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18th Sep '17 9:00:01 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In the apocryphal [[Literature/BooksOfMaccabees book of 2nd Maccabees]], the king was so enraged at the news of Andronicus' murder of Onias the high priest that he not only stripped Andronicus of his royal robe, he also stripped the man of all his clothes and forced him to go through the entire town naked before he was killed.
18th Sep '17 3:19:42 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/BlackColossus", Yasmela demands that Count Thespides return her glove and leave; she doesn't have to actually carry it out.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/BlackColossus", Yasmela demands that Count Thespides return her glove and leave; she doesn't have to actually carry it out.
25th Aug '17 12:25:28 PM Meshakhad
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* Inverted in ''Literature/JudeaRising'': Alfred Dreyfus' induction into the Ottoman military (as commander of the all-Jewish Jerusalem Guard) is deliberately designed as a reversal of his infamous degradation, culminating in his dress sword being heated, then thrust into a bucket of water as if it had just been forged before giving it to him.
3rd Aug '17 5:37:34 PM Prfnoff
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* The French-Canadian TV Show called ''"Dans Une Galaxie Près de Chez Vous"'' (In a Galaxy Near Yours) is a TV show somewhat like ''Series/RedDwarf'', only even LESS serious and with even less budget (and proud of it). They subverts this trope when the captain demotes his [[TheStarscream traitorous second-in-command, named Brad]] by ripping off his rank badge on each shoulder of his jacket... leaving gaping holes through which he can see that there are similar badges on Brad's undershirt. The captain then orders him to remove his jacket so he can rip those off too... Only to see through the left-over holes that Brad has a third set of insignias ''glued'' to his skin. The captain orders him to remove his shirt and rips those off too.

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* The French-Canadian TV Show called ''"Dans Une Galaxie Près de Chez Vous"'' (In a Galaxy Near Yours) is a TV show somewhat like ''Series/RedDwarf'', only even LESS serious and with even less budget (and proud of it). They ''Series/DansUneGalaxiePresDeChezVous'' subverts this trope when the captain demotes his [[TheStarscream traitorous second-in-command, named Brad]] by ripping off his rank badge on each shoulder of his jacket... leaving gaping holes through which he can see that there are similar badges on Brad's undershirt. The captain then orders him to remove his jacket so he can rip those off too... Only to see through the left-over holes that Brad has a third set of insignias ''glued'' to his skin. The captain orders him to remove his shirt and rips those off too.
22nd Jul '17 7:05:28 AM StFan
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->'''Newman:''' You're a disgrace to the uniform. (''rips off badge'')\\

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->'''Newman:''' You're a disgrace to the uniform. (''rips ''[rips off badge'')\\badge]''\\



That's it. You've had it with the organization you work for. They've [[BadBoss made you work too hard]], they've [[FallenHero grown corrupt]], or [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans they've done something morally questionable]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist in pursuit of their goals]]. You're quitting, but you don't just want to turn in your Two Weeks Notice and walk off the job. You want to let your employers know just how disgusted you are with them. What better way to do that than by walking up to them, tearing off your chevrons, [[EarnedStripes ranking insignias,]] and other badges of office and throwing said items into their faces? (If you've recently been awarded a [[MedalOfDishonor Medal for Valor]] or for some other reason, feel free to rip that off and cast it dramatically to the floor as well. Your employers should get the message.)

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That's it. You've had it with the organization you work for. They've [[BadBoss [[MeanBoss made you work too hard]], they've [[FallenHero grown corrupt]], or [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans they've done something morally questionable]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist in pursuit of their goals]]. You're quitting, but you don't just want to turn in your Two Weeks Notice and walk off the job. You want to let your employers know just how disgusted you are with them. What better way to do that than by walking up to them, tearing off your chevrons, [[EarnedStripes ranking insignias,]] and other badges of office and throwing said items into their faces? (If you've recently been awarded a [[MedalOfDishonor Medal for Valor]] or for some other reason, feel free to rip that off and cast it dramatically to the floor as well. Your employers should get the message.)



