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Ah! My Goddess

  • Aoshima in The Vain Rose's Garden refuses to acknowledge that his ruined reputation is his own fault. When he tried to extort Belldandy into sleeping with him, she responded by throwing him into a dumpster. Because several people got pictures of both the event and Aoshima having to climb out afterwards, his reputation was destroyed so he decides to blackmail Belldandy for it.

The Black Cauldron


  • In Hope for the Heartless, Avalina is kidnapped from the Horned King's (her captor's) lands by a man belonging to a bandit group (that happens to comprise of the Horned king's still living former henchmen) with the intention of selling her illegally into slavery. Soon the Horned King arrives with Creeper and Addie the gwythaint, frees her and kills all the bandits. Before dying, Avalina's captor tries to kill her (again), blaming her of leading the Horned King back to them. Avalina had no intention of interacting with them; had they not taken the initiative by kidnapping her, the Horned King wouldn't have shown up as a Superweapon Surprise.


  • Almost none of the Soul Reapers in The Defeated are willing to admit anything could possibly be their fault and instead blame Ichigo and his friends. Besides condemning Ichigo and Orhime for joining Aizen after their friends were killed by Soul Society and they were tortured (and raped in Ichigo's case) by Soul Reapers, Soifon blames them for Yoruichi's death and Byakuya blames Ichigo for Rukia's. Soifon blames Ichigo because Yoruichi was helping him, ignoring that she helped kill her. And Byakuya blames Ichigo because her sister was wrongfully executed for helping him, ignoring that Byakuya herself not only did nothing to prevent said execution but actively worked to stop anyone trying to prevent it.


  • In A Monsters Nature, this applies to Brandon to a degree, as he makes it clear as the story unfolds that he considers it humanity's fault if he has to resort to mass murder to make his points, rather than just destroying major attractions to show his power.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • In Faith: The Series, new Slayer Tegan Austin-Meadows blames Faith for her mother's death, claiming that her mother only died because Faith wasn't doing her job, despite the fac that, on the night Tegan's mother died, Faith was busy tracking Balthazar's minions while Tegan was out at the cinema with Harmony.

Cardcaptor Sakura



  • In The Blue Blur of Termina, Tatl stops Sonic from going after the Skull Kid and, as a result, gets left behind and accidentally injured by the imp. She immediately blames Sonic who, in turn, immediately calls her out on it:
    Sonic: "If it weren't for you and your friend, you wouldn't even be in this mess!"
  • Death Note Equestria: Twilight admits that she's had to kill a lot of innocent ponies in order to protect her identity, but says it's all L's fault — if she wasn't hunting Twilight, Twilight could have just focused on criminals.
  • Higa in Anything Goes Game Changer always blames others for the consequences of his actions. Most recently, he blames Ranma for daring to kill his two strongest Sekirei (and unlike most deactivations, their deaths are very permanent) even though Higa was the one to send his Sekirei to engage someone who regularly takes on four Sekirei at once and wins handily.
  • Halloween Unspectacular: Petrov in "The Silver Man and the Burning Flame" from Blue Alert has this attitude. Even as his experiments with Jean's Phoenix powers go wrong and lead to his death, he's blaming every superior he's ever had.
  • Detective Stabler in Father Goose and the Black Knight assaults Xander Harris and when his temporary boss and the ADA are sent photos of the event with a warning not to do so again or there will be charges, Stabler is disgusted at "being blackmailed by some scumbag". That he and Benson physically assaulted a crippled man whom they have no evidence of committing a crime beyond a "gut feeling" completely escapes him.
  • Avenger of Steel includes a rare example where the villain has a legitimate point; the Hand blame Wilson Fisk for the fact that the attempt to deliver Black Sky to New York was intercepted by Superman and the Masked Man, but Fisk did his best to prevent any police presence at the docks and cannot be held accountable for what a group of vigilantes choose to do.
  • In the Avengers of the Ring sequel Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Saruman is incapable of acknowledging that his own attitude put Wanda off the idea of accompanying him to Orthanc to talk more about the Infinity Stones, instead just criticising Gandalf for bringing a mortal to such a gathering.
  • Toward the end of Dante's Night at Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo, The Marionette makes the claim it is a Knight Templar Big Good. This is comparable to the monster's canon depiction as a relentless avenger of the children killed over the years in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria. Upon hearing this explanation, Dante invokes this trope in an enraged "Reason You Suck" Speech that the many souls the spirit trapped in a fool's errand and all of the security guards killed in the process have long since cost it the moral high ground.
  • In Contact at Kobol, after the Tau'ri make contact with the Twelve Colonies, most of the initial tension between Earth and the Colonies basically comes about because Cain wants the Tau’ri to be punished for the Colonial soldiers killed in their first confrontation, ignoring the fact that she instigated the conflict that killed the soldiers in the first place.
  • Code Prime - R1: Rebellion: Megatron shows elements of this during a conversation with Suzaku about the fate of Cybertron. While he acknowledges that neither the Autbotos nor the Decepticons wanted the planet destroyed, he explicitly leaves out the fact that he poisoned the planet's core with Dark Energon, instead merely stating that it became uninhabitable due to the conflict between the two sides.

