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22nd Nov '16 5:17:06 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': During the season 5 episode "Forever," Willow and Xander run into Spike, who's in the process of trying to deliver a bouquet of flowers to the Summers home. Xander believes he's trying to take advantage of Buffy's mother's death to score points with Buffy, but Spike adamantly insists that he was actually trying to [[DueToTheDead pay his respects to Joyce]], as she was the only one of Buffy's "lot" that was ever nice to him. Xander refuses to believe Spike, who eventually gives in, throws the flowers down, and storms off, telling Xander to think whatever he wants. As soon as he's gone, Willow picks up the bouquet and informs an equally surprised Xander that Spike didn't include a card with the flowers, surprising them both with the knowledge that Spike really ''was'' trying to pay his respects.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': During the season 5 episode "Forever," Willow and Xander run into Spike, who's in the process of trying to deliver a bouquet of flowers to the Summers home. Xander believes he's trying to take advantage of Buffy's mother's death to score points with Buffy, but Spike adamantly insists that he was actually trying to [[DueToTheDead pay his respects to Joyce]], as she was the only one of Buffy's "lot" that was ever nice to him. Xander refuses to believe Spike, who eventually gives in, throws the flowers down, and storms off, telling Xander to think whatever he wants. As soon as he's gone, Willow picks up the bouquet and informs an equally surprised Xander that Spike didn't include a card with the flowers, surprising them both with the knowledge that Spike really ''was'' trying to pay his respects.respects.
14th Nov '16 3:46:45 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': During the season 5 episode "Forever," Willow and Xander run into Spike, who's in the process of trying to deliver a bouquet of flowers to the Summers home. Xander believes he's trying to take advantage of Buffy's mother's death to score points with Buffy, but Spike adamantly insists that he was actually trying to [[DueToTheDead pay his respects to Joyce]], as she was the only one of Buffy's "lot" that was ever nice to him. Xander refuses to believe Spike, who eventually gives in, throws the flowers down, and storms off, telling Xander to think whatever he wants. As soon as he's gone, Willow picks up the bouquet and informs an equally surprised Xander that Spike didn't include a card with the flowers, surprising them both with the knowledge that Spike really ''was'' trying to pay his respects.
31st Oct '16 3:55:47 PM Andyroid
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* Throughout most of ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', Wirt is quick to blame his younger brother Gregory for the trouble they get into, even when [[NeverMyFault the problems are caused by Wirt's wishy-washiness and refusal to take responsibility]]. In fact, a flashback in the penultimate episode reveals [[spoiler: Wirt's inaction nearly got him and his brother killed, and led to them getting stranded in the Unknown in the first place]], and it's at this point Wirt realizes how much he is to blame for their predicament.
-->'''Beatrice's Mother:''' You'll be no good to your brother dead!\\
'''Wirt:''' I was never any good to him when I was alive...
30th Oct '16 9:11:59 AM gophergiggles
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** Discord might be on the side of good now, but he ''still'' has [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove some difficulty understanding friendship]] and differentiating right from wrong. Most episodes that feature him have him lose his temper, whip up some ''serious'' trouble with his [[RealityWarper limitless power]], realize he's being an asshole, and giving a meek but genuine apology:
--> '''Discord:''' Er, Tree Hugger, I'm sorry that you got caught in the middle of my... er, you know... wrath.
30th Oct '16 1:09:06 AM ClatoLawa
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* A double example in the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8081185 We're inevitable]]'' takes place several months after Marinette confessed her feelings to Adrien, only to be met with an "I know," and "I'm sorry," expressed with barely concealed irritation. At the start of the story, the two are brought together for the first time in months by Master Fu, learning that they're Ladybug and Chat Noir, and are forced to confront what happened.
** Marinette starts by saying that she doesn't blame him for his reaction, admitting that the way she'd acted didn't really set her apart from any of his other obsessed fangirls. "I wanted to believe I was different, because my feelings hadnít stemmed from your looks or your position in life or anything like that. They were feelings that were entirely anchored in the right reasons, so I let myself believe that because I liked you for your kindness and your talents and your selflessness that I wasnít just putting you on a pedestal of unreachable proportions just like everyone else had. But I was lying to myself. I had put you on a pedestal. I idolised everything that made Adrien Agreste who he was, but felt as though I could never be good enough for you, or even be myself around you, so I got to know you through ways that didnít involve actually forming a friendship with you, under the illusion that it was okay because I did know you, and we were sort of friends and everything. I found so many reasons to admire you, but without even realising it I used all those reasons to further push you to an unreachable point. It was bad for myself, and it was bad for you. So, I guess what Iím trying to say is, Iím sorry. Not for having the feelings I did, but the fact that I let them stop me from treating you like a normal person."
** In turn, Adrien tells her that nothing she did justified him being (as he now sees it) a jerk and a hypocrite about it, bringing up his own feelings for Ladybug. "Weíre partners and best friends, but the fact that I didnít know Ladybugís civilian side and totally idolised her on this unreachable level kind of meant I was no better than everyone who does the same with me, even if I liked her for the right reasons, just like you. When you told me how you felt, I already knew, but to hear it directly from you and to immediately feel kind of annoyed - once again, sorry - well, I looked back on it not much later and realised how hypocritical it was in retrospect. But all the times I wanted to apologise and try and patch things up Alya would pull you away because she was angry on your behalf, and no longer being in the same class meant we didnít see much of each other anyway. And I never really knew what Iíd have said, anyway. 'Hey Marinette, sorry I was a jerk when you said you liked me but the thing is, I have a massive crush on Ladybug who doesnít like superhero me and doesnít know civilian me and I put her on a pedestal the same way you did so really Iím in no position to judge you but Iím just sick of people idolising me is that okay?' never really had the best ring to it."
15th Oct '16 2:27:33 AM FoxBluereaver
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** At first, Neji used to lecture everyone about "destiny" and how they're idiots for thinking that they can change it. Later on, Naruto confronts him. Afterwards, Neji admits he was wrong, and no longer bashes people. Later on, he also confronts the main branch for being responsible for making him believe this way.

