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- In Animorphs, the Andalite version of the Prime Directive is called the Law of Seerow's Kindness, after the Andalite who gave technology to the race that went on to use it to become the Big Bads of the series.
- The Honerverse's Eridani Edict, preventing the use of a Colony Drop without first giving the planet a chance to surrender, is named after the world of Epsilon Eridani, which was leveled by such an attack.
- A Real Life example from the world of sports: The National Football League has numerous rules commonly (if unofficially) named after individual players. The "Emmitt Smith Rule", to give one example, prohibits a player from removing his helmet on the field while the game clock is running. Its name derives from the former Dallas Cowboys running back's predilection for throwing off his helmet after scoring touchdowns.
- In Cricket, to "Mankad" is for the bowler to run out the non-striker batsman while they are backing up, after Vinoo Mankad of India, who did this to Australian Bill Brown in 1947. While not illegal, such an act is considered unsportsmanlike by many and likely to be highly controversial.
- In Rugby League, John Hopoate became infamous after it was revealed that, when tackled, he had a habit of causing the tackler to loosen his grip by sticking his fingers into their rectum. "Hopoate" became Australian slang for such an act.
- In 2008, an Ice Hockey player named Sean Avery spent a substantial amount of time waving his hands in the opposing goaltender's face and generally being a pest to him, eventually leading to a goal. This move wasn't technically against the rules at the time. Less than a day later, the league amended the rule so that if another player tries it, he can get a penalty. No prizes for guessing what the rule is (informally) called...
- The National Hockey League had once had a huge problem with the Edmonton Oilers: they would send out any unimportant player to intentionally get offsetting minors with their opponent. This would set up a 4 on 4 situation, where the Oilers could send out their top line run by Wayne Gretzky. The combination would typically dominate any line they came up against. To prevent this from getting out of hand, the "Wayne Gretzky rule" was introduced, where offsetting minors were played in a 5 on 5 situation. Interestingly, the rule was revoked later.
- An exception in the National Basketball Association's salary cap exists called the "Larry Bird exception", after Larry Bird being the first player re-signed under a rule where teams could exceed the salary cap to re-sign their own players. Two other variations exist, the "non-Bird exception", and the much punnier "Early Bird exception", which, as the name suggests, applies to certain players in free agency who were early in their career with a team.
- The NCAA rule banning artificial noisemakers at events is called the "RPI Rule", from the time that RPI gave out vuvuzelas to all attendees at the annual Big Red Freakout.
- Major League Baseball has the "Ted Turner Rule", banning any team owner or stock holder from a coaching position, after Turner's aborted 1977 attempt to manage the Atlanta Braves. Turner sent regular manager Dave Bristol on a two-week "vacation" to take the reins himself. He managed one game before the Commissioner's Office and the other owners stepped in.
- In Red vs. Blue, the Director is told that they're going to name new A.I. protocols after him.
- Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG: There are several Welch's Lists that involve an RPG player that humorously abuses loopholes.
- SCP Foundation: Dr. Bright also has a list of things he is not allowed to do.
- The supervillain guild on The Venture Bros. has a number of hostage-related regulations named after Doctor Venture, since he was constantly getting kidnapped as a boy hero.
- Much more serious examples are in law, with an unfortunate number as a direct result of the abduction and murder of whoever the law is named after. These include the AMBER Alert system, Megan's Law, Caylee's Law, and more. This can appear for laws which have nothing to do with abductions or murder. For instance, Sweden has several laws whose common-use name is Lex [First Name], such as Lex Sarah (about treatment of the elderly and those with disabilities) Lex Maria (about reporting duties within healthcare) and Lex Pernilla (about the requirement for all sold food products to be marked with packaging and best-before days).
- The Directors Guild of America reserves the right to slap a producer with a huge fine if he fires a DGA-affiliated director and replaces him with a current member of the cast or crew. They call this the "Eastwood Rule," after Clint Eastwood's behavior while making The Outlaw Josey Wales.
- A Real Life commodities exchange rule designed to prevent investors from getting ruined by sudden massive changes in commodity prices as happened in Trading Places is known as the "Eddie Murphy" Rule.