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  • Played for very dark laughs in Alice in Wonderland; when the Queen of Hearts confronts a trio of cards for painting her roses red (after they accidentally planted white ones), the three of them start placing the blame on each other in a desperate attempt to keep their heads. By the end of their blame game, however, the Queen has had enough and cuts the knot by demanding that all of them get executed for it.
  • Subverted in The Angry Birds Movie. After the pigs steal all eggs from the birds and destroy their village, Judge Peckinpah walks up to Red, who knew of the pigs' true motives ever since the first encounter and tried to warn them to no avail, with a Death Glare on the face, as if he's about to blame him for the birds' suffering...but then he steps down, Death Glare fading from his face, and pleads Red for help, admitting that it was his fault and apologizing for not trusting Red in the first place.
  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • Belle, while healing Beast after he saved her from the wolves, got into an argument with him over who was to blame for the wolves attacking. Beast retorts that Belle should have never entered the forbidden room and she retorts that he should control his temper... which is not exactly an excuse. True, it was partially Beast's fault Belle ran away due to him screaming at her and not explaining himself better; but for all his bad temper, Beast HAD told her to not enter that room, and had excellent reasons to forbid her from doing so. Despite being more calmed afterwards, she disobeyed, and her entering the room and almost touching the rose could have made Beast be stuck in that shape forever, so he kind of had a reason to scream at her.
    • Gaston refuses to believe Belle's rejection of him was because of how much of a rude and conceited jerk he is. Instead of recognizing why she doesn't like him and find ways to bond with her and show a good side, he threatens to have her father sent to an asylum unless she marries him. It backfires and he still can't understand why she grows to hate him.
  • This is the firm stance of Kenai from Brother Bear after his brother dies and Kenai himself is transformed into an ursine. Growing out of this immaturity and learning that he did do a lot of damage to his friends and family is an important part of his Character Development and leads to him becoming The Atoner.
  • Brave:
    • Merida spends most of the film refusing to acknowledge her own role in the political disaster and her mother being turned into a bear. Actually admitting her fault is an essential bit of Character Development for her.
    • Her mother, Queen Elinor, fits this trope as well. Elinor doesn't seem to realize that most people, her daughter included, would react badly to being forced into marriage, and Elinor behaves as though she cannot understand why Merida would object. She does eventually have a realization and give a speech (through Merida, as Elinor is still a bear at this point) about how young people should be allowed to choose for themselves who they will marry.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Mayor Shelbourne blames Flint for the food apocalypse and encourages the people to go after him... except that he kept pressuring Flint to make the food in spite of the danger it's causing and had accidentally destroyed Flint's computer that would have stopped it.
  • Frozen:
    • An early Cut Song called "Cool With Me" had Elsa have this type of view on relationship with her sister. Anna and Elsa were extremely close as children but have drifted apart over the years. Elsa completely blames Anna for everything while acting cocky about her own self.
    We've been falling out for way too long.
    So let's forget I'm right and forget you're wrong.
    Okay! Let's try forgivin', maybe we could live in harmony.
    • At the end of the Tie-In Novel A Frozen Heart, Since Hans lied so much about his family, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff doubt that they're as bad as he claimed and deconstruct his Freudian Excuse by stating that he should take responsibility for his actions instead of pinning the blame on his family.
  • Done by Goofy of all characters in A Goofy Movie. When their car starts rolling down the mountain he blames Max for both the car running away (Goofy should have put the brakes on) and the door being locked. Max retorts that the locked door was on Goofy's side. Goofy then blames Max for distracting him and tells Max he should have put the brakes on himself, then he accidentally breaks it. Max use that to show that Goofy "ruins everything". Then Goofy blames Max for "ruining the vacation". Then Max told him he never even wanted to come and should have just let him stay home. The argument ends with Goofy saying all he wanted was to spend time with him and doesn't want them to become any more distant.
