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When Jack insists that Tom apologize to Harry.

This trope comes in two forms, based on where he gets the ability to insist:

  1. Jack is The Leader, parent or other authority figure and insists on it to smooth over relations. (Justly or unjustly. A Beleaguered Bureaucrat or a Corrupt Corporate Executive frequently insist on it because it seems the quickest way to make a problem go away. Similarly, a parent or teacher who doesn't want to go to the trouble of figuring out who is actually at fault might order an unwarranted apology as well.) Another variation is a Mean Boss forcing an underling to take the blame for the boss's mistakes.
  2. Tom is deeply apologetic to Jack, even though Harry was far more gravely wronged by the matter. Usually Jack refuses to accept his apology until he does it. This is often Jill insisting that Tom apologize to Jack when they are in a Love Triangle.

In both cases, expect a deeply grudging apology that will manage to keep things going for at least a little while — with Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. Jack may put his foot down on a Backhanded Apology. Then again, he may not. The Unapologetic character will usually defy this trope, showing that s/he isn't sorry for his/her actions. Though rare, a Rejected Apology can come from this. You may be forced into this if you're Made Out to Be a Jerkass.



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    Comic Books 
  • In The Powerpuff Girls story "Monkey Business", Mojo Jojo gives up his life of crime and opens a restaurant that everyone loves. The girls aren't totally sold as they constantly disrupt things with unfounded claims of harm against the citizens. Mojo demands a printed apology each time to which the girls resignedly agree. When the girls actually taste Mojo's wares and find it delicious:
    Mojo: [angrily] And do you taste any poison?? Are you dying?? Have I finally managed to bring down the Powerpuff Girls??
    Girls: [ashamed] No.
    Mojo: I expect a full apology in the paper tomorrow morning!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Face/Off, Sean Archer's daughter is parked in a car with her boyfriend. He starts getting a little rough, and Sean (actually his enemy Castor Troy wearing his face) intervenes. After beating him up, he makes him apologize.
    Castor: Say you're sorry.
    Guy: I'm sorry!
    Castor: Say it again.
    Guy: I'm sorry!
    Castor: Mean it.
    Guy: I'm so sorry!
  • Wanda (the woman, not the fish) in A Fish Called Wanda demands that Otto apologize to Archie for assaulting him. This is while they're technically on the same side. He refuses to listen. Well, to be precise Otto does go to apologize — but Archie is too busy trying to escape from this nutter he eventually loses patience, draws a gun and forces Archie to listen to his "apology".
  • The Mission: Rodrigo is ordered to deliver an apology to Governor Cabeza by his Jesuit brothers after publicly calling him out on his lies. He does so, but it's executed with such over-the-top humility that it's clear Rodrigo is just taking the piss. Cabeza grudgingly accepts the "apology".
  • Popeye uses this trope as an extended build-up to Popeye's first brawl. A bunch of waterfront toughs overhear his Info Dump to Wimpy and begin mocking him. When he can no longer ignore it, Popeye demands an "apologiky". The thugs oblige by coercing everyone else in the place to apologize one by one — everyone who didn't see a fight was brewing and flee, that is.
  • Just after the climax of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, General Korrd makes Captain Klaa apologize to Kirk for attacking the Enterprise.
    Korrd: Kirk, my junior officer has something he wants to say to you. [turns to Klaa] yIjatlh! ["Speak!"]
    Klaa: [sheepishly] I... apologize.
    [Kirk looks absolutely stunned]
    Korrd: maj. 'ej...? ["Good. And...?"]
    Klaa: [still sheepish] The attack upon your vessel was not authorized by my government.

  • The first commandment of Hamilton's "Ten Duel Commandments" is to "demand satisfaction", basically ordering an apology from the other party for some sleight. "If they apologize, no need for further action", but in the honor-obsessed upper class of the late 18th century this was much harder than it would seem today, thus starting the wheels towards a duel.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Steins;Gate 0, after finding out that Daru and Maho rebuilt the time-leap machine, Okabe goes into an angry outburst (though they were planning on telling him about it) at both of them. He's especially harsher towards Maho, going so far to tell her that she'll become a murderer if she uses the machine, which pisses Daru enough to punch Okabe in the face and demand that he apologize to Maho.

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    Real Life 
  • A number of parents with at least two kids (or even just one); especially the more temperamental ones, and probably a number of elementary school teachers as well.note 
  • More of a downplayed trope with a job, a boss can just as easily fire you as accept an apology from you; though if you catch them in a merciful mood it's best to act on that mercy and apologize if you want to keep your job. This mindset is especially strict in a military setting as a soldier that misbehaves one too many times will be court martialed, and God help you if you happen to be in politics and you get caught in a scandal.
  • General George S. Patton slapped two soldiers that were suffering Shellshock (thinking them to be cowards), even brandishing his pistol at one of them. Eisenhower opted to order Patton to apologize (both privately and publicly) for the incident in lieu of a formal investigation or reprimand.
  • Television regulators in the United Kingdom will often require broadcasters to broadcast apologies should they put out something that's defamatory, harmful or grossly misleading, apologies which tend to be shown in sombre and serious contexts rather than cheerfully like normal continuity announcements would be.
    • Channel 4 was ordered to broadcast an apology to a fire prevention officer from Bolton called Keith Laird, after Phoenix Nights depicted a fire prevention officer from Bolton called Keith Lard... who happened to have a penchant for bestiality. It appears after the episode in question on the DVD release of the show also.
    • The makers of Brass Eye were required to show a slide after the "Drugs" episode on its DVD release following a complaint to the then-ITC, advising that the MP David Amess (who had been tricked into not only filming a campaign video against an imaginary drug called "cake", but also asking a question about it in Parliament) was completely against the taking of illegal drugs.
    • Less seriously, presenters of live programmes are expected to immediately and fulsomely apologise should someone swear or say something else that's similarly offensive or defamatory. Shaun Ryder, the lead singer of the Happy Mondays, infamously ran so far afoul of this on an episode of TFI Friday that Channel 4's manual for producers carried the specific warning that "the Channel 4 Board has undertaken to the ITC that Shaun Ryder will not appear live on Channel 4", so becoming the only person specifically named as a compliance risk.


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