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8th Feb '16 2:18:41 PM margdean56
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* In a joke from Communist Eastern Europe, a man is so desperate he tries to get into prison. At first, he tries by stealing bread from a (state-run) bakery - but the employees just pity him, knowing well enough how much it sucks to be hungry. Then he goes to a bookshop and steals the collected works by Marx and Engels - but the employees are glad to finally get rid of those doorstops. Now he is so desperate he walks into a party meeting and shouts: "Down with Communism!" After which he gets reprimanded: "Are you crazy? Can you imagine what would have happened to you [[FlockOfWolves if there was a single real Communist in here]]?"
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* In a joke from Communist Eastern Europe, a man is so desperate he tries to get into prison. At first, he tries by stealing bread from a (state-run) bakery - -- but the employees just pity him, knowing well enough how much it sucks to be hungry. Then he goes to a bookshop and steals the collected works by of Marx and Engels - -- but the employees are glad to finally get rid of those doorstops. Now he is so desperate he walks into a party meeting and shouts: "Down with Communism!" After which he gets reprimanded: "Are you crazy? Can you imagine what would have happened to you [[FlockOfWolves if there was a single real Communist in here]]?"
8th Feb '16 2:12:17 PM margdean56
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Unfortunately for the focus of the story, every single thing they do [[PlagueOfGoodFortune is appreciated by the intended victims]], from telling them their hat looks stupid ("What? Oh! I hadn't realized I'd put on the wrong hat this morning!") to burning down their house ("Thank you! That house was full of hideous artwork insured for well more than it was worth! I can finally buy medicine for my sick children, and a house that doesn't have asbestos leaking from the ceiling!") This even happens when the character would normally get in trouble with the victims [[HairTriggerTemper for purely imagined]] [[{{Tsundere}} slights.]] The gratefulness is usually in direct proportion to the heinousness of the misdeed.
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Unfortunately for the focus of the story, every single thing they do [[PlagueOfGoodFortune is appreciated by the intended victims]], from telling them their hat looks stupid ("What? Oh! I hadn't realized I'd put on the wrong hat this morning!") to burning down their house ("Thank you! That house was full of hideous artwork insured for well more than it was worth! I can finally buy medicine for my sick children, and a house that doesn't have asbestos leaking from the ceiling!") ceiling!"). This even happens when the character would normally get in trouble with the victims [[HairTriggerTemper for purely imagined]] [[{{Tsundere}} slights.]] The gratefulness is usually in direct proportion to the heinousness of the misdeed.

This plot can be tweaked by having the characters' opponents realize what he is attempting and seek to frustrate him being preventing from being arrested, or making sure to remove the very point of why he wants to be in prison.
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This plot can be tweaked by having the characters' opponents realize what he is attempting and seek to frustrate him being him, preventing him from being arrested, or making sure to remove the very point of why he wants to be in prison.
6th Jan '16 6:59:15 AM ShorinBJ
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* On an episode of ''Series/ICarly'', Carly and Sam are planning a big 50th-webcast show. Sam gets detention for the night on which the show was being held, though, so Carly and Freddy decide to broadcast the show from detention. Trouble is, no matter what they do, it backfires (Carly pulls a fire alarm; there was a real fire. Freddy grafitti's a window; it gets washed off. Carly breaks a teacher's chair; she's so happy that she gets a paid vacation she doesn't investigate. Etc.) Eventually, Carly gets detention for slamming her locker in frustration from the failed attempts of getting in trouble, from a SadistTeacher, and Freddy hides in a closet.
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* On an episode of ''Series/ICarly'', Carly and Sam are planning a big 50th-webcast show. Sam gets detention for the night on which the show was being held, though, so Carly and Freddy decide to broadcast the show from detention. Trouble is, no matter what they do, it backfires (Carly pulls a fire alarm; there was a real fire. Freddy grafitti's grafittis a window; it gets washed off. Carly breaks a teacher's chair; she's so happy that she gets a paid vacation she doesn't investigate. Etc.) Eventually, Carly gets detention for slamming her locker in frustration from the failed attempts of getting in trouble, from a SadistTeacher, and Freddy hides in a closet.
23rd Nov '15 3:32:16 AM CaptainTedium
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' episode "Bleu Cheese Bros", Lawrence Limburger takes over a prison so he can get more minions by recruiting the convicts and deliver the soil to Plutark. Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo try to get themselves arrested by destroying a building and running a red light, but the building was scheduled to be demolished anyway and the police were prevented from arresting them for running a red light because of a report of a jailbreak.
22nd Nov '15 10:32:32 AM nombretomado
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* At the beginning of a weeklong arc in ''{{Foxtrot}}'', Roger declared that he was going to take Jason golfing after school the following day, never mind that Jason was clearly utterly uninterested in the game. The final panel of the Monday comic that week showed Ms. O'Malley, Jason's teacher, on the receiving end of a hailstorm of paper darts, yelling "Jason Fox, are you ''trying'' to get detention!?" (His scheme failed.)
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* At the beginning of a weeklong arc in ''{{Foxtrot}}'', ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Roger declared that he was going to take Jason golfing after school the following day, never mind that Jason was clearly utterly uninterested in the game. The final panel of the Monday comic that week showed Ms. O'Malley, Jason's teacher, on the receiving end of a hailstorm of paper darts, yelling "Jason Fox, are you ''trying'' to get detention!?" (His scheme failed.)
