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Easy forgiveness in webcomics.


  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • Particularly in the early strips, the cast was surprisingly tolerant of Aylee's human-eating tendencies and Bun-Bun's general sociopathic tendencies. They do eventually put their foot down on Aylee eating people and convince her to quit, but Bun-Bun still gets a mostly free pass for all the violent and manipulative things he's done, does, and will do. Of course, that might just be because he'd kill them all if they tried to get tough with him. Better to keep the switchblade-wielding bully on their side.
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    • There is a brief part in the Cannibals Anonymous Storyline in which, after Aylee upset Zoe by serving a human for Thanksgiving, Torg fired her, but later accepted her back after she worked on improving herself, in which the seriousness of her activities is mentioned to a degree.
      Aylee: I suppose there are some things saying sorry can't fix.
      Riff: Like murder.
      [a moment of silence follows as Aylee reflects on this]
  • The Order of the Stick:
  • Magick Chicks has a mutual case. Cerise grows so bitter towards Melissa's popularity and mistreatment of her, that she enslaves the entire school with mind control and attempts to murder Melissa and the entire student council. After a big fight, not only does Melissa forgive and apologize to her, Cerise happily accepts it and returns Melissa's hug. Faith is slightly less forgiving and lampshades it, but Melissa is able to use her new position as president of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council to order the school to forgive her.
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  • In Mitadake Saga, no-one really holds much of a grudge against Kazu, despite him killing someone. Truth in Television for those who play Mitadake High; very rarely will anyone call you out for killing someone if you thought they were the killer (or were pretending to). Although when this is averted, it is averted violently.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things:
    • Granted, given the circumstances (he had had Light Yagami's head crudely grafted onto his body) it could technically qualify as a Mercy Kill, but much to Jonesy's surprise Simon Belmont easily forgave her for putting a crossbow arrow through his neck, reasoning that it wasn't even the first time someone shot him and Romania has good healthcare anyway.
    • When Jared accidentally dented Commander Badass's car, he just shrugged and said that it was easily fixed and finishing project cars take the fun out of them anyway, so might well hand them to a teen to damage.
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  • Amical from morphE is exceptionally charming and relies on this trope a lot. It's is especially apparent with how Tyler went from growling out death threats to Amical after getting shot in the shoulder to being the most vocal supporter of him by the end of chapter 3.
  • Muh Phoenix: The Scarlet Witch has a much easier time being accepted as redeemed in this parody.
  • Subverted in L's Empire. Everyone forgives Phala for her actions as the Pixl Queen. Everyone except her daughter, who was the one person she wanted forgiveness from. However, Indx's inability to forgive her mother doesn't stop her from saying she still loves her.
  • In Forest Hill after Benni almost kills Kaleb, neither Kaleb nor his mother, Flora, hold any anger towards Benni. Flora agrees to become Benni's foster parent after she finds proof that he was being abused, and Kaleb is willing to defend Benni against his own best friend, because that is how nice they are.
  • Subverted in Sorcery 101 with the vampire Comedic Sociopath Seth. Danny shrugs off antics like Seth immolating a thief who'd left him Chained to a Bed with only token objection, is only slightly annoyed with him for getting his friends' five-year-old daughter drunk and reading her horror novels, and even helps Seth out after he breaks Danny's arm and threatens him. Then he learns that Seth can control his mind, memories, and emotions at will. Once he has a Psychic Block Defense put in place, his response flips to a retroactive You Bastard! and a Force bolt.
  • Zigzagged in El Goonish Shive: After Justin receives an apology from Diane for calling him a "defective male", he appears to easily forgive her with him claiming to not even remember the incident but accepting the apology anyway. The subsequent conversation with Nanase, however, makes it clear that he has Forgiven, but Not Forgotten; he just gave her credit for maturing ... credit that would be revoked if she ever regressed.
  • In a story told to Rowan in Boy and Dog, a troll puts a curse on some villagers and nearly starves most of them. Despite this, when he reforms, they invite them to their fondue party.


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