->''The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.''
--> -- '''Hafiz Shirazi'''

This trope covers incidents where:
# The word ''karma'' is used more or less "correctly" per its original meaning.
# A concept is introduced into a story or a story element that is essentially identical to karma, even though it's not called that.

For cases where the term karma is ''not'' used "properly", see CallItKarma. Frequently paired with the spiritual concept of {{Reincarnation}}.


This page originally read "Describe Karma here." Yikes! Of course that's also the whole point. Karma is a complex spiritual concept whose [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma disambiguation]] is perhaps best left not to Wiki/TVTropes or Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, but to actual religious study.

Originally, the term ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma Karma]]'' was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanskrit Sanskrit]] word for a rather specific spiritual concept, but over the centuries the word has been borrowed by countless languages, cultures, subcultures, religions, works of fiction, and even video games. Over time the word has [[{{flanderized}} evolved]] to such an extent that many who consider it to be part of their everyday vocabulary are unfamiliar with its original definition.

While explaining the original meaning of Karma in a single paragraph is almost certainly oversimplifying it, the principle goes something like this:
# Actions have consequences.
# Divisibility is an illusion. All things are one. It is more true that we are a piece of the universe than we are individuals.
# Acting out of love makes the universe a better place, while malign motives degrade it.
# When you hurt someone else, you're actually hurting the universe at large, of which you are a part.

Therefore, when you commit an evil act, you are in a sense harming yourself and not just others.

Its most common and simplest definition (perhaps ''too'' simple) is "If you do something bad, it'll come back to bite you in the ass."

Karma has also been equated to EquivalentExchange and Newton's Third Law of Motion: "For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction."

Note that UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}}, Jainism, and UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} have different views on karma. In Hinduism, there is "good" and "bad" karma; in Jainism there are also two types of karma, with the goal to remove all the "bad" karma ''then'' the "good" karma to achieve perfection (becoming a "siddha"); while in Buddhism ''all karma is bad'' and the goal is to achieve enlightenment (becoming a "buddha") and thus escape from its bonds.

Of course, several trope titles use the term "Karma" or "Karmic" (most of them incorrectly).

* AdaptationalKarma - for when a KarmaHoudini is punished in an adaptation of the original story
* CallItKarma - for when it's not but the term fits
* CartesianKarma - for when penance must be paid for your evil deeds whilst brainwashed
* KarmaHoudini - for the character who can never be caught
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty - to make sure the KarmaHoudini deserves their status
* KarmaMeter - for an easy to read guide to your [=Karma=] levels
* KarmicDeath - for when a death was deserved
* KarmicJackpot - when the character does something good, and gets a suitably great reward in return.
* KarmicMisfire - for when an innocent character is wrongly punished instead of a guilty character
* KarmicNod - for when a character accepts that his/her karmic punishment was deserved
* KarmicProtection - for a fair punishment, don't be too evil
* KarmicRape - when LaserGuidedKarma hits in a very sensitive spot
* KarmicThief - for when a thief only targets those who deserve it
* KarmicTransformation - for when you become the thing you hate
* KarmicTrickster - for balancing the world's karma (or at least that's the excuse)
* KarmicTwistEnding - for making sure that Aesop sticks
* LaserGuidedKarma - for [=Karma=] with ridiculously good timing
* OffscreenKarma - when punishment is unseen or will happen
* SexualKarma - for giving good sex, you get good sex