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31st Aug '16 6:56:37 PM wanderlustwarrior
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* Wrestling/TheNewDay defended their Tag Team Champion status this way both as heels and as faces. The three-man team defended the generally two-person title under the "Freebird Rule", where any two members of the team could be challenged for the championship on any night. As heels, when the fight seemed to be a losing effort, the third member would interfere, force a loss by disqualification, and the team would keep the title. At least once, this was used as a storyline title defense as faces, as well. At Summerslam 2016, member Wrestling/BigE had been ({{kayefabe}}) injured with a low blow by [[Wrestling/BulletClub The Club, Gallows and Anderson]], and had to be substituted with Jon Stewart (yes, ''that'' Creator/JonStewart). As the pair were about to do the same to Mr. Stewart, Big E [[BigDamnHeroes came to the rescue]], losing the match, but saving both Stewart's testicles and New Day's now one year long championship reign.

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* Wrestling/TheNewDay defended their Tag Team Champion status this way both as heels and as faces. The three-man team defended the generally two-person title under the "Freebird Rule", where any two members of the team could be challenged for the championship on any night. As heels, when the fight seemed to be a losing effort, the third member would interfere, force a loss by disqualification, and the team would keep the title. At least once, this was used as a storyline title defense as faces, as well. At Summerslam 2016, member Wrestling/BigE Wrestling/BigELangston had been ({{kayefabe}}) ({{kayfabe}}) injured with a low blow by [[Wrestling/BulletClub The Club, Gallows and Anderson]], and had to be substituted with Jon Stewart (yes, ''that'' Creator/JonStewart). As the pair were about to do the same to Mr. Stewart, Big E [[BigDamnHeroes came to the rescue]], losing the match, but saving both Stewart's testicles and New Day's now one year long championship reign.
31st Aug '16 6:55:38 PM wanderlustwarrior
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31st Aug '16 6:55:14 PM wanderlustwarrior
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*Some promotions use a rule where titles cannot change hands, or other wagers or stipulations cannot be done, if there is a win by disqualification. For example, in WWE, some title matches can have the losing champion retain their title because they lost by DQ, intentionally or not. A {{Face}} may luck into this scenario, while a {{Heel}} may actively exploit it.
*Wrestling/TheNewDay defended their Tag Team Champion status this way both as heels and as faces. The three-man team defended the generally two-person title under the "Freebird Rule", where any two members of the team could be challenged for the championship on any night. As heels, when the fight seemed to be a losing effort, the third member would interfere, force a loss by disqualification, and the team would keep the title. At least once, this was used as a storyline title defense as faces, as well. At Summerslam 2016, member Wrestling/BigE had been ({{kayefabe}}) injured with a low blow by [[Wrestling/BulletClub The Club, Gallows and Anderson]], and had to be substituted with Jon Stewart (yes, ''that'' Creator/JonStewart). As the pair were about to do the same to Mr. Stewart, Big E [[BigDamnHeroes came to the rescue]], losing the match, but saving both Stewart's testicles and New Day's now one year long championship reign.
*WWE's Night of Champions is a pay-per-view event where every championship is put on the line. In one match, heel Wrestling/CMPunk realized after several attempts that he couldn't quite guarantee victory against face Wrestling/JeffHardy, so after his latest failure, he simply [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwYLD0KuTXs left the ring, grabbed the championship belt, and began to leave the arena]], forcing the ref to initiate a count-out leading to his loss by disqualification and thus retention of the title. [[spoiler: As the announcers made the audience aware of this rule fu, Jeff recovered and forced Punk back into the ring for a win.]]
17th May '16 6:10:26 PM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', the owner of a salvage yard is particularly impressive in preventing Hank from searching an RV which he knows could be driven away the second it's out of his sight.
-->'''Hank''': I don't need a warrant, I have probable cause.

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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Junkyard Joe, the elderly owner of a the salvage yard where Jesse has stashed the RV (and which Walt and Jesse are trapped inside at that moment) is particularly impressive in preventing Hank from searching an RV the RV, which he Hank knows could be driven away or destroyed the second it's out of his sight.
-->'''Hank''': -->'''Hank Schrader''': I don't need a warrant, I have probable cause.


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* In ''Series/Daredevil2015'', Grotto, a Nelson & Murdock client, is killed by the Punisher. After Frank Castle is caught, Matt, Foggy and Karen visit him at the hospital with the intent of possibly representing him. District attorney Samantha Reyes attempts to send them packing by stating it's illegal for lawyers to defend a murderer that killed one of their clients, only for Matt to counter that if she's going to file the conflict of interest, Reyes will have to admit that she's responsible for jeopardizing Grotto's witness protection.
26th Mar '16 4:21:33 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''{{Doug}}'' has Doug's ''entire class'' put into detention by [[DeanBitterman Vice-Principal Bone]]. This prompts a ''Quailman'' [[ShowWithinAShow fantasy sequence]] where Doug's superheroic alter ego faces down the Rulesmeister, master of arbitrary rules, and eventually defeats him by pointing out he's wearing mismatched socks, one of the many things he has a rule against. This carries over back into reality, when Mr. Bone snatches a comic book...and Doug points out that one of the rules is "No Snatching Other Peoples' Comics!"

