Playing With / Buy Them Off

Basic Trope: A character tries to escape from his misdeed by paying the victims.
  • Straight: John kills Jack and throws his widow and children some money.
  • Exaggerated: John budgets money for widows and orphans and throws fits when any of them repulse it.
  • Downplayed: John beats Jack up and pays his medical bill.
  • Justified:
    • Poor people will have a serious difficulty doing anything to people as powerful as John, and he can delude himself about the value of the money.
    • Paying wergild is standard practice in the setting, or at least in John's culture such that he thinks it's OK.
  • Inverted:
    • John robs the widow and children, figuring he's already evil.
    • Jack's widow demands that John pay for his crime... preferably in small, unmarked bills.
  • Subverted: John genuinely had to kill Jack, and gave the money out of pity.
  • Double Subverted: It was self-defense, but only because he had driven Jack out of his head with previous cruelties.
  • Parodied: John robs a bank and then pays off the cops that show up with the money he just stole from it.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: John kills Jack.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: John carries nothing of value on his person so that he isn't tempted to pay off his victims.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • The widow and children are further insulted by his attempts to pay them off with such a shallow gesture and seek to exact revenge for the crime and his dismissal of their grief.
    • John is a broken and tragic individual who genuinely can only see value in terms of money, and absoulely nothing else.
  • Reconstructed: John offers them such an impressive bribe that it derails their revenge.

Sorry I killed your father. Here, take this link back to Buy Them Off, and forget about this, alright?