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List of Transgressions

"WANTED: Guybrush Threepwood: For the murder of G. P. LeChuck, and also for the use of witchcraft on the person of Largo LaGrande, the thievery of clothing and medically-prescribed hair supplements for such witchcraft, graverobbing, trespassing, larceny without a permit, disturbing the peace, illegal gambling on a sporting event, use of falsified identification for the purchase of alcohol, exceeding allowable FDA limit for rodent parts in vichyssoise, premature entombment of a non-dead individual, reckless tampering with city-maintained plumbing without prior acquisition of environmental impact report, transportation of animals not in a mental state to give consent, vandalizing a historical miniature, reckless use of gardening tools, impersonating a woman in order to evade prosecution, two counts of unauthorized exiting from a penal institution, impersonating a federal mail boat, reanimating dead persons within city limits, possession of library books not specifically checked out to oneself, mixing drinks without a liquor license, and releasing a dangerous reptile in a populated area. Also wanted for questioning regarding the disappearance of prescription eyewear."

A character is subjected to a Long List of his sins and transgressions, often impossibly long. Alternatively, a character is placed in purgatory or otherwise judged for his crimes, with a convenient long list of crimes at hand, possibly because the Powers That Be have Surveillance as the Plot Demands.

Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking (or Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick, if you're delving into Black Comedy) is typically invoked, making this a sister trope.

Can lead to Longer-Than-Life Sentence.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In one Black Jack story, Black Jack's school friend, Makube, is a criminal. He gets detained by the ICPO.
    Inspector: So you won't confess your crimes of murder, smuggling, drug-dealing, gambling fraud, forgery, battery, bribery, human trafficking, pimping, and public urination?
    Makube: I'll cop to public urination.
  • Dead Leaves start with the main characters, Pandy and Retro, go on a very brief but supremely violent crime spree which ends with them getting captured and sentenced to life imprisonment for "trespassing, theft, violence, assault, illegal possession of firearms, and a really crappy attitude!"

