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->'''Scarface:''' Our prosecutor is ready, likewise our fair and impartial jury--\\
'''Mad Hatter:''' Hang him!\\
'''Harley Quinn:''' Shoot 'im!\\
'''Killer Croc:''' Hit him with a rock!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', "Trial"

What happens if a hero is captured by his foes? Sure, they could just kill him out of hand, or toss him into a DeathTrap, but if the villain has a sense of the theatrical, a quirky sense of humour, or is just flat-out crazy, he might decide to put his nemesis on trial. If so, the hero will find himself facing a Joker Jury, often overseen by a HangingJudge.

The Joker Jury is a mockery of a trial held by a hero's foes, where his enemies make up the judge, the jury, the prosecution and even the defense. The charges are usually ridiculous, such as interfering with the villain's crimes, and the verdict is a foregone conclusion. Sometimes, the hero is actually able to defend himself [[SubvertedTrope and even win the trial]]. In that case, [[DoubleSubversion the villain usually just tries to kill him anyway]].

The trope title comes from a story in ''Batman'' #163 where Batman and Robin are captured by the Joker and put on trial with the Joker as judge and members of his gang, all dressed in Joker costumes and make-up, as the prosecutor and jury.

See also JuryOfTheDamned. When the heroes are put on trial by someone besides the villains, it's often a TrialOfTheMysticalJury or a KangarooCourt. Often involves a VillainTeamUp.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''OnePiece'', Enies Lobby technically serves as a courthouse, even though criminals are only brought through there on their way to the underwater prison Impel Down, or to Marine Headquarters, and has an almost absurd pretense of justice. Criminals are judged by the Just Eleven Jurymen, who are pirates who have been sentenced to death and pronounce any criminal guilty to take as many down with them as they can. Judge Baskerville, [[spoiler: actually three people who sit together to form]] a three-headed man, has a strange way of passing sentences: the left head favors punishing criminals, the right side favors leniency, and the center offers the more extreme "compromise" of execution. [[note]]impel down is one of those [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]] so it might be a good compromse from a certain point of view[[/note]] As such, no criminal has ever been acquitted. Strangely enough, [[spoiler: Nico Robin and Franky]] don't get this treatment when they are taken through Enies Lobby.
** That's actually justified. [[spoiler: Spandam used [=CP9's=] authority to override that.]]
* In the dub version of ''Anime/YuGiOh'''s Virtual World arc, Johnson, whose Deckmaster and appearance is that of Judge Man, claims he is putting Joey on trial for gambling.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This happens to {{Franchise/Batman}} a lot:
** The above-mentioned ''Batman'' story.
** Also occurs in ''ComicBook/DarkVictory''.
** Two-Face does it during the "[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]" story arc. In a mild subversion, the "defendant", Commissioner Gordon, got off by naming Harvey Dent as his defense attorney, and turning it more into a battle between the two sides of his personality. [[spoiler:Harvey won.]]
** Two-Face puts a judge on trial in the ''Robin: Year One'' mini-series.
** In an odd inversion, in a storyline that ran in ''Batman'' #291-294, Batman was missing and presumed dead, and villains placed themselves on trial before a court of their fellow villains, attempting to prove themselves guilty of Batman's murder.
** The pre-made adventure for a Batman RPG from the early 90s had Joker attempting to frame the player characters for murder, then putting them on trial before a "jury of [their] peers" - twelve mannequins dressed in Batman's cape and cowl.
* In an AllJustADream example in ''Action Comics'' #286, while in the grip of a Red Kryptonite nightmare, {{Franchise/Superman}} dreams that Luthor, Brainiac and other villains put him on 'trial' for his alleged 'crimes' against them, and sentence him to battle Supergirl to the death in a gigantic arena or else stand by helplessly while they blow up the Earth.
* The ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' story ''The Gang of Joss Jamon'' has him put on trial. Judge, prosecutor and defense attorney are members of the titular gang; the jury is made up of Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane (who's shown as simply a villain rather than the CrazyAwesome BoisterousBruiser she becomes later on in the series; in the 1991 AnimatedAdaptation, she's replaced by Ma Dalton) and the Dalton brothers.
