Created By: Gamermaster on August 23, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on August 24, 2013

Sins of Our Servants

Serving the family of someone you caused the death of.

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"It came to pass that her carelessness cost her sister her life. From that point, that once free-spirited woman realized she had created a debt to her sister's new family that could ... never be repaid."
-- Shinobu, Kyon: Big Damn Hero

What is a person to do when they cause (directly or indirectly) the death of someone who has a family? Why become their family's servant of course! Whether or not the family is aware of the reasoning is irrelevant.

A Sub-Trope of The Atoner. Compare and contrast I Owe You My Life for when they become the servant of someone who saved their life.


Examples of this Trope include:

Anime and Manga
  • Maharo from Mahoromatic, who was forced to kill Suguru's father. She chooses to spend her remaining year of life serving him.
  • In SHUFFLE!, Kaede's mother and both of Rin's parents died in a car crash when they went out to get medicine for her.

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Literature
  • Subverted in an episode of Kino's Journey. A man who killed the husband of a woman wants to atone by becoming the bodyguard of the widow and journey with her. The next scene shows him dying on the ground after she immediately shoots him.

Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • August 23, 2013
    Hodor
    (Based on my recollection of an example on The Atoner):

    • Subverted in an episode of Kinos Journey. A man who killed the husband of a woman wants to atone by becoming the bodyguard of the widow and journey with her. The next scene shows him dying on the ground after she immediately shoots him.
  • August 23, 2013
    Synchronicity
    Could end up starting a Legacy Of Service.
  • August 23, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work titles, grouped examples by media.
  • August 24, 2013
    DAN004
    I think this is blaming someone for whatever bad thing his servant did (like Sins Of Our Fathers)... So change title plz.

    Serving Your Victims Family?

    Oh, and it doesn't have to involve killing as backstory, right? General bad deed will do, right?
  • August 24, 2013
    GAmermaster
    The person does not have to be the direct cause of death, but I think that the death would be required, as it's about serving the family of the victim. Just serving someone who they wronged would be an entirely different trope.

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