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[[caption-width-right:348:Ellen is just [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digging herself deeper]].]]

->''"Why don't they talk about my relationships with presidents? With people of culture? Why do they always talk about my mob associations?" And then he said, "Oh, by the way, Alan, say hello to Willie the Nose, Hymie the Hook, Nick the Knife--" I started to laugh, and he bristled. "''What are you laughing at?!''" "Nothing, Frank," I said. "Nothing."''
-->-- '''Alan King''' on Music/FrankSinatra, ''Name Dropping''

A character is widely distrusted, or maybe even actively disliked, by everyone else in the plot. Even though they're always innocent, this person is blamed for things that they didn't do, and is often the first suspect when something bad does happen.

Unfortunately, rather than make an effort to convince people of their innocence and good intentions, the character [[ThenLetMeBeEvil rebels and acts out]], sometimes feeling they have nothing to lose by doing so; maybe even committing an actual crime in the process. When people discover the crime, that confirms their suspicions and "proves" to them that, yes, this person was really that bad all along.

For added ironic flavor, the newly-criminal character may be busted just as the others come around and start to believe their original claim--giving the [[JadeColoredGlasses cynic]] of the group something to [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] about--''"Well, I guess you're right ,chumps, they really'' aren't ''a thief... they're just a'' [[GraveRobbing graverobber]].''"''

Compare IResembleThatRemark. Somewhat related are YouHaveToBelieveMe (a character makes bizarre statements in [[FreakOut a hysterical tone]]), DiggingYourselfDeeper (the character tries to sound [[ThatCameOutWrong less creepy]] by justifying the original creepy remark), ThenLetMeBeEvil (the character decides to live down to people's low expectations), and StickyFingers (habitual petty theft puts the character under a constant aura of suspicion). Contrast with WrongfulAccusationInsurance, where the character is not implicated for crimes committed while trying to [[ClearMyName clear their name]]. The tropes may overlap, though, if the character is called out for their crimes as they happen, yet [[EasilyForgiven unceremoniously pardoned]] after their name is cleared. Not to be confused with DontShootTheMessage. For moments where someone or something else doesn't help your case, see ContrivedCoincidence and InstantlyProvenWrong.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Dr. Kenzou Tenma. Dear Lord. Not as extreme as most of these examples, but it's easier to count the moments when he ''isn't'' acting incredibly suspicious. Granted, Tenma was less interested in proving his own innocence than in helping others, performing selfless acts... [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters trying to bring down a man]] who may well be the [[TheAntichrist very embodiment of evil itself]] (and the one who is actually behind the crimes he's accused of).
* This trope sort of crosses over with IResembleThatRemark in ''Manga/LuckyStar'' where [[{{Otaku}} Konata's father]] insists that it's wrong to call him a {{Lolicon}} because he likes both young girls ''and'' normal girls, so it's more correct to say that he's "also a lolicon"...really didn't help his case.
-->'''Konata:''' You fail at life either way.
* The ButtMonkey of ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', Kuchiki, is a shameless, perverted {{otaku}} who acts up at every occasion. At the culture festival, he spots someone nicking a cosplay costume of Ohno's; he gives chase and catches the thief, who throws the dress at him and walks off in disgust. Then the girls find him clutching the costume and accuse ''him'' of stealing it. Kuchiki pulls his trousers down, clambers into the dress and run-waddles off, jeans round ankles and hairy legs a-showin'.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has Goku in the Universe Survival Arc. While he didn't know Zen'O's planned multiversal Tournament of Power would lead to all losing universes being destroyed, his nonchalant attitude upon learning the real stakes leads to other universes declaring him to be some ultimate evil, while he doesn't seem to understand why they're fearful and angry and just wants to fight. His response to Toppo calling him out on this only makes it worse.
--> '''Goku''': So I'm evil, huh? *grins*

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Franchise/TheFlash: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues,'' people are disqualified from the 25th-century time-traveling police by [[InTheBlood any criminal ancestry]] (going back at ''least'' to "present day"). One member, unbeknownst to the others, is descended from a murderer. Feeling it's unfair to hold someone else's crimes against him, he decides the solution is to make sure no one ever ''realizes'' it was his ancestor who committed the crime, by going back in time and perpetuating the frame job that keeps an innocent person in prison. He does this with ''more'' murder.
* ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': During the War of Kings, the team is seen as a bunch of dysfunctional screw-ups (which, in fairness, they are) and psychopaths, which doesn't help their case when trying to ask the Inhuman royal family to stop the war. And then Bug makes a pass at Medusa, followed by Martyr deciding to point a sword at one of them. In their throne room. Before she takes [[OnlySaneMan Crystal]], the one who'd been trying to hear them out, hostage.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'':
** In one story, Paige accidentally reveals that she's been regularly seeing R-rated movies despite being underage. While her mother frets in horror at how much sex and nudity her daughter has been exposed to, Paige quickly adds "Some were just the violent kind, though."
** Reflecting on this, in a later story, Peter suggests that Andy and Roger go see ''[[Film/KillBill Kill Bill Volume 2]]'', saying it was awesome, completely forgetting how his mother feels about R-rated movies. After she grounds him for a week, he angrily tells her he didn't get this upset when he saw the ''first'' ''Film/KillBill''. Andy replies that she didn't ''know'' he had seen the first one.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' the CEO makes his own dumb statement worse in [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-09-10/ this comic.]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strip, Steve Dallas is defending a client in court and delivering the last bit of a finishing statement, when his client, completely unbidden, shows up by his side and announces that he'd like to add something. He then goes into a mad, spittle-filled rant about how he'll kill the whole court, their loved ones, and their housepets, if he's convicted. He then immediately calms down and returns to his seat, while the judge reconsiders the acquittal he was planning to announce, and Steve considers giving up as an attorney.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] is accused of murdering one of her rivals in an upcoming race, a rare crime that could cost her a one way ticket to the Sun if she's found guilty. As [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]] is interrogating her, she comments that the prize for the winner of the race is flight lessons with her idols The Wonderbolts, and she'd do anything to get that chance.
-->'''Phoenix:''' ''([[FirstPersonSmartass Thank you for effectively establishing a motive for yourself, Ms. Dash]]. [[SarcasmMode This helps your case so much]].)''
* Clark falls victim to this trope in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5984453/1/SmallvilleX-Evolution Smallville X: Evolution.]]'' Teleporter Alicia uses her power to teleport into Clark's bed while he's sleeping and deliberately gets them caught in bed together to make it look like Clark's been cheating on Rogue with her. Clark's protest that if he was going to sneak Alicia in he would have been smart enough to shut off the alarms first doesn't help his case, as it makes it sound like he's at the very least given serious thought as to how to sneak Alicia in, even though it never even crossed his mind.
