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"The truth is, I ain’t a hero of justice or anything else like that. But anyone who tries to hurt my friends... is GONNA PAAAAAYYYYYY!"
Goku to Jiren after the latter tries killing everyone in the Universe 7 stands, Dragon Ball Super

Someone might be the kindest, most laid-back person in the world, but sometimes even they get pushed too far. Then they say "This is unforgivable!" note  and the audience knows that an asskicking of epic proportions is about to begin.


To the western ear, it seems quite anti-climactic and quaint, but to the Japanese, this is Serious Business. It is the Challenge, and it is rarely defeated. Specifically, it has to do with a notion in the Japanese culture of narrowing possibilities; if the subject can't be forgiven for a transgression, then the only other possibility is that he's about to get his head ripped off or be otherwise punished in an equally severe fashion.note  In Japanese culture, being able to both ask for forgiveness and accept it are considered virtues; therefore, refusing to accept or offer forgiveness holds a lot more weight. The person who can't forgive won't give this up. This has to do with Japan's brutal code of honor dating back to the feudal era. Back in the era of the samurai, this had even more teeth, since the person who made this challenge very likely would chase you to the ends of the earth for revenge, even if doing so was severely detrimental to them. It's only said to someone who (in the speaker's opinion) has crossed the Moral Event Horizon because it entails a burden: the speaker is so offended that Unstoppable Rage is the only option. Obviously, it can overlap with Pre-Asskicking One-Liner, so expect serious butt-kicking in the following Right Makes Might fight.


"I will make you pay!", "I have had enough of you!", "This Means War!", "You have gone too far!", "You Monster!", "I'll Kill You!", "I cannot allow this to continue.", “You Make Me Sick!", "Your life is forfeit!", "You don't deserve to live.", "I'll get you for this!", "Prepare to Die!", etc., are similar expressions, but lack the severity that "This Is Unforgivable" has in Japanese culture.

It is also used as a way of pointing out to the audience how evil a character is — that they are completely Beyond Redemption. Usually the character being issued the challenge has crossed the Moral Event Horizon, or is a Complete Monster, so the main character can freely kill them now. Though on occasion the audience still wonders if it was really unforgivable.

Similarly, it can be used to point out how stupid a character is, their transgression being proof that they are just plain Too Dumb to Live.


Typically, anyone confronted with this trope will feel guilt and remorse. Or not.

Much like Giving Someone the Pointer Finger, this is becoming something of a devalued expression through overuse. It's prone to being bandied about for comedy, and sometimes the hero will change phasers from "kill" to "hug" mid-fight so they can beat and befriend the Easily Forgiven villain anyway. This tends to break the emotional impact of "This Is Unforgivable" in series that do so.

Villains are also quite fond of using this trope whenever everything is going wrong thanks to those puny heroes, thrown out between "This Cannot Be!" and "I will have my revenge!". "This Is Unforgivable" can also be a sign of either a Heroic BSoD or a Villainous Breakdown.

See also The Coats Are Off for when the unforgivable escalates a fight's intensity, You're Insane! when a character is shocked and enraged at the same time by another character's craziness to the point of calling them insane, and Forgiveness Requires Death which offers the chance at forgiveness... via death. Also see Beyond Redemption, where a good guy has tried to redeem the bad guy, but gives up after an unforgivable act.


