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* The Quakers have no formal clergy, believing that no one has the authority or right to intercede between you and God, including at your wedding, where they believe it's best to make your vows directly to God in front of witnesses but with no human third-party effectively giving you permission or approval. This didn't jibe with the religious establishment originally surrounding them in England or the New World, so, unsurprisingly, they once faced a lot of persecution for such practices, with courts refusing to recognize their marriages, declaring their children illegitimate, etc. Well, William Penn ''was'' a Quaker, so when he founded the British colony now known as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he was able to make it legal for two people to marry with witnesses only, no officiant required. ([[https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/tying-your-own-knot-in-pennsylvania-couples-can-wed-through-a-self-uniting-marriage-license/Content?oid=1805655 Yes, the rule he made still exists today.]])

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* The Quakers have no formal clergy, believing that no one has the authority or right to intercede between you and God, including at your wedding, where they believe it's best to make your vows directly to God in front of witnesses but with no human third-party effectively giving you permission or approval. This didn't jibe with the religious establishment originally surrounding them in England or the New World, so, unsurprisingly, they once faced a lot of persecution for such practices, with courts refusing to recognize their marriages, declaring their children illegitimate, etc. Well, William Penn ''was'' was a Quaker, so when he founded the British colony now known as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he was able to make it legal for two people to marry with witnesses only, no officiant required. ([[https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/tying-your-own-knot-in-pennsylvania-couples-can-wed-through-a-self-uniting-marriage-license/Content?oid=1805655 Yes, the rule he made still exists today.]])]])
* A common way people, usually children, annoy someone is to repeat every word they say. The person being imitated might try to say something self deprecating like "I am an idoit", but the imitator will usually reverse the insult by saying "you are an idoit" or simply agree with the insult saying "I know".

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* ComicBook/DoctorDoom, the [[BlatantLies benevolent]] ruler of the Eastern European country of Latveria, will not let legal technicalities get in the way of his regime. After all, isn't it the duty of a ruler to know when to set aside the rules?
** A specific example comes to mind when, in one story, his subjects demanded that he obey an ancient law and step down as ruler of Latveria in favor of Prince Zorba. Doom's reaction was less than gracious:
--->'''Doom:''' You believe laws written on paper are more powerful than [[MightMakesRight my ultimate weapons?]] To think I've wasted my energies trying to be '''''fair''''' with you savages! But no more! You've brought your destruction upon yourselves!

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* A WorkedShoot variant came during the 2005 Wrestling/RoyalRumble, in which Wrestling/Batista and Wrestling/JohnCena ''both'' fell over the top rope at the end of the match, landing at the same time. Because of the recent brand split, the RAW referees sided with Batista while Smackdown refs declared Cena the winner, which kept the theme of the night going while those in the back frantically worked at a solution.


Just as some think they are above the law [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney because they can buy their way out of it]], some think they are above the law because they enforce the laws. Through influence, political power, being in office, or sheer force, they believe that the law does not apply to them, or will allow them to do as they please. This is especially done by or in reference to the kinds of things that the laws are intended to ''protect against'' - [[DirtyCop corrupt]] [[BadCopIncompetentCop policemen]], politicians, gang leaders and the like. They can also said to be "a law unto themselves".

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Just as some think they are above the law [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney because they can buy their way out of it]], some think they are above the law because they enforce the laws. Through influence, political power, being in office, or sheer force, they believe that the law does not apply to them, or will allow them to do as they please. This is especially done by or in reference to the kinds of things that the laws are intended to ''protect against'' - [[DirtyCop corrupt]] [[BadCopIncompetentCop policemen]], politicians, gang leaders and the like. They can also said to be "a law unto themselves".



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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' the protagonist's sister, Corelle, is left in charge of the family farm while the mothers and elder sisters are away. She chooses to do the one thing she was not allowed to do: leave the farm unguarded while she visits the pretty son of their neighbours. When the actual authorities return, they are ''not'' amused.

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!!!'''By Author:'''
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Creator/DavidWeber:
** Many villains in
the protagonist's sister, Corelle, is left ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series have this attitude. In particular the People's Republic of Haven's Legislaturalists, their successor the Committee of Public Safety, the Star Kingdom of Manticore's High Ridge Government, and the Solarian League's "Five Mandarins". All these groups consistently make the same blunder in charge overestimating just how much the people they rule over are willing to put up with and continuously trying to game their respective systems when it's abundantly clear they're making terrible mistakes.
** ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'':
*** A more benign version occurs in the fifth book, ''How Firm a Foundation''. Empress Sharleyan has arrived in Corisande to pronounce sentencing on the traitors
of the family farm Northern Conspiracy. However, while the mothers and elder sisters are away. She chooses to do the one thing she was not allowed to do: leave the farm unguarded while she visits the pretty son of law is clear on their neighbours. When the actual authorities return, guilt and their punishment, Sharleyan uses her royal prerogative to pardon those who were blackmailed, threatened, duped, or just too angry or foolish to realize what they were getting into.
*** The Group of Four
are ''not'' amused. the more traditional example. Zhaspahr Clyntahn in particular is perfectly willing to write dispensations for the very technological advances he condemns for the specific purpose of making sure those advances can be used ''by'' the Church to crush the heretics.
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* In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', the dictator pig Napoleon rewrites the original constitution of Animal Farm multiple times to make his actions legal (since most animals are dumber than pigs, they didn't realise the secret rewritings). Eventually all the laws on equality and freedoms are reduced to one, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' the protagonist's sister, Corelle, is left in charge of the family farm while the mothers and elder sisters are away. She chooses to do the one thing she was not allowed to do: leave the farm unguarded while she visits the pretty son of their neighbours. When the actual authorities return, they are ''not'' amused.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': Subverted in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''. Lucy casts a spell "to make hidden things visible" which immediately reveals [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Aslan]]. When she expresses surprise that Aslan could be affected by a simple spell, he replies "do you think I wouldn't follow my own rules?"
* Subverted in Creator/LEModesittJR's ''Literature/TheCoreanChronicles''. When Mykel's wastrel brother Venicet shows up in Tempre and expects to be given a cushy court position just because he's the brother of the newly declared Lord Protector, Mykel flat out tells him that he couldn't provide his brother with a steady income unless he was willing to take a steady job, as this was the rule he had laid down for everyone else, and as ruler he couldn't decree one thing and do something else. Then he gave his brother what pocket change he had on him and showed him the door.



