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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Skye lies about her true reasons for joining S.H.I.E.L.D. and leaks classified information to her old boyfriend, who then sells it to Centipede, resulting in the deaths of several people. Coulson does make her wear a bracelet that keeps her from using her hacking skills for a few episodes, but otherwise doesn't seem to hold it against her, Fitz and Simmons forgive her instantly, and when Ward hasn't forgiven her in the very next episode it's treated as him being incredibly petty (and of course, he comes around by the end of it too). May never liked Skye much to begin with, but doesn't seem to hold any resentment over the betrayal.
    • Wonderfully subverted with Ward as he spends much of season two thinking that with some hard work, the team will let him back in after he turned out to be a HYDRA agent who killed several people and dropped Fitz and Simmons out of a plane. Instead, it's clear the team will never forgive Ward for what he did and consider him the enemy.
    • Most notably, Fitz is astounded Ward truly thinks an "I'm sorry" actually makes up for nearly killing Fitz (which left him with long-lingering brain damage) and tearing into how he loathes Ward totally. When Ward protests that he "still considers us friends" Fitz (who had actually defended Ward before that attack) snorts he now knows Ward was just playing a role and turns his back on him.
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  • All My Children: After The Reveal that Greenlee wasn't actually responsible for her son Spike's deafness, Kendall is quick to patch things up with her, apparently forgetting that, even if Spike's hearing loss wasn't her fault, Greenlee still tried to kidnap him and landed him in the hospital after getting in a car crash. Several people, such as Annie and Erica, even point this out to Kendall.
  • Angel:
    • When Wesley kills Knox, restores his and Connor's memories of the past two seasons and lies to Angel about his willingness to kill Illyria Angel lets it all slide. Not that he could really afford firing him at that point.
    • Played straight to near exaggeration with Angel's son and his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • The Aquabats! Super Show!: Humorously subverted in the Christmas special, where the Aquabats take on The Krampus in a small village he has taken over in his bitterness that he is no longer expected to punish those who have been naughty all year. Santa Claus forgives Krampus for all of his wrong-doings, but Krampus doesn't want that since it only proves his point, and insists that Santa kick his ass. Santa obliges.
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  • Arrow: People hold grudges for a long time in the show, but when Oliver kidnaps Lyla and her infant daughter in order to prove his loyalty to a terrorist organization, she doesn't hold it against him for a moment. As a member of ARGUS, she has personally done far worse. Lyla's husband Diggle, on the other hand, goes ballistic, and even once he finds out Oliver did it for a good cause it takes him a long time to come around.
  • Babylon 5: Downplayed example when Delenn reveals to G'Kar that she deliberately concealed knowledge regarding the Shadows that could have saved G'Kar's homeworld... at the cost of starting the Shadow War before the younger races were ready. G'Kar understands, and decides she was almost certainly right... but he doesn't forgive her. At least, not that day.
  • In the 2-part episode "Home" from early in the second season of Battlestar Galactica , President Laura Roslin is not only easily forgiven by Commander Adama for her dissent at the end of the first season that threatened to tear the Colonial Fleet apart, she's easily reinstated. A mere handful of episodes later, Adama begins to fall in love with her.
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  • Lord Edmund Blackadder has done plenty of heinous things to his pals Baldrick and Percy, however neither holds a grudge towards him, most probably because they would need brains first to hold one.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Willow, who got Drunk on the Dark Side and tried to destroy the Earth, is welcomed back to the gang with open arms after a vacation in England. At that point all the other Scoobies had been temporarily evil at one point or another, so they're probably used to it, and Willow hates that she was so easily forgiven.
    • And Tara, with the blindness thing. And Xander with the musical demon. And Buffy, with the psychological institution one. And Angel, with the whole second half of Season 2. And Spike for... everything. Y'know, it's safe to say that just about everybody got one of these, at least.
    • The Scoobies generally forgave those who were close to them more easily than those outside their inner circle. Faith had to work harder for forgiveness (getting it first from Angel, then from Willow, and ultimately from Buffy). Amy was particularly pissed that the gang took 3 years to transform her from a rat back to human, and then very quickly cast her out, which influenced her Face–Heel Turn.
    • Buffy flaunts this when she breaks off her relationship with Spike. She isn't worried about him ratting her out because she knows her friends won't care that she's been banging Spike, since they aren't particularly upset that she tried to kill them all in the previous episode (though she was under a mystical influence at the time). Subverted by the end when the gang finds out; while Willow and Dawn accept it relatively easily, Xander reacts exactly as Buffy feared he would: with shock and horror.
