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->''"They don't have any food stored for the winter! ''[sob]'' AND IT'S ALL MY FAAAULT!"''
-->-- '''Luigi''', ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''

You see characters blaming themselves for major messes fairly often, especially when they're not the only ones who are suffering as a result. It's a universal phrase used in every genre and medium.

Frequent replies:

* "It's not your fault": A stock reply to an apology, and like the main phrase, it's often followed by why. Often implies the main phrase as well. "There's no way you could have foreseen this" is also popular as is "YouDidEverythingYouCould" when the other failed to prevent bad things from happening.
* "I am also to blame"/"We're ''all'' to blame": As stated above, when the penitent one is neither completely blameless nor solely to blame.
* "So what are you going to do about it?": This puts the emphasis on fixing the problem rather than assigning blame, and offers the character a chance to redeem himself by cleaning up the mess he made.

In the future, it is likely that a BigBad, TheRival, or an EvilCounterpart will take some opportunity to remind the character of this culpability.

May be the result of failing to [[MustMakeAmends make amends]]. May end up being a CareerBuildingBlunder. May be uttered by someone laboring under TheChainsOfCommanding. See also MyGodWhatHaveIDone, in which case it typically ''is'' all "my" fault, and "I" have just realized the consequences of "my" actions, and FailureToSaveMurder. When death ensued, see TheseHandsHaveKilled. If a character has so many It's All My Fault moments that it becomes almost a character trait, it's a GuiltComplex. Characters may irrationally think of this if IWishedYouWereDead. Contrast with NeverMyFault.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** At the very start the story Ichigo's family is attacked by a hollow and they are all badly injured ''except'' him, since he was talking to/being restrained by Rukia when the hollow first attacked. He is horrified to see his little sisters bleeding out but is at a loss to understand why the hollow didn't devour their souls, since Rukia told him that [[ItsWhatIDo this is what hollows]] ''[[ItsWhatIDo do]]''. When she explains that the hollow is here because it is attracted to ''him'' and it is ignoring the others' souls in favor of his, Ichigo instantly blames himself for the situation and starts [[TakeMeInstead shouting at the hollow to come after him]].
** The ''Everything but the Rain'' flashback arc reveals that when Masaki made the decision to save Isshin's life, her own life was nearly lost in the process, causing Isshin to have to sacrifice his shinigami powers to save her. The event not only completely ruined Ryuuken Ishida's quincy future but left him feeling like everything that had happened was entirely his fault [[spoiler: Although he warned Masaki she was breaking Quincy law, he didn't physically try to stop her or interfere in her fight because he trusted her and her power. [[HeroicBSOD He bitterly regretted his decision]].]]
* ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'', when Lavinia indirectly [[spoiler:causes Carrisford's death and the revelation of Sara's identity.]] Maybe next time she shouldn't grab an [[{{Fanservice}} episode]] all to herself.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': In season 4, Yami Yugi blames himself for [[spoiler:using the Seal of Orichalcos trying to defeat Raphael, but ultimately leads to his downfall, making [[HeroicSacrifice Yugi have the seal take his soul instead of the Pharaoh]]'s.]] Rebecca and [[spoiler:Orichalcos-possessed!]]Weevil said that it was his fault as well. Arguably, it wasn't ''all'' Yami's fault. [[spoiler:Raphael provoked him into using the card first after using Yami Yugi's Exchange to deliberately give the Seal of Orichalcos to him in a BatmanGambit to prove that Yami Yugi was evil.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Judai completely breaks down, mercilessly blaming himself, when Johan gets stranded in the Duel Monsters' world, even though everyone else escapes, since they can't even be sure Johan was still alive.
** And everyone also says it's his fault except Jim and O'Brien. Jerks. [[spoiler:Magical orby things only go so far when Sho was able to destroy the one embedded in him without anyone ever realizing it was there.]]
*** [[spoiler: Shou didn't destroy his on purpose (you know, since he didn't know it was there). His only faded when he had complete faith in Juudai again, which he only had after Juudai went through hell to prove he wasn't the same as he'd been, wasn't just looking for revenge or caring about himself, that he was doing everything he could to help other people. No one else even had a chance or even knew that their orb was there either.]]
** [[spoiler: There's also the fact it pretty much * was* his fault, by one of his greatest character flaws: being impulsive. And yes, Jim and O'Brien * did* say it was his fault, because he didn't wait for them to come back before going in to fight Brron. Everyone also blamed him because he flat out said he'd sacrifice anyone and anything to get revenge for Johan and for Freed's people, and since he was just charging ahead blindly, they all figured that meant them too.]]
** [[spoiler:The biggest irony? Everything that happened to Yubel was his fault too; she had willing become a demon in order to ''protect his immortal soul'' and he rejected her, driving her mad. Eventually, Judai realizes this, and decides to take responsibility for it, bonding his soul to that of Yubel's, accepting her once more.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' when [[spoiler:Nagisa finds out that her parents originally had better careers and stopped pursuing them in order to stay at home with a bakery to care for her [[IllGirl sickly character]] since a [[NotQuiteDead nearly-tragic incident]]. She was not meant to find out [[TheUnreveal the secret]] as Tomoya and her father even saw it coming that she was going to start blaming herself and {{Wangst}} about it.]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Goku blames himself for Krillin's first death during the King Piccolo Saga, since the only reason Krillin went back to the stadium was to retrieve Goku's Power Pole and Dragon Ball, which Goku carelessly left behind because he was exhausted from fighting Tien, where Krillin had the misfortune of running into Tambourine.
** [[Anime/DragonBallZ Later on]], Gohan blames himself for his father's second death, when he could've just instantly slaughtered Cell and instead decided to [[RevengeBeforeReason torture him]], which led to Cell having a VillainousBreakdown and attempt a TakingYouWithMe, prompting [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Goku]] to step up and sacrifice himself for Earth's sake, [[SenselessSacrifice which didn't work]].
* In the ''Mazinger'' series it's dangerous being impossibly willful and TooDumbToLive, as well as not listen to good advice and thinking before acting:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': It happened to Yuri -Sayaka's cousin- after she [[spoiler:wheeled herself out of Kouji's house in spite of everybody telling her it was dangerous outside due to Mazinger-Z and a [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]] duking it out. She was kidnapped by several [[{{Mooks}} Iron Masks]] and TheDragon Baron Ashura used her like a hostage.]] She blamed herself, thinking if she would not have been so stubborn and would have listened to what people told, Kouji would be safe.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Tetsuya Tsurugi blames himself for [[spoiler:his and Jun's adoptive father's death.]] Given that [[spoiler:Kenzo pulled a HeroicSacrifice to save Tetsuya's life, and Tetsuya was in danger because he behaved like an arrogant and jealous idiot,]] he is right. During a hospital scene, as he was rambling MyGodWhatHaveIDone, his LoveInterest BattleCouple and NotBloodRelated adoptive sister Jun listened in silence, trying to be supportive, but she was not gainsaying him. That ''might'' suggest she did not want grieving him, but she did not disagree.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Duke blamed himself for having been unable to protect his planet and save his people from the Vegan AlienInvasion, and having run away. Actually the main reason of he wages war against the Vegans despite of he hates fight is he does not want the same thing happened to his homeworld happens to Earth, and he would not bear to run cowardly again. Nevertheless, unlike other instances of this trope he is wrong on blaming himself since he could have not done anything back then (other than dying, that is).
** ''Anime/CBCharaGoNagaiWorld'': Satan blames himself for [[spoiler:killing ''[[Manga/{{Devilman}} Akira Fudo]]'']]. Pretty reasonably, since he killed him... ''again''.
** ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'': In the first timeline we see, [[spoiler:Mazinger-Z has become an EldritchAbomination. Earth is now a flaming, barren, lifeless rock, and humanity has been wiped out.]] Kouji blames himself for it, uttering that same exact sentence and stating if he [[spoiler: would not RefusedTheCall and piloted Mazinger-Z,]] nothing of this would have happened.
* In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'', Shinji decides that everything is his fault, and thus that everyone would be better off without him. Unfortunately he doesn't recover from his HeroicBSOD, with disastrous results; namely: his inaction, apathy, and {{wangst}} ensure that everything that happens in the movie actually ''becomes'' his fault.
* Shikamaru in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' says this at the end of a mission that got very nearly two of his friends killed. Neither his boss, his father nor his potential love interest deny that it is, but urge him to instead think of the failure as motivation to do better the next time, rather than run away from responsibility and risk entrusting his friends to someone who might not bring them back alive.
** In the anime Shikamaru repeatedly says this [[spoiler: just before Asuma dies]], as it flashes back to a strategy meeting held before the battle.
** Averted later on, when [[spoiler: Pain attacks Konoha looking for Naruto, he never once blames himself.]]
** Shippuden filler episode 192 has Hinata saying this after getting kidnapped by two ninjas sent by Orochimaru. Neji reassures her that there is no need to do something like that.
* The same cannot be said for Negi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', who blames himself for the attack on his home village. After all, he was looking for trouble so his father could save him, right? Fortunately, Asuna tells him he's wrong.
** [[spoiler: [[HarsherInHindsight And then it turns out that the demons were trying to kill Negi in the first place.]]]]
** At times this makes up a solid 75% of Negi's dialogue.
*** This [[HeroicSelfDeprecation tendency]] [[BlackMagic leads him]] to [[TrainingFromHell push himself]] towards the remaining 25% - pure, unfiltered badass.
* Chrono says this during his HeroicBSOD in the anime adaption of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', essentially implying that ''everything'' bad that happened in the story so far had been his fault. In the manga itself he never says this, but he does imply several times that he feels responsible for much of what's happened.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' features this happening in season two's fifth episode to Saji Crossroad, the unluckiest civilian ever.
* Edward Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Seeing as how it ''was'' his idea to transmute his and Al's mother in the first place and how he got off easy compared to his brother as a result, you can see where he's coming from. But Al did go along with it.
** If the lyrics to the song ''Brothers'' are any indication, Al blames himself even more than Ed does, having said nothing at all to stop the attempt despite his fears of what could (and did) happen.
** Likewise, Lan Fan blames herself when Ling [[spoiler:becomes the second Greed]].
* All over the place in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' (Fakir blaming himself for not protecting Mytho, Rue's breakdown after Mytho's [[spoiler: transformation into a crow]]), but the titular character has the most, which is to be expected when the main character is constantly trying to make everyone around her happy. The first major instance is when she [[spoiler: overhears Mytho saying he's terrified of her after she returns his feeling of fear and realizes she might have been hurting him all along]], and later on, near the end of the series, [[spoiler: she tries to drown herself in the Lake of Despair because she believes her inability to remove the pendant has doomed the town and everyone she loves]].
* Miaka from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' blames herself for a number of stuff throughout the series: [[spoiler:Getting Yui ''almost'' raped, having the Seishi have to donate blood to her (from the wrist and the chest, to boot), losing the Universe of the Four Gods scroll, losing the Shinzahou, etc....]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'':
** [[BigBrotherMentor Maiza Avaro]] begins to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever regret bringing immortality into the world]] almost immediately after doing so (a notion which is only cemented by the fact that it sparked a chain of events which led to his brother's murder). He finally learns to move on when his protege Firo [[spoiler:winds up immortal ''and'' with the [[GhostMemory Ghost Memories]] of both Maiza's brother and his killer...and doesn't blame him ''one bit'' for it all]].
** In the same canon, Jacuzzi Splot. After going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on the Russo family, he's cornered and beaten up in an alleyway by three members of that family. The rest of his gang comes to his rescue, and his girlfriend knifes all three guys in the head and then [[StuffBlowingUp blows up the alleyway]]; but not only does Jacuzzi blame himself, he describes the incident as though he was the one who murdered the guys.
--->'''Jacuzzi:''' ...and yesterday, I ended up killing three people.\\
'''Isaac and Miria:''' Killing?!\\
'''Donny:''' No! We were the ones that did the killing. Jacuzzi didn't do nothing!\\
'''Jacuzzi:''' What's the difference, it happened!
* Yamaki from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' blames himself for almost everything involving Digimon being in the real world, including ''the kids biomerging with their Digimon''. Using the program that opened a huge portal between the worlds and almost let a whole bunch of Digimon into the world was totally his fault, but little else that he's blamed himself for was.
** Impmon/Beelzemon spends the last half of the third season being eaten alive by guilt for [[spoiler: killing Leomon, thus causing Jeri to cross the DespairEventHorizon and [[DemonicPossession get possessed by]] [[EldritchAbomination the D-Reaper]].]]
** Let's not forget Kari's reaction to Myotismon's takeover of the city. she starts sobbing about how it's all her fault, and then tries to pull off a HeroicSacrifice (of sorts) to get the big bad to stop.
*** After Kari gives herself up, Matt blames himself for this because he promised Tai that he would look after her.
** There was also the guilt Tai goes through when remembering the time he took a sick Kari outside to play soccer and she collapsed right in front of him. She was then rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and almost died.
* Very common in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', to the point of being Tenma's driving force. Never mind that his biggest crime was saving a little boy's life. Granted, said boy grew up to become one of the most evil bastards in any media ever. Though he was evil even before he saved him.
* Suzaku in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is ''defined'' by this trope (and it's [[NeverMyFault opposite]]) - it's the major reasons for his [[DeathSeeker death wish]]. [[spoiler:In the latter parts of ''R2'', Lelouch also starts thinking like this.]]
