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* In ''Literature/MidnightRobber: When teenaged Tan-Tan turns up pregnant, everyone assumes that her friend Melonhead is responsible. Melonhead knows that he's not, and, while he doesn't know ''for sure'' who ''is'' responsible, he assumes the real answer must be much worse, so he silently takes the blame and the associated shame.
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15th Nov '17 3:38:25 PM CLT009
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Major spoiler and possibly non-canon example: [[spoiler: The Idea of Evil is the [[{{Tulpa}} embodiment]] of humanity's belief that GodIsEvil (or at least [[OmniscientMoralityLicense has a plan for humanity that involves plenty of suffering]]) as a more palatable alternative to the world [[CrapsackWorld is a painful, hostile place]] and [[HumansAreBastards that humans can torment themselves just fine]]. Subverted slightly in that the Idea goes onto create plenty of supernatural suffering, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor just as humanity wanted.]]]]

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Major spoiler and possibly non-canon example: [[spoiler: The Idea of Evil is the [[{{Tulpa}} embodiment]] of humanity's belief that GodIsEvil (or at least [[OmniscientMoralityLicense has a plan for humanity that involves plenty of suffering]]) as a more palatable alternative to accepting that the world [[CrapsackWorld is a painful, hostile place]] and [[HumansAreBastards that humans can torment themselves just fine]]. Subverted slightly in that the Idea goes onto on to create plenty of supernatural suffering, suffering well beyond the scope of human ability, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor just as humanity wanted.humans wished.]]]]
9th Nov '17 2:07:15 PM CLT009
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Major spoiler and possibly non-canon example: [[spoiler: The Idea of Evil is the [[{{Tulpa}} embodiment]] of humanity's belief that GodIsEvil (or at least [[OmniscientMoralityLicense has a plan for humanity that involves plenty of suffering]]) as a more palatable alternative to the world [[CrapsackWorld is a painful, hostile place]] and [[HumansAreBastards that humans can torment themselves just fine]]. Subverted slightly in that the Idea goes onto create plenty of supernatural suffering, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor just as humanity wanted.]]]]


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* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'': Major Spoiler: [[spoiler: Lil' Slugger/Shonen Bat is a Tulpa created from the desire of a single woman to escape responsibility for her mistakes. His modus operandi is to attack people who are desperate for an escape from their problems, rendering them critically injured (or [[KilledOffForReal dead]]) and rendering their previous problems moot. As more people crave the status of [[GoodVictimsBadVictims victimhood]] rather than be a [[ThisLoserIsYou loser]], Shonen Bat gets stronger, literally feeding on the being a scapegoat.]] Not surprising for a thirteen episode examination of society's refusal to accept responsibility or reality.


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** [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance The attentive viewer will note that this has been her functional role since the very first episode]]. Saionji, Nanami and her posse, Kozue, and Juri all smack her around despite her having little-to-no involvement in their issues. Most prominent when Anthy manages to somehow ''[[TakingTheBullet take a thrown glass of water]]'' for someone else. [[UpToEleven At point-blank range]].]]
29th Aug '17 1:11:25 PM infernape612
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* In ''VideoGame/InFamous2'' Good Ending, Cole was planning on being this after he sacrificed himself to kill The Beast. However people knew of his sacrifice and made him the Patron Saint of New Maris.

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* In ''VideoGame/InFamous2'' ''VideoGame/InFamous2'''s Good Ending, Cole was planning on being this after he sacrificed himself to kill The Beast. However people knew of his sacrifice and made him the Patron Saint of New Maris.
* A rare villainous example in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn''. When word of the Occupation Army's abuses in Daein reaches Empress Sanaki, the corrupt senators choose to disavow and scapegoat General Jarod, who was acting under their orders. Rather than expose the senate's treachery, he decides to take TheHero Micaiah down with him in a LastVillainStand.
21st May '17 7:48:52 PM Jisu
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* Mai is this in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', refusing to defend herself when the student council and school administration blame her for vandalism that was actually the fault of the demons she was fighting. While she claims it's because they wouldn't believe her, they blame her even when the invisible demons attack ''right in front of them'' at the senior winter ball. [[spoiler:Keeping silent means upholding [[{{Masquerade}} the idea that the vandal is mundane]], and Mai was run out of town as a child and lost every friend she had because of her powerful magic, so her self-loathing is at least just as much a component of her staying quiet.]]
9th Apr '17 1:57:13 PM Kirayoshi
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If you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die.\\

