In fiction, an inconsistency is when a character has an occurrence usually regarding power that differs from the norm. An inconsistency can work both ways, being either a low showing or a high showing. Generally, inconsistencies should not be accepted unless there is a good reason for it (such as a character who usually holds back on his or her full power).

Examples of Inconsistency:

  • Goku being unable to lift 40 tons
  • Master Roshi able to destroy the Moon in the 21st World Tournament when much stronger characters struggled to destroy cities and islands.
  • Batman being able to fight evenly with characters far beyond his class.
  • Silver Surfer being unable to dodge, and feeling pain from Storm's lightning bolt.
  • Pre Crisis Superman being unable to defeat Karate Kid when PC Superman is far beyond his class.

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  • Updating important pages

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    • I would appreciate if somebody in the staff could help out with this.
    • The most visible inappropriate thing in those pages is a lack of headings (This is what Skalt meant under "levels", I guess). I...
  • Series without PIS, outlier etc.

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    • Paulo.junior.969 wrote: They're not doing a very good job then, since they created a world where something as bad a The Matrix is allowed...
    • Paulo.junior.969 wrote:Anyway, the only anime series I know that doesn't have any PIS, outlier or inconsistensy is Thomas the Tank Engine ...