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', Ritsu and his mother fit this trope so well- whenever anything goes wrong, Ritsu starts running around screaming that it's his fault and he's soooooooo sorrrrrrry.
** Tohru also has some elements of this. When Ritsu and Tohru meet, Hilarity Ensues.
** Another example is Hatori blaming himself for putting Kana through so much heartbreak and pain.
* Kaga Ai from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is a parody of this. She will blame herself for anything, at anytime for absolutely no reason.
** In fact, in the episode where Kaga was introduced, ''everybody'' did this.
* In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', both [[spoiler: Ruby and Sapphire]] blame themselves for screwing the other over as kids. [[spoiler: Sweet little Sapphire blames herself for being too weak when she couldn't do anything when Ruby nearly got killed protecting her, therefore resolving to becoming stronger]], while [[spoiler: battle-ready Ruby blames himself for being too fierce and thus terrifying Sapphire, therefore resolving to focus on beauty]]. Both wanted to show their new selves to each other to show how much they changed and that everything would be alright, but the ultimate irony is that when they are finally reunited, they fail to recognize each other, get off on the wrong foot, and berate the other for the attributes they themselves once had.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', during the "Phantom Lord" arc, after the Fairy Tail guildhall is destroyed, Lucy, after being kidnapped, learns that it was all so they could get to her. Initially, she plays the trope straight, but then inverts the trope by saying that she still wants to be a member of Fairy Tail (i.e., instead of "leaving" in order to avoid having anyone else get hurt "because of her").
** [[spoiler:Loke]] had been going through this for three years after [[spoiler:accidentally and indirectly causing the death of the cruel Celestial wizard he'd been contracted to]]. Luckily, Lucy manages to break him out of it ''and'' [[spoiler:convince the Celestial Spirit King to let him back into the Spirit World]].
* Used terrifyingly in ''Manga/SoulEater'' with Dr. Stein. After the battle to reclaim the Brew [[spoiler:fails because Stein is overtaken by insanity and becomes unable to fight, he says this line to try to comfort Marie. The scary part kicks in when he then repeats it amid peals of [[LaughingMad mad laughter]].]]
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'': [[spoiler: Yuri]] blames herself for not being able to save her siblings. Needless to say, nobody else does.
** And perhaps to a lesser extent - [[spoiler: Hinata]] for failing a decisive catch.
** Yuri again after accidentally sending Kanade into a coma by dumping 100 aggressively violent copies of herself into her mind.
* ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'': Hotsuma blames himself for causing Shuusei's burn scars.
* ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'': Reiri tricks Hiro and bites him. Riza chases after Reiri. When Reiri escaped Riza and Hime told her that Hiro could die, she screamed [[http://www.mangareader.net/1608-50312-27/princess-resurrection/chapter-7.html this phrase]].
* Amasawa of ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' blames himself for his parents' deaths after they ignored his warnings about the oncoming storm. Every time a storm comes thereafter he is scared to go outside because it feels like the wind is blaming him too.
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' ''ZERO'', Kurumada blames himself for causing Hayato's accident in the English GP, to the point where he briefly retired from his team.
* [[Manga/{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]] has a habit of thinking like this, pretty independently of whether things are in that instance actually his fault...probably because he has a massive guilt complex about A) continuing to run around even though so much chaos follows him wherever he goes and B) not having neutralized his EvilTwin yet. Since he is then responsible for all incidental misfortunes and any actions taken by the BigBad, this trope just kind of happens.
** [[WalkingTheEarth Walking The Desert Planet]] as TheAtoner for crimes of not-saving-everyone perpetually in progress. Taking a lit-tle too much on himself, yes?
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' tends to this as well, as he is an ultimate TheAtoner. Usually only when he's kind of right and the thing is worth angsting over, but the contrast to all the other powerful sword characters is interesting. Except later-stage Aoshi, but he's probably emulating Kenshin.
** Hey, Aoshi bears the distinction of being the only swordsman from Kenshin's 'generation'--already active during the revolution and left at loose ends by it--who's younger than Kenshin himself. {{Child Prodig|y}}ies are unfun, especially when placed in positions of tremendous responsibility in their mid teens.
** Enishi agrees that it's all Kenshin's fault. Specifically, the thing that totally wasn't and all the nasty shit Enishi is now pulling on everyone Kenshin knows to punish the Battousai.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Ivan/Origami Cyclone guilts himself for [[spoiler:his best friend Edward's imprisonment and disbarment as a hero, because Ivan's reluctance to intervene in a hostage situation led Edward to accidentally kill someone]]. Thus, when Edward breaks out of jail to get revenge on him, Ivan resigns himself to his death in order to atone. Telling him it wasn't his fault has no effect on him, so Kotetsu tries a different approach.
-->'''Ivan:''' No! He wanted my help back then, but I... If I'd made a move, [[spoiler:then he could have actually still become a hero. He would have been a much better one than I am]]. This ''is'' all my fault!
-->'''Kotetsu:''' ... That's why you need to stop him.
-->'''Ivan:''' Huh?
-->'''Kotetsu:''' He committed a crime because of you, right? Are you going to let him commit more?
-->'''Ivan:''' But I can't do anything!
-->'''Kotetsu:''' So you're going to repeat the same mistake? Remember that you're a ''hero'' now.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Miura blames himself for [[spoiler:Detective Trap being canceled, out of the belief that he failed to notice Mashiro's declining health]]. This belief leads him to be driven to getting a series going, unfortunately to the extent that he pressures Mashiro and Takagi into immediately going for a gag manga rather than proceeding more carefully and finding something that would become a hit.
* ''Manga/GirlsSaurus'': Haruka Nishiharu, who, after spending almost the whole series holding a grunge against Shingo for seemingly rejecting her when she was still a [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]], has this reaction after learning about his gynophobia and terminal illness and tracing it back to the day she sent him to the hospital. Note that she is one of the few [[{{Tsundere}} Tsunderes]] to admit that she was doing harm to her love interest, but it doesn't make it any less heartbreaking: [[http://www.anymanga.com/girls-saurus-dx/010/005/007/ "I'm the cause of all your problems, so it's better if I stay away from you!"]]
* Leo of ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' feels like [[spoiler: Elliot's misfortune and death]] are all his fault.
* Deconstructed in the ''Manga/XXXHolic'' tie-in novel ''[=ANOTHERHOLiC=]''. A customer of the week blames herself for her friend's accidental death (the friend had [[DeathByFallingOver fallen and hit her head]] at a train station because she had been running late to a meeting with the customer and was in too much of a hurry to follow safety regulations) and has developed a mantra of "I must be punished," which isn't helped by the daily text messages her friend's vengeful spirit seems to be sending her from beyond the grave. But as Yuuko ultimately points out, the responsibility for the accident falls squarely on the victim's shoulders for choosing to act so carelessly. By constantly blaming herself [[spoiler: and by secretly writing the phantom text messages just to give people a reason to keep talking about the accident]], the customer turned the tragedy of her friend's death into "[[{{Wangst}} a tragic little farce]], [[ItsAllAboutMe written by and starring herself]]."
* Amuro Ray goes through this a number of times in his appearances in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. He blames himself easily for the deaths of, amongst others, [[spoiler: Matilda Ajan, Lalah Sune]] and, in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', [[spoiler: Kayra Su]]. Granted, while [[spoiler: Matilda's]] death was unavoidable, [[spoiler: Lalah was killed]] because of his rivalry with Char and [[spoiler: Kayra was killed]] because the Nu Gundam was still sensitive and reacted to his anger.
* She didn't ''speak it out'', but this is how Haruka of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' thinks about [[spoiler:the events in the latter half of episode 3, when Hiyori sent dojo members/cult thugs to attack Manabe, causing Manabe to be hospitalized and Hiyori having a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.]] This line of thinking, however, came from all the BreakTheCutie [[BlessedWithSuck that came from]] her {{telepath|y}}ic powers, eventually causing her to think she will eventually cause the downfall of anyone she cares about.
* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'' this is Saya's word for word reaction [[spoiler: to remembering that it was ''her'' who set loose [[BigBad Diva]].]] This is one of the major reasons Saya is [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only person allowed to kill Diva]], along with the fact she's the only one who has Diva's Kryptonite, and [[spoiler: the major motive behind her DeathSeeker status]].
** Kai has the same reaction [[spoiler: when Riku is first attacked by Diva, and then later [[KillTheCutie killed]] by her]]. If he hadn't dragged [[spoiler: his younger brother]] off with him into some very dangerous situations he would [[spoiler: still be alive.]] However, he doesn't dwell too long on it and instead uses it to fuel his [[TookALevelInBadass later actions]].
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'''s [[StepfordSmiler Fai D. Flourite]] has it bad. He blames himself for [[spoiler: the death of his twin, the annihilation of Valeria's people, the murder of Celes' people and the "death" of Sakura who [[LikeASonToMe is like a daughter to him]].]] The poor guy is so [[BrokenBird messed up]] that he's [[DeathSeeker waiting for someone or something to end it all]] but just can't do it himself. Then there is [[IHateYouVampireDad Kurogane]] who ''[[HoYay won't let him die]]''.
** [[spoiler:R!]]Syaoran has a brief episode of this when [[CloningBlues things]] [[MindScrew start to get weird]]. [[TeamDad Kurogane]] and [[TeamMom Fai]] set him straight, though.
* In ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', [[spoiler: Stefan Levin]] feels this way about [[spoiler: his beloved girlfriend Karen's death -- she was hit by a truck (and it happened when she was ''on her way to his final soccer match in Sweden'')]] which led to his mind and soul being completely corrupted. And he channels this through his signature "Levin Shot" as a way to injure his rivals, which includes [[spoiler: Wakabayashi, Müller and Akai.]]
* ''Manga/{{Subaru}}'' blames herself on multiple occasions during the manga's run. Particularly blames herself for [[spoiler: not seeing Kazuma or Isuzu before they die]] due to being "busy with ballet".
* In ''Manga/SlamDunk'' after Shohoku loses to Kainan, Sakuragi and Rukawa have a fistfight over whose fault it was (that's right, each blaming himself instead of the other).
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Yami Yugi blames himself for the group's entering the game, and thus tries to take on La Jinn alone.
* In ''SeraphOfTheEnd'' Mikeala blames himself for the death of his "family" as it was his naive plan that ended up getting them all killed. Alternatively Yuu also blames himself for the same incident, though not to as much extent.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Isanami come to this conclusion after the second fight with Hanzo and briefly gives up, and again when captured by Date. She's later goaded by Hanzo during the fight against the [[FiveBadBand Iga Grotesque Five]] into another breakdown [[spoiler:that pulls out her SuperpoweredEvilSide.]]
* Chapter 100 of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has [[spoiler:Reiner Braun]] confessing to [[spoiler:Eren Yeager]] that he's responsible for all of the latter's suffering, including [[spoiler:the death of Eren's mother]]. It turns out that [[spoiler:Annie and Bertolt wanted to give up on their mission after Marcel's death, but Reiner insisted they stuck with it]]. He ends up [[spoiler:asking Eren to kill him because he can no longer handle all his guilt. Eren, however, is already aware that it's because of Reiner, so the apology doesn't do anything for him, and instead of killing Reiner, he decides to psychologically torture him for a while longer -- until he transforms into a Titan and goes along with his plan of revenge anyway.]]
* Sayaka from ''Manga/TonariNoKashiwagiSan'' blames herself for her parents having to put up a HappyMarriageCharade for as long as they did (they were waiting until after she finished middle school to get divorced so as to not disrupt her studies).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Happens to Doctor Spectrum in the ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' limited series after he [[spoiler:accidentally kills deranged teammate Nuke.]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} undertakes a space mission and wants his cousin to fight alongside her, but Superman decides to sit it out. When he watches a squad of alien warships striking Kara and Krypto down, he blames himself because he didn't go with her.
--->'''Superman:''' There! I can see Supergirl — and Krypto?! Great Scott, what's he doing there? Supergirl must have summoned him — and now they're fighting those warships against impossible odds! NO! There're hit! They're going down — And it's MY FAULT!
** A teenage boy felt ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' was his fault, because he inadvertently distracted Franchise/{{Superman}} with his cries for help in a stage where Supes could have ''possibly'' finished Doomsday off.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl Vol 1]] #4'' Linda's classmate David Grahm hits his head when he takes a dive in a pool, and Linda -the titular Supergirl- blames herself because she wasn’t there to save him.
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' Guy Gardner blames himself for everything [[BigBad Atrocitus]] does (driving his friend Rankorr mindlessly mad, ravaging planet Ysmault...) because Guy defeated him, and Atrocitus wants to pay him back.
** In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', Kara believes -mistakenly- her XRayVision disrupted a woman's pacemaker. She feels so guilty she lets a villain pummel her only because she wants to be punished.
--->'''Supergirl:''' A woman collapsed while I was using my XRayVision. I think it disrupted her pacemaker. She suffered and it's... It's my fault.
** In the finale of ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Supergirl blames herself when Belinda is turned into a crystal statue, even though Belinda's own actions led to it. Kara thinks she should have stopped her... somehow.
--->'''Supergirl:''' I should have stopped you somehow! I should have saved you! This is all my fault!
