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  • A Bug's Life:
    • After being convinced by Dot to continue on with his plot from earlier, Flik planned on having the circus bugs entertain Hopper as a distraction while Dot and the small ants pilot the model bird they've created to be used against Hopper.
      You'd Expect: For either Flik or the circus bugs to tell P.T. Flea of their plot. That way, he'll agree to come back to the colony, understanding what they are going up against.
      Instead: Neither of them do the above and tie up P.T. to the wagon. By the time the plot kicked in, P.T. broke free and mistook the plot as an attack on the bugs, so he ended up burning the model bird and dooming the ants on Hopper's mercy once again.
  • Brave
    • The whole plot kicks off when Queen Elinor receives notification that three tribes will send suitors to win her daughter Merida's hand. Merida's not keen on the idea, and the two have a row about it. Fergus convinces Elinor to practice speaking with him as if he's Merida, and Merida carries on a similar conversation with her horse Angus.
      • You'd expect: Elinor after practicing talking to Merida with Fergus would seek her daughter out, and Merida would do the same. They both have good intentions, each not trying to hurt the other, and they can find middle ground, which they later do find.
        Instead: Elinor keeps her words to herself while dressing up Merida for the occasion, and Merida keeps her mouth shut in hopes of devising a means out of the situation. Merida invokes Loophole Abuse to win her own hand which threatens a four-way war, Elinor in a fury throws her daughter's bow into the fire, and Merida runs away in tears.
    • A worse mess ensues because Merida meets a stranger, who she soon realizes is a druid. Despite knowing absolutely nothing about magic, she bargains with this stranger for a spell to "change her fate".
      You'd Expect: Merida to listen to the witch about "unhappy customers" and her hints of warning such as, "Are you sure you know what you're asking for?" She could take her time to think about the wording of the spell as well if she's going to go through with it, since "change" can lead to so many possibilities. Witches were also considered wisewomen, so she could simply pay for advice on how to get out of an Arranged Marriage.
      Instead: Even after the druid ominously warns her that all magic has consequences, Merida insists on purchasing the spell, as well as all the witch's carvings, and pays no mind to the hints that the witch is dropping. Then the spell turns her mother into a Brainwashed and Crazy bear.
    • Following this, Merida seeks to undo the spell by going back to the witch's cottage with her mother. That in itself is reasonable, but the witch has left behind a message with potions and a Curse Escape Clause that is coded with vagueness.
      You'd Expect: That Merida would become a little more cautious about magic.
      Instead: She immediately tries to fix her mother by...grabbing potions at random and pouring them into a nearby hearth. As her previous experience with magic clearly shows, this only makes the problem worse. note 
    • Once Merida and her mother figure out the Curse Escape Clause that the witch left behind, Merida realizes that she has to mend the tapestry that she ripped earlier with her sword in a fury. That means going back to the castle, getting the tapestry, and sewing it.
      You'd Expect: Merida to have her mother wait outside the castle after the latter shows her the secret entrance, and mend the tapestry quickly before bringing it out to drape over her mother. As Merida put it earlier, Bear!Elinor in Fergus's castle is as good as dead if anyone sees her, and Elinor could easily revert into wild bear form as she did by the river.
      Instead: Merida brings her mother with her, and barely gets her into the room with the tapestry. While Elinor helps Merida negotiate a compromise with the lords with some creative charades, she also reverts to bear form just when Fergus discovers his wife's torn dress in their room and Merida needs her mother's help to find the needle and thread. Fergus on seeing what he thinks is a wild bear attacking his daughter, and Merida defending said bear, draws his sword and a fight ensues. The end result is that Fergus is on the bear hunt again, Merida and her mother haven't mended the tapestry or broken the curse, and the sunrise deadline is closer than ever. Merida then has to stop her father from killing her mother, and mend the tapestry on horseback.
    • Also after this happens Merida tearfully confesses to Fergus what happened with the spell and the witch.
      You'd Expect: Fergus to take a moment to listen to his daughter, since even though he doesn't believe in magic it's odd that someone like Merida would protect a bear that slashed her, not to mention that said bear ran off in a fright after attacking him and her which isn't what Mordu did.