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If you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die.\\'\\
9th Apr '17 1:56:20 PM Kirayoshi
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* "The Long Black Veil", a country ballad performed by, among others, Lefty Frizell, Music/JohnnyCash and Music/MickJagger with the Chieftains:
-->"The judge said, 'Son, what's your alabi?\\
If you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die.\\
I spoke not a word, though it meant my life,\\
I was in the arms [[YourCheatingHeart of my best friend's wife]].
8th Jan '17 12:19:02 PM wootzits
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* [[spoiler:Parn's father]] does this in ''RecordOfLodossWar'' when an allied tribe demands King Fahn's infant daughter as a sacrifice. Unable to refuse, King Fahn gives them his daughter and [[spoiler:Parn's father]] rescues the child and takes the blame as a renegade knight. When war finally erupts with that allied tribe, he simply heads to the battlefield and dies while people still sees him as a worthless knight.
* ''CodeGeass R2'' ends with [[spoiler:Emperor Lelouch cultivating a ZeroPercentApprovalRating, so that all of the hatred previously caused by international conflict will instead be focused on him, and arranges for himself to be publicly assasinated, taking all the hatred with him in death. Only a very few people knew about this plan, and history will always regard him as a tyrant, perhaps even worse than we consider Hitler today.]]
* In ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'', Chikane Himemiya joins the {{Orochi}}, in order to get a shot at killing all of its henchmen and finally allow Himeko to save the world by killing her.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:[[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Arika]]]] was made out to be the instigator of the war, and she chose to accept this and let herself be executed in order to create an everlasting peace in [[MagicalLand Mudus Magicus]]. [[spoiler:Nagi ultimately saved her, but made it look like the execution succeeded.]]
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', [[spoiler:Milliardo Peacecraft and Treize Khushrenada plan to create world peace by starting the biggest war the planet has ever seen so everyone can understand how needless and destructive war really is. Both are fully prepared to go down in the history books as history's greatest monsters in order to do so, but while Treize does die in battle Milliardo survives and returns in TheMovie (under a new identity) to help prevent a new war.]]

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* [[spoiler:Parn's father]] does this in ''RecordOfLodossWar'' when an allied tribe demands ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'': This is what [[spoiler:Yuri's LadyInWaiting Ursula]] turns 'self into. [[spoiler:When Yuri is framed by Queen Nakia for the death of King Fahn's infant daughter as a sacrifice. Unable to refuse, Arnuwanda, Ursula says that she murdered the King Fahn gives them his daughter and [[spoiler:Parn's father]] rescues the child and takes the blame as a renegade knight. When war finally erupts with allows herself to be hanged in Yuri's place, since she's sure that allied tribe, he simply heads Yuri will be able to bring peace to Hattusa and take Nakia down. Some time later the battlefield real killer (Nakia's {{Dragon}} Urhi) confesses and dies while people still sees him then commits suicide, so Ursula is exonerated post-mortem; soon afterwards, Yuri becomes the Tawananna aka the Queen.]]
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': [[spoiler:Koro-sensei didn't blow up the moon
as he claimed at the beginning of the series -- it was a worthless knight.
mouse's violent reaction to anti-matter generating cells as it aged]].
* ''CodeGeass ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'' ends with [[spoiler:Emperor Lelouch cultivating a ZeroPercentApprovalRating, so that all of the hatred previously caused by international conflict will instead be focused on him, and arranges for himself to be publicly assasinated, taking all the hatred with him in death. Only a very few people knew about this plan, and history will always regard him as a tyrant, perhaps even worse than we consider Hitler today.]]
* In ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'', ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'': [[spoiler:Izaya]] takes the blame for [[spoiler:the stabbing incident in middle school]] in order to get revenge on [[spoiler:Nakura]] who [[spoiler:stabbed Shinra in the conflict with Izaya.]]
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Class 2-4's former teacher, after he was [[spoiler:wrongfully accused of taking humiliating pictures of a naked Miyabi when Miyabi framed him, jealous of his fiancee]]. He resigned rather than explain his innocence.
* ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'':
Chikane Himemiya joins the {{Orochi}}, in order to get a shot at killing all of its henchmen and finally allow Himeko to save the world by killing her.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': [[spoiler:[[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Arika]]]] was made out to be the instigator of the war, and she chose to accept this and let herself be executed in order to create an everlasting peace in [[MagicalLand Mudus Magicus]]. [[spoiler:Nagi ultimately saved her, but made it look like the execution succeeded.]]
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': [[spoiler:Milliardo Peacecraft and Treize Khushrenada plan to create world peace by starting the biggest war the planet has ever seen so everyone can understand how needless and destructive war really is. Both are fully prepared to go down in the history books as history's greatest monsters in order to do so, but while Treize does die in battle Milliardo survives and returns in TheMovie (under a new identity) to help prevent a new war.]]



