->''"Oh look grandpa, it's that guy who kidnapped your soul and then tried to kill me. But now he's our friend."''
-->-- '''Yugi''' (referring to [[ArcVillain Pegasus]]), ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''

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They {{betray|alTropes}}ed you, they tried to kill you, [[DeathIsCheap really did kill you]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking even]] [[KickTheDog kicked your dog]]. Despite all this, you find it in your heart to {{forgive|ness}} them. After all, [[AsTheGoodBookSays "To err is human, to forgive is divine."]]

This trope describes a situation where forgiveness comes quickly after a character has committed some foul act. Within a season or maybe even an episode, foes become friends and whatever evil the forgiven character did is swept under the rug and forgotten. Whether or not this appears ''too'' easy from the perspective of the audience is not the point. [[TropesAreTools Like all tropes]] it can be used well or poorly and played with in a number of ways. The character who committed the deed/s may be sufficiently apologetic to warrant forgiveness, or the latter character learning AnAesop may be considered punishment enough, or maybe ThePunishmentIsTheCrime. 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 TheAtoner so that they can earn forgiveness. Conversely, forgiving too easily can be a character flaw that bites them in the ass.
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 WelcomeBackTraitor. If some sort of HandWave is given for this, then it's a case of GetOutOfJailFreeCard. Such easy forgiveness may be given after an insincere TheGrovel. The kinds of people most likely to easily forgive are the AllLovingHero, the FriendToAllLivingThings, and those who prefer to TurnTheOtherCheek, although more cynical characters may take a RestrainedRevenge. Compare PlugNPlayFriends.

KarmaHoudini occurs when the offending character is forgiven without as much as "a sorry" or any sort of punishment. See ForgivenButNotForgotten, where the hero is willing to forgive, but ''not'' if it happens a second time. For when granting forgiveness ''is'' the punishment (with the assumption that the offender will make amends), see GoAndSinNoMore. Contrast ReformedButRejected, where a villain ''does'' want to be forgiven and works for it, but doesn't get accepted. EasilyCondemned and MinorFlawMajorBreakup are the opposite tropes, and InsaneForgiveness is the {{exaggerated|Trope}} version of the trope.



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* In the last episodes of ''Manga/BlackCat'', 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 together in the final battle.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** The second princess of England is easily forgiven despite committing [[spoiler:treason in an attempted ''coup de tat'', because her actions were those of a WellIntentionedExtremist 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 HiveMind). 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.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** 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!
* This is the ultimate fate of ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'''s TerribleTrio, the Conquest Club. Though their victims uniformly end up better off thanks to the MacGuffin, they've spent the series ''at best'' bullying the rest of the school, and at worst beating the crap out of them. Their leader, Kinshiro, is either a total KarmaHoudini or gets a well-deserved HumiliationConga, depending on who you ask.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[spoiler:L]] arranges things so that [[spoiler:Light and Misa]] are put through a mock execution, making [[spoiler:Light]] believe his own father is going to shoot him in the head. [[spoiler:''Light'']] forgives them on the very same page!
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** This defines Goku's relationship with almost all of his friends (including Bulma to some extent, considering she shot him with her pistol on their first meeting). Most of them started as TheRival. Piccolo was an outright villain who tries to kill him and take over the world and Vegeta tried to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the Earth]] and oversaw the murder of his friends, but once they stop actively fighting people he's perfectly fine with them hanging around. He's even somewhat forgiving towards Kid Buu, the pure, unrepentant {{omnicidal|Maniac}} EldritchAbomination who destroyed his planet, wishing that he will be reborn as a good person so they can fight again before killing him. The only villains he isn't forgiving towards are King Piccolo, Cell, and Super Buu. Frieza is a mix bag since he doesn't forgive Frieza at all, [[CruelMercy but tries to let him live as a punishment]].
** This is true of most of the characters. Despite Vegeta being a murderous space pirate, only Tien holds a grudge, which he eventually gets over. Fat Buu killed millions if not billions of people, but he's welcomed into the core group fairly easily, although most of that is because this version of Buu isn't really evil, [[ObliviouslyEvil just misguided.]]
* Played with in both Manga and Anime of ''Manga/ElfenLied''. [[spoiler: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; in the manga, while he is much more bitter and hateful, he offers her a LastSecondChance 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.]]
* Any protagonist in ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' who meets AntiVillain Dominic quickly sees him as [[FriendlyEnemy 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 [[BigBad a common enemy]], but decide to trust him implicitly when he states his reasons for doing so are [[LoveMartyr to protect the girl he loves]], which immediately makes him openly comparable to main protagonist Renton.
* Most of the villains in ''Manga/FairyTail''. 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! [[LampshadeHanging One of them asks]] why they have been forgiven so easily. They answer that ''[[SubvertedTrope they haven't]]'', but not giving aid and acceptance to someone in need of it is something they can't forgive ''themselves'' about.
* Kenshiro from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is infamous for taking it easy on some real scumbags as long as they show the slightest shred of decency. Of course, taking it easy in [[PayEvilUntoEvil his]] case means treating them to a death that isn't as horrible as those of the gleefully dickish {{Mooks}} he usually deals with.
* [[spoiler:Akito]] from ''Manga/FruitsBasket.'' [[spoiler: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, [[MindRape psychologically damaging anyone that pisses her off]], and [[spoiler:attempting to murder Kyo and Tohru]]. There's only so much a FreudianExcuse can justify. Though it is worth noting that the only explicit forgiveness comes from Tohru and ostensibly Shigure. Rin refuses to forgive [[spoiler:Akito]] and everyone else just seem to want to go on with their lives.
* One strong theme in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is how to deal with sins, forgiveness, and cycle of hatred.
** 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 [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 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 WhatTheHellHero speech after hearing that she steals to repay the man who made her legs, telling her that he wouldn't want it.
* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno Gasai]] of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' [[spoiler: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.
* One of the central themes in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' 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. Still, it's difficult to believe that Albert would be so okay with the Count for [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Fernand and is trying to kill off his human feelings]], but it goes overboard when he decides to [[spoiler:save Dantes from himself]].
* Andrei Smirnov in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' committed [[spoiler:patricide on his own father, and his adopted daughter Soma Peiries hunts him down with extreme vengeance]]. But thanks to a certain DeusExMachina device... he is forgiven. Thankfully, said DeusExMachina comes with him ''finally'' [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realising how much]] [[HeelRealization of an ass he was]] [[CharacterDevelopment and getting rid of what makes him annoying]]. In TheMovie, [[spoiler:Andrei willingly takes what's left of karma on himself, performing a HeroicSacrifice]].
* Of all people, Goldie Musou, the main antagonist of ''Manga/GunsmithCats'', gets Easily Forgiven by the protagonists after temporarily [[LaserGuidedAmnesia losing her memory]], and [[spoiler:entering to a relationship with Misty Brown. The same Misty Brown she once kidnapped and was implied to have raped]].
* The finale of ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'' 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 [[spoiler:the evil conspiracy that purposely caused the whole incident, hounded them nearly to death, and BLEW UP AN INHABITED WORLD]].
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Kouga started out by slaughtering multiple villages, including Rin's (even including [[DeathIsCheap 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 TheRival 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 noticeable 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).
* In ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'', Liliruca steals Bell's weapons, cheats him out of a fair share of their dungeon loot, and eventually leaves him for dead amid a hoard of monsters, but Bell comes to her rescue and forgives her for everything, because apparently he is incapable of having any negative emotions or thoughts about women no matter what they do to him.
* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. 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 [[GrandTheftMe possess Tsuna's body]] so he could destroy the Mafia and turn the world into a sea of blood, and [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty 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 [[spoiler: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 [[AloofAlly stubborn and shy]].
* Downplayed in ''Manga/KotouraSan''. Hiyori is forgiven by Kotoura, despite [[spoiler:bullying]] her, and nearly getting Manabe [[spoiler: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 ''LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou'', has a policy of unconditional forgiveness, much to the consternation of his fiancé and advisers. To the point that [[spoiler:Saralegui]] only has to apologise to be forgiven for manipulating Yuuri into become a weapon of mass destruction and killing hundreds of people.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'''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 ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', when Ascot [[HeelFaceTurn turns to the good side]] he is instantly forgiven for earlier [[spoiler:having killed Presea in the anime]] and in turn instantly forgives the Magic Knights for [[spoiler:killing his summons, whom he thought of as friends]]. The girls treat him as a victim of ManipulativeBastard Zagato after Umi delivers an ArmorPiercingSlap.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'':
** Shizuru is Easily Forgiven by by Natsuki ([[DracoInLeatherPants a good number of the series' fans too]]) for the things she did as a PsychoLesbian. Haruka and Yukino weren't quite as easily convinced, though.
** Mikoto was directly responsible for killing two of Mai's Most Important People. Mai, however, realizes she was {{brainwashed}} the whole time ([[spoiler:and it was actually Shiho who was responsible for Takumi's death]]), and decides not to hold it against Mikoto[[spoiler:, even telling her up front that she loves her (though [[HideYourLesbians probably not]] in ''that'' way)]].
** Everyone forgives everyone at the end, whatever terrible things they'd done. Given how much of a [[DysfunctionJunction clusterfuck]] the Carnival was, though, it's fairly justified.
* ''Anime/MaiOtome'':
** Nina Wang. Sure, she was perfectly complacent with [[spoiler:committing ''mass murder'' in an effort to show her (adoptive) father that she *ahem* [[LoveMakesYouEvil 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 [[spoiler:(and because it was Nagi who forced her to do it)]]. Downplayed in that for the most part only [[AllLovingHero Arika]] and a few others who forgave her. [[ReformedButRejected For the rest of her victims, it wasn't so easy]], [[spoiler:which is why in ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'', she [[AchillesInHisTent 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 [[CallToAdventure 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 [[spoiler:killed her mother]].
* ''Manga/{{Mars}}'' has two JustForFun/{{egregious}} instances. In a CliffHanger, Harumi escalates her bullying of [[ShrinkingViolet 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 SoapOperaDisease, takes back the stepfather who [[spoiler:''raped her daughter'']]. Kira's mother may forgive, but Kira certainly ''[[ImprovisedWeapon doesn't]]''.
* In ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'', Jean constantly forgives Nadia for her (misdirected) outbursts of anger at him without hesitation. (She eventually changes her ways as a result.)
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The Sand Village ninjas (particularly Gaara and company) start off as murderers conspiring with the current BigBad 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. 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 is willing to forgive the village at large for treating him as an outcast, largely because of a few people (namely, [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], Shikamaru, Chouji, and Kiba) 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 worshiping him, but as a flashback montage in the Pain invasion shows, the process was more gradual than he thought.
** Despite the fact that Kurama wanted to kill him most of his life, killed a lot of people being on the loose and bearing directly responsible for the death of his parents, Naruto forgives him. Of course during the attack on Konoha he was under Tobi's control for a while,but even after it wore off he still continued to attack Konoha. Naruto doesn't seem to care and tells the Kurama his friend.
** In the Shippuden movie ''Blood Prison'', Naruto is seemingly abandoned by the village and thrown into a Kusa prison where he is beaten and tortured. [[spoiler:And it turns out that it was a plan by the village to get a MacGuffin 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 WhatTheHellHero.]]
** Despite the fact that he's committed countless atrocities in his pursuit of immortality, due to his role in siding with the heroes in the Great War, the worst that Orochimaru ends up with is that he's not allowed to leave his laboratory, meaning that he's free to do more horrible experiments.
** Despite all the atrocities that the Uchihas have committed, the good guys immediately forgave them all because of their sad story [[spoiler: and because they are "manipulated" by Black Zetsu and Kaguya]]. All of the four major Uchihas completely qualify for this:
*** Naruto's willing to forgive [[{{Deuteragonist}} Sasuke]] for all the chaos he's caused since he joined Akatsuki. Although, after being introduced to CycleOfRevenge and NotSoDifferent in an earlier arc, he's realized that they easily could've been on opposite sides of the same conflict. At the end of the series [[spoiler:Sasuke is forgiven for literally everything, Kakashi (Hokage at the time) gives him an official pardon, and he even marries Sakura and has a daughter with her]].
*** [[CreatorsPet Itachi]] {{mind rape}}s Sasuke, Kakashi and Naruto. Orders Kisame to kill Kakashi because HeKnowsTooMuch. He also tries to kill Kurenai and does nothing when Kisame decides to cut Naruto's legs off. He later beats Sasuke into a bloody pulp before {{mind rap|e}}ing him again. Despite all this, he not only forgiven but he is treated as if he was [[CharacterShilling the greatest shinobi ever]].
*** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Obito Uchiha]]]]. Despite causing the ''most destructive War in ninja history'', indirectly killing Minato and Kushina, killing the seven Jinchuuriki around the world, making the Bloody Mist worst... Naruto forgives him. Of course this was only ''after'' [[spoiler:he became TheAtoner, saved Naruto's life and set up the events to give him a ShounenUpgrade, and then [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] to save Naruto and Kakashi from being killed. Also Naruto himself said that Obito will have to take punishment for his actions after the war, but Naruto calling him 'The Greatest' after his death was probably [[CharacterShilling stretching it a little]]]].
*** While Madara isn't forgiven by Team 7, he is by Hashirama as he lays dying, he and Hashirama have a talk like they are old friends in spite of the fact that he did nothing to deserve such treatment and previously he not only did attack the first Hokage but also attempted to destroy Konoha all because [[EvilIsPetty he isn't declared a Hokage]] [[ItsAllAboutMe by the village]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** 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.
** Double Subverted 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. [[spoiler: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 straight 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 HeroicSacrifice to distract the Marines away from the escaping Straw Hats, he's 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 how 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 victims[[note]](but not before trying to force Luffy to make a SadisticChoice)[[/note]] Luffy seems to forgive her within seconds.
** 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.
** {{Deconstructed|Trope}} through Big Mom. As a child, her caretaker Mother Caramel would constantly forgive Big Mom every time she accidentally caused trouble with her monstrous strength or with her eating habits instead of properly disciplining her. This would eventually give Big Mom a warped sense of right and wrong.
* Franchise/{{Pokemon}}:
** Red easily forgives his former enemies in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', though admittedly, most situations fall into the EnemyMine 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!
** In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, the most egregious example would have to come from ''Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened'': [[spoiler:the Genesect Army 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]].
** Rampaging legendary Pokémon in general tend to be forgiven and befriended by the end of their respective movies or anime arcs, despite causing widespread destruction. Usually, it's waved away as them being territorial, acting according to their nature or reacting to mistreatment, despite the fact that most of them are literal living gods and shown to be smart enough to understand what they're doing. The legendary birds in ''Anime/Pokemon2000'', for instance, are among the most feral legendaries shown thus far, attacking everything on sight after being roused. Even so, Zapdos has enough intelligence to communicate with Ash's Pikachu, stopping mid-rampage to explain what he's doing and why.
