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22nd May '17 12:41:23 PM RareGiftFiend
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** While James is portrayed as the less abusive party by most characters and the narrator, it doesn't change the fact that he and his friends nearly got Snape intentionally bitten by Remus while the latter was in his transformed state, which was a guarantee of either death or a life of poverty, discrimination, and (this being the time before Wolfsbane Potion was invented) one night a month spent clawing at his own skin. Although James did get cold feet, his willingness to go through with such a malicious act of cruelty up to that point muddies the issue of who was more innocent.
13th May '17 11:56:01 AM kquinn0830
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Severus Snape is always complaining about the way Harry's father James treated him when they attended Hogwarts together. A flashback in ''Order of the Phoenix'' shows that [[JerkassHasAPoint James was a bit of a bully who would attack Snape unprovoked]], but it also shows that Snape gave as good as he got and went so far as to use Dark Magic to slash James, while the latter's attacks were mostly physically harmless. Discussions with other characters confirm that Snape would attack James unprovoked as well and another flashback in ''Deathly Hallows'' shows that Snape was the one who started their rivalry by insulting him.
19th Oct '16 1:38:35 PM Liberalgal101
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19th Oct '16 1:37:10 PM Liberalgal101
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This can be played several ways. A ManipulativeBastard will describe a situation to make a third party think that the ManipulativeBastard is a good guy, and the ''real'' good guys are mean and evil and out to get him for no good reason. The {{Jerkass}} may legitimately believe the grievances - but the audience can usually recognize a pity party over self-inflicted wounds.

Whether the other characters believe the {{crocodile tears}} also depends on who they are. The naive, ignorant of the current situation, will usually buy it. Characters who were there will know better. When a hoodwinked character realizes that they've been fooled, they will not be happy.

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This can be played several ways. A ManipulativeBastard will describe a situation to make a third party think that the ManipulativeBastard is a good guy, and the ''real'' good guys are mean and evil and out to get him for no good reason. The {{Jerkass}} may legitimately believe the grievances - but the audience can usually recognize a pity party over self-inflicted wounds.

wounds. However, sometimes the person playing the victim card is neither of those things. Instead he is actually victimized, and is a designated villain.

Whether the other characters believe the {{crocodile tears}} also depends on who they are. The naive, ignorant of the current situation, will usually buy it. Characters who were there will know better. When a hoodwinked character realizes that they've been fooled, they will not be happy.
happy. Or, if it's the designated villain example, the villain will most likely be laughed at, mocked and/or be victimized again.
22nd Sep '16 8:20:46 PM nombretomado
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* [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Caster]] does a slightly variant of this in ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'' to convince [[Ben10UltimateAlien Ben]] to associate with her: she relates her [[Theatre/{{Medea}} whole origin story]] to him, accentuating the victim aspect of her life (which is true), but carefully neglecting some details so he will feel sympathy for her.

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* [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Caster]] does a slightly variant of this in ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'' to convince [[Ben10UltimateAlien [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ben]] to associate with her: she relates her [[Theatre/{{Medea}} whole origin story]] to him, accentuating the victim aspect of her life (which is true), but carefully neglecting some details so he will feel sympathy for her.
24th Aug '16 5:02:58 AM manofwarb
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* [[AxCrazy Jack]] from VideoGame/MassEffect2 can come off as doing this, during the loyalty fight with [[IceQueen Miranda]]. Jack walks into Miranda's stateroom, gets in her face, looking to pick a fight, [[GravityMaster biotically throws things around]] and then starts complaining about things that [[HumanityIsSuperior Miranda's organization]] [[ColdBloodedTorture did to her as a child]]. Bonus points if she does this, long after she has already blown her childhood detention centre to atoms, and says that she's found closure.
8th Aug '16 1:53:22 PM kquinn0830
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** At the end of "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", as the NAMBLA leader is being arrested, he tries to gain sympathy by claiming that they're just being persecuted because they're different and that they didn't choose to be attracted to young boys. Kyle [[ShutUpHannibal shuts him down with one sentence]].
-->'''Kyle:''' Dude. You have ''sex'' with ''children''.
3rd Jul '16 8:40:32 PM MsChibi
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This may take the form of a FreudianExcuse if the villain legitimately believes what they're saying. See also WoundedGazelleGambit. Compare WhatIsEvil & PlayingSick.

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This may take the form of a FreudianExcuse if the villain legitimately believes what they're saying. See also WoundedGazelleGambit. Compare WhatIsEvil & WhatIsEvil, NeverMyFault, and PlayingSick.
26th Jun '16 10:13:05 AM nombretomado
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* The PC's love interest has this played on them in ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal]]'' [[spoiler: Of course, it's done by an undead monster to set up a rather brutal ambush.]]

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* The PC's love interest has this played on them in ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal]]'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal'' [[spoiler: Of course, it's done by an undead monster to set up a rather brutal ambush.]]
3rd Apr '16 5:09:51 PM ading
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* ''Theatre/TheResistibleRiseOfArturoUi'': Arturo Ui is introduced moping about how everyone's forgotten about the things he's done. More specifically, the fact that he murdered twenty people.
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