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-->-- '''[[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} Diabetus]]''', ''[[{{MST}} Let's Watch]] WesternAnimation/MegaMan''

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-->-- '''[[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} Diabetus]]''', ''[[{{MST}} '''Diabetus''', ''WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}'', "[[{{MST}} Let's Watch]] WesternAnimation/MegaMan''
''WesternAnimation/MegaMan''"






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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Itachi Uchiha is a master of [[MemeticMutation the Art of Run]]. Most likely explained by the revelation that [[spoiler:he was a double agent who wanted to limit any damage done to the good guys.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Itachi Uchiha is a master of [[MemeticMutation the Art of Run]]. Most likely explained by the revelation that [[spoiler:he was a double agent who wanted to limit any damage done to the good guys.]]



* No one in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' ever bother to chase Team Rocket after they "blast off again". This was addressed in one episode, an Officer Jenny blasted them off, disappointed that they got away but remarking that there were more powerful members of Team Rocket around that the police force should occupy their time with catching.
** On the other hand, they usually don't let them escape conventionally. If Team Rocket attempt to run and surrender in a transitional sense of the trope, the heroes will often decide they're not finished and [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown continue attacking until it triggers their usual "blast off"]]. In this sense, Team Rocket also escape, but never avoid a comeuppance.
** As of ''Black and White'', instead of "blasting off", they simply escape, usually by jetpack or Bewear, when they lose.

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* No one in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' ever bother to chase Team Rocket after they "blast off again". This was addressed in one episode, an Officer Jenny blasted them off, disappointed that they got away but remarking that there were more powerful members of Team Rocket around that the police force should occupy their time with catching.
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catching. On the other hand, they usually don't let them escape conventionally. If Team Rocket attempt to run and surrender in a transitional sense of the trope, the heroes will often decide they're not finished and [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown continue attacking until it triggers their usual "blast off"]]. In this sense, Team Rocket also escape, but never avoid a comeuppance.
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comeuppance. As of ''Black and White'', instead of "blasting off", they simply escape, usually by jetpack or Bewear, when they lose.



* Subverted in ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool #49'', after {{Deadpool}} and Ka-Zar thwart one of Brainchild's latest plans to take over the Savage Land he and his minions try to escape on pterodactyls. Ka-Zar laments that Brainchild has escaped even though he's really not that far away and he could go after him on foot as it's hard to loose a flying lizard with people on it. Deadpool, GenreSavvy as he is, simply shoots the pterodactyl Brainchild is riding sending it tumbling down into the waiting jaws of some very hungry T-rexes. Deadpool then tells Ka-Zar that he should really try using guns.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool #49'', after {{Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} and Ka-Zar thwart one of Brainchild's latest plans to take over the Savage Land he and his minions try to escape on pterodactyls. Ka-Zar laments that Brainchild has escaped even though he's really not that far away and he could go after him on foot as it's hard to loose a flying lizard with people on it. Deadpool, GenreSavvy as he is, simply shoots the pterodactyl Brainchild is riding sending it tumbling down into the waiting jaws of some very hungry T-rexes. Deadpool then tells Ka-Zar that he should really try using guns.



-->'''Bob''' ''(halfway up the ladder)'': Wait a minute! Good Lord, I don't ''have'' any henchmen!
-->'''Wiggum''' ''(inside the copter)'': Looks like our new "hands-off" approach to fighting crime is working.

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-->'''Bob''' ''(halfway -->'''Bob:''' ''[halfway up the ladder)'': ladder]'' Wait a minute! Good Lord, I don't ''have'' any henchmen!
-->'''Wiggum''' ''(inside
henchmen!\\
'''Wiggum:''' ''[inside
the copter)'': copter]'' Looks like our new "hands-off" approach to fighting crime is working.



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* Subverted in ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni''. [[EvilSorcerer Lung]] flees from his fortress when [[CoDragons Left and Right]] [[StormingTheCastle attack it to save Jade]]. However, [[spoiler: just before he can get on his escape boat, Right cuts him off (literally) and then kills him]].
** Usually played straight by Jade and her minions, however.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': When [[TheDragon Esteem]] realizes that Twilight is too powerful for him to defeat, he flees. [[spoiler: Twilight intercepts and kills him.]]

