A bad guy or [[TheBully bully]] breaks someone's stuff, either trying to upset them, get revenge, [[InterrogationByVandalism get information]], or for any other nefarious purpose. There's a {{beat}}, as we [[ReactionShot see the victim's reaction]]. They're usually looking either utterly deadpan, slightly confused, or oddly, a little smug. Then comes the punchline;

''"That's not actually mine."''

For added {{facepalm}} value, the broken thing actually belongs to the guy who broke it. An alternative is for it to belong to someone [[BullyingADragon much scarier]] [[AlwaysABiggerFish than the]] [[LaserGuidedKarma intended victim]]. There's also another variant where the guy is a PyroManiac, a MadBomber, or [[StuffBlowingUp a destructive guru in general]] like the Smash Doctor and it turns out he was about to destroy the stuff anyway. Added insult to injury if the intended victims criticizes their method of destruction and demonstrates a more effective way.

See also ShameIfSomethingHappened and InterrogationByVandalism.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''MutekiKanbanMusume'': Megumi, a Kanban Musume (poster girl) of a bakery, bullies his long time TheRival Miki, who is another Kanban Musume for a Ramen Restaurant, by kicking the ramen container while Mikiís busy:
-->''' Megumi:''' Oh my! How could I have accidentally kicked over the ramen? Ö EhÖ itís empty?
-->''' Miki: ''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy I already knew something like this could happen, so I put the ramen over there earlier]]. [[TheBully I know exactly what kind of things you have a tendency to do]].
-->''' Megumi:''' [[HypocriticalHumor How underhanded!]]

* In an unusual shorter ArchieComics story (only two pages), Jughead boards a passenger train. The conductor yells at Jug to move his suitcase out of the aisle, but refuses. After another passenger trips on the suitcase, Jughead still refuses to move it, so the conductor throws the valise off the moving train. Jughead then says he learned his lesson, and will never leave things where people can stumble over them. After the conductor expresses a little remorse for acting so ruthlessly, Jug calmly adds, "...it wasn't even my suitcase."

* Double whammy in ''TheBigLebowski''. Walter suspects a kid of stealing a million-dollar ransom from The Dude's car. When they arrive at his house, there's a new Corvette sitting out front, which more or less confirms their suspicions. After a brief interrogation, Walter decides that more severe measures are necessary and begins to smash the Corvette with a crowbar. Turns out it wasn't the kid's car, as the neighbor runs out screaming about his new Corvette. He decides to destroy Walter's car... which actually belongs to The Dude, who'd objected to the car-smashing in the first place.
* In the movie ''Film/MovingViolations'', the two bully cops hassle John Murray's character and smash the tail light of the car near which he is standing so they can give him a ticket. They get carried away and start breaking other parts of the car, but Murray says it's not his car. It turns out to belong to their commanding officer.
* The classic Polish comedy ''Sami Swoji'' features this as one of its most memorable gags. The patriarchs of two FeudingFamilies live right next to each other and often meet up at the fence between their yards to shout insults at each other. When things escalate one of them starts smashing clay pots hanging on the fence posts. In retaliation, the other man starts ripping up shirts drying on the fence. When their wives come out to see what is happening, the husbands tell them that they were destroying their own property rather than each other's.
* Creator/LaurelAndHardy:
** In ''You're Darn [=Tootin'=]'', Stan and Ollie knock each other's hats off as part of an EscalatingWar. Then Ollie stamps on what he thinks is Stan's hat. It turns out to be his own.
** In ''Film/TheMusicBox'', Professor Von Schwarzenhoffen smashes the player piano that his wife bought for him as a surprise.

* There's [[http://www.snopes.com/love/revenge/concrete.asp an urban legend]] about a construction worker who comes home during the middle of the day to find a gorgeous new convertible parked in his driveway. When he looks in the window, he sees his wife talking and laughing with a younger man. Believing that he's being cuckolded, the construction worker proceeds to pour wet cement all over the car's interior, not realizing that A) the younger man is actually a car salesman closing a deal, and B) he's just ruined the new car his wife bought him as an anniversary gift.
* A similar one exists where a guy sees police officers writing a ticket for an expensive-looking car that's parked in front of a big office building. He goes up and tells the cops he's not paying the ticket and keeps antagonizing them, with the cops finding ever more reasons for giving the car a ticket (tires too smooth, lights not working, etc.). When they leave it turns out the guy was perfectly honest: it wasn't his car, it was his company's CEO's.