* Done in ''Manga/ProjectARMS'' 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.
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' Utena has no hard feelings about [[spoiler:being stabbed in the back (literally)]].
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': In their respective first appearances, Kurumu, Mizore, Ruby, and Yukari all caused all manner of trouble for Tsukune and Moka, with the latter three actually trying to kill them outright. By the end of all of their introductions, Tsukune has not only forgiven them for everything, but become close friends with them.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': The Juppongatana are a band of deadly killers who followed Shishio in his attempt to overthrow the government and rule in a very SocialDarwinist manner. And then, after they are defeated, they all get very generous deals from the government with the [[HandWave 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. It is averted with Anji, who despite being probably the most sympathetic of the lot got sentenced to life imprisonment. 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.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** In [[Anime/SailorMoon the anime]] Sailor Moon forgives Ail and En, the Akayashi Sisters, the Black Moon brothers, Professor Tomoe, the Amazon Trio, the Amazoness 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 villain, literally fighting for their own survival the only way they knew (Ail and An) 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.''
** In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] it's only the Four Kings of Heaven, the Quartet, and Galaxia. The Four Kings 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 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 though. Several of the characters that were forgiven in the anime were also ''significantly'' less sympathetic in the manga, where they were murderers and were killed off by the Sailor Senshi.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Kaneki is surprisingly prone to forgiving people over serious offenses. Nishiki tries to kill him twice, and brutally beats his best friend to taunt him. The next time they meet, Kaneki fights off a gang to save Nishiki's life. After Kaneki helps save Nishiki's [[MoralityPet girlfriend]], the two end up becoming good friends. Tsukiyama repeatedly tries to eat Kaneki and stalks him obsessively? Kaneki, though less willing to trust than he used to be, still allows Tsukiyama to join his group. He treats him with mild annoyance at worst, and often is quite kind to him in spite of realizing Tsukiyama's [[MonstrousCannibalism true intentions]]. As with Nishiki, this kindness pays off and leads to Tsukiyama BecomingTheMask. And even though she tried to torture and eat him, Kaneki states that he holds no ill will towards [[FemmeFatale Rize]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Ryuji Otogi / Duke Devlin has most of his actions swept aside by Yugi and the others despite humiliating Jonouchi / Joey by turning him into a dog and also threatens to expose Yugi as a cheater. [[Manga/YuGiOh The manga]] however gave him a FreudianExcuse and also began viewing Yugi as WorthyOpponent and perform a HeelFaceTurn when he realised he doesn't hate the Mutou family as much as his father, even trying to lend a helping hand to Yugi and his other friends.
** To a lesser extent, Jonouchi and Honda. It's implied they bullied Yugi for years and Jonouchi goes as far as to steal part of Yugi's Puzzle in the first chapter. They become friends by the end of the chapter and Yugi forgives them, as does Anzu, despite her being the one to protect Yugi from their bullying. Often overlooked by the viewers too, due to most of it occurring offscreen.
** Seto Kaiba repeatedly tried to kill the protagonists in the early manga, including Honda / 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 MoralityPet.
*** 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 and Yami take pity on them both for their evil adoptive father and screwed-up relationship that ''used'' to be all BigBrotherInstinct, and fix Seto. Violently. From then on, Yami is focused on continuing to fix Seto during most of their interactions.
** Pegasus and Marik, in a case of DefeatMeansFriendship. Marik at least had the excuse that he believed the Pharaoh was responsible for [[YouKilledMyFather killing his father]] and enslaving his family, and once he realizes his error (and sees his SuperPoweredEvilSide) he helps Yugi win his duel against said Evil Side and resolves to atone for his actions.
** Dartz, a FillerVillain, [[spoiler:a 10,000 year old king of Atlantis]], a CorruptCorporateExecutive and leader of his [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters destroy-the-world-because-humanity-ruined-it]] cult. His goal involves taking 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 DarkAndTroubledPast. He later reveals [[spoiler: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. Although it is pretty heavily implied he was being possessed by the Eldritch Abomination he was trying to release.
** From ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', 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 [[TimeSkip 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.
** From ''Anime/YuGiOhARCV'', we have [[RegretfulTraitor Dennis]]. He was TheMole who betrayed the Lancers, but Yusho offered him a chance to abandon the side of evil and join his friends. Dennis fully acknowledges that [[AllLovingHero Yuya]] and the others would forgive him, but he doesn't see himself worthy of their forgiveness. Not wanting to be evil, but believing himself unworthy to be a hero, he instead chooses to [[DrivenToSuicide card himself.]]
* Weed from ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' had been criticized by several dogs and even some of his packmates for showing mercy and forgiveness on an enemy. Subverted harshly when Jerome [[spoiler:kills Thunder and Lector]], making Weed banish him from the pack.
* ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi's'' main character Ishida Shouya has been DrivenToSuicide 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.
* Played for comedy in ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer''. Sado/Satan and his underlings are responsible for mass murder on an extraordinary scale, waging a campaign of genocide that nearly wiped out all human life on Ente Isla. During the series itself many of the heroes of Ente Isla who come to Japan eventually accept that Sadou/Satan has changed an is a genuine NiceGuy. Even Urushihara/Lucifer gets to live with them after hi HeelFaceTurn despite the fact that he tried to Sadao/Satan and actually did kill Emi's entire village.
* A large chunk of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' cast started off as enemies who violently attacked people for their own gains, but once they get [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriended]] ''at most'' they're put under a probationary period and then hired by [[HeroesRUs the TSAB]]. This is mostly a good thing, with Fate and the Wolkenritter being the most valuable allies Nanoha has, but it ends up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero horribly backfiring]] for the TSAB in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'', as their willingness to hire dangerous criminals leads them to [[spoiler:support BigBad Jail Scaglietti]], who has no qualms about exploiting their good will and then turning on them when convenient.
** Subverted in ''Anime/VividStrike''. [[spoiler: Rinne was so horrified by [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown what she had done]] to the girls who had bullied her and [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye kept her from being with her dying grandfather]] that she would have been willing to forgive then and let them give her every injury she gave them if they apologized. Not only did they not apologize, they lied to their families and claimed she had attacked them unprovoked.]]
* Played with in ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan''. Arslan forgives Jaswant and Rajendra after they both betray him several times and spare their lives. However Arslan makes sure to consult Narsus and the others for contingency plans should there be another betrayal. Arslan's mercy towards Jaswant softens the latter towards Arslan, leading him to help out Arslan's group and eventually [[spoiler: join Arslan's group]]. For Rajendra, his latest betrayal caused a non-aggression treaty to be signed.
* Addressed and justified in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD''. Raynare killed Issei, nearly killed Issei a second time, colluded with rogue exorcists, stole a Sacred Gear and killed its rightful owner in the process, and generally made life hell for the protagonists early on. She's not forgiven for these actions and ends up very dead for her troubles. However, it's later brought up that while she had gone rogue, she was still Azazel's subordinate and he's responsible for her actions, which he doesn't attempt to deny. However, this objection is overruled by the big shots in the room - Azazel and his Fallen Angels would bring so much to the alliance they're discussing that letting him off the hook is [[{{Realpolitik}} considered prudent]].
* The girls in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' remain on remarkably good terms with the aliens throughout the entire duration of the series, despite the aliens' repeated attempts to kill them all and purge the planet of humanity. This is especially the case for Pudding, who constantly seeks to befriend Tart despite all the prior murder attempts.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* While the Earth heroes more or less forgave Hal Jordan (even Batman) after he came back from the dead, the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps which Hal decimated were far less forgiving, especially when a sizable group of them were left for dead in space by Hal and were captured by Manhunters for years. Even though he was possessed by a cosmic being that they all know is completely real. It's more of a "Why didn't you do better trying to stop that cosmic being, Mr. Willpower?" than anything.
* After ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' 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 for Extant killing his godfather.
* A common problem in [[ComicBook/ChickTracts 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.
** 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 [[ReformedButRejected 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 ([[DoubleSubversion 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 [[DisproportionateRetribution simply not accepting]] [[AllCrimesAreEqual Jesus as their savior.]]
* Played with regarding ComicBook/{{Loki}} and the Asgardians' forgiveness. A lot of the time they don't ''actually'' trust him, he's just a ManipulativeBastard who really is ''that good'' at what he does. Thanks to causing the destruction of Asgard (not what he was going for, either: he wanted them to ''win'' but underestimated The Void), only Thor forgives Loki and most find his HeroicSacrifice in trying to save Asgard to be worthless.
* A weird example - where an unrepentant villain forgives one of the good guys - was how Franchise/SpiderMan villain Tombstone's feud with ''Daily Bugle'' editor Joe Robinson ended. After a storyline that spanned years, where it had been revealed the two had been VitriolicBestBuds (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 BadassNormal to an EmpoweredBadassNormal. 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.)
* Another odd example with bad guys is the Night Shift, a gang of criminals led by the Shroud (a hero who pretends to be a villain) in Los Angeles, most of them former enemies of ComicBook/SpiderWoman. There are no less than ''two'' reasons for several of them to hate each other: Dansen Macabre once tried to murder the Shroud, while Tik-Tok worked for the vigilante Locksmith, who had once held Macabre and Gypsy Moth prisoner. Oddly enough all this ''never'' comes up in stories featuring the Night Shift, and Macabre is even Shroud's NumberOne.
* ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'':
** Bombshell is allowed membership on the team, even 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 BrainwashedAndCrazy when she was their enemy... Bombshell has no such excuse.
** ComicBook/{{Raven}} ''destroyed ComicBook/{{Starfire}}'s entire home planet''. Starfire's forgiveness of her for this came jarringly quickly. When Tim Drake, Kon-El, Cassie Sandmark, and Bart Allen all join the group, they actually lampshade this, pointing out how bizarre it is that the older Titans members continuously accept Raven back even though she seems to turn evil and betray them with frightening regularity.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In ''Comicbook/ActionComics'' #317, Linda Danvers -alias Supergirl- believes her friend Lena is dating a spy and makes them break up, thinking she is protecting Lena. Shortly after she finds out that Lena's boyfriend isn't a spy and Lena wants to leave the country because she feels betrayed by her only friend. Supergirl explains her actions to both and apologizes. Lena's reaction? "Well, it was an honest mistake".
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman has gotten shafted plenty of times by his tendency to extend this too freely. In fact, in a 1960s alternate universe story (''Superman vol 1 #149: The Death of Superman!''), Luthor dupes Supes into becoming his best friend after publicly renouncing evil, then promptly slaughters him with Kryptonite [[MoralEventHorizon while laughing derisively at Superman's dying expressions of heartbreak and betrayal.]]
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and [[spoiler:the people of Kandor think that the best way to help him is convince him that he is human (long story); so they persuade Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} to trick him into believing Krypton never was real]]. At the beginning she succeeds, but Superman eventually discovers the truth and he is furious. However, when his cousin apologizes and asks whether he'll ever forgive her, he says he'll get over it in a few days.
* Surprisingly, a lot of the ''Franchise/XMen'' who fought the team during ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' are forgiven, even [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], who flooded ComicBook/BlackPanther's home country during the crisis. While the continued animosity between the two is a major subplot in volume 3 of ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', Panther is really the only one who takes ''any'' issue with what Namor did.
* Played with in regards to Sunstreaker in the ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW 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 HeroicSacrifice, most of the characters either shun him or are quick to remind him of his crimes.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'' 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 ''ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron'', Megatron goes on trial for his war crimes and [[spoiler: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.
** Subverted with Megatron in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', after a few false starts. Most of the inner circle do seem to be willing to be civil with him, especially since he's a more responsible co-captain than Rodimus is, but he isn't really willing to forgive ''himself'', and [[spoiler:Getaway's mutiny succeeds because virtually every minor and unnamed character on the ship is furious about him being in a position of authority rather than a cell or a grave]].
* During ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', Maria Hill personally authorized the kidnapping and torture of ComicBook/{{Runaways}} Karolina Dean and Xavin and ComicBook/YoungAvengers Teddy Altman and Billy Kaplan, and was complicit in the imprisonment and torture of Noh-Varr. To date, this has never had any effect on her continued career at ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}, even though she explicitly violated Dean and Altman's rights as US citizens. Speaking of Karolina and Xavin, Xavin once attempted a BedTrick on Karolina, posing as her longtime crush Nico in hopes of getting into her bed more easily. Despite this being, at the very least, a huge violation of Karolina's trust and possibly even attempted rape by deception, Karolina forgives Xavin after the latter gives a speech about not knowing who they really are.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways 2015}}'', where ComicBook/{{Jubilee}} totally forgives Sanna for everything she did as one of the Institute's enforcers after the latter suddenly becomes her girlfriend. Her other teammates all call Jubilee out for being shallow.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/SweetTooth.'' Jepperd DOES come back to rescue Gus after he'd abandoned him to Abbot, but Gus is understandably upset and refuses to forgive him until Jepperd risks his life to save Gus from a bear.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Subverted 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 [[TheGrovel see you grovel]] a little!"
** 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).
** In one story arc 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 ''ComicStrip/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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Pick any fanfic where [[AngelDevilShipping a hero and a villain]] [[DatingCatwoman hook up]]. Most likely, either the villain is going to [[HeelFaceTurn suddenly turn to the side of good]] and be immediately forgiven for all their past crimes, or the hero is going to [[FaceHeelTurn suddenly join up with the villain]] and immediately forgive them for all their past crimes.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Gendo has been placed under permanent house arrest in punishment for collaborating with SEELE’s attempted global genocide. If he has faced worse punishments, the story does not tell. Likewise, Shinji and Asuka have forgiven him for everything he did to them, directly or indirectly. Gendo is pretty aware of how lucky he is.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' fics:
** In ''FanFic/ConstantTemptation'' L forgives Light a.k.a. [[SerialKiller Kira]], the guy who's killed hundreds of people (''by the first episode''). And Kira is not just forgiven by L but also the very Police Taskforce assigned to catching him (because he is now [[SlashFic dating L]] and has [[WellDoneSonGuy Daddy Issues]]. [[MakeRoomForTheNewPlot There's also an]] EnemyMine excuse).
** In ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' even after everything Light has done L is still in love with him and fights to save him.
** In ''FanFic/{{Depravare}}'' when Kira and Righteous ([[spoiler:Light and L]]) learn about their past lives it doesn't put a strain on their friendship at all and they even joke about [[spoiler:having caused each other's deaths]].
** In ''FanFic/AGunToLovesHead'' [[ArchEnemy L and Light]] forgive each other because they didn't want to have to kill [[FriendlyEnemy their friend.]] Also [[spoiler:after Mello's stunt of pulling a gun on and [[ScarpiaUltimatum sexually harrassing L and Light]] (to which Matt and Near were accessories)--[[YouAreGrounded Mello is grounded]] [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment and forced to go a week without chocolate, Near is forced to socialize,]] and Matt gets away with it as usual]].
