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30th Jan '16 4:43:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''The All New SuperFriends Hour'' had a explicit version of this in the Wonder Twins solo adventures. Most stories were titled with some unacceptable teenage activity like "Drag Race" or "Hitchhiking," which featured teenagers engaged in it at the protest of their sensible friends who are forced to alert the Wonder Twins to deal with the problem. Sure enough, the offending teenagers soon find themselves in deadly peril as a direct result of their misbehaviour and have to be rescued by the Twins.
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* ''The All New SuperFriends {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} Hour'' had a explicit version of this in the Wonder Twins solo adventures. Most stories were titled with some unacceptable teenage activity like "Drag Race" or "Hitchhiking," which featured teenagers engaged in it at the protest of their sensible friends who are forced to alert the Wonder Twins to deal with the problem. Sure enough, the offending teenagers soon find themselves in deadly peril as a direct result of their misbehaviour and have to be rescued by the Twins.
19th Jan '16 1:23:40 PM kablammin45
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[[folder:Web Animation]] * Many of the trouble-making kids in the infamous "[[YouAreGrounded Grounded]]" videos made on Website/GoAnimate fall under this. It doesn't matter if there is no possible way for the kid to be caught in the act, or if they have gone to many measures to ensure they won't be caught afterward. Someway or somehow someone will find out what they did and tell their parents, who will then ground them ground them ground them for a long time. [[/folder]]
13th Jan '16 10:01:24 AM Maniago
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*From the animated movie ''WesternAnimation/CaptureTheFlag'': -->'''Amy:'''' “I break one rule in my whole life, and I end up in a rocket heading to the moon…..YES!!!!!”
9th Jan '16 10:27:33 AM nombretomado
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* In "{{Doug}}'s Math Problem", Doug fails a math test and his parents receive a school letter. His numerous attempts to see what it says first are thwarted. The school alarm system goes off when his hacker friends try to see what the school computer says. When he tries to open the letter, he cuts a corner off when he tries to use scissors, cuts himself with a letter opener, and spills liquid white and ink. When he uses steam to pry it open, it makes the ink run. Just as he is about to read it, his dad comes home and he decides to confess everything.
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* In "{{Doug}}'s "WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'s Math Problem", Doug fails a math test and his parents receive a school letter. His numerous attempts to see what it says first are thwarted. The school alarm system goes off when his hacker friends try to see what the school computer says. When he tries to open the letter, he cuts a corner off when he tries to use scissors, cuts himself with a letter opener, and spills liquid white and ink. When he uses steam to pry it open, it makes the ink run. Just as he is about to read it, his dad comes home and he decides to confess everything.

* Plankton is the only character in SpongeBobSquarePants who can't seem to get away with anything. This seems justifiable for when he's up to evil schemes, but at some times it is just unfair. The most jarring case being "One Coarse Meal". Even ''[[ButtMonkey Squidward]]'' has gotten off scot free with some things.
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* Plankton is the only character in SpongeBobSquarePants ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' who can't seem to get away with anything. This seems justifiable for when he's up to evil schemes, but at some times it is just unfair. The most jarring case being "One Coarse Meal". Even ''[[ButtMonkey Squidward]]'' has gotten off scot free with some things.
7th Jan '16 6:06:15 PM nombretomado
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** In the first ''SpaceQuest'' game, fail to fasten your seatbelt in the escape pod at the beginning of the game, and you'll get an instant GameOver the moment you attempt to take off.
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** In the first ''SpaceQuest'' ''VideoGame/{{Space Quest|I The Sarien Encounter}}'' game, fail to fasten your seatbelt in the escape pod at the beginning of the game, and you'll get an instant GameOver the moment you attempt to take off.
23rd Dec '15 3:32:40 AM Doug86
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* ''RegularShow'' has this in '''spades'''. It's practically ''built'' on this trope. * ''TinyToonAdventures'' parodied the above, in which Buster, Plucky, and Hamton all [[CantHoldHisLiquor got drunk off of a single beer]] (which they shared, so it would have really been more like a third each, making the plot even more ridiculous), and then proceeded to demonstrate the dangers of drunk driving by driving a car off a cliff.
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* ''RegularShow'' ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has this in '''spades'''. It's practically ''built'' on this trope. * ''TinyToonAdventures'' ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' parodied the above, in which Buster, Plucky, and Hamton all [[CantHoldHisLiquor got drunk off of a single beer]] (which they shared, so it would have really been more like a third each, making the plot even more ridiculous), and then proceeded to demonstrate the dangers of drunk driving by driving a car off a cliff.

* In its early days, one of the initial controversies that arose from ''TheSimpsons'' was how rarely Bart received punishment for his misbehavior.
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* In its early days, one of the initial controversies that arose from ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was how rarely Bart received punishment for his misbehavior.

* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "Three Hundred Big Boys". At the end, everyone but Bender has learned an important lesson. When he points it out, the cops show up to arrest him for his theft of a valuable cigar, and he triumphantly cries out "Alright, closure!" However, considering Bender usually gets away with his crap...
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Three Hundred Big Boys". At the end, everyone but Bender has learned an important lesson. When he points it out, the cops show up to arrest him for his theft of a valuable cigar, and he triumphantly cries out "Alright, closure!" However, considering Bender usually gets away with his crap...
2nd Dec '15 2:00:46 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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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.
20th Nov '15 6:56:16 PM Luigifan
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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 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]].
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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 although logically speaking 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]].

