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27th Dec '16 12:39:08 AM hagagaga
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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 Once the kings of Persia pass a law and mark it with their seal, it cannot be repealed even by them.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."

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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 Once the kings of Persia pass a law and mark it with their seal, it cannot be repealed even by them.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 [[ObviousRulePatch passing a second law, law]], i.e. "Decree 1: The Jews are marked for extermination... Decree 2: But they can defend themselves when their attackers arrive."
22nd Jul '16 1:08:01 PM lavendermintrose
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* Averted in ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' - the titular character is condemned to death for failing the Trials of Death (which are exactly what they sound like), despite the fact that he's ''a child''. [[spoiler: Short of [[HeroismEqualsJobQualification elevating him to the rank of Prince]] as a reward for exposing a [[WellIntentionedExtremist traitor's plot]],]] the [[ElectiveMonarchy Princes]] refuse to use this method to deal with the situation, because that's how bent on upholding tradition they are. The concept is raised, but they find it immensely shameful.

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* Averted Defied in ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' - the titular character is condemned to death for failing the Trials of Death (which are exactly what they sound like), despite the fact that he's ''a child''. [[spoiler: Short of [[HeroismEqualsJobQualification elevating him to the rank of Prince]] as a reward for exposing a [[WellIntentionedExtremist traitor's plot]],]] the [[ElectiveMonarchy Princes]] refuse to use this method to deal with the situation, because that's how bent on upholding tradition they are. The concept is raised, but they find it immensely shameful.
22nd Jul '16 1:07:04 PM lavendermintrose
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* Averted in ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' - the titular character is condemned to death for failing the Trials of Death (which are exactly what they sound like), despite the fact that he's ''a child''. [[spoiler: Short of [[HeroismEqualsJobQualification elevating him to the rank of Prince]] as a reward for exposing a [[WellIntentionedExtremist traitor's plot]],]] the [[ElectiveMonarchy Princes]] refuse to use this method to deal with the situation, because that's how bent on upholding tradition they are. The concept is raised, but they find it immensely shameful.
11th Jun '16 11:05:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''IncarnationsOfImmortality''. In the first novel, it isn't so much that Death forgot that he could change the rules; it's that he didn't know that he could (in fact, he didn't even ''know'' half of them), causing infant souls born under questionable circumstances to go to Purgatory and later triggering [[spoiler: an end to all death worldwide because he refused to take one soul]]. At the end of the book, he realizes that it's his prerogative to do what he damn well pleases as the Incarnation of Death, [[spoiler: and that all of Satan's rulesmongering didn't mean a damn thing. He also changes the rules regarding infant souls, sending one to heaven instead of Purgatory in the end.]] The last is [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] in later books, as Death is acting outside of ''his'' authority.

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* Played with in ''IncarnationsOfImmortality''.''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality''. In the first novel, it isn't so much that Death forgot that he could change the rules; it's that he didn't know that he could (in fact, he didn't even ''know'' half of them), causing infant souls born under questionable circumstances to go to Purgatory and later triggering [[spoiler: an end to all death worldwide because he refused to take one soul]]. At the end of the book, he realizes that it's his prerogative to do what he damn well pleases as the Incarnation of Death, [[spoiler: and that all of Satan's rulesmongering didn't mean a damn thing. He also changes the rules regarding infant souls, sending one to heaven instead of Purgatory in the end.]] The last is [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] in later books, as Death is acting outside of ''his'' authority.
26th May '16 10:58:00 AM dspitzle
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* In ''Literature/TheFangsOfKaath'', Prince Raschid briefly ponders at all the grand reforms he could do arbitrarily if he were Shah, but ruefully reminds himself that he would be assassinated within a day by the nobility and/or bureaucracy if he tried.

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* In ''Literature/TheFangsOfKaath'', Inverted in ''Literature/TheFangsOfKaath'': Prince Raschid briefly ponders at all the grand reforms he could do arbitrarily if he were Shah, but ruefully reminds himself that he would be assassinated within a day by the nobility and/or bureaucracy if he tried.
8th Apr '16 1:13:14 AM Laevatein
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* {{Rules Lawyer}}s tend to rely in the GameMaster falling victim to this.
8th Apr '16 1:05:55 AM MusaNocturna
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* The episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' where Ernie coaches soccer and has to pick which kids get to join the team. He laments that all the kids are really great and if it were up to him he'd let everyone play. A gentle reminder later, cue Ernie having a lightbulb moment and making two teams.
7th Dec '15 10:09:58 AM DarkStarling
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6th Nov '15 9:16:31 AM TrickyTroper
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* 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 finally, Lisa points out that the mayor CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot by setting his own clock to before the law was passed.
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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.
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