->'''Rat:''' I'm gonna start apologizing to all the people I've insulted by telling them "I'm sorry that you were offended."\\
'''Pig:''' Is that a real apology?\\
'''Rat:''' No, that's what's so great. It allows me to retain the impact of the original insult while tacking on the implied ''bonus'' insult of, "You are an oversensitive ninny."
-->-- ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''

First, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle I'm sorry]] that you have no life and [[{{Hypocrite}} spend all day editing tropes]].

Second, this is a subtrope of SarcasmMode, when a supposed apology is actually very unapologetic, and instead makes it very clear that either the person being apologized to is the one in the wrong, or that the apologizer prefers InsaneTrollLogic to admitting ''they'' are wrong. So when Alice is supposed to apologize to Bob, she instead says "I'm sorry you screwed up, Bob."

Why would Alice be apologizing in the first place? Perhaps Bob demands an apology for some tiny or imagined slight, and Alice just can't resist explaining how [[NeverMyFault it's all his fault]], instead. Perhaps Alice's boss is a BeleagueredBureaucrat or a CorruptCorporateExecutive who just wants to get the problem over with, and the easiest way to do that is to [[OrderedApology order Alice to apologize]] for something she didn't do. Or perhaps Alice really is in the wrong, but she's enough of a {{Jerkass}} to ignore this in favor of putting Bob down.

Note that it's not enough for Alice to say "I'm not sorry." Her apology has to actively shift the blame to Bob. This may cause Alice to say ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules, to place HonorBeforeReason, or lead her to become TheLastDJ. Alternatively, this is just one more spat between Alice and Bob and there are no real consequences, other than Bob now being irritated with Alice.

A subtler variation of this trope is for Alice to apologise by saying something like "I'm sorry if you were offended, Bob." This is a relative of FalseReassurance and an even closer relative of the StealthInsult, since Bob has to pay attention to the wording to notice that she's putting the blame on him for being offended rather than on herself for causing offense.

If it's an OrderedApology, the character giving the order may declare that it's not acceptable.

Compare with FlippantForgiveness and BaitAndSwitchComment.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the English dub of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', Mawari apologizes after cockblocking two guys, saying "I'm sorry you guys thought you had a chance with them."
* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Knuckles tells Eggman to release Amy from his clutches or he'll be sorry. Eggman then says that he's sorry that the heroes are still alive in the other world.
* So-Sorree from ''Anime/YoKaiWatch'' makes anybody it inspirits do this ''constantly'', to the annoyance of their peers.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' (at least the French version), Haddock has to apologize to the Thompsons for saying that a circus (actually a Moon crater, called a circus in French) needed two clowns, and that they would suit perfectly. He then proceeds to say: "The circus does not need two clowns. Therefore you would not suit perfectly." One of the Thompsons tries to ponder on what that actually implies, but the other is perfectly happy with this "apology". The English version changes the confusion to the Thompsons thinking the Sea of Nectar is the seaside, and Haddock claims that they're looking for two Punch and Judy men on the pier, for which they would suit perfectly. The apology goes about the same way, with Haddock "explaining" that they're not hiring after all, which doesn't address the insult at all.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* After a reader with the surname Dork complained about a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip using "Dork" as an insult, Scott Adams printed a reply in which Dogbert apologized "To all the Dorks who were offended."
* ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur'': Danae ''loves'' this [[http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2010/03/19 concept]].
-->'''Danae:''' Sorry if you mistook something I said as somehow being offensive. Now everyone should stop dwelling on the past and just get over it.
* Used in a ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' Sunday strip, where a peasant is loudly claiming that the king is a fink, for which he is brought before the king to apologise.
-->'''Peasant:''' I'm sorry you're a fink.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', when Calvin is (unusually) trying to apologize to Susie she just tells him to get lost, and he screams at her as she walks away: "I'm trying to apologize, you dumb noodleloaf!" He then {{Face Palm}}s realizing what he's just said.
* In a ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' comic, Michael is showing off all of his new back-to-school supplies and then teases Elizabeth because she didn't get anything, causing her to cry. John then tells Michael to apologize, and say it like he means it, so Michael says "sorry" in a goofy voice, which causes him to get sent to his room.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9027408/1/Darkness-Within Darkness Within]]'' Tom Riddle tortures Harry until he gets an apology for a perceived slight. After several rounds Harry finally gives him one.
-->'''Harry:''' I'm sorry you're such a jerk. Not that I can do anything about it.
