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24th May '16 3:56:29 PM Specialist290
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21st May '16 9:57:25 AM Specialist290
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* UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems of ancient China are thought to have originated as one, as the first concrete reference to them mentions only the very last one ("[[KnowWhenToFoldEm When all else fails, retreat]]").
1st Apr '16 3:10:30 AM Andyroid
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* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'' has a OnceAnEpisode gag of Shino announcing a new (often weird or nonsensical) Ousai Academy Student Council Rule.
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24th Aug '15 11:48:36 AM PrimeEvil
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* ''DoctorWho'': The Caretakers' rule-book in "Paradise Towers."

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* ''DoctorWho'': The Caretakers' rule-book rule-books in "Paradise Towers."Towers," which are improbably compact for the amount of rules [[InformedAttribute they're said to have.]] Only a few rules are ever actually mentioned on screen, and the Caretakers themselves probably don't look at their own handbooks anyway. [[TheChessmaster The Doctor]] guesses as much, and bluffs his way out of capture by making up a few dozen rules. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy It takes them a few minutes to realize that he's just tricked them!]]
17th Aug '15 1:31:53 PM PrimeEvil
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* ''DoctorWho'': The Caretakers' rule-book in "Paradise Towers."
21st Jun '15 10:08:07 PM ManicOppressive
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** Of course, back when the list was named "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates," there were already well over seven. So even when this becomes an aversion at some future date, it might still not quite.
6th May '15 11:32:35 AM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': The Dragon's Lair Charter has a number of rules governing mercenary behavior but as far as ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', only the fourth one has been mentioned: "Never kill the client".
3rd May '15 8:36:53 PM Deathhacker
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* Some ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' storylines and fluff use the ''[[BigBookOfWar Codex Astartes]]'' like this, for example in an early mission of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar's'' single-player campaign where Captain Gabriel Angelos notes what the ''Codex's'' recommended course of action in response to the Orks' tactics is.

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storylines and fluff use the ''[[BigBookOfWar Codex Astartes]]'' like this, for example in an early mission of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar's'' single-player campaign where Captain Gabriel Angelos notes what the ''Codex's'' recommended course of action in response to the Orks' tactics is.is.
** Whatever was decreed for the Ecclesiarchy following the Age of Apostasy, the only notable rule that comes up a lot in fluff is the "No Men Under Arms", which is the origins story for the [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]], and that they are the official Imperial-sanctioned cult.
** Averted with the Imperial Guard Infantry Uplifting Primer, which has been published in full detail. The only reason that it got this distinct honor is because much of the rules in there are HollywoodTactics ''even by the standards of the setting!''
3rd May '15 8:32:42 PM Deathhacker
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Fairy Godparents are restricted to a large list of rules listed in a gigantic book titles 'Da Rules'. Cosmo and Wanda would pull out the rule book any time Timmy plans on making a wish that would break the rules. It's never said how many rules there are, but [[NewRulesAsThePlotDemands new ones are mentioned frequently]].
** Timmy once managed to screw up so badly by [[spoiler: wishing every day was Christmas]] that a new rule was made up just to prevent it from happening again.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''
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Fairy Godparents are restricted to a large list of rules listed in a gigantic book titles 'Da Rules'. Cosmo and Wanda would pull out the rule book any time Timmy plans on making a wish that would break the rules. It's never said how many rules there are, but [[NewRulesAsThePlotDemands new ones are mentioned frequently]].
** Timmy once managed to screw up so badly by [[spoiler: wishing every day was Christmas]] that a new rule was made up just to prevent it from happening again. Jorgen, on one occasion, also took out a sticky note about a rule that he had forgotten to put in, allowing Timmy to proceed with the wish due to it technically not being an official "rule" yet. Cosmo also mentioned that they discuss new rules at Fairy Conventions.
** Amusingly, every time the rules are cracked open they flip to the absolute center of the book, despite having already broken a few hundred rules (each one apparently taking up a whole page). This means that unless the rulebook specifically displays the relevant rule being broken (and the rest of the pages are just for show), Timmy has only scratched the surface of the amount of existing rules.
10th Apr '15 4:49:12 PM mrsaturn
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** Timmy once managed to screw up so badly by [[spoiler: wishing every day was Christmas]] that a new rule was made up just to prevent it from happening again.
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