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Basic Trope: A character's attempt to compensate for a wrongdoing is not enough to make up for it.

  • Straight: Bob burns down Charles' house and buys him his favourite candy bar as a peace offering.
  • Exaggerated: Bob murders Charles' entire family, cuts off his limbs, steals his life savings, and dips his toothbrush into the toilet bowl, then says, "Sorry, that was mean."
  • Downplayed: Bob destroys Charles' $2,000 laptop and pays him $500 toward a replacement.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The candy bar wrapper has money inside to buy a new house with.
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  • Double Subverted: Charles angrily says, "Yeah, I should think so too." Bob reveals that the money is fake, and because Charles failed the test, he will not be getting the real money.
  • Parodied: Bob presses a button that destroys the entire world. Floating around in space, everyone glares at him unamused, and he chuckles and says, "Whoops. My bad."
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob was just joking and gives Charles the real money, and Charles uses it to buy a new house. But the house is in poor condition, so Bob pays for it to be renovated, but this puts him over what the previous house originally cost. Charles (rightly) points out that it's Bob's own fault he's in this situation as he had no business burning down Charles' home in the first place.
  • Averted: Bob's restitution is directly proportionate to the original offense.
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  • Enforced: "How can we establish Bob doesn't care about others?" "Have him do something terrible and try to get on good terms with the wrong party, but only if it doesn't come at a great cost to himself."
  • Lampshaded: "I think you need to pay Charles a little more than that..."
  • Invoked: Bob wants to pay Charles back in full, but Alice won't let him endanger their own financial situation.
  • Exploited: Charles actually accepts the candy bar as restitution, so Bob continues doing terrible things since it will cost him little to nothing.
  • Defied: Charles takes Bob to court to make him compensate him fully for the destroyed house.
  • Discussed: "Hey, let's go burn down Charles' house! It'll be funny!" "I don't know about that ... we don't have enough money to pay for the damage..."
  • Conversed: "Alan, if you did that to me and tried to make up for it the way Bob did, I would strike you down where you stand."
  • Implied: Bob offers to pay Charles back and takes out his wallet. He looks inside, then laughs nervously and shows the single dollar inside (along with cobwebs) to Charles.
  • Deconstructed: Bob wasn't prepared to compensate Charles fully, so when the judge forces him to do so, it puts a severe financial strain on Bob as his paychecks are shaved to repay Charles gradually.
  • Reconstructed: Charles dies unexpectedly, meaning Bob no longer has a creditor to pay back.
  • Played for Laughs: "Come on! All I did was burn down your house! Do you have ANY idea how long I had to wait in line for this candy bar?!"
  • Played for Drama: Bob goes through a rough financial patch unrelated to the wage garnishment. Unfortunately, he's also burned his bridges with all his other acquaintances for various reasons, so he has no option but to ask Charles to help him, and no reasonable person would expect Charles to do so willingly...
  • Played for Horror: ???

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