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11th Jun '18 8:04:43 AM Pamina
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' cartoon "Pigeon on the Roof," Pesto fantasizes about murdering the Godpigeon and taking over the flock, but after he has a nightmare where the Godpigeon comes back as a zombie, he tearfully confesses everything to the real Godpigeon and apologizes. The Godpigeon seems to [[EasilyForgiven easily forgive]] him... but then gives him a JumpScare with a NightmareFace just before leaving.
11th Jun '18 7:56:50 AM Pamina
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* In [[Literature/TheBible the Biblical book of Genesis]], Joseph is Prime Minister of Egypt when he meets his treacherous brothers (Excepting Reuben, who was halfway decent to him, and Benjamin, who was a complete innocent in the conflict) as they come to purchase food and failed to recognize him. As much as Joseph could have had them all executed, he satisfies himself with scaring them by accusing and jailing them overnight as spies, keeping Simeon in prison until they return with Benjamin and purposefully arranging Benjamin to be falsely accused of petty theft until he was satisfied they had matured enough to let them off the hook and reveal his true identity.


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* In [[Literature/TheBible the Biblical book of Genesis]], Joseph is Prime Minister of Egypt when he meets his treacherous brothers (Excepting Reuben, who was halfway decent to him, and Benjamin, who was a complete innocent in the conflict) as they come to purchase food and failed to recognize him. As much as Joseph could have had them all executed, he satisfies himself with scaring them by accusing and jailing them for three days as spies, keeping Simeon in prison until they return with Benjamin, and purposefully arranging Benjamin to be falsely accused of petty theft until he was satisfied they had matured enough to let them off the hook and reveal his true identity.
13th Apr '18 11:55:46 AM StFan
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* In the ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' episode "Immune", after being asked to [[spoiler:lie in court (pretending that Jake Thorne must have misunderstood him)]], Casey gets even with Thorne by using his testimony to call him stupid (invoking HanlonsRazor to explain why he was misunderstood).
** In the [[Series/LawAndOrder American version]], Detective Curtis insults ADA [=McCoy=] in a similar manner for similar reasons.

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* In the ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' episode "Immune", after being asked to [[spoiler:lie in court (pretending that Jake Thorne must have misunderstood him)]], Casey gets even with Thorne by using his testimony to call him stupid (invoking HanlonsRazor to explain why he was misunderstood).
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29th Mar '18 7:49:14 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Or so they ''claim.'' In actuality, the fey are deeply GenreSavvy. Jyrras's mark was put on him in order to ''protect'' him from other creatures attacking him because of the threat he presents; the Bachelor of the Year "revenge" made him into a public figure who was always being followed around by the press and thus was much more difficult to assassinate quietly. Dan notes that he took advantage of his own mark to mess with some of the creatures he was confronting. The fey marks are probably yet another way for the fey to subtly exert their influence over the world and put certain people under their protection.

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** Or so they ''claim.'' In actuality, the fey are deeply GenreSavvy. Jyrras's mark was put on him in order to ''protect'' him from other creatures attacking him because of the threat he presents; the Bachelor of the Year "revenge" made him into a public figure who was always being followed around by the press and thus was much more difficult to assassinate quietly. Dan notes that he took advantage of his own mark to mess with some of the creatures he was confronting. The fey marks are probably yet another way for the fey to subtly exert their influence over the world and put certain people under their protection.
22nd Mar '18 11:20:19 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has this happen when [[spoiler:the Dark World Mane Six finally confront Discord, who was mortally wounded by his sister Rancor and on his deathbed. Partially due to the machinations of [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox]], the others (sans Twilight, who's realized something is wrong) deliver a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Discord. Apple Pie, however, merely walks up to him, gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, and walks away satisfied with that.]]

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* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has this happen when [[spoiler:the Dark World Mane Six finally confront Discord, who was mortally wounded by his sister Rancor and on his deathbed. Partially due to the machinations of [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox]], Paradox, the others (sans Twilight, who's realized something is wrong) deliver a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Discord. Apple Pie, however, merely walks up to him, gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, and walks away satisfied with that.]]
10th Feb '18 7:05:59 AM ScandalousWaheela
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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Honor Among Enemies]]'', one of the characters - the series' first full-book-length viewpoint character who isn't a commissioned officer, Aubrey Wanderman - falls afoul of Randy Steilman, a low-life thug who's spent his last 20 years trying (in no particular order) to avoid work and hurt people. After a fairly vicious beating by Steilman, Wanderman is counseled by [[SergeantRock Horace Harkness]] to seek hand to hand combat training with the ship's marine complement. One growth arc later, Wanderman hands out a fairly vicious beating to Steilman after Steilman attempts - and nearly succeeds at - murdering his best friend. For the beating, Wanderman suffers through a Captain's Mast (a nonjudicial punishment hearing in front of the Captain) where he is sentenced to... spend a day locked in his quarters and lose a week's pay. Compared to the planet that ''could'' have fallen on him for his actual offense (3 grades' demotion from his ''permanent'' rank of Electronics Technician 1st Class and up to 45 days' imprisonment on the spacegoing equivalent of bread and water), he was getting a tiny slap on the wrist that conveyed ''actual'' - if unofficial - approval.
9th Nov '17 8:40:02 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* Vinnie, a recurring character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', repeatedly suffers misfortune at the Gargoyles hands and finally seems to break under the pressure, muttering constantly that he's going to take his revenge. He has a '''[[{{BFG}} huge]]''' custom gun made, which [[ICallHerVera he names "Mr. Carter"]] and tracks down Goliath and threatens him with it. However, Mr. Carter fires... cream pies. After the pie in the face, Vinnie walks off humming, apparently satisfied with his revenge.
** It should be noted that the futility of revenge is a recurring theme in Gargoyles. Several villains are hamstrung by [[CycleOfRevenge their inability to let go of old grudges]], and more than a few episodes have explicitly used this as an aesop. Vinnie is the only character in the series who sought revenge and got away with it, mostly because his intent wasn't murderous.

