History KarmaHoudini / VideoGames

16th Apr '16 10:17:33 PM SbenLives
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** Lieutenant Blake is a real nasty, brutish thug of a cop. He gives a sniper a direct order to kill Ethan (who's innocent), even if he comes out peacefully with his hands up. If Ethan is killed by the police and Shaun survives, Blake is suspended pending an investigation. Otherwise, nothing happens to him. Even the aforementioned ending may be a Karma Houdini, since it doesn't necessarily lead to him fired in disgrace or rotting in prison.

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** Lieutenant Blake is a real nasty, brutish thug of a cop. He flaunts his authority as an excuse to do whatever he wants, and throughout the game, his go-to tactic for interrogating suspects is [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique kicking the crap out of them]] to the point where he almost kills several. In the climax, he even gives a sniper a direct order to kill Ethan (who's innocent), even if he comes out peacefully with his hands up. If Ethan is killed by the police this sniper and Shaun survives, Blake is suspended pending an investigation. Otherwise, nothing investigation, but he is not fired or imprisoned. [[spoiler: A possible aversion happens if Ethan survives while Jayden dies, as it is implied that Jayden will haunt Blake through the ARI and cause him to succumb to the same addiction that crippled him. Even However, this is never made explicitly clear.]]
** Gordi Kramer is even more despicable than Blake -- while Blake is at least motivated to be an asshole by his honest desire to stop
the aforementioned Origami Killer, Gordi is a multimillionaire PsychopathicManchild who idolizes the killer and actually drowned a young boy in an attempt to be like the killer. In his short appearance, he shows himself to be an unrepentant asshole with a callous disregard for anyone other than himself. While his father Charles has his staff gunned down, is brutally beaten, and can be left to [[KarmicDeath suffer a heart attack]], Gordi is never even mentioned in any ending may be a Karma Houdini, since it doesn't necessarily lead to him fired in disgrace or rotting in prison.and he presumably gets away scot-free.
15th Apr '16 6:55:22 PM MyFinalEdits
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15th Apr '16 6:55:12 PM MyFinalEdits
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** It's actually averted in a second ending. [[spoiler:If the player completes all the missions, he's murdered by an angry mob of his own citizens.]]



** At least the [[{{Jerkass}} Mayor]] dies. That's what you get for [[TooDumbToLive trusting a mass murdering nutcase that has no reason to hold up his end of a deal]].
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Sek Duat uses Zhoom and the hero to find the lamp containing [[spoiler:Saahir]], the Djinn that's said to be able to defeat Tibicenas, the eighth Lord of Chaos. Then [[spoiler:he slips away and makes his way to the lamp's resting place and the hero and Zhoom fight him to get it. [[TheBadGuyWins Sek Duat "kills off" both of them and gets the lamp, and just to make sure nobody else gets it, he causes a cave-in in case the two were to miraculously climb back up]]. Unknown to him, Zhoom slipped him the Dreamdust, which causes the lamp he claimed to be replaced by a rock, causing him to think he had won. This is the last we see of him in [[VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds AQ Worlds]]]].

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** At least the [[{{Jerkass}} Mayor]] dies. That's what you get for [[TooDumbToLive trusting a mass murdering nutcase that has no reason to hold up his end of a deal]].
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'':
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Sek Duat uses Zhoom and the hero to find the lamp containing [[spoiler:Saahir]], the Djinn that's said to be able to defeat Tibicenas, the eighth Lord of Chaos. Then [[spoiler:he slips away and makes his way to the lamp's resting place and the hero and Zhoom fight him to get it. [[TheBadGuyWins Sek Duat "kills off" both of them and gets the lamp, and just to make sure nobody else gets it, he causes a cave-in in case the two were to miraculously climb back up]]. Unknown to him, Zhoom slipped him the Dreamdust, which causes the lamp he claimed to be replaced by a rock, causing him to think he had won. This is the last we see of him in [[VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds AQ Worlds]]]].
15th Apr '16 4:20:05 PM Atticspace
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** Sylvanas. She's under suspicion for the wrathgate (we don't know how much she knew), invaded Gilneas, nuked Southshore, waged a campaign of genocide on the Humans, manipulated the Horde (to join them in the first place in order to use them as tools), set herself up as an object of cult worship, employed the Val'kyr (which seems to be a case of "Even Chaos has standards" when seen by pragmatic Death Knight Thassarian), resurrected those who she killed against their will, shot and killed Liam Greymane, attempted to steal the Scythe of Elune to enslave the Worgen and make even more to make an even BIGGER army to do her bidding, and made some kind of deal with the devil to get the Val'kyr in the first place. The closest she got to any kind of punishment was Lor'thermar [[ImpliedDeathThreat threatening her if she raised the Horde's dead as Forsaken]], stating [[LetThemDie he'd leave her to the Alliance if she tried it on their dead]] and [[WhatTheHellHero calling her out on several of her actions in Mists of Pandaria]].

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** Sylvanas. She's under suspicion for the wrathgate (we don't know how much she knew), invaded Gilneas, nuked Southshore, waged a campaign of genocide on the Humans, manipulated the Horde (to join them in the first place in order to use them as tools), set herself up as an object of cult worship, employed the Val'kyr (which seems to be a case of "Even Chaos has standards" when seen by pragmatic Death Knight Thassarian), resurrected those who she killed against their will, shot and killed Liam Greymane, attempted to steal the Scythe of Elune to enslave the Worgen and make even more to make an even BIGGER army to do her bidding, and made some kind of deal with the devil to get the Val'kyr in the first place. The closest she got to any kind of punishment was Lor'thermar [[ImpliedDeathThreat threatening her if she raised the Horde's dead as Forsaken]], stating [[LetThemDie he'd leave her to the Alliance if she tried it on their dead]] and [[WhatTheHellHero calling her out on several of her actions in Mists of Pandaria]]. [[spoiler: Supposedly according to some things the devs have said and some events visible in the beta, Sylvanas is going to get what has been a long time coming to her in the upcoming expansion, Legion. Time will tell.]]
8th Apr '16 4:23:08 AM rafi
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* One appears in the first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. The "evil thief" Dodonpa, who kidnapped a wealthy merchant with the intention of sending repeated ransom demands and who is trash-talked by most people in the village he runs, appears in a sidequest in which he sics a monster on the heroes, then is trapped under it when he tries to stab them in the back while they're distracted. His ultimate sentence is to replace the merchant in his dungeon cell, to which his underlings have a key, and receive no treatment for his twisted ankle.
** A less serious case is Briggs, one of the main antagonists in the second game, battling Felix's team, stealing PlotCoupons, and having his grandmother sic a boss on them. He doesn't get a proper hint of redemption until the third game, where he [[spoiler:aids Matthew's party into fleeing from Belinsk, losing his life in the process]]. And ''up until them, he had been keeping up with the pirate trade''.
* The chief antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]], gets off with naught but having to say to the campers "Sorry I [[spoiler: had you all kidnapped and your brains removed to power my weapons of mass destruction.]]" He even gets all his psychological [[FreudianExcuse daddy issues]] magically resolved by Raz. His accomplice, on the other hand, falls out of a high tower to a probably very messy death.

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* One appears in the first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. The "evil thief" Dodonpa, who kidnapped a wealthy merchant with the intention of sending repeated ransom demands and who is trash-talked by most people in the village he runs, appears in a sidequest in which he sics a monster on the heroes, then is trapped under it when he tries to stab them in the back while they're distracted. His ultimate sentence is to replace the merchant in his dungeon cell, to which his underlings have a key, and receive no treatment for his twisted ankle.
** A less serious case is Briggs, one of the main antagonists in the second game, battling Felix's team, stealing PlotCoupons, and having his grandmother sic a boss on them. He
Leasath commanding officer Diego Gaspar Navarro from ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception'' doesn't get a proper hint caught and brought to justice, and while he fails to overrun Aurelia or sell his beloved Fenrir superfighters, part of redemption until his EvilPlan still plays out as the third game, where conflict gives a boost to Leasath's military-industrial complex.
** It's actually averted in a second ending. [[spoiler:If the player completes all the missions, he's murdered by an angry mob of his own citizens.]]
* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars Days of Ruin'' has the civilians, who [[spoiler:pushed Isabella out of their group -- and while their own survival was at stake, they should know long by this point that Isabella isn't selfish, but ''they never say anything about her being one of Caulder's "children" '''or''' that Caulder will bomb them to death if
he [[spoiler:aids Matthew's party into fleeing doesn't get Isabella'']]. They never get punished for it at all aside from Belinsk, losing his life in the process]]. And ''up until them, he had been keeping up dealing with the pirate trade''.
* The chief antagonist
AfterTheEnd setting that Will and company also have to.
** At least the [[{{Jerkass}} Mayor]] dies. That's what you get for [[TooDumbToLive trusting a mass murdering nutcase that has no reason to hold up his end
of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]], gets off with naught but having a deal]].
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Sek Duat uses Zhoom and the hero
to say find the lamp containing [[spoiler:Saahir]], the Djinn that's said to be able to defeat Tibicenas, the eighth Lord of Chaos. Then [[spoiler:he slips away and makes his way to the campers "Sorry I [[spoiler: had you all kidnapped lamp's resting place and your brains removed the hero and Zhoom fight him to power my weapons get it. [[TheBadGuyWins Sek Duat "kills off" both of mass destruction.]]" He even them and gets all the lamp, and just to make sure nobody else gets it, he causes a cave-in in case the two were to miraculously climb back up]]. Unknown to him, Zhoom slipped him the Dreamdust, which causes the lamp he claimed to be replaced by a rock, causing him to think he had won. This is the last we see of him in [[VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds AQ Worlds]]]].
** [[spoiler:Kimberly Freeman, the real sixth Lord of Chaos, counts as well. She was BrainwashedAndCrazy, and after she is free from the Chaos tune that Drakath sang to her, she asks the hero if he / she wants to participate with her band, and they perform in the same way they were before being freed by him / her, this time with no Chaos tune controlling them and the hero performing alongside them]].
* In one of the endings to ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', [[spoiler:Baron Alexander succeeds in
his psychological [[FreudianExcuse daddy issues]] magically resolved by Raz. His accomplice, on master plan, thus completely getting away with manipulating and mentally torturing Daniel, betraying and torturing Agrippa, and killing god knows how many innocent people.]] In the other hand, falls out ends, [[spoiler:Daniel may be considered this for those who don't consider his panic over the Shadow of a high tower the Orb and/or his aforementioned manipulation by the Baron to be adequate excuses for his own role in the Baron's ritual murders.]]
* Astrid of [[Franchise/AtelierSeries Atelier]] is [[VideoGame/AtelierRorona the]] [[VideoGame/AtelierTotori Arland]] [[VideoGame/AtelierMeruru Trilogy's]] resident jerkass, pulling all kinds of mean pranks, intimidating the other cast members (most of which are pretty nice, friendly, likable people), and generally [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]]. This culminates in
a probably very messy death.pretty dangerous experiment on Rorona which turns her into an eternal ten year old. Her punishment for her behavior? What punishment? She always gets a one-up over the others.
* At the end of ''Auto Destruct'', BigBad Lazarus escapes in a submarine after you shoot down his helicopter.



* Rowd from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII''. It is true that he is a GloryHound that seeks a better life for his ill sister. However, with his methods to achieve it, including helping Luca Blight slaughter the Unicorn Brigade that he led... ''because the job didn't pay enough'', or even trying to kill the hero and Jowy so he can get promoted... we never know how he ends up, as he vanishes from the story after [[spoiler:Jowy becomes the King of Highland]].
** Supplemental materials reveal he [[spoiler:failed to get his sister to the doctor who might have been able to help her after he ran away, making everything he did meaningless and costing him his sister's life. The fact his innocent sister is the one who dies is [[ShootTheShaggyDog another trope entirely]].]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has Albert Silverberg. He is responsible, directly or indirectly, for ''every single bad thing'' that happens in the game. And why is he orchestrating the lead-up to a meaningless war, then partially derailing it, ''after'' the lives and societies of thousands of people have been shattered? [[spoiler:''Just to prove that he can do it.'']] The reward for victory for everyone else is that they get to live another day. Albert? Gets [[spoiler:''exactly what he wanted'', a cushy position miles away from the land he almost destroyed.]] This man is absolutely infuriating to quite a few players.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' has the elves of Na-Nal. They aren't pleased that the ''human'' islanders struck a deal with the Kooluk, so they manipulate matters and spark off a ''massacre'', which the Elven elder gloats about. Ironically, the heroes stopping the massacre before it spreads too far probably ''caused'' their karma evasion, as once the Kooluk finished killing off the human natives, they likely would've moved to the elves next...
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'', the BigBad, General Tartarin, actually does get his comeuppance midway through the game. He is replaced by TheMole, Colonel Bulba, who betrays your organization, has your allies killed/captured, and tries to have you taken out (it's implied he sent you to kill Tartarin so he could grab all the glory). But you never get the opportunity to put a bullet in his brainpan.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the main antagonist, Krelian, is never fought or killed. He had been responsible for many heinous crimes but was never brought to justice.
* The Komato in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. They commit genocide of one entire alien species, attempt genocide of another (humans), and guess who dies? ''[[RedemptionEqualsDeath The one who repented.]]''
* [[spoiler:Shichiou and April]] in ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz''. [[spoiler:The first gets a sort of half assed 'forever in death with my beloved, who is not holding a grudge' ending. The second might be a god and just sort of skips merrily away at the end after reviving Pigeon. Then again, she didn't really do anything particularly ''bad'' either.]]
* Leasath commanding officer Diego Gaspar Navarro from ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception'' doesn't get caught and brought to justice, and while he fails to overrun Aurelia or sell his beloved Fenrir superfighters, part of his EvilPlan still plays out as the conflict gives a boost to Leasath's military-industrial complex.
** It's actually averted in a second ending. [[spoiler:If the player completes all the missions, he's murdered by an angry mob of his own citizens.]]
* Villains in the VideoGame/NancyDrew games often pull a KarmaHoudini, particularly when their attacks against ''Nancy herself'' are concerned. In ''Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon'', the villain deliberately causes a cave-in to trap Nancy and leaves her to die, yet the only punishment mentioned is that the culprit's credit cards are taken away. Likewise, villains who'd tried to drown, strangle, and/or burn Nancy alive wind up going to jail for robbery.
** Averted with [[spoiler:Rentaro]], though. Depending on what you do, he is either [[spoiler:fired and never heard from again (implied to have gone off elsewhere)]] or [[spoiler:loses his chance at his love interest but gets to keep his job anyways]]. Even though it was [[spoiler:one of his inventions that almost drowned Nancy, it was an accident as he had ''no'' intentions of harming any guests, just scaring them off.]]
* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars Days of Ruin'' has the civilians, who [[spoiler:pushed Isabella out of their group -- and while their own survival was at stake, they should know long by this point that Isabella isn't selfish, but ''they never say anything about her being one of Caulder's "children" '''or''' that Caulder will bomb them to death if he doesn't get Isabella'']]. They never get punished for it at all aside from dealing with the AfterTheEnd setting that Will and company also have to.
** At least the [[{{Jerkass}} Mayor]] dies. That's what you get for [[TooDumbToLive trusting a mass murdering nutcase that has no reason to hold up his end of a deal]].
* Unless you believe the Black Arms Invasion or the destruction of Prison Island, GUN from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' never receives any form of punishment for [[spoiler:massacring hundreds of innocent people, including a ''child'', in cold blood, just to cover up a failed experiment they funded.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Modern Warfare 2''. Vladimir Makarov, one of the main villains in the game and a terrorist who massacred hundreds of civilians in a Russian airport, kills Joseph Allen (the player) and then pins the blame for this massacre on him in order to incite a war between Russia and the U.S. The war is then taken to American shores, where a further catastrophic loss of life occurs. He is never killed or captured during the game's plot and his fate is unknown.
** [[spoiler:''Modern Warfare 3'', however, gives you the opportunity to settle scores.]]
** Gabriel Rorke survives his .44 Magnum bullet wound at the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' and captures Logan.
* VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2 has a Karma Houdini in the form of [[spoiler:General Wiseman]]. Even though he was arrested in the story, his reaction in the ending heavily implies that he intends to get out of jail sooner or later in some way, shape, or form.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Sek Duat uses Zhoom and the hero to find the lamp containing [[spoiler:Saahir]], the Djinn that's said to be able to defeat Tibicenas, the eighth Lord of Chaos. Then [[spoiler:he slips away and makes his way to the lamp's resting place and the hero and Zhoom fight him to get it. [[TheBadGuyWins Sek Duat "kills off" both of them and gets the lamp, and just to make sure nobody else gets it, he causes a cave-in in case the two were to miraculously climb back up]]. Unknown to him, Zhoom slipped him the Dreamdust, which causes the lamp he claimed to be replaced by a rock, causing him to think he had won. This is the last we see of him in [[VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds AQ Worlds]]]].
** [[spoiler:Kimberly Freeman, the real sixth Lord of Chaos, counts as well. She was BrainwashedAndCrazy, and after she is free from the Chaos tune that Drakath sang to her, she asks the hero if he / she wants to participate with her band, and they perform in the same way they were before being freed by him / her, this time with no Chaos tune controlling them and the hero performing alongside them]].
* In one of the endings to ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', [[spoiler:Baron Alexander succeeds in his master plan, thus completely getting away with manipulating and mentally torturing Daniel, betraying and torturing Agrippa, and killing god knows how many innocent people.]] In the other ends, [[spoiler:Daniel may be considered this for those who don't consider his panic over the Shadow of the Orb and/or his aforementioned manipulation by the Baron to be adequate excuses for his own role in the Baron's ritual murders.]]
* Astrid of [[Franchise/AtelierSeries Atelier]] is [[VideoGame/AtelierRorona the]] [[VideoGame/AtelierTotori Arland]] [[VideoGame/AtelierMeruru Trilogy's]] resident jerkass, pulling all kinds of mean pranks, intimidating the other cast members (most of which are pretty nice, friendly, likable people), and generally [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]]. This culminates in a pretty dangerous experiment on Rorona which turns her into an eternal ten year old. Her punishment for her behavior? What punishment? She always gets a one-up over the others.
* At the end of ''Auto Destruct'', BigBad Lazarus escapes in a submarine after you shoot down his helicopter.


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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Modern Warfare 2''. Vladimir Makarov, one of the main villains in the game and a terrorist who massacred hundreds of civilians in a Russian airport, kills Joseph Allen (the player) and then pins the blame for this massacre on him in order to incite a war between Russia and the U.S. The war is then taken to American shores, where a further catastrophic loss of life occurs. He is never killed or captured during the game's plot and his fate is unknown.
** [[spoiler:''Modern Warfare 3'', however, gives you the opportunity to settle scores.]]
** Gabriel Rorke survives his .44 Magnum bullet wound at the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' and captures Logan.


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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'', the BigBad, General Tartarin, actually does get his comeuppance midway through the game. He is replaced by TheMole, Colonel Bulba, who betrays your organization, has your allies killed/captured, and tries to have you taken out (it's implied he sent you to kill Tartarin so he could grab all the glory). But you never get the opportunity to put a bullet in his brainpan.
* One appears in the first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. The "evil thief" Dodonpa, who kidnapped a wealthy merchant with the intention of sending repeated ransom demands and who is trash-talked by most people in the village he runs, appears in a sidequest in which he sics a monster on the heroes, then is trapped under it when he tries to stab them in the back while they're distracted. His ultimate sentence is to replace the merchant in his dungeon cell, to which his underlings have a key, and receive no treatment for his twisted ankle.
** A less serious case is Briggs, one of the main antagonists in the second game, battling Felix's team, stealing PlotCoupons, and having his grandmother sic a boss on them. He doesn't get a proper hint of redemption until the third game, where he [[spoiler:aids Matthew's party into fleeing from Belinsk, losing his life in the process]]. And ''up until them, he had been keeping up with the pirate trade''.


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* The Komato in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. They commit genocide of one entire alien species, attempt genocide of another (humans), and guess who dies? ''[[RedemptionEqualsDeath The one who repented.]]''


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* VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2 has a Karma Houdini in the form of [[spoiler:General Wiseman]]. Even though he was arrested in the story, his reaction in the ending heavily implies that he intends to get out of jail sooner or later in some way, shape, or form.


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* Villains in the VideoGame/NancyDrew games often pull a KarmaHoudini, particularly when their attacks against ''Nancy herself'' are concerned. In ''Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon'', the villain deliberately causes a cave-in to trap Nancy and leaves her to die, yet the only punishment mentioned is that the culprit's credit cards are taken away. Likewise, villains who'd tried to drown, strangle, and/or burn Nancy alive wind up going to jail for robbery.
** Averted with [[spoiler:Rentaro]], though. Depending on what you do, he is either [[spoiler:fired and never heard from again (implied to have gone off elsewhere)]] or [[spoiler:loses his chance at his love interest but gets to keep his job anyways]]. Even though it was [[spoiler:one of his inventions that almost drowned Nancy, it was an accident as he had ''no'' intentions of harming any guests, just scaring them off.]]


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* The chief antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]], gets off with naught but having to say to the campers "Sorry I [[spoiler: had you all kidnapped and your brains removed to power my weapons of mass destruction.]]" He even gets all his psychological [[FreudianExcuse daddy issues]] magically resolved by Raz. His accomplice, on the other hand, falls out of a high tower to a probably very messy death.


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* Unless you believe the Black Arms Invasion or the destruction of Prison Island, GUN from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' never receives any form of punishment for [[spoiler:massacring hundreds of innocent people, including a ''child'', in cold blood, just to cover up a failed experiment they funded.]]


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* Rowd from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII''. It is true that he is a GloryHound that seeks a better life for his ill sister. However, with his methods to achieve it, including helping Luca Blight slaughter the Unicorn Brigade that he led... ''because the job didn't pay enough'', or even trying to kill the hero and Jowy so he can get promoted... we never know how he ends up, as he vanishes from the story after [[spoiler:Jowy becomes the King of Highland]].
** Supplemental materials reveal he [[spoiler:failed to get his sister to the doctor who might have been able to help her after he ran away, making everything he did meaningless and costing him his sister's life. The fact his innocent sister is the one who dies is [[ShootTheShaggyDog another trope entirely]].]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has Albert Silverberg. He is responsible, directly or indirectly, for ''every single bad thing'' that happens in the game. And why is he orchestrating the lead-up to a meaningless war, then partially derailing it, ''after'' the lives and societies of thousands of people have been shattered? [[spoiler:''Just to prove that he can do it.'']] The reward for victory for everyone else is that they get to live another day. Albert? Gets [[spoiler:''exactly what he wanted'', a cushy position miles away from the land he almost destroyed.]] This man is absolutely infuriating to quite a few players.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' has the elves of Na-Nal. They aren't pleased that the ''human'' islanders struck a deal with the Kooluk, so they manipulate matters and spark off a ''massacre'', which the Elven elder gloats about. Ironically, the heroes stopping the massacre before it spreads too far probably ''caused'' their karma evasion, as once the Kooluk finished killing off the human natives, they likely would've moved to the elves next...


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* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the main antagonist, Krelian, is never fought or killed. He had been responsible for many heinous crimes but was never brought to justice.


