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"Evil shall kill the wicked; and they that hate the righteous shall be held guilty."

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


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

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


Note that this only applies if the villain is clearly human, or the show universe's nearest equivalent. If they change into some kind of monster, they are no longer protected by this trope: the hero might hesitate to kill another human, but a mutated, horrendous beast is fair game — doubly so when the villain took this form for the sole purpose of murdering the hero. The trope may still apply if the villain's inhuman nature somehow allows him to escape justice at the mortal heroes' hands; in such a case, their doom would come from a completely unexpected quarter, such as previously abused minions finding and shattering the villain's Soul Jar to avenge themselves, without any involvement from the heroes whatsoever (and the minions possibly not even pulling a Heel–Face Turn). And if a Karma Houdini finally becomes the receiving end of this trope, this is Karma Houdini Warranty.


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

Karmic Death is an example of Death by Irony. Disney Villain Death, The Dog Bites Back and Just Desserts are subtropes.

Compare Asshole Victim, Hoist by His Own Petard and A Taste of Their Own Medicine. See also Cruel Mercy. The Dog Shot First usually involves this. The Killer Becomes the Killed is a Crime and Punishment Series variant.

As a Death Trope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.


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  • Bertold's death in Attack on Titan. The person majorly responsible for the first Titan invasion, which resulted in the majority of humanity being eaten alive by Titans, as well as directly feeding one of his own comrades to a Titan, is himself Eaten Alive by a Titanfied Armin whom Berthold almost killed moments before.
  • In The Castle of Cagliostro, the villain acquires Clarisse's ring in exchange for sparing Lupin's life (a deal he never intended to honor anyway) and uses it to unlock a valuable treasure. Unfortunately for him, the mechanism to unlock the treasure involves the hands of a large clock moving to the twelve o'clock position, and he gets crushed (and possibly decapitated) as a result. The camera cuts to a long Gory Discretion Shot but you can still hear a nasty crunching sound.
  • In Code Geass, after confessing to serving in the military just so he could publicly kill people, Luciano Bradley dies. His killer, an Action Girl whom he threatened with rape and torture, even tossed his own sadistic Pre Ass Kicking One Liner back in his face right before doing him in. And no one misses him after he dies.
    • There's also how V.V., after stooping to any possible low imaginable (including being the one behind the murder of Marianne and lying to Charles about it) and giving Lelouch hell throughout the series from afar, is finally defeated by Lelouch (with an assist from Cornelia). Now bleeding and crawling towards Charles, he hopes for the latter's help. However, noticing that V.V. has been acting behind his back once again, Charles declares he has had enough and takes away his code, leaving the former immortal to die.
    • The agents and soldiers whom Lelouch ordered to die always hoped and expected to kill him.
    • Charles' attempts at getting his children killed and/or letting his children get killed, which are described under and essentially the same as Offing the Offspring (aside from the fact that he'd let them die rather than actively try to kill them), are eventually repaid in kind by his son after he nears his life goal of slaying God during Episode 21 of R2; it's doubly karmic when you take into account the fact that (according to Suzaku) he could've saved Euphy.
  • Combat Mecha Xabungle, the Big Bad Kashim King and his follower Biram Key who turn the series for the worse, are killed by having a huge missile dropped right at their faces.
  • A Cruel God Reigns: Greg is killed after getting into a car accident in the car that he raped Jeremy in.
  • In Death Note, users of the titular notes have a nasty tendency to end up killed by one. Ryuk even states in the very first episode that he will write Light's name into his Death Note one day, which he does when Light is defeated in the very end of the series. It's especially fitting in the manga, where Light spends his remaining seconds lying on the ground, crying about how he doesn't want to die, appropriate for someone who inflicted the exact same fear on the world for years.
  • Kurata meets his demise this way in Digimon Savers as the climax of a very well-deserved Humiliation Conga. His final plan to destroy the Digimon sets off a chain reaction, triggering an energy blast that vaporizes him.
  • Dragon Ball is another prime example. Protagonist Goku seldom kills anyone. Many bad guys throughout the series are either killed by a superior bad guy, reform and join Team Good, or end up killing themselves through Karmic Death.
    • Keep in mind with the examples of the Red Ribbon Army, Goku did not know how to pull his punches, and from his perspective, evil deeds make you an evil person. He actually explained his straightforward reasoning to Bulma (after he killed those Red Ribbon Army soldiers). If you survive, well, at least you're not moving, so Goku would leave you alone. Basically, if you're a bad guy, Kami must have a good reason to keep you alive when facing Goku (possibly for more punishment). Goku notably mellowed out when he was 18-19, with the years spent with Kami. After that, he couldn't stop sparing the bad guys (ironically, to his friends' surprise, even Bulma).
    • A sort of twisting of this trope comes with Frieza. It follows the trope at first, with Goku refusing to kill Frieza and Frieza lashing out at him behind his back, but the Karmic Death occurs when Goku turns around and destroys Frieza in his rage, no remorse. Though Frieza doesn't actually die. He later returns as a cyborg, and goes to Earth to kill Goku's friends in vengeance. It is then where he meets his actual death, in the form of Trunks, and it's really brutal. Trunks slices Frieza in half, then proceeds to slice those halves into even tinier bits, and he blows him to ashes with a ki blast. A rather expanded Karmic Death.
    • This trope actually fits Frieza more than one would be led to believe. Think about it. He does all he can to destroy the Saiyan race for fear that one day a Super Saiyan will emerge and destroy him. So what happens? He kills Krillin and threatens to kill an already defeated and injured Gohan, causing Goku to finally transform into a Super Saiyan before tearing Frieza a new hole. That's right. Frieza created the very being he spent such a long time trying to destroy.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist nearly all of the ways that the Homunculi are killed are either clearly ironic or a reference to Dante (Alighieri, don't confuse with the character of the same name from the 2003 anime version) who made punishments that were more subtly or symbolically ironic.
    • The first Greed was impaled face down (as per Dante) then melted down for his most valuable part, Lust was incinerated (as per Dante), Gluttony was eaten alive by Pride, Envy pulled out his own heart out of self-hatred rather than live as a Homunculus, Sloth died after expending all his energy in a long and grueling fight, atheistic Wrath was killed by the rageful but religious Scar who survived the genocidal war that Wrath instigated (who got the opening when the sun (the symbol of God, which one of Wrath's victims said would fall on him) blinded Wrath), Pride unsuccessfully tried to take over the body of an "inferior being" (i.e. a human) and then was ultimately stripped of his power, the second Greed died performing a selfless act while saying that he'd gotten all he could ever want, and finally, Father, whose horrible deeds came about only because he wanted freedom and all the knowledge in the world, was dragged back into the darkness whence he came.
    • Shou Tucker, the infamous alchemist who transmuted his own daughter Nina and their dog Alexander into a chimera for his experiments so he could keep his State Alchemist title, gets fried from the inside out by Scar, who specifically targets State Alchemists gone bad.
    • In the 2003 anime adaptation, Dante is presumed eaten alive by the mindless monster she turned Gluttony into.
      • Also from the 2003 anime, Sloth, the Homunculus who spends her time trying to kill the children of the woman she was based on (to prove she isn't that woman) ends up trapped in place (and thus easily dispatched by these children) because she developed a maternal relationship with a child-like Homunculus.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, Suboshi tries to kill Tamahome and Miaka, but his own weapon rebounds and plunges through his chest while the ghosts of Tamahome's family hold him in place. Suboshi had brutally murdered the family earlier in the series, making this doubly karmic.
  • In Volume 8 of Hellsing, Enrico Maxwell, the leader of the Iscariot Organization, who had shown himself to be as horrifically evil as Millennium by ordering the slaughter of everyone in London due to hating all Protestants, is betrayed by his right-hand man Alexander Anderson in true Iscariot fashion, destroying the reinforced glass barrier protecting him from Alucard's unleashed familiars, resulting in him getting horrifically impaled to death.
  • Highschool of the Dead has a great example. As the school is being overrun by the shambling, biting dead, you see two female students, presumably BFFs, who spend every on-screen moment holding hands, with the intention to survive together. Later on, as they're trying to escape the horde up some stairs, one of them gets grabbed and bitten. With the terrified girl crying and whimpering for help and still holding her hand, the other cries "Let go of me! Damnit, bitch, I said LET GO!" and kicks her "cherished friend" down the stairs into the waiting horde. Shortly after, she is herself killed by zombies who came around behind her.
  • Shion Sonozaki in Higurashi: When They Cry (more exactly, the Meakashi-hen arc), after killing most of the cast disguised as Mion, her twin sister, falls to her death when the air gun holster that Mion always wears snags on the wall while Shion's scaling a building.
    • It was more so a suicide in the visual novels and manga. Played straight with Rina (every world) and Teppei (at least three).
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure loves this:
    • Part 2: Cars is granted immortality in every sense of the word; he uses his newfound evolution powers to transform himself into stone to avoid a volcanic eruption, but the force of the blast launches him into space, where he is unable to change back or stop himself from moving. He eventually shuts down mentally, now a hunk of stone travelling endlessly.
    • Part 3: Dio is killed thanks to Jotaro's time stop ability, which Dio had been using against others to intimidate and kill.
    • Part 4: Yoshikage Kira's good luck finally runs out as he is struck and killed by an ambulance which a bystander had called to help him. When he tries to drag the spirit of one of his murder victims to hell with him, he is stopped by a group of otherworldly hands...which is the body part that Kira had taken from his victims.
    • Part 5: Diavolo unintentionally helps Giornio get the Requiem arrow, which upgrades his Stand into one that can negate any action taken by an opponent... an ability almost identical to Diavolo's own King Crimson Stand, which can erase a section of time and allows limited precognitive abilities. When Diavolo is killed by the new Stand, he is forced to experience death for eternity, unable to see when it's going to occur, each and every time.
    • Part 6: Pucci's own Whitesnake Stand allowed Emporio to gain Weather Report's Stand, allowing him to finally defeat Pucci and save the new universe.
  • Standard way of tying up stories with murderers, con artists, etc. in The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service if they're not caught by the police. Insurance salesman killed by an unlikely probability, cryopreservation scammer trapped in a glacier — whatever your sin, Narrative Causality has a death to suit.
  • In the original Mobile Suit Gundam, Kycillia Zabi murders her brother Ghiren for killing their father by shooting him in the head. A few minutes later, Char comes in, looking to complete his revenge by blowing off Kycillia's head.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Jona Roma Saran goes to war with Zaft forces and later dies in the battle he started — and in a manner completely bereft of dignity.
  • Nena Trinity gets hit with it in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, killed by Louise, the sole survivor of the family Nena had callously murdered a long time ago. Louise herself, who committed atrocities in order to get to the point of killing Nena, gets the INVERSION of this trope: she ends up so messed-up that she would rather die, but instead lives in the end and must continue to struggle as The Atoner.
    • Ali Al-Saachez dies at the hands of Lyle "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy, the twin younger brother of the original Lockon (Neil), whom he killed four years ago. The exact details of his death are even more ironic: his first on-screen kill was Michael Trinity, shot right through the heart with a lightning-fast quickdraw absolutely no one — including Michael himself — saw coming. When Lyle (somewhat less revenge-driven than his brother) tries to give Ali a Last-Second Chance, Ali taunts him over lowering his weapon and tries to quickdraw on him too... only for Lyle to out-quickdraw him and blow his brains out with a single headshot. And There Was Much Rejoicing among the audience...
  • Played straight at the final showdown between Johan and Tenma in Monster, during which Tenma is presented with a choice of shooting the former or watching him kill a small boy, when Johan is instead shot down by the child's drunken, raving father who just happened to stumble upon the scene. Promptly subverted when the paramedics discover that Johan is still alive, and Tenma decides to try to save his life once again.
  • In Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Big Bad Gargoyle suffers one of these in a big way when he enters a space intended solely for Atlanteans and is promptly turned into salt, revealing that he, who has been fighting for years to subjugate the human race under Atlantean rule, is himself a human adopted by the Atlanteans.
  • In Narutaru, one of the main character's best friends is bullied to truly monstrous extents by the local Alpha Bitch Aki Honda and her Girl Posse. The peak of it is when Aki rapes the poor girl with a test tube. What does the victim do when she gets a shadow dragon? Well... she uses said dragon to kill all but one of them — and even the sole survivor gets her leg ripped off. Oh, and she kills other people too. And the one who gets the worst death of all is Aki herself, who gets the shadow dragon raping her with its clawed finger and then ripping her body in half. And then things go considerably From Bad to Worse. The fact that this is even considered Karmic Death at all speaks volumes on just how completely messed up the world of Narutaru is.
  • Gendo Ikari's death in End of Evangelion fits this: It's confirmed to be a hallucination, but what we see is that Eva-01, which has his dead wife Yui's soul in it, picks Gendo up and bites his head off. He spends the entire series safeguarding EVA-01 at the expense of the rest of the cast, particularly the pilots. Yui was the reason he was trying to initiate Instrumentality, and why he treated others (especially their child, Shinji) like shit. Gendo is even said by Word of God to have wanted this to happen:
    "So, this is my retribution? I'm sorry, Shinji." *Crunch*
    • The manga plays this straighter; Gendo is finally killed when Ritsuko, the woman he manipulated, humiliated, and discarded without a thought, shoots him in the neck before she dies.
  • Many stories in Pet Shop of Horrors. Others tend to be the brighter side of Laser-Guided Karma , like the little girl and the Doberman.
  • Although it's not quite the same thing, Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix masterpiece is rife with examples of karmic retribution. Consider the one in Strange Beings / Life: A woman, raised by her evil father as a warrior, learns that her father is dying but might yet be saved by a mysterious nun who lives on a remote island. She travels to the island to kill the nun. After killing the nun, she finds she can't leave the island, and circumstances cause her to pretend to be the nun for some travelers. She finally works out that time is flowing backward, and not only is she the nun, but she can look forward to a day when she gets killed by her own hand. Which will of course continue the cycle indefinitely, unless she can work off her sins through healing those who come to visit the nun. In other words, this is Karmic Death, or dying through one's own actions, a little more directly than most, and with a delay of over ten years between act and payback. Also notable in that by the time of death, the woman had learned her lesson and was no longer a villain type in the slightest.
  • Of all series, Pokémon did this with Bounty Hunter Hunter J. After capturing one of the Lake Trio (Azelf), Mesprit and Uxie arrive and during a battle with her, use Future Sight on her ship. After capturing them and handing them to Team Galactic (and collecting her payment), her ignoring/forgetting about Future Sight leads to the pixies' attack striking her ship and sending it sinking into Lake Valor, followed by the glass breaking and flooding the chamber, and the ship marvellously exploding, killing J and all her henchmen. Shows what you get for trying to capture three superpowered pixies almost as old as time itself...
  • In Romeo X Juliet, Lord Montague kills one of his allies and friends in front of his son, for no real reason at all. Said son goes insane and later stabs Montague to death.
  • Shishio Makoto of Rurouni Kenshin suffers a Karmic Death, succumbing to a fatal condition that does not allow him to fight for more than 15 minutes at a time without overheating (and in this case, causing his body fats and oils to catch fire), just as his opponent Kenshin is lying exhausted and helpless on the floor. This is made even more karmic due to his wealth of fire-based attacks, and the series implies that his death is literally karmic; "The man does not choose the age: the age chooses the man."
  • A majority of Sailor Moon's humanoid villains were killed by their superiors for failing once too often, or by other, envious members of the same Quirky Miniboss Squad. Said superiors usually changed into monsters for the season finale and thus could be blown to bits.
    • Subverted in the manga, where the Senshi themselves killed the minor villains (Sailor Moon herself got a few too.)
  • In Samurai Champloo, an episode discussing Church and one woman's faith in God employs karma to kill the false priest attempting to profit from the persecution of Japanese Christians of the Endo Period by crushing him beneath a statue of Jesus: it fell because of a fracture created by the misfiring of a rifle.
  • In School Days, the main character is The Casanova who has spent 90% of the series playing with the hearts and interests of several girls, becoming more and more of a Jerkass as the story advances. In the end, though, a girl who is supposedly expecting his baby snaps violently after he suggests she should have an abortion, and stabs him with a knife.
    • That was only in the anime however. In the game's ending that was closest to that scene, she stabbed him because he decided to simply abandon her and go back to his old girlfriend. Of course, as he's crawling across the ground and bleeding to death, he becomes The Atoner and realizes the error of his ways, then dies.
  • Folken Lacour de Fanel in The Vision of Escaflowne. After his Heel–Face Turn, Folken tries to attack his ex-boss Dornkirk, but the sword he uses breaks in two and the tip injures Folken fatally by impaling him in the chest. It doesn't help that the Zaibach has a machine that actually uses karma and destiny as its fuel.
    • There's also a subversion here, as Folken went to battle fully knowing that his days were numbered due to all the experiments Dornkirk had perfomed on him through the years.
  • Strider Hiryu: Vice-Director Matic gets his just deserts in the manga when Yggdrasil, the heart of the ZAIN Mind Control Project he wanted to use in his quest for world domination, impales him in the heart.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Episode 37, when Divine sends Carly falling to her death. He immediately regrets it.
  • DEVILMAN crybaby has Moyuru Koda who, after the existence of demons has been revealed, sides with them believing they will prevail over humanity and the Devilmen, thus getting turned into a monstrous form (murdering innocent people left and right) thinking he'll get to survive for long. When the final showdown among the three sides is about to start, Akira rips him in half before he even has the chance to do anything.
  • Show by Rock!! The backstory of the main villain of Season 2, Victorious, uses this trope. As a little girl, Victorious was friends with another girl named Astrael. They both decide to work together to complete the hardest trial for their school on their home planet, which involves climbing a mountain. As they climb, Astrael nearly slips and falls, but Victorious catches her and encourages her to keep going. As they get very close to the top, the tables turn and Victorious slips. Rather than save her friend, Astrael abandons her to fall, so she can get to the top alone and claim the prize for herself. Completely devastated by this betrayal, Victorious becomes consumed by darkness and flies up to the top of the mountain just before Astrael reaches it. Astrael is so startled by Victorious that she loses her grip and she falls to her death. If she hadn't been selfish and greedy, she could've lived and shared the prize with Victorious.

