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  • Azumanga Daioh: Tomo just can't take a lesson about her Jerkass behavior when she gets bitten by Mayaa. She'll "never trust an animal again" after she was the one treating it aggressively.
  • Bleach: During the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, Yamamoto blames Mayuri for the Vandenreich's attack, stating that if he and his division were more competent, the entire mess could have been avoided. Mayuri quickly turns the tables on Yamamoto, pointing out that he had specifically warned him that a Quincy attack on Soul Society was likely to happen after Uryu's infiltration, but Yamamoto dismissed him as paranoid and thus did nothing to prepare, which is exactly what left them vulnerable to Yhwach's invasion in the first place.
    Yamamoto: "If your Research and Development Department had reported and managed it more promptly, this situation may have been avoidable."
    Mayuri: "That is not true. I foresaw and suggested this situation the moment Uryuu Ishida, the Quincy, infiltrated the Soul Society as a Ryouka. It was you who disregarded that as being absurd. Isn't the principal cause of this situation you, Captain-General?"
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  • Downplayed in Bloom Into You. When the student council prepares to take part in the relay race for the sports festival, Sayaka and Yuu are the only two who have trouble with the baton pass. Yuu says Sayaka speeds up too quickly while receiving the baton, while Sayaka says Yuu slows down too much while handing it off, but both are to blame. It's less an example of Sayaka and Yuu being unwilling to accept responsibility for their mistakes and more a symptom of the mostly unspoken friction between them, since after getting to know each other a little better, they execute it flawlessly.
  • Code Geass:
    • Suzaku demonstrates the more banal deflection of blame. Whenever the resistance takes lives/breaks the law/etc., they're bad and wrong. Yet the Empire is easily ten times worse in its treatment of Numbers, but everyone has to deal with that because they're in charge. Likewise, whenever his own culpability in such events is brought up, he acts like he doesn't have any choice in the matter, using his past as a shield.
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    • Another short-lived example is with Lelouch himself at the beginning. After he badly underestimates an opponent to the point where he would have been beaten if C.C. hadn't saved him, he blames his subordinates for not following his orders and for his forces being so heavily at a disadvantage. (While both of these facts are true, Lelouch knew they were a bunch of untrained freedom fighters rather than a professional army, so he should have expected this to happen, but went anyway.) C.C. just laughs at Lelouch, and points out that a good commander would make sure the battlefield was set to his advantage before starting. To his credit, Lelouch takes this advice very much to heart, and never lets himself get outmaneuvered to that extent again. Later on in the series, he shifts to the opposite side of the self-blame spectrum.
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  • In Danganronpa 3, we get to see firsthand where Monokuma's blame game tendencies come from. Junko, thanks to her analysis abilities, says that all she did was give a little push to kickstart the despair-fueled murder spree that were both Tragedies... except that "push" consisted of bullying an animator into making brainwashing videos, then proceeding to use them on a beloved teacher, a gang of schoolmates Forced to Watch a close friend die (by her own hand, even), and the entire student body to make them despair addicts. Keep in mind, the grisly footage in the videos were only possible by forcing the Killing Game on pain of death.
  • Death Note: Light Yagami refuses to admit guilt or take responsibility for anything he does. As far as he's concerned, everything he does as Kira is necessary to make a better world, he himself is justice, and anyone who opposes him is evil for going against him and has it coming. His Start of Darkness is even rooted in this; Light accidentally killed two people with the Death Note, and decided to declare himself God rather than simply admit he made a mistake. This is what separates him from L; while Light refuses to accept or cope with his own and the world's flaws, L is fully capable of doing both.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, it tragically ends up like this for the Upper-6, when it’s certain they are about to die both start to blame each other for losing against the demon slayers whom they had at their mercy several times during their battle; the petty insults escalate to both saying one last thing that deeply hurt the other, Daki lashes out at Gyutaro by claiming someone so ugly can’t possibly be her actual brother, and Gyutaro furiously claps back by saying he wasted his life caring for such an useless sister. That prompted Tanjiro to calmly shut them up, saying that all they have is each other, as demons no one will love or forgive them, so they can’t die cursing each other like that.