* This is more or less the whole point of TheIlluminati in ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** [[JerkAss Dolores Umbridge]] in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. When a student calls her out for violating her own arbitrary rules, she simply gives the student detention - which in her case involves ColdBloodedTorture.
** And similarly, Minister Fudge with his "Laws can be changed!" when he clearly is circumventing the legal lawmaking process. Which was actually hilarious, because the invoked law was necessary self-defense. So Fudge meant that he could change the law so that when you're attacked in Muggle territory, it would be illegal to defend yourself!
** The Ministry of Magic misrepresent their powers multiple times by threatening Harry with punishment they have no authority to carry out. First in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' when a house-elf casts a spell in the Dursley residence in the presence of muggles, they send Harry a letter informing him that he has broken the law and that further infringement may lead to expulsion from Hogwarts (in reality the Ministry doesn't have the legal authority to suspend Hogwarts students). In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', after Harry has used magic to defend the lives of himself and his cousin, the Ministry sends hims a letter stating that he has in fact been suspended from Hogwarts and that a ministry official would arrive soon to destroy his wand (which they don't have the authority to do either, at least not without a trial). They might have carried out their threat if Dumbledore hadn't been on the ball. However, even after Dumbledore had reminded the Minister of Magic of the law, the Ministry still maintained in their follow-up letter to Harry that he should "consider himself suspended from school pending further enquiries."
** Arthur Weasley could also be this as he enchanted a car after creating a loophole in a law he made himself to be able to do so legally.



* Subverted in Creator/LEModesittJR's ''Literature/TheCoreanChronicles''. When Mykel's wastrel brother Venicet shows up in Tempre and expects to be given a cushy court position just because he's the brother of the newly declared Lord Protector, Mykel flat out tells him that he couldn't provide his brother with a steady income unless he was willing to take a steady job, as this was the rule he had laid down for everyone else, and as ruler he couldn't decree one thing and do something else. Then he gave his brother what pocket change he had on him and showed him the door.

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* Subverted %%* This is more or less the whole point of TheIlluminati in Creator/LEModesittJR's ''Literature/TheCoreanChronicles''. ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}''.
* In ''LightNovel/AFoxsTale'', [[BigBad Lord Drake]] demands that all people with "talents" (e.g. manipulating elements or shapeshifting) [[MutantDraftBoard be registered, apparently so he can make an army out of them]]. Conveniently enough, Lord Drake doesn't register himself despite being a spiritkin, a talent and an arcane mage. Lampshaded by Jona, when, after Ember mentions this information, he asks, "Of course not, who makes laws and then follows them himself?"
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** [[JerkAss Dolores Umbridge]] in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''.
When Mykel's wastrel brother Venicet shows up a student calls her out for violating her own arbitrary rules, she simply gives the student detention - which in Tempre and expects to her case involves ColdBloodedTorture.
** And similarly, Minister Fudge with his "Laws can
be given a cushy court position just changed!" when he clearly is circumventing the legal lawmaking process. Which was actually hilarious, because he's the brother of invoked law was necessary self-defense. So Fudge meant that he could change the newly declared Lord Protector, Mykel flat out tells law so that when you're attacked in Muggle territory, it would be illegal to defend yourself!
** The Ministry of Magic misrepresent their powers multiple times by threatening Harry with punishment they have no authority to carry out. First in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' when a house-elf casts a spell in the Dursley residence in the presence of muggles, they send Harry a letter informing
him that he couldn't provide has broken the law and that further infringement may lead to expulsion from Hogwarts (in reality the Ministry doesn't have the legal authority to suspend Hogwarts students). In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', after Harry has used magic to defend the lives of himself and his brother with cousin, the Ministry sends hims a steady income unless letter stating that he was willing has in fact been suspended from Hogwarts and that a ministry official would arrive soon to take destroy his wand (which they don't have the authority to do either, at least not without a steady job, as trial). They might have carried out their threat if Dumbledore hadn't been on the ball. However, even after Dumbledore had reminded the Minister of Magic of the law, the Ministry still maintained in their follow-up letter to Harry that he should "consider himself suspended from school pending further enquiries."
** Arthur Weasley could also be
this was as he enchanted a car after creating a loophole in a law he made himself to be able to do so legally.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'',
the rule he had laid down for everyone else, and as ruler he couldn't decree one thing and do something else. Then he gave his brother what pocket change he had on him and showed him Gamemasters bring up the door.possibility of two victors in the normal ThereCanBeOnlyOne challenge, only to revoke it when that possibility actually becomes reality. [[spoiler:They didn't count on the survivors trying to commit suicide to spite them, so they flip-flopped ''again'' to prevent the two from becoming martyrs.]]



