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Easy forgiveness in anime and manga.

  • In The 100 Girlfriends Who Really Really Really Really Really Love You, both Kusuri and Hahari are forgiven by the others for trapping the other girls in an And I Must Scream situation and trying to have Rentarou killed, respectively. While it makes sense that they'd forgive Kusuri - she mistakenly thought that they'd realise the big flask was for Rentarou instead of all of them, and she's horrified at the results of the mix-up - Hahari is welcomed to the harem with open arms, despite having done much worse.
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  • In the last episodes of Black Cat, surviving members of Chronos and the Apostles team up in spite of spending most of the series trying to kill each other. They are joined by several Sweepers (bounty hunters) who had been manipulated by or defected from Chronos and had just been battling against the apostles. For that matter, some members of the Apostles had previously defected from that group or tried to kill other members of that group. Even the orphan children had been abandoned by their one member to gain power. Yet all these people work together in the final battle.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • The second princess of England is easily forgiven despite committing treason in an attempted coup de tat, because her actions were those of a Well-Intentioned Extremist looking out for her homeland.
    • Last Order is pretty forgiving of Accelerator considering what he's done (especially considering that she remembers everything as though it happened to her, thanks to the Hive Mind). She's about the only one though; the rest of the Sisters are noted to have extremely mixed feelings toward Accelerator, and Misaka herself still hates him with a passion.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Gabi Braun is directly responsible for killing Sasha, attempting to kill Kaya, and bragging about her murder of Sasha to Nicolo, who had feelings for her. Despite her heinous actions, Mr. Braus chooses not to avenge Sasha. Kaya and Nicolo both tried to kill Gabi separate times but both ended up letting go of their vendetta as well...even though Gabi has not yet faced real consequences for her actions despite finally figuring out Eldians are not actual devils.
    • After Annie is finally reintroduced into the story and accidentally encounters Connie and Armin, they just forget about the countless Survey Corps members she killed during the 57th expedition. Though, it's justified, since at that same time, Eren was going about his plan to wipe out everyone beyond Paradis Island, and thus they recruit her in their plan to stop him.
      • Averted where Jean is concerned though, as he's absolutely pissed when he learns that Annie and Reiner were directly responsible for Marco's death.
  • Code Geass:
    • Villetta is easily forgiven by Ohgi for shooting and incapacitating him during the Black Rebellion. And, of course, the whole racist Britannian agent thing.
    • Ohgi himself is easily forgiven for betraying Lelouch and siding with Schneizel by various people who were on Lelouch's side. They even actually attend his and Villetta's wedding.
  • This is the ultimate fate of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!'s Terrible Trio, the Conquest Club. Though their victims uniformly end up better off thanks to the MacGuffin, they've spent the series at best bullying the rest of the school, and at worst beating the crap out of them. Their leader, Kinshiro, is either a total Karma Houdini or gets a well-deserved Humiliation Conga, depending on who you ask.
  • In Death Note, L Lawliet arranges things so that Light and Misa are put through a mock execution, making Light believe his own father is going to shoot him in the head. Light forgives them on the very same page.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • This defines Goku's relationship with almost all of his friends (including Bulma to some extent, considering she shot him with her pistol on their first meeting in the original Dragon Ball). Most of them started as The Rival. Piccolo was an outright villain who tries to kill him and take over the world and Vegeta tried to blow up the Earth and oversaw the murder of his friends in Dragon Ball Z, but once they stop actively fighting people, he's perfectly fine with them hanging around. He's even somewhat forgiving towards Kid Buu, the pure, unrepentant omnicidal Eldritch Abomination who destroyed his planet, wishing that he will be reborn as a good person so they can fight again before killing him. The only villains he isn't forgiving towards are King Piccolo, Cell, Super Buu and Zamasu/Goku Black from Dragon Ball Super. Frieza is a mixed bag since he doesn't forgive Frieza at all, but tries to let him live as a punishment.
    • This is true of most of the characters. Despite Vegeta being a murderous Space Pirate, only Tien holds a grudge, which he eventually gets over. Fat Buu killed millions if not billions of people, but he's welcomed into the core group fairly easily, although most of that is because this version of Buu isn't really evil, just misguided and because even global-level death is fairly cheap in this world.
    • Averted on a cosmic level. Vegeta may have been forgiven by the cast, but after everything he'd done in the past, as well as his actions as Majin Vegeta, when he's about to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Buu, Piccolo warns him that someone like him can only end up in Hell when he dies.
  • Played with in both manga and anime of Elfen Lied. Kouta does not forgive Lucy for killing his little sister Kanae and their father. However, even though he never does forgive her, in the anime he openly declares that he will always love her; in the manga, while he is much more bitter and hateful, he offers her a Last-Second Chance to live peacefully with him and the rest of the cast, then takes a bullet fully intended for her because he refused to let another family member of his die ever again.