    Goofy: You're my son, Max. No matter how big you get, you'll always be my son.
  • Played very darkly in the Disney animated movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Combine this with Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny, and you have Judge Claude Frollo.
    • This is Frollo's defining Fatal Flaw, as he repeatedly uses Psychological Projection to find faults in others while blatantly ignoring his own. Clopin even lampshades this in the opening song as well. Many have called him out on his hypocrisy and using religion as an excuse for his atrocities, but to his dying words, Frollo never realizes he could be wrong.
    • Despite claiming to be a pious, merciless man, he develops an obsession with the gypsy Esmeralda, rationalizing his lust by claiming she seduced him. All she did was flirt with him a little during her dance. And then he goes on to blame GOD. Of course, the Ominous Latin Choir in the background doesn't seem to agree, singing the Act of Contrition during his song.
    "It's not my fault!" (Mea culpa)
    "I'm not to blame!" (Mea culpa)
    "It is the gypsy girl, the witch who set this flame!" (Mea maxima culpa)
    "It's not my fault!" (Mea culpa)
    "If in God's plan!" (Mea culpa)
    "He made the devil so much stronger than a man!" (Mea maxima culpa)
    • Frollo also chases a woman through the city on his horse because he thinks the bundle she's carrying is stolen property, only to unintentionally kill her in front of Notre Dame; his excuse to the Archdeacon is that wouldn't have happened if she hadn't run from him in the first place. He also orders his men to burn down a home, with an innocent family still inside, with the excuse that they were harboring gypsies (despite the only "proof" being that someone had found a gypsy emblem on their property). He even explodes on poor Quasimodo for letting Esmeralda escape Notre Dame and blames him for the torching of Paris, when it is in fact Frollo who ordered it.
  • In The Incredibles, Syndrome's motivation falls kind of flat when you realize that even though Mr. Incredible told him he worked alone, Buddy had distracted him repeatedly, let Bomb Voyage escape, and had nearly gotten himself killed because he repeatedly tried to "help". In Syndrome's Self-Serving Memory of the scene, Bomb Voyage is no longer present at all, and so it seemed as though Mr. Incredible rejected him for no reason whatsoever.
  • The Jungle Book 2: Shere Khan believes that Kaa knows where Mowgli is (after hearing the snake grumble "man-cub"). Truthfully, Kaa has no idea where Mowgli is, but Shere Khan won't believe him and continues to threaten the python. So to save his skin, Kaa fearfully lies to the tiger that Mowgli's at the swamp, allowing him to flee. When Shere Khan arrives at the swamp with Mowgli nowhere to be found, he angrily growls "That snake lied to me!", but he's the one at fault for not believing Kaa when he told him the truth: "I don't know where Mowgli is".
  • Kung Fu Panda 2: One of Lord Shen's main flaws. He refuses to take responsibility for his own evil actions, instead blaming his parents for not supporting him and the rest of the world for standing in his way.
  • The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island has the adult dinosaurs looking for the children who have wandered off. Mr. Threehorn growls at Grandpa Longneck at how he blames Littlefoot for getting Cera missing, but when he's questioned by the sauropod on why he blames Littlefoot, he sheepishly admits that he feels the need to blame somebody.
    • A more tragic version occurs in the seventh film, The Stone of Cold Fire, via flashback. After disagreeing with the other dinosaurs on the best route to the Great Valley during the events of the first film, Petrie's uncle Pterano led a splinter group of the dinosaurs in a different direction and seemingly found the Great Valley, or as close to it as to make no difference. And then the raptors showed up. Pterano returned to the original herd with a bad case of Survivor's Guilt and, when asked what happened to the rest, would only ever say that it wasn't his fault. Part of his character development is getting over his ego and owning up to his mistakes.
  • The Lion King: Scar tries to shift the blame for the lack of food to the lionesses who won't hunt, instead of admitting that letting the hyenas eat the lions' game was what caused their food shortage. When Simba has Scar at his mercy, Scar tries to shift blame onto the hyenas. They overhear, and become extremely angry. Anger is a hell of an appetite stimulant.
