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8th Nov '16 5:55:48 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Quoth King Elend, in [[{{Mistborn}} The Well Of Ascension]], on why his kingdom is in dire straits: "The Assembly is a mess, a half-dozen warlords with superior armies are breathing down my neck, barely a month passes without someone sending assassins to kill me, and the woman I love is slowly driving me insane."

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* Quoth King Elend, in [[{{Mistborn}} [[Literature/{{Mistborn}} The Well Of Ascension]], on why his kingdom is in dire straits: "The Assembly is a mess, a half-dozen warlords with superior armies are breathing down my neck, barely a month passes without someone sending assassins to kill me, and the woman I love is slowly driving me insane."



* {{Literature/Suspicion}} by Swiss Author ''Friedrich Dürrenmatt'' has a character named Fortschig who loves to complain about everything, especially the Swiss government, the city Bern and him being poor. He also loves to complain about Trolley buses, dogs, the radio, stamp collectors, ballpoints and ''traffic police''.

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* {{Literature/Suspicion}} Literature/{{Suspicion}} by Swiss Author ''Friedrich Dürrenmatt'' has a character named Fortschig who loves to complain about everything, especially the Swiss government, the city Bern and him being poor. He also loves to complain about Trolley buses, dogs, the radio, stamp collectors, ballpoints and ''traffic police''.



* In {{Literature/Whispers Under Ground}} Lesley lists off some possible crimes she might charge someone with: trading without a license, criminal trespass, receiving stolen goods, wearing heavy black mascara in a built-up area.

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* In {{Literature/Whispers Under Ground}} Literature/WhispersUnderGround Lesley lists off some possible crimes she might charge someone with: trading without a license, criminal trespass, receiving stolen goods, wearing heavy black mascara in a built-up area.



* Robert Browning's poem "{{Literature}}/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin" declares that the rat plague did the following:

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* Robert Browning's poem "{{Literature}}/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin" "Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin" declares that the rat plague did the following:
8th Nov '16 5:52:32 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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*** The ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' movie tagline: A Tale of Love and Revenge...and Stamps.

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*** The ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' movie tagline: A Tale of Love and Revenge... and Stamps.



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Creator/JasperFforde's ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext Lost In A Good Book]]'' by the [[MegaCorp Goliath Corporation]] who demand an employee of theirs be returned to them so he can "face a disciplinary board on charges of embezzlement, Goliath contractual irregularities, misuse of the Corporation's leisure facilities, missing stationery...and crimes against humanity."

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Creator/JasperFforde's ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext Lost In A Good Book]]'' by the [[MegaCorp Goliath Corporation]] who demand an employee of theirs be returned to them so he can "face a disciplinary board on charges of embezzlement, Goliath contractual irregularities, misuse of the Corporation's leisure facilities, missing stationery... and crimes against humanity."



--> "Tell your friends I am the last of a dying race," it said, grinning its sunken grin as it staggered and lurched down the porch steps after her. "The only survivor of a dying planet. I have come to rob all the women...rape all the men...and learn to do the Peppermint Twist!"
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', [[TheSpymaster Simon Illyan]] reflects on his career in [=ImpSec=] and muses over the things he has found that motivate men: "Money, Power, Sex...and elephants."

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--> "Tell your friends I am the last of a dying race," it said, grinning its sunken grin as it staggered and lurched down the porch steps after her. "The only survivor of a dying planet. I have come to rob all the women... rape all the men...men... and learn to do the Peppermint Twist!"
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', [[TheSpymaster Simon Illyan]] reflects on his career in [=ImpSec=] and muses over the things he has found that motivate men: "Money, Power, Sex... and elephants."



* The 2009 edition of ''The World Almanac'' had on its front cover, highlighting what were presumably the most important events in 2008, a picture of UsefulNotes/BarackObama and John [=McCain=], a picture from the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames and...''Series/AmericanIdol'' winner David [=Cook=].
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', corporations rule everything, advertisements invade every minute of your life, people retreat into their cellphones, the government patrols public transportation...and the Mets have moved to Las Vegas.

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* The 2009 edition of ''The World Almanac'' had on its front cover, highlighting what were presumably the most important events in 2008, a picture of UsefulNotes/BarackObama and John [=McCain=], a picture from the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames and... ''Series/AmericanIdol'' winner David [=Cook=].
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', corporations rule everything, advertisements invade every minute of your life, people retreat into their cellphones, the government patrols public transportation... and the Mets have moved to Las Vegas.
27th Oct '16 11:14:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', Daenerys is [[{{Squick}} forced to eat a raw horse's heart]] to fulfill a Dothraki superstition regarding childbirth. It is said that if she fails to keep the heart down, her child will be "defective, stillborn or female". (See also ValuesDissonance.)