  • The Dirty Pair use this as a catchphrase. And true, every time they blow up a planet or commit an act of genocide (even though it tends to happen a third of the time), it's a complete accident. Right?
  • Doraemon: Occurs in "Soap Bubbles". When Noby makes a mistake, such as misusing a gadget or not doing his homework, he tries to use the Soap Bubble Straw to make someone else want to take the blame.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the first series, Emperor Pilaf typically blames Shu and Mai for everything that goes wrong, even when it's clearly his fault. In the second episode of the original anime alone, he farts and puts the blame on Shu, going so far as to threaten Shu's life with a chainsaw when he doesn't take the blame.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Dr. Gero created the androids and Cell and let them terrorize innocent populations. His reason for doing so? Because Goku, then only a kid, broke his machines over 20 years ago. Machines that he'd knowingly designed for an organization that terrorized innocent populations.
    • During the Shadow Dragon Saga in Dragon Ball GT, after the Shadow Dragons are unleashed, Bulma pins the blame on Goku for starting the cycle of the Z-Fighters finding and using the Dragon Balls, despite the fact that 1) Goku had absolutely no idea what the Dragon Balls were or what they did before Bulma showed up on his doorstep looking for them, and 2) as pointed out by the Supreme Kais themselves, Bulma was the one who created the Dragon Radar, thus completely nullifying the balls' "scatter long enough for the negative energy within to disperse" safety measure, in the first place.
    • When Piccolo, fooled by Gotenks' goofing off and hamming it up during the battle with Super Buu, blows up the entry door to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, trapping them in together, Gotenks furiously chews him out on it and accuses him of jumping the gun; never mind the fact that, as Piccolo points out, Gotenks kept screwing around and making a game out of the battle.
    • Frieza blames all of his problems on the Saiyans. Not surprising, considering he blew up their planet to try and exterminate them before they were a threat.
      • After Frieza's resurrection in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, he blames Goku for ending up in Hell. Goku responds that Frieza chose to come to Earth looking for revenge, it was Frieza's own evil deeds that got him sent to Hell, and that Trunks was the one who killed Frieza, not Goku himself. The reason Frieza focuses on Goku is because he handed Frieza the first humiliation of his entire life.
      • In Dragon Ball Super, Frieza also blames Goku for everything that happened on Namek, like failing to gain immortality. This is ignoring the fact that Frieza failed to get his wish because he didn't know the password for the Dragon Balls, couldn't speak Namekian, and killed almost everyone that could have told him these things. Even without Goku, Frieza would have never gotten his wish. And besides that, Vegeta did more damage to Frieza by killing most of his troops.
    • Dragon Ball Super: When Goku Black is confronted by Future Trunks for destroying most of humanity, he claims that Humans Are Bastards and that they need to die to start a utopia. He later blames Trunks for his own rampage, stating that his existence would not have been possible without Trunks going back in time and starting the Stable Time Loop that created him.
    • During the Universal Survival Saga of Super, when it's revealed that Universe 7 is the second weakest universe and all universes who lose the Tournament of Power will be eradicated, Beerus calls out the Supreme Kai for deciding to take a back seat and let the mortals of that universe grow stronger on their own, which is what the Supreme Kais are supposed to do. The Supreme Kai shoots back that it's just as much Beerus' fault since all he does is sleep.
  • Eureka Seven: Dewey blames Holland for the failure of the sacrificial ritual, even though it was his own anger and impulsively trying to carry it out in response to being denied the right that caused it in the first place.
