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15th Nov '17 6:10:22 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In Literature/TheBible a rule given a few times is "do not boil a baby goat in it's mother's milk", which otherwise doesn't violate any of the dietary rules. Apparently this was an issue, but nobody really remembers why. Many observant Jews avoid mixing meat and milk just in case.
12th Oct '17 3:17:56 PM MBG
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* In ''Manga/YuGiOh'', while being a KillerGameMaster, Bakura initially cheats by rolling his ten-sided dice so that they spin like tops, greatly improving his odds and allowing him to control the result to a degree. When Dark Yugi responds [[ScrewTheRulesTheyBrokeThemFirst by copying him,]] Bakura creates a new rule (applying to both of them) that they have to roll dice by sliding them off their hands and dropping them, with spinning being prohibited, and resolves to cheat in a different way from now on.
8th Oct '17 7:04:00 AM Storygirl000
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* In ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops'', a lot of additions have been made to "Da Rules" from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' thanks to looper antics. For example, there is now a rule against wishing that Vicky and Mr Crocker were fairy godparents, thanks to Cosmo and [[WesternAnimation/WinxClub Musa]].
24th Sep '17 5:49:24 PM Cavery210
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* In the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' series, one of Goku's opponents, a monster named "Giran", almost throws Goku out of the arena. However, Goku manages to save himself from "loss by ringout" because he gets his flying cloud to save him at the last moment. This causes a problem because Giran, of course, claims this was an unfair move, and the referee is having trouble deciding whether or not this should be allowed. The referee consults with the overseers of the rules off-screen, and the referee returns and finally says...since clouds are a natural part of the environment, it wasn't illegal for Goku to use one to stop his own ring-out. ''However'', Goku is forbidden to use the cloud ''again'' (and the implication is that this is now a new rule; no future fighters can use clouds to stop being thrown out of the ring). Giran is disappointed at not being immediately given the victory, but upon learning Goku can't use the cloud a second time, he smirks and says, "That sounds good. I can live with that."

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* In the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' series, one of Goku's opponents, opponents in the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai, a monster Kaiju named "Giran", almost throws Goku out of the arena. However, Goku manages to save himself from "loss by ringout" because he gets his flying cloud Kinto-un to save him at the last moment. This causes a problem because Giran, of course, claims this was an unfair move, and the referee is having trouble deciding whether or not this should be allowed. The referee consults with the overseers of the rules off-screen, and the referee returns and finally says...since clouds are a natural part of the environment, it wasn't illegal for Goku to use one to stop his own ring-out. ''However'', Goku is forbidden to use the cloud ''again'' (and the implication is that this is now a new rule; no future fighters can use clouds to stop being thrown out of the ring). Giran is disappointed at not being immediately given the victory, but upon learning Goku can't use the cloud a second time, he smirks and says, "That sounds good. I can live with that."
21st Sep '17 3:23:44 PM Gosicrystal
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there is a sport called pro-bending, in which two teams made up of one waterbender, one earthbender, and one firebender compete (there aren't enough Airbenders in the world to be included in the rules). Korra, as the Avatar, is the ''only living person'' capable of bending more than one element. When she joins a pro-bending tournament as a waterbender but reflexively earthbends to block a shot, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the referee calls "Foul!... I think."]] After a brief recess, the officials apply the patch: the Avatar can compete, but may only bend one element.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there is a sport called pro-bending, in which two teams made up of one waterbender, one earthbender, and one firebender compete (there aren't enough Airbenders in the world to be included in the rules). Korra, as the Avatar, is the ''only living person'' capable of bending more than one element. When she joins a pro-bending tournament as a waterbender but reflexively earthbends to block a shot, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the referee calls "Foul!... I think."]] " After a brief recess, the officials apply the patch: the Avatar can compete, but may only bend one element.
21st Sep '17 7:20:40 AM batty3108
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** In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', since the rules that distinguish street football from association football are being written in one swoop, Ponder Stibbons finds himself adding a lot of obvious patches, including the offside rule. We're also told that one of the oldest rules in the street game, "The Ball shall be the ball that is known as the Ball", was a patch added when someone scored a goal with an opposing player's head. Subverted in that the rule was to ''allow'' it retroactively (the head's owner was credited with the winning goal and nobody had the heart to take it away).

