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4th Nov '16 2:49:32 AM skarl
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* This troper imagines that pretty much everyone has some childhood memory of responding to an attack or provocation and some authority figure intervenes and blames you since he only saw your response, not the original attack or provocation (and doesn't ask).

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* This troper imagines that pretty Pretty much everyone has some childhood memory of responding to an attack or provocation and some authority figure intervenes and blames you since he only saw your response, not the original attack or provocation (and doesn't ask).
30th Oct '16 7:30:35 AM Eddy1215
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** During the Sterling Gates' run, General Sam Lane and his minions Reactron and Superwoman used this tactic against the eponymous heroine over and over again: they harass Supergirl and try to murder her, and when Kara defends herself, and she gets in trouble for aggravated assault and battery, and attempted murder.

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** During the Sterling Gates' run, General Sam Lane and his minions Reactron and Superwoman used this tactic against the eponymous heroine over and over again: they harass Supergirl and try to murder her, and when Kara defends herself, and she gets in trouble for aggravated assault and battery, and attempted murder.
30th Oct '16 2:54:30 AM Tron80
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* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** During the Sterling Gates' run, General Sam Lane and his minions Reactron and Superwoman used this tactic against the eponymous heroine over and over again: they harass Supergirl and try to murder her, and when Kara defends herself, and she gets in trouble for aggravated assault and battery, and attempted murder.
** In ''Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eight Grade'', Linda Lee's classmates glare at her when they hear her recorded voice calling them "shallow, petty, mean and bad-smelling". That would be understandable, except that she was venting after spending several weeks putting up with their bullying and their mocking.



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30th Sep '16 8:19:27 AM Eddy1215
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' features Gill staying with the family after losing his job on Christmas. He stays for months and defiles the house to the point where Marge can't take it anymore and decides to stand up to him. By that time, Gill had gotten a new job, so Marge takes the family to his new workplace to tell him off. Unfortunately, when she does, he loses the respect of his workers and his boss fires him. Marge feels so guilty that she and the family buy a vacation house from Gill.

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One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' features Gill staying with the family after losing his job on Christmas. He stays for months and defiles the house to the point where Marge can't take it anymore and decides to stand up to him. By that time, Gill had gotten a new job, so Marge takes the family to his new workplace to tell him off. Unfortunately, when she does, he loses the respect of his workers and his boss fires him. Marge feels so guilty that she and the family buy a vacation house from Gill.



* A most egregious example occurs, in of all places, a ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode entitled "Stuck In A Wringer". [=SpongeBob=] has an accident that gets him [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stuck in a wringer]], and thanks to Patrick's [[TooDumbToLive stupidity]] (pouring permanent glue on the wringer), he can't get out. [=SpongeBob=] feels he'll never be able to do anything now, but Patrick gives him a RousingSpeech that he can go on. Unfortunately, Patrick's speech [[WrongGenreSavvy is proven unfounded]] as the wringer causes [=SpongeBob=] a ton of bad luck no matter how much Patrick tries to inspire him. Finally, in the middle of an amusement park, [=SpongeBob=] snaps at Patrick, telling him his life is over and that it's all his fault. Patrick runs off crying [[ShamedByAMob while everyone who was watching call [=SpongeBob=] a jerk and say he got what he deserved]].

