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29th Dec '16 9:13:17 AM Doug86
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* In a ''NewspaperComics/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, Linus chases a toy airplane inside and accidentally breaks a lamp. This exchange ensues:

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* In a ''NewspaperComics/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip from 1959, Linus chases a toy airplane inside and accidentally breaks a lamp. This exchange ensues:
19th Sep '16 11:46:38 PM zaphod77
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** Another very common example is being driven to steal food and other necessities because you have no other way to get them. Given the choice of breaking the law, or death, most will prefer to break the law, and society is often responsible for the person's predicament in such situations.
19th Sep '16 7:51:24 PM HeroGal2347
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* In one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' comic, Calvin tries to pull this excuse on his dad, saying that he's a pawn of unfortunate influences and the culture is to blame. Calvin's dad responds that that means he needs to build more character and [[MiseryBuildsCharacter sends him to shovel the walk.]]
19th Sep '16 7:42:18 PM Fireblood
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* This seems to be the play's message regarding Jean Valjean and many other people in ''Theater/LesMiserables''. Valjean only stole to feed his sister's family, and got five years in prison. The conditions were so brutal he tried to escape multiple times, with each extending his sentence. When he's paroled at last after ''nineteen'' years, he finds it impossible to find work as a felon. He is so suspicious and hardened than even when someone ''does'' try to help him (a kindly priest) Valjean instead steals his silver. The priest instead of sending him back to prison when he's caught however covers for him, giving Valjean a second chance. Once removed from this state, he becomes a successful businessman and town mayor, but only by breaking parole. Thus he's pursued by {{Inspector Javert}}, who only cares that he broke the law, which leads Valjean into further crime to escape. It's also echoed by Fantine, who's dismissed from her job when it's found she's an unwed mother, and forced into prostitution to survive. She's arrested for striking a man harassing her, catches a fever and dies. Javert on the other hand firmly believes this is wrong, but rather crime isn't the result of environment ''or'' heredity (especially the latter he's keen to prove wrong, as his parents were criminals). When it's finally proven to him that Valjean is a good man, he can't stand the revelation, killing himself.

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* This seems to be the play's message regarding Jean Valjean and many other people in ''Theater/LesMiserables''. Valjean only stole to feed his sister's family, and got five years in prison. The conditions were so brutal he tried to escape multiple times, with each extending his sentence. When he's paroled at last after ''nineteen'' years, he finds it impossible to find work as a felon. He is so suspicious and hardened than even when someone ''does'' try to help assist him (a [[GoodShepherd kindly priest) priest]]) Valjean instead steals his silver. The priest priest, instead of sending him back to prison when he's caught however caught, instead covers for him, giving Valjean a second chance. Once removed from this state, he becomes a successful businessman and town mayor, but only by breaking parole. Thus he's pursued by {{Inspector Javert}}, who only cares that he broke the law, which leads Valjean into further crime to escape. It's also echoed by Fantine, who's dismissed from her job when it's found out she's an unwed mother, and forced into prostitution to survive. She's arrested for striking a man harassing her, catches a fever and dies. Javert on the other hand firmly believes this is wrong, but rather crime isn't the result of environment ''or'' heredity (especially the latter he's keen to prove wrong, disprove, as both his parents were criminals). When it's finally proven to him that Valjean is a good man, he can't stand the revelation, [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself.himself]].
19th Sep '16 7:29:40 PM Fireblood
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* This seems to be the play's message regarding Jean Valjean and many other people in ''Theater/LesMiserables''. Valjean only stole to feed his sister's family, and got five years in prison. The conditions were so brutal he tried to escape multiple times, with each extending his sentence. When he's paroled at last after ''nineteen'' years, he finds it impossible to find work as a felon. He is so suspicious and hardened than even when someone ''does'' try to help him (a kindly priest) Valjean instead steals his silver. The priest instead of sending him back to prison when he's caught however covers for him, giving Valjean a second chance. Once removed from this state, he becomes a successful businessman and town mayor, but only by breaking parole. Thus he's pursued by {{Inspector Javert}}, who only cares that he broke the law, which leads Valjean into further crime to escape. It's also echoed by Fantine, who's dismissed from her job when it's found she's an unwed mother, and forced into prostitution to survive. She's arrested for striking a man harassing her, catches a fever and dies. Javert on the other hand firmly believes this is wrong, but rather crime isn't the result of environment ''or'' heredity (especially the latter he's keen to prove wrong, as his parents were criminals). When it's finally proven to him that Valjean is a good man, he can't stand the revelation, killing himself.
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16th Jul '16 12:02:42 AM jormis29
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', Nell defends Snidely Whiplash in court and claims that if society had some sort of program to help people with a compulsive need to tie stuff together, Snidely's habit would never have progressed to the point where he started tying women to railroad tracks. Thanks to the RuleOfFunny, this actually works.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', Nell defends Snidely Whiplash in court and claims that if society had some sort of program to help people with a compulsive need to tie stuff together, Snidely's habit would never have progressed to the point where he started [[ChainedToARailway tying women to railroad tracks.tracks]]. Thanks to the RuleOfFunny, this actually works.
13th Jul '16 8:08:58 PM Bissek
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', Nell defends Snidely Whiplash in court and claims that if society had some sort of program to help people with a compulsive need to tie stuff together, Snidely's habit would never have progressed to the point where he started tying women to railroad tracks. Thanks to the RuleOfFunny, this actually works.
21st Jun '16 11:50:32 AM gewunomox
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* OingoBoingo's ''Only A Lad''. See the Quotes page for lyrics.

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* OingoBoingo's Music/OingoBoingo's ''Only A Lad''. See the Quotes page for lyrics.
3rd Apr '16 11:24:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'':

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* From ''TheSimpsons'':

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* ''BumpInTheNight'': In one episode, Mr. Bumpy [[PaperThinDisguise disguised himself]] as Molly Cuddle to play a prank on Destructo. When he got caught, he tried several desperate ways to divert blame. This trope was included.

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* ''BumpInTheNight'': ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'': In one episode, Mr. Bumpy [[PaperThinDisguise disguised himself]] as Molly Cuddle to play a prank on Destructo. When he got caught, he tried several desperate ways to divert blame. This trope was included.
17th Jan '16 10:44:50 AM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrder'', often, especially ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. We wrap up the A plot more quickly than usual, find out that Johnny did it and the jury agrees... but our heroes realize that it's not really Johnny's fault and strike back against the corporate overlord / gang / societal disease that "made him do it".

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* ''LawAndOrder'', ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'', often, especially ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. We wrap up the A plot more quickly than usual, find out that Johnny did it and the jury agrees... but our heroes realize that it's not really Johnny's fault and strike back against the corporate overlord / gang / societal disease that "made him do it".
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