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* [[spoiler:Shichiou and April]] in ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz''. [[spoiler:The first gets a sort of half assed 'forever in death with my beloved, who is not holding a grudge' ending. The second might be a god and just sort of skips merrily away at the end after reviving Pigeon. Then again, she didn't really do anything particularly ''bad'' either.]]
8th Apr '16 4:16:39 AM rafi
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* One appears in the first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. The "evil thief" Dodonpa, who kidnapped a wealthy merchant with the intention of sending repeated ransom demands and who is trash-talked by most people in the village he runs, appears in a sidequest in which he sics a monster on the heroes, then is trapped under it when he tries to stab them in the back while they're distracted. His ultimate sentence is to replace the merchant in his dungeon cell, to which his underlings have a key, and receive no treatment for his twisted ankle.
** A less serious case is Briggs, one of the main antagonists in the second game, battling Felix's team, stealing PlotCoupons, and having his grandmother sic a boss on them. He doesn't get a proper hint of redemption until the third game, where he [[spoiler:aids Matthew's party into fleeing from Belinsk, losing his life in the process]]. And ''up until them, he had been keeping up with the pirate trade''.
* The chief antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]], gets off with naught but having to say to the campers "Sorry I [[spoiler: had you all kidnapped and your brains removed to power my weapons of mass destruction.]]" He even gets all his psychological [[FreudianExcuse daddy issues]] magically resolved by Raz. His accomplice, on the other hand, falls out of a high tower to a probably very messy death.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II''
** Saemon Havarian is only mildly villainous, but he's the most annoying character in terms of getting away with things. He keeps dumping his own troubles and enemies on you in both the original game and the expansion, and coming back and belittling what he did and acting like you're friends before doing it again, but you never get to take revenge successfully, even if you set the biggest thieves' guild in the country on him. Technically you ''can'' kill him and get his role later in the story to be replaced by someone else, it requires you being ready far in advance, making his comeuppance ''very'' tricky to do. The way he always gets away really fits the "Houdini" part -- and in this case it's just not karma he's eluding, but a pissed-off player character as well. Considering that even beings of godlike status often fall to the might of the PlayerCharacter, it's about equally impressive.
** A particularly grating example is Saerk. [[spoiler:In Anomen's personal quest, his sister gets murdered, and Saerk is the prime suspect. If you convince Anomen to go to the authorities, they tell you that there's not enough evidence to convict him. The ''good'' option to the quest (as well as the one that will allow Anomen to be knighted and become considerably more tolerable) is to convince Anomen not to pursue Saerk and to let bygones be bygones.]] Oh, and it doesn't stop there. [[spoiler:Sometime after Anomen is knighted, he learns not only that Saerk really ''was'' the murderer, but that now he's ''killed Anomen's father'' after the latter confronted him. Again, the ''good'' option is to convince Anomen not to kill him, saying that he'd be no better than his alcoholic father if he did. In summary, Saerk ruins Anomen's life, and the good option is to ''let him get away with it''.]]
* Rowd from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII''. It is true that he is a GloryHound that seeks a better life for his ill sister. However, with his methods to achieve it, including helping Luca Blight slaughter the Unicorn Brigade that he led... ''because the job didn't pay enough'', or even trying to kill the hero and Jowy so he can get promoted... we never know how he ends up, as he vanishes from the story after [[spoiler:Jowy becomes the King of Highland]].
** Supplemental materials reveal he [[spoiler:failed to get his sister to the doctor who might have been able to help her after he ran away, making everything he did meaningless and costing him his sister's life. The fact his innocent sister is the one who dies is [[ShootTheShaggyDog another trope entirely]].]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has Albert Silverberg. He is responsible, directly or indirectly, for ''every single bad thing'' that happens in the game. And why is he orchestrating the lead-up to a meaningless war, then partially derailing it, ''after'' the lives and societies of thousands of people have been shattered? [[spoiler:''Just to prove that he can do it.'']] The reward for victory for everyone else is that they get to live another day. Albert? Gets [[spoiler:''exactly what he wanted'', a cushy position miles away from the land he almost destroyed.]] This man is absolutely infuriating to quite a few players.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' has the elves of Na-Nal. They aren't pleased that the ''human'' islanders struck a deal with the Kooluk, so they manipulate matters and spark off a ''massacre'', which the Elven elder gloats about. Ironically, the heroes stopping the massacre before it spreads too far probably ''caused'' their karma evasion, as once the Kooluk finished killing off the human natives, they likely would've moved to the elves next...
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'', the BigBad, General Tartarin, actually does get his comeuppance midway through the game. He is replaced by TheMole, Colonel Bulba, who betrays your organization, has your allies killed/captured, and tries to have you taken out (it's implied he sent you to kill Tartarin so he could grab all the glory). But you never get the opportunity to put a bullet in his brainpan.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the main antagonist, Krelian, is never fought or killed. He had been responsible for many heinous crimes but was never brought to justice.
* The Komato in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. They commit genocide of one entire alien species, attempt genocide of another (humans), and guess who dies? ''[[RedemptionEqualsDeath The one who repented.]]''
* [[spoiler:Shichiou and April]] in ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz''. [[spoiler:The first gets a sort of half assed 'forever in death with my beloved, who is not holding a grudge' ending. The second might be a god and just sort of skips merrily away at the end after reviving Pigeon. Then again, she didn't really do anything particularly ''bad'' either.]]
* Leasath commanding officer Diego Gaspar Navarro from ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception'' doesn't get caught and brought to justice, and while he fails to overrun Aurelia or sell his beloved Fenrir superfighters, part of his EvilPlan still plays out as the conflict gives a boost to Leasath's military-industrial complex.
** It's actually averted in a second ending. [[spoiler:If the player completes all the missions, he's murdered by an angry mob of his own citizens.]]
* Villains in the VideoGame/NancyDrew games often pull a KarmaHoudini, particularly when their attacks against ''Nancy herself'' are concerned. In ''Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon'', the villain deliberately causes a cave-in to trap Nancy and leaves her to die, yet the only punishment mentioned is that the culprit's credit cards are taken away. Likewise, villains who'd tried to drown, strangle, and/or burn Nancy alive wind up going to jail for robbery.
** Averted with [[spoiler:Rentaro]], though. Depending on what you do, he is either [[spoiler:fired and never heard from again (implied to have gone off elsewhere)]] or [[spoiler:loses his chance at his love interest but gets to keep his job anyways]]. Even though it was [[spoiler:one of his inventions that almost drowned Nancy, it was an accident as he had ''no'' intentions of harming any guests, just scaring them off.]]
* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars Days of Ruin'' has the civilians, who [[spoiler:pushed Isabella out of their group -- and while their own survival was at stake, they should know long by this point that Isabella isn't selfish, but ''they never say anything about her being one of Caulder's "children" '''or''' that Caulder will bomb them to death if he doesn't get Isabella'']]. They never get punished for it at all aside from dealing with the AfterTheEnd setting that Will and company also have to.
** At least the [[{{Jerkass}} Mayor]] dies. That's what you get for [[TooDumbToLive trusting a mass murdering nutcase that has no reason to hold up his end of a deal]].
* Unless you believe the Black Arms Invasion or the destruction of Prison Island, GUN from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' never receives any form of punishment for [[spoiler:massacring hundreds of innocent people, including a ''child'', in cold blood, just to cover up a failed experiment they funded.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Modern Warfare 2''. Vladimir Makarov, one of the main villains in the game and a terrorist who massacred hundreds of civilians in a Russian airport, kills Joseph Allen (the player) and then pins the blame for this massacre on him in order to incite a war between Russia and the U.S. The war is then taken to American shores, where a further catastrophic loss of life occurs. He is never killed or captured during the game's plot and his fate is unknown.
** [[spoiler:''Modern Warfare 3'', however, gives you the opportunity to settle scores.]]
** Gabriel Rorke survives his .44 Magnum bullet wound at the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' and captures Logan.
* VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2 has a Karma Houdini in the form of [[spoiler:General Wiseman]]. Even though he was arrested in the story, his reaction in the ending heavily implies that he intends to get out of jail sooner or later in some way, shape, or form.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Sek Duat uses Zhoom and the hero to find the lamp containing [[spoiler:Saahir]], the Djinn that's said to be able to defeat Tibicenas, the eighth Lord of Chaos. Then [[spoiler:he slips away and makes his way to the lamp's resting place and the hero and Zhoom fight him to get it. [[TheBadGuyWins Sek Duat "kills off" both of them and gets the lamp, and just to make sure nobody else gets it, he causes a cave-in in case the two were to miraculously climb back up]]. Unknown to him, Zhoom slipped him the Dreamdust, which causes the lamp he claimed to be replaced by a rock, causing him to think he had won. This is the last we see of him in [[VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds AQ Worlds]]]].
** [[spoiler:Kimberly Freeman, the real sixth Lord of Chaos, counts as well. She was BrainwashedAndCrazy, and after she is free from the Chaos tune that Drakath sang to her, she asks the hero if he / she wants to participate with her band, and they perform in the same way they were before being freed by him / her, this time with no Chaos tune controlling them and the hero performing alongside them]].
* In one of the endings to ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', [[spoiler:Baron Alexander succeeds in his master plan, thus completely getting away with manipulating and mentally torturing Daniel, betraying and torturing Agrippa, and killing god knows how many innocent people.]] In the other ends, [[spoiler:Daniel may be considered this for those who don't consider his panic over the Shadow of the Orb and/or his aforementioned manipulation by the Baron to be adequate excuses for his own role in the Baron's ritual murders.]]
* Astrid of [[Franchise/AtelierSeries Atelier]] is [[VideoGame/AtelierRorona the]] [[VideoGame/AtelierTotori Arland]] [[VideoGame/AtelierMeruru Trilogy's]] resident jerkass, pulling all kinds of mean pranks, intimidating the other cast members (most of which are pretty nice, friendly, likable people), and generally [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]]. This culminates in a pretty dangerous experiment on Rorona which turns her into an eternal ten year old. Her punishment for her behavior? What punishment? She always gets a one-up over the others.
* At the end of ''Auto Destruct'', BigBad Lazarus escapes in a submarine after you shoot down his helicopter.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock''
** All in all, the series generally gives chances for multiple Karma Houdinis, depending on the choices of the player. In [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the first game]], we have [[spoiler: Jack, the player character himself, if he has chosen to harvest all the Little Sisters, thereby turning him into an old-style PersonOfMassDestruction PoweredByAForsakenChild, having killed about twenty little girls. The end of him? He becomes the king of Rapture, and uses it to kill the crew of a nuclear submarine, and conquer a nuclear weapon. And that's it.]]
** ''[=BioShock=]'' also has Sander Cohen, the MadArtist, that creates his sculptures using plastered bodies of men, and wants to create a masterpiece requiring the death of no less than eleven people, though hardly innocent. [[spoiler:His comeuppance? That's up to the player/Jack. He can be killed, with possibly ounces of Karma if his picture is photographed, but Jack can just as well choose to abandon him alive in Fort Frolic, and later in Olympus Herights, in which case he makes it through alive.]]
** To continue with the sequel, we also have people like Stanley Poole, the MoleInCharge turned DirtyCoward, whom was hired to infiltrate [[spoiler:The Pature Family, and sell out Lamb to Andrew Ryan. Later it went onwards for him, as he degenerated into a walking ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, betraying all characters -- Delta by giving him to Ryan because Ryan was suspicious, and having him turned into a Big Daddy, Eleanor for threatening to sell him out, causing her to become a Little Sister, and eventually killing the entire family by drowning Dionysus Park. You get the idea. In the end, it is the task of Delta to decide whether he lives or dies. However, one could say, that even if he lives, he is still left alone, trapped among homicidal splicers, so he might get his deserved comeuppance after all.]]
** And, continuing in the veins of ''[=BioShock=]'', [[spoiler:Delta himself can become one in the sequel, if he chooses to be a villain, although he might not get out just as scot-free as Jack, given he can only live on as the conscience of Eleanor, even if he does live on in her mind.]]
** And finally, [[spoiler:even Eleanor, the DistressedDamsel in the game, can become a KarmaHoudini in the end. If Delta chooses to be a villain herself, she will become one, and harvest all the little sisters, kill her mother, and then as a final act, take Delta's survival instincts against his will, gaining his abilities, effectively allowing her to attempt to TakeOverTheWorld, with no punishment.]]
** Although in regard to [[spoiler:her attempt to TakeOverTheWorld, the good ending of ''[=BioShock=]'', and namely the ending of Minerva's Den, which is final, implies that at least her attempt fails, so she won't end up as the supreme ruler of all humanity. But no matter if she is a saint or a monster, she gets away scot-free.]]
* Janos, the Prince of the Other World from ''VideoGame/TheBlackHeart''. [[spoiler:He is the one responsible for the corruption of the Other World, which was once beautiful, by causing endless wars to conquer lands that his father (the King, who was far too old and weak to stop him) gave willingly to others; he enslaved a species to be his soldiers, killed the King to gain his powers, framed Final when he stole the heart so Janos couldn't use it, wants to conquer all the other worlds through force and bloodshed, and ends up killing his own daughter, Ananzi, because she outlived her usefulness... and in the end, he succeeds in claiming back the Dark Heart, killing Final in the process, and acquires his father's powers.]] Another "TheBadGuyWins" scenario in this case!
* Yuna from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' turned Elina into a monster, forcing her boyfriend to mercy-kill her, and is largely responsible for turning BigBad Fou Lu into an OmnicidalManiac. The game ends with him alive and well, and announcing his intention to do it all again. Apparently the creators meant to include his death in the ending sequence but ran out of time[[note]]the game was rushed to production due to fears of a possible Capcom bankruptcy[[/note]], and thus it looks like he never got his just desserts. In the manga adaptation, they also went with the ending as scripted in the game. Meaning Yuna is a KarmaHoudini ''twice over''.
* The villains of ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'', [[spoiler:Boss and Catherine]], are both directly responsible for leading a number of men to their horrible deaths, and for causing a number of relationship breakups. Neither of them are ever held accountable or called out for it, and [[spoiler:in fact in Catherine's case, it is possible to end up HappilyMarried to her]].



* [[CorruptCop George Sewell]] in ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour''. [[spoiler:He's the cause of the entire events behind the game, and directly responsible for Frank Coleridge's death (Whether he did it himself or convinced Murphy to do it is up to the player's actions). He's also responsible for all manner of illegal and corrupt activities with the prisoners, but in the end he only gets his comeuppance in one ending, ''which isn't even the best ending to get''. In the end, as far as anyone except Anne and Murphy knows, Murphy killed Frank for no reason and Sewell is completely innocent, and in three of the four endings, he walks away scot-free.]]
* Mr. Match (Hinoken) from ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' joined [[TheSyndicate the terrorist organization World Three]] twice. In the third game, he even tricks Lan into bombing the government's main HQ, something Lan angsts about. Yet he's still free in later games, and Fireman even shares his soul with Megaman as a powerup, appearing in every game (except 5 for some reason) including spin-offs. Among other examples, Pride nearly killed several foreign representatives; Dark/Dusk committed what amounted to an act of genocide. And yet nobody bats an eye when they show up as allies in the fifth game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** Grom Hellscream was the first to drink demon blood and advocate everyone else doing it, he slaughtered countless humans, dwarves, and elves (and others) for fun, and then after getting redeemed, still attacks some humans for no reason and drinks demon blood a second time knowing full well what it is. Sure, he has a HeroicSacrifice at the end, but he gets idolized by the Horde despite his life being 90% evil, 10% good. [[spoiler:In Warlords of Draenor, he's even seen celebrating with the heroes after Gul'dan's defeat, shouting that Draenor was free. Everyone around completely ignores that he started the war to begin with and that he's one of the three most responsible for all the deaths in the expansion (the others being Garrosh and Gul'dan)]].
** Sylvanas. She's under suspicion for the wrathgate (we don't know how much she knew), invaded Gilneas, nuked Southshore, waged a campaign of genocide on the Humans, manipulated the Horde (to join them in the first place in order to use them as tools), set herself up as an object of cult worship, employed the Val'kyr (which seems to be a case of "Even Chaos has standards" when seen by pragmatic Death Knight Thassarian), resurrected those who she killed against their will, shot and killed Liam Greymane, attempted to steal the Scythe of Elune to enslave the Worgen and make even more to make an even BIGGER army to do her bidding, and made some kind of deal with the devil to get the Val'kyr in the first place. The closest she got to any kind of punishment was Lor'thermar [[ImpliedDeathThreat threatening her if she raised the Horde's dead as Forsaken]], stating [[LetThemDie he'd leave her to the Alliance if she tried it on their dead]] and [[WhatTheHellHero calling her out on several of her actions in Mists of Pandaria]].
** Trade Prince Gallywix. When Kezan is threatened by a volcanic eruption, he tricks the rest of the Bilgewater Cartel into giving him all their money and possessions to buy passage off the island, then enslaves them. On arrival in the Lost Isles, he enslaves them a second time. The player character has to almost kill him before he'll give up, but somehow after the dust settles Thrall decides to keep him in charge of the Cartel. His present whereabouts are unknown, but in Azshara he has a "pleasure palace" on top of a mountain with his face cut into it.
* Captain Qwark in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' manages to do a pretty good job. Thanks to his status as Comic Relief, he manages to survive being both TheDragon and the BigBad in the first and second games, respectively, doing galactic scale, [[OffstageVillainy off-screen damage]]. It's implied that millions were killed or kicked out of their homes. His punishment is mainly embarrassment, such as [[BalefulPolymorph becoming a monkey temporarily]], but he manages to become a hero again in the third game. He is even responsible for accidentally handing the fifth game badguy the MacGuffin, and he is now 100% in the clear.
** Karma seems to have low accuracy with him. In ''Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time'' he does nothing wrong or even particularly cowardly throughout the whole game, and is more competent in helping Ratchet. His ending fate isn't much more pleasant than Going Commando, where he was the main villain.
** Angela from Ratchet & Clank 2 counts. Early in the game (while she's wearing a full-body covering suit) she behaves like a true CardCarryingVillain, to the point that her actions directly result in the death of an innocent civilian, on camera, while she laughs about it. Then she loses her helmet and we discover that she's a girl and of the same species as the main character, and we're immediately expected to believe that she's a hero now. The fact that we earlier watched her laugh with glee as she committed cold blooded murder is never brought up.

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* [[CorruptCop George Sewell]] in ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour''. [[spoiler:He's the cause of the entire events behind the game, and directly responsible for Frank Coleridge's death (Whether he did it himself or convinced Murphy to do it is up to the player's actions). He's also responsible for all manner of illegal and corrupt activities with the prisoners, but in the end he only gets his comeuppance in one ending, ''which isn't even the best ending to get''. In the end, as far as anyone except Anne and Murphy knows, Murphy killed Frank for no reason and Sewell is completely innocent, and ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'': While it's true that canonically GDI won in three Tiberium wars, [[MagnificientBastard Kane]] evades death, outliving his enemies (such as [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade Havoc]] and [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun [=McNeil=]]]) and his Brotherhood of Nod continues to stand and wait for his return. It seems he has a XanatosGambit where he had forced GDI to fire the four endings, he walks away scot-free.]]
* Mr. Match (Hinoken) from ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' joined [[TheSyndicate
Ion Cannon at Temple Prime, causing a liquid Tiberium explosion that attracted the terrorist organization World Three]] twice. In Scrin to Earth, had the third game, he even tricks Lan into bombing player commander use the government's main HQ, something Lan angsts about. Yet Liquid Tiberium Bomb which caused the Tiberium infestation to worsen so he can have access to the Scrin technology including the portal tower and had given the Tacticus to GDI so they can contain the Tiberium. All of this is for his plan for ascension which he achieved at the end of ''VideoGame/TiberianTwilight'' in both sides and with all the Tiberium contained, he's still free in later games, seen as the Messiah and Fireman even shares his soul with Megaman as a powerup, appearing in every game (except 5 for some reason) including spin-offs. Among other examples, Pride nearly killed several foreign representatives; Dark/Dusk committed what amounted to an act of genocide. And yet nobody bats an eye when they show up as allies in the fifth game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** Grom Hellscream was the first to drink demon blood and advocate everyone else doing it, he slaughtered countless humans, dwarves, and elves (and others) for fun, and then after getting redeemed, still attacks some humans for no reason and drinks demon blood a second time knowing full well what it is. Sure, he has a HeroicSacrifice at the end, but he
never gets idolized by the Horde despite his life being 90% evil, 10% good. [[spoiler:In Warlords of Draenor, he's even seen celebrating with the heroes after Gul'dan's defeat, shouting that Draenor was free. Everyone around completely ignores that he started the war to begin with and that he's one punished for starting four of the three most responsible for all the deaths bloodiest wars in the expansion (the others being Garrosh and Gul'dan)]].
** Sylvanas. She's under suspicion for the wrathgate (we don't know how much she knew), invaded Gilneas, nuked Southshore, waged a campaign of genocide on the Humans, manipulated the Horde (to join them in the first place in order to use them as tools), set herself up as an object of cult worship, employed the Val'kyr (which seems to be a case of "Even Chaos has standards" when seen by pragmatic Death Knight Thassarian), resurrected those who she killed against their will, shot and killed Liam Greymane, attempted to steal the Scythe of Elune to enslave the Worgen and make even more to make an even BIGGER army to do her bidding, and made some kind of deal with the devil to get the Val'kyr in the first place. The closest she got to any kind of punishment was Lor'thermar [[ImpliedDeathThreat threatening her if she raised the Horde's dead as Forsaken]], stating [[LetThemDie he'd leave her to the Alliance if she tried it on their dead]] and [[WhatTheHellHero calling her out on several of her actions in Mists of Pandaria]].
** Trade Prince Gallywix. When Kezan is threatened by a volcanic eruption, he tricks the rest of the Bilgewater Cartel into giving him all their money and possessions to buy passage off the island, then enslaves them. On arrival in the Lost Isles, he enslaves them a second time. The player character has to almost kill him before he'll give up, but somehow after the dust settles Thrall decides to keep him in charge of the Cartel. His present whereabouts are unknown, but in Azshara he has a "pleasure palace" on top of a mountain with his face cut into it.
* Captain Qwark in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' manages to do a pretty good job. Thanks to his status as Comic Relief, he manages to survive being both TheDragon and the BigBad in the first and second games, respectively, doing galactic scale, [[OffstageVillainy off-screen damage]]. It's implied that millions were killed or kicked out of their homes. His punishment is mainly embarrassment, such as [[BalefulPolymorph becoming a monkey temporarily]], but he manages to become a hero again in the third game. He is even responsible for accidentally handing the fifth game badguy the MacGuffin, and he is now 100% in the clear.
** Karma seems to have low accuracy with him. In ''Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time'' he does nothing wrong or even particularly cowardly throughout the whole game, and is more competent in helping Ratchet. His ending fate isn't much more pleasant than Going Commando, where he was the main villain.
** Angela from Ratchet & Clank 2 counts. Early in the game (while she's wearing a full-body covering suit) she behaves like a true CardCarryingVillain, to the point that her actions directly result in the death of an innocent civilian, on camera, while she laughs about it. Then she loses her helmet and we discover that she's a girl and of the same species as the main character, and we're immediately expected to believe that she's a hero now. The fact that we earlier watched her laugh with glee as she committed cold blooded murder is never brought up.
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* Janos, the Prince of the Other World from ''TheBlackHeart''. [[spoiler:He is the one responsible for the corruption of the Other World, which was once beautiful, by causing endless wars to conquer lands that his father (the King, who was far too old and weak to stop him) gave willingly to others; he enslaved a species to be his soldiers, killed the King to gain his powers, framed Final when he stole the heart so Janos couldn't use it, wants to conquer all the other worlds through force and bloodshed, and ends up killing his own daughter, Ananzi, because she outlived her usefulness... and in the end, he succeeds in claiming back the Dark Heart, killing Final in the process, and acquires his father's powers.]] Another "TheBadGuyWins" scenario in this case!
* Yuna from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' turned Elina into a monster, forcing her boyfriend to mercy-kill her, and is largely responsible for turning BigBad Fou Lu into an OmnicidalManiac. The game ends with him alive and well, and announcing his intention to do it all again. Apparently the creators meant to include his death in the ending sequence but ran out of time[[note]]the game was rushed to production due to fears of a possible Capcom bankruptcy[[/note]], and thus it looks like he never got his just desserts. In the manga adaptation, they also went with the ending as scripted in the game. Meaning Yuna is a KarmaHoudini ''twice over''.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':
** The game shows that Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria is going to be closed by year's end, and considering [[AIIsACrapshoot all the terrible things]] [[NoOSHACompliance that went down there]], it's just as well. However, [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 it's somehow getting re-opened and expanded]]. Even worse, [[spoiler:the second game is eventually revealed to be a prequel, meaning that before the first game the same thing has happened at ''two previous locations'' before.]]
** To a much greater extent, the unnamed [[SerialKiller Serial Killer]] [[note]]or if you prefer, [[FanNickname Purple Man]][[/note]] who murdered [[spoiler:at the very least]] five children. Despite everything he's done, and because he framed an innocent man for the crimes and that he always covers his tracks, ''the police never caught him and he went off scot-free.'' [[spoiler:Eventually revoked in [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the third game]], where the souls of those murdered children finally get a hold of him, giving him no other option than to run into the Spring Bonnie suit he used to murder them. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath This]] leads to him [[TheReveal becoming]] Springtrap 30 years later.]]
* Even though the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' protagonist's job is to find the guilty and absolve the innocent, a few people slip through the cracks.
** In the second ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game, [[spoiler:De Killer is an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin for hire]] who kills the fourth case's victim in addition to (presumably) many others in the past. He kidnaps and threatens to kill Maya if you don't acquit his client, and then gives testimony in court via radio to try to pin the crime on someone innocent. The way the story is structured, he kinda has to remain free in order to give the testimony by radio and to be able to threaten Engarde when it is revealed Engarde videotaped him to blackmail him. He reappears in ''Investigations 2''... and he gets away there too, despite Edgeworth's best efforts.]]
** In the 3rd game, [[spoiler:Ron [=DeLite=], a.k.a. Mask☆[=DeMasque=] the GentlemanThief]]. While he didn't commit the murder, he ''did'' [[spoiler:commit four incidences of grand theft. When he was framed for a fifth, he was put on trial - and found Not Guilty with the help of Phoenix Wright - for ''all'' of them. And due to double jeopardy (you can't be put on trial for the same crime twice), this means that he remains unpunished even after his crimes are publicly exposed]]. In the epilogue, he explains that [[spoiler:he quit stealing and became a security consultant along with his wife Desiree - along with a side business of ''selling plans to criminals''. He comments, rather accurately, that "Sometimes I think maybe we're the worst criminals...". Still, the whole reason that case even happened is that Ron got caught by Luke Atmey on his very first crime, indicating his crime-planning abilities completely suck. So by selling his crimes to other criminals, he may actually be lowering the crime rate...]] Also, one might consider [[spoiler:the terror of getting caught, arrested, and nearly convicted of murder]] to be fit punishment for a relatively minor crime.
** It also plays this trope with [[spoiler:Morgan Fey]]. Despite being the BiggerBad of case 3-5, given how there's a very high chance [[spoiler: she's]] manipulating [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] into setting the plot into motion (as much as [[spoiler:Dahlia]] herself denies it); you barely get to see [[spoiler:her]], let alone interact with [[spoiler:her]] and [[spoiler:she's]] rarely mentioned again near the end of the case. However, [[spoiler: she's ''already'' in prison to begin with. And given how murder is treated in the Ace Attorney universe, she's probably on death row at the moment]].
** This theme is completely reversed in ''Investigations''. The [[PhantomThief Yatagarasu]] [[spoiler:or rather Detective Badd, the last remaining part of the Yatagarasu, turns himself in to Gumshoe after the arrest of Shih-na/Yew and the revelation that they and Faraday were the Yatagarasu team. He even seems as if he meant to be arrested the entire time and was only waiting for the capture of Yew before "retiring".]]
** [[spoiler:[[MafiaPrincess Viola Cadaverini]]]] suffers no legal repercussions for helping to frame an innocent woman for murder and continues working as a loan shark. Justified as she's a [[spoiler:MafiaPrincess]].
** And then there's Phineas Filch in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', who is a habitual pickpocket (and stole the properties of several of the main characters) and even conspired with the villain to provide an alibi, but yet is never indicted or punished at the end of the game (ok, so maybe him not getting the ''Tenma Taro'' gold nugget is one thing, but only because his ''grandfather'' beat him to it years prior, but he should still be punished for attempting to steal Widget, Athena's necklace computer, among other things).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' has [[spoiler:the Church of Glabados, who get away with hiding the truth that the saints they worship are actually [[OmnicidalManiac Demons]] responsible for much of the strife in the game. They even kill Orran Durai, one of the few good guys left after the war, as a heretic, because he published a paper detailing the truth of the war. It takes 400 years before the truth is exposed.]]
* Albedo from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' certainly applies. Throughout the trilogy, he manages to [[spoiler:MindRape MOMO twice, abuse and mercilessly torture and kill the Kirschwassers, kill many with Proto Merkabah, torture Jr. by giving him various visions of the past involving Jr.'s dead love interest Sakura,]] and manipulate many in his selfish desire for his goals. What is this goal? To ''make Jr. hate him so he can be killed.'' And he actually does succeed. Jr. gets pissed and offs him. Then Jr. CRIES after the guy who decimated so many lives is finally killed off. But that's not the end of it. [[spoiler:Albedo is then revived by Wilheim as a testament, and gains uber powers. He just toys around with the party until near the end, when he, for the first time ''ever'', actually manages to try to do something helpful for the party when he tries to stop Yuriev from merging with the Zohar and becoming all invincible and such. However, Gaignun, the third dude in their power trio, who had spent all of episode III possessed by Yuriev, intercepts and allows Albedo to merge with Jr.'s consciousness as it was originally when they were born. This is all Albedo ever wanted, and he goes to sleep blissfully inside Jr.]] The most enraging part about all this is that whenever Albedo manages to top himself in evil, Jr. gets pissed at him for about 5 minutes before Albedo gets defeated by the party, and then Jr. instantly turns into a whimpering dog that begs Albedo not to leave him. Even ''MOMO'' sympathizes with him, even after he had his way with her.
** [[spoiler:Given that he is actually insane, rather than just mad with power because as a child he learned he was just a weapon, though unlike his brother, who he thought he would be there for him forever due to be conjoined at birth, he would live until the end of time itself, he might get a pass on this one. It's likely that he attempted suicide several times after he found out the truth, and found out that only his brother was created in a way that could kill him. How did he discover this? By touching the mind of an Eldrich Abomination. He didn't slip down a slope so much as get shoved off a cliff. As for Junior, he actually blamed himself for what happened (as he was the one who broke the news that Albedo was immortal, he didn't try to keep him from slipping away afterwards, and he was right next to him when U-DO touched him), and generally wanted his brother to be right again. As for MOMO, it's questionable whether it was remnant memories from her past of the sane Albedo, pity for a man who had lost everything from the start, or given that she knows the feeling of being part of a world yet feeling separate herself]].
* In one of the paths on the visual novel ''{{Crescendo}}'', the heroine of that path will be gang-raped, and no matter what the player does, the rapists fail to get any comeuppance at all. The heroine even makes him promise not to report the incident to the police. One can only assume that the rapists continued into the sunset twirling their mustaches and giving each other high fives. Worse, they're never even named, and we've ''seen'' Ryo fight off three nameless guys before (breaking one's arm in the process). The best we can assume is a bit of impromptu off-screen justice for the guy who's appeared more than once. And the heroine's ''cousin'' raped her nightly; the aunt and uncle [[MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal weren't exactly believing of the truth]].
* [[spoiler:Genesis]] in the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' franchise, who manages to get away alive, and ends up still running around doing whatever... after killing everyone in his hometown, [[SelfMadeOrphan even his own parents]], turning the people who defected with him into monsters, and starting a completely pointless war. For no other reason than to lash out at the world for something that was mostly his own fault to begin with. Also, betraying his friends, and ''then'' trying to cynically use them, which ended up as the last straw that broke [[spoiler:Sephiroth's sanity]].
** The Turks in the original game, especially Reno, who destroyed the entire Sector 7. In Advent Children he's [[VillainDecay demoted to comic relief.]]
* Subversion: the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Super Robot Taisen]]'' series is an idealistic franchise... and therefore, even villains who got away scot-free in their series do not escape the hand of karma. Just to make a point, in episodes with ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico]]'' [[spoiler:the player is either allowed to kill off Kusakabe ([[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Impact]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX MX]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]]), or his plans are screwed up to the point where he is unable to go on and found the Martian Successors ([[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance A]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal R]])]]. The same thing happens to Garimos and Gil Barg from ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' (see above), [[spoiler:who are actually killed in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'' trilogy and its remake ''Super Robot Wars Impact'']]. Hard to escape a KarmicDeath when you have to deal with a band of HotBlooded heroes who have an habit of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punching Out Cthulhu]].
** Certain major antagonists such as [[WellIntentionedExtremist Bian Zoldark and Maier von Branstein]] are regarded with a certain degree of respect [[spoiler:after they are killed]]. This may be partly because they are [[spoiler:related to some of the protagonists]].
** Something of a subversion, several characters seem intent on punishing themselves for things that ''no one else blames them for''. For example, Elzam von Branstien/[[spoiler:Rätsel Feinschmecker]] takes the blame for the "Elpis incident". [[spoiler:A group of terrorists, lead by [[PsychoForHire Archibald Grims]], took Elzam's wife Cattleya as a hostage to guarantee his escape. When he remotely opened the docking bay door, allowing her to return to the colony interior, he also released a highly potent toxic gas. Elzam was faced with the choice of either destroying the section of the colony that she was on or allowing the gas to poison the colonists. Despite the fact that she was already fatally poisoned, he felt terribly guilty for destroying the docking bay to save the rest of the colony.]]
** On the other hand, some villains who ''did'' die in their series can be convinced in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' to make a HeelFaceTurn. For example, [[spoiler:would-be EvilOverlord Haman Karn, who in the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' died after, among other things, killing millions via a ColonyDrop, can be recruited. [[DefectingForLove Because she has a crush on one of the protagonists]].]] Granted, they're usually made less evil than they were in their series to facilitate this, but still.