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', Kara blames herself for ComicBook/NewKrypton's destruction and her people's genocide schemed by ComicBook/LexLuthor and General Lane and carried out by her arch-enemy Reactron.
--->'''Kara:''' "Gifts"? These "gifts" make a target, Lana. They make me dangerous to everyone around me. And as you'll recall, the last time I tried to help someone, I got a planet full of my people blown up —\\
'''ComicBook/LanaLang:''' That wasn't your fault and you know it —\\
'''Kara:''' It doesn't matter whose fault you think it was, Lana! 80,000 people were put in danger because of something I did... and then Supergirl couldn't save any of them.
* Reed Richards tends to blame himself for a lot of things that happen to the ComicBook/FantasticFour. Part of it is semi-justified, because the accident that gave them their powers and effectively ruined their quiet, ordinary lives really ''was'' his fault. However, he also believes that because he is so incredibly intelligent, any misfortune that they can't avoid is automatically his fault for not pulling a brilliant solution out of his ass. Naturally, his ArchEnemy, Doctor Doom, is not only one of the most rabid adherents of this trope's [[NeverMyFault diametric opposite]], he also further aggravates Reed's issues by narrowing his NeverMyFault down to [[InsaneTrollLogic Always Reed Richards' Fault.]]
* ComicBook/SpiderMan blames himself for just about ''everything'' that goes wrong to anybody in his life. So much so that it's become something of a joke for the fandom.
** He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this several times in ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'', as in the first arc he says that the rest of the team can blame the prison break at the Raft on him if they want, seeing as the press are going to.
** [[spoiler:When J Jonah Jameson's wife Marla took a fatal blow for him]], Jonah refused to blame Spider-Man (significant given that Jameson is usually the first to blame Spidey for anything and everything) and even came right out and said that it was ''his'' fault.
* At the climax of ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}'', Loki actually accepts responsibility for the consequences of his actions [[spoiler:namely, the near-destruction of Asgard at the hands of the Sentry/Void]], and provides aid to the heroes in an attempt to mitigate the damage [[spoiler:and is [[HeroicSacrifice slain by the Sentry in the process]]. This absolutely couldn't be a trick or anything... [[Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery wait a minute]].]]
* Klara Prast of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} blames herself for the death of Old Lace, who took the brunt of an explosion in which they'd both been caught. Unlike most examples of this trope, she was actually encouraged to think this way by teammates Chase and Victor for petty reasons (Chase was understandably upset about the loss of his pet dinosaur, while Victor didn't want anyone to realize that he was responsible for the accident that led to the explosion.)
** In "It's Not Lupus", a one-shot set before the above-mentioned accident, she assumes that it's her fault that Molly suddenly fell ill, despite the fact that she had nothing to do with Molly's illness.
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1]]'', the Mighty Atom believes he was responsible for the arrival of the Earth-40 villains, citing that their invasion had begun not long after he looked into the cursed comic book Doc Fate warned him not to read.
* ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'': Anderson blames herself for [[spoiler:being unable to prevent a nuclear bombing that costs the lives of 500,000 people after receiving a psychic vision.]]
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Wismerhill blames himself for [[spoiler:the end of the world]] after [[BigBad Haazheel Thorn]] [[spoiler:uses his last ounce of magic to cause the Black Moon to crash into the Earth]], but the Oracle tells him that every possible path would have led him here.
* ''ComicBook/StarWarsPrincessLeia'': Beneath the façade of [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask stoic resolve]], Leia is struggling with the emotional burden of her homeworld's destruction and her father's death, which she feels is directly due to her open defiance of the Empire. She has no friends to speak of (her relationship with Han, Luke, and Chewie hasn't had time to develop yet), and she [[DramaticIrony has no surviving family to turn to]]. [[spoiler:So she sets out with another Alderaanian rebel to rally the survivors of their homeworld's destruction and find them a new home.]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''ComicBook/{{PS238}},'' after the tragic "death" of [[ShroudedInMyth Moon Shadow]]:
-->'''[[RubberMan Poly]]:''' Oh, gosh...I helped get him here before they ''caved it in'' on ''top'' of him. Now I feel bad...\\
'''[[MuggleBornOfMages Tyler]]:''' Didn't [[FreudianSlip I—uh,]] ''[[FreudianSlip he]]''--tell you to take him here?\\
'''Poly:''' ''(cheerfully)'' [[SubvertedTrope Hey, that's right. It's]] ''[[SubvertedTrope his]]'' [[SubvertedTrope fault he got]] ''[[SubvertedTrope squished]]!''
* Comicbook/{{X 23}} is highly prone to this due to the guilt she carries over all the killings she committed under the Facility's control. Although she does come to accept she's as much a victim as the people she killed, Laura is nonetheless quick to accept blame for her actions.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12086351/1/Kanashī-Wütend-Desolato Kanashī, Wütend, Desolato]]'', a WhatIf for ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Italy blamed himself and himself only for the ostracization and ridicule [[OneTrueThreesome Germany and Japan]] faced because he was the one to reveal [[{{Polyamory}} their relationship]] to the world. His immense guilt lead him [[DrivenToSuicide to want to kill himself]]. [[BungledSuicide He only failed]] [[NighInvulnerability because it is nearly impossible to kill the countries' personifications]].
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': When he is not blaming people like [[AbusiveParents his father]], [[BigBad Winthrop]] or [[DragonWithAnAgenda Jinnai]], Shinji blames himself for the state of the post-apocalyptic world -since he chose ending it- and for all what happened to Asuka and how messed up she was because he was not there to help her, support her and protect her.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': In the epilogue that happens several years after the end of the story, Asuka blames herself for[[spoiler:her daughter Teri having PsychicPowers,]] even though [[spoiler:Teri has powers because Gendo altered her DNA.]] It is true Ritsuko prescribed her pills to nullify [[spoiler:Gendo's modifications]] and Asuka blames herself because she stopped taking them, but the doctor never warmed her about the consequences.
* ''Fanfic/CommonSense'': Whenever [[TheBadGuyWins Team Rocket succeeds in their schemes]], [[KidHero Ash]] will be quick to blame himself for not stopping them, since he feels it's because of him they're growing stronger every time.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': As Asuka notes, Shinji blames himself for all what happened in the original timeline, including messes were not his doing or he had no control about.
-->'''Asuka''': Yes, I remember everything. So do Rei and Shinji, who's probably hiding because he blames himself for what happened to you; in fact, come to think of it he blames himself for pretty much all of it.
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Shinji blames himself for Third Impact. Asuka tells him he shouldn't blame himself for what ''Rei'' did, even if he asked her to.
-->'''Asuka''': He still feels he's responsible for Third Impact, for the chaos the followed, and for the current state of world affairs. No matter what happens he feels it's all his fault, since he set it all in motion.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', Kara blames herself for everything her evil clone does.
-->'''Supergirl:''' Okay. I'm ready to intercept her. If she's killed 318 people already... that means I'm responsible for it, in a sense.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'':
** In chapter 1 Touji blames himself because his little sister had the suicidal impulse to see a giant robot closely and he was unable to catch her in time and get her back into the shelter before the battle.
-->''He pulled her into the arch of one of the low buildings that ringed the outskirts of the city, not far from the school, and cursed himself. This was his fault, it was all his fault.''
** Later [[spoiler:Kaji blamed Shinji for the failure to take over NERV and Maya missing a limb.]] Despite of it being due to Gendo’s actions Shinji blamed himself.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP:FiM]]'' fan-made song called ''Music/LullabyForAPrincess'', Celestia blames no-one other than herself for her little sister's FaceHeelTurn and subsequent misdeeds.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': When Shinji found out that his friend Touji had become a pilot because NERV promised to take care of his sister (who had been accidentally hurt during Shinji's first battle), he blamed himself for his wounds, despite of Rei trying to convince him that he was not responsible:
-->''"It's my fault... I failed to take control of the EVA... Father... my hands... he used me to harm Touji. And now... you say he piloted because of his sister? It's... it's all my fault! If I hadn't hurt his sister in the first place, none of this would have happened! Touji wouldn't have piloted! IT'S ALL MY FAULT!"''
* In the opening chapter of ''FanFic/TheLegendOfZeldaTwistedFates'', Link is captured by the Ghost Ship and presumed dead; Tetra, having pushed him into boarding the ship instead of her, blames herself and spends the next five years mourning his loss.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Rei blamed herself for all what happened after chapter 13 [[spoiler: [[BattleCouple Shinji and Asuka]] falling into the Sea of Dirac, Asuka getting forced to kill Hikari, Unit 01 absorbing Shinji...]] It was not a misplaced feeling, since she was so jealous of Asuka and angry at Shinji that she was downright useless in battle, and due to her attachment to the Commander, Shinji and Asuka could not act against Gendo after [[spoiler:Hikari's death]], forcing Shinji to leave for a while and showed up too late to fight [[HeroKiller Zeruel]].
* Pichi from [[FanFic/APikachuInLove A Pikachu in Love]] feels this way when [[spoiler: her playful antics cause her and Pikachu to crash into an Ursarings den, and nearly gets Pikachu ''killed'' trying to protect them both.]]
--> [[spoiler: ''Pichi began to softly cry, and she moved close to Pikachu and hugged him. She rested her little head upon him, listening to his weak heartbeat and she prayed for him to be all right. She could never forgive herself if he were to die. If not for her fooling around then they would not have been in danger at all. Pikachu could have died because of it.'']]
* Used A LOT in [[Series/{{Firefly}} Maliver]] fan fics, where something bad always happens (Alliance finds them, she gets raped, she has traumatic flashbacks, all of the above, and more), Mal always blames himself.
* Luso had a period of this in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire due to being comepletely helpless and only being able to watch [[spoiler: Sir Loin burn to death]], despite being the one to [[spoiler: defeat Vaticus Finch]]. Thankfully, Judgemaster Cid was able to talk him out of it by going over how flawed that line of thinking is.
* This is almost a stock phrase of Rainbow Dash shortly before and during her HeroicBSOD in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar''.
* In ''Oyuban'' Naruto (after joining the Yakuza) feels like this about his short stint as the leader of a gang in The Land Of the Waves who all got killed by him (inadvertently) starting a gang war. The senior members of the Yakuza (who know about it) agree with him but encourage him to learn from it.
* Spitfire from the Blog/ReadingRainbowverse apparently blames her father's death on herself. Whether this is accurate or not isn't entirely clear, but it has ruined her relationship with her daughter.
* In ''FanFic/HorseshoesAndHandGrenades'', the Kamen Rider Club put the blame on themselves for not saving Gentaro from Ryusei's DealWithTheDevil and becoming the Serpent-bearer to Ophiuchus with each of them giving specific reasons as to ''why'' they weren't helpful. This ranges from Shun not taking a step forward in the Power Dizer, JK not getting intel on Ryusei sooner, Yuki only screaming "Stop!" but otherwise not rushing toward her friend's side, etc.
** In ''[=SplitxEnd=], Yayoi blames herself for [[spoiler: not saving Haruto from a sword that killed him and then being forced to be resurrected as a CreepyDoll by Damballa]].
* Celestia towards the end of ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'' blames herself for Luna's fall and the Horus Heresy, saying that if she had stopped for a moment and just talked with Luna and Horus there might have been a different outcome. [[spoiler: Horus forgives her, and says he also deserves some of the blame because he willingly chose to rebel instead of seeking a better alternative]].
* In the ''{{Manga/Saki}}'' doujin, [[http://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/tennimuhou#8 Tennmimuhou]], Koromo blames herself for [[spoiler:taking Kana to exactly 0 points rather than putting her below it]], resulting in the game continuing and her team being defeated. Thankfully, her teammates don't mind.
* In the Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX series tie in, the ''Gensokyo Diaries'', in Sanae's second diary entry, she think she's misbehaved, ergo, for said misbehavior, she deserves to be slapped, the implications of which surrounding may be that she hasn't done anything. Actually, she seems to think she has done something that would warrant any sort of punishment when it is likely she didn't.
* ''FanFic/LandBeforeTimeRetold'': Aylene blames herself for the death of Littlefoot's mother, remembering that she had a bow and arrows and could have shot Sharptooth or done ''something'' before he killed her.
* Spider-Man, from ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC''. From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siGtn_SxKbs this episode]]:
-->'''Batman:''' Don't you know, Spider-Man blames himself for Marvel losing the Transformers?\\
'''Hulk:''' But why?\\
'''Batman:''' I don't know, he blames himself for everything!
* Dark Oak from ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos'' holds himself responsible for the destruction of his race at the hands of Tsali... which led to him starting a brutal galactic war so he could take revenge on his wayward creation and [[WellIntentionedExtremist find a way to rebuild his race no matter the cost]].
* In ''Fanfic/TheSagaOfAvatarKorra'', Asami Sato says this during Chapter Fourteen after [[spoiler:the Red Lotus kidnap Korra and Asami realizes that Korra is the Avatar. She realizes that if she told other people she saw Korra use two elements at once when they were children, she could have helped save Korra from her fate years ago.]]
-->'''Asami:''' I never wanted to be right. If I was right, then I never told anyone, and then... all this would be my fault. So, I guess it really is my fault in the end. I could have stopped it years ago.
