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Aug 10th 2015 at 6:15:33 PM •••

Question: This trope is sufficiently common to list aversions? I noted some averted examples in the Western Animation folder.

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Aug 4th 2016 at 1:59:04 PM •••

  • One issue of Gladstone's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers comic actually averts this—a monster that runs on cowboy tropes can't be beaten by the other Rangers and can only be beaten by "an Indian"—or in this case, a bow user. However, Kimberly (said bow user) got grounded and they need her to help. One of the Rangers suggests just teleporting her there and get it over with. Zordon shoots it down, saying that risking more punishment on Kimberly isn't worth facing the Monster of the Week. Tommy solves the problem by confronting her father and having the others help shoulder Kimberly's punishment over the weekend. It works.
  • Averted quite often in W.I.T.C.H.. The girls assault their teacher thinking he was a monster in disguise, undermine and cover-up a federal investigation on their friend's disappearance, and sneak into a big corporation to destroy important documents related to Will's mom's job to sabotage her career, and many other instances, all without any karma backlash from silly issues like morality.
  • Averted in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Sweet and Elite." Rarity spends a week in Canterlot, intending to work on a dress for Twilight's birthday, but spends so much time at functions with the VIPs of Canterlot that the dress ends up being a simple frock. She then gets invited to the second-most important party in Canterlot that happens to be on the same day as Twilight's birthday party, so she writes to Twilight, claiming she won't be there because her pet cat is too sick to travel. It looks like she's going to be found out when all her friends show up in Canterlot to bring the party to her, but not only does animal expert Fluttershy buy "being wet" as a sickness, Twilight loves the simple dress. On top of that, when Rarity is discovered sneaking back and forth between the two parties, Twilight not only isn't upset, she actually approves, since she assumed that Rarity was making business connections (rather than just protecting her new reputation).
    • Also averted in "Just for Sidekicks." Spike agrees to care for everypony's pets and makes a complete hash of it because he's more focused on using the jewels he was paid with to make a "jewel cake." This results in, among other things, an impromptu trip to the very place everyone else went and having to hide in the same train car they chose on the way home. Despite some close calls, however, Spike's never actually caught by any of the six main characters.
    • In "Call of the Cutie", Apple Bloom gets disciplined by her teacher, Cheerilee, for passing notes. The two ponies who passed it to her, the bullies Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, are not called on, despite the fact that Cheerilee should have been able to figure out that the note came from somewhere, and that they loudly tried to get Apple Bloom's attention first. They then call her insulting things, which Cheerilee fails to remark on despite being well within earshot.

When i questioned in the "is this an example" thread and the only answer was "Only in Television does Can't Get Away with Nuthin' even approach being omnipresent, and even there there are broad swaths of programing where it doesn't apply so no it does not make any sense to list aversions."

Jan 26th 2015 at 9:54:48 AM •••

Double negative. If you can't get away with nothing, that means that you can get away with something.

Also, Tropes Are Tools, and this is written in a very Tropes Are Bad sort of way.

Jul 17th 2012 at 4:39:12 AM •••

Not sure the Charmed example quite counts. Whoever added it clearly left out the fact that Phoebe is being burnt at the stake because she killed a man with her powers. The Aesop that the sisters give at the end "once you break the small rules, it's only a matter of time before the big ones are next" is actually quite valid.