I got the idea from an article about HSDS's unpunished characters. Basically the author noticed that a large amount of characters got away unpunished at the end of HSDS, more than is usual for a Jin Yong novel.
Who do you most want to receive punishment?
Any suggestions for the type of punishment?
1) Xuan Ming Elders
For the crap they did to ZWJ & their part in aiding the government against Wulin, they escaped justice.
2) Granny Gold Flower
She kills the healer and his wife, poisoned all those ppl she sent to Butterfly Valley, has ulterior designs on Xie Xun & the rest of the Ming Cult. Yet she escapes her BBQ and goes back to Persia reunited with her daughter without her disguise, as mother of the Holy Virgin ruler.
3) Zhao Man
She was excessively cruel to the Wulin fighters she imprisoned eg. chopping Ho Tai Chong and others fingers off when she was wanting to learn their skills on the pretense of letting them gain their freedom. I don't think they ever got revenge on her since she was under the protection of ZWJ & the Ming Cult later on, save for some suffering which ZZR caused her on Serpent Island.
She ends up with the one she loves and presumably lives happily ever after.
4) Chen YouLiang
His teacher was punished by Xie Xun but his disciple escaped unscathed despite his attempts to kill XX, manipulating SQS, his part in poisoning everyone in Wutang, his part in taking over Beggar Clan etc etc
She tries to kill XX several times, for all intents did enough to kill Zhe Er, framed ZM and left her die on the raft, poisoned ppl, manipulated SQS, disobeyed her Sifu. But throughout it all she portrays herself as the victim and righteous. At the end a little apology and all is forgiven.
She ends up with a powerful kung fu manual & still leader of Emei.
6) Ding Man Jun
This cow had NO redeeming features and her actions were not motivated by anything other than jealousy and self-gain. She is mean to her colleagues & ZZR in particular. Her part in the renunciation of ZZR as leader was downright cruel yet she is never punished.