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Basic Trope: A character wants to bring another character in account for not doing anything to save them.

  • Straight: Alice seeks revenge on Sonia, the villain's Dark Mistress, who didn't do anything to prevent her boyfriend and his gang from abusing Alice, even though she could.
  • Exaggerated: Alice plans to destroy the human race because no one came to save her from being tortured by a gang of criminals.
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  • Downplayed: Alice calls out Sonia for standing by as she saw Alice getting mobbed.
  • Justified:
    • Alice believes that the inaction of doing good is just as horrible as committing evil.
    • Sonia had it within her power to easily save Alice, but instead she refused to. Sonia even told Alice to her face that she didn't want to get involved.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice finds out Sonia did try to save her, but wasn't successful, e.g. if she tried direct intervention she would likely had been knocked out or would have been targeted for revenge by her boyfriend and his gang later had she called the cops.
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  • Double Subverted: Sonia failed because of something she could have controlled, such as being aware of what was going to happen and not tipping the cops anonymously. Alice is still angry at her.
  • Parodied: Alice seeks revenge on Sonia for doing nothing to prevent the mobbing from happening. Sonia, in this case, is a total stranger who lives on the other side of the world and doesn't even know who Alice is.
  • Zig Zagged: Both Sonia and Charlene witnessed Alice being abused by criminals and did nothing to stop it, but Alice only seeks revenge on Sonia while Charlene is Easily Forgiven.
  • Averted: Alice doesn't hold anything against Sonia for doing nothing to save her.
  • Enforced: The producers need to get two good guys to fight for this next arc, so they have Alice seek revenge on Sonia for being part of the gang, even though she left the gang before the attack on Alice.
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  • Lampshaded:
    Sonia: "Alice, why are you targeting me? I didn't do anything!"
    Alice: "Precisely. You were the only one who had the power to stop this from happening but you chose to do nothing. I was the one who was left for dead, therefore I am she who decides who is accountable, not you."
  • Invoked: Alice declares that she will wipe out everyone who was ever involved in the gang, even people who defected like Sonia, because their leaving didn't stop the gang from committing more crimes.
  • Exploited: Sonia is The Mole in the gang so she can't break cover to rescue Alice. Alice doesn't know she was The Mole, but the leader of the gang does and uses it to attempt to make Sonia a mole for fear of Alice's revenge.
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides to forgive Sonia.
    • Sonia feels so guilty about not helping Alice that she kills herself before Alice can even take revenge.
  • Discussed: "Alice should be thinking twice before going after Sonia, people might think that's going too far."
  • Conversed: "Choosing not to act is also a choice. And all choices have consequences."
  • Deconstructed: Alice remembers the faces of everyone she saw while held captive, including Sonia's. But after she kills Sonia she learns she was a Defector from Decadence who helped the authorities free Alice from captivity.
  • Reconstructed: It turns out Sonia did this not out of any remorse, but rather as part of a plea-bargain to save her own skin. In other words, she still deserved to die.

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