  • CSI: Miami: Ryan WITHHOLDS EVIDENCE from a crime scene because a friend's son has been kidnapped by the Russian mob, which he only tells Horatio, yet despite very realistic anger from the rest of his team when he finally produces the evidence, by next episode it seems to not only have been forgiven but forgotten too.
  • The Defenders: Season 2 of Daredevil had ended with Matt finally disclosing his secret identity to Karen. In The Defenders, when Matt meets up with Foggy at Josie's for drinks, Foggy makes a remark about how he half-expected Karen to freak out and get them both disbarred as retaliation for keeping her in the dark for all of season 2.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation does this to a ridiculous extent to justify the current Heel–Face Turn. Things which Degrassi villains have done, all of which were forgiven promptly by the victim after the turn, include stealing irreplaceable property, taking credit for a subordinate's work then firing the subordinate for complaining, posting topless photos of a classmate on the internet and broadcasting it on every computer in the school (which is by law a sex crime), helping a pedophile stalk a classmate purely for the fun of it, and being the leading cause of a student being shot and paralyzed from the waist down.
  • Doctor Who:
    • During his tenure as companion, The Brigadier could get away with anything, from a general Jerkass attitude to being The Load or The Millstone to committing a genocide against defenceless Silurians when the Doctor ordered him twice not to do it, in his second story as a companion. No matter how abrasive, bureaucratic, misguided or borderline fascist he gets, the Doctor is straight back to working with him in the next story, with maybe a throwaway line about his reliance on Five Rounds Rapid gets helpless Red Shirts killed or a bit of eyerolling if he was exceptionally awful last week. Even when the Doctor eventually does have a change of hearts (and face) and finally dumps the Brigadier, it's out of boredom rather than judgement and they remain on good terms for life and even beyond.
    • Whenever the Doctor is in a Manipulative Bastard mood, particularly the Seventh and Eleventh, he'll use people as metaphorical pawns and put millions of lives at risk for some nebulous plan nobody but him is aware of. His companions will give some lip service about how he can't be trusted, then get back to unquestioningly trusting him by the next episode and acting like he can do no wrong.
    • In "Last of the Time Lords", the Master's reign of terror over the Earth is ended. Said reign of terror involved the murder of at least one tenth of the Earth's population, the enslavement of the remaining nine tenths, messing with the Doctor's physical aging process and rendering him wheelchair-bound for most of the year and birdcage-bound for the rest, the repeated killing of the aforementioned Captain Jack, and building weapons with which he planned to take over and/or destroy the rest of the universe. At the point of the Master's defeat, the Doctor finally says that "one thing" he had to say to the Master, which he'd hinted at several times in the episode. That thing is: "I forgive you." Although the Master makes it clear that he hates the Doctor forgiving him.
      • Those aren't even close to the Master's greatest crimes. He once was responsible for the destruction of a large portion of the Universe.
    • In "The Zygon Inversion", the Doctor uses this trope to reach out to a Zygon fanatic as part of an epic anti-war rant:
      The Doctor: You're all the same, you screaming kids, you know that? "Look at me, I'm unforgivable!" Well, here's the unforeseeable, I forgive you, after all you've done! I forgive you.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Boss Hogg and Rosco have conspired to harass the Duke family and schemed repeatedly to illegally evict them from their farm. Several times, particularly Rosco, the two have sent vicious criminals after Bo, Luke, Uncle Jesse and Daisy. In the real world, Boss would have been sent to prison (and likely barred from holding political office), Rosco would also be in prison (along with being decertified) and the Dukes would have sued their antagonists for harassment and numerous other charges. Still, both adversarial factions have acted more like old friends by each episode's end and all is forgiven... until the next time.
  • Farscape:
    • Played remarkably straight in "DNA Mad Scientist". D'Argo, Zhaan, and Rygel cut off Pilot's arm (against his protests) in order to get maps that will help them return to their home planets. When John visits Pilot afterwards, Pilot excuses their actions because it is his duty to serve those aboard Moya, no matter what. Though Pilot forgives the others quickly, John and Aeryn remain pretty pissed off.