* Grigori in ''Fanfic/ThreeFilliesAndAGriffon'' blames himself for the death of his daughter Isabelle, due to the Griffon Curse that causes all griffon children whose names don't [[AlphabeticalThemeNaming start with G]] to [[HereditaryCurse die on their first birthday]], and the fact that he deliberately gave her a name not starting with G to break tradition and show that no such curse exists.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Shinji blames himself for Asuka's breakdown:
-->This was his fault: he should have helped her when the Fifteenth Angel broke into her mind; should have done something other than sit in his Eva, hearing her scream as her psyche was torn to pieces. And afterwards, he should have been there to comfort her, to let her know that she was not useless and need not be alone.\\
Because, despite everything, they had shared a close bond through their Evas. He was supposed to understand her just as he had here come hoping she would do the same for him.\\
This was his fault ... because he had done nothing.
* In ''Fanfic/SpotsOff'', both Marinette and Alya insist on blaming themselves for the former being publicly unmasked: Marinette for not finding a better hiding place to change back, and Alya for having followed Ladybug into an alley with her camera phone running. Adrien is equally insistent on blaming neither of them, but it's hard to deny that they both made avoidable mistakes.
* In ''Fanfic/ThisBites'', [[spoiler:when Cross manages to speak with Merry's Klabautermann directly, she has this mentality for being too weak to carry her crew through the Grand Line. She even asks Cross why he isn't blaming her for being too weak.]]
* Alucard provides a humorous example in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' Episode 7.
-->'''Alucard:''' Oh, so this is my fault then.\\
'''Police Girl:''' N-NO!!!\\
'''Alucard:''' Everything is my fault, apparently. Ate the last spotted dick pudding in the fridge... my fault. [[CallBack Crashed a car into the world's first British Dairy Queen]]... my fault. Unknowingly shot Archduke Ferdinand and blamed it on some other guy? AH, MY FAULT!
* In ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion'', Shinji blames himself for [[spoiler:Rei sacrificing herself in the fight against Bardiel. In his mind, his inaction due to his fear of injuring Unit-03's pilot forced her take such extreme measures. When an equally grief-stricken Asuka confronts him on it, he breaks down.]]
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash discovers the graves of [[spoiler: Brock's parents]] he begins to blame himself for killing them even though he never actually did anything to cause their deaths, forcing Pikachu has to snap him out of it.
* In ''Fanfic/RuinedWithYou'', Marinette blames herself for (she believes) ruining Adrien's life by arresting his father, leading her to give up on pursuing her crush on him, and at one point wishes she and Chat could have just continued fighting the akumas instead of going after Hawkmoth. However, when Alya brings this up with Adrien, he unwittingly tells her otherwise. "Ladybug and Chat Noir, they did what they were supposed to do. Sure, I mean it sucks my dad’s a shit person, but, why would I hold it against them? If I was Chat Noir or Ladybug… I would do the same. I just kind of wish I had the opportunity to thank them, you know."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10340937/28/The-Return-Remixed The Return-Remixed]]'', Wrestling/KellyKelly blames herself for Wrestling/EveTorres winding up in the hospital after being power-bombed on the concrete floor by Wrestling/{{Victoria}}, as Eve volunteered to replace her in the match after Kelly quit the Diva Army. Eve assures Kelly she doesn't blame her and wouldn't want them to trade places. This scene leads Kelly to end her TenMinuteRetirement and rejoin the Diva Army's fight against DEAR.
* In ''Fanfic/TheOutside'', this is Ryuuko's reaction to finding out Satsuki is sick, as the latter's health took a left turn shortly after she was taken away. Shiro, however, reassures her that her sister being sick isn't anything she caused and that she would have gotten sick anyway.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' fan comic from Website/DeviantArt, "[[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/gallery/64893285/Cagney-is-a-Carnation Cagney Is a Carnation]]" by [[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/ fuyuflowga]], [[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/art/Cagney-is-a-Carnation-page-3-717397643 Cagney Carnation has brought his unconscious adopted flower children out of the casino]] after having signed the Soul Contract in exchange for their lives in his DealWithTheDevil, but believes that it's all his fault and that if he hadn't hesitated, they would not have been tortured by the Devil in the first place. Cagney decides to leave quietly, but needs to find someone else responsible to take care of the flower children. Unfortunately, things start going FromBadToWorse...
* In ''Fanfic/UnexpectedSurprise'', Marinette keeps crying and apologizing after TheReveal about the mess that came from the TwoPersonLoveTriangle. Adrien keeps trying to reassure her neither of them is more at fault than the other, and once that fails, simply resorts to a ShutUpKiss.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* From ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Belle says this after she's comforting the dying Beast.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', finally admitting their own role in everything that went wrong is an essential bit of CharacterDevelopment for both Merida and her mother.
** In a more Meta example, Creator/{{Pixar}} blame themselves for making AllCGICartoon movies the norm rather than the exception and forcing traditional animated films out the mainstream.
* This is essentially the plot point of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''.
* This is most of the plot of Disney's ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' does this on occasion, in both the series and films. In the first film, Jasmine says "It's all my fault" after Aladdin is taken captive. It's actually Jafar's fault, since he'd have needed Aladdin and had the guards capture him whether Jasmine got involved or not. Then Aladdin says it after Jafar steals the lamp and takes over Agrabah, which partly IS Aladdin's fault for not setting Genie free.
** This instance from "The Spice is Right" is probably the best example:
-->'''Aladdin''': I'm gonna lose her, Genie, and it's all my fault!\\
'''Genie''': You're right, kid. All your fault.\\
'''Aladdin''': Huh?\\
'''Genie''': [[ReversePsychology You know, the situation: Mingle with zombies, pay the price. You have every right to feel like a creep... creep!]]\\
'''Aladdin''': Now, wait a minute here! How was ''I'' supposed to know giving Jasmine a gift was going to unleash that guy?!
* In ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'', the protagonist Lu seems to think little of herself and blame herself thoroughly even when killing in self-defence.
* Angry declaration: Quasimodo, upon seeing Esmeralda being put on a stake in Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
** Also, during the song Hellfire, Frollo keeps telling himself it's ''not'' his fault for being obsessed with Esmeralda [[ObsessionSong while singing about her]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar burning in hell]] and the [[OminousLatinChanting red-robed choir]] representing his conscience [[BilingualBonus contradicts him]].
* In ''Film/SnoopyComeHome'', Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Peppermint Patty all blamed themselves for Snoopy's leaving.
* Implied in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. [[spoiler:Bruce Wayne (the original Batman) felt guilty for causing Tim Drake (Robin at the time) to suffer MindRape at the hands of the Joker. After the incident, in which the Joker is presumably killed, Tim went through a year in rehabilitation and was ordered to turn over his Robin suit, only because Bruce didn't want Tim or any other accomplice to ever suffer again. This is also the reason Bruce refuses to let Terry (the current Batman at the time) find the Joker, as he didn't want Terry to suffer Tim's fate and lace him with even more guilt.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. With his entire family taken prisoner by Syndrome, Bob Parr apologizes to everyone for getting them into this mess, in an attempt to relive his glory days instead of treasuring his family. As Helen Parr agrees entirely with this assessment, she tries to hush the kids [[NotNowKiddo who meanwhile are working on freeing them]].
* In ''TheNutJob'' sequel, Surly quotes this completely when [[spoiler:Buddy is lifelessly laid out on a slab in the ruined remains of the nut shop after falling from the balcony of the evil mayor's house.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/LovingVincent'', Dr. Gachet and his daughter Marguerite blame themselves for Vincent van Gogh's suicide. Marguerite for following her father's advice to stop distracting Vincent from painting (and depriving him of friendship in doing so), and Dr. Gachet for a bitter argument in which he said that Vincent was probably hastening Theo van Gogh's death through stress.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheBlindSide'': Michael feels this way after [[spoiler: he is involved in a car accident which injures SJ. It was partially his fault for not paying enough attention while driving, but on the other hand, Michael also saves SJ from suffering more serious injuries or being killed during the accident]].
* The ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' LiveActionAdaptation.
* The first U.S. ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' movie.
* Parodied in ''Film/ScaryMovie4''.
-->'''Cindy''': I blame myself.\\
'''Tom''': As well you should.
* Subverted in TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicRoundabout'', where Dougal ''doesn't'' take responsibility for releasing Zeebad, until near the end:
-->'''Florence:''' Don't blame yourself, Dougal.\\
'''Ermintrude:''' Let us do that for you.\\
and shortly afterwards:\\
'''Brian''': Now, Dougal, you mustn't feel guilty, just because it's all your fault.
* Used in ''[[Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed Monsters Unleashed]]'' where the Velma, Daphne, and Fred find increasingly ridiculous reasons to blame themselves for something that was clearly Shaggy and Scooby's fault.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan2'', Peter Parker breaks down and confesses the indirect role he played in Uncle Ben's death to Aunt May. May is initially unable to deal with it and walks off, leaving Peter alone, but she later tells him: "You made a brave move in telling me the truth, and I'm proud of you, and I thank you, and I love you, Peter, so very, very much." Later on in the film, J. Jonah Jameson repeats this phrase word for word, believing that the slander he put into his newspapers was what made Spider-Man quit.
* Nathan in ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' has this a ''lot'', helped along by guilt trips from the Genterns and Marni's ghost.
* In ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'', there is a scene where Lee removes his hat as he looks out upon the survivors of Pickett's Charge, and he actually says this. The men of course try to convince him it wasn't, and some even urge another attempt. This is historically true but apparently Pickett himself disagreed and thought it was mostly or completely Lee's fault that his division was obliterated. Both he and Lee were right.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': Marty, after realizing he was responsible for Biff changing history.
-->'''Doc:''' It's all in the past...\\
'''Marty:''' You mean the future!
* The TV movie ''Rent-a-Kid'' (used to be on Disney or ABC Family sometimes) had a rather creepy dream sequence where a young orphan saw her whole family chanting, "It's all your fault... it's all your fault" at her, until she eventually joined in with "It's all my fault."
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', Spock Prime blames himself for being too late to save Romulus, leading to Nero's actions during the film.
-->"All of this, Jim, because of me. Because I failed."
** In the novelisation, we find that the approaching disaster he was trying to prevent unexpectedly accelerated, thus making the fact of his failure not his entire responsibility (except in Nero's eyes).
* The "it's not your fault" variation was used in an emotionally climactic scene of ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' when Robin Williams' character is finally able to crack through Will's last emotional wall and get him to confront his feelings about the abuse he suffered as a kid by just repeating the phrase over and over with a sincere and forgiving tone. Will recognizes what he's doing right away, but eventually [[TearJerker breaks down and admits that he HAS been blaming himself]].
* Practically each member of Series/TheBradyBunch goes through this in ''Film/AVeryBradySequel'': After a smuggler kidnaps Carol and ties the children and Alice to the staircase, Bobby, Cindy, [[BeyondTheImpossible Cindy's doll]], Peter, Greg, Alice, and Jan each consider something they could have done to foil his scheme, then think "This is all my fault." Marcia actually [[NeverMyFault averted]] this, and instead thought, "This is all [[TheUnfavorite Jan's]] fault."
* Chris in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' blames himself after his parents decide to split up following the secret birthday party his father Daniel threw for him which lead to Miranda saying she had had enough and wanted a divorce. Daniel of course reassures that Chris did nothing wrong and this was probably going to happen sooner or later.
* ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'': The protagonist's brother David (who is deaf) interrupts Charles' wedding because he knows the groom loves someone else. Afterwards:
-->'''David:''' [signing] I blame myself.\\
'''Rest of the cast:''' No, no, it wasn't your fault, you did nothing wrong, etc.\\
'''Charles:''' [signing] They all blame you too.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Subverted in ''Film/ANewHope''. C-3PO thinks he's responsible for Luke and the others dying in the Death Star's trash compactor.
--->'''C-3PO:''' Listen to them! They're dying, R2! Curse my metal body! I wasn't fast enough! ''It's all my fault!'' My poor master!\\
'''Luke:''' 3PO, we're all right! We're all right!
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', it's explained that Luke restarted the Jedi Order in the years following ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', but it ended when his student [[spoiler:and nephew Ben Solo]] had the Jedi wiped out once again. Luke felt so guilty about what happened that [[spoiler:he went into hiding.]]
** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' shows what actually happened. [[spoiler:Luke sensed TheDarkSide building in Ben Solo and prepared to kill him in his sleep, but immediately regretted the impulse. Ben then woke up to see his uncle and master standing over him with an active lightsaber and reacted out of fear, destroying Luke's temple and fully turning to the darkness. Luke blames himself for not seeing the darkness until it was too late and for his one moment of KillingIntent pushing Ben into his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', during their first call:
-->'''Ray:''' You know, it just occurred to me that we really haven't had a successful test of this equipment.\\
'''Egon:''' I blame myself.\\
'''Peter:''' So do I.
* In ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', Bright Eyes tells his father Caesar (through sign language) that it the current situation was his fault because he helped assist Koba take the human city, but Caesar (through speech) tells him that it was his fault for trusting Koba in the first place and concludes that humans and apes are NotSoDifferent.
* At the end of ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'', Marcia breaks down and says to Mel, "It was my fault--if I'd only left him in that jail in Pickett."
* After the Nürburgring accident in ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}'', James Hunt blames himself because he convinced the other drivers to go on with the race when Niki tried to get them to cancel due to the dangerous track conditions. Niki agrees with this assessment, but he also says that James was equally responsible for his recovery (because he hated seeing him win the intervening races on the hospital TV).
