History Main / LoopholeAbuse

21st Mar '16 8:40:16 AM Nakayama90
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Someone does something outrageous by finding a loophole in the rules, which were too narrowly written to consider such possibilities. Loophole Abuse is a form of RefugeInAudacity -- which still allows the agent to claim they were [[JustFollowingOrders following the rules]].

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Someone does something outrageous by finding a loophole in the rules, which were too [[ExactWords narrowly written written]] to consider such possibilities. Loophole Abuse is a form of RefugeInAudacity -- which still allows the agent to claim they were [[JustFollowingOrders following the rules]].
19th Jan '16 9:26:40 AM AsForMyHandle
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'''Calvin:''' ''(writing)'' Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz. ''([[AsideComment aside]])'' I love loopholes.

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'''Calvin:''' ''(writing)'' Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz. ''([[AsideComment aside]])'' ''(aside)'' I love loopholes.
8th Oct '15 4:15:05 PM kknizaa
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Screw the Pythagorean Theorem, I have loopholes!]][[note]]The "correct" answer is 5 cm.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Screw the Pythagorean Theorem, I have loopholes!]][[note]]The "correct" answer [[caption-width-right:300:And they say math is 5 cm.[[/note]]]]
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Contrast BotheringByTheBook, where someone becomes a pest by following the rules to the letter, ''without'' looking for loopholes. If someone else finds a loophole, it's MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours. Not unknown to be used in JustFollowingOrders and ExactWords. If a rule is instituted solely to close the loophole, you have an ObviousRulePatch. Also related is SuddenlySignificantRule, when a rule usually given little thought is invoked--either because it opens a loophole or closes one.



Common variants are the AnimalAthleteLoophole, which exists because no rule bars animals from playing sports, and FlexibleTourneyRules, wherein a character's abilities may violate the rules of the game. ScrabbleBabble is Loophole Abuse for ''TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}}''. When applied to TabletopGames, it becomes the annoying RulesLawyer. See also TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty.

In RealLife, this is rare for two simple reasons: First, loopholes are quickly closed once discovered. Second, many systems have RuleZero: some designated referee, judge, or [[GameMaster authority figure]] has the absolute final word and can simply throw the argument out wholesale, usually by claiming that the "spirit" of the rule never intended to allow what the "letter" of it seems to say. This rarely happens in fictional instances because of the RuleOfDrama; such a power would either be abused or written out as a StorybreakerPower.

A favorite weapon of the JackassGenie.

See also NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught. Related to the LordBritishPostulate, which may require some Loophole Abuse to pull off. If the requirement is "death" and the loophole in the definition allows the subject to "die" without ''actually'' dying, that's a subtrope known as the RevivalLoophole. May result in SheIsTheKing when a country would rather deal with a female King than a possibly bloody SuccessionCrisis.

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Common variants are the AnimalAthleteLoophole, which exists because no rule bars animals from playing sports, and FlexibleTourneyRules, wherein a character's abilities may violate the rules of the game. ScrabbleBabble is Loophole Abuse for ''TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}}''. When applied to TabletopGames, it becomes the annoying RulesLawyer. See also TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty.

In RealLife, this is rare for two simple reasons: First, loopholes are quickly closed once discovered. Second, many systems have RuleZero: some designated referee, judge, or [[GameMaster authority figure]] has the absolute final word and can simply throw the argument out wholesale, usually by claiming that the "spirit" of the rule never intended to allow what the "letter" of it seems to say. This rarely happens in fictional instances because of the RuleOfDrama; such a power would either be abused or written out as a StorybreakerPower.

A favorite weapon of the JackassGenie.

See also NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught. Related to the LordBritishPostulate, which may require some Loophole Abuse to pull off. If the requirement is "death" and the loophole in the definition allows the subject to "die" without ''actually'' dying, that's a subtrope known as the RevivalLoophole. May result in SheIsTheKing when a country would rather deal with a female King than a possibly bloody SuccessionCrisis.
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26th Mar '15 1:30:22 AM MrInitialMan
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Contrast BotheringByTheBook, where someone becomes a pest by following the rules to the letter, ''without'' looking for loopholes. If someone else finds a loophole, it's MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours. Not unknown to be used in JustFollowingOrders and ExactWords. If a rule is instituted solely to close the loophole, you have an ObviousRulePatch.

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Contrast BotheringByTheBook, where someone becomes a pest by following the rules to the letter, ''without'' looking for loopholes. If someone else finds a loophole, it's MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours. Not unknown to be used in JustFollowingOrders and ExactWords. If a rule is instituted solely to close the loophole, you have an ObviousRulePatch.
ObviousRulePatch. Also related is SuddenlySignificantRule, when a rule usually given little thought is invoked--either because it opens a loophole or closes one.
4th Mar '15 3:25:02 PM azul120
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Several examples refer to the [[RenamedTropes old name]] of this trope, AintNoRule.

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Several examples refer to the [[RenamedTropes old name]] of this trope, AintNoRule.Ain't No Rule.
15th Jan '15 9:42:53 AM gutza1
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* LoopholeAbuse/{{Roleplay}}
21st Nov '14 3:24:14 AM MrInitialMan
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See also NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught. Related to the LordBritishPostulate, which may require some Loophole Abuse to pull off. If the requirement is "death" and the loophole in the definition allows the subject to "die" without ''actually'' dying, that's a subtrope known as the RevivalLoophole. May result in SheIsTheKing when a country would rather deal with a female King than a possibly bloody succession crisis.

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See also NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught. Related to the LordBritishPostulate, which may require some Loophole Abuse to pull off. If the requirement is "death" and the loophole in the definition allows the subject to "die" without ''actually'' dying, that's a subtrope known as the RevivalLoophole. May result in SheIsTheKing when a country would rather deal with a female King than a possibly bloody succession crisis.
SuccessionCrisis.
22nd Oct '14 10:33:33 AM VVK
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Compare ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem (when the loopholes were intentionally created in order to be exploited). Also contrast BotheringByTheBook, where someone becomes a pest by following the rules to the letter, ''without'' looking for loopholes. If someone else finds a loophole, it's MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours. Not unknown to be used in JustFollowingOrders and ExactWords. If a rule is instituted solely to close the loophole, you have an ObviousRulePatch.

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Compare ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem (when the loopholes were intentionally created in order to be exploited). Also contrast Contrast BotheringByTheBook, where someone becomes a pest by following the rules to the letter, ''without'' looking for loopholes. If someone else finds a loophole, it's MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours. Not unknown to be used in JustFollowingOrders and ExactWords. If a rule is instituted solely to close the loophole, you have an ObviousRulePatch.
26th Jul '14 9:07:38 PM MCacodemon
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'''Calvin:''' ''(writing)'' Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz.''(to the readers)'' I love loopholes.

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'''Calvin:''' ''(writing)'' Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz.''(to the readers)'' ''([[AsideComment aside]])'' I love loopholes.
8th Jul '14 9:41:46 PM MorganWick
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Several examples refer to the [[RenamedTropes old name]] of this trope, AintNoRule.
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