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7th Dec '15 10:09:58 AM DarkStarling
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6th Nov '15 9:16:31 AM TrickyTroper
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[[folder: Anime Comic Books]] * In one issue of ''Comicbook/TheSimpsons'', Mayor Quimby passes a law intended to abolish Daylight Saving Time. Thanks to [[ExactWords the wording of this law]], Springfielders are now free to set their clocks to whatever time they choose. Springfield descends into chaos, and Manga ]]finally, Lisa points out that the mayor CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot by setting his own clock to before the law was passed. [[/folder]]
14th Aug '15 11:43:54 AM Willbyr
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* ''PrincessKnight'': Sapphire's father realizes this at about the two-thirds point in the anime. Just as he's about to release a proclamation that would allow women to rule Silverland, he is by apparently complete coincidence kidnapped by the baddies, who have gotten tired of waiting for Sapphire to slip up and reveal she's actually a girl.
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* ''PrincessKnight'': ''Manga/PrincessKnight'': Sapphire's father realizes this at about the two-thirds point in the anime. Just as he's about to release a proclamation that would allow women to rule Silverland, he is by apparently complete coincidence kidnapped by the baddies, who have gotten tired of waiting for Sapphire to slip up and reveal she's actually a girl.
29th Jul '15 12:44:13 PM Micah
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* Inverted/deconstructed in ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor really ''can't'' change the rules, at least without causing seven kinds of hell to break loose, but he temporarily forgets this. -->'''The Doctor''': The laws of time are mine! And ''they will obey me!''
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ** Inverted/deconstructed in ''Series/DoctorWho''."The Waters of Mars". The Doctor really ''can't'' change the rules, at least without causing seven kinds of hell to break loose, but he temporarily forgets this. -->'''The --->'''The Doctor''': The laws of time are mine! And ''they will obey me!''

-->'''The Doctor''': History says a bomb hit here. Who am I to argue with history? -->'''Rose Tyler''': Usually the first in line.
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-->'''The --->'''The Doctor''': History says a bomb hit here. Who am I to argue with history? -->'''Rose history?\\ '''Rose Tyler''': Usually the first in line.
28th Jul '15 11:48:57 PM Lumino
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** Lampshaded by Rose in ''The Doctor Dances''. -->'''The Doctor''': History says a bomb hit here. Who am I to argue with history? -->'''Rose Tyler''': Usually the first in line.
16th Jun '15 4:30:56 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- '''''ComingToAmerica'''''
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-->-- '''''ComingToAmerica''''' '''''Film/ComingToAmerica'''''
14th Jun '15 11:16:26 AM Tuckerscreator
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* Defied in the ''Literature/BookOfDaniel'' and ''Literature/BookOfEsther''. Once the kings of Persia pass a law and mark it with their seal, it cannot be repealed even by them. This gets them into trouble several times when they're tricked into passing laws that would lead to the death of their loved ones. Usually they get around it by passing a second law, i.e. "Decree 1: The Jews are marked for extermination... Decree 2: But they can defend themselves when their attackers arrive."
30th Dec '14 4:30:17 PM Micah
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don't list aversions
* Averted in ''Film/RoboCop1987'' when the vice president of OCP takes the president hostage. Robocop cannot intervene against an OCP employee. Instead of changing Robo's directive, the president just fires the VP, making him fair game.

* ''Literature/TheBible'': Averted in the Literature/BookOfEsther, the king is maneuvered into creating a law that would allow all the Jews to massacred by Haman. When Queen Esther reveals that she is Jewish herself and exposes Haman to the king, the law authorizing pogrom cannot be annulled by even the king. However, there is nothing that prevents him from passing a new law enabling the Jewish population to defend themselves with state support. ** A similar aversion occurs in the Book of Daniel. The king is tricked into decreeing the death of his favorite advisor, and cannot annul it to save his life. Luckily, God keeps the lions from eating Daniel, and the king passes a new law that next day to kill his treacherous advisors and allow for worship of Yahweh.
30th Dec '14 4:29:48 PM Micah
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...no, this really is an aversion, unless you can come up with a situation where it looks as though she's going to change the rules and then doesn't
* Played with on {{Series/Merlin}}. Arthur is quite anguished over the fact that he can't marry Guinevere, because she's a servant girl. And then Merlin reminds him that one day, he will be king, and he can change the rules so he can be with her. ** Arthur still waits several episodes after he becomes king to marry Gwen, for no apparent reason.
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* Played with on {{Series/Merlin}}. Arthur is quite anguished over the fact that he can't marry Guinevere, because she's a servant girl. And then Merlin reminds him that one day, he will be king, and he can change the rules so he can be with her. ** Arthur her. He still waits several episodes after he becomes king to marry Gwen, for no apparent reason.

* ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'' by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan: A comedic version of this occurs. The Chancellor wants to marry Phyllis, who is his ward. -->'''Lord Chancellor''': Victory! Victory! Success has crowned my efforts, and I may consider myself engaged to Phyllis! At first I wouldn't hear of it -- it was out of the question. But I took heart. I pointed out to myself that I was no stranger to myself; that, in point of fact, I had been personally acquainted with myself for some years. This had its effect. I admitted that I had watched my professional advancement with considerable interest, and I handsomely added that I yielded to no one in admiration for my private and professional virtues. This was a great point gained. I then endeavoured to work upon my feelings. Conceive my joy when I distinctly perceived a tear glistening in my own eye! Eventually, after a severe struggle with myself, I reluctantly - most reluctantly - consented.
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* ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'' by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan: Creator/GilbertAndSullivan: ** A comedic version of this occurs. The Chancellor wants to marry Phyllis, who is his ward. -->'''Lord --->'''Lord Chancellor''': Victory! Victory! Success has crowned my efforts, and I may consider myself engaged to Phyllis! At first I wouldn't hear of it -- it was out of the question. But I took heart. I pointed out to myself that I was no stranger to myself; that, in point of fact, I had been personally acquainted with myself for some years. This had its effect. I admitted that I had watched my professional advancement with considerable interest, and I handsomely added that I yielded to no one in admiration for my private and professional virtues. This was a great point gained. I then endeavoured to work upon my feelings. Conceive my joy when I distinctly perceived a tear glistening in my own eye! Eventually, after a severe struggle with myself, I reluctantly - most reluctantly - consented.

[[folder: Western Animation]] * {{Subverted}} by Princess Bubblegum in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', who not only forgets she can change the rules, she ''never remembers in the end either''. She often refers to Candy Kingdom law, and considering that she is [[SkeletonGovernment apparently the entire Candy Kingdom government]] and [[HundredPercentAdorationRating beloved by her subjects]], most of these laws she could presumably change with no negative consequences. [[LawfulStupid She NEVER does, even when they are inconvenient for her.]] [[/folder]]
30th Dec '14 3:52:50 PM hbi2k
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[[folder: Theatre ]]Western Animation]] * {{Subverted}} by Princess Bubblegum in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', who not only forgets she can change the rules, she ''never remembers in the end either''. She often refers to Candy Kingdom law, and considering that she is [[SkeletonGovernment apparently the entire Candy Kingdom government]] and [[HundredPercentAdorationRating beloved by her subjects]], most of these laws she could presumably change with no negative consequences. [[LawfulStupid She NEVER does, even when they are inconvenient for her.]] [[/folder]]
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