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13th Dec '17 7:39:25 PM PaulA
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* Happens in ''WalkingWithDinosaurs: The Movie''. [[BigBrotherBully Scowler]] [[KickTheDog attacks and beats up his brother Patchi, nastily tells him he's no longer of the herd, and leaves him to die while preventing everyone including Juniper to help him]]. All for leading said herd from drowning in a frozen lake, which [[NeverMyFault Scowler himself lead them into]]. Minutes later, Scowler [[KickTheSonOfABitch gets attacked and mauled by Gorgon]] with the rest of the herd abandoning him.

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* Happens in ''WalkingWithDinosaurs: ''Film/WalkingWithDinosaurs: The Movie''. [[BigBrotherBully Scowler]] [[KickTheDog attacks and beats up his brother Patchi, nastily tells him he's no longer of the herd, and leaves him to die while preventing everyone including Juniper to help him]]. All for leading said herd from drowning in a frozen lake, which [[NeverMyFault Scowler himself lead them into]]. Minutes later, Scowler [[KickTheSonOfABitch gets attacked and mauled by Gorgon]] with the rest of the herd abandoning him.
11th Dec '17 7:08:59 PM MagiMecha
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** There was also the time where AH and Creator/FunHaus played a few rounds of ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' with FH not realizing that AH swapped out their usual team in favor of their more video game-competent "B Team", creaming them. In response, when they came back to play ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', FH brought in Cloud 9, a ''professional e-sports team''. The CurbStompBattle was so bad, Geoff Ramsay had to call in ''his daughter Millie'' to save face!
6th Dec '17 3:47:52 PM MasterN
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* After a millennia of [[spoiler:forcing innocent girls to die painful, horrific deaths]] and [[KarmaHoudini getting away with it]], [[HiveMind Kyubey and his entire species]] finally get what's coming to them at the end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion''. [[spoiler:Being an entirely emotionless species that sees humans as cattle, the Incubators have never felt any reluctance or guilt about doing so. Then Homura repurposed them into her new universe - where they suddenly ''felt'' the pain and despair of all the girls they'd harvested, and were forced to bear it as their victims had borne it. Kyubey's plans: destroyed beyond repair. His species: enslaved by one of his own "cattle" to serve as the outlet for all the curses of the world. Kyubey himself: MindRaped.]]

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* After a millennia of [[spoiler:forcing innocent girls to die painful, horrific deaths]] and [[KarmaHoudini getting away with it]], [[HiveMind [[spoiler:[[HiveMind Kyubey and his entire species]] species]]]] finally get what's coming to them at the end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion''. [[spoiler:Being an entirely emotionless species that sees humans as cattle, the Incubators have never felt any reluctance or guilt about doing so. Then Homura repurposed them into her new universe - where they suddenly ''felt'' the pain and despair of all the girls they'd harvested, and were forced to bear it as their victims had borne it. Kyubey's plans: destroyed beyond repair. His species: enslaved by one of his own "cattle" to serve as the outlet for all the curses of the world. Kyubey himself: MindRaped.]]
4th Dec '17 11:16:17 AM DLMaximum1
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*** Cornelious Fudge spent an entire year denying that Voldemort was back, and set up an entire smear campaign against Harry, Dumbledore, and their supporters to disgrace them and to destroy their reputations. Once it turns out that Voldemort really had returned, all of the slander he aimed at his "enemies" turned around and bit him in the ass. The entire wizarding community now sees him as a coward, so he gets fired in disgrace with his reputation is destroyed, and he's going down in history as one of the worst Ministers of Magic ever.

