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29th Jul '17 7:18:41 AM ironballs16
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** "Lock-Up" has a particularly ironic example, perhaps even a subverted inversion: Former Arkham Asylum guard Lyle Bolton becomes the psychotic vigilante Lock-Up because he believes that the criminals confined there are not being punished harshly enough. After he starts terrorizing ''non''-criminals too (because they are too "sympathetic" to the criminals), he is straitjacketed and [[KarmicTransformation put in a cell in Arkham among all the inmates for whom he has such contempt]]. But Lock-Up is happy about this punishment, because now he can keep an eye on all the lunatics 24 hours a day - blind to the fact that he is now one of them, and that if any of them escape, [[ChaoticStupid he will be helpless to do anything about it]].

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** "Lock-Up" has a particularly ironic example, perhaps even a subverted inversion: Former Arkham Asylum guard Lyle Bolton becomes the psychotic vigilante Lock-Up because he believes that the criminals confined there are not being punished harshly enough. After he starts terrorizing ''non''-criminals too (because they are too "sympathetic" to the criminals), he is straitjacketed and [[KarmicTransformation put in a cell in Arkham among all the inmates for whom he has such contempt]]. But Lock-Up is happy about this punishment, because now he can keep an eye on all the lunatics 24 hours a day - blind to the fact that he is now one of them, and that if any of them escape, [[ChaoticStupid [[LawfulStupid he will be helpless to do anything about it]].
29th Jul '17 7:09:25 AM ironballs16
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* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros.]] cartoon "Hobo Bobo" entails a small elephant who is tired of carrying logs in the jungle and yearns to be a baseball player in the U.S. He paints himself pink so as to be inconspicuous (he is completely ignored by people who think they must be getting delirium tremens), but he is arrested for causing a panic after his pink paint wears off. The judge sentences Bobo to--working for the local baseball team! As the batboy.

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* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros.]] cartoon "Hobo Bobo" entails a small elephant who is tired of carrying logs in the jungle and yearns to be a baseball player in the U.S. He paints himself pink [[PinkElephants so as to be inconspicuous inconspicuous]] (he is completely ignored by people who think they must be getting delirium tremens), but he is arrested for causing a panic after his pink paint wears off. The judge sentences Bobo to--working for the local baseball team! As the batboy.
5th Jul '17 4:21:18 PM MCanter89
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[[caption-width-right:350:Too bad Homer just doesn't understand [[IronicHell "irony".]]]]

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* Creator/BillCosby's famous "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast" joke, from his stand-up special ''Himself''. Bill's wife wakes him out of a sound and much desired sleep, at six o'clock in the morning, in order to serve his children breakfast. When his daughter comes down for breakfast, she asks for chocolate cake, which Bill deduces [[InsaneTrollLogic must be healthy, because it has eggs, milk and wheat in it]]. When his wife finds out, she flips out and sends Bill back to his room... "which is where I wanted to go in the first place. So you see, we are dumb, but [[ObfuscatingStupidity we are not so dumb.]]"

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* Creator/BillCosby's famous "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast" joke, from his stand-up special ''Himself''. Bill's wife wakes him out of a sound and much desired much-desired sleep, at six o'clock in the morning, in order to serve his children breakfast. When his daughter comes down for breakfast, she asks for chocolate cake, which Bill deduces [[InsaneTrollLogic must be healthy, because it has eggs, milk milk, and wheat in it]]. When his wife finds out, she flips out and sends Bill back to his room... "which is where I wanted to go in the first place. So you see, we are dumb, but [[ObfuscatingStupidity we are not so dumb.]]"dumb]]."
30th Jun '17 2:11:50 PM Vir
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'', Snaptrap plans to sink the T.U.F.F. cruise ship by ramming a mobile iceberg (with an all-you can eat salad bar) into it. Larry, however, wants to go to Acapulco, so at one point in the episode, he tries pedaling there instead of the cruise ship. When Snaptrap finds out, he bans Larry from the salad bar. Larry doesn't care, because he doesn't even like salad. This example is also in contrast to the seires' {{running gag}} of Snaptrap [[SharkPool dropping Larry in the shark tank]] (usually for little to no reason).

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'', Snaptrap plans to sink the T.U.F.F. cruise ship by ramming a mobile iceberg (with an all-you can eat salad bar) into it. Larry, however, wants to go to Acapulco, so at one point in the episode, he tries pedaling there instead of the cruise ship. When Snaptrap finds out, he bans Larry from the salad bar. Larry doesn't care, because he doesn't even like salad. This example is also in contrast to the seires' series' {{running gag}} of Snaptrap [[SharkPool dropping Larry in the shark tank]] (usually for little to no reason).
30th Jun '17 2:09:58 PM Vir
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* In the "Let's play teachers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', Stumpy tries to get Kaeloo, who is playing the teacher to send him StandingInTheHall, after Mister Cat notes that only a teacher can be stupid enough to think that being expelled from class is a punishment. Kaeloo decides to give Stumpy lines to write instead.

