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- Bloom County; In 1988, the Meadow Party nominated Bill the Cat - likely the most unelectable candidate in history - for President. Naturally, he lost, and his campaign manager Milo blamed everyone and everything but the obvious:Milo: Our organization was underfinanced! note
Opus (Turning to the reader) Two weeks later, and fingers are still pointing.
Milo: Our volunteers were unmotivated!note Our ads were late!note Our literature was weak!note
Opus: Our candidate barfed a hairball on Connie Chung.
Milo: It's the media's fault!
- At one point in Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin blames Hobbes for breaking the battery case of a beanie, even though Calvin was the one who broke it. Played with in that after Hobbes calls him out on it, saying he had just been sitting there watching Calvin work when it snapped. Calvin then tearfully admits that he knows and that having Hobbes take the blame will make him feel better.
- On top of that was Calvin's decision to not take part in elections when he's an adult, with the final reasoning of "It's easier to blame things than fix them."
- One arc has Calvin accidentally break his father's binoculars, and Calvin outright states to Hobbes that this is his father's fault for trusting him with it.
- While Calvin acknowledges the seriousness of environmental issues, he doesn't realize how he contributes to them. In a one-shot strip, he complains about global warming and says that it's something his generation will have to live with once his parents' generation is gone, causing his mother to wryly note that he's the kid who "wants to be chauffeured anywhere more than a block away." The Mars arc involves him and Hobbes going to Mars to escape Earth's pollution, but after Calvin litters, they realize that human behavior needs to change.
- Really, this is a major part of Calvin's character. It's likely not a coincidence that he shares his name with John Calvin, who believed in predestination and thus that free will and responsibility were mere illusions.
- Dilbert: The Pointy-Haired Boss. In one comic he says that every time he and Dilbert disagree he ends up yelling, which is obviously Dilbert's fault, so he's sending Dilbert to a socialization class. Dilbert responds, "It looks like you've gained weight. Would you like me to start jogging to take care of that?"
- Lucy from Peanuts is quick to blame others for things that were often her fault in the first place, the worst example of this being "It's Your First Kiss Charlie Brown" (see Western Animation, below).
- During his last day in office, a president sits down at his desk and writes two letters, putting them in envelopes marked 1 and 2. As he welcomes the new president, he tells him that in case he runs out of options in a major crisis, he needs to open the first envelope. Sometime later, a crisis looms, and the new president opens the first letter, reading "Blame me for everything." The new president does so, and everything works out fine. Sometime later, another crisis comes along, and the president opens the second envelope. It begins "Sit down at your desk and write two letters..."
- An early Straylight Run demo includes a track called "It's Everyone's Fault But Mine". Which, given its subject matter (the singer's estrangement from his old band, Taking Back Sunday), might be a fairly accurate title.
- This is a common criticism of female pop singers known for breakup songs, where they'll release a dozen singles about kicking a no-good man to the curb, but never one about their own regrets or wrongdoings in a relationship. These songs do exist, but they're never released as singles ("Back to December" by Taylor Swift comes to mind), since women showing emotional weakness has become something of a taboo in pop music.
- The song "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It" by Ice Cube addresses this in its subject matter, which is about people blaming the bad things they do in life on rap music rather than out of personal choice.
- The Eagles' song "Get Over It" begins with this:I turn on the tube, and what do I see?
A whole lot of people crying "don't blame me."
They point their crooked fingers at everybody else,
Spend all their time feeling sorry for themselves.
- Melanie Martinez's song "Crybaby" features the lyrics:You're all on your own and you lost all your friends
You told yourself that it's not you, it's them.
- The Brothers Osborne song "Ain't My Fault" plays it straight with a heavy dose of Circular ReasoningBlame the heart for the hurtin'
Blame the hurtin' on the heart
Blame the dark on the devil
Blame the devil on the dark
Blame the ex for the drinkin'
Blame the drinkin' for the ex
Blame the two-for-one tequilas for whatever happens next
But it ain't my fault
- This is the entire point of "Never Wrong" by Disturbed. Calling out people who are unable to accept being wrong.I'm not willing to deal with someone, who insists that they can never be wrong. So just keep on walking to the wall because I'm walking away!
