"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."
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.
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.
- 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.