Danny Phantom

  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton:
    • In The Many Dates of Danny Fenton, Tucker refuses to believe the reason he keeps getting bad dates is because of his profile, which is dishonest and exaggerates the kind of person he is.
    • Dash Baxter in The Many Dates of Danny Fenton. Everytime he tries to intrude on Danny's dates, something bad happens to him that he blames Danny for.
    • In TMDDF: Danny and Kara, Dash didn't take into account that all of his dates disliked him, instead thinking the website was for stupid, desperate losers.
    • Subverted with Sam in TMDDF: Danny and Kara, Sam attempts to pass the blame of her broken friendship with Danny onto Kara, on the grounds of not telling them that she's Supergirl. However, her subconscious reminds her that she tried to pick a fight with her at every opportunity and gave her no reason to trust her. She then tried to blame Tucker for getting Danny into the dating service, only for her to be reminded that he didn't make Danny fall in love and made that choice was on his own. She finally admits that it was her fault for betraying Danny trust to him.
    • In TMDDF: After Many Dates Danny and Kitty Vicky blames Timmy for her being banned from the dating service, not getting a rich guy, and not getting refunded. It doesn't matter to her that she ditched her dates upon learning she didn't meet her standards and, as Timmy points out "teenage guys have taste". She blames Timmy just because she was babysitting him when she learned of the dating service.
    • Dash in TMDDF: After Many Dates Danny and Kitty, is unwilling to accept it's his own behavior that made the girls he meet at the dating service dislike him, accusing Tucker of hacking the dating service's website to give him bad dates.

Fairy Tail

  • In Impossible, Lucy gets pushed between a brawling Natsu and Gray, resulting in her being seriously wounded. Natsu then goes off on a rant complaining that she should have been strong enough to protect herself from their attacks, rather than accepting that he and Gray shouldn't have been fighting each other with magic inside the guild hall. Makarov is furious.

For Better or for Worse

  • Elly Patterson loves doing this in The New Retcons though the rest of her family isn't exactly innocent either. One example is blaming April for letting Farley and Sera get together while Sera was in heat when neither Elly nor Sera's owner Connie had bothered to spay/neuter their dogs. (And remember, April was four at the time.)

Harry Potter

  • There have been quite a few fanfics written from the point of view of the Slytherin students. Very often in these stories, the Slytherins view themselves as the victims of injustice, of rampant "anti-Slytherin prejudice." The fact that people dislike or distrust the Slytherins never seems to be the Slytherins' fault for being bigots, bullies, or otherwise openly cruel and hostile to other students, particularly Muggle-borns. The real kicker is that the writers of these stories (and their supporters) actually seem to believe that the Slytherins are right. No matter how horribly the Slytherins behave, the writers always seem to attribute any display of animosity toward them to "anti-Slytherin prejudice."
  • In At the Lord's Door, Sirius blames Dumbledore for getting the Potters killed because he didn't warn them about Voldemort until a week before he showed up, seemingly forgetting that he had a much bigger role in causing their deaths: he suggested they make Peter Pettigrew the Potter's secret keeper, and Pettigrew subsequently betrayed them to Voldemort. Bizarrely, the author didn't think that Sirius would admit his responsibility for this, even though he does exactly that in the third book.
  • In Caring For Crookshanks, Hermione refuses to accept responsibility when faced with proof that Crookshanks killed Scabbers, merely calling the evidence circumstantial from a certain point of view, and is punished by having to send Crookshanks home and giving up her Time Turner. Hermione blames Ron for snitching (much like she did about the Firebolt) and ends the chapter by telling McGonagall about the Maurader's Map.