* Creator/DouglasAdams once related a story in which he had bought a package of biscuits on a train and was about to eat them when the guy sitting across from him reached over, opened the packet and started eating his biscuits. Incensed at the guy shamelessly stealing from him (but [[StiffUpperLip too British]] to, you know, ''say'' anything about it) he grabbed the biscuits back and defiantly ate a few himself. Not to be outdone, the other man began eating them just as defiantly. After this carried on for a while, the biscuits were gone and the other man stormed off. Adams, more than a little perplexed, looks down to see his own package sitting there untouched and realized that the ones they'd been eating had belonged to the other guy. He wrote this scene into [[Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish the fourth book]] of the ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series, in which Arthur Dent relates this experience to an amused Fenchurch.
* In ''Romance of the Snob Squad'' by Julie Anne Peters, Jenny covers what she thinks is her rival's house in toilet paper only to find that it might actually be the home of the leader of the [[GangBangers Crips]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheShadowLine'', [[PsychopathicManchild Jay Wratten]] proves what an utter psycho he is by half-drowning a cat in front of someone, explaining as he does so that the cat's causing him plenty of pain in return. When he lets it go the guy points out it wasn't his cat, but even if it was he doesn't know anything. The scene doesn't do much except act as an EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': Malcolm and Reese get into {{Escalating War}}s of breaking each other's things on an almost daily basis, and [[TheDitz Reese]] has been known to break his own things by accident. And Dewey's, of course, but who cares about that?
* In an episode of ''NewTricks'', Standing has been having an escalating prank war with a colleague, which culminated in him welding said colleague's locker shut. They finally call the grudge off...until the colleague reveals that it wasn't his locker.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Monica and Chandler are having an argument and Monica eventually [[PokeThePoodle drinks from what she thinks is Chandler's cup of coffee]], only for Chandler to reveal that it wasn't his cup - [[IAteWhat it had been sitting there since he came in.]]
** In "The One After the Super Bowl", Rachel pours tomato sauce into Monica's purse during a fight they're having, only to find out that she also ruined her own gloves, which Monica had borrowed and had in her purse.
* The suitcase example also comes up in a PatterSong from ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''. Benny doesn't go into quite so much detail. A gentleman goes into his rail compartment and finds a hippie seated there. Gentleman tells hippie to get out, hippie doesn't pay attention. Eventually, Gentleman throws the hippie's suitcase out the window: "Now what do you think about that?" [[{{Punchline}} "It's not my bloody case."]]
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Series/ICarly'' at one point, where Sam thought it was okay to bust through her locker door with a hammer because her combination wouldn't work. It turned out to be Gibby's locker - Sam's was the one ''next to'' it.
* In ''Series/TheWire'', [[DaChief Major Rawls]] trashes a desk thinking it belongs to [[CowboyCop Jimmy McNulty]], his soon-to-be former (in)subordinate. He is informed that the stuff actually belongs to another detective. In line with his usual [[{{Jerkass}} bluntness]], Rawls doesn't seem to care much about the mistake.
* Happens in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', where Newman performs an InsigniaRipOffRitual on Jerry, forgetting that Jerry is wearing ''his'' coat.
* Inverted in ''{{Roseanne}}''. Roseanne is helping Jackie move out of her boyfriend's apartment after a break-up (said break-up being caused by the boyfriend physically abusing her) and putting items away into boxes.
-->'''Roseanne:''' ''(holding fragile item)'' Where do I put this?
-->'''Jackie:''' That's not mine, that's his.
-->'''Roseanne:''' ''(delighted)'' Oh. ''(throws it on the floor before picking up an expensive-looking vase)'' Is this his too?
-->'''Jackie:''' Mine.
-->'''Roseanne:''' ''(disappointed)'' Oh.
* In ''Series/LasVegas'', Ed tries to get revenge on his anger management therapist by wrecking his car after the therapist had used accomplices to try to provoke Ed into lashing out throughout the episode. The therapist explains that it's not actually his car - cue the car's hugely built owner (also a patient of his) seeing the damage and telling the therapist that he'll have to ignore his lessons for a few moments.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': After one of the times Dona Florinda unjustly punishes Don Ramon, his daughter tried to exact revenge by stealing her towel and covering it with dirt. It backfired because the towel belonged to Don Ramon (He, Dona Florinda and Dona Clotilde shared the same clothesline). While usually not approving revenge, he actually tried a hand on it by dirtying a piece of clothing belonging to Dona Florinda but he mistakenly picked one belonging to Dona Clotilde.
* ''Series/HanginWithMrCooper'': Tyler tries to stand up to a bully who is forcing Nicole to do his homework. Tyler grabs the paper and rips it to shreds, only for Nicole to inform him that he just ripped up her homework.
* In ''TheGirlInGoldBoots'' Episode of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', one of the host segments features Crow (riffing on a scene in the movie) forcing Mike to pour beer over his most precious possessions. These turn out to be his prized beer-stein and Crow himself.
-->'''Crow:''' (dripping with beer) "That didn't really pan out the way I expected."

