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  • Not-So-Easily Forgiven: Easily Forgiven is so prevalent that anything else is surprising.
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Wrongdoings in fiction tend to be Easily Forgiven. Maybe they're the kind of people who'd want to Turn the Other Cheek. Maybe it wouldn't be very heroic or wise to hold grudges against potential allies. Or maybe the writers didn't want to put time or effort into a more involved process thats's not central to the story.

Whatever the reason, it's common enough that one not being easily forgiving is a surprise.

Often done as Reality Ensues, showing it's unrealistic to expect one to instantly forgiven of wrongdoing, especially before they show they deserve it. Maybe they try to forgive but have second thoughts or are so quick to distrust it's shown to be less than sincere. Maybe they exploited or squandered forgiveness before or done what's consider unforgivable. Maybe they only set their animosity aside out of necessity.

If the Not-So-Easily Forgiven in question are genuinely reformed and repentant, they're liable to be Reformed, but Rejected. They'll be tolerated at best until they work to redeem themselves, do some act that proves their decency, or otherwise prove they deserve forgiveness.

If applied after the fact to those who were Easily Forgiven, it may be a Cerebus Retcon or Ascended Fridge Horror. If to those audiences felt didn't deserve the forgiveness they got, it's an Author's Saving Throw. A Fix Fic may be the result if this is a primary focus of the work.

If a character has crossed the Moral Event Horizon or the target of an Accusation Fic/Hate Fic, audiences don't expect them to be easily forgiven so this trope only applies if there is an in-universe attempt or expectation that gets subverted. Likewise, it's unlikely to apply to Villains, darker Anti-Heroes, or any characters that aren't expected to offer sincere, if any, forgiveness (without ulterior motive).

No Sympathy for Grudgeholders is when their refusal to forgive is treated as a flaw. Compare Forgiven, but Not Forgotten and Last-Second Chance when forgiveness is offer but with significant scrutiny. Also compare Cartesian Karma, Cruel Mercy, Karma Houdini Warranty and Heel Face Door slam, which may overlap with this trope.


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  • Soarin had Easily Forgiven his teammates for attempting to replace him in "Rainbow Falls". But in My Little Pony: Friends Forever, he flubs a show causing him to fear being replaced made him realized he still had resentment over it. This gets resolved when when Rainbow Dash get Soarn's teammate Spitfire to show up and properly apologies for it.
  • In Sweet Tooth, Jepperd DOES come back to rescue Gus after he'd abandoned him to Abbot, but Gus is understandably upset and refuses to forgive him until Jepperd risks his life to save Gus from a bear.

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  • Mulan has the eponymous heroine disguised herself a male to join the army, where woman are legally banned, in the place of her ailing father and becomes a valuable, respected and trusted member, Despite citing this when her gender is ousted, that she spent all this time lying to them and betraying their laws and traditions destroys all the goodwill she had with them, who only let her off because they owe her, until her actions in the ending.

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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has Grant Ward, who clearly expects an apology, an assurance that he wasn't faking his camaraderie with Fitz, and an earnest declaration of love for Skye to be enough to get him back in everybody's good graces. For some reason, the rest of the team are unable to move past the whole "secretly a member of a Nazi terror group, murdered dozens of people, tried to murder Fitz and Simmons, and left Fitz with long-term brain damage" thing, and instead of welcoming him back they try repeatedly to kill him. Long after his death, Daisy and Simmons encounter a heroic simulation of him in a virtual reality world, and are barely able to contain their loathing, much to his confusion.

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  • Monochromatic Mirror: Mirrors in fiction are show as being a single color and only reflect what's plot relevant.
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In Real Life, mirrors are the color of whatever they are reflecting at the given moment, showing the relected background in perfect detail. In fiction, this is extra work to draw or animate, the Lazy Artist often depicst them as a single color, usualy a shade of silver. They only reflect what's important to the story at the given moment, like reflecting charaters but somehow not the background, or the backround only if something worth showing is there.

This may be expalinable by being a Magic Mirror. In live-actotion and written works, which don't have to bother with drawing or animating, this trope is only in effect if it signifies something surreal or fantastical.

Compare Missing Reflection, when it's caused by properires of what should be reflected. Contrast Mirror Monster and The Mirror Shows Your True Self, when mirrors show more than what's being reflected.


