->'''Claudia''': Wait a minute. How did ''I'' become the bad guy?
->'''Henry''': You made Uncle Eddie leave. Now I'm going to have a porno birthday!
-->-- ''Series/GroundedForLife'', "All Apologies"

So, this guy has been a total {{Jerkass}} to you and you've finally had enough and snap. You stand up to him, give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, and tell him off for everything he's done to you. Should be a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, right? Well, guess what? You were so harsh on the guy that you [[MinorInsultMeltdown hurt his feelings]]. Even worse, your display was witnessed and the only thing that everyone saw was you being mean to him! [[SarcasmMode Congratulations]]. Everyone thinks [[InsaneTrollLogic you're the jerk instead of the guy you just told off]]!

This can be a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, except that ValuesDissonance makes it widely accepted, where being a jerk back is even worse than what the original Jerkass did to you. Can result from being a BullyHunter. A villain, especially a VillainWithGoodPublicity, may use this to [[HeroWithBadPublicity give a hero bad cred]]. Similar to WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou (where the guy who hit you acts like the victim), IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, and AvengingTheVillain. Related to ArrestedForHeroism and NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished (for being punished for doing the right thing), CrimeOfSelfDefense (for being punished for defending yourself), PlayingTheVictimCard (as in a villain tries to get sympathy by claiming to be a victim), WoundedGazelleGambit (where one pretends to be hurt by another in order to make him look bad) and MiscarriageOfJustice (where an innocent man is convicted for a crime he didn't commit). If the victim of this trope were friends with anyone who witness this scene prior to this moment, it probably triggers an EtTuBrute and WeUsedToBeFriends situation. In some cases, the ones who believed [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong the retaliater is in the wrong]] may [[OrderedApology force them to apologize to the insulted jerk]], and [[JerkassHasAPoint end up finding out that the calling out they were given was justified after all]].

Compare WhatTheHellHero. Contrast EngineeredPublicConfession. See also InformedWrongness for when the author deliberately puts someone in the wrong but the person didn't do anything wrong. Similar to SelectiveEnforcement where one person does something immoral and doesn't get in trouble but the opposite happens when someone else does it. Can also happen with {{Hypocrite}}s who don't like being given ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine. Compare NoSympathyForGrudgeholders where the grudgeholder ends up in this situation. When it's the viewers that feel this way, it's RootingForTheEmpire and AccentuateTheNegative. If your own pet turns against you along with everbody else, that's EvenTheDogIsAshamed. Common constructors of the trope are those with HeadInTheSandManagement especially with a VillainWithGoodPublicity, or {{Principles Zealot}}s by [[BeliefMakesYouStupid blindly preaching]] peaceful options especially when [[PacifismBackfire they are not the solution]]. Also similar to MoralMyopia where the person being the jerk is treated as in the right while the other person calling that person out is treated as in the wrong.

This trope is TruthInTelevision. Sometimes bad timing means only the retaliation and not the original Jerkass behavior being witnessed by peers or authority figures; other times it's because they don't ''care'' what wrongdoings are going on so long as things stay quiet, or there's a BitchInSheepsClothing at work.



[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* One episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Ichigo's little sisters demanding that he apologize to their cousin Tsukishima after he punches him. That wouldn't be wrong except that [[spoiler:Tsukishima is really a villain and he messed with their memories to make them think he's their cousin]]. So, basically he had that punch coming.
* In the beginning of the Myotismon arc of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', his lackey [=DemiDevimon=] tells lies to TK about his brother Matt in order to break his hope. When Tokomon tells him to stop lying, [=DemiDevimon=] mocks him cruelly, causing Tokomon to fire a bubble at him. Unfortunately, this was a BatmanGambit by [=DemiDevimon=] as TK saw Tokomon strike (not knowing that [=DemiDevimon=] started it) and abandoned him along with his crest and digivice.
* One episode of ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'' sees Satellizer el Bridget attacked and sexually assaulted by AlphaBitch upperclassman Miyabi Kannazuki, who wants to make Kazuya Aoi her newest Limiter. Against the odds, Satellizer and Kazuya manage to fight back, only for Satellizer to get in trouble for the equivalent of attacking a superior officer. Adding insult to injury, Miyabi's peers then decide to send the resident AxCrazy KnightTemplar after Satellizer, while Miyabi faces no penalties for her role in the violence.
