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22nd Jul '17 5:35:25 AM Njein
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* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'': In the beginning of the film, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who suddenly resurfaced after years of laying low, is back with a plan to exact revenge on his ArchEnemy for foiling his numerous {{Evil Plan}}s, [[EvilCripple permanently crippling him]] at the end of ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen causing the downfall of his criminal organization]]. He tries to kill James Bond while the latter is visiting the grave of his dead wife and [[MurderByRemoteControlVehicle sadistically toys with Bond via a remote-controlled chopper]]. Taunting Bond, he causes the chopper to make several near misses on high buildings before steering it into a disused factory where it will inevitably crash. But Blofeld's warranty finally expires when Bond turns the tables by regaining control over the helicopter and [[VillainousBreakdown has him at his mercy when 007 uses the helicopter's skids to capture his wheelchair, lifting him into the skies]]. [[VillainsWantMercy Blofeld]] [[AintTooProudToBeg even pathetically]] [[DirtyCoward begs Bond to spare him]], but Bond won't have any and [[AssholeVictim drops him down a]] [[DisneyVillainDeath tall industrial chimney stack to his death]], killing him for good.

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* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'': In the beginning of the film, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond's biggest ArchEnemy and the former leader of [[NebulousEvilOrganization SPECTRE]], who suddenly resurfaced after years of laying low, is back with a plan to exact revenge on his ArchEnemy 007 for foiling his numerous {{Evil Plan}}s, [[EvilCripple permanently crippling him]] at the end of ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen causing the downfall of his criminal organization]]. empire]]. He tries to kill James Bond 007 while the latter is visiting the grave of his dead wife and [[MurderByRemoteControlVehicle sadistically toys with Bond via a remote-controlled chopper]]. Taunting Sadistically taunting Bond, he causes the chopper to make several near misses on high buildings before steering it into a disused factory where it will inevitably crash. But [[spoiler:But Blofeld's warranty finally expires when Bond turns the tables by regaining control over the helicopter and [[VillainousBreakdown has him at his mercy when 007 uses the helicopter's skids to capture his wheelchair, lifting him into the skies]]. skies. [[VillainsWantMercy Blofeld]] [[AintTooProudToBeg even pathetically]] [[VillainousBreakdown begs Bond]] [[DirtyCoward begs Bond to spare him]], but Bond won't have any and [[AssholeVictim drops him down a]] [[DisneyVillainDeath tall industrial chimney stack to his death]], killing him for good.]]
21st Jul '17 8:13:20 AM Njein
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* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'': In the beginning of the film, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who suddenly resurfaced after years of laying low and is back with a plan to exact revenge on his ArchEnemy for foiling his numerous {{Evil Plan}}s, [[EvilCripple permanently crippling him]] at the end of ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen causing the downfall of his criminal organization]]. He tries to kill James Bond while the latter is visiting the grave of his dead wife and [[MurderByRemoteControlVehicle sadistically toys with Bond via a remote-controlled chopper]]. Taunting Bond, he causes the chopper to make several near misses on high buildings before steering it into a disused factory where it will inevitably crash. But Blofeld's warranty finally expires when Bond turns the tables by regaining control over the helicopter and [[VillainousBreakdown has him at his mercy when 007 uses the helicopter's skids to capture his wheelchair, lifting him into the skies]]. [[VillainsWantMercy Blofeld]] [[AintTooProudToBeg even pathetically]] [[DirtyCoward begs Bond to spare him]], but Bond won't have any and [[AssholeVictim drops him down a tall industrial chimney stack to his death]], presumably killing him for good.

