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Playing With / Grudging "Thank You"

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Basic Trope: A character thanks another character, although grudgingly.

  • Straight: Norman hates Kyle, but after Kyle saved him from falling to his death, Norman reluctantly thanks him.
  • Exaggerated: Norman hates Kyle to the point of being willing to kill him, but after Kyle saved him from falling into the fiery abyss, he begrudgingly thanks him while warning him that he will kill him if he tells anyone that he said that.
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  • Downplayed: Norman is not very fond of Kyle, but after Kyle pushes him out of the way of an oncoming bicycle, casually says thanks.
  • Justified:
    • Norman knows it's customary to show gratitude, but when it's geared towards someone he personally hates, it can be difficult for him.
    • Norman is too arrogant to thank people he considers inferior to him, but when he does, it hurts his pride.
    • Norman is a Jerkass who feels that thanking someone is a sign of weakness, but his heart of gold got in the way.
  • Inverted:
    • Norman doesn't show any gratitude to Kyle, but deep down feels guilty about it.
    • After Norman shows his gratitude, Kyle refuses to respond, or does so begrudgingly. Most likely with I Was Just Passing Through thrown in.
    • Norman politely informs Kyle that his help was not appreciated.
  • Subverted:
    Norman: Oh, and Kyle... I would like to say... I would like to beat the crap out of you for rescuing me!"
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  • Double Subverted:
    Norman: "...but still...thanks."
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Norman refuses to thank Kyle for saving his life and lets him know it.
  • Enforced: "I want Norman to show gratitude, but still remain a jerk to Kyle."
  • Lampshaded: "I guess a half-hearted gratitude is better than no gratitude."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Norman realizes that if he doesn't feel the need to owe any gratitude to Kyle, he might as well doesn't have to.
  • Discussed:
    Heather: You thanked Kyle? You hated him.
    Norman: I still do. I felt he deserves my gratitude whether I like it or not.
  • Conversed: "So Norman thanked Kyle, but still hates him. Does this mean they're gonna be friends by the end of the season?"
  • Implied: Norman gives a respectful nod to Kyle for helping him.
  • Played For Laughs:
    Norman: "Kyle, one more thing... thhhhh.... thhhhh..."
    Kyle: Thank you?
    Norman: Stop interrupting me! Thhh... Thhh... Thhhhhhhh... Thank... you..."
    Kyle: You're welcome, buddy.
    Norman: Don't call me buddy!

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