* From ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'', what not to say when you're being accused of being a magical mass murderer:
-->'''Light''': Hey guys, the Shinigami's dead! I totally killed it! With magic powers that I totally have!
* When rumors spread of Sakura's mother Barako sabotaging her own child, a kunoichi neighbor decides to visit her to see if the rumors are true in the FanFic/{{First Try Series}}. Barako digs herself deeper when she talks about forcing Sakura on a diet when she got too muscular, how she didn't believe Iruka's advice because he was friends with Naruto, and was "helped" by Mizuki, who told her exactly what she wanted to hear. The neighbor leaves the Haruno residence disgusted and driven to drink.
* Appears several times throughout ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake'':
** When Seta is called into the school to discuss his daughter's tendency to bully others, Sarah proceeds to brag about how much more fun she had at the Hinata Inn, gleefully telling the principal about all the havoc she raised there.
** Called before her clan to explain her poor treatment of Keitaro, Motoko proceeds to blame him for everything because '[[AllMenArePerverts he's a perverted male]]'.
** Similarly, Naru attempts to defend her [[ATragedyOfImpulsiveness attacking a man over an innocent misunderstanding]] as 'just impulse', claiming that it's ''Keitaro's'' fault because she's so used to [[UnprovokedPervertPayback punishing him]].
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** Just about every time someone tries to lecture her about her HairTriggerTemper, Arial ends up blowing her stack.
** In Act III chapter 24, while explaining the reasons behind their {{Jerkass}} actions in the previous chapter, Apoch and Astreal insist that they didn't mean to be so cruel. Rrrright; they threaten the gang, blow up [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Felucia]], lie to Ms. Nekonome to get the girls sent to the headmaster's office for simply asking them why they were mistreating Yukari, and try to kill Yukari right in front of God and everybody, and then say that they didn't mean to act like such bitches. [[SarcasmMode So convincing]].
** In the first few chapters of Act VI, while escaping from the [=HDA=] compound, Moka and co. are forced to fight back against the soldiers, even killing some of them; the group even acknowledges that it doesn't help their claims of peace, even if they had no choice but to fight back.
** In Act VI chapter 44, after it's revealed just how badly Kokoa injured Sun, Kokoa insists that she never meant for it to happen, whereas Felucia points out that Kokoa's actions beforehand speak differently:
-->'''Kokoa''': I'm sorry, Gin. I didn't mean to hurt her so badly.\\
'''Felucia''': You were chasing me in the halls to slaughter her in your rage. To an observer, it would seem like you were trying to kill her.
** In Act VI chapter 47, when Tsurara tells Ageha that she looks like "a whore off the street," it leads to this exchange:
-->'''Ageha''': How dare you group me with those inexperienced and trashy sluts that claim they know how to satisfy a man. I'll have you know that I've slept with greater and more powerful men than you ever will!\\
'''Tsurara''': [[LampshadeHanging And that defends you against my statement of you being a whore how?]]
* When [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Dipper]] is trying to get out of a jam in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4141743/chapters/9788106 Conspiratheory]]'' [[TheTrickster Bill]] offers to give him a hand. Dipper figures he's more likely to get a [[ExactWords literal hand]] in return, to which Bill calls him overly suspicious. Of course, he follows that up with, "I mean that sounds HILARIOUS ([[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud and like something I’d actually do]])..."
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Every time Asuka tries to convince Misato that she and Shinji are mature enough to be sleeping with each other, she ends up saying something sexual (usually about the wonderful things Shinji can do with his hands).
-->'''Misato:''' [[LampshadeHanging Asuka, is this supposed to make you look mature enough to sleep together]]?
* The Manga/AxisPowersHetalia [[http://hetalia-kink.livejournal.com/11813.html?thread=33968165#t33968165 fic]] ''Movie Night ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Russia forces Prussia to watch]] Film/AlexanderNevsky)'':
-->'''Prussia:''' But I was not and have never been a Nazi. If Creator/SergeiEisenstein was alive I would burn him alive!
-->'''Russia:''' That would surely be a good way to prove Teutonic knights weren't the incarnation of evil.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/50/ Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]'', two minor characters are talking in the aftermath of an attack on Konoha that left it's inhabitants trapped in an illusion facing their worst fears, often leading to them killing each other. One of them, Tetsuya, found his wife and brother dead at each other's hands and worse, they'd been having sex beforehand. When he calls out the other shinobi, Shinnosuke, on the fact he knew about the affair that had been going on for ''two years'', Shinnosuke tries to justify himself that first he kept quiet because Tetsuya's wife offered a night of sex. Then he kept quiet because they blackmailed him over it. The real problem comes from him deciding that if he's already forced to keep an affair from his friend, he might as well join in. Yes, he tried to justify having an affair with his friend's wife for ''two years''.
** WordOfGod says the conversation is based of an actual argument.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', Susan argues to Gen. Monger that, despite now being almost 50-feet tall, she's "not a danger to anyone or anything." As she says this, she accidentally hits a helicopter with the back of her hand, causing it to crash.
-->'''Pilot:''' Don't let her get me!\\
'''Susan:''' ''[chagrined]'' Sorry.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'': Bigweld fires Ratchet who hysterically begs for mercy claiming:
-->'''Ratchet''': No, wait! Please listen to me! You cant do this to me. This job is my ''LIFE''! It means everything to me! You don't KNOW WHAT I'VE DONE TO GET HERE!! THE LIES I'VE TOLD! THE LIVES I'VE ''RUINED''!!!!! ...[[LampshadeHanging Wait...this isn't helping me!]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheAbyss'' has a scene where Hippy is the only one to agree with Lindsey...but he starts veering off into conspiracy theory territory, discrediting her case by association. A frustrated Lindsey orders Hippy to "Stay off my side!"
* In ''Film/LawnDogs'', Trent is widely distrusted by the town in which he works and treated with suspicion for being a lower-class outsider. He is accused several times of crimes he didn't commit. As such, he feels he has no love to lose from the town, and rebels with various acting-out behaviors that don't help people's perception of him at all. To make matters worse, in the end [[spoiler: he runs over the pet dog of one of the people who bully him]].
* The protagonist of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Frenzy}}'' is framed by a serial killer, who turns out to be [[spoiler: his best friend. As he's hauled off to his cell he repeatedly screams "I've got nothing to lose now! I might as well do what I'm being put away for!" This almost comes back to bite him when he escapes, as his attempt to catch the killer results in the cop who's been trying to prove his innocence for the whole film finds him standing over a dead prostitute. The real killer then shows up in a way that implicates himself.]]
* In ''Film/StreetKings'', Keanu Reeves's character is suspected of having his former partner killed. The things he does afterwards (stealing the security footage, removing a bullet from his gun from the autopsy room, pressuring the detective investigating the death) make him look far guiltier than if he just told the truth about what happened.