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** In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', since the rules that distinguish street football from association football are being written in one swoop, Ponder Stibbons finds himself adding a lot of obvious patches, including the offside rule. We're also told that one of the oldest rules in the street game, "The Ball shall be the ball that is known as the Ball", Ball" (i.e. Whichever object is deemed, by popular consensus of the players, to be the object being used as the ball, shall be officially regarded as The Ball, until such time as a new Ball is designated), was a patch added when someone scored a goal with an opposing player's head. Subverted in that the rule was to ''allow'' it retroactively (the head's owner was credited with the winning goal and nobody had the heart to take it away).
21st Sep '17 5:15:11 AM Gimere
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30th Aug '17 10:20:10 PM MBG
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* Inverted in ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. The original commandments are altered to ''add'' loopholes so the pigs can indulge in the forbidden behavior. For example, the rule "No animal may drink alcohol" is changed to "No animal may drink alcohol ''to excess''", and "No animal may sleep in a bed" is changed to "No animal may sleep in a bed ''with sheets''". [[InternalRetcon Then they claim the commandments always said that]]. Ironically, even the "patched" commandments are still broken; the pig who changed the one about alcohol was in a virtual stupor at the time.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. The original commandments are altered to ''add'' loopholes so the pigs can indulge in the forbidden behavior. For example, the rule "No animal may drink alcohol" is changed to "No animal may drink alcohol ''to excess''", and "No animal may sleep in a bed" is changed to "No animal may sleep in a bed ''with sheets''". [[InternalRetcon Then they claim the commandments always said that]]. Ironically, even the "patched" commandments are still broken; the pig who changed the one about alcohol was in a virtual stupor at the time. The film version also implies that one of the commandments was initially "Whatever goes upon four legs is a friend", but had "or has wings" added when the birds got annoyed.
30th Aug '17 10:14:37 PM MBG
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* Inverted in ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. The original commandments are altered to ''add'' loopholes so the pigs can indulge in the forbidden behavior. For example, the rule "No animal may drink alcohol" is changed to "No animal may drink alcohol ''to excess''", and "No animal may sleep in a bed" is changed to "No animal may sleep in a bed ''with sheets''". [[InternalRetcon Then they claim the commandments always said that]].

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* Inverted in ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. The original commandments are altered to ''add'' loopholes so the pigs can indulge in the forbidden behavior. For example, the rule "No animal may drink alcohol" is changed to "No animal may drink alcohol ''to excess''", and "No animal may sleep in a bed" is changed to "No animal may sleep in a bed ''with sheets''". [[InternalRetcon Then they claim the commandments always said that]]. Ironically, even the "patched" commandments are still broken; the pig who changed the one about alcohol was in a virtual stupor at the time.
11th Aug '17 2:00:52 PM StFan
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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', in addition to a handful of other "addendums and quid pro quos," the Genie makes sure to specify, "Ix-nay on the {{wishing for more wishes}}!" which would otherwise make the [[ThreeWishes three-wish limit]] [[LoopholeAbuse meaningless]].
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* Whenever wish-granting genies are brought up in fiction nowadays, "No WishingForMoreWishes" is a frequent rule (such as in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.)
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* Whenever wish-granting genies are brought up in fiction nowadays, "No WishingForMoreWishes" is a frequent rule (such as in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.)
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* Whenever wish-granting genies are brought up in fiction nowadays, "No WishingForMoreWishes" is a frequent rule (such as in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.)
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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the Director of Project Freelancer argues that the outright torture he inflicted on the Alpha AI does not break any laws regarding ethical treatment of AI's, because [[spoiler:the Alpha AI is a copy of ''his'' mind, so it can be argued that he was torturing ''himself'']], which there is no law against. The Chairman investigating him replies that that may be the case, but the laws are being extensively revised to take that into account, and he suspects the Director will have an entire section of the new laws named after him for this.
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* In ''ChasingTheSunset'', the rules are [[http://www.fantasycomic.com/index.php?p=c553 automatically]] patched.

