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"Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water."
Griffith, Henry VIII

An Easily Condemned character is one who has proven his goodwill and built an incredible reputation as an outstanding citizen who everyone loves... and suddenly has his previous actions forgotten by all, from the people he's saved to his friends and family, who'd sooner believe him a monster than accept his claims that he's being set up or that everything was a misunderstanding.

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For a broader example, think about The Hero whose reputation as an upstanding citizen and paragon of justice's well known all throughout the land. People love him, kids look up to him, the king bows down when he enters the room, and even cats don't scratch him when he rubs their bellies. Then one day, the Big Bad takes a picture of him while he is playing soccer in the Beneficent Center for Disabled Children, and crudely photoshops a puppy in place of the soccer ball.

But wait, everyone knows that the hero loves dogs right? Cats, too, and rabbits since he pets them every day, feeds them, and buys them chew toys out of his own pocket money even when he's starving. Everyone knows that, everyone sees him doing that every day, everyone has a pet dog that at least once he took care of while they were traveling, only for them to return later and find the dog was healthier than ever!

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Silly villain with his silly plots, there's no way anyone would fall for - oh wait, there the populace is, running The Hero out of town with torches and pitchforks.

Well, this might fool the ignorant populace, illiterate fools that they are, I suppose, but surely the hero's True Companions will help him clear his good na-nope, they're saying they can't believe the hero did that while they obviously believe the hero did that.

It sucks and the hero will certainly rub their noses in it when this all blows over, but at least the love interest, his soul mate, after all those episodes and hardships that only strengthened their bonds, certainly she is now crying in a corner, cursing the Hero's dog-kicking name between sobs, and asking herself how he managed to deceive her all these years.

Simply put, any situation where someone's given no benefit of the doubt despite previous actions, and it doesn't matter how obviously out-of-character he or she acts or even how many times he/she's been the victim of Frame-Ups, Malicious Slander, and Insidious Rumor Mill; everyone will often conveniently forget those important details whenever the plot demands it, which the latter can't realistically justify under normal circumstances.

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Please note that even though the victim's usually The Hero, it doesn't mean that the victim must always be the Hero as any character who has a reputation overturned by a single mistake or lie counts, even in the case of a Villain with Good Publicity who gets booed after the revelation of one single flimsy piece of evidence from The Hero also counts as being Easily Condemned.

If a character never even had the public's trust to begin with at all, it's not this trope as he's just a Hero with Bad Publicity in that case, but that's not to say that a Hero with Bad Publicity can't be this trope as well because if a tight group of True Companions trusted him implicitly up until that point despite the general public's opinion of him and were subsequently swayed by the villain's lie, then he's actually an example of both of these tropes at once as he's now an Easily Condemned Hero with Bad Publicity on top of literally anything else by that point in time.

This Trope's quite often combined with both Ungrateful Bastard and Frame-Up for obvious reasons, and it can easily even cross over into Pet-Peeve Trope territory if it's egregious enough first.

See also Villains Never Lie and Once Done, Never Forgotten for when a character actually did something bad but not bad enough that it should overshadow his or her past good deeds, and yet it still somehow does so anyway; Never Live It Down is for whenever the viewers outright condemn a character for one single bad deed, and Then Let Me Be Evil is for whenever the hero eventually becomes exactly what he was condemned for in the first place because of how the others around him regularly treat him, and also even compare Mistaken for Murderer.