      Instead: Fergus pays no mind at all to what Merida says and locks her in the tapestry room for her "safety". He leads the lords on a bear hunt and nearly kills his wife. He then fights Merida when she stops him from shooting Bear!Elinor and cuts off his wooden leg, instead of listening to her, until the triplets tackle him in bear cub form and confirm her story, which makes him vulnerable when Mordu, the actual bear threat, appears.
  • Cars 2
    • The Big Bad is a lemon mob boss with a civil face. His plot is to sabotage the view of alternative fuels so that cars will switch to gasoline indefinitely while an oil rig in the mob's hands is being developed. The Big Bad is revealed as Sir Miles Axlerod, who manipulates the other lemon mobsters by talking about how others mock them and hate them, since they are prone to leaking and breaking down.
      You'd Expect: He would keep his cover and not retain any evidence that he's with them.
      Instead: Sir Miles uses gasoline and oil, and not alternative fuels, in his car. He also leaks at the big party in Japan, which he has to blame on Mater. To top it all off, the bomb strapped to Mater in the climax is done with wet-work bolts, the same bolts used in his faulty engine, and voice-activated by him.
      The Result: Mater gets a Eureka Moment and puts all these little clues together. He and Lightning fly and confront Axlerod. To get him to deactivate the time bomb, Mater corners Axelrod after doing his Kirk Summation and makes him give the voice command to save both their lives. Axlerod is caught and taken into custody, when not even Agents Finn and Holly had suspected him.
    • The American agent Rod "Torque" Redline got a picture of the Big Bad. He's in disguise at the Japanese race of the Grand Prix. He has to get the picture to Finn, whom he knows by name. Unfortunately, the lemons are onto him.
      You'd Expect: Rod would stay in disguise, in a public place where he can't be cornered, and use the Trust Password that all the spies know.
      Instead: He goes into the bathroom and sheds his disguise.
      The Result: The lemons corner him and start beating him up. Holly, who's been ordered to meet with him, doesn't want to go into the men's room and doesn't reach him in time. It's only due to Mater struggling with the foreign toilets that Mater doesn't overhear the struggle, and Rod takes the time to plant the picture on Mater as the latter leaves. Then the lemons capture Rod, torture him to find out where the picture went, and murder him.
  • Coco:
    • The film starts when Miguel reveals to his music-hating family that he loves guitar, and is convinced that music star Ernesto is the man who went missing to pursue his career years ago. Abuelita is infuriated and smashes Miguel's handmade guitar, a moment that shocks everyone else.
      You'd Expect: Someone would realize that Abuelita went too far. There is hating music, and there is destroying your great-great-grandson's personal property. The family needs to actually confront this stigma which has existed for ages.
      Instead: Everyone expects Miguel to move on from a family member destroying his personal property and set up duties for him in their shoe shop. No one has the guts to stand up to Abuelita and tell her off.
      The Result: Miguel's parents are floored when he runs away, and if he hadn't been cursed by stealing a guitar from a shrine, it's implied he might have become a homeless preteen. They frantically search for him, especially since the last thing he said to them was that he didn't want to be a part of their family anymore.
    • After traveling with Ernesto for months in order to find inspiration, Héctor becomes homesick that he decided to quit touring with his best friend.
      You'd Expect: For Ernesto to agree with parting ways with his old friend. While he lacked the ability to write songs, he was handsome, charismatic, talented at singing and playing guitar, and the two were already on the cusp of fame when Héctor decided to go home. He should consider hiring a songwriter to help himself if he ever needed new material to write down.
      Instead: He kills Héctor with a poisoned tequila and stole his songs from him.
    • Having successfully stole Hector's songs and goes out unscathed, Ernesto has lived the luxury of his life and just to flaunt his ego even further, he decides to put a recording of himself in...
      You'd Expect: ...his final performance before getting crushed by a bell?
      Instead: Nope, he decides to put a footage of him sharing one last drink with Hector with him as the victim. This clues both Hector and Miguel and realize that Hector never left his family at all but was actually murdered and allows them to realize his true colors.
