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->'''Manager:''' I want to apologize, humbly, deeply, and sincerely about the fork.\\
'''Man:''' Oh please, it's only a tiny bit... I couldn't see it.\\
'''Manager:''' Ah you're good kind fine people, for saying that, but I can see it... to me it's like a mountain, a vast bowl of pus!
-->-- ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'''s "Restaurant Sketch"

This trope is when somebody does something wrong, but it's a mild wrong, like a white lie, a low misdemeanor (as in a $20 fine), or something that at most gets a "Hey! Not cool!" from your friends, and then the show treats it as crossing the MoralEventHorizon, or at least coming dangerously close.

That lollipop you shoplifted? [[AllCrimesAreEqual Those 50 cents it cost will land you about 50 years in prison!]] You ''scumbag''. How could you? The [[MegaCorp United Supermarket Corporation]] will ''starve'' because of you! ''How do you sleep at night, knowing what you've done!?''

This trope comes in 3 varieties:
# '''Writers think this isn't that bad, but exaggerate for effect.''' So this isn't moral dissonance, it's just {{Anvilicious}}. Even if the thing is wrong, presenting it as something magnitudes worse usually makes it a CluelessAesop. CantGetAwayWithNuthin uses this a lot.
# '''Writers use ValuesDissonance for [[PlayedForDrama dramatic effect]].''' This is common in {{Dystopia}}s, police states, HistoricalFiction, and cults. But it can also be used to make organizations look like this when they aren't, like with [[MarySuetopia Straw Dystopias]]. But thanks to ValuesDissonance, this is often about [[TruthInTelevision real cultures]] from the past or present.
# '''Writers invoke ValuesDissonance for [[RuleOfFunny Comedic]] [[PlayedForLaughs Effect]].''' A lot of the well-written animated shows, even dating back decades, would do this. And {{Sitcom}}s will do this as well. ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or SelectiveEnforcement is often invoked here. This can overlap with the second case when the intent is dark humour.

Since laws all over the world are rife with ValuesDissonance, things that are misdemeanors or not even illegal in one country but treated as serious crimes in others can seem like this.

Compare with:
* AllCrimesAreEqual
* AndThatsTerrible
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
* ComicalOverreacting
* DeliberateValuesDissonance
* DesignatedEvil: The author tells the audience something was a big wrong, but doesn't support it in any way. It may not appear to the audience that it's wrong at all.
* DesignatedVillain: When a character is evil, without necessarily having done anything particularly bad, because the script needs him to be.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: A standard "crime" in comedic works.
* DisproportionateRetribution
* EasyRoadToHell
* EverythingIsRacist
* EvilIsPetty
* ExpressLaneLimit: Going one over is a standard "crime", especially in comedic works.
* FauxHorrific
* GroundedForever
* InformedWrongness
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse
* LoonyLaws
* LostFoodGrievance
* MattressTagGag: another standard "crime".
* PokeThePoodle
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad
* TheScourgeOfGod: Where the author uses a monster to inflict [[CruelAndUnusualDeath brutal punishments]] for incredibly minor vices such as [[DrugsAreBad marijuana use]], being a bit obnoxious, or even just being "promiscuous" (especially [[DoubleStandard a promiscuous female]]).
* SeriousBusiness

Contrast with:
* EasilyForgiven: Genuinely terrible crimes are shrugged off
* KickTheDog: An action that helps characterize a morally neutral or ambiguous character as bad.
* MoralEventHorizon: A crime committed really ''is'' horrific and unforgivable.



* The advertisements where the cow hunts down (and presumably kills) a man who decided he'd prefer eating dead chicken over eating dead cow. Also leads to FridgeLogic; do the cows want to be eaten?
* [=GameFly=] commercials. Various gamers having [[FreakOut epic level temper tantrums]] over a bad game they purchased, complete with screaming, destruction of personal property, and chucking televisions off their roofs. They have also done commercials about the horrible trade-in rates used game stores tend to give (resulting in the same level of carnage), [[DumbassHasAPoint which makes a little more sense.]]
* Subway has a line of commercials best paraphrased as "Fast food will ruin your life." Someone ordering a fairly normal fast food meal is told things like they'll instantly get fat, be abandoned by their significant other, and need therapy.
* A carpet cleaning service, Stanley Steemer, has a commercial where two of their employees see a rolled-up carpet set up for trash collection. Both react as if it were a corpse, complete with one racing out to its side, cradling it tenderly, [[Film/SchindlersList sobbing "I could have saved this one!",]] and ending with a {{Skyward Scream}}ed BigNo
* A commercial for the sweetener Truvia shows a woman committing a particular act. After she completes this act, the shame and self-loathing on her face is glaring. Her SO walks up and looks down at her with a look of absolute disgust. The heinous act this woman committed? Eating a tiny piece of cheesecake, which could have led to her getting fat. Yay eating disorders!
* In a similar vein to the [=GameFly=] commercials mentioned above, there was once an ad campaign for Shout Advanced spray. The ad consisted of a woman ''[[ApplianceDefenestration tossing her washing machine and dryer out a second-story window]]'', while screaming to the heavens, "I HATE SET-IN STAINS!" Her neighbor manages to one-up her by throwing the aforementioned appliances through ''the roof''.
* A Woolite detergent [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj87E-bc3xE commercial]] directed by Music/RobZombie portrays some of the less favorable outcomes of a wash cycle (stretching, shrinking and fading) in the style of cold-blooded torture.
* One credit card commercial showed people streaming through a checkout counter with astounding speed, swiping their cards with mechanical precision. Then one guy pauses for a moment to pull out cash. The line comes to a halt, and ''every single person there'' gives him a very nasty look for not being a credit-card-using speed demon.
* We have HARD WATER!!!
* ComicBook/JohnnyTurbo fights tooth and nail against the evil Feka corporation for trying to make a profit with a competing product.
* Oak milk. One ad has a somewhat odd fellow walking through a near-deserted fairground at night rambling about a state of "hungrythirsty" before declaring:
-->''I wish I'd given Oak to my son when he was a child, haha, just kidding, [[IHaveNoSon I don't have a son]], well technically I do, but [[ThisIsUnforgivable he's in real estate...]]''
* TV spot for Polaner All Fruit preserves has three people asking "please pass the All Fruit" in a posh British accent followed by an American Southerner asking [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hawQ5wobi1Y "Wouldja please pass the jelleh?"]]
* One commercial for Kraft Meltdowns featured a principal losing his temper and screaming over the PA system, all because somebody parked in his parking space.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' features the third kind: "Show no mercy to the insolent!"
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The Team Rocket trio, in certain situations. Go after a group of WILD Remoraid to send to HQ? Ten thousand volts and a one way ticket to the stratosphere. The ''Pokémon'' universe seems to [[JustifiedTrope have a rule]]: Use any method but a Poké Ball to catch Pokémon, and expect LaserGuidedKarma to get you. When Jessie snaked a Yanma right out from under the kid who was battling it (using a Poké Ball), not only did Jessie not get a comeuppance, the Yanma evolved into Yanmega in its first battle. ''All'' their blastoffs involving catching Pokémon also involve them either stealing other people's Pokémon or using a machine to grab them ''en masse''. You'd think TeamRocket would have made the association by now. Meowth mentioned once when they were trying to steal a migrating school of WILD Magikarp that Pokéballs cost money and they have none. Though it's more like they prefer snagging pokémon with traps because it's more evil that way. otherwise how could they afford all those mechs?
** Early in season 1, Ash made the mistake of voicing his opinions on thinking that perfume is stupid. He made the mistake of doing so in Erika's shop, and in front of Erika. Having pressed Erika's BerserkButton via ''gravely insulting what she does for a living'', she responds by not only kicking him out of her shop, but '''[[DisproportionateRetribution indirectly banning him from stepping foot in her gym.]]'''
* Howard X. Miller in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''... crushed a poor, innocent flower! [[AndThatsTerrible How could you]]!
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'': There's a horse-headed pervert walking the streets. Does he flash his victims, grope them, molest them? No, he gives them ponytails (though that itself can be construed as sexual battery). Sousuke suggests that they torture him. And then he actually gets arrested and is told that he'll be doing a long time in jail.
* Elsee from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' once used her demonic powers to skip class to bake a cake, and commented that she's a bad demon for doing so.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Misaka 10032's reaction to Last Order stealing her visor is to chase after her with an assault rifle.
** Earlier in the same episode, three of the Sisters (10032, 10039 and 13577) react to the discovery that Misaka 19090 has been dieting and reading a women's magazine by chasing her down like red-eyed demons. We never find out what happened. On the other hand, it's a case of DeliberateValuesDissonance here: all Misaka sisters are part of a HiveMind and thus behave exactly the same, with the experiences of one affecting the experiences of all, so if one Misaka behaves differently, the ''entire HiveMind'' is at danger of being affected which could very quickly put them into a dangerous situation.
** At one point in the manga, Mikoto complains about the measures taken to prevent people like her from reading manga in the stores without buying it (which, obviously, reduces profit for the authors). Seeing how Mikoto is a manga character, the author immediately punishes her by a [[BoltOfDivineRetribution seemingly random falling object]] knocking her out cold. Uiharu and Saten immediately start panicking and babbling to no one in particular about buying the manga and its accessories.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Keith Goodman would like everyone to know that ruining birthday parties is a terrible, ''terrible'' atrocity.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Kyouko Sakura: "Don't waste food... [[DisproportionateRetribution Or I'll kill you.]]" Later on we find out she has a very plausible FreudianExcuse to not want to waste food.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': [[EmbarrassingFirstName Pantyhose Taro's]] grudge with Happosai. His legitimate (potential) [[OneWingedAngel grudge (his curse)]] is a RedHerring to this.
* In ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'', superhero wannabe Masayoshi fights such crimes as littering, jaywalking or violation of the municipal code. It's partly because he can't take on anything more dangerous, partly because those crimes are often ignored by the police.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' has a sequence in which the boys are swapping stories of how "bad" they are. Most of them are also in this category, but Kamiyama's story is the one that leaves everyone shocked; when made to work on a "most dominos toppled" world record project, he placed a bit of adhesive on the second-to-last domino.
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', [[RealityWarper the Will of the Abyss]] made [[OurMonstersAreDifferent the Chain]] Albus [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath explode]] because [[DisproportionateRetribution he had interrupted her while she was talking.]] Nevermind that [[spoiler: [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished Albus was trying to protect her from his contractor, who was about to stab her.]]]]
* Pretty much anything that might be considered offensive to the [[BlueAndOrangeMorality devils]] ofrom ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}''. Whether it's selling devil shaped candy, spraying graffiti an a devil statue or even just plain impoliteness, the devils are very eager to introduce people to their [[DisproportionateRetribution death sentence]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': At one point, Mikami, the 3rd Kira, expands his killing spree to include innocent people who commit such minor crimes as ''being lazy''. Light disapproves of him doing so, but [[PragmaticVillainy only because he considers the move premature]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* An infamously {{memetic|Mutation}} panel from ''Literature/TheSuperDictionary'' illustrates the word "forty" by showing ComicBook/LexLuthor stealing forty cakes. That's as many as four tens. AndThatsTerrible.
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'':
** The "Vegan Police" treat vegans who don't adhere to a vegan diet as criminals. Since veganism gives you superpowers, it seems reasonable to take it seriously.
** While she was callous to them, all of Ramona's ex-boyfriends (and [[BiTheWay one ex girlfriend]]) unite to destroy all her subsequent boyfriends and ruin her romantic life.
* ''Literature/MaxAndMoritz'' by Creator/WilhelmBusch: Killing her chickens ''was'' mean, but the widow reacts in a way you could think they had killed her children.
* A type 3 example appears in ''Franchise/TheFlash'', in a flashback to the exploits of 1930s KnightTemplar the Clipper. At one point he rescues a family from a burglar and then starts handing out punishments for their "crimes"--right on down to the boy who accidentally broke another child's toy. The punishment is to have all of ''his'' toys set on fire.
--> '''Boy''': Even Pooky?\\
'''The Clipper''': Of course Pooky! Pooky is the stigmata of your evil!
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Hyde eventually reveals what horrible sins that Verse's Dr. Jekyll had seen in himself, that had led him to try to isolate his "evil nature" in the first place. His "heinous crimes"? [[spoiler: Borrowing a book without asking, and feeling sexually attracted to young men without ever acting upon those feelings.]] [[DeliberateValuesDissonance The latter was viewed as slightly more heinous in Victorian times than today]], but nevertheless.
* A ''[[Series/{{Angel}} Spike (IDW)]]'' comic has Spike say Drusilla's cheating on her lovers is worse than her being a soulless killer. Beck doesn't agree.
* Part of [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Ultra Magnus']] shtick is arresting his fellow Autobots for things such as poorly written signage, improperly adjusted insignia, or using informal nicknames, and throwing them into the brig. It becomes much less funny when it turns out he's doing this because he's having a post-war breakdown, and his boss uses this as grounds to fire him.
* ''[[ComicBook/{{Annihilation}} Annihilation: Conquest]]'' shows a Kree prison where several prisoners (whom will go on to form the modern Guardians of the Galaxy) were arrested for things like parking fines (Rocket Racoon), impersonating royalty (Groot), and attacking Kree soldiers (Captain Universe). Then we see [[KavorkaMan Bug]], who is in prison for getting a Kree woman pregnant. The Kree are absolutely serious about their "genetic purity".
* In a story arc across several Marvel titles in the late 1970s/early 1980s the Punisher suffered a psychotic break and began dispensing his brand of lethal justice for such heinous crimes as littering and jaywalking.
* ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons:'' One issue has Sideshow Bob being released from prison to free up space for the ''real'' scum, people who talk on the phone while driving, or tape baseball matches without permission.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', one SundayStrip has W. A. Thornhump, Chairman of the Board proclaim Bloom County Features, Inc.'s dedication to abiding by drug laws. While most of the strip's [[AnimatedActors "actors"]] are pronounced drug-free by the lab tests, Bill the Cat is revealed to have 139 ounces of Brazilian cocaine in his body, yet is recommended only for probation due to being "not expendable." However, the verdict for Berkeley Breathed, due to "one marijuana brownie eaten six years ago," is: "DRUG ADDICT. RECOMMENDED EXECUTION."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* When {{ComicStrip/Calvin|AndHobbes}} attempts to take on the mantle of {{Franchise/Bat|man}}boy in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', this happens:
--> Calvin had arrested three old ladies for "illegal poodle ownership", bagged four bull dogs saying that they broke the fire hydrant law of America, and turned in ten shocked people who had "illegally thrown candy wrappers into a trash can".
* Type Two in FanFic/WhatHathJoinedTogether: After defending Twilight Sparkle from a furious noble's assault and taking his share of injury from the ordeal, Flash Sentry's gesture of respect for the princess is to give a gentlecoltish kiss on her hoof. For [[FantasticCasteSystem this Equestrian society]], his action is several orders above that permitted by his social standing, and only thanks to Celestia's intervention was Flash merely verbally disciplined rather than dismissed outright.
* ''FanFic/AGreatAndPowerfulHeart'': Trixie ends jailed and heavily fined over a simple paper work error and letting foals too near her cart. Justified as Sheriff Brass [[spoiler: is an anti-unicorn supremacist]] who had it in for her, and was also trying to recruit her into an unwanted task.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', Walter pulls a gun on a fellow bowler for stepping over the line in a league match and refusing to take the penalty. "MARK IT ZERO!"
* In ''Film/DateNight'', Creator/TinaFey and Creator/SteveCarell take a reservation from two people who never show up. No matter how immoral the criminal they are facing, or how ridiculous the rest of their story is, every other character reacts to the reservation part with a shocked "Who DOES That?!"
* Averted in ''Film/MyCousinVinny''. The city slicker students think the small-town police are going berserk just because the kids accidentally shoplifted some tuna. Turns out they're actually the main suspects for murdering the convenience-store clerk.
* ''Film/TheSandlot'' - type 3 - "YOU PLAY BALL LIKE A ''GIRL''!"
* ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' plays this for laughs by having various characters on the lunar shuttle react deadpan to being told they're off course with a malfunctioning computer, but they go berserk when told they are [[MustHaveCaffeine out of coffee]].
* In ''Film/CanadianBacon'', a group of American Sheriff's Deputies gripe about things they don't like about Canada while watching a Canadian hockey game. When one of them says Canadian beer sucks, the entire stadium goes quiet, then erupts into a gigantic melee. The cops even start beating on him when they find out what he said. This is even funnier when you remember that actor John Candy (who says the line) is Canadian.
* ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'': Despite The Sleaze Brothers' real crime through the film was attempting to kidnap Big Bird to put into their circus, they ultimately get punished by officer John Candy for [[BrickJoke "Stealing an apple from a kid's lunch box."]]
* ''Film/YouveGotMail'': While Kathleen and Joe are having a tiff at a dinner party (shortly after small-bookstore owner Kathleen finds out Joe is the part of the corporate Fox Books hierarchy), he nonchalantly scoops some caviar off a dessert plate onto his own. Kathleen is offended by that ("That caviar is a GARNISH!"), prompting Joe to look her in the eye and wordlessly put more caviar on his plate.
* In the educational short ''Film/{{Cheating}}'' (as seen on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''), the short's main character is caught cheating on a test. The teacher fails him for it... followed by being kicked out as student president and being ostracized by his peers. It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d during the host segments of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' when Crow T. Robot copies Gypsy's paper, everyone catches him doing so... and Tom Servo demands Crow's ''death''.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. When Undercover Brother smashes a bag of chips, a {{Mook|s}} guard says that he just bought them! Undercover Brother apologizes.
* Apparently, according to [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Ron Fox]] from ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'', people with brown skin who smoke marijuana on an airplane are automatically terrorists (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* In ''Film/TheDilemma'', the one "big secret" that Ronny has kept from Nick for years is that he dated Geneva... during college... before Nick and Geneva ever even met. In the crucial scene, the anger is directed toward Ronny, not Geneva, whom Nick is ''married'' to.
* In ''{{Film/Brubaker}}'' a man who had two felony convictions is arrested for Drunk and Disorderly, and when he wakes up, the toilet in the cell is broken. Everyone in the cell blames him, so he's charged with "Destruction of City Property worth over $50," a felony, which makes him "an habitual criminal" for which he's sentenced to ''life imprisonment.'' As he points out to the warden, "I got life for a toilet."
* In ''Film/{{Holes}}'', Stanley has the book thrown at him after getting hit in the head with a pair of shoes that happened to have been stolen.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', Bill's IronicHell is derived from a relatively minor "crime" he committed when he was ten years old, stealing his brother's Easter basket. (Possibly due to self-induced guilt over it, but exactly why the Devil couldn't think of something more severe makes one question just where he stands on the morality scale.)

