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14th Jul '16 7:14:18 PM DrOO7
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* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', Doogie and Vinnie are robbed by a home invader and actually admit that they're pretty freaked out by the whole thing, especially when the intruder ''returns'' and steals Doogie's car this time. They just don't realize how much or seeks any help until Doogie nearly attacks a guy he mistook for a mugger.

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* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', Doogie and Vinnie are robbed by a home invader and actually admit that they're pretty freaked out by the whole thing, especially when the intruder ''returns'' and steals Doogie's car this time. They just don't realize how much or seeks seek any help until Doogie nearly attacks a guy he mistook for a mugger.mugger.
* Similarly on ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', when the Peach Pit is robbed. Like Doogie, Brenda (the victim) admits how terrified she was, but insists that she's feeling better as time goes on even though she is actually getting worse. She finally flips out in the middle of an exam when a sound reminds her of the robber's gun cocking.
* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. The titular character is shot by a man who hates doctors. She becomes agoraphobic for the remainder of the episode before finally snapping out of it.
5th Oct '15 7:25:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''DiffrentStrokes'': Arnold is traumatized after he is robbed at knifepoint. His coping mechanism is to bluff to his friends that he held his own and that he isn't scared, but Mr. Drummond suspects that his son is deeply upset. Eventually, he is able to get Arnold to admit he was scared for his life and a classroom exercise in self-defense exposes the truth.
* ''{{Ellen}}'': After a break-in, Ellen is given a gun by Audrey and tries to learn self-defense. She also has bars installed in her windows, and takes to sleeping cuddled up with a life-sized mannequin meant to give intruders the illusion that she lives with a man.
* ''SuddenlySusan'': After Susan's apartment gets robbed, she decides to get a gun and ends up accidentally shooting her elderly neighbor.
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%%* ''GrowingPains''
* ''TheGoldenGirls'', "Break In": The house is robbed while the Girls are out for an evening. Terrified, Rose buys a gun for protection. Rose accidentally shoots Blanche's very expensive vase, thinking that the burglar has returned when it was just Blanche and her date returning to the house.

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* ''DiffrentStrokes'': ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': Arnold is traumatized after he is robbed at knifepoint. His coping mechanism is to bluff to his friends that he held his own and that he isn't scared, but Mr. Drummond suspects that his son is deeply upset. Eventually, he is able to get Arnold to admit he was scared for his life and a classroom exercise in self-defense exposes the truth.
* ''{{Ellen}}'': ''Series/{{Ellen}}'': After a break-in, Ellen is given a gun by Audrey and tries to learn self-defense. She also has bars installed in her windows, and takes to sleeping cuddled up with a life-sized mannequin meant to give intruders the illusion that she lives with a man.
* ''SuddenlySusan'': ''Series/SuddenlySusan'': After Susan's apartment gets robbed, she decides to get a gun and ends up accidentally shooting her elderly neighbor.
%%* ''FamilyTies''
''Series/FamilyTies''
%%* ''GrowingPains''
''Series/GrowingPains''
* ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', "Break In": The house is robbed while the Girls are out for an evening. Terrified, Rose buys a gun for protection. Rose accidentally shoots Blanche's very expensive vase, thinking that the burglar has returned when it was just Blanche and her date returning to the house.



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* On LifeGoesOn, the family returns from an evening out to find that they've been robbed. They all freak out to varying degrees, with the father eventually buying a gun. Unfortunately, son Corky nearly shoots a presumed intruder with it--he was a classmate of Paige's stopping by to help her with an assignment--and it forces the family to realize that they haven't been handling the situation very well.
* DoogieHowserMD Doogie and Vinnie are robbed by a home invader and actually admit that they're pretty freaked out by the whole thing, especially when the intruder ''returns'' and steals Doogie's car this time. They just don't realize how much or seeks any help until Doogie nearly attacks a guy he mistook for a mugger.
* On {{ER}}, although he isn't robbed, Mark gets the daylights beaten out of him by a never-identified attacker. For the next several months he acts like a {{Jerkass}}, to varying, sometimes understandable degrees--jumping out of his skin when approached in the hospital parking lot, pulling a gun on several youths who he thought (possibly correctly) were going to mug him, snapping at his coworkers and finally humiliating himself by screaming at the bereaved widow of a patient. His is the most extreme example--all other staff members who went through similar traumas appeared to recover quite rapidly--in that very same season, Carol was held hostage during a grocery store robbery, yet suffered no lingering effects, and neither did Sam after having been kidnapped and raped by her ex and finally more-or-less forced to shoot him in self-defense.

