->'''Eddy''': ''What happened to the stairs?!'' \\
'''Ed''': My parents took 'em down 'cuz I am ''grounded''. \\
'''Edd''': That's disturbing.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', "3 Squares and an Ed"

Teen (or younger) character is grounded or suspended at an inopportune time (usually near the end of Act 2). Often, the parent or principal doing the punishing doesn't have an exceptional reason, or just has a sense that the teen is out of control and needs to calm down (or that the younger character has misbehaved or otherwise did something wrong).

The punished character usually sneaks out the window or similarly blows off the punishment to finish off the story. After the story is completed, the grounding or suspension is never mentioned again. Similarly, if a character is grounded at the ''end'' of an episode, you can expect that in the next episode, said grounding will no longer be in effect, or mentioned at all.

The kiddie version of TurnInYourBadge. If the punishment is blatantly excessive, it's GroundedForever.

TruthInTelevision as parents do ground children and teenagers for bad behavior or conduct

Depending on the context, it can be part of a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop [[note]]Especially if it involves the "obey your parents" aesop[[/note]].

Note: There is one situation where an adult will be told this with a straight face: Pilots who, either due to misconduct or more mundane circumstances (such as bad weather), are restricted from flying. In the punitive variations, this is actually either TurnInYourBadge or being made to be a DeskJockey.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This happens to Noby all the time in the American adaptation of ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}''. He always gets grounded, unlike in the Japanese version where he gets sent out of the house by his mom (a typical Japanese household punishment used by parents). Doraemon is occasionally grounded along with him.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', in a filler episode in the Frieza Saga, Chi-Chi tries to invoke this (although she doesn't exactly say it) to Gohan when she was speaking to him through the monitor when he was in Namek when the planet was going to explode, after the latter ignored her and Master Roshi's when they were talking to him (it was justified, as he had no time to answer their questions). Chi-Chi does apologize for yelling at him and ungrounds him in the next episode though.
* Manga/{{Yotsuba}}: Yotsuba is "dirted", as she puts it, for riding her bicycle to Fuuka's school, across town alone, without permission ([[{{Determinator}} to deliver milk]]). She's un-grounded at the end of the next chapter after helping her father and Jumbo build a bookshelf.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one of the comic adaptations to ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Kimberly ends up screwing up and gets herself grounded. Preferring her to listen to her father and not get in trouble by teleporting away, the Rangers come up with an idea to get Kimberly out with a promise to make up for everything.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Nico once grounded Molly for apparently wandering off after a battle and supposedly making up a story about being kidnapped (she actually ''had'' been kidnapped after her powers caused her to fall asleep, but her adventure was so bizarre that Nico didn't believe it.)
* [[Comicbook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala Khan]] gets grounded for the rest of the month for being late in her first appearance (''All-New Marvel Now! Point One'') and is [[GroundedForever grounded till an undisclosed time]] at the end of the 2nd issue of her own book for sneaking out to a party, then in issue 6 she is sent to counseling to the Mosque when she repeatedly climbed out of the window to do who knows what (Superheroing).
* Professor Utonium grounds ThePowerpuffGirls until they clean their room in "Bless This Mess" (issue #27, DC run). Everytime the girls do clean their room, Him shows up secretly and messes it up again.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Kyon has been grounded twice in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''. He still managed to stay a night at Tsuruya's without his parents noticing in that time.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' L is amused when this happens to [[EvilOverlord Kira]].
* Calvin has been grounded at the end of several episodes in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', usually after whatever wacky escapades he and Hobbes have been having end up destroying something of note.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesGetXtreme'' also has Calvin grounded in the middle of Chapter 4.
* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars From Home]] Charles grounds Scott when he claims to have broken the laundry room door. (He didn't and Charles knows that, turns out he's grounded for lying.) Scott sneaks out anyway and [[PoorCommunicationKills leaves a really vague note]].
-->'''Charles:''' If you ever do anything like that again...
