Loophole Abuse: Webcomics

  • In the webcomic Terror Island, one arc involving a competition to skateboard over a river ends with the alien baddie teleporting over the river instead; he wins, because "teleporting" is one of the few things ''not'' prohibited by the contest's rules, as the people drawing it up couldn't conceive of it.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • A hilarious variation occurs, where the crew of the mercenary ship effectively avoid any litigation by becoming legally appointed bounty hunters, hunting members of the lawyer collective. They could still be sued if anyone apart from them used non-Collective attorneys, but Massey is the only non-Collective lawyer we've seen, and he's a member of the company.
      Tagon (Having just shot someone's lawyer-drones): Get as mad as you want. You're going to have a hard time suing me.
    • Presumably, after this strip there's now a company policy regarding air vents, where there wasn't one previously.
    • Tailor is a clothing fabrication robot given to Captain Tagon by his father. The captain hates robots, his father, and isn't particularly crazy about new clothes, so he refuses to agree to any fittings. Tailor freaks out about not being able to fulfill his purpose, until the company doctor points out that the captain is responsible for clothing the entire company—therefore, Tailor can fulfill his purpose by creating clothing for her.
      Tailor: I'll have to padlock a couple logic gates, but I think it can work.
  • Therkla invokes this trope to her advantage in this page of The Order of the Stick.
    • More recently, the IFCC used this trope to their advantage via their deal with Vaarsuvius: they never said V had to be dead for them to collect his/her soul...
  • 8-Bit Theater:
    • Red Mage would like to direct your attention to the Air Bud clause (Ain't no rule that says you can't use dice in rock-paper-scissors). This is also Black Mage's solution to an obstacle course: Ain't no rule that you can't just blow it up!
    • Also here:
      Black Mage: We're going to grab the non-fabric of this anti-space time and rip it a new one.
      Red Mage: Is that even possible? I'm not sure this place actually exists.
      Black Mage: Then there's no rule that says we can't.
  • In the webcomic Brat-Halla, there ain't no rule saying that a god dueling another as a tie-breaker in the Pantheon Games can't call in his independently sentient, disembodied eyeball in a Humongous Mecha to help him. For extra amusement, after t'other god tries to cite its absence in the rules, that there ain't no rule saying you can, the eyeball in its mech comes in and cites the rule in question. Linksky.
  • According to The Whiteboard, there is no rule forbidding the use of cross-country skis in paintball games. Doc checked very carefully.
  • Emily wins her first race in Misfile. Ain't no rule against driving 25 mph once you're ahead of your opponent!
  • Aki Alliance: There's a rule against wearing a headset to receive outside help during a Scrabble competition. Oddly enough, there's no rule against wearing a headset to give outside help to someone else during a Scrabble competition.
  • Subverted in this strip of Chasing the Sunset where there is a specific rule about knocking out a minotaur and stealing its keys to defeat a magic trial. Because it has already been abused.
  • In Collar 6 Sixx plans to win her bet with Butterfly by surrendering her title to Laura and becoming her slave so that she can take part in the contest directly.
  • Kevin & Kell: The Domain version of the Face Book game Farmville apparently doesn't disallow players from raiding their own henhouse.
  • Gaia Online's four towns engaged in loophole abuse during the "Reject Olympics" plot, by recruiting nonhuman athletes for their teams.
    • Johnny K. Gambino was apparently forbidden from creating new zombie serums. So for the Reject Olympics, he pulled an old prototype from storage instead.
  • In this Cyanide and Happiness strip, a character manages to get around the classic three wishes limit clause ("A wish cannot be used to grant more wishes") by wishing for more genies.
  • The Constitution didn't provide for insane bunny senators and therefore did not lay down a rule about what to do when one goes missing. In Prickly City, this matters.
  • Eerie Cuties: The bonus story of vol.2's print edition has Blair trick Kade and Ace into playing a game of "Strip Trivial Pursuit" against Layla and Brooke, during which, he rigs the game so he can see the girls naked. Layla guesses wrong on her next turn, leaving her no choice but to take off her bra. However, Brooke saves her by cupping Layla's breasts from behind. When the boys object, she counters:
    Brooke: (smug) "Ha! You boys haven't won anything yet!"
    Kad: "No fair!"
    Ace: "That's against the rules!"
    Brooke: (smug grin) "I'm technically made of snakeskin, so I count as clothing!"
  • Protoman in Bob and George does this with his Three Laws Compliance.
    George: You're a robot! You're not allowed to kill humans!
    Protoman: That only applies if I think he's a human, which I don't.