%%* ''Film/LordOfTheRings''. "Sméagol wouldn't hurt a fly!" ''(realises he's accidentally swatted a fly)'' "Argggh!"
%%* The main source of [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] in the political satire ''InTheLoop''.
* The protagonist of ''Film/MinorityReport'' works for an organisation that predicts crimes and preemptively catches would-be criminals. Then he learns that ''he'' is predicted to murder a specific person at a specific location. Where does he flee from the pursuing cops? Why, to that very location! Apparently so he could... not kill that guy and thus prove his innocence. Makes perfect sense! It doesn't work, but for other reasons. It being a premeditated murder of a guy he had never met, the protagonist was trying to figure out who was framing him. Still not helping, but it was at least rational. Ironically, it is these very acts which make it premeditated even though he never met the guy, thus making the whole thing a SelfFulfillingProphecy ([[spoiler:until he subverts the ending]]).
* In Film/{{Salt}}, when a man claiming to be a defector accuses the title character, not very credibly, of being a Russian DeepCoverAgent, she ''immediately'' flees the government building where the interrogation is taking place, forcing American law enforcement to chase and attempt to capture her. [[spoiler: Unlike most examples, the accusation is true, but the trope still applies.]]
* ''Film/GhostbustersII'': When the Ghostbusters are being carted off to the insane asylum, three of them visibly fight against the guards while screaming and ranting like lunatics. Venkman, however, is GenreSavvy enough to calmly accept it and go along without a fight, at least until someone wises up and lets them out. This leads to one of the best moments in the sequel, as the other three Ghostbusters are frantically [[YouHaveToBelieveMe trying to explain the situation]] [[CassandraTruth to a disbelieving psychiatrist]]. The doctor then turns to Venkman, who had been sitting quietly to that point:
-->"[[DeadpanSnarker Don't look at me. I think these people are completely nuts.]]"
* In ''Film/MenInBlack3'', J is stopped by some very racist 1960s cops for driving while black. They seem to think that because J is black, the nice car he's driving must've been stolen. J tricks them into neuralizing themselves.
-->'''J:''' That, gentlemen, is a standard issue Neuralizer, but you're not gonna remember that. AND JUST BECAUSE YOU SEE A BLACK MAN DRIVING A NICE CAR, DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT IS STOLEN! ''[beat]'' ...Well, I stole this one. BUT NOT BECAUSE I'M BLACK.
* In ''Film/AntMan'' when the police ambush Scott at Hank Pym's house in the middle of the night we get this gem:
-->'''Scott:''' I'm not stealing anything! I was returning something I stole!

* Literature/HarryPotter:
** Happens in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' with Sirius Black: He is condemned for the horrible death of one Peter Pettigrew, former close friend, in front of many witnesses; having a role in the deaths of the parents of his godson Harry Potter at the hands of Voldemort, conspiracy in the attempt against the life of the mentioned protagonist, treason and other minutiae. It definitely does not help that he is found maniacally laughing at the scene of the crime, survives a punishment/MindRape in Azkaban that no sane person should and, succeeding an escape from a prison that was previously thought inescapable, goes on stalking his godson and entering Hogwarts with murderous intentions. Oh, and he let slip things like "could just as well have killed 'em myself" from time to time. As it turns out [[spoiler: he went hysterical from the deaths of his friends the Potters thanks to treasonous Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew (whom Sirius himself recommended as the ideal SecretKeeper), tried to avenge them confronting the latter, who managed to frame Sirius for his own (faked) death, was convicted and imprisoned without fair trial, went into an HeroicBSOD so epic it bordered DespairEventHorizon and made the Dementors' powers lose their effect on him, and was in Hogwarts purely to chase Wormtail]].
-->'''Sirius:''' I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for!
** Harry Potter himself and other characters of the cast will fall into the wrong side of this trope from time to time. Take for instance ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' where he is accused of being the Heir of Slytherin, the fact he is caught being near several crime scenes and is heard speaking the snake-tongue parselmouth really doesn't help despite the fact he was trying to do good.
** Snape can hardly do ''anything'' without looking as suspicious and unlikable as he can; he practically goes out of his way to make the heroes suspect he's a bad guy in nearly every book. He's also quite resentful of the fact that anyone would suspect that he, a former Death Eater, might be a Death Eater.
** In a meta-sense, Slytherin House is the go-to house for villains and jerks, breeding Death Eaters like nobody's business. The first Slytherin character to not be a colossal asshat is Horace Slughorn, who isn't ambitious for himself but instead sets up connections between students with strong potential (blatantly favoring them and ignoring others). In the seventh year, not one Slytherin is part of the resistance against the Death Eaters in the school, with only later WordOfGod clarifying that some of the later reinforcements were Slytherins. It takes until ''Cursed Child'' for 100% heroic Slytherins to show up ([[spoiler:Malfoy and Harry's sons]]).
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Tyrion Lannister does this a lot, and is strange in that he ''works it to his advantage''. As an example, when he assumed a position of authority in a city where everyone hated him and assumed he was a monster because of his unfortunate appearance, he used this as an excuse to bring along an entourage composed of vicious mountain barbarians who carry human body parts as trophies. This assisted immensely with his political goals.
** In the third book, he's accused of murdering his nephew, unfairly imprisoned, and given a sham trial; and all this is happening shortly after he fought in an incredibly vicious battle during which he received a horrible injury from which he is still recovering. He snaps, and not one could blame him. And he ''still'' manages to work this to a minor advantage; [[spoiler: convinced he's getting a sham trial, he demands trial by combat. He selects a member of the Martells as his representative; the Martells are longtime rivals of the Tyrells, the Lannisters' recent political allies. If he wins the trial, the Tyrells will be pissed that the alleged murderer of their daughter's fiance got away (And, although Tyrion doesn't know it, wary that Tywin might find out they actually killed Joffrey); if he loses the trial, the Martells will be pissed that their son died for him. It's one final "screw you" to his family.]]
** In general, Jaime and Tyrion Lannister tend to use this trope in a "ThenLetMeBeEvil" kind of way. They're constrained by bigotry (Tyrion) or unfair judgements (Jaime) and are unable to escape them despite their best efforts, so they tend to stop giving their "best" efforts and instead use an evil reputation to get their way.
** One of the many things that Jaime and Tyrion Lannister share is a total and crippling inability to keep their big mouths shut when a clever remark occurs to them, no matter how many weapons are pointed at their heads at the time, or how testy the people holding them are. That tendency does more to nearly get them killed over the course of the series than all the Stark soldiers combined.