** It's used in a few other albums too, usually with the Dalton brothers as judge, prosecutor and defense attorney. In one case, Luke is able to talk Averell into successfully defending him.
** Also seen in ''The Judge'', said judge being the historical Roy Bean: he charges Lucky Luke with theft in order to confiscate the cattle herd Luke was in charge of, assigns a deaf-mute as the defense attorney, and packs the jury with cronies.
* Mordru subjects the Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} to one of these in ''Action Comics'' #370.
* Factor 3 did this to the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} in issue 37, trying them for treason for preventing their fellow mutants from comitting crimes.
** Also, Magneto. To Gambit.
* The [[LegionOfDoom Injustice Society of the World]] subjects the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica to one of these in ''All Star Comics'' #37.
* The standard M.O. of the mercenary/vigilante group the Jury in the MarvelUniverse.
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd was once put on trial by the survivors of East Meg One in the New Kremlin. A part inversion, Sov Judge Orlok, who brought Dredd in, both resisted having the trial and ended up giving the most influential defense testimony, making a conviction impossible AND prevented an assassination attempt on Dredd.
* In an early issue of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', the Owl kidnapped the judge who had sentenced him to prison and staged a mock trial using members of his gang as the jury. He also kidnapped Matt Murdock to serve as the defence attorney.
* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', Cap's girlfriend Diamondback was subjected to one of these by her former teammates in the villainous Serpent Society.
* ComicBook/JonahHex is subjected to one in ''Weird Western Tales'' #30. Quentin Turnbull captures him and puts him on 'trail' for "treason and other high crimes against the Confederate States of America". The 'jury' consists of "your former comrades in arms, some of them survivors of the very massacre you perpetrated".
* In ''TheIncredibleHercules'' comic by Marvel, [[spoiler: Zeus]] is put on trial by Pluto using a jury of assorted deceased villains.
* Judas Traveller puts Spider-Man on trial in ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, charging him with being responsible for supervillains and ruining lives by simply by existing. Judas is the judge, Carnage is the prosecutor, Ravencroft inmates like Shriek and the Chameleon make up the jury, and [[NinetiesAntiHero Kaine]] is Spider-Man's attorney. Spider-Man is of course found guilty and sentence to death, but after Kaine almost dies to save him Traveller spares them both, deciding that if Peter can inspire such a noble act in "scum" like Kaine, then he deserves to live.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' includes the song "The Court of Miracles", in which the gypsies act in this capacity while functioning as antagonists to the main characters, holding a chirpy trial of Quasimodo and Phoebus. Clopin acts as judge while his hand puppet acts as defense, and the final line runs thus:
-->'''Clopin:''' We find you totally innocent... which is the worst crime of all. So you're going to hang!
** Since the gypsies believe the heroes to be minions of Frollo, the whole thing is intended as a parody of him.
** And since everyone in the Court of Miracles is guilty of ''something'' in Frollo's eyes, being innocent by his standards really is the worst thing they can imagine.
** The scene in the original novel functions similarly, except that it's the hapless Gringoire being tried.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Peter Lorre's character in the movie ''Film/{{M}}'' is captured by criminals and put on trial because his crimes are bringing the police down on the heads of every other criminal in the city. Ironically, this court is actually fairer than the one he could expect in the real legal system.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Dr. Crane (aka Scarecrow) is the judge of a rigged court run by escaped criminals under Bane's supervision. There are only two possible sentences - exile (forced to walk on a frozen river until the ice gives way, at which point you fall in and drown) or death ([[MortonsFork by exile]]). [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything It has similarities to]] the KangarooCourt system in ''ATaleOfTwoCities'' and the Reign of Terror.
