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->'''Inigo Montoya:''' You seem a decent fellow; I hate to kill you.\\
'''The Man in Black:''' You seem a decent fellow; I hate to die.
-->-- ''Film/ThePrincessBride''

{{Heroes}} are, at least for the most part, good people, with clear morals. However, they also have to dish out some punishment now and again, usually directed at [[{{Villains}} people who are decidedly less good]], and whose morals are rather lacking, so it's all good.

However, [[ApologizesALot some heroes]] may feel bad about inflicting any kind of injury on another person, no matter how deserving that person might be. Under these circumstances, the least the hero can do is to let the villain know that, while they may be punching them in the face, they are at least sorry. Very sincerely sorry indeed.

This is even more likely to occur when the character the hero is attacking is not really evil, but needs to be incapacitated for some reason. The hero will say something like "I'm really, really sorry about this," before [[TapOnTheHead whacking them over the head]] or knocking them out in some other way.

However, some people will apologize for attacking even the most deranged PsychoForHire, even if the psycho's actions left that person with no choice but to attack. Perhaps they're simply someone who ApologizesALot.

Alternately, the attacker might ''not'' be a good guy, but is still not exactly evil, and does not want to hurt whoever they're attacking. They might be controlled somehow [[CanOnlyMoveTheEyes but are still able to speak]], they might have [[TragicMonster transformed into something]] with a HorrorHunger that they can't redirect, or they might just be unhappy about attacking someone.

Compare SorryIFellOnYourFist, where the victim apologizes; WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou, where the manipulative attacker merely pretends to feel guilty; and MyFistForgivesYou, where the attacker is quickly settling a score. If the attacker apologizes beforehand without explaining why, it's a PreemptiveApology.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', Tohru hits Kyou with her bag because she thought he was a pervert. Tohru is a SorryIFellOnYourFist character, and awkwardly apologizes to Kyou afterwards.
* Legato's arc in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' only ends when he [[spoiler:forces Vash to shoot him, execution style, in the head]]. Vash is really, really broken up about it afterwards.
* Quatre Raberba Winner of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]''. He always asks his enemies to surrender before he has to kill them, then he apologizes for having to kill them. In fact, most Franchise/{{Gundam}} pacifist pilots such as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Kira]], [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Uso]] and [[Anime/TurnAGundam Loran]] say this and ask their enemies to get out of the mechs.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' Keiichi hugs Mion and apologizes [[spoiler: for killing her in an alternate reality]].
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', forced to stop a rampaging Ryouga, Akane rips off a mooring post from the docks and bashes him over the head with it, yelling, "I'm sorry!" When this [[MadeOfIron fails to even faze him]] (indeed, the post ''bent'' in the shape of his head) she bashes him some more, punctuating each strike with "I'm sorry!"
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' episode 36, Edward says sorry to Kain Fuery after punching him out.
** And in [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the original manga]], Maria Ross apologized in advance before and after [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slapping Ed across the face]] for going into Laboratory 5 on his own. Justified since Ed's higher in rank than Maria and could give her and Denny Brosh their walking orders if he wanted to (of course, he doesn't).
** [[spoiler:Hohenheim apologises before he stabs Izumi Curtis with his hand, although given his relationship with it, it's possible that he was apologising to his philospher's stone.]]
* Though not technically in the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Anime, in the ''VideoGame/NarutoClashOfNinja'' games, [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] actually APOLOGIZES for using a counterattack.
** The First and Second Hokage apologise to the Third Hokage for putting him through trouble, who in turn apologises to the former two for fighting them. It's a long story how they got into that situation.
** Though it doesn't strictly count as an apology, the fifth Mizukage expresses regret before attacking [[spoiler: Sasuke]].
** Pain apologises to [[spoiler: Jiraiya]] before making the killing blow.
** The undead [[spoiler: Second Mizukage and Third Raikage]] are very apologetic about fighting against the Joint-Shinobi force and even give warnings about what attacks they are about to use. Same goes for [[spoiler: former villains Itachi and Nagato]], who shout advice to Killer Bee and Naruto while being forced to attack them.
* In her first appearance in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', [[DarkMagicalGirl Fate]] mutters an "I'm sorry" before blasting Nanoha to unconsciousness. This was the first clue that Fate wasn't as evil as her [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains appearance]] and [[KickTheDog actions]] indicated.
* "Colonel Sanders" in the TournamentArc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' apologizes for using overpowered tactics and cheap tricks (that would be downright cheating if there were any rules) in battle. He's sorry for beating you up, but he just ''has'' to reach the final match.
** Sayo also does this; she starts off her attack by [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v30/c274/3.html warning her enemies of the imminent danger.]]
** Earlier than that is when Negi and Asuna attempt to take out Chachamaru when she's alone, Negi really doesn't want to, to the point where he can't bring himself to do it and blows himself up instead.
* Some of the ''OnePiece'' fighting games turn [[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] into this when fighting against a female opponent as a way to both reference and [[AcceptableBreaksFromCanon get around]] his extreme WouldntHitAGirl tendencies.
* Ai Kaga from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' actually attacks '''by''' apologizing in at least one instance, [[UseYourHead using her head and bowing a lot]].
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', when Kazuki is about to [[spoiler:kill Chouno]], he says that he's sorry. [[spoiler:Chouno]] promptly sticks his tongue out and says, "Don't apologize, you hypocrite." Kazuki then kills him, proving that you don't need to apologize if the person you're attacking is going to be a dick about it afterwards.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Toguro invokes this after ripping a monster in half on the order of his client Tarukane: "Not even the best of contracts justifies killing as cruelly as I have just done. I apologize to this creature."
* A rather odd example from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': during Shinji's battle with the possessed Unit 02, he apologizes before stabbing it - ''to Asuka'', who he's well aware isn't even inside it at the time.
** Pilots do tend to get emotionally attached to their machines, particularly someone like Asuka, where piloting it is pretty much all she has to live for. He knew she'd be upset if he damaged Unit 02, so he apologized.
** Toji does this when he beats Shinji up out of anger over his little sister getting injured during Unit-01's first fight.
* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', Tenma profusely apologizes as he puts the gun to the head of one of Wulf's men.
* In ''Anime/RODTheTV'', Yomiko apologizes as she rifles the pockets of a {{mook}} that she and Anita knocked out.
* In the SoBadItsGood anime ''Anime/ChargemanKen'', this is [[{{Narm}} hilariously]] done in episode 35, with Ken's infamous "Dr. Volga, forgive me!" line as he launches him at the enemy as a human bomb.
* Syaoran does this to Yukito in the ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' manga, apologizing right before punching him in the gut to knock him out so Sakura can use her magic to capture the Firey card.
* In ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', [[spoiler: Takashi]] hates using his PsychicPowers, but against someone who just won't give him the chance to explain himself and keeps attacking him ([[spoiler: Mozu, a local ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl]]), he decides to do so... and after the apology, he unleashes a fatal psychic attack. Not to mention he ''again'' apologizes to the person he just killed.
--> [[spoiler:'''Takashi''']]: "I apologize, but you don't leave me any other option... (kills [[spoiler:young Mozu]]) I'm so sorry."