  • Any protagonist in Eureka Seven who meets Anti-Villain Dominic quickly sees him as a really nice guy even when knowing his ties to the world's corrupt military. Upon first meeting him in a particular scene in Episode 45, the Gekkostate crew are at first wary of him joining forces with them against a common enemy, but decide to trust him implicitly when he states his reasons for doing so are to protect the girl he loves, which immediately makes him openly comparable to main protagonist Renton.
  • Most of the villains in Fairy Tail. Trying to exterminate an entire village just for daring to oppose your plan to revive an ancient demon that ravaged the Earth is just a misunderstanding. Trying to revive an even greater evil to turn the world upside-down, enslaving and killing countless innocents to do so is fine, so long as you lost your memory of the deed and helped the heroes out against a smaller threat. Betraying your guild, turning your former comrades against each other, and then tried to kill them all along with the town they resided in only happened because you didn't really mean it even though you tried and almost succeeded. One of them asks why they have been forgiven so easily. They answer that they haven't, but not giving aid and acceptance to someone in need of it and offering them a shot at making things better would ultimately make Fairy Tail no better in the end.
  • Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star is infamous for taking it easy on some real scumbags as long as they show the slightest shred of decency. Of course, taking it easy in his case means treating them to a death that isn't as horrible as those of the gleefully dickish Mooks he usually deals with.
  • Akito from Fruits Basket. Her offenses include half-blinding Hattori and guilt-tripping his girlfriend for it, throwing Rin out of a two-story window, locking Yuki in a dark room to torture him, smacking Kisa until her cheek bled, psychologically damaging anyone that pisses her off, and attempting to murder Kyo and Tohru. There's only so much a Freudian Excuse can justify. Though it is worth noting that the only explicit forgiveness comes from Tohru and ostensibly Shigure. Rin refuses to forgive Akito and everyone else just seem to want to go on with their lives.
  • One strong theme in Fullmetal Alchemist is how to deal with sins, forgiveness, and cycle of hatred.
    • Subverted with the Ishvalan people after nearly getting wiped out in a genocide. Scar's master says that they should not forgive the Amestrians, because good people should be outraged at injustice, but they do need to endure it and not continue the cycle of hatred. The result is a rare middle ground between forgiveness and vengeance.
    • Subverted again when Izumi forgives Edward and Alphonse for disobeying her repeated warnings to not attempt human transmutation...but still expels them as her students. They now consider each other peers rather than master and student, though, especially since Izumi once made the same mistake. In the 2003 anime version, though, the two are forced to repeat the month-long island training, although they have a much easier time.
    • Hilariously played straight with Paninya in Rush Valley. Paninya stole Edward's silver watch, the proof that he's a state alchemist, which sparked off a chase sequence that caused a lot of damage. When they capture her, a furious Edward wants to have her arrested, while Winry berates him for being so horrible for not forgiving a 'minor' slight...mostly because she wants Paninya to introduce her to the man who made her incredibly well-designed automail legs. (Edward does forgive her after a punch or two). She does, however, give Paninya a What the Hell, Hero? speech after hearing that she steals to repay the man who made her legs, telling her that he wouldn't want it.
  • In The Familiar of Zero, Louise essentially kidnaps Saito from his old life by force, enslaves him, forces him to do her chores, beats him whenever she gets upset, and denies him food as punishment when she's unsatisfied with his work. But despite all this, Saito still ends up falling in love with her.
  • Yuno Gasai of Future Diary kidnaps the main character, and in order to keep him safe, keeps him tied up and drugged for a week. Later when his friends arrive to 'rescue him' she tries to kill them. Two chapters later, all is forgiven between the two. To her credit, she does become much tamer after that incident.
  • One of the central themes in Gankutsuou is that forgiving someone doesn't necessarily mean writing off sins, but that it necessitates a deep understanding of the person who wronged you and their actions. Still, it's difficult to believe that Albert would be so okay with the Count for befriending him to use him for the sake of his twisted revenge, lying to him all along, betraying him, breaking apart his family, killing his best friend, and attempting repeatedly to kill him in a brutal way in front of one of his parents. Sure enough, Albert gets to understand that Edmond Dantes is truly a caring man who's been deeply wronged by Fernand and is trying to kill off his human feelings, but it goes overboard when he decides to save Dantes from himself.
  • Andrei Smirnov in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 committed patricide on his own father, and his adopted daughter Soma Peiries hunts him down with extreme vengeance. But thanks to a certain Deus ex Machina device... he is forgiven. Thankfully, said Deus ex Machina comes with him finally realising how much of an ass he was and getting rid of what makes him annoying. In The Movie, Andrei willingly takes what's left of karma on himself, performing a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Of all people, Goldie Musou, the main antagonist of Gunsmith Cats, gets Easily Forgiven by the protagonists after temporarily losing her memory, and entering to a relationship with Misty Brown. The same Misty Brown she once kidnapped and was implied to have raped.
