny silver beads).
      You'd Expect: Them to keep the Aqua Lamps somewhere where they can't easily be stolen. After all, without the Aqua Lamps they're trapped on Earth. At the very least, you'd expect them to keep an eye on their magical items.
      Instead: The antagonist steals their Aqua Lamps with no trouble at all, and days (possibly weeks) elapse before they even become aware of the theft.
  • Hajime no Ippo:
    • Ippo's next opponent is Sawamura, an expert counter-puncher, who has announced that he has developed a counter to Ippo's signature move, the dempsey roll. Ippo's gym mate Itagaki figures out how the counter is pulled off and asks Vorg to demonstrate it in a spar. Vorg, a merely competent counter-puncher, knocks Ippo unconscious on his first attempt using the counter. Ippo spends the remaining time before his match developing a counter-counter move, and is warned to use it as a last resort due to the strain it puts on his body.
      You'd Expect: Ippo to wear down his opponent as best he can, before surprising a tired Sawamura with the modified dempsey roll.
      Instead: After a strong opening 3 rounds demonstrating that with patience and concentration he has the skill to beat Sawamura, Ippo attempts to use the unmodified dempsey roll on the expert counter-puncher who has announced he can easily counter the dempsey roll using a counter that Ippo has experienced first-hand and spent months preparing for.
      Result: Ippo is knocked unconscious near the end of round 4, only stays up by a miracle, and spends the rest of the fight struggling to stay awake.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • The whole story starts when one of Kyon's classmates, a girl named Haruhi, starts a club that will explore supernatural phenomena. It turns out Haruhi is an oblivious Reality Warper that causes the adventure that she seeks. The other members of the SOS Brigade, who are from other realities, know this. If Haruhi gets extremely angry or hurt, she could end the world.
      You'd Expect: They would tell Kyon right off the bat. He's the Only Sane Man of the group. He can handle this.
      Instead: Kyon is only given this important information in bits and pieces.
      The Result: Everyone goes Mass "Oh, Crap!" when Kyon nearly hits Haruhi as she drugs Mikuru and sexually harasses her. Only then is it explained that they need to indulge Haruhi to save the world.
    • The local Reality Warper is making a sci-fi movie. She is often unable to see or ignoring the lines between reality and fiction, and is able to blur those lines with her subconscious powers. Most of the main characters know about this.
      You'd Expect: Subtly (or less so) point out that the movie is not real from the beginning, thereby preventing the activation of her powers.
      Instead: One of the characters believes that the reality warper's often conveniently ignored common sense will rein her in, and therefore does nothing. The main characters only jump in when the desired special effects become real.
  • Hell Girl
    • The main premise of the anime is that there is a website that sends evil people to Hell, but it also sends the people who use the website to hell when they die.
      You'd Expect: The potential clients recognize that their targets will most likely go to Hell anyway, so they don't use the Hell Correspondence.
      Instead: They use the website anyway and are doomed to an eternity to Hell because they were too impatient.
  • Highschool Dx D:
    • Diodora Astraoth is the younger brother of one of the four lords of Hell. He's also secretly a rapist with a nun fetish who effectively kidnaps Holy Maiden's and makes them into sex slaves. His newest target, a girl named Asia Argento, ends up being taken in by Rias Gremory. The younger sister of another Lord of Hell. Shortly after that a truce is declared between Devils and Angels, meaning the Church is now allied with the Devil Faction.
      You'd Expect: Diodora to give up on Asia, and do everything possible to lay low and keep his activities under wraps. As high ranking as he is, the Alliance between Angels and Devils is far more important than one Devil. If his activities are found out, he will likely be in serious trouble.
      Instead: He joins forces with the Khaos Brigade, and attempts to kidnap Asia for his harem. In the process he openly reveals his crimes to Rias, and her Peerage, and even boasts that he is going to rape Asia.
      The Result: He gets his ass kicked royally by Issei and would have likely been executed by either him, or the leaders of the Three Factions had Shalba not killed him first. He at least tried to pull a Taking You with Me by banishing Asia to a dimensional gap, but Vali and his crew were just passing through the part of the dimension she ended up in and saved her.
  • High School! Kimengumi: The teachers decide to give their problem students a Secret Test of Character at the end of the day. Their first checkpoint is to leave a 1,000 yen note and see who picks it up. Most of the students, save for Ichidou Rei and Kawa Yui, gladly pick it up and automatically fail. Another student, Nihiruda Yo, recognizes what the teachers are doing and calls them out.
    You'd Expect: He'd leave the money alone.
    Instead: He pockets the money just to spare the teachers' egos.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • In the Watanagashi arc, Keiichi narrowly manages to escape from his friend's Torture Cellar after almost having nails hammered into every joint in his hands. Before he escapes, however, she warns him not to come near her if he sees her again. She manages to escape as well and a few days later throws stones at Keiichi's window in the middle of the night.
      You'd Expect: Keiichi would lock all of the doors, stay inside, and call the police, since at this point, she's a full-blown Ax-Crazy who's responsible for the murder of four different people.
      Instead: He goes outside and talks to her to find out if she's okay. After giving a few good Evil Laughs, she shows him why this was so stupid and stabs him in the gut. Ironically, this isn't even the thing that does him in this arc. He finally dies from psychological trauma from all the abuse he racked up.
    • In Onikakushi-hen, Rena and Mion (though mostly Rena) suffered from this. For Rena: Keiichi has been screaming at her and avoiding her for days now.
      You'd Expect: For her to stay away from him at the next sign of a threat.
      Instead: She goes up to him, most likely with her signature machete in hand, and starts talking to him. Also, this is after he banged her hand into a door at full force.
      It Gets Worse: Rena and Mion then decide the best way to snap Keiichi out of the weird mood he's been in lately is to break into his house at night when he's at home alone and attempt to pin him down and write on his face with a marker. Nothing like a good prank to cheer up a friend who's on the verge of a psychotic break, right?
      The Result: Believing in his delusions that they're trying to murder him by injecting him with a deadly drug, Keiichi breaks free and brutally beats them both to death with a softball bat.
    • In Tatarigoroshi-hen, Keiichi finds the disemboweled body of Rika at the temple shrine, minutes after telling Satoko - who was already under significant distress from her uncle's abuse and Irie's 'suicide' - that he murdered her uncle, causing her to separate herself from him to find some clothes. Understandably, he's more than a little pertubed at the sight of crows munching on his friend's corpse, so he swings his hatchet to scare them off - accidentally dropping it in the process.
      • You'd Expect: He would take the hatchet, hide it, and then go and get some help - or at least try to make sure Satoko keeps away (if anything for her own sanity).
      • Instead: He takes the hatchet and stares at the blood on it for several seconds, only interrupted by Satoko - who has just reappeared - screaming at him.
    • In Onikakushi-hen, Ooishi runs into Keiichi, whom he has recruited as a source and potential witness in a murder investigation, walking home. He wants to talk with Keiichi a bit further to get some more information from him, and perhaps give him some more information in response on the history of this murder investigation and the ones that led to it.
      • You'd Expect: Ooishi to suggest going to the police office to get lunch in a relatively secure area to discuss it in a place where no one, outside perhaps of other police officers, could overhear.
      • Instead: Ooishi takes him to a restaurant owned by a family that he knows is tied to the Yakuza and who are highest on his list of suspects and discusses a bunch of details of the case, including the criminal record of one of the daughters of that family. All the while, Ooishi never bothers to mention to Keiichi the ties this restaurant has to that family.
      • The Result: Not actually as bad as it could have been, since Ooishi's suspicion about the family being the culprits is wrong. However, it sets Keiichi up to be blindsided when their daughter knows he met Ooishi again and which restaurant they had lunch at and fuels his rapidly escalating paranoia.
  • Hot Gimmick:
    • A girl named Hatsumi is tasked with getting a pregnancy test for her sister, under the premise that it's for her. On the way back however, she bumps into Ryouki, the Manipulative Bastard son of the landlady.
      You'd Expect: Hatsumi lies and says "it's for me" or even better "my parents are trying for another child".
      Instead: She says "they're for my sister", setting up the blackmail plot of the series.
  • Infinite Stratos:
    • There's too many examples of this to count in the anime. A fellow student character will attack someone else (Usually Ichika) with an IS outside of a combat or training scenario.
      You'd Expect: The student would immediately have their IS confiscated by the faculty for misuse of a dangerous weapon.
      Instead: Not only are they allowed to keep their IS, but they are rarely if ever disciplined for it.
    • It's probably in the name of Fanservice, but there's one jarring moment in episode seven. Ichika and Charlotte need to change their clothes.
      You'd Expect: One can change in the bathroom, and the other can just change in the bedroom.
      Instead: Ichika then suggests that they change while facing the other way. Cue Charlotte tripping on the floor and Ichika turning around to see her backside.
    • In Volume 8 of the novels, Tatenashi defeats a U.S. Navy SEAL team raiding the academy and proceeds to disarm them & tie them up with fiber-optic cables.
      You'd Expect: Someone as brilliant as her to know that these guys are some of the most well-trained special forces in the world that are Crazy-Prepared for many situations and to check them for other equipment they may have.
      Instead: She doesn't, which allows one of them to free himself using hidden cutters and grab a gun. She gets gut-shot for her carelessness, and the only reason she doesn't die is because they keep her alive to take her prisoner. She is rescued when Ichika returns to the academy in the Byakushiki.
  • Inuyasha:
    • Every month during the new moon Inuyasha undergoes a transformation into a weak, nearly helpless human. Every time this happens, some demon or other shows up to kick his ass and nearly kills him.
      You'd Expect: that the group would at least try to plan their returns to the village around this very specific and reliable weakness so that Inuyasha could go to Kagome's time period where he would be safe.
      Instead Inuyasha has never gone to Kagome's time even once during the new moon; instead the group is ALWAYS out doing some sort of demon-hunting activity far away from Kaede's village.
    • Speaking of Inuyasha's transformation, Naraku eventually finds out about this little development.
      You'd Expect: for him to spy on the heroes to find out exactly when Inuyasha turns into a human and use this information to launch a sneak attack.
      Instead Naraku never follows up on this, throwing away a perfectly good opportunity to kill Inuyasha and his friends.
    • In episode 52, Inuyasha succumbs to his Superpowered Evil Side, rips Monster of the Week Gatenmaru to shreds, and then turns his attention to Gatenmaru's human henchmen.
      You'd Expect: Kagome to use the "Sit!" command on Inuyasha to get him to stop, considering the fact that it worked before in restraining his Superpowered Evil Side.
      Instead: Kagome runs after Inuyasha, desperately begging him to stop, which does not work at all.
  • I Don’t Like You at All, Big Brother!!:
    • Nao is in love with her brother Shuusuke, who also loves her, and they just found they're Not Blood Siblings at that. She catches him playing an eroge with a sweet and kind Little Sister Heroine.
      You'd Expect: She realizes that's the way her brother likes girls and acts that way to please him. It's her natural instinct in fact, being nice to him. She could even offer herself to him in a "Why playing games when you have a real sister who loves you?" sort of way.
      Instead: She unplugs the computer, he loses his data and gets horribly angry, making their relationship worse. In fact, the entire first episode consists of Nao holding a planet-sized Idiot Ball and faking tsundere-ness at her brother whenever they're getting close, for no reason other than making their relationship harder and giving us a show to begin with. Had she been nicer, he wouldn't show much interest on Iroha and the other girls and she could win his heart with little effort.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood:
    • During their fight at the castle, Jonathan impales Dio through the chest with a sword. Dio takes this opportunity to reach into Jonathan's neck and grab his carotid artery.
      You'd Expect: For Dio to immediately sever it and drink his blood.
      Instead: He spends around a minute gloating about how he intends to do so rather than actually doing it, and generally standing around like a moron.
      Result: This gives Jonathan enough time to heat up his sword with a torch directly behind Dio; he cuts through Dio like butter and delivers a fistful of Hamon to him for his trouble. Though Dio survives this, the fight eventually ends in Jonathan's favor.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders:
    • DIO has numerous Stand-wielding minions at his disposal, most of whom serve him willingly, but a few of whom are Brainwashed and Crazy by flesh buds.
      You'd Expect: Him to keep the brainwashed Kakyoin and Polnareff close at hand.
      Instead: He sends them to try to kill the Joestars.
      Result: Kakyoin and Polnareff become staunch allies of the Joestars, and both save the lives of said Joestars more than once. Polnareff becomes the Spanner in the Works that leads to DIO not being able to confront and kill them all at once, and Kakyoin discovers the secret of The World, enabling Jotaro to beat him.
    • Steely Dan has a laundry list of these moments that ends up contributing to his defeat:
      • First, he uses his Stand, Lovers, to enter Joseph Joestar's brain through his ear canal and plant a deadly flesh bud that will eviscerate it. His Stand's ability not only shares any physical pain he experiences with his victim, but also doubles it. Dan uses this to his advantage and essentially takes Joseph hostage.
        You'd Expect: Steely Dan to take the group over to DIO personally, under the threat that Joseph will be killed if they don't cooperate. He'd be killing four birds with one stone.
        Instead: He lords over the group about how untouchable he is and starts verbally and physically slapping Jotaro around.
      • After that, Polnareff, Kakyoin and Joseph run off to find a way to deal with Dan's Stand.
        You'd Expect: For Dan to demand they stop, or Joseph will be killed.
        Instead: He lets them run off, thinking they're simply putting distance between his Stand and himself. Also, he takes the time to swipe Jotaro's wallet.
      • While Dan is using Jotaro as a bridge to cross a gap, the trio run to an electronics store so Joseph can use Hermit Purple to look inside his brain with a TV. Polnareff and Kakyoin shrink their Stands down to an atomic level and enter Joseph's brain to deal with Lovers. Thanks to the synchronization Stands share with their users, Dan is fully aware of what they're doing.
