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* * The 1972 ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon "Shanghai Woody" has the captain of a ship offering his first mate five pounds to shanghai our hero. As Woody has his way on the ship, packing it full of holes, the captain blames his first mate for it.

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* * The 1972 ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon "Shanghai Woody" has the captain of a ship offering his first mate five pounds to shanghai our hero. As Woody has his way on the ship, packing pecking it full of holes, the captain blames his first mate for it.


* * The 1972 ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon "Shanghai Woody" has the captain of a ship offering his first mate five pounds to shanghai our hero. As Woody has his way on the ship, packing it full of holes, the captain blames his first mate for it.



* The 1972 ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon "Shanghai Woody" has the captain of a ship offering his first mate five pounds to shanghai our hero. As Woody has his way on the ship, packing it full of holes, the captain blames his first mate for it.

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* The 1972 ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon "Shanghai Woody" has the captain of a ship offering his first mate five pounds to shanghai our hero. As Woody has his way on the ship, packing it full of holes, the captain blames his first mate for it.


Compare NeverMyFault, when someone consistently tries to avoid taking the responsibility for his or her mistakes, with or without any finger-pointing (but very often with).

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Compare NeverMyFault, when someone consistently tries to avoid taking the responsibility for his or her mistakes, with or without any finger-pointing (but very often with).
with) and see StoppingTheBlameGame for when another character refuses to allow this.


* Four generals at the end of a film version of ''The Charge of the Light Brigade'' all try to avoid blame for the order for the charge.

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* Four generals at the end of a film version of ''The Charge of the Light Brigade'' ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade'' all try to avoid blame for the order for the charge.


* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'': After Mojo Jojo's true colors are revealed, the girls fly away from Earth and land on an asteroid. Blossom and Buttercup get into an argument over who is to blame for how things have turned out. Blossom blames Buttercup for escalating their game of tag to destructive levels which is what resulted in them being hated by the town, a fact which Mojo exploited to manipulate them into helping him. Buttercup retorts that it was Blossom's idea to walk home from school - instead of flying which would have allowed them to find their way home easier - which resulted in them encountering Mojo.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'': After Mojo Jojo's true colors are revealed, the girls fly away from Earth and land on an asteroid. Blossom and Buttercup get into an argument over who is to blame for how things have turned out. Blossom blames Buttercup for escalating their game of tag to destructive levels which is what resulted in them being hated by the town, a fact which Mojo exploited to manipulate them into helping him. Buttercup retorts that it was Blossom's idea to walk home from school - instead of flying which would have allowed them to find their way home easier - which resulted in them encountering Mojo.Mojo in the first place.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'': After Mojo Jojo's true colors are revealed, the girls fly away from Earth and land on an asteroid. Blossom and Buttercup get into an argument over who is to blame for how things have turned out. Blossom blames Buttercup for escalating their game of tag to destructive levels which is what resulted in them being hated by the town, a fact which Mojo exploited to manipulate them into helping him. Buttercup retorts that it was Blossom's idea to walk home from school - instead of flying which would have allowed them to find their way home easier - which resulted in them encountering Mojo.


The Game can happen in both comedy as well as drama. In RealLife, a staple of politics, right after any tragedy. Also common among young children when somebody has done something naughty. As well as every other age group.

The truth of the matter is either the original accused is often at fault, or some of/the whole group are at fault. On rare occasions, it really does turn out to be an unforeseen person or event.

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The Game can happen in both comedy as well as drama. In RealLife, a staple of politics, wrongfully biased politics/journalism, right after any tragedy. Also common among young children when somebody has done something naughty. As well as every other age group.

The truth of the matter is either the original accused is often at fault, or some of/the whole group are at fault. On rare occasions, it really does turn out to be an unforeseen person or event.
event. Though when blaming most or an entire group when it is a certainty that not all individuals of a group are at fault, whether present or not, is basically a biased scapegoater and/or person.


This is when something has GoneHorriblyWrong and it's time to determine who is at fault, but the consequences for this blame can wreck careers and reputations, or even get people killed. Either that or just stubborn pride.

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This is when something has GoneHorriblyWrong and it's time to determine who is at fault, but the consequences for this blame can wreck careers and reputations, or even get people killed. Either that or just stubborn pride.
pride takes the hit.



This can happen in comedy as well as drama. In RealLife, a staple of politics, right after any tragedy. Also common among young children when somebody has done something naughty. As well as every other age group.

The truth of the matter is either the original accused is at fault, or some of/the whole group are at fault. On rare occasions it really was an unforeseen person or event.

Compare NeverMyFault, when someone consistently tries to avoid taking responsibility for his or her mistakes.

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This A true player of the game will, therefore, work to avoid becoming TheScapegoat at all costs... while doing their best to note who [[PromotedToScapegoat else around them might better fit the role]]. In bulk, preferably.

The Game
can happen in both comedy as well as drama. In RealLife, a staple of politics, right after any tragedy. Also common among young children when somebody has done something naughty. As well as every other age group.

The truth of the matter is either the original accused is often at fault, or some of/the whole group are at fault. On rare occasions occasions, it really was does turn out to be an unforeseen person or event.

