Does an abused person forgive their abuser?

Browse movies, tv shows, books and more where the abused forgives their abuser.
Seeing abusers be forgiven or absolved of their actions can be very painful for abuse victims, particularly when the forgiveness is portrayed as something the victim "owes" to the abuser or the victim is portrayed as being bitter/ungrateful for things the abuser did for them/selfish/otherwise bad or in the wrong until they forgive the abuser.
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Movie Report
Yes
54
No
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Anonymous
Longtime viewers of the Saw franchise will know that the relationship between Amanda and John is very unhealthy and complicated.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
42
No
5
8
Mousestar369
S2
 E2
In the finale, one of the characters is shown returning to a group that was semi-abusive toward them.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
38
No
1
1
Pantalones
Godwin not only forgives his father for experimenting on him and maiming him, but seems proud of his father's dubious contributions to science and anatomy.

Bella also seems to genuinely love "God" even after finding out he did some very unethical surgery on her.
Video Game Report
Yes
37
No
1
1
Brithwoods
Ignore what everyone else says this is not true. C!tommy at the end of the series does not forgive his abuser at all. People are misinterpreting it. However, his abuser is humanized which is problematic enough. But there is no forgiving done.
Movie • 2004 Report
Yes
34
No
5
1
mistersandman
A character becomes an apprentice to Jigsaw in the sequels.
TV Show • 2016 Report
Yes
30
No
1
6
SamanthaBattaglia
S3
 E3
one of the characters like really sucks and sucks even more when he gets possessed but he “sacrifices” himself after one of the main characters exposes his old memories. they kinda like gloss over how awful he was for the whole season and his sister who he abuses for a lot of the show like forgives him for like everything for whatever reason. even for literally trying to kill her boyfriend
YouTube • 2023 Report
Yes
28
No
3
11
Dollie
Pac forgives Cellbit for their time together in prison, in which Cell manipulated, fought, and tried to eat him.
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
28
No
2
5
oakbee
Throughout the show, Will Graham repeatedly forgives Hannibal.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
23
No
5
6
corn_colonels
adam is eric’s bully during season one before the two start dating
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
21
No
0
4
goooses
In fact, he marries her.
Movie • 2005 Report
Yes
21
No
2
5
Anonymous
a survivor works with jigsaw after escaping a trap
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
20
No
7
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
19
No
0
7
jdpamv
Not only that but Bird Person encourages Morty to forgive and keep indulging Rick's abuse because he suffers from depression and self-hatred which Bird Person alleges Rick's abuse stems from rather than true evil or apathy. This both implies that mentally ill people are violent and infantilizes abuse.
TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
19
No
0
TV Show • 2010 Report
Yes
18
No
2
2
Pantalones
Negan may qualify for this. He has a redemption arc in later seasons and is seen protecting Rick's daughter and finding some level of acceptance among people he terrorized.
Movie • 2014 Report
Yes
17
No
0
1
The kid forgives his mom after she verbally and physically abuses him while possessed.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
17
No
0
2
jdpamv
Mirabel is emotionally abused by her sister and especially her grandmother and she forgives both of them.
Movie • 1997 Report
Yes
16
No
3
5
antagonist forgives and visits her agent at a psych ward at the end of the film (spoiler: the agent was behind everything)
TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
16
No
1
4
Penji
S8
 E8
A character credits her abusers for making her a stronger person
Anime • 2016 Report
Yes
16
No
0
2
jdpamv
Endeavor (an abusive father) gets a redemption arc.
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
15
No
3
2
Glowfrog
No. A character is implied to have been somewhat hard on her brother due to perfectionism and is still remembered fondly by everyone (including her brother) after her death, but abuse is never implied with this situation.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
15
No
4
0
Anonymous
Meredith at one point forgives her father, and another time Meredith’s sister forgives her because of the way she treated her sister. Although they were not really in an abusive relationship, their relationships were pretty complicated.
Movie • 2006 Report
Yes
15
No
0
3
mistersandman
Amanda is an apprentice to Jigsaw and cares deeply for him despite being placed in two of his traps.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
15
No
2
1
Amanda
Video Game Report
Yes
15
No
0
Movie • 1999 Report
Yes
15
No
1
Movie • 1980 Report
Yes
14
No
3
2
Smash22
The mother tells a story about her intoxicated husband breaking her son's arm and rationalizes his behaviour.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
14
No
1
0
everyoneshouldfeelsafetoenjoyfiction
S4
 E4
Sort of - the main villain in this episode is a cult leader who se*ually abuses young girls, who he also marries. The main one of his victims featured in this episode basically worships him and is too brainwashed to understand the truth all throughout the episode. The episode ends with a very sad act that demonstrates just how brainwashed by her abuser she was.
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
14
No
2
1
jdpamv
The Diamonds are coded as abusers (and they're even comparable to N*zis, for that matter) and get a rather quick and undeserved redemption arc.
TV Show • 1999 Report
Yes
14
No
0
2
SiRenfield
S10
 E10
Meg finally calls her family out…only to then sort of accept her place as a sort lighting rod of aggression in her family