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->''"For all they who take the sword shall perish by the sword."''
-->-- '''Gospel of Matthew 26:52''', ''Literature/TheBible''

No matter how evil the villains are, the good guys can't just ''[[ThouShaltNotKill kill]]'' them: heroes are supposed to be better than that. They need to stay pure and noble (or innocent); role models, exemplars of solving their problems without resorting to bloodshed. If they take another person's life, no matter how justified, they will lose their moral edge.

But when the villains are just arrested and hauled away by the police, this isn't satisfying. For one, they have a tendency to [[CardboardPrison escape]]. For another, the mundane workings of the criminal justice system seem woefully inadequate to hold or to punish a really ''evil'' villain. We, the viewers, want to see real justice administered, and we don't trust human hands (or [[TheDogBitesBack at least not]] ''[[TheDogBitesBack heroic]]'' [[TheDogBitesBack human hands]]) to administer it.

... so, the writers arrange for the villain to die in a manner [[LaserGuidedKarma that is completely]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own fault.]] Or, at least, [[SelfDisposingVillain obviously not the hero's.]] If he dies [[BackstabBackfire right in the act of attempting to kill the hero]], this gives a particularly nice [[{{karma}} karmic zing]]. (If he attacks ''after'' being defeated and then spared by the hero, this is one of the rare circumstances where the hero can dispatch the villain personally and still come across as blameless).

Note that this only applies if the villain is clearly human, or the show universe's nearest equivalent. If they change into some kind of [[OneWingedAngel monster]], they are [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman no longer protected]] by this trope: the hero might hesitate to kill another human, but a mutated, horrendous beast is fair game -- doubly so when the villain took this form for the sole purpose of murdering the hero.

More common in Western markets, as a result of [[MediaWatchdog heavy censorship]] and the general reluctance among writers to feature their character (usually in a show with a younger [[{{Demographics}} Demographic]]) doing such acts as killing, especially if they're [[KidHero underage]]. Occasionally known by the older demographic as "getting one's comeuppance." Given that there is a certain charm to {{Self Disposing Villain}}y, this trope can show up in works that allow the hero to kill people; it's just that it's much more common for it to show up in situations where the hero has a no-kill policy for one reason or another.

KarmicDeath is an example of DeathByIrony. DisneyVillainDeath, TheDogBitesBack and JustDesserts are subtropes.

Compare HoistByHisOwnPetard. See also CruelMercy. TheDogShotFirst usually involves this. TheKillerBecomesTheKilled is a CrimeAndPunishmentSeries variant.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', the villain acquires Clarisse's ring in exchange for sparing Lupin's life (a deal he never intended to honor anyway) and uses it to unlock a [[AllThatGlitters valuable treasure]]. Unfortunately for him, the mechanism to unlock the treasure involves the hands of a large clock moving to the twelve o'clock position, and he gets crushed (and possibly decapitated) as a result. The camera cuts to a long GoryDiscretionShot but you can still hear a nasty crunching sound.
* In ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'', BigBad Gargoyle suffers one of these in a big way when he enters a space intended solely for Atlanteans and is promptly turned into salt, revealing that he, who has been fighting for years to subjugate the human race under Atlantean rule, is himself a human adopted by the Atlanteans.
* Often, a villain will be conveniently killed off by another villain. A majority of ''Anime/SailorMoon'''s humanoid villains were killed by their superiors for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing once too often]], or by other, envious members of the same QuirkyMinibossSquad. Said superiors usually [[OneWingedAngel changed into monsters]] for the [[GrandFinale season finale]] and thus could be blown to bits.
** Subverted in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], where the Senshi themselves killed the minor villains (Sailor Moon herself got a few too.)
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Chaka is rude, obnoxious, and such a JerkAss that even his {{Yakuza}} family dislike him. After he attempts to take over the family by selling Yukio, the rightful heir, into sexual slavery after raping her, he is beaten, had his hands cut off, and drowned - and his tormenters say he got off ''lightly''.
* Shishio Makoto of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' suffers a KarmicDeath, succumbing to a fatal condition that does not allow him to fight for more than 15 minutes at a time without overheating (and in this case, causing his body fats and oils to catch fire), just as his opponent Kenshin is lying exhausted and helpless on the floor. This is made even more karmic due to his wealth of fire-based attacks, and the series implies that his death is almost ''literally'' karmic; "The man does not choose the age: the age chooses the man."
** Fighting on a platform surrounded by ''fire-spewing smokestacks'' (did those ''do'' anything, by the way?) probably wasn't a very wise idea either.
* Although it's not ''quite'' the same thing, OsamuTezuka's ''{{Phoenix}}'' masterpiece is rife with examples of karmic retribution. Consider the one in ''Strange Beings / Life'': A woman, raised by her evil father as a warrior, learns that her father is dying but might yet be saved by a mysterious nun who lives on a remote island. She travels to the island to kill the nun. After killing the nun, she finds she can't leave the island, and circumstances cause her to pretend to be the nun for some travelers. She finally works out that time is flowing backward, and not only is ''she'' the nun, but she can look forward to a day when she gets killed by her own hand. Which will of course continue the cycle indefinitely, unless she can work off her sins through healing those who come to visit the nun. In other words, this is KarmicDeath, or dying through one's own actions, a little more directly than most, and with a delay of over ten years between act and payback. Also notable in that by the time of death, the woman had learned her lesson and was no longer a villain type in the slightest.
* Standard way of tying up stories with murderers, con artists, etc. in ''KurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'' if they're not caught by the police. Insurance salesman killed by an unlikely probability, cryopreservation scammer trapped in a glacier-- whatever your sin, [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality Narrative Causality]] has a death to suit.
* In ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'', the main character is TheCasanova who has spent 90% of the series playing with the hearts and interests of several girls, becoming more and more of a {{Jerkass}} as the story advances. In the end, though, a girl who is supposedly expecting his baby snaps violently after he suggests she should have an abortion, and stabs him with a knife.
** That was only in the anime however. In the game's ending that was closest to that scene, she stabbed him because he decided to simply abandon her and go back to his old girlfriend. Of course, as he's crawling across the ground and bleeding to death, he becomes TheAtoner and realizes the error of his ways, then dies.
* In ''{{Narutaru}}'', one of the main character's best friends is bullied to truly monstrous extents by the local AlphaBitch Aki Honda and her GirlPosse. The peak of it is when Aki ''rapes'' the poor girl with a test tube. What does [[{{Yandere}} the victim do]] when [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity she gets a shadow dragon?]] Well... she uses said dragon to ''kill'' all but one of them - and even the sole survivor gets her leg ripped off. Oh, and she kills other people too. And the one who gets the ''worst'' death of all is Aki herself, who gets the shadow dragon raping her with its clawed finger and then ripping her body in half. And then things go considerably FromBadToWorse. The fact that this is even considered Karmic Death at all speaks volumes on just how [[CrapsackWorld completely messed up]] the world of ''Narutaru'' is.
* ''DragonballZ'' is another prime example. Protagonist Goku seldom kills anyone. Many bad guys throughout the series are either killed by a superior bad guy, [[HeelFaceTurn reform and join Team Good]], or [[HoistByHisOwnPetard end up killing themselves]] through Karmic Death.
** Keep in mind with the examples of the Red Ribbon Army, Goku did not know how to pull his punches, and from his perspective [[BlackAndWhiteMorality evil deeds make you an evil person]]. He actually explained his straightforward reasoning to Bulma (after he killed those Red Ribbon Army soldiers). If you survive, well at least you're not moving, so Goku would leave you alone. Basically, if you're a bad guy, Kami must have a good reason to keep you alive when facing Goku ([[CosmicPlaything possibly]] [[LaserGuidedKarma for more]] [[HumiliationConga punishment]]). Goku notably mellowed out when he was 18-19, with the years spending with Kami. [[MessiahCreep After that]], [[AllLovingHero he couldn't stop]] ''[[AllLovingHero sparing]]'' [[AllLovingHero the bad guys]] (Ironically, to his friend's surprise, even Bulma).
** A sort of twisting of this trope comes with Frieza. It follows the trope at first, with Goku refusing to kill Frieza and Frieza lashing out at him behind his back, but the Karmic Death occurs when Goku turns around and destroys Frieza in his rage, no remorse. Though he doesn't actually die. He later returns as a cyborg, and goes to Earth to kill Goku's friends in vengeance. It is then where he meets his actual death, in the form of Trunks. A rather expanded Karmic Death.
** Such a brutal departure from more merciful kills by Dragon Ball characters. Trunks slices Frieza in half, then proceeds to slice those halves into even tinier bits, and he blows him to ashes with a ki blast.
** This trope actually fits Frieza more than one would be led to believe. Think about it. He does all he can to destroy the Saiyan race for fear that one day a Super Saiyan will emerge and destroy him. So what happens? He kills Krillin and threatens to kill an already defeated and injured Gohan, causing Goku to finally transform into a Super Saiyan before tearing Frieza a new hole. That's right. ''[[GenocideBackfire Frieza created the very being he spent such a long time trying to destroy.]]''
** Commander Red's end also qualifies in regard to this trope: Basically, he was the person who ordered the Red Ribbon Army around, so any atrocities that they committed were ultimately traced back to him (and it was heavily implied that several of the soldiers feared Red as failure or disobedience=death.). He either killed or arranged for the deaths of both innocent people and his own personnel just so he could gain the dragon balls. When Black, after narrowly surviving inevitable doom both times (from falling and from being crushed to oblivion) overheard what Commander Red's true wish was (It's definitely not World Domination, or even conquest, period. His wish was probably the most ''trivial'' of wishes which was to get taller.), he was appalled by the desire, especially how said wish nearly resulted in the Red Ribbon Army's demise, especially after Goku's attack on the Red Ribbon Headquarters, and after Red not only ignored this, but even said that his soldiers are expendable, and even hinting that he'll kill Black due to outliving his usefulness, he himself is killed by Black by a gunshot to the head.
* This is the point of almost EVERY story in ''PetShopOfHorrors''.
** Those that aren't, however, tend to be the brighter side of LaserGuidedKarma , like the little girl and the Doberman.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', a weakened Pride decides to ''eat'' Gluttony.
** Nearly all of the ways that the Homunculi are killed are either clearly ironic or a reference to [[TheDivineComedy Dante]] (Alighieri, don't confuse with the character of the same name from [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]) who made punishments that were more subtly or symbolically ironic.
*** The first Greed was impaled face down (as per Dante) then melted down for his most valuable part, Lust was incinerated (as per Dante), Gluttony was eaten alive, Envy pulled out his own heart out of self hatred rather than live as a Homunculus, Sloth died after expending all his energy in a long and grueling fight, atheistic Wrath was killed by the rageful but religious Scar who survived the genocidal war that Wrath instigated (who got the opening when the sun (the symbol of god, which one of Wrath's victims said would fall on him) blinded Wrath), Pride unsuccessfully tried to take over the body of an "inferior being" i.e a human and then was ultimately stripped of his power, the second Greed died performing a [[HeroicSacrifice selfless act]] while saying that he'd gotten all he could ever want, and finally, Father, whose horrible deeds came about only because he wanted freedom and all the knowledge in the world, was dragged back into the darkness from whence he came.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime adaptation]], Dante is presumed eaten alive by the mindless monster she turned Gluttony into.
*** Also from the 2003 anime, Sloth, the Homunculus which could turn herself into water, was killed by being literally evaporated.
**** Which doesn't technically fall under the trope's definition, as it was a direct result of the hero's actions. Metaphorically appropriate, however.
* In ''GundamSEEDDestiny'', Jona Roma Saran goes to war with Zaft forces and later dies in the battle he started - and [[HumiliationConga in a manner completely bereft of dignity]].
* Nena Trinity gets hit with it in {{Gundam 00}}, killed by Louise, the sole survivor of the family Nena had callously murdered a long time ago. Louise herself, who committed atrocities in order to get to the point of killing Nena, gets the INVERSION of this trope: she ends up so messed-up that she would rather die, but instead lives in the end and must continue to struggle as TheAtoner.
** [[HeroKiller Ali Al-Saachez]] dies at the hands of Lyle "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy, the twin younger brother of the original Lockon (Neil), whom he killed four years ago. The exact details of his death are even more ironic: [[spoiler:his first on-screen kill was Michael Trinity, shot right through the heart with a lightning-fast quickdraw absolutely no one - including Michael himself - saw coming. When Lyle (''somewhat'' less revenge-driven than his brother) tries to give Ali a LastSecondChance, Ali taunts him over lowering his weapon and tries to quickdraw on him too... only for Lyle to ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome out-quickdraw him]]'' and [[BoomHeadshot blow his brains out with a single headshot]]]]. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing among the audience...
* Back in the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Kycillia Zabi murders her brother Ghiren for killing their father by shooting him in the head. A few minutes later, Char comes in, looking to complete his revenge by ''blowing off'' Kycillia's head.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', after confessing to being at war [[PsychoForHire just so he could publicly kill people]], Luciano Bradley dies. His killer, an ActionGirl whom he threatened with rape and torture, even tossed his own sadistic PreAssKickingOneLiner back in his face right before doing him in. Oh yeah!
** Or V. V., after stooping to any possible low imaginable, including being the one behind the murder of Marianne and lying to Charles about it, and giving Lelouch hell throughout the series from afar, is finally defeated by Lelouch (with an assist from Cornelia). Now bleeding and crawling towards Charles, he hopes for the latter's help. However, noticing that V. V. has been acting behind his back once again, Charles declares he has had enough, and takes away his code, leaving the now once-immortal to die.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Episode 37, when [[MagnificentBastard Divine]] sends [[IntrepidReporter Carly]] falling to her death. He immediately regrets it.
** It wasn't permanent, but after [[EngineeredPublicConfession being tricked into revealing]] that he killed Misty's little brother (she had blamed that on Aki), he [[EvilGloating pisses her off even further]] and [[TooDumbToLive gets devoured by her Jibakushin]] (Earthbound Immortal in the dub).
* Shion Sonozaki in ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' (more exactly, the ''Meakashi-hen'' arc), after killing most of the cast disguised as Mion, her twin sister, falls to her death when the air gun holster that Mion always wears snags on the wall while Shion's scaling a building.
** It was more so a suicide in the sound novels. Played straight with Rina (every world and Teppei (at least three).
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', users of the titular notes have a nasty tendency to end up killed by one. Ryuk even states in the very first episode that he will write Light's name into his Death Note one day, which he does when Light is defeated in the very end of the series.
** Especially considering all the evil that Yagami Light has done to the people around him.
** Technically, it's not proven whether Mikami died by Death Note, but the rest follows true (indirectly, in Misa's case).
** Demegawa, meanwhile, gets ''eliminated'' for declaring himself the spokesman for Kira [[PathOfInspiration so he can collect millions in donations for "Kira's Temple."]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' loves this:
** Part 2: Cars is granted immortality in every sense of the word; he uses his newfound evolution powers to transform himself into stone to avoid a volcanic eruption, but the force of the blast launches him into space, where he is unable to change back or stop himself from moving. He eventually shuts down mentally, now a hunk of stone travelling endlessly.
** Part 3: Dio is killed thanks to Jotaro's time stop ability, which Dio had been using against others to intimidate and kill.
*** Vanilla Ice kills off Iggy [[KickTheDog by either kicking him in the magna or]] [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cutting Iggy half in the [=OVA=]]]
** Part 4: Yoshikage Kira's good luck finally runs out as he is struck and killed by an ambulance which a bystander had called to help him. When he tries to drag the spirit of one of his murder victims to hell with him, he is stopped by a group of otherworldly hands...which is the body part what Kira had taken from his victims.
** Part 5 Diavolo unintentionally helps Giornio get the Requiem arrow, which upgrades his stand into one that can negate any action taken by an opponent...an ability almost identical to Diavolo's own King Crimson stand, which can erase a section of time and allows limited precognitive abilities. When Diavolo is killed by the new stand, he is forced to experience death for eternity, unable to see when it's coming, each and every time.