Compare NeverMyFault, when someone consistently tries to avoid taking the responsibility for his or her mistakes.
mistakes, with or without any finger-pointing (but very often with).


* ''Series/Chernobyl'' manages to depict the layers of bureaucratic finger-pointing that broke out ''even as the nuclear reactor was busy going critical'', let alone the Kafkaesque legal(ish) nightmare that ensued for months afterwards, far removed from the CismicHorror playing itself out in the exclusion zone. It ''almost'' eclipses the horror of, say, dying of [[BodyHorror acute radiation poisoning]] because the poster boy of this trope, Deputy Chief Engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, was in acute denial and incredibly focused on trying to save his own ego (and life from the bigger fish above him) that he just couldn't face what was happening, so gave insane orders. Most politicians, even many frontline responders and liquidators, couldn't face what was happening, although the most courageous tried. So... It's blame game and scapegoat time from those least equipped to understand or care about those being directly affected. It goes poorly, and we see how and at what price in uncomfortable detail.

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* ''Series/Chernobyl'' ''Series/{{Chernobyl}}'' manages to depict the layers of bureaucratic finger-pointing that broke out ''even as the nuclear reactor was busy going critical'', let alone the Kafkaesque legal(ish) nightmare that ensued for months afterwards, far removed from the CismicHorror CosmicHorror playing itself out in the exclusion zone. It ''almost'' eclipses the horror of, say, dying of [[BodyHorror acute radiation poisoning]] because the poster boy of this trope, Deputy Chief Engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, was in acute denial and incredibly focused on trying to save his own ego (and life from the bigger fish above him) that he just couldn't face what was happening, so gave insane orders. Most politicians, even many frontline responders and liquidators, couldn't face what was happening, although the most courageous tried. So... It's blame game and scapegoat time from those least equipped to understand or care about those being directly affected. It goes poorly, and we see how and at what price in uncomfortable detail.


* ''Series/Chernobyl'' manages to depict the layers of bureaucratic finger-pointing that broke out ''even as the nuclear reactor was busy going critical'', let alone the Kafkaesque legal(ish) nightmare that ensued for months afterwards. It almost eclipses the horror of, say, dying of [[BodyHorror acute radiation poisoning]] because the poster boy of this trope, Deputy Chief Engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, was in acute denial and incredibly focused on trying to save his own ego (and life from the bigger fish above him) that he just couldn't face what was happening. Most politicians couldn't. So... blame game and scapegoat time. It goes poorly, and we see how in uncomfortable detail.

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* ''Series/Chernobyl'' manages to depict the layers of bureaucratic finger-pointing that broke out ''even as the nuclear reactor was busy going critical'', let alone the Kafkaesque legal(ish) nightmare that ensued for months afterwards. afterwards, far removed from the CismicHorror playing itself out in the exclusion zone. It almost ''almost'' eclipses the horror of, say, dying of [[BodyHorror acute radiation poisoning]] because the poster boy of this trope, Deputy Chief Engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, was in acute denial and incredibly focused on trying to save his own ego (and life from the bigger fish above him) that he just couldn't face what was happening. happening, so gave insane orders. Most politicians couldn't.politicians, even many frontline responders and liquidators, couldn't face what was happening, although the most courageous tried. So... It's blame game and scapegoat time. time from those least equipped to understand or care about those being directly affected. It goes poorly, and we see how and at what price in uncomfortable detail.

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* ''Series/Chernobyl'' manages to depict the layers of bureaucratic finger-pointing that broke out ''even as the nuclear reactor was busy going critical'', let alone the Kafkaesque legal(ish) nightmare that ensued for months afterwards. It almost eclipses the horror of, say, dying of [[BodyHorror acute radiation poisoning]] because the poster boy of this trope, Deputy Chief Engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, was in acute denial and incredibly focused on trying to save his own ego (and life from the bigger fish above him) that he just couldn't face what was happening. Most politicians couldn't. So... blame game and scapegoat time. It goes poorly, and we see how in uncomfortable detail.

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* Averted with UsefulNotes/HarryTruman, who kept a sign with the phrase "The buck stops here", a reminder that as president, he had to make difficult decisions and accept ultimate responsibility for them.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' episode "Rookie Monsters" ends with Ickis, Krumm, and Oblina blaming each other when the Gromble asks them whose idea it was to be out late at night.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' episode "The Astra' Nuts", Fred and Barney accidentally sign up for the army after Fred received the wrong address to take a physical exam from Wilma who got it from Betty.
-->'''Fred:''' You told me to go to 75 Main Street and take a physical and 75 Main Street is the Army Recruiting Office and they give physicals there!\\
'''Wilma:''' ''(to Betty)'' Didn't you tell me 75?\\
'''Betty:''' Maybe it was 57?\\
'''Barney:''' All I know is it's Fred's fault!\\
'''Fred:''' What do you mean ''my'' fault? It's Wilma's fault!\\
'''Wilma:''' It's Betty's fault!\\
'''Betty:''' ''(turns around)'' It's ''your'' fault! ''(The camera pulls back to reveal that Betty is staring at herself in a mirror)'' Wait a minute...let's do that over again and ''I'll'' start it this time.

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