* Violet Beauregarde in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. The other "bad" kids are SpoiledBrat Veruca Salt, gluttonous Augustus Gloop, and TV-obsessed Mike Teavee. Violet's flaw is [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking chewing gum at all hours]], little more than rudeness and {{Pride}} with regard to her holding a record for chewing, but she winds up getting just as nasty a case of LaserGuidedKarma as the other three when chewing a still-in-the-testing-phase piece of gum turns her into a giant blueberry! Since the TurnOfTheMillennium, adaptations tweak the character to make her more obnoxious (and thus more deserving of her fate) -- in [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the 2005 film]] and [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] she's a CompetitionFreak, as well as a SmallNameBigEgo starlet in the musical.
* In ''Les Malheurs de Sophie'', Sophie is forced to wear a necklace of the parts of a bee she dissected until they fall off, because obviously that is one of the biggest crimes that a six year old kid can commit.
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', evil Chaos Marines and sorcerers Khayon and Ashur-Kai are absolutely appalled when they learn that one of the visitors at Gallium called his ship ''The Skinner''.
* A short story by a local writer in Singapore is about [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever killer hamburgers]] attacking the protagonist because [[spoiler: he switched his favorite food from burgers to fried chicken.]] [[{{Narm}} It's supposed to be a horror story.]]
* See ''Literature/TheScarletLetter.'' It's a Victorian novel written about fictional Puritans. Most people forget that it's an historical novel, though, as the present becomes almost as far removed from the book's publication, as the book is from the time of its setting, and think of it as a strictly factual account of Puritan life.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfLordShang'' advocates punishing minor offences severely, the idea being that the punishments will deter people from committing small crimes and thus keep them off the slippery slope towards major offences.
* Creator/DaveBarry, in his 1987 year-in-review column, recounts a Reagan administration official's shocking admission:
-->[June] 8--In the most dramatic Iran-contra testimony to date, Fawn Hall, played by Farrah Fawcett, testifies that, as Justice Department investigators closed in, she and Oliver North stayed late in their White House basement office and "colorized" a number of classic black-and-white films.
* In ''Literature/OliverTwist'', Oliver's famous request for a second pitiful helping of porridge is treated like a high crime by the miserly workhouse staff. "He asked for ''more?''"
* For an epic example of Type Three, look no further than Alexander Pope's ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock.'' The Baron sneaks up behind the beautiful Belinda and snips off a lock of hair - and this divides the entire court down the middle and results in an all-out war of the sexes (fought with fans and scornful glances). To top it all off, it's BasedOnATrueStory.
* ''The Return of the Home Run Kid'' by Matt Christopher runs into this problem not on its own merits, but when considered in light of its predecessor. The focus of the story is the main character's baseball training under a fellow who was kicked out of the major leagues for betting against his own team, and said fellow teaches dishonorable tricks like pretending to have been hit by a pitch. Fairly bad, sure? But in the previous book, ''The Kid Who Only Hit Homers'', our hero used magic to ensure that he never struck out, and this was treated as entirely proper. Anyone who considered that poor sportsmanship probably wasn't still reading the books, and anyone who accepted it would have a hard time telling how physical cheating is worse than magical cheating.
* ''Literature/AlexAndTheIronicGentleman'' has the heroine spending most of the book repeatedly running away from the same [[SternChase implacable pursuers]] -- [[spoiler: a bunch of little old ladies who want vengeance because she stepped over the velvet ropes in a museum]].
* The infamous tunnel disaster scene in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' does this by claiming that [[AssholeVictim every passenger on the train died justifiably]] due to their beliefs.
* The novel ''The Last Catholic in America'' has a scene in which the main character is despairing over his imminent damnation for stealing a dollar after being told by a nun that a dollar is about the amount that would qualify for a mortal sin. The priest he confesses this to disagrees.
* If you're reading a novel, short story, fluff piece or fanfic set in the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} universe, you've got about a 2-in-3 chance of this happening, normally type 3 but sometimes type 2. Crowning highlights: a Guardsman is ordered to defend an outpost, but facing an overwhelming attack he pulls back and cleverly defeats them, only to be executed for not staying put and allowing the base to be overrun because ''those were his orders''; a Space Marine stranded on a Death World is severely chastised for picking up an alien weapon and using it after his own weapons are out of ammo; any time the Eldar get pissy over the Imperium "selfishly" wanting to save a world housing tens of billions of humans they were willing to sacrifice to save a couple thousand (or less) Eldar.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Literature/StarshipTroopers''. An officer tells some officer candidates a story from the Napoleonic era: a junior navy officer during ship battle picks up his heavily wounded commander and carries him to a safe place. During that time all other officers on the ship are killed, so the young guy winds up a commanding officer on the ship-and, because he left his post, he stands trial and is cashiered (and is lucky not to be hanged). It seems a gross injustice for the candidates-but the officer explains that the punishment was completely justified: for an officer to have left his post without an order is really very SeriousBusiness, because if a sudden catastrophe happens, it is much more likely to disrupt a unit without a commanding officer.
* In a Creator/RichardScarry book called ''Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book'' (covers proper etiquette) a mom absolutely freaks because her kid dared to ask why he had to do something as a bad example.
* Literature/HarryPotter worries this will happen to him when he blows up (as in inflates until she floats away) his aunt in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]''. As Fudge puts it, "We don't throw people in Azkaban for blowing up their aunts." While it's definitely not portrayed as a good thing, the fact that he didn't do it on purpose means they cut him some slack, and they were more worried about protecting him from Sirius Black at that point than anything minor.
** On the other hand, [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets in the previous book]], Harry was nearly expelled for [[ItMakesSenseInContext a house elf dropping a cake on a dinner guest's head]], and his aunt and uncle freak out if he even uses the word "magic" or references anything remotely fantasy-related, like flying motorcycles.
* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'':
** Tuppy Glossop once tricked Bertie into falling into a pool, and Bertie's been nursing the desire for vengeance ever since. (A bit of HypocriticalHumor when you recall that this is the guy who pushed Tuppy's cousin Oswald into a lake.)
---> ''I am not a vindictive man, but I felt, as anybody would have felt in my place, that if fellows like young Tuppy are allowed to get away with it the whole fabric of Society and Civilization must inevitably crumble.''
** In his very first appearance, Bertie is forced to face a judge who treats his having pinched a policeman's helmet while drunk the night before as an unforgivable sin and acts as if he's going to pass down a death sentence... before fining Bertie five pounds.
* Since ''Literature/MommieDearest'' is about growing up with an abusive mother, a lot of the things that set Joan off come off this way, including the infamous wire hanger scene from the film adaptation.
* In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Sam Vimes is steadfastly unwilling to ever be home late for his daily book reading with his son, and in one scene his guards end up manipulating traffic just to give him a clear route home. Vimes does this to avoid a slippery slope, however; "If you start breaking the rules for good reasons, you'll soon start breaking them for bad reasons."
* In ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} Marlfox]]'', in the C-Plot Lantur is trying to MindRape her mother Queen Silth by gradually making her believe the ghost of her dead husband (whom she murdered years ago) is out for her blood. The Queen becomes more and more paranoid and insane. She berates her rat guards for "Not protecting her" and then asks a random guard if he had seen the ghost, who by logic knew that if he said yes, she would ask him to describe it. So he says no. The Queen replies "Of course you didn't," berating the guard for not doing his job well enough. And immediately has him killed.
* The Cascadia system in the Literature/VattasWar series features felony ''discourtesy''. Seriously, their system is otherwise so lax that you could nearly get away with murder, but you'd ''damn well better formally apologize to your victim.'' After one character is convicted of an already serious crime, the punishment for it is never revealed because he backtalks the judge and is ''sentenced to death.'' Oddly, it's not really presented as a dystopia; the system is weird, but it works for the Cascadians. Also, the Cascadians are well aware that their social norms are weird by most standards and cut foreigners a ''lot'' of slack. The death sentence mentioned earlier was said captain's third count of felony contempt of court. That day. He had already committed a capital crime and been let off with a warning twice.
* ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'': In ''A Roc and a Hard Place'', Roxanne Roc is brought to trial under the charges of "obscenity against a minor". She's bewildered as to how this could have happened, as she has dedicated her life to hatching the egg of the Simurgh, the oldest and wisest creature in all of Xanth. (As it turns out, she'd uttered an ''extremely'' mild epithet, when she thought the egg was about to be broken due to a set of circumstances beyond her control, and the as yet to hatch chick was sentient enough to have heard it.)
* ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''):
** When a street urchin hits Nale with a fruit, he executes her on spot, stating that she has assaulted an officer of law.
** The city of Yeddaw is famous for its ten types of pancakes, and Lifts makes it her mission to sample them all. Upon learning that the tenth pancake is metaphysical in nature - it's the ideal one left out to honor their god - she's appalled and threatens to call Nale to town so that he might execute them for false advertising.
* Going with DeliberateValuesDissonance in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' where the problem of Black crime is solved by making all drug or violent crime offenses punishable by hanging if the perpetrator is Black, requiring the trial and sentence to wrap up within a week with no appeal (or on the spot, for failing a drug test) and banning Black families from cities. Since the book is an explicit TakeThat against all forms of liberalism, this works great and is accepted by all as a reasonable solution, particularly the [[LesCollaborateurs Council Of Responsible Negroes]]