The Hunger Games

  • In The Parts We Play series, the Games in the opening fic Spectator see Clove basically blame Peeta for everything that went 'wrong' in the Games during their final confrontation. The only thing that Clove can blame Peeta for is not dying like he was 'supposed' to, and in this case the only person who could arguably be at ‘fault’ from Clove’s perspective is the girl who was meant to volunteer for Two this year and chose to let Clove get Reaped.

The Lion King

  • In The Lion King Adventures, Simba tries to pin the blame on others a couple of times.
    • He does this jokingly to Nala in Who Are You?
      Simba: "I've never stopped worrying. And really, if you think about it, it's kinda your fault."
      Nala: "Huh? What makes it my fault?"
    • A more serious example occurs in The Curse of Death, where Simba blames the Hermit of Hekima for causing him trouble, despite it being all his fault.

Love Hina

  • Contract Labor: After attacking Keitaro over a misunderstanding, Motoko adamantly refuses to take responsibility for her own actions and instead blames Keitaro, the victim in the whole situation, for everything, electing to challenge him to an honor duel... which ends badly for her.
  • Most of the girls at the Hinata Inn suffer from this in An Alternate Keitaro Urashima. Naru, Motoko, Haruka and Granny Hina are all especially bad about this. Though Haruka at least later grows out of it after a Humiliation Conga.
  • Naru and Motoko also suffer from this to an extreme in For His Own Sake. No matter how badly they screw up, they both adamantly refuse to take responsibility for their own actions and will always pin the blame on somebody else, typically Keitaro. This is deconstructed as the tendency has caused them all manner of grief and loss of sympathy from everyone around them, but they still refuse to learn their lessons. However, as of chapter 24, Motoko has finally begun to avert this and realize that all of her misery was her own damn fault.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • While all of Team Captain America have this problem to an extent in Tony's Girl, Hank Pym and Clint are by far the worst. Clint blames Tony and Natasha for his family almost being kidnapped by Ross even though the former saved them and the latter had been kidnapped, drugged, and tortured for weeks before giving up the information. Hank Pym pretty much believes that "Stark" is synonymous with evil and helped Team Captain America in the hopes they'd bring him down. When his association with known terrorists comes to light, his company's stock "plummets like a plane crash" so Stark Industries bail them out by buying 25% of the company's stock at it's market value from two days before the press conference airing said news. Naturally, Hank blames Tony for it, including his daughter saying on international television that Tony is a far better man than he is.

Mega Man

  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Wily has this problem big-time, blaming everyone for failures except himself.
    • He finally (and rightfully) blames himself for ProtoMan leaving in the episode 11 epilogue.

MegaMan NT Warrior

  • Maylu's Revenge has Maylu pinning the blame of Roll turning against her in "Evil Empress Roll" on Roll all because she said she's ready for the "Super Great White Angel" when in fact, it was Maylu who suggested this strategy.

