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* [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Charles]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Montgomery]] [[CardCarryingVillain Burns]], from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', is the character pictured with {{Satan}} on the main page. One of the most infamous examples of his karma evasion is the end of "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]".
** He exploits Homer's desperation for money by making the guy into a prank monkey to the point of having him dress up as a panda that gets raped by another panda. Remember, Burns is the guy who [[spoiler:took over Springfield's television stations to [[SadisticChoice try to make the residents take a teddy bear from a baby]]]] in "Rosebud", [[spoiler:made employees who quit and later retake their jobs crawl through a narrow tunnel so that they can come out with Burns looking down on them]] in "Maggie Makes Three", sent vicious attack dogs after hungry children who try to steal food that Burns would have otherwise disposed of in "Bart vs. Thanksgiving", [[spoiler:took advantage of legal loopholes that allowed him to steal from schools and wreck old folks' homes and then proceeded to block sunlight from Springfield until it took him getting SHOT for the device blocking said sunlight to be wrecked]] in "Who Shot Mr. Burns", and in "Curse of the Flying Hellfish" [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon attempted to drown Bart]] [[DisproportionateRetribution for no apparent reason other than that Bart insulted him.]]]] And none of these evil deeds make any apparent dent in his prominence or power or wealth at all. [[NegativeContinuity Well, at least not permanent ones.]]
*** One episode had Burns lose his memory, and then be passed around to all the people in town to do with him as they will. It seems set up for Burns to FINALLY get his comeuppance, and for a short while he does, but he soon regains his memory, sets out to get his revenge on the entire town for what they did to him, and worst of all, near the end he tries to have a PetTheDog moment and it very nearly kills him, revealing that the massive amounts of hatred he has and evil he causes is the only reason Burns is still alive, giving him an excuse for his former and future actions!
** [[FatIdiot Homer Simpson]] himself certainly qualifies, believe it or not. Never (or rarely) is punished [[AbusiveParents when strangles Bart, even for the smallest things]].
** In Specs and the City Homer found out Marge goes to therapy by spying on her even listened in on her session.
** [[KidsAreCruel Nelson Muntz]] is rarely punished for beating his classmates.
** Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney in the ''24'' parody, although they probably got punished offscreen.
** Hank Scorpio as well.
** Patty and Selma once kidnapped and attempted to murder Homer to try and get Marge to forget him, and the only comeuppance they get is to pay for Homer and Marge to get remarried.
** Bart's Preschool Teacher from the episode "Lisa's Sax". The episode shows that the ''whole'' reason why Bart is the way he is today is because of the cruel treatment he reserved from his teacher. Simply put, she wrote down Bart as a lost cause because he didn't catch on to things as quickly as the other kids, and has been emotionally and psychological abusing him ever since. He was just '''five years old''' and he was already considering suicide. Its likely that by now this teacher is still putting down children that she deems slow, unwitting turning them into Future Barts.
** Ms. Cantwell in "Black-eyed Please". From the moment she met Lisa, she belittled and punished her just because she was blonde (reminding her of the "party girls" she couldn't keep up with). She gave Lisa bad grades she didn't deserve and accused her of trying to make the other kids look bad whenever she showed her intelligence, which Principal Skinner refused to do anything about. And when she quit her job in the end of the episode, she splashed Lisa with mud while speeding off in her car. The closest thing she got to comeuppance was Bart uploading a video of her in the bathroom mumbling about how much she hates Lisa to YouTube.