Contrast Easily Forgiven, even though it's always possible for both of these tropes to overlap with one another, and see also Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Kitchen Princess, Najika is bullied...then her Blithe Spirit triumphs, and she is adored...then a disaster strikes for which she was in no way to blame and everyone despises her again.
  • Love Hina: The Hinata girls, especially Naru and Motoko, are always fully prepared to believe the worst in Keitaro and beat the crap out of him at the slightest provocation, especially when they suspect him of doing something perverted. Honestly, after the first few misunderstandings, one would think they'd actually realize that it's Not What It Looks Like.
  • Happens consistently in Great Teacher Onizuka, where the students and/or teachers keep falling for faked evidence of Onizuka's wrongdoing, despite his history of regularly being framed for bad behavior and being vindicated and found to be completely well-intentioned every time.
  • Bleach: The Soul Reapers are very grateful to Ichigo for both saving Soul Society and sacrificing his power to defeat Aizen. The anime's Gotei 13 Invasion Arc is set immediately after Aizen's defeat and just before the Lost Agent Arc. One piece of evidence implicates Ichigo in villainous events, and Yamamoto promptly orders Ichigo's arrest without bothering to look any deeper at the situation or talk to Ichigo. The Lost Agent Arc debunks the filler's portrayal of Yamamoto; when the canon Yamamoto learns Ichigo's fallen in with the wrong crowd, he cites Ichigo's past deeds as justification for breaking the rules of Soul Society to save him.
  • Code Geass: The Black Knights turn on Lelouch, the man that has led them to victory after victory over Britannia and is very close to helping them liberate their homeland, because of an unproven statement from their worst enemy without any sort of proof.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • The short Sonic the Animation included in Sonic Jam features Eggman successfully deceiving the public into thinking he's a vandal, by dressing up in a very bad Sonic costume and causing havoc on rollerskates.
    • An episode of Sonic X has Eggman convince everyone he has turned good and created a man-made form of sunlight after his artificial moon eclipses the sun. When Sonic starts destroying the satellites powering it, the public come in angry mobs to confront Sonic's friends. This turns out to be a subversion however since Eggman's sunshine globes in fact had brainwashing technology so people worshiped him instead of Sonic. Only Chris, Knuckles, and the President's staff genuinely doubted Sonic (though both Chris and the President himself catch themselves on this in the original Japanese edit, while Knuckles makes the defense argument that Sonic didn't help his case by not telling anyone, thinking it should have been obvious).

    Comic Books 
  • Happens far too often to Asterix. In at least four comics (Asterix and the Soothsayer, Asterix and the Roman Agent, Asterix and Son and Asterix and the Secret Weapon) he is framed, shunned, or at least badmouthed by the Gaul village, despite being known as the village's official best-warrior-and-nice-guy.
  • As probably the biggest Hero with Bad Publicity, this happens to Spider-Man all the time. No matter how many times he saves the city it only takes one smear campaign or mistaken action seen by the public to turn New York (and a lot of his friends and loved ones) against him and declare he's a criminal.
    • The "Superior Spider-Man" zig-zags with this trope so hard it's not even funny. On one hand, Peter explaining that his mind was taken over by Doctor Octopus provides him with Easy Forgiveness from The Avengers... and that's about the only people who forgive him, or wish to stay on speaking terms with him/be within a hundred miles of him (or don't do a Face–Heel Turn and want him dead/humiliated) in the aftermath.
  • Lucky Luke got accused of working with the Dalton once, being an outlaw using them as hostage when they faked amnesia (granted the town was somehow unfamiliar with the cowboy and the Daltons but one aware of the situation condemned Luke immediately) and is easily framed for robbing bank by the culprit who simply accuses him in front of the town and no one being able to remember he was sitting next to them when the robbery happened. It gets subverted during his adventure with Jesse James, where the townspeople condemn him instead of Jesse's cousin for taking over a train as a way to arrest the gang and warn him to shut it if he doesn't want to be prosecuted. The truth is that they were too scared of retaliation and they feel deeply ashamed of their cowardice when he is released. Luke even exploits it one time where after trying to have the town stand up to Billy the Kid, he decides to pretend he suddenly became an outlaw, nevermind that he is known to have never killed anyone in years and one of the biggest heroes in the West, so that they fear him more and Billy feels upstaged.
  • The X-Men frequently deal with this as heroes who protect a world that hates and fears mutants, who are often little more than people born with superpowers.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), Robotnik succeeded in framing Sonic for treachery more than once. Granted these were often very elaborate acts of deception, but surely Sonic's closest friends at the very least should have known better, especially considering they've frequently seen what Robotnik is capable of themselves (and have even been a fellow victim in at least one case).
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) has a Christmas special where Sunset Shimmer gets easily condemned when someone links her to an account that's been leaking secrets about her friends, even when it's established that she's reformed and has nothing to gain by being evil again.

