Horde members who helped Skeletor in failed attempts to overthrow Hordak became this trope as well. When Catra tricked Hordak into eating a doomberry pie (doomberries make people disappear unless someone sheds tears for the victims on time), a residual effect made Hordak forget his life was ever in danger in the first place. When Skeletor decided to reward Shadow Weaver as she deserved, she helped Hordak and banished Skeletor back to Eternia before he had a chance to tell Hordak about her betrayal. She excused her action by claiming Hordak couldn't trust Skeletor.
Horde spy Imp seemed able to cause any amount of trouble without fear of comeuppance at all. This was subverted in exactly one episode of the series when Kowl specifically took Imp to task over his action by smashing him into rotten gooshfruit.
Shredder and Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) (at least until the Red Sky episodes, where they end up stranded in Dimension X with their battle fortress the Technodrome damaged beyond repair)
Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget, though there are some episodes where he suffers misfortunes while trying to escape. Played straight with M.A.D. agents Labella from "King Wrong" and The Rat from "M.A.D. Trap" because they were never captured at the end of their episodes as well as the recurring M.A.D. agents that appeared in the second season, as they kept on getting away and were never caught.
Zordrak from The Dreamstone is a rare case that has been shown to commit mass murder. He rarely receives a comeuppance, not that the heroes aren't unwilling to dish it out, but because he nearly always sends his far less formidable Mooks the Urpneys to do the dirty work for him. There are odd exceptions, but they are slapstick at best.
Galvatron in The Transformers concludes the series on unfavorable terms (the good guys have managed to restore Cybertron), but he's still free, alive, and well, with his army stronger than ever.
Mark Morgan and Gregory Swofford from the two-part episode "The Return of Optimus Prime". They unleashed the Hate Plague just to spite the Transformers. It spreads all over Cybertron, Earth, and the rest of the galaxy, threatening to destroy all life. And after the crisis is resolved, they apparently get off with just saying sorry.
Roland and Martin from "B.O.T." ultimately become these with their actions involving the titular B.O.T., ending their one and only appearance by duct taping their fellow classmate while the Autobots just watch them do it and run off. The junkyard operator who Swindle threatens from the same episode also ends up as one in the final product, though the original script would have had him be taken away by authorities for being a spy.
Skullmaster from Mighty Max. The heroes hit the Reset Button seconds before his victory, but that narrow failure is the only punishment he receives.
Episode "The Sinister Sculptor", the unnamed villain is a Con Artist who claims to be a sculptor peddling his crafts. He actually has no artistic talent whatsoever, using magic dust that he stole from a wizard to turn forest animals (and the Gummis) to stone. What punishment does he get for making money via cruelty to animals for heaven knows how long? Not much, really. Grammi and Gruffi take the magic dust from him (ensuring he can't continue doing it) and turn his victims back to normal, causing said victims to swarm and attack him as he makes his escape, but escape he does, and when you think about it, he probably got away with most of his ill-gotten gained money.
Flint Shrubwood from the episode "For a Few Sovereigns More", a bounty hunter hired by Igthorn who imprisons him and Cubby, is last seen collecting his money and leaving.
The fat villagers who condemned Marceline to death by sunlight for wrongly perceiving her of killing their livestocks never seemed to be acknowledged despite the fact that if the devampirization fails, she would have outright been killed by them due to false accusations.
Bandit Princess stole Finn's sword and used it to murder and rob several people, and gets away scot-free after Finn breaks the sword.
Roger claiming that he can get away with anything because he's so lovable. Stan ends up as a juror in a trial for one of Roger's aliases (accused of running a sweatshop). It's blatantly obvious that he's guilty, but he manages to manipulate and charm everyone except for Stan, who forces the other jurors to vote guilty; when the verdict is announced the judge runs out of the courtroom crying and the jurors act like Stan killed their puppies. The rest of the episode turns into a parody of The Fugitive (with it ending with Roger only able to get away with his antics once more solely because of Stans own lawbreaking in that episode). Roger in particular manages to utilize this trope over and over in the series, facing near zero consequences for enslaving orphans, faking a marriage for the sake of blender, several cases of theft and murder, and abusing, manipulating and placing his adoptive family in horrific situations over and over (along with at least once trying to outright kill them because of a misunderstanding). Many people wonder why the Smiths still allow Roger to continue living in their house even though he done things to them that make him deserving of being kicked out. Stan and to an extent the rest of the Smiths sometimes lean into this trope as well, but are much more likely to see the error of their ways. Not to say that Roger doesn't avoid retribution on some occasions (At the end of "Man In the Moonhouse" Stan punched him out for lengthening his jail sentence at his parole meeting) but yeah, more often than not he usually gets away with antics. The fact that he repeatedly has done horrible things and mostly gets away with it is the main reason why Roger is considered to be one of the biggest examples of a Hate Sink in the history of adult western animation.
Perhaps due to being a very minor character, Stelio Kontos, Stan's childhood bully, ends up being called in by Steve to beat up Stan when the latter plays the bully to toughen up Steve. The thing is, Stelio was responsible for Stan's misguided lesson in the first place, and we never see Stelio having suffered any of his deserved comeuppance. And in another episode, Roger pays him to beat up Steve to prevent a bully from doing it, only for the bully to talk him into doing it again despite Steve being a minor much weaker than him.
Stan's mother is hugely responsible for warping Stan into the fanatic he is today, guilt tripping him as a child to replace his father and dote over her and undergoing other traumatic incidents such as forcing him to kill his dog to befit the rules of their new apartment. Even in present day she has tried to murder Roger. She has received zero comeuppance, in fact, to add insult to injury, Stan usually learns An Aesop about being considerate to her every time she appears.
Principal Lewis is basically a principal who does a poor job at taking care of the school and has got away with attempting to kill himself and Steve by driving off the Grand Canyon but he never got arrested for the attempted suicide/attempted murder.
Avery Bullock can also count. His attempt to become one was the main plot point of "Four Little Words" when he accidentally kills his girlfriend and asks Stan to help him escape being charged with manslaughter, which led to Stan framing Francine for the crime. He also got away with drug production and drug abuse (i.e turning water into narcotics) and spent American taxpayer money on strip clubs.
Steve in "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance". He pretty much gets away with going along with Genevieve Vavance's (one of Roger's many personas) bogus news story that he was kidnapped by Hayley in order to get head with a bunch of girls at his school. In the end, he manages to expose Roger and clear Hayley's name but he's never called out for going ahead and selling her out for something she didn't even do to begin with and essentially gets off scot-free (unless you count him not being able to score with the very girls that motivated him to become a sellout). He also got way with being an accomplice of Roger's abuse of orphaned children.
Hayley and Jeff con Stan out of $50,000 which was supposed to be her wedding fund, something that Stan actually approved of. Only for him to find them a month later whoring Jeff out in the desert (they blew through the money running away from Roger but Stan didnt know that). Due to the circumstances of the episode Stan welcomed them back into his house. However Hayley and Jeff made entirely no effort to contribute to the point of causing financial troubles by staying up late while blasting the TV keeping Stan up, and eating excessively. The Aesop of the episode ended up being how Stan should let Hayley and Jeff mooch off of him because of how low minimum wage is. Later episodes show that her family sees her as little more than an irresponsible woman child and have resigned themselves to the fact that they will be taking care of her for the rest of their lives. Though even in that episode, she and Steve ended up being Karma Houdinis.
Speaking of Roger, it's also never addressed in the later episodes that he was the reason why Hayley & Jeff blew through the money so quickly in order to get away from him. Future episodes blame them and only them.
Francine has also got away with a few crimes. Most of the crimes on her record include shoplifting from various stores multiple times for years and she even revealed that she has a secret stash of stolen surf that she had accumulated over time. She also stole classified material from the CIA and in "1600 Candles" she managed to avoid Roger's wrath when she causes everyone to forget Roger's 1600th birthday by using a CIA project to make Steve young, which indirectly caused him to become the center of attention for the entire episode and made Roger blame Steve for making the family neglect his birthday, which caused Steve the karma from Francine's actions to misfire on Steve
Stan also qualifies as one such houdini in some episodes. He got way with turning his atheist neighbor's life into a living hell to get him converted to Christianity, only becoming disappointed when his scheme did not have the outcome he hoped for. He also murdered a clone of a high school girl so he would not lose his job, and has multiple times made threats of violence towards every single member of his own family. He frequently beats up Roger even at times when Roger does not really deserve it as Stan does not consider such an act as assault because Roger is not human (although Stan got punished for beating Roger in "Seasons Beating's" when he did it in public and got kicked out of his church as a result.). Its a wonder why Stan has managed to keep his job as a CIA agent even though he's done things that would have got him fired from his job.
"The Mural of the Story" deserves it's own entry for Stan. In the episode, he's put in charge of the project to restore the town's mural. But before it even starts, he ends up wasting the entire project's budget on a pre-party leaving him the sole person to fix it but only ends up making it worse. When the mural is unveiled, everyone assumes that Hayley was the one who made it worse and Stan... Decides to just let them continue thinking that thereby completely throwing her own daughter under the bus and ruining her reputation very similarly to the aforementioned "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance" example. While he does eventually own up to his actions at the second unveiling of the mural (which is now entirely repainted in tribute to Hayley due to the aforementioned's revenge ploy of making him think that all his earlier actions led to her being involved in a serious car crash and in critical condition so that she and Klaus could plot to blow it up), nobody besides Hayley calls him out for selling her out the way he did nor does he receive any consequences for wasting the initial project's entire budget before it could even get off the ground.
Francines biological parents, Nick and Cassandra both get away with two atrocious things they did in the only episode they appeared in. First off, they chose to abandon Francine when she was a baby at an airport simply because their plane flight would not allow children into the first class cabin. The other bad thing they get away with was that they willfully neglected to help Stan when he was trapped under a burning wooden beam because they didnt want to go through liabilities. They didnt get arrested by the police or lose their entire fortune for their actions.
Nanette Manoir often gets away with all sorts of shit she should at least get called out on...however the teacher tends to be on her side and sometimes even punishes Angela. Any respectable school would yell at Mrs. Brinks for some of the stuff she does. Fortunately Nanette isn't that lucky with Dr. Yamagata. And there are occasions even Mrs. Brinks wouldn't let Nanette go unpunished. One of them being when Angela and Nanette unknowingly became pen pals and Nanette wrote unflattering comments about Mrs. Brinks.
The moment when Mrs. Brinks learned Nanette doesn't keep the good behavior stars she gives her. When Nanette was tricked into confessing a wrongdoing in front of her classmates and their parents. Mrs. Brinks wouldn't let the parents become witnesses to her favoritism.
In one episode, Angela and Nanette were in charge of the school shop, Angela got punished when 33 cents were missing. When it was later revealed it was Nanette's fault, Mrs. Brinks wouldn't give Nanette the punishment she gave Angela, believing Nanette made an innocent mistake but was at least fair enough to offer Angela some sort of compensation for the unjust punishment. Angela was made Nanette's boss in the running of the shop.
The Tibble Twins send D.W. to the hospital in the episode "Attack of the Turbo Tibbles" and never get punished. They rarely get punished for pretty much anything they do. Likely because their grandma, their only guardian, takes pity on them. At least they feel bad for what they did.
Miranda's easily the best example of an Alpha Bitch, regularly manipulating people to do terrible things or even trying to sabotage plans and getting away with it. Miranda never really gets any comeuppance from the series, and is even Easily Forgiven for trying to get Ginger sent away so she and Mipsy can get closer to Courtney.
Mipsy too; shown to be just as careless as Miranda, but she seems to get some comeuppance.
Fire Lord Sozin murdered his best friend Avatar Roku through inaction, led an almost complete genocide, drove a number of species towards extinction (the flying bison, the dragons, and the flying lemurs are down to a handful if that), burned at least one army and village to a crisp, and conquered a sizable chunk of Eurasia-sized Earth Kingdom in his lifetime. After all that, he... died peacefully in his sleep, at the age of 102, likely in the comfort of his palace, revered at large. And he got a comet named after him, a continued family-line on the throne, and a nation dedicated to his honor and wishes. Downplayed in that he came to realize everything he did really wasn't worth all the pain and betrayal and died a somber man regretting what he had done, unable to enjoy his successes and make amends — though the world let him off, his conscience didn't.
