In a sudden and shocking betrayal, TheMole reveals himself, screws over the rest of the team, and runs off to go change sides. Except... he doesn't really run off. Maybe he was under MindControl, and snaps out of it soon after. Or maybe he was just temporarily misguided, and once the team either [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight talks him down]] or [[DefeatMeansFriendship beats some sense into him]], he reverts. Or maybe he has a change of heart shortly after the betrayal, and has a HeelFaceTurn for real. No matter the circumstances, the guy who just backstabbed the party five minutes ago is welcomed back with open arms, and the whole incident is quickly put behind them. Yay for party unity!

Not a FakeDefector (that's someone who never really changed sides but pretended to do so as part of a deep undercover operation). We're talking about people who really did turn on the heroes, but then turned back or explained the incident away fairly quickly, and everyone is surprisingly okay with this.
Probably preceded by {{We Used To Be Friends}}.

A specific instance of EasilyForgiven where the unmasked traitor remains a contributing part of the team.

'''Multiple spoilers below.'''


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Happens several times with [[TurnCoat Kai]] in ''{{Beyblade}}'', following his seemingly endless walk through the [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Heel Face Revolving Door]]. Most notable occurrence is near the conclusion of the Third Season, when Kai makes his return to the G-Revolutions after running around on different sides for the entirety of the series. Tyson literally forgives him with three simple words and completely forgets about Kai's [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Chronic Backstabbing Disorder]], appointing him [[TheLancer The Lancer]] once again.
** And it's not just Tyson who's so ready to forgive him. The Blitzgrieg Boys are more than happy to welcome Kai back to their rankings - ''and'' appoint him [[TheCaptain Team Captain]] - at the start of G-Revolution, even after he so blatantly deserted them for the Bladebreakers in the first season.
* ''WolfsRain'': [[spoiler:Hige, sort of.]], He wasn't exactly ''welcomed'' back after being brainwashed into leading the heroes into a trap, but was tolerated as long as no further stunts were pulled. (It was near the end of the series by then anyway.)
* In ''{{Slayers}}'' Xellos is tolerated as a team member in spite of the fact that everybody knows that he follows his own agenda, and will betray the party at the drop of a hat, if it suits his purposes. And they allow him to come back every time that happens, since he's too useful to leave out, and indeed it's impossible to stop him from coming along if he wants to, which is pointed out in the manga. It's also brought to attention in ''Slayers Revolution'', where Lina warns Pokota not to pick a fight with Xellos, because she's not sure they could take him. A few episodes later, it's shown that she's right: he can easily take down the entire team.
** Although, it is shown in the anime that Lina will dish out some physical abuse if she survives one of Xellos' betrayals, and he is sort of obligated to take it if his betrayal didn't net him his intended objective.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Not yet, but the remainder of Team Kakashi have made it very clear to Sasuke that this door is always open.
** At least it was until [[spoiler:Danzo was made the Sixth Hokage candidate, and his first act was to make Sasuke a missing-nin, which means he's a criminal with a bounty on his head. However, he is dead now and the current decision on Sasuke is unknown.]]
** Most of the rest of the Rookie 11 have also more or less slammed this door in Sasuke's face in light of [[spoiler:him joining Akatsuki and potentially starting a war with the Cloud village by kidnapping Killer Bee]], with Shikamaru resolving that they can't leave this issue hanging out anymore and they will deal with Sasuke themselves.
** To some degree this also happened with Sai, who is initially revealed as passing classified information on to Orochimaru, supposedly to help Danzo destroy Konoha so he can rebuild it as he sees fit (they don't know he wants to assassinate Sasuke), after he pulls a HeelFaceTurn. Yamato doesn't seem to mention that he let an unconscious Sakura almost fall to her death while going to meet with Orochimaru.
* [[spoiler:Rio Kurotori]] in ''MuhyoAndRoji'' briefly angsts about everything that she's done after realizing that [[spoiler:while she joined Ark to avenge her mother's death, Teeki was responsible for sending the ghost that killed her]], but [[spoiler:her student Biko]] delivers a GetAHoldOfYourselfMan punch, and despite acknowledging the crimes committed, says everyone wants [[spoiler:her]] back.
* Exactly why the TrueCompanions still lets [[Anime/YuGiOh Bakura]] approach within 100 feet of them, given that his evil side continuously takes over without warning, and all attempts to defeat it have been proven to work only for a short time or not at all, is unclear.
** Because in the manga, while the group had initially been outraged at Bakura's apparent betrayal, they eventually saw good Bakura struggling to regain control, causing the evil side to fumble at a few points that saved their lives, and even joining them to defeat Zorc, and realized that Bakura's real personality was truly their friend.
* In ''FushigiYuugi'', after everything that's happened between them, Miaka finds it in herself to forgive Yui, possibly because of Yui's decision to [[spoiler:essentially sacrifice herself to save the world, although she does come back]], and the two go back to being best friends.