** Lisa herself often performs negligent, selfish or outright cruel deeds such as in "On a clear day I can't see my sister" or even indirectly causing many deaths in "The D'ohcial Network". She belittles other people including her family and regularly treats Bart like crap, provoked or not. [[CanonSue Not only does she not face any consequences for most of it, learn a lesson or even get called out or treated as anything other than perfect]] [[CreatorsPet but several characters that are usually good at getting away with misdeeds have their houdini card revoked if they dare to upset Lisa]]
** Elon Musk attempted to revolutionize the town’s nuclear plant. However he didn't use his own money but by having Burn make a ridiculous amount of charitable donations while lying to him about the financial burden he was placing on himself. In the end Burn’s was forced to file for bankruptcy and fire all of his employees tanking Springfields economy. It took two episodes for everything to be settled only for Musk to show up again asking for more money. Not once did he suffer or even show remorse for the lives he ruined because of his actions.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** Cartman is a frequent offender. A lot of the time, he gets his, but he tends to avoid comeuppance when he crosses the MoralEventHorizon (Scott Tenorman, ginger kids, trying to kill his mother, and infecting Kyle with HIV are examples of this).
** His much-repressed conscience stopped him from killing his mother, Kyle breaks many of his prized possessions for the HIV incident, and some LaserGuidedKarma came out of the first two examples as of "201". A more straight example would be in the midget subplot of "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson", in which the midget Cartman laughs at and degrades is made to look like a fool and Cartman never gets any comeuppance for his behavior. The end of "Toilet Paper" is another prime example: genuinely penitent Stan and Kyle receive all of the blame and the brunt of the punishment for a scheme that was (an unapologetic) Cartman's idea.
** "Toilet Paper" plays with this, as Cartman [[ComicallyMissingThePoint genuinely thinks he has been punished and learnt his lesson]] and tries to give an awkward aesop, much to Kyle's annoyance.
-->'''Cartman:''' I've learnt that even if you don't get in trouble now, you can get caught later.
-->'''Kyle:''' Oh god.
-->'''Cartman:''' At first I didn't feel bad but now I feel terrible.
-->'''Kyle:''' You just feel bad for yourself because you got a week's detention.
-->'''Cartman:''' Right, so I guess what I learnt today is...
-->'''Kyle:''' Oh stop it, Cartman. You didn't learn anything. Not a Goddamn thing!
** It happens again in "Breast Cancer Show Ever". Fed up with Cartman's behaviour, Wendy challenges him to a fight and ultimately succeeds in beating him to a bloody pulp, leaving him in the playground surrounded by onlookers, crying about losing his standing amongst his friends and that no one thinks he's cool anymore. This would normally be a very satisfying aversion of this trope, except that all the other guys in his class then make comments about how they ''never'' thought he was cool, that they've always hated him and nothing's changed, resulting in Cartman's own warped reasoning leading him to believe that the only reason they'd say such things would be to make him feel better, and therefore they must still think he's cool, effectively meaning he doesn't learn ''any'' lesson whatsoever from the whole experience. It's implied that Wendy then gets punished by her parents for fighting at school and "bullying" Cartman, due to one of Cartman's earlier attempts at getting out of the fight. (Although it's clear she doesn't give a damn by this point whether she gets in trouble or not. But Cartman still learns nothing.) Additionally, Wendy ended up fighting despite her parents threatening to punish her otherwise after Principal Victoria had metaphorically encouraged her to fight Cartman, making Principal Victoria a karma houdini.
** "Cash For Gold" apparently lets Cartman get away with ripping off old people on crappy jewelry when he copies home shopping networks. While the shopping network host gets his [[LaserGuidedKarma comeuppance]], (and how!) Cartman evades any consequence for his actions.
** Best illustrated by the ending of "Ginger Kids":
-->'''Kyle:''' You are such a manipulative asshole.\\
'''Cartman:''' ''(cheerily)'' Yes, but I'm not going to die!
** Sheila Broflovski. Like Cartman said, she is indeed a bitch in TheMovie where she is responsible for the war with countless American and Canadian casualties over a [[DisproportionateRetribution TV show]], refused to negotiate, and killed Terrence and Phillip despite her son's warnings and the fact Ike is Canadian himself. A ResetButtonEnding reversed everything but her only comeuppance was that she was proven wrong.