* In the ''Manga/LoveHina'' fic ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake'', after Keitaro explains why he's leaving the Hinata Inn and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls out each of the girls]] on how their past behavior hurt him, Shinobu and Mutsumi are the only ones that linger long enough to apologize. Shinobu apologizes honestly, while Mutsumi instead talks more about how she's sorry how he's hurt Naru and everyone with his rejection. This {{foreshadow|ing}}s their resultant character arcs: Shinobu comes to recognize and accept how she helped drive him away by never speaking out against the abuse, while Mutsumi convinces herself that Keitaro needs her help to get back together with Naru.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9825937/6/Bound-in-Servitude Bound in Servitude]]'', Mrs. Weasley insists that Ron apologize for implying that most of the Order of the Phoenix are Dumbledore-worshipping sheep.
-->'''Ron:''' I apologize for pointing out your shortcomings. I failed to notice that you hadn't realized your inadequacy.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11044882/14/The-Snitch-Effect The Snitch Effect]]'':
-->'''Dumbledore:''' Lee, while I agree with you that Mister Diggory is being an ass, as you put it, that's no reason to become so vulgar. Kindly apologize, if you would.\\
'''Lee:''' Fine. I'm sorry that you're such a prat, Diggory!
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': Vegeta gets one in at the end of the first season, due to Goku's insistence that if Vegeta says he's sorry, he can leave Earth unmolested. The result?
-->'''Vegeta:''' I'm sorry. Yep. ''Totally'' sorry. I just feel terrible. Yes, I'm very, very, "very" sorry... ''[capsule door shuts]'' THAT YOU'RE ALL STILL ALIVE! SUCKERS!

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'':
-->'''Shrek:''' ''[to Donkey]'' If I treat you so badly, then why did you come back, huh?\\
'''Donkey:''' Because that's what friends do -- ''they forgive each other!''\\
'''Shrek''': Oh, yeah. You're right, Donkey. I forgive you -- for stabbing me in the back!

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* In ''Film/DonnieDarko'', when the independent-minded teacher complains to the head about being fired, all he says is "I'm sorry you have failed."
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'': Though it's possible that in Derek's case, he is [[TooDumbToLive being genuine]].
-->'''Derek:''' I'm sorry that good-looking people like us made you throw up and feel bad about yourself.\\
'''Mugatu:''' Oh, I'm sorry, did my pin get in the way of your ass? Do me a favor and lose five pounds immediately or get out of my building like now!
* ''Film/MeanGirls'':
** There's a scene where each girl is supposed to apologize and do a trust fall. One of the GirlPosse members makes this excuse for an apology, which leaves few willing to stand behind her to catch her when she falls:
--->'''Gretchen:''' I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me... but I can't help it that I'm popular.\\
''([[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments cue crowd moving back, except a blissfully-smiling Karen]])''
** In the same scene, there's also the girl in the wheelchair:
--->'''Girl in Wheelchair:''' Laura, I don't hate you because you're fat. You're fat, because I hate you.
** And this gem:
--->'''Girl from Michigan:''' Alyssa, I'm sorry I called you a gap-toothed bitch. It's not your fault you're so gap-toothed.
** Janis also does this with Regina when she "apologizes" for helping Cady in sabotaging her and says she did it because "I guess I've got a BIG, ''LESBIAN'' CRUSH ON YOU!"
** Really, save for Karen's apology and the over-emotional girl, it seems like most of the trust fall scene is this trope.
* The title character's apology in ''Film/{{Patton}}'' for slapping a soldier under his charge, which is based off something Patton did in real life.
* ''Film/PathsOfGlory''. Colonel Dax's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to his commanding officer.
-->'''Colonel Dax:''' I apologize for not being entirely honest with you. I apologize for not revealing my true feelings. I apologize, sir, for not telling you sooner that you're a degenerate, sadistic old man. ''[[SuddenlyShouting AND YOU CAN GO TO HELL BEFORE I APOLOGIZE TO YOU NOW OR EVER AGAIN!]]''"

* Some guy just has been finally convicted. A reporter asks him what he thinks the reason is. The convict snarls: "Because half of the jury are assholes, that's why!" The judge interferes: "You will take this back immediately, or I'll take measures!" The convict: "OK, I take it back. Half of the jury ain't assholes!"
* A similar one with headlines: "HALF OUR NATION'S POLITICIANS ARE CROOKS". Outraged phone calls and {{Strongly Worded Letter}}s ensue. The next day, the paper prints this correction as a headline: "HALF OUR NATION'S POLITICIANS ARE NOT CROOKS".
* A man tells his neighbor that hanging would be too good for him. The neighbor sues, and the man is forced to apologize by the court. So he says: "I take back what I said. Hanging is ''not'' too good for you!"
* A child comes up to his mother complaining that his sister called him stupid. The mother orders her daughter to say she's sorry. She turns to her brother and says "I'm sorry that you're stupid."

* ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'':
-->'''Owlglass:''' I was trying to remember what you called him.\\
'''Pismire:''' An ignorant sybarite who didn't have the sense of a meat pie.\\
'''Glurk:''' Sounds pretty nasty, sentencing someone to death just for that.\\
'''Owlglass:''' Actually, he got sentenced to death for apologizing.\\
'''Glurk:''' How can you be sentenced to death for apologizing?\\
'''Owlglass:''' He said he was sorry, but on reflection he realized that the Emperor ''had'' got the sense of a meat pie. He was running at the time, too.
* Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Literature/ApologyOfSocrates'' appears to be one of these, considering that Socrates spends most of his speech lamenting how stupid everybody is. But the definition of "apology" at the time also meant "a reasoned argument in justification of something". So Socrates's "apology" was him explaining to the people of Athens his beliefs and methods. This meaning is the basis for the term "apologetics".
* In Kai Lung's story about the discovery of tea, the Emperor is advised to confess his sins in order to bring an end to a drought:
-->"No complete record of Ming Wang's confession now exists, all those who accompanied him having entered into a deep compact to preserve a stubborn silence. It is admitted, however, that it was of inordinate length, very explicit in its details, and that it implicated practically every courtier and official of any standing. In a final access of self-reproach the Emperor penitently admitted that he was the guilty head of a thoroughly decayed and criminal autocracy, that he weakly surrounded himself with greedy and incompetent officials, and that he had thoughtlessly permitted sycophancy, bribery and peculation to abound."
--> --pp. 39-40 of Ernest Bramah, ''Kai Lung unrolls his Mat'' (1928; repr. Penguin, 1937).
* After the girls of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' get into a huge fight, Mary Anne writes her friends "apology" notes. While she manages one sincere apology to Claudia, the other notes fall under this trope:
-->''Dear Kristy, I'm sorry you're the biggest, bossiest know-it-all in the world, but what can I do about it? Perhaps you should consider professional help.''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{House}}'' is forced to apologize to Cuddy's mother: "I'm sorry... that we saved your life", he starts, and then steers it back to a straight apology: "...in the way that we did". Wilson gives the apology a B+.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'': Maurice and Endora are not known to fully admit they're in the wrong.
-->'''Maurice:''' I apologize that your abominable behavior had so exhausted my patience that I was goaded into a slight transgression.
* ''Series/TheCloser'':
** Assistant Chief Pope has received numerous complaints about friction between Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and other legal departments, and so has ordered her to apologize to the offended parties.
--->'''Brenda:''' I'd like to start with you, Ms. Powell. I'd like to say how sorry I am that I was unable to ignore your general level of incompetence in the wrongly obtained conviction in the case of Bill Croelick. And I'm sorry if you felt hurt and defensive about putting a man on death row for the wrong crime, and I certainly hope that that will never, ever happen again. Agent Jackson, I deeply regret that the FBI handed over two million dollars to a man on a terrorist watch list without the capacity to trace it, or managed to follow him for months without knowing his wife was having an affair with a doctor, and I hope you do much better in the future. Captain Taylor, I suppose I should apologize to you for not having been born in Los Angeles, but having seen you work up close now for several months, I can honestly say that try as I might, I can't think of any fair and reasonable system on earth where I wouldn't outrank you. There. I hope that clears everything up.
** Pope himself delivers a nice one in season 4 to a man accused of killing his wife due to past domestic abuse:
--->'''Chief Pope:''' On behalf of the entire LAPD, allow me to say how sorry I am that you lied to us so much and that you knocked your wife around to such an extent that we considered you a suspect in her murder.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', [[TheCaptain Sheridan]] was [[OrderedApology ordered to apologize]] to the Centauri for something that was the Centauri's fault. Sheridan is shown practicing an epic backhand apology [[MirrorMonologue to a mirror]] in his quarters. It's just too bad he never got the chance to actually deliver it.
-->'''Sheridan:''' I apologize. I'm... sorry. I'm sorry we had to defend ourselves against an unwarranted attack. I'm sorry that your crew was stupid enough to fire on a station filled with a quarter million civilians, including your own people. And I'm sorry I waited as long as I did before I blew them all straight to hell! ''[{{beat}}]'' "[[IronicEcho As with everything else, it's the thought that counts]]."
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** After the guys act like {{Jerkass}}es to Penny's boyfriend [[TheDitz Zack]] Leonard asks how they should apologize, Sheldon suggests "Zack, I'm sorry you're stupid. Have a Milk Dud".