  • Fate/Zero: Lancer is magically cursed so that women automatically fall hopelessly in love with him; he has no control over this. When Saber (who has enough magical resistance to No-Sell the attack) brings it up, he engages in some victim blaming, claiming it's her fault for being born a woman. However, later we see women who it does work on, and he clearly pities them deeply and regrets the curse.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Akito cannot fathom being to blame for anything. Have sex with Kureno, while most can see that Shigure clearly loves her and then kick said lover off the Sohma estate when they sleep with Ren, Akito's mother as Revenge? It's her Zodiac to do with as she pleases. Lock somebody in isolation when they try to steal a "special" box that Akito knows is clearly empty? It's perfectly justified to put somebody's life in danger and what on earth is Kureno thinking betraying Akito and freeing said person from harm? And then Hatsuharu calls her out for almost killing Isuzu twice because she hates women for no good reason. Akito counters with telling him that it was really his fault that she was put in danger at all because he dated Isuzu anyway knowing that Akito hated her. Surprisingly, Hatsuharu agrees that he is partially to blame for Isuzu's suffering. Justified, since it's difficult for members of the Zodiac to think badly of Akito due to her supernatural influence over them as their "God".
    • A particularly vicious example is when Akito blinded Hatori in one eye after he and Kana asked for permission to marry, and immediately accused Kana, Hatori's innocent would-be fiancee, of being responsible for Hatori's pain. Kana ended up blaming herself, which resulted in her falling into depression and Hatori being forced to erase her memories of their relationship so she would recover.
    • To an extent, Kyo also qualifies, externalizing all of his (many, many) issues and blaming other for them, finding convenient scapegoats instead of dealing with his own self-hatred. Interestingly, he seems to have picked this up from his biological father, who in turn blames Kyo for everything. Unlike his father, Kyo eventually gets over this and learns to accept responsibility for his actions.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has one omake strip where Winry customizes Ed's artificial arm with a rocket feature, and immediately causes it to fly off into the horizon after testing it. Cue the Running Gag of Winry violently beating Ed with her wrench any time his arm is damaged or lost, even as he yells at her that it's her fault he lost it this time around.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula: Naoki Shinjyo starts blaming his failures in the races on his mechanics during the latter half of the TV series, ignoring the fact that it's his recklessness and deliberately ignoring his boss's advice that caused it. It takes Miki talking some sense into him that makes him realize that his problems are his own doing.
  • Inuyasha: More than once, when Naraku is called out on the atrocities he commits, he refuses any blame, resorting to blame his victims for the misfortune he himself causes them:
    • In regards to his manipulation of Inuyasha and Kikyo, he tells them point-blank that what happened to them was their own fault because they didn't trust each other enough to see through his deception.
    • When Inuyasha demands that Naraku admit that he was the one who led the attack on Sango's village for the jewel shards Sango had acquired, Naraku replies that all he did was tell the demons that the village guard happened to be thin that day, and it's the villagers' own fault for not being better prepared.
  • Is This a Zombie?: Haruna refused to accept that the reason Ayumu revealed Maelstrom's gender the way he did was because she impatiently pushed him into the vampire ninja.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: During his Motive Rant against the Magic Knights, Ascot says he works for Zagato because everyone else always rejects him and his summoned monsters and accuses them of being a nuisance. When Umi asks if they do cause trouble, Ascot responds that they only do so when he explicitly tells them to.
  • March Comes in Like a Lion: Seijirou constantly comes up with stories and lies to explain why his actions were either the unfortunate way things turned out or a result of someone else's wrongdoing, never owning up to anything that's clearly his fault. As Akari tells him, he's become so skilled at explaining away his guilt that he's managed to convince himself as well.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char Aznable is pathologically incapable of accepting any accountability for his own actions. When Lalah, a former child prostitute who he turned into a Super Soldier is killed in action, it's the fault of her killer Amuro Ray. When Haman Khan, a traumatized sixteen year old girl whom he forced into being leader of Neo-Zeon, and then abandoned, becomes a tyrant, it's all on her. When the human race as a whole won't go in the direction he wants them to, they're the ones to blame for the meteor he tries to throw their way. Given Char's own mental instability it's quite likely that accepting responsibility for what he's done would break him.