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  • X-Force Volume 3: Reverend Craig treated his only daughter, Rahne Sinclair, as scum even before she turned out to be a mutant with a wolf-shifting power. This ultimately led to a situation where he brainwashed her into ripping the wings off of one her friends, then tried to shoot her. Seeing him in front of the wings he'd mounted as a trophy made her brainwashing kick back in, and she promptly ate him alive.
  • Comic/film example: Spider-Man. Spidey, infuriated over his girlfriend's death/near-death note , has the Green Goblin on the ropes when the villain reveals that he is Spider-Man's friend's father. As the Green Goblin apologizes, he sets up his glider behind our hero. Spidey jumps out of the way at the last second and the blade on the glider's tip impales the Goblin, killing him. For now.
  • In "Ultimate Iron Man", Howard Stark makes a point of preventing Tony from killing Loni note , only for Loni's son Obadiah to come do the deed himself. Countlessly averted in the same series, where Tony saves Obadiah from multiple near death experiences, to Obadiah's amazement. It's a case of Laser-Guided Karma too — Obadiah killed his mother because she was willing to leave him to die for her own gain. He also felt genuinely grateful to Tony for all of the times Tony saved his life despite everything Obadiah had done to Tony and his father.
  • In Greg Pak's Planet Hulk, Hulk beats the tar out of the Red Emperor, but the baddie's actual demise comes at the hands of the rampaging Wildebots, after the Emperor habitually failed to do anything to mitigate the threat they posed to his citizens. The animated film adaptation of the story features a different, but equally ironic, end for the villain. The Wildebots later rebuilt him and made him realize the scope of his crimes. He is now a cyborg shell of his former self trying to redeem himself while facing scorn and disbelief from his past victims — including his own daughter.
  • Near the end of the Kree/Skrull War story arc in the Avengers comics, it turns out that the government agent who's been preaching hate against aliens in order to turn public opinion against Mar-Vel (and the Avengers by extension) is a Skrull. Rick Jones (with help from the Supreme Intelligence) remotely shuts down his powers in the middle of a speech, causing him to reveal his true form; the angry mob he was preaching to immediately attacks and beats him to death.


  • Batman:
    • In one story, Batman finds and confronts the man who killed his parents, Joe Chill, but can't find any evidence against him. Taking a risk, he confronts Chill and accuses him of murdering the Waynes, and reveals that he, Bruce Wayne, became Batman because of what happened. He then goes on to tell Chill that he will always be watching, waiting to collar Chill for good. Terrified, Chill runs to some fellow crooks and begs for their help, claiming that Batman is after him because he killed his parents. However, the crooks are furious that because of what Chill did, Batman came to be and ruined their schemes time and time again. In hot-blooded rage they gun Chill down, then realize what a bad idea that was, but before they can get him to spill who Batman is, the 'man himself comes in.
      Batman: Still with us, Chill?
      Chill: Not... for long! Funny... because I started you off as Batman, the boys... plugged me! Yeah... I guess you got me... after all! Ahhhh... (Dies)
    • In Batman #414, Bats is investigating the mysterious "Dumpster Killer", who leaves women's mutilated corpses in dumpsters (and it becomes personal when one of the people killed is a friend of Bruce Wayne). Several issues later, in #421, Batman discovers the killer is a pair of misogynist douchebags, Karl Branneck & Vito Procaccini, and vows to take them down. In the next issue, Branneck kills Vito because he views him as a liability; later, Batman arrests him and he goes to trial, but is set free because a bloody knife Batman found at his house was found illegally. After making sure Batman isn't around, Branneck then sets out to target another woman... who promptly slits his throat with a straight razor (and is revealed to be the sister of his second victim, who has been personally hounding him so he'd choose to kill her). Fittingly, the name of the last issue is "Just Desserts".
    • A third example comes from the mini-series The Cult: having been freed from his imprisonment and recovering from his mental and physical trauma, Batman and the Jason Todd Robin storm into Gotham to take back Gotham from Deacon Blackfire, who has taken it over with his army of similarly kidnapped and broken people. Batman finally confronts Blackfire and proceeds to beat him within an inch of his life before stopping; he couldn't arrest him nor, even if he didn't have his code, kill him - they'd just make him a martyr. Instead, he leaves Blackfire, broken and beaten, in front of his followers who literally tear him apart because his broken and pathetic self spat in the face of everything he drilled into their heads.
  • This is The Spectre's typical modus operandi.
    • In the DC Comics miniseries "Final Crisis: Revelations", after Libra kills the Martian Manhunter by means of lighting him on fire to show the assorted villains in his Secret Society that he could make their wishes come true, The Spectre goes after the people who wished it to happen. He turns Dr. Light into a human candle (that is he turns his body into wax and sets his head on fire) and turns Effigy into a melted puddle of a man by boiling him alive. Sadly, it doesn't work for Libra, but The Spectre does kill all the other villains in the room who tried to stop him instead.
    • Said villains, the Hangmen, are also an example. Spectre hanged them.
  • In the mini-series Legion of Three Worlds a couple discover Superboy-Prime after he arrives in the future and he vaporizes them in passing. What makes this a Karmic Death? In an earlier storyline, the same couple discovered an alien child, Last of His Kind, in their yard... and vaporized it, burying its remains in their farm.


  • Aquila: Locusta violates the sanctity of Vesta's temple to revive the dead as unholy abominations. She ends up entombed alive, with the demonic babies she'd revived closing in on her.
  • In the final issue of Atomic Robo And the Dogs of War, the second half takes a time skip to the 70's when Robo finally finds Otto Skorzeny after looking for him since WWII. He goads Robo, claiming that he had personally killed Nikola Tesla, Robo's creator, and stolen his ideas. Robo takes a gun, aims it at him, and... points it away, and tells Skorzeny that he already knows he's dying of cancer, and instead of giving him a quick soldier's death, he'll leave Skorzeny to die alone and painfully from his cancer.
  • Long-running newspaper comic Dick Tracy makes karmic deaths of villains one of its defining features. But as of late, the strip has become a surreal series of storylines that are basically long, Rube Goldberg-like marches to see what gruesome end awaits the villain of the story, to the point where Dick and crew will abandon police procedure and common sense (and occasionally, the laws of physics) to facilitate said karmic fate. For example, the storyline where the Big Bad gets torn apart by his own attack dogs after losing his protective whistle; all the while, it never occurs to Dick or his crew to shoot the damn dogs until LONG after the villain is a literal dog's dinner.
  • In Sin City the cannibal Serial Killer Kevin is eaten alive by the pet wolf to which he'd fed the scraps of his victims.
  • In one Star Wars comic, Mako Spince, an old smuggling friend of Han Solo's, sells him and his wife Leia out to bounty hunters hired by Hutts for the death of Jabba. They manage to escape, and later on in the series the same man sells them out to Imperial forces. Han retaliates by flying right next to Spince's flight control tower, causing it to become caught in the Star Destroyer's tractor beam. The Imperials, rather than cut the power, increase it, and the traffic control tower, with Spince cursing Han, is torn up and impales the SD, killing all of them.
  • The Governor from The Walking Dead suffers one of these at the conclusion of the "Made to Suffer" arc. After the remainder of his troops have finally broken into the good guys' sanctuary, scattering them to the wind and killing over half of them, one of his soldiers, at his urging, shoots a fleeing survivor... the main characters' wife and infant daughter. Upon discovering the Governor made her kill a baby, she empties her shotgun into the back of his head. The entire squad of soldiers get Karmic Deaths as well, as they're implied to be overwhelmed by zombies a moment later.
  • Scooby Apocalypse: Velma's brother Rufus is one of the Four - the people responsible for the nanite plague that turns most of the world's population into monsters. He's totally unrepentant about this, and has even convinced himself that the monsters are worshiping him. As such, he lets them into his tower in order to kill Mystery Inc... only for the monsters to completely ignore the gang and grab Rufus, dragging him out of the tower to be burned alive in a giant effigy of himself.
  • Spawn has Malebolgia, the main villain of the original 100 issues, finally killed when Spawn slices off Malebolgia's head with a holy weapon taken from an angel that Malebolgia killed barely five seconds prior. After Malebolgia spends the entire arc manipulating, tormenting and trying to enslave Spawn through the crooked deal that started the series, it comes off as completely karmic.

