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If you think this is bad, remember he was previously arrested for not knowing what The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was.

Manager: I want to apologize humbly, deeply, and sincerely about the fork.
Man: Oh please, it's only a tiny bit... I couldn't see it.
Manager: Ah, you're good, kind, fine people for saying that. But I can see it. To me, it's like a mountain. A vast bowl of pus!
Monty Python's Flying Circus's "Restaurant Sketch"

This trope is when somebody does something wrong, but it's a mild wrong, like a white lie, a low misdemeanor (as in a $20 fine), or something that at most gets a "Hey! Not cool!" from your friends, and then the show treats it as crossing the Moral Event Horizon or at least coming dangerously close.

That lollipop you shoplifted? Those 50 cents it cost will land you about 50 years in prison! You scumbag. How could you? The United Supermarket Corporation will starve because of you! How do you sleep at night, knowing what you've done!?

This trope comes in 3 varieties:

  1. Writers think this isn't that bad, but exaggerate for effect. So this isn't moral dissonance, it's just Anvilicious. Even if the thing is wrong, presenting it as something magnitudes worse usually makes it a Clueless Aesop. Can't Get Away with Nuthin' uses this a lot.
  2. Writers use Values Dissonance for dramatic effect. This is common in Dystopias, police states, Historical Fiction, and cults. But it can also be used to make organizations look like this when they aren't, like with Straw Dystopias. But thanks to Values Dissonance, this is often about real cultures from the past or present.
  3. Writers invoke Values Dissonance for comedic effect. A lot of the well-written animated shows, even dating back decades, would do this. And Sitcoms will do this as well. Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking or Selective Enforcement is often invoked here. This can overlap with the second case when the intent is dark humour.

Since laws all over the world are rife with Values Dissonance, things that are misdemeanors or not even illegal in one country but treated as serious crimes in others can seem like this.

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  • Dissonant Serenity: The inverse of this trope in many ways; a serious wrong or something that is no laughing matter, such as murder, gets brushed off as a mild inconvenience at worst.
  • Easily Forgiven: Genuinely terrible crimes are shrugged off.
  • Kick the Dog: An action that helps characterize a morally neutral or ambiguous character as bad.
  • Moral Event Horizon: A crime committed really is horrific and unforgivable.
  • Under Statement - Insufficient reaction on something horrible.

No relation to the notion of a "felony/misdemeanor"note  in some real-life jurisdictions, such as California.

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  • The advertisements where the cow hunts down (and presumably kills) a man who decided he'd prefer eating dead chicken over eating dead cow. Also leads to Fridge Logic; do the cows want to be eaten?
  • GameFly commercials. Various gamers having epic level temper tantrums over a bad game they purchased, complete with screaming, destruction of personal property, and chucking televisions off their roofs. They have also done commercials about the horrible trade-in rates used game stores tend to give (resulting in the same level of carnage), which makes a little more sense.
  • Subway has a line of commercials best paraphrased as "Fast food will ruin your life." Someone ordering a fairly normal fast food meal is told things like they'll instantly get fat, be abandoned by their significant other, and need therapy.
  • A carpet cleaning service, Stanley Steemer, has a commercial where two of their employees see a rolled-up carpet set up for trash collection. Both react as if it were a corpse, complete with one racing out to its side, cradling it tenderly, sobbing "I could have saved this one!", and ending with a Skyward Screamed Big "NO!"
  • A commercial for the sweetener Truvia shows a woman committing a particular act. After she completes this act, the shame and self-loathing on her face is glaring. Her SO walks up and looks down at her with a look of absolute disgust. The heinous act this woman committed? Eating a tiny piece of cheesecake, which could have led to her getting fat. Yay eating disorders!
  • In a similar vein to the GameFly commercials mentioned above, there was once an ad campaign for Shout Advanced spray. The ad consisted of a woman tossing her washing machine and dryer out a second-story window while screaming to the heavens, "I HATE SET-IN STAINS!" Her neighbor manages to one-up her by throwing the aforementioned appliances through the roof.
  • A Woolite detergent commercial directed by Rob Zombie portrays some of the less favorable outcomes of a wash cycle (stretching, shrinking and fading) in the style of cold-blooded torture.
  • One credit card commercial showed people streaming through a checkout counter with astounding speed, swiping their cards with mechanical precision. Then one guy pauses for a moment to pull out cash. The line comes to a halt, and every single person there gives him a very nasty look for not being a credit-card-using speed demon.
  • Johnny Turbo fights tooth and nail against the evil Feka corporation for trying to make a profit with a competing product that wasn't released first.
  • Oak milk. One ad has a somewhat odd fellow walking through a near-deserted fairground at night rambling about a state of "hungrythirsty" before declaring:
    I wish I'd given Oak to my son when he was a child, haha, just kidding, I don't have a son, well technically I do, but he's in real estate...
  • TV spot for Polaner All Fruit preserves has three people asking "please pass the All Fruit" in a posh British accent followed by an American Southerner asking "Wouldja please pass the jelleh?"
  • One commercial for Kraft Meltdowns featured a principal losing his temper and screaming over the PA system, all because somebody parked in his parking space.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind features the third kind: "Show no mercy to the insolent!"
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • The Team Rocket trio, in certain situations. Go after a group of WILD Remoraid to send to HQ? Ten thousand volts and a one-way ticket to the stratosphere. The Pokémon universe seems to have a rule: Use any method but a Poké Ball to catch Pokémon, and expect Laser-Guided Karma to get you. When Jessie snaked a Yanma right out from under the kid who was battling it (using a Poké Ball), not only did Jessie not get a comeuppance, the Yanma evolved into Yanmega in its first battle. All their blastoffs involving catching Pokémon also involve them either stealing other people's Pokémon or using a machine to grab them en masse. You'd think Team Rocket would have made the association by now. Meowth mentioned once when they were trying to steal a migrating school of WILD Magikarp that Pokéballs cost money and they have none. Though it's more like they prefer snagging pokémon with traps because it's more evil that way. Otherwise, how could they afford all those mechs?
    • Early in season 1, Ash made the mistake of voicing his opinions on thinking that perfume is stupid. He made the mistake of doing so in Erika's shop, and in front of Erika. Having pressed Erika's Berserk Button via gravely insulting what she does for a living, she responds by not only kicking him out of her shop but indirectly banning him from stepping foot in her gym.
  • Howard X. Miller in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX... crushed a poor, innocent flower! How dare you!
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: There's a horse-headed pervert walking the streets. Does he flash his victims, grope them, molest them? No, he gives them ponytails (though that itself can be construed as sexual battery). Sousuke suggests that they torture him. And then he actually gets arrested and is told that he'll be doing a long time in jail. The segment ends with Kaname saying how something about this situation doesn't feel right.
  • Elsee from The World God Only Knows once used her demonic powers to skip class to bake a cake, and commented that she's a bad demon for doing so.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Misaka 10032's reaction to Last Order stealing her visor is to chase after her with an assault rifle.
    • Earlier in the same episode, three of the Sisters (10032, 10039 and 13577) react to the discovery that Misaka 19090 has been dieting and reading a women's magazine by chasing her down like red-eyed demons. We never find out what happened. On the other hand, it's a case of Deliberate Values Dissonance here: all Misaka sisters are part of a Hive Mind and thus behave exactly the same, with the experiences of one affecting the experiences of all, so if one Misaka behaves differently, the entire Hive Mind is at danger of being affected which could very quickly put them into a dangerous situation...and they were well aware the reason she was doing it was that she was trying to get a leg-up on the other Sisters to seduce Touma, the guy they're all in love with.
    • At one point in the manga, Mikoto complains about the measures taken to prevent people like her from reading manga in the stores without buying it (which, obviously, reduces profit for the authors). Seeing how Mikoto is a manga character, the author immediately punishes her by a seemingly random falling object knocking her out cold. Uiharu and Saten immediately start panicking and babbling to no one in particular about buying the manga and its accessories.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, Keith Goodman would like everyone to know that ruining birthday parties is a terrible, terrible atrocity.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kyouko Sakura: "Don't waste food... Or I'll kill you." Later on, we find out she has a very plausible Freudian Excuse to not want to waste food, being that she grew up poor, not knowing when she would get her next meal.
  • Ranma ½: Pantyhose Taro's grudge with Happosai. His legitimate (potential) grudge (his curse) is a Red Herring to this.
  • In Samurai Flamenco, superhero wannabe Masayoshi fights such crimes as littering, jaywalking or violation of the municipal code. It's partly because he can't take on anything more dangerous, partly because those crimes are often ignored by the police.
  • Cromartie High School has a sequence in which the boys are swapping stories of how "bad" they are. Most of them are also in this category, but Kamiyama's story is the one that leaves everyone shocked; when made to work on a "most dominos toppled" world record project, he placed a bit of adhesive on the second-to-last domino.
  • In PandoraHearts, the Will of the Abyss made the Chain Albus explode because he had interrupted her while she was talking. Nevermind that Albus was trying to protect her from his contractor, who was about to stab her.
  • Pretty much anything that might be considered offensive to the devils from Dorohedoro. Whether it's selling devil shaped candy, spraying graffiti on a devil statue or even just plain impoliteness, the devils are very eager to introduce people to their death sentence.
  • Death Note: At one point, Mikami, the 3rd Kira, expands his killing spree to include innocent people who commit such minor crimes as being lazy. Light disapproves of him doing so, but only because he considers the move premature.
  • Tis Time for "Torture," Princess is about a warrior-princess of a fantasy empire who finds herself tortured by the terrible Hell-Horde... except the "tortures" take the form of tempting the Princess with delicious food, or letting her experience simple pleasures she missed out on due to her strict upbringing, like a trip to the amusement park or playing video games with friends. About the worst these "tortures" get is letting instant ramen get soggy, eating "Gorilla March" cookies without taking time to appreciate the little pictures on them, threatening to spoil her new favorite TV show, or making a baby polar bear cry by taking away his toy (and Beast Master Krall is such an animal lover, she quickly regrets that last one). All of these things the Princess declares horrible misdeeds.
  • Pop Team Epic: One strip has Popuko make a two-hour YouTube video where she eats potato chips while talking in an obnoxious fake voice. The last panel shows her in jail - "Arrested for YouTube crimes".

    Comic Books 
  • An infamously memetic panel from The Super Dictionary illustrates the word "forty" by showing Lex Luthor stealing forty cakes. That's as many as four tens. And That's Terrible.
  • Scott Pilgrim:
    • The "Vegan Police" treat vegans who don't adhere to a vegan diet as criminals. Since veganism gives you superpowers, it seems reasonable to take it seriously.
    • While she was callous to them, all of Ramona's ex-boyfriends (and one ex-girlfriend) unite to destroy all her subsequent boyfriends and ruin her romantic life.
  • Max and Moritz by Wilhelm Busch: Killing her chickens was mean, but the widow reacts in a way you could think they had killed her children.
  • A type 3 example appears in The Flash, in a flashback to the exploits of 1930s Knight Templar the Clipper. At one point he rescues a family from a burglar and then starts handing out punishments for their "crimes"—right on down to the boy who accidentally broke another child's toy. The punishment is to have all of his toys set on fire.
    Boy: Even Pooky?
    The Clipper: Of course Pooky! Pooky is the stigmata of your evil!
  • In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hyde eventually reveals what horrible sins that Verse's Dr. Jekyll had seen in himself, that had led him to try to isolate his "evil nature" in the first place. His "heinous crimes"? Borrowing a book without asking, and feeling sexually attracted to young men without ever acting upon those feelings. The latter was viewed as slightly more heinous in Victorian times than today, but nevertheless.
  • A Spike (IDW) comic has Spike say Drusilla's cheating on her lovers is worse than her being a soulless killer. Beck doesn't agree.
  • Part of Ultra Magnus' shtick is arresting his fellow Autobots for things such as poorly written signage, improperly adjusted insignia, or using informal nicknames, and throwing them into the brig. It becomes much less funny when it turns out he's doing this because he's having a post-war breakdown, and his boss uses this as grounds to fire him.
  • Annihilation: Conquest shows a Kree prison where several prisoners (whom will go on to form the modern Guardians of the Galaxy) were arrested for things like parking fines (Rocket Racoon), impersonating royalty (Groot), and attacking Kree soldiers (Captain Universe). Then we see Bug, who is in prison for getting a Kree woman pregnant. The Kree are absolutely serious about their "genetic purity".
  • In a story arc across several Marvel titles in the late 1970s/early 1980s The Punisher suffered a psychotic break and began dispensing his brand of lethal justice for such heinous crimes as littering and jaywalking.
  • The Simpsons: One issue has Sideshow Bob being released from prison to free up space for the real scum, people who talk on the phone while driving, or tape baseball matches without permission.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Bloom County, one Sunday Strip has W. A. Thornhump, Chairman of the Board proclaim Bloom County Features, Inc.'s dedication to abiding by drug laws. While most of the strip's "actors" are pronounced drug-free by the lab tests, Bill the Cat is revealed to have 139 ounces of Brazilian cocaine in his body, yet is recommended only for probation due to being "not expendable." However, the verdict for Berkeley Breathed, due to "one marijuana brownie eaten six years ago," is: "DRUG ADDICT. RECOMMENDED EXECUTION."