* In ''GundamSEED'', Athrun and Dearka defect from ZAFT to Orb; by the time of [[GundamSEEDDestiny the sequel]], Dearka's back with ZAFT, though he did get demoted for his defection. Athrun, on the other hand, not only gets into the best-of-the-best FAITH Squadron, but the fifth SuperPrototype Gundam, entirely because Chairman Durandal [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem was the one trying to get him to rejoin]].
* In the second season of ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'', [[spoiler:Buzam A. Calessa]] is eventually revealed to have been a spy and a high-ranking officer from Taraak (male planet), who has undergone a complete sex change to infiltrate the female-only crew of ''Nirvana''. However, within an episode of TheReveal, s/he ends up betraying Taraak and rescuing her/his TrueCompanions from imprisonment, so TheCaptain allows her/him to remain on the ship under a single condition--that s/he [[BecomingTheMask reverts back completely]] to the ''she'' from before the betrayal.
* Subversion: In ''RosarioToVampire'', every time Hokuto Kaneshiro has appeared, Tsukune has welcomed him with open arms. Even when Moka has an eyewitness account of Hokuto with a monstrel. Even after Hokuto went OneWingedAngel on him. ''Even when he strangled him with a hand made of tentacles and taunted him that he couldn't protect Moka''. However, Tsukune is the only one who does this; everyone else in the [[UnwantedHarem Unwanted]] BattleHarem isn't fooled.
* ''YuYuHakusho'', in the sense that Mitarai is a traitor to the whole damn human race. Kurama welcomes him with a smile, and Yusuke even turns down Yana's offer to "copy" Mitarai's memories to be sure. Hiei is the only one who openly questions just why they're trusting him.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' Brainiac 5 set up Ultra Boy for a woman's murder, nearly killed Chameleon Boy, was planning to destroy the entire universe, and resolved the universe-destruction in a way that sent a former teammate hopelessly insane for years--but he was crazy, spent five issues in an insane asylum, was cured and welcomed back to the team with open arms. (This included their ignoring the murder he'd framed Ultra Boy for; a few years later a story was written establishing that someone else ''entirely'' had been responsible for the actual killing. Because just because you want to destroy the universe doesn't mean that you're so lost to morality as to commit one murder!)
* In the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' it was discovered that the Human Torch's wife was actually a Skrull disguised as Alicia Masters. She agreed to help them get back the real Alicia & was believed killed on the mission. However her Skrull superior decided to give her superpowers so she could help him get revenge on the Fantastic Four, which she did until her HeelFaceTurn & was allowed to stay with the FF & apparently had free run of their headquarters despite her untrustworthy history.
* In the first story arc of ''{{Ultimate X-Men}}'', Cyclops joins Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil and helps him blow up civilian buildings (though he tries to give occupants time to escape). By the end of the arc, he's realized what an insane douchebag Magneto is and returns to the X-Men, and never are his actions called into question.
* Thoroughly averted with Hal Jordan. He becomes Parallax, wrecks the Green Lantern Corps, then dies and comes back good. Most of the Corps ''still'' doesn't trust him. The Lost Lanterns, who he had previously attacked and left stranded, tried to kill him ''when he had just rescued them from {{A Fate Worse Than Death}}''.
* In ''ComicBook/XMen'', Colossus, driven by grief over the death of his sister, betrayed the team and joined Magneto's Acolytes. He later left the Acolytes and visited the X-Men's England-based sister team ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}, where he beat up Pete Wisdom for no good reason (Pete was dating Colossus' ex-girlfriend at the time). Despite all this, Excalibur welcomed him into their team, and he later rejoined the X-Men after Excalibur broke up.
* Chase Stein once betrayed the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} in a bid to resurrect his dead girlfriend that nearly resulted in Nico Minoru getting sacrificed to the Gibborim. He was welcomed back with more or less open arms, despite the fact that this stunt resulted in the Runaways losing the Hostel (ComicBook/IronMan raided it while the team was busy trying to save Chase from his own terrible decisions, and by the time they got back, they were too exhausted to fight Stark and his army of "cape-killers".)
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and exploited by Mycroft Holmes in ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. He says of the double-agent Campion Bond, "Nothing at all [will happen to him]. It is often useful to have employees whom you ''know'' to be treacherous."

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]

* In the ''Franchise/SailorMoon''[=/=]''VideoGame[=/=]{{Iji}}'' fanfic ''TroperWorks/SoldiersOfLove'', after Yukabacera's betrayal, the heroes decide to keep him in the party for pragmatic reasons (but deprive him of weapons). But soon afterwards he is accidentally left behind as they flee from Kiron, and they have to decide whether to go back for him, which would involve risking their lives. Since it's on this page, you can guess what they decide. Incidentally, he later repays them by [[spoiler: saving all their lives and helping to defeat TheDragon Iosa for them]].