* In one episode of ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon Chronicles]]'', an Azuril [[RelationshipSabotage sabotages Meowth's attempts to woo a Skitty]], causing Meowth to justifiably chase him in anger. The Pichu brothers and their friends come to Azuril's aid [[SympathyForTheDevil and blow Meowth away]].
* In ''Manga/{{Working}}'', Inami is so [[DoesNotLikeMen terrified of men]], that she instantly punches out any man who is unfortunate enough to be near her, [[RunningGag with her regular victim being Souta]]. Eventually, he gets fed up, [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out on this]], and ''everyone'' treats him as the bad guy and acts as if Inami didn't deserve his calling out.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** A crazy situation occurs when the Straw Hats arrive at their first stop along the Grand Line. The crew is greeted by the island's inhabitants with open arms and a party is thrown. After the Straw Hats fall asleep, however, it's revealed that the islanders are really bounty hunters working for Baroque Works. Zoro, having suspected something, was still awake and managed to take them all down. When Luffy woke up needing to use the bathroom, he discovered what had happened and attacked Zoro with intent to actually kill him for [[TooDumbToLive being an ingrate to the 'kind people']], refusing to listen to Zoro's explanation, [[CassandraTruth believing it to be lies]]. The truth does eventually get through to him eventually, after Nami [[DopeSlap smacks some sense into him]].
** For a more heartbreaking example, in Sabo's backstory, when he got into a fight with a boy from a noble family after the latter made a cruel insult, Sabo's own mother, upon learning of what happened, ignored her son's injuries and in fact ''[[ArmorPiercingSlap slapped him]]'' before apologizing repeatedly to the boy's family, seeing the social connection as more important than her own son.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' "Growing Pains": After Peter accidentally broke [[JerkJock Flash Thompson's]] hand by blocking one of his punches, his parents [[HilaritySues sue Aunt May and Uncle Ben for the medical costs]].
* In a {{Flashback}} scene in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' young Walter Korvacs is being harassed by a couple of older kids because his mother is a prostitute, so Korvacs takes one kid's cigarette and stabs him in the eye with it. Korvacs is sent to juvenile hall while the bully receives no official punishment.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** During the ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Sterling Gates]]''' run, General Sam Lane and his minions Reactron and Superwoman used this tactic against the eponymous heroine over and over again: they harass Supergirl and try to murder her, and when Kara defends herself, she gets in trouble for aggravated assault and battery, and attempted murder.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Linda Lee's classmates glare at her when they hear her recorded voice calling them "shallow, petty, mean and bad-smelling". That would be understandable, except that she was venting after spending several weeks putting up with their bullying and their mocking.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** In Act III chapter 12, after Mizore and Felucia explain to the others that Dark's claim that he's only keeping Tsukune alive long enough for Kokoa to [[TheAtoner repay her debt to him]] was merely a JerkassFacade to fool the headmaster and buy time to find out how to repair the [[RestrainingBolt Holy Lock]], they outright accuse them of being {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s and giving Dark too little credit. Of course, the rest of the gang had good reason to take Dark's words at face value, since he had openly stated on more than one occasion that if he even ''suspected'' that the Holy Lock wouldn't hold and [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the ghoul]] would roam free again, he would kill Tsukune without hesitation.
** In Act VI chapter 17, Mizore and Arial [[DesignatedGirlFight get into a fight]] over Dark that leads to Mizore pinning Arial down and literally beating Arial to a bloody pulp all while screaming at her to stay away from Dark and outright calling her a bitch. It's only after she's beaten Arial senseless and flat-out tells the other girls that "the bitch had it coming" that she realizes that during the fight, she broke into the boys' room and beat Arial to an inch of her life right in front of Dark, who considers Arial his guardian angel; by that point, Dark was the only one in the group who was [[LockedOutOfTheLoop unaware]] that Arial was [[{{Yandere}} obsessively in love with him]] to the extent that she [[MurderTheHypotenuse nearly killed Mizore in front of everybody]] in a jealous rage[[note]]Dark had fainted at the sight of Arial, so he didn't see it happen[[/note]], so to him, it appears that Mizore attacked Arial without provocation. With this, Mizore is forced to reveal the AwfulTruth to Dark.
