History Main / TheScapegoat

27th Jun '16 10:45:57 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igtRWNi5yrI&list=PLNW319kQi_h99mWSSKwn5r7B-8L36cyls&index=5 this]] commercial, Little Caesars hires a guy to be the "corporate scapegoat"; his job seems to be to take the blame when the company does something customers don't like.
25th Jun '16 5:18:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* There's an Italian ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' comic in which Uncle Scrooge goes to a mountain country to buy a literal scapegoat so everyone who complains to him can do so to the goat. However, eventually the goat gets so fed up with being blamed for everything that he goes ballistic and wrecks Scrooge's money bin.
2nd May '16 8:30:32 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Beatrice in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' plays the WickedWitch role [[EvilIsHammy to the hilt]], making herself a much more attractive culprit than anyone in Battler's family.

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* Beatrice in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' plays the WickedWitch role [[EvilIsHammy to the hilt]], making herself a much more attractive culprit than anyone in Battler's family.
1st May '16 3:39:53 PM igordebraga
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* Similar to Bartman, Michael Beason, a Charlotte Hornets fan who sat courtside and loved to TrashTalk Charlotte's adversaries, became infamous during the 2016 playoffs against the Miami Heat, wearing a distinctive shirt that earned the nickname [[http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article74879247.html "Purple Shirt Guy\Man"]]. He heckled Dwyane Wade on Game 6 up until [[http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2016/4/30/11543826/purple-shirt-man-heckler-hornets-dwyane-wade-heat-nba-playoffs he scored two crucial three-pointers and stared back at Beason]]. Charlotte then had to fly to Miami and lost game 7. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/CharlotteHornets/comments/4h2tg7/fuck_purple_shirt_guy/ People were still blaming]] [[https://twitter.com/mikepersinger/status/726843458267181057 Beason]] for this road elimination.

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* Similar to Bartman, Michael Beason, a Charlotte Hornets fan who sat courtside and loved to TrashTalk Charlotte's adversaries, became infamous during the 2016 playoffs against the Miami Heat, wearing a distinctive shirt that earned the nickname [[http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article74879247.html "Purple Shirt Guy\Man"]]. He heckled Dwyane Wade on Game 6 up until [[http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2016/4/30/11543826/purple-shirt-man-heckler-hornets-dwyane-wade-heat-nba-playoffs he scored two crucial three-pointers and stared back at Beason]]. Charlotte then had to fly to Miami and lost game 7. People blamed Beason [[http://slicemiami.com/2016/04/30/purple-shirt-guy-dwyane-wade/ on game 6]], and [[https://www.reddit.com/r/CharlotteHornets/comments/4h2tg7/fuck_purple_shirt_guy/ People were still blaming]] blamed]] [[https://twitter.com/mikepersinger/status/726843458267181057 Beason]] for this road elimination.Beason on game 7]], even if that was on the road.
1st May '16 3:25:57 PM igordebraga
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* Similar to Bartman, Michael Beason, a Charlotte Hornets fan who sat courtside and loved to TrashTalk Charlotte's adversaries, became infamous during the 2016 playoffs against the Miami Heat, wearing a distinctive shirt that earned the nickname [[http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article74879247.html "Purple Shirt Guy\Man"]]. He heckled Dwyane Wade on Game 6 up until [[http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2016/4/30/11543826/purple-shirt-man-heckler-hornets-dwyane-wade-heat-nba-playoffs he scored two crucial three-pointers and stared back at Beason]]. Charlotte then had to fly to Miami and lost game 7. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/CharlotteHornets/comments/4h2tg7/fuck_purple_shirt_guy/ People were still blaming]] [[https://twitter.com/mikepersinger/status/726843458267181057 Beason]] for this road elimination.
1st May '16 12:06:21 PM dmcreif
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* When something goes wrong on the peanut butter assembly line, you find a [[VisualPun scapegoat]]. It's what you do. If you want to save 15% or more on car insurance, you switch to Advertising/{{GEICO}}.

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* When something goes wrong on the peanut butter assembly line, you find a [[VisualPun scapegoat]]. It's what you do. If you want to save 15% or more on car insurance, you switch to Advertising/{{GEICO}}. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYsbfdrFVDQ It's what you do]].
17th Apr '16 11:32:25 AM maxwellsilver
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. [[http://garfield.com/comic/1999-02-02 Somebody threw away all of Jon's shirts]] except one that reads "I (heart) cats". Believing Garfield is responsible, Jon throws him outside; Odie then appears in the doorway wearing one of Jon's shirts and a malicious smile.
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* ''Series/PawnStars'':
** When the Old Man buys a pair of Western studio dummies for $500 (for the pair), Rick blows a gasket. He thinks that Chumlee was the one who purchased them, given his apparent record of dumb purchases, and is floored when the Old Man speaks up and reveals the truth. He bought them because he thought they were neat; he even named them Ed and George.
** Chumlee purchased a Leslie revolving organ speaker from the 1960s, took it to get restored to operating condition, then brought it back to the shop. Later, Rick hears somebody fiddling around with a keyboard and the speaker in the back room, grumbles about Chumlee goofing off during working hours... and opens the door to find the Old Man at the keyboard.
** During inventory time, Rick announces there will be a booby prize for whoever bought whatever item had been sitting in the store the longest. Chumlee is blamed for the two worst purchases, but he points out that Rick and the Old Man bought them and that his name is on the paperwork only because they had him write up the sale.


