Pictures Of Principal Of The Thing

By | 17/08/2022

Um, hey, mind lady…

How nigh you just take a parakeet and go home?

Dusk Shimmer:
[enraged, slaps stuffed parakeet away]

Information technology’Due south Non Nigh THE PARAKEET!

Say a character ends upwardly involved in a situation to where at outset glance, the problem is rather trite or rather mundane. All the same, for this character, it’s not about the problem itself, but the situation or underpinnings that caused the problem. To them, the signal is non just on the problem, but the larger pregnant and implications behind it.

For case, say Bob ends upwardly with the incorrect lodge and is annoyed that the restaurant will non acknowledge the obvious wrong-doing. Alice may indicate out that the meal does non toll much and offering to buy some other. Bob would note information technology is the the fact that the restaurant violated the nature of providing quality client service in the first place.

Sometimes it may non exist the person who got wronged making the complaint, but a friend or loved one doing so since the person they cared near may take gotten screwed over and that shouldn’t happen.

A Principles Zealot oft may rely on this a lot to explain their deportment. Sometimes used to justifiy the Constabulary of Disproportionate Response. Often goes hand-to-mitt with the Frivolous Lawsuit and Honor Earlier Reason (“Doing what’due south right, or at to the lowest degree what y’all
is right, fifty-fifty if it’southward foolish”
). Sunk Cost Fallacy could be a potential extreme of this.


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    Comic Strips

  • Retail: In this strip
    Cooper says he refuses to sign the new employee handbook because information technology is unacceptable. Every bit an example he points out to a provision that any tattoo must be covered past clothing and that he doens’t want “the homo” to tell him what to practise. His dominate points out he doens’t have any tattoo, simply he simply says he might programme on getting ane.

    Fan Works

  • While Hordak is no longer a bad guy, when he finds out that someone replaced him as caput of the Etherian Horde in a new invasion entrada in
    She-Ra: In The Wake, he shows upwardly to tell the General off himself.

    Who are y’all, that claims to be equal to me?

    The Full general:
    I have no name. I have no face. I have no vox. I am the Horde Incarnate.

    Is that then?

    The General:
    You created me. Created us. And at present we take our existence into our ain hands.

    I did not
    you. Y’all are a charlatan, scrounging for scraps in the rubble I left in my wake. Considering you are also weak to brand power for yourself, you clothe yourself in the shadow of
    achievements. And still, they ring hollow. Only similar your empty skull.

    Films — Animation

  • In
    My Piffling Pony: Equestria Girls – Rollercoaster of Friendship, Teen Geniuses Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer spend a mount of tickets trying to win a ring-toss carnival game. Every bit much every bit they attempt breaking down their throws scientifically, naught works. Eventually, the Play a joke on brothers, who are running the carnival game, feel bad for them and offer them a parakeet doll prize. Merely Dusk says “it’south non about the parakeet,” slapping it away and trying again.

    Films — Alive-Activity

  • In
    The Big Lebowski, the dynamic between the Dude and Walter epitomizes the trope, with bad things incessantly happening to the chronically laid-back and mellowed-out Dude, and slightly demented Vietnam veteran Walter convinces him time and once again to go on insane and half-cocked quests for revenge and reparation.

    Marking It Zero!

  • The Span on the River Kwai: Lt. Colonel Nicholson refuses to work on the eponymous bridge, nor will he let any of his officers do so. Not because he is lazy, simply because the Geneva Conventions specifically exempts officers from having to practise transmission labor. (The Japanese in WWII were well known for ignoring the Geneva Conventions, specially concerning POWs.)
  • In
    The Hangover Role II, Leslie Chow is arrested for his numerous crimes. Information technology turns an one-time associate/rival of his snitched on him as revenge for being screwed out of six thousand, just he notes that he did it for the principle of the matter, and not for the actual money.
  • Payback:

    • Outright mocked by Porter. He only wants his $lxx,000 (his cut of the heist that his partner stole), no more, no less. No, information technology’s not the principle of the thing, and don’t ask him once more, you’re going to make him get all misty.
    • The Outfit, on the other hand, have their own dilemma — $lxx,000 is nothing to them, but they tin can’t just give coin to everyone who says it’s owed.
  • Robin’s response, word-for-discussion, in
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights
    when Achoo tries to stop him from fighting Niggling John over a span toll past hopping over the two-foot-wide creek and pointing out “This ain’t exactly the Mississippi here!”
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: Later Ricky’south beginning coming together with French rival Jean Girard turns into a Cultural Posturing pissing lucifer, which in plough becomes an attempted Bar Brawl, Girard puts Ricky in an arm-lock and refuses to let him out until Ricky says “I love crêpes”. Even after Cal explains that crêpes are basically just small, thin pancakes, which Ricky and anybody else in the bar acknowledge they do genuinely similar, and Girard even suggests a compromise of Ricky just announcing he loves “actually thin pancakes”, Ricky still refuses, going on a rant about Girard not agreement “American freedom” and daring Girard to but intermission his arm. Girard complies.
  • D’Artagnan in
    The 3 Musketeers
    takes issue with Rochefort insulting his equus caballus.


  • In C. S. Lewis’s
    The Great Divorce, many of the damned reject Sky on the basis of some principle or some other.

    Live-Action Television receiver

  • During Flavor 5 of
    The Amazing Race, Colin and the cab driver in Tanaznia agreed that he’d get $100 if he got them there in outset identify (where they started), if not he’d become $l. The cab driver knowingly took them on a 2 hour drive on a spare tire which speedily blew out. They got to the airport in last and if not for i of the other teams helping would take been even later. While Colin was right about the driver breaking the agreement, he was urged past his partner Christie, the other teams, and the airport staff to just pay the fare and be done with but he continued to turn down. He got the police force involved and came perilously close to becoming the first contestant to be arrested during the race. He finally paid the fare just because he didn’t want to miss his flying.
  • 1 season three episode of
    Blue Heelers
    was this by proper noun, and revolved around a teacher assaulting ane of his students. Fifty-fifty though it’s not considered serious (the teacher pulled the boy’s pilus on account of information technology being also long) the youth condemns the issue on principle, it was all the same technically assault and his attitude is at that place Ain’t No Rule.
  • Frasier
    took this to epic levels. Once he and Niles pulled into a parking garage, realized they had forgotten something, and turned around to exit. The attendant charges them $two.00 for the one minute they were in there (The fee is $2.00 for every fraction of a half-hour). Frasier adamantly refuses to pay, refuses to let Niles pay for him, and even refuses to let another driver backside him pay. Somehow Frasier believed that he was “standing up” against this “injustice”, when obviously he was beingness petulant and downright rude. Finally Frasier relents and agrees to pay the $2.00, whereupon the bellboy tells him that the fee is now $4.00 because he stayed over a half hour protesting. Frasier floors the gas and charges through the gate. Niles, of course, sneaks back to brand the $4.00 debt adept to the attendant, and ends upwardly having to write out a sizable bank check to pay for the destroyed gate (probably hundreds of times as much as the original $2.00 accuse).
  • In one episode of
    The Honeymooners, the Kramdens and Nortons’ landlord presents them with a notice of that the hire is beingness raised 15%. Ralph Kramden, being who he is, refuses to take it, and the landlord warns that anyone who doesn’t accept it volition be evicted from the flat and/or have their heat, water and electricity all shut off. Ralph thinks that the landlord is bluffing, and he goes on an extreme rent strike to teach him a lesson, forcing his married woman Alice and best friend Ed Norton to partake too. Alice tells him that the increase but amounts to $5 a calendar month, but Ralph refuses to heed, comparison himself to George Washington, who fought for a crusade just like him. Information technology so happens that the strike is in the dead of wintertime, so they’re cold, even with them bundled up. When Alice complains, he says, “I don’t care about the fight, Alice, it’southward the principle of the thing,” adding that if they pay upwards now, then they will go on on raising the rent $5 every x years.