** Sheldon tries to do this to Amy but she doesn't accept it
--->'''Sheldon:''' I was not myself, [[ItMakesSenseInContext I had lost a lot of thumb blood.]]\\
'''Amy:''' That's not an apology.\\
'''Sheldon:''' That is your opinion.\\
'''Amy:''' I want a real apology!\\
'''Sheldon:''' I'm sorry that you weren't able to...\\
'''Amy:''' No!\\
'''Sheldon:''' That my genius...\\
'''Amy:''' No!\\
'''Sheldon:''' [[NeverMyFault That the soap was so...]]\\
'''Amy:''' Sheldon!\\
'''Sheldon:''' Fine... [[SincerityMode sorry]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** After Carla tries to interfere in Perry and Jordan's relationship, Turk persuades her to apologize to Jordan:
--->'''Carla:''' I didn't mean to upset you. Even though everything I said was true, and you know it.\\
'''Turk:''' Baby, that is a God-awful apology. Just God-awful.\\
'''Jordan:''' Yeah, that's 'cause she's not really sorry.
** Elliot within the first three episodes gets off on the wrong foot with Carla, J.D. makes her apologize and then she always adds "you know I'm right" or "But (excuse)". There is added dream sequences of her digging her own grave to prove the point!
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Santana is the ''absolute queen'' of this.
-->'''Santana:''' Hey Tubs! Can I talk to you for a second?\\
'''Rory:''' Hey, listen here. You can't make fun of Finn anymore.\\
'''Santana:''' Shut your potato hole, I'm here to apologize. ''[to Finn]'' Rachel's right, I haven't been fair to you. You're not fat. I should know, I slept with you. I mean, at some point I must have liked that you look like a taco addict who's had one too many back alley liposuctions.\\
'''Rory:''' Whoa.\\
'''Santana:''' Please stick a sock in it or ship yourself back to Scotland. I'm trying to apologize to Lumps the Clown. ''[back to Finn]'' I am sorry, Finn. I mean, really, I'm sorry that the New Directions are gonna get crushed by the Troubletones. And also sorry that you have no talent. Sorry that you sing like you're getting your prostate checked, and you dance like you've been asleep for years and someone just woke you up. Have fun riding on Rachel's coattails for the rest of your life, although, you know what, I would just watch out for her come holiday time if I were him, because if I were her, I'd stick a stent in one of those boobs and let the Finn blubber light the Hanukkah lamp for eight magical nights.
** Unfortunately, this lead to Finn asking the [[ArmorPiercingQuestion one question]] designed to hurt Santana where she lived: [[{{Gayngst}} Hey Santana, why don't you come out of the closet?]]
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Stephen likes to invert this by proclaiming "I accept your apology" to someone who has not, in fact, apologized in any way. Given that he's playing a satirical character, almost every apology to people he offends comes off as this.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Carrie apologizes to Big's trophy-wife for having an affair with Big, to which she reples "I'm sorry too: I'm sorry you cheated with my husband, ran around behind my back, and caused me to fall and break my tooth, requiring 27 stitches and hours of painful surgery."
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** One episode has this impressive demonstration of the rhetorical device of paralipsis:
** In the architects sketch, after Mr Wiggin's tirade of insults towards the city gents, they simply reply "Well we're sorry you feel like that."
* In one episode of ''Wonders of the Solar System'', Brian Cox made an offhand remark that "astrology is a load of rubbish". After the show received complaints, he made a statement which sadly was not chosen as the BBC's official response on the issue:
-->''"I apologise to the astrology community for not making myself clear. I should have said that this new age drivel is undermining the very fabric of our civilisation."''
* The "Soup Nazi" episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' spawned one of these. Apparently, Jerry Seinfeld and several writers went to the restaurant of the man (Al Yeganeh) that the character had been based on. He recognized them and launched into a rant about how the episode had "ruined his life" and demanded an apology. Seinfeld stood up and gave, to quote, "the most sarcastic, insincere apology" he'd ever heard. Yeganeh then yelled "No soup for you!" and threw them out of the restaurant.
* In ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles bears some animosity towards Frasier's ex-wife Lilith after she sniggered during Maris' wedding vows. When Frasier tries to get the two to reconcile, Lilith responds along the lines of "If Niles is so insecure that he needs an apology for something so minor, then fine, I apologise." Niles joyfully accepts.
* The [[Creator/DisneyChannel Playhouse Disney]] puppet show ''Series/TheBookOfPooh'' had a song called "If We Were Talkin'," which consisted of Rabbit and Tigger doing this to each other after an argument, at least until Piglet suggests that they could work things out. "If we were talking, which were aren't since that nasty somersault / I'd say I'm sorry that our accident was totally his fault." ... "If we were talking, I'd say sorry his world record was a bust."
