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4th May '16 12:02:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* Persistent trend in ''LittleWomen'' and its sequels.

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* Persistent trend in ''LittleWomen'' ''Literature/LittleWomen'' and its sequels.



* Outside of the ''LittleWomen'' series, Louisa May Alcott also used this trope often…

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* Outside of the ''LittleWomen'' ''Literature/LittleWomen'' series, Louisa May Alcott also used this trope often…



* In ''SweetValleyHigh'', a secondary character dies after doing ''one and a half lines'' of cocaine. Elizabeth Wakefield drives drunk on one occasion after her drink is spiked and gets in a car crash, which results in the death of her twin sister's boyfriend and her arrest.

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* In ''SweetValleyHigh'', ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'', a secondary character dies after doing ''one and a half lines'' of cocaine. Elizabeth Wakefield drives drunk on one occasion after her drink is spiked and gets in a car crash, which results in the death of her twin sister's boyfriend and her arrest.



* Explicitly avoided by Creator/CoryDoctorow in his book ''LittleBrother'', as shown [[http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2009/11/cory-doctorow-teen-sex.html here]].

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* Explicitly avoided by Creator/CoryDoctorow in his book ''LittleBrother'', ''Literature/LittleBrother'', as shown [[http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2009/11/cory-doctorow-teen-sex.html here]].



* In the ''WaysideSchool'' series, Todd is always getting in trouble. Notably, this isn't used to deliver AnAesop, but rather [[PlayedForLaughs played for]] ComedicSociopathy -- in several stories, he gets in trouble for a ''very'' minor offense while practically everyone else in the class is acting up much more.
* Played with a twist in BridgeToTerabithia: Jess receives an invitation to a museum from his teacher. Having a crush on her, he doesn't think about inviting his best friend Leslie with him. [[spoiler: Leslie pays the price -- she dies. And Jess has lost his only friend]]. This is also a straight example for [[spoiler: Leslie. She tried to use the rope alone just one this time, even though they had a rule that they always go to Terabithia together. And the water was high, but hey, she was the best swimmer, WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong?]]
* It's easy to see why Michael never lies in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries''. The one time he lowers himself so much as to only tell part of the truth he's beaten up by four men as a result and needs help to even sit. Fisk, on the other hand, is something of a KarmaHoudini in this respect.

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* In the ''WaysideSchool'' ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' series, Todd is always getting in trouble. Notably, this isn't used to deliver AnAesop, but rather [[PlayedForLaughs played for]] ComedicSociopathy -- in several stories, he gets in trouble for a ''very'' minor offense while practically everyone else in the class is acting up much more.
* Played with a twist in BridgeToTerabithia: ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': Jess receives an invitation to a museum from his teacher. Having a crush on her, he doesn't think about inviting his best friend Leslie with him. [[spoiler: Leslie pays the price -- she dies. And Jess has lost his only friend]]. This is also a straight example for [[spoiler: Leslie. She tried to use the rope alone just one this time, even though they had a rule that they always go to Terabithia together. And the water was high, but hey, she was the best swimmer, WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong?]]
* It's easy to see why Michael never lies in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries''.''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''. The one time he lowers himself so much as to only tell part of the truth he's beaten up by four men as a result and needs help to even sit. Fisk, on the other hand, is something of a KarmaHoudini in this respect.



* ''GoneWithTheWind'' -- after the numerous horrible things she's done, including several attempts at seducing the married Ashley, Scarlett and Ashley get caught in a genuinely innocent embrace -- she was crying and he was comforting her. Only the intervention of Melanie, Ashley's wife, saves her from total public humiliation -- a punishment Scarlett herself says she would have gladly borne had they been caught any of the times that they ''were'' doing something wrong.

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* ''GoneWithTheWind'' ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' -- after the numerous horrible things she's done, including several attempts at seducing the married Ashley, Scarlett and Ashley get caught in a genuinely innocent embrace -- she was crying and he was comforting her. Only the intervention of Melanie, Ashley's wife, saves her from total public humiliation -- a punishment Scarlett herself says she would have gladly borne had they been caught any of the times that they ''were'' doing something wrong.
4th May '16 8:17:45 AM BillyMT
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*** However in Skyrim this can eventually get subverted if you joined the Dark Brotherhood previously, and/or when you're made Thane of the hold you've committed the crime. In those cases case, your connections enforce that yes, you ''can'' get away with anything, by simply pulling rank.

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*** However in Skyrim this can eventually get subverted if you joined the Dark Brotherhood previously, and/or when you're made Thane of the hold you've committed the crime. In those cases case, cases, your connections enforce that yes, you ''can'' get away with anything, by simply pulling rank.
4th May '16 8:14:42 AM BillyMT
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*** However in Skyrim this can eventually get subverted if you joined the Dark Brotherhood previously, and/or when you're made Jarl of the hold you've committed the crime. In those cases case, your connections enforce that yes, you ''can'' get away with anything, by simply pulling rank.