    • Also in the episode "Crackers Don't Matter". Everyone gets dosed with an aggression-inducing drug. For most of the characters this means that they will insult each other and physically fight. John chooses misogynist insults to hurl at Aeryn (none of the other male characters went in that direction), and worse, he assaults and sexually threatens Chiana, who looks genuinely terrified. (Note, the drug did not increase his libido or anything like that, this is just how John Crichton act when he's angry, apparently.) He does attempt to apologize to Chiana in the end when the drug has worn off, and she just waves it off easily, claiming to have enjoyed it. There is a reason for this, out-of-universe - the rape threat towards Chiana was filmed after the rest of the episode, because the director wanted to see how offensive they could make Crichton's behaviour while still getting away with it, and the apology scene was filmed before the threat was added. Problem is, nobody remembered to go back and change that scene so it actually addressed Crichton's newly added rape threat.
  • Amusingly subverted in an episode of Firefly, where Simon figures out that Jayne had sold out both River and himself in a previous episode. Simon doesn't forgive Jayne, but he does point out they have way too many mutual enemies as it stands, and that constantly being at each others' throats over this would be pointless and stupid. Then, as he leaves, River sticks her head in, looks directly at Jayne, and warns, "I can kill you with my brain."
  • Several characters in Flashpoint end up forgiving the people who've taken them hostage and offering them some kind of assistance. Notably, these are not set up as scenarios especially conducive to Stockholm Syndrome, meaning the response is in all likelihood genuine.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Robert cemented his control of Westeros by forgiving any remaining Targaryen loyalists who surrendered, including Barristan Selmy, Jaime Lannister, Varys, Pycelle, the Tyrells, and the Martells.
    • Despite having orchestrated an assassination attempt on Daenerys, Varys seamlessly becomes part of her court in Season 6. In fact, their first meeting occurs entirely off-screen and has not yet been alluded to. Subverted in Season 7 where Daenerys question's Varys' loyalty and threatens to burn him alive if he betrays her. She does pardon him tentatively.
  • A staple of Gossip Girl. Anything can be forgiven if you're one of the main characters, related to one of the main characters, or have feelings for one of the main characters. Examples include Serena's father giving her mother fake cancer, Chuck selling Blair for a hotel, one of Serena's boyfriends running a Ponzi scheme on everyone, Serena's mother getting Serena put in jail over a theft she didn't commit, and too many incidences of cheating and screwing over to list. They might not be smart or moral people, but holy crap they're forgiving.
  • Heroes season 3: Elle seems to forgive Sylar a bit too easily for killing her father. It's true, she did try her best to kill him at first, but subsequently it looks more like that was self loathing than hatred. This is remarked upon by Noah.
  • Subverted in the 1986 The Hogan Family episode "Leave It To Willie". 13-year-old Willie steals his father's car to go for a joy ride, damages it and another car in a hit-and-run accident and allows older brother David to take the blame. Willie has an Imagine Spot where he envisions a "happy ending" to his predicament, akin to his favorite TV show where all the characters end on a "happy note". When his mother learns the truth she is pissed, to say the least. She tells him that the issues involved — theft, causing a hit-and-run accident that could easily have ended in serious injury or worse, damaging his father's car and allowing an innocent person to be blamed — are not easily fixed and may take weeks, if not longer. Most importantly, her trust in Willie may take far longer to fix.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Ted was at first angry at Lily when he finds out she secretly sabotaged many of his relationships back in college and indirectly took part in his breakup with Robin, but he forgives her afterwards knowing that none of his past girlfriends were right for him anyway.
  • iCarly:
    • In "iCan't Take It", Sam ruins Freddie's chances of getting into an exclusive science camp that would help him get into any college he wants. Because Freddie didn't know what time it was when Sam asked him. Freddie finds out and gets angry, then forgives her about 2 minutes after and kisses her again to end the episode.
    • Played with in Nora Dershlit's case. By the end of "iPsycho" Carly expresses regret over having her arrested while the others are understandably still upset that she locked them in her basement.
      Carly: Maybe we shouldn't have called the cops on Nora...
      Sam: She kidnapped us!
      Carly: Yeah, but she just wanted friends. And she bought us Chinese food.
    • However in the sequel episode "iStill Psycho" we have the inverse everyone EXCEPT Carly wants to forgive Nora.
      Carly: Wh-What is the matter with everyone?! That girl kidnapped us and beat the fudge out of you!
      Gibby: Hey, I'm forgiving. And I like Chinese food. That's who I am.
  • Jirou from Kamen Rider Kiva gets away with kidnapping and attempting to rape Yuri. Even Yuri is buddy-buddy with him the next time they meet.
