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Easily Forgiven
"Oh look grandpa, it's that guy who kidnapped your soul and then tried to kill me. But now he's our friend."

They betrayed you, they tried to kill you, in some cases they really did kill you. But within the space of an episode or two, you find it in your heart to forgive them. As long as they're a fellow series regular. After all, "To err is human, to forgive, divine."

Usually an instance of Plug 'n' Play Friends. If the unmasked traitor was an active party member or contributing part of the team, and remains an active party member or contributing part of the team, it's Welcome Back, Traitor.

If some sort of Hand Wave is given for this, then it's a case of "Get Out of Jail Free" Card. Such easy forgiveness may be given after an insincere The Grovel. The kinds of people most likely to easily forgive are the All-Loving Hero, the Friend to All Living Things and those who prefer to Turn the Other Cheek, although more cynical characters may take a Restrained Revenge. If no such excuse exists or "apology accepted" speech occurs, then it's a Karma Houdini. Compare Welcome Back, Traitor and All Is Well That Ends Well. Contrast Reformed, but Rejected, where the bad guy does want to be forgiven and works for it, but doesn't get accepted. See also Protagonist-Centered Morality. See also Forgiven But Not Forgotten, where the hero is willing to forgive, but not if it happens a second time. Insane Forgiveness is this trope taken Up to Eleven.

On the other hand, following this trope can occasionally pay off in the cases of certain characters. Sometimes, showing a bit of trust to a former villain who doesn't seem to deserve it can lead to them becoming a reliable ally. Forgiving someone for their crime without their having earned it may inspire them to become The Atoner so that they can earn forgiveness.

Easily Condemned is the opposite trope.


