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27th Aug '16 6:09:42 AM Monolaf317
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This trope is by its nature [[SpoileredRotten Spoileriffic]]; spoilers will be unmarked.

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27th Aug '16 6:08:55 AM Monolaf317
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* ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'':
** After the hell Iyami put the Matsunos through in Black Factory, he gets a taste of his own medicine when his teeth are exploited for their mineral value at the same place at the end of Episode 6.
** Todomatsu got his after he pissed off his brothers and lied about his life situation in order to pick up chicks. The brothers basically embarrassed him to the point where his reputation with the Sutabaa baristas is shattered beyond repair.
** When the brothers discover that Iyami and Chibita scammed them out of ''millions'' of yen in "Iyami and Chibita's Rental Girlfriend", they lock the two in a tiger cage and charge them an even larger sum of money to rent the key [[YankTheDogsChain (with the amount increasing each time they accept).]]
23rd Aug '16 8:16:56 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Literally'' in ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine''. After the warrior Reff goes mad with power, kills his brother, and tries to take over an ancient superweapon, the facility's robot character fires an {{Eye Beam|s}} of doom and fries him to a crisp.

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* ''Literally'' in ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine''. After the Covenant warrior Reff goes mad with power, kills his brother, and tries to take over an ancient Forerunner superweapon, the facility's robot character caretaker fires an {{Eye Beam|s}} of doom and fries him to a crisp.
16th Aug '16 2:31:08 AM WillBGood
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* From ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'', [[http://blip.rampagenetwork.com/380/ this]] [[AssholeVictim guy]] trying to [[BlackComedyRape slip some roofies to a succubus]].

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* From ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'', [[http://blip.rampagenetwork.com/380/ [[http://rakugakiwall.com/blip/archive/380 this]] [[AssholeVictim guy]] trying to [[BlackComedyRape slip some roofies to a succubus]].
15th Aug '16 12:13:13 PM MikeW
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* Olivia Goldsmith always made sure the scumbags in her books got thier richly deserved comeuppance:
** In ''The First Wives Club,'' each of the ex-husbands end up humiliated at their various fields, a couple losing thier jobs when thier long-term cheating is discovered and Gil (a racist who drove his ex-wife to suicide) going to jail for insider trading.
** In ''The Bestseller'' Daniel goes to massive lengths to "prove" he wrote a major novel when his wife Judith did all the work. The novel turns out to be a huge flop and Daniel's insistence on taking sole credit means he gets sole blame.
** In the same book, bitchy editor Pam's constant scheming and screwing over others finally gets her fired.
** Also, Gerald's own scheming and attempt to steal the sales of other books to boost his own is discovered and he's fired by his own father.
** In ''Young Wives'' cheating husband Reid ends up humiliated by his ex-wife into a kinky scene in front of his new fiancee.
12th Aug '16 9:18:58 PM MoPete
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-->'''Blossom''': Sorry, Buttercup. You know what they say. An eye for an eye...\\
'''Bubbles''': ...and a tooth for a tooth!
6th Aug '16 1:37:32 PM Chariset
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If taken too far, stories with this aesop can turn {{anvilicious}} or into a SpaceWhaleAesop: always [[CharacterWitness be kind to strangers]], never [[KickTheDog kick puppies]] ''et cetera'', or the ''universe itself'' will make your life a living hell. It also undermines the standard "do good for goodness' sake" lesson, since Bob never has to [[BeingGoodSucks suffer for doing the right thing]] or accept virtue as its own reward -- in Fictionland he always gets repaid. That being said, it's worth noting that the negative consequences tend to fall more directly than the positive; the villain's evil deeds turn out to be [[KarmicDeath the ultimate]] [[SelfDisposingVillain cause of his downfall]], while the hero's virtuous reward gives him some much-needed assistance but still leaves it up to him to save the day.

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If taken too far, stories with this aesop can turn {{anvilicious}} or into a SpaceWhaleAesop: always [[CharacterWitness be kind to strangers]], never [[KickTheDog kick puppies]] ''et cetera'', or the ''universe itself'' will make your life a living hell. It also undermines the standard "do good for goodness' sake" lesson, since Bob never has to [[BeingGoodSucks suffer for doing the right thing]] or accept virtue as its own reward -- in Fictionland he always gets repaid. That being said, it's worth noting that the negative consequences tend to fall more directly than the positive; the villain's evil deeds turn out to be [[KarmicDeath the ultimate]] [[SelfDisposingVillain cause of his downfall]], while the hero's virtuous reward gives virtue rewards him with some much-needed assistance but (but still leaves it up to him to save the day.day).
3rd Aug '16 5:00:18 PM thatmadork
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** At one point in the fight, he'll offer to spare you and give you a hug, saying he knows there's some good in you somewhere. [[spoiler:'''[[ISurrenderSuckers He's]] [[OneHitKill damn]] [[HaveANiceDeath lying]]].''']] What makes this LaserGuidedKarma is [[spoiler:this is very likely the exact same way you killed his NiceGuy brother Papyrus earlier in the game. YouBastard.]]