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Primera Espada Coyote Starrk apologies to Kyōraku while shooting him in the back with a Cero while the latter tries to attack Wonderweiss, stating the arrival of Wonderweiss means [[BigBad Aizen]] has lost patience.
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Stocking apologizes for attacking [[spoiler:Panty, and cutting her up into 666 pieces,]] and provides a rather forced explanation.
* In ''Manga/HekikaiNoAiON'', [[spoiler:Yuzuki apologized at Seine while throwing her to the deep zone of a pool knowing she can't swim, but Shizuki ordered her to do it.]]
* When [[spoiler:Yukime goes MurderTheHypotenuse on Ritsuko]] in HellTeacherNube, she's not exactly happy [[spoiler: since she's doing it in a desperate gambit coming after a BreakingLecture]], and repeatedly tells her victim thing like "I'm so sorry", "it's not your fault", and "I wish there was another way to do things!"
* In ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' episode 20, Yuri apologizes to a train stewardess after [[BoundAndGagged taping up and gagging the woman]] and [[MuggedForDisguise stealing her uniform]].
* Cammy in ''Anime/{{Street Fighter IIV}}'', unlike her regular canon version, she is not only a TechnicalPacifist, but also a very devout Catholic, and as such she apologizes each time she lands a punch on her opponents.
* Aries of ''Manga/FairyTail'' does this pretty much every fight she's involved in.
* Used for a CreepyChild moment for the brainwashed killers of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Rico flees an assassination only to run into Emilio, a bellhop she'd befriended earlier. As Emilio starts asking awkward questions, Rico wonders what she's supposed to say in this situation. Then she realises the answer. Taking out her silenced pistol, Rico cheerfully says, "I am sorry", [[LeaveNoWitnesses then kills him]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mr. Nice, a minor villain from the ''Batman: The Animated Series'' tie-in comic, is not only apologetic, but outright helpful to his victims, even going so far as to give money and his doctor's card to security guards he's tied up and beaten.
* In ''Air'' #1 (not the same as ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}''), the protagonist apologizes to a WellIntentionedExtremist before [[GroinAttack kicking him in the crotch]]. As with many instances of this trope, the victim thinks she's apologizing for something she already did.
* Subverted in ''{{Nodwick}}'' when Artix and Yeager apologize to a villain (after they'd had fun fighting their way through his dungeon, unlike the one they'd just been in that they'd found boring) because Piffany was about to attack him.
* In ''{{Patoruzu}}'', Patoruzu hits Gaston the Frenchman hard enough to knock him unconscious. Isidoro points out that he may have killed him with his sheer strength. The moralistic Patoruzu is horrified by this and promptly apologizes to the unconscious Gaspar for hitting him so hard. It turns out that Gaspar was faking unconsciousness in order to make Patoruzu feel guilty so he could catch him off-guard.
* Ragdoll does this a couple of times in ''ComicBook/SecretSix''.
* As seen above, ComicBook/{{Tintin}} does this to get a panicky passenger out of the pilot's hair so he can concentrate on his emergency landing.
* In ''{{Superman}} Family'' #173, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen realizes that Superman is infected with the virus that is wreaking havoc through Kandor. He mentally says "[[PreemptiveApology Sorry for what I'm about to do, pal]]" before knocking him out.
* In the ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' comic ''Ianto's Tomb,'' a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent thrax]] apologizes to the main character Grunvik as it tries to drain the water from his body. It continues apologizing even as Grunvik cuts [[TragicMonster the creature]] down.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* Blaine in ''Fanfic/SolarWinds'' has a tendency to apologize--or at least feel sorry for-- any {{Mook}}s he has to attack, at the begininning of the story.
* The protagonist of [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey]] apologizes to the detainee he is interrogating for pushing her on a delicate subject.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Ghost!Fluttershy]] in Fanfic/SweetiesMansion is this when Sweetie Belle tries to hunt her in this LuigisMansion crossover. Ghost!Fluttershy is sorry for trying to turn Sweetie into a ghost but she's JustFollowingOrders from [[BigBad Specter]]. [[spoiler:Princess Luna has more of the horror version of this trope as she [[AndIMustScream can't stop her ghost self]] from trying to kill Sweetie Belle, all Luna can do is warn her of her ghost's next move when it tries to attack her.]]
* Wrong (a BrainwashedAndCrazy Rainbow Dash) in ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame''.
* In the JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jackie and the rest of Jade's family after she goes bad.
* As Jaime Lannister in ''Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers'' tries to escape out of [[spoiler:the White Sword Tower after being put under arrest]], he kills [[spoiler:Qyburn]] by jamming his sword up through his spine. As he lays dying, he apologizes and tells him that it was NothingPersonal.
* The Manga/{{Naruto}} fanfic ''FanFic/GenderConfusion'' involves a fight between [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] and [[NiceGuy Juugo]], wherein ''both'' parties are less-than-enthused about fighting at all.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* A very creepy version occurs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', where the [[spoiler: badly-mutilated Other Father is strapped into the mechanical mantis and forced to attack Coraline, mournfully mumbling apologies as the mantis stalks her.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Other Father:''' Sooo sorry . . . Mother's ''maaaaaking meeeeee! Don't waaaant to hurrrt youuuu. . .'']]
* Justified in ''[[WesternAnimation/IceAge Ice Age: The Meltdown]]'', when Sid bites Diego on his tail to snap him out of his [[HeroicBSOD Aquaphobia]] when a prehistoric animal is about to eat them.
* From Disney/WreckItRalph; [[ItMakesSenseInContext a bizarre life-or-death situation]] in which Sergeant Calhoun is reluctant to continue beating Fix-It Felix to bait Laffy Taffy vines so they can escape from a Nesquiksand pit:
-->'''Calhoun:''' Look, you're a nice guy, I can't just-\\
'''Felix:''' NO MA'AM!! The arcade is depending on us!! Now do your duty, that's an or-*punch*-''OWWW!''
* Mr. Smee from ''Disney/{{PeterPan}}'' every time he attacks or kidnaps someone he apologizes for it:
-->'''Mr. Smee:''' (stuffing Jane into a sack) My apologies miss.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/MenInBlack'', the Arquilian battlecruiser that parks over Earth sends a simple message: "Give us the Galaxy or Earth will be destroyed. Sorry."
* An example where the person being attacked isn't a villain occurs in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', when Seraph apologizes to Neo before attacking.
* In ''Force10FromNavarone'', Maritza [[HitMeDammit demands that Barnsby hit her]] to make it appear that he and Mallory attacked her and got away. Barnsby apologizes and hits her weakly. She berates him and orders him to hit her harder. Mallory suddenly punches her hard and knocks her out.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': "You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you." "You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die."
** And later, after his fights with Inigo ("Please understand I hold you in the highest respect.") and Fezzig ("I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But for now, rest well and dream of large women.").
* Wesley in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' was a bit of a nebbish who apologized for everything. After he meets Fox, [[spoiler: and balks, asking what his target did to deserve being killed, the next target is apologized to, as Wesley still isn't morally committed even though he's otherwise committed.]]