Miraculous Ladybug

  • Lila deliberately exploits this in Marinette Dupain-Cheng's Spite Playlist in order to keep Alya on her side. After being betrayed by her in her civilian identity, Ladybug replaces her as the Fox Bearer and bluntly states in an interview that she only gives Miraculouses to those she trusts. Alya starts second-guessing herself, recalling how Marinette repeatedly warned her that Lila was a liar... but Lila spins a narrative that lets her instead see herself as an unfortunate victim of Revenge by Proxy, where Ladybug's punishing her because her (nonexistent) friendship with Lila fell apart. Alya accepts this because the alternative is admitting that she made some serious mistakes, and deletes the Ladyblog.
  • LadyBugOut has two major examples:
    • Alya causes the whole conflict by posting the photo she took in "Oblivio", knowing full well that Ladybug wasn't happy about it. When confronted about this, she repeatedly attempts to dodge around admitting that Ladybug didn't want her to post it, then insists that the superheroine has no right to privacy or protection against people taking things out of context, accidentally or otherwise. This leads to Ladybug starting her own blog with Marinette's help — something Alya sees as a great personal betrayal due to how it ruins her own blog's reputation. She's further upset by Ladybug finding a new Fox bearer, and when confronting her about it, only cuts off her angry rant when she realizes the parallels — but still insists that "that's different!" She continues to see herself as the biggest victim to the point that she continues to insist that Marinette owes HER an apology even after learning she was right about Lila.
    • Adrien, meanwhile, believes that he and Ladybug are destined to be together — meaning that he's entitled to her love regardless of her own feelings on the matter. He also refuses to take his duties as Chat Noir seriously, more interested in flirting, joking around and trying to force Ladybug to 'admit' that they're those kind of partners. As the consequences of his actions catch up with him, he refuses to believe that his newfound problems are due to anything other than Ladybug being stubborn, leading to him losing the Black Cat after a live broadcast exposes his manhandling Ladybug and self-centered ranting to the public.
  • Leave For Mendeleiev: Chloe blames others for all of her problems. In particular, she despises her twin sister Amber for existing, as she has something Chloe hasn't been able to obtain: their mother's regard. To her mind, this isn't because her mother disdains the way Chloe exploits their wealth and status, whereas Amber has worked hard to achieve her desires. Nope, Amber just goes out of her way to sabotage her and make her look bad...!
  • Played for Laughs in Scarlet Lady. Instead of putting the box with the Ladybug Miraculous in Marinette's bedroom, Master Fu slipped it into her purse instead... only for Chloe to steal it, unaware of what it really was. When they see the results — Chloe having become the Nominal Heroine Scarlet Lady — Fu immediately insists to Wayzz that "this one is not my fault" before the kwami can even comment on it.
  • The One to Make It Stay:
    • Alya films one of Chat Noir's Love Confessions and carefully edits the footage in order to make it look like Ladybug reciprocated and they got together. She then posted the results on her Ladyblog. When Ladybug confronts her, she repeatedly blows off her anger, disappointment and frustration, only grasping that she might have done something wrong when Ladybug points out that Hawkmoth might monitor her blog for information he can use against the heroes. Yet when Ladybug then informs her that she's being benched for the summer — and that if she doesn't reconsider her actions and change her ways, she'll lose the Fox Miraculous for good — Alya immediately accuses her of overreacting, treating her sidelining as Disproportionate Retribution. However, she gradually comes around, having some proper epiphanies about her behavior and resolving to do her best to make amends.
    • Adrien refuses to acknowledge that he's done anything wrong. So far as he's concerned, it's Ladybug's fault that the two of them are fighting — if she would just admit that she and Chat Noir are destined to be together and stop rejecting his advances, they wouldn't be fighting at all! Nor will he admit that his inaction has caused any problems, be it his refusal to help Marinette deal with the Lila situation or admit that he overheard her arguing with Alya and knows that she used to have a crush on him.
    • Space Patrol is practically Never My Fault incarnate, along with a heaping helping of It's All About Me. He uses his akuma powers to abduct people just because he wants to spend time with them, and blithely admits that Adrien blames Marinette for what he overheard at the museum. Because he feels awkward about knowing, and resents her for not telling him about her crush so he can stop 'having to pretend' he doesn't know about it. So far as he's concerned, it's her fault, and he refuses to hear anything different.
  • Burning Bridges, Building Confidence:
    • Chat Noir chooses to sit out of akuma fights until Ladybug agrees to start dating him. Master Fu finds out and appoints Vexxin as a new, permanent bearer for the Fox. When Chat finds out, he immediately blames Ladybug, claiming that they only started having problems because she 'kept denying our love'.
    • Even after Ladybug explains to Alya that Rena Rouge and Carapace have been permanently retired as a direct result of her actions — and that Alya's reaction to Vexxin has only further cemented that she will never be trusted with any miraculous, due to her Malicious Slander and outing herself as Rena Rouge — Alya continues to blame Vexxin for all her woes.
    • Marinette's Girl Posse learns from Adrien himself that he knew all along what Lila was doing, yet chose to stand aside and do nothing about it. When called out on this, Adrien continues to insist that he's taking the high road, and that Lila isn't really hurting anyone. When this leads to two people getting akumatized, he then accuses Marinette of causing it — and is so convinced of his rightness that he exposes himself to both akuma, failing to consider that they might be angry at HIM instead.
    • Lila absolutely loathes both Marinette and Ladybug with a burning passion due to how they called her out on her lies in front of Adrien. The fact that they would never have been able to do so if she hadn't lied in the first place is completely lost upon her, and even when Marinette spells that out to her in exacting detail, she remains in denial.
    • Adrien also provides a subtle, Downplayed example when Witch Hunter reveals how Lila threatened Marinette in the bathroom. His reflexive reaction is surprise and disappointment that Marinette didn't mention that back when he was scolding her about how she needed to take the high road and leave Lila be, as obviously he would have changed his tune if he'd known. The notion that she feared he wouldn't believe her — or worse, wouldn't care — flies right over his head.
  • Of Patience and Pettiness:
    • After Lila's deceit is exposed, most of Miss Bustier's class refuses to acknowledge that they did anything wrong, trying to pin all the blame upon various scapegoats — Lila herself for lying; Adrien for knowing the truth and not sharing it; Alya for not checking her sources... All of this finger-pointing deeply disappoints Marinette, as only a handful of her classmates prove willing to own up to their own mistakes and apologize.
    • Adrien falls hard into this as he pushes back against their scapegoating, insisting that he didn't do anything wrong. He also cops a similar attitude regarding his behavior as Chat Noir, denying that his persistent pursuit of Ladybug might not be as romantic as it's made out to be in the movies.