* A rare ''accidental'' example in ''Series/DoctorWho'', when the Doctor attempts to apologise to Barbara for kidnapping her and accusing her of trying to kill him. Because he has NoSocialSkills it comes out as self-aggrandisement and blaming her for everything and he never actually says the word "sorry". Barbara's facial expression suggests she notices this, but at the same time she sees that it's meant sincerely and he's just communicating it badly, and accepts it.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': In episode 5 of season 1, during Ally's hearing, with her lawyer license being at stake, her representative colleague heatedly argues to what he calls unfair process. Interrupting, their law firm boss (present, as he says earlier in the episode, as backup) declares to be in agreement with the board on this one, cheerfully continuing to elaborate that their hothead is being constantly reminded of the need for civility and yet keeps getting these reactions to ''witch-hunts, especially this blatant.''
* In ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', DJ and his Mom are fighting, so while at the diner he leaves a note on one of the tables saying "The big scary one spits in the food." Annoyed, Roseanne demands he apologize.
-->'''DJ:''' I'm sorry my mom spits in your food.\\
''[the customer leaves in disgust]''\\
'''Roseanne:''' Ha! Joke's on you, DJ; I really do spit in the food!
* ''Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes'''s Apology to America, in which Anthony St. George walks around Washington D.C. and passive-aggressively apologies on behalf of Canada for such things as calling UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush a moron, burning down TheWhiteHouse during the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, various terrible Canadian celebrities and music inflicted on the U.S. over the decades, and, finally, for [[ShapedLikeItself "apologizing for things in a passive-aggressive way which is really a thinly-veiled criticism]], because we've seen what you do to countries you get upset with."
* In ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Creator/MelissaMcCarthy's impersonation of Sean Spicer opens with one of these:
-->"I'd like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you to me for how you have treated me these last two weeks, and that apology is not accepted."
* Because sarcasm and sadism are the ''modus operandi'' of ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'', Alton's request that a losing cheftestant return his or her remaining cash to the briefcase often reeks of this.
* Played humorously in ''Series/That70sShow''. Kelso tells the guys that he got into some trouble with Pam Macey, mainly him unable to... well, let's just say in his case, [[TheLoinsSleepTonight the South didn't rise again]]. Eric and Hyde proceed to mock him about, which Fez chatises them for. Then we get this gem from him:
-->'''Fez:''' Kelso, I just want you to know that I feel bad for you and that I am sorry... '''[[SuddenlyShouting YOU ARE NOT A MAN!!!]]'''

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This is a stock part of TrashTalk in professional wrestling, with Wrestling/HeathSlater's "apology" to Wrestling/ChrisJericho being one of the more recent ones.
* The most recent one is when Wrestling/TheMiz speaks to Wrestling/CMPunk after the latter forces him to apologize to Wrestling/PaulHeyman for calling him a human walrus. So he replies with this:
-->'''Miz:''' Okay...I'm sorry that you're a [[CatchPhrase really]] [[VerbalTic REALLY]] big walrus!
* In the night before Money In The Bank 2011, CM Punk demands Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to apologize to him and the fans for not giving them what they wanted. He finally relents and gives CM Punk a rather furious apology:
-->'''Vince [=McMahon=]''': I apologize, you son of a [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', after Luvbi trash-talks the Mario brothers, Jaydes (her mother) [[OrderedApology forces her to apologize]]. So she replies. "I am sorry... that [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe thou art]] so hairy." (The last part said very quickly and apparently unnoticed by Jaydes, though Mario reacts.)
* In ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', [[VanityIsFeminine Zeena]] gripes to Sonic that she has to reapply her nail polish because of him. Sonic says he's sorry, which Zeena [[SarcasmBlind takes at face value]] until Sonic explains that he's sorry that she "has nothing more important to do in life."
* During her ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' bad ending, after listing off everything that bores her, Terumi demands Rachel explain how "his existence" is on that list. She does apologize that "[[BoringInsult You can't help being so dull]]" in response.
* In a banter between Anomen and Jan Jansen in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', Jan 'apologizes' to Anomen for having been impolite by pointing out Anomen's many unflattering characteristics in public. [[CouldSayItBut He then proceeds to list every one of them, pointing out that it was rude of him to bring attention to it before]] and apologising for it.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', one of the taunts for male voice is this:
--> Boss: "I'm sorry for your mum!"

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Ruby Rose from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' gives one to Weiss after Weiss sums up how their first fight as a team [[{{Understatement}} didn't go very well]].
-->'''Ruby:''' I'm sorry that you need my help to win a fight.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1242 1242]].
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/040224c Oh, I'm sorry. Were you done?]]
* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' provides instructions on [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2007/2/25/how-to-apologize-without-accepting-any-blame.html How to Apologize Without Accepting Any Blame]].
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': [[OrderedApology I'm Sorry]]. [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2500 Sorry you suck so bad.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Tarvek "complements" Gil on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120217 his deception in Paris:]]
-->'''Tarvek:''' ''*with apparent sincerity*'' You were ''trying'' to convince me that you were a disgusting, swinish, lecherous, drunken ''sot.'' Well I want you to know, it ''worked.'' Well ''done!''
