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2nd Dec '16 5:25:32 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' takes place in a demonic boarding school where being an "Honor Student" involves cheating, skipping class, bullying other students and so forth. Delinquents on the other hand do their homework, pick up litter, and follow a self-imposed curfew. The worst delinquents in the school, Raspberyl and her friends, are such a nuisance to the faculty that they deal with them the only way they can: making them the first students in the history of the school to ''graduate''. Naturally they are thrilled, as this cements their reputation as [[BadAss legendary delinquents]].

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** ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' takes place in a demonic boarding school where being an "Honor Student" involves cheating, skipping class, bullying other students and so forth. Delinquents on the other hand do their homework, pick up litter, and follow a self-imposed curfew. The worst delinquents in the school, Raspberyl and her friends, are such a nuisance to the faculty that they deal with them the only way they can: making them the first students in the history of the school to ''graduate''. Naturally they are thrilled, as this cements their reputation as [[BadAss legendary delinquents]].delinquents.
4th Nov '16 11:43:45 AM LentilSandEater
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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Homer the Great", where Homer takes the Stonecutters' Oath, which says that if he violates the organization's trust "may my stomach become bloated and my head be plucked of all but three hairs". Moe interrupts, saying that he thinks Homer should have to take a different oath, but Number 1 insists that "Everyone takes the same oath."

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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] Used in "Homer the Great", where Homer takes the Stonecutters' Oath, which says that if he violates the organization's trust "may my stomach become bloated and my head be plucked of all but three hairs". Moe interrupts, saying that he thinks Homer should have to take a different oath, but Number 1 insists that "Everyone takes the same oath."
14th Oct '16 5:04:14 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* Many small-time criminals in [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] America actually looked forward to jail, since it offered them some measure of employment, as well as guaranteed square meals and a relatively comfortable place to sleep.

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* Many small-time criminals in [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] America actually looked forward to jail, since it offered them some measure of employment, as well as guaranteed square meals and a relatively comfortable place to sleep.sleep ("three hots and a cot").
13th Oct '16 2:04:38 AM Geoduck
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* During the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Trouble With Tribbles", Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott wasn't interested in taking shore leave, because he had a bunch of technical journals to catch up on. Kirk specifically "ordered" Scotty to go along in order to keep the lower-ranked men from starting trouble with visiting Klingons. Instead, it was Scott himself who started a brawl with those self-same Klingons. This sparked the following exchange:

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* During the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Trouble With Tribbles", Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott wasn't isn't interested in taking shore leave, because he had has a bunch of technical journals to catch up on. Kirk specifically "ordered" "orders" Scotty to go along in order to keep the lower-ranked men from starting trouble with visiting Klingons. Instead, it was is Scott himself who started starts a brawl with those self-same Klingons. This sparked sparks the following exchange:



'''Scotty:''' ''(smiling)'' Thank you, sir. That'll give me a chance to catch up on my technical journals!

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'''Scotty:''' Yes, sir. ''(smiling)'' Thank you, sir. sir! That'll give me a chance to catch up on my me technical journals!


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** Also, Scotty is almost immediately seen back out working again; it's not stated but likely that Kirk realizes how pointless it all is.
3rd Oct '16 8:38:18 AM 32_Footsteps
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* Kicks in twice in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' for Ruff. First, a villain tries to curse the town he was being raised in by [[BalefulPolymorph turning all the animals into people and all the people into animals]]. But Ruff was a white wolf, and it turns out he likes humans and [[HumanityEnsues wants to be one]]. Later, that same villain (after being mostly depowered) tries to get revenge on Ruff for defeating him by turning him back into a wolf, but instead he accidentally gives Ruff the ability to speak perfectly (whereas he could only say about three words before). Ruff, who has grown fond of the party at this point, is overjoyed at being able to properly express himself and communicate with his friends.
24th Sep '16 2:16:36 PM SeanMurrayI
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See also CursedWithAwesome and some cases of InfernalParadise. GetIntoJailFree is a subtrope where getting into prison in pursuit of another agenda is the desired goal. Compare also ArsonMurderAndLifesaving, when his "crimes" were actually ''helpful''. Contrast CurseThatCures, where a {{Curse}} is actually welcomed by a character because it cures them of a sickness or injury. Also contrast CruelMercy if the character spares another's life only for it to suffer a FateWorseThanDeath.

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See also CursedWithAwesome and some cases of InfernalParadise. GetIntoJailFree is a subtrope where getting into prison in pursuit of another agenda is the desired goal. Compare also ArsonMurderAndLifesaving, when his "crimes" were actually ''helpful''. Contrast CurseThatCures, where a {{Curse}} is actually welcomed by a character because it cures them of a sickness or injury. Also contrast injury, CruelMercy if the character spares another's life only for it to suffer a FateWorseThanDeath.
FateWorseThanDeath, and TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment when a character's punishment is introduced as seemingly trivial but is revealed to actually be far worse than initially thought.
22nd Sep '16 5:47:40 AM Vir
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** {{Double Subver|sion}}ted in another episode. Bart expects to be told to go to his room, but Homer realizes that's not a punishment and sends him to the garage instead. But then Bart uses this opportunity to steal a riding mower.

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** {{Double Subver|sion}}ted in another episode."The Secret War of Lisa Simpson". Bart expects to be told to go to his room, but Homer realizes that's not a punishment and sends him to the garage instead. But then Bart uses this opportunity to steal a riding mower.
29th Aug '16 2:14:15 PM Lullaby22
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* Played with in ''Series/TheKicks''. "Breakaway" sees Devin getting the standard punishments for the events of "Go Big or Go Home": Two weeks without her phone, laptop, and, because she mouthed off about the previous two, television privileges. She's initially as devastated as you might expect, but by the end of the episode, she decides that she didn't mind being unplugged for a little while. She even declines her parents' offer to return all of the above early.
28th Aug '16 10:03:24 PM CaptainTedium
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* A case of this happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' in the episode "A Good Nephew is Hard to Find". After Granny's nephew Paul Freleng is found out as being behind the {{Kaiju}} sightings, he is sentenced to 200 hours of community service working as a costumed carnival mascot. He ends up enjoying it so much that he signs up for even more hours of community service.
24th Aug '16 2:43:54 AM Kazmahu
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* ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'': As punishment for [[spoiler:a mind-controlled defection and requiring expensive resources to resurrect]], Ainz order Shalltear to act as a living chair for him during a meeting. Thing is, Shalltear is ''[[TooKinkyToTorture incredibly depraved]]'' and is soon panting and squirming under him. The trope gets played with, as Ainz was completely aware that would happen, despite his station requiring him to hand out discipline, he feels like the above spoiler was his fault. So he picks something Shalltear won't mind, but that he finds deeply uncomfortable.
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