My Hero Academia

  • Crimson And Emerald: Despite Shiketsu nearly being being UA's equal, the majority of the Top Hundred Heroes are UA graduates. Shiketsu blames their graduates for not representing the school properly when their strict attitudes and restrictions causes their graduates to be too inflexible to survive in the field.
  • 100% Riot has the Bakugou family take in Izuku after his mother's passing, only to be abusive and neglectful until he runs away. None of them are willing to acknowledge that their actions might have pushed him down a darker path; at best, Katsuki's parents are worried about being Misblamed if the truth comes out, while Katsuki himself flat out does not give a damn.
  • Played With in Three Guys Go to a Bar (And Then They Beat You With It). Aizawa didn't agree with Principal Nedzu's plan to change the final exams, and only went along with it because he didn't see any better options. However, he gave no indication of this to the students affected — instead, he plays up the image of being a Sadist Teacher and threatens to expel them if they don't comply. When he later complains to Kayama about the fallout, she points out his Betrayal by Inaction.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Assumptions: Rainbow Dash's huge ego makes it downright impossible for her to apologize to Caramel, who has been nothing but kind to her, after he finds out she nearly killed him with a botched aerial trick. Rainbow chooses to fly away in shame rather than admit she wronged him, but later halfway-apologizes, which Caramel accepts.
  • Equestria: A History Revealed:
    • For an In-Universe example, the Lemony Narrator often does this when explaining the clear holes in her conspiracy theories, choosing to blame either the reader or traditionalist historians, even when the fault clearly lies in the Insane Troll Logic she used to get these theories.
    • One of the chapters starts out with a lawsuit to a publishing company of a book she had previously used, stating that the love potion she made following its instructions was faulty, even though it was clear earlier on that she had completely botched the recipe. It is also Hilarious in Hindsight knowing that even the Cutie Mark Crusaders in the show somehow did a better job than her in following the recipe. It becomes even worse when she says that she was aware of the "Do Not Try at Home" section prefacing the book, but states that she "chose not to read that part, so she can't possibly be held accountable for that."
  • The Immortal Game: Titan blames the ponykind for the deaths of his wife and sons, although it was Discord who was responsible for First Empyrean's death, and Titan himself was responsible for the deaths of his first wife, Harmony and Empyrean II.
  • In Running From Myself, two former classmates of Twilight's blame her for getting them suspended. The entire reason for their suspensions were because they were bullying Twilight to the point where she suffered problems well into adulthood. When they try to get sympathy from Rarity, she calls them out on this. Not that they listen.
  • In Sun & Moon: Ascending Star, Aqua notes this tendency in Celestia during their training and endeavors to stamp it out.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • Twilight Sparkle blames others (specifically Spike) for her mistakes occasionally. In "The Canon Has Misfired", she lets her mission to prevent the apocalypse get completely derailed. When the apocalypse comes, she says, "Dammit, I knew I forgot something! Why didn't Spike remind me?!" (completely ignoring the fact that Spike did try to remind her). In "Ponynet Fight!" she insists that her magic isn't working because Spike isn't concentrated hard enough (and she pointedly refuses to explain why her magic needs Spike's concentration).
    • And "Pirate Shipping" has this gem:
      Sweetie Belle: "Just because something is my fault doesn't mean I'm not allowed to blame anyone else."
  • In The Changelings Have a King, the eponymous king Carapace blames Rarity for ruining his status at the Grand Galloping Gala (i.e. vehemently objecting to his poor manners, back when he was Blueblood) and incubates his new changeling army in Ponyville to cause her pain. Before finally attempting to kill her, he gloats that all of the recent death and destruction is her fault.
  • Discord's fatal flaw in Bride of Discord is this, as he blames Celestia and the ponies for the events that led up to his imprisonment, because they got mad at him for his reckless use of magic, instead of considering that maybe he it was his own fault and he shouldn't have let his anger get the best of him. This is taken to new extremes and played with later on, when he has a never your fault moment after Fluttershy seemingly says she doesn't love him and he takes it out on literally everyone in the immediate area except her.
  • Aftermath of the Games: Despite being the one who pushed Sci-Twi into unleashing the magic, Cinch tries to put all the blame for Midnight Sparkle on Sci-Twi and calls her a monster. She also puts the blame on Canterlot High School and tries to get them to quit the games. Sunset explains to Sci-Twi that this was the reason why Cinch deserved to be fired and blacklisted, when the latter feels like she doesn't deserve forgiveness.