* Based on the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' example above, someone made [[http://i.imgur.com/zF2iF2i.jpg a team shot of Team Secret]], a relatively new Dota2 professional team. The joke being, their members were previously members of other teams, and like the Akatsuki, they had their previous team logo scratched off. [[note]]From left to right: Fly, n0tail, Kuroky, Puppey, S4, RTZ, Zai, Misery[[/note]]

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* Based on the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' example above, someone made [[http://i.imgur.com/zF2iF2i.jpg a team shot of Team Secret]], a relatively new Dota2 ''VideoGame/Dota2'' professional team. The joke being, their members were previously members of other teams, and like the Akatsuki, they had their previous team logo scratched off. [[note]]From left to right: Fly, n0tail, Kuroky, Puppey, S4, RTZ, Zai, Misery[[/note]]



* This happens early in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' When Charles Muntz is suspected of having fabricated the skeleton of the mysterious monster from Paradise Falls, he loses his membership in an explorer's society and is seen having the badges ripped off his jacket.



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-->'''Farnsworth''': This is an outrage. I demand that you hand over your captain's jacket.
-->'''Leela''': This is my normal jacket. I've had it for 10 years.
-->'''Farnsworth''': I said hand it over!

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-->'''Farnsworth''': -->'''Farnsworth:''' This is an outrage. I demand that you hand over your captain's jacket.
-->'''Leela''':
jacket.\\
'''Leela:'''
This is my normal jacket. I've had it for 10 years.
-->'''Farnsworth''':
years.\\
'''Farnsworth:'''
I said hand it over!



* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''Forward March Hare'', every time Private WesternAnimation/BugsBunny fouls up, his commanding officer is demoted. Although the act is never seen, it is implied by his insignia disappearing bit by bit, exposing the differently toned fabric underneath.
** Parodied in the short ''Fresh Hare'' where Bugs impersonates Elmer Fudd's commanding officer (Elmer was a Mountie in this story) and decides to "drum you out of the service!" He starts by ripping off Elmer's buttons, then his epaulets, then goes into a frenzy of cloth-tearing until he finds he's holding a pair of boxer shorts, which he sheepishly hands back to Elmer.
** Bugs also gets to do this to [[ThoseWackyNazis Hermann Goering]] in the short ''Herr meets Hare'' while in a paper-thin disguise of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, Goering gives out some choice insults.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Sentinel Prime tears Wasp's Autobot insignia off after arresting him for espionage.
** ''Transformers'' does this a lot. Jetfire/[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Skyfire]] does this when he decides he wants to be an Autobot instead of a Decepticon, and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Waspinator]], fed up at being blown up all the time and essentially being the eternal ChewToy, tears off his insignia near the end of a long rant. In keeping with his ButtMonkey status, he is blown up just before he finished his speech.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''Forward "Forward March Hare'', Hare", every time Private WesternAnimation/BugsBunny fouls up, his commanding officer is demoted. Although the act is never seen, it is implied by his insignia disappearing bit by bit, exposing the differently toned fabric underneath.
** Parodied in the short ''Fresh Hare'' "Fresh Hare" where Bugs impersonates Elmer Fudd's commanding officer (Elmer was is a Mountie in this story) and decides to "drum you out of the service!" He starts by ripping off Elmer's buttons, then his epaulets, then goes into a frenzy of cloth-tearing until he finds he's holding a pair of boxer shorts, which he sheepishly hands back to Elmer.
** Bugs also gets to do this to [[ThoseWackyNazis Hermann Goering]] in the short ''Herr meets Hare'' "Herr Meets Hare" while in a paper-thin disguise of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, Goering gives out some choice insults.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' does this a lot.
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In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Sentinel Prime tears Wasp's Autobot insignia off after arresting him for espionage.
** ''Transformers'' Skyfire does this a lot. Jetfire/[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Skyfire]] does this in the ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Fire in the Sky" when he decides he wants to be rips off his Decepticon insignia before proclaiming himself an Autobot instead of a Decepticon, and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Waspinator]], Autobot.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': Waspinator,
fed up at being blown up all the time and essentially being the eternal ChewToy, tears off his insignia near the end of a long rant. In keeping with his ButtMonkey status, he is blown up just before he finished finishes his speech.



* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where when Mr. Garrison is given leave from his job as a ''3rd grade teacher'', he goes to turn in his gun.
-->'''Mr. Garrison:''' I guess I'm not a teacher anymore. I suppose you'll be wanting my badge and gun (puts revolver on table).
-->'''Chairman:''' Mr. Garrison, most teachers do not ''CARRY'' a gun!
-->'''Mr. Garrison:''' Oh so I can keep it then?
** Eric Cartman was in that 3rd grade class. You'd want to be armed too.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where when Mr. Garrison is given leave from his job as a ''3rd grade teacher'', and he goes to turn in his gun.
-->'''Mr.
gun. (Eric Cartman is in that 3rd grade class. You'd want to be armed too.)
--->'''Mr.
Garrison:''' I guess I'm not a teacher anymore. I suppose you'll be wanting my badge and gun (puts gun. ''[puts revolver on table).
-->'''Chairman:'''
table]''\\
'''Chairman:'''
Mr. Garrison, most teachers do not ''CARRY'' a gun!
-->'''Mr.
gun!\\
'''Mr.
Garrison:''' Oh Oh, so I can keep it then?
** Eric Cartman was in that 3rd grade class. You'd want to be armed too.
then?



* This happens early in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}!''; when Charles Muntz is suspected of having fabricated the skeleton of the mysterious monster from Paradise Falls, he loses his membership in an explorer's society and is seen having the badges ripped off his jacket.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', when Squidward is fed up with the way the Krusty Krab is treating him, he takes his hat off and stomps on it. He tries to get Spongebob to do it too, but Spongebob can't bring himself to and just steps on it limply.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', when * ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** When
Squidward is fed up with the way the Krusty Krab is treating him, he takes his hat off and stomps on it. He tries to get Spongebob to do it too, but Spongebob can't bring himself to and just steps on it limply.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' {{Turncoat}} General Grune rips off the cabochon that marks him as a member of Thundera's military, when he reveals his treachery.
* Skyfire does this in the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' episode "Fire in the Sky" when he rips off his Decepticon insignia before proclaiming himself an Autobot.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', {{Turncoat}} General Grune rips off the cabochon that marks him as a member of Thundera's military, when he reveals his treachery.
* Skyfire does this in the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' episode "Fire in the Sky" when he rips off his Decepticon insignia before proclaiming himself an Autobot.
treachery.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Rarity Investigates", [[spoiler:Spitfire does this to Wind Rider after Rarity and Rainbow Dash reveal that Wind Rider had framed Rainbow Dash for a crime she didn't commit.]]
** Both variants are played at Wonderbolts Academy. Rainbow Dash yanks off her own badge, while Spitfire yanks off Lightning Dust's badge.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Both variants are played in "Wonderbolts Academy". Rainbow Dash yanks off her own badge, while Spitfire yanks off Lightning Dust's badge.
**
In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' the episode "Rarity Investigates", [[spoiler:Spitfire does this to Wind Rider after Rarity and Rainbow Dash reveal that Wind Rider had framed Rainbow Dash for a crime she didn't commit.]]
** Both variants are played at Wonderbolts Academy. Rainbow Dash yanks off her own badge, while Spitfire yanks off Lightning Dust's badge.
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* The [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever British orders of Knighthood]] provide for a public degradation ceremony for disgraced Knights. The last victim was Francis Mitchell in 1621, sentenced for 'Grievous Exactions' (abusing a government position). In his case his spurs were broken and thrown away, his belt cut, his sword snapped over his head and a declaration made that he was "no longer Knight but Knave" before he was led away to be imprisoned in The Tower of London.
** For nobles this could be taken further with an "Attainder": an attainted person is not only stripped of their insignia of rank but also of any inherited titles and everything they own, and their children are forcibly disinherited (their lands etc. default to the Crown).

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* The [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever British orders of Knighthood]] provide for a public degradation ceremony for disgraced Knights. The last victim was Francis Mitchell in 1621, sentenced for 'Grievous Exactions' "Grievous Exactions" (abusing a government position). In his case his spurs were broken and thrown away, his belt cut, his sword snapped over his head and a declaration made that he was "no longer Knight but Knave" before he was led away to be imprisoned in The Tower of London.
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London. For nobles this could be taken further with an "Attainder": an attainted person is not only stripped of their insignia of rank but also of any inherited titles and everything they own, and their children are forcibly disinherited (their lands etc. default to the Crown).



