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* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Harold decides to go back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother after seeing that Fiona will not change her mind about Shrek and will never be with Charming on her own free will. He decides last minute not to give her a cup of tea laced with love potion so not to violate her free will.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Harold decides to go back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother after seeing that Fiona will not change her mind about Shrek and will never be with Charming on her own free will. He decides last minute not to give her a cup of tea laced with love potion a LovePotion so not to violate her free will.



* ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'': Following some epic-level {{Rules Lawyer}}ing and LoopholeAbuse, Coriander (a CorruptChurch official outed as a pedophile) is about to walk away scot-free - with promises of retribution to those who exposed his crimes. Gender-Bent hero Tiffany decides enough is enough, publicly resigns her position in the royal court, then [[GroinAttack castrates]] [[http://www.exiern.com/2016/03/03/all-together-now/ Coriander.]] And follows it up with a TheReasonYouSuck speech to the assembled court:

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* ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'': Following some epic-level {{Rules Lawyer}}ing and LoopholeAbuse, Coriander (a CorruptChurch official [[PedophilePriest outed as a pedophile) pedophile]]) is about to walk away scot-free - with promises of retribution to those who exposed his crimes. Gender-Bent [[GenderBender Gender-Bent]] hero Tiffany decides enough is enough, publicly resigns her position in the royal court, then [[GroinAttack castrates]] [[http://www.exiern.com/2016/03/03/all-together-now/ Coriander.]] And follows it up with a TheReasonYouSuck speech to the assembled court:


* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Uatu, the Watcher]] is an observer sworn [[PrimeDirective not to interfere]] in the affairs of Earth, but [[HumansAreSpecial there's just something about humans--]] (Note that Uatu has ''frequently'' gotten in trouble for this from the other members of his species, and is apparently currently on some form of probation.)

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* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Uatu, the Watcher]] is an observer sworn [[PrimeDirective not to interfere]] in the affairs of Earth, but [[HumansAreSpecial there's just something about humans--]] humans]]... (Note that Uatu has ''frequently'' gotten in trouble for this from the other members of his species, and is apparently currently on some form of probation.)


Compare HonorBeforeReason, SuddenPrincipledStand, ScrewThisImOuttaHere and FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow. Contrast its EvilCounterpart, JustFollowingOrders. Compare ''and'' contrast ResignInProtest.

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Compare HonorBeforeReason, SuddenPrincipledStand, ScrewThisImOuttaHere ScrewThisImOuttaHere, ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules and FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow. Contrast its EvilCounterpart, JustFollowingOrders. Compare ''and'' contrast ResignInProtest.

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** ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': Diana loses the right to act as the Amazonian champion Wonder Woman to the redheaded Amazon Orana fair and square in a contest, which should have kept her on Paradise Island. It did not as her responsibilities and history acting as a hero meant she went back to protect man's world even if it may cost her powers to do so.


Since other characters may justifiably believe that law and order is a good thing, this trope can result in a GoodVsGood conflict.

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Since other characters may justifiably believe that law and order is a good thing, this trope can result in a GoodVsGood GoodVersusGood conflict.


Can be the cause of AwakeningTheSleepingGiant if a group's new leaders decide to break with tradition. If the rules are such that the character is already on the run from the law, see DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp. If it involves directly disobeying a direct order of a superior officer in the armed forces, it's TheMutiny. The ChaoticGood are the personifications of this element. NeutralGood characters consider this trope in their options but may or may not elect it. LawfulStupid may ignore this to a fault.

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Since other characters may justifiably believe that law and order is a good thing, this trope can result in a GoodVsGood conflict.

Can be the cause of AwakeningTheSleepingGiant if a group's new leaders decide to break with tradition. If the rules are such that the character is already on the run from the law, see DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp. If it involves directly disobeying a direct order of a superior officer in the armed forces, it's TheMutiny. The ChaoticGood are the personifications of this element. NeutralGood characters consider this trope in their options but may or may not elect it. LawfulStupid may ignore this to a fault.
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* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', by law, Shang should have executed Mulan once he discovered she was [[SweetPollyOliver a girl disguised as a man]]. But because she had earlier saved his life, he drops his sword and lets her go. Despite the protests of ObstructiveBureaucrat Chi Fu, the army rides off without her.

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* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'', by law, Shang should have executed Mulan once he discovered she was [[SweetPollyOliver a girl disguised as a man]]. But because she had earlier saved his life, he drops his sword and lets her go. Despite the protests of ObstructiveBureaucrat Chi Fu, the army rides off without her.



* In Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Frollo orders Captain Phoebus to burn down a windmill -- with a couple and their two children locked inside of it. Phoebus objects, saying that he was not trained to murder innocent civilians, to which Frollo replies, "But you were trained to follow orders". Phoebus then put out the torch that he was given by dunking it into a barrel of water. After that happens, Frollo accuses him of cowardice and starts the fire himself. Phoebus promptly breaks into the windmill to get the family out safely, and is arrested immediately afterward. Frollo comments on how he expected better from such a decorated officer. Needless to say, Phoebus is now branded a traitor.

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* In Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Frollo orders Captain Phoebus to burn down a windmill -- with a couple and their two children locked inside of it. Phoebus objects, saying that he was not trained to murder innocent civilians, to which Frollo replies, "But you were trained to follow orders". Phoebus then put out the torch that he was given by dunking it into a barrel of water. After that happens, Frollo accuses him of cowardice and starts the fire himself. Phoebus promptly breaks into the windmill to get the family out safely, and is arrested immediately afterward. Frollo comments on how he expected better from such a decorated officer. Needless to say, Phoebus is now branded a traitor.



