->"''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]] [[BeamMeUpScotty 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.''"
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}''', [[Literature/TheFourGospels Matthew 5:38-41]]

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 person 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]], [[VirtueIsWeakness 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. TheAntiNihilist, on the other hand, will call cynics out on the hypocrisy of suggesting that it matters what happens to you as a result of turning the other cheek. On the other hand, a person can [[ISurrenderSuckers appear to be doing this]] but then suddenly TurnTheOtherFist.

A form of StartXToStopX: dare someone to hurt you in order to stop them from hurting you. The [[InvertedTrope exact opposite]] is PayEvilUntoEvil. See also RestrainedRevenge, which might be seen as a way to TakeAThirdOption.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] {{Mooning}}.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Done by both Momoka and Ange towards Riza in ''Anime/CrossAnge'', the latter who aiding Julio in making Ange's life hell while she acted as TheMole (and evidently for the dragon invasion in episode 11). Also both Ange and the dragons.
* 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.
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' has [[AntiAntiChrist Rin]] do this in regards to a CrusadingWidower who lost his family to Satan, letting him stab him and offering to let him hurt him as much as he needs in exchange for only keeping innocents out of it. Said guy ends up backing off, though he leaves a warning about how there is "another guy" who won't be driven back by such words.
* Keitaro in ''Manga/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'':
** Shanks, Luffy's idol, is introduced hanging out in a bar. A mountain bandit and crew came in and started making a mess of the place, but Shanks and his men don't fight them. They just let them get board and leave. Later, when Luffy was enraged at this perceived cowardice, confronts the bandits and is beaten, Shanks and crew show up. It doesn't end well for the bandits. Oh, and for measure on strength, the lead bandit has a bounty of 8,000,000 berries, the first serious villain Luffy faces is at 15,000,000 berries, and Shanks has a bounty of [[spoiler:unknown levels but is considered one of the top five strongest pirates ''in the world'']].
--->'''Shanks:''' Listen up. You can pour drinks on me, throw food at me, you can even spit on me. I'll just laugh that stuff off. But ''good reason or not, nobody hurts a friend of mine.''
** Luffy's first "fight" against Bellamy. Luffy even tells Zoro "no matter what happens, don't fight back". Bellamy's pirates cover them in food, glass shards and bruises, but Luffy never so much as raises his voice. 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 It's 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 ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Ayeka slaps Ryoko across the right cheek, Ryoko in turn slaps Ayeka across both cheeks.
* Yukiteru Amano in ''Manga/FutureDiary''. 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.
* Goku from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' does this repeatedly, to astoundingly successful results, as [[RousseauWasRight most of the villains who he turns his cheek to]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship wind up befriending him and becoming]] [[HeelFaceTurn powerful allies and fellow heroes.]]
** However this tendency does get subverted in the case of Frieza; after Frieza has been dismembered by his own attack, Goku not merely spares him, but actually ''gives him energy'' to escape the impending planetary destruction (that Frieza caused,) which would kill Goku but let Frieza survive because he can breathe in space. All Frieza had to do was simply fly into space and let Goku suffocate, but his ego is such that he tries to attack the demonstrably stronger Goku from behind, showing that even a particularly AllLovingHero can run afoul of TheFarmerAndTheViper.
* Yugi Mutou from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', who not only forgives Jounouchi and Honda (Joey and Tristan) for bullying him, but stands up to a bigger bully ''in their defense'', causing them to experience a HeelRealization and become devoted friends of his.
* Happens in [[spoiler:the ending of]] ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}''. Brandon and Harry start out as best friends since childhood. [[spoiler:Later, Harry is consumed by his ambitions and murders Brandon, prompting his change to a necrolyzer named Beyond the Grave. Soon, Harry has all his loved ones killed one by one except Mika, who manages to escape from him. Brandon is then woken up by Mika to seek revenge on Harry. However, in the end, Brandon chooses to forgive Harry because they've always been friends, and this resolves their conflict and fixes the broken bond.]]
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
** George Joestar I, who was robbed by a thief, Dario Brando, while unconscious, only to mistaken the man for his savior. Eventually, the police discover that Dario tried to pawn his wedding ring and arrest the thief, only for George to lie and claim that the ring was a gift, all in the hopes that Dario will turn a new leaf. Sadly, Dario didn't change his ways at all.
** Likewise, George's great-grandson, Joseph Joestar, covers for Smokey Brown, who was about to be beaten by the police for stealing his wallet. Fortunately, this act of forgiveness resulted in Smokey becoming his friend for real.