A common delivery method for CantGetAwayWithNuthin messages is the ScareEmStraight. A (usually) comedic variation, in which everyone else is getting away with worse misdeeds but one character CantGetAwayWithNuthin for a lesser misdeed is SelectiveEnforcement. Very often, this is paired with ChekhovsGun, as attention wouldn't be brought to the misdeed if it wasn't going to be relevant later on. 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.
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A common delivery method for CantGetAwayWithNuthin messages is the ScareEmStraight. A (usually) comedic variation, in which everyone else is getting away with worse misdeeds but one character CantGetAwayWithNuthin for a lesser misdeed misdeed, is SelectiveEnforcement. Very often, this is paired with ChekhovsGun, as attention wouldn't be brought to the misdeed if it wasn't going to be relevant later on. Often SelectiveEnforcement seems to be intent on teaching the Aesop of "just because your friends are getting away with it does NOT ''not'' mean YOU '''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.

* ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'' had an odd one for its summer vacation episode - don't do your homework and you'll end up a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Desertian]].
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* ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'' had an odd one for its summer vacation episode - -- don't do your homework and you'll end up a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Desertian]].

* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Johnny Joestar]] lets fame get to his head and cuts in line at a movie theater to impress a girl. The guy they cut shoots him in the spine, putting an end to his illustrious horse racing career and resulting in him being abandoned by everyone he knew, including his father - [[WellDoneSonGuy for the second time]]. (Rather jarring considering some previous examples of WhatTheHellTownspeople and [[KarmaHoudini karma houdinis]] in the series.)
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* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Johnny Joestar]] lets fame get to his head and cuts in line at a movie theater to impress a girl. The guy they cut shoots him in the spine, putting an end to his illustrious horse racing career and resulting in him being abandoned by everyone he knew, including his father - -- [[WellDoneSonGuy for the second time]]. (Rather jarring considering some previous examples of WhatTheHellTownspeople and [[KarmaHoudini karma houdinis]] in the series.)

** The movie messes around with this; in the original comic, Peter ignores the criminal because he's letting his newfound fame go to his head and thinks it's not his problem, so it does generally feel like he's being taught a karmic lesson in humility. In the movie, the crook robs the wrestling promoter who screwed Peter out of his prize money and Pete lets him go in order to spite the man, which lessens the impact somewhat because it's easy to sympathize with Peter's attitude in that scene. You could argue that it actually increases the impact, but changed the moral. Instead of being about humility, it was about responsibility (which the comic was also about. [[ComesGreatResponsibility After all...]]), which the movies are big on. Yes, the actions were understandable, but Spider Man has to rise above that. *** 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. * [[TheCape The Plutonian]] from ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' took a 10 minute break on the moon to get away from the constant calls for help that his [[SuperSenses superhuman hearing]] could pick up. In those 10 minutes, a sonic virus was released that turned hundreds of children in to walking skeletal corpses. This, as much as anything, contributed to his going insane.
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** The movie messes around with this; in the original comic, Peter ignores the criminal because he's letting his newfound fame go to his head and thinks [[BystanderSyndrome it's not his problem, problem]], so it does generally feel like he's being taught a karmic lesson in humility. In the movie, the crook robs the wrestling promoter who screwed Peter out of his prize money and Pete lets him go in order to spite the man, which lessens the impact somewhat because it's easy to sympathize with Peter's attitude in that scene. You could argue that it actually increases the impact, but changed the moral. Instead of being about humility, it was about responsibility (which the comic was also about. [[ComesGreatResponsibility After all...]]), which the movies are big on. Yes, the actions were understandable, but Spider Man Spider-Man has to rise above that. *** 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 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. * [[TheCape The Plutonian]] from ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' took a 10 minute break on the moon to get away from the constant calls for help that his [[SuperSenses superhuman hearing]] could pick up. In those 10 minutes, a sonic virus was released that turned hundreds of children in to into walking skeletal corpses. This, as much as anything, contributed to his going insane.

* One issue of Gladstone's ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' comic actually averts this - a monster that runs on cowboy tropes can't be beaten by the other Rangers and can only be beaten by "an Indian" - or in this case, a bow user. However, Kimberly (said bow user) got grounded and they need her to help. One of the Rangers suggests just teleporting her there and get it over with. Zordon shoots it down, saying that risking more punishment on Kimberly isn't worth facing the MonsterOfTheWeek. Tommy solves the problem by confronting her father and having the others help shoulder Kimberly's punishment over the weekend. It works.
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* One issue of Gladstone's ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' comic actually averts this - -- a monster that runs on cowboy tropes can't be beaten by the other Rangers and can only be beaten by "an Indian" - -- or in this case, a bow user. However, Kimberly (said bow user) got grounded and they need her to help. One of the Rangers suggests just teleporting her there and get it over with. Zordon shoots it down, saying that risking more punishment on Kimberly isn't worth facing the MonsterOfTheWeek. Tommy solves the problem by confronting her father and having the others help shoulder Kimberly's punishment over the weekend. It works.

* Shane Walsh subverts this in ForWantOfANail fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8737926/1/The-Walking-Dead-Better-Angels Better Angels]]'' where he [[spoiler: murders his best friend Rick]] and despite being spotted near the body manages to lie his way out. Due to Shane's paranoia and suspicion in the group, this gets [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverted]] as major characters begin to doubt Shane's leadership. * Website/GoAnimate videos, especially the "Grounded" videos, will nail the victims with this trope hard. This is more noticeable in videos involving WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer as, no matter what she's done, if she isn't in the vicinity of grown ups when she does something bad, there will be news reports saying what happened, who did it and in great detail.
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* Shane Walsh subverts this in ForWantOfANail fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8737926/1/The-Walking-Dead-Better-Angels Better Angels]]'' where he [[spoiler: murders [[spoiler:murders his best friend Rick]] Rick]], and despite being spotted near the body body, manages to lie his way out. Due to Shane's paranoia and suspicion in the group, this gets [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverted]] as major characters begin to doubt Shane's leadership. * Website/GoAnimate videos, especially the "Grounded" videos, will nail the victims with this trope hard. This is more noticeable in videos involving WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer as, no matter what she's done, if she isn't in the vicinity of grown ups when she does something bad, there will be news reports saying what happened, who did it it, and in great detail.

