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28th Jan '16 6:04:10 AM Baeraad555
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* In ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles'', the other candidates sees Amberle joining the competition to become Chosen as this. There is no actual rule against women competing, but the social taboo against it has always been so strong that there has never been a female Chosen before.
27th Jan '16 1:51:39 PM FlowerofMay
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--->''Morgan Le Fay''': As Doctor Jackson knows, it is against our highest law to interfere.
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--->''Morgan --->'''Morgan Le Fay''': As Doctor Jackson knows, it is against our highest law to interfere.
27th Jan '16 1:50:39 PM FlowerofMay
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** Ascended beings do this a lot to get around their AlienNoninterferenceClause. The Ori impregnant Vala in order to sneak the [[DarkMessiah Orici]] into the Milky Way galaxy. In "The Pegasus Project", ascended ancient Morgan Le Fay poses as a hologram to give Daniel some important information about Merlin's weapon that can destroy ascended beings in the hopes that he will use it against the Ori since the Ancients themselves refuse to interfere even when the galaxy is in danger. Vala calls Morgan out on her LoopholeAbuse...repeatedly. --->''Morgan Le Fay''': As Doctor Jackson knows, it is against our highest law to interfere. --->'''Vala''': But interfering a little bit is fine, is it?...Well, she's here chatting with us. That's interference, isn't it?
26th Jan '16 2:10:38 PM TheCuza
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* Todd Gack from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has figured out a "dating loophole" where he intentionally makes a bet with a woman that he knows he is going to lose, where the loser buys dinner for the winner. This allows him to essentially go on as many dates as he wants without ever having to actually ask any women out, and therefore never get rejected.
9th Jan '16 11:50:49 AM StFan
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** Another episode, Mike beats Pearl in a Shell Game and elects to have the movie of the week be ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}''. Mike, unfortunately, doesn't specify ''which'' version of Hamlet, allowing Pearl to send him a poorly-dubbed, made-for-TV German rendition, purely out of spite.
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** Another episode, Mike beats Pearl in a Shell Game and elects to have the movie of the week be ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}''.''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Mike, unfortunately, doesn't specify ''which'' version of Hamlet, allowing Pearl to send him a poorly-dubbed, made-for-TV German rendition, purely out of spite.
12th Dec '15 2:02:41 AM IlGreven
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* In ''Series/FakingIt'', after Principal Turner forces the school to go to prom and bring dates (this is the type of school that [[YourNormalIsOurTaboo loathes traditional school events]]), the students do several things to try and get under his nose: Liam decides to bring a skeleton as a date; Shane and Karma both ask a bisexual student to go on a "thruple" date to prom (though this was more motivated by both of them actually wanting to hook up with him); and someone sends a pig and a ficus plant to the prom...and they get elected homecoming king and queen.
7th Dec '15 11:17:45 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In ''Wakeup Plan'', after accidently ingesting Mrs. Davis' sleeping pills, Mr. Conklin is caught sleeping in his office by the head of the board, Mr. Stone, and his assistant, Mr. Gleason. Miss Brooks successfully argues that Mr. Conklin was only seen sleeping during the lunch hour and after school - that is, on his own time.
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In ''Wakeup Plan'', "Wakeup Plan", after accidently ingesting Mrs. Davis' sleeping pills, Mr. Conklin is caught sleeping in his office by the head of the board, Mr. Stone, and his assistant, Mr. Gleason. Miss Brooks successfully argues that Mr. Conklin was only seen sleeping during the lunch hour and after school - that is, on his own time.
30th Nov '15 1:14:34 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''TheAndyGriffithShow'': Barney was in danger of being deemed physically unfit for duty for being underweight (an extended case of the hiccups had ruined an attempt to pack on a couple extra pounds). The new regulation said he had to meet the weight requirement wearing uniform, shoes, and ID tag and chain. It didn't say he couldn't hang the ID tag on a three foot long piece of towing chain.
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* ''TheAndyGriffithShow'': ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': Barney was in danger of being deemed physically unfit for duty for being underweight (an extended case of the hiccups had ruined an attempt to pack on a couple extra pounds). The new regulation said he had to meet the weight requirement wearing uniform, shoes, and ID tag and chain. It didn't say he couldn't hang the ID tag on a three foot long piece of towing chain.