    Fairy Tales 
  • The wolf that wants to eat the pigs in the tale of the "The Three Little Pigs" gets himself killed in trying to break into the house of the third pig, and in Joseph Jacobs' variant the pig actually eats him.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Mass Effect fic Another Realm, the two antagonists of the Arrival arc are killed in suitably horrible ways after attempting to use their daughter as a political pawn, as well as trying to kill her lover, who happens to be The Hero.
  • The Parselmouth of Gryffindor had a karmic near-death for Hermione. Being her usual confident Rules Lawyer self, she went after the Horcrux a bit too quickly, convinced that her ten-seconds rules-lawyering would be enough to bypass the protections. It wasn't, and it's sheer luck that she comes Back from the Dead afterwards.
  • In Time Lords and Terror, Hydia spends the entire story trying to release the S'muz because she believes she can use it to destroy her enemies. Naturally, she's the first one it renders Deader Than Dead upon its release.
  • Invader Zim: The Series: Reg, an Irken Blood Knight with elemental fire powers and a personality to match, ends up burning to death in the wreck of his ship when it's destroyed. For bonus points, the ones doing the destroying are the Tallest, who Reg's been shown to be covertly plotting against with the story's Legion of Doom.
  • In Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, Big Bad Red Cyclone is responsible for starting the whole conflict and for the most part of the story, he only issues orders, such as the scorching of Equestria. He becomes trapped inside his own creation by Zeakros after Rainbow Dash and Firefly destroy the fortress' core generator, starting a self-destruct countdown. He is consumed by the expanding explosions as Fortress Intimidation is collapsing.
  • Peter Ludlow, the real Big Bad of Rise of the Galeforces gets an EPIC one near the very end. He sets it up by apparently spending most of Episode 3 trying to capture the T-rex family that initially antagonizes the heroes as part of a tourist attraction (actually an excuse to publicly kill them along with all other non-human species). When he later drops all pretenses, he defends himself from the angry father rex by shooting him in the eye. This enrages both the fellow 'rex he was defending - actually a Scaled Up Violet - and Chomper's own babies to boot. The result: Ludlow gets every bone in his body broken for his trouble, and is devoured by the very baby 'rexes he had been working so hard to acquire.
  • Pony POV Series:
  • Equestrylvania: Dirt Nap ends up being burned to death by the power of the very demon he sold his soul to.
  • Bad Future Crusaders: Twitch, who gleefully took part in the bombing of Broncton — caring nothing for the civilians caught in the crossfire — is killed when a shot from Apple Bloom's gun detonates one his bombs while it's still on his belt.
  • Gregor Clegane meets his end in the A Song of Ice and Fire/Girl Genius crossover A Spark of Ice and Fire when Agatha turns his own armor into a clank and has it to beat him to a pulp.
  • In the My Little Pony / The Dresden Files Crossover The Dresden Fillies False Masks:
    • After spending the whole story trying to assassinate Harry Dresden (believing him to be a resurrected Evil Overlord) , putting innocents in danger, summoning He Who Walks Behind (TWICE) , and in the process of all these things betraying the kingdom and the ponies they swore to protect, the Order Triune itself is betrayed by Novel Notion and sacrificed to a demon rather quickly. Unlike most examples, however, it still proves to be quite tragic.
    • Novel Notion and his cohorts' own demise in the epilogue is just as karmic though not nearly as tragic. Completely unrepentent of their heinous crimes, they hatch up a scheme to make another Deal with the Devil in the Nevernever to gain the power they need to seek revenge. After four days of wandering, the first demon they meet promptly swallows them whole and they die slowly and painfully in its digestive fluids.
  • In the third Gensokyo 20XX story, presumably we have this with Seija, after she's attempted to get Yukari to murder the children because she saw them as a hinderance when food and fresh water had run scarce (because of her), as it's unlikely she survived on her own after having three of her limbs and a few fingers cut off and then being sent away, then again, she had it coming.
  • The Stronger Evil: After Daolon Wong resurrects Shendu and is double-crossed by him, the dark wizard tries to have his revenge by shooting the demon's beloved Valerie Payne. Beyond furious, Shendu pummels Wong to death.
  • Fall of the Black Canary, return of the Arrow exaggerates the Karmic death of Damian Darhk (see Arrow):
    Oliver: You didn’t think I’d let you die that easily, did you. No, that’s much more than you deserve. You killed the woman I loved, remember? Allow me to remind you, (pulls an arrow out of his quiver), first, you stabbed her with an arrow, just like this. (stabs him) Then, you twisted it, like so, (twists arrow), and then you yanked it out of her body. (yanks arrow out) Now you know how it feels.
  • Similarly, in How the Light Gets In, Dean tells the recently resurrected Laurel that she died after Damian Darhk stabbed her in the lung. After learning Dean killed him in revenge, she asks how.
    Dean: I stabbed him in the lung.
    Laurel: That's poetic.
    Dean: I thought so.
  • In Ages of Shadow, Zaben's first encounter with the heroes sees him gouge out Mildred's eyes as petty revenge when he loses. Much later, during their final showdown, it's Mildred who guns him down and kills him for good.
  • Guardians, Wizards and Kung-Fu Fighters does this with both of the Rebellion's Token Evil TeammatesRhouglar is executed by Caleb right after bragging about how the Rebellion's actions have been the perfect means for him to indulge in his desires, and that Caleb's naiveté has just been enabling him. Tharquin, meanwhile, ends up brutally murdered by Jade, whom he'd been torturing simply for being a Shapeshifter.
  • In Loved And Lost, Prince Jewelius convinces Queen Chrysalis to invade Equestria as per the second season finale and double-crosses her to rule Equestria alone. When he's eventually defeated by the good guys, he pathetically begs for help from Chrysalis. Instead, she takes her revenge by having her Changelings eat Jewelius who doesn't have any love for them to feed on. The scene has distinct similarities with the death of Scar (see the Films — Animation section below).