In "The Waterbending Master" Admiral Zhao hires the pirates from "The Waterbending Scroll" to assassinate Prince Zuko. They blow up Zuko's ship, but Zuko survives with some cuts, bruises and burns. Neither he nor uncle Iroh make any effort to track the pirates down.
During the time when Zuko is traveling alone, he comes across a village that is oppressed by the Earthbenders. While he does save them from it, the villagers immediately forced Zuko out of the village. Nobody (including the very kid who is indirectly responsible for revealing him in the first place) has one single ounce of regret or is reprimanded for the fact that they just kicked out the very man who risked his life to free their village of oppression and suffers zero comeuppance for their ungratefulness.
In Barbie and the Secret Door, after trying to drain all the magic in Zinnia and nearly taking over the kingdom, Malucia's only punishment is losing her scepter and being forced to clean up the mess she made by Grodlin before she can get the big present her parents have brought her. The king and queen even decide that giving her the present is more important than punishing her!
Batman: The Animated Series made the Riddler into a Karma Houdini at the end of his first appearance. While Batman and Robin stopped him from killing the Corrupt Corporate Executive who had driven the Riddler to villainy in the first place, the Riddler still got away scot-free. Better yet, he got the satisfaction of knowing that the executive now suffered from a crippling paranoia of his return, which made for a pretty sweet consolation prize.
Superman: The Animated Series, due to being Cut Short, ended with Lex Luthor never significantly punished for any of his schemes along with all his suspicions of Superman seemingly publicly vindicated. What's more, while Supes does give Darkseid a pretty brutal beating, in the end, he is still the ultimate ruler of Apokolips as his legions of subjects are devoted to him as ever.
This being said, the DCAU mainly averts this, as by the end of Justice League Unlimited, we clearly see the vast majority of the setting's villains either killed by Luthor and his forces in the Secret Society, killed by Killer Frost (in hopes of impressing Luthor), or killed by Darkseid after his resurrection, leaving only an odd dozen who ever make it back to Earth. By the end of the final episode, both Luthor and Darkseid are engulfed by the Anti-Life Equation, presumed dead (though Batman doesn't think it will last). That said, Atomic Skull, Bizarro, Cheetah, Evil Star, Giganta, Heat Wave, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Toyman, and Volcana are let off by the league with a five-minute head start. Interestingly, because of the Bat-Embargo, most of Batman's rogues gallery avoids flash-freezing, getting dumped out an airlock or anything beyond Arkham or Stonegate, though Batman Beyond shows the eventual (not pretty) fates of Bane, Mr. Freeze, Ra's Al Ghul, and The Joker.
In the Justice League Unlimited episode "For The Man Who Has Everything", Mongul traps Superman, then attempts to murder Wonder Woman and Batman and comes close to actually succeeding. Of course, that's just what he does in that episode. He commits even worse crimes in an earlier two-parter (the "War World" episodes, from Justice League), including attempting to destroy a planet full of sapient beings. His punishment for all of this? He gets trapped inside his own Lotus-Eater Machine, which will allow him to live out his greatest fantasies for the rest of his life. Lampshaded by Batman, when asked what he thinks Mongul is seeing.
Batman: Whatever it is, it's too good for him.
Interestingly enough, Batman himself was subjected to something similar before, in the Batman: TAS episode "Perchance to Dream", and he considered having to live a lie, even a pleasant one, a Fate Worse than Death. Possibly he just realizes that Mongul is the type who wouldn't share that sentiment, even if he realized it was a lie.
General Wade Eiling is a prime example after beating the non-superpowered members of the Justice League. Sure, the townspeople called him out for being a monster but he just leaves while still in his Hulk form, mentioning that he will kill Superman someday. But it never happened after the show wasn't renewed.
A common criticism about Omniverse is that, besides the Will Harrangue case above, the show had a record of making some of its villains Karma Houdini on regular basis. Most infamously is Argit, who started committing things like betraying his friends to alien invaders, trying to sell a Universe-destroying Doomsday Device to the highest bidder and maybe worse of all, selling a baby to someone who was going to eat it. Not only does he get away with all of these, the main characters keep treating him like a friend (albeit a The Friend Nobody Likes kind), and an episode showing us the future reveals he will eventually get elected president of Earth.
The Pit Boss in the original 1993 series never really gets punished for kidnapping and enslaving people from the surface and even escapes justice in his single appearance in the 2006 revival.
In the original series' three-part Origins EpisodeGrand Finale "Once Upon a Time on Mars", the Martian mouse Mace is revealed to be a Martian rat disguising himself to infiltrate the freedom fighters on behalf of the Plutarkian invaders and is last seen kidnapping Vinnie's love interest Harley. He's never seen getting any kind of punishment for his wrongdoings.
Sir Richard Brand-Something, Ronaldo Rump's British cousin in the 2006 revival, is a minor recurring villain who appears in two episodes that both end with him getting off scot-free. While every other villain gets punished in the Grand Finale, he and the Pit Boss remain at large.
Bobby's World: Bobby's older brother Derek rarely gets any punishment for his actions he did to Bobby (Ex: Ditching him, telling lies to scare Bobby, insulting Bobby, and etc.). Which is sad since whenever Bobby does something like this he gets in trouble automatically.
The Wuncler family manages to get away with all of their wrongdoings due to Ed Wuncler Sr. being an amoral Corrupt Corporate Executive. Ed Wuncler Sr. has done many deplorable acts such as using slave labor, having his grandson break into homes to promote his security system, and conspiring with terrorists to plan an attack on one of his own buildings. And the one time he was about to be arrested, President Barack Obama himself called to let him off the hook. His grandson Ed the Third and his friend Gin Rummy regularly commit crimes (despite Ed already being rich) like armed robbery, burglary, and kidnapping, but since Ed Sr. owns the police they never receive any comeuppance.
Commander: Sorry, Jack. It turns out some people are above the law. The Wunclers will not pay for what they have done today. You have my word.
In the episode "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus", a friend of Huey's was convicted of murder in the 1970's just because he was black. Meanwhile, the real killer confessed, left fingerprints, was implicated by the victim's dying words, and was even recorded yet still managed to get off scot-free.
The Squirrel Scouts in Camp Lazlo get little to no punishment for bullying the Bean Scouts.
Averted in "Squirrel Scout Slinkman", when they bully Slinkman, whose come to be their substitute scoutmaster. Not only does he coldly reject their apologies, he literally sends them up a creek without a paddle. He does end up regretting it, and saves them when a storm blows in.
Happened often with Jay's boss Duke Phillips in The Critic. He even lampshades it in the final episode after he abandons Jay as well as his friends and family when they're taken hostage:
Duke Phillips: I was well rewarded for my cowardice and greed.
Clarence: Clarence and Sumo is one of the close example of this trope, to where in some episodes will often end with them walking away without facing any type of punishment (such as getting Joshua in trouble, nearly fired from each jobs, or injured at a certain extent), although some later episodes, Clarence or Sumo and Jeff will likely receive some comeuppance to actions (even if it's morally questionable), while in episode "Lost in the Supermarket", Sumo went at this to Joshua, to where in the flashback, he gave him a scar in the left part of the eye, and also had ripped one part of Josh's hair, to where Josh had to chase Sumo down, which he ended up being busted while Sumo, who nearly trashed up the store, but did not receive any consequences. In "Nature Clarence", for example, it went Up to Eleven with Clarence and his friends had made Joshua went through hell, between having to drive them through the hot humid desert with everyone sweating so bad in a nearly broken down car, nearly falling from the cliff, and having to go through and argument with Kate after she started dating someone, and had his ear bitten off by the goat that Sumo had found, at the end, Clarence and the rest never receive any type of retribution to their actions.
In the Cow and Chicken episode "P.E.", the two bullies who torment Chicken, Flem, and Earl and humiliate them by stealing their clothes while they're showering get no comeuppance for their actions.
Dan has committed numerous crimes and morally questionable acts in his many quests for revenge against those he feels has slighted him. He blew up an animal shelter (although he made sure to evacuate the animals first) because the animals made too much noise at night, gave everyone in Bakersfield vertigo in an attempt to reduce traffic, and buried all of Canada in an avalanche which they never recovered from (which he later felt somewhat guilty about) because he blamed them for falling into syrup. He never suffers any real comeuppance for his actions, which is partially justified by that fact that most times the people/places he gets his revenge on are even worse than he is.
In the penultimate episode "Dan vs. The Family Cruise", Carla the Ship Instructor leaves Dan, Chris, Elise and her family locked up on a boat headed into The Bermuda Triangle while she and the other passengers escape. However due to the Reset Button Ending it doesn't happen in the new timeline.
Mrs. Barch from Daria. How she never suffered any consequences for her constant gender discrimination and outright abuse towards some of the male characters on the show is anybody's guess.
Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory. Granted the main premise of the show is based on her messing up Dexter's stuff, but she never seems to get any comeuppance for some of her more intentional destruction of his work. To be fair, there are episodes where karma does catch up to her, such as when Dexter makes the test subject for a motion-control belt or when he sleeps underneath her bed and his loud snores scare her so much she can't sleep.
Captain Hero has destroyed a planet, caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people on Earth, terrorized a Greek immigrant family nonstop, and has also raped a few people (including his own parents). Yet the only time has ever been punished was when he was caught with a photo of his naked twelve-year-old self. He can also be considered to be an Idiot Houdini as well as some of his crimes were committed as a result of his own stupidity.
Princess Clara has also got away with a few crimes of her own such as torturing Wooldoor and keeping him sick.
Spanky Ham is also a big one, especially in the first season. His crimes range from defecating over his roommates personal belongings, running a one man sweatshop and making Ling-Ling his slave, bullying Wooldoor and convincing him to steal candy from a store, putting his newborn son into a sausage grinder, and killing all of Clara's woodland friends and serving their corpses to her for dinner while placing full blame of it on Wooldoor. Spanky never receives any punishment for the aforementioned actions listed above.
The mall security guard that apprehended Wooldoor for stealing candy managed to do so by holding an innocent woman hostage to force Wooldoor to turn himself in and threatening to kill the woman if Wooldoor does not. Wooldoor does surrender but the security guard kills the innocent woman anyway and he never gets fired or thrown in jail for the needless act of murder.
Megabyte Beagle in the Super DuckTales serial is a straight example crossed with What Happened to the Mouse?. This guy takes control of the Gizmosuit and makes Gizmoduck the Beagles' unwilling servant, but after Huey, Dewey, and Louie come to Gizmoduck's rescue, switching his remote with that of a toy, Megabyte drops out of the story.
One episode featured Flintheart Glomgold framing Scrooge McDuck with art theft and his only punishment was having to keep a portrait of Scrooge over his fireplace for fifteen years. And that's just to mention what's proven against him.
Ma Beagle got away with everything except forging evidence of being Scrooge's wife and being arrested with her sons at the end of "New Gizmo Kids on the Block."
Gandra Dee, Fenton Crackshell's love interest/girlfriend, only appeared in six episodes. But in two of them, she showed that she could be as ungrateful and cold-hearted towards Fenton as she pleased, and no one would call her out on her attitude.
In "Metal Attraction", Fenton goes overboard with paying Gandra too much attention. But not only does she refuse to give him a simple "thank you" for doing all these things for her, she also gets mad at him and pushes him away from her without even explaining what he did wrong. Of course, the episode had to end with him promising to change, while nobody has anything to say about what she did.
In "The Big Flub", Fenton has ended up in big trouble and asks for Gandra's help. But she refuses, even after he said "but I need you", claiming that he had ruined her precious reputation. And at the end of the episode, the poor guy still has to apologize to HER!