* Happens in ''FanFic/CodeGeassAwesomeOfTheRebellion'':
--> '''The Emprah:''' Suzaku not only are you Japanese and the son of Japan's last emperor but you have also betrayed us a bunch of times. For that i am making you a Knight of the Round.\\
'''Zaber:''' [[OnlySaneMan What? But that makes no sense!]]\\
'''The Emprah:'''[[InsaneTrollLogic Exactly! It is the last thing our enemies will expect]]


[[folder: Film]]

* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'': [[spoiler: Lando. Justified, to a point, as it was explicit from the beginning that he was acting under duress.]]
** The (most recent) ending of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' indicates that force ghost Anakin gets a similar pass for his atrocities as Darth Vader.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'': [[spoiler:Hoggle]].
* ''Film/MirrorMask'': [[spoiler:Valentine]], although he [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight completely redeems himself]].
* ''Film/OverTheHedge'': [[spoiler:RJ]].
* ''Film/SuperTroopers'': [[spoiler:Farva]].
** [[spoiler:Farva]] might be a subversion. He became a cop long before the others, and his actions in the finale of the film would have made him a hero in the precinct. No doubt the [[spoiler:former highway patrolers]] had no choice but to work with him once more.
* ''TheExpendables'': [[spoiler:[[Creator/DolphLundgren Gunnar Jensen]]]].
* The Bollywood epic ''Bollywood/{{Lagaan}}'': [[spoiler:Lakha]].
* [[spoiler:Clint Barton/Hawkeye]] for Nick Fury in Film/TheAvengers, mostly because Fury realizes he was BrainwashedAndCrazy thanks to Loki. The director's commentary even points out that the CreepyBlueEyes effect given to victims of the brainwashing was added late in production to make it more obvious when characters were and were not under its effects and to make their use of this trope more understandable.
* ''Brink!'': Andy "Brink" Brinker. [[spoiler:When he's offered a job to work with Val, his nemesis. Goes far as to injure his friends with the ''WeUsedToBeFriends'' trope, later on he learns his lesson and reforms.]]


[[folder: Literature]]
* [[spoiler:Laura]] from the [[Literature/HIVESeries HIVE series]] is welcomed back in book eight by the rest of squad four, although the remaining members of the Alpha stream [[spoiler:and Penny]] are nowhere near ready to forgive [[spoiler:her.]] Justified in that [[spoiler:the Alphas don't know she was forced to betray them against her will, and Penny blames her for Tom's death.]] Also, the main characters feel for her because [[spoiler:she was [[MindRape mind raped]] by Zero and is even offered the opportunity to go home.]]
* This happens in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series to Jack in ''Hunger''.
* This happens numerous times in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse.''
** The most blatant example is Luke's apprentice [[JediAcademyTrilogy Kyp Durron]], a former slave who turns to the dark side, destroys [[strike:a star system]] a handful star systems including a major populated one, comes back, and eventually becomes a Jedi Master. Subverted in the paraquel ''I, Jedi'', where the protagonist repeatedly and with great alarm calls KarmaHoudini.
** Luke also joins the Empire in ''DarkEmpire''. That was initially a [[FakeDefector plan to kill Palpatine]], but Luke ended up falling to the Dark Side for real until his sister's love saved him and he went back to the New Republic. Who never brought up his defection and time as a Sith Apprentice again.
** In the XWingSeries comics, AcePilot Soontir Fel, the best Imperial pilot since Vader's death, [[DefectorFromDecadence defects]] to the Rebel Alliance, where his brother-in-law Wedge Antilles welcomes him. Not long after the comic ended Fel vanished; in ''Iron Fist'' and ''Solo Command'' he seemed to be working with an Imperial offshoot, but this was an actor. What happened to him has been written but is in DevelopmentHell. In the HandOfThrawn duology it's seen that the Empire of the Hand, a pragmatic but good Imperial offshoot, kidnapped and persuaded him to join. The same duology has that fairer, more cautious offshoot of the Empire try to recruit Mara Jade, who had been forced away from the Empire by treachery. Unfortunately the way they did this involved violence when she refused, even if they weren't shooting to kill, and so of course it didn't work.
*** The Empire of the Hand makes another, much better offer to her in ''SurvivorsQuest'' when she, Luke, one of Fel's sons, and [[BadassCrew four incredibly badass Hand stormtroopers]] are sent to visit the ruins of OutboundFlight. But while Mara sees that this Empire has virtually everything she loved about the one she served [[Literature/{{Allegiance}} way back when]] and virtually none of the things she found reprehensible, she doesn't go to them, because that idea was DoomedByCanon.
** And in ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'' -- note how many of these were written by TimothyZahn -- five stormtroopers [[HeelRealization realize that they can't support what the Empire has become]], leave, and wander about in a stolen ship, [[WeHelpTheHelpless trying to do good]]. They don't join the Rebellion, since they see the Rebels as basically neo-Seperatists and terrorists. But they do leave, which is unheard of, and they get in the way of a lot of local Imperial plans. In the sequel, it's said that Thrawn catches them and brings them into the Empire of the Hand.
* Edmund in ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]]''. Granted he is their brother, and none of them are that cold yet. Also, it's pretty much shown outright that he was enchanted by the Witch at the first meeting with her. It's a fairly strong argument against taking candy from strangers, even if they ''are'' androgynously sexy.
* The ''Emperor'' has this happen with Brutus after he betrays Caesar during the civil war. Which is pretty much how it went down in real life, so...
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'':
** Morgoth-- basically [[SatanExpy Satan]]-- makes a really pretty pouty face after the Valar (extremely powerful archangels; basically gods) kicked his ass all over Arda in the backstory, so [[TopGod Manwë]] gives him time off for good behavior. The narration explicitly says that it's because GoodCannotComprehendEvil and he ''really'' wants to believe that Morgoth, basically his brother, has pulled a for-real HeelFaceTurn. It ends badly and the next time Morgy tries pleading for mercy, Manwë opens up a cosmic airlock into the primordial void and drop-kicks him out of it.
** On a more positive note, Ossë betrays the other Ainur and joins [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] for a while, but they drag him back and convince him to HeelFaceTurn and rejoin the good guys. He stays relatively loyal after that, but occasionally throws a temper tantrum that creates storms at sea. The rebellious Noldor who gave up the rebellion and returned under Prince Finarfin got a rather colder welcome home.
* During ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Ivypool is lured into joining the Dark Forest. However, once she realizes that they're actually plotting to destroy the clans and repents, she is welcomed back to the side of the heroes.
* Doctor Skinner in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' has some conscience left and while drunk attempts to help the protagonist and her friends to escape, twice, and is caught, twice. Each time his boss, the titular island-owning doctor, chides him mildly and forgives him, and has him keep working for him. Doctor Franklin knew Skinner well enough to anticipate what he'd try to do each time, wanted to see what would happen each time, has enough help to be able to keep him from doing serious harm, and there aren't many people with his qualifications willing to work on [[PlayingWithSyringes what they're working on]].