  • Loved and Lost: When Jewelius loses the trust of Twilight and the citizens of Canterlot, he blames it on the fugitive heroes. Ignoring the fact that he stopped putting forth effort into his lies and gradually let his selfish nature come out. Notably, despite Twilight expressing the desire to forgive her loved ones and reconcile with them, she is willing to support Jewelius so long as he acts like a responsible ruler. However, once Jewelius proves the fugitives' Cassandra Truth about him true by gloating to Twilight, she immediately severs all ties with him and flees to Ponyville.
  • Persona EG: Several characters have blamed their problems or the actions they have done on others, ignoring that they themselves have still done bad deeds and are not completely blameless for their own misfortunes. This usually results in others calling them out on their attitude and pointing out they brought their problems on themselves.
    • Fluttershy was bullied when she first came to CHS, so she used her knowledge of computers to become a cyber-bully and ruin anyone who ever messed with her, and this was before she discovered Zodiac. After her identity as Eris is discovered by ZIT she lists all the bad things that have happened to her, including Sunset's blackmail on her, Rainbow rape checking her, and Flash grabbing her breast, ignoring that she tried to kill ZIT multiple times even though they have done nothing but try to be her friends.
    • Sunset has this attitude when she moves into the dorm. She expects everyone to just forgive her right away when she doesn't want to fight them anymore because they forgave Fluttershy, but she continues to mess with them just to get reactions from them. She is finally called out on this when Twilight and Flash confront her for sleeping with Shining Armor.
    • Twilight breaks up with Flash after finding out he had sex with Trixie because she feels she can no longer trust him and spends the next couple of days depressed in her room. While what Flash did was wrong, he had already shown countless times that he loved Twilight and was faithful to her, yet she got on his case for only having female friends and his pervert nature. This lack of trust from Twilight is what caused Flash to cheat on her to get back at her, and he regretted it immediately afterward. Pinkie and Sonata call her out on her attitude and point out she hurt Flash just as much as he hurt her.
  • In Pony POV Series:
    • Discord has a major problem with this, as despite literally everything bad that's happened to him since he came to Equus being his own fault for choosing his sadistic games over the loved ones he made as Dissy, he blames everyone but himself from his parents to Fate.
    • Nightmare Eclipse, the true Big Bad of the Dark World Arc, blames literally everything on Discord. While it is true at first he was to blame for everything, by the present the only reason he's evil anymore is because she's literally forcing him to be an evil overlord so she can punish him for it.
    • This is one of the main themes with Hell/Tartarus in this series: the condemned are largely there because they refuse to accept their actions were wrong and evil, even when the Gods show them the damage they've caused. This is the only thing keeping them there, as if they accept it and genuinely repent then they'll be set free.
  • In Vengeance of Dawn, Breaking Dawn is Princess Celestia's former personal student who grew entitled and spoiled because of the privileges that her status allowed her. When Celestia replaced her with a young Twilight but allowed Dawn to stay at the School for Gifted Unicorns, Dawn physically attacked Twilight in a fit of rage, forcing Celestia to permanently expel her. Years later, Twilight has become an alicorn princess as a result of her studies and hard work, while Dawn is living in a poor apartment and is unable to hold down even a simple job at a clothing store because she believes herself too important to work like an ordinary pony. Rather than admit that it was her own fault that she lost her position as Celestia's student, Dawn chooses to believe that Twilight deliberately stole everything from her—Celestia's love, her status as a royal student, her supposed great destiny, the Element of Magic, and the princesshood that she would have had—and plots an elaborate revenge against her.
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Grand Hoof's son Doom Raizer blames his father for everything that has ever happened to him in his life. This ranges from his childhood to the deaths of his mother and wife and even what has happened to his own son Lightning Blitz. While Grand admits he should have done a better job raising Doom and being in his life more, he also states he has brought his misfortune on himself. This is made prominent when Grand says his Catchphrase "count up your sins" to Doom before their battle, and Doom responds that he has no sins.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: Corona blames Luna for the fact everypony is still afraid of her after a thousand years exile. It has nothing to do with the fact Corona is literally insane, and prone to threatening anyone who irritates her with immolation, it's all Luna's fault for turning them against her. Luna even points out in their first reunion that she had nothing to do with her sister's bad PR a thousand years ago. Even when she mellows out and starts edging back to sanity, Corona's still got a lot of problems in this arena. For example, she apologises to BonBon for abducting her... because it turned BonBon against her, not because it traumatised her.