The harpies. Yes, they don't really want to feed people to the dragon, but they've been doing it for years and...they get a rest from the dragon's roaring.
Scrooge essentially winds up this way as well. While he doesn't get the Fleece, he doesn't really end the episode any worse off than he began it, despite being guilty of (at least) reckless endangerment.
The Cul-de-sac kids overall avoid punishment most of the time for picking on and mocking the Eds.
One of the worst cases of this is Kevin, who does things like abuse 's privacy (involving his middle name) in "Your Ed Here", and interfere with 's attempts at getting at good school picture in "Smile for the Ed".
There's also the fact that the kids feel justified in abusing the largely innocent Edd (whose only crime is being a milquetoast and an Insufferable Genius who lets himself get roped into 's schemes) and Ed (whose only crime is his weak grasp on reality) just as much as . And in "A Town Called Ed", after tries to get even with the kids for snubbing him, his plans are turned against him and all the other kids come out and literally laugh at his misfortune.
The Kanker Sisters never get punished for sexually harassing the Eds.
Family Guy does this a lot, especially with Stewie. However, that's not uncommon, being a series infamous for tangential gags and a tenuous sense of accountability at best. However, it does somewhat subvert this trope in "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing," where Peter blows up a children's hospital to get rid of an Anheuser-Busch beer ad. No more mention is made of the incident until the end, when his boss tells him he's going to jail. "You just blew up a children's hospital! You thought people would forget about that?" Although his only punishment is to go to jail until "next Sunday at nine".note In fact, that would be the last new Family Guy for three months.
There was also "April in Quahog" where it is reported on the news that the world was going to end. As a result, there was panic and chaos across the world. In the end, it all turned out to be an April Fool's Joke played by the TV newscasters. The newscasters then mysteriously vanish without getting punished for all the trouble they caused. This can be blamed on the Halfway Plot Switch.
The closest they get to receiving comeuppance is Brian calling them "You dicks!" However, in the season 9 premiere "And Then There Were Fewer", it could be said that karma finally caught up with them with Tom seemingly going to jail after being framed for murder by Diane and then Diane being shot by Stewie when she tried to kill Lois. Tom is back in the episode after that, but Diane is dead.
In the midst of that prank, Peter stated as his last words that he didn't like the kids. The rest of the episode follows Peter trying to win back the love of the children. After failing in all his attempts, he decides to bribe them with an Xbox 360 but doesn't even let them enjoy that as he hogs it for himself.
This why so many people hate the gay marriage episode (among other things) as well as Brian: Brian took the mayor hostage (who, earlier in the episode, illegalized gay marriage) and forced him to re-legalize it so Brian's cousin Jasper would be legally allowed to marry his lover, Ricardo. Not only did Brian succeed, but he never got any punishment for this. While Brian's methods were wrong, Adam West had started the gay banonly to distract the public from the Dig 'Em scandal at the beginning of the episode, and would have gotten away with it otherwise, incidentally enough. West even made clear to Brian that he only let Brian get away because Brian's actions made the gay ban no longer needed as a distraction.
Glenn. Quagmire. Let's start with the fact that he once broke into another person's home and beat a resident for the horrid crime of unknowingly sleeping with his transgender mom. Next up on the docket of sexual harassment is watching females changing or using the bathroom including videotaping. One-night stands birthing multiple children he has no intention of paying child-support for. Rape both of the 'regular' and statutory (Dear Diary: Jackpot) kind. He said that he has complied with Megan's Law, although that doesn't seem to have accomplished much. His punishment? While he does tend to get beaten up a lot, it never sticks. The main characters continue to associate with him and his multiple sexual diseases aren't harming his life in any significant way-oh, hey, he knowingly spreads STDS through omission of fact, and judging by his house, various gadgets-which assist/facilitate rape-and summer home he is not hard up for money. He even keeps his job as a pilot.
Quagmire FINALLY gets some Karmic justice when he hooks up with a woman who has an even more voracious sexual appetite than him, and ends up kidnapped, held as her sex slave, and tortured for her amusement until the gang finds and rescues him. These are no worse than the things he routinely does to women.
Loretta Brown in " The Cleveland-Loretta-Quagmire" cheats on Cleveland with Quagmire just because Cleveland's laid back personality was not providing her any passion. She was shown in that episode to be completely unrepentant of her adultery and even goes as far as fully blaming Cleveland for causing it because he didn't have any passion and she verbally abuses him, calls him pathetic, and even kicks him out of their house just for apologizing to her. The only comeuppance she revises in that episode is that Cleveland divorces her, which she is totally fine with. However the episode "Love Blactually" reveals that Loretta did regret her infidelity and she does apologize to Cleveland for her prior behavior.
Brian and Stewie getting away cleanly with their actions in "Road to the North Pole" was deplorable. Trying to take over Santa's role, they beat up a man and his wife, and gag the daughter, leaving them all tied up. They leave as the cops come with Stewie acknowledging what they did for what it was, a home invasion. The fact that they receive the Christmas gifts they wanted only adds insult to injury.
Peter Griffin. He's shown to regularly be horrifically physically, emotionally, and (implied) sexually abusive to his daughter Meg, has committed acts of animal cruelty, is seen to be murderously anti-Semitic (including reenacting Amon Goeth's morning routine from Schindler's List toward his wife), has attempted to sexually assault a distressed teen girl, and that's not going into his misogynistic attitude towards Lois. And yet he rarely (if ever) gets any retribution for his actions.
Whoever drove the car that ran over and killed Brian was never even seen, let alone brought to justice. (Even if they were, the most they would be charged with is destruction of property and reckless driving, since dogs are recognized by the state as property, even if Brian was proven to be sapient.)
Usually when Meg does something she actually deserves to be punished for, she won't be. Like the time she harassed, stalked and kidnapped Brian.
"The Heartbreak Dog" has an unexpected one in Joe, who gets away with his Disproportionate Retribution towards Brian kissing Bonnie on accident. And this was after Brian apologized.
Connie D'Amico in "Leggo My Meg-O". Not only has she never learned from her mistakes, but she is last shown pelting Meg with dodgeballs for a while. To make matters worse, she never appears on the show again (until Season 15).
Bendy ("Everyone Knows It's Bendy") owns this category, followed a close second by Goofball ("Imposter's Home"). While the protagonist is immature and his nicer friend is not optimistic as opposed to the one of Camp Lazlo, fans dislike both episodes because of this. Even worse is that Bendy was seen in the crowd scenes in the last episode, meaning he was never kicked out off screen. At least the writers of the show have apologized for the whole Bendy episode.
Half-averted in "Cheese A-Go-Go": Jackie Khones undeservedly wins a case against Madame Foster because Frankie arrived at the courthouse too late to testify, and is later responsible for everyone in the cast going to jail, though he himself is included.
Terrence, who usually gets his punishment in several episodes. In "Duchess of Wails", he lies to Mac about moving to Singapore and tricks the others in Foster's into keeping Duchess away to make it happen. When Terrence's actions are exposed, the only punishment of any sort he receives just a simple Death Glare from the Foster occupants, not that that makes much of a difference.
Terrence: W-W-Well, as they say in Wisconsin...Sayanora! ('sprints off'')
in "The Bird Bot of Ice-catraz". Not only does he act like a jackass throughout the entire episode and destroy the ecosystem of the penguins, he also turns penguins homicidal. And he gets away with it all. Farnsworth is as much to blame. Bender does this very often.
Lampshaded and subverted in "Three Hundred Big Boys", where Bender steals a cigar, and says "Ha! Le Grande Cigar is mine! And with absolutely no consequences!" while being watched on closed circuit camera. At the end of the episode, he remarks on how he hasn't learned a lesson; when the cops show up and start beating him, he shouts "Alright! Closure!"
Bender does this twice in "Spanish Fry":
Fry offers to let Bender sleep in his tent while camping in the woods, but Bender refuses. During the night, Bender changes his mind and (instead of taking Fry up on his offer) tricks Fry into leaving his tent. Fry is then abducted by aliens and has his nose stolen right off his face. The next morning when the others find Bender in Fry's tent and discover what happened to Fry, nobody blames Bender.
Later, when Fry gets his nose back, Bender makes things worse by convincing Lrrr to chop off Fry's penis instead (he wanted the nose for an aphrodisiac, thinking it's the human reproductive organ; Bender told him the truth). Neither Fry nor Leela ever blame Bender for giving Lrrr the idea.
Mom is also this. She's embezzled several billion from Fry, tried to conquer Earth, manufactures inefficient robots that contribute to global warming, has a dark matter monopoly, and keeps her billboards armed.
Leela gets this in "Yo Leela Leela" but it's ultimately played with. After failing to make up a good story to tell the orphans at the Orphanarium, Leela goes off in the ship to her "quiet place." After coming back and telling the kids the story a television producer, who was testing new shows on the kids there, gives Leela her own show called Rumbledy-Hump. After Leela's show has become a major success it's revealed that her quiet place is a planet inhabited by the characters from the show and she has been ripping off their lives. Leela starts feeling guilty for what she has done and takes the television producer, the orphans, and the rest of the main cast to the planet to confess what she has done. The characters start to berate her for lying and exploiting the lives of the innocence inhabitants until the television producers points out that this can work in his favor. The inhabitants of the planet are now the actors for the show itself, meaning they get paid and can now afford a better lifestyle. All of the orphans have been adopted and are now the crew of the show, meaning they now have a home, food, money, and a dad who takes care of them. Everyone is grateful to Leela for what she did. Leela, on the other hand, is horrified that she has gotten away scot-free and by the end of the episode she starts begging to be punished. And of course it never comes.
Professor Farnsworth has gotten away with a lot of things such as making doomsday devices for no good reason, recklessly sending his crew on very dangerous missions, and in the episode "Rebirth" he claims that he murdered several adults in order to get their stem cells but he never gets punished for it.
Hermes Conrad can also be seen as one by some fans. Some of the episodes feature him being very cruel towards Zoidberg with one of his biggest offenses towards Zoidberg involving the utterance of very racist slurs like "ya filthy crab" towards Zoidberg at work and traditional workplace regulations should demand that Hermes be fired for such behavior given the context of the situation but he has only received comeuppance for his mistreatment of Zoidberg once in "The Six Million Dollar Mon". Other offenses include cheating in Olympic Limbo by using a flabo dynamic suit created by Farnsworth although Hermes still loses despite the unfair advantage.
The Omnicronians present almost the same problem as Robot Santa. They're just far too powerful to defeat, so the best way to deal with their threats and demands is just give them what they want. They did have an embargo clamped on them in one episode by Earth but that was only because Lrrr's son accidentally shot Earth's vice president in a botched attempt to earn a merit badge.
Amongst the Omicronians, Ndnd is one of the biggest offenders, especially seen in "lrrenconcilable ndndifferences". Previous episodes showed her to be a stereotypical nagging housewife towards her husband Lrrr but in that episode, Ndnd starts to become a horrible shrew towards Lrrr, endlessly nagging him for not invading planets and when he does try to invade one only to end up botching it and bringing Ndnd a nice present back home, she bonks him over the head with a frying pan and kicks him out of the house. Its important to note that Lrrr was suffering from a midlife crisis in that episode but Ndnd gets away with physically and verbally abusing her own husband in the episode while Lrrr gets 100% of the blame for the deterioration of his marriage with Ndnd with the blamers being Leela and Ndnd. Her behavior in that episode as well as her refusal to get out of her housewife stereotype are the main reasons why fans consider her to be a scrappy.
Fishy Joe in "The Problem With Popplers" was one of the people responsible for causing the Omicronians to invade Earth the second time around. He sold over 198 billion of the Omicronian's unmatched children for people to eat and he didn't listen to Leela's warning about it. He does panic when they invade but the Omicronians never hold Fishy Joe accountable but instead hold Leela fully responsible for the crime. Despite Lrrr being a master of Disproportionate Retribution, he apparently forgets to enact such retribution out towards Fishy Joe for his actions.