* [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein's Monster]]. Seriously, there's a bit in the book where a kid insists that the monster is an ogre who wants to kill him. The monster denies this, and then kills the kid for not listening. The monster is trying to abduct him at the time, so that would be an extra dose of ''really'' not helping his case.
* Bryony theorises that this is why Veil turned to thievery and delinquency in ''Outcast of Literature/{{Redwall}}'', because she's one of the only three Abbeydwellers who don't immediately accuse him whenever something goes missing.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has quite a variety of these, on a sliding scale from "didn't do something mildly embarrassing" to "not a mass-murdering monster".
** Perhaps the most explicit is when [[spoiler:Galina Casban]] is mouthing off to her captors about all the horrible retribution they'll face when she's freed, unaware that she's making herself look extra guilty of the murder she's been framed for. Bonus: she is a conniving evil murderer, but didn't commit that ''particular'' crime.
** And then there are all the instances where someone's not helping their case about ''true'' accusations. Everything from yelling "I'M NOT ANGRY" to [[spoiler:shouting about how you're not mad... to the voice in your head]].
* In ''The Seventh Sword'' trilogy, by Creator/DaveDuncan, our hero, Shonsu, is a great swordsman who doesn't know the customs of the land he lives in. He often talks too much, which turns out to not help his case. In the end of the first book, Shonsu is asked about how he managed to survive an attack. He goes into detail about how he used a dagger and attacked two men at one time, then attacked a fleeing swordsman, chopping him down as he ran away. All of these actions were against the well-established rules of the land.
* During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Doomsday Ship'', [[ShadowsOfTheEmpire Dash Rendar]] is accused of being the ship's saboteur. His weapons, strong antiauthority bent, and general cockiness don't help. Though when he risks his life to seal a compartment and stop decompression, people relax a little more. [[spoiler: He'd been there in the first place to steal the ship, but got beaten to the punch.]]
* In ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz]]'', Dorothy's pet Eureka (in later books the Pink Kitten) is on trial for eating one of the Wizard's pet miniature pigs. She refuses to defend herself other than to point out how much she's wanted and tried to eat said pigs. ''Nobody'' wants her convicted, but nobody can believe she's innocent by this point. An representative excerpt from the trial (the Tin Woodsman is defending her):
-->'''Tin Woodsman:''' Look at the kitten’s intelligent eyes; (here Eureka closed her eyes sleepily) gaze at her smiling countenance! (here Eureka snarled and showed her teeth) mark the tender pose of her soft, padded little hands! (Here Eureka bared her sharp claws and scratched at the bars of the cage.)
:: After some CourtroomAntics aimed at showing her innocent (which Eureka sabotages at every point), when the trial is reluctantly concluded, Eureka tells them where the missing piglet trapped itself. Trying to get away from her attempts to eat it. And "Eureka was much surprised to find herself in disgrace; but she was, in spite of the fact that she had not eaten the piglet."
* ''Literature/WolfHall''
** Thomas Cromwell is intent on erasing his disreputable past as a brawler and soldier and giving himself and his family a respectable position in the world, often disturbed by the notion that [[FaceOfAThug he looks like a man who could easily kill someone]]. But Cromwell also uses his shadowy reputation and physically imposing presence whenever it would advance his agenda, and it advances his agenda often.
** Cromwell is appalled when Wriothesley suggests that Cromwell used Anne Boleyn's trial as a means of revenge for Cardinal Wolsey's death and wonders if he might one day go after Henry himself. Cromwell is genuinely loyal to Henry (if irritated whenever the subject comes up, because Henry [[NeverMyFault acts like he had nothing to do with it]]) but since he ''did'' use Anne's downfall to get revenge, it's not a wholly unreasonable line of thought.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Bianca hides her pregnancy with [[ChildByRape Miranda]] from Erica because she is terrified of how she will react. When Kendall pretends to be pregnant herself with Michael's child to help her, Erica treats Kendall like scum and acts like being pregnant with the child of a monster like Michael Cambias is the most disgusting and immoral thing that anyone could do, thus perfectly justifying Bianca's decision.
* Harmony on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', as part of her attempt to prove she hadn't murdered anyone, ended up knocking three of her coworkers unconscious and locking them in a supply closet. She also killed the person who framed her, thus silencing the only other person who knew she wasn't guilty. Nevertheless she did manage to convince them of her innocence.
** After discovering he's now CEO of OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart, Cordelia accuses Angel of having made a DealWithTheDevil. Angel is denying this when a BigRedDevil in a suit walks up and shakes his hand over some legal deal they've just made. Cordy walks off in a snit.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Lampshaded in an episode where, because of some contact with an alien substance, Daniel Jackson starts hallucinating, and ranting and raving. Midway through the episode, he asks, "Why does everyone think I'm crazy?!" pauses for a moment, then adds, "It's because I'm sorta acting that way, aren't I?"
** Again in another episode where the team accidentally goes back in time, and is confronted by guards demanding (in Russian) to know if they're Soviet spies. Without even thinking about it, {{Omniglot}} Daniel replies "Nyet!" a split second before obviously realizing what a terrible idea that was.
* One segment of ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' at Barth's had the usual gross jokes about the food, along with the accusation of Barth putting squirrel meat in the burgers, which Barth flatly denied:
-->'''Barth:'' I heard that, and it's not true! There are ''no'' squirrels in my burgers! Skunks, ''maybe'', bit ''no squirrels!'
* In the ''Series/TopGear'' episode in the US South, when the stars paint inflammatory slogans on each others' cars to rile up the locals, a gas station owner angrily (and rightly) accuses them of making small town folks look bad by deliberately baiting them. She doesn't help her case at all when she calls in a truckload of rock-throwing goons.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has Nathan demand that Simon use his power of invisibility to save him when they're both in danger. Simon asks him why he should, after Nathan's forgotten his name and made fun of him ever since they met. Nathan then yells at Simon and calls him a freak. Unsurprisingly, Simon turns invisible and scarpers.
* Deconstructed in a remade ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' episode: After the Cylons are removed from a planet on which they'd rule the humans, a secret commission of almost KangarooCourt trials ensues, and a man is taken as collaborating with the Cylons. He's asked to defend himself, but apparently sickened by the whole charade, he does not and almost gets himself ThrownOutTheAirlock. It's only a [[InsultBackfire snarly remark]] of one who wants to see him dead that reveals the guy to have been a [[spoiler:ReverseMole]], prompting the others [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone to realise their mistake]].
* This exchange from ''Series/ModernFamily'', "Mother Tucker".
