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15th Feb '17 3:03:48 PM Lawman592
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Contrast the {{Windmill}}, who among other things can be used as the scapegoat for something that hasn't even happened! Closely related to FallGuy.

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Contrast the {{Windmill}}, who among other things can be used as the scapegoat for something that hasn't even happened! Closely related to FallGuy.
FallGuy and KarmicMisfire if the scapegoat does not willingly take the blame and/or punishment.
8th Feb '17 5:09:13 AM akaun6899
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* For a meta example, there's Porygon from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, who played a major role in the infamous episodes in which many Japanese children suffered from seizures. As a result, it (and, by extension, its evolved forms) has not appeared in a major (or even minor) role ever since, and may or may not have been effectively banned from doing so. The only problem? Porygon had absolutely nothing to do with the seizures... it was actually ''Pikachu'' who caused them. Naturally, they can't axe the SeriesMascot, so it was Porygon who ended up taking the blame.

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* For a meta example, there's Porygon from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, who played a major role in the infamous episodes episode in which many Japanese children suffered from seizures. As a result, it (and, by extension, its evolved forms) has not appeared in a major (or even minor) role ever since, and may or may not have been effectively banned from doing so. The only problem? Porygon had absolutely nothing to do with the seizures... it was actually ''Pikachu'' who caused them. Naturally, they can't axe the SeriesMascot, so it was Porygon who ended up taking the blame.
17th Jan '17 11:57:53 PM Nuxx
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* Whoever the person in charge of a country is. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom's title should be changed to "Prime Scapegoat of the United Kingdom", just like the U.S. President.
** Although that person gets to use "the previous government" as a scapegoat, at least for some time.

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* Whoever the person in charge of a country is. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom's title should be changed to "Prime Scapegoat of the United Kingdom", just like the U.S. President.
** Although that person
President. However it's worth noting the Prime Minster is also the leader of their party and domestically have more power than the president. They select whoever they want for the cabinet and have considerable individual sway over legislation and policy. But with more power comes more blame if it all goes south. That said every PM gets to use "the previous government" as a scapegoat, at least for some time.the short term.
25th Dec '16 6:20:05 PM LaptopGuy
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* Wrestling/BryanDanielson was the scapegoat when one of WWE's sponsors found the NXT Riot that lead to the formation of Wrestling/TheNexus "[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown too]] [[TrashTheSet violent]]". Danielson was singled out for being the veteran and for performing "imitable violence" when he choked Justin Roberts with a tie. WWE would hired him back later.

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* Wrestling/BryanDanielson was the scapegoat when one of WWE's sponsors found the NXT Riot that lead to the formation of Wrestling/TheNexus "[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown too]] [[TrashTheSet violent]]". Danielson was singled out for being the veteran and for performing "imitable violence" when he choked Justin Roberts with a tie. He was kicked out of the Nexus for showing "remorse" and fired from WWE entirely. WWE would hired him back later.