* Creator/DavidWeber:
** Many villains in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series have this attitude. In particular the People's Republic of Haven's Legislaturalists, their successor the Committee of Public Safety, the Star Kingdom of Manticore's High Ridge Government, and the Solarian League's "Five Mandarins." All these groups consistently make the same blunder in overestimating just how much the people they rule over are willing to put up with and continuously trying to game their respective systems when it's abundantly clear they're making terrible mistakes.
** ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'':
*** A more benign version occurs in the fifth book, ''How Firm a Foundation.'' Empress Sharleyan has arrived in Corisande to pronounce sentencing on the traitors of the Northern Conspiracy. However, while the law is clear on their guilt and their punishment, Sharleyan uses her royal perogative to pardon those who were blackmailed, threatened, duped, or just too angry or foolish to realize what they were getting into.
*** The Group of Four are the more traditional example. Zaspahr Clyntahn in particular is perfectly willing to write dispensations for the very technological advances he condemns for the specific purpose of making sure those advances can be used ''by'' the Church to crush the heretics.
* In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', the dictator pig Napoleon rewrites the original constitution of Animal Farm multiple times to make his actions legal (since most animals are dumber than pigs, they didn't realise the secret rewritings). Eventually all the laws on equality and freedoms are reduced to one, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', the Gamemasters bring up the possibility of two victors in the normal ThereCanBeOnlyOne challenge, only to revoke it when that possibility actually becomes reality. [[spoiler:They didn't count on the survivors trying to commit suicide to spite them, so they flip-flopped ''again'' to prevent the two from becoming martyrs.]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''. Lucy casts a spell "to make hidden things visible" which immediately reveals [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Aslan]]. When she expresses surprise that Aslan could be affected by a simple spell, he replies "do you think I wouldn't follow my own rules?"
* In ''LightNovel/AFoxsTale'', [[BigBad Lord Drake]] demands that all people with "talents" (e.g. manipulating elements or shapeshifting) [[MutantDraftBoard be registered, apparently so he can make an army out of them]]. Conveniently enough, Lord Drake doesn't register himself despite being a spiritkin, a talent and an arcane mage. Lampshaded by Jona, when, after Ember mentions this information, he asks, "Of course not, who makes laws and then follows them himself?"



* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' has this with Archangel giving a subordinate a lesson in Firm rules.
-->'''Archangel:''' You tried to kill me!\\
'''Subordinate:''' I was JustFollowingTheRules. "If an agent becomes a threat to the Firm or the country, they are to be killed."\\
'''Archangel:''' Don't you '''DARE''' quote the rules to me! I WROTE THEM! You can bet there's going to be an amendment that clearly states that that rule DOES NOT APPLY TO ME!
* Averted in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Atonement", when Delenn goes to her clan council to hear the verdict on her marriage even though she is the most powerful woman in Minbar. On the other hand she seemed to be willing to make Minbari policy practically by herself earlier. Perhaps the discrepancy can be [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by saying the one was an unusual security crisis and the other was just a personal matter. Also these were her [[ThickerThanWater kin]] after all.
** Knowing Delenn, she would have found ''some'' way of getting past an unfavorable decision no matter what. Fortunately, there was a convenient way of justifying her engagement to Sheridan.
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'', this was Queenie's preferred method of winning arguments with her subordinates - simply retort "Who's Queen?" to [[ImpliedDeathThreat convince them]] to agree with her.
-->'''Melchett''': (''resigned'') As you say, Majesty, there were these magnificent ''orange'' elephants which were coming...



* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Mr. Conklin ''lives'' this trope. One example, out of many, is his using the high school cafeteria freezer to store his meat in "Home Cooked Meal".
* "The Bank Shot Job" in the first season of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' centers around a corrupt small town judge who totally believes this trope will save him. The opposite happens.

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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Mr. Conklin ''lives'' this trope. One example, out of many, Played for laughs in ''Series/DeusSalveORei'' when Prince Rodolfo makes an anti-adultery law in an attempt at making himself relevant, specifically seeking to punish the cheater's lovers. He then revokes the law the moment it looks like [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he might be punished himself]], since he is a womanizer that sleeps with any beautiful woman that catches his using the high school cafeteria freezer to store his meat in "Home Cooked Meal".
* "The Bank Shot Job" in the first season of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' centers around a corrupt small town judge who totally believes this trope will save him. The opposite happens.
fancy.



** At the end of the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]], the Doctor (who up until this point has refused to save some humans whose deaths are part of history) breaks down and realizes that since ''he'' is [[LastOfHisKind last of the Time Lords]], this trope applies to him: "''Do you know who that leaves? ME!! It's taken me all these years to realize it, but all those laws of time are mine. '''And they will obey ME!!!''' ''". It...doesn't [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone end very well]] -- [[InSpiteOfANail Time is more resilient]] than he realizes, and [[spoiler:the woman he rescues commits suicide moments thereafter]], preserving the integrity of history and sending the Doctor into a HeroicBSOD over his arrogance. It's actually rather interesting to realize that in fact, he is [[IronicEcho virtually repeating]], verbatim, what a [[TheMaster certain friend of his]] has been saying for quite a while now....
** Next episode we learn that the entire race of Time Lords had reached a similar conclusion, and that's why the Doctor had to wipe them out in the first place.