    Fan Works 
  • When Calvin attempts to take on the mantle of Batboy in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, this happens:
    Calvin had arrested three old ladies for "illegal poodle ownership", bagged four bulldogs saying that they broke the fire hydrant law of America, and turned in ten shocked people who had "illegally thrown candy wrappers into a trash can".
  • Type Two in What Hath Joined Together: After defending Twilight Sparkle from a furious noble's assault and taking his share of injury from the ordeal, Flash Sentry's gesture of respect for the princess is to give a gentlecoltish kiss on her hoof. For this Equestrian society, his action is several orders above that permitted by his social standing, and only thanks to Celestia's intervention was Flash merely verbally disciplined rather than dismissed outright.
  • A Great and Powerful Heart: Trixie ends jailed and heavily fined over a simple paperwork error and letting foals too near her cart. Justified as Sheriff Brass is an anti-unicorn supremacist who had it in for her, and was also trying to recruit her into an unwanted task.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: What Came After: Popplio's reaction to a Cacturne outlaw returning already-worn hats for a full refund is this.
    Popplio: I know what he's doing! He's buying a hat at one Flaaffy Fashions store and returning it for a full refund at the next Flaaffy Fashions store! HE MUST BE STOPPED!
  • Principal Celestia Hunts the Undead: Flash is mentioned as having gotten detention from Ms. Harshwinny for using the wrong word - saying "pacifically" instead of "specifically".
  • In Minecraft fan animation Villager News, Villager #4 is chased down by the police and sentenced to eternal banishment in the Pit of Death for "his complete distaste of our laws", littering a piece of dye.
  • In this Super Smash Bros. fic, Pit gets dragged into Silent Hill's Otherworld for leaving the iron on once. It's explained by Zelda's description of the place; you have to "have the weight of great sins on your back" to get pulled there, and Pit was apparently feeling massive guilt over this incident (in contrast, the self-admitted mass murderer Ridley wasn't dragged there because he felt no guilt over his numerous atrocities).

     Films - Animated 
  • In Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, this initially seems to be the case with "fish slapping", the in-movie crime of the biblical Ninevites for which they are despised, and for which they will apparently be wiped out. This would be justified in that it's all a story being told by modern day "Pirates", and saying what the real Assyrians did (i.e., routine torture and execution of captured prisoners, cutting off and tallying the right ears of slain enemies, being executed for failing to maintain the daily quota of said ears, etc) would be inappropriate for their young audience. Ironically, however, in the end this would actually be subverted. Or rather, the Ninevites are the ones guilty of this. It turns out that "fish slapping" extends to a form of execution called 'The Slap of No Return.' The Ninevites think it's funny, and they intend to have Jonah and his friends executed for accidentally stealing snack food. Kind of gives the term "fish slapping" a whole new perspective.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Big Lebowski, Walter pulls a gun on a fellow bowler for stepping over the line in a league match and refusing to take the penalty. "MARK IT ZERO!"
  • In Date Night, Tina Fey and Steve Carell take a reservation from two people who never show up. No matter how immoral the criminal they are facing, or how ridiculous the rest of their story is, every other character reacts to the reservation part with a shocked "Who DOES That?!"
  • Averted in My Cousin Vinny. The city slicker students think the small-town police are going berserk just because the kids accidentally shoplifted some tuna. Turns out they're actually the main suspects for murdering the convenience-store clerk.
  • The Sandlot - type 3 - "YOU PLAY BALL LIKE A GIRL!"
  • Airplane II: The Sequel plays this for laughs by having various characters on the lunar shuttle react deadpan to being told they're off course with a malfunctioning computer, but they go berserk when told they are out of coffee.
  • In Canadian Bacon, a group of American Sheriff's Deputies gripe about things they don't like about Canada while watching a Canadian hockey game. When one of them says Canadian beer sucks, the entire stadium goes quiet, then erupts into a gigantic melee. The cops even start beating on him when they find out what he said. This is even funnier when you remember that actor John Candy (who says the line) is Canadian.
  • You've Got Mail: While Kathleen and Joe are having a tiff at a dinner party (shortly after small-bookstore owner Kathleen finds out Joe is part of the corporate Fox Books hierarchy), he nonchalantly scoops some caviar off a dessert plate onto his own. Kathleen is offended by that ("That caviar is a GARNISH!"), prompting Joe to look her in the eye and wordlessly put more caviar on his plate.
  • In the educational short Cheating (as seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000), the short's main character is caught cheating on a test. The teacher fails him for it... followed by being kicked out as student president and being ostracized by his peers. It's lampshaded during the host segments of MST3K when Crow T. Robot copies Gypsy's paper, everyone catches him doing so... and Tom Servo demands Crow's death.
  • Undercover Brother. When Undercover Brother smashes a bag of chips, a Mook guard says that he just bought them! Undercover Brother apologizes.
  • Apparently, according to Ron Fox from Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, people with brown skin who smoke marijuana on an airplane are automatically terrorists (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • In The Dilemma, the one "big secret" that Ronny has kept from Nick for years is that he dated Geneva... during college... before Nick and Geneva ever even met. In the crucial scene, the anger is directed toward Ronny, not Geneva, whom Nick is married to.
  • In Brubaker a man who had two felony convictions is arrested for Drunk and Disorderly, and when he wakes up, the toilet in the cell is broken. Everyone in the cell blames him, so he's charged with "Destruction of City Property worth over $50," a felony, which makes him "a habitual criminal" for which he's sentenced to life imprisonment. As he points out to the warden, "I got life for a toilet."
  • In Holes, Stanley has the book thrown at him after getting hit in the head with a pair of shoes that happened to have been stolen.
  • In Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Bill's Ironic Hell is derived from a relatively minor "crime" he committed when he was ten years old, stealing his brother's Easter basket. (Possibly due to self-induced guilt over it, but exactly why the Devil couldn't think of something more severe makes one question just where he stands on the morality scale.)
  • Dead of Night: In "The Golfing Story", cheating at golf is considered the most heinous sin a man can commit. So serious that Potter returns from the dead to punish Parratt for it.
  • In Curse of the Headless Horseman, the Horseman's only aggressive act is to splash people with blood from a severed head. Unpleasant and disturbing certainly, but nowhere near the terrifying atrocity the hippies seem to regard it as.
  • Inspector Gadget 2: At the beginning of the film, Gadget arrests an elderly woman—who turns out to be Chief Quimby's mother—for drag racing and driving without a license. In reality, she was only going .3 MPH over the speed limit and accidentally left her wallet at home. While Quimby chews Gadget out for this, it is mentioned that the latter had arrested a group of girl scouts the previous week. Their crime? Selling cookies that were three days past expiration date. Riverton's crime rate has fallen significantly since Claw's imprisonment, so Gadget is bored due to the lack of real crime. Of course, Claw escapes from prison soon after that.

  • Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The other "bad" kids are Spoiled Brat Veruca Salt, gluttonous Augustus Gloop, and TV-obsessed Mike Teavee. Violet's flaw is chewing gum at all hours, little more than rudeness and Pride with regard to her holding a record for chewing, but she winds up getting just as nasty a case of Laser-Guided Karma as the other three when chewing a still-in-the-testing-phase piece of gum turns her into a giant blueberry! Since the Turn of the Millennium, adaptations tweak the character to make her more obnoxious (and thus more deserving of her fate) — in the 2005 film and 2013 stage musical she's a Competition Freak, as well as a Small Name, Big Ego starlet in the musical.
  • In Les Malheurs de Sophie, Sophie is forced to wear a necklace of the parts of a bee she dissected until they fall off because obviously, that is one of the biggest crimes that a six-year-old kid can commit.
  • In Black Legion, evil Chaos Marines and sorcerers Khayon and Ashur-Kai are absolutely appalled when they learn that one of the visitors at Gallium called his ship The Skinner.
  • A short story by a local writer in Singapore is about killer hamburgers attacking the protagonist because he switched his favorite food from burgers to fried chicken. It's supposed to be a horror story.
  • The Discworld novel Men at Arms notes that Ankh-Morpork law has "a whole quiverful of offences available to a policeman who wishes to pass the time of day with a citizen, ranging from Loitering With Intent through Obstruction to Lingering While Being the Wrong Colour/Shape/Species/Sex".
  • See The Scarlet Letter. It's a Victorian novel written about fictional Puritans. Most people forget that it's a historical novel, though, as the present becomes almost as far removed from the book's publication, as the book is from the time of its setting, and think of it as a strictly factual account of Puritan life.
  • The Book of Lord Shang advocates punishing minor offences severely, the idea being that the punishments will deter people from committing small crimes and thus keep them off the slippery slope towards major offences.
  • Dave Barry, in his 1987 year-in-review column, recounts a Reagan administration official's shocking admission:
    [June] 8—In the most dramatic Iran-contra testimony to date, Fawn Hall, played by Farrah Fawcett, testifies that, as Justice Department investigators closed in, she and Oliver North stayed late in their White House basement office and "colorized" a number of classic black-and-white films.
  • In Oliver Twist, Oliver's famous request for a second pitiful helping of porridge is treated like a high crime by the miserly workhouse staff. "He asked for more?"
  • For an epic example of Type Three, look no further than Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock. The Baron sneaks up behind the beautiful Belinda and snips off a lock of hair - and this divides the entire court down the middle and results in an all-out war of the sexes (fought with fans and scornful glances). To top it all off, it's Based on a True Story.
  • The Return of the Home Run Kid by Matt Christopher runs into this problem not on its own merits, but when considered in light of its predecessor. The focus of the story is the main character's baseball training under a fellow who was kicked out of the major leagues for betting against his own team and said fellow teaches dishonorable tricks like pretending to have been hit by a pitch. Fairly bad, sure? But in the previous book, The Kid Who Only Hit Homers, our hero used magic to ensure that he never struck out, and this was treated as entirely proper. Anyone who considered that poor sportsmanship probably wasn't still reading the books, and anyone who accepted it would have a hard time telling how physical cheating is worse than magical cheating.
  • Alex and the Ironic Gentleman has the heroine spending most of the book repeatedly running away from the same implacable pursuers a bunch of little old ladies who want vengeance because she stepped over the velvet ropes in a museum.
  • The infamous tunnel disaster scene in Atlas Shrugged does this by claiming that every passenger on the train died justifiably due to their beliefs.
  • The novel The Last Catholic in America has a scene in which the main character is despairing over his imminent damnation for stealing a dollar after being told by a nun that a dollar is about the amount that would qualify for a mortal sin. The priest he confesses this to disagrees.
  • If you're reading a novel, short story, fluff piece or fanfic set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, you've got about a 2-in-3 chance of this happening, normally type 3 but sometimes type 2. Crowning highlights: a Guardsman is ordered to defend an outpost, but facing an overwhelming attack he pulls back and cleverly defeats them, only to be executed for not staying put and allowing the base to be overrun because those were his orders; a Space Marine stranded on a Death World is severely chastised for picking up an alien weapon and using it after his own weapons are out of ammo; any time the Eldar get pissy over the Imperium "selfishly" wanting to save a world housing tens of billions of humans they were willing to sacrifice to save a couple thousand (or less) Eldar.
  • Subverted in Starship Troopers. An officer tells some officer candidates a story from the Napoleonic era: a junior navy officer during ship battle picks up his heavily wounded commander and carries him to a safe place. During that time all other officers on the ship are killed, so the young guy winds up a commanding officer on the ship-and, because he left his post, he stands trial and is cashiered (and is lucky not to be hanged). It seems a gross injustice for the candidates-but the officer explains that the punishment was completely justified: for an officer to have left his post without an order is really very Serious Business because if a sudden catastrophe happens, it is much more likely to disrupt a unit without a commanding officer.
  • In a Richard Scarry book called Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book (covers proper etiquette) a mom absolutely freaks because her kid dared to ask why he had to do something as a bad example.
  • Harry Potter worries this will happen to him when he blows up (as in inflates until she floats away) his aunt in Prisoner of Azkaban. As Fudge puts it, "We don't throw people in Azkaban for blowing up their aunts." While it's definitely not portrayed as a good thing, the fact that he didn't do it on purpose means they cut him some slack, and they were more worried about protecting him from Sirius Black at that point than anything minor. On the other hand, in the previous book, Harry was nearly expelled for a house elf dropping a cake on a dinner guest's head, and his aunt and uncle freak out if he even uses the word "magic" or references anything remotely fantasy-related, like flying motorcycles.
  • Jeeves and Wooster:
    • Tuppy Glossop once tricked Bertie into falling into a pool, and Bertie's been nursing the desire for vengeance ever since. (A bit of Hypocritical Humor when you recall that this is the guy who pushed Tuppy's cousin Oswald into a lake.)
      I am not a vindictive man, but I felt, as anybody would have felt in my place, that if fellows like young Tuppy are allowed to get away with it the whole fabric of Society and Civilization must inevitably crumble.
    • In his very first appearance, Bertie is forced to face a judge who treats his having pinched a policeman's helmet while drunk the night before as an unforgivable sin and acts as if he's going to pass down a death sentence... before fining Bertie five pounds.
  • Since Mommie Dearest is about growing up with an abusive mother, a lot of the things that set Joan off come off this way, including the infamous wire hanger scene from the film adaptation.
  • In Thud!, workaholic copper Sam Vimes is steadfastly unwilling to ever be home late for his daily book reading with his very young son, and in one scene his guards end up manipulating traffic just to give him a clear route home. Vimes does this— takes all possible measures to be home to read to the boy— to avoid a slippery slope; "If you start breaking the rules for good reasons, you'll soon start breaking them for bad reasons." So he will not allow himself to be late for his reading time with Young Sam, for fear he'll eventually stop spending time with the boy.
  • Redwall: In Marlfox, in the C-Plot Lantur is trying to Mind Rape her mother Queen Silth by gradually making her believe the ghost of her dead husband (whom she murdered years ago) is out for her blood. The Queen becomes more and more paranoid and insane. She berates her rat guards for "Not protecting her" and then asks a random guard if he had seen the ghost, who by logic knew that if he said yes, she would ask him to describe it. So he says no. The Queen replies "Of course you didn't," berating the guard for not doing his job well enough. And immediately has him killed.
  • The Vatta's War series: The Cascadia system features felony discourtesy. Seriously, their system is otherwise so lax that you could nearly get away with murder, but you'd damn well better formally apologize to your victim. After one character is convicted of an already serious crime, the punishment for it is never revealed because he backtalks the judge and is sentenced to death. Oddly, it's not really presented as a dystopia; the system is weird, but it works for the Cascadians. Also, the Cascadians are well aware that their social norms are weird by most standards and cut foreigners a lot of slack. The death sentence mentioned earlier was said captain's third count of felony contempt of court. That day. He had already committed a capital crime and been let off with a warning twice.
  • Xanth: In A Roc and a Hard Place, Roxanne Roc is brought to trial under the charges of "obscenity against a minor". She's bewildered as to how this could have happened, as she has dedicated her life to hatching the egg of the Simurgh, the oldest and wisest creature in all of Xanth. (As it turns out, she'd uttered an extremely mild epithet, when she thought the egg was about to be broken due to a set of circumstances beyond her control, and the as yet to hatch chick was sentient enough to have heard it.)
  • Edgedancer (a novella of The Stormlight Archive):
    • When a street urchin hits Nale with a fruit, he executes her on spot, stating that she has assaulted an officer of law.
    • The city of Yeddaw is famous for its ten types of pancakes, and Lifts makes it her mission to sample them all. Upon learning that the tenth pancake is metaphysical in nature - it's the ideal one left out to honor their god - she's appalled and threatens to call Nale to town so that he might execute them for false advertising.
  • Going with Deliberate Values Dissonance in Victoria where the problem of Black crime is solved by making all drug or violent crime offenses punishable by hanging if the perpetrator is Black, requiring the trial and sentence to wrap up within a week with no appeal (or on the spot, for failing a drug test) and banning Black families from cities. Since the book is an explicit Take That! against all forms of liberalism, this works great and is accepted by all as a reasonable solution, particularly the Council of Responsible Negroes.
  • In The Martian, Watney repeatedly states that he's not mad at Lewis for stranding him on Mars, as there was a violent dust-storm and everyone thought he was dead. What he is pissed off at her for is her terrible taste in music, leaving him with nothing but her collection of 1970's disco to listen to.
  • Confessions:
    • Students from Augustine's childhood school would be caned by their teachers for playing games when they should be studying or learning, in the hopes those students would be able to grow up and get a job in the circus, gladiator arena, or the theatre. All of these being more advanced versions of the games students were playing.
    • According to a disgruntled former member, the Manichees would be willing to put one of their own to death if they fed a starving man an apple since the apple was considered to a hold a piece of God.
  • 1-800-Where-R-U: Rob Wilkins is on probation for the first four books, and won't say why. Book 5 finally reveals that he and some friends were arrested for trespassing - they were swimming in a public pool after hours.
  • The City in the Middle of the Night, taking place on a Tidally Locked Planet, is partially set in the city of Xiosphant. Due to their perpetual twilight, they have heavily regimented citizens' schedules, with set times for waking, sleeping, eating, working, etc. If you deviate from the schedule too many times, the punishment can be death. This includes sleeping at the "wrong" times. They essentially make napping and insomnia punishable by death.
  • In the first Curious George book, George gets immediately thrown in prison for accidentally calling the fire department. However, being a monkey, he quickly finds a way out.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of the Narmtastic show 7th Heaven, a Totally Radical wigger calls Lucy a bitch. For the rest of the episode, using the B-word is likened to raping someone. But, since this is 7th Heaven we're talking about, it turns out that the bully was just hiding behind a "jerk act", pretending to be mean to fit in with the cool kids. Cue the Anvilicious Aesop about not giving in to peer pressure.
  • On 30 Rock, Kenneth becomes addicted to caffeine and starts acting... out of the ordinary.
    Tracy: So you had a little bender!
    Kenneth: It's not just the coffee. I also went to a PG-13 movie. I bought a pair of sunglasses. I tried a Jewish doughnut! I'd always been told that New York was the 21st-century city of Sodom, and looks what's happened... I've become one of them! I've been sodomized!
  • The Addams Family uses type 3 on multiple occasions. Many times, the "offense" really isn't offensive at all (reading fairy tales, wanting to join the scouts, playing with puppies, looking like a normal adorable baby)... it's just that, to the Addams' strange beliefs and values, these are actually sickening and wrong.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: When Lance Hunter is forced to defend Phil Coulson from a splinter of S.H.I.E.L.D. that wants to depose him as director, he admits that Coulson sometimes chews with his mouth open and hogs the mic at karaoke night.
  • Both contestants and fans of The Amazing Race are guilty of this. It's understandable for a team to overreact when they're Yielded or U-Turned (though calling a team "Dirty Pirate Hookers" was probably going too far), but there are those who are willing to vilify a team simply for copying another team's flight arrangements or, even worse, having a "bad attitude".
  • In Angel:
    Angel: I'm not perfect, Faith. Even with a soul, I've done things I wished a thousand times I could take back.
    Angelus: Yeah, like those Manilow concerts, you son of a bitch!
  • Type 3 happens in several episodes of Are You Being Served?, including an instance of Mr. Humphries was once detained for having a "suspicious-looking bulge" from an orange in his pocket.
  • As Time Goes By: Lionel is detained while trying to find Jean. Jean, who is angry at him, refuses to vouch.
  • A minor example played for laughs in Band of Brothers: Webster is berating himself after getting shot. Not for getting shot, which he couldn't have avoided, but for in the heat of the moment shouting out "They got me!", which he finds horribly cliched.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Mayor Wilkins makes a platitude-rich commencement speech right before Ascending (metamorphosing into a giant demon who means to eat the town).
      Buffy: My god! He’s going to do the entire speech!
      Willow: Man just ascend already!
      Buffy: Evil.
    • More straightforwardly, the characters in Buffy had a tendency to get incredibly lecture-y whenever one of them had a little too much to drink.
  • Castle:
    • When Demming, Beckett's new love interest, is suspected by the others of being a dirty cop planted into their recent investigation to sabotage it from within, they voice their suspicions of him from a distance. However, whereas the cops comment on things such as his suspicious reasons for requesting to be part of the case and his too-good-to-be-true dedication to the case, Castle's reasons for suspecting him — based largely on his insecurity over suddenly having a competitor for Beckett's attention — stem from his suspicion that "he probably goes to yoga classes just to pick up women" and "he probably subscribes to The New Yorker without even reading it".
    • There's also the episode "Hedgefund Homeboys" where Castle tells his daughter Alexis to tell him if she's ever in trouble or does anything wrong after he works on a case involving a bunch of teenagers and a shooting. She later comes to him in tears and reveals that she once jumped a turnstile at the train station late one night, inciting this trope with complete honesty. Castle responds with relief and amusement but Alexis grounds herself for her heinous actions.
    • Another time Castle and Beckett find out that Ryan's fiancée slept with another man while she was already dating Ryan. They fear that this information will destroy the relationship and angst over whether to tell him. When they finally tell him, he reveals that he already knew and didn't think that it was a problem, since they were only dating for a month at the time and were not yet exclusive. In fact, the scene where they finally decide to carefully approach the subject with Ryan, they mention the guy's diary of all the women he slept with, only for Ryan to eagerly ask if his fiancée is in there too.
  • Charmed:
    • The series reconstructed this in the episode "Morality Bites". The sisters use their powers to punish a man who lets his dog pee in their garden and Phoebe then sees a premonition of her own death in the future and the sisters travel there to find out that Phoebe used her powers to kill a man, got caught and was being burned at the stake while modern day witch trials were going on. When the sisters come back to their time, they discover that the man they punished at the start of the episode is the same man who was leading the witch trials in the future. Phoebe then suggests that them using their powers to punish the man starts them off using them for personal gain.
    • A later episode involving parallel worlds does it again when their world becomes "too good" so any act that can be seen as criminal in any way is punished to the highest degree.
      Piper: But this is just a little thing.
      Phoebe: Once you break the small rules, it's only a matter of time before the big rules follow.
  • The Colbert Report:
    • Played for Laughs in a series of segments called Nailed 'Em where Colbert viciously attacks people who have got in trouble for doing something completely innocent. One segment features a high school student who was almost expelled because she was caught using drugs on school grounds. Said drugs were her birth control pills.
    • He also once presented us with the story of a girl who got taken from school by the cops because she had the audacity to bring pills to school. The pills? Ibuprofen.
  • An interesting subversion in an episode of Cold Case: The victim was in prison for seven years for stealing a pair of shoes. He only got six months for the actual theft. The rest were added on for his repeated escape attempts. It may have been a Shout-Out to the Les Misérables example above.
  • Community:
    • Abed's methods of teaching the study group to respect and fear him in the episode Contemporary American Poultry. This involves cutting up a backpack, releasing a monkey from a cage, putting gum in hair, unplugging a TV, and feeding chicken fingers to a guy.
    • In "Basic Lupine Urology", a spoof of Law & Order, a ruined science experiment is treated with all the seriousness of a homicide. By contrast, Star-Burns is revealed to be stealing, selling drugs and running a meth lab from the trunk of his car, all of which are dismissed as irrelevant to the investigation.
    • In "Economics of Marine Biology", the Dean goes to absurd lengths to convince a rich kid to enroll at Greendale: he retools all the classes around the kid's interests, transforms much of the campus into a wild party, and hires prostitutes for entertainment. But what convinces the Dean he's gone too far? When he forbids Living Prop Magnitude from saying his Catchphrase "Pop Pop!" because the rich kid wants that to be his catchphrase now. After Magnitude stays up all night, struggling and suffering to come up with a new catchphrase, the Dean actually says, "My God, what have we done?"
  • The opening sequence of Dexter is a borderline case, as the montage shows us the protagonist accomplishing mundane acts of his morning routine (shaving, cooking eggs and bacon, lacing his shoes) in a way suggesting his psychopathic nature. In one of the DVD commentaries, it is explicitly stated that the title sequence is set up to show the violence in everyday life.
  • Doctor Who: "The Happiness Patrol" features a Type 2. On Terra Alpha, being a 'Killjoy' (i.e. being unhappy) is punishable by death.
  • From the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds" when Sheppard Book and Mal are discussing Mal's new wife.
    Shepherd Book: If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of Hell. A level they reserve for child molesters... and people who talk at the theater.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The b-plot of "It’s Better to Have Loved and Lost It" deals with Phil being investigated by an ethics committee as part of his campaign for the judicial seat. Geoffrey then decides to come clean about a deep, dark secret that he is keeping and which he fears could ruin Phil's campaign. What is this secret that could tarnish the Banks' by association? It turns out that before he became the family butler, Geoffrey participated in the long-distance race of 1976 Olympics. Geoffrey cheated by taking a cab to the Olympic Stadium parking lot which allowed him to get ahead of the other runners. Unfortunately, this act was caught on camera by a Japanese tourist. Geoffrey was stripped of his gold medal and declared "The Shame of a Nation" for his cheating. Rather than being angry at him, the Banks just laugh it off and assure him that the committee won't care about it at all.
  • Friends: Joey has little interest in a second date with one of Phoebe's friends because she took fries from Joey's plate (complete with horrified slo-mo and evil musical strings from Joey's retelling of the story). Turns into Hypocritical Humor when Joey eats her food while she's in the bathroom.
  • Glee:
    • Rachel and Finn were caught using the Cheerios' photocopier without Sue Sylvester's permission. Her response is to haul them to the principal's office and have them hobbled. He makes them pay the dollar or so for the paper and ink.
      Sue: Lady Justice wept today.
    • Sue seems to think everything the Glee Club does is heinous. When they performed "Push It" at the school assembly (admittedly, with school-inappropriate choreography), Sue's "first reaction was that all the children should be put into foster care."
    • Jesse's reaction to Rachel's triplecasting him in "Bad Reputation."
    • "Bad Reputation" also brings us Kurt's master plan to become badass — have the Glee Club perform Can't Touch This. In the library. Needless to say, it backfired when the elderly librarian told them it was "cute" and asking them to perform it at her church.
  • The Good Place:
    • Every single action in a person's life is judged and scored to see whether it had a positive or a negative effect on the universe, which then determines if they get into the Good Place. Positive effects include eating a sandwich, donating to charity, being a vegan, and ending slavery (that's how Lincoln got in). Negative effects include rape, murder, genocide, microwaving fish in an office microwave, being emotionally invested in The Bachelor, or taking off shoes and socks on a commercial airline.
      Eleanor: Shoes and socks? What? No! Who would do that?
      Michael: People who go to the Bad Place, Eleanor! And if you don't pass this test, you're going to be down there with them! With rapists, murderers, and people who take off their shoes and socks on a commercial airline!
    • As it turns out, due to a glitch in the system, every action ends up giving you negative points. Globalization means that the world is so connected that everyone is connected to everyone else. Michael checks the action of a man giving his grandmother flowers before and after globalization. Before, a man bought some flowers, his grandmother loved them, plus sixty points. After, a man bought the flowers from a shop that abuses its workers, who bought them from a farm that uses pesticides, owned by a CEO who cheats on his wife—resulting in a net loss of four points. No one has gotten into the Good Place in hundreds of years because of this.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Ted flashbacks to a date he had with a girl who had "the Crazy Eyes". As she and Ted are about to cross the street, a car screeches to a halt in front of them. The driver is apologetic, and Ted gestures that it's okay, but his date grabs a post and starts beating the car with it shouting "WATCH! WHERE! YOU'RE! GOING!"
    • When Barney discovered that Ted has an ex who was once a porn star.
      Barney: You dumped a PORN STAR?! Friendship over. FRIENDSHIP! OVER!
    • Barney hates Gary Blauman because one time at McLaren's, he took four of Barney's french fries, one of which was a curly fry that was accidentally added to the batch. Ted and Marshall agree with him.
      Marshall: You take another man's wife before you take his accidental curly!
  • iCarly:
    • The most notable example is the "iMeet Fred" episode, where Freddie says that he doesn't think Fred's videos are all that funny, and Fred announces he's not going to make videos anymore. Freddie then suffers a Humiliation Conga courtesy of everyone at school and his aunt. And later, Sam beats him with a tennis racket. And then throws him out of a treehouse and jumps on him.
    • Another notable example is in "iEnrage Gibby", when Freddie trips on Gibby's girlfriend Tasha, causing Gibby to think he tried to kiss her. Gibby then becomes a borderline Faux Affably Evil to Freddie and Tasha.
  • Parodied in an episode of The IT Crowd with an anti-piracy PSA which compared pirating films to stealing a handbag, stealing a baby, and shooting a policeman, stealing his helmet, pooping in it, sending it to his grieving wife, and stealing it again.
  • The League of Gentlemen: Pop disowns his son Richie because he allowed a couple of kids to rob his newsstand. Of nine Maverick bars.
  • Leverage features a Type 2 when Nate is sent to prison. He finds that the warden is making backdoor deals to send innocent men to prison to increase his population and thus profits as it is a for-profit prison. Cue jailbreak with new mark thrown in for free.
    • A similar case is shown in an episode of The Good Wife, where a judge deliberately ignores plea bargains and sends people who have just plead guilty to jail for the maximum possible sentence. Specifically, he sends them to a private prison owned by a friend of his, who gives him a cut of the profits. Once Will finds out, he has the judge (an old friend) exposed.
  • Lucifer: Azrael's blade amplifies the rage in any human who handles it, causing them to commit murder for the slightest offenses. The team stumbles upon a scene where a dozen people were murdered because every time someone tried to get the knife from the person wielding it they started killing too. At the end of the episode, Dan nearly kills Lucifer over stolen yogurt.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus did the fourth kind quite a few times, satirizing the way British culture used to encourage the first kind. The page quote comes from their restaurant sketch, combining this with My Greatest Failure.
  • In an episode of The Nanny, a man that mugs Fran agrees to do community service and walks. Angered, Fran shouts out, "Meanwhile, I eat a couple of Bing cherries at the A&P, and I'm wrestled to the ground like Squeaky Fromme!"
  • In one of the most famous sketches from Not the Nine O'Clock News , Constable Savage is reprimanded for making arrests for "Looking At Me In A Funny Way", "Walking On The Cracks In The Pavement", "Smelling Of Foreign Food" and "Possession Of An Offensive Wife", among many, many other charges he has brought... against the same man. Said man is, at the time of the reprimand, being held on a charge of "Possession Of Curly Black Hair And Thick Lips".
  • Played straight and averted in the same scene in Once Upon a Time between Belle and Rumplestiltskin. While Rumple is explaining her duties as his servant, Belle drops and chips a small cup. Clearly terrified that he's going to be furious, she stammers an apology but he just shrugs it off, saying "it's just a cup." Of course, that chipped cup later becomes one of his most precious possessions and even touching it means you'll be lucky if he just breaks all your bones...
  • In The Orville episode "Majority Rule", the people of Sargus 4 use social media to determine everything, from what is true to whether someone is guilty. If someone does something extremely minor and a video of that goes viral, then that person can quickly accumulate a million downvotes, which automatically makes him a criminal (most businesses won't even service someone with half that many downvotes). What follows is an "apology tour", with the accused attending several talk shows, where he must convince the public of his redemption. During the "tour", if the criminal accumulates 10 million downvotes, he undergoes the local equivalent to a lobotomy, becoming a perpetually-happy vegetable. Yes, that's right, you can get lobotomized for saying or doing the wrong thing if someone with a smartphone is nearby.
  • Graham Chapman's and Douglas Adams' Out of the Trees features the Peony Severance Sketch, where a man and his girlfriend are stopped by the police for picking a flower off somebody else's bush. It escalates quickly.
  • In Psych, there is mention of a program meant to replace cops with robots. Apparently, it didn't work out, as a robot ended up strangling a jaywalker. This may just be a reference to RoboCop.
  • In the Quantum Leap episode "Memphis Melody," Sam's actions accidentally cause Elvis not to get discovered. Al checks the changes to history and says that "Heartbreak Hotel" gets recorded by The Monkees and "Blue Suede Shoes" by Tony Orlando and Dawn, to which he responds by miming throwing up.
  • In one Red Dwarf episode, Lister confesses his darkest secret to Kryten: once, many years ago, he went into a wine bar.
  • In Saturday Night Live's parody of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Olbermann's "special comment" was on a co-op board refusing to make an exception to its "no pets" policy for his cat, Miss Precious Perfect:
    Olbermann: And there it was. All perfectly legal. Like the 1942 internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-American citizens or the forced relocation of the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears or the monstrous injustice of our nation's Jim Crow laws. It was all perfectly legal and EVERY BIT AS WRONG if not, indeed, MORE SO!! Mr. Lieberstein, you speak of considerations of the rights of others! How DARE you, sir?! How DARE you?! Where, sir, in any of this, were the rights of Miss Precious Perfect considered? DAMN YOU, Mr. Lieberstein!! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!!
  • The Slammer uses Type 3. When Sammy Sparkle admits that he is not really an entertainer, but is actually just a wannabe, Grimble is so horrified that he faints.
  • On a couple of episodes of Sports Night, Bobbi Bernstein substitutes for Casey as anchor, which Dan has a problem with, since she claims he slept with her in Spain, and then never called. He swears not only has he never slept with her, he never even knew her back then, he's never been to Spain, and he wouldn't treat a woman like that. Whoever he tells this story to has the same response; "Oh, Dan. You never called?"
  • In an early episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the crew visits a pleasantly peaceful colony called Edo. While playing ball with the local kids, Wesley accidentally breaks a cheap gardening implement and discovers why the colony is so peaceful: every day a new area is randomly and secretly selected as a "punishment zone" and within it, all crime is punishable by death. The idea being that no one commits crime anywhere, just in case they're unknowingly in the punishment zone. Of course, that's exactly where Wesley is when he has his accident. And since his accident is treated as vandalism, the crew then has to negotiate their way out of having Wesley be put to death for tripping.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Captain Sisko hunts down a traitor from his own chain of command. Traitor as in joining the Maquis, a group that attempts to harm only war-mongering Cardassians as policy. Said traitor believes that Sisko is blowing everything out of proportion, and references Les Misérables a lot. It's left up to the viewers to decide whether Sisko is truly upholding Federation values as he states, or is just secretly pissed that someone would dare "leave paradise" (The Federation), as the traitor claims.
    • This is played for laughs in all of its Values Dissonance glory in the episode "Bar Association": Rom is tired of his brother Quark's cutting the pay of his employees using a recurring slump in business as an excuse and forms a union. Several of the Ferengi employees are so disturbed at the mere thought that they feel faint and Rom can barely bring himself to say the word.
    • Quark was even exiled from Ferengi society for a time for the unforgivable sin of... breaking a contract to sell his remains when he thought he was dying (this was going to be "enforced" with him being killed, no less). This was played as the responsible enforcer acting out a grudge, and against Ferengi norms.
    • Then there's Quark's mother, who liked to wear clothing! Ferengi who saw her in clothing invariably reacted the same way a human would who accidentally walked in on someone who was undressing. Even worse than wearing clothing was her most heinous crime: deliberately earning money. This later attitude starts to slowly change, though, when someone points out that women earning money means they can now buy things (i.e. more profit for merchants).
  • A non-comedic example occurs in an episode of Touched by an Angel which features a girl whose angelic voice moved God Himself... but her life is marred by a tragic addiction to chewing gum. Even earthly human society seemed to consider this a terrible moral failing. Perhaps Roald Dahl could have written for that show! It's supposed to be an "anything can be bad if taken to extremes" moral, but it falls on its face pretty badly. And once you consider that Monica has a caffeine addiction that's always played for laughs, it's quite hypocritical of the writers to play an addiction to chewing gum for drama.
  • Marvin in Weeds claims to have once brought back the wrong order from 7-11 for U-turn. He now has an artificial patella.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: Stevie incites an insurrection in order to overturn the Council's "one wizard per family" rule. Irresponsible rabble-rousing, or much-needed social reform? You be the judge.

