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16th Jan '18 9:49:09 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/TheBlacklist'': In "The Cyprus Agency (No. 64)", the villain of the week is busted for kidnapping women and putting them in artificially induced comas while he has them impregnated with IVF and their babies placed through his adoption agency, for a hefty profit, of course. It turns out that [[spoiler: ''he'' is the father of all the babies in question, and his main motive was to leave his legacy in various homes. At the end, he's headed for prison, but he's perfectly happy, because unless his children all die without reproducing, he got what he wanted]].



* ''Series/Emmerdale'': Ross Barton has avoided a jail sentence or any kind of retribution of his nasty deeds, and yet his brothers Pete and Finn both have convictions against them despite being the better behaved brothers of the bunch.

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* ''Series/Emmerdale'': ''Series/{{Emmerdale}}'': Ross Barton has avoided a jail sentence or any kind of retribution of his nasty deeds, and yet his brothers Pete and Finn both have convictions against them despite being the better behaved brothers of the bunch.
26th Dec '17 2:33:45 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheIndianDetective'': David Marlow gets away with everything by claiming at the end of the first season that he didn't realize Gopel was such a criminal. Not only that, but he alerts the Nigerian gangster who sent the heroin that Doug is the one who stopped it getting to Canada.

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* ''Series/TheIndianDetective'': David Marlow Marlowe gets away with everything by claiming at the end of the first season that he didn't realize Gopel Gopal was such a criminal. Not only that, but he alerts the Nigerian gangster who sent the heroin that Doug is the one who stopped it getting to Canada.
22nd Dec '17 11:49:01 PM Fireblood
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* In 1968-1970 western drama Here Come The Brides, the Christmas episode had a couple of innocent but frustrating ones. When a baby is set to be born to a couple who have suffered through a couple of crib deaths, two young girls in the town become concerned because they believe a baby born on Christmas will suffer and die by Easter, just like Jesus did. With this InsaneTrollLogic under their belt, they kidnap the newborn and attempt to smuggle it to San Francisco (the show was set in Seattle) where the grownups won't know he's a Christmas baby. In the end, they are convinced the grownups are actually worried about the baby, and so swap it out with the statue of the infant Jesus from the Church Nativity display, where it is found and returned to its parents. When the epilogue comes, the girls are standing smiling by the baby's crib, and the mother even asks them to train the baby's father in changing the diapers, which they did while they had you know, STOLEN her child? The parents were grieving; the townsfolk were spooked and shaken, with even the rational protagonist wondering if this was a sign to give up on the then-growing town, with his usual antagonist urging calm, despite his stake in seeing the protagonists fail. Yet for all this, there is no scene or mention of the girls being punished or chastised or even corrected on their unique interpretation of gospel.

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* In 1968-1970 western drama Here Come The Brides, the Christmas episode had a couple of innocent but frustrating ones. When a baby is set to be born to a couple who have suffered through a couple of crib deaths, two young girls in the town become concerned because they believe a baby born on Christmas will suffer and die by Easter, just like Jesus did. With this InsaneTrollLogic under their belt, they kidnap the newborn and attempt to smuggle it to San Francisco (the show was set in Seattle) where the grownups won't know he's a Christmas baby. In the end, they are convinced the grownups are actually worried about the baby, and so swap it out with the statue of the infant Jesus from the Church Nativity church nativity display, where it is found and returned to its parents. When the epilogue comes, the girls are standing smiling by the baby's crib, and the mother even asks them to train the baby's father in changing the diapers, which they did while they had you know, STOLEN her child? The parents were grieving; the townsfolk were spooked and shaken, with even the rational protagonist wondering if this was a sign to give up on the then-growing town, with his usual antagonist urging calm, despite his stake in seeing the protagonists fail. Yet for all this, there is no scene or mention of the girls being punished or chastised or even corrected on their unique interpretation of gospel.the Gospels.
* ''Series/TheIndianDetective'': David Marlow gets away with everything by claiming at the end of the first season that he didn't realize Gopel was such a criminal. Not only that, but he alerts the Nigerian gangster who sent the heroin that Doug is the one who stopped it getting to Canada.
8th Dec '17 11:55:41 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Darulio aka "Papa Smurf." An alien with [[LivingAphrodisiac powerful pheromones]] and a vague at best concept of sexual consent, who [[CultureJustifiesAnything doesn't see anything wrong with inducing people to sleep with him]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality since his culture apparently views refusing sexual advances as rude]]. Even though he's of a profession that studies alien cultures (archaeologist) and has been off-world a long time, long enough to know better. By the time he walks off the ship, he's committed four rapes (two directly, two RapeByProxy), utterly ruined the diplomatic negotiations the ship was supposed to conduct by incapacitating three of the senior staff. Said diplomatic breakdown causes a armed conflict. Several ships are destroyed (implying hundreds of lives lost), and almost gets The ''Orville'' itself blasted to atoms in the crossfire. Oh, and the PlotIncitingInfidelity that was the death blow for the protagonists' failed marriage? [[CerebusRetcon That might have been an act of rape, too.]] And at the end of it all, he walks off the ship with a shrug and words to the effect of "shit happens."

