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1st Feb '16 5:20:07 AM Freezer
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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Worf accepts the dishonor of being labeled the son of a traitor in order to spare the Klingon Empire the political turmoil that would follow if the true traitor (Duras' father) were named.
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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Worf accepts the dishonor of being labeled the son of a traitor in order to spare the Klingon Empire the political turmoil that would follow if the true traitor (Duras' father) were named. [[spoiler:It happens anyway.]]
30th Nov '15 2:58:50 PM catmuto
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* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Gentle, Gentle", evidence implicates the mother in the smothering death of her infant son. She confesses to the crime and goes to jail. Right when the case is about to be closed, Warrick discovers new evidence that reveals the truth: when the eldest son was distracted by a phone call, the three year old middle child accidentally smothered his baby brother with a teddy bear. Their father explains to the team that his wife would rather go to jail than let their son be ruined by the knowledge that he killed his brother.
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* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Gentle, Gentle", evidence implicates the mother in the smothering death of her infant son. She confesses to the crime and goes to jail. Right when the case is about to be closed, Warrick discovers new evidence that reveals the truth: when the eldest son was distracted by a phone call, the three year old middle child accidentally smothered his baby brother with a teddy bear.an oven glove. Their father explains to the team that his wife would rather go to jail than let their son be ruined by the knowledge that he killed his brother.

* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In ''Seahorse Seashell Party'', after tearing her family a verbal new one, [[ButtMonkey Meg Griffin]] comes to the conclusion that she ''must'' serve as this for the rest of the Griffin family, lest they ultimately turn on each other (which seems happens pretty quickly).
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In ''Seahorse Seashell Party'', after tearing her family a verbal new one, [[ButtMonkey Meg Griffin]] comes to the conclusion that she ''must'' serve as this for the rest of the Griffin family, lest they ultimately turn on each other (which seems still happens pretty quickly).

* TruthInTelevision for people who's self-esteem is low enough or someone who is simply self-loathing or feels guilty, as they might feel that they deserve such treatment or that they aren't worth the trouble they would cause to stand up for themselves.
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* TruthInTelevision for people who's whose self-esteem is low enough or someone who is simply self-loathing or feels guilty, as they might feel that they deserve such treatment or that they aren't worth the trouble they would cause to stand up for themselves.
29th Nov '15 4:06:38 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Played to a T at the end of "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall]]", when [[spoiler: Sherlock '[[FakingtheDead kills himself]]' and allows the world to believe that he was a fake and a psychopath; yes, the death was faked, but it should take three years before anyone learns the truth]].
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Played to a T at the end of "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall]]", when [[spoiler: Sherlock '[[FakingtheDead kills himself]]' and allows the world to believe that he was a fake and a psychopath; psychopath, er, ''high functioning sociopath''; yes, the death was faked, but it should take three years before anyone learns the truth]].
8th Nov '15 8:29:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''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.]]
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* In ''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.]]
22nd Sep '15 7:25:14 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' 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.]]
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' ''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.]]
12th Sep '15 10:41:49 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Nirvana}} "Everything's my fault/I'll take all the blame"]]
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* [[{{Nirvana}} [[{{Music/Nirvana}} "Everything's my fault/I'll take all the blame"]]
12th Sep '15 12:53:04 PM RainFairy
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* This is what [[spoiler: Yuri's LadyInWaiting Ursula]] became in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. [[spoiler: When Yuri is framed by Nakia and Urhi for the death of King Arnuwanda, Ursula says she murdered the King and sacrifices herself to save her, since she's sure that Yuri will be able to bring peace to Hattusa and take Nakia down. Some time later the real killer (Urhi) confesses and then commits suicide, so Ursula is exonerated post-mortem.]]
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* This is what [[spoiler: Yuri's LadyInWaiting Ursula]] became turns 'self into in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. [[spoiler: When Yuri is framed by Queen Nakia and Urhi for the death of King Arnuwanda, Ursula says that she murdered the King and sacrifices allows herself to save her, 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 (Urhi) (Nakia's {{Dragon}} Urhi) confesses and then commits suicide, so Ursula is exonerated post-mortem.post-mortem; soon afterwards, Yuri becomes the Tawananna aka the Queen.]]
12th Sep '15 12:51:15 PM RainFairy
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* In ''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 Dios is now [[BigBad Ak]][[ManipulativeBastard io]]). Until our protagonist, Utena, figures out the truth and frees Anthy.]]
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* In ''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.]]