  • Madagascar:
    • In the first film, Alex chews out Marty for getting them transferred from New York to Africa, which Marty responds by saying that he didn't intend for them to get transferred and that it's not his fault. Gloria doesn't believe that and even asks "You're kidding, right, Marty?" But near the end of the movie, after Alex turns feral and runs away, Marty realizes that his wish to be in the wild cost them their friend.
    • Alex meanwhile seems to completely ignore the fact that him convincing Melman and Gloria to go after Marty just exacerbated the whole problem with a mass breakout rather than a singular incident (sure, the Penguins had escaped on their own, but they likely would have gotten away), and his actions at Grand Central Station were effectively the last straw in convincing the humans that the animals wanted to be free.
    • Also, Melman chews out Marty for telling them what he wished for when blowing out his birthday candles and causing them bad luck, even though as Marty points out, he warned them that telling them what he wished for was bad luck and they insisted that he tell them.
    • It's averted near the end of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, where Marty admits that them going to Madagascar was his fault in the first place. The others, however, tell him that him leaving the zoo was the best thing to ever happen to them.
  • In Maya the Bee Movie, this is combined with Implausible Deniability. Maya insists that Buzzlina is hiding the royal jelly under her crown, but nobody believes her. Then, Buzzlina's crown gets knocked off, with the vial of jelly inside it, and when it lands on the ground, one of the bees goes to pick it up, which reveals the jelly to the shocked crowd. Willy flies down and grabs the jelly to protect it from Buzzlina, at which point she yells, "Thief! Arrest him!"
  • Meet the Robinsons: Bowler Hat Guy blames Lewis for his Freudian Excuse that caused his Start of Darkness in the first place, despite Lewis pointing out that BHG himself let it go this far.
  • Megamind:
    • Megamind's Fatal Flaw is that he can never admit he's wrong or sorry. The most he can manage is "I was less right" towards Minion about dating Roxanne. He finally manages a sincere apology to the Warden and Minion when Tighten kidnaps and threatens Roxanne.
    • A fundamental flaw of Hal's personality. He hurts his hand banging it against the van and it's the stupid van's fault. When Roxanne rejects his advances, it's that she just doesn't appreciate what a Nice Guy he is. When his Psychopathic Manchild tantrum on the city is countered by Megamind, he calls Hal out on this near the end of the film.
      Hal/Tighten: This is the last time you make a fool out of me!
      Megamind: I made you a hero. You did the fool thing all by yourself!
  • In Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, Daisy disowns Donald after he embarrasses her by destroying a Christmas display. While she may not have been aware of Donald's stress, she never acknowledges that the reason why he snapped was because she refused to take no for an answer when he sternly told her he would rather stay home and have his hot chocolate than go the mall with her and the triplets.
  • Monsters University: Sulley initially blames Mike for getting him kicked out of the Scare program, even though it was really his fault for neglecting his studies.
  • Pocahontas: Governor Ratcliffe blames the Native Americans for not finding any gold, John Smith for Taking the Bullet, and his own men for treason when they have him arrested.
  • Reign of the Supermen sees Cyborg-Superman, originally astronaut Hank Henshaw, blame the death of his wife and crew, killed by the impact of the meteor carrying Doomsday on its way to Earth, on Superman for not saving them. This is despite the fact that Darkseid was the one who created Doomsday and sent the monster to Earth in the first place, to say nothing of the fact that Henshaw was also culpable for the accident as he just waited in the hopes Superman would save them, rather than doing the smart thing and launching the shuttle to get out of the way himself.
  • Shrek 2: Prince Charming refuses to believe that he is the reason Fiona is not falling in love with him and that the only reason she's spending any time with him is because she thinks he's a transformed Shrek. In his case, he doesn't want Fiona to love him because he has feelings for her, it's because he needs to marry her to secure a position as the future king of Far Far Away.
  • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the parents of the four boys get angry when their kids go to see the Terrance and Phillip movie, especially when Kenny dies trying to replicate one of the stunts. While the parents blame the studio executives for the movie first, he points out that the movie was intended for adults, and the boys illegally snuck in to see it, to which the parents concede the point. But then, they decide to blame the country of Canada for the film, since the movie was produced there. The song "Blame Canada" has the closing line "We must blame them and cause a fuss/before somebody thinks of blaming us!" showing the parents will blame anybody but themselves for what happened, since they don't want to admit that they were being irresponsible with their children. It's only after the parents murder Terrance and Phillip, America and Canada are on the brink of war, and all Hell is literally breaking loose that the parents admit that they made a mistake.
  • Strange Magic: Roland immediately blames Sunny for drawing the ire of the Bog King by making a love potion, even though he was the one who convinced him to do it.
  • Toy Story 3:
    • Hamm calls out Mr. Potato Head for not believing Woody that Andy never intended to throw them away... even though Hamm didn't believe Woody either.
    • Jessie admits to Woody that the toys were wrong not to believe him. When she says that she was wrong specifically, Mr. Potato Head adds, "Jessie's right, Woody. She was wrong!"
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Gene acts as though it's all Ralph's fault that their game has been put at risk. While Ralph is at fault for abandoning his game to go out and win a medal, it's also Gene's fault for A) treating him like garbage along with the other Nicelanders and B) challenging him to go out and win a medal and claiming that it'll never happen.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ace Ventura: Ray Finkle blames Dan Marino for the missed field goal that cost the Dolphins the Super Bowl, saying that if Marino had held the ball "laces out" like he was supposed to, Finkle would never have missed that kick. Though Finkle's life was certainly no bed of roses after missing that kick — every Dolphins fan blamed him, and he ended up going to a mental hospital after suffering a mental breakdown — Finkle resorts to assuming a missing woman's identity, killing Roger Podacter when he found out what Finkle had done, kidnapping Marino, and stealing the Dolphins' animal mascot Snowflake for revenge, all instead of admitting that any of the fault for missing the kick lay with himself.
  • In Andhadhun, Simi blames Manohar entirely for the death of her husband Mr. Sinha since Manohar brought the gun and more egregiously refuses to take responsibility for murdering Mrs. D'Sa in cold blood when Akash calls her out on it.
  • Avengers: Endgame: Upon seeing how the future reacted to his present self's actions, 2014 Thanos realizes his plan to save the universe by eliminating half of life to help the other thrive is impossible... because the survivors are ungrateful and reject his gift of sparing them out of mourning for their lost loved ones. He then modifies his plan to kill off all life with the Stones and create a new universe that will work the way he wants it to.
  • Annie from Bridesmaids heaps a great deal of blame on her best friend's newer, richer, prettier friend, but not all the disaster that befalls Annie in the film—losing her job because she called a customer a C-word, wrecking her car because her taillights were broken, chewing out a potential love interest who was only trying to help her find her feet—is the fault of the new woman. Said love interest eventually calls her out on this, apparently regarding the car accident but subtextually over the latter.
  • Caddyshack: Rodney Dangerfield drops his anchor into another boat. The other boat sinks, yet all Rodney says is "You scratched my anchor!" It's "okay" because the other guy is a gigantic dick, and though Dangerfield is even more of a dick than that to him, he's a charming, amicable schmoozer to everyone else.
  • A decidedly non-comedic version in Chinatown, where Big Bad Noah Cross absolves himself of blame for driving his daughter Evelyn away (by which we mean, he raped and impregnated her when she was fifteen), claiming that "in the right time and the right place, [most people] are capable of anything."