* Played with in ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury''. [[spoiler:No one else is there to see Erin [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech verbally tear L to shreds]] and toss him out of his chair (and one wonders that if they were whether they would have agreed with her argument [[BrokenPedestal at that point]] if put off by her, ahem, intensity), but L's response to it is so kind and graceful that she [[PartingWordsRegret beats herself up over the incident]] for some time afterwards.]]

* In Creator/{{Stephen King}}'s ''Film/{{It|1990}}'', when Ben is tormented by his stepbrother over his crush on Beverly, he retaliates. Ben's stepmother then comes in to pull Ben off her son and scold him, not even reprimanding her son when he tells Ben he hates him and he's only with them because it's their duty to house him.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: Return of the King'', Sam can only lash out at Gollum's false accusations. It doesn't help (though it's actually the Ring making Frodo to be more sympathetic to Gollum).

* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', Ender is ostracized by his peers because he retaliated against a bully but misjudged his strength, making it seem as if [[DisproportionateRetribution he broke the kid's arm for the offense of poking Ender in the back]]. While the teacher present doesn't technically punish Ender, Ender knows full well that the bullying and ostracizing ''is'' the punishment, as the teacher set him up to be resented by deliberately overpraising him to his classmates.
* In one of the later ''{{Literature/Twilight}}'' books, [[TheWoobie Leah]] tells off Bella for the way she's been treating Jacob. [[WoundedGazelleGambit Bella then bursts into tears and everybody, including Jacob, gets mad at Leah for upsetting her]].
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', on [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Cisco Elroy's]] first day at a new school, he beat up a kid who tried to bully him, and since they were both unknowns the teachers concluded that Cisco was the bully. The reputation unfortunately stuck, and since then all the good teachers have been biased against him and all the wrong people want to be his friends.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Ray used to hate playing ping-pong with Frank due to his UnsportsmanlikeGloating, but holds proud memories of the one time he beat him, so when Frank reveals that [[ILetYouWin he let him win]], he demands another game to settle the score. Frank wins again and rubs it in Ray's face like he usually does, [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine until Ray tells him that he let]] ''[[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine him]]'' [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine win]]. [[{{Hypocrite}} Frank storms out in a huff]] and Marie immediately tells Ray off for humiliating his father.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has Ross move into a new apartment. A resident tries to get him to give $100 for the super's retirement, but Ross only ''just'' moved in and doesn't feel obliged. Everyone in the building treats him like a pariah.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' Season Six episode "Stress Related", Carlton shows up (in Uncle Phil's place) to give a speech at Ashley's school for Career Day, but everyone at the assembly quickly determines that he doesn't have a job, despite what he says about career success in general. And after one student quips that Carlton is a bum (causing laughter among the students present,) another student actually has the nerve to raise her hand to question if that is, in fact, the truth. "Excuse me, sir. Are you really a bum?", [[WhatAnIdiot she "politely" inquires]]. He angrily snaps, "Back off, sister!", she is genuinely shocked as to WHY he would react so defensively in the first place, and then a third student in the audience has the nerve to stand up for her and put Carlton in his place as if to say that ''he'' was being insensitive to ''her'' feelings, not vice versa. And to add further insult to her brother's emotional injury, Ashley reinforces this trope at the end of the episode when she laments to her father that, while she can understand that he was too busy to make it to the career fair himself, she ''can't'' understand why, of all people, he'd send Carlton in his place. As far as she's concerned, Carlton's defensive reaction towards that girl was COMPLETELY out of line!
* One episode of ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' features Amy trying to get the family prepared for a singing contest. Seeing them underachieving, she uses a fake family in the performance. When she gets home, the family is upset over the deception, but Amy's fast talking results in the family apologizing to ''her'' for being terrible at the routine.
* In one episode of ''Series/GroundedForLife'', upon learning that Eddie had an adult movie shot at their house, Claudia [[PersonaNonGrata bans him from the house]]. When the kids find out, they get upset that they'll never see their uncle again. Claudia even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it as shown in the page quote.
* The ''Series/HomeImprovement'' "Some Like It Hot Rod" features Jill putting Tim's car outside, only for it to get covered in snow. When Tim gets upset with her, she turns it around about how all the times he ruined her things, she forgave him, [[{{Hypocrite}} only for him to not do the same]], ending with ''her'' storming out of the garage upset. It's then that Tim realizes what just happened.