  • The finale of Infinite Ryvius shows everyone from the ship being invited back to crew it, all on excellent terms after apparently having escaped both legal consequences and personal grievances for their widely publicized behavior in earlier episodes. For the record, they include gangs, rebels, dictators, torturers, rapists, murderers, and utter lunatics (one of whom led her own secret death cult.) Kids from the ship aside, there's also the evil conspiracy that purposely caused the whole incident, hounded them nearly to death, and blew up an inhibited world.
    • It's not easy. The kids were not happy at the prospect of returning that ship; Main character Kouji actually punched out the government official who brought the proposal to him. Why'd they go back? Well, there were a verity of reasons unique to each character; some were there for a career opportunity, some felt the ship's new mission was worth going back, some had unfinished business, and a few were seeking atonement. But what all of them had in commen was a desire to prove they were strong enough to put aside all that ugliness; keeping with one of the major themes of the anime.
  • Inuyasha: Kouga started out by slaughtering multiple villages, including Rin's (even including Rin). He then kidnaps Kagome to force her to become his bride so he can use her shard-detection powers to make himself and his tribe the strongest demons in the area. By the time Inuyasha rescues Kagome, she's willing to protect Kouga against Inuyasha's wrath. Since Kouga falls for her, he becomes The Rival to Inuyasha and their disputes are treated like playground scraps. The issue of Kouga and his tribe destroying villages and eating humans isn't raised again by Inuyasha's group, even when they encounter others of Kouga's kind who continue to eat humans. It's very noticeable that Rin, whom he killed, and Sesshoumaru, her guardian, are never allowed to meet Kouga in the manga (a brief meeting between them in the anime is pure filler but still ends with Sesshoumaru not considering him worth fussing over).
  • In Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Liliruca steals Bell's weapons, cheats him out of a fair share of their dungeon loot, and eventually leaves him for dead amid a hoard of monsters, but Bell still comes to her rescue and forgives her for everything, because that’s just the kind of guy he is. Lili herself lambasts him for doing something so foolish, but in the end this led to her making a Heel–Face Turn after seeing what he was willing to do for someone like her.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Deconstructed with Iino, as her naive sense of morality is consistently portrayed as being bad for her long-term emotional health. Any negative feelings Iino may hold can easily be canceled out by complimenting her, something Fujiwara demonstrates by buttering her up with praise after she gets caught telling Ishigami about how easily manipulated Iino is. Fujiwara knows that Iino is a sucker for praise and exploits it along with Iino's borderline worship of her to toy with her underclassman and then soften her back up if she takes it too far. During the school festival, she is very nearly picked up by a pair of flirtatious boys until Ishigami intervened. This, combined with the fact that she seems to actually enjoy being abused, causes her friends to fear that she'll get trapped in an abusive relationship somewhere down the line.
    • Downplayed in the Class Trip arc:
      • Shirogane is angry, when he learns that Hayasaka lied about her identity, but he quickly realizes that she exposed herself to him because she needed his help.
      • Kaguya is furious when she finds out about Hayasaka having spied on her for the past ten years, but manages to forgive her after a long talk. Considering the fact that this was the first time that Kaguya had ever forgiven anyone in her life, it might as well count as her acting as if it never happened in the first place.
  • In Kamisama Kiss, Mizuki kidnaps Nanami in an attempt to force her into marrying him, and is just about to rape her when Tomoe shows up to save her in the nick of time. You'd think Nanami might be a bit upset about this, but in fact she fully forgives him before the end of that very episode. She never brings up the issue up again, and soon they are on good terms, so good that Mizuki eventually ends up moving in with Nanami at the Mikage shrine. Only Tomoe seems to remember that the kidnapping/rape attempt ever happened, and still he only occasionally refers to it in a passing thought. Likewise, Tomoe doesn't seem to take issue with the fact that Nanami basically enslaved him by kissing him against his will back in episode 1, as he soon dedicates himself to being her loyal familiar and quickly falls in love with her as well.
  • Rokudo Mukuro from Katekyō Hitman Reborn!. He manipulated Lancia into killing all of his friends, beat up Tsuna's friends and used them as hostages, beat Tsuna up quite a bit during their fight, revealed his plan was to possess Tsuna's body so he could destroy the Mafia and turn the world into a sea of blood, and generally fought dirty. He is shown to be entirely unapologetic about the whole thing the next time he meets Tsuna, even stating that he plans to take over Tsuna at the next opportunity. However, when he became Tsuna's guardian and showed Tsuna the vision of his body in prison, Tsuna quickly develops sympathy for him, and it becomes obvious that Tsuna has already forgiven him for the whole ordeal (much to Reborn's chagrin). Tsuna even goes so far as to excuse his unapologetic proclamation as him just being stubborn and shy.