  • In Cliffhanger, Hal Tucker brought his girlfriend—who has absolutely zero experience climbing—on a climbing trip to one of the most insanely difficult and tough-to-reach locations in the canyon. He also has a recurring knee injury which strands them both on one of the most dangerous cliffs possible. He also gives her defective equipment that fails halfway through their rescue. She's left dangling exactly halfway between cliffs, where nobody except Gabe has any hope of reaching her. She completely freaks out and is blatantly unable to climb back up to save herself, so Gabe climbs out to try and save her. Gabe nearly succeeds—grabbing her and holding on for as long as humanly possible before she slips out of her glove and falls. Hal naturally blames Gabe entirely for her death.
  • Downfall: As it becomes more and more obvious Germany is about to lose the war, Hitler blames just about everyone for it: first his generals, then the SS, then his inner circle, until finally he declares the entire German people lost because they were weak and deserved it. He never, ever, once blames himself.
  • First Girl I Loved: Cliff accuses Anne of leading him on into having sex (though she did no such thing, only viewing him as a friend), when in fact the circumstances show he raped her.
  • In the original Ghostbusters film, Walter Peck gets the Ghostbusters arrested for causing an explosion he himself had caused, in spite of their explicit warnings. Egon's response? "Your mother!"
  • The G Host Ship: Merriam warns Captain Stone about the need to fix a dangerous piece of equipment and is twice ignored. After it breaks, Stone refuses to take responsibility and chides Merriam for wanting him to exert his authority in a way that would show that he had made a mistake.
  • GoldenEye: Ex-MI6 agent turned Big Bad Friend Alec Trevelyan comes off as a hypocrite for blaming James Bond for scarring his face, mainly because Bond set the bombs planted in the Arkhangelsk chemical factory for three minutes instead of the six minutes Alec intended. He omits the important detail that by the time 007 did that, Alec had faked his death, which is what made Bond shorten the timer. It's implied he was really hoping that Bond would keep the timer the same no matter what apparently happened, and that in his perspective, cutting the timer in half had confirmed his suspicions that James cares more about getting the job done.
    Janus/Trevelyan: No, you were supposed to die for me. (*Beat*) And, by the way, I did think about asking you to join my little scheme but somehow I knew, 007's loyalty was always to the mission, never to his friend.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: After the Grinch steals their Christmas, Augustus blames Cindy Lou for inviting the Grinch to their Whobilation, when it was his own taunts that drove the Grinch to the theft in the first place.
  • The Internship concludes with Team Lyle- including film protagonists Bill and Nick- being declared the winners of the competition between various intern teams because Team Lyle showed their ‘Googliness’ by working as a team and playing to each other's strengths. Upon hearing that announcement, Graham, the leader of another team, immediately starts criticising his own group for not showing team spirit, ignoring the fact that the reason they didn’t have that was because he insisted on trying to control everything rather than letting the rest of the group contribute and balance things out.
  • Juice: Bishop blames Raheem, for trying to take the gun away from him, resulting in the latter being killed by Bishop with it.
  • Used rather darkly in The Last King of Scotland, after Idi Amin has realized that exiling the Asian population of Uganda was a serious political mistake.
    Amin: You should have told me not to throw out the Asians in the first place.
    Nicholas: I did!
    Amin: But you did not persuade me!
  • Epitomized by the comic duo Laurel and Hardy. Whenever things went wrong, Hardy would blame Laurel (regardless of what part of the blame he truly carried) with a reproachful "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
    • This schtick is borrowed by Illuminatus!! where various different figures appear dressed as Laurel and Hardy, e.g. The Flood, everyone except Noah and Co have been drowned for their sins by a vengeful God. Jehovah (as Ollie) turns to Lucifer (as Stan) and says, "Now look what you made me do!" Lucifer cries. Hiroshima, a mushroom cloud rises above the city. Tens of thousands have been killed in a split second. President Truman (as Ollie) turns to Albert Einstein (as Stan) and says, "Now look what you made me do!" Einstein cries. etc.
