History Main / GuiltByAssociationGag

29th Apr '16 12:27:28 AM Eddy1215
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'''This trope is NOT''' just any group of people where one person doesn't belong in the group for whatever reason. For that, see TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers.

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'''This trope is NOT''' just any group of people where one person doesn't belong in the group for whatever reason. For that, see TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers.
29th Apr '16 12:26:33 AM Eddy1215
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'''This trope is NOT''' just any group of people where one person doesn't belong in the group for whatever reason.

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'''This trope is NOT''' just any group of people where one person doesn't belong in the group for whatever reason. For that, see TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers.
5th Apr '16 2:55:04 AM Beedle
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang and friends infiltrate a Fire Nation temple and are confronted by a group of Sages who are loyal to the Fire Lord. However, one of them, Shyu, is still loyal to the Avatar and helps them on their mission. After they manage to escape, Commander Zhao angrily arrests all five Sages, despite the Head Sage's protests that only Shyu helped the Avatar.
26th Mar '16 7:53:40 AM bookwormgirlLH
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'''Lady Presenter''': Hey, I didn't even eat the mousse!

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'''Lady Presenter''': '''Debbie''': Hey, I didn't even eat the mousse!
18th Mar '16 1:53:12 PM Eddy1215
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Eustace swindled Shirley the Medium out of a necklace for Muriel by giving her an oil bill he claimed was a deed to an oil well. In response, Shirley put a swindling curse on both him ''and'' Muriel, even though Muriel was completely innocent of the scam.
11th Mar '16 5:30:22 PM Pichu-kun
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* Joe from ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'' gets fired from his job as a doctor due to his fiancee and her best friend being MistakenForGay. His fiancee Karen has become a social outcast due to the rumors.
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16th Feb '16 12:03:12 PM erforce
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has one of these during the "Kiss Negi" competition during the class trip. Nitta tells the students that anyone caught outside their hotel rooms will be forced to do the SeizaSquirm in the lobby all night. [[MetaGuy Chisame]] is roped into the competition by Ayaka, realizes early on the whole game is stupid, heads back to her room. And is caught by Nitta on the way. Eventually everybody else is caught too...along with Negi, who had absolutely nothing to do with it (but he was ''also'' outside of his room, for different reasons). [[FridgeLogic This makes even less sense when you consider that a teacher, 10 years old or not, really should be able to be out of his room]].

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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has one of these during the "Kiss Negi" competition during the class trip. Nitta tells the students that anyone caught outside their hotel rooms will be forced to do the SeizaSquirm in the lobby all night. [[MetaGuy Chisame]] is roped into the competition by Ayaka, realizes early on the whole game is stupid, heads back to her room. And is caught by Nitta on the way. Eventually everybody else is caught too...along with Negi, who had absolutely nothing to do with it (but he was ''also'' outside of his room, for different reasons). [[FridgeLogic This makes even less sense when you consider that a teacher, 10 years old or not, really should be able to be out of his room]].



* Narrowly averted in ''{{Dogma}}'', when the two angels Loki and Bartleby slaughter the whole board of directors of a fictional corporation, for "raising an idol (a cartoon character) that draws worship from the lord..." They had all also committed other, horrible sins to deserve their punishment. The only one who was spared was the sole woman among them, who had committed no sins... though Loki still ''almost'' killed her because ''[[DisproportionateRetribution she didn't say "God bless you" when he sneezed]]''. Bartleby stops him at the last moment, but only because he's tired of waiting.

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* Narrowly averted in ''{{Dogma}}'', ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', when the two angels Loki and Bartleby slaughter the whole board of directors of a fictional corporation, for "raising an idol (a cartoon character) that draws worship from the lord..." They had all also committed other, horrible sins to deserve their punishment. The only one who was spared was the sole woman among them, who had committed no sins... though Loki still ''almost'' killed her because ''[[DisproportionateRetribution she didn't say "God bless you" when he sneezed]]''. Bartleby stops him at the last moment, but only because he's tired of waiting.
14th Feb '16 5:53:44 PM Eddy1215
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Compare: MyFriendsAndZoidberg, CantGetAwayWithNuthin, GoAmongMadPeople. If the character didn't do the listed thing, but DID do something else, may become ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne. The opposite of this trope is IAmSpartacus, where people who aren't guilty deliberately associate themselves with the guilty party and AccompliceByInaction, where people who didn't do the act are considered guilty because they [[BystanderSyndrome didn't do anything to stop it.]] Jokes of this kind are a type of BlackComedy. See also MisaimedRetribution, especially when the victim is the only one targeted for what their guilty association did.

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Compare: MyFriendsAndZoidberg, CantGetAwayWithNuthin, GoAmongMadPeople. If the character didn't do the listed thing, but DID do something else, may become ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne. The opposite of this trope is IAmSpartacus, where people who aren't guilty deliberately associate themselves with the guilty party and AccompliceByInaction, where people who didn't do the act are considered guilty because they [[BystanderSyndrome didn't do anything to stop it.]] Jokes of this kind are a type of BlackComedy. See also MisaimedRetribution, MisplacedRetribution, especially when the victim is the only one targeted for what their guilty association did.
14th Feb '16 5:53:03 PM Eddy1215
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Compare: MyFriendsAndZoidberg, CantGetAwayWithNuthin, GoAmongMadPeople. If the character didn't do the listed thing, but DID do something else, may become ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne. The opposite of this trope is IAmSpartacus, where people who aren't guilty deliberately associate themselves with the guilty party and AccompliceByInaction, where people who didn't do the act are considered guilty because they [[BystanderSyndrome didn't do anything to stop it.]] Jokes of this kind are a type of BlackComedy.

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Compare: MyFriendsAndZoidberg, CantGetAwayWithNuthin, GoAmongMadPeople. If the character didn't do the listed thing, but DID do something else, may become ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne. The opposite of this trope is IAmSpartacus, where people who aren't guilty deliberately associate themselves with the guilty party and AccompliceByInaction, where people who didn't do the act are considered guilty because they [[BystanderSyndrome didn't do anything to stop it.]] Jokes of this kind are a type of BlackComedy.
BlackComedy. See also MisaimedRetribution, especially when the victim is the only one targeted for what their guilty association did.
9th Jan '16 9:55:10 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Drew Blood and Rory Mondo of Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s [[PowerStable Forgotten Ones]] described [[TheStoner Nation Of Intoxication]] members Devon Moore and Danny Havoc as [[NinetiesAntihero horrible people]] they were going to unleash [[ThenLetMeBeEvil unrighteous vengeance upon]]. Rory admitted Luck 13 technically didn't deserve it but they were going to take him down simply because he was in the group too.[[/folder]]

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* Drew Blood and Rory Mondo of Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s [[PowerStable Forgotten Ones]] described [[TheStoner Nation Of Intoxication]] members Devon Moore and Danny Havoc as [[NinetiesAntihero horrible people]] they were going to unleash [[ThenLetMeBeEvil unrighteous vengeance upon]]. Rory admitted Luck 13 [[TokenGoodTeammate Lucky 13]] technically didn't deserve it but they were going to take him down simply because he was in the group too.[[/folder]]
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