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9th Dec '17 12:52:38 PM snichols1973
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** ''A Pest in the House'' featured Elmer Fudd running a hotel with Daffy as an obnoxious bellhop. One guest requests that he be given absolute quiet to rest otherwise he'd punch Elmer in the nose. Elmer tries to abide to his wishes but Daffy constantly keeps bothering the man in some form or another. Despite this, poor Elmer is always the one to get belted, even when he hands over the job of manager to Daffy just to avoid another punch. Daffy never once get punished for any of his actions.

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** ''A Pest in the House'' featured Elmer Fudd running a hotel with Daffy as an obnoxious bellhop. One irritable guest requests that he be given absolute quiet to rest rest, otherwise he'd come down to the lobby and punch Elmer in the nose. Elmer tries to abide to his wishes but Daffy constantly keeps bothering the man in some form or another. Despite this, poor Elmer is always the one to get belted, even when he hands over the job of manager to Daffy just to avoid another punch. punch, only to get hit by the frustrated guest in the end, and Daffy never once get got punished or punched out for any of his actions.actions.
** In "Ain't That Ducky", Daffy meets up with a crying young duck who tells Daffy [[BigShutUp "Aahh, shut up!"]] when he tries to find out what's wrong, and a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Elmer Fudd [[InkSuitActor (a caricature of Victor Moore, who is uncredited)]], with the bratty young duck telling Daffy and the hunter "Aaah! Keep your hands off!" and "Aaah! Lay off!" whenever they try to get a peek at what's inside his briefcase. The bratty young duck even rats out Daffy's hiding place, and by the time they open it, the paper says "The End", with the bratty young duck getting no comeuppance whatsoever for being obnoxious to Daffy and the hunter.


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** Lucille Botzcowski, the Baby-Sitter bandit from "Some Enchanted Evening", who makes Bart, Lisa and Maggie watch a "Happy Little Elves" video while she robs the Simpson house. As soon as Bart and Lisa recognize her from "America's Most Armed and Dangerous", they tie her up, only for Homer to come home, untie her and let her go with triple pay, and after he learns that she was the notorious baby-sitter bandit, Homer vows to catch her if she ever shows up in Springfield again. Much to general disappointment, she has yet to resurface in Springfield and Homer has probably forgotten about the incident...
28th Nov '17 1:36:22 PM merotoker
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''

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** The series actually discusses this trope, with [[{{Jerkass}} Roger]] claiming that he can get away with anything because he's so lovable. Stan ends up as a juror in a trial for one of Roger's aliases (accused of running a sweatshop). It's blatantly obvious that he's guilty, but he manages to manipulate and charm everyone except for Stan, who forces the other jurors to vote guilty; when the verdict is announced the judge runs out of the courtroom crying and the jurors act like Stan killed their puppies. The rest of the episode turns into a parody of ''Series/TheFugitive''. Roger in particular manages to utilize this trope over and over in the series, facing near zero consequences for enslaving orphans, faking a marriage for the sake of blender, several cases of theft and murder, and abusing, manipulating and placing his adoptive family in horrific situations over and over (along with at least once trying to outright kill them). Stan and to an extent the rest of the Smiths sometimes lean into this trope as well, but are much more likely to see the error of their ways. Not to say that Roger doesn't avoid retribution on some occasions (At the end of ''Man In the Moonhouse'' Stan punched him out for lengthening his jail sentence at his parole meeting) but yeah, more often than not he usually gets away with antics.

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** The series actually discusses this trope, with [[{{Jerkass}} Roger]] claiming that he can get away with anything because he's so lovable. Stan ends up as a juror in a trial for one of Roger's aliases (accused of running a sweatshop). It's blatantly obvious that he's guilty, but he manages to manipulate and charm everyone except for Stan, who forces the other jurors to vote guilty; when the verdict is announced the judge runs out of the courtroom crying and the jurors act like Stan killed their puppies. The rest of the episode turns into a parody of ''Series/TheFugitive''. Roger in particular manages to utilize this trope over and over in the series, facing near zero consequences for enslaving orphans, faking a marriage for the sake of blender, several cases of theft and murder, and abusing, manipulating and placing his adoptive family in horrific situations over and over (along with at least once trying to outright kill them). Stan and to an extent the rest of the Smiths sometimes lean into this trope as well, but are much more likely to see the error of their ways. Not to say that Roger doesn't avoid retribution on some occasions (At the end of ''Man "Man In the Moonhouse'' Moonhouse" Stan punched him out for lengthening his jail sentence at his parole meeting) but yeah, more often than not he usually gets away with antics.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}:The Tibble Twins. In one episode send D.W. to the hospital and never get punished. They rarely get punished for pretty much ''anything'' they do. This is likely because their grandma, their only guardian, takes pity on them.
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}:The ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': The Tibble Twins. In one episode Twins send D.W. to the hospital in one episode and never get punished. They rarely get punished for pretty much ''anything'' they do. This is likely because their grandma, their only guardian, takes pity on them.
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''. ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'':