* Lord Genome in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' transforms from a valiant Spiral Warrior into a hated, oppressive ruler of the planet, wiping out entire human villages with his Beastmen legions. It is only after his death that the heroes learn that he did all that to preserve the human race, hoping that fear of him and his armies would keep humans in their holes. He made one critical mistake: hatred of him eventually grew stronger...
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:it turns out that Itachi Uchiha slaughtered his entire clan to prevent a civil war between the Uchiha clan and the rest of Konoha village that would inevitably lead to an even bloodier war once Konoha's enemies got involved. His only condition when agreeing to do so was that nobody else be told of the clan's plan to take over and that his little brother be spared.]] These conditions were to give his beloved little brother a chance to live in peace in the village while hating Itachi in order to make him stronger and avenge their clan. In the end, [[SelfSacrificeScheme Itachi sacrificed his life to protect Sasuke]], both figuratively and (twice) literally.
** [[spoiler: Kurama, AKA the Kyuubi, and all the other Tailed Beasts. They endured ''centuries'' of being used and treated as monsters, and were considered natural disasters, weapons, and tools to wage war with, while being aware of the fact that their very existence kept the Ten-Tailed Beast from reforming and wiping out humanity. Crosses over a bit with TheChooserOfTheOne, as they were also seeking a worthy successor to the Sage of Six Paths, someone who didn't see them as monsters.]]

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* Lord Genome in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' transforms from In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', [[spoiler:Grimmer]] subverts this, albeit just barely. [[spoiler:He sends a valiant Spiral Warrior into a hated, oppressive ruler letter of confession to murders the young cop, Jan Suk is under heavy suspicion for. While Grimmer ''did'' kill two of the planet, wiping out entire human villages with his Beastmen legions. It men Suk is only after his death accused of killing, it was unambiguous self-defense. Grimmer subverts it in two ways, firstly, he confesses knowing that Wolfgang Grimmer is not his actual name and he can throw the heroes learn blame onto that he did all and create a identity. He also subverts it by actually telling Tenma that to preserve this is what he plans on doing.]]
* ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'': [[spoiler:this is almost Hachiman's Modus operandi for all
the human race, hoping that fear social problems he sets out to help. Like TruthInTelevision below, he does this since in his grim outlook, no social problems can be solved without turning all parties' hostility toward a common enemy, and because he sees himself as an utterly unimportant person, he counts himself the perfect person to take the fall and usually acts the villain; [[{{SubvertedTrope}} much to his friends' sadness and dismay, as they are perfectly aware of his motives and do not know how to talk him and out of it]].]]
** [[spoiler:Hachiman's friends reaction toward
his armies would keep humans social self-sacrificial tendencies later becomes a major plot focus in their holes. He made one critical mistake: hatred of volume 8-10, as they start trying to (socially)sacrifice themselves in order to stop him eventually grew stronger...
from doing the similar. [[{{Irony}} This time, much to Hachiman's dismay]].]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': [[spoiler:it turns out that Itachi Uchiha slaughtered his entire clan to prevent a civil war between the Uchiha clan and the rest of Konoha village that would inevitably lead to an even bloodier war once Konoha's enemies got involved. His only condition when agreeing to do so was that nobody else be told of the clan's plan to take over and that his little brother be spared.]] These conditions were to give his beloved little brother a chance to live in peace in the village while hating Itachi in order to make him stronger and avenge their clan. In the end, [[SelfSacrificeScheme Itachi sacrificed his life to protect Sasuke]], both figuratively and (twice) literally.
** [[spoiler: Kurama, [[spoiler:Kurama, AKA the Kyuubi, and all the other Tailed Beasts. They endured ''centuries'' of being used and treated as monsters, and were considered natural disasters, weapons, and tools to wage war with, while being aware of the fact that their very existence kept the Ten-Tailed Beast from reforming and wiping out humanity. Crosses over a bit with TheChooserOfTheOne, as they were also seeking a worthy successor to the Sage of Six Paths, someone who didn't see them as monsters.]]