* In a flashback in ''Webcomic/HarpyGee'', queen Argema ordered Gigi and Lily to apologize to each other:
-->'''Lily:''' I'm sorry... you're a little waste of space.\\
'''Gigi:''' I'm SORRY- I didn't punch HARDER.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Happens in ''WebVideo/VideoGameHighSchool''. The Law is such a jerk.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4IjTUxZORE This]] video combines the trope with a [[CallingTheOldManOut well earned]] ArmorPiercingQuestion from today's youth to a previous generation.
* In ''WebVideo/JakeAndAmir'', Jake calls out Amir for giving one of these to his cousin, Micah.
-->'''Amir:''' Are you still pissed about the last time he visited?\\
'''Jake:''' You mean when he went to get a drink from the water fountain and you shoved his face into it? Yeah, he lost two of his front teeth!\\
'''Amir:''' I apologized for that!\\
'''Jake:''' You said, "Sorry you don't have a sense of humor, bitch!"

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* An ''Creator/AbbottAndCostello'' cartoon had the duo as lumberjacks, and Costello inadvertantly insults the foreman. When Abbott tells him to apologize, Costello confronts the foreman and says "You're the boss, and am I sorry!"
* From the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Mystery Dungeon:"
-->'''Lemongrab:''' You will make pies FAST, servile!\\
'''Tree Trunks:''' If you wanna taste of my apple pie, ''you'd better be nice!''\\
'''Lemongrab:''' ... [[SincerityMode I am sorry]]. Make pies, slave.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "So Funny, I Forgot to Laugh" centers around the title character making fun of Sue Ellen because of a fur sweater she wore to school; claiming that she looks like a sheepdog. Sue Ellen then tells Mr. Ratburn about this and he tells Arthur to write Sue Ellen an apology letter. Arthur does apologize in the letter, but also points out that he thinks that Sue Ellen is just overreacting. He does eventually give her a sincere apology however.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' episode "Brand New Couch", Bojack's mother Beatrice calls him to apologize for [[AbusiveParents how she treated him during his childhood]] after reading his memoirs. However, even as she apologizes, she still can't stop insulting him, calling him a narcissist for writing a memoir, and telling him he was born broken and that he'll never get better.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Itis", during a Sunday dinner at the Freeman house, Riley rudely complains about Sarah Dubois' food. Robert orders him to apologize, to which Riley responds:
-->'''Riley:''' Mrs. Dubois, I'm sorry your cobbler look like throw-up with peas in it.\\
''[this is followed by more arguing between Robert and Riley, until the former beats up the latter]''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Mel Gibson's "apology" to the Jews, and also:
--->'''Peter:''' Hey, hey, hey. Easy, fella. That's my kid. Now apologize.\\
'''Douchebag[[note]]who looks like a guy but is really a stupendously ugly fat chick[[/note]]:''' Okay. I'm sorry your kid's a brain-dead stinking blue cheese ''(smacks Peter's can of Patriot Ale out of his hand)'' fat-ass!
** There was also the episode where Brian writes a best-selling book and Stewie becomes his agent. But soon, all the fame goes to Brian's head and starts acting really mean towards Stewie and going as far as to firing him. At the end of the episode, Brian tries to apologize to Stewie, but claims that Stewie was the reason he acted like that.
* Squirt and Shimmer do this to each other in "Stumped" on ''WesternAnimation/MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' after having a fight over a hollyberry. Holley demands that they stop fighting and apologize to each other. "Sorry your ugly scarecrow won't have a head," shouts Squirt and Shimmer retorts "And ''I'm'' sorry that you're the world's worst berry thief!" Later, the two apologize to each other for real after they cool off and realize the pettiness of their earlier behavior.
* A closing gag in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Insane Clown Poppy" has Homer being chased by the mafia mob. He then screams that he's sorry, [[RuleOfFunny causing them to stop and decide to leave him be.]] [[WhatAnIdiot He then invokes this trope and the chase resumes.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Peridot is such an asocial freak that even when she is heartfelt in apology, it [[ThatCameOutWrong comes off as insincere.]]
-->'''Peridot:''' Sorry I interrogated you. You were just full of such useful information. That's a sincere compliment.