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* ''Theater/TheBookOfMormon'': Elder Price's great shame is that, at the age of five, he ate a doughnut and blamed it on his brother.
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* In case [[spoiler: 2-4]] of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Phoenix is forced to accuse [[spoiler: Adrian Andrews]] of murder, despite knowing that they're innocent, in an effort to draw out the trial.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'', the player character is blamed by Gengar for touching Ninetales' tails. Because the person who did it is the one whose reincarnation is cursed to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, this leads to everyone trying to hunt you down and kill you in order to stop the curse while you have to go on the run to [[ClearMyName clear your name]].
17th Apr '16 11:16:34 AM maxwellsilver
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* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg, after finally losing it and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome verbally ripping the entire family a new one]], reaches the conclusion, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that being the scapegoat is her purpose in the family, and that, without her acting as a sort of lynchpin, everything would come undone]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg, after finally losing it and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome verbally ripping the entire family a new one]], one, reaches the conclusion, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that being the scapegoat is her purpose in the family, and that, without her acting as a sort of lynchpin, everything would come undone]].undone.



* ''{{Peanuts}}'': Charlie Brown is a ButtMonkey on his best day, and a ChewToy on average, but he becomes this in ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown''. During the last play of the football game, Lucy - typically - pulls the football away before Charlie can kick it, causing their gang to lose the important game. ''She'' deliberately screws up the play, but somehow this is ''Charlie Brown's'' fault. This is the primary reason that many ''Peanuts'' fans hate that special.

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* ''{{Peanuts}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Peanuts}}'': Charlie Brown is a ButtMonkey on his best day, and a ChewToy on average, but he becomes this in ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown''. During the last play of the football game, Lucy - typically - pulls the football away before Charlie can kick it, causing their gang to lose the important game. ''She'' deliberately screws up the play, but somehow this is ''Charlie Brown's'' fault. This is the primary reason that many ''Peanuts'' fans hate that special.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Lisa the Vegetarian," when Lisa ruins Homer's barbeque by stealing the roast pig:
--->'''Marge:''' "Bart, [[BigNo nooooo!]]"
--->'''Bart:''' ''(Standing beside her)'' "What?"
--->'''Marge:''' "Sorry, force of habit. Lisa, nooooo!"
** "Two Dozen And One Greyhounds"
*** Lisa, Marge, and Homer wonder who was causing various problems within the house lately (such as tearing up all her test papers, a broken vase, and spreading garbage all over the neighbor's yard before Homer got the chance to, respectively). Bart quips that he was this time innocent of these, and felt they were simply senseless destruction without any of his usual commentary. Turns out, it was the dog, who was continuing his path of destruction even in the room where they were located discussing what's happening.
*** Santa's Little Helper himself was implied to have this same trope applied to him. When they discover some stuff buried underneath the house (specifically, Lisa's bongo drums, Bart's strobe light, and Homer's "best of Ray Stevens featuring 'The Streak'" record) Homer guessed that it was the dog that buried all of their stuff. Marge's response to Homer implies that it was in fact she who buried at least one of the items that Santa's Little Helper uncovered.
** Bart has been expelled from Springfield Elementary School twice, both times for something that he didn't actually do.
** In "The Seven-Beer Snitch," Fat Tony's Mafia, while they are in prison, deduce that one of their fellow inmates was TheInformant, to which Johnny Tightlips points to Frankie the Squealer as the rat. However, not only does Frankie deny being the rat, but he also reminds him that he's actually TheStoolPigeon. It was Homer Simpson who was the rat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', after Francine's bike was allegedly stolen, Muffy and the others suspected that Binky may have stolen the bike. During a meeting, Binky stormed over to Muffy and asked if she was the one who is accusing him of stealing her bike. After she confirms it, Binky then reveals, while looking timidly to the others, that he's innocent.
* 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".
* 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".
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Randall also had this happen to him twice:
** The first time, most of the secrets that TJ and the others held were exposed to the teachers and staff, to which they ended up busted. They initially think Randall was behind their being ratted out, but Randall (who was in the garbage can to listen in) insisted that he did not. A chase to the bathroom later, and they end up discovering that Randall really wasn't behind their being ratted out that time: It was the so-called "cool kid" Stone who joined up with their posse who was in fact an undercover department of education individual who disguised himself as a student so Superintendent Skinner could find out the going abouts by the school who did it.
** The second time was when Randall hired the Ashleys' younger brothers, the Tylers, to act as proxies for him for his snitching job due to his getting cold at his sleuthing skills. One day, a lot more kids were put in The Box, including King Bob, who blamed Randall. However, Randall mentioned that reporting higher authority figures was a low even he wouldn't go as low as, and immediately told off the Ashleys' brothers for it, and attempted to put a stop to it, although they were one step ahead of him and reported him for it as well. Both instances also resulted in an EnemyMine between Randall and the other kids.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Jon, Garfield and Odie are camping at a park. The ranger mentions that campers have been complaining about their lunches mysteriously disappearing over the last few weeks. Jon immediately glares at Garfield who says "Don't look at me. I just got here."