* An example where both parties were equally neither bad nor good, in the film ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', in the battle scene where [[spoiler: Connor receives his mortal wound]] a priest slits the throat of a member of the opposing clan and then quickly offers last rites.
* Done [[TearJerker traumatically]] in ''Film/{{District 9}}'' when Wikus is forced to shoot a chained-up alien. His hysterical, traumatized reaction is one of our first indications that he's not an outright VillainProtagonist, and that despite his employer's xenophobic propaganda he still views the aliens as ''people''.
* The Operative in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. River is also very apologetic after she beats Simon up in order to get to the bridge.
* In 1940's ''TheMarkOfZorro'', BadassPreacher Fray Felipe apologizes as he knocks out the alcalde's soldiers with a club during the climactic melee.
-->'''Felipe:''' ''(WHACK!)'' God forgive me. ''(WHACK!)'' God forgive me.
* Subverted initially by the monk in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' as he's quoting humorous scripture while (non-fatally) shooting mooks with arrows, then plays it straight when he sees the BigBad, grunts out "Thou shalt not kill" while trying to fatally shoot him.
* Played for laughs in ''AttackOfTheClones'' when C-3PO's head gets knocked off and is fused to a battle droid's body, forcing him to open fire on the Jedi Knights, him frantically apologizing for every shot fired. (He never lands a single shot)
* Carlisle in the [[TheFilmOfTheBook film version]] of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
-->'''Carlisle''': "I don't relish the thought of killing another creature, even a sadistic one like James."
* In ''{{Cellular}}'' [[spoiler: Jessica]] apologizes to one of the bad guys after [[spoiler: she kills him by cutting his brachial artery]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Jessica''']]: [[spoiler:"Tenth grade biology]]. Brachial artery... pumps 30 liters of blood a minute. There's only five in the human body. I'm sorry."
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' : Shortly after being bitten, Peter gets into a completely accidental fight with a subway car full of people. It starts when he rips a woman's shirt off because his hand sticks to the fabric. A couple of guys take a swing at him, but they trigger Peter's spider-sense and he reflexively knocks them to the ground, apologizing each time. A few more people try the same thing and get the same result, apologies and all.
* ''BlazingSaddles'': Reverend Johnson prays for forgiveness after attacking one of the bandits with his Bible.
* In ''StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Scotty apologizes to a security guard while on the USS ''Vengeance'' before he [[spoiler: opens the airlock to allow Kirk and Khan to enter the ship and let the guard exit the same way.]]
* ''Film/LayerCake'': A distressed Sidney apologises after he guns down [[spoiler:the protagonist]].
* A violent and disturbing example occurs in the Extended Cut of ''[[Film/{{Alien 3}} Alien³]]'' with the prisoner Golic. Already driven mad by the sight of the Xenomorph, he insists that he must see it again [[spoiler:after the other in-mates have successfully trapped it in a nuclear storage room, where it can't escape]]. Another prisoner is guarding the only door, and warns Golic that it will kill him. Golic looks away, mutters an apology... [[spoiler:then cuts Arthur's throat with a single slash from another prisoner's shaving razor, babbling panicked apologies as the inmate quickly bleeds out]]. It's potentially creepier when you consider that Golic [[spoiler:appears to exhibit some religious reverence for the creature, and he asks it what to do, making one wonder if perhaps it's controlling or speaking to him somehow, making his apology seem all the more sincere]].
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. [[spoiler:Dana is told that (as the FinalGirl) she must kill Marty, the only other survivor of their TargetedHumanSacrifice, to prevent the Ancient Ones rising and bringing on TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Dana says, "I'm sorry" as she wills herself to shoot her friend. Mary, seeing a werewolf is sneaking up behind her, says "So am I." Cue ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In George RR Martin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' series, there is a successful assassin's guild called The Sorrowful Men, who always apologize to the victim for killing them just before the victim dies.
** [[spoiler: [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Varys]] apologizes profusely to Kevan Lannister after he mortally wounds him with a crossbow, explaining that he had no choice but to kill him to keep the realm unstable and ready for the Targaryens to return.]]
* In ''Literature/AudreyWait'', Audrey's mom had to quit Taekwondo because "she was always apologising to the attack dummies".
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Sybil Vimes automatically says, "I'm terribly sorry!" just as she whacks a guard over the head with an iron bar. This is an interesting counterpoint to her original character, in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', as an overpowering personality who takes no guff from anyone. In the rest of the series she's far more polite and apologetic, despite taking just as little guff.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind is puzzling out the apologetic note before he gets hit over the head.
* In the David Trilogy of Creator/KAApplegate's ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, titular SixthRanger David expresses a modicum of regret towards [[spoiler:Rachel]] as he prepares to kill her.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Harry, Ron and Hermione apologize to Neville after using the Full Body-Bind curse on him because he was in the way.
** Dobby is very much this in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' with the various things he does to try to protect Harry.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Voldemort says "I regret it" when murdering [[spoiler:Snape]]. He might have even meant it too, since he just lost his most capable servant. It's also a very minor version as there was no humanity behind the sentiment.
* In ''Point Blanc'', book two of the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, the Gentleman, an assassin, gets his nickname because he always sends flowers to the families of his victims.
* Jane Bennet, as represented in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'', has been reported to cradle zombies in her arms, apologizing for dismembering them, even as what remains keeps trying to bite her.
* [[XWingSeries Iella Wesseri's]] husband, thought to be dead for two years, was found in a prison when the New Republic captured Coruscant. Iella was delighted to have him back, and although he seemed quieter and weaker than he had been before this he was also glad to see her again. Later Iella, being a New Republic Intelligence officer, was assigned to escort an Imperial informant to safety only for her husband to [[HisNameIs shoot the informant]] and try to kill her. She [[ShootTheDog shoots her husband]], and as he's dying she finds that during his long absence [[ManipulativeBastard Isard]] turned him into a ManchurianAgent. Surprisingly, he doesn't say the word "sorry" at all during that, but regret is pretty heavy throughout what he says to her.
* Literature/JediApprentice has a friend betray Obi-Wan for selfish reasons, though he'd still considered the young Jedi to be a friend. Obi-Wan responds to his apologies with "Save your sorrow. I don't need it."
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel "The First Heretic", part of the Horus Heresy Series, the main protaganist whisper "Forgive me" over the vox channel to a loyal captain during the famous Drop Site Massacre, right afterwords he gave the order to open fire, causing thousands of the loyalists to die within seconds.
* In the {{Mistborn}} series book ''Hero of Ages'', [[spoiler: Marsh]] tells Sazed, "I wish I understood why I have to kill you. I'm sorry." Then he attacks him.
* It turns out this is the real way to use the eponymous Sword of Truth in the SwordOfTruth. Holding onto pure anger will get some mileage out of it, but holding onto pure ''forgiveness'' will cut through magical defenses. Naturally, true forgiveness is pretty hard to ''not'' express to some extent. YMMV on this one, as the first example overlaps with StockholmSyndrome. It makes sense in context.
* Chloe from ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' is this whenever she [[spoiler:accidentally raises the dead]].
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', as Durnik the smith apologizes before removing an enemy's helmet and clonking him on the noggin. Belgarath is apparently torn between laughter and confusion. "Excuse me? EXCUSE ME?"
