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Playing With: The Pardon
Basic Trope: A character's crimes are legally blotted out.
  • Straight:
    • The Gentleman Thief steals back the king's crown from the bandits. As a reward, the king pardons him.
    • Outlaws shelter the queen and crown prince when they flee enemies, and the king pardons them.
    • The dashing highwayman Anthony Daring helps prisoners of some smugglers escape and is badly wounded, which means the police catch him as well, but for his efforts, he is pardoned — and escapes soon after to return to his life on the highway.
  • Exaggerated: ???
  • Downplayed: The king decreases punishment for a criminal.
  • Justified: The crimes are minor compared to the heroic act, so the King decides to spare the now-reformed thief the trouble his record might bring him.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: The outlaws are brought before the king, and beg for a pardon, and the king holds a trial and sentences them all to death.
  • Double Subverted: He commutes the sentence at the gallows.
  • Parodied: King Hilarion pardons anyone he meets for any offenses they might have committed, from sneezing in his presence to stealing the crown jewels. Prince Ivan plots his deposition and, though caught many times in the process, is pardoned each one and carries otu his plan.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: "Anthony can't get out of this one on his own, he's too badly injured — let's make one of the prisoners he rescued from the smugglers be a noble, who gets him pardoned."
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: King Alexander frees prisoners on a regular basis as a show of clemency. This allows them to return to their lives of crime and terrorize the innocent and leads to armed revolt.
  • Reconstructed: King Boniface, having seized the throne from Alexander, threatens to have all the rebels executed and then pardons them to show that the pardon still has its points, even after abuse.

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