  • The video to John Waite's "Missing You" uses type 2 because this is about his girlfriend suddenly leaving him for no reason. At one point, he breaks a phone booth phone out of anger and heartbreak.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic:
    • "Don't Download This Song" mocks the Digital Piracy Is Evil message (making it a type 3).
      Cuz you start out stealing songs,
      Then you're robbing liquor stores,
      And selling crack, and running over schoolkids with your car!
    • Also by Weird Al, the narrators of "Young, Dumb and Ugly" treat their ''own'' actions like this.
      We got a reputation round these parts,
      We only leave a ten per cent tip -
      Sometimes we don't return our shopping carts,
      Stay out of our way and don't you give us no lip
      'Cos we're young - dumb and ug-ly ...
  • They Might Be Giants, "Why Did You Grow a Beard?"
    Why did you grow a beard?
    Why did you grow a beard?
    I can't leave you alone for five minutes
    What the Christ? What the Devil?
  • "Crime Spree" by MC Frontalot. Front acts like a criminal mastermind, even though his crimes are petty at best.
    I'm the number one menace for miles around/With the littering, the loitering, the mattress tags/all the piratated MP3s I grabbed/ All the cable I stole/certain bathroom stalls I wrote on/I'm so cruel and cold you'll put a coat on!
  • Arlo Guthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant" has a Type 3 example, where the singer and a friend of his get put in jail for littering. This actually works out to his benefit later.
    You see, Group W is where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the US Army and burn women, kids, houses and villages after committing your special crime ...
    Furthermore, the mother-rapers, father-stabbers, and father-rapers on the group W bench all move away from him in disgust when he admits he was in for littering.
  • Trouble on my Mind by Pusha T ft. Tyler, The Creator is about wanting to cause trouble yet has lyrics such as "Let's hit a couple bars and give some bitches wet willies." The music video features the two throwing eggs at random passerby, doing wheelies in a Rascal and trashing a hotel room.
  • Psychostick thrives on this, with songs like "I Hate Doing Laundry" and "Don't Eat My Food".
  • The offences listed in "You Can Get Arrested For That" by Greg Champion consist mainly of things like buying an Olivia Newton-John record and not eating all your vegetables.
  • "It's a Quiet Town" by Danny Kaye and The Andrews Sisters describes a sleepy western community where the townsfolk don't mind cattle rustling and violence, but they'll shoot anyone who makes too much noise.

