->"''You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, [[TropeNamer turn to him the other]] also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.''"
-->-- '''{{Jesus}}''', ''Literature/TheBible''

Not to be confused with TooKinkyToTorture, this is actually a form of retribution[=/=]{{forgiveness}}. A character returns cruelty not with anger but with kindness and shows themselves to be the most philanthropic idealist imaginable.

So that bastard stole your lunch money? Next time he is in desperate need of money, just give him more than he needs. This also counts if Bob has just done lots and lots of horrible things to Alice, but while Alice is pissed, she cannot fully hate Bob for something he has done in the past. A character forgiving something truly horrible can also count, but only when they don't make the other genuflect repeatedly for it. Another version is to [[KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand put oneself completely at the mercy of someone not-very-nice]], basically [[ThePowerOfTrust daring them to prove themselves as unworthy of trust]].

The villain's reaction is a very good indicator as to where on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism the story is placed. Their reaction can be any of these: A HeelFaceTurn, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood absolute astonishment]], [[IgnoredEpiphany sad rejection]], [[EvilLaugh ridicule]], [[MoralEventHorizon a bullet to the head]], or a combination of the above. When a character does this repeatedly, it can produce various results and if they keep doing it despite suffering, it shows them as a [[HonorBeforeReason hero of moral fortitude]] or a MartyrWithoutACause. Sometimes it takes several tries until the villain is won. Just one HeelFaceTurn is usually enough justification for any number of Turn The Other Cheeks performed by a hero. Even if it causes them only suffering, some heroes become {{Doomed Moral Victor}}s for doing so. The AllLovingHero can make nearly anyone renounce their evil ways with kindness -- if that happens the author believes that RousseauWasRight.

When it works, this is one of the few (if not the only) things that can stop the CycleOfRevenge. This makes it a favorite tactic of the BadassPacifist.

Cynical shows mock the concept by having something very unpleasant and ''[[TheFarmerAndTheViper obvious]]'' happen to a WideEyedIdealist who tries it. See TheFarmerAndTheViper for examples of that.

A form of StartXToStopX: allow someone to hurt you in order to stop them from hurting you.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] {{Mooning}}.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Dr. Tenma in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' seems to hold this attitude in general, and [[spoiler: he eventually saves the life of the main villain, knowing full well what he's done]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': After being brutally bullied by Loly and Menoly for stealing Aizen's attention, Orihime doesn't hesitate to heal Loly and Menoly when they're savaged by Grimmjow. This act [[EvilCannotComprehendGood freaks out]] Loly and leaves her thinking Orihime is a monster. She still tries to attack Orihime later, and forces the much more confused Menoly to help, and is again protected by Orihime. In the end, all Loly can do is repay Orihime by trying to protect her from Yammy.
* Keitaro in ''LoveHina'' seems to do this a lot to all the girls (except Shinobu). In fact it might be fairly common in UnwantedHarem shows.
* Belldandy of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' does this a lot.
* Yomiko Readman does this for Nancy in ''Anime/ReadOrDie''.
* Much of ''{{Naruto}}'''s plot ends up like this. [[spoiler:Konoha ninja kills Nagato's parents, who wreaks his revenge on Konoha, and is then hunted down by Naruto... who ends up understanding the whole mess and decides not to kill him back, preventing a CycleOfRevenge.]] He commits suicide anyway by [[spoiler:bringing everyone he killed back to life]].
* In ''OnePiece'', Luffy's first fight against Bellamy. The second fight, taking place after Bellamy attacks and robs people Luffy had befriended, [[CurbStompBattle is another matter]].
* In ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' when [[AxCrazy Ikuno]] beats [[TheWoobie Kitano]] within an inch of his life because of a promise she made to a boy, he kept rising until the boy told her to stop out of grief. Upon being told by Ikuno that Its All My Fault that she beats him, he promptly collapses. Why? Because he thinks he made her so angry that he deserved every punch and kicks Ikuno threw at him. He collapses in relief because that meant their friendship would now not be in trouble as he didn't do anything wrong. My God...
* Inverted and done half-literally in an episode of ''TenchiMuyo'': Ayeka slaps Ryoko across the right cheek, Ryoko in turn slaps Ayeka across both cheeks.
* Yukiteru Amano in ''MiraiNikki'' is infamous for this. The most notable instance is when [[spoiler: his dad tries to kill him [[ItMakesSenseInContext by breaking his cell phone]] (though he wasn't aware of the effect and was trying to pay off a debt), takes Yuki's parachute to escape from a burning building, and ''kills Yuki's mom'' within the course of one episode. After said dad offers to turn himself in, Yuki's willing to forgive him for all of this.]] However, [[spoiler: SlippingAMickey and keeping him tied to a chair for a week didn't go over so well with him]], but even then, he ''still'' forgives [[spoiler: [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]]]] for it later.