        You'd Expect: For Dan to decide that it's simply not worth the risk, and to off Joseph ASAP. He has one of the most physically weak Stands in the series, and if they manage to get a hold of it, he's done for. At the very least, he'll have gotten one hero out of the picture.
        Instead: He pays it no mind and continues to bully Jotaro, demanding he shine his shoes and steal a bracelet from a jewelry store (and letting the cashier know when he grabs it).
      • Finally, after Lovers has been defeated and Dan is reduced to a crippled wreck, he begs for mercy and forgiveness from Jotaro, revealing himself as the spineless dirtbag he is. Jotaro decides he's Not Worth Killing and walks off.
        You'd Expect: For Dan to retreat and fight another day.
        Better Yet: He has a knife hidden in his shirt. He could swiftly stab Jotaro in the back and he'd never see it coming.
        Instead: He states that Lovers has now taken a young girl hostage, and for Jotaro to let him stab him in the back, lest the girl dies. However, Jotaro reveals that Kakyoin's Stand, Hierophant Green, had tied up Lovers, and swiftly yanks it out of the girl's ear canal. By the time Dan starts begging for his life AGAIN, Jotaro's patience with him has run dry.
        The Result: Star Platinum pummels the absolute utter dogshit out of the bastard FOR TWENTY WHOLE SECONDS, and smashes him through a brick wall for good measure. "Keep the freakin' change", indeed.
    • Oingo and Boingo are currently in Egypt, plotting to assassinate the Joestar group at the right moment. Oingo sees a random guy walking in their direction. His face pisses Oingo off.
      You'd Expect: For Oingo to just leave the man alone. Neither his nor Boingo's Stands are meant for combat, so they won't be able to bail themselves out if they get into trouble with the locals.
      Instead: He punches the man in the face and steals his wallet for no reason.
      The Result: Just when Boingo is reading Thoth to plan their next move, the man returns with six of his hulking, burly friends, who proceed to beat the shit out of the brothers offscreen, resulting in them being sent to the hospital. Nice going, moron.
    • During the Alessi arc, Polnareff is reduced to a child by Alessi. When he finds Jotaro, he tries to ask for help, but can't remember his name.
      You'd Expect: Polnareff would tell Jotaro his own name and explain the situation.
      Instead: He just stands there trying to remember Jotaro's name.
      Furthermore: When Jotaro asks him if he’s seen Polnareff around, Polnareff replies with "that's me."
      You'd then expect: Polnareff would show him his stand to prove it.
      Instead: Polnareff does nothing.
      The Result: Jotaro thinks he's being played and leaves him alone, only to be attacked by Alessi.
    • In the Pet Shop arc, the titular antagonist drags two dogs who tried digging under the gate to DIO's mansion through the bottom of said gate and decapitates them. Soon afterwards, their owner - a young boy - walks around the area looking for them. He notices blood on the bottom of the gate and one of his dogs' collars below it.
      You'd Expect: For the kid to assume the worst and get the hell out of there. The blood is still fresh, so whoever or whatever killed his dogs (and it's obvious that they were killed) is still lurking somewhere nearby.
      Instead: He starts crawling under the gate. He then sees, much to his horror, Pet Shop slurping up the eyeball of one of his dogs' severed heads like a spaghetti noodle. He then lunges towards the kid, intent on killing him, too.
      Thankfully: Iggy arrives on the scene and attacks Pet Shop, just barely managing to save the kid from being bird food.
    • During the fight with Vanilla Ice, Iggy manages to trick him with a sand statue of DIO, but accidentally places it in the daylight, thus letting the vampire put two and two together. After destroying the statue, Vanilla Ice corners Iggy and starts kicking him repeatedly. Polnareff, who had been incapacitated, is forced to observe the whole process from the distance.
      You'd Expect: That, having recovered, he would attack Vanilla Ice with Silver Chariot while he is busy, using any ranged or projectile attack (for example; firing off his sword blade, like he used to defeat Chaka).
      Instead: He weakly begs Vanilla Ice to stop, even though the latter had been established as being utterly unreasonable. Even worse, he monologues at one point about how deranged Vanilla Ice is, all while not even lifting a finger to help Iggy until he has had enough.
      The Result: By the time he does launch an attack with his Stand, it is too late, and Vanilla Ice dodges the next subsequent attack and goes into his void mode. Even worse, Iggy has been physically beaten so severely that he starts bleeding profusely and eventually dies from his wounds.
    • Later on, you have DIO in his final battle against Jotaro. The latter has the former on the ropes, but DIO manages to distract Jotaro by throwing blood into his eyes from his improperly-healed leg that got cut off earlier, before diving in to inflict a killing blow.
      You'd Expect: DIO, knowing that his bad leg would be a weak spot, would attack Jotaro quickly with one of The World's limbs that wasn't damaged or use his own Time Stop, such as its fist; especially since he's had more practice with using such techniques and could accordingly kill him more easily due to Jotaro's more limited time and longer cooldown on his time stop that he'd just used.
      Instead: DIO does not take advantage of either, and simply attempts to kick Jotaro with his bad leg; while wasting the time he bought with the thrown blood to posture and throw a parting insult at him.
      The Result: Since damage sustained to the user carries over to the Stand and vice versa, Jotaro exactly targets said weak point where it's easiest to damage; letting him split The World in half and accordingly kill DIO.
  • Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable:
    • In Episodes 3 and 4, it turns out that Keicho Nijimura not only has a Stand power, but the Stand Arrow, which gives other people Stand powers. His goal is to find someone with a power that can Mercy Kill his father.
      You'd Expect: Him to be very careful about who he picks. After all, he needs someone who 1)is able to acquire a Stand power, 2)gets a Stand that he needs and 3)is willing to help him and won't end up abusing his/her new Stand power.
      Instead: He shoots random people with the Arrow, including Koichi.
      The Result: Keicho ends up killing several people who didn't have the fortitude to acquire a Stand and empowers some of the minor antagonists, one of whom is a Serial Killer. As a result, Keicho ends up directly or indirectly causing several deaths, including his own when one of the people he empowered kills him and steals the Arrow.
    • In Episode 11, Okuyasu has Red Hot Chili Pepper at his mercy. The enemy Stand claims that he's been weakened, but suggests that contrary to appearances, he might have enough strength to attack Jotaro or the other heroes if Okuyasu doesn't finish him off. Jotaro, listening to the two from a distance, realizes that Red Hot Chili Pepper hasn't been beaten yet and is plotting something.
      You'd Expect: Okuyasu to realize that Red Hot Chili Pepper is clearly taunting him to goad him into attacking, and the comment about possibly attacking the others is meant to play on his paranoia.
      Instead: Okuyasu slashes at Red Hot Chili Pepper with The Hand.
      The Result: Okuyasu ends up cutting some underground electrical cables in half, giving Red Hot Chili Pepper an escape route. Red Hot Chili Pepper then proceeds to give Okuyasu a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how his stupidity caused him to be a burden on his brother, and would have killed him if Josuke hadn't been able to "fix" Okuyasu's severed hand and bring the rest of his body back.
    • In Episode 23, Kira's Sheer Heart Attack has Jotaro and Koichi trapped in the shoe store. Despite Jotaro's observation that it's a remote-controlled stand, Koichi insists that it's so powerful that the wielder must be nearby.
      You'd Expect: Koichi to simply listen to Jotaro. First, Jotaro has experience dealing with Stands. Second, Jotaro has acquired plenty of clues that can significantly narrow down the wielder's identity, so it would be safer to prioritize escaping and use their information to track Kira down later.
      Instead: Koichi gets angry with Jotaro for "underestimating" him and sends Echoes high above the store to scout for Kira.
      The Result: Koichi finds Kira, but sees that he's more than 50 meters away by now and thus outside of Echoes' range. Sheer Heart Attack then attacks Koichi, who's unable to recall his Stand to protect himself, and Jotaro ends up getting badly injured while drawing Sheer Heart Attack's attention away from Koichi.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind: Bucciarati has brought Trish to Diavolo, and Bucciarati has no idea what Diavolo plans to do with her, killing her.
    You'd Expect: Diavolo to simply wait for Bucciarati to leave the building, then kill Trish himself - no, really, that's all he had to do. He still would've had to eventually deal with Giornio's ambitions, but he would be in a much better place to deal with them. It would only be a 5-10 minute wait at most.
    Instead: Diavolo decides to try and kill Trish right in front of Bucciarati, someone he knows is altruistic and an experienced stand user.
    Result: This starts a series of events that leads to Giorno's Gold Experience gaining it's requiem form, Diavolo getting sent into an infinite loop of death, and Giorno taking over as The Don of Passione.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: The Kyoto jujutsu students go up against the Tokyo jujutsu students in the Kyoto goodwill event. The first day, they hunt curses in a forest where the side who first take out the strongest curse there wins but points are given for the other curses in case no one does. Thus, the two sides have good reason to sabotage each other. A Kyoto student Momo can fly on a broom.
    You'd Expect: She's realize it would be dangerous to fly up and stick out as an easy target for the Tokyo students.
    Instead: She flies up in order to get a better view and scout for curses.
    Result: Megumi easily spots her flying up there like an idiot and easily summons a flying monster to knock her down.
  • Kämpfer:
    • Episode 11. In the previous episode, something happened to Natsuru, but he cannot remember just what happened. Now, Shizuku has a tête-à-tête with Natsuru, where she uses Kaede's most precious doll to reveal the Moderators' motives. She also says that she knows that Kaede is connected to the Moderators. She then managed to recover Natsuru's memories of what happened: he was mind-controlled by Kaede into attempting to rape Shizuku.
      You'd Expect: Natsuru to accept that his crush is evil and join the resistance against the Moderators.
      Instead: Natsuru goes to Kaede's house to ask if this is true. Cue mind control.
  • Kamyla:
  • Kangokujima:
    • Spiritual Successor to the above (read: just as married to the Idiot Ball) reveals that the titular prison is a direct Expy of The Alcatraz right down to being built on an island... above an abandoned mine.
      You'd Expect: The mines would be completely sealed off and/or the guards would be explicitly taught to know the mines like the back of their hand as a requirement to work there to minimize such an obvious way to escape.
      Instead: The guards simply note this weakness, don't even bother to do a cursory check with their flashlights like they're afraid of the dark and it makes it piss-easy for the Big Bad to smuggle armed Mooks disguised as more guards, (which in and of itself is another WAI moment in terms of background checks,) the prison is effortlessly taken over, cut off from the outside world simply by controlling the comm. room (one more WAI moment!) and the Faux Action Girl sisters that had a personal grudge against the Big Bad for killing their father and taking the eldest sister's virginity in the same situation lives like an even bigger king than his identical predecessor in Kamyla!
  • Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru:
    • Minami Hiroki, Captain of the Reinan 2nd Karate Club has just recruited Pedro Barbossa, and allowed him to room with fellow members Minoru and Hayama. A few days afterwards, Minami learns that Pedro is a rapist who has been attacking other students, and has attacked Minoru twice, very recently.
      You'd Expect: Minami to either turn Pedro over to the police or Hyakubukai (the uni's student council), kick him out of the club, refuse to allow him to keep living with Minoru and Hayama, or at the very least try and get him to learn that rape is wrong.
      Instead: He does absolutely nothing about Pedro. The consequences of this manifest themselves during a training trip, when Pedro attempts to force himself onto a drunken Minoru, and it's only due to luck that he doesn't succeed.
    • During said training trip, Minoru, Hayama and fellow karateka Mamiya are tricked into going to an illegal fight club for U.S. soldiers, so that the head of the club, Kevin can have a fight with their friend Chris. Chris refuses the fight, and gives Kevin a RYS speech for good measure. Kevin responds by repeatedly shooting Chris in the legs, and decides to just let them all go.
      You'd Expect: That Minoru and co would thank whatever gods there are, get out of there and get Chris medical help.
      Instead: A furious Minoru challenges Kevin to a fight. He gets beaten brutally, and is only saved thanks to Hayama managing to warn Mutou, the club's resident Blood Knight about what's going on.
    • In Chapter 301, we learn that Nozomi broke up with Minami after discovering a calling card for a hostess club in his suit jacket, leading her to think Minami was cheating on her. The rest of the Karate Club soon discover that Minami is innocent; the card was put there by Saizou, who occasionally borrows the suit in question.
      You'd Expect: Someone from the club (preferably Saizou) would just go to Nozomi and explain the situation.
      Instead: We get a number of silly courses of action from the members of the club, one after the other:
      First: Saizou decides to spy on Nozomi to look for evidence of her cheating on Minami, under the belief that this will give Minami leverage on his ex-girlfriend which he can use to get her back. It apparently doesn't occur to Saizou that A) Minami never cheated in the first place, and B) Nozomi can't cheat on Minami if she just broke up with him.
      Then: Akiko and Seiji decide to spy on Nozomi as she's meeting up with Kiichi, Seiji's older brother. While trying to eavesdrop on the two of them, Akiko loudly freaks out upon learning that Nozomi and Kiichi are childhood friends, and that Kiichi has probably never seen Nozomi as a potential girlfriend, since according to her, these are clear indicators of an imminent romance. Predictably, Nozomi overhears her, and comes over to ask what's going on.
      Then: After Nozomi explains that she and Kiichi are discussing what they're going to wear at "the wedding", Mamiya and Akiko, rather than ask for further clarification, immediately take this to mean that Nozomi and Kiichi are planning to get married.
      THEN: Minoru suddenly decides to restart his old feud with Kiichi, intending to both punish him for "stealing" Nozomi, and prove that karate is stronger than kendo. Thankfully, he drops the Idiot Ball by the start of the next chapter, and he and Nana decide to just talk to Nozomi, whereupon it is revealed that she and Kiichi are attending the wedding of two alumni from their respective sports clubs.