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  • In the last episodes of Black Cat, surviving members of Chronos and the Apostles team up in spite of spending most of the series trying to kill each other. They are joined by several Sweepers (bounty hunters) who had been manipulated by or defected from Chronos and had just been battling against the apostles. For that matter, some members of the Apostles had previously defected from that group or tried to kill other members of that group. Even the orphan children had been abandoned by their one member to gain power. Yet all these people work togther in the final battle.
  • Bleach After their first encounter Ishida doesn't seem to have that many problems with Mayuri for killing off the last of his people and torturing their souls. Granted, the fact that he's injured and smack dab in the middle of enemy territory means that it wasn't the best time to call out Mayuri, but even so, at worst he seems comically annoyed at having to deal with him.
    • It's revealed that the entire reason the Soul Society arc happened is because Kisuke implanted the Hogyoku in Rukia's body for safe keeping, leading Aizen to try to get her killed so he can get it. Despite Ichigo's defining characteristic being his protectiveness towards his friends, he's not shown to be the slightest bit upset that Kisuke endangered Rukia's life, and is instead just mad that Kisuke thought he'd run away from the fight if he knew the whole truth. Neither Rukia nor any of the other characters have called him out on it since.
    • Even after Ginjou ruined Ichigo's life and turned his family and friends against him to gain his powers, Ichigo wanted to give the latter a proper burial despite owing nothing to them. Shinji lampshaded this.
  • The second princess of England in A Certain Magical Index is easily forgiven despite committing treason in an attempted coup de tat, because her actions were those of a Well-Intentioned Extremist looking out for her homeland.
    • Last Order is pretty forgiving of Accelerator considering what he's done (especially considering that she remembers everything as though it happened to her, thanks to the Hive Mind). She's about the only one though. The rest of the Sisters are noted to have extremely mixed feelings toward Accelerator, and Misaka herself still hates him with a passion.
  • In Code Geass Villetta is easily forgiven by Ohgi for shooting and incapacitating him during the Black Rebellion. And, of course, the whole racist Britannian agent thing.
    • Ohgi himself is easily forgiven for betraying Lelouch and siding with Schneizel by various people who were on Lelouch's side. They even actually attend his and Villetta's wedding!
  • In Death Note L arranges things so that Light and Misa are put through a mock execution, making Light believe his own father is going to shoot him in the head. Light forgives them on the very same page!
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Vegeta. As the series progresses he goes from a mass-murdering psychopath to a member of the main cast. The main characters (with the possible exception of Tenshinhan) conveniently forget all the people he and Nappa killed during their invasion of Earth, as well as everything he does during the Namek Saga, all the while being motivated by his own self-interests.
      • Most of the main characters didn't want to forgive him, it's just that Goku decided to, and (at most points) no one else in the main cast is strong enough to threaten him. Goku is pretty much the king of this trope though. (Seriously, the guy doesn't have a single vindictive bone in his body.)
      • One could argue that after being killed by Frieza, and then being revived shortly afterwards gave him a kind of "clean slate".
      • Vegeta isn't really forgiven until much later. During the Freeza Saga they didn't forgive him they simply had an Enemy Mine situation. They don't seem overly happy to see that Vegeta has acheived Super Saiyan status in the Cell Saga either. The only way he qualifies as ridiculously easily forgiven is if we throw that label on Piccolo, Android 18, and Majin Buu. Except Piccolo all of them were treated as actual friends not just people who were tolerated by their second appearance.
    • Eh, your mileage may vary there. Android 18 (the version the Z Fighters meet, not Trunk's alternate universe version) does nothing bad but steal a car and beat the Z Fighters up in self-defense. Piccolo, the one who's not forgiven, actually has an excuse for the evil due to the fact he is an entirely different person - other than physical appearance - to King Piccolo, and the worst thing he personally did was try to kill Goku in a fight, something Goku doesn't see as any different than a handshake. Buu has no excuse though, so played straight there.
      • Buu does have an excuse in that he was basically a child who was specifically designed to kill more things than possible. When given the proper moral guidance, Buu just accepts that killing is wrong and promises not to do it anymore.
      • More importantly, the Majin Buu the heroes befriend, Good Buu, isn't the same Buu that did all of the killing. He's a different sub-form created when the original Fat Buu expelled all of the evil from his body, forming an entirely separate entity, Pure Evil Buu. Or maybe he's slightly different due to also being a product of Super Buu's formation, the most powerful, intelligent, and evil of the Buus. It's... complicated.
    • Inverted with Chi-Chi towards Piccolo (mostly in the anime at least). She had a hard time forgiving him for the things he did in Dragon Ball (being the Demon King with a history of treacherous behavior) and in the earlier episodes of Dragonball Z (kidnapping her son for a year and killing her husband). She does eventually forgive him at the almost-end of the series though.
  • Subverted on both Manga and Anime of Elfen Lied Kouta does not forgive Lucy for killing his little sister Kanae and their father. However, even though he never does forgive her, in the anime, he openly declares that he will always love her; while in the manga, while he is much more bitter and hateful, he offers her a Last-Second Chance to live peacefully with him and the rest of the cast, then takes a bullet fully intended for her because he refused to let another family member of his die ever again, after which Lucy sacrifices her body integrity in a last bid attempt to save him, leaving her in crippling agony; Kouta then kills her purely out of love and mercy after she begs him to do so, and afterwards still visits the spot they promised to meet each other as children, desperately waiting for her to come Back from the Dead somehow. Also, at no point does he consider Nyu guilty of her other personality's actions.
  • Any protagonist in Eureka Seven who meets Anti-Villain Dominic quickly sees him as a really nice guy even when knowing his ties to the world's corrupt military. Upon first meeting him in a particular scene in Episode 45, the Gekkostate crew are at first wary of him joining forces with them against a common enemy, but decide to trust him implicitly when he states his reasons for doing so are to protect the girl he loves, which immediately makes him openly comparable to main protagonist Renton.
  • Most of the villains in Fairy Tail. Tried to exterminate an entire village just for daring to oppose your plan to revive an ancient demon that ravaged the Earth? That's all right, just a misunderstanding. Tried to revive an even greater evil to turn the world upside-down, enslaving and killing countless innocents to do so? Fine, so long as you lost your memory of the deed and helped the heroes out against a smaller threat. Betrayed your guild, turned your former comrades against each other, and then tried to kill them all along with the town they resided in? You didn't really mean it even though you tried and almost succeeded, so don't worry. Unfortunately you'll have to leave the guild, but we'll be your friends forever! The list goes on...
    • One of them actually asks why they have been forgiven so easily. The answer? They haven't. But not giving aid and acceptance to someone in need of it is something they can't forgive themselves about.
    • It should be noted that, this is After they got their asses handed to them.
  • Akito from Fruits Basket. Her offenses include half-blinding Hattori and guilt-tripping his girlfriend for it, throwing Rin out of a two-story window, locking Yuki in a dark room to torture him, smacking Kisa until her cheek bled, psychologically damaging anyone that pisses her off, and attempting to murder Kyo and Tohru. There's only so much a Freudian Excuse can justify.
  • Subverted in Fullmetal Alchemist. Winry didn't forgive Scar for killing her parents. Although it didn't stop her for treating his wounds, on the principle that her parents would have done the same. One strong theme in this manga is how to deal with sins, forgiveness, and cycle of hatred.
    • Also subverted with the Ishvalan people after nearly getting wiped out in a genocide. Scar's master says that they should not forgive the Amestrians, because good people should be outraged at injustice, but they do need to endure it and not continue the cycle of hatred. The result is a rare middle ground between forgiveness and vengeance.
    • Subverted again when Izumi forgives Edward and Alphonse for disobeying her repeated warnings to not attempt human transmutation...but still expels them as her students. They now consider each other peers rather than master and student, though, especially since Izumi once made the same mistake.
      • In the 2003 anime version, though, the two are forced to repeat the month-long island training, although they have a much easier time.
    • Hilariously played straight with Paninya in Rush Valley. Paninya stole Edward's silver watch, the proof that he's a state alchemist, which sparked off a chase sequence that caused a lot of damage. When they capture her, a furious Edward wants to have her arrested, while Winry berates him for being so horrible for not forgiving a 'minor' slight...mostly because she wants Paninya to introduce her to the man who made her incredibly well-designed automail legs. (Edward does forgive her after a punch or two).
      • She does, however, give Paninya a What the Hell, Hero? speech after hearing that she steals to repay the man who made her legs, telling her that he wouldn't want it.
  • When Leonard Testarossa abruptly kissed Kanami in The Second Raid, she was rather offended. She was willing forgive him if he let her new Guardian Entity from Mithril live. However, there could be a hint of subversion, considering that after Leonard left, she started "wiping away the kiss" so hard her lips looked like they would start bleeding.
  • While the theme of forgiveness vs. revenge is developed in an interesting and moving way in Gankutsuou, it is difficult to believe that Albert would actually forgive the Count so easily for befriending him to use him for the sake of his twisted revenge, lying to him all along, betraying him, breaking apart his family, killing his best friend, and attempting repeatedly to kill him in a brutal way in front of one of his parents. Sure enough, Albert gets to understand that Edmond Dantes is truly a caring man who's been deeply wronged by Fernand and is trying to kill off his human feelings - and the fact that he's just witnessed his father going on a psychotic rampage probably helps- but psychological realism really goes overboard when he decides to save Dantes from himself. Why doesn't Albert suffer from massive post-traumatic stress disorder every time the Count shows up towards the end of the series anyway!?
    • It makes the point that even after losing everything, not everyone will go mad and become a heartless bastard like the Count did, which makes Albert a foil for the Count.
      • Futhermore, it isn't as though Albert doesn't mind or care about the horrible things the Count did to him and his loved ones; of course he does. The point is that he understands the Count, his pain, and why he did those things. One of the central themes of the ending is that forgiving someone doesn't necessarily mean writing off sins, but that it necessitates a deep understanding of the person who wronged you and their actions.
  • Andrei Smirnov in Gundam 00 counts very much here. He committed patricide on his own father Sergei Smirnov, his adopted daughter Soma Peiries hunts him down with extreme vengeance. But in the latest episode, thanks to a certain Deus ex Machina device... he is forgiven. Thankfully, said Deus ex Machina comes with him finally realising how much of an ass he was and getting rid of what makes him annoying, thus somewhat rescuing him from the Scrappy Heap. It could be a subversion, since Soma might have forgiven Andrei... but Andrei will never forgive himself. Now that he knows Sergei did try to do his best to reach for him, the fact that he killed his dad as the ultimate rejection of him and the guilt coming from such a fact will certainly haunt Andrei forever... Quite the subtle Fate Worse than Death, one would say.
    • And in The Movie, Andrei willingly takes what's left of karma on himself, performing a Heroic Sacrifice. So yeah, the debt is paid.
  • Of all people, Goldie Musou, the main antagonist of Gunsmith Cats, gets Easily Forgiven by the protagonists after temporarily losing her memory, and entering to a relationship with Misty Brown. The same Misty Brown she once kidnapped and was implied to have raped.
  • The finale of Infinite Ryvius shows EVERYONE from the ship being invited back to crew it, all on excellent terms after apparently having escaped both legal consequences and personal grievances for their widely publicized behavior in earlier episodes. For the record, they include gangs, rebels, dictators, torturers, rapists, murderers, and utter lunatics (one of whom led her own secret death cult!) Oh, and kids from the ship aside, there's also the evil conspiracy that purposely caused the whole incident, hounded them nearly to death, and BLEW UP AN INHABITED WORLD.
  • InuYasha: Kouga started out by slaughtering multiple villages, including Rin's (even including Rin). He then kidnaps Kagome to force her to become his bride so he can use her shard-detection powers to make himself and his tribe the strongest demons in the area. By the time Inuyasha rescues Kagome, she's willing to protect Kouga against Inuyasha's wrath. Since Kouga falls for her, he becomes The Rival to Inuyasha and their disputes are treated like playground scraps. The issue of Kouga and his tribe destroying villages and eating humans isn't raised again by Inuyasha's group, even when they encounter others of Kouga's kind who continue to eat humans. It's very noticable that Rin, whom he killed, and Sesshoumaru, her guardian, are never allowed to meet Kouga in the manga (a brief meeting between them in the anime is pure filler but still ends with Sesshoumaru not considering him worth fussing over).
  • Rokudo Mukuro from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. He manipulated Lancia into killing all of his friends, beat up Tsuna's friends and used them as hostages, beat Tsuna up quite a bit during their fight, revealed his plan was to possess Tsuna's body so he could destroy the Mafia and turn the world into a sea of blood, and generally fought dirty. He is shown to be entirely unapologetic about the whole thing the next time he meets Tsuna, even stating that he plans to take over Tsuna at the next opportunity. However, when he became Tsuna's guardian and showed Tsuna the vision of his body in prison, Tsuna quickly develops sympathy for him, and it becomes obvious that Tsuna has already forgiven him for the whole ordeal (much to Reborn's chagrin). Tsuna even goes so far as to excuse his unapologetic proclamation as him just being stubborn and shy.
  • Downplayed in Kotoura-san. Hiyori is forgiven by Kotoura, despite bullying her, and nearly getting Manabe killed. On the other hand, other people like Manabe and Kotoura's grandfather aren't quite so forgiving, but willing to at least accept her for Kotoura's sake.
  • By the third season, Shibuya Yuuri, the young king in Kyou Kara Maou, has a policy of unconditional forgiveness, much to the consternation of his fiancé and advisers. To the point that Saralegui only has to apologise to be forgiven for manipulating Yuuri into become a weapon of mass destruction and killing hundreds of people.
  • Lupin III's Fujiko Mine is constantly instantly forgiven by Lupin, no matter how severely she's tried to double-cross him and the gang. Jigen and Goemon call him out on this on occasion. On the rare occasion that he can't get out of, she doesn't. She usually stands by his side when there doesn't seem to be any hope. Even on such occasions where the other choice is death.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, when Ascot turns to the good side he is instantly forgiven for earlier having killed Presea in the anime and in turn instantly forgives the Magic Knights for killing his summons, whom he thought of as friends. The girls treat him as a victim of Manipulative Bastard Zagato after Umi delivers an Armor-Piercing Slap.
  • Shizuru in Mai-HiME is Easily Forgiven by by Natsuki (a good number of the series' fans too) for the things she did as a Psycho Lesbian. Haruka and Yukino weren't quite as easily convinced, though.
    • Same thing with Mikoto, who was directly responsible for killing two of Mai's Most Important People. Mai, however, realizes she was brainwashed the whole time (and it was actually Shiho who was responsible for Takumi's death), and decides not to hold it against Mikoto, even telling her up front that she loves her (though probably not in that way).
    • Everyone forgives everyone at the end, whatever terrible things they'd done. Given how much of a clusterfuck the Carnival was, though, it's fairly justified.
    • In a special added to the Blu-Ray release "The Black Dance/The Last Supper", Mai tricks Reito into coming to the beach and burying himself in the sand, and she and the other Hi Me take turns force-feeding him extremely spicy food in revenge for what his alter-ego, the Obsidian Lord, did. Natsuki invites Nao and Yukino to join in, but when they decline, she fears that they're planning on doing the same to Shizuru.
  • Nina Wang from Mai-Otome. Sure, she was perfectly complacent with committing mass murder in an effort to show her (adoptive) father that she * ahem* loved him, but somehow Arika still manages to forgive her, saying that she never wanted the two of them to fight in the first place (and because it was Nagi who forced her to do it). Downplayed in that for the most part only Arika and a few others who forgave her. For the rest of her victims, it wasn't so easy, which is why in Mai-Otome Zwei, she lives in hiding with her adoptive (amnesiac) father on a very remote farm, and has no contact with her old friends or anyone else...until the plot device related to her amnesiac adoptive father happens.
    • Arika also has no reservations about fighting alongside the Aswad, who attacked her during the survival exam and killed her mother.
  • Mars has two egregious instances. In a Cliff Hanger, Harumi escalates her bullying of Kira to an unthinkable level by threatening to smash Kira's fingers with a small barbell. She doesn't follow through, but it's jarring when Harumi become's Kira's closest and most supportive female friend not two volumes later. An even worse instance is when Kira's mother, stricken by Soap Opera Disease, takes back the stepfather who raped her daughter. Kira's mother may forgive, but Kira certainly doesn't.
  • Yuno Gasai of Mirai Nikki kidnaps the main character, and in order to keep him safe, keeps him tied up and drugged for a week. Later when his friends arrive to 'rescue him' she tries to kill. Two chapters later, all is forgiven between the two. To her credit, she has become much tamer since that incident.
  • In Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Jean constantly forgives Nadia for her (misdirected) outbursts of anger at him without hesitation. (She eventually changes her ways as a result.)
  • Naruto had the Sand Village ninjas (particularly Gaara and company) start off as murderers conspiring with the current Big Bad to try and overthrow and destroy the Hidden Leaf Village. The plan fails, but the third Hokage still ends up dead in no small part thanks to the Sand Village's assistance and at least tacit approval. Later on, the Sand Village as a whole, and Gaara, Temari and Kankuro specifically, are close allies with the Hidden Leaf Village and friends of the protagonists, mostly just because Orochimaru became a common enemy when he killed the Kazekage.
    • More than that, it was revealed the Kazekage had been killed before the war even began. It's a bit easier to give a large group of what amounts to soldiers the benefit of the doubt if their hierarchy is completely compromised.
      • And they were already allies at the time the war began—the Kazekage technically did agree to betray them, but never got the chance to go through with it because Orochimaru killed him, and since he's dead now the villages are just going to go back to military alliance footing. Plus, new Kazekage? He's really fond of the village that produced Naruto.
      • It's implied that Konoha, weakened after the conflict and shorthanded, decided not to hold the Sand Village responsible in order to get a chance to recover.
    • Naruto's willing to forgive Sasuke for all the chaos he's caused since he joined Akatsuki. Although, after being introduced to Cycle of Revenge and Not So Different in an earlier arc, he's realized that he and Sasuke easily could've been on opposite sides of the same conflict.
      • Sasuke appears to have spent the last couple of years of realtime seeing how far over the Moral Event Horizon he can go before everyone drops him like a hot rock.
      • Naruto is willing to forgive the village at large for treating him as an outcast, largely because of a few people (including Iruka and his classmates) who considered him a nuisance at first but didn't shun him outright and because he believes that more than anything, he must believe in himself. He does once become irritated at how easily the villagers turn from hating him to worshipping him, but as a flashback montage in the Pain invasion shows, the process was more gradual than he thought.
    • In a way, the Ninetails sort of counts. While he was under Tobi's control for a while, even after it wore off he still continued to attack Konoha. Naruto doesn't seem to care and tells the Ninetails he's his friend now.
    • Naruto at the end of the Shippuden movie Blood Prison. Naruto is seemingly abandoned by the village and thrown into a Kusa prison where he is beaten and tortured. And it turns out that it was a plan by the village to get a McGuffin from the prison. A plan he wasn't let in on, and none of his friends so much as apologize for the emotional and physical pain he was forced to endure. And he easily waves it off without so much as a What the Hell, Hero?.
    • Itachi mind rapes Sasuke, Kakashi and Naruto. Orders Kisame to kill Kakashi because He Knows Too Much. He also tries to kill Kurenai and does nothing when Kisame decides to cut Naruto's legs off. He late beats Sasuke into a bloody pulp before mind raping him again. Despite all this, he not only forgiven but he is treated as if he was the greatest shinobi ever.
    • Sasuke now gets this. When he stabs Karin for getting capture, calls her worthless, and nearly kills her in cold blood. All he has to say is I'm sorry and she instantly forgives him.
    • Sai hangs a lampshade on this trope when Sasuke helps during the fight with the Juubi and says he wants to be Hokage. He inwardly questions this wondering why the two people he hurt most (Naruto and Sakura) are more than happy to forgive him.
    • Obito Uchiha. Despite causing the most destructive War in ninja history, killing Minato and Kushina, killing the seven Jinchuriki around the world, making the Bloody Mist worst...Naruto forgives him. Even calling him 'The Greatest' after his death.
  • Subverted in One Piece. After a series of events that lead to Usopp leaving the crew and challenging Luffy for the ownership of their broken ship, the Going Merry, Usopp is planning to come back and act casual about it. Luffy learns about this and rushes off to find him, but he's stopped by Zoro. Zoro tells Luffy and the rest of the crew that they shouldn't easily forgive Usopp, because they can't trust someone who left the crew so easily, nor can the captain let himself be walked over. If he comes back on his knees, fine; but letting him back in full of pride is unacceptable. Later, the crew begins to depart without Usopp in order to escape from some marines. Usopp runs to the shore and begins shouting out his rehearsed excuses, but most of the Straw Hats ignore him. As the ship gets further away, Usopp panics and finally blurts out an apology, and begs to be let back in. Satisfied, Luffy uses his rubber powers to bring him aboard the ship.
    • Subverted again during the Impel Down arc when Luffy comes across Crocodile. Crocodile offers to help in exchange for being let out of his cell, but Luffy turns him down cold because of all the things he did in Alabasta. Luffy is convinced to let him out anyway, though, because Ivankov assures him that he knows something about Crocodile to keep him in line.
    • Played straighter with Bon Clay (a.k.a. Mr. 2) at the end of the Alabasta arc. Affable as he was, Mr. 2 DID directly take part in framing the king to incite the rebels to full-blown warfare, but after an Heroic Sacrifice to distract the Marines away from the escaping Straw Hats, he's been considered a friend of the crew ever since. He only briefly complains about Mr. 2 being with Baroque Works when Mr. 2 contacts him again.
      • Luffy is also relatively friendly toward Buggy and Mr. 3, despite the former trying to kill him (almost succeeding in Loguetown) and Nami and the latter almost turning Vivi, Nami and Zoro into wax figures.
    • Played straight with Boa Hancock. Despite the fact that she turned several of her people to stone just for speaking up on Luffy's behalf and her sisters tried to smash those people just to hurt Luffy, after he defeats her sisters and she agrees to restore her petrified victimsnote  Luffy seems to forgive her within seconds.
    • Also played with in regards to Nami and Jinbe after Jinbe apologizes for indirectly allowing Arlong to terrorize her hometown. Jinbe was even willing to accept any punishment as necessary but Nami explains that Arlong was the one who she will not easily forgive and she harbours no hate towards Jinbe or any other fishmen.
    • Played straight with Rebecca when she attempts to kill Luffy. He shrugs it off because 1) she didn't do it out of malice, 2) he easily beat her and 3) she brought him lunch using all her money.
  • Red easily forgives his former enemies in Pokémon Special, though admittedly, most situations fall into the Enemy Mine category. See that guy who tried to electrocute you to death (twice)? Say "Yo, what's up!" See the lady who stole your Eevee and tortured it? Take a bath with her! See the alien Pokemon that nearly killed you and your Pokemon? Oh, it was all a misunderstanding and I'm technically your ancestor! No prob!
    • This also happens a few times in the animé, but the most egregious example would have to come from the sixteenth film: see, the Genesect Army are established to be entirely independent (except when Brainwashed and Crazy by Red Genesect) and destroy a city and threaten its power supply and inhabitants. By the end, no-one holds a grudge against them. Not even Red, who if anything is even guiltier than the other four as he routinely took control of them and made them do the bad things they did.
  • Done in Project ARMS with pretty much all of Ryo's allies, since virtually all of them met via being sent by the Egrigori to kill him (or were trying to kill him to rebel against the Egrigori...or just trying to kill him). Hayato even comments on it after a group of Egrigori mutants kidnap them and try to kill them, only to be perfectly friendly after the battle is over. One of the mutants points out that all of them are on the Egrigori's hit-list, so they'd best put aside differences if they want to survive. It helps that most of those easily forgiven were also tricked, or horribly brainwashed since childhood and quite happy to give up their dangerous lives.
  • An unintentional example in the Warrior Cats Expanded Universe manga Ravenpaw's Path. During Shattered Peace, Ravenpaw and Barley are chased off the farm they live on by the farmer because he is tricked into thinking they killed his chickens. The farmer says that if he sees them again, he'll shoot them. However, when they come back and defeat the rogues who took over their home in The Heart of a Warrior, the farmer doesn't care, despite still thinking they killed his chickens.
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena Utena has no hard feelings about being stabbed in the back (literally).
  • Rurouni Kenshin: The Juppon Katana are a band of deadly killers who followed Shishio in his attempt to overthrow the government and rule in a very Social Darwinist manner. And then, after they are defeated, they all get very generous deals from the government with the explanation that they have talents that are very useful. Admittedly, Henya and Soujiro (who was never captured) were able do things that probably no one else on earth could, but the rest aren't unique. Cho was a good sword fighter, Kamatari and Fuji are both somewhat sympathetic, but nothing they could give the government as spies (or, in Fuji's case, a defending soldier) is so incredible that it outweighs what they've done all the capital crimes they've committed.
    • It is averted with Anji, who despite being probably the most sympathetic of the lot got sentenced to life imprisonment. Also, for some of the group, this is more an example of the authorities extending a literal "Get Out of Jail Free" Card than it is an example of the protagonists readily forgiving villains. It's worth noting that while Shishio was a nut, the series gives some credence to his accusation that the government was totally cynical and amoral, and the pardons could be considered supporting evidence.
  • Sailor Moon in the anime forgives Ali and En, the Akayashi Sisters, the Black Moon brothers, Professor Tomoe, the Amazon Trio, the Amazones Quartet, Nehelenia, and Galaxia. Although it's not shown that any of these people (save Galaxia and Nehelenia) killed anyone, they all were trying to kill the senshi and destroy the world. In most of these examples, the characters in question were being either heavily manipulated by the Bigger Bad, literally fighting for their own survival the only way they knew (Ali and En) or in Tomoe and Galaxia's case, possessed and not in control of their own actions. Nehelenia is the only one that comes off as really questionable, as she was really motivated by her own vanity in SuperS and in Stars, by envy and revenge. She gets a second chance anyway, as the Senshi recognize she's lonely...however, the reason she's lonely is because she killed everyone in her kingdom to stay young forever.
    • The implications behind Nehelenia's redemption are that Sailor Moon didn't give just her a second chance, but gave her entire kingdom a second chance. So it's not just that she's got another chance to live her life over, she's got another chance to be a better queen for her people by reaching out to them. And even then, Nehelenia's actions are implied to have been due to the negative influence of her magic mirror, which definitely had a hand in warping her vanity when she was a child and then exacerbated it when it showed Nehelenia's future as an old woman before showing her she could feed off of dreams to maintain her beauty.
    • In the manga it's only the Shitennou, the Quartet, and Galaxia. The Shitenno were heavily implied to be brainwashed and still died, though they maintained a small presence with Endymion in the rest of the series. The Quartet were previously good, but Nehelenia found their hiding place and corrupted them. Galaxia was stone cold evil though, and in fact even killed everyone Sailor Moon loved just to screw with her. Sailor Moon still forgave her, though her motivation was to try and find a way to end the cycle of killing that had allowed Galaxia to get so far in the first place. Galaxia still dies in the manga though. Several of the characters that were forgiven in the anime were also significantly less sympathetic in the manga, where they were pretty much psychotic murderers and were killed off by the Sailor Senshi.
  • The Twelve Kingdoms: Yuka and Kouya. Not only do murder and assault go completely unpunished, but the two are quickly returned to their normal lives despite both showing a serious lack of morality.
    • Actually, nope. The first is very remorseful once she's defeated and realizes how wrong her actions were, aids the main character before being sent home, is seen talking to Youko's parents in an attempt to explain where their daughter is, and later she becomes the amnesiac Taiki's almost Only Friend. In regards to the second, it's seen that their "lack of morality" is an horribly misguided case of Undying Loyalty towards his Evil Mentor, and Kouya also is Genre Savvy enough to exile himself to one of the most dangerous places in the whole world, so even if Shoryuu and Enki let him go he is seeking punishment on his own.
  • Duke Devlin on Yu-Gi-Oh!.
    • Seto Kaiba repeatedly tried to kill the protagonists in the early manga, including Tristan's year old nephew who just happened to be with them at the time. One of the ways was locking them in a house with a child mass murderer. They do hold a bit of a grudge for a while, but still forgive him far too quickly.
      • Same goes for his little brother Mokuba.
      • Because it happened before the second anime begins, it seems nobody even remembers Mokuba is an attempted murderer and serial cheater (which, in the Yu-Gi-Oh world, is practically worse.) He's just Seto's Morality Pet.
      • Kaiba does get a bit of a pass on the strength of the fact that during their second fight Yugi destroyed his heart (as in "Mind crush!") and left him to rebuild it properly without all the deformity that resulted from years of abuse, so in theory he's morally a different person whose previous misdeeds are irrelevant. Since he's still a Jerk Ass who's completely willing to kill people if they're party to an attempt to kill him first, this policy may need reexamining, but it's based on sound magical theory.
      • Both Kaiba brother's Easy Forgiveness rests on a foundation of Mokuba's Easily Forgiving Seto for emotionally mistreating him and, shortly before Mind Crush II, torturing him with the Mind Crush I simulator he'd built to use on Yugi after beating him. Yugi&Yugi take pity on them both for their evil adoptive father and screwed-up relationship that used to be all Big Brother Instinct, and fix Seto. Violently. From then on, Yugi is focused on continuing to fix Seto during most of their interactions.
    • Pegasus and Marik, in a case of Defeat Means Friendship.
      • Marik at least had the excuse that he believed the Pharaoh was responsible for killing his father and enslaving his family, and once he realizes his error (and sees his Superpowered Evil Side) he helps Yugi win his duel against said Evil Side and resolves to atone for his actions.
      • Dartz, a Filler Villain, a 10,000 year old king of Atlantis, a businessman corrupt corporate and leader of his destroy-the-world-because-humanity-ruined-it cult. His goal involves taking the souls of millions of souls of both humans and Duel Monster, literally killing off two worlds, he treats his henchmen poorly and will throw them away if they're useless, when he's not taking advantage of their Dark and Troubled Past. But it gets worse as he later reveals he's behind the events to why his henchmen are so screwed up, all so they would join him. He's worse than the rest of the antagonists, yet he is just let off the hook and ascend to heaven.
    • From Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, we had Aki. Though she does seem to genuinely repent, the rest of the world seems awfully quick to just forget about the stuff she was up to in the first season. Multiple counts of aggravated assault in front of thousands of spectators on live television would probably get most people in prison, but just six months later, she's not only in a school that she set fire to a few years ago before dropping out, but they consider her their model pupil.
  • Weed from Ginga Densetsu Weed had been criticized by several dogs and even some of his packmates for showing mercy and forgiveness on an enemy. Subverted harshly when Jerome kills Thunder and Lector, making Weed banish him from the pack.
  • Koe No Katachi 's main character Ishida Shouya has been Driven to Suicide over the amount of shame and guilt he feels for his horrible bullying of a deaf girl in his class years before. He decides to meet the girl again, expecting and almost hoping she'll lie down some kind of abuse on him for his actions, in an attempt to suffer for his actions just abit more, planning to commit suicide afterwards. When he does meet her again, she forgives him and even wants to be his friend. The problem is the girl's mother, sister and Ishida himself aren't so forgiving of his actions.