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' has Rygel, who betrayed the crew at the end of the first season before coming back when he realised he couldn't benefit from it. It wasn't the last time he betrayed them in some way. At least the characters don't seem to completely forget it:
-->'''John:''' Shut up, you miserable excuse for a life! I'm sick of having you sell us out every chance you get!
-->'''Rygel:''' I don't do it every chance!
* Dr. Zachary Smith on ''Series/LostInSpace'' should be the poster child. Every other episode he's trying to sell out or betray the Robinsons to the latest MonsterOfTheWeek, and yet everyone forgets his betrayal by the end of the episode.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne. Though somewhat justified, as Mal holds that fact over his head to keep him in line, and Simon dismisses a grudge between them because they're all supposed to be on the same side, and holding a grudge would be counter productive to things like survival. Also, as a surgeon he is Jayne's only real hope in case of serious injury, something Simon leaves as a vague but unsubtle threat. Meanwhile River is capable of killing him with her brain. Lastly, the rest of the crew don't actually know the extent of Jayne's treachery.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': [[spoiler:Teal'c]] was once brainwashed by [[spoiler:Apophis]] into loyalty, but was reverted by a near-death ritual, and could return to duty immediately. This is despite him successfully tricking almost everyone prior to the ritual.
** Arguably justified, since Bra'tac, his mentor and friend for decades, gave him a clean bill of health, and Bra'tac was the one who could tell that Teal'c was faking his return to sanity before.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** After [[spoiler:Garibaldi]] betrays [[spoiler:Sheridan]] to [[spoiler:Clark's forces]]. The betrayer had been [[spoiler:{{Mind Control}}led]], and soon afterwards, decided to rescue the betrayee. When he goes to [[spoiler:the Mars resistance]] for help, there's a lot of tension until [[spoiler:telepath Lyta Alexander confirms that he was mind-controlled and isn't anymore]], and during the actual rescue attempt, the betrayee turns out to be sufficiently out of it that he can't remember why he's mad at the betrayer.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Lennier]], who regrets the betrayal moments after making it, only to be caught when trying to make good. He leaves rather than face the shame and accusation [[spoiler: that isn't coming, as Delenn remembered his bravery before the betrayal, and realizes that Lennier's moment of weakness lasted only a moment before he tried to do right. There's a bit of subtext; Delenn too had once had a MomentOfWeakness (with far ''worse'' results) that she regretted afterward, and that's the very reason she forgives Lennier.]]
* ''{{Series/Heroes}}'': A little attempted genocide won't stop the Petrellis from having family brunch together.
* In a season finale of ''{{Numb3rs}}'', [[spoiler: Colby Granger]] is revealed to be a spy for the Chinese in the FBI. While next season's premiere reveals it wasn't quite true, he IS and always has been a plant by the Department of Justice.
* ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Star Trek: DS9]]'': Garak tortures Odo almost to death to try getting back in his old mentor's [[spoiler: and father's]] good books. In the episode's final scene, Odo suggests he and Garak start having breakfast together. This friendly gesture hinged on a NotSoDifferent revelation during the interrogation which saw Garak mentally torturing himself as much as he was physically torturing Odo over what he was doing to Odo (both of them desperately wanted to return home to their own people).
** Quark gets this treatment frequently over the course of the early seasons (before his "heart of latinum" status was clearly established)
* Alan A Dale in the [[{{Series/Robin Hood}} BBC's Robin Hood]] betrays the merry men throughout series 2. Makes a HeelFaceTurn in the penultimate episode and turns against Gisbourne and the Sheriff. [[spoiler:Just in time to die at the end of series 3 due to the gang not trusting him]].
** Roy in the first season lead the Merry Man on a wild goose chase to find the mother of a baby they found even though he himself actually knew who the mother was. Then he tried to kill Robin and almost succeeded. Then Robin quickly decided to forgive Roy. Though to be fair, he only betrayed them because he was presented a SadisticChoice by the Sheriff and it is obvious that he betrayed them reluctantly.
* ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' has a justified example: the computer Mr. Smith was an enemy spy but could continue to act like he did before he was unmasked because, after all, he's a computer and can be reprogrammed.
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Wesley gets there eventually, although things between them are pretty cold for awhile, even when they're working together.
-->'''Gunn''': Why do you keep coming back here after everything you've done?
-->'''Wesley''': Because you keep needing my help.