[[folder: Comics]]
* Played with in a SpiderMan story after J. Jonah Jameson learned that Peter Parker was Spider-Man. They agree to have a meeting to sort out their differences, and JJ comes back from it with two black eyes and an arm in a sling, making it seem like Spidey had violently paid him back for the years of abuse. [[spoiler: It turns out that JJ had gotten the two black eyes from some totally unrelated accidents, and that at their meeting Spidey had actually told JJ to work out his hatred by beating up the unresisting Spidey (who, regularly trading punches with superhumans, had little to fear from a middle-aged newspaper editor). JJ accepted, and beat Spidey so hard he ended up breaking his own hand, bringing it (completely unintentionally,) into CruelMercy territory.]]

[[folder:Fan fiction]]
* Italy does this in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]''. [[spoiler:He begged Germany and Japan to stop beating up the homophobe even as he was almost raped by said homophobe.]]
* Steven does this to Bill in ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars'', giving him chance after chance and showering him with kindness, which confuses the latter to no end. [[spoiler: Eventually, it pays off.]]
* 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."

* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': Pygar has the philosophy of not ever holding grudges, which is encapsulated by his line "An angel has no memory." So he says smilingly that it doesn't matter that the Sogoites blinded him, and at the end he saves the Black Queen even though she tried to rape him and then kill him (this is when he says the aforementioned line).
* In ''Film/TheBellsOfStMarys'', little Eddie cites this lesson from Sister Benedict as the reason why he made no effort to resist his bully. Sister Benedict, who is upset now that Eddie has a busted-up face, reverses her decision and gives him a BoxingLesson.
* Subverted when Megan Davis, in the ''Film/TheBitterTeaOfGeneralYen'', asserts that if General does this with the treacherous Mah Li, she will change for the better. But things gradually get worse...
* This is basically the whole plot of ''Film/TheButtercreamGang'': Pete used to be a member of the titular gang, dedicated to good deeds, but at one point got influenced by bad company and became a delinquent. Pete is by His best friend Scott adopts a non-aggressive attitude whenever he's threatened by physical violence by Pete, and the town's local store owner outright offers him money when he tries to rob the store, just so he couldn't say he robbed him. This leaves Pete absolutely confounded, not understanding why someone would do that instead of defending themselves or seeking revenge, and in the latter case causes him to resort to outright trashing the store, demanding someone retaliate against him. When no one does, he runs away.
* In ''Film/Cinderella2015'', the title character gets the ultimate revenge on her evil stepmother by simply (and ''sincerely'') saying, "I forgive you" before she leaves her house forever, proving once and for all that she never lost her kindness, despite all the abuse. She also forgives her stepsisters when they apologize. The stepsisters are both relieved when they gain Cinderella's forgiveness, but her stepmother enters a VillainousBSOD.
* Subverted in the 1992 sci-fi movie ''Film/{{Freejack}}'', where a nun who helped the hero is being slapped around by corporate goon Mr. Michelette.
-->'''Nun''' The Good Lord always says to turn the other cheek.
-->''She kicks Michelette in the groin, making him double over in agony.''
-->'''Nun:''' But He never had to deal with ''dickheads'' like you.
* ''Film/InABetterWorld'': DiscussedTrope. Claus advises doing this, talking about the futility of the CycleOfRevenge, saying "where does it end?" Anton does this literally, going back to the mechanic who hit him in the park, allowing the mechanic to slap him twice more in the face, and telling the kids that the mechanic is nothing more than a bullying creep. It backfires with Christian, who perceives his friend's father as weak.
* In ''Film/PrincessProtectionProgram'', Rosie does this to the AlphaBitch who just humiliated her, calling it the responsibility of a princess. Carter, on the other hand, points out that ''she'' is not a princess and dumps a cone of frozen yogurt on the head of said Alpha Bitch's accomplice.