- "Bad Boys", best known as the theme song of Cops, has the person getting arrested refuse to take responsibility for their actions.You chuck it on that one
You chuck it on this one
You chuck it on your mother
And you chuck it on your father
You chuck it on your brother
And you chuck it on your sister
You chuck it on that one
And you chuck it on me!
- Samantha Fish's "Blame It on the Moon" is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek example which basically says, yeah, I've done some bad things, but I've decided to blame it on the moon.
- GHOST's Vocaloid original, The Distortionist, is about the titular character controlling mirrors to show an altered image of him to hide his true nature, breaking them when they reflect his true face and then refusing to accept it's his fault.And sure, I'm the one who swung the metal bat
But hey, I can't control the urge!
Nobody's gonna blame me for thatThis isn't what it looks to be
I'm not as cruel as you see me
Take the time to realize
Despite what you may see
The mirrors cracked themselves
And I was cut on the broken shards
And how I bled
- The subject of Three Days Grace's "Villain I'm Not" habitually blames everything on the narrator:You want me to be guilty, to be the one who's wrong
So easy to blame me, it's been that way for so long
- "Primadonna" by Marina & the Diamonds.You say that I'm kinda difficult
But it's always someone else's fault
- In the Black Jack Justice episode "The Reunion", The lack of this trope is the key clue. Jack and Trixie's client, Edie, is a woman trying to reunite with her estranged twin sister Jan after she basically stole the man her sister loved from her. Among the little things that tip the detectives off is that their client took full responsibility for her actions with no attempt to justify them, something they see all too often. They eventually realize Jane killed Edie and was impersonating her. She hired Jack and Trixie to use them to make it look like they'd reunited amicably so she wouldn't be suspected when the Edie was missed.
- In Interstitial Actual Play, Merlin considers the data replicas of Organization XIII getting released into the Hundred Acre Wood book as a crazy coincidence, even though he blatantly messed up the pages of the book and his notes due to his own clumsiness.
- In one episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Jeremy Hardy makes a joke which could be seen as offensive. Tim Brooke-Taylor immediately follows it with the comment "That was Jeremy Hardy who said that..." Moments later, Tim makes a joke which is groaned by the audience and follows it, again, with "That was Jeremy Hardy who said that..." And in another episode, Tim makes a joke which gets a mixed reaction, before saying "Oh, you shouldn't say that. Shush, Jeremy." note
- In Old Harry's Game:
- This trope is one of the main reasons why Satan hates humanity. However, he's not immune to this behaviour himself, continually evading any responsibility for rebelling against Heaven.
- Thomas also fits this. In life, when he was married to Edith's niece, he literally tortured her and slept with other women in her bed while she was in it. He eventually accepts that he might bear 3% of the responsibility for the divorce. Scumspawn then notes that it's 3% up from last time. In another episode, he complains to God that it isn't fair to place him in Hell when his actions were predetermined by God. God then informs him that he didn't predestine anything and Thomas' actions were of his own free will. Thomas insists that it's still God's fault for being stupid enough to give people like him free will.
- Adolf Hitler apparently still insists that the Holocaust was merely an overreaction to being filmed in the shower. Also, he blames his failed campaign in Russia on Jesse Owens.
- When something goes wrong in The Men from the Ministry, One will sometimes blame Two for what has happened, even when he is just as (or even solely) responsible.
- Orthodox Christianity states that this trope is the reason why Adam and Eve were banished from the Paradise by God, as they rejected repentance and blamed other beings: the serpent, Eve, and God himself. Orthodox Church states that if they had repented, the sin would have been forgiven.
- In the Catholic Church, you can't receive absolution in the Sacrament of Penance unless you acknowledge that you have no one else but yourself to blame for your faults and sins.
- In Paranoia, the mission debriefing tends to devolve into everyone doing this at once.
- More than "tends," it's totally expected and even encouraged. The official Mission Report form (included in the rulebook) has a series of yes/no checkboxes. One of them is "Did you accuse a fellow team member of being a traitor? If no, explain:_______."
- Part of the history of Wilson's Hussars in BattleTech. Their second commander is panicky, selfish, cowardly, and horribly incompetent; in other words, everything that a mercenary 'Mech commander shouldn't be. When he panicked in the middle of a bad situation and called for their Drop Ship to pull him out, it was shot down and crashed on his lance's position. Miraculously he survived, blaming everyone but himself for the string of bad choices that led to the losses. It earns him a double PPC shot in the back from the man who would be the unit's much more reasonable and much better liked but long-suffering third commander.