-->'''Scott:''' [[GroundedForever Grounded for the rest of my natural life?]]
-->'''Charles:''' No, no. I'll have you resurrected and re-ground you.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Rapunzel has been grounded into the tower her whole life and when she asks to go outside, Mother Gothel snaps and yells "You are not leaving this tower! EVER!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Helen threatens to ground Violet and Dash for a month if they don't stop panicking after surviving their plane being shot down.
* In ''Literature/MayaTheBee Movie'', Sting the hornet gets grounded by his father after he discovers him with Maya and Willy, even though Maya saved his life.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Dunston Checks In'', Robert grounds his two children, Kyle and Brian for using a fountain to spray one of the hotel employees for taking their Frisbee (they hit Lionel Spaulding and some other guests by mistake). Brian notes that it isn't bad to be grounded in a five-star hotel. Later on, while Kyle is walking Neal, Neal encounters Dunston and jumps into a dumpster. The two get "double-grounded," and Robert only manages to assign Brian his punishment before he has to leave to deal with Dunston breaking into a guest's room.
-->'''Brian''': But what about ''his'' punishment?\\
'''Robert''': Think of something you really like. You got it? NO THAT!
* Subverted in ''Film/MeanGirls'': Cady gets grounded, but her dad has spent decades in the African wilderness.
-->'''Cady's Mom:''' Where's Cady?
-->'''Cady's Dad:''' She went out with her friends.
-->'''Cady's Mom:''' She's ''grounded''.
-->'''Cady's Dad:''' Are they not allowed out when they're grounded?
* In ''Film/CharlieBartlett'', Charlie and his mother actually ''negotiate'' how long his punishment will last, and he is the one who suggests being grounded as punishment.
* In ''Film/TheHairyBird'' (a.k.a. All I Wanna Do), after Odette fakes a note from her mom to go out on the town with her friends, Ms. [=McVane=] talks with her mom on the phone, and finds out it was a ruse. So, Odette is sent before the student council for a hearing and punishment. They "ground" her for the rest of the year.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'': Grady can't go to Lisa's party because his parents grounded him for something bad he did (implied to be throwing his grandmother down a flight of stairs). Jesse breaks into his room late at light to get Grady to watch over him because Freddy is [[DemonicPossession trying to take over Jesse's body]].
* ''Film/TradingMom'': The catalyst for the actions of the story is in fact a grounding of such terrible nature, that it forces the three main protagonists into making the wish to remove their mother.
-->'''Mrs. Mommy Martin:''' Who do you think you are? You can't just go around doing what ever you want! And Elizabeth, cigarette, really. Well, that's it! You're all grounded! Period! Understand? There's no camp, no allowance, no TV, no nothing. Now up to your room, right now this instant! I am furious!
-->'''Harry Martin:''' But mom...
-->'''Mrs. Mommy Martin:''' Don't "But mom" me! Things are going to change around here permanently. Now, march!


* This was a minor threat in early ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books, before the war became more and more divorced from normal life. The only time a grounding ends up affecting the plot is ''The Andalite's Gift,'' and even then, Jake is able to get out of it by cleaning the garage. Because his mom's been after his dad to do that for''ever'', and he's more than happy to dump it off on his son. This is phased out with the introduction of the [[MechanicalLifeforms Chee]], androids who had been impersonating and living among humans since the days of the pyramids, and were more than happy to cover for the Animorphs if needed. And by the ''very'' end of the series, it was completely moot because things had become so bad that the Animorphs were basically on the run and could no longer even live in a regular family structure.
* In ''[[Literature/YoungWizards Deep Wizardry]]'', Nita and Kit are grounded for staying out incredibly late (on wizardly business, but Nita's parents don't know that). They sneak out after that, get caught when they come back in, and ultimately wind up explaining exactly what they were doing, why they have to keep doing it, and that they're going to have to do it whether they get permission or not.