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*** Cornelious Cornelius Fudge spent an entire year denying that Voldemort was back, and set up an entire smear campaign against Harry, Dumbledore, and their supporters to disgrace them and to destroy their reputations. Once it turns out that Voldemort really had returned, all of the slander he aimed at his "enemies" turned around and bit him in the ass. The entire wizarding community now sees him as a coward, so he gets fired in disgrace with his reputation is destroyed, and he's going down in history as one of the worst Ministers of Magic ever.
4th Dec '17 11:14:53 AM DLMaximum1
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** A possible case of Laser-Guided Karma existed in the first part of the film adaptation of The Deathly Hallows, where, after Harry Potter managed to deactivate Umbridges' patronus keeping a hive of Dementors at bay, she and the court were engulfed by them.
** Umbridge at the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''. Hates "half-breeds" like centaurs, mermaids, etc. Traumatised so badly by them that the next time we see her (not too long after the incident in question), she's practically catatonic. Sadly it doesn't stick.

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** A possible case of Laser-Guided Karma existed in the first part of the film adaptation of The Deathly Hallows, where, after Harry Potter managed to deactivate Umbridges' Umbridge's patronus keeping a hive of Dementors at bay, she and the court were engulfed by them.
** Umbridge at the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''. Hates "half-breeds" like centaurs, mermaids, etc. Traumatised Traumatized so badly by them that the next time we see her (not too long after the incident in question), she's practically catatonic. Sadly it doesn't stick.



** Lockhart, who takes credit for other people's achievements then erases their memories. He tries to do the same to Ron and Harry in ''Chamber of Secrets'' but uses a broken wand which causes the Obliviate spell to ''backfire'' and wipe ''his'' memories. Pottermore shows that this was somewhat intentional on Dumbledore's part at least since he knew some of the people whose memoryies Lockhart wiped and hired him so he'd end up exposing himself as a fraud.
** Having unsuccessfully goaded Harry into [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred inflicting a Cruciatus on her]] in ''Order of the Phoenix'', Bellatrix gets hit by Harry with an ''epically painful Cruciatus'' in ''Deathly Hallows''. Another thing that bit Bellatrix in the butt was her trying to murder Ginny Weasley in front of her overprotective and furious mother. "Not my daughter you bitch" indeed. Even more ironic is that Bellatrix kills her cousin Sirius after he underestimated he and yet she later does the same thing with the same consequences. Especially ironic is the imagery of both of them laughing right before the curse hits.

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** Gilderoy Lockhart, who takes credit for other people's achievements then erases their memories. He tries to do the same to Ron and Harry in ''Chamber of Secrets'' but uses a broken wand which causes the Obliviate spell to ''backfire'' and wipe ''his'' memories. Pottermore shows that this was somewhat intentional on Dumbledore's part at least since he knew some of the people whose memoryies Lockhart wiped and hired him so he'd end up exposing himself as a fraud.
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** Having unsuccessfully goaded Harry into [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred inflicting a Cruciatus on her]] in ''Order of the Phoenix'', Bellatrix Lestrange gets hit by Harry with an ''epically painful Cruciatus'' in ''Deathly Hallows''. Another thing that bit Bellatrix in the butt was her trying to murder Ginny Weasley in front of her overprotective and furious mother. "Not my daughter you bitch" indeed. Even more ironic is that Bellatrix kills her cousin Sirius after he underestimated he and yet she later does the same thing with the same consequences. Especially ironic is the imagery of both of them laughing right before the curse hits.
4th Dec '17 11:12:05 AM DLMaximum1
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* Franchise/SpiderMan in his origin story allows a burglar to escape from a pursuing policeman. ''One page later'' his beloved Uncle Ben is dead, killed by the same man. Not a TragicMistake, as this event then galvanizes him to devote his life to heroically fighting crime instead of propelling him towards a tragic catastrophe. Which is also why [[spoiler:Spider-Man decides not to interfere with the event when he travels back through time in ASM #500]].

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* Franchise/SpiderMan in his origin story allows a burglar to escape from a pursuing policeman. ''One page later'' his beloved Uncle Ben is dead, killed by the same man. Not a TragicMistake, as this event then galvanizes him to devote his life to heroically fighting crime instead of propelling him towards a tragic catastrophe. Which is also why [[spoiler:Spider-Man decides not to interfere with the event when he travels back through time in ASM ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #500]].



