Playing With / Was Too Hard on Him

Basic Trope: A character shows remorse for their actions, although the act itself was justified.
  • Straight: Alice feels guilty for slapping Bob for being a Jerkass towards the other teammates.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice feels a little guilt in her for bluntly calling out Bob for being lazy and selfish.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice feels that she was too soft on Bob when forgiving him for his rude behavior.
    • Alice feels satisfied when Bob is punished for a crime, although the punishment was over the top.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice initially felt guilty for slapping Bob, but then realizes that he will use her sympathy as an excuse to repeat the same act, so she continues to antagonize him until he finally realizes his wrongs...
    • Alice is told by Charlie that she doesn't have to feel bad for slapping a jerk like Bob, so she feels relieved.
    • Charlie tells Alice that he isn't hard enough on Bob's jerkassery, so Alice believes him and continues to give Bob the cold shoulder.
    • It wasn't remorse, but more of a fear that Bob would retaliate.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...While becoming even more remorseful for expressing her justified meanness.
    • ...But she realizes that Charlie was more of a jerk than Bob is, and Alice thought his comments were unsettling.
  • Parodied: Alice severely chastises Bob for listening to gangsta rap music, leading Bob to cry a river of tears. Because of this, Alice cries a river of tears along with him.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice doesn't show any soft feelings for correcting Bob's behavior.
  • Enforced: The writer wants to make a point that while doing the right thing isn't the nice thing, it can hurt us more than the other.
  • Lampshaded:
    Charlie: "Let me guess: you're gonna ask me if you were too hard on Bob?"
  • Invoked: Alice asks Charlie to aid him on keeping Bob in line and if she gets too harsh with him, then it's up to Charlie to call her out.
  • Exploited: Bob pretends to be extremely thin skinned, so that Alice will not down punishments for future infractions.
  • Defied:
    • Alice hides her soft feelings and knew that getting physical with Bob was the right thing.
    • As much as shr hates to admit, she knows Bob will never forgive her, and decides not to show remorse for it.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:

You should be ashamed for looking at this page! Get back to the main page, you jerk! Wait, that sounded harsh. I'm sorry. Wait! Don't go! I didn't mean to act like that! Please, come back!