** At the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]], the Doctor (who up until this point has refused to save some humans whose deaths are part of history) breaks down and realizes that since ''he'' is [[LastOfHisKind last of the Time Lords]], this trope applies to him: "''Do you know who that leaves? ME!! It's taken me all these years to realize it, but all those laws of time are mine. '''And they will obey ME!!!''' ''". It...doesn't [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone end very well]] — [[InSpiteOfANail Time is more resilient]] than he realizes, and [[spoiler:the woman he rescues commits suicide moments thereafter]], preserving the integrity of history and sending the Doctor into a HeroicBSOD over his arrogance. It's actually rather interesting to realize that in fact, he is [[IronicEcho virtually repeating]], verbatim, what a [[TheMaster certain friend of his]] has been saying for quite a while now....
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheWatersOfMars Next episodes]] we learn that the entire race of Time Lords had reached a similar conclusion, and that's why the Doctor had to wipe them out in the first place.
* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Gilead is based upon an extremely harsh form of Christianity and everyone is expected to remain pure and virtuous, [[spoiler: but several of the Commanders blatantly flout the rules by indulging in banned pastimes, having illicit relations with their Handmaids and attending an elaborate, if tacky, brothel.]]
** [[spoiler:And then averted when Putnam is brought to trial for his relationship with Janine that caused her to go off the deep end. Turns out Putnam's own ''wife'' recommended that he get the harshest punishment possible; Fred's face when he realises that even Commanders aren't safe from Gilead's regime is a sight to see.]]
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'':
** The English Civil War song:
--->'''King Charles I:''' I am the king, I can do what I like!\\
Start up a war, or a big tax hike!\\
[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Got a French wife, she's a Catholic...]]\\
'''Roundheads:''' Oh Lord!\\
Really, King Charles, we're not quite sure...\\
'''Charles:''' Insolence! Is that how you talk to the crown?\\
I am the king, I'll just close parliament down!\\
'''Roundhead:''' I think you'll find that's in breach of due process.\\
'''Cavalier:''' Here's what we say to that: ''Pffft!'' Now, clear out this mess!
** Also, Nero in the Olympics song:
--->''Crashed my racing chariot, but still awarded gold''\\
''Hey, my Olympics, my rules! To argue would be bold!''\\
''I won every medal that was op for grabs''\\
''The crowd loved it! Well, they had to, or I would have had them stabbed!''
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'''s characters do this sometimes. Elliot Stabler does this almost constantly. He regularly uses questionable or outright illegal interrogation techniques (Like threatening to break a suspect's neck,) uses his badge to try getting his daughter Kathleen out of trouble (At one point saying that her breaking into someone's house is a "harmless prank,") and generally fails to actually follow 90% of the rules that police officers are supposed to be following.
** If it wasn't for his 97% closer rate, it is pretty clear he would have had the TurnInYourBadge speech a long time ago.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': "The Bank Shot Job" in the first season centers around a corrupt small town judge who totally believes this trope will save him. The opposite happens.



* Averted in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Atonement", when Delenn goes to her clan council to hear the verdict on her marriage even though she is the most powerful woman in Minbar. On the other hand she seemed to be willing to make Minbari policy practically by herself earlier. Perhaps the discrepancy can be [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by saying the one was an unusual security crisis and the other was just a personal matter. Also these were her [[ThickerThanWater kin]] after all.
** Knowing Delenn, she would have found ''some'' way of getting past an unfavorable decision no matter what. Fortunately, there was a convenient way of justifying her engagement to Sheridan.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'''s characters do this sometimes. Elliot Stabler does this almost constantly. He regularly uses questionable or outright illegal interrogation techniques (Like threatening to break a suspect's neck,) uses his badge to try getting his daughter Kathleen out of trouble (At one point saying that her breaking into someone's house is a "harmless prank,") and generally fails to actually follow 90% of the rules that police officers are supposed to be following.
** If it wasn't for his 97% closer rate, it is pretty clear he would have had the TurnInYourBadge speech a long time ago.



* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' has this with Archangel giving a subordinate a lesson in Firm rules.
-->'''Archangel:''' You tried to kill me!\\
'''Subordinate:''' I was JustFollowingTheRules. "If an agent becomes a threat to the Firm or the country, they are to be killed."\\
'''Archangel:''' Don't you '''DARE''' quote the rules to me! I WROTE THEM! You can bet there's going to be an amendment that clearly states that that rule DOES NOT APPLY TO ME!
* ''Series/HorribleHistories''' English Civil War song:
--> '''King Charles I:''' I am the king, I can do what I like!\\
Start up a war, or a big tax hike!\\
[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Got a French wife, she's a Catholic...]]\\
'''Roundheads:''' Oh Lord!\\
Really, King Charles, we're not quite sure...\\
'''Charles:''' Insolence! Is that how you talk to the crown?\\
I am the king, I'll just close parliament down!\\
'''Roundhead:''' I think you'll find that's in breach of due process.\\
'''Cavalier:''' Here's what we say to that: ''Pffft!'' Now, clear out this mess!
** Also, Nero in the Olympics song:
--> ''Crashed my racing chariot, but still awarded gold''\\
''Hey, my Olympics, my rules! To argue would be bold!''\\
''I won every medal that was op for grabs''\\
''The crowd loved it! Well, they had to, or I would have had them stabbed!''
* Scotty gets a great one in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, "Relics". He and Geordi are attempting to repair a beat up old rustbucket of a ship and tells Geordi to shunt some fuel to an auxiliary tank. Geordi protests that the system specs say doing so will blow everything up. Scotty, being the author of said specs, admits that "a good engineer is always a wee bit conservative, at least on paper" and that the procedure will work.