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden whispers "God forgive me" when [[spoiler:he kills Susan, the mother of his child. She had just turned into a full vampire and if he killed her on the altar, the powerful bloodline curse would run through the vampires and end them forever. Susan allows Harry to kill her to save her child from these monsters.]]
* ''{{Redwall}}'': [[spoiler:Blaggut's last words to Slipp]]: "You're bad all through, you'll never change, that's why I gotta do this. Sorry, Cap'n!"
* Szeth in ''TheStormlightArchive'' doesn't want to kill people, but by the rules of his culture he has no will of his own; he has to follow every command of whoever holds his Oathstone, with the exception that he can't give up his [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Shardblade]], or kill himself. And if you have complete control over the world's only [[HealingFactor regenerating]] [[MasterSwordsman expert fighter]] GravityMaster with a sword that can cut through anything...what else are going to do with him? Over time he stops apologizing and comes to hate the people he fights for not being able to kill him.
* ''LiveAndLetDie'' - one of Mr. Big's mooks is told to take Felix Leiter out and "hurt him considerably", but the two of them get on well thanks to their mutual love of jazz. The mook, not willing to cross his boss, apologetically hurts Leiter just a little.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''{{Smallville}}'', Chloe always apologizes when she is forced to subdue [[{{Superman}} Clark]] with kryptonite, as shown in [[spoiler:''Splinter'', ''Hypnosis'' and ''Progeny'', even under MindControl with the last case]].
** In ''Freak'', Clark shouts that he is sorry as he painfully burns a hole in Chloe's chest. [[spoiler:He is trying to get a dangerous device planted into her out, and it is under her request.]]
** In ''Upgrade'', Chloe apologizes when she is forced to tranquilize Lois.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Shane does this [[spoiler: before shooting Otis so he can escape a pack of walkers chasing both of them.]]
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Captain Hunt's Nietzchean crewmate (who practices the species-wide belief of self-interest) sees that Hunt is at an disadvantage. He stands up, apologizes for his impending treachery, and then attacks the captain.
* [[MysteriousInformant Orwell]] does this in one of her few action-ish moments(she prefer to [[HollywoodHacking work]] behind the [[MissionControl scenes]]): "Sorry! Sorry." as she tazes a guy in the neck.
* The ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Dear Sis" centered around Father Mulcahy feeling guilty for punching out a delirious guy so that he could be operated on. Mulcahy's actions would be reasonably justified by the regular morals of planet Earth, especially since the other guy punched him first and Mulcahy decked him in self-defense. And the guy might have died if Mulcahy did nothing. Did the guy, perhaps, feel grateful for this afterward? Of course not.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries:''
** In the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Kirk pauses to apologize to Gary Mitchell before smashing him with a rock. Mitchell just happens to get back his super-powers in that instant.
** And in "Operation - Annihilate!" a whole colony does this: they've been infected by {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s, and they apologize and beg their victims to run away even as they're attacking.
** In "The Man Trap", [=McCoy=] says "Lord forgive me," as he kills the MonsterOfTheWeek, which had shapeshifted into his ex-girlfriend.
* In "Time's Arrow, Part 2" of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Riker says "I just want you to know that I have the utmost respect for the law" to a policeman, then punches him out.
* [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]]. For the "You're not evil, but you're in my way - therefore I'm going to incapacitate you rather than torture or kill you" version, anyway.
** [[spoiler:Tony]] apologizes right before he smothers [[spoiler: Larry Moss]].
* During the showdown with Crichton in the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Self-Inflicted Wounds," Pathfinder Neeyala remarks, "I have never before released my [[LovecraftianSuperpower bristles]] to kill. Your forgiveness."
** During the "What was Lost" two-parter, Noranti decides that John has to die for the greater good, so she uses some sort of phlebotinum to convince him to jump off a cliff. She intersperses commands to John to walk toward the cliff with "Forgive me" and prayers to her god(s) to "receive his spirit."
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Hiro briefly bows and apologizes to Tracy before punching her in the face.
* Encouraged in the Rahmens parody educational series ''The Japanese Tradition'' episode about dating. If you are forced to fight, you should say "I'm sorry I have to do this" before dealing out justice.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Invasion of the Dinosaurs", Sergeant Benton attacks his superior (who's on the wrong side):
-->'''General Finch:''' ''(with his hand in Benton's face)'' You'll be court-martialled for this, Sergeant!
-->'''Sergeant Benton:''' ''(while repeatedly slamming the General against a desk)'' Yes, sir! Very sorry, sir!
** And then later, in the revived series 5 finale, [[spoiler:Auton!Rory apologizes desperately to Amy as he's forced to kill her.]]
** Angel Bob.
** The Doctor, in Classic Who, would many times apologize, on the rare occasions when he punched someone, such as the fifth Doctor, in "Warriors of the Deep".
** The Tenth Doctor also apologizes [[CatchPhrase all the damn time]], and on several occasions "I'm sorry, I'm so, so sorry," meant "I have run out of ideas for how to save you and your victims, so I'm going to kill you now." Obviously does not apply to beings such as Daleks.
** One of the Tenth Doctor's biggest [[MomentOfAwesome awesome moments]] involved playing this straight ''and'' inverting it, when he OutGambitted TheMaster and temporarily made himself ''canonically'' a GodModeSue via the amplified thoughts of the human race.
--> '''The Doctor:''' "I'm sorry. I'm sooooo sorry. Because you know what I'm going to say to you."
--> ''[The Master backs away, almost whimpering, and the Doctor leans in close to his ear]''
--> '''The Doctor:''' "I ''forgive'' you."
** River Song apologizes to a guard for breaking out when it's his first day on the job, using her psychic lipstick on him.
* In ''PrisonBreak'', Scofield does this quite frequently whenever forced to harm good people (often bystanders) to stick to his plans. [[spoiler:Justified in that he only starts doing this after witnessing an inmate hang himself, supposedly because Scofield didn't save him from T-Bag.]]
* On ''{{Neighbours}}'', Dylan made a point of doing this when he was coerced into an armed robbery. This more than anything convinced Stuart (if not his sergeant) that he was telling the truth, leading him to go undercover to get him exonerated.
* The husband on ''Man Woman Wild'' always apologizes to the animals he catches before killing them to feed himself and his wife. And thanks them after they're dead, too.
* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', a father and daughter are abducted and he's forced to fight other captives or both of them will be murdered. When the killer ups the stakes and orders him to beat a defeated opponent to death, he has no choice but to comply, moaning "sorry" with every reluctant blow.
* During an early episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walt breaks down crying and apologizing after more-or-less being forced to kill a captive drug dealer. In season 5, [[spoiler: Walt apologizes to Mike after fatally shooting him when he realizes the information Mike refused to give him could have been easily gotten from Lydia. Mike just tells him to "[[PrecisionFStrike Shut the fuck up and let me die in peace.]] ]]
** While it's not verbalized, Jesse's TearsOfRemorse when he shoots [[spoiler:Gale]] clearly convey this.
** After [[spoiler:Hank Schraeder]]'s murder, accomplice [[spoiler:Todd Alquist]] has this to say to the man they spared: "Sorry for your loss".