  • Played with in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The characters tend to stay pissed for the duration of an episode, but are usually over it in the next. Bear in mind though that episodes tend to take place over a few days, and there is no telling how far apart episodes are. Stabler and Benson tend to forgive each other pretty quickly, but that makes sense considering how long they've known each other. Fin however was pissed at Stabler for awhile. It's implied that he forgives him, after a pedophile attempts to post a picture of Stabler's underage daughter on the Internet and Stabler beats him half to death. Fin considers this to be a sign of extreme restraint, as he would have killed the man outright.
  • Lost: Cleverly subverted in season 5 with Ben and Locke. You'd think Locke would be angrier that Ben murdered him, but since it turns out to be an evil entity impersonating Locke (who wanted Locke dead), it makes sense.
  • Lucifer (2016): Played for Laughs. Maze spends most of season 3 fighting with everyone else in the cast, most of all Lucifer. Maze has a heart-to-heart where she apologizes to Linda, but no such moment with Lucifer. In season 4, neither of them care, and Maze is confused when Lucifer is seemingly giving her the cold shoulder (he was just distracted with something else).
    Maze: What? Are you still upset about me trying to betray you and kill you? It was a month ago.
    Lucifer: No, of course not. What do you think I am, human?
  • In Power Rangers in Space, Astronema is quickly pardoned by the Rangers when she surrenders to them and makes a first attempt at a Heel–Face Turn. Late in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy she even becomes a Power Ranger herself, and no one has any qualms with it.
    • Deconstructed in the 25th Anniversary comic, as we find out not everyone is as forgiving as the Rangers. Karone is captured and put on trial for the crimes she committed as Astronema. Despite the objections of some of the Rangers that she's no longer evil, the court finds the magnitude of her crimes to be too great to overlook and sentences her to death. While Andros gets her out of it by using a hologram to trick the court into killing her 'dark side', Karone gets quite pissed at him for doing so as she'd fully intended to abide by the court's ruling.
  • In Pretty Little Liars, Paige ambushes Emily at the pool and holds her head under water to get back at her for a perceived slight (she thought Emily had told their coach about a homophobic remark Paige made, and was jealous of Emily's faster times to begin with). She does apologize in the next episode, but it's a little perplexing that her just saying "sorry" was enough to make Emily totally comfortable swimming alone with her when it had only been a couple of days.
  • Robin Hood:
    • Nobody would go on a field-trip with the man who brutally slaughtered their wife, but Robin does. Made even more idiotic considering Robin doesn't display any such altruism toward Isabella or Allan, whose crimes against him are barely a blip on the radar screen compared to Guy's.
    • In her first appearance Kate sells out Robin's whereabouts to Guy in order to secure the safety of her brother. You can't says that she's Easily Forgiven, as Robin and the outlaws don't even seem to think that there's anything wrong with it in the first place.
  • Happens a lot on Rome. Eirene goes from hating Pullo for having killed her fiancé in cold blood to agreeing to marry him within the course of an episode. Caesar forgives Brutus for siding with Pompey in the civil war. Vorenus forgives Pullo not once but twice, the first time when he watches Pullo fighting for his life in the gladiator arena and the second when Pullo has found out that Vorenus' daughters are not dead but have been sold to slavery. Antonius and Octavius quickly set aside their previous battle-to-the-death differences and join forces to fight against Brutus and Cassius. Many of these scenarios involving historical figures actually played out that way in real life. It could probably be best described in the words of Antonius:
    Atia: Why would Servilia want to see me, she hates me!
    Antonius: So do I. But that's no bar to friendship.
  • Smallville:
    • In the episode "Rage", Chloe doesn't seem to mind Lionel Luthor's presence at the dinner table, despite his earlier attempts to kill her.
    • Chloe is just amazing at forgiving people. Clark does all sorts of horrible things to her all the time, although he is usually on red kryptonite or something.
    • Chloe is also completely friendly to Oliver's presence in "Hex" when the last episode they met, he killed Lex Luthor, framed it on someone else and blackmailed her into keeping quiet. Though given she herself had killed to protect Clark.
