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* If someone is disinherited in a will, it will generally be for "reasons you are aware of" or similar language. Because the person who wrote it is [[CaptainObvious not around to defend their decision]], a specific reason could be contested in court, whereas vague language cannot.

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* If someone is disinherited in a will, it will generally be for "reasons you are aware of" or similar language. Because the person who wrote it is [[CaptainObvious not around to defend their decision]], decision, a specific reason could be contested in court, whereas vague language cannot.


* When Activision fired two Infinity Ward employees for insubordination, they said something to this effect.

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* When Activision fired two Infinity Ward employees for insubordination, they said something to this effect. Considering the two employees were the ''heads of the studio'', it was likely to gain control of the series.


* In ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', Kyosuke Munakata went through several traumatic and character breaking moments turning him into a paranoid and half-crazed KnightTemplar. This cumulates in him [[spoiler: fatally stabbing his best friend, Juzo Sakakura,]] and delivering this line. [[spoiler:He does this believing that Juzo had turned to the side of despair, after being told by Kazuo Tengan that everybody was the traitor (Which was technically true but for a different reason).]].

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* In ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', Kyosuke Munakata went through several traumatic and character breaking moments turning him into a paranoid and half-crazed KnightTemplar. This cumulates in him [[spoiler: fatally stabbing his best friend, Juzo Sakakura,]] and delivering this line. [[spoiler:He does this believing that Juzo had turned to the side of despair, after being told by Kazuo Tengan that everybody was the traitor (Which (which was technically true but for a different reason).]].



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** Also done in the play ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', but with the genders switched round. Hero and Claudio are to be married the next morning- but the evil Don John convinces the court that Hero has been sleeping around. The entire court (except for the heroes) [[IdiotBall immediately believe]] the deceitful Prince that previously tried to overthrow the court. Of course, in fairness, they ''thought'' they'd actually seen Hero in the act...

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** Also done in the play ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', but with the genders switched round. Hero and Claudio are to be married the next morning- morning - but the evil Don John convinces the court that Hero has been sleeping around. The entire court (except for the heroes) [[IdiotBall immediately believe]] the deceitful Prince that previously tried to overthrow the court. Of course, in fairness, they ''thought'' they'd actually seen Hero in the act...


* Justified in ''Fanfic/ACompleteTurnabout''. Maya is pissed at Phoenix and doesn't tell him why, because for all she knows he should be well aware of what the problem is. It just happens that unknown to Maya the Phoenix she's talking with is a Phoenix from AlternateUniverse, who has now whay of knowing what his counterpart screwed up.

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* Justified in ''Fanfic/ACompleteTurnabout''. Maya is pissed at Phoenix and doesn't tell him why, because for all she knows he should be well aware of what the problem is. It just happens that unknown to Maya the Phoenix she's talking with is a Phoenix from AlternateUniverse, who has now whay way of knowing what his counterpart screwed up.


** This is one of the problems in Akane Tendō's relationship with Ranma Saotome, of . She is willing to see the worst of anything slightly suspicious that Ranma does, something Ranma has actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the anime, [[CovertPervert jump to perverse conclusions]] about Ranma's goals/intentions/motivations, has been shown to [[SelectiveObliviousness consciously ignore elements of Ranma's own attempts at self-defense to prove her point and selectively remember events to further back up her opinions]] (manga version of Hinako's introduction), and believe the lies of people like Shampoo and Ukyō... who, by the way, are her devout '''rivals''' for Ranma's hand.

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** This is one of the problems in Akane Tendō's relationship with Ranma Saotome, of .of course. She is willing to see the worst of anything slightly suspicious that Ranma does, something Ranma has actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the anime, [[CovertPervert jump to perverse conclusions]] about Ranma's goals/intentions/motivations, has been shown to [[SelectiveObliviousness consciously ignore elements of Ranma's own attempts at self-defense to prove her point and selectively remember events to further back up her opinions]] (manga version of Hinako's introduction), and believe the lies of people like Shampoo and Ukyō... who, by the way, are her devout '''rivals''' for Ranma's hand.


A SoapOpera style plot will often have the issue specifically occur because of a third party that is trying to drive a wedge in a relationship so they break up. After only hearing OneSideOfTheStory, the angry character has decided on a course of action, and [[BewilderingPunishment refuses to explain their motives to their victim]]. The poor victim is unable to defend themselves since they don't even understand where the attack is coming from.

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A SoapOpera style plot will often have the issue specifically occur because of a third party that is [[RelationshipSabotage trying to drive a wedge in a relationship so they break up.up]]. After only hearing OneSideOfTheStory, the angry character has decided on a course of action, and [[BewilderingPunishment refuses to explain their motives to their victim]]. The poor victim is unable to defend themselves since they don't even understand where the attack is coming from.