** Part 6: Pucci's own Whitesnake stand allowed Emporio to gain Weather Report's stand, allowing him to finally defeat Pucci and save the new universe.
*** Pucci kills Jotaro by moving too fast for Jotaro to use his time stop ability.
* Folken Lacour de Fanel in ''VisionOfEscaflowne''. After his HeelFaceTurn, Folken tries to attack his ex-boss Dornkirk, but the sword he uses breaks in two and the tip injures Folken fatally by impaling him in the chest. It doesn't help that the Zaibach has a machine that actually ''uses'' {{karma}} and destiny as its fuel.
** There's also a subversion here, as Folken went to battle fully knowing that [[YourDaysAreNumbered his days were numbered]] due to all the experiments Dornkirk had perfomed on him through the years.
* In ''FushigiYuugi'', Suboshi tries to kill Tamahome and Miaka, but his own [[KillerYoyo weapon]] rebounds and plunges through his chest while the ghosts of Tamahome's family hold him in place. Suboshi had brutally murdered the family earlier in the series, making this doubly karmic.
* In ''RomeoXJuliet'', [[MagnificentBastard Lord Montague]] kills one of his allies and friends in front of his son, [[KickTheDog for no real reason at all]]. Said son [[SanitySlippage goes insane]] and later stabs Montague to death.
* Gendo's death in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' fits this: It's confirmed to be a hallucination, but what we see is that Eva-01, which has his dead wife Yui's soul in it, picks Gendo up and [[OffWithHisHead bites his head off]]. Yui was the reason he was trying to initiate [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]], and why he treated others (''especially'' their child, Shinji) like shit. Gendo is even said by WordOfGod to have wanted this to happen:
--> "So, this is my retribution? I'm sorry, Shinji." '''* Crunch* '''
* Played straight at the final showdown between Johan and [[MessianicArchetype Tenma]] in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', during which Tenma is presented with a choice of shooting the former or watching him kill a small boy, when Johan is instead shot down by the child's drunken, raving father who just happened to stumble upon the scene. Promptly subverted when the paramedics discover that Johan is still alive, and Tenma decides to try to save his life once again.
* Kurata meets his demise this way in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' as the climax of a ''very'' well deserved HumiliationConga. His final plan to destroy the Digimon sets off a chain reaction, triggering an energy blast that vaporizes him.
* Of all series, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' did this with BountyHunter Hunter J. After capturing one of the Lake Trio (Azelf), Mesprit and Uxie arrive and during a battle with her, use Future Sight on her ship. After capturing them and handing them to Team Galactic (and [[OnlyInItForTheMoney collecting her payment]]), her ignoring/forgetting about Future Sight leads to the pixies' attack stiking her ship and sending it sinking into Lake Valor, followed by [[NoKillLikeOverkill the glass breaking and flooding the chamber, and the ship marvellously exploding, killing J and all her henchmen]]. Shows what you get for trying to capture three super-powered pixies almost as old as time itself... Of course, given the show's track record (and [[MagnificentBitch J's cunning]]) some fans assume [[HesJustHiding she might have survived]].
* ''CombatMechaXabungle'', the BigBad Kashim King and his follower Biram Key who turn the series for the worse, are killed by having a huge missile dropped right at their faces.
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'': Greg is killed after getting into a car accident in the car that he raped Jeremy in.
* ''Anime/HighschoolOfTheDead'' has [[http://youtu.be/PrjiRCIF3fY?t=1m11s a great example]]. As the school is being overrun by the [[ZombieApocalypse shambling, biting dead]], you see [[RedShirt two female students]], presumably [=BFF=]s, who spend every on-screen moment holding hands, with the intention to survive together. Later on, as they're trying to escape the horde up some stairs, one of them gets grabbed and bitten. With the terrified girl crying and whimpering for help and still holding her hand, the other cries "Let go of me! Damnit, bitch, I said LET GO!" and ''[[MoralEventHorizon kicks her "cherished friend" down the stairs into the waiting horde]]''. Shortly after, she is herself killed by zombies who came around behind her.
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': Gatenmaru, the MonsterOfTheWeek for episodes 50 and 51, [[AllWebbedUp webs up]] Inuyasha and [[ForcedToWatch makes him watch]] as he kills and eats helpless village women. The bastard meets his end when Inuyasha enters his SuperpoweredEvilSide and tears him apart with his own bare claws.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[AbusiveParents Reverend Craig]] treated his only daughter, Rahne Sinclair, as scum even before she turned out to be a mutant with a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent wolf-shifting power]]. This ultimately led to a situation where he brainwashed her into ripping the wings off of one her friends, then tried to shoot her. Seeing him in front of the wings he'd mounted as a trophy made her brainwashing kick back in, and she promptly ate him alive.
* Comic/film example: ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''. Spidey, infuriated over his girlfriend's death/near-death (depending on which version you're reading/watching), has the [[NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] on the ropes when the villain reveals that he is Spider-Man's friend's father. As the Green Goblin apologizes, he sets up his glider behind our hero. Spidey jumps out of the way at the last second and the blade on the glider's tip impales the Goblin, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killing him]]. [[BackFromTheDead For now.]]
* The Governor from ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' suffers one of these at the conclusion of the [[WhamEpisode "Made to Suffer"]] arc. After the remainder of his troops have finally broken into the good guys' sanctuary, scattering them to the wind and killing over half of them, one of his soldiers, at his urging, shoots a fleeing survivor... the main characters' [[AnyoneCanDie wife and infant daughter.]] Upon discovering the Governor made her kill a baby, she empties her shotgun into the back of his head. The entire squad of soldiers get Karmic Deaths as well, as they're implied to be overwhelmed by zombies a moment later.
* Long-running newspaper comic ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' makes karmic deaths of villains one of its defining features. But as of late, the strip has become a surreal series of storylines that are basically long, Rube Goldberg-like marches to see what gruesome end awaits the villain of the story. To the point where Dick and crew will abandon police procedure and common sense (and occasionally, the laws of physics) to facilitate said karmic fate. As in the current storyline, where the BigBad gets [[HoistByHisOwnPetard torn apart by his own attack dogs]] after losing his protective whistle; all the while, it never occurs to Dick or his crew to ''shoot the damn dogs'' until LONG after the villain is a literal dog's dinner.
* In the final issue of ''AtomicRobo'' And the Dogs of War, the second half takes a time skip to the 70's when Robo finally finds Otto Skorzeny after looking for him since WWII. He goads Robo, claiming that he had personally killed UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, Robo's creator, and stolen his ideas. Robo takes a gun, aims it at him, and... points it away, and tells Skorzeny that he already knows he's dying of cancer, and instead of giving him a quick soldier's death, he'll leave Skorzeny to die alone and painfully from his cancer.
* ''Creator/DCComics'' Spectre:
** In the DC Comics miniseries "Final Crisis: Revelations", after Libra kills the Martian Manhunter by means of lighting him on fire to show the assorted villains in his Secret Society that he could make their wishes come true, The Spectre goes after the people who wished it to happen. He turns Dr. Light into a human candle and turns Effigy into a melted puddle of a man by boiling him alive. Sadly, it doesn't work for Libra, but The Spectre does kill all the other villains in the room who tried to stop him instead.
** Said villains, the Hangmen, are also an example. Spectre hanged them.
* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story, Batman finds and confronts the man who killed his parents, Joe Chill, but can't find any evidence against him. taking a risk, he confronts Chill and accuses him of murdering the Waynes, and reveals that he, Bruce Wayne, became Batman because of what happened. He then goes on to tell Chill that he will always be watching, waiting to collar Chill for good. Terrified, Chill runs to some fellow crooks and begs for their help, claiming that Batman is after him because he killed his parents. However, the crooks are furious that because of what Chill did, Batman came to be and ruined their schemes time and again. In hot-blooded rage they gun Chill down,''then'' realize what a bad idea that was, but before they can get him to spill who Batman is, the 'man himself comes in.
-->'''Batman:''' Still with us, Chill?\\
'''Chill:''' Not...for long! Funny...because I started you off as Batman, the boys...plugged me! Yeah...I guess you got me...after all! ''Ahhhh...'' ''(Dies)''
** This story was later adapted into an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In "Ultimate IronMan", Howard Stark makes a point of preventing Tony from killing Loni (which is a little odd, since Tony has killed dozens of people by this point, but perhaps this is different since she's helpless and it would be cold-blooded murder rather than combat), only for Loni's son Obadiah to come do the deed himself. Countlessly averted in the same series, where Tony saves Obadiah from multiple near death experiences, to Obadiah's amazement. It's a case of LaserGuidedKarma too -- Obadiah killed his mother because she was willing to leave him to die for her own gain. He also felt genuinely grateful to Tony for all of the times Tony saved his life despite everything Obadiah had done to Tony and his father.
* In Greg Pak's ''PlanetHulk'', Hulk beats the tar out of the Red Emperor, but the baddie's actual demise comes at the hands of the rampaging Wildebots, after the Emperor habitually failed to do anything to mitigate the threat they posed to his citizens. The animated film adaptation of the story features a different, but equally ironic, end for the villain. The Wildebots later rebuilt him and made him realize the scope of his crimes. He is now a cyborg shell of his former self trying to redeem himself while facing scorn and disbelief from his past victims -- including his own daughter.
* In one ''Franchise/StarWars'' comic, Mako Spince, an old smuggling friend of Han Solo's, sells him and his wife Leia out to bounty hunters hired by Hutts for the death of Jabba. They manage to escape, and later on in the series the same man sells them out to Imperial forces. Han retaliates by flying right next to Spince's flight control tower, causing it to become caught in the Star Destroyer's tractor beam. The Imperials, rather than cut the power, ''[[TooDumbToLive increase it]]'', and the traffic control tower, with Spince cursing Han, is torn up and impales the SD, killing all of them.
* Superboy Prime has many deaths to his name (even though ''CountdownToFinalCrisis'', when he ''destroyed multiple Earths and vaporized a pregnant woman'', is non-canon his bodycount is still pretty high).
** Speaking of ''FinalCrisis'', in the mini-series ''Legion of Three Worlds'' a couple discovers Superboy-Prime after he arrives in the future and he vaporizes them in passing. What makes this a KarmicDeath? In an earlier storyline, the same couple discovered an alien child, LastOfHisKind, in their yard... and vaporized it, burying its remains in their farm.
** He even [[spoiler:almost]] beat his own girlfriend Laurie to death when he got back to his own universe after she rejected him because of his past actions. At the end of his ''BlackestNight'' tie-in, it's heavily implied that Black Lantern Laurie rips his heart out. That's not what happens though. [[spoiler:It's revealed that he didn't kill Laurie, he simply broke her arm, and the two do find some measure of happiness.]]
** Prime later goes on another rampage after accidentally being teleported away from his own dimension, and ends up being trapped in the Source Wall, seemingly forever.
* Another ''Batman'' example ; in Batman #414, Bats is investigating the mysterious "Dumpster Killer", who leaves women's mutilated corpses in dumpsters (and [[ItsPersonal it becomes personal]] when one of the people killed is a friend of Bruce Wayne). Several issues later, in #421, Batman discovers the killer is a pair of [[StayInTheKitchen misogynist douchebags]], Karl Branneck & Vito Procaccini, and vows to take them down. In the next issue, Branneck kills Vito because he views him as a liability; later, Batman arrests him and he goes to trial, but is set free because [[OffOnATechnicality a bloody knife Batman found at his house was found illegally]]. After making sure Batman isn't around, Branneck then sets out to target another woman...who promptly slits his throat with a straight razor (and was revealed to be the sister of his second victim, who had been personally hounding him so he'd choose to kill her). Fittingly, the name of the last issue was "Just Deserts".
* In ''SinCity'' the [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]] SerialKiller, Kevin is eaten alive by his pet wolf.
* A third Batman example comes from the mini-series ''[[BatmanTheCult The Cult]]'': having been freed from his imprisonment and recovering from his mental and physical trauma, Batman and the Jason Todd Robin storm into Gotham to take back Gotham from Deacon Blackfire, who has taken it over with his army of similarly kidnapped and broken people. Batman finally confronts Blackfire and proceeds to beat him within an inch of his life before stopping; he couldn't arrest him nor, even if he didn't have his code, kill him - they'd just make him a martyr. Instead, he leaves Blackfire, broken and beaten, in front of his followers who literally tear him apart because his broken and pathetic self spat in the face of everything he drilled into their heads.
* Near the end of the ''[[ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar Kree/Skrull War]]'' story arc in the Avengers comics, it turns out that the government agent who's been preaching hate against aliens in order to turn public opinion against Mar-Vel (and the Avengers by extension) is a Skrull. Rick Jones (with help from the Supreme Intelligence) remotely shuts down his powers in the middle of a speech, causing him to reveal his true form; the angry mob he was preaching to immediately attacks and beats him to death.
* So, so many ECComics stories.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/TimeLordsAndTerror'', [[WickedWitch Hydia]] spends the entire story trying to release [[EldritchAbomination the S'muz]] because she believes she can use it to destroy her enemies. Naturally, she's the first one it renders DeaderThanDead upon its release.
* ''FanFic/InvaderZimTheSeries'': Reg, an Irken BloodKnight with [[PlayingWithFire elemental fire powers]] and a [[{{Pyromaniac}} personality to match]], ends up burning to death in the wreck of his ship when it's destroyed. For bonus points, the ones doing the destroying are the Tallest, who Reg's been shown to be covertly plotting against with the story's LegionOfDoom.
* In ''FanFic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'', BigBad [[spoiler: Red Cyclone]] is responsible for starting the whole conflict and for the most part of the story, he only issues orders, such as the [[PlayingWithFire scorching of Equestria]]. He becomes trapped inside his own creation by [[spoiler: Zeakros]] after Rainbow Dash and Firefly destroy the fortress' core generator, starting a self-destruct countdown. He is consumed by the expanding explosions as Fortress Intimidation is collapsing.
* [[spoiler:[[JurassicPark Peter]] [[OmnicidalManiac Ludlow]], the ''real'' BigBad]] of ''FanFic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'' gets an ''EPIC'' one near the very end. [[spoiler:He sets it up by apparently spending most of Episode 3 trying to capture the T-rex family that initially antagonizes the heroes as part of a tourist attraction (actually an excuse to publicly kill them along with all other non-human species). When he later drops all pretenses, he defends himself from the angry father rex by shooting him in the eye. This enrages both the fellow 'rex he was defending - actually a ScaledUp [[TheIncredibles Violet]] - and Chomper's own babies to boot. The result: Ludlow gets every bone in his body broken for his trouble, and is devoured by the very baby 'rexes he had been working so hard to acquire.]]
* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', the blackbirds that have tortured [[BadFuture Dark World]]!Derpy for a thousand years by trying to eat Dinky (who has been [[AndIMustScream turned into a muffin]]), are ultimately thrown into [[EldritchAbomination Ponythulhu's]] dimension to be eaten themselves, also by being turned into a baked good.
** [[spoiler: When [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] is finally defeated by the Elements of Harmony, she's forced to experience a fate quite similar to what she forced on Twilight [[GroundhogDayLoop who knows how many times]] -- watching her [[CoDragons friends]] be torn away from her and ending up being forcibly [[FusionDance fused]] with Twilight.]]
** [[HumanoidAbomination Makarov]], the BigBad of the Shining Armor Arc, has spent his entire existence [[TheAssimilator absorbing others']] in order to bring himself closer to godhood, {{Retgon|e}}ing them in the process. Ultimately, he's absorbed by [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]], erasing ''him'' from existence.
* ''Fanfic/{{Equestrylvania}}'': [[CreepyMortician Dirt Nap]] ends up being burned to death by the power of the very demon he [[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul to]].