    Comics 
  • D.R. & Quinch Go Straight begins with Judge Thorkwung reading all the criminal charges of which the two Villain Protagonists are being accused.
    Judge Thorkwung: Ernest Errol Quinch and Waldo Dobbs, also known as "D.R." or "Diminished Responsibility", you are charged with arson, kidnapping, theft, grievous wounding, possession of unlawful atomic weapons, taking and driving away, conspiracy to overthrow the government, coveting thy neighbour's ox, graverobbing, torture, criminal libel, blackmail, polluting the environment, shoplifting, 714 separate driving offenses, forging sacred relics, transmuting base metal into gold, genocide, spitting, and thirty-two offenses so unusual and horrible they do not have names.
  • In Strangers in Paradise, when Katchoo is arrested for her revenge on Freddie, her list of crimes reads as follows (creator Terry Moore got the specifics from a lawyer who'd read the previous issue):
    Officer Bob: Kidnapping! Re: restraining liberty for the purpose of terrorizing! Two counts of felonious assault! One count of illegal entry! $4400 in property damage and one count of aggravated menacing with a dangerous kitchen utensil with intent to...
    Freddie: ...Castrate me! The crazy bitch tried to castrate me!
    Katchoo: Imagine my surprise when I found I didn't have to!
  • Lobo's list of crimes.
    Wanted for crimes against the Galaxy including: Genocide ... Fratricide ... Patricide ... Matricide ... Impersonating a member of the Intergalactic Church of Truth ... Impersonating a member of the Green Lantern Corps ... Carrying a concealed thermo-nuclear device ... Breaking into the Justice League Satellite ... Fishing without a license ... Jaywalking ... Grand theft plasma rocket ... Disturbance of the peace across three space sectors ... 1,978,643,896 unpaid parking permits ... Illegal bounty hunting ... Wanton destruction of government property ... Demolishing a city without a permit ... Reckless endangerment toward animals ... Hijacking ... Selling/distributing radioactive material to cute fluffy bunny rabbits ... Noise infractions level 5.0 ... Illegally poaching Starros ... Bounty Huntering in a restricted zone ... Stepping on the grass ... Defecating in a public garden ... Loitering ... Advocating the overthrow of the heads of state ... Not honoring the bounty hunter code
    • Possibly the most disturbing thing about this list is that it suggests you can get a permit for demolishing a city. (More than likely, the offense didn't mean "non-licensed building demolitions".)
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #23, a space criminal named Bellybomb is sentenced to a toxic prison planet for seventeen life sentences for extortion, armed robbery, hijacking, kidnapping, torture, murder, man-eating, brain poaching, soul thievery...and impersonating a primitive deity named Bob. After the jailers read off these crimes, Bellybomb points out that they didn't mention his unpaid parking tickets.
  • In IDW's Megatron: Origins miniseries, Starscream is brought before the Senate to give testimony about the Decepticon "fight club"...
    Senator: Prisoner Starscream, I am required to list your charges as follows...assault, murder, armed robbery, destruction of state property, inciting civil disobedience, extortion, receiving and selling stolen goods, passing counterfeit funds, firing up on a state senator, multiple counts of attacks on state officers and state property, supplying known criminals with illegal weaponry, vehicle theft, and misrepresenting yourself as a state official.
    Starscream: Heh. Nobody's perfect.
  • From Atomic Robo:
    By the authority of the League of Nations, Baron Heinrich von Helsingard is hereby placed under arrest as an enemy of all mankind for the crimes of kidnapping, human experimentation upon unwilling subjects, and... [flips through the list] Wow. Jeez, that's a lot of atrocities. Where did Helsingard find the time to sleep? [more flipping] I don't even know what this one means.
  • In the Batman Detective Comics Issue #64 ("The Joker Walks the Last Mile"), as part of his master plan in putting his Joker Immunity to the test for freedom, the Joker rattles off a "seemingly never-ending list of his incredible crimes" to the police, including robbing the National Bank of Denver; this goes on for days until it's more than enough to warrant a death sentence (he gets better a little later).

    Fan Works 
  • In the Harry Potter AU Empire we have this at the Dursleys arrest:
    Kingsley Shacklebolt: These are Harry Potter's muggle relatives. I am bringing them in on three thousand six hundred and fifty counts of child abuse—one for every day that poor boy had to spend in their house.
  • In the Pony POV Series Dark World, Santa Hooves breaks into Discord's castle and reads his list to him. He does this every year.