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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Daenerys is [[{{Squick}} forced to eat a raw horse's heart]] to fulfill a Dothraki superstition regarding childbirth. It is said that if she fails to keep the heart down, her child will be "defective, stillborn or female". (See also ValuesDissonance.)



* In ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia A Horse and His Boy]]'', a royal friend of Aravis ensures her privacy by decreeing that any servant of hers who tells of her presence will be beaten to death, then burned alive, and [[InThatOrder finally kept on bread and water for a week.]]

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* In ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia A Horse and His Boy]]'', ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', a royal friend of Aravis ensures her privacy by decreeing that any servant of hers who tells of her presence will be beaten to death, then burned alive, and [[InThatOrder finally kept on bread and water for a week.]]
10th Sep '16 10:02:54 AM chelonianmobile
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* Robert Browning's poem "{{Literature}}/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin" declares that the rat plague did the following:
-->They fought the dogs, and killed the cats,
-->And bit the babies in the cradles,
-->And ate the cheeses out of the vats,
-->And licked the soup from the cook's own ladles,
-->Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
-->Made nests inside men's Sunday hats,
-->And even spoiled the women's chats,
-->By drowning their speaking
-->With shrieking and squeaking
-->In fifty different sharps and flats.
11th Aug '16 8:18:02 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Memory]]'', [[TheSpymaster Simon Illyan]] reflects on his career in [=ImpSec=] and muses over the things he has found that motivate men: "Money, Power, Sex...and elephants."

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Memory]]'', ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', [[TheSpymaster Simon Illyan]] reflects on his career in [=ImpSec=] and muses over the things he has found that motivate men: "Money, Power, Sex...and elephants."
15th Jun '16 8:41:10 PM nombretomado
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] near the end of the fourth ''{{Temeraire}}'' book, ''Empire of Ivory''. The titular dragon has received an invitation to a tea party from his EvilCounterpart. This is the exchange that occurs:

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] near the end of the fourth ''{{Temeraire}}'' ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' book, ''Empire of Ivory''. The titular dragon has received an invitation to a tea party from his EvilCounterpart. This is the exchange that occurs:
11th Jun '16 12:15:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'' repeatedly mentions that King's Cross Station after dark is an awful place, full of "muggers, pimps and hookers, drug-pushers and hamburger salesmen".

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* ''TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'' ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'' repeatedly mentions that King's Cross Station after dark is an awful place, full of "muggers, pimps and hookers, drug-pushers and hamburger salesmen".



* In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Memory]]'', [[TheSpymaster Simon Illyan]] reflects on his career in [=ImpSec=] and muses over the things he has found that motivate men: "Money, Power, Sex...and elephants."

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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Memory]]'', [[TheSpymaster Simon Illyan]] reflects on his career in [=ImpSec=] and muses over the things he has found that motivate men: "Money, Power, Sex...and elephants."
9th Jun '16 4:02:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Juvenal}} (second century A.D.) uses this now and then in his satires. Most of the time his examples actually escalate (adultery, murder, murder of close relations) but now and then he throws in this trope, as in listing the dangers of living in Rome as "conflagrations, collapsing buildings, poets reciting in the month of August". Which makes this one OlderThanFeudalism.
* Appears also in ''{{Candide}}: or, Optimism.'' It fits particularly well due to the dry and dispassionate tone of the narrative. After the titular character slays the Jew, who was a joint owner of Cunegonde (Candide's love interest), the Inquisitor, the other joint owner, sees this upon entering:

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* {{Juvenal}} Creator/{{Juvenal}} (second century A.D.) uses this now and then in his satires. Most of the time his examples actually escalate (adultery, murder, murder of close relations) but now and then he throws in this trope, as in listing the dangers of living in Rome as "conflagrations, collapsing buildings, poets reciting in the month of August". Which makes this one OlderThanFeudalism.
* Appears also in ''{{Candide}}: ''Literature/{{Candide}}: or, Optimism.'' It fits particularly well due to the dry and dispassionate tone of the narrative. After the titular character slays the Jew, who was a joint owner of Cunegonde (Candide's love interest), the Inquisitor, the other joint owner, sees this upon entering:



* In ''TheWindInTheWillows'', Toad gets the biggest part of a twenty-year jail sentence for [[JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife insulting a policeman]].