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* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' uses type 3 on multiple occasions. Many times, the "offense" really isn't offensive at all (reading fairy tales, wanting to join the scouts, playing with puppies, ''looking like a normal adorable baby'')... it's just that, to the Addams' strange beliefs and values, these are actually sickening and wrong.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' did the fourth kind quite a few times, satirizing the way British culture used to encourage the first kind. The page quote comes from their restaurant sketch, combining this with MyGreatestFailure.
* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Package", Jerry is interrogated by Newman for mail fraud… and let's just say Newman relishes in the thought of getting Jerry for something (even if the punishment is just a small fine).
* In an early episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the crew visits a pleasantly peaceful colony called Edo. While playing ball with the local kids, Wesley accidentally breaks a cheap gardening implement and discovers why the colony is so peaceful: every day a new area is randomly and secretly selected as a "punishment zone" and within it, all crime is punishable by death. The idea being that no one commits crime anywhere, just in case they're unknowingly in the punishment zone. [[ContrivedCoincidence Of course that's exactly where Wesley is when he has his accident]]. And since his accident is treated as vandalism, the crew then has to negotiate their way out of having Wesley be put to death for tripping.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Captain Sisko hunts down a traitor from his own chain of command. Traitor as in joining the Maquis, a group that attempts to harm only war-mongering Cardassians as policy. Said traitor believes that Sisko is blowing everything out of proportion, and references ''Literature/LesMiserables'' a lot. It's left up to the viewers to decide whether Sisko is truly upholding Federation values as he states, or is just secretly pissed that someone would dare "leave paradise" (TheFederation), as the traitor claims.
** This is played for laughs in all of its ValuesDissonance glory in the episode "Bar Association": [[BeleagueredAssistant Rom]] is tired of his brother [[BadBoss Quark's]] cutting the pay of his employees using a recurring slump in business as an excuse and forms a union. Several of the [[PlanetOfHats Ferengi]] employees are so disturbed at the mere thought that they feel faint and Rom can barely bring himself to say the word.
** Quark was even exiled from Ferengi society for a time for the unforgivable sin of... breaking a contract to sell his remains when he thought he was dying (this was going to be "enforced" with him being ''killed'', no less). This was played as the responsible enforcer acting out a grudge, and against Ferengi norms.
** Then there's Quark's mother, who liked to ''wear clothing!'' Ferengi who saw her in clothing invariably reacted the same way a human would who accidentally walked in on someone who was undressing. Even worse than wearing clothing was her most heinous crime: deliberately ''earning money''. This later attitude starts to slowly change, though, when someone points out that women earning money means they can now buy things (i.e. more profit for merchants).
* In an episode of the {{Narm}}tastic show ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', a TotallyRadical [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy wigger]] calls Lucy a bitch. For the rest of the episode, using the B-word is likened to raping someone. But, since this is ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' we're talking about, it turns out that [[spoiler: the bully was just hiding behind a "jerk act", pretending to be mean to fit in with the cool kids. Cue the {{Anvilicious}} {{Aesop}} about [[PeerPressureMakesYouEvil not giving in to peer pressure]]]].
* An interesting subversion in an episode of ''Series/ColdCase'': The victim was in prison for seven years for stealing a pair of shoes. He only got six months for the actual theft. The rest were added on for his repeated escape attempts. It may have been a ShoutOut to the ''Literature/LesMiserables'' example above.
* Marvin in ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' claims to have once brought back the wrong order from 7-11 for U-turn. He now has an artificial patella.
* The opening sequence of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' is a borderline case, as the montage shows us the protagonist accomplishing mundane acts of his morning routine (shaving, cooking eggs and bacon, lacing his shoes) in a way suggesting his psychopathic nature. In one of the DVD commentaries it is explicitly stated that the title sequence is set up to show the violence in everyday life.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Ted flashbacks to a date he had with a girl who had "the Crazy Eyes". As she and Ted are about to cross the street, a car screeches to a halt in front of them. The driver is apologetic, and Ted gestures that it's okay, but his date grabs a post and starts beating the car with it shouting [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "WATCH! WHERE! YOU'RE! GOING!"]]
** When Barney discovered that Ted has an ex who was once a porn star.
--->'''Barney:''' You dumped a PORN STAR?! Friendship over. FRIENDSHIP! OVER!
** Barney hates Gary Blauman because one time at [=McLaren=]'s, he took four of Barney's french fries, one of which was a curly fry that was accidentally added to the batch. Ted and Marshall agree with him.
--->'''Marshall:''' You take another man's ''wife'' before you take his accidental curly!
* On ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', Kenneth becomes addicted to caffeine and starts acting... out of the ordinary.
-->'''Tracy:''' So you had a little bender!\\
'''Kenneth:''' It's not just the coffee. I also went to a PG-13 movie. I bought a pair of sunglasses. I tried a Jewish doughnut! I'd always been told that New York was the 21st century city of Sodom, and looks what's happened... I've become one of them! [[AccidentalInnuendo I've been sodomized!]]
* A non-comedic example occurs in an episode of ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' which features a girl whose angelic voice moved God Himself... but her life is marred by a tragic addiction to ''chewing gum.'' Even earthly human society seemed to consider this a terrible moral failing. Perhaps [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Roald Dahl]] could have written for that show! It's supposed to be a "anything can be bad if taken to extremes" moral, [[BrokenAesop but it falls on its face pretty badly]]. And once you consider that Monica [[DoubleStandard has a caffeine addiction]] that's always played for laughs, it's quite hypocritical of the writers to play an addiction to chewing gum for drama.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** When Demming, Beckett's new love interest, is suspected by the others of being a dirty cop planted into their recent investigation to sabotage it from within, they voice their suspicions of him from a distance. However, whereas the cops comment on things such as his suspicious reasons for requesting to be part of the case and his too-good-to-be-true dedication to the case, Castle's reasons for suspecting him -- based largely on his insecurity over suddenly having a competitor for Beckett's attention -- stem from his suspicion that "he probably goes to yoga classes just to pick up women" and "he probably subscribes to ''The New Yorker'' without even reading it".
** There's also the episode "Hedgefund Homeboys" where Castle tells his daughter Alexis to tell him if she's ever in trouble or does anything wrong after he works on a case involving a bunch of teenagers and a shooting. She later comes to him in tears and reveals that she once jumped a turn stile at the train station late one night, inciting this trope with complete honesty. Castle responds with relief and amusement but Alexis grounds herself for her heinous actions.
** Another time Castle and Beckett find out that Ryan's fiancée slept with another man while she was already dating Ryan. They fear that this information will destroy the relationship and angst over whether to tell him. When they finally tell him, he reveals that he already knew and didn't think that it was a problem, since they were only dating for a month at the time and were not yet exclusive. In fact, the scene where they finally decide to carefully approach the subject with Ryan, they mention the guy's diary of all the women he slept with, only for Ryan to eagerly ask if his fiancée is in there too.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** When [[AffablyEvil Mayor Wilkins]] is making a speech right before Ascending.
--->'''Buffy''': Oh. God. ''[{{beat}}]'' He's ''really'' going to go through the whole speech, isn't he?
** More straightfowardly, the characters in Buffy had a tendency to get incredibly [[BuffySpeak lecture-y]] whenever one of them had a little too much to drink.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
-->'''Angel:''' I'm not perfect, Faith. Even with a soul, I've done things I wished a thousand times I could take back.\\
'''Angelus:''' Yeah, like those Manilow concerts, you ''son of a bitch!''
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** The series reconstructed this in the episode "Morality Bites". The sisters use their powers to punish a man who lets his dog pee in their garden and Phoebe then sees a premonition of her own death in the future and the sisters travel there to find out that Phoebe used her powers to kill a man, got caught and was being burned at the stake while modern day witch trials were going on. When the sisters come back to their time, they discover that the man they punished at the start of the episode is the same man who was leading the witch trials in the future. Phoebe then suggests that them using their powers to punish the man starts them off using them for personal gain.
** A later episode involving parallel worlds does it again when their world becomes "too good" so any act that can be seen as criminal in anyway is punished to the highest degree.
--->'''Piper:''' But this is just a little thing.\\
'''Phoebe:''' Once you break the small rules, it's only a matter of time before the big rules follow.
* In ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] parody of ''Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', Olbermann's "special comment" was on a co-op board refusing to make an exception to its "no pets" policy for his cat, Miss Precious Perfect:
-->'''Olbermann''': And there it was. All perfectly legal. Like the 1942 internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-American citizens or the forced relocation of the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears or the monstrous injustice of our nation's Jim Crow laws. It was all perfectly legal and EVERY BIT AS WRONG if not, indeed, MORE SO!! Mr. Lieberstein, you speak of considerations of the rights of others! How DARE you, sir?! How DARE you?! Where, sir, in any of this, were the rights of Miss Precious Perfect considered? DAMN YOU, Mr. Lieberstein!! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!!
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'':
** PlayedForLaughs in a series of segments called ''Nailed 'Em'' where Colbert viciously attacks people who have got in trouble for doing something completely innocent. One segment features a high school student who was almost expelled because she was caught using drugs on school grounds. Said drugs were her ''birth control pills''.
** He also once presented us with the story of a girl who got taken from school by the cops because she had the ''audacity'' to bring pills to school. The pills? Ibuprofen.
* Both contestants and fans of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' are guilty of this. It's understandable for a team to overreact when they're Yielded or U-Turned (though calling a team "Dirty Pirate Hookers" was probably going too far), but there are those who are willing to vilify a team simply for copying another team's flight arrangements or, even worse, having a "bad attitude".
* In an episode of ''Series/TheNanny,'' a man that mugs Fran agrees to do community service and walks. Angered, Fran shouts out, "Meanwhile, I eat a couple of Bing cherries at the A&P, and I'm wrestled to the ground like Squeaky Fromme!"
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** The most notable example is the "iMeet WebVideo/{{Fred}}" episode, where Freddie says that he doesn't think Fred's videos are all that funny, and Fred announces he's not going to make videos anymore. Freddie then suffers a HumiliationConga courtesy of everyone at school, and his aunt. And later, Sam beats him with a tennis racket. And then throws him out of a treehouse and jumps on him.
** Another notable example is in "iEnrage Gibby", when Freddie trips on Gibby's girlfriend Tasha, causing Gibby to think he tried to kiss her. Gibby then becomes a borderline FauxAffablyEvil to Freddie and Tasha.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** Rachel and Finn were caught using the Cheerios' photocopier without Sue Sylvester's permission. Her response is to [[DisproportionateRetribution haul them to the principal's office and have them hobbled]]. He makes them pay the dollar or so for the paper and ink.
--->'''Sue''': Lady Justice wept today.
** Sue seems to think ''everything'' the Glee Club does is heinous. When they performed "Push It" at the school assembly (admittedly, with school-inappropriate choreography), Sue's "first reaction was that all the children [[DisproportionateRetribution should be put into foster care]]."
** Jesse's reaction to Rachel's [[spoiler:triplecasting him]] in "Bad Reputation."
** "Bad Reputation" also brings us Kurt's master plan to become badass--have the Glee Club perform [[Music/MCHammer Can't Touch This]]. In the library. Needless to say,it backfired when the elderly librarian told them it was "cute" and asking them to perform it at her church.
* Parodied in an episode of Series/TheITCrowd with an anti-piracy PSA which compared pirating films to stealing a handbag, stealing a baby, and shooting a policeman, stealing his helmet, pooping in it, sending it to his grieving wife, and stealing it again.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** Abed's methods of teaching the study group to respect and fear him in the episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E21ContemporaryAmericanPoultry Contemporary American Poultry]]. This involves cutting up a backpack, releasing a monkey from a cage, putting gum in hair, unplugging a TV, and feeding chicken fingers to a guy.
** In "[[Recap/CommunityS3E17BasicLupineUrology Basic Lupine Urology]]", a spoof of ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'', a ruined science experiment is treated with all the seriousness of a homicide. By contrast, Star-Burns is revealed to be stealing, selling drugs and running a meth lab from the trunk of his car, all of which are dismissed as irrelevant to the investigation.
** In "[[Recap/CommunityS4E07EconomicsOfMarineBiology Economics of Marine Biology]]", the Dean goes to absurd lengths to convince a rich kid to enroll at Greendale: he retools all the classes around the kid's interests, transforms much of the campus into a wild party, and hires prostitutes for entertainment. But what convinces the Dean he's gone too far? When he forbids LivingProp Magnitude from saying his CatchPhrase "Pop Pop!" because the rich kid wants that to be ''his'' catch phrase now. After Magnitude stays up all night, struggling and suffering to come up with a new catch phrase, the Dean actually says, "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My God, what have we done?]]"
* In one ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode, Lister confesses his darkest secret to Kryten: once, many years ago, ''he went into a wine bar''.
* On a couple of episodes of ''Series/SportsNight'', Bobbi Bernstein substitutes for Casey as anchor, which Dan has a problem with, since she claims he slept with her in Spain, and then never called. He swears not only has he never slept with her, he never even knew her back then, he's never been to Spain, and he wouldn't treat a woman like that. Whoever he tells this story to has the same response; "Oh, Dan. You never called?"
* ''Series/TheSlammer'' uses Type 3. When Sammy Sparkle admits that he is not really an entertainer, but is actually just a wannabe, Grimble is so horrified that he faints.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'': Pop [[IHaveNoSon disowns his son]] Richie because he allowed a couple of kids to rob his newsstand. Of nine Maverick bars.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Stevie incites an insurrection in order to overturn the Council's "one wizard per family" rule. Irresponsible rabble-rousing, or much-needed social reform? You be the judge.
* In ''Series/{{Psych}}'', there is [[NoodleIncident mention of]] a program meant to replace cops with {{robot}}s. Apparently it didn't work out, as a robot ended up [[AIIsACrapshoot strangling]] [[LawfulStupid a jaywalker.]] This may just be a reference to ''Franchise/RoboCop''.
* A CrowningMomentOfFunny from the Series/{{Firefly}} episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds" when Sheppard Book and Mal are discussing Mal's new [[AccidentalMarriage wife]].
-->'''Shepherd Book''': If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of Hell. A level they reserve for child molesters... and people who talk at the theater.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Joey has little interest in a second date with one of Phoebe's friends because ''she took fries from Joey's plate'' (complete with horrified slo-mo and evil musical strings from Joey's retelling of the story). Turns into HypocriticalHumor when Joey eats her food while she's in the bathroom.
-->'''Joey''': [[SeriousBusiness JOEY DOESN'T SHARE FOOD!]]
* A minor example played for laughs in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': Webster is berating himself after getting shot. Not for getting shot, which he couldn't have avoided, but for in the heat of the moment shouting out "They got me!", which he finds horribly cliched.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': "The Happiness Patrol" features a Type 2. On Terra Alpha, being a 'Killjoy' (i.e. being unhappy) is punishible by death.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' features a Type 2 when Nate is sent to prison. He finds that the warden is making backdoor deals to send innocent men to prison to increase his population and thus profits as it is a for profit prison. Cue jailbreak with new mark thrown in for free.
** A similar case is shown in an episode of ''Series/TheGoodWife'', where a judge deliberately ignores plea bargains and sends people who have just plead guilty to jail for the maximum possible sentence. Specifically, he sends them to a private prison owned by a friend of his, who gives him a cut of the profits. Once Will finds out, he has the judge (an old friend) exposed.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': When Lance Hunter is forced to defend Phil Coulson from [[spoiler:a splinter of S.H.I.E.L.D. that wants to depose him as director]], he admits that Coulson sometimes chews with his mouth open and hogs the mic at karaoke night.
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'': Every single action in a person's life is judged and scored to see whether it had a positive or a negative effect on the universe, which then determines if they get into the Good Place. Positive effects include eating a sandwich, donating to charity, being a vegan, and ending slavery (that's how Lincoln got in). Negative effects include rape, murder, genocide, microwaving fish in an office microwave, being emotionally invested in ''Series/TheBachelor'', or taking off shoes and socks on a commercial airline.
-->'''Eleanor:''' Shoes ''and'' socks? What? No! Who would ''do'' that?\\
'''Michael:''' People who go to the Bad Place, Eleanor! And if you don't pass this test, you're going to be down there with them! With rapists, murderers, and people who take off their shoes and socks on a commercial airline!
* Creator/GrahamChapman's and Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Out of the Trees'' features the Peony Severance Sketch, where a man and his girlfriend are stopped by the police for picking a flower off somebody else's bush. [[DisproportionateRetribution It]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill escalates]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom quickly]].
* In ''Series/TheOrville'' episode "[[Recap/TheOrvilleS1E07MajorityRule Majority Rule]]", the people of Sargus 4 use social media to determine ''everything'', from what is true to whether someone is guilty. If someone does something extremely minor and a video of that goes viral, then that person can quickly accumulate a million downvotes, which automatically makes him a criminal (most businesses won't even service someone with half that many downvotes). What follows is an "apology tour", with the accused attending several talk shows, where he must convince the public of his redemption. During the "tour", if the criminal accumulates 10 million downvotes, he undergoes the local equivalent to a lobotomy, becoming a perpetually-happy vegetable. Yes, that's right, you can get lobotomized for saying or doing the wrong thing, if someone with a smartphone is nearby.
* In ''Series/Lucifer'' Azrael's blade caused this in any human who handles it, causing them to commit murder for the slightest offenses.


