''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 ''Manga/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.

* ComicStrip/{{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!"
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': During the events of the "Amazons Attack" storyline, in where the Amazons went to war against the US, Supergirl and ''Comicbook/WonderGirl'' try to end the war by kidnapping the President and bringing him to Queen Hyppolita to engage in peace talks with her. Predictably, their plan went awry, and Supergirl apologized to many people, saying that she had screwed everything up even though she just wanted to help.

* 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.