Zapp Brannigan gets away with almost every bad thing he does. The closest he came to being punished was in "Brannigan, Begin Again" where he was ousted from DOOP for destroying the space station. However, Leela let him claim to be the hero later in order to get him reinstated (even though he was actually launching an unprovoked attack on a defenseless planet) simply because she wanted to get rid of him.
Richard Nixon's head also qualifies. He gets away with cheating in presidential elections, running for more than two terms in office, and acting like a corrupt dictator in a democratic government. He has also attempted to commit genocide on all of Earth's robots as a quick solution to global warming but receives no punishment for it.
The Donbot is considered to be such a houdini as well as he is the head of the Robot Mafia and has committed crimes such as murder and robbery but he often gets away scot free with his actions. At one point, he was arrested and put on trial for assaulting Calculon but he managed to get away with it by threatening Calculon into speaking in the Donbot's defense. The "Viva Mars Vegas" episode may have been where he finally received retribution for his actions as he was last seen being escorted by Martian Police out of the casino that he took over, which implies that he later got arrested and sent to jail for his crimes. This implication is even supported by the fact that he never appeared in the show's last season.
Yivo, the main villain of "The Beast With A Billion Backs" is also one of those. His most villainous act in the movie was that he ( or Shklee as he put it) rapes everyone in Universe Gamma except all of the robots and Leela and he does this by putting his tentacles, which are his reproductive organs into peoples necks while they were attempt to run away from him and through these tentacles he mates with them and forces them to fall in love with him while they were unaware of what he was doing to them. Yivo was eventually exposed for this and everyone who got tentacles was initially angry at him for this but the anger quickly dissipated. Also, Yivo is composed of electromatter, which makes him impervious to any other form of matter and therefore couldn't be harmed.
The Garfield Show, "King Nermal": Everyone's favorite orange cat has discovered that Nermal has been faking an injury to get him to treat him royally. He and Odie attempt to expose his fakery many times, but they end up coming across to Jon as being mean to Nermal for no reason, prompting him to throw the two out of the house while it was raining outside. When Garfield and Odie finally pulled off Nermal's fake bandages, Jon believed it to mean Nermal had fully healed. Angrily, Garfield yells, "This isn't over! You're gonna need more bandages when I'm done with you"... Garfield and Odie are the ones who end up needing more bandages after tripping down the stairs over Nermal's bandages that fell off while they were chasing him. To add insult to (literal) injury, Jon says Liz won't allow them to use their jaws for a month, thus precluding them from trying Jon's lasagna, and they also having Nermal nurse them, upon which Nermal promptly eats Jon's lasagna.
The series finale of G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 titled "Assault" ends with Cobra Commander and Firefly escaping justice while the remaining Cobra members are all captured.
Murdoc from Gorillaz. During the first phase he was, among others, said to have kidnapped Russel to make him join the band, repeatedly heavily damaged 2D (one of these "accidents" resulted in leaving him in a coma and fracturing his eyeballs) and drove away both of the girlfriends 2D had had from him (although the Paula incident was one of the few things Murdoc didn't get away with - Russel broke his nose in five different places). In phase two, he attempted to take credit for creating the Demon Days album, in reality composed entirely by Noodle. He had also surgically replaced most of his internal organs with 2D's, as to lengthen his life span. Phase three proves him to be a monster - looking back very fondly at it, he spoke of having burned down Kong Studios himself, then blaming it on a bunch of kids, thus sending them to jail. 2D's ident reveals that someone probably working for Murdoc chloroformed him (who wasn't very eager about making a new Gorillaz album), shipped him to Plastic Beach in a suitcase, locked him in an underwater room and has had him watched by a whale ever since (2D has a case of cetaphobia, a fear of whales). No justice has been served to him whatsoever, although the Boogieman/Sun Moon Stars seems to have some business to settle down with him.
The Red Lanterns are the villains of Season 1, using power rings literally fueled by rageand hatred, they carve a swathe through largely undefended regions of space, enslaving civilians, laying waste to all who oppose them and even blowing up planets. At the end of the season, Big Bad Atrocitus is imprisoned, and the other Red Lanterns... are allowed to keep their dangerous, evil superpowers and all their conquered territory and essentially become a recognised government. The Guardians literally handed a good chunk of the galaxy over to a terrorist group and no-one seems to have a problem with this. It was revealed that the Guardians were responsible for the destruction of the Red Lantern's original homeworld, which explains their motives but does not excuse their actions. Not only are they never punished, but the Green Lanterns ally with them several times afterwards, admittedly in the face of universe-ending threats, with their multiple crimes never discussed or even mentioned.
The Zamorans are essentially a civilisation of violent Yanderes and interstellar kidnappers, who brainwash random women around the galaxy into becoming their soldiers and abduct that woman's partner and imprison him in crystal forever. In their first episode, one of them becomes obsessed with Hal and tries to murder him; then they recruit Carol Ferris, his Love Interest back on Earth and she in turn tries to kill him; almost seal away Razer and Kilowog; and also recruit another innocent female alien who had fallen in love with Kilowog (who unlike Carol is never freed from their control). Like the Red Lanterns, everyone seems perfectly happy working with them in subsequent appearances.
In the Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child episode "Pinocchio" we have Mr. Buzzard a shadowy scam artist who serves as both the Puppet Master and the Coachman, he lures several children over to a place called Fantastic Island where they can play and eat candy all day, eventually after they fall asleep they turn into donkeys which he has his men round up and sells them for profit, he is not seen again after Pinocchio and Woody the termite escape from him, making him one of the few villains of the series to get away with his crimes.
Arnold goes to his classmate Iggy's house to drop off the day's homework since he was out sick. While there, he inadvertently sees Iggy wearing fluffy bunny pajamas. Arnold laughs for a bit, but swears to a pleading Iggy that he won't tell anyone. The next day, Sid and Stinky ask Arnold to describe the experience of going to cool-kid Iggy's house, and Arnold tries to act nonchalant, but can't help but giggle at the memory. Sid and Stinky notice, and repeatedly pester Arnold for the full story. Arnold eventually hints that it had something to do with what Iggy was wearing, but didn't reveal anything else. The two stumble upon the answer, and their suspicions are confirmed when Arnold hesitates to deny it. They then proceed to tell everyone in their class, despite swearing to Arnold they wouldn't not 5 minutes earlier. Iggy blames Arnold and refuses to speak to him, despite Arnold insisting that he didn't spill the beans and even enslaving himself to Iggy in an attempt to make it up to him, until Iggy tells Arnold that he won't be forgiven unless he wears the bunny-suit in public. Arnold reluctantly agrees, and while the spectacle is going on, Iggy overhears Sid and Stinky talking to each other, flat-out admitting that they were the ones who revealed the secret (with very minimal remorse, naturally), but is too late to call off the event. The episode ends with Iggy begging for a seething Arnold's forgiveness. Iggy gets off more-or-less scot-free with his Disproportionate Retribution, and Sid and Stinky never get any comeuppance for telling everyone that a classmate wears bunny pajamas. Worse, Sid and Stinky are regulars, and worst is that Arnold never harbors any resentment towards them for this.
Helga zig-zags this trope, given how she's Jerkass Woobie with a Freudian Excuse in an abusive home has an alcoholic mother and an emotionally abusive dad who show obvious Parental Favoritism towards Olga. While there a few episodes where she never gets appropriate punishment for what she puts Arnold and others through, in others she isn't so lucky. In "Helga on the Couch" she's sent into therapy because of her downright abusive behavior, and although it's no punishment, it is a fitting repercussion.
The title character in Invader Zim, though occasionally getting dealt a bad hand every now and again, has gotten away with some pretty crazy shit throughout the course of the series including but not limited to harvesting the organs of innocent school children and ripping out the eyeballs of a child who merely desired his friendship because said child was a nuisance.
Making Dib often being blamed for whatever Zim did (as in the Zit episode or the Pilot).
He has nothing on Gaz. Gaz physically abuses her brother for minor inconveniences, stalked and nearly killed a kidnote Word of God says that she was supposed to successfully kill him, but Nickelodeon did not allow it and made them change it so he survived for stealing a video game that wasn't hers in the first place, terrorized the neighbor's dog over a broken toy, and at one point even tried to leave Zim to die after Dib stole his Pak. She's the only character on the show who receives no punishment in any form for her actions.
Kaeloo: Practically any time Mr. Cat and Stumpy do anything evil together, Stumpy will get away with it while Mr. Cat is beaten up for it.
Quack Quack gets away with reading a dirty magazine in the episode "Let's Play at Reading Books", while Mr. Cat is beaten up and thrown onto a fire for the same thing.
The Alpha Bitch Pretty in Episode 56, where she bullies Kaeloo, forcefully her horse, and shoots a horse for no reason.
Mr. Cat himself receives no punishment for literally serving garbage as food in a restaurant in Episode 64, which hospitalized people. In addition, later episodes show that the restaurant he started is still open, and still serving food that makes people sick.
In Episode 134, when everyone refuses to play the board game "Me-Me-Nopoly" with Stumpy, he is granted several clones of himself. Since everyone else is annoyed by the clones, Kaeloo, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat hatch a plan to get rid of them by claiming that Ursula sent a package for the real Stumpy in the mail. The real Stumpy gets rid of the clones so he can get the package. When he finds out that it was a trick, he punishes Kaeloo and Mr. Cat by forcing them to play Me-Me-Nopoly with him all night while Quack Quack, who was also a part of the plan, gets away scot-free.
The Kids From Room 402: In one episode, Vinnie wrote a paper titled "Mr. Besser the Coldhearted Liver Butcher", hoping Mr. Besser would never see it. Mr. Besser saw but failed to realize it was about him because Vinnie misspelled the surname as "Beeser".
Vinnie also once drew a picture that gets hung in the main hallway; it was "two mountains" (the Grand Tetons?) that suspiciously resembled part of a woman's anatomy, but as he insisted it was just a landscape, Miss Graves, the teacher, as well as Mr. Besser, the principal, could find no real reason to take it down. However, it was averted when Vinnie's mother was called and she definitely knew what Vinnie meant to draw, punishing him after leaving the school.
In the same series, however, Mrs. Bellanchof, the second-grade teacher and mother of one of Miss Graves' students named Melanie, definitely qualifies for this. She is a dishonest and neurotic woman who, among several things, took credit for Miss Graves' lesson plan to win an important award, lied to a judge to obtain custody of her daughter, used her position at school to make Melanie win a cheerleading contest, and once gave Melanie an exaggerated punishment just because she asked her if she could go live with her father, without ever being called out on her behavior.
In the Homecoming episode, Bonnie cheats her way into being the Queen (who should've been Kim) and kisses Ron right in front of Kim's eyes and then spends the entire episode just whining. Apparently, her punishment is a cute boyfriend in her own league. Bah... She does get hers in the finale, sort of: She finds out that because she skipped too many classes during her senior year, she can't graduate until she makes it up in summer school.
Played straight with Cyrus Bortle and Jack Hench. Bortle is a freaking mad scientist who invents the most hideous devices on the show. If used even semi-realistically instead of as Rule of Funny, they would be at a terrifying level - such as Mind Control where the person knows they are being controlled and understands their actions, but cannot override the control. He remains unpunished, even though he is shown selling his devices in random auctions. Jack Hench is the "supplier" of evil technology to the Big Bads but is never arrested or punished for it.
The Oh Boyz treated everyone like crap, especially their long-suffering manager. At the end of the episode, only the manager is punished for abandoning the Oh Boyz.
The hijackers in the Series Finale "Sirloin With Love?" They were never caught nor mentioned again.
The 3 rebellious teenagers who blew up the car lot are also never caught.
2 of the teens show up at the end of the episode when Bobby goes shopping for a new game console; in order to keep Hank from recognizing them they give Bobby a giant discount, implying that this is their "punishment".