** In ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami''- Dark's punishment for trying to ''destroy the world?'' [[YouAreGrounded He gets grounded.]]
* The ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fic ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheHokagesHat'' zigzags with this trope.
** '''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.
* In ''[[http://tgs.gargoyles-fans.org 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.
* In the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5769377/1/bbleeding_b_at_the_bsped_b_of_bSound_b bleeding at the sped of sound]]'', the main character, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fics:
** ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'': 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; she ''is'' [[TheHeart Fluttershy]], after all.
*** By the end of the story, Rainbow Dash has no problem in forgiving [[spoiler:Gilda]] for laying a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on her and breaking Medley's wings in chapter 11, stating that:
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' There is another face of pride; it's called forgiving.
** ''Fanfic/EquestriasFirstHuman'': Subverted. While Connor does [[spoiler: save Ponyville from Dragonfire]], he does it to prove something to himself and help the few friends he's made. He doesn't forget that the town treated him like the plague and plans to skip town. [[spoiler: Only when all of Ponyville decides to apologize and show their appreciation does he forgive them]].
** ''Fanfic/PrincessCelestiaHatesTea'': 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. [[spoiler:And then Twilight {{Mind Rape}}s her in an [[ItMakesSenseInContext attempt to make her]] [[SeriousBusiness like tea.]]]]
** ''[[Fanfic/TheNuptialverse Post Nuptials]]'': {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. Twilight's friends are [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone wracked with guilt for]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 giving Twilight the cold shoulder when she accused Princess Cadance of being evil]] [[spoiler:[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 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. [[spoiler:Later {{subverted|Trope}} 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.]]
** ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'': 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.
** ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky'': At the end of the story, [[spoiler: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]].
** ''Fanfic/BeneathTheSunsSurface'': [[spoiler:Justified and deconstructed. After a horribly wounded Celestia is finally rescued and brought to a hospital, [[BigBad Star Yield]] and Cloud Drop are forgiven for capturing and torturing Celestia for a month before she was rescued, justified because they were being controlled by the Aura Spell. But still deconstructed as Luna really wished Star Yield was acting by his own accord, but since he wasn't no one is punished for the crimes committed against Celestia's life. Star Yield himself is worried that his reputation will be ruined due to nearly killing Celestia under the influence of the Aura]].
** ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'': Justified InUniverse and {{Deconstructed|Trope}}; Everybody forgives Sci-Twi for what she did as Midnight Sparkle, as they're aware of the fact that Cinch blackmailed and bullied her into unleashing magic, and because she was not as cruel as Sunset had been. However, Sci-Twi is still haunted by her actions and fears the chance she could give into her dark side again. She's also left wondering why Cinch doesn't deserve the same treatment until Sunset explains that, unlike Sci-Twi, [[NeverMyFault the principal refused to take responsibility for her actions]] and [[TheSociopath didn't care if people were almost hurt or killed in order to guarantee her legacy]].
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fics:
** In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8095859/10/Blood-Matters 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|Trope}} in ''FanFic/TheDarknessSeries''. When Ron and Hermione finally realize they were [[JerkAss 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. DoubleSubversion later on [[spoiler:as Harry comes to warm up to Hermione again and so begins trying to "save" her [[TheCorrupter by making her turn dark too]]]]. Also Harry easily forgives Voldemort after turning to TheDarkSide and seeing more of Voldemort's memories through their link he comes to see where he's coming from.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2205019/1/Harry-Potter-the-Azkaban-Parody 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 BlackComedy in the SlashFic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9890854/1/Yew-and-Holly 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 ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7162727/1/ Mein Schutzengel Il Mio Protettore]]'', [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder one week]] after Gilbert leaves for his job Elizaveta [[spoiler: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), [[KarmaHoudini and she never has to take any kind of responsibility for any of this]]]].
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Samantha Shepard receives near-instant forgiveness for her actions while undergoing a HeroicBSOD ([[AMillionIsAStatistic killing millions of civilians]]). {{Justified}} InUniverse due to the belief that she is one of the few that could lead the galaxy to victory, despite the fact that people notice this dissonance and [[LampshadeHanging comment on it]]. This even comes up in Jackie's subplots--Shepard's crimes are likely far worse but it's Jackie who everyone is suspicious of. The cast is also troubled by Sarah post-HeelFaceTurn because they wonder if they're engaging in this trope. Then somebody else points out [[GodzillaThreshold who they're fighting against]].
* Parodied in the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10604875/3/Table-Top-Adventures 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 [[HeterosexualLifePartners 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."''
* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fic ''FanFic/{{Reconnected}}'', Sora is willing to forgive Lightning and trust her to help defeat Hades, despite the fact that Lightning was just seconds away from murdering him, in part because Lightning had been tricked by Hades into doing so. Lightning even lampshades it:
-->'''Lightning''': [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Are you kidding me?!]] I tried to kill you not even five minutes ago and you already forgive me enough to go on this mission with you?! Are you ''always'' this trusting?
* A key point of ''FanFic/TouhouIbunshu'' is {{Forgiveness}} and ThePowerOfLove, with not forgiving people being treated as a terrible sin that corrupts the soul and loving the perpetrator treated as a better fix than any punishment. Actions that are Easily Forgiven range from assault to attempted murder to ''successful'' murder to schemes that would wipe out all life in Gensokyo, with no-one questioning the trend. Admittedly, the perpetrator has to show they're trying to make amends before they're forgiven (Mokou, who remains unrepentant, is never forgiven by anybody), with Yukari especially devoting huge amounts of time and effort to fixing the damage she caused.
* During ''Fanfic/CodeGeassCorneliaOfTheDefection'', Lelouch gets chewed out by both Euphie and Cornelia about him killing Clovis, but both wind up forgiving him for it afterwards.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fic ''Fanfic/RepairsRetrofitsAndUpgrades'', Kuvira is given a considerable amount of liberty considering her crimes, mainly so she can be used by Raiko to aid in the control of spirit energy weapons and [[spoiler: be used as bait for her loyalists]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fic ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'', Cloud doesn't hold a grudge against Angeal for kidnapping him and selling him out to be experimented on. At the same time, no one holds it against Cloud for attempting a MurderSuicide with Sephiroth. They all learned to forgive and forget so they can start over and move on for the horrible mess.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfic ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak'' justifies this trope, but also provides a much deeper meta-aversion of it to the readers themselves.
** Good PR has turned Sonic into a celebrity for robbing three banks, despite killing three cops. While going to trial he is greeted by a crowd of fans. This is a reference to the Great Train Robbery, where good PR turned the robbers into celebrities and even resulted in lighter sentences.
** On his way to trial, serial rapist and murderer VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog is jumped by his own fangirl and even he considers her stupid and insane. While it is a gag referencing how Shadow is often portrayed as a DracoInLeatherPants, WordOfGod is that there is a more serious message regarding how the writer feels rape is too easily forgiven in bad fanfiction.
** But the story itself is better known for its meta-aversion. The readers don't need to forgive the protagonists for any of their crimes to enjoy the story, and are encouraged to remember. At first glance that's just the writer being inoffensive to RealLife victims. It's odd though; you find yourself feeling sorry for them a lot. WordOfGod is that this is exactly how you're ''supposed'' to feel, because the conditions in the prison are so horrific, so corrupt, so inhumane, that even these murderers and rapists are getting DisproportionateRetribution. That clash of emotions you're getting? That's ''intentional.''
* In the [[ShrugOfGod ambiguously canon]] additional ending of ''FanFic/AngelOfTheBat'' [[spoiler: the both Catholic and bisexual Cassandra Cain asks her girlfriend Sadie to marry her. When Sadie asks if it means she's abandoning her religion, Cassie says even ostracization can't break her faith in God, and even if she faces religious exile, she will forgive her detractors in a heartbeat]].
* Played with in ''Fanfic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA''; Owen, Claire, and a few others are willing to forgive Elise, but those who were more directly affected by her rampage treat her like a monster. The most prominently showcased are Debra, the petting zoo director who raised the ''Apatosaurus'' herd that Elise butchered, and Commander Blake, who was best friends with many of the ACU troopers Elise killed. It takes dozens of chapters (and a few apologies from both sides) before bridges begin to mend [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceDoorslam and Blake doesn't live long enough to be truly forgiving]].]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheRacketRotterChronicles'', Shark states that he's already forgiven Sinbad [[spoiler:for biting him.]]
* ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesTeamDattebayo Death Note Abridged (Team Dattebayo)]]'':
-->'''Souichiro:''' Light! For being [[SerialKillerKiller Kira]], and squandering our family's reputation, [[YouAreGrounded you are GROUNDED,]] mister!
* An InvokedTrope in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'':
-->'''Alucard:''' Sorry about that whole shooting you thing. But, I know if you look deep into your heart... which is currently all over that tree...
* In ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', this is invoked in one of Varric's [[NoteFromEd editor's notes]] when he talks about the reunion between the quarreling [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Inquisitors]]. He observes that the reader may consider them to have forgiven each other too easily, but he points out that in their argument, they were both right ''and'' wrong, and they were willing to admit it.
* In ''Fanfic/HopToIt'', Marinette spends weeks treating Jack coldly out of misguided jealousy because of her friendship with Adrien, and when she's asked to help Jack with a new outfit, she goes so far as to set her up with a replica of Chloé's favourite outfit. When she and Alya find out in the nick of time that Jack already has a boyfriend back in the US, they both scramble to get her out of Chloé's sight, including spraying her with water to distract her, and once they're back at the bakery, Marinette comes clean about her actions.
-->'''Marinette''': Alya told me about Diego. If I had known… No, this serves me right. I should have never done what I did in the first place. There were times when I was thinking of scrapping the whole thing because you seemed so nice, but then you’d bring up Adrien and I’d get jealous all over again and…I’m sorry. Please, please, please let me make it up to you. Please give me a chance! I’ll design you a new outfit. I’ll take you shopping. Whatever you want! But if you hate me and never want to talk to me again, I totally understand.\\
Jack was speechless. This was the most Marinette had ever spoken to her, and it was all in English.\\
Marinette’s eyes fluttered up for a moment, probably wondering what was taking Jack so long to say something. There was a part of Jack that was furious, of course. She had half a mind to yell at Marinette for making assumptions, but there was a much larger part of her that was relieved. She hadn’t done anything wrong — Marinette and Alya’s hatred of her had all just been a big misunderstanding. A bit of her bad luck, as it were. Nothing more.\\
'''Jack''': (''reaches out and puts a hand on Marinette’s shoulder'') No hard feelings.\\
'''Marinette''': Really? After everything?\\
'''Jack''': Chloé is going to come after you hard after what you just did. I think that’s punishment enough.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', [[spoiler:Xibalba caused the whole mess, but La Muerte easily forgave him. Justified that he honored his deal this time]].
* Every "villain" in ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'' The directors bring this up a couple times on the [=DVD=] commentary, justifying it by saying it stays true to the spirit of Creator/DrSeuss' 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'', Hiccup's mother Valka was absent for 20 years, living in the dragon sanctuary. When Hiccup, and later Stoick, meet with her, their joy at being reunited with her overrides any resentment they may have felt over her disappearance.
** Mind you, Hiccup forgave practically all of his tribe in the [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon first movie]] rather easily, considering all the crap they've given to him for years.
*** The first two times Hiccup encounters Eret, the dragon hunter is working for Draco. Later they meet again after Eret's HeelFaceTurn, and Hiccup cheerily greets him with "Welcome aboard, dragon-rider!" Justified in that Hiccup prefers a peaceful solution to one of violence and is glad to have won Eret over to his way of thinking. Also Eret was riding with Astrid on the back of her dragon Stormfly, so Hiccup presumably trusted his girlfriend's judgement in this matter.
* [[spoiler:Lord Business, the BigBad,]] was forgiven with open arms in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' despite nearly causing the end of the world. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* A rather [[TropesAreNotGood idiotic]] example occurs in the Creator/VideoBrinquedo film ''Little & Big Monsters''. Near the climax of the film, the protagonist Dr. Crumb confesses to his niece Amanda that all the stories he told about her involving his many adventures fighting alien invasions were not true. Despite being lied to for pretty much all of her life, she still forgives him without being mad in the slightest.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', the Incredible family easily befriend Mirage after she betrays Syndrome and helps them escape the island...despite the fact that she took part in the murders of all the other supers and was the one who got Mr. Incredible kidnapped in the first place. Granted, they were [[RaceAgainstTheClock running on a clock to stop Syndrome and the Omnidroid]] and the government agent Bob is friends with later states that Syndrome's assets were frozen and his henchmen arrested, so Mirage most likely would still face jail time assuming she didn't cut a deal with authorities or ran off herself after helping.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', Melody easily forgives the children who laughed at her at her birthday party.
* Fungus in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' 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.
* Penny from Dreamworks' ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' was forgiven with open arms by the two despite causing the whole mess and being cruel towards Sherman. It really helped that Sherman had taken a liking to her. It would take some time, however, before Mr. Peabody accepted her, since he thought [[UptightLovesWild such an]] [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl fun-loving]] [[GenkiGirl girl]] could put Sherman into more trouble.
* In ''Disney/PeterPan'', Wendy holds no grudge against Tinker Bell despite the fact that she just tried to ''get her killed''. In fact, right after Peter says that he is banishing Tink ''forever'', Wendy gets him to reconsider.
* [[KnightTemplarParent Sheila]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist Brokflovski]] from ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' caused World War 3 over a movie, caused Canadian genocide, and gunning down Terrence and Phillip even after Kyle tried to reason with her. All her trouble for her crimes of humanity? She was instantaneously forgiven by everyone after apologizing to her son. Although she did shown remorse after nearly causing the end of the world.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', [=SpongeBob=] seems to take the whole town turning against him, [[WithFriendsLikeThese his best friend ratting him out]], and everybody trying to sacrifice him pretty well by the end of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': Even though the Imp steals the LovePotion and ends up love potioning half the forest, he's forgiven the moment after the elves manage to steal back the potion from him.
* Twitch and the rest of Lotso's minions in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' were pretty much friends again despite what they did to the rest of the toys.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** Inverted at the end when Vanellope Von Schweetz takes her rightful place as [[spoiler:princess of ''Sugar Rush'']], and all the other racers who teased, taunted and made fun of her grovel for forgiveness. [[spoiler:Vanellope, in a voice that's equal parts sweetness and cynicism, has them ordered to be executed. She's just kidding though -- she just wants to see the others freak out in a panic.]]
** Played straight 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 [[spoiler:he destroys the car they built together in the first place]] is considered ''the'' biggest TearJerker in a movie with a decent list of 'em. She could have been angry for more than ''three seconds.'')