* ''FanFic/BadFutureCrusaders'': [[MookLieutenant Twitch]], who gleefully took part in the bombing of Broncton -- caring nothing for the civilians caught in the crossfire -- is killed when a shot from Apple Bloom's gun detonates one his bombs while it's still on his belt.
* In the My Little Pony / Literature/TheDresdenFiles Crossover ''FanFic/TheDresdenFillies'' False Masks:
** [[spoiler: After spending the whole story trying to assassinate Harry Dresden (believing him to be a resurrected EvilOverlord) , putting innocents in danger, summoning '''He Who Walks Behind''' ('''TWICE''') , [[HeWhoFightsMonsters and in the process of all these things betraying the kingdom and the ponies they swore to protect]], the Order Triune itself is betrayed by Novel Notion and sacrificed to a demon rather quickly. Unlike most examples, however, it still proves to be quite [[AlasPoorVillain tragic]] ]].
** [[spoiler:Novel Notion and his cohorts']] own demise in the epilogue is just as karmic [[KickTheSonOfABitch though not nearly as tragic]]. Completely unrepentent of their heinous crimes, they hatch up a scheme to make ''another'' DealWithTheDevil in the Nevernever to gain the power they need to seek revenge. After four days of wandering, the first demon they meet [[spoiler:promptly swallows them whole and they die slowly and painfully in its digestive fluids.]]
* In the third FanFic/Gensokyo20XX story, presumably we have this with Seija, after she's attempted to get Yukari to murder the children because she saw them as a hinderance when food and fresh water had run scarce (because of her), as it's unlikely she survived on her own after having three of her limbs and a few fingers cut off and then being sent away, then again, she had it coming.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] do this a ''lot''. They've done it enough to get [[DisneyVillainDeath their own subtrope]]. To name a few examples:
** The Evil Queen in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' fell off a cliff after being struck by lightning while trying to push a rock onto the Seven Dwarfs. Not only did she fall to her death, but the rock falls on her. ''And'' for good measure, vultures eat her body.
** Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' fell off of the castle after one final attack on the Beast. (This coming ''after'' the Beast spared his life.)
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'''s Clayton fell off a tree while attacking Tarzan with a knife, and was strangled by vines despite Tarzan's attempt to warn him (also an IronicDeath after saying "Africa was made for me...!").
** [=McLeech=], the villainous poacher in ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'', seemed to avoid his karmic death by escaping a pack of crocodiles, only to be swept over the InevitableWaterfall seconds later.
** Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is killed by the hyenas that he threw under the bus while pleading for his life to be spared.
** Zira in Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride died because of her own stubbornness and refusing the help from Kiara to save her life.
** At the climax of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', [[KnightTemplar Judge Claude Frollo]] raises his sword to strike the defenseless heroes, bellowing, "''[[DeathByIrony And He shall smite the wicked, and plunge them into the fiery pit!]]''" Three guesses [[DisneyVillainDeath what happens next...]]
** After his attempt to use his army of undead soldiers reanimated by the titular [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Black Cauldron]] is thwarted, the Horned King is sucked into the Cauldron himself (and horrifically ''[[BodyHorror stripped to the bone]]'' in the process).
** In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', Ratigan uses a hand-bell as a summons for his hungry cat to eat any mouse that displeases him. At the climax, Basil swipes the bell and rings it just before Big Ben chimes, shaking Ratigan off to his death.
** In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', when Dr. Facilier's demonic amulet gets shattered, that's considered to his Friends on the Other Side as breaking their contract, causing the shadowy demons that once worked for him to drag him into a gaping mouth to the Other Side, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic all the while happily chanting the exact same song that he was singing when he was cursing Naveen]].
** At the end of ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'', [[EvilPoacher the hunter]] that supposedly killed the titular character's [[MissingMom mother]] is actually implied to have been burned alive in his own forest fire. Walt had at one point planned to show the guy's body, but after an animator cheekily asked "Well-done or medium rare?" shelved the idea as tasteless.
** Toward the end of ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', the villain Scroop is literally thrown out of an airlock and into outer space by the heroes as revenge for killing a character named Mr. Arrow (who was literally tossed into outer space and ''into a black hole'' by Scroop) earlier in the film.
** In the climax of ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', King Candy/Turbo receives the ultimate comeuppance for messing with the program. Since ''Sugar Rush'' was never his game from the start, he's finally gone for good when he's vaporized by the light coming from Diet Cola Mountain after becoming a Cy-Bug mashup.
** In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' (2010), Rapunzel's hair is cut. Mother Gothel starts grabbing at it in a desperate attempt to hold onto her eternal youth. However, as it browns, it starts to rapidly age her to the point where she covers her face, shrieking in despair until she accidentally backs out of the nearby window. Seemingly subverted by Pascal dragging dead hair to trip her, but Gothel turns to dust mid-fall.
* Done figuratively in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. At the end of the movie, Chick Hicks wins the Piston Cup, but in doing so his [[ClassicVillain Pride, Wrath, and Ambition]] have revealed him to be a poor sport to the rest of the world. His career dies a metaphoric -- yet ''very'' karmic -- death as a result.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Lord Shen rejects Po's LastSecondChance and makes one last attempt to kill him. He ends up crushing himself to death with his own giant cannon before Po even lands a hit on him. Doubles as DeathByIrony.
* In ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Rio}} Rio 2]]'', [[BigBad Big Boss]] runs a logging business that is cutting down trees in the Amazon. In the aftermath of the final battle, he gets swallowed by a boa constrictor as he tries to escape.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheRunningMan'': Damon Killian, host of the top-rated TV series "The Running Man" (wherein political criminals must earn a chance at a full pardon by evading "stalkers" out to kill them) is exposed as a fraud by the film's main protagonist … then sent into his own game zone (via a rocket sled) – the same place where every other contestant had died so brutally – to meet his fate.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' films do this a ''lot'', and often accompanied by a BondOneLiner, of course.
** A rare serious example was in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', in which Bond asked Sanchez, "Don't you want to know ''why''?", showing him a silver lighter -the wedding gift that Bond had given to Leiter and his wife, before Sanchez had her killed and Leiter maimed by a shark. Bond then set the oil-soaked Sanchez on fire with their wedding present.
* In ''Film/EllaEnchanted'', after Edgar's treachery is revealed, he gives his villain's rant, and then proceeds to place the crown that he poisoned on his own head. He has a half-second to realize his mistake before the poison takes effect.
* In ''Film/TheBlackHole'', The movie's main villain is crushed to death by debris as the ship is drawn into the eponymous black hole (hypermass), as his souless, evil robotic bodyguard Maximillian simply leaves the room despite his repeated pleas.
* In ''Film/BoyEatsGirl'', Nathan, having escaped death by hanging with the aid of a magic spell, must poetically die by hanging at the end; although....
* In ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', He-Man ''finally'' destroyed Skeletor's source of power, his troops are beaten, etc. Because he's [[DesignatedHero ''such a good guy'']], he tells Skeletor that it's over, and He-Man turns his back to Skeletor. Skeletor replies, "...yes... ''for you!''", pulls out a hidden sword and attempts to run He-Man through. He-Man dodges in the nick of time, and Skeletor falls down a handy bottomless pit. (Subverted: Skeletor lives via [[TheStinger Stinger]].) [[note]]An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' homaged this, with the hero and villain of the week reenacting this almost exactly.[[/note]]
* ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on this: Evie tells Beni that people like him always meet an unfortunate end. [[FateWorseThanDeath He does.]]
* The demise of the crime boss Komtuan in ''OngBak'' possibly epitomizes the concept of karmic death, as he is crushed under the falling head of a giant Buddha statue, which he was trying to remove and sell. You don't get much more karmic than that.
* Carl, the [[SmugSnake villain]] of ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', dies after he swings a hanging hook at the hero, in a massively futile attempt to halt Patrick Swayze's ghostly offensive, smashes the window behind him, and ultimately winds up impaled on the very [[SoftGlass un-soft glass]]. And as if that wasn't enough, the film becomes terrifying. Carl only gets to experience his first few seconds in the afterlife on that plane before shadows boil out of everywhere and [[DraggedOffToHell drag him off screaming to Oblivion or whatever hellhole or damnation the viewer can only imagine]].
* The B-Movie ''Film/TheSadist'' goes to rather extreme lengths for this. Out of nowhere, the villain falls into an abandoned well which is quickly revealed to be inhabited by dozens of poisonous snakes.
* In ''Film/KillingZoe'', Eric fucks up the heist, murders numerous civilians, and takes glee in spreading his AIDS. As he's about to murder his childhood friend, his gun jams. French police show up seconds later. At least six cops empty entire magazines from their machine guns into him, causing him to dance for nearly half a minute as he's torn apart by bullets. His infected blood is sprayed all over the place.
* Subverted in ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen''. Near the end of the movie, [[MagnificentBastard "ultimate badass"]] Anton Chigurh is leaving his last victim's house when he gets hit by a car. Despite this, he maliciously survives with an open arm fracture and some broken rips, and manages to escape the scene, and, although heavily injured, can walk into the proverbial sunset. The implication is of course that his ImplacableMan status doesn't just come from pure skill, but also quite a bit from pure dumb luck.
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'':
** The deranged and abusive asylum owner Mr. Fogg is left to the care of his "children", who quickly turn upon him and tear him to pieces. It's much more poetic (if much less ''awesome'') than the stage play, where Johanna shoots him.
** And in both the film and stage versions, Sweeney Todd himself is killed by a minor character -- a young boy Mrs. Lovett took in, who goes insane after discovering what the meat pies are really made of. And he's killed using the very same razor that Sweeney used to kill so many people.
** And Mrs. Lovett is baked alive in the oven where she cooked her cannibalistic meat pies.
* In ''IpMan'', the cruel Japanese Colonel Sato, who had shot Master Liu to death earlier for losing against Japanese fighters, eventually gets killed by a shot from his own gun after it is wrestled away from him.
* This seems to be the preferred method of dispatching villains in ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren''.
** The Octopus kill each other -- they're conjoined twins, despite the singular name -- due to mind control by the ringmaster they used to try to kill Miette.
** Krank dies after his attempt to steal Miette's dreams goes wrong, and he sees himself as the children he abducts do -- a nightmarish, arbitrarily cruel monster of a man. He wakes screaming from his dream, and the shock kills him.
** And the inventor, after going murderously insane and deciding to violently correct the problems he's set in motion... ties himself to Krank's oil rig and lashes explosives to his body. He recovers his senses too late, and the explosives are detonated by a seagull.
* ''Film/{{Push}}''. Nick's final battle with Victor, TheDragon. He gets a chance to kill him but doesn't, for unknown reasons. Victor is killed seconds later by a [[MakeMeWannaShout Bleeder]] though.
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' 's Warden Norton has what can be considered a KarmicDeath. Once Andy rats him out, we see a close-up of one of the Warden's wall decorations, it says "His Judgment Cometh, and that right soon." Moments later he shoots himself through the head rather than be arrested. Red later gives us the all-satisfying line; "I like to think the last thing that went through Norton's head, other than that bullet, was to wonder how the HELL Andy ever got the best of him."
* In ''Film/TheFrighteners'', the two main villains (one of which is already dead) are dragged into Hell by a giant worm. Awesome.
* A voiceover at the end of ''Film/PicnicAtHangingRock'' tells us that Mrs. Appleyard dies while attempting to climb the rock. Even more karmic in Joan Lindsay's novel: Mrs. Appleyard falls and smashes her skull open when she sees a horrific vision of a gruesomely disfigured Sara.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** At the end of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Darth Vader kills Emperor Palpatine while Palpatine is trying to kill his son.
** Also, Anakin Skywalker's transition to Darth Vader is marked by Palpatine using Force Lightning to make Mace Windu fall to his death, while Vader's return to the light side/being Anakin is marked by Vader sending Palpatine to fall to his death. Even better: Palpatine was using Force Lightning to kill Luke, and Vader's act stops him.
** Also in ROTJ, Jabba the Hutt gets strangled to death by Leia with [[SlaveCollar the chain he was using]] [[GoGoEnslavement to keep her enslaved]].
* In ''Film/TheAvengers1998'', Father and Mrs. Peel's clones were killed when their balloon exploded after it ran into the Wonderland Weather sign.
* One of the most blatant and cringe-worthy uses of this trope occurs in ''Film/ThePostman'', where near the end of the film, Creator/KevinCostner's character has already defeated the villain, has the option to kill him, but refuses because he's just too damned nice. Naturally, the villain draws a hidden gun and is blown away by his former trusted lieutenant and his own stupidity.
* The ''Film/GhostRider'' movie. After taking the San Verganza contract, Blackheart dies after Ghost Rider uses the penance stare. It didn't work the first time because Blackheart had no soul, but now had [[UpToEleven one thousand corrupt souls]].
* In the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' film, Peter discovers that Norman Osborn is the Green Goblin and hesitates. Osborn takes advantage of the momentary weakness to try and kill him, but Peter dodges the attack and Osborn ends up getting stabbed by his own glider.
* In the film adaptation of Creator/CliveCussler's ''Film/{{Sahara}}'', the villain responsible for contaminating much of Mali's drinking water with toxic waste appears to have slipped away from punishment, until it is implied that the CIA has secretly replaced his bottled water with the very same contaminated water. (This happens in the book too.)
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'': Leonard Smalls puts Hi in a bear hug to weaken him up before shooting him. Hi spends this time gripping at Smalls' jacket, where Smalls keeps his grenades. Smalls knocks Hi to the ground, pulls out his twin twin-barreled shotguns, and cocks all four hammers. Hi holds up his hand in a "have mercy" gesture. That's when Smalls notices the hand grenade pin around Hi's finger. You can figure out the rest.
* ''Film/{{Fargo}}'':
** Carl Showalter's death could be seen as this.
** Wade Gustafson's death even more so.
* In Guy Ritchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' (2009), Lord Blackwood dies by hanging (from a chain from the top of the unfinished Tower Bridge; of course he'd attempted to kill Holmes after Holmes had spared his life from almost certain death seconds before). Furthermore, the plot hinges on him cheating death at the gallows and escaping his much-deserved execution for murder at the beginning. Guess Karma wasn't too thrilled at him for that...
* ''Film/TheBookOfEli''. Gary Oldman's character escapes with the book and a leg injury, only to learn that it's a Braille Bible and thus useless to him. He tries to get his blind concubine to translate, but she refuses also noting that she can smell a wound on him that has gone septic. With most of his men dead he witnesses the anarchy below and it is heavily implied his end comes from either the riots or his infection.
* Almost the whole point of the British World War I horror movie ''Film/{{Deathwatch 2002}}''. Every character who aids in torturing the lone German prisoner dies in a suitably horrible fashion (suffice to say, one can become very creative when it comes to barbed wire). The only character to survive the movie (and even then it's fairly ambiguous) is Charlie (because he tried to help the prisoner). Other characters get killed in a more traditional sense of karmic death, for instance, the Upper Class Twit officer being murdered by a particularly disgruntled (possibly deranged) trooper.
* In the 1959 ''Film/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' film, Count Saknussem tries to mislead and kill the heroes, but is eventually caught and sentenced to death. However, no one wants to kill him, so they take him along. Sometime after they reach the center of the earth, however, Saknussem eats Gertrude, Hans's duck. Shortly afterward, he falls against a boulder and is killed when several heavy rocks fall upon him.
* Though not technically the main villain, Dr. Worley from ''Film/ReturnToOz'' uses an electro therapy machine to damage his patients' minds, and he will then lock them in the cellar. He nearly does this to Dorothy, but the power goes out at the last second. Later, Ozma helps Dorothy escape, resulting in Dorothy getting back to the Land of Oz. While she is away, Dr. Worley's clinic is hit by lightning and burns to the ground. Everyone is rescued, but Dr. Worley runs back into the fire to rescue his machines...
* This trope is pandemic in the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films.
** Three of the four movies end with the primary villain being undone by their own ambition when the artifact they've been searching for destroys them. Although not the best example of the trope in action, since in every movie Indy has few compunctions about killing bad guys left and right.