* Tritannus, the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' season 5. After he is defeated and stripped of his powers, the monarchs of Andros condemn him before asking if Tritannus had anything to say in his defense or had any remorse for what he's done. He replies he's only sorry he didn't kill them all when he had the chance.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* During a televised awards show, reasonably popular stand-up comedian and breakfast radio host Dave Hughes refers to 'shock-jock' Kyle Sandilands as a "massive dickhead". Everyone laughs. Except Kyle Sandilands, who proceeds to underscore the statement by proclaiming on his show the following day: "I don't care if I go to jail for three months, that guy needs a punch in the throat. Simple." Hughes responded with a press release. In its entirety:
-->"Mr Dave Hughes has issued a public apology to Mr Kyle Sandilands, who has made comments in the past days in reference to remarks made by Mr Hughes at the 2007 TV Week Logie Awards. Mr Hughes said : 'I am sincerely and deeply sorry that Kyle Sandilands is a massive dickhead.' Mr Hughes hopes that this sincere and unreserved apology will put this ugliness to rest and stop Mr Sandilands from going to jail. Mr Hughes further remarked: 'No one deserves to go to jail just for being a massive dickhead. Massive dickheads have the same rights as normal people.' Mr Hughes is not available for further comment on this matter."
* On Fandom Wank, this is known as a [[http://wiki.fandomwank.com/index.php/Heidipology Heidipology]].
* There is a rule in the British Parliament that forbids personal insults. UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli said "Half the Cabinet[[note]]Committee of high-ranking government ministers[[/note]] are asses.", He was ordered to apologize and he said "Mr. Speaker, I withdraw that remark, half the Cabinet are NOT asses." in a tone of voice that implied that the other half ''are'' asses.
** It's helpful that he never specified '''which''' half of the cabinet EITHER statement was talking about.
** When Winston Churchill broke the same rule, his apology was simply "I called my honourable friend a liar it is true and I am sorry for it. Punctuate however you like."
** Trenchant Labour MP Dennis Skinner took a leaf out of Disraeli's book when ordered to retract the statement "Half the Tories opposite are crooks."
* Creator/DaveBarry once wrote a column about telemarketers which included the phone number of a major telemarketing company. Over the course of the following week, that company got swamped with so many calls from people complaining about being harassed by telemarketers that they couldn't get any work done. Dave Barry's next column covered this reaction, and ended with a highly sarcastic apology to the telemarketing company for the trouble he caused them, which included the phrase "I probably [[CouldSayItBut should not say that your new phone number is...]]"
* Creator/OrsonWelles's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho_9XTnlJKM apology]] for the ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' radio theatre incident[[note]]Which happened in a periodical radio theatre time-slot, and during which there were four reminders that it was theatre[[/note]] essentially amounted to, "I'm sorry, I just didn't know so many people were stupid."
* First rule of PR. Don't apologize for making a mistake, hurting someone's feelings, offending a social group. Instead apologize, but accuse them taking your words out of context and being offended on purpose/being sensitive. Too many examples to list. "Sorry If This Thing Offended You" is not an apology in most circles.
** Late 2011 presented an archetypal example from Paul Christoforo of Ocean Marketing who, in the course of publicly abusing some customers, did not believe that one of the people he was talking to ran ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''. [[http://www.popehat.com/2011/12/27/outsource-your-marketing-outsource-your-reputation-and-ethics-applies-to-every-industry/ Hilarity ensued.]] The [[http://www.popehat.com/2011/12/28/internet-justice-and-paul-christoforos-awful-non-apology/ series of non-apologies was summarized]] as "Sorry, I wouldn't have done that if I had known I couldn't get away with it."
** April 2018 presented a rather infuriating example of this as well; Former contributors of ''WebSite/ChannelAwesome'' put together an extensive document blowing the whistle on the site's terrible management, abuse (from the verbal to the physical to the ''sexual'') from the higher-ups (especially CEO Mike Michaud), and poster boys [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic Rob and Doug Walker's]] lack of will or care to do anything about it. Shortly after the mess became public and they could no longer ignore it, Channel Awesome [[https://twitter.com/ChannelAwesome/status/980956519280861184 posted an "apology"]] on their Twitter account where they told their viewers and their former contributors that they "sincerely regret that you felt that way", attempting to evade responsibility for nearly ten years of behind-the-scenes abuse. This resulted in the InternetBackdraft to end all Internet Backdrafts, with disillusioned/disappointed fans leaving in droves and all but three of their remaining contributors leaving in less than a week.
** In the same month, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, upset after the State legislature (also Republican) overrode his veto of increasing Education spending to resolve a teacher's strike, alleged that "somewhere in Kentucky today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them." After public backlash, [[https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/kentucky-governor-apologizes-after-linking-child-abuse-teacher-protests-n866156 he issued an apology stating (in part) the following]]. Translation - "I'm sorry you were too stupid to understand what I was intending."
--->'''Bevin''': For those of you who understood what I was saying, thank you, but clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was I was communicating. I apologize for those who were hurt by the things that were said.
* When [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] was removed from Current in March 2012, he released a statement on Twitter which began with this:
--> I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.
* The CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch released a press statement, responding to an earlier statement he had made in which he said that the company has no problem only selling to "cool" people, and that you can't be cool unless you're thin. In his [[http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-abercrombie-ceo-20130517,0,6746760.story new statement]], he "apologizes" for that remark, stating: "I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense".