    • Just as Ernesto was about to give Miguel his blessings about pursuing your own goals over family, Hector arrives and pleads with him to put his own photo. However, before Ernesto could contemplate on this, Miguel and Hector watch the footage and realize that he murdered Hector before he was about to go back to his family which cause him to reveal his true colors as a sociopath in front of them.
      You'd Expect: That he would rip the photo apart in front of Miguel as prove that he will forever be forgotten or if he can't do that, put it somewhere where the crowd will never find such as either his vault or into the sea.
      Instead: He puts the photo right in his pocket which allow the Riveras to retrieve it back and inadvertently expose the man he truly is and he will now forever be condemned as a fraud who stole the one who created them.
  • Finding Nemo:
    • The dentist plans on offering Nemo to his young niece as a gift. Unfortunately Darla is an uneducated Spoiled Brat who accidentally killed her last fish when she wouldn't stop shaking the bag.
      You'd Expect: The dentist to offer her something she can't accidentally kill, or at least teach her how to properly care for her pets to ensure the same thing doesn't happen again.
      Instead: He decides to go ahead and offer Nemo to her anyway.
     G-L 
  • The Good Dinosaur:
    • In a world where the dinosaurs survived and have become settlers, Henry and his wife have three children. The Runt at the End, Arlo, is trying to earn his mark like his older siblings by feeding the hens. The only problem? The hens keep attacking him. He also messes up his siblings' chores while running from the chickens. Eventually Arlo gets tired of this and tries to face the hens and shove down his fear.
      You'd Expect: That his siblings wouldn't mess up Arlo's chances. Or, alternatively, they could help him not fear them because while his fear is rational, it does make him The Millstone.
      Instead: Buck, a Big Brother Bully, plays a prank on Arlo with the hens, which messes him up. He then knocks over Arlo when the latter gets understandably angry at him. This ends up starting a chain of events that leads to the father Henry dying and the family farm going to ruin.
    • After this point the whole family sees Arlo raging at Buck. It's obvious that Buck played a prank on Arlo and has sabotaged the one time he's tried not to be scared.
      You'd Expect: Henry and his wife would give Buck a What the Hell, Hero? speech and to help Arlo work smarter, not harder. The siblings should be supporting each other, and Arlo needs more time and confidence to make his mark.
      Instead: Buck doesn't get lectured, making him a Karma Houdini because Jerkass Has a Point. While Henry does cheer up Arlo by taking him out at night to see fireflies, he decides it would be a bright idea to have his youngest son capture a pest that's getting into their food, rather than help him with the hens. Arlo when he sees the pest, a tiny human he names Spot, can't kill it and frees it. Then when this happens, Henry takes him on a trip that ends up killing Henry and stranding Arlo far away from home. Arlo then has to make the trip with the human Spot, while dealing with his dad's death.
  • The Incredibles
    • As a result of being sued by the public as a whole despite having their lives saved, all the heroes have to go into hiding, making them unable come into action when a supervillain shows up.
      You'd Expect: Realizing that there are no more superheroes to stop them, the villains would team up and declare an all out war against the world and thanks to the superheroes negative reputation, can either kill off mass number of people or commit several bank heists unhindered.
      Instead: For some reason, the villains also just as mysteriously disappear with the sole exception of Syndrome years later, giving the general public even more reason to hate on the heroes because they blame them for any disasters going on essentially making the whole populace a massive Karma Houdini.
    • The supers following a series of lawsuits have to go underground; the government helps them build civilian identities and find new jobs.
      You'd Expect: The government would put supers in jobs that they want to do, and where they will excel and where they won't arouse suspicion. Bob would do great as a cop or firefighter, for example, due to his durability and desire to help people, and no one would think twice of him helping to carry fire victims due to his bulk. A private business owner (like Syndome) could easily hire away supers to use their powers as secret police or for an army, and that would be a liability.