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Donovan chooses poorly and drinks from a false grail, leading to his NightmareFuel demise of aging rapidly to death. This is karmic payback for shooting Henry Sr. a little earlier. Meanwhile, Schneider pays the price for helping the Nazis. She attempts to steal the real grail out of the temple, which triggers a CataclysmClimax. In a TakeMyHand moment, she reaches for the grail, but in a dash of karmic justice, it had landed literally inches outside her hand’s reach. She’s too greedy to give up when she’s so close, despite Indy losing his grip on her slippery gloved hand. Just as she’s about to get it, the glove pulls off and she falls to her death.
* Hilariously subverted in ''Film/PunisherWarZone'', in a scene where the cops are careful and diligent about arresting and restraining a captured mobster, only for the Punisher to unceremoniously execute him half a second later.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series:
** ''Film/{{Aliens}}'': Weyland-Yutani Project Developer Carter J. Burke. Essentially got killed by the hell he indirectly unleashed on the colonists on the LV-426 Hadley's Hope Colony.
** ''Film/AlienResurrection'': Dr. Wren subjected at least eight people to be victims to the facehuggers and have an alien embryo burst out of their chests. He dies by having a chestburster break its way through his own skull.
* While he didn't die, [[GloryHound Steele]] begins the movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' as the town hero but is rotten to the core inside while the hero of the film, Balto, is the town outcast with a heart of gold. At the end of the movie, due to Steele's refusal to let Balto have the glory that Steele craves for saving the town, Balto ends up the town hero, with the girl Steele spent the whole movie trying to get, while Steele's lies are revealed, resulting in him being a hated outcast by the town dogs. Further irony comes from the fact Steele would've gotten greater fame if he'd let Balto help him in the first place.
* In ''[[Film/{{Saw}} Saw 3D]]'', Mark Hoffman is captured by Dr. Lawrence Gordon and left to die as punishment for killing Jill Tuck. "[[PreMortemOneLiner Game over.]]"
* (Unintentionally?) inverted in the Korean movie ''Film/TheLastDay''. In the final scenes, about everyone who displays some kind of altruism dies, often horribly, for having tried to save lives. Most of those who were only concerned with their own survival, well, ''survive''. FamilyUnfriendlyAesop much?
* The MindScrew movie ''11:14'', displayed in AnachronicOrder, features among the many characters a teenage girl who is sleeping with two different young men without their knowledge. She pretends to be pregnant and tells each of them that she needs $500 to get an abortion. In reality, she intends to take their money and leave with a third man. Near the end of the movie, she's speaking to this person on her cellphone when one of the two young men calls for her attention, telling her that he got the money. She immediately crosses the street, only to stop in the middle of it to answer a call on her phone. Moments later, she's hit and killed by a speeding van filled with several of the film's other protagonists.
* Speaking of the aforementioned Patrick Swayze, in his other classic, ''Film/RoadHouse'', the evil [[SmugSnake Brad]] [[CorruptHick Wesley]] basically runs the town the movie is set in, forcing the local businessmen to pay him and trashing their shops if they refuse. In the final showdown with Dalton, it's not Swayze who kills him (as the latter did, graphically, to his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Jimmy), but the aforementioned business owners, filling him with enough lead to take down a bear. Can also overlap with TheDogBitesBack or TheDogShotFirst.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Mitchell Laurio is killed by [[spoiler:[[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} the prisoner]] he hated and abused.]]
** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Magneto kills Shaw by telemagnetically pushing a coin through his brain. It was the very same coin that Erik was commanded to move as a child to prevent Schmidt from killing his mother; Erik failed and Shaw shot his mother. Magneto even gives an IronicEcho of what Schmidt said to taunt his victim.
* At the end of the dark comedy ''Film/MissNobody'', the VillainProtagonist lampshades this after realizing she's just taken a fatal dose of the poisoned water she had intended to use earlier on a colleague whom she'd suspected of being the person blackmailing her over murdering her way up the corporate ladder. She had poisoned one of the jugs in his personal supply, but never got around to disposing of it after the blackmailer turned out to be someone else. So in the end, when the jug in the water cooler in the office which she has as a result of her murders runs out and her assistant raids the colleague's supply for a replacement, he unknowingly selects the poisoned jug.
* In ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'', Wood Hite, a violent bully who threatens and insults Bob, laughs off His threats of a bullet in the head. Later He is shot in the head by Bob.
* The [[DesignatedVillain designated antagonist]] Jonas in ''Film/{{Twister}}''.
* George Harvey in ''Film/TheLovelyBones''.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Judge Doom is killed by the same 'Dip' that he is planning on using to kill all the other cartoons. While Eddie Valiant has no qualms about killing the guy responsible for the death of his brother, the death that Doom suffers is a total accident that would have never happened if he had not invented 'dip' to begin with, or if he hadn't sidestepped the punching glove launched at him, which accidentally hit the 'dip' release valve which subsequently melted Doom.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon.''
** Dylan Gould's fate. He reactivates the Control Pillar of the Decepticons' Space Bridge --- despite Sam Witwicky trying to reason with him --- in order to bring Cybertron near Earth (he was promised that he would be spared after the rest of humanity was enslaved, and also possibly be given the role of humanity's "CEO"). Later on, Sam hits him with a metal bar, causing him to lose his balance. He eventually collides with the Pillar's energy beam, and is ultimately electrocuted to death, all the while screaming in pain.
** Earlier, Sentinel Prime wounds Ironhide and then executes him point blank despite his plea for him not to. At the end, a wounded Sentinel is excuted point blank by Optimus Prime despite his plea for him not to.
* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'': Harold Attinger was an unnoticed CIA agent who founded Cemetery Wind to wipe out Transformers and replace them with man-made version to appeal his xenophobic paranoia and greed. He's killed in his failed attempt to murder Cade Yeager by Optimus Prime. Fittingly, although Optimus swore revenge on his fallen comrades, he barely paid any attention to Attinger when he shot him.
* In ''Film/CrankHighVoltage'', Poon Dong, an elderly Triad boss who uses OrganTheft to prolong his own life, gets captured and has Chev's stolen heart extracted, killing him.
-->'''Doc Miles:''' Creator/{{Confucius}} say: Karma's a bitch!
* In ''Film/{{Machete}}'', Senator [=MacLaughlin=] is a racist bastard who encourages vigilantes to kill illegal immigrants and plans to build an electric fence on the U.S./Mexico border. In the end, some vigilantes mistake him for an immigrant (he was wearing tattered clothes and was trying to sneak away from people trying to kill him) and open fire on him. Wounded, he staggers into an electric fence. He even seems to be aware of it, and lets out a chuckle before he dies.
* [[spoiler: Frankly Madson]] the villain in the Kenneth-Branaugh penned ''Film/DeadAgain''. He killed his victim by stabbing her to death with scissors, then ends up ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice on a giant scissors sculpture.
* In ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}} at the Blood Fest'' (1973). Ichi [[MookHorrorShow slashed his way through mooks]] to get to the rice merchant, who exploited farmers. After he decided to [[WeUsedToBeFriends let him go]], the merchant slipped on spilled rice and fell on a katana -and the pointy end was up.
* The title character in ''Film/{{Tamara}}'' loves to play with her victim's insecurities and deficiencies before inflicting [[{{Gorn}} gruesome]] {{Psychic Assisted Suicide}}s on them. Roger, who did nothing while the rest of the group (minus Chloe) agreed to cover up Tamara's death, kills himself in a manner referencing the [[MonkeyMoralityPose Three Wise Monkeys]]. [[spoiler:Her father, a man who [[TheAlcoholic loved the bottle more than his (now ex-)wife]], eats a glass beer bottle that tears apart his mouth, throat, and esophagus from the inside.]]
* The first segment of horror anthology ''Scary or Die'' is about a couple of racist rednecks who kidnap Mexican immigrants, drag them out to the desert near the border, and kill them. After they do this to their latest victims, everyone they've ever killed rise up as zombies and kill them.
* ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'':
** Firefly [[spoiler:is killed by one of his own bug bombs.]]
** Zartan [[spoiler:murdered a female GI Joe member in front of Storm Shadow, a man who's disgusted with killing women in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', and in this movie he later gets killed by the same man who he killed the woman in front of because he murdered his master.]]
* In ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' [[spoiler: Roderick is killed by Elmont after the former attempted to push the latter to his death out of the cave.]]
* In ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'':
** The vampire bureaucracy was treating humans like cattle; in the end [[spoiler: head bureaucrat Charles Bromley ends up being slaughtered like one]].
** Also, [[spoiler: the Vampires who eat Frankie immediately become human. Unfortunately for them, they do so within sight of a small army of starving vampires who subsequently devour them just as messily]].
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'': The English lord who executes Murron by slitting her throat has his own throat slit by Wallace, using the same exact knife.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'':
** [[spoiler:Latham Cole [[DisneyVillainDeath falls to his death]], along with the several tons of silver and a locomotive, both of which his plan revolved around, which crush him to death.]]
** [[spoiler:Butch Cavendish and the Captain are killed when they're caught in a train collision. To paraphrase the Captain, they were with the railroad company.]]
* In ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'', Marcone grabs what he thinks is the briefcase full of money out of the backseat of the car. [[spoiler: But instead it contains the bomb that he meant to kill Sen. Baynard, and Marcone is blown up when he opens it.]]
* Two in ''Film/PitchBlack''.
** [[spoiler:Paris panics and runs away, which disables the best light source and screws over the entire group. He is killed very quickly afterwards.]]
** [[spoiler:Johns is willing to kill anyone else in the group, even Jack, to distract the creatures so he can escape. Riddick wounds him instead, letting him be the distraction.]]
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': [[spoiler: Kruger, whose favorite method of killing people is blowing them up into gibs, gets torn apart by his own grenade.]]
** [[spoiler: Delacourt was killed by Kruger, the same psycho she hired.]]
* In the remake of ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'' Jennifer's killing of her rapists reflects a way they personally raped, tortured, and degraded her.
* ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'' [[BigBad Adam]] and [[TheDragon Vadoma]] kill Abraham and Mary's son William. They are then killed by his parents' respective silver TragicKeepsake.
* ''Film/DeathWarrant'': The corrupt doctor who harvested the prisoners' organs is captured by the prisoners and implied to be killed by vivisection.
* ''Film/KingKong'' (2005 Edition), combined with DisproportionateRetribution: as Lumpy - the ship's cook - treks with the rest of the crew to rescue Anne, very large mosquitoes and bugs bite him and those around him; however, while the rest of the crew simply slap and swing at them as though they are average pests, Lumpy unloads machine-gunfire on them, killing a few viciously. Later in the movie, [[FromBadToWorse as the surviving crew members]] [[DwindlingParty dwindle]], they fall into a valley infested with BigCreepyCrawlies, including enormous leech-like [[LampreyMouth Carnictus]] [[EldritchAbomination Worms]] that [[CruelAndUnusualDeath slowly absorb Lumpy's left leg, left arm, and head]] [[EatenAlive into their mouths]]. [[GoryDiscretionShot We don't see their mouths finally close]], [[OffscreenInertia but that worsens]] [[ParanoiaFuel the effect]] [[SoundOnlyDeath when the last thing we hear is his muted scream from inside one of their throats]].
* ''Film/TheGreyZone'': During the Auschwitz-Birkenau uprising, a random SS guard in the crematoria is killed by the Sonderkommando by [[MurderByCremation shoving him into the ovens]] which the Nazis used to dispose of the Jewish corpses.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Unconscious}}'', León dies to a FallingChandelierOfDoom that was knocked down by a ricocheting bullet he himself fired, in a failed attempt to assassinate [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Sigmund Freud]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheCatastropheOfTheEmeraldQueen'':
** King James is thrown off the battlements of Alegria castle by Mordalayn, to plummet into the woods a mile below. This was after murdering Leppard in a similar manner earlier in the book (dropping him into the Abyss room).
** Also Susan Veer sets a magical trap for Queen Sophie that she herself falls into. As she was a former Queen of Alegria the trap works equally well on her, despite not activating when Jared Miller stood directly on top of it moments previously.
** Finally Rancidrain, who is killed by a rainbow blade. A similar weapon to the one he used in his failed assassination attempt on the Emerald Queen.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Saruman is [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed by much-abused servant Wormtongue]], and Gollum falls into the volcano by dancing too exuberantly. In TheFilmOfTheBook, the former was entirely cut from the film and only viewable on the extended DVD.
** Used straight by the film adaptation. Gollum goes over the edge while struggling with Frodo for the Ring rather than simply a misstep.
** The Witch-King stabbed Frodo with a Morgul blade, and the same is done to him by Merry, allowing him to be killed by Éowyn.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Voldemort, through a lengthily-explained property of the eponymous AppliedPhlebotinum, finds the definitively un-blockable Killing Curse blocked and turned against himself. ''Again''. [[{{Irony}} And thus, the man who sought above all else to be powerful, notorious, and feared dies with a thud]].
** Vincent Crabbe uses a powerful fire-spreading curse on the heroes that he himself can't control. He's the only one who gets killed by it.
* The villains in the ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'' (the National Underwater and Marine Agency) of books written by Creator/CliveCussler tend to die this way.
** The person who wanted immortality and nearly flooded the oceans with a very hard-to-kill Gorgonweed ended up killing herself by taking the potion meant to make her immortal, because someone she had killed had messed with it, making sure that anyone that drank all three of the shots needed for immortality would die from it.
** One person who wanted to destroy the world's fish trade with mutant fish was eaten by his own creations.
** A third person wanted to control the world's water and ended up dying by drowning, but the place where she was ended up blowing up, so that may have killed her instead.
** A fourth whose improper disposal of waste was poisoning the local water tables, causing madness in those who drink the water, is tricked into drinking that water which has been secretly bottled and brought to him.
* In JackLondon's ''Literature/TheSeaWolf'', Wolf Larsen is struck by a migraine while trying to steal the protagonist's lady love. The migraine is a symptom of the brain injury that leaves him paralyzed and eventually kills him, while the protagonist and lady love stay at his bedside and spoon-feed him.
* ''Literature/JaneEyre'':
** Bertha Mason's death by fire is very karmic, since she started it in the first place and Mr. Rochester went back in to get her as well.
** Similarly, we have Jane's cousin John who had always bullied her and gotten away with it many times. Even when he was an adult, his mother helped him twice get out of jail, paying off his debts, and he ''still'' returned to his ways. For the third time, his mother finally refused to help him and it was suspected he committed suicide to escape his debts.
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Arctic Incident'', Briar Cudgeon is attacked by Opal Koboi after the latter learned he was planning to kill her off after taking over. She then rammed him into plasma, where he was fried.
* In Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/DombeyAndSon'', Carker dies by accidentally stepping back into the path of an onrushing (and symbolic) train--right in front of a horrified Mr. Dombey.
* Near the end of Creator/GeorgeEliot's ''Literature/DanielDeronda,'' the appalling Mr. Grandcourt finally meets his end when he falls off a boat and, unable to swim, asks his wife to throw him a rope. She hesitates just a moment too long...
* ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' novels:
** Creator/EllisPeters manages to wrap up a judicial duel with a KarmicDeath in ''One Corpse Too Many''. Hugh dropped his sword after disarming Adam, choosing to continue the fight dagger-against-dagger. When Adam went for Hugh's sword, Hugh tackled him. In the ensuing wrestling match, Adam rolled onto his own dagger and died.
** In ''The Raven in the Foregate'', the new priest lacks the critical virtues of charity and humility. He pronounces a naïve penitent irredeemable and refuses her absolution, and she drowns herself in the millpond. Later, he slips on a patch of ice near the same millpond, hits his head on a stump as he falls, and goes into the water unconscious. The one person who saw it happen doesn't feel any guilt about not helping him--extra points for irony because he viewed the HolierThanThou priest's fate as divine judgment--the measure the priest gave was the measure he received, just as Jesus said.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': The Grolim Chamdar [[InfanticideBackfire attempted to kill the last descendants of the Rivan King by burning their house down.]] Years later, the [[TheHero sole survivor's]] first conscious act of magic is to [[KillItWithFire set him on fire.]] Made even better by the fact that Garion is horrified by this sudden use of magic and watching someone burn so he decides to put out the fire. However, his aunt then tells him Chamdar killed his family, so Garion makes the fire ''hotter'' and burns Chamar to ash.