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* In ''ChasingTheSunset'', ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'', the rules are [[http://www.fantasycomic.com/index.php?p=c553 automatically]] patched.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': According to WordOfGod, the spell "Protection From Law" is illegal in most places.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': According to WordOfGod, the spell "Protection From from Law" is illegal in most places.



* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the Director of Project Freelancer argues that the outright torture he inflicted on the Alpha AI does not break any laws regarding ethical treatment of AI's, because [[spoiler:the Alpha AI is a copy of ''his'' mind, so it can be argued that he was torturing ''himself'']], which there is no law against. The Chairman investigating him replies that that may be the case, but the laws are being extensively revised to take that into account, and he suspects the Director will have an entire section of the new laws named after him for this.
* During one episode of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V]]'', the gang is playing a game where they're supposed to hold on to a "flag" while flying for a few seconds to gain a point. During one round, Creator/MichaelJones gets his plane's wing clipped off and he crashes into the water below, survives and gets the point. The very next round, Ryan Haywood gets the "flag" and ''immediately'' dives into the water, in this case a lake bed. Geoff Ramsay allows the point to go through, but tells them that after that, no diving into the water.
** Though, to be absolutely fair, Ryan is the master of LoopholeAbuse in the team. He will force the others to enact this trope if there's even the possibility that he could bend the rules.

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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the Director of Project Freelancer argues that the outright torture he inflicted on the Alpha AI does not break any laws regarding ethical treatment of AI's, because [[spoiler:the Alpha AI is a copy of ''his'' mind, so it can be argued that he was torturing ''himself'']], which there is no law against. The Chairman investigating him replies that that may be the case, but the laws are being extensively revised to take that into account, and he suspects the Director will have an entire section of the new laws named after him for this.
* During one episode of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V]]'', the gang is playing a game where they're supposed to hold on to a "flag" while flying for a few seconds to gain a point. During one round, Creator/MichaelJones gets his plane's wing clipped off and he crashes into the water below, survives and gets the point. The very next round, Ryan Haywood gets the "flag" and ''immediately'' dives into the water, in this case a lake bed. Geoff Ramsay allows the point to go through, but tells them that after that, no diving into the water.
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water. Though, to be absolutely fair, Ryan is the master of LoopholeAbuse in the team. He will force the others to enact this trope if there's even the possibility that he could bend the rules.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there is a sport called pro-bending, in which two teams made up of one waterbender, one earthbender, and one firebender compete (there aren't enough Airbenders in the world to be included in the rules). Korra, as the Avatar, is the ''only living person'' capable of bending more than one element. When she joins a pro-bending tournament as a waterbender but reflexively earthbends to block a shot, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the referee calls "Foul! ...I think."]] After a brief recess, the officials apply the patch: the Avatar can compete, but may only bend one element.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' had the group play a game that Otto thought up. Otto repeatedly makes up rules on the fly, eventually causing Reggie to snap and call him out in front of everyone else. This also shows the downside to this trope, because eventually everyone else stops playing because of the "rules" and eventually leaves Otto and Reggie basically trying to play "HORSE", which she uses as a distraction while making Otto do a complicated move to piss off and go surfing with Twister and Sam.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there is a sport called pro-bending, in which two teams made up of one waterbender, one earthbender, and one firebender compete (there aren't enough Airbenders in the world to be included in the rules). Korra, as the Avatar, is the ''only living person'' capable of bending more than one element. When she joins a pro-bending tournament as a waterbender but reflexively earthbends to block a shot, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the referee calls "Foul! ..."Foul!... I think."]] After a brief recess, the officials apply the patch: the Avatar can compete, but may only bend one element.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'':
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One episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' had has the group play a game that Otto thought up. Otto repeatedly makes up rules on the fly, eventually causing Reggie to snap and call him out in front of everyone else. This also shows the downside to this trope, because eventually everyone else stops playing because of the "rules" and eventually leaves Otto and Reggie basically trying to play "HORSE", which she uses as a distraction while making Otto do a complicated move to piss off and go surfing with Twister and Sam.



* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', in addition to a handful of other "addendums and quid pro quos," the Genie makes sure to specify, "Ix-nay on the {{wishing for more wishes}}!" which would otherwise make the [[ThreeWishes three-wish limit]] [[LoopholeAbuse meaningless]].
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