* The video to John Waite's "Missing You" uses type 2 because this is about his girlfriend suddenly leaving him for no reason. At one point, he ''breaks a phone booth phone'' out of anger and heartbreak.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic:
** "Don't Download This Song" mocks the DigitalPiracyIsEvil message (making it a type 3).
--->''Cuz you start out stealing songs,\\
Then you're robbing liquor stores,\\
And selling crack, and running over schoolkids with your car!''
** Also by Weird Al, the narrators of "Young, Dumb and Ugly" [[PokeThePoodle treat their ''own'' actions like this]].
--->''We got a reputation round these parts,\\
We only leave a ten per cent tip -\\
Sometimes we don't return our shopping carts,\\
Stay out of our way and don't you give us no lip\\
'Cos we're young - dumb and ug-ly ...''
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants, "Why Did You Grow a Beard?"
-->Why did you grow a beard?\\
Why did you grow a beard?\\
I can't leave you alone for five minutes\\
What the Christ? What the Devil?
* "Crime Spree" by MC Frontalot. Front acts like a criminal mastermind, even though his crimes are petty at best.
--> ''I'm the number one menace for miles around/With the littering, the loitering, [[MattressTagGag the mattress tags]]/all the [[PerfectlyCromulentWord piratated]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil MP3s I grabbed]]/ All the cable I stole/[[BathroomStallGraffiti certain bathroom stalls I wrote on]]/I'm so cruel and cold you'll put a coat on!''
* ArloGuthrie's song "Music/AlicesRestaurant" has a Type 3 example, where the singer and a friend of his get put in jail for littering. This actually works out to his benefit later.
--> You see, Group W is where they put you if you may not be ''moral'' enough to join the US Army and burn women, kids, houses and villages after committing your ''special crime'' ...\\
Furthermore, the mother-rapers, father-stabbers, and father-rapers on the group W bench all move away from him in disgust when he admits he was in for littering.
* Trouble on my Mind by Pusha T ft. Tyler, The Creator is about wanting to cause trouble yet has lyrics such as "Let's hit a couple bars and give some bitches wet willies." The music video features the two throwing eggs at random passerby, doing wheelies in a Rascal and trashing a hotel room.
* Psychostick thrives on this, with songs like "I Hate Doing Laundry" and "Don't Eat My Food".
* The offences listed in "You Can Get Arrested For That" by Greg Champion consist mainlo of things like buying an Olivia Newton John record and not eating all your vegetables.
* "It's a Quiet Town" by Creator/DannyKaye and Music/TheAndrewsSisters describes a sleepy western community where the townsfolk don't mind cattle rustling and violence, but they'll shoot anyone who makes too much noise.