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  • Mazinger Z:
    • Whenever Kouji Kabuto said this sentence, you knew he was REAL angry, and someone was going to be summarily trashed in the near future. A good example was in the manga, after he learnt Dr. Hell had created a weapon that was able to nullify gravity... and had tested it on an entire city. Another two memorable instances happened in the Mazinkaiser movie (Mazinkaiser vs Great General of Darkness: at the beginning, after Lori and Loru's Heroic Sacrifice, and at the end, right before he absolutely destroys the Mykene empire army:
      Kouji: Because of you... Many people have died... THAT IS UNFORGIVABLE! [1]
    • This sentence was also used fairly often by Baron Ashura (to Kouji and his friends after being defeated) and Dr. Hell (to Ashura after his servant botched still another operation).
    • Tetsuya Tsurugi of Great Mazinger and Duke Fleed of UFO Robo Grendizer also followed on the Kouji's steps.
  • Yomiko of Read or Die says this as she breaks down and sobs in an incredibly Tear Jerker scene in the OVA after the Nancy clone impales the original Nancy with her arm.
  • As one of the oldest examples in Shōnen anime (in fact, the show that kicked off the Shonen fighting genre), Kenshiro of Fist of the North Star often only broke his understated manner of speech to deliver this line, or a line to this effect, to some bad guy who went too far in Kicking The Dog, often followed with something about how there wouldn't even be bones left after he was done with the offending party. After saying it, he would kill the person he said that to. Even if Defeat Means Friendship and the antagonist turned out to be noble all along.
  • Delicious in Dungeon: Although he doesn't say it aloud, Shuro goes from friendly to ready to kill Laios after learning Team Touden used the dark arts to revive Falin. After he explains the potential consequences for everyone involved, it's kind of hard to blame him. Though he admitted that in the same situation, he probably would have done the same thing. It's mostly Laios' blithe attitude about it that infuriates him.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Used often in Sailor Moon's In the Name of the Moon speech.
    • Other Senshi also use it as well, specially Rei/Mars (a Monster of the Week destroys her song sheets she worked so hard to write so she could be in her School Festival) and Ami/Mercury (another Monster of the Week uses babies as hostages, not allowing Moon and the others to attack her) in the R season.
    • A particularly effective one of these was uttered by Makoto/Jupiter, just before destroying Falion with her Supreme Thunder attack.
    • A baddie also uses this; namely, Nehellenia in the penultimate story arc in the anime, when Galaxia tricks her into unleashing a nightmare by repeatedly muttering "Unforgivable" until a mirror appears from her heart. She then shatters it, unleashing a curse onto Tokyo.
  • Tenchi's mother in The Movie, Tenchi Muyo! in Love, utters this. Yeah, up to this point, Achika was the Ordinary High-School Student, and Kain was a Sealed Evil in a Can that nothing else in the universe could defeat. Doesn't matter.
  • Haruka in Noein once she really starts getting pissed at the villain. It took the entire series for her to get to this point, and she had been accepting of nearly everyone else's Jerkassness.
  • Goku of Dragon Ball Z generally delivers this line to villains who went too far with Kicking The Dog, but tends to forget about it before the fight is even over (both Vegeta and Frieza were allowed to leave alive).
    • The Frieza example was more of a case of Cruel Mercy on Goku's part (considering Frieza was Half the Man He Used to Be at this point courtesy of his own energy disc), followed by blasting him to hell when Frieza made the mistake of trying to blast Goku In the Back as he was trying to leave (though Frieza did get better).
    • Taken to the next level in the last fight of the Cell Games arc. Cell went out of his way to make sure Gohan was well and truly pissed off, finally killing the Gentle Giant Android 16, to let out Gohan's whole power. It worked.
    • Also happened earlier in Dragon Ball when Tambourine killed Krillin. Unlike Goku's later "This Is Unforgivable" moments, Goku actually kills Tambourine purely for revenge.
      • This results in Piccolo subsequently invoking the trope.
  • Dragon Ball Super:
    • Goku Black explains his origin story. He's a version of Zamasu from an alternate timeline, who used the Super Dragon Balls to swap bodies with that version of Goku. He then murdered Goku in his old body and then murdered his wife Chi Chi and son Goten. Upon hearing this, Goku explodes with power and rage, roars that he will never forgive him, then seriously tries to kill Black.
    • Goku screams this and attacks furiously when during their tournament fight, Jiren spitefully attempts to kill Goku's friends who were in the audience with an energy blast.
  • Judai of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is fond of this phrase when It's Personal, i.e. finding out his mentor is a Treacherous Advisor (working for the Big Bad, okay, not too nice — but betraying his trust = unforgivable).
    • This is also a common utterance for the heroes in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! (not the Toei one). Offending Yami on a moral/emotional level is not good for your health.
      • Happens so often in the original manga its practically Yami's catchphrase. What's especially hilarious is when he does it several times to the same person.
      • Becomes kind of ironic when villains who are defeated are often redeemed (more often in the anime). Yami can be surprisingly forgiving for his character type, as long as the villain ceases villainous activity. Exceptions include the Thief Bakura, who never reformed and represented the ultimate enemy.
  • When Jonathan Joestar meets Dio Brando in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the very first thing the latter does is literally kick Jonathan's dog Danny. Jonathan responds with the trope name, though he doesn't do anything to follow up on it, at least not for a while; it might have been less of a big deal in this context, seeing as he's not Japanese. Regardless, this little scene paints their relationship for the rest of their lives. It went over so well that it eventually became his default taunt in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle.
    Jonathan: [enraged] What was that for?! HOW DARE YOU!
    • Later, after a long string of torment from Dio, what really set Jonathan off was Dio stealing the Sacred First Kiss of Erina, Jonathan's Love Interest. This prompts an enraged Jonathan to race home to give Dio a thrashing for this injustice.
    • It is rather ironic that Jonathan is so quick to declare this at first; later on he's easily the most forgiving Joestar in the series, by a very wide margin. He even forgives Dio for killing him on his honeymoon, along with everything else he did, and tells him he thinks of him as a friend as they sink to the bottom of the ocean.
    • In Part 2: Jonathan's grandson, Joseph Joestar lays into a mafia gangster and his mook for one: mocking his Token Black Friend Smokey in public, and two: thoughtlessly upsetting Joseph's Granny Erina with news of the supposed death of his Honorary Uncle Speedwagon. He would later gundown a vampiric Straizo for the murder.
      • Despite having never met him, Joseph has clear respect for his deceased grandfather, which makes his hatred for Dio all the more apparent. Not only did Dio kill Jonathan at the end of part 1, he decapitates his head, and steals the body of his rival for his own. When he told the story to his grandson Jotaro in the beginning of Part 3, it was clear as day Joseph was pissed.
      Old Joseph: This son of a bitch took over his body!!!
    • In Part 3: Stardust Crusaders, the protagonist and Joseph's grandson, Jotaro Kujo, states that while he isn't a nice guy, he won't tolerate hurting innocent people. The then Brainwashed and Crazy Kakyoin learns what happens when you press such a Berserk Button the hard way when Hierophant Green injures the school nurse.
      • One of the antagonists of Part 3, Steely Dan kills Enyaba, who was wholeheartedly loyal to Dio, holds Joseph hostage with his Stand, the Lovers, and subjects Jotaro to one humiliating act after another. After finally being cornered, Dan begs for mercy, but Jotaro tells it straight to his face that he'll never forgive him, and savagely beats Dan with Star Platinum.
      • In the climactic battle of Part 3, Jotaro has Dio at his mercy after unlocking the ability to stop time. Unlike his ancestor Jonathan, Jotaro doesn't forgive Dio for all that he's done (which includes killing Kakyoin and Joseph, the latter of whom later gets better), but he won't kill him while he's down, because it would leave a bad taste in his mouth. It's only after Dio shortly recovers from his legs being broken and tries one last desperate attack that Jotaro finally finishes him off.
      Jotaro: There's only one reason why you lost, Dio. There's just one simple answer. You really pissed me off.
    • Jean-Pierre Polnareff vowed to his deceased sister that he would kill "the man with two right hands", who brutally raped and murdered her. He succeeds, especially after J.Geil and Hol Horse seemingly kill Avdol. Later on, he would avenge the deaths of Avdol (for real this time) and Iggy by killing Vanilla Ice.
    • This is pretty much Josuke Higashitaka's typical reaction to anyone who insults his trademark hairstyle. When he was young, he was mysteriously struck down with an intense fever (which was actually due to Dio's influence) and his mother, Tomoko had to drive him to the hospital. Unfortunately, there was a heavy blizzard that day, and Tomoko couldn't drive through the thick snow. But then, as young Josuke's life hung in the balance, a young man with a pompadour appeared and offered to help push Tomoko's car through the snow, and mysteriously vanished after he succeeded. Josuke was forever grateful to this teenager, and styled his hair after him in respect. Any insult to his hair is seen as an insult to the young man who saved his life, and he will react with violence, as seen when he maims a rude upperclassman with his Stand Crazy Diamond, and he beats Rohan to within an inch of his life after he insults it in their rather one sided fight.
      Josuke: I won't let anyone get away with making fun of my hair, no matter who it is.
    • Angelo, the Starter Villain for Part 4, kills Josuke's maternal grandfather, Ryohei Higashikata, as payback for arresting him years before the events of Part 4 began. Josuke's response isn't to kill him or send him back to jail, but to fuse the bastard in stone, trapping Angelo in a Fate Worse than Death.
    • Josuke and Okuyasu feel this way about the murder of their friend Shigechi at the hands of Yoshikage Kira. They, and the rest of the Morioh Warriors, vow to avenge him and the other murder victims by bringing Kira down.
    • The Joestars are well known for not just their determination and ability to withstand pain, but also their compassion and unwillingness to forgive evil. Giorno Giovanna, the son of DIO conceived through Jonathan Joestar's body, exemplifies this in his own way. His goal is to take control of the Italian mafia gang, Passione, and reform it to be a force for good, to protect innocent people, and he won't spare anyone who harms the innocent. One example of this is when he kills Polpo by making him unwittingly eat his own gun, using Gold Experience to turn it into a banana, which ended with Polpo involuntarily shutting himself in the mouth. Prior to this, Polpo's Stand, Black Sabbath killed an old janitor, and Polpo showed no remorse or care for anyone who got killed because of his Stand's action, due to his belief that God is willing to forgive murder when someone insults you. Giorno takes this to heart when he commits the murder of Polpo.
      Giorno: When someone insults you, even murder is forgivable? I see. What you told me was very important. You insulted that innocent old man's life. So I changed one of your guns into a banana. (Turns with a disgusted frown) You should savor your last meal as best you can.
    • Bruno Bucciarati already had a sour opinion of Passione circulating drugs throughout Italynote , but once he learns first-hand that the head of the organization plans to murder his own daughter (who had no idea he even existed), for his purely selfish ends, Bucciarati is instantly inspired to betray the Boss in order to protect Trish.
      Bucciarati: Right now the Boss is... The most repulsive form of evil is to exploit innocent people who don't know anything, and to use others merely for their own gain! A father did this to his innocent daughter, all to cover his own ass?! This is unforgivable! You have once again betrayed my heart!
  • Chichiri of Fushigi Yuugi, who rarely gets angry, furiously unloads this statement on a group of warriors who are about to disgrace an ally's sacrifice. Wisely, they back down.
    • Suboshi's brother was seemingly killed by the Suzaku Seven (but really, it was Tomo), and kills Tamahome's family in revenge. Tamahome's response is to go apeshit and nearly kills Suboshi in their first fight.
  • Used in Naruto during the Retrieve Sasuke arc. Jirobo made the mistake of insulting Shikamaru, then fighting Choji, who considers him his best friend. He shouts the trope and wins the fight. Seriously, don't ever insult Choji's friends.
    • Tsunade says this to the six paths of Pain after they level Konoha.
    • Naruto himself is also clearly thinking this during the fight with Pain. However, the Fourth happens to partially disagree because he believes what Pain said about the cycle of hatred. Naruto settles on a middle ground: he won't forgive Pain, but he won't kill him either, which ends up paying off very well.
    • In the "Fire Temple" Filler arc, Sora tells Kazuma he won't forgive him if he insults his father again. However, Kazuma's response is "You won't forgive me? So what?!"
    • Naruto's fight with Gaara. Towards the end of the fight, he screams "I've HAD IT with you!" (in the anime) and head butts him. Later on, when both are too weak to even get up, he attempts to crawl ON HIS CHIN and defeat Gaara.
    • Naruto says this to Haku after he "kills" Sasuke.
    • Kakashi has this reaction to Kabuto raising the dead and forcing them to fight for him. Specifically, Kabuto raised some of Kakashi's Worthy Opponents, who had finally come to peace at the moment of their deaths. And Kabuto took away that peace by yanking them back into the world of the living as undead slave soldiers.
  • Bleach:
    • When Rukia is being arrested, she tells Ichigo that if he comes after her, she will never forgive him. After some complaining, however, she comes to terms with the idea of him helping her.
    • One of the earliest was when Orihime destroys the Numb Chandelier, after first declaring "I will never forgive those who hurt Tatsuki!"
    • After Captain Komamura yells this at Tousen and Aizen, he proceeds to immediately bring out his Bankai and asskicking ensues. His ass, that is.
    • Captain Hitsugaya utters this at Aizen a few scenes earlier, in response to Aizen stabbing Hinamori. Hitsugaya then gets worked.
    • Ishida utilizes it during an internal monologue as he's facing down Mayuri Kurotsuchi. It's implied at the time that he might one day end up eating his words as the internal monologue also indicates his Super Mode response to how unforgivable he views Mayuri's behaviour to be has not met the requirements he was giving for activating the power.
    • Mayuri had one of his own against Szayel Aporro Grantz. Szayel claimed to be perfect and Mayuri derided him for it, as a man of science would be rendered obsolete by perfection.
    • In the English dub of anime episode 144, one of these occurs when Ichigo, Chad and Uryu Ishida fight two Arrancar in Aizen's palace in Hueco Mundo. Ishida says that the less human Arrancar look, the less intelligent they are. One of the Arrancar does not take this well and tells Ishida so. In a subversion, Ishida proceeds to destroy him in the ensuing fight.
    • Charlotte Cuuhlhourne repeatedly screams this after Yumichika damages his hair.
    • Barragan
      • Says this multiple times after all his Fraccion have been killed. It is unclear if he is angry at the captains for killing them or if he is angry at the fraccion for making him get off his ass and participate in the fight.
      • Says it twice in a row after he survives the Vizard Hachigen trapping him inside a kido barrier and Captain Soifon blasting him with her bankai.
    • Similarly, Captain Yamamoto says this to the vice-captains when they need his help to destroy Allon.
      • He earlier tells Kyoraku and Ukitake that while he's willing to allow his other men to track down and kill Renji for saving Rukia from her execution, their dishonoring their position as captains is far more severe and forces him to deal with them personally. He also seems to take it personally that they were the ones to sabotage the execution, if his boasting about the pair is anything to go by; it's 'unforgivable' not just as his subordinates but as his favourite students.
    • Ichigo says it to Kumoi (who's holding Lurichiyo hostage) in anime episode 186.
    • After Tousen outlines his grievance against Kenpachi for killing the previous captain of Squad 11, Kenpachi asks if Tousen hates him, Tousen responds in the dub by saying that "(he) simply find(s him) UNFORGIVABLE!" (and says that Kenpachi is "beyond redemption" in the English version of the manga) before releasing his bankai.
    • Subverted in anime episode 198. During the fight between Espada #7 (Zommari Rureaux) and Captain Byakuya Kuchiki, Rureaux says it to Kuchiki after Kuchiki uses his bankai on him. Captain Kuchiki then proceeds to effortlessly deflect Rureaux's special attack and destroy him with a single blow.
    • Anime episode 204. Princess Lurichiyo and her servitor Kenryu have a falling out over Kasumioji clan policies. To heal the rift between them, Ichigo and friends pretend that Kenryu is going to commit suicide in shame. Lurichiyo falls for it, but Kenryu blurts out the truth and Lurichiyo tells Ichigo and the others that what they did was unforgivable.
    • Anime episode 243. Yumichika says it to his zanpakuto's manifested spirit Ruri-iro Kujaku while fighting him.
    • Anime episode 289. Arrancar #0 Yammy Riyalgo says it to Captains Byakuya Kuchiki and Kenpachi Zaraki while he's fighting them. He then activates his Resurrección form.
    • Anime episode 326. Captain Hitsugaya and Reigei!Momo are fighting, with Hitsugaya getting severely hurt because he can't fight back. When the real Momo Hinamori intervenes, she tells Reigei!Momo that hurting Hitsugaya is unforgivable. It turns out that the real Momo Hinamori is in fact another Reigei!Momo pretending to be the real one.
  • Kagome from Inuyasha has this reaction when Manipulative Bastard Naraku stages an Evil Plan designed to turn the True Companions against Sango and/or corrupt her by forcing her to kill her mind-controlled little brother and/or kill them all by luring them into a castle full of poisonous miasma. She locates him by the fragments of the Shikon no Tama he has, and fires a purifying arrow at him. Which blows through a building outer wall, dissipates the toxic miasma, and blows off his arm. He is so stunned he just stands there while she fires a second arrow at him, which reduces him to a head. After that he flees, and it's a long time before he dares face her again. She's actually so pissed off that the mere beginning of her "I won't forgive you"-like declaration features a whole page and follows for several pages.
  • Negi from Negima! Magister Negi Magi uses it the first time he confronts Fate Averruncus, this is a subversion, since Fate way out-classes Negi. Later Evangeline, however, kicks much butt.
    • Chachamaru uses it facing down a magical wild beast.
  • This is practically King Dedede's Catchphrase in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
    • Then there's that moment in the episode "Sweet and Sour Puss" when a monster called Togeira possesses him, taking away his ability to get angry and causing him to act kind and calm towards others even through all the beatings everyone gives him. Much later, after the King has been pounded and smacked around enough, Togeira, having been storing his anger from within him while everyone was beating on him, stores enough of his anger to unleash it all in one big mega-attack that has Dedede exploding into a massively firey rage that scares everyone and scream at the top of his lungs, "Now it's payback time!" Dedede eventually goes back to his normal self after he slips on a banana peel, therefore knocking Togeira right out of his own head.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy angrily battles Zoro because he had slaughtered most of the villagers of an island (early on into the Baroque Works arc), who had given the Straw Hats plenty of food earlier on (pointed out by Luffy looking like an impossibly fat slob at the moment). Luffy was unaware that they were in fact bounty hunters. He even actually utters "Unforgivable" before the battle rages higher.
    • In fact, any time Luffy angrily shouts something about True Companions (at a villain, that is), it means this (as abusing one's True Companions or threatening his own is the one thing that will make Luffy go mad). After this, asskicking ensues.
    • Robin gets like this whenever someone destroys history in front of her (ruins, artifacts, etc.). In the Skypiea arc, the poor bastard who pressed her Berserk Button ended up begging for forgiveness. Robin's response? "No." *CRACK*
    • In the sixth movie, after Luffy sees his entire crew get eaten by a Man-Eating Plant partnered to the Big Bad, he invokes this several times…only to be powerless against said Big Bad. It gets an echo later: after said Man-Eating Plant is killed, and along with it the Plant People that were created from the Big Bad's memories of his deceased friends and crewmates that he used in order to pretend that they were still alive. Realizing that the illusions were broken, the Big Bad turns on the one who killed his plant while invoking this trope, only to be stopped by Luffy, who kills him. Yes, you read that right; it really was beyond any possibility of forgiveness.
    • Dueling examples from Iceberg and Franky. Iceberg declares he can't forgive Franky for building the weapons that were used to frame their father figure, Tom. Franky in turn cannot forgive Iceberg for building ships for the World Government, who did the framing. Both are subversions. Iceberg states that even if he can't forgive Franky, he is still happy Frankey isn't dead and eventually gets over his anger. Franky later realizes that Iceberg making connections with the government prevented them from doing the same to him as they did with Tom.
    • After learning Doflamingo's extent of crimes, such as enslaving the native dwarves, turning dissenters to toys, and launching a successful False Flag Operation against King Riku which not only defamed him, but also doomed his grandchild Rebecca into a hated teenager, pragmatic characters like Franky and Robin, who would normally give the mission the most priority, declare this in Tranquil Fury, working then to destroy Doflamingo's regime.
    • Two actions that Sanji will never forgive, let alone do, is waste food or let someone go hungry; he almost starved to death once as a child, and knows it is not pleasant. One of the few times he tried punching a foe (he almost never uses his hands in a fight) was against someone who used food as weapons and armor, clearly never intending to eat it.
  • This was practically the Catchphrase of Cure White from Futari wa Pretty Cure. Cue asskicking of the Monster of the Week. Sometimes Cure Black said it at the same time, which is the leading cause of death among Pretty Cure villains.
  • A favourite line in the Japanese version of Digimon Data Squad's Masaru Daimon.
    • Typically, dubs don't carry this phrase over, substituting it for something that sounds more badass to the Western ear, but this dub actually uses this phrase frequently. And since Kurata is the biggest monster in the Digi-verse (yes, even Myotismon has met his match) everyone gets a chance to say it more than a few times. The dub of Digimon Tamers, on the other hand, used it once, by Takato and Guilmon as Gallantmon. It was Lampshaded by Beelzemon, who said "You can't forgive me? I don't recall ever asking for forgiveness!" And then the fight was on. It's not Narmful like the Data Squad version because Gallantmon didn't dramatically yell it, but stated it in a more matter-of-fact "this is why I must kill you" manner, befitting a literal Knight in Shining Armor.
      • Despite Digimon being a kids show, Gallantmon was willing to execute Beelzemon, and would have gone through with it were it not for the fact that said enemy's biggest victim, Juri/Jeri, asked for him to be spared.