[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Ahkmou managed to pull this off twice. First, he betrayed his people to the Dark Hunters but was later forced into working together with the heroes. He later went back to work and his deal with the Hunters never came up afterwards as he, along with the rest of his people, were forced into a coma by the [[BigBad the Makuta]]. Then, with his memories gone, he was brainwashed by Makuta who planted him back into society as his servant. Ahkmou helped Makuta cause an epidemic by selling infected sport balls but was soon found out. Following a period of hiding, he was accepted back into his village where he continued to work as a trader, though under close watch. The story didn't touch upon what became of him after he betrayed everyone for the ''third'' time, again due to Makuta's influence.
** Vakama had a brief FaceHeelTurn during his time as a mutant half-beast. Just when the bad guys are about to win, he finally comes to his senses and saves everyone, though in the process unwittingly setting the Makuta free, who they'd managed to seal away in the previous arc. Not only is he welcomed back, he becomes the leader and one of the most respected individuals of his people. The fact that he had been under the influence of Hordika venom at the time of his betrayal gave him some leeway (and they chose to keep their past a secret from the villagers).

[[folder: Music]]
* {{Apocalyptica}}'s piece [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Betrayal/Forgiveness"]] manages to exemplify this trope without any lyrics.

[[folder: ProfessionalWrestling]]
* Far too many to list. The FaceHeelTurn and vice versa are very common. The past is forgiven, if not forgotten.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'': [[spoiler:Garr]], although the entire second half of the game is devoted to [[spoiler:[[TheAtoner Garr making amends for trying to kill you on orders and trying to get to the bottom of why he was given those orders,]] even leading to him challenging his own[[WellIntentionedExtremist goddess]]]].
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'': [[spoiler:Scias]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'': [[spoiler:Jessica]]. To be fair, [[spoiler:it wasn't really her fault, she was possessed by the real BigBad.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': [[spoiler:Leon, the Dark Knight]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': [[spoiler:Yang]], [[spoiler:Kain turned and came back ''twice'' - although the second time, Edge refused to trust him and Kain outright asked to be killed if he was brainwashed again]].
** [[spoiler:Yang had amnesia and was being manipulated by Baron while he lost his memory. The only party member who holds this against him is BrattyHalfPint Palom]].
*** In Palom's defense, when someone repeatedly kicks you in the head when you first meet them, it's probably not conducive to offering your total trust and respect right away.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': [[spoiler:Yuffie]], [[spoiler:Cait Sith]]. In the latter's case, the moment of turning is just a short chase segment and brief cutscene in which you don't have access to the party command, and thus, it's entirely possible that the time before [[spoiler:Cait's]] WelcomeBackTraitor moment is so brief that [[spoiler:he]] literally never even left.
** Though at least [[spoiler:Cait Sith]]'s is justified in that he threatens to kill a hostage if the heroes don't let him keep tagging along. His full forgiveness doesn't come until later.
** [[spoiler:Yuffie]] forces [[spoiler:herself]] back into the group.
** A Mind Control example of this happens when [[spoiler: Cloud gives the Black Materia to Sephiroth.]]
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': [[spoiler:Dr. Mossman]]. Two seconds after the HeelFaceTurn, [[spoiler:she]] and Alyx (who had been frosty towards each other the whole game, even before the initial betrayal,) are hugging and on first name terms.
** It's not quite clear, but one interpretation is that [[spoiler:Dr. Mossman]] was a double agent from the start, so this was not as outrageous as some examples of the trope.
** There's also that [[spoiler:Mossman]]'s HeelFaceTurn is the only reason Alyx and her father didn't end up tossed headfirst through a Combine portal to be brainsucked by Advisors. At this point Alyx probably felt that [[spoiler:Mossman]]'s sincerity had been sufficiently proven.
* [[spoiler:Nash]] in ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete]]'' and all subsequent versions. Different in the original ''Lunar: The Silver Star'', where he was a FakeDefector instead.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': [[spoiler:Axel Almer (only in Advance)]], [[spoiler:Lamia Loveless (both versions)]].