* The titular character of Creator/HPLovecraft's short story ''Herbert West - Reanimator'' is in the end killed when a horde of the more or less insane (mostly the former) victims of his experiments swoops into his laboratory and brutally rip him apart.
* MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/JurassicPark'' (not to be confused with TheFilmOfTheBook) has Hammond [[NeverMyFault blaming everyone else]] (except Nedry) for the mess he's created, pausing to admire how pretty the Compsognathi slowly surrounding him are, and then admiring the respect they show him as he slowly dies of their poisoned bite. It's really quite a moving scene for a KarmicDeath.
* At the end of the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book Lord Brocktree, after Brocktree (apparently) killed Ungatt Trunn and threw his broken body in the ocean, Ungatt wakes up on a beach half out of the water, all his bones shattered. When one of his minions finds him, he begs for help. Too bad it was the minion whom he had kidnapped, and killed his entire family. Instead of saving his life, the minion pushes him further into the ocean, yelling the lines of praise he was forced to say every day, but this time inserting all the titles that Ungatt had despised and previously banned.
* In the DaleBrown novel ''Plan of Attack'', the {{Jerkass}} General Gary Houser, who had obstructed Patrick [=McLanahan=] and steadfastly denied the possibility of a Russian attack on the American mainland, dies when he is caught in the attack.
* In ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' karma appears to be squarely on Richard's side, since practically everyone who disagrees with him dies unpleasantly. This may be because he or someone who works for him killed them, but if they don't then fate will see to it for them.
* A regular occurrence in the ''Literature/FloridaRoadkill'' novels. The most notable example being an insurance claims worker whose job it is to deny medical coverage, ''especially'' if said coverage is an official part of the claimant's policy. He gets shot and taken to the emergency room. The calls to his insurance company (the one he works at) get routed to his desk, which, since he is at the hospital instead of at work, he can't answer. So he is denied coverage, the bullet remains in his body, and he dies of lead poisoning.
* In Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/RainbowSix,'' [[BadassGrandpa John Clark]] organizes one of these for the book's main villains; a monstrously fanatical environmental group that attempted to use a modified Ebola virus to wipe out everyone on Earth except themselves. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Rainbow Team tracks them to their headquarters in the Amazon Rainforest, destroys everything useful, and then leaves them to "live in harmony with nature."]] Clark speculates they might last a week if they're lucky.
* Invidia, of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is pretty much a poster child for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. So much so that the BigBad can't even bring herself to be angry at her sudden but inevitable betrayal because that's what Invidia ''does''. This gives it a significant amount of irony when her death results from being stabbed from behind.
* The Red King from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' prepares a ritual to target the Dresden bloodline by harnessing the lifeforce from hundreds of human sacrifices. Unfortunately for him, because all red vampires share his blood, they are as vulnerable to the curse as Harry Dresden is. As a result, when Harry kills the youngest Red Vampire on the altar, the Red King and his whole Court are destroyed by the energy of all the hundreds of people they murdered.
** In the first book, Victor Sells had tried to kill Harry first by siccing a demon on him, and then sending gargantuan scorpion constructs after him. How does he die? Victor Sells tells Harry the real name of the demon, so Harry uses that to free the demon from his control. The demon attacks Sells, and knocks him into a pit of his scorpions, where he is devoured.
* In ''Literature/{{Salamander}}'', [[EvilSorceror Maridon]] convinces [[WideEyedIdealist Coelus]] that he, Maridon, needs to be the [[PersonOfMassDestruction subject of the Cascade ritual]] because if something goes wrong and the subject dies, he's expendable and Coelus isn't. Naturally, his attempt to TakeOverTheWorld is interrupted when something goes wrong with the ritual and the subject dies.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** ''A Game of Thrones'': Viserys Targaryen marries off his sister Danaerys to the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo in return for the latter's assistance in regaining the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. When he loses his patience, he ignores his adviser's comment that Drogo will offer assistance when he is good and ready, gets drunk, and publicly insults Drogo, Danaerys, and the entire Dothraki people, and demands Drogo gives him the crown he "paid" for with his sister. Drogo agrees to give Viserys a crown, melts down the gold from his belt, and "crowns" Viserys by pouring the pot of molten gold onto Viserys' head.
** In the same book, Janos Slynt takes special glee in pushing Ned Stark onto the block during his execution, after betraying him earlier. Later, during court, Ned's daughter Sansa sees him enjoying his new position and wishes that some hero would kill him, but thinks that there are no heroes. Janos is eventually knocked down a peg and forced to join the Night's Watch. Four books and three years later, Jon Snow, Ned's bastard, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, is forced to deal with Janos' insubordination. He decides to execute Janos and beheads him personally.
** ''A Storm of Swords'': Lysa Arryn had a lot of people who she didn't like executed by throwing them off a mountain. Later, after she nearly kills Sansa by the same method, Littlefinger tells her that [[KickTheSonOfABitch the only woman he ever loved was her sister]] and shoves her off the mountain himself.
** Arya becomes good at dishing these out. In ''A Clash of Kings'', Raff the Sweetling captured Lommy, a boy with an injured leg. When Lommy said Raff would have to carry him, Raff stabbed him in the throat. Arya later stabs him in the leg, has the exact same conversation with him, and then stabs him in the throat. [[TortureTechnician The Tickler]] asks his victims certain questions as he tortures them to death. When Arya stabs him to death, she repeats those same questions.
* ''Literature/InDeath'':
** ''Memory In Death'' has Trudy Lombard, a greedy ManipulativeBitch, get killed off by being clubbed very hard in the back of her head by her own sap, which happened to be a sock stuffed with coins.
** ''New York To Dallas'' has Eve's mother kill a cop by slicing across his throat with a laser scalpel, and later her own partner Isaac [=McQueen=] kills her by slicing across ''her'' throat with a knife. The irony and poetic justice of her mother's death was not lost on Eve Dallas.
* This happens in the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories wherein several criminals get killed by the murder weapons and methods which they used to kill others.
** ''The Speckled Band'': The [[spoiler:venomous tropical snake]] used to murder turns on the man who sent it.
** "The Devil's Foot'': The [[spoiler:exotic drug]] used to attack the victims, resulting in death and insanity, is used on the killer [[spoiler:by the suitor of one of the victims]].
* In the SpiderMan ''Literature/SinisterSixTrilogy'', The Gentleman, who always put wealth above anything else, is killed by The Chameleon and has all of his fortune stolen from him. To rub salt in the wound, a detective whose life The Gentleman ruined confronts him as he lays dying. He thinks he has the final laugh until the detective points out he'll die a pauper. The detective then lays a penny on the opposite end of the room and leaves knowing The Gentleman will crawl for it.
* Diogenes Pendergast from the ''Literature/AgentPendergast'' novels spends two books trying to ruin his brother's life, by getting him arrested and destroying his loved ones, while he's set up for their murders, use the same device that robbed him of his own sanity on hundreds of people, and additionally trying to drive his brother's ward Constance to suicide first by seducing her and then revealing the truth behind her extended life in hopes the despair will crush her. This last tactic harshly proceeds to bite him back in the ass. Constance instead becomes so rage-driven at the way she was used that she winds up chasing him halfway across the world all the way to his remote home; every time he attempts to kill her she completely outsmarts him, and it all culminates with her causing him to fall down a volcano. He could have avoided all the trouble that inevitably lead up to his death and got away scot free after his "drive innocent people mad" failed if he hadn't have been such a cocky bastard and not tried to eff with her mind.
* Caro King's ''Shadow Spell''
** [[spoiler: Strood, while trying to kill the heroes, accidentally triggers the CurseEscapeClause of his CompleteImmortality, causing all his previous "deaths" to catch up with him. His end is rather gruesome]].
** And shortly before that Strood subjects Ava Vespilio, the most evil of the Seven Sorcerers, who also is responsible for making Strood what he is now, to a FateWorseThanDeath, by [[spoiler: killing his current Host, then throwing his HeartDrive Ring into a literally BottomlessPit, making sure he can never possess a human again and will remain locked in the ring forever]].
** Earlier, Mrs Dunvice, a brutal, remorseless werewolf in Strood's employ, is [[spoiler: killed by the Skinkin which she was transporting for killing Nin]].
* ''Literature/TheSaint'': Simon Templar made this a regular part of his repertoire as he matured in the stories.
** In "The Man from St. Louis", he manipulates a nastily ambitious punk gangster into murdering an even nastier DirtyCoward with Chief Inspector Teal as a witness.
** In "The Million Pound Day" he boomerangs a villain's murder attempt back onto the bad guy using a kid's toy,
** In "The Death Penalty" he "deliberately and with malice aforethought" (his own words) visits the title punishment on a villain who under English law did not deserve it... but under The Saint's law, well....
* StephenKing seems pretty fond of this trope.
** Annie Wilkes from ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' watches the novel she wanted to read more than anything in the world get burnt, is forced to swallow it by her most favorite writer, who also beats her to death with the typewriter he used to write it. This death would be so sad... if it wasn't, well, Annie Wilkes.
** All the characters who bullied ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' get killed by her power, that they activated by making her so enraged. Special mention goes to Chris Hargensen and Billy Nolan (who are killed when Carrie takes control of the vehicle Billy tries to use to run her down), as well as Margaret White (in the movie, Carrie actually crucifies her fanatically religious mother).
** Patrick Hockstetter from ''Literature/{{It}}'' gets killed by leeches growing in the fridge he used to kill animals. Also, leeches are the only thing he truly fears.
** Norman from ''Literature/RoseMadder'' is killed in a RasputinianDeath by a monstrous version of the woman he abused for years, who gives him an IronicEcho before biting him to death (Norman loved to bite his wife).
** Jack Mort from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, who killed people by pushing them under vehicles, is forced by Roland to go in front of an upcoming train.
* A few times in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''.
** The [[TheSymbiote Enzeen]] are [[QuicksandSucks swallowed]] by the very planet they've been feeding people to.
** Doctor Evazam was killed shortly after murdering a child to make into [[UndeadChild a zombie]]; thanks to his ProfessorGuineaPig experiments ''he'' comes back as an [[OurZombiesAreDifferent intelligent zombie]], and when the anti-zombie formula is produced from his notes and splashed around, he reverts back into a normal corpse along with all the other zombies.
** Borborygmus Gog is DraggedOffToHell, or parts unknown anyway, by the vengeful wraiths of the planet he [[ApocalypseHow cleansed of life]].
** Grimpen, who had been forcibly removing people's brains and putting them into [[BrainInAJar brain spider droids]], which could not speak and had a lot of trouble telling anyone what happened, so he could put [[GrandTheftMe criminal brains]] into their bodies, doesn't die. No, his brain is removed and put in a jar on a shelf, [[AndIMustScream where it would stay until the end of the universe or his enlightenment, whichever came first]].
** Vroon, the [[AnimalWrongsGroup activist]] who killed thousands of the animals which prey on [[ExplosiveBreeder drog beetles]], gets EatenAlive by them.
* In ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' the protagonist stabs his magical painting that gave him eternal youth and absorbed the physical effects of his sins (because he was disgusted and paranoid about people finding it), thereby, [[NoImmortalInertia making himself age rapidly, transferring the physical effects of his sins to himself and restoring his painting]]. He is found by his servants, stabbed in the heart and horribly withered and aged. He had previously stabbed the painter with the same knife. (And the painter had offered to destroy the painting with a knife when it was just made).
* In ''[[Literature/TheMortalInstruments City of Ashes]]'', Valentine arranges the death of teenage warlock whose blood he needs by tricking the kid into summoning a demon that will be able to [[FailsafeFailure bypass]] the [[GeometricMagic magic circle used to contain it]]. In ''City of Glass'', Valentine has setup his own magic circle to summon the [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels Angel Raziel]] to force it to remove the powers of the Shadowhunters that refuse to serve him. His daughter Clary, whom he has effectively bound and gagged nearby, manages to alter the circle, allowing Raziel to [[HolyHandGrenade smite]] him in punishment for his evil deeds, but only after giving him TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* ''Literature/TheTwits'' are offed by gluing them upside-down to the floor after they have tortured Muggle-Wump and his family by making them stand upside-down on top of one another.
* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Count Rosenschiöld takes aphrodisiac drugs, which enables him to keep on sexually abusing much younger women. But after he has [[spoiler: brutally raped and almost killed Beatrice, the story's female protagonist]], his decadent lifestyle finally catches up to him only a few days afterwards, when he becomes sick and dies what we only can hope is a painful death.
* In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms:
** Sun Jian, after he was accused of stealing the Imperial Seal, proclaimed, "If I have this seal and am hiding it myself, may my end be unhappy and my death violent!" He later dies from [[RocksFallEveryoneDies rocks on his head]] after only ''one chapter''.
** Much later in the story, Emperor Cao Rui orders Lady Mao to commit suicide after he found a new favorite consort. One chapter later, his wife comes back from the dead to haunt him, and he becomes deathly ill.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': After getting OffOnATechnicality, Michael Cambias is shot dead by Bianca Montgomery, the very same woman he [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped]] and knocked up, who was not only legally armed and acting in self-defense, but was also acquitted of all murder charges by a sympathetic judge. The karma doesn't stop with his death, either; Tad Martin, along with Boyd Larraby and Aidan Devane, proceed to steal his body from the funeral home and bury it in the garbage dump.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Lord Antono Refa, a racist Centauri noble, responsible for the bombing of the Narn homeworld with Weapons of Mass Destruction and the mastermind of death camps and genetic cleansing programs, is handed over to a mob of Narn insurgents led by G'Kar and beaten to death. All to the tune of "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In the second-season episode "Go Fish", the coach, who has been dosing the swim team with steroids that are turning them into Gill Monsters. He attempts to have them gang rape Buffy, but when she escapes he is devoured by his own creations -- convenient, given Buffy's reluctance to kill normal humans.
-->'''Buffy''': Wow... [[{{Squick}} they really love their coach.]]
** A less HoistByHisOwnPetard-esque example happens in Xander's DayInTheLimelight episode, to the Zombie Jock who swears cold-served revenge... before abruptly getting eaten by a werewolf.
** Mentioned but avoided in the finale of Season 5, where Giles points out that since Buffy is a hero, she could never kill in cold blood, but he is not a hero, and proceeds to suffocate the BigBad, while she is trapped inside her mortal and innocent shell.
** Not-technically-death-example: Catherine Madison, who tried to curse her daughter into being stuck in a cheerleading trophy, and [[AndIMustScream accidentally cursed herself there instead]].
* In ''{{Angel}}'' [[AmoralAttorney Holland Manners]] encourages Drusilla and a freshly vampirized Darla to go on a killing spree. The same night, he holds a dinner party, which naturally the vampires crash. Furthermore, due to him spending the season trying to make Angel go bad and demonstrating how vile humans can be, Angel decides to leave them to die.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Hilariously done in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spoof "The Curse of Fatal Death", where the Master falls down a pit into a vast and disgusting sewer network. ''Three times''. He doesn't exactly ''die'', but it's still pretty bad.
** Numerous ''Series/DoctorWho'' villains are finished off by this trope, most likely due to the Doctor being a TechnicalPacifist. Notable examples include Davros killed by his newly-created Daleks in ''Genesis of the Daleks'' (extra points for Davros pleading to his creations in the same way that the Doctor was pleading to Davros earlier), and the Master killed by his physically and mentally abused wife in "Last of the Time Lords".
** John Lumic, creator of the Alternate Universe Cybermen clearly didn't anticipate that they would turn against him. While he doesn't ''die'', he gets to live out a FateWorseThanDeath by being [[UnwillingRoboticisation Cyber converted]].