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** At first, Neji used to lecture everyone about "destiny" and how they're idiots for thinking that they can change it. Later on, Naruto confronts him.him (even pointing out that he's being a {{Hypocrite}} because he's too trying to escape his own destiny). Afterwards, Neji admits he was wrong, and no longer bashes people. Later on, he also confronts the main branch for being responsible for making him believe this way.
14th Oct '16 2:15:09 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Asuna's mother, Kyouko, is initially shown to be a FantasyForbiddingMother and very controlling of her daughter's life. By the latter parts of Volume 7 (Season 2 Episode 23 of the anime), she, using Asuna's "Erika" account, has a heart-to-heart with Asuna within ALO. When Asuna confides to Kyouko that her own parents are proud of her achievements and that Asuna's time in SAO and ALO taught her the value of having people who can appreciate her deeds, Kyouko realizes she has been an ungrateful mother and breaks down in TearsOfRemorse.
18th Sep '16 7:34:59 PM BobSaget9
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** [[spoiler: After JD's father passes away]], JD gets mad at Cox, Cox narrowly averts this trope by getting mad at JD but immediately feeling like a Jerkass, [[spoiler: as he knows JD's father has died]]. Then Ted joins in the taunting of JD, Ted asks why are they clapping and Dr. Cox says, "[[spoiler:His dad died]], dammit...." Ted then immediately stops clapping. Ted, You're a Jerkass.

