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18th Jan '17 6:51:52 AM tigerstar
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'', the heroes pull this on the obstructive bureaucrats at The Place That Sends You Mad by asking for a permit that doesn't exist, driving the whole place into disarray as everyone scrambles to make sense of a whole new set of rules, forms and circulars that nobody has heard of.
8th Jan '17 12:44:11 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TransformersTransTech'', Cheetor and his officers do this frequently, in an attempt to do their best to do the right thing in a [[CrapsaccharineWorld world where the rules would be otherwise weighted against the downtrodden]]. "Withered Hope" in particular has Airazor assisting the protagonists by resolving a large chunk of issues for them via some extremely creative ExactWords usage of obscure regulations.

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* In ''TransformersTransTech'', ''ComicBook/TransformersTransTech'', Cheetor and his officers do this frequently, in an attempt to do their best to do the right thing in a [[CrapsaccharineWorld world where the rules would be otherwise weighted against the downtrodden]]. "Withered Hope" in particular has Airazor assisting the protagonists by resolving a large chunk of issues for them via some extremely creative ExactWords usage of obscure regulations.
5th Jan '17 2:06:01 PM Geodude6
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** After Harry gives an account of Voldemort's return, Umbridge's latest decree is that it is forbidden for teachers to discuss anything not related to their subject with students. Lee Jordan points out that by her own decree, she's not allowed to yell at him for playing Exploding Snap in class, as that has nothing to do with her subject. She doesn't take it well.



** After Harry giv an account of voldemort's return, Umbridge's latest decree is that it is forbidden for teachers to discuss anything not related to their subject with students. Lee Jordan points out that by her own decree, she's not allowed to yell at him for playing Exploding Snap in class, as that has nothing to do with her subject. She doesn't take it well.
24th Dec '16 8:31:38 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', after Kryten quotes one too many Space Corps Directives, Rimmer reads the entire book of directives himself and uses them to make Lister, Cat and Kryten's lives into a living hell.

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* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', after Kryten quotes one too many Space Corps Directives, Rimmer reads the entire book of directives himself and uses them to make Lister, Cat and Kryten's lives into a living hell. Notably, he uses ExactWords to make everything worse; Space Corps directives say crewmembers in quarantine must be given films, literature, games and pastimes - it doesn't say the media have to be any good (a knitting magazine and a DIY video) or the games have to be playable (a chess-set with almost all the pieces missing and a completed crossword book).
8th Dec '16 1:16:20 AM iroanxi
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* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': After [[spoiler:Vivi]] paralyzes Spandam, his Marine escort calmly stand back and wait for him to recover as he's the only one allowed to open the Gates of Justice.
27th Nov '16 1:29:20 AM Chabal2
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** After Harry giv an account of voldemort's return, Umbridge's latest decree is that it is forbidden for teachers to discuss anything not related to their subject with students. Lee Jordan points out that by her own decree, she's not allowed to yell at him for playing Exploding Snap in class, as that has nothing to do with her subject. She doesn't take it well.
11th Nov '16 5:08:47 PM Scorntex
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* "Fanfic/LastRights": Attempted twice to keep the Kobali from getting Senior Chief Security Officer Athezra Darrod's mortal remains so they can turn him into one of them. Failed both times.

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* "Fanfic/LastRights": ''Fanfic/LastRights'': Attempted twice to keep the Kobali from getting Senior Chief Security Officer Athezra Darrod's mortal remains so they can turn him into one of them. Failed both times.


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* ''Fanfic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'': [[BadassGeneral Wind Whistler]] versus [[TheCaligula Sullamander]]. The two had never gotten on, and as time went by Sullamander made increasingly insane and sexist decrees. Eventually Wind Whistler got out the Articles of Command, the Pegasus' GreatBigBookOfEverything, and told Sullander that the rules did in fact give Wind Whistler full clearance to run her through with a sword.
1st Nov '16 3:15:36 PM Gingerkitteh
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* In personality theory if this behavior becomes pathological this could be obsessive-compulsive personality disorder or passive aggressive personality disorder. Both disorders are theorized to have the same cause of being enraged at having to bow to authority or somebody who happens to possess the right amount of influence. The obsessive-compulsive just wants it to stop and follows rules with the pent up rage inside so the higher ups will shut up already. Unaware they're distorting the rule givers intentions. The passive aggressive expresses the pent up rage by secretly undermining authority while pretending to be nice and loyal. They're probably a bit more aware of the distortion.

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* In personality theory if this behavior becomes pathological this could be obsessive-compulsive personality disorder or passive aggressive personality disorder. Both disorders are theorized to have the same cause of being enraged at having to bow to authority or somebody who happens to possess the right amount of influence. The obsessive-compulsive just wants it to stop and follows rules with the pent up rage inside so the higher ups will shut up already. Unaware already, unaware they're distorting the rule givers giver's intentions. The passive aggressive expresses the pent up rage by secretly undermining authority while pretending to be nice and loyal. They're probably a bit more aware of the distortion.
30th Oct '16 9:28:03 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{GURPS}}'', one disadvantage (that, incidentally, is part of the ArtificialIntelligence meta-trait) is Reprogrammable. An entity with that disadvantage is forced to obey the orders of a specific character. It is explicitly mentioned that, unless the entity also has the disadvantage [[ExtremeDoormat Slave Mentality]], he/she/it must chose anytime upon being an order whether to follow the letter or the intent of the order, thus allowing a sufficiently spiteful entity with that disadvantage to subvert the orders through ExactWords.

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* In ''{{GURPS}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', one disadvantage (that, incidentally, is part of the ArtificialIntelligence meta-trait) is Reprogrammable. An entity with that disadvantage is forced to obey the orders of a specific character. It is explicitly mentioned that, unless the entity also has the disadvantage [[ExtremeDoormat Slave Mentality]], he/she/it must chose anytime upon being an order whether to follow the letter or the intent of the order, thus allowing a sufficiently spiteful entity with that disadvantage to subvert the orders through ExactWords.
28th Sep '16 9:09:42 AM ErikModi
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** Babylon 5 really seems to like this trope. Another episode had [=EarthDome=] trying to charge Sheridan and Ivanova 5 credits a month each rent for extra space in their officers quarters. After Sheridan's protests failed to accomplish anything, he deducted ten credits a month from the budget for military preparedness and applied it against the rent, on the grounds that he's not prepared to fight anyone until he's had a decent night's sleep in his own damn bed.
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