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* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' The pilot of ''Series/NewAmsterdam2018'' has this new medical director Max Goodwin telling the assembled hospital staff that they need to change things majorly. He then backs it up by firing the ''entire'' cardiac surgeon staff (he hires one back) and saying that "anyone who puts billing over patient care is terminated, no matter how much money they bring in." He then tells other surgeons they'll be getting actual attendings and not just college med students with Archangel giving a subordinate a lesson in Firm rules.
-->'''Archangel:''' You tried to kill me!\\
'''Subordinate:''' I was JustFollowingTheRules. "If an agent becomes a threat to
no training. He ignores the Firm or the country, number of doctors leaving (some calling their lawyers) as he continues to declare that they are to be killed."\\
'''Archangel:''' Don't you '''DARE''' quote the rules to me! I WROTE THEM! You can bet there's
no longer going to be an amendment use the excuse of "the system is too big to change because we ''are'' the system." Over the course of the series, Goodwin shows he's all too willing to reshape the status quo of the hospital over the objections of the board.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Mr. Conklin ''lives'' this trope. One example, out of many, is his using the high school cafeteria freezer to store his meat in "Home Cooked Meal".
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': In Season 5, Leslie gets Ron to host the annual BBQ
that clearly states the parks department puts on. Ron shows up with no food and a live pig, stating that he is going to kill and cook the pig. When a Park Ranger comes up and asks him what is up, Ron presents the Park Ranger with a paper, saying that rule DOES NOT APPLY TO ME!
* ''Series/HorribleHistories''' English Civil War song:
--> '''King Charles I:''' I am
it is a permit, However, the king, I permit only says "I can do what I like!\\
Start up a war, or a big tax hike!\\
[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Got a French wife, she's a Catholic...]]\\
'''Roundheads:''' Oh Lord!\\
Really, King Charles, we're not quite sure...\\
'''Charles:''' Insolence! Is
want -Ron" as Ron is the head of the Parks Department and the Park Ranger's boss. However, it is subverted as the Park Ranger points out that how you talk to while he is the crown?\\
I am
head of the king, I'll just close parliament down!\\
'''Roundhead:''' I think you'll find that's in breach of due process.\\
'''Cavalier:''' Here's what
Parks Department, "It’s not a parks thing. It’s against like three laws and a dozen health codes."
%%* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Olivia: "We don't vote,
we say to that: ''Pffft!'' Now, clear out this mess!
** Also, Nero in the Olympics song:
--> ''Crashed my racing chariot, but still awarded gold''\\
''Hey, my Olympics, my rules! To argue would be bold!''\\
''I won every medal that was op for grabs''\\
''The crowd loved it! Well, they had to, or I would have had them stabbed!''
take her."
* Scotty gets a great one in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, episode "Relics". He and Geordi are attempting to repair a beat up old rustbucket of a ship and tells Geordi to shunt some fuel to an auxiliary tank. Geordi protests that the system specs say doing so will blow everything up. Scotty, being the author of said specs, admits that "a good engineer is always a wee bit conservative, at least on paper" and that the procedure will work.



* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Olivia: "We don't vote, we take her."



* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Gilead is based upon an extremely harsh form of Christianity and everyone is expected to remain pure and virtuous, [[spoiler: but several of the Commanders blatantly flout the rules by indulging in banned pastimes, having illicit relations with their Handmaids and attending an elaborate, if tacky, brothel.]]
** [[spoiler:And then averted when Putnam is brought to trial for his relationship with Janine that caused her to go off the deep end. Turns out Putman's own ''wife'' recommended that he get the harshest punishment possible; Fred's face when he realises that even Commanders aren't safe from Gilead's regime is a sight to see.]]
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'', this was Queenie's preferred method of winning arguments with her subordinates - simply retort "Who's Queen?" to [[ImpliedDeathThreat convince them]] to agree with her.
-->'''Melchett''': (''resigned'') As you say, Majesty, there were these magnificent ''orange'' elephants which were coming...
* Played for laughs in ''Series/DeusSalveORei'' when Prince Rodolfo makes an anti-adultery law in an attempt at making himself relevant, specifically seeking to punish the cheater's lovers. He then revokes the law the moment it looks like [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he might be punished himself]], since he is a womanizer that sleeps with any beautiful woman that catches his fancy.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': In Season 5, Leslie gets Ron to host the annual BBQ that the parks department puts on. Ron shows up with no food and a live pig, stating that he is going to kill and cook the pig. When a Park Ranger comes up and asks him what is up, Ron presents the Park Ranger with a paper, saying that it is a permit, However, the permit only says "I can do what I want -Ron" as Ron is the head of the Parks Department and the Park Ranger's boss. However, it is subverted as the Park Ranger points out that while he is the head of the Parks Department, "It’s not a parks thing. It’s against like three laws and a dozen health codes."
* The pilot of ''Series/NewAmsterdam2018'' has new medical director Max Goodwin telling the assembled hospital staff that they need to change things majorly. He then backs it up by firing the ''entire'' cardiac surgeon staff (he hires one back) and saying that "anyone who puts billing over patient care is terminated, no matter how much money they bring in." He then tells other surgeons they'll be getting actual attendings and not just college med students with no training. He ignores the number of doctors leaving (some calling their lawyers) as he continues to declare that they are no longer going to use the excuse of "the system is too big to change because we ''are'' the system." Over the course of the series, Goodwin shows he's all too willing to reshape the status quo of the hospital over the objections of the board.



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* This is the attitude of [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Christian Weston Chandler.]] It is a ''very'' good thing that he does not have this power in RealLife.

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* This is the attitude of [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Christian Weston Chandler.]] Chandler]]. It is a ''very'' good thing that he does not have this power in RealLife.





* ''Webcomic/TalesFromThePit'' deals with the daily exploits of the creators of ''MagicTheGathering'', so it's not surprising that we'd see them [[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/5808236243 abusing their power a little]].

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* ''Webcomic/TalesFromThePit'' deals with the daily exploits of the creators of ''MagicTheGathering'', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', so it's not surprising that we'd see them [[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/5808236243 abusing their power a little]].


* At the beginning of the Sora Unchained arc of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Chihiro assumes full control of the challenge competition over whether or not Sora can refuse her appointment to be Keichii's successor as head of the Nekomi Motor Club under Article 26, Clause 5 of the Motor Club rules, which places said authority in the control of the President Emeritus (Namely, her). When Belldandy points out that Article 26 only has four clauses, Chihiro grabs the rulebook and a pen and adds clause five on the spot. Nobody even tries to call her out on this.
* Combined with ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney in ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''. Himekawa and his friends are playing an online game. [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers Their opponents start cheating using magic to give them unbeatable abilities]]. Himekawa buys the whole gaming company so he can have the code altered to allow his team to become zombies to beat their opponents.