Buck Strickland. Karma seems to just ignore this man's existence. He has gotten away with several felonies, is a drunk, steals, cheats on his wife, and rarely receives punishment for his actions. This isn't helped by Hank's borderline worship of the man. He also frequently bets employees, company money, and once a branch of his company on card games. His punishment for being such a horrible businessman? Getting inducted into the propane "Hall of Flame" the highest honor one working in propane can achieve. And, his most egregious example of being a karma houdini? Admitting in front of Hank, everyone, a sheriff, and a freaking Texas Ranger that he tried framing Hank for the murder of his mistress, to protect his wife. The mistress accidentally shot herself. Hank's reaction? To sheepishly rub the back of his head, and say he would have done the same thing!
Hank does recognize that Buck is far from perfectnote In one episode he refers to Bobby putting out a "Mr. Strickland fire" and adds "A couple hundred more and you'll be tied with me", but is immensely loyal because Buck gave him his current job. That said, in another episode Buck gets Bobby wrapped up in his gambling, and when Hank comes in to save the day, he lets a thug punch Buck in the face, and then makes him ride back to Arlen in the bed of his pickup truck; the last shot of the episode is him shivering and trying to bundle up for warmth with his golf equipment.
John Redcorn definitely qualifies as this. He screwed Dale's wife the entire time they were married, and acted like a passive-aggressive Jerkass to Dale half the time. He was a complete womanizer and had God knows how many illegitimate children that he refuses to support. When Nancy broke up with him, he still kept trying to steal her and Joseph from Dale. He never received any real comeuppance, and Dale was never the wiser.
Nancy is also this, to an arguably lesser extent. She lied to Dale and Joseph ever since Joseph was born, and made Dale look like a fool to everyone in the neighborhood. She appeared to just be using Dale their whole marriage, and was horrified to find out she slept with her own husband around the time she broke up with Redcorn. She eventually became a more faithful wife, but never received comeuppance.
In "Get Your Freak Off" Hank is overly flanderized to make the plot of the episode work. In other episodes, Hank is portrayed as overly uptight. In this episode, he has the mentality of an Amish parent. Basically, Hank hears Bobby listening to a boy band, and he ends up doing horrible stuff like confiscating everything in his room except for his bed, making him cut off ties with his friends, and many other things. He doesn't get any payback for this, and the episode actually tries to display his behavior in a positive light.
In "Après Hank, le Deluge", Bill is this and an Idiot Houdini. Hank is not only ignored when he tries telling everyone who was responsible for leaving the floodgates abandoned, but is locked up by Khan, his right hand man. In addition to his earlier goofing around on the job as leader, goes mad with power until Hank convinces him to let everyone out since the flood already subsided days ago. When all is said and done, everyone congratulates Bill while still blaming Hank, who had been doing his damnedest the entire time. However this only worked out like this is because Bill managed to convince everyone that everything he screwed up was Hank's fault.
In the Season Two finale of The Legend of Korra Varrick was able to break out of prison during the chaos of Unalaq's attack, and is currently at large. He found shelter living in Zaofu with other reformed criminals, though Book Four subverted this with Zhu Li's betrayal seriously messing him up, his nearly being Driven to Suicide in a Heroic Sacrifice he planned not to escape from, and then watching his inventions be used for war, rather than for civilian use as he planned.
Book Three has Suyin Bei Fong, the long lost younger half sister of Lin Bei Fong, who as a teen dabbled in crime, which led to her scarring Lin's face, albeit accidentally, when Lin busted her for a robbery she took part in, but instead of going to jail their mother, then Metal Bending Police Chief Toph Bei Fong, covered up the whole thing and then sent Suyin to live with her grandparents. Some time later, Suyin struck out on her own, walked the Earth, got involved in God knows how many different crimes and misdemeanors, but her past misdeeds are apparently forgiven because she helped build a city, had a family and reconciled with mama Toph. Since Suyin never did any actual jail time or suffered any other known punishment for her crimes Lin held a grudge against her for years, much to Suyin's annoyance, since the only thing that apparently kept her otherwise ideal life from being truly "perfect" was that Lin refused to be a part of it. Again, Book Four subverted this quite harshly, with her surrogate daughter rebelling against her along with a good chunk of her security forces and eldest son, Zaofu being conquered by Kuvira, her entire family being imprisoned bar Opal and Baatar Jr, then nearly losing her daughter and eldest son.
Mertle from Lilo & Stitch: The Series most of the time, in fact she was responsible for a loss in a dog contest to Lilo and ended up winning it after she sabotaged Lilo's chances in one episode (She put caffeine in his water bottle. Causing Stitch to go nuts during his turn when it was fed to him). Though she relinquished the trophy when Lilo and Stitch helped save her pet (which was one of the experiments). Still her snobbish attitude never changes throughout the series, even in the fourth movie finale.
In The Little Drummer Boy the two thieves who kill Aaron's parents and burn down their stables are never caught.
Chuck Jones' 1945 Looney Tunes short "Fresh Airedale" involves a housecat who repeatedly takes the blame for things that are done by the evil family dog. The entire cartoon sets up audience expectations of a final comeuppance that never comes.
In Tortoise Beats Hare, Cecil Turtle cheats by having his relatives fill in for him at various points in his race against Bugs. He suffers no known consequences for cheating (though the short ends right when Bugs finds out).
In fact a lot of the shorts that feature Cecil and Bugs tend to end this way in one of the rare instances Bugs ends up outwitted. When doing another race, Cecil tricks Bugs into going so fast to beat him that he goes over the speed limit and ends up arrested for it. Another had Cecil trick Bugs into disguising as him as Cecil knew some fellow rabbits that had bet on Bugs for a race were going to help him win it.
A Pest in the House featured Elmer Fudd running a hotel with Daffy as an obnoxious bellhop. One irritable guest requests that he be given absolute quiet to rest, otherwise he'd come down to the lobby and punch Elmer in the nose. Elmer tries to abide to his wishes but Daffy constantly keeps bothering the man in some form or another. Despite this, poor Elmer is always the one to get belted, even when he hands over the job of manager to Daffy just to avoid another punch, only to get hit by the frustrated guest in the end, and Daffy never once got punished or punched out for any of his actions.
In "Ain't That Ducky", Daffy meets up with a crying young duck who tells Daffy "Aahh, shut up!" when he tries to find out what's wrong, and a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Elmer Fudd (a caricature of Victor Moore, who is uncredited), with the bratty young duck telling Daffy and the hunter "Aaah! Keep your hands off!" and "Aaah! Lay off!" whenever they try to get a peek at what's inside his briefcase. The bratty young duck even rats out Daffy's hiding place, and by the time they open it, the paper says "The End", with the bratty young duck getting no comeuppance whatsoever for being obnoxious to Daffy and the hunter.
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Flapjack is a rare example where the hero protagonist himself is a karma Houdini. Despite being good natured, he does have a crime record on the show such as tricking two people into thinking a sea monster was attacking Stormalong and getting them banished, keeping a filthy rat that went on to infect the whole harbor with a plague, and even cheating in a beard competition by turning himself into a fake beard for K'nuckles. It turns out that his guardian, Bubbie believes that Flapjack is an angel who can do no wrong and doesn't even bother with disciplining him when he does something wrong while K'nuckles basically serves as Flapjack's whipping boy, getting all of the punishments that should have been placed on Flapjack
While the protagonist is a superhero, he's also extremely mischievous. Examples include destroying the city's statues, fully robbing a bakery, messing with Lieutenant Kellaway while he's on an important mission and others. In one episode someone got a document listing all of his crimes... but he quickly destroyed it with a trick before said man could read them.
Cookie Baboom got away in "Flight as a Feather" with no punishment whatsoever. An even bigger example is Davida Steelmine who not only escaped but most likely with everything she stole, and she bested the Mask with her magic during the whole episode.
In episodes of Max and Ruby that Ruby does not bother him, Max is an annoying case of this. For example, in one episode, causing a ruckus while Ruby was waiting for a phone call, then intercepting said phone call and put the other caller off. It's no wonder that some parents and grandparents are extremely annoyed by the show...
In the Mega Man episode "Bad Day At Peril Park", a corrupted park attendant robot is never even found out as working for Dr. Wily, and she isn't defeated or punished.
Pickles's brother Seth often gets away with being a sleazy Jerkass. Even when fate tries to give him what he deserves, he often comes out unscathed and sometimes better off.
Played for Laughs in Mission Hill when Kevin accidentally starts a fire in a store by masturbating (roll with it) at the same time Griffo and C-Dog are robbing the place. Not wanting to be labeled a pervert Kevin lets them take the blame for lighting the fire, which gets them accused of attempted murder. During the case however Kevin has an attack of conscience, tells the truth, is mocked, and Andy stands up for him and calls everyone out as Hypocrites for mocking Kevin for reading porn. So moved by Andy's speech the judge dismisses the case, which lets the thieves off scot-free and even without the robbery charges they actually deserved.
Griffo: Damn, man! Next time we gotta find a guy spankin' it at a bank!
Storeowner: But they robbed my store!
Judge: Well, uh, maybe you should have given a rousing speech!
Despite all the times that Mr. Bogus has been able to beat Baddus and his Meteor Goons, as well as Ratty and Mole, the episode "B-TV" actually had Bogus suffer different forms of torture from Baddus, Ratty, and Mole while he was Trapped in TV Land. Even at the end of the episode, the three baddies never got punished for their revenge against Bogus.
Depending on certain episodes, Miss Naughty and Mr. Rude can like this (e.g. Miss Naughty doesn't get any consequences in "Fair" after sending Mr. Persnickety for pig catching and Mr. Rude in "Surprises").
The worst offender is Miss Scary, where she often causes trouble for some characters (Mr. Bump and Mr. Nervous), and doesn't get any repercussions for her actions. This can be one of the reasons why some fans started to dislike season 2, especially how some didn't like the treatment Mr. Bump was getting.
The title Satanic Black Boarder Collie from Mr. Pickles. He can do as much satanic acts of pure evil as much as he wants, but the whole town is oblivious to his actions and yet the only one who knows about these things is Tommy's Grandfather but gets tortured and set up so he can never reveal Mr. Pickles' Satanic intentions. Meanwhile Mr. Pickles somehow sets up performing a good act in front of Tommy and his family and all he gets is a pickle. This is eventually subverted in the season four premier, where Grandpa kills him. Probably.
After his reform, Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic never really receives any consequences for his mischief. He'll usually claim that he doesn't know any better or blame others for his behavior and the other characters, primarily Fluttershy, will just move on. His actions have led to Equestria being conquered on two separate occasions. Perhaps most damning against him is in the finale, where despite being responsible for a Legion of Doom being created and the destruction of the Elements of Harmony, all he gets is a slap on the wrist.
The Goose Lady from the "Tales from the Goose Lady" shorts on Oh Yeah! Cartoons never gets punished for making the two children she torments late for school so that they're forced to listen to her stories.
Subverted with the title duo's sister constantly trying to expose their antics, yet they get away with them. The subversion is that they are never doing anything wrong, but merely trying to come up with something fun to do over the summer, much to the annoyance of their older sister, Candace, as she hates the fact that they can get away with anything.
HIM from The Powerpuff Girls. This is most likely the result of his god-like power level, with HIM being essentially the PPG universe's equivalent of Satan. The most the girls can really hope to accomplish is simply to stop whatever he tries to do — actually making him face any sort of punishment is an impossibility. However, he is put in jail in "Meet the Beat Alls".
Wizard Kelly is very similar to Mr. Burns in that he gets away with the most flagrant violations because he's famous and rich.
Dijonay and Lacienega have times when they rarely get any comeuppance for being a terrible friend to Penny.
One episode features a bunch of people who are very rasict to a Muslim girl, saying "Towelheads" to her. They didn't get punished on-screen for this.
Ready Jet Go!: Mitchell tried to get intel about Mindy's recipe in "Solar System Bake Off" and cheated at a race in "Kid Kart Derby", but he never gets punished for this.
In "Asteroid Belt Space Race", Eggplant and Zerk cheat in the race by using anti-gravity fluxinators (which effectively steal gravity from the other racers), yet they win and don't get their comeuppance.
