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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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* Some ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 40000}}'' ** Some 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'' ** 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.
3rd Mar '15 5:21:35 AM OddMostOdd
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has the Space Core Directives that Kryten would often quote. Rimmer ended up quoting directives back but always being wrong. In one episode they show the book of directives and it's rather small despite the high numbers mentioned complete with multiple subcategories for each one, and rules for every situation including performing oral sex in a zero-g environment.
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has the Space Core Corps Directives that Kryten would often quote. Rimmer ended up quoting directives back but always being wrong. In one episode they show the book of directives and it's rather small despite the high numbers mentioned complete with multiple subcategories for each one, and rules for every situation including performing oral sex in a zero-g environment.
13th Feb '15 9:09:36 PM SovereignGFC
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Crosswicking Fan Fic/Origins
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* In the ''StarWars''[=/=]''MassEffect''[=/=][[spoiler:VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}]] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', the Trans-Galactic Republic's "Standardized Regulations of Military Law" serve as important plot-points, having been derived from the RealLife [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks UCMJ]] but otherwise is not fleshed out or given any body [[LawOfConservationOfDetail beyond what is necessary for the plot]].
6th Nov '14 10:48:58 PM StarSword
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* Worffan101's ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' fics, including ''Fanfic/PeaceForgedInFire'', have the Words of Glorious Odo'Ital, religious maxims quoted by the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo-worshipping]] Jem'Hadar Omek'ti'kallan. He quotes them out of order throughout the stories. Some highlights from ''Peace'': -->"It would be wise to allow the Human to finish. For doth not the Thirteenth Word of Odo'Ital state that 'Information is key to any endeavour'?"\\ "Science Bekk Min'tak'allan, it would be wise to exercise some caution in this enterprise. For doth not the Twenty-Ninth Word of Odo'Ital say '[[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemyŚno more, no less.]]'?"\\ "I recommend giving this mission your all, Admiral. For doth not the Seventeenth Word of Odo'Ital say 'You can't know that you can't do something until you've given it your very best effort.'?"\\ "Admiral, remember your therapy. For the Sixth Word of Odo'Ital sayeth 'Every life is precious. Do not spend your own save to spare another.'"\\ "They appear to have made a tactical miscalculation by underestimating our numbers and strength, though. This will be their undoing. For doth not the Miscellaneous Words of Odo'Ital state "When possible, avoid attacking targets that outnumber or otherwise prove stronger than you."?"
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