  • Downplayed in Kotoura-san. Hiyori is forgiven by Kotoura, despite bullying her, and nearly getting Manabe killed. On the other hand, other people like Manabe and Kotoura's grandfather aren't quite so forgiving, but willing to at least accept her for Kotoura's sake.
  • By the third season, Shibuya Yuuri, the young king in Kyou Kara Maou!, has a policy of unconditional forgiveness, much to the consternation of his fiancé and advisers. To the point that Saralegui only has to apologise to be forgiven for manipulating Yuuri into become a weapon of mass destruction and killing hundreds of people.
  • Lupin III's Fujiko Mine is constantly instantly forgiven by Lupin, no matter how severely she's tried to double-cross him and the gang. Jigen and Goemon call him out on this on occasion. On the rare occasion that he can't get out of, she doesn't. She usually stands by his side when there doesn't seem to be any hope. Even on such occasions where the other choice is death.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, when Ascot turns to the good side he is instantly forgiven for earlier having killed Presea in the anime and in turn instantly forgives the Magic Knights for killing his summons, whom he thought of as friends. The girls treat him as a victim of Manipulative Bastard Zagato after Umi delivers an Armor-Piercing Slap.
  • Mai Hime:
    • Shizuru is Easily Forgiven by by Natsuki (a good number of the series' fans too) for the things she did as a Psycho Lesbian. Haruka and Yukino weren't quite as easily convinced, though.
    • Mikoto was directly responsible for killing two of Mai's Most Important People. Mai, however, realizes she was brainwashed the whole time (and it was actually Shiho who was responsible for Takumi's death), and decides not to hold it against Mikoto, even telling her up front that she loves her (though probably not in that way).
    • Everyone forgives everyone at the end, whatever terrible things they'd done. Given how much of a clusterfuck the Carnival was, though, it's fairly justified.
  • Mai-Otome:
  • Mars has two egregious instances. In a Cliffhanger, Harumi escalates her bullying of Kira to an unthinkable level by threatening to smash Kira's fingers with a small barbell. She doesn't follow through, but it's jarring when Harumi become's Kira's closest and most supportive female friend not two volumes later. An even worse instance is when Kira's mother, stricken by Soap Opera Disease, takes back the stepfather who raped her daughter. Kira's mother may forgive, but Kira certainly doesn't.
  • In Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Jean constantly forgives Nadia for her (misdirected) outbursts of anger at him without hesitation. (She eventually changes her ways as a result.)
  • Naruto:
    • The Sand Village ninjas (particularly Gaara and company) start off as murderers conspiring with the current Big Bad to try and overthrow and destroy the Hidden Leaf Village. The plan fails, but the third Hokage still ends up dead in no small part thanks to the Sand Village's assistance and at least tacit approval. Later on, the Sand Village as a whole, and Gaara, Temari and Kankuro specifically, are close allies with the Hidden Leaf Village and friends of the protagonists, mostly just because Orochimaru became a common enemy when he killed the Kazekage. It's implied that Konoha, weakened after the conflict and shorthanded, decided not to hold the Sand Village responsible in order to get a chance to recover.
    • Naruto is willing to forgive the village at large for treating him as an outcast, largely because of a few people (namely, Iruka, Shikamaru, Chouji, and Kiba) who considered him a nuisance at first but didn't shun him outright and because he believes that more than anything, he must believe in himself. He does once become irritated at how easily the villagers turn from hating him to worshiping him, but as a flashback montage in the Pain invasion shows, the process was more gradual than he thought.
    • Despite the fact that Kurama wanted to kill him most of his life, killed a lot of people being on the loose and bearing directly responsible for the death of his parents, Naruto forgives him. Of course during the attack on Konoha he was under Tobi's control for a while, but even after it wore off he still continued to attack Konoha. Naruto doesn't seem to care and calls Kurama his friend.
    • In the Shippuden movie Blood Prison, Naruto is seemingly abandoned by the village and thrown into a Kusa prison where he is beaten and tortured. And it turns out that it was a plan by the village to get a MacGuffin from the prison. A plan he wasn't let in on, and none of his friends so much as apologize for the emotional and physical pain he was forced to endure. And he easily waves it off without so much as a What the Hell, Hero?.
    • Despite the fact that he's committed countless atrocities in his pursuit of immortality, due to his role in siding with the heroes in the Great War, the worst that Orochimaru ends up with is that he's not allowed to leave his laboratory, meaning that he's free to do more horrible experiments.
      • Even worse is Kabuto, who actively participated against the protagonists in said war, murdering hundreds of people to fuel his Edo Tensei jutsu which he used to murder many more. Yet for these sins he isn't punished at all.