  • In The Simpsons Pinball Party, the player activates Couch Multiball by getting three balls onto a couch figure on the upper playfield. When they do so, this exchange occurs:
    Chief Wiggum: You're under arrest!
    Homer: For what?
    Chief Wiggum: Hoarding pinballs!

    Pro Wrestling 
  • It's never more blatant than when the audience boos a Foreign Wrestling Heel simply for being foreign. The heel might not even have had the chance to commit any misdeed yet, or at worst has simply declared his native country to be the greatest in the world (something that Americans are saying all the time, and they hardly ever seem to get scolded for it). A good example was French-Canadian wrestler Sylvan Grenier, who in the summer of 2006 became Quebec's "Ambassador to the World" and was forever talking up how great the province of Quebec was. He was certainly annoying, and perhaps a bit Faux Affably Evil, but the American crowds treated everything he said or did as negatively as if it came from King Booker or Mr. Kennedy (two of the biggest heels on SmackDown! at the time), even if it was morally neutral or an honest mistake. Sylvan was eventually given some Kick the Dog characteristics to retroactively justify all this hatred, but the principle still applies.
  • Even more blatant. Muhammad Hassan. His gimmick was of an Arab-American who loved America but hated the way he was treated after 9/11. Sample quote: "I am an Arab-American, I grew up right here in America. I went to the same schools, I ate the same food, and there was never any animosity between us. But since 9/11, you people tend to generalize or stereotype people like me. We are singled out. We are humiliated. We demand the same rights that any American has!" What happened? Wrestling fans, who are not known for their tolerance of non-whites, automatically made him the villain, all due to his character's race.
  • Also often used when a Heel ends up in charge of a promotion/show. A typical reaction: "You didn't say 'mister' when addressing me. Tonight you're going to defend your championship against the five most violent people in the entire industry, in a row, no breaks." Then when the Face inevitably wins anyway, "Even though you survived the gauntlet, I'm still stripping you of your title, because you didn't win the last match in the time limit I just now put in."

  • In one episode of The Navy Lark, Able Seaman Goldstein is accidentally promoted to Admiral. he decides to take his "temporary flagship", HMS Troutbridge, to his homeland of Wales to act out the role of the local boy made good. In the process, he drives the crew crazy with a daily schedule of tours, cruises for friends and family and other activities. In the end, Cmdr. Murray and CPO Pertwee let slip to Goldstein's mother that Radio/Troutbridge uses oil-burning boilers. Wales is known for its coal industry. It's all that Goldstein can do to keep his mother from disowning him and urging the citizenry of Swansea to lynch him as a traitor to Wales.
  • Bleak Expectations: Among the numerous ridiculous laws of Victorian England, it's illegal for a grown man to cry. It's also treason to like anything French.
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: When Finnemore is contacted by the British Government to restore Queen Victoria to life by putting her brain in a gigantic robot body, one of the first signs that Cybernetics Eat Your Soul is applying to Her Majesty is when she looks out of the window to find the nation in mourning for her, and instead of pleased by their devotion, she furiously asks, "Why. Weren't. You. This. Sad. ABOUT. ALBERT?!"

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Vow of Honor, the PCs are discount paladins sworn to uphold the Tenets of Honor, which empower them on a superhuman scale. Breaking these Tenets is as easy as... saying a swear word. Or getting sick. Or being late for a meeting. Or arguing with someone.
  • Lawful Stupid Paladins are generally played this way, or forced to be played this way by a Killer GM.

  • In The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Jimmy's crimes, by increasing severity of the sentences he is handed by the Kangaroo Court, are: indirect murder of a friend (the man who killed him in the ring is unknown to the court because he's the prosecutor); breach of the peace; seducing a girl (i.e. a prostitute); singing a subversive song; and not paying for two rounds of whiskey and a broken bar-rail. For this last offense, which the court declares to be the most heinous crime in the world, Jimmy is sentenced to die in the electric chair. It may even be worse than premeditated murder (a crime which the prosecutor bewails using exactly the same words), because one accused of that might have money to bribe the judge. To show how heinous this is in comparison, a "Wanted!" Poster for all three judges is projected while they pass sentence on Jimmy.
  • In Zombie Prom, Miss Strict notices that Jonny Warner's jacket is missing an "h". Jonny explains that he's spelling his name without it now, Miss Strict tells him it's not wise to defile a good Christian name and tells him to put it back in. When he (calmly) tells her he kind of wants to keep the "h" out, she immediately decides that he is a hooligan ("With an "h"!") and the other students are in awe of the "Rebel Without An "H"!", as they see it.
  • In "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" from The Book of Mormon, Elder Price sings about the worst sin he's ever committed, one that's left him haunted by guilt for his entire life: when he was five, he blamed his brother for taking a donut that he actually ate himself. He also thinks that deciding to walk out on his mission in Uganda makes him worse than Hitler. Hitler himself, Genghis Khan, Jeffrey Dahmer and Johnny Cochran are all appalled by Elder Price's rulebreaking.
  • Starship has Junior, whose motivation is to procure one million spacebucks. Why? To buy weed.
  • In The Complete History Of America Abridged, Lt. Flush moves in to arrest Spade, identifying him as "the sick and twisted pervert responsible for...disco." Spade can't deny the charge: disco's his favorite kind of music.
  • The plot of The Mikado is kicked off by the title character's proclamation that flirting is a capital offense.