* ''The Siren Song'', by Anne Ursu has this. Charlotte is grounded because she went to go save all the children in London and her hometown from certain death. Her parents do not believe her, despite her note:
-->" Zee and I know whats making everyone sick. we had to go save the world. Love, Charlotte. PS, Don't Worry"
* This actually benefits Finn in the first ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'' book, since being grounded allows him to go to bed earlier without attracting suspicion, which allows him to cross over.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The title character is constantly threatened with grounding or suspension during the show's early seasons because she skips class or comes in late due to vampire sleuthing and slaying. The punished character will sometimes try to protest, only to have to backtrack on the confession once the truth starts to edge out ("I was slaying vampires... I mean...").
** Buffy's mother Joyce was portrayed as a lackluster by-the-book parent early on, hence the random groundings.
** And of course it's PlayedForLaughs in that all teenage girls think being grounded means the end of the world. Which in Buffy's case is [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt literally true]].
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** An interesting case occurs when Mr Bennett grounds Claire on an excuse--because it's been foretold that she'll die if she attends Homecoming. Of course she doesn't know this and sneaks out.
** [[spoiler: Arthur Petrelli says this jokingly to his son Peter after he stole his abilities.]]
* Subverted in ''Series/FamilyTies'' when the father informs the oldest daughter that she's grounded, at which point she informs them that they can't ground her, she's over 18. "Darn, that used to work so well," the father moans.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' episode "Grounded for Life" sees Little Pete confined to his room for the summer... but he tunnels out. With a paperweight. He's got everything figured out--except how to cover up the dynamite explosions from busting away large rocks...
-->'''Big Pete''' (to Dad)''':''' It's just parasites. ''[[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Really big]]'' parasites.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Privileged}}'': Megan grounds Rose for [[spoiler:attempting to cheat on her history final]]. Rather than attempt to fight against it, Rose goes out of her way to prove to Megan how seriously she's taking the punishment, bringing her favourite items to Megan voluntarily and being extra-helpful around the house. Also subverted in that Megan actively ends the grounding rather than it just vanishing next episode.
* An unusual example occurs in the ''Series/That70sShow'' episode "The Crunge", when Eric realizes that he got a pathetically low score on his [=SATs=] because his girlfriend distracts him from studying, so he asks his father to ground him so he could concentrate.
* Most episodes of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' end with this. In the last season, one episode ''starts'' with this after the boys [[NoodleIncident ruin a wedding]] and at the end Carrie states how they're locked in a vicious cycle of sneaking out and getting grounded, and then exaggerates how long they're gonna be grounded now. The episode ends with her measuring them and as a reply to Zack's question of if he gets a last meal, she says [[LethalChef she's making it]], to which he responds "Aren't I being punished enough?". In comparison this isn't as common on ''The Suite Life on Deck'' since Zack and Cody are living by themselves, though in the second half of the pilot Moseby grounds London for running away, and in the {{crossover}} event "[[Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Wizards]] on Deck with Series/HannahMontana" Moseby blames Zack for Alex pouring blue dye in the hot tub and confines him to his room.
* Alex on ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' mentioned above is prone to this.
* An episode of ''Series/HannahMontana'' has Robby Ray ground Miley and Jackson as part of a plan to teach to teach them about teamwork.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has the medieval royalty variant that's still so like modern times.
'''Morgana''': And you, Uther...you will go to {{hell}}.
* Chi Soo's father from ''Series/FlowerBoyRamyunShop'' refuses to let him go out after he has an attack at the swimming pool, but he sneaks out with the help of a woman he charmed several episodes earlier.
* ''Series/CrashAndBernstein'' has this line in the theme song: "I'll be grounded forever! But that's what friends are for..."
* One episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has Castle's daughter Alexis punish ''herself'' for lying about something minor, since he wouldn't ground her. Subverted in that she decides that the grounding will take place ''after'' a school trip that she wants to go to.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'', the Hillherst monsters are horsing around when Flabber suddenly enters the room and starts screaming about the mess. He tells them they're all grounded and orders them to go to their rooms. Note that the people he's talking to are a mummy, a vampire, Frankenstein and a werewolf, so they aren't impressed.
