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Basic Trope: A character gets called out for holding a grudge.

  • Straight:
    • Bob is chewed out by his friends for holding a grudge against Harry, a gunman who killed his family.
    • Bob wants to kill Harry to avenge his family. Disgusted with his desire for revenge, they angrily rebuke him for this.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Harry tortured Bob's family to death slowly and painfully to death while he forced them to watch. Harry was pardoned for his brutal act despite loudly stating in court that he has no remorse and would gladly have done it again if given the chance. When Bob refuses to shake his hand he gets executed in the electric chair meant for Harry.
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    • Bob kills Harry for killing his family For the Evulz. As a result, not only his friends cut ties with him, but he is also hated and reviled by society for not choosing to forgive an unrepentant murderer.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice tries to convince Bob the holding a grudge is not worth it.
    • Bob's friends understand why Bob holds grudges towards Harry, but thinks Bob is going too far.
    • Alice merely thinks that forgiveness would be good for Harry, but understands if he is not ready.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob's friends did not know what grudges Bob had against Harry.
    • After thinking about it and seeing what kind of person Harry is, Bob's friends acknowledge that Bob's grudge is justified.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But even after they found out, they still think it is inexcusable.
    • Even if the grudge is justified, they still think that the Bob's methods are obscene (not wanting to talk to Harry ever again makes sense, trying to poison his daughter isn't, even when Bob insists it's a harmless Laxative Prank).
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Some of Bob's friends called him out for holding a grudge against the gunman, other thinks it's reasonable for Bob for hold that grudge.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't get any heat for being vengeful.
  • Enforced: "This is a plot about Revenge. Let's have Bob's friends prevent him from exacting his vengeance against Harry."
  • Lampshaded: "You crazy optimists think telling me to stop holding a grudge is gonna make things okay?"
  • Invoked: The officials of Bob's society continuously brainwash citizens with the idea that a good person should fully let go of the past, as a way to preserve peace and avoid more conflict.
  • Exploited: Knowing that Bob still has a grudge on him, Harry pretends to see the error of his ways and have Bob reject him just so his friends can turn on Bob and side with him.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "Why would Bob's friends single him out for not forgiving that sick bastard? They must be completely brainwashed of the idea of forgiveness."
  • Conversed: "Is Bob ever going to listen to his friends about forgiveness in the next episode?"
  • Implied: Bob make sure his friends does not see him with grudge against Harry, knowing what would happen.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob's friends point out that holding grudges do more harm that good.
    • Bob's friends come to realize that it's wrong to hold a grudge for small offenses, but that for severe offenses it is natural to feel anger.
    • Alternatively, Bob's friends realize that while holding grudges isn't good for him, they consider that nobody should be obligated to forgive anyone easily, especially if they aren't truly sorry for what they've done.
    • But by killing their families, Bob ultimately proves his friends' point.
    • Bob eventually comes around on his friends and apologizes to them, only for them to give him a bitter taste of his own medicine. However, they immediately remember how crushed Bob was after the death of his family, and so they turn around and apologize for being insensitive, but Bob still doesn't trust them, so he continues the Cycle of Revenge.
    • Bob decides not to care about his friends' opinions on forgiveness and sticks to his choice to not forgive Harry.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's reason to hold a grudge is extremely petty and his methods for trying to get payback are extremely feeble.
  • Played For Drama: Either Bob being called out or Harry's apology being rejected made them who they be.
  • Played For Horror: Bob becomes a Stalker Without a Crush and procedes to systematically destroy Harry's life as a slow-burn set-up to the kill, and either does the same to his friends when they try to talk him out of it or threatens to do the same to them to force them to fall in line.

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