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** At one point in the fight, he'll offer to spare you and give you a hug, saying he knows there's some good in you somewhere. [[spoiler:'''[[ISurrenderSuckers He's]] [[OneHitKill damn]] [[HaveANiceDeath lying]]].lying]].''']] What makes this LaserGuidedKarma is [[spoiler:this is very likely the exact same way you killed his NiceGuy brother Papyrus earlier in the game. YouBastard.]]
3rd Aug '16 4:59:32 PM thatmadork
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** At one point in the fight, he'll offer to spare you and give you a hug, saying he knows there's some good in you somewhere. [[spoiler:'''[[ISurrenderSuckers He's]] [[OneHitKill damn]] [[HaveANiceDeath lying]]].''']] What makes this LaserGuidedKarma is [[spoiler:this is very likely the exact same way you killed his NiceGuy brother Papyrus earlier in the game. YouBastard.]]
1st Aug '16 5:20:50 PM Dravencour
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* ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' showed karma being paid onto a resident of Earth-3. Superman-Prime kidnapped Annataz Arataz, the evil doppelganger of ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, and forced her to help him torture Mr. Mxyzptlk for information on Earth-Prime's whereabouts. When Annataz is first shown, she's a sniveling coward who begs Prime not to kill her, but as her ordeal went on she found the strength to help Myx and turn against Prime, foretelling that he would never find his home. Myx offers to help Annataz escapes, but she sends him away as a way of acknowledging what a horrible person she truly was, and that Prime's torture was karma getting even. She pulls a HeroicSacrifice as a way to fully atone for her past deeds, allowing Prime to kill her when he brings down his headquarters on top. Even Mxyzptlk, the mercurial trickster that he is, felt Annataz didn't deserve to die that way.

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* ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' showed karma being paid onto a resident of Earth-3. Superman-Prime kidnapped Annataz Arataz, the evil doppelganger of ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, and forced her to help him torture Mr. Mxyzptlk for information on Earth-Prime's whereabouts. When Annataz is first shown, she's a sniveling coward who begs Prime not to kill her, but as her ordeal went on she found the strength to help Myx and turn against Prime, foretelling that he would never find his home. Myx offers to help Annataz escapes, but she sends him away as a way of acknowledging what a horrible person she truly was, and that Prime's torture was karma getting even. She pulls a HeroicSacrifice as a way to fully atone for her past deeds, allowing Prime to kill her when he brings down his headquarters on top.top of them. Even Mxyzptlk, the mercurial trickster that he is, felt Annataz didn't deserve to die that way.



* The first ''Film/{{Godfather}}'' starts with Don Vito sending Clemenza and some "people who aren't going to be carried away" to demonstrate lex talionis by beating up two young men who had escaped justice after violently violating family friend Amerigo Bonasera's daughter, having decided against outright executing them ("We're not murderers, in spite of what this undertaker thinks").

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* The first ''Film/{{Godfather}}'' starts with Don Vito sending Clemenza and some "people who aren't going to be carried away" to demonstrate lex talionis ''lex talionis'' by beating up two young men who had escaped justice after violently violating family friend Amerigo Bonasera's daughter, daughter and beating her to the point that "she will never be beautiful again", having decided against outright executing them ("We're not murderers, in spite of what this undertaker thinks").



* ''Film/HangEmHigh'' has a rancher's murderer, who framed [[Creator/ClintEastwood an innocent man]] for the crime and nearly tried to get him hanged by vigilantes. He himself is hanged for his crime onscreen shortly afterward, with his exonerated would-be victim being treated to the sight from the sheriff's office. As for the vigilantes, most of them ([[BetterToDieThanBeKilled save for the]] BigBad) are killed by their intended target, who turned out to be a former lawman from a different town and was appointed deputy so he could personally deal with the vigilantes without himself committing a capital crime for real.

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* ''Film/HangEmHigh'' has a rancher's murderer, who framed [[Creator/ClintEastwood an innocent man]] for the crime and nearly tried to get got him hanged lynched by vigilantes. He himself is hanged for his crime onscreen shortly afterward, with his exonerated would-be victim being treated to the sight from the sheriff's office. As for the vigilantes, most of them ([[BetterToDieThanBeKilled save for the]] BigBad) are killed by their intended target, who turned out to be a former lawman from a different town and was appointed deputy so he could personally deal with the vigilantes without himself committing a capital crime for real.



* In ''Kidulthood'' the film begins with a group of vicious bullies, including the show's antagonist [[JerkJock Sam]], beating up and humiliating an innocent girl, leading to her suicide. This doesn't come back at him until during the movie's climax, [[spoiler:when he meets the girl's big brother. Who happens to have a gun. He is forced to the ground, obviously crapping his pants, before the protagonist manages to talk the brother out of pulling the trigger. Granted, Sam doesn't die, but the sheer humiliation of having to beg for his life in front of a majority of his school still make this a memorable moment.]]

