I like to use small, realistic hardships in my stories. If nothing else, it adds a little comedy to fantasy plot. For instance, a generic scene is: hero sneaks into villain's lair to rescue the princess. While saving the princess, the alarm is thrown, and the hero must escape. The hero, under hot pursuit, comes within sight of the gates, and the gates are ordered shut. The hero slips out the closing gates just in time. The gates shut, trapping the pursuers inside, and ensuring the hero's escape. My solution: trap the hero inside the gates with the pursuers closing in. Also, simple things like a glass breaking, or stepping wrong and turning an ankle, are generally not done in fantasy, so I enjoy making minor annoyances for my characters. it shows a different level of strength, when the character overcomes tiny obstacles with the same determination that they routinely overcome the large, mystical ones. Does anyone else do this kind of thing?