* Vash the Stampede from ''{{Trigun}}'' often gets the blame for the horrendous disasters that seem to follow him around. It's not really his doing but he just takes the blame and keeps moving on.
* In ''PokemonSpecial'', it is revealed that Norman covered for Ruby, who had inadvertently [[spoiler:freed Rayquaza from captivity and thus ruined a project that the Pokemon Association was banking on to eventually save the world]]. And yes, the punishment involved eventually led to him dying, with Ruby not knowing the truth until the last moment. [[spoiler:Don't worry, Norman [[ResetButton got better]].]]
* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' [[spoiler: Izaya]] takes the blame for [[spoiler: the stabbing incident in middle school]] in order to get revenge on [[spoiler: Nakura]] who [[spoiler: stabbed Shinra in the conflict with Izaya.]]
* In ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', Class 2-4's former teacher, after he was [[spoiler: wrongfully accused of taking humilating pictures of a naked Miyabi when Miyabi framed him, jealous of his fiancee]]. He resigned rather than to explain his innocence.
* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', [[spoiler: Grimmer]] subverts this, albeit just barely. [[spoiler: He sends a letter of confession to murders the young cop, Jan Suk is under heavy suspicion for. While Grimmer ''did'' kill two of the men Suk is accused of killing, it was unambiguous self-defense. Grimmer subverts it in two ways, firstly, he confesses knowing that Wolfgang Grimmer is not his actual name and he can throw the blame onto that and create a identity. He also subverts it by actually telling Tenma that this is what he plans on doing.]]
* In ''Manga/RGVeda'', it turns out that this was why [[spoiler:Taishaku-ten]] did everything he did. [[spoiler:Him killing Ashura-Oh and taking over Tenkei was actually part of a ThanatosGambit by Ashura-Oh to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, due to his child Ashura really being an ApocalypseMaiden. To do this Taishaku-ten killed Ashura ([[AllLoveIsUnrequited who he loved]]) and set himself up as a brutal tyrant to keep the peace]]. Unfortunately this [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires]] mightily.
* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', [[spoiler:Koro-sensei didn't blow up the moon as he claimed at the beginning of the series -- it was a mouse's violent reaction to anti-matter generating cells as it aged]].
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' [[spoiler:Anthy tries to pull this by telling the world that she is an evil witch who has imprisoned her brother, the heroic Prince Dios. She knows that if he keeps saving people constantly, he will die. She also knows that everybody will hate her and stab her with their thousands of swords of hate. It doesn't kill her, but it leaves her in a state of constant pain and cast as the villain. Only she and Dios know the truth, and both of them know that, if she reveals it, the people will instead hate and stab Dios, so neither of them are going to reveal it (especially since [[UsedToBeASweetKid the shattered and embittered]] Dios is now [[BigBad Ak]][[ManipulativeBastard io]]). Until our protagonist, Utena, figures out the truth and frees Anthy.]]
* In ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', [[spoiler:this is almost Hachiman's Modus operandi for all the social problems he sets out to help. Like TruthInTelevision below, he does this since in his grim outlook, no social problems can be solved without turning all parties' hostility toward a common enemy, and because he sees himself as an utterly unimportant person, he counts himself the perfect person to take the fall and usually acts the villain; [[{{SubvertedTrope}} much to his friends' sadness and dismay, as they are perfectly aware of his motives and do not know how to talk him out of it]].]]
** [[spoiler:Hachiman's friends reaction toward his social self-sacrificial tendencies later becomes a major plot focus in volume 8-10, as they start trying to (socially)sacrifice themselves in order to stop him from doing the similar. [[{{Irony}} This time, much to Hachiman's dismay]].]]
* This is what [[spoiler: Yuri's LadyInWaiting Ursula]] turns 'self into in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. [[spoiler: When Yuri is framed by Queen Nakia for the death of King Arnuwanda, Ursula says that she murdered the King and allows herself to be hanged in Yuri's place, since she's sure that Yuri will be able to bring peace to Hattusa and take Nakia down. Some time later the real killer (Nakia's {{Dragon}} Urhi) confesses and then commits suicide, so Ursula is exonerated post-mortem; soon afterwards, Yuri becomes the Tawananna aka the Queen.]]
* In ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'', Saitama does this in response to a random civilian ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike. After a bunch of heroes got crushed trying to defeat the Undersea King, and Saitama finishes him in [[OneHitKill his usual manner]], Saitama acts like a glory hound who came in at the last minute to take everyone else's credit, getting the civilians' ire focused on him and keeping it off the other heroes (who, though they failed, were risking their lives to save those people).

