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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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3rd Jun '16 6:48:52 PM Odacon_Spy
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* One 12 year old girl [[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gmCOkLLnwBYt4k6gedzLVoXDWaoAD9ERO9H00]] from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is certainly feeling this trope's full effects after being arrested and even put in handcuffs, after ''doodling on her desk'' in washable ink. Graffiti ''must'' be a high priority crime in NYC. [[SarcasmMode Way to win]] public support, get them while they're young offenders eh?

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* One 12 year old girl [[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gmCOkLLnwBYt4k6gedzLVoXDWaoAD9ERO9H00]] com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gmCOkLLnwBYt4k6gedzLVoXDWaoAD9ERO9H00 One 12 year old girl ]] from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is certainly feeling this trope's full effects after being arrested and even put in handcuffs, after ''doodling on her desk'' in washable ink. Graffiti ''must'' be a high priority crime in NYC. [[SarcasmMode Way to win]] public support, get them while they're young offenders eh?
29th May '16 4:36:05 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* The end of ''A Dollar To Die For'' has the Man with No Name arresting Tuco Ramirez for trying to get away with the gold they worked together to steal, and bringing him and Pinky Roebuck into the sheriff's office. However, he decides to [[ThrowTheDogABone throw Tuco a bone]] by giving him a chance to escape from jail, because he considers the bandit a WorthyOpponent.
7th May '16 5:42:01 PM N8han11
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*** The [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan reboot]] takes it UpToEleven, and perhaps CrossesTheLineTwice to restore its efficacy; After storming out of the house, Peter tries to buy milk but is two cents short. Since the clerk won't spot him two pennies from the (overflowing!) take-a-penny tray, Peter leaves, only to watch a street thug grab a handful of money from the register while the clerk's back was turned. Peter's reward for doing nothing, the milk the clerk refused him. Naturally, Peter doesn't help track down that thug for the clerk. The dude was a JerkAss, he deserved to be robbed. Of course, that same thug then kills Uncle Ben, who had been chasing after Peter trying to find him. He dies because of two cents.

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*** ** The [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan reboot]] takes it UpToEleven, and perhaps CrossesTheLineTwice to restore its efficacy; After storming out of the house, Peter tries to buy milk but is two cents short. Since the clerk won't spot him two pennies from the (overflowing!) take-a-penny tray, Peter leaves, only to watch a street thug grab a handful of money from the register while the clerk's back was turned. Peter's reward for doing nothing, the milk the clerk refused him. Naturally, Peter doesn't help track down that thug for the clerk. The dude was a JerkAss, he deserved to be robbed. Of course, that same thug then kills Uncle Ben, who had been chasing after Peter trying to find him. He dies because of two cents.



*** 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, your connections enforce that yes, you ''can'' get away with anything, by simply pulling rank.



*** Killing high-ranking faction NPC's, even in Sneak mode with a silenced weapon, will automatically alert the rest of the faction and turn them hostile.

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*** ** Killing high-ranking faction NPC's, even in Sneak mode with a silenced weapon, will automatically alert the rest of the faction and turn them hostile.



*** Bart felt really guilty about it even before being caught, which was odd since Bart has arguably done much worse than that without feeling an ounce of guilt. Generally, the rule seems to be: if Bart's bad-deed-of-the-week is done as a throwaway gag, or as something that jumpstarts a separate plot, then he will get away with it and and suffer no consequences. If Bart's bad deed is driving the plot, then he will be dealt some sort of comeuppance.



** Also played straight in another episode, wherein Marge, having a bad day, ''forgets'' to pay for an item at the Kwik-E-Mart, ''after having paid for all of the rest of a big basket of items''. She is immediately arrested and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment. To be fair, part of it is because her lawyer was a complete moron.
*** Also, when Apu starts to gloat after Marge's sentence that his store is now safe, we cut to Snake ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny towing the entire Kwik-E-Mart to Mexico]].''
*** And then it ends up completely [[{{Deconstruction}} de-constructed]] as the townsfolk realize that by sending her to jail under this, they've cut out all the good things Marge does around town. Worst. Bake sale. Ever.

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** Also played straight in another episode, wherein Marge, having a bad day, ''forgets'' to pay for an item at the Kwik-E-Mart, ''after having paid for all of the rest of a big basket of items''. She is immediately arrested and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment. To be fair, part of it is because her lawyer was a complete moron.
*** Also, when
imprisonment.
** When
Apu starts to gloat after Marge's sentence that his store is now safe, we cut to Snake ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny towing the entire Kwik-E-Mart to Mexico]].''
*** And then it ends up completely [[{{Deconstruction}} de-constructed]] as the townsfolk realize that by sending her to jail under this, they've cut out all the good things Marge does around town. Worst. Bake sale. Ever.
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** Subverted (in their minds at least) when Butters and Cartman are convinced the police surrounding Pioneer Village are there to bust them for sneaking off to an amusement park. But played straight as well as the police surronded Pioneer Village to arrest the people who just robbed a Burger King.
*** That sounds like played straight in their minds and subverted in real life.
7th May '16 5:39:01 PM N8han11
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* ''[[SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat]]'': Invoked in the episode "Sagwa's Good Deed". [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Sagwa gives away her portion of dinner to Fam and his family, who don't have anything to eat.]] But since she misses dinner because of it, Mama Miao [[KickTheDog is pissed at her]]. While she does forgive Sagwa when she learns, she still overreacted and makes sure Sagwa knows the importance of keeping a promise.

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* ''[[SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat]]'': ''SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'': Invoked in the episode "Sagwa's Good Deed". [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Sagwa gives away her portion of dinner to Fam and his family, who don't have anything to eat.]] But since she misses dinner because of it, Mama Miao [[KickTheDog is pissed at her]]. While she does forgive Sagwa when she learns, she still overreacted and makes sure Sagwa knows the importance of keeping a promise.
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.
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