8th Nov '15 11:52:56 AM nombretomado
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* One episode of ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'' have the titular characters attempting to go to jail, thinking that they'd get treated a whole lot better. They do this by trying to ''break in''. The warden, though, just laughs off their attempts... until [[NiceJobBreakingItHero they destroy the warden's stuffed dog.]]
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* One episode of ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' have the titular characters attempting to go to jail, thinking that they'd get treated a whole lot better. They do this by trying to ''break in''. The warden, though, just laughs off their attempts... until [[NiceJobBreakingItHero they destroy the warden's stuffed dog.]]
31st Oct '15 5:22:23 PM nombretomado
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* In the OHenry short story ''The Cop and the Anthem'', Soapy the bum wants to spend the winter in jail rather than on the street, but can't get arrested for anything. [[spoiler: That is, until the end of the story, where he decides to get a job just before his arrest for loitering.]] This story was adapted into a Freddy The Freeloader sketch on ''The Red Skelton Show''.
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* In the OHenry Creator/OHenry short story ''The Cop and the Anthem'', Soapy the bum wants to spend the winter in jail rather than on the street, but can't get arrested for anything. [[spoiler: That is, until the end of the story, where he decides to get a job just before his arrest for loitering.]] This story was adapted into a Freddy The Freeloader sketch on ''The Red Skelton Show''.
31st Oct '15 4:28:16 PM nombretomado
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* Both types are a fairly common plot in ''TheBeano'', such as Dennis the Menace disguising himself as Walter and pulling pranks to try and get him into trouble, or Roger the Dodger trying to get himself grounded in order to escape revenge from the last set of people he's pranked. ** One ''Oor Wullie'' strip has him reading ''TheBeano'' ([[FakeCrossover also published by DC Thompson]]) and deciding to emulate Dennis the Menace, but every time he tries to pull off a prank, it turns out to be beneficial (such as a water pistol attack missing and watering his mum's flowers). By the end, his parents are asking him why he can't be this helpful all the time.
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* Both types are a fairly common plot in ''TheBeano'', ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', such as Dennis the Menace disguising himself as Walter and pulling pranks to try and get him into trouble, or Roger the Dodger trying to get himself grounded in order to escape revenge from the last set of people he's pranked. ** One ''Oor Wullie'' strip has him reading ''TheBeano'' ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' ([[FakeCrossover also published by DC Thompson]]) and deciding to emulate Dennis the Menace, but every time he tries to pull off a prank, it turns out to be beneficial (such as a water pistol attack missing and watering his mum's flowers). By the end, his parents are asking him why he can't be this helpful all the time.
23rd Jun '15 4:02:44 PM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''PepperAnn,'' Pepper-Ann wanted to get into detention (which she normally does) to keep her friend who got detention company, by doing nothing but wearing a bucket on her head and dancing like a moron in all her classes. She fails to get detention, but is referred to the school counselor. * There was a ''KingOfTheHill'' where Hank was trying to get arrested so he could be in jail with Bill so he could apologize to him. Being a very by-the-book character, he walks into a convenience store without a shirt or shoes on, and points this out to a cop there who replies that "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" is store policy and not the law. Even the cashier says that he doesn't really enforce it. Before that, Hank tried to jaywalk with a cop in sight, but he was busy writing a ticket.
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* In one episode of ''PepperAnn,'' ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn,'' Pepper-Ann wanted to get into detention (which she normally does) to keep her friend who got detention company, by doing nothing but wearing a bucket on her head and dancing like a moron in all her classes. She fails to get detention, but is referred to the school counselor. * There was a ''KingOfTheHill'' ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' where Hank was trying to get arrested so he could be in jail with Bill so he could apologize to him. Being a very by-the-book character, he walks into a convenience store without a shirt or shoes on, and points this out to a cop there who replies that "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" is store policy and not the law. Even the cashier says that he doesn't really enforce it. Before that, Hank tried to jaywalk with a cop in sight, but he was busy writing a ticket.
2nd Jun '15 4:45:53 AM LongLiveHumour
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* One ''LuckyLuke'' comic has the Daltons try to break into a maximum security prison where they think a huge treasure is buried. When they see how heavily defended it is (Gatling guns and all) they instead try to get arrested, not knowing that it's actually used as a base of operations by the corrupt mayor, arranging for dangerous criminals to be sent there to work for him, so he always lets them off with a scolding and a pat on the cheek (Averell liked it). And when the Daltons finally break in, it turns out the idea of treasure was never there to begin with: their cellmate told them about it so as to get rid of their snoring.
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* One ''LuckyLuke'' ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' comic has the Daltons try to break into a maximum security prison where they think a huge treasure is buried. When they see how heavily defended it is (Gatling guns and all) they instead try to get arrested, not knowing that it's actually used as a base of operations by the corrupt mayor, arranging for dangerous criminals to be sent there to work for him, so he always lets them off with a scolding and a pat on the cheek (Averell liked it). And when the Daltons finally break in, it turns out the idea of treasure was never there to begin with: their cellmate told them about it so as to get rid of their snoring.
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