*** Sheila is a WellIntentionedExtremist. Being proven wrong is the worse kind of comeuppance for the archetype.
*** Further, [[DeusExMachina Kenny's wish at the end restores everything to how it was before the war began]], and she pats Terrance and Phillip on the shoulder during the reprise of the opening song ''Mountain Town'', indicating that she has (for the moment, anyway) seen the error of her ways.
** Butters' parents could, at best, be described as {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, but most of the time they seem to be downright [[AbusiveParents/WesternAnimation abusive]]. Whenever Butters does, well uh anything, he gets grounded, berated, and ''beaten'' on some occasions, and nobody seems to ever draw attention to their abusive tendencies. The only possible comeuppance they ever got was in "My Future Self n' Me" where after they hired an actor to portray future Butters, Cartman arranged it to have poop smeared all over their walls in a form of revenge (he ran a revenge business in that episode). Then they show up and one would assume they would strike at Butters for this but oddly enough, the poop smeared at their walls made them believe they really are being punished for what they did to Butters involving the actor and they apologized for that.
*** Finally subverted that Stephen finally gets punched in the balls by Butters for grounding him one too many times in "Grounded Vindaloop". Although Butters just got grounded again for that, and it may or may not have just been a virtual reality simulation.
** Parodied in "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow": Stan, through idiocy, breaks the Beaver dam than protects the town of Beaverton, flooding the entire town, causing millions of dollars of property damage, and causing the US to succumb to a global warming mass-panic. At the end of the episode (which he spends trying to wheedle out of things), wracked by guilt, he owns up. However, everyone misunderstands what he's saying, and he thus (''against'' his will) gets off scot free:
--->'''Stan:''' I did it. I broke the dam.
--->'''Sharon:''' Stanley! You?!
--->'''Bystander:''' No. Don't you see what this child is saying? We can't spend our lives sitting around placing blame when something bad happens. What he is saying is, we ''all'' broke the dam.
--->'''Stan:''' No, I broke the dam. (*entire town begins saying "I broke the dam" one at a time. This continues throughout the credits, during which we hear the following exchange)
--->'''Stan:''' No, I broke the dam, I ran a boat into the dam, and broke it!...The boat caught on fire, and it exploded...I covered it up, for two days...NO! I BROKE THE F*CKING DAM!...Ah, f*ck it!
** Sergeant Harrison Yates, the police chief of South Park. He runs a station full of corrupt cops, and apparently has some grudge against any black man wealthier than he is. So he (and the rest of the South Park police) organize them to be framed for bogus crimes by planting evidence. Even worse, he doesn't seem to give a damn whenever there's any real crime in South Park. In "The Jeffersons" he even tried to have Michael Jefferson/Jackson arrested, and only decided not to when he found out Mr. Jackson was going to give away all his money. He has yet to receive any real comeuppance for his corruption.
** Mickey Mouse, who, in this canon, is brutally sadistic and burns down most of Colorado in his first appearance after [[DisproportionateRetribution the Jonas Brothers concert is ruined.]]
** Wendy Testaburger was a relatively early example of the trope, in that she managed to get away with framing the substitute teacher Ms. Ellen for terrorism and spying, and paid to have her shot into the sun. There are fans still disappointed that she had never received punishment for that action, as far now as seasons 15 and 16. In the commentaries, Matt Stone and Trey Parker admitted that her diabolical nature was a last-minute addition to the episode as the original idea of Ms. Ellen actually being a spy came off too much as a downer ending and felt rushed.
** Kyle becomes one in the episode "Douche and Turd," where his repeated antagonizing of Stan to get him to vote for the douche as the new school mascot, going so far as to ''[[MoralEventHorizon hire P. Diddy to kill him if he refuses to vote]]'', eventually leads to Stan refusing to vote at all and in turn being treated as a town pariah and eventually exiled from South Park.
