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12th May '17 2:04:48 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': "There's A Penfold In My Suit" had DM and Penfold traveling to the country of Bratislovakia to obtain a powerful gem that had not only caused countries to switch borders but also the personalities of its populace. DM and Penfold have their personalities switch bodies, then Greenback and Stilleto (there to steal the gem) have theirs switch as well. After several confusing switches later, they figure out how to get back in their own bodies. DM lets Greenback and Stiletto off the hook as during this turns of events they had done nothing illegal.
28th Mar '17 9:44:19 PM rjd1922
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* In a bit of a subversion, there's also a perk for this called Ain't Like That Now that can only be taken if your karma is negative, i.e. you were a complete monster. Your karma is reset to neutral, making people ambivalent towards you again, and you get a slew of other bonuses like faster attack speed and immunity to crits.

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* ** In a bit of a subversion, there's also a perk for this called Ain't "Ain't Like That Now Now" that can only be taken if your karma is negative, i.e. you were a complete monster. Your karma is reset to neutral, making people ambivalent towards you again, and you get a slew of other bonuses like faster attack speed and immunity to crits.
9th Mar '17 7:12:54 PM Ramidel
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* In ''Film/TwentyThousandYearsInSingSing'', the warden agreed to furlough Connors from the prison for 24 hours to visit his dying girlfriend, on his honor that he'd come back to Sing Sing. While on the furlough, he is accused of killing his old partner Finn[[labelnote:spoiler]]actually, his girlfriend did it[[/labelnote]], and the warden is blasted by the newspapers and is about to resign when Connors returns to Sing Sing and willingly faces [[HighVoltageDeath the chair]] for his alleged crime. The newspapers treat the Warden as completely vindicated by this, even though he's still responsible for letting a convicted armed robber out on furlough in the first place to shoot someone.
22nd Feb '17 2:20:19 PM margdean56
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* ''Gloriously'' used [[spoiler: and subverted]] at the end of the ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}} Gallimaufry Cycle. Buck returns home and meets with someone to negotiate his 'tax duty', a type of community service (and, to make sure people are prompt, the longer you wait to check in, the ''exponentially'' worse the duty gets... and Buck's been gone a ''while''.) Buck offers up a 'note', which turns out to be a message from the Prime Mover, the most powerful being in the galaxy. The note explains what Buck had been up to all this time - from [[spoiler: finding a religious artifact]] to [[spoiler: preventing multiple intergalactic jihads]] to [[spoiler: stopping a civil war in the seat of galactic government]] to ''[[spoiler: saving humanity itself from extinction]]'', and would he please let Buck off the hook, thank you very much. [[spoiler: Too bad it doesn't work.]]

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* ''Gloriously'' used [[spoiler: and subverted]] at the end of the ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}} Gallimaufry Cycle. Buck returns home and meets with someone to negotiate his 'tax duty', a type of community service (and, to make sure people are prompt, the longer you wait to check in, the ''exponentially'' worse the duty gets... and Buck's been gone a ''while''.) Buck offers up a 'note', which turns out to be a message from the Prime Mover, the most powerful being in the galaxy. The note explains what Buck had been up to all this time - -- from [[spoiler: finding a religious artifact]] to [[spoiler: preventing multiple intergalactic jihads]] to [[spoiler: stopping a civil war in the seat of galactic government]] to ''[[spoiler: saving humanity itself from extinction]]'', and would he please let Buck off the hook, thank you very much. [[spoiler: Too bad it doesn't work.]]



* ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #23]]'' featured a Kelpie who [[{{Brainwashing}} brainwashed]] the entire town with MindControlMusic and forced them to begin demolishing a dam that would inevitably flood and destroy Ponyville. When she's thwarted by the pets and explains she was doing it to help some water sprites get to the ocean, the ponies forgive everything with Twilight Sparkle's now infamous line "Sure she made the wrong choice but she made it for the right reasons. She was trying to help her friends. We've all done something silly for a friend, right?" Most fans were ''not'' pleased by this, considering the kelpie a KarmaHoudini and WellIntentionedExtremist, which lead to mocking it with the [[https://www.derpibooru.org/tags/twilight+justifies+evil+meme Twilight Justifies Evil Meme]] where she forgives everyone from [[HypocriticalHumor herself]] to [[CrossingTheLineTwice Adolf Hitler]] in this manner.