* In an episode of ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Harriet and Carl were upset with Eddie and Laura for how they used Steve and his SouthernBelle cousin Myrtel for the sake of a couple of pranks they played on each other. After a long lecture, and their parents left, Eddie commented on how they got off easy and that usually, [[TemptingFate they would get grounded for something like that.]] Cue Harriet storming back in and saying, "By the way, you two are grounded!"
* Series/PunkyBrewster is grounded from going to the [=DeBarge=] concert for failing to do a school assignment. Henry recruits the band to help Punky.
* Hawkeye is restricted to the Swamp until a preliminary to a court martial can be arranged after he socks Frank in the eye in an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Oddly enough, he enjoys it.

[[folder:Print Comics]]
* Inverted in ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}''; since the youngest brother is such a major nerd that he ''voluntarily'' stays indoors all day, his punishment is being (threatened with being) banned from the house, rather than grounded in it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Franchise/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' episode ''The Tomb of Sammun-Mak'', we meet a pair of tomb-guardian father and daughter:
-->'''Nefertiti's father''': Nefertiti! You are grounded for life!!
-->'''Nefertiti''': I've been grounded for life ''my whole life''!!
* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', when the Hall Monitor's health drops enough he does a desperation attack of calling the New Kid's parents. If you fail to stun or defeat him before two turns, the call succeeds and the New Kid gets a phone call from his dad telling him he's grounded. This is considered a NonStandardGameOver.

* During the Literature/{{Cinderella}} play in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Cinderagatha gets grounded after Mamma Gkika (who has been smashing Agatha's projects to keep her from going to the science fair) has a close encounter with a hive of specially-bred quilting bees.
* In Bleedman's ''Webcomic/PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'', Buttercup fears the prospect of being grounded. Mostly because as a flying superheroine, she interprets it in aeronautical terms [[VisualPun (that is, not being allowed to fly)]].
* This happens to the Cake Twins in ''Blog/SliceOfLife'' after they sneak into a haunted house on Nightmare Night.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''TheSagaOfTuck'' when Tuck's family find out about [[spoiler:his female alter ego Valerie]], they not only ground him for six weeks, they fine him $500 and -- worst of all to him -- cut off his phone and network privileges. To be fair, he had feared it would be even worse than this, and they did later reduce it to two weeks' grounding. Subverted in that HilarityEnsues and the two weeks expire without much notice. He is, however, grounded the entire time. Also subverted similarly during Valentine's Day. The occasion of the grounding being removed (what else do you call it? "expired"?) is cause for a celebration, which probably ought to get him grounded a second time.
* An episode of Phailhaus from the ''LoadingReadyRun'' crew pulls this when the Word of the Day was 'condign' (and the timeout lasted ''a year'').
-->'''Matt''': Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty! For tonight, we [[{{Pun}} condign]] in Hell!
-->'''Graham''': That's it, mister. You are on a one Phailhaus timeout.
* ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesTeamDattebayo Death Note Abridged (Team Dattebayo)]]'':
-->'''Souichiro:''' Light! For being [[SerialKillerKiller Kira]], and squandering our family's reputation, [[EasilyForgiven you are GROUNDED, mister!]]
* Website/GoAnimate:
** Users seem to take a certain joy in making characters, sometimes original, sometimes a character from a kid's show, get grounded. Actually, not ''just'' grounded, usually "Grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded [[OverlyLongGag grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded]]". Very often for exceedingly long periods of time, sometimes for [[DisproportionateRetribution extremely minor things]], and sometimes for doing rather bizarrely cruel things (Such as causing an earthquake at school, breaking teachers legs, getting faculty arrested...)
