Sorry I Fell on Your Fist
"Wow! How powerful a man do you have to be to be able to shoot somebody in the face, and have
that guy go: 'My bad!'"
As Collateral Angst
states, "Some stories make things even worse by having the casualty apologize for being hurt. They will use phrases such as "being a burden" or "letting you down" to express their guilt.
They are the Butt Monkey
, The Woobie
, and/or the Chew Toy
, and they
apologize for it. When dangerous weapons are involved, thus pushing this trope Up to Eleven
, it can don the name "Sorry I Fell Into Your Fire" or "Sorry I Bumped Into Your Bullet".
Compare and contrast Guilt Gambit
. Compare Why Did You Make Me Hit You?
and Apologizes a Lot
. My Fist Forgives You
is the inverse of this.
This is not
when a character merely comments that "I hit him in the tray with my face."
This is when the person being attacked apologizes for being attacked.
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Anime and Manga
- Princess Sakura in Tsubasa Chronicle. She can't fairly be held accountable for the burden she imposes on the crew, as she didn't choose to go on a dimension-hopping quest and can't help her drowsiness seeing as her heart literally broke into pieces and flew away. Her lack of combat ability is also understandable, given that she was a princess with an overprotective big brother. Later on she does get to kick some ass, until her soul leaves her body again.
- Pet Shop of Horrors has Chris, who often apologizes for his very existence (his mother was a Death by Childbirth case) and feels that he's a burden on his family, even when he's been rendered psychologically damaged and unable to speak.
- Tohru Honda of Fruits Basket does this quite a bit too, not wanting to burden anyone with her troubles despite those troubles being pretty drastic. This is best seen in the beginning of the series, where while her grandfather's house is being renovated, she resorts to living in a tent, rather than bother any of her friends by staying with them.
- Also Ritsu Sohma. The two of them occasionally get in to apologizing contests.
- Scrapped Princess... the title character does this quite often. Apologizing to her older siblings for always having to protect her, wondering if the world would be better off without her, etc. And, of course, she's never really done anything wrong - apparently, she threatens the continued existence of the world simply by living. And, apparently, by dying. Girl just can't catch a break.
- Sakura from Naruto did this before she Took A Level In Bad Ass.
- Baccano!!'s Jacuzzi Splot is prone to this due to his tendency to be a Martyr Without a Cause. On the low scale, he'll apologize for pretty much anything, up to and including being shoved. At the other side of the spectrum, he's blamed himself personally for the death of three men he encountered the day before — not because he killed them, but because his gang took them down (against his protests) while they were trying to murder him.
- Keitaro of Love Hina has been known to do this at times.
- Yukinari of Girls Bravo.
- Billy Burmingham's Wired World of Sports 2 includes Rugby League commentary in which a player is "headbutted in the elbow". The commentators sympathise with the player as he falls over in agony, blood pouring profusely from his elbow.
- An auto-collision version occurs in Analyze This. After Dr. Sobol rear-ends the mobsters, Jelly tells him "it's all right; it was our fault for being in front of you like that. Forget about it!" Then again, Jelly didn't REALLY think it was their fault; he was just trying to get rid of Dr. Sobol before he noticed the kidnapped mobster in the trunk.
- Used sarcastically by Lando Calrissian in one of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels; some corrupt cops rough him up, then drag him to the equally corrupt governor, where he is charged with many crimes, including assault on a law officer. Lando snarkily admits yes, he attacked the officer's fist with his stomach.
- She's not directly apologizing to her attacker, but after Lady Sybil is briefly taken hostage in The Fifth Elephant, she apologizes to her husband for "letting him down." It's more an apology for being tearful and shaken about it than an apology for being taken hostage, but it's enough to seriously freak him out.
Live Action TV
- Red Dwarf, "Demons and Angels", when the High Lister has been fatally stabbed:
High Lister: Forgive me, brother. I appear to have stained thy knife-end with my blood. A thousand apologies. [dies]
High Rimmer: Brother, permit me to furnish you with a fresh knife.
- The Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Hamlet covers the death of Polonius like so:
Hamlet: Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool!
Crow (as Polonius) Oh right, it's my fault you killed me!
- In the first episode of the third series of Black Books Manny has fallen out with Bernard after an argument that led to his hand being shut in a sandwich toaster and as a result, Manny is now working in their competitor, Goliath Books. When things go wrong with his new job, Manny comes home crying to Bernard that "It's my fault you toasted my hand!"
- One of the Pete and Dud sketches involves Peter Cook upending a bowl of spaghetti over Dudley Moore's head. Dud: "I'm sorry, I seem to have spilt my spaghetti."
- Desperate Housewives: Gabby finds evidence suggesting her soon-to-be ex husband, Carlos, could be on the verge of getting a very well-paying job. She decides she's going to woo him back so she can take him for even more money. They sleep together. He then reveals that he planted the fake evidence with the full knowledge that she'd steal it, read it, and then try to rob him blind. Outraged that she's been proven beyond all reasonable doubt to be a lying, manipulative, whorish bitch, she pushes Carlos out of the upstairs window. He survives with no damage lasting beyond the end of the episode. The closing narration still tries to suggest that Carlos was in the wrong, and that he feels guilty for being so cruel to Gabby.
- Downton Abbey: Daisy often apologizes for Mrs. Patmore's mistakes.
- When How I Met Your Mother's Barney gets into a fight with his Canadian side (It Makes Sense in Context) he smashes a vase over Canadian!Barney's head. Canadian!Barney apologises for the thickness of his skull and offers to split the cost of replacing the vase.
- Marshall took Robin to a Canadian bar. Unbelieving they were surrounded by her countrymen, she tests one by bumping in to his back. The man apologizes to Robin and offers to buy her a donut.
- Karl from Emergency Exit apologizes for being useless after he gets his face torn up while saving Sal's life.
- In Dept Heaven Apocrypha, Nessiah's lack of self-confidence makes him apologize to Milanor incessantly (read: whenever the topic arises) for Milanor having to take care of him, no matter how many times Milanor insists that he's doing it because he wants to. Nessiah also still blames himself for the abuse he's suffered at Hector's hands, which isn't helping him too much mentally...
- Chris from Dan Vs. has so far apologized for being drugged, and therefore needing to be carried, more than once. He also apologizes for being heavy...and eating.