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries'': [[spoiler:Raven]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', arguably [[spoiler:Kratos]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Also [[spoiler:Anise]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' remake, they try to do it on [[spoiler:Leon. [[RedemptionEqualsDeath but...]]]]
** Leon's case is brought up in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2''. Keep in mind this was before Leon's death was a HeroicSacrifice. The current party is shocked when they find out [[spoiler: Judas is Leon Magnus]], but in the end decide his later actions meant more than his past. Perhaps Justified as none of his crimes were against the current party specifically, and through a LotusEaterMachine they saw he didn't at all enjoy what he'd done.
** Potentially [[spoiler:Zelos]] in VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia, who admits that while he was a FakeDefector when he [[spoiler:turned over Colette to Pronyma]], he was really leaking information to the villains.
** Specifically, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' [[spoiler:Judith and Raven]] both turn against the party, the former by crippling their only mode of transportation and abandoning them, the latter by [[spoiler: kidnapping Estelle and handing her over to the BigBad]] then later ''actively trying to kill them'' (albeit under orders). Both are welcomed back into the party with no fuss whatsoever.
*** Well, really, [[spoiler:Judith]] more or less had a noble cause for crippling their ship. [[spoiler:Her]] ''crime'' is trying to act on [[spoiler:her]] noble goal alone, rather than with [[spoiler:her]] friends. As for [[spoiler:Raven, he]] was actually not really trying to kill them as much as [[spoiler:he]] planned on dying there, wether it was by the party's hand or the location crumbling down on [[spoiler:him]]. This was made evident when [[spoiler:while clashing blades with Yuri, Raven suddenly halted his attacks, allowing a rather surprised Yuri to slash him through the chest. He never really planned on killing them as much as he was more than ready for his own life to end; he even allows them all to escape immediately after the fight.]]
*** Also, in the latter's case, the party takes turns ''slugging them in the face''. Yuri also makes it clear that said character's life (weather they live or die) belongs to "''Brave Vesperia''" from that point on.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' subverts the trend with [[spoiler:Alvin]]. [[spoiler:He]] betrays the party ''[[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder repeatedly]]'' and is let back in every time...but EasilyForgiven is not in effect here. Milla at one point of the game pretty much admits that the only reason [[spoiler:Alvin]] is kept around is because [[spoiler: he]] is a loose canon that would follow them either way and its safer for all of them when [[spoiler:he]] is right where they can see [[spoiler:him]]. At the same time though, it's worth noting that this trope plays a huge part in [[spoiler:Alvin's]] motivation to really redeem [[spoiler:himself]].
* In ''Franchise/StarWars VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' one of the later level bosses is [[spoiler: Proxy, who snuck out of the ship so he could assassinate you and fulfill his program as a [[PinkPanther Cato-]]like training droid.]] After you beat him, at the end of the level [[spoiler: you pull a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Star Destroyer out of the sky using the force]]. The shockwave fries Proxy's processor. He's essentially the same but his "primary programming" has been erased. He's welcomed back, no problems]]
** The Apprentice knew he was trying to kill him though, as is shown in the opening scenes. He was a training aid.
*** It's pretty much outright stated Starkiller knew this (and hinted this has happen more than once) plus he's more annoyed by this being a bad time than anything else.
* ''BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'': [[spoiler:Kalas]].
* Averted in ''Battletech: The Crescent Hawks' Inception''. When you find the traitor in the party, he's summarily executed. There's a war on, after all.
* Inverted in ''{{Overlord}}'': [[spoiler:Gnarl, shortly after betraying you, says he'll welcome you back, if you can defeat the old Overlord]].
** He brings it in a funny but also justified way, considering his [[spoiler: 'advisory' role]] up to then.
---> [[spoiler:'''Gnarl:''' If you beat him I'll glady have you bac.. I mean, serve you again.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ExitFate'', the hero is declared a traitor by his home country at the beginning of the game and joins the other side to try to bring the war to a close with as little loss of life as possible. However, [[spoiler:the fact that an enemy [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] is immediately accepted into the highest ranks of the military does not sit well with the corrupt politicians in charge, and they eventually fabricate an excuse to charge him with treason in a KangarooCourt]]. As a result, Daniel has to switch sides again; he's welcomed back with a lack of distrust that would be more surprising if it wasn't for the fact that the Kirgard leadership was in deep, ''deep'' trouble, and nothing he could do could possibly make their situation any worse.