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* The eponymous hero of the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series gets one such mock-trial in Book 7, ''Castle Death''. The sentence? "TheMaze!"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This shows up in the xenofiction novel ''Literature/WatershipDown'', in one of the legends told of their racial hero, El-ahrairah. Prince Rainbow has determined to put a stop to El-ahrairah's tricks once and for all by planting a mole (that is, a rabbit doing spy stuff). El-ahrairah soon spots the informer and deliberately lays a trail for him. Acting on the info duly received, the Prince tells El-ahrairah he will only consider him innocent if a jury finds him so -- a jury chosen by the prince, made up entirely of rabbit predators. At which the trickster bunny pulls off a really clever subversion: [[BatmanGambit he is able to use the predators' contempt for rabbits to his advantage]], and get rid of TheMole at the same time.
* OlderThanSteam: Happens in John Bunyan's ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', when Christian and Faithful are arrested in Vanity Fair. When the judge's name is "[[CardCarryingVillain Lord Hategood]]," you ''know'' you're in trouble. And the gentlemen of the jury are [[MeaningfulName named]] "Mr. Blindman, Mr. No-good, Mr. Malice, Mr. Love-lust, Mr. Live-loose, Mr. Heady, Mr. High-mind, Mr. Enmity, Mr. Liar, Mr. Cruelty, Mr. Hate-light, and Mr. Implacable." It's just not going to end well.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' had one in ''The Penultimate Peril''; somewhat subverted as [[spoiler:while accidental, the Baudelaires really ''did'' murder someone]]. None of the proceedings made any sense, but things are never fair in this series.
* In the novel ''CaptainAmerica: Liberty's Torch'', Cap is captured by a powerful American militia. He is to be put on trial and for his defense, they captured a lawyer based off the popular creator Mark Gruenwald. Both Cap and the lawyer know the whole thing is a sham, but are forced to go through with it anyway.
* A classic (though loose) example can be found in Lewis Carroll's ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]'' where the main character participates in a trial with all the previous characters she met serving as witnesses. It's a loose example because it's the Knave of Hearts, not Alice, on trial, and neither jury nor witnesses have it in for the defendant. Unfortunately, the ultimate judge in all this is the Queen of Hearts, who ''does''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Used in an episode of ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' when Steve [=McGarrett=] is put on "trial" by prisoners in the state pen, many of whom he put there.
* The fourth season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' had the US Secretary of Defense captured and put on trial by terrorists. The eighth sees other terrorists put the President of {{Qurac}} on trial as well. Both times, the trial is a formality and the terrorists plan on executing their victim anyway (its actually closer to a sentencing); the Secretary of Defense was actually going to be ''decapitated'' live on the internet before Jack Bauer saved him, while the President was merely going to be shot. [[spoiler: And is, long before Jack gets there- the mock trial was [[YouAreTooLate pre-taped all along.]]]]
* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' was called upon to act as defense counsel for a prison guard being tried for murder by rioting prisoners.
* The IMF fake one of these as part of TheCon in the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Flight".
* In the ninth series of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Mr. Humphries is investigated for alleged offenses. The hearing rapidly takes on the air of a jury trial, with a hostile judge who openly says that any defense would be a "feeble tissue of lies". In the end, he is found guilty, then proved innocent thirty seconds later.
* Q puts HumanityOnTrial (with Picard as the defense attorney) in [[BookEnds the pilot and series finale]] of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** Q also warns Picard not to try any "lawyer tricks" to get out of it, claiming that this is a "court of facts". Of course, this is also a court where drugged-up guards maintain order by FiringInTheAirALot, and a guard who is overpowered by an accused is immediately shot by another guard.
* Happens to Adama in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', causing him to remark, "Oh, this is THAT kind of trial."
* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Inquisition", the Coalition of Planets put the team on trial with two out of three of the judges having ulterior motives. They got off by bribing one of the biased judges.
** This happened earlier in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' [[note]]"Cor'rai", Second Season[[/note]]. Teal'c is put on trial for a murder he committed while [[TheDragon First Prime]] of Apophis. The judge, jury, and executioner was son of the guy who Teal'c killed. O'Neill points out how unfair this is, only to be shot down since it's part of their legal system. Daniel even comments that this was a common law practice for many years, to O'Neill's irritation.
