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11th Feb '17 5:57:22 PM billybobfred
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** [[MagnificentBastard Lord Vetinari]] loves doing this. Just previously, he'd informed Moist that if he didn't accept the terms, Moist could just walk out that door over there and never hear of this again. Naturally, it opens onto an extremely deep pit. The villain actually chooses that option given the same choice.

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** [[MagnificentBastard Lord Vetinari]] loves doing this. Just previously, he'd informed Moist that if he didn't accept the terms, Moist could just [[TheWindowOrTheStairs walk out that door over there and never hear of this again.again]]. Naturally, it opens onto an extremely deep pit. The villain actually chooses that option given the same choice.
14th Jan '17 9:13:44 AM mangamanic
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* [[spoiler: Princess]] Rainbow Dash in ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'' informs the board of Alicorn Academy, that for their failure as an academic institute whose [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad policies]] have made it a breeding ground for the likes of the crownbreakers, they will be getting...matched donations. Instead of the government giving them grants or loans, it will match whatever donations they receive from Alumni or from fundraisers and so on. This doesn't sound like much of a punishment, until Dash reminds them that their reputation has fallen in the eyes of their alumni and the surrounding town for so many years, virtually no-one donates anything and they've been relying almost exclusively on the crown funds, which have now been cut off.

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* [[spoiler: Princess]] Rainbow Dash in ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'' informs the board of Alicorn Academy, that for their failure as an academic institute whose [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad confusing policies]] and ex-hippie teachers who force students to agree with their views and politics for a passing grade, have made it a breeding ground for hipsters, windmill crusaders and terrorists like the likes of crownbreakers. To punish the crownbreakers, institute, they will be getting...getting......matched donations. Instead of the government just giving them grants or loans, the money they need, it will match whatever donations they receive from Alumni or from fundraisers and so on. This doesn't sound like much of a punishment, until Dash reminds them that their reputation has fallen in the eyes of their alumni and the surrounding town for so many years, alumni, that virtually no-one none of them donates anything and they've been relying almost exclusively on the crown funds, which have now been cut off.
14th Jan '17 9:03:33 AM mangamanic
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* Princess Rainbow Dash in ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt]] informs the board of Alicorn Academy, that for their failure as an academic institute whose [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad policies]] have made it a breeding ground for the likes of the crownbreakers, they will be getting...matched donations. Instead of the government giving them grants or loans, it will match whatever donations they receive from Alumni or from fundraisers and so on. This doesn't sound like much of a punishment, until Dash reminds them that their reputation has fallen in the eyes of their alumni and the surrounding town for so many years, virtually no-one donates anything and they've been relying almost exclusively on the crown funds, which have now been cut off.

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* Princess [[spoiler: Princess]] Rainbow Dash in ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt]] ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'' informs the board of Alicorn Academy, that for their failure as an academic institute whose [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad policies]] have made it a breeding ground for the likes of the crownbreakers, they will be getting...matched donations. Instead of the government giving them grants or loans, it will match whatever donations they receive from Alumni or from fundraisers and so on. This doesn't sound like much of a punishment, until Dash reminds them that their reputation has fallen in the eyes of their alumni and the surrounding town for so many years, virtually no-one donates anything and they've been relying almost exclusively on the crown funds, which have now been cut off.
14th Jan '17 7:28:03 AM mangamanic
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* Princess Rainbow Dash in ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt]] informs the board of Alicorn Academy, that for their failure as an academic institute whose [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad policies]] have made it a breeding ground for the likes of the crownbreakers, they will be getting...matched donations. Instead of the government giving them grants or loans, it will match whatever donations they receive from Alumni or from fundraisers and so on. This doesn't sound like much of a punishment, until Dash reminds them that their reputation has fallen in the eyes of their alumni and the surrounding town for so many years, virtually no-one donates anything and they've been relying almost exclusively on the crown funds, which have now been cut off.
2nd Oct '16 1:29:18 AM eroock
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A type of [[ComedyTropes Comedy Trope]] that, usually, introduces the CoolAndUnusualPunishment to torment our characters. How it works is as follows:

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A type of [[ComedyTropes Comedy Trope]] BaitAndSwitchComment that, usually, introduces the CoolAndUnusualPunishment to torment our characters. How it works is as follows:
24th Sep '16 2:13:11 PM SeanMurrayI
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Bob has just done something bad enough to get in some serious trouble. This could be something he said or did [[KafkaKomedy with good intentions that backfired when the local authorities took offense to it]], it could be something that actually ''is'' heinous for which Bob should surely pay dearly, or it could be seen as something [[DisproportionateRetribution totally inconsequential]].

In any case, Bob's actions come with a price to pay, and Alice is about to dish out some serious retribution, except that when Alice tells Bob what his punishment is going to be, [[{{Unishment}} it sounds very minor and painless; it may not even sound like a punishment at all]].