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}''
** [[{{IdiotHoudini}} Clarence and Sumo]] is one of the close example of this trope, to where in some episodes will othen end with them walking away without facing any type of punishment (such as getting Joshua in trouble, nearly fired from each jobs, or injuried at a certain extent), although some later episodes, Clarence or Sumo and Jeff will likely receive some compupperance to actions (even if it morally questionable), while in episode "Lost in the Supermarket", Sumo went at this to Joshua, to where in the flashback, he gave him a scar in the left part of the eye, and also had ripped one part of Josh's hair, to where Josh had to chase Sumo down, which he ended up being busted while Sumo, who nearly trashed up the store, but did not received any consequences.
** In "Nature Clarence", which it went UpToEleven with Clarence and his friends had made Joshua went through hell, between having to drive them through the hot humid desert with everyone sweating so bad in a nearly broken down car, nearly falling from the cliff, and having to go through and arguement with Kate after she started dating someone, and had his ear bitten off by the goat that Sumo had found, at the end, Clarence and the rest had never receive any type of retribution to their actions.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}''
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** [[{{IdiotHoudini}} [[IdiotHoudini Clarence and Sumo]] is one of the close example of this trope, to where in some episodes will othen end with them walking away without facing any type of punishment (such as getting Joshua in trouble, nearly fired from each jobs, or injuried at a certain extent), although some later episodes, Clarence or Sumo and Jeff will likely receive some compupperance comeuppance to actions (even if it morally questionable), while in episode "Lost in the Supermarket", Sumo went at this to Joshua, to where in the flashback, he gave him a scar in the left part of the eye, and also had ripped one part of Josh's hair, to where Josh had to chase Sumo down, which he ended up being busted while Sumo, who nearly trashed up the store, but did not received receive any consequences.
** In "Nature Clarence", which it went UpToEleven with Clarence and his friends had made Joshua went through hell, between having to drive them through the hot humid desert with everyone sweating so bad in a nearly broken down car, nearly falling from the cliff, and having to go through and arguement with Kate after she started dating someone, and had his ear bitten off by the goat that Sumo had found, at the end, Clarence and the rest had never receive any type of retribution to their actions.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'':



* Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', granted the main premise of the show is based on her messing up Dexter's stuff, but she never seems to get any comeuppance for some of her more intentional destruction of his work. To be fair, there are episodes where karma does catch up to her, such as when Dexter makes the test subject for a motion-control belt or when he sleeps underneath her bed and his loud snores scare her so much she can't sleep.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''

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* Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', granted ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. Granted the main premise of the show is based on her messing up Dexter's stuff, but she never seems to get any comeuppance for some of her more intentional destruction of his work. To be fair, there are episodes where karma does catch up to her, such as when Dexter makes the test subject for a motion-control belt or when he sleeps underneath her bed and his loud snores scare her so much she can't sleep.
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987''

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** Fishy Joe in "The Problem With Popplers" was one of the people responsible for causing the Omicronians to invade Earth the second time around. He sold over 198 billion of the Omicronian's unmatched children for people to eat and he didn't listen to Leela's warning about it. He does panic when they invade but the Omicronians never hold Fishy Joe accountable but instead hold Leela fully reaponsible the crime. Despite Lrrr being a master of DisproportionateRetribution, he apparently forgets to enact such retribution out towards Fishy Joe for his actions.
** Zapp Brannigan gets away with almost every bad thing he does. The closest he came to being punished was in "Brannigan, Begin Again" where he was ousted from DOOP for destroying the space station. However, Leela let him claim to be the hero later in order to get him reinstated (even though he was actually launchi an unprovoked attack on a defenseless planet) simply because she ''wanted to get rid of him''.

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** Fishy Joe in "The Problem With Popplers" was one of the people responsible for causing the Omicronians to invade Earth the second time around. He sold over 198 billion of the Omicronian's unmatched children for people to eat and he didn't listen to Leela's warning about it. He does panic when they invade but the Omicronians never hold Fishy Joe accountable but instead hold Leela fully reaponsible responsible for the crime. Despite Lrrr being a master of DisproportionateRetribution, he apparently forgets to enact such retribution out towards Fishy Joe for his actions.
** Zapp Brannigan gets away with almost every bad thing he does. The closest he came to being punished was in "Brannigan, Begin Again" where he was ousted from DOOP for destroying the space station. However, Leela let him claim to be the hero later in order to get him reinstated (even though he was actually launchi launching an unprovoked attack on a defenseless planet) simply because she ''wanted to get rid of him''.



* The [[TheHorde Red Lanterns]] in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' are the villains of Season 1, using power rings literally [[TheDarkSide fuelled by rage]] [[PowerOfHate and hatred]], they carve a swathe through largely undefended regions of space, enslaving civilians, laying waste to all who oppose them and even ''blowing up planets''. At the end of the season, BigBad Atrocitus is imprisoned, and the other Red Lanterns... are allowed to keep their dangerous, evil superpowers and ''all their conquered territory'' and essentially become a recognised government. The Guardians literally handed a good chunk of the galaxy over to a terrorist group and no-one seems to have a problem with this. Not only are they never punished, but the Green Lanterns ally with them several times afterwards, admittedly in the face of [[GodzillaThreshold universe-ending threats]], with their multiple crimes never discussed or even mentioned.
** The [[AmazonBrigade Zamorans]] are essentially a civilisation of violent {{Yandere}}s and interstellar kidnappers, who [[MindRape brainwash]] random women around the galaxy into [[BrainwashedAndCrazy becoming their soldiers]] and abduct that woman's partner and imprison him in crystal forever. In their first episode, one of them becomes obsessed with Hal and tries to murder him; then they recruit Carol Ferris, his LoveInterest back on Earth and she in turn tries to kill him; almost seal away Razer and Kilowog; and also recruit another innocent female alien who had fallen in love with Kilowog (who unlike Carol is never freed from their control). Like the Red Lanterns, everyone seems perfectly happy working with them in subsequent appearances.