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action:
    • Mr. Chairman insists that the ACME equipment functions perfectly and that Wil.E.Coyote must not be using it properly.
    • After Bugs' first scene without Daffy, the Warner Brothers threaten to fire Kate if they don't get Daffy back even though firing him was their own decision in the first place.
  • Mary Poppins: The bankers pressure eight-year-old Michael hard to open a savings account with his tuppence instead of using it to feed the birds like he wants to. When he opens his hand a bit, the elder Dawes snatches the money without waiting to be given it. Michael flips out and yells for Dawes to give it back. Customers overhear and, assuming there is something wrong, start demanding their money back, and there is a run on the bank. The bankers in no way acknowledge their own culpability, and instead blame Michael's father, firing him.
  • Major Frank Burns in the movie, M*A*S*H, was a terrible doctor and would often have patients die on him, causing him to claim it was God's will, or someone else's fault. In the case we see in the movie, he placed the blame on Private Boone for bringing the wrong instrument (in actuality, the patient died before Boone even got back). Even so, poor Boone was reduced to tears thinking he killed him, leaving Trapper, who saw what happened, to give Major Burns a well-deserved punch.
  • Men in Black 3: Played with; Boris The Animal blames himself for his failure, but quite literally. When he goes back to the past and rendezvous with his past self, he immediately criticizes the latter's incompetence. It's kind of bizarre since they are the one and the same but Boris still invokes this.
    Boris: You PATHETIC waste of Boglodite flesh! I'd kill you now if I didn't value my own life.
  • Muppets Most Wanted: You'd think that Fozzie, Kermit's best friend, would notice that Kermit's identity had been stolen by Constantine, who may look like Kermit but doesn't act or sound anything like him. But nope, he's just as clueless as the other Muppets. When an understandably upset Kermit calls out Fozzie for not noticing, Fozzie first tries to justify his mistake ("He looked like you and talked like you! Well, okay, he didn't talk like you, but he said he had a cold!"), then claims that it's not as bad as it sounds.
  • The real reason for all the events in Now You See Me is a case of Disproportionate Retribution by the son of a magician who died trying the ultimate escape trick. He blames everyone but his father for his father's death, including Thaddeus Bradley (for exposing his father's tricks and "forcing" him to undertake the risky endeavor), Arthur Tressler (for owning the insurance company that refused to pay out on his father's policy citing suicide), and the company that made the safe his father died in (apparently, he expects safes not to deform when dropped into a river). Naturally, we're expected to side with him. Naturally, the sequel will involve a Cycle of Revenge, in which the son of Arthur Tressler seeks to avenge what was done to his father.
  • In Pitch Perfect, the Barden Bellas' original team captain, Audrey, continually insists on sticking to 'tradition', which results in her spending most of the first film insisting that the Bellas stick to their usual song and dance routines even when the judges can be heard commenting that the Bellas are becoming boring due to such focus. When the Bellas get low marks, Audrey continually accuses the rest of the team of making mistakes rather than acknowledge the need to adapt, until Becca's resignation forces her to accept the need to change.
  • In The Princess Diaries, Lana (as usual) insults Mia and attempts to bully her and Mia's friend Jeremiah. Mia's response? She uses her ice cream cone and shoves it on Lana's cheerleading outfit. After being humiliated, Lana tries to whine to Ms. Gupta about what Mia did. Ms. Gupta only sarcastically advises her to get it dry-cleaned. Lana ignores the fact that had she not tried to bully Mia and Jeremiah, she wouldn't have gotten coned in the first place.
  • The Rapture: Sharon comes off this way after murdering her daughter, blaming it all on God.
  • A non-comedic example can be seen in Repo! The Genetic Opera where Rotti and his kids use a constant chorus of this to convince Nathan that It's All My Fault.