** {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_jihYz-YgA Caillou has had enough!], in which Caillou is grounded by his dad simply for watching ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. This time, his mom finally takes action, and calls Boris out. Boris initially tries to defend himself by saying Caillou needs to behave better and that his groundings work, but Doris says otherwise. Eventually, though, Boris calls Caillou an "out-of-control brat" and paints himself as the OnlySaneMan, even going as far as to ground Doris. This results in a slapfight, and Doris grounds Boris, condemning him to the closet as Caillou and Rosie (who heard everything) rush to call the police. The next video, "Caillou's Terrible Fire Drill!", sees Caillou freaking out during a fire drill, and Boris, of course, grounding him. However, Doris tells Caillou to disregard him, as the events of the previous video have stuck, and Boris is still being held hostage in the closet.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode, "Postcards from the Wedge", Bart Simpson is grounded after causing the school to be demolished. Now this was a first for the series as a whole, due to the fact that usually Bart is sent to his room, or punished in other, different manners. The only time Bart really was grounded was in the comic book story, "When Bongo's Collide". But this episode marks the first time this trope was acted upon and stood for the rest of the episode, as we see Bart suffer from this punishment in the episode's final scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': In the episode "The Old Switcharooms", the title character suffers this at the hands of his dad, who makes him switch rooms with Dee Dee as a punishment for running into him (causing his bowling trophy to break). The episode then goes down south, when Dad condemns his son to the doghouse. Dexter assumes their dog won't do much harm to his lab...after which the scene cuts to the dog flooding the place with nuclear waste.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Referenced in the above quote, an entire episode involved Edd and Eddy attempting to bust a grounded Ed out of his house. However, it all goes south when they are found out, and the episode ends with all the boys grounded.
-->'''Eddy''': This stinks. I got grounded forever. Over.\\
'''Edd''': Three days for me, Eddy. A little quality time with my ants and some...\\
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** In one episode, Angelica is grounded for having drawn over several important prints from her father. She's unable to accept the punishment, so she decides to escape from her house. She learns this isn't a good idea.
** "All Grown Up": Tommy spends time in his room for stealing his dad's medallion (Stu's using it for disco dancing, Tommy's using it to get picked onto stage at a concert).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' episode "Guitarmageddon", Dwayne's dad takes his guitar away right before the guitar contest.
* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' in the episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", when Leela (having been [[FountainOfYouth turned into a teenager]] through age-altering tar) wants to have a genuine teenage experience with her parents, whom she didn't know as a child. Towards the end of the episode, her parents, who she claims grounded her for her and Fry accidentally destroying a cardboard high school, tell her to go with her friends, to which she replies "No! A grounded teenager must be confined to her room!" [[GilliganCut The shot changes]] to her climbing out the window of her room, saying "Until she sneaks out."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** An extremely common fate for Butters, and one that scares him more than even worse consequences.
** Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman will also go to absurd lengths to avoid being grounded: for example, in "Butt Out," they decide that getting swept up in a battle between big tobacco and anti-smoking activists and facing down a torch-and-pitchfork wielding mob would be less trouble than getting grounded for three weeks.
** There's also "Fun With Veal", where Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Butters (Kenny had been KilledOffForReal at this point) rescue baby cows and hid them in Stan's house, then eventually resort to terrorism to get their way. It led to a BittersweetEnding -- they got the word "veal" renamed to "little tortured baby cow", but they end up grounded anyway. [[PetTheDog Their parents still offer to go out for some hamburgers first]].
** Also used in the movie. Remember the Mole: "You realize that by doing zis, we could be grounded for two, maybe even three weeks."
* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'':
** In an episode, the main character's parents hire a babysitter who just happens to be one of the villains--Granny May. Granny May quickly sends Becky and her brother straight to bed, then sneaks out to commit her crimes, hoping to use babysitting as her alibi. Becky suspects she's up to no good and transforms into [=WordGirl=], chasing after Granny May. However, every time Becky's brother leaves his room, a sensor that Granny May had placed goes off, causing BOTH the hero and the villain to have to race back to the house and pretend as if they had been where they were supposed to be the entire time.
** Another episode featured her being grounded by her BumblingDad, who was surprisingly competent at keeping her in her room, forcing her NonHumanSidekick to have to save the day.