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* Janos, the Prince One of the Other World from ''TheBlackHeart''. [[spoiler:He is endings to ''[[VideoGame/{{Contra}} Contra: Hard Corps]]'' has [[BigBad Colonel Bahamut]] fleeing in an escape helicopter after the one responsible for heroes defeat the corruption of the Other World, which was once beautiful, by causing endless wars to conquer lands that his father (the King, who was far too old and weak to stop him) gave willingly to others; he enslaved a species to be his soldiers, killed the King to gain his powers, framed Final when he stole the heart so Janos couldn't use it, wants to conquer all the other worlds through force and bloodshed, and ends up killing his own daughter, Ananzi, because she outlived her usefulness... and in the end, he succeeds in claiming back the Dark Heart, killing Final in the process, and acquires his father's powers.]] Another "TheBadGuyWins" scenario in this case!
Alien Cell.
* Yuna from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' turned Elina into a monster, forcing her boyfriend to mercy-kill her, and is largely responsible for turning BigBad Fou Lu into an OmnicidalManiac. The game ends with him alive and well, and announcing his intention to do it all again. Apparently the creators meant to include his death in the ending sequence but ran out antagonist of time[[note]]the game was rushed to production due to fears of a possible Capcom bankruptcy[[/note]], and thus it looks like he never got his just desserts. In the manga adaptation, they also went with the ending as scripted in the game. Meaning Yuna is a KarmaHoudini ''twice over''.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':
** The game shows that Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria is going to be closed by year's end, and considering [[AIIsACrapshoot all the terrible things]] [[NoOSHACompliance that went down there]], it's just as well. However, [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 it's somehow getting re-opened and expanded]]. Even worse, [[spoiler:the second game is eventually revealed to be a prequel, meaning that before the first game the same thing has happened at ''two previous locations'' before.]]
** To a much greater extent, the unnamed [[SerialKiller Serial Killer]] [[note]]or if you prefer, [[FanNickname Purple Man]][[/note]] who murdered [[spoiler:at the very least]] five children. Despite everything he's done, and because he framed an innocent man for the crimes and that he always covers his tracks, ''the police never caught him and he went off scot-free.'' [[spoiler:Eventually revoked in [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the third game]], where the souls of those murdered children finally get a hold of him, giving him no other option than to run into the Spring Bonnie suit he used to murder them. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath This]] leads to him [[TheReveal becoming]] Springtrap 30 years later.]]
* Even though the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' protagonist's job is to find the guilty and absolve the innocent, a few people slip through the cracks.
** In
the second ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game, [[spoiler:De Killer is an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin for hire]] Videogame/DarkParables game spends his time capturing people who kills the fourth case's victim in addition to (presumably) many others in the past. He kidnaps and threatens to kill Maya if you don't acquit his client, and then gives testimony in court via radio to try to pin the crime on someone innocent. The way the story is structured, he kinda has to remain free in order to give the testimony by radio and to be able to threaten Engarde when it is revealed Engarde videotaped him to blackmail him. He reappears in ''Investigations 2''... and he gets away there too, despite Edgeworth's best efforts.]]
** In the 3rd game, [[spoiler:Ron [=DeLite=], a.k.a. Mask☆[=DeMasque=] the GentlemanThief]]. While he didn't commit the murder, he ''did'' [[spoiler:commit four incidences of grand theft. When he was framed for a fifth, he was put on trial - and found Not Guilty with the help of Phoenix Wright - for ''all'' of them. And due to double jeopardy (you can't be put on trial for the same crime twice), this means that he remains unpunished even after his crimes are publicly exposed]]. In the epilogue, he explains that [[spoiler:he quit stealing and became a security consultant along with his wife Desiree - along with a side business of ''selling plans to criminals''. He comments, rather accurately, that "Sometimes I think maybe we're the worst criminals...". Still, the whole reason that case even happened is that Ron got caught by Luke Atmey on his very first crime, indicating his crime-planning abilities completely suck. So by selling his crimes to other criminals, he may actually be lowering the crime rate...]] Also, one might consider [[spoiler:the terror of getting caught, arrested, and nearly convicted of murder]] to be fit punishment for a relatively minor crime.
** It also plays this trope with [[spoiler:Morgan Fey]]. Despite being the BiggerBad of case 3-5, given how there's a very high chance [[spoiler: she's]] manipulating [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]]
wander into setting the plot into motion (as much as [[spoiler:Dahlia]] herself denies it); you barely get to see [[spoiler:her]], let alone interact with [[spoiler:her]] and [[spoiler:she's]] rarely mentioned again near the end of the case. However, [[spoiler: she's ''already'' in prison to begin with. And given how murder is treated in the Ace Attorney universe, she's probably on death row at the moment]].
** This theme is completely reversed in ''Investigations''. The [[PhantomThief Yatagarasu]] [[spoiler:or rather Detective Badd, the last remaining
wrong part of the Yatagarasu, turns himself in to Gumshoe after the arrest Black Forest of Shih-na/Yew Germany and the revelation that they and Faraday were the Yatagarasu team. He even seems as if he meant to be arrested the entire time and was only waiting for the capture of Yew before "retiring".]]
** [[spoiler:[[MafiaPrincess Viola Cadaverini]]]] suffers no legal repercussions for helping to frame an innocent woman for murder and continues working as a loan shark. Justified as she's a [[spoiler:MafiaPrincess]].
** And then there's Phineas Filch in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', who is a habitual pickpocket (and stole the properties of several of the main characters) and even conspired with the villain to provide an alibi, but yet is never indicted or punished
turning them into [[BalefulPolymorph frogs]]. His "punishment" at the end of the game (ok, so maybe him not getting is [[spoiler:death - which is the ''Tenma Taro'' gold nugget is one thing, but only very thing he's been ''wanting'' for centuries - and a spectral reunion with his beloved first wife.]] It's bittersweet and very beautifully done, because his ''grandfather'' beat him to it years prior, but he should still be punished for attempting to steal Widget, Athena's necklace computer, among other things).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' has [[spoiler:the Church of Glabados, who get away with hiding the truth that the saints they worship are actually [[OmnicidalManiac Demons]] responsible for much of the strife in the game. They even kill Orran Durai, one of the few good guys left after the war, as a heretic, because he published a paper detailing the truth of the war. It takes 400 years before the truth is exposed.]]
* Albedo from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' certainly applies. Throughout the trilogy, he manages to [[spoiler:MindRape MOMO twice, abuse and mercilessly torture and kill the Kirschwassers, kill many with Proto Merkabah, torture Jr. by giving him various visions of the past involving Jr.'s dead love interest Sakura,]] and manipulate many in his selfish desire for his goals. What is this goal? To ''make Jr. hate him so he can be killed.'' And he actually does succeed. Jr. gets pissed and offs him. Then Jr. CRIES after the guy who decimated so many lives is finally killed off. But that's not the end of it. [[spoiler:Albedo is then revived by Wilheim as a testament, and gains uber powers. He just toys around with the party until near the end, when he, for the first time ''ever'', actually manages to try to do something helpful for the party when he tries to stop Yuriev from merging with the Zohar and becoming all invincible and such. However, Gaignun, the third dude in their power trio, who had spent all of episode III possessed by Yuriev, intercepts and allows Albedo to merge with Jr.'s consciousness as it was originally when they were born. This is all Albedo ever wanted, and he goes to sleep blissfully inside Jr.]] The most enraging part about all this is that whenever Albedo manages to top himself in evil, Jr. gets pissed at him for about 5 minutes before Albedo gets defeated by the party, and then Jr. instantly turns into a whimpering dog that begs Albedo not to leave him. Even ''MOMO'' sympathizes with him, even after he had his way with her.
** [[spoiler:Given that he is actually insane,
he's an AntiVillain rather than just mad with power because as a child he learned he was just a weapon, though unlike his brother, who he thought he would be there for him forever due to be conjoined at birth, he would live until the end of time itself, he might get a pass on this one. It's likely that he attempted suicide several times after he found out the truth, and found out that only his brother was created in a way that could kill him. How did he discover this? By touching the mind of an Eldrich Abomination. He didn't slip down a slope so much as get shoved off a cliff. As for Junior, he actually blamed himself for what happened (as he was the one who broke the news that Albedo was immortal, he didn't try to keep him from slipping away afterwards, and he was right next to him when U-DO touched him), and generally wanted his brother to be right again. As for MOMO, it's questionable whether it was remnant memories from her past of the sane Albedo, pity for a man who had lost everything from the start, or given that she knows the feeling of being part of a world yet feeling separate herself]].
full-on bad guy, but still.
* In one of the paths on the visual novel ''{{Crescendo}}'', the heroine of that path will be gang-raped, and no matter what the player does, the rapists fail to get any comeuppance at all. The heroine even makes him promise not to report the incident to the police. One can only assume that the rapists continued into the sunset twirling their mustaches and giving each other high fives. Worse, they're never even named, and we've ''seen'' Ryo fight off three nameless guys before (breaking one's arm in the process). The best we can assume is a bit of impromptu off-screen justice for the guy who's appeared more than once. And the heroine's ''cousin'' raped her nightly; the aunt and uncle [[MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal weren't exactly believing of the truth]].
* [[spoiler:Genesis]] in the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' franchise, who manages to get away alive, and ends up still running around doing whatever... after killing everyone in his hometown, [[SelfMadeOrphan even his own parents]], turning the people who defected with him into monsters, and starting a completely pointless war. For no other reason than to lash out at the world for something that was mostly his own fault to begin with. Also, betraying his friends, and ''then'' trying to cynically use them, which ended up as the last straw that broke [[spoiler:Sephiroth's sanity]].
** The Turks in the original game, especially Reno, who destroyed the entire Sector 7. In Advent Children he's [[VillainDecay demoted to comic relief.]]
* Subversion: the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Super Robot Taisen]]'' series is an idealistic franchise... and therefore, even villains who got away scot-free in their series do not escape the hand of karma. Just to make a point, in episodes with ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico]]'' [[spoiler:the player is either allowed to kill off Kusakabe ([[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Impact]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX MX]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]]), or his plans are screwed up to the point where he is unable to go on and found the Martian Successors ([[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance A]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal R]])]]. The same thing happens to Garimos and Gil Barg from ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' (see above), [[spoiler:who are actually killed in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'' trilogy and its remake ''Super Robot Wars Impact'']]. Hard to escape a KarmicDeath when you have to deal with a band of HotBlooded heroes who have an habit of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punching Out Cthulhu]].
** Certain major antagonists such as [[WellIntentionedExtremist Bian Zoldark and Maier von Branstein]] are regarded with a certain degree of respect [[spoiler:after they are killed]]. This may be partly because they are [[spoiler:related to some of the protagonists]].
** Something of a subversion, several
When your characters seem intent on punishing themselves in ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' become imprisoned, they may may be ask a priest for things that ''no one else blames them for''. For example, Elzam von Branstien/[[spoiler:Rätsel Feinschmecker]] takes the blame for the "Elpis incident". [[spoiler:A group of terrorists, lead by [[PsychoForHire Archibald Grims]], took Elzam's wife Cattleya as a hostage to guarantee his escape. When he remotely opened the docking bay door, allowing her to return to the colony interior, he also released a highly potent toxic gas. Elzam was faced with the choice of either destroying the section of the colony that she was on or allowing the gas to poison the colonists. Despite the fact that she was already fatally poisoned, he felt terribly guilty for destroying the docking bay to save the rest of the colony.]]
** On the other hand, some villains who ''did'' die in
help and be released, if only their series can be convinced in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' to make a HeelFaceTurn. For example, [[spoiler:would-be EvilOverlord Haman Karn, who in the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' died after, among other things, killing millions via a ColonyDrop, can be recruited. [[DefectingForLove Because she has a crush on one of the protagonists]].]] Granted, they're usually made less evil than Virtue is high enough. This happens even if they were in their series to facilitate this, but still.put into a prison for slaughtering dozens of city guards.



* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon 2'', Team Skull (as always, consisting entirely of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil poison Pokemon]]) constantly provides conflict, going out of their way to hurt or discredit the main characters while scheming to steal various valuables for themselves. In a later dungeon, they mug the heroes and run off with an item that is necessary to resolve a particularly significant crisis, only to be ambushed by an unrelated group later in the dungeon. Once the main characters show up, the Skuntank leader pretends to accidentally drop the item, allowing the heroes to reclaim it. After the heroes leave, a conversation raises the possibility that this one act may have redeemed everything evil they had done up to that point. Are there any players out there that buy this?
** [[spoiler:Darkrai.]] After [[spoiler:manipulating legendary Pokemon, causing the planet's paralysis (until it was stopped), putting Azurill in an endless nightmare, and almost making the main characters commit suicide, all that happens is he loses his memories and gets to more or less start a new life.]]
* YOU! Yes, you, in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.
** Most of the characters who travel with you are Light-sided but will mostly only be slightly annoyed if you decided to kill random innocent beings for no reason. Juhani, Carth, Mission, and Jolee turn against you if you finally declare your intent to take over the entire galaxy, but up to that point, you get away with murder.
** If you do choose the Light Side ending (even if it's for all the wrong reasons), you turn light sided. Apparently slaughtering your way through everyone else in the game is cool as long as you ''really'' want to beat the crap out of a traitorous party member.
** This is taken even further in the sequel game and various peripheral media. Regardless of whether or not the player indicates their character took the Light Side ending in the last game, everyone speaks of him in the most glowing praise conceivable as having done no wrong before, during, or after the events of the first game. An OmniscientMoralityLicense is invoked by WordOfGod which causes him to border on MartyStu territory.
** This has been scaled back significantly in the lead-up media for ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', in particular ''Literature/{{Revan}}''. There were some significant consequences as to Revan's actions both during his redemption and [[spoiler:after he married Bastilla]], putting him into a far weaker position when he hunted down the [[spoiler:Sith Emperor]].
* Taken to a meta-level: Lord Scourge in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic.'' [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Pureblood Sith]] that answers only to the OmnicidalManiac Emperor. He ''literally'' stabbed the [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Jedi Exile]] InTheBack, got [[BadassAdorable T3-M4]] turned to ashes, and betrayed ''Revan'' and got him sent to Malestrom Prison for [[AndIMustScream 300 years of torture]] as the Emperor's pet chew toy (driving him genocidally insane in the process). But EvenEvilHasStandards, and Scourge doesn't want the Emperor devouring the whole galaxy [[TheTick because that's where he keeps all his stuff]]. So, he merrily invites himself on the Jedi Knight's boat, sourly disapproving of everything the Light sided Knight does, and [[TheStarscream helps the Knight kill his boss]]. [[HeelFaceTurn Does he repent?]] Does he face ''any'' fallout for what he did to the protagonists of the last two games? Heck, no! Does he merrily get away with it? Heck, yeah! The Knight apparently doesn't even mind that Scourge keeps trying to recruit them to the DarkSide. And just to put the cherry on the Karma Houdini sundae? He saunters up to ''Revan and Bastila's decendant'' to accept a Republic heroism reward! (Satele is pretty disgusted at having to give it to the louse.)
* [[EvilPoacher The Poacher]] in ''Videogame/JadeCocoon''. You're told early on in the game that only Nagi women can purify cocoons to make the minions inside obey their master, and these women only do so for a cocoon master. The Poacher's just that: a poacher, so that means he ''literally has a Nagi woman held hostage'' and is forcing her to purify his cocoons for him. [[TheObiWan Koris]] even tells you this is what poachers do at the very beginning of the game. However, even though you fight him three times, [[spoiler:[[VillainExitStageLeft Levant literally just lets him run away each time he beats him.]]]]
* You! Yes, you, in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. It's entirely possible to spend the first 99% of the game breaking people, hurting things, framing innocents, helping slavers, kicking puppies (you can actually kick puppies if you're evil enough)... and ''then'' at the very end of the game, decide that godlike power isn't worth dooming the world to a slow, lingering death. Your alignment shoots up to 90% Good, all your allies forgive you (even though you've magically bound them to your will), and everybody lives happily ever after. Except Wild Flower. Because you shattered her mind. To let a sadistic demon take it over. You horrible bastard.
** Not only that, but considering the Way of the Closed Fist is more about "facing one's challenges head on, challenging one's station in life, and working to become self-reliant" rather than just being evil, it's entirely possible that you decided to [[spoiler:finally kill the Water Dragon, thus screwing over the land's water supply]] for all the wrong reasons.
* You can also let a number of {{NPC}}s in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' get away scot free for various crimes. However, occasionally this will work out for the better. Helena Blake, a crime lord from the first game, asks you to kill two rivals for her and then return to her base for the reward. You can either take your credits, arrest her (she resists and you have to kill her), or convince her to disband her gang. If you ask her to disband it, she turns up in [=ME2=] working as a social worker on Omega. Similarly, Rana Thanoptis, who was working on indoctrination for Saren in the first game, turns up in Warlord Okeer's base on Korlus, ostensibly to help the krogan. She's not too sucessful.
** But probably the worst one is Balak in the paragon route for the "Bring Down the Sky" DLC. [[spoiler:The only way to save the people he's threatening is to allow him to escape]]. Worse, [[spoiler:it's revealed in the second game's news feeds that the son of a bitch is STILL at large. If that fact is not a huge kick to the gut for Paragon players, I don't know what is...]]
** [[spoiler:Dr. Gavin Archer]] in the Overlord DLC. Sure, he gets [[PistolWhipping pistol-whipped]] by [[GoodIsNotSoft Paragon Shepard]], but ''everyone'' agrees that he deserved a lot more.
** [[spoiler:Vido Santiago]] in Zaeed's loyalty mission. The man who stole the Blue Suns from [[spoiler:Zaeed]], and turned it into an completely immoral merc group who give you endless trouble during the game, and [[spoiler:Vido]] is able to easily invoke WeHaveReserves with his recruitment skills. Picking Paragon will let him escape unharmed. Sure, you can pick Renegade and [[spoiler:watch Zaeed light the guy on fire]], but it means letting [[spoiler:Zaeed cross his MoralEventHorizon; like with Balak, you must let many innocent people die to kill your target]]. Vido is a major reason why Zaeed has become such a psycho. He shot Zaeed in the head. Point is, Vido's caused a lot of damage in many more ways than one...
** The 3rd game resolves some (but not all) of these: [[spoiler:Rana Thanoptis wasn't just working for Saren, she was indoctrinated. If she survives to the third game, she kills a bunch of asari military officers before committing suicide in custody. Balak shows up again, and you can either kill him or ask for his help; it's your decision whether justice is worth more than the help of the Batarian fleet he will bring. And Gavin Archer shows up, sincerely remorseful over his actions and helping the Alliance against Cerberus, who have a standing order to shoot him on sight. Whether or not that's enough is up to you.]] Even Vido gets his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcifmc4-os8 according to some dialogue that doesn't appear in the final cut]]. [[spoiler:Zaeed caught up with him again…[[FateWorseThanDeath and let him get harvested by the Reapers]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon 2'', Team Skull (as always, consisting entirely of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil poison Pokemon]]) constantly provides conflict, going out of their way to hurt or discredit [[FluffyTheTerrible Jitterbug]], the main characters while scheming to steal various valuables BigBad of Cave shooter ''DeathSmiles'', is a pretty strong example. He's directly responsible for themselves. In a later dungeon, they mug the heroes and run off demons rampaging throughout Gilverado, as he had been opening portals to the demon world with an item the intent to create a portal back to the real world. In the end he is not punished for his actions, nor is he repentant in any way. He gets exactly what he wanted, and is allowed to leave for the real world, where he can go back to being a cold-hearted CorruptCorporateExecutive. The only bad thing that is necessary to resolve a particularly significant crisis, only to be ambushed by an unrelated group later in the dungeon. Once the main characters show up, the Skuntank leader pretends to accidentally drop the item, allowing the heroes to reclaim it. After the heroes leave, a conversation raises the possibility that this one act may have redeemed everything evil they had done up to that point. Are there any players out there that buy this?
** [[spoiler:Darkrai.]] After [[spoiler:manipulating legendary Pokemon, causing the planet's paralysis (until it was stopped), putting Azurill in an endless nightmare, and almost making the main characters commit suicide, all that
ever happens to him in the entire game is he loses his memories getting eaten by a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere that came out of one of the portals he'd opened. [[spoiler:This does not kill him, and gets to more or less start a new life.depending on the version you're playing, and depending on how well you've done, it may only [[TurnsRed piss]] [[TrueFinalBoss him off]].]]
* YOU! Yes, you, in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.
** Most of the characters who travel with you are Light-sided but will mostly only be slightly annoyed if you decided to kill random innocent beings for no reason. Juhani, Carth, Mission, and Jolee turn against you if you finally declare your intent to take over the entire galaxy, but up to that point, you get away with murder.
** If you do choose the Light Side ending (even if it's for all the wrong reasons), you turn light sided. Apparently slaughtering your way through everyone else in the game is cool as long as you ''really'' want to beat the crap out of a traitorous party member.
** This is taken even further in the
The sequel game and various peripheral media. Regardless does show a bit of whether or not the player indicates their character took the Light Side ending in the last game, everyone speaks of him in the most glowing praise conceivable as having done no wrong before, during, or after the events of the first game. An OmniscientMoralityLicense is invoked by WordOfGod which causes him to border on MartyStu territory.
** This has been scaled
comeuppance: [[spoiler:in Deathsmiles II's TrueFinalBoss sequence, he gets inadvertently yanked back significantly in the lead-up media for ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', in particular ''Literature/{{Revan}}''. There were some significant consequences as to Revan's actions both during his redemption and [[spoiler:after he married Bastilla]], putting him into a far weaker position when he hunted down the [[spoiler:Sith Emperor]].
* Taken to a meta-level: Lord Scourge in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic.'' [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Pureblood Sith]] that answers only to the OmnicidalManiac Emperor. He ''literally'' stabbed the [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Jedi Exile]] InTheBack, got [[BadassAdorable T3-M4]] turned to ashes, and betrayed ''Revan'' and got him sent to Malestrom Prison for [[AndIMustScream 300 years of torture]] as the Emperor's pet chew toy (driving him genocidally insane in the process). But EvenEvilHasStandards, and Scourge doesn't want the Emperor devouring the whole galaxy [[TheTick because that's where he keeps all his stuff]]. So, he merrily invites himself on the Jedi Knight's boat, sourly disapproving of everything the Light sided Knight does, and [[TheStarscream helps the Knight kill his boss]]. [[HeelFaceTurn Does he repent?]] Does he face ''any'' fallout for what he did to the protagonists of the last two games? Heck, no! Does he merrily get away with it? Heck, yeah! The Knight apparently doesn't even mind that Scourge keeps trying to recruit them to the DarkSide. And just to put the cherry on the Karma Houdini sundae? He saunters up to ''Revan and Bastila's decendant'' to accept a Republic heroism reward! (Satele is pretty disgusted at having to give it to the louse.)
* [[EvilPoacher The Poacher]] in ''Videogame/JadeCocoon''. You're told early on in the game that only Nagi women can purify cocoons to make the minions inside obey their master, and these women only do so for a cocoon master. The Poacher's just that: a poacher, so that means he ''literally has a Nagi woman held hostage''
Gilverado and is forcing her to purify his cocoons for him. [[TheObiWan Koris]] even tells you this is what poachers do at the very beginning of the game. However, even though you fight him three times, [[spoiler:[[VillainExitStageLeft Levant literally just lets him run away each time he beats him.]]]]
* You! Yes, you, in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. It's entirely possible to spend the first 99% of the game breaking people, hurting things, framing innocents, helping slavers, kicking puppies (you can actually kick puppies if you're evil enough)... and ''then'' at the very end of the game, decide
beaten up yet again by Dior's Angels. Given that godlike power isn't worth dooming the world to a slow, lingering death. Your alignment shoots up to 90% Good, all your allies forgive you (even though you've magically bound them to your will), and everybody lives happily ever after. Except Wild Flower. Because you shattered her mind. To let a sadistic demon take it over. You horrible bastard.
** Not only that, but considering the Way of the Closed Fist is more about "facing one's challenges head on, challenging one's station in life, and working to become self-reliant" rather than just
he '''hates''' Gilverado, being evil, it's entirely possible that you decided to [[spoiler:finally kill the Water Dragon, thus screwing over the land's water supply]] for all the wrong reasons.
* You can also let
trapped there once again is definitely a number of {{NPC}}s in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' get away scot free for various crimes. However, occasionally this will work out punishment for the better. Helena Blake, a crime lord from guy, and his chances of escape are next to nil this time, given that he can only open the first game, asks you to kill two rivals for her portal on All Hallow's Eve and then return to her base for the reward. You can either take your credits, arrest her (she resists and you have to kill her), or convince her to disband her gang. If you ask her to disband it, she turns up in [=ME2=] working as a social worker on Omega. Similarly, Rana Thanoptis, who was working on indoctrination for Saren in the first game, turns up in Warlord Okeer's base on Korlus, ostensibly to help the krogan. She's not too sucessful.
** But
Angels are probably the worst one is Balak in the paragon route for the "Bring Down the Sky" DLC. [[spoiler:The only way going to save the people he's threatening is make very sure to allow keep an eye on him to escape]]. Worse, [[spoiler:it's revealed in the second game's news feeds around that the son of a bitch is STILL at large. If that fact is not a huge kick to the gut for Paragon players, I don't know what is...time.]]
** [[spoiler:Dr. Gavin Archer]] in the Overlord DLC. Sure, he gets [[PistolWhipping pistol-whipped]] by [[GoodIsNotSoft Paragon Shepard]], but ''everyone'' agrees * ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'': Elizabeth is very much a KarmaHoudini. Why? Because she took a hefty bribe from mobsters to let them find Brutus, and she had to have known that he deserved they were going to murder him, one of her own tenants. She did not try to protect the tenants from a lot more.
** [[spoiler:Vido Santiago]] in Zaeed's loyalty mission.
secret society, mobsters, and [[spoiler:Eddie]]. In fact, she actually prevented two tenants from leaving the building when they were trying to escape [[spoiler:Eddie]]. No one chews her out for her actions, not even at the end of the game.
* For all its emphasis on GreyAndGreyMorality, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' loves to pit the PC against some truly despicable bad guys ([[spoiler:Branka,
The man who Tevinter Slavers, Bann Vaughan)]] and give the PC the option of letting them go on with their evil business, usually for some money or a nifty bonus. For all of {{Bioware}}'s emphasis on story arc and character, they know the marketing value of VideoGameCrueltyPotential. There are some exceptions to this: There's Frandlin Ivo of the Dwarf Noble origin. As part of your younger brother Bhelen's BatmanGambit to become king, he has your older brother Trian killed either by his own hand or by you. He then convinces your companion Frandlin to betray you and either lie or snitch about you killing Trian. And for his treachery, he's promoted to being Bhelen's right hand man. And if you decide to make Harrowmont king instead of Bhelen, Ivo conveniently disappears.
* Isabela in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Her selfishness forces the Qunari to stay at Kirkwall for years, causing numerous conflicts between them and the inhabitants of the city and [[spoiler:ultimately leading to a full-scale war that kills hundreds if not thousands of Kirkwall's guards and citizens]]. Even when there was still time to prevent the conflict, Isabella
stole the Blue Suns from [[spoiler:Zaeed]], object of the Qunari's mission and turned it into an completely immoral merc group who give you endless trouble during the game, and [[spoiler:Vido]] is able to easily invoke WeHaveReserves ran off with his recruitment skills. Picking Paragon will let him escape unharmed. Sure, you can pick Renegade it. Even if she comes back later and [[spoiler:watch Zaeed light the guy on fire]], but turns it means letting [[spoiler:Zaeed cross his MoralEventHorizon; like with Balak, you must let many innocent people die to kill your target]]. Vido is a major reason why Zaeed has become such a psycho. He shot Zaeed in the head. Point is, Vido's caused a lot of damage in many more ways than one...
** The 3rd game resolves some (but not all) of these: [[spoiler:Rana Thanoptis wasn't just working for Saren, she was indoctrinated. If she survives
to the third game, she kills a bunch of asari military officers before committing suicide in custody. Balak shows up again, and you can either kill him or ask for his help; Qunari Arishok, it's too late to undo the damage. And no matter what choices are made, she never gets any kind of comeuppance for the ruin that she caused (if she is handed over to the Arishok, it is believed that she escapes their boat two days later).
* In the DS VideoGameRemake of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', the main villain Psaro slaughters
your decision whether justice is worth more than BelovedPeasantVillage just like in the help of the Batarian fleet he will bring. And Gavin Archer shows up, sincerely remorseful over his actions original; and helping the Alliance against Cerberus, who have a standing order to shoot him on sight. Whether or not number of other hideous crimes as well, and that's enough is up to you.]] Even Vido gets even before his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcifmc4-os8 according MoralityChain is killed. Yet you can resurrect said MoralityChain and ...return in time? after the end of the game to some dialogue save his soul from becoming a OneWingedAngel. And then he joins your party to kill the demon who "tricked" him into declaring genocide on the human race.
** Also, the hero's childhood friend comes BackFromTheDead in the ending, but not anyone else of the party.. Apparently to justify the above.
** But the true Karma Houdini is actually [[spoiler:the Zenithian Lord. The overgrown lizard who kills your father and makes your mother an outcast prisoner for the crime of falling in love and fathering the hero who would save the world,]] yet these actions are completely ignored.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'': [[spoiler: [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Duke Edmun]] is one. Not only he's the one who bargained with the dragon on the first hand in exchange for immortality, he ''successfully'' framed you up for his rapid aging after you killed the aforementioned dragon, putting you into the PersonaNonGrata situation. He completely got away from this. The only way you can smite him is to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil murder every single inhabitant in Gran Soren for crossing with the Arisen]].]]
* ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny''
** [[spoiler:Downy Reed's]] FreudianExcuse involves one of these. A local noble forced young children to fight their siblings to the death and he was one of them. When he grew up, he swore he would take revenge, but the noble had died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by friends and family. Without any way of coping with his loss or even feeling like his enemy had met a just end, he instead decided to remake the world so
that such things could never happen. Failing that, having no world at all would be better.
** During [[spoiler:Mia Touma's]] route, she takes a turn for the yandere [[spoiler:and first more or less rapes her brother in his sleep with drugs.]] Following this, she tries to [[spoiler:get her 'rival' Lily petrified]] and then wants to leave her to die. After she has [[spoiler:her own DisneyDeath sequence,]] she pops up under mind control on the enemy side. The mind control is broken, but then [[MoreThanMindControl it turns out she's still on their side]] and her yandereness has increased, after which she kills thousands of people, formally betrays her former allies, [[spoiler:and in the end nearly destroys the world]]. In the end, [[spoiler:she not only
doesn't appear even get a slap on the wrist, she gets to have her memory of these events wiped so that she doesn't have to remember she did anything wrong.]] As a point of justification, her lover ''is'' the world's hero, so his influence may be responsible for getting off without punishment.
* Porky Minch from ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}''. He kidnaps little girls, steals your helicopter, and ultimately [[spoiler:you fight him alongside [[BigBad Giygas]]]]. And when you finally stop his villainy? He teleports away through time, and you don't see him again until the sequel, and there he's not any less of a KarmaHoudini there, either. He spends his entire life corrupting the world in an effort to make it more fun for himself, using advanced technology to live a sort of toy life, but never really gets taken to task for it. [[spoiler:He ends up sealed inside his Absolutely Safe Capsule, which will keep him alive and unharmed for eternity. It's supposed to be a variant on AndIMustScream, but he seems happy enough with it
in the final cut]]. [[spoiler:Zaeed caught up with him again…[[FateWorseThanDeath end; being so desperate to prolong his own childhood, gloating about escaping punishment forever and let him get harvested by being protected within the Reapers]].safety of an artificial womb isn't really all that bad, or even all that different from the way he was living before.]]



* Morcalavin in ''{{Heretic}} II'', the villain of the story. One of the {{Precursors}}, who botched a spell to make his race AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and became a power-mad EvilOverlord creating a plague that turns people into rabid zombies or mind-controlled slaves. At the end of the game, you learn that the way to rid the world of the plague is to fix the spell, allowing Morcalavin to become indeed a god. Even though he's magically cured of his madness, it's still a bit annoying that he is rewarded rather than punished for his crimes...
* The G-Man in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' is probably karma-proof as well as bulletproof. Although since nobody has any [[PowersThatBe idea]] [[MysteriousWatcher who]] [[MysteriousProtector he]] [[TheMenInBlack is]] or what he's even doing, he might not be deserving of karma payback. For all anyone knows, he's [[ChaoticGood keeping things from getting even worse]], even if he is using [[IDidWhatIHadToDo morally ambiguous]] methods.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' had minor villains Ragou and Cumore. Ragou oppressed his subjects and fed the ones that couldn't pay to his pet monsters. Cumore, in the search for Pharaoh, drafted innocent civilians into what amounted as a suicide mission. However, their positions and wealth guaranteed that they wouldn't be touched by the law. It looks like they'll get away with everything until [[spoiler:Yuri [[VigilanteExecution hunts them down and murders them]].]]
** Played straight, however, with [[spoiler:Dedecchi, the Aque Blastia thief]]. This is fixed in the PS3 version, where a new optional event allows the party to capture him.
* Asch from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. In the beginning of the game, he [[spoiler:slaughters around 140 Malkuth soldiers onboard the Tartarus, tries to outright kill the party numerous times (though his main target is Luke, when you first meet him, he makes a comment about how Jade is difficult to kill), and takes control of Luke in order to try and make him attack (and presumably kill) Tear. Yet, just because he's against Van and starts to cooperate (little by little) with the party later on, all is forgiven and nobody mentions the massive amounts of people he willingly, purposefully slaughtered (whereas Anise later reminds Arietta of her participation in the above massacre to drive home that she has also done things that drive people to seek revenge), or the fact he could have stopped everything if he just helped everyone from the beginning.]]
** As well as [[spoiler:the entire party except Natalia who all lied and deceived Luke yet got nothing equal to what they did to Luke just because they basically said "my bad, sorry".]]
** ''Anise''. Not only [[spoiler: has she been spying on the party and reporting back to Van, her betrayal gets Ion killed.]] Yet because she has a flimsy excuse, she's very EasilyForgiven.

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* Morcalavin in ''{{Heretic}} II'', the villain of the story. One of the {{Precursors}}, who botched a spell to make his race AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and became a power-mad EvilOverlord creating a plague that turns people into rabid zombies or mind-controlled slaves. At the end of the game, you learn that the way to rid the world of the plague is to fix the spell, allowing Morcalavin to become indeed a god. Even though he's magically cured of his madness, it's still a bit annoying that he is rewarded rather than punished for his crimes...
* The G-Man in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' is probably karma-proof as well as bulletproof. Although since nobody has any [[PowersThatBe idea]] [[MysteriousWatcher who]] [[MysteriousProtector he]] [[TheMenInBlack is]] or what he's even doing, he might not be deserving of karma payback. For all anyone knows, he's [[ChaoticGood keeping things
[[spoiler:Olympia]], from getting even worse]], even if he is using [[IDidWhatIHadToDo morally ambiguous]] methods.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' had minor villains Ragou and Cumore. Ragou oppressed his subjects and fed the ones that couldn't pay to his pet monsters. Cumore, in the search for Pharaoh, drafted innocent civilians into what amounted as a suicide mission. However, their positions and wealth guaranteed that they wouldn't be touched by the law. It looks like they'll get away with everything until [[spoiler:Yuri [[VigilanteExecution hunts them down and murders them]].]]
** Played straight, however, with [[spoiler:Dedecchi, the Aque Blastia thief]].
''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey 3: The Drowned City''. This is fixed in the PS3 version, where a new optional event allows person who was responsible for the party to capture him.
* Asch from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. In the beginning
deaths of the game, he [[spoiler:slaughters around 140 Malkuth soldiers onboard the Tartarus, tries to outright kill the party numerous times (though his main target is Luke, when you first meet him, he makes a comment about how Jade is difficult to kill), and takes control of Luke in countless adventurers [[spoiler:in order to try and make him attack (and presumably kill) Tear. Yet, just because he's against Van and starts to cooperate (little by little) with keep the Deep City hidden.]] In addition, [[spoiler:she tried to kill your own party later on, all is forgiven on at least two seperate occasions.]] In both the Deep City and nobody mentions True endings, [[spoiler:she]] gets away scott-free with absolutely no ill consequences whatsoever. In the massive amounts of people he willingly, purposefully slaughtered (whereas Anise later reminds Arietta of her participation Armoroad ending, [[spoiler:she]] gets beaten down alongside the final boss ([[spoiler:Abyssal King Seyfried]]), but gets better in the above massacre to drive home that she has also done things that drive people to seek revenge), or the fact he could have stopped everything if he just helped everyone from the beginning.]]
** As well as [[spoiler:the entire party except Natalia who all lied and deceived Luke yet got nothing equal to what they did to Luke just because they basically said "my bad, sorry".]]
** ''Anise''. Not only [[spoiler: has she been spying on the party and reporting back to Van, her betrayal gets Ion killed.]] Yet because she has a flimsy excuse, she's very EasilyForgiven.
post-game.



* Among the most aggravating examples is Gaius from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''. In the Japanese version of the game he tries to destroy Elympios, an entire world, because one terrorist group threatened his home. Not only does he walk away unscathed, but he is later rewarded the position of King of Rieze Maxia. This was so egregious that [[{{Woolseyism}} the English script overhauled his end-game plans to forcing Elympios to do without Spirix technology by force, making him look much more sane]].



* One appears in the first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. The "evil thief" Dodonpa, who kidnapped a wealthy merchant with the intention of sending repeated ransom demands and who is trash-talked by most people in the village he runs, appears in a sidequest in which he sics a monster on the heroes, then is trapped under it when he tries to stab them in the back while they're distracted. His ultimate sentence is to replace the merchant in his dungeon cell, to which his underlings have a key, and receive no treatment for his twisted ankle.
** A less serious case is Briggs, one of the main antagonists in the second game, battling Felix's team, stealing PlotCoupons, and having his grandmother sic a boss on them. He doesn't get a proper hint of redemption until the third game, where he [[spoiler:aids Matthew's party into fleeing from Belinsk, losing his life in the process]]. And ''up until them, he had been keeping up with the pirate trade''.
* The chief antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]], gets off with naught but having to say to the campers "Sorry I [[spoiler: had you all kidnapped and your brains removed to power my weapons of mass destruction.]]" He even gets all his psychological [[FreudianExcuse daddy issues]] magically resolved by Raz. His accomplice, on the other hand, falls out of a high tower to a probably very messy death.
* Most villains in the ''Pokémon'' games. Their actions range from running a nationwide criminal empire ([[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Giovanni]]), to unleashing and attempting to control a rampaging titan with the power to either create continents or expand the oceans ([[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Maxie and Archie]]), to attempting to hijack either the avatar of time or space to ''destroy the universe'' and remake it in typical AGodAmI fashion ([[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]]). Neither them nor their associates, willing or not, suffer any repercussions.
** Silver in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', who steals his starter Pokemon and another Trainer's Sneasel is never dealt with by authorities or anyone else in regards to the stolen Pokemon for the rest of the game, aside from Elm forgiving him after seeing how much his starter likes him.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', [[spoiler:Evice and Nascour]] lose any claims to KarmaHoudini privileges when Ho-oh shoots down their escape chopper, leaving them to go with Sherles and Johnson on the Party Van. The four Cipher Admins seem to get away scott free, however; they later appear as opponents in the Deep Under, and what ultimately happens to them is unknown. (Except Miror B., who appears in the sequel.)
** Ardos from ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleofDarkness'', on the other hand, is the big one. His father, Greevil, chose to side with Eldes, the other son, and accept arrest instead of blowing up Citadark Isle ''with you on it''. Even after this, Ardos appears as an opponent in the Orre Colosseum and makes clear his intent to rebuild Cipher; both by giving Michael a warning that he will be watched and branding him as "Cipher's Biggest Enemy". This is the guy who could have gotten away, killed you and the rest of his group from the safety of his chopper, and reconstructed Cipher for absolute dominion in the following months, and has likely backed up all the vital data on Cipher's Shadow Pokemon research. [[FridgeHorror Let that sink in for a second]].
* In the DS VideoGameRemake of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', the main villain Psaro slaughters your BelovedPeasantVillage just like in the original; and a number of other hideous crimes as well, and that's even before his MoralityChain is killed. Yet you can resurrect said MoralityChain and ...return in time? after the end of the game to save his soul from becoming a OneWingedAngel. And then he joins your party to kill the demon who "tricked" him into declaring genocide on the human race.
** Also, the hero's childhood friend comes BackFromTheDead in the ending, but not anyone else of the party.. Apparently to justify the above.
** But the true Karma Houdini is actually [[spoiler:the Zenithian Lord. The overgrown lizard who kills your father and makes your mother an outcast prisoner for the crime of falling in love and fathering the hero who would save the world,]] yet these actions are completely ignored.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II''
** Saemon Havarian is only mildly villainous, but he's the most annoying character in terms of getting away with things. He keeps dumping his own troubles and enemies on you in both the original game and the expansion, and coming back and belittling what he did and acting like you're friends before doing it again, but you never get to take revenge successfully, even if you set the biggest thieves' guild in the country on him. Technically you ''can'' kill him and get his role later in the story to be replaced by someone else, it requires you being ready far in advance, making his comeuppance ''very'' tricky to do. The way he always gets away really fits the "Houdini" part -- and in this case it's just not karma he's eluding, but a pissed-off player character as well. Considering that even beings of godlike status often fall to the might of the PlayerCharacter, it's about equally impressive.
** A particularly grating example is Saerk. [[spoiler:In Anomen's personal quest, his sister gets murdered, and Saerk is the prime suspect. If you convince Anomen to go to the authorities, they tell you that there's not enough evidence to convict him. The ''good'' option to the quest (as well as the one that will allow Anomen to be knighted and become considerably more tolerable) is to convince Anomen not to pursue Saerk and to let bygones be bygones.]] Oh, and it doesn't stop there. [[spoiler:Sometime after Anomen is knighted, he learns not only that Saerk really ''was'' the murderer, but that now he's ''killed Anomen's father'' after the latter confronted him. Again, the ''good'' option is to convince Anomen not to kill him, saying that he'd be no better than his alcoholic father if he did. In summary, Saerk ruins Anomen's life, and the good option is to ''let him get away with it''.]]