* Played straight, but justified, in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. [[spoiler:Two-Face]], having sneaked into Sal Maroni's car, [[spoiler:flips a coin for Maroni, and Sal wins. He then flips one for Sal's driver, ''puts on his seat belt'', and shoots the driver in the back of the head]]. The car rolls over. [[spoiler:Sal wasn't wearing a seat belt, and is implied to be dead at the end of the film. Two-Face]] is seen later, seemingly without an (additional) scratch. * In ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'', Betty (Madeline Kahn) tells her son Dan (Martin Hewitt): "The last time I read a book, I was raped - let ''that'' be a lesson to you."
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* Played straight, but justified, in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. [[spoiler:Two-Face]], having sneaked snuck into Sal Maroni's car, [[spoiler:flips a coin for Maroni, and Sal wins. He then flips one for Sal's driver, ''puts on his seat belt'', and shoots the driver in the back of the head]]. The car rolls over. [[spoiler:Sal wasn't wearing a seat belt, and is implied to be dead at the end of the film. Two-Face]] is seen later, seemingly without an (additional) scratch. * In ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'', Betty (Madeline Kahn) tells her son Dan (Martin Hewitt): "The last time I read a book, I was raped - -- let ''that'' be a lesson to you."

* ''Film/FrenchKiss'' basically runs this Trope into the ground as Kate (Meg Ryan) loses her citizenship to ''two'' countries because she had one puff of a marijuana cigarette years ago in college - and got busted - and ''didn't even enjoy it''.
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* ''Film/FrenchKiss'' basically runs this Trope into the ground as Kate (Meg Ryan) loses her citizenship to ''two'' countries because she had one puff of a marijuana cigarette years ago in college - -- and got busted - -- and ''didn't even enjoy it''.

* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'', Mia (Creator/AnneHathaway's character) had a big aforementioned incident while partying at the beach with Josh Bryant (her high school crush) just as Lana reveals her shocking truth to the news by showing her private parts (while getting dressed in a tent). Vice Principal Gupta shooed them away and brought her home to her mother (saying "my foot didn't even pop" while crying/comforting her).
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* In ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'', Mia (Creator/AnneHathaway's character) had a big aforementioned incident while partying at the beach with Josh Bryant (her high school crush) just as Lana reveals her shocking truth to the news by showing her private parts (while getting dressed in a tent). Vice Principal Gupta shooed them away and brought her home to her mother (saying "my foot didn't even pop" while crying/comforting her).

* In ''Film/LastActionHero'' this is how the film world works. When the villain enters the real world he slowly realizes he can get away with anything because the rule no longer applies. He tests this by randomly killing someone and waiting for the police to show. In the film world this would be instantaneous, while in the real world, nothing happens, and when the villain starts ''gloating'' about it, nearby people only yell at him to shut up.
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* In ''Film/LastActionHero'' ''Film/LastActionHero'', this is how the film world works. When the villain enters the real world world, he slowly realizes he can get away with anything because the rule no longer applies. He tests this by randomly killing someone and waiting for the police to show. In the film world world, this would be instantaneous, while in the real world, nothing happens, and when the villain starts ''gloating'' about it, nearby people only yell at him to shut up.

** Amy borrows money from Meg to buy very trendy limes and [[InWithTheInCrowd look better in front of her school friends]], despite it being against school rules. Her SadistTeacher discovers her and humiliates her in front of the whole class. The scene that Amy borrowing money from Meg and buying very trendy limes was edited out of the 1994 film ''Literature/LittleWomen'' during Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's legal licensing rights to the DVD version of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel of the same name.
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** Amy borrows money from Meg to buy very trendy limes and [[InWithTheInCrowd look better in front of her school friends]], despite it being against school rules. Her SadistTeacher discovers her and humiliates her in front of the whole class. The scene that with Amy borrowing money from Meg and buying very trendy limes was edited out of the 1994 film ''Literature/LittleWomen'' during Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's legal licensing rights to the DVD version of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel of the same name.

** Some of the boys in Little Men share a cigar and beer one night, and set the room on fire. Another time they try to enact a sort-of pagan ritual and end up burning a CreepyDoll for it, only to get shit scared of how it doesn't normally burn (it's one made of leather) and Jo ''severely'' scolds them for being stupid.
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** Some of the boys in Little Men share a cigar and beer one night, and set the room on fire. Another time time, they try to enact a sort-of pagan ritual and end up burning a CreepyDoll for it, only to get shit scared of how it doesn't normally burn (it's one made of leather) and Jo ''severely'' scolds them for being stupid.

* The Literature/{{Greyfriars}} series, and any other school story penned by Frank Richards. The message to the readership is clear: don't gamble, drink, smoke, lie, cheat, sneak, steal, go out of bounds, consort with ruffians, refuse to do your lines, mercilessly provoke the mentally feeble, gang up on people in fights or steal other people's cakes. Just don't. Go outside and play cricket instead.
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* The Literature/{{Greyfriars}} series, and any other school story penned by Frank Richards. The message to the readership is clear: don't gamble, drink, smoke, lie, cheat, sneak, steal, go out of bounds, consort with ruffians, refuse to do your lines, mercilessly provoke the mentally feeble, gang up on people in fights fights, or steal other people's cakes. Just don't. Go outside and play cricket instead.

** In ''There's a Bat in Bunk Five'', Marcy spends most of her time as camp counselor trying to reach out to Ginger, a troubled and seriously obnoxious girl who makes life hell for both Marcy and the other youngsters in her cabin. Eventually, Marcy pretty much gives up on Ginger and starts enjoying her time at camp on her own terms, even starting up a romance...''then'' Ginger decides she wants to talk, when Marcy is occupied. Ginger throws a hissy fit and runs away -- Marcy gets lectured on how she was focusing on her own fun and not looking after the girls.
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** In ''There's a Bat in Bunk Five'', Marcy spends most of her time as camp counselor trying to reach out to Ginger, a troubled and seriously obnoxious girl who makes life hell for both Marcy and the other youngsters in her cabin. Eventually, Marcy pretty much gives up on Ginger and starts enjoying her time at camp on her own terms, even starting up a romance... ''then'' Ginger decides she wants to talk, when Marcy is occupied. Ginger throws a hissy fit and runs away -- Marcy gets lectured on how she was focusing on her own fun and not looking after the girls.