*** Both Daniel and O'Neill try to explain the reasons why Teal'c did that as benevolent and better than the alternative (Apophis threatened to kill all the villagers if Teal'c refused to kill one). A typical RealLife tactic when the facts of the crime are beyond dispute, and the only thing in doubt is the mental state of the accused at that time. In the end, though, the son simply states that Teal'c's reasons don't matter. His father is dead and nothing Teal'c does can bring him back. Then the Goa'uld happen to attack, and Teal'c almost singlehandedly fights them off before giving the son a weapon at noon, when the execution was scheduled. The son finally realizes that the Teal'c who killed his father is no more.
* Inverted in the 1960s series ''Series/{{Batman}}''. In one episode the Joker is put on trail for his various crimes, and after the presentation of the obviously insurmountable evidence, the jury unanimously declares him Not Guilty. The judge calls them out on this, and it turns out the jury is made up entirely of ex-cons and criminals who are pulling for the Joker anyway.
* In an episode of ''[[BlackAdder Blackadder Goes Forth]]'', Blackadder is put on trial for shooting General Melchett's beloved carrier pigeon, Speckled Jim, just after this had been made a court-martialable offence. Guess who was the judge? General Melchett.
* In the first part of ''Series/TheXFiles' '' finale, Mulder is captured by US Marines and put before a show tribunal. After he is convicted and sentenced to death, [[CardboardPrison the others easily break him out.]]
* ''TalesFromTheCrypt'': "The Third Pig", a bloody retelling of the Literature/ThreeLittlePigs had the third pig tried for the murder of his brothers. The judge and jury are all wolves, who deliberate by going in the room and immediately coming back out.
* In ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Mike is put on trial for [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds all the times he's blown up planets]] by some otherworldly judge, with Pearl as the prosecutor, and Professor Bobo as Mike's defense attorney (though that's Mike's fault as he had several competent legendary defense attorneys to choose from and sarcastically chose Bobo when he saw Bobo's name on the list). He may not have gotten Clarence Darrow, but at least he got an attorney with the same mannerisms.
* In an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Al's shoe store is taken over by a group of overweight women who put him on 'trial' for all of the fat jokes he has made about them over the years.
* In the season three finale of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Peter Collier holds one for everyone he can find who is connected to The Machine. He served as prosecutor. One of his own men was the judge. The person dragooned into being the defense attorney does not get to examine any of the evidence beforehand, and in fact has no lines all episode. Collier gets the legal definition of treason wrong (It's knowingly aiding the enemies of your country, ''not'' using methods of questionable legality to fight them). At one point he murders a defendant in cold blood on the witness stand for refusing to self-incriminate himself as is his constitutional right. And the jury deliberation period consisted of Collier saying "Everyone who finds them guilty on all counts, please raise your hand" - to a group of 'jurors' who were surrounded by several heavily armed bailiffs in the employ of the homicidal prosecutor. At least Control manages to give Collier a ReasonYouSuckSpeech about the whole thing before they were unanimously found guilty.
* The ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' ones stood accused of interference in mortal matters by the Whitelighters. Standing in for the prosecution was Barbus, the (get this) ''Demon of Fear'' and longtime enemy of the Halliwells. Numerous others foes were present as witnesses.
* This was lampooned twice on a soap, ''Series/SunsetBeach''. Annie dreamt she was on an episode of ''Series/JerrySpringer'' alongside her enemies, each of whom are portrayed as sleazily as possible (devil horns, red mink coats, pencil mustaches etc.), but are adored by the audience. In another, Annie was a contestant on ''Wheel of Misfortune'', with the three podiums belonging to suspects in her rival Francesca's murder. Francesca, the resident Vanna White, presents her "prize" which consists of a lethal injection.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Music/PinkFloyd album ''Music/TheWall'' contains an unusual variant of this. During "The Trial", Pink is tried by his own neuroses and inner demons, including monstrous incarnations of all the people who made life difficult for him.
