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* Lelouch vi Britannia from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often applies this to his Geass powers (mostly in season 1). Best example (in season 1) would be when he used his Geass on ''himself'' to alter his own memories, so the mind-reader he was fighting wouldn't grasp Lelouch's real plan until it was too late. In season 2 he just outright cheats. or at least this is how he sees it. [[spoiler:He starts commanding people to follow all of his orders. Basically wishing for unlimited wishes]].

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* Lelouch vi Britannia from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often applies this to his Geass powers (mostly in season 1). Best example (in season 1) would be when he used his Geass on ''himself'' to alter his own memories, so the mind-reader he was fighting wouldn't grasp Lelouch's real plan until it was too late. In season 2 he just outright cheats. or Or at least this is how he sees it. [[spoiler:He starts commanding people to follow all of his orders. Basically wishing for unlimited wishes]].

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* The boys of Class-3E in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' get in on this during the sports festival. After Asano forces them to compete in a pole-toppling game, the boys memorize the rule book to outsmart Class A. Tactics included were using their own pole as a weapon and leaving the playing field by running into the stands since the rules never said they ''couldn't'' do it.

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** Sinclair's example from the first season is a bit special, though, since we are outright told that the only reason Sinclair got away with bending the spirit of his orders like he did was that the voting public approved of his actions, and censuring him for doing what he did would endanger his political masters' re-election campaigns.


* In ''Oliver Rameau'', the ogg defies anyone who want the McGuffin to ask him a riddle. If the ogg finds the answer, he eats you, otherwise you get the McGuffin. Olivier's sidekick Mr. Pertinent[[labelnote:*]]French for "relevant"[[/labelnote]] asks a very hard riddle, and they go to McGuffin room. In the meantime, the evil knight meets the ogg, asks a first school riddle. The ogg prepares to eat him, but Mr. Pertinent manages to SaveTheVillain arguing the ogg was no longer supposed to eat those who reached for the McGuffin at this time, since Olivier's team already had it. Bonus point to Mr. Pertinent for being an ''actual'' lawyer as job before moving to the magical world.

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* In ''Oliver Rameau'', the ogg defies anyone who want the McGuffin to ask him a riddle. If the ogg finds the answer, he eats you, otherwise you get the McGuffin. Olivier's sidekick Mr. Pertinent[[labelnote:*]]French for "relevant"[[/labelnote]] asks a very hard riddle, and they go to McGuffin room. In the meantime, the evil knight meets the ogg, asks a first school child's riddle. The ogg prepares to eat him, but Mr. Pertinent manages to SaveTheVillain SaveTheVillain, arguing that the ogg was no longer supposed to eat those who reached for the McGuffin at this time, since Olivier's team already had it. Bonus point to Mr. Pertinent for being an ''actual'' lawyer as a job before moving to the magical world.


* {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}. He'll ''always'' keep his promises, treaties, and deals, but he'll abuse every loophole, error, or precise wording to get his way anyways. One memorable story had him be forced into a deal with Superman that stated that Darkseid could never come back to Earth. Barely a day later Darkseid showed up at Superman's front door and beat the ever-living shit out of him; as he explained, the ExactWords of the document stated that Darkseid could never come to Earth and attack ''Supergirl''. He could still come to Earth to attack anybody else.

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* {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}. He'll ''always'' keep his promises, treaties, and deals, but he'll abuse every loophole, error, or precise wording to get his way anyways.anyway. One memorable story had him be forced into a deal with Superman that stated that Darkseid could never come back to Earth. Barely a day later later, Darkseid showed up at Superman's front door and beat the ever-living shit out of him; as him. As he explained, the ExactWords of the document stated that Darkseid could never come to Earth and attack ''Supergirl''. He could still come to Earth to attack anybody else.


* Obviously, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. People are fond of finding incredibly powerful abilities and combos that would allow them to create practically unbeatable characters. Two which stand out as blatant loophole exploitations are [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Pun-Pun_(3.5e_Optimized_Character_Build) Pun-Pun]], a kobold that literally ascends to capital G, Godhood at 1st level; and the [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/856019/#856461 Locate City Bomb]], a questionable combination of metamagic feats from a few different splatbooks that turns a simple navigation spell into the 3.5 equivalent of a KillSat.