** '''2014:''' The two people who received the worst of the vitriol were Wrestling/ReyMysterio and eventual winner Wrestling/{{Batista}}. With Rey, it was because he was the last entrant in the match and the fans realized runaway crowd-favorite [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] wasn't going to be in it. With Dave, it was a mishmash of factors he won when Bryan was left out of it, one week after returning no less, and the fact that he would be winning was completely telegraphed. Many felt he hadn't earned the shot over the current roster after coming back so soon, and the match itself made it clear that he had a severe case of ring rust. Then there's the fact that he returned a face; while Batista's face work is above average at best, his heel work is where he really shines and what he clearly enjoys, and the above situation just made it too much of a cognitive dissonance to pan out (he himself admitted in interviews that he didn't want to return as a face but creative kept pushing for it, no doubt to capitalize on ''Guardians of the Galaxy''). Combined with the fact that he was playing a face who was playing nice with Wrestling/TheAuthority, the most hated faction in the entire company, creating the sense that the Authority were outright manufacturing a controlled main event for [=WrestleMania=], and when it comes down to it, Dave never stood a chance. When he turned heel, the resentment died down and everyone was much, much happier, including Dave himself, though that didn't stop him from leaving over the CreativeDifferences months later.
** '''2015:''' Wrestling/RomanReigns. Poor, poor, Roman. Vince is so desperate to find another Wrestling/JohnCena as the man himself nears forty, and Roman's the one who got stuck with that role, despite being relatively green. [[{{Understatement}} It soon became very clear that the character did not fit him.]] He was eaten ''alive'' in the aftermath of the 2015 Royal Rumble, and reactions have been mild even after all the backlash died down during the aftermath of ''Wrestling/WrestleMania''. However, Vince is so goddamn stubborn with making him the top face of the company that the fans have been force-fed him for months even though it's very obvious that they don't want to see anymore of him unless he turns heel like Batista did, which is what everyone (including, if the rumors are true, ''[[Wrestling/TripleH his own son-in-law]]'') is telling Vince he needs to do barring his corporate stooges, that is. He's now the current embodiment of everything fans hate about the WWE and the lightning rod for all the rage people have at Vince's booking decisions. Just like Dave before, he's constantly being set up for failure by Vince and his [[YesMan Yes Men]], but since he doesn't have the clout Batista has, he's got no choice but to do as he's told. The only thing that actually got him over after ten months of being booked as Cena 2.0 was a genuinely character-motivated berserker rage beating of Triple H and the [=McMahons=] figuring from there that people liked seeing Roman embarrass them (though they've become so hated that embarrassing them would get ''anyone'' over). As it turns out, Reigns makes a ''great'' {{Troll}}.

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** '''2014:''' The two people who received the worst of the vitriol were Wrestling/ReyMysterio and eventual winner Wrestling/{{Batista}}. With Rey, it was because he was the last entrant in the match and it was the the fans realized runaway crowd-favorite crowd-favorite-to-win [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] wasn't going to be in it. With Dave, it was a mishmash of factors he won when Bryan was left out of it, one week after returning no less, and the fact that he would be winning was completely telegraphed. Many felt he hadn't earned the shot over the current roster after coming back so soon, and the match itself made it clear that he had a severe case of ring rust. Then there's the fact that he returned a face; fans tend to agree that while Batista's face work is above average at best, his heel work is where he really shines and what he clearly enjoys, and the above situation just made it too much of a cognitive dissonance to pan out (he himself admitted in interviews that he didn't want to return as a face but creative kept pushing for it, no doubt to capitalize on ''Guardians of the Galaxy''). Combined with the fact that he was playing a face who was playing nice with Wrestling/TheAuthority, the most hated faction in the entire company, creating the sense that the Authority were outright manufacturing a controlled main event for [=WrestleMania=], and when it comes down to it, Dave never stood a chance. When he turned heel, the resentment died down and turned into genuine heel heat and everyone was much, much happier, including Dave himself, though that didn't stop him from leaving over the CreativeDifferences months later.
** '''2015:''' Wrestling/RomanReigns. Poor, poor, Roman. This time, it was less about him not being Daniel Bryan than him being Roman Reigns. Vince is so desperate to find another Wrestling/JohnCena as the man himself nears forty, and Roman's the one who got stuck with that role, despite being relatively green. [[{{Understatement}} It soon became very clear that the character did not fit him.]] He was eaten ''alive'' in the aftermath of the 2015 Royal Rumble, and reactions have been mild even after all the backlash died down during the aftermath of ''Wrestling/WrestleMania''. However, Vince is so goddamn stubborn with making him the top face of the company that the fans have been force-fed him for months even though it's very obvious that they don't want to see anymore of him unless he turns heel like Batista did, which is what everyone (including, if the rumors are true, ''[[Wrestling/TripleH his own son-in-law]]'') is telling Vince he needs to do barring his corporate stooges, that is. He's now the current embodiment of everything fans hate about the WWE and the lightning rod for all the rage people have at Vince's booking decisions. Just like Dave before, he's constantly being set up for failure by Vince and his [[YesMan Yes Men]], but since he doesn't have the clout Batista has, he's got no choice but to do as he's told. The only thing that actually got him over after ten months of being booked as Cena 2.0 was a genuinely character-motivated berserker rage beating of Triple H and the [=McMahons=] figuring from there that people liked seeing Roman embarrass them (though they've become so hated that embarrassing them would get ''anyone'' over). As it turns out, Reigns makes a ''great'' {{Troll}}.
10th Dec '16 6:18:51 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheGodInTheBowl", Dionus intends to execute Conan if they don't catch the murderer, even though he doesn't think he's the killer.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheGodInTheBowl", Dionus intends to execute Conan if they don't catch the murderer, even though he doesn't think he's the killer.
13th Nov '16 3:54:45 PM StFan
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A scapegoat is one who, [[SilentScapegoat willingly]] or otherwise, takes the blame and/or punishment for something for which he or she wasn't responsible--though depending on where the SlidingScaleLongName is, the relative innocence of said scapegoat will also vary. Any poor sap who runs afoul of a PowderKegCrowd can become this, especially if they have TorchesAndPitchforks; ZeroPercentApprovalRating governments seem to execute nothing but innocent scapegoat victims just for the spectacle of it or to keep up the appearance that the government is tough on crime; the GloryHound will find a subordinate to take the blame for any failure. The idea comes from a practice of the ancient Hebrews, who would send a goat carrying the sins of the people out into the wilderness as part of the Yom Kippur ceremonies.