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* On LifeGoesOn, ''Series/LifeGoesOn'', the family returns from an evening out to find that they've been robbed. They all freak out to varying degrees, with the father eventually buying a gun. Unfortunately, son Corky nearly shoots a presumed intruder with it--he was a classmate of Paige's stopping by to help her with an assignment--and it forces the family to realize that they haven't been handling the situation very well.
* DoogieHowserMD ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', Doogie and Vinnie are robbed by a home invader and actually admit that they're pretty freaked out by the whole thing, especially when the intruder ''returns'' and steals Doogie's car this time. They just don't realize how much or seeks any help until Doogie nearly attacks a guy he mistook for a mugger.
* On {{ER}}, ''Series/{{ER}}'', although he isn't robbed, Mark gets the daylights beaten out of him by a never-identified attacker. For the next several months he acts like a {{Jerkass}}, to varying, sometimes understandable degrees--jumping out of his skin when approached in the hospital parking lot, pulling a gun on several youths who he thought (possibly correctly) were going to mug him, snapping at his coworkers and finally humiliating himself by screaming at the bereaved widow of a patient. His is the most extreme example--all other staff members who went through similar traumas appeared to recover quite rapidly--in that very same season, Carol was held hostage during a grocery store robbery, yet suffered no lingering effects, and neither did Sam after having been kidnapped and raped by her ex and finally more-or-less forced to shoot him in self-defense.
17th Mar '15 8:58:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' used this for drama. Will and Carlton were robbed; Will was shot, which set up a long recovery arc, and Carlton got paranoid and bought a revolver. Guess how well ''that'' went over...
* ''HomeImprovement'' did this once, though it was actually neighbor Wilson that got robbed. In any case, imagine TimTaylorTechnology applied to a home security system and... yeah.
* ''SeventhHeaven'', after Annie and Matt are robbed at gunpoint. Matt reacted in the usual terrified way, suffering a HeroicBSOD the next morning, while Annie remained calm and strong as usual. However, later on Matt was getting better thanks to a support group while Annie unexpectedly broke down in tears a few nights later, and freaked out when she mistook a stranger giving back a pair of dropped sunglasses for an assailant.

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* ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' used this for drama. Will and Carlton were robbed; Will was shot, which set up a long recovery arc, and Carlton got paranoid and bought a revolver. Guess how well ''that'' went over...
* ''HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'' did this once, though it was actually neighbor Wilson that got robbed. In any case, imagine TimTaylorTechnology applied to a home security system and... yeah.
* ''SeventhHeaven'', ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', after Annie and Matt are robbed at gunpoint. Matt reacted in the usual terrified way, suffering a HeroicBSOD the next morning, while Annie remained calm and strong as usual. However, later on Matt was getting better thanks to a support group while Annie unexpectedly broke down in tears a few nights later, and freaked out when she mistook a stranger giving back a pair of dropped sunglasses for an assailant.
3rd Feb '15 9:58:25 AM NegiSpongie
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge.[[spoiler: It turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries, and Squidward is arrested for assault]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge.[[spoiler: It turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries, and so Sandy strips Squidward of his karate belt and he is arrested for assault]].
3rd Feb '15 9:56:10 AM NegiSpongie
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge[[spoiler: and it turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge[[spoiler: and it revenge.[[spoiler: It turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries]].groceries, and Squidward is arrested for assault]].
2nd Feb '15 10:09:27 PM NegiSpongie
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge[[spoiler: and it turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries]].
31st Dec '14 8:55:31 PM WillBGood
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When a sitcom protagonist has an encounter with crime they will become paranoid of everyone around them. They will take a self-defense class ([[HilarityEnsues you know what ensues]]) or buy a gun. In the latter case a trigger-happy random shootfest inevitably follows, and somebody gets shot in the foot. This usually turns into a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop about the dangers of attempting to defend oneself for any reason.