  • Katanagatari:
    • The insect-themed Quirky Mini Boss Squad (composed of three ninja) are sent to go capture Nanami, the Ill Girl sister of the protagonist. They decide in probably reasonable ninja procedure to go one at a time (ostensibly because two are only there as transportation and backup respectively) to subdue and capture her to hurt her older brother. The first, Kamakiri, arrives at her location and ambushes her with his Praying Mantis close combat style nails (long and sharp) but is quickly defeated off screen and rendered unconscious.
      You'd Expect: That his backup WOULD check in on him after he was gone for an inordinately long time.
      Instead: Even though one of them gets a 'bad feeling' that something has gone 'terribly wrong', he doesn't do anything which for a cartoon medium might as well mean Too Dumb to Live.
    • Also from the same episode, when Kamakiri does die and his friends go in to try to rescue him/continue the mission, they send another close-combat specialist in next, which is fine, but it turns out that Nanami has Awesomeness by Analysis, meaning that whenever they show her any of their hereditary ninja arts she will instantly learn them and master them the second time they show her.
      You'd Expect: If you were sane upon seeing this and her Slasher Smile run the fuck away, grab the remaining guy and RUN like you never did before to inform the rest of your ninja brethren of the threat they face and report a full account of her abilities and weaknesses that you could glean from that short encounter (being ninja they should have observation skills). Or at least, assuming that this happened way too fast for the guy to run away before dying, for Mitsubachi remaining to realize the depth of the threat and run for it and hopefully make it off the island alive.
      Instead: Chouchou gets himself killed—which on second thought/review may have been impossible for him to get out of—but Mitsubachi actually tries to stay and complete the mission rather than run away; although Nanami noticed his presence it still should have been possible to run.
  • In Kill la Kill:
    • In the 4th episode, Dawn Of A Miserable Morning, right as Ryuko, Mako and Maiko reach Honoji Academy, Guts comes with Senketsu, but unfortunately seeing Ryuko's underwear causes him to get Distracted by the Sexy and get a nosebleed. Maiko then kicks Guts, steals Senketsu, and reveals herself to be The Mole — that she was pretending to be a fellow no-star student but is really the Trap Committee leader of Honnouji Academy. So she monologues and gloats about using Senketsu to take over as ruler of the school.
      You'd Expect: Ryuko to take advantage of Maiko gloating, and beat her up, and take back Senketsu, simple as that.
      Instead: Ryuko never thinks of doing this, and Maiko then tries on Senketsu, and manages to successfully go through the transformation sequence without fail (due to being shameless about being fanservicy) and decides to beat up Mako and Ryuko. It's only because of Senketsu trying to hold back Maiko that prevents her from succeeding.
    • After Ryuko discovers that she's a life fiber hybrid and that her biological mother is Ragyo Kiryuin, she shuns Senketsu and heads after Ragyo and Nui alone. Ragyo and Nui goad her to come to Honouji Academy; Mikisugi warns her that this is a trap.
      You'd Expect: For Ryuko to listen to Mikisugi's warning.
      Instead: She refuses to listen, almost attacks him, and abandons him and the others to pursue Ragyo and Nui. The two Mind Rape Ryuko by giving her fake memories and bonding her to Junketsu, resulting in her pulling a Face–Heel Turn.
  • In Kimi ni Todoke:
    • Our heroine Sawako looks like she has finally realised that Kazehaya does like her too. Valentine Day approaches.
      You'd Expect: Sawako gives Kazehaya chocolate. Even if it is just "duty" chocolate.
      Instead: She gives chocolate to everyone but Kazehaya. You see, she's so honest that she couldn't give him just "duty" chocolate, but too humble to dare to give him "real" chocolate. So she doesn't give him any.
      Result: Kazehaya is left absolutely confused. Does she like him or not? Their relationship is now worse than it was at the beginning of the story.
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl: Towako sabotages the school's gardening club by ripping up its advertising posters.
    You'd Expect: That she would not do this where the club is held.
    Instead: She does, and gets caught.
  • KonoSuba:
    • Kazuma and his team have disabled a giant ambulatory fortress just outside of the city, but doing so activates it's self-desctruct mechanism, threatening to destroy the city when it goes off. They discover that the fortress' power source is about to explode, but Wiz reveals that she can use a teleportation spell to send the power source somewhere else before it explodes, saving the town.
      You'd Expect: They'd teleport it to the nearby plains, mountains, forests, up in the air, or any of the other uninhabited areas around the town, which everybody present is well aware of.
      Instead: Kazuma tells Wiz to use a spell that teleports the target to a completely random location.
      Result: The power source blows up a nobleman's house. Kazuma is accused of treason and his party spend most of the second season trying to clear his name and earn money to pay for the damage.
  • Kotoura-san:
  • Little Lulu:
    • This also showed up twice in the anime episode where Tubby gets captured by the Westside Gang. Lulu and the gang come up with Plan A, which was to hide a saw inside a pie for Tubby to use to escape. However, since none of them knew how to make a pie, they decide to substitute the real thing with a mud pie. Lulu and Annie then bring the mud pie over to the Westside Gang's territory and give it to Tubby.
      You'd Expect: Tubby to listen to Lulu and for her to tell him that there's actually a saw hidden inside the mud pie so that he can escape to freedom.
      Instead: When Tubby finds out that the pie was actually mud, he becomes angry, saying that he cannot eat it then kicks it so hard that it sails out the window of the RV he was imprisoned in and onto the ground, revealing the saw in front of the Westside Gang.
    • Then later on in the same episode, after Willy and Iggy have also gotten captured by the Westside Gang, it is then up to Wilbur to come to the rescue with a shovel that he intends to use to tunnel into the RV to save Tubby and the others. Once on the other side, Wilbur then proceeds to carry out his mission.
      You'd Expect: Wilbur to lightly tap on the side of the RV and quietly let Tubby, Willy, and Iggy know that he was going to dig them out and for them to be ready when he did.
      Instead: He just goes ahead and starts digging next to the RV, causing Tubby, Willy, and Iggy to become worried, thinking that a bear is coming to eat them, then promptly alert the Westside Gang that they hear a weird noise, resulting in Wilbur's capture after that.
  • Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland:
    • While traveling with Flip, Nemo encounters a giant door which he recognizes as the door he was told to never open under any circumstances. Flip then tells Nemo they should open it.
      You'd Expect: Knowing the promise he made to King Morpheus that he wouldn't open the door as well as the fact he was told it was forbidden, he would outright refuse and walk away, and if Flip continued to hassle him about it, report him.
      Instead: He gets Flip to lift him up to the keyhole to unlock the door, which results in the Nightmare invading Slumberland and abducting King Morpheus.
  • Love Live! Sunshine!!:
    • The girls of Aqours make it through the Love Live preliminaries, and the video of their performance is making waves on the Internet. Meanwhile, the deadline of reaching 100 new students in order to save their school is quickly approaching.
      You'd Expect: The girls milk the opportunity for all it's worth, getting in touch with their fans through chat rooms and video livestreams, promoting their school like crazy.
      Instead: They spend the precious hours before the deadline doing nothing but watch the enrollment counter on their school website, moaning and bitching how it doesn't go up fast enough.
      Result:' Their school narrowly fails to meet the enrollment threshold and is shut down.
  • Lupin III:
    • For the majority of the franchise, the titular character ends up meeting Fujiko after she commits a betrayal.
      You'd Expect: Lupin will catch on about it and want nothing more to do with her.
      Instead: He continues to blindly trust her. Every. Single. Time.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • Lordgenome leaving a cryptic warning behind, that can more or less be paraphrased as "When there are a million humans on the surface of the planet, something bad will happen."
      You'd Expect: With the rate at which their tech levels were advancing, the Dai Gurren Brigade would try to keep surface numbers to a minimum, by only taking in people who actually want to get out of the ground to buy them time to investigate the moon, and maybe think of other ways to stall the count until they can find a way to stop it for good.
      Instead: Under Rossiu's direction, they drag people out of their underground villages, even the ones who don't want to come up, just to COUNT THEM, thus ACCELERATING the growth of numbers. Sure, it's the kind of series that's full of Idiot Heroes, but Rossiu was supposed to be the cool and calculating kind of person.
    • From Gurren-Lagann The Satire:
      Simon: "Rossiu? Have you been forcing people out of their homes behind my back?"
      Rossiu: "Would you believe me if I said 'no'?"

  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Mad Sorceress Precia Testarossa needs all 21 Jewel Seeds (or, by her own estimates, at least 14) to activate a successful dimensional transference to Al-Hazard. Once she sees that her cloned daughter, Fate, has lost her battle with Nanoha for control of all 21 Jewel Seeds, she zaps her and takes back the nine Jewel Seeds she had in her possession.
      You'd Expect: Precia to also zap Nanoha and swipe the remaining Jewel Seeds, which were on her person at the time. Or even earlier than that, send Fate to TSAB as The Mole to get her hands on the rest of the Seeds.
      Instead: Neither thought occurs to her. Her subsequent attempt to use the nine Jewel Seeds to achieve dimensional transference ends catastrophically, and she perishes along with her lair.
    • In A's, it's eventually revealed that the entire plot is the machinations of one Admiral Gil Graham, attempting his own secret plan to destroy the Book of Darkness for good. It's taken roughly nine years to set up, and is rather convoluted and intricate. A significant part of the plan involves sending his familiars, Lotte and Aria out to aid the Wolkenritter (the Book of Darkness' defense programs) against the heroes several times, before finally killing them in front of their young master, driving her over the edge to justify using extreme measures. Naturally, since they're somewhat well known, disguises are employed. Not a problem, magic can be used for that.
      You'd Expect: Them to take disguises that, well, look like nothing, which shouldn't be that hard. Something that wouldn't stand out to anyone. They could even take different disguises each time, just to keep people guessing.
      Instead: They take on forms heavily implied to be Chrono Harlaown's dead father, who died working on the Book of Darkness case the last time it appeared. Naturally, this can't be a coincidence, and the list of potential suspects is narrowed significantly. Before long Chrono has defeated the familiars easily, arrested their master, and confiscated the Device meant to accomplish the plan. It wouldn't have worked anyway, but if you spend nine years on something, it's hard to believe a weak point like that would slip through.
  • Magical Project S:
    • Ramia finds out Misao's father is coming to visit her.
      You'd Expect: She'll just give her some slack and be with her father.
      Instead: She has her transformed into Misa on that day.
      Result: Sasami and Misao have discovered their magical girl identities in the end. Congratulations, Ramia, for making that happen.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth:
    • In episode twelve of the anime, the girls are attacked by falling boulders, quakes, etcetera. They quickly determine the threats to be illusory, which Hikaru proves by allowing a tree to fall on her and emerging unscathed. They hide in a cave to regroup and are immediately met by Clef, who had been petrified in the first episode. He tells them that he has rescued Emeraude and she needs to talk to them, although everyone the girls have met up to now, including Clef himself, has made it very clear that nobody in Cephiro has the ability to rescue Emeraude. That's the whole reason Emeraude summoned them in the first place.
      You'd Expect: The girls not to be taken in, because it's obviously another illusion. The only explanation Clef gives for his recovery is that "Zagato can't beat me," even though they knew that Zagato did beat him and turned him into a statue, because Clef told them so through Mokona.
      Instead: Hikaru and Umi buy this story after only a moment of hesitation. Fuu is suspicious, but she can't convince them not to follow Clef to meet an equally fake Emeraude. When Fuu breaks down the illusion by asking it basic questions, Hikaru and Umi are stunned.
  • Magi: Labyrinth of Magic:
    • The runaway prince Alibaba has managed to change his kingdom and has cornered his best friend, Kassim with his Amon and effectively used his sword up against his friend. His friend has betrayed him many times and doesn't deserve to live after he's backstabbed him.
      You'd Expect: For Alibaba to go ahead and kill Kassim, because he's trying to destroy everything Alibaba worked for and he's a traitorous jerk who'll take advantage of it. Just kill him already.
      Instead: The dumbass pulls his sword aside, lies on the ground and whines that he can't kill his best friend, which causes Kassim to hit him and stab himself to death, creating a huge Dark Djinn (monster) who's so strong even Sinbad and Morgiana can't kill it. This also causes Judar to go crazy with power. Nice job breaking it, you freaking dumbass.
    • Dunya Mustasim's servant, Isaac has just died, and she's going over her memories. Alibaba knows how it feels to lose his friends. But she's an evil villain and he already has a curse mark on his neck that might take him over.
      You'd Expect: That he'd stay away from Dunya, knowing that if he goes near her black rukh, he'll become corrupted, too.
      Instead:' The idiot goes to Dunya, sifts through her memories, and falls into darkness, forcing the other three to fight their stupid best friend.
    • Hakuryuu knows that his mother's a crazy bitch. And that she killed his father and brothers. When he has the chance to explain himself to his sister, Hakuei, surely she'll be on his side if he can just be sane and explain it all calmly.
      You'd Expect: Him to calmly and rationally explain everything, instead of ranting, which will just make Hakuei think he's snapped.
      Instead: Hakuryuu rants and screams, causing Hakuei to hit him and think he's lost his mind. Which leads Hakuryuu to fall into depravity upon meeting Judar. Nice job, Hakuei.
  • Mahoromatic:
    • Mahoro finds out that her master Suguru participates in a street fighting festival. She sets out with Minawa to retrieve him and bring him home safely.
      You'd Expect: Mahoro and Minawa take off for the air and survey the area from there, since you have to fight when you walk the streets. Alternatively, they could simply break the flowers on their heads indicating that they are disqualified, so they won't be bothered by all those baton-swinging morons looking for a brawl.