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A scapegoat is one who, [[SilentScapegoat willingly]] or otherwise, takes the blame and/or punishment for something for which he or she wasn't responsible--though responsible -- though depending on where the SlidingScaleLongName is, the relative innocence of said scapegoat will also vary. Any poor sap who runs afoul of a PowderKegCrowd can become this, especially if they have TorchesAndPitchforks; ZeroPercentApprovalRating governments seem to execute nothing but innocent scapegoat victims just for the spectacle of it or to keep up the appearance that the government is tough on crime; the GloryHound will find a subordinate to take the blame for any failure. The idea comes from a practice of the ancient Hebrews, who would send a goat carrying the sins of the people out into the wilderness as part of the Yom Kippur ceremonies.






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* In the ''StarWars'' prequels, the Jedi go from the Republic's protectors to fugitives after Palpatine's EvilPlan pays off. They ''did'' try to arrest him, but it was because he was a Sith Lord attempting the overthrow the Republic. Given that almost no one knows this and few in the Republic would've had any idea what a "Sith Lord" even was, it's rather easy for Palpatine to scapegoat the Jedi.

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* In the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, the Jedi go from the Republic's protectors to fugitives after Palpatine's EvilPlan pays off. They ''did'' try to arrest him, but it was because he was a Sith Lord attempting the overthrow the Republic. Given that almost no one no-one knows this and few in the Republic would've had would have any idea what a "Sith Lord" even was, is, it's rather easy for Palpatine to scapegoat the Jedi.



** Similarly, in ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Snowball and his agents are routinely blamed for anything that goes wrong.
* ''Literature/TheBible'' is the TropeNamer: During the Day of Atonement, one goat would be slaughtered and offered as a blood sacrifice while the other, the scapegoat, symbolically carried the sins of Israel out into the desert. This makes the use of Jews as scapegoats for, well, just about everything over the last fifteen hundred years or so kind of paradoxical.
** The Bible is also a subversion, however: the scapegoat (literally, the goat who escapes) is the one who doesn't get killed, but instead gets to go free. This is the pshot; the drash is something different.

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** * Similarly, in ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Snowball and his agents are routinely blamed for anything that goes wrong.
* ''Literature/TheBible'' is the TropeNamer: During the Day of Atonement, one goat would be slaughtered and offered as a blood sacrifice while the other, the scapegoat, symbolically carried the sins of Israel out into the desert. This makes the use of Jews as scapegoats for, well, just about everything over the last fifteen hundred years or so kind of paradoxical.
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paradoxical. The Bible is also a subversion, however: the scapegoat (literally, the goat who escapes) is the one who doesn't get killed, but instead gets to go free. This is the pshot; the drash is something different.



