* ''KeroroGunsou'' has a rather sad example in one chapter. Keroro is expecting praise for doing a good job cleaning the house, but is instead met with furious accusations by Natsumi and Fuyuki of screwing with computer networks across the city, and has a nervous breakdown when they refuse to believe his pleas that he's not responsible. The real culprits turn out to be [[ThePsychoRangers the Garuru Platoon]], as a prelude to taking over the invasion of Earth.
* When Thoma of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' gets captured by the Hückebein, an infamous family of killers, he accuses them of being the culprits behind the [[DoomedHometown destruction of his hometown]]. Not so, says Fortis. He double-checked, and they're not behind that particular massacre. After all, [[SoleSurvivor Thoma survived]], and if they were the ones responsible, [[IfIWantedYouDead they would have made sure to kill everyone.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', when Tobi claims that he was not behind [[spoiler:the Nine-Tailed Fox attacking Konoha]] despite confirming or expanding on much of what Sasuke was told about him. A later flashback arc shows that he really was.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has its share of villains that aren't Team Rocket, whether single-episode Pokemon menaces, thieves, the region's local villainous team, or [[AccidentalMisnaming Bill]] and Cassidy. As Jessie and James end up appearing in nearly every episode, they get more than their share of this trope.
* Subverted in the first season of ''RosarioToVampire''; in Chapter 27, Tsukune gets a centipedia sent after him. Although his current problem (the monstrels) are not shown in that chapter themselves, he does suspect that his 'centipede thing' opponent is allied with them. [[spoiler: He's wrong: Headmaster Exorcist Mikogami sent him after Tsukune to test his ghoul powers and ''damn'' did it work.]]
* In a non-villainous version, the first plotline in ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan W'' has two aliens ransack the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Great Celaeno Library]] looking for a forbidden book. Mahiro suspects that they wanted Nyarko's overdue library book, because she (unwittingly) tends to be behind these events. When it turns out that ''he'' had the book they wanted[[note]]he put it in his jacket pocket without thinking[[/note]], he gives a BigNo and Nyarko lightly scolds him for immediately blaming her.
* Happens twice in ''Manga/DeathNote''. The first time, a man connected with the Kira investigation gets a (survivable) heart attack simply from the stress of the job; the second time, it's someone else running around with a Death Note supporting Kira's aims.
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