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  • Bleach:
    • The Central 46 is one which rules all Soul Society. When Urahara is framed for creating the Visoreds, he is convicted on circumstantial evidence, not allowed any sort of defense and had his sentence increased just for answering back. Rukia is essentially condemned to The Nothing After Death simply for giving her powers to a human to save both their lives; in that case, Aizen murdered the Central 46 and used mind control to make everyone think they were still following orders from the court. It speaks volumes that all the other captains went into battle just to stop the rebels from freeing someone from a sentence that was utterly excessive for a minor crime, and refused to let themselves ask questions about how ridiculous and borderline-ritualistic the trial was in the first place or why they couldn't negotiate a plea bargain when a squad of previously-unknown, highly destructive specialists came knocking on their door for their friend, until AFTER they got their asses kicked and Soul Society as a whole was compromised just to stop ONE execution.
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    • Aizen receives similar treatment, being sentenced almost immediately. When he lightly mocks them, they add a few centuries to the sentence and have his eyes covered so he'll be blind the entire time. In this case though, his crimes against Soul Society (and the rest of humanity, dead or alive) were actually legitimate with plenty of eyewitness and first-hand evidence. The sentence would have included an execution if he wasn't immortal at that point.
    • And of course, the Vandereich, who are actually the precursors to the Nazis. One of them 'judges' the Arrancar at the Hueco Mondo outpost by ordering them into a linear formation, and then chain-killing them one at a time while pronouncing "GUILTY" for each one. His coworkers laugh a little at the obvious insult to every form of trial ever.
  • Code Geass:
    • Suzaku Kururugi is arrested for murdering Prince Clovis and is screwed from the get-go due to being Japanese. He actually goes back after Lelouch rescues him and does him a solid by confessing to the murder. Say what you want about him, the man walks the walk.
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    • In Turn 19 of R2, the Black Knights do this to Lelouch as a prelude to a mutiny. Schneizel, a Britannian prince, sets up a meeting knowing in advance Lelouch won't attend (because Nunnally is presumed dead). He then proceeds to tell them that their leader is an exiled Britannian prince with Geass, as well as a laundry list of crimes they think he's used it for. The only evidence presented which has a shred of credibility is a voice clip in which Lelouch supposedly admits to causing the SAZ massacre (the part where Suzaku calls him a liar is omitted). Ohgi comes in with another Britannian, Villetta, and claims this is all true. Everyone believes him. They make a deal to trade Lelouch for Japan, trick Kallen into walking Lelouch into a crossfire, then nearly gun them both down. Kangaroo Court at its finest, and Kallen even points it out to absolutely no effect. The Compilation Movie version changes this a bit by depicting the Black Knights as being more reluctant and cautious about their decision, attempting to be more reasonable by having Lelouch answer some of their questions first before deciding what to do with him. It's Schneizel and his group that attempt to shoot him down before that can actually happen, leaving them with no idea what to think anymore and causing them to simply roll with what happens next.
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  • Combattler V: In one episode of the first season, the Big Bad built a Robeast disguised like Combattler and caused havoc with it. Professor Yotsuya and the Combattler team were put under arrest and judged nearly instantly, and during the proceeding it was painfully obvious the minds of the court were already made and refused giving them a fair hearing.
  • In the beginning of Deadman Wonderland, Ganta, a little boy who was the only survivor of the Red Man Massacre, was arrested and tried for the crime. They wouldn't allow him to speak and quickly sentence him to Deadman Wonderland. It should be noted that his lawyer is the owner/director of Deadman Wonderland, though Ganta and many of his clients don't know this.
    • Other kangaroo trials include a little girl who was left to die by her mother and went mad, a cowboy cop who tried to be a superhero, and some psychopaths who actually committed murder, but are clearly not guilty by reason of insanity and need a mental hospital rather than a brutal prison. The main reason for this level of kangaroo-hopping is because these people are actually infected with a substance that gives people superpowers, and DW wants to exploit these people to hell and back. Eventually, they infect the decoy prisoners who are guilty of regular crimes and accuse THEM of being infected from the start.
  • In Heavy Object before he's even captured, documents for Nyarlathotep's trial, conviction, and sentencing are drawn up and sent to Froleytia. The actual "trial" when he's brought into custody is immediate, lasts thirty seconds, and finds him guilty.
