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28th Jul '17 5:08:09 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, ediiceering has become a competitive, if extreme, sport. A trade skill taught by Assassins and Thieves, what was originally the Boggis-Downey Cup For Edificeering Excellence (a competition between the two Guilds) has expanded to encompass teams from the Guild of Steeplejacks, the Post Office (whose postmen get ''everywhere'' to deliver mail), the Extreme Sports Society - and the City Watch. This last team is prone to LoopholeAbuse and fielded Gargoyles. In Llamedosian Rules Fifteen-a-Side [[UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion football]], the Watch pointed out there was no specific law that all players had to be human. therefore the core of its scrum was a Golem and two Trolls. And the University's edificeering side was centred on the Librarian...

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, ediiceering has become a competitive, if extreme, sport. A trade skill taught by Assassins and Thieves, what was originally the Boggis-Downey Cup For Edificeering Excellence (a competition between the two Guilds) has expanded to encompass teams from the Guild of Steeplejacks, the Post Office (whose postmen get ''everywhere'' to deliver mail), the Extreme Sports Society - and the City Watch. This last team is prone to LoopholeAbuse and fielded Gargoyles. In Llamedosian Rules Fifteen-a-Side [[UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion football]], the Watch pointed out there was no specific law that all players had to be human. therefore the core of its scrum was a Golem and two Trolls. And the University's edificeering side was centred on the Librarian...
23rd Jul '17 4:48:44 AM AgProv
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, ediiceering has become a competitive, if extreme, sport. A trade skill taught by Assassins and Thieves, what was originally the Boggis-Downey Cup For Edificeering Excellence (a competition between the twoi Guilds) has expanded to encompass teams from the Guild of Steeplejacks, the Post Office (whose postmen get ''everywhere'' to deliver mail), the Extreme Sports Society - and the City Watch. This last team is prone to LoopholeAbuse and fielded Gargoyles. In Llamedosian Rules Fifteen-a-Side [[UsefulNotes/Rugby Union football]], the Watch pointed out there was no specific law that all players had to be human. therefore the core of its scrum was a Golem and two Trolls. And the University's edificeering side was centred on the Librarian...

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, ediiceering has become a competitive, if extreme, sport. A trade skill taught by Assassins and Thieves, what was originally the Boggis-Downey Cup For Edificeering Excellence (a competition between the twoi two Guilds) has expanded to encompass teams from the Guild of Steeplejacks, the Post Office (whose postmen get ''everywhere'' to deliver mail), the Extreme Sports Society - and the City Watch. This last team is prone to LoopholeAbuse and fielded Gargoyles. In Llamedosian Rules Fifteen-a-Side [[UsefulNotes/Rugby Union [[UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion football]], the Watch pointed out there was no specific law that all players had to be human. therefore the core of its scrum was a Golem and two Trolls. And the University's edificeering side was centred on the Librarian...
23rd Jul '17 4:48:03 AM AgProv
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, ediiceering has become a competitive, if extreme, sport. A trade skill taught by Assassins and Thieves, what was originally the Boggis-Downey Cup For Edificeering Excellence (a competition between the twoi Guilds) has expanded to encompass teams from the Guild of Steeplejacks, the Post Office (whose postmen get ''everywhere'' to deliver mail), the Extreme Sports Society - and the City Watch. This last team is prone to LoopholeAbuse and fielded Gargoyles. In Llamedosian Rules Fifteen-a-Side [[UsefulNotes/Rugby Union football]], the Watch pointed out there was no specific law that all players had to be human. therefore the core of its scrum was a Golem and two Trolls. And the University's edificeering side was centred on the Librarian...
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25th Jun '17 10:22:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''Film/{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra]][[note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).

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* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's Wiki/TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''Film/{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra]][[note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).
9th Apr '17 8:46:47 AM nombretomado
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* In ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' "Wossamotta U" story arc, the title duo received football scholarships because of Bullwinkle's throwing ability. The rulebook said that anyone can play college football except for a ''mouse''.
* In ''SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'', there was one episode where the Foolish Magistrate entered Sagwa in a caligraphy contest. Her status as one of the entrants was validated because there was no rule against cats entering the contest. [[spoiler:The Magistrate tried to enter the rest of Sagwa's family but there was a rule against having more than one entrant from a same province]].