-->'''Cameron:''' Missouri is a lot more cosmopolitan than you give it credit for. It's got a very vibrant cowboy poetry scene.\\
'''Mitchell:''' You're not making the point you think you're making.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Justice", Rimmer is tried for the murder of the crew of the ''Red Dwarf'' due to a faulty plate. Kryten decides to act as Rimmer's defense ...which involves proving that Rimmer is not competent enough to have properly replaced the faulty plate himself. (Lister would have helped, but he was in stasis at the time, and only Holly was able to, somehow, keep the ship running for three million years.) Rimmer, being somewhat of an egotist, ends up falling straight into this one by objecting to his own defense (which Kryten uses to his advantage).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy keeps insisting that her new college roommate is a demon because the roomie is obsessively neat, demanding and her toenails kept growing after the roomie cut them. She even collected the toenail clippings in a plastic bag and showed them to [[BadassCrew The Scoobies]]. [[spoiler:The roomie turned out to be a demon who was sucking Buffy's soul out at night, which is why Buffy kept getting more and more desperate sounding.]]
** In separate incidents, Warren and Andrew both tried to defend themselves to Willow by pointing out to Willow that Warren didn't ''mean'' to [[spoiler: shoot and kill Willow's girlfriend Tara]]. He was aiming for Willow's ''best friend''.
* In the first season of ''Series/{{Homeland}}'', Carrie Mathison's mental health declines as she begins to figure out Abu Nazir's agenda, the result being that she is only able to articulate her findings artistically. Screaming "Nazir was yellow, but now he's purple!" doesn't help her case.
* In ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the group lands on an Earth where the RedScare never ended. Quinn and Arturo are reported as subversives while working on some sliding equations. The agents who come to investigate ignorantly assume they're working on a pipe bomb, to which Arturo indignantly responds that a pipe bomb is child's play by comparison. It doesn't help that, due to a head injury, Arturo spends most of the episode wearing a colorful rag as a bandage on his head, which makes him look like a hippie.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Throughout the first two seasons, Jonathan had no problems with openly expressing his hatred of the Luthors, which made it easy for a DirtyCop to shoot Lionel and frame him for the crime.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' episode "Try", Rick makes a very good case why the people of Alexandria are soft, and will have trouble surviving much longer. He's probably right, but the problem is, he's bloody from a fight with one of the other town residents and waving a loaded gun around wildly.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/Daredevil2015''. In an early episode, Foggy takes Karen to Josie's. As they talk, Karen tells Foggy that all she sees are threats. To prove her wrong, Foggy points to three random people in the room. The guy playing pool? He organizes a Thanksgiving food drive every year. The guy having a drink at the other side of the bar? His wife owns the dry cleaner near Nelson & Murdock's office space. The guy having dinner? ...Okay, he is a criminal, but he is turning it around. Seriously!

* "Komm wieder her" by ''Music/{{Knorkator}}'' is a song about a man begging his wife to return to him. By telling her how much he needs her, he's really not helping his case.
-->''My fridge is empty, I have no clean socks. Nobody goes shopping for groceries or sweeps the floor. Who pays attention to me, and endures me.\\
Who would make me coffee in the morning? Who would lock the door when I leave the house? Who would clean the windows and the shoes? Who would take the garbage out? Who, if not you?''
* "Put Another Log on the Fire" is similar. In the first verse, the singer gives a long list of chores for his significant other to perform, followed by the demand "Then come and tell me why you're leaving me."

* ''Theatre/PeterGrimes''. The title character could be the patron saint of this trope. People think he's a sadist who kills his boy apprentices on purpose, and possibly abuses them. He's more of a DoomMagnet actually, and haunted by the memory of the dead apprentices, but being an antisocial jerk whose attitude towards the town is "fuck you all and leave me alone" doesn't help much. He eventually goes mad and [[spoiler:kills himself]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This trope could easily be renamed ''The VideoGame/MaxPayne Legal Defence''. In order to prove that he's innocent of murdering his best friend, who was one of the two guys who knew he was undercover, he goes out and slaughters his way through what seems like half the rank-and-file of the New York Mafia. Most of those were ''probably'' self-defence, but still not going to look good if and when he can touch base with his superiors, to say nothing of the EnemyMine arrangement he made with someone rather high-ranking in the local [[TheMafiya Russian mob]]. After Act 3 or thereabouts the trope is averted by way of MotiveDecay (and probably SanitySlippage); Max isn't interested in clearing his name anymore, he just wants revenge. [[spoiler: He gets both, aided and abetted by some really impressive HeroInsurance.]]
* ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'':
** Nessiah in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnison''. In the game's backstory, he stole from Roswell and Rosary, and a thousand years ago, he made [[UnholyHolySword the Gran Centurio]] to absorb energy from war. During the game, he's actually just trying to collect said sword and make everyone ''stop fighting'' before he leaves Ancardia for good to go RageAgainstTheHeavens. He is constantly accused of planning world destruction, and you can bet that if ''anything'' disastrous happens or any new faction gets embroiled in the conflict, he ''will'' get blamed for it because of his track record. Ordinarily, someone in this situation might try to defend himself. Nessiah [[GigglingVillain laughs his ass off at his accusers]] [[{{Troll}} and mocks them]] before going on to take over their territory.
** From the same 'verse, we have [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion Mizer]], who at the time sustained himself by sneak thieving. Upon being accused of stealing a pendant from [[TeamDad Velleman]], the party's noble sponsor, he first attempts to flee, then denies having done anything once caught, ''then'' rallies his mooks and sneak-attacks you... while [[ScrappyLevel attempting to run away a lot]]. Once you've finally wrestled him into submission, it turns out that Mizer was innocent -- Velleman's pendant fell in the mud, and one of Mizer's flunkies picked it up, calling finders keepers.
* As [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] points out and parodies in his video review, John Anderton's way of proving the Precrime Division he's not a murderer in the ''Film/MinorityReport'' game adaptation... is to brutally beat down and murder everyone in his path, [[WhatTheHellHero including fellow agents who are merely armed with Sick-Sticks and thus are not aiming to kill you]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', your introduction with Nathaniel Howe (son of Rendon Howe from ''Origins'') has you encountering him in a jail cell after he infiltrated your new base to try and assassinate you. It took ''four'' Wardens to subdue him. He is openly disdainful of you, the Grey Wardens, the reigning monarch and the other noble families for the crime of...opposing his psychotic backstabbing rat bastard of a father. If asked what he will do if released, he openly admits he will probably come back and try to kill you again. If you tell him this trope, he'll tell you that he could lie if you wanted. It's then up to the player to either execute him, let him go or conscript him into the Wardens [[spoiler:where he ultimately proves to be a better man than his dad, after being hit a few times with the cluebat]].