* in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', our title character almost always faces some kind of punishment for his misdeeds regardless of how minor it was. One time, he was punished even though he was the victim of the crime rather than the one who committed it. The punishments ranged from being sent to jail, to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment having to act as a guard dog for the night.]] * ''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. * 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 at 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]]
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* in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', our title character almost always faces some kind of punishment for his misdeeds regardless ,regardless of how minor it was. One time, he was punished even though he was the victim of the crime rather than the one who committed it. The punishments ranged from being sent to jail, to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment having to act as a guard dog for the night.]] * ''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 embrace -- she was crying and he was comforting her. Only the intervention of Melanie, Ashley's wife, saves her from total public humiliation--a 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. * 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 at 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]]

* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Elaine skips the boss's dinner party or whatever event and tells him she has to visit her father in the hospital. She is in fact going to the Yankees game with George and Kramer. When Kramer is hit by a foul ball, their picture is snapped and appears in the sports section the next day, which of course, Elaine's boss never fails to read. * Likewise on ''Series/HomeImprovement'' when Jill doesn't feel like visiting with her Dad, she out-of-character makes up a white lie as an excuse for why she has to skip town and miss him. He dies. Naturally, her last words to him were another lie to get him off the phone.
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* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Elaine skips the boss's dinner party or whatever event and tells him she has to visit her father in the hospital. She is in fact going to the Yankees game with George and Kramer. When Kramer is hit by a foul ball, their picture is snapped and appears in the sports section the next day, which which, of course, Elaine's boss never fails to read. * Likewise Likewise, on ''Series/HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'', when Jill doesn't feel like visiting with her Dad, she out-of-character makes up a white lie as an excuse for why she has to skip town and miss him. He dies. Naturally, her last words to him were another lie to get him off the phone.

** Almost, once, in one episode, following a guest dying, and Basil constantly trying to stop the guests seeing the body, he's confronted by dozens of angry guests who all demand an explanation for everything, in one of his few Crowning Moments of Awesome, he quickly declares that his wife, who has barely bothered to help him throughout the episode will answer all there complaints, then quickly escapes by hiding in a laundry basket which was being carried off, thus escaping his usual comeuppance and leaving Sybil to deal with it. * The show ''Series/OurHouse'' loves this trope. It the kids do anything wrong, they ''will'' get caught, one way or another. There is one double subversion. On a dare, David takes Gus's car for a joy ride around the block. After returning to the driveway, he finds a small, but noticeable dent. After going to extraordinary lengths to (successfully) get the car fixed, he seemingly pulls it off. [[spoiler: At the very end, however, Gus comments on how the dent that had been there for a couple years was now mysteriously gone.]]
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** Almost, once, in one episode, following a guest dying, and Basil constantly trying to stop the guests seeing the body, he's confronted by dozens of angry guests who all demand an explanation for everything, in one of his few Crowning Moments of Awesome, he quickly declares that his wife, who has barely bothered to help him throughout the episode will answer all there their complaints, then quickly escapes by hiding in a laundry basket which was being carried off, thus escaping his usual comeuppance and leaving Sybil to deal with it. * The show ''Series/OurHouse'' loves this trope. It the kids do anything wrong, they ''will'' get caught, one way or another. There is one double subversion. On a dare, David takes Gus's car for a joy ride around the block. After returning to the driveway, he finds a small, but noticeable dent. After going to extraordinary lengths to (successfully) get the car fixed, he seemingly pulls it off. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the very end, however, Gus comments on how the dent that had been there for a couple years was now mysteriously gone.]]

** A single sip of beer renders our heroes incoherent and leads to a drunk driving accident. [[labelnote:Note]] What makes this even worse is that there is not enough alcohol in a sip of beer to get a squirrel drunk, let alone a teenage human..[[/labelnote]] Because, clearly, refilling a glass is unheard of. They'd have gotten away with it, if only they'd stuck with their original "swerved to miss a dog" story. But no, they had to tell a different story to each set of parents specifically so their web of lies could unravel within the twenty-two minutes available. What. ** "Jessie's Song", where Jessie has a full-on junkie meltdown after crashing from...caffeine pills. "Narm", indeed.
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** A single sip of beer renders our heroes incoherent and leads to a drunk driving accident. [[labelnote:Note]] What [[labelnote:Note]]What makes this even worse is that there is not enough alcohol in a sip of beer to get a squirrel ''squirrel'' drunk, let alone a teenage human..human...[[/labelnote]] Because, clearly, refilling a glass is unheard of. They'd have gotten away with it, if only they'd stuck with their original "swerved to miss a dog" story. But no, they had to tell a different story to each set of parents specifically so their web of lies could unravel within the twenty-two minutes available. What. [[FlatWhat What]]. ** "Jessie's Song", where Jessie has a full-on junkie meltdown after crashing from... caffeine pills. "Narm", "{{Narm}}", indeed.

** Done part-way on ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. Every "high-risk behavior" has immediate consequences. A girl gets pregnant from the one time she has unprotected sex (this one actually is true - you ''can'' get pregnant or infected from even one instance of unprotected sex, but the moral ought to be "use a condom", not "don't have sex ever"). The most popular girl in the school swallows one pill of ecstasy, and in the resulting high she manages to lose all her friends (plus, she has to go into rehab, you know, to cure her rampant addiction). But the kids almost always get away with petty crime, like stealing school property or cheating a restaurant.
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** Done part-way on ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. Every "high-risk behavior" has immediate consequences. A girl gets pregnant from the one time she has unprotected sex (this one actually is true - -- you ''can'' get pregnant or infected from even one instance of unprotected sex, but the moral ought to be "use a condom", not "don't have sex ever"). The most popular girl in the school swallows one pill of ecstasy, and in the resulting high she manages to lose all her friends (plus, she has to go into rehab, you know, to cure her rampant addiction). But the kids almost always get away with petty crime, like stealing school property or cheating a restaurant.

