History KarmaHoudini / WesternAnimation

22nd Apr '18 9:24:50 PM Onlythrice
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** Mr. Wertz is basically seen as the main example of a karma Houdini in this show. Its downplayed though because the episodes in which he is the villain does feature him getting punished but the punishments he receives are not really appropriate to what he actually deserves. On example from "Noob Colored Glasses" shows him attempting to control Cornbury with mind control goggles but when he is stopped by the Noobs, the school principle does not even fire him from his position as the school science teacher nor does she call the cops and have him thrown in jail but instead sends him to a mental institution. He also got away with locking the Noobs, who are his own students in his secret underground lab and stealing their battle balls while he was revealed to have modified the virus for him to use for world domination.
** The virus creator. This mysterious character and BigBad of the series created the infamous virus and unleashed it on the universe, which destroyed many people's lives and has fully infested at lease one planet. His actions have forced The Benevolent Alliance to destroy the infected planets to prevent the virus from spreading and causing more havoc, making this guy guilty of genocide, murder, and bioterrorism. Its justified because this character's identity has not yet been revealed and his motives for creating the virus are unknown. The show has not been cancelled yet so whether the virus creator will receive comeuppance or not is still out in the open.

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** Mr. Wertz is basically seen as the main example of a karma Houdini in this show. Its downplayed though because the episodes in which he is the villain does feature him getting punished has attempted [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination]] on several occasions, but the punishments he never receives are not really appropriate to what he actually deserves. On example from "Noob Colored Glasses" shows him attempting to control Cornbury with mind control goggles but when he is stopped by the Noobs, the school principle does not even fire him from his position any real punishment such as the school science teacher nor does she call the cops and have him thrown in jail but instead sends him to a mental institution. He also got away with locking the Noobs, who are his own students in his secret underground lab and stealing their battle balls while he was revealed to have modified the virus for him to use for world domination.
** The virus creator. This mysterious character and BigBad of the series created the infamous virus and unleashed it on the universe, which destroyed many people's lives and has fully infested at lease one planet. His actions have forced The Benevolent Alliance to destroy the infected planets to prevent the virus from spreading and causing more havoc, making this guy guilty of genocide, murder, and bioterrorism. Its justified because this character's identity has not yet been revealed and his motives for creating the virus are unknown. The show has not been cancelled yet so whether the virus creator will receive comeuppance or not is still out in the open.
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21st Apr '18 5:13:32 PM MagBas
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* None of the main villains of ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa'' get any permanent or meaningful punishments.

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* None of the main villains of ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa'' get any permanent or meaningful punishments.* ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa'':



** Bulloney and Terrorbull's incompetent lackeys Saddle Sore and Boot Hill Buzzard rarely avoid getting arrested, but they're always free to aid their bosses in their next evil plan by the next episode.
18th Apr '18 10:08:56 AM GlitterCat
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* Reggie nearly becomes one in "Rainy Days and Sundaes". Otto, Twister, and Reggie wreck the house (including getting chocolate syrup everywhere) but just before Ray catches them, Reggie manages to escape through the window. She doesn't want to get caught because she has a triathlon coming up. Otto and Twister are punished immediately, but Reggie seems to escape punishment (Otto and Twister, knowing how much the triathlon means to Reggie, pretend she wasn't there.) Come the day of the big triathlon, Reggie feels so much guilt that she quits and confesses to Ray, who reveals he knew she was guilty all along, having seen the chocolate handprint she left on the window. Ray is proud of her for confessing, but she does get punished in the end, since she did do something wrong.
15th Apr '18 9:49:43 AM AsherTye
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*** Horde spy Imp seemed able to cause any amount of trouble without fear of comeuppance at all. This was subverted in exactly one episode of the series when Kowl specifically took Imp to task over his action by smashing him into rotten gooshfruit.
27th Mar '18 12:08:24 PM MsCC93
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** Special mention goes to ''[[FragileFlower Jimmy]]'' of all people in "If It Smells Like An Ed," after he frames all three Eds for crimes they didn't commit, one of which involved kidnapping, gagging, and tying up Johnny 2X4, then [[SadisticChoice had them choose between getting caught by the Kids or getting caught by the Kankers]]. The Eds choose the Kids. Then, after getting the Eds pelted with fruit, ''[[MortonsFork Jimmy sends them to the Kankers anyway.]]'' And why did he do this? Eddy, and Eddy alone, [[DisproportionateRetribution gave him a wedgie]].

