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16th May '16 7:26:23 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', Unseleighe Princeling Dolan stated that Quentyn had until the rooster crowed at dawn to evade the Wild Hunt. Little did Quentyn know that [[spoiler:Dolan had had all the local roosters killed ahead of time]]. Fortunately, Quentyn's allies [[OutGambitted went even further]] in BotheringByTheBook: [[spoiler:A character nicknamed "Rooster" crowed convincingly without Dolan looking]].

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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Unseleighe Princeling Dolan stated that Quentyn had until the rooster crowed at dawn to evade the Wild Hunt. Little did Quentyn know that [[spoiler:Dolan had had all the local roosters killed ahead of time]]. Fortunately, Quentyn's allies [[OutGambitted went even further]] in BotheringByTheBook: [[spoiler:A character nicknamed "Rooster" crowed convincingly without Dolan looking]].
11th May '16 6:11:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In one episode of ''NightCourt'', dozens of cases would be dismissed at midnight if they aren't adjudicated due to overcrowding. When they get to the last one, a drunk driving case, the defendant refuses to waive reading the charges in court, since the paperwork listing them runs three full pages and there's under a minute to go. Dan Fielding, faced with losing one of his conquests reads the charges in ''just'' enough time for Judge Harry to rule "case remanded to the Grand Jury!" and bang his gavel before the clock strikes 12.

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* In one episode of ''NightCourt'', ''Series/NightCourt'', dozens of cases would be dismissed at midnight if they aren't adjudicated due to overcrowding. When they get to the last one, a drunk driving case, the defendant refuses to waive reading the charges in court, since the paperwork listing them runs three full pages and there's under a minute to go. Dan Fielding, faced with losing one of his conquests reads the charges in ''just'' enough time for Judge Harry to rule "case remanded to the Grand Jury!" and bang his gavel before the clock strikes 12.
21st Apr '16 4:02:55 PM Doug86
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* Played straight and subverted in KingOfTheHill. In the episode "Square-Footed Monster" Ted Wassanasong began building an eyesore house in the middle of the Hills' neighborhood despite the protests of the neighbors. Subverted when they try using a county clerk to help them but he can't find any regulations to halt construction. Later the house falls down in a storm and the neighbors have to tear the house down with tools to prevent it from damaging their houses. Ted tries to take the neighborhood to court but the judge rules against him so out of spite Ted sells the land to the city who erects a power substation. Now played straight as the county clerk digs out a regulation which lets the neighborhood build a facade house around the substation so no-one has to look at it.

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* Played straight and subverted in KingOfTheHill.''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. In the episode "Square-Footed Monster" Ted Wassanasong began building an eyesore house in the middle of the Hills' neighborhood despite the protests of the neighbors. Subverted when they try using a county clerk to help them but he can't find any regulations to halt construction. Later the house falls down in a storm and the neighbors have to tear the house down with tools to prevent it from damaging their houses. Ted tries to take the neighborhood to court but the judge rules against him so out of spite Ted sells the land to the city who erects a power substation. Now played straight as the county clerk digs out a regulation which lets the neighborhood build a facade house around the substation so no-one has to look at it.
15th Apr '16 12:27:08 PM Greenygal
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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold being rather fond of {{Guile Hero}}es, this naturally comes up regularly in ''Literature/TheVorkorsiganSaga'':

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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold being rather fond of {{Guile Hero}}es, this naturally comes up regularly in ''Literature/TheVorkorsiganSaga'':''Literature/TheVorkosiganSaga'':
15th Apr '16 8:45:36 AM HoursGoneBy
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** In ''A Civil Campaign'', Aral sponsors a bill making it easier for peasants to change from one FeudalOverlord to another. This naturally increases the rent and tax incomes of the more popular ones. One Count decided to breed several dozen girls in artificial wombs -- a newly imported technology -- to increasing his district's population without having to improve his rule in any way. Though it was considered obviously wrong to exploit mass-produced children, he argued that he'd used his own genetic material for their paternal contribution, [[note]]but ''not'' his wife's for the maternal aspect, a fact the Countess was [[WomanScorned extremely vexed]] about[[/note]] and they were therefore technically his daughters. The "mothers" (women who'd donated ova to clinics and such) weren't consulted at any stage of the proceedings and just about all of them were singularly uninterested in asserting any claim on the children. There AintNoRule against a man having a very large family, after all... Whereupon Miles' friends realized that if they ''were'' his daughters, he could be required to pay a dowry for ''each and every one of them.'' The last we see is him screaming in rage right after the judgement is handed to him.