    I sympathise, Ralph. I didn’t know you were planning on staying in this apartment for the next xx years. Why, if I’d known that, Ralph, that changes the whole picture. Now I’m entirely in favor of not giving up; I’d rather freeze to death Correct NOW!

    Eventually, the landlord evicts the Kramdens from the premises, merely
    even then, Ralph refuses to give in,
    insisting that the landlord is bluffing. Moments afterward, information technology starts snowing, and merely and so does Ralph finally come to his senses and give in to the landlord. Simply even so, he stalls for a long time to come up up with an acceptable reason for giving up

    I desire y’all to understand something, Alice. It’s not because I want to practice it. It’due south non because I’m agape of the cold or that I’m hungry, or that I’g embarrassed past being out hither. Don’t call back it is that, Alice, ’cause it isn’t! You wanna know what information technology is? I’ll tell you what it is!
    And you know what information technology is equally well…
    know… what it is! You lot know what it is! I’ll tell you what it is!
    [some other break]
    Oh, I’ll tell you what information technology is!
    [one more, very long pause]
    [goes inside apartment edifice]

  • Malcolm in the Middle
    had a specially roughshod one: Dewey wins a pigsty-in-one at the 18th pigsty of a mini-golf course; co-ordinate to the rules, that entitles the golfer to a gratis game. But co-ordinate to Dewey, the owner of the place didn’t give him the free game because the bong didn’t band. In Dewey’due south heed, and equally he explains in every bit many variations as possible to his dad, it’s not a large bargain; getting the hole-in-one was skillful enough for him. Merely Hal acts equally if to say, “This is a huge bargain! I know how upset you are about losing this. That golf game course is gonna pay for ripping yous off!” Hal’south comments are along the lines of, “Yous
    to feel this way, Dewey!
  • Our Miss Brooks: In “Spare That Rod!” Mr. Conklin berates Miss Brooks for not having her blackboard cleared at the end of the day. He had gone into her classroom after school and constitute that a student had written “Old Man Conklin is a Birdbrain.” When Miss Brooks protests, Mr. Conklin tells her it’s the principle of the matter.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In “Unification: Part I”, Perrin, the second wife to Sarek, Spock’due south father, tells Picard how pissed she was at Spock for publicly disagreeing with Sarek about politics, fifty-fifty though Sarek himself never showed any signs that he was offended.

    Pro Wrestling

  • Johnny Gargano’due south reasoning for saving Rich Swann, who he despised, from the Premier Athlete Make after their ‘End Of Evolution’ match. Gargano, who hadn’t been winning much lately and was trying to get dorsum to the fashion he was earlier, realized that, whether he liked Swann or not, the homo he used to be would not tolerate the Brand’s sleazy stunts, especially since they had the audacity to pull one
    right in front of him.
  • At the tail end of 2014, Havok was virtually to lose a championship shot against knockouts champion Gail Kim when she attacked her before their match and separated Kim’south shoulder. Despite being told by a TNA trainer that she was in no status to compete and director of wrestling operations Kurt Angle insisting Gail had no obligation to defend her title, Gail insisted on having the match to bear witness Havok could keep her down. Havok won the belt in the resulting match, unsurprisingly.


  • In
    The Golden Apple tree, Ulysses and the boys are playing baseball when Helen, whom they take sworn to protect, flies away with Paris to Rhododendron, merely they consider it zero to get angry over. Menelaus and the old men of Affections’s Roost are outraged at their lack of honor, and remind them of their oath. Ulysses accuses them of “distorting the principle of the thing,” only the onetime men echo this phrase back at him, and urge vengeance on Rhododendron. When Ulysses goes to Rhododendron and defeats Paris in a boxing match, Helen immediately goes back to her husband and is Hands Forgiven. Ulysses tries to justify the effort the boys put into rescuing her past over again invoking “the principle of the thing,” simply when Hector challenges him to name “the
    it was the principle of,” Ulysses tin can come up with no better reply than this:

    The important thing isn’t the principle

    The important thing is
    we won it.

