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26th Apr '17 9:55:21 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Gannondorf]] is more or less like this: after countless cycles of reincarnating only to get sealed away by the latest incarnations of Link and Zelda, all he is at this point is tired, and he's content with having a simple office job. He's not above trolling Link (and Ghirahim) for funzies, though.
5th Apr '17 8:00:56 PM Doug86
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* In ''LonelyWerewolfGirl'' [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Fire-Queen]] Malveria is presented as a fashion-obsessed, [[ShipperOnDeck matchmaking]], {{ditz}}, but this because she's already killed all her serious enemies long ago and (currently) finds her title of "Persecutor of Mankind" to be boring. In Book two someone from her evil days turns up as the BigBad of the story to tell her NiceJobBreakingItHerod.

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* In ''LonelyWerewolfGirl'' ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'' [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Fire-Queen]] Malveria is presented as a fashion-obsessed, [[ShipperOnDeck matchmaking]], {{ditz}}, but this because she's already killed all her serious enemies long ago and (currently) finds her title of "Persecutor of Mankind" to be boring. In Book two someone from her evil days turns up as the BigBad of the story to tell her NiceJobBreakingItHerod.
15th Mar '17 6:19:39 PM nombretomado
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* Rich from the ''MSFHighForum'', qualifies. There's a reason Mel'lon does not like him.

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* %%* Rich from the ''MSFHighForum'', ''Roleplay/MSFHighForum'', qualifies. There's a reason Mel'lon does not like him.
17th Feb '17 1:31:08 PM Stranrep
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* Despite settling down on Earth and attempting to save it on several occasions, Vegeta of ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' has never explicitly been shown to express any guilt, angst or shame for his decades long life of murder, tyranny and genocide.

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* Despite settling down on Earth and attempting to save it on several occasions, Vegeta of ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' has never explicitly been shown to express any guilt, angst or shame for his decades long life of murder, tyranny and genocide. [[HeelFaceTurn He gets better.]]
17th Feb '17 8:14:18 AM ZimFan89
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* Season 12 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' reveals the existence of the Princes of Hell, the first generation of demons created after [[MonsterProgenitor Lilith]], who were meant to act as Hell's generals. Azazel, the BigBad of the first two seasons, was one of them, but the other three (Ramiel, Asmodeus, and Dagon) view him as having been a fanatic, as they themselves have long since grown disillusioned with Lucifer's war with Heaven. Since then, they've all lived in comfortable retirement.
7th Feb '17 8:07:56 PM iowaforever
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*Film/JohnWick was a hitman for the Russian mob, but retired some time ago to live in peace with his wife, who died just before the movie begins. Unfortunately for him ([[RoaringRampageOfRevenge and the Russians]]), events conspire to bring him out of retirement.
27th Jan '17 12:49:34 PM Dragon101
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* The ''Literature/{{Rebus}}'' novel ''Black and Blue'' does this with notorious, never-caught RealLife Scottish SerialKiller Bible John, who comes out of retirement to find and eliminate a CopycatKiller named Johnny Bible. He is implied to have been living a comfortable middle class life working a white collar job for oil companies, but while he deigns to chat with Rebus (who doesn't realise it was him until afterwards), he manages to continue to evade justice. The TV adaptation uses fictional counterparts "The Apostle" (Bible John) and "The Disciple" (Johnny Bible), who Rebus manages to identify and confront and who is eventually arrested trying to escape the country at the airport.

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* The ''Literature/{{Rebus}}'' novel ''Black and Blue'' does this with notorious, never-caught RealLife Scottish SerialKiller Bible John, who comes out of retirement to find and eliminate a CopycatKiller named Johnny Bible. He is implied to have been living a comfortable middle class life working a white collar job for oil companies, but while he deigns to chat with Rebus (who doesn't realise it was him until afterwards), he manages to continue to evade justice. The TV adaptation uses fictional counterparts "The Apostle" (Bible John) and "The Disciple" (Johnny Bible), who and this time Rebus manages to identify and confront him and who he is eventually arrested trying to escape the country at the airport.



* In ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'', Black Dow is the StupidEvil TokenEvilTeammate of the [[BarbarianHero Northern Named Men]]. About a decade later in ''Literature/TheHeroes'', he rules the North, and [[VillainyDiscretionShot is implied to have spilled a fair amount of blood]] to achieve the position. Finding himself in a role where he has to use diplomacy and can't solve every problem with brute force, Dow has somewhat mellowed over the years and shows some sympathetic HiddenDepths, although he feels the need to retain his fearsome image in order to retain power. Fittingly, Dow ends up sabotaging himself in a situation where showing mercy would be the wiser, but doing so would [[SlaveToPublicity hurt his "rep"]], coupled with the fact that Dow couldn't stop himself from being needlessly cruel.