      Instead: They walk around with the flowers intact on their heads and get distracted by fighting all those apparently brain-damaged locals - which also takes a ridiculous amount of effort, considering they are battle-androids.
    • Also, how Mahoro keeps confiscating Suguru's Porn Stash, since according to her "dirty thoughts are bad".
      You'd Expect: Suguru makes it clear that he is the master and she is the maid, and she has no right to tell him what he should or should not keep under his bed.
      Instead: Suguru lets Mahoro simply take away his expensive erotica, even though he sometimes goes to great lengths to obtain a rare issue. Worse, he even allows himself to be scolded by her. Who is the master and who is the maid again?
  • Mamotte Shugogetten:
    • The hero Tasuke looks into a ring and gets a guardian spirit from it because of his purity of heart. A legend that his dad sent along with the ring said that something like this would happen. Of course, she causes him lots of trouble by doing things like destroying his school, locking him up at Christmas, etc. He receives more gifts like this via the mail from his traveling dad. They have legends that say if someone with a pure heart does something or other, some spirit will appear, etc.
      You'd Expect: He'd remember the legend of the ring and therefore count all these legends as true, being careful to avoid doing the stuff that would activate them.
      Instead: He does exactly what is required to activate those legends. He repeats this mistake twice. Once the spirit inside has repeatedly tried to get him to pay attention to only her, and the other time the spirit's only job is to create "trials" for her master, really just making life more difficult on him.
  • Maria Watches Over Us:
    • Sachiko has a hard time when her grandmother, who she loves immensely, becomes terminally ill and winds up in hospital.
      You'd Expect: Sachiko explains to Yumi why she won't be around school much anymore in the following period, even if she finds it hard to talk about it. After all, Yumi is her beloved soeur and therefore the first and foremost person that she can confide her troubles to, outside family. That way she could have given a Yumi a chance to stand by her emotionally as well.
      Instead: Sachiko tells Yumi nothing and keeps on disappearing without explanation, seemingly conspiring with her cousin Touko, Yumi's biggest rival at the time. This results in quite a bit of emotional turmoil for Yumi, who really has no clue about what is going on.
    • Also, first-year student Naito Shouko desperately wants to be a member of the Yamiyurikai, so she signs up for the tea-party which Yoshino and Yumi hold to find a soeur, since being picked by either one of them would secure her position in that prestigious student council.
      You'd Expect: She concentrates her efforts on one girl, preferably the least popular one, and tries to woo her into becoming her grande soeur. Since she has quite an impressive appearance her chances would have been rather good.
      Instead: She outright mentions that either one of them is fine, spoiling any chance she might have had to be picked as a soeur.
  • Mayonaka Lolita:
    • A mostly off-screen moment: A high-school teacher, for some reason, makes a rejuvenation medicine.
      You'd Expect: He would hide it in a safe place and label it correctly. This medicine could cause a lot of problems after all.
      Instead: He mistankingly gives it out as juice to a male student.
      Result: Said male student gives it in turn to a female student, who drinks it and promptly regresses into a child. Way to go, dumbass.
    • From this point on...
      You'd Expect the teacher to try and make an antidote.
      Instead: He smiles, tells the girl she'll only be able to turn back to normal by kissing the boy she loves, and leaves. WTF.
  • Mayo Chiki!:
    • Kanade is in troll mode, so she tells Usami main guy Kinjirou is a pervert. Note this is the same guy that has gynophobia, Usami said 3 episodes ago she'd help curing it and thus knows this, two episodes ago she invited him to her house and rubbed her chest on him (Which he didn't like much because of his condition) and in this very episode, Kinjirou accidentally grabs Usami's bare left breast and that causes him to faint in the act, plus Kanade's been trolling Usami for the entire episode.
      You'd Expect: Usami to notice the obvious lie and tell Kanade she knows Kinjirou's not like that.
      Instead: Usami instantly belives Kinjirou's a super-pervert and lashes at him. Seems Usami is very gullible or Kanade so good at bluffing Usami would've believed she is the Moon too.
  • MegaMan NT Warrior:
    • Episodes 18-19 has Maylu ending up getting a chip from Yahoot, who is disguised as Higsby.
      You'd Expect: Maylu should be suspicious of whether there's any evil effects on it.
      Instead: She ended up inserting the chip into Roll anyway, resulting in something bad. Nice job, Maylu.
      Addition: Before this happened, Roll doesn't even get suspicious about the chip that her NetOp is holding at the time. So yeah...
    • In the same episode, even MegaMan is no better. While trying an "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight on Roll, she suddenly goes back to her old self after grabbing him by his face.
      You'd Expect: MegaMan suspects that Roll is still not herself since her form is not yet normal and that he must pin her down.
      Instead: MegaMan attempts to approach her, and before you know it, "What a sucker!" she slapped him, zapped him with electricity, and steps on him, removing any more chances for him to fight back.
  • In the anime of Mega Man Star Force, Bob Copper suspects Geo Stelar to be Mega Man. He follows Geo all over the city. Please note that "Mega Man" has the same hair, eyes and voice as Geo. Geo also shows up all the time whenever trouble is brewing... Or after. It's no surprise Copper is suspicious. In a following incident, Copper locks Geo in his car as a test to see if he's Mega Man. Mega Man does show up, and Copper finds Geo inside the car after that. However, anyone could conclude that Geo could have actually escaped, changed into Mega Man, fought the bad guy, and then locked himself in the car again to avoid suspicion. This is what actually happened, as Zack Temple demonstrates the fallacies of "childproof" touch-command door locks by opening the door and letting Geo loose.
    You'd expect: For Copper to put two and two together and either accuse Geo of being Mega Man... or continue suspecting him, at least, and tailing him all the time.
    Instead: He immediately assumes Geo to be one of Mega Man's groupies. Cue surprise on Geo's part. Clark Kenting seems to work better than people think... or one can wonder how a man who can come to such ridiculous conclusions actually got onto the force.
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch:
    • Caren saves the mermaid trio from the Black Beauty Sisters.
      You'd Expect: She'd join them.
      Instead: She refuses to join them all because she thinks Rina left her twin sister, Noel, to get captured.
      Result: The Black Beauty Sisters capture her easily. Caren has bought all that on herself because she thinks she can rescue Noel by herself.
  • Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club
    • Considering the main protagonist Hiromi is so eager to ride a bike, you'd expect her to have at least a general idea of knowing how it's done, especially when she sees other people around her riding bicycles on daily basis.
    • Instead she straddles the bike with her legs spread wide without any attempt to actually pedal to get the bike moving.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
    • On Valentine's Day, Kobayashi returns home from work to see Kanna eating some chocolate, with her offering some to Kobayashi. Unbeknownst to either of them is the fact that this is the same Love Potion-laced chocolate that Tohru made and tried to get Kobayashi to eat earlier in the day (with Kobayashi seeing through this plan and stopping her from doing so).
      You'd Expect: Kobayashi, remembering what happened earlier in the day, to have some suspicion and ask Kanna where she got the chocolate. After all, it's likely that the Love Potion wouldn't have any effect when consumed by dragons (which is exactly the reason Tohru gave Kanna the chocolate in the first place, while planning to get some regular chocolate for Kobayashi).
      Instead: Kobayashi assumes that if Kanna's eating the chocolate, then it must be safe for her to consume, with her not asking Kanna about where she got it until she ate some of it and started to feel funny.
  • Monster:
    • Dr. Tenma is held hostage by the Baby. The latter tells him to leave the questions to him.
      You'd Expect: Tenma acknowledges this and agrees to answer his questions.
      Instead: He keeps on asking the questions causing the Baby to whack him repeatedly in the face with a billiard stick.
  • My-HiME:
    • In Episode 13, "Night of the Tamayura", Yuuichi and Shiho are out on a date, and they bump into Mai and Reito just as they're about to kiss. He's still struggling to decide whether or not he actually likes Mai "in that way".
      You'd Expect: Yuuichi to keep his mouth shut and wait until the end of the festival to ask Mai about what happened...or perhaps confronted her about his feelings eight episodes ago, when Reito wasn't around.
      Instead: He picks the worst possible time to blurt out Mai's name, and breaks two cardinal rules of dating in the process: 1. Never cockblock another person just as s/he's about to get some action (double if it's someone you know), and 2. Never confess/imply that you like another girl in front of your date.
      Result: Shiho's mad at Mai and refuses to talk to her, and double since Mai had promised to help Shiho win Yuuichi's affections and now Shiho thinks Mai was lying (when in fact, Mai did mean what she said); and Reito, usually a calm and collected guy, is mad at Yuuichi because he suspects something's going on between the two of them. Nice job breaking them up, "hero".
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!:
    • Maria gets into the Magic Academy despite being a commoner, is one of the top students in her grade, possesses a rare talent for light magic, and, in the original game, ends up winning the hearts of high ranking nobles and even princes. Unsurprisingly, some of the commoners in her home town, as well as her noble schoolmates, are jealous.
      You'd Expect: Them to realize that Maria is likely to become a powerful and influential individual with a similarly high-status husband, and that it might not be a good idea to get on her bad side.
      Instead: They bully and spread rumors about her.
      Result: While Maria doesn't retaliate against her bullies, her love interests end up bailing her out of trouble. In the game, bullying/trying to kill Maria gets Catarina exiled or killed in routes involving her, which suggests that she was somewhat stupid even before hitting her head.
    • Uten, a needless with the ability to turn anything invisible, needs to find the location of our heroes' hideouts. He happens to chance upon two of them while they're out shopping.
      You'd Expect: Powers. Of. Invisibility. He only needs to shadow them back to base to succeed. This ain't rocket science, kids.
      Instead: Uten sets up an extremely contrived trap for the two and tries to make them believe he's almighty and knows magic by turning parts of the building invisible, so he can interrogate them into revealing the base's location (changing gears midway into 'killing them and search corpses for clues'). He fails miserably. And dies. At no point does he even try to use his invisibility to escape when things have gone pear-shaped. Truly one for the record books. Even better, although his invisibility power does not necessarily work on himself, Uten has perhaps the most innocuous appearance among the Shitennou; that of a young boy. He could have ditched the costume and walked behind them the whole way and neither of the heroes would have been any wiser. Basically he failed at a task that did not even need the application of his powers to succeed.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Shinji Ikari is a shy, introverted, cowardly, etc. 14-year-old boy, but he's one of the few people who can prevent the destruction of the whole human race, whose performance is directly linked to his state of mind.
      You'd Expect: A team of psychologists and/or therapists working to ensure top condition. Extensive psychological evaluation, therapy sessions after battles, supporting friends/colleagues.
      Instead: He's left completely alone with his doubts and mental problems, abused by nearly everyone, never receiving credit for his accomplishments, being belittled at every possible occasion, and being the butt of every malicious joke. It's a complete miracle that it took Shinji 19 episodes to Freak Out.
    • The Evangelion have to have cords attached to them for power, and being unplugged and without a power source is a major problem for some episodes.
      You'd Expect: They'd add external battery packs to the Evangelion for every sortie.
      Instead: They do... in one episode, in which they are destroyed and are never rebuilt or mentioned again.
    • Alright folks, sit down, grab a nice fluffy pillow, this is the big one. Rei is created and bred to bring The End of the World as We Know It. Just as Gendo is going to implement this plan however she hijacks the whole kit and kabudle. The fate of the human race is quite literally in her hands.
      You'd Expect: She cancels the whole thing, since when speaking to Shinji she voiced her objections to Instrumentality. And if it killed her, well she wants to die anyway, so it'd be no loss for her.
      Instead: She wipes out the human race on Shinji's behalf, because she asked and it was what he wanted. He learns to Be Careful What You Wish For, and Rei states that each individual can reverse Instrumentality if they wish. You can still get brain damage from your reaction.
    • Yui is married to Gendo, someone who is implied to have had an even worse backstory than his son Shinji and knows she acts as his Living Emotional Crutch and seeing as he and Shinji are all but outright stated to be not so different, so eh cannot connect to people. And then she has a kid with him, something that would make a social confident man extremely nervous, let alone a man whose mental state is about as stable as a Jenga Tower with half of the pieces missing. All of this Yui knows as she's working on the Eva pilot.
      You'd Expect: For Yui to not risk her life or anything and make sure she stays around and finds an alternative to the Evangelion's current situation as go ensure a healthy relationship with her family.
      Instead: Yui fucks off into Eva Unit 01 in front of her son for extra stupidity, not only scarring him for life and ensuring he has some mental wounds to rip open during the Angel War but also regressing Gendo into the cold hearted man he is known as today, straining both Gendo and Shinji's minds until they break down. That's right, just about everything bad in Evangelion can be traced back to Yui not being able to find some other way to fight Angels other than putting herself into a robot.
    • You have two hormonal, scarred teenagers with mental states that would make a Batman villain look sane living together in close proximity with each other in stressful situations.
      You'd Expect: Misato to sit one or both of them down to teach them to read people or at least co exist properly.
      Instead: Misato completely ignores the oncoming disaster, teachers her wards/surrogate children nothing and thus causes them to both wound each other even more until they break.
  • No Game No Life:
    • Stephanie is pissed off that Sora and Shiro are just (to the best of her knowledge) sitting around and doing nothing while she does all the work running Elkia, and so challenges Sora to a game, with the conditions that if she wins, he becomes a better person. As shown in the episode itself, she can decide which game they will play.
      You'd Expect: Her to pick a solved game like Nim, and then win because it is mathematically impossible for her to lose.
      Instead: She tries random games of chance, and since she's going up against a Parody Sue, predictably loses every time, and suffers grave humiliation, to boot.
    • Chlammy battles Sora and Shiro in an abnormal game of chess but all the information she had to give to them was that unlike normal chess, the pieces have wills of their own.