* Gold Watch from Manga/{{Ouroboros}}: “The ones who can effortlessly crush that tiny life of yours should be the police too, right?”

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* Gold Watch ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': During the Cell Games, Cell pulls this off. During his fight with Goku, he decides the ring is standing in the way of his [[BloodKnight entertainment]] and proceeds to blow it up, thus eliminating the risk of a victory by ringout.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': The Tournament of Power was announced with a strict [[NoItemUseForYou "no weapon" policy]]. However, as several contestants started using specific items to defeat the others (such as Master Roshi using containers for the Evil Containment Wave and several universes giving [[FusionDance Potaras]] to their champions), [[TopGod the Zen'Os]] - who organized the tournament in the first place - allowed these specific instances because [[RuleOfCool they looked cool]] (shutting down all the complaints with an enthusiastic smile and a DeathGlare).
* For sheer political power, none of the other examples on the list surpass ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'''s Prime Minister Wong. How powerful is Wong? Well, thanks to Master Asia's victory in the Gundam Fight four years ago, Wong ''rules the universe''. This allows him to screw the rules however he likes,
from Manga/{{Ouroboros}}: “The ones turning the Fight into a DeadlyGame where attacking the cockpit is allowed to allowing Fighters into the finals who can effortlessly crush were blatantly defeated and/or disqualified. His counterpart in the manga has a line predating Gilgamesh below:
--> '''Wong:''' To put it lightly, I don't just make the rules, [[IAmTheNoun I am the rules]]!
* Tsunade of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', having founded the medical corps, has a specific set of rules for them
that tiny life of yours should be boil down to "heal your friends, don't get in fights that might end in you dying". The only exception to this rule is if the police too, right?”medic has mastered the Byakugo technique. A technique which only she possesses. I must be noted, however, that she is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]: the medical corps are the [[WhiteMage white mages]] there, hence the "don't risk your life" clause. The Byakugo technique, however, turns the user into a OneManArmy with a ridiculously strong HealingFactor, so is not that she is ignoring the rules, but more like that, while using that technique, there's no fighting that might result in her dying. [[spoiler: Also, she is perfectly willing to teach that technique, and she in fact teaches it to Sakura, it's only that, before her, no other ninja was skilled enough to learn it.]]



* ''Manga/OnePiece'' overlaps this with DiplomaticImpunity. The World Nobles use their position as descendants of the Twenty Kings who originally founded the (highly corrupt) World Government to do as they please whenever and wherever they go, and ''anyone'' who tries to interfere with or touch them in anyway will face the full force of a Marine army. They're even allowed to shoot people in broad daylight without punishment.
** [[spoiler:This becomes especially evident when it's revealed that Donquixote Doflamingo, the most psychotic member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, is a former World Noble. He may have left them, but it still leaves him with enough power to outright deceive the entire world into believing that he had abdicated his position as a Warlord just to trick a mere ten people, something that would've been impossible otherwise. This becomes FridgeHorror when you realize that Doflamingo, a strong and influential pirate outside of his status as a World Noble, technically has dominion over the '''''Admirals'''''.]]
** And if that isn't enough, during the battle of Marineford, Doflamingo gives a speech about how the ones with the most power get to decide this, and that Marineford was neutral ground due to the fact that everything is WrittenByTheWinners.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Kuyo]], the head of Yokai Academy's [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Student Police]], regularly exploited his authority to make the other students' lives as miserable as possible, and everyone is too afraid of him to try and stop it. It's only when Tsukune and co. give him a well-deserved ass-kicking that Kuyo finally pays his dues.



* Gold Watch from Manga/{{Ouroboros}}: “The ones who can effortlessly crush that tiny life of yours should be the police too, right?”



* Tsunade of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', having founded the medical corps, has a specific set of rules for them that boil down to "heal your friends, don't get in fights that might end in you dying". The only exception to this rule is if the medic has mastered the Byakugo technique. A technique which only she possesses. I must be noted, however, that she is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]: the medical corps are the [[WhiteMage white mages]] there, hence the "don't risk your life" clause. The Byakugo technique, however, turns the user into a OneManArmy with a ridiculously strong HealingFactor, so is not that she is ignoring the rules, but more like that, while using that technique, there's no fighting that might result in her dying. [[spoiler: Also, she is perfectly willing to teach that technique, and she in fact teaches it to Sakura, it's only that, before her, no other ninja was skilled enough to learn it.]]
* At the beginning of the Sora Unchained arc of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Chihiro assumes full control of the challenge competition over whether or not Sora can refuse her appointment to be Keichii's successor as head of the Nekomi Motor Club under Article 26, Clause 5 of the Motor Club rules, which places said authority in the control of the President Emeritus (Namely, her). When Belldandy points out that Article 26 only has four clauses, Chihiro grabs the rulebook and a pen and adds clause five on the spot. Nobody even tries to call her out on this.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' overlaps this with DiplomaticImpunity. The World Nobles use their position as descendants of the Twenty Kings who originally founded the (highly corrupt) World Government to do as they please whenever and wherever they go, and ''anyone'' who tries to interfere with or touch them in anyway will face the full force of a Marine army. They're even allowed to shoot people in broad daylight without punishment.
** [[spoiler:This becomes especially evident when it's revealed that Donquixote Doflamingo, the most psychotic member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, is a former World Noble. He may have left them, but it still leaves him with enough power to outright deceive the entire world into believing that he had abdicated his position as a Warlord just to trick a mere ten people, something that would've been impossible otherwise. This becomes FridgeHorror when you realize that Doflamingo, a strong and influential pirate outside of his status as a World Noble, technically has dominion over the '''''Admirals'''''.]]
** And if that isn't enough, during the battle of Marineford, Doflamingo gives a speech about how the ones with the most power get to decide this, and that Marineford was neutral ground due to the fact that everything is WrittenByTheWinners.
* Combined with ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney in ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''. Himekawa and his friends are playing an online game. [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers Their opponents start cheating using magic to give them unbeatable abilities]]. Himekawa buys the whole gaming company so he can have the code altered to allow his team to become zombies to beat their opponents.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Kuyo]], the head of Yokai Academy's [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Student Police]], regularly exploited his authority to make the other students' lives as miserable as possible, and everyone is too afraid of him to try and stop it. It's only when Tsukune and co. give him a well-deserved ass-kicking that Kuyo finally pays his dues.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': During the Cell Games, Cell pulls this off. During his fight with Goku, he decides the ring is standing in the way of his [[BloodKnight entertainment]] and proceeds to blow it up, thus eliminating the risk of a victory by ringout.
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': The Tournament of Power was announced with a strict [[NoItemUseForYou "no weapon" policy]]. However, as several contestants started using specific items to defeat the others (such as Master Roshi using containers for the Evil Containment Wave and several universes giving [[FusionDance Potaras]] to their champions), [[TopGod the Zen'Os]] - who organized the tournament in the first place - allowed these specific instances because [[RuleOfCool they looked cool]] (shutting down all the complaints with an enthusiastic smile and a DeathGlare).



