Created By: StevenT on March 2, 2012 Last Edited By: StevenT on March 3, 2012

Punishing the Snitch

One character snitches on another and gets punished along with them because they snitched.

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Can cross with either Can't Get Away With Nuthin' or No Good Deed Goes Unpunished depending on their reason for snitching.

Compare All Crimes Are Equal and Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.


Examples:

  • In a Family Guy cutaway parodying The Brady Bunch:
    Jan: Mom, Dad, I found cigarettes in Greg's jacket.
    Mike: Greg, were you smoking cigarettes?
    Greg: No, Dad.
    Mike: Well, he's lying, there's no doubt about that. Greg, I'm afraid your punishment will be 4 hours in the snake pit. Maybe that'll give you some time to think about what you've done.
    Jan: That'll teach him.
    Mike: And Jan, I'm afraid you've earned a day in the chamber of fire for tattling on your brother.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Bart and Milhouse prank the church by tricking the congregation into singing a rock song. When confronted, Milhouse breaks and squeals. The reverend sends Bart off to be punished, then grabs Milhouse.
    Rev. Lovejoy: You too, snitchy.
  • In the South Park episode "Tonsil Trouble" a justifiably enraged Kyle tells on Cartman for infecting him with the HIV virus. Principal Victoria orders Cartman to apologise to Kyle and then insists Kyle apologise for tattling on him.
    Mr Mackey: It's just that tattlin's bad, m'kay. No one likes a tattle tale.
    Kyle: Tattle tale?! He infected me with AIDS!
    Cartman: See, he's doing it again!
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • March 2, 2012
    aurora369
    Not related at all to a fictional sport described in Harry Potter.
  • March 2, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In an episode of The Simpsons, Bart and Milhouse prank the church by tricking the congregation into singing a rock song. When confronted, Milhouse breaks and squeals. The reverend sends Bart off to be punished, then grabs Milhouse.
      Rev. Lovejoy: You too, snitchy.
  • March 2, 2012
    CrypticMirror
    Harry Potter example, in Order Of The Phoenix the girl who gives away Potter's secret club is punished by a hex that spells the word "sneak" on her face in pimples. That are visible for more than a year, and permanently scars her face to that effect.
  • March 2, 2012
    Bisected8
    ^ That's not really an example (as I understand the trope), since it was retaliation from the people who were snitched on.
  • March 2, 2012
    Psi001
    • In the South Park episode "Tonsil Trouble" a justifyably enraged Kyle tells on Cartman for infecting him with the HIV virus. Principal Victoria orders Cartman to apologise to Kyle and then insists Kyle apologise for tattling on him.
      Mr Mackey: It's just that tattlin's bad, m'kay. No one likes a tattle tale.
      Kyle: Tattle tale?!? He infected me with A I Ds!!!
      Cartman: See, he's doing it again!
  • March 2, 2012
    somerandomdude
    ^^ There is an example from the Harry Potter series, though:

    • In Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone, Malfoy finds Harry, Ron and Hermione in Hagrid's hut long after all students are supposed to be in bed. Malfoy rats them out to Mc Gonnagal, who chastises the three and proceeds to give all four of them detention, since, after all, Malfoy was indeed out of bed after hours as well.
  • March 2, 2012
    KingZeal
  • March 2, 2012
    jatay3
    In Firefly Mal, and later Simon and River make clear to Jayne that they had found him out and could in fact do this to him if he repeated himself. Mal of course has a less scrupulous nature then Simon. On the other hand there is no telling what Simon would have done to someone who tried to hurt River given a chance as his position as medic necessarily does. And of course River can kill people with her mind.
  • March 2, 2012
    FalconPain
    The Simpsons example should note that the first thing Lovejoy says after Milhouse breaks is "You did the right thing." Considering the later line, this makes it No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
  • March 2, 2012
    Lawman592
    ^ Actually, I got the impression Milhouse was punished not so much for snitching but for knowing what Bart was going to do beforehand and doing nothing about it.
  • March 3, 2012
    Psi001
    Also note that beforehand the Reverend had used an extreme scare tactic on the boys, forcing them to repeat a pledge where they would go to hell for keeping the truth from him. Granted Lovejoy is to an extent presented as a Straw Hypocrite whose religious beliefs waver on what befit him ("Have you ever stopped to read this thing? According to this you can't even go to the bathroom").
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