* James Tobin in the game ''VideoGame/InThe1stDegree'' really gets stuck in this trope. He is charged with murdering his business partner Zack and for stealing his own paintings. He ends up changing his story of what happened between him and Zack two or three times throughout the game. He ends up coming off as suspicious as a result of telling a different story more than once and shifting the blame to someone else more than once.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'':
** Will the Mars Clan of Prox please stand up? Start with stealing the artifacts to unleash the horrible power of Alchemy on the world, continue with repeated kidnappings and thefts in the pursuit of unleashing said horrible power, add in attempted murder of a {{Baleful Polymorph}}ed girl, murder of innocent scholars (and less-innocent guards) between Tolbi and Lalivero, murder of enslaved workers at Babi's Lighthouse, and is it any wonder Isaac & Co. decided lethal force was necessary to stop them?
** Then ''The Lost Age'' reveals that without the power of Alchemy the world will decay to nothing... and in comes the Mars Clan's second set of champions, led by a brute who openly believes Prox will TakeOverTheWorld and who will do everything in his power to make that happen, including [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness double-crossing Felix & Co.]] [[VillainousDemotivator who are working for him to save the world]] ([[IHaveYourWife and their parents]]). NOT. HELPING.
* Throughout ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Loghain insists that he didn't deliberately betray King Cailan at the battle of Ostagar, and that his withdrawal was the only sound tactical choice. The fandom continues to dispute whether or not this is true. However, two of the prisoners LockedInTheDungeon and tortured in his close ally's estate are a soldier who survived Ostagar and the friend of another (missing, likely dead) survivor who claimed Loghain retreated while there was still hope for the king. This revelation works against him at the Landsmeet, especially since the latter was a member of the nobility. Even if he ''didn't'' betray Cailan, suppression of the witnesses tends to suggest otherwise. Which leads to even more fandom dispute as to [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation whether Loghain knew what his ally was doing in that regard]]...
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', Repliforce stands accused of destroying a city (they were in fact framed). When they are declared Mavericks for this and refusing to come in for questioning, they start a coup, during which they destroy a city.
* This applies to the entirety of ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'': upon Meden Traore's final defeat, the story's main villains are utterly flabbergasted that the heroes ([[HeelFaceTurn and several villains from other franchises]]) would get together to stop them from recreating existence. One of the villains out and out asks why some of the heroes would want to stop them, particularly given that these protagonists come from [[CrapsackWorld crapsack worlds]]. She actually has a point: had she not spent the whole game merging the worst of the worst entities from various franchises with everyone else's universe, double crossing people who had agreed to help her, and generally trying to kill the heroes while in league with some of their multiverse's worst scum, it's possible that some of the heroes might have even agreed with it.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAngelOfDarkness'': The game begins with Lara as the main suspect of [[spoiler:Von Croy]]'s murder (and very likely the murder of [[spoiler:Carvier]], given the police knew Lara was there just before their death). She then proceeds to shoot up the security guards of an old nightclub, break in to the Louvre (killing many police and security personnel present), break into an archaeological dig and interfere with no less than two crime scenes (including that of the first victim, mentioned above). [[SarcasmMode Of course all of this leads onlookers to her obvious innocence]].
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the leader of the TimePolice organization Ouroboros, Mender Silos, [[SignificantAnagram was a far-future version of Lord Nemesis]], the game's resident ChessMaster. This revelation caused widespread distrust of the character, both in-universe and out-. [[WordOfGod Word of God]] stated that this was in fact a genuine [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]], but criticism from his more cynical peers would cause him to temporarily fall back on his old methods; unfortunately the game was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork shut down]] before any in-game content showing that could be added.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Happens a lot in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', but the crowning king of the trope is probably Larry Butz. In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', he elevates this into an art-form [[spoiler:by actively trying to counter Edgeworth's arguments... [[TooDumbToLive while Edgeworth is in the middle of trying to prove him innocent of committing murder]]]].
* ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'': During the second trial, Hiyoko becomes the main suspect, due to several damning clues - including ''her footprints at the scene of the crime''. Instead of telling the truth ([[spoiler:she was lured there and drugged by the killer, so she would leave her footprints as she left]]), she compulsively lies and changes her story multiple times.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The current page image is from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Ellen's reaction to a party could've meant 'any number of things!'. Mr Verres figured that all of those reasons would justify having a more responsible chaperone.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'' Faden says "Just for the record I never tortured anyone. I was more into the killing and destroying side of evil wizardom."
* In [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160319140426/http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/326 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'', Ben doesn't exactly help convincing his mom that VideoGames don't cause violent crimes.
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'', Larisa [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/06/07/0171-guilty-as-defended/ does this]] when accused of being a slut.
-->'''Sandra:''' Some people just shouldn't try to defend themselves...
* ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'': Matt [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-pink-slips/ gets fired]] for talking at work about buying a gun for target shooting, which makes his coworkers uncomfortable about him.
--> '''Matt:''' But I don't have any reason to go postal! Well, I guess hypothetically '''''now''''' I do. I mean... wait, no.
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'': [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/06-yesterday-was-thursday/uptight/ this]] classic.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0148.html "Hobgoblins and You,"]] Xykon wants to recruit Hobgoblins, but Redcloak is against it, citing Hobgoblins' elitist attitudes towards regular Goblins.
-->'''Redcloak:''' [[BadassArmy All efficiency, and warrior's codes, and sense of duty, with their military this and discipline that]], and-- and I'm not helping my case at all, am I?\\
'''Xykon:''' It's official: Orange is the new green.\\
'''Demon-Roach:''' I'll inform Milan.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the first trial of ''Roleplay/DoubtAcademy'', [[spoiler:Akari's over-the-top defensive behavior and anger at everyone believing that she was the culprit only lead the other students to push for her death even more]]. The kicker? [[spoiler:She didn't do it. Akari was defending photographs of her she found in her room]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Leela in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Sting": "I'll find Fry's coffin, get his corpse, and keep it under my mattress to remind me that he's really dead. ''That'll'' prove I'm not insane!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Round Springfield", after Bart got appendicitis after swallowing a jagged metal piece inside a box of Krusty-Os, Krusty said at a press conference he would prove the metal O was safe by eating one personally, on live TV. Unfortunately for him, despite the fact that he actually ate a ''regular'' Krusty-O, he collapsed from horrible stomach pains after doing so.
** "Who Shot Mr. Burns: Part II" Homer, pointing a gun at Mr. Burns' head, in front of everyone: "Say I never shot you!... Before."
** In "Brother From Another Series" Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil tricks him into doing this in one of the few episodes where Bob actually is innocent.
** In "A Fish Called Selma," Troy [=McClure=], who spent the episode fighting back against the rumors that he has [[BestialityIsDepraved a deviant attraction to marine wildlife]], announces that he's going to celebrate his new movie deal by happily proclaiming that he's going to... Sea World.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'':
** Zee is accused of being re-programmed by a terrorist, and no matter what he does the FBI always make it out to be a crime. During most of the series, he is pursuing his creator so he can convince them that he's good, but his actions are taken as an assassination attempt when he accidentally set off the cryogenic chamber, almost killing him. The poor guy just can't win.