** It should be noted, however, that Yukiteru does not turn his cheek out of kindness, but rather forgives easily because of his desperate need for affection. Remember, this kid did not have a single friend until he was 14 years old, and that was after he was thrown in a bloody supernatural Battle Royale. It's no wonder he clings to Yuno the way he does.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': [[HornyDevils Kurumu]], [[StalkerWithACrush Mizore]], and [[ScrewySquirrel Yukari]] ''all'' tried to kill Tsukune and/or Moka at their first meeting, but Tsukune elected to forgive and befriend them.
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[[folder:Fan fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts'', a BadassCreed regarding what makes a prince stresses this principle.
-->"A prince forgets the trespasses against him, no matter how terrible. He sacrifices for others, even to the expense of his soul. He forgives until he forfeits breath. He is strong, he is compassionate, and the sum of these things makes him complete... a prince I am and a prince I will be."
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[[folder: Film]]
* Subverted in the 1992 sci-fi movie ''Film/{{Freejack}}'', where a nun who helped the hero is being slapped around by corporate goon Mr. Michellete.
-->'''Nun''' The Good Lord always says to turn the other cheek.
-->''She kicks Michellete in the groin, making him double over in agony.''
-->'''Nun:''' But He never had to deal with ''dickheads'' like you.
* This is basically the whole plot of The ''Film/ButterCreamGang''.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* OlderThanFeudalism:
** This is one of the stories told by Jesus in the ''[[Literature/TheBible New Testament]]'', telling someone that just got slapped on the right cheek to offer his slapper his left cheek. The TropeNamer, obviously. {{Jesus}} then goes on to show us how to do it by saying "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do," as he was being [[LateArrivalSpoiler tortured and crucified. Nothing like begging your divine father to spare the ones who kill you.]]
** Another explanation of "turn the other cheek": if a man considered someone to be inferior and he decided to strike him, he'd use the back of his hand; if he considered him equal, he'd use his palm. Basically Jesus was saying that if someone gave you a backhander, turn the other cheek to force him to use his palm.
** There is also the interpretation that offering someone the chance to slap you again is a way of showing them that the original insult didn't work, and the slapper has failed in his attempt to embarrass the slappee. As this is usually the fastest way to take the wind out of a bully's sails, turning the other cheek is probably a much better idea than slapping back. Certain Christians interpret this as an endorsement of nonviolent resistance (i.e. civil disobedience).
** Another facet to this: In that period, the left hand was still looked upon as unclean, and one could only slap anyone, even the lowest of the low, using the right hand. Turning one's other cheek was essentially to '''dare''' them to slap you using the ''unclean'' hand, which, being unthinkable, left only one other option, to take it as a dare to backhand the victim, which arguably would be just as big of a shame tainting the aggressor if he "accepted" the unspoken dare. It was essentially a wordless taunt of "go ahead and hit me again. Show everyone watching what a cruel monster you are." So in some regard it's simultaneously an endorsement of nonviolent resistance/civil disobedience '''and''' a display of being a BadassPacifist. '''Cool!'''
** There are possibly elements of peaceful protest against the Romans in the words written in the New Testament. For example, a Roman soldier can conscript a civilian to carry things for one mileóno more. Carrying beyond one mile can get the soldier in trouble.
* A similar sentiment is expressed by the writer of the Literature/BookOfProverbs, "If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head[[note]]this doesn't mean hurt the guy, this refers to the ancient practice of carrying coal in one's hat to keep warm on cold days[[/note]], and the LORD will reward you." Proverbs 25:21-22.
* The Bishop of Digne at the beginning of ''Literature/LesMiserables''. Jean Valjean has stolen his silver, and when the police catch him and bring him to the bishop, he confirms Valjean's story that it was a voluntary gift, and adds his even more valuable candlesticks on top of the silver. True to trope, Valjean does a HeelFaceTurn as consequence. Valjean then does the same for InspectorJavert, but Javert can't handle it [[spoiler:and commits suicide]].
* ''Arthur of the Britons'' had a monk attempting to convert the Celts to Christianity who did this literally to one of the warlords.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'', after being bullied and berated all his school life by Draco Malfoy, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Harry proceeds to save his arch-rival]] when he was about to be burned to death in the Room of Requirement. Harry saves Dudley's life at the beginning of the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]]. It doesn't even endear him to the Dursleys because they don't understand what happened and naturally blame Harry. [[spoiler:Much later, it's revealed that Dudley, at least, is properly grateful.]]
* In ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' Atticus Finch barely flinches when Bob Ewell spits in his face, though he does afterwords express disgust regarding the tobacco content of Mr Ewell's saliva. [[spoiler:Ewell later goes on to [[RevengeByProxy try to kill Atticus' children]] and is killed by [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold Boo Radley]].]]