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* In ''TheWindInTheWillows'', ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', Toad gets the biggest part of a twenty-year jail sentence for [[JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife insulting a policeman]].
30th Apr '16 4:54:16 PM TVRulezAgain
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** And don't forget the carnival freaks from book 9: a hunchback, a contortionist, and an ambidextrous guy.

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** And don't forget the The carnival freaks from book 9: a hunchback, a contortionist, and an ambidextrous guy.



** And he thinks that last one is his greatest achievement ([[spoiler: it actually is]]), which of course makes Harry's detention in that book all the funnier. "Thought you'd make an entrance, didn't you? Well, it's not quite the Most Charming Smile Award, but it's a start, Harry, it's a start!"

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** And he thinks that last one is his greatest achievement ([[spoiler: it actually is]]), which of course makes Harry's detention in that book all the funnier. "Thought you'd make an entrance, didn't you? Well, it's not quite the Most Charming Smile Award, but it's a start, Harry, it's a start!"



** It's noted that Voldemort's unsupported flight is illegal under wizarding law. Of course, when you're the Chief Death Eater, responsible for numerous murders and umpteen other crimes besides...

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** It's noted that Voldemort's unsupported flight is illegal under wizarding law. Of course, when When you're the Chief Death Eater, responsible for numerous murders and umpteen other crimes besides...



* In ''Literature/LittleBrother'' by Cory Doctorow, Marcus describes to a judge how he attempted to overthrow the Department of Homeland Security, disrupted an entire city causing millions of dollars in damage, set up an illegal gathering which caused near-riots, and beat up a girl in order to steal her phone. The judge says, "You ''stole a phone''"!?
** As it turns out, she's not joking. Because DHS is in disgrace for (among other things) illegally imprisoning him and his friends, and nearly causing a riot at the aforesaid gathering, his crimes against them are basically swept under the rug and forgotten. [[CantGetAwayWithNothing But he gets sent to prison over the phone]].

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* In ''Literature/LittleBrother'' by Cory Doctorow, Marcus describes to a judge how he attempted to overthrow the Department of Homeland Security, disrupted an entire a city causing millions of dollars in damage, set up an illegal gathering which caused near-riots, and beat up a girl in order to steal her phone. The judge says, "You ''stole a phone''"!?
** As it turns out, she's not joking. Because DHS is in disgrace for (among other things) illegally imprisoning him and his friends, and nearly causing a riot at the aforesaid gathering, his crimes against them are basically swept under the rug and forgotten. [[CantGetAwayWithNothing But he gets sent to prison over the phone]].



* In the ''Literature/NightWatch'' novel ''Twilight Watch'', Anton is discussing the crimes of the historical figure Gilles de Rais that got him burnt at the stack. They were raping and brutally murdering hundreds of children... and not paying his taxes. Note, in this case, Anton isn't really using the trope for humor- it's more like he's sarcastically noting that the latter was what got the authorities after him; you could get away with a lot as a Medieval aristocrat.

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* In the ''Literature/NightWatch'' novel ''Twilight Watch'', Anton is discussing the crimes of the historical figure Gilles de Rais that got him burnt at the stack. They were raping and brutally murdering hundreds of children... and not paying his taxes. Note, in In this case, Anton isn't really using the trope for humor- it's more like he's sarcastically noting that the latter was what got the authorities after him; you could get away with a lot as a Medieval aristocrat.



* In ''The Know-It-All'', A.J. Jacobs reflects on the wisdom he's gained from reading the entire ''Encyclopedia Britannica'' and remarks that humans "have created poverty and war and Daylight Saving Time."

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* In ''The Know-It-All'', A.J. Jacobs reflects on the wisdom he's gained from reading the entire ''Encyclopedia Britannica'' and remarks that humans "have created poverty and war and Daylight Saving Time."
30th Apr '16 4:51:14 PM TVRulezAgain
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* The back-cover blurbs for books in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' list five or more events, props, or characters, a few of which (usually but not always the last) are often something harmless-sounding, such as "a doll named Pretty Penny" or "a bad casserole". Some of the later books subvert this by making the last item on the list something more dramatic-- such as "a surprising survivor of a terrible fire".

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* The back-cover blurbs for books in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' list five or more events, props, or characters, a few of which (usually but not always the last) are often something harmless-sounding, such as "a doll named Pretty Penny" or "a bad casserole". Some of the later books subvert this by making the last item on the list something more dramatic-- such as "a surprising survivor of a terrible fire".
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