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* In ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' "Wossamotta U" story arc, the title duo received football scholarships because of Bullwinkle's throwing ability. The rulebook said that anyone can play college football except for a ''mouse''.
* In ''SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'', ''WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'', there was one episode where the Foolish Magistrate entered Sagwa in a caligraphy contest. Her status as one of the entrants was validated because there was no rule against cats entering the contest. [[spoiler:The Magistrate tried to enter the rest of Sagwa's family but there was a rule against having more than one entrant from a same province]].
12th Feb '17 5:31:59 PM megajake
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** Any school or college team trying to pull this off would be out of luck, anyway. The animal would have to be enrolled as a student.

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** Any school or college team trying to pull this off would be out of luck, anyway. The animal would have to be enrolled as a student. [[note]]University of Georgia mascot, Uga the Bulldog, does in fact have his own student ID, but obviously is not listed on the team's roster.[[/note]]
23rd Dec '16 9:40:20 AM Gosicrystal
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Just then, the power of plot reveals that the new kid owns TropeyTheWonderDog, an animal with astounding abilities which could make him a contender in this very sport! He petitions the team coach to try Tropey, where the dog's natural aptitude makes him an instant success. Come the night of the big game, out trots Tropey -- the other team may rant and rave, but there's nothing they can do about it. Why? [[AintNoRule Ain't no specific rule agin' it!]] This is the Animal Athlete Loophole.

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Just then, the power of plot reveals that the new kid owns TropeyTheWonderDog, an animal with astounding abilities which could make him a contender in this very sport! He petitions the team coach to try Tropey, where the dog's natural aptitude makes him an instant success. Come the night of the big game, out trots Tropey -- the other team may rant and rave, but there's nothing they can do about it. Why? [[AintNoRule [[LoopholeAbuse Ain't no specific rule agin' it!]] This is the Animal Athlete Loophole.



* In the film version of ''Film/StuartLittle'', most of the boats in the race are being operated by remote control. Guess there AintNoRule that says a mouse can't be sailing one.

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* In the film version of ''Film/StuartLittle'', most of the boats in the race are being operated by remote control. Guess there AintNoRule ain't no rule that says a mouse can't be sailing one.



* While the trope itself doesn't appear in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage refers to "The Air Bud Clause" when explaining [[AintNoRule how natural twenties work in Rock, Paper, Scissors.]]

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* While the trope itself doesn't appear in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage refers to "The Air Bud Clause" when explaining [[AintNoRule [[LoopholeAbuse how natural twenties work in Rock, Paper, Scissors.]]
24th Sep '16 4:23:46 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied on ''CloneHigh'', where Lincoln directs a film called ''It Takes a Hero'', based on the premise that "There's no rule that says a giraffe can't play football."

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* Parodied on ''CloneHigh'', ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', where Lincoln directs a film called ''It Takes a Hero'', based on the premise that "There's no rule that says a giraffe can't play football."
20th Aug '16 11:15:48 AM Adeon
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* Inverted in ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'' with the sport of [[CalvinBall Sideball]]. Sideball teams are allowed to field up to six non-human players although raccoons ''are'' specifically banned.
18th Jul '16 10:25:07 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/{{Babe}}'': Ain't no rule that says a pig can't compete in a sheep herding dog trial! Actually, that one's more a trick of semantics, as the trial registration form requires "Name of Animal". The narrator even mentions that had it been "Name of Dog", [[WillNotTellALie they couldn't have entered Babe]]. This also happens in [[AdaptationDisplacement the book]]. The fields on the form there were "Name of Owner" and "Name of Entry".

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* ''Film/{{Babe}}'': Ain't no rule that says a pig can't compete in a sheep herding dog trial! Actually, that one's more a trick of semantics, as the trial registration form requires "Name of Animal". The narrator even mentions that had it been "Name of Dog", [[WillNotTellALie they couldn't have entered Babe]]. This also happens in [[AdaptationDisplacement the book]]. The fields on the form there were "Name of Owner" and "Name of Entry".



* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra]][[note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).

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* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''{{Babe}}'', ''Film/{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra]][[note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).


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* ''The Sheep-Pig'' by Creator/DickKingSmith: Ain't no rule that says a pig can't compete in a sheep herding dog trial! Actually, that one's more a trick of semantics, as the trial registration form requires "Name of Entry", saving Babe's owner from the implicit lie that would have been involved had it been "Name of Dog".
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