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12th May '17 3:02:12 PM LongTallShorty64
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* A rather dark and probable version: In ''Film/InThisOurLife'', Stanley knows that as a rich, white woman she has a lot of power and when she commits manslaughter with her car, she blames it on her family's African American housekeeper's son, Parry Clay, who does small car jobs for them. When the police pick him up, they don't even question him: they just take him to jail.
12th Apr '17 2:19:57 PM FordPrefect
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* At the end of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', [[spoiler: Batman becomes the scapegoat for Harvey Two-Face's murders, so that the work Dent did against organized crime could continue]]. ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' [[spoiler:shows some of the repercussions of this deception]].

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* At the end of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', [[spoiler: Batman becomes the scapegoat for Harvey Two-Face's murders, so that the Dent's work Dent did against organized crime could continue]].hold up]]. ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' [[spoiler:shows some of the repercussions of this deception]].
12th Apr '17 2:18:58 PM FordPrefect
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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.

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* Wrestling/BryanDanielson was the scapegoat when one of WWE's sponsors found the NXT Riot that lead led 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 hire him back later.



* Former Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling booker Fumihiko Uei was who paid for the disaster title bout between Wrestling/KazuyukiFujita and Kensuke, despite having been Fujita himself who booked the match finish.

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* Former Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling booker Fumihiko Uei was the one who paid for the disaster title bout between Wrestling/KazuyukiFujita and Kensuke, despite having been Fujita himself who having booked the match finish.



** '''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-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}}.

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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 match, and thus it was the then that the fans realized runaway 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 and more about 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 Apr '17 5:37:53 AM Blazer
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the Gods of the various universes are shocked to find out that [[TopGod Zen'O]]'s upcoming Tournament of Power would lead to the universes of the losers to be destroyed. Since they're scared shitless of Zen'O retaliating on them and destroying them right out, they decide to blame Goku and Universe 7 as a whole for effectively reminding Zen'O of it. It should be noted, though, that not all of them sign on to this line of thinking.
8th Apr '17 6:40:29 PM eroock
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4th Apr '17 10:00:14 AM MasterHero
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* Tekkadan as a whole becomes this in the final episodes ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Rustal Elion uses a smear campaign to paint Tekkadan as war criminals, causing their sponsors to retire all their financial support, leaving Tekkadan bankrupt. [[spoiler:Tekkadan itself is destroyed in the finale and the remaining members have to change their identities and start new lives. The epilogue states that with the formation of the new democratic Gjallarhorn and the free, independent Mars, everyone now remembers Tekkadan as villains. Only a few know the truth but they can never reveal it; otherwise they'd jeopardize the Gjallarhorn-Martian Union alliance and put the surviving members in danger.]]



* In ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'', Kyosuke does this twice for his sister Kirino. The first time their father discovers her eroge/anime fascination, Kyosuke defends her hobby, and then after the father points out that he's not okay with eroge, Kyosuke claims that the stuff was his, and that Kyosuke had her hold it for him, causing the father to [[MegaTonPunch punch]] him in the face.

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'', Kyosuke does this twice for his sister Kirino. Kirino:
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The first time their father discovers her eroge/anime fascination, Kyosuke defends her hobby, and then after the father points out that he's not okay with eroge, Kyosuke claims that the stuff was his, and that Kyosuke had her hold it for him, causing the father to [[MegaTonPunch punch]] him in the face.
3rd Apr '17 9:01:03 AM PlasmaTalon
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* The Jedi Council in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' utterly refuse to accept any fault. Blaming the Exile for the Mandalorian Wars and Malacor V. [[spoiler:When reunited by a light side exile they even try to pin the rise of the sith on them.]]
2nd Apr '17 11:36:55 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Northern houses blame their conditions on Robb's inexperience and wedding with Talisa. While not blameless, a lot had to do with his advisors backstabbing him (Roose and Theon), defying him (Karstark) or forcing his hand (Frey refusing passage unless ridiculous payment is made).
8th Mar '17 5:23:42 AM otemple700
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* Whether you [[BrokenBase like him or not]], every fan of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' can agree that Shinji Ikari is notoriously this. Anything bad that happens, people usually blame him for it. Touji's sister gets hurt? His fault. Askua's pissed off? His fault. The most infamous example comes from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' in which [[spoiler:Shinji accidentally caused the Third Impact while trying to save Rei, destroying most of the world while he did]]. No one who pushed him into fighting take responsibility, and would rather settle of treating him as nastily as possible.

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* Whether you [[BrokenBase like him or not]], every fan of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' can agree that Shinji Ikari is notoriously this. Anything bad that happens, people usually blame him for it. Touji's sister gets hurt? His fault. Askua's pissed off? His fault. The most infamous example comes from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' in which [[spoiler:Shinji accidentally caused the Third Impact while trying to save Rei, destroying most of the world while he did]]. No one who pushed him into fighting take responsibility, and would rather settle of for treating him as nastily as possible.
8th Mar '17 5:13:33 AM otemple700
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* Whether you [[BrokenBase like him or not]], ever fan of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' can agree that Shinji Ikari is notoriously this. Anything bad that happens, people usually blame him for it. Touji's sister gets hurt? His fault. Askua's pissed off? His fault. The most infamous example comes from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' in which [[spoiler:Shinji accidentally caused the Third Impact while trying to save Rei, destroying most of the world while he did]]. No one who pushed him into fighting take responsibility, and would rather settle of treating him as nastily as possible.

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* Whether you [[BrokenBase like him or not]], ever every fan of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' can agree that Shinji Ikari is notoriously this. Anything bad that happens, people usually blame him for it. Touji's sister gets hurt? His fault. Askua's pissed off? His fault. The most infamous example comes from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' in which [[spoiler:Shinji accidentally caused the Third Impact while trying to save Rei, destroying most of the world while he did]]. No one who pushed him into fighting take responsibility, and would rather settle of treating him as nastily as possible.
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