A Robot Chicken sketch involves an Atheist ending up in heaven. There he discovers several people who shouldn't be in heaven but got there anyway. The following lists were: His uncle (because the Catholic Church is into THOSE sort of things the uncle did), the Monster Clown serial killer who got into heaven simply because he repented at the last second, a literal Knight Templar who slaughtered countless people for The Lord, and Adolf Hitler.
Hitler: I'm just as surprised as you are.
Later on, the atheist told the angel about the hypocrisy and mentions how a serial killer got into heaven simply because he repents.
Zig-zagged in Rocket Power; Otto's Jerkass nature is sometimes flat out excused because he's so good at sports. However, Ray doesn't let him off so easilynote Youre not getting off that easy! is pretty much Rays Catch Phrase. — as laid back and cool as Ray is, he's not afraid to lay down the law.
Reggie nearly becomes one in "Rainy Days and Sundaes". Otto, Twister, and Reggie wreck the house (including getting chocolate syrup everywhere) but just before Ray catches them, Reggie manages to escape through the window. She doesn't want to get caught because she has a triathlon coming up. Otto and Twister are punished immediately, but Reggie seems to escape punishment (Otto and Twister, knowing how much the triathlon means to Reggie, pretend she wasn't there.) Come the day of the big triathlon, Reggie feels so much guilt that she quits and confesses to Ray, who reveals he knew she was guilty all along, having seen the chocolate handprint she left on the window. Ray is proud of her for confessing, but she does get punished in the end, since she did do something wrong.
Scratcher from Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July. A reject Reindeer who was going to be a part of Santa's reindeer to pull his sled but was replaced by Rudolph and imprisoned for unknown reasons. In the film, he works with Winterbolt to frame and blackmail Rudolph into appearing guilty of a crime to his friends. Afterwards, Scratcher never appeared again or was mentioned again.
Angelica usually gets punished for her bad actions in the original series, but in the All Grown Up! episode, "Petition This!", she tries to stop a petition by Kimi to ban cellphones at school for very selfish reasons, manipulates Chuckie into helping her, tries to force Chuckie to wear contact lenses against his will, pretends to get food poisoning from the cookies that Kimi was handing out to ruin her support, and breaks into Tommy's house to steal embarrassing photos to humiliate Kimi and destroy her petition chances, which leads to Chuckie and Kimi's relationship almost being destroyed. She does not get punished for any of this.
Kimi can be a Karma Houdini in All Grown Up! as well — while she has given others flak about their own errors, she seems to have always gotten of scot-free when it came to hers. In "Trading Places", when she was upset that her biological father didn't send her anything for Children's Day, she takes her anger out on everyone else, including a random mailman. While you can sympathize for her in this situation, she still receives no comeuppance.
Getting back to the issue with Angelica, this was actually a large part of her character concept: the idea that sometimes Life Isn't Fair, and you just have to learn to deal with that. As the show became more popular and Angelica developed more, she began to see more consequences for her behavior, but as the primary antagonist of the show, part of what made her such an awful villain was the idea that she could get away with it. When she gets comeuppance in the original series, it's usually because the scam she set up to mess with the babies' heads ends up messing with her own as well.
While Angelica became more sympathetic in All Grown Up!, one character who has yet any true comeuppance is Savannah Shane, a girl who is far more evil than Angelica has ever been, even since preschool.
Grandpa Lou is also a well-known Karma Houdini practitioner, albeit an accidental one. The man's passed out numerous times and let the babies get out on their escapades, and not once has anyone scolded him for it, usually because the babies would already return before anyone noticed. There was also the time Stu and Lou dressed Tommy up as a girl to win a fishing boat. Didi exposed them and left Lou behind at the mall in anger. Cue Drew and Angelica driving up beside them... and Lou riding the boat with them! Though he did realize he should have just used Angelica instead.
One true Karma dodger was the con artist in the All Grown Up! episode, "Susie Sings The Blues", who poses as a record producer and was paid $1000 by Susie before abandoning the latter in a slum. She does, however, get an implied comeuppance in the game "All Grown Up!: Express Yourself," when Angelica follows her and calls the police on her, implying that she's been arrested for her actions.
Dil is an admittedly justified example in the later seasons of the original series. He tends to take whatever he wants and hits Tommy and the other babies, but only being a few months old, his brain isn't yet developed enough for him to understand what he's doing. Still, when combined with him being The Load and the Cousin Oliver, it is pretty annoying for the viewers.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Shadow Weaver's career is defined by Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, arrogance, and hunger for power. After trying to stop the Horde with a dangerous spell and failing, then lashing at out at her superiors, Shadow Weaver joined the Horde. She then spent the next several years as the Horde's second-in-command, helping Hordak conquer her home planet. She would raise Adora and Catra as troops for the Horde, and while she groomed Adora as her secret weapon Shadow Weaver would abuse and demean Catra. In the series proper Shadow Weaver constantly berates Catra for any failure and takes credit for her successes. When Shadow Weaver is captured by the Resistance she's thrown in a Luxury Prison Suite and allowed clemency because of her Horde and magic expertise. In the series finale, Shadow Weaver dies taking out a monster that was about to kill Catra, letting Catra save Adora and giving Shadow Weaver the moral high ground. Shadow Weaver never once shows remorse for her actions, or any desire to change, or any moments of self-reflection, and the most punishment she gets is never obtaining the power she wanted.
CharlesMontgomeryBurns, from, is the character pictured with Satan on the main page. One of the most infamous examples of his karma evasion is the end of "Homer vs. Dignity". He exploits Homer's desperation for money by making the guy into a prank monkey to the point of having him dress up as a panda that gets raped by another panda. Then he dresses up like Santa Claus and throws buckets of fish guts into the crowd during a Thanksgiving parade. Remember, Burns is the guy who took over Springfield's television stations to try to make the residents take a t bear from a baby in "Rosebud", made employees who quit and later retake their jobs crawl through a narrow tunnel so that they can come out with Burns looking down on them in "Maggie Makes Three", sent vicious attack dogs after hungry children who try to steal food that Burns would have otherwise disposed of in "Bart vs. Thanksgiving", took advantage of legal loopholes that allowed him to steal from schools and wreck old folks' homes and then proceeded to block sunlight from Springfield until it took him getting SHOT for the device blocking said sunlight to be wrecked in "Who Shot Mr. Burns", and in "Curse of the Flying Hellfish" attempted to drown Bartfor no apparent reason other than that Bart insulted him. And none of these evil deeds make any apparent dent in his prominence or power or wealth at all. Well, at least not permanent ones.
Hell, one episode had Burns lose his memory, and then be passed around to all the people in town to do with him as they will. It seems set up for Burns to FINALLY get his comeuppance, and for a short while he does, but he soon regains his memory, sets out to get his revenge on the entire town for what they did to him, and worst of all, near the end he tries to have a Pet the Dog moment and it very nearly kills him, revealing that the massive amounts of hatred he has and evil he causes is the only reason Burns is still alive, giving him an excuse for his former and future actions!
Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney in the 24 parody, although they probably got punished offscreen.
Hank Scorpio as well.
Patty and Selma once kidnapped and attempted to murder Homer to try and get Marge to forget him, and the only comeuppance they get is to pay for Homer and Marge to get remarried.
Lucille Botzcowski, the Baby-Sitter bandit from "Some Enchanted Evening", who makes Bart, Lisa and Maggie watch a "Happy Little Elves" video while she robs the Simpson house. As soon as Bart and Lisa recognize her from "America's Most Armed and Dangerous", they tie her up, only for Homer to come home, untie her and let her go with triple pay, and after he learns that she was the notorious baby-sitter bandit, Homer vows to catch her if she ever shows up in Springfield again. Much to general disappointment, she has yet to resurface in Springfield (although she did appear once in a mental hospital) and Homer has probably forgotten about the incident...
Bart's Preschool Teacher from the episode "Lisa's Sax". The episode shows that the cruel treatment he received from his teacher contributed greatly to shaping Bart's future behavior. Simply put, she wrote down Bart as a lost cause because he didn't catch on to things as quickly as the other kids, and has been emotionally and psychologically abusing him ever since. He was just five years old and he was already considering suicide. Its likely that by now this teacher is still putting down children that she deems slow, unwittingly turning them into Future Barts.
Ms. Cantwell in "Black-Eyed, Please". From the moment she met Lisa, she belittled and punished her just because she was blonde (reminding her of the "party girls" she couldn't keep up with). She gave Lisa bad grades she didn't deserve and accused her of trying to make the other kids look bad whenever she showed her intelligence, which Principal Skinner refused to do anything about. And when she quit her job in the end of the episode, she splashed Lisa with mud while speeding off in her car. The closest thing she got to comeuppance was Bart uploading a video of her in the bathroom mumbling about how much she hates Lisa to YouTube.
Lisa herself often performs negligent, selfish or outright cruel deeds such as in "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister" or even indirectly causing many deaths in "The D'ohcial Network". She belittles other people including her family and regularly treats Bart like crap, provoked or not. Not only does she not face any consequences for most of it, learn a lesson or even get called out or treated as anything other than perfect but several characters that are usually good at getting away with misdeeds have their houdini card revoked if they dare to upset Lisa.
Elon Musk attempted to revolutionize the towns nuclear plant. However he didn't use his own money but by having Burn make a ridiculous amount of charitable donations while lying to him about the financial burden he was placing on himself. In the end Burns was forced to file for bankruptcy and fire all of his employees tanking Springfield's economy. It took two episodes for everything to be settled only for Musk to show up again asking for more money. Not once did he suffer or even show remorse for the lives he ruined because of his actions.
Bart falls under this in an early episode where he secretly takes a picture of Homer dancing with a stripper at a work party. The picture goes viral (in the early 90's before social media, no less), which makes Homer's life a living hell at work and at home, since neither Mr. Burns nor Marge were thrilled, accusing him of objectifying women and setting a poor example for Bart. But if you watch the party scene, the exotic dancer is treated with nothing but respect. At no point does anybody touch her or do/say anything to demean her. She was hired to dance at the party and everybody had a good time. The only person who was morally out of line was Bart for taking a compromising photo of people without their consent. This is ignored in favor of a completely unnecessary "strippers are people too" aesop.
Out of jealousy, Groundskeeper Willie pulled a prank that ruined the school's medieval fair, and got the wrongly-accused Bart expelled. Not that anyone (Except the episode's guest star) believed Bart.
A combination of Double Standard and her status as the shows Designated Victim makes Marge this. She can be a Jerkass on the same level as Homer, but if her actions arent ignored or played for laughs, her bad behavior is a sign that she's unappreciated or overworked. This includes things such as praying that Lisas vegetarian diet makes her sick, tricking her into eating meat, and has even tied to kill Homer because she had to take over his driving duties and not once did she even show that she was the slightest bit sorry.
There are episodes where Marge is clearly shown in the wrong only for it to go through a Shocking Swerve or Halfway Plot Switch so not only are her actions forgotten she usually ends up getting exactly what wanted.
Her abuse and neglect of Bart is also regularly ignored in favor of focusing on Homers.
Bossy Riot from "Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy" receives no punishment for their extremist activities, and are instead treated as though they're in the right.
Solar Opposites: Jessie and Yumyulack have imprisoned a bunch of humans in their closet full of terrariums called The Wall. At first, it was just mean adults, but then Yumyulack started doing it for petty crimes. He's never punished for this.
Norman Osborn in The Spectacular Spider Man. In the first episode, he has stolen the design for Adrian Toomes' flying technology, denied him a deal, and made it so that Toomes has no way to make money off his invention. He verbally abuses his sonand Dr. Otto Octavius. He is also responsible for creating most of the series super villains. What really takes the cake? He breaks his son's leg to frame said son for being the Green Goblin, and turned out to be the one who blew up Dr. Octavius, making him become Dr. Octopus. He also started a gang war over the information on how to create an army of Rhinos, and made millions risk free. So at the end of the series when his identity is revealed and he apparently dies, does he get his comeuppance? Nope. It turns out he faked his death and is now going on an airplane to lay low for a while, which results in his son (who believes Norman wasn't in control of himself as the Green Goblin) vows vengeance on Spider-Man and his identity never being revealed to the police. That is not even a full list of his evil deeds in the series, and he still gets away with little more than a minor inconvenience.