* In ''AmericanGladiators'', Human Cannonball had no requirement of how the contenders hit the Gladiators. This meant most contenders swung with their feet straight out, kicking the Gladiators off the pedestal. This was allowed until a memorable injury to Malibu, at which point the loophole was closed and the contenders had to tuck their legs in.
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* In ''AmericanGladiators'', ''Series/AmericanGladiators'', Human Cannonball had no requirement of how the contenders hit the Gladiators. This meant most contenders swung with their feet straight out, kicking the Gladiators off the pedestal. This was allowed until a memorable injury to Malibu, at which point the loophole was closed and the contenders had to tuck their legs in.

* In the final season of ''{{Benson}}'', Gov. Gatling used a loop hole in the state constitution's term limit language to run for a third term, since it stated that only affiliated party members were barred. It didn't say anything about someone running as an independent. * In ''TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard's then-girlfriend Priya exploited various loopholes in Sheldon's roommate agreement. She and Leonard take advantage of this [[ForTheEvulz just so they can make Sheldon's life miserable]]. * The five-fingered plan in ''BigBrother'' US. Nakomis and Marvin thought up a plan that would allow them to put Jase up on the block and evict him without even giving him a chance to fight back. There was no rule saying that they couldn't nominate two people whom they had no intention of evicting in the first place, and then picking people who would use the veto anyways, specifically excluding Jase (their intended target) and then nominating Jase without even giving him the chance to keep himself off the block. Later seasons had the vetos be a random draw (so one couldn't specifically deny anyone a chance to play for veto).
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* In the final season of ''{{Benson}}'', ''Series/{{Benson}}'', Gov. Gatling used a loop hole in the state constitution's term limit language to run for a third term, since it stated that only affiliated party members were barred. It didn't say anything about someone running as an independent. * In ''TheBigBangTheory'', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard's then-girlfriend Priya exploited various loopholes in Sheldon's roommate agreement. She and Leonard take advantage of this [[ForTheEvulz just so they can make Sheldon's life miserable]]. * The five-fingered plan in ''BigBrother'' ''Series/BigBrother'' US. Nakomis and Marvin thought up a plan that would allow them to put Jase up on the block and evict him without even giving him a chance to fight back. There was no rule saying that they couldn't nominate two people whom they had no intention of evicting in the first place, and then picking people who would use the veto anyways, specifically excluding Jase (their intended target) and then nominating Jase without even giving him the chance to keep himself off the block. Later seasons had the vetos be a random draw (so one couldn't specifically deny anyone a chance to play for veto).

* On ''TheBradyBunch'', Marcia joins Greg's Boy Scout troop because there Ain't No Rule that says a girl can't be a Boy Scout. Greg tries to retaliate by joining Marcia's Sunflower Girls Group, but he is prevented because in his case, there ''is'' a rule -- not against boys joining the group, but because there is an age limit which he is too old for. Instead, he gets younger brother Peter to join.
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* On ''TheBradyBunch'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'', Marcia joins Greg's Boy Scout troop because there Ain't No Rule that says a girl can't be a Boy Scout. Greg tries to retaliate by joining Marcia's Sunflower Girls Group, but he is prevented because in his case, there ''is'' a rule -- not against boys joining the group, but because there is an age limit which he is too old for. Instead, he gets younger brother Peter to join.

* ''TheDrewCareyShow'' had an episode where the four protagonists were arrested and forced by the court to stay away from each other starting from when they left the courthouse. [[TheDitz Oswald]] then decided that they should just stay in the courthouse. This trope was then [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when the judge changed their wording to "immediately''.
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* ''TheDrewCareyShow'' ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' had an episode where the four protagonists were arrested and forced by the court to stay away from each other starting from when they left the courthouse. [[TheDitz Oswald]] then decided that they should just stay in the courthouse. This trope was then [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when the judge changed their wording to "immediately''.