    • Chloe herself tends to be forgiven quite easily for every immoral thing she does. Constantly stepping over her boundaries with people without a thought to their feelings, such as contacting someone she believed to be Clark's real mom, ripping Lana a new one for what, in comparison to her own serious violations of trust amounted to Lana's curiosity getting the best of her, that is looking at a couple pics of her dancing with Clark, stabbing Clark in the back and agreeing to spy on him for Lionel Luthor, having the gall to call her betrayal a "stupid decision in a moment of weakness" while throwing Clark's rightful anger in his face when he had just been struck blind, and in "Truth" outed a gay student in front of his friend and crush and mocked him about it, tried to force Clark to reveal his secret, tried to have his parents reveal the secret since her newfound power didn't work on him, humiliated Pete and Lex by making them reveal their own secrets. The rest of Smallville High seem surprisingly cool with her after the damage that was caused, and even nominate her as Prom Queen in Season 4.
    • Tess Mercer is a pretty glaring example. While some might point out she certainly did a lot to prove herself, it's quite jarring that the Justice League would sweep her multiple counts of attempted and successful murder under the rug. At least with Lionel, it was made clear they merely tolerate him, and it wouldn't do them any good to be rid of such a powerful ally, but all of them seem to treat Tess like family. It's especially disturbing with Clark, who had promised Bette that she'd pay for her crimes.
    • The most glaring of all would have to be Ultraman. Despite being such a murderous psychopath that he once mused that it "felt strange not to have blood on my hands before lunch", and killed countless innocent people, including (an alternate universe)Oliver Queen at the beginning of the episode he's forgiven. Instead of being locked away for his numerous counts of murder among a massive list of other, lesser crimes he gets a heart-to-heart talk and is last seen activating his own Fortress of Solitude.
  • Sons of Anarchy:
    • The bikers are able to forgive each other a lot of crap. Extreme transgressions (like murdering another member's wife) will also be forgiven if they were done for the good of the club. However, betraying the club or failure to back up another member are seen as unforgivable offenses and treated with extreme prejudice.
    • This is played with in the feud between Tiggs and Kozik. Tiggs cannot forgive Kozik even years after the events and the audience is left to wonder for a long time what was that so bad that it caused such a rift between them. It turns out it was over the death of a dog.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Played with in "Forever in a Day". Teal'c shoots Amonet (in Sha're's body) to save Daniel's life and Daniel spends the episode very much in the This Is Unforgivable! camp... until he realizes that he is still being tortured by Amonet and everything else was a hallucination while Sha're tried to communicate with him. When Teal'c does shoot Amonet, Daniel's first words are "You did the right thing, Teal'c." In this case, he had already had a chance to work through his anger and come to terms with the situation, but to everyone else it must have seemed amazingly quick.
    • Teal'c is an example of the trope done right. Nobody in the SGC seems concerned that Teal'c has killed or enslaved thousands of people, many personally, as First Prime of Apophis. It gets brought up a couple times that Teal'c has never forgiven himself for the things he did while First Prime, and has become The Atoner and a bit of a Death Seeker as penance. A season one episode has Teal'c calmly ready to accept a Kangaroo Court execution, never shying away from the responsibility of the people he's killed. In said episode the people putting him on trial do forgive him, but only after saving them from other Jaffa. Much later in The Ark of Truth, when Tomin defects to SG-1 and feels majorly guilty over all of the things he's done, Teal'c explains to Tomin (from personal experience) that he will never forgive himself and he needs to accept that. Instead, he should commit his life to trying to help others, even though he can't actually make up for the mistakes of his past.
      Teal'c: One day others may try to convince you they have forgiven you. That is more about them than you. For them, imparting forgiveness is a blessing.
      Tomin: How do you go on?
      Teal'c: It is simple. You will never forgive yourself. Accept it. You hurt others, many others. That cannot be undone. You will never find personal retribution. But your life does not have to end. That which is right, just, and true can still prevail. If you do not fight for what you believe in, all may be lost for everyone else. But do not fight for yourself. Fight for others, others that may be saved through your effort. That is the least you can do.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Amok Time", Spock tries to kill Kirk twice, yet by the end of the episode, they're best pals again. Justified in that Spock was under a once-every-seven-years madness and tried to fight it for as long as he could.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Enabran Tain, Garak's father, is responsible for exiling Garak before the start of the show and also tried to assassinate him in the third season. Garak forgives him for both these things.
    • Since having a half-Bajoran child by a Bajoran mistress will ruin Gul Dukat's career and marriage, Dukat tries to murder Ziyal in the fourth season. She forgives him.