Gerald, for all the trouble he caused as an Internet troll and setting off a chain of events that nearly destroyed the world to the point that the only solution was erasing the Internet, doesn't face any consequences, not even for his trolling resulting in the suicide of a woman he helped cyberbully. And because the Internet was erased, his wife never learns of the horrible deeds he committed with his troll account. Even the way he defeats the villain by tricking him into letting his guard down and killing him as he says 'The difference between you and me is that what I do is funny' implies that he's learned absolutely nothing from all the events that have transpired. The closest thing he gets as a repercussion for putting his family in danger is an annoyed look from his kids. Though it's safe to say that Kyle and Ike will have highly different opinions of their father from now on, so perhaps he will, in time, pay the price for his actions.
Cartman on occasion. He got away with killing Scott Tenorman's parents and them serving their remains to him as chili. He also defecated in a neighbors yard and framed Stan for it, resulting in him getting grounded. One interesting example that's played for laughs was when Cartman hit Token on the head with a rock, which normally should have got him arrested for simple assault but he gets arrested for committing a hate crime instead.
Mr. Garrison. The crimes that he got away with include hiring a hitman to sabotage Stan and Kyle's egg project and then trying to murder Stan and Kyle so that gay marriage would get banned, which Mr. Garrison should have been arrested for as he also ended up killing innocent people in the process. He also got away with violently raping the Canadian president to death and he gets rewarded for it by becoming the president of the United States.
Butters' parents are also examples. Grounding Butters countless times for usually stupid and silly reasons as well as physically abusing Butters at least once are two of their big offenses. Mrs. Stotch also tried to kill Butters by driving her car into a lake and even admitted it in a press conference, but she doesn't get arrested for it. They also tried to sell Butters to Paris Hilton for the selfish reason of making millions off of it. Despite all of this, no one has dared to call child services to hold these parents accountable for the mistreatment of their own son.
Parodied in "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow": Stan, through idiocy, breaks the Beaver dam than protects the town of Beaverton, flooding the entire town, causing millions of dollars of property damage, and causing the US to succumb to a global warming mass-panic. At the end of the episode (which he spends trying to wheedle out of things), wracked by guilt, he owns up. However, everyone misunderstands what he's saying, and he thus (against his will) gets off scot free:
Stan: I did it. I broke the dam.
Sharon: Stanley! You?!
Bystander: No. Don't you see what this child is saying? We can't spend our lives sitting around placing blame when something bad happens. What he is saying is, we all broke the dam.
Stan: No, I broke the dam. (*entire town begins saying "I broke the dam" one at a time. This continues throughout the credits, during which we hear the following exchange)
Stan: No, I broke the dam, I ran a boat into the dam, and broke it!...The boat caught on fire, and it exploded...I covered it up, for two days...NO! I BROKE THE F*CKING DAM!...Ah, f*ck it!
Sergeant Harrison Yates, the police chief of South Park. He runs a station full of corrupt cops, and apparently has some grudge against any black man wealthier than he is. So he (and the rest of the South Park police) organize them to be framed for bogus crimes by planting evidence. Even worse, he doesn't seem to give a damn whenever there's any real crime in South Park. In "The Jeffersons" he even tried to have Michael Jefferson/Jackson arrested, and only decided not to when he found out Mr. Jackson was going to give away all his money. He has yet to receive any real comeuppance for his corruption.
Wendy Testaburger was a relatively early example of the trope, in that she managed to get away with framing the substitute teacher Ms. Ellen for terrorism and spying, and paid to have her shot into the sun. There are fans still disappointed that she had never received punishment for that action, as far now as seasons 15 and 16. In the commentaries, Matt Stone and Trey Parker admitted that her diabolical nature was a last-minute addition to the episode as the original idea of Ms. Ellen actually being a spy came off too much as a downer ending and felt rushed.
Kyle becomes one in the episode "Douche and Turd," where his repeated antagonizing of Stan to get him to vote for the douche as the new school mascot, going so far as to hire P. Diddy to kill him if he refuses to vote, eventually leads to Stan refusing to vote at all and in turn being treated as a town pariah and eventually exiled from South Park.
That time when Officer Barbrady wrongly locks a vacationing couple in jail for a couple days, and forgets to give them food or water.
All four boys do this in "Preschool" when they unintentionally cause further damage to their already-burned preschool teacher and let Trent take the blame...just as they were about to confess that the first burning was their fault. The implication is that the boys will pay dearly for what they've done once they turn fourteen; however, thanks to Comic-Book Time, this event is unlikely to come.
Stan, Kyle, and Kenny pull this at the end of "Good Times With Weapons," leaving Cartman to the mercy of the outraged townspeople as they escape any punishment for what they did to Butters.
Admittedly the whole stupid idea was mostly Cartman's fault anyway, but all things considered they got off pretty lightly for nearly blinding Butters.
Season 4's "Wacky Molestation Adventure" has pretty much the entire youth population get this after getting their parents arrested. When they get out of prison they are so convinced they were all perverts that they wouldn't even listen to their kids admitting their false accusations.
In "Black Friday" the crazy guy who's obsessed with getting the "Stop Touching Me Elmo" doll is never caught for murdering the mall security manager.
Heck, this could apply to the whole town. Thousands of people were brutally murdered by other shoppers during Black Friday. One man confessed to eating his own son while waiting for the store to open on live television and got off scot-free.
Deconstructed in "Butterballs". Onscreen, Grandma Scotch doesn't endure any punishment for bullying her own grandson. However, Butters tells her that deep down she's cold and empty, and in the end, she'll look forward to dying while her grandson will be grown up and happy.
In "Safe Space" the Whole Foods cashier who goes out of his way to publicly humiliate those who don't donate (or only donate a dollar) is never seen getting any sort of comeuppance for his behavior.
While The Flying Dutchman seems to have cooled down a bit from his old plundering and pillaging days, he's still very evil and enjoys using his ghostly abilities to scare (read: psychological torment) people whenever possible. Still, he's rarely ever made to pay for anything he does, primarily due to his having a level of power so far above the main cast that there's really nothing they can do to him.
Mr. Krabs as well. While he started out being simply cheap, his money-grubbing shenanigans have since mushroomed into outright criminal behavior. The worst example is when he poisons his customers by serving a "Spongy Patty", he gets arrested but not sentenced because the Judge forgets his duty to punish scum like Krabs (Actually, Krabs bribed him) And Squidward ended up being the one paying for it. And in the infamous "One Coarse Meal,"when Krabs drove Plankton to suicide, and had laughed when he heard about the attempt, he has yet to receive any consequences. He gets punished often for his crimes which makes these examples seem even more egregious.
Granny from the episode "Have You Seen This Snail?". She took Gary off the streets, thinking he was her lost pet and at first seemed quite of a nice old lady, however, it was not until the climax of the episode, when it is revealed that all of her previous pet snails died. While it's never actually stated how the snails died, there are many parallels to the story of Hansel and Gretel, implying that she likely killed and ate the snails. She is never made to pay for this at all, and in fact the episode ends with her finding a new victim.
The conman in "Chocolate with Nuts" who cons SpongeBob and Patrick three times and gets away with their money.
Squidward has gotten away with a few bad deeds himself. Though SpongeBob snaps at him, he receives little punishment for treating SpongeBob like a slave in "Can You Spare a Dime?", just his dead-end job back. He also got away with causing trouble in "Gullible Pants", with SpongeBob getting punished for doing every misdeed that Squid told him to do along with harassing the poor sponge in "Grandma's Kisses". These days, however, some of the things he's gotten away with are due to revenge for his own unwarranted abuse.
There are numerous occasions where the citizens of Bikini Bottom acted like huge jerks to Spongebob but "The Sponge Who Could Fly" is the worst where not only they outright mock him for his dreams but they took advantage of his talent and when Spongebob tries to escape, they outright try to murder him. And suffer zero commeuppance for this with them showing remorse not for Spongebob but for his pants before they abandon him to his supposed death.
Squirrel Boy played with this. Rodney, after realizing that he is one of these, he makes a job out of taking responsibility for other's people's misbehavior, since he wouldn't receive punishment anyway.
One episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series has Kirk and his old adversary Kor get their ships trapped in a Negative Space Wedgie, and they must team up to escape. But Kor decides to sabotage the Enterprise on the way out, nearly destroying it, and then claims full credit for escaping in a transmission home. Kirk decides to let it slide because the important thing is that they made it back into normal space.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has Hondo Ohnaka. He's not the most evil villain in the Star Wars Canon, but he's still a pretty unscrupulous one who's willing to smuggle illegal weapons, kidnap, extort, threaten an entire planet of pacifist aliens, attack Jedi younglings, execute entertainers he finds boring, and do almost anything for a profit. And despite not being the most powerful or resourceful villain, he still ends up having the good fortune to turn the tables on and humiliate all of his opponents, including people as powerful as Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, and General Grievous. Even when he's attacking and trying to kill Jedi younglings, there's a convenient plot twist that enables him to side with the Jedi against a greater enemy and come out smelling like a rose, despite all of his past offenses. Usually, the worst that might happen to him is that his plans will get foiled or he'll suffer a huge loss of profits, but Hondo himself will never suffer much long-term comeuppance. Even when he gets hit with Karma Houdini Warranty, as he gets his base torn apart and taken prisoner by the Separatists in retribution for his earlier capture of Dooku (and locked in the same cell), he doesn't stay imprisoned for very long and gets back to rebuilding his base after the Separatists leave.
Hondo made a return in the Sequel SeriesStar Wars Rebels and continued to receive very little comeuppance or redemption, while assisting the Rebels on several occasions and coming out smelling like a rose as usual. However, this is downplayed in that his first episode in the show reveals that his pirate gang has been dissolved and he's now having to get by with nothing but his wits, he has at least one bounty on his head, and the Empire arrested him during one mission after Playing Both Sides to both parties' annoyances, and wasn't rescued by the Rebels until months later when he was needed.
In one episode of Station X, Knob is confronted by a group of large guys who take his stuff and shout "SUCKER!" at him as he leaves. He spends some time shouting obsceneties at the sky, he wishes to get revenge on them. They're never seen again.
Downplayed in "The New Lars". Because everyone Lars knew (barring Sadie) liked him more when Steven was pretending to be him, the latter isn't called out or even punished for possessing Lars' body without his permission in the first place. However, Lars is still righteously upset at Steven for what he did and it's shown that it will take a bit of time for forgiveness to happen.
While he is called out for starting the main conflict for "Restaurant Wars", he isn't called out for tampering with Ronaldo's relationship with Jane by forming a romantic ploy between the former and Kiki in an attempt to end the feud between the Pizza and the Fryman families.
The Warden himself is one. Running a prison that has a high death count while showing off sadistic and narcissistic behavior towards his own prisoners and staff is one big example and he never gets comeuppance for his sadism
Alice too. She frequently gets away with sexually harassing the inmate of superjail not to mention giving many of them massive beatdowns that are very excessive.
D.L. Diamond fears karmic retribution for exploiting the Galactoids, but is instead invited to come party with them.
The Twins usually escape consequences of their meddling in the jail. Key word being usually, while this was played with and subverted in "Troubles with Triples": After they lie to their older brothers about having conquered Earth, said older brothers instigate a war with the intention to take Superjail for themselves. The Warden, mistaking the Twins' father for an evil boss he must defeat, injures him. Although the elder brothers think this will disqualify the Twins from the battle, their father becomes impressed by the supposed brutality of his youngest and their Earth warriors. Instead of getting to keep their "new home", the Twins are forcibly taken back out into space to be overlords of their planet and subjected to a series of Mind Rape.