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The [[TheHorde Red Lanterns]] in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' are the villains of Season 1, using power rings literally [[TheDarkSide fuelled by rage]] [[PowerOfHate [[ThePowerOfHate and hatred]], they carve a swathe through largely undefended regions of space, enslaving civilians, laying waste to all who oppose them and even ''blowing up planets''. At the end of the season, BigBad Atrocitus is imprisoned, and the other Red Lanterns... are allowed to keep their dangerous, evil superpowers and ''all their conquered territory'' and essentially become a recognised government. The Guardians literally handed a good chunk of the galaxy over to a terrorist group and no-one seems to have a problem with this. Not only are they never punished, but the Green Lanterns ally with them several times afterwards, admittedly in the face of [[GodzillaThreshold universe-ending threats]], with their multiple crimes never discussed or even mentioned.
** The [[AmazonBrigade Zamorans]] are essentially a civilisation of violent {{Yandere}}s and interstellar kidnappers, who [[MindRape brainwash]] random women around the galaxy into [[BrainwashedAndCrazy becoming their soldiers]] and abduct that woman's partner and imprison him in crystal forever. In their first episode, one of them becomes obsessed with Hal and tries to murder him; then they recruit Carol Ferris, his LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} back on Earth and she in turn tries to kill him; almost seal away Razer and Kilowog; and also recruit another innocent female alien who had fallen in love with Kilowog (who unlike Carol is never freed from their control). Like the Red Lanterns, everyone seems perfectly happy working with them in subsequent appearances.



** Sid and Stinky never get any comeuppance for telling everyone that a classmate wears bunny pajamas. Worse, they're regulars, and worst is that Arnold never harbors any resentment towards them for this. (Said pajama-clad classmate isn't so lucky... and neither is Arnold.)
*** This one deserves an explanation. Arnold goes to his classmate Iggy's house to drop off the day's homework since he was out sick. While there, he inadvertently sees Iggy wearing fluffy bunny pajamas. Arnold laughs for a bit, but swears to a pleading Iggy that he won't tell anyone. The next day, Sid and Stinky ask Arnold to describe the experience of going to cool-kid Iggy's house, and Arnold tries to act nonchalant, but can't help but giggle at the memory. Sid and Stinky notice, and repeatedly pester Arnold for the full story. Arnold eventually hints that it had something to do with what Iggy was wearing, but didn't reveal anything else. The two stumble upon the answer, and their suspicions are confirmed when Arnold hesitates to deny it. They then proceed to tell everyone in their class, despite swearing to Arnold they wouldn't not 5 minutes earlier. Iggy blames Arnold and refuses to speak to him, despite Arnold insisting that he didn't spill the beans and even enslaving himself to Iggy in an attempt to make it up to him, until Iggy tells Arnold that he won't be forgiven unless he wears the bunny-suit in public. Arnold reluctantly agrees, and while the spectacle is going on, Iggy overhears Sid and Stinky talking to each other, flat-out admitting that they were the ones who revealed the secret (with very minimal remorse, naturally), but is too late to call off the event. The episode ends with Iggy begging for a seething Arnold's forgiveness. Iggy gets off more-or-less scot-free with his DisproportionateRetribution, and as mentioned above, Sid and Stinky face no judgement for their part.

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** Sid and Stinky never get any comeuppance for telling everyone that a classmate wears bunny pajamas. Worse, they're regulars, and worst is that Arnold never harbors any resentment towards them for this. (Said pajama-clad classmate isn't so lucky... and neither is Arnold.)
*** This one deserves an explanation.
Arnold goes to his classmate Iggy's house to drop off the day's homework since he was out sick. While there, he inadvertently sees Iggy wearing fluffy bunny pajamas. Arnold laughs for a bit, but swears to a pleading Iggy that he won't tell anyone. The next day, Sid and Stinky ask Arnold to describe the experience of going to cool-kid Iggy's house, and Arnold tries to act nonchalant, but can't help but giggle at the memory. Sid and Stinky notice, and repeatedly pester Arnold for the full story. Arnold eventually hints that it had something to do with what Iggy was wearing, but didn't reveal anything else. The two stumble upon the answer, and their suspicions are confirmed when Arnold hesitates to deny it. They then proceed to tell everyone in their class, despite swearing to Arnold they wouldn't not 5 minutes earlier. Iggy blames Arnold and refuses to speak to him, despite Arnold insisting that he didn't spill the beans and even enslaving himself to Iggy in an attempt to make it up to him, until Iggy tells Arnold that he won't be forgiven unless he wears the bunny-suit in public. Arnold reluctantly agrees, and while the spectacle is going on, Iggy overhears Sid and Stinky talking to each other, flat-out admitting that they were the ones who revealed the secret (with very minimal remorse, naturally), but is too late to call off the event. The episode ends with Iggy begging for a seething Arnold's forgiveness. Iggy gets off more-or-less scot-free with his DisproportionateRetribution, and as mentioned above, Sid and Stinky face no judgement never get any comeuppance for their part.telling everyone that a classmate wears bunny pajamas. Worse, Sid and Stinky are regulars, and worst is that Arnold never harbors any resentment towards them for this.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask''

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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, much to the annoyance of their older sister, Candace, as she hates the fact that they can get away with ''anything''.
** Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recap/Phineas and Ferb Tales From The Resistance}}'' as the 2nd Dofooshenshmirtz family escapes Resistance custody and flies away in a hovercar never to be seen again.
* HIM from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. This is most likely the result of his god-like power level, with HIM being essentially the PPG universe's equivalent of {{Satan}}. The most the girls can really hope to accomplish is simply to stop whatever he tries to do -- actually making him face any sort of punishment is an impossibility.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. The with 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, much to the annoyance of their older sister, Candace, as she hates the fact that they can get away with ''anything''.
** Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recap/Phineas "[[Recap/PhineasAndFerbTalesFromTheResistance Phineas and Ferb Tales From The Resistance}}'' Resistance]]" as the 2nd Dofooshenshmirtz family escapes Resistance custody and flies away in a hovercar never to be seen again.
* HIM from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. This is most likely the result of his god-like power level, with HIM being essentially the PPG universe's equivalent of {{Satan}}. The most the girls can really hope to accomplish is simply to stop whatever he tries to do -- actually making him face any sort of punishment is an impossibility. However, he is put in jail in "Meet the Beat Alls".



* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''

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* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch involves an Atheist ending up in heaven. There he discovers several people who shouldn't be in heaven but got there anyway. The following lists were: His uncle (because the [[AcceptableReligiousTargets Catholic Church]] is into [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre THOSE]] sort of things the uncle did), the MonsterClown serial killer who got into heaven simply because [[EasilyForgiven he repented]] at the last second, a literal KnightTemplar who slaughtered countless people for the lord, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, who is just as surprised as anyone.

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* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch involves an Atheist ending up in heaven. There he discovers several people who shouldn't be in heaven but got there anyway. The following lists were: His uncle (because the [[AcceptableReligiousTargets Catholic Church]] is into [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre THOSE]] sort of things the uncle did), the MonsterClown serial killer who got into heaven simply because [[EasilyForgiven he repented]] at the last second, a literal KnightTemplar who slaughtered countless people for the lord, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, who is just as surprised as anyone.UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.



** One true Karma dodger was the con artist in the ''All Grown Up!'' episode, "Susie Sings The Blues", who poses as a record producer and was paid $1000 by Susie before abandoning the latter in a slum.
*** She does, however, get an implied comeuppance in the game "All Grown Up!: Express Yourself," when Angelica follows her and calls the police on her, implying that she's been arrested for her actions.

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** One true Karma dodger was the con artist in the ''All Grown Up!'' episode, "Susie Sings The Blues", who poses as a record producer and was paid $1000 by Susie before abandoning the latter in a slum.
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slum. She does, however, get an implied comeuppance in the game "All Grown Up!: Express Yourself," when Angelica follows her and calls the police on her, implying that she's been arrested for her actions.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** Gerald, for all the trouble he caused as an Internet troll and [[spoiler: setting off a chain of events that nearly destroyed the world to the point that the only solution was erasing the internet]], doesn't face any consequences, not even for his trolling resulting in the suicide of a woman he helped cyberbully. And because [[spoiler: the Internet was erased]], his wife never learns of the horrible deeds he committed with his troll account. Even the way he defeats the villain by tricking him into letting his guard down and killing him as he says 'The difference between you and me is that what I do is funny' implies that he's learned absolutely nothing from all the events that have transpired. The closest thing he gets as a repercussion for putting his family in danger is an annoyed look from his kids. Though it's safe to say that Kyle and Ike will have highly different opinions of their father from now on, so perhaps he will, in time, pay the price for his actions.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
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** Gerald, for all the trouble he caused as an Internet troll and [[spoiler: setting off a chain of events that nearly destroyed the world to the point that the only solution was erasing the internet]], Internet]], doesn't face any consequences, not even for his trolling resulting in the suicide of a woman he helped cyberbully. And because [[spoiler: the Internet was erased]], his wife never learns of the horrible deeds he committed with his troll account. Even the way he defeats the villain by tricking him into letting his guard down and killing him as he says 'The difference between you and me is that what I do is funny' implies that he's learned absolutely nothing from all the events that have transpired. The closest thing he gets as a repercussion for putting his family in danger is an annoyed look from his kids. Though it's safe to say that Kyle and Ike will have highly different opinions of their father from now on, so perhaps he will, in time, pay the price for his actions.



** Mr. Garrison. The crimes that he got away with include hiring a hitman to sabotage Stan and Kyle's egg project and then trying to murder Stan and Kyle so that gay marriage would get banned, which Mr. Garrison should have been arrested for as he also ended up killing innocent people in the process. He also got away with violently raping the Canadian president to death and he gets rewarded for it by becoming the president of the united states.
** Butters' parents are also examples. Grounding Butters countless times for usually stupid and silly reasons as well as physically abusing Butters at least once are two of their big offenses. Mrs Stotch also tried to kill Butters by driving her car into a lake but she doesn't get arrested for it. They also tried to sell Butters to Paris Hilton for the selfish reason of making millions off of it. Despite all of this, no one has dared to call child services to hold these parents accountable for the mistreatment of their own son.

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** Mr. Garrison. The crimes that he got away with include hiring a hitman to sabotage Stan and Kyle's egg project and then trying to murder Stan and Kyle so that gay marriage would get banned, which Mr. Garrison should have been arrested for as he also ended up killing innocent people in the process. He also got away with violently raping the Canadian president to death and he gets rewarded for it [[RealLifeWritesThePlot by becoming the president of the united states.
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** Butters' parents are also examples. Grounding Butters countless times for usually stupid and silly reasons as well as physically abusing Butters at least once are two of their big offenses. Mrs Stotch also tried to kill Butters by driving her car into a lake but she doesn't get arrested for it. They also tried to sell Butters to Paris Hilton for the selfish reason of making millions off of it. Despite all of this, [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist no one has dared to call child services to hold these parents accountable for the mistreatment of their own son. son.]]



** Squidward has gotten away with a few bad deeds himself. Though [=SpongeBob=] snaps at him, he receives little punishment for treating [=SpongeBob=] like a slave in "Can You Spare a Dime?", just his dead-end job back. He also got away with causing trouble in "Gullible Pants", with [=SpongeBob=] getting punished for doing every misdeed that Squid told him to do along with harassing the poor sponge in "Grandma's Kisses". These days, however, some of the things he's gotten away with are due to revenge for his own unwarranted abuse.