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney movies do this a lot. They've done it enough to get their own subtrope. To name a few examples:
    • The Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fell off a cliff after being struck by lightning while trying to push a rock onto the Seven Dwarfs. Not only did she fall to her death, but the rock falls on her. And for good measure, vultures eat her body.
    • Gaston of Beauty and the Beast fell off of the castle after one final attack on the Beast. (This coming after the Beast spared his life.)
    • Tarzan's Clayton fell off a tree while attacking Tarzan with a knife, and was strangled by vines despite Tarzan's attempt to warn him (also an Ironic Death after saying "Africa was made for me...!").
    • McLeach, the villainous poacher in The Rescuers Down Under, seemed to avoid his karmic death by escaping a pack of crocodiles, only to be swept over the Inevitable Waterfall seconds later.
    • Scar from The Lion King is killed by the hyenas that he threw under the bus while pleading for his life to be spared.
    • Zira in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride died because of her own stubbornness and refusing the help from Kiara to save her life.
    • At the climax of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Judge Claude Frollo raises his sword to strike the defenseless heroes, bellowing, "And He shall smite the wicked, and plunge them into the fiery pit!" Three guesses what happens next...
    • After his attempt to use his army of undead soldiers reanimated by the titular Black Cauldron is thwarted, the Horned King is sucked into the Cauldron himself (and horrifically stripped to the bone in the process).
    • In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan uses a hand-bell as a summons for his hungry cat to eat any mouse that displeases him. At the climax, Basil swipes the bell and rings it just before Big Ben chimes, shaking Ratigan off to his death.
    • In The Princess and the Frog, when Dr. Facilier's demonic amulet gets shattered, that's considered to his Friends on the Other Side as breaking their contract, causing the shadowy demons that once worked for him to drag him into a gaping mouth to the Other Side, all the while happily chanting the exact same song that he was singing when he was cursing Naveen.
    • At the end of Bambi, the hunter that supposedly killed the titular character's mother is actually implied to have been burned alive in his own forest fire. Walt had at one point planned to show the guy's body, but after an animator cheekily asked "Well-done or medium rare?" shelved the idea as tasteless.
    • In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Commander Rourke, a mercenary whose out to exploit Atlantis's resources, betrays his entire team (including the members who remained loyal to him), and nearly dooms Atlantis by stealing Princess Kida, who's bonded with the sentient and angry mother Crystal keeping Atlantis from fully dying out. Then one of his team destroys the balloon he was escaping on, and when he tries to kill Milo anyway, he gets graphically transmuted into crystal by Kida's power. He's still alive long enough to get shredded by his balloon's propeller.
    • Toward the end of Treasure Planet, the villain Scroop is literally thrown out of an airlock and into outer space by Jim as revenge for killing a character named Mr. Arrow (who was literally tossed into outer space and into a black hole by Scroop) earlier in the film.
    • In the climax of Wreck-It Ralph, King Candy/Turbo receives the ultimate comeuppance for messing with the program. Since Sugar Rush was never his game from the start, he's finally gone for good when he's vaporized by the light coming from Diet Cola Mountain after becoming a Cy-Bug mashup.
  • In the non-Disney sequel Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Puppetino, who is arguably worse than the Emperor himself, attempts to escape when Pinocchio gains the upper hand on the Emperor, to which the Emperor turns him into a petrified puppet, and shortly after he burns to death.
  • Done figuratively in Cars. At the end of the movie, Chick Hicks wins the Piston Cup, but in doing so his Pride, Wrath, and Ambition have revealed him to be a poor sport to the rest of the world. His career dies a metaphoric — yet very karmic — death as a result.
  • In Coco, while initially portrayed as a tragedy, Ernesto de la Cruz is killed by a bell while singing the song and playing the guitar of the man he murdered. Said song is also a bastardized version of a lullaby he sung to his young daughter, and Ernesto killed Hector over choosing his family over his musical career.
  • At the end of Kung Fu Panda 2, Lord Shen rejects Po's Last-Second Chance and makes one last attempt to kill him. He ends up crushing himself to death with his own giant cannon before Po even lands a hit on him. Doubles as Death by Irony.
  • In Rio 2, Big Boss runs a logging business that is cutting down trees in the Amazon. In the aftermath of the final battle, he gets swallowed by a boa constrictor as he tries to escape.
  • Count Grisham in The Scarecrow meets his end while trying to make the bridge leading out of Grisham Heights collapse in an attempt to kill Holly.
  • Ruber in Quest for Camelot meets his brutal demise by disintegration caused by the stone's magic when he tries to impale both Kayley and Garrett with Excalibur, but they moved at the right time and he sends the sword back into the stone. What proved to be Ruber's fatal flaw is by forging the sword to his own arm with his magic potion.
  • Being an intentional Deconstruction of the superhero genre, The Incredibles uniquely averts having Syndrome die in a manner that is completely his own fault leaving the heroes blameless. Upon making his escape while threatening that he will eventually abduct Jack-Jack, Bob deliberately tosses his car into Syndrome's plane fully intending to do him harm and resulting in Syndrome's death by Turbine Blender.
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker:
    • Played straight in the unedited version, in which the Joker is fatally shot by a young Tim Drake, temporarily unhinged by the Joker's mental and physical tortures. Largely averted in the edited-for-kiddies version, where his death is a not-very-ironic accident. In any case, the Joker himself denies it:
    • Joker ends up suffering this twice, after using a small device on Tim's neck to inject his own DNA and turn Tim into the new Joker. The new Batman puts a permanent stop to him by destroying the device with one of the Joker's own electrocuting buzzers.
  • Corpse Bride. Barkis Bittern, who lured Emily to her doom so many years ago for her money and then attempted to do the same to Victoria, makes a sneering toast to her at her and Victor's interrupted wedding ceremony and downs the goblet of poisoned wine that Victor was going to (willingly) drink. Once dead, he is left at the mercy of enraged corpses.
  • After turning out to be Not Quite Dead toward the end of Barbie & The Diamond Castle, Lydia attempts to turn the heroines to stone with a magic spell, only for the spell to be turned on her instead.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Running Man: Damon Killian, host of the top-rated TV series "The Running Man" (wherein political criminals must earn a chance at a full pardon by evading "stalkers" out to kill them) is exposed as a fraud by the film's main protagonist … then sent into his own game zone (via a rocket sled) – the same place where every other contestant had died so brutally – to meet his fate.
  • James Bond films do this a lot, and often accompanied by a Bond One-Liner, of course.
    • A rare serious example was in Licence to Kill, in which Bond asked Sanchez, "Don't you want to know why?", showing him a silver lighter -the wedding gift that Bond had given to Leiter and his wife, before Sanchez had her killed and Leiter maimed by a shark. Bond then set the oil-soaked Sanchez on fire with their wedding present.
  • In Ella Enchanted, after Edgar's treachery is revealed, he gives his villain's rant, and then proceeds to place the crown that he poisoned on his own head. He has a half-second to realize his mistake before the poison takes effect.
  • In The Black Hole, The movie's main villain is crushed to death by debris as the ship is drawn into the eponymous black hole (hypermass), as his souless, evil robotic bodyguard Maximillian simply leaves the room despite his repeated pleas.
  • In Boy Eats Girl, Nathan, having escaped death by hanging with the aid of a magic spell, must poetically die by hanging at the end; although....
  • In Masters of the Universe, He-Man finally destroyed Skeletor's source of power, his troops are beaten, etc. Because he's ''such a good guy'', he tells Skeletor that it's over, and He-Man turns his back to Skeletor. Skeletor replies, "...yes... for you!", pulls out a hidden sword and attempts to run He-Man through. He-Man dodges in the nick of time, and Skeletor falls down a handy bottomless pit. (Subverted: Skeletor lives via Stinger.) note 
  • The Mummy hung a lampshade on this: Evie tells Beni that people like him always meet an unfortunate end. He does.
  • The demise of the crime boss Komtuan in Ong-Bak possibly epitomizes the concept of karmic death, as he is crushed under the falling head of a giant Buddha statue, which he was trying to remove and sell. You don't get much more karmic than that.
  • Carl, the villain of Ghost, dies after he swings a hanging hook at the hero, in a massively futile attempt to halt Patrick Swayze's ghostly offensive, smashes the window behind him, and ultimately winds up impaled on the very un-soft glass. And as if that wasn't enough, the film becomes terrifying. Carl only gets to experience his first few seconds in the afterlife on that plane before shadows boil out of everywhere and drag him off screaming to Oblivion or whatever hellhole or damnation the viewer can only imagine.
  • The B-Movie The Sadist goes to rather extreme lengths for this. Out of nowhere, the villain falls into an abandoned well which is quickly revealed to be inhabited by dozens of poisonous snakes.
  • In Killing Zoe, Eric fucks up the heist, murders numerous civilians, and takes glee in spreading his AIDS. As he's about to murder his childhood friend, his gun jams. French police show up seconds later. At least six cops empty entire magazines from their machine guns into him, causing him to dance for nearly half a minute as he's torn apart by bullets. His infected blood is sprayed all over the place.
  • Subverted in No Country for Old Men. Near the end of the movie, "ultimate badass" Anton Chigurh is leaving his last victim's house when he gets hit by a car. Despite this, he maliciously survives with an open arm fracture and some broken rips, and manages to escape the scene, and, although heavily injured, can walk into the proverbial sunset. The implication is of course that his Implacable Man status doesn't just come from pure skill, but also quite a bit from pure dumb luck.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:
    • The deranged and abusive asylum owner Mr. Fogg is left to the care of his "children", who quickly turn upon him and tear him to pieces. It's much more poetic (if much less awesome) than the stage play, where Johanna shoots him.
    • And in both the film and stage versions, Sweeney Todd himself is killed by a minor character — a young boy Mrs. Lovett took in, who goes insane after discovering what the meat pies are really made of. And he's killed using the very same razor that Sweeney used to kill so many people.
    • And Mrs. Lovett is baked alive in the oven where she cooked her cannibalistic meat pies.
  • In Ip Man, the cruel Japanese Colonel Sato, who had shot Master Liu to death earlier for losing against Japanese fighters, eventually gets killed by a shot from his own gun after it is wrestled away from him.
  • This seems to be the preferred method of dispatching villains in The City of Lost Children.
    • The Octopus kill each other — they're conjoined twins, despite the singular name — due to mind control by the ringmaster they used to try to kill Miette.
    • Krank dies after his attempt to steal Miette's dreams goes wrong, and he sees himself as the children he abducts do — a nightmarish, arbitrarily cruel monster of a man. He wakes screaming from his dream, and the shock kills him.
    • And the inventor, after going murderously insane and deciding to violently correct the problems he's set in motion... ties himself to Krank's oil rig and lashes explosives to his body. He recovers his senses too late, and the explosives are detonated by a seagull.
  • Push. Nick's final battle with Victor, The Dragon. He gets a chance to kill him but doesn't, for unknown reasons. Victor is killed seconds later by a Bleeder though.
  • The Shawshank Redemption's Warden Norton has what can be considered a Karmic Death. Once Andy rats him out, we see a close-up of one of the Warden's wall decorations, it says "His Judgment Cometh, and that right soon." Moments later he shoots himself through the head rather than be arrested. Red later gives us the all-satisfying line; "I like to think the last thing that went through Norton's head, other than that bullet, was to wonder how the HELL Andy ever got the best of him."
  • In The Frighteners, the two main villains (one of which is already dead) are dragged into Hell by a giant worm. Awesome.
  • A voiceover at the end of Picnic at Hanging Rock tells us that Mrs. Appleyard dies while attempting to climb the rock. Even more karmic in Joan Lindsay's novel: Mrs. Appleyard falls and smashes her skull open when she sees a horrific vision of a gruesomely disfigured Sara.
  • Star Wars:
    • The first film had Tarkin refusing to evacuate the Death Star arrogantly believing there is no chance whatsoever that the Death Star will be destroyed and he'll die on it. Guess what happens!
    • At the end of Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader kills Emperor Palpatine while Palpatine is trying to kill his son.
    • Also, Anakin Skywalker's transition to Darth Vader is marked by Palpatine using Force Lightning to make Mace Windu fall to his death, while Vader's return to the light side/being Anakin is marked by Vader sending Palpatine to fall to his death. Even better: Palpatine was using Force Lightning to kill Luke, and Vader's act stops him.
    • Also in ROTJ, Jabba the Hutt gets strangled to death by Leia with the chain he was using to keep her enslaved.
    • At the end of Rogue One, Director Krennic is killed by a blast from the Death Star, the very weapon he spent decades building. For bonus points, the super laser hits him directly.
  • In The Avengers (1998), Father and Mrs. Peel's clones were killed when their balloon exploded after it ran into the Wonderland Weather sign.
  • One of the most blatant and cringe-worthy uses of this trope occurs in The Postman, where near the end of the film, Kevin Costner's character has already defeated the villain, has the option to kill him, but refuses because he's just too damned nice. Naturally, the villain draws a hidden gun and is blown away by his former trusted lieutenant and his own stupidity.
  • The Ghost Rider movie. After taking the San Verganza contract, Blackheart dies after Ghost Rider uses the penance stare. It didn't work the first time because Blackheart had no soul, but now had one thousand corrupt souls.
  • In the first Spider-Man film, Peter discovers that Norman Osborn is the Green Goblin and hesitates. Osborn takes advantage of the momentary weakness to try and kill him, but Peter dodges the attack and Osborn ends up getting stabbed by his own glider.
  • In the film adaptation of Clive Cussler's Sahara (2005), the villain responsible for contaminating much of Mali's drinking water with toxic waste appears to have slipped away from punishment, until it is implied that the CIA has secretly replaced his bottled water with the very same contaminated water. (This happens in the book too.)
  • Raising Arizona: Leonard Smalls puts Hi in a bear hug to weaken him up before shooting him. Hi spends this time gripping at Smalls' jacket, where Smalls keeps his grenades. Smalls knocks Hi to the ground, pulls out his twin twin-barreled shotguns, and cocks all four hammers. Hi holds up his hand in a "have mercy" gesture. That's when Smalls notices the hand grenade pin around Hi's finger. You can figure out the rest.
  • Fargo:
    • Carl Showalter's death could be seen as this.
    • Wade Gustafson's death even more so.
  • In Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes (2009), Lord Blackwood dies by hanging (from a chain from the top of the unfinished Tower Bridge; of course he'd attempted to kill Holmes after Holmes had spared his life from almost certain death seconds before). Furthermore, the plot hinges on him cheating death at the gallows and escaping his much-deserved execution for murder at the beginning. Guess Karma wasn't too thrilled at him for that...
  • The Book of Eli. Gary Oldman's character escapes with the book and a leg injury, only to learn that it's a Braille Bible and thus useless to him. He tries to get his blind concubine to translate, but she refuses also noting that she can smell a wound on him that has gone septic. With most of his men dead he witnesses the anarchy below and it is heavily implied his end comes from either the riots or his infection.
  • Almost the whole point of the British World War I horror movie Deathwatch (2002). Every character who aids in torturing the lone German prisoner dies in a suitably horrible fashion (suffice to say, one can become very creative when it comes to barbed wire). The only character to survive the movie (and even then it's fairly ambiguous) is Charlie (because he tried to help the prisoner). Other characters get killed in a more traditional sense of karmic death, for instance, the Upper Class Twit officer being murdered by a particularly disgruntled (possibly deranged) trooper.
  • In the 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth film, Count Saknussem tries to mislead and kill the heroes, but is eventually caught and sentenced to death. However, no one wants to kill him, so they take him along. Sometime after they reach the center of the earth, however, Saknussem eats Gertrude, Hans's duck. Shortly afterward, he falls against a boulder and is killed when several heavy rocks fall upon him.
  • Though not technically the main villain, Dr. Worley from Return to Oz uses an electro therapy machine to damage his patients' minds, and he will then lock them in the cellar. He nearly does this to Dorothy, but the power goes out at the last second. Later, Ozma helps Dorothy escape, resulting in Dorothy getting back to the Land of Oz. While she is away, Dr. Worley's clinic is hit by lightning and burns to the ground. Everyone is rescued, but Dr. Worley runs back into the fire to rescue his machines, and thus seals his fate.
  • This trope is pandemic in the Indiana Jones films.
    • Three of the four movies end with the primary villain being undone by their own ambition when the artifact they've been searching for destroys them. Although not the best example of the trope in action, since in every movie Indy has few compunctions about killing bad guys left and right.
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Donovan chooses poorly and drinks from a false grail, leading to his Nightmare Fuel demise of aging rapidly to death. This is karmic payback for shooting Henry Sr. a little earlier. Meanwhile, Schneider pays the price for helping the Nazis. She attempts to steal the real grail out of the temple, which triggers a Cataclysm Climax. In a Take My Hand moment, she reaches for the grail, but in a dash of karmic justice, it had landed literally inches outside her hand’s reach. She’s too greedy to give up when she’s so close, despite Indy losing his grip on her slippery gloved hand. Just as she’s about to get it, the glove pulls off and she falls to her death.
  • Hilariously subverted in Punisher: War Zone, in a scene where the cops are careful and diligent about arresting and restraining a captured mobster, only for Castle to unceremoniously blow his head off half a second later.
    Special Agent Paul Budiansky: GOD DAMN IT, CASTLE!
  • The Alien series:
    • Aliens: Weyland-Yutani Project Developer Carter J. Burke. Essentially got killed by the hell he indirectly unleashed on the colonists on the LV-426 Hadley's Hope Colony.
    • Alien: Resurrection: Dr. Wren subjected at least eight people to be victims to the facehuggers and have an alien embryo burst out of their chests. He dies by having a chestburster break its way through his own skull.
  • In Saw 3D, Mark Hoffman is captured by Dr. Lawrence Gordon and left to die as punishment for killing Jill Tuck. "Game over."
  • (Unintentionally?) inverted in the Korean movie The Last Day. In the final scenes, about everyone who displays some kind of altruism dies, often horribly, for having tried to save lives. Most of those who were only concerned with their own survival, well, survive. Family-Unfriendly Aesop much?
  • The Mind Screw movie 11:14, displayed in Anachronic Order, features among the many characters a teenage girl who is sleeping with two different young men without their knowledge. She pretends to be pregnant and tells each of them that she needs $500 to get an abortion. In reality, she intends to take their money and leave with a third man. Near the end of the movie, she's speaking to this person on her cellphone when one of the two young men calls for her attention, telling her that he got the money. She immediately crosses the street, only to stop in the middle of it to answer a call on her phone. Moments later, she's hit and killed by a speeding van filled with several of the film's other protagonists.
  • Speaking of the aforementioned Patrick Swayze, in his other classic, Road House, the evil Brad Wesley basically runs the town the movie is set in, forcing the local businessmen to pay him and trashing their shops if they refuse. In the final showdown with Dalton, it's not Swayze who kills him (as the latter did, graphically, to his Dragon Jimmy), but the aforementioned business owners, filling him with enough lead to take down a bear. Can also overlap with The Dog Bites Back or The Dog Shot First.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • In X2: X-Men United, Mitchell Laurio is killed by the prisoner he hated and abused.
    • In X-Men: First Class, Magneto kills Shaw by telemagnetically pushing a coin through his brain. It was the very same coin that Erik was commanded to move as a child to prevent Schmidt from killing his mother; Erik failed and Shaw shot his mother. Magneto even gives an Ironic Echo of what Schmidt said to taunt his victim.
  • At the end of the dark comedy Miss Nobody, the Villain Protagonist lampshades this after realizing she's just taken a fatal dose of the poisoned water she had intended to use earlier on a colleague whom she'd suspected of being the person blackmailing her over murdering her way up the corporate ladder. She had poisoned one of the jugs in his personal supply, but never got around to disposing of it after the blackmailer turned out to be someone else. So in the end, when the jug in the water cooler in the office which she has as a result of her murders runs out and her assistant raids the colleague's supply for a replacement, he unknowingly selects the poisoned jug.
  • In The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Wood Hite, a violent bully who threatens and insults Bob, laughs off his threats of a bullet in the head. Later he is shot in the head by Bob.
  • The designated antagonist Jonas in Twister. He stole the main character's invention to study tornadoes. Of course, he ends up getting killed by one.
  • George Harvey in The Lovely Bones.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom is killed by the same 'Dip' that he is planning on using to kill all the other cartoons. While Eddie Valiant has no qualms about killing the guy responsible for the death of his brother, the death that Doom suffers is a total accident that would have never happened if he had not invented 'dip' to begin with, or if he hadn't sidestepped the punching glove launched at him, which accidentally hit the 'dip' release valve which subsequently melted Doom.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon:
    • Dylan Gould's fate. He reactivates the Control Pillar of the Decepticons' Space Bridge — despite Sam Witwicky trying to reason with him — in order to bring Cybertron near Earth (he was promised that he would be spared after the rest of humanity was enslaved, and also possibly be given the role of humanity's "CEO"). Later on, Sam hits him with a metal bar, causing him to lose his balance. He eventually collides with the Pillar's energy beam, and is ultimately electrocuted to death, all the while screaming in pain.
    • Earlier, Sentinel Prime wounds Ironhide and then executes him point blank despite his plea for him not to. At the end, a wounded Sentinel is excuted point blank by Optimus Prime despite his plea for him not to.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction: Harold Attinger was an unnoticed CIA agent who founded Cemetery Wind to wipe out Transformers and replace them with man-made version to appeal his xenophobic paranoia and greed. He's killed in his failed attempt to murder Cade Yeager by Optimus Prime. Fittingly, although Optimus swore revenge on his fallen comrades, he barely paid any attention to Attinger when he shot him.
  • In Crank: High Voltage, Poon Dong, an elderly Triad boss who uses Organ Theft to prolong his own life, gets captured and has Chev's stolen heart extracted, killing him.
    Doc Miles: Confucius say: Karma's a bitch!
  • In Machete, Senator MacLaughlin is a racist bastard who encourages vigilantes to kill illegal immigrants and plans to build an electric fence on the U.S./Mexico border. In the end, some vigilantes mistake him for an immigrant (he was wearing tattered clothes and was trying to sneak away from people trying to kill him) and open fire on him. Wounded, he staggers into an electric fence. He even seems to be aware of it, and lets out a chuckle before he dies.
  • Frankly Madson the villain in the Kenneth-Branaugh penned Dead Again. He killed his victim by stabbing her to death with scissors, then ends up Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on a giant scissors sculpture.
  • In Zatoichi at the Blood Fest (1973). Ichi slashed his way through mooks to get to the rice merchant, who exploited farmers. After he decided to let him go, the merchant slipped on spilled rice and fell on a katana -and the pointy end was up.
  • The title character in Tamara loves to play with her victim's insecurities and deficiencies before inflicting gruesome Psychic Assisted Suicides on them. Roger, who did nothing while the rest of the group (minus Chloe) agreed to cover up Tamara's death, kills himself in a manner referencing the Three Wise Monkeys. Her father, a man who loved the bottle more than his (now ex-)wife, eats a glass beer bottle that tears apart his mouth, throat, and esophagus from the inside.
  • The first segment of horror anthology Scary or Die is about a couple of racist rednecks who kidnap Mexican immigrants, drag them out to the desert near the border, and kill them. After they do this to their latest victims, everyone they've ever killed rise up as zombies and kill them.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation:
    • Firefly is killed by one of his own bug bombs.
    • Zartan murdered a female GI Joe member in front of Storm Shadow, a man who's disgusted with killing women in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and in this movie he later gets killed by the same man who he killed the woman in front of because he murdered his master.
  • In Jack the Giant Slayer Roderick is killed by Elmont after the former attempted to push the latter to his death out of the cave.
  • In Daybreakers:
    • The vampire bureaucracy was treating humans like cattle; in the end head bureaucrat Charles Bromley ends up being slaughtered like one.
    • Also, the Vampires who eat Frankie immediately become human. Unfortunately for them, they do so within sight of a small army of starving vampires who subsequently devour them just as messily.
  • Braveheart: The English lord who executes Murron by slitting her throat has his own throat slit by Wallace, using the same exact knife.
  • The Lone Ranger:
    • Latham Cole falls to his death, along with the several tons of silver and a locomotive, both of which his plan revolved around, which crush him to death.
    • Butch Cavendish and the Captain are killed when they're caught in a train collision. To paraphrase the Captain, they were with the railroad company.
  • In The Last Boy Scout, Marcone grabs what he thinks is the briefcase full of money out of the backseat of the car. But instead it contains the bomb that he meant to kill Sen. Baynard, and Marcone is blown up when he opens it.
  • Two in Pitch Black.
    • Paris panics and runs away, which disables the best light source and screws over the entire group. He is killed very quickly afterwards.
    • Johns is willing to kill anyone else in the group, even Jack, to distract the creatures so he can escape. Riddick wounds him instead, letting him be the distraction.
  • Elysium: Kruger, whose favorite method of killing people is blowing them up into gibs, gets torn apart by his own grenade.
    • Delacourt was killed by Kruger, the same psycho she hired.
  • In the remake of I Spit on Your Grave Jennifer's killing of her rapists reflects a way they personally raped, tortured, and degraded her.
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Adam and Vadoma kill Abraham and Mary's son William. They are then killed by his parents' respective silver Tragic Keepsake.
  • Death Warrant: The corrupt doctor who harvested the prisoners' organs is captured by the prisoners and implied to be killed by vivisection.
  • King Kong (2005), combined with Disproportionate Retribution: as Lumpy - the ship's cook - treks with the rest of the crew to rescue Anne, very large mosquitoes and bugs bite him and those around him; however, while the rest of the crew simply slap and swing at them as though they are average pests, Lumpy unloads machine-gunfire on them, killing a few viciously. Later in the movie, as the surviving crew members dwindle, they fall into a valley infested with Big Creepy-Crawlies, including enormous leech-like Carnictus Worms that slowly absorb Lumpy's left leg, left arm, and head into their mouths. We don't see their mouths finally close, but that worsens the effect when the last thing we hear is his stifled scream from inside one of their throats.
  • The Grey Zone: During the Auschwitz-Birkenau uprising, a random SS guard in the crematoria is killed by the Sonderkommando by shoving him into the ovens which the Nazis used to dispose of the Jewish corpses.
  • At the end of Unconscious, León dies to a Falling Chandelier of Doom that was knocked down by a ricocheting bullet he himself fired, in a failed attempt to assassinate Sigmund Freud.
  • In City of Ember, the Mayor is eaten alive after locking himself in a room filled with food.
  • In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Klansman Dan Teague, played by John Goodman, is crushed to death when a burning cross falls on top of him. Sheriff Cooley's death by drowning can be seen as a metatextual example, as well, considering his counterpart in The Odyssey is the sea god Poseidon.
  • Full Circle has an overbearing husband break into his separated wife's new house, only to promptly fall down some stairs and die.
  • In The Pit and the Pendulum, the adulterous Elizabeth conspires to break her husband Nicholas by fooling him into thinking he entombed her prematurely. She in fact drives him to murderous insanity leading to the film's closing reveal where is Elizabeth is still alive and unable to cry out in the iron maiden as the torture chamber is locked. Forever. And nobody will miss her, because she faked her own death earlier. note 
  • Jurassic Park:
    • In Jurassic Park, Nedry sabotages all the security measures of the island and unleashes nearly all of the very dangerous dinosaurs to help cover his escape. He gets lost, crashes his jeep and eventually gets eaten by a Dilophosaurus.
      "Look! Play fetch! Play fetch! It's a stick! Stick, stupid! Play fetch! Ah, no wonder you're extinct. I'm gonna run you over when I come back down."
      • Also, earlier in the film when Nedry sabotages the security measures, the electric cars stop at the Tyrannosaurus rex paddock. Before the Tyrannosaurus breaks loose, Hammond's attorney, Donald Gennaro, runs out of one of the cars, leaving behind Tim and Lex Murphy to face the great beast alone. He hides in a bathroom and dies the undignified death of being eaten by the Tyrannosaurus rex, who he abandoned the kids to.
    • In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Dieter Stark uses his taser to electroshock a tiny Compsognathus for no reason. They come back and get some revenge on him later. The movie also has Hammond's greedy nephew, Peter Ludlow, who ends up being killed by the baby Tyrannosaurus rex, who he captured along with the male Tyrannosaurus rex adult.
    • In Jurassic World, after spending the whole film planning to exploit her and her sisters for profit, Vic Hoskins meets his demise when Delta stalks him through the genetics labs and eventually corners and eviscerates him.
    • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has more examples of poetic justice in action. First was with Ken Wheatley, an Egomaniac Hunter who habitually collects the teeth of prey creatures that he captures, as demonstrated with an innocent Stegosaurus. When he attempts to tranquilize the Indoraptor, it turns out that the Indoraptor was pretending to be tranquilized and kills Wheatley. Wheatley's death was even more undignified as he is seen sobbing in fear after his arm is torn off and before the Indoraptor finishes him off. The most prominent of all the karmic deaths in the film was with Eli Mills, the Big Bad who murdered Ben Lockwood in cold blood and held hostage Maisie and the dinosaurs. After a stampede of dinosaurs passes by him in which he is nearly trampled, he thinks he's in the clear, only to have the Tyrannosaurus rex and the Carnotaurus rip him in half while eating him.
  • Michael Horrigan's death at the climax of Halo: Nightfall — being eaten by feral Lekgolo worms — is well-deserved, considering he'd been an inexcusable jerkass to the ONI team's Sedran companions, then topped that by, in succession, using one of their prisoners as bait for the Lekgolo, turning on his CO Jameson Locke and leaving him to die, using his fellow traitor Greg Ramos as bait for the Lekgolo, and finally gunning down the other prisoner to stop him leaving him behind.
  • Immortan Joe's death at the end of Mad Max: Fury Road is a very karmic one. Furiosa takes the chain from his breathing device and throws it into the wheel of his vehicle, ripping his face off. He's killed by the woman he kidnapped, with a chain that is symbolic of his own slave-owning ways and the mask that's been keeping him alive in the first place... and with his own vehicle, to boot.
  • The theatrical version of The Hobbit gives us the impression that Alfrid, who is not only a selfish and snobby jerk but is also the series' equivalent to Jar Jar Binks, is a Karma Houdini, as he seemingly escapes with a lot of gold. However, the Extended Edition shows us that he attempts to hide on a catapult, but a coin falls off him onto the catapult's trigger, which sends him flying into the mouth of a troll, who, by the way, was about to kill Gandalf, but this event causes both Alfrid and the troll to die of asphyxiation.
  • Gang Related: Detective Divinci ends up getting killed by Clyde David Dunner, a criminal whom he had previously arrested but walked free because Divinci switched the guns used as evidence to cover up his own complicity in an unrelated crime.
  • Ted Bundy: At his execution Ted notices that the guard pulling the lever is a woman. His victims as a serial killer were exclusively young women.
  • In District 9, cruel and sadistic mercenary Koobus Venter survives pretty much everything... until the end where he finds himself surrounded by a pack of those Prawns he despises so much and which he killed by the dozens. He ends up ripped apart and eaten.
  • Doctor Moreau in Island of Lost Souls is vivisected alive by his "creations" (animals modified by vivisection).
  • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, HYDRA's plan is to use three S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarriers to kill anyone who is or ever could be a threat to them. Captain America and company change the targeting systems on the Helicarriers so that they shoot each other down. The look of utter horror on a controller's face when he realizes it is a sight to behold.
  • In Hardcore Henry, Henry stumbles upon three corrupt cops preparing to rape a woman. One of them implies he's about to force her to give him oral sex by saying, "The gag reflex is psychological. It's all in your mind." Henry marches over and kicks the asses of the other two. Then he grabs the first one by the nuts and crushes them, then rams his own baton down his throat until he chokes to death.
  • In the ending of Kingsman: The Secret Service, every really corrupt politician in the world who was willing to sit in a bunker while the rest of the world destroyed itself outside in a psychotic rage, has their heads blown up by the implant installed in their necks by the Big Bad. All to the soothing sound of Pomp and Circumstance
  • In Bats, McCabe is killed by his own creations while attempting to communicate with them.
  • Cloud Atlas: Dr. Goose gets bludgeoned over the head with the money he was trying to steal.
  • In Johnny Reno, Jess Yates might have escaped the final shootout, except he tripped, which resulted in him being shot by Reno. The object he tripped over? The noose he had earlier tried to lynch Joe Conners with.
  • In Men in Black, Edgar the Bug kidnaps Dr. Laurel Weaver with the intent of taking her with him so he can eat her. In the end, he's ultimately destroyed by none other than Laurel herself, who blows him to kingdom come with J's MIB gun.