      • Also (bonus points for Irony) not only Takato and Guilmon, but the rest of the heroes including Jeri do forgive him after his Heel–Face Turn. Beelzemon, however, never quite manages to forgive himself, and says this trope word-for-word.
        Beelzemon: What I did... is beyond forgiveness. I don't need anyone to tell me that.
    • In the third-to-last episode of Digimon Frontier, Lucemon, in his Chaos Mode, is having his Near-Villain Victory moment of being about to finish off the DigiDestined with his Ultimate Sacrifice attack. Loweemon gets in the way and sacrifices himself against said attack, and Lucemon absorbs Koichi's data after the deliverance of both darkness spirits to Koji by him following that. Takuya does not take well to what Lucemon did to Koichi AT ALL. "How could you?! Lucemon, you've gone too far!!!!" Cue the appearance of Susanoomon afterwards.
      • Prior to that, the DigiDestined were in their final battle against Crusadermon and Dynasmon. Interestingly, up until that point, every other time they fought them, the Royal Knights had been kicking their sorry asses until Lucemon was finally resurrected. One episode later, after Lucemon's revival? Crusadermon seems to have been having trouble having faith in Lucemon lately, which leads her to get knocked down easily by MagnaGarurumon, to Dynasmon's horror. Enraged, Dynasmon vows to make the children pay for the "ruinous wound" as he called it, and prepares to use his Breath of Wyvern attack... only to proceed to get his butt handed to him on a plate by EmperorGreymon just as easily.
    • Digimon Adventure 02 had a quite horrific instance this from Mummymon in the penultimate episode: after watching MaloMyotismon brutally torture and kill Arukenimon while he and the heroes watch in horror, Mummymon flips out and attacks MaloMyotismon, trying to avenge her.
      Mummymon: "You've taken away my Arukenimon, and now I'm going to make you PAY for what you did to her!"
    • In Digimon Adventure, a similar scenario is what activates Mimi's crest and makes Togemon evolve to Lilimon. In the original dub, at least.
    • Lighter example in Adventure as well: Yamato says to Joe that "above all" he can't forgive a guy who covers himself in an all men's bathhouse, while the latter is wearing a towel. There's goofy music in the background, but the immediate "ichiban yurusenee" drop shows he means very Serious Business. Mayhem ensues.
  • Kouta, from Elfen Lied, is understandably miffed when he realizes that the young woman he's been helping since the first episode is the same one that he watched kill his father and sister years ago. And the Enfante Terrible Mariko considers her fellow lab project Nana having friends to be cause enough for this.
  • In the finale of Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Domon says this to Major Ulube, who has been behind all the crap Domon had to go through.
    Domon: You piece of filth! My dad! My mom! My brother! Schwarz! My master! You've taken them all from me! And now Rain! Ulube... You'll pay for this. There's no way I'll ever forgive you!
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED has Kira Yamato and Athrun Zala go through this with each other, appropriately named the Cycle of Hate, when they kill each other's respective friend in battle. The cycle only breaks when Athrun seemingly kills Kira himself. Kira actually survives and is nursed back to health by Lacus, Athrun's ex-fianceé. Ultimately subverted because as time passes, the complicating politics of the situation make each realize there are bigger things to worry about. They, Lacus, and Cagali actually end up uniting on a third front.
    • Lacus herself notably threatens this early on in a Foreshadowing moment for both her and the enigmatic ZAFT Commander Le Creuset. He internally questions her timing at pulling this out, but says "I understand", and backs down.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE follows suit when Flit returns from his battle against Desil. As he's prepared to enter the battlefield one last time, he declares that he will never forgive the UE for killing Yurin.
    • This case was an excellent example of how much impact the phrase has lost over the years. When Flit says it, the viewers didn't give it much thought... and then were very surprised to see that, after the Time Skip, Flit meant what he'd said, and had dedicated his life to exterminating the UE, at any cost, regardless of how ruthless he had to be to do it.
      Prime Minister: Commander Asuno! If you do this, any hope of compromise will be lost! This war will continue until one side is completely wiped out!
      Flit Asuno: Yes, I know. That was my intention from the beginning.
    • Kio also deliver this phrase to Zanald after killing Deen, with FX Burst.
  • This phrase is used a few times in Transformers: Super-God Masterforce; for example, by Minerva when the Decepticons kill a little girl's puppy, and by Ranger when they seriously injure his horse.
  • The fifth episode of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2 has the A-Laws attacking the Cataron base (that contains war orphans as well as the members of Cataron itself), bombing the base, taking out all their mobile suits with ease and then letting loose little robotic shooting machines of death, the Automatons, as cleanup. When Lyle, secret member of Cataron that he is, sees the carnage, he goes Guns Akimbo on the robots and then turns on the A-Laws pilot above him, shouting "I'll never forgive you! I'll never forgive you, A-Laws!"
  • When Chrono and Rosette discover Aion's plan in Chrono Crusade (right after destroying much of New York City in the process of executing it), they fly into a rage and shout "Aion, we will never forgive you!"
  • Subverted in the Fruits Basket manga. Kyo thinks that Tohru's mother said this to him as she was dying after her fatal accident, and that she died hating him for not saving her. However, a flashback near the end of the series reveals that what she was trying to say was "If you don't pay your bill, I won't forgive you," an effort to remind him of the promise he made to look out for Tohru.
    • When Kagura almost lets slip to Tohru about Kyo's true form, Kyo covers her mouth and says "If you utter another word, I'll never forgive you!". In response, Kagura yanks Kyo's arm behind him and says "Oh you won't forgive me will you?!".
  • Used by The Ingenue Eve Genoard near the end of the Baccano! light novel Drugs and Dominoes, after she learns that Gustavo killed her father and brother. She almost shoots him, but is stopped by Luck Gandor, who does the honors in her stead.
  • Priscilla from Claymore. She goes into a CRISIS of "Unforgivable", much like a Shinji's "must not run away", before actually going Berserk. The worst is that it was completely unjustified, and that her immature, self-righteous, ignorant attitude makes her do the heart-wrenching thing that is the basis for all the Claymore plot.
    • Her repetition of "Unforgivable" is more of a Madness Mantra, as it shows her absolute belief in the rules, and marks the beginning of her mental breakdown.
    • Clare from the same manga also utters this, which she mixes with "I will kill you" during her fight with Rigaldo.
  • Like Priscilla above, Fumio of Saitama Chainsaw Shoujo also breaks into a Madness Mantra version of this, just before snapping due to being dumped by her boyfriend. And then we all know what she does next.
  • Used to great effect in Death Note as Matsuda gives Light his much-deserved punishment.
    Matsuda: I'll kill him! I'LL KILL HIM! HE HAS TO DIIIIIIIIE!
    • To illustrate, Light uses a form of this to his girlfriend Misa at one point, when he's telling her not to screw up the task he's giving her.
  • In Azumanga Daioh, Tomo pulls off the "decayed" version of this on Yomi, whose "unforgivable" crime is... successfully using a vending machine after it ate Tomo's money and eating curry without spilling any. Leads to a moment when Tomo chases Yomi around trying to whack her with a cafeteria tray, and hits Yukari instead.
  • D.Gray-Man:
    • Someone once managed to get Allen angry enough to say this. EPIC asskicking ensued, but even so he was rather hopelessly outnumbered, and it took some timely assistance from the generals to take out all the mooks. Then things went downhill...
    • Occurs in episode 56 from Allen to Tyki.
    • When Skin Bolic goes One-Winged Angel against Yu, he begins chanting "Never forgive" over and over.
  • In Yu Yu Hakusho seasonal Big Bad Sensui forces the heroes to play a video game made real by a pyschic child, who is playing as the game's Big Bad. As long as the heroes keep playing they can't die but if they win the game the kid dies, something Sensui conveniently forgot to tell his child follower. The team is reluctant to does this; but in the end one of them, Kurama, does the deed. Afterwards, Kurama doesn't utter this line but you can definitely tell he's thinking it; both by the expression on his face and his actions later on.
    • Yusuke also declares this to Toguro once he kills Genkai. But it's made very convincing by the cold, bitter delivery.
  • Possibly one of the more terrifying examples occurs in the manga adaptation of Breath of Fire IV. Right after seeing a village of child-summoners murdered, Ryu utters a "This Is Unforgivable" as he unleashes THE KAISER DRAGON (for those unfamiliar with Breath of Fire, think "nigh-unstoppable Kaiju-esque Dragon Of Mass Destruction"). It takes a Cool Down Hug from Nina (whom, for the first time in her life, is scared out of her wits by a dragon)—and this is after the Kaiser Dragon has not only decimated a LEGION but bored a hole through a mountain via its Breath Weapon.
  • Tatewaki Kunō says this ('Yurusen!' actually) in Ranma ½ during his first fight with Ranma, after he insults Akane. Cue ass-kicking - Kunō's.
  • Peach Girl: Momo says this when a trio of girls who are in love with Kairi destroy a necklace Toji gave her because they are jealous of her for getting Kairi's attention.
  • In Soul Eater, Death the Kid is as likely to use this in reference to anyone affecting his beloved symmetry as he is to any villain who likes to gather human souls for themselves and/or insult Shinigami-sama.
    • More dramatically, Spirit tells this to Medusa when she say she plans to abandon Crona.
  • Reborn! (2004) Tsuna says this when he is enraged by Byakuran for triggering events that led to Uni's self-sacrifice, or self-imposed death. There is a good reason why that chapter was labled "The Last Blow."
    • And again in chapter 339 to Daemon Spade.
  • In chapter 51 of Future Diary this is written on Yuno's diary. "Amano was kissed by Akise. That Akise... I won't forgive him...!"
  • In the 7th OVA of Hellsing Seras screams this repeatedly at Zorin when the latter insults the dead Pip, calling him an 'insect'. And then she goes utterly ballistic.
  • Any time this is uttered in Higurashi: When They Cry (or "I'm sorry," if it's said sotto voce), someone is going to get murdered. If they're lucky.
    • Higurashi Kira Episode 2 (the Magical Girl episode) had Satoko declaring that she would not forgive Tokyo Magika for hurting her Nii-nii. Later, Oyashiro Rika and Trap Satoko declared payback time before moving on to finish off Nail Ripper and send Miyo Takano flying.
  • In episode 5 of Gankutsuou Maximilien screams this during his fight with Albert.
  • Ashley of Betrayal Knows My Name yells this in episode 12 because Hotsuma ruined her clothes during their fight.
  • Maria of Umineko: When They Cry yells this repeatedly in episode 22 before taking revenge on her abusive mother.
    • Earlier, Battler was angered by Beatrice having gleefully laughed about Eva-Beatrice killing and reviving Rosa and Maria over and over again, so much so that he decided he wouldn't accept "that bitch" as his opponent. He told Virgilia that she could call her student if she wanted to, but that didn't mean he would forgive her. A disappointed Virgilia told Beato to try being more encouraging if she was to be forgiven by him and accepted as his opponent.
  • In the first season of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, the heroines say this most of (if not all) the time to their enemies (be it the Dark Lovers or the Black Beauty Sisters) for whatever it is that they did that terrorized the seas or the people, be it making a theme park only to destroy it, chase down a boy who assaulted them with a water hose and retaliate by attacking, or even planning to force-feed chocolates to girls (which would turn the Mermaid Princesses to mermaid form).
  • In Shaman King, after Hao eats his brother Yoh's spirit (after which he attempts to digest it and therefore cause him to become one with him), Yoh's friends fly into a rage and make several futile attempts to attack him out of unforgiveness towards him. Even his fiance' Anna says that she will never forgive him. Things settle down a lot when Manta helps them defeat his Shikigamis, though, and more so when Yoh regains his spirit to the relief of all of his friends, and Anna welcomes him back.
    Tao Len: ...You took my friend away and YOU'RE GOING TO PAY!!
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The manga adaptations of the Zelda series done by Akira Himekawa seem to love this trope. For example, in the The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past manga, after Agahnim sacrifices Zelda in front of Link and sends her to the Dark World imprisoned inside a crystal, Link shouts out, "Agahnim, I'll never forgive you!" before absorbing his magic with the Master Sword, leaving Agahnim shocked in a "This Cannot Be!" manner and sending the magic right back at him.
    • Also, in the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time manga, after Link is forced to kill his old friend, Volvagia, in order to free him from Ganondorf's control and awaken Darunia as the Sage of Fire, he calmly declares this trope to the Big Bad himself.
      Darunia: I understand how you feel. Stay here and cool your head. If your emotions erupt you will never defeat Ganondorf.
      Link: You're right, Darunia. But I... I will never forgive Ganondorf.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Winry finds out that Scar is responsible for the murder of her parents, she immediately picks up a nearby gun and points it towards him, only stopped by Edward. Later on, she runs into him and cooperates with him, but makes it clear that she does not forgive him for what's he done and only helping him because it is what her parents would have done.
  • Fujiwara no Mokou in the Touhou Project manga Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth likes using this trope when it comes to her bitter rival Kaguya. Face it, she just hates her so much because of the humiliation she gave her father.
  • Villain example: Rosine, the Big Bad of Berserk's Lost Children arc, uses this line on Guts after he destroys the tree that she has been using to make her creepy little pseudo-elves out of the children she's kidnapped, which has the effect of supremely pissing Rosine off — badly enough in fact, that she decides to transform into her true Apostle form, a really creepy insect-like monster.
    • Another villain example from Berserk: when Nosferatu Zodd's duel with Guts is interrupted, he roars this at the interlopers. This guy takes the Worthy Opponent Blood Knight dynamic really seriously.
    • An actual (anti) heroic example comes from Guts in volume 17, where he says something to the same effect. After getting a What the Hell, Hero? lecture handed to him, Guts rethinks how he dealt with avenging the Hawks after Griffith betrayed and sacrificed them during the Eclipse and that since he technically played a role in the group's downfall, he didn't have a right to avenge them... however, for what Griffith did to Casca during the Eclipse in which he viciously raped her in front of Guts and drove her insane as a result, Guts said that he would never forgive Griffith.
  • Even the otherwise lighthearted Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has an example: post-Time Skip, Yoko picks up teaching in an elementary school as job, hiding her real identity. When two rogue Ganmen show up and start wrecking the place, she gets angry. But when they threaten the life of one of her students (a little girl), she utters the line as she goes batshit fucking mad and breaks out the hidden armory. Asskicking ensues.
  • In Episode 13 of G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, after having heavily damaged his ability to assume battle mode by blowing up his Power Stone in front of him, Duke battles it out with COBRA Commander in a one-on-one duel without weapons to have him prove how tough he is. After taking a few blows from the villain, he shouts out, "I've had it with you!" before fighting back and besting him with some more punches.
    Duke: That was for the team... [punches and sends COBRA Commander sliding on his feet towards the edge] ...and THAT was for YOUR PAYBACK!
  • Izaya from Durarara!! mumbles this during a flashback of middle school. He's referring to Nakura who stabbed Shinra who is his only friend. Let's just say, Nakura was screwed the minute he stabbed Shinra by accident because of who his real target was. And 7-10 years later, Izaya extracts his revenge in the cruelest way possible.
    • Just about everything Izaya does pisses Shizuo off to no end, but two particular incidents made the latter really want to kill the former. One: Manipulating a little girl into a failed attempt at killing Shizuo, which put a cheerful smile on his face. and two: Izaya almost getting Vorona killed in his attempt to kill him and bragging about it. Shizuo calmly tells Izaya "Goodbye."
  • In Mai-Otome, while Arika fights Tomoe, the reveals that she was responsible for all of the things Miya took the heat and got expelled for. Arika only responds with shock until Tomoe, while mentioning her responsibility in the acid drop that injured Arika's friend Erstin, expresses pleasure regarding Erstin's death some time afterward, prompting Arika to respond with this phrase.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew does this really well, with the Mew Mews using this against the aliens and their Chimera at random times, either before or after transforming.
    • Ichigo/Zoey even uses this trope as quite a Badass Boast towards a monster attacking Tokyo in her dream in the beginning of an early episode.
      Ichigo: You're a wicked monster and you've terrorized this city for the last time. Now you'll pay!
  • Rosario + Vampire: In chapter 41 of the second manga season Kurumu says "...won't forgive. I won't forgive you if you hurt Tsukune!"
  • Although the intentions aren't carried over between meetings, this is often Hayate of Hayate the Combat Butler's manner when Nagi is threatened. Gilbert is frequently the target, and clearly frightened of the consequences of his actions, though not repentant not to try again at a later date.
  • Played for Laughs during an episode of Beelzebub. After a demon world plant eats the...thing he brought to life from a demon world book, Beel goes all fiery mad, and in his baby gibberish declares "I will never forgive you for this!"...and gets swatted aside. He is just a baby after all.
  • In Episode 9 of Sonic X: How dare you, Eggman! You destroyed Amy's lucky bracelet that she made for Sonic to protect him when he goes in the water, despite his fear of it. And she reacted with the line of "I don't believe it!" Not only did it make her cry a few seconds afterwards, but shortly after, she flew into a rage with fire burning in her pupils. You hit Amy's Berserk Button and you didn't even know it. Now she's REALLY PISSED at you, screaming at the top of her lungs, "Now you're gonna PAY!!!", which takes you by surprise. Once she charges at you and one of three of your current Robots Of The Week, Serpenter, shouting to you both "Don't mess with me!" along the way, and proceeds to kick its ass before going after you next, that's where you realize that you never should have made her this pissed off at you and that you're completely screwed. Cue Oh, Crap!.
    • Also, in the original edit, this is Sonic's final line at the end of the finale of Season 3, obviously declared against Eggman. It was replaced in the dub by another line in the form of "Life never stays slow around here for long! Thank goodness! Watch out, Eggman, I'm comin' at ya full speed!"
  • In the Steel Angel Kurumi series, Kurumi says this whenever Nakahito, or Nako gets hurt.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team La Verite episode 9. After Lemon, Marron, and Melon speak rudely to Captain Konoe Tsurugi, Konoe's lieutenant Yashima Sanae tells them "Speaking so rudely to captain...unforgivable!" She then chases them away.
  • A rather odd example occurs in A Certain Magical Index when Touma says this to the villain of the Daihasei Festival arc, Oriana Thompson, who is involved in a plot to brainwash the city. It's not the possibility of mass mind control that really upsets him, though, it's that her actions are interfering with the festival that's going on. Yeah, Touma can be a bit strange.
  • In Sukeban Deka, "Saki's" catchphrase is "Omaera, Yurusansezore!" (You Won't Be Forgiven!)
  • Every member of Fairy Tail will make sure that anyone who would disrespect their guild or hurt their friends will get no less than what they deserve.
  • In an episode of Ouran High School Host Club Tamaki says "Unforgivable!" when eavesdropping on a moment between Haruhi and Hikaru.
  • Cowboy Bebop episode 22 "Cowboy Funk". During their confrontation on top of the ruined building Spike says "I will never forgive you" to Cowboy Andy, who's been interfering with his efforts to capture Teddy Bomber throughout the episode.
  • In Peter Pan no Bouken Hook says this to a giant sea creature (no, not the crocodile), which might make uninitiated anime fans watching the subbed version wonder why a giant sea creature cares whether Hook forgives it or not.
  • Black Cat: In the anime Train says this after Creed kills Saya.
  • FLCL. In episode "Brittle Bullet" Naota's father walks into Naota's room and catches him and Haruko accidentally kissing. He is interested in Haruko himself, so he tells Naota that he can't forgive him and challenges him to a duel for Haruko's affections.
  • Weed from Ginga Densetsu Weed says that he never forgives someone who abuses or kills other dogs just for the killer to save their own hides.
  • A lot of this flies back and forth when most of the cast of Bokura no Kiseki regains their Past-Life Memories. To be specific, they are all the reincarnations of people in two groups: the original inhabitants of a castle in Zerestria that was invaded and destroyed by a country that was supposed to be its ally, and guests living in the castle who were from said invading country, Moswick. In particular, Meguro, the reincarnation of a squire of Zerestria, freaks out and tries to kill Nishina, who was a knight of Moswick. Teshimano and Harusumi talk him out of it.
  • Tamaki from Code Geass, despite being The Fool of the team, definitely gives vibes of this when he assumes the Britannians planned to lure the Black Knights and all the Japanese into a kill zone disguised as the Special Zone.
  • High School Dx D: Played for Laughs in the Issei Hyoudou vs Vali Lucifer fight. Azazel claims that Vali will use his Divine Dividing ability to shrink the breasts of the girls around them. An enraged Issei roars that he will never forgive Vali for that, gains a massive power boost, and beats the shit out of him. Vali is completely dumbfounded by this, his tone of voice in the rest of the battle making it clear that he cannot believe what he's hearing.
  • Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!: The super-pretentious Chevalier Aurite hands out not one, but two yurusenais to the Battle Lovers, when the two opposed teams of Magical Boys confront each other. It's combined with a Pointer Finger. Then the bad guys just walk off. This is lampshaded:
    Battle Lover Epinard: They introduced themselves then left...
    Battle Lover Cerulean: Lucky for us. You can't talk to guys like that anyway.
  • Towards the end of Pokémon: Black and White Season 1, after Meowth betrays Ash and the group, Pikachu becomes extremely furious with Meowth for even doing it, and decided that the final straw. He freed the group's Pokemon to assist in the escape, and when Team Rocket retreats, Pikachu has to be held back by Ash.
  • Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran: A Catchphrase of the honor-loving titular character is "Utterly Inexcusable!" which she tends to see a lot in the acts committed by others which prompt her to take action against them.
  • A Cruel God Reigns: This is Ian's opinion of Natasha staying silent about his father abusing Jeremy.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 8 episode 18, Happy S. says "Unforgivable!" to Huo Haha after he accidentally bumps into him, making him drop what they both think is an elemental a staff from a cliff. Near the end of the same episode, he says the same thing to all of Big M.'s group when they make him drop what he thinks is one of the staffs down a cliff... again.