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* Subverted in ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni''. [[EvilSorcerer Lung]] flees from his fortress when [[CoDragons Left and Right]] [[StormingTheCastle attack it to save Jade]]. However, [[spoiler: just before he can get on his escape boat, Right cuts him off (literally) and then kills him]].
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him]]. Usually played straight by Jade and her minions, however.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'':
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When [[TheDragon Esteem]] realizes that Twilight is too powerful for him to defeat, he flees. [[spoiler: Twilight intercepts and kills him.]]



* ''[[Fanfic/AFutureOfFriendshipAHistoryOfHate A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate]]'': Even though [[BigBad Ruinate]] is defeated at the end of Episode 2, his [[CoDragons heralds]] manage to rescue him from being [[SealedEvilInACan resealed]], and they escape.

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* ''[[Fanfic/AFutureOfFriendshipAHistoryOfHate A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate]]'': Hate]]'':
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Even though [[BigBad Ruinate]] is defeated at the end of Episode 2, his [[CoDragons heralds]] manage to rescue him from being [[SealedEvilInACan resealed]], and they escape.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'':



** Bomb Voyage does manage this, though. In the confusion that erupts when Incredi-Boy interferes with Mr. Incredible's business and ultimately causes him to derail a monorail train - not to mention Mr. Incredible's wedding, which is due to happen later that night - the mad-bomber villain manages to slip away and...well, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse apparently disappears off the face of the earth, because we don't see or hear from him again at any time afterward]]. The police set up a (futile) dragnet, but Mr. Incredible figures he'll just chase down Bomb Voyage some other night. But that night never comes, because the very next day he has a major lawsuit brought against him for the train wreck, and a chain of events is set in motion that forces all superheroes in America to unmask and assume civilian identities.

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** Bomb Voyage does manage this, though. In the confusion that erupts when Incredi-Boy interferes with Mr. Incredible's business and ultimately causes him to derail a monorail train - -- not to mention Mr. Incredible's wedding, which is due to happen later that night - -- the mad-bomber villain manages to slip away and...and... well, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse apparently disappears off the face of the earth, Earth, because we don't see or hear from him again at any time afterward]]. The police set up a (futile) dragnet, but Mr. Incredible figures he'll just chase down Bomb Voyage some other night. But that night never comes, because the very next day he has a major lawsuit brought against him for the train wreck, and a chain of events is set in motion that forces all superheroes in America to unmask and assume civilian identities.



** At the end SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is apparently so used to this trope through the years tangling with Batman that when Terry destroys his KillSat control and sends the ensuing DeathFromAbove heading right towards the Joker's hideout, his only response is:
-->'''Joker:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, good]], the beam's headed ''here''. Now I'll have to start all over again. Thanks for wrecking everything, kid. See you around...
** There's an earlier example when the Joker first confronts the elderly Bruce Wayne; when he leaves, he sets off explosives to put the civilians in danger, in order to stop Terry from pursuing him in his getaway hovercraft...knowing that Batman would have to save the civilians.

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** At the end SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is apparently so used to this trope through the years tangling with Batman that when Terry destroys his KillSat control and sends the ensuing DeathFromAbove heading right towards the Joker's hideout, his only response is:
-->'''Joker:''' --->'''Joker:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, good]], the beam's headed ''here''. Now I'll have to start all over again. Thanks for wrecking everything, kid. See you around...
** There's an earlier example when the Joker first confronts the elderly Bruce Wayne; when he leaves, he sets off explosives to put the civilians in danger, in order to stop Terry from pursuing him in his getaway hovercraft... knowing that Batman would have to save the civilians.



-->'''Starscream:''' Not to call you a coward, master, but -- sometimes...cowards DO survive.

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-->'''Starscream:''' Not to call you a coward, master, but -- sometimes... cowards DO survive.



* Subverted in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.[[spoiler:At first it looks like Destro and Cobra Commander are going to do this, but Duke refuses to let them escape and catches them.]]

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* ''Franchise/GIJoe'':
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Subverted in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. [[spoiler:At first it looks like Destro and Cobra Commander are going to do this, but Duke refuses to let them escape and catches them.]]



** This was even lampooned in an issue of ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', in which Count Olaf goes into a showing of ''[[LordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'' and Mr. Poe says it's too much trouble to go after him.



* Justified in ''Literature/WarriorCats'', where the Warrior Code makes it so that the winning cats have to let the defeated cats escape, to prevent unnecessary bloodshed.

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* Justified in ''Literature/WarriorCats'', where ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Justified, as
the Warrior Code makes it so that the winning cats have to let the defeated cats escape, to prevent unnecessary bloodshed.



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** Lady Cassandra O'Brien in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld 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.

