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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the various magical/political power-players are signatories to the Unseelie Accords, which outline codes of conduct. One of the rules concerns ''weregild'', an old-fashioned concept where one party who has injured or killed the friends or families of another party can satisfy the rules with a payment. Harry dislikes the rule, as he knows that money is poor compensation for the loss of a loved one, but at the end of ''Battle Ground'' he invoked it in a big way to force the Accorded Nations to recompense the citizens of Chicago for the terror they'd faced.
** One book earlier in ''Peace Talks'', when the Fomorian King enters the conference, one of the first things his soldiers do is kill the waiters and security staff. When an enraged Mab confronts them, the king sneers that they were "hirelings and chattel" and plops a bag of diamonds on the ground in front of her.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the various magical/political power-players are signatories to the Unseelie Accords, which outline codes of conduct. One of the rules concerns ''weregild'', an old-fashioned concept where one party who has injured or killed the friends or families of another party can satisfy the rules with a payment. Harry dislikes the rule, as he knows that money is poor compensation for the loss of a loved one, but at the end of ''Battle Ground'' ''Literature/BattleGround'' he invoked it in a big way to force the Accorded Nations to recompense the citizens of Chicago for the terror they'd faced.
** One book earlier in ''Peace Talks'', ''Literature/PeaceTalks'', when the Fomorian King enters the conference, one of the first things his soldiers do is kill the waiters and security staff. When an enraged Mab confronts them, the king sneers that they were "hirelings and chattel" and plops a bag of diamonds on the ground in front of her.

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** One book earlier in ''Peace Talks'', when the Fomorian King enters the conference, one of the first things his soldiers do is kill the waiters and security staff. When an enraged Mab confronts them, the king sneers that they were "hirelings and chattel" and plops a bag of diamonds on the ground in front of her.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the various magical/political power-players are signatories to the Unseelie Accords, which outline codes of conduct. One of the rules concerns ''weregild'', an old-fashioned concept where one party who has injured or killed the friends or families of another party can satisfy the rules with a payment. Harry dislikes the rule, as he knows that money is poor compensation for the loss of a loved one, but at the end of ''Battle Ground'' he invoked it in a big way to force the Accorded Nations to recompense the citizens of Chicago for the terror they'd faced.


* In ''Series/BlackBooks'', Bernard and Manny, while housesitting, have just consumed a bottle of wine worth around £10,000. Manny suggests they make up for it by buying the owner...a pencil.

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* In ''Series/BlackBooks'', Bernard and Manny, while housesitting, have just consumed a bottle of wine worth around £10,000. Manny suggests they make up for it by buying the owner...a pencil. But a ''really nice'' box of pencils.


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* ''Series/TheBoys2019''. After his girlfriend is accidentally killed by a superhero, Hughie Campbell is offered $45,000 in 'compensation', though it's actually hush money as he has to sign a legal agreement never to discuss the matter. In Season 2 he meets a woman who saw her brother murdered in cold blood by a racist superhero back in TheSeventies, and took a $2000 hush payment because her family was poor and she thought no-one would do anything about it anyway.

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* ''Series/TheBoys2019''. After his girlfriend is accidentally killed by a superhero, Hughie Campbell is offered $45,000 in 'compensation', though it's actually hush money as he has to sign a legal agreement never to discuss the matter. In Season 2 2, he meets a woman who saw her brother murdered in cold blood by a racist superhero back in TheSeventies, TheSeventies and took a $2000 hush payment because her family was poor and she thought no-one would do anything about it anyway.



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* ''Series/TheBoys2019''. After his girlfriend is accidentally killed by a superhero, Hughie Campbell is offered $45,000 in 'compensation', though it's actually hush money as he has to sign a legal agreement never to discuss the matter. In Season 2 he meets a woman who saw her brother murdered in cold blood by a racist superhero back in TheSeventies, and took a $2000 hush payment because her family was poor and she thought no-one would do anything about it anyway.
-->"Two thousand dollars. That is what my brother's life was worth. Just two thousand dollars!"


See RejectedApology, if the person rejecting the apology isn't some [[NoSympathyForGrudgeHolders grudge holding]] {{Jerkass}} because the offender did something ''really'' [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable]] that a mere apology will not suffice. The person who apologizes can even be MadeIntoAJerkass since the apology itself can be seen as [[BackhandedApology a bigger insult]], into thinking that a single apology isn't going to undo the damages.

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See RejectedApology, if the person rejecting the apology isn't some [[NoSympathyForGrudgeHolders grudge holding]] {{Jerkass}} because the offender did something ''really'' [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable]] that a mere apology will not suffice. The person who apologizes can even be MadeIntoAJerkass MadeOutToBeAJerkass since the apology itself can be seen as [[BackhandedApology a bigger insult]], into thinking that a single apology isn't is going to undo the damages.

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See RejectedApology, if the person rejecting the apology isn't some [[NoSympathyForGrudgeHolders grudge holding]] {{Jerkass}} because the offender did something ''really'' [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable]] that a mere apology will not suffice. The person who apologizes can even be MadeIntoAJerkass since the apology itself can be seen as [[BackhandedApology a bigger insult]], into thinking that a single apology isn't going to undo the damages.

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->''"Sorry I burned down your village. Here's some gold."''
-->-- '''[[https://scryfall.com/card/mir/278/reparations Reparations]]''' FlavorText, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''


** Eric Cartman once tried to make up for all the bad things he did because he thought that he had died, and could only reach heaven through redemption. His big idea: make everyone a fruit basket. This included Scott Tenorman, whose parents Eric had killed. A fruit basket with an 'I'm sorry' card, that's it. Cartman did fix someone's fence that he broke and didn't tell the person who owned it, which in that case was proportionate.
** In another episode, he feels quite put upon for being made to apologise for ''infecting Kyle with [=AIDS=]''. Kyle however snaps and begins a more proportionate restitution of tearing apart his room.