    • Despite all the atrocities that the Uchihas have committed, the good guys immediately forgave them all because of their sad story and because they are "manipulated" by Black Zetsu and Kaguya. All of the four major Uchihas completely qualify for this:
      • Naruto's willing to forgive Sasuke for all the chaos he's caused since he joined Akatsuki. After being introduced to the concepts of Cycle of Revenge and Not So Different in an earlier arc, Naruto believes that they could have been on opposite sides of the same conflict. At the end of the series Sasuke is forgiven for literally everything, Kakashi (Hokage at the time) gives him an official pardon, and he even marries Sakura and has a daughter with her. The anime downplays this a bit by specifically showing Sasuke serving a whole year immobilized and blindfolded in jail before he's released, and that the other kages only accepted his pardon because Naruto, savior of the world, pleaded for him.
      • Itachi mind rapes Sasuke, Kakashi and Naruto, orders Kisame to kill Kakashi because He Knows Too Much, and also tries to kill Kurenai and does nothing when Kisame decides to cut Naruto's legs off. He later beats Sasuke into a bloody pulp before mind raping him again. Despite all this, he not only forgiven but he is treated as if he was the greatest shinobi ever.
      • Obito Uchiha. Despite causing the most destructive War in ninja history, indirectly killing Minato and Kushina, killing the seven Jinchuuriki around the world, making the Bloody Mist worst... Naruto forgives him. Of course this was only after he became The Atoner, saved Naruto's life and set up the events to give him a Next Tier Power-Up, and then sacrificed himself to save Naruto and Kakashi from being killed. Naruto also says that Obito will have to take punishment for his actions after the war, but Naruto calling him 'The Greatest' after his death was probably stretching it a little.
      • While Madara isn't forgiven by Team 7, he is by Hashirama as he lays dying, he and Hashirama have a talk like they are old friends in spite of the fact that he did nothing to deserve such treatment and previously he not only attacked Hashirama but attempted to destroy Konoha just because he wasn't declared Hokage by the village.
  • One Piece:
    • After a series of events that lead to Usopp leaving the crew and challenging Luffy for the ownership of their broken ship, the Going Merry, Usopp is planning to come back and act casual about it. Luffy learns about this and rushes off to find him, but he's stopped by Zoro. Zoro tells Luffy and the rest of the crew that they shouldn't easily forgive Usopp, because they can't trust someone who left the crew so easily, nor can the captain let himself be walked over. If he comes back on his knees, fine; but letting him back in full of pride is unacceptable. Later, the crew begins to depart without Usopp in order to escape from some marines. Usopp runs to the shore and begins shouting out his rehearsed excuses, but most of the Straw Hats ignore him. As the ship gets further away, Usopp panics and finally blurts out an apology, and begs to be let back in. Satisfied, Luffy uses his rubber powers to bring him aboard the ship.
    • Double Subverted during the Impel Down arc when Luffy comes across Crocodile. Crocodile offers to help in exchange for being let out of his cell, but Luffy turns him down cold because of all the things he did in Alabasta. Luffy is convinced to let him out anyway, though, because Ivankov assures him that he knows something about Crocodile to keep him in line.
    • Played straight with Bon Clay (a.k.a. Mr. 2) at the end of the Alabasta arc. Affable as he was, Mr. 2 did directly take part in framing the king to incite the rebels to full-blown warfare, but after an Heroic Sacrifice to distract the Marines away from the escaping Straw Hats, he's considered a friend of the crew ever since. Luffy only briefly complains about Mr. 2 being with Baroque Works when Mr. 2 contacts him again.
    • Luffy is also relatively friendly toward Buggy and Mr. 3, despite the former trying to kill him (almost succeeding in Loguetown) and Nami and the latter almost turning Vivi, Nami and Zoro into wax figures.
    • Played straight with Boa Hancock. Despite how she turned several of her people to stone just for speaking up on Luffy's behalf and her sisters tried to smash those people just to hurt Luffy, after he defeats her sisters and she agrees to restore her petrified victimsnote  Luffy seems to forgive her within seconds.
    • Played with in regards to Nami and Jimbei after Jimbei apologizes for indirectly allowing Arlong to terrorize her hometown. Jimbei was even willing to accept any punishment as necessary but Nami explains that Arlong was the one who she will not easily forgive and she harbours no hate towards Jimbei or any other fishmen.
    • Played straight with Rebecca when she attempts to kill Luffy. He shrugs it off because 1) she didn't do it out of malice, 2) he easily beat her and 3) she brought him lunch using all her money.
    • Deconstructed through Big Mom. As a child, her caretaker Mother Caramel would constantly forgive Big Mom every time she accidentally caused trouble with her monstrous strength or with her eating habits instead of properly disciplining her. This would eventually give Big Mom a warped sense of right and wrong.