    • There's also the Principality of Zeon in general, who constantly blame the Federation for their problems and also blame them for the war, despite the fact that it was Zeon who started it. While the Federation is fairly corrupt and keeps a firm grip on the colonies, Zeon gasses billions, drops a colony on Earth (obliterating a huge portion of Australia), and murders civilians wholesale, all in the name of "independence", when what they really want is dominance over all of humanity. Their remnants are also like this, claiming the Federation are warmongering tyrants when they are the ones that keep starting wars against one Zeon remnant group or another.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
    • From her first episode onward, Asuka always blames Shinji when missions and training go wrong, whether it's her mistake or completely beyond anyone's control. For variety, she also rips into him for apologizing for something he had no control over. Later events show that this is the result of a major Inferiority Superiority Complex, as Asuka privately believes that that making any mistake renders her worthless.
    • In the manga, Shinji blames Gendo for activating the Dummy Plug (thereby taking control of Unit-01) during the battle with Bardiel and causing him to kill Toji. Kaji points out that Gendo did this because Shinji refused to fight back so as to avoid killing Toji, and that if he'd tried to fight, then Toji might have lived.
    • Throughout Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0, Misato is openly hostile towards Shinji for his role in bringing about The End of the World as We Know It, while failing to acknowledge that she was the one who urged him on in the first place.
  • One Piece
    • Played for Laughs when Luffy, after finding out that the Straw Hats couldn't have paid the White Berets' fine even before Nami rammed into their leader, gets indignant and demands that his crew get better about managing their money. They then point out that most of it goes towards feeding him.
    • The Kurozumi clan blames Sukiyaki, Oden's father, for why their family head lost his wealth and status instead of becoming Shogun. In reality, their clan head tried to become Shogun when the previous one seemed sterile by killing the other Daimyo and was caught shortly after Sukiyaki was born.
    • One year before the story's beginning, the "Pirate Noble" Cavendish took the world by storm. One year later, Cavendish's fame was eclipsed by Luffy and several other rookie pirates now known as the "Worst Generation". Being the Attention Whore that he is, Cavendish has sworn vengeance on those pirates, refusing to believe that he himself had anything to do with his fall in popularity. Even Luffy, an Idiot Hero of the first order, is smart enough to call this out as a rather petty grudge. Cavendish eventually gets over it (kind of) and even becomes the first commander of the Straw Hat Fleet. Though he still wants to be the most famous of them.
  • PandoraHearts: Vincent Nightray. Of course it's not his fault, he does it all for Gil. Besides, he is going to ask the Will of the Abyss to erase his own existence and past deeds.
  • Paranoia Agent: The entire plot revolves around this. Japanese society has become so apathetic and uncaring, that everyone just makes excuses for why they couldn't get anything done, like being late for a delivery due to traffic. This creates an urban legend Eldritch Abomination whose concept quickly spreads memetically as a scapegoat to allow everyone to feel better for not owning up responsibility for their own actions. Said abomination eventually grows and causes catastrophic devastation. The kicker? The first victim created the concept to avoid facing the consequences of a puppy dying by her mistake. And only revived it years later as a way to deal with a deadline she couldn't make at work. Everyone else just picked up on it and it became real. Once she finally admits to her responsibility, the abomination goes away for good.
  • Persona 4: The Animation:
  • Pokémon
    • In the early episode "Challenge of the Samurai", Ash is right on the verge of capturing a Weedle, when he is rudely interrupted by a samurai, who challenges him to a Pokémon match. During said match, the Weedle manages to escape back into its tree and alert the Beedrill, who capture Ash's Metapod. In one of the series' earliest Broken Aesops, Ash is forced to learn a lesson about not making excuses about not finishing what he started, even though it was the fault of the samurai, who berates him for all of this, that Ash wasn't able to finish in the first place, all because he didn't have the courtesy to wait until Ash was done. Even after all is said and done, and Ash rescues Metapod, he's still short one Weedle, which would eventually evolve into a Beedrill.
    • With Paul, this is combined with hypocrisy. He said that when someone loses a battle, it’s the trainer’s fault. Then when he were to ever lose, he would blame his Pokémon or find another way to take the blame off of himself.
    • “Dragon Buster” Georgia from the Best Wishes arc acts like this. When she would lose a match, she will do anything to insist that the battle didn’t really count, with her most frequent excuse being that losses to non-Dragon-type Pokémon don’t matter.