      Instead: The government job placement is incredibly terrible. Bob is stuck in one dead-end office job after another; his latest is working for a Corrupt Corporate Executive who hates that insurance clients are finding loopholes to get the claim they want. Bob ends up sending that executive through about ten walls after the latter refuses to let him help a man getting mugged outside, and the loss of his job makes him vulnerable and desperate enough to accept the mysterious offer from Mirage. Judging by the number of other supers that Syndome has hired away and killed, the government has been doing a terrible job with it.
    • Due to the malicious job placements for supers, Bob loses his position at the insurance company. He doesn't dare tell Helen this, or that he's accepted a better paying position with a private employer that knows his secret identity. This new job pays triple his previous salary, which is enough to buy two new cars, and makes him happy. He doesn't know that his employer Syndrome will kill him in good time.
      You'd Expect: That eventually he would tell Helen that he "got transferred" to another company, or at least to give her updated contact information for when he goes to the island to do odd jobs. This way if there's an emergency, like Jack Jack running a fever or the kids being in trouble, then she can contact him and he can jet back to the mainland.
      Instead: Bob never tells Helen or gives her updated contact information, which he admits that he should have with hindsight. When Syndrome tries to kill him, he has no way of calling for backup, since Helen was also a hero and as it turns out a licensed pilot. Helen as a result finds out much later that he was fired, and has no way of contacting him when suspecting him of having an affair. Edna Mode tells her to activate the tracking device in his new suit, which causes Bob to get caught and tortured when Syndrome thinks that Mr. Incredible is dead.
    • Following this, Syndrome profiles all of his super victims so that his robot can be the perfect patsy for his Engineered Heroics ploy. Mr. Incredible for him is a personal project, given Incredible was once his hero and who disappointed him in a Broken Pedestal moment.
      You'd Expect: That Syndrome would keep all tabs on Mr. Incredible, including finding out about his family and their powers. This isn't just being a collector; super powers are genetic, which means his family might be able to save Mr. Incredible, and Syndrome can anticipate setbacks to killing and later imprisoning Incredible.
      Instead: Syndrome leaves this up to Mirage, who discreetly leaves Mr. Incredible's family out of the picture when sending Syndrome his information; it's implied that Even Evil Has Standards given her horror when Syndrome plans to blow up a plane with children aboard— INCREDIBLE'S CHILDREN. This allows Helen to save herself and the kids given she's Elastigirl, something Syndrome finds out much later, and for Violet to bust her family out of their force-field prison.
    • Helen after Bob finds his new purpose is at first pleased. He stops coming home late at night covered in ashes, gets into shape, gives her a lot more loving and a new car, and spends more time with the kids. Then she finds a hair on one of his business suits, a long white hair. Suspicious, she listens into a phone call where a strange woman asks Bob to come over. Then she notices Bob's old suit got repaired, and only Edna Mode would have done it. Edna then shows her all the prototypes that she designed for the entire family, factoring in their powers. When a confused Helen asks for an explanation, Edna gives her the tracking device to Bob's new suit, which reveals that Bob is on a remote island.
      You'd Expect: Helen would put all the red flags together: Bob not doing illicit hero work that leaves ashes on his clothes, his old suit getting mended and replaced by Edna Mode, and their improved sex life. He's somehow found a way to reignite his old passion of doing heroics.
      Instead: Helen assumes Bob is having midlife crisis — which is true— and an affair — which isn't true. After she breaks down in tears in front of Edna, the latter encourages her to go find Bob and kick the crap out of him.
      The Result: Helen goes to the island without any planned backup, though she calls in a favor from Snug to get a plane. If Violet and Dash hadn't impulsively stowed away, after they get a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass babysitter for their brother, then Helen would have been trying to rescue her husband completely alone, with no one knowing where she was. Including their kids.
    • Mirage after Syndrome gambles with her life decides to pull a Heel–Face Turn. It helps that she learns that several unknown people survived the plane crash. She goes to free Mr. Incredible, who has spent the night in his restraints thinking his entire family died.
      You'd Expect: She would remember that she isn't the most trustworthy person to him after she lied to him about everything, and that he threatened to kill her once already. She should tell him that his family's alive, and keep a safe distance away after freeing him.
