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Screw the Law, I'm in Love!

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In Real Life, breaking the law and being caught doing so would label you a criminal and if you were caught and arrested, force you to probably go to court depending on where you live. However, in fictionland, either the law doesn't work like that, or no one cares because this character is in love.

The character can safely bypass the law without being made to face it. Those enforcing the law might even completely forget their jobs and give them a helping hand! Delays be damned.


Compare with The End Justifies The Means, For Happiness and Nepotism (I'm screwing the rules because I'm helping my relative/friend). Typically overlaps with Race for Your Love. Contrast Love Makes You Evil. See also Death by Woman Scorned.


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    Fan Fiction 
  • My Immortal: Downplayed. After getting chewed out for having sex in the Forbidden Forest, Draco suddenly shouts that he loves Ebony— which somehow gets them off the hook and only sent to their rooms, rather than punished.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Not Another Teen Movie: In the climactic chase, drivers let the Love Interest run through traffic, but do their utmost to stall the Romantic False Lead doing the same thing. For bonus points, they're yelling stuff like "Give up!" and "She doesn't love you!" at the latter.
  • Yolki: In the second film, two characters cause a deputy's Mercedes to collide with a bath and block an entire street. One of them explains that his girlfriend is waiting for them (they were bringing the bath to her grandmother), and everyone involved (including the deputy) convinces the police to let them go scot-free.
  • Fever Pitch: In the American version, Drew Berrymore's character runs across Fenway Park in the midst of the 2004 ALCS' Game 4 to prevent Jimmy Fallon's character Ben from signing away lifelong season tickets to his team. Although she is carted off at the end, field security allows a few moments for them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • Defied for laughs in [[the first episode. Jake shows up to arrest a murderer, who tries to get out of it by claiming that he did it "for love". Jake's response is a succinct "Cool motive, still murder."
    • In "Det. Dave Majors", Jake ironically tries to invoke this himself after breaking into a private bar. Cue Jake getting literally thrown out.
    Security guard: Ahem.
    Jake: Ohhh, hey! You wouldn't kick out a hopeless romantic who's only here in the name of love, would you?
  • In The End of the F***ing World, James kills the rapist professor out of love for Alyssa and they go on the run together specifically because they don't want to be separated. In Season 2, he only gets probation.

  • In "Hello, Dolly!", this is how Cornelius and Barnaby get out of court after they accidentally end up with Horace's wallet.

    Visual Novel 
  • Monster Prom: One of the secret endings for Liam has the player parody this exact trope.
    "You tell Miranda not to worry. You've seen plenty of teen romcoms. You know how this part goes:"
    Player: "You need a grand romantic gesture. Race to the airport to confess your feelings before Liam boards his plane!"

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     Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: Parodied in one scene where Chris states that he could get a job as "the guy racing through an airport at the end of a Romantic Comedy". Chris never even pays for the drive because the driver said he was free of charge.
    Chris: *runs out of an apartment building and stands in front of a taxi, stopping it* Taxi! Taxi!
    Taxi Driver: Hey! Are you crazy?
    Chris: Crazy for love! The most amazing girl I've ever met leaves on a plane in 5 minutes!
    Taxi Driver: Get in!
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Downplayed. Anarka Couffaine in "Captain Hardrock", who shows no concern about the damage caused by her speakers (likely adding up to thousands of euros considering how many cars were blown over), pays no respect to Roger when he tries to call her out on violating noise restrictions, and then gets herself into further trouble by revealing she has none of the relevant permits for her houseboat. She ultimately faces no consequences for this, with Roger even pointing out that the speakers are still over the legal limit but choosing to let it slide for no reason beyond "it's the music festival."note 


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