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19th Mar '17 2:33:21 PM Doug86
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40k}}'': The ''[[BigBookOfWar Tactica Imperialis]]'''s oft-quoted maxim, "[[CombatPragmatist Victory requires no explanation]]; [[YouHaveFailedMe defeat allows none]]" is half this, half NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40k}}'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The ''[[BigBookOfWar Tactica Imperialis]]'''s oft-quoted maxim, "[[CombatPragmatist Victory requires no explanation]]; [[YouHaveFailedMe defeat allows none]]" is half this, half NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught.
22nd Feb '17 2:32:05 PM margdean56
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** Alanna kick-starts off the tradition by [[SweetPollyOliver disguising her gender]] to become a knight in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. By the time it's revealed she's a girl, she runs off to avoid the political implications, although she gets a pardon for exposing Roger's trechery. Then she retrieves the Dominion Jewel and stops the BigBad, so instead of getting kicked out or killed, she actually becomes the realm's top knight by invoking VetinariJobSecurity.

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** Alanna kick-starts off the tradition by [[SweetPollyOliver disguising her gender]] to become a knight in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. By the time it's revealed she's a girl, she runs off to avoid the political implications, although she gets a pardon for exposing Roger's trechery.treachery. Then she retrieves the Dominion Jewel and stops the BigBad, so instead of getting kicked out or killed, she actually becomes the realm's top knight by invoking VetinariJobSecurity.
22nd Feb '17 2:26:30 PM margdean56
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In short, you've done something so Awesome; so undeniably badass; that it makes up for the hundreds of rules you broke along the way.

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In short, you've done something so Awesome; so Awesome--so undeniably badass; that badass--that it makes up for the hundreds of rules you broke along the way.
22nd Feb '17 9:04:32 AM ChaoticNovelist
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This trope applies to specific examples. In fiction, if the heroes are generally on the money but they disobey a high directive, they may still suffer some degree of recrimination, but still be allowed to continue on their way. In this trope, the awesome deed either cancels out punishment mostly or completely; ''and it is specifically stated as such''. In rare cases, this trope will show someone being '''[[{{Unishment}} rewarded]]''' [[{{Unishment}} for their disobedience]], usually with a [[PromotionNotPunishment promotion]] (check out the quote up top.) In this case, there's especially likely to be a MilhollandRelationshipMoment between the hero and the boss whom they expected punishment from.

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This trope applies to specific examples. In fiction, if the heroes are generally on the money but they disobey a high directive, they may still suffer some degree of recrimination, but still be allowed to continue on their way. In this trope, the awesome deed either cancels out punishment mostly or completely; ''and it is specifically stated as such''. In rare cases, this trope will show someone being '''[[{{Unishment}} rewarded]]''' [[{{Unishment}} for their disobedience]], usually with a [[PromotionNotPunishment promotion]] (check out the quote up top.) In this case, there's especially likely to be a MilhollandRelationshipMoment between the hero and the boss whom they expected punishment from. Compare SparingTheAces.



* Literature/HarryPotter eats this trope for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then goes back for seconds. And thirds.

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* Literature/HarryPotter eats this trope for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then goes back for seconds. And thirds.



** It's even a plot point in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]], where a TyrantTakesTheHelm and begins banning things left and right to stop any attempt by the PowerTrio to teach their fellow students defense against the dark arts. Harry even notes at one point that now that Dumbledore has virtually no power, he can't count on this to save him. He eventually does so anyway, reasoning that even if he's expelled, the students he taught will be safer. [[spoiler: And then it sort of works, as Dumbledore manages to shift all blame on himself, letting the members and Harry get away scot-free.]]

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** It's even a plot point in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]], where a TyrantTakesTheHelm and begins banning things left and right to stop any attempt by the PowerTrio to teach their fellow students defense against the dark arts. Harry even notes at one point that now that Dumbledore has virtually no power, he can't count on this to save him. He eventually does so anyway, reasoning that even if he's expelled, the students he taught will be safer. [[spoiler: And then Then it sort of works, as Dumbledore manages to shift all blame on himself, letting the members and Harry get away scot-free.]]
26th Nov '16 10:31:32 PM Jake
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** The granddaddy of these must be Captain James T. Kirk. He put this trope into action when he cheated on an Academy test, and rather than be kicked out, he was given a ''commendation''. For original thinking.

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** The granddaddy of these must be Captain James T. Kirk. He put this trope into action when he cheated on an Academy test, and rather than be kicked out, he was given a ''commendation''. For original thinking. It helped that the Academy test he 'cheated' on was an UnwinnableTrainingScenario designed specifically to find out what a cadet does when faced with a scenario where all their choices are bad ones; Kirk's response to a no-win scenario was to improvise, think out of the box and use a few dirty tricks so he could TakeAThirdOption, which is exactly the kind of qualities Starfleet want in their officers.
20th Nov '16 5:06:09 AM Morgenthaler
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In short, you've done something so Awesome; so undeniably BadAss; that it makes up for the hundreds of rules you broke along the way.

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In short, you've done something so Awesome; so undeniably BadAss; badass; that it makes up for the hundreds of rules you broke along the way.
12th Nov '16 2:15:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Admiral Horatio Nelson, who could technically have been court-martialed at least once and probably several times, got away with it because he was too much of a {{Badass}} to throw away.

