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** Scott Tenorman makes his escape through jet pack at the end of “201”. But this time, they didn’t even recognize him.


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* ''Manga/InuYasha'':

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Double subverted at the end of the Saiyan Saga, when its main villain Vegeta tries to leave Earth in his spacepod after the proud warrior has been defeated and humiliated by Goku and his allies, and lost his tail in the process. Just as he's about to get away, Krillin tries to off him with Yajirobe's sword, but then Goku telepathically talks Krillin out of it and Vegeta goes on his way to recover for the next arc.
* ''Anime/DragonBallGT'': Subverted when Baby is defeated. He runs to a spaceship and flies away. Everybody asks Goku why he just stood there and let him escape, then he explains he just wanted Baby in the perfect position. Goku then fires a massive Kamehameha that catches the spaceship, sending Baby [[HurlItIntoTheSun straight into the sun]], where he's completely incinerated.

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''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Double subverted at the end of the Saiyan Saga, when its main villain Vegeta tries to leave Earth in his spacepod after the proud warrior has been defeated and humiliated by Goku and his allies, and lost his tail in the process. Just as he's about to get away, Krillin tries to off him with Yajirobe's sword, but then Goku telepathically talks Krillin out of it and Vegeta goes on his way to recover for the next arc.
* ** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'': Subverted when Baby is defeated. He runs to a spaceship and flies away. Everybody asks Goku why he just stood there and let him escape, then he explains he just wanted Baby in the perfect position. Goku then fires a massive Kamehameha that catches the spaceship, sending Baby [[HurlItIntoTheSun straight into the sun]], where he's completely incinerated.



* Parodied in ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons The Simpsons Comic]]'': Bart and Lisa have just survived a run-in with Sideshow Bob, Kang and Kodos. Bob sees a helicopter with a rope-ladder hanging from it and assumes his henchmen have prepared his escape. He gives the standard "We shall meet again" speech and flees - only to realise something:

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* Parodied in ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons The Simpsons Comic]]'': ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comics: Bart and Lisa have just survived a run-in with Sideshow Bob, Kang and Kodos. Bob sees a helicopter with a rope-ladder hanging from it and assumes his henchmen have prepared his escape. He gives the standard "We shall meet again" speech and flees - only to realise something:


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** ''ComicBook/TheKillersOfKrypton'': When his clone army have been defeated by Supergirl and the Omega Men, Harry Hokum orders his men to take him out of there. However, Supergirl storms into his flagship before they can take off. Then Hokum tries to crawl away, but Supergirl grabs him, asking if he is "going somewhere".


* ''Fanfic/AbraxasHrodvitnon'': [[TheAssimilator The Many]] make a strategic withdrawal at the end of their first clash with [[AdaptationalHeroism Monster X]], Rodan and Godzilla.
* ''Fanfic/AShadowOfTheTitans'': Jinx says something similar when she grabs Jade after the mess with Mumbo and leaves.
* ''[[Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil The Stronger Evil]]'': In Chapter 13, Drago and the Ice Crew quickly flee from Section 13 [[spoiler: after Tarakudo is defeated (thus ending their EnemyMine with the heroes)]].



** ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019'': After getting ambushed by the military and seeing Godzilla recover on his flank, [[Characters/MonsterVerseKingGhidorah Ghidorah]] decides to book it by flying out of the Antarctic scenery, much to Godzilla's agitation.
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart2'': [[spoiler:In the film adaptation of ''Deathly Hallows Part II'' at least (in the books they simply awkwardly sit around in the Great Hall post-battle); the Malfoys decide to cut their losses and simply get the hell out of dodge during the FinalBattle rather than stick around and deal with the aftermath.]]



** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS04E05MonsterMovie Monster Movie]]": Spoofed with Dracula putting away on a moped, including honking the horn.
** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E10CagedHeat Caged Heat]]": Meg finally does this after a subversion, when she sees Crowley seemingly die; escaping before Dean could kill her with their EnemyMine concluded. Dean admits that it was smart on her part.



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

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--->'''Crowley:''' Exit Stage Crowley. ''[vanishes]''


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** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare Devil May Care]]": As soon as Abaddon realizes there is an angel present, she flees.
*8 "[[Recap/SupernaturalS13E07WarOfTheWorlds War of the Worlds]]": Once the Winchesters get confirmation of Ketch's identity, he uses a smoke bomb to cover his escape and then flees.


* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': In "The Return From the Dead" Dr. Psycho flees when Di lassos the War-Prevento Machine, being gone in the seconds it takes her and Steve to confirm it really is the machine.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' [[ComicBook/WonderWoman1942 Vol 1]]: In "The Return From the Dead" Dr. Psycho flees when Di lassos the War-Prevento Machine, being gone in the seconds it takes her and Steve to confirm it really is the machine.


* Eggman tended to pull this in ''Anime/SonicX'' episodes.

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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' issue #8. After beating Robotnik's super hero themed robots, Sonic is about to beat him up but slips on some motor oil. Robotnik then escapes riding ''Crabmeat'', after which, Sonic pulls out the Comics Code handbook and comments that the villain always gets away in the end.

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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'' issue #8. After beating Robotnik's super hero themed robots, Sonic is about to beat him up but slips on some motor oil. Robotnik then escapes riding ''Crabmeat'', after which, Sonic pulls out the Comics Code handbook and comments that the villain always gets away in the end.



* Present in most ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' titles, especially when Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is the main (and only) boss. Every time you defeat him, he comes back again in a bigger and sometimes-more-dangerous mecha to menace Sonic again and again.

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Present in most ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' titles, especially when Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is the main (and only) boss. Every time you defeat him, he comes back again in a bigger and sometimes-more-dangerous mecha to menace Sonic again and again.



--> '''Sonic:''' Argh! He ran off again!
--> '''Blaze:''' Those guys just will not sit still!

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--> ---> '''Sonic:''' Argh! He ran off again!
--> ---> '''Blaze:''' Those guys just will not sit still!


* In the ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga, Nao leaves her fight with Mai and Yuuichi after Yuuichi knocks Nao's Key away, preventing her from using her Child. Mai and Yuuichi demand an apology for remarks Nao made about the other.

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* In the ''Manga/MaiHime'' ''Manga/MyHime'' manga, Nao leaves her fight with Mai and Yuuichi after Yuuichi knocks Nao's Key away, preventing her from using her Child. Mai and Yuuichi demand an apology for remarks Nao made about the other.



* Invoked in ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' issue #8. After beating Robotnik's super hero themed robots, Sonic is about to beat him up but slips on some motor oil. Robotnik then escapes riding ''Crabmeat'', after which, Sonic pulls out the Comics Code handbook and comments that the villain always gets away in the end.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' #17, the Masked Marauder slips away from view long enough to beat up a security guard and steal his uniform, escaping capture to menace New York another day.

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* Invoked in ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' issue #8. After beating Robotnik's super hero themed robots, Sonic is about to beat him up but slips on some motor oil. Robotnik then escapes riding ''Crabmeat'', after which, Sonic pulls out the Comics Code handbook and comments that the villain always gets away in the end.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' #17, the Masked Marauder slips away from view long enough to beat up a security guard and steal his uniform, escaping capture to menace New York another day.



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* In the [[BadFuture Dark World]] arc of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', Rancor ultimately walks away from the fight with the Elements of Harmony and returns to the Draconequi dimension after [[spoiler: succeeding in stealing Destruction's power from Discord]].
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' CrackFic ''FanFic/TheGame'' [[spoiler: Light]] makes his escape after [[spoiler: Near]] made everyone lose the Game [[IgnoredEnemy and they forget about him for a moment while they're bickering about it.]]

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* In the [[BadFuture Dark World]] arc of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Rancor ultimately walks away from the fight with the Elements of Harmony and returns to the Draconequi dimension after [[spoiler: succeeding in stealing Destruction's power from Discord]].
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' CrackFic ''FanFic/TheGame'' ''Fanfic/TheGame'' [[spoiler: Light]] makes his escape after [[spoiler: Near]] made everyone lose the Game [[IgnoredEnemy and they forget about him for a moment while they're bickering about it.]]



* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': After Rainbow Dash/Supermare destroys his enchanted-to-cut-through-anything sword, Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} hides from view with a smoke bomb and flees. He comments that [[PsychoForHire he's already been paid]], so there's really no reason for him to have still been there, anyway.