** In the two-parter "Dinner or Consequences," Becky gets "mega-grounded" after missing two of her father's special dinners. This means that not only does she get sent to her room, but her room has been wiped of all her favorite things and she's basically not allowed to go anywhere or do anything fun.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'':
** This happens to Will ''all the time'', as her mom gets stricter as the series goes on. Because the series is [[AnArc arc-based]], Will's groundings usually carry over between episodes, to the point where by about the mid-point of season one, she's perpetually grounded. Seeing as how the consequence of staying home (the girls' powers depend on Will being there to transform them) are nothing less than ''the end of the world'', Will usually just sneaks out of her room anyway, accepting the consequences of being grounded as [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop an unfortunate consequence of her]] [[ComesGreatResponsibility great responsibility as a heroine]].
** Happens also in the original comics where it's happened to all of the girls at least once, sometimes because of legitimate reasons and other times because they can't explain their super-heroing to unsuspecting parents. Taranee got her own grounding in season 2 of the show because her mother didn't like her boyfriend and suspected she was involved in his buddies' pranks (she wasn't), and this outraged her so much that she snuck out to meet him just to spite her mother.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Ben Tennyson ends up grounded by his rather hippie-esque and permissive parents, not only from leaving the house without permission, but also from using the Omnitrix. Eventually he gets fed up when Kevin is in danger and needs his help. He points out that [[DeconstructedTrope his parents simply don't have the power to enforce their punishment]] (and the only reason it works is because he's already a good kid to start with), transforms, and jumps out the window.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy Neutron]]''. All the time. For starters, in the pilot episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** Not so much grounded as she was put under house arrest, Sam sneaks out to save Danny--currently brainwashed by [[EvilAlbino Freakshow]]--and is praised (along with her friends) by her parents for capturing the villain...But they're still grounded.
** In "Fanning the Flames", Jack and Maddie are outraged by their kids' behavior--Danny for being lovesick, Jazz for being obsessed with Ember. They are both grounded. Which is better [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_maiden_%28torture_device%29 than what their punishment could have been]].
* Happens about two times in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' The is where Clover ended up grounded due to a late curfew (though in truth was due to a mission). She manages to sneak out thanks to a WHOOP gadget that displays holograms. The second was in a movie where the girls' moms forbid their spy work after they find out their secret. Doesn't help that a brainwashed [[AlphaBitch Mandy]] and her friends are trying to kill them at the time.
* Happent to Beezy on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Unfortunately, in Miseryville, [[NotSoHarmlessPunishment it means being]] BuriedAlive. In a sandbox.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Hitman" has Finn grounding the Ice King for 4 weeks (at first it's 2 but the Ice King argues with him causing it to escalate to 4) after he goes princess stalking again. At the end of the episode we get a [[TheDogBitesBack Dog Bites Back]] ending with the Ice King sitting on Finn and Jake waiting for them to thaw out after he froze them earlier and tells them "[[IronicEcho You're grounded. Underneath my butt!]]".
* A few times on ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. For moral reasons, the main character doesn't just blow a hole in her wall and escape every time (though in one episode she climbs out her window to meet up with her forbidden love).
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** In the episode "Tick, Tick, Tick", Kim gets detention for being late to class. She escapes twice: once when Mr. Barkin evacuates the room after mistaking [[TeamPet Rufus]] for a mutant escapee from the science lab, and once when she realizes that Drakken's [[StickyBomb nano-tick]] is stuck to her and she runs off to get it removed before it detonates.
** In "October 31st", Kim's grounded at the end of the episode.
* The third short in ''WesternAnimation/SuperBestFriendsForever'' has Supergirl grounded and Batgirl and Wonder Girl try to bail her out. Problem? [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Her Cousin of Steel]]. And his mother.
