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Basic Trope: A character experiences a bad misfortune due to his/her bad deeds.

  • Straight: Alice ridicules Bob, damaging his feelings. Later, she becomes sick.
    • Alice devises a scheme to publically humiliate Bob. Shortly after she goes bald.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice kills innocent lives, but later suffers a Karmic Death.
    • Alice plays a mean prank on Bob only to suffer Disproportionate Retribution.
    • Alice, Damien, and Flynn put together a huge, high-budget smear campaign so that everyone will run Bob out of town because he lied about how tall he was once in the second grade. Shortly after it's success, Damien's marriage grows turbulant and leads to a divorce, Flynn's career experiences a severe slump, Alice loses all her hair and gets hit by a car and hospitalized.
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  • Downplayed: Alice calls Bob a nasty name. As a result, she gets a sore throat that renders her unable to talk.
  • Justified: The world is ruled by a deity who sets the world under black and white rules, and is functioned to reward good and punish evil.
    • Alice's plan to humiliate Bob involved her dyeing her hair, which ruined it and left her with no choice but to shave it all off, leaving her humiliated.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted" It seems that the audience is awaiting Alice's comeuppance, but she becomes repentant of her deed.
  • Double Subverted: ...but that didn't stop karma from making her ill anyways.
  • Parodied: Alice listens to violent Gangsta Rap. Her ears are profusely bleeding.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is a Karma Houdini who gets away with all kinds of misdeeds, but eventually, she grows a heart, performs a Heel–Face Turn and goes clean. Unfortunately, in doing so, she's abandoned most of her normal "safeguards" and leaves herself vulnerable to all the people she's hurt over the years, who have varying reactions.
  • Averted:
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    • Karma Houdini
    • Nobody is repaid with good or bad consequences. In short, karma doesn't exist.
  • Enforced: "Alice always get away from her jerkassery. Let's punish her to please our audience."
  • Lampshaded: "You got exactly what you deserved, Alice!"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: A miserly Jarl refuses to tip a Wise Woman. The Wise Woman gets even by giving a hint to Odin to go for a visit in disguise to that Jarl. That Jarl has a habit of robbing his guests.
  • Defied: "I don't believe in what goes around comes around. I believe that whatever happens, happens."
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  • Discussed: "There's nothing satisfying to people than to see people get what they deserve."
  • Conversed: A viewer who watches Alice suffer her punishment screams out "Karma's a bitch! Huh, Alice?!".
  • Deconstructed: Alice suffers karmic retribution, but this didn't stop others to celebrate it, especially when she actually is trying to atone for her actions. This proves that every character is no better than the other, and even worse, karma didn't bother to bite them all in the asses.
  • Reconstructed: The people who never let Alice forget her misdeeds and rejoice in her misery receive a vicious Shaming the Mob speech from an enraged bystander, who points out that in acting self-righteous and petty, they've become no better than Alice herself.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice steals ice cream from a child. Later on, when she gets ice cream for herself, she learns that the local ice cream store has removed her favorite flavor and raised the prices for scoops.

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