''Okay, I was ignorant. I did something stupid. I got overeager or ahead of myself. I didn't realize the implications of my action, or I seriously thought I wouldn't screw this one up. I'm sorry. But please, don't hold it against me... I was Just Trying To Help.''

Not only is this a handy pre-defined message, it's also a [[StockPhrases stock phrase]] commonly used by characters, e.g. young kids in cartoons after their innocent attempt to help out causes a series of DisasterDominoes. Another common use of this is when someone is on the wrong end of a RantInducingSlight or MinorInsultMeltdown as after [[StopHelpingMe trying a little too hard to help.]]

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''MuhyoAndRoji'', Nana says this in an argument with her father after she, upset over him anonymously taking and selling fake ghost photos, takes a photo of a bank robbery, [[AngerBornOfWorry angering him by putting herself in danger]].
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', Midora's StartOfDarkness featured this. He suffered serious injuries trying to gather "Cure Water" to heal his exhausted mother figure Frohze. [[HeroicSacrifice Frohze used the last of her strength]] to prepare a meal to help Midora. He's spent centuries futilely trying to eat away the pain.

* {{Garfield}} responds with this phrase when Jon reminds him how last time they went to the farm, Garfield tried to grow chickens by planting them in the ground.
* In Franchise/{{Batman}}, Spoiler utters this line while collapsing into Batman's arms. It is quite a TearJerker, seeing as she is limping half dead after being shot and tortured for many hours, trying to make a contingency plan of Batman's work, which had accidentally caused a gang war.
* This is a RunningGag with [[ArchieComics Archie,]] who's clumsiness tends to turn minor problems into major disasters. One story shows that catastrophe is usually preceded by the words, "Let me help!"

[[AC:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', Stalin's last words are "But I was only trying to help," after the Prayer Warriors confront him over his deciding to allow freedom of religion (while it might seem like a PetTheDog moment, it's treated as his MoralEventHorizon). They then say "They only person you were trying to help were yourself! You evil satanic [[CountryMatters Kant]]!" and kill him.
* Celestia trying to save TD at the start of ''[[FanFic/TheNonBronyverse No, I Am NOT a Brony, GET ME OUTTA EQUESTRIA!!!]]'' ends up kicking off the plot when it traps him in Equestria. Later in the sequels, TD's pet phoenix also has a habit of trying to help, but ends up causing even more trouble for TD.
* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crossover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', the Outsider points out that Emma thought that shoving Taylor into the locker and letting her suffer for it would make her stronger for it.

* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
-->'''Lando, while being strangled by Chewbacca''': Just trying to help...
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight''
-->'''Juvenile vigilantes, after being tied up by Batman''': We were just trying to help!
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'':
-->'''Bart''': Uh, excuse me, sir? (Taggart) specifically requested two ''niggers''? To tell a family secret, my grandmother was Dutch.
-->'''Lyle''': Git on that handcart and take it to the end of that line!
-->'''Bart''': Just tryin' to help.
-->'''Lyle''': ''GIT!''

* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': "Lucky Strike"
-->'''Dixon Wilson''': She can stay in my room. [''everyone smiles''] Just trying to help.
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily''
-->'''Edith Bunker''': Archie was just trying to help.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren''
-->'''Ryan Lavery''': Babe was just trying to help.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': "Judgment"
-->'''Cordelia Chase''': Dennis is very sensitive, he's just trying to help. He's more a person than a G-H-O-S-T.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': "Collaborators"
-->'''Jammer''': [pleading with the Circle] I was just trying to help people!
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': "Pardon My Past"
-->'''Prue Halliwell''': Just trying to help.
* Michelle Tanner on ''Series/FullHouse'' tends to drop this one every now and then.

* ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'': Presumably, this was the grounds upon which Angel was trying to defend Mark after the latter was caught filming a homeless woman who didn't appreciate the exploitation.
-->'''Woman''': Who the fuck do you think you are? I don't need no goddamned help from some bleeding heart cameraman, my life's not for you to make a name for yourself on.
-->'''Angel''': Easy, sugar, easy. He was just trying to--
-->'''Woman''': Just trying to use me to kill his guilt?

[[AC:Video Games]]
* [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Lucifer]] ends up doing this by helping Dahn complete his doomed attempt at claiming the [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon throne of King Abaddon]]: [[spoiler: as a result of Dahn's plan and the previous interference of [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Raidou Kuzunoha the XL]], the timeline leading to the [[CrapsackWorld cataclysmic events]] of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' was [[RetGone stamped out of existence]].]]

* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Sandra's vampires apologize for their actions by saying this after she scolds them.

* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries''
-->'''Spot:''' Hey, you were just trying to help a fellow creature. We know your heart was in the right place.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Episode "Winter Wrap-Up":
--->'''Twilight:''' (''after Applejack rips into her for using magic'') I just wanted to... ''oh...!'' (''runs off crying'')
** Also used at the beginning of "Sisterhooves Social" when Sweetie Belle is trying to do something nice for Rarity.
* Bat-Mite says this all the time in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'' after causing Batman, Robin, and/or Batgirl a major problem that sets them back.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE25TheClockKing "The Clock King"]], Mayor Hill uses this as his defense when he is confronted by the Clock King.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' short "Donald's Goofy World", Goofy says this when Donald tells him he doesn't want to see his face again.

* Machinima/RedVsBlue:
-->'''Doc''':I'm really sorry guys. I was only trying to help.
-->'''Grif''':Oh is that all? I for one was totally confused. I thought you were savagely trying to kill our sergeant by ramming him over and over with a six thousand pound steel death machine. Now that we know that you're just trying to help, by all means, please continue.