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* Admiral Horatio Nelson, who could technically have been court-martialed at least once and probably several times, got away with it because he was too much of a {{Badass}} badass to throw away.
17th Aug '16 1:56:01 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': Miles Vorkosigan manages this often in his career in {{ImpSec}}. Miles has a...problem with following orders, and those above constantly complain about his "excessive initiative" or curse him by wishing he one day commands someone "just like him". This trope is probably most notable in ''Vor Games''. Miles is sent to a deadend position for just 6 months to prove he can follow orders, he comes home in 3 months [[spoiler:: with a charge of treason]] but is forgiven because his refusal to keep his head down managed to [[spoiler:: prevent a crazy near-homicidal commanding officer from allowing a group of techs that refused to obey his orders (to pointlessly risk themselves cleaning up a toxic spill) from freezing to death]]. He is put under the one man who could possible deal with him and sent on a simple intelligence gathering mission, by the end of which he manages to have 3 separate 'superior officers' locked in the brig so he can go about [[spoiler:: leading a mercenary troop to defend a wormhole from an enemy invasion]] which no one ever asked him to do. But since he did manage to save everyone he ends up with a promotion and his dream job of [[spoiler:: playing admiral for said military fleet]].

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': Miles Vorkosigan manages this often in his career in {{ImpSec}}.[=ImpSec=]. Miles has a...problem with following orders, and those above constantly complain about his "excessive initiative" or curse him by wishing he one day commands someone "just like him". This trope is probably most notable in ''Vor Games''. ''Literature/TheVorGame''. Miles is sent to a deadend position for just 6 months to prove he can follow orders, he comes home in 3 months [[spoiler:: with [[spoiler:with a charge of treason]] but is forgiven because his refusal to keep his head down managed to [[spoiler:: prevent [[spoiler:prevent a crazy near-homicidal commanding officer from allowing a group of techs that refused to obey his orders (to pointlessly risk themselves cleaning up a toxic spill) from freezing to death]]. He is put under the one man who could possible deal with him and sent on a simple intelligence gathering mission, by the end of which he manages to have 3 separate 'superior officers' locked in the brig so he can go about [[spoiler:: leading [[spoiler:leading a mercenary troop to defend a wormhole from an enemy invasion]] which no one ever asked him to do. But since he did manage to save everyone he ends up with a promotion and his dream job of [[spoiler:: playing [[spoiler:playing admiral for said military fleet]].
26th Jun '16 7:43:30 PM nombretomado
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* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is able to get away with some BlackMagic in ''Dead Beat'' through a combination of LoopholeAbuse, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo necessity]], and the fact that [[spoiler:reanimating a ''TyrannosaurusRex'']] was so unspeakably ''awesome'' that even some of the Wardens were impressed.

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* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is able to get away with some BlackMagic in ''Dead Beat'' ''Literature/DeadBeat'' through a combination of LoopholeAbuse, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo necessity]], and the fact that [[spoiler:reanimating a ''TyrannosaurusRex'']] was so unspeakably ''awesome'' that even some of the Wardens were impressed.



** Daine in the ''Literature/TheImmortals'' wrecks a foreign ruler's entire palace and his army using her gods-given powers to reanimate the dinosaurs in the museum (and before you cry foul, this book was written before TheDresdenFiles) and essentially destroys his seat of power. Okay, she gets away with this more because the ruler had been a horrible one and the gods themselves were going to destroy his land if he wasn't replaced, but seriously, would you really want to mess with her?

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** Daine in the ''Literature/TheImmortals'' wrecks a foreign ruler's entire palace and his army using her gods-given powers to reanimate the dinosaurs in the museum (and before you cry foul, this book was written before TheDresdenFiles) ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'') and essentially destroys his seat of power. Okay, she gets away with this more because the ruler had been a horrible one and the gods themselves were going to destroy his land if he wasn't replaced, but seriously, would you really want to mess with her?
8th May '16 1:45:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] manages this often in his career in {{ImpSec}}. Miles has a...problem with following orders, and those above constantly complain about his "excessive initiative" or curse him by wishing he one day commands someone "just like him". This trope is probably most notable in ''Vor Games''. Miles is sent to a deadend position for just 6 months to prove he can follow orders, he comes home in 3 months [[spoiler:: with a charge of treason]] but is forgiven because his refusal to keep his head down managed to [[spoiler:: prevent a crazy near-homicidal commanding officer from allowing a group of techs that refused to obey his orders (to pointlessly risk themselves cleaning up a toxic spill) from freezing to death]]. He is put under the one man who could possible deal with him and sent on a simple intelligence gathering mission, by the end of which he manages to have 3 separate 'superior officers' locked in the brig so he can go about [[spoiler:: leading a mercenary troop to defend a wormhole from an enemy invasion]] which no one ever asked him to do. But since he did manage to save everyone he ends up with a promotion and his dream job of [[spoiler:: playing admiral for said military fleet]].

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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': Miles Vorkosigan]] Vorkosigan manages this often in his career in {{ImpSec}}. Miles has a...problem with following orders, and those above constantly complain about his "excessive initiative" or curse him by wishing he one day commands someone "just like him". This trope is probably most notable in ''Vor Games''. Miles is sent to a deadend position for just 6 months to prove he can follow orders, he comes home in 3 months [[spoiler:: with a charge of treason]] but is forgiven because his refusal to keep his head down managed to [[spoiler:: prevent a crazy near-homicidal commanding officer from allowing a group of techs that refused to obey his orders (to pointlessly risk themselves cleaning up a toxic spill) from freezing to death]]. He is put under the one man who could possible deal with him and sent on a simple intelligence gathering mission, by the end of which he manages to have 3 separate 'superior officers' locked in the brig so he can go about [[spoiler:: leading a mercenary troop to defend a wormhole from an enemy invasion]] which no one ever asked him to do. But since he did manage to save everyone he ends up with a promotion and his dream job of [[spoiler:: playing admiral for said military fleet]].
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