* Rivers Cuomo's second guitar after forming {{Weezer}} was a red Stratocaster. It was eventually given to some friends in another band, Justin and Adam of Shufflepuck. One night, Adam was having trouble with his main guitar staying in tune, so halfway through the last song, he switched to the red Strat, but found it was even more out of tune. He got so upset, he started swinging the guitar around and smashing it. The spectators enjoyed themselves, but he noticed a look of horror on his friend Kevin's face. Turns out Justin sold the red guitar to Kevin right before the show started.
* There is the Russian (Russian-Jewish) song called "The Little Suitcase", or "Train to Berdichev" where a man in a train argues with another about moving away the titular suitcase, and finally throws it out. Then the other man says, "It wasn't my suitcase, it was my mother-in-law's. It had the documents about me being married inside, so now, thanks to you, I am single and free."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In an early ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, Lucy takes a blanket away from Linus and tears it apart. Linus says, "That wasn't my blanket. It was yours." Cue Lucy pounding the floor in frustration.
* In one series of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' comics, Jason and Marcus are at science camp and get into a prank war with Jason's sort-of girlfriend Eileen and her new friend Phoebe. The boys decide to win the war by sabotaging the girls' science project but get lost in the dark cabin where the projects are and end up sabotaging their own project. Then, to add insult to injury, it turns out the the girls' project is one of the top two--with Phoebe's brother Eugene (the most obnoxious kid at camp) having the other one. Jason and Marcus are forced to cast the deciding votes that give Eileen and Phoebe the win.

* Done in an early strip of Sam Logan's ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', where Sam is depressed over his recent breakup with his girlfriend Alexis. Cue Fuzzy trying to cheer him up in his usual sociopathic way.
--> '''Fuzzy''': Look Sam, I bent all your golf clubs into animal shapes to cheer you up! See, this one's a ducky!
--> '''Sam''': Fuzzy, I don't ''own'' any golf clubs...
--> '''Fuzzy''': ({{beat}}) ''OH CRAP, MY GOLF CLUBS!!''
--> '''Sam''': Okay, NOW I feel better.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart is angry at Lisa, and darkly announces that as vengeance, he tore the head off a stuffed animal named Mr. Honey-Bunny. Lisa then reminds Bart that that was ''his'' beloved childhood toy.
-->'''Bart:''' ''Agh!'' Mr. Honey-Bunny! (''places the head back on and kisses it desperately'')
** In another episode, Homer is driving in a blizzard and can't see, ending up crashing into the back of a car. He looks at the bright side that he got the other car just as bad, only to discover it's ''Marge's'' car.
* Happens occasionally on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''. Vicky will destroy something of Timmy's (or less frequently, Tootie's) and Timmy will wish that the item was something belonging to Vicky instead.
-->'''Timmy:''' That's not my treasured collection of Crimson Chin comics [you're burning]. That's your life savings.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': In "Heart of Evil", Dr. Zin captures the Blue Falcon and Scooby-Doo. Having established that the Falcon would do anything to save his dog, Zin proceeds to subject Scooby to the agonizer ray. This fails to convince the Falcon to talk and Zin asks him why. The Falcon replies "That's not my dog".
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has a notable instance when [[JerkAss Master Shake]] puts a cat in the microwave. Meatwad and Shake stare at each other, and through sticky notes, talk to one another. Shake, being the idiot he is, forgets that he already microwaved Meatwad's kitten, and Meatwad has to remind him that it was his own.
--> '''Shake''': Mr. Sparkles!!! *boom*
* ''FreakyStories'': One story featured an overjealous man whose wife was constantly receiving a male visitor who even once took her for a car ride. The husband one day covered the car with concrete. The visitor was a car salesman and the woman had just bought the car for her husband's birthday.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'': Elmyra once stepped on Rudy's snake to force it to spit Pinky and the Brain out. Rudy tried to retaliate by stomping on something of hers but stomped on Brain's device of the week. After she told him it wasn't hers, Rudy simply gave up and left.
* In ''{{Archer}}'', Sterling Archer laughs hysterically after Malory slaps a phone out of his hands and breaks it on the concrete because it actually belonged to his servant [[ButtMonkey Woodhouse]].
* In the ClassicDisneyShort "Lucky Number", WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck wins a new car in a radio raffle drawing, but due to an error in announcing the winning number, he had thrown his ticket away thinking it was a loser. His nephews hear the correction, realize he's won, and cash the ticket in secret to surprise him. When they show up with the new car, Donald thinks it's a prank and unknowingly destroys his own winnings in a rage.