** Squidward has gotten away with a few bad deeds himself. Though [=SpongeBob=] snaps at him, he receives little punishment for treating [=SpongeBob=] like a slave in 'Can You Spare a Dime?', just his dead-end job back. He also got away with causing trouble in 'Gullible Pants', with [=SpongeBob=] getting punished for doing every misdeed that Squid told him to do along with harassing the poor sponge in 'Grandma's Kisses'. These days, however, some of the things he's gotten away with are due to revenge for his own unwarranted abuse.



* Baron from the [[{{Flashback}} Flashback Episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', who [[IShallTauntYou constantly insults Lance]] [[OrphansOrdeal since the latter just lost his dad]], constantly [[KidsAreCruel bullies him and gets him into trouble]] and threatens his life in the process near the end, and for the most part gets off scot free by comparison. One can only hope he eventually got devoured by an intergalactic alien abomination.
** With the show's cancellation, BigBad General Madula was left unbeaten and, thusly, unpunished for his countless crimes.



** Mr. Wertz can is basically seen is 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.

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** Mr. Wertz can is basically seen is 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.



* Baron from the [[{{Flashback}} Flashback Episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', who [[IShallTauntYou constantly insults Lance]] [[OrphansOrdeal since the latter just lost his dad]], constantly [[KidsAreCruel bullies him and gets him into trouble]] and threatens his life in the process near the end, and for the most part gets off scot free by comparison. One can only hope he eventually got devoured by an intergalactic alien abomination.
** With the show's cancellation, BigBad General Madula was left unbeaten and, thusly, unpunished for his countless crimes.



* ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''

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* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. He not only attempted to murder all humans and make mutants the dominant species and then publicly revealed the existence of mutants to the world which led to most mutants suffering discrimination and harassment from humans, but was also an incredibly [[AbusiveParents abusive father]]. He manipulated his son, constantly putting him in danger to further his schemes, and {{Mind Rape}}d his daughter [[FalseMemories into believing he was a caring and loving father to her]] after he left her at an abusive asylum ''when she was a child'', which left her an extremely [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds violent]] and [[BrokenBird emotionally unstable girl]] prior to the MindRape. At the end of the series, in a {{Where Are They Now|Epilogue}} sequence, he's revealed to have been redeemed and evidently becomes a teacher at Xavier's Academy with few to no repercussions for his actions.

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* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. He not only attempted to murder all humans and make mutants the dominant species and then publicly revealed the existence of mutants to the world which led to most mutants suffering discrimination and harassment from humans, but was also an incredibly [[AbusiveParents abusive father]]. He manipulated his son, constantly putting him in danger to further his schemes, and {{Mind Rape}}d his daughter [[FalseMemories [[FakeMemories into believing he was a caring and loving father to her]] after he left her at an abusive asylum ''when she was a child'', which left her an extremely [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds violent]] and [[BrokenBird emotionally unstable girl]] prior to the MindRape. At the end of the series, in a {{Where Are They Now|Epilogue}} sequence, he's revealed to have been redeemed and evidently becomes a teacher at Xavier's Academy with few to no repercussions for his actions.
12th Nov '17 11:42:28 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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** Grandpa Lou is also a well-known KarmaHoudini practitioner, albeit an accidental one. The man's passed out numerous times and let the babies get out on their escapades, and not once has anyone scolded him for it. There was also the time Stu and Lou dressed Tommy up as a girl to win a fishing boat. Didi exposed them and left Lou behind at the mall in anger. Cue Drew and Angelica driving up beside them... and Lou riding the boat with them!

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** Grandpa Lou is also a well-known KarmaHoudini practitioner, albeit an accidental one. The man's passed out numerous times and let the babies get out on their escapades, and not once has anyone scolded him for it.it, usually because the babies would already return before anyone noticed. There was also the time Stu and Lou dressed Tommy up as a girl to win a fishing boat. Didi exposed them and left Lou behind at the mall in anger. Cue Drew and Angelica driving up beside them... and Lou riding the boat with them!them! Though he did realize [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot he should have just used Angelica instead.]]
1st Nov '17 6:30:41 PM VisitorAlex
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** Lemongrab:
*** [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Tragic backstory and mental problems aside]], Lemongrab gets away with some rather disgusting actions in the episode "You Made Me." He [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery used his mental condition as an excuse]] to A) torture four children and a dog, B) repeatedly harass the Candy Citizens by sneaking into their rooms to watch them sleep, C) punched/slapped/shoved/screamed at a baby, D) terrorized his pet camel, E) tried to KO and torture Princess Bubblegum, who was ''actually being kind to him'' for the whole episode, and F) have the gall at the end to "pardon" the prisoners rather than admit he was wrong and simply ''release'' them. Worst of all, he even gets '''rewarded''' for his horrible behavior by receiving an exact clone of himself with which to be friends or possibly [[HoYay lovers]]. Nobody ever called him out on this. Everyone, including Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum, tried to help Lemongrab, and enabled him to act this way by using his mental condition as an excuse.
*** Happens again in "All Your Fault." The Lemongrabs use all of their food supply to literally make children for themselves. They, and the children, almost die. The earls blame Princess Bubblegum. Then, they form a plan to steal all of the food from the Candy Kingdom to make ''more'' children, and ''then'' to steal ''all of the world's'' candy to eat. That in itself is awful enough, particularly in how stupid it is since capturing the Candy Kingdom's candy would have been enough to solve the problem, but the truly horrifying part occurs after this. The earls call upon their (literally) giant child, "Young Lemonjon," to carry the castle to the Candy Kingdom. Thanks to Finn and Jake punching his heart, Lemonjon has an epiphany, and explodes to give lemon candy to all of the starving lemon people. That's right: ''A child died because of the Lemongrab and Lemongrab 2's stupidity''.
*** Happens in "Another Five Short Graybles," when Lemongrab actually '''eats his clone alive when his clone accidentally breaks their toy'''.
*** Happens in his "Too Old", when he gets away crossing the MoralEventHorizon with abusing his children for the smallest things, eat his clone (again), and trying to force his sons to kill Finn and Princess Bubblegum.
*** [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty He finally gets his comeuppance]] in "Lemonhope Story", when [[spoiler: Lemonhope blows him up with his harp, and Princess Bubblegum sews him and his clone back up as one entity and decides that he's only mentally stable when he's lonely. The new Lemongrab then has to go through a mentally taxing spiritual ordeal in order to ultimately redeem the sins of his past self]].
** Magic Man claims to be one, although his actions were partially due to [[FreudianExcuse having gone mad from grief over his wife's death]]. He later loses his powers, becomes sane, and dedicates his life to helping people again as the new King of Mars.