** Even more strangely, though it looks as if the whole trial is stacked against him, it's actually the best thing that happens to him, as it made him realize he needed to destroy the wall. A useful KangarooCourt, as it were.
* "Fuck the Police" by NWA has a cop being tried by MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E for being "a redneck, white trash, chicken-shit motherfucker".
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In the new musical adaptation of ''Film/MaryPoppins'', Act One ends with a new number called "Temper Temper", in which Jane and Michael's toys come to life, grow to be bigger than the children, and promptly hold the children trial for having lost their tempers and broken the toys -- singing all the time.
* In ''ManOfLaMancha'', Cervantes is put on trial by his fellow prisoners. This leads to the ShowWithinAShow that is his defence.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''{{Nodwick}}'', Yeager is put on trial by the "Council of Three-And-A-Half" which is later revealed to consist entirely of people he bullied as a child.
* ''VanVonHunter'' begins with Van on trial for the crime of "re-murder", i.e. the "murder" of an undead vampire. The event took place in a land seemingly populated entirely by the undead, so the judge, jury, and lawyers are all undead.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'' episode "Trial by Terror" had the Red Panda undergoing a commitment hearing by the inmates of the [[BedlamHouse asylum]] many of his foes had been sent to.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* True to its roots, in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Trial", Batman is captured and placed on trial by the inmates of Arkham Asylum -- and just to stack the deck further, his defending attorney was an outspoken critic of the vigilante who earlier blamed him for ostensibly provoking the mentally unstable into becoming criminals. Explaining the trial bit, Two-Face says, "Personally, [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim I suggested a quick slug between the eyes]]... but I lost the coin toss." (Anyone who knows how Two-Face operates knows that he likely made up his mind on his own, using a coin toss).
-->'''Scarface:''' And now, all rise for the [[BlatantLies most honorable, most benevolent, most merciful]] Judge Joker!\\
'''Joker:''' [[HangingJudge GUILTY!]]
** This trope is subverted when the attorney becomes a female Franchise/PerryMason / {{Matlock}} and proves Batman innocent by pointing out that the supervillains themselves are responsible for what's happened to them. DoubleSubverted when the villains end up finding Batman ''innocent'' and that they were all terrible people who screwed up their own lives, but decide that ''because'' they're such terrible people, they'll kill him and his attorney anyway. Now that Batman's attorney has done her job, it's time for Batman to do his...
* Happens in two ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' episodes:
** 1973/74 episode "The Menace Of The White Dwarf". The Raven puts Superman through a trial with himself as judge and prosecutor and a jury consisting of his android doubles. Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog act as Superman's defense attorneys.
** The Challenge episode "The Trial of the Superfriends." You'd think that after being stripped of their power sources, captured by the Legion of Doom, and put on display in Legion Headquarters, the "justice" of an obviously mock trial would be the least of the Justice Leaguers' concerns but it's the only thing they protest. The Four Leaguers', Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, are sentenced to battle Brainiac's androids of them who have their power items, the Utility Belts, Magic Lasso, and Power Ring.
--> '''Luthor:''' Grodd, swear them in.
--> '''Gorilla Grodd:''' Do you swear to tell untruths, untruths, and nothing but untruths, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar so help you Grodd]]?
* In a ''JimmyNeutron'' movie, King Goobot tells Jimmy about how they have to "do this sham trial by the book".
--> '''King Goobot:''' Has the jury reached a verdict?
--> '''Jimmy's enemies:''' GUILTY!
--> '''Jimmy:''' [[SarcasmMode What a shock.]]
* Timmy in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has a trial with all his unwished wishes in "Escape From Unwish Island."
--> '''Judge [[EnemyWithout Imaginary Gary]]''': How does the (guilty) defendant plead (guilty)?