* Really, it's easier to list the episodes where this ''doesn't'' happen to the main character and his sisters on ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Usually, it's less to do with the kids doing anything particularly reprehensible and more to do with their dad being a restrictive {{Jerkass}}.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' U.S. Acres episode "Holiday Happening", Orson runs behind the barn after he hears a loud splatter. Orson asks what they have to say for themselves. After the boys explain, Orson thinks that what they did was so out of hand that he punishes them, which meant no TV, stories around the campfire or pistachio nuts for a month. To get revenge on this, Roy and Wade [[ItMakesSenseInContext write to Congress]] in order to create a new holiday, "Paint A Pig Purple Day". The episode ends with them chasing Orson while carrying cans of purple paint.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'', Ariel and one of her sisters are "beached" for a week after disobeying Triton on something important.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "Gorilla", Robin attempts to ground Beast Boy after he becomes disobedient from deciding that as a gorilla he doesn't need to follow any of Robin's rules. Beast Boy [[DumbassHasAPoint calls Robin out on his pathetic attempt at using child psychology on him]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Steven is this at the end of "Mirror Gem" after disobeying the Gems and freeing [[SealedGoodInACan a Gem imprisoned in a mirror]], only to be let off the hook almost immediately into the follow-up episode "Ocean Gem" before setting off to undo his mistake.
** Steven is grounded ''again'' near the end of "Fuison Cuisine" for trying to elope with Connie, with no dinner for 1000 years (Pearl then changed the punishment to just no TV...for 1000 years). The punishment is active and brought up many episodes later, until it's finally lifted in "Joy Ride".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':
** In "The Remote", when Nicole makes Anais help her get her own remote for the TV:
-->'''Nicole''': Anais, I need you to tell me what brand the TV is.\\
'''Anais''': OK, but does this mean I can watch Daisy tonight?\\
'''Nicole''': No, it means you won't be grounded for 6 months.\\
'''Anais''': What?! But I'm 4! That's, like, 1/8th of my life!\\
'''Nicole''': Then you don't want to spend it locked up in your bedroom.\\
'''Anais''': Fine.
** In "The Mothers", when Gumball and Darwin inform Nicole that they've put her through a SecretTest, she does this and banishes them to the car. It's quickly forgotten about.
* A variant in ''[[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Dragons: Defenders of Berk]]''; in the first half of the second season finale, after Snotlout's recklessness almost results in Astrid getting killed, Hiccup tells Snotlout that he's grounded, as in he's on probation and can no longer ride Hookfang, but during the conversation Hiccup sounds exactly like a stern father and Snotlout compares him to his father.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' episode "Grounded", a boy is locked in his room for a week and tricks Uncle Grandpa into letting him out to go hang with his friends in a forest. Uncle Grandpa promptly [[ScareEmStraight scares him straight]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' in "Stumped!" -- adoptive siblings Shimmer and Squirt were "stumped" -- forced to sit on a tree stump and not allowed to leave until they resolved the argument they were having. Once they did, they started having fun with each other and had so much fun that they decided not to leave the stump for the time being.
* Sister Bear is grounded in "The Slumber Party" on the PBS series of ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' by Mama Bear after things go south at Lizzie's slumber party. It's actually Papa Bear who is the voice of reason and admits that they as parents were partially to blame for not knowing just how wacky things had ended up with the slumber party (which had basically become a little bear cub girl equivalent of a bad college frat party.)
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Doug and Skeeter win tickets to a Beats concert, but when Skeeter rocks out at the dinner table, resulting in food falling on his father, Skeeter gets grounded and can't go. Doug decides to stay with Skeeter instead of going to the concert, and they jam to music... Annoying Mr. Valentine so much that he makes Skeeter un-grounded. But at this point it's too late for them to go to the concert.
* Invoked in the second season premiere of "WesternAnimation/GravityFalls", when Grunkle Stan grounds Dipper for disobeying him and trying to contact government agents about the weirdness in the town. However, the grounding never takes effect when zombies attack and Stan is forced to admit that he knew about the weird goings-on all this time and was trying to protect the kids. This is notable for being the only time in the series that Stan acts like a disciplinarian.