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* In the "Let's play teachers" Play Teachers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', Stumpy tries to get Kaeloo, who is playing the teacher teacher, to send him StandingInTheHall, after Mister Mr. Cat notes that only a teacher can be stupid enough to think that being expelled from class is a punishment. Kaeloo decides to give Stumpy lines to write instead.instead.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' episode "Johnny of the Jungle", when Hugh refuses to let Johnny go on a field trip to the zoo at night, Johnny graffitis one of the walls of the house so Hugh would get angry and send him to his room for the rest of the night, allowing Johnny to sneak out and go to the zoo without Hugh checking on him. Johnny then had to get home before the sun would come up and Hugh would see that he's [[SleepingDummy replaced himself in bed with an inflatable decoy]].
28th Jun '17 1:40:38 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In a ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' arc, Oliver hacks into the electric company's system and reduces his dad's bill to only a dollar. His dad scolds him, and tells him if he does it again, he'll have no glazed beets at dinner for a month. (Then adds that if he does it to the ''phone'' bill, it will be ''two'' months.) Of course, he knows that glazed beets [[StockYuck make Oliver throw up]], as his son quickly notes.
12th Jun '17 2:02:24 PM C105
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* In the "Let's play teachers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', Stumpy tries to get Kaeloo, who is playing the teacher to send him StandingInTheHall, after Mister Cat notes that only a teacher can be stupid enough to think that being expelled from class is a punishment. Kaeloo decides to give Stumpy lines to write instead.
22nd May '17 12:27:22 PM Usagi1992
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-->"White women call this the 'silent treatment'. And we make them think we don't like it!"

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-->"White women call this the 'silent treatment'. And we make them think let 'em ''think'' we don't like it!"
12th Apr '17 6:07:07 PM Jake
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* Australia began as a penal colony to remove cons from England's crowded prisons. However, as featured in ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', cons sent to Australia often became obscenely rich off the land's abundant natural resources and space to raise livestock. By the time the practice was discontinued, being sent to Australia was definitely an Unishment.

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* Australia began as a penal colony to remove cons from England's crowded prisons. However, as featured in ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', cons sent if you survived your sentence ([[HellholePrison which was far from guaranteed]]) then it was quite possible to Australia often became obscenely rich off become very wealthy indeed from the land's abundant natural mineral resources and space to raise livestock. By cheap grazing land. And public outcry eventually mitigated the time worst excesses of neglect and brutality in [[DeadlyEuphemism Transportation]], to the practice was discontinued, being sent point where inmates travelling to Australia was definitely an Unishment.on a PrisonTransport were ''less'' likely to die at sea than paying passengers; the shipping lines were paid per ''living'' prisoner, on arrival.
3rd Apr '17 7:57:36 PM merotoker
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* In ''FanFic/FeverDreams'' after [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] [[spoiler: [[ConfessToALesserCrime "confesses" to being]] TheMole [[SeamlessSpontaneousLie for Kira when cornered]]]] the taskforce decide it would be best if Light remains under house arrest under [[DatingCatwoman L's supervision]] which of course is [[JustAsPlanned exactly what Light wanted.]]

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* In ''FanFic/FeverDreams'' after [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] [[spoiler: [[ConfessToALesserCrime "confesses" to being]] TheMole [[SeamlessSpontaneousLie for Kira when cornered]]]] the taskforce decide it would be best if Light remains under house arrest under [[DatingCatwoman L's supervision]] which of course is [[JustAsPlanned [[AllAccordingToPlan exactly what Light wanted.]]



-->'''Shrek:''' Attention, all... [[BuffySpeak fairy tale things]]. Do not get comfortable! Your welcome is officially worn out! In fact, I'm gonna see this guy Farquaad right now, and get you all off my land and and back where you came from!

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-->'''Shrek:''' Attention, all... [[BuffySpeak fairy tale things]]. Do not get comfortable! Your welcome is officially worn out! In fact, I'm gonna see this guy Farquaad right now, and get you all off my land and and back where you came from!



** Becomes a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', when this demotion in response to Kirk working outside the bounds of authority becomes key character evidence in a trial to convict him of assassination.

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** Becomes a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] {{subvert|edTrope}} in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', when this demotion in response to Kirk working outside the bounds of authority becomes key character evidence in a trial to convict him of assassination.