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** Lemongrab:
*** [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Tragic backstory and mental problems aside]], Lemongrab gets away with some rather disgusting actions in the episode "You Made Me." He [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery used his mental condition as an excuse]] to A) torture four children and a dog, B) repeatedly harass the Candy Citizens by sneaking into their rooms to watch them sleep, C) punched/slapped/shoved/screamed at a baby, D) terrorized his pet camel, E) tried to KO and torture Princess Bubblegum, who was ''actually being kind to him'' for the whole episode, and F) have the gall at the end to "pardon" the prisoners rather than admit he was wrong and simply ''release'' them. Worst of all, he even gets '''rewarded''' for his horrible behavior by receiving an exact clone of himself with which to be friends or possibly [[HoYay lovers]]. Nobody ever called him out on this. Everyone, including Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum, tried to help Lemongrab, and enabled him to act this way by using his mental condition as an excuse.
*** Happens again in "All Your Fault." The Lemongrabs use all of their food supply to literally make children for themselves. They, and the children, almost die. The earls blame Princess Bubblegum. Then, they form a plan to steal all of the food from the Candy Kingdom to make ''more'' children, and ''then'' to steal ''all of the world's'' candy to eat. That in itself is awful enough, particularly in how stupid it is since capturing the Candy Kingdom's candy would have been enough to solve the problem, but the truly horrifying part occurs after this. The earls call upon their (literally) giant child, "Young Lemonjon," to carry the castle to the Candy Kingdom. Thanks to Finn and Jake punching his heart, Lemonjon has an epiphany, and explodes to give lemon candy to all of the starving lemon people. That's right: ''A child died because of the Lemongrab and Lemongrab 2's stupidity''.
*** Happens in "Another Five Short Graybles," when Lemongrab actually '''eats his clone alive when his clone accidentally breaks their toy'''.
*** Happens in his "Too Old", when he gets away crossing the MoralEventHorizon with abusing his children for the smallest things, eat his clone (again), and trying to force his sons to kill Finn and Princess Bubblegum.
*** [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty He finally gets his comeuppance]] in "Lemonhope Story", when [[spoiler: Lemonhope blows him up with his harp, and Princess Bubblegum sews him and his clone back up as one entity and decides that he's only mentally stable when he's lonely. The new Lemongrab then has to go through a mentally taxing spiritual ordeal in order to ultimately redeem the sins of his past self]].
** Magic Man claims to be one, although his actions were partially due to [[FreudianExcuse having gone mad from grief over his wife's death]]. He [[spoiler:He later loses his powers, becomes sane, and dedicates his life to helping people again as the new King of Mars.]]



* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Irrational Treasure". Just as it looks like Pacifica is going to get away with teasing the Pines Twins due to Mabel deciding not to let what she says get to her Dipper still isn't satisfied and reveals to her that her whole family legacy is bull, simply to spite her. [[spoiler:It takes until midway through season 2 for the impact to really be felt when Pacifica becomes the WhiteSheep of her family]].
** Downplayed with Nathaniel Northwest in that while got away with cheating the townspeople out of a celebration they promised him, he seemed to become insane after this died eating the bark of a tree to prove he was a wizard. His own descendants also would get away with generations of misdeeds, up to the most recent patriarch Preston. Pacifica, however, seems to be undoing at least part of his corruption by fulfilling the promise he made in the 1860s, and freeing the townspeople that her father planned to abandon to their deaths.
** Karma finally and '''horrifically''' hits Preston Northwest in "Weirdmageddon", courtesy of Bill Cipher.
*** If that wasn't enough, in the final episode Preston was forced to sell the family mansion after going bankrupt investing all his fortune in the Weirdmageddon.
** [[spoiler: Dowplayed with Mabel who got away with accidentally causing the Weirdmageddon apocalypse, but she did help save the day and it's implied that Bill erasde her memories so she doesn't even remember the incident in the first place]].
** Filbrick, Stan and Ford's father, does not suffer any comeuppance for the abuse of ''both'' his sons, the former by kicking him out for an accident while the latter it's implied that he emotionally abused him into a MealTicket for his family to become rich. That said, it's implied that while [[spoiler: Stan and Ford end the series going on more adventures and reconnecting after Weirdmageddon]], Filbrick is left stuck in the rotten dump where he raised Stan and Ford.



* [[EnfantTerrible Mandy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', due to being a VillainProtagonist. In fact, Mandy has only been bested once by an opposing force -- good ''or'' evil -- and that was in the {{crossover}} with ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' (and even then, that was simply foiling her plans on world domination -- she escapes actual punishment). Billy qualifies as well, though he's more often an IdiotHoudini.