    Comic Books 
  • When Hal Jordan came back from the dead he was not Easily Forgiven. In this case it makes no sense as he was possessed by a cosmic being that they all know is completely real. The problem was while the Earth heroes more or less forgave Hal (even Batman), the Green Lantern Corps which Hal decimated was much less so. Especially when a sizable group of them were left for dead in space by Hal and were captured by Manhunters for years. It's more of a "Why didn't you do better trying to stop that cosmic being, Mr. Willpower?" than anything.
  • Similarly, the Marvel heroes have never really forgiven Spider-Woman for getting kidnapped and impersonated by the Skrull Empress during Secret Invasion.
  • Now that the Brightest Day has brought back Hawk, nobody at all seems inclined to mention the deaths he caused as Monarch and Extant — not even Atom Smasher, who arranged his death in retaliation after Extant killed his godfather.
  • A common problem in Jack Chick tracts, especially when applied to abusive parents or spouses. This is especially bad in "Lisa" when it's implied that the daughter forgives her father for sexually abusing her and allowing his friend to do the same, which causes her to get herpes. Her mother likewise forgives the man, and is herself forgiven for allowing it and also smacking the kid around. And of course, that damn doctor who thought converting the dad was better than calling the fucking police.
    • Somewhat justified (but still creepy and horrifying) in that as a young child she didn't really understand what they did to her and probably wondered what she'd done wrong. In real life, the girl would probably just be happy that the nightmare was over, though she'd have loads of issues throughout life.
    • Surprisingly, initially averted in "Happy Hour". After pushing his wife down and indirectly causing her death of a heart attack, and later spending the grocery money on liquor, Jerry, after briefly flying into a rage, tries to apologize to his children, but they will have none of it until she goes to church and learns the value of forgiveness, forgiving him two panels after declaring that she hates him.
    • In "Greed," Kelli essentially tricks an old man into making her his heiress by preventing him from hearing from his relatives, then not giving him medication until he dies. After she converts and dies of cancer, some of the relatives are set on not forgiving her (although one changes her mind after hearing she will get her share of the estate after all), and this is played as a bad thing, with it suggested that they will not be forgiven for their sins.
    • In "Baby Talk" Eric dumps his girlfriend when he learns that she is pregnant, but then accepts Christianity and, after preventing her from being forcibly taken to get an abortion, promises to help her raise the baby and gets back together with her. At no point is she shown to be angry with him.
    • Another one involves a death row inmate who got into heaven simply because the inmate converted at the last second, while a virtuous person was sent to hell for simply not accepting Jesus as their savior.
  • Played with regaring Loki and the Asgardians' forgiveness. A lot of the time in recent comics, they don't actually trust him, he's just a Manipulative Bastard who really is that good at what he does. For the moment, thanks to causing the destruction of Asgard (not what he was going for, either: he wanted them to win but underestimed The Void), only Thor has forgiven Loki and most find his Heroic Sacrifice in trying to save Asgard to be worthless. The fact that the trope has been Averted now means that he's in trouble, since he's stuck as his child self and therefore pretty defenseless unless Thor protects him.
  • A weird example - where an unrepentant villain forgives one of the good guys - was how Spider-Man villain Tombstone's feud with Daily Bugle editor Joe Robinson ended. After a storyline that spanned years, where the it had been revealed the two had been Vitriolic Best Buds (in the loosest sense of the word) even though Tombstone had bullied Joe as a child, followed by Joe turning him in for murder in the present, followed by many attempts on Joe's life by the villain, Joe finally confronted him at Norman Osborn's chemical plant during one such attempt, shot and wounded the assassin, causing him to fall into a room full of strange, chemical gas, which resulted in Tombstone turning from a Badass Normal to an Empowered Badass Normal. The next time they met, Joe expected his old "friend" to kill him; instead, Tombstone told him that he was actually glad that Joe had shot him, because now he was a new man, and that now, "all debts were paid". (And he clearly meant it, because while Tombstone has appeared several times since, he has not tried to strike at Robinson again.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Bombshell is allowed membership on the team, after she betrayed them prior, had tried to kill them, and tried to frame two other (innocent) members of the group as the real traitor. Sure, Ravager was also allowed on the team, but she was Brainwashed and Crazy when she was their enemy... Bombshell has no such excuse.
    • Raven destroyed Starfire's entire home planet. Starfire's forgiveness of her for this came jarringly quickly.
  • Superman has gotten shafted plenty of times by his tendency to extend this too freely. In fact, in a 1960s imaginary story, Luthor dupes Supes into becoming his best friend after publicly renouncing evil, then promptly slaughters him with Kryptonite while laughing derisively at Superman's dying expressions of heartbreak and betrayal.
  • Morbius the Living Vampire gets this treatment quite a bit. In "FrankenCastle", he's forgiven by the Legion of Monsters, who even keep him as their leader, after his lies regarding an Artifact of Doom not only kill thousands of monsters, but, more specifically, Manphibian's own children. This is all the more baffling given that The Punisher, a man not known for his ability to forgive, doesn't kill him after it's all said and done.
  • Wonder Man was surprisingly not forgiven by most of The Avengers after his Face-Heel Turn during Brian Bendis' run. During Uncanny Avengers, The Wasp flat-out says she had to fight to get Wonder Man on the team, as none of the other members wanted him there.
  • Surprisingly though, a lot of the X-Men who fought the team during Avengers vs. X-Men have been forgiven, even Namor, who flooded Black Panther's home country during the crisis. While the continued animosity between the two is a major subplot in volume 3 of New Avengers, Panther is really the only one who takes any issue with what Namor did.
  • Bad Guys: Most of the Bad Guys either don't receive or don't want forgiveness. In the cartoon Yama betrays his clan to a corporate sponsor in the series, but mostly to get them better integrated into the world at large. When the executive betrays them, Yama sides with his clan to stop him. The Comic reveals that he was banished for his betrayal. Fang was press ganged onto the team after being freed by Sevarius, none of his "clan" forgives him, and none of the Squad trust him.
  • Played with in regards to Sunstreaker in the Transformers Ongoing, while he is allowed back into the Autobots after his betrayal (which nearly led to the end of both the Autobots and humanity) and nonlethal Heroic Sacrifice, most of the characters either shun him or are quick to remind him of his crimes.
  • Transformers: Robots In Disguise: Plays with this. There are numerous Decepticons who've caused all sorts of trouble during the war, and the Autobots hesitate to try them for fear of looking too oppressive to the neutral majority, something which Metalhawk uses to his advantage. In addition, military trials would also worm the monsters out of their own ranks and expose their crimes to the war so it all has to have a lid kept on it. Though post Transformers Dark Cybertron, Megatron goes on trial for his war crimes and Sandstorm becomes a serial killer bent on killing all the Autobots and Decepticons who committed war crimes, as he refuses to let them go on living during the peace.
  • None of the XMen ever seem to be bothered by the fact that Jean Grey occasionally turns into Dark Phoenix (a genocidal, sun-devouring Cosmic Entity of pure evil) even when the current writer hasn't retconned it into her being possessed by the Phoenix Force.

    Fan Fiction 
  • In general:
    • Pick any fanfic containing a Mysterious New Girl. Chances are that the only person who won't instantly forgive her all her misdeeds (no matter how severe they were) the minute she makes it obvious she wants them to is the Mary Sue herself.
    • In addition to that, pick any fanfic where a hero and a villain hook up. Most likely, either the villain is going to suddenly turn to the side of good and be immediately forgiven for all their past crimes, or the hero is going to suddenly join up with the villain and immediately forgive them for all their past crimes.
  • The Pokemon fanfic Pedestal has the main character breaking the villain out of jail.
  • This trope shows up in several Death Note fics:
  • Many Naruto fanfics have Naruto being beaten within an inch of his life only to forgive them as well as Hiruzen's (Third hokage) Bullshit excuses for letting it happen.
    • Escape from under the Hokage's hat, however, zigzags with this trope. Example :
      • Downplayed - Sakura comes to Hinata, in tears, over Naruto's injuries, and says Sasuke isn't worth Naruto getting hurt so badly. Hinata blames Sakura for what she did to Naruto- begging him to save Sasuke and having "hit him, yelled at him and used him,"- but gives her a hug because "If she cried for Naruto, she couldn't be all bad."
      • Subverted - Naruto looks like he'll do this with Sasuke but comments he still can't forgive Sasuke due in part to Sasuke trying to KILL him while Naruto just wanted to incapacitate Sasuke.
      • Averted - Sasuke is imprisoned, has his chakra network sealed forever and stays in ANBU jail (also forever) for WILLFULLY planning to defect to Orochimaru like a real traitor.
  • The Gargoyles Saga:
    • Demona gives up trying to destroy humanity, and becomes one of the good guys all because Angela waves a finger in her face. Less than two months after attempting mass genocide of the human race, Demona is eating Christmas dinner with the heroes.
    • Yet subverted with Fang, who is shown to still be imprisoned in the Labyrinth. Talon eventually allows him out so he can help rescue civilians in a burning building, but continues to subvert this trope by putting a security cuff on Fang's ankle that will stun him out cold if he strays too far from Talon.
  • In the Professor Layton fanfic bleeding at the sped of sound, the main character, a cyborg vampire, wants to eat Layton and plans on killing Luke first. After luring him away and announcing her intention to kill him, Layton catches her, but she cries, causing him to forgive her and declare his love for her.
  • A few My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fics use this:
    • Ace Combat The Equestrian War: Fluttershy holds no grudges against Firefly when she initally berates the timid pegasus for not fighting the griffins. When Firefly apologizes for her behavior, Fluttershy gives her a hug. Well, she is Fluttershy, after all.
      • Also, by the end of the story, Rainbow Dash has no problem in forgiving Gilda for laying a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on her and breaking Medley's wings in chapter 11, stating that:
    Rainbow Dash: There is another face of pride� it's called forgiving.
    • Princess Celestia Hates Tea: Despite Twilight's wild accusations of being a changeling queen that got Celestia attacked by her own staff, getting blasted by the Elements of Harmony, getting her room exploded, and nearly getting her banished to the moon for a thousand years, the old goddess is surprisingly cordial with Twilight in the upcoming mess she caused. And then Twilight Mind Rapes her in an attempt to make her like tea.
    • Post Nuptials: Deconstructed. Twilight's friends are wracked with guilt for giving Twilight the cold shoulder when she accused Princess Cadance of being evil before being proven technically right (the evil Cadance was actually an imposter), and only end up feeling even worse when Twilight calmly and insistently forgives them, since it makes them think she is too good to be their friend. Later subverted when Twilight confesses she is still mad at her friends for how they treated her, though getting her feelings off her chest helps her forgive them for real.
    • Rainbooms and Royalty: Played straight with Celestia and most of Ponyville forgiving Princess Luna for her actions as Nightmare Moon. Averted with Rainbow Dash, who finds it difficult to overlook that just a few hours ago she tried to take away her mentor, tried to conquer Equestria, brainwashed her friends, tried kill her new friends, and tried to kill her. An encounter and a bonding moment with Luna during the celebratory party that followed Equestria's salvation leads to Rainbow letting go of her anger and forgiving her partially, but withholds complete forgiveness until Luna fully proves her redemption.
    • Earth and Sky: At the end of the story, Silver Spoon forgives Diamond Tiara for her past actions pretty easily when seeing how upset and broken she's become. Likewise, Apple Bloom forgives her as soon as Silver Spoon vouches for her.
  • Harry Potter:
    • In Blood Matters Orion Malfoy (formerly Harry Potter) is so happy to have a non-abusive family that he's willing to give the people who have been trying to murder him since he was one year old and killed his friend last summer a fresh start.
    • Subverted in The Darkness Series. When Ron and Hermione finally realize they were jerks and try to apologize Harry pretends to accept but he isn't going to forgive them this time. He will pretend to go back to being their friend because it's easy but he swears they will never be friends again. Double Subverted later on as Harry comes to warm up to Hermione again and so begins trying to "save" her by making her turn dark too. Also Harry easily forgives Voldemort after turning to The Dark Side and seeing more of Voldemort's memories through their link he comes to see where he's coming from.
    • Inverted in Harry Potter & the Azkaban Parody where everyone demands that Harry forgive them for wrongfully sending him to Azkaban Prison for "one year, three months, two weeks, four days, seven hours, thirteen minutes, and twenty six seconds," killing his owl right in front of him, stealing from him, and destroying his property without actually asking him for their forgiveness. And instead of taking him to a doctor or allowing him to recover from the effects of starvation and the Dementors they immediately force him back into school "where you will be constantly bombarded with all the people you don't want to see until we break you down and force you to forgive us." Needless to say, Harry is less than impressed.
    • Played for Black Comedy in the Slash Fic Yew and Holly when Hermione and the Weasleys find that in order to get Harry to attend their party they also have to invite Voldemort over for the Christmas hols.
  • In the otherwise-great Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Mein Schutzengel Il Mio Protettore, one week after Gilbert leaves for his job, Elizaveta has an affair with Roderich. Then she discovers that she is pregnant, meaning that the child could belong to either one, and she neglects to tell Gilbert about any of this until shortly before the baby is due. When Gilbert does find out, he isn't mad at her, he immediately accepts the child as his own (even blaming himself for leaving her alone), and she never has to take any kind of responsibility for any of this.
  • Justified in the RWBY fic Table Top Adventures. The party fights a group of NPC bandits, and Nora asks if she can keep one of them as her companion. Ren- her heterosexual life partner and the BM- points out that there's no way she can command the bandit's loyalty now that they've killed his fellows. After some pleading from Nora, he allows it anyway.
    "Alright, Nora, he surrenders and becomes your best friend despite your party murdering his friends and comrades."

    Films — Animated 
  • Wreck-It Ralph:
    • Inverted at the end when Vanellope Von Schweetz takes her rightful place at the end as princess of her game Sugar Rush,and all the other racers who teased, taunted and made fun of her grovel for forgiveness. Vanellope, in a voice that's equal parts sweetness and cynicism, has them ordered to be executed. She's just kidding though—she just wanted to see the others freak out in a panic.
    • Played straight, however, in an earlier scene in which Ralph betrays Vanellope and pretty much sold her to King Candy. When he returns to save her, she's not even angry with him and immediately accepts him. (He did think he was doing it to save the game world, and, or especially, Vanellope herself who is unable to leave the game, and he did break her out of the dungeon and present her with the perfectly-restored car, but the scene where he destroys the car they built together in the first place is considered the biggest Tear Jerker in a movie with a decent list of 'em. She could have been angry for more than three seconds.)
  • Twitch and the rest of Lotso's minions in Toy Story 3 were pretty much friends again despite what they did to the rest of the toys.
  • Every "villain" in Horton Hears a Who! The directors bring this up a couple times on the DVD commentary, justifying it by saying it stays true to the spirit of Dr. Seuss' works, as Seuss "was not in the comeuppance business." There was originally a more clear comeuppance for the Kangaroo when everyone turns their back on her, but it was taken out for this reason.
  • Subverted Trope with Fungus in Monsters, Inc.. had been Randall's henchman, aiding him in his evil plot, yet at the end he is seen cheerfully working alongside the others, as if there had never been any bad feelings between them. Sully DID put him in the Scream Extractor, and it is implied often that he was coerced into helping them.
  • In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Melody easily forgives the children who laughed at her at her birthday party.
  • Lord Business the Big Bad was forgiven with open arms in the The Lego Movie despite nearly causing the end of the world. Possibly because Lord Business is based on the boy's father, and the boy had just reconciled with him in the real world concerning the same issue that led him to cast him as a villain.
  • Penny from Dreamworks' Mr. Peabody & Sherman was forgiven with open arms by the two despite causing the whole mess and being cruel towards Sherman.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Conner in Zoom: Academy for Superheroes.
  • In From Dusk Till Dawn, Seth Gecko's reaction to his brother having raped and murdered their hostage while he was gone quickly fades from disgusted to 'don't do that again' and then hugs him and forgives him... sort of justified because we're apparently supposed to be shocked at the mildness of his reaction. It is also used to show Seth's blind love for his brother, as well as the fact that Seth is likewise a psychopath, if not a rapist.
  • In Bad Lieutenant, the rape of a nun shocks even the hardened eponymous character. He is prevented from exacting brutal revenge on the perpetrators when the nun herself forgives them. In his only redeeming action of the film, he instead puts them on a bus out of town.
  • Alan in The Hangover series, especially in the second one. While he can claim ignorance the first time, he flat-out lied to them for most of the second movie regarding his actions. The guys, especially Stu, are pissed, but all it takes is a good wedding gift and his actions are completely forgiven.
  • In Top Gun while Iceman did apologize for what happened to Goose, Maverick seems awfully willing to forgive a guy whose Glory Hounding result in an accident that killed his best friend. Lampshaded in the How It Should Have Ended spoof, where Maverick punches out Iceman after the climatic battle because "My real best friend is dead because of you!"
  • Mouth to Mouth: Sherry and Nancy constantly screw each other other, yet never hold grudges.
  • 102 Dalmatians: In the end, Allonzo wasn't imprisoned, there was no sign of him being on probation and the heroes were friendly to him.
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. It's specifically stated that the people the villain converts are not brainwashed; they're completely acting of their own free will in following him. Yet none of them face any repercussions.
  • The Art of War III: over the course of the direct-to-video film, Neil Shaw (rapper Treach, stepping in for Wesley Snipes), a special operative working for the U.N., commits several massive screw-ups, including killing several North Korean rogue operatives he was supposed to be just watchingnote  and helping lead the Big Bad right to the U.N. Secretary General, resulting in more high-profile death. After this collection of cock-ups that should've gotten him instantly fired (if his bosses felt like being kind), the Sec. General (who knew the whole story) personally tells Shaw "We need you." That entire clusterf*ck doesn't happen without Shaw's actions and she acts like he saved the day!
  • Back to the Future: George hires Biff to polish his car outside the front door of the family home, despite Biff's Attempted Rape of Lorraine when they were at school.
  • In the 1982 film of Annie, why doesn't Miss Hannigan go to jail for her part in the kidnapping, if not for the way she runs the orphanage? It seems that trying to stop her brother from killing Annie is enough to make her welcome at the Warbucks festivities, even while drunk.
  • In Texas Chainsaw 3D Heather completely and instantly forgives Leatherface for killing all her friends and trying to murder her all because she finds out that they are cousins. The film ends with her performing a Face-Heel Turn and deciding to spend the rest of her life on the run from the law with him, and she never ONCE brings up the fact that he murdered her friends to him. It's fairly plausible that, after the whole Break the Cutie / Corrupt the Cutie ordeal, Heather stopped caring about them.
  • Averted in X2: X-Men United. When Magneto and Mystique team up with the X-Men to stop Stryker from killing every mutant in the world, Rogue must be restrained from using her powers on Magneto, who tried to kill her in the first movie.
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina Kyle steals Bruce Wayne's car and his mother's pearls, sells his fingerprints to John Daggett (who uses them to bankrupt him), and tricks him into fighting Bane, who breaks his back. Despite all this Bruce finds reason to trust her, even after Selina flat out tells him that he has no reason to whatsoever.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, Sam forgives Frodo for first trying to stab him and then believing the treacherous Gollum over him. Justified somewhat in that Frodo is carrying The One Ring around his neck, but a lot of people still find it insufficient.
  • In Labyrinth, Hoggle confesses to Sarah that Jareth told him to give her the peach, and then tells her he doesn't deserve to be forgiven. She still does.
  • In High School Musical, Troy and Gabriella's 'friends' goad him into saying hurtful things about her to make them break up. The instant they explain their plot, Troy and Gabriella forgive them.
  • In Youth in Revolt, Sheeni forgives Nick at the end and agrees to wait for him while he's in juvie. After he got her expelled from the school she had always wanted to attend by having a girl drug her so she'd fall asleep in class.