* Elsa from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' ended up getting forgiven rather easily by Anna and especially the townspeople as a whole. For the former, Anna has been straight-up abandoned by her older sister for 13 years without any explanation as to why, not even being comforted when their parents passed away. Even in the present time, when Anna tries to approach Elsa after accidentally freezing an entire kingdom, her response is to accidentally curse Anna's heart and summons Marshmallow to kick her and Kristoff out of her Ice Castle. And yet in spite of all this, Anna never hold anything against her, blaming herself more than anything and when she saw Elsa about to die, she doesn't hesitate to sacrifice her life to save Elsa. Indeed, the latter is actually surprised as to how her younger sister would sacrifice everything for her in spite of what she had done. To a greater extent this also applies to the populace in Arendelle as a whole where despite the fact that she abandoned her kingdom and plunge the world into an EndlessWinter for 3 days that could surely cause some casualties, none of townspeople showed some kind of grudge against her and actually welcome their queen with open arms.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', 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 [[ThickerThanWater Seth's blind love for his brother]], as well as the fact that Seth is likewise a psychopath, if not a rapist.
* In ''Film/BadLieutenant'', the [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape of a nun shocks even the hardened eponymous character]]. [[spoiler: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 ''Film/TheHangover'' 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 ''Film/TopGun'' while Iceman did apologize for what happened to Goose, Maverick seems awfully willing to forgive a guy whose {{Glory Hound}}ing result in an accident that killed his best friend. Lampshaded in the ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' spoof, where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2Nn4wAVNOg&t=1m45s Maverick punches out Iceman]] after the climatic battle because "My real best friend is dead because of you!"
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'': [[EmoTeen Sherry]] and [[DumbBlonde Nancy]] constantly screw each other other, yet never hold grudges.
* ''{{Film/Okja}}'': Jay forgives K when the latter rescues him and Mija from being beaten and arrested at the best superpig contest.
* ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians'': In the end, Allonzo wasn't imprisoned, there was no sign of him being on probation and the heroes were friendly to him.
* ''Film/TheArtOfWar 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 watching[[note]](who later turn out to South Korean special agents[[/note]] and helping lead the BigBad 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!
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': George hires Biff to polish his car outside the front door of the family home, despite Biff's AttemptedRape of Lorraine when they were at school.
* In the 1982 film of ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}'', why doesn't [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:her brother]] from (allegedly) killing Annie is enough to make her welcome at the Warbucks festivities, even while drunk.
* In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', Aurora quickly forgives Maleficent for having cursed her to die on her DangerousSixteenthBirthday when the latter has a HeelFaceTurn and undoes the curse.
* In ''Film/TexasChainsaw3D'' [[spoiler:Heather]] completely and instantly forgives Leatherface for killing all her friends and trying to murder her all because she finds out that [[spoiler:they are cousins]]. The film ends with [[spoiler:her performing a FaceHeelTurn 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]].
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[{{ComicBook/Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] steals [[Franchise/{{Batman}} 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 [[spoiler:fighting Bane, who breaks his back]]. Despite all this Bruce finds reason to trust her, even after Selina flat out [[LampshadeHanging tells him]] that he has no reason to whatsoever.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', [[UndyingLoyalty Sam]] forgives [[TheHero Frodo]] for first trying to stab him and then believing the treacherous Gollum over him. {{Justified|Trope}} somewhat in that Frodo is carrying [[TheCorruption The One]] [[ArtifactOfDoom Ring]] around his neck, but a lot of people still find it insufficient.
* In ''Film/{{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 ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', 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.
* At the end of ''Film/YouthInRevolt'' [[spoiler:Sheeni forgives Nick 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]].
* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', Stark and Banner leave the team in guilt, while Wanda[[spoiler:, an ex-Hydra agent who mind-raped Stark and Banner into building Ultron and Hulking out, isn't blamed by anyone, for anything, to any degree. Instead she]] gets enlisted in to the Avengers.
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Caine quickly forgives [[spoiler:Stinger]] for [[spoiler:handing him and Jupiter over to Titus. Justified, as Stinger also alerted the authorities about the situation and only did it to save his ailing daughter. Stinger is also one of the few people skilled enough to help Caine save Jupiter, and he also makes clear there are no other potential reasons he might turn on Caine a second time]].
* ''Film/{{Descendants}}'':
** Ben doesn't hold it against Mal for the love potion.
** Audrey still hangs with Ben after he (under a love potion's influence) dumps her for Mal. Justified in that Audrey very quickly took Chad as a replacement boyfriend, implying that she only wanted a prince boyfriend for the image rather than love.
* In ''Film/{{Birdman}}'', Mike [[AttemptedRape attempts to rape]] Lesley during a preview of the show in front of the cast, crew, and audience. Only two people call him out on this and all is forgiven by the next day.
* This happens in the movie version of ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', but with more detail than in the book. The mayor is a little reluctant to forgive, but the chief of police is willing to accept his apology (and this is ''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.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Keifer Porter managed to be easily forgiven for everything he did, including hitting the thirteen year old Trini over the head, chaining her to his bed, beating her bloody, and [[UnusualEuphemism servicing]] her. It was only Trini's eldest sister who forgave him, though, Trini never forgot it.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Oreg is easily forgiven for talking rat-like beings on a ship into spoiling the food, causing Ward's blankets to be wet all the time, and gnawing holes into Ward's clothes. Justified, as Oreg is Ward's slave (Ward doesn't ''want'' a slave, he doesn't even approve of slavery, but AWizardDidIt and he has to cope with it.), and Ward did make a decision that Oreg views as betrayal. [[spoiler: Ward also easily forgives Oreg for putting him into the awkward situation of having to kill him. Oreg apologizes, and ... well, one just can't be angry at TheWoobie. As the magic on Oreg prevented him from committing suicide, that was his only option.]]
* ''Literature/{{Fingerprints}}'': A major villain from the first six books suddenly joins the heroes in the seventh. The reason for the HeelFaceTurn 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.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Particularly in 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 ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', 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 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 TheEmpire), the rest of the galaxy most certainly did ''not'', and still generally consider him one of the greatest evils in galactic history. Leia in particular was originally outraged that Luke would forgive the "monster" that tortured her, and decades later while she admitted that he was essentially a good man, he was also a good man that did horrible things.
** Kyp Durron. Despite turning to the dark side and ''wiping out an entire solar system'' in the ''Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy'', everyone seems to forgive him once he helps destroy the Sun Crusher. In his defense he was under the influence of [[spoiler:Exar Kun's ghost]].
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** 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.
** In ''Eclipse,'' 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.
* At the end of ''Shadows Fall'', all of the characters who have [[spoiler:died in the previous battles]] come trooping through a door, arm in arm and chatting like best buds, even though [[spoiler:the KnightTemplar villains among them had been attempting to ''exterminate'' all the non-villains for the crime of being magical]] mere minutes before.
* When Jeffery from ''Literature/HollowPlaces'' gets a new job, Monica asks if he wants to get back together. Jeffery forgives Monica and accepts her offer without a second thought despite the way she ended their previous, ten year relationship the moment he began to face hard times. Austin questions this, but Jeffery brushes him off by simply saying [[WideEyedIdealist she loves him and will always love him.]]
* ''Literature/HothouseFlowerAndTheNinePlantsOfDesire'':
** 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.
** After Lila [[spoiler: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, and he forgives her instantly, accepts "responsibility" for [[spoiler:seducing her without intending to follow through and even falls in love with her]].
* Jane of Creator/CharlotteBronte's ''Literature/JaneEyre'' silently forgives her fiance Rochester when he begs it [[spoiler:even though he didn't tell her that he was already married to the MadWomanInTheAttic Bertha who was hidden in the same mansion]]. [[LeavingYouToFindMyself Though it takes time for the relationship to repair.]]
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: 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 NoHoldsBarredBeatdown 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.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** During the fifth book of ''[[Literature/WarriorCatsOmenOfTheStars Omen of the Stars,]]'' [[spoiler:Hollyleaf returns to [=ThunderClan=] and nobody cares about her crimes, even when they find out that she killed Ashfur]].
** An unintentional example in the ExpandedUniverse 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.
** A rather odd example in ''[[WarriorCatsNovellas Tigerclaw's Fury]]''. In the Warriors universe, fleeing from battle until your leader tells you to do so would be considered treachery and cowardice. Fleeing from battle when ''Tigerclaw'' is your leader would be considered suicidal. But the cats who abandon him when it looks like he's losing don't get any sort of comeuppance.
* In ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', 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 [[EasyEvangelism he gave it back after]], which apparently justified making him the guest of honor at Christmas dinner.
* The LEP Recons don't have any problems with working with Literature/ArtemisFowl, even though their first contact with him was Artemis kidnapping one of them and threatening to break the {{masquerade}}.
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'':
** In ''Hunted'', Zoey comes across Stark forcing a girl to have sex with him. She is outraged by this and intervenes. Immediately after, she lets him ''kiss her'', and 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 JustifiedTrope, 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.
* In ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', King Roald the Peacemaker quickly forgives Alanna for her SweetPollyOliver 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. [[spoiler: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.
* Lissa Dragomir and Mia Rinaldi used to be bitter enemies in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. They hurt each other deeply at every opportunity. After Mia's mother is killed, Lissa has a change of heart and befriends her.
* In ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', Tris's parents forgive her for going into the Dauntless regime, [[spoiler:especially when her father has to go into hiding with the Abnegation]].

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Skye lies about her true reasons for joining S.H.I.E.L.D. and leaks classified information to her old boyfriend, who then sells it to Centipede, resulting in the deaths of several people. Coulson does make her wear a bracelet that keeps her from using her hacking skills for a few episodes, but otherwise doesn't seem to hold it against her, Fitz and Simmons forgive her instantly, and when Ward hasn't forgiven her in the ''very next episode'' it's treated as him being incredibly petty (and of course, he comes around by the end of it too). May never liked Skye much to begin with, but doesn't seem to hold any resentment over the betrayal.
** Thoroughly averted over the course of season two for Grant Ward, who clearly expects an apology, an assurance that he wasn't faking his camaraderie with Fitz, and an earnest declaration of love for Skye to be enough to get him back in everybody's good graces. For some reason, the rest of the team are unable to move past the whole "secretly a member of a Nazi terror group, murdered dozens of people, tried to murder Fitz and Simmons, and left Fitz with long-term brain damage" thing, and instead of welcoming him back they try repeatedly to kill him. Long after his death, Daisy and Simmons encounter a heroic simulation of him in a virtual reality world, and are barely able to contain their loathing, much to his confusion.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': After TheReveal that Greenlee wasn't actually responsible for her son Spike's deafness, Kendall is quick to patch things up with her, apparently forgetting that, even if Spike's hearing loss wasn't her fault, Greenlee still tried to kidnap him and landed him in the hospital after getting in a car crash. Several people, such as Annie and Erica, even point this out to Kendall.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** When Wesley kills [[spoiler:Knox]], restores his and Connor's [[spoiler:memories of the past two seasons]] and lies to Angel about his willingness to kill [[spoiler:Illyria]] Angel lets it all slide. Not that he could really afford firing him at that point.
** Played straight to near exaggeration with Angel's son and his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Downplayed example when Delenn reveals to G'Kar that [[spoiler:she deliberately concealed knowledge regarding the Shadows that could have saved G'Kar's homeworld... at the cost of starting the Shadow War before the younger races were ready]]. G'Kar understands, and decides she was almost certainly right... but he doesn't ''forgive'' her. At least, not that day.
* In the 2-part episode "Home" from early in the second season of ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' , 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.
* Lord Edmund Series/{{Blackadder}} has done plenty of heinous things to his pals Baldrick and Percy, however neither holds a grudge towards him, most probably because they would need brains first to hold one.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Willow, who got DrunkOnTheDarkSide and tried to destroy the Earth, is welcomed back to the gang with open arms after a vacation in England. At that point all the other Scoobies had been temporarily evil at one point or another, so they're probably used to it, and Willow ''[[TheAtoner hates]]'' that she was so easily forgiven.
** 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... everything. Y'know, it's safe to say that just about everybody got one of these, at least.
** 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 FaceHeelTurn.
** 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). Subverted by the end when the gang finds out; while Willow and Dawn accept it relatively easily, Xander reacts exactly as Buffy feared he would: with shock and horror.
* ''Series/CSIMiami'': 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.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' does this to a ridiculous extent to justify the current HeelFaceTurn. Things which ''Degrassi'' villains have done, all of which were forgiven promptly by the victim after the turn, include 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 (which is by law a sex crime), helping a pedophile stalk a classmate purely for the fun of it(!), and being the leading cause of a student being shot and paralyzed from the waist down.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** During his tenure as companion, TheBrigadier could get away with anything, from a general {{Jerkass}} attitude to being TheLoad or TheMillstone to committing a genocide against defenceless Silurians when the Doctor ordered him ''twice'' not to do it, in his second story as a companion. No matter how abrasive, bureaucratic, misguided or borderline fascist he gets, the Doctor is straight back to working with him in the next story, with maybe a throwaway line about his reliance on FiveRoundsRapid gets helpless {{Red Shirt}}s killed or a bit of eyerolling if he was exceptionally awful last week. Even when the Doctor eventually does have a change of hearts (and [[TheNthDoctor face]]) and finally dumps the Brigadier, it's out of boredom rather than judgement and they remain on good terms for life and even beyond.
** Whenever the Doctor is in a ManipulativeBastard mood, particularly the Seventh and Eleventh, he'll use people as metaphorical pawns and put millions of lives at risk for some nebulous plan nobody but him is aware of. His companions will give some lip service about how he can't be trusted, then get back to unquestioningly trusting him by the next episode and acting like he can do no wrong.
** In the Series 3 finale, 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.''
*** Those aren't even close to the Master's greatest crimes. He once was responsible for the destruction of a large portion of the Universe.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]], the Doctor uses this trope to reach out to a Zygon fanatic as part of an epic anti-war rant:
--->'''The Doctor:''' You're all the same, you screaming kids, you know that? "Look at me, I'm unforgivable!" Well, here's the unforeseeable, I forgive you, after all you've done! I forgive you.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': 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.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Played remarkably straight in "DNA Mad Scientist". 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.
** Also in the episode "Crackers Don't Matter". Everyone gets dosed with an aggression-inducing drug. For most of the characters this means that they will insult each other and physically fight. John chooses misogynist insults to hurl at Aeryn (none of the other male characters went in that direction), and worse, he assaults and sexually threatens Chiana, who looks genuinely terrified. (Note, the drug did not increase his libido or anything like that, this is just how John Crichton act when he's angry, apparently.) He does attempt to apologize to Chiana in the end when the drug has worn off, and she just waves it off easily, claiming to have enjoyed it. There is a reason for this, out-of-universe - the rape threat towards Chiana was filmed after the rest of the episode, because the director wanted to see how offensive they could make Crichton's behaviour while still getting away with it, and the apology scene was filmed before the threat was added. Problem is, nobody remembered to go back and change that scene so it actually addressed Crichton's newly added rape threat.
* Amusingly subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{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."