* The protagonist in the Parable of the GoodSamaritan as told in ''Literature/TheBible'' (Luke 10:29-37) could be considered the UrExample, although Jesus probably didn't base the character on a real person.

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The protagonist in the Parable of the GoodSamaritan as told in ''Literature/TheBible'' (Luke 10:29-37) could be considered the UrExample, although Jesus probably didn't base the character on a real person.



** Also in ''Freefall'', Florence notes that some people are criminals because they're bad, others are criminals because they're out of legal options.

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** Also in ''Freefall'', Florence notes that some people are criminals because they're bad, others are criminals because they're out of legal options.



* ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': The main reason why Commander Badass never became Captain Badass was that he repeatedly went off on [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind unauthorized rescue missions]]. That he often came back from said missions with his body and cybernetics in a shape that necessitated enormous amounts of medical intervention and repairs didn't exactly endear him to his superiors either.

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* ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': The main reason why Commander Badass never became Captain Badass was that he repeatedly went off on [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind unauthorized rescue missions]]. That he often came back from said missions with his body and cybernetics in a shape that necessitated enormous amounts of medical intervention and repairs didn't exactly endear him to his superiors either.


* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': After the events of "ComicBook/TheContest" see Diana replaced as Wonder Woman by ComicBook/{{Artemis}} her Queen Hippolyta and the laws and customs of Themyscira intend/expect Diana to remain on Themyscira and remove herself from interacting with and living in the outside world. Diana immediately leaves to continue being a superhero as she's not just going to abandon people who have grown to rely and trust her because she's been stripped of a title and position.

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''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': After the events of "ComicBook/TheContest" see Diana replaced as Wonder Woman by ComicBook/{{Artemis}} her Queen Hippolyta and the laws and customs of Themyscira intend/expect Diana to remain on Themyscira and remove herself from interacting with and living in the outside world. Diana immediately leaves to continue being a superhero as she's not just going to abandon people who have grown to rely and trust her because she's been stripped of a title and position.
** ''ComicBook/WonderWomanWarbringer'': Diana chooses to save Alia and return with her to the mortal world to save it even though she knows the Amazonian rules and laws she's breaking are banishment level offenses.


* ''Fanfic/SummerCrowns'': The magisters of Pentos learn how much Robert respects a truce banner when [[spoiler: you present him with the heads of fourteen slave children as a warning.]]

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* ''Fanfic/SummerCrowns'': The magisters of Pentos learn how much Robert respects a truce banner when [[spoiler: you present him with the heads of fourteen slave children as a warning.]]warning]].
* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' fic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4746021/1/We-Are-Legend We Are Legend]]" (essentially a new take on ''Film/IAmLegend''), when Brennan becomes Patient Zero of a virus that turns the infected into zombie-esque creatures, Booth is ordered to kill her to try and stop the spread of infection, but faced with loyalty to his country and loyalty to Brennan, Booth chooses instead to turn on the rest of his team, unable to kill his partner despite every reason he would have to obey his superiors' orders.

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* ''Fanfic/FateHaremAntics'': Servant Ruler/Saint Martha tells her Master Taiga Fujimura that they are not supposed to interfere with the battles unless a rule of the Holy Grail War is violated. Taiga says that if Shirou, Rin, or Sakura are hurt, no power in the universe will stop her from helping.


Compare HonorBeforeReason, SuddenPrincipledStand, ScrewThisImOuttaHere and FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow. Contrast its EvilCounterpart, JustFollowingOrders.

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Compare HonorBeforeReason, SuddenPrincipledStand, ScrewThisImOuttaHere and FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow. Contrast its EvilCounterpart, JustFollowingOrders. Compare ''and'' contrast ResignInProtest.


Compare SuddenPrincipledStand, ScrewThisImOuttaHere and FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow. Contrast its EvilCounterpart, JustFollowingOrders.

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Compare HonorBeforeReason, SuddenPrincipledStand, ScrewThisImOuttaHere and FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow. Contrast its EvilCounterpart, JustFollowingOrders.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': After the events of "ComicBook/TheContest" see Diana replaced as Wonder Woman by ComicBook/{{Artemis}} her Queen Hippolyta and the laws and customs of Themyscira intend/expect Diana to remain on Themyscira and remove herself from interacting with and living in the outside world. Diana immediately leaves to continue being a superhero as she's not just going to abandon people who have grown to rely and trust her because she's been stripped of a title and position.

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* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', natch, but Detective Harvey Bullock really shines as an example of this. He's a rude, uncouth, disgusting, truly unpleasant individual who frequently breaks the law, employs {{Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique}}s (at least to the extent a kid's show could display), and even goads criminals into opening fire so he can respond with lethal force to save paperwork. He also happens to be one of the few truly uncorrupt cops in Gotham and consistently uses these illegal tactics to get results and bring criminals in, with even so much as being hinted at being on the take enough to [[BerserkButton make him snap]]. The irony is his methods and Batman's are NotSoDifferent, yet the two can't stand each other and would both flip at the thought of being considered similar.

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': An early comic has Dredd monitoring a cadet Judge's final exam, and when the cadet has arrested the perps, tells him to get out of the way so Dredd can execute them. After the cadet refuses several times, Dredd tells him he passed, in this case the conflict not being between Lawful or Good but Lawful and Obedient.

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