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6th Oct '17 5:05:10 PM wuggles
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* Every couple of years, a story about a college fraternity (or occasionally even [[https://www.bustle.com/articles/16574-10-sorority-rush-hazing-horror-stories-that-will-make-you-think-twice-about-pledging sorority]]) hazing causing severe injury or death comes up in the news. Usually it involves alcohol, such as the [[https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/11/a-death-at-penn-state/540657/ 2017 case of a pledge drunkenly falling down the stairs and left dying for 12 hours]] before the frat brothers called 911. Every once in a while, however, the pledge just gets plain [[https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wd7ze9/what-we-know-about-the-37-frat-brothers-facing-charges-for-the-hazing-death-of-a-19-year-old-915 beaten to death]].
25th Sep '17 5:31:33 PM nombretomado
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* The Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer cartoon ''Bimbo's Initiation'' plays with several of these, ending happily with Bimbo dancing with a proto-BettyBoop.

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* The Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer cartoon ''Bimbo's Initiation'' plays with several of these, ending happily with Bimbo dancing with a proto-BettyBoop.proto-WesternAnimation/BettyBoop.
14th Sep '17 11:26:50 PM PaulA
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* In the novel ''Stinger'', by Robert R. [=McCammon=], a group of boys initiate the only girl into their circle by chewing tobacco and spitting it into a cup. She drinks it.

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* In the novel ''Stinger'', by Robert R. [=McCammon=], Creator/RobertRMcCammon, a group of boys initiate the only girl into their circle by chewing tobacco and spitting it into a cup. She drinks it.
10th Sep '17 1:20:23 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''[[AnneOfGreenGables Anne of the Island]]'' when Gilbert is invited to join a fraternity. For his hazing he was told to spend a day walking around the business district in an apron and sunbonnet. However, this backfires as he takes it in good grace and humor instead of fear and embarassment.

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* Subverted in ''[[AnneOfGreenGables ''[[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Anne of the Island]]'' when Gilbert is invited to join a fraternity. For his hazing he was told to spend a day walking around the business district in an apron and sunbonnet. However, this backfires as he takes it in good grace and humor instead of fear and embarassment.embarrassment.
6th Sep '17 3:28:47 AM StarTropes
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** Ditto for ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
30th Aug '17 6:54:41 PM nombretomado
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* When Mallory and Jessi join the ''BabySittersClub,'' Kristy makes them swear on the club notebook with an oath that Dawn suspects she's made up on the spot. Mary Anne cries. Dawn and Claudia both think it's ridiculous, but that doesn't stop Dawn from wondering why ''she'' didn't get an initiation ceremony. (Answer: Kristy is massively jealous of her friendship with Mary Anne.)

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* When Mallory and Jessi join the ''BabySittersClub,'' ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub,'' Kristy makes them swear on the club notebook with an oath that Dawn suspects she's made up on the spot. Mary Anne cries. Dawn and Claudia both think it's ridiculous, but that doesn't stop Dawn from wondering why ''she'' didn't get an initiation ceremony. (Answer: Kristy is massively jealous of her friendship with Mary Anne.)
17th Jul '17 11:46:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Getting initiated into ''TheUnit'' involves a TrainingAccident scenario. One case involved a ManOnFire.
* According to one of the ExpandedUniverse novels of ''BabylonFive'', a medical school had a hazing practice where first year students were required to research a non-topic and write a paper on their results with the same level of rigor that one would expect from a research paper that one is trying to publish in a real medical journal. A group of students decided to research telepathy, actually found some telepaths, and from there ended up setting in motion the creation of [=PsiCorps=].

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* Getting initiated into ''TheUnit'' ''Series/TheUnit'' involves a TrainingAccident scenario. One case involved a ManOnFire.
* According to one of the ExpandedUniverse novels of ''BabylonFive'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', a medical school had a hazing practice where first year students were required to research a non-topic and write a paper on their results with the same level of rigor that one would expect from a research paper that one is trying to publish in a real medical journal. A group of students decided to research telepathy, actually found some telepaths, and from there ended up setting in motion the creation of [=PsiCorps=].
13th Jul '17 3:11:20 PM SomberCaelifera
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 8-year-olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 8-year-olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their people their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).
24th Jun '17 12:59:25 PM nombretomado
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* In DoctorWho it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 8-year-olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).

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* In DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'' it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 8-year-olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).
17th Jun '17 4:48:00 PM Njein
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* In order to become a made man in [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the American Mafia]], the inductee has to be a male of full Italian descent (though this restriction has been loosened over time, some Mafia families are more restrictive of whom they want to bring in than others). An associate of a crime family who was in the police force or attended a police academy cannot become a made member of the Mafia. Before being inducted, a potential made man is required to carry out a contract killing. Traditionally, this was done in order to prove loyalty to the Mafia, but in modern times this also serves to show that one is not an undercover cop; any murder committed for [[ItsPersonal personal reasons]] "do not count". Committing one's first contract killing is referred to as "making your bones", and a potential inductee who does it earns his "button" in the Mafia - meaning that he is on track to becoming an official member. However, earning one's "button" does not always involve killing; good "earners," or experienced associates who have not necessarily murdered for the Mafia but are good in earning money, have in the past earned their "button," or become made men, due to their other valuable contributions beyond contract killing. Until the 1980s, one only had to be involved in a murder (such as driving the getaway car) or be a major "earner" for the family in order to fulfill the requirements. It was not until the Donnie Brasco fiasco, which revealed that undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone was on the verge of being made into the Bonanno crime family, that a rule was made that potential inductees must actually perform a killing.

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* In order to become a made man in [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the American Mafia]], the inductee has to be a male of full Italian descent (though this restriction has been loosened over time, some Mafia families are more restrictive of whom they want to bring in than others). An associate of a crime family who was in the police force or attended a police academy cannot become a made member of the Mafia. Before being inducted, a potential made man is required to carry out a contract killing. Traditionally, this was done in order to prove loyalty to the Mafia, but in modern times this also serves to show that one is not an undercover cop; any murder committed for [[ItsPersonal personal reasons]] "do not count". Committing one's first contract killing is referred to as "making your bones", and a potential inductee who does it earns his "button" in the Mafia - meaning that he is on track to becoming an official member. However, earning one's "button" does did not always involve killing; good "earners," or experienced associates who have not necessarily murdered for the Mafia but are good in earning money, have in the past earned their "button," or become made men, "button" due to their other valuable contributions beyond contract killing. Until the 1980s, one only had to be involved in a murder (such as driving the getaway car) or be a major "earner" earner for the family in order to fulfill the requirements. It was not until the Donnie Brasco fiasco, which revealed that undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone was on the verge of being made into the Bonanno crime family, that a rule was made that potential inductees must actually perform a killing.
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