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** In "[[Recap/SouthParkS9E6TheDeathOfEricCartman The Death of Eric Cartman]]", Eric Cartman once tried tries to make up for all the bad things he did because he thought that he had died, and could only reach heaven through redemption. His big idea: make everyone a fruit basket. This included Scott Tenorman, whose parents Eric had killed. A fruit basket with an 'I'm sorry' card, that's it. Cartman did fix someone's fence that he broke and didn't tell the person who owned it, which in that case was proportionate.
** In another episode, "[[Recap/SouthParkS12E1TonsilTrouble Tonsil Trouble]]", he feels quite put upon for being made to apologise for ''infecting Kyle with [=AIDS=]''. Kyle however snaps and begins a more proportionate restitution of tearing apart his room.





-->'''Cartman:''' I ''apologised'', Kyle!

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-->'''Cartman:''' --->'''Cartman:''' I ''apologised'', Kyle!


** Eric Cartman once tried to make up for all the bad things he did because he thought that he had died, and could only reach heaven through redemption. His big idea: make everyone a fruit basket. This included Scott Tenorman, the surviving victim of Eric's crossing of the MoralEventHorizon.[[note]][[RefugeInAudacity How did Eric not go to jail for that, after gloating about it in front of the whole town?]][[/note]] A fruit basket with an 'I'm sorry' card, that's it.
** Actually, in the same episode, he did fix someone's fence that he broke and didn't tell the person who owned it, so, in this case, this trope may be subverted.

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** Eric Cartman once tried to make up for all the bad things he did because he thought that he had died, and could only reach heaven through redemption. His big idea: make everyone a fruit basket. This included Scott Tenorman, the surviving victim of Eric's crossing of the MoralEventHorizon.[[note]][[RefugeInAudacity How did whose parents Eric not go to jail for that, after gloating about it in front of the whole town?]][[/note]] had killed. A fruit basket with an 'I'm sorry' card, that's it.
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it. Cartman did fix someone's fence that he broke and didn't tell the person who owned it, so, which in this case, this trope may be subverted.that case was proportionate.


* Has happened from time to time in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. One example that jumps to mind was when Harry spent the entire fifth book as the subject of a propagandic smear campaign from the Ministry of Magic, making him a social outcast and hated by the wizard community. And he's tortured by a sadistic Ministry garrison at Hogwarts. When he proves himself right and is a public hero again, the new Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour (who by the way appears to have done bugger-all to improve the Ministry's methods), offers him a chance to "be friends," so he can look good by leeching off Harry's great PR. Harry is quite pissed, particularly when he sees that the aforementioned sadist still had her job. Played with since it is not Rufus individually who needs to make up for Harry but tries to as a representative of the Ministry as a whole. [[spoiler: He does, however, refuse to give up Harry's location when the Death Eaters torture him for it, and they subsequently torture him ''to death''.]]

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* Has happened from time to time in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. One example that jumps to mind was when Harry spent the entire fifth book as the subject of a propagandic smear campaign from the Ministry of Magic, making him a social outcast and hated by the wizard community. And he's tortured by a sadistic Ministry garrison at Hogwarts. When he proves himself right and is a public hero again, the new Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour (who by the way appears to have done bugger-all to improve the Ministry's methods), offers him a chance to "be friends," so he can look good by leeching off Harry's great PR. Harry is quite pissed, particularly when he sees that the aforementioned sadist still had her job. Played with since it is not Rufus individually who needs to make up for Harry but tries to as a representative of the Ministry offending institution as a whole. [[spoiler: He does, however, refuse to give up Harry's location when the Death Eaters torture him for it, and they subsequently torture him ''to death''.]]


* Has happened from time to time in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. One example that jumps to mind was when Harry spent the entire fifth book as the subject of a propagandic smear campaign from the Ministry of Magic, making him a social outcast and hated by the wizard community. And he's tortured by a sadistic Ministry garrison at Hogwarts. When he proves himself right and is a public hero again, the new Minister of Magic (who appears to have done bugger-all to improve the Ministry's methods), offers him a chance to "be friends," so he can look good by leeching off Harry's great PR. Harry is quite pissed, particularly when he sees that the aforementioned sadist still had her job. [[spoiler: He does, however, refuse to give up Harry's location when the Death Eaters torture him for it, and they subsequently torture him ''to death''.]]

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* Has happened from time to time in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. One example that jumps to mind was when Harry spent the entire fifth book as the subject of a propagandic smear campaign from the Ministry of Magic, making him a social outcast and hated by the wizard community. And he's tortured by a sadistic Ministry garrison at Hogwarts. When he proves himself right and is a public hero again, the new Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour (who by the way appears to have done bugger-all to improve the Ministry's methods), offers him a chance to "be friends," so he can look good by leeching off Harry's great PR. Harry is quite pissed, particularly when he sees that the aforementioned sadist still had her job. Played with since it is not Rufus individually who needs to make up for Harry but tries to as a representative of the Ministry as a whole. [[spoiler: He does, however, refuse to give up Harry's location when the Death Eaters torture him for it, and they subsequently torture him ''to death''.]]


But if you're writing fiction, and you want comedy, going the Disproportionate Restitution route is a old standby. That's making the restitution far ''less'' than the offense merits.

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But if you're writing fiction, and you want comedy, going the Disproportionate Restitution route is a an old standby. That's making the restitution far ''less'' than the offense merits.

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