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22nd Sep '16 8:47:55 PM nombretomado
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* On ''BeverlyHills90210'', resident nerd Andrea ends up pregnant and married within weeks of losing her virginity, to the second guy she slept with. The plot was done to incorporate the real-life pregnancy of the actress, and the writers explained that they thought it would be too much to have her pregnant by the guy who deflowered her. Still, getting pregnant by Guy #2 isn't that much better and when compared with the rest of the gang, who had been sexually active for years, Andrea got shafted.

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* On ''BeverlyHills90210'', ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', resident nerd Andrea ends up pregnant and married within weeks of losing her virginity, to the second guy she slept with. The plot was done to incorporate the real-life pregnancy of the actress, and the writers explained that they thought it would be too much to have her pregnant by the guy who deflowered her. Still, getting pregnant by Guy #2 isn't that much better and when compared with the rest of the gang, who had been sexually active for years, Andrea got shafted.
20th Sep '16 11:35:30 PM Wooboo
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** Early versions of the game had what may be the most extreme version of this trope yet encountered, thanks to a GoodBadBug. You could slaughter an entire village and steal everything not nailed down. But bounty hunters still come after you for your crimes, because they received a bounty from an avenging ''chicken.''
15th Aug '16 9:33:17 PM superkeijikun
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** Also from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': all of Trevor Phillips's carefully planned heists end up amounting to a big old load of nothing, even when they succeed. [[spoiler:He manages to steal cargo from a heavily guarded freighter belonging to a private militia, only to relinquish the score because it was a bloody ''nuke'' and selling it would make him and his friends enemies of the state. He manages to hijack a plane carrying military hardware, only to have to ditch it when it gets shot down. He manages to wreck a train carrying valuable loot, only for his partner to steal one thing that he plans to give away to a man Trevor had wronged by attacking him and stealing his wife. Even in ''GTA Online'', he pulls off a massive theft of drugs, only for the person he planned to sell them to reveal he's with the DEA.]]
4th Aug '16 1:58:05 PM MagBas
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* Averted quite often in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''. The girls assault their teacher thinking he was a monster in disguise, undermine and cover-up a federal investigation on their friend's disappearance, and sneak into a big corporation to destroy important documents related to Will's mom's job to sabotage her career, and many other instances, all without any karma backlash from silly issues like morality.



* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Sweet and Elite." Rarity spends a week in Canterlot, intending to work on a dress for Twilight's birthday, but spends so much time at functions with the [=VIPs=] of Canterlot that the dress ends up being a simple frock. She then gets invited to the second-most important party in Canterlot that happens to be on the same day as Twilight's birthday party, so she writes to Twilight, claiming she won't be there because her pet cat is too sick to travel. It looks like she's going to be found out when all her friends show up in Canterlot to bring the party to her, but not only does animal expert Fluttershy buy "being wet" as a sickness, Twilight loves the simple dress. On top of that, when Rarity is discovered sneaking back and forth between the two parties, Twilight not only isn't upset, she actually approves, since she assumed that Rarity was making business connections (rather than just protecting her new reputation).
** Also averted in "Just for Sidekicks." Spike agrees to care for everypony's pets and makes a complete hash of it because he's more focused on using the jewels he was paid with to make a "jewel cake." This results in, among other things, an impromptu trip to the very place everyone else went and having to hide in the same train car they chose on the way home. Despite some close calls, however, Spike's never actually caught by any of the six main characters.
** In "Call of the Cutie", Apple Bloom gets disciplined by her teacher, Cheerilee, for passing notes. The two ponies who passed it to her, the bullies Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, are not called on, despite the fact that Cheerilee should have been able to figure out that the note came from ''somewhere'', and that they loudly tried to get Apple Bloom's attention first. They then call her insulting things, which Cheerilee fails to remark on despite being well within earshot.
26th Jul '16 6:35:10 PM Drakkenmensch
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* Anyone who grew up with younger siblings has many tales of being immediately denounced to their parents for the tiniest rule transgressions that their brothers or sisters find out.
23rd Jul '16 1:12:58 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}'' -- hoo boy. Very rarely do the boys get anything past Lois; she will [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy almost always figure out exactly what they're up to]]. As Malcolm said once (as in reading a score), "Mom 62437, kids zero."