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* Obviously, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. People are fond of finding incredibly powerful abilities and combos that would allow them to create practically unbeatable characters. Two which stand out as blatant loophole exploitations are [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Pun-Pun_(3.5e_Optimized_Character_Build) Pun-Pun]], Pun-Pun,]] a kobold that literally ascends to capital G, Godhood godhood at 1st level; and the [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/856019/#856461 Locate City Bomb]], Bomb,]] a questionable combination of metamagic feats from a few different splatbooks that turns a simple navigation spell into the 3.5 equivalent of a KillSat.


* Some rather impressive rules lawyering is used during the Freiza saga in ''Manga/DragonBallZ'', using careful exploitation of two different rulesets of two different sets of Dragon Balls to not only reactivate one of them after Piccolo's death in the previous arc, but to resurrect everyone who died in the previous arc, and nearly everyone who died during the Freiza saga (one particular village, unfortunately, couldn't be saved due to it being wiped out by Vegeta after he defected from Freiza's army, meaning "Bring back everyone killed by Freiza's minions" didn't apply,) ''and'' ensure that everyone got off Namek before it exploded, ''and'' rebuild Namek and send the Namekians back to their homeworld.

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* Some rather impressive rules lawyering is used during the Freiza saga in ''Manga/DragonBallZ'', using careful exploitation of two different rulesets of two different sets of Dragon Balls to not only reactivate one of them after Piccolo's death in the previous arc, arc rendered them useless, but to resurrect everyone who died in the previous arc, and nearly everyone who died during the Freiza saga (one particular village, unfortunately, couldn't be saved due to it being wiped out by Vegeta after he defected from Freiza's army, meaning "Bring back everyone killed by Freiza's minions" didn't apply,) ''and'' ensure that everyone got off Namek before it exploded, ''and'' rebuild Namek and send the Namekians back to their homeworld.


* Some rather impressive rules lawyering is used during the Freiza saga, using careful exploitation of two different rulesets of two different sets of Dragon Balls to not only reactivate one of them after Piccolo's death in the previous arc, but to resurrect everyone who died in the previous arc, and nearly everyone who died during the Freiza saga (one particular village, unfortunately, couldn't be saved due to it being wiped out by Vegeta after he defected from Freiza's army, meaning "Bring back everyone killed by Freiza's minions" didn't apply,) ''and'' ensure that everyone got off Namek before it exploded, ''and'' rebuild Namek and send the Namekians back to their homeworld.

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* Some rather impressive rules lawyering is used during the Freiza saga, saga in ''Manga/DragonBallZ'', using careful exploitation of two different rulesets of two different sets of Dragon Balls to not only reactivate one of them after Piccolo's death in the previous arc, but to resurrect everyone who died in the previous arc, and nearly everyone who died during the Freiza saga (one particular village, unfortunately, couldn't be saved due to it being wiped out by Vegeta after he defected from Freiza's army, meaning "Bring back everyone killed by Freiza's minions" didn't apply,) ''and'' ensure that everyone got off Namek before it exploded, ''and'' rebuild Namek and send the Namekians back to their homeworld.


* Some rather impressive rules lawyering is used during the Freiza saga, using careful exploitation of two different rulesets of two different sets of Dragon Balls to not only reactivate one of them after Piccolo's death in the previous arc, but to resurrect everyone who died in the previous arc, and nearly everyone who died during the Freiza saga (one particular village, unfortunately, couldn't be saved due to it being wiped out by Vegeta after he defected from Freiza's army, meaning "Bring back everyone killed by Freiza's minions" didn't apply.)

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* Some rather impressive rules lawyering is used during the Freiza saga, using careful exploitation of two different rulesets of two different sets of Dragon Balls to not only reactivate one of them after Piccolo's death in the previous arc, but to resurrect everyone who died in the previous arc, and nearly everyone who died during the Freiza saga (one particular village, unfortunately, couldn't be saved due to it being wiped out by Vegeta after he defected from Freiza's army, meaning "Bring back everyone killed by Freiza's minions" didn't apply.)apply,) ''and'' ensure that everyone got off Namek before it exploded, ''and'' rebuild Namek and send the Namekians back to their homeworld.