      Instead: She frees Mr. Incredible first, goes straight to him, and whispers for him to move fast before they're both caught.
      The Result: Mr. Incredible strangles her in a grieving rage before she can tell him his family's alive. She's pretty lucky that he didn't snap her neck off the bat, as he had threatened to earlier.
  • Incredibles 2:
    • Several months after Syndrome terrorized the city with his robot and the supers came out of hiding to save everyone, the public opinion towards supers is finally changing after a decade. Mr. Dicker in the previous film promised the Incredibles family that while Congress argues out the red tape, the family has nothing to worry about during the transition. In the meantime, the villains return and are too much for the police or ordinary military to handle.
      You'd Expect: Congress would quickly pass a law of pardon for supers. This isn't rocket science; they are needed, practically speaking.
      Instead: Mr. Dicker gets fired and the supers are still considered overpowered vigilantes. Which means that every time the family dons their masks, they are risking their lives and breaking the law.
      The Result: The Incredibles family is put through the wringer after they work to stop the Underminer, with Violet in particular getting the short end of the stick. When a PR executive hires Elastigirl to be the new face of super heroes, she lampshades that she has to break the law to do her new job. When a new villain comes that vows to destroy the supers once and for all, they're pretty much unbeatable.
    • During the Underminer rampage, Bob tells the kids to stay out of the fight. Helen hands off Jack Jack's stroller, and Dash quickly runs to leave Violet with the baby and set up a perimeter. Violet's unhappy about being saddled with babysitting duty.
      You'd Expect: Violet would keep her mask on; it's the first rule Helen taught her about being a hero.
      Instead: She throws it off in a fury.
      The Result: An Innocent Bystander sees her without her mask. Which happens to be the boy who asked her out on a date at the track meet, Tony Rydinger.
    • Tony freaks out and ran because he was surprised from seeing Violet in the suit, without her mask. Violet feels awful and doesn't know what to do.
      You'd Expect: Violet would keep quiet of the discovery and trust him to keep her secret safe, or talk with him privately later about being in "drama class" with tights as she attempts later, or about the truth. After all, he's nice enough not to tell anyone about it, especially from his parents. Who knows? With her secret revealed to him, that should bring them closer together.
      Or: If she wanted him to forget about it, she should tell her father, Bob, about what happened and be specific on the event that needs to be erased from his mind. Also, she should tell him about her relationship with Tony just to be safe.
      Instead: She told Bob about the discovery without telling him of her relationship with Tony, nor what memory needs to be erased from his mind.
      The Result: Assuming Tony is just a civilian blackmailing/threatening his daughter's secret, Bob told Mr. Dicker to wipe all of Tony's memories of Violet, which he did. This means he stands her up accidentally because he forgot their date. Violet yells at her father when she finds out, and tries to destroy her super suit. When Mr. Dicker hears from Bob, he apologetically says that memory wipes are imprecise and implies it can't be undone. Bob tries his best to fix the situation, but ends up making his daughter feel worse by taking the family out to a place where Tony works part-time. Violet finally decides to move on by talking to Tony one-on-one and getting another date with him, starting a new relationship.
    • It's revealed that the villain's motivation is to destroy the Supers once and for all, by mindcontrolling them into terrorizing ordinary people, because her father died due to underground supers not responding to his distress call. Note that Supers are still illegal, and a tech CEO wants to bring them back so that no more preventable tragedies will happen. Said Big Bad is the CEO's sister, whose family was the victim of a preventable tragedy.
      You'd Expect: They would realize that the Supers weren't to blame for their father's death. Supers weren't allowed to use the emergency distress call phones, and as we saw with Mr. Incredible, trying to save lives discreetly is very dangerous for Supers and ordinary people alike.
      Instead: They use Insane Troll Logic to justify supposedly supporting their brother's attempts to restore the Supers, only to turn on him and his new hires and get their "revenge" for their father.
      The Result: Their actions ensue that the Supers are made legal again. On top of their, their relationship with their brother is destroyed.
