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15th May '18 9:35:40 AM LavonPapillon1
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* ''Fanfic/MrAndMrsGold'': Belle points out to Ella that it was an incredibly stupid and short-sighted thing to do signing a MagicallyBindingContract from somebody like Rumpelstiltskin without reading any of it and not expecting some horrifying repercussion.
15th May '18 3:53:05 AM Vir
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* {{Subverted| trope}} in an episode of ''Westernanimation/{{Gravity Falls}}''. Stan answers the door to discover he has won $10 million, and just had to sign a claim form; he does so immediately and enthusiastically. Then [[{{face of an angel mind of a demon}} Gideon]] strides in and gloats that Stan has just signed over the Mystery Shack... only for Stan to point out that he didn't actually sign, he just wrote an insulting message. Don't try to con a {{conman}}.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode ''[[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E6MermaidManandBarnacleBoyPickles Pickles]]'', Bubble Bass [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this on Mr. Krabs after claiming that his Krabby Patty was missing its pickle, and demands his $2 back. Mr. Krabs doesn't know what he's talking about, until Bass points to the positively ''microscopic'' text on the bottom of the menu reading [[UnreadableDisclaimer "-money back guarantee-"]][[note]]And providing the page image for UnreadableDisclaimer in the process![[/note]].

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* {{Subverted| trope}} {{Subverted|trope}} in an episode of ''Westernanimation/{{Gravity Falls}}''.''Westernanimation/GravityFalls''. Stan answers the door to discover he has won $10 million, and just had to sign a claim form; he does so immediately and enthusiastically. Then [[{{face of an angel mind of a demon}} [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Gideon]] strides in and gloats that Stan has just signed over the Mystery Shack... only for Stan to point out that he didn't actually sign, he just wrote an insulting message. Don't try to con a {{conman}}.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode ''[[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E6MermaidManandBarnacleBoyPickles Pickles]]'', "[[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E6MermaidManandBarnacleBoyPickles Pickles]]", Bubble Bass [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this on Mr. Krabs after claiming that his Krabby Patty was missing its pickle, pickles, and demands his $2 back. Mr. Krabs doesn't know what he's talking about, until Bass points to the positively ''microscopic'' text on the bottom of the menu reading [[UnreadableDisclaimer "-money back guarantee-"]][[note]]And providing the page image for UnreadableDisclaimer in the process![[/note]].
15th May '18 3:50:33 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E21OnceUponAZeppelin Once Upon a Zeppelin]]," Twilight Sparkle's parents sign a contract telling them that they won a free airship cruise without reading it. Unbeknownst to them, it's a "Princess Cruise," and they just signed away their daughter's entire day away in order to make the other guests happy.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E21OnceUponAZeppelin Once Upon a Zeppelin]]," Twilight Sparkle's parents sign a contract telling them that they won a free airship cruise without reading it. Unbeknownst to them, it's a "Princess Cruise," and they just signed away their daughter's entire day away in order to make the other guests happy.
27th Mar '18 10:04:23 AM intastiel
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* Discussed and defied in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', where the archfiends [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0634.html lay out]] a simple verbal agreement, which is sealed by touching a ball of light. As they say, they don't need to hide details in a contract when they can achieve their goals by being open, [[spoiler:or rather, by ''implying'' that the specifics of the deal are different than they are]].
20th Mar '18 12:25:24 PM MasterFuzzy
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* An example in the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' Eleventh Doctor novel ''Borrowed Time'' is that two alien "businessmen" are selling time-travel devices that allow you to go back along your own personal timeline and spend more time with your family, get more work done, etc, and you just have to pay back an hour of your life for every hour you took. Good deal, right? Not really-the small print says that it's not one hour per hour, it's one hour per hour, ''per hour.'' Essentially, the longer you take to pay it back, the more the compound interest racks up, so that you end up paying back hundreds of hours from your lifespan even if you only used five or so. This leads to people aging swiftly or even dying. And if you try to mess with the device, you invalidate the warranty and pay back all of the time right there and then. Eventually, the Doctor [[spoiler: buys out all of the debts from the Time Market, then cancels them]].
20th Mar '18 12:15:10 PM MasterFuzzy
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* "Low cost" airlines are probably the most well-known example, particularly European ones. Say an airlines advertises "Frankfurt London from 19" - basically everything in such an advertisement should (or does) come with an asterisk. "Frankfurt" can mean [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt%E2%80%93Hahn_Airport Hahn]] some 100 km away. "London" will certainly not mean Heathrow or City, but may well mean [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Airport Oxoford]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Southend_Airport some other place]] no where near London. European courts have ruled more than once that such naming (frequently of the style "big city"-small hamlet airport with the big city a hundred or more kilometers away) is either illegal or should come with a disclaimer regarding the actual distance involved. Now to the price: Of course this is the cheapest one way fare they technically offer. Excluding any luggage, beverages, food and sometimes even seat reservations. Some airlines even charge extra for carry-on bags. EU courts have once again stepped in and drawn the line at unavoidable taxes and charges, which have to be included in the advertised price, but charging for printing out a boarding pass or using the wrong credit card is fair game, as long as it is clearly stated somewhere.