* There's an old and rather scary Disney short, ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay'', in which Mickey's dog is lured to some sort of "dog Hell" and judged for the crime of tormenting cats. Everyone in the courtroom besides Pluto is a cat -- the judge, the bailiff, the prosecution, and the jury -- which obviously leads to him being declared ♫"G-U-I! L-T-Y! Guilty Guilty Guilty!"♫. Lucky for Pluto, it was AllJustADream.
** The jury "deliberation" consists of the cats in the jury marching out single file through a revolving door... and right back in again; the last ones in line haven't gotten to the door yet when the first ones start coming back in.
* The Quintessons of ''{{Transformers}}: The Movie'' set up a Joker Jury for ''everyone''. Those found innocent are fed to the Sharkticons. What a ''guilty'' verdict entails is open to speculation, but is probably one of those "you don't wanna know" things.
** One "official" book stated that the Quintessons did the judge thing for fun, and dumped the accused in the pit no matter the verdict.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'', Carl The Evil Cockroach Wizard stages injury received from Yin and Yang while the two were in the midst of training which leads to a kangaroo court case. Naturally, the jury, witnesses and judge are all their past villains.
* This showed up in a Halloween special on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in the case of The Devil v. Homer, wherein The Devil (Flanders) contests that Homer sold his soul for a donut, which Homer finished. Due to the [[WhatAnIdiot sheer incompetence]] of his attorney Lionel Hutz, Devil Flanders gets to fill the jury with some of Hell's most notorious residents, including John Wilkes Booth, RichardNixon[[note]](who wasn't even ''dead'' at the time the episode originally aired)[[/note]], and the starting lineup of the notorious 1976 Philadelphia Flyers hockey team.
** Nixon protests about being on the jury (since at the time the episode aired, he wasn't dead yet), but acquiesces when he is reminded by the Devil "I did a favour for ''you''".
** FWIW, the jury acquitted him, as Homer had already promised his soul to Marge.
** In the episode where Bart kills a bird with Nelson's BB gun, he imagines being put on trial by a tribunal of birds that sentence him to be pecked to death.
*** The birds originally just called him there to put down newspaper, but then Bart just had to open his big mouth...
** Another dream sequence had Homer being put on trial by living donuts. He takes a bite out of his lawyer and is sentenced to be eaten by a giant donut.
* An episode of ''{{Duckman}}'' has him find himself in a town where everyone is related to Duckman's arch-nemesis, King Chicken, and they put him on trial for giving the wrong answer to the "chicken-egg" question.
** Although the actual jury was made up of a random collection of inbred idiots who accidentally sat in the jury box instead of the audience.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' had a story where a fly fakes physical injuries to file a lawsuit against Rocko. The entire jury is made up of insects.
* One of the "Slappy Squirrel" segments in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has GenreSavvy Slappy put on trial where the judge is a wolf, the jury are all wolves, and the prosecuting attorney is the grandson of the plaintiff, Slappy's longtime nemesis Walter Wolf. Slappy wins because she has a "dynamite case" -- literally. That is to say, she put cases of dynamite underneath the jurors' seats, so even though she more or less confessed to the crime she was accused of plus ''blowing Walter up afterwards'', the jury found her Not Guilty.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' when Shake is called into Tree Court for dumping a huge vat of grease in the woods, then burning down a tree. Even his defense attorney is a shrub, who immediately squeals "GUILTY! MY CLIENT IS GUILTY!". Shake definitely doesn't help himself by [[BodyHorror ripping off the shrub's branches and covering himself in bark while holding the branches]], [[PaperThinDisguise to try to disguise himself as a tree]] [[WhatAnIdiot MID-TRIAL!]]
** He got off better than his accomplice Carl, who ended up [[HumanResources supplying the parchment]] for the court's records.
** Of course, in a subversion of the usual "innocent victim/hero" part of this trope, the defendants both totally did what they were accused of.
--->'''Frylock:''' Y'all are just lucky trees are stupid. You're both guilty as hell, you know that, right?
* Taken a step further on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Not only is Cerbee tried with a Joker Jury, somehow every member is [[BigBad Lucius]].