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** Lady Cassandra O'Brien in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld 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.



* ''{{Series/Firefly}}''

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* ''{{Series/Firefly}}''''Series/{{Firefly}}'':



** 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.
-->"Alright, it's over." ''(Flees.)''

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



-->"Exit Stage Crowley."

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-->"Exit --->'''Crowley:''' Exit Stage Crowley."



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* In one of the [[MultipleEndings six endings]] (the canon one) of the hundredth episode of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', [[spoiler:Red Team lets Blue Team go without trying to kill them, because they've had enough for one day.]]

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* In one The final mode of the [[MultipleEndings six endings]] (the canon one) ''Pinball/JunkYard'', [[AstralFinale "Outer Space"]], always ends with Crazy Bob escaping once you're out of the hundredth episode of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', [[spoiler:Red Team lets Blue Team go without trying firecrackers to kill them, because they've had enough for one day.]]throw at him.



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* The final mode of ''Pinball/JunkYard'', [[AstralFinale "Outer Space"]], always ends with Crazy Bob escaping once you're out of firecrackers to throw at him.
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* The final mode of ''Pinball/JunkYard'', [[AstralFinale "Outer Space"]], always ends with Crazy Bob escaping once you're out of firecrackers to throw at him.
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* The plot of [[HeroesOfMightAndMagic Heroes of Might and Magic 3]] expansion ''The Shadow of Death'' revolves around the quest of four heroes to defeat the BigBad necromancer Sandro, with occasional flips to [[VillainEpisode his perspective]] to shake things up. When the heroes finally prevail, there's an epilogue campaign in which Sandro is once again playable, except he's been reduced to [[BagOfSpilling level one]] and has lost the [[AmplifierArtifact Amplifier Artifacts]] that made his prior reign of terror possible. We never find out how he escaped or why the heroes didn't just kill him.[[/folder]]

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* The plot of [[HeroesOfMightAndMagic Heroes of Might and Magic 3]] expansion ''The Shadow of Death'' revolves around the quest of four heroes to defeat the BigBad necromancer Sandro, with occasional flips to [[VillainEpisode his perspective]] to shake things up. When the heroes finally prevail, there's an epilogue campaign in which Sandro is once again playable, except he's been reduced to [[BagOfSpilling level one]] and has lost the [[AmplifierArtifact Amplifier Artifacts]] {{Amplifier Artifact}}s that made his prior reign of terror possible. We never find out how he escaped or why the heroes didn't just kill him.him.
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* In one of the [[MultipleEndings six endings]] (the canon one) of the hundredth episode of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', [[spoiler:Red Team lets Blue Team go without trying to kill them, because they've had enough for one day.]]
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Karamazov is surrounded and [[spoiler:Kitten]] is about to have him blown to smithereens when [[spoiler:the Emperor orders Captain-General to let him go, for as-of-yet-unknown reasons and the Inquisitor leaves for his SupervillainLair.]]
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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Karamazov is surrounded and [[spoiler:Kitten]] is about to have him blown to smithereens when [[spoiler:the Emperor orders Captain-General to let him go, for as-of-yet-unknown reasons and the Inquisitor leaves for his SupervillainLair.]]



* Repeatedly (and suspiciously) used in the TV series ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''. After defeating the doomsday device of the week, G.I. Joe will often round up lower echelon Cobra troopers to presumably face prison, but the upper echelon villains such as Cobra Commander, Destro and Zartan will always escape. Sometimes, this is due to most of them being slippery masters of disguise, but on a couple of occasions the Joes will literally watch them run or drive away, which is particularly odd when you consider that the Joes usually still have plenty of working vehicles at the end of a mission. Job security, maybe?

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* Repeatedly (and suspiciously) used in the TV series ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''.
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After defeating the doomsday device of the week, G.I. Joe will often round up lower echelon Cobra troopers to presumably face prison, but the upper echelon villains such as Cobra Commander, Destro and Zartan will always escape. Sometimes, this is due to most of them being slippery masters of disguise, but on a couple of occasions the Joes will literally watch them run or drive away, which is particularly odd when you consider that the Joes usually still have plenty of working vehicles at the end of a mission. Job security, maybe?