  • Fingerprints: A major villain from the first six books suddenly joins the heroes in the seventh. The reason for the Heel-Face Turn makes sense; the speed with which the main character accepts it does not. The villain even admits to being baffled by the hero's easy forgiveness.
  • The Gone series has Sam Temple.
    • Subverted with Astrid, everything she has done from Lies and onward follows her.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, particularly media set during the early days of the Rebel Alliance, the Rebels are such a small presence that they're always eager for new recruits, even recruits who have defected from the Empire. Even when these former Imperials have killed Rebels. Some of their best people are ex-Imperials who quit for various reasons. By the time of the X-Wing Series, around three or four years after Endor, attitudes have changed and members of the New Republic are suspicious of new ex-Imperials; Wedge Antilles is very ready to forgive former enemies, even ones he's flown against personally, but he's the exception. He and other characters argue about whether it's ever too late to change.
    • A repeated theme throughout numerous works in said Expanded Universe mention that while Luke Easily Forgave Darth Vader for years of death and destruction after ten minutes of good behaviour (admittedly good behaviour that was essential in toppling The Empire), the rest of the galaxy most certainly did not, and still generally consider him one the greatest evils in galactic history. Leia in particular was originally outraged that Luke would forgive the "monster" that tortured her, and even decades later while she admitted that he was essentially a good man, he was also a good man that did horrible things.
  • In New Moon, when Edward breaks up with Bella, he gives her a number of different excuses and pretty much blatantly lies to her and hurts her feelings as he leaves. She then spends most of the book in a stupor because of this. Not once does she bring this up when they are reunited at the end of the book. An even more ridiculous example is in Eclipse, when Edward bribes Alice to essentially kidnap Bella while he's away and hold her hostage in their house. This includes spying on Bella while she's at school, not letting her out of the house, and almost not letting her use the phone. Bella is understandably angry with Edward because of this, but the instant he comes back, she forgets all about that and starts making out with him.
    • Then again, in Eclipse, she was planning on talking with the enemy, which Edward thought would only lead to disaster.
      • Yeah, that justifies everything. It's not like Bella's a functioning human being capable of making her own decisions or anything.
      • Frankly, she's not. At no point has she shown any capability of making responsible and reasonable decisions about anything. That does not justify Edward's actions though.
  • At the end of Shadows Fall, all of the characters who have died in the previous battles come trooping through a door, arm in arm and chatting like best buds, even though the Knight Templar villains among them had been attempting to exterminate all the non-villains for the crime of being magical mere minutes before.
  • In Hothouse Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire, Armand puts Lila through numerous meaningless, life-threatening tasks until she finds a certain plant. When he tells Lila about this, she just laughs it off.
    • Somewhat subverted after Lila poisons and almost kills Diego with mandrake root in an effort to use its aphrodisiac propertied to make him have sex with her. She risks her life to save him, but he forgives her instantly, accepts responsibility for seducing her without intending to follow through and even falls in love with her.
  • Jane of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre silently forgives her fiance Rochester when he begs it even though he didn't tell her that he was already married to the Mad Woman In The Attic Bertha who was hidden in the same mansion. Though it takes time for the relationship to repair.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Hoo, boy! This trope certainly pops up. For example, Charles sends presidential men with gold shields to scare Jack Emery, but the men misconstrue the orders and give Jack a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in the book Payback. Jack Emery knows that Charles is responsible for this, but after the book Free Fall, in which Jack becomes an honourary member of the Vigilantes and is revealed as this to the entire group, it seems that Jack has pretty much forgotten about the whole affair. Also, Jack and Ted Robinson start out as friends, become enemies by the book Free Fall, but once Ted more or less becomes a member by the book Collateral Damage, it's all cool now. Although Jack did say that they are trying to take it one step at a time.
  • In Warrior Cats, during the fifth book of Omen Of The Stars, Hollyleaf returns to ThunderClan and nobody cares about her crimes, even when they find out that she killed Ashfur.
  • In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, all the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not. So he stole all their Christmas accoutrements and all their food. But he gave it back after, which apparently justified making him the guest of honor at Christmas dinner.
    • Grinch gives it back when he finds out the Whos are completely unfazed by the fact that all their stuff is gone. He got the message of the spirit of Christmas after that, and the Whos are so happy he learned to be good and appreciate other people that they honored him.
    • This happens in the movie version too, but with more detail. The mayor was a little reluctant to forgive, but the chief of police is willing to accept his apology (and this was after they explained the whole message to him that the story was trying to convey).
      The Grinch: I am the Grinch that stole Christmas... and I'm sorry. *beat* Aren't you going to cuff me? Put me in a choke hold? Blind me with pepper spray?
      Mayor Augustus Maywho: You heard him, Officer. He admitted it. I'd go with the pepper spray.
      Officer Wholihan: Yes, I heard him all right. He said he was sorry.
      • And let's face it, it was probably a good idea to reward his Heel-Face Turn instead of punishing him. Otherwise, it would have Broken the Aesop.
      • Note that in the movie version, the Whos themselves were victim to An Aesop, they started off materialistic concerning Christmas, though the Grinch stealing their gifts made them realize the wholesomeness of Christmas as well. Them forgiving the Grinch makes sense since, in a way, he helped them.
  • The LE Prechauns don't have any problems with working with Artemis Fowl, even though their first contact with him was Artemis kidnapping one of them and threatening to break The Masquerade.
  • In Hunted, Zoey comes across Stark forcing a girl to have sex with him. She is outraged by this and intervenes. A scene later, Zoey lets him sleep in her bed, next to her, because Stark says that being with her 'makes [him] feel more human'.
    • In Lenobia's Vow Martin forgives Lenobia for lying about her identity (and impersonating a dead girl) after they have a two-page conversation about it. This could be a Justified Trope, as the two have only known each other for a few weeks...except for the part where Lenobia confesses her love to him immediately after, Martin does the same, and they go on to be a lovey-dovey couple. The fact that she has been lying to him since they met apparently doesn't affect their relationship at all.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Subverted in The Baron of Maleperduys. Reynard welcomes Tybalt back to the team, stating that the latter's betrayal was an integral part of his plan to defeat the enemy. He then goes on to tell Tybalt that if he even so much as suspects him of turning against him again, he will have him cut into pieces and fed to Tiecelin's Shrikes. In the next book, Tybalt is depicted as loyal, but absolutely terrified of Reynard.
  • In Song of the Lioness, King Roald the Peacemaker quickly forgives Alanna for her Sweet Polly Oliver deception, which is understandable since she just unmasked and stopped Roger's plot to take the throne which involved (among other things) slowly killing the Queen. When Roger apparently comes back from the dead, though, Roald gives him his lands and position in court right back because he hates conflict. In fairness, everyone else thinks the latter instance is a terrible idea.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Boss Hogg and Rosco have conspired to harass the Duke family and schemed repeatedly to illegally evict them from their farm. Several times, particularly Rosco, the two have sent vicious criminals after Bo, Luke, Uncle Jesse and Daisy. In the real world, Boss would have been sent to prison (and likely barred from holding political office), Rosco would also be in prison (along with being decertified) and the Dukes would have sued their antagonists for harassment and numerous other charges. Still, both adversarial factions have acted more like old friends by each episode's end and all is forgiven ... until the next time.
  • Subverted in Farscape. Some things - like Chiana cheating on D'Argo - are not forgiven fully for more then a year, much like they would be in real life. In fact, one episode is all about the others being unable to forgive Aeryn for executing Moya's previous pilot years before she met them. She nearly leaves the ship over it, and is also nearly killed by the current Pilot.
    • Played remarkably straight in "DNA Mad Scientist", though. D'Argo, Zhaan, and Rygel cut off Pilot's arm (against his protests) in order to get maps that will help them return to their home planets. When John visits Pilot afterwards, Pilot excuses their actions because it is his duty serve those aboard Moya, no matter what. Though Pilot forgives the others quickly, John and Aeryn remain pretty pissed off.
  • Subverted in Angel. Wesley is tricked into thinking that Angel will kill his new born son, Connor, so Wesley kidnaps him to prevent this from happening. For his efforts, he gets his throat slit and the baby is taken by one of Angel's enemies who escapes into a demon dimension. At the hospital, Angel calmly tells Wesley that he understands why he did what he did, but that he needs to understand that it's Angel talking to him now, not Angelus. Angel then grabs Wesley's pillow and attempts to smother him with it, yelling that he'll never forgive him. As he's dragged off by the other members of their team, Angel swears to kill Wesley the next time he sees him. This is also partially inverted, as Wesley holds a grudge against his friends for abandoning him. The team does eventually make up, but it takes a rather long time.
    • Also subverted when Wesley himself later stabs Gunn non-fatally in revenge for not telling anyone that he passed Illyria's sarcophagus through customs, a bonehead move on Gunn's part which led to the death of Fred.
    Wesley: I understand not wanting to go back. Not wanting to be who you were. I understand it. And I can forgive it. But you knew what was happening to her. You knew who was responsible and you didn't say anything. You let her die. (picks up knife stabs Gunn) I'm less forgiving about that.
    • Played straight there after however when Wesley kills Knox, restores his and Connors memories of the past two seasons and lies to Angel about his willingness to kill Illyria and Angel lets it all slide. Not that he could really afford firing him at that point.
    • Also played straight to near exaggeration with Angel's son and his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Willow.
    • And Tara, with the blindness thing. And Xander with the musical demon. And Buffy, with the psychological institution one. And Angel, with the whole second half of Season 2. And Spike for....y'know, it's safe to say that just about everybody got one of these, at least.
      • Actually, in Angel's case, with the exception of Buffy everyone had trouble trusting him. Xander wanted him dead and Giles made sure to keep a crossbow on him for a while. Willow seemed to trust him a little more after he saved her life from a rogue Watcher. And then of course there's his current status after being brainwashed and killing Giles in the Season 8 comics...
    • The Scoobies generally forgave those who were close to them more easily than those outside their inner circle. Faith had to work harder for forgiveness (getting it first from Angel, then from Willow, and ultimately from Buffy.) Amy was particularly pissed that the gang took 3 years to transform her from a rat back to human, and then very quickly cast her out, which influenced her Face-Heel Turn. They still haven't forgiven her for that, but easily forgave Willow who tried to kill all of them, and then tried to end the world.
    • Buffy is pretty much the biggest recipient of this. She can be a complete and total bitch, lie to her friends all day long, and even try to kill her loved ones and friends in a fit of insanity... and no matter what, everyone will welcome her back with open arms.
      • Buffy flaunts this when she breaks off her relationship with Spike. She isn't worried about him ratting her out because she knows her friends won't care that she's been banging Spike, since they aren't particularly upset that she tried to kill them all in the previous episode (though she was under a mystical influence at the time.)
      • One of the reasons the Scoobies are so quick to forgive Buffy is because their lives depend on her, plus when a Slayer goes off the rails there's not much they can do about it. Besides, as evidenced by above, most of them have gone homicidally evil at some point, so it's kinda hard to judge.
  • Subverted in an episode of Law & Order: SVU, after a lesbian dies her parents sue their daughter's surviving partner for custody of their granddaughter after their homophobic lawyer convinces them that gays are more likely to molest children, and even coaches the girl to lie to her grandparents and the police to claim she was abused. The protagonists eventually realise the deception and the grandparents drop the paternity suit, but the girl's surviving mother still decides to deny them access to the girl, since people tend not to let it go when you try to take their kids away from them and accuse them of being a child molester because of their sexuality.
  • Amusingly subverted in an episode of Firefly, where Simon figures out that Jayne had sold out both River and himself in a previous episode. Simon doesn't forgive Jayne, but he does point out they have way too many mutual enemies as it stands, and that constantly being at each others' throats over this would be pointless and stupid. Then, as he leaves, River sticks her head in, looks directly at Jayne, and warns, "I can kill you with my brain."
  • In Torchwood, Captain Jack is shot dead by Owen. Despite the fact Owen was unaware that Jack would resurrect, Jack easily forgives him.
    • In that same episode, the team mutinies against Jack and unintentionally releases a giant monster that steals the life force of anyone its giant shadow falls upon. Jack manages to destroy it by letting it feed of him. However, the effort leaves him dead for three days, which is the longest to date that he's ever stayed dead. He still forgives the team, minutes after reviving. It might be subverted, given that he ran off to find the Doctor a few scenes later.
    • And, in "Cyberwoman", we find out Ianto's been hiding a dangerous Cyberman in the basement. He endangers the whole planet, tells the main character he wants him dead and is forgiven by the end of the episode.
    • In "Exit Wounds", Captain Jack forgives his brother, Grey, for burying him alive for almost exactly 1900 years. By 'alive' we mean that he suffocated to death and then revived every couple of minutes for nineteen centuries as the city of Cardiff is established above him. Mind you, this is after Grey has John Hart systematically blow up Cardiff, in addition to stabbing Jack in the back (literally!) when they're first reunited. Jack blames his own failure to protect his brother for being the root cause of all this. And he didn't know what had happened to Owen and Tosh until after the forgiving.
      • Then again, even though it never gets brought up in any capacity, when the hub is destroyed in Children of Earth, one can only assume that the cryogenically frozen Grey was killed in the explosion. And given the fact that Jack either completely fails to realize this or is aware of it and just doesn't care, maybe Grey wasn't so easily forgiven after all (could be considered fridge brilliance). Bit of a reach, but you get the idea.
  • In the finale of the third series of Doctor Who, the Master's reign of terror over the earth is ended. Said reign of terror involved the murder of at least one tenth of the Earth's population, the enslavement of the remaining nine tenths, messing with the Doctor's physical aging process and rendering him wheelchair-bound for most of the year and birdcage-bound for the rest, the repeated killing of the aforementioned Captain Jack, and building weapons with which he planned to take over and/or destroy the rest of the universe. At the point of the Master's defeat, the Doctor finally says that "one thing" he had to say to the Master, which he'd hinted at several times in the episode. What did he say? I forgive you.
    • Defied alot in the new series. The Doctor forgives easily, the Master and Davros most notably, but they refuse to accept his forgiveness, choosing instead to go down in flames, content in the knowledge that their deaths are on the Doctor's shoulders and would not make him happy.
  • Degrassi The Next Generation does this to a ridiculous extent to justify the current Heel-Face Turn. Here are some things Degrassi villains have done, all of which were forgiven promptly by the victim after the turn:
    • Stealing irreplaceable property.
    • Taking credit for a subordinate's work, then firing the subordinate for complaining.
    • Posting topless photos of a classmate on the internet, and broadcasting it on every computer in the school.
    • Helping a pedophile stalk a classmate, purely for the fun of it (!).
    • Being the leading cause of a student being shot and paralyzed from the waist down.
  • Happens a lot on Rome. Eirene goes from hating Pullo for having killed her fiancé in cold blood to agreeing to marry him within the course of an episode. Caesar forgives Brutus for siding with Pompey in the civil war. Vorenus forgives Pullo not once but twice, the first time when he watches Pullo fighting for his life in the gladiator arena and the second when Pullo has found out that Vorenus' daughters are not dead but have been sold to slavery. Antonius and Octavius quickly set aside their previous battle-to-the-death differences and join forces to fight against Brutus and Cassius. The list goes on... It could probably be best described in the words of Antonius:
    Atia: Why would Servilia want to see me, she hates me!
    Antonius: So do I. But that's no bar to friendship.
    • Justified in that many of these scenarios involving historical figures actually played out that way in real life.
  • In Power Rangers in Space, Astronema is quickly pardoned by the Rangers when she surrenders to them and makes a first attempt at a Heel-Face Turn. (In fact, it's a rather tense situation for her and Andros, who has to recuse himself from the decision, and both are nervous about what the others will decide on.). Late in the following season she even becomes a Power Ranger herself, and no one has any qualms with it... even though she has a spot because their original Pink Ranger died stopping one of the Psycho Rangers, originally created by Astronema.
    • Actually, it is implied (though never outright stated) that Deviot may have been the one who actually created them, at least originally, although it's still a valid point.
  • A staple of Gossip Girl. Anything can be forgiven if you're one of the main characters, related to one of the main characters, or have feelings for one of the main characters. Examples include Serena's father giving her mother fake cancer, Chuck selling Blair for a hotel, one of Serena's boyfriends running a Ponzi scheme on everyone, Serena's mother getting Serena put in jail over a theft she didn't commit, and too many incidences of cheating and screwing over to list. They might not be smart or moral people, but holy crap they're forgiving.
  • Heroes season 3: Elle seems to forgive Sylar a bit too easily for killing her father. It's true, she did try her best to kill him at first, but subsequently it looks more like that was self loathing than hatred. This is even remarked upon by Noah.
    • Although it's a little more believable when you keep in mind that Elle's father was something of a Smug Snake who put his own daughter through Training from Hell regardless of any of her own wishes.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Zelena tried to remove Emma's magic by cursing Hook's lips. Hook was threatened that if he didn't kiss her, Zelena would start killing the people Emma loved. Hook's solution to this was to not tell anybody what had happened, despite the fact that Zelena threatened to go after Henry first. After being threatened with Henry's life, Hook tried to help Henry run away to New York without Emma's knowledge. Before they could get anywhere, they were attacked by Zelena. Henry would have died if Emma and the. Charmings hadn't of shown up. Hook got called out for not telling the truth, with Emma and Charming saying that they didn't know how they could trust him after this. Ten minutes into the next episode, however, Charming has done a 180 and talks Emma into taking Hook with her, despite her reservations. Hook's dishonesty is never brought up again after that episode.
  • Star Trek
    • Star Trek: The Original Series
      • In "Amok Time", Spock tries to kill Kirk twice, yet by the end of the episode, they're best pals again. Justified in that Spock was under a once-every-seven-years madness and tried to fight it for as long as he could.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
      • Enabran Tain Garak's father is responsible for exiling Garak before the start of the show and also tried to assassinate him in series 3. Garak forgives him for both these things.
      • Since having a half-Bajoran child by a Bajoran mistress will ruin Gul Dukat's career and marriage, Dukat tries to murder Ziyal in series 4. She forgives him.
      • Damar murders Ziyal in series 6. In series 7, Garak and Kira are sent to work with him to liberate Cardassia. Aside from one comment Kira makes to Sisko about Damar killing Ziyal, neither Garak nor Kira ever raise the subject with Damar, never seek to avenge her death and end up friends with Damar by the end of the show. This is despite the fact Ziyal was Kira's ward and Garak's lover. Word of God states that Kira and Garak's actors wanted to address it but the show's producers were afraid Damar couldn't be redeemed if the actors got their way, so they ignored the subject entirely.
      • All of the above represent a fantasy Values Dissonance - killing is subject to different morals for Cardassians in general, and these characters in particular.
  • Not quite in the league as most of these, but in the series finale of Stargate SG-1, after a vitriolic and contemptuous rant at her enumerating in painful detail why he would never sleep with her, Daniel Jackson comes up short when he sees he's actually hurt Vala, and is forgiven.
    • Well, his vitrol and contempt were based on the assumption that she was simply mocking his attraction and potential affection for him. When he suddenly realized that she had only been feigning as much in order to protect herself from potential rejection, he accepts her instead. It's not so much that either of them "forgives" the other, but more along the lines of them both putting aside their defenses to be happy together.
    • Interestingly played with in "Forever in a Day." Teal'c shoots Amonet (in Sha're's body) to save Daniel's life and Daniel spends the episode very much in the This Is Unforgivable camp...until he realizes that he is still being tortured by Amonet and everything else was a hallucination while Sha're tried to communicate with him. When Teal'c does shoot Amonet, Daniel's first words are "You did the right thing, Teal'c." In this case, he had already had a chance to work through his anger and come to terms with the situation, but to everyone else it must have seemed amazingly quick.
    • Played with regarding Teal'c as a whole. Nobody in the SGC seems concerned about the fact that Teal'c has killed or enslaved thousands of people as First Prime of Apophis. Except for a few bad guys, no one ever brings this up. Ultimately subverted, as it gets brought up a couple times that Teal'c has never forgiven himself for the things he did while First Prime. One episode even centers around this, with Teal'c calmly ready to accept an unjust Kangaroo Court execution, hoping his death will make up in some part for the things he did.
      • Subverted hard in the The Ark of Truth movie when Tomin defects to SG-1 and feels majorly guilty over all of the things he's done. Teal'c explains to Tomin (from personal experience) that he will never forgive himself and he needs to accept that. Instead, he should commit his life to trying to help others, even though he can't actually make up for the mistakes of his past.
    Teal'c: One day others may try to convince you they have forgiven you. That is more about them than you. For them, imparting forgiveness is a blessing.
    Tomin: How do you go on?
    Teal'c: It is simple. You will never forgive yourself. Accept it. You hurt others, many others. That cannot be undone. You will never find personal retribution. But your life does not have to end. That which is right, just, and true can still prevail. If you do not fight for what you believe in, all may be lost for everyone else. But do not fight for yourself. Fight for others, others that may be saved through your effort. That is the least you can do.
  • After the whole Bosco/Faith/Cruz shooting incident at the end of Season 4 of Third Watch, and also after the Faith/Cruz/Donald Mann shooting incident at the end of Season 5, enemies Faith and Cruz are soon back to work alongside each other.
  • Largely averted on LOST: Sawyer and Charlie's behavior in "Fire + Water" and "The Long Con" is not soon forgiven by their fellow Losties. Season 3 makes it clear Sun won't be forgiving Sawyer anytime soon. In season 4, Sayid has not forgiven Michael for his murder and treason from season 2. Also, three years after rescue, Kate, Sayid, and Jack are still harsh with Locke for his efforts to keep everyone on the island.
    • Cleverly averted in season 5 with Ben and Locke. You'd think Locke would be angrier, but since it turns out to be an evil entity impersonating Locke (who wanted Locke dead), it makes sense.
  • First subverted, then played straight on CSI: Miami. First, it takes the team several episodes to warm up to Natalia again after she reveals that she'd originally been sent there to spy on them by the FBI. She never said anything bad about them though, and it turned out that someone else had set them up. But then a few seasons later, Ryan, WITHHOLDS EVIDENCE from a crime scene because a friend's son has been kidnapped by the Russian mob, which he only tells Horatio, yet despite very realistic anger from the rest of his team when he finally produces the evidence, by next episode, it seems to not only have been forgiven but forgotten too. Sometimes this show is really good about continuity, sometimes it throws it out the window. I kinda wish it'd make up it's mind.
  • Played absurdly straight on Robin Hood. Ask yourself: would you go on a field-trip with the man who brutally slaughtered your wife? Robin does. Made even more idiotic considering Robin doesn't display any such altruism toward Isabella or Allan, whose crimes against him are barely a blip on the radar screen compared to Guy's.
    • In her first appearance Kate sells out Robin's whereabouts to Guy in order to secure the safety of her brother. You can't says that she's Easily Forgiven, as Robin and the outlaws don't even seem to think that there's anything wrong with it in the first place.
  • Subverted in How I Met Your Mother, where Ted's friends are upset and furious with Stella who left Ted to be with her ex-boyfriend, only leaving a note to explain her actions.
    • Also averted when Lily returned to Marshall after leaving him to go to San Francisco, Marshall doesn't immediately take her back and she spends much of season 2 getting back into Marshall and Ted's good graces. Season 9 which takes place seven years later, reveals that Marshal still feels bitter about it and can't shake the fear that Lilly treats her marriage to Marshall as a consolation prize.
    • Season 9 also reveals that the group members can hold grudges for a very long time and only confront the person years later. Marshall and Lilly were upset that they received no wedding gift from Ted but it would have been rude to ask him about it so instead they spent the next few years passively-aggressively dropping hints about this. In turn Ted was upset over the fact that Marshall and Lilly never sent him a thank you note for his awesome wedding gift and similarly spent the next few years passively-aggressively dropping hints about this. When the issue finally comes to light, it is revealed that another guest removed the tag from Ted's gift and thus neither of the friends was at fault. Narrator!Ted, speaking from 16 years in the future, bitterly remarks that it still took Marshall and Lilly another four months before they sent him that thank you note and he clearly has not fully forgiven them for that new slight.
  • In The Vampire Diaries Damon. Over and over and over again. He murders people on a whim, uses his Mind Control powers to effectively rape people, torments his brother and murders his best friend, it's strongly implied he was about to force himself on Elena when her brother interrupted them, in response he murdered him and within a few episodes they're acting as he's just one of the team. When he does something that isn't reprehensible they act as though he's done something laudable, as opposed to adhering to minimum standards of acceptable behavior. A lot of times, it seems that they're not so much forgiving him as giving up on him ever being a reasonable human being. Then he does something not-horrifying, and it makes everyone think "well, maybe he can change..." and then he kills someone just to prove that he's still evil. The only reason they haven't killed him is because he's Stefan's brother (and he can't bring himself to kill him), not to mention the best fighter.
    • Played with when Esther (who was murdered centuries ago by her son Klaus) returns from the dead. Klaus fully expects her to take revenge against him, but instead she forgives him immediately and attempts to bring the entire family together. It later turns out that she is only biding her time until she can murder not only Klaus but his four siblings too.
      • Really, this is an aversion. She truly does love Klaus and has forgiven him, but regrets turning her children into vampires and wants to wipe out the whole race.
  • The Big Bang Theory: "I forgive you, let's go home."
  • In the Smallville episode "Rage", Chloe doesn't seem to mind Lionel Luthor's presence at the dinner table, despite his earlier attempts to kill her.
    • Chloe is just amazing at forgiving people. Clark does all sorts of horrible things to her all the time, although he is usually on red kryptonite or something.
      • Being rough to her after she tries to get him to come home in Exile. Red kryptonite.
      • Flirting with her then pulls back when she leans in for the kiss in Transference. "Freaky Friday" Flip.
      • Punched her so hard that she flew across the room. She is completely unscathed, of course. Possession.
      • Lying to her for about a thousand times about his secret when it is all revealed in Arrival.
      • Rudely commenting that she is going to Lana and Lex's engagement party because she wants Lana out of the way so she could be with Clark. Red kryptonite.
    • She is also completely friendly to Oliver's presence in "Hex" when the last episode they met, he killed Lex Luthor, framed it on someone else and blackmailed her into keeping quiet.
  • iCarly: In iCan't Take It, Sam ruins Freddie's chances of getting into an exclusive science camp that would help him get into any college he wants. Because Freddie didn't know what time it was when Sam asked him. Freddie finds out and gets angry, then then forgives her about 2 minutes after and kisses her again to end the episode.
  • In Babylon 5, we are not even shown a scene where Sinclair forgives Delenn for being there when he is subjected to the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique. It might have been a touching scene, but it is just assumed. Presumably Fan Fic can fix this oversight.
    • He never does forgive her; in fact, he never finds out she was involved.
    • Then we have Sheridan, albeit drugged up from his interrogation, seeing his betrayer Garibaldi in the rescue party and saying: "Michael... boy was I gonna *kick your butt* for something... but I don't remember."
      • Justified because Garibaldi was brainwashed by Bester to find an anti-telepath conspiracy at the cost of everything else in Garibaldi's life. He didn't have a choice as it was said he continued to fight every moment but the block was too strong.
    • Downplayed example when Delenn reveals to G'Kar that she deliberately concealed knowledge regarding the Shadows that could have saved G'Kar's the cost of starting the Shadow War before the younger races were ready. It was literally a decision between the death of millions of people—and the destruction of billions of people, and entire planets. G'Kar understands, and decides she was almost certainly right...but he doesn't forgive her. At least, not that day.
  • Played with in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The characters tend to stay pissed for the duration of an episode, but are usually over it in the next. Bear in mind though that episodes tend to take place over a few days, and there is no telling how far apart episodes are. Stabler and Benson tend to forgive each other pretty quickly, but that makes sense considering how long they've known each other.
    • Fin however was pissed at Stabler for awhile. It's implied that he forgives him, after a pedophile attempts to post a picture of Stabler's underage daughter on the internet and Stabler beats him half to death. Fin considers this to be a sign of extreme restraint, as he would have killed the man outright.
  • The eponymous bikers of Sons of Anarchy are able to forgive each other a lot of crap. Extreme transgressions (like murdering another member's wife) will also be forgiven if they were done for the good of the club. However, betraying the club or failure to back up another member are seen as unforgivable offences and treated with extreme prejudice.
    • This is played with in the feud between Tiggs and Kozik. Tiggs cannot forgive Kozik even years after the events and the audience is left to wonder for a long time what was that so bad that it caused such a rift between them. It turns out it was over the death of a dog.
  • Averted in Warehouse 13, mostly 'cause the time it was played straight, the recipient blew it. Only Myka trusts HG at first, too easily, and goes over Artie's head to get her reinstated. Then HG goes and tries to destroy the world by waking up the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone because of her own angst. She's stopped, but Myka leaves after this, blaming herself. It's a 10-Minute Retirement, of course. Nowadays, though HG seems to have learned her lesson, she's far from trusted; she is actually kept in a Tailor-Made Prison and communicates via hologram, and that she can be seriously bad news comes up whenever she appears. Also, it takes an entire season for Pete to truly forgive her for making his best friend leave.
  • In the 2-part episode "Home" from early in the second season of Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) , President Laura Roslin is not only easily forgiven by Commander Adama for her dissent at the end of the first season that threatened to tear the Colonial Fleet apart, she's easily reinstated. A mere handful of episodes later, Adama begins to fall in love with her.
  • Averted in Psych, when Juliet figures out that Shawn isn't really a psychic. They break up and she kicks him out of the house, and as of four episodes later they're still broken up (although apparently they've hooked up at least once.)
  • Justin and Alex in Wizards of Waverly Place cycle through this. Lampshaded and inverted a few times.
  • In Pretty Little Liars, Paige ambushes Emily at the pool and holds her head under water to get back at her for a perceived slight (she thought Emily had told their coach about a homophobic remark Paige made, and was jealous of Emily's faster times to begin with). She does apologize in the next episode, but it's a little perplexing that her just saying "sorry" was enough to make Emily totally comfortable swimming alone with her when it had only been a couple of days.
  • Teen Wolf
    • A part of the fandom forgives any and everything wrong/evil/gross/etc. that Stiles, Peter, Derek, (or really, any attractive white male) has done, for no reason, though they will make up some dumb excuse.
  • Jirou from Kamen Rider Kiva gets away with kidnapping and attempting to rape Yuri. Even Yuri is buddy-buddy with him the next time they meet.