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* In ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'', Black Dow is the StupidEvil TokenEvilTeammate of the [[BarbarianHero Northern Named Men]]. About a decade later in ''Literature/TheHeroes'', he rules the North, and [[VillainyDiscretionShot is implied to have spilled a fair amount of blood]] to achieve the position. Finding himself in a role where he has to use diplomacy and can't solve every problem with brute force, Dow has somewhat mellowed over the years and shows some sympathetic HiddenDepths, although he feels the need to retain his fearsome image in order to retain power. Fittingly, Dow ends up sabotaging himself in a situation where showing mercy would be the wiser, but doing so would [[SlaveToPublicity [[SlaveToPR hurt his "rep"]], coupled with the fact that Dow couldn't stop himself from being needlessly cruel.
27th Jan '17 12:48:03 PM Dragon101
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* The ''Literature/Rebus'' novel ''Black and Blue'' does this with notorious, never-caught RealLife Scottish SerialKiller Bible John, who comes out of retirement to find and eliminate a CopycatKiller named Johnny Bible. He is implied to have been living a comfortable middle class life working a white collar job for oil companies, but while he deigns to chat with Rebus (who doesn't realise it was him until afterwards), he manages to continue to evade justice. The TV adaptation uses fictional counterparts "The Apostle" (Bible John) and "The Disciple" (Johnny Bible), who Rebus manages to identify and confront and who is eventually arrested trying to escape the country at the airport.

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* The ''Literature/Rebus'' ''Literature/{{Rebus}}'' novel ''Black and Blue'' does this with notorious, never-caught RealLife Scottish SerialKiller Bible John, who comes out of retirement to find and eliminate a CopycatKiller named Johnny Bible. He is implied to have been living a comfortable middle class life working a white collar job for oil companies, but while he deigns to chat with Rebus (who doesn't realise it was him until afterwards), he manages to continue to evade justice. The TV adaptation uses fictional counterparts "The Apostle" (Bible John) and "The Disciple" (Johnny Bible), who Rebus manages to identify and confront and who is eventually arrested trying to escape the country at the airport.
27th Jan '17 12:47:10 PM Dragon101
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* The ''Literature/Rebus'' novel ''Black and Blue'' does this with notorious, never-caught RealLife Scottish SerialKiller Bible John, who comes out of retirement to find and eliminate a CopycatKiller named Johnny Bible. He is implied to have been living a comfortable middle class life working a white collar job for oil companies, but while he deigns to chat with Rebus (who doesn't realise it was him until afterwards), he manages to continue to evade justice. The TV adaptation uses fictional counterparts "The Apostle" (Bible John) and "The Disciple" (Johnny Bible), who Rebus manages to identify and confront and who is eventually arrested trying to escape the country at the airport.
27th Jan '17 12:33:39 PM Dragon101
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** Orochimaru becomes the KarmaHoudini version of this by the end of the manga. While the Leaf Village keeps tabs on him and make sure he doesn't do anything ''too'' evil, he is allowed to more or less live in peace and perform (hopefully) non-evil experiments; he even keeps some of his own subordinates and lives in his old lair. Creepily, given his BodySurf tendencies, his physical appearance has changed yet again, leaving it is unclear if he managed to possess yet another person before his enforced retirement or if used some other method. For a character that [[WouldHurtAChild murdered numerous children, include ''babies'']], killed his own master, tried to start a world war by annihilating his home town, and operated for decades as a MadScientist EvilSorcerer SerialKiller, the fact that he is let off more or less scot-free is pretty amazing.

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** Orochimaru becomes the KarmaHoudini version of this by the end of the manga. While the Leaf Village keeps tabs on him and make sure he doesn't do anything ''too'' evil, he is allowed to more or less live in peace and perform (hopefully) non-evil experiments; he even keeps some of his own subordinates and lives in his old lair. Creepily, given his BodySurf tendencies, his physical appearance has changed yet again, leaving it is unclear if he managed to possess yet another person before his enforced retirement or if used some other method. For a character that [[WouldHurtAChild murdered numerous children, include ''babies'']], BABIES]], killed his own master, tried to start a world war by annihilating his home town, and operated for decades as a MadScientist EvilSorcerer SerialKiller, the fact that he is let off more or less scot-free is pretty amazing. amazing.
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