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* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'': In the beginning of the film, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who suddenly resurfaced after years of laying low and low, is back with a plan to exact revenge on his ArchEnemy for foiling his numerous {{Evil Plan}}s, [[EvilCripple permanently crippling him]] at the end of ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen causing the downfall of his criminal organization]]. He tries to kill James Bond while the latter is visiting the grave of his dead wife and [[MurderByRemoteControlVehicle sadistically toys with Bond via a remote-controlled chopper]]. Taunting Bond, he causes the chopper to make several near misses on high buildings before steering it into a disused factory where it will inevitably crash. But Blofeld's warranty finally expires when Bond turns the tables by regaining control over the helicopter and [[VillainousBreakdown has him at his mercy when 007 uses the helicopter's skids to capture his wheelchair, lifting him into the skies]]. [[VillainsWantMercy Blofeld]] [[AintTooProudToBeg even pathetically]] [[DirtyCoward begs Bond to spare him]], but Bond won't have any and [[AssholeVictim drops him down a a]] [[DisneyVillainDeath tall industrial chimney stack to his death]], presumably killing him for good.
21st Jul '17 8:11:26 AM Njein
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* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'': In the beginning of the film, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who suddenly resurfaced after years of laying low and is back with a plan to exact revenge on his ArchEnemy for foiling his numerous {{Evil Plan}}s, [[EvilCripple permanently crippling him]] at the end of ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen causing the downfall of his criminal organization]]. He tries to kill James Bond while the latter is visiting the grave of his dead wife and [[MurderByRemoteControlVehicle sadistically toys with Bond via a remote-controlled chopper]]. Taunting Bond, he causes the chopper to make several near misses on high buildings before steering it into a disused factory where it will inevitably crash. But Blofeld's warranty finally expires when Bond turns the tables by regaining control over the helicopter and [[VillainousBreakdown has him at his mercy when 007 uses the helicopter's skids to capture his wheelchair, lifting him into the skies]]. [[VillainsWantMercy Blofeld]] [[AintTooProudToBeg even pathetically]] [[DirtyCoward begs Bond to spare him]], but Bond won't have any and [[AssholeVictim drops him down a tall industrial chimney stack to his death]], presumably killing him for good.
19th Jul '17 4:14:35 PM zookx1
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* The Series ''Series/NewTricks'' is essentially built around a gang of retired detectives trying to track down Karma Houdinis and invalidate their warranties. The best example of the series is probably Ricky Hanson; the closest thing the series has to a BigBad. [[spoiler:After killing the wife of one of the main characters, his own brother, and countless victims in between, he is brought to trial in the first episode of season 5. Tragically, following a furious mudslinging match against the thoroughly discredited witnesses, some glaringly obvious jury tampering, and possibly a bit of muckraking from an insider (thus explaining how his lawyer knew so much about the UCOS team), he walks away Scott free and takes immense delight in cruelly rubbing Jack's face in it. Fortunately, he comes back into the picture in the season 6 episode "The Last Laugh" and is finally nailed, not just for the murder the team were investigating at the time, but also for several other crimes he had committed (including [[ParentalIncest incest]]). The episode ends with the team breaking out the champagne and Jack sitting by his wife's grave assuring her "we got 'im!".]]
18th Jul '17 2:36:50 PM MarkLungo
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* Prohibition Agent Nelson van Alden of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' does some pretty heinous things in his pursuit of Nucky Thompson, eventually being caught out for a past murder and going on the run. Once he flees Atlantic City and starts a new life in Chicago, living under an assumed name with his baby and the nanny he later married, everyone pretty much gives up hunting him and he settles into an honest civilian life, the hardships and humiliations of which he sees as his penance. What drags him back into the dark is that his wife, who he's given vague warnings about his shady past, murders an innocent visitor who she mistakes for one of the "bad men", and covering up the crime puts him in debt to the Chicago mob.
** And seven years later when a member of said mob turns out to be an undercover government agent who figures out who he really is and arrests him, he's told he'll have to betray Al Capone in order to avoid serious jail time. Good luck with that one, Nelson.

