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Basic Trope: Since a character enforces the rules, they believe they don't have to follow them.

  • Straight: President Justice frequently breaks the rules he's supposed to enforce.
  • Exaggerated: President Justice is a paragon of lawlessness, even worse than the criminals he strives to put away.
  • Justified: He is literally Judge, Jury, and Executioner - he's not going to punish himself.
  • Inverted: Since he enforces the rules, he believes that he should lead a much more moral life than those under him.
    • Bob is an ordinary joe who speeds and does other minor lawbreaking because he believes that since he doesn't enforce the rules, they don't apply to him.
  • Subverted: The President realizes he committed a crime. He debates what to do for a while, then decides the moral thing to do is to serve out his time.
  • Double Subverted: ...So he has his body double/clone go to prison in his place and he continues to rule unchecked.
  • Parodied: A character is on the lower tiers of law enforcement (think meter maid or bike cop) but throws around their weight like they're an emperor because they're on the enforcement side of the law.
    • There's no rules, and them's the rules!
  • Deconstructed: The lack of a connect between his stated ideals and his actual ideals leads President Justice's citizens to revolt - they've decided they don't care about the rules too much either.
  • Reconstructed: The revolt fails because President Justice slaughters unloyal citizens, despite that being against his rules.
  • Zig Zagged: The President realizes he committed a crime, and must go to prison to serve out his time, but sends his clone to prison in his place. Then he steps down.
  • Averted: He doesn't seem to think he's above the law.
  • Enforced: The writer is trying for an anti-authority feel for their work.
  • Lampshaded: "I am above the law. No...I am the law!"
  • Invoked: President Justice's predecessor, President Law, was practically The Fettered when it came to obeying the rules. Justice, seeing an opportunity, decides to take over and use his status to his advantage.
  • Exploited: The President has a Magnificent Bastard advisor who's secretly gunning for his position.
  • Defied: "I am not above the law. I must obey it like all men."
  • Discussed: "Is it just me, or does the President not seem to practice what he preaches?"
  • Conversed: "What an interesting story. Seems like the author has a distaste for authority, though."

What's that? You want a link back to Screw the Rules, I Make Them? Well, I'm not going to give you one - I am the law!

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