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*** However in Skyrim this can eventually get subverted if you joined the Dark Brotherhood previously, and/or when you're made Jarl Thane of the hold you've committed the crime. In those cases case, your connections enforce that yes, you ''can'' get away with anything, by simply pulling rank.
4th May '16 8:12:56 AM BillyMT
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*** However in Skyrim this can eventually get subverted if you joined the Dark Brotherhood previously, and/or when you're made Jarl of the hold you've committed the crime. In those cases case, your connections enforce that yes, you ''can'' get away with anything, by simply pulling rank.
1st May '16 4:41:49 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Many an animated plot about characters who are playing hooky from school (usually otherwise honest people) have it so that the day they pick to do ends up being a day that whoever went to school actually enjoyed while the people who did play hookey had a day so bad they would have been better just having gone to a normal school day. (See ''RocketPower'' "Snow Day", ''HeyArnold!'', "Hookey", etc.)
* ''[[TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius]]'', "Party At Neutron's": Jimmy ''almost'' gets away with throwing a party while his parents are out for the night, but then gets in trouble when he forgot the velociraptor in the closet that someone had accidentally brought to the party with one of his time machines.

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* Many an animated plot about characters who are playing hooky from school (usually otherwise honest people) have it so that the day they pick to do ends up being a day that whoever went to school actually enjoyed while the people who did play hookey had a day so bad they would have been better just having gone to a normal school day. (See ''RocketPower'' ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' "Snow Day", ''HeyArnold!'', ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'', "Hookey", etc.)
* ''[[TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', "Party At Neutron's": Jimmy ''almost'' gets away with throwing a party while his parents are out for the night, but then gets in trouble when he forgot the velociraptor Velociraptor in the closet that someone Sheen had accidentally brought to the party with one of his time machines.
23rd Apr '16 2:22:05 PM MsChibi
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Compare FelonyMisdemeanor. See also CompressedVice.

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Compare FelonyMisdemeanor. FelonyMisdemeanor and JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife. See also CompressedVice.CompressedVice and TheScourgeOfGod. Occasionally overlaps with DisproportionateRetribution.
7th Apr '16 5:28:11 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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** Seemingly averted in "How Sagwa Got Her Colors". Sagwa accidentally gets ink on the magistrate's rules and worries she'll get in trouble for it, but the magistrate ends up liking the new rule and praises her. Her mother, however, seems to feel less positive.
-->'''Mama Miao:'''"But she also did something she shouldn't have!"
30th Mar '16 8:31:34 AM eowynjedi
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* Sandry gets hit with this in ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic The Will of the Empress]]''. She puts off reading her accounts from her estates in Namorn once, and Duke Vedris very sternly reminds her how shameful it is for her to neglect them. Bear in mind that she hasn't been to Namorn since before she was ten and that she's doing an excellent job helping Vedris run ''Emelan'', to the point that everyone thinks he's going to name her heir, and her Namornese cousin is too proud to ever directly ask for her help. When she goes to Namorn with her old friends, they roundly upbraid her any time she's a little less than reasonable or there's some visible reminder that she's noble, like when she hires a maid to save the woman from an abusive husband and the ''other servants'' are fretting over her consequence, or when she loses her composure during an argument. Of course, Tris, Daja, and Briar are still allowed to be as tart and snippy as they like. Even when Daja yells at the fragile Zhegorz and starts actually throwing things at Tris, Tris is perfectly sympathetic once she learns why.[[note]]With the caveat that Briar has PTSD.[[/note]]
** ''Every'' member of the Circle is pretty horrible to each other throughout the book, embodying the DysfunctionJunction. Sandry is outraged at her siblings' refusal to share their every thought and feeling with her (Briar and Daja in particular have seen some messed-up things that they'd rather not share; Tris's reasoning is somewhat more confusing), and feels the need to remark on her outrage nearly every chapter. Daja feels betrayed by Sandry's failure to mention that they'd never be able to go home again and her assumption that they'd all live off her money; Tris gets blistered by Daja and Sandry for not consulting them when she resorts to extreme measures to save lives, even though she literally had no time to do so; Briar is mocked twice, by Sandry and Tris, for refusing to talk about his experiences in war; and finally Daja earns everyone's ire for getting wrapped up in her new lover. The entire ''point'' of the novel is that they are too hard on themselves and each other.

