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Basic Trope: One who doesn't give the proper gratitude.

  • Straight: Bob saves Alice from falling into a spikes' pit. Alice blames Bob for causing her to almost fall into said death trap.
  • Exaggerated: Bob saves Alice from falling into the spikes. In return, Alice pushes Bob down to those spikes!
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob saves Alice from falling into the spikes. Alice then walks away without acknowledging that Bob just saved her life.
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    • Bob saves Alice from falling into the spikes. Alice thanks him for putting his "dirty" hands on her.
  • Justified:
    • Bob was a well-known troublemaker, so Alice assumed the spikes were part of his prank, and he saved her when the prank goes wrong.
    • Alice is too arrogant to thank those whom she looks down upon.
    • Alice screams "Stranger Danger" because she is six, and Bob's a stranger who just grabbed onto her arm.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob saves Alice from tripping into a puddle of mud. (Ergo: Not an immediately lethal/game-breaking accident.) Alice becomes his Meido from that day on. Holy Disproportionate Rewards, Batman!
    • Alternatively, Alice is very thankful of Bob for saving her. Bob, however, rejects it.
    • Bob shoves Alice into a pit of spikes, but for some reason she thanks him for that!
  • Subverted:
    • Alice was a well-known Alpha Bitch. But when Bob saved Alice from falling into the spikes, she thanked him.
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    • Alice doesn't show any gratitude to Bob for saving her from monster attacks. Carol explains that defeating the monsters removes them from history, leaving those who aren't time wardens like them to lose all memory of it.
    • "I'll tell you what I'll say... Thank you..."
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: After Bob saves Alice from falling on the spikes, Alice pushes Bob into the spikes, calls the police and says to them that he intended to push her into them, after he had raped her, of course... And then she lights him on fire!
  • Zig Zagged: Bob saves Alice multiple times, and she alternatively loves him and hates him for it.
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  • Averted: Alice is thankful for Bob saving her.
  • Enforced: The creators want to show that kindness does not always get rewarded.
  • Lampshaded: Bob gives a sarcastic "You're welcome!" when Alice neglects to thank him.
  • Invoked: Joe knowing that Alice would turn on Bob plants the spikes and sends Bob to Alice.
  • Exploited: Knowing Alice is unlikely to thank him, Bob arranges to have his rescue and her angrily insult him recorded so he can blackmail her later with being exposed as an ungrateful snob.
  • Defied: The moment Alice starts blaming Bob, he pushed her down the spikes and demand a thank-you from her before helping her up again.
  • Discussed: "I don't know why Bob keeps saving Alice. She never thanks him for it!"
  • Conversed: "I know doing good is its own reward, but people like Alice really prove it."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob uses one of Alice's high tech gadgets to save her from the spike pit, which gets destroyed the process. Alice then demands that Bob buy her a new one, which he can easily afford.
  • Played For Drama: After Bob saves Alice from falling into a spike pit, instead of thanking Bob, she goes on an angry rant about how Bob is an idiot for being responsible for nearly getting her killed because of his foolishness, which upsets Bob. Once Alice gets in trouble again, Bob sees her and refuses to rescue her this time and outright says she deserves to suffer her fate. No matter how many times Alice begs for forgiveness, Bob refuses to listen and delightfully watches as she falls into a mountain.

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