* Both [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Presidents]] from ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' have said that "If the President does it, it's not a crime" to justify their actions. While The Beast was being somewhat ironic, his successor was apparently ''dead serious''. This was a reference to a certain President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, who famously said something similar.

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* Both [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Presidents]] from ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' have said that "If the President does it, it's not a crime" to justify their actions. While The Beast was being somewhat ironic, his successor was apparently ''dead serious''. This was a reference to a certain President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, is more or less the shtick of the ''ComicBook/ContestOfChampions'''s Grandmaster, as well as [[spoiler:The Maestro]] who famously said something similar.usurps the Grandmaster in the third volume.



* A benevolent example shows up in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Deepscan is approached on conducting industrial espionage on a Internet firm run by Wolfram & Hart. Kennedy points out they cannot become involved, however since she runs Deepscan goes ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight and does so anyway.
* The Triple Goddess is apparently either unwilling or even unable to do this in the ''Witchcraft'' graphic novel from Vertigo. Frustrated by how many rules they have to follow when punishing someone who attacked their priestesses and desecrated one of their rituals, one asks who made so many rules. The answer: "I seem to remember it...er...was us, back when everything was new and making rules seemed the thing to be done."

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* A benevolent example shows up in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Deepscan is approached on conducting industrial espionage on a Internet firm run by Wolfram & Hart. Kennedy points out they cannot become involved, however since she runs Deepscan goes ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight and Both [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Presidents]] from ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' have said that "If the President does so anyway.
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it, it's not a crime" to justify their actions. While The Triple Goddess is Beast was being somewhat ironic, his successor was apparently either unwilling or even unable ''dead serious''. This was a reference to do this in the ''Witchcraft'' graphic novel from Vertigo. Frustrated by how many rules they have to follow when punishing someone a certain President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, who attacked their priestesses and desecrated one of their rituals, one asks who made so many rules. The answer: "I seem to remember it...er...was us, back when everything was new and making rules seemed the thing to be done." famously said something similar.


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* The Triple Goddess is apparently either unwilling or even unable to do this in the ''Witchcraft'' graphic novel from Vertigo. Frustrated by how many rules they have to follow when punishing someone who attacked their priestesses and desecrated one of their rituals, one asks who made so many rules. The answer: "I seem to remember it...er...was us, back when everything was new and making rules seemed the thing to be done."
* The ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' gives us the Gamesmaster who oversees the DeadlyGame held between the [[Characters/XMenHellfireClub Upstarts]]. Note that originally he is ''not'' this as he was appointed by [[VainSorceress Selene]] and answered to her, but after the Upstart Fitzroy become TheStarscream to Selene he was left to conduct the game however he chose. Which, invariably, was "however the hell he felt like that day".


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* A benevolent example shows up in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Deepscan is approached on conducting industrial espionage on a Internet firm run by Wolfram & Hart. Kennedy points out they cannot become involved, however since she runs Deepscan goes ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight and does so anyway.


* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Batman almost always averts this in terms of the rules he sets for himself, but when he captured the Sewer King (who had been using children as slave labor), he said, "This time, I'm ''sorely'' tempted [to break my own rules]!"

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* Defied in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4872268/1/Turning-Point Turning Point]]'', as Egeria prefers to act as a queen rather than a fanatical god like the rest of the Goa'uld, with the result that she feels as though she can't amend her rules to save Daniel's life after he kills a man when he is only a slave, even though Egeria recognises that he only killed that man to save a young woman after giving the other man every chance to stand down. Fortunately, Egeria is able to make the necessary change when some of her people appeal to her to change the rules on Daniel's behalf in accordance with her own rules, allowing her to retroactively revise the law so that a slave can kill a freeman in defence of another freeman.


* The pilot of ''Series/NewAmsterdam2018'' has new medical director Max Goodwin telling the assembled hospital staff that they need to change things majorly. He then backs it up by firing the ''entire'' cardiac surgeon staff (he hires one back) and saying that "anyone who puts billing over patient care is gone, no matter how much money they bring in." He then tells other surgeons they'll be getting actual attendees and not just college med students. He ignores the number of doctors leaving (some calling their lawyers) as he continues to declare that they are no longer going to use the excuse of "the system is broken because we ''are'' the system." Over the course of the series, Goodwin shows he's all too willing to reshape the status quo of the hospital over the objections of the board.

