->'''Geoffrey''': How did we all die at the same time?\\
''(TheGrimReaper points at one of the platters on the table.)''\\
'''Grim Reaper''': The salmon mousse.\\
'''Geoffrey''': Dearest, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?\\
'''Angela''': I'm so dreadfully embarrassed!\\
''(much later, as they're all being carried away to the afterlife)''\\
'''Debbie''': Hey, I didn't even eat the mousse!
-->-- ''[[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Monty Python's The Meaning of Life]]''

In a comedy, when a bunch of characters are subject to some kind of punishment or awful revenge, there will often be exactly one character who doesn't deserve it. No matter how much this character voices his objection, he will never be recognized as an exception. He must suffer with everyone else.

Compare: MyFriendsAndZoidberg, CantGetAwayWithNuthin, GoAmongMadPeople. If the character didn't do the listed thing, but DID do something else, may become ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne. The opposite of this trope is IAmSpartacus, where people who aren't guilty deliberately associate themselves with the guilty party and AccompliceByInaction, where people who didn't do the act are considered guilty because they [[BystanderSyndrome didn't do anything to stop it.]] Jokes of this kind are a type of BlackComedy. See also MisplacedRetribution, especially when the victim is the only one targeted for what their guilty association did.

'''This trope is NOT''' just any group of people where one person doesn't belong in the group for whatever reason.


* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has one of these during the "Kiss Negi" competition during the class trip. Nitta tells the students that anyone caught outside their hotel rooms will be forced to do the SeizaSquirm in the lobby all night. [[MetaGuy Chisame]] is roped into the competition by Ayaka, realizes early on the whole game is stupid, heads back to her room. And is caught by Nitta on the way. Eventually everybody else is caught too...along with Negi, who had absolutely nothing to do with it (but he was ''also'' outside of his room, for different reasons). [[FridgeLogic This makes even less sense when you consider that a teacher, 10 years old or not, really should be able to be out of his room]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': In the artwork for Wrongful Arrest, Sangan was arrested with a Delinquent Duo imp for the crime of smuggling a Pot of Greed even though Sangan was just along for the ride.

* In that EddieIzzard routine, the guy who accidentally asks for death instead of cake, even though he ''meant'' cake.
* The last victim of the guillotine in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emi1Dunjzv8 this sketch]] courtesy of ''Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Throughout ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' Professor Milo appears in the background, calmly and rationally explaining how he is not insane and does not deserve to be in the asylum.
* A rare serious example: in ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', the punishment comes from the Nazis towards a prisoner who may or may not actually be the race they claim he is. Every day at lineup, he desperately insists that he was a German soldier who doesn't belong with "these Yids and Polacks". This is emphasized when Vladek sees him as a cat (analogous to a German) but the other Germans see him as a mouse (analogous to a Jew.)