  • Tenten and Neji in The Darkest Light have this regarding Naruto/Naruichi.
    • Tenten badmouthed Naruto, who's considered a favorite grandson by the local quadrant boss, and said quadrant boss right in front of both. She's flat-out told the sole reason she wasn't killed is because Naruto knocked her out and asked for mercy. But all Tenten cares about is that he beat her effortlessly at swordsmanship (Naruto gave her a sword then used a stick to beat her for an hour). As a result she wants him dead for humiliating her. She eventually grows out of it, especially when she tells Gai she hated Naruto for being better than her, and he asks if she "hated enough to kill".
    • Neji tried to humiliate (and possibly traumatize) Hinata by having her "manhandled by a commoner" and having her father find out when he hired Naruichi to give her a massage. Unfortunately for him, Hiashi not only found out immediately, Naruichi also had a receipt showing exactly who hired him. While Hiashi was "training" Neji in the dojo, Naruichi fixed a problem with Hinata's spine, leading her to be both more skilled and more confidant. Like Tenten, Neji has had it explained to him that what happened (particularly Hinata activating his seal while thanking him) is his own fault but instead only cares about making Naruichi pay.
  • Downplayed in The Last Prayer. When Choji's parents learned he unknowingly drugged someone with a powerful aphrodisiac, Choji's mother initially blames her husband for not explaining what the drug was to their son, even though Choji had asked her and all she gave was a vague and misleading explanation that it "allows shinobi and kunoichi to be friendly". As a result, Choji gave it to Ino (though he's forced to swear to never reveal her identity), thinking it'd make her more friendly towards her teammates. Instead, she jumped the closest man nearby and demanded he have sex with her. It's only pure chance Ino was off in the forest with Naruto rather than a more unsavory type.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • A Crown of Stars: Jinnai expected to be betrayed. But the thought that he would be betrayed because he is a Manipulative Bastard, a psychotic jerkass, a Bad Boss and a borderline rapist never ever crosses his mind. The notion that Shinji and Asuka could turn against him because he turned them into their tools and he virtually raped Asuka hundreds of times for two years never occurs to him. No, no, it has to be because Asuka is a traitorous slut and Shinji his plaything. There cannot be another reason.
  • Advice and Trust: Gendo blamed Shinji, Asuka and Rei for disobeying his orders when they fought Bardiel. Never mind his strategy was dumb and nearly got them killed. Never mind they HAD to disobey his commands in order to adapt and survive the enemy attack. Never mind they won, destroying Bardiel, rescuing the pilot and recovering the Unit hijacked by the enemy by ignoring his interfering commands. He blamed them for "insubordination" and "endangering humanity", he punished Shinji and Asuka with unemployment and threatened Rei with death. This backfires on him spectacularly.
  • Evangelion 303: Asuka suffered a minor case of this in third chapter when she complained that she was being blamed for hitting Shinji even though he had got her nearly killed (forgetting that Misato clearly told her that getting angry and shouting at him was reasonable but hitting a fellow pilot was utterly unacceptable and THAT was what she was being scolded for) and for botching the latest mission (which was completely her fault). In her favor, she was under much distress at the moment and not thinking clearly, and she got over that attitude straight after.


  • Samurai in Challenger yells at Ash because Ash's Sandile broke his katana, conveniently ignoring that he woke up Ash by pointing said katana at his neck.
  • The Longest Road has a rather egregious example in Chapter 65. Ash's Squirtle/Wartortle gets badly injured during a battle against Lance, and Ash then says it's Misty's fault. Why? Because she failed to convince Ash to let Wartortle do something as dangerous as fight Lance's Dragonite.


  • Old West: Benjamin Hares, the estranged husband of Grace Glossy, is a conman prone to blameshifting and running away from his own troubles. He used to guilt-trip his devoted wife whenever they argued before he skipped town because of his debts, leaving Grace behind penniless and pregnant. When he reappears ten years later, he proves that he hasn't grown out of this vice. When Grace refuses to let him sell her out to Dufayel, he dares to claim that the problem is Grace's stubbornness instead of him and that he left because she didn't love him enough. When she's had enough and tries to throw him out, Benjamin assaults her, shamelessly saying that she should have obeyed him.