-->'''Lumic''': I will upgrade [[TemptingFate only with my last breath]].
-->'''Cyberman''': [[LiteralGenie Then breathe no more]].
* Subverted in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode, "The Prodigal." At the climax of the episode, the half-Wraith BigBad Michael is hanging by his fingers from a very high point on Atlantis. Teyla kicks his hands loose and he falls to his death. He had [[MamaBear threatened her son]] and the entire city with the self-destruct.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
** Although many victims suffer karmic deaths, a particular favourite was in "Ending Happy" where the abusive bouncer Lorenzo "Happy" Morales survived being hit over the head with a club, poisoned (twice) and shot (all arguably deserved) - but ultimately died from falling off the chair (and into a swimming pool) that he had failed to fix.
** Another episode dealt with an investigation of the death of a body builder. As the case developed, it was discovered that the body builder was using steroids and had murdered a woman he had slept with the night before. Ultimately, they found out that the bullet from the gun he used to kill her traveled into a wall and just happened to lodge itself under a leaky pipe. Over time, mold started to grow off of the water and residue blood from the bullet and eventually infested the house. Because of long term steroid abuse, the killer's immune system had weakened to the point where his body couldn't fight off the mold spores and he died of fungal infection. The characters even remarked at the end of the episode that this was a case of poetic justice.
** The man who killed the HIV-positive porn star in the snuff film, only to become infected with her HIV when her blood splattered across his eyes. Lampshaded by Catherine and Sara who note that "You killed her. I guess she killed you back."
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
** Sanford Harris. ''Gloriously.''
** Bob Dunn at the beginning of "Midnight". Spends his time cheating on his girlfriend at local nightclubs. But then he picks up the wrong girl and ends up getting his cerebrospinal fluid sucked from a chewed-up hole in what remained of his neck.
* Phil on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' [[KickTheDog punched Juliet]] in an attempt to make Sawyer talk during an interrogation. Later, as all hell breaks lose during an electromagnetic incident, he gets impaled by a flying metal bar.
* Several in all seasons of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', the most notable pair being Season 3, where Christine gets chomped by a future predator after getting into a pissing match with Helen over who is the bigger JerkAss, and Helen herself finds the punishment for trying to RetGone humanity is death by Dromaeosaurus.
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' episode "Lancelot and Guinevere", Hengist is eaten alive by his own pet monster after the heroes escape. However, this is unusual for the series - most of the villains are killed a little more directly.
* In the third season ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' episode "The It's All Greek to Me Affair", the estranged husband of the innocent-of-the-week is a convicted criminal who's escaped from prison, and who spends most of the episode threatening to kill his estranged wife's meek, milquetoast schoolteacher boyfriend. In the climactic fight scene, the estranged husband (who is fighting with his estranged wife's boyfriend) winds up accidentally stabbed to death by the THRUSH Central representative to whom he had hoped to sell a valuable U.N.C.L.E. code he'd stolen earlier in the episode.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** The episode "Paradise" had a serial killer (played by Creator/WilWheaton) that would kill couples and then stage their bodies in cars at blind intersections so that they would get hit by tractor trailers and have the deaths blamed on an accident. When the team finally catches up with said killer, he runs away, only to get hit by a tractor trailer. [[IncrediblyLamePun Wesley got "Crushed"]].
** In another episode, a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] manages to elude capture by the BAU (and probably would have walked anyway, since they had no hard evidence against him). In the last scene, he is shot to death by the protege of a mobster he killed for trying to rat him out earlier in the episode.
** Many episodes of ''Criminal Minds'', if they're not portraying the criminal as TheWoobie or as an {{Everyman}} with issues, but rather as a completely demonic killing machine, end with one of these. Usually a member of the team will point a gun at them and give them a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, then the guy will pull a gun or other weapon and be shot on sight, dying instantly. When this trope is {{subverted}} and the guy actually lives, it's often even more satisfying.
* The titular serial killer of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' is a walking instrument of Karmic Death, but he usually makes sure the victims ''really'' get the karma. When he's got a drunk driver who gets out of convictions by feigning regret on his table, he plays the video of his last victim that was played at his trial. When he's working on a guy who breaks legs for a bookkeeper to pay off his gambling debts, he uses a room with disused casino equipment. And in the pilot, he forces a pedophilic serial killer to look at the bodies of his victims before going to work.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' uses this a lot:
** In the episode "Tribunal", an elderly, but unrepentant and still evil Nazi is brought back into the past and stranded in the concentration camp where he used to work. His past self casually executes him, not realizing who he was, and dismissing the corpse as "Just another worthless Jew".
** In "The Vaccine", the JerkAss {{Social Darwinist}}s force the nurse main character to mix up the titular vaccine for them at gunpoint, and even after they promise to save one dose for the little boy, they take it and give it to one of their own when the nurse's back is turned. They then go into anaphylactic shock, because they were already exposed and immune to the virus; the vaccine itself killed them ''and'' they inadvertently saved the lives of more sympathetic characters.
** In "Deja Vu", a character suffers a Karmic FateWorseThanDeath; the general who secretly tried to weaponize a teleportation experiment ends up trapped in an endless loop of the second before his death when the experiment goes awry.
** In "Last Supper", a MadScientist tortures an immortal woman while trying to figure out the secret to her immortality and eternal youth. Eventually, [[ProfessorGuineaPig he injects himself with a syringe of her blood]]. It makes him younger... and younger... and younger until he's reduced to a puddle of raw cells.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' does this a lot. It's rare that Michael actually kills anyone directly, despite his colleagues urging him to do so on many occasions. He often leaves the bad guys to be dispatched by angry fellow bad guys after he's done sabotaging their plans.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': It was implied that Gerard might die after his defeat in season two. His master plan you ask ? To cure his cancer by becoming a werewolf. Only after Scott tampers with his medicine, does Gerard's body rejects the werewolf bite, and he starts violently oozing black goo. Of course this is just an implication, so viewers are still gonna have to wait for season three.
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' used this early and often to kill off the VillainOfTheWeek.
* Numerous ''ThousandWaysToDie'' victims, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6TIfp258Ms&feature=related "Booty Trapped"]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Aubrey" had a former serial killer die at the hands of his estranged grand-daughter who was channeling his "genetic memory" and had essentially ''become'' him.
* Charlie Harper in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' was a frequent womanizer who cheats on various ladies. According to Ashton Kutcher, the reason the character died was because he went to Paris, cheated on a woman there, and she decided to make sure he paid for it by pushing him into a bus.
* In ''Series/{{Medium}}'' a suspect has killed his wife and staged her death to make it look like she fell of a boat. Allison had a dream about how he really did it, as he killed her up in a mountain and chopped her hand off. When the police and her father discovered her remains, the father brought him in the woods and killed him the same manner the suspect killed his daughter.
** Another episode had a doctor who supposedly died an accidental death in the shower. Of course, his business partner is revealed to have arranged the whole thing. [[KarmaHoudini Said partner then flees the country before he can be arrested.]] The episode ends with a dream, where Alison sees the man slip and fall in the shower, dying. She ''smiles'' when she wakes up.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'':
** In the season 2 finale, series-long BigBad [[MagnificentBastard Percy]] is finally killed by Nikita just as he was on the verge of becoming a KarmaHoudini. (Un)fortunately, he chose that exact moment to shift into a SmugSnake, and rather than walking away tries one last time to kill her, which ends up resulting in him being [[DisneyVillainDeath dropped down a missile silo]]. For bonus points, he ends up falling smack into the prison cell he spent the first half of the season locked up in.
** Earlier in the season, there's the former Division scientist who was turning people into {{Manchurian Agent}}s, and ends up killed by one.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' is practically made of this trope.
* Serrator on ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' had a plan of taking over both the human and Nighlock worlds by splitting the Earth in half. The Rangers ultimately destroyed him by [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe splitting him in half.]]
** An interesting case on [[Franchise/SuperSentai the other side of the world]] would be the Big Bad of ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', Great Professor Bias. After spending an untold amount of time trying to find eternal youth while showing a clear disgust of any other form of life, he ultimately dies as a weak old man who needs to be taken care of by his Dragon.
* In ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', Ashur rapes Naevia and later arranges for her to be sold as a SexSlave; all of which was simply for him to get revenge on Crixus (who was in love with Naevia). In ''Spartacus: Vengeance'', Naevia and Ashur face off in a sword fight, culminating with her castrating and beheading him.
* Lampshaded, though done in a way that would be RedemptionEqualsDeath interestingly, in the Season 2 Finale of ''Series/OnceUponATime.'' Regina was going to use a device to destroy Storybrook and kill everyone, while using magic beans (which she stole from the heroes) to safely transport herself and Henry to the Enchanted Forest. Other villains capture and torture her, steal both the beans and the device, and plan on using to it to kill everyone including her. She then teams up with the heroes, plans on slowing the device down which will kill her, but will give everyone else enough time to steal the beans back and escape. She explains that all of this is ultimately her fault, so it is only fitting that she die trying to stop it. It winds up being RedemptionEarnsLife instead.
* A few in ''Series/BreakingBad'', but none are more fittingly karmic than Lydia's. As a DirtyCoward who treated everyone as expendable loose ends to be murdered at the drop of a hat the second they become a liability, she fittingly dies (or ends the series dying) the slowest and most anti-climatic death in the series, with Walter poisoning her tea with ricin. In the end, for Walter, she was nothing more than a loose end who was just barely even worth his notice.
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* The {{vocaloid}} songs series The Seven Deadly Sins by {{mothy}} has plenty of this:
** In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkrwKCRJH-s Conchita]]'', the titular character [[spoiler: ''eats herself'']].
** In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV99NZmurVA Venomania]]'', the duke is killed by [[spoiler: a man dressed like a woman]].
** In ''Judgement'', Marlon is [[spoiler: sent to Hell with the ''exact same words he gave criminals'']].
** In ''Princess Sleep-Bringer'', Margarita [[spoiler: commits suicide by drinking the poison she had given to everyone]].
** Riliane (''Daughter of Evil''), Kayo (''Tailorshop on Enbizaka'') and Nemesis (''Muzzle of Nemesis'') are the only ones who avert this trope. Kayo [[KarmaHoudini gets away with it]], Riliane's situation is...''complicated'', and Nemesis is the one who's ''dishing OUT'' karma in her song.
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* The ''Terran Empire'' setting for ''[[TabletopGame/HeroSystem Star Hero]]'' isn't a no-kill setting, but manages to sneak this in anyway. One of the later Emperors spent a good chunk of his reign giving people a reason to want him dead. He knows this, so among other precautions his bedroom is heavily armored and has a voiceprint lock on the only door. He also changes the door code daily, to keep assassins from using a recording to get in.
-->In 2663 he forgot the code overnight and could not get out of his bedroom. His guardian robots refused to allow anyone to approach the door with drills or cutting torches, and the Emperor died of thirst and starvation in his own room.
* In the backlore for ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'', Doctor Rudolph van Richten only became TheHunter after a tribe of Vistani kidnapped his son and sold him to the vampire Baron Metis to become that vampire's Bride [[note]]a unique form of spawn created to, basically, be a vampire's undying lover[[/note]]. They kidnapped his son because one of their own was mortally wounded attempting to kidnap somebody ''else's'' son to be the Baron's Bride instead and Doctor van Richten wasn't able to keep their tribesman from dying. When van Richten caught them, they taunted him about what they had done, confident that their fearsome reputation as masters of curses would keep them safe. Instead, the heartbroken father cursed them and the Dark Powers answered, unleashing a horde of murderous zombies on the Vistani and wiping the tribe out. The only survivor spent years being chased from place to place by undead seeking to fulfill van Richten's curse and kill him.
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* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''
** The entire game has your PlayerCharacter running around Los Angeles searching for a Sarcophagus that supposedly contains an ancient and unbelievably powerful vampire. This is done on the [[MindControl orders]] of [[SmugSnake Prince LaCroix]], who desires to diablerize the slumbering Ancient and effectively nick all its awesome, god-like powers. In the end, it turns out that the sarcophagus he had lied, cheated, back-stabbed and manipulated to get ''does not'' contain an Ancient vampire, but half a ton of C4. Your imagination can probably draw an accurate picture of [[StuffBlowingUp what happens next.]]
** Note that this is only one of [[MultipleEndings many endings]] you can get. In the other endings, you suffer one if you either [[EasilyForgiven ally with the Prince regardless of how he's wronged you]] [[note]]He had spent the last hour of the game framing you for a popular vampire's death, sending mercs after you, and the entire game before then sending you on {{SuicideMission}}s because he was forced to spare you for political reasons[[/note]], are power mad enough to take the chest for yourself, or ally with the Kindred-hating [[ChineseVampire Kuei-jin]], in the former two, you go up in flames with the prince, in the latter ending, [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness their leader decides you're too much of a danger to keep around,]] and, throws the sarcophagus into the ocean [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves with you]] [[AndIMustScream chained to it]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', a teenage scientist, Myron, invents and spreads Jet, a very addictive and dangerous drugs that ruins many lives and absolutely destroys the economies of several communities (such as The Den and Redding). Said drug makes him and the Mordino crime family a fortune and establishes him as the wealthiest drug baron in the land. About a year after the defeat of the Enclave, he meets his demise in The Den at the hands of... a crazed Jet addict.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
** The BigBad, Caesar, is the leader of a slavery-based, incredibly cruel, militaristic, and genocidal empire that invades the Mojave Wasteland. The empire, Caesar's Legion, automatically gives death or enslavement to numerous sections of the population: women, the physically handicapped, the ghouls, super mutants, the mentally handicapped, intellectuals, etc. but they especially look down on the sick for being took weak to live. As a result, Caesar banned all medical technology in his empire to let the sick die. [[spoiler: However, it's later revealed that Caesar himself is an old, sick man with a brain tumor. Therefore, if the player doesn't kill him first, he'll eventually die of the tumor, being by his own logic took weak to live. [[{{Hypocrite}} Not that he didn't try using modern medical technology, mind you]].]]
** You can give the whole of [[NoWomansLand Caesar's]] [[StayInTheKitchen Legion]] a KarmicDeath if your Courier is female. By the end of the game, you can potentially [[spoiler:assassinate Caesar, kill Lanius, slaughter the head of their intelligence operation and all of his bodyguards, possibly kill the intelligence head's replacement, wipe out their outpost at Cottonwood Cove, take out a small slaver camp, destroy various patrols, lead the NCR to re-take the Legion-controlled town of Nelson, thwart an attack on Bitter Springs, root out a Legion spy at [=McCarran=], destroy both of their allies in the Mojave (Fiends and Omertas), sever their alliance with the Great Khans, arrange for an army of killbots hidden in a bunker under their main base to awaken on your command and wipe them out, and through careful political manoeuvring cause every major faction in the Mojave to ally together against them]]. [[WomanScorned Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned]].
** When you start the game, you're on your knees with hands tied while Benny gives you a speech before shooting you in the head. if you choose to not kill him in his own casino and take him with you to legions camp, he'll get caught because he doesnt fit in (they tie him up on his knees). You can free him or give him his speech back and then shoot him in the head.
** There is a mode that allows the player to craft a bullet "with Benny's name on it" out of the remains of the bullet he fired at the beginning of the game.
** In the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' add-on ''Dead Money'' the insane former elder of the Brotherhood of Steel, Elijah, kills dozens of people, brutally tortures Christine, enslaves the mentally handicapped aspect of a schizophrenic Super Mutant, and forces you to fight your way through dozens of Ghost People to penetrate the Sierra Madre Casino under the threat of death, all so he can access the treasures inside the Casino's vault. In the final confrontation with him, an option for dealing with him is to just let him have the treasure while you waltz away. He'll walk into the vault and trigger a trap, [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere locking himself inside forever]].
