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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.
9th Mar '16 12:12:41 PM Gamermaster
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* Lampshaded in ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain. Shikamaru says that under normal circumstances, using forbidden time travel jutsu could qualify as high treason, but since the perpetrators are [[spoiler: the Hokage's son and preferred successor respectively]] he can't actually give them a harsh punishment. [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment So he just makes them wear signs saying ''WE WILL NOT MESS AROUND WITH FORBIDDEN JUTSU'' until the problem is fixed]].

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* Lampshaded in ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain.''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain''. Shikamaru says that under normal circumstances, using forbidden time travel jutsu could qualify as high treason, but since the perpetrators are [[spoiler: the Hokage's son and preferred successor respectively]] he can't actually give them a harsh punishment. [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment So he just makes them wear signs saying ''WE WILL NOT MESS AROUND WITH FORBIDDEN JUTSU'' until the problem is fixed]].
9th Mar '16 12:09:59 PM Gamermaster
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* Lampshaded in ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain. Shikamaru says that under normal circumstances, using forbidden time travel jutsu could qualify as high treason, but since the perpetrators are [[spoiler: the Hokage's son and preferred successor respectively]] he can't actually give them a harsh punishment. [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment So he just makes them wear signs saying ''WE WILL NOT MESS AROUND WITH FORBIDDEN JUTSU'' until the problem is fixed]].
3rd Mar '16 7:32:00 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.
13th Feb '16 10:58:53 PM Driavatus
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* CantrII: This is part of what makes the game fascinating, watching the mental gymnastics performed to justify punishing one person and not another, for the same infraction.
2nd Feb '16 3:51:32 AM migmit
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* Another positive example in ''Film/HussarBallad'': while having a lower rank than Field Marshal Kutuzov, General Balmashov is a personal assistant to the Russian Tsar, and demonstrate willingness to throw all his weight to overrule Kutuzov's unjust decision.
28th Jan '16 7:38:46 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Tsali is able to get away with ''genocide and mass murder'' without Demon government interference because of his personal connections with Maledict himself. He also has near-limitless access to money from the Demon treasury for the same reason.
25th Jan '16 12:57:28 AM DarkSoldier
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* ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'': During Season 2 of the anime and Volume 8 of the novels, there have been attempts to destroy the Neighbor's Club via [[RulesLawyer RulesLawyering]]. The issue this time was [[spoiler: that it turns out that Maria wasn't actually a teacher or a nun at the school, and [[BlatantLies Kate was just letting her think that to make her go to the school and behave.]] This means that the club didn't have a supervisor as is required in the school rules.]] Sena proceeds to get her daddy(the chairman) to fix the problem by [[spoiler: having him appoint Maria as a temporary part-time instructor meaning she could now be their supervisor.]] Aoi(the RulesLawyer in question) then tries to get them shut down for [[spoiler: not having an instructor when the club was formed, meaning their club shouldn't exist in the first place]] but [[NoSell Sena then proceeds to tell her]] that if she does not cease and desist she will have her reputation ruined and expelled. Needless to say, [[CurbStompBattle Sena won that round.]]
* In ''Manga/AkameGaKill'', the depraved group Wild Hunt often excuse their actions by pointing out that they are sanctioned by the government, and their leader Syura is the son of Prime Minister Honest. After, [[spoiler:Wild Hunt rapes and kills Bols' wife and daughter and then Syura attempts to rape Kurome]], Wave says he doesn't care and kicks Syura's ass.

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* ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'': During Season 2 of the anime and Volume 8 of the novels, there have been attempts to destroy the Neighbor's Club via [[RulesLawyer RulesLawyering]]. The issue this time was [[spoiler: that it turns out that Maria wasn't actually a teacher or a nun at the school, and [[BlatantLies Kate was just letting her think that to make her go to the school and behave.]] This means that the club didn't have a supervisor as is required in the school rules.]] Sena proceeds to get her daddy(the chairman) to fix the problem by [[spoiler: having him appoint Maria as a temporary part-time instructor meaning she could now be their supervisor.]] Aoi(the Aoi (the RulesLawyer in question) then tries to get them shut down for [[spoiler: not having an instructor when the club was formed, meaning their club shouldn't exist in the first place]] but [[NoSell Sena then proceeds to tell her]] that if she does not cease and desist she will have her reputation ruined and expelled. Needless to say, [[CurbStompBattle Sena won that round.]]
* In ''Manga/AkameGaKill'', the depraved group Wild Hunt often excuse their actions by pointing out that they are sanctioned by the government, and their leader Syura is the son of Prime Minister Honest. After, [[spoiler:Wild Hunt rapes and kills Bols' Bols's wife and daughter and then Syura attempts to rape Kurome]], Wave says he doesn't care and kicks Syura's ass.



* That Yellow Bastard and Kevin (both with heavy ties to the O'Rourke family) in ''SinCity''. Fortunately, Hartigan and Marv don't care.

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* That Yellow Bastard and Kevin (both with in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' have heavy ties to the O'Rourke family) in ''SinCity''.family. Fortunately, Hartigan and Marv don't care.



* Roy Desoto basically used this in [[http://tbillingsemergencyfanfic.com/thelongroadbackpart1.htm this]] ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic, but for good rather than bad reasons. John Gage is sick and hospitalized, and Roy is the only one who can usually keep him calm-John usually gets upset in this author's fics without his friend around when he's sick. Roy was on vacation, and Dr.Brackett cleared him to go into Johnny's room upon knowing he was heading back home. A nurse fails to get the message and tries to turn Roy and his wife away, and Roy tells her to call Dr.Brackett, who's one of the head doctors on staff. Brackett isn't happy to find out about the whole thing,especially since she was mistreating Johnny as well.

