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1st Aug '17 2:41:35 PM RockRaider
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Scrapland}}'', a human by the name of Bill arrives on the titular planet to do some selling, unaware that a)the robots of Scrapland [[FantasticRacism LOATHE humans]] [[HumansAreCthulhu and consider them to be some sort of terrifying monsters]], and b)someone has been murdering several of the city's high-ranking members while disguised as a human. So, as soon as Bill tries to pass through customs, he's immediately accused of committing the murders and arrested.
19th Jul '17 2:45:16 PM LinTaylor
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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.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku, who's spoiling for a good fight, reminds [[TopGod Zen-Oh]] of his idea to hold a martial arts tournament between all 12 universes. When the Gods of rules are announced, it's revealed that the various losing universes are shocked to find out that [[TopGod Zen'O]]'s upcoming Tournament of Power would lead to will be completely erased from existence, which causes people from the other 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 this. However, others point out that he isn't to blame since Zen-Oh wanted to cut down on the number of it. It universes anyway; if anything they should be noted, though, that not all of thanking Goku, since the tournament gives them sign on to this line of thinking.a fighting chance at survival whereas otherwise Zen-Oh would have just erased them and been done with it.
17th Jul '17 8:03:32 PM SteveMB
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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 and KarmicMisfire if the scapegoat does not willingly take the blame and/or punishment.

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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 and KarmicMisfire if the scapegoat does not willingly take the blame and/or punishment.
punishment. May overlap with NotMeThisTime if the scapegoat has an existing bad reputation that makes him an easy target for blame.
9th Jul '17 9:47:59 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 for 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 Asuka'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 for treating him as nastily as possible.
28th Jun '17 9:20:32 AM thatother1dude
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* Generals Cremin and Edison in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are, by the end of the series, the last two survivors of Amestris's [[TheQuisling treasonous]] [[MoleInCharge Central Command]] and are happily blamed by the heroes for the entire Homunculi conspiracy even though they were actually near the bottom of the evil totem pole. This is because the ''actual'' masterminds of the conspiracy included some very well-regarded public figures and it was considered a better choice to [[FramingTheGuiltyParty frame the guilty party]] than risk mass panic.

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* Generals Cremin and Edison in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are, by the end of the series, the last two survivors of Amestris's [[TheQuisling treasonous]] [[MoleInCharge Central Command]] and are happily blamed by the heroes for the entire Homunculi conspiracy even though they were actually near the bottom of the evil totem pole. This is because the ''actual'' masterminds of the conspiracy included some very well-regarded public figures and [[BenevolentConspiracy it was considered a better choice choice]] to [[FramingTheGuiltyParty frame the guilty party]] than risk mass panic.
11th Jun '17 1:44:35 PM nombretomado
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* Many times a player might be {{Misblamed}} into the cause of a huge defeat, the so-called "Quarterback Syndrome". Though at least once the scapegoat earned it: in 2010, Brazil's Felipe Melo crowned a FIFAWorldCup of irregular play and UnnecessaryRoughness by scoring an own goal and being expelled due to ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6H-qaDxmO4 taking down an adversary and stomping on his leg]]'' in his team's elimination game to the Netherlands. His career barely recovered ever since.

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* Many times a player might be {{Misblamed}} into the cause of a huge defeat, the so-called "Quarterback Syndrome". Though at least once the scapegoat earned it: in 2010, Brazil's Felipe Melo crowned a FIFAWorldCup UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup of irregular play and UnnecessaryRoughness by scoring an own goal and being expelled due to ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6H-qaDxmO4 taking down an adversary and stomping on his leg]]'' in his team's elimination game to the Netherlands. His career barely recovered ever since.
7th Jun '17 12:47:30 AM Fuyumoto
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** Earlier in the game, Kohaku is accused of eating Inugami's Sparrow until the real culprit Kyūmei-neko is exposed.
7th Jun '17 12:45:07 AM Fuyumoto
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* A confusing case happens in ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]''. [[AmnesiacHero Seimei]] is frequently blamed for terrible crimes he doesn't remember committing, leading him to question his entirely forgotten past. [[spoiler: Only, the real criminal is his LiteralSplitPersonality which he accidentally [[CreateYourOwnVillain created]] himself, so we ''could'' say that Seimei does play a partů kinda?]]
3rd Jun '17 4:13:49 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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-->-- ''[[TropeNamer Leviticus 6-10]]''

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-->-- ''[[TropeNamer ''[[Literature/TheBible Leviticus 6-10]]''
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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.
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