-->'''Tim''': Wait a minute! You are really good. ''You'' screw up, and ''I'm'' getting yelled at! You are really, ''really'' good!
* In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS2E13Columns Columns]]", Ted deals with a worker (his former boss) who keeps belittling his ideas and being a jerk, prompting him to fire him. However, he finds himself unable to do it due to circumstances: his birthday, his wife left him and served him divorce papers, and his dog died. Finally, Ted has enough and decides to fire him at last. However, as he does, the worker has a heart attack. Ted [[WoundedGazelleGambit thinks he's faking it]] and fires him anyway. The worker is then carried off in a stretcher and everyone despises Ted, including the paramedics.
* Used infamously in the ''Series/ICarly'' episode "iFred", when Freddie make an innocent comment about not liking the act of Fred, a web host, which Fred apparently [[ComicalOverreacting overreacts to]] and shuts down his show, causing Freddie ([[GuiltByAssociationGag along with Carly and Sam]]) to be scorned by everyone in school and Freddie to be beaten up by Sam more than usual. Eventually, Carly and Sam [[OrderedApology force Freddie to apologize to Fred]], who then reveals that it was all just an act for publicity. Even after it's revealed that Freddie was shunned, beaten, and forced to go against his own opinion [[AllForNothing for nothing]], he's ''still'' treated like crap and [[KarmaHoudini Fred gets away with it with no consequences]].
* In the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Alien", the detectives are brought in to investigate a stabbing at a Catholic school. While there, they find that the stabber in question had been the victim of a vicious bullying campaign that the school had done nothing to quell because they wanted her parents, a lesbian couple, to pull her out.
* In the ''Series/MadamSecretary'' episode "The Ninth Circle", the [=McCords'=] son Jason is expelled from a Quaker school after he breaks the school bully's nose for [[YourMom insulting his mother Elizabeth]] and refuses to apologize. Admittedly Quakers are [[ActualPacifist big on nonviolence]], but Dean Ward blames the whole thing on Jason without addressing the prior cyberbullying by the SpoiledBrat rich kid, and Liz and Henry [=McCord=] are way angrier at Ward than at Jason.
-->'''Liz:''' If I ran the State Department the way you run this school, the world would be a smoldering ember!
* Wonderfully inverted in an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Lois grounds Malcolm for not helping move a couch even though he was doing some school work. Then when the family is forced to evacuate due to a train wreck releasing toxic fumes, she says the grounding still stands and makes him stay on a cot. When he finally stands up to her, she humiliates him in front of everyone. This results in her being forced to stay outside with the others for things they did (Reese creating a black market for supplies, Dewey lying to everyone to get sympathy, and Hal for causing the accident that forced the evacuation in the first place), resulting in the one time Malcolm came out on top.
* ''Series/{{Newhart}}'': Dick hosts a new talk show with bubbly, vapid co-host Buffy Denver (Julie Brown). At a history museum, he gently tries to get her to tone down her giggly airhead comments while interviewing a curator. She immediately breaks down crying, and the curator tears into Dick for crushing her enthusiasm, and shouts "Go to hell, Mister Loudon!"
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Picard tells Wesley to shut up when he tries to warn the captain about Lore.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** In one episode, Raj has Howard and Bernadette babysit his dog, only for them to lose it. Raj manages to find the dog and decides to make Howard and Bernadette squirm for a few hours. When the pair calls Raj to cover up they lost his dog, Raj reveals he found it a few hours ago, resulting in Bernadette getting on his case about making them worry sick about the dog, resulting in ''Raj'' being the one to apologize, with Howard and Bernadette's losing his dog forgotten.
** There's also the one where Penny finally loses it with Howard and sends him into a downward spiral of self-loathing despair because of the scathing put-down she gives him. It doesn't help that she was pretty much in the right and it's remarkable she waited so long before calling Howard out on his boorish clumsy chat-up lines. She is still made to feel like a jerk by the others for being so brutally candid. She feels she has to go and apoogise. But still ends up breaking his nose.
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' features an episode where Charlie gives his mother a CallingTheOldManOut speech but then she turns it around and treats him like he's being a brat.