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* Vash ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'': Saitama does this in response to a random civilian ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike. After a bunch of heroes got crushed trying to defeat the Stampede from ''{{Trigun}}'' often gets Undersea King, and Saitama finishes him in [[OneHitKill his usual manner]], Saitama acts like a glory hound who came in at the blame for last minute to take everyone else's credit, getting the horrendous disasters that seem to follow civilians' ire focused on him around. It's not really his doing but he just takes and keeping it off the blame and keeps moving on.
other heroes (who, though they failed, were risking their lives to save those people).
* In ''PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'': it is revealed that Norman covered for Ruby, who had inadvertently [[spoiler:freed Rayquaza from captivity and thus ruined a project that the Pokemon Association was banking on to eventually save the world]]. And yes, the punishment involved eventually led to him dying, with Ruby not knowing the truth until the last moment. [[spoiler:Don't worry, Norman [[ResetButton got better]].]]
* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' [[spoiler: Izaya]] takes the blame for [[spoiler: the stabbing incident in middle school]] in order to get revenge on [[spoiler: Nakura]] who [[spoiler: stabbed Shinra in the conflict with Izaya.]]
* In ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', Class 2-4's former teacher, after he was [[spoiler: wrongfully accused of taking humilating pictures of a naked Miyabi when Miyabi framed him, jealous of his fiancee]]. He resigned rather than to explain his innocence.
* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', [[spoiler: Grimmer]] subverts this, albeit just barely. [[spoiler: He sends a letter of confession to murders the young cop, Jan Suk is under heavy suspicion for. While Grimmer ''did'' kill two of the men Suk is accused of killing, it was unambiguous self-defense. Grimmer subverts it in two ways, firstly, he confesses knowing that Wolfgang Grimmer is not his actual name and he can throw the blame onto that and create a identity. He also subverts it by actually telling Tenma that this is what he plans on doing.]]
* In ''Manga/RGVeda'',
''Manga/RGVeda'': it turns out that this was why [[spoiler:Taishaku-ten]] did everything he did. [[spoiler:Him killing Ashura-Oh and taking over Tenkei was actually part of a ThanatosGambit by Ashura-Oh to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, due to his child Ashura really being an ApocalypseMaiden. To do this Taishaku-ten killed Ashura ([[AllLoveIsUnrequited who he loved]]) and set himself up as a brutal tyrant to keep the peace]]. Unfortunately this [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires]] mightily.
* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', [[spoiler:Koro-sensei didn't blow up ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'': [[spoiler:Parn's father]] does this when an allied tribe demands King Fahn's infant daughter as a sacrifice. Unable to refuse, King Fahn gives them his daughter and [[spoiler:Parn's father]] rescues the moon as he claimed at child and takes the beginning of blame as a renegade knight. When war finally erupts with that allied tribe, he simply heads to the series -- it was a mouse's violent reaction to anti-matter generating cells battlefield and dies while people still sees him as it aged]].
a worthless knight.