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* Prohibition Agent Nelson van Alden of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' does some pretty heinous things in his pursuit of Nucky Thompson, eventually being caught out for a past murder and going on the run. Once he flees Atlantic City and starts a new life in Chicago, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, living under an assumed name with his baby and the nanny he later married, everyone pretty much gives up hunting him and he settles into an honest civilian life, the hardships and humiliations of which he sees as his penance. What drags him back into the dark is that his wife, who he's given vague warnings about his shady past, murders an innocent visitor who she mistakes for one of the "bad men", and covering up the crime puts him in debt to the Chicago mob.
** And seven years later when a member of said mob turns out to be an undercover government agent who figures out who he really is and arrests him, he's told he'll have to betray Al Capone UsefulNotes/AlCapone in order to avoid serious jail time. Good luck with that one, Nelson.
18th Jul '17 2:34:41 PM MarkLungo
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* Throughout ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Amanda Waller gets away with some pretty dubious things as the head of [[FunWithAcronyms A.R.G.U.S]], despite being TheSociopath, prone to StupidEvil behavior and being an InUniverse HateSink absolutely nobody likes, even those ostensibly under her command. Until roughly halfway through season 4. [[spoiler: After it's confirmed that the sociopathic Waller will let her entire staff be killed off in a hostage situation without even blinking if the alternative is bargaining, the leader of the terrorists immediately shoots her in the head in disgust and nonchalantly starts bargaining with the next best candidate instead.]]



* Throughout ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Amanda Waller gets away with some pretty dubious things as the head of [[FunWithAcronyms A.R.G.U.S]], despite being TheSociopath, prone to StupidEvil behavior and being an InUniverse HateSink absolutely nobody likes, even those ostensibly under her command. Until roughly halfway through season 4. [[spoiler: After it's confirmed that the sociopathic Waller will let her entire staff be killed off in a hostage situation without even blinking if the alternative is bargaining, the leader of the terrorists immediately shoots her in the head in disgust and nonchalantly starts bargaining with the next best candidate instead.]]
18th Jul '17 2:31:42 PM MarkLungo
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* At the end of ''Series/ThePinkertons'' episode "Old Pap", it seems that General Sterling Price, a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain who attempts to take over Missouri and revive slavery just after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, is going to walk free since Will and Kate can't prove anything against him. But then, [[spoiler:we learn that Price [[LaserGuidedKarma has gotten cholera from drinking contaminated water]], although he had his own supply. It's implied he was poisoned by ex-slave John Bell, whom he'd maimed earlier in the episode. While the end of "Old Pap" leaves his fate ambiguous, in the ClipShow "Review" we learn that Price did indeed die of cholera, just as his RealLife equivalent did.]]

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* At the end of ''Series/ThePinkertons'' episode "Old Pap", it seems that General Sterling Price, a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain and ruthless sadist who attempts to take over Missouri and revive slavery just after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, is going to walk free since Will and Kate can't prove anything against him. But then, [[spoiler:we learn that Price [[LaserGuidedKarma has gotten cholera from drinking contaminated water]], although he had his own supply. It's implied he was poisoned by ex-slave John Bell, whom he'd maimed earlier in the episode. While the end of "Old Pap" leaves his fate ambiguous, in the ClipShow "Review" we learn that Price did indeed die of cholera, just as his RealLife equivalent did.]]
18th Jul '17 2:30:39 PM MarkLungo
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* ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog: Geoffrey St. John [[spoiler:got away with committing treason, which included a long list of actions such as letting Dr. Robotnik usurp the kingdom, because he was pardoned by his then recently crowned master, Ixis Naugus. When Naugus' plan to use mind control on the Council of Acorn fails, and Geoffrey finally sees Naugus for what he is, he tries to appeal to Naugus to change his ways, and gets [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Naugus. Now that the book has gone through a ContinuityReboot, Geoffrey's ultimate fate is unclear, but he's no longer relevant to the book. Though it's very possible that he's been [[RetGone wiped from existence]] [[ScrewedByTheLawyers due to the lawsuit that resulted in said reboot]].]]