  • The Adventure Zone: Balance: After the "Vogue Elves" have sustained their undeath for untold years by feeding off the pain and misery of others, Lydia dies of despair when Edward is defeated.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Terran Empire setting for Star Hero isn't a no-kill setting, but manages to sneak this in anyway. One of the later Emperors spent a good chunk of his reign giving people a reason to want him dead. He knows this, so among other precautions his bedroom is heavily armored and has a voiceprint lock on the only door. He also changes the door code daily, to keep assassins from using a recording to get in.
    In 2663 he forgot the code overnight and could not get out of his bedroom. His guardian robots refused to allow anyone to approach the door with drills or cutting torches, and the Emperor died of thirst and starvation in his own room.
  • In the backlore for Ravenloft, Doctor Rudolph van Richten only became a Hunter of Monsters after a tribe of Vistani kidnapped his son and sold him to the vampire Baron Metis to become that vampire's Bride note . They kidnapped his son because one of their own was mortally wounded attempting to kidnap somebody else's son to be the Baron's Bride instead and Doctor van Richten wasn't able to keep their tribesman from dying. When van Richten caught them, they taunted him about what they had done, confident that their fearsome reputation as masters of curses would keep them safe. Instead, the heartbroken father cursed them and the Dark Powers answered, unleashing a horde of murderous zombies on the Vistani and wiping the tribe out. The only survivor spent years being chased from place to place by undead seeking to fulfill van Richten's curse and kill him.