  • In I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, Azusa and her family end up being thrown into this at the behest of a corrupt official from a neighbouring town, Nascute. Fortunately, they manage to just as quickly save themselves with overwhelming character references and even more powerful people than their accuser.
  • Little Witch Academia: In episode 8, while Akko is traveling through Sucy's mind, she comes across different types of Sucys with their own personalities who want to be part of the real Sucy that are arrested by police versions of Sucy and taken to court. The judge and jury are all Sucys and judged every one of them guilty. When Akko points out that the entire trial is unfair to all the Sucys and their desire to be part of Sucy isn't a crime, she is pronounced guilty and sentenced to death.
  • Mazinger Z: In one episode The Dragon Baron Ashura had trapped The Hero Kouji Kabuto and decided "judging" him, playing judge, jury and executioner.
  • One Piece:
    • Montblanc Norland was put through one 400 years ago. After reporting his discovery of Shandora, the city of gold on Jaya to his king, the king wanted to "check it out" for himself. When they got to Jaya and found that there was no city, gold or otherwise (Having been blasted into the White Sea by the Knock-Up Stream), the king put Norland on trial for deception and had a ringer pose as a member of Norland's crew, who "testified" that Norland was lying about the Shandora. To add insult to injury, a later fable based on this scandal depicted Norland as a grinning fool and the king a brave warrior.
    • There is Kangaroo Court set-up at Enies Lobby, with the ironically-named "Eleven Just Jurymen", a jury of condemned criminals who would only say "Guilty!", and Chief Justice Baskerville, an insane giant three-headed judge. Though they were never actually shown trying anyone, acting more as a bunch of Giant Mooks. In fact, Enies Lobby has such a high conviction rate that most people don't believe there are trials- the myth is that criminals just walk through an empty courthouse on their way to either Impel Down or Navy Headquarters.
  • Panty and Stocking from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt are put on trial in "1 Angry Ghost" for murdering an innocent ghost. They are given a monkey for a lawyer and the judge let them show how they work due to how vulgar their transformations are. It turns out the trial was set up by Scanty and Kneesocks who are only found out because the monkey gets shocked which give it heightened intelligence that allows him to uncover the real culprit and reveal the demon sisters' ruse. Even the judge ends up giving in and lets the Angels be as vulgar as they need to be after the real culprit attacks him.
  • In Soul Eater, Kid and company face this when they enter the Witch realm to ask for help in Moon battle. They're tied up and brought to the court when they expected a talk, and are given no chance to defend themselves. By the way, the court doesn't give anything other than death sentences. The session culminates in sentencing Kid a million times to death for being a shinigami.
  • Pamela and Ash are submitted to an unofficial one in The Tarot Cafe. Both are kidnapped by an insane group of religious fanatics who claim that the two are minions of the Devil. They first ask Ash if he believes in wizards. When he says he does not, they twist his words to mean that he admitted to not believing in God (according to them, wizards are a sign of the Devil, thus denying the existence of wizards is to deny the Devil and denying the existence of the Devil is thus to deny the existence of God). When they ask Pamela the same question, she simply says "What if I do?", which they take to mean that she does believe in wizards and is thus an agent of the Devil. Partway through, Pamela is crushed by a giant statue, which the fanatics believe is a sign that God judged her...and then believe that she's evil because she survived (really, she's immortal).
  • Simon gets put through one of these in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann when Rossiu needs a scapegoat. Kittan angrily protests at the verdict, pointing out, among other things, that they gave Simon the stupidest member of the government for a defense attorney.
    Rossiu: Quiet in my courtroom, Legal Affairs Chief Kittan.
  • The court system in Wizard Barristers that's used to try "magic users", dubbed "wuds". Wuds only get the very fundamental rights, like the right to a "wizard barrister" to defend them, and are tried during a single court hearing. If they're found guilty and sentenced to death, they're executed on the spot.
    • The kangaroo court antics reach their peak in the final episode. A bizarre series of circumstances leads to the courtroom roles being completely swapped around: The defense attorney is trying to prove the defendant guilty, the prosecution is trying to prove the defendant innocent, whiles the defendant himself is trying prove "prosecute" his attorney.


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