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Robert cemented his control of Westeros by forgiving any remaining Targaryen loyalists who surrendered, including Barristan Selmy, Jaime Lannister, Varys, Pycelle, the Tyrells, and the Martells.
* A staple of ''Series/GossipGirl''. ''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 [[spoiler: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.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' season 3: [[spoiler: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 remarked upon by Noah.
* Subverted in the 1986 ''Series/TheHoganFamily'' episode "Leave It To Willie". 13-year-old Willie steals his father's car to go for a joy ride, damages it and another car in a hit-and-run accident and allows older brother David to take the blame. Willie has an ImagineSpot where he envisions a "happy ending" to his predicament, akin to his favorite TV show where all the characters end on a "happy note". When his mother learns the truth she is pissed, to say the least. She tells him that the issues involved -- theft, causing a hit-and-run accident that could easily have ended in serious injury or worse, damaging his father's car and allowing an innocent person to be blamed -- are not easily fixed and may take weeks, if not longer. Most importantly, her trust in Willie may take far longer to fix.
* ''Series/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 [[DisproportionateRetribution Freddie didn't know what time it was when Sam asked him]]. Freddie finds out and gets angry, then forgives her about 2 minutes after and kisses her again to end the episode.
** Played with in Nora Dershlit's case. By the end of "iPsycho" Carly expresses regret over having her arrested while the others are understandably still upset that she locked them in her basement.
--->'''Carly:''' Maybe we shouldn't have called the cops on Nora...\\
'''Sam:''' She kidnapped us!\\
'''Carly:''' Yeah, but she just wanted friends. And she bought us Chinese food.
** However in the sequel episode "iStill Pyscho" we have the inverse everyone EXCEPT Carly wants to forgive Nora.
--->'''Carly:''' Wh-What is the matter with everyone?! That girl kidnapped us and beat the fudge out of you!\\
'''Gibby:''' Hey, I'm forgiving. And I like Chinese food. That's who I am.
* Jirou from ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' gets away with [[spoiler:kidnapping and attempting to rape Yuri]]. Even Yuri is buddy-buddy with him the next time they meet.
* Played with in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. 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.
* Cleverly subverted in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season 5 with [[spoiler:Ben and Locke]]. You'd think Locke would be angrier, but since it turns out [[spoiler:to be an evil entity impersonating Locke (who wanted Locke dead), it makes sense.]]
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', 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.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', Astronema is quickly pardoned by the Rangers when [[spoiler:she surrenders to them and makes a first attempt at a HeelFaceTurn. Late in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' she even becomes a Power Ranger herself, and no one has any qualms with it]].
* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', 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.
* ''Series/RobinHood'':
** 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 [[TheScrappy 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.
* Happens a lot on ''Series/{{Rome}}''. Eirene goes from hating Pullo for having [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:when he watches Pullo fighting for his life in the gladiator arena]] and the second [[spoiler: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. Many of these scenarios involving historical figures actually played out that way in real life. 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.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In the episode "Rage", Chloe doesn't seem to mind [[MagnificentBastard Lionel Luthor's]] presence at the dinner table, despite [[HeelFaceTurn 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 [[GRatedDrug red kryptonite]] or something.
** Chloe is also completely friendly to Oliver's presence in "Hex" when the last episode they met, [[spoiler:he killed Lex Luthor, framed it on someone else and blackmailed her into keeping quiet. Though given she herself had killed to protect Clark]].
** Chloe herself tends to be forgiven quite easily for every immoral thing she does. Constantly stepping over her boundaries with people without a thought to their feelings, such as [[spoiler:contacting someone she believed to be Clark's real mom]], ripping Lana a new one for what, in comparison to her own serious violations of trust amounted to Lana's curiosity getting the best of her, that is [[spoiler:looking at a couple pics of her dancing with Clark]], stabbing Clark in the back and [[spoiler:agreeing to spy on him for Lionel Luthor]], having the gall to call her betrayal a "stupid decision in a moment of weakness" while throwing Clark's rightful anger in his face [[spoiler:when he had just been ''struck blind'']], and in "Truth" [[spoiler:outed a gay student in front of his friend and crush and mocked him about it, tried to force Clark to reveal his secret, tried to have his parents reveal the secret since her newfound power didn't work on him, humiliated Pete and Lex by making them reveal their own secrets]]. The rest of Smallville High seem surprisingly cool with her after the damage that was caused, and even nominate her as Prom Queen in Season 4.
** Tess Mercer is a pretty glaring example. While some might point out she certainly did a lot to prove herself, it's quite jarring that the ''Justice'' League would sweep her multiple counts of attempted and successful murder under the rug. At least with Lionel, it was made clear they merely tolerate him, and it wouldn't do them any good to be rid of such a powerful ally, but all of them seem to treat Tess like family. It's especially disturbing with Clark, who had [[MoralDissonance promised Bette that she'd pay for her crimes]].
** The most glaring of all would have to be ''Ultraman''. Despite being such a murderous psychopath that he once mused that it "felt strange not to have blood on my hands before lunch", and killed countless innocent people, including (an alternate universe)Oliver Queen at the beginning of the episode he's forgiven. Instead of being locked away for his ''numerous'' counts of murder among a massive list of other, lesser crimes he gets a heart-to-heart talk and is last seen activating his own Fortress of Solitude.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'':
** The bikers 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 offenses 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.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** 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 ThisIsUnforgivable 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.
** Teal'c is an example of the trope done right. Nobody in the SGC seems concerned that Teal'c has killed or enslaved thousands of people, many personally, as First Prime of Apophis. It gets brought up a couple times that Teal'c has never forgiven ''himself'' for the things he did while First Prime, and has become TheAtoner and a bit of a DeathSeeker as penance. A season one episode has Teal'c calmly ready to accept a KangarooCourt execution, never shying away from the responsibility of the people he's killed. In said episode the people putting him on trial do forgive him, but only after saving them from other Jaffa. Much later in ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'', 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.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", Spock tries to kill Kirk twice, yet by the end of the episode, they're [[HeterosexualLifePartners best]] [[TrueCompanions 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.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Enabran Tain, [[spoiler:Garak's father]], is responsible for exiling Garak before the start of the show and also tried to assassinate him in the third season. 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 the fourth season. She forgives him.
** Damar murders Ziyal in the sixth season. In the seventh, 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 Ziyal being Kira's ward and Garak's lover. WordOfGod 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. This and the above represent a case of DeliberateValuesDissonance - killing is subject to different morals for Cardassians in general, and these characters in particular.
** Quark commits numerous straight-up crimes over the course of the series and never seems to get in any permanent trouble for them. Possibly the most outrageous example is in "Invasive Procedures", where he allows an obsessed criminal and his band of mercenaries onto the station; they take the senior staff hostage while the leader jeopardizes Jadzia's life by surgically removing and kidnapping her symbiant. Kira tells him, "You've crossed the line this time. You sold us out, and Dax may die because of it. Whatever happens next, one thing's certain... You're through here." Quark does come up with a ruse to help defeat the criminals, but still, the matter is never discussed again. Even actor Armin Shimerman (who plays Quark) said he thought the total lack of consequences for Quark's behavior, in general but in particular in this episode, was absurd, and made both his character and Odo (who is never able to prosecute him) look less serious.
* After the whole Bosco/Faith/Cruz shooting incident at the end of Season 4 of ''Series/ThirdWatch'', and also after the Faith/Cruz/ Mann shooting incident at the end of Season 5, enemies Faith and Cruz are soon back to work alongside each other.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** Captain Jack is shot dead by Owen. Despite how 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.
** In "Cyberwoman", we find out Ianto's been hiding a dangerous [[KillerRobot 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.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** Damon. Over and over and '''''over again'''''. He murders people on a whim, uses his MindControl powers to [[DoubleStandardRapeSciFi 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. Then he does something not-horrifying, and it makes everyone think "well, maybe he can change..." and then he kills someone [[KickTheDog 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)
** Played with when Esther ([[SelfMadeOrphan who was murdered centuries ago by her son Klaus]]) [[BackFromTheDead 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 [[spoiler:while she truly does love Klaus and has forgiven him, she regrets turning her children into vampires and wants to wipe out the whole race]].
* Played straight then averted in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', mostly because the recipient blew it. Only Myka trusts HG at first and forgives her for her villainy, too easily, and goes over Artie's head to get her reinstated. Then HG goes and [[spoiler: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 TenMinuteRetirement, of course.) HG seems to have learned her lesson, and she's far from trusted; she is initially kept in a TailorMadePrison 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.
* Justin and Alex in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' cycle through this. Lampshaded and inverted a few times.

* "A Quick One While He's Away" by Music/TheWho; 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. Although, said boyfriend mentions he wasn't entirely faithful himself.
* Hot Box's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8LmMtScH3g All I Want For Christmas Is Jews]]" has a [[PlayedForLaughs little fun with this]] in absolving Jews for killing Jesus Christ. After all, [[BackFromTheDead he didn't stay dead]]... [[ActuallyPrettyFunny which is kind of a good point, actually]].
-->They may have killed our Savior;\\
That's not the best behavior...\\
That's OK, he rose again three days later!
* "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)". There are apparently no repercussions between the couple who were both planning on cheating, but he just happened to answer her anonymous personal ad.
* "Crasher-Vania" by ''Music/{{Starbomb}}''; Dracula is rather quick to forgive Simon for [[spoiler:killing all of his friends]]

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* This was part of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}'s shtick. Even for those who crucified Him: "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." And after resurrecting, He forgave Peter's denial. Presumably He would've done that last bit sooner if He wasn't preoccupied with His Crucifixion.
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in a Hawaiian folk story about a young woman who was murdered by her [[CrazyJealousGuy betrothed when he erroneously believed she was cheating on him.]] [[DeathIsCheap The Gods keep reviving her]], she keeps forgiving him and going back to him, trying to show that she is a good wife and faithful and true and loves only him and [[TheyKilledKennyAgain he just keeps killing her.]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels, Wrestling/ChrisHero and Wrestling/KevinSteen all got off pretty light in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, considering each one of them lead a movement to destroy it. For reference, Wrestling/LowKi was banned for life when he allegedly broke the [[Wrestling/JimCornette commissioner's tooth]] despite at least nominally being against the Wrestling/{{CZW}} invasion. For that matter, Wrestling/BryanDanielson for betraying ROH to CZW just to screw over Wrestling/SamoaJoe also got off pretty easily. Wrestling/RoderickStrong called out the audience for cheering Steen while he was still in the process of burying the company. Despite the prevalence of this in the promotion, there was a major aversion in the cases of Wrestling/JimmyJacobs, Steve Corino and Wrestling/MattHardy's S.C.U.M. involvement at least.
* In Wrestling/{{WWE}}, this seems characteristic of Wrestling/PaulHeyman's regime. Never mind what an asshole he was, how many times he betrayed, lied, extorted and so forth, Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys, Wrestling/TheBigShow and Wrestling/BrockLesnar all ended up going back to Heyman.
* According to Dave Milan, Wrestling/MercedesMartinez 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 betrayed Mercedes again (though the latter was more an {{authors saving throw}} for a match that underwhelmed)
* The reconciliation between {{Wrestling/Matt|Hardy}} and Wrestling/JeffHardy. 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, though, and to be fair Matt had to prove himself several times before Jeff finally trusted him again. Though it was subverted with Matt's initial apology during their "I Quit" match, where, even after Matt said "I quit", Jeff still double leg dropped him through a table, breaking Matt's arm in the process.
* The reconciliation between the Wrestling/BellaTwins and was so absurd it even surprised them. After Brie lost the 2014 Hell in a Cell match, she had to be Nikki assistant (as in, {{jobber}}) for thirty days. One would think Belle wouldn't be ready to forgive such humiliation, seeing as she shouted publicly that she wished her own sister had "died in the womb"; thing is, ''after'' those thirty days, it seemed everyone forgot about it completely, and they were inexplicably friends again. (Even the twins themselves - as in, the real ones, out of character - had no idea why the storyline was dropped, and the fans certainly didn't either.)
* Pretty common following the standard HeelFaceTurn: 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 [[TooFunnyToBeEvil "funny" mean]] as opposed to being a jerk about it. Lampshaded histrionically by Wrestling/{{Christian}} who was outraged that Wrestling/RandyOrton is allowed to do whatever the hell he wants in Wrestling/{{WWE}}. He screamed at Wrestling/TripleH 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 HeelFaceTurn, 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 (Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Jeff Hardy, and Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}) all called him out on his actions against them over the years, even bringing up the [[DiscontinuityNod Katie Vick angle]]. They still teamed up and won their match.
* Apparently if you concuss Wrestling/CodyRhodes, [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes his father]], and [[Wrestling/TedDibiaseJr his best friend]] then he'll be perfectly happy to hang out with you after an argument or two, as he did with Randy Orton.
* Played straight in Wrestling/{{TNA}} with Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople, at least when it comes to the two founding members, Wrestling/AngelinaLove and Wrestling/VelvetSky. Though "[[WrestlingDoesntPay Velvet Love Entertainment]]" keep reuniting against all sense, third member Wrestling/MadisonRayne did end up washing her hands of the group after one slight too many.

* Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
** The title character of ''Theatre/RichardIII'' [[MagnificentBastard manages to seduce and marry Lady Anne]] after killing both her husband and her father-and-law. Earlier, she explicitly cursed [[WhatAnIdiot any woman stupid enough to marry him.]]
** In ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona'', 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 ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' [[spoiler:reveals Hero's (untrue) unfaithfulness at their wedding. When Hero reappears 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 make him go through a big repentance 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 ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', Helen is immediately forgiven by her husband Menelaus when he wins her back from the TravelingSalesman she ran away with. The Boys are understandably upset about this, considering how much effort they went to.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/WingsOfGlory'', there are three different occasions in the campaign mode in which the player's character steals a plane for an unauthorized mission, and all three times he never faces any serious repercussions from the squadron commanding officer for doing so.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Magus is the main antagonist for a huge portion of the game, during which he commits all sorts of crimes. However, the player eventually has the option to have Magus join the party. If Magus joins the party, none of his past misdeeds are ever brought up by anyone.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series of fighting games are so thoroughly removed from the [[GuiltyPleasures 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'':
** A major sidequest ends when you get a man to return to his home town, days after [[spoiler:he killed and ate a full 20% of its inhabitants]]. Although the group that took him in after he did so also took the fall for it and taught him how to avoid this from happening again.
** Mesmerizing 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.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** [[DamselInDistress Pauline]] seems to have forgiven VideoGame/DonkeyKong entirely for kidnapping her and holding her hostage in the original game; she doesn't even mention it in more recent games where both appear. Of course, this is the series that gave us the trope name for GoKartingWithBowser.
** Speaking of Bowser, despite all of the trouble he causes, Mario and his friends never begrudge him and invite him to their many gatherings and parties. One minute he's threatening the universe, the next he's playing sports, and fairly no less.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', Sora sure is quick to forgive Riku after turning evil, working with the villains, kidnapping multiple princesses, including ''[[LoveInterests 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 [[spoiler:possessed by Ansem]]; they were all of his own volition. And yet as soon as Sora beats [[spoiler: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 [[TheAtoner himself]].