- When Clan Steel Viper joins the invasion of the Inner Sphere they try to "enlighten" the people of the IS of their Clan ways, initially no one buys it. They mostly blame Clan Jade Falcon on why the IS don't like them, but in truth, it's because of the Steel Vipers low view of freebirths.
- This is one of Caleb Davion's many failings as a human being. He simply can't take responsibility for his own problems and mistakes. It's such an issue that he ends up a paranoid schizophrenic with an invisible friend who serves as both a split personality and an outlet for his amoral impulses.
- The one thing that the darklords of Ravenloft have in common. All of them committed terrible deeds (the Acts of Ultimate Darkness) and refuse to acknowledge that they did anything wrong. Acknowledging their crimes and their responsibility for their own misfortune is actually the first step towards escaping their realms. Then again, anyone who had the strength of character to do this would never have become a darklord in the first place.
- Excessively Righteous Blossom in Exalted has a fairly simple flowchart. Did something he was involved with go well? Clearly, it was due to his brilliance at everything. Did it go poorly? It was clearly all the fault of his underlings, or jealous rivals, or something.
- Magic: The Gathering:
- Meta example: Mark Rosewater, the lead designer, is on record as saying that building a "Never My Fault" safety valve into games is a smart idea. (In the case of Magic, it's how the Random Number God controls what you draw — particularly, whether you get the quantity and color of Lands you need for your deck to actually function.) Why? Because, if it's not your fault you lost, then you feel more enthusiastic about ignoring your loss and playing again. And that's a good thing in a high-skill game where new players are probably going to lose — where new players should lose — most of the time. Established players have argued fiercely against this philosophy, possibly burned by the (understandable) indignity of losing to a new player, but the success of Magic itself — not to mention of other games that have this safety valve, like Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas and their random matchmaking — seems to lend credence to Rosewater's case.
- In-universe: the planeswalker Azor the Lawbringer travels between worlds "gifting" them with what he considers to be perfect systems of governance. If his meddling results in immense suffering for the people of these worlds, that's not a flaw in his systems, it's the fault of the people living there for failing to live up to them.
- Some members of Clan Tremere (a clan with a strict, pyramidal hierarchy) in Vampire: The Masquerade suffer from a derangement called Hierarchical Sociology Disorder that leads them to use the Tremere pyramid as a surrogate for personal responsibility. Per Clanbook: Tremere:"[S]uch victims cannot handle their own moral responsibility, so they delineate their world by the bounds of the Tremere code. What their superiors order, they obey; what the code prohibits, they fanatically shun. By making the Tremere clan the repository of their consciences, these poor souls are 'only following orders.' The degradation of Humanity and the toll of frenzy, hunger and fear still drive the Kindred into a downward spiral, but it's one that he can almost sociopathically ignore. After all, it's neither his fault nor his problem."
- Into the Woods has a song named "Your Fault", which involves all the 'heroes' placing the blame for the Darker and Edgier second act on each other. (See here). The witch proceeds to call all of them out on their behavior The Reason You Suck Song, particularly after they all settle on blaming her for everything.
- In Notre-Dame de Paris, Phoebus's song Je Reviens Vers Toi (To get back to you) is this song in trope form, he tells his fiance, that the gypsy bewitched him into cheating on her, that she only wanted his money and that he's a changed man, as he flirts with temptation.
- Joe Keller of All My Sons. Yeah, people might have been shopping faulty parts to the military in World War II for the contract money, but Joe not only did it knowingly, he then pinned the crime on Steve Deever, his best friend and business partner, by pretending he had been sick the day the parts were shipped out when his greed gets 21 pilots killed. Said friend gets life in prison and Joe gets off, retaining the parts business for himself. Not only this but it also causes Steve's own family to turn against him, and Joe has no problem with letting everyone believe he was both a hero who uncovered Steve's incompetence and an innocent victim who had conveniently been sick at home when he wasn't. And he allows this to go on for years. When the truth comes out, he's not very remorseful about it and tries to justify his actions and get out of it as being "for the family" and that lots of others were doing it at the time, so if his son Chris was going to turn him to the police he might as well turn over everyone else who did it. Finally, when Chris confronts him with the suicide note Larry, his other son, wrote because he couldn't have the shame of what his father did, he goes into the house as if to get his coat so he can be taken into the police to atone for what he did... where he promptly shoots himself in the head just so he wouldn't have to go to jail and be exposed for what he did, or have to deal with the fact his son's death was his fault
- Ace Attorney — both humorously and seriously:
- In the third case of the first game, Gumshoe blames Phoenix for Edgeworth's state of depression. Maya aggressively counters "If he's depressed it's all your fault for doing sloppy detective work!" this leaves an embarrassed and humbled Gumshoe lost for words.