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When a sitcom protagonist has an encounter with crime they will become paranoid of everyone around them. They will take a self-defense class ([[HilarityEnsues you know what you-know-what ensues]]) or buy a gun. In the latter case a trigger-happy random shootfest inevitably follows, and somebody gets shot in the foot. This usually turns into a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop about the dangers of attempting to defend oneself for any reason.
6th Nov '14 8:32:47 PM DrOO7
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* On {{ER}}, although he isn't robbed, Mark gets the daylights beaten out of him by a never-identified attacker. For the next several months he acts like a {{Jerkass}}, to varying, sometimes understandable degrees--jumping out of his skin when approached in the hospital parking lot, pulling a gun on several youths who he thought (possibly correctly) were going to mug him, snapping at his coworkers and finally humiliating himself by screaming at the bereaved widow of a patient. His is the most extreme example--all other staff members who went through similar traumas appeared to recover quite rapidly--in that very same season, Carol was held hostage during a grocery store robbery, yet suffered no lingering effects, and neither did Sam after having been kidnapped and raped by her ex and finally more-or-less forced to shoot him in self-defense.
28th Oct '14 7:55:43 AM Austin
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* On ''EmptyNest'', after Laverne is mugged, she reacts like her usual wisecracking self. Only after giving her statement to the police does she realize how terrified she was and she spends the rest of the episode in a HeroicBSOD until Harry snaps her out of it.

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* On ''EmptyNest'', ''Series/EmptyNest'', after Laverne is mugged, she reacts like her usual wisecracking self. Only after giving her statement to the police does she realize how terrified she was and she spends the rest of the episode in a HeroicBSOD until Harry snaps her out of it.
15th Oct '14 8:01:31 PM Andyroid
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* One ''CalvinAndHobbes'' story had burglars break into Calvin's house and steal the TV and some jewelry. Calvin's parents were traumatized by the breach of security, but Calvin was (once he had ensured that Hobbes was safe) mostly just annoyed about lack of TV.

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* One ''CalvinAndHobbes'' ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' story had burglars break into Calvin's house and steal the TV and some jewelry. jewelry while they were out of town. Calvin's parents were traumatized by the breach of security, but Calvin was (once he had ensured that Hobbes was safe) mostly just annoyed about the lack of TV.



* ''HeyArnold'', "Mugged"
* ''{{Doug}}'', in the episode where Doug's bike gets stolen.
* Slight variation in ''TheSimpsons'', (''Strong Arm of the Marge'') when Marge becomes a shut-in after having her necklace snatched. Eventually, she regains her self-confidence after using free weights, and pummels her attacker (earning Chief Wiggum's praise). However, she soon starts taking steroids, but [[DrugsAreBad that's a trope for another day...]]
** Less variable variation: in the episode "The Cartridge Family", after a particularly violent soccer riot, Homer buys a gun to protect his family. Marge becomes naturally worried, particularly with Homer acting ... well like Homer with a deadly weapon, and takes the kids to a motel, while Homer reasons there's no need to have a gun for protection when he has nothing to protect. The episode ends with Marge taking the gun and throwing it in the trash [[spoiler: Until she sees her own reflection with the weapon and decides to keep it for herself.]]
* ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' has the band refuse to go out in public after [[spoiler: they are attacked on-stage at the end of season one]].

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* ''HeyArnold'', "Mugged"
''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', "Mugged": Arnold learns martial arts from his grandmother after getting mugged, but starts becoming more and more aggressive. He becomes guilt-ridden after lashing out at an innocent bystander, but gets over it after a pep-talk from his granny and a final confrontation with the guy who originally mugged him.
* ''{{Doug}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', in the episode where Doug's bike gets stolen.
* Slight variation in ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', (''Strong Arm of the Marge'') when Marge becomes a shut-in after having her necklace snatched. Eventually, she regains her self-confidence after using free weights, and pummels her attacker (earning Chief Wiggum's praise). However, she soon starts taking steroids, but [[DrugsAreBad that's a trope for another day...]]
** Less variable variation: in the episode "The Cartridge Family", after a particularly violent soccer riot, Homer buys a gun to protect his family. Marge becomes naturally worried, particularly with Homer acting ... well well, like Homer with a deadly weapon, and takes the kids to a motel, while Homer reasons there's no need to have a gun for protection when he has nothing to protect. The episode ends with Marge taking the gun and throwing it in the trash [[spoiler: Until she sees her own reflection with the weapon and decides to keep it for herself.]]
* ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' has the band refuse to go out in public after [[spoiler: they are attacked on-stage at the end of season one]].
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