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16th Jan '17 11:32:16 AM Dravencour
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Say there are three characters, Alice, Bob, and Charlie. There is a tragic accident, and Charlie is killed. Alice was present when the accident happened but may or may not have been able to prevent his death. This trope comes into play when characters discuss whether Alice could be considered the murderer of Charlie. Generally, there are three parts in this scenario: the Child (the person who died, Charlie), the Hero (the person who failed to save the Child, Alice), and the Fool (the one who blames the Hero for failing to save the Child).

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Say there are three characters, Alice, Bob, and Charlie. There is a tragic accident, and Charlie is killed. Alice was present when the accident happened but may or may not have been able to prevent his death. This trope comes into play when characters discuss whether Alice could be considered the murderer of Charlie. Generally, there are three parts in this scenario: the Child (the person who died, Charlie), the Hero (the person who failed to save the Child, Alice), and the Fool (the one who blames the Hero for failing to save the Child).
Child, Bob).
29th Dec '16 8:08:58 PM Dawnwing
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* [[Literature/WarriorCats While at a gathering,]] Dawnpelt accuses [[spoiler: Jayfeather of murdering her brother Flametail. ]] In reality, [[spoiler: Flametail's]] death was a tragic accident, but Dawnpelt was too consumed with grief to see the obvious.

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* [[Literature/WarriorCats While In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''Sign of the Moon'', while at a gathering,]] Gathering, Dawnpelt accuses [[spoiler: Jayfeather of murdering her brother Flametail. ]] In reality, [[spoiler: Flametail's]] the death was a tragic accident, accident ([[spoiler:Flametail had fallen through the ice, and Jayfeather dived in and tried to pull him out of the water but would have drowned himself if he hadn't let go]]), but Dawnpelt was too consumed with grief to see the obvious.
15th Sep '16 11:45:56 AM KidDynamite
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* ''Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes'' is this in spades. Dr. Phibes (The Fool) spends the entire film in a Roaring Rampage Of Revenge against the medical team (The Hero) who failed to save his wife (The Child) after she was injured in a car crash.

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* ''Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes'' is this in spades. Dr. Phibes (The Fool) spends the entire film in a Roaring Rampage Of Revenge RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the medical team (The Hero) who failed to save his wife (The Child) after she was injured in a car crash.
4th Sep '16 7:23:29 PM Jeffcole2
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** For example: Spider-Man fights Green Goblin over Gwen Stacy, [[ILetGwenStacyDie Spider-Man lets Gwen Stacy die]], Green Goblin gets HoistByHisOwnPetard, and Miles Warren GoMadFromTheRevelation and blames Spider-Man exclusively and attacks him as his SplitPersonalityTakeover villain The Jackal. To his credit, Miles Warren was FightingFromTheInside and when he wins, he realizes the idiocy of this and makes an HeroicSacrifice to save Spider-Man.

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** For example: Spider-Man fights Green Goblin over Gwen Stacy, [[ILetGwenStacyDie Spider-Man lets Gwen Stacy die]], Green Goblin gets HoistByHisOwnPetard, and Miles Warren GoMadFromTheRevelation [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Goes Mad From The Revelation]] and blames Spider-Man exclusively and attacks him as his SplitPersonalityTakeover villain The Jackal. To his credit, Miles Warren was FightingFromTheInside and when he wins, he realizes the idiocy of this and makes an HeroicSacrifice to save Spider-Man.
7th Aug '16 11:16:37 AM nombretomado
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* In TheDCU, [[ComicBook/GreenLantern John Stewart]] failed to save the planet Xanshi in the ''Cosmic Odyssey'' miniseries. John's guilt for this was extreme enough in the years afterward that one could be forgiven for assuming that he'd blown up the planet himself. The Xanshian warrior Fatality blames the whole [[GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]] for the destruction of her planet, and went on a crusade to kill them all.

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* In TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, [[ComicBook/GreenLantern John Stewart]] failed to save the planet Xanshi in the ''Cosmic Odyssey'' miniseries. John's guilt for this was extreme enough in the years afterward that one could be forgiven for assuming that he'd blown up the planet himself. The Xanshian warrior Fatality blames the whole [[GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]] for the destruction of her planet, and went on a crusade to kill them all.
28th Jul '16 2:04:41 AM Chabal2
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* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' has a man blame his daughter's death on Rally's failure to shoot her murderer in time.
13th Jul '16 4:48:15 PM McSkywalker
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** For example: Spider-man fights Green Goblin over Gwen Stacy, [[ILetGwenStacyDie Spider-Man lets Gwen Stacy die]], Green Goblin gets HoistByHisOwnPetard, and Miles Warren GoMadFromTheRevelation and blames Spider-Man exclusively and attacks him as his SplitPersonalityTakeover villain The Jackal. To his credit, Miles Warren was FightingFromTheInside and when he wins, he realizes the idiocy of this and makes an HeroicSacrifice to save Spider-Man.