    Film 
  • A Scanner Darkly, from which the image/quote is taken:
    Narrator: The next thing he knew, a creature from between dimensions was standing at his bed, looking down at him disapprovingly.
    Freck: You gonna read me my sins? Eh, it's gonna take a hundred thousand hours.
    Creature: Your sins will be read to you ceaselessly, in shifts... throughout eternity. The list will never end.
    Creature: (begins reading) "The Sins of Freck."
    Narrator: Charles Freck wished he could take back the last half hour of his life.
    Creature: "... theft of fingernail clippers..." "... you did knowingly and with malice..." "... punched your baby sister, Evelyn..." "... December, theft of Christmas presents..." "...one billion lies..."
    Narrator: One thousand years later, they had reached the sixth grade, the year he had discovered masturbation.
    Creature: "... November 14, Percodan... Vicodin... Cocaine..."
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: At each of Tuco's "executions" an official reads off the list of crimes for which he has been convicted. They go on for quite a while.
    • Considering how many of the offenses on the list ... even the relatively lower-grade ones ... were capital crimes, how he and Blondie cheat the executioner more than once is an exercise best left to Sergio Leone and the viewer, and in-universe, even Blondie realizes that the scam may not work the third time around and leaves Tuco in the desert after the second time, his only stated reason being that he didn't think Tuco would ever be worth more than three grand.
    • The first time we see them pulling this scam, the judge is reading a list of offenses including murder, arson in a state prison, theft of sacred objects, inciting prostitution, armed robbery . . . but he sounds really indignant as he winds up with "... and, contrary to the laws of this state, the condemned is guilty of using MARKED CARDS AND LOADED DICE!"
  • In Brazil, arrested Sam Lowry is presented with a long and painstakingly accurate list of his transgressions, from high treason to overexpenditure of stationery. Since this is harsh dystopia, the scene is anything but funny.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl does this before Jack Sparrow is to be executed.
    Cryer: "Impersonating an officer of the Crown… impersonating a Cleric of the Church of England…"
    Jack Sparrow: [smiling] Ah, yes...
    • Note that the man reading them stated at the beginning that only "the most egregious" of his crimes were to be stated. The list still goes on for a very long time.
  • Year One has Cain reading a list of charges against Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Michael Cera) when they are about to be stoned in Sodom. Played for Laughs when one of the charges is "Sodomy", much to the crowd's confusion, until it is revealed that the actual charge is "Refusal of Sodomy".
  • Heavy Metal. The charges against Captain Sternn:
    Prosecutor: Lincoln Stern, you stand here accused of 12 counts of murder in the first degree, 14 counts of armed theft of Federation property, 22 counts of piracy in high space, 18 counts of fraud, 37 counts of rape...and one moving violation. How do you plead?
    • Coincidentally enough, the viewer soon learns that Sternn also ran a "preschoolers prostitute ring" and "sold dope disguised as a nun".
  • Near the end of W.C. Fields' The Golf Specialist, we briefly see J. Effingham Bellweather's wanted poster which includes such things as manslaughter and homicide. The next shot is a ten-second pan down a list of his other offenses:
    Bigamy,
    Passing as the Prince of Wales,
    Eating spaghetti in public,
    Using hard words in a speakeasy,
    Trumping partner's ace,
    Spitting in the Gulf Stream,
    Jumping board bill in seventeen lunatic asylums,
    Failure to pay installments on a strait-jacket,
    Possessing a skunk,
    Revealing the facts of life to an Indian.
  • Subverted in The Pope Must Die when the dying Cardinal Rocco asks for absolution for his sins. When asked what they are he replies that since he doesn't have a lot of time, if you can think of it, he's done it.
  • In Stargate Continuum, SG1 is asked to be present at the execution of the (supposedly) last Ba'al clone. When Jack finally decides to ask what the last several hours of continuous chanting have been about, he's informed that the Tok'ra were listing all of Ba'al crimes in the Goa'uld language and they're only now reaching the end of the list.
  • Played with in The Dark Knight, where the long list is due to the judge reading the charges in a Rico case that is being brought against the entire mob at once.
    Judge Surillo: ...747 counts of extortion, 849 counts of racketeering, 246 counts of fraud, 87 counts of conspiracy murder, 527 counts of obstruction of justice. How do the defendants plead?
    [torrent of abuse from a courtroom crowded with defendants]
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle features the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio vs. Karen Sympathy, Rocket J. Squirrel, and Bullwinkle J. Moose.
    Judge Cameo: The defendants are charged with grand theft auto: 1 count; breaking out of jail: 1 count; impugning the character of a prison guard: 1 count; reckless driving: 4 counts; talking to the audience; five counts; criminally bad punning: 18 counts.
    Bullwinkle: And three dukes and seven earls.
    Judge Cameo: Make that 19.