* On ''FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel challenges Laura's [[GirlOfTheWeek Guy of the Week]] to a contest to see who can climb to the top of a rope faster. The loser has to stay away from Laura forever. Steve is absolutely terrible at rope climbing, but he wins because there Ain't No Rule that says he can't use a rocket pack to fly to the top instead of climbing in the usual way. This is quite ridiculous as a way of winning a rope-climbing contest, because, well, it's not rope climbing! The guy in question never appears again, but a generous interpretation would claim that he just faded into the background like every other girl/guy of the week, and didn't stay away because he actually honored Steve Urkel's beating him in the contest. On the other hand, as a result of the jetpack, Urkel ended up in a ''StepByStep'' CrossOver, a fate far worse than being dumped.
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* On ''FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel challenges Laura's [[GirlOfTheWeek Guy of the Week]] to a contest to see who can climb to the top of a rope faster. The loser has to stay away from Laura forever. Steve is absolutely terrible at rope climbing, but he wins because there Ain't No Rule that says he can't use a rocket pack to fly to the top instead of climbing in the usual way. This is quite ridiculous as a way of winning a rope-climbing contest, because, well, it's not rope climbing! The guy in question never appears again, but a generous interpretation would claim that he just faded into the background like every other girl/guy of the week, and didn't stay away because he actually honored Steve Urkel's beating him in the contest. On the other hand, as a result of the jetpack, Urkel ended up in a ''StepByStep'' ''Series/StepByStep'' CrossOver, a fate far worse than being dumped.

* Subverted in an episode of ''HappyDays'' when Richie, Leather Tuscadero, and Mr & Mrs C come in from playing basketball (apparently the girls won). Mr C asks Richie "where in the rule book does it say you can't dribble with two hands?" "Page One," he exclaims.
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* Subverted in an episode of ''HappyDays'' ''Series/HappyDays'' when Richie, Leather Tuscadero, and Mr & Mrs C come in from playing basketball (apparently the girls won). Mr C asks Richie "where in the rule book does it say you can't dribble with two hands?" "Page One," he exclaims.

* ''KickinIt'': The Karate King Dojo offered free wall clocks to people who called within the next 30 minutes. Those who ordered the free clocks had to pay 99 dollars for wrapping and delivery. * An episode of ''TV/LasVegas'' has a girl win a huge prize on a slot machine that she pulled at exactly midnight on her 21st birthday, or so she thought. The Montecito's clock (which they have to follow) said that she pulled it a few seconds before midnight, so she was technically underage when she won the prize. Realizing this was unfair and could damage the casino's reputation, they have the girl star in a commercial for the Montecito, and then ''paid'' her the exact amount of the prize. * The detectives of ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' once raided a place selling mail-order "used Homecoming Queen undergarments". The Homecoming Queens in question were senior citizens, and making a ''bundle''. They didn't say that the undergarments belonged to young girls, after all.
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* ''KickinIt'': ''Series/KickinIt'': The Karate King Dojo offered free wall clocks to people who called within the next 30 minutes. Those who ordered the free clocks had to pay 99 dollars for wrapping and delivery. * An episode of ''TV/LasVegas'' ''Series/LasVegas'' has a girl win a huge prize on a slot machine that she pulled at exactly midnight on her 21st birthday, or so she thought. The Montecito's clock (which they have to follow) said that she pulled it a few seconds before midnight, so she was technically underage when she won the prize. Realizing this was unfair and could damage the casino's reputation, they have the girl star in a commercial for the Montecito, and then ''paid'' her the exact amount of the prize. * The detectives of ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' once raided a place selling mail-order "used Homecoming Queen undergarments". The Homecoming Queens in question were senior citizens, and making a ''bundle''. They didn't say that the undergarments belonged to young girls, after all.

* ''MrBean'': AintNoRule stating that you can't be in a swimming pool while walking in a hamster ball. * In one episode of ''MyNameIsEarl'', Joy enters a mother-daughter beauty pageant. Ain't no rule that her mother has to be ''alive''.
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* ''MrBean'': ''Series/MrBean'': AintNoRule stating that you can't be in a swimming pool while walking in a hamster ball. * In one episode of ''MyNameIsEarl'', ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Joy enters a mother-daughter beauty pageant. Ain't no rule that her mother has to be ''alive''.

* On ''MyThreeSons'', Chip once joined the girls' field hockey team (in retaliation for a girl attempting to join the track team.) There was no rule preventing this, but there was a rule about uniforms, which forced Chip to play wearing a skirt, at which point [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensued]]. The conflict was ultimately resolved by Chip unexpectedly turning out to be a lousy field hockey player compared to the more experienced girls, and [[BrokenAesop Learning a Valuable Lesson]].
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* On ''MyThreeSons'', ''Series/MyThreeSons'', Chip once joined the girls' field hockey team (in retaliation for a girl attempting to join the track team.) There was no rule preventing this, but there was a rule about uniforms, which forced Chip to play wearing a skirt, at which point [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensued]]. The conflict was ultimately resolved by Chip unexpectedly turning out to be a lousy field hockey player compared to the more experienced girls, and [[BrokenAesop Learning a Valuable Lesson]].