* In ''Pinball/TheSimpsonsPinballParty'', the player activates Couch Multiball by getting three balls onto a couch figure on the upper playfield. When they do so, this exchange occurs:
--> '''Chief Wiggum:''' You're under arrest!\\
'''Homer:''' For ''what?''\\
'''Chief Wiggum:''' Hoarding pinballs!

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* It's never more blatant than when the audience boos a ForeignWrestlingHeel ''simply for being foreign''. The heel might not even have had the chance to commit any misdeed yet, or at worst has simply declared his native country to be the greatest in the world [[DoubleStandard (something that Americans are saying all the time, and they hardly ever seem to get scolded for it)]]. A good example was French-Canadian wrestler Sylvan Grenier, who in the summer of 2006 became Quebec's "Ambassador to the World" and was forever talking up how great the province of Quebec was. He was certainly annoying, and perhaps a bit FauxAffablyEvil, but the American crowds treated everything he said or did as negatively as if it came from King Booker or Mr. Kennedy (two of the biggest heels on ''[=SmackDown!=]'' at the time), even if it was morally neutral or an honest mistake. Sylvan was eventually given some KickTheDog characteristics to retroactively justify all this hatred, but the principle still applies.
* Even more blatant. Wrestling/MuhammadHassan. His gimmick was of an Arab-American who loved America, but hated the way he was treated after 9/11. Sample quote: "I am an Arab-American, I grew up right here in America. I went to the same schools, I ate the same food, and there was never any animosity between us. But since 9/11, you people tend to generalize or stereotype people like me. We are singled out. We are humiliated. We demand the same rights that any American has!" What happened? Wrestling fans, who are not known for their tolerance of non-whites, automatically made him the villain, and Creator/{{UPN}} pressured WWE to end his career, all due to his character's race.
* Also often used when a {{Heel}} ends up [[BadBoss in charge of a promotion/show]]. A typical reaction: "You didn't say 'mister' when addressing me. Tonight you're going to defend your championship against the five most violent people in the entire industry, [[BossRush in a row, no breaks]]." Then when the {{Face}} inevitably wins anyway, "Even though you survived the gauntlet, I'm still stripping you of your title, because you didn't win the last match in the time limit [[MovingTheGoalposts I just now put in]]."

* In one episode of ''Radio/TheNavyLark'', Able Seaman Goldstein is accidentally promoted to Admiral. he decides to take his "temporary flagship", ''HMS Troutbridge'', to his homeland of Wales to act out the role of the local boy made good. In the process, he drives the crew crazy with a daily schedule of tours, cruises for friends and family and other activities. In the end, Cmdr. Murray and CPO Pertwee let slip to Goldstein's mother that ''Radio/Troutbridge'' uses oil-burning boilers. Wales is known for its coal industry. It's all that Goldstein can do to keep his mother from disowning him and urging the citizenry of Swansea to lynch him as a traitor to Wales.
* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'': Among the numerous ridiculous laws of Victorian England, it's illegal for a grown man to cry. It's also treason to like anything French.

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* In ''Vow of Honor'', the [=PC=]s are discount paladins sworn to uphold the Tenets of Honor, which empower them on a superhuman scale. ''Breaking'' these Tenets is as easy as... saying a swear word. Or getting sick. Or being late for a meeting. Or arguing with someone.
* LawfulStupid Paladins are generally played this way, or forced to be played this way by a KillerGM.

