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Basic Trope: A character learns to not only to forgive but also respect those who torment him in the past.

  • Straight: Allen learns to forgive his abusive father, Bob, for physically and emotionally abusing him in his childhood.
  • Exaggerated: Allen easily forgives and automatically loves just about everyone who abused and bullied him throughout the years — the most notable are his parents Bob and Carol, his older sibling Danny, his classmates who bully and demean him, especially Jake and Heather, his old "friends" Sam, Kyle, and Zoey, and his former Bastard Girlfriend Veronica. Bonus points if they all continue to abuse Allen.
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  • Downplayed: Allen learns to forgive Bob for being so verbally abusive to him.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Allen comes to the terms to hate and despise his father Al for being a good parent throughout all these years.
  • Subverted: Allen forgives Bob...right before he disowns him.
  • Double Subverted: He comes back to truly forgive Bob.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's relationship with his father is a Yo Yo Plot Point.
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  • Averted: Allen doesn't forgive Bob at all.
  • Enforced: The writer wants to make An Aesop about Forgiveness.
  • Lampshaded: "You've forgiven me after all that I've done to you over the years?"
  • Invoked: Allen's wife suggests he should forgive Bob.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Allen lets Bob know in no terms he isn't going to forgive him:
    Allen: "Fuck you. You think I should forgive you for causing me so much pain and suffering for all my life? You think I should forgive you just because society expects me to? You think you're gonna be let off the hook with your shitty excuses in why you're still treating me like this? I don't trust you, and I don't forgive you! I want absolutely nothing to do with you! Go kill yourself, you old piece of shit!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Allen mentions his father Bob was abusive, but when Bob appears for the first time, the two are on good terms.
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  • Deconstructed: Bob takes this as license to continue abusive and controlling behavior of Allen.
  • Reconstructed: Bob takes Allen's forgiveness as a sign he has been granted a second chance, and refuses to waste that chance. He is a good man for the rest of his life.

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