** Alice [=McLafferty=] and the Van Graffs recieve this in the ending if you give the Gun Runner manufacturing specs to the former and expose both to the NCR during Cass's companion quest. The player can also deliver this to the latter group by killing them with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard their own energy weapons]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' after you've visited most of the rusty abandoned vaults and Vault-Tek headquarters and discovered the true purpose of the vaults and why they [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]], you have the chance to find a voice recording on an alien spaceship of the Vault-Tek CEO who masterminded the vault system and their true purpose; the recording shows [[spoiler: the aliens kidnapped him and [[BodyHorror performed experiments]] on him, despite his snivelling attempts to be diplomatic.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', Doctor Suchong suffers a remarkably appropriate death. While pondering how to further improve the imprinting of the Big Daddies' programming to protect the Little Sisters, he gets annoyed by one of the little girls. Eventually, he loses his temper and ''slaps'' her. Jack finds his corpse, ''impaled on his own desk'' by a Big Daddy's drill.
** The [[VideoGame/BioShockInfinite Alternate Universe]] makes it even more satisfying by revealing that [[spoiler:Masha (the daughter of the dead couple who Jack finds as mummified corpses) was trying to show Suchong that she and her 'sister' Leta finally pair bonded, to the same Big Daddy no less... and then he slaps her when the Big Daddy isn't even behind glass, but [[WhatAnIdiot five feet across an OPEN DOORWAY]]. He just stares at the Big Daddy for two seconds before attempting to order it to stay back.]]
** Though his death isn't Karmic, what you can do to Sander Cohan after is. After killing him, you can take his picture like how he made you do so to his underlings. The trophy you get from doing so is even titled ''Irony''.
** Frank Fontaine definitely counts as well. [[spoiler: As Atlas,]] Fontaine encourages the player to harvest Little Sisters for their Adam and is ultimately responsible for their conversion from normal girls in the first place. [[spoiler: After he goes OneWingedAngel by injecting an ungodly amount of Adam into his body, he is finally finished off by a group of Little Disters harvesting all the Adam from his body with their needles.]]
*** It's even more karmic if you get the good ending for not harvesting any of the Little Sisters. [[spoiler: Before the Little Sisters attack him, he's in the midst of a VillainousBreakdown, ranting to Jack about how he was responsible for his entire life and how he's the best family he could ever ask for. In the ending, he refuses taking control of Rapture and instead returns to the surface with several of the Little Sisters and raises them as a real family.]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' delivers satisfying ends to the morally corrupt characters of the story. Even Squad 7 is subject to it. The closer a character is to the moral high ground, the better their epilogue is.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DisasterDayOfCrisis'', Evans, meets his end... At the hands of his own colonel, who actually survived being shot by Evans. Awesome.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', CorruptCorporateExecutive and EvilutionaryBiologist, Excella Gione is [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness exposed]] by Albert Wesker to the very [[TheCorruption virus]] she had planned to spread across the world. No more genetically compatible than her own experimental test subjects, Excella [[TransformationTrauma erupts]] into [[TheWormThatWalks a hideous morass of mindless maggot-like creatures.]]
* In the beginning of ''VideoGame/FableII'', when your character is a child, Lucien fatally shoots your sister before shooting yourself, causing you to fall to your (supposed) death. At the end of the game, this is exactly how Lucien can die, either by your hand or Reaver's.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', Kendra, after crossing the MoralEventHorizon several times and revealing that Isaac is going insane, steals the ersatz ArtifactOfDoom that was [[SealedEvilInACan stopping]] the monster from its base, thereby nullifying its power. Not five minutes later, said monster smashes her into paste.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', Ares is killed by the very man he hoped to make into his Ultimate Warrior, Kratos, who was tricked into killing his own wife and daughter, the only two people he ever loved, by Ares.
-->'''Ares:''' I was trying to make you a great warrior!\\
'''Kratos:''' [[GoneHorriblyRight You succeeded]].
* A variation is present in ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight]]''. Kyle disarms Jerek, but can't kill him in cold blood. So, he gives him back his saber, and when Jerek [[WhatAnIdiot charges]], cuts him down in self defense.
* A sweet one comes to the ObstructiveBureaucrat in ''AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin.'' The mayor of a group of civilian refugees has been unimaginably unhelpful at every turn, acting horrendously ungrateful to the protagonists every time they save his life and actively hampering their efforts, even though he comes whining to them whenever he's in trouble. In the latter part of the game he attempts to sell out the heroes to the BigBad to get a vaccine against a looming disease; he's told that there's only one vial and he can either use it on himself or wait for more to be produced from it to help his community. Thinking only of himself, he grabs it and injects it into himself. It was poison; the BigBad just wanted to see if the guy would really sell out his community.
** Greyfield/Sigismundo gets one as well. He attempts to surrender to [[DeadpanSnarker Lin]] to avoid being killed. Lin shoots him anyways. This is karmic on 2 counts, 1:The player is fighting Greyfield because he himself executed prisoners 2: He attempts to say Lin's former CO wouldn't kill a prisoner, too bad for him [[AntiHero Lin]] is not [[TheObiWan Brenner]] and the only reason he is dealing with Lin instead of him is because he killed Brenner.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Emperor Gestahl meets his demise at the hands of his Court Mage scapegoat, falling from the floating island he has long sought to resurrect.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', the BigBad of the story [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] [[PsychoElectro Yevgeny]] [[ImplacableMan Borisovich]] [[RedScare Volgin]] ultimately suffers this fate. For perspective the man carries 10 million volts of electricity in his body and thus utters the phrase, "Kuwabara", which is based off of a legend that says it can ward off lightning during rain storms, out of a paranoia that his electric gift might make him a lightning rod if it rains. As a villain he is a cruel man that tortures people for fun and is implied to rape men and women alike, but despite having petty evil as a hobby he is still a formidable foe. During the climatic confrontation with Volgin Snake defeats him once with CQC leaving him to die in his exploding base, survives the explosion and begins a prolonged chase piloting the [[TankGoodness Shagohad]] where he is lured onto a bridge rigged with explosives and falls into the river below, drives the Shagohad up he collapsed bridge to continue the fight and is shot like a billion times with rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire until he finally collapses. Volgin being ever persistent refuses to give up and screams at Snake in frustration, but his efforts to restart the battle are cut short when a rain storm begins... Throwing off his usual paranoia Volgin refuses to chant his usual "Kuwabara" and states arrogantly, "Who is afraid of a little thunder?" Ironically moments later a lightning bolt strikes him, sets his body on fire which ignites the bullets strapped to his chest which go off and turn his body to Swiss cheese. [[LampshadeHanging Naked Snake seeing this remarks, "Fried by a bolt of lightning... A fitting end."]].
* In the finale of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', [[spoiler:the main villain Jacques De Aldersberg knocks Geralt's steel sword, which is better suited for killing humans, out of Geralt's hands. Geralt simply proceeds to take out his silver sword, which is better suited for killing monsters, and runs Jacques through with it. Although Jacques De Aldersberg is shocked that Geralt would use his monster-slaying sword to kill him, it's pretty obvious that Jacques De Aldersberg is just as bad as, if not worse than, the mindless monsters that Geralt usually slays.]]
* The "kidnapper" in ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' meets an unpleasant and terrifying end at the hands of the forces of darkness, presumably for getting in the way of their plans by fucking with Alan. The revelation that all of his threats regarding Alan's wife were empty makes him only ''slightly'' more sympathetic as he's being [[MindRape mind raped]] by a supernatural entity of indescribable horror, but he ''was'' a JerkAss.
** The man's Boss, Dr. Hartman, fits this trope better. He was aware of the Dark Presence in the lake and wanted to control it so he could bend the world into his own image. For this reason he sought to "acquire" Wake due to how the Prescience seemed to be drawn to those with talents in creativity (such as writing, art, or music). He was the one who convinced Wake's wife to bring Alan to Bright Falls (under the pretense of helping him with his writer's block), set up the whole "Kidnapper" scheme, and later tried to make Alan think that he was a delusional patient under Hartman's care. His ultimate fate? Alan locks him in a room with the same Darkness the ''[[SarcasmMode "Good Doctor"]]'' [[EvilIsNotAToy sought to control]], and does so with a rather palpable degree of satisfaction
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' ''2'' lives by a creed of "No Compassion, No Mercy". When he mocks the main character Nathan Drake for not having the guts to finish him off after kicking his ass, Nathan dismisses him and points out that ''he'' might not be willing to do it, but ''they'' are. "They" being the mob of merciless compassionless Guardians that immediately tear apart the BigBad.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' has the [[EvilChancellor Chancellor Cole]] who killed Zelda with the only purpose to revive his king, and he did it, but at the price of his own body.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''. The origami killer in one scenario can meet his ultimate fate by drowning in rainwater. In another he is shot by the mother of one of his victims that he himself saved.
* In the "Undead Nightmare" expansion of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', a cutscene involves John Marston listening with obvious distaste to the racist, sexist, bigotted ranting of Herbert Moon. Then Herbert goes outside and meets three zombies, while in the background Marston calmly smoke a cigarette and watches. When the cutscene ends, the player then gets to pop zombie-Moon in the head to put him out of humanity's misery.
* In ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'', [[spoiler: [[BigBad Dr. Bumby]] tries to erase Alice's memories and destroy Wonderland with the [[AfterlifeExpress Infernal Train]]. After defeating him in the Wonderland, Alice takes revenge for everything he did (including [[RapeAsDrama raping her sister]] and setting her house on fire) by pushing him in front of an incoming train.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Startopia}}'', the [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney mindblowingly rich and lazy]] Gem Slugs have their own private, personalized bar and bathhouse; the contents are so [[SmellySkunk horrendously vile to non-Gem Slugs]] that the stench can fill half a space station. They only reason they ''exist'' is because the bars make them very happy, and Very Happy Gem Slugs make SolidGoldPoop. Every once in a while, a Gem Slug will become so enamored with [[ConspicuousConsumption how much richer and superior they look to the other races when in these baths]] that they'll forget to take care of their health, eventually dying/drowning. The developers caught it early... but [[AscendedGlitch didn't really feel like fixing it because of this trope.]]
* After spending ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' stabbing people in the gut with his signature shirasaya blade, [[BerserkButton at least one of whom was Shepard's friend/love interest]], after being beaten and broken by Shepard, Kai Leng attempts to stab him/her in the back while s/he's perusing the Illusive Man's files. Shepard realizes at the last second what is happening and dodges his stab or, if the Renegade interrupt is taken, shatters his sword for bonus points and proceeds to gut Kai Leng like a fish with the omniblade.
-->'''Shepard:''' That was for Thane/Miranda/Kirrahe, you son of a bitch!
** If Miranda is still alive, then she is the one who kills her father, Henry Lawson. The very man who had created her to be nothing more than a tool and his property and controlled every aspect of her life before she escaped. And he's killed in the very facility where he oversaw the murder and experimentation of thousands to millions of families seeking refuge from the war.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'''s Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, you can look up classified dossiers on your squadmates. Garrus' reveals that during his days as a vigilante on Omega, he was especially fond of delivering karmic deaths to his victims when he wasn't shooting them in the head:
*** Har Urek, volus saboteur: sabotaged his environmental suit.
*** Gus Williams, human weapon smuggler: headshot with a smuggled weapon.
*** Thralog Mirki'it, batarian red sand dealer: overdose of red sand.
*** Zel'Aenik nar Helash, quarian viral serial killer: cough.
* In the beginning of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', there's an Imperial captain who sends you to your death, even though it was said that you were not on the execution list. If you escape with Ralof, she's the first NPC you kill. It's karmic because it's now ''you'' sending ''her'' to her death.
* Curtis Blackburn of ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', an unrepentant rapist, kidnapper, and organ harvester gets mutilated by his own organ harvesting machine after resident {{badass}} Dan refuses to let him have a peaceful, stylish death.
* During ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'', the ObviouslyEvil CorruptCorporateExecutive Ripburger kills old man Corley by beating him to death. At the end of the game, [[spoiler: Ripburger falls from a cliff after trying to kill the main cast. Before he goes over, he grabs a license plate bearing the Corley Motors slogan "You can't beat a Corley."]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:Larry, Brenda and Andrew]] from Episode 2. [[spoiler:In Episode 1, Larry tried to have Kenny's son thrown out to the zombies, or have his skull crushed, as there was a small chance he would turn into a zombie. In Episode 2, Larry gets a heart attack while locked in a room with Kenny, who crushes his head to stop ''him'' reanimating. Brenda of the St John Dairy cuts off Mark's legs for food, and leaves him upstairs to bleed to death. Being unaware that all people with intact brain stems turn into zombies upon death, when she has Katjaa at gunpoint in front of Lee, she backs upstairs and is grabbed and bitten by zombie Mark. In a later blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, Brenda is seen as a zombie, shambling out of the front door of the house]]. Also, [[spoiler:you have the option to kick Andrew into the electric fence that kept the St. John Dairy safe from zombies]].
* One ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' quest chain has you infiltrating the Blackrock clan in a PaperThinDisguise. One of the quests has you assassinate three of their key figures, one of whom is a worg handler that you can see demoralizing the worgs. When you stab her with one of the scorpid barbs you were handed upon accepting the quest she becomes paralyzed long enough for the worgs to rebel and tear her to shreds.
** In the updated Scarlet Halls instance (an amalgamation of the Library and Armory instances), the Scarlet Crusade members who are patrolling the first third of the dungeon are accompanied by starving and presumably mistreated hounds; throwing a food bucket at them causes the dogs to eat them alive and go to sleep, enabling you to pass without incident. The first boss, Houndsmaster Braun becomes frustrated with his dogs midway through the fight and [[YouHaveFailedMe threatens to put them down once he finishes off the party]]. After the party defeats him, the dogs eat him alive and then tear through an otherwise impenetrable phalanx of Scarlet Crusaders.
* ''VideoGame/{{RefleX}}'' has ZODIAC Virgo murdering the Phoenix and its pilot with a WaveMotionGun and a grotesque display of BulletHell. The Phoenix then re-awakens as the ZODIAC Ophiuchus and gives Virgo a taste of its own medicine, using an infinite-use AttackReflector to destroy Virgo with its own shots.
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' Mengsk left Kerrigan to die by the Zerg, ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' Kerrigan finally gets her revenge on Mengsk by killing him personally.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' features optional bosses representing the SevenDeadlySins. When you defeat them, each dies in an ironic manner related to their sin.
** The gluttonous Darlene, who used the ZombieApocalypse to get her hands on as much food as possible, chokes to death on her own vomit.
** {{Greed}}y MadDoctor Albert gets stuck with a syringe of his own PsychoSerum, and in his resulting delirium proceeds to kill himself with the same surgical saw he extracted his victims' organs with.
** Sex-maniac Dylan asphyxiates after breathing in too many noxious fumes from his [[ImprobableWeaponUser crotch-mounted flamethrower]].
** {{Pride}}ful female bodybuilder Jherii is crushed to death under the weight of the numerous trophies she's won over the years.
** Wrathful OldMaster Zhi commits suicide after being bested in combat by the protagonist.
** [[LoonyFan Envious fanboy]] Kenny finally achieves his dream of fighting the protagonist, only to be devoured by a pack of zombies attracted by the battle.
** And finally, the [[SomebodyElsesProblem slothful and apathetic]] GadgeteerGenius Theodore simply drops dead of a heart attack when he realizes the protagonist has actually managed to beat the absurd amount of defenses on his house.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'': SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is done in via a BackstabBackfire leaving him to die from the Titan poison, which he injected himself with [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum in the last game]].