    Literature 
  • Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Book 5, Chapter 13 - an example of this trope being Older Than Print. Two beautiful youths gave the king a small white book containing a list of good deeds performed. Then, evil spirits came and gave a large black book containing a list of transgressions. The evil spirits asked the youths why they were here, since he clearly belonged to the spirits of evil.
  • The Neil Gaiman short story "Other People" from Fragile Things is centered on the premise of hell being basically this, only instead of simply being read the list, every single sin is brought forth and purged from the individual via Cold-Blooded Torture.
  • Dante's Inferno keeps track of transgressions, with Hell being divided into subsections for specific crimes.
  • Two from Discworld:
    • In Jingo. Carrot suggests war is, by definition, a breach of the peace, and Vimes starts adding up the other crimes you can charge an entire army with:
    Vimes: Conspiracy to cause an affray, going equipped to commit a crime, threatening behaviour, loitering with intent, loitering within tent, hah, travelling for the purpose of committing a crime, malicious lingering and carrying concealed weapons.
    Carrot: I don't think that one —
    Vimes: I can't see 'em.
    • And one count of offensive behaviour to the general on his own side.
    Lawyer: — including more than two thousand cases of Making an Affray, Causing a Public Nuisance, Being Found Drunk, Being Found Very Drunk, Using Offensive Language (taking into account 97 instances of Using Language That Was Probably Offensive If Anyone Could Understand It), Committing a Breach of the Peace, Malicious Lingering, Grand Theft, Petty Theft, Burglary, Housebreaking, Loitering With Intent to Commit a Felony —
  • The Bible mentions in its last book Revelation that there will be a great judgment of the entire human race conducted by God Himself. It states simply that those who have accepted Jesus will enter God's kingdom as their transgressions have been pardoned by Jesus on their behalf, and those who have not accepted Jesus will not receive this pardon and all of their long list of sins will be held against them.
  • In A Clockwork Orange, Alex’s list is so long the policeman in charge of writing it down is completely pale by the time he’s finished.

    Live Action TV 
  • Happens in Arrested Development in a preliminary to the court case. It makes George Sr. aware, for the first time, just how deep in trouble he is.
  • The health inspector reading the list of violations at Fawlty Towers. About halfway through Basil says "Yes... say no more..." but the inspector just ploughs right on until he reaches "... and two dead pigeons in the water tank."
  • From CSI: NY:
    Mac: You're under arrest for the murder of Derek James [and] Lauren Salinas, kidnapping and attempted murder of a crime scene investigator, armed robbery, grand theft auto, assault and battery. But most of all, for pissing me off.
  • Law & Order did the same thing with Lennie Briscoe:
    Briscoe: I'm trying to decide what to arrest you for - obstruction of justice, harboring a fugitive or just being a general pain in the ass!
    • Another episode ends with one; as the crime in question was a subway bombing with multiple victims, the list consists of the jury being asked "on the count of murder in the first degree of ____, how do you find" and answering "guilty" many times.
  • One Saturday Night Live sketch centered on a lawyer representing one of the old cranks that the Scooby-Doo gang caught who was accusing the kids of having a criminal record (Lowe played Scooby-Doo, who advocated the "Reath Renalty" for numerous criminals). By the lawyer's account, prior convictions against the kids included 4 counts of meddling, 12 counts of meddling in the second degree, two counts of vehicular meddling, meddling across state lines, and sodomy. Though the last one, it turns out, was just misread and was actually just "meddling."
  • In The Brittas Empire, Gordon Brittas has quite a long list when he turns up in heaven including 115 separate acts of manslaughter, cause of 4 suicides, and 23 people driven clinically insane. They'd been counting up a while before he arrived too, don't worry, even Heaven recognises the Death Equals Redemption trope.
  • This happens in Stargate SG-1 when Vala is put on trial by the people of a world Qetesh ruled harshly while using Vala as a host. After she is charged with mass murder and mass torture (the first two of seven charges), Vala and Daniel interject that Qetesh did those things, not Vala. Played for laughs and drama when the modified list of charges (only four now) which only includes crimes Vala perpetrated after she was released from Qetesh starts with "planetary-wide forced labor". She considers it for a second, before deciding it's a fair charge.
  • This is how every episode of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret begins, with a British judge reading legal charges against the titular character, leading into a How We Got Here plot.
  • Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, and its American counterpart Power Rangers S.P.D., go into this whenever "Judgment Time" takes place.
  • The premise of My Name Is Earl is Earl's attempts to undo or make up for just such a list.
  • Vogler in House rattles off House's.
    "A man is the sum of his actions. Here are a few of Dr. House’s. He violated a DNR and was charged with assault. He brought a termite into the OR and spat on a surgeon. He accepted a Corvette from a patient who was a known member of the New Jersey mafia... He is a drug addict who flaunts his addiction and refuses to get treatment. He is a disgrace and an embarrassment to this hospital. I’d go on, but it gets kinda mean."
  • Inverted in a Star Trek: The Original Series episode. Kirk takes the stand in a trial, and the computer begins to read his long service record and awards. The prosecuter wants to shut it off, but the defense argues that it's relevant.
  • In the episode "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19) of Supernatural, Agent Reidy lists Dean's criminal charges from at least 5 different states.