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', partway through it is revealed that [[spoiler: the player character is an [[HeelFaceMindScrew amnesiac Darth Revan]]]]. Only one member of the party seems to have a problem with this; several characters are actually ''pleased'' - though admittedly that's in character.
* ''JaysJourney'' has this with [[spoiler:Frost]]. Jay Lampshades it a bit by saying that everyone always comes back to the team in games like these, except for [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII that one flower girl]].
* ''{{Suikoden}}'' has [[spoiler: Pahn]] and [[spoiler: Sanchez]]. After you meet [[spoiler: Pahn]] again later in the game, he joins [[spoiler: after helping you out in a hostage situation. Sanchez is a spy for the Scarlet Moon Empire and because of him both Odessa and Mathiu Silverberg had to die]]. After the war, [[spoiler: Lepant]] pardoned [[spoiler: Sanchez]] for his crimes due to the fact that punishing him in any way would be a shock too great for the new republic to handle. [[spoiler: Sanchez]] was forced to swear that he would not associate with any of the officials of the Toran Republic in the future. He then entered Qlon Temple.
* [[spoiler:Jowy]] in the [[spoiler:best]] ending of ''SuikodenII''.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Your party members will leave if their approval is low enough. A few will attack you before they leave, and beating them will instantly earn back their loyalty.
** In a more straightforward example, the player has a chance to recruit [[spoiler: Loghain,]] a WellIntentionedExtremist who [[spoiler: left the King to die, tried to have you and your party assassinated, and almost caused the entire nation to erupt in civil war.]] Not everyone is happy about it, and [[spoiler: Alistair]] point-blank refuses to work with [[spoiler:him]], leaving your party [[spoiler: and the Grey Wardens]] in disgust.
* If you are kind enough to [[spoiler:Isabela]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', [[spoiler: she]] will come back after [[spoiler:making off with the Tome of Koslun]]. This is a more realistic example, however, as it takes three years of separation for Hawke & Co. to forgive [[spoiler:her]].
** In the finale, there are different ways you can handle [[spoiler: Anders]], depending on whose side you take in [[spoiler: the mage-templar war. If you side with the templars, you can either convince him to join you (which requires full rivalry) or kill him - telling him to leave just means you kill him later when he tries to stop you. If you side with the mages, you can kill him, have him join you, or tell him to leave. He'll find you at the Gallows and offer to help, giving you another leave / join choice.]]
* Ratbeard from {{Pirate101}} betrays the player and the other member of the crew sent to find Captain Gunn's treasure in order to claim it for himself. While he's running from the player he even poisons his own crew for a larger share. [[spoiler: The killing his own crew part was an accident, someone had replaced his knockout drops with poison.]] But once the player saves his hide after his new allies betray him, he begs for forgiveness and the player lets him join their crew.
* In ''Videogame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'', the former SHIELD agent Frank Payne defected to villainy and became Constrictor; he returned to SHIELD after becoming financially secure and realizing that he still wasn't happy.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* in DemonFist, [[spoiler: Capen]] realizes that having faith may have saved him when Jabob risks his life to save him even after betraying the hookshot pirates.Then gets [[RedmeptionEqualsDeath killed]], leading to a BerzerkButton sequence.
* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'', as an AffectionateParody of other [=RPGs=] in which this is rampant, had [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Killer Evil Death Spybot 5000]]. [[spoiler:Secretly, or [[ not-so-secretly]] spying on the team the whole time, he finally turned when [[ Cody entered his override command]], but then everything went back to normal in ''[[ the very next strip]]'']].
* Tiren from ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'' has a brief stint in [[ArchEnemy Kreedor's elite guard]]. It plays out much like [[Literature/TheBible The Prodigal Son]], with the pirates [[TrueCompanions unquestioningly]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming welcoming]] her back.