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* ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #23]]'' featured a Kelpie who [[{{Brainwashing}} brainwashed]] the entire town with MindControlMusic and forced them to begin demolishing a dam that would inevitably flood and destroy Ponyville. When she's thwarted by the pets and explains she was doing it to help some water sprites get to the ocean, the ponies forgive everything with Twilight Sparkle's now infamous line "Sure she made the wrong choice but she made it for the right reasons. She was trying to help her friends. We've all done something silly for a friend, right?" Most fans were ''not'' pleased by this, considering the kelpie a KarmaHoudini and WellIntentionedExtremist, which lead led to mocking it with the [[https://www.derpibooru.org/tags/twilight+justifies+evil+meme Twilight Justifies Evil Meme]] where she forgives everyone from [[HypocriticalHumor herself]] to [[CrossingTheLineTwice Adolf Hitler]] in this manner.
22nd Feb '17 2:17:13 PM margdean56
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The underlying logic to this trope is probably twofold: one, a character in prison isn't a potential cast member, and two, if the only reward for turning away from the path of evil and towards good is to be sent to prison and punished, then why would anyone ever abandon evil if they're going to be punished either way? In other words, being allowed to remain free- tormented or not- is almost like a karmic reward for the new hero's redemption, a second chance. That doesn't mean they necessarily feel good about it.

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The underlying logic to this trope is probably twofold: one, a character in prison isn't a potential cast member, and two, if the only reward for turning away from the path of evil and towards good is to be sent to prison and punished, then why would anyone ever abandon evil if they're going to be punished either way? In other words, being allowed to remain free- tormented free--tormented or not- is not--is almost like a karmic reward for the new hero's redemption, a second chance. That doesn't mean they necessarily feel good about it.
21st Feb '17 6:54:02 PM Valen
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* In a bit of a subversion, there's also a perk for this called Ain't Like That Now that can only be taken if your karma is negative, i.e. you were a complete monster. Your karma is reset to neutral, making people ambivalent towards you again, and you get a slew of other bonuses like faster attack speed and immunity to crits.
20th Feb '17 8:10:08 PM LadyNorbert
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* Back in the 70's, the Harvard Lampoon put out an issue that dealt with cheating. Included in this issue was an article with materials for cheating at Monopoly including a fake Chance card that sent you to Jail for Life. If things got too bad in the game you could palm this card and go to Jail, and since you still collected rents, you would eventually win, although it might take a long time.

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* Back in the 70's, the Harvard Lampoon put out an issue that dealt with cheating. Included in this issue was an article with materials for cheating at Monopoly including a fake Chance card that sent you to Jail for Life. If things got too bad in the game game, you could palm this card and go to Jail, Jail; and since you still collected rents, you would eventually win, although it might take a long time.



* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' allows you to become thane of all the holds in the region. This in turn allows you to commit a crime and demand to be let go because you are the thane, even if that crime is multiple murder. However, you can only use this one time in each hold, or at most twice if the ruler of a hold changes and you become thane to the new Jarl.



** There is even an achievement to racking up a $5000 bounty only to clear your bill with a pardon letter. It is [[CrossesTheLineTwice quite amusing seeing how many law enforcement you have killed and get away scot-free because of this piece of paper]].

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** There is even an achievement to for racking up a $5000 bounty only to clear your bill with a pardon letter. It is [[CrossesTheLineTwice quite amusing seeing how many law enforcement you have killed and get away scot-free because of this piece of paper]].



* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' allows you to become thane of all the holds in the region. This in turn allows you to commit a crime and demand to be let go because you are the thane, even if that crime is multiple murder.
18th Feb '17 11:00:20 AM billybobfred
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* In the political discourse - particularly regarding the economic downturn after 2007, the term "Too big to Jail" has made the rounds. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that is all that needs to be said on that here]].

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* In the political discourse - particularly regarding the economic downturn after 2007, the term "Too big to Jail" has made the rounds. rounds, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and the rest of that is all that needs to discussion can be said on that here]].had elsewhere]].
29th Nov '16 12:36:47 PM MrLavisherMoot
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* You can get one of these in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'' by scrapping a police car, which lets you keep your weapons the next time you get busted.

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* You can get one of these in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'' ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'' by scrapping a police car, which lets you keep your weapons the next time you get busted.
4th Nov '16 9:26:10 PM SteveMB
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* In ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', the TOS crew commits numerous crimes to help resurrect Spock such as forcibly stealing the decommissioned USS Enterprise, sabotaging the USS Excelsior, later destroying the Enterprise. To that, the whole idea of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' is to create an opportunity so spectacular for the crew to save Earth that they could get off easy for the above charges. As it is, the only punishment is a token one of Admiral Kirk being demoted to Captain again for insubordination, even as the authorities understand full well he preferred that lower rank.

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* In ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', the TOS crew commits numerous crimes to help resurrect Spock such as forcibly stealing the decommissioned USS Enterprise, sabotaging the USS Excelsior, later destroying the Enterprise. To that, the whole idea of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' is to create an opportunity so spectacular for the crew to save Earth that they could get off easy for the above charges. As it is, the only punishment is a token one of Admiral Kirk being demoted to Captain again for insubordination, even as the authorities understand full well [[{{Unishment}} he preferred that lower rank.rank]].
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