    Video Games 
  • A sweet one comes to the Obstructive Bureaucrat in Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. The mayor of a group of civilian refugees has been unimaginably unhelpful at every turn, acting horrendously ungrateful to the protagonists every time they save his life and actively hampering their efforts, even though he comes whining to them whenever he's in trouble. In the latter part of the game he attempts to sell out the heroes to the Big Bad to get a vaccine against a looming disease; he's told that there's only one vial and he can either use it on himself or wait for more to be produced from it to help his community. Thinking only of himself, he grabs it and injects it into himself. It was poison; the Big Bad just wanted to see if the guy would really sell out his community.
    • Greyfield/Sigismundo gets one as well. He attempts to surrender to Lin to avoid being killed. Lin shoots him anyways. This is karmic on 2 counts, 1: The player is fighting Greyfield because he himself executed prisoners, and 2: He attempts to say Lin's former CO wouldn't kill a prisoner, too bad for him Lin is not Brenner and the only reason he is dealing with Lin instead of him is because he killed Brenner.
  • In Alice: Madness Returns, Dr. Bumby tries to erase Alice's memories and destroy Wonderland with the Infernal Train. After defeating him in the Wonderland, Alice takes revenge for everything he did (including raping her sister and setting her house on fire) by pushing him in front of an incoming train.
  • The "kidnapper" in Alan Wake meets an unpleasant and terrifying end at the hands of the forces of darkness, presumably for getting in the way of their plans by fucking with Alan. The revelation that all of his threats regarding Alan's wife were empty makes him only slightly more sympathetic as he's being mind raped by a supernatural entity of indescribable horror, but he was a Jerk Ass.
    • The man's Boss, Dr. Hartman, fits this trope better. He was aware of the Dark Presence in the lake and wanted to control it so he could bend the world into his own image. For this reason he sought to "acquire" Wake due to how the Prescience seemed to be drawn to those with talents in creativity (such as writing, art, or music). He was the one who convinced Wake's wife to bring Alan to Bright Falls (under the pretense of helping him with his writer's block), set up the whole "Kidnapper" scheme, and later tried to make Alan think that he was a delusional patient under Hartman's care. His ultimate fate? Alan locks him in a room with the same Darkness the "Good Doctor" sought to control, and does so with a rather palpable degree of satisfaction
  • In Baldur's Gate, The initial Big Bad, Rieltar Anchev, killed his wife with a garrote for infidelity in front of their adopted son, Sarevok. Years later, he threatened his stepson with the same punishment if he ever "betrayed" him as Stepmom did. Sarevok, now with his eyes on Stepdaddy's position, was sure to specify to the assassins he hired to kill Rieltar that they use a garrote when they did so.
  • Batman: Arkham City: The Joker is done in via a Backstab Backfire leaving him to die from the Titan poison, which he injected himself with in the last game.
  • In Batman: The Telltale Series, the final battle between Batman and Lady Arkham/Vicki Vale has the villain boast that he will die in an underground chapel, forgotten and buried by the public. The battle between the two ravages the chapel, made worse by Vicki's sonic weapons and, when she attempts to escape, she's crushed by fallen debris. To make things even more ironic, the following newscast reveals that they can't find her and they've just written her off as dead.
    • Vicki kills her own foster parents, and Batman assumes the motive is that they had simply outlived their usefulness. However, he notices that she had beaten her foster father with a metal belt buckle before hanging him with the belt, so badly that he actually bled to death before the hanging killed him, and remarks that this is strange as the killer seemingly had no real reason to go out of their way to do this. In the following chapter, we learn that Vicki's foster parents were extremely abusive and regularly locked her (and doubtlessly other foster children) in what was essentially a torture chamber beneath their house as a punishment. Said chamber features a lovely selection of men's belts hanging on a rack, the buckles of which are all caked in dried blood.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine:
    • There's Sammy Lawrence's death in Chapter 2. Sammy is a self-styled "prophet" of Bendy's. He believes that if he sacrifices Henry to Bendy, then Bendy will set him free. When he has Henry tied up and has summoned Bendy, Bendy kills him, as evidenced by Sammy's pleas and a puddle of ink that flows from under the door. Henry, on the other hand, breaks free and manages to escape from Bendy.
    • There's also Susie Campbell's death in Chapter 4. Susie was turned into a version of her beloved role, Alice Angel, before the start of the game. However, she was turned into a deformed version of the character and was obsessed with becoming a perfect Alice. In Chapter 3, she promises Henry that she'll help him get out of the studio if he helps her gather things she needs to become perfect. At the end of the chapter, she metaphorically stabs him in the back by sabotaging the elevator he and his friend Boris are in and Toon-napping Boris to be Reforged into a Minion. In Chapter 4, Henry is forced to kill Boris and Susie runs out with a knife to stab Henry. Just before she can do so, she herself is literally stabbed In the Back by Allison - who is a much more perfect version of Alice.
    • The moment Bendy finds Henry listening to Joey Drew's tape about his Weaksauce Weakness and holding said weakness in his hand, he takes an even more intimidating form and tries to kill Henry. He's still trying to kill Henry when Henry kills him.
  • In BioShock, Doctor Suchong suffers a remarkably appropriate death. While pondering how to further improve the imprinting of the Big Daddies' programming to protect the Little Sisters, he gets annoyed by one of the little girls. Eventually, he loses his temper and slaps her. Jack finds his corpse, impaled on his own desk by a Big Daddy's drill.
    • Frank Fontaine definitely counts as well. As Atlas, Fontaine encourages the player to harvest Little Sisters for their Adam and is ultimately responsible for their conversion from normal girls in the first place. After he goes One-Winged Angel by injecting an ungodly amount of Adam into his body, he is finally finished off by a group of Little Sisters harvesting all the Adam from his body with their needles.
      • It's even more karmic if you get the good ending for not harvesting any of the Little Sisters. Before the Little Sisters attack him, he's in the midst of a Villainous Breakdown, ranting to Jack about how he was responsible for his entire life and how he's the best family he could ever ask for. In the ending, he refuses taking control of Rapture and instead returns to the surface with several of the Little Sisters and raises them as a real family.
  • The Alternate Universe makes it even more satisfying by revealing that Masha (the daughter of the dead couple who Jack finds as mummified corpses) was trying to show Suchong that she and her 'sister' Leta finally pair bonded, to the same Big Daddy no less... and then he slaps her when the Big Daddy isn't even behind glass, but five feet across in an OPEN DOORWAY. He just stares at the Big Daddy for two seconds before attempting to order it to stay back.
    • Doubly so come the Burial at Sea DLC for BioShock Infinite when it's revealed that Fontaine's downfall was planned by Elizabeth, the same person he beat to death with a wrench. To add insult to his injury, you can literally beat Fontaine to death with a wrench.
  • A variation is present in Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight. Kyle disarms Jerec, but can't kill him in cold blood. So, he gives him back his saber, and when Jerec charges, cuts him down in self defense.
  • Dead Rising 3 features optional bosses representing the Seven Deadly Sins. When you defeat them, each dies in an ironic manner related to their sin.
    • The gluttonous Darlene, who used the Zombie Apocalypse to get her hands on as much food as possible, chokes to death on her own vomit.
    • Greedy Mad Doctor Albert gets stuck with a syringe of his own Psycho Serum, and in his resulting delirium proceeds to kill himself with the same surgical saw he extracted his victims' organs with.
    • Sex-maniac Dylan asphyxiates after breathing in too many noxious fumes from his crotch-mounted flamethrower.
    • Prideful female bodybuilder Jherii is crushed to death under the weight of the numerous trophies she's won over the years.
    • Wrathful Old Master Zhi commits suicide after being bested in combat by the protagonist.
    • Envious fanboy Kenny finally achieves his dream of fighting the protagonist, only to be devoured by a pack of zombies attracted by the battle.
    • And finally, the slothful and apathetic Gadgeteer Genius Theodore simply drops dead of a heart attack when he realizes the protagonist has actually managed to beat the absurd amount of defenses on his house.
  • In Dead Space, Kendra, after crossing the Moral Event Horizon several times and revealing that Isaac is going insane, steals the ersatz Artifact of Doom that was stopping the monster from its base, thereby nullifying its power. Not five minutes later, said monster smashes her into paste.
  • The final boss of Disaster: Day of Crisis, Evans, meets his end... at the hands of his own colonel, who actually survived being shot by Evans. Awesome.
  • High Overseer Thaddeus Campbell, your first assassination target in Dishonored, can suffer one of these. He tries to make an honest and noble city guard captain drink poisoned wine, but you can switch the glasses around on the platter. In a Pacifist Run, he can suffer a Karmic Fate Worse than Death instead: knock him out and cart his body over the interrogation room down the corridor, and then brand his face with The Mark of the Heretic, and you will leave him shunned and reviled by the same Corrupt Church he set up.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    • In the beginning, there's an Imperial captain who sends you to your death, even though it was said that you were not on the execution list. If you escape with Ralof, she's the first NPC you kill. It's karmic because it's now you sending her to her death.
    • There's also Arondil, an Altmer Necromancer who kidnapped and murdered Dawnstar's milkmaids and then used his magic to raise them from the dead as Sex Slaves. The most satisfying and karmic way to dispose of this walking trash is to sneak into his quarters undetected and remove the grand soul gem standing on the pedestal next to his throne, and then sitting back to watch as his spectral concubines tear him to shreds.
  • In the beginning of Fable II, when your character is a child, Lucien fatally shoots your sister before shooting yourself, causing you to fall to your (supposed) death. At the end of the game, this is exactly how Lucien can die, either by your hand or Reaver's.
  • In Fallout 2, a teenage scientist, Myron, invents and spreads Jet, a very addictive and dangerous drug that ruins many lives and absolutely destroys the economies of several communities (such as The Den and Redding). Said drug makes him and the Mordino crime family a fortune and establishes him as the wealthiest drug baron in the land. About a year after the defeat of the Enclave, he meets his demise in The Den at the hands of... a crazed Jet addict, and his role in the creation of Jet is completely forgotten. Not that he was particularly well-acknowledged for it before that.
  • In Fallout 3 after you've visited most of the rusty abandoned vaults and Vault-Tec headquarters and discovered the true purpose of the vaults and why they went horribly wrong, you have the chance to find a voice recording on an alien spaceship of the Vault-Tec CEO who masterminded the vault system and their true purpose; the recording shows the aliens kidnapped him and performed experiments on him, despite his snivelling attempts to be diplomatic.
  • Fallout: New Vegas:
    • The Big Bad, Caesar, is the leader of a slavery-based, incredibly cruel, militaristic, and genocidal empire that invades the Mojave Wasteland. The empire, Caesar's Legion, automatically gives death or enslavement to numerous sections of the population: women, the physically handicapped, the ghouls, super mutants, the mentally handicapped, intellectuals, etc. but they especially look down on the sick for being took weak to live. As a result, Caesar banned all medical technology in his empire to let the sick die. However, it's later revealed that Caesar himself is a sick, old man dying from a brain tumor. Therefore, if the player doesn't kill him first, he'll eventually die of the tumor, being by his own logic too weak to live. Not that he didn't try using modern medical technology, mind you.
    • If Caesar indeed winds up dying either by your own hand or the brain tumour, then Ulysses, the Big Bad of Lonesome Road, comments that by the laws of the empire Caesar commanded and his own warped personal morality, he was a weakling that didn't deserve to live.
    • You can give the whole of Caesar's Legion a Karmic Death if your courier is female. By the end of the game, you can potentially assassinate Caesar, kill Lanius, slaughter the head of their intelligence operation and all of his bodyguards, possibly kill the intelligence head's replacement, wipe out their outpost at Cottonwood Cove, take out a small slaver camp, destroy various patrols, lead the NCR to re-take the Legion-controlled town of Nelson, thwart an attack on Bitter Springs, root out a Legion spy at McCarran, destroy both of their allies in the Mojave (Fiends and Omertas), sever their alliance with the Great Khans, arrange for an army of killbots hidden in a bunker under their main base to awaken on your command and wipe them out, and through careful political maneuvering cause every major faction in the Mojave to ally together against them. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
    • This line of thinking is actually used in-game on some of the NCR military's recruitment posters. "Women of the NCR: Every one of you who serves is a slap in Caesar's face!" and such. Doing certain things that screw over Caesar's Legion while playing as a female courier will also sometimes get special dialogue from NCR troopers where they mention the karmic aspect of it.
    • The "Gun Runners' Arsenal" DLC adds a challenge which can be completed for bonus XP by pickpocketing Benny's own gun from him and killing him with it. This being the same gun he shot you with at the start of the game, obviously. If you want to truly make it a karmic death, do this while he's tied up and on his knees in Caesar's tent, just like you were when he shot you. There's even a mod that allows the player to craft a bullet with Benny's name on it out of the remains of the bullet he fired at the beginning of the game.
    • In the add-on Dead Money the insane former elder of the Brotherhood of Steel, Elijah, kills dozens of people, brutally tortures Christine, enslaves the mentally handicapped aspect of a schizophrenic Super Mutant, and forces you to fight your way through dozens of Ghost People to penetrate the Sierra Madre Casino under the threat of death, all so he can access the treasures inside the casino's vault. In the final confrontation with him, an option for dealing with him is to just let him have the treasure while you waltz away. He'll walk into the vault and trigger a trap, locking himself inside forever.
    • Alice McLafferty and the Van Graffs receive this in the ending if you give the Gun Runner manufacturing specs to the former and expose both to the NCR during Cass's companion quest. The player can also deliver this to the latter group by killing them with their own energy weapons.
    • Early in the game, you might pick up a "Sunset Sarsaparilla Star Bottle Cap" that is not added to your total. After a while, an NPC will approach you to tell you that these caps are special in that collecting enough of them supposedly leads to a valuable treasure. He then warns you that the promise of treasure is enough to make some people kill others just on suspicion that they have Star Caps, namedropping one Allen Marks as a particularly notorious offender. If you actually get enough of these caps yourself... you'll find that the treasure itself is absolutely worthless. Your real "prize" for completing this sidequest is a unique Laser Pistol... found on Allen Marks' corpse, who after reaching the "treasure" managed to accidentally lock himself inside the airtight room and suffocate to death, leaving behind an audio recording of his final moments in which he basically admits that he deserved what he got and mentions how his mother always told him that people who murder and steal "die bad in the end".
  • In Final Fantasy VI, Emperor Gestahl meets his demise at the hands of his Court Mage scapegoat, falling from the floating island he has long sought to resurrect.
  • The ultimate fate of The Murderer in Five Nights at Freddy's 3. Cornered by the spirits of the five children he murdered and stuffed into the animatronic suits, he hides inside the Springtrap suit and laughs when he thinks he's safe... except he forgot to fully crank the endoskeleton inside all the way, resulting in him getting crushed and maimed, very much the same way he did to the children. For bonus points, he quickens and makes his own death all the more agonising by trying to get the suit off in a panic, resulting in him slumping against a wall and twitching to death.
  • During Full Throttle, the Obviously Evil Corrupt Corporate Executive Ripburger kills old man Corley by beating him to death. At the end of the game, Ripburger falls from a cliff after trying to kill the main cast. Before he goes over, he grabs a license plate bearing the Corley Motors slogan "You can't beat a Corley."
  • In God of War, Ares is killed by the very man he hoped to make into his Ultimate Warrior, Kratos, who was tricked into killing his own wife and daughter, the only two people he ever loved, by Ares.
    Ares: I was trying to make you a great warrior!
    Kratos: You succeeded.
  • Common in the Grand Theft Auto series, usually with a crime boss betraying or simply being a Jerkass to an underling, only for said underling to kill them. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, for a good example, Big Bad Frank Tenpenny crashes his fire truck during a riot in the Grove Street neighborhood. His fellow officers and the Grove Street residents ignore his pleas for help, as he had bullied and harassed both groups for years.
    • Grand Theft Auto V is unique in that the player can permanently kill one of the Villain Protagonists in 2 of 3 endings. Killing Michael results in him being betrayed and murdered by someone he considered a close friend, paralleling his abandonment of Trevor and Brad. Killing Trevor has him burn to death in a puddle of gasoline, which is fitting for a maniac driven by his impulses. The only protagonist you can't kill is Franklin, who's doing the betraying. Ending C in turn has the three protagonists doling these out to every significant villain in the game instead; best example goes to Devin Weston, who gets locked up in a trunk, thoroughly insulted throughout his pathetic attempts at paying his killers off, tied up and finally killed when the car he's locked up in is pushed off a cliff and explodes.
  • Heavy Rain. The origami killer in one scenario can meet his ultimate fate by drowning in rainwater. In another he is shot by the mother of one of his victims that he himself saved.
  • Curtis Blackburn of Killer7, an unrepentant rapist, kidnapper, and organ harvester gets mutilated by his own organ harvesting machine after resident badass Dan refuses to let him have a peaceful, stylish death.
  • Lady Tremaine and her daughters suffer this fate in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. They summon the Cursed Coach in an attempt to kill Cinderella, but are burned to death by its bombs. Doubles as Hoist by His Own Petard.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks has Chancellor Cole who separated Zelda's spirit from her body with the only purpose to revive his king, and he did it, but at the price of his own body.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In Mass Effect 2's Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, you can look up classified dossiers on your squadmates. Garrus' reveals that during his days as a vigilante on Omega, he was especially fond of delivering karmic deaths to his victims when he wasn't shooting them in the head:
      • Har Urek, volus saboteur: sabotaged his environmental suit.
      • Gus Williams, human weapon smuggler: headshot with a smuggled weapon.
      • Thralog Mirki'it, batarian red sand dealer: overdose of red sand.
      • Zel'Aenik nar Helash, quarian viral serial killer: cough.
    • After spending Mass Effect 3 stabbing people in the gut with his signature shirasaya blade, at least one of whom was Shepard's friend/love interest, after being beaten and broken by Shepard, Kai Leng attempts to stab him/her in the back while s/he's perusing the Illusive Man's files. Shepard realizes at the last second what is happening and dodges his stab or, if the Renegade interrupt is taken, shatters his sword for bonus points and proceeds to gut Kai Leng like a fish with the omniblade.
    Shepard: That was for Thane/Miranda/Kirrahe, you son of a bitch!
    • If Miranda is still alive, then she is the one who kills her father, Henry Lawson. The very man who had created her to be nothing more than a tool and his property and controlled every aspect of her life before she escaped. And he's killed in the very facility where he oversaw the murder and experimentation of thousands to millions of families seeking refuge from the war.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 3, the Big Bad of the story Colonel Yevgeny Borisovich Volgin ultimately suffers this fate. For perspective the man carries 10 million volts of electricity in his body and thus utters the phrase, "Kuwabara", which is based off of a legend that says it can ward off lightning during rain storms, out of a paranoia that his electric gift might make him a lightning rod if it rains. As a villain he is a cruel man that tortures people for fun and is implied to rape men and women alike, but despite having petty evil as a hobby he is still a formidable foe. During the climatic confrontation with Volgin Snake defeats him once with CQC leaving him to die in his exploding base, survives the explosion and begins a prolonged chase piloting the Shagohod where he is lured onto a bridge rigged with explosives and falls into the river below, drives the Shagohad up he collapsed bridge to continue the fight and is shot like a billion times with rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire until he finally collapses. Volgin being ever persistent refuses to give up and screams at Snake in frustration, but his efforts to restart the battle are cut short when a rain storm begins... Throwing off his usual paranoia Volgin refuses to chant his usual "Kuwabara" and states arrogantly, "Who is afraid of a little thunder?" Ironically, moments later a lightning bolt strikes him, setting his body on fire and igniting the bullets strapped to his chest, which go off and turn his body to Swiss cheese. Naked Snake seeing this remarks, "Fried by a bolt of lightning... A fitting end.".
  • Mortal Kombat 9: At near the end of the game, Raiden uses the Elder Gods to defeat Shao Kahn and destroys him as punishment for breaking the rules of Mortal Kombat before returning to the heavens.
  • In the "Undead Nightmare" expansion of Red Dead Redemption, a cutscene involves John Marston listening with obvious distaste to the racist, sexist, bigotted ranting of Herbert Moon. Then Herbert goes outside and meets three zombies, while in the background Marston calmly smoke a cigarette and watches. When the cutscene ends, the player then gets to pop zombie-Moon in the head to put him out of humanity's misery.
  • RefleX has ZODIAC Virgo murdering the Phoenix and its pilot with a Wave Motion Gun and a grotesque display of Bullet Hell. The Phoenix then re-awakens as the ZODIAC Ophiuchus and gives Virgo a taste of its own medicine, using an infinite-use Attack Reflector to destroy Virgo with its own shots.
  • In Resident Evil 5, Corrupt Corporate Executive and Evilutionary Biologist, Excella Gione is exposed by Albert Wesker to the very virus she had planned to spread across the world. No more genetically compatible than her own experimental test subjects, Excella erupts into a hideous morass of mindless maggot-like creatures.
  • In Saints Row: The Third's the "Gangstas in Space" DLC, The Boss is starring in an over-the-top sci-fi film with a Jerkass director and a beleaguered co-star that he keeps berating for breaking character and not following his insane commands. Come the third act, he convinces the military to attack the two of them in an effort to make the movie look more realistic, and The Boss's co-star, who by now has grown a spine and is tired of putting up with the director trying to kill them, being mean to her, and having a bad scarf, runs his ass down with the modified VTOL that the duo pilot.
  • Spec Ops: The Line: At the start of chapter 11, you find out that Agent Riggs's plan to steal water is meant to deprive Dubai of it, condemning all of those in it to a slow and agonizing death so no one can tell of the 33rd's atrocities, which in his head would lead to a war between the US and the Middle East. He's pinned under a truck, with fire creeping up to his legs. You can finish him as he asks you to, or you can leave him to be slowly and agonizingly burned alive.
  • In StarCraft, Arcturus Mengsk's Moral Event Horizon was to unleash the Zerg Swarm on the Confederate homeworld and abandon his right-hand Sarah Kerrigan on the planet to die by their claws. Comes Heart of the Swarm, Kerrigan, having now become the Zerg's Hive Queen and an insanely powerful Humanoid Abomination, unleashes the Swarm on his planet, makes her way to his palace and kills him personally in a rather spectacular way.
  • In Startopia, the mindblowingly rich and lazy Gem Slugs have their own private, personalized bar and bathhouse; the contents are so horrendously vile to non-Gem Slugs that the stench can fill half a space station. They only reason they exist is because the bars make them very happy, and Very Happy Gem Slugs make Solid Gold Poop. Every once in a while, a Gem Slug will become so enamored with how much richer and superior they look to the other races when in these baths that they'll forget to take care of their health, eventually dying/drowning. The developers caught it early... but didn't really feel like fixing it because of this trope.
  • In Terranigma, the heroes comment on the karmic irony of Beruga getting accidentally killed by one of his own machines.
  • Uncharted:
    • Lazarevic of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves lives by a creed of "No Compassion, No Mercy". He seeks the city of Shambala to get access to the sap of the Tree of Life, which makes him immortal and super-strong. After being defeated, he mocks Nathan for not having the guts to finish him off. Nathan dismisses him and points out that he might not be willing to do it, but they are. "They" being the mob of merciless compassionless Guardians (the inhabitants of Shambala, many of whom were killed by Lazarevic) that immediately tear Lazarevic apart.
    • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has two examples:
      • In the backstory, the pirate captains who founded Libertalia did so in order to swindle the colonists out of their treasure. They then turned on each other, which led to Avery and Thomas Tew poisoning the rest of the captains to keep the treasure for themselves. Finally, Avery and Tew fought each other in an attempt to monopolise the treasure, resulting in a Mutual Kill.
      • Rafe spends the game obsessed with Avery's treasure. He eventually makes it to the treasure room, which has been set on fire by traps, and is locked inside (along with Nathan and Sam, the latter of whom is pinned under a beam). Nathan proposes an Enemy Mine, requesting Rafe's help to rescue Sam so they can all escape, but Rafe refuses and challenges him to a sword fight (using the same swords as Avery and Tew, no less). Rafe gets the upper hand and disarms Nathan, but Sam recovers his consciousness and slides the sword back to Nathan, allowing him to cut a rope holding up a bag of treasure. Thus, Rafe is crushed underneath the very treasure he was after.
    • At the end of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Atoq Navarro is dragged to the bottom of the sea along with the treasure he worked so ruthlessly to acquire.
  • Combined with Book-Ends in Undertale, it's possible for this to happen to you on a Genocide Run if you lull the Wake-Up Call Boss Papyrus into sparing you and giving you a hug and then kill him when his guard's down. Sans will turn up as the Final Boss and offer you mercy and a hug: if you accept, he hits you with an unavoidable One-Hit Kill, and the Game Over screen's sad music will be replaced by a ridiculous sped-up version of Dogsong, and Sans will be there to mock you.
    Sans: geeettttttt dunked on!!!
    • A case of karmic suicide: in the backstory, The First Fallen Child killed themself with buttercups, with which they earlier poisoned their adoptive father Asgore. It should be noted though that this particular method of suicide was chosen for a different reason than just karmic irony: in order for their plan to work, everyone had to believe they succumbed to a disease. When Asgore was poisoned, everyone mistook the symptoms for a serious illness and The Fallen hoped that it would happen again.
  • Valkyria Chronicles delivers satisfying ends to the morally corrupt characters of the story. Even Squad 7 is subject to it. The closer a character is to the moral high ground, the better their epilogue is.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
    • The entire game has your Player Character running around Los Angeles searching for a Sarcophagus that supposedly contains an ancient and unbelievably powerful vampire. This is done on the orders of Prince LaCroix, who desires to diablerize the slumbering Ancient and effectively nick all its awesome, god-like powers. In the end, it turns out that the sarcophagus he had lied, cheated, back-stabbed and manipulated to get does not contain an Ancient vampire, but half a ton of C4. Your imagination can probably draw an accurate picture of what happens next.
    • Note that this is only one of many endings you can get. In the other endings, you suffer one if you either ally with the Prince regardless of how he's wronged you note , are power mad enough to take the chest for yourself, or ally with the Kindred-hating Kuei-jin, in the former two, you go up in flames with the prince, in the latter ending, their leader decides you're too much of a danger to keep around, and, throws the sarcophagus into the ocean with you chained to it.
  • In The Walking Dead, Larry, Brenda and Andrew from Episode 2. In Episode 1, Larry tried to have Kenny's son thrown out to the zombies, or have his skull crushed, as there was a small chance he would turn into a zombie. In Episode 2, Larry gets a heart attack while locked in a room with Kenny, who crushes his head to stop him reanimating. Brenda of the St John Dairy cuts off Mark's legs for food, and leaves him upstairs to bleed to death. Being unaware that all people with intact brain stems turn into zombies upon death, when she has Katjaa at gunpoint in front of Lee, she backs upstairs and is grabbed and bitten by zombie Mark. In a later blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, Brenda is seen as a zombie, shambling out of the front door of the house. Also, you have the option to kick Andrew into the electric fence that kept the St. John Dairy safe from zombies.
  • In the finale of The Witcher, the main villain Jacques De Aldersberg knocks Geralt's steel sword, which is better suited for killing humans, out of Geralt's hands. Geralt simply proceeds to take out his silver sword, which is better suited for killing monsters, and runs Jacques through with it. Although Jacques De Aldersberg is shocked that Geralt would use his monster-slaying sword to kill him, it's pretty obvious that Jacques De Aldersberg is just as bad as, if not worse than, the mindless monsters that Geralt usually slays.
  • In the third week of The World Ends with You, Konishi spends most of her time finding new and inventive ways to torment Beat and Rhyme, including turning the latter into a pin. In the final phase of her boss fight, Neku steals that pin, and it's his only source of damage — making it effectively a Beat-Rhyme team-up to finish Konishi off.
  • One World of Warcraft quest chain has you infiltrating the Dark Horde in a Paper-Thin Disguise. One of the quests has you assassinate three of their key figures, one of whom is a worg handler that you can see demoralizing the worgs. When you stab her with one of the scorpid barbs you were handed upon accepting the quest, she becomes paralyzed long enough for the worgs to rebel and tear her to shreds.
    • In the updated Scarlet Halls instance (an amalgamation of the Library and Armory instances), the Scarlet Crusade members who are patrolling the first third of the dungeon are accompanied by starving and presumably mistreated hounds; throwing a food bucket at them causes the dogs to eat them alive and go to sleep, enabling you to pass without incident. The first boss, Houndsmaster Braun becomes frustrated with his dogs midway through the fight and threatens to put them down once he finishes off the party. After the party defeats him, the dogs eat him alive and then tear through an otherwise impenetrable phalanx of Scarlet Crusaders.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Manfred Von Karma, though it's debatable whether he was sent to life in prison or was given capital punishment. Phoenix does a turnabout and proves that Von Karma shot and killed Edgeworth's father when Edgeworth threw a gun and triggered the bullet to hit him. Von Karma goes through a long series of events to get Edgeworth guilty of either that murder, or the murder of another man. By wanting Edgeworth to believe he had murdered his own father, he helped lead to his downfall.
    • In Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2, one killer fled the country for a few years after successfully testifying in a trial against the man he was framing. Eighteen years later he admits his crime happily now that the statute of limitations is up - but by fleeing the country while still technically a suspect all those years ago, he wound up extending the statute on the case, giving him a one-way ticket to prison once he confessed.
    • Ace Attorney Investigations features Manny Coachen getting murdered by the leader of a smuggling ring. Said leader ordered Coachen to kill a witness to the ring's dealings 10 years prior. The motive as to why said ringleader murdered Coachen? Because he was a witness too. Well, technically there were multiple motives but this is one of the main ones.
    • The victim in case 3 of the first game actually dies by being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on some metal fence spikes. As revealed during the trial, the woman whom he tried to kill and who pushed him on the spikes witnessed her boyfriend being accidentally killed by the victim in the exact same manner on the same spikes.
  • Fate/stay night has this happen oh-so-satisfyingly to Shinji Matou in two of the three routes. In Fate it takes the form of fleeing the scene of Rider's annihilation at the hands of Saber and Excalibur only to run into Ilya and Berserker. In Heaven's Feel he meets his end at the hands of his own sister Sakura of all people when he tries to blackmail her into a position where he can rape her.
  • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors: 9 years ago, Ace threw Akane into the incinerator for his research about curing his own prosopagnosia. In the "Safe" ending, he gets his comeuppance in the very same room by being burned alive.
  • During Arcueid's route in Tsukihime, a combination of factors make Shiki go briefly insane and sexually assault a drastically-weakened Arcueid. The player can choose whether Shiki gets a hold of himself, or gives in to his desire and rapes her. The correct choice, naturally, is to stop; the next night, Arcueid has another spasm and tries to drink Shiki's blood... and hesitates, long enough for Ciel to come to Shiki's rescue. If Shiki gave in to his dark side and raped her, on the other hand, Arcueid doesn't hold back, either...
  • Danganronpa has a good number of these, as to be expected. Most of them are execution scenes, but some of the murders count as well.