  • Pokémon:
    • Red easily forgives his former enemies in Pokémon Adventures, though admittedly, most situations fall into the Enemy Mine category. The guy who tried to electrocute him to death (twice) gets greeted with "Yo, what's up!" For the lady who stole his Eevee and tortured it, they took a bath together. For the alien Pokemon that nearly killed him and his Pokemon, it was all a misunderstanding.
    • In the Pokémon anime, the most egregious example would have to come from Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened: the Genesect Army destroy a city and threaten its power supply and inhabitants. By the end, no-one holds a grudge against them. Not even Red, who if anything is even guiltier than the other four as he routinely took control of them and made them do the bad things they did.
    • Rampaging legendary Pokémon in general tend to be forgiven and befriended by the end of their respective movies or anime arcs, despite causing widespread destruction. Usually, it's waved away as them being territorial, acting according to their nature or reacting to mistreatment, despite the fact that most of them are literal living gods and shown to be smart enough to understand what they're doing. The legendary birds in Pokémon 2000, for instance, are among the most feral legendaries shown thus far, attacking everything on sight after being roused. Even so, Zapdos has enough intelligence to communicate with Ash's Pikachu, stopping mid-rampage to explain what he's doing and why.
    • Faba is readily forgiven for his actions in the Nebby arc and his role in Lillie's Dark and Troubled Past apart from being demoted. However, he is still The Friend Nobody Likes.
  • Done in Project ARMS with pretty much all of Ryo's allies, since virtually all of them met via being sent by the Egrigori to kill him (or were trying to kill him to rebel against the Egrigori...or just trying to kill him). Hayato even comments on it after a group of Egrigori mutants kidnap them and try to kill them, only to be perfectly friendly after the battle is over. One of the mutants points out that all of them are on the Egrigori's hit-list, so they'd best put aside differences if they want to survive. It helps that most of those easily forgiven were also tricked, or horribly brainwashed since childhood and quite happy to give up their dangerous lives.
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena Utena has no hard feelings about being stabbed in the back (literally).
  • Rosario + Vampire: In their respective first appearances, Kurumu, Mizore, Ruby, and Yukari each caused all manner of trouble for Tsukune and Moka, with the latter three actually trying to kill them outright. By the end of all of their introductions, Tsukune has not only forgiven them for everything, but become close friends with them.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: The Juppongatana are a band of deadly killers who followed Shishio in his attempt to overthrow the government and rule in a very Social Darwinist manner. And then, after they are defeated, they all get very generous deals from the government with the explanation that they have talents that are very useful. Admittedly, Henya and Soujiro (who was never captured) were able do things that probably no one else on earth could, but the rest aren't unique. It is averted with Anji, who despite being probably the most sympathetic of the lot got sentenced to life imprisonment. It's worth noting that while Shishio was a nut, the series gives some credence to his accusation that the government was totally cynical and amoral, and the pardons could be considered supporting evidence.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In the anime Sailor Moon forgives Ail and En, the Akayashi Sisters, the Black Moon brothers, Professor Tomoe, the Amazon Trio, the Amazoness Quartet, Nehelenia, and Galaxia. Although it's not shown that any of these people (save Galaxia and Nehelenia) killed anyone, they all were trying to kill the senshi and destroy the world. In most of these examples, the characters in question were being either heavily manipulated by the villain, literally fighting for their own survival the only way they knew (Ail and An) or in Tomoe and Galaxia's case, possessed and not in control of their own actions. Nehelenia is the only one that comes off as really questionable, as she was really motivated by her own vanity in SuperS and in Stars by envy and revenge. She gets a second chance anyway, as the Senshi recognize she's lonely... however, the reason she's lonely is because she killed everyone in her kingdom to stay young forever.
    • In the manga it's only the Four Kings of Heaven, the Quartet, and Galaxia. The Four Kings were heavily implied to be brainwashed and still died, though they maintained a small presence with Endymion in the rest of the series. The Quartet were previously good, but Nehelenia found their hiding place and corrupted them. Galaxia was stone cold evil though, and killed everyone Sailor Moon loved just to screw with her. Sailor Moon still forgave her, though her motivation was to try and find a way to end the cycle of killing that had allowed Galaxia to get so far in the first place. Galaxia still dies though. Several of the characters that were forgiven in the anime were also significantly less sympathetic in the manga, where they were murderers and were killed off by the Sailor Senshi.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki is surprisingly prone to forgiving people over serious offenses. Nishiki tries to kill him twice, and brutally beats his best friend to taunt him. The next time they meet, Kaneki fights off a gang to save Nishiki's life. After Kaneki helps save Nishiki's girlfriend, the two end up becoming good friends. Tsukiyama repeatedly tries to eat Kaneki and stalks him obsessively. Kaneki, though less willing to trust than he used to be, still allows Tsukiyama to join his group. He treats him with mild annoyance at worst, and often is quite kind to him in spite of realizing Tsukiyama's true intentions. As with Nishiki, this kindness pays off and leads to Tsukiyama Becoming the Mask. And even though she tried to torture and eat him, Kaneki states that he holds no ill will towards Rize.