      You'd Expect: Chlammy to be secretive on how the game really works and play normally at first. Save the rule defying moves for a crucial moment that allows her to take some strong pieces or even checkmating the king. That way, Sora and Shiro wouldn't have the information for them to figure out the nature of the game until it's too late and they were even evidently unaware at first while comparing the game to tic-tac-toe. They may even think the will element is only supposed to only apply to sacrificing pieces.
      Instead: Chlammy uses her very first move to move a pawn up 3 spaces giving her opponents a blatant hint that you can move pieces however you want with enough charisma, pathetically losing her the game.
    • Jibril, a magic using creature, battles Sora and Shiro, two humans, in a materialization shiritori game.
      You'd Expect: Jibril to focus early moves on erasing sound and paper so Sora and Shiro can't say the next word and not give them the chance to win.
      Instead: Jibril doesn't even try to win, saying meaningless things for fun, giving Sora time to dismantle the planet and she goes boom like an idiot.
  • Octave:
    • Yukino meets a handsome man who wants to have sex with her, and who already has a girlfriend.
      You'd Expect: Yukino turns him down, since she already is in a relationship with Setsuko. Sure, Yukino's lack of self-confidence tends to make things shaky (which sometimes gets exacerbated because they're both girls), but Setsuko has proven to be a loyal, patient and loving partner.
      Instead: Yukino has sex with him, since she mistook a previous conversation with Setsuko for "I'd be okay if you slept with a man", when she meant "If you fell for a man and wasn't dating me it'd be okay to have sex when you've done it with women". Her girlfriend is understandably distraught when she finds out Yukino cheated on her.
  • Ojamajo Doremi, both from the 7th episode:
    • When Pop runs short on money for daifuku, Doremi adds 300 yen to her coin purse.
      You'd Expect: Pop to check her coin purse a second time.
      Instead: She instead bargains with the shop clerk to get the daifuku at a discount, wasting the 300 yen on ice cream.
    • After eating the aformentioned ice cream, Pop has a Potty Emergency, causing Doremi to panic. Pop finds a bathroom, but she seems to be struggling to get there in time.
      You'd Expect: Doremi to use a spell to get her inside the restroom faster.
      Instead: She just watches in horror until Pop has a Potty Failure.
  • In Ookami Kakushi:
    • Hiroshi isn't exactly known to make intelligent decisions. To list a few examples:
    • He has befriended Sakaki, who confides to him that he lost his fiancée to the mysterious group murdering people around town, and is seeking the truth. Hiroshi knows who the leader of this group is: Someone from his own school.
      You'd Expect: Hiroshi would realize Sakaki is probably murderously furious towards the person who killed his fiancée and keep his mouth shut until he knows more about the group, or the person's reasons for doing it.
      Instead: He tells Sakaki the name of the leader in the group. Not surprisingly, Sakaki uses this little bit of information to set a trap.
    • Said trap involves kidnapping the girl (Nemuru), calling up Hiroshi, and taking him out in the middle of the night to an abandoned barn with the claim that he will show him "the truth".
      You'd Expect: Hiroshi would see something suspicious in being called up at night, realize he might potentially be in danger if he were to go inside, and not go into the barn.
      Instead: He walks into the barn, runs into Nemuru, and realizes the danger he might be in...just in time for Sakaki to leave him a knife as a parting gift and lock him up inside.
    • During the night, Nemuru finally tells Hiroshi everything, including that he is in danger of being attacked if she loses control of her impulses, and must be left tied up.
      You'd Expect: He would take into account what almost happened with Issei and follow her advice and leave her tied up until morning.
      Instead: He unties her, and she nearly attacks him. Nothing bad happens, but still...
    • And then there's Sakaki in episodes ten and eleven. We will start with the end of episode ten, which is when he begins to latch on to the Villain Ball: He stabs his accomplice and lets him know of his real plan to destroy the city.
      You'd Expect: He would stab him one last time to kill him, thus unable to tell anyone of his plans.
      Instead: He leaves him to die alone. When someone else comes across the wounded man, he uses his last breath to warn the village of Sakaki's plan.
    • And speaking of Sakaki's plan...his plan is to basically open the dam and destroy the village. After managing to open the dam itself...
      You'd Expect: He would stay at the station to guard it, or otherwise break the dam controls before leaving.
      Instead: He not only leaves the station, but he also leaves the controls perfectly intact for the heroes to come along and undo the damage.
    • While heading back through the forest, Isuzu notices Sakaki, someone who holds a grudge against the entire village and hates everyone in it, walking by, not to mention someone whom she knew was a genuine threat.
      You'd Expect: She would get out of there and alert the attention of the police, or the extermination group.
      'Instead: She follows him into the forest alone, loses sight of him, and gets shot.
    • Last but not least, Sakaki is just about ready to take his revenge and is presented several opportunities to shoot Nemuru and/or Hiroshi.
      You'd Expect: He wouldn't wait for them to finish monologing and just shoot them.
      Instead: He stands around waiting for them to finish talking before ranting about his revenge, and how they're all monsters...but never actually shoots anyone. By the time he does try to get a shot, Kaori shows up, takes the bullet instead, and drags him down to his demise.
  • Oreimo:
    • In one scene in Episode 3, Kyosuke explicitly tells Kirino to keep her DVDs and games out of sight while she's not in her room.
      You'd Expect: Kirino to be extra cautious about her collection, since she's a siscon fan.
      Instead: She leaves one of her games in the open on the very day her father comes into her room during her offline meeting, sparking a chain of events that ends with her hobby almost endangered and both Kousaka siblings injured (Kirino gets a minor injury because she tried to attack her own father with a crystal ashtray, but she was lucky compared to Kyosuke, who first gets his arm twisted for blocking his father from entering her room and then gets punched in the face after claiming ownership of all the adults only material in the house).
  • Overlord:
  • Paprika
    • Scientists have developed a machine called the DC Mini, which allows them to enter patients' dreams and work them through repressed trauma. Dr. Chiba through Paprika is using it. The problem is that in the wrong hands, someone could use the DC Mini to drive people to nervous breakdowns and trap them in delusions.
      You'd Expect: This device would have security, perhaps fingerprint locks, password codes or something that would prevent anyone from using it.
      Instead: Anyone, including an ostensibly science-hating CEO, can use the device.
      The Result: An unknown terrorist steals the DC Mini and starts using it to wreak havoc on the scientists. The scientists are the only ones who can stop the terrorist. Much to the police's consternation.
    • After they find out their coworker Himuro was the terrorist or so they think, Dr. Atsuko Chiba confronts Tokita, the creator of the DC Mini. She's concerned with how his creation was abused, and that Tokita Didn't Think This Through. Tokita admits that he was only concerned about the beauty of the science, and can't believe that their coworker and friend Himuro would use a device in such a horrid way. He also has less experience with using the Mini in an aggressive manner, for this reason.
      You'd Expect: Chiba to gently suggest that maybe Tokita should have been more careful. The world isn't operating on fundamental goodness.
      Instead: In a manner implied that she's masking her infatuation with him, Chiba gives Tokita a What the Hell, Hero? speech about being irresponsible and not thinking through the consequences.
      The Result: Tokita is wracked with guilt and uses the DC Mini to find Himuro, stop him and ask why Himuro stole the device and betrayed them. Then he realizes that Himuro was framed, and the real culprit traps Tokita in the dream world. Nice going there, Dr. Chiba.
  • Perfect Blue
    • Pop star Mima is transitioning from an image of a "pure" singer to a "serious" actress. She's already received a threatening fax for leaving the singing group CHAM, as well as a letter bomb. After she films a rape scene for a crime drama and poses nude for a magazine, the screenwriter of that scene and the photographer are both brutally murdered. The stress from the threats and her changing image is causing Mima to slowly break down and lose touch with reality. She freaks out when, after the photographer is murdered, she finds a bag of bloody clothes in her closet.
      You'd Expect: The police to realize that Mima has a violent stalker, or in this case, stalkers, and to assign her police protection, while investigating the murders.
      Instead: Police Are Useless and this doesn't happen, assuming of course that we can take that aspect at face value since the movie blurs fiction and reality and messes with the viewers as well as with Mima.
      The Result: Mima nearly gets killed twice, by both stalkers, and ostensibly needs medical treatment for being stabbed in the stomach and shoulder. What's worse is that one of the stalkers is her manager, who was able to take her to an isolated apartment where no one could see that Mima was in danger, and managed to kill her other agent.
  • Phantom Thief Jeanne:
    • Maron's classmates make comments that she resembles the titular character in Miyako's presence.
      You'd Expect: Miyako would find out immediately Maron is Jeanne and decided not to arrest her after all.
      Instead: She refuses to believe they're the same person because of the resemblance, vowing to arrest her to prove her point.
    • Miyako finally found out Maron is Jeanne upon seeing her transform.
      You'd Expect: She retreats from the street to let her seal a demon attacking them.
      Instead: She fainted from the revelation and Fin takes her hostage.
    • There's also Episode 43 where Miyako is not completely possessed by a demon, but manipulated by the Brainwashed and Crazy Fin Fish into killing Jeanne so that "she can get Maron back". After a while, Jeanne begins to fight back.
      You'd Expect: That she will just have to "checkmate" the demon within her.
      Instead: She just took away the gun she's holding. Like that'll ever work.
      Even Worse: She doesn't fight back after that.
  • Princess Mononoke:
    • Towards the end of the film, San is helping the injured Boar King Okkoto after he led a Suicide Attack against the humans. They are then surrounded by humans wearing his dead people's pigskin to hide their scent. Okkoto starts to turn into a demon from the trauma and false hope that the boars are alive, and San tries to save him by pulling away the demonic tentacles.
      You'd Expect: One of the humans would realize something is very wrong and either Zerg Rush or shout for the girl and boar to surrrender. They have the advantage.
      Instead: One warrior uses a slingshot to knock out San with a tiny stone.
      The Result Okkoto becomes a demon and continues his rampage, which means the humans can't stop him.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • The show has its main characters competing for Grief Seeds produced from the Witches they kill. As they use their magic, their Soul Gems begin to fill with darkness, which is then transferred into the collected Grief Seeds.
      You'd Expect: Someone to question the nature of the dark substance that appears inside a Soul Gem, especially since it requires a Grief Seed of all things to remove, a Grief Seed that can regenerate the Witch if left alone too long. Read that again: A Magical Girl's power source produces something unusable to themselves, but compatible with the monsters they fight, and can revive said monsters.
      Instead: No one seems to make the connection, most likely assuming that this "dirtiness" will make them no longer able to use magic. A minority of fans questioned this from the very beginning and speculated the results until the moment they were confirmed in Episode 8.
    • While Madoka and Sayaka are getting more invested in the magical girl world, their other friend Hitomi has no idea of what's going on or about any of the tragedies. So as far as she knows, nothing is wrong. She eventually tells Sayaka that she has feelings for Kyousuke, the boy Sayaka wished to heal and also is deeply in love with.
      You'd Expect: For Sayaka and Madoka to finally tell her about the world of magical girls. After all, Hitomi has already been the victim of a witch's curse, so not only would it explain that, but it would also tackle the love triangle and allow Hitomi to understand that there were deeper issues going on and she needed to back off for a little bit. It would also allow time for the love triangle to be resolved much more calmly, as Sayaka would have time to come to terms with her new Magical Girl form, gaining back enough confidence to either confess to Kyousuke herself or let Hitomi do it, but be happy for her this time as she's been able to think about it.
      Also: It's not like this would inherently prompt Hitomi to make a contract; by this point, Madoka and Sayaka know that the Soul Gem is essentially a Soul Jar, and they have witnessed first-hand how dangerous witches can be. If they explained all this to Hitomi - who, from what we've seen of her, has a pretty good life anyway - then she would most likely trust their words, especially with Sayaka having a Soul Gem as proof. She'd have closure on her time being witch food, she'd probably GLADLY put her feelings to one side if her friend's wish was at stake, and if Kyuubey DID try to talk to her, she'd know not to trust it and could even help Madoka to comfort Sayaka.
      Instead: Hitomi is told nothing. Sayaka just sits there as Hitomi says she'll give her 24 hours to confess any feelings she has, doesn't, and watches as her friend steals her love interest away. This, as well as all the other stuff happening in Sayaka's life, starts her on her dark path and culminates in her becoming a witch, supposedly dying, Madoka becoming horribly depressed and Hitomi most likely blaming herself. Granted, it was stated that Sayaka was always doomed to fall into despair and become a witch in every timeline where she contracted, no matter what, but still.
  • Redo of Healer: As clever as Keyaru can be, there are some moments that can make you question that intelligence.note 
    • Something that is briefly brought up by Scamboli Reviews during his review of the show. So, Keyaru has been sent back in time and is given the knowledge of the former timeline. He can't avoid being picked up by Flare, so he is destined to eventually head to the castle to be the Healing Hero. He also knows that if he refuses to heal people, Flare will get him addicted to drugs and brutally abused since she'll see him as useless. He also needs to steal skills from those he heals to become powerful enough to enact his revenge.
      You'd Expect: Keyaru would show himself to be a useful asset to the kingdom and agree to heal people without having to be coerced into it. That way, he can continue to steal skills hopefully without getting tortured.
      Instead: He pretends to be traumatized by his first healing experience again and adamantly refuses to heal anyone. Deliberately ensuring that he'll be chained up, drugged, and abused.
      Even Worse: Keyaru says that he was going to get his drug resistance stat up earlier so he could break out of his captivity sooner, but even if that was a skill he felt he needed, he already had a way of doing so without having to have them force-fed to him or being subjected to the other forms of abuse he suffered. Furthermore, if he just went along with healing people, there would be no immediate need to enhance his drug resistance in the first place. He subjected himself to extra amounts of torture for no good reason and never even considered the possibility that he could avoid it.note 
    • Related to the above. During the scene where he's refusing to use his healing, he is offered tea. Tea that he knows is laced with sedatives so Flare can use it to take him to the dungeon.