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** Special mention An infamous, but downplayed example goes to ''[[FragileFlower Jimmy]]'' of all people in "If It Smells Like An Ed," after he frames all three Eds for crimes they didn't commit, one of which involved kidnapping, gagging, and tying up Johnny 2X4, then 2X4. Then [[SadisticChoice he had them choose between getting caught by the Kids or getting caught by the Kankers]]. The Eds choose the Kids. Then, after getting the Eds pelted with fruit, ''[[MortonsFork Jimmy sends them to the Kankers anyway.]]'' And why did he do this? Eddy, and Eddy alone, [[DisproportionateRetribution gave him This was due to geting a wedgie]].wedgie at the beginning of the episode. He only gets punished by slipping on a banana peel.
7th Mar '18 12:18:24 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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** In "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS2E4HogWildHamton Hog Wild Hamton]]", both Egghead Jr. and Plucky fall victim to this trope. Egghead Junior receives no comeuppance for destroying Hamton's house with a missile, and Plucky receives no comeuppance for throwing the WildTeenParty that lead to Egghead Junior destroying Hamton's house in the first place.
6th Mar '18 10:11:20 AM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
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*** "The Mural of the Story" deserves it's own entry for Stan. In the episode, he's put in charge of the project to restore the town's mural. But before it even starts, he ends up wasting the entire project's budget on a pre-party leaving him the sole person to fix it but only ends up making it worse. When the mural is unveiled, everyone assumes that Hayley was the one who made it worse and Stan... Decides to just let them continue thinking that thereby completely throwing her own daughter under the bus and ruining her reputation very similarly to the aforementioned "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance" example. While he does eventually own up to his actions at the second unveiling of the mural (which is now entirely repainted in tribute to Hayley due to the aforementioned's revenge ploy of making him think that all his earlier actions led to her being involved in a serious car crash and in critical condition so that she and Klaus could plot to blow it up), nobody besides Hayley calls him out for selling her out the way he did nor does he receive any consequences for wasting the initial project's entire budget before it could even get off the ground.
2nd Mar '18 12:23:55 PM Manny20444
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** This said, the DCAU mainly averts this, as by the end of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', we clearly see the vast majority of the setting's villains either killed by Luthor and his forces in the Secret Society, killed by Killer Frost (in hopes of impressing Luthor), or killed by Darkseid [[BackFromTheDead after his resurrection]], leaving only an odd dozen who ever make it back to Earth. By the end of the final episode, both Luthor and Darkseid are engulfed by the Anti-Life Equation, presumed dead (though Batman doesn't think it will last). That said, Atomic Skull, Bizarro, Cheetah, Evil Star, Giganta, Heat Wave, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Toyman, and Volcana are let off by the league [[MercyLead with a five-minute head start]]. Interestingly, because of the [[ExecutiveMeddling Bat-Embargo]], most of Batman's rogues gallery avoids flash-freezing, getting dumped out an airlock or anything beyond Arkham or Stonegate, though ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' shows the eventual (not pretty) fates of Bane, Mr. Freeze, Ra's Al Ghul, and ComicBook/TheJoker.
** In the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episode "For The Man Who Has Everything", Mongul traps Superman, then attempts to murder Wonder Woman and Batman and comes close to actually succeeding. Of course, that's just what he does in that episode. He commits even worse crimes in an earlier two-parter (the War World episodes, from Justice League), including attempting to destroy a planet full of sapient beings. His punishment for all of this? He gets trapped inside his own LotusEaterMachine, which will allow him to live out his greatest fantasies for the rest of his life. Lampshaded by Batman, when asked what he thinks Mongul is seeing.

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** This said, the DCAU ''DCAU'' mainly averts this, as by the end of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', we clearly see the vast majority of the setting's villains either killed by Luthor and his forces in the Secret Society, killed by Killer Frost (in hopes of impressing Luthor), or killed by Darkseid [[BackFromTheDead after his resurrection]], leaving only an odd dozen who ever make it back to Earth. By the end of the final episode, both Luthor and Darkseid are engulfed by the Anti-Life Equation, presumed dead (though Batman doesn't think it will last). That said, Atomic Skull, Bizarro, Cheetah, Evil Star, Giganta, Heat Wave, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Toyman, and Volcana are let off by the league [[MercyLead with a five-minute head start]]. Interestingly, because of the [[ExecutiveMeddling Bat-Embargo]], most of Batman's rogues gallery avoids flash-freezing, getting dumped out an airlock or anything beyond Arkham or Stonegate, though ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' shows the eventual (not pretty) fates of Bane, Mr. Freeze, Ra's Al Ghul, and ComicBook/TheJoker.
** In the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episode "For The Man Who Has Everything", Mongul traps Superman, then attempts to murder Wonder Woman and Batman and comes close to actually succeeding. Of course, that's just what he does in that episode. He commits even worse crimes in an earlier two-parter (the War World "War World" episodes, from Justice League), ''Justice League''), including attempting to destroy a planet full of sapient beings. His punishment for all of this? He gets trapped inside his own LotusEaterMachine, which will allow him to live out his greatest fantasies for the rest of his life. Lampshaded by Batman, when asked what he thinks Mongul is seeing.