    Video Games

  • Mass Consequence: A running background joke on the Citadel is a man trying to become a refund on a toaster he bought. It’s clear from the start that the homo doesn’t actually need the money, he but wants the validation of existence given his simply bounty. In
    Mass Consequence iii, Shepard can finally resolve it. You can either tell the homo to buck upwards and bargain because there’s a state of war going on and there are more of import things to worry about, or tell the clerk to simply pay him the coin for basically the same reason. Turns out this whole multi-year affair was over fifteen credits.
  • In
    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
    ninja cyborg Cyrax
    Johnny Cage’s movies and feels peculiarly robbed of his eight bucks when he went and saw
    Ninja Mime. One of his reasons for entering the tournament was so that he could crush the money out of Cage. All of this over eight dollars.

    Spider web Comics

  • In
    MegaTokyo, later several rounds of BSODs, Yuki says that Tohya called her a monster, but that it’south nothing compared to what she (Yuki) did to her (dropping her in a crowd of unfamiliar people and so running away). Kobayashi, on the other hand, invokes this trope briefly before Yuki stops him.
  • In
    Non Enough Rings, Sonic says this when Tails asks him why he’s running against a high-powered fan’due south air-current in Oil Sea Zone.

    Web Videos

  • On a
    Game Grumps
    episode playing Kirby’south Dream Class, Arin uses the phrase verbatim while raging at Dan for stealing one of his stars, even though he stole it dorsum almost immediately.

    Western Animation

  • In
    The Amazing World of Gumball
    episode “The Bananna”, Darwin doesn’t care if Banana Joe chewed on the pen Darwin lent him, merely his blood brother Gumball tries to persuade him to get revenge. However, Darwin becomes furious after Joe tears up his homework (which was really an accident caused by Gumball poking holes in Joe’s tube of mucilage).
  • In the
    episode “Bloody Ferlin” when Archer, Ray and Cheryl go to West Virginia to visit Ray’s homophobic brother, they pretend Cheryl is Ray’s wife. Ray is disgusted when he finds out his brother wants to slumber with his imitation wife. Unusually for this trope, the person insisting on the principle is depicted every bit clearly in the right.

    Why do y’all care? A, you’re gay and B, you lot and Ballad aren’t actually married.

    But Randy thinks we are!

    Aye, but… That’due south actually a actually good point.

  • The title graphic symbol from
    Dan Vs.
    occasionally justifies his vengeful crusade against the target of the week with this, to varying degrees.

    • One notable case was in the episode “Burgerphile”. Dan’s society of a patently hamburger is delivered with cheese (despite explicitly saying multiple times no cheese, as he’s lactose-intolerant), and the director refuses to admit he made a error on his role, due to his obsession over maintaining a perfect client satisfaction rating. Despite his friends offering to just get him another burger, he continues his vengeance because it’due south a thing of principle. What makes it notable is the episode showing he is more-or-less in the right, with his vengeance chaining himself to the register and riling upwardly other customers who also had unsatisfactory experiences (while besides getting a girlfriend, the cash register girl Hortense) and grinding business to a halt. The principle aspect is fully acknowledges when the founder of Burgerphile personally comes into chastise the manager and reminding him that customer service is, well, about the customer. He fifty-fifty personally cooks the right social club for Dan (along for himself and Hortense) at the end of the episode.
    • How Dan cares about the
      is best shown in the “Wild Due west Land” episode: He set out to get a refund for his twenty-dollar admission fee because the park was a letdown, only when it is finally offered, he declines equally he feels he got the total Wild Westward experience after everything he did endeavor for it. For Dan, in the end the money was not the point of information technology.
  • In the
    Episode “Doug Takes the Example,” The Rich Bitch Beebe Barefaced’s radio is stolen, and her father wants the criminal institute, even though she could easily afford a new one, because “It’s The Principle Of The Affair.”
    It’s after revealed, however, that it wasn’t really stolen…information technology fell out of Beebe’southward locker and broke, and she tried to cover it up past maxim someone took information technology.
  • Scrooge McDuck’s devotion to his Money Bin in
    reaches this level. You don’t become the richest duck in the world with sloppy accounting, after all, and any security breech at the Bin could indicate some other theft.