    Web Animation 
  • The Accuser: That's what Dr. Pirot gets for helping a serial killer to survive execution.
  • RWBY: When Ruby fights Roman and Neo on top of a flying battleship, she's knocked down and hangs from the side of the ship helplessly. Neo leans on her unopened weaponised parasol to kick Ruby off the ship, allowing Ruby to grab the parasol's catch; it opens, catches the wind and blows Neo off the ship, while Ruby regains her footing. Roman then brutally beats Ruby to the ground, ranting about her misguided idealism in a savage world where most huntsmen die young. His heightened negativity attracts the negativity-sensing Monsters of Grimm, and one swallows him whole just as he's stating that the only thing that matters is survival skill.
  • Happy Tree Friends: In the episode 'Sea What I Found', Lifty and Shifty steal Disco Bear's golden submarine in order to steal treasure from Lumpy and Russel, which they successfully do. When the submarine goes over an underwater volcano, it begins to grow in temperature, and fall apart, causing Lifty to get stuck under some debris. Instead of helping his brother, Shifty instead takes the gold and treasure he was wearing for himself and leaves Lifty to die. However, after having to force himself to walk due to his feet sticking to the hot floor, ripping off the bottoms of his feet in the process, he finds himself too weighed down by all the gold he is carrying to crawl through the porthole leading to the ladder so he can climb up. And then, the gold reaches its melting point, causing him to get rapidly covered by boiling hot molten gold, resulting in him getting turned into a solid gold statue. As for Lifty, he survives the submarine exploding with fairly minor injuries, only to see his brother's golden remains. Rather than swim to safety, he instead tries to drag his golden brother back to shore, entirely out of greed, mind you, only to get his arm stuck, resulting in him drowning.