* High Overseer Thaddeus Campbell, your first assassination target in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', can suffer one of these. He tries to make an honest and noble city guard captain drink poisoned wine, [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo but you can switch the glasses around on the platter]]. In a PacifistRun, he can suffer a Karmic FateWorseThanDeath instead: [[spoiler:knock him out and cart his body over the interrogation room down the corridor, and then brand his face with The Mark of the Heretic, and you will leave him shunned and reviled by the same CorruptChurch he set up.]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'': in the "Gangstas in Space" DLC, The Boss is starring in an over-the-top sci-fi film with a {{Jerkass}} director and a beleaguered co-star that he keeps berating for breaking character and not following his insane commands. Come the third act, he convinces the military to attack the two of them in an effort to make the movie look more realistic, and The Boss's co-star, who by now has [[GrewASpine grown a spine]] and is tired of putting up with the director trying to kill them, being mean to her, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and having a bad scarf]], runs his ass down with the modified VTOL that the duo pilot.
* Common in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, usually with a crime boss betraying or simply being a {{Jerkass}} to an underling, only for said underling to kill them. In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', for a good example, [[spoiler: BigBad [[DirtyCop Frank Tenpenny]] crashes his fire truck during a riot in the Grove Street neighborhood. His fellow officers and the Grove Street residents ignore his pleas for help, as he had bullied and harassed both groups for years.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', the heroes comment on the karmic irony of Beruga getting accidentally killed by one of his own machines.
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* [[MeaningfulName Manfred Von Karma]] of ''VisualNovel/{{Phoenix Wright|Ace Attorney}}'' of course, though it's debatable whether he was sent to life in prison or was given capital punishment. Phoenix does a turnabout and proves that Von Karma shot and killed Edgeworth's father when Edgeworth threw a gun and triggered the bullet to hit him. Von Karma goes through a long series of events to get Edgeworth guilty of either that murder, or the murder of another man. Why he didn't just wait a few days after the Statute of Limitations to frame Edgeworth for this other murder so that he couldn't be proved guilty is a bit boggling.
** He wanted Edgeworth to believe he had murdered his own father (not just to get found guilty for another murder), which he wouldn't have been able to bring up in court unless he brought the case before the statue of limitations expired. Which means, surprise, his desire for a very specific sort of revenge helped lead to his downfall.
** In ''AceAttorneyInvestigations 2'', one killer fled the country for a few years after successfully testifying in a trial against the man he was framing. Eighteen years later he admits his crime happily now that the statute of limitations is up - but by fleeing the country while still technically a suspect all those years ago, he wound up extending the statute on the case, giving him a one-way ticket to prison once he confessed.
** ''AceAttorneyInvestigations'' features Manny Choachen [[spoiler:getting murdered by the leader of a smuggling ring. Said leader ordered Choachen too kill a witness to the ring 10 years prior and the motive as too why said ringleader murdered choachen? Because [[DeathByIrony he was a witness too]].]] Well, technically there were multiple motives but this is one of the main ones.
** The victim in case [[spoiler:1-3 actually dies by being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice on some metal fence spikes. As revealed during the trial, the woman whom he tried to kill and who pushed him on the spikes witnessed her boyfriend being accidentally killed by the victim in the exact same manner on the same spikes]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has this happen oh-so-satisfyingly to [[spoiler: Shinji Matou]] in two of the three routes. In Fate it takes the form of fleeing the scene of [[spoiler: Rider's annihilation at the hands of Saber and Excalibur]] only to run into Ilya and Berserker. In Heaven's Feel he meets his end at the hands of [[spoiler:his own sister Sakura]] of all people when he tries to blackmail her into a position where he can [[spoiler: rape her]]. For practically the millionth time. In Unlimited Blade Works, he doesn't die, but [[BodyHorror he might as well have]].
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': 9 years ago, [[spoiler: Ace threw Akane into the incinerator. ForScience In the "Safe" ending, he gets his comeuppance in the very same room and [[KillItWithFire burns]]]].
** In [[VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward the sequel]], on K's path, Dio is placed into a treatment pod for security reasons after it's revealed he killed the old woman. Sigma and Phi come back later to find that he asphyxiated because the oxygen supply was cut off by K.
* During Arcueid's route in ''{{Tsukihime}}'', a combination of factors make Shiki go briefly insane and sexually assault a drastically-weakened Arcueid. The player can choose whether Shiki gets a hold of himself, or gives in to his desire and rapes her. The correct choice, [[CaptainObvious naturally]], is to stop; the next night, Arcueid has another spasm and tries to drink Shiki's blood...[[spoiler:and hesitates, long enough for Ciel to come to Shiki's rescue]]. If [[MoralEventHorizon Shiki gave in to his dark side and raped her]], on the other hand, Arcueid [[KarmicDeath doesn't hold back, either]]...
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has a good number of these, as to be expected. Most of them are execution scenes, but some of the murders count as well.
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* In ''[[WebComic/AntiHeroes anti-HEROES]]'', the [[http://ah.indolents.com/comic/128 lich Finx]], [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this moments before his demise.
* The [[http://goblinscomic.com/d/20080110.html Fat Guard]] at the claws and beak of [[FluffyTheTerrible Fluffles]] in ''{{Goblins}}''. His plan was to, through [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil months of agonizing torture]], turn it into a killing machine that would fight for Brassmoon. Well, he got the first part right...
* ''TheWotch'': Natasha Dahlet of DOLLY is turned into a dolly.
* In ''SamAndFuzzy'', this trope is double subverted. Mr. Blank looks like he'll be setting it up when he is dangling from the side of a flying skyscraper and proclaims that [[NiceGuy Sam]] [[SaveTheVillain doesn't have it in him to let him fall]] -- only to be proven wrong when Sam steps aside and lets [[HeroicComedicSociopath Fuzzy]] unceremoniously kick him off. As it turns out, this didn't take and Blank is later seen climbing up the side of the skyscraper -- only to be hit by the corpse of a man he murdered in cold blood earlier on in the arc, loose his footing, and fall off the building to his death together with the corpse.
* BittersweetCandyBowl has, from its bonus comic alternate universe Disaster Dominos comic, Kizuna, who, after murdering several students, dies of the bloodborne disease one of them carried. It isn't present in the main series. Yet.
* The titular business of ''SuicideForHire'' runs on helping people bring karmic deaths onto themselves.
* In TheKennyChronicles Kenny and Funky's feud started when Funky made a porno of Kenny and his girlfriend having sex in a dumpster. A year later Funky fell six stories into a dumpster (a complete accident, though his friends think Kenny is somehow responsible).
* {{Homestuck}}: After making his FaceHeelTurn, Eridan kills Kanaya with the magic wand she made for him. That's not the karmic death. That comes when after Kanaya comes back as a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Rainbow Drinker]], she snaps said wand in half, then tears her killer a new one [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe with a]] '''chainsaw'''.
** This is also one of two ways a player that has reached Godtier can be permanently killed (the other being a HeroicSacrifice), as Vriska finds out.
* In the space arc of ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' the False Guenevere's mysterious illness is clone degradation. The karmic bit is that it is excerbated by the spells she casts to prevent Arthur realising she's not the real Guenevere.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Tsukiko is a necromancer who believes that HumansAreBastards, and that inversely, the [[InsaneTrollLogic undead are misunderstood people]] who are better than them. However, in the end, Redcloak proves her wrong by taking control of her wights -- while describing the undead as mere "tools" and "weapons" -- and having them drain her to death and eat the body. Believe it or not, it's actually pretty sympathetic, as evidenced by this exchange:
-->'''Demon Roach''': What's wrong with you?
-->'''Monster in the Darkness''': I guess I'm sad. I mean, [[IJustWantToBeLoved Tsukiko just wanted to be loved]].
-->'''Demon Roach''': So? No one cares.
-->'''Monster in the Darkness''': I know. That's why I'm sad.
** Yukyuk, Belkar's third EvilCounterpart in the Linear Guild, made his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment debut]] by trying to kill [[TeamPet Mr. Scruffy]] for [[KickTheDog no reason]]. After being mentally dominated by Vaarsuvius for a while, he ends up being killed in an attack by his own teammates, while Mr. Scruffy uses him as a body shield.
* In ''Webcomic/TheGreatestGift'', Neptune, the father of Venus (Jupiter) and Astra (the ''real'' Venus), was Venus' PredecessorVillain and absolutely ruthless mob boss of Las Haygas. In the end, he ends up short changing an assassin he hired to kill a rival mob boss, who kills him in revenge.
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* Jack O'Connor of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' cheats in a TenPacesAndTurn duel, only to find his opponent (Adam Dodd) had been walking down a slope (something of a DeusExMachina). Jack shooting early allows Adam time to find his aim and fatally wound Jack to win the fight ''and'' v1. This also apparently makes the fact that Adam was ''planning'' on cheating okay simply because Jack tried it earlier.
** Laeil Burbank's first kill (and, in fact, first ''scene'' in V3,) involves her torturing her helpless cousin, leaving him begging for mercy before killing. Of course, it's only fitting that her death involves a helpless Laeil getting horribly tortured and left to die, also begging for mercy.
*** It's also a rare case of a Karmic Death where one can feel [[{{Tearjerker}} sympathy]] for the victim, mostly because her cousin was a dickweed, she had something of a temporary MoralityPet in both Jimmy Trejo and Eddie Sullivan, and the guy who tortured her, JR Rizzolo, was a monster. And there's also her tragic BackStory...
** In another example, [[RapeAsDrama rapist]] and [[MonsterMisogyny literal lady-killer]] Adam Reeves has a two-for-one when he gets his nuts blown off right before his death at the hands of Alexis Machina.
* ''WebAnimation/TheAccuser'': That's what Dr. Pirot gets for helping a serial killer to survive execution.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'', In "The Glass Princess", the Raptorians get turned into glass.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', "Knock It Off" features one-shot villain [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Dick Hardly]], who mass-produces shoddy clones of the Girls for financial gain. When confronted by the girls, he literally ''swallows'' an entire bottle of Chemical X, [[OneWingedAngel turning him into a monster]]. He is soon afterward killed when [[TheDogBitesBack his clones turn against him]] and [[CollapsingLair his factory falls on top of him]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** During a battle with his brother Orm in the aquatic underground, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} has Orm hanging off a frozen cliff, begging his brother to have mercy. After he said "You're weak! You're not fit to...(slips)" (Had the sentenced have been finished, he would have likely said "rule"). Aquaman stares, walks up to Orm while he hanging on the cliff, extends his hand and... picks up his trident, leaving Orm to fall to this death.
--> '''Aquaman''': I believe this is mine.
** It's worth considering that Orm threatened Aquaman's son earlier. Clearly, that's one heck of a BerserkButton.
** Another example (although Superman didn't know it at the time), was in "Twilight of the Gods", with Darkseid dying when Brainiac's home-base overloaded in his aim to search for the Anti-Life Equation. Superman probably wouldn't have thought this was fitting death [[BrainwashedAndCrazy given what he did to him]] in their last encounter. Darkseid, who took a received end of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge seemed to find Karma's decision ''quite funny'' since Superman didn't finish him off, and spited him in his last word(s):
-->'''Darkseid''': Loser.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' features a slimy PR lady-slash-cult leader get squished by the very comet she tried to kill everyone with.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Unalaq is killed by the very same spiritbending technique he used throughout the second arc and considering everything he did up to that point (banishing Tonraq, putting Tonraq in jail, manipulating Korra, putting Jinora into a comatose state, treating his own son as a liability, destroying Korra's link with her past lives, nearly destroying the world etc) he definitely got what was coming to him.
** In Season 3, the Earth Queen had been enslaving airbenders and eating baby sky bison. She is assassinated by Zaheer using airbending by asphyxiation.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[ThouShaltNotKill Aang]] actually sits down and discusses this trope with Avatar Kyoshi, no doubt hoping his upcoming battle with Fire Lord Ozai could end the same way as her battle with Chin the Conqueror.
--->'''Aang''': But you didn't really kill Chin. Technically, he [[DisneyVillainDeath fell to his own doom]] because he was too stubborn to get out of the way.\\
'''Kyoshi''': Personally, I don't really see the difference. But I assure you, I would have done whatever it took to stop Chin.
** Also, Zhao's death was a combination of this and HoistByHisOwnPetard.
*** [[spoiler: Actually in ''Legend of Korra'' we find out Zhao has been placed in a spirit world prison [[FateWorseThanDeath where he is unable to die and has gone insane]]]].
* After turning out to be NotQuiteDead toward the end of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', Lydia attempts to turn the [[TheHero heroines]] to stone with a magic spell, only for the spell to be [[DeflectorShields turned on her]] instead.
* Most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS in which a {{Villain}} died.
** All of the examples in [[HoistByHisOwnPetard/WesternAnimation Hoist By His Own Petard]] ''except'' "Arctic Splashdown", "Mystery of the Lizard Men" and "Pirates from Below."
** "Arctic Splashdown". While trying to murder Dr. Quest, the BigBad is blown up by the SelfDestructMechanism of the rocket whose guidance control he was trying to steal.
** "Riddle of the Gold":
*** An assassin named Ali is killed by a tiger released by the villains while trying to assassinate Dr. Quest.
*** The {{Villain}} working for Dr. Zin is killed by the leopard pet of the man he murdered earlier.
** "Calcutta Adventure". The enemy {{Mook}} pilot strafing the Quests is killed when his plane runs into some trees, has its wings ripped off and crashes.
** "Shadow of the Condor". The BigBad likes to shoot condors who live near his castle in the Andes. As he's trying to shoot down and kill Race Bannon in an aerial duel, a condor attacks his plane in revenge and causes him to crash into a mountainside.
** "Turu the Terrible". The BigBad is killed while trying to save the titular pteranodon he used to terrorize and enslave native workers.
** "Monster in the Monastery". A group of {{Mooks}} masquerading as yeti (who tried to murder Jonny and Hadji) are killed by a real yeti who's angry about the impersonation.
** "The Fraudulent Volcano". A group of enemy {{mooks}} flying in hover platforms ram into a cliff and blow up while trying to kill the Quests.
** "House of the Seven Gargoyles". Dietrich (the dwarf masquerading as a gargoyle) is murdered by his boss Ivar.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'':
** Played straight in the unedited version, in which the Joker is fatally shot by a young Tim Drake, temporarily unhinged by the Joker's mental and physical tortures. Largely averted in the edited-for-kiddies version, where his death is a not-very-ironic accident. In any case, the Joker himself denies it:
-->'''Joker:''' [[FamousLastWords That's not funny. That's not...]]
** Joker ends up suffering this ''twice'', after using a small device on Tim's neck to inject his own DNA and turn Tim into the new Joker. The new Batman puts a permanent stop to him by destroying the device with one of the Joker's own electrocuting buzzers.
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''. Barkis Bittern, who lured Emily to her doom so many years ago for her money and then attempted to do the same to Victoria, makes a sneering toast to her at her and Victor's interrupted wedding ceremony and downs the goblet of poisoned wine that Victor was going to (willingly) drink. Once dead, he is left at the mercy of enraged corpses.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':
** Joe Chill, killer of Bruce's parents, dies this way. It's lampshaded and justified soon afterwards:
-->'''Phantom Stranger''': Ultimately it was karma that delivered the final blow to Joe Chill. ...Funny how Chill just happened to be under that crumbling ceiling when it came down.
-->'''Spectre''': I wouldn't know anything about that...
** Also, in the series finale, [[spoiler: Batmite succeeds in getting the show cancelled for a DarkerAndEdgier one, but as a light-hearted and silly character, there's no room for him in the new show, and he is erased from existence.]]
* Megabyte in ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' had this happen to him in season 3, though he ended up NotQuiteDead in season 4. After being spared by Matrix Megabyte tries to escape to the Supercomputer, but Mouse changes the portal's destination to the Web, which is supposed to be fatal to [[TheVirus viruses]]. Megabyte had previously sent Bob to the Web back in season 2, so being sent to the Web himself is an ironic end, had he not survived via {{Retcon}}.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Reverse Cowgirl", has Clyde's mom being a bitch about her son leaving the toilet seat up. When Clyde once again leaves the seat up, [[TheCanKickedHim guess what happens.]]
* The BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost'' gets DraggedOffToHell by the titular BiggerBad, [[EvilIsNotAToy which he himself summoned]].
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