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15th Apr '17 1:16:35 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''Series/LukeCage'': Season 1 ends with only the villains (except Diamondback) getting a happy ending: Mariah Dillard manages to walk away from prison after having the only witness that could testify against her killed, gets the main hero arrested, rebuilds her power base with a clean record and starting a relationship with [[TheDragon Shades]]. Dr. Burnstein still has Revas' files and intends to restart his research with a badly-injured Diamondback as his test subject.
9th Apr '17 8:03:46 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/ChicagoJustice'': In "Lily's Law" the judge sets aside a jury's verdict finding a woman's abusive ex-boyfriend was guilty of her murder for inciting suicide with his constant harassing behavior. Despite loathing the defendant, she finds that the charge wasn't proven. Since the prosecution already dropped the lesser charges, he gets off scot free.
22nd Jan '17 2:56:00 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'': Near the series end, BigBad Shadam and the Rangers' mentor Master Kaku are fighting for supremacy over the Gorma Tribe, a race of supernatural humanoids able to turn into monsters and the antagonists of the show. If Kaku wins, he is able to lead the Gorma onto a more peaceful path. Because the fate of the entire world rests on this victory, Kaku boosted his powers by placing magical staffs in the ground. Unfortunately, the BigBad finds out about these staffs and sends TheBrute to destroy them, which he succeeds in, resulting in Shadam killing Kaku and taking over the leadership of the Gorma Tribe.
** In one episode of ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' Abarekiller kidnaps two of the rangers' sentient mecha, straps a timebomb on them and makes it so that the rangers have to destroy a MonsterOfTheWeek to free them, while. After destroying said monster, the rangers don't reach their friends in time, causing the bombs to go off. A few seconds later, it's revealed Abarekiller brainwashed them, as he needed to break their trust in the rangers before being able to do so. It takes several episodes for these mecha to return to the rangers, so its a longer lasting victory.
** Enter from ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', being a very effective [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], has scored several victories. During the first half of the show, he successfully stole plans for a new HumongousMecha and the resources required to build it. Said mecha then trashes the heroes with ease. If it wasn't for the mecha of the SixthRanger to arrive in time, Enter would truly have won. In the later half of the series, Enter's MonstersOfTheWeek are made to collect data on human emotions. Enter doesn't mean for them to win, only for them to fight in order to collect data. No matter the outcome, Enter always wins something.
16th Jan '17 10:07:33 AM Sapphirea2
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** In the 1st Doctor story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]], this happens as a consequence of YouCantFightFate. The High Priest of Sacrifice Tlotoxl gets rid of those who are opposing his power when the TARDIS crew escape, the High Priest of Knowledge Autloc leaves to become a hermit, and the new High Priest Tonila is subservient to Tlotoxl.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken "The Keeper of Traken"]] the Master may not end up in control of Traken but he gets what he wanted most, a new body, by [[GrandTheftMe taking the body]] of the nice character Tremas.



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** In the 1st Doctor story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]], this happens as a consequence of YouCantFightFate. The High Priest of Sacrifice Tlotoxl gets rid of those who are opposing his power when the TARDIS crew escape, the High Priest of Knowledge Autloc leaves to become a hermit, and the new High Priest Tonila is subservient to Tlotoxl.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken "The Keeper of Traken"]] the Master may not end up in control of Traken but he gets what he wanted most, a new body, by [[GrandTheftMe taking the body]] of the nice character Tremas.

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** And 'The Angels Take Manhattan'
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** In The unidentified, unseen BigBad wins in "Face the 1st Raven", as the Doctor story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]], this happens as a consequence of YouCantFightFate. The High Priest of Sacrifice Tlotoxl gets rid of those who are opposing is captured and teleported to parts unknown, with his power when the TARDIS crew escape, stuck in London -- and for bonus points, the plot to snare him inadvertently results in his companion Clara Oswald [[spoiler: being Killed Off For Real]]. The villains, [[spoiler: Rassilon and the High Priest of Knowledge Autloc leaves Council]], get their comeuppance two episodes later in "Hell Bent", but the Doctor's been so broken by his experiences in the intervening "Heaven Sent" that he becomes TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds -- an AntiVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]]. Luckily for the space-time continuum, this trope doesn't apply to become a hermit, him and the new High Priest Tonila is subservient he returns to Tlotoxl.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken "The Keeper of Traken"]] the Master may not end up in control of Traken but he gets what he wanted most, a new body, by [[GrandTheftMe taking the body]] of the nice character Tremas.
his best self.
14th Jan '17 12:41:34 AM EricW
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** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' could do this sometimes due to LinkedListClueMethodology. When evil plans are more often "get the MacGuffin that'll lead us to the MacGuffin that'll lead us to the ''real'' MacGuffin" than "destroy the universe and outlying suburbs," it's possible for the Rangers to lose a round now and again, and it did happen. [[note]]The best example is the one where Will goes undercover. By the end of the day, the BigBad's [[SealedEvilInACan out of his can]], ''and'' he and TheDragon have the all-important bird-thing. The Rangers blew up the MonsterOfTheWeek as always, but it was only created to delay them, which it did. It's possibly the only episode in franchise history where the Rangers would be ''closer to their goals had they stayed in bed that day.''[[/note]]



** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' could do this sometimes due to LinkedListClueMethodology. When evil plans are more often "get the MacGuffin that'll lead us to the MacGuffin that'll lead us to the ''real'' MacGuffin" than "destroy the universe and outlying suburbs," it's possible for the Rangers to lose a round now and again, and it did happen. [[note]]The best example is the one where Will goes undercover. By the end of the day, the BigBad's [[SealedEvilInACan out of his can]], ''and'' he and TheDragon have the all-important bird-thing. The Rangers blew up the MonsterOfTheWeek as always, but it was only created to delay them, which it did. It's possibly the only episode in franchise history where the Rangers would be ''closer to their goals had they stayed in bed that day.''[[/note]]

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** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' could do this sometimes due to LinkedListClueMethodology. When evil plans are more often "get ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' did have a few wins under the MacGuffin that'll lead us to villains's gaze, particularly in the MacGuffin that'll lead us to the ''real'' MacGuffin" than "destroy the universe and outlying suburbs," it's possible for the Rangers to lose a round now and again, and it did happen. [[note]]The best example is the one where Will goes undercover. By the end 1st half of the day, the BigBad's [[SealedEvilInACan out of his can]], ''and'' he series. Notably, in Double Ranger Double Danger, The rangers are blindsided by a cloning monster, and while they destroy it, they lose their energem finder, and TheDragon have gets away with a megazord controller.
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the all-important bird-thing. next episode, the villain gains control of the zord in question.
*** Wishing for a Hero ends with the villains actually stealing an energem.
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The Rangers blew up Rock also has the MonsterOfTheWeek as always, but it was only created to delay them, which it did. It's possibly the only episode in franchise history where the Rangers would be ''closer to villains complete their goals had they stayed in bed that day.''[[/note]]plan to fly again flawlessly thanks to stalling the rangers with a monster.
6th Oct '16 2:53:53 PM RobTan
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** Another killer did get caught, but because one of his victims was a cop, he was the big man in prison, and he was put in the same prison as his abusive father, so he got to take revenge on him, which is all he really wanted to begin with.

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** Another killer did get caught, but because one of his victims was a cop, he was the big man in prison, and he was put in the same prison as his the abusive father, father who murdered his beloved mother, so he got to take revenge on him, which is all he really wanted to begin with.
29th Sep '16 3:42:25 AM RobTan
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** One [=UnSub=] was a child killer and pedophile who spent his life hiking up and down the Appalachian trail and got away completely clean.
** Another killer did get caught, but because one of his victims was a cop, he was the big man in prison, and he was put in the same prison as his abusive father, so he got to take revenge on him, which is all he really wanted to begin with.
26th Apr '16 7:41:27 AM TheWanderer
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** Season 2 plays this straight up way before the series finale: [[spoiler: The Greek and Spiros, the {{Big Bad}}s of the season, escape the country after killing [[TheMole Frank Sobatka]] without the cops or the feds ever getting a good idea of who they really are (Spiros' name is an alias and [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Greek]] isn't even Greek and the cops have no idea what he looks like. Their appearances in season 4 and 5 rub this in even harder by showing that once the investigation blew over they returned to the states to continue to supply Proposition Joe and Marlo. By the end of the finale the cops haven't shown any further interest in them and its business as usual for them.]]

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** Season 2 plays this straight up way before the series finale: [[spoiler: The Greek and Spiros, the {{Big Bad}}s of the season, escape the country after killing [[TheMole Frank Sobatka]] without the cops or the feds ever getting a good idea of who they really are are. (Spiros' name is an alias alias, and the cops know nothing about The Greek except that [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep everyone calls him The Greek]] Greek]], and he's in the background of a single picture that they have. And even that little bit that the cops know isn't accurate: The Greek isn't even Greek and the cops have no idea what he looks like. Greek.) Their appearances in season 4 and 5 rub this in even harder by showing that once the investigation blew over they returned to the states to continue to supply Proposition Joe States and Marlo. went right back to business as usual: supplying the city with drugs, and trafficking in women forced into being {{Sex Slave}}s. By the end of the finale show the cops haven't shown aren't aware of The Greek and Spiros' return, nor are they continuing to investigate the two in any further interest in them and its business as usual for them.way.]]
7th Feb '16 2:24:25 AM FaceofEvil
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* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'' ends its first season with Ash [[spoiler: agreeing to Ruby's deal, leaving her to bring all the world's evil under her command in exchange for heading to Jacksonville with Pablo and Kelly in tow. Plus gas money.]] Panicked newscasts on the radio suggests that it is TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
4th Feb '16 1:55:17 PM talltalltree
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** "River's Edge": A rich tycoon who liked to drug, rape and strangle young women (and was responsible for the deaths of three of them) gets away scot-free; there is not enough evidence to hold him on any charges, and he escapes back to Canada.

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** "River's Edge": A rich tycoon who liked likes to drug, rape and strangle young women (and was responsible for the deaths of three of them) them - as well as a family who were killed in order to cover up one of those deaths) gets away scot-free; there is not enough evidence to hold him on any charges, and he escapes back to Canada.
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