    • Damar murders Ziyal in the sixth season. In the seventh, Garak and Kira are sent to work with him to liberate Cardassia. Aside from one comment Kira makes to Sisko about Damar killing Ziyal, neither Garak nor Kira ever raise the subject with Damar, never seek to avenge her death and end up friends with Damar by the end of the show. This is despite Ziyal being Kira's ward and Garak's lover. Word of God states that Kira and Garak's actors wanted to address it but the show's producers were afraid Damar couldn't be redeemed if the actors got their way, so they ignored the subject entirely. This and the above represent a case of Deliberate Values Dissonance - killing is subject to different morals for Cardassians in general, and these characters in particular.
    • Quark commits numerous straight-up crimes over the course of the series and never seems to get in any permanent trouble for them. Possibly the most outrageous example is in "Invasive Procedures", where he allows an obsessed criminal and his band of mercenaries onto the station; they take the senior staff hostage while the leader jeopardizes Jadzia's life by surgically removing and kidnapping her symbiant. Kira tells him, "You've crossed the line this time. You sold us out, and Dax may die because of it. Whatever happens next, one thing's certain... You're through here." Quark does come up with a ruse to help defeat the criminals, but still, the matter is never discussed again. Even actor Armin Shimerman (who plays Quark) said he thought the total lack of consequences for Quark's behavior, in general but in particular in this episode, was absurd, and made both his character and Odo (who is never able to prosecute him) look less serious.
  • After the whole Bosco/Faith/Cruz shooting incident at the end of Season 4 of Third Watch, and also after the Faith/Cruz/ Mann shooting incident at the end of Season 5, enemies Faith and Cruz are soon back to work alongside each other.
  • Torchwood:
    • Captain Jack is shot dead by Owen. Despite how Owen was unaware that Jack would resurrect, Jack easily forgives him.
    • In that same episode, the team mutinies against Jack and unintentionally releases a giant monster that steals the life force of anyone its giant shadow falls upon. Jack manages to destroy it by letting it feed of him. However, the effort leaves him dead for three days, which is the longest to date that he's ever stayed dead. He still forgives the team, minutes after reviving.
    • In "Cyberwoman", we find out Ianto's been hiding a dangerous Cyberman in the basement. He endangers the whole planet, tells the main character he wants him dead and is forgiven by the end of the episode.
    • In "Exit Wounds", Captain Jack forgives his brother, Grey, for burying him alive for almost exactly 1900 years. By 'alive' we mean that he suffocated to death and then revived every couple of minutes for nineteen centuries as the city of Cardiff is established above him. Mind you, this is after Grey has John Hart systematically blow up Cardiff, in addition to stabbing Jack in the back (literally) when they're first reunited. Jack blames his own failure to protect his brother for being the root cause of all this. And he didn't know what had happened to Owen and Tosh until after the forgiving.
  • The Vampire Diaries:
    • Damon. Over and over and over again. He murders people on a whim, uses his Mind Control powers to effectively rape people, torments his brother and murders his best friend, it's strongly implied he was about to force himself on Elena when her brother interrupted them, in response he murdered him and within a few episodes they're acting as he's just one of the team. When he does something that isn't reprehensible they act as though he's done something laudable, as opposed to adhering to minimum standards of acceptable behavior. Then he does something not-horrifying, and it makes everyone think "well, maybe he can change..." and then he kills someone just to prove that he's still evil. The only reason they haven't killed him is because he's Stefan's brother and he can't bring himself to kill him)
    • Played with when Esther (who was murdered centuries ago by her son Klaus) returns from the dead. Klaus fully expects her to take revenge against him, but instead she forgives him immediately and attempts to bring the entire family together. It later turns out that while she truly does love Klaus and has forgiven him, she regrets turning her children into vampires and wants to wipe out the whole race.
  • Played straight then averted in Warehouse 13, mostly because the recipient blew it. Only Myka trusts HG at first and forgives her for her villainy, too easily, and goes over Artie's head to get her reinstated. Then HG goes and tries to destroy the world by waking up the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone because of her own angst. She's stopped, but Myka leaves after this, blaming herself. (It's a 10-Minute Retirement, of course.) HG seems to have learned her lesson, and she's far from trusted; she is initially kept in a Tailor-Made Prison and communicates via hologram, and that she can be seriously bad news comes up whenever she appears. Also, it takes an entire season for Pete to truly forgive her for making his best friend leave.
  • Justin and Alex in Wizards of Waverly Place cycle through this. Lampshaded and inverted a few times.


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