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* Sandry gets hit with this in ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic The Will of the Empress]]''. She On her eighteenth birthday, she puts off reading her the accounts from her estates in Namorn once, estate, and Duke Vedris very sternly reminds her how shameful it is uncle upbraids her for her to neglect neglecting them. Bear in mind Not unreasonable, except that she hasn't been to Namorn since before she was ten and age ten, that she's doing an excellent job helping Vedris run ''Emelan'', to the point that everyone thinks he's going to name been completely occupied acting as her heir, and uncle's NumberTwo since his heart attack, ''and'' her Namornese cousin cousin, who's sending these reports, is far too proud prideful to ever directly do anything like ask for help in plain terms. Her friends also criticize her help. When she goes to Namorn with anytime her old friends, they roundly upbraid status comes up--even getting on her any time she's a little less than reasonable or there's some visible reminder that she's noble, like when she hires a maid to save case for "acting the countess" by using her position to ''save a woman from an abusive husband and the ''other servants'' are fretting over a lifetime of marital abuse'' by hiring her consequence, or when she loses her composure during an argument. Of as maid. (Of course, Tris, Daja, and Briar all four of them are still allowed to be as tart and snippy as they like. Even when Daja yells at the fragile Zhegorz and starts actually throwing things at Tris, Tris is perfectly sympathetic once she learns why.[[note]]With the caveat that Briar has PTSD.[[/note]]
** ''Every'' member of the Circle is
pretty horrible to each other throughout throughout.)
* A mild, PlayedForLaughs instance in
the book, embodying the DysfunctionJunction. Sandry ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' novel ''The Commodore''. Hornblower, irritated by an odd thumping noise on deck, comes up to find out what it is outraged at her siblings' refusal to share their every thought and feeling with her (Briar and Daja in particular have seen tries to think of some messed-up things excuse for being there. Then he decides that they'd rather not share; Tris's reasoning is somewhat more confusing), and feels the need dammit, he's a commodore now, he can ask any silly question he likes without having to remark on her outrage nearly every chapter. Daja feels betrayed by Sandry's failure to mention that they'd never be able to go home again and her assumption that they'd all live off her money; Tris gets blistered by Daja and Sandry for not consulting them when she resorts to extreme measures to save lives, even though she literally had no time feel self-conscious, so he calls Bush over to do so; Briar is mocked twice, by Sandry and Tris, for refusing to talk about his experiences in war; and finally Daja earns everyone's ire for getting wrapped up in her new lover. The entire ''point'' of the novel is just that--and realizes that they are too hard on themselves and each other.the noise was from Bush's wooden leg. So he has to come up with an excuse ''anyway''.
11th Mar '16 11:46:21 AM R1ck
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There is a possibility that this trope is used simply because it's a good way to end a particular story, or an author's personal fantasy or something, and not as a deliberate way to get any message across. If fantasy was always like real life, then it would probably be completely boring. It's also a matter of basic story-telling economy: having a scene where a character does something with no consequences at all is just wasting a good scene. So you can't discount the possibility that someone's just trying to tell a good story.

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There is a possibility that this trope is used simply because it's a good way to end a particular story, or an author's personal fantasy or something, and not as a deliberate way to get any message across. If fantasy was always like real life, then it would probably be completely boring. It's also a matter of basic story-telling economy: having a scene where a character does something with no consequences at all is just wasting a good scene. So you can't discount the possibility that someone's just trying to tell a good story.\n



It is also possible that part of the motivation behind the skewed odds in TV Land may be due to the same forces that motivate ReactionaryFantasy: a desire by a certain element of society to see that "unacceptable" behavior ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sex, drugs, punk music]]) is ''100%'' fatal, and those noisy kids next door are going to get theirs.

Another reason for this is that studies looking at how teenagers perceive risk [[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/18/health/18brod.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=teenager+risk&st=nyt find]] that teenagers actually overestimate their risk when doing various activities, but still do a cost-benefit analysis. On the other hand, older individuals use the gist method, which means they might actually see the world this way.



Often SelectiveEnforcement seems to be intent on teaching the Aesop of "just because your friends are getting away with it does ''not'' mean '''you''' will". However, seeing it happen to someone else isn't enough. Just because he can't get away with anything doesn't mean you can't, and [[BrokenAesop that's what people end up learning]]. Except for when this becomes TruthInTelevision and the person really gets bitten in the ass a couple times in a row when they try getting away with stuff.
7th Mar '16 8:29:15 PM Trogdor
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** In "Bart the Mother", Nelson pressured Bart into shooting a bird with a BB gun. Bart attempted to miss it, but he ended up hitting it because Nelson didn't tell him the sight was crooked.

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** In "Bart the Mother", Nelson pressured Bart into shooting a bird with a BB gun. [[SpringtimeForHitler Bart attempted to miss it, but he ended up hitting it because Nelson didn't tell him the sight was crooked.]]
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