* Leonard Betts, a particularly memorable monster of the week on ''Series/TheXFiles'', apologizes every time he kills someone. "I'm sorry, but you have something that I need." That something is always a tumour.
* In a second season episode of ''Series/{{LOST}}'', Michael apologizes to [[spoiler: Ana-Lucia right before fatally shooting her]].
* In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E19FolsomPrisonBlues "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19)]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean apologizes to Tiny, a very large prisoner, he picks a fight with in order to [[WeNeedADistraction cause a distraction]].
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Angel is affected by a spell that makes him extremely emotionally sensitive and disinclined towards violence. When he realises he needs to resort to violence to rectify the situation, he very apologetically beats up several people.
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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels said "I'm sorry, I love you" to Wrestling/RicFlair at ''WrestleMania XXIV'' just before Shawn used his finishing move and pinned Flair. As a result of losing, Flair had to retire, [[strike:enhancing]] causing the emotional impact of the moment.
** This later got an IronicEcho during Shawn's stretcher match against Wrestling/{{Batista}} at ''One Night Stand''. The whole thing was essentially a squash match, with Batista finishing it by mouthing "I'm not sorry. I don't love you." Then plastering Shawn with the Batista Bomb.
* Played with by Wrestling/JeffHardy in his [[RealLifeWritesThePlot unintentionally brief]] gimmick as [[MassiveMultiplayerScam Immortal's]] champion, "TheAntichrist of ProfessionalWrestling". His assaults tended to be followed up by MindScrew-ish half-apologies, half-[[NotSoDifferent commentaries]] on his [[HumansAreBastards views of human nature]].

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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': When Minor got turned evil, he tried to stop attacking the [=AGs=]. Key word there is ''tried''.
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Tau always claim to be apologetic attackers... as they commence orbital bombardment, then use a mix of sterilization, concentration camps, and possibly mind control on their new subjects.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* VideoGame/{{Ape Escape}}: Pumped & Primed enacts this trope through Casi. She is likely to say sorry with her spinning Stun Club attack. The game mentions that nobody suffers real damage in the virtual world, but she's just really nice. It also might be worth noting how virtual reality is just reality to her since she's a digital being.
* In VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim, the Subjugated Ghosts in Rannveig's Fast are this, with lines such as "I'm sorry! This isn't what I want!" and "I don't have any choice! I'm sorry!" as they attempt to smash you into a pulp.
** Also, the draugr sometimes croak apologies at you in Ancient Nordic.
* [[{{Meido}} Fiona Mayfield]] of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', whose down-forward strong attack is accompanied by a heartfelt "I'm sorry!" as she smacks her opponent up into the air with her {{BFS}}.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, some of the healer classes shout "Forgive me!" as a battle cry when you have them attack physically. At first glance, demonic healers appearing to feel guilty at attacking enemies is kind of... odd, until ''Disgaea DS'' pointed out they are actually fallen angels from Celestia, making them not so different from Flonne ("Whoops, pardon me!"). Old habits die hard, it seems.
* Polka in ''EternalSonata'' will apologize to enemies after hitting them, and one of her opening-battle quotes is something to the effect of "I'm sorry, but I'm in a hurry!"
* Dizzy from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has two wings that do most of the attacking for her, and she apologizes for them (and tells them to stop) during battle.
** Bridget's intro has him pull a DynamicEntry and trip his opponent ''before the fight starts''. He then turns, goes all "oops" and apologizes.
* In the prologue before the game starts, an alien invasion kills VideoGame/{{Iji}}'s father and little sister [[spoiler:and almost the whole human population]], but even after she is transformed into a [[{{Nanomachines}} nanomachine]]-powered cyborg, she has no desire to kill her attackers and says a grief-stricken "I'm sorry..." when killing an enemy. This gets reversed if you shoot everything you see, however, which makes her yell "Why don't you just DIE!" or similar when shooting them.
* Some of the mercenaries in the ''JaggedAlliance'' series are {{Apologetic Attacker}}s, and others begin as such but grow hardened (or [[SociopathicSoldier develop a murder fetish]]) with experience.
* During the first battle with Jafar in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', he orders the Genie to attack you. Before every attack, the Genie yells "I'm really sorry about this!" or the equivalent ("Oh please, oh please let me miss!") as well as "Quick, get out of the way!", and if he does hit you, health orbs fly out of his fist to make up for it.
* Shannon in ''OugonMusouKyoku'' is literally an ApologeticAttacker, as one of her moves is an apologetic bow.
* The automated turrets from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' fit this trope. After being deactivated, they say things like "No hard feelings" and "I don't hate you".
** They may also apologize to ''each other'' if one turret collides with another.
* Alouette in ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' occasionally apologizes after physically attacking a monster. She's a nun whose special attacks often involve beating enemies over the head with the game's [[CrystalDragonJesus Bible equivalent]].
* ''[[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic Adventure 2: Battle]]'' added Tikal to the massive 2-player revamp for the treasure hunting stages. Every time she'd use a special attack, she might say "I'm sorry."
* ''[[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity]]'' has Blaze, sort of. She sometimes says "Sorry" a bit timidly when she passes other racers. Funny how she doesn't when she hits others with an attack item.
* Sophitia of the ''[[SoulSeries Soulcalibur]]'' games exclaims "I'm sorry!" after using the [[GroinAttack widow maker]] attack on a male opponent.
** Talim is another example of this trope, apologizing during even basic attacks.
** ''Soulcalibur IV'' has voices for custom characters which say stuff like that also.
** [[TheHero Siegfried]] as well, moreso during his stint as TheAtoner in ''III'' and ''IV''. Considering that he once served time as the BigBad ([[BrainwashedAndCrazy thanks]] [[TheCorruption to]] [[EvilWeapon Soul]] [[ArtifactOfDoom Edge]]), this is understandable.
** Patrokolos from ''Soulcalibur V'' says "I'm sorry" quite often when fighting against his sister Pyrrha, who herself does this a lot due to being manipulated by Tira into becoming a killing machine (and a suitable vessel for [[EvilWeapon Soul Edge]]).
* Despinis from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'' is not just [[ShrinkingViolet chronically shy]], she always says "I'm sorry" before blasting you to smithereens or beating you to a pulp. True to that, [[spoiler:when she joins your party in OG Gaiden, she seems to be more proficient at support skills rather than direct combat]].
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2''. Some of the "hybrid" enemies will tell you to run or say "sorry" when they were shooting you.
* If Mint delivers the final blow in a battle in ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'': "Forgive me, please..."
* One of Estelle's opening-battle quotes in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is "I'm sorry if I hurt you!"
* Kohak takes this role in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' when you fight friendly but Zerom-possessed characters Rage Camellia ([[spoiler:Sergeant Morga]]) and Lonely Veronica ([[spoiler:Marin]]) as bosses.
* [[spoiler:Emil]] from ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' eventually becomes this after he [[spoiler:seals his SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
* Susie Evans from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', being a staunch pacifist, will sometimes freeze up and stop moving if you order her to attack someone (regardless of how much AP she has left). She can, however, use Ragnaid on an ally and still move around fine.