    • On that mark, Evelyn in a fit of Evil Gloating reveals that she considers herself the responsible sibling to Winston's foolish sibling, saying he's a child who equates having superheroes with having good parents. Part of her plan involves having a boat crash with all the international supers and their ambassadors, and sparing Winston by dragging him aboard an escape plane. And she knows he believes in the supers and the good they can do.
      You'd Expect: If trying to "save" her brother then she'd have restraints handy to keep him on the plane once he gets the gist of the situation. Such as, I don't know, the same goggles she used on Helen and her brother's supers team, or even a handy rope to tie him to one of the seats. As we saw, she knows her brother's idealistic to a fault.
      Instead: She drags Winston onto her escape jet fully conscious and gives him enough information for him to figure out that she's the Screenslaver and plans to let everyone die on the ship. In other words, she destroyed everything he was working for, including his good intentions, and didn't consider he would take it personally.
      The Result: Winston predictably refuses to go along with his sister's plan and jumps back onto the boat, breaking her hypnosis screens and preferring to save everyone or die trying. By that time Evelyn can't grab him because she has to fly, so as far as she knows she killed her brother. At the end when she gets arrested, he apologizes to the supers for Evelyn did, lets the Parrs stay in his fancy house while still employing the parents, and implies he's going to testify against her for what she did, even if with her connections she'll get "a slap on the wrist".
  • Inside Out has a few moments as well.
    • While making the long trek back to headquarters, Joy and Sadness run into workers that send an Ear Worm as a joke through recall tubes.
      You'd Expect: Joy would send several of the core memories up to tide Anger, Disgust and Fear using those same tubes, as How It Should Have Ended noted, so that the remaining personality islands don't collapse as Sadness and Joy make the long trek back, using the Train of Thought.
      Instead: Joy insists that she has to personally take the core memories back to headquarters, not even letting the possibility cross her mind since the core memories are too valuable. This oversight ends up costing her and Sadness crucial time; when she thinks to use the recall tubes to transport herself and the memories much later on, they collapse due to Honesty Island collapsing at the same time.
    • Bing Bong points out a "shortcut" that says "DANGER- Keep Out". Bing Bong can't read, but Joy very well can. Sadness realizes what the danger is and warns Joy not to go in.
      You'd Expect: Joy would listen to Sadness's worries and bypass the "shortcut," given the sign and all.
      Instead: Joy and Bing Bong go in, with Sadness reluctantly following to help them out when they get turned into abstract thought. Cessation of Existence nearly ensues.
    • The Train of Thought stops for the night, since Riley needs sleep. Joy is frantic since without the train they have a long journey ahead of them. They sneak into the dream-making studios to try and wake Riley up.
      You'd Expect: Each emotion has alternating dream shift duty; Joy in fact was on one, and the dreams tend to be repetitive. Joy and Sadness after crashing the dream could try and send a message to Fear, Anger or Disgust through the images to not do anything rash and that Joy and Sadness are on their way back to headquarters. The dream has a Weirdness Censor, but even Fear can see through most of it and criticize the quality.
      Instead: Joy and Sadness only focus on waking Riley up, and Fear has no idea what's going on when he sees the strange nightmares that the other two emotions cause. Anger and Disgust chide him for waking Riley up during a nightmare, not realizing Joy's intentions due to miscommunication, and plant the idea for Riley to run away.
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     M-R 
  • Ratatouille:
    • At the start of the movie, Remy and Emile get caught by an old lady in the house where their colony is residing. Due to her being a terrible shot, she fortunately misses Emile and Remy with her shotgun but unfortunately unearths the entire colony by bringing down her ceiling. Django, Remy and Emile's father, calls a retreat. Remy starts to flee but notices Gusteau's book.
      You'd Expect: Remy would run. He and Emile are in a life-or-death situation.
      Instead: He doubles back for the book and has to smash through the lady's window to escape right when she unleashes toxic gas.
      The Result: Remy gets separated from his family when they flee for the river since he doesn't make it in time to the colony's makeshift rafts — although the old lady also reloads, follows and fires at them— and goes down the wrong tunnel. He has to leave the book behind anyway to get out of the sewers and to the surface, where there's food and Gusteau's restaurant in Paris. Remy also has to apologize to his father when they reunite because it was technically Remy's fault that the colony got relocated.