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', President Whitmore blames himself for not preparing for the possibility that the aliens were hostile, leaving millions of people in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington as they were incinerated.
-->"We could have evacuated the cities ''hours ago''. That's the advantage of being a fighter pilot. In the Gulf War, we knew what we had to do. It's just...not simple anymore. A lot of people died today. How many didn't have to?"
* In ''Film/TheMartian'', when a storm at the beginning causes a heavy object to knock Mark Watney away, out of sight, Commander Lewis tries to find him, but reluctantly decides he's dead, and acts to save the rest of her crew. Later, when she hears Watney survived, she blames herself, even though the rest of the crew tries to talk her out of this (and Watney, as it turns out, doesn't blame her). After all, ''they'' were following her orders; ''she'' left Watney behind.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Ren has such a moment when [[spoiler: Jerin is kidnapped, not long after he sent her a message asking her to come and talk to him. She blames herself for not doing as he asked immediately, but manages to decipher a message Jerin left on the door, which conveys the information he had for her.]]
* In K.A. Applegate's ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Jake feels this about every single thing that goes wrong.
* In many of the works by Creator/JimButcher, this is demonstrated. In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Tavi wishes that [[spoiler:he could have saved his dead troops when he becomes Captain by necessity.]] Max assures him he could have done nothing, and is an excellent [[spoiler:captain]].
* In the Creator/KatherinePaterson novel ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'', Jesse is invited by his music teacher to the museum. She invites him to bring his friend Leslie as well, but, [[HotForTeacher wanting to spend more time with his teacher]], he doesn't tell Leslie. [[spoiler: Later, Leslie is found dead after the rope swing they used to get to their favorite play spot snaps and she drowns in the river.]] Knowing this all happened because of his adolescent feelings for his teacher hits Jesse very hard.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Straight Silver'', Raglon tells Gaunt that the loss of half his troopers (on his first mission as a sergeant) was his fault. Gaunt tries to reassurance, recounting how his first mission had had seventy percent casualties, deduces that Raglon is hiding something, and warns him that his own problem will be if he omitted anything or lied. Raglon still tries to put him off -- "I was in command, sir" -- before admitting that Costin had caused the problem, being drunk.
* The characters in Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/LittleDorrit'' insist that either they aren't to blame or that nobody is to blame. (The novel was initially titled ''Nobody's Fault.'') It's a great moral breakthrough when Arthur Clennam and Mr. Pancks both accept their sole culpability after things go haywire.
* Happens rather a lot to the [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraiths]]. Over the three books, Kell, Face, Donos, Tyria, and Wedge (at least) get told that, in fact, is ''isn't'' their fault, or that there were [[ShootTheDog extenuating circumstances]]. Probably the most notable is [[spoiler: Phanan's last message for Face, in which he posthumously tells Face it's all ''his'' (that is, Phanan's) fault, though he knows Face'll blame himself.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Phanan]]''': [[spoiler: There are exactly two people to blame for my death. One's me, for not being quite the superior flyer I needed to be. Some unnamed Zsinj pilot is the other, and you killed him. Which I also appreciate, in case I don't tell you. There's no room for a third party to blame, so butt out.]]
** And indeed, by the time Face leads a mission without Wedge being there, and manages to get out with everyone burned but alive and carrying a captured scientist despite [[spoiler: the whole thing being a trap]], he doesn't beat himself up.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''False Gods'', Horus blames himself for [[spoiler:Temda's fall, having left him behind despite his pleas]].
* (Book Of a thousand Days) Lady Saren has one of these moments after asking Dashti to kill her.
-->" All those bodies...because of me! because i wouldn't marry Lord Khasar."
* Literature/HarryPotter tends to blame himself whenever someone he likes gets hurt or killed, causing him to say IWorkAlone many times. Ron and Hermione often struggle to convince him that he needs their help.
* Literature/HonorHarrington's [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSODs]] tend to take this form.
* Foxleap does this in ''Literature/WarriorCats'': ''Sign Of The Moon'' when his plan to save the rogue cats gets a Tribe cat killed.
** Mousefur also goes through this when Longtail dies in ''Fading Echoes''. She believes that if she hadn't stopped to complain about her missing meal, Longtail would not have run off and went to fetch it. This sends her into depression.
** Firestar also blames himself for making Squirrelpaw run away in ''Midnight'' because of an omen.
* In ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'', Tammy blames herself when [[spoiler:her [[DomesticAbuser abusive ex-boyfriend]] shoots Savannah]].
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Lydia blames herself for her mother's death and the trauma this causes her allows Abyss leverage to break her psychologically.
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:Isabelle believes Max's death to be her fault, as she was in charge of him at the time]].
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'',
** In ''Villains Rising'', Alex blames himself for what happened to the Rangers. Amp takes the time to confide that [[spoiler:it was something Amp did that probably triggered the attack.]]
** In ''Fall of Heroes'', Alex's attack accidentally killed [[spoiler:Phantom]]. [[spoiler:Lone Star tells him that if it's anyone's fault, it's his because it was his plan that put Alex there. Later, at the end of the novel, when Lone Star puts Shade in the Gloom, he immediately tell Alex that he's not to blame, because Lone Star did it.]]
* In ''Literature/MidnightsChildren'', Saleem believes that the events of his life are metaphorically linked to the nation of India. As he lives during a tumultuous time in the nation's history, he blames himself for just about everything.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** Harry Dresden, the hero, has this in spades. In several instances, he will assume full blame for the choices of others, even through less than logical reasoning, such as failing to inform his girlfriend fully [[spoiler:led to her breaking into a vampire party uninvited, becoming a half-vampire, and her eventual death]], or failing his friend Michael because [[spoiler:he couldn't save Michael from becoming crippled]], or some person he didn't know but failed to save from an undeserved death. Michael outright calls him on this level of pride in his belief in his own high standards and failing to meet them.
** [[spoiler:This is, in fact, exploited by one of the Fallen Angels (probably Lasciel) to drive him to suicide, as shown in ''Ghost Story''.]]
** In ''Cold Days'' [[spoiler:Queen Mab takes the full blame for failing to stop, and if need be, kill her insane daughter Maeve, and the crimes Maeve committed, such as the the murder of the Summer Lady]].
* Gale Hawthorne from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. [[spoiler:He helped create the bombs that killed Prim, which leads him and Katniss to feel guilty about it. This is likely the biggest cause of the shattering of he and Katniss' already fractured relationship as neither feels they could face each other with what happen to Prim]].
* Clay from ''Literature/WingsOfFire'': ''The Dragnoet Prophecy'' decides to set up a smoke signal in order to get back to the mountain he escaped from to save his friends. Instead, Dune (one of their guardians) gets killed, and Clay and his friends are captured. All this time as it happens, Clay blames himself for setting up the smoke signal in the first place.
* In the {{Novelization}} of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'', Yoda sees the destruction of the Jedi as his fault, as they stagnated under his watch and became easy pickings for the Sith.
* ''Literature/TheShahnameh'': Rostam feels this way about Sohrab's death — he is somewhat right. [[spoiler:Losing his son like that]] is why he's so attached to Siavash and why he goes on a rampage when he is killed.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Kaladin blames himself entirely for his brother Tien's death, since he had promised his parents he would protect them. This is especially notable because it's one of the few things he doesn't blame [[AristocratsAreEvil Amaram]] for. Amaram promised to keep Tien in a non-combat role for a few years, but tossed him into a spearsquad after just a few months. But Kaladin ignores that, even after he realizes how corrupt Amaram really is, because he's too busy blaming himself.
* ''Literature/MickeyHaller'' goes through this in a couple of his books, playing into his self-hate.
** ''Literature/TheLincolnLawyer'': Mickey blames himself for the [[spoiler: murder of Raul Levin, especially since he missed a call form him right before he died]]. He also beats himself up pretty hard for not noticing that [[spoiler: Jesus Martinez was innocent, and took it hard when he found out that even though he was finally allowed to go free, he left the jail HIV positive.]]
** ''Literature/TheGodsOfGuilt'': Mickey finds out he has a [[spoiler: tracker on his car, likely planted by the real murderer. Mickey decides to keep it on as a way to show off his confidence... which leads to the killer (or an associate) intentionally crashing into the Lincoln, killing his dear driver Earl Briggs.]]
* Wentworth blames himself for Louisa Musgrove's near-fatal fall in ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', believing that he overindulged her impetuous nature by his attentions--which were mainly a way to amuse himself while ashore and have a go at Anne by constantly praising Louisa's firmness of decision. (He's mortified equally when he realizes everyone is expecting him to marry Louisa, meaning he's been flippant with her heart as well.) Later on he takes a share of the blame in his own heartbreak by admitting that he could have renewed his addresses to Anne after he struck his fortune, but he chose to be bitter and resentful instead.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Andrew takes the fact that Simone turned evil while he was her Watcher very hard, and is determined to find and stop her.
** Buffy felt this way after she had sex with Angel and he lost his soul, becoming his [[JekyllAndHyde sadistically evil alter ego]]. Though as Giles is quick to point out, they didn't do anything ''wrong'', and they had no way of knowing what would happen.
** In season six's "Two to Go," Xander blames himself for the entire [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Willow]] scenario, since he saw the gun in Warren's hand before he even raised it, but was simply frozen with fear and did nothing to stop him from shooting Buffy and Tara.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Catelyn feels her family is being punished because she broke a BargainWithHeaven to love Jon Snow as her own.
* In an episode of ''Series/WhatILikeAboutYou'', it's used as a followup/admission by a character who has previously denied responsibility.
* Brilliantly parodied in the Swedish comedy series ''{{Varan TV}}''. While hunting a man wearing a deer cap, one of the hunters accidentally shoots a REAL deer (no, seriously!) who of course dies. While he is overcome with guilt, his buddies tries to cheer him up, which leads to the following dialogue:
-->"You can't blame yourself for this, it's not your fault."
-->"It's all my fault! I shot him!" (being un-sarcastic and fully serious)"Well... Yeah, you're right! It is actually all your fault!"
* Invoked rather cruelly, and quite often, for Dean Winchester in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In the episode "Faith," Dean gets electrocuted and is about to die from heart damage. He seems to be accepting it but Sam takes him to a faith healer and Dean makes a full recovery. But then they find out that it's [[BalancingDeathsBooks a life for a life]] and he feels guilty (and almost suicidal) for the entire episode.
** While Dean lays in a coma during "In My Time Of Dying," his father makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with the Yellow Eyed Demon]] to save Dean's life. Over the course of the season, he [[BreakTheCutie is slowly broken down because of this,]] until Sam dies and he makes a [[DrivenToSuicide deal of his own]], still thinking that he should have stayed dead and if he does this then at least something good will come out of his life.
** In the fourth season episode "On the Head of a Pin", Dean is told he is completely to blame for the upcoming apocalypse, because he was [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil driven to torture souls in Hell]]. His father was meant to be the first seal but he never broke, proving that John Winchester has the unique talent of making Dean feel worthless long after he's dead. Of course, as it turns out [[spoiler: Sam is also to blame, because, while Dean broke the first seal by drawing blood in Hell, Sam broke the last when he killed Lilith]].
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', there's a very good reason Derek Hale is the way he is.
* Inverted and subverted in a fifth season episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In exchange for being given legal knowledge, Gunn allows an item to pass through customs, which eventually leads to [[spoiler:the death of Fred]]. Naturally he feels guilty about it, and is even [[spoiler:stabbed by Wesley]] after he finds out. Later, Angel visits him in his hospital bed and tells him:
-->'''Angel''': Listen, Gunn. I know you feel bad about your part what happened [[spoiler:to Fred]]. And you should. For the rest of your life, it should wake you up in the middle of the night. And it will. Because you're a good man. You signed a piece of paper. That's all.
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
** Chakotay started blaming himself after he learned that his former lover Seska had betrayed the titular ship to an enemy species; she turned out to be a Cardassian spy [[PaperThinDisguise dolled up to be a Bajoran]] to infiltrate the Maquis, and Chakotay felt responsible for not catching on to her as the leader of the cell she infiltrated, especially after he learned later that he had missed other spies among his ranks (including science officer Tuvok). It was only when Tuvok admitted that Seska had deceived him while they were in the cell, as well, that Chakotay got over it.
** Neelix has the same response in "Basics" when his actions get a RedShirt killed. The irony is [[TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled it's actually true!]]
* Averted in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Daniel's grandfather tries to comfort him over the loss of his parents years ago, telling him it wasn't his fault. Daniel's reply? "Of ''course'' it wasn't my fault!"
* In ''Series/DeadSet'', when [[spoiler: Angel is bit by a zombie]], the character who is responsible says "it's all my fault."
* Clark Kent in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is like this almost to a neurotic degree, to the point that it has been Lampshaded by Chloe in Season 8. Witness the misery (a compilation of the times Clark implies, says or worries about this in dream sequences): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6z8EPJyb1U
** Chloe does this a lot too in later seasons.
* Murdock blames himself when [[spoiler: Face is shot]] in ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "Without Reservations."
--> "He's getting weaker. I can't believe I'm responsible for all of this."
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E19RedZoneCuba Red Zone Cuba]]'', Frank finds himself owing a large amount of money to the mob, then he tricks the mob enforcer into thinking that Dr Forrester is him. As Forrester is getting beaten senseless, Frank says to Mike and the bots, "You know, I can't help but feel somewhat responsible."