* One old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short called "The Trial of Mr. Wolf" featured Literature/LittleRedRidingHood being put on trial for crimes against the Big Bad Wolf. The judge, prosecutor, and entire jury are all wolves. It actually ends up a subversion, as his story is so unbelievable that even the all-wolf jury finds the Big Bad Wolf's story a blatant lie. (And he doesn't help his case when he says, says, [[TemptingFate "And if I'm lying, I hope to get run over by a streetcar!"]] and [[CueTheFlyingPigs a streetcar smashes through the courtroom and runs him over]]. He then says, "Okay, maybe I did exaggerate a little...")
** The conclusion of ''Daffy Doodles'' has billboard vandal WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck on trial for drawing mustaches on all the billboards. He throws himself on the mercy of the court. The jury--all of 12 identical Jerry Colonnas, find Daffy not guilty.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'', Peter Pan is put on trial by Captain Hook, with his pirates as the jury and Wendy as a defense lawyer. Surprisingly, she wins the case.
* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Megatron finally gets tired of his [[TheStarscream backstabbing underlings]] and decides to get rid of them. Quickstrike is put on trial with Megatron serving as judge [[RuleofFunny (complete with powdered wig)]], Inferno as a stenographer, [[TheChewToy Waspinator]] as the defense, and the remaining Predacons as jury. He only survives because of a sudden attack on the base.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' involved Franchise/WinnieThePooh having a nightmare where he is put on trial by a jury of balloons after mistakenly losing Christopher Robin's balloon.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Wanted: Wade!", where [[ComicStrip/USAcres Wade the Duck]] actually starts thinking that he was a criminal after removing a tag on Orson Pig's chair. He then starts to have a nightmare where he is actually put on trial where Orson is the judge presiding over said trial and sentencing him to 9999 years in prison after declaring him guilty.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' was about Buster Baxter stealing an action figure from a toy store, causing him to think that he is a criminal. About halfway through the episode Buster has a nightmare where he is arrested by the police and is taken to court where the judge is none other than Mr. Ratburn and the jury his other classmates (including his best friend Arthur Read).
* Can't forget Aang's trial by the citizens of Chin in ''WesternAnimation/AvatartheLastAirbender''
** "You say what happened, and then I say what happened, and then I decide who's right. That's why we call it justice. Because it's 'just us!'"
* The GreenGoblin in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' gives this to the board members who he blames for the 'death' of Osborne, where he is Judge. He even has a Justice Statue with his face.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'' had Leonard Helperman imagine himself being put on trial in front of a judge and jury who all for some reason resemble [[ThePigPen Ian Waszlewzki, the class slob.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A book of legal anecdotes is titled ''Dracula was a Lawyer'', because of Vlad the Impaler's practice of serving as prosecution and defense for his enemies.
* The gangster Charlie Richardson used to hold "trials" of any henchmen who had disappointed him, and would wear full judicial robes for the occasion.
* Creator/AynRand is also reported to have held "trials" for people in her inner circle who she thought had slighted her.
* Up until recently, any black person in the Southern United States effectively had one of these.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riom_Trial Riom Trial]]. [[LesCollaborateurs Vichy Regime]] reactionaries wanted scapegoats for France's defeat by Nazi Germany and found it convenient to indict some ministers and government officials who were from the left or the center-right wings of the old Third Republic (some, like Leon Blum, were incidentally Jews). To speed up the process, Marshal Philippe Petain decided that the defendants would be sentenced to life imprisonment in a fortress ''before the trial even began'', while the judges said that [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial this is not]] [[BlatantLies a show trial]]. Subverted, because despite being carefully chosen by the Vichy authorities the judges involved were too high in the hierarchy to fear for their careers, so the trial was relatively fair. It actually had an abrupt end, as the deliberations proved that those responsible of the 1940 defeat were... the future Vichy leaders.
* Nikolai Struisky, Russian landowner and self-published poet, used to torture his serfs before doing mock trials to them.
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