** WordOfGod is that actions [[ExecutiveMeddling are required]] to have consequences but the increasingly soap-operatic format has freed them from needing to portray the actions and consequences ''in the same episode''.
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** WordOfGod is that actions [[ExecutiveMeddling are required]] to have consequences consequences, but the increasingly soap-operatic format has freed them from needing to portray the actions and consequences ''in the same episode''.

** All the way back in 1991, Dwayne lost his virginity to a girl out of his league...and got AIDS. Considering female-male transmission rates and the likelihood a white girl from Toronto would even have the disease at that time, abstinence-karma didn't just smack him, it beat him senseless. [[spoiler:And then Joey beat him up too.]]
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** All the way back in 1991, Dwayne lost his virginity to a girl out of his league... and got AIDS. Considering female-male transmission rates and the likelihood a white girl from Toronto would even have the disease at that time, abstinence-karma didn't just smack him, it beat him senseless. [[spoiler:And then Joey beat him up too.]]

** To be fair, in at least one dream episode it saves his life because he and Topanga were virgins in a horror movie.
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** To be fair, in at least one dream episode episode, it saves his life because he and Topanga were virgins in a horror movie.

** In the case of the latter, he was probably more concerned with the abusive SadistTeacher--who fell into this trope after insulting the principal on live web, and got caught/in trouble five minutes later.
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** In the case of the latter, he was probably more concerned with the abusive SadistTeacher--who SadistTeacher -- who fell into this trope after insulting the principal on live web, and got caught/in trouble five minutes later.

* This is first seemingly played straight in one episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' and then shown to be a subversion in a later episode . When a cop fails to clean his gun one day, he is involves in a big shootout and it jams. He gets into trouble over this and Internal Affairs even suspects him of being in cahoots with the bad guys. In a later episode his gun jams again and we find out that he has been negligent in maintaining his weapons for a long time and has in fact been getting away with it for all that time. This time though [[spoiler: he is killed]]. * In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Justice" the gang find themselves in a penal colony where the consequences of any immoral or criminal act committed whilst aboard the colony are exacted upon the criminal. Such as when Lister sets fire to the sheets, and his jacket catches fire. Or when Cat hits the crazed simulant and knocks himself out. Also an aversion, though, since the computer responsible for determining sentencing, which can read minds and see every crime you've ever committed, lets Lister go free "despite a number of petty criminal acts." * On a second season episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the telekinetic witch sees a man walking his dog let the dog poop on their lawn. On the encouragement of her younger sister, she flips the poop onto his shoe. Cue a time warp into a future where she and her sisters are corrupt as all hell, witch hunts are a way of life, and things keep getting worse and worse until the telekinetic's sister submits to being ''burned at the stake.'' The last thing they see before the ResetButton is pushed is the demagogue behind the witch hunts - '''the guy who got dog poo on his shoe!''' The girls decide that the whole thing was an object lesson, as that was the first time any of them had ever used their powers to get even with someone who hurt them - they have to use their powers solely for protecting the innocent, and never solely to punish the guilty. [[DisproportionateRetribution Umm...]]
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* This is first seemingly played straight in one episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' and then shown to be a subversion in a later episode .episode. When a cop fails to clean his gun one day, he is involves in a big shootout and it jams. He gets into trouble over this and Internal Affairs even suspects him of being in cahoots with the bad guys. In a later episode episode, his gun jams again again, and we find out that he has been negligent in maintaining his weapons for a long time and has in fact been getting away with it for all that time. This time though [[spoiler: he time, though, [[spoiler:he is killed]]. * In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Justice" "Justice", the gang find themselves in a penal colony where the consequences of any immoral or criminal act committed whilst aboard the colony are exacted upon the criminal. Such as when Lister sets fire to the sheets, and his jacket catches fire. Or when Cat hits the crazed simulant and knocks himself out. Also an aversion, though, since the computer responsible for determining sentencing, which can read minds and see every crime you've ever committed, lets Lister go free "despite a number of petty criminal acts." * On a second season episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the telekinetic witch sees a man walking his dog let the dog poop on their lawn. On the encouragement of her younger sister, she flips the poop onto his shoe. Cue a time warp into a future where she and her sisters are corrupt as all hell, witch hunts are a way of life, and things keep getting worse and worse until the telekinetic's sister submits to being ''burned at the stake.'' The last thing they see before the ResetButton is pushed is the demagogue behind the witch hunts - -- '''the guy who got dog poo on his shoe!''' The girls decide that the whole thing was an object lesson, as that was the first time any of them had ever used their powers to get even with someone who hurt them - -- they have to use their powers solely for protecting the innocent, and never solely to punish the guilty. [[DisproportionateRetribution Umm...]]

* The opinion of the daughter on ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'', that her mother comes down harder on her than on her brother when she gets caught acting up. [[UnreliableNarrator May or may not be true]], considering that her brother is more of a small-time con artist and Lothario - and is generally smarter about concealing his antics - while she does things like steal the car and crash into a restaurant.
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* The opinion of the daughter on ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'', that her mother comes down harder on her than on her brother when she gets caught acting up. [[UnreliableNarrator May or may not be true]], considering that her brother is more of a small-time con artist and Lothario - -- and is generally smarter about concealing his antics - -- while she does things like steal the car and crash into a restaurant.

* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' manages to both subvert and play this straight. The episode that focuses on drinking? Everyone suffers minor consequences, but in general the ending attitude is "we can't exactly stop teens from drinking, so let's sorta make them drink safe". But LaserGuidedKarma is in full force the ''one time'' that Quinn is shown texting in a car. She gets in an accident and temporarily wheelchair-bound.
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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' manages to both subvert and play this straight. The episode that focuses on drinking? Everyone suffers minor consequences, but in general the ending attitude is "we can't exactly stop teens from drinking, so let's sorta make them drink safe". But LaserGuidedKarma is in full force the ''one time'' that Quinn is shown texting in a car. She gets in an accident and is temporarily wheelchair-bound.

* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' - Patricia seems to get in trouble for basically everything she does, even if it's something other characters do frequently.
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* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' - -- Patricia seems to get in trouble for basically everything she does, even if it's something other characters do frequently.

* While nobody on ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' (except Daphne and to an increasingly lesser extent Scarlett) counts as pure and innocent, no one has stuff backfire as frequently as Juliette. Whether it's the shoplifting scandal or her short marriage or her affair with a married man, you can count on her having to get blowback while the other characters somehow have to deal with less - especially Rayna (escaping blame from being in a potentially fatal car crash where she was ''the driver?'' Getting her voice back after much less time than you'd think? The whole Maddie thing? Only the lack of an official statement from Callie Khouri is keeping Miss Jaymes from being the CreatorsPet).
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* While nobody on ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' (except Daphne and to an increasingly lesser extent Scarlett) counts as pure and innocent, no one has stuff backfire as frequently as Juliette. Whether it's the shoplifting scandal or her short marriage or her affair with a married man, you can count on her having to get blowback while the other characters somehow have to deal with less - -- especially Rayna (escaping blame from being in a potentially fatal car crash where she was ''the driver?'' Getting her voice back after much less time than you'd think? The whole Maddie thing? Only the lack of an official statement from Callie Khouri is keeping Miss Jaymes from being the CreatorsPet).

-->'''Principal''' (holding an overflowing folder) Oh yes, we've got quite a file on our friend Calvin...
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-->'''Principal''' -->'''Principal:''' (holding an overflowing folder) Oh yes, we've got quite a file on our friend Calvin...

* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' you'll often see gangsters get into knife fights on the streets and the same prostitutes will walk around the town and not get the slightest bit of notice from the police. On the other hand, if you attack someone, it will immediately mean that the police will show up and try to kill you. Apparently their apathy got patched.
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* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', you'll often see gangsters get into knife fights on the streets and the same prostitutes will walk around the town and not get the slightest bit of notice from the police. On the other hand, if you attack someone, it will immediately mean that the police will show up and try to kill you. Apparently their apathy got patched.

** In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption'', your party of vampires--including TheGrotesque Nosferatu NPC--could walk around in full body armor with assault weapons and rocket launchers through New York and London(!) without any interference from the ever-present police. But the second you "kiss" someone's neck (i.e. drink blood), a battalion of SWAT officers descends on you like a rain of hammers. * Done to a huge extent in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. The guards quickly find out if you've committed even the smallest crime (in this case let's say you stole a turnip from a shop), soon other city guards are alerted about this armed and dangerous turnip thief. Even if your fine is only five gold, the guards will stop at nothing to apprehend you. ** More to the point, the guards have x-ray vision, as you can be in the middle of someone's house, in their basement, with no one around. Breaking in and walking around is no problem, but the second you pick something up the guards will run into the house run down the stairs, and tell you to "Stop thief!"...unless you are crouching which somehow makes you invisible. Oh and a guard can see into your pack and identify stolen goods when you chat with them, and somehow stolen goods are distinguishable from regular goods. Yes it appears that every time someone buys a carrot, they etch their name into it.
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** In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption'', your party of vampires--including vampires -- including TheGrotesque Nosferatu NPC--could NPC -- could walk around in full body armor with assault weapons and rocket launchers through New York and London(!) without any interference from the ever-present police. But the second you "kiss" someone's neck (i.e. drink blood), a battalion of SWAT officers descends on you like a rain of hammers. * Done to a huge extent in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. The guards quickly find out if you've committed even the smallest crime (in this case case, let's say you stole a turnip from a shop), soon shop); soon, other city guards are alerted about this armed and dangerous turnip thief. Even if your fine is only five gold, the guards will stop at nothing to apprehend you. ** More to the point, the guards have x-ray vision, as you can be in the middle of someone's house, in their basement, with no one around. Breaking in and walking around is no problem, but the second you pick something up up, the guards will run into the house house, run down the stairs, and tell you to "Stop thief!"...thief!"... unless you are crouching crouching, which somehow makes you invisible. Oh Oh, and a guard can see into your pack and identify stolen goods when you chat with them, and somehow stolen goods are distinguishable from regular goods. Yes Yes, it appears that every time someone buys a carrot, they etch their name into it.

** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' steps it up with what may be ArtificialBrilliance: you may think you've gotten away with stealing that turnip, as the shopkeeper didn't react, you have zero bounty and the guards aren't hunting you down...but then you meet some well-armed mercenaries later in your travels, hired to teach you a lesson about stealing. If that's not enough? The ''Dark Brotherhood'' gets a contract on you too! People can also put a bounty on your head even if they're ''dead.'' * Done to a rather comedic extent in Wario's story in ''VideoGame/WarioWare Touched'', where after being warned to not eat any sweets, after some dental surgery, he does just that, immediately gets all teeth damaged, apparently has a seizure, flies about fifty feet into the air, smashes through the dentist roof and lands in the chair again.
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' steps it up with what may be ArtificialBrilliance: you may think you've gotten away with stealing that turnip, as the shopkeeper didn't react, you have zero bounty bounty, and the guards aren't hunting you down...but then you meet some well-armed mercenaries later in your travels, hired to teach you a lesson about stealing. If that's not enough? The ''Dark Brotherhood'' gets a contract on you too! People can also put a bounty on your head even if they're ''dead.'' * Done to a rather comedic extent in Wario's story in ''VideoGame/WarioWare Touched'', where after being warned to not eat any sweets, after some dental surgery, he does just that, immediately gets all teeth damaged, apparently has a seizure, flies about fifty feet into the air, smashes through the dentist roof dentist's roof, and lands in the chair again.