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* ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog: ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': Geoffrey St. John [[spoiler:got away with committing treason, which included a long list of actions such as letting Dr. Robotnik usurp the kingdom, because he was pardoned by his then recently crowned master, Ixis Naugus. When Naugus' plan to use mind control MindControl on the Council of Acorn fails, and Geoffrey finally sees Naugus for what he is, he tries to appeal to Naugus to change his ways, and gets [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Naugus. Now that the book has gone through a ContinuityReboot, Geoffrey's ultimate fate is unclear, but he's no longer relevant to the book. Though it's very possible that he's been [[RetGone wiped from existence]] [[ScrewedByTheLawyers due to the lawsuit that resulted in said reboot]].]]



* ''{{Series/Midsomer Murders}}'' has one as the motive of a case. By chance a woman meets the son of a man who, 40 years ago while working as a mercenary in Africa, committed a war crime in the village where she was volunteering as a teacher. To get some revenge for his atrocity which left several of her students dead, she blackmails him to donate a million pounds to a charity dedicated to repairing the damage men like him caused. [[spoiler: He knew she was a nun and attempted to murder her but killed one of her convent sisters instead because they both wore glasses. This led to the police getting involved and his being arrested.]]

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* ''{{Series/Midsomer Murders}}'' ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' has one as the motive of a case. By chance a woman meets the son of a man who, 40 years ago while working as a mercenary in Africa, committed a war crime in the village where she was volunteering as a teacher. To get some revenge for his atrocity which left several of her students dead, she blackmails him to donate a million pounds to a charity dedicated to repairing the damage men like him caused. [[spoiler: He knew she was a nun and attempted to murder her but killed one of her convent sisters instead because they both wore glasses. This led to the police getting involved and his being arrested.]]


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* At the end of ''Series/ThePinkertons'' episode "Old Pap", it seems that General Sterling Price, a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain who attempts to take over Missouri and revive slavery just after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, is going to walk free since Will and Kate can't prove anything against him. But then, [[spoiler:we learn that Price [[LaserGuidedKarma has gotten cholera from drinking contaminated water]], although he had his own supply. It's implied he was poisoned by ex-slave John Bell, whom he'd maimed earlier in the episode. While the end of "Old Pap" leaves his fate ambiguous, in the ClipShow "Review" we learn that Price did indeed die of cholera, just as his RealLife equivalent did.]]
10th Jul '17 7:09:11 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': Jerry often comes out the victor in his conflicts with Tom, even in situations where he's the aggressor and Tom is the victim. However, shorts such as "The Million Dollar Cat" and "The Year of the Mouse" end with Tom winning for once, and Jerry getting a suitable comeuppance.
8th Jul '17 4:22:20 AM narm00
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* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', a flashback arc set in the Pre-War era have the corrupt Senator Proteus get away with all the terrible things he's done... but only because the comic's chronology states that Proteus gets brutally murdered for his crimes a couple months afterwards.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', a flashback arc set in the Pre-War era have has the corrupt Senator Proteus get away with all the terrible things he's done... but only because the comic's chronology states that Proteus gets brutally murdered for his crimes a couple months afterwards.



* In ''Fanfic/ForHisOwnSake'', all of the Hinata Girls suffer a massive HumiliationConga after Keitaro, who finally GrewASpine after years of "comedic" abuse, leaves the Inn and dumps Naru, and, in trying to undo those, RealityEnsues hard on them. So far only Hina, Naru, Motoko and Mutsumi are still trying to get an extension of their warranty, but everything points that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard their own bad choices will keep biting even harder]].

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* In ''Fanfic/ForHisOwnSake'', all of the Hinata Girls suffer a massive HumiliationConga after Keitaro, who finally GrewASpine after years of "comedic" abuse, leaves the Inn and dumps Naru, and, in trying to undo those, find RealityEnsues hard on them. So far only Hina, Naru, Motoko and Mutsumi are still trying to get an extension of their warranty, but everything points that to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard their own bad choices will keep biting even harder]].



** This is the cause of the in-universe expiration of the Hinata Girls Karma Houdini Warranty. If the girls had just followed their base anti-male reflexes and refused to carry on Granny Hina's plan of bring her grandson to become the Inn manager (a thing none of them wanted but still accepted to do because of their love for their landlady), none of them (Hina included) wouldn't had received the reality bitch-slaps they are still getting.