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Darulio aka "Papa Smurf." An He was already not all that sympathetic, as he was introduced as "the other man" that incited the protagonists' divorce. He was an alien with [[LivingAphrodisiac powerful pheromones]] and a vague at best concept of sexual consent, who [[CultureJustifiesAnything doesn't see anything wrong with inducing people to sleep with him]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality since his culture apparently views refusing sexual advances as rude]]. Even though he's of a profession that studies alien cultures (archaeologist) and has been off-world a long time, long enough to know better. By the time he walks off the ship, he's committed four rapes (two directly, two RapeByProxy), utterly ruined the diplomatic negotiations the ship was supposed to conduct by incapacitating three of the senior staff. Said diplomatic breakdown causes a armed conflict. Several ships are destroyed (implying hundreds of lives lost), and almost gets The ''Orville'' itself blasted to atoms in the crossfire. Oh, and the PlotIncitingInfidelity that was the death blow for the protagonists' failed marriage? [[CerebusRetcon That might have been an act of rape, too.]] And at the end of it all, he walks off the ship with a shrug and words to the effect of "shit happens."
8th Dec '17 11:50:39 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Darulio aka "Papa Smurf." An alien with [[LivingAphrodisiac powerful pheromones]] and a vague at best concept of sexual consent, who [[CultureJustifiesAnything doesn't see anything wrong with inducing people to sleep with him, since his culture apparently views refusing sexual advances as rude]]. Even though he's of a profession that studies alien cultures (archaeologist) and has been off-world a long time, long enough to know better. By the time he walks off the ship, he's committed four rapes (two directly, two RapeByProxy), utterly ruined the diplomatic negotiations the ship was supposed to conduct by incapacitating three of the senior staff. Said diplomatic breakdown causes a armed conflict. Several ships are destroyed (implying hundreds of lives lost), and almost gets The ''Orville'' itself blasted to atoms in the crossfire. Oh, and the PlotInducingInfidelity that was the death blow for the protagonists' failed marriage? [[CerebrusRetcon That might have been an act of rape, too.]] And at the end of it all, he walks off the ship with a shrug and words to the effect of "shit happens."

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Darulio aka "Papa Smurf." An alien with [[LivingAphrodisiac powerful pheromones]] and a vague at best concept of sexual consent, who [[CultureJustifiesAnything doesn't see anything wrong with inducing people to sleep with him, him]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality since his culture apparently views refusing sexual advances as rude]]. Even though he's of a profession that studies alien cultures (archaeologist) and has been off-world a long time, long enough to know better. By the time he walks off the ship, he's committed four rapes (two directly, two RapeByProxy), utterly ruined the diplomatic negotiations the ship was supposed to conduct by incapacitating three of the senior staff. Said diplomatic breakdown causes a armed conflict. Several ships are destroyed (implying hundreds of lives lost), and almost gets The ''Orville'' itself blasted to atoms in the crossfire. Oh, and the PlotInducingInfidelity PlotIncitingInfidelity that was the death blow for the protagonists' failed marriage? [[CerebrusRetcon [[CerebusRetcon That might have been an act of rape, too.]] And at the end of it all, he walks off the ship with a shrug and words to the effect of "shit happens."
8th Dec '17 11:43:58 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Darulio aka "Papa Smurf." An alien with [[LivingAphrodisiac powerful pheromones]] and a vague at best concept of sexual consent, who [[CultureJustifiesAnything doesn't see anything wrong with inducing people to sleep with him, since his culture apparently views refusing sexual advances as rude]]. Even though he's of a profession that studies alien cultures (archaeologist) and has been off-world a long time, long enough to know better. By the time he walks off the ship, he's committed four rapes (two directly, two RapeByProxy), utterly ruined the diplomatic negotiations the ship was supposed to conduct by incapacitating three of the senior staff. Said diplomatic breakdown causes a armed conflict. Several ships are destroyed (implying hundreds of lives lost), and almost gets The ''Orville'' itself blasted to atoms in the crossfire. Oh, and the PlotInducingInfidelity that was the death blow for the protagonists' failed marriage? [[CerebrusRetcon That might have been an act of rape, too.]] And at the end of it all, he walks off the ship with a shrug and words to the effect of "shit happens."
2nd Dec '17 7:31:00 PM ShorinBJ
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** Spike is more popular than the rest of the characters combined and people tend to forgive him everything, but he is arguably the most blatant example of this trope in the entire Buffyverse. Even before he was chipped Buffy let him walk away a few times for no reason (like in the episode "Halloween"). Then he gets chipped and everyone is suddenly trusting this chip with their lives, never mind that the organization that made it soon proved to be both evil and incompetent. Willow actually comforts Spike for his "impotence" - i.e. the inability to kill her! He starts killing people once more (against his will) in Season 7
** The protagonists go through considerable trouble to make vampire Willow into one of these. Even after she tries to murder dozens of innocent people succeeding with few, the Scooby gang just let her leave back to her own world, even giving goodbye hugs and advice "try not to kill people". The hand of karma is swift in her case, as she gets staked seconds after her return, but not for the lack of trying.