** As far as baseball goes, there is probably ''no one'' who has gotten figuratively slaughtered more publicly or mercilessly than Cubs fan Steve Bartman. Just one action of reaching for a foul ball coming your way, something every fan in attendance would do a million times over, means you knock it away from Cubs left fielder Moisés Alou and perhaps prevent him from bringing your beloved Cubs one out closer to ending the curse. Never mind that it was BernieMac who sang "Root, root, root, for ''the champs''" instead of "the Cubbies" during the 7th inning stretch, or that it was still one out in the top of the 8th and the Cubs were still up 3-0, or that Cubs starting pitcher Mark Prior was starting to miss the strike zone after working the entire game, or that, with the Cubs still leading 3-1 later that inning, Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez, one of the surest gloves in the game, misplayed a ground ball that would have been an easy inning-ending double play, or that the Cubs were still up 3 games to 2 in the series and could still have won the pennant in Game 7 even if they had lost Game 6. No, as far as all Chicago was concerned, it was '''your''' fault Alou was angry and acted out and completely changed the mood of all 42,000+ in attendance and 150,000 more in the streets outside; it was '''your''' fault the Florida Marlins' bats suddenly smacked eight runs across that inning; it was '''your fault''' the Cubs lost Game 6 AND Game 7 of the series, the latter of which you didn't even attend because everyone around you was throwing "Asshole! Asshole!" chants, food, cups of beer, and ''death threats'' in your direction in Game 6. And overnight you became the most (in)famous man in America, your face front and center over every news station from here to Honolulu, your home being protected by a line of cops to stop the ravenous media from bothering you and irate fans from chucking rocks at your windows, your city inflamed with expressions of rage and hatred of your mere existence. And now you can never again go to the hitherto Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field to watch your favorite team or show your face in public lest some fan decides to slug your teeth in, at least not until the Cubs finally break this curse. And all because you reached for a foul ball.

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** As far as baseball goes, there is probably ''no one'' who has gotten figuratively slaughtered more publicly or mercilessly than Cubs fan Steve Bartman. Just one action of reaching for a foul ball coming your way, something every fan in attendance would do a million times over, means you knock it away from Cubs left fielder Moisés Alou and perhaps prevent him from bringing your beloved Cubs one out closer to ending the curse. Never mind that it was BernieMac Bernie Mac who sang "Root, root, root, for ''the champs''" instead of "the Cubbies" during the 7th inning stretch, or that it was still one out in the top of the 8th and the Cubs were still up 3-0, or that Cubs starting pitcher Mark Prior was starting to miss the strike zone after working the entire game, or that, with the Cubs still leading 3-1 later that inning, Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez, one of the surest gloves in the game, misplayed a ground ball that would have been an easy inning-ending double play, or that the Cubs were still up 3 games to 2 in the series and could still have won the pennant in Game 7 even if they had lost Game 6. No, as far as all Chicago was concerned, it was '''your''' fault Alou was angry and acted out and completely changed the mood of all 42,000+ in attendance and 150,000 more in the streets outside; it was '''your''' fault the Florida Marlins' bats suddenly smacked eight runs across that inning; it was '''your fault''' the Cubs lost Game 6 AND Game 7 of the series, the latter of which you didn't even attend because everyone around you was throwing "Asshole! Asshole!" chants, food, cups of beer, and ''death threats'' in your direction in Game 6. And overnight you became the most (in)famous man in America, your face front and center over every news station from here to Honolulu, your home being protected by a line of cops to stop the ravenous media from bothering you and irate fans from chucking rocks at your windows, your city inflamed with expressions of rage and hatred of your mere existence. And now you can never again go to the hitherto Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field to watch your favorite team or show your face in public lest some fan decides to slug your teeth in, at least not until the Cubs finally break this curse. And all because you reached for a foul ball.