    Fan Works 
  • In Loved and Lost, an extended retelling of the 2nd season finale of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (see the Western Animation section below), Twilight's friends, brother and Princess Celestia get to experience this themselves after the former. Right after Twilight herself has stopped the Changeling invasion, Prince Jewelius openly calls out all the other heroes, claiming to the entire city of Canterlot that the princesses, the Royal Guard's captain, and nearly all the Element Bearers made it possible for the Changelings to attack because they refused to notice anything suspicious about the impostor bride or postpone the wedding to first deal with the looming threat of unknown attackers due to their own selfish ambitions. The citizens and the Royal Guard quickly believe the prince who's often absent from Canterlot due to his travels, especially after the shaken heroes make the huge mistake of trying to run away, allowing Jewelius to overthrow the adored princesses and banish them along with Twilight's friends and brother. However, this about-turn is somewhat justified because the nearly successful invasion (which happened despite all the security measures) was just narrowly stopped, and since many civilians and Royal Guards were seriously injured, the atmosphere is auspicious to name scapegoats.
  • Rainbow Doubledashs Lunaverse:
    • When Greengrass arranges it so that it looks like Octavia has decided to play the Symphony of the Sun and Moon, an infamously difficult piece that has destroyed the reputation of anyone who's played it thanks to inevitably upsetting Princess Luna when they interpret it wrong, nigh-everyone treats Octavia like a dead mare walking. Most of them don't bother to check and ask if Octavia actually chose to do so. Not even Princess Luna.
    • After an incident involving Ponyville, a curse, and all the liquids in town that effectively wrecks the whole place, Trixie goes to try and get relief funding for the town. The pony in charge of that is Night Light, who already hates Trixie for a previous incident with Twilight Sparkle that ended with her going on the run, and now Greengrass and some associates have run a slander piece where Trixie supposedly criticized Night Light at length (so that Trixie will have no choice but to go to them for "help"). It's subverted when she actually gets to Night Light. He's read the article, and doesn't believe it. But he still really hates Trixie.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Toy Story, Woody starts off as The Leader of Andy's toys, a position earned in part by just being Andy's favorite but enforced by the fact that he actually is level-headed, responsible, and has a good friendship with most of them. When he accidentally pushes Buzz out the window, they easily believe he's become a murderer—although this is also because Woody had made no effort to hide his resentment and jealousy over Buzz taking Andy's attention. (And he had been trying to knock him out of Andy's sight, but only to the floor under the desk.) Slinky and Bo Peep at least give Woody the benefit of doubt until he does an admittedly stupid ruse with Buzz's dismembered arm.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter. Books two, four and five basically follow the formula of "Harry is a good guy, but gossip says he is crazy, and everyone thinks he's crazy after a while."
  • In T.J. Klune's gay fantasy novel The Consumption of Magic, the way the populace is turned against Sam of Wilds by baseless rumors of his arrogance and ambition contains elements of this, though the truth is more complicated.
  • A major plot point in Intrigues, book two of the Heralds of Valdemar series The Collegium Chronicles. Heralds with the Foreseeing Gift get a fragmentary vision of protagonist Mags attacking the King of Valdemar, and immediately everyone believes he's gone bad. His personality and history of total commitment to Valdemar don't matter. Neither does the well-known fact that visions of the future are often incomplete and lacking context. Most egregious of all, his status as a Herald-Trainee is ignored, despite it being a bedrock belief of all Valdemarans that "the Companion's choice is never wrong."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Batman episode "Deep Freeze". Mr. Freeze frames Batman for crimes such as accepting a bribe and stealing Commissioner Gordon's watch. The people of Gotham immediately conclude that Batman is a criminal and lose faith in him. Oddly enough the episode ends without any indication that the truth has been revealed to the public, but they're back to worshiping Batman the next episode.
  • During the fourth season of Babylon 5, Captain Sheridan, now the leader of La Résistance, is lured out to Mars and into a trap by his former Security chief, Michael Garibaldi. An unusual example in that while the character identified as being responsible did do what he was accused of, he did so as an unwitting Manchurian Agent, and the station's command staff learned about it from ISN, which wasn't exactly a reliable source of information at this point. A later story arc centered on the accused character's Redemption Quest.
  • Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger: One of the last filler episodes has the Bandora Gang unleash a monster that impersonates the Zyuranger to cause chaos, and that's enough for the townspeople to turn their backs against the Zyurangers and drive them away, in spite of them spending all the time protecting their kids. Only one grandma did not buy this crap, allowing the Zyuranger a chance to strike back and prove themselves.
  • Denji Sentai Megaranger also did this, but as a plot point: A monster attacks their school and exposed themselves as Megarangers. At that point, everyone drove away the Megarangers, it doesn't matter if they're model students like Kouichirou or a decent genius like Shun, everyone gets driven off. From that point on, the Megarangers' battle elevates from not just saving the world, but also restoring their status. They succeed in both.
  • House of Anubis: KT, despite having been a loyal Sibuna member and a genuinely nice person up to that point, was easily believed to be The Mole working for Team Evil, mostly because Frobisher-Smythe was her great-grandfather. When she tried to truthfully warn them that Patricia was the Sinner, rather than her, it only made things worse, to where they locked her up and stole the key her dead grandfather gave her. She nearly ran away because of it, but she decided she couldn't abandon her friends no matter what.
  • In The A-Team episode "Showdown!" a group of criminals pose as the A-Team in order to intimidate the owner of a wild west show into selling his show so that they can use his upcoming European tour dates to smuggle drugs from the U.S. to Europe. Naturally, all of the A-Team's allies instantly buy the story that they've turned bad; we see Face banned from his favorite nightclub, Hannibal kicked off a studio lot, and a particularly heart-wrenching scene in which the kids at BA's youth center show him the newspaper proclaiming his guilt before dejectedly walking out on him. Of course, this ends up being the inciting incident to get the team to go stop the imposters.
  • Smallville: One episode has Clark go public with his secret identity, making him adored by everyone... until Linda Lake, a hack journalist who'd prompted said outing by trying to blackmail Clark, holds a press conference claiming Clark's the front-man of an alien invasion and murdered Lex Luthor. The FBI immediately try to arrest / kill Clark and his friends.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • "Court Martial": Kirk easily ends up Convicted by Public Opinion for negligence leading to a crew member's death, despite his stellar reputation up to now. Only his True Companions insist he couldn't have done it. The supposedly dead crew member, Ben Finney, framed him by altering security footage as revenge for Kirk daring to mention a mistake he made that could have resulted in an entire ship blowing up with all hands.
    • "The Ultimate Computer": After the Enterprise begins attacking the other ships during a training exercise to show off the titular computer, Commodore Wesley assumes awfully quickly that Kirk has gone rogue rather than blame the M-5, which had been in command earlier.
  • In the fourth season of Supergirl (2015), Lex Luthor uses the clone Red Daughter to attack the White House. President Baker (Luthor's pawn) declares her a traitor and institutes martial law. Despite how she has risked her life saving the world for four years (and the public knows about things like Martian shapeshifters and image inducers), everyone instantly accepts this. It takes Supergirl and Red Daughter being seen together and Kara writing a story exposing Luthor and Baker for Supergirl to be accepted as framed.