- Justice for All:
- Edgeworth puts Franziska down for "Still blaming others when things go wrong".
- Matt Engarde displays no Psyche-Locks when questioned about the death of his rival. Though Exact Words probably played a small part in it - he hired an assassin rather than doing the deed himself - it's still heavily implied that he actually thinks this absolves him of any guilt, at least legally speaking. On top of that, his motive for doing so was that his rival was going to 'ruin his reputation' over the fact that he'd deliberately driven his ex-girlfriend to suicide (not that the rival, who'd dumped her after learning of her past relationship, was completely blameless either, but Matt treats the entire affair like it was just another way of one-upping the guy).
- Trials and Tribulations:
- Played seriously in the final case of the game. Godot blames Phoenix for Mia's death, despite the fact that there was nothing he could do to prevent it. Godot then blames Phoenix for Maya currently being in danger, when it was actually his plan (that he didn't tell Phoenix or Maya about) to save Maya that put her in that situation in the first place, also resulting in the death of her mother. At the end of the game, he admits that it wasn't Phoenix's fault and that he just needed someone to blame. He also admits that if he had come to Phoenix in the first place, Misty Fey would still be alive.
- Dahlia Hawthorne blames everyone but herself for literally everything that was screwed up with her life. The fake kidnapping plot is apparently Valerie's fault for revealing it and Terry's fault for not getting hanged for it rather than Dahlia's for starting it in the first place. She also blames Mia for getting her to prison because she did her job and defended an innocent man, rather than the fact that Dahlia murdered someone.
- Every time the prosecutors lose, they cut Detective Gumshoe's salary.
- Mr. Reus from Spirit of Justice blamed Magnifi Gramarye for throwing him out of Troupe Gramarye, which he did because Reus went to perform after being specifically told not to after he screwed up and burned himself during practice.
- Monokuma from Danganronpa traps 15 students in a school, explains that the only way for them to escape is to start killing each other, and then if they don't, starts providing incentives for them to do so and generally psychologically tortures them until the body count rises. If he's ever called out on this, though, he'll act offended that anyone would even think to make such an accusation. After all, they're the ones doing all the killing. This escalates in the sequel, where his "incentives" include infecting a good chunk of the cast with a personality-altering disease and withholding food until somebody dies.
- Homestar Runner: In the Strong Bad Email "long pants," Strong Bad edits down a lengthy email into nothing like what it was originally (by drawing on his laptop's screen with white-out fluid), then blames the sender when Homestar appears wearing Daisy Dukes and later freaks out over a remark regarding his apparent lack of pants (and The Cheat for covering his screen in white-out fluid).Original email: Why doesn't homestar ever wear pants? It's kind of creepy how he walks around with no pants on all the time. Anyway, I think you should get him some pants...
Edited email: Why wear pants? Creepy pants all the time get some...
Strong Bad: Noice work, Clanky. You made Homestar go nuts, and you've seriously creeped me out. And how am I supposed to get this crap offa here? Stupid... made-up technology... that I made up... paint pen... The Cheat! Call tech support and tell 'em you broke the Lappy again!
- Red vs. Blue:
- Caboose will often quip "Tucker did it" whenever something bad happens — regardless of who is actually to blame.
- He later fumbled a grenade toss, leading to this immortal exchange:Washington: That, was the worst throw. Ever. Of all time.
Caboose: Not my fault. Someone put a wall in my way.
- Caboose once switches from gloating to this mid-sentence when things suddenly go south after he stops Tex from curb stomping the Reds and Tucker:Caboose: I did it! I beat up the girl! I—Not my fault! Not my fault! The computer made suggestions! And the default option was yes!