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* An episode of ''{{Doug}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' has Doug's ''entire class'' put into detention by [[DeanBitterman Vice-Principal Bone]]. This prompts a ''Quailman'' [[ShowWithinAShow fantasy sequence]] where Doug's superheroic alter ego faces down the Rulesmeister, master of arbitrary rules, and eventually defeats him by pointing out he's wearing mismatched socks, one of the many things he has a rule against. This carries over back into reality, when Mr. Bone snatches a comic book...and Doug points out that one of the rules is "No Snatching Other Peoples' Comics!"
20th Mar '16 5:42:23 PM KeithM
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** Sheridan pulls one off to temporarily delay the inevitable conflict between the station and EarthGov when Nightwatch pushes their weight around; General Hague reminds that he must follow the chain of command when it comes to the orders Nightwatch is demanding he follow, orders which everyone knows have come down from President Clark. Sheridan has Nightwatch personnel arrested because they've been running around boasting about how they don't answer to the military chain of command. Since Sheridan hasn't received any orders through ''his'' chain of command that he has to listen to them, they've tried to seize the station illegally.
19th Mar '16 12:53:08 AM Hossmeister
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26th Feb '16 7:42:14 AM tromag
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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Ensigns of Command" revolved around a human colony on a world claimed by the Sheliak Corporate. The Sheliak demanded the removal of the human colonists before their own colonists arrived in four days; unfortunately, the colony has grown to the point that it would take three ''weeks'' to evacuate everyone. Picard tries to negotiate with the Sheliak only to be rebuffed as they [[RulesLawyer cite various terms of the ridiculously complicated Treaty of Armens]] which rule in their favor. Finally, Picard looks through the Treaty himself and discovers a clause he can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYCjqmbsmYA use against the Sheliak]]: he invokes the right to have a neutral third party arbitrate, and chooses the Grizzelas, who won't come out of hibernation for another six months. This time, it's the Sheliak's turn to balk (and finally, acquiesce).

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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Ensigns of Command" revolved around a human colony on a world claimed by the Sheliak Corporate. The Sheliak demanded the removal of the human colonists before their own colonists arrived in four days; unfortunately, threaten to destroy the colony has grown to the point that it would take three ''weeks'' to evacuate everyone. if it's not evacuated in four days (which is logistically impossible). Picard tries to negotiate with the Sheliak only to be rebuffed as they [[RulesLawyer cite various terms of the ridiculously complicated Treaty of Armens]] which rule in their favor. Armens]]. Finally, Picard looks through the Treaty himself and discovers a clause he can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYCjqmbsmYA use against the Sheliak]]: he Sheliak]]. He invokes the right to have select a neutral third party to arbitrate, and chooses a race which is the Grizzelas, who won't come out middle of a six-month hibernation for another six months.cycle. This time, it's the Sheliak's turn to balk (and finally, acquiesce).
4th Feb '16 3:22:20 AM ManEFaces
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** A really awesome instance was Delenn demanding that the whole Minbari Civil War (which the warrior caste had theoretically won) be hazarded in a SelfImmolation contest because [[GoodOldWays "It is the tradition of our people."]].

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** A really awesome instance was Delenn demanding that the whole Minbari Civil War (which the warrior caste had theoretically won) be hazarded in a SelfImmolation contest because [[GoodOldWays "It is the tradition of our people."]]."]] which is what the warrior caste was arguing to return to as a pretext for starting the war.
4th Feb '16 3:18:05 AM ManEFaces
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* In Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice, this is what is used against Shylock, the Jew moneylender who demands his pound of flesh from Antonio. Shylock pleads his case in court, and the court finds that indeed, the contract he made with Antonio is binding. This gives Shylock every legal right to extract a pound of flesh from him. However, Antonio is saved because it is ruled that Shylock cannot collect his pound of flesh without making a number of violations against Antonio's body. He asked for a pound of flesh, which means he can't take any more or less than an exact pound without violating his contract. The contract also did not include taking Antonio's blood which Shylock is therefore not entitled to, but cannot avoid spilling by taking the flesh. These two points along with the fact that his contract never included not being held accountable for potentially killing Antonio means that the court can use this LoopholeAbuse to bring down the full force of the law upon Shylock. To rub salt into the wound, he is forced to convert to Christianity by the man he tried to take vengeance on, and he cannot even take his own life to get out of it (note that by the standards of Shakespeare's time his forced conversion would be a just punishment and be considered salvation of the "villain"; Values Dissonance makes it come off as extremely cruel and religiously-intolerant).
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