** When Agent Bennett tries to convince his superiors in the second season he hasn't [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope gone insane on this mission]], the fact one of his own Agents left the NSA over his behavior is pointed out. He counters he hasn't had a bad call on his record other than [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Gotham]], which is not a good incident to bring up since he nearly got part of the city blown up during that incident. [[IdiotHero Agent West]] facepalms audibly in the background.
** When Agent West is right about where Zeta is at one point, he points out the other times he found Zeta... which everyone knows were either accidents or Agent Lee doing the legwork.
** [[OnlySaneMan Agent Lee]] goes back and forth: initially she gets this when attempting to explain Zeta isn't evil, but she's GenreSavvy enough to try that exactly once and then turn to the much more provable and equally true objection to her superiors that Bennett is becoming unstable. When she feels it isn't taken seriously, she quits, an act extreme enough to prompt investigation into Bennett's behavior. But she's unable to get Zeta's case heard afterwards when she's viewed as a MoodSwinger who turned on her boss, and any response she has damages her case.
** Zeta's main character witness for the entire series is a runaway minor who has a criminal record. The show lives and breathes this trope.
* Project Cadmus in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' gets no respect or approval from the Justice League (other than Batman grudgingly admitting that they ''do'' have a legitimate point in how dangerous the League would be if it went rogue). This is because of three reasons. Firstly: they allow ''Lex FREAKING Luthor'' to have control over them for most of the series, meaning everyone GenreSavvy is confident they're being played like puppets in Lex's feud against Superman. Two: they seem more interested in ''goading'' the League into going off the rails, with incidents like sending agents to the Watchtower to steal an alien superweapon that the Legion impounded, than in legitimately opposing them should they genuinely go rogue. Three: everything they plan [[GoneHorriblyWrong completely fails to work]], meaning they actually ''produce'' more danger to the free world than the League does, what with things like trying to use a Kryptonite-fuelled nuclear missile on an inhabited island or creating insane superhumans.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** You know, Zuko, telling the Gaang about that assassin you sent after them and accidentally attacking Toph ''really'' isn't going to convince them that you now want to join them. (At least he's smart enough to realize this.)
** In an earlier episode, the gang force their way into the Earth King's palace, leaving a trail of unconscious guards and wrecked masonry behind them, and then try to convince the King that they're on his side. The King is understandably not impressed:
--->'''Earth King:''' You invade my palace, lay waste to all my guards, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking break down my fancy door,]] and you expect me to ''trust you!?''\\
'''Toph:''' He has a good point.
** A minor case, but when trying to expose Iroh and Zuko, Jet's ranting does not help his case, especially since it makes him a bit incoherent.
--->'''Jet:''' I know they're firebenders! I saw the old man heating his tea!\\
'''Guard:''' He works in a tea shop.
* In SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra:'' sheltered CountryMouse [[GodInHumanForm Avatar]] Korra tends to stumble into this.
** In "Welcome to Republic City" When she discovers and tries to argue against an [[MugglePower Equalist protestor]] decrying [[SupernaturalMartialArts benders]] as an oppressive establishment, he [[UnwittingPawn easily]] manipulates her [[ArrogantKungFuGuy confrontational attitude]] to make her look like the bad guy in front of a large audience of listeners.
** Later in the same episode, she's incredulous when police insist she be arrested for [[DestructiveSavior causing property damage]] during her well-meant CurbStompBattle of a trio of protection racket enforcers. Instead of coming along quietly to explain her presumption of HeroInsurance, she ''flees the police,'' fighting them as she bolts, forcing them to use an [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld Airship]] to bring her in, which earns the enmity of [[DaChief their chief]].
** Matters worsen in "The Revelation" when, desperate to find a friend kidnapped by Equalists, she shakes down the same protester for information in public, smashing his megaphone, [[FlippingTheTable flipping his table]] and [[NeckLift hoisting him by the shirt]], and must again flee the police when the protester wails (quite rightly) that he's being oppressed.
** Played for laughs with Varrick when he tries to defend himself, stating that he's helped each of Team Avatar in his own way. He points out how he warned Korra of [[EvilUncle Unalaq]], made Bolin a film star, helped Asami rebuild her company and had Mako framed and thrown in prison. He takes a moment to realize that the last one was bad.
** And Zuko does it again at the beginning of the third season, as he's taking the elevator to visit a combustionbender's prison, reminiscing about the time he'd hired a combustionbender to kill the Avatar... in the company of Korra's cousins, who'd tried to kill her last season, and Korra's ''father.''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'':
** The Crabnasties in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' episode "Fugitive Flowers" turned out to be the good guys, but the fact that they were introduced literally tearing the forest apart looking for the [[CuteIsEvil deceptively cute]] Flores, and they then proceeded to recklessly trample Posey's garden trying to arrest their quarry, didn't really help their case.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode "Stand By Me", a mock trial is staged after Melody accuses Teddy of stealing her tape deck. Teddy blurts out that he would "do anything" to get a tape deck like hers, making him seem more guilty in the eyes of the jury.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
*** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", despite how negatively people treat the cast's suspicions, Zecora does ''nothing'' to dissuade their suspicion until Apple Bloom clears things up. If anything, she makes herself ''even more'' suspicious. On the other hand, Apple Bloom says that Zecora told her that whenever she came to town, all the stores "mysteriously closed", implying she didn't know why the ponies hid whenever she came to town and may not have had any idea they thought she was a witch.
*** This is a big part of the plot in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]". Princess Luna returns after a thousand-year banishment as the evil Nightmare Moon in an attempt to reform her public image. Unfortunately, between her spooky BigEntrance, her booming voice, and her hair-trigger temper, it's hard for her to convince anyone that she really ''isn't'' an evil villainess. And Pinkie Pie's screaming and running doesn't help either. Especially since nobody else realizes that Pinkie [[PoorCommunicationKills isn't actually scared]]. Pinkie is more at fault than Luna, seeing as Luna soon realizes her theatrics aren't necessary, and actually starts making progress... only to be repeatedly foiled in her efforts by Pinkie causing a scene. To the understandable frustration of [[OnlySaneMan Twilight]], who is bending over backwards to help Luna in the first place.
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E6NoSecondPrances No Second Prances]]" Trixie accidentally lets it slip that she only became friends with Starlight to get back at Twilight. She then says she does consider Starlight a friend, but then digs herself even deeper when she says that getting back at Twilight was "Just a bonus."