- In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, the Emperor manages to deal with everything he's accused of by shifting the blame for it on the Chaos Gods, fucking Horus, xenos, or something else. Sometimes it works and he has a point about other causes, but other times it just rubs everyone else the wrong way and makes them more pissed off. Even his very own Custodes aren't afraid to loudly tell him off when the hypocrisy gets to the extreme.
- Friendship Is Witchcraft deliberately parodies this with Twilight Sparkle. In this universe, she's a psychotic narcissist who only cares about becoming a princess; as such, she refuses to believe that anything she does is wrong, often blaming Spike for things she clearly messed up. One episode even goes into her memory and shows that she willfully misremembers things just to make Spike look bad.
- During her first day at Beacon, Ruby accidentally trips over some luggage, attracting the ire of the owner, Weiss. Weiss rants about Ruby's carelessness because the luggage contains highly volatile Dust. While complaining, Weiss shakes one of the Dust vials from the luggage. Some of the powered Dust puffs out into the air causing Ruby to sneeze. The sneeze sets off the Dust which explodes in Weiss's face. Weiss doesn't even acknowledge that she shook the volatile material in the first place.
- Raven never acknowledges that her own tribe's assault on Xion has left it vulnerable for the Grimm to destroy it. By the time of Volume 5, Raven seemingly passes off the blame for not seeing Yang onto her daughter, refuses to acknowledge her association with Salem despite harboring a Maiden - though it turns out she is the Maiden so she's involved regardless of whether she likes it - and doesn't take yes for an answer to her setting Qrow and his comrades up.
- Season 6 reveals Salem of all people is this! To clarify, The gods cursed Salem with immortality hoping that she would learn why her demands of them were selfish and arrogant. They want her to learn the importance of life and death. Unfortunately for the world of Remnant, that first requires her to admit she did something wrong in the first place. When her lover Ozma died from a fatal sickness, she manipulated the gods into restoring him to life. When the gods realised, they took Ozma's life to correct the mistake and punished Salem with immortality to prevent her from reuniting with Ozma in the afterlife. They instructed her to learn the importance of life and death, but she only learned how to manipulate both gods and men. She raised an army to fight the gods; in retaliation, the gods destroyed humanity and abandoned the world, leaving Salem to walk the world alone, unable to die. The God of Light later restored a weakened version of humanity and reincarnated Ozma to guide humanity towards their only chance for redemption. As a result, Salem's anger with the gods extended to encompass Ozma; she now seeks to destroy everything Oz is trying to achieve and is even further away from taking responsibility for her actions than ever. "Holy Shit!" Quotient doesn't begin to describe it!
- DSBT InsaniT: Since she views herself as perfect, Julie will blame anyone or anything else besides herself when she messes up or does something wrong, no matter how much Insane Troll Logic it takes.
- In Motherly Scootaloo and its spin-off, although Rain Catcher does admit that he made a few mistakes, he blames Scootaloo for it overall, even though he was the one who gave her the idea, saying it would make her "cool", and pressured her into continuing when she had second thoughts at the last minute.
- Girl Genius:
- Silas Merlot is sentenced to work on Castle Heterodyne, a punishment reserved for particularly nasty criminals, after an incredibly lengthy situation involving indirectly killing someone important to Baron Wulfenbach's plans for running his empire, and later deliberately killing many, many people to hide the evidence of what they worked on. Since Agatha (who Merlot has despised as long as he's known her) was either at the center of, or even the specific subject of, every stage of the situation, Merlot decides that it's all her fault for being born in the first place.
- Gil Wulfenbach has a bit of trouble with this too; his part in the above situation was to defend himself. Unfortunately, "defending himself" meant swatting a bomb away, and more unfortunately, "away" meant "back at the guy who threw it, who was the one who was important to the Baron's plans". For the rest of the scene, everyone shouts at Gil for killing Dr. Beetle, and Gil eventually gives up on impotently crying that Dr. Beetle threw a bomb at him. It occasionally comes up afterward, because a lot of people seem to have heard the "Gil killed Beetle" part but not the rest:Random Person: You killed Beetle?
Gil: He threw a bomb at me!!