[[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. UsefulNotes/{{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. Force the person who has slapped you to treat you as an equal.
** 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 mile—no more. Carrying beyond one mile can get the soldier in trouble.
** The cloak line is also about shaming the person who is suing you; public nudity was a huge taboo and considered shameful. Basically, a person who is so poor would have nothing but their coat and cloak, and would therefore be sued for their coat. However, giving them the cloak as well would result in the person being naked and was a way to say "Look what this person's greed has brought."
* The climax of ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'', where Paks is [[spoiler:subject to ColdBloodedTorture by a cult of Liart and in calmly refusing to react or fight back prompts the majority of the rank and file of the cult to have a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and disband]]. Bonus points for the villains previous efforts to discredit Paks actually aid her in this; hard to think yourself great when you are honestly just [[spoiler: torturing]] a ''sheepfarmer's daughter''.
* 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 afterwards 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 Creator/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 [[Literature/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."]]
* ''Literature/{{Schooled}}'': Cap grew into a patient pacifist thinks to his hippie upbringing. Despite being subjected to every cruel prank possible by Zach and the other bullies at Claverage, they simply can't get a rise out of him.

[[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 Mulcahy gets bumped on the backside by the jeep of a visiting general. Said general offers an apology, and Mulcahy replies with the trope title.
* Done [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome aweso]][[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming mely]] in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''. Ryusei/Meteor [[spoiler:kills Gentarou/Fourze after he(Ryusei) made a deal with a Zodiart to revive his friend in a coma in exchange for killing Gen. After [[BackFromTheDead being revived]] by essentially {{the power of friendship}}, [[AllLovingHero Gentarou being Gentarou]] instead of getting revenge outright befriends Ryusei, arguing that during his killing blow, Ryusei finally showed his true feelings, his true self, no longer behind a mask. And also that his desire to heal his friend was a damn good justification too.]]
* ''Series/ArthurOfTheBritons'': When ActualPacifist Rolf the Preacher explains the doctrine of 'turn the other cheek' to Mark of Cornwall, Mark slaps him hard across the face. Rolf's reaction is to literally turn the other cheek, and present it to Mark to be slapped. This impresses Mark enough that he invites Rolf into his fort to discuss his religion.
* ''Series/TheJeffersons''. George Jefferson accidentally finds himself at a meeting of white supremacists. When the leader has a heart attack, George gives him CPR. (This is uncharacteristically nice of George, although afterwards he says "I should've inhaled."). As the leader is taken out on a gurney, his equally militant son explains what George had done. The man responds "''He'' saved my life? You should have let me die." The son, however quits the group.
** Also see ''Real Life'' below.

[[folder: Music]]
* The protagonist of the Kenny Rogers song "[[TheSoCalledCoward The Coward of the County]]" is this, until the Gatlin boys go after his wife. They soon find out why this is a [[BewareTheNiceOnes seriously bad idea]].