  • "A Quick One While He's Away" by The Who; the girl who is the subject of the song is forgiven by her long-absent boyfriend immediately after admitting her infidelity with Ivor the engine driver. A rare justified example � said boyfriend mentions he wasn't entirely faithful himself.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Parodied in one strip from Calvin and Hobbes when Susie decides to forgive Calvin for some nasty things he said that made her cry. He's so overjoyed that she immediately rethinks this decision:
    "On second thought, let's see you grovel a little!"
    • In another strip, Calvin causes the family car to roll out the driveway and fall down a ditch across the street. He and Hobbes hide in a tree, but is confused to find his parents are more concerned about whether he was safe than about the car (which, incidentally, wasn't damaged.)
    • Played straight in one story arc, in which Hobbes sends Calvin insulting messages through the mail. When Calvin finds out, he's furious, but as soon as he declares he and Hobbes are through, Hobbes suggests sending insulting messages to Susie. Calvin immediately forgives him.
  • Subverted and played straight in FoxTrot when Quincy eats Paige's signed boyband picture. Andy bends over backwards to appease Paige, and when Paige calls herself on this, Andy forgives her without a second thought.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This happens a lot in Professional Wrestling, but there are some examples that stand out more than others. In a recent example, apparently if you concuss Cody Rhodes, his father, and his best friend then he'll be perfectly happy to hang out with you after an argument or two.
    • An extremely obvious one was the reconciliation between Matt and Jeff Hardy. Essentially Matt said that he had made a mistake and Jeff forgave him. The "mistake" apparently involved Matt repeatedly trying to murder Jeff and/or end his career several times, burning Jeff's house to the ground, and killing his dog. The forgiveness came only a couple months after the end of their fighting over it.
  • Pretty common following the standard Heel-Face Turn: often the reformed heel doesn't even have to earn redemption, as it's enough that he's agreed not to be mean anymore. In extreme cases, he can even continue to be mean, as long as he's only mean to heels or if he's "funny" mean as opposed to being a jerk about it. Lampshaded histrionically by Christian who was outraged that Randy Orton is allowed to do whatever the hell he wants in WWE. He screamed at Triple H to do something about the situation in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, demanding to know if the COO even cared that Orton once attacked his father-in-law and brother-in-law and terrorized his wife. Apparently Triple H didn't care.
    • This can be particularly egregious in cases of tag-team matches. Seeing a total monster, one who's undergone a Heel-Face Turn, teaming up with the same person whose life they destroyed a few months earlier is not that unusual in pro wrestling.
    • Triple H even got to lampshade this trope at the 2007 Survivor Series when his partners (Kane, Jeff Hardy, and Rey Mysterio) all called him out on his actions against them over the years, even bringing up the Katie Vick angle. They still teamed up and won their match.
  • Subverted more often in TNA, where it's more common for there to be tension between two tag-team partners when one of them has recently undergone a Heel-Face Turn. Even characters who weren't evil to begin with, such as Sting, are frequently mistrusted by other faces for having a mysterious agenda.
  • According to Dave Milan, Mercedes Martinez agreed to be the tag team partner of her cousin Shelly even after Shelly planted false evidence that Mercedes was an illegal immigrant, not even one from a particularly familiar country to her, and then tried to steal her husband while she was dealing with the resulting mess. Still couldn't bring herself to beat Shelly's face in even after she by then predictably the team (though the latter was more an authors saving throw for a match that underwhelmed)

