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18th Jul '17 2:54:24 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Series/ThePinkertons'' does this in two different episodes.
** In "Lines of Betrayal", Kate befriends Charlotte, a murder witness who turns out to be a ClassyCatBurglar. The thief steals and sells Kate's jewelry because she's trying to get money to flee UsefulNotes/KansasCity before the CorruptCorporateExecutive she's unwillingly working for can force her to [[FrameUp frame an innocent man]] for murder. After the case is settled, Kate decides Charlotte is a basically decent woman who deserves a second chance and so lets her leave town without pressing charges.
** In "Reunion", when Sheriff Logan learns that four ex-[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] nurses let a GeneralRipper die to spare his men, he decides they've suffered enough and lets them go--except for the one who killed their {{blackmail}}er, and he asks for her to get a prison sentence instead of being hanged.
1st Jul '17 8:54:07 AM Prometheus117
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* In [[TheSmartGuy Jesse Porter's]] debut episode in ''Series/BurnNotice'', Team Westen's plan to deal with the VillainOfTheWeek gunning for him is to set him up carrying illegal weapons and send him to jail. The plan works, but unfortunately said villain was TheMole for the US government on several criminal activities at one point and managed to have his lawyers convince the authorities to "return the favor" and let him go. Michael in-cover name-drops the trope in question, and since they got Jesse and with no time to repeat the old plan Team Westen has to take care of matters [[StuffBlowingUp the old-fashioned way]].

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* In [[TheSmartGuy Jesse Porter's]] debut episode in ''Series/BurnNotice'', Team Westen's plan to deal with the VillainOfTheWeek gunning for him is to set him up carrying illegal weapons and send him to jail. The plan works, but unfortunately said villain was TheMole for the US government on several criminal activities at one point and managed to have his lawyers convince the authorities to "return the favor" and let him go. Michael in-cover name-drops the trope in question, and since they got Jesse and with no time to repeat the old plan Team Westen has to take care of matters [[StuffBlowingUp the old-fashioned way]].
[[BodyguardBetrayal in another fashion]].
1st Jul '17 8:50:06 AM Prometheus117
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* In [[TheSmartGuy Jesse Porter's]] debut episode in ''Series/BurnNotice'', Team Westen's plan to deal with the VillainOfTheWeek gunning for him is to set him up carrying illegal weapons and send him to jail. The plan works, but unfortunately said villain was TheMole for the US government on several criminal activities at one point and managed to have his lawyers convince the authorities to "return the favor" and let him go. Michael in-cover name-drops the trope in question, and since they got Jesse and with no time to repeat the old plan Team Westen has to take care of matters [[StuffBlowingUp the old-fashioned way]].
18th Jun '17 7:30:58 AM RallyBot2
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', standard procedure for villains who become heroes is for them to serve a probationary sentence on a superhero team, generally under house arrest in the heroes headquarters when not on deployment. The logic seems to be that, if they're the sort of villain who ''can'' become a superhero, they'll probably be more secure surrounded by superheroes and CapeBusters than in a medium-security prison.



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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', standard procedure for villains who become heroes is for them to serve a probationary sentence on a superhero team, generally under house arrest in the heroes headquarters when not on deployment. The logic seems to be that, if they're the sort of villain who ''can'' become a superhero, they'll probably be more secure surrounded by superheroes and CapeBusters than in a medium-security prison.
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12th May '17 2:04:48 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': "There's A Penfold In My Suit" had DM and Penfold traveling to the country of Bratislovakia to obtain a powerful gem that had not only caused countries to switch borders but also the personalities of its populace. DM and Penfold have their personalities switch bodies, then Greenback and Stilleto (there to steal the gem) have theirs switch as well. After several confusing switches later, they figure out how to get back in their own bodies. DM lets Greenback and Stiletto off the hook as during this turns of events they had done nothing illegal.
28th Mar '17 9:44:19 PM rjd1922
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* In a bit of a subversion, there's also a perk for this called Ain't Like That Now that can only be taken if your karma is negative, i.e. you were a complete monster. Your karma is reset to neutral, making people ambivalent towards you again, and you get a slew of other bonuses like faster attack speed and immunity to crits.