      You'd Expect: He refuses to drink the tea and hopefully avoids that fate.
      Instead: ...he drinks it.
      To Be Fair: It's likely that with Flare being who she is, she would just use her royal status to threaten to invoke carte blanche to force him to drink it. Since the setting is in medieval times, all a member of royalty would need to have an excuse to sentence someone to death is to have their "hospitality" turned down.
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero:
    • The world is in danger because of a threat that brings monsters that can raze entire towns in moments, but there's a way to protect the world, the Four Heroes. However, there's an international agreement that each of the Heroes should be summoned by a different nation to ensure everyone is protected. The Queen of Melromarc (the actual monarch) has just left to open diplomatic measures with the neighbouring countries to plan for this, leaving her husband Aultcray in charge.
      You'd Expect: For Aultcray to not do anything and wait for his wife to return.
      Or: Summon just one of the Heroes. It may cause some trouble since he acted without waiting for the others, but at least the other kingdoms can still summon the other Heroes.
      Instead: He summons the Four Heroes to Melromarc.
      As A Result: The Queen is forced to remain outside for far longer than expected because the other nations are threatening war and she has to make some concessions to prevent this.
      Worse: It also keeps the Four Heroes in Melromarc as they are unable to learn that other countries are also in danger, forcing Fitoria to keep running around the world to stop the monsters on her own.
    • One of the Four Heroes is the Hero of the Shield. Unfortunately, Melromarc's main religion paints the latter as The Devil, because the demi-human people consider the Shield Hero their God and Melromarc is racist against demi-humans, made worse by a recent war they had with the demi-human nation of Siltvelt. Aultcray also hates demi-humans because his sister was killed by one of them while he was in a peace conference with the Siltvelt leaders.
      You'd Expect: Them not to summon the Shield Hero.
      Or: Summon the Hero and then send them on their way.
      Or: Aultcray to realize that the person he's summoning has nothing to do with the troubles with the demi-humans and at least try to work with whoever appears - since he knows that the Heroes are the best bet the world has to survive.
      Instead: They summon Naofumi Iwatani as the Shield Hero - and they proceed to treat him like shit just because of his association with a role he didn't ask for.
      As A Result: Naofumi goes out on his own, which allows him to gain power on his own that he wouldn't have in different circumstances and prove to the people that he's actually a hero.
    • When the four heroes inspect their abilities, Naofumi notes that his defense is high but he can barely attack.
      You'd Expect: The other heroes to consider that someone that can receive attacks and suffer little damage is very useful - the Tank role exists in games for a very good reason.
      Instead: Since the other heroes are using games they have played as a measuring stick and none of them had a proper Tank class, they consider him weak.
    • Related to this, the other heroes see several similarities between the new world they are in and games they played in their previous lives (as the three of them died before being summoned).
      You'd Expect: For them to consider that, in spite of that, there are many clear signs that what they are living is all too real.
      Instead: They think it's all like a videogame and that there are no consequences to their actions like in games.
      As A Result: The three of them keep causing multiple problems since they expect the world to act like a videogame's, and those problems are only solved because Naofumi manages to step in and deal with them - increasing his reputation while sinking theirs.
      Also: Their attempting to apply videogame logic to their current situation ensures they are weaker than they could be, which proves detrimental to them in the future.
    • Naofumi wakes up to realize he has been robbed of pretty much everything he had, and tries to find his only partner, Myne, only to end up arrested and falsely accused by Myne of raping her. The other Heroes are present when Naofumi is brought to court wearing just his underclothes - and Naofumi notices that Myne has some of his things.
      You'd Expect: Someone to ask Naofumi what happened the previous night. As proven later, there's magic that can be used to detect whether someone is saying the truth, so using it on him and asking him what happened should clear up his name.
      Or: If there's going to be a trial, at the very least consider the possibility that he was being framed.
      Or: Apply some common sense and wonder why Naofumi has been robbed or why he stayed in his room after committing a crime.
      Instead: The King automatically assumes him to be guilty, and the other Heroes don't even consider the possibility of Naofumi being innocent. The King may have some of an excuse to believe Myne since she is actually his eldest daughter Malty, but the others don't consider the alternative.
      As A Result: Naofumi (who, as mentioned above, is one of the few that can save the world from the waves of monsters) is left with just his shield and what he was wearing at a time, and incredibly embittered against everyone else.
    • Motoyasu decides to challenge Naofumi to a duel because the latter keeps Raphtalia as a slave, and the King forces Naofumi to go through with it, even though (a) demi-human slavery is legal under his own laws and (b) Raphtalia is clearly treated by Naofumi as a partner. In spite of him having little to no offensive power, Naofumi manages to get the upper hand and is close to force Motoyasu to surrender when Malty blatantly uses magic to attack Naofumi.
      You'd Expect: Someone to point out the blatant cheating, which by the rules of the duel means that Naofumi has won.
      Instead: The King completely ignores this and names Motoyasu the winner.
      As A Result: Raphtalia is freed and Naofumi hits the Despair Event Horizon, awakening his Superpowered Evil Side, which if unleashed could have easily killed everyone in the palace.
      Fortunately: Raphtalia convinces Naofumi that she will always believe him and be by his side, no matter what other people say, which brings him back from the brink. Also, in the anime Ren and Itsuki also call out the King for his blatant ignoring of the rules and force him to pay Naofumi the full reward he earned for saving an entire town from a wave of monsters.
    • The above mentioned Church of the Three Heroes considers Naofumi The Devil, opposing him many times in spite of him actually doing good work to help people. They also know that, should one of the Legendary Heroes die, the future Waves of Catastrophe will turn even worse than normal.
      You'd Expect: Them to use a little common sense and let Naofumi continue doing what he does.
      Instead: They attempt to kill him whenever they can, even working with Malty to achieve this.
      As A Result: They end up causing their own destruction when the four Heroes fight the Church's Pope and kill him, while the Queen of Melromarc disposes of the Church's army and later makes their religion illegal.
    • During the fight with the Pope, Ren and Itsuki appear (having faked their deaths) to help Naofumi and Motoyasu, throwing the Pope off.
      You'd Expect: Them all to go full out against the Pope, who is clearly willing to kill them all, and settle accounts later.
      Instead: They start to argue with each other, with Naofumi taking a long minute to bitterly lambaste them for all the messes they have made and that he's had to clean up.
      As A Result: The Pope gets enough of a respite to gather more power, enough to put all the Heroes at risk of death.
    • Ren, the Sword Hero, is a loner whose main game inspiration is Brave Star Online, where he was always playing without other partners. However, the dangers in this new world are much bigger than those in the game, and he has several people willing to support him in the fight.
      You'd Expect: Him to swallow his pride and accept that he needs all the help he can get.
      Instead: He keeps going out on his own to level up, never trying to learn how to work on a team and outright telling his team that he will leave them behind if they are too weak.
      As A Result: While, surprisingly, they still remain loyal to him, their lack of teamwork gets them all killed at a later point.
    • Itsuki, Motoyasu and Ren have seen their reputations completely tank because of their screw ups, while Naofumi's become the most beloved of the Legendary Heroes because he's actually helping to save people. The three learn of the Spirit Tortoise, a terrible monster that was sealed by a previous group of the Legendary Heroes because they could not beat it.
      You'd Expect: Them to leave the monster where he is. The previous heroes were quite probably stronger than they are, and they left warnings about why they just sealed it instead of killing it.
      Instead: They unseal the monster, because each of them thinks they'll be able to defeat it on their own to regain the fame they previously had.
      As A Result: The Spirit Tortoise begins to rampage, the three Legendary Heroes don't even make a dent on it, Ren's party dies in the fight while Motoyasu's and Itsuki's desert them and thousands of people die. It takes Naofumi and an alliance of Knights from other countries to stop the creature, and Naofumi nearly kills himself in the process because he has to use a Dangerous Forbidden Technique to destroy the creature's heart.
  • R.O.D the TV:
    • Joker has taken Nancy's child and is investigating his potential use as a host for the Gentleman. Yomiko Readman, whose unique power allows her mastery over paper, confronts him about this and demands the child be returned. He has no intention of giving up the child and is more than willing to use mind control and murder to get his way.
      You'd Expect: For Joker, a suave fast talker, to talk Yomiko down or in some way misdirect her. He can then arrange a safe method of eliminating her and Nancy.
      Instead: Joker deliberately antagonizes Yomiko, belittling her and then showing her that he's apparently sentenced her missing boyfriend to a grizzly fate of some kind. And he does all of this in the middle of the British Library, the headquarters of his organization which is filled with books.
      As A Result: Yomiko goes on a rampage, destroying the Library using the massive supply of available paper. The already weak organization is further hobbled and the key books containing the Gentleman's essence are lost in the chaos.
  • Romeo X Juliet:
    • The Sole Survivor of the infamous Capulet Massacre of Neo Verona is a girl, Juliet Fiamatta Asto Capulet, and the people behind said massacre (the Montagues) know this fact very well. The Capulet retainers that manage to escape from the purge take Juliet in, and they also go into hiding so they can protect her from the cruel Montagues AND get a chance to restore order. However, when the massacre takes place Juliet is just a two-year-old little girl and thus she can't properly lead them until at least her Dangerous 16th Birthday.
      You'd Expect: For said retainers to educate little Juliet in the traditions and history of the Capulets as well as their rivalry with the Montagues. They already had the common sense to both raise Juliet as a boy named Odin and hide "him" among the low-to-middle-class of Neo-Verona, and train her as a swordswoman so she can protect herself if under attack from anyone.
      Instead: They don't tell her anything, keeping all the info about her heritage and any strategies as a total secret from her until said Dangerous 16th Birthday. By that time Juliet is both a Bifauxnen and an accomplished Action Girl, but has no idea of how important she actually is to Neo Verona — and worse, she has met the son of Lord Montague (who is nothing like his dad) and is about to fall for him. So now poor Juliet is thrust in a vital position that she's almost completely unprepared to carry on with, and soon she very understandably begins cracking under the terrible pressure of being expected to lead La Résistance AND loving the son of the dictator. And yet her own "supporters" get mad and act shocked that she can barely hack it, when it's them who didn't properly ready her for her important role.
  • Ron Kamonohashi: Deranged Detective: In the Island Observatorium Murder Arc, Grizzly figures out who the murderer is by finding a fishing line in the telescope room.
You'd Expect: Him telling Toto or Ron about the truth of the crime or ask for backup.
Instead: He decides to, immediately and alone, confront the killer
As A Result: He's then killed and is only able to whisper that something is a trap and leaving Ron and Toto still looking for the answer.

  • Sailor Moon Crystal:
    • Sailor Venus is shown to have a better memory the Senshi's former lives in the Silver Millennium than the others, including that the Shitennou were Prince Endymion's bodyguards and that they and the Senshi were in love. She has attempted to make Kunzite remember his past self.
      You'd Expect: Sailor Venus to reveal these crucial facts to the others as soon as possible, either when they found out Usagi is the princess or after they went to the moon.
      Instead: She drops this bomb while they're right in the middle of fighting the Shitennou to protect Sailor Moon.
      Result: The other Senshi can't bring themselves to fight them and gets trapped in an attack.
      Fortunately: Sailor Moon is able to save the day and the Senshi come to their senses and counterattack the Shitennou.
  • Saint Seiya Omega:
    • The Bronze Saints are travelling with Aria to destroy the elemental cores siphoning the Earth's Cosmo into the Tower of Babel. At this point, they know that Mars has them branded as traitors and Gold and Silver Saints as well as Martians have been sent after them to take back Aria. In recent missions, Soma had a fairly successful fight with Mars' daughter Sonia, the woman who killed his father, and Ryuho, after trying to clear a path for his friends in his home area, followed in his father's footsteps by defeating the new Perseus Saint.
      You'd Expect: The group to know they need to stick together and use their numbers as they have been to keep Mars' loyalists from getting their False Athena back while they complete their task, and also expect any encounters with personal acquaintances and enemies to happen along the way.
      Instead: Soma decides to go off on his own after Sonia before they even get to where Ryuho is, and after taking care of Perseus Mirfak and losing the Libra cloth to its new saint, Ryuho and Haruto decide to take off their own way as well.
      The Result: Eden strikes. The only thing standing between him and taking Aria back, is Yuna and Koga. Who at this point are both thoroughly unprepared for his fury, and if he wasn't the Ikki Expy, you would think they just lost the world.
  • Saki:
    • Amae Koromo can make a winning move in the mahjong tournament.
      You'd Expect: Her to make the move and win the game.
      Instead: She deliberately makes a lower-scoring move in order to demoralize her opponents and set things up so that they cannot make their own highest-scoring moves, despite the fact that they wouldn't have been able to make them anyway had she ended it as soon as she could.
      The Result: The other teams are able to buy enough time for one of them to eventually beat her by other means.
  • Shadow Star:
    • Mr. Kaizuka, father of bullied student Hiroko whom he chastises for having poor grades.
      You'd Expect: For him to inquire from Hiroko or her teachers the reason for her grades. She'd likely tell him in two words: Aki Honda.
      Instead: Mr. Kaizuka treats Hiroko with No Sympathy for her grades. One night, he grounds Hiroko for being associated with Shina. Bad timing, because this was after Hiroko was raped by Aki and her Girl Posse.
      Result: Hello, Oni. *cue murder spree with Mr. Kaizuka as the first victim*
      Even Worse: Mr. Kaizuka's inactions may have indirectly caused more tragic events later in the series, all because he prioritized grades over his daughter's safety.
  • A Silent Voice:
    • In an elementary school, a deaf girl named Shouko Nishimiya transferred into a classroom with apathetic students and a teacher. She doesn't speak well due to an impediment, but she can sign and use a notebook.