  • William Shakespeare's plays have several examples:
    • The title character of Richard III manages to seduce and marry Lady Anne after killing both her husband and her father-and-law. Earlier, she explicitly cursed any woman stupid enough to marry him.
    • In Two Gentlemen of Verona, Proteus tries to rape his best friend's girlfriend. His best friend and his own girlfriend both forgive him, after seeing him do it. By the end of the scene, his best friend is talking about how much fun it'll be for the four of them to live in a house together.
    • Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing reveals Hero's (untrue) unfaithfulness at their wedding — depending on the director, possibly physically abusing her as well — and when Leonato tells him that Hero died of grief, he acts like a total dick about it and doesn't care in the slightest until he discovers that Hero was telling the truth. Of course, when Hero finally appears after faking her death, the two are together in literally seconds. Though it should be noted that only Hero easily forgives him here...before this, the other characters go through make him a big repentence ceremony in order for him to earn their forgiveness.
  • In Aphra Behn's The Rover, at one point or another just about all of Belvile's friends try to rape his love interest Florinda, in some cases after mistaking her for a prostitute. But then they find out Florinda is Belvile's love interest and not a prostitute, and all is A-OK. Florinda's sister even marries one of them.
  • In The Golden Apple, Helen is immediately forgiven by her husband Menelaus when he wins her back from the Traveling Salesman she ran away with. The Boys are understandably upset about this, considering how much effort they went to.

    Video Games 
  • The Dead or Alive series of fighting games are so thoroughly removed from the terrible-but-somehow-great Xtreme spinoff. The best example is that Christie murdered Helena's mother, but buy her a couple of gifts and suddenly she'll pair up for volleyball matches and mutual sun-tan oil application. With the woman who murdered her mother. Covering her in her mother's blood. While they were both on stage in an opera. In an opera house that then caught fire.
  • Fallout 3 has a major sidequest which ends when you get a man to return to his home town, days after he killed and ate a full 20% of its inhabitants. Subverted in that the group that took him in after he committed said murders also took the fall for it and taught him to control his "hunger" to avoid this from happening again.
    • Also from Fallout 3, Mezmerizing and enslaving a non-specific city resident of Megaton or Rivet City counts as "assault." It will make the whole city hostile, but if you can escape without killing anyone, they will accept you back 3 days later.
  • In Kingdom Hearts, Sora sure is quick to forgive Riku after turning evil, working with the villains, kidnapping multiple princesses, including Kairi, stealing the Keyblade from him, stealing his friends, then outright trying to murder him. Keep in mind, none of these were done while he was possessed by Ansem; they were all of his own volition. And yet as soon as Sora beats Ansem, he's immediately best friends with Riku again. It's pretty bad when the only one mad at Riku for his heinous actions is himself.
  • Summoner has loads of this, including:
    • Joseph (the protagonist) was being taught how to use his powers to summon creatures using a magical ring by Yago, but when bandits attacked his village, he decided to summon a mighty demon to help fight them. The demon went completely out of control, killing bandits and villagers alike (including his family), causing Joseph to be exiled by the refugees of his Doomed Hometown. Joseph threw the ring down a well and said he never wanted to see Yago again. In spite of this, Yago was the first person Joseph ran to when the Orenians went gunning for him, and he fell hook, line and sinker for Yago's advice again. Of course, it turns out that Yago was possessed by the Demon of Darkness from within the ring (the demon Joseph summoned) at the time, and tricked Joseph into summoning him on purpose.
    • Jekhar swore that he would kill his childhood friend Joseph for destroying his village and slaughtering his family with the demon years ago. In spite of numerous opportunities to do so, he never does. As a matter of fact, he never even menaces him except for the first two times you bump into him.
      • To be honest, by the time he joins the party, he's doing it under orders and can't really kill Joseph by that point. He then gets to see firsthand how Joseph hates himself more than Jekhar does over what happened to Ciran and Masad, and that Joseph is the world's only hope. On top of that Joseph is the god Urath. So by the end of the game, in at least one ending, Jekhar couldn't kill him even if he wanted to.
    • Yago abandoned his wife and their unborn daughter, Rosalind, to seek ringlore. When you ask Rosalind (now, after her mother's death, a member of a cloistered society of monks who must never return if she leaves) to abandon her vows and come with you on Yago's behalf, she actually does so. While she is very confrontational with Yago, she never actually tries to bring him to task for his dastardly behavior (not to mention that Yago dumped them before he was possessed, meaning that it really IS his fault.)
    • Joseph also forgives Flece pretty fast after she's been betraying him nearly since they met. Of course, she is so guilt-ridden that she goes to save him soon after, but still.
    • Flece forgives Aoqi (really her mother Quifeng) pretty easily for Tancred's murder. Although her reasons were rather compelling, it remains that she was basically a stranger who killed the only father Flece ever knew.
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future: Where do we start? The main villain kidnapped the prime minister and a bunch of scientists, hired mafia, made life a living hell for multiple people, played people against each other, committed genocide, and destroyed most of London. He gets off with a few years in jail.
    • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask: The main villain tried to destroy the entire city and drown its inhabitants in sand out of petty revenge because he listened to some guy he didn't know instead of his friends. To a lesser extent he framed a couple of people and put Luke in danger. But because he's friends with everybody and was really sorry, he is not only welcomed back by everybody, but gets the entire city.
  • Super Robot Wars Original Generations (and indeed just about any installment in the series, licensed mecha or not) absolutely loves this trope. Major and minor villains alike often find their way into the protagonist's squadron, no matter how grievous the crimes they committed- up to and not including nearly killing the main character, being a pain in the ass for the majority of the game, nearly enslaving earth, or even being accomplice to the destruction of the entire dimension. Later on, there is a picture that lampshades this thing.
    • Those who do not repent are not safe from this. Cases in point:
      • Ingram, who was revealed to be Brainwashed And Scheming all along.
      • Shu, who attempted to do an Earth-Shattering Kaboom in a plan to free himself from an evil God. The aftermath after his death is Masaki, his own rival that utterly hates him... sheds a tear for him. This happens in EVERY INSTALLMENT OF SRW where they duke it out, not just OG.
      • Juergen 'killed' Lamia in OG Gaiden, then everyone else pitied him for 'not being himself and got consumed by his own creation'. Compared to the likes of Archibald, who has done lots of *** s to the Bransteins and condemned to death even when it faces him, they were pretty merciful towards Juergen.
      • Duminuss, who was stripped from every sympathy she had in R, got a special mention, even though mostly everyone else didn't show any sympathy. She messed Lamia up by turning her Brainwashed and Crazy. But after she was returned to her senses, she easily forgives Duminuss, never mind all those crimes to her, what matters the most was 'She brought her back to life'. In here 'forgive' as in she didn't hold a complete grudge on her, and defeats her because she's in the way not It's Personal. Speaking of that, probably she feels the same way to the ODE System and Juergen who put her to death in the first place.
    • Not even non-OG is safe from this and in fact, it can take it to extremes. In Super Robot Wars Destiny, you can even recruit Katejina Loos and instantly forgive every single act of sheer depravity that she has done. In the game's storyline, Katejina hasn't committed as many acts of sheer depravity as she did in the show, so this makes somewhat more sense.
  • Tales of the Abyss: when the party instantly forgives Anise when they find out she'd been spying on them for the villain over the course of three quarters of the game, and directly helped to kill one of the most important people helping to stop both a world war and an Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
    • It's even worse when you consider that all of them except Tear (and Guy, a bit later) completely abandoned Luke earlier in the storyline during his Heroic BSOD. Apparently the Jerkass Mole is more sympathetic than a guy who'd been more or less brainwashed and betrayed by his mentor of seven years.
    • And she could have asked for help at any time. They had shown earlier that they could easily reach her parents. Like Jade couldn't come up with something.
    • The party's main issue was the motivations and how they reacted; Anise is devastated with guilt after Ion's death, and tried to help the party reach Mohs in time by covertly giving them directions, while Luke repeatedly insists that he's not at all responsible for what he did in the immediate aftermath of Akzeriuth's collapse.
    • Two problems with that. One, Luke was an unwilling dupe who suddenly was responsible for a horrible act after being betrayed terribly, while Anise has been stewing on her betrayal from before the start of the game. There are NO comparisons as to how long they have had to reflect on everything they have done. Anise knew the consequences and still did it even though she had the BEST possible group to get her out of trouble before it escalated so high. Combined with HER hypocritical actions against Luke and Arietta, they had their forgiveness priorities mixed up BAD. Two, almost EVERYONE he was traveling with was a traitor or deceiving him, Jade especially has no right to open his mouth.
    • It's Character Development. The Party didn't handle the first incident very well, and they know it. By the time of the second incident, they've grown as individuals and are trying to avoid making the same mistakes they made with Luke. Plus, Luke was the one who forgave Anise. Think about that for a while (particularly the shear amount of shit he's been through up to that point, and his character development as a result).
  • In Mortal Kombat, Sub-Zero holds no grudge at all against Frost for betraying him. Rather than killing her, he freezes her out of mercy, then laid her to rest in an ancient temple, all the while blaming himself for the whole thing. Sadly, when Frost recovered, she misunderstood the whole situation and thought he had left her to die. Some people never get any breaks.
  • Tales of Vesperia has a pretty bad one too, though not as bad as Abyss's. Raven kidnaps Estelle and willingly hands her over to Alexei. The consequences of this (apocalypse) are wholly known to Raven. And then when you meet Raven again, he reveals he's actually Captain Schwann and was playing both the party and the entire guild Altosk as fools. And then makes a full on attempt to kill you. And how does the party react when he has a change of heart and decide to come back? They bop him over the head and conveniently forget about it for the rest of the game aside from around two minor references. And this party includes Yuri, a man who, throughout the game, has shown that he's more than willing to kill someone for a lot less.
    • The scene is a Crowning Moment Of Awesome, and it's made quite clear that he was an Anti-Villain Death Seeker. Plus the pseudo-Heroic Sacrifice...and Yuri more or less making it clear that next time Raven pulls a stunt like that, his corpse will be joining Ragou's at the bottom of a river.]]
    • Raven saved their lives after said attempt to kill them and proving he was, at the very least, not their enemy.
    • Another example might be Duke. He tries to kill every human in order to save the planet and refuses to listen to Yuri's alternate plan. After defeating him and saving the world, the gang casually wave to him as he walks away and is later seen playing with animals in the peaceful new world. Upon his defeat, he does lend his power to Yuri's plan, which could be seen as very redeeming. But the fact that he was seconds away from KILLING EVERY HUMAN ON EARTH before they got there and is given no repremandation for this by the group and seems to be on friendly terms with them now is somewhat jarring.
      • Well he did at least help save the world after you defeat him.
      • He was also trying to fix a situation the previous created. He wasn't even a villain until after the previous villain put the world in danger. The thing is that he needed to kill everyone in the world to do it and decided that the world would be better off without humans after his experiences. The party didn't really present him with an alternative until right before he would've been finished. He was reluctant to go along with their plan due to his lack of faith in humanity, but he eventually decided to give humanity another shot.
    • Another, less known example is Judith. No one seems to mind that she crippled the party's ship and abandoned them after she rejoins. Granted, she DID have an arguably good reason, but still. Two good reasons, that is.
  • Tales of Legendia is a prime example of this. Shirley ("So who cares if our only experience with you is the part where you tried to destroy the land and kill millions of people? You're part of the team now."), Chloe ("Guys, we have to save the chick who just ran me through with a sword!"), Jay ("Well, obviously he had a reason for kidnapping her."), Alcott ("Sure, you killed hundreds of people and served as general to an evil regime, but it was all for your sick daughter, so we forgive you."), and Maurits (...let's just not go there.) Granted, in the game itself, this comes off more like an example of the party's endearing-if-stupid idealism than anything else, but still.
  • Gaspard in Dark Chronicle. Yes, he's a Noble Demon with a tragic past, but the main heroine Monica forgave him surprisingly easily after this was made clear even though she spent most of the game prior hating him for killing her father.
  • The transition of the Turks from fairly serious (albeit quirky) villains in Final Fantasy VII to comic relief, Heel Face Turned semi-heroes in the Compilation. Mostly based on Pandering to the Base on the part of the games' creators, but feels a little odd when one considers how easily the "we were just doing our jobs" angle works given how they detonated the support tower for the Sector 7 plate (destroying the heroes' homes, killing the original AVALANCHE crew and countless innocent people in the process) in the original game. Cloud in Advent Children seems to be the only person who mistrusts them. There is also a "just doing our jobs" scene in Crisis Core, where Tseng (one of the Turks), lets a village be bombed to erase evidence and doesn't show remorse over it. Zack does not take that lightly, and spends the rest of the game remembering it.
    • The Turks were hardly taken seriously in the original game, despite the Sector 7 collapse. Every time you fight them they toss comments around leisurely, you see them outside of battle quite a bit lounging around, and there's an entire sidequest in Wutai involving them and their "just doing our jobs" stuff.
    • Final Fantasy VII also has Yuffie committing (literal) Wutai Theft and Cait Sith acting as a spy for Shinra since the time you meet and kidnapping hostages. Each one is welcomed back more or less unchanged.
      • In Cait Sith's case, he actually was not welcomed back; the hostages were his way of forcing his way back onto the team. Still, the party ems pretty broken up when he is about to sacrifice his robotic self shortly afterward (for all the difference it didn't make in the long run.)
  • And then there's Kain from Final Fantasy IV. He not only turns from Face to Heel and back at an alarming rate, each time he comes back to the good side everybody welcomes him with open arms. Curiously enough, when he finally turns good for real, the only one to distrust him is Edge, who has seen him betray the party only once.
    • Considering this was rather a case of mind control than betrayal, it makes sense they don't blame Kain too much. Also, Cecil (and Rosa) and Kain were friends going way back, so it's believable that he honestly believed Kain's betrayal's were results of brainwashing and not how he actually feels or thinks.
    • Rydia is an interesting case in that she, like Edge, rejoins the party after Kain returns the first time, but doesn't necessarily hold his betrayal or his role in the destruction of her village against him. Averted when she initially has difficulty forgiving Cecil for his role in destroying Mist, but becomes more willing to do so after he risks his life to save her from Baron soldiers.
    • During the final time Kain joins with you, he makes a point to tell everyone to mercilessly kill him if he loses control again. That likely helped convince Edge.
    • This one's an extreme spoiler, but in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, the child Maenad who is adopted by Rydia in the ending. Despite implications of sharing a Hive Mind with the rest of her race, Leviathan and Asura (who, until recently, had been enslaved by the Maenad) do not show any traces of resenting the child.
  • Another example from the 12th game in the series. It doesn't take long for Player Character Vaan to forgive Basch, the man who supposedly assassinated Dalmasca's king and killed Vaan's older brother Reks. There is very good reason for this He was framed by his Evil Twin Gabranth and Vaan saw Gabranth interrogating him.
  • And then there's Final Fantasy II, which plays it straight in that Firion, Maria and Guy are all perfectly willing to forgive and forget Leon's betrayal, but also subverts it in that Leon isn't as willing to forgive himself and he departs on a Redemption Quest in the end, with the others promising to welcome him back whenever he chooses to return.
  • In Tekken, Craig Marduk killed Armor King in the 4th series; in turn, the second King beats the crap out of Marduk, only to refuse to kill him out of vengeance... well, that was forgiving, but not easy. Then, in the 5th series, Marduk goes on to disgrace Armor King by raiding some matches wearing his black jaguar mask and issuing a challenge to King. After the challenge is settled, they suddenly become best buds, as if Armor King's disgrace is easily forgotten...
  • Warcraft has an odd mutual example of this, and many more subversions. The Orcs, under demonic influence at the time, threatened to destroy the "human" world of Azeroth, twice. After their defeat, most are rounded up and put in internment camps, where they languish for a generation in withdrawal from the dark energy that gave them greater power, the humans understandably not trying to treat this near-suicidal depression. When a new warchief named Thrall frees his people, he has no grudge against them, having seen both the best and worst of humans, and departs to find a new land. He later finds himself working alongside Jaina Proudmoore, who can't even remember when the orcs were a threat, to unite against a greater threat. Aside from these two, pretty much everyone, orc and human, does not easily forgive the other side.
    • To add this in the Frozen Throne expansion to Warcraft III, Daelin Proudmoore (Jaina's father) shows that he can't let go of his grudge against the Orcs and vows he will never stop fighting them.
    • Averted with Baine Bloodhoof toward Garrosh Hellscream in The Shattering Prelude to Cataclysm. Baine realizes that Garrosh did not intentionally kill his father, but also acknowledges that he was partly responsible for his death by making the mak'gora to the death and not being vigilant enough in allowing his weapon to get poisoned. While his judgment of Garrosh remains unfavorable even in light of the new information, he decides not to challenge Garrosh, though, but work with him for the sake of the Horde.
    • Garrosh's own father, Grom Hellscream, could also be considered an example. In a Dying Moment of Awesome, he kills Mannoroth, ending the Pit Lord's control over the Orcs... And in doing so, is instantly forgiven for the rather large part he played in getting the Orcs corrupted in the first place. Grom is remembered by Thrall's Horde as being a great hero, rather than an Orc whose tragic flaw nearly doomed their race.
  • In Tony Hawk's Underground the player character (i.e. you) does this twice to his "best friend" Eric Sparrow: first when Eric purposefully didn't sign your name for the Tampa Am competition so you wouldn't go up against him and later when Eric stole the footage of your amazing "jumping over the helicopter" stunt and instead submitted footage of his own stunts in the spot you discovered, thus earning Eric a promotion to Pro status. It takes Eric getting drunk, stealing a Russian tank, crashing it into a building and framing you for it for your character to realize what a Jerkass he is.
  • Everyone in Touhou. Everyone. No exceptions. Except Tenshi. While this makes sense for most of the characters, who were either just doing their job, not doing anything too bad, or just in the way, this can be something of a problem for characters like Yuyuko Saigyouji, who was willing to greatly delay spring for the sake of making a cherry tree bloom,note  or Utsuho Reiuji, who intended to nuke Gensoukyou purely out of power induced crazynote .
    • A third exception is amanojaku Seija Kijin, who acts so contrary that everyone hates her.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic Revan starts a bloody violent war against the Republic, all in the name of putting in place a stronger government to fight against the True Sith he has had a vision of. Then he loses his memory, gets retrained as a Jedi, kills the guy who picked up the mantle after his supposed death, and gets a medal and is hailed as a hero. It's almost justified by how Revan's identity is kept a secret... but then Vandar declares him 'Revan, the Prodigal Knight' at the celebration following the Sith defeat in front of hundreds of Republic officers.
    • Bastila is also pretty easily forgiven for going to the dark side (since she was tortured) and using her Battle Meditation to allow the Sith to kill hundreds, if not thousands, of Republic officers. And then she acts surprised and somewhat disgusted that Revan attempted to redeem and forgive Malak, despite her getting the same treatment not even an hour before.
  • Subverted and played straight in the first Devil May Cry game; even if he saves Trish just because she looks like his mother, Dante is enraged by the discovery that she is working for Mundus, and threatens to kill her if they meet up again. That is the subverted part. Now for the played straight part, he finally forgives her after defeating Mundus. Though by that point Trish had taken a spear in the chest for Dante and gave him the powerboost he needed to beat Mundus, so his forgiveness is somewhat understandable.
  • In The World Ends with You, Neku and Beat don't hold Rhyme's erasure against Kariya and Uzuki at any point. Granted, Kariya and Uzuki did risk their safety by giving them a keypin that is vital to their quest, but the incident in question made Beat quite angry with the Reapers at the time.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, Nathaniel Howe will express disbelief if you offer to conscript him into the Wardens instead of hanging him for scheming to kill you. You can respond by claiming that some of your best friends are people who tried to kill you in the past.
    • Likely referring to Zevran, who is recruited into your party during the quest where he failed to kill the player.
  • In Rune Factory, Lynette is responsible for wiping Raguna's memory and throwing him into a monster infested village (which she is responsible for infesting) all for the purpose of using Raguna to help unleash a dragon god on the kingdom. After the plan fails, and she's banished from her kingdom for it, Raguna forgives her virtually instantly (she's even eligible for marriage at that point). Raguna never even asks Lynette to tell him about his past, even if he marries her.
  • This is played as one of Valvatorez's quirks in Disgaea 4. Being a very gullible and trusting Cloud Cuckoolander who is very insistent on The Power Of Camaraderie, he's very quick to forgive just about any betrayal. Fenrich finds this utterly baffling.
  • From Mass Effect 3, considering that they've been trying to wipe out all life in the galaxy for the last three games, everyone in the galaxy is surprisingly forgiving of the Reapers in the Synthesis ending. They even allow the Reapers to help rebuild the very same worlds the Eldritch Abominations had just been laying waste to.
    • This may be justified. The Reapers pretty much had the galaxy by the balls, so once they suddenly start acting helpful and benevolent, it shouldn't take long for the Council species' to just run with it. If a race of immortal machine gods that you have no real way of beating suddenly decided to rebuild galactic infrastructure, would you wanna start Bullyingthe Dragon?
  • In the final route of Duel Savior Destiny Imnity pulls a Heel-Face Turn entirely without comment despite actively attempting to destroy the world not moments before. Gets a happy ending too.
  • In Borderlands 2, after getting nearly hanged by a Kangaroo Court, only to be saved by a Hyperion attack, Salvador tortures the man who killed the judge. His reason for caring about the man who nearly had him hanged?
    Salvador: Nobody's perfect.
  • In Suikoden II, Jowy betrays his closest friends and the country that graciously took him in after his own country, Highland tried to murder him. He assassinates it's leader, aids the invasion of it's capital, assists Luca Blight in an act of genocide, is an accomplice to the murder of King Agares Blight so that Luca can ascend to the throne and then conspires to allow the enemy side to kill Luca so *he* can ascend to the throne. All of these acts result in a costly war that causes the near destruction of one nation and the total destruction of his own when his idiotic plans collapse around him. And yet, in the "best ending" Jowy gets to be forgiven by the protagonist, the leader of the force opposing Jowy who he refused to reason with until it was too late and go back to being best friends travelling together as if he wasn't a genocidal, self-centred warmonger.
  • Subverted in Lemegeton. Sabio is surprised that Marax doesn't hate him for cutting down his friends (several fellow Ars Goetia demons). Marax, though, replies that demons don't have friends to begin with. In other words, Sabio never did anything that would draw Marax's ire in the first place!
  • Everyone in Phantom Brave. No matter how much you want to break Marona, no matter how much you want to torment her for her powers, and no matter how much of a douchebag for good reasons you are, Marona will always forgive you.
  • Considering JC Denton spends a good few levels killing NFS troops left and right, it's surprising how quickly the remaining ones are willing to ignore this once he switches sides.
  • In Sleeping Dogs, if you date both Tiffany and "Not Ping", "Not Ping" will call you out for cheating on her...before cheerfully asking you to stay in touch.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei IV, Abbot Hugo has been using the Samurai as his personal army, having them enter Tokyo to find relics (something that was considered unthinkable by Samurai code, only allowed because he's friends enough with the King to convince him), using the Black Samurai as an excuse to start massive witch hunts, and a rather long list of both silly and serious charges. In the Neutral ending, though, he's welcomed along with the other Mikado survivors in Cafe Florida for a drink before Tokyo is restored.
  • In Psychonauts, after attempting to conquer the world with tanks powered by the brains of psychic children, Morceau Oleander simply gives a public apology to said kids (albeit a sincere one) and states that thanks to Raz's efforts he is now a sane man. He's evidently still a Psychonaut after all's been said and done.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Phoenix Wright is surprisingly determined to reach out to and "save" Miles Edgeworth, especially when Edgeworth is on trial as a murder suspect. What is amazing is that Phoenix is doing this even though Edgeworth ruthlessly and relentlessly used every tactic he could, including some very underhanded ones, to get Maya and then Phoenix himself convicted for the murder of Phoenix's beloved mentor. (Let's face it; Edgeworth is not stupid. He HAD to have realized who Mia Fey's REAL murderer was...)
    • Regina Berry in Justice For All is Easily Forgiven due to being incredibly cute and possessing child-like innocence. Unfortunately, this leads to her pulling little "pranks" like letting a growling tiger stalk after Phoenix and Maya in their first introduction and then telling them how lucky they are to get the rare chance to play with a tiger. Naturally, this trope is subverted because she was the murderer's intended target thanks to how she's too naive to realize that she's responsible for his brother's coma and his paralysis from a previous prank.
  • In Magical Diary, you can choose to continue Damien's path even after he tries to kill you by taking your soul and flees the school after failing. While he does appear to have genuinely reformed afterwards, you're still forgiving him for it mere weeks after the incident. You can even try to plead with Potsdam to let him back onto the school grounds for the May Ball...which she roundly refuses, and which causes your friends to find out that you're back with him and results in them kicking you out of the room and calling you out as a Love Martyr for taking him back.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has Beatrice, the main antagonist of the series. A supposedly all-powerful witch who the protagonist has seen kill his family repeatedly in grotesque and horrific ways, she plays up a Heel-Face Turn to specifically lead Battler into forgiving her, and even coming to like her... and then proceeds to troll the Hell out of him and reveal it was all an act just for the sake of toying with his emotions.
    • It's later revealed that even that was an act. Beatrice was never Battler's enemy in the first place, and only acted the way she did to help guide him towards the truth. The true antagonist of this series is in fact Bernkastel.