** Former commissioner and CorruptCop Gillian Loeb briefly reappears in issue 2. Jim Gordon, who'd recently attain his iconic rank as commissioner, is clearly less than pleased by the visit--and rightfully so as Loeb came be to do two things: gloat about both Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face and the Hangman killing [[Series/{{Batman}} Chief O'Hara]], and to not-subtly imply he intends to use the latter to try to get the Commissioner position back back from Gordon. The issue literally ends with the reveal of Loeb's corpse, a victim of the Hangman, before he could realize his plan.

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** Former commissioner and CorruptCop Gillian Loeb briefly reappears in issue 2. #2. Jim Gordon, who'd recently attain attained his iconic rank as commissioner, is clearly less than pleased by the visit--and rightfully so as Loeb came be to do two things: gloat about both Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face and the Hangman killing [[Series/{{Batman}} Chief O'Hara]], and to not-subtly imply he intends to use the latter to try to get the Commissioner position back back from Gordon. The issue literally ends with the reveal of Loeb's corpse, a victim of the Hangman, before he could realize his plan.



* A very ''literal'' use of this trope was utilized in ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'', specifically in regards to the film's titular villain. To put it simply, Goldmember betrays Dr. Evil (who surprising for his name, undergoes a HeelFaceTurn when he [[LukeIAmYourFather learns that he is actually Austin Power's long lost brother, and that Nigel Powers is his father]]) and attempts to fulfill that Dr. Evil nearly started: The destruction of the planet with a Golden Meteorite dragged onto the planet by the Preparation H tractor beam. He also kept a spare of the master key (hint: It's his gilded groin) after losing the original Master Key into the shark tank. Dr. Evil, now Dougie Powers, manages to reverse the polarity of the tractor beam, causing the energies caused by his activating the tractor beam to backfire on Goldmember, electrocuting him, fall near the shark tank's edge. He is then arrested, and going by his comments is most likely going to await execution.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': Loki spends much of the movie belittling Bruce Banner/Hulk, basically describing him as a mindless uncontrollable subhuman to anyone within earshot, even to his very face. Loki even manages to use Banner's more vicious side to steam-roller SHIELD and the Avengers. No prizes for guessing who gets to ram a thick, humbling slice of marble and concrete flavoured pie down his slimy gullet in the denouement!

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* A very ''literal'' use of this trope was utilized in ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'', specifically in regards to the film's titular villain. To put it simply, Goldmember betrays Dr. Evil (who surprising for his name, undergoes a HeelFaceTurn when he [[LukeIAmYourFather learns that he is actually Austin Power's Powers' long lost brother, and that Nigel Powers is his father]]) and attempts to fulfill that the plan which Dr. Evil nearly started: The the destruction of the planet with a Golden Meteorite dragged onto the planet by the Preparation H tractor beam. He also kept a spare of the master key (hint: It's it's his gilded groin) after losing the original Master Key into the shark tank. Dr. Evil, now Dougie Powers, manages to reverse the polarity of the tractor beam, causing the energies caused by his activating which causes the tractor beam to backfire on Goldmember, electrocuting him, fall near the shark tank's edge. him. He is then arrested, arrested and going by his comments comments, is most likely going to await execution.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': Loki spends much of the movie belittling Bruce Banner/Hulk, basically describing him as a mindless uncontrollable subhuman to anyone within earshot, even to his very face. Loki even manages to use Banner's more vicious side to steam-roller SHIELD steam-roll over S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. No prizes for guessing who gets to ram a thick, humbling slice of marble and concrete flavoured concrete-flavored pie down his slimy gullet in the denouement!



* In ''The Fury Of Hercules'' the mute warrior Kaldos kills [[spoiler:the Queen]] by throwing a spear at her, stabbing her in the back. Shortly thereafter, a pissed off Hercules kills Kaldos by breaking his neck with a spear.

