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"Debt" is an obligation that requires one party, the debtor, to give something of value to another party, the creditor.

Compare Money Tropes, Gratitude Tropes, Bargain Tropes, and Responsibility Tropes.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Alice helps Bob in return for him being nice to her earlier.
  • Credit Card Plot: Alice receives a credit card and immediately goes into massive debt.
    • Credit Card Destruction: An person trying to use a maxed out card will have it confiscated and destroyed instead.
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  • Debt Detester: Alice hates to be indebted to anyone for anything.
  • Evil Debt Collector: Alice collects debts for others by acting nasty to their debtors.
  • Forgot to Pay the Bill: Alice didn't pay her utilities bill on time and now owes her provider money.
  • I Owe You My Life: Alice has saved Bob's life, now Bob will do everything in his power to pay it back.
  • Indentured Servitude: Alice is Made a Slave until she works off her debt to Bob.
  • Kill the Creditor: Alice decides to kill Bob rather than returning what she owes him.
  • Loan Shark: Alice preys on the desperate to charge unreasonable interest rates on their debts.
  • Makes Us Even: Alice returns a debt to Bob despite their antagonism.
  • Never Lend to a Friend: Alice and Bob's friendship is endangered due to her inability to pay back his loan.
  • Paying It Forward: Alice clears her debt of gratitude to Bob by helping Charlie in a similar situation.
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  • Ridiculous Repossession: Because Alice's credit bottomed out, the bank takes Alice's car, home, non-vital organs and family and pets as "collateral".
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: Alice does unsavory things to pay off her huge gambling debts.
  • Work Off the Debt: Alice returns her monetary debt to Bob with labor.
  • You Owe Me: Alice reminds Bob of a past favor to ensure his cooperation.