Playing With: Defeat Means Friendship
: The defeat of a villain will result in a Heel-Face Turn
- Straight: Ichigo defeats Nigo, resulting in Nigo joining Ichigo's True Companions.
- Downplayed: Ichigo defeats Nigo, who now develops a healthy respect towards her.
- Ichigo defeats her friend Nigo, resulting in a Face-Heel Turn
- Nigo beats up Ichigo, then joins her.
- Nigo is a Friendly Enemy until Ichigo beats him in combat, at which point, battered, humiliated, and barely able to move, he declares his undying hatred for Ichigo.
- Ichigo dodges Nigo's attacks, but refuses to fight back, and wins Nigo's friendship by refusing to hurt him.
- Ichigo, in an odd Enemy Mine situation, has to help her sworn enemy, Nigo. Nigo later does a Heel-Face Turn after this, since, despite all the blood that's been shed, all the punches thrown, all the beatdowns they've given each other, he's gotta respect the fact that Ichigo, of all people, came to his aid.
- Ichigo befriends Nigo, then defeats him.
- Subverted: Ichigo defeats Nigo and asks for a handshake of friendship, but is refused.
- Double Subverted: It's only after a heartwarming speech that Nigo accepts her friendship.
- Ichigo pokes Nigo, causing Nigo to dedicate the rest of his life to her.
- Ichigo's Wave Motion Gun is named "the Friendship Beam".
- Zig Zagged: Ichigo defeats Nigo in combat and offers to be his friend but Nigo refuses. Then Ichigo makes a heroic speech and he accepts but it was a fake defection to inflitrate Ichigo's group. Over time Nigo reconsiders after experiencing the perks of being a hero. However his ruse is exposed and the hero team turns on Nigo and he fights back, doing great damage to the Home Base as if he truly were The Mole. Him and Ichigo fight again, but this time Ichigo only disarms him and gives him a Cool Down Hug. The rest of The Team still doesn't trust him so the pair run off to form their own side.
- Enforced: "Nigo's turned out to be very popular with the fanbase, and the merchandise with him sells well. Rather than have him die at the end of the season, how about Ichigo defeats Nigo once and for all, and Nigo becomes her friend?"
- Lampshaded: "By defeating me, you've earned my respect".
- Invoked: Nigo knows Ichigo respects a fair victor and sets out to defeat her in order to gain her alliance.
- Exploited: In Nigo's culture, a defeated fighter must pledge his life to a victor who spares his life. Ichigo knows this and deliberately provokes a reluctant Nigo into a Duel in order to recruit him.
- Shin places Nigo, and his other minions under mind control to prevent this sort of thing from happening.
- Ichigo refuses to accept Nigo's friendship until they've both had a chance to catch their breath and think things over, just to be sure the adrenaline isn't clouding Nigo's judgement.
- "Am I hearing you right? You just beat the hell out of me, and now you want me to be your pal? Are you a kid, or just a moron? Either finish me off or leave me the hell alone, Ichigo!"
- Nigo surrenders without a fight, out of fear that Ichigo will kille him if he resists.
- Discussed: "Ichigo, have you noticed that all your friends are your ex-enemies?"
- Conversed: "This new character, Nigo's kind of cute; I hope him and Ichigo make up after Ichigo beats the crap out of him".
- Nigo joins Ichigo out of fear that the next time they fight, it will be fatal, and is scared of Ichigo even in their normal lives, as if she was a bully.
- Alternative: Ichigo doesn't let Nigo join her True Companions because of kindness, but of pragmatism. Ichigo is aware that letting her enemy join her team after a beat-down reather than outright kill him off is of strategic advantage in case of future conflicts, and with Nigo's powers, that's something she just can't say no to. The reason why Nigo accept Ichigo's offer to join her team is because it's either that or getting his head bashed in.
- Another alternative: Ichigo's offer of friendship is genuine, but Nigo only joins because he fears what his superiors will do to him if he returns in defeat, not because of Ichigo's kindness.
- Fourth alternative: Ichigo pounds Nigo to near death, reducing him to pleading for his life. Ichigo's offer to Nigo to switch sides is out of guilt for going overboard, (or more cynically, because she knows she'll get called out for killing a helpless foe), not any kind of altruism.
- Fifth alternative: In the process of trying to make Nigo listen to her through superior firepower/kung-fu/magic, Ichigo inadvertently kills him.
- Nigo refuses to be friends but over time he learns that Ichigo isn't really all that bad, and begins to genuinely appreciate and befriend her.
- Alternative: Ichigo and Nigo live a culture where friendship IS pragmatism; both strong friends and loyal friends. A fight demonstrates the strength and mercy builds loyalty.
- Another alternative: Nigo becomes Ichigo's Token Evil Teammate with Undying Loyalty to Ichigo, because Ichigo was kind enough to spare him (something his superior would never do) and then personally nursed him back to health.
- Fourth alternative: There was an incident in Ichigo's past where she killed someone like Nigo without meaning to. It was My Greatest Failure for Ichigo and she saw every fight afterwards as My Greatest Second Chance. Starting with Nigo, her enemies are always offered friendship before, during, and after the fight. Nigo thinks this will get her killed so he kills the enemies in Ichigo's place if they refuse her friendship.
- Fifth Alternative: Ichigo's uses non-lethal weapons when attempting to "befriend" Nigo. If she inadverently goes too far the worst that can happen is knocking him unconscious. When he wakes up they can continue the conversation.
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