History Main / KarmaHoudini

15th Sep '17 10:49:52 AM TompaDompa
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Don't mistake a lack of direct karma for this trope. If a character, for example, murders someone and never gets caught, but a freak lightning strike kills them, they've still gotten their just desserts even though the lightning had no connection to their crime.

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Don't mistake a lack of direct karma for this trope. If a character, for example, murders someone and never gets caught, but a freak lightning strike kills them, they've still gotten their just desserts deserts even though the lightning had no connection to their crime.
1st Jun '17 1:51:32 PM MagBas
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In DarkerAndEdgier works, abusing this trope will almost invariably lead to DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
29th May '17 2:03:58 PM Tehrannotaur
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Compare ButtMonkey, for which a character ends up having many disproportionately bad things happen to them throughout the story (and may also technically qualify for this trope, as hard as that sounds). The extreme counterpart of that trope, CosmicPlaything, can be considered this trope's polar {{opposite|Tropes}}. Also compare with NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, where the good guy suffers as a result of doing the right thing.

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Compare ButtMonkey, for which a character ends up having many disproportionately bad things happen to them throughout the story (and may also technically qualify for this trope, as hard as that sounds). The extreme counterpart of that the former trope, CosmicPlaything, can be considered this trope's polar {{opposite|Tropes}}. Also compare with NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, where the good guy suffers as a result of doing the right thing.



Note that a character doesn't necessarily need to be a villain, or even evil, to qualify for this trope. They may simply end up doing unnecessarily hurtful things, yet not suffer the repercussions. Worst comes to worst, a stolen happy ending may take place at the expense of the [[KarmicMisfire hapless victim who may be punished in the guilty character's place.]]

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In DarkerAndEdgier works, abusing this trope will almost invariably lead to DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.

Note that a character doesn't necessarily need to be a villain, or even evil, to qualify for this trope. They may simply end up [[KickTheDog doing unnecessarily hurtful things, things]], yet not suffer the repercussions. Worst comes to worst, a stolen happy ending may take place at the expense of the [[KarmicMisfire hapless victim who may be punished in the guilty character's place.]]
19th Feb '17 12:21:40 PM ShorinBJ
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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe even praised, and even getting elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.

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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe even praised, and even getting elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.



Note also: The work usually must be completed for a character to qualify as this trope. Only if there are no more opportunities for LaserGuidedKarma to strike can a character be said to have successfully avoided any consequences for their actions. Exceptions may be made in cases where StatusQuoIsGod, or when a character can be said to have permanently escaped, e.g. they died peacefully in their sleep at an old age.

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Note also: The work usually must be completed for a character to qualify as this trope. Only if there are no more opportunities for LaserGuidedKarma to strike can a character be said to have successfully avoided any consequences for their actions. Exceptions may be made in cases where StatusQuoIsGod, or when a character can be said to have permanently escaped, e.g. they died peacefully in their sleep at an old age.
age. Otherwise, resist the urge to put it on an ongoing work's page.
14th Feb '17 12:54:11 PM Lawman592
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Note that a character doesn't necessarily need to be a villain, or even evil, to qualify for this trope. They may simply end up doing unnecessarily hurtful things, yet not suffer the repercussions. Worst comes to worst, a stolen happy ending may take place at the expense of the [[ButtMonkey hapless victim]].

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Note that a character doesn't necessarily need to be a villain, or even evil, to qualify for this trope. They may simply end up doing unnecessarily hurtful things, yet not suffer the repercussions. Worst comes to worst, a stolen happy ending may take place at the expense of the [[ButtMonkey [[KarmicMisfire hapless victim]].
victim who may be punished in the guilty character's place.]]
9th Nov '16 6:08:35 AM malter
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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe even praised, even getting elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.

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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe even praised, and even getting elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.
9th Nov '16 6:08:06 AM malter
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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe praised, even getting elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.

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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe even praised, even getting elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.
9th Nov '16 6:02:14 AM malter
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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe even praised, and gets elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.

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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe even praised, and gets even getting elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.
9th Nov '16 6:00:13 AM malter
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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.

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The character has done a number of things that deserve a karmic comeuppance, most importantly things that caused harm to the innocent. But when the time comes for the [[LaserGuidedKarma hammer]] to fall, that's not what happens. At least, not on him. He ''doesn't'' get what he deserves. Instead, he gets away scot-free. He is forgiven, maybe even praised, and gets elected president. And he might even have ''reversed'' the HumiliationConga that was being planned for him.
3rd Sep '16 8:24:13 PM ShorinBJ
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Don't mistake a lack of direct karma for this trope. If a character, for example, commits a heinous crime and no one ever finds out about it, but something suitably bad happens to them, they've still gotten their just desserts.

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Don't mistake a lack of direct karma for this trope. If a character, for example, commits a heinous crime murders someone and no one ever finds out about it, never gets caught, but something suitably bad happens to a freak lightning strike kills them, they've still gotten their just desserts.
desserts even though the lightning had no connection to their crime.
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