** That time when Officer Barbrady wrongly locks a vacationing couple in jail for a couple days, and forgets to give them food or water.
** All four boys do this in "Preschool" when they unintentionally cause further damage to their already-burned preschool teacher and let Trent take the blame...just as they were about to confess that the first burning was ''their'' fault. The implication is that the boys will pay dearly for what they've done once they turn fourteen; however, thanks to ComicBookTime, this event is unlikely to come.
** Stan, Kyle, and Kenny pull this at the end of "Good Times With Weapons," leaving Cartman to the mercy of the outraged townspeople as they escape any punishment for what they did to Butters.
*** Admittedly the whole stupid idea was mostly Cartman's fault anyway, but all things considered they got off pretty lightly for nearly blinding Butters.
** Season 4's "Wacky Molestation Adventure" has pretty much the entire youth population get this after getting their parents arrested. When they get out of prison they are so convinced they were all perverts that they wouldn't even listen to their kids admitting their false accusations.
** In "Black Friday" the crazy guy who's obsessed with getting the "Stop Touching Me Elmo" doll is never caught for murdering the mall security manager.
*** Heck, this could apply to the whole town. Thousands of people were brutally murdered by other shoppers during Black Friday. One man confessed to eating his own son while waiting for the store to open ''on live television'' and got off scot-free.
** Deconstruction in "Butterballs". Onscreen, Grandma Scotch doesn't endure any punishment for bullying her own grandson. However, Butters tells her that deep down she's cold and empty, and in the end, she'll look forward to dying while her grandson will be grown up and happy.
** In "Safe Space" the Whole Foods cashier who goes out of his way to publicly humiliate those who don't donate (or only donate a dollar) is never seen getting any sort of comeuppance for his behavior.
21st May '16 5:31:26 PM BatmanKalEl
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''
** Episode "The Sinister Sculptor", the unnamed villain is a ConArtist who claims to be a sculptor peddling his crafts. He actually has no artistic talent whatsoever, using magic dust that he stole from a wizard to turn forest animals (and the Gummis) to stone. What punishment does he get for making money via cruelty to animals for heaven knows how long? Not much, really. Grammi and Gruffi take the magic dust from him (ensuring he can't continue doing it) and turn his victims back to normal, causing said victims to swarm and attack him as he makes his escape, but escape he does, [[FridgeLogic and when you think about it]], he probably got away with most of his ill-gotten gained money.
** Flint Shrubwood from the episode "For a Few Sovereigns More", a bounty hunter hired by Ightorn who imprisons him and Cubby, is last seen collecting his money and leaving.



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''
** Episode "The Sinister Sculptor", the unnamed villain is a ConArtist who claims to be a sculptor peddling his crafts. He actually has no artistic talent whatsoever, using magic dust that he stole from a wizard to turn forest animals (and the Gummis) to stone. What punishment does he get for making money via cruelty to animals for heaven knows how long? Not much, really. Grammi and Gruffi take the magic dust from him (ensuring he can't continue doing it) and turn his victims back to normal, causing said victims to swarm and attack him as he makes his escape, but escape he does, [[FridgeLogic and when you think about it]], he probably got away with most of his ill-gotten gained money.
** Flint Shrubwood from the episode "For a Few Sovereigns More", a bounty hunter hired by Ightorn who imprisons him and Cubby, is last seen collecting his money and leaving.
15th May '16 1:47:47 PM erforce
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** Peter Griffin. He's shown to regularly be horrifically physically, emotionally, and (implied) sexually abusive to his daughter Meg, has committed acts of animal cruelty, is seen to be murderously anti-Semitic (including reenacting Amon Goeth's morning routine from SchindlersList toward his wife), has attempted to sexually assault a distressed teen girl, and that's not going into his misogynistic attitude towards Lois. And yet he rarely (if ever) gets any retribution for his actions.