--> '''Actress!Azula''': ''(pointing offscreen)'' [[WeNeedADistraction What's that]]? I think it's your honor.
--> '''Actor!Zuko''': Where?
-->''(everyone turns around. Actress!Azula opens a door and walks offstage.)''
-->'''Actress!Katara''': [[CaptainObvious She got away]]! [[GenreBlind But]] ''[[LargeHam how]]''??
* Though the season one villain of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLegendofKorra'' eventually [[spoiler:dies when his brother blows them both up]], he initially escapes with little to no pursuit. No one knows about [[spoiler:Amon's death]], yet there is never any indication of an ongoing investigation into his disappearance. In fact, he is rarely mentioned after season one.
* Strangely enough, it was the one-shot ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' villains who escaped capture on a semi-regular basis, sometimes by endangering others, sometimes... just by leaving the scene really fast and letting Birdman hover there declaring to [[NonHumanSidekick Avenger]] that they would meet again. In the end, only one escapee villain (Vulturo) was actually defeated and arrested in a second encounter.
** This made it all the more satisfying in "The Incredible Magnatroid" when Birdman decides there's enough time left in the episode to actually prevent Metallo from escaping in a helicopter with the following immortal line:
--->'''Birdman''': Look, Avenger! Our culprit's trying to escape! Well, he won't get far without ''propellers!''

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--> '''Actress!Azula''': ''(pointing offscreen)'' -->'''Actress Azula:''' ''[pointing offscreen]'' [[WeNeedADistraction What's that]]? I think it's your honor.
--> '''Actor!Zuko''': Where?
-->''(everyone
honor.\\
'''Actor Zuko:''' Where?\\
''[everyone
turns around. Actress!Azula around; actress Azula opens a door and walks offstage.)''
-->'''Actress!Katara''':
offstage]''
'''Actress Katara:'''
[[CaptainObvious She got away]]! [[GenreBlind But]] ''[[LargeHam how]]''??
* Though the season one villain of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLegendofKorra'' eventually [[spoiler:dies when his brother blows them both up]], he initially escapes with little to no pursuit. No one No-one knows about [[spoiler:Amon's death]], yet there is never any indication of an ongoing investigation into his disappearance. In fact, he is rarely mentioned after season one.
* Strangely enough, it was the one-shot ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' villains who escaped capture on a semi-regular basis, sometimes by endangering others, sometimes... just by leaving the scene really fast and letting Birdman hover there declaring to [[NonHumanSidekick Avenger]] that they would meet again. In the end, only one escapee villain (Vulturo) was actually defeated and arrested in a second encounter.
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encounter. This made it all the more satisfying in "The Incredible Magnatroid" when Birdman decides there's enough time left in the episode to actually prevent Metallo from escaping in a helicopter with the following immortal line:
--->'''Birdman''': -->'''Birdman:''' Look, Avenger! Our culprit's trying to escape! Well, he won't get far without ''propellers!''



* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'': Defied by Asami, The Equalist EvilGenius [[spoiler: Hiroshi]] fights her in a mechsuit, and ends up beaten and disarmed. [[spoiler: After a few family arguments, Asami stays her hand]] he uses this distraction, to shoot up a grappling hook, making her dodge it and lose pace. After that he exits the suit and gets away... so she just shoots an electrified bolo at him and takes him down.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'': ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'':
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Defied by Asami, The Equalist EvilGenius [[spoiler: Hiroshi]] fights her in a mechsuit, and ends up beaten and disarmed. [[spoiler: After a few family arguments, Asami stays her hand]] he uses this distraction, to shoot up a grappling hook, making her dodge it and lose pace. After that he exits the suit and gets away... so she just shoots an electrified bolo at him and takes him down.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Samurai Jack}}'': 90% of battles between Jack and Aku ended this way. Even lampshaded in a late episode:
--> ''[Jack draws his sword and begins to rush toward Aku]''
--> '''Aku:''' Put that thing away, Samurai - [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall we all know what's gonna happen]]. You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away, and probably say something like [[DefeatCatchphrase "I'll be back, Samurai!"]] And then I'll [[EveryEpisodeEnding flutter off over the horizon]], and [[WeWillMeetAgain we won't see each other for about a week]]. [[LampshadeHanging And then we'll do the same thing all over again.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1981'' episode "When Magneto Speaks...People Listen" ended with Magneto getting away and Spider-Man being unable to go after him because he couldn't lift the door Magneto exited through.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Samurai Jack}}'': ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': 90% of battles between Jack and Aku ended this way. Even lampshaded in a late episode:
--> ''[Jack -->''[Jack draws his sword and begins to rush toward Aku]''
-->
Aku]''\\
'''Aku:''' Put that thing away, Samurai - -- [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall we all know what's gonna happen]]. You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away, and probably say something like [[DefeatCatchphrase "I'll be back, Samurai!"]] And then I'll [[EveryEpisodeEnding flutter off over the horizon]], and [[WeWillMeetAgain we won't see each other for about a week]]. [[LampshadeHanging And then we'll do the same thing all over again.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1981'' episode "When Magneto Speaks... People Listen" ended with Magneto getting away and Spider-Man being unable to go after him because he couldn't lift the door Magneto exited through.