-->'''Bob Costas:''' Tony Fernández, who has worn [[CoolCrown hero's laurels]] throughout the postseason, including earlier in this seventh game of the World Series—[[LampshadeHanging now, cruel as it may seem, perhaps being fitted for goat horns]].

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-->'''Bob Costas:''' Tony Fernández, who has worn [[CoolCrown hero's laurels]] laurels throughout the postseason, including earlier in this seventh game of the World Series—[[LampshadeHanging now, Series—now, cruel as it may seem, perhaps being fitted for goat horns]].horns.



** This has often been parodied on comments on news, where when something happens, someone jokingly comments "Obama/Bush did it". It's also echoed in the [[MemeticMutation now-memetic line]] "Thanks, Obama!" in which UsefulNotes/BarackObama gets blamed for literally ''everything''. Including things that happened before he was the President or even ''born yet''. ''Especially'' things that happened before he was the President or even born yet. For instance, it's frequent to blame Obama for 9/11.

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** This has often been parodied on comments on news, where when something happens, someone jokingly comments "Obama/Bush did it". It's also echoed in the [[MemeticMutation now-memetic line]] line "Thanks, Obama!" in which UsefulNotes/BarackObama gets blamed for literally ''everything''. Including things that happened before he was the President or even ''born yet''. ''Especially'' things that happened before he was the President or even born yet. For instance, it's frequent to blame Obama for 9/11.



* The entertainment industry, particularly video games, typically take some amount of undeserved blame any time a school shooting occurs. [[SarcasmMode Thanks a lot, Jack Thompson.]]

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* The entertainment industry, particularly video games, typically take some amount of undeserved blame any time a school shooting occurs. [[SarcasmMode Thanks a lot, Jack Thompson.]]



* Wolves do this. Ether a single wolf of a (less commonly) a small group of them, called omega wolves, are singled out to take the brunt of just about everything. They will be attacked for anything from trying to stand up for themselves or if their packmates are just upset, and in some cases may be killed or driven out of the pack. In a twist, the omega wolves are often as important to the pack as the alpha pair. Their presence acts as a sort of lightening rod to absorb tension and keeps the pack from turning on each other, sort of like taking your aggression out on a punching bag.

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* Wolves do this. Ether Either a single wolf of a or (less commonly) a small group of them, called omega wolves, are singled out to take the brunt of just about everything. They will be attacked for anything from trying to stand up for themselves or if their packmates are just upset, and in some cases may be killed or driven out of the pack. In a twist, the omega wolves are often as important to the pack as the alpha pair. Their presence acts as a sort of lightening rod to absorb tension and keeps the pack from turning on each other, sort of like taking your aggression out on a punching bag.


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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, an infamous event called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katyn_massacre the Katyn Massacre]] occurred. The Soviets and the Allies claimed that UsefulNotes/NaziGermany committed the Massacre, while Germany said that the Soviet Union was responsible for the atrocity. The Soviet Union even tried to condemn Germany for the Katyn Massacre during the Nuremberg Trials in 1945 (it didn't work). Records released after [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Soviet Union collapsed]] eventually revealed that, for once, Germany was innocent of that war crime, and it was in fact the Soviets who did it.
* [=LaDondrell=] Montgomery had his life sentence for armed robbery cancelled when it emerged he was ''in prison'' when the stick-up happened.
* Following the Sony Hack of '14, Usefulnotes/NorthKorea vehemently denied all responsibility for the attack, and indeed, top security experts believe it could only have been an inside job at work here. [[CassandraTruth Not that the U.S. government is ready to listen to them, of course.]]
* Shortly before the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger was set to start a potential witness named Stephen Rakes was found dead in the woods near his home. Due to the timing it was initially theorized it had something to do with his testimony, but when asked about it Whitey pointedly said he had nothing to do with it, and it turns out he was telling the truth: Rakes was killed by a business associate for reasons completely unrelated to the trial.
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* In ''Series/OurMissBrooks'', Mr. Conklin tries to scapegoat Miss Brooks on many occasions. Fortunately, Miss Brooks is almost always able to escape the consequences by episode's end.

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9th Apr '16 10:58:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', Emmanuel Goldstein and his supposed resistance are blamed for any problems the people under Big Brother and the Party suffer. Whether or not there's any truth to these accusations is never made clear, but given the nature of the book it doesn't seem likely.

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* In ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', Emmanuel Goldstein and his supposed resistance are blamed for any problems the people under Big Brother and the Party suffer. Whether or not there's any truth to these accusations is never made clear, but given the nature of the book it doesn't seem likely.
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