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most egregious example occurs, of this occurs in of all places, a ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' an episode entitled "Stuck In A Wringer". [=SpongeBob=] has an accident that gets him [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stuck in a wringer]], and thanks to Patrick's [[TooDumbToLive stupidity]] (pouring permanent glue on the wringer), he can't get out. [=SpongeBob=] feels he'll never be able to do anything now, but Patrick gives him a RousingSpeech that he can go on. Unfortunately, Patrick's speech [[WrongGenreSavvy is proven unfounded]] as the wringer causes [=SpongeBob=] a ton of bad luck no matter how much Patrick tries to inspire him. Finally, in the middle of an amusement park, [=SpongeBob=] snaps at Patrick, telling him his life is over and that it's all his fault. Patrick runs off crying [[ShamedByAMob while everyone who was watching call [=SpongeBob=] a jerk and say he got what he deserved]].
30th Sep '16 8:14:20 AM Eddy1215
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This can be a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop where being a jerk back is even worse than what the original Jerkass did to you. Can result from being a BullyHunter. A villain, especially a VillainWithGoodPublicity, may use this to [[HeroWithBadPublicity give a hero bad cred]]. Similar to WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou (where the guy who hit you acts like the victim), IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, and AvengingTheVillain. Related to ArrestedForHeroism and NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished (for being punished for doing the right thing), CrimeOfSelfDefense (for being punished for defending yourself), PlayingTheVictimCard (as in a villain tries to get sympathy by claiming to be a victim) and WoundedGazelleGambit (where one pretends to be hurt by another in order to make him look bad). If the victim of this trope were friends with anyone who witness this scene prior to this moment, it probably triggers an EtTuBrute and WeUsedToBeFriends situation. In some cases, the ones who believed [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong the retaliater is in the wrong]] may [[OrderedApology force them to apologize to the insulted jerk]], and [[StrawmanHasAPoint end up finding out that the calling out they were given was justified after all]].

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This can be a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop where being a jerk back is even worse than what the original Jerkass did to you. Can result from being a BullyHunter. A villain, especially a VillainWithGoodPublicity, may use this to [[HeroWithBadPublicity give a hero bad cred]]. Similar to WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou (where the guy who hit you acts like the victim), IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, and AvengingTheVillain. Related to ArrestedForHeroism and NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished (for being punished for doing the right thing), CrimeOfSelfDefense (for being punished for defending yourself), PlayingTheVictimCard (as in a villain tries to get sympathy by claiming to be a victim) and victim), WoundedGazelleGambit (where one pretends to be hurt by another in order to make him look bad).bad) and MiscarriageOfJustice (where an innocent man is convicted for a crime he didn't commit). If the victim of this trope were friends with anyone who witness this scene prior to this moment, it probably triggers an EtTuBrute and WeUsedToBeFriends situation. In some cases, the ones who believed [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong the retaliater is in the wrong]] may [[OrderedApology force them to apologize to the insulted jerk]], and [[StrawmanHasAPoint end up finding out that the calling out they were given was justified after all]].
15th Sep '16 9:39:58 AM Eddy1215
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Compare WhatTheHellHero. Contrast EngineeredPublicConfession. See also InformedWrongness for when the author deliberately puts someone in the wrong but the person didn't do anything wrong. Similar to SelectiveEnforcement where one person does something immoral and doesn't get in trouble but the opposite happens when someone else does it. Can also happen with {{Hypocrite}}s who don't like being given ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine. Compare NoSympathyForGrudgeholders where the grudgeholder ends up in this situation. When it's the viewers that feel this way, it's RootingForTheEmpire.

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Compare WhatTheHellHero. Contrast EngineeredPublicConfession. See also InformedWrongness for when the author deliberately puts someone in the wrong but the person didn't do anything wrong. Similar to SelectiveEnforcement where one person does something immoral and doesn't get in trouble but the opposite happens when someone else does it. Can also happen with {{Hypocrite}}s who don't like being given ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine. Compare NoSympathyForGrudgeholders where the grudgeholder ends up in this situation. When it's the viewers that feel this way, it's RootingForTheEmpire.
RootingForTheEmpire and AccentuateTheNegative.



** This also happened in the episode "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well", where Rainbow Dash being seen as a hero by much of the town causes her to become self absorbed (well, even more than usual) and braggy to the point where she's actively putting other ponies in danger while she grandstands. Once it turns out that [[spoiler:the rest of the Mane Six were masquerading as the new superhero]], a lot of fans criticized their actions despite the fact that Rainbow was putting other ponies in danger.
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