    Video Games 
  • In the fourth game of the Ace Attorney series, Phoenix, the hero of the previous game himself, has his reputation sullied and is disbarred by a single piece of fake evidence nobody believes he didn't forge himself, despite his near-perfect record of justice-making. Fans were less than pleased. Justified because a recurring theme of the fourth and fifth games is that the legal system has become an outright Crapsack World where being an Amoral Attorney is just about the only way for anyone to get ahead, not to mention the fact that he really did still ultimately just spend the last seven years building up a case against the Big Bad who set him up and acting as his False Friend. Ultimately also mitigated heavily by the latter game revealing that Edgeworth, though absent in the previous game like nearly all of Nick's supporting cast, had been fighting to get him reinstated as he tried to combat this same dark age of the law, eventually rising to chief prosecutor between acting as the Hero of Another Story. When Phoenix actually tries to get his badge back, he gains it again very quickly.
  • Played for Laughs in Crash Tag Team Racing's story mode: during the cutscene before the player goes to the fifth and last hub, Coco deduces that the person who stole Von Clutch's Black Power Gem and the Park Gems powering the park had a love of Wumpa Whip because it was at the scene of every theft. When everyone sees Crash drinking a cup of Wumpa Whip, they immediately assume he did it, despite him being the unambiguous hero of the series and the gems all having been stolen long before the heroes and villains arrived, causing the real thief to confess and call them all out for jumping to such a conclusion.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team, a Gengar that's part of Team Meanies accuses you of being the human that touched Ninetales' tail, which is said to curse the individual and bring about the end of the world. Said accusation suddenly makes everyone try to hunt you down and kill you, despite the accusation coming from a shady individual, and your team doing nothing but good throughout the entire game.
  • In Super Mario Sunshine: Mario is imprisoned and forced to clean up graffiti created by an Evil Knockoff of him. He doesn't get a word to defend himself despite having saved a nation a couple times, Princess Peach, RULER OF THE MUSHROOM KINGDOM, gets her attempted defense overruled, and nobody notices that said doppelganger is completely blue!! In fairness, the residents of Isle Delfino didn't seem to be aware of just who Mario was, the liquid blue look could've been seen as a power transformation (and in fact it was, just not of Mario's), and everyone who did know Mario knew full well he was innocent, making it less an example of this trope. What's truly heinous, though, is that the doppelganger's attack came before Mario had even arrived on the island.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic is mistaken for Shadow stealing a Chaos Emerald with the military instantly starting an almost lethal chase after him (granted, it was Knight Templar group GUN).

