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Basic Trope: A character has the tendency to blame someone or something else, even when it's their fault. A character may also see him/herself as a victim who can do no wrong.

  • Straight: Alice blames Bob for endangering her life. All Bob did was tell her not to go wandering around Emperor Evulz's base alone and unarmed, but to Alice it's his fault because he should have been more convincing.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice blames Bob for everything that happens to her, no matter what his actual relation to the problem was. He could have been off skiing on the other side of the world, and Alice would still find a way to blame him for her own mistakes.
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    • Everybody blames Bob for their problems, even if it's obviously their own fault.
    • Every time someone tries to point out that something is Alice's fault, she keeps coming up with excuses to blame Bob, no matter how ridiculous.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice will admit when she screwed up big time, and notes that wandering around Emperor Evulz' base was a bad move, but she still gets on Bob for not trying to stop her.
    • Although Bob forgot to warn Alice not to wander off Emperor Evulz' base, that still didn't stop her from blaming him for not keeping an eye on her at all times even if he wasn't able to.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is incredibly proud and self-righteous, to the point where she's lost the capability to recognize her own flaws. She can only accept bad things happening if they were other peoples' fault, because she's too used to thinking of herself as above that sort of thing.
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    • Alice is a princess and was thus raised as being beyond punishment. Because she was always assumed to be right and never had to face consequences for her actions, she never learned to stop being a Spoiled Brat and thinking she could do no wrong.
    • Alice is a downright Narcissist who is psychologically incapable of admitting fault.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice chews out Bob for endangering her life, and then says "But I suppose I must thank you for saving me."
    • Alice blames Bob for the fact that Alice broke into the Evulz' base, even though Bob tried convinced her not to. Flashbacks however, reveal that Bob goaded Alice into breaking in while pretending to persuade her otherwise.
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    • It really isn't Alice's fault: She had already been sent in to search around the base. Bob was messing up her assignment.
    • Alice is taking responsibility for her actions, she just wants Bob to do the same.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Alice routinely dips into Implausible Deniability and Insane Troll Logic in her blame shifting, to the point where somebody only ask "how does that make sense?".
    • Alice is only a little upset with Bob, who's immediately overwhelmed with guilt over what he's supposedly done. Alice is confused by this and simply rolls with it, because she doesn't think it's such a big deal.
    • Alice is very accusatory and blames everyone else... for positive things that she's done.
  • Zig Zagged: One time, Alice blames Bob and everyone else, while in the other, she owns up for her mistakes.
  • Averted:
    • Alice doesn't blame anyone and takes responsibility for her own actions.
    • Alice doesn't blame anyone, but she isn't sorry for what she did.
    • Alice doesn't blame anyone because whose fault it is isn't immediately obvious, so blaming it on herself or another is pointless.
  • Enforced: The writer wants to characterize Alice as a proud Alpha Bitch, and blame-shifting is a very obvious trait for such a character.
  • Lampshaded: "Look, I never do anything wrong. It's not possible, I'm just too good for that."
  • Invoked: Blame Game
  • Defied:
    • "No, no, I'm a real woman, not a teenager or a child. This was my fault."
    • "It is your fault, you son of a bitch!"
  • Exploited: Evulz taunts Bob about how a friend is very soon going to fall into his hands. Bob ignores it and fails to notice that Alice gets curious about the secret base, where he really could have prevented it.
  • Discussed: "Wow, Alice really tore Bob a new one...for her own mistake."
  • Conversed: "Why is it so hard for people these days to own up to their own wrongdoings?" "Having a sense of accountability calls for a modicum of humility and maturity, which aren't valued virtues anymore these days."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice blames Bob for something she did, and other people capable of rational thought view her as a bitch and immature. Alice ends up losing sympathy because of this.
    • Bob calls her out on this and her difficulty accepting responsibility damages their friendship.
    • Alice's inability to see herself as the one at fault leaves her unable to learn from her mistakes, ensuring that she will continue to makes those mistakes and others, ultimately hurting herself far more than anyone else.
    • Alice repeatedly blaming Bob for something she did even when everyone else points it out to her simply costs her the remaining friends she has.
    • Related to the Exaggerated trope, Bob gets pissed off that all of his so-called friends keep blaming him for things that they did for no good reason, demands that they all grow the hell up (maybe even punch several of them) and leaves them behind, viewing them as toxic people.
  • Played For Drama: Alice becomes a villain, seeking revenge on Bob for a perceived wrong that was actually her own fault. This only leads to Bob giving her a crushing defeat to make her realize Vengeance Feels Empty.

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