  • Subverted in Useless Princesses, in which Nanaki Fujishiro repeatedly picks on her classmate, the plain-looking Kanade Kurokawa, for being unattractive. Everything changes when Fujishiro's boyfriend, after being caught cheating on her, reveals that Fujishiro had always been his "backup girl," and he'd only dated her because of her looks. When Kurokawa happens upon Fujishiro in tears over the incident, she says it's only natural to feel upset about what "that asshole" did to her, and gives her a handkerchief. In Kurokawa's first POV chapter, it's shown that she still hates Fujishiro and initially wants nothing to do with her, so it takes them several chapters to become friends.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Ryuji Otogi / Duke Devlin has most of his actions swept aside by Yugi and the others despite humiliating Jonouchi / Joey by turning him into a dog and also threatens to expose Yugi as a cheater. The manga however gave him a Freudian Excuse and also began viewing Yugi as Worthy Opponent and perform a Heel–Face Turn when he realised he doesn't hate the Mutou family as much as his father, even trying to lend a helping hand to Yugi and his other friends.
    • To a lesser extent, Jonouchi and Honda. It's implied they bullied Yugi for years and Jonouchi goes as far as to steal part of Yugi's Puzzle in the first chapter. They become friends by the end of the chapter and Yugi forgives them, as does Anzu, despite her being the one to protect Yugi from their bullying. Often overlooked by the viewers too, due to most of it occurring offscreen.
    • Seto Kaiba repeatedly tried to kill the protagonists in the early manga, including Honda / Tristan's year old nephew who just happened to be with them at the time. One of the ways was locking them in a house with a child mass murderer. They do hold a bit of a grudge for a while, but still forgive him far too quickly.
      • Same goes for his little brother Mokuba. Because it happened before the second anime begins, it seems nobody even remembers Mokuba is an attempted murderer and serial cheater (which, in the Yu-Gi-Oh world, is practically worse). He's just Seto's Morality Pet.
      • Both Kaiba brother's Easy Forgiveness rests on a foundation of Mokuba's Easily Forgiving Seto for emotionally mistreating him and, shortly before Mind Crush II, torturing him with the Mind Crush I simulator he'd built to use on Yugi after beating him. Yugi and Yami take pity on them both for their evil adoptive father and screwed-up relationship that used to be all Big Brother Instinct, and fix Seto. Violently. From then on, Yami is focused on continuing to fix Seto during most of their interactions.
    • Pegasus and Marik, in a case of Defeat Means Friendship. Marik at least had the excuse that he believed the Pharaoh was responsible for killing his father and enslaving his family, and once he realizes his error (and sees his Super-Powered Evil Side) he helps Yugi win his duel against said Evil Side and resolves to atone for his actions.
      • Pegasus was a mixed bag. Though Yugi was quick to forgive him, Joey, Tea, and Tristan weren't so trusting of him, specifically during the Waking the Dragons arc when he mailed them a video tape, reminding them of how he used that to kidnap Solomon Muto in the first place. Note that this only really applies to the anime, in the manga Pegasus is killed almost immediately after losing to Yami and he's never given such treatment.
    • Dartz, a Filler Villain, a 10,000 year old king of Atlantis, a Corrupt Corporate Executive and leader of his destroy-the-world-because-humanity-ruined-it cult. His goal involves taking millions of souls of both humans and Duel Monster, literally killing off two worlds, he treats his henchmen poorly and will throw them away if they're useless, when he's not taking advantage of their Dark and Troubled Past. He later reveals he's behind the events to why his henchmen are so screwed up, all so they would join him. He's worse than the rest of the antagonists, yet he is just let off the hook and ascend to heaven. Although it is pretty heavily implied he was being possessed by the Eldritch Abomination he was trying to release.
    • From Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, we had Aki. Though she does seem to genuinely repent, the rest of the world seems awfully quick to just forget about the stuff she was up to in the first season. Multiple counts of aggravated assault in front of thousands of spectators on live television would probably get most people in prison, but just six months later, she's not only in a school that she set fire to a few years ago before dropping out, but they consider her their model pupil.
    • From Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, we had Vector. Despite betraying Yuma and the Barians repeatedly, Yuma still trusted him to the point of trying to rescue him from being absorbed by Don Thousand. Even Thousand himself chided Yuma for "trying to help his worst enemy". The Lampshading was taken a step further in the English dub.
      Nash: You know as well as I do he'll just betray us again!
      Yuma: Maybe he will, but that's a risk I'm willing to take. No matter what he's done, everyone deserves a second chance!
      Nash: Yes, but this will be Vector's thirtieth chance!