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* ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}'' -- hoo boy. Very rarely do the boys get anything past Lois; she will [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy almost always figure out exactly what they're up to]].to. As Malcolm said once (as in reading a score), "Mom 62437, kids zero."
19th Jul '16 2:56:49 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** In the episode "A Party for Tarzan", Rusty "borrows" the Blue Morpho's suit from the tailor shop. He ends up getting chewed out and charged a huge amount for getting grenadine on it [[spoiler:and almost getting killed when the Guild mistakes him for the Blue Morpho and try to snipe him]]. Also subverted when [[spoiler:it turns out that the suit is bullet-proof, thus saving his life when he is shot.]]

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** In the episode "A Party for Tarzan", Rusty "borrows" the Blue Morpho's suit from the tailor shop. He ends up getting chewed out and charged a huge amount for getting grenadine on it [[spoiler:and almost getting killed when the Guild mistakes mistake him for the Blue Morpho and try to snipe him]]. Also subverted when [[spoiler:it turns out that the suit is bullet-proof, thus saving his life when he is shot.]]
15th Jun '16 3:26:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one episode of the less-than-well-remembered cartoon ''LifeWithLouie'', the title character steals a single piece of candy from a store, and is informed that the following night's inventory check will make sure that the store owners know ''exactly'' how many were stolen and whose parents to call. Might have been a BS scare tactic, but it's still {{Anvilicious}} in its use of this trope.

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* In one episode of the less-than-well-remembered cartoon ''LifeWithLouie'', ''WesternAnimation/LifeWithLouie'', the title character steals a single piece of candy from a store, and is informed that the following night's inventory check will make sure that the store owners know ''exactly'' how many were stolen and whose parents to call. Might have been a BS scare tactic, but it's still {{Anvilicious}} in its use of this trope.
11th Jun '16 4:59:15 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** In the episode "A Party for Tarzan", Rusty "borrows" the Blue Morpho's suit from the tailor shop. He ends up getting chewed out and charged a huge amount for getting grenadine on it [[spoiler:and almost getting killed when the Guild mistakes him for the Blue Morpho and try to snipe him]]. Also subverted when [[spoiler:it turns out that the suit is bullet-proof, thus saving his life when he is shot.]]
10th Jun '16 7:46:02 AM Eievie
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->'''Buffy''': I told ''one'' lie… I had ''one'' drink…
->'''Giles''': Yes, and you were nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. I think the words 'let that be a lesson' are a tad redundant at this juncture.

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->'''Buffy''': I told ''one'' lie… I had ''one'' drink…
->'''Giles''':
drink…\\
'''Giles''':
Yes, and you were nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. I think the words 'let "let that be a lesson' lesson" are a tad redundant at this juncture.



On a SitCom, this isn't usually all that big a deal, except during the VerySpecialEpisode. In the Teen Drama, it's a recipe for tragedy. Drive drunk ''even once'' and somebody is going to die. Have premarital sex ''even once'' and there's going to be an STD or an unwanted pregnancy ([[FridgeLogic although logically speaking, there can't be an STD unless at least one of the people has had sex before]], except in the less likely-to-be-used case of being given one non-sexually via birth, blood, or otherwise), and it's no use protesting, "ButWeUsedACondom!" And heaven help you if you even ''look'' at [[DrugsAreBad drugs]].

This is sometimes called an "Institutional Lie" -- the deliberate exaggeration of the dangers of a certain behavior because the audience wouldn't be persuaded by the ''actual'' dangers in the time allowed.

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On a SitCom, this isn't usually all that big a deal, except during the VerySpecialEpisode. In the Teen Drama, it's a recipe for tragedy. Drive drunk ''even once'' and somebody is going to die. Have premarital sex ''even once'' and there's going to be an STD or an unwanted pregnancy ([[FridgeLogic [[note]]([[FridgeLogic although logically speaking, there can't be an STD unless at least one of the people has had sex before]], except in the less likely-to-be-used case of being given one non-sexually via birth, blood, or otherwise), otherwise)[[/note]] and it's no use protesting, "ButWeUsedACondom!" And heaven help you if you even ''look'' at [[DrugsAreBad drugs]].

This is sometimes called an "Institutional Lie" -- the Lie"--the deliberate exaggeration of the dangers of a certain behavior because the audience wouldn't be persuaded by the ''actual'' dangers in the time allowed.



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