A character is Arrested For Heroism, found guilty, and given a suspiciously light sentance.
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The Hero has just finished off the Big Bad, but at the cost of getting into a whole mess of trouble. After the obligitory Arrested for Heroism moment, the court faces a dilemma: how do you deal with a gang of criminals who just saved the world? Simply pardoning them would show too much favoritism, but even the minimum normal sentance would bring massive cries of outrage when news of their good deads hit the press. For an exceptionally Genre Savvy Judge, the answer is simple: craft a sentance that will place them in exactly the right position to save the world in the sequel! It allows the court to show that they didn't completely overlook The Hero's misdeads without making the court look Lawful Stupid, but more importantly, it preserves Status Quo Is God. For extra drama, the judge may sentance them harshly, then find an excuse to reduce the fine. In keeping with the theme of Status Quo Is God, it's not uncommon for the character to be fired, loose any promotions, pay raises, etc. they might have recieved earlier in the episode, sometimes being fined the exact amount of any reward, lottery, etc., they might have won... and then be re-hired into the position they started out in. Alternately, the character may be given a promotion as "punishment" instead. This is usually done when the character is new, a recent Heel-Face Turn, Sixth Ranger, etc., and is being made a permanent member of the team, or the writers decide to Throw the Dog a Bone. A subtrope of Arrested for Heroism and Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving. This typically is handled in two ways:
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