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25th Apr '17 6:56:47 PM Exusia
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** ''VideoGame/RockmanCX'' has [[spoiler:Ultraman (yes, really)]] use a OneHitKO attack if the player takes too long to defeat him. If it's dodged by use of the Floor item, he just walks away, forcing you to fall into the BottomlessPit and try again.
25th Apr '17 6:54:34 PM Exusia
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*** He attempts it again in [[spoiler:the final stage if you manage to encounter and defeat him as a BonusBoss]]. This time, though, his smoke bomb malfunctions and he explodes like any other Robot Master.
14th Apr '17 9:31:34 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** At the end of the 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"]]).
** It is actually quite rare for "non-Master" ''Who'' villains to escape; one exception is [[MagnificentBastard Count Grendel]] in "The Androids of Tara". After the Doctor and his allies storm Grendel's castle, the Count shouts "next time, I shall not be so lenient!" before [[HighDiveEscape jumping off a parapet into his moat and swimming away]].
** Lady Cassandra O'Brien in "The End of the World" attempts exit in a leftward direction via teleportation, only for The Doctor to teleport her back moments later - While she's bragging to her henchmen.
** Similarly subverted in the Ninth Doctor episode "Boom Town" when Margaret Blaine repeatedly runs away from the Doctor, only to be forcibly teleported back by her own device.

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** At the end of the serial "Terror "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons Terror of the Autons", 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"]]).
** It is actually quite rare for "non-Master" ''Who'' villains to escape; one exception is [[MagnificentBastard Count Grendel]] in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E4TheAndroidsOfTara The Androids of Tara".Tara]]". After the Doctor and his allies storm Grendel's castle, the Count shouts "next time, I shall not be so lenient!" before [[HighDiveEscape jumping off a parapet into his moat and swimming away]].
** Lady Cassandra O'Brien in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld The End of the World" World]]" attempts exit in a leftward direction via teleportation, only for The Doctor to teleport her back moments later - While she's bragging to her henchmen.
** Similarly subverted in the Ninth Doctor episode "Boom Town" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown Boom Town]]" when Margaret Blaine repeatedly runs away from the Doctor, only to be forcibly teleported back by her own device.



** Subverted in an episode when a one-shot villain mistakenly thinks he's going to get this treatment. Instead, he gets to know one of ''Serenity's'' [[TurbineBlender engines]] in a very personal and intimate manner.
** Niska pulls one of these at the end of "War Stories", slipping past an enraged Mal and the remainder of ''Serenity'''s crew while his henchman are [[StormingTheCastle busy dying]].

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** Subverted in an episode "[[{{Recap/FireflyE02TheTrainJob}} The Train Job]]" when a one-shot villain mistakenly thinks he's going to get this treatment. Instead, he gets to know one of ''Serenity's'' [[TurbineBlender engines]] in a very personal and intimate manner.
** Niska pulls one of these at the end of "War Stories", "[[{{Recap/FireflyE10WarStories}} War Stories]]", slipping past an enraged Mal and the remainder of ''Serenity'''s crew while his henchman are [[StormingTheCastle busy dying]].



** Quite a few 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.
** "Crush" is possibly the most {{egregious}}; Drusilla returns to Sunnydale and Spike attempts to stake her to prove his love for Buffy. Buffy is disgusted, Spike gets distracted by Harmony, and Drusilla tries to kill Buffy. She fails, naturally, with Spike even helping Buffy out. Drusilla then mourns the fact that Spike is lost to the evil side, and... wanders offscreen while both Spike and Buffy just stand there. Sure, Spike might not have wanted to kill his ex-girlfriend now that he had nothing to gain from it, but Buffy sure as hell had reason to kill Drusilla -- especially since Drusilla had recently murdered several people in an incident known to the Scoobies! Instead, Drusilla just leaves so she can be on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' again.

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** Quite a few 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", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E6Halloween}} Halloween]]", where Buffy is standing ''right next to him'' as he starts to run away in defeat and clearly could have easily killed him.
** "Crush" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E14Crush}} Crush]]" is possibly the most {{egregious}}; Drusilla returns to Sunnydale and Spike attempts to stake her to prove his love for Buffy. Buffy is disgusted, Spike gets distracted by Harmony, and Drusilla tries to kill Buffy. She fails, naturally, with Spike even helping Buffy out. Drusilla then mourns the fact that Spike is lost to the evil side, and... wanders offscreen while both Spike and Buffy just stand there. Sure, Spike might not have wanted to kill his ex-girlfriend now that he had nothing to gain from it, but Buffy sure as hell had reason to kill Drusilla -- especially since Drusilla had recently murdered several people in an incident known to the Scoobies! Instead, Drusilla just leaves so she can be on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' again.



** Also done humorously with the vampire Lyle Gorch in ''[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E12BadEggs Bad Eggs]]'', who keeps saying "This ain't over!".. until he sees Buffy hack a giant underground tentacle-monster to death with a pickaxe.

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** Also done humorously with the vampire Lyle Gorch in ''[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E12BadEggs "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E12BadEggs Bad Eggs]]'', Eggs]]", who keeps saying "This ain't over!".. until he sees Buffy hack a giant underground tentacle-monster to death with a pickaxe.



* The ''Westernanimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode ''The Chase'' had a three-way fight between Aang, Zuko, and Azula that was joined by the rest of the main cast, minus Mai and Ty Lee. Everyone corners Azula, until she shoots Iroh, the rest of them attack her, she causes an explosion, and presumably runs off somewhere. In the WhoWouldWantToWatchUs episode, we have:

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* The ''Westernanimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode ''The Chase'' "[[{{Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheChase}} The Chase]]" had a three-way fight between Aang, Zuko, and Azula that was joined by the rest of the main cast, minus Mai and Ty Lee. Everyone corners Azula, until she shoots Iroh, the rest of them attack her, she causes an explosion, and presumably runs off somewhere. In the WhoWouldWantToWatchUs episode, we have:



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Almost literally in the Episode 'The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings'. In the end the Robot Devil throws a smoke bomb and vanishes (but not really: in the shot of the baffeled audience we see the Robot Devil escaping in the background. On the stage right side.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Almost literally in the Episode 'The "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS4E18TheDevilsHandsAreIdlePlaythings}} The Devil's Hands are Are Idle Playthings'.Playthings]]". In the end the Robot Devil throws a smoke bomb and vanishes (but not really: in the shot of the baffeled audience we see the Robot Devil escaping in the background. On the stage right side.)
18th Mar '17 11:43:55 AM contrafanxxx
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* The inspiration for [[Film/AustinPowers Dr Evil]], the Film/JamesBond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, does this in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. He tries this again in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', but neither ends quite as well for him.

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* The inspiration for [[Film/AustinPowers Dr Evil]], the Film/JamesBond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, does this in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. He tries this again in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', and ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', but neither ends quite as well for him.
8th Mar '17 3:26:43 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Nale leaves the story by flying away into the storm, with no commeuppance for his actions save for [[spoiler:his own guilt]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Nale leaves the story by flying away into the storm, with no commeuppance for his actions save for [[spoiler:his own guilt]].
3rd Jan '17 3:48:47 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Nale leaves the story by flying away into the storm, with no commeuppance for his actions save for [[spoiler:his own guilt]].
11th Dec '16 7:46:41 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', after his forces are all but destroyed, the BigBad leaves the field completely unopposed - mostly because the good guy's only flier has been taken down and the BigBad has wings.
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]].
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