** That simply doesn't do it enough justice. If ordered to attack someone, she will actually apologize. Depending on your sense of humour, this is either tragic or darkly hilarious.
-->'''Susie''': ''Before shooting someone in the head'' "Sorry if this hurts!"
-->'''Susie''': ''Before throwing a grenade'' "I'm a ''pacifist''!"
** Also, one of the enemy lieutenants remarks how the protagonists seem like good people, and he's sorry he has to fight them.
* Avril Vent Fleur in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'' apologizes for the pain she's about to inflict with her attacks.
* In Episode I of ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', one of MOMO's battle end sayings is "I'm sorry, are you okay?" If they collapsed in a [[HighPressureBlood shower of blood]], they are pretty far from "okay."
** Chaos is a more extreme case of this. In certain cases during battle in the second episode, he'll quickly say sorry before attacking. In Episode I, however, he has a pre-battle and battle end quote in which he prays for the enemy's soul.
--> "Poor lost souls... may you be reborn again anew!"
--> "May all your souls rest in peace..."
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a few like this.
** Vaelastarsz - a Red Dragon enslaved by Black Dragon Nefarian.
--> '''Vaelstrasz The Corrupt:''' Forgive me, (player)! Your death only adds to my failure!
** Sir Zeliek - a great Paladin turned into a marionette of the [[BigBad Lich King]], trapped inside his own body as the Lich King uses his own holy powers to commit atrocities.
--> '''[[PeoplePuppets Sir Zeliek]]:''' Forgive me! I- I have no choice but to obey!
** In [[VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft Hearthstone]], any time Alexstrasza makes an attack she states: "I will mourn your death"
* ''Franchise/BioShock''
** Most of the Splicers in the series are pretty out of it, but the Pigskin from ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' occasionally realizes that you're not, in fact, his hated father. He apologizes, but keeps hunting you, because the Saturnine would do horrible things to him if he let you go.
** The [[TragicMonster Handymen]] from ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' will occasionally warn you to run away, and will scream "get off that thing!" before electrocuting the rail you're on. Normally, this would be a simple boast, [[spoiler:but it's later revealed that many Handymen were political prisoners charged with [[ActualPacifist pacifism]], and turned into war machines.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the [=RoboBrain=] enemy sometimes acts like this.
** There's also Pvt. Jones, a Mister Gutsy robot in Rivet City.
--->'''Jones:''' Sir, you are not authorized to enter the armory. Sir! Please don't make me shoot you, sir!
* [[AnIcePerson Freudia Neuwahl]] and Liebea Palesch in ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}''. One can only predict the results when they go up against each other in the sequel.
-->'''Freudia''': "I'm sorry, Tia..."
-->'''Liebea''': "Forgive me, Miss Tia..."
* In the original ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'', one of Kasumi's win quotes has her kneel down and apologize to her fallen foe, asking if he/she is alright.
* Rose from ''StreetFighter'' will frequently ask her opponent, "Are you hurt?" or "Are you all right?" This trope is much more prominent in her FightingYourFriend situations.\\
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Not as straight of an example, but from the same game, Chun-Li's "gomen ne" taunt translates to "I'm sorry!"\\
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Abel from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' straight up says "I'm sorry..." in one of his not-personalized victory quotes.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'', one of the lines sometimes spoken by the shadows when they attack is "I'm sorry!"
* In the video games based off of the ''Manga/OnePiece'' series, any time Sanji fights a woman, he apologizes for every attack, since in the manga he WouldntHitAGirl.
* Shizumaru Hisame from ''SamuraiShodown'' bows and apologizes to his fallen rival in one of his winning animations. If he performs his Zetsumei Ougi and kills his opponent, [[TearsOfRemorse he actually breaks down crying]].\\
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Similarly, Mina Majikina throws her weapons to the ground and turns away in remorse after her own Zetsumei Ougi.
* After utterly destroying his opponent with Omnislash ver. 5, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' cares enough to apologize with a dry "No hard feelings."
* Even though [[IllKillYou she threatens to kill Noel if she doesn't return to her post]] at first in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', Tsubaki surprisingly ends up holding back and even begs for forgiveness whether she wins or loses. She also [[EasilyForgiven forgives her]] for the trouble she got her into since Noel is her friend and therefore she knows that she didn't want to fight against her.
** Also, surprisingly enough, Tsubaki knew that she could never defeat her even though she didn't hold back. Then again, in fact, she herself didn't even know that Hazama was only using her to hurt her deeply enough to awaken the true successor to the Azure from within her... which, of course, causes Noel to [[ThisIsUnforgivable fly into a rage and refuse to forgive him when she realizes it during her encounter with him]].
** Litchi also has this line in her winquote against Bang because she thought he was a pervert but didn't know that he was really trying to impress her.
--->'''Litchi''': I-I'm so sorry! You came out of nowhere, so I thought you were a pervert and smacked you! Are you alright? (He's completely out... but he looks really happy. Odd...)
** In general, Litchi also counts. As she is a doctor and a very benevolent one, she really wouldn't like to fight unless the situation is really severe. A lot of her win quotes had her apologizing to her enemies, and in the Arcade Mode, she was clearly sorry for having to force her way through by beating her colleague Tager. She also goes so far as practically apologizing to Platinum if she beats her, or was beaten in Platinum's story. [[spoiler:And she also did this to Rachel in Rachel's story if she beat Rachel, apologizing about how she just beat her and still had to stick with NOL against Rachel's suggestion.]]
** [[spoiler:By Chronophantasma, she does this even more often. Justified that as much as she's sticking with NOL, she's not very pleased with the prospect of beating those she deemed decent and friends with, but is ForcedIntoEvil. In fact, she's mostly borderline crying in win quotes to some close friends, like Bang.]]
* ''Artix Entertainment'' games have rare occurrences where the heroes fight against someone only to find out after beating them up that they weren't really as bad as the non-player characters who sicced them on them made them think and they apologize to them before deciding to show those non-player characters who's boss for setting them up and using them. A good example is during the cutscene after the hero defeats Lord Ovthedance where he/she apologizes to him for not realizing that the Great Godfather of Soul set him up and conned him/her into doing his dirty work.
-->'''Hero''': The Great Godfather of Soul's conned me into doing his dirty work! That weasel!\\
'''Lord Ovthedance''': Me glad you realize that. Would have been better if you realize it before you beat Lord Ovthedance down.\\
'''Hero''': Yeah, sorry about that. We've got to get you down to that Dance-off so you can beat that liar for both of us!\\
'''Lord Ovthedance''': Am you kidding? Me am not in the best shape, thanks to some random hero who decided to...\\
'''Hero''': ...I said "I'm sorry".
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has a Mook that turns around and ''[[{{Fartillery}} farts]]'' at Bug's face! While apologizing with a rather crude "Sorry" or "Sorry, just ate".
* ''SDGundamGGeneration'''s system that lets you put any non action girl into a mobile suit usually results in this. Tifa, Shekti, and other girls of their kind will apologize their opponent before blasting them up to bits.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', The Engineer might apologize when killing a Pyro. This is mainly because Pyros [[EnemyMine are the natural Spy killers, and Engineers hate Spies.]]
