History Main / TheScapegoat

17th Feb '18 7:37:25 AM XStorm
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* The Treaty of Versailles, the treaty that ended World War One, was written entirely by the allies and blamed Germany for the entire war. Despite the fact that Germany was only in the war in the first place because its ally Austria-Hungary (which had broken up into Austria and Hungary) was. Italy was exempt from any blame because it switched sides close to the end of the war. Germany was saddled with the bill for all of the damage in the war, which thanks to being stripped of its colonies [[TheGreatDepression (and it being the 1920's)]] it could never hope to repay. In hindsight, it's really no surprise that the Nazis were able to entice the country with promises of a better future.

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* The Treaty of Versailles, the treaty that ended World War One, was written entirely by the allies and blamed Germany for the entire war. Despite the fact that Germany was only in the war in the first place because its ally Austria-Hungary (which had broken up into Austria and Hungary) was. Italy was exempt from any blame because it switched sides close to the end of the war. Germany was saddled with the bill for all of the damage in the war, which thanks to being stripped of its colonies [[TheGreatDepression (and it being the 1920's)]] 1930's)]] it could never hope to repay. In hindsight, it's really no surprise that the Nazis were able to entice the country with promises of a better future.
17th Feb '18 7:36:27 AM XStorm
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* The Treaty of Versailles, the treaty that ended World War One, was written entirely by the allies and blamed Germany for the entire war. Despite the fact that Germany was only in the war in the first place because its ally Austria-Hungary (which had broken up into Austria and Hungary) was. Italy was exempt from any blame because it switched sides close to the end of the war. Germany was saddled with the bill for all of the damage in the war, which thanks to being stripped of its colonies [[TheGreatDepression (and it being the 1920's)]] it could never hope to repay. In hindsight, it's really no surprise that the Nazis were able to entice the country with promises of a better future.
17th Feb '18 7:15:41 AM XStorm
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*** Check the "wasn't responsible" part on the header, gringo.

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*** [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Check the "wasn't responsible" part on the header, gringo.]]


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*** "Thanks, Obama" mostly died when Trump was elected, for obvious reasons, but Obama still gets scapegoated seriously occasionally.
10th Feb '18 1:46:26 PM UchuuFlamenco
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* Wrestling/LowKi ...{{ahem}}...''Kaval'' was the scapegoat for NXT Season Two, both for Vince [=McMahon's=] choice not winning (the contest was supposed to be 50% fan votes, 50% "pro decision", which means at least one pro was a turncoat since the fan vote was overwhelmingly in Kaval's favor, never falling below 60%) and for the horribleness of the "Genesis" segment which was a result of Vince [=McMahon's=] fury at the fact Alex Riley did not win. Then Low Ki was the scapegoat when Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling's sponsors got upset at the fact Low Ki dressed up as [[Videogame/{{Hitman}} Agent 47]], who was apparently a trademark of a sponsor's competitor whom they felt New Japan just gave an awesome free commercial to. These resulted in his release from both companies. Unlike Danielson, Low Ki would get injured by Akebono at an Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling show before New Japan could hire him back.

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* Wrestling/LowKi ...Wrestling/LowKi...{{ahem}}...''Kaval'' was the scapegoat for NXT Season Two, both for Vince [=McMahon's=] choice not winning (the contest was supposed to be 50% fan votes, 50% "pro decision", which means at least one pro was a turncoat since the fan vote was overwhelmingly in Kaval's favor, never falling below 60%) and for the horribleness of the "Genesis" segment which was a result of Vince [=McMahon's=] fury at the fact Alex Riley did not win. Then Low Ki was the scapegoat when Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling's sponsors got upset at the fact Low Ki dressed up as [[Videogame/{{Hitman}} Agent 47]], who was apparently a trademark of a sponsor's competitor whom they felt New Japan just gave an awesome free commercial to. These resulted in his release from both companies. Unlike Danielson, Low Ki would get injured by Akebono at an Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling show before New Japan could hire him back.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' episode "Frightful", the Frightful Four are damaging the FF's reputation. Since Johnny's already known to be careless with his powers, it's very hard for him to convince anyone he wasn't responsible for burning down a building ... especially as he has to keep specifying "I did not burn down ''that'' building".

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' episode "Frightful", the Frightful Four are damaging the FF's reputation. Since Johnny's already known to be careless with his powers, it's very hard for him to convince anyone he wasn't responsible for burning down a building ...building... especially as he has to keep specifying "I did not burn down ''that'' building".
10th Feb '18 1:37:40 PM UchuuFlamenco
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* Dictators with a very bad image are often used as scapegoats, and few people will bother to defend them from blatantly false accusations as it will simply be assumed that they did so many bad things that one more on the list is plausible. For example, Chile's UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet has been unfairly accused of: antisemitism (actually, he had several Jewish ministers, and Palestinian-descended ones as well), removing "civic education" classes from high schools (actually, Pinochet's government ''added them'' in the early 80s; Eduardo Frei, in 1992, was the one who took them out) and ''causing a drought'' (you figure that one out).