* In ''Theatre/TheRiseAndFallOfTheCityOfMahagonny'', Jimmy's crimes, by increasing severity of the sentences he is handed by the KangarooCourt, are: indirect murder of a friend (the man who [[CasualtyInTheRing killed him in the ring]] is unknown to the court because he's the prosecutor); breach of the peace; seducing a girl (i.e. a prostitute); singing a subversive song; and not paying for two rounds of whiskey and a broken bar-rail. For this last offense, which the court declares to be the most heinous crime in the world, Jimmy is sentenced to die in the electric chair. It may even be worse than premeditated murder (a crime which the prosecutor bewails using ''exactly the same words''), because one accused of that might have money to [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney bribe the judge]]. To show how heinous this is in comparison, a WantedPoster for all three judges is projected while they pass sentence on Jimmy.
* In ''Theatre/ZombieProm'', Miss Strict notices that [[NewTransferStudent Jonny Warner's]] jacket is missing an "h". Jonny explains that he's spelling his name without it now, Miss Strict tells him it's not wise to defile a good Christian name and tells him to put it back in. When he (calmly) tells her he kind of wants to keep the "h" out, she immediately decides that he is a hooligan ("''With'' an "h"!") and the other students are in awe of the "Rebel Without An "H"!", as they see it.
* In "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" from ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', Elder Price sings about the worst sin he's ever committed, one that's left him haunted by guilt for his entire life: when he was five, he blamed his brother for taking a donut that he actually ate himself. He also thinks that deciding to walk out on his mission in Uganda makes him worse than Hitler. Hitler himself, Genghis Khan, Jeffrey Dahmer and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Johnny Cochran]] are all appalled by Elder Price's rulebreaking.
* ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' has [[spoiler: Junior]], whose motivation is to procure [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} one million spacebucks]]. Why? To buy weed.
* In ''Theatre/TheCompleteHistoryOfAmericaAbridged'', Lt. Flush moves in to arrest Spade, identifying him as "the sick and twisted pervert responsible for...disco." Spade can't deny the charge: disco's his favorite kind of music.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BangaiO''[='s=] ExcusePlot revolves around the protagonists punishing a gang that smuggles '''fruit'''. ''Bangai-O Spirits'' doesn't even bother with the ExcusePlot, making new players [[FridgeLogic wonder why destroyed enemies leave behind fruit pickups.]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'': The game begins when Bruce Wayne is violently arrested by [[PrivateMilitaryCompany TYGER Security]] goons and thrown into [[HellholePrison Arkham]] [[TheAlcatraz City]] for the heinous crime of... leading a peaceful protest to have the complex shut down.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** This is a recurring trend throughout the series, relating to ArtificialStupidity as well as ShopliftAndDie. CityGuards will call you "criminal scum" and relentlessly pursue you to the ends of Tamriel, regardless of whether you've incurred a 5 gold bounty for stealing some VendorTrash or ''5000'' gold bounty for committing multiple murders. ''Skyrim'' takes steps to address this trope for the first time in the series in regards to bounties - If your bounty is low enough, they won't bother seeking you out and, should you speak to them first with a bounty, they can be convinced to let you go since you aren't worth their time.
** This is also a frequent issue within the series' various [[SidequestSidestory guilds and factions]]. You can be the leader of a given faction, but accidentally pick up an item belonging to another member (thus, counting as theft) or even ''sleep in a bed that belongs to someone else'', and you can be expelled. In some cases, the other faction members will even attempt to kill you.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' takes it UpToEleven. Committing literally ''any'' crime will cause guards to spawn out of nowhere. Think they'll simply arrest you? Think again. Whether you murder someone outright or simply fail to pick a lock, they will attempt to kill you without mercy.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** As mentioned above, ''Skyrim'' takes the first major steps in the series to address the issues that come with this trope. That said, it still isn't a perfect solution. For example, you can be defending a town from a rampaging dragon attack, but if you accidentally kill a chicken caught in the crossfire, the villagers and guards will break off from fighting the dragon to attack ''you'' instead.
*** [[TheHedonist Sanguine]]'s Daedric quest has you partake in a great orgy of debauchery, after which you learn that you've committed a horrible crime: selling a farmer's prize-winning goat to a giant.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'':
** In the addon "Broken Steel", there's a radio in the Jefferson Memorial. When you shut it down, all the Brotherhood of Steel soldiers inside it will try to kill you, even if you turn it on again. However, if they don't see you turning it off, they won't bother a second.
** ''Fallout 3'' and ''[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas New Vegas]]'' are based off the same engine as the above ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. It makes sense that the local citizenry react the same way; although this does get rather irritating when you're going to, say, go activate Trudy's radio so you can fix it, you turn an inch too far or stop an inch too short, accidentally hit "steal glass mug" instead... And now have the entire bar trying to shoot you in the damn head as you're yelling at the screen "MY HAND SLIPPED, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!"
** Related to this, everyone who sees you even ''look'' at something as seemingly insignificant as a coffee cup or pencil that doesn't belong to you (even if you don't actually select it) loudly makes it clear they're ready to throw down in an instant over it. People in this universe are paranoid about their random junk. This was thankfully removed in ''New Vegas''.
** If you ''pickpocket'' someone and get caught, they will just say "That doesn't belong to you!" and take it back (often with compensation). But if you take a bent tin can off the bar table, ''everyone'' wants you dead except your followers, who will always help you. So you can take Star Paladin Cross (good as good can be) into Megaton, steal some junk off a table, and she will gladly help you gun down ''all'' the not-exactly evil citizens.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', in Junktown a Doctor name Doc Morbid (Seriously) is questionable in his ethics, he won't think twice about removing one of your eyes if you tick him off, and he has a butcher lab in his basement which he sells human meat to a trader saying it's Gecko Meat. Seems enough of a psychopath to kill right? Well it turns out despite all that he is still a good Doctor regardless, and the only Doctor in the city. So people will be pretty pissed if you kill him.
** If one gets the Good Karma ending for the inhabitants of the Sink in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', [[spoiler: the other residents of the Sink get fed up with the AxCrazy TokenEvilTeammate, the Toaster, and [[ElectrifiedBathtub throwing him in the tub]]. [[DyingDeclarationOfHate His response]] is this - he declares that the sink will rue the day they have bread - '''and no way to toast it!''']].
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'':
** In the series (especially in the [[VideoGame/HitmanCodename47 first two]] [[VideoGame/Hitman2SilentAssassin games]]), guards will generally attack you with deadly force the moment your cover is blown. Now, this may be justified for your more murderous activities, but in ''[[VideoGame/Hitman2SilentAssassin Hitman 2]]'', guards everywhere passionately hate ''runners''. Run by a guard too closely? Expect to get shot in the head two seconds later, no questions asked.
** Likewise, you're in a party posing as guest, you go to the back room or kitchen without permission, you get shot on sight. Those are some trigger-happy guards. This kind of behavior is mitigated in ''[[VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney Blood Money]]''.
* Early in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Reno, a guy who wants to kill the main character and kidnap Aeris, orders his troops to go after Cloud... telling them "Don't step in the flowers", [[{{Hypocrite}} while standing in the flowers himself]] [[LampshadeHanging as pointed out by one of his minions]].
* In ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIIPagan'', any crime committed in the main city will cause the local law-enforcing sorcerer to be summoned, who will [[KangarooCourt promptly]] (and [[LudicrousGibs graphically]]) blow you to smithereens, [[CutsceneIncompetence without any means for self-defense or escape]]. Crimes may range from murder, assault or theft right down to [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking being rude to said sorcerer]].
* In ''VideoGame/GoldeneyeRogueAgent'', you can get unlocks by earning "rogue bonuses" which are awarded for particularly "evil" actions. Said actions are things like headshots, taking human shields, shooting ExplodingBarrels, hacking enemy turrets, etc... all things that are present in many other FPS and which an experienced player will already be doing by this point. Apparently we were evil all this time, who knew?
* The dwarven justice system in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' has values skewed along this trope's lines. Heinous crimes such as smashing nearly-valueless furniture or failing to manufacture the specific pointless trinket demanded by one of the fort's nobles can net a dwarf a month in prison (which is often a death sentence because feeding prisoners is a low-priority task[[note]]Though a well-designed prison can bypass those issues and make jail time a passing inconvenience rather than something more severe[[/note]]) or a "beating" by an officer of the fortress guard. The fortress guard assigned to deliver the beating will use whatever weapon he's carrying to full effect in the course of the beating, so if you've given your fortress guard battleaxes expect a fountain of blood and severed limbs to ensue. Conversely, outright murder is usually punished by a sentence of around 200 days in prison.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** A lot of the "incidents" behind the {{Excuse Plot}}s fall into this trope, as apparently things like an unusual number of ghosts appearing, people having lots of parties, and lots of flowers blooming warrant going out and beating the crap out of whomever is responsible. This is mostly justified though, as the denizens of Gensoukyou are varying degrees of [[ChaoticNeutral batshit insane]] and will use any excuse for a fight.
** Interestingly, a number of "incidents" could be considered in the same category - "meteorological" - and could have also demonstrated either a failure of the Great Border or an ecological threat, both of which are terribly serious issues for a PocketDimension with a [[WeirdnessCensor undefined degree of filtration]] from the Outside World. The red mist, delayed Spring, an incorrect gibbous moon, a delayed Autumn, earthquakes, geysers, more red mist.
** Additionally, [[FantasticRacism being a youkai is a crime]], as far as [[ShrineMaiden Reimu]] is concerned.
--->'''Reimu:''' A ''youkai'' was just sitting there minding its own business. And it was enjoying a book, too! I tried to exterminate it with a surprise attack...
** The characters mostly don't consider these things heinous (Reimu kind of acts like she does, but she's a jerk); things have been set up so that reacting to something strange by going out and beating the shit out of everyone you meet is not only largely harmless but actually works towards preserving Gensoukyou.
* Some time before the start of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'', Etna abandoned Larharl and set out to become an Overlord stronger than him, because he committed the heinous crime of... eating her favorite pudding.
** An act so vile that, to make sure you agree with Etna, [[VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite a game was made to cover that!]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', Almaz will have you know that he would ''never'' indulge in such perverse, vile temptations as... wearing matching outfits on dates with his crush, or getting her to make him a sandwich.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The early games included Professor Oak's voice appearing out of nowhere to admonish the main character before he or she did something stupid and dangerous such as riding a bike indoors or trying to use a fishing rod on land. Later games change it to whoever the current professor is.
---> Juniper's words echoed... [Player]! There's a time and place for everything! But not now.
** In the Red, Blue, and Green games, one town has a cop blocking the door to a house. He states that the house has been robbed, and that only Team Rocket could have committed such a heinous crime. Granted, robbery is a crime, and depending on how much they stole, it could be an actual felony, but the officer makes it sound like they burned down an orphanage.
* The sex scene in ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 6 Days A Sacrifice]]'' was a combination of types 1 and 3 for Yahtzee, which he freely admitted in Quovak's LetsPlay of the series. Yahtzee intended it to be a sign that the protagonist and his fellow prisoner were at the end of their ropes and opting to let go of those metaphorical ropes entirely; the audience saw a romance scene between a neurotic woman and a guy with nearly every bone in his body broken, and promptly asked, "Yahtzee, what the hell?!"
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
** The Illusive Man's reaction to seeing Shepard after (s)he storms [[spoiler:the Cerberus base]].
--->'''The Illusive Man''': Shepard. ''You're in my chair.''
** In the ''Citadel'' DLC after locking him/her in an air-tight tank to suffocate, attempting to steal the Normandy and stealing his/her identity, what is it that [[spoiler:Shepard's clone]] does [[ItsPersonal that really pisses Shepard off?]] Messing with his/her hamster.
* Bounties can be like this in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption.'' If your horse accidentally knocks someone down in front of witnesses, vigilantes will shoot you dead to collect that $5 bounty.
* In all of the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games, you can murder people on the street and no one would notice. But God help you if you so much as scratch a police car...
** While we're at it, the most of the series come off as the [[LogicalExtreme ultimate]] [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope. You can do whatever you want. Just whatever. Stealing cars, commit mass murder on a public lane, cause damage of cataclysmic proportions on a main highway, Kill the entire police department, shoot down multiple helicopters, enter a militar zone, hijack a jet, ride the aforementioned vehicle above the goddamned city and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking vandalize a graffiti]]. If a cop somehow manages to arrest you, you WILL be punished. Just hope you like 6 hours of your life and less than 1000$ as a fine. This whole thing seems to be just an egregious case of {{GameplayAndStorySegregation}}, though.
* Type 3 crops up in episode 4 of ''VideoGame/WallaceAndGromitsGrandAdventures'', "The Bogey Man", where Miss Flitt and her stuffy aunt treat ''golf'' as a soul-scarring, life-destroying vice akin to alcoholism, and distribute tracts showing a man going mad with frustration as he struggles in vain to master the game. [[spoiler: Which turn out to be part of the solution to a puzzle.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', police will try to kill you for streaking. Interestingly this only applies when actively engaged in the streaking mini-game. Walking around with no clothes on does not draw any attention by itself.
** In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', the Boss treats BigBad Zinyak butchering Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" by singing it in an opera-style voice as an equal if not greater crime than any of his actual villainy (invading Earth, abducting many noteworthy humans for his personal collection and trapping them in virtual reality simulations of their own personal IronicHell, [[spoiler:blowing up Earth with the rest of humanity still on it]], etc).
* ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}''