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* This is what [[spoiler: Yuri's LadyInWaiting Ursula]] became in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. [[spoiler: When Yuri is framed by Nakia and Urhi for the death of King Arnuwanda, Ursula says she murdered the King and sacrifices herself to save her, since she's sure that Yuri will be able to bring peace to Hattusa and take Nakia down. Some time later the real killer (Urhi) confesses and then commits suicide, so Ursula is exonerated post-mortem.]]
26th Aug '15 5:52:21 PM MarkLungo
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->''He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; But the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all.''
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->''He ->''"He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; But the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all.''"''

* In an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', the Question found records of an alternate universe Superman that killed "his" Lex Luthor and then [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jumped Off The Slippery Slope]] to become a KnightTemplar. Seeing events in his own universe heading in the same direction, he seeks to kill "our" Lex Luthor first so Superman won't. He points out that [[ThanatosGambit his own execution]] won't hurt the League.
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* In an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', the Question found records of an alternate universe Superman that killed "his" Lex Luthor and then [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jumped Off The Slippery Slope]] to become a KnightTemplar. Seeing events in his own universe heading in the same direction, he seeks to kill "our" Lex Luthor first so Superman won't. He points out that [[ThanatosGambit his own execution]] won't hurt the League.
26th Aug '15 5:35:54 PM sorako
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* In 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 Dios is now [[BigBad Ak]][[ManipulativeBastard io]]). Until our protagonist, Utena, figures out the truth and frees Anthy.]]
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* In RevolutionaryGirlUtena ''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 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]].]]