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** Spike is more popular than the rest of the characters combined and people tend to forgive him everything, but he is arguably the most blatant example of this trope in the entire Buffyverse. Even before he was chipped Buffy let him walk away a few times for no reason (like in the episode "Halloween"). Then he gets chipped and everyone is suddenly trusting this chip with their lives, never mind that the organization that made it soon proved to be both evil and incompetent. Willow actually comforts Spike for his "impotence" - i.e. the inability to kill her! He starts killing people once more (against his will) in Season 7
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** The protagonists go through considerable trouble to make vampire Willow into one of these. Even after she tries to murder dozens of innocent people people, succeeding with a few, the Scooby gang just let her leave back to her own world, even giving goodbye hugs and advice to "try not to kill people". The hand of karma is swift in her case, as she gets staked seconds after her return, but not for the lack of trying.



** In the season 2 finale, Willow asks Xander to tell Buffy to buy some time while fighting Angelus, so that Willow can do the spell to return Angel's soul. Instead, when Xander catches up to Buffy, he says Willow's message is: "Kick his [Angelus's] ass." Buffy ends up having to kill a re-ensouled Angel to save the world, which leads to a major HeroicBSOD. Xander's actions are only brought up once, years later, and even then he never suffers any consequences for not giving Buffy false hope.

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** In the season 2 finale, Willow asks Xander to tell Buffy to buy some time while fighting Angelus, so that Willow can do the spell to return Angel's soul. Instead, when Xander catches up to Buffy, he says Willow's message is: "Kick his [Angelus's] ass." Buffy ends up having to kill a re-ensouled Angel to save the world, which leads to a major HeroicBSOD. Xander's actions are only brought up once, years later, and even then he never suffers any consequences for not giving Buffy false hope.



* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'': In season 2, Paige is raped by Dean. After several incidents where he taunts her about the ordeal, she presses charges against him, but the trial doesn't take place until season 4. However, Dean is found not guilty due to the lack of evidence. Paige gets a small measure of revenge by wrecking Dean's car by deliberately crashing Spinner's car into it. Also, Dean states that he does not get in to a fraternity that he was pledging for because Paige had shown up at one of their parties and screams about Dean raping her. However, no real consequence is ever felt by Dean.

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* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'': In season 2, Paige is raped by Dean. After several incidents where he taunts her about the ordeal, she presses charges against him, but the trial doesn't take place until season 4. However, Dean is found not guilty due to the lack of evidence. Paige gets a small measure of revenge by wrecking Dean's car by deliberately crashing Spinner's car into it. Also, Dean states that he does not get in to into a fraternity that he was pledging for because Paige had shown up at one of their parties and screams about Dean raping her. However, no real consequence is ever felt by Dean.