    Video Games 
  • Bangai-O's Excuse Plot revolves around the protagonists punishing a gang that smuggles fruit. Bangai-O Spirits doesn't even bother with the Excuse Plot, making new players wonder why destroyed enemies leave behind fruit pickups.
  • Batman: Arkham City: The game begins when Bruce Wayne is violently arrested by TYGER Security goons and thrown into Arkham City for the heinous crime of... leading a peaceful protest to have the complex shut downnote .
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • This is a recurring trend throughout the series, relating to Artificial Stupidity as well as Shoplift and Die. City Guards will call you "criminal scum" and relentlessly pursue you to the ends of Tamriel, regardless of whether you've incurred a 5 gold bounty for stealing some Vendor Trash or 5000 gold bounty for committing multiple murders. Skyrim takes steps to address this trope for the first time in the series in regards to bounties - If your bounty is low enough, they won't bother seeking you out and, should you speak to them first with a bounty, they can be convinced to let you go since you aren't worth their time.
    • This is also a frequent issue within the series' various guilds and factions. You can be the leader of a given faction, but accidentally pick up an item belonging to another member (thus, counting as theft) or even sleep in a bed that belongs to someone else, and you can be expelled. In some cases, the other faction members will even attempt to kill you.
    • Arena takes it Up to Eleven. Committing literally any crime will cause guards to spawn out of nowhere. Think they'll simply arrest you? Think again. Whether you murder someone outright or simply fail to pick a lock, they will attempt to kill you without mercy.
    • Skyrim:
      • As mentioned above, Skyrim takes the first major steps in the series to address the issues that come with this trope. That said, it still isn't a perfect solution. For example, you can be defending a town from a rampaging dragon attack, but if you accidentally kill a chicken caught in the crossfire, the villagers and guards will break off from fighting the dragon to attack you instead.
      • Sanguine's Daedric quest has you partake in a great orgy of debauchery, after which you learn that you've committed a horrible crime: selling a farmer's prize-winning goat to a giant.
  • Fallout 3:
    • In the addon "Broken Steel", there's a radio in the Jefferson Memorial. When you shut it down, all the Brotherhood of Steel soldiers inside it will try to kill you, even if you turn it on again. However, if they don't see you turning it off, they won't bother a second.
    • Fallout 3 and New Vegas are based off the same engine as the above The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It makes sense that the local citizenry react the same way; although this does get rather irritating when you're going to, say, go activate Trudy's radio so you can fix it, you turn an inch too far or stop an inch too short, accidentally hit "steal glass mug" instead... And now have the entire bar trying to shoot you in the damn head as you're yelling at the screen "MY HAND SLIPPED, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!"
    • Related to this, everyone who sees you even look at something as seemingly insignificant as a coffee cup or pencil that doesn't belong to you (even if you don't actually select it) loudly makes it clear they're ready to throw down in an instant over it. People in this universe are paranoid about their random junk. This was thankfully removed in New Vegas.
    • If you pickpocket someone and get caught, they will just say "That doesn't belong to you!" and take it back (often with compensation). But if you take a bent tin can off the bar table, everyone wants you dead except your followers, who will always help you. So you can take Star Paladin Cross (good as good can be) into Megaton, steal some junk off a table, and she will gladly help you gun down all the not-exactly evil citizens.
    • In Fallout, in Junktown a Doctor name Doc Morbid (Seriously) is questionable in his ethics, he won't think twice about removing one of your eyes if you tick him off, and he has a butcher lab in his basement which he sells human meat to a trader saying it's Gecko Meat. Seems enough of a psychopath to kill right? Well, it turns out despite all that he is still a good Doctor regardless and the only Doctor in the city. So people will be pretty pissed if you kill him.
    • If one gets the Good Karma ending for the inhabitants of the Sink in Fallout: New Vegas, the other residents of the Sink get fed up with the Ax-Crazy Token Evil Teammate, the Toaster, and throwing him in the tub. His response is this - he declares that the sink will rue the day they have bread - and no way to toast it!.
    • In the series backstory, it’s mentioned that the last President of the United States prior to the apocalypse was impeached for jaywalking. Though in this case its all but explicitly stated that the jaywalking thing was just an excuse; the real reason Congress wanted him out of office was that he pretty much kicked off the whole conflict by ordering the annexation of Canada.
  • Hitman:
    • In the series (especially in the first two games), guards will generally attack you with deadly force the moment your cover is blown. Now, this may be justified for your more murderous activities, but in Hitman 2, guards everywhere passionately hate runners. Run by a guard too closely? Expect to get shot in the head two seconds later, no questions asked.
    • Likewise, you're in a party posing as a guest, you go to the back room or kitchen without permission, you get shot on sight. Those are some trigger-happy guards. This kind of behavior is mitigated in Blood Money.
  • Early in Final Fantasy VII, Reno, a guy who wants to kill the main character and kidnap Aeris, orders his troops to go after Cloud... and tells them "Don't step in the flowers", while standing in the flowers himself. One of his minions points this out.
  • In Ultima VIII Pagan, any crime committed in the main city will cause the local law-enforcing sorcerer to be summoned, who will promptly (and graphically) blow you to smithereens, without any means for self-defense or escape. Crimes may range from murder, assault or theft right down to being rude to said sorcerer.
  • In Goldeneye Rogue Agent, you can get unlocks by earning "rogue bonuses" which are awarded for particularly "evil" actions. Said actions are things like headshots, taking human shields, shooting Exploding Barrels, hacking enemy turrets, etc... all things that are present in many other FPS and which an experienced player will already be doing by this point. Apparently, we were evil all this time, who knew?
  • The dwarven justice system in Dwarf Fortress has values skewed along this trope's lines. Heinous crimes such as smashing nearly-valueless furniture or failing to manufacture the specific pointless trinket demanded by one of the fort's nobles can net a dwarf a month in prison (which is often a death sentence because feeding prisoners is a low-priority tasknote ) or a "beating" by an officer of the fortress guard. The fortress guard assigned to deliver the beating will use whatever weapon he's carrying to full effect in the course of the beating, so if you've given your fortress guard battleaxes expect a fountain of blood and severed limbs to ensue. Conversely, outright murder is usually punished by a sentence of around 200 days in prison.
  • Touhou Project:
    • A lot of the "incidents" behind the Excuse Plots fall into this trope, as apparently things like an unusual number of ghosts appearing, people having lots of parties, and lots of flowers blooming warrant going out and beating the crap out of whoever is responsible. This is mostly justified though, as the denizens of Gensoukyou are varying degrees of batshit insane and will use any excuse for a fight.
    • Interestingly, a number of "incidents" could be considered in the same category - "meteorological" - and could have also demonstrated either a failure of the Great Border or an ecological threat, both of which are terribly serious issues for a Pocket Dimension with a undefined degree of filtration from the Outside World. The red mist, delayed Spring, an incorrect gibbous moon, a delayed Autumn, earthquakes, geysers, more red mist.
    • Additionally, being a youkai is a crime, as far as Reimu is concerned.
      Reimu: A youkai was just sitting there minding its own business. And it was enjoying a book, too! I tried to exterminate it with a surprise attack...
    • The characters mostly don't consider these things heinous (Reimu kind of acts like she does, but she's a jerk); things have been set up so that reacting to something strange by going out and beating the shit out of everyone you meet is not only largely harmless but actually works towards preserving Gensoukyou.
  • Sometime before the start of Disgaea 2, Etna abandoned Larharl and set out to become an Overlord stronger than him, because he committed the heinous crime of... eating her favorite pudding.
  • In Disgaea 3, Almaz will have you know that he would never indulge in such perverse, vile temptations as... wearing matching outfits on dates with his crush, or getting her to make him a sandwich.
  • Pokémon: A downplayed example in Pokémon Red and Blue and their remakes; Cerulean City has a cop blocking the door to a house. He states that the house has been robbed, and that only Team Rocket could have committed such a heinous crime. Granted, robbery is a crime, and depending on how much they stole, it could be an actual felony, but the officer makes it sound like they burned down an orphanage.
  • The sex scene in 6 Days A Sacrifice was a combination of types 1 and 3 for Yahtzee, which he freely admitted in Quovak's Let's Play of the series. Yahtzee intended it to be a sign that the protagonist and his fellow prisoner were at the end of their ropes and opting to let go of those metaphorical ropes entirely; the audience saw a romance scene between a neurotic woman and a guy with nearly every bone in his body broken, and promptly asked, "Yahtzee, what the hell?!"
  • Mass Effect 3:
    • The Illusive Man's reaction to seeing Shepard after (s)he storms the Cerberus base.
      The Illusive Man: Shepard. You're in my chair.
    • In the Citadel DLC after locking him/her in an air-tight tank to suffocate, attempting to steal the Normandy and stealing his/her identity, what is it that Shepard's clone does that really pisses Shepard off? Messing with his/her hamster.
  • Bounties can be like this in Red Dead Redemption. If your horse accidentally knocks someone down in front of witnesses, vigilantes will shoot you dead to collect that $5 bounty.
  • In all of the Grand Theft Auto games, you can murder people on the street and no one would notice. But God help you if you so much as scratch a police car...
    • While we're at it, most of the series comes off as the ultimate inversion of this trope. You can do whatever you want. Just whatever. Stealing cars, commit mass murder on a public lane, cause damage of cataclysmic proportions on a main highway, Kill the entire police department, shoot down multiple helicopters, enter a military zone, hijack a jet, ride the aforementioned vehicle above the goddamned city and vandalize a graffiti. If a cop somehow manages to arrest you, you WILL be punished. Just hope you like 6 hours of your life and less than 1000$ as a fine. This whole thing seems to be just an egregious case of GameplayAndStorySegregation, though.
  • In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, in the spaceport on one planet, you'll sometimes hear a PSA over an intercom stating that due to heightened security restrictions, looking suspicious is now illegal and all violators will be disintegrated and fined.
  • Type 3 crops up in episode 4 of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, "The Bogey Man", where Miss Flitt and her stuffy aunt treat golf as a soul-scarring, life-destroying vice akin to alcoholism, and distribute tracts showing a man going mad with frustration as he struggles in vain to master the game. Which turn out to be part of the solution to a puzzle.
  • Saints Row:
    • In Saints Row: The Third, police will try to kill you for streaking. Interestingly this only applies when actively engaged in the streaking mini-game. Walking around with no clothes on does not draw any attention by itself.
    • In Saints Row IV, the Boss and Pierce treat Big Bad Zinyak butchering Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" by singing it in an opera-style voice as an equal if not greater crime than any of his actual villainy (invading Earth, abducting many noteworthy humans for his personal collection and trapping them in virtual reality simulations of their own personal Ironic Hell, blowing up Earth with the rest of humanity still on it, etc).
  • Elite:
    • In Elite Dangerous, one of the regular public service station announcements is "Loitering is a crime, punishable by death. Please ensure you have authorization before entering the docking bay.". They're not kidding about the death thing.
  • In The Feeble Files, the totalitarian Omni Corporation's directives are an absolute minefield of those. For instance, if Feeble attempts to talk to a police officer in a simple attempt to start a friendly conversation, the officer is quick to twist his innocent intents into a big enough of an affront towards the Corporation and OmniBrain to consider it justified to send him for personality restructuring; the only reason he doesn't is because he chose to be "merciful" that time. Also, if one of the Happiness Robots catches you being unhappy for any reason, then he has no qualms about erasing you from existence on the spot.
  • Played for Laughs in Advance Wars Dual Strike. Tag-teamed COs have an affinity rating based on how well they work together (e.g. Eagle and Sami have the highest bonus in the game), which gives firepower bonuses. Some characters get along so badly they get firepower penalties instead of bonuses when teaming up. Examples include Olaf and Lash (she destroyed his hometown), Hawke and any Green Earth CO (he led a brutal invasion of Green Earth in the last game) and any Allied Nations CO and the Big Bad. Which two COs have a worse Tag Affinity than all of the above, a whopping 35% firepower penalty? Rachel and Koal. The reason? He insulted her face.
  • In the second game of the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series, what is Ty concerned about upon finding out that Boss Cass and his diplomats are above the law as long as they are there on official Cassopolis business? Double parking, opening other people's mail and leaving the milk out.
  • Due to its dystopian-like setting, almost any action in Freedom Wars can be considered as a violation of the People's Charter. Simply talking to another person or running for a certain amount of time is enough to add a few years to one's sentence. And that's not accounting the fact that being alive is worth a million years of penal servitude.
  • Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes. Ishida Mitsunari's Blue Path is set into motion when Mitsunari suddenly remembers that he once fought someone who mouthed off about his lord in his presence. When informed that the man in question (Date Masamune) is still alive, Mitsunari immediately decides to suspend his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against his Arch-Enemy (who killed said lord) just so he can hunt down the vile insulter first. Masamune's reaction when Mitsunari finally catches up to him is one of bemused disbelief that anyone could be that determined over a petty insult.
  • Legends Of Valour: The player could easily be arrested for "acting suspiciously".
  • Several of the dwarf grudges in Total War: Warhammer can get comedically petty, of the 'dark humor' variety. Sure, there's the usual "avenge our army/character/town falling to the enemy" grudge, but then there's the "Halfling nutty pudding grudge" which requires you to sabotage a dwarf faction (who's possibly your friend or ally) and set off a Cycle of Revenge over that faction having kidnapped a halfing chef who made a nut pudding your king was very fond of, the grudge where you start a war with the Vampire Counts to avenge the use of dwarf corpses in a terrible piece of amateur theater by a necromancer ("a terrible Grudge, for it is indeed a terrible play!"), or the one where you have to start raiding the human faction of Ostermark (again most likely starting a war) over their Elector Count having short-changed dwarf stonemasons two pennies after building him a public works project.
  • Bribed referees in Mutant Football League will make up completely nonsensical penalties on the opposing team.
    Referee: Look, Killadelpha Evils, you friended me a while back and I'm sick of your political posts on Facelessbook. They still don't have a dislike button, so have a 10 yard penalty instead.
    Referee: Stupidity penalty on the New Yuck Tyrants for insisting that Rush is better than Led Zeppelin, that's 10 yards.
    Referee: 10 yard Unfashionable conduct penalty on the Scarolina Panzers, wearing Crocs and socks in public.
    Referee: 10 yard penalty on the Karcass City Creeps because life is harsh, unfair, and punishing, and nobody brought me any substances to cope.
    Referee: 10 yard penalty on the Grim Bay Attackers for watching those flat earth videos. You guys fell down a rabbit hole for idiots!

    Visual Novels 
  • In CLANNAD, Tomoya and Youhei are considered delinquents, though all they do is skip class and show up late when they do bother to attend.
  • Breaking any of the school rules in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc warrants a gruesome death from Monokuma. All infractions are treated equally. Given that Monokuma is the sociopathic Big Bad who is keeping the students locked up and forcing them to kill each other, breaking the rules is only seen as wrong by him. Because it ruins his fun. Everyone else in the series only sees breaking the rules as bad because it hurts them.
  • Played for Drama in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice with Khura'in's Defense Culpability Act. This country punishes lawyers that can't prove their clients innocent with the same fate of their client. Therefore, if the client is given the death penalty, the lawyer is executed too. This has caused lawyers to virtually disappear in Khura'in, both by mass execution and by fear of blowing it in court, setting up a revolution in the shadows.