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Bob has just done something bad enough to get in some serious trouble. This could be something he said or did [[KafkaKomedy with good intentions that backfired when the local authorities took offense to it]], it could be something that actually ''is'' heinous for which Bob should surely pay dearly, or it could be seen as something [[DisproportionateRetribution totally inconsequential]].

In any case, Bob's
trouble, and his actions come with a price to pay, and pay. Alice is about to dish out some serious retribution, except that when Alice tells Bob what his punishment is going to be, [[{{Unishment}} it sounds very minor and painless; it may not even sound like a punishment at all]].
20th May '16 3:24:43 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', when Gozer demands that the Earth [[HowWouldYouLikeToDie choose the shape of its destroyer]], Ray immediately thinks of The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, being the one thing that he believes could not possibly ever hurt us. Unfortunately, he fails to consider that even the most innocuous creature can be made dangerous [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever if you make it big enough]].

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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', when Gozer demands that the Earth [[HowWouldYouLikeToDie choose the shape of its destroyer]], Ray immediately thinks of The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, being the one thing that he believes could not possibly ever hurt us. Unfortunately, he fails to consider that even the most innocuous creature can be made dangerous [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever if you make it big enough]].
4th Apr '16 11:38:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Spaced}}'', Tim, unable to cope with ''ThePhantomMenace'', is admonished by his boss for getting cross with a child who wanted to buy a Jar Jar Binks doll. When he asks his boss what he's going to do about his behavior, his boss responds, "I'm going to have to let you go." Tim, relieved that he's being let off the hook when he thought he was going to be fired, takes a brief moment before understanding that firing him is exactly what his boss had intended doing all along.

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* In ''{{Spaced}}'', ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Tim, unable to cope with ''ThePhantomMenace'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', is admonished by his boss for getting cross with a child who wanted to buy a Jar Jar Binks doll. When he asks his boss what he's going to do about his behavior, his boss responds, "I'm going to have to let you go." Tim, relieved that he's being let off the hook when he thought he was going to be fired, takes a brief moment before understanding that firing him is exactly what his boss had intended doing all along.



* On ''PerfectStrangers'', a Myposian acquaintance of Balki's challenges Larry to a duel. Larry accepts after Balki tells him it involves boxing the loser's ears. Then Balki explains to Larry that in Mypos, "boxing one's ears" means putting the ears ''in a box''.

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* On ''PerfectStrangers'', ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', a Myposian acquaintance of Balki's challenges Larry to a duel. Larry accepts after Balki tells him it involves boxing the loser's ears. Then Balki explains to Larry that in Mypos, "boxing one's ears" means putting the ears ''in a box''.



* On ''MyWifeAndKids'', a lot of the father's punishments are like this. In one episode when his daughter Claire eats his halftime pie but none of his kids tell him who did it, he feeds them all only pie as punishment. They quickly figure out that there is a reason that dinner is more than "just desserts."
* ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'': One sketch had a child being 'grounded' and having his shoes taken away. The kid points out that having his shoes taken away won't stop him leaving the house. The adult then says that the child has misunderstood - now that he has taken off his rubber-soled shoes, he is 'grounded' - and hands the kid a live electric cable...
* Inverted in one episode of ''{{Babylon5}}''. Delenn tells Sheridan about a Minbari custom, and what precisely a woman can do to a man who tries to abuse the custom:

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* On ''MyWifeAndKids'', ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'', a lot of the father's punishments are like this. In one episode when his daughter Claire eats his halftime pie but none of his kids tell him who did it, he feeds them all only pie as punishment. They quickly figure out that there is a reason that dinner is more than "just desserts."
* ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'': ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'': One sketch had a child being 'grounded' and having his shoes taken away. The kid points out that having his shoes taken away won't stop him leaving the house. The adult then says that the child has misunderstood - now that he has taken off his rubber-soled shoes, he is 'grounded' - and hands the kid a live electric cable...
* Inverted in one episode of ''{{Babylon5}}''.''Series/BabylonFive''. Delenn tells Sheridan about a Minbari custom, and what precisely a woman can do to a man who tries to abuse the custom:
30th Mar '16 6:06:04 AM HowlingSnail
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* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'' seems to enjoy her experience with the Excessive Machine, until she realises it's going to kill her with sexual pleasure.
14th Feb '16 4:36:07 AM hellomoto
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* One of the adventures of Abelard Snazz, The Man With The Two-Story Brain, written by Creator/AlanMoore for ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' had the title character punished by the gods themselves and forced to [[http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4810142039_36cc743cc2_b.jpg solve a Rubik's Cube.]]

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* One of the adventures of Abelard Snazz, The Man With The Two-Story Brain, written by Creator/AlanMoore for ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' had the title character punished by the gods themselves and forced to [[http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4810142039_36cc743cc2_b.jpg solve a Rubik's Cube.]]]] A Rubik's Cube about the size of a mountain - the title character couldn't even find the cube he's sitting on.
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