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* In ''The Fury Of Hercules'' of Hercules'', the mute warrior Kaldos kills [[spoiler:the Queen]] by throwing a spear at her, stabbing her in the back. Shortly thereafter, a pissed off Hercules kills Kaldos by breaking his neck with a spear.



** In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', [[spoiler: Hoskins is killed by Delta,]] one of the ''Velociraptors'' he wanted to weaponize. After invoking the GodzillaThreshold, Hoskins was able to manufacture a situation that justified [[spoiler: releasing the raptors into a combat zone,]] only to learn first-hand just how effective the ''Velociraptors'' are.

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** In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', [[spoiler: Hoskins is killed by Delta,]] Delta]], one of the ''Velociraptors'' he wanted to weaponize. After invoking the GodzillaThreshold, Hoskins was able to manufacture a situation that justified [[spoiler: releasing the raptors into a combat zone,]] only to learn first-hand just how effective the ''Velociraptors'' are.



* The plot of ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' centres around a stolen diamond that most of the other characters are trying to steal so that they can profit from it... except for Turkish and Tommy, two hapless boxing promoters who don't even know the diamond exists and are doing nothing more morally or ethically questionable than trying to survive a rigged boxing match organised by a psychotic gangster. [[spoiler:They end up finding the diamond and profiting from it, while everyone else either dies, gets arrested or loses out.]]

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* The plot of ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' centres centers around a stolen diamond that most of the other characters are trying to steal so that they can profit from it... except for Turkish and Tommy, two hapless boxing promoters who don't even know the diamond exists and are doing nothing more morally or ethically questionable than trying to survive a rigged boxing match organised by a psychotic gangster. [[spoiler:They end up finding the diamond and profiting from it, while everyone else either dies, gets arrested or loses out.]]



** A similar example later (or earlier) in the saga was how Qui-Gon befriended Jar Jar in ThePhantomMenace, which later leads the Gungan to bring his people to aid the good guys in the battle on Naboo.

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** A similar example later (or earlier) in the saga was how Qui-Gon befriended Jar Jar in ThePhantomMenace, ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', which later leads the Gungan to bring his people to aid the good guys in the battle on Naboo.



** Louis Winthorpe, a racist and an elitist, gets a black man arrested for ''accidentally bumping into him'' -- although to be fair, Winthorpe honestly thought he was being attacked and Billy Ray Valentine had already caught the police's attention as a con beggar (pretending to be a blind, disabled veteran). Over the course of the movie, he gets his job, home, and social life taken away from him, and ends up a street hustler himself, thinking that the very man he sent to jail stole it from him. [[CharacterDevelopment Ultimately, he gets better]] and loses his old habits.

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** Louis Winthorpe, Winthorpe III, a racist and an elitist, gets a black man arrested for ''accidentally bumping into him'' -- although to be fair, Winthorpe honestly thought he was being attacked and Billy Ray Valentine had already caught the police's attention as a con beggar (pretending to be a blind, disabled veteran). Over the course of the movie, he gets his job, home, and social life taken away from him, and ends up a street hustler himself, thinking that the very man he sent to jail stole it from him. [[CharacterDevelopment Ultimately, he gets better]] and loses his old habits.
4th Dec '17 8:04:28 AM Cryoclaste
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* At the end of ''{{Metroid}} II'' Samus spares a baby Metroid that imprinted upon her as its mother. In ''Super Metroid'', the Metroid returns the favor by [[spoiler:not draining Samus to death]], and then [[spoiler:sacrificing itself to save her life in the fight against Mother Brain, triggering the mother of all MamaBear moments from Samus, who, by the way, now has the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Hyper Beam]].]]
** In the beginning of ''Metroid Fusion'', [[spoiler:Samus gets infected by the X Parasite, whose only natural enemies are the Metroids she all but annihilated. Her life is saved by cells extracted from the last Metroid]] and these events would have happened with less favorable results even without the baby Metroid.
** Another cross-game example: Remember those cute critters that taught you how to shinespark and wall-climb in ''Super Metroid''? At the end of ''Super Metroid'' you can take some time off your busy schedule of [[spoiler:escaping the [[LoadBearingBoss self-destructing planet]]]] and help them reach their own ship (it's the small dot flying away from Zebes in the ending cinematic). These critters appear again in the middle of ''Metroid Fusion'' [[spoiler:trapped in a research habitat, and Samus saves them once more;]] after which, they return the favor by [[spoiler:saving your ship from the rampaging Omega Metroid, allowing you to escape the [[ColonyDrop doomed space station]].]]