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** Peter Griffin. He's shown to regularly be horrifically physically, emotionally, and (implied) sexually abusive to his daughter Meg, has committed acts of animal cruelty, is seen to be murderously anti-Semitic (including reenacting Amon Goeth's morning routine from SchindlersList ''Film/SchindlersList'' toward his wife), has attempted to sexually assault a distressed teen girl, and that's not going into his misogynistic attitude towards Lois. And yet he rarely (if ever) gets any retribution for his actions.
14th May '16 7:32:33 AM smalltime
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** In "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown" the mayor isn't shown receiving any punishment despite abducting and falsely imprisoning several people.
3rd May '16 10:53:46 AM CaptainTedium
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* The Goose Lady from the "Tales from the Goose Lady" shorts on ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' never gets punished for making the two children she torments late for school so that they're forced to listen to her stories.
1st May '16 3:24:51 AM Korodzik
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** Also, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in "Elmer's Candid Camera".

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** Also, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in "Elmer's Candid Camera"."WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera".
24th Apr '16 9:39:36 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* [[AndCallHimGeorge Elm]][[TheScrappy yra]] from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
** She is this, but only in certain episodes, perhaps most notably "Out of Odor" from "Viewer Mail Day" in which she still manages to capture [[EnsembleDarkhorse Fifi LaFume]] despite Fifi regaining her stink after it being removed by tomato juice and washing the tomato juice off in a car wash.
** Plucky in "One Minute Till Three" is the only student Granny quizzes who made no attempt to study (with the possible exception of Little Beeper). He's also the only one to give her a correct answer, totally by accident, while everyone else, who made an effort, are saddled with term papers thousands of pages long to do over the weekend.

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* *''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures:''
** Semi-example with
[[AndCallHimGeorge Elm]][[TheScrappy yra]] Elmyra Duff]]; while she does frequently lose, it's rare that her targets manage get away from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
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her unscathed. One example of Elmyra not getting any comeuppance for her actions is this, but only in certain episodes, perhaps most notably the short, "Out of Odor" from the episode, "Viewer Mail Day" Day", in which she still manages to capture [[EnsembleDarkhorse Fifi LaFume]] La Fume despite Fifi regaining her stink after it being removed by tomato juice and washing the tomato juice off in a car wash.
** Plucky in "One Minute Till Three" (part of "Best O' Plucky Duck Day") is the only student Granny [[SadistTeacher Granny]] quizzes who made no attempt to study (with the possible exception of Little Beeper). He's also the only one to give her a correct answer, totally by accident, while everyone else, who made an effort, are saddled with term papers thousands of pages long to do over the weekend.
8th Apr '16 11:37:08 AM CaptainTedium
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** Galvatron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' concludes the series on unfavorable terms (the good guys have managed to restore Cybertron), but he's still free, alive, and well, with his army stronger than ever.

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** Galvatron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' concludes the series on unfavorable terms (the good guys have managed to restore Cybertron), but he's still free, alive, and well, with his army stronger than ever.
8th Apr '16 11:36:17 AM CaptainTedium
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* Captain Hero of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has destroyed a planet, caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people on Earth, and has also raped a few people (including his own parents). Yet the only time has ever been punished was when he was caught with a photo of his naked teenage self.

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* Captain Hero of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has destroyed a planet, caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people on Earth, and has also raped a few people (including his own parents). Yet the only time has ever been punished was when he was caught with a photo of his naked teenage twelve-year-old self.
3rd Apr '16 2:00:24 PM Wkenneth334
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. The title duo's sister constantly tries to expose their antics, yet they get away with them. The subversion is that they are never doing anything wrong, but merely trying to come up with something fun to do over the summer.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. The title duo's sister constantly tries to expose their antics, yet they get away with them. The subversion is that they are never doing anything wrong, but merely trying to come up with something fun to do over the summer.summer, much to the annoyance of their older sister, Candace, as we hates the fact that they can get away with ''anything''.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''

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