* Duke from ''Film/{{MASH}}'': "If I nail [[HelloNurse Hot Lips]] and slug Hawkeye do I get to go home too?" Subverted, since Burns '''was''' punished and went home in a straitjacket. (Maybe doubleSubverted, because he was then KickedUpstairs.)
* Midway through ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans'', the main character has a complaint lodged against him for [[spoiler:committing an act of PoliceBrutality against an elderly woman]]. Until the complaint gets sorted out, he is put on modified assignment and placed in charge of the precinct's evidence room. Since he's a FunctionalAddict and the evidence room is where seized drugs are stored, this is the equivalent of punishing a small child by locking him inside a candy store.

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* Duke from ''Film/{{MASH}}'': "If I nail [[HelloNurse Hot Lips]] and slug Hawkeye do I get to go home too?" Subverted, since Burns '''was''' punished and went home in a straitjacket. (Maybe doubleSubverted, DoubleSubversion, because he was then KickedUpstairs.)
* Midway through ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans'', ''Film/TheBadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans'', the main character has a complaint lodged against him for [[spoiler:committing an act of PoliceBrutality against an elderly woman]]. Until the complaint gets sorted out, he is put on modified assignment and placed in charge of the precinct's evidence room. Since he's a FunctionalAddict and the evidence room is where seized drugs are stored, this is the equivalent of punishing a small child by locking him inside a candy store.



* In ''Don't Care High'' by Creator/GordonKorman, Sheldon and Paul get kicked out of Geography class (the class before lunch) for laughing hysterically at another student's mistake. Sheldon is happy about this because they now have a two-hour lunch break.
** In "Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag" by the same author, the protagonists [[spoiler:destroy the broken generator and are sent away to a place where they can't mess with it again. The way this is done is by making them win a contest to go to a Greek island, which was their entire goal.]] Bonus points because another character actually tries to comfort them about it, before they reveal their goal.

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In ''Don't Care High'' by Creator/GordonKorman, High'', Sheldon and Paul get kicked out of Geography class (the class before lunch) for laughing hysterically at another student's mistake. Sheldon is happy about this because they now have a two-hour lunch break.
** In "Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag" by the same author, Bag", the protagonists [[spoiler:destroy the broken generator and are sent away to a place where they can't mess with it again. The way this is done is by making them win a contest to go to a Greek island, which was their entire goal.]] goal]]. Bonus points because another character actually tries to comfort them about it, before they reveal their goal.



* In the Rogers & Hammerstein version of Cinderella, when the stepmother tells her to go sit in the corner, she sings a song about how she doesn't mind being told that as nobody bothers her in the corner and she can escape the drudgery of her life through fantasy.

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* In the Rogers & Hammerstein Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein version of Cinderella, ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'', when the stepmother tells her to go sit in the corner, she sings a song about how she doesn't mind being told that as nobody bothers her in the corner and she can escape the drudgery of her life through fantasy.



** The Game Boy sequel ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' features the same mechanic for bombs, arrows, and magical powder, him justifying its status as "punishment" by telling you "now look at [[HyperspaceArsenal all that junk you have to carry!"]]. However, at the end, the character {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the trope by saying "Take care, see you again." This makes sense, as [[spoiler: the entire game is a dream of all the things Link has faced before.]]

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** The Game Boy sequel ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' features the same mechanic for bombs, arrows, and magical powder, him justifying its status as "punishment" by telling you "now look at [[HyperspaceArsenal all that junk you have to carry!"]]. However, at the end, the character {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the trope by saying "Take care, see you again." This makes sense, as [[spoiler: the entire game is a dream of all the things Link has faced before.]] before]].



* Occurs in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', when the girls bullying Taylor are given only a two week suspension for an extensive campaign of abuse. Turns out to be subverted for one of them, though that isn't known until it is revealed that [[spoiler:one of the bullies is a teen superhero already on probation.]]

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* Occurs in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', when the girls bullying Taylor are given only a two week suspension for an extensive campaign of abuse. Turns out to be subverted for one of them, though that isn't known until it is revealed that [[spoiler:one of the bullies is a teen superhero already on probation.]]probation]].



* Played desperately straight with the (US) prison system. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recividism#Causes Some people simply cannot succeed outside of prison, so they keep doing illegal things]]. This is a major theme in ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption.''

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* Played desperately straight with the (US) prison system. [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recividism#Causes org/wiki/Recidivism#Causes Some people simply cannot succeed outside of prison, so they keep doing illegal things]]. This is a major theme in ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption.''
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