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23rd Aug '16 12:57:01 PM intastiel
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** Subverted in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' when the obnoxious UpperClassTwit Gravid Rust escapes [[spoiler:capital punishment for trafficking goblin slaves and troll drugs]] by accepting exile to Fourecks instead, since Ankh-Morpork nobility wouldn't accept one of their own being sentenced by non-humans. However, Vetinari ''also'' has connections, including a friend-of-a-friend in Fourecks with a singular interest in venomous spiders...
18th Aug '16 7:16:55 AM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell does this from the other end in an example of "screw the rules ''for'' my connections." When he's put in charge of bringing down Anne Boleyn, he's frequently reminded by his accomplices of Thomas Wyatt, a poet with a well-known crush on Anne. But Wyatt and his father are friends to Cromwell; moreover Henry Wyatt charged Cromwell with keeping an eye on his wayward son, so Cromwell leaves him alone until Wyatt arrives in London and Cromwell has no choice but to take him in. Even then he puts Wyatt in the Tower of London only as a form of protective custody and doesn't even start a case in the hopes that the well-publicized executions of Anne and her five accused lovers will take the heat off. It does, and he releases Wyatt unharmed a little while later.

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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', ''Literature/WolfHall'':
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Thomas Cromwell is a member of a covert reading group of John Tyndale's English translation of the Bible, who face death by burning if discovered (as indeed several of them are). Cromwell is a little safer than people like Little Bilney because he's the right hand of Cardinal Wolsey, and it's an unspoken understanding between the two of them that he's allowed his little bit of heresy because of their friendship. (Cromwell also pays close attention to when Wolsey mentions names from the group and warns them of forthcoming raids. Later, when he's Master Secretary and thus becomes the Connection, he ''tries'' to arrange an escape for John Frith, but Frith refuses to take it.)
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does this from the other end in an example of "screw the rules ''for'' my connections." When he's put in charge of bringing down Anne Boleyn, he's frequently reminded by his accomplices of Thomas Wyatt, a poet with a well-known crush on Anne. But Wyatt and his father are friends to Cromwell; moreover Henry Wyatt charged is a family friend who once asked Cromwell with keeping an eye on to look after his wayward son, so when Mark Smeaton names Thomas Wyatt as one of Anne's partners, Cromwell leaves refuses to add him alone to the list and refuses his accomplices' advice to arrest him until Wyatt arrives in London and Cromwell has no choice but to take him in. Even then he puts Wyatt in the Tower of London only as a form of for protective custody and doesn't even start a case in the hopes that the well-publicized executions of Anne and her five accused lovers will take the heat off. It does, and he releases Wyatt unharmed a little while later.
8th Aug '16 8:50:43 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell does this from the other end in an example of "screw the rules ''for'' my connections." When he's put in charge of bringing down Anne Boleyn, he's frequently reminded by his accomplices of Thomas Wyatt, a poet with a well-known crush on Anne. But Wyatt and his father are friends to Cromwell; moreover Henry Wyatt charged Cromwell with keeping an eye on his wayward son, so Cromwell leaves him alone until Wyatt arrives in London and Cromwell has no choice but to take him in. Even then he puts Wyatt in the Tower of London only as a form of protective custody and doesn't even start a case in the hopes that the well-publicized executions of Anne and her five accused lovers will take the heat off. It does, and he releases Wyatt unharmed a little while later.
3rd Aug '16 6:27:16 PM chowmander
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* In ''Series/BlueBloods'', Dannie and Jamy avert this trope in that they refuse to use their father's clout as Police Commissioner to get out of situations.
13th Jun '16 4:49:27 PM StarSword
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* "Fanfic/HeisheRinanovai": The Federation ambassador is willing to let Jethro Wisniewski be tried under Romulan law as long as the death penalty is taken off the table. Praetor Velal initially refuses, but then Ambassador Rama offers to help Velal get sanctions relief past the Federation Council.
8th Jun '16 7:19:10 AM RobTan
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* Landry in ''Series/FridayNightLights'' is a cop's son, and therefore, when he [[spoiler:confesses to murder]], the police are visibly trying to find a way to avoid prosecuting him. Even in his interview, the detective almost desperately tries to coach him into setting up his defence, and when his dad arrives, they let him go and ultimateky fail to file charges.

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* Landry in ''Series/FridayNightLights'' is a cop's son, and therefore, when he [[spoiler:confesses to murder]], the police are visibly trying to find a way to avoid prosecuting him. Even in his interview, the detective almost desperately tries to coach him into setting up his defence, and when his dad arrives, they let him go and ultimateky ultimately fail to file charges.
17th May '16 8:02:33 PM randomtroper89
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* In the first few episodes of ''Manga/OnePiece'', Helmeppo can do whatever he likes because his father, Axe-Hand Morgan, runs the town. Morgan actually hates his son, but lets him use his name and authority as long as it doesn't put a dent in his ego.

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* *''Manga/OnePiece''
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In the first few episodes of ''Manga/OnePiece'', episodes, Helmeppo can do whatever he likes because his father, Axe-Hand Morgan, runs the town. Morgan actually hates his son, but lets him use his name and authority as long as it doesn't put a dent in his ego.



* Mokuba Kaiba, in his ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' incarnation. "My brother is Seto Kaiba; I can decide who lives and who dies."
** Also Kaiba himself in the Abridged Series. "Screw the rules, I have money!"
** [[PhraseCatcher Shut up, Mokuba.]]


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* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' Mokuba Kaiba: "My brother is Seto Kaiba; I can decide who lives and who dies."
15th May '16 12:00:47 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** TalesOfVesperia has 2 characters who due to their positions of power will probably be acquitted for their heinous crimes even after being arrested. Yuri murders both of them in cold blood before they're given the chance.

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** TalesOfVesperia VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia has 2 characters who due to their positions of power will probably be acquitted for their heinous crimes even after being arrested. Yuri murders both of them in cold blood before they're given the chance.
6th May '16 9:41:57 AM GuyIncog
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** [[https://notalwaysworking.com/hells-kitchen/31642 Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...
10th Apr '16 2:35:44 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Aria T'loak, a crimelord and former de-facto ruler of Omega, is capable of bypassing Citadel customs by calling up the Asari councilor and telling her to give her permission.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Spectres more or less have this privilege. They answer directly to the Citadel Council, and are explicitly "above the law", enabling them to do things that would otherwise be very illegal in the pursuit of greater threats. Some Spectres abuse this, others are more scrupulous, but as long as they get the job done, the Council will back them.
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In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Aria T'loak, a crimelord and former de-facto ruler of Omega, is capable of bypassing Citadel customs by calling up the Asari councilor and telling her to give her permission.
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