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15th May '17 7:06:31 AM MitchellProductions
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So, this guy has been a total {{Jerkass}} to you and you've had enough and snap. You stand up to him, give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, and tell him off for everything he's done to you. Should be a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, right? Well, guess what? You were so harsh on the guy that you [[MinorInsultMeltdown hurt his feelings]]. Even worse, your display was witnessed and the only thing that everyone saw was you being mean to him! [[SarcasmMode Congratulations]]. Everyone thinks you're the jerk instead of the guy you just told off!

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So, this guy has been a total {{Jerkass}} to you and you've had enough and snap. You stand up to him, give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, and tell him off for everything he's done to you. Should be a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, right? Well, guess what? You were so harsh on the guy that you [[MinorInsultMeltdown hurt his feelings]]. Even worse, your display was witnessed and the only thing that everyone saw was you being mean to him! [[SarcasmMode Congratulations]]. Everyone thinks [[InsaneTrollLogic you're the jerk instead of the guy you just told off!
off]]!
3rd May '17 5:13:25 AM MitchellProductions
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This can be a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, [[ValuesDissonance except in most modern cases]], 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), WoundedGazelleGambit (where one pretends to be hurt by another in order to make him look 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]].

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This can be a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, [[ValuesDissonance except in most modern cases]], times]], 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), WoundedGazelleGambit (where one pretends to be hurt by another in order to make him look 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]].
2nd May '17 1:27:16 PM Eddy1215
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** In a segment parodying ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', Homer (playing the role of the Count) sets up an elaborate revenge scheme for the man (Moe) who stole his love (Marge) and had him sent to prison, which ends with Moe being killed. Unfortunately, Marge gets upset with him for killing her husband.

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** In a segment parodying ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', Homer (playing the role of the Count) sets up [[RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts an elaborate revenge scheme scheme]] for the man (Moe) who stole his love (Marge) and had him sent to prison, which ends with Moe being killed. Unfortunately, Marge gets upset with him for killing her husband.
2nd May '17 12:05:36 PM AnotherDuck
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* Many first-amendment cases have involved attempts to censor something for racism, advocating violence, or other reasons, when the work in question is really a satire of racism or violence.
** On top of that, it is common for people fighting in favor of civil rights to be subject to this trope because NobodyEverComplainedBefore or because people don't (or won't let themselves) see the actual bullying that has gone on. Prior to the legalization of gay marriage in the United States, for instance, opponents argued that it equality would infringe on their religious beliefs or that people wanted special rights instead of equal rights.
* 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).
* This also happens with Zero Tolerance laws used in schools and other areas, where no matter who started something like bullying or harassment, both parties are punished even if the victim was fighting back against obvious bullying. This is a system that's actually roundly criticized by many, as it absolves the school of any responsibility and doesn't actually solve the problem.
* Abuse in relationships can be this way when the abuser manages to fool people by [[CrocodileTears pretending to be victim]] when the actual victim stands up for themselves and gets chastised for their actions by others.
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8th Apr '17 11:59:12 AM Eddy1215
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* In one episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Raj has Howard and Bernadette babysit his dog, only for them to lose it. Raj manages to find the dog and decides to make Howard and Bernadette squirm for a few hours. When the pair calls Raj to cover up they lost his dog, Raj reveals he found it a few hours ago, resulting in Bernadette getting on his case about making them worry sick about the dog, resulting in ''Raj'' being the one to apologize, with Howard and Bernadette's losing his dog forgotten.

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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
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In one episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', episode, Raj has Howard and Bernadette babysit his dog, only for them to lose it. Raj manages to find the dog and decides to make Howard and Bernadette squirm for a few hours. When the pair calls Raj to cover up they lost his dog, Raj reveals he found it a few hours ago, resulting in Bernadette getting on his case about making them worry sick about the dog, resulting in ''Raj'' being the one to apologize, with Howard and Bernadette's losing his dog forgotten.
6th Apr '17 5:34:39 PM Eddy1215
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* Another infamous example was in ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Here, Kitty, Kitty", where Molly found an adorable kitten. [[DramaticIrony Unbeknownst to her, however,]] the kitten was [[AngelicFaceDevilishMind secretly]] [[CatsAreMean vicious and mean]], and was attempting to eat Molly's fish with Taz being the only one who was aware of the kitten's true colors. Unfortunately, Molly kept assuming that Taz was picking on the kitten and wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations. Eventually, Taz managed to get rid of the kitten and save the fish, but when Molly came up on the scene, she thought ''Taz'' was messing with her fish and ''still'' wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations, accusing him of doing something to her kitten. [[DownerEnding The episode ends]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished with poor Taz being given a bath, which he hates]].

