Punishment Detail/Playing With

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Basic Trope: Bob is a bad soldier, so his superiors always gives him the nasty jobs

  • Straight: After going AWOL for a few hours, Bob gets assigned to latrine duty for a month.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's punishment is to clean an entire city's sewer system by himself. With a toothbrush.
  • Justified: Giving Bob an unpleasant task as a punishment disciplines Bob, gets an unpleasant but necessary task taken care of.
  • Subverted: Bob actually enjoys latrine duty more than his normal duties, making the punishment worthless.
  • Double Subverted: Turns out, he was just pretending to enjoy it so his superiors would decide that there was no point in trying to punish him with latrine duty.
  • Deconstructed: ?
  • Reconstructed: ?
  • Zig Zagged: ?
  • Averted: Discipline is either non-existant, or uses some other method of punishment for misbehavior like A Taste of the Lash.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Discussed:

Lt. Alex:' "You disobeyed my orders."
Bob:' "Let me guess, I'm on latrine duty again?"

  • Played For Laughs: Bob tries a number of wacky methods to try and make his boring and incredibly unpleasant job less intolerable
  • Played For Drama: Bob constantly being subjected to the nastiest, most degrading jobs as punishment for his lax attitude towards following the rules slowly wears him down and breaks his will.