** In ''VideoGame/EliteDangerous'', one of the regular public service station announcements is "Loitering is a crime, punishable by death. Please ensure you have authorization before entering the docking bay.". They're not kidding about the death thing.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Breaking any of the school rules in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' warrants a gruesome death from Monokuma. All infractions are treated equally. Given that Monokuma is the sociopathic main villain who is keeping the students locked up and forcing them to kill each other, breaking the rules is only seen as wrong by him. Because it ruins his fun. Everyone else in the series only sees breaking the rules as bad because it hurts ''them.''
* PlayedForDrama in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' with Khura'in's Defense Culpability Act. This country punishes lawyers that can't prove their clients innocent with the same fate of their client. Therefore, if the client is given the death penalty, the lawyer is executed too. This has caused lawyers to virtually disappear in Khura'in, both by mass execution and by fear of blowing it in court, setting up a revolution in the shadows.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* According to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FScGbQ7BKcg this]] video by Israeli animator Leigh Lahav, in the {{fangirl}} community, giving an unwanted spoiler is [[spoiler:punishable by death]].
* In the Valentine's Day episode of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', Cheerleader invokes the wrath of a [[LargeHam WIIIIRELESS WIZAAAARD]] by texting somebody who is only a few feet away from her, and making a "frontways Cupid" that looks like a "USB Dongle goblin".
* In the Website/GoAnimate "Grounded" videos, just about ''anything'' can result in someone getting grounded, arrested, or worse. Even just calling someone a rude name, getting a math problem wrong, littering, or pulling a prank on a sibling can, and very much has, resulted in [[DisproportionateRetribution absurdly long]] [[YouAreGrounded grounding times]] or [[HumiliationConga Humiliation Congas]] in the form of (sometimes fatal) "Punishment Days".
* ''WebAnimation/DragonzballP''
--->"Kaka carrot cake, when I was a child he... he... HE DIDN'T INVITE ME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY!"
--->[[ThisIsUnforgivable "YOU MONSTER, FRISBEE!"]]
* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries, according to the "Bug Strike" movie, breaking out into spontaneous music numbers are a crime in Cheap Town. Egghead is at least his 100th strike, yet still continues to do it, regretting nothing.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': ''[[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=7&issue=15 King Radical is subverting our country's rich history for his own devious purposes!]]''
* Type 3 from ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': Sweetheart's idea of a "rampage" is [[PokeThePoodle spilling coffee next to a "no littering" sign]]. The Chimeric Anti-Defamation League hears about it and tries to revoke her membership. You know things are bad when ''Unity'' is the voice of sanity--her reaction is, "Who called you, and how could they tell it was a rampage?"
* In a ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' arc, Erwin the computer dreams of being {{Mercy Kill}}ed for having an incurable case of Windows NT, and going to Purgatory. When his ListOfTransgressions is recited, installing NT turns out to have been a greater sin than nearly starting a border war in Africa.
* In an ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' arc, the evil spirit of a mirror steals Nina's body to unleash her evil on the world. However, seeing as it's ''[[GenkiGirl Nina]]'' she's in, all she can manage are lame practical jokes. [[spoiler:And one accidental murder, but that was {{retcon}}ned.]]
* ''Edmund Finney's Quest'' quadruply does not subvert this [[http://eqcomics.com/2011/09/02/an-arrest/ here]]. (The "fake bomb threat" was part of a [[Creator/MontyPython Four Yorkshiremen]] argument and was neither a fake bomb threat nor a real one.)
* Webcomic/SchlockMercenary - [[AGodAmI Petey]] warns a Toddfraug captain who was going to wipe out a planetary population with [[DeathFromAbove kinetic warhead bombardment]] to [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2006-04-08 not add "rounding 'Pi' down to three"]] to his list of crimes.
* {{Webcomic/Freefall}} - [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01924.htm "A robot named Qwerty. wrote the first. of his epic. rap yodeling. operas. It was then. I knew conflict between [robots and humans]. was inevitable."]] He didn't force anyone to listen to it. Just writing it was enough to justify genocide.
* In ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', [[ChasteHero England]] freaks out when he briefly touches [[AllWomenAreLustful Sister Denmark]], accusing himself in despair of being a rapist. She barely notices. According to WordOfGod, English people are really sensitive to touching strangers, if just a little; fearing they might offend them.
* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', Gabe is reading his son the new ''Literature/BerenstainBears'' book, and is horrified when the father turns off the internet except for an hour a day.
-->'''Gabe:''' Son, what Papa Bear is doing is child abuse. Brother and Sister Bear need to call the...Bear Police.
* In ''Webcomic/PerfectionEngine'', the Eidolons —angelic beings prevalent in the story— strive for a perfect society of perfect order and morality. As such, all citizens are subject to "corrective measures" should they show any flaw whatsoever, including inner or outer expressions of negativity. One is literally not allowed to experience negative emotions or thoughts towards themselves or others, lest they undergo said corrective measures if caught.
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'': As the Vice Principal is telling Hijack various ways he could end up taken to the principal's office (wearing normal clothes on pajama day, injuring a fellow student), she is horrified to realize that she's just giving him ideas.
-->'''Vice Principal:''' I swear to various lesser demons, if you wear normal clothes on pajama day I will hunt you down.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* Episode 4 of ''WebVideo/ChobitsAbridged'' has this. Loitering is so heinous, the police pull and cock their guns just to be sure.
* ''Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse'': Maddox's [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=quantum_of_phallus article about]], among other things, the dubious villainy on display in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''. "It's like the producers are challenging you to give less of a shit."
* There was a TV advertisement in Poland: the man asks his wife if she wants Earl Grey, since the kids are asleep. After some MemeticMutation, Polish Internet was full of pictures of a man in jail for drinking Earl Grey in presence of children.
* Inverted in the fifth episode of the Irish comedy series ''I Am Fighter'':
-->'''Barry 'The Blender' Henderson:''' This here's a picture of Thomas 'The Tanker' Smythe driving a tractor at the age of three, which you might think is completely illegal. But when you're on the fucking outskirts of Limavady, anything goes. Know what I'm saying? Keep it on the DL.
* In ''Roleplay/AGameOfGods'', when the group is in [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Halloweentown]], listening to Jack's speech on Christmas getting bombarded by the questioning mob, [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Narumi]] fires a gun at nothing just to get their attention. Needless to say, [[VideoGame/HaloReach Jorge]] is displeased with this as to give him a WhatTheHellHero line.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
** The "Bat Credit Card" gag of ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' has become his personal BerserkButton.
** The StrawFan Douchey [=McNitpick=] is a spoof of how some commenters act like even a small error is a horrible things.
** His review of ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' opens with the Critic in jail for making a bad Let's Play.
* Jen of Blog/CakeWrecks writes out phonetic [[SpitefulSpit spitting sounds]] ("ptooey") at the mere mention of the dreaded cupcake cake.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmvkRoEowc LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!]]
* In ''WebAnimation/MegaManDiesAtTheEnd'', VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} ([[NamesTheSame not]] [[Videogame/MegaMan Bomb Man]]) is a psychopath with a fondness for StuffBlowingUp, yet people seem most upset at the fact that he uses the metric system.
* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad and co. liked seeing ''{{Film/Prometheus}}'', and got some FanHater flack for enjoying the movie. They then made a follow up to mock the complainers, but nitpicking irrelevant parts of the movies.
* The WebVideo/TheMusicVideoShow has an example in episode 8 when Music/{{Fall Out Boy}} is about to be burned alive.
--> "You guys do kind of deserve it after you butchered a {{Music/Michael Jackson}} song...and getting John Mayer to do the (guitar) solo."
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': Cecil is so enraged that the local barber had the temerity to ''cut [[LoveInterests Carlos's]] hair'' that he basically arranges for the poor dude to be run out of town to wander delirious in the desert.
* Arthéon from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' considers getting his previous avatar permanently banned for RealMoneyTrade was this. The feeling is understandable considering that his old guild went on to be the best of the game while he ended up becoming the leader of the worst one, but whether he's right or not is left to the audience's appreciation.
* WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_TysWmz-dw Let's Play Contra using 1950's recording technology]]", the duo notices that the [=LPer=] is choosing to play the game on Easy difficulty, and after mentioning that this means he won't be able to actually beat the FinalBoss, slowbeef chooses to indulge in some EasyModeMockery:
-->''And playing Contra 3 on Easy is like [[BrotherSisterIncest kissing your sister]], you just don't do it. [[DisproportionateRetribution I think there's even laws against it.]]''
* Parodied in an episode of Luigi's Engine Room with The Runaway Guys. Chuggaaconroy thinks being Canadian is a horrible offense.
->'''Chuggaa:''' Well, you say "zed".\\
'''Jon:''' Gasp! I'm Canadian!\\
'''Chuggaa:''' Hide your children!
* The entire M.O. behind the [[FunWithAcronyms Eradication of Repulsive Evil and Corruption Team]] in ''Hard Justice''. Got your music too loud? Turn it down or get a point-blank rocket to the face. [[spoiler:This ends up being deliberate and a plot point as the BigBad created the Team and filled its ranks with idiots to prevent actual police investigations of his crimes.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' film ''Jonah'', this initially seems to be the case with "fish slapping", the in-movie crime of the biblical Ninevites for which they are despised, and for which they will apparently be wiped out. This would be justified in that it's all a story being told by modern day "Pirates", and saying what the ''real'' Assyrians did (i.e., routine torture and execution of captured prisoners, cutting off and tallying the right ears of slain enemies, being executed for falling to maintain the daily quota of said ears, etc) would be inappropriate for their young audience. Ironically, however, in the end [[spoiler:this would actually be {{Subverted}}. Or rather, the ''Ninevites'' are the ones guilty of this. It turns out that "fish slapping" extends to a form of execution called 'The Slap of No Return.' The Ninevites think it's funny, and they intend to have Jonah and his friends executed for [[DisproportionateRetribution accidentally stealing snack food]]. Kind of gives the term "fish slapping" a [[CerebusRetcon whole new perspective]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'', a police-procedural-type show set in a school, is the undisputed master of this, both for the title character and the show in general.
** Fillmore himself is treated, by many people in the show, like an unstable/possibly violent ex-convict for his past crimes. What are those crimes, you ask? Directly ripped from the opening sequence: Chalk boosting, locker rigging, a comic book poker ring, cutting class, milk counterfeiting (non dairy creamer), and backtalkery. For this sordid past he has many TheAtoner moments. This is before we even get into the scooter jacking ring, tartar sauce smuggling, and the time Fillmore's pet was almost killed by a boy in return for the answer sheet to a particularly hard test. Another episode features a psychotic, monotone, genius IQ boy who had to locked up in total isolation because the spray paint tagging he was doing all over the school were so traumatizing they could make people physically ill.
** Fillmore once inflicted this on the school mini-golf team. They (somewhat understandably) refuse to let him join them since he was a juvenile delinquent. How did this pre-HeelFaceTurn Fillmore react? [[DisproportionateRetribution By challenging to a game with their trophies and other memorabilia as the stakes, mercilessly beating them and breaking their spirits]]...yikes...
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The earl of Lemongrab has some... er, interesting concepts when it comes to punishing those who do wrong. Making a mess? Thirty days in the dungeon. Asking questions? Thirty-TWO days in the dungeon. Refusing to clean up mess, or asking who exactly Lemongrab is talking to? Three hours dungeon. Harmless prank? Seven years dungeon, no trials. Assuring Lemongrab that the prank was harmless? Twelve years dungeon. Elaborate, painful prank involving spicy food? ONE MILLION YEARS DUNGEON!!! (Lemongrab isn't evil--he's just young, angry, and a bit of an idiot.)
** Princess Bubblegum and Finn decide to play a harmless prank on the earl of Lemongrab-- they leave a sign beside his bed that says "YOU REALLY SMELL LIKE DOG BUNS." How does the earl react? He clenches his fists, starts shaking, and opens up his mouth wide to scream loudly in sheer outrage for several seconds. And how does he attempt to punish those responsible? Round up EVERYONE in the castle, to sentence them to seven years in the dungeon, no trials!
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Marceline]] writes a heart-breaking, soul-crushing, tear-jerking ballad which questions if her dad even loves her because.... he ate her fries. A bit HarsherInHindsight, as in "Memory of a Memory" we see Marceline's dad ate her fries [[spoiler: while they were ''scavenging for food in a post-apocalyptic wasteland'', and Marceline was still human (well, half-demon) while her father had always been a demon, so dying of starvation was a real possibility for her.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** One episode had Plucky and Hampton steal a candy bar, and go through inner torment before they give it back.
** Also, one beer shared between three people will turn all of them into stereotypical wino bums, who will then steal a car to go joyriding before dying in the inevitable crash.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
** In one example they steal a balloon and fully intended to give it back. It pops. Torment ensues. Eventually, they give in and turn themselves in to the police, and get thrown in prison. Then they learn it is Free Balloon Day, and stay in prison for all of three seconds before being let free.
** Squidward was once sentenced to ten years in prison for stealing a wallet and running (he wasn't driving) a stop sign.
** Spongebob's cousin, Squidward (again), and the Tattletale Strangler all have gotten sent to jail for the unspeakable crime of littering. Though the Tattletale Strangler was probably arrested for strangling people who tattled on him (hence the nickname), he was just caught for littering.
** In "The Algae's Always Greener", Spongebob is ashamed of himself for accidentally giving a customer a large soda when they ordered a medium. "I've soiled the good Krusty Krab name! [[OverlyLongGag Soiled it, soiled it, soiled it, soiled it...]]"
** In "Little Yellow Book", Squidward [[SarcasmMode commits the horrible crime]] of reading Spongebob's diary and as a result, he's alienated by the entire town, his house gets foreclosed, and he gets arrested--actually, scratch that, the police chain him in the middle of the town and everybody throws tomatoes at him. There's a ''reason'' why the fans consider him the show's biggest [[TheWoobie woobie]].
* Type 3 is used in the ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' episode "Toot Toot", which is about Bessie farting during a meeting and getting kicked out of the Honeybees for it. It sends her into a HeroicBSOD, and the other Honeybees are suffering without her. However, just as Bessie was about to burn her manual, she realizes that farting is a natural function, and that there is a badge called the "Toot-Toot" Badge, which is rewarded for those who go through farting in public with dignity.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E9ChristianRockHard Christian Rock Hard]]", after the boys download a song, armed police immediately show up in a helicopter. They are taken to the station and shown how the artists they stole from are "suffering", such as how they can't buy a private island or get new features for their private jets.