[[AC:{{Literature}}]] * Jesus in Literature/TheBible. The page quote is a prophecy about him, after all. In RevolutionaryGirlUtena [[spoiler:Anthy tries to pull this by telling Christianity at least. Other Abrahamic religions have different interpretations. ** The [[TropeMaker original]] example in Leviticus was an actual goat. On Yom Kippur, the world that she is an evil witch who has imprisoned her brother, High Priest would impute all 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 sins 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 on to the goat and stab Dios, so neither of them are going send it to reveal it (especially since Dios is now [[BigBad Ak]][[ManipulativeBastard io]]). Until our protagonist, Utena, figures out die in the truth and frees Anthy.wilderness. * ''Literature/HarryPotter'': [[spoiler:Snape]] gets this for [[spoiler:killing Dumbledore at the end of the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book]]]]. The [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows seventh book]] reveals that [[spoiler:Dumbledore, who was already dying, ordered Snape to do it so Malfoy wouldn't have to.]] ** Also from [[spoiler: Voldemort]]'s point of view, the fact that Draco disarmed him first. Meaning that [[spoiler: Snape]]'s death actually didn't help him at all, but [[spoiler: Snape]] just sort of went with it. * God-Emperor Leto Atreides II in the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' novels turned himself into a half-human, half-sandworm hybrid and [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune oppressed the entire known universe for over three millenia]], for the sake of breeding a human who will be unpredictable even by a Kwisatz Haderach. * All ''Three Versions of Judas'' by Creator/JorgeLuisBorges theorize that [[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]] was a SilentScapegoat in different ways. * In [[TheDresdenFiles Turn Coat]] [[spoiler:Warden Donald Morgan]] allows everyone to [[spoiler:blame him as a lone psychotic murderer and traitor to the White Council]] because [[spoiler:the real murderer was his teacher and (unrequited) beloved, Warden Commander Luccio, who has been put under MindControl by the real traitor. In other words, he took all blame to save the woman he loved and simultaneously to save the image of the Wardens and the entire White Council. And then he died]]. * In the last book of the ''SignOfSeven'' trilogy by Nora Roberts, one of the main character's father is a reformed alcoholic/abusive father. (As in, now that he's not drunk, he's truly repentant that he used to beat his son.) Through the trilogy, his son rejects any and all of his father's attempts for a reconciliation or forgiveness, until the end when [[spoiler: he takes down a magically influenced family man with a shotgun. The family man would have shot up the small town's bowling alley where 90% of the kids and teens hang. The ex-abusive father, dying from his wounds, tells them to blame it on him, because everyone would believe he did it and the family man was influenced by ghost demon evil...ness.]] * Similar to the RealLife example below, Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story "The Martyr" concerns a child named Lorenzo who is adopted by Jesuits after showing up on their doorstep and then cast out after being accused of impregnating a local woman. Lorenzo [[HeroicSacrifice is mortally wounded saving his alleged daughter]], after which the woman confesses he's not really the father. This is cemented by the revelation that the dying Lorenzo is a woman.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]] * 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. * ''Literature/HarryPotter'': [[spoiler:Snape]] gets this for [[spoiler:killing Dumbledore at the end of the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book]]]]. The [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows seventh book]] reveals that [[spoiler:Dumbledore, who was already dying, ordered Snape to do it so Malfoy wouldn't have to.]] ** Also from [[spoiler: Voldemort]]'s point of view, the fact that Draco disarmed him first. Meaning that [[spoiler: Snape]]'s death actually didn't help him at all, but [[spoiler: Snape]] just sort of went with it. * God-Emperor Leto Atreides II in the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' novels turned himself into a half-human, half-sandworm hybrid and [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune oppressed the entire known universe for over three millenia]], for the sake of breeding a human who will be unpredictable even by a Kwisatz Haderach. * All ''Three Versions of Judas'' by Creator/JorgeLuisBorges theorize that [[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]] was a SilentScapegoat in different ways. * In [[TheDresdenFiles Turn Coat]] [[spoiler:Warden Donald Morgan]] allows everyone to [[spoiler:blame him as a lone psychotic murderer and traitor to the White Council]] because [[spoiler:the real murderer was his teacher and (unrequited) beloved, Warden Commander Luccio, who has been put under MindControl by the real traitor. In other words, he took all blame to save the woman he loved and simultaneously to save the image of the Wardens and the entire White Council. And then he died]]. * In the last book of the ''SignOfSeven'' trilogy by Nora Roberts, one of the main character's father is a reformed alcoholic/abusive father. (As in, now that he's not drunk, he's truly repentant that he used to beat his son.) Through the trilogy, his son rejects any and all of his father's attempts for a reconciliation or forgiveness, until the end when [[spoiler: he takes down a magically influenced family man with a shotgun. The family man would have shot up the small town's bowling alley where 90% of the kids and teens hang. The ex-abusive father, dying from his wounds, tells them to blame it on him, because everyone would believe he did it and the family man was influenced by ghost demon evil...ness.]] * Similar to the RealLife example below, Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story "The Martyr" concerns a child named Lorenzo who is adopted by Jesuits after showing up on their doorstep and then cast out after being accused of impregnating a local woman. Lorenzo [[HeroicSacrifice is mortally wounded saving his alleged daughter]], after which the woman confesses he's not really the father. This is cemented by the revelation that the dying Lorenzo is a woman. * In ''LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru'' (My Romance Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected), [[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]].]]
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[[AC:{{Literature}}]] * 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. * ''Literature/HarryPotter'': [[spoiler:Snape]] gets this for [[spoiler:killing Dumbledore at the end of the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book]]]]. The [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows seventh book]] reveals that [[spoiler:Dumbledore, who was already dying, ordered Snape to do it so Malfoy wouldn't have to.]] ** Also from [[spoiler: Voldemort]]'s point of view, the fact that Draco disarmed him first. Meaning that [[spoiler: Snape]]'s death actually didn't help him at all, but [[spoiler: Snape]] just sort of went with it. * God-Emperor Leto Atreides II in the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' novels turned himself into a half-human, half-sandworm hybrid and [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune oppressed the entire known universe for over three millenia]], for the sake of breeding a human who will be unpredictable even by a Kwisatz Haderach. * All ''Three Versions of Judas'' by Creator/JorgeLuisBorges theorize that [[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]] was a SilentScapegoat in different ways. * In [[TheDresdenFiles Turn Coat]] [[spoiler:Warden Donald Morgan]] allows everyone to [[spoiler:blame him as a lone psychotic murderer and traitor to the White Council]] because [[spoiler:the real murderer was his teacher and (unrequited) beloved, Warden Commander Luccio, who has been put under MindControl by the real traitor. In other words, he took all blame to save the woman he loved and simultaneously to save the image of the Wardens and the entire White Council. And then he died]]. * In the last book of the ''SignOfSeven'' trilogy by Nora Roberts, one of the main character's father is a reformed alcoholic/abusive father. (As in, now that he's not drunk, he's truly repentant that he used to beat his son.) Through the trilogy, his son rejects any and all of his father's attempts for a reconciliation or forgiveness, until the end when [[spoiler: he takes down a magically influenced family man with a shotgun. The family man would have shot up the small town's bowling alley where 90% of the kids and teens hang. The ex-abusive father, dying from his wounds, tells them to blame it on him, because everyone would believe he did it and the family man was influenced by ghost demon evil...ness.]] * Similar to the RealLife example below, Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story "The Martyr" concerns a child named Lorenzo who is adopted by Jesuits after showing up on their doorstep and then cast out after being accused of impregnating a local woman. Lorenzo [[HeroicSacrifice is mortally wounded saving his alleged daughter]], after which the woman confesses he's not really the father. This is cemented by the revelation that the dying Lorenzo is a woman. * In ''LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru'' (My Romance Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected), [[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]].]]
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