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My favorite movie of all time is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. That movie slaps, aside from the presence of the evil Grandpa Joe. But I can't help but think of the number of lawsuits that would've taken place after the movie. Despite the fact that Wonka had all of the kids in his factory sign a contract, there definitely would've been a legal case involved after a kid almost drowned in a chocolate river, right?


Luckily, I'm not the only one who speculates the legalities of fictional universes. Thanks to Reddit, we can have discussions like this without looking like a weirdo at every party you go to. Because trust me, most drunk people don't want to hear about your Golden Ticket conspiracy theories. Trust me.

U/Yuuhxyuuh asked:

What fictional character should have been hit with a huge lawsuit at the end of the story?

​Why is it that most children’s movies come with some truly awful adult characters? They would’ve been the first to be slapped with a lawsuit.

I feel like this goes for most superheroes.

"The Power Rangers, they're a paramilitary group and are (almost) never officially sanctioned to operate by their relevant municipalities. They cause massive amounts of destruction from their fights and by not warning anyone about the enemies they battle."

Foldedinside

​The poor Baudelaires.

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"Pretty much every adult in A Series of Unfortunate Events."

Aspect-of-Death

"Given that the in universe legal system of ASOUE allows a man to marry his adopted 13-year-old daughter, coerced by a threat to her baby sister's life, under the guise of a fraudulent play, presided over by a judge unaware she is acting in an official capacity, and absolute none of this legally invalidates that marriage and the only thing that saved Violet was a loophole that a signature doesn't count if written with one's non-dominant hand, I don't have high hopes for the Baudelaires in civil court."

Xyanon36

Do you feel it, Mr. Krabs?

"It's still running but, I can only imagine all the labor laws Mr. Krabs has broken."

I remember the episode where Patrick wanted to win an award Big Pink Loser and so he worked for Mr. Krabs with SpongeBob. The conversation was loosely:

Patrick- I can get my award working for Mr. Krabs

Spongebob- Yeah and at $50 dollars an hour. When I started working here, I had to pay Mr. Krabs $100 dollars an hour.

I always thought it meant Patrick was being paid that much until I realized what it really meant.

Pokemonlover34

Hogwarts was a death trap.

"Vernon Dursley from Harry Potter. Child abuse, both verbally and possibly physically."

BellaBurkes

"Also, Hogwarts would have been sued I'm certain by multiple parents on multiple occasions if it were an option in the Wizarding world. That place is a security nightmare! (credit, mugglecast for fully convincing me that security nightmare is an accurate description)."

"Cerberus chilling in a closet, basilisk wandering the pipes, ferocious textbooks that can bite, dementors wandering around, very questionable teachers including a host to Voldemort, a death eater on polyjuice, a werewolf (despite that he was a good teacher), and a ministry official that used physical (permanently scarring) punishment on students. Totally acceptable place to send your kids every year, for sure."

Jamileem

​Weird, the movies you loved without question as a kid kinda shift your perspective as you get older.

​That deleted scene would’ve helped with context.

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"John Hammond from Jurassic Park. His legal team would spare no expense."

GrandpawGrizzly

"From memory, there's a deleted scene from The Lost World: Jurassic Park where that happens. It's a boardroom discussion about payouts to the families of the workers who died and to the British family that accidentally stumbled upon Isla Sorna. Because of it, the board agrees to sack Hammond and make Ludlow head of Ingen with immediate effect. Ludlow then comes up with a plan to get their money back by opening up the park in San Diego using dinosaurs from Isla Sorna. Come to think of it removing that scene kind of removes a ton of context from the rest of the film."

SquiffyRae

Hell, I wanna sue this movie for messing me up.

"The dude who ran the Truman Show"

Young_fire

"Funny that movie was on tv and I just watched it again. Truman would have been able to sue for hundreds of millions. Then the money and fame would get to him. I think Truman would have had a mental breakdown after leaving. He would have been one of the most famous people ever. He wouldn't understand the hounding, everyone using him wanting him to do business with them."

"Everyone knowing every single intimate detail about you. Trying to come to terms it was all fake. He would be extremely paranoid his entire life and have a complete existential crisis"

Makadvisor

Different rules for the John Hughes universe.

"Ferris Bueller."

Doingmybest716

"Everything that goes on with the car, hijacking a parade float, or trepassing throughout the neighborhood. Man the 80s we a different time."

Scrummy_for_dummy

It’s so wild what fictional characters ​get away with. It almost makes me mad, before I realize that they’re fictional and that I’ve had too much wine while bingeing these shows.

They should all be in jail.

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"The gang from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia should be bankrupt from lawsuits and/or in jail by now from all the stuff they've done."

Jurassicbond

"I'd say almost 1 in 3 episodes should land one of them in jail for a couple years. With at least 1 season landing all of them in jail."

Imafish12

I can’t watch The Office for this reason.

"Michael Scott."

Kukukele

"I like the episode where they hired an ex-con. He had been convicted of insider trading. Kevin later quietly confesses: 'I had him explain it to me three times. Because it sounds a lot like what I do here every day.'"

Esgaib

​Doctors would never get away with what they do on this show.

"Every character in Grey's Anatomy."

BandicootHistorical4

"The amount of HIPAA violations on that show was extremely distressing I have often said I would never ever want to be a patient in that hospital."

Friendlyalterme

As for Willy Wonka, I'm pretty sure the only reason why he wasn't sued was that he had to live with Grandpa Joe. And that, my friends, is a punishment worse than death

Let it be known--if you ever find yourself in a fictional universe, you can basically do whatever you want without consequences. Best of luck, and godspeed.

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