Lord Stingray manages to get away with instigating the bloodbath in "Planet Radio", fleeing off in his Stingray ship as many are slaughtered. In the season 3 finale, he also manages to flee the jail and consequence of trying to steal the Warden's safe, and even pushes Jared into a fire in order to take his place in an escape pod.
Although defeated in his first appearance, the ventriloquist dummy Peedee technically, Gary's vocal cords having gained sentience manages to possess a rat and also get away with the above bloodbath and chaos. After the death of his rat body, the vocal cords find their way back into Peedee's puppet shell and possess him once more, bringing him back for more trouble.
With the show's cancellation, Big Bad General Madula was left unbeaten and, thusly, unpunished for his countless crimes.
Digeri Dingo from Taz-Mania, but only in certain episodes like "Friends For Strife" and "Doubting Dingo".
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Agent Bishop, a Well Intentioned anti-alien government agent who in his first appearance kidnaps the turtles, prolongs an invasion of Earth via inaction, and is revealed to have tortured turtle ally Leatherhead—and that's just the beginning—is not punished for it; in fact, as revealed in the show's sixth season, set one hundred years in the future, the long-lived Bishop eventually becomes President of the Galactic U.N. While karma plays around with him a bit during the course of the series—much to his chagrin, his actions accidentally endanger Earth more than once, and it is revealed that he loses his then-best friend sometime down the line—he himself gets off scot-free. He does have that whole HeelFace Turn thing. Even the turtles are a bit shocked when he suddenly reveals he's become a good guy, and is no longer racist. "Bishop's Gambit" is the only episode where Bishop has lost.
The 2011 Thundercats reboot has Tookit, a manipulative thief who tricks the Thunderkittens and three other children into helping him steal stuff and receives no comeuppance for his actions. While he is eventually caught in the episode "The Forever Bag" and is sentenced to fighting in The Pit, he is last seen pulling out a pin he stole earlier with the intent of using it to pick his cell's lock, indicating that he will soon weasel out of his punishment.
Semi-example with Elmyra Duff; while she does frequently lose, it's very rare that her targets manage to get away from her unscathed. One example of Elmyra not getting any comeuppance for her actions is the short, "Out of Odor" from the episode, "Viewer Mail Day", in which she still manages to capture Fifi La Fume despite Fifi regaining her stink after it being removed by tomato juice and washing the tomato juice off in a car wash.
Plucky in "One Minute Till Three" (part of "Best O' Plucky Duck Day") is the only student Granny quizzes who made no attempt to study (with the possible exception of Little Beeper). He's also the only one to give her a correct answer, totally by accident, while everyone else, who made an effort, are saddled with term papers thousands of pages long to do over the weekend.
Another semi-example with Mr. Hitcher, the Big Bad of the Direct-to-Video movie, How I Spent My Vacation; although he never actually kills any of his intended targets, he never gets arrested or killed for his violent behavior. He even shows up at the end of the movie to continue chasing Plucky.
In "Hog Wild Hamton", both Egghead Jr. and Plucky fall victim to this trope. Egghead Junior receives no comeuppance for destroying Hamton's house with a missile, and Plucky receives no comeuppance for throwing the Wild Teen Party that lead to Egghead Junior destroying Hamton's house in the first place.
Biff and Buzz of the racing movie get Gorthan stuck to an ice pole, screwing him over. Then when Gorthan complains as he drifts away on the iceberg he is stuck on, the two of them just pass him off as a sore loser. They are never reprimanded at all for this.
Near the beginning, a scientist contestant is disintegrated when Biff and Buzz mess around with his engine (though accidentally, so it is not a full example). All of the contestants who aren't Tom and Jerry die because the producer decided to extend the race further and further due to ratings. Subverted with said producer who starts to cultivate a conscience (or just suffers a breakdown after getting beaten up for everything) - unwillingly, but it doesn't matter; the second he does, his boss shows up, turns him into dust, and promotes the producer's assistant. In Tom and Jerry's world, you only survive for as long as you're a karma Houdini.
The first episode of The Tom and Jerry Show (2014) has Tom trying to get Spike thrown out of the house and succeeding with no comeuppance.
Every single character from Tom Goes to the Mayor who isn't Tom Peters. The most egregious examples of this include Joy Peters, Gibbons and the Mayor himself. All this bad karma created by the near totality of the cast has to go somewhere, and that somewhere happens to be Tom, who will be repeatedly humiliated and imprisoned with no sense of proportion to his actual offenses if there was any at all. Most often he will instead be the one who gets wronged and yet everyone will accuse him of criminal behavior and intention (such as getting his "Rat Off To You!" shirt design stolen). Tom Peters is in fact the whipping boy for No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
Chris McLean rates highest in this regard, though he eventually gets what's coming to him in "Brain vs. Brawn: The Ultimate Showdown" when he is arrested by the RCMP for illegally turning Camp Wawanakwa into a toxic waste dump and gets throughly decontaminated. However come All-Stars, he's been granted parole. Other examples of him getting karma are being thrown into a lake in the season one finale and in the season two finale, Geoff and Bridgette air Chris' dirty laundry on national television.
Throughout Island, Heather is always the one to receive all the hate despite being usually aided in her schemes by another camper (usually Lindsay). When Heather managed to cause trouble between Gwen and Trent, everyone focuses the blame on her even though Lindsay played an active role in the plan. Beth and Izzy don't receive any hate either despite being members of Heather's alliance.
In the World Tour episode "Anything Yukon Do I Can Do Better", Leshawna suggests that in order to save time during the challenge that any teammate who doesn't reach the bobsled head straight for the finish line so that they don't have to keep stopping at checkpoints for additional teammates. But when they ultimately lose the challenge due to Bridgette never reaching the finish line as her tongue stuck to one of the checkpoints, not only is it never pointed out that Leshawna's idea was what cost them the challenge but Bridgette's the one that get's eliminated while Leshawna isn't even in the bottom 2 during the elimination ceremony.
Duncan also counts considering his actions in World Tour where he not only succeeds in scoring with Gwen behind Courtney's back, but also receives little to no repercussions for cheating on the latter to begin with. Though he too got his just deserts in All-Stars when Chris has him arrested for blowing up his cottage in an attempt to prove that he was still bad and thought that he would simply be taken to juvie.
In Total DramaRama, the twelve students in Chef Hatchet's class cause mischief and get away with little to no repercussions.
Specifically, in "There Are No More Hoppy Endings", the kids do bad things and blame a stuffed rabbit on it.
Lockdown from Transformers Animated, who keeps 'trophies' of his prey, is the reason Ratchet had to wipe Arcee's mind, killed his (and Prowl's mentor), and in his final appearance in the series he escapes scott-free from the Autobots... and then the series was cancelled. Hmm.
Swindle ends his first appearance trapped in vehicle mode and taken into custody after building and attempting to sell a weapon that would do the same to all of Cybertron. In his second appearance, he's freed and after freeing his fellow Decepticons sneaks off and escapes while everyone else is distracted.
In the "Go Go Gophers" segments, we never see the Gopher Indians get any kind of comeuppance. Of course, this is mostly due to the blatant incompetence of the two coyote cowboys that are going after them.
Also, while Savoir Faire usually gets his come-uppance in the "Klondike Kat" episodes, his dog is a full-fledged Karma Houdini.
Finkman from the episode "Jealousy" gets away with pissing off Robot Jones by interfering with his chances to be with Shannon, even saying to his face that he stole her from him. To add insult to injury, the foreign exchange student android also gloats to have stolen secret government papers before he leaves.
"Cube Wars" has the Yogman Twins get no punishment for cheating to win a contest by swapping two stickers on Robot's Wonder Cube.
In the episode "Hookie 101", Robot Jones and his friends get away with cutting class. Principal Madman attempts to catch them, but gets beaten up by Robot's father Dad Unit and arrested before he can do anything to punish them.
The most egregious example was the Scooby Snack Monster, who, despite actively trying to kill several characters over the course of the episode, was forgiven instantly because she was trying to protect her father's factory.
There was also the roller ghoster. This one sabotaged theme park rides, and very nearly killed Shaggy and Scooby if they didn't manage to their slingshot sphere rolling away from that cliff side and got Fred, Velma and Daphne minced by the fan from the wind tunnel. She got away scott free because nobody was hurt from it, despite the fact that a lot of villains besides her have been convicted and hauled off for much less. Although Velma did figure out who the culprit was because, according to her and the man who fixed all the sabotaged rides, they looked dangerous but actually couldn't hurt anybody, which meant the "ghost" wasn't malicious after all. She still did cause a lot of trouble, not the least of which was letting the customers on the sabotaged rides think they were in serious danger....
In "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown" the mayor isn't shown receiving any punishment despite abducting and falsely imprisoning several people.
The corrupt Mayor Bulloney never gets any punishment for his schemes of manipulating and conning the people of Cowtown other than being temporarily locked up by Bat Blastagun in "How the West Was Shrunk" and his occasional "get rich quick" schemes being thwarted by the heroes.
The town's corrupt sheriff Terrorbull, who has a secret identity as the criminal The Masked Bull, eventually gets some form of comeuppance in "No Face to Hide" when he is forced to leave town because of losing a wager with Marshal Moo Montana over who can catch Shock Holliday, but Mayor Bulloney promises to soon find a way to get Sherriff Terrorbull back to Cowtown, subsequent episodes show Terrorbull becoming the sheriff of a new town called Lonesome Gulch, and the town ultimately never finds out that he's secretly the Masked Bull and has conspired with Mayor Bulloney on some of his misdeeds.
At least she did not escape karma in the comic the series is based on. She was painfully obliterated by the very powers she wanted to take for herself.
Woody Woodpecker would more often than not get away with a lot of the trouble he causes, especially in The Screwdriver. Occasionally averted in shorts like Ski For Two. Toward the end of the series' run this trope was averted more often. His last cartoon ever (Bye Bye Blackboard) ended with Woody being spanked for all the trouble he caused.
One Walter Lantz cartoon, Sh HHHHH, dealt with unhappy Mr. Tweedly, a man trembling on complete nervous breakdown, who is sent off by his psychiatrist to a remote hotel as he needs total silence to recover. Unfortunately for him, the room next to his has a couple who keep playing the trombone badly and screaming with laughter over this. After several frustrating attempts to shut them up, Mr. Tweedly storms in to discover — it's his own doctor and his wife making all the racket, whereupon he properly blows up-totally, and the doctor only sighs that, "Some people just don't listen!" before resuming playing.
Magneto from X-Men: Evolution. He not only attempted to murder all humans and make mutants the dominant species and then publicly revealed the existence of mutants to the world which led to most mutants suffering discrimination and harassment from humans, but was also an incredibly abusive father. He manipulated his son, constantly putting him in danger to further his schemes, and Mind Raped his daughter into believing he was a caring and loving father to her after he left her at an abusive asylum when she was a child, which left her an extremely violent and emotionally unstable girl prior to the Mind Rape. At the end of the series, in a Where Are They Now sequence, he's revealed to have been redeemed and evidently becomes a teacher at Xavier's Academy with few to no repercussions for his actions.
The Light in Young Justice: by the end of season 1, they have basically been behind everything bad that happened in the show, including terrorist attacks, murder attempt, drug traffics, kidnapping Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy and cutting his arm off to make a clone of him and infiltrate the Justice League, and the list goes on. Not only do they get away with it at the end of season 1, but the hero didn't even succeed in stopping their whole plan — they only spoiled phase 1. Also, by the series finale, the Light has lost some members, but not to justice, only to turning on one another; the individual members are all A-OK. In addition, while their alliance with the Reach has been broken up, they are still active, they have the Warworld, and they're allying with Darkseid. In short, the series ends with the villains suffering, at worst, a slight hiccup in their plans. Who knows if a third season would have actually allowed the heroes to really win at this point.
As season 3 progresses, the League and the Team becomes more adept at playing their game and they're forced into situations where they can only break even (Terra refusing to betray the team, Luthor losing his position as Secretary-General, etc.) as opposed to advancing their agenda.