** A common criticism about Omniverse is that, besides the Will Harrangue case above, the show had a record of making some of its villains KarmaHoudini on regular basis. Most infamously is [[LovableRogue Argit]], who started committing things like betraying his friends to alien invaders, trying to sell a Universe-destroying DoomsdayDevice to the highest bidder and maybe worse of all, selling a baby to someone who was going to ''eat'' it. Not only does he get away with all of these, the main characters keep treating him like a friend (albeit a TheFriendNobodyLikes kind), and an episode showing us the future reveals he will eventually get elected president of Earth.

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** A common criticism about Omniverse ''Omniverse'' is that, besides the Will Harrangue case above, the show had a record of making some of its villains KarmaHoudini on regular basis. Most infamously is [[LovableRogue Argit]], who started committing things like betraying his friends to alien invaders, trying to sell a Universe-destroying DoomsdayDevice to the highest bidder and maybe worse of all, selling a baby to someone who was going to ''eat'' it. Not only does he get away with all of these, the main characters keep treating him like a friend (albeit a TheFriendNobodyLikes kind), and an episode showing us the future reveals he will eventually get elected president of Earth.
2nd Mar '18 12:21:10 PM Manny20444
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** This said, the DCAU mainly averts this, as by the end of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', we clearly see the vast majority of the setting's villains either killed by Luthor and his forces in the Secret Society, killed by Killer Frost (in hopes of impressing Luthor), or killed by Darkseid [[BackFromTheDead after his resurrection]], leaving only an odd dozen who ever make it back to Earth. By the end of the final episode, both Luthor and Darkseid are engulfed by the Anti-Life Equation, presumed dead (though Batman doesn't think it will last). That said, Atomic Skull, Bizarro, Cheetah, Evil Star, Giganta, Heat Wave, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Toyman, and Volcana are let off by the league [[MercyLead with a five-minute head start]]. Interestingly, because of the [[ExecutiveMeddling Bat-Embargo]], most of Batman's rogues gallery avoids flash-freezing, getting dumped out an airlock or anything beyond Arkham, though ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' shows the eventual (not pretty) fates of Bane, Mr. Freeze, Ra's Al Ghul, and ComicBook/TheJoker.

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** This said, the DCAU mainly averts this, as by the end of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', we clearly see the vast majority of the setting's villains either killed by Luthor and his forces in the Secret Society, killed by Killer Frost (in hopes of impressing Luthor), or killed by Darkseid [[BackFromTheDead after his resurrection]], leaving only an odd dozen who ever make it back to Earth. By the end of the final episode, both Luthor and Darkseid are engulfed by the Anti-Life Equation, presumed dead (though Batman doesn't think it will last). That said, Atomic Skull, Bizarro, Cheetah, Evil Star, Giganta, Heat Wave, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Toyman, and Volcana are let off by the league [[MercyLead with a five-minute head start]]. Interestingly, because of the [[ExecutiveMeddling Bat-Embargo]], most of Batman's rogues gallery avoids flash-freezing, getting dumped out an airlock or anything beyond Arkham, Arkham or Stonegate, though ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' shows the eventual (not pretty) fates of Bane, Mr. Freeze, Ra's Al Ghul, and ComicBook/TheJoker.
2nd Mar '18 12:19:07 PM Manny20444
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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in his second appearance however. At first, it looks like he's going to get away again, taunting Batman as he escapes the Riddler's collapsing virtual world having rescued Commissioner Gordon. However, Batman soon realizes the Riddler's parting words are [[HoistByHisOwnPetard actually a clue to where he's hiding out]] and immediately sets off with Robin and Commissioner Gordon to arrest him. Furthermore, his need to taunt Batman left him with no time to escape his virtual reality, frying his precious mind and [[VillainousBSOD reducing him to a vegetable]]. Of course, [[JokerImmunity he does return in a few future episodes apparently none the worse for wear]].

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** *** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in his second appearance however. At first, it looks like he's going to get away again, taunting Batman as he escapes the Riddler's collapsing virtual world having rescued Commissioner Gordon. However, Batman soon realizes the Riddler's parting words are [[HoistByHisOwnPetard actually a clue to where he's hiding out]] and immediately sets off with Robin and Commissioner Gordon to arrest him. Furthermore, his need to taunt Batman left him with no time to escape his virtual reality, frying his precious mind and [[VillainousBSOD reducing him to a vegetable]]. Of course, [[JokerImmunity he does return in a few future episodes apparently none the worse for wear]].
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