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3rd Mar '17 11:44:41 PM Vir
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-->-- '''One of the player's hoodlums''' (after some "Bloody-knuckled discipline"), ''Videogame/FallenLondon''

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-->-- '''One of the player's hoodlums''' (after some "Bloody-knuckled discipline"), ''Videogame/FallenLondon''
''VideoGame/FallenLondon''



** "Sexual Harassment Panda" played Stan's trial for sexually harassing Cartman in this fashion (it was probably meant as a commentary on a real-life case of a grade schooler being charged with sexual harassment for kissing a girl in his class).

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** "Sexual Harassment Panda" played Stan's trial for sexually harassing Cartman in this fashion (it was probably meant as a commentary on a real-life real life case of a grade schooler being charged with sexual harassment for kissing a girl in his class).



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has them accidentally discovering a new swear word, which they proceed to use constantly. Ms. Keane hears them say it in class and punishes them, but of course [[InnocentSwearing the girls don't know its a bad word]], and when they ask her what they did, she answers, "[[YouKnowWhatYouDid You know perfectly well what you did!]]"

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has them accidentally discovering a new swear word, which they proceed to use constantly. Ms. Keane hears them say it in class and punishes them, but of course [[InnocentSwearing the girls don't know its it's a bad word]], and when they ask her what they did, she answers, "[[YouKnowWhatYouDid You know perfectly well what you did!]]"



** Anther time, aliens had been making clones of Fred, and ''they'' were acting like assholes and ruining his reputation. It had a happier ending though, because when Fred told them how it happened, Wilma, Barney and Betty simply thought he was under stress from his diet, and said he could go off it. [[DudeWheresMyRespect Fred was upset]], until he realized he [[HellYesMoment was off his diet.]]

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** Anther Another time, aliens had been making clones of Fred, and ''they'' were acting like assholes and ruining his reputation. It had a happier ending though, because when Fred told them how it happened, Wilma, Barney and Betty simply thought he was under stress from his diet, and said he could go off it. [[DudeWheresMyRespect Fred was upset]], until he realized he [[HellYesMoment was off his diet.]]



--->'''Eustace:''' What did I do?

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--->'''Eustace:''' -->'''Eustace:''' What did I do?do?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "The Camping Episode", Squidward gets repeatedly mauled by a sea bear for intentionally trying to provoke it by doing thing such as wearing a sombrero in a goofy fashion, then trying to run away, trying to limp away, and trying to crawl away. The fifth time, it attacks him for no reason.
-->'''Squidward:''' What did I do that time?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I don't know, maybe he just doesn't like you!
24th Feb '17 4:43:38 AM Bissek
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* Averted for (black) humor in the Krayt Brothers sketch of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. There is an interview with one of their subordinates who said that Dimsdale would nail his head to the floor on a regular basis. Part of the joke was that Dimsdale never said why the minion needed to be punished, and the minion never asked, taking it as a given that he must have done ''something'' to deserve such treatment, even though he kept trying to apologize.
8th Feb '17 4:50:09 PM Lawman592
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Unless the character is showing ItsAllAboutMe or MoralMyopia or even worse ButForMeItWasTuesday -- which are possible -- this is a sympathetic characterization. An innocent character taken for a crime that no-one will identify is common, especially in RevengeByProxy, SinsOfOurFathers, and CriminalDoppelganger, but not the only possibility. DisproportionateRetribution will often inspire it. Even if the crime was real, and the punishment not disproportionate, punishing an amnesiac character tends to come off as wrong. Those with ignorance of the law, stemming [[ChildrenAreInnocent child-like innocence]] or [[NaiveNewcomer unfamiliarity with the location]], generally come off almost as well. Especially if YouKnowWhatYouDid follows. GuiltByAssociationGag is related but generally involves the target genuinely not being involved at all.

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Unless the character is showing ItsAllAboutMe or MoralMyopia or even worse ButForMeItWasTuesday -- which are possible -- this is a sympathetic characterization. An innocent character taken for a crime that no-one will identify is common, especially in RevengeByProxy, SinsOfOurFathers, and CriminalDoppelganger, but not the only possibility. DisproportionateRetribution will often inspire it. Even if the crime was real, and the punishment not disproportionate, punishing an amnesiac character tends to come off as wrong. Those with ignorance of the law, stemming [[ChildrenAreInnocent child-like innocence]] or [[NaiveNewcomer unfamiliarity with the location]], generally come off almost as well. Especially if YouKnowWhatYouDid follows. KarmicMisfire and GuiltByAssociationGag is are related but generally involves involve the target genuinely not being involved at all.
8th Feb '17 2:51:35 PM Eddy1215
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** Anther time, aliens had been making clones of Fred, and ''they'' were acting like assholes and ruining his reputation. It had a happier ending though, because when Fred told them how it happened, Wilma, Barney and Betty simply thought he was under stress from his diet, and said he could go off it. (Fred was upset, until he realized he [[HellYesMoment was off his diet.]]

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** Anther time, aliens had been making clones of Fred, and ''they'' were acting like assholes and ruining his reputation. It had a happier ending though, because when Fred told them how it happened, Wilma, Barney and Betty simply thought he was under stress from his diet, and said he could go off it. (Fred [[DudeWheresMyRespect Fred was upset, upset]], until he realized he [[HellYesMoment was off his diet.]]
27th Jan '17 11:04:57 AM benda
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* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': Almost every episode has this:
--->'''Eustace:''' What did I do?
14th Jan '17 8:02:53 PM Blazer
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* Many a ''Website/GoAnimate'' [[YouAreGrounded "Grounded"]] video will have the target of the groundings punished for no reason or for reasons outside of their control.
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3rd Dec '16 7:18:56 PM SteveMB
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Conscience of the King", Kevin Riley sees his transfer to Engineering as this. In fact, Kirk is trying to protect him by keeping him as isolated as possible because he's one of the remaining witnesses who could identify Kodos the Executioner.
8th Oct '16 12:26:18 PM rjd1922
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* In the Half-Quake series of Mods for ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', the strange people(?) behind the scenes of the bizarre, punishing world the player character finds himself in claim that he deserves their torture simply for the "crime" of [[HumansAreBastards being human]]. But as a number of areas seem to be designed to showcase or even glorify sadism, the protagonist- and others- are given weapons so that they can survive longer (and therefore prolong their own suffering), and the grisly deaths of the [[InsistentTerminology victims]] are apparently televised for the entertainment of others, the possibility exists that they're simply [[FreudianExcuse rationalizing their own sick enjoyment]].

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* In the Half-Quake ''Half-Quake'' series of Mods for ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', the strange people(?) behind the scenes of the bizarre, punishing world the player character finds himself in claim that he deserves their torture simply for the "crime" of [[HumansAreBastards being human]]. But as a number of areas seem to be designed to showcase or even glorify sadism, the protagonist- and others- are given weapons so that they can survive longer (and therefore prolong their own suffering), and the grisly deaths of the [[InsistentTerminology victims]] are apparently televised for the entertainment of others, the possibility exists that they're simply [[FreudianExcuse rationalizing their own sick enjoyment]].
14th Aug '16 6:21:57 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' sees this happen to Gumball and Darwin in the episode "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E22TheHero The Hero]], when they unknowingly hurt Richard's feelings by making fun of his {{bumbling|Dad}} antics.
13th Aug '16 1:06:38 AM azul120
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* This happened to poor Fred twice on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''

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* This happened to poor Fred twice on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'':


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' sees this happen to Gumball and Darwin in the episode "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E22TheHero The Hero]], when they unknowingly hurt Richard's feelings by making fun of his {{bumbling|Dad}} antics.
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