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* Dictators with a very bad image are often used as scapegoats, and few people will bother to defend them from blatantly false accusations as it will simply be assumed that they did so many bad things that one more on the list is plausible. For example, Chile's UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet has been unfairly accused of: antisemitism (actually, he had several Jewish ministers, and Palestinian-descended ones as well), removing "civic education" classes from high schools (actually, Pinochet's government ''added them'' in the early 80s; Eduardo Frei, in 1992, was the one who took them out) and ''causing a drought'' (you figure that one out).
30th Jan '18 6:47:28 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Independent pro wrestler Brian Blaze was scapegoated in 2014 and incarcerated in the place of a criminal the police could not catch that he apparently resembled closely enough. There was a great outcry among the pro wrestling fans of Georgia, wrestlers and at least PCW's promoter, who together successfully proved his innocence...after Blaze had been in jail for five months, but the response outside of the pro wrestling community was barely heard, which may have been why the police and courts thought they could get away with it.(to his credit, the officer who arrested Brian said he was just following orders and offered to testify in court for Brian)

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* Independent pro wrestler Brian Blaze was scapegoated in 2014 and incarcerated in the place of a criminal the police could not catch that he apparently [[CriminalDoppelganger resembled closely enough.enough]]. There was a great outcry among the pro wrestling fans of Georgia, wrestlers and at least PCW's promoter, who together successfully proved his innocence...after Blaze had been in jail for five months, but the response outside of the pro wrestling community was barely heard, which may have been why the police and courts thought they could get away with it.(to his credit, the officer who arrested Brian said he was just following orders and offered to testify in court for Brian)
30th Jan '18 6:38:45 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Independent pro wrestler Brian Blaze was scapegoated in 2014 and incarcerated in the place of a criminal the police could not catch that he apparently resembled closely enough. There was a great outcry among the pro wrestling fans of Georgia, wrestlers and at least PCW's promoter, who together successfully proved his innocence...after Blaze had been in jail for five months, but the response outside of the pro wrestling community was barely heard, which may have been why the police and courts thought they could get away with it.(to his credit, the officer who arrested Brian said he was just following orders and offered to testify in court for Brian)
20th Dec '17 4:48:06 PM TinMan
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* After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the two officers in charge of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and defense of Hawaii, Admiral Husband Kimmel and General Walter Short, were scapegoated by their superiors. Kimmel in particular argued that he had not been provided with enough intelligence regarding Japanese intentions prior to the attack and that most of the poor decisions that lead to the debacle had been result of his direct predecessor, Admiral Harold Stark. Stark later faced a court of inquiry into his actions which resulted in his removal from command, but Kimmel's name is still one most associated with the attack. In 1999, the Senate passed a non-binding resolution saying that both were scapegoated and called for their posthumous return to full rank, but the Navy and subsequent Presidents have never taken it up.
15th Dec '17 7:14:32 PM KagSwirby
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' has Suzie blame Angelica for stealing her brand-new tricycle and punishes her by tying her doll to a balloon and letting it go. Despite the evidence against her, Angelica was ''completely innocent'' - Suzie's trike was under her porch, Angelica's trike was her own and Angelica's red hands (which Suzie thought was from opening her garage's painted doors) were actually from her finger painting an apology letter. Thankfully for Suzie, a miracle (or a low-flying plane) gets Angelica's doll back to her and everyone's happy again. Except for poor Chuckie, since it was ''his'' balloon tied to the doll. The lesson he learned that day was "Never let Suzie borrow your balloon".

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' has Suzie Susie blame Angelica for stealing her brand-new tricycle and punishes her by tying her doll to a balloon and letting it go. Despite the evidence against her, Angelica was ''completely innocent'' - Suzie's Susie's trike was under her porch, Angelica's trike was her own and Angelica's red hands (which Suzie Susie thought was from opening her garage's painted doors) were actually from her finger painting an apology letter. Thankfully for Suzie, Susie, a miracle (or a low-flying plane) gets Angelica's doll back to her and everyone's happy again. Except for poor Chuckie, since it was ''his'' balloon tied to the doll. The lesson he learned that day was "Never let Suzie Susie borrow your balloon".
15th Dec '17 7:14:06 PM KagSwirby
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Whenever something goes wrong in Timmy's family, his father's first reaction is to blame his neighbor Dinkleburg or Timmy himself (especially if Timmy, for once, did not do something).
** Taken UpToEleven in later seasons were he blames everything, from not having milk for his cereal to the newspaper being wrong, on Dinkleburg.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Whenever something goes wrong in Timmy's family, his father's first reaction is to blame his neighbor Dinkleburg Dinkleberg or Timmy himself (especially if Timmy, for once, did not do something).
** Taken UpToEleven in later seasons were he blames everything, from not having milk for his cereal to the newspaper being wrong, on Dinkleburg.Dinkleberg.
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