    Music 
  • During live shows early in their career, Disturbed would have an Alice Cooper-like on-stage execution of their "madman" lead singer for concert openings. He struggles like an animal, strapped into an electric chair, while a chilling voice reads out his absurdly long and unreal list of crimes.
    Docket 1031373note  in the case of the United States versus David Michael Draiman.
    The defendant has been found guilty of the following crimes:
    38 counts of murder; Forced entry; 24 counts of statutory rape; 13 counts of sodomy; 12 counts of aggravated assault; 10 counts of theft of private property; and one count of treason against the government of the United States of America.
    Because of the violent and overall disturbing nature of these crimes, the defendant is hereby sentenced to death by electrocution
    May God have mercy upon your soul.
  • Big Audio Dynamite's song "Medicine Show" samples the listing of Tuco's offenses from the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    Radio 
  • In the first episode of Old Harry's Game, Thomas demands to know why he's been put in Hell. At first, Satan can't find the list and thinks he's made a mistake, but he soon finds Thomas's list - and it's pages long.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dwarves of Warhammer have a Book of Grudges.
  • A priest/lawyer addressing the famous Rogue-Mage Raz in a trial:
    Inquisitor: You...are the worst of all... Your crimes are the stuff of nightmares to all decent folk and just ways! YOU ARE AN ABOMINATION UPON LIFE AND DECENCY!!! VANDALISM, BANDITRY, SPYING, PIRACY, ABDUCTION, ILLEGAL USE OF MAGICAL ENERGIES, LOITERING, RESISTING ARREST, and worst of all.... tax evasion. WHAT HAVE YOU TO SAY FOR YOUR HERESY?
  • This is what Lord Soth had to put up with during his time as The Undead on Krynn: a list provided by ghosts. When he went to Ravenloft, his punishment was to listen to them repeated improperly, which is apparently worse.

    Video Games 

    Webcomics 
  • One occurs in Fanboys. Which is also an Insult Backfire and/or I Take Offense to That Last One... unless all those crimes took place on the same day.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja has this in purgatory, except the list is a menu. The dead must eat all their sins before they can move on to their final rest. It takes a very long time, because there's only one waiter.
  • Darths & Droids in this strip:
    Obi-Wan: Let's see... You stole the plans for a symbol of peace. You're allied with (a) a known megalomaniacal warlord and (b) a criminal sociopath. You have not one, but two, armies at your disposal. You've captured me — unfairly — and are holding me with no means of escape. And you're monologuing.
  • In Little Dee, Vachel engages in a hip-hop battle with one of his former Furtovian Library colleagues who, in his rap, lists Vachel's on-the-job misdeeds:
    You read the books / With sticky feathers, / Left books out / In stormy weathers! / Ordered books of lower caliber, / You truly are a sallow shallow bird! / We found your underlines in Milton, / We found you loaned / The books to children!
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: At the trial of Fructose Riboflavin—
    "...And so, thou art called before this court on charges of high treason, murder, assault, theft, tax evasion, destruction of public property, destruction of private property, fraud, persiflage, littering, graphic blandishment, jaywalking, kaywalking, spitting..."
  • An early Bruno the Bandit strip featured a list which took the entire day to recite, and then some.
  • In Skullkickers, when Shorty briefly dies, the guardian of the underworld produces a scroll that stretches past the page border, and does not list individual crimes but the amount of each crime committed. It starts with 635 armed killings, and ends 76 minutes later, with one dwarven crown lost.