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': When at one point offered to refute some rather convincing evidence Dib had collected on national television, Zim replied to a question of "are you an alien?" with "[[ThatLiarLies LIES! THE FILTHY EARTH BOY LIES!]]", before catching himself and adding "...I mean, 'no'."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' pilot, Rodolfo is about to leave on a business trip and instructs Manny to be on his best behaviour. Manny assures that he will, jokingly asking, "What do you think I'm gonna do, rob a bank?" and his chuckles quickly snowball into a full-scale evil laugh.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** Mabel is having a hard time taking Dipper possessing his sock puppet self (long story) seriously because of how silly he looks when mad, at which point Dipper pulls off the a perfect angry [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit]] face while comically growling in frustration.
** In another episode Blendin Blandin tries to point out that it was Dipper and Mabel causing all the chaos he's been blamed for, he calls Waddles the pig their leader. Lolph and Dundgren are less than impressed.
* A bizarre example happened on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' where Launchpad was trying to convince everyone in Duckberg ''not'' that he hadn't done a bad thing, but that he wasn't doing ''good'' things. After he was mistaken for Gizmoduck, things started to get out of hand, so he went on live TV to tell everyone he wasn't Gizmoduck; but accidentally said the command word for Felton's armor, while his mother, who was keeping it in her trailer, was watching the broadcast. After the armor flew all the way across town and affixed itself to Lauchpad in the middle of his denial, it kind of spoiled it. (Fortunately - or unfortunately, depending on your point of view - people realized he wasn't Gizmoduck after he wrecked half the city in a vain attempt to control the suit.)
* This pops up too often to list off with Dan from ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'', but at one point is notably inverted. Dan declares in court that it's not his fault he smashed through the wall of a church during a wedding because he was going to run over a nun who jaywalked. Of course, the judge misunderstands him and we get this exchange:
-->'''Judge:''' So you were swerving to ''avoid'' her?\\
'''Dan:''' Uhhhhh... yeah.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': In one episode, a peanut-deprived Burt the Elephant believes Julian is a peanut and chases after him. Maurice points out that Julian's head doesn't even ''look'' like a peanut, only for an insulted Julian to comment that his head ''is'' peanut-shaped, at which point Burt shoves him down his trunk. Also in the episode, when Mort goes crazy with Skipper and Private trying to calm him down, Private tries to assure him they weren't going to hurt him...only for Skipper to state he ''did'' authorize force.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' short "The Vanishing Private", Donald gets doused in experimental "invisible paint" and Pete, his sergeant, tries to track him down. Pete naturally does several things that make the General think Pete's lost his marbles, up to and including [[NapoleonDelusion wearing what looks like a bicorne hat]] while running around with an armload of grenades, ranting about "a little guy that you can't see".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', when [=SpongeBob=] thinks there's something wrong with Gary ([[ItsALongStory really Plankton is disguise]]), he takes him to the pet hospital and is later seen hyperventilating after hearing the diagnosis. The nurse tries to assure him that all the doctor was saying was they just need to run a few more tests...only for the doctor to tell her he wasn't saying anything like that at all.
** In another episode where [=SpongeBob=] has an accident and becomes paranoid to the point that he won't leave his house anymore:
-->'''Sandy''': Don't worry, Patrick. We'll get [=SpongeBob=] to come outside, and then he'll see there's nothing to be afraid of.
-->'''Patrick''': ''(Wearing a boxing glove)'' And that's when [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan I punch him]], [[TooDumbToLive right]]?"
-->''(Sandy gives a flat stare)''
* In the "Keeping Up with Our Joneses" episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' where Hank, Peggy and Bobby try to quit smoking, they go to a support group where everyone is shocked when Bobby reveals that he's been a smoker ever since his dad let him smoke a whole carton. Hank then claims that he didn't let Bobby smoke the carton, he ''made'' him [[RadishCure as a punishment]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'', singer Enrico Caruso is put on trial for causing the Great San Fransisco Earthquake with his voice and Mr. Peabody tries to scientifically prove that this couldn't possibly be the case, but the fiercely competitive Caruso takes hitting 10 on the scale to be a challenge.
-->'''Mr. Peabody:''' Enrico, I'm trying to prove your innocence...\\
'''Enrico:''' No! I must strive to better than FIIIIIIIIVEEE!!! ''(Hits 10, triggering another Earthquake)''

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18571_5-reasons-its-still-not-cool-to-admit-youre-gamer.html This]] Website/{{Cracked}} article mentions how gamers who are angry about anti-piracy measures pirate more and points out that this is not helping their case.
* Check any Music/MichaelJackson hate group on the Internet (especially those that claim that anybody who loves him must be completely insane). You will find posts by [[CreatorWorship serious fans]] who joined the group just to gush about Michael Jackson and spew hate on all other members.
* This also happens in groups for people who don't like the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series; die-hard fans will often join just to insult the other members and gush about the series.
* During a motorcycle protest ride against a helmet law in New York state, one of the protester had a [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/03/motorcyclist-dies-helmet-protest_n_889427.html fatal]] [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2011-03.html accident]] in which a helmet "would have likely saved him".
* Similarly, [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2005-15.html this man]] protested the wearing of seatbelts, only to die as a result of not wearing one. He even said that it was his choice if he wanted to flirt with death, so it could be seen as a case of someone dying for their ideals, even if it is a needlessly dangerous one.
* The infamous antics of the British protest group [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fathers_4_Justice "Fathers 4 Justice,"]] who felt that parental access rights are unfairly biased towards the mother under British divorce laws. They might or might not have a point, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment but that is not a debate for this wiki]]. What is ''not'' up for debate is that when the general thrust of your argument is, "we can ''too'' be trusted to look after young children", participating in what can only be described as wacky hijinks involving [[NoodleImplements hilariously cheap superhero costumes, flour-filled condoms and various national monuments]] ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fathers_4_Justice_protests details]]) to make your point is definitely counter-productive.
* Soon after Tesco was found to have horsemeat in their ready-made beef lasagne, which wasn't entirely their fault as it turns out, one of their delivery trucks [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/horsemeat-scandal-tesco-delivery-driver-1712046 hit and killed a horse.]]
* Creator/PiersAnthony was once asked about the sexual content in his books, which some people thought had highly creepy tones of ephebophilia or pedophilia. After some musings on biological and societal pressures that didn't do a lot to help his case either, he ended with, “But about membership in an anti-pedophelia organization—I do oppose pedophilia, but don’t belong to any such outfit. In fact I correspond with some pedophiles in prison.” Yeah most people, um, don't do that. And even fewer would apparently feel no need to provide further explanation on that front.
* Lawyers berated an editorial by Isaac Asimov in which he said they were the only high-powered profession that [[EverybodyHatesMathematics doesn't involve math]] (as opposed to engineers, doctors, etc). The lawyers said that they absolutely do have to calculate billable hours, figure taxes, and perform other examples of comparatively simple arithmetic, to which Asimov replied "I rest my case."