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** For example: Spider-man Spider-Man fights Green Goblin over Gwen Stacy, [[ILetGwenStacyDie Spider-Man lets Gwen Stacy die]], Green Goblin gets HoistByHisOwnPetard, and Miles Warren GoMadFromTheRevelation and blames Spider-Man exclusively and attacks him as his SplitPersonalityTakeover villain The Jackal. To his credit, Miles Warren was FightingFromTheInside and when he wins, he realizes the idiocy of this and makes an HeroicSacrifice to save Spider-Man.
14th Jun '16 1:50:35 AM Doug86
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* The Doctor on ''StarTrekVoyager'' does this to himself after Ensign Harry Kim and [[RedShirt Ensign Jetal]] are injured, with both having an equal chance of survival, baffling his triage protocol. He chooses to work on Harry and, as he finishes the surgery, Jetal dies. He proceeds to grapple with the idea that he let Jetal die because he was closer to Harry than her.

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* The Doctor on ''StarTrekVoyager'' ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' does this to himself after Ensign Harry Kim and [[RedShirt Ensign Jetal]] are injured, with both having an equal chance of survival, baffling his triage protocol. He chooses to work on Harry and, as he finishes the surgery, Jetal dies. He proceeds to grapple with the idea that he let Jetal die because he was closer to Harry than her.
10th May '16 9:31:29 AM DiamondWeapon
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' [[spoiler:Chocolat]] acts this way towards Lloyd after she finds out that he [[spoiler: killed her grandmother Marble]]. She forgives him later on when [[spoiler: the prisoners of the Iselia Ranch tell her that Marble was transformed into an Exbelua and Lloyd originally intended to save her]]. A similar case occurs with [[spoiler:Kuchinawa]], who blames Sheena of [[spoiler: killing his parents by being unable to control Volt, even if she was merely a child at that time and most likely unable to translate Volt's speech ("It's ''just like before''! What the hell is he saying?")]]. He hides this grudge at first, but gives in to it after [[spoiler:Sheena actually manages to make a pact with Volt and multiple other Summon Spirits during the game]]. Sheena has to set him straight again by fighting a duel with him. Interestingly enough, [[spoiler:his brother Orochi]] insists that the tragedy was an accident and that Sheena should not feel responsible and accept the duel.

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'':
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[[spoiler:Chocolat]] acts this way towards Lloyd after she finds out that he an enemy tells her Lloyd killed [[spoiler: killed her grandmother Marble]]. She forgives him later on when [[spoiler: the prisoners of the Iselia Ranch tell her that Marble [[spoiler:Marble was transformed into an Exbelua and a monster and]] Lloyd originally intended tried to save her]]. her. Lloyd appears to feel this way himself as well, as he takes the villain's accusation in shame without ever revealing what really happened [[spoiler:(nobody killed Marble-turned-monster, she came to her senses and [[HeroicSacrifice self-destructed]] to allow Lloyd and Genis to escape the Desians)]].
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A similar case occurs with [[spoiler:Kuchinawa]], who blames Sheena of [[spoiler: killing his parents [[spoiler:his parents]] by being unable to control Volt, [[spoiler:control Volt]], even if she was merely a child at that time and most likely unable [[spoiler:unable to translate understand Volt's speech ("It's ''just like before''! What the hell is he saying?")]]. He hides this grudge at first, but gives in to it after [[spoiler:Sheena actually manages to make a pact with Volt and multiple other Summon Spirits Spirits]] during the game]].game. Sheena has to set him straight again by fighting a duel with him. Interestingly enough, [[spoiler:his brother Orochi]] insists that the tragedy was an accident and that Sheena should not feel responsible and accept the duel.
7th May '16 10:35:14 PM ultimomant
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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** At one point, Othinus claims that because Touma Kamijou didn't do anything to save Sherry Cromwell's best friend Ellis from being murdered, he's just as responsible. Touma angrily points out that he ''wasn't even born yet'' when that happened. Othinus then casually uses her RealityWarper powers to alter the world so Ellis is alive again and claims that means she's better than him.
** Shinka Kanou blames Touma for not saving his best friend Frenda Seivelun from being murdered. When Shiage Hamazura sets him straight by pointing out Touma was half a world away in Europe trying to prevent a war at the time, Shinka realizes he's being foolish and repents.
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