** A mass ritual was once done to the American Paratroopers in [=WW2=], as explained in BandOfBrothers. The 506th Regiment was given leave, but almost none of them returned before curfew. The next morning, the commander had the entire unit form up, and then drummed out one soldier from every company, complete with a lieutenant tearing off their jumpwings, stripes, Airborne badges, anything that would mark them as a paratrooper, before being sent off to the regular army with their uniform shredded.

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** * A mass ritual was once done to the American Paratroopers in [=WW2=], as explained in BandOfBrothers.''Series/BandOfBrothers''. The 506th Regiment was given leave, but almost none of them returned before curfew. The next morning, the commander had the entire unit form up, and then drummed out one soldier from every company, complete with a lieutenant tearing off their jumpwings, stripes, Airborne badges, anything that would mark them as a paratrooper, before being sent off to the regular army with their uniform shredded.



** Sewn-on ranks normally have most of the threads cut prior to the soldier reporting to the commander for a demotion. This allows the commander to quickly and dramatically tear off the rank insignia to reinforce the psychological impact of the action. Or for the commander to take a razor to the threads in front of their supervisor and anyone else present. Given the cost and time of properly setting up dress uniforms, this has a fairly significant impact

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** Sewn-on ranks normally have most of the threads cut prior to the soldier reporting to the commander for a demotion. This allows the commander to quickly and dramatically tear off the rank insignia to reinforce the psychological impact of the action. Or for the commander to take a razor to the threads in front of their supervisor and anyone else present. Given the cost and time of properly setting up dress uniforms, this has a fairly significant impactimpact.



* John Kerry - along with hundreds of other veterans - famously threw his medals over the wall of the White House while protesting the Vietnam War in the 1970s. Several of these medals later reappeared in time for his presidential run in 2004. [[SeriousBusiness Various political opponents asserted that either the medals he threw in 1971 or the medals he wore in 2004 must have been fake.]] (The medals are not the awards, they are symbols of the awards, and replacements can be obtained.)

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* John Kerry - -- along with hundreds of other veterans - -- famously threw his medals over the wall of the White House while protesting the Vietnam War in the 1970s. Several of these medals later reappeared in time for his presidential run in 2004. [[SeriousBusiness Various political opponents asserted that either the medals he threw in 1971 or the medals he wore in 2004 must have been fake.]] (The medals are not the awards, they are symbols of the awards, and replacements can be obtained.)



** An aversion in the same military: General Konstantin Rokossovskiy had been purged from the Red Army because he was a Pole. He lost all his teeth during NKVD [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques "interrogations"]] in the ''Lubyanka'' and was sent to Siberia. When the Germans invaded, they brought him back, giving him a set of steel dentures. Three years later he was commanding Operation [[AC:Bagration]] and he directly objected to [[UsefulNotes/JosephStalin Iosif Stalin]]'s interference in his planning. Stalin advised him to think his objection over ''three times''--after Rokossovskiy's third objection, Stalin approached the marshal and put a hand on his shoulder. Rather than ripping off the epaulet or having him purged again, though, Stalin simply said: "Your confidence speaks for your sound judgement," and deferred to his (immeasurably-better) judgement. Rokossovskiy's campaign went on to be one of the most decisive victories of the entire war.

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** * An aversion in the same military: General Konstantin Rokossovskiy had been purged from the Red Army because he was a Pole. He lost all his teeth during NKVD [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques "interrogations"]] in the ''Lubyanka'' and was sent to Siberia. When the Germans invaded, they brought him back, giving him a set of steel dentures. Three years later he was commanding Operation [[AC:Bagration]] and he directly objected to [[UsefulNotes/JosephStalin Iosif Stalin]]'s interference in his planning. Stalin advised him to think his objection over ''three times''--after Rokossovskiy's third objection, Stalin approached the marshal and put a hand on his shoulder. Rather than ripping off the epaulet or having him purged again, though, Stalin simply said: "Your confidence speaks for your sound judgement," and deferred to his (immeasurably-better) judgement. Rokossovskiy's campaign went on to be one of the most decisive victories of the entire war.
16th Jul '17 10:18:58 AM nombretomado
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** A mass ritual was once done to the American Paratroopers in WW2, as explained in BandOfBrothers. The 506th Regiment was given leave, but almost none of them returned before curfew. The next morning, the commander had the entire unit form up, and then drummed out one soldier from every company, complete with a lieutenant tearing off their jumpwings, stripes, Airborne badges, anything that would mark them as a paratrooper, before being sent off to the regular army with their uniform shredded.