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* "Low cost" airlines are probably the most well-known example, particularly European ones. Say an airlines advertises "Frankfurt London from 19" - basically everything in such an advertisement should (or does) come with an asterisk. "Frankfurt" can mean [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt%E2%80%93Hahn_Airport Hahn]] some 100 km away. "London" will certainly not mean Heathrow or City, but may well mean [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Airport Oxoford]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Southend_Airport some other place]] no where nowhere near London. European courts have ruled more than once that such naming (frequently of the style "big city"-small hamlet airport with the big city a hundred or more kilometers away) is either illegal or should come with a disclaimer regarding the actual distance involved. Now to the price: Of course this is the cheapest one way fare they technically offer. Excluding any luggage, beverages, food and sometimes even seat reservations. Some airlines even charge extra for carry-on bags. EU courts have once again stepped in and drawn the line at unavoidable taxes and charges, which have to be included in the advertised price, but charging for printing out a boarding pass or using the wrong credit card is fair game, as long as it is clearly stated somewhere.
14th Mar '18 6:36:47 PM ultimomant
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': In "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?", Daniel Mockridge tricked Edward Nygma into signing a "Work For Hire" contract that gave Mockridge the royalties to all of Nygma's inventions. Thus, Mockridge was making millions and he didn't have to pay Nygma any of the profits. When Nygma complained, he was fired. Nygma then becomes the Riddler and seeks revenge.
2nd Feb '18 8:40:53 AM ngh93
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* In ''Film/TheFlintstones'', Fred signs a bunch of forms without reading them, and they turn out to be firing notices for all his friends. The dictabird even tells him, "Only an idiot signs something before reading it." In fact the film's villain got Fred to sign his name to everything he did in the movie this way.

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* In ''Film/TheFlintstones'', Fred signs a bunch of forms without reading them, and they turn out to be firing notices for all his friends. The dictabird even tells him, "Only an idiot signs something before reading it." In fact fact, the film's villain got Fred to sign his name to everything he did in the movie this way.
28th Jan '18 6:18:07 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheMovie'', Big Bob Pataki signs a contract with Scheck to get a beeper store in the new mall Scheck plans to build over Arnold's neighborhood. It's only afterwards that he reads the fine print and finds out that in exchange, Scheck gets 51%[note]giving him controlling interest[/note] of Big Bob's company.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheMovie'', Big Bob Pataki signs a contract with Scheck to get a beeper store in the new mall Scheck plans to build over Arnold's neighborhood. It's only afterwards that he reads the fine print and finds out that in exchange, Scheck gets 51%[note]giving 51%[[note]]giving him controlling interest[/note] interest[[/note]] of Big Bob's company.
28th Jan '18 6:17:15 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheMovie'', Big Bob Pataki signs a contract with Scheck to get a beeper store in the new mall Scheck plans to build over Arnold's neighborhood. It's only afterwards that he reads the fine print and finds out that in exchange, Scheck gets 51%[note]giving him controlling interest[/note] of Big Bob's company.






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