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Ghostmaker'', Major Rawne attacks Gaunt in the field, intending to make it look as if he died in the fight. Gaunt knocks him unconscious and then, in spite of his own wounds, [[EmbarrassingRescue carries him to safety]]. This did not cure Rawne's resentment, but after a latter situation where Rawne weighs killing him and does not, Rawne does not try to kill him again.
* Parodied in the Creator/PGWodehouse short story "The Exit of Battling Billson", where a boxer converts to Christianity and decides to apply this philosophy during a match - fortunately for the characters betting on him, he didn't fully understand the meaning of the phrase. After being hit on both cheeks, he thought he had done what was necessary and proceeded to beat his opponent easily.
* It didn't work in a HarryTurtledove story where Britain had been conquered and after some tough fighting the Germans had defeated the British Army in India. Non-violent protest proved not to work so well when attempted with an occupying power whose officers are willing to order the machine gunning of your protest march and whose superior officers and government regard that as a fine method to deal with civil disturbance.
* The second variation is played with in Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Small Gods. When the god Om gets his powers back, he and Brutha have a minor disagreement over some new laws. Om comments on how he can simply blast Brutha into a little smear on the floor, and Brutha cheerfully agrees that he could, couldn't he? And how Brutha would have absolutely no way of defending himself, whatsoever. Om grumbles that it's not right for someone to use defenselessness as a defense.
* [[http://www.101zenstories.com/index.php?story=44 This Zen parable]] - a thief entered the house of a priest who was meditating and threatens him, the priest tells him where the money is, asks him to leave enough for the priest to pay taxes and makes sure the thief thanks him when he leaves. A few days later the thief is arrested, but when the police ask the priest to testify against him, the priest tells them that he gave the thief the money and the thief thanked him. The thief still goes to prison, but when his sentence is over he comes back to learn Zen under the priest.
* Subverted heavily in [[AesopsFables Aesop's fable]] "TheFarmerAndTheViper". The titular farmer shows compassion to the snake, but his [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished good deed]] [[JustForPun comes back to bite him]]. The moral? [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop "Kindness is thrown away upon the evil."]]
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[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E12ComparativeReligion Comparative Religion]] Jeff attempts this ("what would Shirley do?"), but when the bully just keeps hitting him, Shirley changes her mind and tells Jeff to "kick his ass!" Time to have AnAssKickingChristmas!
* Simon does this to Jayne in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' a few times, which unnerves Jayne more than a direct threat.
** Most epically, when Simon and River reveal they know that Jayne tried to sell them out to the Alliance. Jayne was still probably recuperating from getting the crap scared out of him after Mal's threat to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock space]] him over the misdeed.
** The pilot episode has Mal selling his cargo to Patience, who [[NoodleIncident shot him the last time they met]]. He also seems completely baffled as to why the rest of the crew would find the incident relevant.
--->'''Wash''': Didn't she shoot you one time?
--->'''Mal''': Everybody's makin' a fuss.
* The Doctor forgiving the Master at the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Last of the Time Lords".
** In TheMovie: Grace forces the Doctor's [[TheNthDoctor regeneration]] and tries to have him sent to a psych ward even though [[TheyWouldCutYouUp she knows he's not human]], Chang Lee walks off with the Doctor's personal effects and teams up with the Master (well, he was tricked, but still), and the Master [[GrandTheftMe wants the Doctor's body]], and [[FoeYay not (just) in the good way]]. The Doctor trusts Grace anyway, and kisses her too, gives Chang Lee a bag of gold dust and some advice, and [[SaveTheVillain tries to save the Master's life]].
** ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'''s Captain Jack Harkness also follows the Doctor's example.
* The Risans in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' take this to a scary level. Based on one episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', terrorism is apparently okay to them so long as the terrorists are enjoying themselves.
* Byron the leader of the telepath community that moved onto ''Series/BabylonFive'' used this against a group of anti-telepath bigots, ''asking'' one of them to repeatedly punch him in the face and then asking if it made him feel any better. It unnerved the bigots into leaving.
* Played for laughs in an episode of ''Series/{{Mash}}'', when Father Mulcahey gets bumped on the backside by the jeep of a visiting general. Said general offers an apology, and Mulcahey replies with the trope title.
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[[folder: Music]]
* The protagonist of the Kenny Rogers song "[[TheSoCalledCoward The Coward of the County]]" is this, until the Gaitlin boys go after his wife. They soon find out why this is a [[BewareTheNiceOnes seriously bad idea]].
