Punishing the Snitch
One character snitches on another and gets punished along with them because they snitched.
Needs a Better Description Needs a Better Title 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.
- 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!
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