    • From Yu Gi Oh ARCV, we have Dennis. He was The Mole who betrayed the Lancers, but Yusho offered him a chance to abandon the side of evil and join his friends. Dennis fully acknowledges that Yuya and the others would forgive him, but he doesn't see himself worthy of their forgiveness. Not wanting to be evil, but believing himself unworthy to be a hero, he instead chooses to card himself.
  • Weed from Ginga Densetsu Weed had been criticized by several dogs and even some of his packmates for showing mercy and forgiveness on an enemy. Subverted harshly when Jerome kills Thunder and Lector, making Weed banish him from the pack.
  • A Silent Voice's main character Shoya Ishida has been Driven to Suicide over the amount of shame and guilt he feels for his horrible bullying of a deaf girl in his class years before. He decides to meet the girl again, expecting and almost hoping she'll lie down some kind of abuse on him for his actions, in an attempt to suffer for his actions just a bit more, planning to commit suicide afterwards. When he does meet her again, she forgives him and even wants to be his friend. The problem is the girl's mother, sister, and Ishida himself aren't so forgiving of his actions.
  • Played for comedy in The Devil Is a Part-Timer!. Sado/Satan and his underlings are responsible for mass murder on an extraordinary scale, waging a campaign of genocide that nearly wiped out all human life on Ente Isla. During the series itself many of the heroes of Ente Isla who come to Japan eventually accept that Sadou/Satan has changed an is a genuine Nice Guy. Even Urushihara/Lucifer gets to live with them after hi Heel–Face Turn despite the fact that he tried to Sadao/Satan and actually did kill Emi's entire village.
  • A large chunk of the Lyrical Nanoha cast started off as enemies who violently attacked people for their own gains, but once they get befriended at most they're put under a probationary period and then hired by the TSAB. This is mostly a good thing, with Fate and the Wolkenritter being the most valuable allies Nanoha has, but it ends up horribly backfiring for the TSAB in StrikerS, as their willingness to hire dangerous criminals leads them to support Big Bad Jail Scaglietti, who has no qualms about exploiting their good will and then turning on them when convenient.
    • Subverted in ViVid Strike!. Rinne was so horrified by what she had done to the girls who had bullied her and kept her from being with her dying grandfather that she would have been willing to forgive then and let them give her every injury she gave them if they apologized. Not only did they not apologize, they lied to their families and claimed she had attacked them unprovoked. Realizing this gives Rinne the Heroic Second Wind she needs to fight back against her kidnapper (the older brother of one of the bullies), but she still regrets what she did to them and hates herself.
  • Played with in The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Arslan forgives Jaswant and Rajendra after they both betray him several times and spare their lives. However Arslan makes sure to consult Narsus and the others for contingency plans should there be another betrayal. Arslan's mercy towards Jaswant softens the latter towards Arslan, leading him to help out Arslan's group and eventually join Arslan's group. For Rajendra, his latest betrayal caused a non-aggression treaty to be signed.
  • Addressed and justified in High School D×D. Raynare killed Issei, nearly killed Issei a second time, colluded with rogue exorcists, stole a Sacred Gear and killed its rightful owner in the process, and generally made life hell for the protagonists early on. She's not forgiven for these actions and ends up very dead for her troubles. However, it's later brought up that while she had gone rogue, she was still Azazel's subordinate and he's responsible for her actions, which he doesn't attempt to deny. However, this objection is overruled by the big shots in the room - Azazel and his Fallen Angels would bring so much to the alliance they're discussing that letting him off the hook is considered prudent.
  • The girls in Tokyo Mew Mew remain on remarkably good terms with the aliens throughout the entire duration of the series, despite the aliens' repeated attempts to kill them all and purge the planet of humanity. This is especially the case for Pudding, who constantly seeks to befriend Tart despite all the prior murder attempts.
  • Vampire Knight: Kaname, who can manipulate and kill whoever he wants, good or bad, as long as it's "for Yuuki" nearly everyone in the story will give him a free pass. It's even more ironic when people like Shizuka and Sara were labeled villains for doing far less crimes than that of Kaname's record. Even Rido lived with his unrequited love for a whole 3, 000 years before going mad, vs Kaname who couldn't help but treat Zero like dirt from very early on.
    • He does admit to have committed many sins in the end however, ultimately giving his life in his way of repaying them.
    • Yuuki herself counts. She's unable to give her heart fully to either Kaname or Zero and keeps two-timing them both, intentionally or not, but none of them ever reprimands her for it but continues to adore her.
  • In the Warrior Cats graphic novel A Shadow in RiverClan, not long after his Clanmates cheered Stonefur's death and would have supported Stormfur and Feathertail's deaths as well simply for being half-Clan, Stormfur settles back into RiverClan without too much worry. Feathertail doesn't find it as easy to forgive their Clanmates and doesn't understand how her brother has done so.


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