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** [[spoiler: After JD's father passes away]], JD gets mad at Cox, Cox narrowly averts this trope by getting mad at JD but immediately feeling like a Jerkass, [[spoiler: as he knows JD's father has died]]. Then Ted joins in the taunting of JD, Ted asks why are they clapping and Dr. Cox says, "[[spoiler:His dad died]], dammit....died]]..." Ted then immediately stops clapping. Ted, You're a Jerkass."Damnit..."
16th Aug '16 7:06:26 AM Nintendoman01
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** As Shrek leads Donkey through a swamp, Donkey complains about its miserable state and wonders aloud who would be crazy enough to live there. Shrek replies that this is actually his home. Donkey [[VerbalBackspace immediately showers the swamp with compliments]] that seem more like [[DamnedByFaintPraise damning with faint praise]] than anything else

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** As Shrek leads Donkey through a swamp, Donkey complains about its miserable state and wonders aloud who would be crazy enough to live there. Shrek replies that this is actually his home. Donkey [[VerbalBackspace immediately showers the swamp with compliments]] that seem more like [[DamnedByFaintPraise damning with faint praise]] than anything elseelse.



** In another episode, Dr. Cox, a HollywoodAtheist, becomes determined to convince Nurse Roberts, a devout Christian, that everything is a coincidence. When he inevitably pushes things way too far, Nurse Roberts gives him an epic ShutUpHannibal, telling him that she needs there to be a God and a bigger reason behind the things that happen to patients because it helps her cope with the horrors of watching people die around the hospital every day. Cox softly offers an apology and stops pushing the issue.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In "The Late Phillip J. Fry", Fry misses a date with Leela on her birthday due to a mishap with the Professor's new time machine (which can only move forward) which strands him in the distant future, and the video birthday card he was recording for her falls out just after the time machine launches. Leela thinks he ditched her for a party that was being held the same night (and during which accident killed almost everyone) and spends decades being angry at him... at which point the video card flies out of the time machine, hits Leela in the head, and after viewing it Leela realizes she spent her entire life being mad at Fry for something that wasn't his fault.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In "The Late Phillip J. Fry", Fry misses a date with Leela on her birthday due to a mishap with the Professor's new time machine (which can only move forward) which strands him in the distant future, and the video birthday card he was recording for her falls out just after the time machine launches. Leela thinks he ditched her for a party that was being held the same night (and during which an accident killed almost everyone) and spends decades being angry at him... at which point the video card flies out of the time machine, hits Leela in the head, and after viewing it Leela realizes she spent her entire life being mad at Fry for something that wasn't his fault.



** In the episode "What Ever Happened to [=SpongeBob=]?", ''all'' of [=SpongeBob=]'s friends get exasperated with [=SpongeBob=]'s clumsy behavior, call him "idiot boy," and bluntly tell him to get lost. They're left in tearful remorse when they discover that [=SpongeBob=] has run away as a result and do everything they can to find him and bring him home. (Well, except for Squidward)
--->'''Squidward:''' (sadly) If I knew that was the last time I'd see [=SpongeBob=]... (happily) [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk I would have slammed the door in his face even harder!]]

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** In the episode "What Ever Happened to [=SpongeBob=]?", ''all'' of [=SpongeBob=]'s friends get exasperated with [=SpongeBob=]'s clumsy behavior, call him "idiot boy," and bluntly tell him to get lost. They're left in tearful remorse when they discover that [=SpongeBob=] has run away as a result and do everything they can to find him and bring him home. (Well, home... except for Squidward)
--->'''Squidward:''' (sadly) If I knew
Squidward, who's ecstatic that was the last time I'd see [=SpongeBob=]... (happily) [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk I would have slammed the door in his face even harder!]] [=SpongeBob=] is gone.
12th Aug '16 8:48:27 AM lady_peaseblossom
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** As Shrek leads Donkey through a swamp, Donkey complains about its miserable state and wonders aloud who would be crazy enough to live there. Shrek replies that this is actually his home. Donkey [[ImmediateSelfContradiction immediately showers the swamp with compliments]] that seem more like [[DamnedByFaintPraise damning with faint praise]] than anything else

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** As Shrek leads Donkey through a swamp, Donkey complains about its miserable state and wonders aloud who would be crazy enough to live there. Shrek replies that this is actually his home. Donkey [[ImmediateSelfContradiction [[VerbalBackspace immediately showers the swamp with compliments]] that seem more like [[DamnedByFaintPraise damning with faint praise]] than anything else
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