    Comic Books 
  • The Ultimates: Pym slapped Jan, and then immediately repented of it and tried to atone. She's not in the mood for that.
  • An unpublished story of The Powerpuff Girls, "Mojo's Day Off," had Mojo Jojo trying to relax but he is persistently interrupted by the girls who think he's responsible for some random evil in the city. In one segment, he's in an easy chair reading a murder mystery novel and comes to the part where the murderer is revealed when the girls crash through. Blossom, having read the novel herself, proceeds to spoil the denoument.
    Mojo: OOOH! You gave away the ending! That is unforgivable!!

     Comic Strips 
  • In Peanuts, Snoopy will never forgive "Poochie", a girl he knew when he was a puppy, saying you don't forgive someone who does what she did. She threw a stick, then went off with another dog while he was fetching it.

    Fan Works 
  • In Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità, Germany and Japan definitely did not forgive the homophobe as they beat the ever-loving crap out of him for nearly raping Italy. They only stopped because Italy begged them to.
  • Evangelion 303: Minor example. In chapter 3, after being beaten by Shinji and messing up a mission, Asuka is extremely distraught and paranoid -due to several weeks of disappointments and frustrations- and she is starting to wonder if Shinji is actually trying to sabotage her. Then she angrily thinks: "This is unforgivable."
  • In Mortality: "If your masters actions destroy him whom I regard as the best and wisest man I have ever known, make no mistake that I shall hunt down, to a man, everyone who played a part in his destruction."
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act III chapter 44, this is Kokoa's word-for-word reaction upon the revelation that Akua and Kahlua are working for Fairy Tale and have been all along.
    • During the climax of Act IV, the entire gang has this reaction when they discover that Hokuto, Jovian, and Jacqueline had taken Tsukune's family hostage. They also have this reaction doubly so when they discover that Jovian had spent the entire time sexually abusing Kyouko For the Evulz, with the others flat-out telling Jovian during chapter 26 that she's going to Hell for what she did to Kyouko.
    • In Act IV chapter 31, right before laying the smackdown on Hokuto, Tsukune, usually an All Loving Hero and the personification of Turn the Other Cheek, flat-out tells him to his face that Hokuto will never be forgiven for everything he's done. Considering the fact that Hokuto's list of Kick the Dog moments include such gems as kidnapping and brainwashing Felucia, setting Kuyou loose on Yokai Academy, letting Jovian and Jacqueline rape and torture Felucia to the point of Sanity Slippage, holding Tsukune's mother and cousin hostage, and being indirectly responsible for the deaths of Felucia, Kenzo's gang, and the original Ezrana sisters, it's perfectly justified.
  • In Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight, Applejack, Rarity and Rainbow Dash are beyond furious when Twilight tells the rest of the Mane Six the abuse Fate Testarossa suffered at the hands of her mother, Presea. Twilight has to calm them down as their anger is scaring Fluttershy.
  • In the Pony POV Series, an Equestrian saying this and meaning this is incredibly serious business for them because of the emphasis on forgiveness and kindness in their culture. Basically, when a pony says this seriously? They mean it.
  • To the Straw Hat Pirates - Luffy most of all - dreams are Serious Business. So when they are confronted to the Nightmares in Asteria Nightmare - a Eldritch Abomination race feeding on dreams while leaving their prey a soulless husk - they immediately go on the warpath. An irate Luffy even declares he will kill the Nightmare Queen for daring to think it could steal his crewmates' ambitions, and he does.
  • In God is Cruel, Oliver and Sara's actions led to Laurel being stabbed through the stomach by Slade. In the hospital, Dean tells Sara that if Laurel recovers, she (Sara) is going to grovel and pray Laurel forgives her, and know that he never will. Oliver doesn't even get that, as Dean simply tells him to stay away from her before he breaks her even more.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, All Might declares this after the Ultra-Humanite seemingly executes Izuku by blasting him off Mt. Fuji.
    All Might: I won't forgive you for this! Take away seventy-five percent of my power, eighty-five percent, one hundred percent, even! You won't ever escape from here!
  • Megami no Hanabira: Sweet, gentle little Nanami is on the verge of tears when she lets this loose on the Big Bad, a man she looked up to before finding out how absolutely depraved he is. This gets the Big Bad boiling mad, considering he believes himself to be a god and thus finds the idea of a human withholding forgiveness downright insulting.
    Nanami: No forgiveness. Not ever. I will never, ever forgive you! EVER!
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: After Ritsuko confesses what her and Gendo has been doing with the Emerald Tablet, especially using Asuka as a guinea pig for the project, despite fully knowing how extremely dangerous it was, as well as causing the incident in Beijing with Unit-A which caused half-a-million casualties, Misato straight up tells her that she deserves to die.
  • Subverted in The Unfantastic Adventures of Bizarro No. 1. Bizarro and his race might forgive the Blue-Kryptonite Men for attempting to wipe them out. The Blue-K Men's attempt to sculpt their cubic-shaped Bizarro World into a round planet is an unforgivable insult, though.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: Supergirl gets through one week of endless life-threatening battles during "The Apokolips Agenda" because of Darkseid's machinations. However, it's when the Dark Lord of Apokolips almost kills her cousin, her counterpart and her lover that Kara decides she has had enough of him.
    Supergirl: I've been through hell and a half in this last week. I've fought Blackstarr, Eclipso, the Zoners, Kralik, the Golem, and I'm probably leaving some out. I almost got zombified because of you. Now you've hurt the man I love, and my cousin, and my friends. I didn't want to do this. I didn't want to do any of it. I hate fighting. But I promise you, Darkseid, if you don't restore them and surrender, you're never getting up from this floor in one piece. I swear it!
  • Infinity establishes Nanoha Takamachi always fights seriously... but when someone impossible to be reasoned with threatens innocent lives she fights mad.
  • Lord Help the Mister: Just as in canon, Dinah Lance let Sara go to the Gambit to sleep with her sister's boyfriend. Unlike the show, Laurel stays to watch the ship leave so Sara never gets on; and eventually the whole truth comes out. Laurel eventually forgives Sara, might one day forgive Oliver, but cannot forgive her mother. Largely because out of everyone, she simply cannot understand her mother's motivations, and doesn't like the one she thinks of.
  • In Wake, Shinji states he can forgive a lot, but he will never forgive his father for treating Rei as dirt as turning her into his loyal child soldier.

    Films — Animated 
  • Mulan II, Mushu, pressured by Cri-Kee, admits to Mulan what he had done. Mulan is enlightened by Mushu's admittance, but also gets mad at him. She even says that what he did was unforgivable, and when he tries to ask to help some more, she replies with "You've helped enough."
  • The Lion King (1994): Simba says a line that comes close enough to this to Scar: "You don't deserve to live."
    • The hyenas make it clear they do not appreciate Scar attempting to throw the blame for his actions onto them. After the latter's final clash with Simba, the hyenas quickly make Scar pay for his betrayal.
      Scar: Ahh, my friends...
      Shenzi: Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy!
      Banzai: Yeah, that's what I heard.
      Scar (Oh, Crap!): ...
      Shenzi and Banzai: Ed?
      Ed: Hehe! Hehe! Hehehe!
  • Some of the lyrics to The Lion King II: Simba's Pride song "One of Us" contain a variation of this.
    Born in grief
    Raised in hate
    Helpless to defy his fate
    Let him run
    Let him live
    But do not forget what we cannot forgive
  • In Peter Pan, after seeming to have blown up Peter Pan with a bomb, Captain Hook has Wendy walk the plank. However, they don't hear a splash expected, because, unbeknownst to the pirates, Peter, who had escaped the bomb blast, thanks to Tinker Bell, had saved Wendy, after which he makes his presence known to the pirates. He is definitely pissed off now after Hook's deliberate attempts on his and Wendy's lives.
    Hook: (having thrown one of his own crew overboard just to hear a splash) Who's next?
    Peter Pan: You're next, Hook! This time you've gone too far!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the end of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar finds himself unable to forgive nor forget Koba's genocidal rampage against the humans that restarted the ape-human war and made it impossible for the apes to ever live in peace as well as violating the Ape Shall Not Kill Ape rule by trying to kill him and murdering Ash and several other apes. Ultimately, Caesar drops Koba to his death telling him "You are not ape!"
  • Little Shop of Horrors:
    Orin: What I ever do to you?
    Seymour: Nothing. It's what you did to [Audrey].
  • Alluded to in the film Gung Ho, when a shouting match between an American and his Japanese boss gets physical after the American says, "Oh yeah? Well, if you guys are so great, how come you lost the Big One?"
  • Star Trek:
    • A western equivalent appears in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock where Kirk repeatedly kicks Klingon General Kruge, screaming "I! HAVE HAD! ENOUGH! OF YOU!" and then kicks Kruge down a cliff.
    • Picard's rant about the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact. "[We have fallen back] This far, and no further! The line must be drawn here!" This turns into an subversion, though, when Lily scolds him into sensibility and he decides to destroy the ship rather than fight it out.
  • The Proposition.
    "Arthur Burns is a monster. An abomination. You were right to break company with him; what happened at the Hopkins place was unforgivable.
  • In the Chinese action film Flash Point, the main character and detective Mah Jun, played by Donnie Yen, chases after a criminal on foot in the streets of Hong Kong. The criminal runs into a restaurant, grabs a young girl as hostage and holds her upside down by the legs. When Mah Jun catches up to him and holds him at gun point, the crook threatens to drop the girl on her head if Mah Jun doesn't drop his gun. Mah Jun complies but the criminal throws the girl forcefully aside anyway right outside the restaurant unto concrete ground injuring the girl. Mah Jun has a very brief Heroic BSoD and his face clearly shows a This Is Unforgivable expression followed by giving the attacking criminal a suplex from hell and then pummeling the man to to death.
  • In The Woman in Black, this seemed to be the Madness Mantra of the titular woman after her child went missing, as she believed he was being deliberatel;y kept from her. Unfortunately she died before anyone learned the truth, and her vengeful ghost got stuck in an infinite loop.
  • In Conan the Barbarian (1982), after Conan raids one of Thulsa Doom's towers and steals his treasures, he is most upset because Conan kills a giant snake guardian.
    Thulsa Doom: You broke into my house, stole my property, murdered my servants, and my PETS! And that is what grieves me the most! You killed my snake. Thorgrim is beside himself with grief! He raised that snake from the time it was born.
  • In Spider-Man 3, Peter says this to Eddie right before he exposes him for forging a picture of Spider-Man robbing the bank.
    Peter: You want forgiveness? Get religion.
  • In Star Trek Into Darkness, Harrison delivers a variant of this Stock Phrase to Kirk in one of the trailers.
    Harrison: Your commanders have committed a crime I cannot forgive.
  • In the 2009 film Cracks the Diving Team reacts like this when the find out the teacher they trusted and admired molested a pupil and allowed her to die. The school seems to turn a blind eye until the whole team symbolically turns in their sashes.
  • In Home Alone 2, when Kevin finds out that his old nemeses, Harry and Marv, plan to rob Duncan's Toy Chest, whose proceeds are intended for a children's hospital on Christmas Day, Kevin decides that enough is enough, which sets off an even bigger Death Course battle than the one in the first film.
    Kevin: You can mess with a lot of things...but you can't mess with kids on Christmas!
  • Similarly to how he acts in the cartoons (see "Western Animation" below), in the live-action movie of Popeye, the titular sailor is trying to just have some breakfast at Roughouse's when the local toughs decide to insult him. At first, Popeye stays calm and insists they apologize, but when they "apologize" by roughing up the patrons instead, he declares, "Sorry I have to do this, but enough is enough." and proceeds to clean house with all of them.

