History Main / NotHelpingYourCase

16th Jan '18 2:23:56 PM JohnnyHuang
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** Harry Potter himself and other characters of the cast will fall into the wrong side of this trope from time to time. Take for instance ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' where he is accused of being the Heir of Slytherin, the fact he is caught being near several crime scenes and is heard speaking the snake-tongue parselmouth really doesn't help despite the fact he was trying to do good.

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** During ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Minister Scrimgeour, when trying to talk Harry into becoming the Ministry's poster boy, mentions that [[WhatAnIdiot Umbridge is still working at the Ministry]], and she actually said that Harry wanted to be an Auror, in an attempt to bribe him. Harry bristles and shows the Minister the "I must not tell lies" scar that he received from his various detentions.
** Harry Potter himself and other characters of the cast will fall into the wrong side of this trope from time to time. Take for instance ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' where he is accused of being the Heir of Slytherin, the fact he is caught being near several crime scenes and is heard speaking the snake-tongue parselmouth Parcelmouth really doesn't help despite the fact he was trying to do good.
11th Dec '17 5:57:21 PM nombretomado
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* Jon Stewart on TheDailyShow had to say this enough times that his art-department needed to design no less than [[https://comedycentral.mtvnimages.com/images/shows/tds/videos/season_12_v/v6/ds_12114_headline_b_v6.jpg three]] [[https://comedycentral.mtvnimages.com/images/shows/tds/videos/season_15/15043/ds_15043_01_16x9.jpg different]] [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/XJ45vdU_LWg/maxresdefault.jpg graphics]] to keep the visual aid up-to-date with the show's evolving style.

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* Jon Stewart on TheDailyShow ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had to say this enough times that his art-department needed to design no less than [[https://comedycentral.mtvnimages.com/images/shows/tds/videos/season_12_v/v6/ds_12114_headline_b_v6.jpg three]] [[https://comedycentral.mtvnimages.com/images/shows/tds/videos/season_15/15043/ds_15043_01_16x9.jpg different]] [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/XJ45vdU_LWg/maxresdefault.jpg graphics]] to keep the visual aid up-to-date with the show's evolving style.
26th Nov '17 8:00:12 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Throughout the first two seasons, Jonathan had no problems with openly expressing his hatred of the Luthors, which made it easy for a DirtyCop to shoot Lionel and frame him for the crime.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Throughout the first two seasons, Jonathan had no problems with openly expressing his hatred of the Luthors, which made it easy for a DirtyCop to shoot Lionel and frame him for the crime. Jonathan even acknowledges that his doing so has come back to bite him:
-->'''Jonathan''': No, I didn't shoot Lionel. But I let my anger get the best of me. I... I haven't exactly kept it a secret how Jonathan Kent feels about the Luthors. What jury could possibly believe me now?


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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The White Fang began as a peaceful protest group, promoting equality for the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]], but a change of leadership five years prior to the series' beginning turned them into a [[WesternAnimation terrorist organization]] who use violence to promote their cause. Their actions have done nothing but cement humanity's prejudice against the Faunus, especially after the events of Volume 3, where Adam Taurus and his White Fang faction play an instrumental role in the invasion of Vale and the destruction of Beacon Academy. In "Dread in the Air," Sienna Khan, the organization's High Leader, even calls Adam out on it.
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21st Nov '17 4:14:35 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Project Cadmus in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' gets no respect or approval from the Justice League (other than Batman grudgingly admitting that they ''do'' have a legitimate point in how dangerous the League would be if it went rogue). This is because of three reasons. Firstly: they allow ''Lex FREAKING Luthor'' to have control over them for most of the series, meaning everyone GenreSavvy is confident they're being played like puppets in Lex's feud against Superman. Two: they seem more interested in ''goading'' the League into going off the rails, with incidents like sending agents to the Watchtower to steal an alien superweapon that the Legion impounded, than in legitimately opposing them should they genuinely go rogue. Three: everything they plan [[GoneHorriblyWrong completely fails to work]], meaning they actually ''produce'' more danger to the free world than the League does, what with things like trying to use a Kryptonite-fuelled nuclear missile on an inhabited island or creating insane superhumans.

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* Project Cadmus in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' gets no respect or approval from the Justice League (other than Batman grudgingly admitting that they ''do'' have a legitimate point in how dangerous the League would be if it went rogue). This is because of three reasons. Firstly: they allow ''Lex FREAKING Luthor'' to have control over them for most of the series, meaning everyone GenreSavvy is confident they're being played like puppets in Lex's feud against Superman. Two: they seem more interested in ''goading'' the League into going off the rails, with incidents like sending agents to the Watchtower to steal an alien superweapon that the Legion impounded, than in legitimately opposing them should they genuinely go rogue. Three: everything they plan [[GoneHorriblyWrong completely fails to work]], meaning they actually ''produce'' more danger to the free world than the League does, what with things like trying to use a Kryptonite-fuelled nuclear missile on an inhabited island or creating insane superhumans.