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* [[EnfantTerrible Mandy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', due to being a VillainProtagonist. In fact, Mandy has only been bested once by an opposing force -- good ''or'' evil -- and that was in the {{crossover}} with ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' (and even then, that was simply foiling her plans on world domination -- she escapes actual punishment). Billy qualifies as well, though he's more often an IdiotHoudini.
31st Oct '17 1:12:22 AM Ayasugi
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** Ashley Grant, the feminist graduate student from the episode "Homer Badman" is a particularly nasty case of this. In the episode, she is hired on to be the Simpson kid's babysitter for the evening while Homer and Marge go off to a candy convention Homer acquired tickets for. Her EstablishingCharacterMoment where she manipulates Bart into performing housework by exploiting his love of violent video games is a KarmaHoudini moment in and of itself, but that is ''nothing'' compared to what she does next. Upon Homer and Marge arriving home from the convention, Homer is tasked with driving her home. However, Ashley is quickly put off by Homer's attempts at conversation, and asks to be dropped off. As she's getting out, Homer notices a Venus Di Milo gummy he had been looking for unfortunately stuck to the girl's derriere. Enraptured by the gummy, Homer makes to pull it off, but in the process of pulling it off, Grant feels it and spins around to see a glazed-eyed, drooling Homer, causing her to run away screaming. However, instead of going to the police like any reasonable person, Grant instead decides to show up the next morning at the Simpson house with a mob of picket sign wielding MoralGuardian protesters and accuses him of sexually harassing her. Despite Homer's attempt to clarify the misunderstanding, Grant and the protesters do not believe him and shout him down, causing him to retreat inside his house. They then proceed to set up a shantytown outside the house to chant abusive slogans at him day and night, throw vegetables and refuse at him and his property, harass him in his car on the way to work and while ''in'' work, as well. They essentially make Homer's life a living hell. And his family, sadly, can do nothing to help him in this.
--> '''Homer''': They're ruining my whole life! Marge, I'm counting on you to say something or do something to make it all better! Okaaay...now!\\
'''Marge''': ''(unhappily)'' ...Homer?\\
'''Homer''': ''(excitedly)'' Uh huh?!\\
'''Marge''': I spoke to the outrage coordinator on the front lawn this morning. I tried telling her you were a decent person, but she wouldn't listen! Besides standing by you and supporting you, there isn't anything more I can do...\\
'''Homer''': ''(unbelieving)'' You mean...I'm on my own?! ''(panicked)'' I've never been on my own! Oh no, on own, on own, ''on own!'' ''(despairing)'' Oh God, help me, ''help me, God!''
** And it only gets [[FromBadToWorse worse]] from there. After an interview Homer does with an 'investigative' news show called ''Rock Bottom'' attempting to explain the incident horribly backfires on him as the interview footage of him is manipulated to make it seem like he did grope Ashley, the entirety of the mainstream media set their sights on him, with news vans, helicopters, and reporters flooding his front lawn. The media proceeds to stalk and report on every little minute detail of him and his family's comings and goings, covering each event, no matter how mundane, as something to derive a scandal from, making Homer's life even more hellish than before. And to make matters even worse, the media frenzy surrounding him causes Homer's friends to turn against him, offering to sell embarrassing secrets about Homer to the press, and even Homer's own family to begin to doubt him. In the end, it takes Groundskeeper Willie coming forward with a videotape he secretly took of the encounter between Homer and Ashley to definitively clear his name. And this cycles back around to Ashley Grant. She was the one who started the whole fiasco by deciding to stir up outrage against Homer instead of going to the police like a decent person and having them clear it up. She alone is the instigator for the events that made Homer's life a living hell, ''and she suffers no consequences for it in the end''. She doesn't receive any legal punishment for her slander, she doesn't get expelled from her college for her actions, she doesn't even get a severe tongue-lashing from Marge for making her husband's life miserable; she gets away scot-free. And she doesn't even seem the slightest bit remorseful about her actions; even when confronted with the videotape proving Homer's innocence, all she does is offer a half-hearted statement about her being wrong on her assumption that Homer was a monster. All in all, she is definitely one of the most infamous examples of this on the show.
30th Oct '17 4:55:55 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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** He has nothing on Gaz. Gaz physically abuses her brother for minor inconveniences, stalked and nearly killed a kid for stealing a video game that wasn't hers in the first place, terrorized the neighbor's dog over a broken toy, and at one point even tried to ''leave Zim to die'' after Dib stole his Pak. She's the only character on the show who receives no punishment in any form for her actions.

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** He has nothing on Gaz. Gaz physically abuses her brother for minor inconveniences, stalked and nearly killed a kid kid[[note]]WordOfGod says that she was supposed to successfully kill him, but Nickelodeon did not allow it and made them change it so he survived[[/note]] for stealing a video game that wasn't hers in the first place, terrorized the neighbor's dog over a broken toy, and at one point even tried to ''leave Zim to die'' after Dib stole his Pak. She's the only character on the show who receives no punishment in any form for her actions.