** Also done in the play ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'', but with the genders switched round. Hero and Claudio are to be married the next morning- but the evil Don John convinces the court that Hero has been sleeping around. The entire court (except for the heroes) [[IdiotBall immediately believe]] the deceitful Prince that previously tried to overthrow the court. Of course, in fairness, they ''thought'' they'd actually seen Hero in the act...

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** Also done in the play ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'', ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', but with the genders switched round. Hero and Claudio are to be married the next morning- but the evil Don John convinces the court that Hero has been sleeping around. The entire court (except for the heroes) [[IdiotBall immediately believe]] the deceitful Prince that previously tried to overthrow the court. Of course, in fairness, they ''thought'' they'd actually seen Hero in the act...

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* ''Videogame/SunlessSea'': The official trade embargo document on the Empire of Hands is mostly dedicated to explaining what exactly isn't allowed. When it comes to the reason ''why'' the embargo is in place, "''They know what they did''" is the only explanation. Most of the admiralty doesn't ''actually'' know what they did, but since the inhabitants are soul-stealing monkeys that hate humanity the embargo was probably well-deserved.
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* In ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', Kyosuke Munakata went through several traumatic and character breaking moments turning him into a paranoid and half-crazed KnightTemplar. This cumulates in him [[spoiler: fatally stabbing his best friend, Juzo Sakakura,]] and delivering this line. [[spoiler:What Sakakura did turns out to have been lying about Junko being innocent of the disaster at Hope's Peak by way of blackmail. Sane Munakata was willing to overlook this, but crazy Munakata... not so much]].

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* In ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', Kyosuke Munakata went through several traumatic and character breaking moments turning him into a paranoid and half-crazed KnightTemplar. This cumulates in him [[spoiler: fatally stabbing his best friend, Juzo Sakakura,]] and delivering this line. [[spoiler:What Sakakura did turns out [[spoiler:He does this believing that Juzo had turned to have been lying about Junko the side of despair, after being innocent of told by Kazuo Tengan that everybody was the disaster at Hope's Peak by way of blackmail. Sane Munakata traitor (Which was willing to overlook this, technically true but crazy Munakata... not so much]].for a different reason).]].


* Beckett confronts ''Series/{{Castle}}'' the morning after he broke the rules and saw a murder suspect that he had previously dated. [[OneDialogueTwoConversations She's talking about him messing with her chair. He's talking about kissing the suspect.]] [[spoiler:She already knew, anyway.]]

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* Beckett confronts ''Series/{{Castle}}'' the Played with in ''Series/{{Castle}}''. The morning after he Castle broke the rules and saw privately met with a murder suspect that he had previously dated. dated, Beckett confronts him about something he's done, but doesn't actually specify what she's upset about. [[OneDialogueTwoConversations She's talking about He thinks she knows that he kissed the suspect. It turns out she's actually scolding him for messing with her chair. He's talking about kissing the suspect.chair.]] [[spoiler:She [[spoiler:It later turns out she already knew, anyway.knew about both things, and was using this trope to mess with him.]]

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* In ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', one article demonstrates the various ways parents do not follow the Constitution. When it gets to the sixth amendment's requirement that the accused be informed of what they're being charged with (see Real Life), a boy who's in trouble asks why his father is mad at him, and the father says "You know what you did! I don't have to tell you!"


* More than one Social Media site will suspend accounts and punish people '''without referring to what caused the punishment'''.

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* More than one Social Media site or message board Moderator will suspend accounts and punish people '''without referring while refusing to state what caused the punishment'''.punishment. Ironically, this can make things even more toxic when the people eventually return, because they now "know" that the people who run the site can and will ban people "for no reason", so now all sins are equal. (There's a reason sites like Wikipedia engage in "warnings" first, and go out of their way to refer to specific events when banning.)
%% Just to be clear: The above refers to Twitter and non-TV Tropes related message boards that shall not be named.


Subtrope of PoorCommunicationKills because if the characters actually talked out the problem, there wouldn't be one. Also a subtrope to BewilderingPunishment because the character getting "punished" is "in the doghouse" until they can convince the other character (who probably isn't listening) to forgive them.

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Subtrope of PoorCommunicationKills because if the characters actually talked out the problem, there wouldn't be one. Also a subtrope to BewilderingPunishment because the character getting "punished" is "in the doghouse" until they can convince the other character (who probably isn't listening) to forgive them. A common (and maddening) form of IdiotBall.


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* More than one Social Media site will suspend accounts and punish people '''without referring to what caused the punishment'''.

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* ''ComicBook/XFactor2006:''' Jamie and Theresa get into an argument, which very quickly escalates into shouting and Jamie storming out. Theresa was trying to talk to him about the fact she was pregnant because of a previous night with him, while Jamie's mind was on other matters. Monet, who'd been watching the whole thing, points out afterwards that Jamie wasn't on the same page as Theresa, using ''Three's Company'' as an example.

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