** [[OnlySaneMan Agent Lee]] goes back and forth: initially she gets this when attempting to explain Zeta isn't evil, but she's GenreSavvy enough to try that exactly once and then turn to the much more provable and equally true objection to her superiors that Bennett is becoming unstable. When she feels it isn't taken seriously, she quits, an act extreme enough to prompt investigation into Bennett's behavior. But she's unable to get Zeta's case heard afterwards when she's viewed as a MoodSwinger who turned on her boss, and any response she has damages her case.

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** [[OnlySaneMan Agent Lee]] goes back and forth: initially she gets this when attempting to explain Zeta isn't evil, but she's GenreSavvy enough to try she tries that exactly once and then turn to the much more provable and equally true objection to her superiors that Bennett is becoming unstable. When she feels it isn't taken seriously, she quits, an act extreme enough to prompt investigation into Bennett's behavior. But she's unable to get Zeta's case heard afterwards when she's viewed as a MoodSwinger who turned on her boss, and any response she has damages her case.
3rd Nov '17 1:10:06 PM Jake
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** The textbook ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' mentions that Uric the Oddball subjected himself to three months of Fwooper song so he could prove that it did not cause insanity. He then showed up to the next Wizards' Council meeting naked save for a dead badger on his head, thus convincing nobody.

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** The textbook ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' mentions that Uric the Oddball subjected himself to three months of Fwooper song so he could prove that it did not cause insanity. He then showed up to the next Wizards' Council meeting naked save for a dead badger on his head, thus convincing nobody. One could also make the case that voluntarily pulling a stunt like that calls the results into question on account of the fact you'd have to have a pretty tenuous grasp on sanity to think it was a good idea in the first place.
30th Oct '17 9:23:57 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Car," the Wattersons accidentally destroy the Robinsons new car, and when he finds out, he tries to sic the police on them. While the Robinsons are certainly justified in being furious at the Wattersons, they don't do themselves any favors when they get in the Doughnut Sheriff's face and scream at him to arrest them, destroy the Wattersons' own car as payback ''right in front of him'', and then try to attack him when he tries to calm them down; the episode ends with them getting arrested.
11th Oct '17 8:59:47 AM StarTropes
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** Snape can hardly do ''anything'' without looking as suspicious and unlikable as he can; he practically goes out of his way to make the heroes suspect he's a bad guy in nearly every book. He's also quite resentful of the fact that anyone would suspect that he, a former Death Eater, might be a Death Eater. [[spoiler:This turns out to be part of his ZeroPercentApprovalGambit, allowing him to function as TheMole within Voldemort's inner circle.]]

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** Snape can hardly do ''anything'' without looking as suspicious and unlikable as he can; he practically goes out of his way to make the heroes suspect he's a bad guy in nearly every book. He's also quite resentful of the fact that anyone would suspect that he, a former Death Eater, might be a Death Eater. [[spoiler:This turns out to be part of his ZeroPercentApprovalGambit, ZeroApprovalGambit, allowing him to function as TheMole within Voldemort's inner circle.]]
11th Oct '17 8:58:59 AM StarTropes
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** Snape can hardly do ''anything'' without looking as suspicious and unlikable as he can; he practically goes out of his way to make the heroes suspect he's a bad guy in nearly every book. He's also quite resentful of the fact that anyone would suspect that he, a former Death Eater, might be a Death Eater.

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** Snape can hardly do ''anything'' without looking as suspicious and unlikable as he can; he practically goes out of his way to make the heroes suspect he's a bad guy in nearly every book. He's also quite resentful of the fact that anyone would suspect that he, a former Death Eater, might be a Death Eater. [[spoiler:This turns out to be part of his ZeroPercentApprovalGambit, allowing him to function as TheMole within Voldemort's inner circle.]]


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** The textbook ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' mentions that Uric the Oddball subjected himself to three months of Fwooper song so he could prove that it did not cause insanity. He then showed up to the next Wizards' Council meeting naked save for a dead badger on his head, thus convincing nobody.
2nd Oct '17 3:44:19 AM aartbastiaan
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(mythology) Eris]], the Greek goddess of strife and discord, didn't get invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis because the other gods thought she'd just cause trouble. In revenge, she [[DisproportionateRetribution starts the Trojan War]].
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6th Sep '17 8:17:01 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Series/[[Matlock]]'': Matlock has several clients who work this trope. However, his client in "The Fugitive" takes the cake. He frequently interjects in court, knocks out the bailiff and flees the courthouse. Ultimately, Matlock shows his client was framed-for-murder. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure The judge, citing the extreme stress Matlock's client was under, recommends a lengthy term of community services instead of the "many years" in prison his actions would usually receive.]]

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* ''Series/[[Matlock]]'': ''Series/{{Matlock}}'': Matlock has several clients who work live this trope. However, his client in "The Fugitive" takes the cake. He frequently interjects in court, knocks out the bailiff and flees the courthouse. Ultimately, Matlock shows his client was framed-for-murder. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure The judge, citing the extreme stress Matlock's client was under, recommends a lengthy term of community services instead of the "many years" in prison his actions would usually receive.]]
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