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Basic Trope: A character has to be reminded that he trusts others.

  • Straight: Jack and Horatio became Fire-Forged Friends after fighting a troll. When Jack investigates a dragon, he finds Horatio sneaking about and reminds him that they fought against the troll together. Horatio tells him what he learned.
  • Exaggerated: Horatio acts wary whenever he meets Jack.
  • Downplayed: Horatio has a secret that's vital to a mission, but doesn't tell Jack.
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  • Justified: Habits are hard thing to break.
  • Inverted: Horatio always trusts anyone who's been nice to him.
  • Subverted: Jack was trying to pry open Horatio so he can kill the dragon and get credit.
  • Double Subverted: Except that he knew that facing the dragon would kill Horatio and he doesn't really care about credit.
  • Parodied: Horatio has to be reminded constantly. Once an Episode, maybe even Once A Scene.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Once Horatio has won Jack's trust, Jack never seems to doubt that fact.
  • Enforced: The producers want the freedom to run episodes Out of Order, so they make sure this important bit of characterization between Jack and Horatio is kept fresh.
  • Lampshaded: "Horatio doesn't seem to be adjusting to teamwork well..." "Most people who are used to being a loner don't."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: When the villains learn that Jack and Horatio have reconciled after fighting the troll, they accelerate the schedule of their plan (rather than abandoning it), knowing that there will be several occasions of "Remember that you trust me" before Horatio divulges what he knows to Jack.
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  • Defied: "Trust me or don't trust me, but choose one damn path and stick to it, man! And better yet, tell me which path you chose so I don't have to keep wasting my damn breath!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Jack becomes even more suspicious of Horatio, since people with actual trust relationships don't need to remind each other of the fact.
  • Reconstructed: Horatio's Dark and Troubled Past comes out, and he begins the slow process of undoing all the bad habits it taught him.

What do you think you're doing, skulking back to Remember That You Trust Me by yourself? We're in this together, you know!

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