** The third season has Art Shepard. Lynette found his basement full of half naked boy pictures. Convinced he's a pedophile, she starts massive demonstrations. Art's sister Rebecca managed to dismiss Lynette's doubts then the latter came back to Art in order to apologize herself. Art confesses to Lynette that he really was a unrepentant pedophile and he was hiding his activities from his sister. At the end of the episode, he just leaves Wisteria Lane for a new neighborhood. Granted, it's not known whether he was telling the truth just then; he could have been lying about that for revenge on Lynette

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** The third season has Art Shepard. Lynette found his basement full of half naked boy pictures. Convinced he's a pedophile, she starts massive demonstrations. Art's sister Rebecca managed to dismiss Lynette's doubts then the latter came back to Art in order to apologize herself. After the stress causes Rebecca's death, Art confesses to Lynette that he really was a unrepentant pedophile and he was hiding his activities from his sister. At the end of the episode, he just leaves Wisteria Lane for a new neighborhood. Granted, it's not known whether he was telling the truth just then; he could have been lying about that for revenge on LynetteLynette. Either way, one of them is a Karma Houdini.



** And then there's Hartley Rathaway, who is apprehended by the Flash after attempting to melt his brains out, assaulting Caitlin and indulging in urban terrorism throughout the entire episode, only to escape the episode immediately after, by [[DealWithTheDevil luring Cisco into freeing him in exchange for information regarding Ronnie's whereabouts]]. By the end of Season One, he is still at large.



** House is the poster child. The man can't go an episode without doing something that would cause any normal doctor to get arrested and / or his medical license revoked. That being said, he ''has'' been physically assaulted by patients, their relatives, and even his own fellows, and once he was even [[spoiler:shot in his office.]]

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** House is the poster child. The man can't go an episode without doing something that would cause any normal doctor to get arrested and / or [=and/or=] his medical license revoked. That being said, he ''has'' been physically assaulted by patients, their relatives, and even his own fellows, and once he was even [[spoiler:shot in his office.]]



** Vogler "donates" $100 million to PPTH with the proviso that he become chairman of the board. He immediately set out to make the hospital a place to unethically test drugs from his pharmaceutical company. Besides that, he's a complete tyrant who makes irrational and capricious demands. In the end, he demands that the board fire House, or he walks and takes his money (notice the quotes around "donates" earlier?). This requires an unanimous vote, and Wilson votes no. Then Vogler demands the rest of the board fire Wilson, same threat. They don't, and he leaves. He suffers no consequences for it all.



** Barney is the biggest example. He does horrible things to woman all the time (lying to them, abandoning them, never calling them again, stealing from them, etc.) and always gets away with his actions scott free.

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** Barney is the biggest example. He does horrible things to woman all the time (lying to them, abandoning them, never calling them again, stealing from them, etc.) and always gets away with his actions scott scot free.



** Reese can steal Malcolm’s girl friend and nobody cares but when Malcolm steals Reese’s he’s a horrible person.

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** Reese can steal Malcolm’s girl friend girlfriend and nobody cares cares, but when Malcolm steals Reese’s he’s a horrible person.


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** The docs are knowingly taking advantage of this trope, which was TruthInTelevision. MASH doctors didn't care if they got black marks on their records, because they would always be able to find work once they got home, because their skills were valuable enough to guarantee job security. For the same reason, the Army tolerated a lot from them. Pretty much the only thing that the Army could do that they'd care about was put them in prison, so they just had to know where the line was and stop short of it. Hawkeye, Trapper, BJ, and Charles got away with all kinds of crap during the course of the show, not just because they were doctors, but because they were the best.
2nd Dec '17 7:00:55 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Ian Quinn appears to be becoming one of these. Last seen escaping at the end of the first season with his prized gravitonium, he has not been mentioned since, and it seems unlikely that he will return to face his comeuppance.
5th Oct '17 9:52:00 AM Nadim
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** Barney is the biggest examples. He does horrible things to woman all the time (lying to them, abandoning them, never calling them again, stealing from them, etc.) and always gets away with his actions scott free.

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** Barney is the biggest examples.example. He does horrible things to woman all the time (lying to them, abandoning them, never calling them again, stealing from them, etc.) and always gets away with his actions scott free.
5th Oct '17 9:51:01 AM Nadim
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** Barney is the biggest examples. He does horrible things to woman all the time (lying to them, abandoning them, never calling them again, stealing from thim, etc.) and always gets away with his actions scott free.

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** Barney is the biggest examples. He does horrible things to woman all the time (lying to them, abandoning them, never calling them again, stealing from thim, them, etc.) and always gets away with his actions scott free.
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