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5th Jun '18 1:02:39 PM Racoon7
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* Jesus in Literature/TheBible. The page quote is a prophecy about him, after all. In Christianity at least. Other Abrahamic religions have different interpretations.
** The [[TropeMaker original]] example in Leviticus was an actual goat. On Yom Kippur, the High Priest would impute all the sins of the people on to the goat and send it to die in the wilderness.


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* Jesus in Literature/TheBible. The page quote is a prophecy about him, after all. In Christianity at least. Other Abrahamic religions have different interpretations.
** The [[TropeMaker original]] example in Leviticus was an actual goat. On Yom Kippur, the High Priest would impute all the sins of the people on to the goat and send it to die in the wilderness.

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3rd Apr '18 7:59:12 PM MasterN
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has Hanyuu, otherwise known as Oyashiro-sama, though it's not so much that she's just taking the blame as it is that Rika is the only one who can hear her speak. [[spoiler: Played straight in her backstory, though, when she takes on the sins of her village and asks her daughter to kill her to prevent a war between demons and humans.]]
** The latter is actually a deconstruction. Yes, her[[spoiler: self-sacrifice brought demons and humans together, uniting them as one village...right up till the point where they started [[HeWhoFightsMonsters doing the exact same thing again]]- using peer pressure to bully outsiders to the village and isolating themselves from all change. Also, unity is nice and everything, but Hanyuu is still dead for no reason, and her daughter is traumatized from having to kill her own mother for the sins of other people- all of whom got away blameless.]] The story is set in the present day, several hundred years after all this happened, and the village's mythology depicts [[spoiler: Hanyuu]] as an evil, vengeful demon, who can only be placated by the murder of two people in an annual ceremony. This 'tradition' continues into the present, and the festival day honouring [[spoiler:her sacrifice]] is implicitly considered by everyone a 'free day' to commit murder, on which no one will be punished for it, and everyone will say that Oyashiro killed the victims. [[spoiler: (The irony of this is not lost on her.)]]

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has Hanyuu, [[spoiler:Hanyuu]], otherwise known as Oyashiro-sama, [[spoiler:Oyashiro-sama]], though it's not so much that she's just taking the blame as it is that Rika [[spoiler:Rika]] is the only one who can hear her speak. [[spoiler: Played straight in her backstory, though, when she takes on the sins of her village and asks her daughter to kill her to prevent a war between demons and humans.]]
** The latter is actually a deconstruction. Yes, her[[spoiler: [[spoiler: her self-sacrifice brought demons and humans together, uniting them as one village...right up till the point where they started [[HeWhoFightsMonsters doing the exact same thing again]]- using peer pressure to bully outsiders to the village and isolating themselves from all change. change]]. Also, unity is nice and everything, but Hanyuu [[spoiler:Hanyuu is still dead for no reason, and her daughter is traumatized from having to kill her own mother for the sins of other people- all of whom got away blameless.]] blameless]]. The story is set in the present day, several hundred years after all this happened, and the [[spoiler:the village's mythology depicts [[spoiler: Hanyuu]] Hanyuu as an evil, vengeful demon, who can only be placated by the murder of two people in an annual ceremony. This 'tradition' continues into the present, and the festival day honouring [[spoiler:her sacrifice]] is implicitly considered by everyone a 'free day' to commit murder, on which no one will be punished for it, and everyone will say that Oyashiro killed the victims. [[spoiler: (The [[spoiler:Because of all this, even the story itself depicts her as the BigBad [[GoodAllAlong prior to the reveal]]. The irony of this is not lost on her.)]]]]



** The seventh arc ''heavily'' implies [[spoiler:Eva Ushiromiya]] to be one [[spoiler:letting Ange believe she was the culprit and hate her forever rather than tell her the truth about what really happened on the island, which she feared would be too much for her]]. Episode 8 [[spoiler:actually confirms this, and adds a new perspective on the whole Eva-Beatrice thing.]]

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** The seventh arc ''heavily'' implies [[spoiler:Eva Ushiromiya]] to be one [[spoiler:letting Ange believe she was the culprit and hate her forever rather than tell her the truth about what really happened on the island, which she feared would be too much for her]]. Episode 8 [[spoiler:actually confirms this, and adds a new perspective on the whole Eva-Beatrice [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Eva-Beatrice]] thing.]]
6th Feb '18 9:58:52 PM Xtifr
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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.
1st Jan '18 6:08:06 PM Malady
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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]].
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