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** This is the cause of the in-universe expiration of the Hinata Girls Girls' Karma Houdini Warranty. If the girls had just followed their base anti-male reflexes and refused to carry on Granny Hina's plan of bring bringing her grandson to become the Inn manager (a thing none of them wanted but still accepted to do because of their love for their landlady), none of them (Hina included) wouldn't had would have received the reality bitch-slaps they are still they're getting.



* Artemis Entreri from ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt''. He initially [[Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy seems like a KarmaHoudini]], but karma catches up big-time in the [[Literature/LegacyOfTheDrow sequel]]. [[spoiler: He gets beaten up by his nemesis and shot with a sleeping dart, leaving him hanging by a tattered cloak from a rock spur. The person he treated so badly from the trilogy finds him and cuts the cloak. He survives, but winds up in a city full of people just like him and finds out how bad his lifestyle choice is, eventually triggering a HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* Artemis Entreri from ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt''. He initially [[Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy seems like a KarmaHoudini]], Karma Houdini]], but karma catches up big-time in the [[Literature/LegacyOfTheDrow sequel]]. [[spoiler: He gets beaten up by his nemesis and shot with a sleeping dart, leaving him hanging by a tattered cloak from a rock spur. The person he treated so badly from the trilogy finds him and cuts the cloak. He survives, but winds up in a city full of people just like him and finds out how bad his lifestyle choice is, eventually triggering a HeelFaceTurn.]]



* Byakuren Hijiri from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is another example. She once posed as a Youkai exterminator for the human while secretly colluding with the Youkai; this was solely done just so to assure her power from Youkai wouldn't "disappear." She eventually came to genuinely care for Youkai and realized this wasn't the way to go about things, thus changed her ways, relocating youkai to places where they couldn't harm humans while trying to make peace between the two species from behind the scenes. This got found out, and the humans who trusted her to be an exterminator before called her a traitor, and sealed her down in the demon world, Makai.

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* Byakuren Hijiri from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is another example. She once posed as a Youkai exterminator for the human humans while secretly colluding with the Youkai; this was solely done just so to assure her power from Youkai wouldn't "disappear." She eventually came to genuinely care for Youkai and realized this wasn't the way to go about things, thus changed her ways, relocating youkai to places where they couldn't harm humans while trying to make peace between the two species from behind the scenes. This got found out, and the humans who trusted her to be an exterminator before called her a traitor, and sealed her down in the demon world, Makai.



* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' CorruptCorporateExecutive Madeline Pynch gets away with illgeal digging, including brainwashing the town of Griffin Rock into doing it, activates a doomsday weapon by accident and ultimately almost sinking the town--and unlike MadScientist Dr. Morocco, gets away scot free for that last stunt. The Season 4 episode "Cody's 11" sees Karma deliver a swift kick to her ass as [[spoiler: the Burns and Bots decide to take back what she stole after she swiped some unstable Energon and tried to market it as an alternate energy source, and had the foresight to switch the mind-wiping Verne Device out with a fake and record her confession. Even her attempt to blackmail them fails as the town has learned the true nature of the Bots at the start of the season and accepted them.]]

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* The In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' CorruptCorporateExecutive Madeline Pynch gets away with illgeal digging, including brainwashing the town of Griffin Rock into doing it, activates a doomsday weapon by accident and ultimately almost sinking the town--and unlike MadScientist Dr. Morocco, gets away scot free for that last stunt. The Season 4 episode "Cody's 11" sees Karma deliver a swift kick to her ass as [[spoiler: the Burns and Bots decide to take back what she stole after she swiped some unstable Energon and tried to market it as an alternate energy source, and had the foresight to switch the mind-wiping Verne Device out with a fake and record her confession. Even her attempt to blackmail them fails as the town has learned the true nature of the Bots at the start of the season and accepted them.]]
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