** [[AllLovingHero Sora has a thing for this.]] Near the end VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII he sees who he thinks is "Ansem" helping out Kairi, and he's immediately states he's willing to let bygones be bygones right then for that alone before realizing it's actually Riku. For context, "Ansem" is the other half of the game's current villain, which together is the BigBad of the entire series and whom previously [[OmnicidalManiac attempted to drown all of the Kingdom Hearts universe into darkness,]] and yet Sora is still willing to forgive him for a fairly minor act of kindness.
** {{Implied|Trope}} for Ienzo towards Lea in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. While Lea (as Axel) had a direct hand in Ienzo's (as Zexion) brutal murder in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'', Ienzo never brings it up and is polite to Lea when they're talking after their revivals.
** This last one, at least, is completely justified. As a [[TheSoulless Nobodies]], neither of them could really be held responsible for their actions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'':
** Joseph (the protagonist) was being taught how to use [[TheChosenOne 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 DoomedHometown. 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 [[TheEmpire Orenians]] went gunning for him, and he fell hook, line and sinker for Yago's advice again. Although, it turns out that [[spoiler: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. He never even menaces him except for the first two times you bump into him.
** 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 tries to bring him to task for his dastardly behavior.
** Joseph forgives [[spoiler:Flece]] pretty fast after [[spoiler:she]]'s been betraying him nearly since they met. Of course, [[spoiler:she is so guilt-ridden that she goes to save him soon after]], but still.
** Flece forgives Aoqi ([[spoiler:really her mother Quifeng]]) pretty easily for [[spoiler:Tancred's murder]]. Although her reasons were rather compelling, it remains that she was basically a stranger who killed [[spoiler:the only father Flece ever knew]].
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'': The main villain [[spoiler: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.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' (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 [[spoiler: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'']]. Examples:
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ingram]], who was revealed to be [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Brainwashed And Scheming]] all along.
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 Shu]], who attempted to do an EarthShatteringKaboom 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 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 [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal R]], got a special mention, even though mostly everyone else didn't show any sympathy. She messed Lamia up by turning her BrainwashedAndCrazy. 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 ItsPersonal.
** Non-OG is not safe from this. In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny'' you can recruit [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam 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.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfDestiny'': Eike is way too forgiving; he immediately accepts Mr. Eckhart's apology for trying to [[spoiler:push Eike off a tower]] and he thinks Hugo's just a sweet kid despite him [[spoiler:repeatedly trying to '''murder''' Eike]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' the party instantly forgives Anise when they find out [[spoiler: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 EarthShatteringKaboom]].
* In ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', Sub-Zero holds no grudge at all against [[DeceptiveDisciple 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.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'':
** Raven [[spoiler: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 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.
** Duke [[spoiler:tries to kill every human in order to save the planet]]. 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.
** No one seems to mind that [[spoiler:Judith]] damaged the party's ship and abandoned them after she rejoins. She did have arguably two good reasons, but still.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' is a prime example. Shirley ("So who cares if our only experience with you is [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:ran me through with a sword]]!"), Jay ("Well, obviously he had a ''reason'' for [[spoiler:kidnapping her]]."), ''Alcott'' ("Sure, you [[spoiler:killed hundreds of people and served as general to an evil regime]], but it was all for [[spoiler:your sick daughter]], so we forgive you."), and Maurits (...let's just not go there.) In the game itself this comes off more like an example of the party's endearing-if-stupid idealism than anything else.
* Gaspard in ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle''. Yes, he's a NobleDemon with a [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds 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 [[YouKilledMyFather killing her father.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** Cloud never has to apologise for his {{Jerkass}} behaviour at the beginning. The only time he's ever held to account for it, it's by Tifa, when she loses her temper with him for trying to walk out on her, which causes Cloud to immediately back down. The first time Barret gets the indication that Cloud cares about other people (Cloud deciding to attack the Shinra Building to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl save Aeris]]), Barret ends up apologising for ''his'' behaviour, even though he was only responding to Cloud's, and Cloud shoots the apology down ("Who cares if you're impressed?"). After that, the entire plot is dropped.
** Yuffie commits (literal) WutaiTheft and is [[WelcomeBackTraitor welcomed back]] more or less unchanged. Barret will yell at her and Cloud will tell her he doesn't care about her if they're in the party during the event, but due to the fact that the sidequest is optional, it's not addressed again. Her scene of rejoining the party is even a reprise of the sequence of the party walking off without asking her for her name that plays when she's initially recruited.
** Nobody is shown to bear a grudge against Cloud for his destructive actions in the second act. Of course, it's not really his fault that he was {{Brainwashed}} and [[TheMentallyDisturbed delusional]], and Cloud is shown to be very sorry about it and immediately accepts responsibility for the fact that he led them all on a delusion-inspired quest to start the end of the world. And it's in character for many of the party members to forgive him immediately, especially Tifa, who never loses faith in him even when it seems fairly cut-and-dried that he's an insane clone. But Barret goes from openly talking about how much he hates Cloud for doing evil things, lying to them about what he is and [[{{Chickification}} making Tifa into 'a wimp']], to cheering his return - "We're going to Junon, boyee!" Perhaps Barret [[VitriolicBestBuds likes him more than he knows he consciously ought to]].
** The transition of the Turks from villains (albeit [[QuirkyMinibossSquad quirky]] ones) to comic relief, {{Heel Face Turn}}ed semi-heroes in the Compilation feels a little odd 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 ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' seems to be the only person who mistrusts them. There is also a "just doing our jobs" scene in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', where Tseng (one of the Turks), [[spoiler: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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'':
** Cecil forgives Kain for turning against him after being put under Golbez' mind control not once, but twice. These betrayals include collecting the crystals for Golbez and kidnapping Cecil's fiance Rosa.
** 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. More to the point, she spends [[YearInsideHourOutside roughly a decade in the Land of Summoned Monsters]], so she has all that time to mature and reflect on things; it doesn't fully explain trusting Kain since she last saw him betraying Cecil (who'd vouched for his trustworthiness and was hurt by the apparent betrayal), but it's likely she's smart enough (and informed enough) to realise his intent.
** This one's an extreme spoiler, but in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' [[spoiler:the child Maenad who is adopted by Rydia in the ending. Despite implications of sharing a HiveMind 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]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': 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; [[spoiler:he was framed by his EvilTwin Gabranth and Vaan saw Gabranth interrogating him]].
* And then there's ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', which plays it straight in that Firion, Maria and Guy are all perfectly willing to forgive and forget [[spoiler:Leon]]'s betrayal, but also subverts it in that [[spoiler:Leon]] isn't as willing to forgive himself and he departs on a RedemptionQuest in the end, with the others promising to welcome him back whenever he chooses to return.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Beatrix, who is Queen Brahne's right hand woman as the leader of Alexandria's all female soldiers. Beatrix assists Brahne with nearly slaughtering all of the citizens in the neighboring kingdom of Burmecia and Cleyra in order to find powerful summon magic for the Queen to use in conquering the entire continent. It isn't until the Queen summons Odin, which completely destroys Cleyra, that Beatrix begins to doubt the Queen's sanity and it isn't until she sees with her own eyes that Princess Garnet was put under a sleeping spell and was going to be executed by her very own mother that Betrix has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. Freya, who was a resident of Burmecia, calls out Beatrix for wangsting over her actions far too late. However, Freya and the rest of the party seemingly forgive Beatrix rather quickly after several events happen, [[spoiler: including the death of Brahne]], although Beatrix has been doing her best helping Garnet look out for Alexandria's best interests and Garnet's own well being.
* In ''VideoGame/{{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...
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** 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 however, pretty much everyone, orc and human, does ''not'' easily forgive the other side.
** Played with in ''Literature/TheShatteringPreludeToCataclysm''. Baine Bloodhoof realizes that Garrosh Hellscream did not intentionally [[spoiler:kill his father]], but also acknowledges that he was partly responsible for [[spoiler: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 DyingMomentOfAwesome, 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.
** Happens again with an AlternateUniverse Grom in ''Warlords of Draenor''. He leads a genocidal campaign against the Draenei and attempts an invasion of the main universe Azeroth, and this time around he doesn't even have demonic corruption as an excuse. But he made a HeelFaceTurn at the last moment -due to his former allies having betrayed and imprisoned him, not because he felt any remorse for his actions- so everyone decides to let him go.
** Trade Prince Gallywix used the Cataclysm to enslave a majority of the Bilgewater Cartel, losing control of them only due to an unlucky encounter with the Alliance. He then proceeded to steal critical resources from the other survivors, enslaving some of them and allying with pirates to kill those who resisted. When finally defeated by Thrall he was allowed to retain his position as leader of the Cartel when it joined the Horde.
** Velen immediately forgives [[spoiler:Rakeesh for leading a slaughter of his people and killing a Naaru that was believed to be ''the last hope of defeating the Burning Legion'' simply because he realized Rakeesh is his long lost son]]. Even more ridiculously is that [[spoiler:partway through the fight against Rakeesh, Velen attacks the player to keep them from killing Rakeesh, ignoring that said demon is currently trying to blow up the Exodar and kill almost the entire Draenei race]].
* In ''VideoGame/TonyHawksUnderground'' the player character (i.e. ''[[ThisLoserIsYou 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' does this (and DefeatMeansFriendship) so often that it's part of the structure of the setting. {{Youkai}} need to antagonise humans on a regular basis, because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve their existence depends on humans fearing them]], and humans regularly go on youkai "extermination" hunts (really a ritualised sort of NonLethalWarfare) to keep them from getting too rowdy. Everyone in on the {{masquerade}} are mostly happy with the system, so any sort of trouble-making is just treated as a mild nuisance and the perpetrators can go on their way after the whole thing is over; even, say, attempting to bathe the surface world in nuclear fire is fine after you have some sense beaten into you. The few exceptions are for the ones who don't abide by the system; [[LightIsNotGood Tenshi Hinanawi]] is shunned by everyone after causing an incident [[ItAmusedMe purely for the sake of causing an incident]] (even Reimu, who usually regards perpetrators with the same indifference, dislikes Tenshi because she [[ItsPersonal destroyed her shrine]]), and ''Impossible Spell Card'' sees [[CommanderContrarian Seija Kijin]] made public enemy number one after she tried to perform an upheaval of the social order in ''Double Dealing Character'' (though in her case, being an amanojaku, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality she's so contrary that she loves being hated]]).
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** Revan starts a bloody violent war against the Republic, all in the name of putting in place a stronger government [[spoiler:to fight against the True Sith he has had a vision of]]. Then he [[spoiler:kills the guy who picked up the mantle]], gets a medal and is hailed as a hero. It's almost justified by how Revan's identity is kept a secret... but then [[spoiler:Vandar declares him 'Revan, the Prodigal Knight']] at the celebration following the Sith defeat in front of hundreds of Republic officers.
** Bastila is pretty easily forgiven for going to the dark side ([[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil 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.
* In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', in the Sith Warrior storyline [[spoiler:the most you can do to Malavai Quinn for his betrayal is to force-choke him before angrily inviting him back into your party]]. This is most likely due to the fact that [[spoiler:as the healer companion to a melee-heavy character, he's probably the most useful companion gameplay-wise]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Neku and Beat don't hold [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', 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. (This is likely referring to Zevran, who was recruited into your party during the quest where he failed to kill the player.)
* In ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'', [[TheDragon 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 [[NiceJobBreakingItHero using Raguna]] to help unleash a dragon god on the kingdom. After the plan fails, [[YouHaveFailedMe 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 ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}''. Being a very gullible and trusting CloudCuckoolander who is very insistent on [[ThePowerOfFriendship The Power Of Camaraderie]], he's very quick to forgive just about any betrayal. Fenrich finds this utterly baffling.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** [[TheCape Paragon Shepard]] is unbelievably forgiving to terrorists, crime lords, {{Mad Scientist}}s, and all sorts of assorted scum of the galaxy as long as they aren't actively shooting at someone. While sometimes they just leave them to be arrested by someone else, sometimes they ''let them off with a warning'' and forget all about them as soon as they leave Shepard's line of sight, usually with [[WhatTheHellHero one of their squadmates calling them on it]]. (Contrast with [[GoodIsNotNice Renegade Shepard]], who regularly shoots or grievously wounds small time crooks and even innocent bystanders, and deals out summary executions like candy.)
** Considering that they've [[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac wiped out all advanced civilisation in the galaxy]] for millions of years]], everyone in the galaxy is surprisingly forgiving of [[spoiler:the Reapers]] in the Synthesis ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'': Part of angara culture is a belief that feelings and emotions should not be hidden, and one should be forward and forthright with them. This naturally translates into angara often hurting one another (emotionally or physically) in fits of rage or anger, but on the flipside they are remarkably forgiving once they've had time to work through things.
* In the final route of ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' [[spoiler:Imnity]] pulls a HeelFaceTurn entirely without comment despite actively attempting to destroy the world not moments before. Gets a happy ending too.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', after getting nearly hanged by a KangarooCourt, 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'':
** In multiple installments, the only way to get HundredPercentCompletion is to recruit all of the Stars of Destiny - even ones who may have committed terrible sins are forgiven by the player to obtain them as a party member.
** This is a key component of ''VideoGame/SuikodenI''. After each boss fight with one of Barbarossa's generals, you are given the option to either conscript them into your army or execute them. Despite Viktor and other characters telling you that the generals have no place in your army, the best course of action is to forgive them and allow them to join, partially because they are being influenced by a dark rune, and partially because they realized that they need to atone for their sins.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Sanchez]] is revealed to be the mole feeding information to Barbarossa's army near the end of the game, and his machinations result in Mathiu Silverberg being critically injured. Despite that, Mathiu forgives him for the act and has him tell the hero that his "punishment" is being forced to act normally so as not to let the rebel army know he acted as a turncoat.
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', 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 [[AxCrazy Luca Blight]] in an act of genocide, [[XanatosGambit 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 [[KarmaHoudini go back to being best friends travelling together as if he wasn't a genocidal, self-centred warmonger]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Lemegeton}}''. Sabio is surprised that Marax doesn't hate him for cutting down his friends (several fellow ArsGoetia 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 ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave.'' No matter how much you want to [[BreakTheCutie break]] [[NiceGirl Marona]], [[BullyingTheDragon no matter how much]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer you want to torment her]] [[{{Necromancer}} for her powers]], and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold no matter how much of a douchebag for good reasons you are]], Marona will always forgive you.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': JC Denton spends his first day on the job (potentially) killing NSF terrorists in order to achieve his objectives, with the only caution he gets for it coming from his brother (who stresses taking a by-the-book approach). Even if you were merciless in slaughtering every terrorist you across, it's surprising how quickly the remaining ones are willing to ignore this [[spoiler:once he switches sides]].