    Web Comics 
  • Particularly in the early strips, the cast of Sluggy Freelance was surprisingly tolerant of Aylee's human eating tendencies and Bun-Bun's general sociopathic tendencies. They do eventually put their foot down on Aylee eating people and convince her to quit, but Bun-Bun still gets a mostly free pass for all the violent and manipulative things he's done, does, and will do. Of course, that might just be because he'd kill them all if they tried to get tough with him. Better to keep the switchblade-wielding bully on their side.
    • There is a brief part in the Cannibals Anonymous Storyline in which, after Aylee upset Zoe by serving a human for Thanksgiving, Torg fired her, but later accepted her back after she worked on improving herself, in which the seriousness of her activities is mentioned to a degree.
    Aylee: I suppose there are some things saying sorry can't fix.
    Riff: Like murder.
    A moment of silence follows as Aylee reflects on this.
  • The Order of the Stick:
  • Averted on a few occasions in General Protection Fault. When Trent is hired to replace Trudy, Dwayne does so reluctantly, as GPF is still rebuilding itself and needs a marketing person, and eventually fires Trent after he loses his lawsuit against Fred. Dexter is not easily forgiven for using the Mu T Ex to go into Bog of Bloodbath, which resulted in him and a few others going missing for a few days and nearly getting fired, especially not by Patty. Trudy returns to the real world with the cast thinking that she is her duplicate, but those who suspect the truth indicate that they have not forgiven her for her actions.
  • In Mitadake Saga, no-one really holds much of a grudge against Kazu, despite the fact that he killed someone. Although this may be a Meta-joke.
    • Truth in Television for those who play the game. Very rarely will anyone call you out for killing someone if you thought they were the killer (or were pretending to). Of course, when this is averted, it is averted violently.
  • Gamzee Makara in Homestuck is welcomed back with seemingly open arms after his his brief stint of semi-genocidal madness wherein he successfully murdered several people and seemed bent on getting rid of every other troll before being calmed down. He also directly and deliberately contributed to the creation of a being bent on destroying any universe it is allowed into, the prior creation of a similar omnicidal creature being seen by other characters as akin to a Moral Event Horizon. This quick forgiveness particularly comes out of character for Terezi who had just a few minutes prior (in-story) been ready to kill someone else over suspicion for the same exact murders.
    • Kanaya is not so forgiving, and would be happy if she never saw him again. Fortunately, Gamzee seems to be afraid of her and also avoids her.
    • Terezi hasn't quite forgiven him either. She's actually formed a kismesis with him over their mutual hate.
  • Granted, given the circumstances (he had had Light Yagami's head crudely grafted onto his body) it could technically qualify as a Mercy Kill, but in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, much to Jonesy's surprise, Simon Belmont easily forgave her for putting a crossbow arrow through his neck, reasoning that it wasn't even the first time someone shot him and Romania has good healthcare anyway.
    • Likewise, when Jared accidentally dented Commander Badass's car, he just shrugged and said that it was easily fixed and finishing project cars take the fun out of them anyway, so might well hand them to a teen to damage.
  • Amical from morphE is exceptionally charming and relies on this trope a lot. It's is especially apparent with how Tyler went from growling out death threats to Amical after getting shot in the shoulder to being the most vocal supporter of him by the end of chapter 3.
  • Muh Phoenix: The Scarlet Witch has a much easier time being accepted as redeemed in this parody.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Raimundo in Xiaolin Showdown, after willingly turning evil and then back again. Omi does express suspicion about him from time to time.
    • To some extent, Jack Spicer. Ever since he assisted in the recapture of Wuya, Omi has held out hope that he will change sides. Needless to say, when Jack wants to join the monks in "The Apprentice", Omi is very quick to move past all the bad blood between the two, despite none of the other Dragons trusting him. Unfortunately, their distrust is proven right. The surprise is that Jack really did want to change; he was just scared of failing.
  • Subverted in Justice League Unlimited with Hawkgirl. At first glance, it seems that the team will sweep her assignment from the Thanagarian Empire under the rug at the end of the episode because she's one of the True Companions, but she resigns from the team. She spends a season mostly off-camera doing some soul-searching and still has to save the world a few more times before Wonder Woman's fine with having Hawkgirl in the Justice League again. It remains a sore spot for her and detractors of the Justice League still bring up that the League let Hawkgirl back on the team after what she did... a sore spot that Lex Luthor is notably willing to exploit.
    • Actually, when she does rejoin the team, it is revealed that the vote had been her favor, with Superman casting the deciding vote. Superman is big on second chances.
    • He's like this too in the Batman Beyond episode "The Call". After Barda suggests killing the alien creatures that have Brainwashed Superman, possibly for years, Superman himself makes a case for mercy. (Leading Warhawk to sarcastically say that he's definitely back to normal.)
  • On The Fairly Oddparents, Mark Chang goes from Timmy's enemy to a good friend after his Heel-Face Turn. This is despite the fact that Mark has threatened to slurp out Timmy's brain through a bendy straw, kidnapped his babysitter (he liked that), tried to kill him in death combat, and launched a weapon that he thought would destroy the Earth.
  • In Gargoyles, Goliath readily forgives anyone who stops attacking and tries to undo whatever they've done. Even if two minutes before that they were roaring at each other and fighting tooth and nail. It's most apparent in that lengthy section in season two where he and a few others were being sent all over the world by Avalon. Of course, those few times when he wasn't attacked right off the bat and tried being friendly first didn't work that well...
    • One theme of the show was that holding grudges didn't work out, and that things like revenge only made things worse. Probably a message there.
    • Of course, it works the other way: Xanatos explicitly says that he considers revenge a sucker's game, and is happy to make trouble with even those who've betrayed him... of course, betray him once, and you'd better stay useful.
    • Some subversions, however, with the other characters. Lexington continued to harbor a grudge against the members of the Pack throughout the series. While it took some time (as well as his bond with Alex) for him to put aside his grudge with Fox, and we never saw him meet Dingo after his Heel-Face Turn, it's safe to assume the others don't get that luxury. And while Brooklyn's demonstrated the ability to put aside his own grudge with Demona, it took a long time and some time travel for him to let go of it properly.
  • Kim Possible, episode "Ill-Suited"; Ron is let off the hook despite lying to Kim, cheating at a major sporting event and stealing high tech weaponry that put lives in danger. Kim forgave him and Barkin let him stay on the team. Although he did have to do 20 crabwalk laps around the field. Though it is a stark reminder of how in Season 1 Kim was grounded just for lying.
    • On the villainous side of the fence, consider Drakken and Shego's Postscript Season appearances up through "Mad Dogs And Aliens". On two different occasions, Shego was busted out of prison by other villains, and gave no thought to Drakken (except to yell "Later, loser!" on her way out). In MDaA, Drakken orders Warmonga to throw Shego out, then holds her captive intending to make her watch Warmonga score the victory over Kimmie that she never could (and claims as her prerogative). Really, it's amazing that they were on speaking terms, much less working together, in later episodes.
  • Subverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Katara is really reluctant to forgive people who betrayed her, and will express this as openly and occasionally violently as possible. She is initially angry with her father for leaving home, and takes the longest to forgive Zuko.
    • Trope applies to Katara herself most of the time. She gets angry, she tends to be very cruel in her remarks, mocking Toph's blindness and telling Sokka he didn't love their mother as much as she did for not wanting to go on a suicide mission into the heart of the Fire Nation to avenge their mother, for instance. Aside from the initial reactions of her target, these instances are never mentioned again and the characters continue on as if it hadn't happened.
    • With Zuko, we have it initially played straight but then subverted: Katara was among the first to try and trust him, and had that trust broken when he sided with the Fire Nation at Season 2's end. Later in the series, when he returned, she was the one who stayed pissed at Zuko the longest. Even when she believed he wanted to change, she wasn't so sure he could.
    • Played straight with Appa, who is really the first to forgive Zuko, even giving him an affectionate lick upon seeing him. Of course, there is the fact that Zuko released him from the Dai Li's underground base - Appa suffers claustrophobia (being a SKY Bison), so this is understandable. Also note that Appa is not, despite appearances, a simple-minded animal, having an intelligence on par with humans and probably Dragons as well.
      • Toph has a similar mindset, as she criticizes the group for, in their bitterness, throwing away an opportunity to get Aang a Firebending teacher. She even tries to deny that Zuko was the one who (accidentally) burned her feet. Although Toph didn't have anything to forgive, minus her feet. She only came on board after Zuko stopped being a consistent, ever-present threat to the group.
    • Uncle Iroh, who Zuko had stabbed in the back at the end of Season 2, forgives him instantly when Zuko tells him how sorry he is for what he did, or rather Iroh he says he was never angry to begin with.
      Zuko: How can you forgive me so easily? I thought you would be furious with me!
      Iroh: I was never angry with you. I was sad, because I was afraid you'd lost your way.
    • King of Omashu. In the episode The King Of Omashu, he holds Katara and Sokka hostage to force Aang to participate in three gruelling challenges, because if he doesn't his friends will be trapped in a crystal prison (and presumably suffocate). Then Aang realises that the King is his old friend Bumi, they hug, and it is forgotten.
  • Kevin Levin, former sociopath and Arch-Enemy to Ben and his family who tried to kill them several times, is immediately trusted and forgiven by Gwen in the first episode of Ben 10: Alien Force, and Ben fully accepts him as a friend and ally in only the fourth.
    • In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, this is explained somewhat when the ten-year-old Ben is brought to the present and helps out the team. Paradox declares that the young Ben would dimly remember these events after returning to his proper time, leading him to trust Kevin later on.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has Nigel staying in a relationship with Lizzie past her introduction, which involved her mind-controlling him to DESTROY his friends so that they could have time together. This is strictly played for laughs. This didn't endear her to many fans and made her a textbook example of Die for Our Ship.
  • Everyone from Total Drama Island with the exception of Heather.
    • Which becomes a bit ridiculous by season three, when Leshawna openly brags about knocking her tooth out even after she should have realized it was totally unjustified (as Heather had been trying to help her at the time). Bridgette even calls the others out on this toward the end of the show.
  • Buck Strickland from King of the Hill has done some pretty nasty things to Hank and he always sticks by his side, his worst act was framing Hank for the murder of his mistress Debbie. He plants a lot of evidence that made it seem like he was guilty of the crime, and yet Hank almost immediately forgives him after the murder is solved.
  • Regular Show has Skips being forgiven for killing Rigby over a game of arm wrestling. Rigby was really cool about the whole thing.
    Skips: Uh... Sorry for, you know, killing you back there... It was unprofessional.
    Rigby: Huh? ....You know what? Water under the bridge.
  • Huntik: Secrets & Seekers has Zhalia easily forgiven after Lok, Dante, and Sophie discover she's The Mole for the Big Bad. See the quote.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Many antagonists are forgiven quickly. Justified, considering the series main theme is friendship.
    • Downplayed with Luna. She tried to create eternal night and is immediately forgiven by her sister, the mane cast, and Ponyville. However, Luna Eclipsed shows that they are still terrified of her.
    • In Mmmystery On The Friendship Express, the Cakes spent months working on a special cake for a deserts competition, hoping to win first place. Pinkie spent a whole night guarding the cake from the other chefs, who she feared wanted to destroy it to eliminate the competition. Rarity, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash eat roughly half the cake, and yet, Pinkie instantly forgives them when they apologize.
    • A special case in A Canterlot Wedding after essentially disowned by everyone, Twilight Sparkle forgave everyone after one little apology from Applejack. To be fair, there are more important matters at hand like the Changeling Invasion and the fact Queen Chrysalis tricked them all.
    • Babs Seed from the episode "One Bad Apple" spends most of the episode bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders, with the worst of it including kicking them out of their own clubhouse and forcing Apple Bloom to sleep on the floor in her own room, but when the CMC find out about how she herself was bullied, and turned to bullying herself because of this, they immediately forgive her, save her from a booby trapped second float they set up for her, and even end up befriending her by the end of the episode. The CMC even apologize for the booby trap first. In the later episode "Apple Family Reunion", Apple Bloom refers to Babs as "my favorite cousin". After all the bullying she did to her, she ends up being her favorite cousin in a family that may very well include hundreds of relatives.
    • And as of the episode "Magic Duel", Trixie, who takes over Ponyville and rules it with an iron hoof, though it takes roughly a second for Twilight Sparkle to accept her apology at the end. This might be at least partially justified due to the Alicorn Amulet.
    • The episode "Keep Calm And Flutter On" involves Fluttershy forgiving Discord, despite the fact that he caused the Mane Six to go Brainwashed and Crazy and causing the World Gone Mad.
      • In that episode, although Discord was forgiven, despite the severity of Discord's actions, the Mane Six really let him off lightly. But Princess Celestia told Twilight that they're keeping the Elements just in case, that although they've forgiven him, they haven't forgotten.
    • At the end of the episode "Rainbow Falls" Soarin quickly forgives Spitfire and Fleetfoot, despite the fact that they never visited him at the hospital when he hurt his wing and were planning on replacing him with Rainbow Dash, using his (not actually that severe) injury as an excuse to put the better flyer in his place.
    • In Twilight's Kingdom Part 2, even after he sided with Tirek, putting the entire world in danger, Twilight still considered Discord a friend, much to his surprise. This trope also applies to Fluttershy, who Discord is still on good terms with despite hurting her earlier with his betrayal. That said, he does notice he doesn't get a throne along with the others and is told he'll have to earn it, and seemed to regret what he did even before Tirek stabbed him in the back.
    • The worst case was with Sunset Shimmer in My Little Pony Equestria Girls. Despite being an utter Alpha Bitch throughout the school lives of everyone at Canterlot High for quite awhile, breaking up the human counterparts mane five, and stealing Twilight's Element of Magic and using it to become a demon and brainwashing the students to invade Equestria, a quick apology from Sunset Shimmer is all it takes for Twilight to forgive her. She even befriends the very girls who she broke up without a single protest.
      • In the sequel to Equestria Girls, however, it turns out that she really wasn't that easily forgiven. While said human alternates of Twilight's friends do befriend her, the rest of the school is far less forgiving of her actions in the previous movie, either being nervous around her or glaring angrily at her.
  • Nicely averted on Adventure Time. After learning about the Ice King's tragic past, the heroes feel sympathy for him and make an effort to treat him better. However, they won't hesitate to beat him up if he's up to his old tricks, because, well, what he's doing is wrong and needs to be stopped, even if he's incapable of realizing it.
    • Played straight with Lemongrab, and his clone, however. Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum seem pretty okay with the guy, even though he previously tortured Finn and Jake and tried to do the same to the princess, and basically treats Princess Bubblegum like garbage on occasion. The reason he is forgiven for his crimes is because of some kind of profound disorder he has, which is implied to be similar to autism.
  • In season 3 of Winx Club, Diaspro brainwashes Sky with a love potion. She gets banished from Eraklyon for this. Come season 5 and she's back on Eraklyon working directly for King Erendor, Sky's father, with no mention of her previous banishment. It's implied that Erendor favors her, but the fact that not even Bloom mentions this at all raises a few eyebrows.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has something of a running gag with Patrick Star being this to Spongebob. Despite being supposedly best friends Patrick is easily one of the worst friends imaginable with a list of offenses including talking Spongebob into playing stupid to make himself look better and then mocking him for it, rubbing it in that Spongebob's pet snail loved him more (the snail was actually just interested in a cookie Patrick had), intentionally trying to destroy a trading card Spongebob wanted just to be a jerk... Despite all of this Spongebob always forgives him with nothing more than a lecture at the very most. It should be noted, however, that he generally is made to pay for things he does to other people besides Spongebob.
    • It's not just Patrick, either. Spongebob is simply a very forgiving person (or rather a very forgiving sponge.) He's always ready and willing to give anyone a second chance, including the series' Card-Carrying Villain, Plankton, and his own Bad Boss Mr. Krabs. Mr. Krabs is a particularly egregious example here. Forgiving him easily was justified early on in the show when his antics topped out at harmless money-grubbing shenanigans that he usually tried to make right by the end of the episode, but as the show went on and Mr. Krabs started his plunge into actual full on villainy, his Easily Forgiven status became a lot harder to swallow and has led to many fans viewing him as a Karma Houdini as well as the biggest Scrappy on the show.
    • Spongebob himself profits from this trope as well. He bothers, stalks and outright destroys Squidward's life on a frequent basis, but often just turning on the water works is enough to make Squidward feel bad for him. Patrick is also very easy going to Spongebob in "Porous Pockets" despite his snobbish and negligent attitude.
      • That cuts both ways though. Squidward constantly tells Spongebob how much he hates him, complains about everything he does and yells at him for every little mistake, yet Spongebob still reveres him like a king and acts like he can do no wrong.
  • In the Batman Beyond episode "Inqueling", the villain Inque is betrayed by her Spoiled Brat daughter Deanna; Batman lets her go despite her crimes. However, at the end of the episode, it is clear that Inque is very much alive, and the ending suggests that Deanna's punishment for what she did will not be pleasant. However, this issue is resolved in the comic book adaptation of the series. The first part of the story gives an backstory for Inque herself, showing that her powers were given to her when she was a starving, homeless young woman, pregnant with Deanna; she allowed a Mad Scientist to experiment on her in exchange for food and shelter, which resulted in her gaining her powers, but he went back on his word. Deanna was born before the mutation had its full effect, but when it did, the disease was cured and her life was saved. In the present day, Deanna is now in the hospital with the same disease that her mother once had. Despite her daughter's betrayal, Inque desires nothing more than Deanna's well-being, pausing only to feed a small droplet of her own substance into Deanna's IV cord before she vanishes.
  • Danger Mouse: In "Public Enemy No. 1," DM gets amnesia and is cajoled by Baron Greenback into going on a crime spree. When he gets his memory back he is obviously told what he had done and apologizes to Colonel K (who had initially told Penfold to arrest him). "Injured in the line of duty," Colonel K explains away.
  • Subverted viciously in The Powerpuff Girls episode "Mime For A Change." Rainbow the Clown had become the evil Mister Mime and drained all of Townsville of its color. When the girls sing color back into the landscape, Mister Mime turns back into cheerful Rainbow. Executive Meddling had the girls beating the living tar out of Rainbow and sending him to jail.
    • However, he appears at the Girls' birthday party in a later episode, and is back to his old, jovial self. Presumably, he won parole.
    • Likewise subverted in "Slave the Day" where the Girls viciously beat Big Billy up for helping the Gangreen Gang trap them even though he also remorsefully saved their lives since they had previously saved him at the beginning of the episode.
    • Played straight in the episode "Mojo Jonesin'" where four of the girls' classmates got addicted to Chemical X and beat them up.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Falcon helps Red Skull capture the Incredible Hulk. However, the fact he does so while Brainwashed and Crazy apparently still makes him eligible for helping The Avengers during "Code White" emergencies. To boot, the team doesn't forgive him onscreen. Consequently, the show makes no impication that they did so until he becomes one of many crimefighters to come Back for the Finale.
  • Family Guy: Cleveland is still friends with Quagmire even after sleeping with Loretta, ruining his marriage, and ultimately leading him to leave Quahog.
    • Peter also forgives Quagmire, despite numerous sexual schemes with Lois (also Meg once), and that time he nearly beat Brian to death.
    • How Meg always forgives her family for all the bullshit they dump on her.
  • American Dad! parodies and lampshades this trope plenty of times, mostly towards Stan and Roger. One particular example is the episode where Stan got addicted to crack and prevented Steve from getting sex from a hot girlfriend who's into nerds. While, by the end of the episode Steve was still bitter at him, Stan mentions he'll forgive him.
  • It seems that no matter what horrible thing Bender does on Futurama (put his friends lives at risk, work them as slaves, basically anything) they'll never hold a grudge for long. Flexo may be the biggest example; the second time he appeared, he very quickly accepts Benders apology for framing him (which led to him being sent to a Turkish prison.
  • God, the Devil and Bob: No matter how much destruction he causes and despite his main goal being the destruction of humanity, the Devil is always on friendly terms with God by the end of the episode. And most of the time it's God who ends up apologizing to him. Unusual example where the main villain is this.
  • Corey Riffin from Grojband is on friendly terms with Nick Mallory for influencing him to make Trina go into "Diary Mode".