[[folder: Religion And Mythology]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, of course, is the TropeNamer with His saying in Literature/TheFourGospels that provides the page quote. Christians generally interpret this as a commandment to be a BadassPacifist and refuse to respond to evil with violence, insult, or revenge no matter what an aggressor does. However, it is [[FlameWar a matter of debate]] exactly how absolutely the principle is meant to be applied; in the interests of the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment, you can read more at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turning_the_other_cheek The Other Wiki]].
** Notable is that the Jews generally hit someone on the right side(considered the clean side of the body) with the left hand (considered the 'dirty'/unclean side of the body).[[note]]Why? Keep in mind that back in BibleTimes, toilet paper had yet to be invented, so people just wiped with whatever they had on hand...and more often than not, that was ''literally'' one's hand. Since most people are right-handed, the left hand was more often used for this purpose, and people avoided contact with the left hand, since they knew it could make them sick (even if they didn't know why yet). This attitude about the left hand being "dirty" is found in a number of different cultures.[[/note]]
* Another example in ''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 is a reference to an act of kindness, not violence, as travellers would often carry burning coals in their hats to keep warm on long journeys[[/note]], and the LORD will reward you." Proverbs 25:21-22.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* Ferrovius in ''Theatre/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.

[[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 ''VideoGame/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.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', if you're on a "No Mercy" run, an early boss [[spoiler:shows up in an attempt to get you to stop killing everyone. Rather than use force, he immediately offers mercy to you, no questions asked. [[VideoGameCaringPotential Spare him]] and you'll become friends with him, ending the "No Mercy" run and putting you back on a neutral story path. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Kill him]], and even in his dying breath he still tells you that he believes that you'll eventually reverse your omnicidal ways.]]
* Discussed by Venus and Neptune in ''VisualNovel/WeKnowTheDevil'':
-->'''Venus:''' I feel like I shouldn't get mad though. Like, you're supposed to turn the other cheek.
-->'''Neptune:''' Ever think people who love to say that just love slapping people?
-->'''Venus:''' Yeah…
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, Jurgen Windcaller was the most powerful Tongue (masters of the [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]] who served in the [[HornyVikings Nord]] army) of the 1st Era. Following their [[ShockingDefeatLegacy ignominious defeat]] at Red Mountain, Windcaller fell into HeroicBSOD despair and meditated for seven years, determining that the defeat was due to the displeasure of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Divines]] for misusing the Thu'um. He would inspire the "Way of the Voice", preaching pacifism, non-intervention in worldly affairs, and the use of the Thu'um [[HeelFaithTurn only to honor the gods]]. When he proclaimed the Way of the Voice, seventeen other Tongues tried to [[MakeMeWannaShout shout him down]]. He "swallowed" their words for three days until he fell, exhausted. This caused them to acknowledge his superiority and wisdom in the Voice.
* [[TheHero Rean Schwarzer]] and the rest of Class VII in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel II'' decides to forgive Crow for [[spoiler:betraying them by revealing that he's the leader of the terrorists that they've been hunting for all along because of his DarkAndTroubledPast with the EvilChancellor who he assassinated in the previous game.]]