** Mr. Cat himself receives no punishment for [[spoiler: serving garbage as food in a restaurant in Episode 64]].

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** Mr. Cat himself receives no punishment for [[spoiler: literally serving garbage as food in a restaurant in Episode 64]].64, which hospitalized people. In addition, later episodes show that the restaurant he started is still open, and still serving food that makes people sick.
** In Episode 134, when everyone refuses to play the board game "Me-Me-Nopoly" with Stumpy, he is granted several clones of himself. Since everyone else is annoyed by the clones, Kaeloo, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat hatch a plan to get rid of them by claiming that Ursula sent a package for the real Stumpy in the mail. The real Stumpy [[ClonesAreExpendable gets rid of the clones]] so he can get the package. When he finds out that it was a trick, he punishes Kaeloo and Mr. Cat by forcing them to play Me-Me-Nopoly with him all night while Quack Quack, who was also a part of the plan, gets away scot-free.
24th Oct '17 3:24:07 PM Baodioga
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*** This one deserves an explanation. Arnold goes to his classmate Iggy's house to drop off the day's homework since he was out sick. While there, he inadvertently sees Iggy wearing fluffy bunny pajamas. Arnold laughs for a bit, but swears to a pleading Iggy that he won't tell anyone. The next day, Sid and Stinky ask Arnold to describe the experience of going to cool-kid Iggy's house, and Arnold tries to act nonchalant, but can't help but giggle at the memory. Sid and Stinky notice, and repeatedly pester Arnold for the full story. Arnold eventually hints that it had something to do with what Iggy was wearing, but didn't reveal anything else. The two stumble upon the answer, and their suspicions are confirmed when Arnold hesitates to deny it. They then proceed to tell everyone in their class, despite swearing to Arnold they wouldn't not 5 minutes earlier. Iggy blames Arnold and refuses to speak to him despite Arnold insisting that he didn't spill the beans and enslaving himself to Iggy in an attempt to make it up to him, until Iggy tells Arnold that he won't be forgiven unless he wears the bunny-suit, in public. Arnold reluctantly agrees, and while the spectacle is going on, Iggy overhears Sid and Stinky talking to each other, flat-out admitting that they were the ones who revealed the secret (with very minimal remorse, naturally), but is too late to call off the event. The episode ends with Iggy begging for a seething Arnold's forgiveness. Iggy gets off more-or-less scot-free with his Disproportionate Retribution, and as mentioned above, Sid and Stinky face no judgement for their part.

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*** This one deserves an explanation. Arnold goes to his classmate Iggy's house to drop off the day's homework since he was out sick. While there, he inadvertently sees Iggy wearing fluffy bunny pajamas. Arnold laughs for a bit, but swears to a pleading Iggy that he won't tell anyone. The next day, Sid and Stinky ask Arnold to describe the experience of going to cool-kid Iggy's house, and Arnold tries to act nonchalant, but can't help but giggle at the memory. Sid and Stinky notice, and repeatedly pester Arnold for the full story. Arnold eventually hints that it had something to do with what Iggy was wearing, but didn't reveal anything else. The two stumble upon the answer, and their suspicions are confirmed when Arnold hesitates to deny it. They then proceed to tell everyone in their class, despite swearing to Arnold they wouldn't not 5 minutes earlier. Iggy blames Arnold and refuses to speak to him him, despite Arnold insisting that he didn't spill the beans and even enslaving himself to Iggy in an attempt to make it up to him, until Iggy tells Arnold that he won't be forgiven unless he wears the bunny-suit, bunny-suit in public. Arnold reluctantly agrees, and while the spectacle is going on, Iggy overhears Sid and Stinky talking to each other, flat-out admitting that they were the ones who revealed the secret (with very minimal remorse, naturally), but is too late to call off the event. The episode ends with Iggy begging for a seething Arnold's forgiveness. Iggy gets off more-or-less scot-free with his Disproportionate Retribution, DisproportionateRetribution, and as mentioned above, Sid and Stinky face no judgement for their part.
24th Oct '17 3:12:37 PM Baodioga
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*** This one deserves an explanation. Arnold goes to his classmate Iggy's house to drop off the day's homework since he was out sick. While there, he inadvertently sees Iggy wearing fluffy bunny pajamas. Arnold laughs for a bit, but swears to a pleading Iggy that he won't tell anyone. The next day, Sid and Stinky ask Arnold to describe the experience of going to cool-kid Iggy's house, and Arnold tries to act nonchalant, but can't help but giggle at the memory. Sid and Stinky notice, and repeatedly pester Arnold for the full story. Arnold eventually hints that it had something to do with what Iggy was wearing, but didn't reveal anything else. The two stumble upon the answer, and their suspicions are confirmed when Arnold hesitates to deny it. They then proceed to tell everyone in their class, despite swearing to Arnold they wouldn't not 5 minutes earlier. Iggy blames Arnold and refuses to speak to him despite Arnold insisting that he didn't spill the beans and enslaving himself to Iggy in an attempt to make it up to him, until Iggy tells Arnold that he won't be forgiven unless he wears the bunny-suit, in public. Arnold reluctantly agrees, and while the spectacle is going on, Iggy overhears Sid and Stinky talking to each other, flat-out admitting that they were the ones who revealed the secret (with very minimal remorse, naturally), but is too late to call off the event. The episode ends with Iggy begging for a seething Arnold's forgiveness. Iggy gets off more-or-less scot-free with his Disproportionate Retribution, and as mentioned above, Sid and Stinky face no judgement for their part.
12th Oct '17 10:49:18 AM tetsuzan
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** A combination of DoubleStandard and her status as the shows DesignatedVictim makes Marge this. She can be a {{Jerkass}} on the same level as Homer, but if her actions arenít ignored or played for laughs, her bad behavior is a sign that she's unappreciated or overworked. This includes things such as praying that Lisaís vegetarian diet makes her sick, tricking her into eating meat, and has even tied to kill Homer because she had to take over his driving duties and not once did she even show that she was the slightest bit sorry.
*** There are episodes where Marge is clearly shown in the wrong only for it to go through a ShockingSwerve or HalfwayPlotSwitch so not only are her actions forgotten she usually ends up getting exactly what wanted.
*** Her abuse and neglect of Bart is also regularly ignored in favor of focusing on Homerís.
5th Oct '17 10:00:15 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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 VirtualWorld 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 VirtualWorld 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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