  • The Richest Cat in the World: Oscar Kohlmeyer left the bulk of his estate (five million dollars) to his cat while his nephew got only twenty-five thousand dollars and only if he didn't contest the will. The nephew's greedy wife forced her Henpecked Husband to contest and, after they lost the case, she blamed him for losing the twenty-five thousand dollars.
  • RoboCop 2 has a twisted example as OCP seeks to shift the blame for the RoboCop 2 debacle to to Dr. Juliette Faxx for picking drug lord Cain's brain. The twisted part comes in as, outside of the CEO looking the other way, the whole thing was indeed Faxx's fault and the one who suggested pinning it on her, Johnson, opposed her insane ideas along the way and is the only one who isn't to blame.
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.
    Jack Frost: (examines a sign he's "supervised" the elves putting up) Very nice! I've done it!
    (the sign falls down and shatters, and he glares at the elves)
    Jack Frost: Look what you've done!
  • In the Saw movies, despite Jigsaw's claims that he is trying to help his victims, it never seems to work, as most of his victims are killed. The few that survive their game are severely traumatized. And of course, he claims the people that died were missing an essential part of themselves, the 'survival instinct,' so to speak. Apparently, if you aren't willing to do absolutely anything (up to and including committing murder) to survive, you simply don't value your own life enough. Jigsaw also never admits to being responsible for the deaths he causes, even in the tests where someone deliberately has to die for someone else to live. They're making the choice, not him; never mind that he is responsible for putting them in a life-or-death scenario in the first place.
  • The recurrent motive of nearly every Ghostface in the Scream series, is they blame their hardships in life on Sidney Prescott. This reaches an extreme in Scream 3 when the killer, Roman, in fact The Chessmaster for all the past killings in the series, pins everything on Sidney and her mother (being the illegitimate son of the latter from an affair (or assault by cohersion -it's fuzzy) who she refused to accept). Sidney finally snaps from this and explodes in a livid tirade that she is utterly sick of the Ghostfaces blaming their twisted psyches on her, and that they only murder people because they are horrible fucked up people who are unable to take responsibility for their own lives. Naturally this does little but provoke a high octane murderous tantrum from the killer.
    Sidney: Why don't you take some FUCKING responsibility?!
    Roman: goes apeshit* DAMN IT, FUCKING DAMN IT! FUCK YOU!
    Sidney: FUCK YOU!!
  • SHAZAM! (2019): When Billy meets up with his biological mother whom he has not seen in ten years, she refuses to acknowledge that her abandoning Billy at the local fair without telling him might have caused some emotional problems for him. She instead comes to the conclusion that he was fine without her and he just wanted to check up on her.
  • Sean from The Social Network particularly has this problem. He blamed the Winklevii and/or Manningham for "planting" the coke and calling the cops for catching him with underage interns. He also doesn't seem to get how record companies would be pissed to see you take money away from them, chalking it up to the companies not having a sense of humor.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy:
    • Harry blaming Peter for his father's death, even after finding out that his father was the Green Goblin. And in the third movie he at first refuses to help Peter save MJ at the end, blaming Peter for disfiguring his face. It was Harry's own stupid fault for throwing a grenade at Peter in the first place!
    • Also Doctor Octopus in both the novelization and the videogame of the second movie blames Spider-Man for his wife's death, when it was the Doctor's own experiment that led to Rosie's death. The videogame adaptation has him snap out of his evil personality and admit that it was his own vanity that killed her. Ironically, his film incarnation avoids this completely by having Doctor Octopus completely uninterested in Spider-Man up until he's paid to kidnap him. And it's more the arms that are giving him this mindset.
    • Eddie Brock hates Peter for costing him the staff job at the Bugle. Yeah, Peter may have been under the control of a symbiote that was making him act a bit differently, but there are consequences to framing a man for robbery and falsifying journalistic documents, Eddie. Photoshop aside, why you thought it was a good idea to plagiarize the only other man in the city who takes pictures of Spider-Man is anybody's guess (dollars to doughnuts he'd recognize his own freaking work). This is actually Truth in Television: people who plagiarize rarely admit that what they're doing is wrong, and/or tell themselves they're a special case.