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* At the end of ''{{Metroid}} II'' ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' Samus spares a baby Metroid that imprinted upon her as its mother. In ''Super Metroid'', the Metroid returns the favor by [[spoiler:not draining Samus to death]], and then [[spoiler:sacrificing itself to save her life in the fight against Mother Brain, triggering the mother of all MamaBear moments from Samus, who, by the way, now has the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Hyper Beam]].]]
** In the beginning of ''Metroid Fusion'', ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', [[spoiler:Samus gets infected by the X Parasite, whose only natural enemies are the Metroids she all but annihilated. Her life is saved by cells extracted from the last Metroid]] and these events would have happened with less favorable results even without the baby Metroid.
** Another cross-game example: Remember those cute critters that taught you how to shinespark and wall-climb in ''Super Metroid''? ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid''? At the end of ''Super Metroid'' you can take some time off your busy schedule of [[spoiler:escaping the [[LoadBearingBoss self-destructing planet]]]] and help them reach their own ship (it's the small dot flying away from Zebes in the ending cinematic). These critters appear again in the middle of ''Metroid Fusion'' [[spoiler:trapped in a research habitat, and Samus saves them once more;]] after which, they return the favor by [[spoiler:saving your ship from the rampaging Omega Metroid, allowing you to escape the [[ColonyDrop doomed space station]].]]
2nd Dec '17 10:48:58 AM Andyroid
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* In the short cartoon ''Creature from the Lake'', EgomaniacHunter Jack is prepared to take the credit for capturing the Creature, when it was his chubby, neurotic camera-woman Shelby who knocked it out. Then the Creature regains consciousness and swallows Jack whole.



* In the short cartoon ''Creature from the Lake'', EgomaniacHunter Jack is prepared to take the credit for capturing the Creature, when it was his chubby, neurotic camera-woman Shelby who knocked it out. Then the Creature regains consciousness and swallows Jack whole.
2nd Dec '17 10:47:38 AM Andyroid
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* In the short cartoon ''Creature from the Lake'', EgomaniacHunter Jack is prepared to take the credit for capturing the Creature, when it was his chubby, neurotic camera-woman Shelby who knocked it out. Then the Creature regains consciousness and swallows Jack whole.
1st Dec '17 8:17:09 PM Luigifan
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See also PayEvilUntoEvil, SweetAndSourGrapes and SexualKarma, especially KarmicRape. Contrast KarmaHoudini and KarmaHoudiniWarranty. For karma punishing [[TragicHero a hero]] for their mistakes, see TragicMistake. Also contrast with "NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished", which is a corrupt form of this trope; as well as CantGetAwayWithNuthin, where the slightest misdeed committed by the ''hero'' results in DisproportionateRetribution.

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See also PayEvilUntoEvil, SweetAndSourGrapes SweetAndSourGrapes, and SexualKarma, especially KarmicRape. Contrast KarmaHoudini and KarmaHoudiniWarranty. For karma punishing [[TragicHero a hero]] for their mistakes, see TragicMistake. Also contrast with "NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished", which is a corrupt form of this trope; as well as CantGetAwayWithNuthin, where the slightest misdeed committed by the ''hero'' results in DisproportionateRetribution.
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