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' where it turns out this message was actually part of Jesus now-forgotten lesson of ''passive-aggressiveness''. The point of turning the other cheek wasn't to show mercy or grace, it was to make the other guy feel like a huge dick and hurt him without using physical force.
* Genza in ''Webcomic/BeneathTheClouds'' agrees to try to save the Emperor who sent him into exile. However he does admit to himself that he'd like to refuse "just to see the look in his eyes", before admitting the thought isn't worthy of a monk.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/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 [[AttackAttackAttack preemptively attacks at every possible threat of force]], even when his best friend Doughty throws rock in Rock, Paper, Scissors, culminating in him beating his father when he takes off his belt.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has this with Aang and how he treats the AntiHero Zuko. His friend Sokka often complains about it.
** In season 2, Iroh's portion of "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheTalesOfBaSingSe The Tales of Ba Sing Se]]" has someone hold him at knife-point for his money, and Iroh - the resident BadassGrandpa - quietly talks the mugger down by asking about his life..
** 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''': [[LampshadeHanging Ow. My other cheek]].
* Throughout the course of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'': All three versions, but especially the first two.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** This is a defining trait of protagonist Twilight Sparkle, who never holds a grudge and is quick to move on from any mistreatment, no matter how personal or hurtful. She instantly forgives her friends and her mentor for shunning and abandoning her after they were suckered in by one episode's villain. She forgives Trixie for banishing her from her home and turning it into a crapsack {{Egopolis}}. She includes the backstabbing Discord as one of the friends she frees by giving up her magic to villain Tirek. Finally, when Starlight Glimmer goes on a [[ItsPersonal personal]] time-travel crusade to retroactively destroy all of Twilight's friendships (and, unwittingly, turns Equestria into a CrapsackWorld while she's at it) Twilight fights her to a standstill, talks her down, and... ''takes Starlight on as her personal student'' in friendship.
--->'''Starlight Glimmer''': I still can't believe you're letting me stay here... as your pupil... after everything I did.\\
'''Twilight Sparkle''': Well, I'm not one to dwell on the past, and neither should you.
** In both "Griffon the Brush-Off" and "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone," Pinkie Pie is repeatedly yelled at and mistreated by Gilda the Griffon. Yet Pinkie's cheerful optimism never wavers, and she continues to try to befriend Gilda with parties, sweets, and jocularity.
* 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]]!
* WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse, AllLovingHero that he is, has forgiven pretty much everyone who's hurt him or attempted to hurt him at any stage, to the point where he's willing to wish someone a pleasant day after they had just spent the entire past scene attempting to kill him and his guardians. [[spoiler:By the end of the season, his willingness to forgive and accept that same character's flaws led her to a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' had Huey narrate a story about an AlternateHistory where Martin Luther King Jr survived getting shot and simply went into a coma, waking up decades later in our present day. When interviewed about the 9/11 bombings, King, as mentioned in the Real Life section, affirms his belief in this trope. Unfortunately for Dr King, this is the bloodthirsty post-9/11 America, which immediately decries him as a traitor, a coward, a communist, and any other word they can come up with, even his own original supporters. This, combined with his disgust at what modern black culture has become in his absence, eventually leads to Dr King giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the people who deify him while ignoring everything he actually stands for, and abandoning the U.S to go to Canada.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson. In order to be accepted into the MLB, he had two prove two things: that he was 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.
* UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi 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 UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica. 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 UsefulNotes/TheTroubles.
* An amusing historical example is told of Governor John Winthrop in the [[UsefulNotes/TheThirteenAmericanColonies 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 [[ExactWords steal]] any more of my firewood."
* Saint John Paul II visited Ali Agca (the man who tried to assassinate him), in prison and forgave him.
* [[http://www.theladbible.com/albums/evening-ladness-595/image/a9de19ab-e1fa-11e4-a47a-d4ae52c74096 This story]], in which a young man receives racial abuse, but when the bully suddenly faints, the victim calls for an ambulance and gives CPR to the bully for fifteen minutes.
* Reverend [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Watts Wade Watts]] was able to convert a Klan leader [[https://youtu.be/4NW3RLnXmTY by always being kind even in the face of his overt racism and threats]], culminating in this act of [[BadassPacifist badass pacifism]].
-->'''Johnny Lee Clary''': So we got a bunch of us together, and about 30 of us went in there and surrounded him, and he had this chicken there on the table, at the restaurant. And I walked up to him and I said "Boy, this restaurants for white people only, we don't want you here." I said "So I'm gonna make you a promise. I promise you that we're gonna do the same thing to you that you do to that chicken. So you think real hard before you touch that chicken." So he looked at me and looked at the Klan, [[ThreatBackfire then he picked up the chicken and he kissed it]].
** When it later looked like Clary was going to experience a HeelFaceDoorSlam, Watts [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20463_the-5-most-incredibly-badass-acts-nonviolence.html invited him to come speak at his church]] despite the protests of his congregation.
--->'''Watts''': You know where it is. You burned it.