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* Some rather impressive rules lawyering is used during the Freiza saga, using careful exploitation of two different rulesets of two different sets of Dragon Balls to not only reactivate one of them after Piccolo's death in the previous arc, but to resurrect everyone who died in the previous arc, and nearly everyone who died during the Freiza saga (one particular village, unfortunately, couldn't be saved due to it being wiped out by Vegeta after he defected from Freiza's army, meaning "Bring back everyone killed by Freiza's minions" didn't apply.)


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13011466/3/The-Emerald-Phoenix The Emerald Phoenix]]'', Ochako guarantees victory for herself and Iida in the Heroes vs Villains exercise by sneaking the bomb outside of the testing area. All-Might praises her outside the box tactics before saying such a move would not be allowed in future matches.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13011466/3/The-Emerald-Phoenix The Emerald Phoenix]]'', ''Fanfic/TheEmeraldPhoenix'', Ochako guarantees victory for herself and Iida in the Heroes vs Villains exercise by sneaking the bomb outside of the testing area. All-Might praises her outside the box tactics before saying such a move would not be allowed in future matches.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13011466/3/The-Emerald-Phoenix The Emerald Phoenix]]'', Ochako guarantees victory for herself and Iida in the Heroes vs Villains exercise by sneaking the bomb outside of the testing area. All-Might praises her outside the box tactics before saying such a move would not be allowed in future matches.
* ''Fanfic/MyHeroPlaythrough'': Izuku is the master of LoopholeAbuse to the point that All-Might is glad he was on the hero side of the Heroes vs Villains exercise. When Izuku's partner balks at the idea of the villain team creating traps because they weren't in the rules, Izuku counters that they weren't not in the rules either. During the Lions and Gazelles exercise, Izuku is the main reason that All-Might has to keep adding new rules to cover strategies the class comes up with to get around the spirit of the game. Eventually, Kirishima remarks that Izuku is rubbing off on the rest of the class who start doing the same thing.


* Similarly to ''Munchkin'', much of the point of ''MagicTheGathering'' is to find unusual ways to twist the rules to win. While any GameBreaker will eventually be banned, Magic notably has no "rule zero" or "rule seven" enforcing the spirit of the rules or prohibiting things that don't make sense according to the game's story. If you can figure out a legitimate loophole in the letter of the rules, there's nothing to prevent you from exploiting it until the rules are officially changed.

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* Similarly to ''Munchkin'', much of the point of ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is to find unusual ways to twist the rules to win. While any GameBreaker will eventually be banned, Magic notably has no "rule zero" or "rule seven" enforcing the spirit of the rules or prohibiting things that don't make sense according to the game's story. If you can figure out a legitimate loophole in the letter of the rules, there's nothing to prevent you from exploiting it until the rules are officially changed.


* If an animated show goes past a certain number of episodes (around sixty) then the regular voice actors are entitled to a share of the profits under guild regulations. This is why many cartoons are cancelled after two seasons, so the networks can avoid paying out the extra money. However, ''technically'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' (52 episodes), ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' (46 episodes), ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' (52 episodes) and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' (80 episodes), all count as different shows; Cartoon Network keep reworking and retitling the series before it qualifies. This may also be why WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague was retooled into WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited, why WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries became Batman and Robin and then then New Batman Adventures, why ScoobyDoo keeps getting rebooted, and so on.

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* If an animated show goes past a certain number of episodes (around sixty) then the regular voice actors are entitled to a share of the profits under guild regulations. This is why many cartoons are cancelled after two seasons, so the networks can avoid paying out the extra money. However, ''technically'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' (52 episodes), ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' (46 episodes), ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' (52 episodes) and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' (80 episodes), all count as different shows; Cartoon Network keep reworking and retitling the series before it qualifies. This may also be why WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague was retooled into WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited, why WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries became Batman and Robin and then then New Batman Adventures, why ScoobyDoo Scooby-Doo keeps getting rebooted, and so on.


* In ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', Hermione gains a reputation as a relentless finder of [[LoopholeAbuse loopholes]], to the point that Dumbledore calls on her when the Sorting Hat is beind difficult about his pledge not to reveal what he sees in students' minds during a Sorting.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', Hermione gains a reputation as a relentless finder of [[LoopholeAbuse loopholes]], to the point that Dumbledore calls on her when the Sorting Hat is beind being difficult about his pledge not to reveal what he sees in students' minds during a Sorting.

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