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* Another infamous example was in ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Here, Kitty, Kitty", where Molly found an adorable kitten. [[DramaticIrony Unbeknownst to her, however,]] the kitten was [[AngelicFaceDevilishMind [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon secretly]] [[CatsAreMean vicious and mean]], and was attempting to eat Molly's fish with Taz being the only one who was aware of the kitten's true colors. Unfortunately, Molly kept assuming that Taz was picking on the kitten and wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations. Eventually, Taz managed to get rid of the kitten and save the fish, but when Molly came up on the scene, she thought ''Taz'' was messing with her fish and ''still'' wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations, accusing him of doing something to her kitten. [[DownerEnding The episode ends]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished with poor Taz being given a bath, which he hates]].
6th Apr '17 5:27:27 PM Eddy1215
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* Another infamous example was in ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Here, Kitty, Kitty", where Molly found an adorable kitten. [[DramaticIrony Unbeknownst to her, however,]] the kitten was [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADevil secretly]] [[CatsAreMean vicious and mean]], and was attempting to eat Molly's fish with Taz being the only one who was aware of the kitten's true colors. Unfortunately, Molly kept assuming that Taz was picking on the kitten and wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations. Eventually, Taz managed to get rid of the kitten and save the fish, but when Molly came up on the scene, she thought ''Taz'' was messing with her fish and ''still'' wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations, accusing him of doing something to her kitten. [[DownerEnding The episode ends]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished with poor Taz being given a bath, which he hates]].

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* Another infamous example was in ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Here, Kitty, Kitty", where Molly found an adorable kitten. [[DramaticIrony Unbeknownst to her, however,]] the kitten was [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADevil [[AngelicFaceDevilishMind secretly]] [[CatsAreMean vicious and mean]], and was attempting to eat Molly's fish with Taz being the only one who was aware of the kitten's true colors. Unfortunately, Molly kept assuming that Taz was picking on the kitten and wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations. Eventually, Taz managed to get rid of the kitten and save the fish, but when Molly came up on the scene, she thought ''Taz'' was messing with her fish and ''still'' wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations, accusing him of doing something to her kitten. [[DownerEnding The episode ends]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished with poor Taz being given a bath, which he hates]].
6th Apr '17 3:54:46 PM jormis29
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* In Creator/{{Stephen King}}'s ''Film/{{It}}'', when Ben is tormented by his stepbrother over his crush on Beverly, he retaliates. Ben's stepmother then comes in to pull Ben off her son and scold him, not even reprimanding her son when he tells Ben he hates him and he's only with them because it's their duty to house him.

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* In Creator/{{Stephen King}}'s ''Film/{{It}}'', ''Film/{{It|1990}}'', when Ben is tormented by his stepbrother over his crush on Beverly, he retaliates. Ben's stepmother then comes in to pull Ben off her son and scold him, not even reprimanding her son when he tells Ben he hates him and he's only with them because it's their duty to house him.
28th Mar '17 10:14:45 AM Eddy1215
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* Another infamous example was in ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Here, Kitty, Kitty", where Molly found an adorable kitten. [[DramaticIrony Unbeknownst to her, however,]] the kitten was [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADevil secretly]] [[CatsAreMean vicious and mean]], and was attempting to eat Molly's fish with Taz being the only one who was aware of the kitten's true colors. Unfortunately, Molly kept assuming that Taz was picking on the kitten and wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations. Eventually, Taz managed to get rid of the kitten and save the fish, but when Molly came up on the scene, she thought ''Taz'' was messing with her fish and ''still'' wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations, accusing him of doing something to her kitten. [[DownerEnding The episode ends]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished with poor Taz being given a bath, which he hates]].
23rd Mar '17 12:31:38 PM Eddy1215
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** For a more heartbreaking example, in Sabo's backstory, when he got into a fight with a boy from a noble family after the latter made a cruel insult, Sabo's own mother, upon learning of what happened, ignored her son's injuries and in fact ''slapped him'' before apologizing repeatedly to the boy's family.

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** For a more heartbreaking example, in Sabo's backstory, when he got into a fight with a boy from a noble family after the latter made a cruel insult, Sabo's own mother, upon learning of what happened, ignored her son's injuries and in fact ''slapped him'' ''[[ArmorPiercingSlap slapped him]]'' before apologizing repeatedly to the boy's family.family, seeing the social connection as more important than her own son.
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