    Web Comics 
  • In Anti-Heroes, the lich Finx, lampshades this moments before his demise.
  • The Fat Guard at the claws and beak of Fluffles in Goblins. His plan was to, through months of agonizing torture, turn it into a killing machine that would fight for Brassmoon. Well, he got the first part right...
  • The Wotch: Natasha Dahlet of DOLLY is turned into a dolly.
  • In Sam & Fuzzy, this trope is double subverted. Mr. Blank looks like he'll be setting it up when he is dangling from the side of a flying skyscraper and proclaims that Sam doesn't have it in him to let him fall — only to be proven wrong when Sam steps aside and lets Fuzzy unceremoniously kick him off. As it turns out, this didn't take and Blank is later seen climbing up the side of the skyscraper — only to be hit by the corpse of a man he murdered in cold blood earlier on in the arc, loose his footing, and fall off the building to his death together with the corpse.
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has, from its bonus comic alternate universe Disaster Dominos comic, Kizuna, who, after murdering several students, dies of the bloodborne disease one of them carried. It isn't present in the main series. Yet.
  • The titular business of Suicide for Hire runs on helping people bring karmic deaths onto themselves.
  • In The Kenny Chronicles Kenny and Funky's feud started when Funky made a porno of Kenny and his girlfriend having sex in a dumpster. A year later Funky fell six stories into a dumpster (a complete accident, though his friends think Kenny is somehow responsible).
  • Homestuck:
    • After making his Face–Heel Turn, Eridan kills Kanaya with the magic wand she made for him. That's not the karmic death. That comes when after Kanaya comes back as a Rainbow Drinker, she snaps said wand in half, then tears her killer a new one with a chainsaw.
    • This is also one of two ways a player that has reached Godtier can be permanently killed (the other being a Heroic Sacrifice), as Vriska finds out. If she'd gone through with her plan to fight Jack Noir, it would have led to the deaths of all the other trolls, and thus, Terezi killing her was ruled a Just death.
    • In the "[S] Game Over" timeline, we get three more Just deaths, though only one of them is a true example. Aranea Serket kills Jade Harley and Jane Crocker, who are both God Tiers, and both of their deaths are ruled Just; however, since they were being brainwashed by the Condesce into working for her and carrying out her plans, this was a form of Cartesian Karma, and we see that at least in Jade's case, Aranea manipul8ed the God Tier clock into ruling her death Just, and so this probably carried over to Jane as well. Aranea herself, however, is the true example, as she is killed via a Neck Snap from the Condesce, then thrown into a fire; due to Aranea's aforementioned killing of Jade and Jane, also killing Jake and mortally wounding Terezi, and dooming an entire timeline, her death, too, is ruled Just.
  • In the space arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space the False Guenevere's mysterious illness is clone degradation. The karmic bit is that it is excerbated by the spells she casts to prevent Arthur realising she's not the real Guenevere.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Tsukiko is a necromancer who believes that Humans Are Bastards, and that inversely, the undead are misunderstood people who are better than them. However, in the end, Redcloak proves her wrong by taking control of her wights — while describing the undead as mere "tools" and "weapons" — and having them drain her to death and eat the body. Believe it or not, it's actually pretty sympathetic, as evidenced by this exchange:
      Demon-roach: What's wrong with you?
      Monster in the Darkness: I guess I'm sad. I mean, Tsukiko just wanted to be loved.
      Demon-roach: So? No one cares.
      Monster in the Darkness: I know. That's why I'm sad.
    • Yukyuk, Belkar's third Evil Counterpart in the Linear Guild, made his debut by trying to kill Mr. Scruffy for no reason. After being mentally dominated by Vaarsuvius for a while, he ends up being killed in an attack by his own teammates, while Mr. Scruffy uses him as a body shield. Played with in that Elan brings up all the other horrible stuff Belkar had already done to him before this point - Belkar shrugs it off with "interest".
  • In The Greatest Gift, Neptune, the father of Venus (Jupiter) and Astra (the real Venus), was Venus' Predecessor Villain and absolutely ruthless mob boss of Las Haygas. In the end, he ends up short changing an assassin he hired to kill a rival mob boss, who kills him in revenge.

    Web Original 
  • Survival of the Fittest:
    • Jack O'Connor cheats in a Ten Paces and Turn duel, only to find his opponent (Adam Dodd) had been walking down a slope (something of a Deus ex Machina). Jack shooting early allows Adam time to find his aim and fatally wound Jack to win the fight and v1. This also apparently makes the fact that Adam was planning on cheating okay simply because Jack tried it earlier.
    • Laeil Burbank's first kill (and, in fact, first scene in V3) involves her torturing her helpless cousin, leaving him begging for mercy before killing. Of course, it's only fitting that her death involves a helpless Laeil getting horribly tortured and left to die, also begging for mercy. It's also a rare case of a Karmic Death where one can feel sympathy for the victim, mostly because her cousin was a dickweed, she had something of a temporary Morality Pet in both Jimmy Trejo and Eddie Sullivan, and the guy who tortured her, JR Rizzolo, was a monster. And there's also her tragic Back Story...
    • In another example, rapist and literal lady-killer Adam Reeves has a two-for-one when he gets his nuts blown off right before his death at the hands of Alexis Machina.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Through the entire show, Super Kami Guru has been a bigger asshole than even the villains of the arc, to the point he decided to die just because dying at that exact moment would be a giant dick move. After it's all said and done, and he's revived but dying of old age, he decides to make one final Deathbed Confession that the giant drought he had blamed on the Albino Namekians was actually his fault, thus the latter were slaughtered for nothing. Then, he gurgles one last breath as everyone is too shocked to respond... only to realize he isn't actually dying, and is fine. At least until the enraged Namekians present tear him apart so viciously even Vegeta, who was watching the whole affair, is disturbed.

    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends
    • In "The Glass Princess", the Raptorians get turned into glass after spending most of the episode turning others into glass.
    • Lavan ultimately meets his end when the Princess Ponies use the very magic wands he obsessed over obtaining the power of to reflect one of his energy blasts right back at him, blowing him to bits.
  • The Powerpuff Girls, "Knock It Off" features one-shot villain Dick Hardly, who mass-produces shoddy clones of the Girls for financial gain. When confronted by the girls, he literally swallows an entire bottle of Chemical X, turning him into a monster. He is soon afterward killed when his clones turn against him and his factory falls on top of him.
  • Justice League:
    • During a battle with his brother Orm in the aquatic underground, Aquaman has Orm hanging off a frozen cliff, begging his brother to have mercy. After he said "You're weak! You're not fit to...(slips)" (Had the sentenced have been finished, he would have likely said "rule"). Aquaman stares, walks up to Orm while he hanging on the cliff, extends his hand and... picks up his trident, leaving Orm to fall to this death.
    Aquaman: I believe this is mine.
    • It's worth considering that Orm threatened Aquaman's son earlier. Clearly, that's one heck of a Berserk Button.
    • Another example (although Superman didn't know it at the time), was in "Twilight of the Gods", with Darkseid dying when Brainiac's home-base overloaded in his aim to search for the Anti-Life Equation. Superman probably wouldn't have thought this was fitting death given what he did to him in their last encounter. Darkseid, who took a received end of a Roaring Rampage of Revenge seemed to find Karma's decision quite funny since Superman didn't finish him off, and spited him in his last word(s):
    Darkseid: Loser.
  • Metalocalypse features a slimy PR lady-slash-cult leader get squished by the very comet she tried to kill everyone with.
  • The Legend of Korra: Unalaq is killed by the very same spiritbending technique he used throughout the second arc and considering everything he did up to that point (banishing Tonraq, putting Tonraq in jail, manipulating Korra, putting Jinora into a comatose state, treating his own son as a liability, destroying Korra's link with her past lives, nearly destroying the world etc) he definitely got what was coming to him.
    • In Season 3, the Earth Queen had been enslaving airbenders and eating baby sky bison. She is assassinated by Zaheer using airbending to asphyxiate her.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Aang actually sits down and discusses this trope with Avatar Kyoshi, no doubt hoping his upcoming battle with Fire Lord Ozai could end the same way as her battle with Chin the Conqueror.
      Aang: But you didn't really kill Chin. Technically, he fell to his own doom because he was too stubborn to get out of the way.
      Kyoshi: Personally, I don't really see the difference. But I assure you, I would have done whatever it took to stop Chin.
  • Most episodes of Jonny Quest TOS in which a Villain died.
    • All of the examples in Hoist By His Own Petard except "Arctic Splashdown", "Mystery of the Lizard Men" and "Pirates from Below."
    • "Arctic Splashdown". While trying to murder Dr. Quest, the Big Bad is blown up by the Self-Destruct Mechanism of the rocket whose guidance control he was trying to steal.
    • "Riddle of the Gold":
      • An assassin named Ali is killed by a tiger released by the villains while trying to assassinate Dr. Quest.
      • The Villain working for Dr. Zin is killed by the leopard pet of the man he murdered earlier.
    • "Calcutta Adventure". The enemy Mook pilot strafing the Quests is killed when his plane runs into some trees, has its wings ripped off and crashes.
    • "Shadow of the Condor". The Big Bad likes to shoot condors who live near his castle in the Andes. As he's trying to shoot down and kill Race Bannon in an aerial duel, a condor attacks his plane in revenge and causes him to crash into a mountainside.
    • "Turu the Terrible". The Big Bad is killed while trying to save the titular pteranodon he used to terrorize and enslave native workers.
    • "Monster in the Monastery". A group of Mooks masquerading as yeti (who tried to murder Jonny and Hadji) are killed by a real yeti who's angry about the impersonation.
    • "The Fraudulent Volcano". A group of enemy mooks flying in hover platforms ram into a cliff and blow up while trying to kill the Quests.
    • "House of the Seven Gargoyles". Dietrich (the dwarf masquerading as a gargoyle) is murdered by his boss Ivar.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
    • Joe Chill, killer of Bruce's parents, dies this way. It's lampshaded and justified soon afterwards:
    Phantom Stranger: Ultimately it was karma that delivered the final blow to Joe Chill. ...Funny how Chill just happened to be under that crumbling ceiling when it came down.
    Spectre: I wouldn't know anything about that...
    • Also, in the series finale, Batmite succeeds in getting the show cancelled for a Darker and Edgier one, but as a light-hearted and silly character, there's no room for him in the new show, and he is erased from existence.
  • Megabyte in Reboot had this happen to him in season 3, though he ended up Not Quite Dead in season 4. After being spared by Matrix Megabyte tries to escape to the Supercomputer, but Mouse changes the portal's destination to the Web, which is supposed to be fatal to viruses. Megabyte had previously sent Bob to the Web back in season 2, so being sent to the Web himself is an ironic end, had he not survived via Retcon.
  • The South Park episode "Reverse Cowgirl", has Clyde's mom being a bitch about her son leaving the toilet seat up. When Clyde once again leaves the seat up, guess what happens.
  • The Big Bad of Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost gets Dragged Off to Hell by the titular Greater-Scope Villain, which he himself summoned.
  • The Quack Pack episode "Cat and Louse" featured an antagonist named Andre Demouche, an animal trainer and jewel thief who was very abusive to the cats he trained. At the end of the episode, the cats he mistreated kill him offscreen, with Huey shutting the door on the villain and assuring the audience that they don't need to see what's happening.
  • In Star Wars Rebels episode "Twin Suns", Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi meet for the first time since the Clone Wars and decide to shift to the stances they used when they fought on Naboo all the way back in The Phantom Menace. Maul attempts to deliver the same killing blow he performed on Qui-Gon Jinn. Obi-Wan is prepared, counters and slashes him, delivering the killing blow.
  • In the DiC Entertainment G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero two-part episode "The Greatest Evil", the villain is a drug dealer called the Headman, who has caused grief for both G.I. Joe and Cobra because Falcon's addiction to his drug spark has driven a wedge between Falcon and his half-brother Duke, and a Cobra member's sister has fallen into a coma from overdosing on the drug. In the end, the Headman dies from overdosing on his own drug when he tries to expose the Joes and Cobra to lethal amounts of spark, only for Falcon to redirect the hose at the Headman the instant he fires.
  • In the finale of Samurai Jack, Aku gets a fittingly karmic demise in double doses.
    • Future Aku meets his end when his daughter Ashi uses her newly awakened powers, which were intended to be used to kill Jack, to send Jack back to the past and enable him to kill Aku, resulting in Future Aku being erased from existence. He was also close to victory before his chance at winning was snatched away from him at the last minute, a suitable comeuppance for when he taunted Jack after destroying the last time portal in front of him.
    • Past Aku ends up killed by Jack when the samurai returns from the future, where Aku sent him to in the first place. With all the years of experience Jack obtained from being trapped in the future, he easily overpowers Aku. What makes Past Aku's final fate especially karmic is that he ends up dying the same way as many of his victims: completely terrified while faced against an opponent far too strong for him to so much as scratch, let alone defeat.