Created By: SonicLoverDecember 10, 2013 Last Edited By: ArivneOctober 13, 2014

Complaining About Myself

What lunatic is responsible for this? ...What do you mean *I* am?

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Do We Have This One? Seen It A Million Times. Needs A Better Name, probably, but definitely Needs A Better Description. Most likely Up For Grabs since I hardly come to YKTTW anymore.

Someone is complaining about something, often in the form of "Who made this idiotic decision?!" The complainer is then reminded that they were the ones responsible for what they were complaining about. Something like this:
Alice: What idiot proposed that policy?! It's the most useless and inconvenient policy I have ever seen or heard! Whoever is behind it, I want them fired, thrown in the lake, and relieved of their favorite coffee mug!
Bob: ...The policy was your idea, Alice.

Who Writes This Crap can lead into this trope. Not to be confused with Self Deprecation, wherein the self-slamming is deliberate, or Oblivious Mockery, wherein the slam is equally uninformed yet committed against another character.


Examples

This Very Wiki
  • The image and caption for Boss Arena Idiocy invoke this trope and then subvert it. Just in case they're changed, here's the scoop: the image is a pair of panels from Brawl In The Family (first two in the last row), in which Mario uses the axe to chop the bridge and dump Bowser into the pit of lava as in the original Super Mario Bros game. Bowser yells "WHO DESIGNED THIS CASTLE!?" as he falls. Given that, the caption should be easy to guess. Then the caption backs up and admits that "Bowser" didn't design the castle, but rather his dad did, since that's actually an aged-up Bowser Jr. in the comic, not Bowser himself. It Makes Sense In Context.

Film

Live Action TV
  • One episode of WKRP In Cincinnati saw the station receive a bomb threat. DJs Johnny and Venus are sent to broadcast directly from the tower transmitter while the station is swept. When they realize that the bomb is actually in the tower where the DJs are, wacky hijinks ensue and program director Andy attempts to broadcast a message by using the booth in the station. Someone points out that the tower transmitter takes precedence and it's impossible to transmit from the station unless a certain switch is flipped at the tower. When Andy says that's dumb and asks who set that up, he's told, "You did. It was cheaper that way."

Video Games

Western Animation
  • In Spongebob Squarepants episode "SB-129", in the end, an annoyed Squidward asks who the hell invented the game of jellyfishing - to which Patrick and Spongebob answers "you, Squidward!" It's because of Time Travel earlier, in which he taught a prehistoric-era Spongebob and Patrick jellyfishing to get them off him and his clarinet.

Real Life
  • There are multiple cases of people accidentally suing themselves due to this trope.

Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • December 10, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • The Bible: After David pulled his Uriah Gambit to marry Bathsheba, Nathan the prophet visited him and told him a parable: There once was a rich man who owned flocks of sheep and cattle, and a poor man with just one sheep. Despite being very poor, he cared for the sheep as though it were his own child. Then one day the rich man had a visitor and decided to make dinner for him. Despite having his own massive flocks, he stole the poor man's sheep and killed it to feed to his guest. Upon hearing this story, David grew very angry, declaring such a man does not deserve to live. Nathan then told him, "You are that man!"
  • December 10, 2013
    Chabal2
    Many, many stories on Not Always Right involve the customer incapable of seeing that the mess they made is in fact their own fault.

  • December 10, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    Oedipus Rex: Oedipus has to find the man who killed the previous king of Thebes in order to stop a famine. Turns out it's him.
  • December 11, 2013
    TonyG
  • December 11, 2013
    KingZeal
    • Even earlier in the bible, Judah sleeps with a woman whom he believes to be a prostitute, not knowing her real identity. Months later, Judah forms a lynch mob to confront and kill his son's widow, who is accused of being a prostitute, but quickly changes his tune when she produces the items he'd given her for her "service". It turns out that she's pregnant with his twin sons.
  • December 11, 2013
    eowynjedi
    • In Thud, Vimes starts grumbling internally about how much bloody paperwork there is in the Watch these days before remembering that he's the one who instituted most of it.

    (It's Thud! or Night Watch, I'm pretty sure.)
  • December 11, 2013
    DAN004
    The trope The Killer In Me has similar structure: a dude or his friends (or society in general) is terrorized by a mysterious threatening guy when it's revealed that said mysterious guy is the dude himself.
  • December 11, 2013
    MetaFour
  • December 11, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    • Homestar Runner gives this trope a twist. The whole cast comes back from summer vacation, and Homestar Runner finds out he slept through June, promptly forgets he was the one guilty of it, and says he'll let this one slide, but won't tolerate it again. Then Homestar asks whose turn it was to bring the donuts, and everyone answers "YOURS!" in unison. Homestar gives an identical response; he'll let this one slide, but do-not rememberers shall do-not be tolerated.
  • December 12, 2013
    DAN004
    • In Spongebob Squarepants episode "SB-129", in the end, an annoyed Squidward asks who the hell invented the game of jellyfishing - to which Patrick and Spongebob answers "you, Squidward!" It's because of Time Travel earlier, in which he taught a prehistoric-era Spongebob and Patrick jellyfishing to get them off him and his clarinet.
  • December 12, 2013
    DracMonster
    This name sounds like Take That Me