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* In ''Kidulthood'' ''Film/{{Kidulthood}}'' the film begins with a group of vicious bullies, including the show's antagonist [[JerkJock Sam]], beating up and humiliating an innocent girl, leading to her suicide. This doesn't come back at him until during the movie's climax, [[spoiler:when he meets the girl's big brother. Who happens to have a gun. He is forced to the ground, obviously crapping his pants, before the protagonist manages to talk the brother out of pulling the trigger. Granted, Sam doesn't die, but the sheer humiliation of having to beg for his life in front of a majority of his school still make this a memorable moment.]]



* In the movie ''Polar Storm'', a soldier refuses to believe (including turning off the generator) that Cynthia Mayfield (who has received information) and know how to survive the EMP blast and told her to get out and to not show the map again (no one went and believed her except two people who went with her). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxbJufFOrv0 A few minutes later, the EMP activates, the generator short-circuits and a bolt of electricity goes inside the church, killing everyone]].

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* In the movie ''Polar Storm'', ''Film/PolarStorm'', a soldier refuses to believe (including turning off the generator) that Cynthia Mayfield (who has received information) and know how to survive the EMP blast and told her to get out and to not show the map again (no one went and believed her except two people who went with her). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxbJufFOrv0 A few minutes later, the EMP activates, the generator short-circuits and a bolt of electricity goes inside the church, killing everyone]].



* In the movie ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'', an absurdly, cartoonishly snooty bald guy tries to throw a small dog at the snakes to cover his escape. This is after he insulted a woman and her child for simply sitting next to him and genuinely being a tremendous douche from scene one. His plan ironically failed because [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat he stopped to gloat about it afterward]], allowing the snake to eat both the dog and him. [[FromBadToWorse Oh but wait, that's not all]]: afterwards he and the snake eating him were both sucked out of the plane as it crashes. In keeping with everything else, it's was a borderline HumiliationConga with fatal results.

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* In the movie ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'', an absurdly, cartoonishly snooty bald guy tries to throw a small dog at the snakes to cover his escape. This is after he insulted a woman and her child for simply sitting next to him and genuinely being a tremendous douche from scene one. His plan ironically failed because [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat he stopped to gloat about it afterward]], allowing the snake to eat both him and the dog and him.dog. [[FromBadToWorse Oh but wait, that's not all]]: afterwards he and the snake eating him were both sucked out of the plane as it crashes. In keeping with everything else, it's was a borderline HumiliationConga with fatal results.



** Done both positively and negatively. Palpatine ends up telling Luke after he (literally) disarmed Vader to kill Vader and take his place as his apprentice. Luke refuses, so the Emperor attempts to kill Young Skywalker instead. Negative Laser Guided Karma was inflicted on Palpatine as, because of his attempt to replace Vader and hurting Vader's son, has Vader grabbing the Emperor and throwing him down the Death Star's reactor shaft. Positive Laser Guided Karma was inflicted on Luke as, because of his earlier refusal to kill Vader, Vader ended up saving Luke from Palpatine by doing the above act, also redeeming himself in the process.

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** Done both positively and negatively. Palpatine ends up telling Luke after he (literally) disarmed Vader to kill Vader and take his place as his apprentice. Luke refuses, so the Emperor attempts to kill Young Skywalker Luke instead. Negative Laser Guided Karma was inflicted on Palpatine as, because of his attempt to replace Vader and hurting Vader's son, has Vader grabbing the Emperor and throwing him down the Death Star's reactor shaft. Positive Laser Guided Karma was inflicted on Luke as, because of his earlier refusal to kill Vader, Vader ended up saving Luke from Palpatine by doing the above act, also redeeming himself in the process.



** Also in ''Film/ANewHope'', the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star caused a great disturbance in the Force... and later, the Force directed Luke's hands to fire the shots that visited that same destruction on the Death Star.

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** Also in ''Film/ANewHope'', the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star caused a great disturbance in the Force... and later, the Force directed Luke's hands to fire the shots that visited that same destruction on the Death Star.



** It's even better in light of this out-of-universe tidbit: In the earlier scene where orderlies subdue the raging Sarah Connor, that particular orderly's actor had been pulling his punches, which resulted in the need to reshoot numerous times. Linda Hamilton was not happy about this. For the scene where she gets violent revenge on the deviant orderly, the beating she inflicts is 100% real. And, as a result, Hamilton nailed it on the first take.

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** It's even better in light of this out-of-universe tidbit: In the earlier scene where orderlies subdue the raging Sarah Connor, that particular orderly's actor had been pulling his punches, which resulted in the need to reshoot numerous times. Linda Hamilton was not ''not'' happy about this. For the scene where she gets violent revenge on the deviant orderly, the beating she inflicts is 100% real. And, as a result, Hamilton nailed it on the first take.
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