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Ninth Doctor hardly gets through an episode without blaming himself and/or apologising to someone for getting them killed, failing to save somebody else, or just [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking snapping at someone he likes.]] And since he expects the same kind of owning up to mistakes from his Companions and will give them the DeathGlare until they do...
** The Doctor blames himself in many of [[TheNthDoctor his incarnations]] due to all the crap that tends to happen [[TheChewToy around him]], the [[SadisticChoice Sadistic Choices]] he's forced to make, the fact that everyone who meets him feels compelled to perform a HeroicSacrifice... he blames himself for all of it. The [[ApologisesALot Tenth Doctor]] is particularly [[TheWoobie prone to this,]] but the Twelfth Doctor takes it to tragic levels in the final episodes of Series 9, when his guilt, anguish, and rage over [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara]], compounded by torture that's resulted in him being DrivenToMadness, turn him into TheUnfettered, an AntiVillain risking the safety of the entire universe on a TragicDream to [[spoiler: bring her back from the dead]], even as he's assured that he was '''not''' truly responsible for what happened -- rather that it was [[spoiler: Clara, for making foolish-if-noble choices in trying to be like him]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': G'kar has an appropriate quote re: Ivanova:
--> "It is as though her heart has been pierced, and her spirit has poured out through the wound. She blames herself. It is foolish. It is destructive. ...It is human."
* In season 3 of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', [[{{Jerkass}} Dick, of all people,]] falls into this trope while dealing with [[spoiler:his brother killing a dozen people, then committing suicide.]] When his father shows up, Dick has something of a breakdown and admits he thinks it's their fault.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** In "Ominvore", Hotch believes it's all his fault for one of his actions. What does Rossi do? Offers his gun.
-->'''Rossi''': So you think this is ''your'' fault?\\
'''Hotch''': ''(voice tight)'' It is.\\
'''Rossi''': Well, here, use mine. ''(offers Hotch his gun)'' No, really, you've convinced me. You hung up on him, practically killed them yourself. Go on, get it over with. Don't worry about us, we'll get this guy without you.\\
'''Hotch''': Dave, I had ten years to do something about this!\\
'''Rossi''': Shaughnessy made [[DealWithTheDevil the deal]]. The killing stopped, he closed the case and sent the BAU away. For ten years you worked on other cases, active cases-\\
'''Hotch''': But I kept coming back to this profile.\\
'''Rossi''': Hey, I was retired! Should I blame myself for every victim that got killed when I was on my book tour? Look, if you wanna end up like Shaughnessy, like [[LeavingYouToFindMyself Gideon]], blaming yourself for everything, you go ahead. But that voice in your head? It's not your conscience, it's your ''ego''. This isn't about us, Aaron, it's about the bad guys. That's why ''we'' profile ''them'', it's their fault. We're just guys doing a job, and when we stop doing it, someone else will. Trust me, I know.\\
'''Hotch''': ''(gesturing to the gun)'' You can put that away now.\\
'''Rossi''': You sure?\\
'''Hotch''': [[LampshadeHanging Yeah, it was a little dramatic, don't you think?]]\\
'''Rossi''': My wife always said I had a flair for the dramatic.\\
'''Hotch''': [[MoodWhiplash Which one?]]\\
'''Rossi''': [[MoodWhiplash All of 'em.]]\\
'''Hotch''': [[MoodWhiplash Thanks.]]\\
'''Rossi''': [[MoodWhiplash Anytime.]]
** This is the cause of some unsubs' actions, the most obvious example being "Hanley Waters", in which a woman goes on a killing spree exactly one year after [[spoiler: her son's death in a car accident]] because she cannot bear anymore the sense of guilt caused by constantly blaming herself [[spoiler: along with her ex-husband]].
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': Gaius Baltar gets a taste of this after realizing it was his lover Caprica-Six who frakked up the colonies' defense systems through his gullibility and -- let's face it -- horniness. He deals with it by blaming the rest of the universe, and ultimately God.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has killed dozens of people and felt no remorse, but when he finds [[spoiler: his wife, Rita,]] dead, his shocked response as police arrive is to blurt out "It was me."
* From ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': It is revealed that the Rangers' mentor figure, Dr. K, was actually behind the creation and (accidental) release of the [[BigBad Venjix computer virus]] which has devastated the entire world. The bad guys have placed that same virus inside of Dillon, the HalfHumanHybrid of the team, and is taking over his body. Before he falls fully under Venjix's control, Dr. K is forced to upload the base code for the virus to slow its growth. What she says next shocks her team:
--->'''Dr. K''': [Flatly] What just happened was that I entered the base code for the Venjix virus. I know it because I wrote it. I'm the one who released it. Everything that's happened, everything you've all been through--it's all my fault.
* A blunt statement of the [[TheChainsOfCommanding "command responsibility"]] version from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Metamorphosis":
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' It isn't your fault.\\
'''Kirk:''' I'm in command, Bones. That makes it my fault.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' has Jane blaming himself for the deaths of his wife and daughter. He doesn't get much pity though considering, well... it ''is'' his fault.
** Lisbon and the team do have some sympathy for him, however. After all, he didn't kill them, just got overconfident and pissed off the wrong person.
* Series/{{House}}'s reponse to this? [[BluntYes Yes it is.]] [[TaughtByExperience And now you won't do it again.]]
* Alain of ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' considered himself TheLoad, which is justified and [[RedemptionDemotion partially true]] following his HeelFaceTurn. He thought it's his fault even if the events that moved him to this position has been completely outside his reach the same as most option that would change his position for better.
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' presents a twisted version of this. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Breaking down]] in tears, [[TheStoic Hiiro Kagami]] reveals that he thinks this about [[LostLenore Saki's]] death. He spent most of the story up until then pinning the blame on [[ArchEnemy Taiga]] [[FallenHero Hanaya]], her doctor. The twist is that both would want this to be the case, but in reality neither of them is at fault.
* In ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'', Phryne Fisher blames herself for the disappearance and possible (later confirmed) death of her younger sister, because they were alone together at the time and she was distracted. At the end of season 1, she gets her answers and revenge on the killer.
* ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'': [[KidHero Kotaro]] tells other Kyurangers that he thinks this is the case with [[HurtingHero Stinger]] after the events of Space 16.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Roj Blake has a tendency to do this when things go badly wrong, causing [[SourSupporter Kerr Avon]] to immediately [[WorldOfSnark snark back]], "We know."
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Harold Finch has a lot of guilt for inventing the Machine, and later ignoring a prediction from the ArtificialIntelligence that his OnlyFriend Nathan Ingram was about to become the next VictimOfTheWeek. The trope is lampshaded during a flashback scene where Finch is seeing a therapist.
-->'''Finch:''' [[SurvivorsGuilt Survivor's guilt]]. I'm familiar.
-->'''Therapist:''' Well, then you're also familiar with what I'm about to say next: that you think your friend's death was your fault. Otherwise, you'd have to face a very painful truth. That you are not God. You don't control who lives or dies. That powerlessness also means that your friend's death is not your fault. I assure you, in time, the guilt you feel will pass.
-->'''Finch:''' Let me ask you a question then. Does survivor's guilt pass when everything that has happened actually is, in fact, your fault?

* Used to a [[{{Narm}} Narmful]] degree by Tim Owens in Music/IcedEarth's Gettysburg 1863. Granted, it IS General Lee's fault, but is it really necessary?
* Dr. Light in Music/TheProtomen's rock opera Father of Death, says this trope word for word.

* In ''Theatre/CactusFlower'', Julian reacts this way when he finds out that Toni really did try to kill herself over him and the letter she sent wasn't just a ploy:
-->'''Julian''': I'm a bastard. The biggest bastard in the whole world.\\
'''Toni''': Julian, please, you're starting to make it sound like bragging. ''(She rises and stands directly behind him)'' It wasn't really your fault. I knew what I was getting into. [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging You've always told me the truth.]]\\
'''Julian''': I should have kept my mouth shut.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Seere says this often in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. He and the BigBad are twins, and the main reason the BigBad is [[SplitPersonality crazy]] is because their mother doted on him and [[TheUnFavourite ignored her completely.]] He keeps the party from killing the BigBad and then [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath tries to reason with her.]] Needless to say, this fails. Leonard from the same game probably qualifies as well since he blames himself for the death of his family, and this is the only possible reason he agreed to a pact with [[{{Jerkass}} that damn]] [[SmallAnnoyingCreature fairy.]]
* This is practically the ''CatchPhrase'' of [[spoiler:post-ImportantHaircut Luke]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', to which the most common reply is a DontSaySuchStupidThings variant from Tear.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Hercules declares this because he failed to defeat the Hydra and falls into a depression that lasts until you defeat Hades late in the game. Even though it wasn't really his fault.
** In the same game, [[spoiler:after Axel kidnaps Kairi]], Sora starts to [[ManlyTears cry]] inside the Gummi Ship as his friends try to cheer him up. When Goofy tells him that "he's the key that connects everything", Sora mutter "So it's all ''my'' fault". Goofy takes back his words in shock, not wanting Sora to enter another HeroicBSOD.
* Fail a mission in ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy''? Don't worry, it is not your fault. It is our fault for believing in you.
** Like [[PlayerPunch THAT'S]] going to make us feel any better.
* Oichi in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. It's practically the only thing she ever says.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', Teddie blames himself so hard for [[spoiler: Nanako's death]] that he nearly {{Heroic BSOD}}ed himself out of existence.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Princess Garnet / Dagger give herself a good chiding after [[BreakTheCutie a particularly long stretch of terrible events]]. [[spoiler:From finding out that she was adopted, to watching her adopted mother slowly slip into insanity only to [[DyingAsYourself snap out of it just as she dies]], becoming queen of Alexandria, then watching her entire capital city get blown to bits by Garland.]] After all that, not only does Dagger blame herself for the things that have happened, she temporarily goes mute in grief. Dagger does snap out of it, but only after an ImportantHaircut and every other hero reassuring Dagger that [[YouDidEverythingYouCould she couldn't possibly be blamed for all the tragedy]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' practically makes a ''theme'' of this. The only playable character who doesn't blame him/herself over something that's not his/her fault is Hope; Hope, rather, blames Snow for something that wasn't his fault. [[spoiler:The things being blamed include Serrah and Dajh becoming l'Cie, Serrah being taken captive and turned to crystal, and Hope's mother ''volunteering'' to join Snow's defensive force and getting herself killed.]]
* Depending on dialogue, Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' will beat him/herself up after [[spoiler:his/her mother's murder saying that s/he wasn't fast enough and didn't watch over his/her mother closely enough.]]
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Oghren himself will make this statement if he's brought to the Gauntlet, stating that he believes that if he had been a better husband, Branka might not have dragged their clan to their deaths in her mad search for the Anvil.
** Also in Origins; near the end of the Ashes of Andraste quest, one of the "tests of faith" involves reflecting on the origin of the PlayerCharacter. The PC can answer that they feel guilt for not being fast enough, strong enough, smart, enough, or whatever to make a difference. While it's a rather heartwrenching part of the game, it's especially [[TearJerker poingant]] in the Human Noble and City Elf origins.
** ''Varric'' of all people seems to take this attitude in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', though not without reason. Along with him and his brother being the ones who led the expedition down to the Ancient Dwarven Thaig, discovering the Red Lyrium Idol and more or less kicking off the events that led to Meredits going crazy and sparking the Mage Rebellion, he also was the one who was involved in leading Hawke to the Warden Fortress where Corypheus was held, which resulted in the party accidentally unleashing him upon Thedas and causing the events of ''Inquisition''. And then in the same game he gets Hawke involved ''again'' and if you don't play your cards right, Hawke can end up being ''trapped in the Fade, possibly for eternity.'' What's worse is that for the most part, all these events start with Varric ''just trying to help.''
* In the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series, [[TheBigGuy Murray]] blames himself for [[TheSmartGuy Bentley]] [[spoiler: being permanently crippled at the end of [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second game]]]], saying he "just wasn't strong enough" to save him. Bentley repeatedly makes it clear that he doesn't blame Murray in the slightest, but still takes a lot of WalkingTheEarth before Murray stops blaming himself.
* [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Bain]] in ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' will usually blame himself or says how he underestimated the cops whenever you fail a heist. He apologizes and even starts working on bailing you out of jail. While the player characters have no reaction to this (being in jail obviously), it makes many players see Bain as quite a nice guy despite the fact that he's the mastermind behind all the heists.
** This was temporarily reversed in the [[VideoGame/PAYDAY2 sequel]], where prior to Spring 2016 Bain [[NeverMyFault never took any blame]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight'', Jusqua blames himself when Aire is [[BalefulPolymorph cursed to be a cat]] right after he ditches her for being insufferably selfish. He probably couldn't have done anything to stop her from opening the "treasure" that did it, but he spends the next portion of the game trying to find a cure for her. [[spoiler:Except the cat he brings with him is actually just a stray... Aire finds a cure through other means.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', Annie/[[spoiler:Katey Greene]] blames herself for her father, [[spoiler:Chuck]], becoming a crime lord due to the fact that she has to take Zombrex for every 24 hours, so [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere she went off on her own]].