* The titular death scene from ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''. It was, in a rare case for Creator/MontyPython, an ad-lib. What made that particular scene even funnier is that the character sounded more excited than anything, since they were in the middle of an intellectual debate about the afterlife when Death arrived.
** Another Monty Python example occurs in ''[[Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian Life of Brian]]'', during the crucifixion march scene. A kindly onlooker who tries to help a fallen prisoner by lifting his cross is marched off to the execution site by the guards after the prisoner ditches him and runs off into the crowd. This may be a particularly savage TakeThat at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_of_Cyrene Simon of Cyrene]].
** Monty Python just loves this one-- near the beginning of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', a man is loaded onto a cart full of dead plague victims. When he insists he's "not quite dead yet" and attempts to leave, the cart-pusher refuses to take him at first, but the man who brought him slips the cart-pusher some money. A hefty whack from his cudgel and the man wasn't complaining any more.
* Narrowly averted in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', when the two angels Loki and Bartleby slaughter the whole board of directors of a fictional corporation, for "raising an idol (a cartoon character) that draws worship from the lord..." They had all also committed other, horrible sins to deserve their punishment. The only one who was spared was the sole woman among them, who had committed no sins... though Loki still ''almost'' killed her because ''[[DisproportionateRetribution she didn't say "God bless you" when he sneezed]]''. Bartleby stops him at the last moment, but only because he's tired of waiting.
* In ''Film/{{Chicago}}'''s "Cell Block Tango," five of the six women insist their victims "had it coming" while not accepting responsibility. The sixth protests that she is innocent; unfortunately, in Hungarian. She's the one who ends up being executed.
* ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' has an example that isn't PlayedForLaughs. "I saw the whole thing; you killed all four of them." Uh, Sheriff Baxter, wasn't the grand total number of Baxters mocking Joe's mule three? Lampshaded by Joe himself as he leaves the area:
-->''My mistake. Four coffins.''
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', when the team is arrested because of the explosion of their containment facility [[NeverMyFault that was caused by Peck]], Winston brings this up, saying that he was just an employee at the company and wasn't even at the firehouse during the explosion.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Oscar is constantly being hunted down and savagely beaten by police (and was actually imprisoned between the second and third seasons) for the crimes committed by his identical twin brother. It's especially ironic because he's probably the only member of the family who ''hasn't'' committed massive fraud and "...maybe [[CatchPhrase a little light treason]]"; he never seems to be guilty of much beyond possession of marijuana.
* One episode of ''Series/FatherTed'' features Ted and Dougal sneaking around after dark in a "rest home" full of sick and/or demented priests; the inmates all loom out of the darkness spouting deranged gibberish, except for one poor guy who enunciates quite clearly: "I really shouldn't be here!" He is of course left to his fate.
* Non-Comedy example: In ''Series/AshesToAshes'' the cops suspect someone protesting about the Docklands redevelopment might try something on the Royal Wedding day, so he rounds up members of the protest groups, and one man from the Anti-Nazi League by mistake; he gets the worst of it because he talks back.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000:'' Mike grew up in the 80s. ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' was made in the 80s. So when the SOL crew is forced to watch ''Space Mutiny'', Tom and Crow turn their anger towards Mike:
--> '''Tom''': Okay, okay, Mike, be honest with us, this music really kinda gets your blood pumping, right?\\
'''Crow''': Yeah, Mike. This is ''your'' music done by ''your'' people, so [[InsaneTrollLogic I blame you for this entire movie]].\\
'''Tom''': Yeah, it's just like ''you'' to make a movie like this. Tsh.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': SG-1 basically pleads guilty to this in [[Recap/StargateSG1S2E6ThorsChariot "Thor's Chariot"]]:
-->'''Jack:''' General, if we did screw up their world, we should take a little responsibility for fixing it, don't you think?\\
'''Hammond:''' I understand that. But let me play devil's advocate for a moment here. It's not our world. Is it really any of our concern?\\
'''Teal'c:''' The destruction of the hammer device to save my life may have caused this. If so, I am responsible.\\
'''Jack:''' General, I gave the order.\\
'''Daniel:''' And I fired the staff at the machine.\\
'''Sam:''' And I ... was there.

* TurnedUpToEleven in the [[TheGreatFlood Flood story]]. All animals (except one breeding pair), newborns and even unborn babies were killed along with the "wicked" humans.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Drew Blood and Rory Mondo of Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s [[PowerStable Forgotten Ones]] described [[TheStoner Nation Of Intoxication]] members Devon Moore and Danny Havoc as [[NinetiesAntihero horrible people]] they were going to unleash [[ThenLetMeBeEvil unrighteous vengeance upon]]. Rory admitted [[TokenGoodTeammate Lucky 13]] technically didn't deserve it but they were going to take him down simply because he was in the group too.[[/folder]]

* Joe from ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'' gets fired from his job as a doctor due to his fiancee and her best friend being MistakenForGay. His fiancee Karen has become a social outcast due to the rumors.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]] suffers from this in Vaike's C and B support conversations, where the Avatar catches Vaike peeping on the bathing females of the army and both end up being chased off by Sully's horse, despite the Avatar not having peeped themself.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'': "GAAAAAAH! Even when they fix the whole thing with the Zeeky Words, it still blew them up!"
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'' (guest starring [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]]), the two ultimately decide that Canada must be punished for Tom Green. The episode ends with them beating up WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and Luke Mochrie.
-->"[[TakeThat This is for]] Music/{{Nickelback}}!"
* In ''DanganronpaAbridgedThing''
-->'''Monokuma''': Oowada, shut your trap or face the penalty!
-->'''Oowada''': Penalty?
-->''(Monokuma throws a dart at Hagakure's [[GroinAttack crotch]])''
-->'''Hagakure''': AAAAUGH! SWEET ODIN, WHY ME!?!?