      You'd Expect: The school would have reasonable accommodations for Shouko's disability. Such as a sign language interpreter, and realistic expectations for what she can and can't do in class. And that if they don't then Mrs. Nishimiya should find a better school system if possible, given the limitations of public education but also trying to do what's best for her daughter.
      Instead: The school has no accommodations, even making Shouko sing in choir, and the teachers fail to make changes when Shouya Ishida starts bullying Shouko for the crime of being deaf and unable to blend in, and because he's bored. When Mrs. Nishimiya learns that Shouko is being bullied, she makes her stay at the school in the hopes of toughening up her daughter.
      The Result: By the time Shouko's mother realizes her daughter actually needs to transfer because she's gotten injuries from her hearing aids being ripped off, thanks to Shouya, and Shouya's mother has to pay for the subsequent medical expenses, the damage has been done. Shouko becomes an utter wreck full of self-loathing, and her little sister Yuzuru never forgives her mother for being so harsh.
    • Following this, Shouko despite switching schools and getting away from Shouya has developed long-lasting depression, self-loathing and suicidal thoughts. This worries her little sister Yuzuru to no end. Yuzuru also hasn't forgiven her mother for her harsh treatment, even if Mrs. Nishimiya realizes that she went too far in trying to make Shouko stronger.
      You'd Expect: Yuzuru to try and get help for her sister, through therapy or counseling. You'd also expect she would do research in that regard, especially with how she doesn't trust her mother to handle things. With that said, she trusts her grandmother, and they have to make regular hospital visits anyway to check on Shouko's hearing.
      Instead: Yuzuru tries a home therapy version of Tough Love: photographing dead animals and posting them all over her room to discourage Shouko's suicidal tendencies and show her that dead things are ugly.
      The Result: It doesn't work. Suicidal thoughts aren't often reasonable. Shouko also takes offense at how Yuzuru seems to pity her and treat her as a thing to be protected.
    • Shouya thanks to getting bullied as badly as he bullied Shouko, and having to work for years to earn back the millions of yen he cost his mother, has become suicidal. His mother figures out that he's planned to kill himself after he pays back the money, and he gives her a stack of cash while she's making breakfast over a fire. To make it clear that she is horrified and angry that he would do such a thing to her, she threatens to burn the cash until he promises to not commit suicide. He quickly promises and apologizes.
      You'd Expect: Mrs. Ishida to keep her eye on the flame once she's extracted that promise. This is money they need due to being badly in debt.
      Instead: She is careless and burns up the money. This means her son has to pay back the same amount again.
    • Naoka Ueno, one of Shouya and Shouko's elementary school classmates, has grown up from a jerk child into a capable teenager balancing a job with school life. She still has a crush on Shouya despite shunning him in the past. By chance, she encounters Shouya when he's walking with Shouko, to whom he's trying to make amends for his terrible behavior as a preteen.
      You'd Expect: She would remember that Shouya was bullied for his part in what he did to Shouko, and if they're hanging out together then maybe his opinion on Shouko has changed? Thus, she shouldn't remind him of his past mistakes.
      Instead: She steals Shouko's single hearing aid the way Shouya used to as a kid and offers them to him jokingly.
      The Result: Shouya, who spent most of his life trying to pay for all the hearing aids he damaged, tells her off and returns the hearing aids to Shouko. This kills any chance that Ueno has with Shouya, and the more she takes it out on Shouko, the more Shouya shuns her.
    • Shouko attempts suicide, but Shouya saves her. Unfortunately, in doing so, he falls into the river and is hospitalized in a coma. Ueno finds out about it, along with everyone else.
      You'd Expect: That Ueno FINALLY realize the error of her ways and figure out that not only did she play a part in Shouko attempting suicide, but that she should follow Shouya's example and, y'know, be a decent person. Maybe when going to the hospital, she could use the time to actually be there for Shouko in what's the lowest point of her life. Or if she can't do that, give everyone some space and do what she can to help in other ways.
      Instead: She goes completely apeshit, violently berates and physically assaults an already injured and depressed Shouko in the hospital parking lot, blames her for the whole thing while accusing her of playing the victim (Newsflash, bitch: She isn't), and tells her she should have died instead. Why isn't she in juvie yet?
      The Result: Sahara steps in the way to take some of the blows; she's the only one who considers herself Ueno's friend and stands up to her despite that bond. Shouko's mother goes on the attack and protects her daughter, by brutally beating up Ueno in turn. They have to be separated, and only then does it sink in for Ueno that what she did was unforgivable; she doesn't know why Sahara comes back and says they're still friends. While she can't be friends with Shouko, she does offer some help on the movie and accepts that Shouya can't love her.
  • Slave Warrior Maya
    • The main character has been magically transported to a new world. She meets two shifty-looking alien beings who say they can help her ... but only if she strips naked first.
      You'd Expect: Maya to be rightly suspicious of two people she's just met (who aren't even human) and refuse to make herself more helpless than she already is.
      Instead: Although shy and reluctant, Maya strips completely bare.
      The Result: She is immediately tied up by the two and enslaved, since on this world, naked humans in the wild are considered to be no more than animals.
  • Speed Racer:
    • In "Race for Revenge", a series of fatal car crashes are being caused by a mysterious car marked "X3". The gang figure out that the car is actually an old race car known as the Melange, whose driver, Flash Marker Sr., died in a fatal car crash in a race years ago. Inspector Detector and the rest of the gang visit Flash Sr.'s children to see if they know anything about the X3 crashes. The investigation turns to Flash Marker Jr., who is seemingly sick in bed. Inspector Detector asks him if he knows anything at all about the crashes and Flash Jr. simply responds that he doesn't.
      You'd Expect: For the Inspector to at least probe a little more about the crashes. They may not have any evidence that he's directly involved, but as Flash Sr.'s son, surely he knows something.
      Instead: Inspector Detector immediately assumes that he's telling the whole truth and he and the gang leave. As soon as they're gone, Flash Jr. reveals to the audience that he is responsible for the crashes.
      The Result: Flash Jr. puts in motion an elaborate scheme to get revenge on the people supposedly responsible for Flash Sr.'s death by entering the Melange in a race with his unwilling sister Lily at the wheel (though not actually driving, Flash Jr. will control the car via remote) intending to crash his father's supposed murderers. Nobody realizes the truth until it's too late to stop it, and this results in the loss of three aditional lives, Speed nearly dying trying to stop him, and Flash Jr. himself dying in a helicopter crash after carrying out the plan.
    • In "The Fastest Car on Earth", Speed discovers a car powered by the legendary GRX engine, capable of going up to 350mph. Speed, being Speed, can't resist taking it on a test drive and does exactly that, only to faint from going too fast. Luckily the rest of the Racer family are there to bail him out and Pops sternly tells him that the engine is responsible for several fatal crashes, including that of its creator, and warns him to never go near it again. Later in the episode after the car claims its latest victim during a trial lap, the people who own the car approach Speed, offering him to be its next driver.
      You'd Expect: For Speed to heed Pops' warnings and turn down the offer. It's understandable that he'd want to drive it once, but surely he'd realize that the car is too dangerous after passing out from going too fast.
      Instead: Speed completely disregards Pops' advice and any common sense and accepts the offer with no visible hesitation.
      The Result: Speed is forced to inhale v-gas, special gas that allows him to better handle the GRX's high speed. While it prevents him from passing out and possibly crashing the car, it has the after-effect of making him terrified of going at speeds of even a regular street car.
  • Spirited Away:
    • Chihiro Ogino is driving to a new place with her parents. They end up lost, and they park the car in front of an abandoned amusement park and bathhouse. As the parents explore, much to Chihiro's worry, they find empty stalls with steaming food. The food smells good to them, but they can't find anyone to take their money. The kanji also reads that the food is made of "dog" and "eyeball".
      You'd Expect: That given the stalls are empty, that the parents should just leave this place.
      Instead: While they agree they will pay the bill as soon as someone shows up, Chihiro's parents start eating everything they see. If it was enchanted food, it has no effect on Chihiro, who starts panicking because she can sense something is wrong.
      The Result: It turns out the food is meant for the spirits, the family crossed into a fantasy world, and Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs. When the spirit Haku shouts at Chihiro to leave before sundown by crossing the river, she finds she can't and won't leave her parents behind. To save them and herself, she has to sell herself into slavery with Yubaba, the owner of the nearby bathhouse and food.
  • In Strawberry Panic!:
    • sweet, shy, and cutesy Hikari has fallen in love with her older classmate Amane. However, as a result, she is being stalked, harassed, and almost sexually assaulted by a Psycho Lesbian duo who want to get Amane to join the Etoile Election by threatening to harm her.
      You'd Expect: Hikari and/or Amane to report these occurrences to either the school staff or the police.
      Instead: Neither of them do anything, and the evil duo end up nearly raping Hikari twice, and she continues to be stalked and tormented until the end of the series. Not to mention that Amane is more or less bullied into entering the Etoile Election anyway.
      The Result: Two Words: Karma Houdini.
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross:
    • Roy Focker takes a few bullets when his spaceplane gets shot at during a dogfight with the Zentraedi, but manages to fly back to base with relative ease.
      You'd Expect: Upon disembarking from his plane, Focker wouldd tell others that he's wounded, get taken to a military hospital, and medical personnel would do whatever they could to save one of the Macross's best pilots.
      Instead: Focker walks out of the base (presumably without anyone noticing his condition), goes all the way to his love interest Claudia's house, sits down for coffee and a chat, and eventually bleeds to death all over her nice couch. Even the Alternate Character Interpretation that he correctly guessed that his injuries were fatal and wanted to see her one last time before dying isn't enough to justify the sheer trauma that Claudia went through upon finding him bleeding to death.
  • Super Milk Chan:
    • In general, Milk-Chan has to deal with the landlord Once per Episode.
      You'd Expect: Milk would just pay him. Sure, she's greedy. But even she should know that she'll eventually run out of ideas to shoo him off. Not to mention, she has a safe full of money in her house and she can just use it to get him off her back.
      Instead: She continues to refuse making the payment and has to deal with him over and over again.
  • Suzuka:
    • Yamato Akitsuki has just broken up with his thoughtful, softspoken, and almost perfect girlfriend, Honoka, and confides in his friend and secret admirer, Suzuka.
      You'd Expect: For Yamato to give a straightforward account of the tragic and mutual breakup and how shaken he was with the ordeal. Or at least to keep the reasons to himself.
      Instead: Yamato lies and brags about how he dumped her saying that she was annoying for absolutely no reason. In a much-needed wakeup call, Suzuka berates him for treating Honoka that way, knowing that she put her all into their relationship.
    • Toward the end of the series, Yamato and Suzuka reconcile their feelings for each other, but in order for her to truly come to terms with her past, she has to visit the grave of her ex-boyfriend one last time.
      You'd Expect: Yamato would be a nice and understanding guy and allow her to come to terms with the emotional tumor that disallows her from developing trust, let alone a relationship, with another guy.
      Instead: He grabs her arm and yells at her telling her that she shouldn't visit his grave any more and to get over the past. Luckily for him, instead of yelling at him or hurting him like the Tsundere she is, Suzuka takes a third option and calmly invites him on her trip to the cemetery, to which he reluctantly agrees.
  • In Tamagotchi:
    • Kuchipatchi reads a newspaper that Uwasatchi sends out to Tamagotchi Town and finds a rumor about Memetchi having fake hair.
      You'd Expect: Kuchipatchi to be angry and tell Uwasatchi that the rumor is false.
      Instead: He laughs at the rumor and shows it to Memetchi, who then rages at Mametchi and Kuchipatchi.
    • Mametchi is in class and is thinking about Lovelin's delicious chocolate without paying attention.
      You'd Expect: Mametchi to stop daydreaming and pay attention to the lesson on time.
      Instead: Ms. Perfect has to yell his name at him in order to get him to pay attention.
  • In Tokyo Mew Mew:
    • Kish figures out that Aoyama can only transform into Blue Knight if Ichigo is in danger.
      You'd Expect: Kish would attack Aoyama, and Aoyama only, since he is in a "I want to have my revenge on the Blue Knight!" rampage.
      Instead: He ignores that vital fact and attacks Ichigo. Failure Ensues.
  • In Trigun:
    • In the second episode a rich man named Cliff Cesar controls all of the water for the town. He obviously wants to make money off of the vital resource.
      You'd Expect: For him to have high costs on the water, but still low enough that people and businesses can actually afford them.
      Instead: He completely stopped up the supply of water for some reason. He never indicated that he was going to illegally sell it elsewhere or that it was to crush some opposition or anything. For some reason he just stopped it.
      Results: Everyone has left the town and even if Vash and a marshal hadn't arrested Cliff it's not at all clear how he expected to make money off of a dead town.
  • Utawarerumono:
    • A thief breaks into a government fort and attempts to steal medicine for his sick sister.
      You'd Expect: A man hunt so at the very least people knew what is going on.
      Instead: Soldiers ride into a nearby village that knows nothing about the crime and demand that they turn over the thief that "they know" is being hidden there, get rowdy, and kill the village leader Tusukuru.
      Results: Needless bloodshed that started a rebellion that could have been avoided.
    • The village starts a rebellion for the death of Tusukuru and the later imprisonment of Oboro.
      You'd Expect: The emperor to simply crush the rebelling village.
      Instead: He orders the destruction of non-rebellious villages as an example all because he lost his brother and of his own pride.
      Results: This leads to a full scale rebellion. Even his top general, Benawi, is pissed off at how dumb this move was. Pride Before a Fall indeed.
  • Uzumaki:
    • The town of Kurôzu-cho and everyone in it is descending into madness. The two main characters, Shuichi and Kirie witness increasingly nightmarish happenings, and almost die a few times as a result. Shuichi urges Kirie to run away with him numerous times.