  • Sherlock Holmes, in "The Three Garridebs" when Watson is wounded, Holmes tells the idiot that shot his friend he's lucky, but if his friend had died on him, well... you can expect the knucklehead to get killed.
    Holmes: By the Lord, it is well for you. If you had killed Watson, you would not have gotten out of this room alive.
  • Michael, good Christian paladin type in The Dresden Files, forgives and gives another chance to anyone and anything, even the odd Eldritch Abomination. But, in the short story "The Warrior," when a Well-Intentioned Extremist priest kidnaps one of his daughters (knocking her unconscious in the process), ties her up in det-cord (explosive-stuffed rubber tubing) and rigs her with an electronic detonator — and then insists that a Walking Techbane wizard, whose very presence could have caused a malfunction in the detonator and set off the cord, be the one to release the girl — all bets are off. In the end, Dresden has to hold Michael back from beating the priest to death.
  • Invoked and subverted in Shatterpoint:
    Depa Billaba: You can't... you can't just forgive me.
    Mace Windu: As a member of the Council — you're right. I can't. As your Master, I won't. As your friend — as your friend, Depa, I can forgive everything. I already have.
  • In Dune, the depredations on the Zensunni people in the distant past are remembered in the oral tradition of their descendants, the Fremen, with the Badass Creed "Never to forgive, never to forget!"
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • When Cersei beats the woman she thinks is Tyrion's mistress, Tyrion says "I have never liked you, Cersei, but you were my own sister, so I never did you harm. You've ended that. I will hurt you for this. I don't know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid." He may not say the words, but this Badass Boast embodies the spirit of this trope very well.
    • Likewise, he doesn't say the words, but Tyrion's reaction to the lies and betrayal by his brother, his father and the aforementioned mistress is similar to this.
    • Though this comes back to bite Tyrion when Joffrey is poisoned on his wedding day; everyone assumes it was his fault, and he had nothing to do with it.
    • Actually quite a few characters react this way to being betrayed. Which happens quite a lot.
  • In the world of A Brother's Price, men are extremely rare and protected, so when some of the heroes find one who was killed, the ones who never knew their fathers are disgusted, but the ones who did have loving fathers are horrified, furious, even panic-stricken. Most didn't know the man in question, but this is the crime that really drives them to despise those responsible.
    "What kind of animals could do this?"
  • In Divergent, Will, Christina and Tris treat Al this way after he assists Peter and Drew in attempting to kill Tris. They become more ambivalent after Al kills himself but never speak of it again.
  • In the Harry Potter books:
    • The three curses Crucio, Imperio, and Avada Kedavra are deemed "Unforgivable," and anyone who gets caught using them automatically gets a life sentence in Azkaban.
    • In the first book, the killing/drinking the blood of a unicorn is considered to be this by centaurs.
    • Dumbledore invokes this trope himself in relation to Voldemort, describing the creation of a Horcrux as "moving beyond the realm of what we might describe as 'usual evil.'" Considering the implications of tearing one's soul apart, this is probably justified. The fact that it takes a human sacrifice to make the process work also plays a large part.
    • A wizard or witch who believes in pure-blood supremacy tends to treat any of their relatives marrying a Muggle or Muggle-born wizard/witch (or, for that matter, anyone who reacts to either this type of union or anyone involved in said union with a sympathetic or supportive attitude) as this.
    • In the past, Lily Evans (a muggleborn) put up with Severus Snape's descent into the Dark Arts solely out of friendship, but she ended that friendship the moment the latter called her a "Mudblood".
  • Everything, Everything: Madeline's reaction to finding out that her mother has been lying to her her entire life, and that she isn't really deathly ill. Carla encourages her to forgive her mother, as she's clearly not right in the head and does love Madeline, but as Madeline points out, she'll never get back those eighteen years she spent unable to leave her house and interact with anyone from the outside. It's ambiguous as to whether or not Madeline will ever get over it.
  • Schooled in Magic: When King Randor reveals himself to be a necromancer, his army breaks up and deserts en masse. Even Sir Roger Greenwood, one of the most honor-bound men in Zangaria, considers his oath to the king void, defecting to Princess Alassa and begging her to stop him and save the kingdom.

    Live-Action TV 

  • An episode of Alias contains the following emotional speech. It doesn't lead to a physical fight (though these two characters do fight earlier in the episode) but it sets the tone for a temporarily broken relationship.
    "What it comes down to is faith. What I was hoping you would say is, 'Sydney, I gave up, I gave up. I lost faith.' But what you came here for was closure. And there is not a chance you're getting that from me. I'm not gonna say 'I understand.' I'm not gonna sympathize with you and tell you how hard it must be for you... But you want to know how I am? I am horrible, Vaughn. I am ripped apart. And not because I lost you, but because... if it had been me... I would have waited. I would have found out the truth. I wouldn't have given up on you. And now I realize... what an absolute waste that would have been."
  • Subverted in Arrow. In the Season 3 Premier, Malcolm Merlyn brainwashes Thea into (his own daughter) murderering Sara, in order to instigate conflict between Oliver and Ra's al Ghul. In the finale, Oliver tells him "I will never forgive you for what you did to Sara"...and then makes him the new Ra's al Ghul, effectively rewarding him for the deed. From that point onward, he never has any objection to working with Malcolm, thanks him for his cooperation if they do work together, comes up with excuses to not remove him as Ra's (though he eventually does), and repeatedly refuses to kill him. Apparently, he forgave him for everything.
    • Played straight with Laurel, Sara's sister, who repeatedly argues for killing Malcolm. Even after Malcolm helps resurrect Sara, Laurel still hates him and wants him dead for killing her in the first place.
  • The Babylon 5 episode "No Surrender, No Retreat" opens with Captain Sheridan defiantly declaring "Enough is enough!", after President Clark's forces commit their worst atrocity yet, involving two Earthforce destroyers jumping out of hyperspace and, completely unprovoked, wiping out five commercial liners packed with 10,000 civilian refugees. And for the record, Sheridan is not even remotely kidding.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003):
    • This was deconstructed when Lee testified at Baltar's war crimes trial - Lee pointed out all the things members of the fleet had done that should have resulted in imprisonment (or execution) that had been "forgiven" by either Admiral Adama or the President, and that the only reason Baltar's crimes were unforgivable and deserved his execution was that no one liked him.
      Lee: We have to break rules, we have to bend laws, we have to improvise! But not this time, no, not this time, not for Gaius Baltar.
    • When mutineers seize control of Galactica and take the admiral into custody (killing several crewman in the process), Adama gives the following threat: "I want you all to understand this! If you do this, there will be no forgiveness. No amnesty. This boy died honoring his uniform. You, you'll die with nothing."
    • President Laura Roslin's speech in the following episode is arguably an even better example: "No. Not now. Not ever. Do you hear me? I will use every cannon, every bomb, every bullet, every weapon I have down to my own eyeteeth to end you. I swear it! I'M COMING FOR ALL OF YOU!"
  • In The Borgias, Rodrigo is telling his sons how to juggle the various bribes that will get him elected Pope. When one of them points out that his tactics are not exactly "holy", Rodrigo replies "God will forgive us, my son. But I will not. Forgive. Failure. From you, or your brother." Quite what he was threatening them with (if anything, since he does genuinely love his children,) is unknown, but since the line is spoken with all the verbal badassery Jeremy Irons can muster, it's understandably taken very seriously.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Faith actually tries to get Willow to give her the whole "you can still be a good guy" speech, instead getting Willow telling her she's way past forgiveness. At least part of this is because she had kidnapped and tied up Willow though. Ironically, Willow becomes one of the few people who actually could later understand what Faith was going through, having gone evil and killed someone only to be brought back by someone showing caring and kindness when she didn't deserve it.
    • Xander gets into the act not once, but twice:
    • In season 8, after a Brainwashed and Crazy Angel kills Giles, Buffy refuses to forgive him. Buffy is also blamed for the world's magic being lost and even the other slayers tell her what she did was unforgivable, despite the fact that Buffy had no choice but to destroy the source of Earth's magic to save the world.
  • The Cosby Show: The Season 6 episode "Off To See the Wretched" is among TV's leading trope codifiers, after Clair delivers a massive verbal torrent on her daughter, Vanessa. After all, all she did was (along with her friends) lie about what her plans were (to go to a concert in Baltimore, well away from New York where she said she was going) and ... when several things came up that should have ended their evening — car stolen, run out of money and have their tickets stolen by a scalper — they didn't call for help. Clair said not only was Vanessa's stunt unforgivable, it means it may be a long time before she and Cliff will be able to trust her again.
  • After things get out of hand at Degrassi during Vegas Night in the mid-season finale of "The Boiling Point", Principal Archibald Simpson has had enough of the crap he has had to deal with for his entire career at the school, and has this to say to the students: "By the time you all get back from won't recognize this school at all." And he's not kidding — the next episodes see him instituting a school-wide discipline crackdown aimed at curbing the worst of the school's major problems.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Name of the Doctor", we find that the Eleventh Doctor cannot forgive a previously unknown incarnation of himself, who committed an act so heinous, no incarnation of The Doctor will recognize him as being one of them. But then, in "The Day of the Doctor", he subverts the trope and (along with his previous incarnation) accepts that he did what he had to do; if his Old Shame is not called the Doctor, it's because he had no other option. Except the events of the episode create another option, opening the chance to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
    • In "Face the Raven", the immortal Ashildr is involved in a plot that results in the unexpected death of the Doctor's companion, Clara. The Doctor threatens Ashildr, "I will end you and everything you love" before Clara talks him down. After the deed is done, the Doctor makes it clear to Ashildr that forgiveness is not on the table. In the Season Finale "Hell Bent" two episodes later, in which the Doctor has become a Driven to Madness Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds in the wake of said disaster and a stint in a torture chamber, their paths cross again, and while he doesn't forgive her onscreen, he does allow her to follow him into the second TARDIS rather than leave her to die at the end of time. The same episode suggests that with regards to her collaborators' role in the aforementioned plot AND their work as architects of the Last Great Time War, he sees Rassilon and his underlings on the High Council as unworthy of forgiveness, and exiles them from Gallifrey after bloodlessly overthrowing them. Keep in mind that this particular Doctor, the Twelfth, is one of the most forgiving incarnations. His unwillingness to forgive Ashildr is personal: he's the one who saved her from death's door in a way that made her functionally immortal to begin with and, as centuries passed, believed in her goodness even when she did not and worked to protect her — and she chose to betray him (and hurt others as the hanging judge mayor of the trap street) for all that. As for her collaborators, they were partially responsible for the worst war the universe ever saw, one he brought to an end for them (and it was only because of Clara that he spared them when he was doing so)... and look how they repaid him, all out of fear of a prophecy, and they are not the sort of people likely to atone and apologize anyway.
  • An entire episode of Friends focused on this. Joey finds out that Chandler kissed his girlfriend and spends the episode refusing to even speak to him despite Chandler repeatedly apologizing for it and begging for his friendship. It reaches to the point where Joey even considers moving out and calling Chandler untrustworthy. Fortunately, he does give Chandler a chance to prove himself by forcing him to spend Thanksgiving trapped in a box as punishment and, in the end, forgives him.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • What really pisses House Karstark off about Robb executing Lord Rickard is that the Stark and Karstark are kin, and kinslaying is considered a despicable crime, forgetting that what really pissed off Robb Stark was Lord Rickard executing two harmless children who weren't even remotely guilty of Jaime's crimes.
    • Sansa is so pissed off at House Umber for surrendering Rickon to the Boltons that she wishes to hang them all after they're done with the Boltons.
    • Many people, including Ned Stark, consider Jaime, the Kingslayer, a vile knight beyond redemption after his Bodyguard Betrayal of Aerys. In reality, it was the polar opposite to this trope, but no one other than Brienne knows nor cares at this point.
    • This is Jaime's reaction to Tyrion's murder of Tywin, even telling Bronn he will kill Tyrion if he ever sees him again. However, when the two reunite in Season 7, he doesn't do it.
    • Neither Jaime nor Tyrion will forgive the Ironborn, and the Greyjoys, for their attack on Lannisport. Tyrion brings up seeing sailors drown in ships at anchor in his childhood to Theon when the latter gloats in Season 1 about how awesome that attack was, while Jaime apparently went berserk during the Siege of Pyke.
    • In the series finale, Daenerys has Tyrion locked up to be executed after he betrayed her trust by releasing Jaime. When Jon begs her to forgive Tyrion, Daenerys simply says she can't.
  • Said word-for-word by Derek in Grey's Anatomy about Meredith sleeping with their vet... after they broke up almost a year ago because he was married and hadn't told her. He was still with his wife at the time. She's quick to point out that "I never asked you to forgive me" and "I make no apologies."
  • In the The Handmaid's Tale episode "Unwomen": Mrs. O'Connor, a former wife, is sent to the Colonies to work as an Unwoman. Almost every other Unwoman there is a former Handmaid, and as such openly hate her. Emily pretends to be her friend, but then fatally poisons her. A dying Mrs O'Connor asks why, and Emily reminds her that as a wife, once a month she held a woman down and let her husband rape her. There's no forgiveness for that.
  • In the live-action Hell Girl series, poor Yu Miyazaki says this in tears after Rina Endou and her Girl Posse smash the watch that was her mother's gift to her, just before pulling the red string and sending Rina to Hell.
  • The Hogan Family: Possibly among the leading TV-related trope codifiers, the reason Valerie (back when the show was still known as Valerie and its star, Valerie Harper, was with the show) refuses to accept 12-year-old son Willie's apology in the Season 2 episode "Leave It To Willie." What exactly did Willie do, one dare asks? He merely took his father's brand new convertible without permission (on the dare of a buddy) for a joy ride, hit a parked vehicle along a city street, parked it in the garage hoping nobody would notice and then — when Valerie gets a call from the police saying that a car matching her husband Michael's convertible was seen in the area — allows older brother David to take the blame. Willie continually stalls for time, hoping that by holding out and by merely admitting the truth later, he would be absolved of his actions and — get this — be allowed to go to a party where he would get to consummate a relationship with the most desirable girl in class. He then watches his favorite TV show ("Leave It To Willie") and after having an Imagine Spot where he sees a positive outcome to his predicament, decides to finally admit the truth. Instead, Valerie blows her stack, and not only does she refuse to accept the apology (since she sees less than zero sincerity in his attempt to blow things off as "no big deal") but tells him he's grounded from going to that much-anticipated party. Even worse: Valerie declares to Willie that, at least temporarily, she has lost trust in him. (And we don't even get to see how Michael will take the news (series star Josh Turner was not in this episode, his character said to be returning home from a flight) ... although we do see Valerie leave the house to pick Michael, an airline pilot, from the airport and she leaves it to Willie to sweat things out.)
  • How I Met Your Mother had a version of this when Ted found out that Barney slept with Ted's ex-girlfriend Robin in a blatant violation of the Bro Code. Barney expects Ted to be angry but forgive him since Ted is very easy going and a bit of a pushover. Instead Ted is so furious at the betrayal that he punches Barney in the groin and wants nothing to do with Barney from that moment on.
    • A few episodes later, though, Ted forgives Barney.
  • This was practically Kotaro Minami's catchphrase in Kamen Rider BLACK. It may have helped codify the trope in Japan.
  • Kamen Rider Double gives us a villainous version in Episode 28, where Dr. Isaka/the Weather Dopant says it after Double and Accel thwart his plans to gain the power of Invisibility by stealing it from another Gaia Memory user (which would have killed her in the process).
  • Kamen Rider Drive has one in the penultimate episode when Go Shijima/Kamen Rider Mach confronts Kamen Rider Gold Drive, AKA Go's own father, Tenjuro Banno. Go states that up until now, Gold Drive has done many terrible things: Bringing shame to his sister Kiriko, using Go himself as a tool, and using Krim Steinbelt's inventions for evil. But the thing that Go declares is absolutely unforgivable? Killing his friend Chase.
  • Merlin (2008):
    • Uther is blaming Morgana for her betrayal against the kingdom for trying to help the young druid Mordred escape. Morgana, who does not wish for Mordred to be executed, says that she will never forgive him if Mordred dies. Uther, on the other hand, states that he wasn't asking for forgiveness.
    • And when Merlin tries to prevent Mordred from escaping the Camelot knights, Mordred kills them and warns him telepathically that he will never forgive him nor forget his betrayal towards him.
    • And again with Mordred in season 5 when Merlin reveals Mordred's plan to escape with Kara resulting in the latter's death.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Regina blames Snow White for the death of her lover and being forced into a crappy Arranged Marriage with Snow's father, the king. Never mind it was Regina's own mummy dearest who actually killed the lover - and killed the former queen - and forced the marriage; Snow gets blamed because she was manipulated by Regina's mother into telling her about Regina's lover for well-meaning reasons (at the age of ten). Snow White flees Regina's murder attempts and becomes a forest-dwelling bandit. Regina takes the throne and rules about as well as you'd expect from someone termed 'the Evil Queen'. When Regina ends up in a peasant woman disguise and actually meets Snow again, Snow admits she pities Regina and would be willing to forgive her... until she discovers that her stepmother just executed an entire village down to the last man, woman and child for the mere "crime" of giving Snow a night's shelter, which Snow herself declares unforgivable.
  • Power Rangers
  • Stargate SG-1: After Teal'c shoots Sha're to save Daniel's life, Daniel refuses to believe that it was necessary and will barely acknowledge Teal'c's attempts at reconciliation. Interestingly, everything that happens after Teal'c kills Sha're turns out to be a dream of sorts. By the time Daniel finds himself back in the real world, he's already forgiven Teal'c.
    Teal'c: Is there not some form of human ritual in which I may ask your forgiveness?
    Daniel: No. [walks away]
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In "The Way of the Warrior", Worf convinces Chancellor Gowron to stand his forces down, as an all-out war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire is exactly what the Dominion wants. Gowron withdraws his forces, but leaves with this warning for Sisko (and Worf):
    Gowron: You have sided against us in battle, and this we do not forgive... or forget!
  • Star Trek: Discovery: Many years ago, Michael Burnham was brought to live with Sarek's family after her own parents were killed. When they were targeted by logic extremists who wanted to eliminate non-Vulcan entities on the planet, she attempted to run away. A young Spock tried to follow her, but she insulted his human heritage in an attempt to get him to stay behind. This incident drove them apart for years, and Spock spent many years rebuffing all attempts by Michael to reconcile with him, as he viewed this act, along with her blaming herself for the death of her parents and the outbreak of the Klingon-Federation War, as selfish acts made to make her feel more important. He even says as much in perhaps on of the most emotional moments of his life, blisteringly insulting her for continuing this trend, making it abundantly clear that, while they can work together to fix the threat of destruction awaiting them in the future, he cannot, and will not, ever forgive her. However, it becomes subverted when she learns Section 31 was partially responsible for her parents getting killed, and admits he was right, leading the two to eventually reconcile.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • In The Four Gospels, Jesus, of everyone, the one who preaches Forgiveness stated that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit note  is an unforgivable sin, even when blasphemy against God and Himself is somewhat pardonable.
    Jesus: And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Undertaker's 2003 entrance theme "You're Gonna Pay"note  is about retribution for some unspecified offense and the chorus includes the line "There's no forgiveness this time."