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* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Murphy almost becomes one of these twice. First when he's almost hanged for Wells's murder, before the real murderer confessed, and then again when Raven suggests trying to pin all of Finn's crimes on him. In both cases, the actual guilty party is someone the other characters all like and want to see protected, while Murphy is a {{Jerkass}} that no one really likes and of whom everyone's willing to believe the worst; he's quick to [[WhatTheHellHero point out the main characters' hypocrisy here]].

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* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', ''Series/The100'', Murphy almost becomes one of these twice. First when he's almost hanged for Wells's murder, before the real murderer confessed, and then again when Raven suggests trying to pin all of Finn's crimes on him. In both cases, the actual guilty party is someone the other characters all like and want to see protected, while Murphy is a {{Jerkass}} that no one really likes and of whom everyone's willing to believe the worst; he's quick to [[WhatTheHellHero point out the main characters' hypocrisy here]].



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--->'''Marge:''' "Bart, [[BigNo nooooo!]]"
--->'''Bart:''' ''(Standing beside her)'' "What?"
--->'''Marge:''' "Sorry, force of habit. Lisa, nooooo!"
** "Two Dozen And One Greyhounds"

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--->'''Marge:''' "Bart, Bart, [[BigNo nooooo!]]"
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nooooo!]]\\
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beside her)'' "What?"
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her]'' What?\\
'''Marge:''' Sorry,
force of habit. Lisa, nooooo!"
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** "Two Dozen And and One Greyhounds"






3rd Nov '16 5:56:33 AM dotchan
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* An actual goat is blamed for the Chicago Cubs' woes - namely, that said goat was ejected from the Wrigley Field stands during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, which infuriated his owner and proclaimed a curse on the team. The Cubs lost that series and would not play another World Series until 2016.

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* An actual goat is blamed for the Chicago Cubs' woes - namely, that said goat was ejected from the Wrigley Field stands during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, which infuriated his owner and proclaimed a curse on the team. The Cubs lost that series and would not play in another World Series until 2016.2016 (which they won).
23rd Oct '16 7:37:42 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Film/RoboCop2'' sees OCP planning to shift the blame for the [=RoboCop=] 2 fiasco onto Juliette Faxx in order to save face at the suggestion of executive Don Johnson. However, unlike many other examples, Faxx really is to blame for what happened and Jhonson was the OnlySaneMan at the time, but OCP's CEO turned a blind eye to what was going on.

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* ''Film/RoboCop2'' sees OCP planning to shift the blame for the [=RoboCop=] 2 fiasco onto Juliette Faxx in order to save face at the suggestion of executive Don Johnson. However, unlike many other examples, Faxx really is to blame for what happened and Jhonson Johnson was the OnlySaneMan at the time, but OCP's CEO turned a blind eye to what was going on.
23rd Oct '16 7:36:05 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Film/RoboCop2'' sees OCP planning to shift the blame for the [=RoboCop=] 2 fiasco onto Juliette Faxx in order to save face at the suggestion of executive Don Johnson. However, unlike many other examples, Faxx really is to blame for what happened and Jhonson was the OnlySaneMan at the time, but OCP's CEO turned a blind eye to what was going on.
22nd Oct '16 8:43:54 PM dmcreif
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* An actual goat is blamed for the Chicago Cubs' woes - namely, that said goat was ejected from the Wrigley Field stands during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, which infuriated his owner and proclaimed a curse on the team. The Cubs lost that series and have not played a World Series game since.

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* An actual goat is blamed for the Chicago Cubs' woes - namely, that said goat was ejected from the Wrigley Field stands during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, which infuriated his owner and proclaimed a curse on the team. The Cubs lost that series and have would not played a play another World Series game since.until 2016.
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