* In ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'', 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 ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', 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), [[spoiler: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 ''Videogame/{{Psychonauts}}'', after [[spoiler:attempting to conquer the world with tanks powered by the brains of psychic children]], a public apology to the kids (albeit a sincere one) is enough for [[spoiler:Morceau Oleander]] to not only be forgiven but to also remain a Psychonaut.
* [[spoiler:Naja]] from ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' requests forgiveness for [[spoiler:killing Kyrie]] and to join the team; he is allowed to do so and only [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Agan]] is even slightly suspicious of him (despite forgiveness not being her first instinct, Morte decides to [[WhatWouldXDo do what Kyrie would do]] and forgive him). The only thing that keeps it from being InsaneForgiveness is that Kyrie [[spoiler:asked him to kill him to save the world]].
* [[YouAreNumberSix CR-S01]] from ''[[Videogame/TraumaCenter Trauma Team]]'' is ''very'' quick to forgive [[spoiler:his now-deceased adoptive father, Albert Sartre]], admitting he bears no grudge toward [[spoiler:him]] at all. This is ''after'' he [[AmnesiacHero recovers his memories]] and learns of everything [[spoiler:Sarte]] has done, which includes: [[spoiler:Causing (though accidentally) the massacre at Cumberland College and then ''deliberately and forcibly'' destroying the memories of his ''sixteen-year-old adoptive son'', leaving him to take the fall for the alleged act of bioterrorism and serve a 250-year prison sentence in a [[TailorMadePrison cell maintained at zero degrees Celsius]] with little human contact and only the idea that he's a terrible person to occupy his memory-devoid mind; and [[KillTheCutie violently murdering]] his adoptive daughter and CR's adoptive sister [[TheWoobie Rosalia]] after falling victim to the disease she's a natural carrier of, thus inadvertently allowing it to spread via monarch butterfly scales and kill ''hundreds more'' innocents in the process]]. Of course, given CR's seeming [[DefrostingIceQueen limited capacity for strong emotions]] and [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe biased, idealized relationship]] with [[ParentalSubstitute the forgiven individual in question]] (as well as the fact that, for eight long years, he had nothing to do but [[spoiler:[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone brood over the horrific crimes he thought he had committed]], so finally realizing [[GoodAllAlong he was innocent all along]] was sure to lift an enormous weight from his chest]]), his behavior is certainly justifiable.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFullFrontalAssault'' Stuart Zurgo complains adamantly about this about the universe towards Captain Qwark. "I watched as you were involved in scandal after scandal and every time the Galaxy just forgave you!"
* Possible thanks to the friendship/rivalry system in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. In the previous game, doing enough things a companion didn't like would eventually make most of them leave in disgust. In ''II'', outside of defined crisis points, this sort of thing instead unlocks a different set of abilities, and the hazard comes from not ''committing'' to either path. Rivalry points can come from anything to arguing with them to [[spoiler:selling one of their friends into slavery]].
* In the backstory to ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', it is told that humans and monsters were once at peace until humans initiated a war against the monsters because they feared the worst case scenario of a monster obtaining a bunch of human souls to obtain godlike power. Naturally, most of the monsters you encounter in the game are either distrusting or hostile towards you because you're a human. If you decide to spare monsters instead of killing them, they'll see that not all humans are bad. [[spoiler: This is what leads to the GoldenEnding where monsters and humans reconcile and make peace with each other again. Despite the humans attacking monsters out of fear long ago, the monsters easily forgive all the humans in the world thanks to your pacifist actions. It also might've helped that some time had passed since the war and all the humans responsible for said war are long gone.]]
* Hilda in ''VideoGame/StellaGlow''. She's a former tyrant queen who destroyed her own country and has been leading an army devoted to supporting her as she sings the Song of Ruin to crystallize vulnerable villages, and it's implied on a few occasions that the survivors of the villages she attacks become child soldiers in her service. This doesn't even take into account the number of deaths she indirectly causes through negligence [[spoiler: since she gave up explaining herself long ago and didn't bother to try again after she outlived all her doubters and had a trusted source that could back her up]]. Yet, her story path is centered not only on how no one holds any of that against her, but how she shouldn't even ''feel guilty'' for any of it, because [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality everyone who matters is her friend now.]]
* [[Myth/KingArthur King Arthur's]] official policy in ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'' is to forgive anyone who expresses remorse (regardless of how likely that remorse is to be genuine), as [[TheIdealist he believes this is the only path to a better world]]. Guen can go along with this up to sparing someone who has tried to murder her twice in rapid succession and is in the process of openly attacking her country.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Committing crimes for the series in general. Even murder is forgiven after paying a 1000 gold fine. This is discussed in certain dialogue trees: the money from the fines the guards charge criminals go to the victim of the crime/their surviving family.
** Culturally, this is a trait of the [[LizardFolk Argonians]], at least toward fellow Argonians. Argonians live in the "now," preferring not to dwell in the past or look ahead to the future (possibly because their native language, Jel, [[LanguageEqualsThought has no past or present tense verbs]]). Additionally, hating each other is the same as hating themselves because they "[[HiveMind are all people of the root]]."
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', you can be expelled from any of the three Great Houses for a variety of infractions from stealing from your fellow House members to outright ''killing'' them. [[ProudMerchantRace House]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Hlaalu]] allows you back in for 500 gold (plus paying whatever fines you were assessed by the authorities) and you can do this an unlimited number of times. [[EvilSorcerer House]] [[MightMakesRight Telvanni]] allows you back in simply by asking any member ranked higher than a Mouth, and you can do this an unlimited number of times as well. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy House]] [[ReligiousBruiser Redoran]] allows you back in with a simple apology, but only ''once''. Get expelled again, and you're out for good.
* In the first ''VisualNovel/DayshiftAtFreddys'', characters can potentially be mauled by a bear, sent to jail, and left in a burning building at each other's hands, but the second game never gives this more than a passing mention.

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** 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, even though he surely knew they didn't do it.
** 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. [[spoiler: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 ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', you can choose to continue Damien's path even after he [[spoiler: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 LoveMartyr for taking him back.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has Beatrice, the main antagonist of the series. [[spoiler:A supposedly all-powerful witch who the protagonist has seen kill his family repeatedly in grotesque and horrific ways, she plays up a HeelFaceTurn 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.

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* Star Whistle in ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn'', after she wreaks havoc in Ponyville with her windstorm. This is lampshaded in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH4Jjz_AjZ8 commentary]]:
-->'''Mister Brave''': "We'll help you pay damages for all the ponies you killed!"

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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** Particularly in the early strips, the cast 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. [[TokenEvilTeammate 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]''
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0125.html strip 125]] [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar]] is trying to kill [[SpoonyBard Elan]]. In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0126.html strip 126]] Belkar and Elan are chatting about multiclassing.
** Played with in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0724.html this]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0723.html this]] strips between Elan and Tarquin.
** General Tarquin [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0788.html mentions]] that no matter how many people [[spoiler:Thog]] kills the [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall audience still thinks he's lovable]]. Averted when Roy shows that he isn't going to forgive [[spoiler:Thog]] so easily.
* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'' has a mutual case. [[spoiler:Cerise grows so bitter towards Melissa's popularity and mistreatment of her, that she enslaves the entire school with mind control and attempts to murder Melissa and the entire student council. After a big fight, not only does Melissa forgive and apologize to her, Cerise happily accepts it and returns Melissa's hug. Faith is slightly less forgiving and {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it, but Melissa is able to use her new position as president of the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to order the school to forgive her.]]
* In ''Webcomic/MitadakeSaga'', no-one really holds much of a grudge against Kazu, despite him killing someone. TruthInTelevision for those who play ''VideoGame/MitadakeHigh''; very rarely will anyone call you out for killing someone if you thought they were the killer ([[TheChessmaster or were pretending to]]). Although when this is averted, it is averted ''violently''.
* [[spoiler:Gamzee Makara]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is welcomed back with seemingly open arms after his brief stint of semi-genocidal madness wherein he [[spoiler: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]]. 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.
* ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'':
** Granted, given the circumstances (he had had [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami's]] head crudely grafted onto his body) it could technically qualify as a MercyKill, but much to Jonesy's surprise [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} 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.
** 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 ''{{Webcomic/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.
* ''WebComic/MuhPhoenix'': The Scarlet Witch has a much easier time being accepted as redeemed in this parody.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire''. [[spoiler:Everyone forgives Phala for her actions as the Pixl Queen. Everyone except her daughter, who was the one person she wanted forgiveness from. However, Indx's inability to forgive her mother doesn't stop her from saying she still loves her.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ForestHill'' after [[BullyBrutality Benni almost kills Kaleb]], neither Kaleb nor his mother, Flora, hold any anger towards Benni. Flora agrees to become Benni's foster parent after she finds proof that he was being abused, and Kaleb is willing to defend Benni against his own best friend, because [[NiceGuy that is how nice they are]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', when [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb Mary]] joins the Lambsbridge Gang after her MistreatmentInducedBetrayal, none of the Lambs care about her multiple prior attempts to murder them, or the multiple successful [[MurderSuicide Murder Suicides]] that her fellow Bad Seeds carried out.
* Upon learning that the Human Torch's dialogue in ''Film/FantasticFour2005'' was ad-libbed by Creator/ChrisEvans, [[WebVideo/CinematicExcrement The Smeghead]] yells as a picture of Evans as Johnny Storm. Then the picture shifts to Evans as [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Captain America]] and the Smeghead says he can't stay mad at Evans.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** While Finn and Jake regularly beat up Ice King whenever he's doing something evil, if he isn't doing anything bad at the time they treat him like an acquaintance who's awkward but basically a good guy. Apparently they forget all about how he's a stalking, kidnapping, sexually harassing, brainwashing creep who should be avoided. Even Princess Bubblegum, who is regularly kidnapped by him, invited him to the princess potluck. As of "Holly Jolly Secrets", this may be a bit more {{justified|trope}} since [[spoiler:it's revealed to the characters (and the audience) that the Ice King's actions are under the influence of his magical crown]].
** Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum seem pretty okay with [[TooDumbToLive Lemongrab]], 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 occassion. The reason he is forgiven for his crimes is because of his AmbiguousDisorder.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' 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.
* Dodie from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''. She is [[TheScrappy hated]] by fans and seen as a two-faced, backstabbing BitchInSheepsClothing. For some reason Ginger never ditches Dodie even as adults in the DistantFinale. It's most noticeable when Dodie and Macie tried to break-up Ginger with her new boyfriend because they were upset she wasn't spending enough time with them. Ginger calls them out at the end of the episode yet in the very next episode there are [[KarmaHoudini no consequences]]. Ginger references the situation so it's not a case of NegativeContinuity either.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Aang, being the AllLovingHero, holds no grudge against the Fire Nation for the ''genocide of his people'' that was so complete it rendered him the LastOfHisKind. Admittedly it was a hundred years ago and everyone involved is long dead, but from his perspective it only happened recently.
** 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, the other's forgave him after some initial hostility, but 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. The only reason she accepted him in Season 3 was because Aang needed a firebending master and with what time they had, they don't have a choice.
** "The Southern Raiders" plays with this magnificently. Katara, with the help of Zuko who's hoping to gain her trust, embarks on a mission to confront the man who murdered her mother, with Aang repeatedly telling her that violence is not the answer and she should forgive him instead. After attacking him with the full intent to murder him, Katara realises that while she will never forgive him she also can't kill him. She ''does'' however forgive Zuko.
** Uncle Iroh, who Zuko had stabbed in the back at the end of Season 2, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments forgives him instantly when Zuko tells him how sorry he is for what he did]], Iroh saying 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.
** Bumi in "The King Of Omashu" holds Katara and Sokka hostage to force Aang to participate in three grueling challenges, because if he doesn't his friends will be trapped in a crystal prison (and presumably suffocate). Then Aang realizes that the King is his old friend, they hug, and it is forgotten.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', ComicBook/TheFalcon helps [[spoiler:ComicBook/RedSkull]] capture the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. However, the fact he does so while [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy]] apparently still makes him eligible for helping Franchise/TheAvengers during "Code White" emergencies. To boot, the team doesn't forgive him onscreen. Consequently, the show makes no implication that they did so until he becomes one of many crimefighters to come BackForTheFinale.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'':
** Kevin Levin, former [[TheSociopath sociopath]] and ArchEnemy to Ben and his family who tried to kill them several times, is [[StrangledByTheRedString immediately trusted and forgiven by Gwen]] in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', and Ben fully accepts him as a friend and ally in only the fourth. ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' [[AuthorsSavingThrow tried to explain it more or less]] by a 10 years old Ben time-travelling and meeting the reformed Kevin; Paradox declares that the young Ben would dimly remember these events after returning to his proper time, leading him to trust Kevin later on. Like many other things in those sequels, whether this is a good or bad explanation is up to debate.
** Kevin's case is ''nothing'' compared to his former partner-in-crime, [[LovableTraitor Argit]]. At least, Kevin did more or less stick to being a good guy after being reformed, minus one time where [[NotHimself it wasn't technically]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity his fault]]. Argit [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder double-crossed or tried to double-cross Kevin in almost every deal they had]], [[{{Greed}} often either for the sole sake of profit]] or [[ItsAllAboutMe to save his own skin]], yet [[AesopAmnesia Kevin keeps treating him like a good friend and agreeing to make deals with him]]. Gets even more ridiculous in ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', where it now extends from Kevin to ''the entire main cast'', who would at least usually call out Kevin for it in the previous series; now, not only do they trust him to join LaResistance against the Inkurseans invaders, with [[TheMole predictable results]], but even after this happened, they ''still'' treat him as a friend.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Nigel staying in a relationship with Lizzie past her introduction, which involved her [[{{Yandere}} mind-controlling him to DESTROY his friends so that they could have time together.]] This is strictly played for laughs.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': 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.
* Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse:
** Downplayed in the SeriesFinale of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', "Legacy". Lois, Supergirl, and Jimmy are willing to forget everything Superman did while brainwashed by Darkseid, but not many others are. It took almost two years for the whole world to accept the truth about what really happened and forgive him.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
*** The team were willing to sweep Hawkgirl's assignment from the Thanagarian Empire under the rug at the end of the episode because she's one of the TrueCompanions (with Superman, who's big on second chances, casting the deciding vote), 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 [[MagnificentBastard notably willing to exploit]].
** Supes is like this too in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "The Call". [[spoiler: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.)]]
** In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Inqueling", the villain Inque is betrayed by her SpoiledBrat 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 MadScientist 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', "The Golden Fleecing". Strangely, Launchpad doesn't seem to be too angry at either the harpies or Scrooge after they collectively almost got him eaten by the dragon.