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** In ''A Civil Campaign'', Aral sponsors a bill making it easier for peasants to change from one FeudalOverlord to another. This naturally increases the rent and tax incomes of the more popular ones. One Count decided to breed several dozen girls in artificial wombs -- a newly imported technology -- to increasing his district's population without having to improve his rule in any way. Though it was considered obviously wrong to exploit mass-produced children, he argued that he'd used his own genetic material for their paternal contribution, [[note]]but ''not'' his wife's for the maternal aspect, a fact the Countess was [[WomanScorned extremely vexed]] about[[/note]] and they were therefore technically his daughters. The "mothers" (women who'd donated ova to clinics and such) weren't consulted at any stage of the proceedings and just about all of them were singularly uninterested in asserting any claim on the children. There AintNoRule against a man having a very large family, after all... Whereupon Miles' friends realized all. Ekaterin provided a solution by pointing out that if they ''were'' his daughters, he could be required to pay a dowry for ''each and every one of them.'' The last we see is him screaming in rage right after the judgement is handed to him.
17th Mar '16 6:22:57 PM ObsidianFire
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* [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=326 This]] ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' strip. Here, the bureaucrat seems rather resigned to Nelson's use of the trope--or perhaps impressed with his GenreSavvy.

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* [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=326 This]] ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' strip. Here, the bureaucrat seems rather resigned to Nelson's use of the trope--or perhaps impressed with his GenreSavvy.trope.



** {{Adolf Hitler}} was [[GenreSavvy smart enough]] to try avoiding this, knowing that an oath to Germany or the German people could easily be used against him if a soldier felt he was a danger to them. Instead, he had every German soldier swear an oath of loyalty to ''him''. Nonetheless, some still broke it and tried to overthrow him in the July 20th Plot (see ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'').

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** {{Adolf Hitler}} was [[GenreSavvy smart enough]] enough to try avoiding this, knowing that an oath to Germany or the German people could easily be used against him if a soldier felt he was a danger to them. Instead, he had every German soldier swear an oath of loyalty to ''him''. Nonetheless, some still broke it and tried to overthrow him in the July 20th Plot (see ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'').
27th Feb '16 11:14:24 AM Tron80
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* Overlapping with YouDidntAsk, [[OnePiece Rob Lucci]] is a brutal spy and assassin who finds his [[GeneralFailure boss]] Spandam [[{{Sadist}} to]] [[WouldHitAGirl be]] [[DirtyCoward completely]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards insufferable.]] Yet his code of honor and absolute loyalty to the chain of command means he can't do anything about it. Except when Spandam is trying to make his escape with Nico Robin, Lucci notices they're being followed down a secret passage, and fails to mention it or react in any way. When asked (angrily) why he didn't say anything, his response was a smug smile and, "Because I wasn't ordered to."

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Overlapping with YouDidntAsk, [[OnePiece Rob Lucci]] Lucci is a brutal spy and assassin who finds his [[GeneralFailure boss]] Spandam [[{{Sadist}} to]] [[WouldHitAGirl be]] [[DirtyCoward completely]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards insufferable.]] Yet his code of honor and absolute loyalty to the chain of command means he can't do anything about it. Except when Spandam is trying to make his escape with Nico Robin, Lucci notices they're being followed down a secret passage, and fails to mention it or react in any way. When asked (angrily) why he didn't say anything, his response was a smug smile and, "Because I wasn't ordered to."
12th Feb '16 3:26:54 PM eldiablo555
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* Played straight and subverted in KingOfTheHill. In the episode "Square-Footed Monster" Ted Wassanasong began building an eyesore house in the middle of the Hills' neighborhood despite the protests of the neighbors. Subverted when they try using a county clerk to help them but he can't find any regulations to halt construction. Later the house falls down in a storm and the neighbors have to tear the house down with tools to prevent it from damaging their houses. Ted tries to take the neighborhood to court but the judge rules against him so out of spite Ted sells the land to the city who erects a power substation. Now played straight as the county clerk digs out a regulation which lets the neighborhood build a facade house around the substation so no-one has to look at it.
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5th Feb '16 4:14:27 PM Flawedspirit
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* This crops up occasionally in cases when the public feels that a highway could safely handle a speed limit increase (for instance, 100 km/h to 120 km/h.) Because police can give you a speeding ticket for driving over the limit, some people purposely block all lanes of the highway and drive at exactly the posted speed limit. Note: ''do not do this in real life!'' The police will charge you with dangerous driving for blocking traffic flow on a highway, even if everyone's actually speeding.
31st Jan '16 5:33:08 PM Goldfritha
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* In the Italian "Filagranate" (a Maiden in the Tower tale, like Literature/{{Rapunzel}}, the heroine sees that the person who called her to let down her hair is a handsome young man, not the old witch -- but figured since he had said the right words, she could lower it for him as well for the witch.
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