* One of the events on ''NickelodeonGuts'' was called "Wild Pitch" and involved players attempting to hit as many baseballs fired at them by cannons possible to win. Most of the time, the winning player would get about 9 or 8 hits. However, one contestant won with 21 because she realized that bunting the ball, as opposed to a full swing, still counts as a hit.
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* One of the events on ''NickelodeonGuts'' ''Series/NickelodeonGuts'' was called "Wild Pitch" and involved players attempting to hit as many baseballs fired at them by cannons possible to win. Most of the time, the winning player would get about 9 or 8 hits. However, one contestant won with 21 because she realized that bunting the ball, as opposed to a full swing, still counts as a hit.

* Attempted by Dwight on ''TheOffice'' to get Kelly disqualified from a minority executive program, claiming that Indians descended from the Caucasus, so that makes Indians Caucasian, and therefore were ineligible for the program. It doesn't work.
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* Attempted by Dwight on ''TheOffice'' ''Series/TheOffice'' to get Kelly disqualified from a minority executive program, claiming that Indians descended from the Caucasus, so that makes Indians Caucasian, and therefore were ineligible for the program. It doesn't work.

* In season 8 of French version of ''PekingExpress'', the teams must gather 5 people named Kim before being allowed to leave Jeonju. Ain't no rule stating two teams can't go to the checkpoint with the same people. Cécilia & Joel's and Gérard & Cédric's teams having found each two people named Kim work together to find a fifth and go to the checkpoint one after the other with those 5.
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* In season 8 of French version of ''PekingExpress'', ''Series/PekingExpress'', the teams must gather 5 people named Kim before being allowed to leave Jeonju. Ain't no rule stating two teams can't go to the checkpoint with the same people. Cécilia & Joel's and Gérard & Cédric's teams having found each two people named Kim work together to find a fifth and go to the checkpoint one after the other with those 5.

* On ''SavedByTheBell'', in a take on ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', Zack bets Slater that he can pick anyone and Zack can turn them into a pageant winner. Slater chooses Screech! AintNoRule that the winner of the "Miss Bayside" competition can't be a guy! Which leads to Screech AND Slater participating.
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* On ''SavedByTheBell'', ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', in a take on ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', Zack bets Slater that he can pick anyone and Zack can turn them into a pageant winner. Slater chooses Screech! AintNoRule that the winner of the "Miss Bayside" competition can't be a guy! Which leads to Screech AND Slater participating.

* Attempted by a ''WheelOfFortune'' contestant in the short-lived "Megaword" category — the puzzle was a long word which could be used in a sentence for a bonus. Their sentence? "The contestants did not know what the word 'proliferation' meant." [[AvertedTrope It didn't work]]. * In the pilot episode for ''WhiteCollar'', Neal breaks his house arrest restrictions and flees to a criminal's hideout, knowing full well that the FBI can track him with GPS. When the FBI arrives to "arrest" Neal, they arrest the other criminals as well due to exigent circumstances--a clause in search and seizure law that states law enforcement has the power to confiscate evidence of criminal activity while pursuing a fugitive, even if said crimes are completely unrelated.
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* Attempted by a ''WheelOfFortune'' ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' contestant in the short-lived "Megaword" category — the puzzle was a long word which could be used in a sentence for a bonus. Their sentence? "The contestants did not know what the word 'proliferation' meant." [[AvertedTrope It didn't work]]. * In the pilot episode for ''WhiteCollar'', ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Neal breaks his house arrest restrictions and flees to a criminal's hideout, knowing full well that the FBI can track him with GPS. When the FBI arrives to "arrest" Neal, they arrest the other criminals as well due to exigent circumstances--a clause in search and seizure law that states law enforcement has the power to confiscate evidence of criminal activity while pursuing a fugitive, even if said crimes are completely unrelated.
29th Nov '15 6:05:52 AM Deepspace9odo
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* In ''TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard's then-girlfriend Priya exploited various loopholes in Sheldon's roommate agreement. She and Leonard take advantage of this [[ForTheEvulz just so they can make Sheldon's life miserable]].
27th Nov '15 11:58:55 AM nombretomado
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* One ''SaturdayNightLive'' parody of lawyer commercials featuring Dana Carvey was based on this trope:
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* One ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parody of lawyer commercials featuring Dana Carvey was based on this trope:
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