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Basic Trope: A character forgives another character, but won't let go of what they've done.

  • Straight: Alice forgives Bob for betraying the team for Emperor Evulz, although she's still angry with him.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice forgives Bob for blowing up an entire city while promising him physical harm should there be any repeats.
    • Alice forgives Bob for blowing up an entire city while ending their friendship.
    • Alice still promises to kill Bob if she ever sees him, but agrees to no longer hunt him down.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice doesn't harbor any begrudging anger towards Bob, but she secretly feels distrustful of him.
    • Alice willingly forgives Bob without any resentment, but still tells him that she feels hurt by Bob's actions.
  • Justified:
    • Alice felt that Bob has seriously crossed the line, and Bob's serious apology isn't enough to change her mood, even if she forgave him.
    • Alice felt that Bob may repeat the same action.
    • Alice just has trouble forgiving others being the Jerkass with a Hidden Heart of Gold.
    • Alice only forgave Bob because her friends would scold her if she didn't. It isn't like she had no other choice.
    • Alice has already forgiven Bob for his mistakes once. She's not so willing to forgive him for repeating the same mistake twice.
    • Forgiving Bob may not be a problem, but there's still more to be done in the atoning process.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice punishes Bob for betraying the team for Emperor Evulz, although she doesn't enjoy it.
    • Alice grudgingly apologizes to Bob.
    • Alice doesn't forgive Bob for his deed, but has suddenly forgotten about it.
  • Subverted: As soon as Bob rebuilds the bridge of trust with his friends, Alice willingly puts aside her negative feelings and forgive him completely.
  • Double Subverted: ...but she then slaps him across the face telling him she still will never get over what Bob has done. Still, he's forgiven anyways.
  • Parodied: During the whole series, Alice's resentment over Bob's crime is never mitigated and we never find out what said crime was... Until the very end when Alice reveals that Bob's "terrible" misdeed was eating a delicious jelly-donut that belonged to her! Everyone reacts with terror and disgust to the revelation... And then start chasing Bob with Torches and Pitchforks.
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  • Zig Zagged: Alice finds it hard to determine whether or not she has forgiven Bob as well as forgetting his mistakes.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: The author downplays the theme of Revenge by proving that it's okay to forgive those and still be mad at them.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "How can you forgive me while you're still angry, Alice?"
    • "To forgive but not to forget as a hero...well, guess it's back to being myself for me."
  • Invoked: Evulz constantly taunts Bob for "making the mistake of trusting her" to stop Bob from thinking she's his ally, creating mistrust among them.
  • Exploited: Because Alice knows Bob may repeat the same action, Alice acts this way to get him to improve himself.
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides to not give Bob the benefit of the doubt since she doesn't trust him.
    • Alice wants to forget about Bob's betrayal, so she is happy for his change of heart.
  • Discussed:
    • "It seems that people who forgive but don't forget are the ones who don't move forward."
    • "I know that you're sincerely sorry, but I cannot simply forget what you did, and it will take time for me to truly trust you again."
  • Conversed: "Why is it that all these characters always act like dicks while forgiving them?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • But the two learn that while they're willing to forget, they are unable to, so Alice and Bob rebuild their friendship agreeing that even if it's difficult, they will try to forget the bad and remember the good.
    • Bob forgives Claire before she could or even thought of apologizing.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice's Catchphrase whenever someone apologizes for doing wrong is "I WON'T FORGET ABOUT IT!!"
  • Played For Drama: Bob being tired of Alice being cold to him begins to accuse her if that if she wasn't going to forgive him, she could've been upfront about it.

I'm allowing you back to the main page, but I'm still angry for what you did.