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the Light Warriors are all to be killed by Sarda because they're horrible people. Except for Fighter. "He's a casualty."
* in ''{{Drowtales}}'', this winds up happening [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4885 to Kyo'nne]] when the [[KnightTemplar Kyorl'solenurn]] arrive. She seemed to think she'd get off easily because unlike her friends she wasn't tainted and even mocks her friends for being "screwed" as they start to run, but the Kyorl go after her anyway for being "corrupted", literally guilt by association, and would have "cleansed" (read: brainwashed) her if Chirinide and Shan'naal hadn't interfered. For extra irony she was the ''only'' one the Kyorl actually managed to catch. Because [[JerkAss Shinae]] [[LaserGuidedKarma tripped her]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Greg}}'' becomes the target of Ted's ex-girlfriend's homicidal rage as Ted manages to escape, leaving Greg to fend for himself. Although he has never met her, [[http://gregcomic.com/2011/07/15/guilt-by-association-part-2/ the guilt has already been transferred]].
* ''WarriorU'': Finn gets all the class to skip school and go to the beach, where they are joined by recurrent antagonist Hevvin the Unicorn. After a while, they are caught by the teachers and locked in detention. Hevvin loudly protests that he shouldn't be there because he doesn't even to go that school.


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In the episode "Fear of a Bot Planet", Leela objects to being sentenced as a human by the human-hating robots because she is a one-eyed alien. (Although before going, TheProfessor ''did'' warn her that the robots are "not fans" of humanoid aliens.) Turned out much later that [[spoiler:she actually is human, albeit a mutant one.]]
** Then another time Leela got fired with Fry and Bender when the two took the ship out for a joyride around the world with the Planet Express building tethered to it, but she ''did'' leave the key in the ignition.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Toki is often the one who doesn't eat the mousse. One of his catch phrases is even "Evens Toki?" When Dethklok comes out with a line of clothing, their [[ImAHumanitarian humanitarian]] fashion designer berates and abuses them all for not being in shape, including Toki, who is in great shape and who didn't lie about his measurements. (At least his new clothes fit perfectly.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': in the "Heck House" segment of episode "TreehouseOfHorror XVIII", Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Lisa are sent temporarily to hell, yet Lisa took no part in the chaos they wreaked. She points this out along the way to hell: "I warned you, and yet my punishment is no less severe. That's odd".
** In a different episode, "Simpsons Bible Stories", ends with the Rapture. The Simpsons are to be sent to Hell...except Lisa, who is pulled heavenward in a beam of glorious light. Disturbingly, Homer is able to reach up and pull her down to hell with them saying "Where do you think you're going, missy?"
** In another episode, "Grade School Confidential," Martin Prince's parents throw him a birthday party...but they [[IdiotBall serve raw oysters instead of cake]]. The children all come down with food poisoning. Including, at first glance, Lisa (a vegetarian). However, it's a subversion in that she only pretended to be sick so she wouldn't have to stay at the disaster of a party.
** In yet another Halloween episode, everyone in town is cursed by a witch, causing them to turn into their Halloween costumes, including Hans Moleman, who turns into a mole despite not wearing a costume.
** In the middle of his long-repressed rage rant during "Hurricane Neddy", Lenny gets this from Ned.
-->'''Ned:''' And as for ''you'', I don't know you but I'm sure you're a jerk!
-->'''Lenny:''' Hey, I've only been here a few minutes. What's going on?
* On ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Edd is always beaten up along with the others when Eddy's schemes go south even though he's usually the voice of reason, trying to convince the other two that they should be doing something productive instead. This was Lampshaded on one occasion: after beating up the Eds, Sarah admits that Edd didn't deserve the beating but then she adds "Give those cute ones an inch, and they'll take a mile!"
* Much in a similar manner, Frizz and Nug of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' are usually dragged kicking and screaming into each scheme by the Urpneys, usually via bullying from [[DrillSergeantNasty Sgt Blob]] and [[MiddleManagementMook Urpgor]] or threat of death from [[BadBoss Zordrak]]. The heroes have no problem punishing and humiliating them as much as they would their superiors, to the point they usually get the worst of it.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode where a drill sergeant replaced Mr. Simmons. He punished 3 kids by making them stand in room's corner. He makes Stinky do the same because of "symmetry".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', a phantom duck caused many people to get arrested, including [[WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne Hector Con Carne]] who stated [[BreakingTheFourthWall "I'm not even on this show anymore!"]]