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** A mass ritual was once done to the American Paratroopers in WW2, [=WW2=], as explained in BandOfBrothers. The 506th Regiment was given leave, but almost none of them returned before curfew. The next morning, the commander had the entire unit form up, and then drummed out one soldier from every company, complete with a lieutenant tearing off their jumpwings, stripes, Airborne badges, anything that would mark them as a paratrooper, before being sent off to the regular army with their uniform shredded.



* Similarly, the first bombloads dropped onto Imperial Japan by American forces in WW2 were accompanied by dozens of medals that had been awarded to American servicemen in the previous war by the Japanese.

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* Similarly, the first bombloads dropped onto Imperial Japan by American forces in WW2 [=WW2=] were accompanied by dozens of medals that had been awarded to American servicemen in the previous war by the Japanese.
8th Jul '17 1:49:06 PM ZephyrJ
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** Later on, in ''Manga/Boruto'', [[spoiler:when Boruto is caught cheating during the chunin exam, Naruto removes his headband in front of the entire audience (including his mother and sister). In essence, Boruto's own father was publicly telling him that he was a disgrace as a shinobi. Yikes.]]

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** Later on, in ''Manga/Boruto'', ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'', [[spoiler:when Boruto is caught cheating during the chunin exam, Naruto removes his headband in front of the entire audience (including his mother and sister). In essence, Boruto's own father was publicly telling him that he was a disgrace as a shinobi. Yikes.]]
8th Jul '17 1:47:56 PM ZephyrJ
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** Later on, in ''Manga/Boruto'', [[spoiler:when Boruto is caught cheating during the chunin exam, Naruto removes his headband in front of the entire audience (including his mother and sister). In essence, Boruto's own father was publicly telling him that he was a disgrace as a shinobi. Yikes.]]
27th Jun '17 10:15:02 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11511964/1/Harry-and-Sodor-The-Magic-of-Normality Harry and Sodor - The Magic of Normality]]'' the remaining Aurors refuse to arrest Harry for no reason, with the Senior Auror commenting that Harry has the right to lead his own life now that Voldemort is dead.
-->'''Minister Shacklebolt:''' Fifteen years on the force is quite an investment. Your job, your pension. Maybe instead of worrying about that brat, you might think of your own family.\\
[Senior Auror removes his badge and throws it at Shacklebolt's feet]\\
'''Senior Auror:''' I ''am'' - I'm thinking I have to go home and face them.
27th Jun '17 9:13:17 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11511964/1/Harry-and-Sodor-The-Magic-of-Normality Harry and Sodor - The Magic of Normality]]'' the remaining Aurors refuse to arrest Harry for no reason, with the Senior Auror commenting that Harry has the right to lead his own life now that Voldemort is dead.
-->'''Minister Shacklebolt:''' Fifteen years on the force is quite an investment. Your job, your pension. Maybe instead of worrying about that brat, you might think of your own family.\\
[Senior Auror removes his badge and throws it at Shacklebolt's feet]\\
'''Senior Auror:''' I ''am'' - I'm thinking I have to go home and face them.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'': When the Pirate King (Creator/BrianBlessed) learns that the Pirate Captain had been pardoned by Queen Victoria, and thus is no longer eligible to be considered a pirate, he not only takes from him the Pirate of the Year Award, but also his pimped-out vest, his hat, his breaches, his pirate badge, and his reduction card for the pirate shops.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'': When the Pirate King (Creator/BrianBlessed) learns that the Pirate Captain had been pardoned by Queen Victoria, and thus is no longer eligible to be considered a pirate, he not only takes from him the Pirate of the Year Award, but also his pimped-out vest, his hat, his breaches, breeches, his pirate badge, and his reduction card for the pirate shops.
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