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard takes this attitude after the [[DarkestHour Fall of Thessia]]. Shepard states that as the commanding officer, it was his/her responsibility to find every variable and know how to overcome each of them, [[IShouldHaveBeenBetter which s/he failed to do]]. This sends him/her into a brief, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness but noticeable]], HeroicBSOD and very nearly over the DespairEventHorizon.
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'', [[spoiler:upon hearing that Sicily was born in Celestia as a Demon Angel because of their mother's sacrifice and that her status made her an outcast, Laharl recognized that it was his fault for everything Sicily went through and even tells Sicily that she should be angry at him. He does this to also deflect any resentment Sicily might have against their mother for her sacrifice. Luckily, Sicily doesn't resent her mother at all and is happy that her brother lives.]]
* ''VideoGame/HometownStory'':
** There is a shared one between Carl and his old friend the village sentient scarecrow. While they were engaged, Carl's wife Aisha went on a walk when Carl took his time to show up for a date and got injured. Since then, Carl has become a CreatureOfHabit. The scarecrow blames himself because the couple's meeting spot was his location, but his conversation was not interesting enough to keep Aisha entertained.
** [[spoiler:Anna gets a period of this after her younger brother Harvey's death, due to having encouraged him take care of things himself and rely on others as little as possible.]]
* Used as a very gut wrenching plot twist in ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories''. [[spoiler: The Harry Mason you been playing as this whole time? DeadAllAlong. He's just Cheryl's memories. Harry gotten a divorce with Dahlia and Cheryl was disturbed enough to think that her parents didn't love her anymore. Right after the divorce, Harry dies in a car crash, which has Cheryl blaming herself for the divorce and her father's death. She spends the majority of her teenage years lashing out against her mother, causing trouble at school, and shoplifts. All the therapy sessions done in the game are actually from Chery's perspective where Dr. Kauffman tries to convince her that she is not to blame for Harry's divorce and death. Whether or not Cheryl gets over her issues depends on the player's responses and choices in the therapy sessions.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' after a bought of NeverMyFault after the WhamEpisode, this ''defines'' [[AllLovingHero Luke]] [[TheAtoner fon]] [[TheWisePrince Fabre]] after he TookALevelInKindness and did an ImportantHaircut to prove it. It's a terrible [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]], especially as [[spoiler: there was no way Luke could have avoided destroying Akzeriuth due to the BigBad having groomed and ''raised'' him as an UnwittingPawn, not to mention [[HypnoFool hypnotized]] him into doing the final deed and the fact Luke is ''[[YoungerThanHeLooks actually seven]]''.]] The result is not pretty and his friends spend the majority of the plot trying to convince Luke otherwise without much luck.
* Tarnum of ''Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' ''Chronicles'' was in his first life the Barbarian Tyrant who united the Barbarian tribes into one kingdom via brutal conquest. He is all too aware that this brutality tainted the spirit of his people. When the AxCrazy Kilgor becomes king, Tarnum blames himself for it.
-->'''Tarnum:''' ''The example I set for my people when I was the brutal Barbarian Tyrant has come to its final fruition today. A man named Kilgor now rules my people, and he's turned them into the blood thirstiest bunch of savages in all the land.''
* To show what significant [[CharacterDevelopment changes]] Kratos in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar2018'' goes through since his [[VideoGame/GodOfWar early days]], he blames himself for all the havoc he caused back in Greece. Within the game itself, [[spoiler: he takes full blame for Atreus becoming ill]]. Quite the change from the man who [[NeverMyFault would never accept blame for his own actions.]]


[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Franchise/AceAttorney:
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'', Regina Berry says this when [[spoiler: she realizes she was responsible for the accident that sent Bat into a coma, and thus partly responsible for Acro killing Regina's father in an attempt to get revenge on her.]]
** Quercus Alba from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' does this a lot. [[spoiler: It's to prop up his facade of being a frail old man, when in reality he's the BigBad.]]
** Miles Edgeworth falls into this for about half a case during the finale of the first game (not counting the Bonus Case), until Phoenix manages to break him out of it. With Evidence.
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': Said word for word by [[spoiler:Kyousuke]] early on in Refrain in reference to [[spoiler:the way Rin's social anxiety had hit critical levels to the point where she can't function normally in society anymore.]] Though in this case, it's mixed with IDidWhatIHadToDo, and while the consequences are certainly regrettable the reason behind the actions in the first place are more real now than ever.
* In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', during Damien's path, the player character blames herself for the injuries Damien caused her. Virginia is quick to dismiss this, but it doesn't comfort the PC much.
-->'''Virginia:''' Don't say that! It is ''not'' your fault, it's his! ''No one'' saw this coming! He's dated lots of girls and broken all their hearts, you're not the first!\\
'''Mary Sue:''' No, I'm just the only one stupid enough to [[spoiler: agree to give him my soul]].
* ''VideoGame/TheresiaDearEmile'' gives us two doctors, Maylee and an unnamed man, [[spoiler: the protagonist of Dear Martel]]. He blames himself for creating Epicari. Maylee comments that she has no intention of blaming him, and would rather create a solution. [[spoiler:By the end of the game, it's revealed Maylee actually did blame herself.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'': [[Anime/ShinMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]] briefly considers himself the primary reason [[spoiler:ZERO awakens and almost dooms the world, knowing that him and Great Mazinger are one of the primary triggers for ZERO's arrival.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MysticMessenger'', we have V [[spoiler:who has endured years of DomesticAbuse at the hands of his ex-fiance Rika to the point where he even blames himself for [[EyeScream the eye injury that would eventually turn him blind]] and cause him to [[CareerEndingInjury give up his career as a photographer]]. He blames himself completely for all of the bad things that've happened in his and Rika's life, including her deteriorating mental health even though it was Rika herself who decided to stop her own treatment and V was the one who tried (and failed) to persuade her to keep to it for her sake.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* A running gag in Season 11 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': various members of the Blood Gulch Crew, when confronted with certain questions or statements about their crashed ship, blame themselves for the ship's crashing. Comes with its own twist, as rather than saying aloud that it's their fault, each person has a flashback to something they did on the ship that appears to be the cause of flashing red warning lights, then cut back to the present where they either go SuspiciouslySpecificDenial or just dodge the topic.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/MotherlyScootaloo'', this is one of Scootaloo's main flaws, blaming herself for things that couldn't possibly be her fault.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Vaarsuvius blames him/herself for not having enough magical power to change the outcome of the Azure City battle and, since then, for failing to locate a missing friend who got separated during the battle. V's self-blame is anything but objective, since his/her friend is blocked from scrying by an abjuration that can only be broken with Epic-level magic, and V's contributions during the battle far outweighed his eventual limitations, but intellectually acknowledging this does little to stop the anguish.
** And poor V plays this even straighter -- and with more cause -- upon realizing that [[spoiler: it was V's own spell that wiped out the Draketooth family and ''every other bloodline they'd ever reproduced with'']].
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' My fault.\\
'''Blackwing:''' Vaarsuvius?\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' I am the cause. It sprang from my brow.
** Trying to avert this trope is partially Redcloak's motivation for his deeds, as expanded on in [[{{Prequel}} Start]] [[StartOfDarkness Of Darkness]]. While he has [[WellIntentionedExtremist other]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans reasons]], another part is avoiding the guilt he feels for every goblin that died under his command. As his brother Right-Eye put it best...
--->'''Right-Eye:''' It's all about whose fault it is... If I kill Xykon now, then it was all a waste. You ordered goblins to their deaths believing in the Plan- so if we abandon it now, then you were wrong. You let them die for nothing. You're willing to [[WeHaveReserves throw good lives after bad]] so that you don't have to admit that we were wrong to work with Xykon in the first place, much less help him cheat death.
* The "it's not your fault" variation is [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20040922.html darkly]] [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20040923.html twisted]] near the end of the {{webcomic}} ''[[http://www.itswalky.com/ It's Walky!]]'', when the [[MagnificentBastard Head Alien]] uses it to make Sal feel helpless.
* [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/501 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}''. "I should just live in a box from now on, and stay out of '''everybody's''' lives!"
* In a less serious example than most Itto of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' tries to invoke this when he realizes the Baron isn't buying his story of sneaking into the labs alone though he still doesn't give up the names of any other students involved.
* Probably owing to her (almost) complete self-reliance through most of her childhood, Antimony from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' blames herself for [[ParentalAbandonment her father's disappearance]] and for failing to help the Ghost with the Sword (even though their meeting lasted less than a minute, most of which the Ghost spent trying to cut Annie's face off). Both times, Kat tells Annie she's being ridiculous.
** Another example is Diego, who was in love with Jeanne (The Ghost with the Sword mentioned above) while she was alive. Any of the court robots (the originals were built by Diego) will respond to "Jeanne" with "She died and we did nothing." [[spoiler:It is recently revealed that Diego set Jeanne up to her fate because she didn't love him back, it really is his fault.]]
*** Averted. Even on his ''deathbed'' he pins all of the blame on the other members of the Court involved in Jeanne's death.
** Annie later blames herself for [[spoiler:Coyote's death when Ysengrin turned on him after Coyote gave him his powers and the destruction Ysengrin inflicted on the Court. Probably because Coyote gave Ysengrin his power due to supposedly being impressed by Ysengrin's bonding with Annie. And because she helped free Jeanne from her curse, which while a good deed also removed the one power keeping Coyote (and by extension Ysengrin) from outright attacking the Court.]]
* Karl of ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' say this when he finds out sbout Eddie and Jason's plan to [[spoiler: fix his face by trading an [[MacGuffin artifact]],]] despite the fact he was unaware of the plan while it was in progress.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Torg blames himself for [[ILetGwenStacyDie failing to save]] [[spoiler:Alt-Zoe]]. In fact, he blames himself more than he blames the guy who actually killed her.
** Riff blames himself for [[spoiler:Zoe]] getting horribly burned, mistakenly believing it was one of his malfunctioning inventions that started the fire.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', when a [[spoiler: deceased]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext doomed alternate timeline version of Dave]] finds out that [[spoiler: his Bro died]], his first question is "what did i do wrong". At the time the event occured, Dave was psychically unconscious on a different planet, and could not have possibly done a thing to help (of course, he is a time traveller who revisited that point of the timeline several times, so he could theoretically have gone to help, but another alternate version of him was already helping and he still failed).
** Also, WV. When he [[spoiler: led the black and white pawns to battle, Jack Noir went and killed every single one of them.]] He blames himself for all of their deaths, and leads to a FunnyAneurysmMoment during [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002621 [S] WV: Lead your men to victory!]] He's commanding a [[ChessMotifs chess army.]]
** And Karkat. While he may try to push the blame on [[IHatePastMe his past selves]] for little things, like trolling Jade for most of her life, he always blames himself when things get really serious. Like [[spoiler: failing to get Sollux into the Medium in time, not preventing Eridan from killing Kanaya and Feferi, not keeping an eye on Gamzee to prevent him from going AxCrazy, accidentally giving the kids' universe cancer...]] He's complex enough that this isn't exactly his defining trait, but it's damn close.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' the ghostly Lizard of Guilt [[spoiler:pesters Ivan into lashing out and yelling insults... in the middle of his trial for treason against the Mistress]]. In the last panel, [[spoiler:the guards are posting a new "Apprentice Wanted" sign]], and the Lizard of Guilt has a screaming guilt trip.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=530 this is the last thing that goes through Grace's mind]] before she goes berserk and attacks Damien.
* ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain:''
** Low self-esteem and SurvivorGuilt combine to cause this in Undine. Her old team was [[spoiler: wiped out after a monster attack, with Undine surviving only because Tessa sacrificed her power to save her]]. Between this and the possibility that the one behind the incident has a personal grudge against Undine, she fears it all happened because of her. An encounter with that person later leaves Undine unable to take pleasure from saving a civilian family from a monster because she fears it was her presence that brought about the attack in the first place. That Heartful Punch was very nearly killed as well only makes it worse.
** Tessa also feels responsibility for the fate of Team Alchemical. It was an argument with them over who should be leader that caused Tessa to [[spoiler: sit out the night of the attack and arrive too late to help anyone but Undine]]. The reason she was so quick to [[spoiler: give up her power for Undine]] was because, at that moment, she felt that any one of them deserved to live more than she did.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'': Ultra-Man blames himself for the death of his grandson, who was killed at the hands of his ArchEnemy, [[DiabolicalMastermind Baron Maltus]], and he thinks his daughter blames him for it as well. (He's wrong about that last part.)
* In the web-novel ''[[http://http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2718227/1/Fragile Fragile]]'', this appears in one of the story's more poignant scenes. Severin apologizes to Page for [[spoiler:going insane]] because of how it hurts him (Page, that is, not Severin). An emotional episode ensues, in which Page assures Severin that not only is it not his fault, there wasn't anything he could do at all to prevent it.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Phase blames herself for what has happened to her own body. WordOfGod says that isn't true.
** It took a long time for Tennyo to get over her guilt about the Star Stalker's actions before it merged with her, despite the fact that most of it took place before the Earth even existed. In some ways, she never has fully come to grips with it, in fact.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qj8PhxSnhg one]] of the WebVideo/MuppetViralVideos, two pumpkins unwittingly goad the Swedish Chef into using a bazooka on them.
