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28th Nov '16 8:56:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* Invoked in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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Invoked in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':the season 6 finale when Crowley is OutGambitted and teleports away:


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** Then subverted in the season 7 opening. The other bad guy who outsmarted him knew all along where Crowley went, the only reason he allowed him to leave in one piece at all is because [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou he still has use for him]].
26th Nov '16 8:59:11 PM Prfnoff
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* Giygas in ''{{VideoGame/Mother 1}}'', after your party sings the eight melodies to him. Pokey in Videogame/EarthBound, after you vanquish Giygas outright. The latter is what ultimately leads him to the time in which Mother 3 takes place.

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* Giygas in ''{{VideoGame/Mother 1}}'', after your party sings the eight melodies to him. Pokey in Videogame/EarthBound, ''Videogame/EarthBound'' does this twice, once after you confront Mr. Monotoli and again after you vanquish Giygas outright. The latter is what ultimately leads him to the time in which Mother 3 ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' takes place.
20th Nov '16 2:50:26 PM __Vano
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Once their plot is foiled the villain (less often, a hero) will ''always'' get away in the [[ATwinkleInTheSky most undignified]] and [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] fashion imaginable. If they didn't, who would the hero fight next episode? This [[WatsonianVersusDoylist is probably why]] the heroes either don't even bother chasing them, or else send {{Red Shirt}}s after them with predictable results, or even ''[[OutOfSightOutOfMind help them get away]].'' Other times, they're [[MercyLead just being sporting]].

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Once their plot is foiled the villain (less often, a hero) will ''always'' get away in the [[ATwinkleInTheSky most undignified]] and [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] fashion imaginable. If they didn't, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption who would the hero fight next episode? episode]]? This [[WatsonianVersusDoylist is probably why]] the heroes either don't even bother chasing them, or else send {{Red Shirt}}s after them with predictable results, or even ''[[OutOfSightOutOfMind help them get away]].'' Other times, they're [[MercyLead just being sporting]].
17th Oct '16 2:54:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In superhero [=RPG=] ''[[ProseDescriptiveQualities Truth & Justice]]'', villains get a pool of Villain Points they can spend to do things like turn out to [[ActuallyADoombot actually be a robot double]], or have a secret exit immediately to hand that closes and locks itself behind them. Game Masters were in fact encouraged to do this to make a villain into a recurring character instead of a one-off thing, with several encounters and last-minute escapes culminating in the villain (finally out of Villain Points) getting captured and locked up. Only to spend the time in prison regenerating their Villain Points through devious scheming...

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* In superhero [=RPG=] ''[[ProseDescriptiveQualities ''[[TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities Truth & Justice]]'', villains get a pool of Villain Points they can spend to do things like turn out to [[ActuallyADoombot actually be a robot double]], or have a secret exit immediately to hand that closes and locks itself behind them. Game Masters were in fact encouraged to do this to make a villain into a recurring character instead of a one-off thing, with several encounters and last-minute escapes culminating in the villain (finally out of Villain Points) getting captured and locked up. Only to spend the time in prison regenerating their Villain Points through devious scheming...
15th Sep '16 1:32:36 AM PaulA
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* Used in the ''EndersGame''-universe novel ''Shadow of the Giant'' to create a moral dilemma: in order to save a hostage, Bean promises the villain he'll let him escape, and then has to decide whether to keep that promise, knowing that doing so will probably result in many deaths.

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* Used in the ''EndersGame''-universe novel ''Shadow of the Giant'' ''Literature/ShadowOfTheGiant'' to create a moral dilemma: in order to save a hostage, Bean promises the villain he'll let him escape, and then has to decide whether to keep that promise, knowing that doing so will probably result in many deaths.
10th Aug '16 1:57:45 PM Willbyr
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* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': Every time after the heroines perform their [[MagicMusic song]], which end with a "Love Shower Pitch!" (and followed with "How about an encore?"), the villains (most of them) they just beat always teleport away afterwards.