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* The pilot of ''Series/NewAmsterdam2018'' has new medical director Max Goodwin telling the assembled hospital staff that they need to change things majorly. He then backs it up by firing the ''entire'' cardiac surgeon staff (he hires one back) and saying that "anyone who puts billing over patient care is gone, terminated, no matter how much money they bring in." He then tells other surgeons they'll be getting actual attendees attendings and not just college med students. students with no training. He ignores the number of doctors leaving (some calling their lawyers) as he continues to declare that they are no longer going to use the excuse of "the system is broken too big to change because we ''are'' the system." Over the course of the series, Goodwin shows he's all too willing to reshape the status quo of the hospital over the objections of the board.

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': When the Red Queen puts Alice om trial for trying to steal her heart, Sora gathers evidence that proves the real culprits are the Heartless and Alice is innocent. When he presents it, the Queen angrilly orders her guards to attack anyway, saying that one of her laws is that anyone who defies the queen is automatically guilty. This is ''after'' she already gave Sora permission to find the culprit.

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'': When the Red Queen puts Alice om on trial for trying to steal her heart, Sora gathers evidence that proves the real culprits are the Heartless and Alice is innocent. When he presents it, the Queen angrilly orders her guards to attack anyway, saying that one of her laws is that anyone who defies the queen is automatically guilty. This is ''after'' she already gave Sora permission to find the culprit.

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* It happens in the Season 8 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' when Twilight Sparkle needs to get EEA approval to open her school and fails in part due to the guy doing the approving being [[FantasticRacism a racist jerk]] and in part due to [[StrawmanHasAPoint the school having some safety and quality concerns]]. She ultimately decides to just open the school anyways, in spite of the rule that even a princess can't go against the EEA's decision, knowing full-well nobody is willing or able to actually ''enforce'' the rule and prevent her from making up a new on on the spot that allows the school to open:
--> '''Twilight Sparkle:''' It's not an ''EEA'' school. It's a ''friendship'' school with its ''own'' rules. I should know. I wrote the book!


* Tsunade of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', having founded the medical corps, has a specific set of rules for them that boil down to "heal your friends, don't get in fights that might end in you dying". The only exception to this rule is if the medic has mastered the Byakugo technique. A technique which only she possesses.
** It must be noted, however, that she is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]: the medical corps are the [[WhiteMage white mages]] there, hence the "don't risk your life" clause. The Byakugo technique, however, turns the user into a OneManArmy with a ridiculously strong HealingFactor, so is not that she is ignoring the rules, but more like that, while using that technique, there's no fighting that might result in her dying. [[spoiler: Also, she is perfectly willing to teach that technique, and she in fact teaches it to Sakura, it's only that, before her, no other ninja was skilled enough to learn it.]]

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* Tsunade of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', having founded the medical corps, has a specific set of rules for them that boil down to "heal your friends, don't get in fights that might end in you dying". The only exception to this rule is if the medic has mastered the Byakugo technique. A technique which only she possesses.
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possesses. I must be noted, however, that she is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]: the medical corps are the [[WhiteMage white mages]] there, hence the "don't risk your life" clause. The Byakugo technique, however, turns the user into a OneManArmy with a ridiculously strong HealingFactor, so is not that she is ignoring the rules, but more like that, while using that technique, there's no fighting that might result in her dying. [[spoiler: Also, she is perfectly willing to teach that technique, and she in fact teaches it to Sakura, it's only that, before her, no other ninja was skilled enough to learn it.]]




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* In ''Fanfic/{{Restraint}}'', Mai and her family knew about Ozai's [[spoiler:ParentalIncest towards Azula]] for years. They wouldn't do anything about it because they couldn't charge the Fire Lord with such an offense.


** Another example is that a quorum (ie a majority of the chamber's members) must be present to vote before any law can be passed. However, the rules of the House and Senate both presume that a quorum is always present unless a member demands a quorum call to actually count the members, or a roll call vote is held in which each member's vote of yes or no is recorded. Thus, if nobody shows up to a session to oppose a bill and demand a quorum, it can be "unanimously" passed by voice vote despite far less than a quorum having voted. This infamously happened with the so-called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday_Compromise "Palm Sunday Compromise"]], which was passed by the Senate with only 3 Senators present rather the required minimum of 51. Whether the House and Senate actually have the proper legal authority to handle quorums in this way, seeing as the quorum requirement is spelled out in the US Constitution rather than being a rule that Congress itself created.

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** Another example is that a quorum (ie a majority of the chamber's members) must be present to vote before any law can be passed. However, the rules of the House and Senate both presume that a quorum is always present unless a member demands a quorum call to actually count the members, or a roll call vote is held in which each member's vote of yes or no is recorded. Thus, if nobody shows up to a session to oppose a bill and demand a quorum, it can be "unanimously" passed by voice vote despite far less than a quorum having voted. This infamously happened with the so-called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday_Compromise "Palm Sunday Compromise"]], which was passed by the Senate with only 3 Senators present rather the required minimum of 51. Whether the House and Senate actually have the proper legal authority to handle quorums in this way, seeing as the quorum requirement is spelled out in the US Constitution rather than being a rule that Congress itself created.created, is up for debate.


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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': When Light becomes fully aware of Ryuk and the Death Note again after his MemoryGambit, and remembers that he asked Ryuk to put a couple of fake rules on the Death Note (which L must then assume to be real), he goes into a little mental rant about how he is basically a god because he can change the rules like that. It's no longer clear how fully he recognizes that he ''didn't'' change the rules.

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