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Millie has been physically bullied by [[JerkJock Jeremy]] for years, but the one time Millie hit back was [[SelectiveEnforcement the one time her teacher was watching]]. And the school only punishes what its teachers personally see, even if the "aggressor" was visibly dripping mud water at the time, a policy that the teacher all but admits was born of sheer laziness.
-->'''Millie's mom:''' Was it painful, having your soul extracted?

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Phase of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' tries to help Bladedancer take on a lower profile. Phase gets blamed by the whole [[SuperheroSchool school]] for kicking Bladedancer out of Team Kimba.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}'': The episode "Arthur's Big Hit". No matter how you look at it, Arthur Read's anger towards D.W. (his sister) was completely justified, albeit extreme. D.W. also gets a [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic meta-example of this]]; The audience is supposed to feel sorry for her when Arthur punches her for playing with the model plane. Unfortunately, she came off as unsympathetic because of a) repeatedly annoying her brother by disturbing him in the midst of him building his model plane, b) ''her own fault'' for throwing the model out of the window, and c) [[NeverMyFault blaming her brother for "building it wrong"]] instead of apologizing. All in all, the situation came off as a case of TakeThatScrappy instead.
* In effect in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Splitting Images". Tired of resident JerkJock Dash picking on him, Danny decides to use his powers to get some payback. Unfortunately, he catches the attention of BullyHunter Sidney Poindexter who thinks that Dash was an innocent kid (somehow missing when Dash picked on Danny), so he takes over Danny's body and sends him to his realm where Danny gets picked on by Poindexter's bullies. While the message in the episode is ComesGreatResponsibility, it's laced with this trope as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' in the short "Crazy Over Daisy". It has the moral where using chipmunks as a source of transportation after they torment you and destroy your bike results in you losing your girl.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** The ending of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'' has an inversion of this. At the beginning of the movie, the Eds' latest scam caused massive damage and severely hurt the children, resulting in them being hunted down. After the encounter with Eddy's brother, everyone got over it, except Johnny who didn't arrive until afterwards. Therefore, when he attacked the Eds, the children beat him up.
** In the episode "Boys Will Be Eds", Rolf's goat, Victor was attacking Jimmy to get his sandwich, with Rolf trying to pull him off Jimmy. When Sarah came onto the scene, [[HelpMistakenForAttack she thought]] ''[[HelpMistakenForAttack Rolf]]'' [[HelpMistakenForAttack was attacking Jimmy]] and pulled him away from Jimmy before he could pry Victor off before beating him to a pulp.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' combines this with KarmaHoudini when a trio of bullies take Peter, Joe, and Quagmire's booth at their bar. When they try to fight back, it results in them being bruised and bloodied. Then when the bullies reveal they're American soldiers, everyone in the bar actually ''cheers'' for them while shunning Peter, Joe, and Quagmire.
-->'''Peter''': [[RootingForTheEmpire Can't believe I have to start rooting for Afghanistan now.]]
* An infamous example is ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Benderama". An ugly giant appeared in the first act and got upset when Fry accidentally insulted his mother. In the third act, he came to Earth to apologize for his behavior, but unfortunately, everyone's so intoxicated ([[ItsALongStory due to all the fresh water on Earth being turned into alcohol]]) that they inadvertently pick him on and call him a monster, causing him to go crazy and start attacking the town, ending with him being killed by Bender's copies.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' features Billy being tormented by Sperg. In a rare [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]] (for her), Mandy stands up to Sperg on Billy's behalf, [[UngratefulBastard only for Billy to get on her for picking on him]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Girl Trouble", Helga spends the entire episode tormenting Arnold as usual. When he finally snaps and throws paint at her, Mr Simmons, who paid no attention to any of Helga's antics, gives a forlorn speech about how disappointed he is seeing Arnold harassing another student and punishes him. Grandpa earlier related to Arnold's treatment with his own childhood bully, who he states always managed to turn the tables and make ''him'' look like the bully. As it turns out, she was Grandma.