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • This is Lenneth Valkyrie's big proclamation in Valkyrie Profile. She had been impassive up to now.
  • Disgaea:
    • Vyers from Disgaea uses these exact words, twice, when Laharl, his would-be rival, unflatteringly refers to him as irrelevant and redubs him "Mid-Boss". He loses the ensuing battle, and the insulting moniker sticks with him for the rest of the game.
    • Laharl says the same thing later on when someone messes up his hair. This is a clue that Mid-Boss is actually his father in disguise.
    • In Disgaea 5, Usalia makes it a very, very, very damning point to Majorita that she'll never forgive her for torturing and zombifying her parents, ever. This mindset remains even in the post-game, where Majorita joins the Rebel Army and Usalia still has nothing but hatred for the girl who did all those things to her and Toto Bunny.
  • Kim Kaphwan from the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters games has a variation of this. Whenever he fights a criminal (or simply evil, or perceived as evil) opponent, he points his finger at them and says "Aku wa yurusan!" ("Evil cannot be forgiven!"). Starting with the NESTS saga (King of Fighters 1999-2002), he even complements the pointing with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
    • His disciple May-Lee actually does something similar in King of Fighters 2001, Kamen Rider-ish pose and all.
  • Declared by Tails after Eggman appears to have killed Sonic in Sonic Adventure 2. He seems to largely forget about it when things settle down, though.
  • Used by Mickey in Kingdom Hearts II after Goofy has been (apparently) killed, triggering his costume change along the way and making room for what may be the most epic battle sequences in this game.
  • The original Suikoden:
    • When done with an already-defeated villain, this turns out to be the wrong response, as the "villain" was actually Brainwashed and Crazy, and is one of the 108 Stars of Destiny.
    • In the other case, it's perfectly fine to take this option, as the character is legitimately a self-serving sleazeball who caused the death of the lead character's best friend out of nothing more than petty greed — the conversation option for killing him actually reads "You're the one person I can't forgive."
    • After Gremio, your protagonist's servant and protector, fools checkpoint guards into thinking that said protagonist is not the now-rebellious son of Teo McDohl, but his own son, and begins to shout at him for never doing anything right, even now being mistaken for a criminal. He is then stopped by pleading guards from killing his 'son' right in front of them. After safe passage, Gremio apologizes to the protagonist for his improvised actings, to which you can actually respond to with "Unforgivable!" This can go on for a short while, and messing with him is all fun and laughs until it nearly results in him killing himself out of shame. Yikes.
  • Subverted in Devil May Cry 4, wherein Credo utters this to Sanctus, who blatantly used Credo's sister as bait in his plans and thus the one thing that shook Credo's loyalty to the Order. The kicker? He said it after Sanctus fatally wounded him, and got his ass further kicked for his trouble.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VI, after Cyan realizes that the Empire has poisoned Doma's water supply, he races around to find survivors, and when he races into his own room, he finds his wife and son dead. He screams at the Empire at the top of his lungs and races off to kill as many Imperial soldiers as he can, but not before muttering in shock.
    Cyan: This is unpardonable...
    • Ruined by the otherwise okay Woolsey localization, which has Cyan yelling something like "THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING! IMPOSSIBLE! IDIOTIC!"
    • Bonus points: The song played during the scene afterward, where Cyan is on his blind Roaring Rampage of Revenge? It's called The Unforgiven.
    • In Final Fantasy X-2, if you complete the Bonus Dungeon, the Den of Woe, your party encounters another imprint of the final boss, Shuyin. Paine explains that Shuyin's despair is what destroyed the Crimson Squad, that they went mad and all killed each other.
    Shuyin: (regarding Nooj, Gippal and Baralai) But these three lived. So... I decided to use them.
    Paine: You'll pay! ... ... (after the battle) No one uses my friends.
    Sephiroth: Fighting me won't help you recover the Crystals.
    WoL: I suppose.
    Sephiroth: Well then... Why come before me?
    WoL: You hurt my ally.
    Sephiroth: "I won't forgive you"... you might say?
    • Final Fantasy Tactics. Ramza, a purer than pure hero who only draws his sword once during a cutscene, who tries to talk every enemy he meets out of fighting, who is as forgiving as JESUS finally finds three people in all of Ivalice even he will not forgive: Algus Sadalfus, for shooting his adopted sister for no reason other than 'I'm a noble so I can do what I want'; Dycedarg Beoulve, his brother, for murdering their father, brother and trying to sacrifice their sister to an Eldritch Abomination; and Folmarv Tengille, for resurrecting the aformentioned murdered brother as a self-aware zombie, and making him fight Ramza.
  • Olaf of Advance Wars 2 reacts this way upon seeing his Hometown ravaged and toyed with by Lash.
  • Shadowverse: When Eris summons multiple copies of the princess in the dream world in a futile effort to appease her, Erika cuts them down like the fakes they are, but is still furious at Eris for forcing her to do so.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the princess.
  • In one of Silent Hill 2's endings, an illusion of Mary yells "Do you really think I could ever forgive you for what you did?" before transforming into the game's end boss.
  • Shouted by Sion Barzahd before one of the final battles in The Bouncer.
    Sion: This is... This is unforgivable, Dauragon!
  • When Teen Gohan transforms into Super Saiyan 2 form in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, he screams "I won't forgive you!" If you don't know why, check Dragon Ball's entry under the Anime section above.
  • In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Alucard confronts a succubus who has been imitating his dead mother just to mess with his head, and conveys his intentions rather stoically before an inevitable boss fight:
    Alucard: Demon. Death is too good for you.
    • He does say "Yurusan" in the Japanese, and is so VERY damn stone-cold about both that and the worse-than-death fate that his killing her in the dream-world will bring about (it's a death of the soul, so her spirit will never find rest and will wander lost for eternity). This followed by the only fade-to-black death in the game, and (in the original Japanese; the dub is uh...different) a very creepy cut-off scream from her.
      • And the sad thing is, you just know that he was a lot nicer than Dracula would have been if he found out about those shenanigans. 'Don't mention Lisa' is a good rule to follow.
  • Ishida Mitsunari from Sengoku Basara, whose vocabulary seems to be largely limited to screaming either this or the name of his rival Ieyasu at the top of his lungs. He even takes it one step further by refusing to forgive not only Ieyasu, but the whole world. Even selecting him from the Character Select screen has him uttering "I will never forgive you".
  • In the Ace Attorney series, there are two things Phoenix Wright considers completely "inexcusable", as he says in case 3-3: Poisoning, and betrayal. There's a deep, personal reason for this.
    • Used for humor in the first case of Ace Attorney Investigations. A body is found in Edgeworth's office, what gets him really mad? Someone broke his prized tea set!
      Edgeworth: ...Nnngh... That killer is going to pay! This tea set...!
      Gumshoe: Yikes! You're really mad over this!
      Edgeworth: This tea set is very dear to my heart and can only be bought in England. It cost more than your whole month's paycheck.
      Gumshoe: W...Whaaaaaaaat!? Now I feel like the killer's wasted one of my monthly paychecks!
    • Shelly de Killer. After finding out that his client taped the crime scene for blackmail, he breaks his contract with Engarde, returns Maya to Phoenix and swears that Engarde will get his just desserts. The moral of the story: Don't piss off an assassin.
      Edgeworth: Some time in the near future, one very betrayed assassin may appear before you. Needless to say, that man is very good at what he does. I'm sure you know what I mean, if you watch this video.
    • Phoenix also views Franziska's suppressing a photograph during Maya's trial this way. It turns out there's more to this tactic than he thinks, but she is still trying to get Maya convicted by any means necessary.
      Phoenix: (Unforgivable, Von Karma. Suppressing evidence like this... You're as bad as your father!)
  • Surprisingly often used in Fire Emblem. For example, Renault versus Nergal in FE7: "You villain... You cursed him! Your crime can never be forgiven! I will end you with my hands. In the name of my lost friend!" Or Jill versus Ashnard in FE9: "...Ashnard... Ashnard!! ASHNARD!! I...will never forgive you! NEVER!!!" Or Elincia versus Ashnard: "Yet my purpose here is to defeat you. In the name of my father, my mother, my lord uncle, and the countless citizens of Crimea... You murdered them all! And I will never forgive you that!" Yep, FE loves this declaration.
    • In the seventh game, adorable assassin-in-training Nino is given the chance to confront Sonia, the woman who murdered her parents and adopted her with the intention of raising her as a Tyke Bomb. This failed, so Sonia tries to have her killed. THAT fails, and Nino eventually joins the heroes. During their confrontation, Sonia gleefully admits to slaughtering Nino's parents. Nino doesn't take it well. "Aaahhh!!! You're no perfect being! You're a monster in human form! No mercy! No forgiveness!!!"
    • Lyn in FE7 has two of these. The first is against her granduncle, Lord Lundgren, for trying to assasinate her, poisoning her grandfather (his own brother), and harming the people under his charge to whom he has a duty. The second is an actual utterance, when she, Eliwood and Hector discover the murder of Leila, an Ostian spy and Matthew's lover:
      Lyn: Unforgivable! This is... a foul deed. Beyond foul.
    • In his own story path, Hector shares in the above (for Lyn's second This Is Unforgivable) by swearing a vendetta against the Black Fang until he finds the one responsible. He also echoes Lyn's "I have neither pity nor mercy for you" when he confronts Nergal. Notably, Eliwood does not possess this quality despite Nergal killing his father.
  • When X declares to Gate in Mega Man X 6, "Time to teach you a lesson, Gate! You used Zero's DNA to cause the Reploids pain. All for your own ego! I won't forgive you!"
    • Also, for a villain example in said franchise:
      X: So you're the Big Cheese?
      Ride Boarski: Big Cheese?! Arggghhhhmm! How dare you call me that! I'm the Head Honcho, for crying out loud!
      X: OK, whatever you say. I order you to disband this motorcycle gang!
      Ride Boarski: Motorcycle gang?! Why you!! You've gone too far! I'll make you pay for this, with a duel!
    • Maverick Hunter X, the remake of the first game, features this from X towards Sigma before their final battle. "What you've done is unforgivable, Sigma!" At the time, Zero had just died note , and X is furious, and it's reflected in the dub delivery, which actually gives the line weight.
  • In the Fallout 4 DLC Nuka-World, you can lead a gang of raiders and take over settlements for them. When you talk to Preston Garvey after taking over a settlement, though, he'll proclaim that any kind of friendship you two once had is gone.
    Preston Garvey: You've crossed the line, General! There are some things I can't forgive!
  • RosenkreuzStilette:
    • After laying her undead grandfather Raimund Seyfarth back to rest in her alternate mode, Grolla, both infuriated and deeply hurt, declares this trope in vowing to punish Graf Michael Sepperin for disrupting his peaceful slumber.
      Grolla: Michael Zeppelin... your reasons mean nothing to me. There will be no mercy. You shall pay for this with your life.
    • In the main game, Spiritia and Lilli say two variations of this trope to Iris in Iris Stage 3. First, Lilli shouts out "You're gonna pay!" to her, and Tia follows with the common variation of "Iris, I'll never forgive you!"
    • Zorne is quite fond of using this trope, especially as one of her pre-battle quotes or when Grolla confronts her after having defeated her friend Trauare, which is one of quite a few things that can press Zorne's Berserk Button.
      Zorne: About time you showed up, Grolla! If it weren't for you, Trau would still be a part of RKS! You're gonna pay for that!
  • Guilty Gear uses some "This Is Unforgivable" moments as well. For example, May says this to I-No when she catches her tormenting and hurting her friend Dizzy.
  • BlazBlue is another game that also likes this trope. For example, Ragna the Bloodedge, the main protagonist, says this when he uses Hell's Fang on his hated rival Jin Kisaragi. The same thing is also done in his winquote against him.
    Ragna: I'll never forgive you, you son of a bitch. I was gonna tell you to die a slow, painful death, but I don't got the patience to wait around, so you're dying now.
    • Also, in Continuum Shift, Kokonoe declares this to Hazama when he fights Lambda-11 in his arcade mode run.
    Kokonoe: I've just got one question to ask you. Why did you betray my mother?
    Hazama: "Betray?" Come on, don't give me that. It's not like the Six Heroes were buddies... then the other day, I told the old man, "We're buddies, right?!" Hahahaha!
    Kokonoe: You... you bastard! I'll never forgive you! Lambda! Kick the shit out of him!
    • And for the encore there's this exchange between Ragna and Hazama/Yuuki Terumi in Continuum Shift's True Ending:
      Ragna: Terumi... Terumi... I will never forgive you!
      Hazama: You won't forgive me? Like I give a damn! Just shut up and die already!
    • Since Hazama/Yuuki Terumi is sustained by hatred, never forgiving him is playing him straight into his hands... Which really is a bloody shame, because he is good at crossing the Moral Event Horizon and then pushing waaay past it, to infinity and beyond. For the Evulz.
  • Reimu Hakurei of Touhou Project uses these words when Sanae Kochiya fights her in her story run in Touhou Hisoutensoku because she accuses her of making a huge pitfall trap for her to fall into:
    Reimu: Talk is cheap! Making such a huge pitfall trap is unforgivable!
    • As does Ninja Maid Sakuya Izayoi in Koumajou Densetsu II during the final battles upon learning that Yukari was behind everything that happened with her mistress:
      Yukari: Ah, I wonder if the air was too heavy for a vampire.
      Sakuya: Yakumo Yukari... you!
      Yukari: Hahaha...don't let yourself boil over yet. There's more to come.
      Sakuya: I can't...I'll never forgive you for this!
  • In AdventureQuest Worlds, the hero helps the Great Godfather of Soul send a Royal Jar of Honey to Lord Ovthedance as a peace-offering in order to help him get the magical shoes the Horc used to cheat him out of victory in dance contests. What the hero doesn't know is that the Godfather was setting up Lord Ovthedance by claiming he cheats in dance contests. After beating him and realizing that his shoes aren't enchanted (the Lord didn't need enchanted shoes to win anyway), the hero realizes that the Godfather lied and used him/her, apologizes to the Lord for seeing to it that he's in no shape to dance at that point, and decides to show the Godfather who's boss. After receiving dancing lessons from Lord Ovthedance, he/she challenges the Godfather to a /Dance-Off competition, and wins the /Dance /Dance Minigame, taking the title of Dancing Champion. The Godfather isn't too happy about that, and that's when, while he declares this trope to the hero, Chaos Lord Discordia is mentioned for the first time ever by him.
    Great Godfather of Soul: Have you come back to rub your victory in my face, hero? Someday, with Chaos Lord Discordia's help, I'll make you pay for taking my title from me! You can count on that!
    • In the Golden Ruins area of the Frostval events, the hero and Blizzy confront Maximilian Lionfang, who has kidnapped the Spirit of Frostval and stolen the presents from the town of Frostvale. Believing that the world must suffer for bending its will to evil and that there can be no peace until all evil is completely and permanently vanquished, Lionfang burns the presents with his whip as a demonstration of one of the "prices that Lore must pay for the pathetic truce between Good and Evil." A horrified Blizzy lets out a Big "NO!", Lionfang gives off an Evil Laugh, and the hero doesn't take that too well. He/she shouts to him, "You'll pay for that!" before proceeding to hand his butt to him on a plate for the second time and afterwards tell him, "Keep the change, you filthy animal," which is also a memorable line from Home Alone.
    • In the 2011 Friday the 13th event:
      One-Armed Bandit: My gang is all over this area. You'll never make it to that ship! [to Voltaire] You with the guitar... This is all YOUR fault. I'll get you for this!
      • He said that to Voltaire because he blamed him for his involvement in the hero defeating him, and wanted revenge on him for it. He would later keep true to his desire for revenge against him by ambushing him during their confrontation with Lord Krom Wrath, and dragged him somewhere where they could settle their score while Deady in his One-Winged Angel form of Urkor Malravenus fought Krom Wrath and the hero used the Vorutanian Key Blade to beat Yahorneth, save the world from being taken over by the Necrus and Krom Wrath, and force the Necrus to retreat back to Necronus. It later turned out that Voltaire survived his fight with the One-Armed Bandit and in the process of doing so got his mechanical claw in place of one of his hands.
