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7th Feb '16 8:37:57 PM jormis29
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* In ''{{Becker}}'', Dr. Becker makes several attempts to go see a particular movie which fail because of loud, disruptive people in the cinema. At a later attempt he practically gets crucified because Margaret keeps talking to him.
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* In ''{{Becker}}'', ''Series/{{Becker}}'', Dr. Becker makes several attempts to go see a particular movie which fail because of loud, disruptive people in the cinema. At a later attempt he practically gets crucified because Margaret keeps talking to him.

* Happens a lot on ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' whenever the plot requires it. Andy seems less intent on actually enforcing the law than he is in promoting his own sense of values, and it always seems to work out. Barney, on the other hand, can't seem to tell where to draw the line on anything he's involved in. * ''DrakeAndJosh'' when Drake does something wrong no one does anything about it, but when Josh tries to do the same everyone has almost laser precision of what he is doing.
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* Happens a lot on ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' whenever the plot requires it. Andy seems less intent on actually enforcing the law than he is in promoting his own sense of values, and it always seems to work out. Barney, on the other hand, can't seem to tell where to draw the line on anything he's involved in. * ''DrakeAndJosh'' ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' when Drake does something wrong no one does anything about it, but when Josh tries to do the same everyone has almost laser precision of what he is doing.
17th Nov '15 2:48:11 PM Psi001
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** Lampshaded in "Shanghaied". Squidward ends up the Flying Dutchman's punching bag just for talking, Spongebob and Patrick's antics and attempts to escape get only very light snark. Squidward angrily demands why they get off so easy, only to get struck by a punishment bolt again. Deconstructed afterwards, when Squidward won't stop babbling the Flying Dutchman loses patience and kicks him out of his ship, while the other two are kept his prisoners and [[PityTheKidnapper drive him crazy due to lack of punishment.]]
17th Oct '15 4:29:15 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Friends}}'', Ross finds out that students are sneaking into the library stacks for sex (particularly the aisle containing his thesis). The library refuses to do anything about it. He decides to monitor the aisle himself, meets a pretty grad student... and ends up getting caught by the librarian.
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* In ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Ross finds out that students are sneaking into the library stacks for sex (particularly the aisle containing his thesis). The library refuses to do anything about it. He decides to monitor the aisle himself, meets a pretty grad student... and ends up getting caught by the librarian.