* The UsefulNotes/{{British newspaper|s}} ''The Sun'' published a story "Flying saucers over British [[ChurchOfHappyology Scientology]] HQ". [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4966623/Aliens-An-apology.html Their response]] to the resulting complaints:
-->Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists.
** Their left-wing rivals ''The Mirror'' had another example: after American film producer Steve Bing ordered them to apologize for calling him "Bing Laden", he sent them an extremely grovelling and abject text of his apology which was to be run or they would face legal action. They ran it ''on the front page'' under the headline "A SINCERE AND HEARTFELT APOLOGY TO STEVE BING, PHILANTHROPIST AND HUMANITARIAN"...along with a feature inside the paper on "why Americans don't understand irony or sarcasm". Their British readers ''did'' understand that they were obviously not serious...and, true to stereotype, Bing did not. To be fair to Bing, many American's would have found that pun to be in poor taste (and probably still do).
* Any and all apologies which are: "sorry I offended you" or have a "but" justifier in the middle of it!
* After the Liberal Democrats broke their campaign pledge not to raise tuition fees, UsefulNotes/NickClegg made a public apology (which quickly became a StupidStatementDanceMix) in which he said "We shouldn't have made promises we weren't absolutely sure we could deliver". Many people pointed out [[SellOut Clegg]] wasn't apologising for ''breaking'' the pledge, but for making it in the first place.
* Commenting on Secretary of War Simon Cameron's reputation for corruption, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens once told [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]], "[[DamnedByFaintPraise I don't think that he would steal a red hot stove]]." When Cameron demanded that he retract the statement, he [[ExactWords told Lincoln]], "I believe I told you he would not steal a red-hot stove. I will now take that back."
* When the German government ordered the construction of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, one of the corporations paid for the construction of the memorial was a remnant of the "IG Farben AG", the corporation that produced the "Zyklon B" gas. This resulted in a public outcry by the Jewish community in Germany, but the assignment was not revoked and thus, this remnant of the "IG Farben AG" was paid by the German government to work on the Holocaust memorial.
* In June 2014, Ashton Wood raised $18,000 online so he and 300 people could destroy his car after Jeep refused to pay a full refund for the car or replace the vehicle which he claimed had suffered 21 separate mechanical problems. During a failed settlement between the manufacturer, Jeep, and Mr. Wood, one of the requests made by the car company was for the disgruntled buyer to publish an 'apology' in a national publication. However, because no one would publish the apology, he instead read it out on Creator/TheABC's ''The Checkout'':
--> Dear Jeep,
--> '''I'm sorry.'''
--> I'm sorry my Jeep broke down before it even left the dealership.
--> I'm sorry it had 21 problems.
--> I'm sorry it had to be towed 4 times.
--> I'm sorry I wasn't more grateful for your offer of a replacement battery.
--> I'm sorry you wouldn't offer me a replacement or refund.
--> But most of all I'm sorry...
--> '''I BOUGHT A JEEP'''
* In Australia the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, got in trouble for chartering a helicopter to take her to a Liberal Party fundraiser and charging the taxpayer for it. In her response after paying the money back she said "I'm very sorry it's taken the heat off Mr Shorten[[note]]The Opposition Leader[[/note]] and his triple-whammy carbon tax bill". The Prime Minister later mentioned that she had apologised but this was the only time she said sorry in the interview. She later offered another apology three weeks later after sustained criticism but made sure to point out it was technically within the rules.[[note]]Somewhat unsurprisingly, the public backlash from this little debacle managed to effectively torpedo her career.[[/note]]
* General George S. Patton famously slapped two soldiers suffering from shell-shock (even brandishing his pistol threateningly at one) and was ordered to apologize in lieu of a formal reprimand. His private apologies to the two men were reported as "no apology at all, an attempt to justify what he'd done." When apologizing to his soldiers at large, Patton only made vague references to being "too hard" on the men serving under him, and later wrote in his diary that he felt no shame at all at what he'd done and greatly resented having to apologize at all. For the record, the two men who were slapped seemed satisfied with their private apologies, one even remarking that Patton was under stress himself when the incident occurred.
* In 2003, longtime UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague rivals, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, faced each other in the CFL West Division semifinals. During the run-up to the game, Bombers kicker Troy Westwood was quoted in the media as calling people from the Riders' home city of Regina "a bunch of banjo-pickin' inbreds." He later issued a faux apology, saying "the vast majority of the people in Saskatchewan have no idea how to play the banjo." Ever since, the rematch between the two teams in Winnipeg that follows their Labour Day Classic matchup in Regina has been called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banjo_Bowl Banjo Bowl]].