[[folder: Web Original]]

* After being outed as the mole, Skitter from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is welcomed back by the Undersiders, though it took Bitch and Grue a long time to forgive her.
* Creator/AchievementHunter had an "arc" like this - Creator/GavinFree had been costing Team Lads a number of victories in ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto IV]]'' "Cops n' Crooks III" and told leader Michael Jones and member Ray Narvaez, Jr., that he was trying to spice things up because they kept winning against Team Gents [[VictoryIsBoring and he felt things were getting stale]]. during the following episode "Cannon Ball Run". Michael is so incensed at this, he kicks Gavin off of Team Lads. When Gavin helps Team Lads win [[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]] "Lava Wall", Michael brings him back in, proclaiming that "it was only temporary."
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Gaea has a summoner main character and an archer second character. In Season 4, she pulls a FaceHeelTurn on her guild using her main character. Some time after this, her guild gets disbanded. When one of her ex-guildmates decides to rebuild it in the fourth novel, Gaea applies for membership as her archer character and gets taken back after promising to behave despite her known ManipulativeBastard tendencies.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'': [[spoiler:Hawkgirl]], although it's a season and a few more times saving the world before forgiveness comes, and a lot of the populace of Earth still doesn't trust the traitor.
** That, and the fact that [[spoiler:Hawkgirl]] turns on the people that the Justice League was betrayed to when the full extent of their plan is revealed.
** Although it was later revealed that the League would have forgiven her immediately (they took a vote and majority was to overlook it) had said traitor not ran off anyway.
** Superman himself had to go through this, as a result of his brainwashing at the hands of Darkseid. This is possibly why he was the one who cast the deciding vote in [[spoiler:Hawkgirl's]] favor.
* [[spoiler: Theresa]] was forgiven pretty quickly at the end of ''{{Class of the Titans}}''.
* Raimundo betrayed the team in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown,'' but saw the error of his ways and went back to join the heroes, who welcomed him back with a minimum of fuss. The incident was not totally forgotten, though, and later episodes occasionally alluded to it.
** In a later season, it is not only alluded to, but [[spoiler: becomes the basis of the BatmanGambit made by Master Monk Guan and himself to trick Hannibal Roy Bean into losing a powerful artifact he had stolen earlier in the series.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Celestia welcomes back her little sister Luna after she's defeated as Nightmare Moon after Luna sincerely apologizes. Justified as Luna wasn't entirely well in her head when she tried to overthrow her sister, having become a {{Mad God}}dess until the Elements restored her. And even then, while Celestia forgave her, it takes time for their subjects to do so.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'':\\\
Discord betrays all of ponykind to the most titanically dangerous threat it has ever faced...and yet Twilight rescues him with the rest of her friends.\\\
Towards the end when the Mane Six are having a GroupHug and Discord is nervously waving from off to the side, Twilight uses her magic to pull him into the group, making this trope literal.
* Starscream deserts from the Decepticons towards the end of the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Throughout the second season he proceeds to work on his own, align with the Autobots out of convenience, and launch assassination attempts against Megatron until setbacks and defeats lead him to return to his former comrades and beg forgiveness. It should be noted that his return is smoothed over by some extremely important artifacts that he brings to the negotiation table.
** He also has to undergo a psychic interrogation that can't be fooled. It takes the form of a clip show, overlaid with snarky commentary from Megatron. While the footage doesn't make Starscream look particularly good, it also shows that his intentions for returning to the Decepticons weren't a lie. Megatron accepts him back, on the basis that Starscream could be useful, if not particularly loyal. After this, though, Starscream does indeed act legitimately loyal to Megatron.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, who, having betrayed [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder King Louis XVI., the Revolution, Napoleon, ''etc., etc.'']], was asked by the restored King Louis XVIII how many governments he had belonged to, replied imperturbably, «Hé! sire, c'est le treizième» ("Well, sire, this is the thirteenth!")
** Really, all of France got this at the Congress of Vienna. Considering that the French Revolution betrayed all the principles of Europe (religion, monarchy, aristocracy), [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the fact that they were accepted back into regular Europe so easily is amazing]].
* During the Peloponnesian War Alcibiades, who was facing charges of defacing religious statues at the time, defected to Sparta and advised them how to defeat the Athenian expedition to Sicily. Thanks to his efforts, the expedition was a disaster, with over ''10,000'' Athenian soldiers killed or enslaved. He was later recalled to Athens... and appointed to the rank of general.
** Well, in his case, the states did their share of betraying first... so who was welcoming whom back?
** Alcibiades was the FourStarBadass that every other FourStarBadass of City-state era Greece aspired to emulate, the Alexander of his day, if you will. The Athenian Navy was made of win with him in command, and when he returned, he did so in magnificent fashion by whipping them back into shape, scoring magnificent victory after magnificent victory, and saving the Athenian war effort. Had he not had ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, he likely would have won Athens the war, he was ''that'' good. Athens, consequently, was a bit HotAndCold for him.
* Benedict Arnold, from the perspective of the British.