    Real Life 
  • Reputedly, Alexander the Great's relentless pursuit of ex-emperor Darius III of Persia was not because he wanted to kill him, but because Alexander recognized Darius' genius and wanted to recruit Darius to govern Persia in Alexander's name.
    • This was pretty much Alexander's Modus Operandi, Curb stomp the enemy on the battlefield and then make him his vassal. It is one of the reasons as of why his empire disintegrated once he wasn't around to keep them in line.
  • Very shortly after Pope John Paul II survived an assassination attempt, he paid a friendly visit to his would-be killer in jail to let him know he wasn't mad at him for shooting him in the chest. (Despite the fact that the attempt on his life had led to a cardiac arrest, and later required a colostomy, which had to be undone later so he could still function.) In fact, it was the first thing he did after he got out of the hospital.
  • Julius Caesar made a point of forgiving pretty much everyone on the opposing side in the civil war between him and Pompey, whether they surrendered or had been taken captive. A rather smart strategy, as he came off in a much more positive light than Pompey in the eyes of the Roman people. Unfortunately for him, several of the people that he forgave conspired to assassinate him. His successor, Augustus, decided not to follow that same path and refused to grant clemency to Caesar's killers.
    • It was primarily his fellow Roman aristocrats who benefited from that mercy. Plutarch's Lives tells the story of Caesar's capture by pirates, early in his career. Although ransomed successfully, he promised the pirates that he would hunt them all down and kill them. Which he did. The only mercy granted to the pirates was that he had them executed and crucified... in that order.
  • As depicted in Invictus: After spending 28 years as a political prisoner on Robbins Island, Nelson Mandela is released and within a few years becomes President of South Africa. Incredibly, one of the first things he does is hire for his cabinet some of the same men who had worked for the previous government that had imprisoned him.
    • That was less Easily Forgiven and more him trying to prove a point. Those years on Robbins Island made him change and he came out wiser and older so his strategy became less "Black Power FTW!" and became "I'll show you that we can live in peace as equals.". He didn't forget but he didn't want blacks to become Not So Different when he changed the country. There's a reason he said this:
    "I have fought against white domination. And I have fought against black domination."
  • Richard I the Lionheart: was betrayed by his brother John Lackland countless times; forgave him again and again.
    • The whole family was like that; the two of them and their other brothers, as well as their mother, launched several civil wars against their father Henry II and each other only to forgive each other and do it all again.
  • Burt Pugagh hired thugs to throw lye in the face of his ex-girlfriend after she got engaged to another man. After he got out of prison she married him.
  • Being rich and white. Affluenza anyone?
    • Just rich will do it - e.g. O.J. Simpson.
      • O.J. might have been found innocent, but he hasn't been treated like one. Being rich just isn't good enough in some cases.
  • At the end of World War II, general Charles de Gaulle made a point of arranging reconciliation between France and Germany as fast as possible, and not blame Germany for the atrocities committed by the Nazi in France. This was actually a Genre Savvy decision from his part: Hitler had been able to seize power partially thanks to Germany's hatred of France after the humiliation from World War I, and he wanted to break the cycle of hatred between the two countries. Thanks to him, the two now get along pretty well.
    • He also granted an amnesty to Marechal Petain, leader of the French Government of Vichy (who had collaborated with Nazi), arguing Petain's actions could be explained by his old age.

Distress BallImprobable Behavior TropesGoing for the Big Scoop
Cuteness Equals ForgivenessA Forgiving IndexFlippant Forgiveness
Draco in Leather PantsHeel Face IndexEven Mooks Have Loved Ones
Earth-Shattering KaboomNarrative DevicesEat the Dog
Easily CondemnedFame and Reputation TropesExpecting Someone Taller

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