    Web Original 
  • The Protectors of the Plot Continuum are required to read the list of charges to the various Mary Sues they terminate. PPCers often start out the chargelist with things like grammar and spelling errors, move on to bigger charges like "disrupting the fabric of reality", and end with things like "having a stupid name", "pissing off PPC agents", etc.
  • In Open Blue, the Axifloan Coalition lists various crimes that various Pirate Lords and ladies are wanted for. While some have pretty serious lists throughout, others... not so much. Pirate Lady Lucille Prideux's (from v4) list ends with "Theft in general" while Captain Van Wijk's ends with "Blasphemy" (which is pretty light compared to his other crimes). The real cake takers, however, are Captain Garth (v4), with "Unlicensed operation of a menagerie", and Captain Ingrid (v4), with "Insulting Admiral Flota Vladimir Ilyavich Tokarev, HERO OF THE TRIBES".
  • Rex's rapsheet starts out strong. Murder. Torture. Arson. Domestic violence. Brutal assault. Treason. Smuggling. Piracy. Kidnapping. Espionage. Drunken espionage. Aggravated Mischief. Cattle forgery. Forgerous brutality. Brutal Drunkenness. Moving violations, kittennapping, littering, chain pulling... you get the idea; The number of silly crimes outstrips the serious ones, and "Drunken {something}" recurs often.
  • Before killing his victim, the Confessor from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe recites a list of his victim's sins. He plucks this information from their own minds telepathically.
  • Used for Comedy in Manwhores when Randy is listing reasons for why Greg has ruined their lives, in that none of the crimes are actually Greg's fault—or crimes.
  • In Worm, the trope is Played for Drama in Hive 5.4, at the meeting to discuss the bullying of Taylor by Emma, Madison, and Sophia.
    Taylor [referring to the stack of papers she brought]: Six vicious emails, Sophia pushed me down the stairs when I was near the bottom, making me drop my books, tripped and shoved me no less than three times during gym, and threw my clothes at me while I was in the shower after gym class had ended, getting them wet. I had to wear my gym clothes for the rest of the morning. In biology, Madison used every excuse she could to use the pencil sharpener or talk to the teacher, and each time she passed my desk, she pushed everything I had on my desk to the floor. I was watching for it the third time, and covered my stuff when she approached, so on the fourth trip, she emptied the pencil sharpener into one of her hands and dumped the shavings onto my head and desk as she walked by. All three of them cornered me after school had ended and took my backpack from me, throwing it in the garbage.
    Principal [making a sympathetic face]: I see. Not very pleasant, is it?
    Taylor: That's September eighth. My first day back at school, last semester. September ninth—
    Principal: Excuse me, sorry. How many entries do you have?
    Taylor: One for pretty much every school day starting last semester. Sorry, I only decided to keep track last summer. September ninth...
    • Later, in Cell 22.2, Taylor receives this from the other end, discussing the charges laid against her by the PRT with her lawyer, including several hundred counts of assault and battery each with a parahuman ability, domestic terrorism using a parahuman ability, robbery with a parahuman ability, assaulting a law enforcement officer with a parahuman ability, kidnapping with a parahuman ability, complicity to manslaughter, and treason. She is surprisingly unaffected by this recitation.
  • Death Battle: In RoboCop vs Terminator, RoboCop lists the Terminator's crimes while setting him on fire as, "Property damage, Resisting arrest, Assaulting an officer, murder... your hot streak ends here."