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  • Character Scapegoating: In-universe characters are Mis-blamed.
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  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Because of their arguing over what the statue of Discord meant, the Cutie Mark Crusaders are often blamed for Discord's return in "The Return of Harmony". Celestia however said that it's because she no longer tied to the Elements of Harmony.

  • Campbellian/Campbell's Dragon: The original definition of The Dragon to be split per TRS.
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Feldt Grace: Ever since Setsuna became an Innovator, it's like he’s gone back to the way he use to be when we first met, when he didn’t open his heart up to anything, or anyone.
Sumeragi Lee Noriega : He's just struggling to come to terms with his reformation, and his new abilities, he’s overly conscious about how different he’s become from the rest of us.

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  • Pokémon: Lillie is afraid of touching Pokémon due to an incident so traumatic she doesn't remember. After managing to overcome it, an encounter with Silvally, which was involved in the incident, makes her repressed memories return. This causes her to lapse back until she fully remembers it saved her in said incident, letting her overcome her fear again. She still lapses into fear of the specific Pokémon that caused it, for good reason.

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  • Lawful Wannabe: A character wants to be Lawful, but are unable to live up to it.

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Related is Lawful Pushover, when they're unable to stay lawful when others challenge their authority. Compare Batman Grabs a Gun, when characters make a one-off exception to their code of conduct. Contrast Lawful Stupid and Honor Before Reason, when their unable to stop being lawful even when it's a liability.

See also Heroic Wannabe and Redemption Failure, for when a character tries to be good but fails, and Frequently-Broken Unbreakable Vow.


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As the of Discord, Pandora inherited his powers and nature as a God of Chaos and was feared and ostracized for it.

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    Everyone But the Leads Get a Happy Ending 
And because of you, we found Halo, unlocked its secrets, shattered our enemy's resolve. Our victory - your victory - was so close... I wish you could have lived to see it.
Catherine Halsey: Halo: Reach

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  • Non-Ambidextoros Sprite
  • Hate-and-Switch: A deliberate subversion of The Scrappy or Hate Sink by staring them unlikable only to surprise us with likable/sympathetic traits.

  • Utopia Is Impossible

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  • The World of Mana from Cross Ange was created to be a utopia thanks to Mana eliminating the need for want, conflict, and inequality. But this complacent existence left its inhabitance unprepared to deal with the Norma, who couldn't use and physically broke Mana, and they reacted with hatred and violence. Embryo, the creator of the World, took advantage of this by instilling the idea that Norma were monsters responsible for all the worlds wrongs, providing an outlet for their anger and putting the Norma to use fighting the DRAGONs invading the World and were harvested to fuel Mana, stabilizing things and enabling peace. Then the Norma rebelled against this oppression and ally with the pre-Mana humans Embryo wiped out to make way for his utopia. Also, the DRAGONs leader was kidnapped to be the source of Mana, leading them to eventually launch a full-scale war against humans, then ally with the Norma. When the World of Mana proves unable to deal with this to Embryo's satisfaction, he deems it a failure and attempts to wipe out the World and start over, not for the first time.

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  • Deconstructed in The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. Omelas is a utopia, but the narrator realized audiences would refuse to believe it because of this trope so they reveal spoiler:it requires the mental torture of a child, which may not even be necessary, to the tone of "There you go, a horrible flaw in the system! Are you happy now?!"

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  • Titanium is Superior: Anything with titanium is portrayed as better than not.
  • Superpowerful Sniper: Sniper rifles do higher damage per bullet than normal guns, ballistic justification optional.
  • Peacemaker Name: Weapon or combatants with "peace" in their name.
  • Ice-sickle: Ice is used as a melee weapon to slash, stab or bludgeon.
  • Heroic Hostage-Tacking: The good guys pull a hostage situation on the villains. Really.
  • Flashbacks Show Trustworthiness: If expositions is provided alongside a flashback, it shows that audiences should take it at face.
  • Angelic Archer: The bow and arrow is the weapon of choice for the angelic or divine.
  • Plants Are Earth Magic: When Dishing Out Dirt and Green Thumb overlap
  • Indiana Jones Clone: LEGO Adventurers, Daring Do, Whip Kirby, Indiana Joe, this page has more examples, subtrope of Adventurer Archaeologist (which also has examples) (Note from Drope: Consider the name "Indiana Clones")
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