* In ''Abe's Exodus'', the second ''OddWorld'' game, the only way to calm down a Mudokan that had been exposed to laughing gas was to give them a good hard slap. Slap them again and they get "angry" and have to be apologized to or they will refuse to listen to any instructions and even slap you (or any other nearby Mudokan) back. If you slap a "sad" Mudokan, you had better apologize fast, or they will let out a pitiful little "no…" and start beating themselves to death with their own hands.
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'': When initiating a [[CombinationAttack team-up attack]] as Unmasked!Akira, she shouts "Gomen nasai!" ("I'm sorry!") while she performs the initial hit.
* Hamton from ''Tiny Toons: Defenders of the Universe'' apologizes when he throws something at a enemy.
* Many of the robots in ''VideoGame/CosmicBreak'' appologize when making a kill (even when 'killing' trees and lifeless barrels). Mostly the more human ones. Some however like Baltheon invert the trope by laughing.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' (AKA Dragon Warrior VII in the States) has a great beginning world that partakes to this. The first dungeon has THREE bosses. A miniboss to enter, a second-in-command, and a world-sector boss. There is no break to heal or save in between the last two. Why does this fit? The World-sector boss is [[spoiler:Matilda]] who only asks you to kill them and free the world-sector. They only defend and the battle just turns into a TearJerker with bonus exp.
* In ''{{Persona 3}} Portable'', BonusBoss Theodore is extremely apologetic when he fights the player character. His sister Elizabeth also apologizes occasionally when she hits you, but not nearly as often.
* [[RobotBuddy PROXY]] from ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}: ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' has the "primary programming" directive of killing his master, Starkiller. However, being a very naive droid who literally doesn't understand the concept of death, he treats it like an ordinary task and is otherwise quite friendly toward him. In fact, every time he randomly attacks Starkiller and fails to strike him down, he apologises for it.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'', Grovyle is notably apologetic to the Lake Guardians about stealing the Time Gears, [[spoiler: which makes sense considering he's only stealing them to save the world in the first place]].
* In ''VideoGame/BluePlanet'', the UEF pilots will often comment that they hope their opponent finds peace in death after shooting them down. The fact that they're not the aggressors in the conflict is a major reason for this.
* Samara in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' often says "Find peace in the embrace of the Goddess" to her enemies before she dispatches them. It's most poignant when she says it to Morinth, [[spoiler:her daughter]].
* The Pandora Artillery in ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheReds'', which fires neutron shells, has the line "May our children forgive us" as he is about to fire. When selected, he may also voice ethical concerns about using these weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'', Isabella will apologize for betraying and declaring war on you.
* In the text game ''GunMute'', the friendly robot barwoman in the saloon, Juanita, explains that she's been programmed to shoot you on sight. She's such a bad shot that there's no danger of her shooting you, but she still apologises.
* Near the end of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'', [[spoiler: the [[BackFromTheDead recently revived]] [[HalfHumanHybrid Ninian]] uses the remains of her ice powers to kill two Fire Dragons and severely wound a third. The poor woman is in tears as she does so, apologizing to them and telling them is not their fault while freezing them to death, as she knows that they only want to see Elibe but [[PowerIncontinence their mere presence can potentially destroy the whole continent]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', one of [[ShrinkingViolet Olivia]]'s quotes has her screaming "I'M SORRY" at the enemy whenever she crit-hits them. Or when she's promoted into an Assassin and [[OnehitKill Lethality]] activates.
* Serah in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' tends to apologize to the monsters she just killed. Her partner... not so much.
--> '''Noel:''' I'd say I'm sorry, but I'm not!
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* ''[[http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=19641&sid=fed821e788e0020013d4c0513247ed09 a2 ~a due~]]'': The flute player of the orchestra gets at least one moment of this.
--> '''Flute player:''' I- I'm really sorry about hitting you, b- but- but I can't let you hurt my friends!
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The 'Fallen' Grace versus Damien battle in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' definitely qualifies. Damien threatens to kill all her friends, she goes CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass on him, rips him to shreds, then reverts to her ordinary personality and apologizes for beating him up, before asking him to surrender. Of course, he DOESN'T, but that's [[TakingYouWithMe another trope]]...
* In ''EverydayHeroes'', Mr. Mighty has to [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138691 knock out]] Iron Jane after she attacks him ... later, he has to knock her out [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=149953 again]] to prevent her from killing her former boss in revenge.
* ''Webcomic/ExplorersOfSouls'': [[spoiler: Renée]] when attacking Mel, uttering "No hard feelings, right?" and "I'm just doing my job!". She doesn't actually seem very sorry, though.
* [[WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dr. McNinja]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p28/ has been shown]], in a throwaway gag to when he was younger and still working out the kinks in balancing his ninja and doctor roles, apologizing over and over and over to the body of an [[{{Mooks}} enemy ninja]] he'd just murdered.
** He does the same thing [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p75/ here]] when he realizes that the only way to beat ConservationOfNinjutsu is to [[spoiler: team up with the single bad guy against all of the good mooks.]]
* Errol of ''Webcomic/{{Seekers}}'' profusely apologizes to the female Lizaar as he delivers a sound beating to her in a tournament.
* Cale in LookingForGroup is convinced he has to kill an innocent child to save a kingdom. Up until this point, Cale has been bordering on StupidGood and hates the thought of even ''harming'' a single innocent - but eventually [[ShootTheDog goes through with it anyway]].
--> '''Cale:''' "I'm sorry... [[TearJerker I'm sorry]]."
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Rachel's last words to [[spoiler: Baam]]: "Sorry. You have to die here."
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Roy and Belkar are in a gladiator arena in the Empire of Blood (complicated story), and when he sees a peg-legged man threatening Elan with a shiv, he punches him. Before this, however, he apologizes, saying "I just wanted to let you know that this in no way reflects my views on the differently-abled."
* ''Webcomic/CriticalMiss'': [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/critical-miss/10318-The-Canadian-Front Canadian snipers]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has a villainous example in the form of Psionic Minmax, who apologises to the Kin from [[AlternateUniverse his universe]] that his plans necessitated him to kill her 817 times. That doesn't stop him killing her for the 818th time though.
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' game ''Eye of the TARDIS'' from the BBC's website involves the Doctor's consciousness being trapped in the TARDIS computer, and the player is charged with the task of defeating virtual avatars of the Doctor's enemies (by jumping on them to destroy them), and gathering energy crystals so that he can escape. The game features David Tennant's voice, as the Doctor says "[[CatchPhrase Sorry, I'm so sorry]]" to each enemy avatar as it is destroyed. By the time you get to the fourth level, he is saying this as he destroys ''Daleks''.
* In the "Fight Day" episode of {{WebVideo/Idiotsitter}}, Billie gets back at Gene for punching her in the beginning of the episode by socking her in the face. She is instantly and sincerely apologetic.
* Charlie freaks out and apologizes repeatedly to a villain she has just stabbed in ''KateModern: The Last Work''.
* In ''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance'' Chapter 5, Maggie apologizes to a [=LifesBlood Labs=] security guard, who thinks she is saying sorry for running away, before kicking him to the floor.