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of the New Woody Woodpecker Show, Woody finds out his nemesis Buzz Buzzard's long list of offenses to the law, which includes "unlawful toenail clipping". But there's more: Upon seeing this, Woody immediately calls the police on the phone and starts listing Buzz's offenses, to which the cop pays no mind whatsoever. Only when he mentions: "But Officer, he parked in a no-parking zone!" do the cops decide to flock in on Buzz and arrest him (he was trying to escape in Woody's stalled car).
  • The election episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius doubly subverts it. Ms. Fowl lists off the candidates' transgressions as "Bribery, blackmail, and murder", then corrects herself that the last wasn't actually murder, but operating a zeppelin on school property without a permit.
  • Many Western-themed Looney Tunes shorts had wanted posters with the outlaw's offenses listed as "bank robbery, cattle rustling, and square-dance calling." Adding to that, another poster listed the Third Crime as square dancing in a roundhouse.
    • Bugs Bunny even got this once. In "Fresh Hare", Elmer (as one of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) tries to arrest Bugs, listing his crimes as follows: "Resisting an officer, assault and battery, trespassing, disturbing the peace, miscellaneous misdemeanors, public nuisance, traffic violations, going through a boulevard stop, jaywalking, triple parking, conduct unbecoming to a rabbit, [and] violating traffic regulations". (This cartoon has some controversial scenes, and is rarely seen nowadays, and tends to be edited a lot when it is; at least one edit has the blackface finale blurred to cover the offending faces).
  • Bounty Hamster. "You stand accused of breaking the Prime Directive, 16,000 speed limits, and a really nice vase!"
    • On another occasion a bounty hunter arrests a criminal wanted for "12 robberies, 300 counts of dangerous flying, and dropping an ice cream truck into an active volcano".
  • The Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Bus the Two of Us" is about Bloo taking Mac for a joyride without Frankie's knowledge. Unfortunately, Frankie sees the multiple police cars that followed them home. Over the end credits, she delivers her fury unto him with the following list of all the crimes he committed in the day:
    "Driving without a license, lying on a job application, destruction of private property, destruction of public property, illegal use of toilet plungers, and calling me a heifer! I mean, HONESTLY, Bloo, what do you have to say for yourself?!!
  • Beavis and Butt-Head had "The Final Judgment of Beavis", in which St. Peter reads Beavis a list of his sins.
    St. Peter: When you were 4, you mutilated an action figure in a most disturbing manner.
    Beavis: Oh yeah, heh heh, that was cool.
    St. Peter: No... that sucked. Then, when you were 5, you and your friend Butt-Head passed out chocolate laxatives in your kindergarten class.
    Beavis: Yeah, that was really cool.
    St. Peter: No, Beavis, that also sucked.
    Beavis: What do you know, asswipe?
    St. Peter: I know everything... buttmunch.
  • Near the end of the Phineas and Ferb special "Summer Belongs To You", Doofenshmirts is arrested by Major Monogram.
    Monogram: Well, there's a list of outstanding violations as long as your arm.
  • In the Pac-Man cartoon "Nighty Nightmares", Clyde dreams that he is on trial. Pac-Man, as the judge, reads the charges: "Chomping without a license. Chomping with a license. Chomping, chomping, chomping!"
  • The Simpsons
    • In "The War of the Simpsons", Marge and Homer attend a marriage retreat in the mountains, and Marge recounts all of Homer's faults, everything from not listening to chewing with his mouth open to blowing his nose into a towel.
    Homer: "I only did that a couple of times!"
    • Another episode featured Bart going to juvenile court, and the judge (an Expy of Judge Judy) reads off a list of all of Bart's transgressions, including grand theft auto. She even has a file cabinet just for him!
  • In one Futurama episode, the Robot Devil claims to have a "55-page warrant" with Bender's crimes. He also lists some of them... in song, no less.
  • The Animated Doctor Who special "The Infinite Quest" has a fake prison governor deliver a list of The Doctor's known outstanding crimes to Martha.
    Governor: Minor traffic violations: 1400 counts. Evading library fine: 250 counts.
    Martha: Come on, that's nothing serious.
    Governor: Planetary demolition...
    Martha: How many counts?
    Governor: Seventeen... no, Eighteen.
  • Archer: Subverted in the season five premiere, when Archer is informed by an FBI agent that he is under arrest (after having shot another agent.) When Archer asks for the charges, he is told "In addition to the attempted murder of a federal agent? Well, there's gonna be just a whole bunch of charges, but mostly treason."