    • In Doomwood Part 2, Gravelyn calls out Noxus for betraying her and having Chaos Vordred take her hostage.
    • In the Bloodtusk saga, after sending the Horcs and Trolls back home to rest up from all the fighting they did after defeating the alliance soldiers led by Cynari and Tibias, the hero makes a declaration that, when he/she finds the Chaos Lord running the madness taking place in Bloodtusk Ravine, he/she will make them pay, especially for murdering Antiphuus. He/she also gets an idea on where to start looking for information on the Chaos Lord. The Chaos Lord later indeed turns out to be Krellenos.
      Hero: DRAKATH! I know you have a hand in this. When I find your new minion, I will make them PAY! And I need to know who! ...I'm not sure where to start, but I think I have an idea.
      • Later, in the same saga, Khasaanda has become enraged at Krellenos for abandoning her, ruining everything about the ravine and having chaorrupted and caused the death of their own brother. So what does she do? She usurps his Chaos powers and then kills him using a telekinetically-driven weapon from a chaorrupted Alliance soldier. After that, she plans to use her new Chaos powers to exact revenge on Drakath for the chaorruption and deaths of her brothers.
    • The finale of the Swordhaven saga has the Hero declaring his/her intent to make Drakath himself pay for driving King Alteon to madness through his chaorruption, causing the death of Princess Brittany at the hand of her own father, and the horrible devastation wrought upon Swordhaven by the Chaos Dragon.
  • Shouted by the protagonist of Tokimeki Memorial 2, when his childhood friend Hikari is his battle partner and has activated her Taking the Bullet Limit Break to save him from the enemy's Limit Break. He then enters in an Unstoppable Rage that dramatically ups his Attack Power.
  • In the seventh dungeon of Paper Mario 64, the Crystal Palace, one of the puzzles to solve involves Bombette and five Duplighosts disguised as her. This puzzle is quite simple to solve, really - all Mario has to do is hammer all five of the Duplighosts disguised as her. As a matter of fact, Mario can tell who the real Bombette is because she's the one who says that she will never forgive him if he messes up.
  • In One Piece: Unlimited Adventure, when Robin says before the fight with Eneru that she'd rather not see him again (in canon, he nearly killed her and almost destroyed Sky Island), an audio clip of her saying "Unforgivable!" is heard. When Shanks uses his ultimate attack, he yells "I won't forgive those who hurt their friends!" (a mistake in pronouns, as it's a reference to his being willing to tolerate insults, but not those who threaten his friends)
  • Pokémon:
    • In the ending of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Ardos tells Michael he can't be forgiven for foiling Cipher's plans so utterly.
    • Cheren drops an "I'll never forgive them for this!" regarding Team Plasma in Pokémon Black and White.
    • In Pokémon X and Y, this is what Emma tells the Kanto woman (who had just insulted Looker) when she reveals that she can speak Kantonian.
      • Also, earlier in the game, the Poké Ball Factory's president shouts at Team Flare, who had just invaded it, that he will never forgive anyone who tries to steal all of the Poké Balls for themselves.
    • In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the respective villainous team leader receives this from himself after they realize all the destruction their ambitions would have cause had the player not been there to stop the legendary Pokemon.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Lusamine says to Lillie that she will never forgive her for keeping Cosmog away from her for so long. Sadly for her, with Moral Myopia in play, it doesn't justify the fact that she tortured Cosmog into opening up multiple Ultra Wormholes all over Alola against its own will earlier.
  • In Deus Ex, after you escape from UNATCO, Gunther says in a voice full of hate "No, I cannot forgive. No... not the killing of Agent Navarre. I will follow you. Denton; I will get you!
  • In Mass Effect 2, Paragon Shepard can state this during a conversation with Mordin, where he reveals that he redistributed a modified form of the genophage to the Krogan, since they were adapting to the previous strain of the Virus. While Mordin rationalises it that it was simply to keep the Krogan numbers in check so they could not threaten the Galaxy again, Shepard gets pissed, calling it practically a War Crime that the Salarians don't have the courage to admit responsibility for.
    • Paragon Shepard also has this attitude when discovering the true purpose of Project Overlord, where the Paragon Interrupt is pistol-whipping Dr. Gavin Archer for experimenting on his brother and hooking his mind into a machine. When Shepard re-encounters him in 3, it's clear they still have nothing but utter contempt for him, even if they are currently saving his life again.
    • Paragon Shepard can invoke this in 3 to try to end the Geth and Quarian conflict, stating that the Geth don't want to fight the Quarians and that throughout their history, all they've done is act in self-defence due to the Quarians being the aggressors in the conflict. With a high enough Paragon rating, Shepard can even end the entire war by brow-beating the Quarians into a cease-fire.
  • Persona 4's Yosuke Hanamura yells this at Adachi Tohru, who has just taunted him and the rest of the Investigation Team with the fact that he was the one responsible for the murder of both Mayumi Yamano and Yosuke's beloved senpai Saki Konishi, as well as manipulating Namatame into carrying out his evil work, all for his own twisted amusement.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • In the series' backstory, Zurin Arctus, Tiber Septim's Imperial Battlemage, was tasked by Septim with figuring out a way to power and control the Numidium, a Humongous Mecha of Dwemer construction which Septim acquired as part of the Armistice with the god-kings of Morrowind. While there are several versions of the events that followed, Arctus would become (or become part of) the undying being known as the Underking, whose soul was placed in the Mantella to power the Numidium. Septim would use it to complete his conquest of Tamriel, but would then start using it backhanded ways Arctus/the Underking did not intend (such as destroying the neutral royal families of Tamriel so that he could enthrone persons he knew to be loyal). The Underking considered this unforgivable, confronted Septim about this misuse, and then flew into a rage, in which he destroyed the Numidium and blasted the Mantella into Aetherius. One of the possible endings of Daggerfall is to return the Mantella to the Underking, finally allowing him to die.
    • In Skyrim, in one of the late Thieves' Guild quests, you enter a dungeon to find an entire group of bandits slaughtered. When you meet up with your friends, they explain that it was the work of the traitor you're hunting down. Brynjolf says this:
      Brynjolf: Crime is one thing. Murder is another. Mercer will pay for this.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, at the beginning of the fight between Batman and Regime Nightwing who is actually Damien Wayne, Batman tells him
    Batman: You stopped being my son when you killed Dick Grayson. He was my son.
    • After the fight his victory line is:
      Batman: You're dead to me.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Consular's eventual Padawan, Nadia Grell, is a sweet daughter of a senator, and one of the nicest people you will ever encounter in the game. Daddy Grell turns out to be a fine statesman and stalwart ally of the Consular until the Sith kidnap him. When Consular and Nadia charge in as Big Damn Heroes to save Daddy Grell, it's too late - the Sith tortured him to death. Sweet little Padawan Nadia loses it, and if the Consular isn't convincing enough in the subsequent conversation, that Sith is dead by her hands.
  • Stellaris: Holy Guardians may have a number of planets designated as Holy Worlds. Colonizing them will make them angry enough, but using a Planet Cracker will get this response:
    (Planet name) was a holy world.
  • In Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Penelope committing a Face–Heel Turn and betraying Bentley's heart has caused Sly to declare war on her, not long before she steals Sir Galleth's cane. It looks like Dr. M did managed to get through to one member of the Cooper Gang, after all, though not Bentley.
  • In Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, Selan declares this ad verbatim when the Sinistral Gades brings a meteor storm down on Parcelyte.
  • Lauren Winter from Heavy Rain swore on her son's grave that, no matter who his killer was, she would kill him, but she is particularly angry when she realizes that it's Scott Shelby, the man helping her track down the killer. If she's alive, she curses him on his grave or, if he kills everyone else, guns him down in the street.
  • In Freedom Planet, Lilac and Carol shout this at Brevon in anger beyond words after he has turned Milla into a monster and forced them to fight her to the possible death. After smashing up on his mech armor, Lilac keeps on the offensive with this trope, stating that she will use the wrath of her dragon might to make him pay for it.
  • In FTL: Faster Than Light, enemy ships that you are close to destroying will sometimes plead surrender, offering you rewards for sparing their lives, with the option to reject that and finish off the target instead. If the enemy ship is a pirate ship, the "don't accept surrender" option is labeled as "Piracy cannot be forgiven. Attack!"
  • In Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, the Final Boss YHVH, i.e. God, offers you several chances to cease your offensive against them, turn back, and receive their forgiveness (the last of which is actually a trap that will result in an immediate Game Over), but once you "Reason You Suck" Speech the divinity out of him and reduce him to a hideous monstrosity, they declare that you are beyond forgiveness:
    "Impudent humans, I cannot forgive you! I asked only that you take the life I gave you and obediently follow my word. The weight of your blasphemy is too great for death. Eternal suffering is the only suitable punishment!"
  • When you first meet Kormac the Templar in Diablo III, one of your first objectives is to assist him in killing his former comrade Jondar, who had defected to the Dark Coven. Jondar's final words upon his defeat are to beg for forgiveness, stating that his mind had been clouded by "the Coven's evil magic". Kormac refuses to take it, declaring, "Betrayal can never be forgiven," and delivers a Coup de Grâce.
  • In Kishin Douji Zenki FX: Vajura Fight, Chiaki shouts "Yurusenai!" towards a Hyouijuu named Fushushoku once she discovers that he put Nozomi, the girl that she and Zenki have been saving multiple times over the course of the game, through Demonic Possession before blasting at him with one of her shots. The two get a chance to get revenge on him during the penultimate boss fight against another Hyouijuu named Razurou (who also gets possessed by Fushushoku as well), and after they beat down the possessed Razurou and reduce him to a mere skeleton, Fushushoku is later killed immediately afterwards by the game's Big Bad and final boss, Marubasu, whom Chiaki ultimately decides was responsible for Nozomi's brainwashing and death.
  • When Kirby first meet Flamberge in Kirby Star Allies, she is seething with rage at him and calls him out for what he did to her sweet beloved sister Francisca, and vows to "scorch him to such a degree that she believes that even roasted marshmallows will seem like ice cubes compared to him." Judging by the pause-screen description of her first boss fight, you pretty much know what she means.
    Flamberge: HEY, YOU! Stubby little... pink thing! Yes, YOU! I have a buuuurning question for you! You're the one who was so rude to sweet Francisca, aren't you?! Don't you dare try to deny it! Fiend! Coward! I swear, if you've harmed a single blue hair on her perfect head... you'll BURN for it!!! Jamblasted!! I will never EVER forgive you! Now you must face Flamberge! That's ME! For what you've done, I'll scorch you to such a degree that... that... even tasty, toasty marshmallows will seem like ice cubes compared to you!
    • Later, when you get to Hyness and he delivers his crazed and incredibly long Motive Rant complete with Unreadably Fast Text, part of his rant says that he refuses to forgive the ancients for leaving him and his followers banished to the edge of the universe to be forgotten.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, as you journey through the Deep Roads you slowly learn what Branka did/allowed to happen in the name of her quest. Her lover Hespith asks you to forgive Branka, but then decides no, she cannot be forgiven.
  • Discussed in Batman: Arkham Knight. The Arkham Knight's militia seems to be made of disgruntled/disgraced former soldiers. At one point, one of them will talk about about how what there will be not turning back or forgiveness for what they're about to do (committing an act of domestic terrorism by detonating a chemical weapon). No on else cares.
  • Sakura Ogami from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc shouts this when she learns someone has harmed Aoi. She even has two relevant stock voice clips: "I can't forgive this!" and "No forgiveness!"
  • Bayek of Assassin's Creed Origins shouts this to Flavius the Lion, due to him forcing Bayek to stab his son in the heart by accident. Gains even more weight when you remember Egyptian mythology states that if the heart is damaged, the deceased is barred from the afterlife.
  • In God of War (PS4), the Aesir god Baldur was magically given immortality by his mother Freya against his will, because she was terrified of him dying a pointless death that would kick-start Ragnarok. Her spell made Baldur immortal...but also left him completely unable to feel anything, driving him insane. When Freya refused to undo the curse, despite her son's pleading for her to do so, Baldur snapped; though he couldn't bring himself to kill her, he made sure Freya knew he never wanted to see her again. When they finally meet again a century later, a hundred years of complete sensory deprivation has destroyed any lingering affection Baldur had for Freya, leaving him a wrathful berserker consumed by his hatred for his mother and driven only by his need to kill her. Even when, thanks to Kratos and Atreus, the curse is broken, Baldur spurns his mother's desperate pleading for forgiveness, snarling that there is nothing she can do that would even remotely begin to atone for what he's suffered thanks to her meddling.
  • Meta example in online gaming. Hacking ranks among the top, unforgivable gaming sin, that permaban for first offense is almost always standard issue. To put in perspective, EVE Online devs won't lift a finger on you being a troll, scamming people, or just being a jerk to anyone you meet, but even they would not tolerate hacking. Some devs take this further with lifetime permaban, meaning not only your account is banned, but you as a person would forever be excluded from the game and related events, even if you make new accounts on completely new machines (assuming they find out).
  • Trials of Mana:
    • Never had Duran felt so humiliated until the very night where a powerful mage named the Crimson Wizard injured his fellow soldiers, defeated him in battle, and insulted his beloved King Richard in front of him. When he meets the king before setting off on his adventure, he discusses with him that he can't forgive the wizard for what he did and that he has no plans to return home until that wizard has answered for his crimes against Valsena.
    • Kevin became angry at his dad after overhearing him converse with Goremand about their act of turning the cute wolf puppy Karl into a monster and forcing him to knock him down and making him think he killed him. He became so angry that he ran after his father and not only disowned him but also attempted to attack him only to get knocked out of the castle. When he returns to Ferolia, and challenges his dad after having been forced to give the Mana Sword to the Masked Mage's faction, he has this to say to him (and that's just right before learning the truth about him and what really happened to Karl):
      Kevin: Never forgive you! You hurt Karl!
    • Riesz was also rubbed the wrong way upon learning that Belladonna arranged for her brother Elliot's kidnapping as well as her father Joster's assassination and the ruin that was brought to her home in Laurent, and she understandably swears to make her pay. When she confronts her at Dark Castle in her own story, she states to her that she does not intend to let her get away with every horrible thing she and the rest of the Dark Majesty's resurrection faction have done up to that point.
      Riesz: I won't let you get away, Belladonna! You killed my father!
  • In Undertale, there is this Pre Asskicking Oneliner by Sans if you are in the Genocide Route.
    Sans: "it's a beautiful day outside. birds are singing, flowers are blooming... on days like these, kids like you... Should be burning in hell."
  • Octopath Traveler: During her confrontation with the Ghisarma, H'aanit states the killing other animals and people for no reason other than taking out its anger is this trope. H'aanit follows it up with declaring the Ghisarma must be killed.