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[[folder: Theatre]]
* Ferrovius in ''AndroclesAndTheLion'' allows Lentulus to strike him on the other cheek so he can demonstrate that he is a true Christian. He then seizes Lentulus and asks him to turn the other cheek when he strikes him.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Darcsens from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' tend to stick to this whenever anyone is persecuting them, with only few, like Zeri, trying to pro-actively fight against all the racism leveled against his people. Dahau, Zig and the Calamity Raven are also included aside from Zeri.
* Over the course of his life, Gulcasa has been betrayed by the people most important to him [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion over]] [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion and over]] [[VideoGame/YggdraUnison and over]]. It never stops him from continuing to trust [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter even people who clearly don't deserve it]], and no matter how he's been betrayed, he hates fighting his former friends and refuses to kill them. In ''YggdraUnison'', one of the few games where he and Nessiah actually come face to face after the latter breaks ties with the Imperial Army, they still banter and tease each other amiably, and you even have the option of [[WelcomeBackTraitor bringing Nessiah back into the fold]] (although that last bit strays into [[ShipTease another trope]] just a little).
* Specifically and childishly averted by Taiga in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny''. He says that if someone slaps him, he'd tape a thumbtack to his other cheek. This sums up his SlapSlapKiss relationship with Lily rather well.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''MoralOrel'' is titled "Turn the Other Cheek." After listening to a children's song with that title all night, Orel gets it in his head that he should turn the other cheek at every opportunity. The school bully beats Orel repeatedly until his father tells him that he should be doing the exact opposite. HilarityEnsues again when Orel preemptively attacks at every possible threat of force, even when his best friend Doughty throws rock in Rock, Paper, Scissors.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has this with Aang and how he treats the AntiHero Zuko. His friend Sokka often complains about it.
** In season 3, Katara has a chance to confront her mother's killer and becomes consumed for a desire for revenge. Aang urges Katara to do this; in the end, though she nearly ends up killing the man, she refuses. Subverted, though; Katara explains that it wasn't an [[CruelMercy act of forgiveness,]] but disgust at what a pathetic person he was.
--->'''Katara''': I didn't forgive him -- I'll ''never'' forgive him...
*** She ''is'', however, inspired to forgive Zuko (who helped her track down her mother's killer), finally forgiving him for his betrayal in Ba Sing Se.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode Rapture's Delight, in which Stan slaps Jesus, who turns the other cheek... and is slapped again.
-->'''Jesus''': Ow. My other cheek.
* {{Jem}} often gets called out on this by some fans. Throughout the course of the series, The Misfits have put Jem and the Holograms in situations where where the latter group could have been killed, but Jerrica / Jem never calls the police (she likely had her reasons...).
** The one time Eric Raymond got arrested he was released the next day, citing that lawyers can practically do anything you pay them enough. Chances are even if Jem did have the Misfits arrested Eric would have them out in no time flat. What's more infuriating is that the one time they actually were arrested, in ''KJEM'', they weren't responsible.
* ''StrawberryShortcake'': All three versions, but especially the first two.
* Twilight Sparkle in the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. After being shunned, abandoned, and practically disowned by her mentor, friends, and brother. They were all EasilyForgiven by one little apology by Applejack only.
* You would think ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Smurf The Other Cheek" is about this trope in action just by the title alone...until [[LiteralAssKicking you realize what "smurfing the other cheek" really means when you watch the episode]]!
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Jackie Robinson. In order to be accepted into the MLB, he had two prove two things: he's a great baseball player, and a fine gentleman. In other words, he had to have the guts to not fight back when someone hurt him because of his race, and not let loose any sort of curse when someone cursed at him because of his race.
* MohandasGandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. are both famous for practicing nonviolent resistance against oppressors. While this didn't make the people that oppressed them pull a HeelFaceTurn, it allowed everyone else to see a clear moral contrast between the peaceful protesters and their barbaric tormentors, which drastically swayed public opinion in their favor.
* It didn't work for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. When Mandela realised this, he moved to Plan B, sabotaging industrial targets, making sure nobody got hurt. Plan C was to be active resistance against the military, although he was imprisoned before that came to pass.
** Ditto with Burma: the monks are pretty much dead now and Burma is the North Korea of Southeast Asia now.
*** Myanmar got better.
** It didn't work in NorthernIreland either, where protesters were fired on and killed by British troops, leading to TheTroubles.
* An amusing historical example is told of Governor John Winthrop in the [[TheColonialPeriod Massachusetts Bay colony]]:
-->On one occasion it was reported to him that a man had been stealing from his store of winter's firewood, and he was urged to punish him. "I will soon put a stop to that bad practice," said the governor sternly. He sent for the offender. "You have a large family," he said to the offending culprit, "and I have a large magazine of wood; come as often as you please, and take as much of it as you need to make your dwelling comfortable." Then turning to his accusers, he said: "Now I defy him to steal any more of my firewood."
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