    Real Life 
  • When King Charles I was executed, the list of crimes was boringly detailed: "he, ... hath traitorously and maliciously levied war against the present Parliament, and the people therein represented, particularly upon or about the 30th day of June..."
    • At his trial, Charles I was found guilty of treason, murder, rapine, burning, spoils, desolation, damage... and mischief. This last one is not really an example of Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking since the common law definition of 'mischief' involves destruction of property, which is known today as vandalism. Such definitions lead to the theoretical common law crime of "Malicious mischief and mayhem".
  • King Louis XVI was executed on 33 charges, the last of which was "You caused the blood of Frenchmen to flow".
  • The Declaration of Independence is mostly devoted to enumerating the Crimes of King George III. (The full list is here.) There's a reason people only remember the first paragraph, which ends: "The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world:..."
    5. "He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people."
    24. "He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people."
    27. "He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages..."
    • "...and sometimes pretends he doesn't recognise us at parties."
    • Note that the list was misaimed: George III cared little of the Colonies until after the Declaration, the administration of the Colonies was being done by the Parliament, and, in fact, had been instrumental in repealing some of the taxes hated by the colonials. In fact the crisis that ended with the American Revolution started because the Colonials had requested for either sending their own representatives in the Parliament of the Great Britain or their Representative Houses to become local parliaments (whichever the Parliament found more convenient to allow them their constitutional right of not being taxed without representation) only for the Parliament to reply they were already automatically represented by the House of Commons (in which the colonials had no representatives). Had George III been more interested in the Colonies, the Revolution would have not happened. Then again, point 1, 13 and 28 deal exactly with that...
  • There's a Christian inspirational story about a man who dreams he's in a room where every wall is a filing cabinet and every cabinet is full of index cards recording each of his sins.
  • The Cluny abbey foundation charter of 910 threatens anyone who messes with the place with having their name taken out of the Book of Life, getting limbs chewed off by vermin, experiencing the torments of hell while still alive (as a torture-buddy of Judas), etc. Also they've got to pay a hundred pounds of gold.
  • Some religions (Islam being one) believe that two angels/spirits/what-have-you record all a person's good and bad deeds throughout their lives. When someone dies, the lists get read off to whatever deity does the judging.
  • Emile Zola's historic denunciation J'accuse charges pretty much everyone from the President on down with the antisemitic Dreyfus affair.
    But this letter is long, Mr. President, and it is time to conclude.
    I accuse Major Du Paty de Clam as the diabolic workman of the miscarriage of justice, without knowing, I have wanted to believe it, and of then defending his harmful work, for three years, by the guiltiest and most absurd of machinations.
    ...
    I accuse the three handwriting experts, sirs Belhomme, Varinard and Couard, of submitting untrue and fraudulent reports, unless a medical examination declares them to be affected by a disease of sight and judgment.
    I accuse the offices of the war of carrying out an abominable press campaign, particularly in the Flash and the Echo of Paris, to mislead the public and cover their fault.
    Finally, I accuse the first council of war of violating the law by condemning a defendant with unrevealed evidence, and I accuse the second council of war of covering up this illegality, by order, by committing in his turn the legal crime of knowingly discharging the culprit.

    I have only one passion, that of the light, in the name of humanity which has suffered so and is entitled to happiness. My ignited protest is nothing more than the cry of my heart. That one thus dares to translate for me into court bases and that the investigation takes place at the great day!
    I am waiting.


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