'''Basic Trope''': A villain justly deserving punishment either ends the story without receiving any or receives punishment so minor as to be fairly negligible.
* '''Straight''': Chad murders a hero. He gets away with it.
** Chad murders a hero. He gets rewarded for it.
** Alternatively, Chad blows up a couple of galaxies. He gets away with(or gets rewarded for) it.
** Chad murders a hero. He gets lifetime in prison, which life he is used to, but still wishes he could go outside more.
** Chad plays an annoying practical joke and gets away with it.
** Chad is clever enough to plan several contingency plans enabling him to escape punishment for his crimes.
** He could also be the evil twin of a ButtMonkey.
** Or there's no one left who's strong enough to punish him.
** Chad does a HeelFaceTurn halfway or at the end of the story
** The story is a cynical one.
** Or nearly everyone is a villain and the hero Chad murdered was a member of a rebellion.
** See ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem.
** Chad is an integral part of his universe, in the way that JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac is.
** Chad seems to be escaping, but at the last minute receives appropriate punishment for his crimes.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...which Chad still manages to escape.
* '''Parodied''': [[VillainSong Chad does a musical song-and-dance number celebrating about how he's managed to get away with it.]]
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
** Chad receives just punishment for his crimes.
** Figuring that Chad will somehow weasel out of his punishment, the heroes summarily execute him.
** "The universe is unfair, sometimes the guilty aren't punished, and I think this story should reflect that."
** "Wow! Chad's so awesome I can't bring myself to punish him!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "You're kidding me! After all we've been through, he got away scot-free?!"
* '''Invoked''': "I'm a villain. I'm very good at escaping punishment for my actions."
* '''Exploited''': Chad murders a hero. He gets away with it. Then he robs a bank and also gets away with it. He realizes that his actions don't seem to have consequences so he runs around doing whatever he damn well pleases.
* '''Defied''': Bob vows that Chad will not escape punishment and takes matters into his own hands to ensure this.
* '''Discussed''': "It's a cruel world; sometimes, people do get away with murder."
* '''Conversed''': "You're ''kidding'' me! I read that whole thing and Chad got away with it?!"
** Chad seems to be getting away with it, at least on the surface; however, deep down, he has to live with what he's done and the memories and guilt rotting away at his soul for the rest of his life. Furthermore, they have to constantly worry about justice catching up with him, meaning that he spends the rest of his life dealing with lingering paranoia. And Saint Peter isn't exactly happy with him either ([[IronicHell The devil, however, is tickled pink to have someone to test "Murdered Ever After" on.]]). As a result, although he's gotten away with the crime he's never truly happy.
** Chad's karmic immunity allows him to avoid punishment for his evil deeds, but also means he's never rewarded for the [[PetTheDog rare instances where he does something good.]]
* '''Reconstructed''': But because he's such a sociopathic bastard, it doesn't bother him for that long.
* '''Played For Laughs''': It was revealed that Chad only wanted to go to the grocery store and get cucumbers.
* '''Played For Drama''': The hero's attempt to stop Chad goes in vain, resulting in the world descending into Chaos it has no chance of waking from.
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???