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* Roy Desoto basically used this in [[http://tbillingsemergencyfanfic.com/thelongroadbackpart1.htm this]] ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic, but for good rather than bad reasons. John Gage is sick and hospitalized, and Roy is the only one who can usually keep him calm-John usually gets upset in this author's fics without his friend around when he's sick. Roy was on vacation, and Dr. Brackett cleared him to go into Johnny's room upon knowing he was heading back home. A nurse fails to get the message and tries to turn Roy and his wife away, and Roy tells her to call Dr. Brackett, who's one of the head doctors on staff. Brackett isn't happy to find out about the whole thing,especially since she was mistreating Johnny as well.



* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Fanfic/TheHeadhunt''. A conversation between the nonhuman members of the USS ''Bajor''[='s=] command crew has them basically decide that the Federation law banning Augments from Starfleet or public office (see [=DS9=]: "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E16DrBashirIPresume Dr. Bashir, I Presume]]") not only runs counter to Federation values but is actually unconstitutional under the Articles of Federation. However, the humans are terrified of Augments thanks to the Eugenics Wars, and because they have so much political mojo in the Federation nobody's had the balls to mount a legal challenge and get it struck down.

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* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Fanfic/TheHeadhunt''. A conversation between the nonhuman members of the USS ''Bajor''[='s=] ''USS Bajor''[='s=] command crew has them basically decide that the Federation law banning Augments from Starfleet or public office (see [=DS9=]: "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E16DrBashirIPresume Dr. Bashir, I Presume]]") not only runs counter to Federation values but is actually unconstitutional under the Articles of Federation. However, the humans are terrified of Augments thanks to the Eugenics Wars, and because they have so much political mojo in the Federation Federation, nobody's had the balls to mount a legal challenge and get it struck down.



* ''Film/BatmanBegins'': With nearly all public officials in the pocket of Carmine Falcone, this is the main reason why Bruce Wayne became Batman to fight crime.

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* ''Film/BatmanBegins'': With nearly all public officials in the pocket of Carmine Falcone, this is the main reason why Bruce Wayne became Batman to fight crime.because nearly all the public officials of Gotham were in the pocket of Carmine Falcone.



* ''Film/SchindlersList'': A rare positive example: Oskar Schindler's membership of the Nazi party and friendship with senior Nazi officials are the reason he can save the lives of his eponymous List. (Well, that and a certain amount of outright bribery.)

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* ''Film/SchindlersList'': A rare positive example: Oskar Schindler's membership of the Nazi party and friendship with senior Nazi officials are the reason he can save the lives of his eponymous List. (Well, List (well, that and a certain amount of outright bribery.)bribery).



** 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' 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 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' James's credit, he outgrew the bullying behavior by the time he became Head Boy.



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Janos Slynt attempt to do this at the Wall. Despite the fact that at the Wall you're essentially a dead man, and no one will care what happens to you.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'', one of Thorn Councilmen tries to force Dora to free his nephew of prison and rape charges, basing himself on this trope. She has none of this, though.

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Janos Slynt attempt to do this at the Wall. Despite Wall, despite the fact that at the Wall you're essentially a dead man, man and no one will care what happens to you.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'', one of Thorn Councilmen tries to force Dora to free his nephew of from prison and rape charges, basing himself on this trope. She has none of this, though.



--> '''Wellesley''': The man who loses the King's Colours....loses the King's friendship.

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--> '''Wellesley''': The man who loses the King's Colours....Colours... loses the King's friendship.


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* The executives and regulators in the US financial industry are close friends with each other, with regulators often joining executive boards after they leave the SEC or FTC. Thanks to these close personal relationships, the architects of the 2008 financial crisis pocketed their salaries and fat benefits packages while the federal government bailed their collapsing businesses out from bankruptcy and thousands of ordinary people lost their homes.
9th Jan '16 4:21:35 PM jormis29
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* One of the greatest examples is Ed Wuncler III from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Boondocks}}'' cartoon. His grandfather is the ultra-rich owner of... pretty much everything, so Ed gets away with... well, pretty much everything. Take, for example, his foray into bank robbery. It was bungled about as badly as it could have been, and when they get into the car, they start arguing and eventually ask the bank manager (who they had also kidnapped) for a second opinion. Later, back at Ed's house, a police officer shows up to return Ed's wallet, which he lost at the bank ''while in the process of robbing it''. He even apologizes for having wasted Ed's time. It helps when your grand-dad owns both the police and the bank in question.

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* One of the greatest examples is Ed Wuncler III from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Boondocks}}'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' cartoon. His grandfather is the ultra-rich owner of... pretty much everything, so Ed gets away with... well, pretty much everything. Take, for example, his foray into bank robbery. It was bungled about as badly as it could have been, and when they get into the car, they start arguing and eventually ask the bank manager (who they had also kidnapped) for a second opinion. Later, back at Ed's house, a police officer shows up to return Ed's wallet, which he lost at the bank ''while in the process of robbing it''. He even apologizes for having wasted Ed's time. It helps when your grand-dad owns both the police and the bank in question.
2nd Jan '16 5:36:11 PM Vir
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* Courtney and her gratuitous use of her lawyers on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaAction'', which has gotten her multiple immunities and preferential treatment by the producers. [[spoiler:As the show goes on, though, they eventually start to tire of her attitude. Her lawyers stop returning her calls.]]

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* Courtney and her gratuitous use of her lawyers on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaAction'', ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Action]]'', which has gotten her multiple immunities and preferential treatment by the producers. [[spoiler:As the show goes on, though, they eventually start to tire of her attitude. Her lawyers stop returning her calls.]]
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