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Playing With: Rejected Apology
Basic Trope: A character rejects or ignores another character's apology.
  • Straight: Bob apologizes to Alice, but Alice rejects his apology.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob apologizes to Alice, but Alice beats him up badly, leaving him helpless.
    • Heel Face Door Slam
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob apologizes to Alice, but although not quite angry, Alice ignores him.
    • Alice knows Bob is genuinely remorseful but doesn't answer out of spite.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's actions were really that bad.
    • Alice is just a Jerkass always holding grudges.
    • Alice doesn't think that Bob's apology was truly sincere.
    • Bob was genuinely remorseful, but the emotional wound is too soon for Alice, and Bob's apology was unintentionally rubbing salt on her wounds.
    • Alice has a Freudian Excuse on why she holds grudges. A long time ago, she did forgive someone who wronged her, only for that person to do it again. She vowed to herself to never forgive someone ever again.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It's found out that Alice got over her grudge and forgives Bob completely.
  • Double Subverted: But then Bob makes another mistake, and Alice vows to never forgive him.
  • Parodied: It appears that the majority of people were angry with Bob for accidentally stepping on Alice's shoe and insists that he apologizes to her, but as he did so, Alice kicks Bob on the groin.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice accepts Bob's apology.
  • Enforced: "We need a Downer Ending for the episode of Troperville. Let's have Alice reject Bob's apology."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "I thought that you weren't the type to hold a grudge."
    • "He's practically crawling and begging for forgiveness, Alice. Just what did Bob do that was so unforgivable?"
  • Invoked: Alice was convinced by Bob's rival to never forgive him.
  • Exploited: Because Alice knows that Bob is truly sorry for her actions, she acts unforgiving towards him in a way for him to make up for what he did.
  • Defied:
    • Rejecting Bob's apology would make her feel like an unforgiving jerk, so Alice, albeit sour grapes about it, accepts his apology.
    • Because Alice is more than likely never going to forgive him for his actions, Bob decides not to apologize to her.
  • Discussed:
    • "How can you not forgive Bob, Alice? He wants to change for the better."
    • "It's too late Bob! Did you actually believe I will accept a mere apology after what you did to me?"
  • Conversed:
    • "How could someone like Alice be so grudging?"
    • "I wonder what Bob did to Alice that was so unforgivable?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • But Alice has other characters who don't chew her out for her grudge and assures that she has every right to reject Bob's apology.
    • Alice reveals to the characters who chewed her out on why she is so unforgiving is because last time she'd forgiven someone who wronged her only had them doing it again. Although not sympathetic, the characters understands why she holds grudges.
    • Even if Bob knows Alice will never forgive him, he comes to terms that he respects her decision in not doing and moves on with his life, vowing to avoid making the same mistakes.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob broke his back and did everything to earn Alice's forgiveness, from housework to saving her life numerous times but Alice still refuses. Bob's crime? Bob accidentally stepped on her foot.
  • Played For Drama:

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