Ranma ½

  • The More Things Change has Ryouga, who holds the firm belief that it's ALWAYS Ranma's fault, no matter what. Ryouga rescues Akane, making the whole school think he's hitting on her? Ranma's fault, even if he wasn't even around.
    How did things get this ugly? Why was this happening to him?
    Suddenly, he knew. He didn't know how he knew, he just knew who to blame for this mess. After all, it was always his fault, somehow.

Red vs. Blue

  • Stress Relief: Agent South Dakota shows a complete refusal — or even outright inability — to ever see herself as the issue. She will always find a way to pin her own mistakes and failings on anyone or anything other than herself.

Rosario + Vampire

  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI:
    • In chapter 27, Arial, Dark's guardian angel and now mother figure, insists that Mizore is not good enough for Dark in part because Mizore doesn't respect her. As pointed out by the others, Mizore has good reason not to respect her, especially considering the fact that Arial nearly killed Mizore in a jealous rage less than twenty-four hours ago.
    • In chapter 44, after Kokoa and Sun's conflict over Gin spiral out of control to the point where Kokoa attacks Sun and beats her so brutally that Sun is left brain dead, Kurumu joins in with the others in lambasting Kokoa; while Kokoa did indeed go too far, it was Kurumu's own teasing over seeing Kokoa have sex with Werewolf!Gin, which Sun was spying on, that set Kokoa off in the first place.


  • In Birds of a Feather, the MBI adjuster who ran a botched procedure that left Akitsu a Scrapped Number insists it's her fault the process failed and he was fired. Everything was clearly perfect because he ran the numbers himself, so clearly she was destined to be Scrapped. He dies almost immediately after when he tries to attack her with a broken bottle.


  • Kara of Rokyn: As Lex Luthor's niece tells the origin of the feud between her uncle and Superboy, it soon becomes obvious to her audience that Lex always came up with absurd rationalizations to blame the Kryptonian hero for his own actions.
    "Lex got to thinking that maybe he was a lamebrain for leaving that door open and not looking after Lena any better than he had. But when he thought harder, he said, he thought Superboy was a lamebrain himself for giving him that alien thing, even after he'd asked him to. He thought Superboy should have had better sense than that. What can I say?"
    Starfire thought she might say that her cousin was a guilt-transferring jerk, but she kept her peace.


Teen Titans

  • A Shadow of the Titans: HIVE Academy has a class named "Irrational Blame Assignment". According to Mammoth, "you can get a pass even if you fail by just making a good argument on why your lousy grade somehow wasn't your fault".

Tolkien's Legendarium

  • Near the ending of Heart of Ashes, Andraya hands Kathryn over to Fankil to get back at Smaug for killing her daughter Freyja. She feels entirely justified in pursuing this eye-for-an-eye justicenote , despite two facts. Firstly, Smaug would never have been around to kill Freyja if Andraya hadn't resuscitated the dragon-turned-human to bargain with him. Secondly, if Andraya had not framed Smaug for King Wilhelm's murder and thus forced Smaug to escape from Vathvael with Kathryn, Freyja wouldn't have tagged along with Faervel to Emyn Muil to rescue Kathryn and end up being killed by Smaug.
  • In A Little Walk, Joram the barkeep has a sick Frodo imprisoned by some corrupt guardsmen, leading to the hobbit's illness getting worse. When Aragorn learns what happened, he sentences Joram to work in the laundries, and orders him to make a public apology to Frodo once the punishment is complete. Joram blames Frodo for the whole thing, completely ignoring his own involvement.

Total Drama

  • Candy For Your Thoughts?: Gwen starts off this way in regards to her cheating with Duncan. Character Development ultimately helps her realize she was in the wrong.
  • Total Alternate Island: Courtney is quick to blame anything that goes wrong on everybody else, when it is usually her own fault.
  • Total Drama All-Stars Rewrite: During "Singin' in the Pain", Courtney claims it's Gwen's fault for her losing her voice, even though Courtney was the one who spent several hours harmonizing.
  • Uber Drama Island: Destiny takes this attitude towards her constant losses.
  • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: Duncan's defining trait. It seems he has no end of excuses or reasons to give for why he is doing whatever he wants whenever he wants regardless of the consequences.



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