    • Alfredo Linguini, a young clumsy man whose mother has died recently, comes to Gusteau's asking for a job. Chef Skinner doesn't like him, but he accepts his second-in-command hiring Linguini for the menial garbage boy position. However, while mopping he accidentally knocks a pot of soup over.
      You'd Expect: Linguini to take responsibility for the mistake and promise to be more careful in future. It's not likely that he'd be fired for a single relatively minor mistake.
      Instead: Linguini on an impulse decides to recreate by throwing in random ingredients making the soup taste terrible. He nearly gets fired because Chef Skinner catches him with a ladle in his hand, and would have lost his job if Remy hadn't been watching and fixed the soup in record time. Chef Skinner decides to hold a grudge against Linguini as a result and watch him closely while hiring him as a chef on probation.
    • Following this, Linguini and Remy form an alliance so that Remy can cook for Linguini in the kitchen. They come up with a system so that when Remy pulls on Linguini's hair, Linguini's body moves like a marionette.
      You'd Expect: That Linguini while working with Remy would start writing the recipes down, or figure out a way to communicate with the rat. Remy can't write but he can read, and Linguini can understand most of his miming. Practically speaking there may be occasions of them getting separated, or even Linguini wanting to give Remy a night off. If on the off-chance their relationship goes sour, which it does, Linguini will be able to tell the other chefs how to replicate the dishes like Linguini's Sweetbread. Linguini also has the capability to take notes and listen, as he does when Collette mentors him.
      Instead: Linguini doesn't think this far ahead. While he accuses Remy of treating him like a puppet after an argument over the press and the reviewer Anton Ego and then kicks him out of the kitchen when Remy leads hordes of rats into the restaurant out of spite, the next day he realizes that without "Little Chef"'s recipes the kitchen can't function and impress Ego with a new dish. Collette manages to do this, by cooking alongside Remy when she talks to him and he shows her his way of making ratatouille.
    • After customers tire of Linguini's soup, they ask him to make something new. Skinner is shocked, and suspicious that Linguini is Smarter Than You Look after reading the letter from Renata that Linguini is Gusteau's son. Skinner is waiting on a DNA test to see if this is true.
      You'd Expect: That Skinner would realize that sabotaging Linguini on preparing a new dish could easily cause the restaurant to lose another star.
      Instead: Skinner spitefully orders Colette and Linguini to prepare a sweetbread recipe that Gusteau considered "a disaster". He hopes this will discredit Linguini, at the cost of the restaurant's reputation. Fortunately, Remy fixes the recipe and prepares it before Colette can stop "Linguini" from changing it. Skinner only then realizes how "good" this is and the near miss he had, before interrogating Linguini with wine.
    • After the night of success with changing a sweetbread recipe, and Remy reuniting with his family, he returns to the restaurant to find Linguini passed out on the kitchen floor after a night of cleaning while drunk. Remy hears Collette entering as well.
      You'd Expect: Remy to let Collette find Linguini sleeping. It's not a bad thing given the kitchen is clean and that he performed double duty as garbage boy and chef, which means that to Collette either Linguini is a dedicated worker or the boss's puppy to kick.
      Instead: Remy uses his marionette skills and a pair of sunglasses to feign that Linguini is awake, and Collette takes offense with how Linguini won't talk about his night talking to the boss since if not for her, he wouldn't have made it so far.
     S-Z 
  • Toy Story:
    • When Buzz gets separated from Woody on the moving truck, Woody plans on using RC to drive him back.
      You'd expect: Woody to tell the rest of Andy's toys that Buzz is out there and to prove it by using Lenny (a pair of toy binoculars). That way the rest of the toys can help him bring Buzz back to the truck.
      Instead: He doesn't say a thing and the moment he pushes RC off the truck, the rest of the toys, still upset that he knocked Buzz out the window, turn on him. Their antics almost cause Buzz to get knocked off RC and they eventually throw Woody off the truck. When they look through the binoculars and realize he's telling the truth, all their subsequent efforts fail.
