History Main / TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment

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.
20th Dec '15 11:05:34 AM SeanMurrayI
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* Invoked trope in Freefall: A character who nearly killed every robot on the planet, is planned to be given...one minute of community service. Seems ridiculous...until the police officer explains it's PER OFFENSE. 450,000,000 offenses.
** http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02685.htm

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* Invoked trope in Freefall: A In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', a character who nearly killed every robot on the planet, planet is planned sentenced to be given...one minute of community service. Seems ridiculous... until the police officer explains it's PER OFFENSE. ''per offense'' for 450,000,000 offenses.
** http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02685.htm
total offenses.
20th Dec '15 12:55:34 AM Gorank
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* Invoked trope in Freefall: A character who nearly killed every robot on the planet, is planned to be given...one minute of community service. Seems ridiculous...until the police officer explains it's PER OFFENSE. 450,000,00 offenses.

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* Invoked trope in Freefall: A character who nearly killed every robot on the planet, is planned to be given...one minute of community service. Seems ridiculous...until the police officer explains it's PER OFFENSE. 450,000,00 450,000,000 offenses.
24th Oct '15 9:28:18 AM Roach
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* A regular event in ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon when the Super threatens them with a punishment should they manage to mess up their new assignment. E.g., he promises them they'll be put into the Guinness Book of World Records. And yes, they will - between the pages, and with an oversized vise pressing the book back into shape...
16th Oct '15 10:15:10 AM MitchellTF
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***[[spoiler: General fan consensus? He realized that the portal opens up into the moose's MOUTH.]]
16th Oct '15 10:07:27 AM MitchellTF
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* Invoked trope in Freefall: A character who nearly killed every robot on the planet, is planned to be given...one minute of community service. Seems ridiculous...until the police officer explains it's PER OFFENSE. 450,000,00 offenses.
**http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02685.htm
6th Sep '15 7:08:42 PM nombretomado
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* In WilliamGibson's ''{{Neuromancer}}'', In Case's back story, his former employers let him ''keep'' the money he stole from them... because he'd need every cent after their brand of retribution completely damages his central nervous system leaving him unable to use his brain-computer interface to access cyberspace (and unemployable in his old profession).

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* In WilliamGibson's ''{{Neuromancer}}'', Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', In Case's back story, his former employers let him ''keep'' the money he stole from them... because he'd need every cent after their brand of retribution completely damages his central nervous system leaving him unable to use his brain-computer interface to access cyberspace (and unemployable in his old profession).
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