29th Apr '18 3:35:47 AM WillyFourEyes
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* In the ''Anime/MaiHime'' manga, Nao leaves her fight with Mai and Yuuichi after Yuuichi knocks Nao's key away, preventing her from using her Child. Mai and Yuuichi demand an apology for remarks Nao made about the other.

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* In the ''Anime/MaiHime'' ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga, Nao leaves her fight with Mai and Yuuichi after Yuuichi knocks Nao's key Key away, preventing her from using her Child. Mai and Yuuichi demand an apology for remarks Nao made about the other.
21st Apr '18 6:19:41 PM nombretomado
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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 "[[{{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.
** "[[{{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.

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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}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} is in "[[{{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.
** "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E14Crush}} Crush]]" is possibly the most {{egregious}}; JustForFun/{{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.
12th Apr '18 4:19:13 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheLastHero''. Cohen's band of heroes would always let Dark Lord Harry Dread escape, and he would always hire stupid minions and make easily-escaped dungeons. They all refer to it as [[ContractualGenreBlindness The Code]]; either you live by the code, or you don't. If you're a villain this means being a CardCarryingVillain, and if you're a hero you benefit from PlotArmour. If you don't live by The Code, then that means that those ineffectual villains can [[TheGlovesComeOff stop playing around,]] or that the heroes don't have to let the villain escape. It's not just tradition, it's a way of life. Which means either you [[NobodyCanDie live by the code]] or, you know. [[AnyoneCanDie Not.]]

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* Parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheLastHero''. Cohen's band of heroes would always let Dark Lord Harry Dread escape, and he would always hire stupid minions and make easily-escaped dungeons. They all refer to it as [[ContractualGenreBlindness The Code]]; either you live by the code, or you don't. If you're a villain this means being a CardCarryingVillain, and if you're a hero you benefit from PlotArmour. If you don't live by The Code, then that means that those ineffectual villains can [[TheGlovesComeOff stop playing around,]] or that the heroes don't have to let the villain escape. It's not just tradition, it's a way of life. Which means either you [[NobodyCanDie live by the code]] or, you know. [[AnyoneCanDie Not.]]]] Harry's the last of the Dark Lords because modern non-code heroes find and seal the escape routes before attacking.
8th Apr '18 5:08:42 AM tiiger
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** The trio make an embarrassing escape in "Gone". Willow foils their invisibility spell at the arcade, after which they use a smoke bomb as cover for their escape and almost don't get away because they have trouble opening the door.
30th Mar '18 8:54:58 AM Morgenthaler
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29th Mar '18 10:03:30 AM eroock
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May be accompanied by a HissBeforeFleeing or AngryFistShake. See also ScrewThisImOuttaHere for when the {{mooks}} try this. Compare SoLongSuckers, KarmaHoudini and KnowWhenToFoldEm. Contrast with LastVillainStand where the villain decides to stick around and fight to the end.

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May be accompanied by a HissBeforeFleeing HissBeforeFleeing, an AngryFistShake or AngryFistShake.shouting "WeWillMeetAgain". See also ScrewThisImOuttaHere for when the {{mooks}} try this. Compare SoLongSuckers, KarmaHoudini and KnowWhenToFoldEm. Contrast with LastVillainStand where the villain decides to stick around and fight to the end.
24th Mar '18 11:17:18 PM nombretomado
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* Eggman tended to pull this in ''SonicX'' episodes.

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* Eggman tended to pull this in ''SonicX'' ''Anime/SonicX'' episodes.
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** One of the most notable examples from Western Animation is Gadget's arch-nemesis Dr Claw, who'd flee in his FlyingCar of evil with his parting CatchPhrase "I'll get you next time, Gadget... next time!"

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** One of the most notable examples from Western Animation is Gadget's arch-nemesis Dr Dr. Claw, who'd flee in his FlyingCar of evil with his parting CatchPhrase "I'll get you next time, Gadget... next time!"time!" However, Dr. Claw never came face to face with Gadget in the original series, preferring to act as TheChessmaster behind the episode's plot.
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