** Another notable example occurs in "Butt Out," when their parents act as if smoking is "the worst thing" Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman have ever done, never bothering to comment upon the fact that they've just burned their school to the ground!
** ''South Park'' uses Type 3 a lot, like when Stan was exiled from the town for refusing to vote on the school mascot election between [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical Turd Sandwich and Giant Douche]].
** Eric Cartman repeatedly insulted his friends, abused them (often brutally) and betrayed them just for the sheer joy of it. He also made at least two attempts to murder a large group of the population, convinced women to have abortions for his own profit and, having arranged to have a couple murdered [[spoiler:(one of which was his father)]], made them into a chili and fed it to their son. But ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking eating the skin of all the fried chicken]]'' was the last drop that finally prompted his friends to ignore him. Kyle even mentions that Cartman did a lot worse before.
** In "Toilet Paper", the boys' [=TPing=] of a teacher's house results in a full-scale police investigation, complete with PerpSweating. Kyle, who participated reluctantly, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone becomes wracked with guilt]], seeing flashbacks of the event in his nightmares. That being said, the family in question reacts to it appropriately: moderate annoyance. The police officer openly admits he's taking it so seriously because he has nothing better to do.
** In "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce", Mr. Mackey calls the police when he discovers someone has taken a dump in the urinal. He becomes completely obsessed with finding the culprit, at one point declares, "I'm gonna catch this sonofabitch if it's the last thing I DO!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** Almost all the villains are built on this. Simple things most kids don't like doing such as homework, washing dishes, and eating vegetables are blown to world-destroying proportions.
** One episode features a hardware store owner who wants to eliminate two aviators who bought their plane parts from him. Why? Because they ''kept smudging his counter with chili''. DisproportionateRetribution much?
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', with the episode "The Ultimate Enemy." Danny cheats on a test, and what are the consequences? Not a detention, or a lecture, or auto-failing the test. Rather, [[spoiler:circumstances make everyone he truly cared for ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg plus his English teacher]]) die, which also brought [[LocalHangout The Nasty Burger]] along with them in a horrendous explosion, which was caused by an exploded pack of hot sauce, which caused the boiler to leak, which eventually caused said explosion, which also took his family, his friends, and his English teacher along with it, and Danny's ghost half separating to became an ''OmnicidalManiac with no humanity or morals whatsoever'']].
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Jimmy thinks up several horrible punishments of what [[LouisCypher Lucius]] will do to him when he finds out what he's done. He laughs them off. When [[YesMan Samy]] tells him that he'll take away his TV privileges, he reacts with horror.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Fear of Flying", Homer is banned from the bar for loosening the lid on a salt shaker, in the aftermath of pranks which involved ''setting Moe's clothing on fire'' and ''loading his cash register with a live cobra''.
** In another episode he has to take care of an endangered caterpillar, and almost kills it by mistake. He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for "attempted insecticide" and "aggravated buggery." Made especially ridiculous because, as Homer put it, God clearly ''wanted'' it to die. (The species is [[TooDumbToLive sexually attracted to]] ''[[KillItWithFire fire]],'' for example.)
** Another episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E18TheBoysOfBummer The Boys of Bummer]]", involves Bart failing to catch a fly ball in a championship baseball game when Springfield was one out away from winning in the bottom of the ninth, causing Shelbyville to win, and the entire town relentlessly boos Bart horribly (except his family). They sing a song on the radio about how horrible he is. They throw lots of food at him. And when Bart is about to jump off a water tower, they tell Bart they're not mad anymore, and when he falls off and ends up in the hospital ''they continue to yell at him even though he almost died''.
** Principal Skinner talks about the horrible thing he did in the Vietnam War. He stole cupcakes.
** Skinner also behaves this way when the answer keys of all the teachers at Springfield Elementary are stolen, leaving the teachers completely unable to grade anyone's papers. (The thief eventually turns out to be [[spoiler: Lisa]]; [[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]].) Upon finally finding the answer keys, Skinner's first reaction is relief; his second is moral outrage: "Who's responsible for this monstrous crime?!"
** One episode has Mayor Quimby ordering the police to do this to fill the new but largely empty prison they'd just built.
** The episode "You Only Move Twice" manages to parody this beyond its normal comedic, parodying use during the end theme, which is a riff on Bond movie themes: where the singer would be regaling the audience with Hank Scorpio's foul deeds, she sings about the [[BenevolentBoss more benign aspects of his business plan]] [[AndThatsTerrible as if they were horrible crimes and deceitful traps]].
---> ''Beware of his generous pension,''\\
''And three weeks' paid vacation each year;''\\
''And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!''\\
''He loves German BEEEEEEER!''
* In season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Grandad, Riley, Huey, and Jasmine all sneak into a movie without paying for it and are treated to a warning about movie piracy that insists that pirating movies makes you the most horrible, evil, violent person on earth. The boys all ignore it but by the time the completely over-the-top announcement is over, [[TheWoobie Jasmine]] is bawling her little eyes out and begging for them to take her out of the theater out of guilt. This is based off a series of strips in the comic (which is in turn based off a series of PSA's about movie piracy) where they show various people's over-the-top tearjerking plights thanks to movie piracy - one of which is a bootlegger who can't sell ''his'' pirated movies anymore.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Zoidberg accidentally destroys the Professor's model ship and decides to frame Fry in order to avoid blame. He later becomes wracked with grief and self-loathing after Fry has to pay for the damages to the amount of ''ten dollars''. Justified, as to Zoidberg, ten dollars is a VERY large amount. He's too poor to realize that Fry simply rummaged his pockets to pay off the debt.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** When the Mayor gets called out for HoldingOutForAHero to the girls, he jumps into a Hot Air Balloon with Miss Bellum and starts to punch criminals with an extendable glove from the air. It starts by hitting a genuine mugger, but then starts hitting people he only ''thinks'' are commiting a crime.
** The episode where Buttercup was exiled from Townsville because she refused to take a bath (though to be fair, she had recently fought a monster that seemed to be made of raw sewage).
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Daffy Doodles" begins with this ominous bit of narration:
-->In a large eastern city, a demon is on the loose. The people are terrified. The police baffled. With diabolical cleverness, the monster strikes without warning... [[MustacheVandalism and draws moustaches on all the ads]].
* {{Inverted|Trope}}: One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' has the culprit going through the whole YouMeddlingKids speech for something that wasn't even technically illegal.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' features Black Lightning acting like this in a dream sequence, during which he shoots lightning at people for the heinous acts of... putting sprinkles in coffee, not cleaning up after their dogs, driving an SUV, wearing white after Labor Day, and making "Smell That Pig IV". At one point he attacks Batman because he doesn't like his costume.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
** The show liked to revisit the unwritten code of honor kids must live by on the playground. Everything from how a scuffle is conducted to weird superstitions is treated as deadly serious, and God help you if you don't automatically know all the rules; if you're ''really'' lucky, you'll have friends who not only do know the rule you broke, but how to restore your honor as well.
** The word "whomp" is treated a ''so bad'' a swear that ''SWAT teams'' are brought in and the kids are out in ''court''.
** In the episode where the kids protest the tearing down of an old jungle gym by staying on it endlessly, Prickly decides to initiate "Plan P", which Ms. Grotke calls "extreme". The plan: [[spoiler: calling the kids' parents.]]
* Coop from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' typically invokes this trope in his OnceAnEpisode speeches to the MonsterOfTheWeek. Ironically, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero HE normally did that along with at least one of the others he accused them of]] himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Pinkie Pie invokes this with her deadly-serious attitude towards keeping secrets in "Green Isn't Your Color".
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' Losing a friend's trust is the fastest way to lose a friend forever! '''''FOR-EV-ER!!!'''''
** Rarity simply cannot abide crimes against fashion and/or fabulosity. She's willing to yell at a rampaging dragon just for damaging her clothes, rather than [[SkewedPriorities abducting her]].
** Later, in "Lesson Zero", Twilight Sparkle actually suffers a psychotic breakdown when she thinks that she'll be unable to write her weekly [[AnAesop aesop of the week]] letter to the princess and therefore be... gasp... '''tardy'''!
** Also, in "The Cutie Pox", it turns out Pinkie Pie ate not two, not three, but''' ''six'' '''corn cakes (and possibly even more than that)!
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup "NOPONY breaks a Pinkie Promise!"]]
** Twice in "Read it and Weep", as not only does the plot revolve around non-egghead Rainbow Dash being into reading, she also gets the hospital's staff on her case because they thought she had broken in to steal a patient's slippers.
* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' the FBI burst into Peter's living room and shoot the VCR when he attempts to tape Monday Night Football with the expressly-written consent of ABC, but not the NFL.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' plays this for comedic effect in a few episodes, but one incident with normally [[TheQuietOne calm, soft-spoken, steady]] Clay stands out:
-->'''Kimiko:''' It's Spicer! He took [[SealedEvilInACan the seed]]!\\
'''Clay:''' And [[BigEater the hot dogs]]! (runs after Jack Spicer, [[BerserkButton losing his hat]] in the process and [[OhCrap not even caring]]) Come back here with them doggies, you no-good low-down snake, you yellow-bellied dirty little sidewinder [[BewareTheNiceOnes I'M GON' GET YOU]]!
* One ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' episode involves having the titular character be discharged from the Mounted Police for doing the unthinkable...[[spoiler:eating his peas...with a ''KNIFE''!]]
* Inverted for comedic effect in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch: After Paris Hilton is arrested, Nicole Richie decides to break her "best friend/meal ticket" out of jail, in a parody of ''Series/PrisonBreak''. To get herself arrested, she robs a bank. The tellers says that will probably only get her a fine, so she shoots him. The guard throwing her in jail proclaims:
-->"Stupid celebrity! Armed robbery AND murder? You'll be locked up for forty-five ''days.''"
* Pepper in ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' believes removing a friend from her My Face account is more heinous than ripping their spleen out of them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'', Chode was sentenced to death for littering on a NeatFreak planet. Also as he was being arrested, a person who accidentally missed hitting the trash can with his trash was instantly vaporized.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
-->'''Guard:''' Your Majesty, these juveniles were arrested for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking vandalism, traveling under false pretenses, and malicious destruction of cabbages]].\\
'''Cabbage Merchant:''' [[OffWithHisHead Off with their heads!]] One for each head of cabbage!
* In the episode "Wanted: Wade!" of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Wade pulls a tag off of a couch, then sees that the tag [[MattressTagGag says that it's against the law to remove it.]] This causes him to run frantically around and have a dream where the police are after him for ripping off the couch tag. In that dream, tearing a tag off a pillow is so bad a crime it even gets two hardened robbers of banks and gas stations to grab the bars of the cell and want out when Wade admits his "crime" to them. Later, Wade sees a police car on the farm and gets him into his panic. When Orson tries to convince Wade he won't go to jail for it, a voice tells them and Roy "We know you're in there, come out with your hands up! We have you surrounded!", and Roy, Wade and Orson run for it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': In ''The Origin of the Beginning of the Incredible Taz-Man'', Mr Thickley attempts to persuade Taz to make the mailman his arch-enemy for the heinous crime of delivering junk mail to Taz's family.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko was once chased out by his friends because ''he likes'' '''''rainbows.'''''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE25TheClockKing "The Clock King"]]: Killing a man because he recommended you to relax, which wound up making you late? That's this trope alright; it's even lampshaded:
-->'''Batman:''' Give it up, Fugate. Hill committed no crime against you.\\
'''Clock King:''' He did worse. He made me late!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode, "Axed by Addition," Pete does this to ''himself.'' Among genuinely abusive and/or totalitarian actions he regrets doing to PJ, he also lists the heinous crimes of making him use "the manly deodorant" and a ''handkerchief.'' His overdramatic delivery of the latter suggests he finds it ''more'' reprehensible than everything else he mentions, which includes sending him to obedience school for not cleaning his room.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Candace is thrown out of the museum for yelling. She meets another kid, who was thrown out of the same museum for stealing a pterodactyl. He's impressed by how hardcore she is.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Dexter Detention", Dexter is sent to detention after unwillingly helping a student cheat. The detention warden seems to think getting under his wing is unforgivable, calling the kids there "criminals" and forcing them to [[WritingLines write lines]] and worse punishments. Then in the end, apparently escaping detention is enough to send Dexter to the state prison.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "It Takes A Village To Defeat A Hedgehog", what causes Shadow to fight Sonic? His poorly made bookshelf.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' episode "The Laughing Bat", Joker dresses as Batman and attacks "criminals" for offenses like jaywalking and going through [[ExpressLaneLimit the ten-item lane]] with eleven items.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': In "Get Schwifty", a giant alien head appears in the sky and starts creating catastrophic weather. A religion called "Headism" forms around said head, where people such as goths, "movie talkers", and "inappropriate joke tellers" are executed via "Ascension" (AKA being [[{{Balloonacy}} strapped to several balloons and floating up into the sky]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'''s episode "Breakfast Cheese", the Titans treat the H.I.V.E. loitering near a "no loitering" sign as an excuse to beat them up. This is even what kicks off the plot of the episode, as Starfire realizes that pounding someone into oblivion just for loitering is way too harsh, and that the Titans have gotten more bloodthirsty thanks to all the fighting.
-->'''Beast Boy:''' "Look at them loitering so hard..."
-->'''Robin:''' "Disgusting!"
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': In "A Better World," the Justice Lords' fascist rule is such that one man is arrested on the spot simply for complaining about his restaurant bill.