->''"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!'"''
-->-- '''Jon Stewart''', ''Series/TheDailyShow''

As CollateralAngst 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 ButtMonkey, TheWoobie, and/or the ChewToy, and ''they'' apologize for it. When dangerous weapons are involved, thus pushing this trope UpToEleven, it can don the name "Sorry I Fell Into Your Fire" or "Sorry I Bumped Into Your Bullet".

Compare and contrast GuiltGambit. Compare WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou and ApologizesALot. MyFistForgivesYou is the inverse of this.

'''Note:''' This is '''not''' when a character merely comments that [[AmericasSweethearts "I hit him in the tray with my face."]] This is when the person being attacked apologizes for being attacked.
----
!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* [[TheChick Princess Sakura]] in ''TsubasaChronicle''. She can't fairly be held accountable for the burden she imposes on [[HeroSecretService 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 [[BigBrotherInstinct overprotective big brother]]. Later on she does get to kick some ass, until her soul leaves her body ''again''.
* ''PetShopOfHorrors'' has Chris, who often apologizes for his very existence (his mother was a DeathByChildbirth 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 ''FruitsBasket'' 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 [[TrueCompanions her friends]] by staying with them.
** Also Ritsu Sohma. The two of them occasionally get in to apologizing contests.
* ''ScrappedPrincess''... 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, [[spoiler:by dying]]. Girl just can't catch a break.
* Sakura from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' did this before she TookALevelInBadAss.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'''s Jacuzzi Splot is prone to this due to his tendency to be a MartyrWithoutACause. On the low scale, he'll [[ApologizesALot 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 ''LoveHina'' has been known to do this at times.
* Yukinari of ''Manga/GirlsBravo''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Comedy ]]
* 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThoseWhoStandForNothingFallForAnything'' [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] apologizes to L after L beats him up. Later L apologizes when [[spoiler: Light nearly murders him.]]
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/427653/chapters/719529 The Well Groomed Mind]]'' after Ron (being a [[TheResenter jealous prat]]) punched Harry in the jaw and knocked him out; Dumbledore expects ''[[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Harry]]'' [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming to apologize for it.]]
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/838184/chapters/1597046 Hit The Ground Running]]'' Dumbledore makes Harry write a letter of apology for running away from his abusive relatives.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Film ]]
* An auto-collision version occurs in ''Film/AnalyzeThis''. 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Used sarcastically by Lando Calrissian in one of the StarWars ExpandedUniverse 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 ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/RedDwarf'', "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 ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version of ''Theatre/{{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 ''BlackBooks'' 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 ''[[Series/NotOnlyButAlso 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."
* ''DesperateHousewives'': 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 [[DesignatedVillain Carlos]] was in the wrong, and that he feels guilty for being so cruel to [[DesignatedHero Gabby]].
* ''DowntonAbbey'': Daisy often apologizes for Mrs. Patmore's mistakes.
* When ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''[='=]s Barney gets into a fight with his Canadian side (ItMakesSenseInContext) 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''FireEmblem: Radiant Dawn'', the heron prince Rafiel is like this. He's exceptionally weak in combat (he seriously can't even do damage (without [[CherryTapping using spell imitating items]]) but has a [[SquishyWizard fantastic support ability]]), [[spoiler: due to a paralyzing illness, which leaves him unable to fly, despite his massive wings]] and so soft-spoken that Ike says he's "afraid that he'll kill him if he shouts too loud." He apologizes when Ike calls him out for it. (If his allies fail to protect him in combat and he falls, he apologizes for that, too...but then, several of the characters do that, [[RuleOfDrama very dramatically.]])
* Inverted in ''PunchOut'' for the Wii, where one of Mr. Sandman's lines is "Tell your face... to leave my fists alone."
* Similar to Tohru Honda, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' gives us Anju, owner of the Stock Pot Inn, who apologizes constantly out of nervous habit.
* Colette of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has this habit. Considering that the "troubles" she feels like she's burdening people with are almost invariably not her fault, but also occasionally ''life-threatening'', this frustrates everyone else to no end.
--> '''Lloyd:''' Stop apologizing for everything!
--> '''Colette''' Oh, sorry...
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has Audino. Many players go out of their way to hunt down these pokemon, as they give insane amounts of experience when [[NonLethalKO knocked out]]. At level 35 and above, some Audino will actually ''heal'' the player's pokemon while getting the tar beaten out of them by said pokemon. [[WhatTheHellPlayer Several]] [[WhatTheHellHero tropes come]] [[{{Hypocrite}} to mind]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* Karl from ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' apologizes for being useless after [[spoiler: he gets his face torn up while saving Sal's life.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In ''DeptHeavenApocrypha'', 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...
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Chris from DanVs has so far apologized for being drugged, and therefore needing to be carried, more than once. He also apologizes for being heavy...and eating.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* US Vice-President Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington, a wealthy campaign contributor, while they were hunting together in Texas. Whittington apologized to Cheney. Then again, the accident occurred at least partly because Whittington was standing somewhere he wasn't supposed to... [[DoubleSubversion And Cheney was shooting there without checking]]. This is the source of the page quote.
* It's almost universal in Britain for someone who's been bumped into to begin to apologise profusely. We don't like confrontation...
* Maybe not profusely, but it's common practice for Americans to apologize, too; both the bumper and the bumpee. Particularly if they are school-aged. Many American schools have a policy that anyone involved in a fight is punished. You can literally get expelled for being attacked, even if you don't fight back at all. This has caused many students to reflexively apologize for brushing against someone out of fear that the other person will get angry and start a fight. Obviously, the habit persists outside of a school environment.
** In which case, the assumption is generally that someone wasn't paying attention to their surroundings. Nine times out of ten, it was both, so both are at fault.
* Canadians often fit into this, too, due to their reputation for excessive politeness. A popular joke about Canadians reads as follows:
-->'''Q:''' How do you get a Canadian to say "I'm sorry"?\\
'''A:''' Step on his foot.
* It's actually quite common for victims of assault (especially when it's unexpected) to apologize profusely while it's happening, only to wonder later (or even at the time) why they would do so. It doesn't seem to be explicable by personality traits like a "lack of confidence" or whatever. Possibly justified in that instance, as it could be a way of trying to mollify the assailant so they'll stop.
[[/folder]]
----