* A ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon entitled "Feline Frame-Up" features a dog that was defending a kitten from a mean cat, only for their master to get the wrong idea and think the dog was being mean to the cat, resulting in him getting thrown out of the house. Fortunately, the dog managed to force the cat to confess the truth in the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': An interesting {{Deconstruct|edTrope}}ion happens in the two-parter episode, "A Canterlot Wedding" (Season 2 finale). Twilight Sparkle accuses Princess Cadence of being evil after seeing how much of a {{Jerkass}} she was being towards her friends. Cadence breaks down in tears and runs away, causing her friends to be upset with her, Shining Armor (her brother) to change his mind about her being [[BestWoman Best Mare]], and Princess Celestia to be disappointed in her. [[spoiler:Turns out that it was really the Queen of the Changelings, impersonating Cadence and the real one was trapped in an abandoned mine below the castle. Because of Twilight's friends shunning her, Canterlot became overrun with an army of Changelings and nearly destroyed, and Queen Chrysalis gleefully points this out. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking it, My Little Ponies]]!]]
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' where the animals shun Verne partially for calling RJ out ([[StrawmanHasAPoint which he, of course is right about]], [[BecomingTheMask at first]]), but mostly for calling them stupid for listening to him, something that [[CloudCuckoolander Hammy]] takes very harshly. This plays part into RJ's HeelRealisation and he actually works on settling things between them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** One episode features Gill staying with the family after losing his job on Christmas. He stays for months and defiles the house to the point where Marge can't take it anymore and decides to stand up to him. By that time, Gill had gotten a new job, so Marge [[ALessonLearnedTooWell takes the family to his new workplace to tell him off]]. Unfortunately, when she does, he loses the respect of his workers and his boss fires him. Marge feels so guilty that she and the family buy a vacation house from Gill.
** In a segment parodying ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', Homer (playing the role of the Count) sets up [[RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts an elaborate revenge scheme]] for the man (Moe) who stole his love (Marge) and had him sent to prison, which ends with Moe being killed. Unfortunately, Marge gets upset with him for killing her husband. Granted she also lampshades the fact he spent all this time formulating a murder scheme over actually reuniting with his family.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Surprising enough, a most egregious example of this occurs in an episode entitled "Stuck In A Wringer". [=SpongeBob=] has an accident that gets him [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stuck in a wringer]], and thanks to Patrick's [[TooDumbToLive stupidity]] (pouring permanent glue on the wringer), he can't get out. [=SpongeBob=] feels he'll never be able to do anything now, but Patrick gives him a RousingSpeech that he can go on. Unfortunately, Patrick's speech [[WrongGenreSavvy is proven unfounded]] as the wringer causes [=SpongeBob=] a ton of bad luck no matter how much Patrick tries to inspire him. Finally, in the middle of an amusement park, [=SpongeBob=] snaps at Patrick, telling him his life is over and that it's all his fault. Patrick runs off crying [[ShamedByAMob while everyone who was watching call [=SpongeBob=] a jerk and say he got what he deserved]].
** In "The Bully", Flats the Flounder menaces poor [=SpongeBob=], threatening to "kick your butt". When he actually does, however, [=SpongeBob=]'s soft body just absorbs the blows, and Flats keeps punching away until he falls from exhaustion. [=SpongeBob=] then gives his fellow students a speech against violence, raising his fist for emphasis. That's when Mrs. Puff comes in, sees Flats on the floor and [=SpongeBob=] with his fist up, and accuses him of beating up Flats, then tells him [[HereWeGoAgain "I'm going to kick your butt!"]]
** In the episode entitled "Plankton's Pet", Plankton disguises himself as a baby to steal a Krabby Patty. However, Mr. Krabs sees through his disguise (and it's a pretty good disguise) and attacks him. Everyone is horrified that Mr. Krabs is seemingly attacking a baby, until he reveals it's Plankton. However, when Mr. Krabs kicks him out, a bunch of senior citizens that were watching attack him.
* Another infamous example was in ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Here, Kitty, Kitty", where Molly found an adorable kitten. [[DramaticIrony Unbeknownst to her, however,]] the kitten was [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon secretly]] [[CatsAreMean vicious and mean]], and was attempting to eat Molly's fish with Taz being the only one who was aware of the kitten's true colors. Unfortunately, Molly kept assuming that Taz was picking on the kitten and [[CassandraTruth wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations]]. Eventually, Taz managed to get rid of the kitten and save the fish, but when Molly came up on the scene, she thought ''Taz'' was messing with her fish and ''still'' wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations, accusing him of doing something to her kitten. [[DownerEnding The episode ends]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished with poor Taz being given a bath, which he hates]].