  • Toy Story 2:
    • Near the beginning, Woody has ended up found by a toy collector named Al in Yard Sale while trying to save another toy from being sold, but Andy's mom refuses to sell him as he is still her son's favorite toy.
      You'd Expect: Mrs. Davis to hold onto Woody or take him back up to Andy's room.
      Instead: She merely locks him in her money chest for the yard sale and leaves. Al distracts Mrs. Davis by knocking over some stuff with a skateboard and then picks the lock to the chest and steals Woody.
    • In the middle of the film, the toys are looking for Woody in 'Al's Toy Barn', where early on, Rex picks up a magazine that tells him how to defeat Emporer Zurg in the 'Buzz Lightyear' Video Game, and then afterwards, they get a toy van to explore the toy store's different aisles in, with a 'Tour Guide Barbie' on the wheel. During all this, Rex is spending time looking at his magazine in the back seat.
      You'd Expect: that Rex keeps the big magazine to himself without doing anything to disrupt Tour Guide Barbie while she is at the wheel.
      Instead: Upon finding something on the magazine that tells him how to defeat Zurg, he -for no good reason- shoves the whole magazine in front of the driver's view, resulting in them accidentally hitting a large tub of bouncy balls, further causing the van to spin out of control and for Rex to have his 'Source of power,' the magazine fly out of his 'little arms' and underneath one of the lower shelves out of his reach. He even almost gets left behind as he tries to catch up with the van that veered off without him.
  • Toy Story 3
    • Andy is leaving for college, and his mother tells him he has to clear out his room. She gives him instructions that garbage bags hold trash, like his apple core, and cardboard boxes hold sentimental items for storage in the attic.
      You'd Expect: Andy to follow his mother's instructions. Despite having outgrown all of his toys, he's deeply attached to the ones that survived his childhood.
      Instead: He puts his toys in a garbage bag and leaves them below the attic door. Mrs. Davis on seeing the bag puts it in the trash. Later, Andy can't find his toys, and when he explains to his mother, she goes Oh, Crap!. Fortunately, the toys make it back before Andy leaves for college, and he thinks he just misplaced them, but still!
    • Woody runs with a pair of scissors to save his friends, who manage to escape the garbage truck. By the time he catches up, however, they believe that Andy has abandoned them. Jessie is particularly hurt since it triggered her abandonment issues and claustrophobia. Woody tells them that Andy was putting them in the attic.
      You'd Expect: That they would believe Woody, and return to the attic on their own, before Andy notices they're gone.
      Instead: The toys don't believe Woody, especially since Andy's taking him to college. Jessie decides to go with Molly's abandoned Barbie to the local daycare. They soon find that the daycare is a False Utopia for new toys, and its leader Lotso won't let them return when Mrs. Potato Head sees through her missing eye that Andy is looking for them. Jessie apologizes to Woody when he comes back for them, lampshading that the toys were wrong.
    • Lotso explains to Buzz how the "system" at Sunnyside works and offers to let Buzz join his team and live in luxury in the Butterfly Room. Buzz doesn't question the system, accepting that it "makes sense," but declines the offer because he refuses to leave his friends.
      You'd Expect: Lotso would say, "Okay," and let Buzz go willingly back to the Caterpillar Room (where Lotso originally planned for him to go in the beginning) with his friends. There's no threat of rebellion at this point (just the opposite, in fact!), no danger to his system continuing to run as it always has. Buzz and the rest of Andy's toys still see him as a benevolent leader doing what's best for everyone.
      Instead: Buzz unknowingly triggers Lotso's Berserk Button when he uses the family justification, and Lotso brainwashes Buzz into serving him purely out of spite. He then goes and informs the rest of Andy's toys that they're not allowed to leave, revealing that them ending up in the Caterpillar Room wasn't a mistake and that Sunnyside "isn't a family, it's a prison," which, of course, leads to the rebellion that he tries to have Buzz stop, even though it was triggered by Lotso brainwashing Buzz and having him attack the others.
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