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* ''Film/Venom2018'' has Anne remove her engagement ring and hand it back to Eddie after his betrayal of her trust costs her her job.



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* In a ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' book, a girl gives her fiancé back his engagement ring, realizing what a jerk he's become since they got engaged, that they are nowhere near ready for marriage, and that they're doing this mostly to stick it to their parents (who used to be friends, but had a falling out).


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* ''Series/GeneralHospital''. When Karen breaks up with Jason because she's fallen in love with Jagger, she removes the necklace he gave her only a few hours earlier and hands it back to him. She caps it off by showing up at his house the next day to return his letter jacket as well.


* In ''Film/FantasticFour'', Ben Grimm calls his fiancee, Debbie, and tries to talk to her about what had happened to him in space, but is too nervous to speak clearly about it. All he does is confuse and scare her. When she sees him in the light of day, despite him helping save the lives of a bunch of New Yorkers, she walks to the front of the crowd, shakes her head at him, takes off her engagement ring and leaves it on the blacktop -- adding insult to injury because Ben's giant stone Thing-fingers can't even pick the ring up.

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* In ''Film/FantasticFour'', ''Film/FantasticFour2005'', Ben Grimm calls his fiancee, Debbie, and tries to talk to her about what had happened to him in space, but is too nervous to speak clearly about it. All he does is confuse and scare her. When she sees him in the light of day, despite him helping save the lives of a bunch of New Yorkers, she walks to the front of the crowd, shakes her head at him, takes off her engagement ring and leaves it on the blacktop -- adding insult to injury because Ben's giant stone Thing-fingers can't even pick the ring up.



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* Music/MadinaLake's music video to "One Last Kiss" starts with the ex-girlfriend giving back a ring and walking away.


* In ''{{Discworld/Wintersmith}}'', after Tiffany defeats the Wintersmith, he leaves behind an iron nail which she fashions into a ring. When the Morris dancers drop by for the year, she gives the ring back to a man with the Wintersmith's eyes as a way to say that it would never work out since she's a human and the Wintersmith is basically a force of nature.

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In ''{{Discworld/Wintersmith}}'', after Tiffany defeats the Wintersmith, he leaves behind an iron nail which she fashions into a ring. When the Morris dancers drop by for the year, she gives the ring back to a man with the Wintersmith's eyes as a way to say that it would never work out since she's a human and the Wintersmith is basically a force of nature.nature.
** Averted by a woman mentioned in ''Nanny Ogg's Cookbook'', who had enough rings to make a charm bracelet. Even Nanny notes that this is "not a cultured thing to do".



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* In the second episode of ''{{Series/Friends}}'' Rachel has to return her engagement ring to the fiance she [[RunawayBride left at the altar]] in the previous episode. To make matters worse, [[LostWeddingRing the ring goes missing]] before she can see him.



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* In [[Franchise/{{Superman}} yet another]] ''[[Comicbook/SupermanRebirth Superman]]'' story, Frankenstein wears his ex-bride's wedding ring alongside his own. He offers it to her after they have a bonding experience, and she drops it at his feet.



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* In one manga version of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'', Deridre is [[spoiler:kidnapped and brainwashed by Manfroy so that she can marry Arvis. To symbolize how she's no longer married to Sigurd, he takes off her ring and throws it away.]]

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* In the opera ''Lucia di Lammermoor'' lovers Lucia and Edgardo exchange rings as they secretly pledge faith to each other. When Lucia is forced by her brother to marry another man, Edgardo disrupts the wedding in a jealous rage and throws Lucia's ring back at her. This leads to Lucia's dramatic {{Sanity Slippage}} in the following act.


* Several adaptations of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' have Belle do this when she ends her engagement to the young Scrooge, as shown by the Ghost of Christmas Past. The Albert Finney musical Film/Scrooge1970 offers an especially memorable variation: Scrooge is updating his ledgers when Belle enters his office, and annuls their engagement by tossing her ring onto one side of a balance scale, and dropping a gold crown onto the other. Of course, the crown weighs more, signifying that Scrooge's love of money outweighs his love for Belle.

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* Several adaptations of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' have Belle do this when she ends her engagement to the young Scrooge, as Scrooge (as shown by the Ghost of Christmas Past. Past), although the original book never mentions it. The Albert Finney musical Film/Scrooge1970 ''Film/Scrooge1970'' offers an especially memorable variation: Scrooge is updating his ledgers when Belle enters his office, and annuls their engagement by tossing her ring onto one side of a balance scale, and dropping a gold crown onto the other. Of course, the crown weighs more, signifying that Scrooge's love of money outweighs his love for Belle.



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* Several adaptations of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' have Belle do this when she ends her engagement to the young Scrooge, as shown by the Ghost of Christmas Past. The Albert Finney musical Film/Scrooge1970 offers an especially memorable variation: Scrooge is updating his ledgers when Belle enters his office, and annuls their engagement by tossing her ring onto one side of a balance scale, and dropping a gold crown onto the other. Of course, the crown weighs more, signifying that Scrooge's love of money outweighs his love for Belle.



* Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' has the Ghost of Christmas Past escort Ebenezer Scrooge to his young adult days, in which he was engaged to Belle at the time. Scrooge is updating his ledgers when Belle enters his office, and annuls their engagement by tossing her ring onto one side of a balance scale, and dropping a gold crown onto the other. Of course, the crown weighs more, signifying that Scrooge's love of money outweighs his love for Belle.



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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in the episode "Lisa's Future", Lisa returns her engagement ring to her wealthy English fiancé, just minutes before the wedding, upon finding out that not only does he not want to wear the "traditional" pig cufflinks Homer gave him, but that he plans to take her away from her family forever because (he feels) that they're just too [[DysfunctionalFamily dysfunctional]] and uncouth.



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* A platonic example occurs in ''{{Literature/Speak}},'' when Heather rejects her outcast friend Melinda in favor of the popular Martha clique and seals the deal by giving her back the necklace she received from her for Christmas.



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* In the MusicVideo for "Let's Get Married" by Music/JaggedEdge, Sarah is frustrated (and not for the first time) with her fiancé Trent putting friends and fun before her. The last straw is when she calls him for emotional support while wedding-dress shopping (the night before the wedding!), and he's at his StagParty, where one of the strippers hangs up his phone on her. She calls off the engagement, and returns the ring to Trent, who is left sitting on the steps of the church contemplating WhatCouldHaveBeen. [[spoiler: The video then rewinds to that party, and Trent leaves to take the call, and the wedding goes as planned.]]


** In the anime and the manga, [[spoiler: Miki's CrazyJealousGuy Kei takes a medallion (anime) or a bracelet (manga) that was very meaningful for Yuu and Miki and gives it to Yuu claiming that Miki doesn't want to be Yuu's girlfriend any longer. Yuu is savvy enough to see through the lie and tells Miki that he didn't believe it as he returns it to her, but they still break off for a very short while.]]

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** In the anime and the manga, [[spoiler: Miki's CrazyJealousGuy Kei takes a medallion (anime) or a bracelet (manga) that was very meaningful for Yuu and Miki and gives it to Yuu Yuu, claiming that Miki has told him that doesn't want to be Yuu's girlfriend any longer. Yuu is savvy enough to see through the lie and tells Miki that he didn't believe it Kei's clame as he returns it the trinket to her, but they still break off for a very short while.]]

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