* Used in ''PoliceSquad'' when Frank Drebin is trying to goad "The Champ" into accepting a prize fight with Bobby Briggs.
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* Used in ''PoliceSquad'' ''Series/PoliceSquad'' when Frank Drebin is trying to goad "The Champ" into accepting a prize fight with Bobby Briggs.
2nd Oct '15 2:15:56 PM StFan
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[[folder:Comics]] * In a story of ''{{Iznogoud}}'', the eponymous evil vizier tries repeatedly to have the Caliph commit a diplomatic faux-pas with a Mongolian ambassador, which would force him to either step down, resign his position or possibly even be killed on the spot by the outraged representative. No matter what the vizir suggests, however, it results in the Caliph getting a cheerful, happy response for somehow following some bizarre and obscure tradition of his visiting guests. Then Iznogud says "drat" in response to the last of his failures, which results in the ambassador angrily taking offense to that word, and demanding the vizier's life in slavery lest war be declared on the spot. The Caliph gleefully agrees, insisting that "his good vizier would surely agree in the interest of peace." GilliganCut to Iznogud being dragged off in chains wondering what the hell just happened.
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[[folder:Comics]] [[folder:Comic Books]] * In a story of ''{{Iznogoud}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'', the eponymous evil vizier tries repeatedly to have the Caliph commit a diplomatic faux-pas with a Mongolian ambassador, which would force him to either step down, resign his position or possibly even be killed on the spot by the outraged representative. No matter what the vizir vizier suggests, however, it results in the Caliph getting a cheerful, happy response for somehow following some bizarre and obscure tradition of his visiting guests. Then Iznogud Iznogoud says "drat" in response to the last of his failures, which results in the ambassador angrily taking offense to that word, and demanding the vizier's life in slavery lest war be declared on the spot. The Caliph gleefully agrees, insisting that "his good vizier would surely agree in the interest of peace." GilliganCut to Iznogud Iznogoud being dragged off in chains wondering what the hell just happened.
27th Sep '15 11:03:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AngerManagement'' centers on this trope. An excessively passive man is sentenced to anger management classes for allegedly (but not really) starting a commotion on an airplane. And it happens again, each time with him accidentally insulting or harming a [[MistakenForRacist woman/ disabled person/ ethnic minority]] that would ensure that no jury would pity him. [[spoiler:It was all a MassiveMultiplayerScam, with these manipulative folk being presented as the good guys.]] Except the guy with the tazer. He was just having a bad day. * ''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.]] * ''BicycleThieves'': A non-comedic example is this classic Italian film. The protagonist, Antonio, has his bicycle stolen which he needs for his job. Eventually, he tracks down the thief, but the police lets him go, because Antonio doesn't have any proof and his neighbors lie for him. Out of desperation, Antonio tries to steal a bicycle himself, and is caught immediately.
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* ''AngerManagement'' ''Film/AngerManagement'' centers on this trope. An excessively passive man is sentenced to anger management classes for allegedly (but not really) starting a commotion on an airplane. And it happens again, each time with him accidentally insulting or harming a [[MistakenForRacist woman/ disabled person/ ethnic minority]] that would ensure that no jury would pity him. [[spoiler:It was all a MassiveMultiplayerScam, with these manipulative folk being presented as the good guys.]] Except the guy with the tazer. He was just having a bad day. * ''Outlaw'' ''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.]] * ''BicycleThieves'': ''Film/BicycleThieves'': A non-comedic example is this classic Italian film. The protagonist, Antonio, has his bicycle stolen which he needs for his job. Eventually, he tracks down the thief, but the police lets him go, because Antonio doesn't have any proof and his neighbors lie for him. Out of desperation, Antonio tries to steal a bicycle himself, and is caught immediately.
8th Sep '15 10:26:25 PM Psi001
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** A series wide case, Sideshow Bob has been foiled multiple times by the Simpsons family, but has outright admitted he is apathetic to all of them except Bart, who he is obsessed with killing for revenge.
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** A series wide case, Sideshow Bob has been foiled multiple times by the Simpsons family, but has outright admitted he is apathetic to all of them except Bart, who he is obsessed with killing in revenge for revenge.exposing his first instance of villainy. This is especially apparent with Lisa, who as time has passed has foiled Bob ''more'' times than Bart.
8th Sep '15 10:22:04 PM Psi001
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** A series wide case, Sideshow Bob has been foiled multiple times by the Simpsons family, but has outright admitted he is apathetic to all of them except Bart, who he is obsessed with killing for revenge.
17th Jul '15 8:41:51 PM KoopaKid17
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* ''Series/Password'':
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* ''Series/Password'':''Series/{{Password}}'':

* ''Series/Pyramid'': Some clues got by in the upfront game and the Winner's Circle and others got cuckooed or buzzed. A bad example is the clue "Mulberries" for "Things on a Bush". One time, it led to a $25,000-win and another, it was buzzed. The kick in the pants? On the latter, the contestant had to match $10,000 to come back tomorrow.
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* ''Series/Pyramid'': ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'': Some clues got by in the upfront game and the Winner's Circle and others got cuckooed or buzzed. A bad example is the Winner's Circle clue "Mulberries" for "Things on a Bush".Bush", both on the 80s versions. One time, it led to a $25,000-win and another, it was buzzed. The kick in the pants? On the latter, the contestant had to match $10,000 to come back tomorrow. the next day. [[/folder]]
17th Jul '15 8:40:06 PM KoopaKid17
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[[folder:Game Shows]] * ''Series/Password'': ** In all incarnations, contestants and celebrities were not allowed to use hand gestures. However, a few gestures slipped by from time to time. ** This also happens when passwords were guessed on the buzzer. The rule is if a guess starts ''before'' the buzzer, it counts. However, that wasn't [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZORad_RxZuo always]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNOYOqqY-ds the]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPD49wpvLrw case]]. * ''Series/Pyramid'': Some clues got by in the upfront game and the Winner's Circle and others got cuckooed or buzzed. A bad example is the clue "Mulberries" for "Things on a Bush". One time, it led to a $25,000-win and another, it was buzzed. The kick in the pants? On the latter, the contestant had to match $10,000 to come back tomorrow.
1st Jun '15 8:11:31 AM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'' has the police go after you if you rough up a civilian in their presence, but they won't give two shits if you attack an enemy gang since it's less work for the cops. A cop will even go after your enemies should said enemy's attack hit a cop.
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