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* Invoked In-universe in ''Videogame/FallenLondon'': A certain storyline requires you to cap off your career as the Empress' Court's artist-in-residence by creating something so offensive and/or awful it gets you exiled, and kicked out of the court permanently. One appears in of the first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. The "evil thief" Dodonpa, who kidnapped a wealthy merchant with the intention of sending repeated ransom demands and who is trash-talked by most people in the village he runs, appears in a sidequest in which he sics a monster on the heroes, then is trapped under it when he tries to stab them in the back while they're distracted. His ultimate sentence options is to replace the merchant in his dungeon cell, to which his underlings have write a key, and receive no treatment for his twisted ankle.
** A less serious case is Briggs,
tragedy with an utterly horrible one of these: He gets to ruin the main antagonists in the second game, battling Felix's team, stealing PlotCoupons, and having his grandmother sic a boss on them. He doesn't get a proper hint of redemption until the third game, where he [[spoiler:aids Matthew's party into fleeing from Belinsk, losing his protagonist's life twice in a row, deprive her of lover and money, permanently kill someone and get off scot-free at the process]]. And ''up until them, he had been keeping up with the pirate trade''.
* The chief antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]], gets off with naught but having to say to the campers "Sorry I [[spoiler: had you all kidnapped and your brains removed to power my weapons of mass destruction.]]" He even gets all his psychological [[FreudianExcuse daddy issues]] magically resolved by Raz. His accomplice, on the other hand, falls out of a high tower to a probably very messy death.
* Most villains in the ''Pokémon'' games. Their actions range from running a nationwide criminal empire ([[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Giovanni]]), to unleashing and attempting to control a rampaging titan with the power to either create continents or expand the oceans ([[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Maxie and Archie]]), to attempting to hijack either the avatar of time or space to ''destroy the universe'' and remake it in typical AGodAmI fashion ([[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]]). Neither them nor their associates, willing or not, suffer any repercussions.
** Silver in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', who steals his starter Pokemon and another Trainer's Sneasel is never dealt with by authorities or anyone else in regards to the stolen Pokemon
end just for the rest of the game, aside from Elm forgiving him after seeing how much his starter likes him.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', [[spoiler:Evice and Nascour]] lose any claims to KarmaHoudini privileges when Ho-oh shoots down their
shock value. It works almost too well, as you barely escape chopper, leaving them to go with Sherles and Johnson on a beating by the Party Van. The four Cipher Admins seem royal guards.
* [[spoiler:Genesis]] in the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' franchise, who manages
to get away scott free, however; they later appear alive, and ends up still running around doing whatever... after killing everyone in his hometown, [[SelfMadeOrphan even his own parents]], turning the people who defected with him into monsters, and starting a completely pointless war. For no other reason than to lash out at the world for something that was mostly his own fault to begin with. Also, betraying his friends, and ''then'' trying to cynically use them, which ended up as opponents the last straw that broke [[spoiler:Sephiroth's sanity]].
** The Turks
in the Deep Under, original game, especially Reno, who destroyed the entire Sector 7. In Advent Children he's [[VillainDecay demoted to comic relief.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': The entire nation of Archades. It expanded by dominating
and what ultimately happens to them is unknown. (Except Miror B., who appears in the sequel.)
** Ardos from ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleofDarkness'', on the other hand, is the big one. His father, Greevil, chose to side with Eldes, the other son, and accept arrest instead of blowing up Citadark Isle ''with you on it''. Even after this, Ardos appears as an opponent in the Orre Colosseum and makes clear his intent to rebuild Cipher; both by giving Michael a warning that he will be watched and branding him as "Cipher's Biggest Enemy". This is the guy who could have gotten away, killed you and the rest of his group from the safety of his chopper, and reconstructed Cipher for absolute dominion in the following months, and has likely backed up all the vital data on Cipher's Shadow Pokemon research. [[FridgeHorror Let that sink in for a second]].
* In the DS VideoGameRemake of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', the main villain Psaro slaughters your BelovedPeasantVillage just like in the original; and a number of other hideous crimes as well, and that's even before his MoralityChain is killed. Yet you can resurrect said MoralityChain and ...return in time? after
oppressing its neighbors. Its punishment at the end of the game to save his soul from becoming a OneWingedAngel. And then he joins your party to kill the demon who "tricked" him into declaring genocide on the human race.
** Also, the hero's childhood friend comes BackFromTheDead in the ending, but not anyone else of the party.. Apparently to justify the above.
** But the true Karma Houdini is actually
game? Nothing.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' has
[[spoiler:the Zenithian Lord. The overgrown lizard Church of Glabados, who kills your father and makes your mother an outcast prisoner for the crime of falling in love and fathering the hero who would save the world,]] yet these actions are completely ignored.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II''
** Saemon Havarian is only mildly villainous, but he's the most annoying character in terms of getting
get away with things. He keeps dumping his own troubles and enemies on you in both hiding the original game and truth that the expansion, and coming back and belittling what saints they worship are actually [[OmnicidalManiac Demons]] responsible for much of the strife in the game. They even kill Orran Durai, one of the few good guys left after the war, as a heretic, because he did and acting like you're friends published a paper detailing the truth of the war. It takes 400 years before doing it again, but you never get to take revenge successfully, even if you set the biggest thieves' guild in the country on him. Technically you ''can'' kill him and get his role later in the story truth is exposed.]]
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':
** The game shows that Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria is going
to be replaced closed by someone else, it requires you being ready far in advance, making his comeuppance ''very'' tricky to do. The way he always gets away really fits year's end, and considering [[AIIsACrapshoot all the "Houdini" part -- and in this case terrible things]] [[NoOSHACompliance that went down there]], it's just not karma as well. However, [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 it's somehow getting re-opened and expanded]]. Even worse, [[spoiler:the second game is eventually revealed to be a prequel, meaning that before the first game the same thing has happened at ''two previous locations'' before.]]
** To a much greater extent, the unnamed [[SerialKiller Serial Killer]] [[note]]or if you prefer, [[FanNickname Purple Man]][[/note]] who murdered [[spoiler:at the very least]] five children. Despite everything
he's eluding, but a pissed-off player character as well. Considering done, and because he framed an innocent man for the crimes and that even beings of godlike status often fall to he always covers his tracks, ''the police never caught him and he went off scot-free.'' [[spoiler:Eventually revoked in [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the might of third game]], where the PlayerCharacter, it's about equally impressive.
** A particularly grating example is Saerk. [[spoiler:In Anomen's personal quest, his sister gets murdered, and Saerk is the prime suspect. If you convince Anomen to go to the authorities, they tell you that there's not enough evidence to convict him. The ''good''
souls of those murdered children finally get a hold of him, giving him no other option to the quest (as well as the one that will allow Anomen to be knighted and become considerably more tolerable) is to convince Anomen not to pursue Saerk and to let bygones be bygones.]] Oh, and it doesn't stop there. [[spoiler:Sometime after Anomen is knighted, he learns not only that Saerk really ''was'' the murderer, but that now he's ''killed Anomen's father'' after the latter confronted him. Again, the ''good'' option is to convince Anomen not to kill him, saying that he'd be no better than his alcoholic father if he did. In summary, Saerk ruins Anomen's life, and to run into the good option is Spring Bonnie suit he used to ''let murder them. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath This]] leads to him get away with it''.[[TheReveal becoming]] Springtrap 30 years later.]]



* Rowd from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII''. It is true that he is a GloryHound that seeks a better life for his ill sister. However, with his methods to achieve it, including helping Luca Blight slaughter the Unicorn Brigade that he led... ''because the job didn't pay enough'', or even trying to kill the hero and Jowy so he can get promoted... we never know how he ends up, as he vanishes from the story after [[spoiler:Jowy becomes the King of Highland]].
** Supplemental materials reveal he [[spoiler:failed to get his sister to the doctor who might have been able to help her after he ran away, making everything he did meaningless and costing him his sister's life. The fact his innocent sister is the one who dies is [[ShootTheShaggyDog another trope entirely]].]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has Albert Silverberg. He is responsible, directly or indirectly, for ''every single bad thing'' that happens in the game. And why is he orchestrating the lead-up to a meaningless war, then partially derailing it, ''after'' the lives and societies of thousands of people have been shattered? [[spoiler:''Just to prove that he can do it.'']] The reward for victory for everyone else is that they get to live another day. Albert? Gets [[spoiler:''exactly what he wanted'', a cushy position miles away from the land he almost destroyed.]] This man is absolutely infuriating to quite a few players.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' has the elves of Na-Nal. They aren't pleased that the ''human'' islanders struck a deal with the Kooluk, so they manipulate matters and spark off a ''massacre'', which the Elven elder gloats about. Ironically, the heroes stopping the massacre before it spreads too far probably ''caused'' their karma evasion, as once the Kooluk finished killing off the human natives, they likely would've moved to the elves next...
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'', the BigBad, General Tartarin, actually does get his comeuppance midway through the game. He is replaced by TheMole, Colonel Bulba, who betrays your organization, has your allies killed/captured, and tries to have you taken out (it's implied he sent you to kill Tartarin so he could grab all the glory). But you never get the opportunity to put a bullet in his brainpan.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the main antagonist, Krelian, is never fought or killed. He had been responsible for many heinous crimes but was never brought to justice.
* The Komato in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. They commit genocide of one entire alien species, attempt genocide of another (humans), and guess who dies? ''[[RedemptionEqualsDeath The one who repented.]]''
* [[spoiler:Shichiou and April]] in ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz''. [[spoiler:The first gets a sort of half assed 'forever in death with my beloved, who is not holding a grudge' ending. The second might be a god and just sort of skips merrily away at the end after reviving Pigeon. Then again, she didn't really do anything particularly ''bad'' either.]]
* Leasath commanding officer Diego Gaspar Navarro from ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception'' doesn't get caught and brought to justice, and while he fails to overrun Aurelia or sell his beloved Fenrir superfighters, part of his EvilPlan still plays out as the conflict gives a boost to Leasath's military-industrial complex.
** It's actually averted in a second ending. [[spoiler:If the player completes all the missions, he's murdered by an angry mob of his own citizens.]]
* ''VideoGame/BioShock''
** All in all, the series generally gives chances for multiple Karma Houdinis, depending on the choices of the player. In [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the first game]], we have [[spoiler: Jack, the player character himself, if he has chosen to harvest all the Little Sisters, thereby turning him into an old-style PersonOfMassDestruction PoweredByAForsakenChild, having killed about twenty little girls. The end of him? He becomes the king of Rapture, and uses it to kill the crew of a nuclear submarine, and conquer a nuclear weapon. And that's it.]]
** ''[=BioShock=]'' also has Sander Cohen, the MadArtist, that creates his sculptures using plastered bodies of men, and wants to create a masterpiece requiring the death of no less than eleven people, though hardly innocent. [[spoiler:His comeuppance? That's up to the player/Jack. He can be killed, with possibly ounces of Karma if his picture is photographed, but Jack can just as well choose to abandon him alive in Fort Frolic, and later in Olympus Herights, in which case he makes it through alive.]]
** To continue with the sequel, we also have people like Stanley Poole, the MoleInCharge turned DirtyCoward, whom was hired to infiltrate [[spoiler:The Pature Family, and sell out Lamb to Andrew Ryan. Later it went onwards for him, as he degenerated into a walking ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, betraying all characters -- Delta by giving him to Ryan because Ryan was suspicious, and having him turned into a Big Daddy, Eleanor for threatening to sell him out, causing her to become a Little Sister, and eventually killing the entire family by drowning Dionysus Park. You get the idea. In the end, it is the task of Delta to decide whether he lives or dies. However, one could say, that even if he lives, he is still left alone, trapped among homicidal splicers, so he might get his deserved comeuppance after all.]]
** And, continuing in the veins of ''[=BioShock=]'', [[spoiler:Delta himself can become one in the sequel, if he chooses to be a villain, although he might not get out just as scot-free as Jack, given he can only live on as the conscience of Eleanor, even if he does live on in her mind.]]
** And finally, [[spoiler:even Eleanor, the DistressedDamsel in the game, can become a KarmaHoudini in the end. If Delta chooses to be a villain herself, she will become one, and harvest all the little sisters, kill her mother, and then as a final act, take Delta's survival instincts against his will, gaining his abilities, effectively allowing her to attempt to TakeOverTheWorld, with no punishment.]]
** Although in regard to [[spoiler:her attempt to TakeOverTheWorld, the good ending of ''[=BioShock=]'', and namely the ending of Minerva's Den, which is final, implies that at least her attempt fails, so she won't end up as the supreme ruler of all humanity. But no matter if she is a saint or a monster, she gets away scot-free.]]
* Villains in the VideoGame/NancyDrew games often pull a KarmaHoudini, particularly when their attacks against ''Nancy herself'' are concerned. In ''Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon'', the villain deliberately causes a cave-in to trap Nancy and leaves her to die, yet the only punishment mentioned is that the culprit's credit cards are taken away. Likewise, villains who'd tried to drown, strangle, and/or burn Nancy alive wind up going to jail for robbery.
** Averted with [[spoiler:Rentaro]], though. Depending on what you do, he is either [[spoiler:fired and never heard from again (implied to have gone off elsewhere)]] or [[spoiler:loses his chance at his love interest but gets to keep his job anyways]]. Even though it was [[spoiler:one of his inventions that almost drowned Nancy, it was an accident as he had ''no'' intentions of harming any guests, just scaring them off.]]
* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars Days of Ruin'' has the civilians, who [[spoiler:pushed Isabella out of their group -- and while their own survival was at stake, they should know long by this point that Isabella isn't selfish, but ''they never say anything about her being one of Caulder's "children" '''or''' that Caulder will bomb them to death if he doesn't get Isabella'']]. They never get punished for it at all aside from dealing with the AfterTheEnd setting that Will and company also have to.
** At least the [[{{Jerkass}} Mayor]] dies. That's what you get for [[TooDumbToLive trusting a mass murdering nutcase that has no reason to hold up his end of a deal]].
* Unless you believe the Black Arms Invasion or the destruction of Prison Island, GUN from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' never receives any form of punishment for [[spoiler:massacring hundreds of innocent people, including a ''child'', in cold blood, just to cover up a failed experiment they funded.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Modern Warfare 2''. Vladimir Makarov, one of the main villains in the game and a terrorist who massacred hundreds of civilians in a Russian airport, kills Joseph Allen (the player) and then pins the blame for this massacre on him in order to incite a war between Russia and the U.S. The war is then taken to American shores, where a further catastrophic loss of life occurs. He is never killed or captured during the game's plot and his fate is unknown.
** [[spoiler:''Modern Warfare 3'', however, gives you the opportunity to settle scores.]]
** Gabriel Rorke survives his .44 Magnum bullet wound at the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' and captures Logan.
* [[FluffyTheTerrible Jitterbug]], the BigBad of Cave shooter ''DeathSmiles'', is a pretty strong example. He's directly responsible for the demons rampaging throughout Gilverado, as he had been opening portals to the demon world with the intent to create a portal back to the real world. In the end he is not punished for his actions, nor is he repentant in any way. He gets exactly what he wanted, and is allowed to leave for the real world, where he can go back to being a cold-hearted CorruptCorporateExecutive. The only bad thing that ever happens to him in the entire game is getting eaten by a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere that came out of one of the portals he'd opened. [[spoiler:This does not kill him, and depending on the version you're playing, and depending on how well you've done, it may only [[TurnsRed piss]] [[TrueFinalBoss him off]].]]
** The sequel does show a bit of comeuppance: [[spoiler:in Deathsmiles II's TrueFinalBoss sequence, he gets inadvertently yanked back into Gilverado and is beaten up yet again by Dior's Angels. Given that he '''hates''' Gilverado, being trapped there once again is definitely a punishment for the guy, and his chances of escape are next to nil this time, given that he can only open the portal on All Hallow's Eve and the Angels are probably going to make very sure to keep an eye on him around that time.]]
* Invoked in ''{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin''. [[spoiler:Jun became Joker due to his anger over the perceived notion that Tatsuya and co never received punishment for almost killing his close friend Maya years ago.]]
** But at the same time, [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep gets away with it and forces the heroes to give up their friendship.]] But by the end of its other part, ''Eternal Punishment'', [[spoiler:he gets what's coming to him, even though Tatsuya and Katsuya don't get to be with Maya.]]
* VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2 has a Karma Houdini in the form of [[spoiler:General Wiseman]]. Even though he was arrested in the story, his reaction in the ending heavily implies that he intends to get out of jail sooner or later in some way, shape, or form.
* The only punishment [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] ever seems to get for kidnapping Peach so many times is being humiliated when Mario trounces him. He still rules the Koopas (who remain loyal to him) he's still free to do it again, and neither Mario nor Peach seem to help matters, seeing as the GoKartingWithBowser Trope happens between them so often he's the TropeNamer. (Of course, it was suggested at the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' that Bowser is doing it for thrills, and he doesn't ''want'' the conflict to end; maybe Mario and Peach are humoring him.)
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'':
** Beldam, a DragonWithAnAgenda who willingly executed an EldritchAbomination's plan to be released by manipulating the BigBad, Grodus, and the heroes into opening the titular door. She also told Grodus that after he released the Shadow Queen, she was bound to obey the one who freed her. The second he tries this, said Queen lets him know this was a lie, and blows him to bits. After the Queen is defeated? Beldam apologizes for abusing her sister Vivian and promises to never do it again. This is the last we hear of her.
** Lord Crump is last seen living in Poshley Heights with Grodus (who isn't so lucky, he survives, but only his head remains) and four X-Nauts, having resolved to turn over a new leaf. He hasn't been seen since, so it can be assumed he retired. Doopliss actually ''benefitted'' in the end; when Flurry decides to go back to show business, he becomes her partner, acting as Mario in a stage production of the adventure.
* The titular Postal Dude from {{Postal}}, and especially 2, who murders countless people, including innocents, slaughters all the employees of a rival gaming company just for being part of the company, murders a task force of ATF agents, butchers numerous animals and activists, completely wipes out much of the US Army and [[AssholeVictim the Taliban/al-Qaeda (including Osama bin Laden!)]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking steals money from a bank, and urinates on people and makes them vomit]], all while making somewhat psychotic remarks with a sense of fun. He then blows up the entire town of Paradise, killing everyone still in the city along with the Army forces dispatched there, and what happens to him? He and his dog get away scot free. Luckily, this is all [[CrossesTheLineTwice played for laughs]], [[RefugeInAudacity which keeps his actions from being taken too seriously]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': The entire nation of Archades. It expanded by dominating and oppressing its neighbors. Its punishment at the end of the game? Nothing.

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* Rowd The G-Man in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' is probably karma-proof as well as bulletproof. Although since nobody has any [[PowersThatBe idea]] [[MysteriousWatcher who]] [[MysteriousProtector he]] [[TheMenInBlack is]] or what he's even doing, he might not be deserving of karma payback. For all anyone knows, he's [[ChaoticGood keeping things from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII''. It is true that getting even worse]], even if he is a GloryHound that seeks a better life for his ill sister. However, with his methods to achieve it, including helping Luca Blight slaughter the Unicorn Brigade that he led... ''because the job didn't pay enough'', or even trying to kill the hero and Jowy so he can get promoted... we never know how he ends up, as he vanishes using [[IDidWhatIHadToDo morally ambiguous]] methods.
* Catherine Halsey
from the story after [[spoiler:Jowy becomes the King of Highland]].
** Supplemental materials reveal he [[spoiler:failed to get his sister to the doctor who might
''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise. Her actions may have been able saved humanity, but the Spartans, from their very inception, were designed to help her after he ran away, making everything he did meaningless fight other humans, not the Covenant, and costing him his sister's life. The fact his innocent sister is the one who dies is [[ShootTheShaggyDog another trope entirely]].]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has Albert Silverberg. He is responsible, directly or indirectly, for ''every single bad thing'' that happens
in the game. And why is he orchestrating the lead-up to a meaningless war, then partially derailing it, ''after'' the lives end she and societies of thousands of people have been shattered? [[spoiler:''Just to prove that he can do it.'']] The reward for victory for everyone else is that they get to live another day. Albert? Gets [[spoiler:''exactly what he wanted'', a cushy position miles who was involved in the project got away from the land he almost destroyed.]] This man is absolutely infuriating to quite a few players.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' has the elves
with destroying hundreds of Na-Nal. They aren't pleased children's lives. No one knows that the ''human'' islanders struck a deal with Spartans were kidnapped children, and the Kooluk, so they manipulate matters and spark off a ''massacre'', which the Elven elder gloats about. Ironically, the heroes stopping the massacre before it spreads too far probably ''caused'' their karma evasion, truth is effectively covered up. This is later subverted as once the Kooluk finished killing off the human natives, they likely would've moved to the elves next...
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'', the BigBad, General Tartarin,
[[spoiler:she was actually does get his comeuppance midway arrested for war crimes (by the Admiral who oversaw ONI, and therefore approved everything Halsey did), was conscripted into aiding the crew of the ''Infinity''; and through the game. He is replaced by TheMole, Colonel Bulba, who betrays your organization, has your allies killed/captured, and tries events of Spartan Ops defects to have you taken out (it's implied he sent you to kill Tartarin so he could grab all the glory). But you never get the opportunity to put a bullet in his brainpan.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the main antagonist, Krelian, is never fought or killed. He had been responsible for many heinous crimes but was never brought to justice.
* The Komato in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. They commit genocide of one entire alien species, attempt genocide of another (humans), and guess who dies? ''[[RedemptionEqualsDeath The one who repented.]]''
* [[spoiler:Shichiou and April]] in ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz''. [[spoiler:The first
Covenant (possibly falsely), gets a sort of shot and loses an arm, and loses one half assed 'forever of the Janus Key.]] It's still played straight for [[spoiler:ONI upper management (Paragnosky and Osman, mainly). Not only did ONI think up the SPARTAN program, and participate in death with my beloved, who is getting the candidates, more recently they've undermined the Arbiter, humanity's greatest ally in the former Covenant, by providing support for ex-Covenant radicals in the hopes that the Elite Civil War would prevent future attacks on Earth. This set off Jul 'Mdama's quest to find the Didact, which has not holding a grudge' ending. The second might be a god and just sort of skips merrily away at the end after reviving Pigeon. Then again, she didn't really do anything ended particularly ''bad'' either.]]
* Leasath commanding officer Diego Gaspar Navarro from ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception'' doesn't get caught and brought to justice, and while he fails to overrun Aurelia or sell his beloved Fenrir superfighters, part of his EvilPlan still plays out as the conflict gives a boost to Leasath's military-industrial complex.
** It's actually averted in a second ending. [[spoiler:If the player completes all the missions, he's murdered by an angry mob of his own citizens.]]
* ''VideoGame/BioShock''
** All in all, the series generally gives chances for multiple Karma Houdinis, depending on the choices of the player. In [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the first game]], we have [[spoiler: Jack, the player character himself, if he has chosen to harvest all the Little Sisters, thereby turning him into an old-style PersonOfMassDestruction PoweredByAForsakenChild, having killed about twenty little girls. The end of him? He becomes the king of Rapture, and uses it to kill the crew of a nuclear submarine, and conquer a nuclear weapon. And that's it.]]
** ''[=BioShock=]'' also has Sander Cohen, the MadArtist, that creates his sculptures using plastered bodies of men, and wants to create a masterpiece requiring the death of no less than eleven people, though hardly innocent. [[spoiler:His comeuppance? That's up to the player/Jack. He can be killed, with possibly ounces of Karma if his picture is photographed, but Jack can just as
well choose to abandon him alive in Fort Frolic, and later in Olympus Herights, in which case he makes it through alive.]]
** To continue with the sequel, we also have people like Stanley Poole, the MoleInCharge turned DirtyCoward, whom was hired to infiltrate [[spoiler:The Pature Family, and sell out Lamb to Andrew Ryan. Later it went onwards
for him, as he degenerated into a walking ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, betraying all characters -- Delta by giving him to Ryan because Ryan was suspicious, and having him turned into a Big Daddy, Eleanor for threatening to sell him out, causing her to become a Little Sister, and eventually killing the entire family by drowning Dionysus Park. You get the idea. In the end, it is the task of Delta to decide whether he lives or dies. However, one could say, that even if he lives, he is still left alone, trapped among homicidal splicers, so he might get his deserved comeuppance after all.]]
** And, continuing in the veins of ''[=BioShock=]'', [[spoiler:Delta himself can become one in the sequel, if he chooses to be a villain, although he might not get out just as scot-free as Jack, given he can only live on as the conscience of Eleanor, even if he does live on in her mind.]]
** And finally, [[spoiler:even Eleanor, the DistressedDamsel in the game, can become a KarmaHoudini in the end. If Delta chooses to be a villain herself, she will become one, and harvest all the little sisters, kill her mother, and then as a final act, take Delta's survival instincts against his will, gaining his abilities, effectively allowing her to attempt to TakeOverTheWorld, with no punishment.]]
** Although in regard to [[spoiler:her attempt to TakeOverTheWorld, the good ending of ''[=BioShock=]'', and namely the ending of Minerva's Den, which is final, implies that at least her attempt fails, so she won't end up as the supreme ruler of all humanity. But no matter if she is a saint or a monster, she gets away scot-free.]]
* Villains in the VideoGame/NancyDrew games often pull a KarmaHoudini, particularly when their attacks against ''Nancy herself'' are concerned. In ''Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon'', the villain deliberately causes a cave-in to trap Nancy and leaves her to die, yet the only punishment mentioned is that the culprit's credit cards are taken away. Likewise, villains who'd tried to drown, strangle, and/or burn Nancy alive wind up going to jail for robbery.
** Averted with [[spoiler:Rentaro]], though. Depending on what you do, he is either [[spoiler:fired and never heard from again (implied to have gone off elsewhere)]] or [[spoiler:loses his chance at his love interest but gets to keep his job anyways]]. Even though it was [[spoiler:one of his inventions that almost drowned Nancy, it was an accident as he had ''no'' intentions of harming any guests, just scaring them off.]]
* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars Days of Ruin'' has the civilians, who [[spoiler:pushed Isabella out of their group -- and while their own survival was at stake, they should know long by this point that Isabella isn't selfish, but ''they never say anything about her being one of Caulder's "children" '''or''' that Caulder will bomb them to death if he doesn't get Isabella'']]. They never get punished for it at all aside from dealing with the AfterTheEnd setting that Will and company also have to.
** At least the [[{{Jerkass}} Mayor]] dies. That's what you get for [[TooDumbToLive trusting a mass murdering nutcase that has no reason to hold up his end of a deal]].
* Unless you believe the Black Arms Invasion or the destruction of Prison Island, GUN from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' never receives any form of punishment for [[spoiler:massacring hundreds of innocent people, including a ''child'', in cold blood, just to cover up a failed experiment they funded.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Modern Warfare 2''. Vladimir Makarov, one of the main villains in the game and a terrorist who massacred hundreds of civilians in a Russian airport, kills Joseph Allen (the player) and then pins the blame for this massacre on him in order to incite a war between Russia and the U.S. The war is then taken to American shores, where a further catastrophic loss of life occurs. He is never killed or captured during the game's plot and his fate is unknown.
** [[spoiler:''Modern Warfare 3'', however, gives you the opportunity to settle scores.]]
** Gabriel Rorke survives his .44 Magnum bullet wound at the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' and captures Logan.
* [[FluffyTheTerrible Jitterbug]], the BigBad of Cave shooter ''DeathSmiles'', is a pretty strong example. He's directly responsible for the demons rampaging throughout Gilverado, as he had been opening portals to the demon world with the intent to create a portal back to the real world. In the end he is not punished for his actions, nor is he repentant in any way. He gets exactly what he wanted, and is allowed to leave for the real world, where he can go back to being a cold-hearted CorruptCorporateExecutive. The only bad thing that ever happens to him in the entire game is getting eaten by a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere that came out of one of the portals he'd opened. [[spoiler:This does not kill him, and depending on the version you're playing, and depending on how well you've done, it may only [[TurnsRed piss]] [[TrueFinalBoss him off]].]]
** The sequel does show a bit of comeuppance: [[spoiler:in Deathsmiles II's TrueFinalBoss sequence, he gets inadvertently yanked back into Gilverado and is beaten up yet again by Dior's Angels. Given that he '''hates''' Gilverado, being trapped there once again is definitely a punishment for the guy, and his chances of escape are next to nil this time, given that he can only open the portal on All Hallow's Eve and the Angels are probably going to make very sure to keep an eye on him around that time.]]
* Invoked in ''{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin''. [[spoiler:Jun became Joker due to his anger over the perceived notion that Tatsuya and co never received punishment for almost killing his close friend Maya years ago.]]
** But at the same time, [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep gets away with it and forces the heroes to give up their friendship.]] But by the end of its other part, ''Eternal Punishment'', [[spoiler:he gets what's coming to him, even though Tatsuya and Katsuya don't get to be with Maya.]]
* VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2 has a Karma Houdini in the form of [[spoiler:General Wiseman]]. Even though he was arrested in the story, his reaction in the ending heavily implies that he intends to get out of jail sooner or later in some way, shape, or form.
* The only punishment [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] ever seems to get for kidnapping Peach so many times is being humiliated when Mario trounces him. He still rules the Koopas (who remain loyal to him) he's still free to do it again, and neither Mario nor Peach seem to help matters, seeing as the GoKartingWithBowser Trope happens between them so often he's the TropeNamer. (Of course, it was suggested at the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' that Bowser is doing it for thrills, and he doesn't ''want'' the conflict to end; maybe Mario and Peach are humoring him.)
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'':
** Beldam, a DragonWithAnAgenda who willingly executed an EldritchAbomination's plan to be released by manipulating the BigBad, Grodus, and the heroes into opening the titular door. She also told Grodus that after he released the Shadow Queen, she was bound to obey the one who freed her. The second he tries this, said Queen lets him know this was a lie, and blows him to bits. After the Queen is defeated? Beldam apologizes for abusing her sister Vivian and promises to never do it again. This is the last we hear of her.
** Lord Crump is last seen living in Poshley Heights with Grodus (who isn't so lucky, he survives, but only his head remains) and four X-Nauts, having resolved to turn over a new leaf. He hasn't been seen since, so it can be assumed he retired. Doopliss actually ''benefitted'' in the end; when Flurry decides to go back to show business, he becomes her partner, acting as Mario in a stage production of the adventure.
* The titular Postal Dude from {{Postal}}, and especially 2, who murders countless people, including innocents, slaughters all the employees of a rival gaming company just for being part of the company, murders a task force of ATF agents, butchers numerous animals and activists, completely wipes out much of the US Army and [[AssholeVictim the Taliban/al-Qaeda (including Osama bin Laden!)]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking steals money from a bank, and urinates on people and makes them vomit]], all while making somewhat psychotic remarks with a sense of fun. He then blows up the entire town of Paradise, killing everyone still in the city along with the Army forces dispatched there, and what happens to him? He and his dog get away scot free. Luckily, this is all [[CrossesTheLineTwice played for laughs]], [[RefugeInAudacity which keeps his actions from being taken too seriously]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': The entire nation of Archades. It expanded by dominating and oppressing its neighbors. Its punishment at the end of the game? Nothing.
anyone.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'':
** This is discussed regarding [[spoiler:Namatame]]. The first aversion comes in the fact that soon after, [[spoiler:you get the option to kill Namatame, though it's not recommended as the second comes with the revelation that he was an Unwitting Pawn the entire time who genuinely believed he was helping everyone]].
** A less serious example, Chie and the rest of the girls get away with [[spoiler:punishing the guys for entering the baths during the trip to the Amagi Inn, even though it was really time for the guys to use it]].
** Another less serious example, Chie buys rather expensive clothes for [[spoiler: Teddie's human form]] with Yosuke's money. She's certainly [[WhatTheHellHero called out on this]] because she used his money without his permission and he was actually saving up for a motorcycle, but she ultimately gets away scott-free and doesn't even bother apologizing, not even seeing the problem with this.
* Jupis from "RogueGalaxy"; he throws a conceited temper tantrum after losing his job, takes the factory he worked at hostage (on a planet that practically sustains itself on said products produced), turns the robots working there into killbots, threatened the lives of anyone who tried to enter said factory, including the beloved Dr. Pocchacio, tried to kill your group when you go in to defuse the situation, attacked you with a giant killer robot, and what happens afterwards??? Nothing. He escapes, sneaks onto your ship, and gains the love of the overweight captain and crew due to his cooking skills and kinda forces his way into your group.
* [[spoiler:Bill Hawks]] in ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture was responsible for an explosion 10 years ago from a failed [[spoiler:time travel]] experiment that he [[UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway ran prematurely]] for his corporate sponsors. In spite of the failure, he receives a fortune and goes on to [[spoiler:become Prime Minister]]. At the end of the game, although he [[spoiler:gets kidnapped by Clive and Dmitri, Layton still saves him anyway]], and he clearly regrets nothing that he's done.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'':
** This is discussed regarding [[spoiler:Namatame]]. The first aversion comes
Morcalavin in ''{{Heretic}} II'', the fact that soon after, [[spoiler:you get the option to kill Namatame, though it's not recommended as the second comes with the revelation that he was an Unwitting Pawn the entire time who genuinely believed he was helping everyone]].
** A less serious example, Chie and the rest
villain of the girls get away with [[spoiler:punishing the guys for entering the baths during the trip to the Amagi Inn, even though it was really time for the guys to use it]].
** Another less serious example, Chie buys rather expensive clothes for [[spoiler: Teddie's human form]] with Yosuke's money. She's certainly [[WhatTheHellHero called out on this]] because she used his money without his permission and he was actually saving up for a motorcycle, but she ultimately gets away scott-free and doesn't even bother apologizing, not even seeing the problem with this.
* Jupis from "RogueGalaxy"; he throws a conceited temper tantrum after losing his job, takes the factory he worked at hostage (on a planet that practically sustains itself on said products produced), turns the robots working there into killbots, threatened the lives of anyone who tried to enter said factory, including the beloved Dr. Pocchacio, tried to kill your group when you go in to defuse the situation, attacked you with a giant killer robot, and what happens afterwards??? Nothing. He escapes, sneaks onto your ship, and gains the love
story. One of the overweight captain {{Precursors}}, who botched a spell to make his race AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and crew due to his cooking skills and kinda forces his way became a power-mad EvilOverlord creating a plague that turns people into your group.
* [[spoiler:Bill Hawks]] in ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture was responsible for an explosion 10 years ago from a failed [[spoiler:time travel]] experiment that he [[UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway ran prematurely]] for his corporate sponsors. In spite of the failure, he receives a fortune and goes on to [[spoiler:become Prime Minister]].
rabid zombies or mind-controlled slaves. At the end of the game, although he [[spoiler:gets kidnapped by Clive and Dmitri, Layton still saves him anyway]], and he clearly regrets nothing you learn that the way to rid the world of the plague is to fix the spell, allowing Morcalavin to become indeed a god. Even though he's done.magically cured of his madness, it's still a bit annoying that he is rewarded rather than punished for his crimes...
* [[EvilPoacher The Poacher]] in ''Videogame/JadeCocoon''. You're told early on in the game that only Nagi women can purify cocoons to make the minions inside obey their master, and these women only do so for a cocoon master. The Poacher's just that: a poacher, so that means he ''literally has a Nagi woman held hostage'' and is forcing her to purify his cocoons for him. [[TheObiWan Koris]] even tells you this is what poachers do at the very beginning of the game. However, even though you fight him three times, [[spoiler:[[VillainExitStageLeft Levant literally just lets him run away each time he beats him.]]]]
* You! Yes, you, in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. It's entirely possible to spend the first 99% of the game breaking people, hurting things, framing innocents, helping slavers, kicking puppies (you can actually kick puppies if you're evil enough)... and ''then'' at the very end of the game, decide that godlike power isn't worth dooming the world to a slow, lingering death. Your alignment shoots up to 90% Good, all your allies forgive you (even though you've magically bound them to your will), and everybody lives happily ever after. Except Wild Flower. Because you shattered her mind. To let a sadistic demon take it over. You horrible bastard.
** Not only that, but considering the Way of the Closed Fist is more about "facing one's challenges head on, challenging one's station in life, and working to become self-reliant" rather than just being evil, it's entirely possible that you decided to [[spoiler:finally kill the Water Dragon, thus screwing over the land's water supply]] for all the wrong reasons.
* The EdutainmentGame series ''VideoGame/JumpStart'' had a spin-off series of workbooks. In one of them, ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade Math Workshop'', C.J. and Ratso are competing in a tournament, but they sorta break off in the middle so Ratso can kidnap the princess, whom C.J. rescues. Ratso gets absolutely no consequences for his actions and no one seems to mind. They just resume the tournament and act as nothing ever happened. Probably a result of the workbooks having TheyJustDidntCare plotlines.