    Unknowingly Protesting His Own Idiocy...? Hmm, hard to title succinctly.
  • December 12, 2013
    henke37
    • Ghost Trick One victim doesn't realize that he is observing himself in the past and comments on the foolishness of his actions.
  • December 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of South Park Cartman time travels to the future, then calls himself a week before he time travelled and tries to tell himself not to time travel. Past!Cartman hangs up on Future!Cartman.
    Future!Cartman: What an asshole!
  • December 12, 2013
    DAN004
    I like Drac Monster's title.
  • December 13, 2013
    robbulldog
    • From Die Hard, when Hans Gruber asks Holly "What idiot put you in charge", she replies "You did, when you killed my boss"
  • December 13, 2013
    frosty
    • One episode of WKRP In Cincinnati saw the station recieve a bomb threat. DJs Johnny and Venus are sent to broadcast directly from the tower transmitter while the station is swept. When they realize that the bomb is actually in the tower where the DJs are, whacky hijinks ensue and program director Andy attempts to broadcast a message by using the booth in the station. Someone points out that the tower transmitter takes precedence and it's impossible to transmit from the station unless a certain switch is flipped at the tower. When Andy says that's dumb and asks who set that up, he's told, "You did. It was cheaper that way."
  • December 22, 2013
    frosty
    Another one from Sherlock. In "The Hounds of Baskerville", Sherlock is going through serious withdrawal symptoms, and is about to go out and purchase cigarettes. John points out that Sherlock bribed them into not selling cigarettes to him. Sherlock apparently forgot that it was his own idea to quit smoking and to bribe the shopowners.
  • January 5, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 6, 2014
    SonicLover
    ^ That title's pretty good. I might go with it.
  • January 6, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Is there a reason that no examples except WRKP have been added? Are they "wrong?"
  • January 9, 2014
    SonicLover
    ^ No. I'm just cherry-picking the best examples to bump the topic; I'll add the leftovers at launch.
  • January 12, 2014
    ElectricalLass
    This is definitely trope worthy .
  • January 14, 2014
    undefined
    Add my Sponge Bob example plz.
  • February 22, 2014
    frosty
  • September 7, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    Bump.
  • September 8, 2014
    TompaDompa
    I agree that Oblivious Self Blaming is a better title.
  • September 8, 2014
    jormis29
    • Bash Org: Quote number #6824
      <@Logan> I spent a minute looking at my own code by accident.
      <@Logan> I was thinking "What the hell is this guy doing?"
  • September 8, 2014
    DAN004
    Is this ever updated?
  • September 8, 2014
    Waterlily
    In the book Betsy's Winterhouse by Carolyn Haywood, Betsy's father suggests that the family go out caroling early on Christmas morning. When they try to get him up that morning, he complains "I can't go caroling this early in the morning. Whose idea was this anyway?" The mother replies "Yours."
  • September 9, 2014
    lexicon
    Do we already have a page where the person's complaining about the person he's talking to without realizing it?

  • September 9, 2014
    TompaDompa
  • September 9, 2014
    jormis29
  • September 10, 2014
    Arivne
  • September 10, 2014
    BKelly95
    Film
    • Near the end of the first Police Academy, Fackler is sitting in a police car when his partner gets in and hands him an apple. He throws it over his shoulder and hits a tough guy in the back of the head. This starts a chain reaction of events culminating in a riot. When he gets back to the academy:
      Fackler: Hey, did you hear on the radio? A riot's broken out downtown.
      Curtland: A riot?
      Hooks: How come?
      Fackler: Who knows how these things get started?
  • September 10, 2014
    BKelly95
    Oops. "Curtland" in the Police Academy example should be "Thompson". I misremembered her name. Sorry.
  • September 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Is Sonic Lover still there, I wonder?
  • October 13, 2014
    StarSword
    Page image? Or too much of a Cluster F Bomb?

    Webcomics:
    • Terminal Lance #138: "The Reveille Guy" has a boot waking up some other Marines by hollering "reveille" a bunch of times. Abe complains to Garcia that he's going to beat the crap out of whomever put him on last firewatch.
      Garcia: You put him on last firewatch.
      Abe: Touche.
  • October 13, 2014
    FossilsDaDaDa
    I can't remember the exact title, but I know for a fact there was a Shel Silverstein poem where the narrator is marveling at an incredibly messy room, wondering who could have possibly been so irresponsible, only to find out in the last line that it's their room.

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