- Othar Trevveyson, GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER! is this for his relentless conviction that he's the hero, and should, therefore, have Protagonist-Centered Morality. In the Revenge of the Weasel Queen "radio drama", the Queen pours out her Tragic Villain backstory to him and as good as says she wants to reform and he can help. Othar, only half-listening, assumes this is an evil subterfuge and declares he will "do whatever it takes to destroy you!" When the Weasel Queen responds "Fine! Just ... fine!" and Othar is surrounded by killer rabbits, he criticises her for "resorting to violence instead of peaceful discussion".
- In Strays, in Meela's dreams, after a Stalker with a Crush kills the mother, he sees the child and — blames him.
- The Order of the Stick:
- This is Miko Miyazaki's downfall; when the gods strip her of her powers for killing Lord Shojo, she refuses to believe it was her own fault and places the blame on a conspiracy by the Order. When she dies, the spirit of the paladin Soon tells her that her inability to admit responsibility for her deeds is one of the reasons she will die unredeemed.
- Start of Darkness posits that this is Redcloak's major flaw. If he admits that allying with Xykon — let alone making him a lich — was a mistake, then the deaths of all the goblins who aided him in executing "the Plan" will be on his shoulders. During "The Reason You Suck" Speech that Xykon delivers to Redcloak, Xykon bluntly states that Redcloak will never betray him because Xykon is Redcloak's excuse for his inexcusable deeds. Though it turns out that "the Plan" has involved betraying Xykon all along. Redcloak sees Xykon as just a pawn (though he was perfectly willing to let Xykon live until Redcloak killed Right-Eye). A very dangerous pawn who could kill him almost instantly if things go wrong, but a pawn nonetheless.
- When Sabine's buffs start wearing off because she was given them by a low-level caster, she asks herself whose dumb idea it was to hire an apprentice wizard. Just over a hundred strips earlier, guess whose idea it was?
- A comedic example is Mr. Jones and Mr. Rodriguez. Whenever they lose a case, Mr. Jones declares that the trial transcript clearly shows that Mr. Rodriguez was representing their client. Mr. Jones proudly noted his 5-0 record, while lambasting Mr. Rodriguez's 0-147... even though the two always work together and it's the same record.
- Vriska from Homestuck. She initiates a Cycle of Revenge that leaves three of her companions paralyzed from the waist down, blind, and dead, respectively, then she says the other trolls are jerks and weaklings for not wishing to associate with her anymore. She amasses large numbers of pointy dice which she scatters across her floor and never cleans up, and then she says it's just bad luck that she keeps stepping on them. It's only in the last hours of her life that she admits to anyone else that there might be something wrong with her. At one point, she literally demands that Tavros (one of the aforementioned companions) apologize to her for being paralyzed- and she was the one who paralyzed him.
- Lark in Mike: Bookseller will blame anyone or anything to get out of trouble: "Lark, that's a cardboard display of Henry Winkler".
- In Jack, this is a consistent trait among the damned. None of them will ever admit full guilt in their actions; doing so is actually the first step in getting out of hell, which most of them simply can't take. This is one of the reasons why the damned can't stand angels; easier to blame and hate an authority figure who sent you to hell (even if they didn't) than admit you might actually deserve being where you are.
- In Dominic Deegan, Siegfried's inability to admit guilt for his misdeeds is ultimately what keeps him trapped in hell.
- Ollie from Something*Positive considers Davan to be his Arch-Enemy, much to Davan's confusion. Ollie claims that Davan is the reason his theater career never took off, despite the fact that Ollie's big attempt was to put on a play that he hadn't paid the rights to. Davan was involved in the production, but didn't realize that Ollie was breaking copyright law; Ollie's apparently just mad that Davan managed to bounce back from the experience (being hired by the play's would-be sponsor) while he actually had to face the consequences of his actions.
- In True Believers Joe Quesadilla tells Spider-Man and Mary Jane that he is breaking up their marriage because he thinks she is the reason people are losing interest in the comics. When Spider-Man points out the problem might be Quesadilla's own writing, he quickly defends himself and says that could not be the case.
- Psionic Minmax in Goblins feels no guilt over the fact that he regularly tortures and kills others in order to advance his plans, because he has convinced himself that the universe itself is to blame if the fundamental rules that govern it allow things like pain and death to occur.