* Many VideoGame/NancyDrew games include some really stupid, {{anvilicious}} examples of this, particularly in regards to safety tips. Forget to turn the iron off after using it, and you'll ''immediately'' burn down the hotel. Forget to click on your helmet every time you ride a bike and you'll ''immediately'' wipe out and get a concussion. Better wear your life jacket when you get into that boat, else you're ''immediately'' a spinning headline about a tragic drowning. And so on.
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* Many VideoGame/NancyDrew games include some really stupid, {{anvilicious}} examples of this, particularly in regards to safety tips. Forget to turn the iron off after using it, and you'll ''immediately'' burn down the hotel. Forget to click on your helmet every time you ride a bike bike, and you'll ''immediately'' wipe out and get a concussion. Better wear your life jacket when you get into that boat, or else you're ''immediately'' a spinning headline about a tragic drowning. And so on.

* {{Sierra}} games can be just as bad. In the original ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' if you fail to check all your car's wheels, you'll get a flat tire and a Game Over. In ''LauraBow II'' if you fail to look both ways when crossing the street, you'll get hit by a car and a... ** In the first ''SpaceQuest'' game, fail fasten your seatbelt in the escape pod at the beginning of the game, and you'll get an instant Game Over the moment you attempt to take off. * In the ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' universe is karma a very real force of nature and misdeeds where punished swift and harshly. In order to free humanity from the shackles of karma the Garland system was build in order to control its flow. [[spoiler: However this comes to bite humanity in the ass since four children where sacrificed whose spirits power the system and they grew vengeful at humanity, and eventually caused the shutdown of the system. KarmicDeath indeed]]. * In ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', if you confess to another women while married, your wife will walk in and beat you up, leaving you with one HP and no RP. Also, her FP and LP will be set to zero, and she'll make you crappy meals.
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* {{Sierra}} games can be just as bad. In the original ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'', if you fail to check all your car's wheels, you'll get a flat tire and a Game Over. GameOver. In ''LauraBow II'' II'', if you fail to look both ways when crossing the street, you'll get hit by a car and a... ** In the first ''SpaceQuest'' game, fail to fasten your seatbelt in the escape pod at the beginning of the game, and you'll get an instant Game Over GameOver the moment you attempt to take off. * In the ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' universe is universe, karma is a very real force of nature and misdeeds where were punished swift swiftly and harshly. In order to free humanity from the shackles of karma karma, the Garland system was build built in order to control its flow. [[spoiler: However [[spoiler:However, this comes to bite humanity in the ass ass, since four children where were sacrificed whose so their spirits would power the system system, and they grew vengeful at humanity, and eventually humanity. Eventually, he caused the shutdown of the system. KarmicDeath indeed]]. * In ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', if you confess to another women woman while married, your wife will walk in and beat you up, leaving you with one HP and no RP. Also, her FP and LP will be set to zero, and she'll make you crappy meals.

* Some of the games made by Mat Dickie/[=MDickie=], such as ''[=HARDtime...=]'' and ''VideoGame/TheYouTestament'' have this sort of thing. You can sit there and watch other characters beat the ever-loving crap out of each other, carry weapons, steal weapons, etc., but if ''you'' try to do this, you'll get caught. No ifs, ands or buts about it. * The third SaintsRow game toys mercilessly with this idea. You have two tracks of 'Want You Dead' that can be run up at the same time (one for the multi-gang Syndicate, the other for the police/military) and early on, all you can do to shake unwanted attention is run back to a building or shop you own to lay low. Later on, things turn the complete opposite direction when you unlock the 'Notoriety Wipe' options. Suddenly getting the law off your tail is as simple as the Boss pulling out his/her cellphone and asking good friend Mayor Burt Reynolds (yes, that Burt Reynolds) to call off the dogs.
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* Some of the games made by Mat Dickie/[=MDickie=], such as ''[=HARDtime...=]'' and ''VideoGame/TheYouTestament'' have this sort of thing. You can sit there and watch other characters beat the ever-loving crap out of each other, carry weapons, steal weapons, etc., but if ''you'' try to do this, you'll get caught. No ifs, ands ands, or buts about it. * The third SaintsRow game toys mercilessly with this idea. You have two tracks of 'Want You Dead' that can be run up at the same time (one for the multi-gang Syndicate, the other for the police/military) and early on, all you can do to shake unwanted attention is run back to a building or shop you own to lay low. Later on, things turn the complete opposite direction when you unlock the 'Notoriety Wipe' options. Suddenly Suddenly, getting the law off your tail is as simple as the Boss pulling out his/her cellphone and asking good friend Mayor Burt Reynolds (yes, that Burt Reynolds) to call off the dogs.

* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' is often subverted as Blythe Baxter (the teen protagonist) rescues the pets from a runaway truck (while driving) in which Roger grounded her and takes her cell phone away. Unfortunately, the LPS pets recovered her cell phone to film a reaction of the aforementioned incident and show it to her dad that it is a big mistake and forgives her for taking it away, thus joining him at the Downtown City picnic. This, however, made other people so pissed off and throw things out the window unless, of course, you're dumb enough to know that young girls (like Blythe Baxter) can't drive at the age of 13 until they turn 16 and get their driver's license. Hasbro thinks it is a major joke because they couldn't get away with nuthin' at all.
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* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' is often subverted subverted, as Blythe Baxter (the teen protagonist) rescues the pets from a runaway truck (while driving) in which Roger grounded her and takes her cell phone away. Unfortunately, the LPS pets recovered her cell phone to film a reaction of the aforementioned incident and show it to her dad that it is a big mistake and forgives her for taking it away, thus joining him at the Downtown City picnic. This, however, made other people so pissed off and throw things out the window unless, of course, you're dumb enough to know that young girls (like Blythe Baxter) can't drive at the age of 13 until they turn 16 and get their driver's license. Hasbro thinks it is a major joke because they couldn't get away with nuthin' at all.