    Web Animation 
  • According to this video by Israeli animator Leigh Lahav, in the fangirl community, giving an unwanted spoiler is punishable by death.
  • In the Valentine's Day episode of Teen Girl Squad, Cheerleader invokes the wrath of a WIIIIRELESS WIZAAAARD by texting somebody who is only a few feet away from her, and making a "frontways Cupid" that looks like a "USB Dongle goblin".
  • In the Go Animate "Grounded" videos, just about anything can result in someone getting grounded, arrested, or worse. Even just calling someone a rude name, littering, pulling a prank on a sibling, or even getting a math problem wrong can, and very much has, resulted in absurdly long grounding times or Humiliation Congas in the form of (sometimes fatal) "Punishment Days".
  • Dragonzball P
    "Kaka carrot cake, when I was a child he... he... HE DIDN'T INVITE ME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY!"
  • In The Grossery Gang webseries, according to the "Bug Strike" movie, breaking out into spontaneous music numbers are a crime in Cheap Town. Egghead is at least his 100th strike, yet still continues to do it, regretting nothing.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Episode 4 of Chobits Abridged has this. Loitering is so heinous, the police pull and cock their guns just to be sure.
  • The Best Page in the Universe: Maddox's article about, among other things, the dubious villainy on display in Quantum of Solace. "It's like the producers are challenging you to give less of a shit."
  • There was a TV advertisement in Poland: the man asks his wife if she wants Earl Grey since the kids are asleep. After some Memetic Mutation, Polish Internet was full of pictures of a man in jail for drinking Earl Grey in the presence of children.
  • Inverted in the fifth episode of the Irish comedy series I Am Fighter:
    Barry 'The Blender' Henderson: This here's a picture of Thomas 'The Tanker' Smythe driving a tractor at the age of three, which you might think is completely illegal. But when you're on the fucking outskirts of Limavady, anything goes. Know what I'm saying? Keep it on the DL.
  • In A Game of Gods, when the group is in Halloweentown, listening to Jack's speech on Christmas getting bombarded by the questioning mob, Narumi fires a gun at nothing just to get their attention. Needless to say, Jorge is displeased with this as to give him a What the Hell, Hero? line.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
  • Jen of Cake Wrecks writes out phonetic spitting sounds ("ptooey") at the mere mention of the dreaded cupcake cake.
  • In Mega Man Dies at the End, Bomberman (not Bomb Man) is a psychopath with a fondness for Stuff Blowing Up, yet people seem most upset at the fact that he uses the metric system.
  • In Midnight Screenings, Brad and co. liked seeing Prometheus, and got some Fan Hater flack for enjoying the movie. They then made a follow up to mock the complainers, but nitpicking irrelevant parts of the movies.
  • The The Music Video Show has an example in episode 8 when Fall Out Boy is about to be burned alive.
    "You guys do kind of deserve it after you butchered a Michael Jackson song...and getting John Mayer to do the (guitar) solo."
  • Welcome to Night Vale: Cecil is so enraged that the local barber had the temerity to cut Carlos's hair that he basically arranges for the poor dude to be run out of town to wander delirious in the desert.
  • Arthéon from Noob considers getting his previous avatar permanently banned for Real Money Trade was this. The feeling is understandable considering that his old guild went on to be the best of the game while he ended up becoming the leader of the worst one, but whether he's right or not is left to the audience's appreciation.
  • Retsupurae: In "Let's Play Contra using 1950's recording technology", the duo notices that the LPer is choosing to play the game on Easy difficulty, and after mentioning that this means he won't be able to actually beat the Final Boss, slowbeef chooses to indulge in some Easy-Mode Mockery:
    And playing Contra 3 on Easy is like kissing your sister, you just don't do it. I think there's even laws against it.
  • Parodied in an episode of Luigi's Engine Room with The Runaway Guys. Chuggaaconroy thinks being Canadian is a horrible offense.
    Chuggaa: Well, you say "zed".
    Jon: Gasp! I'm Canadian!
    Chuggaa: Hide your children!
  • StacheBros: In the Super Mario episode of "Luigi Time!!!", Princess Peach sentences Luigi to 20 years in the dungeon for insulting her. However, in the Wii Party episode (which takes place 3 weeks later), she decides to set him free for good behavior.
  • The entire M.O. behind the Eradication of Repulsive Evil and Corruption Team in Hard Justice. Got your music too loud? Turn it down or get a point-blank rocket to the face. This ends up being deliberate and a plot point as the Big Bad created the Team and filled its ranks with idiots to prevent actual police investigations of his crimes.
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, the justification Dong Zhuo gives for executing ex-Emperor Bian: He was writing mildly emo poetry.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • The Earl of Lemongrab has some... er, interesting concepts when it comes to punishing those who do wrong. Making a mess? Thirty days in the dungeon. Asking questions? Thirty-TWO days in the dungeon. Refusing to clean up mess, or asking who exactly Lemongrab is talking to? Three hours dungeon. Harmless prank? Seven years dungeon, no trials. Assuring Lemongrab that the prank was harmless? Twelve years dungeon. Elaborate, painful prank involving spicy food? ONE MILLION YEARS DUNGEON!!! (Lemongrab isn't evil—he's just young, angry, and a bit of an idiot.)
    • Princess Bubblegum and Finn decide to play a harmless prank on the earl of Lemongrab— they leave a sign beside his bed that says "YOU REALLY SMELL LIKE DOG BUNS." How does the earl react? He clenches his fists, starts shaking, and opens up his mouth wide to scream loudly in sheer outrage for several seconds. And how does he attempt to punish those responsible? Round up EVERYONE in the castle, to sentence them to seven years in the dungeon, no trials!
    • Marceline writes a heart-breaking, soul-crushing, tear-jerking ballad which questions if her dad even loves her because.... he ate her fries. A bit Harsher in Hindsight, as in "Memory of a Memory" we see Marceline's dad ate her fries while they were scavenging for food in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and Marceline was still human (well, half-demon) while her father had always been a demon, so dying of starvation was a real possibility for her.
  • American Dad! had Stan arrested for egging a house. While the judge did rule it as a misdemeanor at his sentencing, the police response was pretty exaggerated. In which, Stan was tackled by one officer, while another officer kicked him in the chest a few times before drawing his gun on Stan and another officer arrives to pepper-spray him in the face with two more squad cars arriving and a police helicopter shining it's spotlight on Stan.
  • In "Arthur's New Year's Eve" from Arthur, Franince Frensky tells Arthur that the New Year's Police arrest anyone who doesn't immediately throw out their old calendars when midnight ushers in New year's Day. Arthur has an Imagine Spot of his Grandma Thora being arrested by these police, who are depicted wearing party hats.
  • Used in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    Guard: Your Majesty, these juveniles were arrested for vandalism, traveling under false pretenses, and malicious destruction of cabbages.
    Cabbage Merchant: Off with their heads! One for each head of cabbage!
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Clock King": Killing a man because he recommended you to relax, which wound up making you late? That's this trope alright, even if Fugate mistakenly believes Hill intently sabotaged him as it was his law firm that filed the injunction he ended up being late to; it's even lampshaded:
    Batman: Give it up, Fugate. Hill committed no crime against you.
    Clock King: He did worse. He made me late!
  • In The Batman episode "The Laughing Bat", The Joker dresses as Batman and attacks "criminals" for offenses like jaywalking and going through the ten-item lane with eleven items.
  • One episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold features Black Lightning acting like this in a dream sequence, during which he shoots lightning at people for the heinous acts of... putting sprinkles in coffee, not cleaning up after their dogs, driving an SUV, wearing white after Labor Day, and making "Smell That Pig IV". At one point he attacks Batman because he doesn't like his costume.
  • In season 2 of The Boondocks, Grandad, Riley, Huey, and Jasmine all sneak into a movie without paying for it and are treated to a warning about movie piracy that insists that pirating movies makes you the most horrible, evil, violent person on earth. The boys all ignore it but by the time the completely over-the-top announcement is over, Jasmine is bawling her little eyes out and begging for them to take her out of the theater out of guilt. This is based off a series of strips in the comic (which is in turn based off a series of PSA's about movie piracy) where they show various people's over-the-top tearjerking plights thanks to movie piracy - one of which is a bootlegger who can't sell his pirated movies anymore.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Almost all the villains are built on this. Simple things most kids don't like doing such as homework, washing dishes, eating vegetables, and going to the dentist are blown to world-destroying proportions.
    • One episode features a hardware store owner who wants to eliminate two aviators who bought their plane parts from him. Why? Because they kept smudging his counter with chili. Disproportionate Retribution much?
  • Danny Phantom, with the episode "The Ultimate Enemy." Danny cheats on a test, and what are the consequences? Not a detention, or a lecture, or auto-failing the test. Rather, circumstances make everyone he truly cared for (plus his English teacher) die, which also brought The Nasty Burger along with them in a horrendous explosion, which was caused by an exploded pack of hot sauce, which caused the boiler to leak, which eventually caused said explosion, which also took his family, his friends, and his English teacher along with it, and Danny's ghost half separating to became an Omnicidal Maniac with no humanity or morals whatsoever.
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter Detention", Dexter is sent to detention after unwillingly helping a student cheat. The detention warden seems to think getting under his wing is unforgivable, calling the kids there "criminals" and forcing them to write lines and worse punishments. Then in the end, apparently escaping detention is enough to send Dexter to the state prison.
  • One Dudley Do-Right episode involves having the titular character be discharged from the Mounted Police for doing the unthinkable...eating his peas...with a KNIFE! His horse was also discharged. His crime? It was his knife.
  • Used in the Wartime Cartoon Education for Death. A boy is made to stand in the corner of a classroom wearing a Dunce Cap because he expressed sympathy for a rabbit that got eaten by a fox. Unfortunately, this is set in Nazi Germany and the lesson (that the fox should be admired for eating the rabbit because Might Makes Right) works as his Politically Motivated Teacher intended: the boy becomes a mindless, ruthless and evil prospective soldier for the Nazi regime.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, the first Oh Yeah! Cartoons short nearly ends with Vicky getting fired after Timmy proves he doesn't need a babysitter. Then his parents see a pepperoni in his teeth, and conclude if he can't do proper tooth care, he can't be trusted alone.
  • In an early episode of Family Guy the FBI burst into Peter's living room and shoot the VCR when he attempts to tape Monday Night Football with the expressly-written consent of ABC, but not the NFL.
  • Fillmore!, a police-procedural-type show set in a school, is the undisputed master of this, both for the title character and the show in general.
    • Fillmore himself is treated, by many people in the show, like an unstable/possibly violent ex-convict for his past crimes. What are those crimes, you ask? Directly ripped from the opening sequence: Chalk boosting, locker rigging, a comic book poker ring, cutting class, milk counterfeiting (non dairy creamer), and backtalkery. For this sordid past, he has many The Atoner moments. This is before we even get into the scooter jacking ring, tartar sauce smuggling, and the time Fillmore's pet was almost killed by a boy in return for the answer sheet to a particularly hard test. Another episode features a psychotic, monotone, genius IQ boy who had to be locked up in total isolation because the spray paint tagging he was doing all over the school were so traumatizing they could make people physically ill.
    • Fillmore once inflicted this on the school mini-golf team. They (somewhat understandably) refuse to let him join them since he was a juvenile delinquent. How did this pre-Heel–Face Turn Fillmore react? By challenging them to a game with their trophies and other memorabilia as the stakes, mercilessly beating them and breaking their spirits...yikes...
  • In Futurama, Zoidberg accidentally destroys the Professor's model ship and decides to frame Fry in order to avoid blame. He later becomes wracked with grief and self-loathing after Fry has to pay for the damages to the amount of ten dollars. Justified, as to Zoidberg, ten dollars is a VERY large amount. He's too poor to realize that Fry simply rummaged his pockets to pay off the debt.
  • In the episode "Wanted: Wade!" of Garfield and Friends, Wade pulls a tag off of a couch, then sees that the tag says that it's against the law to remove it. This causes him to run frantically around and have a dream where the police are after him for ripping off the couch tag. In that dream, tearing a tag off a pillow is so bad a crime it even gets two hardened robbers of banks and gas stations to grab the bars of the cell and want out when Wade admits his "crime" to them. Later, Wade sees a police car on the farm and gets him into his panic. When Orson tries to convince Wade he won't go to jail for it, a voice tells them and Roy "We know you're in there, come out with your hands up! We have you surrounded!", and Roy, Wade, and Orson run for it.
  • One episode of Girlstuff/Boystuff has Talia and Reanne having an Imagine Spot of Ben getting arrested by the Video Store Police for spoiling movie plots out loud and "enjoying Honky Tonk Heatwave".
  • In the Goof Troop episode, "Axed by Addition," Pete does this to himself. Among genuinely abusive and/or totalitarian actions he regrets doing to PJ, he also lists the heinous crimes of making him use "the manly deodorant" and a handkerchief. His overdramatic delivery of the latter suggests he finds it more reprehensible than everything else he mentions, which includes sending him to obedience school for not cleaning his room.
  • Pepper in Iron Man: Armored Adventures believes removing a friend from her My Face account is more heinous than ripping their spleen out of them.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Jimmy thinks up several horrible punishments of what Lucius will do to him when he finds out what he's done. He laughs them off. When Samy tells him that he'll take away his TV privileges, he reacts with horror.
  • Justice League: In "A Better World," the Justice Lords' fascist rule is such that one man is arrested on the spot simply for complaining about his restaurant bill.
  • The Looney Tunes short "Daffy Doodles" begins with this ominous bit of narration that describes what role Daffy Duck is playing this time around:
    In a large eastern city, a demon is on the loose. The people are terrified. The police baffled. With diabolical cleverness, the monster strikes without warning... and draws moustaches on all the ads.
  • Once per Episode on Megas XLR, Coop berates the Monster of the Week with a list of everything evil they did in that episode and a declaration that he's going to kick their ass because of it. The final item on the list is always something extremely innocuous and is always the thing Coop claims is the most heinous act out of all of them.
  • Type 3 is used in the The Mighty B! episode "Toot Toot", which is about Bessie farting during a meeting and getting kicked out of the Honeybees for it. It sends her into a Heroic BSoD, and the other Honeybees are suffering without her. However, just as Bessie was about to burn her manual, she realizes that farting is a natural function and that there is a badge called the "Toot-Toot" Badge, which is rewarded for those who go through farting in public with dignity.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie invokes this with her deadly-serious attitude towards keeping secrets in "Green Isn't Your Color".
      Pinkie Pie: Losing a friend's trust is the fastest way to lose a friend forever! FOR-EV-ER!!!
    • Rarity simply cannot abide crimes against fashion and/or fabulosity. She's willing to yell at a rampaging dragon just for damaging her clothes, rather than abducting her.
    • Later, in "Lesson Zero", Twilight Sparkle actually suffers a psychotic breakdown when she thinks that she'll be unable to write her weekly Aesop of the week letter to the princess and therefore be... gasp... tardy!
    • Also, in "The Cutie Pox", it turns out Pinkie Pie ate not two, not three, but six corn cakes (and possibly even more than that)!
    • "NOPONY breaks a Pinkie Promise!"
    • Twice in "Read it and Weep", as not only does the plot revolve around non-egghead Rainbow Dash being into reading, she also gets the hospital's staff on her case because they thought she had broken in to steal a patient's slippers.
    • "Peeved" is apparently a strong curse-word in Equestria, as a mother covers her child's ears and glares after Fluttershy struggles to drop a P-Bomb.
  • The Owl House: In the season 1 finale "Young Blood, Old Souls", Luz and King plan to get deliberately arrested so they can sneak themselves into the Conformatorium, break out, and rescue Eda. They do this by deliberately ignoring a "Keep Off the Grass" sign in front of a guard.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Candace is thrown out of the museum for yelling. She meets another kid, who was thrown out of the same museum for stealing a pterodactyl. He's impressed by how hardcore she is.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • When the Mayor gets called out for Holding Out for a Hero to the girls, he jumps into a Hot Air Balloon with Miss Bellum and starts to punch criminals with an extendable glove from the air. It starts by hitting a genuine mugger but then escalates to him hitting people he only thinks are committing a crime.
    • The episode where Buttercup was exiled from Townsville because she refused to take a bath (though to be fair, she had recently fought a monster that seemed to be made of raw sewage).
  • Recess:
    • The show liked to revisit the unwritten code of honor kids must live by on the playground. Everything from how a scuffle is conducted to weird superstitions is treated as deadly serious, and God help you if you don't automatically know all the rules; if you're really lucky, you'll have friends who not only do know the rule you broke, but how to restore your honor as well.
    • The word "whomp" is treated a so bad a swear that SWAT teams are brought in and the kids are out in court.
    • In the episode where the kids protest the tearing down of an old jungle gym by staying on it endlessly, Prickly decides to initiate "Plan P", which Ms. Grotke calls "extreme". The plan: calling the kids' parents.
  • Rick and Morty: In "Get Schwifty", a giant alien head appears in the sky and starts creating catastrophic weather. A religion called "Headism" forms around said head, where people such as goths, "movie talkers", and "inappropriate joke tellers" are executed via "Ascension" (AKA being strapped to several balloons and floating up into the sky).
  • Inverted for comedic effect in a Robot Chicken sketch: After Paris Hilton is arrested, Nicole Richie decides to break her "best friend/meal ticket" out of jail, in a parody of Prison Break. To get herself arrested, she robs a bank. The tellers say that will probably only get her a fine, so she shoots him. The guard throwing her in jail proclaims:
    "Stupid celebrity! Armed robbery AND murder? You'll be locked up for forty-five days."
  • In Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko was once chased out by his friends because he likes rainbows.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Fear of Flying", Homer is banned from the bar for loosening the lid on a sugar dispenser, in the aftermath of pranks which involved setting Moe's clothing on fire and loading his cash register with a live cobra.
    • In another episode he has to take care of an endangered caterpillar and almost kills it by mistake. He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for "attempted insecticide" and "aggravated buggery." Made especially ridiculous because, as Homer put it, God clearly wanted it to die. (The species is sexually attracted to fire, for example.)
    • Another episode, "The Boys of Bummer", involves Bart failing to catch a fly ball in a championship baseball game when Springfield was one out away from winning in the bottom of the ninth, causing Shelbyville to win, and the entire town relentlessly boos Bart horribly (except his family). They sing a song on the radio about how horrible he is. They throw lots of food at him. And when Bart is about to jump off a water tower, they tell Bart they're not mad anymore, and when he falls off and ends up in the hospital they continue to yell at him even though he almost died.
    • Principal Skinner talks about the horrible thing he did in the Vietnam War. He stole cupcakes.
    • Skinner also behaves this way when the teacher's edition textbooks of Springfield Elementary are stolen, leaving the teachers completely unable to teach any new content. (The thief eventually turns out to be Lisa.) Upon finally finding the textbooks, Skinner's first reaction is relief; his second is moral outrage: "Who's responsible for this monstrous crime?!"
    • One episode has Mayor Quimby ordering the police to do this to fill the new but largely empty prison they'd just built.
    • The episode "You Only Move Twice" manages to parody this beyond its normal comedic, parodying use during the end theme, which is a riff on Bond movie themes: where the singer would be regaling the audience with Hank Scorpio's foul deeds, she sings about the more benign aspects of his business plan as if they were horrible crimes and deceitful traps.
      Beware of his generous pension,
      And three weeks' paid vacation each year;
      And on Fridays, the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!
      He loves German BEEEEEEER!
    • In "Lisa on Ice", Lisa believes that getting an F in second grade gym will one day lose her the presidency, and get her sentenced to a lifetime of horror on Monster Island (don't worry, it's only a name).
  • In the Sonic Boom episode "It Takes A Village To Defeat A Hedgehog", Shadow considers the poorly-made bookshelf Sonic and friends spent the episode trying to build an embarrassment on behalf of all hedgehog kind.
  • South Park:
    • In the episode "Christian Rock Hard", after the boys download a song, armed police immediately show up in a helicopter. They are taken to the station and shown how the artists they stole from are "suffering", such as how they can't buy a private island or get new features for their private jets.
    • Another notable example occurs in "Butt Out," when their parents act as if smoking is "the worst thing" Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman have ever done, never bothering to comment upon the fact that they've just burned their school to the ground!
    • South Park uses Type 3 a lot, like when Stan was exiled from the town for refusing to vote on the school mascot election between Turd Sandwich and Giant Douche.
    • Eric Cartman repeatedly insulted his friends, abused them (often brutally) and betrayed them just for the sheer joy of it. He also made at least two attempts to murder a large group of the population, convinced women to have abortions for his own profit and, having arranged to have a couple murdered (one of which was his father), made them into chili and fed it to their son. But eating the skin of all the fried chicken was the last drop that finally prompted his friends to ignore him. Kyle even mentions that Cartman did a lot worse before.
    • In "Toilet Paper", the boys' TPing of a teacher's house results in a full-scale police investigation, complete with Perp Sweating. Kyle, who participated reluctantly, becomes wracked with guilt, seeing flashbacks of the event in his nightmares. That being said, the family in question reacts to it appropriately: moderate annoyance. The police officer openly admits he's taking it so seriously because he has nothing better to do.
    • In "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce", Mr. Mackey calls the police when he discovers someone has taken a dump in the urinal. He becomes completely obsessed with finding the culprit, at one point declares, "I'm gonna catch this sonofabitch if it's the last thing I DO!!"
    • "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining" has the boys going on a ziplining trip. The whole thing is a mildly crappy experience with the sort of things you'd expect of a disappointing vacation: the tour guides are annoying, the other people are annoying, the journey to get to the ziplines is way too long and the actual ziplining only lasts a few minutes. The boys and the narrative, however, treat the entire thing like an unforgettable traumatic event that they barely survived, a la I Shouldn't Be Alive.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the early episode "Opposite Day" when Squidward decides to move out, the realtor warns him the sale would fall through it it's surrounded by "bad neighbors".
    • In one example they steal a balloon and fully intended to give it back. It pops. Torment ensues. Eventually, they give in and turn themselves in to the police, and get thrown in prison. Then they learn it is Free Balloon Day, and stay in prison for all of three seconds before being let free.
    • Squidward was once sentenced to ten years in prison for stealing a wallet and running (he wasn't driving) a stop sign.
    • SpongeBob's cousin Blackjack, Squidward (again), the Tattletale Strangler, Mrs. Puff, and SpongeBob himself all have gotten sent to jail for the unspeakable crime of littering. Though the Tattletale Strangler was probably arrested for strangling people who tattled on him (hence the nickname), he was just caught for littering.
    • In "The Algae's Always Greener", SpongeBob is ashamed of himself for accidentally giving a customer a large soda when they ordered a medium. "I've soiled the good Krusty Krab name! Soiled it, soiled it, soiled it, soiled it..."
    • In "Little Yellow Book", after Squidward reads SpongeBob's diary, he's alienated by the entire town, his house gets foreclosed, and he gets chained in the middle of the town for the citizens to Produce Pelt. There's a reason why fans consider him the show's biggest woobie, and the fact that the town themselves was reading it along with him makes it even worse.
    • In the computer game Employee of the Month, SpongeBob goes to a fancy restaurant called Sublime Seafoods to get a jacket needed to gain access to Oxygen Springs; once he is seated, the lobster waiter greets him and is ready to present an array of fancy foods, but when SpongeBob asks for a krabby patty, this infuriates the waiter enough to realize he's from Bikini Bottom which sells foods that are "despicable", resulting in him banned from the restaurant. However, the waiter forgot to remove his jacket, thus letting him in to Oxygen Springs.
  • Taz-Mania: In The Origin of the Beginning of the Incredible Taz-Man, Mr. Thickley attempts to persuade Taz to make the mailman his arch-enemy for the heinous crime of delivering junk mail to Taz's family.
  • In Teen Titans Go!'s episode "Breakfast Cheese", the Titans treat the H.I.V.E. loitering near a "no loitering" sign as an excuse to beat them up. This is even what kicks off the plot of the episode, as Starfire realizes that pounding someone into oblivion just for loitering is way too harsh and that the Titans have gotten more bloodthirsty thanks to all the fighting.
    Beast Boy: Look at them loitering so hard...
    Robin: Disgusting!
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • One episode had Plucky and Hampton steal a candy bar and go through inner torment before they give it back.
    • Also, one beer shared between three people will turn all of them into stereotypical wino bums, who will then steal a car to go joyriding before dying in the inevitable crash.
  • In Tripping the Rift, Chode was sentenced to death for littering on a Neat Freak planet. Also as he was being arrested, a person who accidentally missed hitting the trash can with his trash was instantly vaporized.
  • Inverted: One episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? has the culprit going through the whole You Meddling Kids speech for something that wasn't even technically illegal.
  • Xiaolin Showdown plays this for comedic effect in a few episodes, but one incident with normally calm, soft-spoken, steady Clay stands out:
    Kimiko: It's Spicer! He took the seed!
    Clay: And the hot dogs! (runs after Jack Spicer, losing his hat in the process and not even caring) Come back here with them doggies, you no-good low-down snake, you yellow-bellied dirty little sidewinder I'M GON' GET YOU!


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Alternative Title(s): What Do You Mean Its Not Heinous, Jaywalking Is A Special Kind Of Evil, Felony Misdemeanour


Shot for Illegal-Parking

Sergeant Anous busts a guy for illegally parking in the handicapped spot. When the guy complies and tries to park somewhere else, Anous uses this as an excuse to shoot him.

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