History KarmaHoudini / LiveActionTV

22nd Feb '17 5:36:27 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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** Gibbis from "The God Complex" exploits his species' cowardly nature to sell out his fellows trapped in the HorrorHotel with him. He knowingly releases Howie knowing full well this will lead to his death, then pleads for sympathy after the former dies. Apart from a stern lecture from the Doctor, he is the only non-main character to survive the ordeal. The Doctor even gives him a lift home!
19th Feb '17 8:21:18 PM ShorinBJ
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** Voyager seemingly dooms an alien civilization when they destroy a dangerous energy particle which is also their last hope. They destroy the particles and research, return the scientist and the aliens just give up pursuit and leave. To be fair its the Omega particle which can destroy subspace and is pretty much impossible to control. If the aliens had continued they'd almost certainly have blown up their own planet as well as wiping out FTL travel for most of the quadrant. Its possible they finally understood what they were messing with and let the matter drop. Also its so dangerous that Janeway is legally required to destroy the stuff to the point that the PrimeDirective is suspended for the duration.

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** Voyager seemingly dooms an alien civilization when they destroy a dangerous energy particle which is also their last hope. They destroy the particles and research, return the scientist scientist, and the aliens just give up pursuit and leave. To be fair its fair, it's the Omega particle particle, which can destroy subspace and is pretty much impossible to control. If the aliens had continued continued, they'd almost certainly have blown up their own planet as well as wiping out FTL travel for most of the quadrant. Its It's possible they finally understood what they were messing with and let the matter drop. Also its Also, it's so dangerous that Janeway is legally required to destroy the stuff to the point that the PrimeDirective is suspended for the duration.
27th Jan '17 9:19:42 AM ShorinBJ
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** Eden completely gets away with attempted murder, and goes off to live her life as a porn star.



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': With many villains performing a HeelFaceTurn, some villains can be seen as such.
** Ursula got her voice back and reconciled with her father without doing anything to deserve it and never acknowledges her evil deeds like trying to kill the heroes or leaving a baby to die. She does however tell the heroes everything about Gold's plan in an attempt to make amends.
** Maleficent never suffers punishment for her actions in Season 4; however, they are justifiable - except for the fact it's really DisproportionateRetribution. She leaves the season unharmed and gets her happy ending.
** {{ZigZagged}} with Regina who manges to get a lot of LaserGuidedKarma but manages to escape those punishments. By the end of Season 5, [[spoiler: she uses a refined version of Dr. Jekyll's potion to separate her good and evil sides in which her evil side manages to receive some karma by mid-season finale of Season 6.]]
9th Jan '17 5:42:45 PM MummyGaGa
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** {{ZigZagged}} with Regina who manges to get a lot of LaserGuidedKarma but manages to escape. By the end of Season 5, [[spoiler: she uses a refined version of Dr. Jekyll's potion to separate her good and evil sides in which her evil side manages to receive some karma by mid-season finale of Season 6.]]

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** {{ZigZagged}} with Regina who manges to get a lot of LaserGuidedKarma but manages to escape.escape those punishments. By the end of Season 5, [[spoiler: she uses a refined version of Dr. Jekyll's potion to separate her good and evil sides in which her evil side manages to receive some karma by mid-season finale of Season 6.]]
9th Jan '17 5:42:14 PM MummyGaGa
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': With many villains performing a HeelFaceTurn, some villains can be seen as such.
** Ursula got her voice back and reconciled with her father without doing anything to deserve it and never acknowledges her evil deeds like trying to kill the heroes or leaving a baby to die. She does however tell the heroes everything about Gold's plan in an attempt to make amends.
** Maleficent never suffers punishment for her actions in Season 4; however, they are justifiable - except for the fact it's really DisproportionateRetribution. She leaves the season unharmed and gets her happy ending.
** {{ZigZagged}} with Regina who manges to get a lot of LaserGuidedKarma but manages to escape. By the end of Season 5, [[spoiler: she uses a refined version of Dr. Jekyll's potion to separate her good and evil sides in which her evil side manages to receive some karma by mid-season finale of Season 6.]]
1st Jan '17 6:45:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AmericanGothic'': Unsurprisingly, [[{{Satan}} Sheriff Buck]] is a Karma Houdini for the entire run of the series. Among the most notable things he gets away with are: killing Merlyn Temple ''in the very first episode'' and blackmailing his failed BastardUnderstudy Ben Healy to keep quiet about it; imprisoning, torturing, and eventually causing the death by neglect of an out-of-town reporter (complete with [[spoiler:removing from his belongings the evidence that might convict Buck of various crimes]], [[GoodIsImpotent all while Dr. Matt and Gail look on helplessly]]); tormenting Dr. Matt about his alcoholism, nearly getting him expelled at the hospital due to his tragic past, and eventually [[spoiler:[[UnwittingPawn setting him up to look like an insane vigilante so he could be locked up in a mental ward]]]]; manipulating Gage Temple into [[spoiler:killing Gail's parents (from which he escapes only by [[BrokenPedestal revealing to her how awful her parents really were]]]]); and summoning the spirit of the Boston Strangler to kill Merlyn ([[IdiotBall only to have him go after Gail as well]]). He even seems to win at the end of the series. This would be enough to constitute a DownerEnding and a reason to wash your hands of the show, if not for the suitably vague ending, [[TheEndOrIsIt which implies the victory might not be all it seems]], and how deliciously this MagnificentBastard pulls most of this off.