** Also in "Sir Gyro de Gearloose", a pretty bird lady insulted Gyro by calling him a "gadget man", but when she apologizes at the end, Gyro clearly has no anger towards her.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Mark Chang goes from Timmy's enemy to a good friend after his HeelFaceTurn. 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Cleveland is still friends with Quagmire even after sleeping with Loretta, ruining his marriage, and ultimately leading him to [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow leave Quahog]].
** Peter also forgives Quagmire, despite numerous sexual schemes with Lois (also Meg once), and that time he nearly beat Brian to death.
** Meg always forgives her family for all the bullshit they dump on her.
* It seems that no matter what horrible thing Bender does on ''WesternAnimation/{{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 Bender's apology for framing him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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...
** 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'': 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''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls:''
** In the very first episode, the gnomes [[spoiler:attempt to kidnap Mabel and [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe force her to marry them]], afterwards combining to form a giant gnome and attacking both Mabel and Dipper]]. Yet in ''VideoGame/GravityFallsLegendOfTheGnomeGemulets,'' Dipper and Mabel become their allies -- [[spoiler: and they ''again'' prove themselves untrustworthy by lying to them in order to use them as pawns to steal the Gemulets, which are not rightfully theirs. Even after this, Mabel and Dipper don't appear to consider them full enemies.]]
--->'''Mabel:''' ''(discussing invitations to their birthday party)'' Let's see, where do we stand with the gnomes?
** Grunkle Stan has outright lied to his family regarding who he is and had hidden a lot of truths from them but especially [[spoiler:the fact that he has the other Journals that Dipper has been searching for and the fact that he knows all along who the author of the Journals is]]. Obviously, Dipper, Mabel and Soos but especially the former are outraged at him for hiding such revelations especially considering the fact that the Portal attempt could potentially bring an end to the world but as soon as they hear out his DarkAndTroubledPast and are made aware of his intentions to save his brother, none of them seem to hold any form of grudge towards him. This also applies to Mabel herself as despite straight-up betraying her brother in a critical moment in favor of a criminal, Dipper doesn't seem to hold any grudges towards her.
** [[spoiler:Gideon Gleeful gets a redemption arc in the finale and is accepted as a friend by the twins, despite the fact that he summoned [[BigBad Bill Cipher]] in order to steal the deed to their uncle's home and made attempts on the lives of both Mabel and Dipper ''repeatedly'' (imprisoning them with dynamite, trying to slice Dipper open with a lamb shears.)]]
** Ford Pines have continually acted hostile towards Stanley throughout his whole life. He turned his back against Stan when the latter ruined a project that is supposed to send him to a pristine college. He only calls him ten years later just for a menial task and has no intention of reconciling with him at all, even declaring him a failure just for that one accident before. When Stan spends 30 years to rescue from the Portal, he only cared about the fact that he endangers the world and that he nearly ruined an opportunity to destroy Bill in the process and not the fact that Stan actually saved him. He also demands that Stanley give his identity back, end his whole Mystery Shack business and move out of his house just because his criminal influence stains his own property and deliberately refused to thank him for all he had done. He also insensitively dismissed Mabel as a burden to Dipper simply because she acted like his brother and associate her as such ([[UngratefulBastard Despite previously aiding Ford in claiming the Unicorn hair that protects them from the Bill's influence]]) in which Mabel overheard. Yet as soon as he helped end Weirdmageddon in the process, neither of the two holds any sort of grudge towards him for it and treats him like a close family, and he gets off without a sincere thank or apology for what he had done.
* Corey Riffin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' is on friendly terms with Nick Mallory for influencing him to make Trina go into "Diary Mode".
* ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' has Zhalia easily forgiven [[spoiler:after Lok, Dante, and Sophie discover she's TheMole for the BigBad]]. See the quote.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** In "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. [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment Although he did have to do 20 crabwalk laps around the field.]] 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 PostscriptSeason 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 [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou claims as her prerogative]]). Really, it's amazing that they were on speaking terms, much less working together, in later episodes.
* Buck Strickland from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' 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.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' cartoon, Stanley doesn't seem too upset about Peggy having [[spoiler:sold him out to the bad guys]] in [[Film/TheMask the movie]].
* Any villain in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' who is truly sorry for what they've done will be forgiven by Megan, Molly, Danny, and all the ponies.
** Many antagonists are also forgiven quickly in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Justified, considering the series' main theme ([[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials a]][[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie s]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends with]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales previous]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 incarnations]]) is ThePowerOfFriendship.[[note]][[DependingOnTheWriter except when it's not]], as explained below.[[/note]]
*** Downplayed with Luna. She tried to create eternal night and is immediately forgiven by her sister, the mane cast, and Ponyville. [[BrickJoke However]], "Luna Eclipse" shows that they are still terrified of her, and it takes some work on her part to improve her reputation, resulting in the RealityEnsues trope being played for laughs after the fact.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke After all]], would ''you'' want to be all friendly with someone like that in "real life"?...[[/note]]
*** Played (a bit) straighter in "Mmmystery On The Friendship Express", in which the Cakes spent months working on a special cake for a deserts competition, hoping to win first place. Pinkie Pie 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.[[note]]Then again, it's (this version of) [[CloudCuckooLander Pinkie]] [[TheDitz Pie]] we're talking about, so it's ultimately unclear just how "straight" this trope is really being played...[[/note]]
*** In "A Canterlot Wedding", after essentially being [[EasilyCondemned quickly dismissed]] 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 that 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".
*** In "Magic Duel" Trixie takes over Ponyville and rules it [[HoldYourHippogriffs with an iron hoof]]. 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 [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] and the DisproportionateRetribution that was inflicted on Trixie for what happened the last time she visited Ponyville.
*** Played with in "Inspiration Manifestation", in which Rarity gets off even easier for a similar situation after an [[TomeOfEldritchLore evil spellbook]] grants her the power to create whatever she can imagine and a growing compulsion to remake the world around her to suit her creative vision. In fact, she's portrayed as a victim (which, in all fairness, she kind of was, having no idea what the spell would do to her) and the blame goes to ''Spike'', who brought her the book; and even in Spike's case, it's his judgement, rather than his intent, which he receives a brief scolding for.
*** Deconstructed (with regards to the franchise as a whole) in the episode "Keep Calm And Flutter On", which involves Fluttershy forgiving Discord, despite the fact that he caused the Mane Six to go BrainwashedAndCrazy and causing the WorldGoneMad. The others do not forgive him however, and while they let him hang around they don't trust him in the slightest.
*** 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 ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 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.
*** Zigzagged with Sunset Shimmer. After being the AlphaBitch in CHS for quite a while, breaking up the human counterparts mane five, and stealing Twilight's Element of Magic, becoming a demon and brainwashing the students to invade Equestria, Twilight and the [[FanNickname Humane 5]] quickly forgive her after she apologizes. However, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'' shows the rest of the school is ''far'' [[ReformedButRejected less forgiving of her actions in the previous movie]], either being nervous around her or glaring angrily at her. Even Twilight is hesitant to take her hand when she returns to the human world, and she's still an outsider to her friends.
*** Human Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' is forgiven immediately [[spoiler: after she went power crazy and nearly tore open their world in an attempt to get to Equestria. Sunset Shimmer's example and lead certainly help]]. Everyone actually seems to blame Principal Cinch more (not without reason).
*** In ''Crusaders Of The Lost Mark'', even though she spent the past four seasons bullying them, even mocking Scootaloo for her inability to fly and forcing them to spread hurtful gossip throughout Ponyville, the CMC come to feel sorry for Diamond Tiara when they see that she is emotionally abused by her mother. They help her to become a better pony, and they even end up befriending her. Silver Spoon gets off even easier. While Diamond Tiara at least gets her father to donate money for the schools new playground equipment, Silver Spoon is forgiven right after she calls Diamond out on her behavior early in the episode.
*** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E26TheCutieRemarkPart2 The Cutie Remark Part 2]]'', Twilight opts to not only forgive Starlight Glimmer for her actions, but she also makes Starlight her pupil in the ways of friendship. This is despite the trouble Starlight caused in "The Cutie Map" 2-parter and the fact that she attempted to stop Rainbow Dash's first Sonic Rainboom. However, Starlight deeply regrets her actions, and it's pointed out that Starlight had no idea the Mane 6 were so integral to the history of Equestria, and that letting Starlight Glimmer go as insanely powerful she is (as her power rivals Twilight's) would be a bad idea. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E1TheCrystallingPart1 The Crystalling Part 1]]'', where Starlight ''still'' doesn't understand how she could be easily forgiven and Twilight just mentions that she doesn't dwell on the past.
*** Despite supposedly being easily forgiven at the end of their respective episodes, this is ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} in regards to Trixie and Starlight Glimmer. When Trixie [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E6NoSecondPrances shows up at Ponyville yet again]], Twilight immediately doesn't trust her [[NotHelpingYourCase though Trixie herself wasn't doing much to avert those fears with her smug smirks whenever she was around Twilight]], and thinks her new friendship with Starlight will ultimately be a [[ToxicFriendInfluence bad influence]] on the latter. Twilight also only trusts Starlight as long as she can [[ControlFreak control almost every aspect of Starlight's life]], and Starlight sees this lack of autonomy as not truly being given a second chance. Twilight eventually promises to do better when she sees how much her mistrust is [[ReformedButRejected hurting them]].
*** Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsMagicalMovieNight: '''Movie Magic''. While Canter Zoom forgives [[spoiler:Juniper]] for sabotaging his movie, he fires her from the set and forces her to work a menial job as he no longer trusts her. Played straight at the end of Mirror Magic, when [[spoiler:Juniper Montage]] is quickly forgiven and befriended by the Humane 7 for trapping them all in a magic mirror and going on a rampage as a 12-foot tall monster. Pinkie Pie even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s how the Humane Seven are "a really forgiving group." They kind of justify it by admitting they've done a lot worse.

* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Mojo Jonesin'", four of the girls' classmates [[FantasticDrug got addicted to Chemical X]] and beat them up, but they're forgiven in the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has Skips being forgiven for [[spoiler:killing Rigby over a game of arm wrestling. Rigby was really cool about the whole thing]].
-->'''Skips:''' Uh... Sorry for, you know, [[spoiler:killing you]] back there... It was unprofessional.\\
'''[[spoiler:Rigby]]:''' Huh? ...You know what? Water under the bridge.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' done this plenty of times towards Bart and Homer whenever either of them causes trouble. But one particular episode "Homer Badman" has Homer accepting one little apology after being harassed by protesters after being accused of sexual harassment.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
** Despite being supposedly [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friends]] Patrick is [[WithFriendsLikeThese 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=].
** [=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' CardCarryingVillain, Plankton, and his own BadBoss Mr. Krabs. Forgiving the latter 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 full on villainy, his Easily Forgiven status became a lot harder to swallow.
** [=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 [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism his snobbish and negligent attitude]].
** Squidward himself 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.
* WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels:
** Ezra is upset with Hondo when it turns out he played the whole Ghost crew in "Legends of the Lasat”, though about a year later in "Steps into Shadow", he's moved past it and is glad to see him. Could be justified by Hondo being a Friendly Enemy and near harmless, but still. The rest of the crew aren’t exactly pleased to see Hondo, but their reactions are closer to “annoyed at having to deal with him and his shenanigans” than “angry that he stabbed them in the back for selfish reasons”.
** However, this is averted when Agent Kallus pulls a HeelFaceTurn. Despite the reveal that he's now on their side (even serving as a Fulcrum agent), the rebels are not willing to forgive him because he's had several KickTheDog moments in the first 2 seasons and the tie-in comics that are quite deplorable (such as framing the Ghost crew for an assassination and orchestrating a PoisonCureGambit). Later episodes seem to indicate that Zeb still trusts him (mainly because an EnemyMine situation between him and Kallus was what lead to the now-ex-imperial having a change of heart) and Sabine is open to a friendship between the two of them, but it takes until “Zero Hour” that the rebels fully accept that Kallus has become a far better man than he used to be.
** Also averted with Cikatro Vizago, the Ghost crew's former criminal contact; after he sells them out and abandons them to the Empire, the lot of them were all too happy to sever all ties with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' usually plays this straight. The [[KidHero main character]] is a AllLovingHero Steven, who brushes off everything from rudeness to outright violence, and is friendly and supportive to everyone -- even characters who have tried to kill him several times. Lampshaded in one episode, when Connie points out [[OutOfCharacterMoment how odd it is]] that he's holding such a huge grudge against [[{{Slimeball}} Kevin]], whose biggest crime is making the duo feel uncomfortable at a party almost a year ago.
** Averted in a short story arc during season two, which ends with Garnet unable to forgive Pearl for her manipulation and betrayal of trust, but willing to move past the incident in order to maintain their friendship.
* In "Win Some, Lose Some" in the 2003 ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'', Peppermint Fizz is easily forgiven by Strawberry Shortcake for cheating at the games.%% Of course, it does help that Strawberry was never really mad at her, just sad at her failure to understand that the important pa
* Everyone from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' with the exception of [[BreakTheHaughty Heather]]. Becomes a bit ridiculous by season three, when [[SassyBlackWoman Leshawna]] [[WhatTheHellHero openly brags about]] ''[[DisproportionateRetribution 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). [[OnlySaneMan Bridgette]] calls the others out on this toward the end of the show.
* In season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'':
** Raimundo is on the receiving end 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. [[spoiler: The surprise is that Jack really did want to change; he was just scared of failing.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* At the end of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, a 4-year conflict that resulted in over 600,000 deaths, the defeated Southern states were brought back into the Union without any sanctions or harsh measures. While some parts of the South would be occupied by federal troops for years, no members of the confederate military or government were ever put on trial for treason[[note]]though some of them were exiled and died without a country; all had their citizenship posthumously restored[[/note]]. Likewise, the vast majority of Confederate veterans returned home to become peaceful productive citizens of the United States, despite spending the last four years viewing the US as a mortal enemy. This was in keeping with the wishes of President Abraham Lincoln, who in his 1865 inauguration speech stated "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
* Reputedly, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat'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|Battle}} 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'' 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.) It was the first thing he did after he got out of the hospital.
* UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar 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.
* As depicted in ''Film/{{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''. Those years on Robbins Island made him change and he came out OlderAndWiser, so his strategy became less "''Black Power!''" and more "''I'll show you that we can live in peace as equals.''". He didn't forget, but he didn't want black people to become NotSoDifferent 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."
* When John Hinkley Jr. pleaded insanity for attempting to assassinate UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, a nationwide debate over the insanity plea started; oddly enough, Reagan himself was the one who recommended such a plea of clemency.
* Richard I the Lionheart was betrayed by his brother John Lackland countless times and 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.
* At the end of World War II, UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle made a point of arranging reconciliation between France and Germany as fast as possible, and ''not'' blame Germany for the atrocities committed by the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazis]] in France. 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 Marshal Pétain, leader of the French Government of Vichy (who had collaborated with Nazi), arguing Pétain's actions could be explained by his old age.