-->'''Pumpkin 1:''' Sorry 'bout that.\\
'''Pumpkin 2:''' Neh, I blame myself.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic tortures himself over Ma-Ti's death in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', realizing that even though he proved his friendship in the end, it was still partly his treatment of Ma-Ti that drove him to HeroicSuicide in the first place. He spends a year getting sadder and more obsessed with responsibility, and then in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' -- to put it in simple terms -- atones, apologizes and makes his own HeroicSuicide too.
* In Entry #66 of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', [[spoiler:Tim]] admits to Jay that he feels everything that happened to the cast of Marble Hornets is his fault because [[spoiler:his exposure to the Operator as a child]] may have been what lured it to them in the first place.
* ''WebVideo/EXONextDoor'':
** D.O. blames himself for only talking about himself and not realizing anything was wrong when Suho calls him after [[spoiler: running away after leaving the hospital.]]
** Chanyeol blames himself for Suho getting hurt in the first place, but as he was the one who knocked over the water bottle Suho tripped on, he's not entirely blameless.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd says this when he reviews a bunch of games based on himself, and realizes that many of these games [[StylisticSuck deliberately include some of the bad/frustrating game elements]] that he commonly complains about in his videos, such as arcing projectiles that are difficult to hit enemies with and nonsensical enemy design. When he sees the hypothetical overkill death trap he described in his ''VideoGame/SuperPitfall'' review made real, it's enough for him to [[SubvertedCatchPhrase subvert his catch phrase]], "What were they thinking?!", into, "What was ''I'' thinking?!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] when Katara's theft of a Waterbending scroll has gotten them all captured by pirates ''and'' Zuko:
--->'''Katara:''' Aang, this is all my fault.\\
'''Aang:''' No, Katara, it isn't.\\
'''Iroh:''' Yeah, it kind of is...
** A more serious example is [[spoiler: Sokka's attitude in the first half of "The Boiling Rock"]].
** Inverted in the episode "The Desert" when Sandbenders steal Appa. Aang blames Toph for saving him, Katara and Sokka instead of Appa.
** Zuko feels this way about being banished, that ''he'' did something dishonorable by speaking out against the [[WeHaveReserves senseless sacrifice of novice troops]] and subsequently displaying filial piety in the Agni Kai arena. [[TruthInTelevision This is pretty common for]] [[TearJerker child abuse survivors in real life.]] He finally realized he wasn't to blame, just that his father is "a monster, and the worst father in the history of fathers".
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' Batman blames himself for the death of his parents, despite having no logical reason to do so.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Curse of the Kobra" after Zander kidnaps Max.
-->'''Terry:''' I never should've introduced him to Max.\\
'''Bruce:''' Don't blame yourself.\\
'''Terry:''' Why not? It's my fault.\\
'''Bruce:''' I know, but blaming's not productive.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' when Ben thinks that [[spoiler: Gwen has died]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Oneupsman Chip", Chip's joke on Dale backfires when it leads the latter out of safety and right into the hands of archenemy Fat Cat's men. A dejected Chip says "This is all my fault", and the other Rangers console him... until Gadget blurts out that "although basically, you ''did'' trick him into going there." Great consolation, Gadget. Chip bonks himself on the head and resolves to rescue his friend.
* Variation in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', after Valerie's been hurt during Pariah Dark's invasion:
-->'''Tucker:''' You can't blame yourself for this. It's not your fault.\\
'''Danny:''' Maybe not. But it ''is'' my [[ComesGreatResponsibility responsibility]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Have Plane, Will Travel", Dastardly feels the pangs of guilt when he thinks Klunk has flipped his lid in trying to use clouds as a means of chasing Yankee Doodle Pigeon.
-->'''Dastardly:''' It's all my fault. I've been too hard on the poor nincompoop.
* ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'': In the war short "The Old Army Game", Sergeant Pete yells this when he thinks Donald got cut in half after he threw him (in a box) onto some razor wire.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E53HeroForHire Hero for Hire]]", Scrooge believes that his firing Launchpad drove him to becoming a bank robber, and he doesn't lighten up after the pilot seemingly crashes fatally.
* Said word for word by [[JerkassWoobie Eddy]] in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'' after a particularly cruel quicksand prank pulled by him and Ed on Double-D enrages the latter to the point of preferring to be beaten within an inch of his life by the Cul-de-sac kids than hang around with Ed and Eddy any longer.
-->'''Eddy:''' '''FINE!''' GO HOME! I don't blame ya!! Because everything '''WAS''' my fault! (''beat, [[BreakTheHaughty then cue sobbing]]'') Yeah, you heard me! A foul-up wannabe loser! (''breaks down even more'')
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode ''Mother Tucker'', [[ManChild Peter]] says this before running up the stairs sobbing when his mother leaves Tom Tucker and needs to be consoled.
** Subverted in another episode after Peter ran over Brian with his car (it was entirely Peter's fault): "I can't help but think this is somehow Meg's fault."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Sting", Leela blames herself for Fry's death by space bee sting. The professor tries to comfort her by telling her it isn't her fault - then ruins it by (loudly) telling Bender, "I'm lying to make her feel better!"
** Subverted in the first film. Bender believes he's killed Fry, and Amy tries to tell him not to blame himself. Bender says that he in fact blames all of them for what he did. He sees his ability to do so as proof of how great he is.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode 16, "Scrambled Eggs", a turtle mama mistakes Sheldon for her baby, and the turtle baby (who, indeed, is still mostly inside his shell, except for his legs) is led back to the barn by Booker, because they both have vision problems, apparently. Roy, too, is afflicted, as he tries out his sneezing powder on "Sheldon", and hides. It's effective mainly because [[RuleOfFunny it wouldn't be funny]] if it just bounced off. The turtle sneezes, breaking him out. He leaves before Roy looks around the corner. When the dust clears... all that's left is a shell! Roy walks around dejected for a while, thinking he's sneezed himself into nothingness, until a couple of seconds after he realizes he's just said hello to him.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle'' cartoon "The Rainmakers" has the two having a picnic in the rain. Jeckle wishes on a wishbone that it would stop raining forever, and sure enough it does. But now there's the mother of all droughts and it's on the TV news.
-->'''Jeckle:''' I say...do you think ''I'' caused all this?\\
'''TV Reporter:''' (''coming out from the TV and in Jeckle's face'') Yes!! And what are ''you'' going to do about it?!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' episode "Hercules and the Big Lie", this is played straight when the title character realizes that said lie caused Icarus to put himself on danger. Subverted a minute later when he adds that it's also partly Cassandra's fault for urging him to do it.
* Helga Pataki says it twice in the same scene of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', "Phoebe Breaks A Leg".
** Arnold also says this after he somehow caused Helga to go blind, [[spoiler: which turns out not to be the case, but he doesn't know that]]. Matters are not made better by Grandpa, who keeps prattling on how Helga will somehow get by, somehow, even after what Arnold did to her. Of course Helga plays this up enormously, as it keeps Arnold completely at her back and call.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode "The Music Awards Part 1", Jerrica says this when Deidre, Ba Nee, and Krissie [[TheRunaway run away]] after she [[NotNowKiddo kept ignoring Deidre for her work for the music awards]]. Kimber, Aja, and Shana also blame themselves.
-->'''Jerrica:''' Oh, it's all my fault, if I'd just stop to listen! (starts to cry quietly)\\
'''Aja:''' We're all to blame.\\
'''Kimber:''' We should of given them more attention too!\\
'''Shana:''' We were all too busy when they needed us!
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Peggy blames herself for the problems of Hank's co-worker[[note]]Specifically, Enrique is about to be evicted from his house, because Peggy is immigrating {{hipster}}s into his neighborhood[[/note]], uttering the "It's all my fault." Hank tries and fails to re-assure her. "No it's not...OK, it is."
* Skipper in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' does this twice in a matter of about 12 episodes. The first time he poked a hole in Julien's bouncy house causing him to lose his crown and that was his fault in fairness, but the second, when [[spoiler: one of the chimps causes him and the penguins to spin out and loss a race to the lemurs and by default their car also]] he accepts full responsibility despite the fact he did nothing that caused it. He even said they would have resignation in the morning because of his shame and guilt.
* The Brain, of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', after he accidentally pushes Pinky off the countertop they are standing on: "It's all my fault! This obsession with taking over the world is causing me to hurt the ones I... tolerate."
* ''WesternAnimation/PunkyBrewster'' goes through this in the debut episode of her cartoon when she talks Henry into taking a skydiving photography assignment in Florida where he gets lost in a swamp and she (and the others) think a swamp monster has him. As she sits on a log, head cradled in her hands and arms propped on knees:
-->'''Punky:''' We'll never find Henry, and it's all my fault. (''sniffling, tears streaming down her cheeks'') I guess I just wasn't meant to have a family.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode 'The Lost Leader' TJ blames himself when Gus gets injured during a ZanyScheme...because TJ ''forgot a teacher had fishstick stuck in their teeth''. (Complicated plan.) Plus it was mostly Gus's fault for panicking. But TJ goes into HeroicBSOD for the rest of the episode and even resigns as leader until the [[{{TrueCompanions}} other five]] pull him out of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart, on his dog running away, says this phrase, following it with "I called him a dumb dog". The rest of the family blame themselves as well.
** Also, Marge says that Homer getting thrown into a U.K. jail is "partially my fault" in the episode "The Regina Monologues".
** This was also done in an earlier episode ("Bart the Lover"), where Bart said "I can't help but feel partly responsible." when he was entirely responsible for Mrs Krabapple's hurt feelings.
** Another one: When Maude Flanders gets KilledOffForReal after being hit by cannon-launched T-shirts while getting hot dogs, Ned worries it's all his fault, for not getting them himself.
--->'''Homer:''' Don't blame yourself, Ned. After all, it was me who insisted we go to the game. It was me who provoked the lethal barrage of T-shirts. It was me who parked in the ambulance zone, negating any possibility of resuscitation... But let's not play the ''blame game''!
** Furthermore, when Homer drove Ned into moving away, he lamented "It's all somebody's fault!"
** Yet another example; after Homer refuses to pull over and let Grandpa go to the bathroom, Grandpa's kidneys burst. Homer's response? "I blame myself!" Marge's response? "We ''all'' blame you."
** In "Bart vs. Thanksgiving", Bart hears Lisa blaming herself for Bart running away on Thanksgiving. Homer and Marge also feel bad for being too harsh on Bart during dinner.
--->'''Marge:''' Homer, this is a terrible thing that's happened, but we can't blame ourselves.\\
'''Homer:''' We can, and we will!
** Another Marge example come from "Lemon of Troy", when she finds out that that her lesson to Bart on pride for his town [[GoneHorriblyRight worked too well]] and turned him into an outright xenophobe.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Parodied after Stan's parents split up:
--->'''Stan:''' Oh no! This is all my fault, isn't it?\\
'''Sharon:''' ...yeah, kinda.\\
'''Stan:''' Dude, you're not supposed to say that!
** Also when Terrance and Philip reconcile:
--->'''Philip:''' Terrance, I--\\
'''Terrance:''' No. No, Phillip, don't say it. I'm an asshole, and this is mostly my fault.\\
'''Philip:''' That's what I was gonna say: You're an asshole, and this is mostly your fault.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero Hour"]], although he doesn't say anything, the look on [[spoiler:[[ReverseMole Kallus']]]] face when he realizes [[spoiler:Thrawn played him into giving away the location of Chopper Base]], and later when [[spoiler:Commander Sato dies in a HeroicSacrifice to destroy Admiral Konstantine's Interdictor]], says everything.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' cartoon, Luigi blames himself for the cave people's crops being stolen. (This scene has, needless to say, been [[MemeticMutation memetically mutated]] in WebAnimation/YouTubePoop and nicknamed "Emo Luigi".)
-->'''Mario:''' Now wait, Luigi! The cave people can go back to picking berries.\\
'''Luigi:''' Aw, no they can't! Oh Mario, I was so sure that we'd have a great crop, that I told the cave people they didn't have to save berries anymore, and they didn't. They don't have any food stored for the winter. *sob* [[LargeHam AND IT'S ALL MY FAAAULT!]]
* This happens to Robin in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "X". After the Red-X costume and equipment is stolen, he blames himself for creating the thing in the first place. (And no-one really argues with him about it, ''especially'' when he tells them that he used [[{{Unobtainium}} xenothium]] to power the suit, an unstable element that is so dangerous, even superheroes aren't legally allowed to buy it.)
* Quoted on multiple occasions in later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' when an engine causes some dilemma or can't complete a task.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* By giving and insisting on a crazy order, vice Admiral Tryon caused the Victoria-Camperdown collision in 1893 and ultimately the loss of more than 300 lives. He chose to stay on the sinking ship Victoria. His last recorded words were exactly this: "It was all my fault".
* As the troops were planning to disembark for the Normandy landings in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, General Eisenhower wrote two letters, the first one commending the troops for their efforts in securing the beaches and the liberation of France. He also wrote a second one in case the beach landings failed (which was a real possibility due to the bad weather, massively complex scheme, and stout German defenses), in which he diverted blame upon himself and not the troops ("It is mine alone"). When the invasion proved successful, Eisenhower was going to toss the second letter away, but a junior officer read it and insisted it be preserved for historical value.
* An absolutely epic example by Flight Director Gene Kranz after the Apollo 1 fire:
-->"Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, 'Dammit, stop!' I don't know what Thompson's committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough and Competent'. Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent' on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control."