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* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': ''Fanfic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': After Rainbow Dash/Supermare destroys his enchanted-to-cut-through-anything sword, Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} hides from view with a smoke bomb and flees. He comments that [[PsychoForHire he's already been paid]], so there's really no reason for him to have still been there, anyway.



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* In ''FanFic/TheWarcrafter'', the [[EldritchAbomination Simurgh]] is reduced to throwing herself back into space through a hastily-assembled Tinker portal, sans a few limbs, after her assault on Canberra does not go her way ''at all''.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': After the rest of Majora's forces attacking Hyrule Castle are destroyed, Gomess flees.
* Eggman is skilled at pulling these off in ''FanFic/FateGenesis''. One actually saves his life against Archer.

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* In ''FanFic/TheWarcrafter'', ''Fanfic/TheWarcrafter'', the [[EldritchAbomination Simurgh]] is reduced to throwing herself back into space through a hastily-assembled Tinker portal, sans a few limbs, after her assault on Canberra does not go her way ''at all''.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': ''Fanfic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': After the rest of Majora's forces attacking Hyrule Castle are destroyed, Gomess flees.
* Eggman is skilled at pulling these off in ''FanFic/FateGenesis''.''Fanfic/FateGenesis''. One actually saves his life against Archer.

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*** In a Geico commercial, Skeletor distracts He-Man, She-Ra and Man-At-Arms with the product plug long enough to make a clean getaway.
-->'''Skeletor:''' [[SoLongSuckers Catch you on the flip, suckers!]]


** Subverted in "G.I. Jeff." Wingman shoots down Destro's parachute as he is ejecting from his downed aircraft, leading him to fall to his death. [[RealityEnsues He is court marshaled for this]], as not only did ''G.I. Joe'' have a strict ThouShaltNotKill policy, but doing so in real life is a war crime.

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** Subverted Defied in "G.I. Jeff." Wingman shoots down Destro's parachute as he is ejecting from his downed aircraft, leading him to fall to his death. [[RealityEnsues He is court marshaled for this]], as not only did ''G.I. Joe'' have a strict ThouShaltNotKill policy, but doing so in a ThouShaltNotKill-based cartoon--let alone in real life is life--is a war crime.

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** Subverted in "G.I. Jeff." Wingman shoots down Destro's parachute as he is ejecting from his downed aircraft, leading him to fall to his death. [[RealityEnsues He is court marshaled for this]], as not only did ''G.I. Joe'' have a strict ThouShaltNotKill policy, but doing so in real life is a war crime.


* A notable ''attempt'' at aversion is seen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', where Sabin (and maybe Shadow) confront Kefka in the Imperial Base outside of Doma. Kefka ''repeatedly'' employs a Villain: Exit, Stage Left after being hit, but Sabin ''does'' try to chase him down. The only reason Kefka gets away is because of conveniently placed enemies.
** Kefka employs this trope an awful lot in the early parts of the game, while he's still being portrayed as a minor comic-relief villain. Pretty much everything goes to hell when Kefka stops running.
** A couple times he also jokes as he runs. They yell at him to wait and he responds "Wait he says. What do I look like a waiter?"


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** A notable ''attempt'' at aversion is seen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', where Sabin (and maybe Shadow) confront Kefka in the Imperial Base outside of Doma. Kefka ''repeatedly'' employs a Villain: Exit, Stage Left after being hit, but Sabin ''does'' try to chase him down. The only reason Kefka gets away is because of conveniently placed enemies.
*** Kefka employs this trope an awful lot in the early parts of the game, while he's still being portrayed as a minor comic-relief villain. Pretty much everything goes to hell when Kefka stops running.
*** A couple times he also jokes as he runs. They yell at him to wait and he responds "Wait he says. What do I look like a waiter?"


* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Rude's defeat animation consists of him looking at his watch and walking away, with the heroes making no effort to pursue. But then again, said animation is too badass to interrupt. The sole exception is Rocket Town where he falls to his knees instead and is shown [=KOed=] following the fight.
* [[RivalTurnedEvil Seifer]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' does this every time you fight him. One gets the impression that Squall really just doesn't want to kill him.
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In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Rude's defeat animation consists of him looking at his watch and walking away, with the heroes making no effort to pursue. But then again, said animation is too badass to interrupt. The sole exception is Rocket Town where he falls to his knees instead and is shown [=KOed=] following the fight.
* ** [[RivalTurnedEvil Seifer]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' does this every time you fight him. One gets the impression that Squall really just doesn't want to kill him.
** *** However, unlike Reno, you do knock him out once.once.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': [[PresidentEvil Dysley]] [[EldritchAbomination (aka Barthandalus)]] does this twice to the protagonists before they are finally able to put him out of his misery. Justified in that his entire plan hinges on the protagonists getting stronger and making it through everything else alive.
** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Caius Ballad]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' walks away no less than ''six'' times! Every time he does, there's not much Serah and Noel can do about it because they have no idea what time period he'll pop up in next.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', after defeating Aranea, she simply gets up and comments that her shift is over - [[PunchClockVillain she won't fight the protagonists unless she's getting paid to do so]] - and then literally jumps out of there with a "'til next time".


* Kaworu in ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' does this three times, each time soundly thrashed despite the horrific casualties of the heroes and each time completely unwilling to accept that he was defeated. That he got into the habit of this might be the reason the author decided to [[spoiler:have Gendo demonstrate that he was EvilerThanThou]].
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': When [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream Scootaloo]]'s]] forces are defeated by the protagonists in Ponyville, she runs off and escapes, [[WeWillMeetAgain swearing revenge.]]

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* Kaworu in ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' does this three times, each time soundly thrashed despite the horrific casualties of the heroes and each time completely unwilling to accept that he was defeated. That he got into the habit of this might be the reason the author decided to [[spoiler:have Gendo demonstrate that he was EvilerThanThou]].
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': ''Fanfic/InnerDemons'': When [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream Scootaloo]]'s]] forces are defeated by the protagonists in Ponyville, she runs off and escapes, [[WeWillMeetAgain swearing revenge.]]



* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': When Midnight is defeated in her lair by the Titans at the end of the Jump City arc, [[spoiler: Slade rescues her]] and then triggers the lair's self-destruct to cover their escape.

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* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': ''Fanfic/JewelOfDarkness'': When Midnight is defeated in her lair by the Titans at the end of the Jump City arc, [[spoiler: Slade rescues her]] and then triggers the lair's self-destruct to cover their escape.



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

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* Subverted in ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni''.''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni''. [[EvilSorcerer Lung]] flees from his fortress when [[CoDragons Left and Right]] [[StormingTheCastle attack it to save Jade]]. However, [[spoiler: just before he can get on his escape boat, Right cuts him off (literally) and then kills him]]. Usually played straight by Jade and her minions, however.


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* ''Fanfic/HereThereBeMonsters'': When his master plan is blown to smithereens, ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'s nemesis Doctor Sivana hastily boards his rocket and takes off from Venus before the heroes can apprehend him.

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* In ''Film/TheEroticRitesOfFrankenstein'', Cagliostro escapes the castle by simply slipping out while Seward and Tanner are chasing the monster and Vera.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Huckleberry}}'': When Mechaworm's first fight against Huck is interrupted by the more powerful Morning Star, he immediatelly calls it quits.
-->'''Mechaworm:''' I'll be back with a better scheme, and Morning Star will fall! Until then... bye!


* A rare villain-villain example: [[spoiler:Gecko Moria]] in ''Manga/OnePiece'' at the end of the Marineford arc was supposed to be killed as his performance simply wasn't impressive enough. However, [[spoiler:Doflamingo]] reports that he used his abilities in a way he hadn't been seen to before in order to escape.

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* A rare villain-villain example: [[spoiler:Gecko Moria]] in In ''Manga/OnePiece'' at the end of the Marineford arc arc, [[spoiler:Gecko Moria]] was supposed to be killed as his performance simply wasn't impressive enough. However, [[spoiler:Doflamingo]] reports that he used his abilities in a way he hadn't been seen to before in order to escape.


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* ''VideoGame/OnePiecePirateWarriors'':
** [[spoiler:In the third game's alternate storyline, Doflamingo is defeated with a group effort ([[BigDamnHeroes the Straw Hats appear to take care of his string clones]], Kuzan blocks him with ice, and Luffy and Sabo knock him out with a combined attack]]) but he gets up, admits his defeat, and just flies away.
** [[spoiler:It happens again in the fourth game's alternate storyline. Kaido is defeated by the Straw Hats and their various allies, only for him to get up and say he's leaving Wano to prepare for the war he wants.]]

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