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* Vinnie, a recurring character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', repeatedly suffers misfortune at the Gargoyles hands and finally seems to break under the pressure, muttering constantly that he's going to take his revenge. He has a '''[[{{BFG}} huge]]''' custom gun made, which [[ICallHerVera he names "Mr. Carter"]] and tracks down Goliath and threatens him with it. However, Mr. Carter fires... cream pies. After the pie in the face, PieInTheFace, Vinnie walks off humming, apparently satisfied with his revenge.
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revenge. It should be noted that the futility of the pursuit of revenge is a recurring theme in Gargoyles. Several villains are hamstrung by [[CycleOfRevenge their inability to let go of old grudges]], and more than a few episodes have explicitly used this as an aesop. Vinnie is the only character in the series who sought revenge and got away with it, mostly because his intent wasn't murderous.



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6th Nov '17 12:06:14 PM KingLyger
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' Lord Beerus, the main antagonist, said he would destroy the Earth primarily as retaliation for [[DisproportionateRetribution Buu refusing to share his pudding with him.]] [[spoiler: After the climax, he blasts a small rock rather than the whole planet and leaves satisfied in having destroyed [[ExactWords "a very small earth"]].]]
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' proper, after Krillin is killed by Frieza and with Gohan as the next target, Goku goes after Frieza [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge with the intent]] [[UnstoppableRage to kill him.]] After beating the holy hell out of each other, Goku finally has Frieza at his mercy, but decides to simply let him live with a shattered ego rather than tearing him apart. But when Frieza decides to ignore Goku's ''very'' generous offer to let him leave alive ''twice'', Goku finally thinks "fuck it" and Frieza is blasted to pieces and LeftForDead.

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In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'', Lord Beerus, the main antagonist, Beerus said he would destroy the Earth primarily as retaliation for [[DisproportionateRetribution Buu refusing to share his pudding with him.]] [[spoiler: After the climax, he blasts a small rock rather than the whole planet and leaves satisfied in having destroyed [[ExactWords "a very small earth"]].]]
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' proper, after After Krillin is killed by Frieza and with Gohan as the next target, Goku goes after Frieza [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge with the intent]] [[UnstoppableRage to kill him.]] him]]. After beating the holy hell out of each other, Goku finally has Frieza at his mercy, but decides to simply let him live with a shattered ego rather than tearing ego. Frieza presses the issue, but then gets [[HoistByHisOwnPetard cut in half by his own energy disc]]. Goku gives Frieza some of his energy and tells him apart. But to just leave, but when Frieza decides to ignore Goku's ''very'' generous offer to let him leave alive ''twice'', for the second time, Goku finally thinks "fuck it" calls Frieza [[YouFool a fool]], and Frieza is blasted to pieces and LeftForDead.
27th Aug '17 8:43:10 PM Mdumas43073
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This trope is when someone sates their need for revenge by taking a much pettier (or at least non-harmful) revenge on the subject before forgiving them. Typically in the form of a prank or superficial attack. The reasons for this can vary; the hero might have [[WhatTheHellHero done something wrong]] (or [[KickTheMoralityPet attacked someone innocent by mistake]], or taken down [[AvengingTheVillain someone who deserved it]]) and actually been forgiven, or they might have been framed or made TheScapegoat, in which case it's likely to satisfy [[ThePromise some sort of oath]]. Other times they may not have been planning a particularly serious revenge to begin with, but the audience or the victim assumes they are (for roughly the same effect) or it might be clear that the recipient deserves it (in which case it shows that they've already been forgiven).

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This trope is when someone sates their need for revenge by taking a much pettier (or at least non-harmful) revenge on the subject before forgiving them. Typically in the form of a prank or superficial attack.

The reasons for this can vary; the hero might have [[WhatTheHellHero done something wrong]] (or [[KickTheMoralityPet attacked someone innocent by mistake]], or taken down [[AvengingTheVillain someone who deserved it]]) and actually been forgiven, or they might have been framed or made TheScapegoat, in which case it's likely to satisfy [[ThePromise some sort of oath]]. Other times they may not have been planning a particularly serious revenge to begin with, but the audience or the victim assumes they are (for roughly the same effect) or it might be clear that the recipient deserves it (in which case it shows that they've already been forgiven).
27th Jun '17 10:13:40 PM Statzkeen
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* In [[Literature/TheBible the Biblical book of Genesis]], Joseph is Prime Minister of Egypt when he meets his treacherous brothers (Excepting Reuben, who was halfway decent to him and Benjamin, who was a complete innocent in the conflict) as they come to purchase food and failed to recognize him. As much as Joseph could have had them all executed, he satisfies himself with scaring them by accusing and jailing them overnight as spies, keeping Simeon in prison until they return with Benjamin and purposefully arranging Benjamin to be falsely accused of petty theft until he was satisfied they had matured enough to let them off the hook and reveal his true identity.

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* In [[Literature/TheBible the Biblical book of Genesis]], Joseph is Prime Minister of Egypt when he meets his treacherous brothers (Excepting Reuben, who was halfway decent to him him, and Benjamin, who was a complete innocent in the conflict) as they come to purchase food and failed to recognize him. As much as Joseph could have had them all executed, he satisfies himself with scaring them by accusing and jailing them overnight as spies, keeping Simeon in prison until they return with Benjamin and purposefully arranging Benjamin to be falsely accused of petty theft until he was satisfied they had matured enough to let them off the hook and reveal his true identity.
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