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets: During the Seven Goodbyes arc, Nino kicks off a spat that results in her and Itsuki running away from home. When Fuutarou comes to try and convince her to come back, she blames him for showing up in their lives, never mind that she was the one who was trying to start a fight and get him fired as their tutor. Later chapters imply she finds it easier to shift the blame on Fuutarou rather than accepting that it's her own attitude that drives her sisters away from her.
  • Ranma ½: Happens all the time. When something bad happens, the characters demand that the fault lies with someone else. Similarly every argument Ranma has with Akane is somehow always Ranma's fault. This trope is to be expected since the author herself describes the series as a Gag Manga.
  • Rosario + Vampire: The whole reason Akua is convinced that Humans Are the Real Monsters is because her best friend/surrogate sister Jasmine was brutally murdered by an angry mob just for being a vampire. Of course, her reasoning falls a bit flat when one considers that the only reason said mob was formed to begin with was because Akua exposed herself and Jasmine as vampires by attacking a human boy who tried to befriend them out of paranoia.
  • In the first chapter of Samurai High School, Tsukiko says the reason she's mistaken for a guy is that her brother doesn't act like one.
  • A Silent Voice: When Shouko gets relentlessly bullied in elementary school, the kid who originally started the bullying campaign against her, Shouya Ishida, is made to shoulder all the blame for it, even though the entire class was in on it. Nobody else takes responsibility for it despite actively participating in bullying her or laughing at her. Two of the girls, Naoka Ueno and Miki Kawai, are especially bad with this. Ueno hates Shouko so much that she blames her for everything going wrong back then despite Shouko not having done anything to her, and Kawai simply tries to play the Wounded Gazelle Gambit by completely ignoring her own part in it (to the point of being a Hypocrite by telling Shouya not to hide from the truth when she herself does exactly that), Gaslighting Shouya, and pretending she has the moral high ground. When Shouko attempts suicide because of further bullying, and Shouya is in a coma as a result of saving her, Ueno not only blames Shouko for the whole thing, she even beats her up. Ueno never even considers that her behavior may have contributed to Shouko's self-loathing and suicidal thoughts.
  • Summer Wars: Wabisuke, creator of the rogue AI Love Machine, shirks responsibility for its rampage through the virtual world of OZ, blaming the American government who released it there as a test-run. Ironically, when he does accept responsibility in the climax, the media puts most of the blame on the American government.
  • Sword Art Online:
    • Nobuyuki Sugou gets a moment of this at the end of the Fairy Dance arc. After his arrest and subsequent interrogation, he initially denies everything about experimenting on the SAO survivors, trying to pin the blame on the late Akihiko Kayaba. Once one of his own employees was brought in for questioning, however, Sugou quickly gave in and confessed.
    • After Sugou's true colors are exposed, Asuna's mother Kyouko blames her husband for almost handing her over to him, never mind that Kyouko herself was the one who arranged the marriage between them in the first place.
  • Taken a bit further than normal in Twin Princess of Wonder Planet: An episode has Altezza blaming Sophie for losing at a track meet, even though it's Altezza who started the whole thing by knocking over Sophie's basket with a ball. It's taken a bit further because she decides to retaliate in the following episode at a balloon race between their kingdoms. Amusingly, instead of getting all defensive against Altezza's accusation, Sophie brushes off her threat of retaliation with "You don't have to pay me back"... she's that kind of character.
  • Yo-Kai Watch:
    • After being arrested so many times, Manjimutt ended up in Alcatraz and states that that it was Nate's fault, as he keeps summoning him for certain problems, as he would rather deal his remaining time in jail. While he is partially right, most of the arrests were caused by himself, even if Nate wasn't there.
    • Robonyan calls out to Komasan and Komajiro about his incident with B3-NK1 in episode 23, saying it was all his fault about it. Like with Manjimutt, Robonyan is partially right, though it was also his own actions that he wanted to be penetrated with B3-NK1's sword.
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