* In one of the endings to ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', [[spoiler:Baron Alexander succeeds in his master plan, thus completely getting away with manipulating and mentally torturing Daniel, betraying and torturing Agrippa, and killing god knows how many innocent people.]] In the other ends, [[spoiler:Daniel may be considered this for those who don't consider his panic over the Shadow of the Orb and/or his aforementioned manipulation by the Baron to be adequate excuses for his own role in the Baron's ritual murders.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'':
** When you shoot a Star Wolf team member's ship enough for the power to be "Down," like Fox's wingmates (but not Fox), their ships are crippled and are forced to abort. On Fortuna, you need to send all of them packing before the timer for the bomb at the base runs out. If any of them aren't too crippled to keep fighting, they get away victorious rather than being forced to abort and Fox takes care of the bomb. If you take the path to Bolse afterwards, whichever Star Wolf team member is "Down," they sit out of the level. Before destroying the satellite, you need to defeat whichever Star Wolf member is active and send them packing.
** Whether you go to Venom 2 from Area 6 with or without going to Fortuna first, you will face the Star Wolf team with new ships, as if their old ones were irreparable. They also have cyborg-ish prosthetics presumably from piloting critically damaged ships. You must also cripple them and force them to abort before heading to face Andross. They will all return fully recovered in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' with a new member, Panther Caruso.

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* In one ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' has Captain Vul. He makes sure the piloting of the endings Halberd runs smoothly, but when Kirby invades the Halberd, Vul becomes violently obsessed and will do anything to ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', [[spoiler:Baron Alexander succeeds in kill him -- even destroy his master plan, thus completely getting own ship. After Kirby destroys the reactor, Vul panics and decides he would rather live than go down with the Halberd. He is the first to evacuate the doomed airship, and is never seen again.
* YOU! Yes, you, in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.
** Most of the characters who travel with you are Light-sided but will mostly only be slightly annoyed if you decided to kill random innocent beings for no reason. Juhani, Carth, Mission, and Jolee turn against you if you finally declare your intent to take over the entire galaxy, but up to that point, you get
away with manipulating murder.
** If you do choose the Light Side ending (even if it's for all the wrong reasons), you turn light sided. Apparently slaughtering your way through everyone else in the game is cool as long as you ''really'' want to beat the crap out of a traitorous party member.
** This is taken even further in the sequel game
and mentally torturing Daniel, betraying and torturing Agrippa, and killing god knows how many innocent people.]] In various peripheral media. Regardless of whether or not the other ends, [[spoiler:Daniel may be considered this for those who don't consider his panic over player indicates their character took the Shadow Light Side ending in the last game, everyone speaks of him in the most glowing praise conceivable as having done no wrong before, during, or after the events of the Orb and/or his aforementioned manipulation first game. An OmniscientMoralityLicense is invoked by the Baron WordOfGod which causes him to be adequate excuses for his own role border on MartyStu territory.
** This has been scaled back significantly
in the Baron's ritual murders.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'':
** When you shoot a Star Wolf team member's ship enough
lead-up media for the power to be "Down," like Fox's wingmates (but not Fox), their ships are crippled and are forced to abort. On Fortuna, you need to send all of them packing before the timer for the bomb at the base runs out. If any of them aren't too crippled to keep fighting, they get away victorious rather than being forced to abort and Fox takes care of the bomb. If you take the path to Bolse afterwards, whichever Star Wolf team member is "Down," they sit out of the level. Before destroying the satellite, you need to defeat whichever Star Wolf member is active and send them packing.
** Whether you go to Venom 2 from Area 6 with or without going to Fortuna first, you will face the Star Wolf team with new ships, as if their old ones
''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', in particular ''Literature/{{Revan}}''. There were irreparable. They also have cyborg-ish prosthetics presumably from piloting critically damaged ships. You must also cripple them some significant consequences as to Revan's actions both during his redemption and force them to abort before heading to face Andross. They will all return fully recovered in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' with [[spoiler:after he married Bastilla]], putting him into a new member, Panther Caruso.far weaker position when he hunted down the [[spoiler:Sith Emperor]].



* [[spoiler:Olympia]], from ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey 3: The Drowned City''. This is the person who was responsible for the deaths of countless adventurers [[spoiler:in order to keep the Deep City hidden.]] In addition, [[spoiler:she tried to kill your own party on at least two seperate occasions.]] In both the Deep City and True endings, [[spoiler:she]] gets away scott-free with absolutely no ill consequences whatsoever. In the Armoroad ending, [[spoiler:she]] gets beaten down alongside the final boss ([[spoiler:Abyssal King Seyfried]]), but gets better in the post-game.
* [[spoiler:Shinji]] gets away scot free in ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo'' in several endings. He even casually hands off [[spoiler:Toko's body]] to a kid on the train before just disappearing from the story. However, he ''is'' revealed as a pretty tragic figure around that time, so some readers may feel he doesn't ''deserve'' to be punished so long as he ''stops.''
* The antagonist of the second Videogame/DarkParables game spends his time capturing people who wander into the wrong part of the Black Forest of Germany and turning them into [[BalefulPolymorph frogs]]. His "punishment" at the end of the game is [[spoiler:death - which is the very thing he's been ''wanting'' for centuries - and a spectral reunion with his beloved first wife.]] It's bittersweet and very beautifully done, because he's an AntiVillain rather than a full-on bad guy, but still.
* The games ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' has some villains like [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld The Oracle]] and [[SerialKiller the Origami Killer]] respectively, ''depending on your choice''.
* Porky Minch from VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}. He kidnaps little girls, steals your helicopter, and ultimately [[spoiler:you fight him alongside [[BigBad Giygas]]]]. And when you finally stop his villainy? He teleports away through time, and you don't see him again until the sequel, and there he's not any less of a KarmaHoudini there, either. He spends his entire life corrupting the world in an effort to make it more fun for himself, using advanced technology to live a sort of toy life, but never really gets taken to task for it. [[spoiler:He ends up sealed inside his Absolutely Safe Capsule, which will keep him alive and unharmed for eternity. It's supposed to be a variant on AndIMustScream, but he seems happy enough with it in the end; being so desperate to prolong his own childhood, gloating about escaping punishment forever and being protected within the safety of an artificial womb isn't really all that bad, or even all that different from the way he was living before.]]
* ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'': Elizabeth is very much a KarmaHoudini. Why? Because she took a hefty bribe from mobsters to let them find Brutus, and she had to have known that they were going to murder him, one of her own tenants. She did not try to protect the tenants from a secret society, mobsters, and [[spoiler:Eddie]]. In fact, she actually prevented two tenants from leaving the building when they were trying to escape [[spoiler:Eddie]]. No one chews her out for her actions, not even at the end of the game.
* The [[VillainProtagonist Player himself]] in VideoGame/{{Overlord}}. It's stated by WordOfGod that every Overlord winds up in [[{{Hell}} the abyss]] eventually. The first Overlord goes there willingly and takes over. It seems a bit far-fetched that the ruler of the underworld would have to play by its rules and be a victim. This also retroactively affects his son, the protagonist of the second game, as the first one was, canonically, an AntiHero at best, and probably wouldn't allow his kin to suffer. And from the first game, [[spoiler:your jester]], who is the quickest to jump ship when [[spoiler:your predecessor shows up to take control back]] and later attempts to summon the fallen God, fleeing first and giving a taunting gesture when the portal closes just after he gets out through it. He's not present in the second game, however, so he may have been given comeuppance at some point offscreen.
* For all its emphasis on GreyAndGreyMorality, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' loves to pit the PC against some truly despicable bad guys ([[spoiler:Branka, The Tevinter Slavers, Bann Vaughan)]] and give the PC the option of letting them go on with their evil business, usually for some money or a nifty bonus. For all of {{Bioware}}'s emphasis on story arc and character, they know the marketing value of VideoGameCrueltyPotential. There are some exceptions to this: There's Frandlin Ivo of the Dwarf Noble origin. As part of your younger brother Bhelen's BatmanGambit to become king, he has your older brother Trian killed either by his own hand or by you. He then convinces your companion Frandlin to betray you and either lie or snitch about you killing Trian. And for his treachery, he's promoted to being Bhelen's right hand man. And if you decide to make Harrowmont king instead of Bhelen, Ivo conveniently disappears.
* Isabela in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Her selfishness forces the Qunari to stay at Kirkwall for years, causing numerous conflicts between them and the inhabitants of the city and [[spoiler:ultimately leading to a full-scale war that kills hundreds if not thousands of Kirkwall's guards and citizens]]. Even when there was still time to prevent the conflict, Isabella stole the object of the Qunari's mission and ran off with it. Even if she comes back later and turns it in to the Qunari Arishok, it's too late to undo the damage. And no matter what choices are made, she never gets any kind of comeuppance for the ruin that she caused (if she is handed over to the Arishok, it is believed that she escapes their boat two days later).



* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Sek Duat uses Zhoom and the hero to find the lamp containing [[spoiler:Saahir]], the Djinn that's said to be able to defeat Tibicenas, the eighth Lord of Chaos. Then [[spoiler:he slips away and makes his way to the lamp's resting place and the hero and Zhoom fight him to get it. [[TheBadGuyWins Sek Duat "kills off" both of them and gets the lamp, and just to make sure nobody else gets it, he causes a cave-in in case the two were to miraculously climb back up]]. Unknown to him, Zhoom slipped him the Dreamdust, which causes the lamp he claimed to be replaced by a rock, causing him to think he had won. This is the last we see of him in [[VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds AQ Worlds]]]].
** [[spoiler:Kimberly Freeman, the real sixth Lord of Chaos, counts as well. She was BrainwashedAndCrazy, and after she is free from the Chaos tune that Drakath sang to her, she asks the hero if he / she wants to participate with her band, and they perform in the same way they were before being freed by him / her, this time with no Chaos tune controlling them and the hero performing alongside them]].
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' has Captain Vul. He makes sure the piloting of the Halberd runs smoothly, but when Kirby invades the Halberd, Vul becomes violently obsessed and will do anything to kill him -- even destroy his own ship. After Kirby destroys the reactor, Vul panics and decides he would rather live than go down with the Halberd. He is the first to evacuate the doomed airship, and is never seen again.
* In the ''Fate'' and ''Unlimited Blade Works'' routes of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the protagonist never even finds out about Zouken Matou, and he is presumably still torturing Sakura, which is one of the primary reasons fans consider those routes to have {{Bittersweet Ending}}s.
* RecurringBoss Vanessa from ''LuminousArc'' is set up this way, constantly being asked to join the other [[WitchSpecies Witches]] permanently after a handful of EnemyMine encounters, despite having killed who-knows-how-many human researchers on her solo quest for PlotCoupons. Also, [[spoiler:it gets [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when when her rather complex motivations are spelled out. The deaths attributed to her turn out to be due to the project they were working on going out of control. Vanessa was in the right place at the right time and simply took off with the Lapistier during the chaos, and the Church pinned the deaths on her in propaganda. Vanessa forced her fights with the protagonists since she (correctly) assumed the human party calling the shots was too full of FantasticRacism to hear her version of events and would have fought her anyway, and resented the other Witches for being passive enough for things to get as out of hand as they did. Proven innocent and with the Witches pushed into action, she has nothing to apologize for and happily joins.]]
* Astrid of [[Franchise/AtelierSeries Atelier]] is [[VideoGame/AtelierRorona the]] [[VideoGame/AtelierTotori Arland]] [[VideoGame/AtelierMeruru Trilogy's]] resident jerkass, pulling all kinds of mean pranks, intimidating the other cast members (most of which are pretty nice, friendly, likable people), and generally [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]]. This culminates in a pretty dangerous experiment on Rorona which turns her into an eternal ten year old. Her punishment for her behavior? What punishment? She always gets a one-up over the others.

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* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Sek Duat uses Zhoom and the hero to find the lamp containing [[spoiler:Saahir]], the Djinn that's said to be able to defeat Tibicenas, the eighth Lord of Chaos. Then [[spoiler:he slips away and makes his way to the lamp's resting place and the hero and Zhoom fight him to get it. [[TheBadGuyWins Sek Duat "kills off" both of them and gets the lamp, and just to make sure nobody else gets it, he causes a cave-in in case the two were to miraculously climb back up]]. Unknown to him, Zhoom slipped him the Dreamdust, which causes the lamp he claimed to be replaced by a rock, causing him to think he had won. This is the last we see of him in [[VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds AQ Worlds]]]].
** [[spoiler:Kimberly Freeman, the real sixth Lord of Chaos, counts as well. She was BrainwashedAndCrazy, and after she is free from the Chaos tune that Drakath sang to her, she asks the hero if he / she wants to participate with her band, and they perform in the same way they were before being freed by him / her, this time with no Chaos tune controlling them and the hero performing alongside them]].
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' has Captain Vul. He makes sure the piloting of the Halberd runs smoothly, but when Kirby invades the Halberd, Vul becomes violently obsessed and will do anything to kill him -- even destroy his own ship. After Kirby destroys the reactor, Vul panics and decides he would rather live than go down with the Halberd. He is the first to evacuate the doomed airship, and is never seen again.
* In the ''Fate'' and ''Unlimited Blade Works'' routes of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the protagonist never even finds out about Zouken Matou, and he is presumably still torturing Sakura, which is one of the primary reasons fans consider those routes to have {{Bittersweet Ending}}s.
* RecurringBoss Vanessa from ''LuminousArc'' ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' is set up this way, constantly being asked to join the other [[WitchSpecies Witches]] permanently after a handful of EnemyMine encounters, despite having killed who-knows-how-many human researchers on her solo quest for PlotCoupons. Also, [[spoiler:it gets [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when when her rather complex motivations are spelled out. The deaths attributed to her turn out to be due to the project they were working on going out of control. Vanessa was in the right place at the right time and simply took off with the Lapistier during the chaos, and the Church pinned the deaths on her in propaganda. Vanessa forced her fights with the protagonists since she (correctly) assumed the human party calling the shots was too full of FantasticRacism to hear her version of events and would have fought her anyway, and resented the other Witches for being passive enough for things to get as out of hand as they did. Proven innocent and with the Witches pushed into action, she has nothing to apologize for and happily joins.]]
* Astrid You can also let a number of [[Franchise/AtelierSeries Atelier]] is [[VideoGame/AtelierRorona the]] [[VideoGame/AtelierTotori Arland]] [[VideoGame/AtelierMeruru Trilogy's]] resident jerkass, pulling all kinds of mean pranks, intimidating {{NPC}}s in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' get away scot free for various crimes. However, occasionally this will work out for the other cast members (most of which are pretty nice, friendly, likable people), better. Helena Blake, a crime lord from the first game, asks you to kill two rivals for her and generally [[KickTheDog kicking then return to her base for the dog]]. This culminates in a pretty dangerous experiment on Rorona which reward. You can either take your credits, arrest her (she resists and you have to kill her), or convince her to disband her gang. If you ask her to disband it, she turns her up in [=ME2=] working as a social worker on Omega. Similarly, Rana Thanoptis, who was working on indoctrination for Saren in the first game, turns up in Warlord Okeer's base on Korlus, ostensibly to help the krogan. She's not too sucessful.
** But probably the worst one is Balak in the paragon route for the "Bring Down the Sky" DLC. [[spoiler:The only way to save the people he's threatening is to allow him to escape]]. Worse, [[spoiler:it's revealed in the second game's news feeds that the son of a bitch is STILL at large. If that fact is not a huge kick to the gut for Paragon players, I don't know what is...]]
** [[spoiler:Dr. Gavin Archer]] in the Overlord DLC. Sure, he gets [[PistolWhipping pistol-whipped]] by [[GoodIsNotSoft Paragon Shepard]], but ''everyone'' agrees that he deserved a lot more.
** [[spoiler:Vido Santiago]] in Zaeed's loyalty mission. The man who stole the Blue Suns from [[spoiler:Zaeed]], and turned it
into an eternal ten year old. Her punishment completely immoral merc group who give you endless trouble during the game, and [[spoiler:Vido]] is able to easily invoke WeHaveReserves with his recruitment skills. Picking Paragon will let him escape unharmed. Sure, you can pick Renegade and [[spoiler:watch Zaeed light the guy on fire]], but it means letting [[spoiler:Zaeed cross his MoralEventHorizon; like with Balak, you must let many innocent people die to kill your target]]. Vido is a major reason why Zaeed has become such a psycho. He shot Zaeed in the head. Point is, Vido's caused a lot of damage in many more ways than one...
** The 3rd game resolves some (but not all) of these: [[spoiler:Rana Thanoptis wasn't just working
for her behavior? What punishment? She always Saren, she was indoctrinated. If she survives to the third game, she kills a bunch of asari military officers before committing suicide in custody. Balak shows up again, and you can either kill him or ask for his help; it's your decision whether justice is worth more than the help of the Batarian fleet he will bring. And Gavin Archer shows up, sincerely remorseful over his actions and helping the Alliance against Cerberus, who have a standing order to shoot him on sight. Whether or not that's enough is up to you.]] Even Vido gets a one-up over his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcifmc4-os8 according to some dialogue that doesn't appear in the others.final cut]]. [[spoiler:Zaeed caught up with him again…[[FateWorseThanDeath and let him get harvested by the Reapers]].]]