  • Tristan pulls this in Angel Moxie so she can get away with a Non-Uniform Uniform in the form of striped stockings. She even recites the specific rule, noting that while there are limits on what kind of socks can be worn, stockings are allowed as an alternative and there are no such limitations for them.
  • Take one tabletop-gaming Rules Lawyer from our universe and drop him into an RPG Mechanics Verse with the instructions to "grant our side victory by any means possible". You now have the plot of Erfworld.
  • xkcd:
  • Fruit Incest double-subverts this one in "Rule". There's no rule against a duck playing on the school soccer team, but there is a rule that every player on the team must be enrolled as a student. But there's no rule against a duck being enrolled as a student, either.
  • In Rhapsodies the local office of the Department of Minor Nuisances is unable to covertly support the Circle Band due to rules and budget concerns. Nothing wrong with doing it overtly though.
  • Freefall: A vital survival skill for robots and other engineered intelligences, such as the uplifted wolf Florence Ambrose.
  • uu from Homestuck does this to Calliope (UU) during their chess game by making his king and queen wear hats so UU thinks they're the opposite pieces. As he points out, there's technically no rule against it, and he never had either of them move in a way they shouldn't have... Calliope is, naturally, very unimpressed, and when she plays on only to lose to him she Rage Quits rather impressively.
  • Immortals in El Goonish Shive are only allowed to guide and empower mortals without risking the wrath of other immortals. Those are the rules, here are the loopholes:
    • Two unnamed Immortals tricked consent from a younger Susan and Nanase by giving them the false impression that they were the only two who could stop a monster. This ended up causing Susan enormous emotional damage, which later deeply angered another immortal when he learned her story.
    • Chaos has twisted the rules into pretzels by forcibly empowering unsuspecting mortals and pumping enough power into them to make them susceptible to suggestion bordering on Mind Control.
    • An immortal can only attack a mortal in self-defense, but according to Jerry Grace is lucky he's a "wise and jolly" immortal ("Like Santa Claus!") because making a threat display, like the way Grace did, towards a more flinchy immortal would have been enough to make that immortal panic and attack the offender.
  • In Bad Machinery: Here.
    Erin: I can't exactly tell [the police] there's a devil-man sucking up people's SOULS.
    Lottie: Yeah, it does sound dippy. And also probably not even a crime.
    Mildred: THE LAW IS AN ASS.
  • From Loli Loves Venom, when the little girl comes home with the Venom-symbiote:
    Girl: Oh Moooom!... I found a new friend! Can I keep it, pleeeeaase?!
    Mom: As long as it's not a dog.
  • A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic involves a lawyer exploiting a loophole in the classic genie rules by renaming wishes to "splorks" and wishing that the rules only applied to the word "wish".
  • Peonio, a power hungry fairy from Fairy Dust, wants to bribe two trolls into staying on his island, where only tiny sized peoples live. When one of them says that he would stay if he had women of the proper size, using his friend as a standard, Peonio brings him women the size of a dragon hatchling that was given the same name as his friend.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: Only two people can enter the arena at a time. Keyword being enter. Meaning that Goten and Trunks can get away with fusing as Gotenks, entering the arena, and eventually defusing and competing as two people cause hey, only one actually entered the arena. Which happened with two incarnations of Gotenks. This also accidentally happened to U9 Videl when her Z Sword broke and released the old Kai in it. Since he came from the sword he was ruled an ally and allowed to stay in the arena.
    • Much later, U3 Raichi takes this trope up to eleven, where he summons the Frost Demons, all of Planet Vegeta AND the previously defeated combatants. Doesn't stop U13 Vegeta from wiping them all out.
  • Pv P: Apparently, playing as the Doctor in a medieval-themed LARP is absolutely possible.
  • The Chrome Cowboy discusses the concept with Blade Bunny here.
  • In MMBN 7 The World Tournament Dr. Hikari realises in his match against Ryu & Cosmoman that Cosmoman's Infinite Cosmos attack locates the enemy and fires off an infinite number of meteors at them, but Cosmoman needs to actually see the opponent for it to work.
  • In the fantasy comic strip Yamara, a toad familiar is tasked with bringing a newly-revived ex-vampire her first non-blood meal in centuries. The cleric forbids him from serving her meat, while another character threatens him with punishment if he offers her fruits or vegetables. His solution is to serve her cream of mushroom soup.
  • In Digger, Descending-Helix made a deal that he be paid for his work by making him and all his descendants immune to divine interference and prophecy. A few thousand years (and the laws of genetics) later, his great*n-granddaughter gets roped into that business anyway, thanks to the interference of a prophetic slug. His ghost admits that he had neglected to fill that particular loophole.