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* ** In a bit of a subversion, there's also a perk for this called Ain't "Ain't Like That Now Now" that can only be taken if your karma is negative, i.e. you were a complete monster. Your karma is reset to neutral, making people ambivalent towards you again, and you get a slew of other bonuses like faster attack speed and immunity to crits.
9th Mar '17 7:12:54 PM Ramidel
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* In ''Film/TwentyThousandYearsInSingSing'', the warden agreed to furlough Connors from the prison for 24 hours to visit his dying girlfriend, on his honor that he'd come back to Sing Sing. While on the furlough, he is accused of killing his old partner Finn[[labelnote:spoiler]]actually, his girlfriend did it[[/labelnote]], and the warden is blasted by the newspapers and is about to resign when Connors returns to Sing Sing and willingly faces [[HighVoltageDeath the chair]] for his alleged crime. The newspapers treat the Warden as completely vindicated by this, even though he's still responsible for letting a convicted armed robber out on furlough in the first place to shoot someone.
22nd Feb '17 2:20:19 PM margdean56
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* ''Gloriously'' used [[spoiler: and subverted]] at the end of the ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}} Gallimaufry Cycle. Buck returns home and meets with someone to negotiate his 'tax duty', a type of community service (and, to make sure people are prompt, the longer you wait to check in, the ''exponentially'' worse the duty gets... and Buck's been gone a ''while''.) Buck offers up a 'note', which turns out to be a message from the Prime Mover, the most powerful being in the galaxy. The note explains what Buck had been up to all this time - from [[spoiler: finding a religious artifact]] to [[spoiler: preventing multiple intergalactic jihads]] to [[spoiler: stopping a civil war in the seat of galactic government]] to ''[[spoiler: saving humanity itself from extinction]]'', and would he please let Buck off the hook, thank you very much. [[spoiler: Too bad it doesn't work.]]

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* ''Gloriously'' used [[spoiler: and subverted]] at the end of the ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}} Gallimaufry Cycle. Buck returns home and meets with someone to negotiate his 'tax duty', a type of community service (and, to make sure people are prompt, the longer you wait to check in, the ''exponentially'' worse the duty gets... and Buck's been gone a ''while''.) Buck offers up a 'note', which turns out to be a message from the Prime Mover, the most powerful being in the galaxy. The note explains what Buck had been up to all this time - -- from [[spoiler: finding a religious artifact]] to [[spoiler: preventing multiple intergalactic jihads]] to [[spoiler: stopping a civil war in the seat of galactic government]] to ''[[spoiler: saving humanity itself from extinction]]'', and would he please let Buck off the hook, thank you very much. [[spoiler: Too bad it doesn't work.]]



* ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #23]]'' featured a Kelpie who [[{{Brainwashing}} brainwashed]] the entire town with MindControlMusic and forced them to begin demolishing a dam that would inevitably flood and destroy Ponyville. When she's thwarted by the pets and explains she was doing it to help some water sprites get to the ocean, the ponies forgive everything with Twilight Sparkle's now infamous line "Sure she made the wrong choice but she made it for the right reasons. She was trying to help her friends. We've all done something silly for a friend, right?" Most fans were ''not'' pleased by this, considering the kelpie a KarmaHoudini and WellIntentionedExtremist, which lead to mocking it with the [[https://www.derpibooru.org/tags/twilight+justifies+evil+meme Twilight Justifies Evil Meme]] where she forgives everyone from [[HypocriticalHumor herself]] to [[CrossingTheLineTwice Adolf Hitler]] in this manner.

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* ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #23]]'' featured a Kelpie who [[{{Brainwashing}} brainwashed]] the entire town with MindControlMusic and forced them to begin demolishing a dam that would inevitably flood and destroy Ponyville. When she's thwarted by the pets and explains she was doing it to help some water sprites get to the ocean, the ponies forgive everything with Twilight Sparkle's now infamous line "Sure she made the wrong choice but she made it for the right reasons. She was trying to help her friends. We've all done something silly for a friend, right?" Most fans were ''not'' pleased by this, considering the kelpie a KarmaHoudini and WellIntentionedExtremist, which lead led to mocking it with the [[https://www.derpibooru.org/tags/twilight+justifies+evil+meme Twilight Justifies Evil Meme]] where she forgives everyone from [[HypocriticalHumor herself]] to [[CrossingTheLineTwice Adolf Hitler]] in this manner.
22nd Feb '17 2:17:13 PM margdean56
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The underlying logic to this trope is probably twofold: one, a character in prison isn't a potential cast member, and two, if the only reward for turning away from the path of evil and towards good is to be sent to prison and punished, then why would anyone ever abandon evil if they're going to be punished either way? In other words, being allowed to remain free- tormented or not- is almost like a karmic reward for the new hero's redemption, a second chance. That doesn't mean they necessarily feel good about it.

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The underlying logic to this trope is probably twofold: one, a character in prison isn't a potential cast member, and two, if the only reward for turning away from the path of evil and towards good is to be sent to prison and punished, then why would anyone ever abandon evil if they're going to be punished either way? In other words, being allowed to remain free- tormented free--tormented or not- is not--is almost like a karmic reward for the new hero's redemption, a second chance. That doesn't mean they necessarily feel good about it.
21st Feb '17 6:54:02 PM Valen
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* In a bit of a subversion, there's also a perk for this called Ain't Like That Now that can only be taken if your karma is negative, i.e. you were a complete monster. Your karma is reset to neutral, making people ambivalent towards you again, and you get a slew of other bonuses like faster attack speed and immunity to crits.
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