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': [[spoiler:Anthy tries to pull this by telling the world that she is an evil witch who has imprisoned her brother, the heroic Prince Dios. She knows that if he keeps saving people constantly, he will die. She also knows that everybody will hate her and stab her with their thousands of swords of hate. It doesn't kill her, but it leaves her in a state of constant pain and cast as the villain. Only she and Dios know the truth, and both of them know that, if she reveals it, the people will instead hate and stab Dios, so neither of them are going to reveal it (especially since [[UsedToBeASweetKid the shattered and embittered]] Dios is now [[BigBad Ak]][[ManipulativeBastard io]]). Until our protagonist, Utena, figures out the truth and frees Anthy.]]
* In ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', [[spoiler:this is almost Hachiman's Modus operandi for all the social problems he sets out to help. Like TruthInTelevision below, he does this since in his grim outlook, no social problems can be solved without turning all parties' hostility toward a common enemy, and because he sees himself as an utterly unimportant person, he counts himself the perfect person to take the fall and usually acts the villain; [[{{SubvertedTrope}} much to his friends' sadness and dismay, as they are perfectly aware of his motives and do not know how to talk him out of it]].]]
** [[spoiler:Hachiman's friends reaction toward his social self-sacrificial tendencies later becomes a major plot focus in volume 8-10, as they start trying to (socially)sacrifice themselves in order to stop him from doing the similar. [[{{Irony}} This time, much to Hachiman's dismay]].]]
* This is what [[spoiler: Yuri's LadyInWaiting Ursula]] turns 'self into in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. [[spoiler: When Yuri is framed by Queen Nakia for the death of King Arnuwanda, Ursula says that she murdered the King and allows herself to be hanged in Yuri's place, since she's sure that Yuri will be able to bring peace to Hattusa and take Nakia down. Some time later the real killer (Nakia's {{Dragon}} Urhi) confesses and then commits suicide, so Ursula is exonerated post-mortem; soon afterwards, Yuri becomes the Tawananna aka the Queen.]]
* In ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'', Saitama does this in response to a random civilian ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike. After a bunch of heroes got crushed trying to defeat the Undersea King, and Saitama finishes him in [[OneHitKill his usual manner]], Saitama acts like a glory hound who came in at the last minute to take everyone else's credit, getting the civilians' ire focused on him and keeping it off the other heroes (who, though they failed, were risking their lives to save those people).
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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Lord Genome transforms from a valiant Spiral Warrior into a hated, oppressive ruler of the planet, wiping out entire human villages with his Beastmen legions. It is only after his death that the heroes learn that he did all that to preserve the human race, hoping that fear of him and his armies would keep humans in their holes. He made one critical mistake: hatred of him eventually grew stronger...
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': Vash the Stampede often gets the blame for the horrendous disasters that seem to follow him around. It's not really his doing but he just takes the blame and keeps moving on.
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* In ''KannazukiNoMiko'', Chikane Himemiya joins the {{Orochi}}, in order to get a shot at killing all of its henchmen and finally allow Himeko to save the world by killing her.

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* In ''KannazukiNoMiko'', ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'', Chikane Himemiya joins the {{Orochi}}, in order to get a shot at killing all of its henchmen and finally allow Himeko to save the world by killing her.
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