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* ''Series/AmericanGothic'': ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'': Unsurprisingly, [[{{Satan}} Sheriff Buck]] is a Karma Houdini for the entire run of the series. Among the most notable things he gets away with are: killing Merlyn Temple ''in the very first episode'' and blackmailing his failed BastardUnderstudy Ben Healy to keep quiet about it; imprisoning, torturing, and eventually causing the death by neglect of an out-of-town reporter (complete with [[spoiler:removing from his belongings the evidence that might convict Buck of various crimes]], [[GoodIsImpotent all while Dr. Matt and Gail look on helplessly]]); tormenting Dr. Matt about his alcoholism, nearly getting him expelled at the hospital due to his tragic past, and eventually [[spoiler:[[UnwittingPawn setting him up to look like an insane vigilante so he could be locked up in a mental ward]]]]; manipulating Gage Temple into [[spoiler:killing Gail's parents (from which he escapes only by [[BrokenPedestal revealing to her how awful her parents really were]]]]); and summoning the spirit of the Boston Strangler to kill Merlyn ([[IdiotBall only to have him go after Gail as well]]). He even seems to win at the end of the series. This would be enough to constitute a DownerEnding and a reason to wash your hands of the show, if not for the suitably vague ending, [[TheEndOrIsIt which implies the victory might not be all it seems]], and how deliciously this MagnificentBastard pulls most of this off.
28th Dec '16 3:39:15 PM JamesHunter
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** Voyager seemingly dooms an alien civilization when they destroy a dangerous energy particle which is also their last hope. They destroy the particles and research, return the scientist and the aliens just give up pursuit and leave.

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** Voyager seemingly dooms an alien civilization when they destroy a dangerous energy particle which is also their last hope. They destroy the particles and research, return the scientist and the aliens just give up pursuit and leave. To be fair its the Omega particle which can destroy subspace and is pretty much impossible to control. If the aliens had continued they'd almost certainly have blown up their own planet as well as wiping out FTL travel for most of the quadrant. Its possible they finally understood what they were messing with and let the matter drop. Also its so dangerous that Janeway is legally required to destroy the stuff to the point that the PrimeDirective is suspended for the duration.
**Janeway never faces any real consequences for her alliance with the Borg (which left a huge threat intact and got at least one species assimilated). Instead she got a new crew member and ten thousand light years closer to home out of the deal. The one attempt at revenge (by the last of said species) ends with Voyager escaping and in possession of a powerful new FTL system that later gets them even closer to home.


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** Archer never faces any legal consequences beyond a slap on the wrist for his various actions in the Expanse. Some what subverted in that while his bosses accept why he did what he did Archer isn't going to be forgiving himself any time soon.
25th Dec '16 1:43:21 AM Shadowgazer
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** ''Blackadder Goes Forth'': Whilst not exactly a villain, nothing at all happens to General 'Insanity' Melchett after all the other major characters (including SmugSnake Captain Darling) [[spoiler: die in another attempted push]].

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** ''Blackadder Goes Forth'': Whilst not exactly a villain, nothing Nothing at all happens to General 'Insanity' Melchett after all the other major characters (including SmugSnake Captain Darling) [[spoiler: die in another attempted push]].
3rd Dec '16 2:23:33 PM Dark_Lord_
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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** Toru Hojo from ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' feels like one. He spends the whole series trying to one up his rival Sumiko Ozawa, manipulating his superiors and being an all around jerkass towards the protagonists, with the occasional PetTheDog moment squeezed in between. The series ends with him realizing he might have feelings for Sumiko.
** ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' has Kyousuke Kiriya, who was introduced to the series to be TheRival to Asumu, as ExecutiveMeddling thought this was what the series needed to attract more viewers. From the moment he is introduced he spends all of his time being a completely disagreeable jerkass to Asumu. When he and Asumu were training under Hibiki to become Oni themselves, Kyousuke tried to prove he is the better man, using manipulating and deceit. What makes him a KarmaHoudini is that he actually gets his wish and is seen transforming into an Oni during the epilogue. However, he is also a subversion, as he is shown to have become a much more humble person, even telling his rival Asumu he thinks well of him. This proves he had a great deal of character development during his training.
** The biggest KarmaHoudini of the franchise might as well be [[spoiler:DJ Sagara]]/Helheim forest of ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. Helheim is an EldritchAbomination forest that takes over worlds by replacing the existing plant life. The fruits on its plants are poisonous and will turn everyone who eats it into mindless monsters, which in the long run wipes out entire species, replacing them with its own. After Helheim is done wiping out a civilization, it goes to another planet to start the cycle again. When the series starts, Helheim has set its sights to humanity. What makes Helheim such a vicious antagonist, is because it is revealed to be sentient. It actively toys with whatever race is its victim. Knowing full well how power could corrupt everyone but the purest of souls, it purposefully hides a golden fruit, which gives whoever eats it into a PhysicalGod, essentially allowing him or her to stop Helheim from taking over the planet. The reason for this is because Helheim enjoys seeing people fight over such power. The reason why Helheim is a KarmaHoudini, is because after the crisis on earth is averted, it simply went to another planet to start all over.
29th Nov '16 1:38:18 AM bobg
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** count Von count often annoys people with his counting and thunder and lightning, sometimes even inconvenienceing people in such ways as getting a job as an elevator operator, only to force people to take the stairs while he rides it and counts the floors. Like Cookie Monster, he usually wins.

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** count Count Von count Count often annoys people with his counting and thunder and lightning, sometimes even inconvenienceing people in such ways as getting a job as an elevator operator, only to force people to take the stairs while he rides it and counts the floors. Like Cookie Monster, he usually wins.
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