    • In the original cartoon, he makes Fenton recount the entire Bin when inventory comes up a few cents short. Fenton points out that his hourly charge per unit means the time he spent on the recount really cost Scrooge more than the petty coin that was missing.
    • In the reboot, Scrooge goes on lockdown and winds upwards offering a $ii,000,000 advantage when $0.87 goes missing. While he was sick and under psychological stress this time, his
      program still involves an elaborate Engineered Public Confession rather than just putting it behind him. Even Louie, the greediest of the nephews, thinks Scrooge has lost it over how far he’southward going.
  • In the
    episode “That’s Lobstertainment!”, Leela refuses to park at Loew’s Qaddafi’due south Mann’southward Grauman’s Chinese Theater and pay a valet $3 for this reason.
  • A
    Garfield and Friends
    episode featured a
    police force officer giving Jon a speeding ticket. Considering the size of the speed limit sign, Jon refused to pay and told Garfield and Odie it was not for the money but for the principle. Garfield told Odie that, whenever somebody says something similar that, it’south for the money.
  • Male monarch of the Colina: Hank Hill seems to endure from this due to his Laurels Before Reason mentality. One episode had him refusing to pay a bill for a pornography motion-picture show that he didn’t even rent, despite Peggy insisting that he does so and get it over with. He ends upwards getting his manner in the end when he proves in court that he did not buy it, so the bill is cancelled.
  • Looney Tunes: Inverted by Daffy Duck in both “My Little Duckaroo” and “The 1000000-Hare”: “After all, it isn’t the principle of the thing, information technology’s the money.”
  • The Simpsons:

    • “2 Bad Neighbors”: Even after finding out why George H.West. Bush-league was mad at Bart, Homer still wanted to vanquish Bush up.

    For the concluding time, Bush, apologize for spanking my boy!

    Never! You make him repent for destroying my memoirs!

    (to Bart) Y’all didn’t tell me you destroyed his memoirs… (to Bush) NEVER!

    • Invoked verbatim in “Burns, Baby Burns”. Mr. Burns learns he has a long-lost son, Larry (played by Rodney Dangerfield), who fakes his own kidnapping, and Burns mobilizes massive resources to relocate him, despite finding him at best disappointing. When Smithers expresses his confusion at Burns’ out of character reaction, this is Burns’ reply.

    Burns: I can’t believe someone would kidnap my Larry. I won’t rest until he’s returned!

    Smithers: Non to be impertinent, sir, but didn’t you want Larry out of your life as recently every bit ii hours ago?

    Burns: It’due south the principle, Smithers! No one steals from Montgomery Burns, be it my Sun newspaper or my oafish lout of a son!

    • In “Trash Of The Titans”, all the chaos Homer ends upward causing is just because he refuses to say he is sorry or even will accept someone else (that being Marge) apologizing on his behalf. Homer makes articulate to Lisa that he takes the idea of apologizing (fifty-fifty if it’due south insincere, and especially if someone else does it for him) to the garbagemen as an insult to his pride and he rides this all the way to an apocalyptic resolution.
  • In
    South Park, Stan and Kenny run into
    The Passion of the Christ
    and end up antisocial it. When the ticket teller refuses to refund their coin, they decide to travel to Mel Gibson’south house to personally need that he requite them their money back. He also refuses, but they manage to swipe some greenbacks when he’s distracted. On their fashion home, Stan notes that the autobus trip to and from Mel Gibson’s house price way more than the money they wanted refunded, simply decides that it’southward the principle of the affair. Kenny agrees.