    Western Animation 
  • Averted in the Justice League cartoon. At least two episodes have to do with league members being framed for a crime they didn't commit, but in both cases, the remaining league members decide to believe their side of the story first.
    • Before that, Superman: The Animated Series ends its run (with the "Legacy" episode) with Superman being heavily distrusted by the people of Metropolis because of his stint as a Brainwashed and Crazy soldier of Darkseid, a distrust that is the cornerstone of many people's excuses to be part of the Cadmus Project in Justice League Unlimited (several years afterwards, In-Universe and out). Somewhat downplayed since Superman and the League have been under a longtime campaign of slandering from Luthor, and the Justice Lords gave a helpful demonstration of how possible it was for Superman to cross the Moral Event Horizon and become a tyrant.
  • Played straight in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, when an evil Doppelgänger of Batman from an inverted morality Alternate Universe takes advantage of his absence to don Batman's costume and go on a crime spree. Every hero the real Batman runs into says they would never have believed him capable of it were it not for his doppelganger's many public crimes. And of course, the one character who does believe Batman is innocent? The Joker.
    • When the Tornado Champion beats up Major Disaster, Red Tornado figures it's a programming glitch that he can probably fix. Batman, Mr. Thou Shalt Not Kill, weighs in that Champion is too dangerous and must be destroyed immediately. Of course, Batman did witness Champion screaming how he was "above human morality" while he was whaling on Disaster, which isn't a good sign in your superpowered robot... and it quickly turns out Champion foresaw someone trying to turn him off anyway.
  • This happens in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon. Captain America gets his reputation ruined due to a Skrull taking his place. This despite the fact that he's been an upstanding Avenger, and the Skrull showed many clear uncharacteristic behaviors. It doesn't help that Cap refuses to give his side of the story because he believes the truth will come out eventually (and doesn't seem to notice giving his side would help that along a little).
  • In the fifth season of Avengers Assemble, while trying to stop an unstable crown from exploding, Captain America puts his shield on it, at the cost of his own life. Soon after, Black Widow (who is actually Princess Zanda in disguise) accuses Black Panther of killing Cap, and the rest of the Avengers are quick to believe her. As a result, Black Panther's reputation is destroyed, and the nations of the world pledge unity against Wakanda with Atlantis included. Of course, this was all part of the Shadow Council's plan to turn the world against Black Panther and start a war between the surface and Atlantis, and Captain America did not die, as they originally thought.
  • The Simpsons: In "Bart The Murderer", after Principal Skinner disappears and he's believed to have been assassinated by the Mafia (It Makes Sense in Context), Bart is very quickly set up by the Mafia as the mastermind of Skinner's murder (and being their "Capo Di Tutti Capi" while they're at it) with next to no evidence of him committing it — or that Skinner was dead in the first place. The judge justifies this with the track record given by everyone who's put up with him, including his father, and Bart ends up two seconds away from being sentenced guilty when Skinner barged into the courtroomnote .
    Homer (breaking down in tears on the witness stand, after the prosecutor asks him if Bart would be so vile): Aw, it's true, IT'S TRUE! ALL THE PIECES FIT!! (bawls)
  • In the Thomas & Friends episode "Dirty Work/Diesel's Devious Deed" (and The Railway Series story it is based on) Diesel rather easily convinces James, Gordon, and Henry that Duck is a bully spreading bad names about them to the trucks. Arguably played deliberately given the trio's trademark arrogance and earlier insisting that Duck would never spread names about Diesel.
  • The Transformers
    • A two-parter had Megatron convincing Earth, with trivial ease, that the Autobots had really been the villains the whole time. This is after around thirty episodes of the Decepticons not hiding their actions or intentions and the Autobots helping whoever asked.
    • In the Stunticons first appearance, they steal an experimental fuel from a military base. The general, seeing self-driving cars, immediately assumes it's the Autobots. He never even thinks they might be new Decepticons, even though they all have Decepticon emblems.
  • Totally Spies!, this happened a few times, the reason each time being Jerry jumping to conclusions:
    • In "The Fugitives", Jerry wrongly accuses the heroines of bank robbery (it was actually clones of them) and they spend much of the two-part episode being pursued by other WHOOP agents under his orders. (His apology when he finds out what actually happened...They don't take it well.)
    • In "Return of Geraldine", Clover is framed by the returning villain for several crimes that harm the rest of the main cast (stealing Sam's report and submitting it as hers, stealing Alex's car and trashing it, and stealing classified WOOHP weaponry) and is condemned by all three of them.
    • The three protagonists were guilty of this too, in "Spies vs Spies" where they're quick to label Alice, Crimson, and Pam - their older predecessors who have been presumed dead for seven years - are traitors when they find out they're working for an enemy. (Seeing as they themselves tend to be Brainwashed a lot, you'd think they'd have given the older spies the benefit of the doubt. Of course, Jerry firing the three simply so he could rehire his older Spies didn't do much to help the two groups like each other.)
  • In one episode of The Jetsons, Elroy's incredibly annoying, disruptive, and disobedient classmate tries to get out of trouble by switching his justifiably terrible report card with Elroy's, which has all A's. George is way too quick to believe the bad card is Elroy's, and this becomes even worse when he finds out what happened from the brat's father (who is far better at telling lies from the truth than George, it seems, despite his son being far worse). Unfortunately, by then he's already scolded poor Elroy and sent him to bed without supper, and his attempt to apologize comes after Elroy has run away. (Leading to the main plot.)
  • Happens a few times in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, even as the opposite has happened quite a bit as well.
    • In "Ponyville Confidential", the Cutie Mark Crusaders become the wrath of Ponyville after spreading gossip about the residents for a while when their secret identity of "Gabby Gums" was revealed to be them. Their own family and friends however, give them no benefit of the doubt whatsoever; Why a good-intended group of fillies would resort to exposing embarrassing secrets about them went unquestioned. (Diamond Tiara was forcing them to publish these articles.)
    • In the season 2 finale, Twilight accuses her brother's bride of being evil and brainwashing him (hysterically, admittedly, and without real evidence). However, she gets quickly disproven and banned from the wedding by said brother after the bride runs away in tears. Everyone in the room then ditches Twilight without giving her a chance to properly explain herself, despite all the good she has done for them over the two seasons, has had freakouts several times in the past, and the fact that they learned at the beginning of that same season a moral of not to easily brush off someone's concerns. The revealed Big Bad takes pleasure in mocking everyone for assisting her plan with their distrust during her Near-Villain Victory, leading Applejack to apologize to Twilight.
      • In the same episode, after seeing many uncharacteristic signs of the bride-to-be, Twilight concludes that Princess Cadance must have turned evil, despite having fond memories of her from when she was a filly.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders become the victims of this once again in the Season 8 episode "Marks for Effort" when Twilight accuses them of sabotaging a student's test that they helped that student study for, and subsequently bans them from the school... even though she knows that their special talents are helping other ponies out with their cutie marks.

    Real Life 
  • This trope is Truth in Television. As an old saying goes: "we write men's virtues in sand, their sins in stone", meaning that people are often quick to look past any and all of the good things that someone has done before ever committing a given bad deed, instead focusing on the one bad thing that they committed, but anger-managing tactics like either counting to ten or even just walking away are effective in part because of this psychiatric phenomenon; rather than escalating a quarrel to the point of no return, simply going quiet and really thinking about it allows one to cool off and also realize that it's probably not worth outright condemning someone for it in the first place.
  • Another related Dutch saying is that "trust arrives on foot but leaves on horseback", meaning that one single rash action can forever ruin trust or reputation that previously took years to build up in the first place, and it can also even apply to companies, not just individual people.

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