** Played straight in the episode "Marge Be Not Proud" where Bart is goaded into shoplifting by Nelson, Jimbo and Kearney. He is immediately grabbed by the store detective, banned from the Try N' Save and later publicly outed and shamed. *** 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 seem 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. ** The episode "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" has Bart ditching school after the school day has been lengthened, with Skinner in [[ImplacableMan hot pursuit]]. He gets away and witnesses an accident that later implicates Mayor Quimby's nephew Freddy. He later testifies on the stand to clear his name, which proves to Skinner that he indeed played hooky. Skinner, petty as he is, gives him three months detention - "Wait... make that ''four'' months detention." ** Played the straightest in the Itchy And Scratchy Land episode. He whips out his "Li'l Bastard Kit" and fires a smoke bomb at the hapless mascot. He laughs it up...and then ''seconds'' later, a security guard grabs him by the arm, ''handcuffs'' him, and them THROWS HIM INTO A HOLDING CELL (meeting Homer, who got arrested for fighting with a costumed staff member). It gets worse when, after things start going crazy in the park, Bart tries to get on a rescue helicopter...in which is the previously-offended mascot, who tells him enjoy Hell before he ''kicks him away''. I tell ya, rampaging robots are ''nothing'' compared to bad karma.
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** Played straight in the episode "Marge Be Not Proud" where Bart is goaded into shoplifting by Nelson, Jimbo Jimbo, and Kearney. He is immediately grabbed by the store detective, banned from the Try N' Save Save, and later publicly outed and shamed. *** 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 seem 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. ** The episode "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" has Bart ditching school after the school day has been lengthened, with Skinner in [[ImplacableMan hot pursuit]]. He gets away and witnesses an accident that later implicates Mayor Quimby's nephew Freddy. He later testifies on the stand to clear his name, which proves to Skinner that he indeed played hooky. Skinner, petty as he is, gives him three months detention - -- "Wait... make that ''four'' months detention." ** Played the straightest in the Itchy And Scratchy Land episode. He whips out his "Li'l Bastard Kit" and fires a smoke bomb at the hapless mascot. He laughs it up...and then ''seconds'' later, a security guard grabs him by the arm, ''handcuffs'' him, and them THROWS HIM INTO A HOLDING CELL (meeting Homer, who got arrested for fighting with a costumed staff member). It gets worse when, after things start going crazy in the park, Bart tries to get on a rescue helicopter...in which is the previously-offended mascot, who tells him to enjoy Hell before he ''kicks him away''. I tell ya, rampaging robots are ''nothing'' compared to bad karma.

*** 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]].''
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*** Also, when Apu starts to gloat after Marge's sentence that his store is now safe, we cut to Snake ''[[CrowningMomentofFunny ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny towing the entire Kwik-E-Mart to Mexico]].''

** 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" 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.

* 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.)
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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!'' ''HeyArnold!'', "Hookey", etc.)

** Subverted "My Future Self And Me", where Stan touches a joint to throw it away and his future self arrives to warn him that drugs have destroyed his life. It turns out that Stan's future self is just an actor that his parents have hired to scare him straight. The ruse does more harm than good, and ultimately Stan insists that his parents just give him the realistic picture. The show's creators were inspired to do the episode after seeing a poster which claimed that smoking marijuana supports terrorism.
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** Subverted in "My Future Self And Me", where Stan touches a joint to throw it away and his future self arrives to warn him that drugs have destroyed his life. It turns out that Stan's future self is just an actor that his parents have hired to scare him straight. The ruse does more harm than good, and ultimately Stan insists that his parents just give him the realistic picture. The show's creators were inspired to do the episode after seeing a poster which claimed that smoking marijuana supports terrorism.

* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Henchman 24 puts on his seat belt while sitting in a parked car. [[spoiler: It gets him killed]].
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Henchman 24 puts on his seat belt while sitting in a parked car. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It gets him killed]].

** Even when they try to let Eddy get away he will ultimately blow his chances. In "Truth or Ed", he publishes a bunch of tabloid lies about the kids under the name of "Bobby Blabby". Just as Eddy could sneak out with the money he has earned, Ed mispronounces Bobby Blabby. So Eddy blurts out the correct term and, yes, [[TooDumbToLive blows his own cover]].
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** Even when they try to let Eddy get away away, he will ultimately blow his chances. In "Truth or Ed", he publishes a bunch of tabloid lies about the kids under the name of "Bobby Blabby". Just as Eddy could sneak out with the money he has earned, Ed mispronounces Bobby Blabby. So Eddy blurts out the correct term and, yes, [[TooDumbToLive blows his own cover]].
19th Nov '15 5:19:09 PM nombretomado
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* In RuneFactoryFrontier, if you confess to another women while married, your wife will walk in and beat you up, leaving you with one HP and no RP. Also, her FP and LP will be set to zero, and she'll make you crappy meals.
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* In RuneFactoryFrontier, ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', if you confess to another women while married, your wife will walk in and beat you up, leaving you with one HP and no RP. Also, her FP and LP will be set to zero, and she'll make you crappy meals.
9th Nov '15 8:30:21 AM Blazer
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]* Website/GoAnimate videos, especially the "Grounded" videos, will nail the victims with this trope hard. This is more noticeable in videos involving WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer as, no matter what she's done, if she isn't in the vicinity of grown ups when she does something bad, there will be news reports saying what happened, who did it and in great detail.
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