      You'd Expect: Eventually Kirie would leave with Shuichi before they fall victim to the insanity. You'd expect that Kirie's hair coming to life and almost killing her, as well as Shuichi, seeing people turn into giant snails, and witnessing pregnant women sucking human blood would be enough to have both of them running away with nary a backward glance.
      Instead: Kirie doesn't decide to leave until it's far too late, months after the events start happening. Both she and Shuichi suffer the consequences. Also, with each new chapter, she seems to have forgotten the terrible things that happened in the last chapter.
  • Vampire Knight:
    • Zero finding out about Yuuki being a Pureblood vampire.
      You'd Expect: Despite of what she has become and his hatred for vampires, he would still find it to think she's still herself.
      Instead: He points his gun at the door of his dorm where she is standing.
      In Addition: Yuuki gives up on convincing him and confirms his suspicions about him sensing a Pureblood vampire since she doesn't have traces of her human blood.
      In Another Addition: Yuuki also says, "The human Yuuki is gone because the vampire Yuuki devoured her."
    • After the battle with Rido, Zero said that he doesn't believe Yuuki is a vampire so she bites him to confirm his answer.
      You'd Expect: He would take a hint that Yuuki is still the same. After all, they fought Rido together so this shouldn't be a problem, right?
      Instead: He vows to hunt her down and kill her like all Pureblood vampires. Ungrateful. Unlike Dante, who once threatened Trish at gunpoint when he learned she's working for Mundus, gives up on doing this.
    • Even Yuuki is no better from the above moments. She ended up trying to visit Zero after being transformed back into a vampire and all she gets is him pointing his gun at the other side of his room.
      You'd Expect: That Yuuki would try to reason with Zero that she's still herself no matter she's a human or a vampire.
      Instead: She confirms his suspicions and tells him that "the Yuuki you once knew is gone because the vampire in her completely devoured her" with a smirk on her face.
      Result: Zero ends up hating Yuuki and breaks off contact with her. Way to go, Yuuki.
  • Voices in the Dark: The horror stories have a few significant moments that make the reader feel less sympathy for the victims.
    • "Ghosts Of Prime Time": The uber-serious Keisuke goes to see a comedy set with his friend Tsuguo, under protest. He goes This Is Gonna Suck when a terrible group, Twilight Pacific Peace, gets an audience full of laughs despite the fact that they aren't funny. After the show, Keisuke warns Tsuguo that the group isn't what they seem and to not return to the comedy club. After he goes home, the two girls from Twilight Pacific Peace approach Tsuguo and ask about his friend. They also ask where Keisuke lives.
      You'd Expect: Tsuguo would know basic stranger danger.
      Instead: He blithely leads them to Keisuke's apartment, ignoring how creepy it is that two strangers would want to know where his friend lives.
      The Result: Keisuke goes Oh, Crap! and grabs Tsuguo, turning the apartment into a blockade. He reveals that he can see ghosts and spirits, and the women use ghosts to tickle their audience. Twilight Pacific Peace goes He Knows Too Much and attempt to tickle the two to death, along with Keisuke's mother. While Keisuke and his mother survive, Tsuguo doesn't. Keisuke can't tell the police what happened while giving his statement, since they wouldn't believe him about tickling ghosts.
    • "Splatter Film":
    • A man named Ogi shares a jar of honey with his friend Sugio. It's revealed to be addictive, and after a taste you won't want any other food. He says that he received the jar as a gift from South American natives, who warned him, "eat it but don't get caught". A few days later, Ogi hasn't reached out to his friends. They find it odd but want the honey and break into his apartment. The group finds the jar, along with the remains of a splattered Ogi.
      You'd Expect: They would call the cops and report this strange happening. An investigation may not reveal a supernatural cause necessarily, but when the splatter deaths become a recurring epidemic, it would at least provide answers. "Earthbound" showed how important it was that the government agents and volunteers working to solve a national problem had all the information.
      Instead: For reasons unknown to anyone, the group decides to walk out of the apartment and act like nothing happened, while stealing the jar of honey.
      The Result: Two more of them die while eating the honey. When the survivors talk about calling the police, Kaneda talks them out of it because they didn't report Ogi's death and he wants to do some more experimenting. The last three are forced to starve themselves and hide the secret, some eventually succumbing to eat it anyway because they can't handle the cravings.
    • Kaneda is the Final Guy. He saw several of his friends and acquaintances splat in front of him, including some where he fed them the honey on purpose to determine if there was a pattern to "not getting caught". Ogi's wallet has a map to the rainforest where the tribe and the honey may be, and Kaneda finds it.
      You'd Expect: He would seek out the tribe, having traveled that far, and beg for help. As Ogi describes it, the tribe rescued him and gave him strict warnings about the honey. They may have been in False Friend mode, but they also did save his life.
      Instead: He goes straight to the source of the honey with plans to take as much as he can carry.
      The Result: Kaneda finds out that the "honey" is actually golden sap from a sapient plant that has multiple tentacle-like branches with large leaves. When he uses a knife, to cut directly into the tree trunk, a branch with a leaf rises. The story ends with a large SPLAT.
  • Welcome to the N.H.K.:
    • Satou is given a stash of underage pornography by Yamazaki. Afraid that he himself is becoming a paedophile, he resolves to improve himself.
      You'd Expect: He gets rid of the pornography.
      Instead: He comes up with a plan where he hangs around in the bushes outside a middle school wearing a trenchcoat and looking every inch the creepy paedophile while carrying a camera - the idea being that seeing himself like this will be sufficient impetus to stop his attraction to Lolita-like characters. This won't end well.
    • In a later episode, Satou is invited to a seminar which instantly makes the fact that it's a pyramid scheme obvious, and realizes it's a scam right off the bat.
      You'd Expect: He runs away.
      Instead: That's exactly what happens. He runs away... and yet still gets talked into joining. When he gets home that night, products in tow, his friends berate him for it. One of them runs to a bookstore and buys a book on pyramid schemes, and studies it for a solution. They find they have the option of returning the items and getting out.
      So Now You'd Expect: They return the items and claim their refund.
      Instead: They return the items and claim their refund... and then get talked into buying more products. On the way back, they start talking about how stupid someone would have to be to be involved in a pyramid scheme. They only realize this when the book they had consulted earlier falls out of one of their bags.
    • Satou takes a trip with his childhood friend to the beach, only realizing once he's there and isolated that she and the "club" she's brought with her have formed a suicide pact and are under the assumption Satou is just as willing to kill themselves as they are.
      You'd Expect: Satou would either try to talk them out of suicide or call a hotline to get them professional help. Bare minimum, he'd inform them he wasn't looking to off himself and ask them to take him home.
      Instead: Satou calmly sits around with the suicidal club and doesn't say a thing, even helping them burn the fuel for the boat so there's no way to escape. He's on board with the idea all the way to the end, and nearly leaps off a cliff with them (albeit while literally dragging his feet) and is only saved when one of the members has a change of heart at the last minute, convincing the others they can go on living as well. This probably gives a lot of insight into just how much self-loathing Satou has bottled up.
  • Whispered Words:
    • Ushio wants a cute girlfriend badly.
      You'd Expect: Since everybody is very accepting of the fact that she's gay there is no real need for her to be shy about it. She is also very pretty and popular, so all she basically has to do is wait for the right opportunity.
      Instead: She behaves like an utter moron, running after random girls at her school or even in the street, chasing them away.
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches:
    • The bullying and humiliation Noa is subjected to culminates when she's locked into a room in an abandoned club building for a whole day. After spending some hours in there, she really needs to go the bathroom.
      You'd Expect: That she would pee in a bucket or at least a corner. It would still be a bit gross, granted, but it's not her fault that she cannot access a toilet or some bushes, and no one would see her.
      Instead: She for some reason decides to humiliate herself as much as possible by wetting her pants and sitting still for at least a few hours more. She doesn't even remove her underwear - she just keeps sitting in a puddle of her own urine.
  • Yo-Kai Watch:
    • When Nate's mother goes out for a while, she tells him to stay home because she's expecting something in the mail. Nate gets hungry and looks for a snack, which Jibanyan ends up eating.
      You'd Expect: Nate to find something else to eat in the house since he knows how mad his mother can get.
      Instead: Nate leaves the house for a few minutes to go get a pastry, which causes a giant ogre Yo-Kai to attack him because he left the house when told to stay home. Eventually, Nate goes back home, which makes the Yo-Kai disappear. Unfortunately, since the mailman is there, that means Nate's mom is there as well, and of course, she's livid at him.
  • Yona of the Dawn
    • Su-Won is a cousin to the heir to the throne in his country. His father Yu-hon, a war general, was presumably killed in combat, though Su Won believes that his uncle, the king Il, to be the murderer. The King also won't allow for Su-Won to marry his daughter Yona, the princess and heir, because Yu-hon committed war crimes against the country Xing and Su-won becoming king would lead to another war. Su-Won knows what his father did, and has no evidence that Il killed Yu-hon. Also, Yona loves him, and her bodyguard Hak makes Su-Won swear to marry Yona so they can all stay together.
      You'd Expect: Su-won to find a way to make peace with Xing's leaders, atone for what his father did, and prove that he is worthy of ruling. Yona is a pampered teenager who is already thinking of manipulating and demanding for her father's blessing so that she can marry Su-won, and Hak is a Shipper on Deck.
      Instead: Su-won murders the king on Yona's birthday and tries to frame Hak for it. Hak has to take Yona into hiding because she witnessed the murder and is the heir, thus a living obstacle. Due to Hak being a leader of one of the tribes that could impede or help Su-Won's coronation, Su-Won has to bully the Wind Tribe into accepting his leadership using the Fire Tribe. Then the Fire Tribe presumably kills Hak and Yona while trying to apprehend them, rather than notifying their new king about the fugitives.
      The Result: While Su-Won vows to be a better king than Il, he knows very well that his victory is Pyrrhic Villainy and senseless, even when he finds out Yona and Hak are alive. They no longer love him, though Yona admits she's not ready to hate him yet. Xing prepares to battle him in retaliation for what his father did. Yona is no longer interested in being a princess or a ruling leader, but she does all that she can to prove that she is more than what Su-Won and Hak thought she was, and to protect the ones that she loves. She manages to force Su-won to broker peace when he prepares to fight Xing, and calls him out for thinking that his father was justified in executing prisoners and soldiers who had surrendered. Su-won realizes too late that if he had tried to win the throne honorably, then Yona wouldn't oppose him. She doesn't want the throne back, or him, but if she did, she could easily cause civil war.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice
    • Yuri Katsuki has earned the ire from Russian Yuri "Yurio" Plisetsky for crying alone in a bathroom, after he has suffered a great loss. Yuri wipes out in the Grand Prix Finals because he found out that his dog died. Which is an understandable reason to break down on the ice. Yuri is trying to hide alone due to his depression, grief and anxiety. Yurio actually admires Yuri and wants him to continue skating.
      You'd Expect: Yurio to show some sympathy to Yuri or give him some space. Sometimes people need to be alone after a great loss.
      Instead: Yurio kicks the bathroom stall, yells at Yuri for being a crybaby, and tells him that he may as well quit ice-skating. He isn't much better in most of their subsequent encounters, when Victor insists on flying to Japan to become Yuri's new coach.
      The Result: Actually an aversion. When Yuri decides to retire from skating, he's doing it because of his age and for his coach Victor, to convince Victor to return to the ice. But Yurio finds out that Yuri is considering retiring, and is saddened by it.
    • When Victor flies out, Yurio gets mad because Victor had forgotten to honor a promise. He flies to Japan to follow Victor, against their coach's wishes. Their coach wants them both to practice and get in shape for the ice.
      You'd Expect: Yurio would follow Victor's social media or TV spots where he's promoting the town, to find out where he is. Or that he'd text Victor, since obviously they have contact information due to having the same coach, or swallow his pride and ask his coach for Victor's phone number.
      Instead: He walks around the town shouting for Victor to come out and find him. A local has to tell him that Victor is at the rink, training Yuri.
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
    • In Chapter 3, Kogarashi finds a cat walking around in the inn and reaches out to cuddle it, not knowing that it's Yaya in animal form. To his embarrassment, Yaya transforms back butt-naked while Sagiri appears behind him and pissed off; violence ensues.
      You'd Expect: Since it's a first offense and one of complete accident, the girls would hear him out.
      Instead: He gets forced into a ping pong game against Sagiri and Yaya - if he loses, he's forced to leave the inn. Making this more ridiculous is Yuuna protests the whole thing - that Kogarashi wasn't at fault and it was just a misunderstanding. With everyone ignoring her, Yuuna is forced to embarrass herself to keep him from leaving.
      Result: The incident makes it look like Sagiri and Yaya was looking for an excuse to get rid of Kogarashi; while they were unsuccessful, the way the chapter ends leaves a bad taste in readers' mouths, especially with the man-hater stereotype fans are getting tired of for this genre.
  • YuYu Hakusho:
  • Zombie Land Saga
    • In the second half of the 5th episode, the zombie idols become part of the Kashima Gatalympics (mud olympics), which ends up getting people all muddy, for promotion. The girls wear make up to hide the fact that they are zombies.
      You'd Expect: That Kotaro would spray the girls with waterproof subsistances before they compete, so that when they wash off the mud, they don't up washing off their disguises. Note that he does do this later on in the 7th episode, after what we're about to describe here.
      Instead: Kotaro never thinks of doing this. The girls all end up failing epicly at the bike balancing competition portion and get all muddy. When they rinse off the mud, it also washes their living makeup disguises, forcing them to spend the rest of the episode covered in mud. Kotaro at least learned his lesson when Franchouchou holds an outdoor concert during a rainy day by spraying them with waterproof substances (which its original purpose was for shoes).

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