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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.
23rd May '17 9:38:29 AM chilled0ut
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* In the original ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' universe, Kung Lao had sworn to avenge the defeat of his ancestor, [[IdenticalGrandfather the original Kung Lao]], who had been killed by Goro in a previous tournament. By the time Kung Lao finally came face-to-face with Goro, they were working on the same side against Shinnok. After Kung Lao lashed out and struck Goro without warning during a PreBattleBanter, he immediately relented and declared that the ceremonial blow had "avenged" his ancestor, allowing the two to work together for the rest of the conflict.
18th Apr '17 7:41:58 AM longWriter
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* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': After Mr. Potato Head has a segment of his show where Queenie gets hit by about a dozen pies, she tells him she's not upset because of her new philosophy: Don't get mad--get even! She then pies him in the face. He laughs it off and admits he deserved it.
** Mr. Potato Head arranging PieInTheFace segment of his show in the first place qualifies, as well, since Queenie had been acting like a colossal jerk while she thought she was the [[ItMakesSenseInContext reigning queen of Egypt]].
3rd Apr '17 8:09:16 AM Zeekay980
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Chief Movran the Under pelts Skyhold with a live goat as the bare minimum for avenging his son. He considers his son an idiot for going after the Inquisition when he was supposed to be attacking Tevinters.
15th Mar '17 6:24:58 PM valar55
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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 mechanizations 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 mechanizations 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.]]
19th Jan '17 6:54:45 PM Ggb81
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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'': [=GLaDOS=] seems to believe she's doing this for Chell, who killed her in the [[VideoGame/{{Portal| 1}} first game]]. Rather than killing Chell, [=GLaDOS=] simply makes Chell go back to testing.
** It's quickly subverted, however, as [=GLaDOS=] has lots of [[FateWorseThanDeath terrible things]] planned for Chell in the next 60 years.
** Since [=GLaDOS=] is out of humans, she [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou needs Chell for testing]], and [[spoiler: when she finds an alternative (the cooperative testing initiative) she immediately tries to kill Chell.]]
19th Jan '17 6:44:28 PM Ggb81
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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'': ==GLaDOS== seems to believe she's doing this for Chell, who killed her in the [[VideoGame/Portal first game]]. Rather than killing Chell, ==GLaDOS== simply makes Chell go back to testing.
** It's quickly subverted, however, as ==GLaDOS== has lots of [[FateWorseThanDeath terrible things]] planned for Chell in the next 60 years.
** Since ==GLaDOS== is out of humans, she [[Can'tKillYouStillNeedYou needs Chell for testing]], and [[spoiler: when she finds an alternative ([[CO-OPMultiplayer the cooperative testing initiative]]) she immediately tries to kill Chell.]]

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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'': ==GLaDOS== seems to believe she's doing this for Chell, who killed her in the [[VideoGame/Portal first game]]. Rather than killing Chell, ==GLaDOS== simply makes Chell go back to testing.
** It's quickly subverted, however, as ==GLaDOS== has lots of [[FateWorseThanDeath terrible things]] planned for Chell in the next 60 years.
** Since ==GLaDOS== is out of humans, she [[Can'tKillYouStillNeedYou needs Chell for testing]], and [[spoiler: when she finds an alternative ([[CO-OPMultiplayer the cooperative testing initiative]]) she immediately tries to kill Chell.]]
19th Jan '17 6:44:02 PM Ggb81
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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'': GLaDOS seems to believe she's doing this for Chell, who killed her in the [[VideoGame/Portal first game]]. Rather than killing Chell, GLaDOS simply makes Chell go back to testing.
** It's quickly subverted, however, as GLaDOS has lots of [[FateWorseThanDeath terrible things]] planned for Chell in the next 60 years.
** Since GLaDOS is out of humans, she [[Can'tKillYouStillNeedYou needs Chell for testing]], and [[spoiler: when she finds an alternative ([[CO-OPMultiplayer the cooperative testing initiative]]) she immediately tries to kill Chell.]]

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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'': GLaDOS ==GLaDOS== seems to believe she's doing this for Chell, who killed her in the [[VideoGame/Portal first game]]. Rather than killing Chell, GLaDOS ==GLaDOS== simply makes Chell go back to testing.
** It's quickly subverted, however, as GLaDOS ==GLaDOS== has lots of [[FateWorseThanDeath terrible things]] planned for Chell in the next 60 years.
** Since GLaDOS ==GLaDOS== is out of humans, she [[Can'tKillYouStillNeedYou needs Chell for testing]], and [[spoiler: when she finds an alternative ([[CO-OPMultiplayer the cooperative testing initiative]]) she immediately tries to kill Chell.]]
19th Jan '17 6:43:22 PM Ggb81
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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'': GLaDOS seems to believe she's doing this for Chell, who killed her in the [[VideoGame/Portal first game]]. Rather than killing Chell, GLaDOS simply makes Chell go back to testing.
** It's quickly subverted, however, as GLaDOS has lots of [[FateWorseThanDeath terrible things]] planned for Chell in the next 60 years.
** Since GLaDOS is out of humans, she [[Can'tKillYouStillNeedYou needs Chell for testing]], and [[spoiler: when she finds an alternative ([[CO-OPMultiplayer the cooperative testing initiative]]) she immediately tries to kill Chell.]]
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