  • Star Wars:
    • C-3PO is famous for this, especially in A New Hope when he decides to go a different direction than R2-D2 in the Tatooine desert.
      R2-D2: [beckoning whistle]
      C-3PO: Where do you think you're going?
      R2-D2: [squawk]
      C-3PO: Well, I'm not going that way. It's much too rocky. This way is much easier.
      R2-D2: [beep]
      C-3PO: What makes you think there are settlements over there?
      R2-D2: [beeping and whistling]
      C-3PO: Don't get technical with me.
      R2-D2: [angry squawks]
      C-3PO: What mission? What are you talking about?
      R2-D2: [beeping and whistling]
      C-3PO: I've just about had enough of you. Go that way. You'll be malfunctioning within a day, you nearsighted scrap pile. [kicks R2]
      R2-D2: [startled beep]
      C-3PO: [walks off] And don't let me catch you following me begging for help, because you won't get it.
      R2-D2: [sad whistling leading into a loud yelp]
      C-3PO: [turns around] No more adventures! I'm not going that way.
      R2-D2: [angry honk and some muttering]
      [next scene]
      C-3PO: That malfunctioning little twerp. This is all his fault. He tricked me into going this way. But he'll do no better.
    • In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker blames Obi-Wan Kenobi for turning Padmé Amidala against him. It couldn't have been your sharp descent into violent murder and villainy, no...
      Anakin: You turned her against me!
      Obi-Wan: You have done that yourself.
      Anakin: You will not TAKE HER FROM ME!
      Obi-Wan: Your anger and lust for power have already done that.
  • In Stuck, Brandi blames Tom for the car accident that sets off the plot, completely ignoring that she was driving while intoxicated and on the phone and wasn’t paying attention, while Tom was just some unfortunate pedestrian she happened to hit. She then drags him to her home and tries to let him bleed out to avoid consequences, continuing to blame him. It gets to the point where she angrily asks why he’s trying to ruin her life while she beats him with a 2x4 to stop him from calling out for help while he bleeds to death.
  • Likewise, Moe of The Three Stooges was quick to pin blame and administer physical punishment against Larry and Curly (or Shemp), even when whatever hilarious accident that had happened to Moe was his own fault.
  • Vertical Limit: Vaughn accuses Tom of being the reason for the climbing team getting caught in the storm in the first place on the grounds that Tom was the official team leader, even though Tom kept insisting that they should turn back and Vaughn just kept offering new arguments to support going on until it was too late.
  • In A Very Brady Sequel, conceited Marcia becomes the only one of the Brady Kids not to think, "This is all my fault!" after their mother gets kidnapped. Instead, Marcia thinks, "This is all Jan's fault."
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: When Mr. Wonka denies Charlie the lifetime supply of chocolate because of the Fizzy Lifting Drinks incident, Grandpa Joe is positively livid, gives Mr. Wonka a What the Hell, Hero? speech accusing him of being an "inhuman monster" who cruelly strung Charlie along, and vows to get back at Wonka by selling the Everlasting Gobstopper to Slugworth. Of course, Grandpa Joe doesn't take into consideration that not only did he push Charlie into signing Wonka's contract without bothering to read it, but it was his idea to take the Fizzy Lifting Drinks in the first place.
  • One of Gary King's traits in The World's End:
    Andy: You're late.
    Gary: No, I'm not.
    Andy: Yes you are. You said 3:00. It's almost 4:00.
    Gary: Yeah, 3 fore 4:00.
    Andy: You know your problem, Gary? You're never wrong.
    Gary: How's that a problem?
  • Near the end of X-Men: First Class, after Erik Lensherr deflects a bullet that hits Charles Xavier, Erik immediately blames the wound on Moira for shooting at him in the first place. Xavier immediately calls Erik out on who is really to blame.


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