* One of the endings to ''[[VideoGame/{{Contra}} Contra: Hard Corps]]'' has [[BigBad Colonel Bahamut]] fleeing in an escape helicopter after the heroes defeat the Alien Cell.
* ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny''
** [[spoiler:Downy Reed's]] FreudianExcuse involves one of these. A local noble forced young children to fight their siblings to the death and he was one of them. When he grew up, he swore he would take revenge, but the noble had died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by friends and family. Without any way of coping with his loss or even feeling like his enemy had met a just end, he instead decided to remake the world so that such things could never happen. Failing that, having no world at all would be better.
** During [[spoiler:Mia Touma's]] route, she takes a turn for the yandere [[spoiler:and first more or less rapes her brother in his sleep with drugs.]] Following this, she tries to [[spoiler:get her 'rival' Lily petrified]] and then wants to leave her to die. After she has [[spoiler:her own DisneyDeath sequence,]] she pops up under mind control on the enemy side. The mind control is broken, but then [[MoreThanMindControl it turns out she's still on their side]] and her yandereness has increased, after which she kills thousands of people, formally betrays her former allies, [[spoiler:and in the end nearly destroys the world]]. In the end, [[spoiler:she not only doesn't even get a slap on the wrist, she gets to have her memory of these events wiped so that she doesn't have to remember she did anything wrong.]] As a point of justification, her lover ''is'' the world's hero, so his influence may be responsible for getting off without punishment.

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* One Mr. Match (Hinoken) from ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' joined [[TheSyndicate the terrorist organization World Three]] twice. In the third game, he even tricks Lan into bombing the government's main HQ, something Lan angsts about. Yet he's still free in later games, and Fireman even shares his soul with Megaman as a powerup, appearing in every game (except 5 for some reason) including spin-offs. Among other examples, Pride nearly killed several foreign representatives; Dark/Dusk committed what amounted to an act of genocide. And yet nobody bats an eye when they show up as allies in the fifth game.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler:Ivor created the Wither storm, got a lot of innocent people either killed or injured, wrecked every piece of civilized land in its path and nearly destroyed the world to boot. And yet by episode 5 he's walking around free, still causing no end of trouble for everyone around him with seemingly no punishment or true remorse what so ever.]]
* The [[VillainProtagonist Player himself]] in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''. It's stated by WordOfGod that every Overlord winds up in [[{{Hell}} the abyss]] eventually. The first Overlord goes there willingly and takes over. It seems a bit far-fetched that the ruler
of the endings underworld would have to ''[[VideoGame/{{Contra}} Contra: Hard Corps]]'' has [[BigBad Colonel Bahamut]] play by its rules and be a victim. This also retroactively affects his son, the protagonist of the second game, as the first one was, canonically, an AntiHero at best, and probably wouldn't allow his kin to suffer. And from the first game, [[spoiler:your jester]], who is the quickest to jump ship when [[spoiler:your predecessor shows up to take control back]] and later attempts to summon the fallen God, fleeing in an escape helicopter first and giving a taunting gesture when the portal closes just after he gets out through it. He's not present in the second game, however, so he may have been given comeuppance at some point offscreen.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'':
** Beldam, a DragonWithAnAgenda who willingly executed an EldritchAbomination's plan to be released by manipulating the BigBad, Grodus, and
the heroes defeat into opening the Alien Cell.
* ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny''
** [[spoiler:Downy Reed's]] FreudianExcuse involves
titular door. She also told Grodus that after he released the Shadow Queen, she was bound to obey the one who freed her. The second he tries this, said Queen lets him know this was a lie, and blows him to bits. After the Queen is defeated? Beldam apologizes for abusing her sister Vivian and promises to never do it again. This is the last we hear of these. A local noble forced young children her.
** Lord Crump is last seen living in Poshley Heights with Grodus (who isn't so lucky, he survives, but only his head remains) and four X-Nauts, having resolved
to fight turn over a new leaf. He hasn't been seen since, so it can be assumed he retired. Doopliss actually ''benefitted'' in the end; when Flurry decides to go back to show business, he becomes her partner, acting as Mario in a stage production of the adventure.
* Invoked in ''{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin''. [[spoiler:Jun became Joker due to his anger over the perceived notion that Tatsuya and co never received punishment for almost killing his close friend Maya years ago.]]
** But at the same time, [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep gets away with it and forces the heroes to give up
their siblings friendship.]] But by the end of its other part, ''Eternal Punishment'', [[spoiler:he gets what's coming to him, even though Tatsuya and Katsuya don't get to be with Maya.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'':
** This is discussed regarding [[spoiler:Namatame]]. The first aversion comes in the fact that soon after, [[spoiler:you get the option to kill Namatame, though it's not recommended as the second comes with the revelation that he was an Unwitting Pawn the entire time who genuinely believed he was helping everyone]].
** A less serious example, Chie and the rest of the girls get away with [[spoiler:punishing the guys for entering the baths during the trip
to the death Amagi Inn, even though it was really time for the guys to use it]].
** Another less serious example, Chie buys rather expensive clothes for [[spoiler: Teddie's human form]] with Yosuke's money. She's certainly [[WhatTheHellHero called out on this]] because she used his money without his permission
and he was one of them. When he grew up, he swore he would take revenge, actually saving up for a motorcycle, but the noble had died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by friends she ultimately gets away scott-free and family. Without any way of coping with his loss or even feeling like his enemy had met a just end, he instead decided to remake the world so that such things could never happen. Failing that, having no world at all would be better.
** During [[spoiler:Mia Touma's]] route, she takes a turn for the yandere [[spoiler:and first more or less rapes her brother in his sleep with drugs.]] Following this, she tries to [[spoiler:get her 'rival' Lily petrified]] and then wants to leave her to die. After she has [[spoiler:her own DisneyDeath sequence,]] she pops up under mind control on the enemy side. The mind control is broken, but then [[MoreThanMindControl it turns out she's still on their side]] and her yandereness has increased, after which she kills thousands of people, formally betrays her former allies, [[spoiler:and in the end nearly destroys the world]]. In the end, [[spoiler:she not only
doesn't even get a slap on bother apologizing, not even seeing the wrist, she gets to problem with this.
* The whole villagers of ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' essentially treated Marona as a slave where despite promising her bounty, after the mission is over and
have their lives saved they immediately turned back against their contract and kick her memory out of these events wiped so that she doesn't their vicinity. By the time they were EasilyForgiven, they do not have to remember she did a single ounce of regret, apology or hell anything wrong.]] As a point of justification, to make up for Marona at the way they treated her, they only treated her lover ''is'' nicely because of the world's hero, so entrance of Sulphur.
* Most villains in the ''Pokémon'' games. Their actions range from running a nationwide criminal empire ([[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Giovanni]]), to unleashing and attempting to control a rampaging titan with the power to either create continents or expand the oceans ([[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Maxie and Archie]]), to attempting to hijack either the avatar of time or space to ''destroy the universe'' and remake it in typical AGodAmI fashion ([[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]]). Neither them nor their associates, willing or not, suffer any repercussions.
** Silver in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', who steals
his influence starter Pokemon and another Trainer's Sneasel is never dealt with by authorities or anyone else in regards to the stolen Pokemon for the rest of the game, aside from Elm forgiving him after seeing how much his starter likes him.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', [[spoiler:Evice and Nascour]] lose any claims to KarmaHoudini privileges when Ho-oh shoots down their escape chopper, leaving them to go with Sherles and Johnson on the Party Van. The four Cipher Admins seem to get away scott free, however; they later appear as opponents in the Deep Under, and what ultimately happens to them is unknown. (Except Miror B., who appears in the sequel.)
** Ardos from ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleofDarkness'', on the other hand, is the big one. His father, Greevil, chose to side with Eldes, the other son, and accept arrest instead of blowing up Citadark Isle ''with you on it''. Even after this, Ardos appears as an opponent in the Orre Colosseum and makes clear his intent to rebuild Cipher; both by giving Michael a warning that he will be watched and branding him as "Cipher's Biggest Enemy". This is the guy who could have gotten away, killed you and the rest of his group from the safety of his chopper, and reconstructed Cipher for absolute dominion in the following months, and has likely backed up all the vital data on Cipher's Shadow Pokemon research. [[FridgeHorror Let that sink in for a second]].
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon 2'', Team Skull (as always, consisting entirely of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil poison Pokemon]]) constantly provides conflict, going out of their way to hurt or discredit the main characters while scheming to steal various valuables for themselves. In a later dungeon, they mug the heroes and run off with an item that is necessary to resolve a particularly significant crisis, only to be ambushed by an unrelated group later in the dungeon. Once the main characters show up, the Skuntank leader pretends to accidentally drop the item, allowing the heroes to reclaim it. After the heroes leave, a conversation raises the possibility that this one act
may be responsible for getting off without punishment.have redeemed everything evil they had done up to that point. Are there any players out there that buy this?
** [[spoiler:Darkrai.]] After [[spoiler:manipulating legendary Pokemon, causing the planet's paralysis (until it was stopped), putting Azurill in an endless nightmare, and almost making the main characters commit suicide, all that happens is he loses his memories and gets to more or less start a new life.]]



* The titular Postal Dude from {{Postal}}, and especially 2, who murders countless people, including innocents, slaughters all the employees of a rival gaming company just for being part of the company, murders a task force of ATF agents, butchers numerous animals and activists, completely wipes out much of the US Army and [[AssholeVictim the Taliban/al-Qaeda (including Osama bin Laden!)]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking steals money from a bank, and urinates on people and makes them vomit]], all while making somewhat psychotic remarks with a sense of fun. He then blows up the entire town of Paradise, killing everyone still in the city along with the Army forces dispatched there, and what happens to him? He and his dog get away scot free. Luckily, this is all [[CrossesTheLineTwice played for laughs]], [[RefugeInAudacity which keeps his actions from being taken too seriously]].
* [[spoiler:Bill Hawks]] in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'' was responsible for an explosion 10 years ago from a failed [[spoiler:time travel]] experiment that he [[UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway ran prematurely]] for his corporate sponsors. In spite of the failure, he receives a fortune and goes on to [[spoiler:become Prime Minister]]. At the end of the game, although he [[spoiler:gets kidnapped by Clive and Dmitri, Layton still saves him anyway]], and he clearly regrets nothing that he's done.
* Captain Qwark in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' manages to do a pretty good job. Thanks to his status as Comic Relief, he manages to survive being both TheDragon and the BigBad in the first and second games, respectively, doing galactic scale, [[OffstageVillainy off-screen damage]]. It's implied that millions were killed or kicked out of their homes. His punishment is mainly embarrassment, such as [[BalefulPolymorph becoming a monkey temporarily]], but he manages to become a hero again in the third game. He is even responsible for accidentally handing the fifth game badguy the MacGuffin, and he is now 100% in the clear.
** Karma seems to have low accuracy with him. In ''Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time'' he does nothing wrong or even particularly cowardly throughout the whole game, and is more competent in helping Ratchet. His ending fate isn't much more pleasant than Going Commando, where he was the main villain.
** Angela from Ratchet & Clank 2 counts. Early in the game (while she's wearing a full-body covering suit) she behaves like a true CardCarryingVillain, to the point that her actions directly result in the death of an innocent civilian, on camera, while she laughs about it. Then she loses her helmet and we discover that she's a girl and of the same species as the main character, and we're immediately expected to believe that she's a hero now. The fact that we earlier watched her laugh with glee as she committed cold blooded murder is never brought up.
* Jupis from "VideoGame/RogueGalaxy"; he throws a conceited temper tantrum after losing his job, takes the factory he worked at hostage (on a planet that practically sustains itself on said products produced), turns the robots working there into killbots, threatened the lives of anyone who tried to enter said factory, including the beloved Dr. Pocchacio, tried to kill your group when you go in to defuse the situation, attacked you with a giant killer robot, and what happens afterwards??? Nothing. He escapes, sneaks onto your ship, and gains the love of the overweight captain and crew due to his cooking skills and kinda forces his way into your group.



* The EdutainmentGame series ''VideoGame/JumpStart'' had a spin-off series of workbooks. In one of them, ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade Math Workshop'', C.J. and Ratso are competing in a tournament, but they sorta break off in the middle so Ratso can kidnap the princess, whom C.J. rescues. Ratso gets absolutely no consequences for his actions and no one seems to mind. They just resume the tournament and act as nothing ever happened. Probably a result of the workbooks having TheyJustDidntCare plotlines.
* [[spoiler:Ellen]] from ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse''. She [[spoiler:befriends a little girl named Viola, earning Viola's trust.]] Eventually, [[spoiler:Viola agrees to trade bodies with Ellen, as Ellen's body is afflicted with a deadly sickness and can barely move from her bed, and Viola was nice enough to agree to take Ellen's pain [[BlatantLies "for a day"]]. Cue Ellen (in Viola's body) [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe sawing off Viola's legs]] and [[EyeScream gouging out her eyeballs]], [[ForTheEvulz all in the name of sadism.]] Ellen also poured a burning liquid down Viola's throat, because she didn't enjoy the sound of her old body screaming in agony.]] Now, fast forward to the end of the game. [[spoiler:Viola almost gets her old body back, but her father shows up at the worst possible time. Armed with a rifle, he fires at Viola, thinking that he's saving his daughter from a monster. While he and Ellen leave the area, Ellen laughs one last time at Viola's corpse.]]
* Eric Sparrow of ''[[TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk Underground]]''. He uses the player character as a means to make himself more popular, going so far as to edit a video tape to remove an amazing stunt that the player character had pulled off and leaving the character in Moscow after a drunken ride on a tank causes massive amounts of damage and destruction and he/she tries to stop it. Even though Eric is shown that skating for the sake of skating is way better than skating for money and retrieving the video tape that had your character's stunt still on it, Eric's duplicity is never revealed and he is just left throwing a temper tantrum at the end. [[spoiler:Unless you count the alternate ending where the player character decks him in the nose and walks off with the tape.]]
* [[BigBad Victor Zaitsev]] in ''{{Vanquish}}'' gets away with hijacking and destroying the space colony. Due to [[StillbornFranchise the game's poor commercial performance]] and being ScrewedByTheNetwork, it is unlikely we will see a sequel.
* The villains of ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'', [[spoiler:Boss and Catherine]], are both directly responsible for leading a number of men to their horrible deaths, and for causing a number of relationship breakups. Neither of them are ever held accountable or called out for it, and [[spoiler:in fact in Catherine's case, it is possible to end up HappilyMarried to her]].
* Most of the villains in the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series get their comeuppance, but in the Special Mode of the original ''Time Crisis'', should Miller fail to defeat Kantaris within the time limit, she'll escape, but not before taunting Miller. She also happens to be a KarmaHoudini in the spinoff ''Project Titan'', as she sails away from her boat as it explodes, taunting Miller.
* Catherine Halsey from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise. Her actions may have saved humanity, but the Spartans, from their very inception, were designed to fight other humans, not the Covenant, and in the end she and everyone else who was involved in the project got away with destroying hundreds of children's lives. No one knows that the Spartans were kidnapped children, and the truth is effectively covered up. This is later subverted as [[spoiler:she was actually arrested for war crimes (by the Admiral who oversaw ONI, and therefore approved everything Halsey did), was conscripted into aiding the crew of the ''Infinity''; and through the events of Spartan Ops defects to the Covenant (possibly falsely), gets shot and loses an arm, and loses one half of the Janus Key.]] It's still played straight for [[spoiler:ONI upper management (Paragnosky and Osman, mainly). Not only did ONI think up the SPARTAN program, and participate in getting the candidates, more recently they've undermined the Arbiter, humanity's greatest ally in the former Covenant, by providing support for ex-Covenant radicals in the hopes that the Elite Civil War would prevent future attacks on Earth. This set off Jul 'Mdama's quest to find the Didact, which has not ended particularly well for anyone.]]
* There are ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou]]'' characters who are like this:
** [[AllThereInTheManual Star Sapphire]], being the most sensible of the [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Three Mischievous Fairies]], manages to avoid most of the punishments her fellow pranksters undergo when their antics backfire.
** Kanako Yasaka, the final boss of ''Mountain of Faith''. In ''Subterranean Animism'', she gave the power of a dying god to dim-witted Utsuho Reiuji, causing the latter to go mad with power and wanting to destroy everything. Not only does she not get any comeuppance in ''Touhou'' canon, there is '''literally''' no fan-material-- fanart, fanfics, doujins, whatever-- of her suffering the consequences for what she did.
* At the end of ''Auto Destruct'', BigBad Lazarus escapes in a submarine after you shoot down his helicopter.



* [[spoiler: Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum (if you don't kill him), Ichabod Crane and Jersey Devil]] all survive without imprisonment or death in ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' (though [[spoiler:Crane is letter killed by Bigby in the comic book series]]).
* Wilhelm "Deathshead" Stasse from the ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' series commits many atrocities, but he often tends to come out unscathed from any form of punishment. [[spoiler: Subverted in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'', where he finally becomes the FinalBoss and is defeated, but not before pulling off a TakingYouWithMe moment that wounds B.J.]]
* Both [[spoiler: Belda and Lucchini]] in {{VideoGame/The Witch and The Hundred Knight}} gets to continue living their lives scot-free in the "Bad" ending. [[spoiler: Belda]] placed a dog curse on Visco, who in turned killed her to save Metallia instead of lifting the curse. [[spoiler: Belda]] ironically gets revived by Metallia's actions in chapter 12 and does not even recall the events of chapter 11. [[spoiler: Lucchini]] killed his entire village people and even his own father, who aided him in killing lots more people, including [[spoiler: Visco]] in Amataya Kingdom which ultimately cause a great deal of hell for Metallia in her quest to [[spoiler: revive Visco]] in chapter 12 & 13. Though depending on how one may interpret Lucchini, it may be considered CruelMercy since Metallia didn't grant his death wish and no longer has any friends or family to turn to.
* When your characters in ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' become imprisoned, they may may be ask a priest for help and be released, if only their Virtue is high enough. This happens even if they put into a prison for slaughtering dozens of city guards.
* In ''Videogame/TomodachiLife'', any angry Mii that rejects the apology of a calmed-down Mii. Sure this calms them down as well, but it sends the apologizing Mii into a DespairEventHorizon where they cannot stop thinking about them (to the point where they continuously daydream about having childish fights with the other Mii, usually over a teddy bear). The apology rejector gets away scot-free, raising no flags for other Miis to talk sense into the rejector. Not even the player can give them a proper scolding that lasts as long and sinks in as much as the Mii that got rejected's sadness.



* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'': Bernard Loredo can be this depending on the player's choices. If you side with Iorveth, [[spoiler:he'll set fire to a tower filled with elven women, forcing Geralt to choose whether to save him or kill Loredo. If you save the elven women, he’ll not only escape with no punishment for his crimes, he'll actually succeed in selling out Flotsam to Kaedwen.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'': Bernard Loredo can be this depending on [[CorruptCop George Sewell]] in ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour''. [[spoiler:He's the cause of the entire events behind the game, and directly responsible for Frank Coleridge's death (Whether he did it himself or convinced Murphy to do it is up to the player's choices. actions). He's also responsible for all manner of illegal and corrupt activities with the prisoners, but in the end he only gets his comeuppance in one ending, ''which isn't even the best ending to get''. In the end, as far as anyone except Anne and Murphy knows, Murphy killed Frank for no reason and Sewell is completely innocent, and in three of the four endings, he walks away scot-free.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'':
** When you shoot a Star Wolf team member's ship enough for the power to be "Down," like Fox's wingmates (but not Fox), their ships are crippled and are forced to abort. On Fortuna, you need to send all of them packing before the timer for the bomb at the base runs out. If any of them aren't too crippled to keep fighting, they get away victorious rather than being forced to abort and Fox takes care of the bomb.
If you side take the path to Bolse afterwards, whichever Star Wolf team member is "Down," they sit out of the level. Before destroying the satellite, you need to defeat whichever Star Wolf member is active and send them packing.
** Whether you go to Venom 2 from Area 6
with Iorveth, [[spoiler:he'll set fire or without going to Fortuna first, you will face the Star Wolf team with new ships, as if their old ones were irreparable. They also have cyborg-ish prosthetics presumably from piloting critically damaged ships. You must also cripple them and force them to abort before heading to face Andross. They will all return fully recovered in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' with a new member, Panther Caruso.
* Taken
to a tower filled meta-level: Lord Scourge in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic.'' [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Pureblood Sith]] that answers only to the OmnicidalManiac Emperor. He ''literally'' stabbed the [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Jedi Exile]] InTheBack, got [[BadassAdorable T3-M4]] turned to ashes, and betrayed ''Revan'' and got him sent to Malestrom Prison for [[AndIMustScream 300 years of torture]] as the Emperor's pet chew toy (driving him genocidally insane in the process). But EvenEvilHasStandards, and Scourge doesn't want the Emperor devouring the whole galaxy [[TheTick because that's where he keeps all his stuff]]. So, he merrily invites himself on the Jedi Knight's boat, sourly disapproving of everything the Light sided Knight does, and [[TheStarscream helps the Knight kill his boss]]. [[HeelFaceTurn Does he repent?]] Does he face ''any'' fallout for what he did to the protagonists of the last two games? Heck, no! Does he merrily get away with elven women, forcing Geralt it? Heck, yeah! The Knight apparently doesn't even mind that Scourge keeps trying to choose whether recruit them to save him or kill Loredo. If you save the elven women, he’ll not DarkSide. And just to put the cherry on the Karma Houdini sundae? He saunters up to ''Revan and Bastila's decendant'' to accept a Republic heroism reward! (Satele is pretty disgusted at having to give it to the louse.)
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': The
only escape with no punishment that Bowser]ever seems to get for kidnapping Peach so many times is being humiliated when Mario trounces him. He still rules the Koopas (who remain loyal to him) he's still free to do it again, and neither Mario nor Peach seem to help matters, seeing as the GoKartingWithBowser Trope happens between them so often he's the TropeNamer. (Of course, it was suggested at the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' that Bowser is doing it for thrills, and he doesn't ''want'' the conflict to end; maybe Mario and Peach are humoring him.)
* Subversion: the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Super Robot Taisen]]'' series is an idealistic franchise... and therefore, even villains who got away scot-free in their series do not escape the hand of karma. Just to make a point, in episodes with ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico]]'' [[spoiler:the player is either allowed to kill off Kusakabe ([[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Impact]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX MX]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]]), or
his crimes, he'll plans are screwed up to the point where he is unable to go on and found the Martian Successors ([[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance A]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal R]])]]. The same thing happens to Garimos and Gil Barg from ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' (see above), [[spoiler:who are actually succeed killed in selling out Flotsam the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'' trilogy and its remake ''Super Robot Wars Impact'']]. Hard to Kaedwen.]]escape a KarmicDeath when you have to deal with a band of HotBlooded heroes who have an habit of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punching Out Cthulhu]].
** Certain major antagonists such as [[WellIntentionedExtremist Bian Zoldark and Maier von Branstein]] are regarded with a certain degree of respect [[spoiler:after they are killed]]. This may be partly because they are [[spoiler:related to some of the protagonists]].
** Something of a subversion, several characters seem intent on punishing themselves for things that ''no one else blames them for''. For example, Elzam von Branstien/[[spoiler:Rätsel Feinschmecker]] takes the blame for the "Elpis incident". [[spoiler:A group of terrorists, lead by [[PsychoForHire Archibald Grims]], took Elzam's wife Cattleya as a hostage to guarantee his escape. When he remotely opened the docking bay door, allowing her to return to the colony interior, he also released a highly potent toxic gas. Elzam was faced with the choice of either destroying the section of the colony that she was on or allowing the gas to poison the colonists. Despite the fact that she was already fatally poisoned, he felt terribly guilty for destroying the docking bay to save the rest of the colony.]]
** On the other hand, some villains who ''did'' die in their series can be convinced in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' to make a HeelFaceTurn. For example, [[spoiler:would-be EvilOverlord Haman Karn, who in the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' died after, among other things, killing millions via a ColonyDrop, can be recruited. [[DefectingForLove Because she has a crush on one of the protagonists]].]] Granted, they're usually made less evil than they were in their series to facilitate this, but still.
* Asch from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. In the beginning of the game, he [[spoiler:slaughters around 140 Malkuth soldiers onboard the Tartarus, tries to outright kill the party numerous times (though his main target is Luke, when you first meet him, he makes a comment about how Jade is difficult to kill), and takes control of Luke in order to try and make him attack (and presumably kill) Tear. Yet, just because he's against Van and starts to cooperate (little by little) with the party later on, all is forgiven and nobody mentions the massive amounts of people he willingly, purposefully slaughtered (whereas Anise later reminds Arietta of her participation in the above massacre to drive home that she has also done things that drive people to seek revenge), or the fact he could have stopped everything if he just helped everyone from the beginning.]]
** As well as [[spoiler:the entire party except Natalia who all lied and deceived Luke yet got nothing equal to what they did to Luke just because they basically said "my bad, sorry".]]
** ''Anise''. Not only [[spoiler: has she been spying on the party and reporting back to Van, her betrayal gets Ion killed.]] Yet because she has a flimsy excuse, she's very EasilyForgiven.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' had minor villains Ragou and Cumore. Ragou oppressed his subjects and fed the ones that couldn't pay to his pet monsters. Cumore, in the search for Pharaoh, drafted innocent civilians into what amounted as a suicide mission. However, their positions and wealth guaranteed that they wouldn't be touched by the law. It looks like they'll get away with everything until [[spoiler:Yuri [[VigilanteExecution hunts them down and murders them]].]]
** Played straight, however, with [[spoiler:Dedecchi, the Aque Blastia thief]]. This is fixed in the PS3 version, where a new optional event allows the party to capture him.
* Among the most aggravating examples is Gaius from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''. In the Japanese version of the game he tries to destroy Elympios, an entire world, because one terrorist group threatened his home. Not only does he walk away unscathed, but he is later rewarded the position of King of Rieze Maxia. This was so egregious that [[{{Woolseyism}} the English script overhauled his end-game plans to forcing Elympios to do without Spirix technology by force, making him look much more sane]].