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', when Steve is targeted with his other friends, who misled him into believing three of the {{Alpha Bitch}}es sabotaged girlfriend Debbie's chances for election, leading to some MisplacedRetribution. Steve apologizes and reveals it was his friends, but he gets targeted along with them.
** Ultimately inverted, as the friends posted bad things about Debbie, but it was Steve who carried out the (Brutal retribution) on the girls. The friends were at fault for tricking him, but everyone was mad at Steve because he did those horrible things.
* In one teaser of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the sidekicks were forced to fight a training simulation as punishment for fighting each other. Speedy was one of them even though it was Robin and Aqualad who fought each other.
* This trope saved Broadway's life in the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Goliath catches Brooklyn and Lexington arguing with friendly humans, and sends all three of them [[GoToYourRoom to the rookery]] (nursery, or more accurately the room where they keep the eggs), even though Broadway [[TheSnackIsMoreInteresting was just hanging out nearby, eating something]]. The next night, [[SleptThroughTheApocalypse the Trio emerges to find that Vikings sacked the castle during the day and smashed all the sleeping gargoyles above ground]], but [[InfantImmortality overlooked the rookery]].
** Same goes for Bronx, Goliath orders the trio to take him down into the rookery for doing nothing other than making his presence know by panting during the current conversation.
* Happened at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' movie ''WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers'' when Timmy wished that everyone forgot the events of the movie. Crocker had nothing to do with the plot (in fact, he only appeared in the movie at the end), but he was still affected by this wish anyway. Which was a gag to throw in his brief moment of sanity from his ''FAIRY GOD PARENTS!'' obsession and reinforce the status quo.
* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. Even though Heather is often helped in her schemes by another camper (usually Lindsay), all the blame is usually given to Heather. An example is when she causes problems between Gwen and Trent and everyone put the blame on Heather, even though Lindsay played an active part. Beth and Izzy never seem to get any hate either despite being members of Heather's alliance.
* A frequent gag in ''WesternAnimation/DanVs.'' Dan and Chris enter some establishment together. Dan proceeds to rant, make a scene, and piss people off, while Chris tries to stop him. This escalates until Dan and Chris get thrown out, and possibly get beaten up beforehand. In the episodes where Dan is arrested, Chris is often accused of being an "accessory" to the crime, and punished as well.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', when Elroy brought home a bad report tape (that a failing student switched with his), George [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment sent him to bed without dinner]], but he also sent Astro to bed too, just because Astro believed Elroy wasn't lying about the tape being wrong. Boy, talk about strict.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Eustace swindled Shirley the Medium out of a necklace for Muriel by giving her an oil bill he claimed was a deed to an oil well. In response, Shirley put a swindling curse on both him ''and'' Muriel, even though Muriel was completely innocent of the scam.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang and friends infiltrate a Fire Nation temple and are confronted by a group of Sages who are loyal to the Fire Lord. However, one of them, Shyu, is still loyal to the Avatar and helps them on their mission. After they manage to escape, Commander Zhao angrily arrests all five Sages, despite the Head Sage's protests that only Shyu helped the Avatar.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Schools often employ this tactic to keep students under control in chaotic classrooms, much to the chagrin of well-behaved students. In more recent years it's become something of a DiscreditedTrope, as teachers have gradually come to realize that the badly-behaved students often ''enjoy'' getting their more well-behaved peers punished for no reason, and can actually cause the ones who normally behave to start being disruptive themselves once they realize they're going to be punished either way.
* This can be used as a punishment in military training, and can and has been exaggerated to the point of only one person "eating the mousse". This can have the intent of [[BandOfBrothers banding the group together]] against an [[DrillSergeantNasty unfair superior]] or of having the group [[Film/FullMetalJacket further punish their guilty peer]] and leaving the guilty party an outcast for at least as long as they continue to misbehave. Whichever result is intended can, of course, backfire into the other result.