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* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': Every time after the heroines perform their [[MagicMusic song]], which end with a "Love Shower Pitch!" (and followed with "How about an encore?"), the villains (most of them) they just beat always teleport away afterwards.



* A rare villain-villain example: [[spoiler:Gecko Moria]] in ''OnePiece'' at the end of the Marineford arc was supposed to be killed as his performance simply wasn't impressive enough. However, [[spoiler:Doflamingo]] reports that he used his abilities in a way he hadn't been seen to before in order to escape.

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* A rare villain-villain example: [[spoiler:Gecko Moria]] in ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' at the end of the Marineford arc was supposed to be killed as his performance simply wasn't impressive enough. However, [[spoiler:Doflamingo]] reports that he used his abilities in a way he hadn't been seen to before in order to escape.
8th Aug '16 2:42:39 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
** As [[spoiler:Wolverine is let loose on the Alkali Lake facility]], Stryker is shown to already be on his way out by helicopter.
** [[spoiler:After Apocalypse is defeated, Psylocke is seen scowling at the X-Men from a distance before walking away.]]
3rd Aug '16 2:46:17 PM EdwardGil
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Once their plot is foiled the villain (less often, a hero) will ''always'' get away in the [[ATwinkleInTheSky most undignified]] and [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] fashion imaginable. If they didn't, who would the hero fight next episode? This [[WildMassGuessing is probably why]] the heroes either don't even bother chasing them, or else send {{Red Shirt}}s after them with predictable results, or even ''[[OutOfSightOutOfMind help them get away]].'' Other times, they're [[MercyLead just being sporting]].

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Once their plot is foiled the villain (less often, a hero) will ''always'' get away in the [[ATwinkleInTheSky most undignified]] and [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] fashion imaginable. If they didn't, who would the hero fight next episode? This [[WildMassGuessing [[WatsonianVersusDoylist is probably why]] the heroes either don't even bother chasing them, or else send {{Red Shirt}}s after them with predictable results, or even ''[[OutOfSightOutOfMind help them get away]].'' Other times, they're [[MercyLead just being sporting]].
17th Jul '16 10:48:42 AM Morgenthaler
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*** Unharmed, maybe. But they call the cops on her the second time, so she doesn't actually escape.



*** They can't take her seriously. When Buffy learned she had assembled a gang, she ''laughed''. Earlier, Xander even confronted said gang by standing on the door of Buffy's home and telling them off due their inability to enter uninvited, and when Dawn accidentally invited her in Xander was able to kick her out. Xander, a normal human who had no cross at the moment, KICKED OUT THE VAMPIRIC HARMONY. How could they take her seriously?
17th Jul '16 10:48:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* At the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Terror of the Autons", UNIT ''do'' chase after the Master, but give up when they find his abandoned vehicle. The Doctor is completely unconcerned about the likelihood of the villain returning. "As a matter of fact, Jo, I'm rather looking forward to it." The Master would then perform this trope in almost ''every one'' of his appearances (except for those in which he [[JokerImmunity "dies"]]).

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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At the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Terror of the Autons", UNIT ''do'' chase after the Master, but give up when they find his abandoned vehicle. The Doctor is completely unconcerned about the likelihood of the villain returning. "As a matter of fact, Jo, I'm rather looking forward to it." The Master would then perform this trope in almost ''every one'' of his appearances (except for those in which he [[JokerImmunity "dies"]]).



* Quite a few ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episodes feature the heroes standing around and letting Spike get away. This didn't seem so bad after his BadassDecay but back when he was a legitimate threat it could really get on your nerves. Perhaps the most {{egregious}} is in the episode "Halloween", where Buffy is standing ''right next to him'' as he starts to run away in defeat and clearly could have easily killed him.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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Quite a few ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episodes feature the heroes standing around and letting Spike get away. This didn't seem so bad after his BadassDecay but back when he was a legitimate threat it could really get on your nerves. Perhaps the most {{egregious}} is in the episode "Halloween", where Buffy is standing ''right next to him'' as he starts to run away in defeat and clearly could have easily killed him.
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