* Invoked In-universe in ''Videogame/FallenLondon'': A certain storyline requires you to cap off your career as the Empress' Court's artist-in-residence by creating something so offensive and/or awful it gets you exiled, and kicked out of the court permanently. One of the options is to write a tragedy with an utterly horrible one of these: He gets to ruin the protagonist's life twice in a row, deprive her of lover and money, permanently kill someone and get off scot-free at the end just for the shock value. It works almost too well, as you barely escape a beating by the royal guards.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': The player character himself, especially if you're good at the game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'': [[spoiler: [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Duke Edmun]] is one. Not only he's the one who bargained with the dragon on the first hand in exchange for immortality, he ''successfully'' framed you up for his rapid aging after you killed the aforementioned dragon, putting you into the PersonaNonGrata situation. He completely got away from this. The only way you can smite him is to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil murder every single inhabitant in Gran Soren for crossing with the Arisen]].]]
* The whole villagers of ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' essentially treated Marona as a slave where despite promising her bounty, after the mission is over and have their lives saved they immediately turned back against their contract and kick her out of their vicinity. By the time they were EasilyForgiven, they do not have a single ounce of regret, apology or hell anything to make up for Marona at the way they treated her, they only treated her nicely because of the entrance of Sulphur.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'': While it's true that canonically GDI won in three Tiberium wars, [[MagnificientBastard Kane]] evades death, outliving his enemies (such as [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade Havoc]] and [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun [=McNeil=]]]) and his Brotherhood of Nod continues to stand and wait for his return. It seems he has a XanatosGambit where he had forced GDI to fire the Ion Cannon at Temple Prime, causing a liquid Tiberium explosion that attracted the Scrin to Earth, had the player commander use the Liquid Tiberium Bomb which caused the Tiberium infestation to worsen so he can have access to the Scrin technology including the portal tower and had given the Tacticus to GDI so they can contain the Tiberium. All of this is for his plan for ascension which he achieved at the end of ''VideoGame/TiberianTwilight'' in both sides and with all the Tiberium contained, he's seen as the Messiah and never gets punished for starting four of the bloodiest wars in history.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler:Ivor created the Wither storm, got a lot of innocent people either killed or injured, wrecked every piece of civilized land in its path and nearly destroyed the world to boot. And yet by episode 5 he's walking around free, still causing no end of trouble for everyone around him with seemingly no punishment or true remorse what so ever.]]

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* Invoked In-universe Most of the villains in ''Videogame/FallenLondon'': A certain storyline requires you the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series get their comeuppance, but in the Special Mode of the original ''Time Crisis'', should Miller fail to cap off your career defeat Kantaris within the time limit, she'll escape, but not before taunting Miller. She also happens to be a KarmaHoudini in the spinoff ''Project Titan'', as she sails away from her boat as it explodes, taunting Miller.
* In ''Videogame/TomodachiLife'', any angry Mii that rejects the apology of a calmed-down Mii. Sure this calms them down as well, but it sends the apologizing Mii into a DespairEventHorizon where they cannot stop thinking about them (to the point where they continuously daydream about having childish fights with the other Mii, usually over a teddy bear). The apology rejector gets away scot-free, raising no flags for other Miis to talk sense into the rejector. Not even the player can give them a proper scolding that lasts as long and sinks in as much
as the Empress' Court's artist-in-residence by creating something so offensive and/or awful it gets you exiled, and kicked out Mii that got rejected's sadness.
* Eric Sparrow
of ''[[TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk Underground]]''. He uses the court permanently. One of the options is to write a tragedy with an utterly horrible one of these: He gets to ruin the protagonist's life twice in a row, deprive her of lover and money, permanently kill someone and get off scot-free at the end just for the shock value. It works almost too well, as you barely escape a beating by the royal guards.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': The
player character himself, especially if you're good as a means to make himself more popular, going so far as to edit a video tape to remove an amazing stunt that the player character had pulled off and leaving the character in Moscow after a drunken ride on a tank causes massive amounts of damage and destruction and he/she tries to stop it. Even though Eric is shown that skating for the sake of skating is way better than skating for money and retrieving the video tape that had your character's stunt still on it, Eric's duplicity is never revealed and he is just left throwing a temper tantrum at the game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'': [[spoiler: [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Duke Edmun]] is one. Not only he's
end. [[spoiler:Unless you count the one who bargained alternate ending where the player character decks him in the nose and walks off with the dragon on the first hand in exchange for immortality, he ''successfully'' framed you up for his rapid aging after you killed the aforementioned dragon, putting you into the PersonaNonGrata situation. He completely got away from this. The only way you can smite him is to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil murder every single inhabitant in Gran Soren for crossing with the Arisen]].tape.]]
* The whole villagers There are ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou]]'' characters who are like this:
** [[AllThereInTheManual Star Sapphire]], being the most sensible
of ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' essentially treated Marona as the [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Three Mischievous Fairies]], manages to avoid most of the punishments her fellow pranksters undergo when their antics backfire.
** Kanako Yasaka, the final boss of ''Mountain of Faith''. In ''Subterranean Animism'', she gave the power of
a slave where dying god to dim-witted Utsuho Reiuji, causing the latter to go mad with power and wanting to destroy everything. Not only does she not get any comeuppance in ''Touhou'' canon, there is '''literally''' no fan-material-- fanart, fanfics, doujins, whatever-- of her suffering the consequences for what she did.
* [[BigBad Victor Zaitsev]] in ''{{Vanquish}}'' gets away with hijacking and destroying the space colony. Due to [[StillbornFranchise the game's poor commercial performance]] and being ScrewedByTheNetwork, it is unlikely we will see a sequel.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** Grom Hellscream was the first to drink demon blood and advocate everyone else doing it, he slaughtered countless humans, dwarves, and elves (and others) for fun, and then after getting redeemed, still attacks some humans for no reason and drinks demon blood a second time knowing full well what it is. Sure, he has a HeroicSacrifice at the end, but he gets idolized by the Horde
despite promising her bounty, his life being 90% evil, 10% good. [[spoiler:In Warlords of Draenor, he's even seen celebrating with the heroes after Gul'dan's defeat, shouting that Draenor was free. Everyone around completely ignores that he started the mission is over war to begin with and have their lives saved they immediately turned back that he's one of the three most responsible for all the deaths in the expansion (the others being Garrosh and Gul'dan)]].
** Sylvanas. She's under suspicion for the wrathgate (we don't know how much she knew), invaded Gilneas, nuked Southshore, waged a campaign of genocide on the Humans, manipulated the Horde (to join them in the first place in order to use them as tools), set herself up as an object of cult worship, employed the Val'kyr (which seems to be a case of "Even Chaos has standards" when seen by pragmatic Death Knight Thassarian), resurrected those who she killed
against their contract will, shot and kick killed Liam Greymane, attempted to steal the Scythe of Elune to enslave the Worgen and make even more to make an even BIGGER army to do her bidding, and made some kind of deal with the devil to get the Val'kyr in the first place. The closest she got to any kind of punishment was Lor'thermar [[ImpliedDeathThreat threatening her if she raised the Horde's dead as Forsaken]], stating [[LetThemDie he'd leave her to the Alliance if she tried it on their dead]] and [[WhatTheHellHero calling her out on several of her actions in Mists of Pandaria]].
** Trade Prince Gallywix. When Kezan is threatened by a volcanic eruption, he tricks the rest of the Bilgewater Cartel into giving him all
their vicinity. By money and possessions to buy passage off the island, then enslaves them. On arrival in the Lost Isles, he enslaves them a second time. The player character has to almost kill him before he'll give up, but somehow after the dust settles Thrall decides to keep him in charge of the Cartel. His present whereabouts are unknown, but in Azshara he has a "pleasure palace" on top of a mountain with his face cut into it.
* Both [[spoiler: Belda and Lucchini]] in {{VideoGame/The Witch and The Hundred Knight}} gets to continue living their lives scot-free in the "Bad" ending. [[spoiler: Belda]] placed a dog curse on Visco, who in turned killed her to save Metallia instead of lifting the curse. [[spoiler: Belda]] ironically gets revived by Metallia's actions in chapter 12 and does not even recall the events of chapter 11. [[spoiler: Lucchini]] killed his entire village people and even his own father, who aided him in killing lots more people, including [[spoiler: Visco]] in Amataya Kingdom which ultimately cause a great deal of hell for Metallia in her quest to [[spoiler: revive Visco]] in chapter 12 & 13. Though depending on how one may interpret Lucchini, it may be considered CruelMercy since Metallia didn't grant his death wish and no longer has any friends or family to turn to.
* [[spoiler:Ellen]] from ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse''. She [[spoiler:befriends a little girl named Viola, earning Viola's trust.]] Eventually, [[spoiler:Viola agrees to trade bodies with Ellen, as Ellen's body is afflicted with a deadly sickness and can barely move from her bed, and Viola was nice enough to agree to take Ellen's pain [[BlatantLies "for a day"]]. Cue Ellen (in Viola's body) [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe sawing off Viola's legs]] and [[EyeScream gouging out her eyeballs]], [[ForTheEvulz all in the name of sadism.]] Ellen also poured a burning liquid down Viola's throat, because she didn't enjoy the sound of her old body screaming in agony.]] Now, fast forward to the end of the game. [[spoiler:Viola almost gets her old body back, but her father shows up at the worst possible time. Armed with a rifle, he fires at Viola, thinking that he's saving his daughter from a monster. While he and Ellen leave the area, Ellen laughs one last
time at Viola's corpse.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'': Bernard Loredo can be this depending on the player's choices. If you side with Iorveth, [[spoiler:he'll set fire to a tower filled with elven women, forcing Geralt to choose whether to save him or kill Loredo. If you save the elven women, he’ll not only escape with no punishment for his crimes, he'll actually succeed in selling out Flotsam to Kaedwen.]]
* [[spoiler: Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum (if you don't kill him), Ichabod Crane and Jersey Devil]] all survive without imprisonment or death in ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' (though [[spoiler:Crane is letter killed by Bigby in the comic book series]]).
* Wilhelm "Deathshead" Stasse from the ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' series commits many atrocities, but he often tends to come out unscathed from any form of punishment. [[spoiler: Subverted in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'', where he finally becomes the FinalBoss and is defeated, but not before pulling off a TakingYouWithMe moment that wounds B.J.]]
* Albedo from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' certainly applies. Throughout the trilogy, he manages to [[spoiler:MindRape MOMO twice, abuse and mercilessly torture and kill the Kirschwassers, kill many with Proto Merkabah, torture Jr. by giving him various visions of the past involving Jr.'s dead love interest Sakura,]] and manipulate many in his selfish desire for his goals. What is this goal? To ''make Jr. hate him so he can be killed.'' And he actually does succeed. Jr. gets pissed and offs him. Then Jr. CRIES after the guy who decimated so many lives is finally killed off. But that's not the end of it. [[spoiler:Albedo is then revived by Wilheim as a testament, and gains uber powers. He just toys around with the party until near the end, when he, for the first time ''ever'', actually manages to try to do something helpful for the party when he tries to stop Yuriev from merging with the Zohar and becoming all invincible and such. However, Gaignun, the third dude in their power trio, who had spent all of episode III possessed by Yuriev, intercepts and allows Albedo to merge with Jr.'s consciousness as it was originally when
they were EasilyForgiven, they do born. This is all Albedo ever wanted, and he goes to sleep blissfully inside Jr.]] The most enraging part about all this is that whenever Albedo manages to top himself in evil, Jr. gets pissed at him for about 5 minutes before Albedo gets defeated by the party, and then Jr. instantly turns into a whimpering dog that begs Albedo not have a single ounce of regret, apology or hell anything to make up for Marona at the leave him. Even ''MOMO'' sympathizes with him, even after he had his way they treated her, they only treated her nicely with her.
** [[spoiler:Given that he is actually insane, rather than just mad with power
because of as a child he learned he was just a weapon, though unlike his brother, who he thought he would be there for him forever due to be conjoined at birth, he would live until the entrance end of Sulphur.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'': While
time itself, he might get a pass on this one. It's likely that he attempted suicide several times after he found out the truth, and found out that only his brother was created in a way that could kill him. How did he discover this? By touching the mind of an Eldrich Abomination. He didn't slip down a slope so much as get shoved off a cliff. As for Junior, he actually blamed himself for what happened (as he was the one who broke the news that Albedo was immortal, he didn't try to keep him from slipping away afterwards, and he was right next to him when U-DO touched him), and generally wanted his brother to be right again. As for MOMO, it's true questionable whether it was remnant memories from her past of the sane Albedo, pity for a man who had lost everything from the start, or given that canonically GDI won she knows the feeling of being part of a world yet feeling separate herself]].

!!Visual Novel

* Even though the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' protagonist's job is to find the guilty and absolve the innocent, a few people slip through the cracks.
** In the second ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game, [[spoiler:De Killer is an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin for hire]] who kills the fourth case's victim
in three Tiberium wars, [[MagnificientBastard Kane]] evades death, outliving addition to (presumably) many others in the past. He kidnaps and threatens to kill Maya if you don't acquit his enemies (such as [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade Havoc]] client, and [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun [=McNeil=]]]) then gives testimony in court via radio to try to pin the crime on someone innocent. The way the story is structured, he kinda has to remain free in order to give the testimony by radio and to be able to threaten Engarde when it is revealed Engarde videotaped him to blackmail him. He reappears in ''Investigations 2''... and he gets away there too, despite Edgeworth's best efforts.]]
** In the 3rd game, [[spoiler:Ron [=DeLite=], a.k.a. Mask☆[=DeMasque=] the GentlemanThief]]. While he didn't commit the murder, he ''did'' [[spoiler:commit four incidences of grand theft. When he was framed for a fifth, he was put on trial - and found Not Guilty with the help of Phoenix Wright - for ''all'' of them. And due to double jeopardy (you can't be put on trial for the same crime twice), this means that he remains unpunished even after
his Brotherhood crimes are publicly exposed]]. In the epilogue, he explains that [[spoiler:he quit stealing and became a security consultant along with his wife Desiree - along with a side business of Nod ''selling plans to criminals''. He comments, rather accurately, that "Sometimes I think maybe we're the worst criminals...". Still, the whole reason that case even happened is that Ron got caught by Luke Atmey on his very first crime, indicating his crime-planning abilities completely suck. So by selling his crimes to other criminals, he may actually be lowering the crime rate...]] Also, one might consider [[spoiler:the terror of getting caught, arrested, and nearly convicted of murder]] to be fit punishment for a relatively minor crime.
** It also plays this trope with [[spoiler:Morgan Fey]]. Despite being the BiggerBad of case 3-5, given how there's a very high chance [[spoiler: she's]] manipulating [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] into setting the plot into motion (as much as [[spoiler:Dahlia]] herself denies it); you barely get to see [[spoiler:her]], let alone interact with [[spoiler:her]] and [[spoiler:she's]] rarely mentioned again near the end of the case. However, [[spoiler: she's ''already'' in prison to begin with. And given how murder is treated in the Ace Attorney universe, she's probably on death row at the moment]].
** This theme is completely reversed in ''Investigations''. The [[PhantomThief Yatagarasu]] [[spoiler:or rather Detective Badd, the last remaining part of the Yatagarasu, turns himself in to Gumshoe after the arrest of Shih-na/Yew and the revelation that they and Faraday were the Yatagarasu team. He even seems as if he meant to be arrested the entire time and was only waiting for the capture of Yew before "retiring".]]
** [[spoiler:[[MafiaPrincess Viola Cadaverini]]]] suffers no legal repercussions for helping to frame an innocent woman for murder and
continues to stand working as a loan shark. Justified as she's a [[spoiler:MafiaPrincess]].
** And then there's Phineas Filch in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', who is a habitual pickpocket (and stole the properties of several of the main characters)
and wait for his return. It seems he has a XanatosGambit where he had forced GDI to fire even conspired with the Ion Cannon at Temple Prime, causing a liquid Tiberium explosion that attracted the Scrin villain to Earth, had the player commander use the Liquid Tiberium Bomb which caused the Tiberium infestation to worsen so he can have access to the Scrin technology including the portal tower and had given the Tacticus to GDI so they can contain the Tiberium. All of this provide an alibi, but yet is for his plan for ascension which he achieved never indicted or punished at the end of ''VideoGame/TiberianTwilight'' in both sides and with all the Tiberium contained, he's seen as game (ok, so maybe him not getting the Messiah and never gets ''Tenma Taro'' gold nugget is one thing, but only because his ''grandfather'' beat him to it years prior, but he should still be punished for starting four attempting to steal Widget, Athena's necklace computer, among other things).
* In one
of the bloodiest wars in history.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler:Ivor created
paths on the Wither storm, got a lot visual novel ''VisualNovel/{{Crescendo}}'', the heroine of innocent people either killed or injured, wrecked every piece of civilized land in its that path will be gang-raped, and nearly destroyed no matter what the world player does, the rapists fail to boot. get any comeuppance at all. The heroine even makes him promise not to report the incident to the police. One can only assume that the rapists continued into the sunset twirling their mustaches and giving each other high fives. Worse, they're never even named, and we've ''seen'' Ryo fight off three nameless guys before (breaking one's arm in the process). The best we can assume is a bit of impromptu off-screen justice for the guy who's appeared more than once. And yet by episode 5 he's walking the heroine's ''cousin'' raped her nightly; the aunt and uncle [[MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal weren't exactly believing of the truth]].
* In the ''Fate'' and ''Unlimited Blade Works'' routes of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the protagonist never even finds out about Zouken Matou, and he is presumably still torturing Sakura, which is one of the primary reasons fans consider those routes to have {{Bittersweet Ending}}s.
* [[spoiler:Shinji]] gets away scot free in ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo'' in several endings. He even casually hands off [[spoiler:Toko's body]] to a kid on the train before just disappearing from the story. However, he ''is'' revealed as a pretty tragic figure
around free, still causing no end of trouble for everyone around him with seemingly no punishment or true remorse what that time, so ever.]]some readers may feel he doesn't ''deserve'' to be punished so long as he ''stops.''
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* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler:Ivor created the Wither storm, got a lot of innocent people either killed or injured, wrecked every piece of civilized land in its path and nearly destroyed the world to boot. And yet by episode 5 he's walking around free, still causing no end of trouble for everyone around him with seemingly no punishment or true remorse what so ever.]]
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'': While it's true that canonically GDI won in three Tiberium wars, [[MagnificientBastard Kane]] evades death, outliving his enemies (such as [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade Havoc]] and [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun [=McNeil=]]]) and his Brotherhood of Nod continues to stand and wait for his return. It seems he has a XanatosGambit where he had forced GDI to fire the Ion Cannon at Temple Prime, causing a liquid Tiberium explosion that attracted the Scrin to Earth, had the player commander use the Liquid Tiberium Bomb which caused the Tiberium infestation to worsen so he can have access to the Scrin technology including the portal tower and had given the Tacticus to GDI so they can contain the Tiberium. All of this is for his plan for ascension which he achieved at the end of ''VideoGame/TiberianTwilight'' in both sides and with all the Tiberium contained, he's seen as the Messiah and never gets punished for starting four of the bloodiest wars in history.
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' the entire nation of Archades. It expanded by dominating and oppressing its neighbors. Its punishment at the end of the game? Nothing.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': The entire nation of Archades. It expanded by dominating and oppressing its neighbors. Its punishment at the end of the game? Nothing.
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** ''[=BioShock=]'' also gives us Sander Cohen, the MadArtist, that creates his sculptures using plastered bodies of men, and wants to create a masterpiece requiring the death of no less than eleven people, though hardly innocent. [[spoiler:His comeuppance? That's up to the player/Jack. He can be killed, with possibly ounces of Karma if his picture is photographed, but Jack can just as well choose to abandon him alive in Fort Frolic, and later in Olympus Herights, in which case he makes it through alive.]]

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** ''[=BioShock=]'' also gives us has Sander Cohen, the MadArtist, that creates his sculptures using plastered bodies of men, and wants to create a masterpiece requiring the death of no less than eleven people, though hardly innocent. [[spoiler:His comeuppance? That's up to the player/Jack. He can be killed, with possibly ounces of Karma if his picture is photographed, but Jack can just as well choose to abandon him alive in Fort Frolic, and later in Olympus Herights, in which case he makes it through alive.]]



* Beldam from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', a DragonWithAnAgenda who willingly executed an EldritchAbomination's plan to be released by manipulating the BigBad, Grodus, and the heroes into opening the titular door. She also told Grodus that after he released the Shadow Queen, she was bound to obey the one who freed her. The second he tries this, said Queen lets him know this was a lie, and blows him to bits. After the Queen is defeated? Beldam apologizes for abusing her sister Vivian and promises to never do it again. This is the last we hear of her.
** She wasn't the only Karma Houdini in that game. Lord Crump is last seen living in Poshley Heights with Grodus (who isn't so lucky, he survives, but only his head remains) and four X-Nauts, having resolved to turn over a new leaf. He hasn't been seen since, so it can be assumed he retired. Doopliss actually ''benefitted'' in the end; when Flurry decides to go back to show business, he becomes her partner, acting as Mario in a stage production of the adventure.

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* Beldam from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'':
** Beldam,
a DragonWithAnAgenda who willingly executed an EldritchAbomination's plan to be released by manipulating the BigBad, Grodus, and the heroes into opening the titular door. She also told Grodus that after he released the Shadow Queen, she was bound to obey the one who freed her. The second he tries this, said Queen lets him know this was a lie, and blows him to bits. After the Queen is defeated? Beldam apologizes for abusing her sister Vivian and promises to never do it again. This is the last we hear of her.
** She wasn't the only Karma Houdini in that game. Lord Crump is last seen living in Poshley Heights with Grodus (who isn't so lucky, he survives, but only his head remains) and four X-Nauts, having resolved to turn over a new leaf. He hasn't been seen since, so it can be assumed he retired. Doopliss actually ''benefitted'' in the end; when Flurry decides to go back to show business, he becomes her partner, acting as Mario in a stage production of the adventure.



* FinalFantasyXII gives us the entire nation of Archades. It expanded by dominating and oppressing its neighbors. Its punishment at the end of the game? Nothing.
* In the Perfect Crime ending of VideoGame/HeavyRain, all of the heroes and witnesses are killed or otherwise incapacitated and all evidence is destroyed. The game concludes with the complete and utter triumph of the Origami Killer.

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* FinalFantasyXII gives us ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' the entire nation of Archades. It expanded by dominating and oppressing its neighbors. Its punishment at the end of the game? Nothing.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'':
**
In the Perfect Crime ending of VideoGame/HeavyRain, ending, all of the heroes and witnesses are killed or otherwise incapacitated and all evidence is destroyed. The game concludes with the complete and utter triumph of the Origami Killer.



* Porky Minch from VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}. He kidnaps little girls, steals your helicopter, and ultimately [[spoiler:you fight him alongside [[BigBad Giygas]]]]. And when you finally stop his villainy? He teleports away through time, and you don't see him again until the sequel, and there he's not any less of a KarmaHoudini there, either. He pretty much spends his entire life corrupting the world in an effort to make it more fun for himself, using advanced technology to live a sort of toy life, but never really gets taken to task for it. [[spoiler:He ends up sealed inside his Absolutely Safe Capsule, which will keep him alive and unharmed for eternity. It's supposed to be a variant on AndIMustScream, but he seems happy enough with it in the end; being so desperate to prolong his own childhood, gloating about escaping punishment forever and being protected within the safety of an artificial womb isn't really all that bad, or even all that different from the way he was living before.]]

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* Porky Minch from VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}. He kidnaps little girls, steals your helicopter, and ultimately [[spoiler:you fight him alongside [[BigBad Giygas]]]]. And when you finally stop his villainy? He teleports away through time, and you don't see him again until the sequel, and there he's not any less of a KarmaHoudini there, either. He pretty much spends his entire life corrupting the world in an effort to make it more fun for himself, using advanced technology to live a sort of toy life, but never really gets taken to task for it. [[spoiler:He ends up sealed inside his Absolutely Safe Capsule, which will keep him alive and unharmed for eternity. It's supposed to be a variant on AndIMustScream, but he seems happy enough with it in the end; being so desperate to prolong his own childhood, gloating about escaping punishment forever and being protected within the safety of an artificial womb isn't really all that bad, or even all that different from the way he was living before.]]



* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' gives us quite an example in Captain Vul. He makes sure the piloting of the Halberd runs smoothly, but when Kirby invades the Halberd, Vul becomes violently obsessed and will do anything to kill him -- even destroy his own ship. After Kirby destroys the reactor, Vul panics and decides he would rather live than go down with the Halberd. He is the first to evacuate the doomed airship, and is never seen again.

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* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' gives us quite an example in has Captain Vul. He makes sure the piloting of the Halberd runs smoothly, but when Kirby invades the Halberd, Vul becomes violently obsessed and will do anything to kill him -- even destroy his own ship. After Kirby destroys the reactor, Vul panics and decides he would rather live than go down with the Halberd. He is the first to evacuate the doomed airship, and is never seen again.



* Astrid of [[Franchise/AtelierSeries Atelier]] is [[VideoGame/AtelierRorona the]] [[VideoGame/AtelierTotori Arland]] [[VideoGame/AtelierMeruru Trilogy's]] resident jerkass, pulling all kinds of mean pranks, intimidating the other cast members (most of which are pretty nice, friendly, likable people), and generally [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]]. This culminates in a pretty dangerous experiment on Rorona which turns her into an eternal ten year old. Her punishment for her behavior? What punishment? She pretty much always gets a one-up over the others.

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* Astrid of [[Franchise/AtelierSeries Atelier]] is [[VideoGame/AtelierRorona the]] [[VideoGame/AtelierTotori Arland]] [[VideoGame/AtelierMeruru Trilogy's]] resident jerkass, pulling all kinds of mean pranks, intimidating the other cast members (most of which are pretty nice, friendly, likable people), and generally [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]]. This culminates in a pretty dangerous experiment on Rorona which turns her into an eternal ten year old. Her punishment for her behavior? What punishment? She pretty much always gets a one-up over the others.



** Likely averted, however, in that [[spoiler: Killbane is presumably still on Earth when it's destroyed in Saint's Row IV.]]
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