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Basic Trope: A character is given a line to write multiple times as a punishment.

  • Straight: After Alice roller-skates into her classroom, Bob, her teacher, makes her write "I will not roller skate indoors" twenty times on the blackboard.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The principal makes everyone in the school write lines, even the teachers.
    • Bob makes Alice write it a hundred times.
    • Alice gets made to write lines several times per episode.
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  • Downplayed: He makes her write it twice.
  • Justified: Alice is a bit of a troublemaker, Bob is a bit strict, and this punishment is sometimes Truth in Television.
  • Inverted: Bob makes Alice erase everything that's on the blackboard as a punishment.
  • Subverted: Bob changes his mind.
  • Double Subverted: He was changing his mind about the number of times Alice had to write "I will not roller skate indoors".
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob has trouble deciding over whether or not Alice should write lines.
  • Averted: Bob does not give Alice lines.
  • Enforced: The writers wanted to set up Bob as being a bit strict and/or avoid making Alice a Karma Houdini.
  • Lampshaded: "How many times am I supposed to write this? I forgot."
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  • Invoked: Charlie dares Alice to roller-skate indoors to get her in trouble.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice refuses to break the rules.
    • Bob refuses to punish his students.
  • Discussed: "I had to write that so many times it lost its meaning."
  • Conversed: "That teacher on that show is always making his students write lines."
  • Implied: Alice is seen writing "I will not roller skate indoors" repeatedly on the chalkboard.
  • Deconstructed: The school punishes so many students with lines that they run out of chalk.
  • Reconstructed: The school forces students to write on pen and paper that the students buy themselves.
  • Played for Laughs: There's a Running Gag where Alice writes a different punishment Once per Episode.
  • Played for Drama: Bob is evil and Alice must write the lines exactly right or she'll be killed, exiled, or whatever.
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