    Web Comics 
  • In Sequential Art, the Quinten story arc begins with Kat and Scarlet going clothes shopping, and Kat being subsequently kidnapped by Quinten employees who mistook her for Scarlet, an escaped WetwareCPU component. The next comic shows Art and Pip coming back from a movie to find Scarlet on the porch, bawling her eyes out from guilt. After she explains how she escaped from Quinten when the AI she was analyzing tried to kill her in the garbage incinerator, she cries some more, saying that its her fault that Kat was taken, and that she's scared and doesn't know what to do. In what is probably the only display of genuine affection he has shown to Scarlet thus far, Pip says that Quinten must pay for making Scarlet cry.
  • In Consolers, Tecmo refuses to forgive Namco for making fun of his DoA games and swears to get his revenge some day.
    Tecmo: Namco... I will NEVER forgive you for this unforgivable insult.

    Web Original 
  • In the first video (and most popular) of the Unforgivable series, this trope is averted really, really hard. The narrator essentially meets a woman while he is plotting to buy pants with stolen money, gets her number, and takes her out on a date. This date consists of her buying him food, him treating her rudely, and eventually him forcing her to satisfy his libido in the bathroom of the arcade to make up for the fact that she had two siblings. He then shouts, "UNFORGIVABLE!" at the end. However, after watching the rest of the video, this only proves that he is an extremely angry person who gets upset about minor things.
  • At the beginning of The Nostalgia Critic's pre-recorded review of Kazaam:
  • In Dungeon Keeper Ami, what amounts to this happens during the invasion of Dreadfog Island, when Empress Mercury learns that the undead priests of the Crowned Death have plucked out the eyes of eight thousand captive innocents they intend to sacrifice — including children — so that they couldn't cause trouble. Ami's response?
    Cold rage simmered in Ami's heart as her bright crimson gaze focused on the fog-covered island, a dark stain against the setting sun. Crowned Death and his minons would pay, she promised herself. Her armoured gauntlets, balled tightly into fists, groaned as her fleet charged onwards into the blood-red sunset. They. Would. Pay.
  • In the visual novel Six Rules, after the Tairas burn down the Minamoto home and take Ryouji prisoner, Ryouji speaks to the one who betrayed him, who he can now feel nothing but burning hatred for; and they have an exchange very similar to the page image:
    Ryouji gritted his teeth and spoke, lowly.
    Ryouji: I'll never forgive you.
    She looked amused, a smile playing on her lips.
    Yukiri: Oh dear. What am I going to do if you don't forgive me?

    Western Animation 
  • Western animation equivalent: Bugs Bunny's declaration, "Of course you realize, This Means War!!" heard (as per Chuck Jones) when the happy-go-lucky wabbit is finally pushed to the wall. Cue asskicking, etc. Groucho Marx said it first.
  • In season 1 of Winx Club, when Bloom is taking her simulator test, her rabbit Kiko secretely joins her. When the Trix sabotage the test to see if Bloom has the Dragon Flame, they try to get her angry. They eventually manage to get this reaction out of her when they shoot Kiko into lava. Bloom goes crazy and easily drives the Trix away, but the Trix do confirm that she has the Dragon Flame. Bloom and Kiko turned out okay, since it was mostly just a simulation.
  • Transformers Animated: "Wasp... forgive... Bumblebot... ...but Waspinator NEVER FORGIVE!!!"
  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man, Black Cat says that she'll never forgive Spider-Man for turning her father into The Atoner after he killed Uncle Ben, so that he refused to break out of prison when she came to rescue him.
  • Many Popeye cartoons find the sailor, pushed to the limit, saying, "That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!" or "I've had enough, and enough is too much!"
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Hawkeye's "You're dead to me!" is a particularly harsh variation reserved for a former friend, Black Widow.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003):
    • Raph gets so angry over having been paralyzed by one of the hornets earlier in the "April's Artifact" episode that he declares, "Bugs... must... PAY!"
    • From "Same as It Never Was":
      • Donny becomes enraged at Future Shredder after the Karai Legions kill Future Mikey to such horror from Don that he lets out a Big "NO!", plowing his way through the androids declaring that Future Shredder will pay for it, just before blasting away at Future Shredder with his exo-suit.
      • After Future Karai kills Future Leo from the back, an enraged Future Raph, after letting out another Big "NO!", clearly tries to kill Future Karai for it. He gets killed by her... only for Future April to avenge them both by blasting Future Karai hard enough to kill her.
  • The title character of Dan Vs. does this in every episode. Once he wants revenge on someone (or something), almost nothing will convince him to do otherwise.
  • In Bojack Horseman, this is the reason why Herb refuses Bojack's apology, even when dying at the late stages of cancer. Bojack betraying him ruined Herb's life personally (Herb already had a successful life but wanted a friend to help him get through tough times... and Bojack abandoned him in his time of need.), thus refusing his satisfaction of reconciling with him.
    Herb: I'm not gonna give you closure. You don't get that. You have to live with the shitty thing you did for the rest of your life. You have to know that it's never, ever going to be okay! I'm dying! I'm not gonna feel better! And I'm not gonna be your prop so you can feel better! Do you know what it was like for me? I had nobody. Everybody left! I knew all those showbiz phonies would turn on me, sure. But you? I don't care about the job! I did fine! I had a good life, but what I needed then was... a friend. And you abandoned me. And I will never forgive you for that. Now get the fuck out of my house!
  • Elena of Avalor: After Esteban's betrayal is revealed, Elena and their grandmother Luisa tell him to screw off with his apologies and excuses because his actions got Elena and Isabel's parents King Raul and Queen Lucia killed. Esteban desperately wants to redeem himself, but Elena eventually breaks it to him that he's Beyond Redemption, especially after he broke out of prison with a bunch of dangerous villains that he then teams up with to avoid taking his sentence. On the other hand, their grandfather Francisco forgives him because he believes he has changed while his other cousin Isabel isn't sure what to think of him yet. Everyone else views him with contempt. Elena's anger with Esteban is bad enough that she initially tries to unperson him, but she comes to terms that she still loves him and that's part of why she'll never forgive him for hurting her and everyone else so badly. On the other hand, Elena's parents, after their deaths, forgive him.
  • Kaeloo: In the season 3 premiere, Planet Smileyland gets destroyed and any person has the ability to recreate it the way they want. The gang sends Quack Quack to recreate it exactly the way it was, but it ends up becoming a planet where a) everything is made of yogurt, including everyone's precious personal possessions, and b) Stumpy's girlfriend, Ursula, becomes an unperson since Quack Quack doesn't know her. Kaeloo says she will never forgive Quack Quack. Subverted since he manages to fix everything and Kaeloo tells him that his actions have been Forgiven, but Not Forgotten.

    Real Life 
  • In pre-WWII Japan, seeing a fellow Japanese person do something un-Japanese, like speak English, was often enough to trigger a bout of head-chopping. Now, not so much...


Video Example(s):


Sonic X: Amy goes Berserk

Eggman had broken Amy's shell bracelet she intended to give to Sonic, and after crying over it, she flies into a rage, beats up Serpenter and knocks Eggman into the sea.

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