* Bobby Jacks in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' apologizes to Ivan Roeghmills before cutting his throat.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic wanted a war with WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, but only when the Nerd had the time.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] apologizes to the superhero Triumph, after she nearly kills him.
** Later, Dinah Alcott, the third most powerful [[{{Seers}} precog]] on the planet, leaves Skitter several notes. One of them reads "I'm Sorry." [[spoiler: Dinah later organizes an attack on Skitter that [[TheUnmasking exposes her civilian identity.]]]]
* The circumstances of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s White trailer haven't been revealed, but Weiss' [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/weisswhitetrailer_4448.png expression]] while fighting the Knight- and her initial reluctance to go on the offensive- strongly implies that she didn't want to do it.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Silverbolt did this to Cheetor several times in a row once in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
** Cheetor commented on wanting to return the favor when the argument was made that Silverbolt was "acting in his best interests".
* In ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'', when Xander Crews and Killface were forced to fight to the death. They had originally agreed to fake it, and figured they'd think of something eventually, but when the audience wasn't buying it, Killface apologized to Xander before ''biting his ear off'', escalating the fight into actual to-the-death territory.
* Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is oftentimes an apologetic attacker.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEarthKing The Earth King]]": Katara apologizes to all the guards she has to water-whip out of the way when the Gaang's trying to get into the Earth King's palace.
** Aang and Sokka attacking Katara whilst under [[PeoplePuppets Hama's control]] in "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePuppetmaster The Puppetmaster]]". Katara herself apologizes immediately after freezing Aang in place.
* The sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' also uses it, when [[spoiler: Asami discovers her father is working for the Equalists]].
--> [[spoiler: '''Asami''']]: I love you, Daddy. *attacks*
* SamuraiJack apologized to a guy for knocking him out and stealing his clothes after Jack's own clothes were stolen.
* After Him turned everyone evil in one episode of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', they apologized after beating the snot out of everybody.
* Much like the example from ''The Matrix Reloaded'' above, Phoebus does one of these to Esmaeralda in Disney's adaptation of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* {{Lampshaded}} and subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
-->'''Member of Team Impossible:''' I wish there was another way.
-->'''Ron:''' Really?
-->'''Member of Team Impossible:''' Not really, but that's what our lawyer told me to say.
** In another episode Ron tries to make himself a better hero by using a cybernetic suit, only for it--and thus his body--to fall under villainous control. Not only do he and Kim apologize as they attack each other, they have a discussion about their relationship and the insecurities that made Ron think this was necessary in the first place while dodging each other's blows.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', [[TheBully Nelson]] apologizes as he is forced to attack Drederick Tatum who has been swabbed with "Poindextrose".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', Donatello got one of these while attempting to save a power plant worker from a cooling tower that he'd just rigged to [[StuffBlowingUp blow up]]. ItMakesSenseInContext...
-->'''Don:''' We don't have time for this! Please accept my apology!
-->'''Worker:''' For what?
-->'''Don:''' For this. (Cue the use of his SimpleStaff)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Return of Harmony, Part 2", Fluttershy is ordered to restrain a brainwashed Rainbow Dash, and proceeds to fly up to the sleeping Rainbow and... gently awaken her, then ask "I'm just wondering if it's okay if I hold you down against your will for a little bit." Twilight Sparkle's reaction is [[FacePalm predictable]].
* In the TV version of ''{{Redwall}}'', the abbot asks God for forgiveness after attacking an invader.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'', a curse cast by King Hsss turns all of the heroes except He-Man and Roboto into Snake-Men, rendering them BrainwashedAndCrazy. (Roboto, being a robot, is immune, and Hsss apparently wanted He-Man to suffer more.) When a fight breaks out, Roboto slugs Mekaneck, saying, "My apologies, Mekaneck."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "I Remember You", Ice King apologizes to Marceline twice after he pushes her.
** The song in that episode has a retroactive and [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] example:
-->''"Please forgive me for whatever I do...when I don't remember you..."''
** And Jake's mother.
-->''Margaret'': Don't think you can trick me into thinking you're some kind of... baby... oh. Are you a baby?
-->''Never Doubt The Blob'': ...Uh-huh.
-->''Margaret'': OH, oh baby, I'm SO sorry *beat* FOR THIS!
-->*punches [[spoiler:Jake's biological mother]] to steal venom*
-->''Margaret'': I'msorryI'msorryI'msorryI'msorry...
* In the French cartoon ''Once Upon a Time... Space'', the [[RobotWar Humanoids]] beg the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Cassiopeians]] to surrender during most their battle, as they don't wish to [[CurbStompBattle obliterate them]].
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* Remember those newspaper articles about the Polite Bandits? Two women desperate for drug money but apparently not too enthusiastic about the criminal business would rob people at gunpoint while saying "Please," "Thank you," and "I'm sorry."
** These crop up every now and then, and sometimes end up in the news. They vary from genuinely remorseful drug addicts to professional criminals who simply happen to be polite about their business.
* Many people who are members of religions that respect animal rights, but who are forced to eat meat due to economic or health conditions, thank and/or apologize to the animal before eating it.
** Some more tribal-style minority religions that symbolically respected animals had separate rituals for this, in the lines of [[ThankYourPrey "Thanks for letting us eat you, no hard feelings. We're sending you back now (just kind of, um, thinner), come again."]]
*** Choi Min-sik, star of Korean film ''Oldboy'' is a Buddhist vegetarian - he said a prayer for every live octopus he had to eat during one particularly gross scene.
* There was a recent case where a U.S. Serviceman was mugged at gunpoint by three other men... however, upon opening his wallet and finding his military I.D, they returned it to the man, apologized, gave him back his stuff (except his keys...) and thanked him for his service.
** A similar urban legend exists about a group of teens who stole a car for a joyride, opened the glove box and realized it belonged to [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]], and returned the car with an apologetic note.
** {{Douglas MacArthur}} was once out driving at night after returning to the US from World War One when a man tried to rob his car at gunpoint. [=MacArthur=] proceeded to get out of the car and tell the man that [[ThirdPersonPerson Douglas [=MacArthur=] wouldn't be robbed at gunpoint]], he'd only give up his money if he lost a round of GoodOldFisticuffs. The attacker immediately apologized, saying that he'd served in [=MacArthur=]'s unit during the war and let him proceed on his way.
* Attila Ambrus, a failed Hungarian hockey player, robbed post offices and banks at gunpoint. He would usually thank the teller, even though slightly drunk.
* In Norah Vincent's ''Self-Made Man'', she recounts second-hand an anecdote of this sort. The full paragraph is on the [[Quotes/ApologeticAttacker quotes page]].
* Not long ago, there was a bank robber who apologized for frightening an employee. He apologized for scaring her and sat down to talk. She apparently convinced him to convert to Christianity and turn himself in.
* Albert [=DeSalvo=] committed several (dozen) rapes in which he would apologize to his victims and show concern for their physical safety. Aside from, y'know, the raping bit. This is one reason why some modern profilers feel [=DeSalvo=] and the Boston Strangler were two different people, as the Strangler's victims were savaged by the killer.
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