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30th Oct '16 9:42:59 PM jgkitarel
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* Cultures influenced by Confucian thought are heavily based on this as well, which contributes to the endemic corruption within their governments. It's based on the Chinese practice of ''guanxi'', where a group of associates takes care of each other. The whole "we take care of our own" philosophy.
13th Oct '16 9:14:31 AM tyrekecorrea
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* Russia is friends with China, Iran, and Turkey, who are only too happy to help Russia to subvert sanctions imposed upon Russia by western countries, and have done so in the past.
6th Oct '16 7:19:17 PM dmcreif
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** James Potter. You'd think the fact that a [[ClassRepresentative Prefect]] hung around him most of the time would hamper his ability to [[TheBully bully]] people... except, that prefect was ''also'' one of his closest friends [[spoiler:([[PetTheDog because James didn't ostracize him when he learned that he was a werewolf before the werewolf became school prefect]])]] who preferred to simply look the other way in regards to James' bullying. Though, to James's credit, he outgrew the bullying behavior by the time he became Head Boy.

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** James Potter. You'd think the fact that a [[ClassRepresentative Prefect]] hung like Remus Lupin hanging around him most of the time would hamper his ability to [[TheBully bully]] people... except, that prefect Lupin was ''also'' one of his closest friends [[spoiler:([[PetTheDog because James didn't ostracize him when he learned that he was a werewolf before the werewolf became school prefect]])]] who preferred to simply look the other way in regards to James' bullying. Though, to James's credit, he outgrew the bullying behavior by the time he became Head Boy.



* 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.

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* In ''Series/BlueBloods'', Dannie and Jamy the Reagan kids avert this trope in that they refuse to use their father's clout as Police Commissioner Commissioner. In "Critical Condition," Sosa suggests that with Jamie's family connections, he could have made Detective by now. That said, other characters try to get invoke the trope, to mixed results:
** Inverted in "Parenthood," when Mayor Carter Poole's illegitimate daughter Ariel joins a protest and is caught up in the ensuring dragnet. Ariel doesn't demand special treatment, but her parents politely suggest, separately, that Frank had better let the matter drop.
** In "Rush to Judgment," Jamie is accused of undue force (he was actually trying to knock someone
out of situations.the path of an oncoming biker), a D.A. makes it clear she thinks he's guilty and his father must be covering for him. When video proves Jamie innocent, the woman continues to smark about his family always getting their way.
-->'''Jamie''': If my family really threw their weight around like you say...how smart is it for you to be insulting us?
**In "Men in Black," Jamie and Vinny arrest the previous mayor's daughter and her friend after catching them in the act of smoking pot on a park bench. When preparing to arrest them, said daughter tries to invoke this:
--->'''Rebecca Levitt:''' Don't you guys have any real criminals to chase?
--->'''Jamie Reagan:''' You might want to ease up on that attitude, Rebecca.
--->'''Rebecca Levitt:''' You don't know who my father is.
--->'''Jamie Reagan:''' ''[smirks]'' I don't really care.
*** Of course, after a discussion with Erin her dad tells the judge:
---> "I would like to tell the court that my daughter is a wonderful young woman ... [''{{beat}}''] ... who needs to learn to respect the law."
** The bad guys don't have a monopoly on this. In "Warriors" the State Department refuses to grant political asylum to a Turkish cellist in danger of being the victim of an [[HonorRelatedAbuse honor killing]] if she returns home (for having dated and slept with an American during the tour). [[spoiler:Frank talks a contact into getting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to hire her, and his opposite number at State, the episode's SympatheticInspectorAntagonist, expedites a work visa.]]
** There's an implication that when Nicky is arrested with her friends in "Road to Hell" after drugs are found in the car during a traffic stop that Nicky was expecting the process to be easier for her on the basis of her last name.
** In "In the Box," Garrett's stepson Sam has been arrested for scoring oxycodone during an observational buy. Garrett wants to have him released into rehab. However, Frank is suspicious of the circumstances, and has his secretary Abigail Baker investigate, discovering that Garrett has used his pull at 1PP to keep Sam out of prison on several prior occasions. Frank confronts Garrett and gets him to see that he's enabling his stepson's drug habit and not helping him.
** In "Dedications," Frank brings up having to use Henry's influence to squash a commendation, when a botched attempt to arrest the head of a Westies gang faction led to the death of the guy's wife and grandson.
10th Sep '16 9:18:57 AM ThatBitterTase
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** Victor Branco pulls the same thing, declaring that even if Max takes him in, he'll walk. Max responds "You'll walk with a limp" and [[FinishingStomp shatters one of Branco's legs with a harsh stomp]].
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.)
** Cromwell later
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.
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