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22nd Apr '18 12:28:40 PM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'': The whole situation with Kasumi and the Mugen Tenshin Clan has shades of this. Raidou had raped Kasumi's mother Ayame, stole the Torn Sky Blast, their most sacred technique, and broke Hayate's spine and put him in a coma, and the Mugen Tenshin decided not to bother going after him, whereas Kasumi decided to pursue Raidou herself because no one else would and is immediately branded a traitor and MarkedForDeath.

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* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'': The whole situation with Kasumi and the Mugen Tenshin Clan has shades of this. Raidou had raped Kasumi's mother Ayame, stole the Torn Sky Blast, their most sacred technique, and broke Hayate's spine and put him in a coma, and the Mugen Tenshin decided not to bother going after him, whereas Kasumi decided to pursue Raidou herself because no one else would and is immediately branded a traitor and MarkedForDeath.MarkedToDie.



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15th Apr '18 1:32:06 PM TompaDompa
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* ''Film/{{Outlaw}}'' playes the trope straight for drama. In the film, the London Metropolitan Police is horrendously ineffective at dealing with professional criminals and hooligans, but when the protagonists form a vigilance committee and start beating up dealers and robbing money launderers a corrupt cop turns them into public enemy #1. [[spoiler: 2/3rds of the remaining protagonists wind up getting gunned down by armed Flying Squad members in the end.]]


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* ''Film/{{Deewaar}}'': The mother of the young bread thief Ravi shot in the leg accuses the police force of this, saying only poor people get shot by them, while the ones who are up to their ears in black market affairs go unpunished.
* ''Film/{{Outlaw}}'' playes the trope straight for drama. In the film, the London Metropolitan Police is horrendously ineffective at dealing with professional criminals and hooligans, but when the protagonists form a vigilance committee and start beating up dealers and robbing money launderers a corrupt cop turns them into public enemy #1. [[spoiler: 2/3rds of the remaining protagonists wind up getting gunned down by armed Flying Squad members in the end.]]
7th Mar '18 8:02:26 PM Nasrudith
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** ''VideoGame/SaintsRow3'' downplays it slightly. The police leave the fighting between the gangs if neither hits police or bystanders. However if the Syndicate takes a cop as a human shield and you free them without harm by killing their hostage taker they will show their gratitude by attacking the syndicate and leaving you and the Saints alone.
7th Mar '18 12:17:29 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'': The whole situation with Kasumi and the Mugen Tenshin Clan has shades of this. Raidou had raped Kasumi's mother Ayame, stole the Torn Sky Blast, their most sacred technique, and broke Hayate's spine and put him in a coma, and the Mugen Tenshin decided not to bother going after him, whereas Kasumi decided to pursue Raidou herself because no one else would and is immediately branded a traitor and MarkedForDeath.
12th Feb '18 11:38:57 AM BeerBaron
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* Throughout ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is the case with guards. If you break any law, from shoplifting an apple to outright murder, the guards will descend on you in no time flat. However, they won't lift a finger to help you with that assassin trying to kill you... Even bystanders who witness your crimes may attempt to exact vigilante justice on you and, unlike guards, they may not stop after you've paid your fine.
** This improves every game. By Skyrim, Guards can sometimes identify an agresser and will assist the player against various kinds of enemies.

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* Throughout ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is the case with guards. If you break any law, from shoplifting an apple to outright murder, the guards will descend on you in no time flat. However, they won't lift a finger to help you with that assassin trying to kill you... Even bystanders who witness your crimes may attempt to exact vigilante justice on you and, unlike guards, they may not stop after you've paid your fine.
** This improves every game. By Skyrim, Guards can sometimes identify an agresser
fine. That said, this has been improving over the course of the series along with overall enhancements to NPC AI. For example, by ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', guards are capable of identifying the aggressor in a situation and will assist the player against various kinds of enemies.unlawful attackers.
20th Jan '18 6:54:23 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In Bikini Bottom, harassing your business rival to [[DrivenToSuicide near-suicide]], destroying stuff because you've got the IQ of a turnip, or being an all-around annoying jackass with NoIndoorVoice is perfectly acceptable. Littering, however, can get you an orange jumpsuit. Just ask Squidward or Mrs. Puff.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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In Bikini Bottom, harassing your business rival to [[DrivenToSuicide near-suicide]], destroying stuff because you've got the IQ of a turnip, or being an all-around annoying jackass with NoIndoorVoice is perfectly acceptable. Littering, however, can get you an orange jumpsuit. Just ask Squidward or Mrs. Puff.


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** In "Slide Whistle Stooges," Squidward, after being complemented by [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, performs random antics around town with a slide whistle, and the Bikini Bottomites are so annoyed with it that they [[FelonyMisdemeanor form an angry mob]] and chase after him, going so far as to ''cheer'' when Squidward unwittingly drives a gas truck off of a cliff. At the end of the episode, Sponge and Pat perform very similar antics with slide whistles around the hospital... and everyone finds it funny.
9th Nov '17 10:22:15 PM tristan
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* A ''lot''''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfics include this plot device.

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* A ''lot''''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' ''lot'' of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfics include this plot device.
9th Nov '17 10:21:59 PM tristan
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* This happens a ''lot'' in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
** For example, most of Ranma and Akane's fights are either Akane's fault (when she keeps jumping to negative conclusions about Ranma, or trying to feed him terrible cooking), or Ranma's fault (when he keeps insulting her). The problem is that because Akane is surrounded by family and friends that are close to her, and because Ranma's only close relation is his father (who is almost never on his side, anyway), Ranma's usually the only one being punished, while Akane gets away scot-free. This has served as FanficFuel for a ''lot'' of fanfics in which Ranma finally gets fed up with this situation, but in the actual anime/manga he seems to take it pretty well with only some token grumbling.
** Another example is the fights between Ranma and Ryoga. Ryoga has the advantage of sometimes posing as P-chan, Akane's favorite pet. So when Ranma and Ryoga get into disagreements, all Ryoga has to do is turn into P-chan, and Akane will ''always'' side against Ranma for "picking on a poor defenseless pig".


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* A ''lot''''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfics include this plot device.
** In fights between Ranma and Akane, nobody will take Ranma's side in any argument no matter what, with everybody siding with Akane no matter what.
** During fights between Ranma and Ryoga, Ryoga will use his curse to pose as P-chan, Akane's favorite pet. So when Ranma and Ryoga get into disagreements, all Ryoga has to do is turn into P-chan, and Akane will ''always'' side against Ranma for "picking on a poor defenseless pig".
31st Oct '17 2:56:56 PM darkemyst
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** When Umbridge joins the staff in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' not only does she partake in choosing whom she feels like actually punishing she selects a group of students, seemingly all from Slytherin, who do the same, strongly favoring their own house.
23rd Sep '17 3:23:40 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'': In the episode "Girl Trouble," Helga relentlessly torments Arnold throughout the episode, and eventually Arnold gets sick of it and throws paint on her in retaliation. Mr. Simmons does nothing about Helga's bullying, but punishes Arnold for dumping paint, vocally expressing his disappointment in him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'': ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': In the episode "Girl Trouble," Helga relentlessly torments Arnold throughout the episode, and eventually Arnold gets sick of it and throws paint on her in retaliation. Mr. Simmons does nothing about Helga's bullying, but punishes Arnold for dumping paint, vocally expressing his disappointment in him.
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