- Sluggy Freelance
- Zoe has an unusually self-aware example when, after Riff incinerates her laundry, she goes to Gwynn and borrows a low-cut shirt that shows the curse tattoo on her upper chest. When Zoe's fellow students stare at her during a test, Zoe wants to "kill" Gwynn, but then remembers that she chose the shirt herself. Since she knows she can't "kill" herself, she decides she "can always kill Riff."
- This becomes something of a mantra for Dr. Schlock late in the strip. He sees his entanglement and rise in Hereti Corp as the only options left to him due to other people's choices. He ignores that there are other choices he could have made, and that he himself initiated the events by experimenting with Aylee. His last line before he's destroyed by his own fail-safe is that Riff brought this on himself.
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: Emil has been shown to be prone to this. For instance, he blames the teachers for his failure in the public school system after being taught by a Private Tutor that is implied to have coddled him. When he falls in a hole from ninety-year-old construction work, he blames the hole's location rather than the attention he was paying to where he was going. The only good news is that when Sigrun tells him he's not working fast enough while actually taking her frustration out on him, Emil sees right through it and rebuffs Sigrun's statement that she will finish the job faster than he will.
- In xkcd strip "Think Logically", an amateur Chess player who believes the only sensible strategy is always moving pieces towards the other player's king is beaten by a more experienced player, and decides the loss was caused by Chess being a badly-designed game.
- Plenty of villains in the Whateley Universe, but the Troll Bride may be the leading contender. Her son Nephandus even warns her repeatedly, but she never listens to him (or anyone else) and then blames everyone else (including Chaka, whom she attacked with superpowers) for failing in her plan, losing a cherished keepsake, and getting banished from Whateley Academy her son's school. Her son does this too. Wonder where he picked up the habit?
- GameChap is a web series that, at the time of this update, has over twenty-two hundred videos. And in almost every single one of them, Bertie has set fire, crashed, obliterated, or blown up something. And after every incident, over twenty-two thousand incidents, he says one or both of the following:"It wasn't me!" "It has nothing to do with me at all!"
- A_J of AJCO is quick to place blame on those around her when she makes mistakes, and it's always Played for Drama. After Doctor Pi dies in the re-education suite she instantly turns to Egg, who was forced to make the final decision, and places the blame on her despite the fact that she didn't want to let it happen, and despite the fact that Kaja, Crez, and Req played an almost equal part in the affair. Egg immediately calls her out on it.
- Angela and Esmeralda on The War Comms managed to drive Syrius into an epic suicidal depression episode, yet even after being called on it many times and punished for it, they still insist it was his fault.
- If Arin Hanson screws up a puzzle he immediately says that the game is poorly designed, even if the game is designed well.
- DarkSydePhil! 97% of the time he plays a game and screws up or loses, he will blame the game on lag, a non-existent bug, or any number of other factors that don't involve him. If he's playing multiplayer, he almost always declares the one who beat to be a terrible player who must have cheated.
- During the Yogscast Minecraft Series playthrough of Voltz, Sjin gets all of the blame from Sips for spawning in a Red Matter Bomb for the purposes of mining copper and nearly destroying the world. While Sjin was responsible for spawning the bomb in and setting it off, Sips had also been spawning stuff in and actively encouraged Sjin to use it, equally ignorant as to its effects.
- Both Gaea and Omega Zell from Noob are good at putting blame on other people, especially each other. Sparadrap, actually responsible for part of the things that go wrong, is the most frequent recipient of the blame early in the series. The trope comes into play when Gaea complains about the guild fund being empty despite generally taking more out of it than she contributes, or Omega Zell simply screws up and won't admit it.
- Shrek blames Mario for his own faults, such as clogging up the toilet and using all the toilet paper.
- In "Bowser's Goldfish!", after Toad flushes Bowser's pet goldfish, Charleyyy Jr. down the toilet and CJ doesn't come back up, Toad blames Bowser Junior for not having a toilet with a fish-catching mechanism.
- In "Jeffy's Bedtime!", Jeffy blames his pooping his pants on the (nonexistent) monster who lives under his bed.
- In "Bowser Junior's Nintendo 3DS", Junior blames his broken 2DS on Brooklyn T. Guy, despite Junior breaking it in the first place.
- In "Jeffy Sleepwalks!", Jeffy is completely convinced that he did not sleepwalk and make a mess.